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first_imgApr 17, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Poultry deaths due to the H5N1 avian influenza virus are spreading in some parts of the world as cases decline elsewhere.In Pakistan, the health of four poultry workers was being tracked following an outbreak of H5N1 on a farm near Islamabad, according to a story today by Reuters news service. About 3,500 birds on the farm were culled recently. Authorities were asking people in a 3-mile radius of the farm if they were experiencing any avian flu symptoms, the story said.Although they haven’t found any human infections since the poultry outbreaks began in February, officials expressed concern because a lack of resources is affecting monitoring, Reuters reported.”An effective system needs money, and that is what we don’t have,” said Rana Ikhlaq, deputy commissioner of the agriculture ministry.The Pakistani Agriculture Ministry confirmed the poultry outbreak on Sunday.Concerns about a potential outbreak in the West African country of Ivory Coast rose earlier this month when five dogs died after eating poultry carcasses from a large bird die-off in the town of Bondoukou, according to the Independent Online (IOL) Web site from South Africa. Bondoukou is 500 kilometers east of the city of Abidjan.Authorities in Ivory Coast today announced that local tests showed the outbreak was not related to the H5N1 virus, according to Today Online of Singapore. The tests were conducted at Bingerville laboratory in Abidjan. The results have not been confirmed at a World Health Organization (WHO) lab. In addition, authorities did not offer an explanation for the rapid deaths of more than 200 chickens found dead at the end of March in the village of Soko.Two villages in Cambodia have confirmed the influenza virus in poultry since Mar 20. About 700 birds were involved in an outbreak in Tuol Prich village in Kompong Speu province, and about 247 birds died or were culled in Kamakor village of Kompot province, Cambodian authorities confirmed Apr 13 in a report to the WorldOrganization for Animal Health (OIE).In Russia, the H5N1 virus is waning, according to a story today in Russian News and Information Agency Novosti (RIA Novosti).”The bird flu situation has now improved, and the number of quarantine zones has been sharply reduced,” Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev said. “Birds are being vaccinated in migration stopover areas for wild birds.”Fourteen towns in four regions continue to have avian flu outbreaks in Russia today, the agriculture ministry announced today, according to RIA Novosti. About 1.1 million birds have died and roughly another 300,000 have been culled, the story noted.See also: Apr 13 OIE report from Cambodiahttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2006_AI.phplast_img read more


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first_imgSundowns are only the second sub-Saharan African club after TP Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of Congo to compete in the Club World Cup.They debut at the quarter-final stage next Sunday against Kashima Antlers of Japan or Auckland City of New Zealand in Osaka.Kaizer Chiefs’ poor run continued as they conceded two goals within a minute en route to a 3-1 away defeat by Chippa United in Port Elizabeth.Siphiwe Tshabalala punished a careless Chippa back pass to give Chiefs a 15th-minute lead they retained entering the final quarter at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.But headed goals from Lerato Manzini and Tshwarelo Bereng on 71 and 72 minutes turned the tide and a late goal sealed the fate of the four-time Premiership champions.“We have to take it on the chin and move on,” was the defiant message from Chiefs coach Steve Komphela who dodged plastic bottles flung by disgruntled supporters after the match.Zimbabwean Tendai Ndoro scored after 35 seconds and converted a second-half penalty for Orlando Pirates in Soweto, but bottom club Highlands Park levelled twice to force a 2-2 draw.Ndoro has averaged a goal a game in 11 league appearances for the Buccaneers this season and tops the Premiership scorers’ chart.Ajax Cape Town continued a revival under Dutch coach Stanley Menzo by snatching a late 1-0 home win over Golden Arrows thanks to a penalty that Nathan Paulse converted.Share on: WhatsApp Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Mamelodi Sundowns thrashed Free State Stars 4-1 in the South African Premiership on Saturday, two days before flying to Japan for a maiden FIFA Club World Cup appearance.Percy Tau added to his rapidly growing reputation with two second-half goals as the Pretoria club transformed a 1-1 half-time scoreline into a decisive home victory.Zimbabwean Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly, two of the five 2016 Africa-based African Footballer of the Year finalists, were the other scorers for the CAF Champions League title-holders.Thokozani Sekotlong was on target at Loftus Versfeld stadium for second-from-bottom Free State, who have won just once in 12 league outings this season.Ugandan goalkeeper Denis Onyango’s Sundowns remain eighth, eight points behind leaders Cape Town City, but they have four matches in hand owing to postponements caused by African commitments.The wide winning margin was a relief for coach Pitso Mosimane, who had expressed pre-match concern that his players were being distracted by the Club World Cup.“Our focus today was on beating Free State Stars and that delighted me,” said the first South African coach to win the CAF Champions League.“Tau was unbelievable, he is growing from strength to strength. My main worry about him was a lack of goals and now he has scored three in three matches.”last_img read more


