2 more nations see bird flu

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The EU’s executive office said Croatian veterinary authorities had told them the H5 bird flu virus had been isolated in samples taken from wild swans found dead near a pond and a fish farm in the eastern part of the country. About 1,500 migratory swans arrived in the area a few days ago and a fish farmer then found about 15 of them dead, the EU said. Tests carried out by Croatian experts on samples from six of the birds led to the discovery of the virus. Croats had feared the arrival of bird flu in their country – a major migratory route for various bird species. Britain’s chief veterinarian, Debby Reynolds, said Friday the diseased parrot, which had been imported from Suriname and held in a quarantine unit with a shipment of birds from Taiwan, had tested positive for a “highly pathogenic” form of bird flu. Further tests were being carried out to see if the bird carried the H5N1 strain, which is easily transmitted between birds, but is hard for humans to contract. Experts are closely watching the disease, however, for fear it could mutate into a form easily transmitted between humans. The EU, which has also taken measures to restrict the import of live birds and feathers from Russia after the spread of bird flu there, said its vets were continuing to carry out tests on samples from suspect birds found in Greece. Norway on Friday joined other European countries in ordering poultry farmers to keep their flocks indoors as a precaution against the disease. In Latin America, meanwhile, top health officials from six Andean nations made plans to prevent a pandemic as Venezuela closed its border with Colombia over concerns about a milder strain not fatal to humans. Top regional health officials held a hastily arranged meeting Friday in Peru’s capital of Lima, downplaying the risk of bird flu hitting Latin America because it is largely isolated from migratory bird routes thought to be responsible for carrying the disease recently to Turkey and Romania. But Peruvian Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti said the six nations did agree to negotiate as a bloc to obtain Tamiflu, the drug thought to be most effective in treating the disease in humans. The Andean officials also agreed to establish a group to develop “a proposal to permit confronting jointly an eventual flu pandemic that would affect our region,” according to a statement. Honduras and Panama also said Friday they are monitoring their borders, had prohibited importation of birds from affected nations and would keep an eye on migratory birds, which officials fear could carry the disease to the Americas from Asia. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONDON – Britain and Croatia confirmed cases of bird flu on Friday as countries around the world scrambled to put in place measures to prevent the spread of the virus. In Croatia, the Agriculture Ministry said the country’s first cases of bird flu were confirmed in six swans found dead in a national park. British officials said a parrot that had been imported from South America died of bird flu in quarantine. In both cases, authorities did not know whether the birds had the deadly H5N1 strain that has devastated poultry stocks across Asia and killed 60 people in the past two years. The strain has recently been found in birds in Russia, Turkey and Romania. The European Union said Friday it was preparing a ban on all poultry imports from Croatia. EU officials have previously ordered restrictions on bird markets and shows, and urged nations to present a program of vaccination for zoo birds as part of measures to head off the spread of the disease. last_img read more

Huge crowd expected at ‘wedding’ to remember tragic Jasmine

first_imgOne of the biggest charity events in Donegal takes place this year when the mock wedding is held in aid of the Smile for Jasmine Fund.More than 200 guests are expected to arrive at the ‘wedding’ of Brendan McGlinchey and Ann Marie McNulty at The Banjo Bar in Castlefinn.All proceeds from the event will go towards the family of the late tragic Jasmine McMonagle who was killed in Killygordon in January last. Now the people of the area have together in a bid to help Jasmine’s young family.Today’s events begin at 5pm with a full sit-down meal schedule for 6pm – if the bride arrives on time!With The Logues taking to the stage at 7pm along with Chrissie Mac and Richie Remo, there will be a full two-hour music session followed by dancing into the night. And unlike most weddings, you don’t need an invite!There are still some tickets available for the evening Reception from reception in The Banjo.The late Jasmine McMonagle  Huge crowd expected at ‘wedding’ to remember tragic Jasmine was last modified: September 21st, 2019 by StephenShare 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

