“Controlling avian influenza is an enormous challenge for the veterinary community,” Dr. Ilaria Capua, head of virology at Italy’s Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie, said in a speech yesterday. “Local administrations in different parts of the world are not well prepared. The virus is changing as it moves to new ecosystems and hosts. We need money. We need resources.” Threat to humans persistsOther presentations at the conference underlined avian flu’s persistent but unpredictable threat to human health. A study of more than 900 people in four provinces of Thailand where there had been serious human cases of H5N1 flu found no mild or asymptomatic infections, according to Dr. Rapeepan Dejpichai of the Thai Ministry of Health, underlining a growing impression among some scientists that H5N1 is a difficult disease to catch. Episodes such as those are of particular concern to scientists who worry that underfunded animal-health efforts could leave humans vulnerable to a resurgence of H5N1 or another novel strain. “There is certainly variability in the response to commercial vaccines,” he said. “We are not getting very many new vaccines that are closely matched to the [wild] strains, and I think protection over time will suffer.” Vaccinating poultry and ducks to contain avian flu has been controversial. It reduces birds’ clinical symptoms, keeping them alive and preserving their economic valuethough not necessarily their utility as a trade good, because some countries refuse to import vaccinated chicken. It decreases viral shedding, slowing disease transmission, but it does not block infection entirely, potentially allowing the virus to spread silently. Despite investments by international aid agencies, the animal-health system in Africa remains so poorly funded that “we have had several experiences of samples being stuck in countries for weeks when they should have been sent to reference laboratories,” said Dr. Stella Chungong of the World Health Organization. “When you talk about capacity in Africa, you are really talking about very basic issues of specimen collection, transportation, and storage.” “Freedom from infection has not been sustained in the region,” she said. “There has been a recurrence of cases in most of the affected countries, with some countries having continuing outbreaks. The virus may be endemic in some countries.” That is also true in Europe and the Russian Federation, where “the reemergence of the virus in a number of countries does suggest we are moving toward endemicity,” even though some countries have deployed vaccinations against the disease, said Dr. Ian Brown of the British government’s Veterinary Laboratory Agency. It is not clear what is driving the slippage, Dr. David Swayne, director of the Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory, said in a separate session: The influence could be immunologic pressure within vaccinated poultry or the birds’ exposure to ducks that harbor other viral strains. But a study of a recent outbreak in Wales and England of H7N2 flua mild strain not thought to cause serious human diseaserevealed three people ill enough to be hospitalized and possibly 23 people who had contracted a flu-like illness, according to Dr. Jonathan Nguyen-Van-Tam of London’s Public Health Services Laboratory. Despite the apparent slowdown in human infections and deaths, H5N1 flu is continuing to evade detection and control efforts, recurring in birds in some areas that were thought clear, becoming permanently entrenched in others, and mutating in a way that renders long-used poultry vaccines less effective, according to conference presenters. Jun 21, 2007 TORONTO (CIDRAP News) Declining public interest in the deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza and its pandemic potential has sparked alarm among animal-health experts, who worry that shifting priorities will derail the funding still needed to control the disease in birds. And according to papers presented at the conference, vaccination may be driving the virus’s evolution. Isolates gathered in northern Vietnam in December 2005 are not only more virulent than earlier samples, but less likely to be controlled by vaccines that once contained the virus successfully, said Dr. David Suarez of the Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory in Athens, Ga. Bird outbreaks keep returningIn Southeast Asia, the area from which the virus began spreading in late 2003, there have been multiple H5N1 bird outbreaks just in the past month, along with Vietnam’s first human death in two years, said Dr. Watanee Kalpravidh of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. Prominent veterinary scientists attending the International Conference on Options for the Control of Influenza, a meeting of about 1,500 flu experts this week in Toronto, urged their colleagues to remember that the virus will remain a human health threat as long as it circulates in birds and mammals. “I’ve never understood why the medical community does not call for more support for the veterinary community, to say that if we could control flu in animals it would have a profound effect on controlling a possible pandemic,” said Dr. Michael Perdue of the WHO’s Global Influenza Programme. “But because it causes both animal infections and sporadic human infections, [avian flu] is not like any other disease. It has competing mandates.”
