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Thailand’s first avian flu case of 2006 confirmed

first_imgJul 26, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed today that a 17-year-old boy who died on Jul 24 in the Phichit province of northern Thailand had H5N1 avian influenza, marking the country’s first case this year.The WHO statement said the case was confirmed by Thailand’s Ministry of Health. The country had not recorded a human H5N1 case since December; its toll now stands at 23 cases with 15 deaths.The boy lived in the Thap Khlo district, where he experienced symptoms on Jul 15 and was hospitalized Jul 20, the WHO said. The patient had buried dead chickens on Jul 10. His death comes amid several recent reports of mass poultry deaths in northern and central Thailand.Bloomberg News reported today that the patient had been in contact with fighting cocks that had not been declared to authorities for fear of culling; the fighting roosters are reported to be worth as much as $13,000. Thailand’s disease-control director said the boy also tested positive for dengue hemorrhagic fever, making his case unique, Bloomberg reported.H5N1 was detected in 31 dead chickens in the Bang Mulnarg district of the Phichit province, according to a report that a Thai livestock official filed Jul 24 with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Several media outlets have reported suspicious poultry deaths in other nearby provinces, including Phitsanulok and Uttaradit.Thai health officials have placed several other people from Phichit province under quarantine, according to an article today in The Nation, a Thai newspaper. Four are members of a family whose chickens tested positive for the H5N1 virus. A veterinarian told The Nation that the family raised 268 fighting cocks, which started to die on Jul 15. Another patient is an 11-year-old girl who lived near the family and developed a flu-like illness after touching a dead chicken.Officials in Chiang Mai, the largest city in northern Thailand, have suspended cockfighting until further notice, The Nation reported. The country’s agriculture minister recently announced bans on poultry imports and the transport of birds.According to the OIE, the Phichit Provincial Livestock Office declared the Bang Mulnarg district an avian flu–infected area, which allows officials to conduct full-scale disease control efforts, including culling, quarantine, screening, and disinfection of affected sites.In other news, China has invited the United Nations to observe tests it will run to verify a June report by Chinese scientists that a man who died in 2003 had the H5N1 virus, according to a Reuters report today. The scientists’ report has fueled speculation about how many human H5N1 cases might have been missed or not reported in China before 2005, when the country reported its first case. Following the scientists’ report, Chinese officials said they would investigate the case.Avian flu scare in US hospitalIn the United States, a 207-bed hospital in Carrollton, Tex., had a real-life test of its avian flu preparedness when an elderly woman who had recently spent a month in an area of Vietnam where human cases had occurred stumbled through the doors. WFAA TV in Dallas-Ft. Worth reported yesterday that within seconds of noting the patient’s recent travel history, the intake nurse rushed the woman to the emergency department, where she underwent a rapid flu test.When the test came back positive, the hospital staff alerted its infection control staff and Texas health officials, the story said. The woman was placed in an infectious-disease room with ventilation controls, while a state trooper rushed her test samples to a lab in Ft. Worth.Within 6 hours, the woman was diagnosed with ordinary flu. The hospital’s infection control director, Eileen McClachlan, told WFAA that the hospital staff was pleased that they knew what to do quickly when a patient’s symptoms and history suggested possible avian flu. “But they were also very nervous that this could be the beginning of avian influenza in the United States,” she said.Businesses urged to prepareMeanwhile, a US government official urged businesses to prepare for a possible avian flu outbreak. According to an Agence France Presse report yesterday, Rajeev Vankayya, a White House biodefense policy advisor, warned those attending a US Chamber of Commerce meeting in Washington that an outbreak would affect their businesses.At the conference, businesses were advised to improve hygiene measures, develop telecommuting plans, and determine how to keep key business units functioning in the event of a flu pandemic.The story said Lynn Slepski, a Department of Homeland Security official, told those at the meeting, “We won’t be able to stop the disease at the borders. We can’t depend on that. So plan!”See also:Jul 26 WHO update on Thai situationhttp://www.who.int/entity/csr/don/2006_07_26/en/index.htmlJul 24 CIDRAP News story “Thailand faces renewed avian flu fight”Jul 24 OIE notice on H5N1 in poultry in Thailandhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2006_AI.phplast_img read more