Nature Prints Anti-ID Letters

first_imgThe May 19 issue of Nature1 printed seven letters responding to its editorial about the intelligent design movement (see 04/27/2005 entry).  They were all critical of ID.  Not one even tolerated Nature’s suggestion that scientists try to help students integrate their faith with science.  Apparently, last month’s editorial was not sufficiently vicious against ID, says Rob Crowther on Evolution News.  Crowther knows that at least one letter favorable to ID was not printed: the one by Stephen Meyer, interviewed in the April 27 article, who wrote in to correct some misconceptions (see it at Discovery Institute).1Correspondence, Nature 435, 275 (19 May 2005) | doi: 10.1038/435275a.OK, since some readers are intimidated when Big Science raises its collective voice against anything, let’s examine this correspondence.  First, we don’t know how many readers wrote responses, and of those, how many were pro vs. con.  Since Nature was born as a pro-Darwin mouthpiece (see 03/04/2004 commentary), it is not surprising the editors would continue the propaganda campaign of associating Charlie with science and anything else with foolishness.  Second, scientists are fallible.  The majority has been wrong before, often strenuously, sometimes for long periods of time.  Third, scientists can be woefully ignorant of issues outside their specialties; in fact, one of the writers (Roy, below) admits it.  This means that a molecular biologist or geneticist may know a lot about a particular molecule or gene but very little about intelligent design theory and the history and philosophy of science except what his liberal Democrat ivory-tower colleagues in academia tell him or her (see 12/02/2004 entry).  They may be oblivious to the fact that their work rests on the shoulders of centuries of creationists and believers in design (see online book).    What onlookers must do is get past the hot air, bluffing and bandwagon tactics of these selectively-printed letters and evaluate the strength of the arguments.  See if you are impressed with what any of these self-styled Darwin champions have to say:Jerry Coyne (U of Chicago) uses the word science or scientist 17 times in 3 paragraphs, but really means materialism.  Substituting in the correct word makes his whole point fall apart, i.e., “scientists” have no duty to help “religious” people come to terms with “science” – recast as: materialists have no duty to help non-materialists come to terms with materialism.  By perpetuating the either-or fallacy of science vs. religion, Coyne contributes nothing to the discussion.  Remember how Coyne flip-flopped in the 07/05/2002 entry?David Leaf (Western Washington U): this letter is all about politics and strategy for fighting ID.  He thinks high schoolers are too dumb to understand the controversy, because they are “just learning the basics of science” (read: materialism).  He recommends waiting to allow students to think until they have been thoroughly indoctrinated by their junior or senior year of college.  (In the film Icons of Evolution, a high school student takes offense at the suggestion they can’t handle the controversy.  He points out that evolution is taught to kindergartners.  “If we can’t handle it, we shouldn’t be in high school,” he quips.)Chris Miller (Brandeis U): no merit in this letter, either; he just perpetuates the dysteleology argument with a presumably witty remark about Tinkerbell in the kitchen, “Evolution is a short-order cook, not a watchmaker.”  Read the 05/18/2005 entry again, and the 03/11/2005 commentary.Douglas Yu (East Anglia U): perpetuates the non-overlapping magisteria science vs. religion stereotype, making the odd claim that “ID actively undermines the basis of Christianity.”  Presumably Darwinistic materialism does not.  He defines all of Christianity in terms of the advice to doubting Thomas, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  Talk about a quote out of context (see half truth).  Jesus often urged his disciples to follow the evidence, not engage in blind faith (and especially not human tradition).  Thomas should have followed all the overwhelming prior evidence he had rather than demanding more physical proof.  Jesus meant that future disciples would not have the benefit of his bodily presence.  It does not follow that they had no evidence or should have believed out of ignorance.Rustum Roy (Penn State) equates ID with the ignorance of different cultures or belief systems, and advocates a relax and stay-the-course strategy.  “Ham-fisted efforts will simply alienate much larger numbers of people from the rest of science,” he says, so just treat ID like you would those who are ignorant or illiterate.  Even for scientists, “amazing ignorance” of things outside their specialties does little harm, he argues.  Maybe if they ignore ID it will go away.  What if it doesn’t?  Again, no effort to understand or answer the case for ID was offered.Michael Lynch (Indiana U) pounds the nail about ID being equivalent to intellectual laziness: i.e., just giving up and saying “the Designer made it that way.”  That didn’t seem to be an obstacle for James Joule (see Joule’s own words) and many other great scientists (see also von Braun’s own words); on the contrary, their fascination with God’s design was their motivation to do good science.  Lynch also tries to distance evolution from dependence only on natural selection – interesting admission that Charlie’s famous mechanism is not omnipotent, but then what naturalistic mechanism can produce a wing or an eye? (see 05/15/2005 attempt).  Lastly, he repeats the faulty analogy that evolution is not just a theory, but a fact like respiration or digestion.  Surprisingly, Lynch touts evolution as the most quantitative field in biology, and suggests that teaching evolution will help students gain the mathematical skills necessary to compete in our technical world.  Is this a record for non-sequitur density per paragraph?Dan Graur (U of Houston) embarrassed himself with a senseless rant, equating ID with “flat-Earthers, tea-leaf readers, astrologers, geocentrists and phlogiston theorists” who, like ID (he thinks), “cannot publish their studies in respectable journals.”  This guy is clueless; the egg is on Nature’s face for printing it, unless their intention was to make ID look good by contrast.  Jonathan Wells on Discovery Institute shouldn’t have had to give it the dignity of a response.So thank you, Nature, for giving us a sample of your best and brightest Darwin defenders taking on intelligent design.  If this collection of ridicule, straw man arguments, loaded words, false dichotomies, big lies, equivocation and pure ignorance of the issues is the best the Darwin Party can offer, then all ID must do is stand back and watch evolutionism implode.  Just don’t let them try to delay the inevitable by letting their illogic and ignorance go unchallenged.Suggested reading: The Design Revolution by William Dembski.  This 2-PhD mathematician/philosopher answers typical objections to intelligent design, including all those of the above challengers.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Waiting for turn, woman delivers at NRC centre

