Avian flu outbreaks reported on four continents

first_imgWhat appears to be the first detection of avian flu subtype H5N8 in Taiwan leads a long list of avian flu outbreaks reported in Asia, Europe, North America, and Africa in the past few days.The incidents involved three avian flu subtypes and affected birds in Japan, China, Nigeria, Canada, and Germany. Media reports said Taiwan authorities reported finding not only an H5N8 outbreak but also a new strain of H5N2 virus, but they gave few details.Taiwan outbreaksIn a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) yesterday, Taiwan authorities said H5N8 killed 3,683 of 5,200 breeding geese in Chiayi County. Officials said plans call for culling the rest of the geese and putting farms within 3 kilometers of the outbreak under intensified surveillance for 3 months.The OIE report did not make clear whether this was the first H5N8 outbreak in Taiwan, but Taiwan officials quoted in stories from Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA) and the Chinese news agency Xinhua said it was.Taiwan’s Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) said the virus was similar to the H5N8 that caused widespread outbreaks in South Korea in 2014, according to a Jan 11 CNA story. H5N8 viruses have also sparked outbreaks in Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Italy, and Japan in the past few months.The BAPHIQ also said a new strain of H5N2 struck four goose farms in Yunlin County, where 6,000 geese were being culled, according to CNA.The bureau said the conclusion that both viruses were new to Taiwan was based on lab tests of tissue samples collected from 23 goose farms and one duck egg farm, the story said.The story also said H5N2 was confirmed on a duck egg farm in Pingtung County, triggering plans to cull 7,000 ducks there. Two days earlier, on Jan 9, CNA had reported an H5N2 outbreak on a large commercial chicken farm in the same county, forcing the culling of 120,000 chickens.Meanwhile in Japan, an H5N8 virus was found in a wild hooded crane in Kagoshima prefecture, authorities told the OIE in a Jan 9 report. It said sequencing of the virus’s hemagglutinin (the H5 region) suggested it was a highly pathogenic strain.The report also noted that some Japanese farms that were involved in H5N8 outbreaks last fall are now free of the virus.Also on the H5N8 front, German authorities confirmed earlier media reports of infected storks at the Rostock Zoo in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, a northeastern state. In a Jan 9 report to the OIE, officials said three white storks died of H5N8 infections. It said 39 of the zoo’s 496 birds, including the storks, were destroyed to stop the virus.Outbreaks in China, Nigeria, CanadaIn still another Jan 9 OIE report, Chinese officials said an H5N1 outbreak killed 2,371 poultry in a flock of 20,483, forcing the destruction of the rest of the birds. It didn’t say what kind of birds they were. The source of the virus was unknown.In Nigeria, a backyard poultry flock in the north-central province of Kano was hit by an H5 virus, according to another OIE report filed Jan 9. It said 1,370 birds died, and the remaining 198 were killed to control the outbreak. The report didn’t list the full subtype of the virus.In Canada, British Columbian officials reported an H5N2 outbreak in a small flock of mixed poultry at Langley, near where several commercial poultry farms were hit by the virus late in 2014.There were 12 cases, including 3 deaths, in an 85-bird hobby flock that included breeder ducks, geese, chickens, and turkeys, officials told the OIE in a Jan 8 report. The surviving birds were culled.The report also noted that depopulation of the commercial poultry farms affected by the recent outbreaks was completed Dec 20 and that cleaning and disinfection was under way.See also: Jan 11 Taiwan report to OIEJan 11 CNA story on Taiwan outbreaksJan 9 OIE report on H5N8 in JapanJan 9 OIE report on H5N8 in GermanyJan 9 OIE report on H5N1 in ChinaJan 9 OIE report on H5 outbreak in NigeriaJan 8 OIE report on H5N2 in British Columbialast_img read more

Parker signs agreement and adds industry-leading hydrogen sensing systems to offering

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Strong demand for new crane

first_imgThe 750-tonne mobile crane has experienced widespread demand with the most number of orders coming from Germany, the largest single market for its all-terrain cranes. Liebherr has seen strong demand for the crane in the Netherlands; the first LTM 1750-9.1 machines were supplied to Mammoet and Schot during January. Crane contractors Boekestijn and Barneveldse Kraanverhuur will take receipt of their new LTM 1750-9.1 cranes during the coming weeks. Van der Tol expects to receive one of the machines before the end of 2013.   www.liebherr.com www.vandertolbv.nlwww.boekestijntransport.nl www.barneveldsekraanverhuur.nl www.schot-alkmaar.nllast_img read more

