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first_imgOct 26, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Three people from the French island of Reunion who were exposed to birds during a recent visit to Thailand are suspected of having H5N1 avian influenza, and authorities are rushing samples to Paris for testing, according to a BBC News report.A 43-year-old man was hospitalized in Saint-Denis, capital of the Indian Ocean island, on Oct 22 with weakness, headache, and a cough, the BBC reported. One test for H5N1 was inconclusive, but a second test was positive for H5N1, Reuters news service reported. The story did not say which tests were used.The man was part of a group of 20 tourists who were in Thailand from Oct 12 to 19, Reuters reported. He and two fellow tourists suspected of having avian flu had close contact with birds at a park, the BBC said. Reuters said the other two people also were tested but results were not yet available.Even if the tests don’t show H5N1, the urgent response to the situation is representative of actions occurring worldwide as more countries try to manage and reduce the threat of the H5N1 virus to people and poultry.Elsewhere today:China has alerted the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) to another poultry outbreak, this one in Wangtang village in Hunan Province, which is north west of Hong Kong, separated by Guangdong Province. The report says 545 chickens and ducks died and 2,487 were destroyed.Croatia has confirmed that the H5 flu found in dead swans there was indeed the lethal H5N1 strain.The United Kingdom has announced that a second parrot died of H5N1 in a private quarantine facility in Essex, according to the Times Online. Initial tests on 32 birds that died in quarantine before Oct 16 identified the H5 strain in some birds, according to Margaret Beckett, the Environment and Rural Affairs secretary in the United Kingdom. Taiwan’s representative to the United Kingdom sought an official report of the incident, because Britain has suggested that birds quarantined from Taiwan were the likely source of the virus, BBC reported. Taiwanese authorities deny that. The UK is contemplating a ban on some bird fairs, markets and shows, as well as new quarantine rules, the Times Online reported.Thailand informed the OIE of outbreaks in five villages in three different provinces between Oct 20 and 24, leading to more than 23,000 poultry deaths from illness or culling.Two migratory geese found in Neuwied in Germany are being tested for the virus, the Times Online reported. The BBC said they had tested positive for an H5 subtype and further tests were ongoing to determine the strain. German authorities also ordered that poultry be moved indoors and given only tap water to drink to cut the risk of exposure to migratory birds, which are thought to be transporting the virus, CBS News reported today.In West Bengal state in India, officials are investigating the deaths of 10 migratory birds. About 40 dead birds were found in one bird sanctuary in the last week, but the deaths might have been storm-related, according to a Reuters report today.Indonesia is investigating a spate of poultry deaths on Bali, the Jakarta Post said today. A local animal-health official suggested the chickens may have another poultry disease, which doesn’t spread to people. About 600,000 chickens were culled on Bali last year because of H5N1, the story added.The European Union (EU) has banned imports of captive live birds, but not poultry, BBC reported today. In the past 3 months, about 232,000 wild birds were imported there for resale, an EU official said. In addition, the European Food Safety Authority issued a statement saying there is no evidence that consumers risk contracting avian flu by eating properly cooked poultry and eggs.See also: CDC information on banned bird importshttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/outbreaks/embargo.htmChina’s OIE report todayhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/China%20Follow-up%20report%20No5.pdfThailand’s OIE report yesterdayhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/Thailand%20Follow-up%20Report%20No74.pdfJan 21, 2005, CIDRAP News story on animal smuggling and quarantine issues in the USlast_img read more

first_imgOtherwise, Chair Airlines has been operating under this name since the summer of last year. It was formerly known as Germania Flug. It was created with the collaboration of German Germania and the Swiss travel company Hotelplan. A few months after Germania declared bankruptcy Germania Flug changed its name to Chair Airlines. The company has in its fleet two A319 aircraft capable of carrying up to 150 passengers. Thursdays: Sundays: With this new line of Chair Airlines Split and Zurich will be connected with as many as four airlines, with Chair Airlines will operate on the same route Croatia Airlines, Edelweiss and Condor Airlines. The Chair Airlines line will be in service from April 25 to October 24, 2021, almost the entire summer flight schedule. The Chair Airlines line Zurich – Split – Zurich will be in operation two times a week, every Thursday and Sunday evening. A company for the summer of 2021 between these two cities has a total of 15.900 seats on sale. Photo: Chair Airlines Facebook The announcement of the introduction of the Zurich – Split route by Chair Airlines comes just a few days after the news that it will German Condor also operate on this line in the summer flight schedule next year. Zurich 18:40 – Split 20:10Split 20:55 – Zurich 22:30 According to the portal Croatian Aviation Twice a week, Chair Airlines will connect Split and Zurich in both directions. Namely, the Swiss airline announced its network of destinations for the summer flight schedule next year. There is also the already mentioned line Zurich – Split. Red flying by 25. 04. to 24. 10. 2021. Zurich 17:20 – Split 18:50Split 19:35 – Zurich 21:10last_img read more

