H5N1 hits birds in Vietnam, Ghana, Pakistan

first_imgMay 23, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – H5N1 avian influenza has continued to flare up in poultry on two continents this week, with Vietnam, Ghana, and Pakistan all confirming new outbreaks in the past 2 days.In Vietnam over the weekend, more than 2,000 ducks died, and another 6,000 were culled in various areas affected by outbreaks of H5N1, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported yesterday. The ducks had not been vaccinated.Five provinces have been affected since the beginning of this month, China’s Xinhua news agency reported. They are Quang Ninh, Son La, and Nam Dinh in the north, Nghe An in the central region, and Dong Thap in the south.UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) representative Andrew Speedy told AFP that rather than trying to wipe out the virus, which is believed to be widespread in Vietnam’s bird population, efforts will focus on vaccination campaigns, which have proved highly effective.”We are now convinced that it’s pretty much endemic and that the vaccinations will be required for the foreseeable future, although there will be an attempt to find an exit strategy at some point,” Speedy said.The Ministry of Agriculture’s Department of Animal Health said 119 million birds in 60 cities and provinces nationwide have been vaccinated this year, Xinhua reported.This year’s second round of nationwide vaccinations is now starting, AFP reported.Ghana reported its second outbreak of the virus on a farm in Sunyani, about 250 miles north of the capital, Accra, according to a Reuters report published yesterday. Gary Quarcoo, the agriculture ministry’s head of veterinary services, said veterinary officials have culled thousands of birds in the area and destroyed animal feed and farm equipment.Ghana’s first outbreak H5N1 was detected on a farm near the port city of Tema in April.In Pakistan, officials said today that more than 5,000 chickens were culled after an outbreak that killed about 6,000 chickens was confirmed on three farms near Islamabad, according to another AFP report. The country’s last outbreaks occurred in April in the northwest and in the southern city of Karachi, the story said.last_img read more

Trump has many accomplishments

first_imgYear One list: 81 major Trump achievements, Too many to list. Eleven Obama legacy items repealed.Passage of the tax reform bill providing $5.5 billion in cuts and repealing the Obama care mandate; Increase of the GDP above 3 percent; Creation of 1.7 million new jobs, cutting unemployment to 4.1 percent; Saw the Dow Jones reach record highs; A rebound in economic confidence to a 17-year high; A new executive order to boost apprenticeships; A move to boost computer sciences in Education Department programs; Prioritizing women-owned businesses for some $500 million in SBA loans.President trump also killed several job-stifling regulations: Signed an Executive Order demanding that two regulations be killed for every new one created. He beat that big and cut 16 rules and regulations for every one created, saving $8.1 billion; Signed 15 congressional regulatory cuts; Withdrew from the Obama-era Paris Climate Agreement, ending the threat of environmental regulations; Signed an Executive Order cutting the time for infrastructure permit approvals; Eliminated an Obama rule on streams that Trump felt unfairly targeted the coal industry.On fair trade, he made good on his campaign promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. My hat is off to President Trump. Yes, he sticks his foot in his mouth. That’s because he was brought up on the streets of New York and he talks like we normal people do.Tony MontePrincetown More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady County warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Schenectady restaurant, Rotterdam barEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsLocal movie theater operators react to green light Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump has many accomplishmentsHere is a list of things President Trump did in his first year. The news won’t tell you this and I’ll be surprised if The Gazette prints it.last_img read more