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first_imgShare on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | After a series of painful Champions League failures, Pep Guardiola is on a mission to seal his Manchester City legacy by finally getting his hands on the trophy again.City start their latest bid to win the club’s first European Cup with a trip to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Group C opener on Wednesday.The long flight to the Ukraine will give Guardiola plenty of time to ponder his curious streak of Champions League flops in recent years.Guardiola has conquered English football spectacularly after winning the last two Premier League titles, the first in record-breaking fashion and the second as part of an unprecedented domestic treble last season.Yet the Champions League has proved impossible for Guardiola to master since he arrived at the Etihad Stadium.In fact, Europe’s elite club competition has been a cruel mistress for Guardiola for most of the last decade, with a series of frustrating exits during his spells in charge of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and City.Guardiola first won the Champions League as a manager in 2009 with Barcelona.But he has failed to reach the semi-finals in any of his three seasons as City boss, extending his long wait to win the tournament for the third time — his second triumph coming with Barca in 2011.City’s best Champions League run was under Guardiola’s predecessor Manuel Pellegrini, who made the semi-finals in the last season before the Spaniard took over.And Guardiola’s inability to win the Champions League without Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi in his team is a black mark his critics use to question the 48-year-old’s right to be ranked as a managerial legend.While that assessment is harsh on the innovative and inspirational Guardiola, his European campaigns with City have undoubtedly been painful experiences that exposed the few flaws in his team.VAR was the scapegoat for last season’s dramatic quarter-final defeat against Tottenham, but the real reasons for City’s failure to progress were a subdued first leg performance in north London and a defensive meltdown in the second leg.The year before that Liverpool punished City’s oddly timid display quarter-final display at Anfield, while Monaco shockingly eliminated Guardiola’s side after an error-prone last 16 tie in his first season. – The clock is ticking-With five Champions League semi-final defeats on his CV — two with Barca and three with Bayern — Guardiola has become the competition’s nearly-man since 2011, when his Messi-inspired team delivered a masterclass in the Wembley final against Manchester United.That memorable evening stands as Guardiola’s last fond memory of the tournament and the clock is ticking on his hopes of winning it for the third time.There is the looming prospect of UEFA sanctions, with City potentially facing a Champions League ban from the ongoing investigation into their adherence to financial fair play regulations.Worryingly for Guardiola’s hopes of lifting the famous ‘cup with the big ears’ in Istanbul later this season, City have endured a rocky start to the new Premier League season.They are already five points behind leaders Liverpool after Saturday’s surprise 3-2 defeat at Norwich, a result that showed how badly City will miss injured centre-back Aymeric Laporte.At least City have what looks on paper a relatively undemanding group, with Atalanta and Dinamo Zagreb their other opponents.Guardiola remains adamant his players will steer City back to calmer waters even without Laporte.“If today you believe I have doubts in my team because we lost a game…They gave me all the prestige I have in England,” he said after the Norwich game.“In the first season it was ‘fraud Guardiola, Fraudiola’. OK, and how it was not possible to play this way because you have too many tackles.“It was these players who gave me the prestige I have all round the world about how good a manager I am.”last_img read more