Contractor appointed to €2.5M Donegal Town Garda Station

first_imgA contractor has been appointed to construct the €2.5m Donegal Town Garda Station.Boyle Construction will be the main contractors for the building which has received a widespread welcome.Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has welcomed the appointment of contractors for the upgrading and refurbishment works. It is expected that works will commence shortly after Easter on the building.The redevelopment contract for the station is to consist of the demolition of a two-storey extension and an adjoining storage shed along with internal and external alterations to the existing building.The construction of a new three-storey extension to provide the additional extra capacity requirement for the station forms the main part of the contract, as the present Garda Station is grossly overcrowded at present.Pat the Cope added these works are greatly needed at the station and are long overdue. He said “I have raised this matter on numerous occasions with the Minister for Justice and I have constantly raised the issue directly with the Department by way of parliamentary questions.“With the appointment of a contractor, it is expected to see works underway without any delay, temporary accommodation has already been arranged for the Garda Station while works are underway.“The upgrading of our Garda stations is essential as the need to have a comprehensive and modern-day facility is a basic requirement for modern day policing.”Contractor appointed to €2.5M Donegal Town Garda Station was last modified: April 9th, 2019 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:boyle constructioncontractorDonegal TownGarda stationlast_img read more

Warriors mailbag: What to make of the Warriors’ drama

first_imgDALLAS — “Don’t ask me about that again.”Those were the words Kevin Durant said to me in a stern tone following the Warriors’ loss to the Houston Rockets on Thursday. Safe to say that Durant does not like fielding questions about where things stand with Draymond Green, who served a one-game suspension this week after berating him with vulgarities and references to his pending free agency.None offense taken. It comes with the territory. But in the spirit of another Warriors mailbag, feel …last_img read more

Cassini Shines in the Light of Saturn

first_imgSince its arrival at Saturn last June (see 07/01/2004 entry), the Cassini orbiter has achieved a string of phenomenal successes, and these just 15% of the way into its tour of Saturn’s rings, moons and magnetosphere (see JPL press release).  The prize has been publication of initial science results in Nature1 and Science2 – the cover stories in both.  A few of the more surprising and significant results are listed here.  These papers focus on Saturn’s atmosphere and rings, and the moons Phoebe and Iapetus.  We’ll have to wait for official scientific results from the Huygens probe (see 01/21/2005 entry) and the flybys of Titan.Aurora varialous:  Saturn’s auroras (picture) show unique spiral structures and persist unusually long.  Unexpectedly, they do not appear intermediate between those on Earth and Jupiter (see EurekAlert for summary).  Saturn’s aurora can brighten by a factor of 4, depending on solar wind activity.  Like the roar of a campfire in the wind, Saturn’s radio emissions increase when the solar wind blows harder (see explanation on EurekAlert).Ring spokes (picture) that were discovered by Voyager and detected by Hubble have not yet been seen by Cassini.  Apparently the phenomenon is a function of low sun angle.  If so, it may be a couple of years before Cassini can detect them.Ring irregularities:  At closest approach, Cassini was able to get the highest resolution scans across the rings ever taken (pictures).  These show unexplained irregularities in some narrow and broad rings.  Some may be due to non-Keplerian and non-resonance forces, such as shear stresses or undulations caused by meteoroid impacts (picture).Click here to continue—(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