Indonesia must continue to engage with US ahead of November elections

first_imgIndonesia must continue to closely engage the United States regardless of who wins the US presidential elections in November, diplomats and foreign policy experts say, as it seeks to rekindle its partnership with a superpower largely preoccupied with its rivalry with China.With the race to the White House picking up speed, Indonesia must decide on how to best anticipate two possible scenarios: preparing for a change in US leadership or bracing for more of the same.Americans are expected to head to the polls on Nov. 3 to vote in President Donald Trump for a second term or to let former vice president Joe Biden steer the US into a different direction. “If elected, Biden will be the most ‘foreign policy prepared’ president. But how bold and different his foreign policy will be depends on whether the Democrats could rule the Senate,” Dino said of the former member of the US Senate foreign affairs committee.The Foreign Ministry’s director for America (I) affairs, Zelda Kartika, said that if Biden was elected, more nonconventional security issues could be raised in discussions, such as human rights, democracy, immigration, environment and labor issues, in contrast to a Trumpian foreign policy that focuses more on trade and investment and sanctioning.Meanwhile, chief country representative of the US-ASEAN Business Council in Jakarta, Landry Haryo Subianto, said Indonesia must anticipate shared concerns with the US in the coming years, including on issues such as climate change, health, technology and trade and investment.Landry added that the US-China trade war under a Biden presidency would likely be more sophisticated and with less censuring toward China.Weary of its hefty trade deficit with Beijing, Washington declared a trade war in March 2018. It quickly escalated with tit-for-tat punitive duties on hundreds of billions of dollars of bilateral trade, disrupting global trade.Trump’s fixation on the trade war has other countries scrambling to benefit from the fallout from two superpowers, and Indonesia is no exception.The government has formed a special task force to attract companies leaving China. In June, seven foreign businesses, including US-based light product maker Alpan, confirmed their relocation plans to Indonesia.Indonesia must take the opportunity to persuade as many US companies seeking to move out of China and relocate their production facilities to Southeast Asian countries, said Siswo Pramono, the Foreign Ministry’s head of policy analysis and development.He said the trade war would continue regardless of who would be elected the new US president later this year.“Biden wants to boost domestic manufacturing while taking a hard line on China’s alleged steel dumping and intellectual property infringement. Meanwhile, Trump will continue to attack China, encourage US companies to avoid offshoring and slap tariffs on Chinese goods,” he said.Even though Trump has arguably dragged US leadership down by retreating from global forums, introducing policies deemed unfavorable to many nations including US allies and dismantling former president Barack Obama’s achievements, foreign views of the US remains generally favorable, according to a Pew Research poll in January.“Despite low confidence in Trump, there are still high expectations for US global leadership among the international community, including from Asia-Pacific,” said Syafiah Muhibat, head researcher on international relations at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).Also, many US voters still feel represented by Trump despite the lack of trust in him globally, said international law expert Hikmahanto Juwana of the University of Indonesia.As such, he said, Indonesia should prepare for both scenarios.“If Trump wins again, forget that bilateral trade will run smoothly before Trump manages to bring back US jobs. Besides, we must also think about how to reduce tension in [Southeast Asia] because under Trump, the escalated trade war might turn the region into a battleground,” he said.Syafiah of CSIS said the most important yet still unanswered question was what changes could either US presidential candidate offer to ASEAN.“Trump is known for his ‘tit for tat’ or transactional policy, which often undermines multilateral interests. The undecided policy toward ASEAN leaves a challenge to Indonesia, that is how to contribute in regions to uphold multilateral partnership,” said Shafiah.US ties with Indonesia and ASEAN has been lacking in recent years, with Washington focusing most of its resources on its rivalry with Beijing. The US ambassadorships to Indonesia and to ASEAN are currently vacant, with ad interim officials without much sway in policymaking left in charge of relations.Topics : Either way, experts agreed during a virtual discussion this week that the result of the election would affect Indonesia’s foreign policy stance vis-a-vis the US, as well as Washington’s relations in the Asia-Pacific in general.On the one hand, former Indonesian ambassador to the US Dino Patti Djalal was especially confident that Trump would lose on account of unanticipated job losses and other challenges wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic.“Throughout history, US voters are known for being punitive toward leaders who govern when the state is in distress,” he said on Tuesday.Indonesia must start figuring out a partnership strategy beyond trade and investment to anticipate inevitable changes post-election, especially if candidate Biden outvotes Trump, said the founder of the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI).last_img read more

