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H5N1 found in wild birds in Germany

first_imgJun 25, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Six wild birds in Germany have tested positive for the lethal strain of H5N1 avian influenza in the virus’s first appearance in the country since last August, according to news services.The Friedrich Loeffler Institute, a veterinary institute, said five swans and one goose found dead in Nuremberg in the southern state of Bavaria were infected, according to a Reuters report published today. The cases were found in the course of a national testing program for dead birds.Authorities ordered farmers in the Nuremberg region to confine their poultry and banned the transport of poultry into and out of the area, Reuters reported.An Agence France-Presse (AFP) report said the restrictions apply to an area within a 2.5-mile radius of where the infected birds were found. Officials also warned people not to let cats and dogs roam freely in the area, according to Reuters.The last H5N1 case reported in Germany involved a swan in the Dresden zoo last August, according to AFP.Earlier last year, the virus killed some wild birds on the German island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea. The virus eventually was found in wild birds in six of the country 16 states, AFP reported.The new report from Germany came less than a week after the virus was confirmed on a turkey farm in the Czech Republic, leading to the killing of 6,000 turkeys. The only other confirmed outbreaks in Europe this year occurred on a British turkey farm in February and on a Hungarian goose farm in January.last_img read more

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PREMIUMLove for the motherland: Homesick Palestinians extol Indonesian support

first_imgTopics : Forgot Password ? Google Log in with your social account Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Thirty-two-year-old Palestinian migrant Mahmoud Omar can say unabashedly that he has learned to love Indonesia like he would his own wife, but that it would never measure up to his love for his homeland.Having come to Indonesia a little over a year ago, and now living comfortably as a teacher at the Al-Masyhad Islamic boarding school in Sukabumi, West Java, Omar said he felt the Indonesian people had welcomed him with open arms.He also felt the extent of Indonesia’s support for Palestinian statehood, which comes almost naturally for a country with the world’s largest Muslim population.Omar said he believed in the prophetic hadith (sayings of the Prophet Muhammad) that a group of Muslim peoples would stand firm in preserving the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, a sacred site for the major Abrahamic faiths and one of the flashpoints of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict…. Palestine Indonesia Middle-East-conflict US Israel peace-process solidarity UNlast_img read more


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Taiwan in talks to make first purchase of sophisticated US drones: Sources

