Japan finds H5 virus in swans; India, Vietnam cite outbreaks

Posted On Nov 18 2020 by

first_imgApr 28, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Animal health officials in Japan were awaiting final tests on four wild swans that recently tested positive for an H5 strain of avian influenza, as authorities in Vietnam and India’s Tripura state moved to quash new outbreaks caused by the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus.Three of the swans were found dead on the shores of Lake Towada in Akita prefecture, in northern Japan, on Apr 21, officials said in a news release, according to a report today from Reuters. The swans were found and tested during heightened surveillance prompted by several outbreaks in South Korea, Japan’s neighbor to the southwest.Authorities have not found any mass bird deaths nearby and said there were no chicken farms within 10 kilometers of the area, Reuters reported.Japan’s last reported H5N1 outbreaks occurred in early 2007, when the virus struck farms in four towns in the southern part of the country and killed a hawk eagle near Kumamoto prefecture, according to reports from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).Elsewhere, veterinary officials in India said on Apr 26 that samples from more birds in Tripura state had tested positive for the H5N1 virus, pushing to three the number of areas hit in the state in the past 2 weeks, the Times of India reported on Apr 26.Asim Roy Barman, state animal resources department director, told the Times that the two earlier outbreak sites were within 4 kilometers of the border with Bangladesh, which has had extensive H5N1 outbreaks over the past several months. However, he said the latest outbreak was a surprise to officials because it is 50 kilometers from the Bangladesh border.In early April, Tripura became the second Indian state to report H5N1 outbreaks this year. Nearly all of Tripura state, located in the far northeastern section of India, borders eastern Bangladesh.In other developments, animal health officials in Vietnam said the H5N1 virus has been detected in another province, Son La in the northern part of the country, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported today.The report said Vietnam’s Department of Animal Health told a local newspaper that the outbreak occurred among chickens and ducks in a backyard poultry flock. Provincial authorities have isolated the site and disinfected the farm to prevent the spread of the virus, according to the report.The animal health department, according to Xinhua, said two other locations in Vietnam are also battling the H5N1 virus: Tien Giang province in the south and Can Tho, an independent municipality that is the largest city in the Mekong Delta.See also:OIE reports on Japanese outbreakshttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2007_AI.php#last_img read more


Leonard Hernandez: Hospital sales tax vote is vital to the economic growth of Wellington

