South Korea raises H5N1 culling target to 5.3 million

first_imgApr 21, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – To stem quickly spreading H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks that have hit South Korea over the past few weeks, agriculture ministry officials said today as many as 5.32 million birds would be culled, the largest such operation in the country’s history of battling the disease.Jin Pil-sik, an agriculture ministry official, said 4.85 million birds have already been slaughtered, according to a report today from the Associated Press (AP). By tomorrow, another 477,000 birds will be culled near the latest outbreak site in North Jeolla province, Lee Sung-jae, a provincial quarantine official, told the AP.In early April the H5N1 virus returned to South Korea after about a year with no reported outbreaks. The virus first hit an egg producer in Gimje in North Jeolla province and quickly spread to several more farms, mostly in the southwestern part of the country.South Korea’s agriculture ministry said the H5 strain has been confirmed at 26 farms, but did not say how many were the H5N1 subtype, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. As of Apr 15, the date of the country’s last update on the outbreaks to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), South Korea had reported 11 outbreaks, though it was not clear if the subtype had been confirmed for all of them.In other developments, officials today announced the launch of an 11-day operation to test birds at duck farms across the country, AFP reported. Kim Chang Sup, an agriculture ministry official, told AFP that the testing program will include all 80 breeding duck farms and a selection of other representative sites across the nation.Also, quarantine authorities have been culling poultry at 141 restaurants or farms that were visited by a dealer who reportedly took hundreds of ducks from an infected farm in Gimje, according to the AFP report.South Korea has never reported any human H5N1 cases or deaths, but in September 2006 health officials said five workers who helped cull poultry during outbreaks in 2003 had antibodies to the H5N1 virus but had never had symptoms. The 2006 report brought the total number of South Korean poultry workers who tested positive for H5N1 antibodies to nine. Tests on the workers’ samples were done at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.See also:Sep 21, 2006, CIDRAP news story “Five Koreans had H5N1 virus but no illness”Apr 15 OIE report on South Korea’s H5N1 outbreakslast_img read more

Casumo secures live partnership with SSE Arena Wembley

first_img Share Submit StumbleUpon Casumo expands into the UK with sportsbook launch January 6, 2020 Gamification focused online casino Casumo has announced that it has signed a three-year brand partnership with the SSE Arena Wembley (London).Seeking to expand its brand profile within the UK gaming market, Casumo marketing has agreed with venue operator AEG Global to become a key sponsor the SSE Arena.The popular London entertainment venue has approximately 700,000 visitors each years for music, comedy and TV live performances. The SSE Arena Wembley is also the host Venue of ITV’s X Factor live TV Show.Casumo will have a presence on internal and external screens at the venue and will develop activations to engage fans at selected events over the three-year period. There will also be opportunities to reach venue fans through social media channels.At the launch of the partnership, Nathan Kosky, Vice President, AEG Global Partnerships said: “Casumo’s products are designed to create stand-out moments and this is what fans at The SSE Arena, Wembley have been enjoying for over 70 years.”“The partnership will give Casumo access to some of the most engaged fans in the country and we’re very excited to be partnering with a brand who shares our ethos of creating unforgettable experiences.”Greg Tatton-Brown UK Market Manager for Casumo commented on the live partnership “At Casumo we quickly understood that it is not only about having great casino games, but also about the environment in which those are played. Our product is designed to optimise for happiness, create thrilling moments and make people smile – similar to the experience that The SSE Arena, Wembley delivers” Casumo enters Danish market with five year licence April 30, 2019 Share Related Articles Winning Post: Industry heading towards more Euro uncertainties April 15, 2019last_img read more

