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China urged to share bird flu data, country claims better antiviral and avian vaccine

first_imgDec 27, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization (WHO) official recently urged China to share more information on avian influenza outbreaks in poultry and to change farming practices to help prevent the disease.In addition, China said it has developed a new antiviral drug for flu patients and a new avian flu vaccine for poultry, both of which are said to be better than existing products.Shigeru Omi, the WHO’s Western Pacific regional director, talked about Chinese information-sharing and farming practices during his recent visit to China, according to news accounts.Omi praised China for sharing some data on recent human cases of avian flu but said data on more than 30 outbreaks in poultry had not been divulged, according to a Dec 23 Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.”Human H5N1 viruses are only part of the story,” Omi said at a news briefing. “To fully understand how this virus is evolving, we need viruses from outbreaks in animals.”Omi said Chinese officials shared data on the H5N1 flu outbreak in wild birds at Quinghai Lake earlier this year and also shared five virus isolates from animal last year, according to AFP.He said China was not hiding cases, but a lack of surveillance and awareness in rural areas prevents quick and efficient reporting of outbreaks, according to the story.Julie Hall, a WHO expert on the virus, said WHO has agreed to share virus isolates from two of its six human cases and to provide viral genetic sequence information for two more cases, AFP reported.Omi said China’s common practices of raising different kinds of animals together and living close to them need to change, according to another AFP report. He made the comments in an interview with Xinhua, the Chinese news agency.”We cannot kill all the chickens and ducks to prevent bird flu from spreading among them and to humans; therefore we have to make sure the chickens, ducks and humans do not mingle together,” Omi was quoted as saying.But he acknowledged that this can’t be achieved “overnight,” given China’s huge poultry population.The claim about a new and better anti-flu drug came yesterday from Chinese scientist Li Song of the Academy of Military Medical Sciences, according to a report published today on the China Daily Web site.The new drug is a neuraminidase inhibitor, like the existing antivirals oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza), Li said.”We have completed clinical experiments, and find it is more effective on humans than Tamiflu,” Li said of the new drug, which was not named. He made the comments at a forum on prevention and control of avian flu.Li said the drug would be produced by Chinese companies and would cost only a quarter to a third as much as oseltamivir costs in China.The story mentioned no published scientific reports on the drug. A WHO spokesman in China said he had no information on it, according to an AFP story published today.The report of a new avian flu vaccine for poultry came in another China Daily story, published yesterday. Jia Youling, China’s chief veterinary officer, said scientists have developed a live-virus vaccine that protects poultry from both avian flu and Newcastle disease, according to the story.The combination vaccine can be administered orally, nasally, or by spray, as well as by injection, Jia said. He asserted that the former techniques would save labor and confer increased immunity. Moreover, he said, the vaccine’s production cost is only about a fifth as high as that of other vaccines on the market.The vaccine is the product of four years of development at the Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, Jia reported.Bu Zhigao, a chief scientist on the vaccine project, said the vaccine can protect mammals, such as mice, from avian flu, according to the story.As with the new drug, the China Daily story mentioned no published scientific reports on the vaccine.The government expedited approval of the vaccine after its safety and efficacy were demonstrated, Jia said. The story said that authorities approved mass production of the vaccine Dec 23 and that 1 billion doses would be produced by the end of this month.China is mounting a campaign to vaccine all of its billions of poultry against avian flu. Authorities claimed to have vaccinated 6.85 billion birds as of mid-December.In other recent news, the WHO on Dec 23 recognized the two latest human cases of avian flu reported in Indonesia. The cases were in an 8-year-old boy who died Dec 15 and a 39-year-old man who died Dec 12. The Indonesian government reported confirmation of the cases earlier last week.See also:Dec 23 WHO update read more

