Devastating Virus.

first_imgThe virus detected in Virginia and North Carolina a month ago is only mildly pathogenic, he said. With this form of the virus, a chicken has respiratory problems, not unlike humans with the flu. It also affects the growth of the chicken, but it isn’t deadly in most cases.However, this mild version has been known to turn very quickly into the highly pathogenic and deadly form of avian influenza virus. “When this happens,” Cunningham said, “the mortality rate goes much higher, and it becomes much more contagious.”Any such virus would have a devastating effect on Georgia’s $10 billion poultry industry, he said.No CureThere is no cure for the virus. The only way to contain it is to eradicate the infected birds. This is what is happening in Virginia and North Carolina right now. And they’re beginning to get a handle on the spread of the virus through these states, he said.Chickens to be processed for commercial sale are raised in flocks in houses on growers’ farms. One chicken house will get four to six flocks of birds in one year.Cunningham said it’s common for chicken flocks to cross state lines, especially in the Southeast.Stop It?This prompted the Georgia Department of Agriculture to put the brakes on any birds coming from Virginia or North Carolina into Georgia. Any chickens coming into Georgia from any other state now have to be certified that they come from an avian influenza-clean flock.There has never been an outbreak of this virus in Georgia. Recently, though, birds in Georgia have been traced back to a flock that originated from an infected area in North Carolina.Certain wild birds can also carry the virus.”But we do not have the virus in Georgia right now,” Cunningham said.Scientists are exploring ways to fight this virus. But there is no vaccine. The best way to fight the virus, Cunningham said, is to not get it. Avian flu has already hit other states hard. Officials hope to keep it away from Georgia’s multi-billion dollar poultry industry. Photo: USDAcenter_img An avian influenza virus outbreak can cause millions of dollars in economic damage. But officials hope to keep this virus out of Georgia and away from its multibillion dollar poultry industry before it does.The virus has caused the eradication of about 3 million chickens in Virginia and cost the poultry industry there millions of dollars in damage. The virus is also in North Carolina, said Dan Cunningham of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”It’s a bad and very contagious disease that is easily spread among poultry,” said Cunningham, Extension Service coordinator for the CAES poultry science department. “We’re very concerned in keeping it out of Georgia.”Deadly Quicklylast_img read more

Australia to continue to support freedom of navigation in South China sea, PM says

first_imgThe US waded back into the heated South China Sea debate after almost a year of disengagement from Southeast Asia, punctuated by a snub of the ASEAN summit in November last year that saw a low-level US delegation attend – a diplomatic faux-pas that has inspired similar moves among ASEAN member states.Administered under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), of which China is a signatory, the international tribunal made the unprecedented ruling in favor of the Philippines, a claimant in the South China Sea dispute.Topics : Australia will continue to advocate “very strongly” for the freedom of navigation through the South China sea, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday.”Australia will continue to adopt a very consistent position,” Morrison told a media briefing in Canberra when asked if the country backed the position of the United States on the South China Sea.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday the United States would support countries that believed China has violated their maritime claims in the South China Sea, but stressed doing so in multilateral and legal forums.last_img read more

Quick Tip: How to Export in After Effects

first_imgTrying to render your video in After Effects? Just follow these quick tips.After Effects is by no means an easy program to master, but learning how to export from the program is a cinch. Simply follow the tips outlined in this video on exporting in After Effects, or follow along with our animated examples below.Exporting Video Step 1: Add Composition to Render QueueWith your finished composition selected, simply add your video to the Render Queue. The Render Queue is essentially a to-do list for After Effects. You can also add compositions to the Render Queue by using the keyboard shortcut shift+command+/ on a Mac or shift+ctrl+/ on a PC.Exporting Video Step 2: Adjust Quality SettingsThe next step is to adjust the quality of the video you want to export in After Effects. The Render Settings menu will allow you to change the quality of the exported video. You can either select the small arrow beside Render Settings to access a few quality presets or click the text to access a deeper render settings menu. In most circumstances you will want to keep it at Best Settings.The Output Module is where you will select the codec options for your video. In other words, the Output Module will allow you to select what type of video your finished file will be saved as. In our example, we want perfect quality so we will select Lossless.Exporting Video Step 3: Adjust Name and LocationYou can change the name and location of the finished exported video by simply clicking the colored text next to the Output To link. After you’ve selected the save location and name, simply hit the Save button.Exporting Video Step 4: Hit RenderAfter you’ve selected your save location and named your clip, it’s time to render or export your video out of After Effects. You can do this by simply hitting the Render button. Depending on your composition, it could take just a few seconds or a few hours. It all depends on how many moving parts and effects are in your video.Have any tips for exporting video in After Effects? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Maharashtra: Tough battle ahead for state’s women