Posted On Aug 14 2020 by

first_imgby Leonard Hernandez, Sumner Regional Medical Center, C.E.O — I have had the opportunity to live all across Kansas over the last 25 years, but I chose to make my home here in Wellington. I did this because I believe in the power of our community to grow and the even greater community it aspires to become.Leonard HernandezThe sales tax initiative is a big step towards those goals. The idea of the sales tax was born many years ago out of the opinions that were expressed, by many community meetings, by listening to the growing concerns and support over the years for SRMC. The initiative we ask you to support, comes from us, represents us and is for us, those who choose to live here and want to see Wellington grow to its full potential.As you know, I have had the pleasure of leading SRMC over the last two years and its users with nearly 1,000 in patient stays, 20,000 outpatient visits, 125 deliveries, 4,000 ER visits, 4,000 residential days, 3,600 BHU Days and 1,300 SNF Days annually and its 140 employees who make up the 129 FTE’s. For them, this initiative is crucial in helping to stabilize the ever changing issues in dealing with healthcare today.Voting “yes’ to this initiative will allow the services to continue and give us the opportunity to expand on the things we do best.If you look at other area communities that are thriving, you will see that a consistent healthcare system is in the center and is a vital component to the vibrant nature of those cities and towns.These and all the reasons I have previously mentioned are the reasons I will be voting “yes” to the sales tax question on November 4. I urge you to do the same. Thank you for your past, current and future support of SRMC. It is very much appreciated.Leonard Hernandez, President and CEOSumner Regional Medical Center. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (13) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -9 Vote up Vote down ??? · 301 weeks ago what do they do with all the money they charge my insurance???? Report Reply 5 replies · active 301 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Meadow Lanes · 301 weeks ago Economic growth of Wellington by increasing sales tax? Hmmm Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down interested citizen · 301 weeks ago so, why don’t we pass the tax, but yet also ask mr hernandez to take a pay cut? some drs take a pay cut? why don’t we all take a pay cut? would that help everyone pass this tax forum? Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down WHSAlum · 301 weeks ago Wages and Benefits are but a small part of a large business’ budget. If every employee took a pay cut, it would not fix the current situation. The employees deserve to earn a fair wage. There are other things that can be cut/reconfigured to make that hospital work. Time to think outside the box and come up with something that works and fits within the current financial situation. I think that Mr. Hernandez is doing a good job of seeking reclassification to capture more revenue. Your employees are your biggest asset, and they have voluntarily done things in the past to try to make things work. I’m not a hospital employee, nor do I have any contacts to the hospital other than being a Wellington resident. I see the need in having a medical facility of some sort here in Wellington. I just believe we need to think about what is necessary and fiscally responsible. Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down d taton · 301 weeks ago why wasn’t the county allowed to vote on the hospital. It was not on the ballot for the county. It was a city of Wellington issue. We all use the hospital and should of had the right to vote on it. This wasn’t a fair vote. If the city of Wellington is the only one allowed to vote on such issues then you need to change the hospital’s name to Wellington City Hospital. Report Reply 2 replies · active 301 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 301 weeks ago Yes you pay if you are in Wellington which is collected by the municipality. However, if you buy something in Caldwell, Conway Springs, Belle Plaine, etc. you won’t be assessed that one percent. Those towns might have a one percent tax going to fund something in their community. In Sumner County there is a half cent sales tax that goes toward rural ambulances and health care facilities, that was voted on by the whole county not just Wellington. Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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Let Osa grow green Balancing conservation empowerment and entrepreneurship

