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


PECO: MORE POWER BULLIES RTC JUDGE | Admin raps filed after unfavorable court reso

Posted On Sep 25 2020 by

first_img“MORE Power’s administrative cases seta deadly precedent in that companies can just file complaints against judgeswho do not rule in their favor,” said Cacho, noting that MORE always wants totake the easy way out by taking shortcuts in the processes. “We would like to emphasize that theissuance of the writ cannot be considered ministerial because not only has thegrant thereof been duly questioned by PECO, there is still a pendingprejudicial question which is the pendency of the issue of constitutionality ofthe expropriation,” Elamparo stressed. He also denied the Motion to inhibithimself. MORE wants to tell the judiciary theywon’t take “no” for an answer, “or else they will pressure you and file casesagainst you,” he added. The Amular Order halted the issuanceof the actual writ of possession. He noted that the Supreme Court hadalready ruled in another case that “the issue of constitutionality would belike a prejudicial question to the expropriation as it would be a waste of timeand effort to appoint evaluation of commissioners and debate the market valueof the property sought to be condemned if it turned out that the condemnationwas illegal.” It may be recalled that RTC Iloilo,through Presiding Judge Yvette Go, earlier granted a writ of possession infavor of MORE Power despite the pendency of MORE’s own appeal before theSupreme Court. Go, along with MORE, was then required by the High Court toshow cause why they should not be cited for contempt for proceeding with thecase. Meanwhile, Atty. Estrella Elamparo,senior partner at Divina Law, revealed they were saddened by the surprisingdevelopment considering that the Supreme Court had already previously deniedMORE’s prayer for a TRO. “MORE Power claims it can do what we do when clearly cannot, and this is considering that they unsuccessfully tried to pirate our technical experts,” says Panay Electric Co.’s head of Public Engagement and Government Affairs Marcelo Cacho. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN ILOILO City – MORE Electric and PowerCorp. (MORE Power), owned by gaming magnate Enrique Razon, is bullying one ofIloilo’s strictest and fairest judges with misleading allegations for its ownbenefit. This was the response of Marcelo Cacho, Panay Electric Co. (PECO) headof Public Engagement and Government Affairs, following the filing of administrativecharges in the Supreme Court by MORE Power against the presiding judge of theRegional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 35, Daniel Antonio Gerardo Amular. “MORE’s complaints against JudgeAmular don’t really have a bearing on the expropriation case but merely serveto intimidate not only Amular but also other judges who may be tasked to handleMORE’s cases in the future,” said Cacho. “Look at this imperial Manila companythat hasn’t even started operations here in our hometown of Iloilo. They’retrying to intimidate one of our strictest and fairest judges,” said Cacho. She also revealed that they alreadyfiled a motion to lift the new TRO. She also noted that the standingjurisprudence (JM Tuason vs LTA)dictates that when the constitutionality of the expropriation has beenquestioned, the expropriation court should wait until the issue is settledbefore proceeding.  When Go inhibited herself from thecase, Amular took over and, later on, issued an Order suspending theexpropriation case filed by MORE to take over PECO’s power distributionfacilities. While MORE Power has secured a copy ofthe said Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), it took time for PECO to receiveits copy, according to Cacho. Amular said he was suspendingproceedings “in the interest of judicial fairness, respect to the HonorableSupreme Court, and for practical considerations.” The SC stopped the Mandaluyong RTCfrom enforcing its ruling that declared the franchise granted by Congress toMORE Power and the expropriation of the assets of PECO as unconstitutional.This latest SC ruling effectively overturned their own previous ruling thatupheld the same Mandaluyong RTC decision. “This is the jurisprudence that JudgeAmular has heeded,” Elamparo added. Elamparo also stressed that MORE Powershould not insinuate that the Dec. 3 TRO in any way affects the RTC Iloiloproceedings. TROs can only restrain an act that has not yet been accomplished,she stressed. It cannot mandate the performance ofan act, such as the issuance of a writ of possession or continuation of expropriationproceedings, according to Elamparo. “But we continue to have faith in ourjudicial processes and will abide by whatever final ruling our courts will haveon the issues. In the meantime, MORE should not be jumping to erroneousconclusions that mislead the public, particularly the people of Iloilo,” Cachoadded./PN “I’m just wondering why they evenbothered filing with the Supreme Court in the first place when they previouslyclaimed that the Mandaluyong resolution has no bearing on the case and thatthey just wanted the expropriation to continue,” Cacho, in turn, noted. “They are trying to railroad thejudicial process, much like what they did in Congress,” Cacho claimed.last_img read more