ReadWriteWeb Events Guide, 5 June 2010

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting “Fab Labs”, Reinventing Manufacturing Practical and relevant insights from peers who have already used social media successfully20-plus corporate speakers (including PepsiCo, Whole Foods, Dell, McDonald’s, General Motors, Citi, Johnson & Johnson),Best practice, benchmarks and practical next steps you can use to take advantage of social media in your businessA tightly-focused agenda with 14 in-depth, practical workshops giving you knowledge on only the most critical business issues surrounding corporate use of social mediaSave $400 if you quote RWW400 when booking. Book here.21 – 25 June 2010: San Francisco, CaliforniaSemTech 2010SemTech 2010 is the world’s largest, most authoritative conference on semantic technology. The programs covers semantics in enterprise computing, consumer applications, search, Linked Data and social networking. SemTech is the place where the entire community gathers to do business – entrepreneurs and investors, researchers and product developers, marketers and customers.This year we have in-depth focus on industry applications in Healthcare, Life Sciences, Open Government, Publishing, Finance and Advertising. Case studies will be provided by early adopters including Best Buy, Biogen, Blue Cross, Boeing, Cleveland Clinic, DoD, Group M, Merck, Nokia, Pearson, Pfizer, Salesforce.com, US Air Force, University of Texas and the World Bank. The conference hashtag is #SemTech.22 – 24 June 2010: Santa Clara, CaliforniaVelocity Now in its third year, Velocity – the Web Performance and Operations Conference from O’Reilly Media – is dedicated to helping people build a better Internet that is Fast by Default. Join hundreds of web developers and experts under one roof from June 22-24, 2010 in Santa Clara, CA Velocity packs a wealth of big ideas, know-how, and connections into three concentrated days. You’ll be able to apply what you’ve learned immediately for high impact results and you’ll come away prepared for what’s ahead. O’Reilly Velocity 2010 is the premier conference dedicated to building industrial strength sites, at internet speed. Velocity”>Register Now and save 25% with discount code “vel10rww”. 5 October 2010: New York CityFinovateFallFinovateFall will return to Manhattan on Tuesday, October 5 to showcase dozens of the biggest and most innovative new ideas in financial and banking technology from established leaders and hot young companies. The Fall event is the original and largest Finovate and features a single day packed with our special blend of short, fast-paced onstage demos (no slides are allowed) and intimate networking time with top executives from the innovative demoing companies.FinovateFall is a unique chance to see the future of finance and banking before your competition and find the edge you need in today’s market. Early bird registration rates are available.29 – 30 March 2011: LondonSocial Media World Forum EuropeSocial Media World Forum Europe: Two days of interactive & engaging conference featuring leading key figure keynotes, brand case studies, topical Q&A and debates, exhibition hall, workshops and networking.Social Media World Forum Europe is continuing to evolve and deliver an event which is second to none, ensuring our audience receive the maximum potential from attending our shows. New for 2011 we have introduced interactive panel discussions, live streamed debate sessions, collaborative learning, break-out group discussions, open Q&A portions in every session, open workshops, with group discussions and interactive zones within the exhibition hall. We have introduced the Online Marketing Toolbox Workshops, educating in all elements of the online marketing mix, such as SEO, Paid Search, Affiliate, Mobile & Apps. The perfect toolbox to complete your online marketing strategy.Download this entire events calendar in iCal format. Related Posts ReadWrite Sponsors Blake Chandlee, VP & Commercial Director, EMEA, FacebookNicki Kenyon, Vice President, Digital Marketing APMEA, MasterCardReynold D’Silva, Global Brand Marketing Manager, UnileverPooja Arora, Brand Manager, P&GThomas Crampton, Asia-Pacific Director, 360 Digital Influence, Ogilvy Public Relations WorldwideLito S. German, Marketing Director, BMW Group AsiaRanjeet-Shandu Singh, Digital Project Manager, Ogilvy One SingaporeDerek Yeo, Head of Marketing, Tiger Airways People Hacks”, Distributing Control and Knowledge You’re invited to join ReadWriteWeb for our third event and our first on the East Coast: the ReadWriteWeb Real-Time Web Summit, on June 11 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. This is our second Summit on the Real-Time Web, following on from our successful debut event in Mountain View last October. It will follow the same unconference format, which we have gotten a lot of great feedback on.The Real-Time Web is a set of technologies that impacts almost every service, activity and application on the Web. We were one of the first news outlets to analyze the Real-Time Web and we’ve since written extensively about it. Come to the summit to understand how it impacts you, your business and your next development.The ReadWriteWeb team is excited about our first New York event and we look forward to seeing you there!12 – 13 June 2010: Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts2010 H+ Summit The focus of 2010’s H+ Summit is on the “Rise of the Citizen Scientist” and will feature 60 renowned speakers who are leaders and champions of global movements involving transformative science and technology. These thought-leaders will provide an early look at the trends and technologies that attendees will be writing, speaking and communicating about for the next twenty years.Three of the Summit‘s featured speakers include Ray Kurzweil, noted futurist, Stephen Wolfram, creator of Wolfram|Alpha, and Andrew Hessel, an outspoken advocate and champion of DNA technology. The visionary thinking of Kurzweil, Wolfram and Hessel is representative of the level of trend-setting talks that will be featured in the 2010 H+ Summit.15 – 16 June 2010: New York CityCorporate Social Media Summit The Corporate Social Media Summit is a two day conference focused exclusively on how big businesses can take advantage of social media to enhance their marketing/comms strategy. Featuring: Tags:#Events Guide#web center_img “Privacy Revisited”, Protect and ProjectSpeakers include Sam Pitroda, advisor to India’s PM on innovation; Alma Whitten, Google’s privacy lead; Haakon Karlsen, Fab Labs Foundation; Michael Cross, FreeOurData.org; Amit Zoran, MIT Smart Cities Lab; Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, French minister for the Digital Economy; Geoff Mulgan, the Young Foundation.7 July 2010: Melbourne, AustraliaDigital Sport SummitDigital Sport Summit is Australia’s premier sport and digital media event. Hear from social media pioneers who are changing the face of Australian sport. Learn how social media and mobile technology is taking fan engagement to a whole new level.Speakers on the day will cover a variety of topics including:iPhone application development for sportConvincing management of the case for social mediaHow to monetize social mediaFantasy sportsSocial media from an athlete’s perspectiveWith speakers representing Essendon Football Club, Cricket Victoria, Herald Sun, Football Federation Australia and more. Digital Sport Summit will take place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.22 – 23 September 2010: SingaporeSocial Media World Forum AsiaSocial Media World Forum Asia is back for 2010. The event will be taking place at the larger venue – The Suntec Conference Centre – before the F1 Singapore night race. Two days of interactive and engaging conference featuring leading key figure keynotes, brand case studies, topical Q&A and debates, exhibition hall, workshops and networking. Speakers include: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market 29 – 30 June 2010: LondonCloud Computing World Forum The 2nd annual Cloud Computing World Forum is the perfect event to learn and discuss the development, integration, adoption and future of cloud computing and SaaS. Building on the success of the 2009 show, this two day conference and free-to-attend exhibition will provide a focused platform for the global cloud and SaaS industry. Show highlights include: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Together we will explore 4 major topics:“Web Squared”, Making Sense of the World through Shared Data Co-located with CloudCamp LondonCo-located with Green IT conferenceFree-to-attend exhibition with seminar and scenario theatreFree-to-attend evening awards presentationHear from leading case studies on how they have integrated cloud computing and SaaS into their working practicesLearn from the key players offering cloud and SaaS servicesEvening networking party for all attendees5 – 7 July 2010: Marseilles, FranceLift France ’10Lift France gathers pioneers from all over the world to explore how the technologies and concepts of the Web are changing the real world. Through a combination of workshops, inspiring talks, and innovative demos, Lift offers a chance to anticipate the major shifts ahead, and meet the people who drive them. Blogs with Balls 3 is happening in Chicago this weekend; next week’s H+ Summit is all about the “Rise of the Citizen Scientist”; and a few days after that is the Corporate Social Media Summit, which features speakers from McDonald’s, Adidas, PepsiCo, Dell, Johnson & Johnson and Nokia. And don’t forget about the ReadWriteWeb Real-Time Web Summit on June 11. We’d love to have you join us.How do you like your events guide? You can import individual events into Google Calendar using the link beside each entry, or download the entire thing as an iCal (and Google Calendar-importable) file, or even view it as a world map. Know of something cool taking place that should appear here? Let us know in the comments below or contact us.4 – 6 June 2010: Chicago, ILBlogs with Balls 3 The bright future of sports media gathers for Blogs with Balls 3 in Chicago at the legendary Wrigley Field. This third installment of the conference focuses on sports and local media, the ever-changing face of traditional media, as well as all the ways that mobile and emerging technologies are changing the world of the sports fan (and the companies trying to reach him or her) today. Feature speakers from established players like ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo! Sports & The Sporting News and emerging blogging/podcasting personalities and sports new media entrepreneurs, not to mention former professional athletes who are bolstering their brand through digital.Register before May 15 and save more than $50 off the full ticket price at blogswithballs3.eventbrite.com. Use discount code RWWxBWB11 June 2010: New York Citylast_img read more