first_imgThe proposed women’s reservation bill provides for 33 per cent reservation in the legislature.The Centre may be struggling to implement the 33 per cent reservation for women in assemblies and in Parliament, yet the Maharashtra government has gone one step ahead and announced 50 per cent reservation for women in local bodies. This would mean municipalities, zilla parishads, gram panchayats and gram sabhas would all have 50 per cent women representatives.While both the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress have been fighting with each other to claim credit as they declare that it would be a huge step towards ‘women’s empowerment’ the majority of women in the state are neither excited nor enthused by it.One has to visit the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to know why there are so many sceptics. Take for instance Suhasini Chate (name changed), the chairman of one of the numerous committees in the BMC. She is known as a ‘rubber stamp’ because her husband, a former corporator, does all the work that she is supposed to do.He tells her which deals to sign and which proposals to oppose and as Suhasini is not much of a talker, her husband also attends official meetings along with her and ‘speaks’ to everyone from the ‘Municipal Commissioner’ to other civic officials on her ‘behalf’. On days when Suhasini is at home, probably cooking or sending the kids to school, her husband is actually seen sitting in her official chair.Interestingly, Suhasini is not an exception. Many of the 90-odd female corporators have husbands who do the same thing.advertisementSome of the men are even openly aggressive and will publicly rebuke their wives in front of other civic officials. Ironically, Suhasini and many of the current crop of female corporators have been elected through the 33 per cent reservation process, where a small number of seats in all local bodies have been set aside for women.The problem is that the reservation has been hijacked by male corporators who are loathe to let go of power, and have hence got their wives to contest knowing fully well who will call the shots once the seat has been won. The solution for this does not lie with the state government making more laws, but with political parties themselves, if they really claim to be agents of change and want to empower women then they should stop giving tickets to daughters and wives of corporators and instead give it to other deserving candidates, but would they actually do it is anybody’s guess.So, it is natural to question the government’s claim that this 50 per cent reservation bill would actually help women. If Prithviraj Chavan and company really wanted to do something for the women of the state then they should look at measures to stop the indiscriminate prenatal sexdetermination tests that make parents abort a girl child in favour of a boy.The ratio of girls in comparison to boys has been steadily declining.Till March 2009, there were 877 girls for every 1,000 boys being born, it came down to 866 in March last year. The state has still not been able to eradicate the menace of dowry and crimes against women are an entirely different story.The 50 per cent reservation bill, if passed by the Maharashtra assembly, could be challenged in a court of law. In 2009, when the Rajasthan government passed the Municipalities bill which provided a similar reservation for women in local bodies, it was challenged in the Rajasthan High Court. In a ruling given on March 2010, the court held that the ‘reservation to any category must be rational and not excessive’. The court held that the state had not provided for any survey to show that the population of women in the state was higher than men to justify the higher reservation. The court struck down the government’s order citing that it violated Article 14 of the Constitution of India which provides the right to equality to the citizens.