ION Mobility cofounder and CEO James Chan said the company would focus on Indonesia with the launch of its first product in the country, as it had one of the biggest motorcycle markets in the world. Last year, 6.38 million motorcycles were sold in the country.The company also planned to expand its team and operations across Singapore, Jakarta and Shenzhen, develop its in-house research and development capabilities and build up its supply chain and manufacturing partnerships.Southeast Asia represents 8 percent of the world population but 25 percent of global motorcycle demand. The market for the motorbike industry in Southeast Asia is expected to hit $8.53 billion by 2023.“There is no proven electric vehicle (EV) motorbike brand in Southeast Asia with products that can compel motorbike riders to join the inevitable electric revolution,” Chan said. “We are committed to offering riders across Southeast Asia superior alternatives to their petrol-based motorbikes with our next-generation, smart and connected electric motorbikes that are clean, aspirational and affordable.”Monk’s Hill Ventures cofounder and managing partner Kuo-Yi Lim said that Southeast Asia had one of the largest and fastest-growing number of motorbike users in the world with a growing appetite for affordable and cleaner motorbikes.“We are excited to be working with the company in creating the next iconic start-up to emerge from Southeast Asia,” he said. (eyc)Topics : Singapore-based electric motorbike start-up ION Mobility has raised US$3.3 million in seed funding to launch its product in Indonesia by 2021 and expand its operations in Southeast Asia.The funding was provided by Monk’s Hill Ventures, TNB Aura, Village Global and 500 Startups’ Southeast Asia-focused fund, 500 Durians, among others.“We are excited to be supporting ION Mobility in bringing a home-grown mainstream electric motorbike offering to the market, starting with Indonesia,” TNB cofounder and managing partner Aura Charles Wong wrote in a statement released on Friday.
Share 129 Views no discussions Tweet Share LocalNews Opportunities available for development of agriculture sector highlighted by: – May 25, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Johnson Drigo. Photo credit: GIS NewsParliamentary Representative for the Castle Bruce Constituency Johnson Drigo has emphasized to farmers that his government, the ruling Dominica Labour Party, continues to ensure that opportunities are available to farmers for the development of the agricultural sector. Drigo told a panel discussion on the topic “Reviving the Agriculture Sector –Challenges and Opportunities” in San Sauveur on Wednesday evening that the government has implemented several programmes to ensure that farmers can produce quality products.He highlighted two such programmes which have invested millions of dollars into the sector.“The National Center for Testing and Excellence was built at a cost of $3.6 million; one in Roseau, one in Portsmouth for the marketing of agriculture to ensure that we send the best quality out there. There are investments a lot of money being spent in agriculture; under the Direct Farm Investment Program, the Agricultural Investment Unit invested $2 million in the agricultural sector last year, so I am saying the funds are available. We are doing a lot for agriculture, make no mistake; we are selling a lot of ginger, we are selling a lot of yams”. Drigo also explained that his government has been distributing free fertilizer to farmers because they realize the pertinence of this product to developing and organizing the farming sector.“The Prime Minister is going around building positive relationships with friendly countries and in the interest of the people, is negotiating not only for infrastructure but for things such as free fertilizer for farmers and we have had several free fertilizer distribution in the area and we are expecting plenty more from countries like Morocco”.He advised them to join the farmers groups which will be formed to provide a support structure and system which they can all benefit from.