Eight Days of Razor Clam Digging Starts April 17

first_imgFacebook210Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)  Razor clam diggers can return to coastal beaches starting Friday, April 17, state shellfish managers announced today.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat. All of the digs are scheduled on morning tides. No digging will be allowed on any beach after noon.Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, noted that the upcoming dig coincides with the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival, scheduled April 18-19 in Long Beach. Festival events range from free clam-digging lessons to a fritter cook-off. More information is available at http://longbeachrazorclamfestival.com/Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.The upcoming dig is scheduled on the following dates, beaches, and low tides:April 17, Friday, 6:03 a.m.; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 18, Saturday, 6:52 a.m.; -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisApril 19, Sunday, 7:39 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisApril 20, Monday, 8:25 a.m.; -1.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin HarborsApril 21, Tuesday, 9:11 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin HarborsApril 22, Wednesday, 9:57 a.m.; -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin HarborsApril 23, Thursday, 10:46 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin HarborsApril 24, Friday, 11:38 a.m.; 0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin HarborsWDFW has also proposed additional digs in May, pending the results of future marine toxin tests. Tentative dates for those digs are posted on the department’s website.All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2015-16 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website and from license vendors around the state.During all upcoming digs, state wildlife managers urge clam diggers to avoid disturbing snowy plovers and streaked horned larks. Both species nest in the soft, dry sand at Leadbetter Point on the Long Beach Peninsula, and on a section of Twin Harbors beach.The snowy plover is a small bird with gray wings and a white breast. The lark is a small bird with a pale yellow breast and brown back. Male larks have a black mask, breast band and “horns.”To protect these birds, the department asks that clam diggers avoid the dunes and areas of the beach with soft, dry sand. When driving to a clam-digging area, diggers should enter the beach only at designated access points and stay on the hard-packed sand near or below the high tide line.last_img read more

AUSTRALIA AND REST OF WORLD GO MAD FOR DONEGAL DOLL ‘LOTTIE’

first_imgA woman’s group in Australia has adopted a Donegal doll as their mascot to be given to thousands of children Down Under.The new Lottie doll is seen as a safe doll for Donegal childrenWomen’s Forum Australia say the Lottie doll is the perfect example for Australian girls because it is not sexualized.The group, which represents tens of thousands of women, initially ordered a small consignment of the cute dolls. But demand for Lottie has rocketed and now the group are importing more and more of the dolls.Since money the group has import one thousand Lottie Dolls and more orders are planned.Kristin Dooley, Managing Director of Women’s Forum, said Lottie is the perfect example which aims to represent young girls “as they really are.”“We monitor the harmful sexualisation of women and girls and we picked up some reporting on the Lottie Doll and we really like what we saw. “We know the harm the sexualisation of young girls and children can do.“As well as pointing to the negative impacts of such dolls as Barbie and Bratz, we think it’s important to show positive alternatives and the Lottie Doll is just that.“She’s fun, engaging and she’s modeled on the shape of a nine year old girls and she does fun things.“We started with a small number but once the word got out there has been a huge demand for them,” said Ms Dooley.Ballybofey businessman Ian Harkin, the Managing Director of Arklu, who manufacture the dolls, says the worldwide demand for Lottie has gone through the roof. “As well as Australia, we have had an order this week for 900 dolls from Iceland and there are orders beginning to come in from Russia, Dubai, New Zealand and Canada.“It shows there is a demand for a responsible doll and non sexualized doll out there,” said Mr Harkin.The company has set up at the CoLab at LYIT and hopes to employ 20 people as demand for Lottie continues to grow.Ends AUSTRALIA AND REST OF WORLD GO MAD FOR DONEGAL DOLL ‘LOTTIE’ was last modified: December 6th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AustraliaIan HarkinLottielast_img read more

Grazing tour July 14 in Wayne and Holmes counties

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Sheep owners and others interested in sheep and forage management are invited to participate in a sheep grazing/forage management tour scheduled for Friday July 14 in Wayne/Holmes County. Topics to be discussed at the farms will include information for the beginning sheep farmer, sheep and management, cool season pasture species, hay production, fencing, rotational grazing management, breeding management and marketing. Each stop will have something different to offer in how the operation works for the farm and family. The sharing of ideas is how we all learn.Resource people for the day will be Bob Hendershot of Green Pasture Services and Gary Wilson Past President American Forage and Grassland Council, retired OSU Extension. They will provide information about pasture grasses, grazing management, sheep production and are willing to answer all your questions.Pre-registration is required and is limited to the first 40 people. Thanks to financial sponsorship from the Ohio Forage and Grassland Council and the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program the cost is only $40 per person ($30 for current Ohio Forage and Grassland Council members), which includes bus cost, lunch and refreshments. Registrations must be received by July 5, 2017.  No refunds after July 5.Check-in for the tour will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the OARDC Shisler Center, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio 44691. This is the same location as the Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium.For more information about the tour, contact Bob Hendershot, Director, Ohio Forage and Grassland Council at 740.477.1114 or bobhendershot2011@gmail.com .last_img read more