===New top cop literally adds muscle to police Newly-appointed Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik has found a really strange way of instilling the fear of the law in the minds of criminals. He has hired two six-foot plus, wellbuilt men called Bhausaheb Bhonsle and Vijay Kakade to stand in his office and break coconuts with their bare hands, flex their biceps and give the by now quaking criminals a ‘hug’. The aim is to put the ‘ fear’ of cops on those who visit his office.Old timers who have served in the Mumbai police are not amused.advertisement”You don’t need to frighten a criminal with brute force. When we were in the force, criminals were scared even if they saw a cop in civvies sporting a crew cut. If you really want to make an impact, then you need not have muscles,” they claim. No one wants to say this to Patnaik’s face as they probably feel it is not a good idea to cross swords with Patnaik with Bhonsle and Kakade around. Govt ties itself in knots On Tuesday, the Home Department announced that it had recommended the suspension of DCP (railway police) Ashok Deshbrathar.Home Minister RR Patil said he would be suspended because in 2008 he had allegedly conducted a ‘sting’ operation on Hassan Ali who was arrested for having multiple passports. In the sting, allegedly conducted by the DCP himself, Ali is heard talking of his contacts with top politicians from the Congress and NCP. He even claims he was instrumental in the appointment of the then Mumbai Police Commissioner Hasan Gafoor. The state government which then ordered a CID inquiry found that the ‘sting’ was doctored to embarrass the people concerned.If Deshbrathar is really guilty, then shouldn’t he be sacked instead of just being suspended, specially as Patil himself has said that the CID found that Deshbrathar had also sought a bribe of Rs 1 crore from Hasan Ali? Also why has the government moved so late in the day?  ===Mess with Pawar at your peril   Arup Patnaik should take a leaf out of Ajit Pawar’s book.Sharad Pawar’s nephew is neither six feet tall nor does he sport rippling muscles, yet he still manages to instill fear.On Thursday, nine opposition MLAs belonging to both the NCP and Shiv Sena were suspended till the end of the year. Their crime: They were creating a ruckus when Ajit Pawar was reading out his maiden budget speech on Wednesday.There was no action against the MLAs on the same day, but the next day, MLA’s belonging to the Congress and NCP ruling party moved a resolution for the suspension claiming that the opposition had tarnished the image of the house with their unruly behaviour as the images were being telecast live. The jury is out on whether the MLAs would have been suspended if someone else had been reading the speech. ===’Marathon’ sweepers selection The BMC is the richest civic body in the country.However, when it comes to common sense, the civic body seems strangely bereft of it. A case in point: On a hot summer morning last Monday when temperatures in the city were close to 40 degrees Celsius, hundreds of men were being made to run around by the BMC. At stake were 3,916 posts for sweepers, and if you wanted to get the job then you had to prove that you could run 4 km within 15 minutes.How this would help in the job was unclear. Even the finest cadets at the National Cadet Corps (NCC) manage a timing of 16 minutes for six kilometres.advertisementSo, it was not surprising that not one of those who ran on Monday qualified and neither did 3 lakh other applicants who ran on other days. Chastened, the BMC has now decided to increase the timings for qualification.From the earlier 15 minutes, applicants for the sweepers’ post can now take 25 minutes to cover 4 km.While it remains to be seen how many of the men manage to qualify in the revised timings, what civic officials are unable to explain is the connection between running fast and sweeping.Surely, they don’t expect their staff to sweep as they run.last_img read more

