Dec 23, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Agriculture officials in Bangladesh said today that they have detected another H5N1 avian influenza outbreak on a farm, the country’s fifth one since the virus reemerged in poultry flocks in October.Salahuddin Kahn, livestock department spokesman, said the outbreak occurred on a farm in Kurigram in the northern part of the country and that 100 birds were culled to control it, according to a report today from Agence France-Presse (AFP).Kahn told AFP that Kurigram is the fifth district to be hit by the virus since October. Two states in western India that share borders with Bangladesh—Assam and West Bengal—have also battled recent H5N1 outbreaks.Also today, a report by the Chinese news agency Xinhua said an H5 avian flu outbreak was detected on two farms in northern Belgium. The report, citing Belgian media as its source, said the virus is not the lethal form of H5N1 and is not dangerous to humans, but it did not list the N (neuraminidase) number.Tests on Dec 19 detected the virus in ducks and geese in Bocholt, which borders the Netherlands, and also on a farm in Buggenhout in East Flanders province, the story said. The government ordered control measures, including the culling of 5,000 birds and indoor confinement of all birds within 1 kilometer of the affected farms.Elsewhere, agriculture authorities in Taiwan recently confirmed an outbreak of low-pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza at a farm in Kaohsiung, on the southwestern part of the island, according to a Dec 20 report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The outbreak involved chickens, AFP reported on Dec 21.Of the 18,591 birds at the farm, the virus killed 230 and sickened another 290, according to the OIE report. It said the remaining birds were destroyed.Officials have not determined the source of the virus, but have disinfected and tested 76 poultry flocks in the area, the report said. Taiwan’s last H5N2 outbreak occurred in March 2004, according to the OIE. That outbreak involved a commercial poultry farm.In other developments, veterinary officials in Denmark are investigating a suspected avian flu outbreak on a chicken farm in a southwestern area, Reuters reported today. Routine blood tests revealed evidence of infection, though the report did list any details about the suspected pathogenicity or subtype.Officials said they expected to have test results in a few days, according to Reuters.Denmark’s last avian flu outbreak, which occurred in April, involved a low-pathogenic H7N1 strain, according to a previous report from the OIE.See also:Dec 20 OIE report on Taiwan outbreakApr 29 OIE report on previous Danish outbreak
Environmental watchdog Greenpeace Indonesia has applauded the government for planning to impose a levy on plastic products, describing it as an important measure to reduce the plastic waste that is damaging the environment.“Taxes are one way to constrain uncontrolled plastic consumption, as single-use and non-recyclable plastic has damaged the environment and threatens human and animal life,” Greenpeace spokesperson Muharram Atha Rasyadi said in a statement on Thursday.He added that the levy should be imposed on various kinds of plastic packages for food and beverages and other fast moving consumer goods. The government has set an ambitious target of 70 percent marine debris reduction by 2024; therefore, “real and quick efforts are necessary,” he went on to say.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrayati has told House of Representatives Commission XI overseeing financial affairs that the government is planning to impose an excise on plastics, among other commodities.The plan would reduce plastic consumption by up to 50 percent, she said, adding that the government would receive revenue of Rp 1.6 trillion (US$116.6 million) each year. It would also force plastic producers to transform themselves into producers of environmentally friendly goods.The government has been planning to impose an excise on plastics since 2017 but has yet to receive approval from lawmakers.Indonesia has been listed as the world’s second-largest marine polluter as 15 percent of 1.3 million tons – 195,000 tons — of plastic waste ends up in rivers and oceans each year. (gis)Topics : “An excise on single-use plastic products, such as plastic bags and straws, should be prioritized,” Muharram went on to say.Such a plan would be an encouragement for industry to apply circular-economy mechanisms, which prioritize reusage and refilling activities, Greenpeace added. The circular economy is a sustainability concept that seeks to minimize waste by deploying resources optimally through reuse, recycling and remanufacturing.Read also: Indonesia revives excise plan on plastics, dirty vehicles and sweet drinks“We are at the peak of a plastic crisis, because our landfills can’t hold those kinds of waste anymore. Our rivers and seas have become trash bins for these plastic products,” said Muharram.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Indian tennis star Rohan Bopanna along with his French partner E Roger-Vasselin knocked out of the French Open tennis tournament when the tag team lost a straight-sets in the men’s doubles quarter-finals here on Tuesday.The 13th seeded Indo-French combination went down 6-7, 2-6 to eighth seeds Nikola Mektic of Croatia and Austria’s Alexander Peya in an hour and 32 minutes.In the semi-finals, Mektic and Peya will meet the winners of the last eight clash between Nicolás Jarry of Chile and Maximo Gonzalez of Argentina and the sixth seeded French pair of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.This would the second time that Bopanna and Roger-Vasselin have come up and lost major tournament after Australian Open in January.
Post-mortems are on Monday expected to be performed on the bodies of a male and female who perished in a deadly motorcycle accident at Houston, Greater Georgetown on Saturday evening.Dead: Mawava ChasePolice Public Relations Officer Jairam Ramlakhan has said it is likely there will not be a protracted investigation of this double fatality, given the particulars of the accident.However, he noted that post-mortems would be carried out on Monday to determine the official cause of death of the two persons.The accident occurred on Saturday at about 21:15hrs, when Berket King, 25, travelling south along the East Bank Highway with pillion rider Mawava Chase, lost control of his CBR motor cycle while negotiating a turn at Houston, and collided with a lamp post.Dead: Berket KingThe impact left King literally wrapped around the lamp post, while Chase’s body was sent flying.Eyewitnesses related that the duo had sped off from a traffic light at Mandela Avenue and the East Bank Highway just before they met their demise at Houston.King reportedly died on the spot, while Chase, an Immigration Officer, succumbed while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital.
A clear commitment on the future of long-stay beds at Ramelton, St. Joseph’s and Lifford Community Hospitals is required from the Government, Deputy Charlie McConalogue told the Dáil this week.Questioning Junior Minister for Health, Jim Daly, in the Dáil on Thursday, Deputy McConalogue outlined how the Government has so far failed to give a clear assurance that the funding necessary to maintain and expand long term residential beds at the three hospitals would be forthcoming.“There has been genuine concern about the future of long stay beds at the hospital since the Health Capital Plan for Services was first published by Minister Kathleen Lynch in January 2016. That plan had outlined how these hospitals would have their long term residential beds “replaced” by the planned new Letterkenny Community Hospital and did not provide for any funding for them”, said Deputy McConalogue. “These community hospitals provide much needed long term residential as well as step down care, taking people out of acute hospital settings and ensuring that they receive the care they need in their own locality, near to their friends and family. They are an important service in our local healthcare system and it is essential that they are fully supported at government level.“Members of the local community served by Ramelton, St Joseph’s and Lifford made it crystal clear that they will not accept any removal of long term bed capacity when Minister Daly attended a public meeting in Ballybofey in February of this year.”Deputy Charlie McConalogue said that a plan has now been put together by the HSE at local level which outlines the works necessary to ensure that bed capacity at Ramelton and St Joseph’s is at least maintained, and clarifies that a new build is required for Lifford.“However the government has yet to follow through and has failed to make a clear commitment that this funding will be made available in upcoming capital plans, and importantly that long term bed capacity will be retained and enhanced in to the future. “I await the update Minister Daly promised to issue in his Dáil response this week and will be seeking that the government follows through and commits to the long term future of the three hospitals”, concluded Deputy McConalogue.Clear commitment needed on the future of three Community Hospitals was last modified: June 29th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)