“We will form two farmers groups, one in Good Hope and one in Petite Soufriere. We have to be organized, we have to be structured, we have to know where our market is, we have to know what our prizes are and irrespective of whether the prices go up by this person or not, we are going to sell our produce because this is our cooperative, this is our group and we can do better”.He lamented however that while some farmers are “working hard in the farming sector”, others aren’t.“We are not capitalizing on all the opportunities because we are too busy sometimes accentuating negative things instead of looking at the positive side and opportunities are passing us by”.The Fest of St. Isidore gets underway this evening with a games night and Lapeau Kabwit competition.A Fish has been planned for Saturday May 26th, with musical accompaniment by the Kubuli Big Truck Jam.Other activities include the Miss Isidore pageant on Sunday May 27th followed by a dance with popular DJ Miguel Labadie, and then on Pentecost Monday, May 28th, a parade featuring local bands and groups will proceed to High Mass which will be broadcast live via radio.One elder who has given long and faithful service to the communities and to the celebration of the Feast of St. Isidore will be honoured. Fete Isidore will climax with music from the Bouyon Pioneers WCK.Dominica Vibes News
Cleaty Thomas 93, of Sunman passed away Tuesday August 22, 2017 at the Waters of Dillsboro. Cleaty was born Thursday October 11, 1923 the daughter of Alvis and Susan (Jones) Jordan. She married Elijah Thomas July 9, 1942 and he preceded her in death August 26, 1989. .Cleaty had worked for Batesville Casket Company for 20 years. She was a member of the Dearborn Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, canning, cooking and baking cookies. She quilted for the family and the church.Cleaty is survived by brother: James (Janice) Jordan of Muncie, IN; sister: Edith Antill of Batesville; special sister-in-law: Marie Jordan; special niece: Dorine Kash; special nephew: Michael Jordan, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 3 brothers, 1 sister.Funeral services will be 10:30AM Friday August 25, 2017 at the Dearborn Baptist Church 9638 SR 48 Aurora, IN 47001, with Pastor Darrel Sparks officiating. Burial will be at 2PM at Rose Hill Burial Park 2421 Princeton Road Hamilton, Ohio 45011. Visitation will be 9-10:30AM Friday August 25 also at the church. Memorials may be given to either the Dearborn Baptist Church or Manchester Life Squad. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan entrusted with arrangements. Box 243, Milan, IN 47031; (812)654-2141 Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.
OFM. Betts (R)BOS@MINTue 8:10M. Pineda (R)$4800$4100$17UPGRADE Today’s MLB DFS Picks: DraftKings, FanDuel advice for Tuesday, June 18SP: Jordan Yamamoto, Marlins @ Cardinals. The Marlins rookie made quite the impression during his major league debut last week, throwing seven scoreless innings. The Cards have been struggling lately, ranking 28th in OPS over the past two weeks, so advantage Yamamoto. He’s a GPP-only play considering how heavy favorites the Cardinals are with their ace on the hill and the fact that they’re home.C: Christian Vazquez, Red Sox @ Twins. I like the price and the matchup against Michael Pineda, who continues to struggle vs. righties (.870 OPS and .367 wOBA against). Vazquez has been seen hitting near the top of the Red Sox lineup lately and has an OPS over .800 this year.MORE TUESDAY MLB: SP rankings1B: Anthony Rizzo, Cubs @ White Sox. The Cubs will be very chalky on this 15-game slate — for good reason considering they’re facing off with Ivan Nova, who sports a 6.28 ERA this year. Nova has allowed 14 HRs this year across 14 starts, and lefties have absolutely destroyed the veteran righty, posting a .349 average, .960 OPS, and .408 wOBA against him.2B: Jason Kipnis, Indians @ Rangers. I’m not a huge fan of Kipnis in general, but he did have