Blackberry cofounder raises concerns with Nunavut MP Aglukkaq about facts behind Franklin

first_imgKent Driscoll APTN National NewsIQALUIT – Former co-founder of Blackberry and head of the Arctic Research Foundation, the organization that helped fund the search for Franklin’s two lost ships, is questioning the Minister of Environment on whether a CBC documentary correctly told the story about who and how HMS Erebus was found.In a letter obtained by APTN dated April 30, 2015, Jim Balsillie wrote to Leona Aglukkaq and told her the (CBC) documentary ran “contrary to the planning meeting we held in your office on June 9th, 2014 and filmed for the Prime Minister’s on-line news channel.”“I think it’s important that the contribution to the search is recognized accurately, that the history of the project is documented correctly and that it reflects the partnership agreements of each organization involved … the narrative, as currently presented, attempts to minimize the role of the Government and its respective agencies and private partners, ” Balsillie wrote.Jim Balsillie in an undated photoThere are also concerns in the letter about whether the people featured in the documentary are the ones who actually carried out a lion’s share of the work.Balsillie was particularly concerned that the role of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society (RCGS) was being greatly exaggerated, although he doesn’t fully explain why the organization was being given undue credit.“It also creates new and exaggerated narratives for the exclusive benefit of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and its own partners. The Government of Nunavut, the Canadian Hydrographic Service and the Canadian Coast Guard are shown as supporting players to the RCGS.”The CEO of the RCGS is an American-born author named John Geiger.RCGS President John G Geiser. Photo: RCGSBalsillie’s letter goes on.“The CEO of RCGS makes a claim that his organization has been doing the search “for years, catching a break this year” when in fact they joined the Victoria Strait partnership in April of 2014 as a support partner to help with communication and outreach activities. This narrative put forward by the RCGS undermines the leadership shown by you and the Prime Minister and the careful logistical planning that the Government supported well before the communications support role was taken by the RCGS.”What is not clear is why Balsillie is writing to the minister about a documentary that aired on CBC’s Nature of Things on April 9, 2015.When contacted by APTN, a spokesperson in Balsillie’s office said that “Mr. Balsillie has no comment at this time. He has communicated his concerns about the Franklin project (as well as ideas for Northern communities to benefit from the project) to relevant partners directly.”A producer for the Nature of Things, said no one in government was allowed to pre-screen the show as per CBC guidelines.But Balsillie isn’t the only one questioning the historical facts contained in the documentary or the role of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and it’s CEO John Geiger in it.Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Paul Watson recently made a splash when he announced that he quit his job at the Toronto Star over concerns he was being muzzled.Watson told APTN National News that he quit after the Toronto Star wouldn’t let him investigate the story of the scientists who discovered the HMS Erebus last summer.“I had traction on a story, and began reporting, to try to finish it, and I was ordered to stop,” Watson told APTN in an interview Wednesday. “It is the first time I’ve been asked to stop working on a story before I’ve even written it. At a meeting with management in Vancouver, I explicitly asked, ‘Yes or no, will you let me finish this story?’ I was told by the Star’s editor Michael Cooke, ‘We’re not interested in that story.’ That was a kill order, and I quit.”The Toronto Star denied the allegations in an article published in its paper.Paul Watson, Author Photo: Toronto StarWatson also said that he had to speak out for the scientists who worked on the project.“They’re frightened of losing their jobs. I was shocked at how far widespread that fear is,” he said. “Hard working people, experts in their field, who are afraid to speak the truth, because they fear that they will be slapped down and perhaps lose their jobs over it,” said Watson.In an interview with APTN and others, Watson singles out Geiger and the RCGS as having an embellished role in discovering HMS Erebus and questioned whether Geiger deserved receiving the Polar medal Monday in Whitehorse.“Four people as I understand it received that (Polar) medal. I think, clearly, that three of them are important to the discovery of HMS Erebus. They deserve that medal … I challenge anyone, as my sources have, to find evidence that John Geiger had any direct role in the discovery of that ship. Or did anything else that would warrant a medal from the Governor-General, awarded on behalf of the Queen,”APTN National News contacted Geiger and the Royal Canadian Geographic Society for comment but calls were not returned.Balsillie mentioned the RCGS a number of times in his letter.I am concerned that official communication outputs, such as this documentary, contain versions of the search that are misleading the to the Canadian public. Because this documentary is currently being adopted for US and international audiences I have requested meetings with the film director and the producing company to discuss how best to fix these factual errors. This project offers an unprecedented opportunity to engage our fellow Canadians in our history, Inuit culture, and the North which together raises awareness of the importance of the Arctic to our security, sovereignty and prosperity.Leona Aglukkaq did not respond to APTN’s request to comment Wednesday when contacted.But a spokesperson in her office did respond after APTN published its first story on the Franklin issue.In an email, spokesperson Ted Laking wrote that the government of Canada “did not have editorial control of the documentary,” CBC aired.And that Aglukkaq would be responding to Balsillie’s letter “shortly.”[email protected] @kentdriscolllast_img read more