1080p vs. 4K with The GH5

first_imgThe Panasonic Lumix GH5 can film in 4K at 60 frames per second, but is it worth it?Cover image via Panasonic.The GH5 came out earlier this year, and once again Panasonic increased their standing in the mirrorless/DSLR world by introducing 60 frames per second in 4K. With the GH4, the fastest frame rate you could get was 30fps. As such, the camera has garnered a lot of interest from amateur filmmakers.If you’re new to the Gh5, or the DMC-GH series in general, you may have questions about filming in 4K.Is my memory card fast enough to write the data? Do I have enough storage? Should I record in 4K if I don’t have a 4K monitor?When new technology makes its way to the consumer level, it can be confusing at first. Let’s answer some of these questions.Realistically, if you’re using the GH5 as your primary camera, we can assume that you’re not producing a feature film or TV commercial — and you’re more than likely only going to have a 1080p viewing option. The question is, with the GH5, is it worth filming in 4K then downscaling to 1080p, or is it an unnecessary step?Image via Shutterstock.4K Quality vs. Full HDIf you’re exporting for full HD, you may think that filming in 4K is just going to be a waste of data — and it may complicate your post-production workflow. Why film in 4K when you’re just going lose the extra resolution with a 1080p export?Well, you don’t quite lose everything. When you downscale from 4K to full HD, you’re essentially oversampling the image to have 4x the data for every pixel.  Therefore, when you have 4K footage and downscale it to 1080p (Full HD), the image is going to look better than it would at native 1080p. You’ll find the picture is a lot sharper, the colors more vivid, and (depending on the properties of the image) you’ll also see less noise.DPreveiw has put together an excellent video that briefly explains why shooting in 4K is beneficial even when exporting to full HD.Further, you’re also future-proofing your footage when you record at 4K. As long as you are not recording footage to crop later or stabilize, you can always return to the project at a later date and export in 4K if you need to.RecordingWe’re going run our tests using the MOV recording format, 59.94 (NTCS) frequency, at 4K/8bit/100m/24fps, and at 1920/8bit/100/24fps. Let’s first discuss the obvious. The GH5 allows you to record at 4K and Cinema 4K at 10bit 4:2:2 at 150mbps. The higher the bit rate value, the higher the picture quality you will get (and also the larger the file). Therefore, it would be somewhat imbalanced to compare the two recording resolutions if one is already ahead in data size.With the 10bit/150mbps put aside, filming in 4K, which is literally 4x the resolution of 1080, will likely require larger media for both recording and storage, or will it?With four common memory card sizes, here’s a breakdown of the estimated record length for 4K.16gb 19m00s32gb 40m00s64gb 1h20m128gb 2h45mAnd for 1080p.16gb 19m00s32gb 40m00s64gb 1h20m128gb 2h45mYes, you read that correctly. The estimated recording length is the same for both resolutions. This is because we haven’t moved away from recording at 100 mbps. Therefore the strain will be no more severe on your memory card — as it would be on your hard drive. However, the GH5 does employ the use of VBR, and as a result, the bit rate will automatically change depending on what you are recording. For example, if you are filming a car traveling at high speed, the estimated recording length will decrease.It’s only when we jump up to 10bit 150 mbps recording that we see a drop in record length and an increase in file size.16gb 12m00s32gb 27m00s64gb 56m00s128gb 1h50mEven then, it’s not necessarily a huge drop. It’s a decrease of around 30-36.5%, depending on the size of your memory card.There are also a handful of added benefits to shooting at 4K for a 1080p output, such as being able to crop out unwanted objects in your composition or add a pan and tilt to an otherwise static shot. For a full list of benefits, check out this PremiumBeat article.From this information, there’s not really a reason to not film in at least in 4K 8bit to later downscale. You’re getting better picture quality, and you won’t need to upgrade your media. However, if you’re a new filmmaker and your computer system is struggling with your 4K video files, you can edit using proxy files. Cinecom.net has a great tutorial on how to set this workflow up.Note: after you’ve played around with this little camera for a few months, you’ll want to be filming at 10-bit 4:2:2 for that extra color space.What are your thoughts on filming in 4K? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Nitish Kumar skips International Yoga Day event yet again

