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Canada suspects avian flu outbreak; H5N1 hits more Bangladeshi farms

first_imgJan 23, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Canadian officials are investigating the possibility of an avian influenza outbreak at a turkey farm in British Columbia (BC), a day after animal health officials in Bangladesh reported the H5N1 virus struck three more sites.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) imposed a 3-km quarantine around a turkey producer in Abbotsford where avian influenza antibodies were found in some 12-week-old birds, the Canadian Press (CP) reported today. Calvin Bruekelman, spokesman for the BC Poultry Association, told the CP that the farm has 50,000 turkeysMonika Mazur, a spokeswoman for the CFIA, told the CP today that initial testing performed at a laboratory in BC suggest an H5 virus, but further testing is under way at the CFIA’s facility in Winnipeg to determine the strain.Ray Nickel, the poultry association’s president, speculated that the strain might be low-pathogenic, because of the low mortality seen among the birds at the farm, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported today.The area of southwestern BC where the farm is located, called Fraser River Valley, experienced a large outbreak of highly pathogenic H7N3 avian influenza in March 2004, which affected as many as 40 commercial farms and led to the culling of 17 million birds, according to previous reports.Elsewhere, veterinary officials in Bangladesh yesterday reported three more H5N1 outbreaks, including a commercial farm near the country’s capital, Dhaka, according to a report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).The outbreak on the farm near Dhaka started Jan 7 and killed 112 of 5,341 poultry, the OIE report said. The remaining birds were culled to control the spread of the virus.Authorities reported another outbreak that began on Jan 11 and struck backyard birds in a village in Rajshahi division in the northwestern part of the country near the border with India, killing 11 of 736 susceptible birds, the OIE reported. Animal health workers destroyed the rest of the flock.Another outbreak at a commercial poultry farm, this time in Chittagong division in the southernmost area of Bangladesh, began on Jan 15, killing 80 of 1,800 birds, the OIE report said. The remaining birds were destroyed.Bangladesh has had several outbreaks since October, when the virus reemerged in late September 2008 after a 4-month lull. Two states in western India that share borders with Bangladesh—Assam and West Bengal—have also battled recent H5N1 outbreaks.See also:Apr 5, 2004, CIDRAP News story “Canada to kill 19 million poultry to stop avian flu”Jan 22 OIE reportlast_img read more

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Fidelity buys London data centre

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Moroccan ‘revenge porn’ victims smash taboos by speaking out

first_imgMore importantly, Zerh said, about 300 women and girls have contacted the campaign group about the abuse they suffered.Some agreed to have their testimonies posted anonymously on the group’s Instagram page, which Zerh said could help other potential victims spot danger signs and challenge taboos about gender relations in the socially conservative country.Fearing relatives could find out, many victims are too scared to speak out or seek help, she said:”Even if a girl didn’t share any nude pictures, she’s super afraid of her family just hearing about something. It’s really hard to convince them to go to the police.” A social media campaign started by three Moroccan friends has emboldened hundreds of “revenge porn” victims to share their experiences, raising awareness about online abuse and challenging taboos.The Diha F’Rassek movement – meaning ‘Mind Your Own Business’ – was launched to fight back against dozens of “revenge porn” accounts that appeared online during the country’s coronavirus lockdown, said co-founder Sophia Zerh, 26.”We started to receive messages that were really shocking, for instance girls starting to think about suicide,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, adding that the campaign has drawn 15,000 followers in less than two months. “Women in Morocco are easy targets, with Arab culture – not everyone is lucky enough to have an open-minded family.”Scared and ashamedIn other countries too, women’s rights activists have reported a rise in online posts of intimate images of women and girls, usually by abusive partners or ex-partners, during COVID-19 lockdowns.Online abuse has become a common feature of domestic abuse in Morocco, which criminalized all forms of violence against women in 2018.But despite the two-year-old law, campaigners say domestic abuse victims face numerous hurdles in securing convictions against their abusers.A government survey last year showed 54.5% of Moroccan women have been subjected to violence, but only 6.6% have brought their case before justice.When victims get in touch with Diha F’Rassek, which is supported by a volunteer network, they receive help to report the abuse or are put in touch with free legal and counseling services.Others simply want to talk.”Sometimes people just need someone to talk to because they are too ashamed to talk to family or friends, but feel freer to talk to us,” Zerh said.Some victims are so scared they create fake social media accounts to get in touch, she added.’Everybody was mocking me’Their stories can be harrowing.”I loved him a lot and I was ready to do anything so he stayed with me,” wrote one victim.”He wanted me to send him some nudes. I hesitated many times but when he said he was going to leave me, I did it but wearing underwear,” the unnamed 17-year-old posted on May 28.”The following day, at school, everybody was mocking me and calling me a slut… That same evening, I talked to him about how he’d treated me. He said that in this life there are lots of sluts, that he knew I was one and that’s why he dealt me this blow,” she said.”The harassment followed – even by my own friends. I cried and suffered every day and wanted to end my life,” she said.While many “revenge porn” victims are targeted by vengeful former partners, Zerh said it was also common for them to be singled out by strangers who hack their social media accounts to steal photos and other personal information.In such cases, the perpetrators typically use an ordinary photo of a victim and post it alongside pornographic photos sourced elsewhere, including contact details and urging others to harass her.A finance manager by day, Zerh and her fellow co-founders, who work in management and marketing, felt compelled to raise awareness about abuses that are often swept under the carpet.”I’m able to wear what I want, I’m able to talk, I grew up with an open-minded spirit. A lot of women are not as lucky… so I thought I should do something about it,” she said.The three friends’ initiative has caused a backlash, drawing criticism from some conservative Moroccans, Zehr said.”But that means it’s working – we’re making a difference in making people talk.”Topics :last_img read more

