Avian flu reported in two more Nigerian states

first_imgFeb 9, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Deadly H5N1 avian influenza was reported on farms in two more Nigerian states today as United Nations officials warned that the virus’s emergence in Africa represents a serious crisis.The Nigerian agriculture ministry said the virus had been found in chickens on two farms in Kano state and one in Plateau state, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. Kano borders Kaduna state, site of the first reported outbreak, on the northeast, and Plateau borders it on the southeast.”The outbreak in Kaduna state in northern Nigeria proves that no country is risk-free and that we are facing a serious international crisis,” said Samuel Jutzi, director of the the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO’s) Animal Production and Health Division, in a statement yesterday.Lee Jong-wook, head of the World Health Organization (WHO), said today, “The confirmation of H5N1 avian influenza in poultry in Africa is a cause for great concern and demands immediate action.”The deaths of 60,000 poultry in Kano had been reported previously, but officials had said tests for avian flu were negative. It was not clear today how many of the deaths were due to avian flu, according to the AFP report.Tope Ajakaiye, spokesman for the Nigerian agriculture ministry, said the outbreak sites have been quarantined. “The federal government is doing everything to contain the disease within the three centers that have been located,” the Associated Press (AP) quoted him as saying.The AP reported that Junaidu Maina, director of Nigeria’s livestock department, said poultry farms all across northern Nigeria were under quarantine, but he did not say how many of the country’s 36 states were included in the order.Government accused of slow responseAwalu Haruna of the Poultry Farmers’ Association of Kano yesterday accused the government of tardiness in responding to the outbreak, the AP story said. “The government should have quarantined the affected farms to prevent further spread,” he said. “But as I speak this has not been done. There is still movement of humans and birds in and out of these farms.”According to a Reuters report today, workers at the Kaduna farm where the virus was first reported said all the birds had died about a month ago. “They burned them and buried them,” one worker was quoted as saying. “They didn’t tell us what had happened. I heard it on the news.”About 40,000 birds reportedly died on the farm, near Jaji village. Fifteen large concrete hangars used as chicken barns stood empty today, Reuters reported.The story also said agricultural authorities in Kano state had ordered a quarantine of all farms with mass bird deaths, but officials would not destroy the flocks until tests confirm the presence of H5N1. Otherwise, “people might take advantage” of compensation being offered to farmers, one official said.International help expectedThe United States has pledged $25 million to help contain the virus, according to the AP and Reuters reports.Ajaikaye told AFP a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention team based in Kenya was expected to come to Nigeria and set up a laboratory. The team is to bring 2,000 protective suits for health and veterinary workers, he said.Experts from the FAO, the WHO, and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) were expected to travel to Nigeria tomorrow to help, the AP quoted the OIE’s Alex Thiermann as saying.The WHO’s Lee said in his statement, “The single most important public health priority at this stage is to warn people about the dangers of close contact with sick or dead birds infected with H5N1.”He said the WHO is offering to help the Nigerian government in a public information campaign, possibly by giving messages about bird flu during a nationwide, house-to-house polio immunization campaign scheduled to begin Feb 11.Lee noted that African health systems are already struggling to cope with HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other diseases. “We simply do not know what the impact of exposure to avian influenza will be on the many people who may be already immunocompromised and in a fragile state of health,” he said.Greece reports infected swansIn other developments, three swans found dead in northern Greece tested positive for an H5 virus, possibly signaling H5N1’s arrival in the country, according to an AFP report today.Greece has had no confirmed outbreaks of H5N1 so far. Last October there was a report of an H5 virus in some turkeys on a Greek island, but the findings apparently were never confirmed. At this writing, the OIE Web site showed no reports of H5 avian flu in Greece.Two of the infected swans were found in the northern port city of Salonika, and the third came from the prefecture of Pieria, according to officials quoted by AFP.The Greek agriculture ministry said a European Union–certified laboratory in Salonika had detected H5 viruses in samples from the three swans, which were among 52 birds tested, AFP reported.The samples have been sent to a London lab for to determine whether the virus is H5N1, officials told AFP.Earlier this week, a swan infected with an H5 virus was reported in Bulgaria, which adjoins northeastern Greece.See also:Feb 9 statement by WHO Director-General Lee Jong-wookhttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2006/s03/en/index.htmlFeb 8 FAO statementhttp://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2006/1000226/index.htmllast_img read more