Heartbroken Bachelor Richie Strahan flicks his pad

first_imgThe Bachelor 2016 Richie Strahan has reportedly split from the woman he gave his rose to, Alex Nation. Picture: Justin LloydHEARTBROKEN Bachelor Richie Strahan is set to start afresh after saying goodbye to Alex Nation – as well as giving away the title to the new house he built.The rope technician had put his four bedroom new build on the market on August 10 just five days before the one-year anniversary of he and Ms Nation’s hook-up.Richie Strahan and Alex Nation in May this year. Picture: Wrights/Hyundai. The master bedroom has its own courtyard. Alex Nation being comforted by her friend Meagan Luxa after being injured during a Frankston Bombers versus Warragul game. Picture: Mark Wilson.In the days following however, news emerged of Mr Strahan and Ms Nation splitting, with reports that the mother-of-one was seeing someone else.Mr Strahan had caused major fan backlash last year when he chose to give his rose to Alex Nation over the highly popular Nikki Gogan.The Bachelor 2016 star had moved to Melbourne to be with her, and put his Perth property up for rental.Richie Strahan’s new build kitchen. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoA picture taken in happier days off Richie Strahan’s Instagram page. Picture: Instagram/Richie Strahan He put in a spot for a barbecue.He had bought a large 1,039sq m block with an existing house that he renovated for rental. He also built a new four bedder on the block which was what sold for $560,000 on August 29, according to CoreLogic records.The property was marketed as a family home “or your very own BACHELOR Pad”.It had three bathrooms, a double garage, ducted reverse cycle airconditioning, a stylish kitchen with stone benchtops, dishwasher, multiple living areas and a massive master bedroom with its own courtyard.last_img read more

Update: ConocoPhillips plans long-term shutdown of Kenai LNG plant

first_img(Article updated on July 18. to add a comment by a ConocoPhillips spokesperson.)Houston-based energy giant and LNG player ConocoPhillips is ready to shelve the Kenai LNG export facility on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. The company put the facility up for sale in November as part of its efforts to regularly review its assets to ensure it is optimizing its portfolio last year and was evaluating bids in April this year.The company’s spokesperson told LNG World News in an emailed statement that, “while marketing efforts have been underway since mid-January, 2017, and conversations with interested buyers are ongoing, to date ConocoPhillips has not come to terms with a buyer for the facility.”The export plant last operated for six months during 2015, liquefying 20 Bcf of natural gas and delivering six LNG cargoes, while, due to the market conditions, ConocoPhillips did not conduct an export program in 2016.During the fall, ConocoPhillips plans to further scale-back operation at the plant, the spokesperson said.“The reduced operations will focus on continued preservation of the facilities for future LNG exports,” the statement reads.The company said it is the right time to begin planning to transition the facility to a long-term shutdown, however, the period for the plant being in this mode will depend on the market conditions.The Kenai LNG plant complex, that is operational and ready to resume exports, includes docking and loading facilities to transport LNG, and has shipped over 1,300 cargoes primarily to Japan. By Adnan Bajiclast_img read more

OECS and WTO Member States to meet in Dominica.

first_img Share Share Senior Trade Officials from the OECS-WTO Member States will meet in Roseau Dominica on 28-29th April 2011 to assess the developments in the current round of negotiations in the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The agenda for the two day meeting will cover all the key issues of relevance to the region including market access for agricultural and industrial goods, trade facilitation, fisheries subsidies, intellectual property rights, and services.Matters related to development assistance to gain increased benefits from trade (Aid for Trade) will also be discussed in preparation for the Third Global Review of Aid for Trade to be held in Geneva, Switzerland in July.The current round of negotiations which was launched in Doha, Qatar in November 2001, has experienced sporadic and limited progress due to continued divergences between developed and developing countries on market access for industrial goods. At the end of 2010, the Director General of the WTO set out a work programme to conclude the round by the end of 2011.  A major milestone for this process is the presentation of documents which include new draft texts or reports of the state of play of negotiations across all negotiating groups. These were circulated on April 21 and will be followed by a meeting of the WTO Trade Negotiations Committee on April 29.The TNC is the highest negotiating body of the WTO and the WTO DG has stated his intention to use that meeting to chart a way forward towards the conclusion of the Doha Round. While some WTO members have called for a push to conclude the round, there are many who do not foresee an agreement emerging this year.  The trade officials will be updated on the state of play of the negotiations  and  will guide OECS negotiators based at its Technical Mission in Geneva in respect of key areas where  WTO members have not reached agreement in order to ensure that the region is prepared to defend its interests. Increased market access for agricultural and industrial goods and service providers continue to be of primary importance to the OECS. The OECS is also seeking policy flexibility to safeguard its domestic producers and support to explore market opportunities in developed countries. With the WTO’s Geneva week for capital-based officials taking place soon after this consultation, OECS trade officials will be well briefed for their engagement with other delegates during that time.This meeting is funded by the Caribbean Integration Support Project (CISP), an initiative under the 9th EDF which also provides funding for the operation of the OECS Technical Mission in Geneva, and the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Hub & Spokes Programme. Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! 28 Views   no discussionscenter_img LocalNews OECS and WTO Member States to meet in Dominica. by: – April 27, 2011 Share Tweetlast_img read more