a three-hit game, including a big home run, on Sunday, so maybe he’s turning the corner. He’s been hitting fourth recently, which is obviously an ideal run producing spot. Cleveland’s game total in Texas is mighty appealing.SS: Marcus Semien, A’s vs. Orioles. Oakland righthanded hitters are really appealing to me on this slate. Even though Oakland isn’t a great hitters park, Gabriel Ynoa is not a good pitcher, especially against righties. Semien is batting .350 over his past 10 games and is riding a 10-game hit streak, as well.3B: Bryan Reynolds, Pirates vs. Tigers. He’s hitting against everyone this year considering he’s batting .361, but he’s been incredible from the right side with a .364 average and .420 wOBA. He’s batting second tonight, and I could get behind a top-of-the-order Pirates stack. OFB. Reynolds (B)DET@PITTue 7:05D. Norris (L)$4800$3300$22See above SPB. Anderson (L)BAL@OAKTue 10:07G. Ynoa (R)$6200$7000$32UPGRADE SPJ. Flaherty (R)MIA@STLTue 8:15J. Yamamoto (R)$8700$8000$42UPGRADE 2BB. Holt (L)BOS@MINTue 8:10M. Pineda (R)$4000$2800$16UPGRADE OFI. Desmond (R)COL@ARITue 9:40M. Kelly (R)$4600$3000$18See above OFO. Mercado (R)CLE@TEXTue 8:05A. Sampson (R)$4800$3400$18UPGRADE SPY. Kikuchi (L)KC@SEATue 10:10H. Bailey (R)$5300$6000$42UPGRADE 3BK. Bryant (R)CWS@CHITue 8:05I. Nova (R)$5100$4100$24UPGRADE CT. d’Arnaud (R)TB@NYYTue 7:05J. Happ (L)$3500$2500$9UPGRADE CP. Severino (R)BAL@OAKTue 10:07B. Anderson (L)$3700$2500$12UPGRADE SPJ. Yamamoto (R)MIA@STLTue 8:15J. Flaherty (R)$8300$7500$38See above 2BJ. Kipnis (L)CLE@TEXTue 8:05A. Sampson (R)$3200$2500$9See above 1BJ. Abreu (R)CWS@CHITue 8:05C. Hamels (L)$4100$3900$16UPGRADE 1BA. Rizzo (L)CWS@CHITue 8:05I. Nova (R)$5100$4200$26See above SPM. Keller (R)DET@PITTue 7:05D. Norris (L)$6900$5500$28UPGRADE 3BM. Chapman (R)BAL@OAKTue 10:07G. Ynoa (R)$4200$3900$19UPGRADE OFK. Schwarber (L)CWS@CHITue 8:05I. Nova (R)$4400$3200$24UPGRADE 2BH. Alberto (R)BAL@OAKTue 10:07B. Anderson (L)$3200$2400$12UPGRADE 2BM. Moustakas (L)MIL@SDTue 10:10L. Allen (L)$5200$3900$23UPGRADE 1BC. Santana (B)CLE@TEXTue 8:05A. Sampson (R)$5000$3900$25UPGRADE OFS. Ohtani (L)LAA@TORTue 7:07M. Stroman (R)$4700$3800$18UPGRADE 3BM. Gonzalez (B)BOS@MINTue 8:10D. Price (L)$3700$2900$15UPGRADE SPC. Kershaw (L)SF@LATue 10:10S. Anderson (R)$11200$10700$56UPGRADE 2BW. Merrifield (R)KC@SEATue 10:10Y. Kikuchi (L)$4800$3800$18UPGRADE OFJ. Soler (R)KC@SEATue 10:10Y. Kikuchi (L)$4400$3300$17UPGRADE SSF. Lindor (B)CLE@TEXTue 8:05A. Sampson (R)$5300$3900$22UPGRADE Editor’s Note: This is a FREE preview of Tuesday’s Fantasy Alarm’s MLB DFS Playbook. For full analysis every day and more ways to dominate your daily fantasy baseball competition, check out DFS site-specific advice and the rest of Fantasy Alarm’s great season-long and DFS tools available to subscribers.MORE: Fantasy Alarm PRO tools OFY. Alvarez (L)HOU@CINTue 7:10A. DeSclafani (R)$4800$4000$24UPGRADE SSM. Semien (R)BAL@OAKTue 10:07G. Ynoa (R)$4500$3500$20UPGRADE OFK. Davis (R)BAL@OAKTue 10:07G. Ynoa (R)$4000$3700$15UPGRADE SSK. Newman (R)DET@PITTue 7:05D. Norris (L)$4500$3000$15UPGRADE 1BM. Adams (L)PHI@WSHTue 7:05J. Arrieta (R)$4200$2900$14UPGRADE CY. Grandal (B)MIL@SDTue 10:10L. Allen (L)$4700$3500$23UPGRADE SSX. Bogaerts (R)BOS@MINTue 8:10M. Pineda (R)$4900$4200$23UPGRADE CC. Vázquez (R)BOS@MINTue 8:10M. Pineda (R)$3800$2600$12See above OF: Ian Desmond, Rockies @ Diamondbacks. Despite the fact that he’s riding a 10-game hit streak in which he’s batting .457, Desmond is still only $3K on FD, which is absurd. I know Merrill Kelly has had a couple good starts in a row, but he’s a journeyman rookie for a reason. Desmond should be able to continue his streak in this spot. On the other side of this game, Jarrod Dyson’s FD price and matchup makes him a really good cash game option. Avoiding him on DK at nearly $5K.For more player recommendations and analysis, become a Fantasy Alarm subscriber today! Pos PlayerMatchupOpp. SPDKFDY! FanballAnalysisSPJ. Verlander (R)HOU@CINTue 7:10A. DeSclafani (R)$11900$12000$62UPGRADE