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Pennsylvania is Immersed in Presidential History

first_imgRead more blog posts on the Democratic National Convention.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Gettysburg HotelRight across the street from the David Wills House, the former Scott’s Tavern was established in 1797. It became a temporary “White House” for President Dwight Eisenhower in 1955, when he spent time at the hotel while recovering from a heart attack.Hyatt at the BellevueThen called the Bellevue-Stratford, every U.S. president from Theodore Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan has stayed at this hotel on Philadelphia’s Broad Street.Historic Hotel BethlehemDwight Eisenhower, Gerald Ford, John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton are among Hotel Bethlehem’s extensive list of famous guests. Be warned that the downtown hotel is rumored to be haunted — but the ghosts are said to be friendly.Omni Bedford Springs ResortLocated in the Allegheny Mountains, the resort has served as a gathering place for U.S. presidents, celebrities, and dignitaries from around the world for more than 200 years. Some of the most prominent historical events include the housing of Japanese diplomats who were captured in Germany during WWII at the resort from 1943-1945; the stays of Presidents Thomas Jefferson, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush; and the resort’s designation in 1984 as a National Historic Landmark.Omni William PennPresidents Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower stayed at the downtown Pittsburgh hotel, as well as Richard Nixon, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon Johnson. Numerous presidents also visited for events and speechesTo stay up to date on DNC events while visiting PA go to visit the host committee website and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.   SHARE  TWEET DNC,  The Blog The Democratic National Convention will be held In Philadelphia on July 25–28. This will be the eighth time that Philly has played host to a party convention since 1856, and this marquee event promises to be yet another success.As the second state to join the Union, Pennsylvania is home to many iconic events that changed the course of American history. Both novice explorers and history buffs can step back in time and experience some of the moments that made the United States what it is today.Whether you’re visiting because of the Democratic National Convention or simply looking to immerse yourself in our nation’s presidential history, we invite you to pursue your happiness while you’re here!And rest assured all you Hamilfans, Alexander Hamilton made his mark here, too. His brainchild, the First Bank of the United States, was completed in Philadelphia in 1797 and is part of the Independence National Historic Park along with the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.Experience Presidential History President James Buchanan’s Wheatland (Lancaster)History buffs and casual visitors alike will enjoy touring the beautiful grounds and mansion of the only president from Pennsylvania, James Buchanan.The David Wills House (Gettysburg)The David Wills House offers visitors a world-class museum experience that tells the story of President Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address. The David Wills House is the only site where you can experience President Lincoln’s immortal Gettysburg Address in the location where it was inspired and crafted.Washington Crossing Historic Park (Washington Crossing)On Dec. 25, 1776, General George Washington and his men crossed the Delaware River into New Jersey to march on Hessian troops quartered in and around the village. Relive one of the most important moments of the Revolutionary War at Washington Crossing Historic Park.Eisenhower National Historic Site (Gettysburg)Eisenhower National Historic Site was the home and farm of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield, the farm served as Eisenhower’s weekend retreat from Washington and a meeting place for world leaders.Fort Ligonier (Fort Ligonier)George Washington was a central figure in the French and Indian War. In 1758, he led a detachment of 500 Virginia soldiers on foot from Fort Ligonier.Independence Hall (Philadelphia)Discover the site where two of democracy’s greatest documents were written and the Second Continental Congress was held.Liberty Bell (Philadelphia)In the early days of the United States, the ringing of the Liberty Bell signaled the start of many important events, such as the meeting of the First Continental Congress.Gettysburg National Military Park (Gettysburg)Recognized as one of the most famous American battlefields, Gettysburg marked the turning point of the Civil War and the site where President Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address.The Sun Inn (Bethlehem)Located on Main Street in Historic Downtown Bethlehem, the Sun Inn is a restoration of a 1758 building which functioned as an inn from 1760 to the late 1960s. The Sun Inn’s history includes an extensive list of distinguished visitors including Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, Samuel Adams, and —wait for it —Alexander Hamilton (wink, wink)Stay Like a President By: Carrie Fischer Lepore, Deputy Secretary for the Office of Tourism, Marketing and Film SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Pennsylvania is Immersed in Presidential History July 23, 2016last_img read more