Mildred Ann Moeller, 89

first_imgMildred Ann Moeller, 89, of Greensburg passed away on April 1, 2016. She was born on March 1, 1927, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Edward and Adelaide Enxel Welage. Mildred was a 1945 graduate of Greensburg High School. She married Walter Moeller on November 23, 1950 in Greensburg, Indiana. She worked for Chas H. Johnson Sons and later in the cafeteria at the Greensburg Schools for over 10 years. Mildred was a member of the Greensburg Senior Center, Bunco Club, Daughters of Isabella, and the St. Mary’s Catholic Church; she helped cook for the funeral meals and also helped in the Church office.Survivors include: Daughters- Teresa Bavender, Mary Beth (Roger) Wenning, Martha (Jim) Fisher, and Ruth (Mark) Haeufle; Sons- Vincent (Pat) Moeller, Mark (Gaye) Moeller, and Dan Moeller; Sister- Marjorie (Wayman) Mahan; Brother- Roger (Mary Ann) Welage and Vincent (Phyllis) Welage; 15 Grandchildren and 15 Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her: Parents; Husband; Brothers- Robert Welage, Richard Welage, Edward Welage, and Leonard Welage; Sister- Marie Oliger.A Rosary will be prayed, Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 3:00 pm followed by a visitation for family and friends from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home, 110 E. North Street, Greensburg. Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 1:00 pm. Father John Meyer will be officiating. Burial will follow at the St. Mary’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Mary’s Building Fund.last_img read more

Stop sign changes completed in Batesville

first_imgNew four-way stop at Walnut and George Streets.Batesville, Ind. — The residents of the city of Batesville are adjusting to recent changes on downtown streets. Mayor Mike Bettice believes the most challenging changes are one at the intersection of George and Walnut Streets, near the post Office, Pearl and Depot Streets and Central and Eastern Avenues.Stop signs have been added on George Street at the intersection of Walnut Street, making it a four-way stop. At the intersection of Pearl and Depot Streets traffic on Pearl Street no longer has a stop sign. The intersection of Central and Eastern Avenues is now a four-way stop.Motorists are advised to keep these changes in mind while traveling city streets.last_img

Hanes leads every lap at US 36

first_imgNic Hanes led every lap in winning Friday’s Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature at US 36 Raceway. (Photo by Judy Staley)By Rick StaleyOSBORN, Mo. (June 22) – A single caution delayed Nic Hanes’ flag to flag run at the front of the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod field Friday at US 36 Raceway.Hanes picked up the win while Randy Smith Jr. celebrating his anniversary, placed a solid second. Third went to hard charger Steven Clancy.The IMCA Modified feature was contested by drivers from four states and Kansas clipper Darren Fuqua went home with the winner’s trophy.Matt Richards led start to finish in the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car main and Mike Nichols topped the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars.last_img