Premier League transfer window given closing deadline by UEFA

first_img Comment Premier League clubs will go through a very unusual transfer window this summer (Picture: Visionhaus)UEFA have asked all member associations to close their summer transfer windows this year on 5 October, meaning the Premier League’s window could run well into next season.The European governing body want all transfers to be completed before the registration date for UEFA competitions next season, which lands on 6 October.Therefore they have asked all countries to go with the same closing date for their transfer windows – 5 October.A UEFA statement read: ‘The deadline for player registration for the group stage of the 2020/21 UEFA club competitions has been set to 6 October 2020.ADVERTISEMENT‘As a result, the UEFA Executive Committee called on all member associations to adopt a harmonised end date to the upcoming summer transfer window, with this date set as 5 October 2020.’AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Premier League has confirmed nothing as yet, with the opening date of the summer window also unnanounced.The 20 Premier League shareholder clubs will be represented at a meeting next Tuesday where they will likely decide when the transfer window will open.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityPremier League chief executive Richard Masters has said that the window will not open before the end of the current season on 25 July, although a new FIFA regulation has made an early opening a possibility.FIFA stated: ‘associations following a dual-year calendar are permitted to commence the “first registration period” for the 2020-21 season prior to the completion of the 2019-20 season, subject to conditions.’The Premier League clubs may still choose to run a shorter transfer window than usual from the start of August till 5 October.MORE: Rescheduled Premier League fixtures for Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool confirmedMORE: Premier League pays tribute to Black Lives Matter and NHS as season restartsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 18 Jun 2020 2:18 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link423Sharescenter_img Premier League transfer window given closing deadline by UEFA Advertisementlast_img read more

China to increase LNG import capacity in Guangdong

first_imgIllustration purposes only (Image courtesy of Guangdong Dapeng LNG)China is lining up the construction of new LNG import facilities while also expanding its existing LNG terminal in the Greater Bay area. The area includes the cities of Hong Kong, Macau and nine other neighboring cities in the Guangdong province, with the government looking to transform it into an economic center, the state-owned news agency Xinhua reports.China, the world’s second-largest importer of LNG, is continuing to boost its imports of the chilled fuel and has reached a new record high as it is pursuing its strategy for cleaner air.China imported 53.7 million tonnes of LNG in 2018, a rise of almost 38 percent compared to 2017 when China has surpassed South Korea as the world’s second largest LNG importer. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

Wildcats Drop Battle To Pirates

first_imgFranklin County High School Boys Varsity Tennis falls to Greensburg High School 4-1.#1 Singles Jack Stirn 6-3, 6-3 vs. Brett Stringer#2 Singles Brant Ertel 4-6, 2-6 vs. Isaac Tebbe#3 Singles Landen Wuestefeld 0-6, 1-6 vs. Charlie Pumphrey#1 Doubles Kurt Oetzel & Lonnie Schwartz 2-6, 3-6 vs. Ben Duerstock & Sam Bower# 2 Doubles Will Wade & Evan McMillin 3-6, 0-6 vs. Abe Tebbe & Bryce StringerCourtesy of Wildcats Coach Dylan Little.last_img

Lewis stars as Dynamites take BPL title

first_imgDHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC) – West Indies opener Evin Lewis shone as Dhaka Dynamites trounced Darren Sammy’s Rajshahi Kings by 56 runs to capture the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) title here yesterday.Playing in the final at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, the left-handed Lewis top-scored with 45 as Dynamites, sent in, rallied to 159 for nine off their 20 overs.Fellow left-hander Kumar Sangakkara made 36 but he and Lewis were the only two to pass 20 for the favourites.Seamer Farhad Reza was the best bowler with three for 28 while Sammy picked up a single wicket in an expensive two-over spell which cost 22 runs.In reply, opener Mominul Haque top-scored with 27 and Sabbir Rahman chipped in with 26 but they were only two of three in double figures and the only ones to pass 20, as Kings collapsed to 103 all out off 17.4 overs.West Indies all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell could pick up only a wicket each.Entering as the heavy favourites, Dynamites stumbled at the start as they slumped to 42 for three in the seventh over before recovering thanks to a 41-run fourth-wicket stand between Lewis and Sangakkara.Lewis faced 31 deliveries and counted eight fours while Sangakkara struck two fours and a six in a 33-ball knock.When Lewis perished to a catch at short fine leg off Farhad Reza in the 11th over, both Bravo (13) and Russell (8) fell cheaply to leave Dynamites on 113 for six in the 16th over.Sangakkara then kept the lower order together to see Dynamites to a competitive score.In reply, Kings lost Nurul Hasan in the third over for five at 15 for one but Mominul and Sabbir put the run chase back on track with an enterprising 47-run second-wicket stand.Mominul faced 30 balls and counted three fours while Sabbir hit two fours in a 22-ball innings.Once Sabbir was run-out in the 10th over, however, the innings went into decline as Kings lost their last eight wickets for 37 runs.Sammy could only manage six this time around while Windies T20 seamer Kesrick Williams made four before retiring hurt.last_img read more

