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first_imgMar 8, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Albania today became the latest European country to confront H5N1 avian influenza in birds, while US officials reported plans to greatly expand testing of wild birds for the virus in Alaska and on the West Coast this spring.Albanian officials first detected H5N1 in a chicken in a southern village on Feb 23, according to their Mar 7 report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The OIE reference laboratory in Weybridge, England, confirmed the finding yesterday, the report said.The infected chicken was found near the coastal town of Saranda, about 31 miles north of the Greek border, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. The OIE notification said 60 birds died of the disease. An agricultural official said about 1,000 birds in the area would be tested.Albania becomes at least the 18th European country to have H5N1 outbreaks in birds, judging from the OIE chart of affected countries. Most of those countries have reported their first cases since the beginning of February.In the United States, federal officials concerned that the H5N1 virus will reach North America described plans to test nearly eight times as many wild birds this year as have been tested in the past 10 years, according to a USA Today report.Starting in April, samples from 75,000 to 100,000 birds in Alaska and along the West Coast will be tested by the departments of Agriculture and Interior and by state wildlife agencies, the report said.Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns and other officials told the newspaper they expect the virus to arrive on the continent.That assessment was echoed by OIE Director General Bernard Vallat, according to an AFP report today. He told a French parliamentary commission, “The probability of this strain appearing in Australia is very high. The possibility is also very high for the United States and Canada.”H5N1 could reach the United States via infected birds that spend the winter in Asia and migrate to Alaska in spring, Frank Quimby of the Department of the Interior told USA Today. During the summer, the birds from Asia could pass the virus to birds that migrate south in the fall, said Nicholas Throckmorton of the US Fish and Wildlife Service. He said he wouldn’t expect the virus to move south until August or later.Scientists will test birds by capturing them in nets and taking swabs from the throat or cloaca, the story said. Birds killed by hunters will also be tested in Alaska this spring and in West Coast states in the fall.In other developments concerning H5N1 in animals:Two more dead cats in Germany were found to be infected, according to an AFX News report last night. The cats were found on the same Baltic island where the first infected cat was discovered last week.The virus reached poultry farms in three more states in Nigeria, according to Bloomberg News. Local tests confirmed the virus on commercial and backyard farms in Anambra, Benue, and Rivers states. The latter is in the oil-producing Niger delta region. An Italian lab will run confirmatory tests, the report said.See also:Albania’s report to the OIEhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2006_AI.phplast_img read more

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyNEW DELHI (Reuters) – For a franchise used to spending the business end of the Indian Premier League (IPL) wondering what went wrong, the Delhi Capitals have surprised themselves by making the playoff with two matches to spare in a remarkable turnaround.If their long-suffering fans found it difficult to be upbeat about the team at the start of this season, they could hardly be faulted.The underperforming side underwent a major rebranding late last year — becoming the Delhi Capitals with a new jersey, a new logo and a new anthem — after JSW Sport, part of a $13 billion (10 billion pounds) business conglomerate, acquired a 50 percent stake.They appointed Australian Ricky Ponting as the head coach, but still ended the season bottom of the standings, their fourth such finish in 11 seasons. To their fans, who had not seen the side make the playoffs since 2012, all of the changes looked cosmetic as they prepared for another season of underperformance.Ponting, however, knew they just needed to be patient. “Success doesn’t happen overnight,” Ponting said in a team video. “Even last year, we felt we were very close to playing great cricket … but all the big moments popped up.”“This year we’re winning those moments.”That’s largely because of the balance in the side.Delhi retained wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, skipper Sheras Iyer, who was elevated into the role during the middle of last season, and South African speedster Kagiso Rabada while adding opener Shikhar Dhawan — smart investments that paid off. The team effort this year contrasts with the sporadic individual brilliance of last season.“These did not add up to anything,” Ponting said. “We had outstanding individual performances but not much in the middle.“This year (opener) Prithvi (Shaw) played well when we needed him to, Shikhar played well on a number of occasions, Rishabh won two games of his own and Rabada is the leading wicket-taker by a long way.”Delhi have IPL’s youngest skipper in Iyer, who was just 23 when he was appointed, but his relatively youthful side have been guided by Ponting and former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who came on board as an advisor earlier this year. Ganguly’s presence has been particularly helpful to fellow left-handers like Pant and Dhawan and the improved performances have brought the fans back to Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.“It helps when you win,” Ganguly said. “It helps when you play well, that’s what brings people back. If you can do that, this would be a big brand.” Sajjan Jindal, Chairman and Managing Director of the JSW Group, which also owns teams in India’s franchise-based soccer and kabaddi leagues, agreed.“The world wants to be with the winners, nobody likes the loser, right?” he said.“After seven years, coming into playoff, it’s a big deal for Delhi Capitals. I’m sure they will go a long way. And I won’t be surprised if they win this championship.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency is suing Irish Water and a local council claiming the public water supply in a Co Donegal town is not up to standard.Council to appear in court over Letterkenny’s water supply.The EPA is taking both Irish Water and Donegal County Council to court over the water supply for Letterkenny and its 19,000 residents.The agency first introduced a directive in August 2011 informing the council to take measures to improve its supply. An examination of the Letterkenny Regional Public Water Supply showed concerns for the treatment of the water supply.One of the areas of concern was for the treatment of Crytosporidium as well as excessive levels of trihalomethanes.The complaint from the EPA alleges that Donegal County Council “failed to comply with a Direction issued by the EPA under Regulation 10(4) of the European Communities (Drinking Water) (No. 2) Regulations 2007 in that they failed to implement the action programme approved by the EPA on 31 August 2011 for the improvement of the quality of water intended for human consumption from the Letterkenny Regional Public Supply to meet the parametric values specified in the said Regulations for trihalomethanes within the period specified by the EPA and provided for in the said Regulations.”However the council has failed to do so within a timeframe set down by the EPA. Now a court summons has been issued to both Donegal County Council and Irish Water to appear at Letterkenny District Court on Tuesday next.As Irish Water now holds the remit for drinking water, they too have been summoned to appear in court. COURT CASE OVER LETTERKENNY’S WATER SUPPLY SCHEDULED FOR NEXT TUESDAY was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 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:courtDonegal County CouncilEnvironmental Protection AgencyIrish Waterlast_img read more