LPC students struggle to get training deals

first_imgOnly a fraction of students enrolled on legal practice courses are obtaining training contracts, according to university records released under freedom of information requests.Liverpool John Moores University reported that 10 of its 38 LPC students (26%) have so far obtained training contracts for 2011/12.Bournemouth University reported that six out of 30 2012/13 students (20%) had training contracts by August 2013, up from five out of 30 in August 2012.Of the 36 students enrolled at the University of Central Lancashire in 2011/12, the university said it was aware of 13 (36%) having obtained legal graduate-level jobs, including training contracts, six months after completing the course.The number of students who secured training contracts at the start of their LPC course also remains low.Of the 78 enrolled at Oxford Brookes University in 2012/13, 14% had a training contract in place before starting their course – down from 25% of the 102 enrolled in 2011/12.Some 21% of the 76 enrolled at Cardiff University in 2012/13 had secured training contracts, down from 25% of the 89 in 2011/12.Just two students out of 33 at Birmingham City University had training contracts in place for 2012/13, an increase from no students in 2011/12.Heather Iqbal-Rayner (pictured), outgoing chair of the Junior Lawyers Division, said: ‘We have been warning for some time that the number of LPC students who actually obtain training contracts is very low.’last_img read more

SRA expands price publication plans to new practice areas

first_imgThe Solicitors Regulation Authority has widened the areas of law under which firms will be required to publish prices – and firms have six months in which to comply.The regulator said today it had made the decision after ‘engaging with’ more than 21,000 members of the public and the profession.Under the plans, firms will now be required to publish the prices they charge and ‘what these prices cover’. Firms failing to comply could face enforcement action.However, rather than applying just to conveyancing, wills and personal injury as had initially been proposed, the new rules will now cover conveyancing, probate, motoring offences, immigration advice and the cost of bringing claims before an employment tribunal. Crispin PassmoreCrispin Passmore, the SRA’s executive director for policy, said the decision to expand the areas of law that fall under the price publishing scope was taken after feedback suggested consumers wanted more information. From its research, the SRA said 85% of people it engaged with wanted more information readily available – including on price.However, Passmore said there will be no requirements on exactly where firms publish their information. ‘As long as the information is on the website then firms are complying with what we asked,’ he said. ‘We will only take enforcement action if firms refuse to comply or if they mislead the consumer.’All regulated firms will be required to post prices and what they cover for:The public: conveyancing, probate, motoring offences, employment tribunals (claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal) and immigration (excluding asylum).For small businesses: debt recovery (up to £100,000), employment tribunals (defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal) and licensing applications for business premises.The SRA will no longer impose a requirement for firms to publish details of first-tier client complaints.However, a new searchable register providing information on all solicitors and regulated law firms in England and Wales, including any regulatory matters, will be created, as will a requirement for firms to display a digital ‘regulated by’ badge.The proposals will now be submitted to the Legal Services Board for its approval.The decision was confirmed on the same day as the SRA and Legal Ombudsman published new research showing consumers want clearer information about cost when purchasing legal services.The study found decision data from the complaints handler was valued and used by consumers, but further action was needed to improve price transparency.Wanda Goldwag, chair of the Office for Legal Complaints, which oversees LeO’s work, said: ‘Price transparency is extremely important, and one of the five most complained-about areas we deal with.’While it is good to know that what we publish is useful to people, we support the research view that access to a wider range of information would be beneficial.’last_img read more

Electrification goes live in northern Portugal

first_imgPORTUGAL: Prime Minister António Costa and Housing & Infrastructure Minister Pedro Nuno Santos attended ceremonies on July 16 to mark completion of two electrification schemes on routes north of Porto. Both projects are part of the government’s Ferrovia 2020 investment plan. A 14·2 km section of the Porto – Pocinho Douro Valley line has been wired at 25 kV 50 Hz between Caíde and Marco de Canaveses at a cost of €10·5m. This will enable the Porto suburban network to be extended as far as Marco de Canaveses. Electrification of the rest of the line has been proposed, but for now passengers continuing up the valley on the popular tourist route towards Régua and Pocinho will need to change to connecting DMU services at Marco de Canaveses. A 44 km section of the Minho line between Nine and Viana do Castelo has also gone live. This forms part of a wider upgrading of the Porto – Vigo route which crosses into Spain. Electrification has been undertaken at a cost of €16·5m and paves the way for direct inter-city trains between Viana do Castelo and Lisboa. Regional services to and from Porto are to be accelerated by around 12 min, while the Porto – Vigo journey time is expected to fall by around 10 min thanks to investment in track renewals and resignalling. This is also intended to allow 750 m long freight trains to use the route. Electrification work is already underway over the 48 km between Viana do Castelo and Valença on the border with Spain.last_img read more