2019 National School Basketball Festival: Marian Academy edge Kwakwani Secondary in double overtime thriller

first_imgA THRILLING double over-time win propelled Marian Academy over Kwakwani Secondary when action in the Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG)-organised National Schools Basketball Festival Girls Developmental competition continued on Thursday at Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH).The 33-32 point victory carried the Georgetown school atop the group and placed them against the weaker St Stanislaus side in the semi-finals, scheduled for this afternoon (16:30hrs) at CASH.Kwakwani Secondary will meet Queen’s College in the other semi-final.In the earlier round, both Marian Academy and Kwakwani registered victories against their opponents (Marian had whipped Saints by an incredible 31-2 margin, while Kwakwani had defeated QC 29-19).In the highly anticipated clash on Thursday Jada Mohan led Marian Academy with 13 points six rebounds while Kelliann Sauers added 10 points and Jahrier Young six points six rebounds.Shania Sears was on fire for the Berbice River school. She dropped 18 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Support came from J. Trim, who scored six points to go with four boards.QC finished the preliminary rounds in third place after whipping Saints by a score of 23-6.Naiomi Barkoye powered her way to a whopping 16 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. Sharay Johnson led Saints with four points.BOYS’ DIVISIONIn the U-14 Boys’ Division, Saints, Kwakwani and President’s College all claimed victories and have booked semi-final spots.The semi-finals are scheduled for this evening, from 18:30hrs. President’s College will meet St Stanislaus before Kwakwani Secondary battle Bishops’ High an hour later.The U-18 men’s final is set for tomorrow at CASH with President’s College set to battle Berbice High from 17:30hrs, before Kwakwani Secondary face New Amsterdam Technical Institute (NATI) from 18:30hrs.All three finals (Girls, Boys U-14 and Boys U-18) will take place next Saturday (July 13).The Festival is sponsored by Edward B. Beharry and Company Ltd, the National Sports Commission, Banks DIH, Exxon Mobil and Bounty Ltd.last_img read more

DSTV Final 8: Customs, Gombe Bulls Record Wins

first_imgHostilities continue tomorrow at the same venue.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria Customs and Gombe Bulls wednesday at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, recorded win in the ongoing DSTV Final 8 basketball.In the first game, Nigeria Customs got the better of Niger Potters 57-51 in a keenly contested game, in spite of the Potters leading the first quarter.In the second encounter, Gombe Bulls never hide their intention as they took the lead from the first to the fourth quarter to outscore Oluyole Warriors, 73-61.last_img read more

World Cup Facts

first_img•The World Cup in 2018 will mark the first time Russia has ever hosted this event.•The 2018 World Cup will be Russia’s 11th World Cup appearance. Their highest ever finish was 4th place in 1966.•3.2 billion people (almost half of the world’s population) tuned in to watch the 2014 World Cup.•The World Cup has been played 20 times, Brazil holds the most titles with five. Italy and Germany are close behind with four each.•For the first time in the history of soccer, the 2002 World Cup was held in two different countries: South Korea and Japan.•The oldest goal scorer in the World Cup was Roger Milla, who was 42 in 1994 when he scored a goal for Cameroon against Russia.•It is rumored that India withdrew from the 1950 tournament as they were not allowed to play barefoot.•One of the venues for the 2018 World Cup, Fisht Stadium in Sochi, is the same stadium that hosted the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2014 Winter Games.•The first World Cup was played in 1930. Uruguay was both the tournament host and winner that year.•The World Cup trophy went missing for 7 days in 1966, when it was stolen just prior to the tournament.•The distance between the easternmost host city (Ekaterinburg) and the westernmost host city (Kaliningrad) at the 2018 World Cup is over 1500 miles. For comparison, that’s about the same distance as Moscow to London, England.•The average attendance per game at the 2014 World Cup was over 53,000 fans!•The highest scoring game in World Cup history was in 1954, when Austria defeated Switzerland 7-5.•The Italians have had the most number of draws in World Cup history with 21.•Of all countries that have appeared in the World Cup, Indonesia has played the least number of matches – just one in 1938.•Mexico has the most World Cup losses (25), though they do also have 14 wins and 14 draws.•While 32 teams will qualify for the 2018 tournament, the number will jump to 48 in 2026.•The most goals ever scored by one player in a World Cup match is an impressive five, by Oleg Salenko of Russia.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more