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VIDEO: Aker BP explores use of robots in offshore oil & gas industry

first_imgNorwegian oil and gas operator Aker BP and software company Cognite have entered into a strategic initiative to explore how robotic systems can be used to make offshore operations safer, more efficient, and more sustainable.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Cognite and Aker BP will do several tests using robots and drones on the Aker BP-operated Skarv installation in the Norwegian Sea during 2020.Aker BP said on Tuesday that the robotics systems would be tested to gauge their performance in autonomous inspection, high-quality data capture, and automatic report generation.Tasks may include aerial and underwater inspections, responding to leaks, performing work that takes humans out of harm’s way, and providing onshore operators with telepresence on offshore installations.Among the robots involved in the initiative is Spot, the quadruped robot developed by Boston Dynamics showcased at Aker BP’s Capital Markets Update on February 11.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Cognite and Aker BP tested Spot’s mobility in simulated oil and gas environments to ensure that it was able to access locations too difficult to access through traditional automation.Karl Johnny Hersvik, CEO of Aker BP, said: “Digitalization will be one of the differentiators between the oil companies of the world, in order to be able to deliver low cost and low emissions.“Our vision is to digitalize all our operations from cradle to grave in order to increase productivity, enhance quality, and improve the safety of our employees. Exploring the potential of robotics offshore underpin our digital journey.”Michael Perry, VP of business development at Boston Dynamics, added: “We’re excited to see innovative partners such as Cognite validating Spot’s ability to reduce risk to humans and provide value for the energy industry.”Cognite’s main software product, Cognite Data Fusion (CDF), will serve as the data infrastructure for the initiative.CDF, a cloud-based industrial data operations and intelligence platform, integrates with existing IT and OT applications in the cloud, edge, and on-premise.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

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Guilty plea accepted in Ripley County

first_imgVERSAILLES, Ind. — Rodney Matthews, 25, of Versailles, pled guilty to Dissemination of Matter Harmful to Minors, a Level 6 Felony, just days prior to the start of his trial, which was scheduled to begin on March 21, according to a release sent out by Ripley County Prosecuting Attorney, Ric Hertal.During his plea hearing, Matthews admitted that from July, 2014 through August, 2015, he had sent nude pictures of himself to a 16-year-old female through Snapchat.Matthews’ original charges stemmed from a relationship he was having with the female while he was a volunteer teacher for the Versailles Church of Christ Youth Group.Judge Ryan King accepted Matthews guilty plea and sentenced him to 1.5 years probation, and was ordered to have no contact with his victim.last_img read more

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Schidler flies to Eagle first

first_imgWinner of Saturday’s Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature at Eagle Raceway was Joe Schidler. (Photo by Joe Orth)By Greg SoukupEAGLE, Neb. (July 21) – On the night 180 bicycles were given to young fans, Joe Schidler four-wheeled his way to his first Hoosier Racing Tire IMCA Northern SportMod feature win at Eagle Raceway.Schidler took the lead on the second lap and collected the Saturday checkers ahead of Gunnar Pike and Shawn Harker.“I couldn’t see what was going on behind me but I was hoping that it was the case that I was pulling away from the field,” he said. “The track was pretty good tonight, smooth in spots and tacky in other spots and that suits my driving style.”Dan Nelson made it to straight Runner Freight IMCA Modified victories and Kaleb Johnson earned his first local IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car laurels.Colby Kaspar earned his first Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stock main event win and Trenten Fugett made it two straight in the ATV Motorsports IMCA Sport Compacts.last_img read more

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Football News Barcelona thrash Real Madrid in ‘El Clasico’, Julen Lopetegui future in doubt