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first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 22, 2015)–Recent Grade I stakes winner Stormy Lucy heads a full field of 14 fillies and mares three and up in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Robert J. Frankel Stakes, to be contested at 1 1/8 miles over the Santa Anita turf.Off at 65-1 in Del Mar’s one mile turf Matriarch Stakes Nov. 29, the Ed Moger, Jr.-conditioned Stormy Lucy paid a whopping $132.80, as she was guided to perfection from off the pace in a field of 14 by Kent Desormeaux.Owned by Moger’s brother, Steve, Stormy Lucy, a 6-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Stormy Atlantic, notched her first-ever Grade I win in the Matriarch and she’ll seek her third win from 11 tries over the Santa Anita lawn on Sunday. With a 7-1-2-1 mark at the Frankel distance, Stormy Lucy will hope for a lively pace with Desormeax again engaged.Originally trained by Seattle-based Frank Lucarelli, Stormy Lucy was sold privately to Lucarelli’s high school classmate, Steve Moger, following a win in Santa Anita’s Grade II Santa Ana Stakes 11 starts back on March 16, 2014. One of the hardest knocking mares on the West Coast the past two years, her overall record stands at 31-8-2-5, with earnings of $771,700.Maryland-based trainer Graham Motion will be well represented in the Frankel by a pair of Eastern shippers, Grade I winning Peace and War and recent Grade III winner, Rusty Slipper.A winner of the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Alcibiades Stakes over a wet fast surface at Keeneland on Oct. 3, 2014, Peace and War is a deep closer who has been winless in seven subsequent starts. Owned by Qatar Racing, Ltd., the 3-year-old Florida-bred filly by War Front is winless from two lifetime starts on grass and may prefer a change of surface if the weather dictates.Motion’s Rusty Slipper, a 5-year-old mare by Lemon Drop Kid, comes off a stirring come-from-behind tally in the Grade III, 1 3/8 miles (turf) Red Carpet Handicap at Del Mar Nov. 21 and will cut back a couple furlongs in distance for the Frankel. Owned by RMJ Stables, she has two thirds from five starts in Arcadia, and has one win from three tries at the Frankel distance.Team Valor International’s Three Hearts, who opened up by six lengths after the first half mile in Rusty Slipper’s Red Carpet Handicap win, tired late to finish third, beaten 3 ¼ lengths. Trained by Neil Drysdale, Three Hearts, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Hat Trick, is 7-1-2-2 at 1 1/8 miles on turf and will hope to ration her speed as she cuts back in distance.An impressive turf allowance winner in her last two starts, Fox Hill Farms’ Glory, a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Tapit, has good tactical speed and could prove dangerous as she seeks her first graded stakes win for Jerry Hollendorfer.The complete field for the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a nine race card Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Nancy From Nairobi, Drayden Van Dyke, 119; Three Hearts, Joe Talamo, 119; Alexis Tangier, Gary Stevens, 119; Rusty Slipper, James Graham, 124; Star Act, Kieren Fallon, 119; Peace and War, Joel Rosario, 117; Stormy Lucy, Kent Desormeaux, 124; Fresh Feline, Victor Espinoza, 119; Warren’s Veneda, Tyler Baze, 121; Sweet as a Rose, Brice Blanc, 119; Gender Agenda, Rafael Bejarano, 119; Glory, Mike Smith, 117, Honey Ride, Abel Lezcano, 119, and Gas Total, Flavien Prat, 119.                First post time on Sunday, Day Two of Santa Anita’s 63-day Winter Meet, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. MARYLAND-BASED MOTION SHIPS IN WITH GRADE I WINNER PEACE AND WAR & RUSTY SLIPPERlast_img read more


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first_imgBerry’s next court appearance is scheduled for January 28, 2015. Edward Berry, 51-years-old, was arrested at his home in Vancouver on December 16, 2014 as a result of a June 2014 investigation, according to Prince George RCMP.Berry is facing one count of accessing child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography, according to the criminal justice branch of B.C.The alleged offences are said to have occurred in Prince George in April 2014, at which point, he was still an employee of the ministry.- Advertisement -Berry has been released on bail with a number of conditions, which include not having contact with anyone under the age of 16, as well as abstaining from any electronic device with internet capabilities.Berry has worked with child welfare cases for 24 years, according to an online bio.Some of Berry’s previously work experience includes that with the B.C. College of Social Workers, the Federation of B.C. Youth in Care Networks, and the Public Guardian and Trustee of B.C.Advertisementlast_img read more


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first_img(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The secret of the archer fish’s powerful spits has been discovered, and it isn’t powerful muscles.The fish that shoots bugs out of the air uses physics, a paper in PLoS ONE declared.  By letting physics amplify the momentum in the drop shot out of the water, the fish achieves six times the wallop its own muscles can attain.  Nature News posted a video of the fish and described how it works:The researchers found that the first section of the water to leave the fish’s mouth was traveling about two meters per second. But as the fish continued to expel water into the jet, the speed increased. This back-end power forced more water and momentum into the “head” of the jet. “As a result, the power that the head of the jet can deliver upon impact increases during shooting,” the authors explained in their paper.Vailati and team found that this is similar to a mechanism used by on-demand inkjet printers.  In a strange symbiosis of biomimetics, printer engineers may be able to improve their designs by studying how the fish accomplishes what they came up with independently.Nature News also quoted the authors’ evolutionary inclinations from their paper:The fish’s strategy is evolutionarily clever. “This advantage would come without the evolutionary cost for the development of highly specialized internal structures dedicated to the storing of mechanical energy,” the authors noted.See also PhysOrg and BBC News.   Source: Vailati A, Zinnato L, Cerbino R (2012) How Archer Fish Achieve a Powerful Impact: Hydrodynamic Instability of a Pulsed Jet in Toxotes jaculatrix. PLoS ONE 7(10): e47867. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0047867.Evolution is not clever.  Evolution does not calculate the cost of development.  Evolution does not design specialized internal structures dedicated to the storing of mechanical energy.  Once again, we see evolution tacked on to a design story like some kind of vestigial organ from the 1800’s.The archer fish was one of the illustrations of design used by early films from Moody Institute of Science.  It remains a good illustration today, in fact, even more so.   There’s much more than muscle involved.  The fish has to correct for distortion at the air-water interface, have a perfect aim, calculate the height, and know the energy required to get the bug to release its strong grip on the twig.  All these things must work together for the fish to eat.  How many archer fish had to die before the right mutations came along?  Get real; get intelligent design.last_img read more