The Latest: No fans at Patriots’ 2 home games in September

Posted On Sep 18 2020 by

first_imgStadium officials said in a statement on Tuesday that the state will not allow fans at any event next month. That includes the Patriots’ games on Sept. 13 against the Miami Dolphins and the one two weeks later against the Raiders.While saying that they “fully support” the state’s position, stadium officials also said they “would have welcomed the opportunity to host fans in August and September, but are hopeful to do so later in the season.”The Patriots had previously announced a plan that would have limited Gillette Stadium to about 20% of its 66,000 person capacity. Officials said they worked with experts to develop a plan to reopen at partial capacity and “are confident in our ability to provide a safe and comfortable environment for fans.”According to the Massachusetts reopening plan, sporting events with fans will not be allowed until the state reaches Phase 4, which requires a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19.___ August 18, 2020 Associated Press The Latest: No fans at Patriots’ 2 home games in September ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Two players from Roma’s youth team have tested positive for the coronavirus.The Italian soccer club has not named the players but says they are asymptomatic and have begun self-isolating.Roma says “those who have come into contact with the two individuals have been traced and notified” and adds that “a deep clean and disinfection of the club’s training facilities has also already begun.”The two players, their teammates and the youth team staff will undergo further tests.The team’s training activities have been suspended until at least Aug. 24. Nashville’s MLS team has three games scheduled through Sept. 12 at Nissan Stadium. Nashville SC set a record for the largest soccer crowd in Tennessee with its MLS debut on Feb. 29 as fans packed Nissan Stadium.___One person who isn’t a player returned a positive result for COVID-19 out of 1,400 tests administered in the controlled environment set up for the U.S. Open and another tennis tournament preceding it at the same site in New York.The U.S. Tennis Association said Tuesday that the person is asymptomatic and must isolate for at least 10 days.Contact tracing has started to see who might have been exposed to that person and should quarantine for two weeks. ___The Tennessee Titans won’t have fans at their home opener on Sept. 20 against Jacksonville because of the coronavirus pandemic.Nashville Mayor John Cooper and the Titans announced the decision Tuesday. Nashville’s Major League Soccer team also won’t have any fans at home games in September.Burke Nihill, the Titans’ president and CEO, says they wish they could open in front of fans as a franchise coming off its first AFC championship game in 17 years. But he says the Titans support the mayor and the local health department’s decision to keep Nissan Stadium closed to fans at least to start the season.The Titans play only one home game in September. Team officials have been working with public health experts to design a stadium plan in the hopes that fans will be able to attend some of the eight scheduled home games this season. Those precautions include mandatory masks, socially distant seating, contactless faucets and hand sanitizer stations throughout the stadium. ___German soccer club Union Berlin wants to hold a pre-season friendly match with 3,000 spectators and is hoping that “preventative” coronavirus tests for fans will allow it to happen.The Bundesliga club says it has applied to the local Treptow-Köpenick health authorities for permission to hold the game with an altered hygiene plan on Sept. 5.Union says “a preventative test for all spectators is intended to replace the currently valid social distancing rules.”German soccer clubs previously outlined plans to resume games with some socially distanced fans attending in seated areas. Union’s Stadion An der Alten Försterei has mostly standing terraces so it could have far fewer fans attending than its competitors. ___The Southeastern Conference will prohibit “suite hopping” as part of COVID-19 guidelines designed for fan safety and health in preparation for conference-only play this season.Decisions on whether fans can attend games will be made closer to Sept. 26 when the league begins play. Attendance numbers will be left to member schools but must follow state and local guidelines. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations should be followed in the absence of those measures.Furniture in premium seating and clubs shall be arranged to promote physical distancing, the guidelines add. Physical distancing and face coverings will also be stressed there as well as in public areas, including concessions, where barriers must be installed. The SEC guidelines also suggest “grab and go” food options, with drinks provided directly to spectators and single-serve condiments offered.SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said its 14 schools adopted the fan guidelines as a baseline and added, “They provide conference-wide expectations for protection of guests who are able to attend our games.” South Africa had been scheduled to travel next month and play using the same bubble-style protocol used for men’s tours of England by West Indies, Ireland and Pakistan.The announcement leaves the England women’s team without any confirmed matches for the rest of the year after a planned tour by India was called off last month. The England women’s team has not had a game since the T20 World Cup in Australia in February and March.The ECB says it is in “multiple discussions” to host international women’s cricket tours.It’s the third women’s series to be canceled this year for South Africa following a planned series against Australia in South Africa and a tour of the West Indies.___ The Western & Southern Open, moved this year from Cincinnati to New York because of the coronavirus pandemic, begins Saturday. The U.S. Open starts Aug. 31.Testing began last Thursday.___South Africa has withdrawn from a planned women’s cricket tour of England because of coronavirus-related restrictions.The England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket South Africa say “this decision was taken due to the current international travel regulations in place for South African national teams.” North Carolina coach Mack Brown said he remains “confident” that the Tar Heels will play football this season after the school shut down in-person undergraduate classes.Brown said Tuesday that the school’s move to online courses after recent coronavirus clusters in student housing and a fraternity could ultimately help “create a better seal around our program and a better bubble.”Brown said team staffers hosted a Zoom call for parents on Monday to address questions. Athletes can choose to remain in current residences, while some football players have previously chosen to opt out of the upcoming season.Brown said many players were already taking online courses and that the team will continue once-weekly testing of players for the coronavirus.He said the team is trying to “make sure our players and our staff understand that we’ve got three months here where we cannot go outside for social reasons or to eat or anything else if we want to have our football season.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The New England Patriots will be playing without fans in Gillette Stadium at least through September. The Chiefs will allow up to 2,000 season ticket holders to attend training camp on Saturday, making them the first NFL team to allow fans since the coronavirus pandemic dramatically altered the way teams are preparing for the season.The team also said that up to 5,000 season ticket holders will be allowed at practice on Aug. 29, when the franchise plans to raise a new Super Bowl championship flag over the west end zone.The Chiefs typically draw thousands of fans daily to training camp on the campus of Missouri Western State University, about an hour’s drive north of Kansas City in St. Joseph, Missouri. But the pandemic caused the Chiefs and the few other teams that still leave home for training camp to instead hold all their workouts at team facilities.The Chiefs are fortunate in that their practice facility is just across the parking lot from Arrowhead Stadium. They have been using both locations to allow for more social distancing in walk-throughs and meetings. The practices that are open to fans will be at Arrowhead Stadium, where they will be able to social distance.___last_img read more