first_imgIn the UK, the reduction was 2 percentage points. However, a slower rate than previously seen, given average equity allocations, fell by 27 percentage points over the last 10 years.A decrease in exposure to domestic equities continued as European funds diversify, and was matched with an increase to emerging markets.Almost half of the European funds now have allocations to these markets, a 13 percentage point increase from last year.The predicted shift of scheme fixed income allocations towards corporate bonds has also yet to materialise on a macro level.However, Mercer singled out Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden as markets where this was prominent.The UK’s shift to using index-linked instruments continued, with the proportion of fixed income assets matching inflation now 69%, up from 55% over the last two years.Overall, the funds allocated 13% to domestic equities, 21% to non-domestic and 52% to fixed income.Alternatives grew to 9% while property made up 3% of allocations. However, the impact of these asset classes varied significantly across the 14 countries.Swiss funds allocated 14% of assets to real estate, while Danish funds 20% to alternatives.In comparison, French schemes only allocated 1% to each and held 22% in domestic equities.Belgium still remained the country with the highest average allocation to equity, followed by Ireland and Sweden.Norway and Germany led the way in terms of fixed income, with schemes allocating more than 65% of assets.Within alternatives, 41% of the funds had allocations to real assets, such as core property and infrastructure, with an average allocation of 6%.Growth-orientated fixed income allocations were held by 27% of schemes and mainly consisted of emerging market debt and high yield.Almost a fifth (17%) held hedge fund allocations. However, Mercer reported no fund-of-funds searches for the second year running, as schemes tire of the double-layer fee approach and allocate directly.Mercer saw a 3 percentage point increase in the proportion of schemes conducting LDI strategies from last year, but stressed this was dominated by schemes larger than €500m.Only 12% of funds said they had not considered the strategy at any level, a figure that hit 29% last year.Mercer’s European director of strategic research, Phil Edwards, said that, despite the relatively small increase in LDI use, the management of risk remained a concern for trustees.“The complexity and governance challenges around LDI may have acted as a barrier for smaller schemes in the past,” he said.“Given the range of pooled and delegated LDI approaches now available, we expect to see the gap in take-up between large and small schemes reduce over time.” The proportion of European pension funds ruling out implementing liability-driven investment (LDI) strategies has plummeted over the last year as awareness increases, research shows.Mercer’s annual European asset allocation survey found increasing allocations to matching assets, typically used in derivative-based LDI strategies.Overall, the consultant’s research, conducted across 1,200 schemes in 14 European countries, found a return towards the alternative asset class, after seeing a fall in the year previous.It also reported a slowdown in the falling exposure to equity markets, with the average allocation only falling by 1% across Europe.last_img read more

first_img “It’s the appropriate management of present concussions that will be the effective thing in avoiding long-term damage if there is any. “There’s nothing’s set in stone, it’s an area that needs a lot more research. “If someone gets two concussions within a season they should seek expert advice. “And certainly if they receive three in a season, they probably should get expert, neurology advice.” McLaughlin was keen to stress that the professional game has its own protocols but said even at elite levels, coaches, medics and administrators should be mindful not to let ambition come before player welfare. McLaughlin said: “At the international and professional level, the doctors are there with the main expertise to make these decisions and that’s what they should keep doing. “We are educating across all the levels, that everyone within organisations, coaches, players, officials, understand that they should not be putting pressure in a way that they would suggest that someone should stay on the pitch when they shouldn’t. “It’s about changing everyone’s opinion and the culture that’s out