first_imgA woman delivered a boy while waiting for her turn to submit citizenship papers outside a National Register of Citizens seva kendra, or NSK, at South Salmara in western Assam.The woman, identified as Mafida Khatoon of the district’s Chapar area, had visited the NSK for a scheduled hearing on Thursday. She went into labour while waiting for her turn to submit the documents to prove her citizenship. A group of women helped her deliver the baby in a room at the NSK, reports said.“We have appealed to the NRC authorities to re-schedule the hearing date for her family,” the South Salmara unit of the All-Assam Students’ Union said in a statement.last_img read more

MS Dhoni 1st Indian to hit 200 sixes in Indian Premier League

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni became the first Indian to hit 200 sixes in the Indian Premier League on Sunday. He smashed a career-best unbeaten 84 from 48 balls but it as not enough as Chennai Super Kings lost a thriller against Royal Challengers Bangalore by 1 run at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.The Chennai skipper 7 sixes to take his tally of sixes to 203 in the all-time list of maximums in the IPL. Leading the list though are Chris Gayle (323) and AB de Villiers (204). The next best Indian on the list of most sixes in the IPL are Chennai’s Suresh Raina and Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma, who both have 190 sixes to their name. Dhoni, on Sunday, also completed 4000 runs captain in the Indian Premier League, after Virat Kohli.Dhoni has been in tremendous form with the bat in the 2019 season if the IPL, scoring 314 from 9 games and has already hit three half-centuries. He scored a and unbeaten 75 (his previous career-best before Sunday) to help CSK win by 8 runs at home and then in the reverse fixture in Jaipur, Dhoni scored 43-ball 58 as CSK won again by 4 wickets.On Sunday though, Dhoni could not take his team home.Chasing a target of 162, CSK needed a near-impossible 26 off the last over bowled by Umesh Yadav and Dhoni with 84 off 48 balls that had seven sixes showed that nothing is indeed impossible until the Cricketing Gods intervened.Only that Dhoni was at the crease and having consumed dot balls off the previous over, he had to go for the jugular and boy he did it with three sixes and a four.advertisementWith two needed off the last ball and Umesh looking increasingly helpless, he managed to bowl a slower delivery and Dhomi missed it only for Parthiv Patel to effect a run-out as non-striker Shardul Thakur inches out of his crease.After the match Dhoni reflected on the result, saying that it was “a good game”.”We did really well to restrict them to a below-par total, but we needed some good batting at the top. Once you know the opposition attack, you gotta stick to your plans and if you lose too many wickets upfront that puts pressure and the middle order really can’t go after the bowlers from the start,” Dhoni said at the post-match presentation.”We have to carefully see what are the areas we want to take that risk. It was still difficult at the end. It was slightly spungy (the pitch) and the new batsmen found it difficult. Boundaries were needed and yes we have lost by one run but at the same time we have to see what if there were few dot balls and whether we could have got those extra boundaries or not,” Dhoni added.Also Read | MS Dhoni career-best in vain, RCB beat CSK in thrillerAlso Read | MS Dhoni gave us a massive scare: Virat Kohli after RCB’s thrilling 1-run win over CSKlast_img read more

21 days agoArsenal boss Emery: Willock can replace Ramsey

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery: Willock can replace Ramseyby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery believes Joe Willock can fill the void left by Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere in their midfield.The Gunners released Wilshere a year ago with the 27-year-old joining West Ham, while Ramsey also left on a free transfer when he moved to Juventus this summer.“Willock started the pre-season with us last year, I didn’t give him more minutes but he was with us in every game, working in training, playing matches in the cup and at the end of the season,” said Emery.“He deserved to start this season with the first-team and with us. My decision was after I saw him the last two months of last season working with us, his really big challenge was that Jack Wilshere left here, Aaron Ramsey left and he had to take that opportunity to be with us.“The last months of last year was the moment I spoke with him and said: ‘For you it is a big challenge in the new season to do differently and really show us you can take their position in this squad’.“I told him he is improving but he needs to not stop that improvement, we are working with him to improve even more.“But, if his progression keeps going the way it is going right now, I don’t know when he will stop and how far he can go.” last_img read more