Theresa May postpones vote on her Brexit deal

first_imgUK Prime Minister Theresa May vows to see her Brexit deal through U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has called off Tuesday’s crucial vote on her deal to pull Britain out of the European Union, because it “would be rejected by a significant margin”.May said MPs backed much of the deal she has struck with the EU, but there was concern over the Northern irish backstop.She expressed confidence that the deal would still go through after she addresses the MPs concerns.May said she would be “deferring” the Commons vote until she had made efforts to address concerns over the Northern Ireland border “backstop” plan.The Prime Minister told the legislators that she would meet EU leaders ahead of a summit later this week, about the “clear concerns” expressed by MPs.She also said she will be “looking closely at new ways of empowering the House of Commons to ensure that any provision for a backstop has democratic legitimacy”.May’s deal has elicited mixed reactions from leaders in the UK.The latest reaction came from a committee of lawmakers responsible for scrutinizing the deal.The cross-party Committee on Exiting the European Union (EU) slammed it as “a huge step into the unknown”, a huge blow to May’s efforts to win parliamentary approval for the bill.The committee in a report published on Sunday, said “[the deal] does not give the British people or our businesses the clarity and the certainty they need about our future trading relationship with the EU in five or ten years’time.”Related UK Prime Minister Theresa May appoints new Brexit Secretarycenter_img Two of Theresa May’s top advisors quit after election setbacklast_img read more

Intel to Exit 5G Smartphone Modem Business

first_imgIntel Corporation has announced its intention to exit the 5G smartphone modem business and complete an assessment of the opportunities for 4G and 5G modems in PCs, internet of things devices and other data-centric devices. Intel will also continue to invest in its 5G network infrastructure business.The company will continue to meet current customer commitments for its existing 4G smartphone modem product line but does not expect to launch 5G modem products in the smartphone space, including those originally planned for launches in 2020.According to Intel CEO Bob Swan – In the smartphone modem business it has become apparent that there is no clear path to profitability and positive returns. 5G continues to be a strategic priority across Intel, and their team has developed a valuable portfolio of wireless products and intellectual property. They are assessing their options to realize the value they have created, including the opportunities in a wide variety of data-centric platforms and devices in a 5G world.Intel expects to provide additional details in its upcoming first-quarter 2019 earnings release and conference call, scheduled for April 25.last_img read more

KPBSD: “What Did We Learn From Distance Learning This Spring?”

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享As the school year and graduation ceremonies come to a close, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is conducting a survey regarding the district’s shift to distance learning in March, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. What worked this spring? Where was there room for improvement? The district wants to know. Parents, guardians, and high school students are invited to complete this brief online survey. As spring break came to an end in mid-March, KPBSD closed 42 schools to students as educators developed a distance learning curriculum, for both online and offline home learning to begin March 30.  To help the district plan for a optimal start to the 2021 school year in August, they are looking to capture what has been learned from the experience. Pegge Erkeneff, KPBSD Director of Communications, discusses the overall purpose of the survey: “The biggest purpose is, one, everybody as individuals – for them to help the school district. I think it’s important to take a pause and just reflect on what did happen. What was good that came out of it? What did we struggle with, so we can earn to be better? So, I think from a personal perspective, for the older students and then the parents on behalf of their children, is to – some of the questions are asking how did it work, what did you need, what other resources did you need. Then, there’s the second half of the survey and the heart of it is what can we learn going forward as we start planning for a smart start to school in August.”center_img She added that a major takeaway for the district will be learning what families would like to do in the event that another health crisis takes place: “Thinking ahead, if there is a community spread or risk levels that we need to adapt how we are delivering instruction, what would a family want to do? Maybe it’s absolute that, based on family needs or anything that you’d definitely only want to be at school. Maybe you’d want to have a blended way of education happening where part of it is remote learning and part of it is at school, and if there’s a high risk scenario, then of course we’d go back to full remote learning.” In a month or so the district is looking to reach out to families again to plan ahead: “So, in another month, we might be reaching out to families again potentially with another survey as we start delineating what would it look like and what could it look like. The Commissioner of Education for our state has told us that there won’t be a scenario where there’s no-risk next year. So, it’s smart planning to really think ahead and plan ahead.”last_img read more