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first_imgLATEST STORIES “It’s like my world was turned upside down,” Abueva said in Filipino.Abueva was initially dropped from consideration by national team coach Chot Reyes after missing the first three team practices to start the year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDealing with personal matters that also affected his performance in Alaska, Abueva vowed to make up for his shortcomings and has since appeared in every practice in preparation for Gilas Pilipinas’ campaign in the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.READ: Gilas facing same old problems ahead of Australia clash Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments Calvin Abueva. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSecond chances don’t come too often.And that’s the reason why Calvin Abueva is just in cloud nine after being named as a part of the 14-man Gilas Pilipinas pool against Australia on February 22.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Abueva’s hard work was greatly appreciated by Reyes making it no surprise that he got himself back into consideration and a chance to make it to the final lineup for the duel against the Boomers at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne.“I’m just glad that I’m given this opportunity again. I accepted coach Chot’s decision before, but with this, I’m really happy,” he said. “I promise that whatever I’m showing in my game, they can expect the same, or even more.”With him back in the pool, Abueva’s only concern is whether he’d get the go-signal to switch his jersey number from 8 to his 88.“I hope they allow me to change it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img MOST READ Team LeBron tops Team Stephen in thrilling All-Star Game Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City AFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more



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first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Roma made the already daunting task of beating Barcelona that much harder after scoring two own goals to help the Spanish side secure a 4-1 victory in the opening leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Wednesday.The pair of own goals by Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas plus some sloppy defending that allowed Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez to also score left Roma on the verge of elimination before next week’s return leg in Rome.“We committed individual mistakes and made it easier for them, and you can’t do that against Barcelona,” Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco said.With Roma reeling following its two self-inflicted wounds, Pique added a third goal for the hosts.Edin Dzeko pulled one back for Roma in the 80th minute before Suarez scored Barcelona’s fourth, breaking his streak of 10 matches without a goal in the competition.The victory extended Barcelona’s unbeaten run in the Champions League to 26 straight home matches, a streak that dates back to September 2013.“Football is game of errors, you try to make your rival commit them while you limit yours,” Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde said. “We are happy because it was a complicated match, but they showed they are a good team and we have a long way to go before we can say we are in the semifinals.”Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, left, challenges for the ball with Roma’s Kostas Manolas during a Champions League quarter-final, first leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Roma at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 4, 2018.(AP Photo/ Manu Fernandez)Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-0 in the night’s other match after first-half goals by Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane.Roma, playing in quarterfinals for the first time in a decade, succeeded in disrupting the hosts’ ball-possession attack by pressuring up the pitch. But its defending lapses either produced or played a direct part in all four of Barcelona goals.Lionel Messi showed no signs of being slowed down by the leg muscle problem that caused him to miss two friendlies for Argentina and be reserved as a substitute at Sevilla on Saturday, when his goal in the 89th-minute secured a 2-2 draw.Messi had already forced Roma to swarm on several occasions to stop his runs before the visiting defense finally broke when Ivan Rakitic intercepted the ball near the box and started the attack that ended De Rossi’s costly error.Messi sped into the area and passed for Andres Iniesta, whose returned pass to the Argentina forward would have left him in good striking position. De Rossi stretched to cut off the pass, only for the tip of his right boot to redirect the ball into the bottom corner of the net for the 38th-minute opener.“The goal by Daniele (De Rossi) from the edge of the area, that ball only goes in once in a 100 times. It conditioned the match,” Di Francesco said.Kostas suffered similar bad luck in the 55th when his clearance of a low cross by Rakitic hit the post and ricocheted off his knee before finally crossing the goal-line.“It’s not just luck that we get own goals in our favor,” Pique said. “I think that if these goals go our way it’s because we press high, we push up in attack (and) the ball is in the opposition area more than usual in other teams’ matches.”Roma’s Diego Perotti, tries to stop Barcelona’s Luis Suarez, right, during a Champions League quarter-final, first leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Roma at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 4, 2018.(AP Photo/ Manu Fernandez)Pique made it 3-0 four minutes later when he only had to tap in the rebound from a save by goalkeeper Alisson Becker, who palmed a shot by Suarez right to the unmarked defender.Suarez scored his first goal in the tournament since March 2017 after a Roma defender Federico Fazio tried to intercept a pass, instead leaving the ball for the Uruguay striker to drill home.Sergio Busquets returned for Barcelona after being sidelined for three weeks with a fractured bone in his right foot.Lorenzo Pellegrini started in place of Radja Nainggolan after the Roma midfielder was ruled unfit to play because of a muscle injury he picked up over the weekend.___By JOSEPH WILSON , Associated PressMore AP Champions League coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/ChampionsLeagueTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more