Indonesian badminton national athletes protected by BP Jamsostek

first_imgMembers of the national badminton team have been registered as active participants of the BP Jamsostek social security program, previously known as the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan). The program covers job-related illness and injuries, as well as death. The athletes are under the patronage of the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI), the association said in a statement on Thursday.The PBSI went on to say that their careers exposed shuttlers to injury, which may occur during training and competitions. The association hopes the social security program will give the shuttlers financial assurance to allow them to fully focus on their day-to-day duties. “The social security program is also a form of appreciation for the shuttlers,” said PBSI operational director Alex Tirta.Read also: Indonesia’s junior shuttlers showered with cash rewards over World Cup successMeanwhile, the head of BP Jamsostek’s Jakarta Ceger branch, Dani Santoso, said he appreciated the PBSI’s gesture.“The utmost appreciation goes out to the PBSI, which has supported the government’s program and paid attention to risks encountered by athletes,” he added.Shuttler Pitha Haningtyas Mentari said she was happy with the plan, which gave athletes a sense of assurance in regard to their health. (nkn)Topics :last_img read more

Anilao Windsurf Regatta 2019: Historic windfoiling and fun-filled freedom

first_imgMOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The sailors each carry a different kind of surfboard above their heads — one that has a fin-like rig attached to the bottom of the board. This is called a windfoil board, and for the first time ever, it hovers the waters of Anilao for the first foil race in the Philippines.Windfoiling, just like windsurfing, also uses a sail and a surfboard. What sets it apart from traditional windsurfing is the hydrofoil rig that allows the board to hover about three feet above the water, making it easier to sail faster and without much traction.“Windfoil is the evolution of windsurf,” former national team sailor Harold Madrigal explains.In the first round of the first foil race in the country, Madrigal and Geylord “Evang” Coveta, also a former national team athlete and 2012 RS:One world champion, sail neck-and-neck while “I Ran” plays from the shore where everyone squints to catch a glimpse of the tight race.In the end, Madrigal, despite practicing with the foil board for only two months, places first in the first foil race in the regatta while Coveta, who is also new to the foil board and practiced only three days before the race, places second.ADVERTISEMENT INQUIRER.net/Ryan LeagogoAt 8 a.m., with sunlight sprawled out along the shores of Anilao beach in Batangas, residents and tourists rise to witness the clear waters glisten and crash against the rocky shores. For many, it is just another weekend to relax by the beach and swim away the pressures of the weekday grind, but for the people of Janao Bay Inn Beach Resort, it is time to set sail.The Anilao Windsurf Regatta has been going on for about 22 years. The small community of Anilao sailors gather every year to celebrate their love for windsurfing. It is a sport known to Filipinos, though not so popular. Being that Anilao is commonly known as a diving attraction, windsurfing often remains unheard of especially here. Thus, whenever it is time for the year’s regatta, the sailors and windsurf enthusiasts make sure they make noise.ADVERTISEMENT Windsurfers show skills, encourage marine conservation at Anilao Regatta PLAY LIST 04:07Windsurfers show skills, encourage marine conservation at Anilao Regatta03:01Winners of the first ever foil windsurfing contest in the Philippines04:23Anilao getaway: Windsurfing and dolphins02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The young sailor describes her experience in the water as she sails first to the finish line: “Feeling mo lumilipad ka, tapos ang saya sa feeling ng parang lumulutang ka sa tubig, na nakikisabayan ka sa hangin.” (You feel like you’re flying, and it’s a fun feeling to be floating on the water, being one with the wind.)This is an experience shared by the tightknit windsurf community in Anilao — “a sense of freedom,” as 16-year-old sailor and foil slalom second runner-up Joaquin Jimenez calls it.“It’s you, your equipment, and the wind. It’s up to you where you want to go and how fast you want to go,” he expresses.INQUIRER.net/Ryan LeagogoThe Anilao Windsurf Regatta closes with the awarding ceremony where the sailors gather inside the Janao Bay Inn, laughing and cheering with their purple Propan TLC-sponsored clappers as they share inside jokes.This year’s regatta has proved once again that the community is just getting bigger, as organizer Nicole Alvaro de Arellano says. Next year, she hopes that the event reaches even wider audiences, including the windsurf communities in Boracay and Taal.As chairperson Anna Marco announces the names of the race winners, she reminds the sailors to “keep on sailing.” Windsurfing often goes unnoticed in the Philippines. Many sailors and regatta participants only hope for more recognition as they train to compete internationally.Despite challenges, the Anilao windsurf community continue to support each other as they persist with their passion for the water sport, unwavering. Whenever it gets too hard as windsurfing remains overlooked, what the Anilao Windsurf Regatta does is keep it alive, reminding every participant, guest or sailor, to keep on sailing. JBRELATED STORIES:Anilao: Windsurfing, dolphins, and a 101 on marine conservationAnilao Windsurf Regatta returns for 17th year View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Must-win for Painters Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra From afar, 1980s synthpop music blares from the stereos propped on the shores of Janao Bay, but inside the beach resort, everyone is calm and quiet. Sails lie still on the grounds of the inn as the sailors wait for an announcement — that is, it is time to race again.The first round of races begins with the novices and the class C sailors. As the red flag goes up, the young and aspiring sailors start to go offshore and into the water. In another minute, the yellow flag goes up and they put their sails upright. The countdown to the green flag begins and the sailors become one with their equipment. They look straight into the first buoy as the green flag goes up. The Anilao Windsurf Regatta 2019 has officially set sail.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsFirst foil race in the PhilippinesThe first two rounds of novice and class C races finish, and the beaming sailors drag their sails back to the shore. A new wave of sailors then prepare for a new round — only this time, they also prepare to make history. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ocean cleanup intermissionWhile the windsurf enthusiasts bathe in the sun and watch the games unfurl, chairperson and MC Anna Marco announces that there will be an ocean cleanup orientation held by partner organization Pure Oceans. A few more announcements later, the Pure Oceans booth remains uncrowded.At the booth, founder Pia Ocampo and SEA Institute interns gather to segregate plastic waste from a cleanup they had conducted the morning before the regatta started. A few minutes in and not one regatta-goer attends the orientation. Efforts, however, do not go to waste as they tally and segregate the trash from the shore and the surface of the water, both by category and by brand.“In an hour, we were able to get about six kilos of plastic — not much, but the data will help in helping the community also find out how they can manage their plastic waste, and keep it out of the ocean,” Ocampo points out.Alongside Pure Oceans, SEA Institute president Robert Suntay also makes an appearance at the booth in support to Pure Oceans.SEA Institute had also partnered up with last year’s regatta and conducted activities for kids that aim to promote marine conservation in the Verde Island Passage, which he refers to, alongside many scientists, as the most biodiverse spot in the world.A sense of freedomIn the second day of the regatta, the sailors once again weave through the waters and pump their sails to gather more wind. In the end, open class category sailor Vinna Dolor glides past all the other sailors from other classes, including bemedaled athletes. It is a big accomplishment for the 17-year-old sailor, considering she is one of the few women in the male-dominated sport.Ninna shows off her blistered hands from gripping and pumping the sails, but the pain wears off when she accepts her Open Class Women’s first place award.last_img read more