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Barcelona have increased Real Madrid’s woes with a stunning 5-1 thrashing of Real Madrid in the ‘El Clasico’ encounter in the La Liga on Monday. The win for Barcelona extended their dominance at the top of the league while Real Madrid slipped further down to ninth position.Luis Suarez’s magnificent hat-trick was backed by some wonderful goals from Arturo Vidal and Phillippe Coutinho. The result mounted pressure on Real Madrid and questions have been raised on the future of Julen Lopetegui as coach.Read More | Train 18: India’s first engine-less train to begin trials todaySpeaking after the end of the match, Sergio Ramos, the skipper said the Real Madrid players have not been told anything. “We have to wait, they have not told us anything.  These are decisions not made by us so we have to keep a cool head, look at ourselves and try to change things to get better results,” Ramos said.However, there are reports from the Spanish press that Lopetegui might be sacked and that Antonio Conte, who coached Chelsea in the Premier League, might be roped in to head the team.Read More | Pittsburgh Shooting: US Attorney Scott Brady seeks death penalty against suspectSeveral Spanish media reports said Real Madrid president Florentino Perez left the match without addressing the team following the disastrous loss. It is believed that Lopetegui bid goodbye to the team after the match in case he was replaced.The European champions have now managed only one victory from their last six matches and are now in danger of slipping away in the race for the La Liga title.   last_img read more

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Ese Brume Gets Lifeline for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

first_imgAt a time everything had fallen apart for Team Nigeria in track and field, Brume came with a big surprise, jumping her personal best mark of 6.81m to challenge for a medal, although it was not enough to get her on the podium. No one gave her a chance of making it to the final.She arrived the country three days ago, and yesterday in Lagos, the owner of FROT Group, an energy and construction company based in Lekki, Lagos, decided to honour the athlete and her coach Kayode Yaya.Apart from getting them cash reward for doing the nation proud in Rio, the FROT Group boss, Frank Momoh promised to give Brume the assistant she will need to make the podium in Tokyo 2020.Last weekend, Momoh had rolled out a red carpet for Nigeria’s table tennis stars, Aruna Quadri, Segun Toriola, Funke Oshonaike and other members of the table tennis team to the Rio Olympics in a welcome dinner, which took place at Wheatbaker hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos.At that occasion, Momoh doled out N1million to Aruna Quadri, N500,000 for Toriola, while and Funke Oshonaike and other members of the team got N1 million.But yesterday, Momoh gave Brume and her coach the sum of N200,000, a gesture the athlete and her coach Yaya described as remarkable.“I don’t know how to express our gratitude to FROT Group,” Brume told journalists yesterday. “This is a man I have not met before in my entire life. I returned from Rio three days ago and he sent for me and my coach to see him in his office. Apart from giving us N100,000 cash each, he has told us to prepare a programme for my training for Tokyo 2020 Olympics and that he will help me in whatever way. I can’t believe we still have this type of people in this part of the world. I am really grateful and I pray God to help me actualise my dream of making it to the podium in Tokyo 2020. That is the only way I can pay back to Mr. Frank Momoh in particular and the management of FROT Group,” Brume stated.On his part, coach Yaya said that the gesture by Frank Momoh would go a long way in motivating Brume, not only ahead Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but other major competitions like the Commonwealth Games, African championship and the IAAF World Athletics Championship. He called on other Nigerians and corporate organisations to emulate the FROT Group boss, Momoh.In the past three years, Frank Momoh had displayed to many Nigerians his philanthropist attitude, especially for sports men and women. He had been providing financial support for Nigerian sports, including football, table tennis and wheelchair basketball at state and national levels. He has just added athletics.During the preparation for the Rio Olympics, Momoh played the ‘big brother’s role’ by providing financial support for the duo of Aruna Quadri and Segun Toriola.In Rio, Quadri made history by beating his world-rated German opponent, Boll Timo, 4-2 to seal a historic berth in the quarterfinals of men’s single table tennis event, the first African to reach that level at the Games. Impressed by the Quadri’s performance, Momoh announced a cash prize of $2,500 for him, which he redeemed last weekend.For the long jumper Ese Brume, she will be quite happy how 2016 has been for her She won the African long jump title in Durban, South Africa and also set a new PB of 6.83m at the Akure Golden League.Part of the things Brume wants to prepare herself for Tokyo 2020 Olympics is a well equip gymnasium, funding for IAAF sanctioned competitions, among others.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s female long jumper, Ese Brume reaped her reward for hard work yesterday in Lagos, after emerging the country’s best track and field athlete at the just concluded Rio Olympic Games.Brume, who graduated from the junior cadre to the senior team two years ago in Glasgow, Scotland, where she won the long jump gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, was again the cynosure of all eyes at the Rio Olympics, finishing 5th in the women’s long jump final. She was the only Nigerian individual athlete to reach the final in Rio.last_img read more

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Fans react to Syracuse not making the NCAA Tournament

first_img[View the story “Selection Sunday ” on Storify] Comments Published on March 12, 2017 at 6:19 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

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