Brookfield buying Forest City Realty Trust for 114 billion including debt

first_imgTORONTO – Brookfield Asset Management Inc. says it will buy Forest City Realty Trust Inc. for $11.4 billion including debt.The asset manager says it has entered into a definitive agreement with the Cleveland-based property trust acquire its shares in an all-cash transaction.The acquisition will give Brookfield control of Forest City’s 6.3 million square feet of office space, 2.3 million square feet of life science assets mostly in the Cambridge, Mass. area, and 2.2 million square feet of retail space.Forest City also has five large-scale development projects in the New York area, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. and 18,500 multi-family units for a total portfolio of more than 18 million square feet that will also be part of the deal.Brookfield is offering $25.35 per share for Forest City, which it says is a 26.6. per cent premium to the company’s closing price on June 15, a day before recent market speculation on a possible deal.The deal marks the second major U.S. property buy for Brookfield this year after it agreed to take over property trust GGP Inc.last_img read more

Petition asks doctors to write generic names of drugs legibly

first_imgNEW DELHI: A PIL has been moved in the Delhi High Court seeking directions to the Centre and the Medical Council of India (MCI) to ensure that doctors prescribe medicines by writing their generic names legibly and preferably in capital letters. The petition seeks strict compliance of regulation 1.5 of the MCI (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002, which mandates every physician “prescribe drugs with generic names legibly and preferably in capital letters”.The plea by Amit Sahni, a lawyer by profession, contends that MCI in 2017 had directed all medical practitioners registered under the Indian Medical Council Act to use generic names, but unfortunately no one takes it seriously. The petition claims that “despite issuance of various notifications and circulars issued by respondent 2 (MCI) to practicing doctors in this regard and even after launching of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushdhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) by respondent 1 (Centre), the respondents have failed to yield any result.” It alleged that authorities have failed to take up the matter seriously and have only confined themselves to issuing circulars. The plea has said that under PMBJP, launched in 2008, generic medicines were supposed to be made available at affordable price. Sahni has sought directions to the government to set up generic medicine shops under PMBJP near all super speciality hospitals in the country. “Generic medicines work in the same way and provide the same clinical benefit as its branded version, but generic medicines cost between 5 per cent to 60 per cent less than branded counterparts… “The doctors do not prescribe generic drugs generally and not done even on specific demand, due to vested interest,” the petition claimed.last_img read more

Silva teases that Brazil have a Plan A B ready

first_imgBrazil captain Thiago Silva has teased that they are well prepared for today’s last-16 game against Mexico with the coaching staff having made a “plan A and plan B” to ensure successToday’s meeting between the two nations will be the 41st time they have faced off against each other with Brazil having won 23 times compared to Mexico’s 10, although the latter has never managed to score against the Canarinho in their previous four World Cup matches.Brazil are determined to right the wrongs of four years ago, where they were thrashed 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals of the World Cup at home soil, and have got off to a steady start at Russia this time around by topping Group E with 7 points from their opening three games.And Silva revealed that the squad are taking no chances as they chase a record sixth world title.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.“We are well-prepared and we are planning to progress to the quarter-finals. The coach provided us with all the necessary tools, we have plan A and plan B. We hope that tomorrow will be a wonderful day, and Neymar will be as inspired as everyone else,” said the 33-year-old, as stated on FourFourTwo.Brazil and Mexico last met in the World Cup four years ago where they had a goalless draw in a group game.Today’s match will take place at the Samara Arena at 16:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more

Respiratory Pathogen Found In Alaska Dalls Sheep And Mountain Goats

center_img Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae (Movi, for short), described as a respiratory bacteria that can cause disease in susceptible hosts, was recently confirmed in four Dall’s sheep within a sample of 136 and in two of 39 mountain goats. Movi is sometimes found in domestic sheep, goats, and wild sheep and goats in the Lower 48, among other hoofed animals. It has been identified as a pathogen in Lower 48 bighorn sheep pneumonia outbreaks that have resulted in significant die-offs. The Dall’s sheep testing positive for Movi were all in Game Management Unit 13A; all were taken by hunters and appeared healthy. The department plans to continue surveillance for Mycoplasma bacteria, including Movi research in Dall’s sheep, mountain goats, and other Alaska wildlife in collaboration with the USDA Animal Disease Research Unit and the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Pullman, Washington.last_img read more