INSPIRING – YOUNG DONEGAL WOMAN HIGHLIGHTS HER BATTLE WITH DEPRESSION

first_imgA very brave young Donegal woman has spoken bravely, candidly and honestly about her on-going battle with depression, anxiety and panic attacks.The young woman who has remained anonymous hopes telling her story will help others experiencing similar difficulties to speak up and talk to people about them. She has appealed to people suffering from depression to not suffer in silence, and that there is light at the end of the tunnel.She hopes opening up can be the stepping stone for others suffering from depression to seek help.She penned the following piece on social media page – Talk Your Mind, “I am a female in her 20’s from Inishowen who suffers from severe depression, anxiety and panic attacks. One of the main problems with mental illness is that there is a certain stereotype surrounding the people who suffer. Many people would see a girl who is shy and introverted and in the same room a girl who is outgoing, laughing and full of life.If you were told one suffers in this way most people would be inclined to go with the quiet girl.What people need to learn is that the most outgoing and social people can also suffer with the same illness.I myself would be quite loud, social and love my nights out and travelling. I have many friends and know many people but what many see on the outside does not match how I feel on the inside.Although I am more lucky than words can explain regards the support I am receiving from family, friends and my counsellor, there is a certain loneliness of knowing they can’t understand how you feel. For this reason I have set up this page “Talk Your Mind” to encourage young people similar to me to get in touch anonymously if they chose to. You are NEVER alone.I understand the frustration of hearing that mental health issues are so common place yet feeling so alone and isolated like you are the only one that suffers just cause you don’t know of anyone else that does.I don’t claim to have any background in therapy and that is not what my aim is, I just hope to offer even one person support and someone to talk to that actually understands and has felt how they do.Maybe this page will encourage me myself to become public about my illness, only time will tell. Please do not hesitate to contact me through email, message or phone call which can be requested.Feel free to be anonymous when contacting me, I completely understand as I myself am doing the same for now!Anyone that wishes to contact me can be sure that I will be confidential as I myself going through this understand the importance of privacy in this situation.If this status could be shared by anyone in the Inishowen area who reads this it would be great, after all by sharing this you could help a loved one who suffers in silence without even knowing it and you would be giving them someone to talk to so…..PLEASE SHARE!!!  Thank You xINSPIRING – YOUNG DONEGAL WOMAN HIGHLIGHTS HER BATTLE WITH DEPRESSION was last modified: January 13th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)last_img read more