Apr 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#
For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: “We will put our best foot forward against Oman and Afghanistan,” promised India captain Sunil Chhetri, days after his defenceless team left its scoring boots at home in a 1-1 stalemate with Bangladesh in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. On a high after holding Asian champion and 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar to a goalless draw, a struggling India escaped with a 1-1 draw against lower-ranked Bangladesh in their previous second round qualifying match in Kolkata.“I think one of them is going to be in Dushanbe because they (Afghanistan) play their home games over there and then against Oman (in Muscat). Both are very difficult and important games, but we back ourselves. If we play the way we played against Qatar, we can do it. We are not scared,” Chhetri said on the sidelines of a Herbalife Nutrition event.Yet to taste a win, India are scheduled to play Afghanistan on November 14 and Oman on November 19. Having squandered a one-goal advantage to lose 1-2 to Oman in their opener at home, India held fancied Oatar in Doha before the underwhelming result against Bangladesh in Kolkata.“We felt bad after the game because we felt we could have done a lot better than what we did. We are over it. We will put our best foot forward against Afghanistan and Oman, two away games, which are very important and difficult ones also.Also Read | Jamshedpur FC Register Consecutive Wins, Beat Hyderabad 3-1 In ISL“We do not want to wash away the good things we have done against Oman, Qatar and Bangladesh, we are definitely on a high. We are learning a lot, just hope we continue that,” said one of international football’s leading scorers.“We are not happy with our performance against Bangladesh. The team played well but our strikers missed a lot of chances, and that’s why we lost two points which we should not have, and that really bothers us.”The Asian Football Federation (AFC) has recently recognised the ISL as the country’s top league and asked about the roadmap, he said, “I think they have discussed with the AFC and I hope every stakeholder will come together, for me more teams the better, as soon as possible.”He added, “The bigger the better it is. That will increase the number of competitive matches and it is better for the players. I hope all the stakeholders come together and take the best step forward for Indian football.”Raises Health Concerns Amid High Level Air Pollution In DelhiAt a time when the city is grappling with poor air quality, Chhetri said it is not easy to keep oneself fit here. “It is very difficult to keep oneself fit in Delhi because the pollution is more here than in other states. Start climbing stairs, do exercise, don’t overeat, let’s not blame the environment our problem is that we are not sincere enough” Chhetri, who turned a vegan recently, advised.
Speaking in the Dail today during the inaugural debate on the outcomes of this week’s 44thplenary of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly in Seanad Eireann, the Co-Chairman of the Assembly, Joe McHugh TD, announced a series of practical measures that would be implemented as a result of the two day meeting.These practical measures initiating discussions with Governments on an annual British Irish trade mission; expanding co-operation between North and South on healthcare co-operation; and supporting the showcasing of Irish food at local level.Deputy McHugh said that it is incumbent on all members of the Assembly to demonstrate to the public the value that these plenary meetings bring, and that having a specific Dail debate on these outcomes and progressing these key issues was an important example of this. Deputy McHugh commented: “The British Irish Parliamentary Assembly was first established in 1990 and played an important role in developing the positive relationships between our two countries that helped achieve peace, and ultimately cumulated in last year’s historic visit by Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland.“In the present context of economic downturn and deep recession, it is vital that the Assembly is used to identify positive measures in a range of areas that will benefit the people its members represent. For that reason, this plenary’s theme of ‘Making business easier between Britain and Ireland’ was focused on practical solutions.“Among the measures we have identified is the proposal to hold an annual British Irish trade mission, alternating between our two countries that my co-Chair, Laurence Robertson MP, and I will now bring to our Governments. This idea was first proposed by one of our guest speakers, Sean O’Driscoll of Glen Dimplex, and the Assembly fully supported it.“Another practical measure was proposed by Darina Allen of Ballymaloe Cookery School who suggested that in order to boost local food, members of the Assembly should ensure to promote local producers to the greatest extent possible during their work. “These are examples of actions at national Government level combined with simple and achievable steps by local representatives that demonstrate the value that an institution such as the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly can achieve. I look forward to continuing this work and demonstrating the value that we can bring over the coming years.” MCHUGH: BRITISH-IRISH TALKS HAVE POSITIVE OUTCOMES was last modified: May 17th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:MCHUGH: BRITISH-IRISH TALKS HAVE POSITIVE OUTCOMES