Posted On Aug 19 2019 by

first_imgRead more “Doing Business columns” here. Randall Trejos works as a business developer, helping startups and medium-sized companies grow. He’s the co-director of the Founder Institute in Costa Rica and a strategy consultant at Grupo Impulso. You can follow his blog La Catapulta or contact him through LinkedIn. Stay tuned for the next edition of “Doing Business,” published twice-monthly. Facebook Comments See also: Innovation is the new black – 3 pitfalls for businesses to avoidAlthough we arrive more than fashionably late, Mario Torres welcomes us to his finca with the warmth you can only find when you’re far enough from a city. Seven years ago, Mario moved to the Osa Peninsula from the province of Limón with high hopes for a new start, but while the Southern Zone region is one of the most beautiful natural destinations in Costa Rica, times have been tough.Efforts to preserve this natural wonder span 40 years, since Corcovado National Park was created in 1975. However, protecting nature, while a noble cause, cannot be done without taking into account the people who live off the land. Just as in any ecosystem, when you remove one piece (in this case, the right to exploit the resources), the whole system is thrown off balance. The recent Osa Trails graduation. Courtesy Fabiola Kano“I remember when they told us we had to leave,” says Eida Fletes, remembering the moment in 1976 when several families had to be relocated due to the creation of the National Park. “My father was a hunter, and between the meat he brought home and what we could grow in the field, we made our livelihood, but now it was forbidden.”This would be the beginning of decades of tension between the goal of preserving nature, and locals’ need to earn a living. While it was now illegal, many would choose to survive by doing the things they had done all their lives: hunt, mine for gold, cut down trees.“It is not that we don’t care for the environment. It’s just that this is how we have always earned a living,” says Johnny Rodríguez, a former hunter.In case you haven’t heard, the Osa Peninsula is considered the most biologically intense place on earth. According to data from the National Conservation System (SINAC), Corcovado National Park received 48,000 visitors last year alone. This affluence, however, has not necessarily benefited local communities. Due in part to the remoteness of the place and in part to the lack of infrastructure, most tourists stay at one of the medium-sized hotels, leaving only to go to the park. They thereby miss out on the cultural component of the region and deprive the locals of an environmentally friendly source of income.Recommended: Crocodile Bay Marina: Osa destroyer or Golfo Dulce dream?Enter rural tourism. Increasing in popularity across the globe, rural tourism allows visitors to experience the lifestyle, culture and cuisine of local people, enabling those residents to benefit from tourism without having to make huge investments. Although this type of tourist knows he’s not headed to a resort and spa, it is always a challenge to make the expectations of both parties meet, and create a rewarding experience for all.This managing of expectations and experience design is where a project called Osa Trails, or Caminos de Osa, has done its magic. An initiative of several public and private organizations including the Costa Rica U.S.A. Foundation for Development (CRUSA), Stanford University’s Osa-Golfito Initiative (INOGO), Responsible Business for All (RBA) and SINAC, Caminos de Osa is betting on collaboration to pull off a feat no one else has yet accomplished: the delicate balancing act of natural conservation, community empowerment and economic development. Through its bottom-up approach, the program trains local entrepreneurs, supports them through mentorship, connects them with tour operators and helps them organize themselves to strengthen their bonds as a way to make their micro-business grow.The support and the sense of community that Osa Trails has generated are what inspired Mario to completely renovate his property. With his own hands, he has turned his former home into a guesthouse with three rooms, built a small butterfly farm, and created an hour-long hiking path complete with signs. The scene is breathtaking; you can see Corcovado from Mario’s backyard.Of course, a project as ambitious as Osa Trails could only come to life by bringing many actors together. Tour operators train the entrepreneurs in customer service, basic amenities and signage; students from Universidad Veritas help them design their menus and the layout of their cabins; seasoned entrepreneurs mentor them, and staff members from RBA hold workshops on personal growth, teamwork and leadership. Mario looks out at Corcovado. Randall Trejos/The Tico Times“The students helped me with the decoration of the cabinas, and now I’m even learning English to communicate better with tourists,” says Marylin Calderón, who owns and manages Cabinas Lapamar, a three-cabin hostel in Playa Blanca, along with her dad.“We had closed the place down, but we recently reopened and are already seeing the difference,” Marylin adds, while her father cuts the lawn with a lawn mower that looks straight out of a museum. “When we are full, I send the tourists to my neighbor, and she does the same for us.”More than just sparking entrepreneurship and community bonds, Osa Trails is sparking hope. In their recent graduation, 23 local entrepreneurs were recognized for finishing the yearlong program. The group ranged from the owners of small family restaurants, or sodas, to a former gold prospector turned tour guide. At the ceremony, they were recognized and praised for their efforts by the many attendees, including Costa Rican Vice President Ana Helena Chacón. Emotions were high and some of the graduates were even in tears; this was the most anyone had cared about their well-being in a long time.The last thing we did before leaving was visit Mario’s place. The guesthouse is a little rough around the edges and the trails lack security handrails you might find at a National Park, but it doesn’t matter; you’ll never walk through that forest without him. This is what the experience is all about. As you explore one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world, you are connecting with him at a very personal level; he tells you his story with no scripts, and with a humility that disarms you.You let go of the fact that the mosquito nets don’t match and that the term “fully-equipped kitchen” has a broad definition at Mario’s. You let it go because you know all of this is the product of his effort, his hard work and his hope, and somehow you are now part of it. You let it go because the house, the trail, the butterfly farm, humble as they are, show the glow of something that has been made with heart.For more information about any of the Osa Trails entrepreneurs, visit the project website or write info@grupo-RBA.com.center_img Related posts:Wonkblog: What the new U.S.-Cuba travel rules mean for US citizens hoping to visit Cuba Madrid goalie Keylor Navas named Costa Rica tourism ambassador Ecuador tourism stunt featuring Costa Rica sparks international row Costa Rica is the most expensive destination in Central America, says WEFlast_img read more