Kashmir to seek Bollywood help to shed negative image

first_imgThe J&K government has decided to approaching the Bollywood and seek help in dispelling the negative notions about the State, as it makes fresh bid to revive its old connections by making picturesque locales available for the film shootings.“Serious efforts are underway to bring back the Bollywood to the Valley for filming and other related activities. The Bollywood hopefully would contribute its bit in removing the negative perception,” said Director Tourism, Kashmir, Tasaduq Jeelani.Buoyed by Bollywood star and director Manoj Bajpayee’s decision to shoot a family soap Family Man in Kashmir these days, Mr. Jeelani said the government was serious to revive the Bollywood connection. He said this will also benefit the local artists and people connected with this trade.In the 60s, 70s and 80s, Kashmir remained the most sought after destination for the Bollywood. Many blockbusters like Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon, Jab Jab Phool Khile, Kashmir ki Kali etc put Kashmir on film shooting map. However, after the emergence of militancy in 1990s, Kashmir saw a slide in Bollywood shootings.Describing Kashmir as a paradise for adventure lovers, Mr. Jeelani urged tourists and the Bollywood “to become brand ambassadors of J&K”.“There are 200 major tourist destinations in Kashmir Valley,” he added.last_img read more

NYC & NSC 2018 MVPs

first_img18’s GirlsPlayer of the Series: Leesa Mi Mi (QSST)Player of the Final: Taylah Connell (QSST) 9/10 BoysPlayer of the Final: Harradyn Wilson 9/10 GirlsPlayer of the Final: Olivia Jenkins To read the NYC grand final match reports, click here. 7/8 GirlsPlayer of the Final: Skyla Adams 18’s BoysPlayer of the Series: Joshua Moffitt (NSWCHS)Player of the Final: Cooper Marshall (QSST) 7/8 BoysPlayer of the Final: Hayden Wonglast_img