Winter will test Allardyce’s stars

first_img Midfielder Mark Noble hopes the duo can maintain their form – but insists the rest of the squad will not let them “get sloppy”. He said: “The pair of them and the players we have signed have given the whole club a lift, because they are hungry and want to work for the team. “It is not just being up there, showing a bit of brilliance and then not running for 20 minutes, they work hard as well. “Personally, and I hope everyone else does too, I will keep on them, so that they don’t get sloppy because they have scored a few goals – I will still be shouting at them in the morning at training. “I have seen it before at this club where players have been doing really well. “The crowd love them here, and rightly too, but I will be on them every day to keep them on their toes, the manager will I am sure and we all hope they can keep scoring goals for us over the rest of the season.” Senegal forward Sakho netted for the sixth Barclays Premier League match in a row as the Hammers beat champions Manchester City 2-1 at Upton Park on Saturday. Ecuador frontman Valencia also impressed, helping set up Morgan Amalfitano for a first-half opener. Sakho came off for the closing stages as a precaution against a shoulder problem suffered in a collision with England goalkeeper Joe Hart, and is set for a precautionary scan on Monday. Manager Sam Allardyce knows the biggest test of whether West Ham’s new boys Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia can last the distance in the Barclays Premier League is fast approaching. Press Association Allardyce accepts only once the hustle and bustle of the English top flight gathers pace will the club be able to judge whether the duo will need some time out. “We are on a big high at the moment, it is a fantastic feeling, but we are only nine games in and there is a long way to go yet, we still have the difficult time ahead – it will be the end of November and December when all the games come flooding thick and fast,” Allardyce said. “The new players – will they fatigue or won’t they? We are absolutely delighted they have all hit the ground running, but they have never experienced this level of physicality. “They could easily fall into December finding life extremely difficult, the rest of the squad may have to dip in then and help them out while we give them a rest. “Hopefully it is not the case, but I have to be wary of that.” Allardyce added: “We don’t particularly talk to the player about that because we don’t want to put any negativity in his mind. “They are never going to think they are tired when they are winning, but you have to make big decisions on making sure you do give them a rest. “Look at Valencia’s programme this year, it has been absolutely huge. Playing in Mexico, playing in the World Cup, coming straight here, playing in every game, playing four games on international duty, travelling thousands and thousands of miles and yet still capable of running around like he did.” last_img read more

Valdes’ agent rules out switch

first_img The Turkish media reported comments by Atalyaspor president Gultekin Gencer in which he claimed that Valdes was keen to move to his club this summer. Valdes recovered from a serious knee injury to make two Premier League appearances last season as he remained behind David de Gea in the Old Trafford pecking order. Victor Valdes’ agent has ruled out a switch to Turkish side Atalyaspor due to the player’s wish to remain at Manchester United. Press Associationcenter_img “Some people from Turkey called me to negotiate Victor’s signing,” Valdes’ agent Gines Carvajal said to Spanish newspaper AS. “But I’ve never spoken to the president of that Turkish club. “Hence, I’m not going to discuss the comments he made regarding Victor. I don’t know him. “We have no intention of speaking to them again because the player does not want to go to Antalyaspor. “His wish is to continue to play for Manchester United. “He has one year left on his contract with the club. “We don’t see any just reason to leave the club. “United is one of the best three or four clubs in the world. “Victor is enthusiastic to have a place in the team for next season and is ready to give his best to help the team much more.” The 33-year-old Valdes joined the Red Devils in October 2014, three months after leaving Barcelona following 12 years with the first team. Newly-promoted Turkish Super League club Antalyaspor recently acquired Cameroon forward Samuel Eto’o and are keen to make other big-name signings this summer. last_img read more

Remi Garde sets Villa win target in bid to beat the drop

first_img Garde is still searching for his first win after six matches in charge and has stated what they need to stay up with 21 games left. He said: “I think we need at least 10 victories. With 36 points you can be safe. Sometimes you go down, sometimes with more points you can go down. Step by step we need to concentrate on the first win, then the second. We need to start very quickly that is for sure. “We have seen the Norwich and Bournemouth victories against teams you never would have expected. You never know, maybe this is a year when you can win or lose against any team. “It would be the best gift I could find with my players (to beat West Ham). I don’t believe too much in gifts. As I told you many times we don’t have to rely on anyone else but us.” Gabby Agbonlahor is struggling to break into Garde’s plans and Micah Richards is still suffering with a knee injury which has sidelined him for the last three games. The players will train on Christmas morning before spending the rest of the day with their families and Garde hopes they will take inspiration from the time alone. He added: “They will train in the morning and stay with families. They are adults, I’m okay for them to spend some Christmas time with family, you can find strength. Then the day after they can say, ‘I had some lovely time now I want to win’. “When you are low in confidence like we have been, it is difficult to take the game (from the off). Where we are a situated, with nothing to lose, you forget you have no confidence, then play on. Starting from beginning we need more confidence, more sparks.” The boss believes the rock bottom side need at least 36 points to beat the drop from the Barclays Premier League. They are 10 points from safety after Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Newcastle and host West Ham on Boxing Day having not won in 16 games. Remi Garde believes Aston Villa must win almost half of their remaining matches to survive after outlining a 10-game winning target. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more