first_imgBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar did not participate in the event to mark the International Yoga Day, which was attended by Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi.Both the Janata Dal (United) and the BJP tried to play down the issue. The JD(U) said Mr. Kumar practises yoga daily. Mr. Prasad and Mr. Sushil Kumar Modi insisted that Mr. Kumar’s absence should not be politicised.last_img

TNT takes 3rd win, sends Phoenix crashing to 6th straight loss

first_imgPBA IMAGESTNT bounced back and humbled Phoenix, 110-103, for its third win in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The KaTropa got out of the .500 plateau and improved to 3-2 and redeemed themselves after their humiliating 104-73 loss to Rain or Shine.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Valdez: Vietnam really prepared for us Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kelly Williams finished with 18 points to complement Rice’s scoring while Ranidel de Ocampo added 14.Pogoy and Jayson Castro also finished in double digits with 13 and 11 points, respectively for TNT.Brown lit up the Fuel Masters, who lost their sixth straight for a 2-6 record, with 49 points and 19 boards.ADVERTISEMENT Roger Pogoy gave TNT a late buffer after his inside bank shot put the KaTropa up 107-101 with 1:46 left in before import Glen Rice Jr. secured the victory after picking off Brandon Brown’s pass with 40 ticks to go.Rice not only willed TNT to victory with his 38-point, 9-rebound, 5-assist line, he also bounced back from his subpar PBA debut.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We went to this game with the hope of Glen playing a lot better than he played the last game, and today he did,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela.Rice struggled mightily in his debut against the Elasto Painters chucking up numerous shots and finishing on a disastrous 6-of-22 clip for 19 points. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Meralco Manila repulses Kaya

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “The players stepped up and we are fortunate to have good subs,” said Manila coach Aris Caslib whose team faces JPV at home on Tuesday before clashing with Ceres Negros on Sunday.Over at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City, Ceres Negros returned to winning ways after a 5-0 drubbing of JPV Marikina. —CEDELF P. TUPASFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES Substitute Jinggoy Valmayor scored in the 92nd minute as Meralco Manila subdued Kaya Makati, 1-0, Saturday night to keep top spot in the Philippines Football League.The former University of the Philippines standout headed home a cross from Daniel Gadia right at the death as the Sparks prevailed in a physical duel between the two Big City rivals.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Team Yellow tames Blue in PVL All-Star Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Video: Former USC WR Robert Woods Give Touching Speech About His Sister During Graduation

first_imgA general view of the USC Trojans football field.LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 30: Genreal view of the stadium during the game between the Fresno State Bulldogs and the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on August 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods, now in his third year with the team, has been returning to his alma mater, USC, in the offseasons to finish up the credits needed to earn his degree. This past spring, he finished his final semester – meaning he’s now graduated. The speech he gave during the ceremony was released by the school Friday, and it’s worth watching.Woods revealed what his sister, who passed away from cancer back in 2007, told him the day she died. Her wish was that Woods become a role model. He believes that by graduating from USC, which he calls the best school for both academics and athletics, he’s accomplished that. Check it out:USC WR @robertwoods made a promise to his late sister to be a role model.#USCgrad speech: https://t.co/GQ7UHBUeOG pic.twitter.com/PsgkNEmj8c— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) May 13, 2016Woods has caught 152 passes for 1,838 yards and 11 touchdowns in his three years. It’s clear he’s very proud of where he went to school.last_img read more