there, so that we don’t have inappropriate pressure put on people to stay on the pitch.” McLoughlin said research will continue at pace into the specific damage caused by concussion. Admitting it will be years before any definitive answers start to emerge, he said the most important course of action now is to drive home the message for players simply not to take any risks. He said: “We’ve seen a link that we need to monitor: we haven’t yet seen a cause and effect. “I think it will be a number of years before we can tell that because the pro game is in its infancy. Dr Rod McLaughlin joined the IRFU in September and has helped launch a new concussion guide to cover Ireland’s amateur game. The IRFU says anyone younger than 20 should sit out 23 days before returning to action, while adults should rest for 21. Press Association Any culture of pressurising players into toughing out potential concussions must be stamped out of rugby, according to the Irish Rugby Football Union’s new medical services boss.last_img read more

first_imgWhatever the reason, Greinke dominated the Diamondbacks, giving up two hits in seven scoreless innings and the Dodgers snapped Arizona’s five-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory. “This is probably maybe the second time he’s had this kind of stuff,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Hopefully we’re trending toward this more consistently.” Greinke (7-2) struck out seven and walked two. He also had a career-high three hits. “That is how he won a Cy Young right there,” said Arizona’s Jason Kubel, who with Minnesota saw Greinke a lot when the pitcher was with Kansas City. “He has great stuff and he swung the bat well, too. He throws hard. He throws that hard slider and it is hard to pick up until it is too late and his location is big for him. He had it going.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Greinke has won four in a row but he hasn’t exactly been electric recently. In his previous start against Colorado, he allowed five runs and six hits and walked seven in six innings. That prompted some work to alter his mechanics. “It’s got to be more consistent,” he said. “Today was good but it can’t just be one game and then a couple of OK games and then a bad game and then a good game.” Greinke was 0-2 with an 8.71 ERA in four previous starts at Chase Field. “I’ve pitched really bad here,” he said, “some of my worst games ever at this place, so that was nice.” Hanley Ramirez singled three times to extend his career-best hitting streak to 19 games and was one of five Dodgers with an RBI. The Dodgers, winners of 13 of 16, tied their season high with 17 hits – 16 of them singles. Andre Ethier had three hits and A.J. Ellis drove in two runs as the Dodgers pulled within 3 games of the first-place Diamondbacks in the NL West. “Without this little streak we’ve been on who knows what position we’d be in,” Ellis said. “We also got a little help from the NL West coming back to the pack. Nobody ran away with it.” Randall Delgado (1-3) allowed three runs and 11 hits in six innings to take the loss. Arizona averted the shutout on Eric Chavez’s RBI single in the ninth. It was the opener of the first series between the teams since the three-game set that featured the June 11 melee at Dodger Stadium, resulting in eight suspensions. Greinke was a major player in the events leading up to the incident. Ian Kennedy, who hit Yasiel Puig and Greinke with high pitches to trigger the melee and served a 10-game suspension, starts for Arizona in the second game of the series tonight. center_img Photo Galleries: L.A. Dodgers 6, Arizona Diamondbacks 1 PHOENIX — Zack Greinke confessed to a tiny bit of added motivation in facing the Arizona Diamondbacks. After all, the last time he faced them, the game erupted into a bench-clearing brawl that resulted in eight suspensions. “I might want to win a little more,” he said. “That’s also because they’re in first place, so it’s a big game because of that.” last_img read more

first_img JJ Redick declines Team USA invitation for World Cup “(Team Australia is a) huge, huge threat,” Popovich told reporters Tuesday, via the Associated Press. “They are one of the teams that can win the whole thing, without a doubt. I’m not saying that because I’m here. It’s just a fact.”They’ve been close for several years, and they are hungry. They are talented. They have the toughness and physicality to go with it. I think they are one of the top contenders without a doubt.” Related News Team USA is combatting dwindling numbers as at least two dozen stars have opted out of participating in the World Cup due to injury, citing a need to focus on the upcoming NBA season or declining an invitation.P.J. Tucker is one of the latest players to drop out. He joined teammates James Harden and Eric Gordon in withdrawing from the team.Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Julius Randle, Marvin Bagley III, Trae Young, Bradley Beal, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Tobias Harris, Paul Millsap, JJ Redick, Kevin Love, Andre Drummond and Montrezl Harrell have all either pulled out or declined an invite.Kemba Walker, one of the most seasoned players on Team USA and one of just two players on the roster who has made an All-Star team, says the team isn’t focused on who isn’t there.”We don’t care. We want to be here and are putting in the time to be here and we definitely take that as motivation,” Walker said Wednesday. “We have a bunch of guys who don’t mind being the underdogs. We are hungry, and we are going to go out there to try and win a gold medal.”  Meanwhile, Australia will try to improve on the world stage.The team reached the semifinals of the 2016 Summer Olympics and won the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup championship. But Australia has yet to achieve the same success at the World Cup. In the past three tournaments, it has placed no higher than 10th.Team Australia is in Group H alongside Canada, Lithuania and Senegal. It will begin World Cup play Sept. 1 against the Canadians. Team USA is getting ready to face one of its biggest threats, according to coach Gregg Popovich.After defeating Spain in the team’s first exhibition game before the 2019 FIBA World Cup, the United States is preparing to face Australia for two exhibition contests in Melbourne. Team USA’s Gregg Popovich: Colin Kaepernick did ‘a very patriotic thing’center_img FIBA World Cup 2019: De’Aaron Fox leaves Team USA to focus on making NBA playoffs Team USA will start play in Group E against the Czech Republic on Sept. 1.Japan and Turkey are also in the group. FIBA World Cup 2019: Team USA down yet another player as P.J. Tucker withdraws with injurylast_img read more

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Kylian MbappeParis, France | AFP | Could Kylian Mbappe really be about to play his final game for Paris Saint-Germain? And how are the French champions’ main domestic rivals shaping up for what looks set to be a summer of transition?AFP Sport looks at the main talking points in France ahead of the final night of the Ligue 1 season on Friday:– Mbappe going nowhere? –Kylian Mbappe has dominated the headlines and the discussions on television and radio in France this week following his shock remarks at an awards ceremony in Paris on Sunday.The 20-year-old World Cup winner used his victory speech after being named as France’s player and young player of the year to drop a bombshell and suggest he could be ready to leave PSG after just two seasons.“I have discovered so many things here, and I feel that maybe it is the time to take on more responsibility. Maybe at Paris Saint-Germain — with pleasure — or in a new project elsewhere,” Mbappe said.PSG responded by insisting their star man would be going nowhere this summer, but his remarks have increased speculation that Real Madrid could come back in for a player they tried to sign from Monaco in 2017.So it still seems far fetched that PSG’s match at Reims on Friday could be Mbappe’s last for the club, as he looks to add to his 32 league goals for the season without the support of Neymar. The Brazilian is again suspended.– Lyon’s Brazilian revolution –Lille will join PSG in the Champions League group stage after a superb run to second place in Ligue 1. Their game at Rennes on Friday will be the last for the club for Nicolas Pepe, the Ivorian who has scored 22 goals in a brilliant campaign. He will be sold for big money in the summer. Lyon have third place wrapped up and are now crossing their fingers in the hope that Chelsea win the Europa League final against Arsenal. Only if that happens will OL be guaranteed a place in the group stage of next season’s Champions League.That would be a huge boost for the club just as they prepare to usher in a new management team. Bruno Genesio will depart after three and a half years as coach, with club legend Juninho Pernambucano set to come in as sporting director and his fellow Brazilian Sylvinho as head coach.“Sylvinho does not have great experience as a coach in his own right but, without wishing to compare him to (Zinedine) Zidane, we have seen that great players can come on board with ambitious projects and do well,” said Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas.– All change at Marseille –Saint-Etienne celebrated qualifying for Europe last weekend but were immediately hit by the news that veteran coach Jean-Louis Gasset would be standing down after Friday’s match at Angers.Meanwhile, the announcement that Rudi Garcia would be leaving his job as coach of Marseille came as no surprise at all. The former Champions League winners can no longer finish higher than fifth and will not qualify for Europe.Garcia called it “the worst season of my career”, and the names being linked with the job at the Velodrome include former player Gabriel Heinze, Claude Puel, Rafael Benitez and Porto coach Sergio Conceicao. Whoever comes in faces a huge rebuilding job.It has been a turbulent season too for Monaco, but the principality club will not go down on the final day barring a dramatic set of results.Dijon have to win against Toulouse to stand any chance of avoiding going down automatically along with Guingamp. Caen currently occupy the relegation play-off place but are just two points behind Amiens and are hoping to stay up on the final day for the third season running.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more