17 days agoFrance coach Deschamps fears Tottenham keeper Lloris out long-term

first_imgFrance coach Deschamps fears Tottenham keeper Lloris out long-termby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrance coach Didier Deschamps fears Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is facing an extended period out injured.Spurs have confirmed Lloris will be sidelined for the remainder of 2019 after dislocating his elbow in defeat at Brighton.And Deschamps says: “We are talking about weeks and even months, and he will not be back on the field in 2019, that’s as good as safe.”He has been examined, but it is difficult to say exactly how long he has been out, because I am not an expert.”Of course, he will neither attend here nor the next national team meeting (in November) – and now we have to find out how how long it will take to recover.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Fans Tweeted Racist Remarks At Cinci’s Octavius Ellis After His Physical Play vs. Kentucky

first_imgCincinnati's Octavius Ellis.Cincinnati junior sophomore forward Octavius Ellis had himself an interesting week, to say the least. Ellis, one of the more physical players in the nation, was ejected against Purdue in his team’s second round contest after swinging an elbow at Boilermaker A.J. Hammons early in the second half. After the game, he made headlines when he trash-talked Kentucky ahead of their third round matchup. Unfortunately, that isn’t really where the story ends.Following the Wildcats’ win over the Bearcats Saturday night, a number of college basketball fans tweeted disparaging remarks at Ellis. Many of the comments were racist in nature. Others suggested he is a “thug”, and will be in jail soon. Here’s a sampling of what’s out there.Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.28.38 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.28.05 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.29.34 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.30.02 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.25.57 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.27.42 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.28.55 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.28.25 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.26.43 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.26.28 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.24.40 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.24.58 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.25.17 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.25.36 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.24.15 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.24.01 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.23.37 PM Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 6.29.13 PMIt’s important to note that it’s likely that not all of these “fans” support Kentucky, and even if they do, they don’t represent the majority of the team’s fan base. Ellis handled the situation well, tweeting a photo of himself smiling as the comments were coming in. Still smiling thru the bad an good lol pic.twitter.com/KJX9NXZsrG— octavius ellis (@Tay_UC2) March 22, 2015Needless to say, this kind of behavior needs to stop immediately. And it isn’t just a Kentucky problem – it’s a problem across the entire college sports landscape.last_img read more

Florida Haters Will Greatly Enjoy “An Interview With Will Muschamp”

first_imgFlorida Will Muschamp HatersFlorida Will Muschamp HatersWill Muschamp’s tenure as head coach in Gainesville got off to a decent start, but by the end of the 2014 season, Gators fans were campaigning for him to be replaced. Florida eventually cut ties with Muschamp after he won just 10 games combined in his final two years, and he wound up taking the defensive coordinator position at Auburn shortly after. A YouTube user by the name of SCS Productions decided to make light of the situation, adding hilarious subtitles to the popular interview between Jesus Quintero and comedian El Risitas. If you’re wondering, the original interview was conducted back in 2007, but it didn’t become Internet-famous until March of 2015.If you’re a fan of Florida’s mishaps over the past few years, you’ll have a hard time not laughing out loud.[YouTube]last_img read more

Here’s The Latest Clemson Hype-Video To Get You Pumped For 2016

first_imgA view of a large Clemson tailgate.CLEMSON, SC – OCTOBER 3: A general view of the Clemson flag during the Tigerwalk prior to the game between the at Clemson Memorial Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)Clemson meets Auburn for their season opener on Sept. 3, and this new Clemson hype-video makes clear that the Tigers are coming out strong.Created by Tigers fan Son of Clemson, “Sound The Alarm” sets the stage with dramatic music from the the Star Wars:Rogue One trailer, emphasizing the great anticipating and expectations of the 2016 football season. Will the Tigers be as powerful as the science fiction characters? Check out this Clemson hype-video, and decide for yourself.You can watch the hype-video below:The Tigers went 14–1 and 8–0 in ACC games in 2015, winning the 2015 ACC Championship Game against the North Carolina Tar Heels, 45–37. The 2015 season marked their first undefeated regular season since winning the national title in 1981.After defeating the Oklahoma Sooners in the Orange Bowl, No. 1 Clemson lost to No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2016 national championship, 45–40. Both Clemson and Alabama finished the season 14–1. Will the Tigers get revenge in 2016?last_img read more