first_imgThe deal has to be approved by members of Congress who may receive formal notification as soon as next month, two of the people said. Congress could choose to block a final agreement.It would be the first drone sale after President Donald Trump’s administration moved ahead with its plan to sell more drones to more countries by reinterpreting an international arms control agreement called the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).While Taiwan’s military is well-trained and well-equipped with mostly US-made hardware, China has a huge numerical superiority and is adding advanced equipment of its own.Taiwan submitted its request to buy armed drones early this year, one of the people familiar with the talks said. The United States last week sent Taiwan the pricing and availability data for the deal, a key step that denotes official approval to advance the sale. It is, however, non-binding and could be reversed. The United States is negotiating the sale of at least four of its large sophisticated aerial drones to Taiwan for the first time, according to six US sources familiar with the negotiations, in a deal that is likely to ratchet up tensions with China.The SeaGuardian surveillance drones have a range of 6,000 nautical miles (11,100 km), far greater than the 160-mile range of Taiwan’s current fleet of drones.While the sale of the unmanned aerial vehicles has been tacitly authorized by the State Department, two of the people said, it is not known whether the US officials have approved exporting the drones with weapons attached, one of them said. A deal for the four drones, ground stations, spares, training and support could be worth around $600 million using previous sales as a guide. There could also be options for additional units in the future, one of the people said.The island is bolstering its defenses in the face of what it sees as increasingly threatening moves by Beijing, such as regular Chinese air force and naval exercises near TaiwanRelations between Beijing and Washington – already at their lowest point in decades over accusations of spying, a trade war, the coronavirus and Hong Kong – could fray more if the deal gets the final go-ahead from US officials. The Pentagon has said arms sales to Taiwan will continue, and the Trump administration has kept a steady pace of Navy warships passing through the Taiwan Strait.China claims Taiwan as its own territory, and Beijing has never renounced the use of force to bring the self-ruled island under its control. Beijing has denounced the Trump administration’s increased support for Taiwan.China’s sophisticated air defenses could likely shoot down a handful of drones, according to Bonnie Glaser, the director of the China Power Project at CSIS, a Washington think tank. But she still expects “China to scream about even the smallest arms sale that the US makes to Taiwan because any sale challenges the ‘One China’ principle.””They get particularly agitated if they think it’s an offensive capability,” she said, adding that she expected the Trump administration to be less cautious than its predecessors.The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States did not respond to a request for comment.”As a matter of policy we do not comment on or confirm proposed defense sales or transfers until they have been formally notified to Congress,” a State Department spokesman said.Only for few US alliesThe US has been eager to sell Taiwan tanks and fighter jets, but the deal to sell drones would be notable since only a few close allies – including Britain, Italy, Australia, Japan and South Korea – have been allowed to purchase the largest US-made drones.Currently, the Taiwanese government has a fleet of 26 Albatross drones made by Taiwan’s National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, a quasi-defense ministry research agency, that can fly 160 nautical miles (300 km), or 80 before returning to base, according to records kept by the Bard Center for the Study of the Drone.General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc’s SeaGuardian has an airframe that can handle carrying weapons – but only if contractually allowed by the US government.The United States has sold France unarmed MQ-9 Reapers which are similar to SeaGuardians, and later gave permission to arm them.Last year, the United States approved a potential sale to Taiwan of 108 General Dynamics Corp M1A2 Abrams tanks worth around $2 billion as well as anti-tank and anti-aircraft munitions. A separate sale of 66 Lockheed Martin-made fighter jets also made it through the State Department’s process.In recent weeks, China said it will sanction Lockheed Martin Co for involvement in the latest US arms sale to Taiwan.Topics :last_img read more


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Arsenal manager Unai Emery hints at new Lucas Torreira role

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery hints at new Lucas Torreira role James GrayFriday 20 Sep 2019 10:49 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link329Shares Advertisement Lucas Torreira impressed on his return to Arsenal’s starting line-up (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery hinted he is ready to deploy Lucas Torreira more regularly – and also in a more attacking role – after he impressed on his return to the starting line-up last night.Arsenal started their Europa League campaign with a convincing 3-0 away victory at Eintracht Frankfurt thanks to goals from Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Torreira was named in Emery’s starting line-up for only the second time this season and made it through 90 minutes for the very first time, with Emery quick to praise his impact on the team.‘Tonight he played very well and this season it’s the first match that he was feeling physically very good in,’ Emery said.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He was able to go from box to box and I want to use his quality.’The Spanish manager even suggested he might use Torreira, more often a defensive midfielder, as someone who could start to create goals for the Gunners.‘His qualities are that he can give us good pressing, and he can win the ball high up the pitch to give us the possession to score,’ Emery added.‘He did that tonight. After, we need someone with the ball and in his position, he can help us with the build-up.’Arsenal will now hope that an impressive performance on the road in the Europa League can translate into better league form when they return to domestic duties on Sunday against Aston Villa.Emery’s side have failed to win on their last three outings in the Premier League and have conceded seven times, most recently giving up a 2-0 lead against Watford at Vicarage Road.And while Torreira is being eyed for a more advanced role, the Gunners may call upon the likes of Mesut Ozil to return to the starting line-up after he was left out during the week.‘We are playing now a lot of matches,’ Emery added.‘I want to use different players and also can have some rotation in the first XI and in the 19 players in the squad.‘Sokratis and Mesut they rest this match. I prefer [Ozil] to rest [after Watford] and train and to be ready for [Aston Villa].’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenalcenter_img Advertisement Commentlast_img read more


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These are the suburbs where more than one home sells every day

first_img7 Washpool St, North Lakes. Picture: realestate.com.auIn suburbs within the greater Brisbane area, the equivalent of one or more homes sells for every day of the year.These are the suburbs where buyers are the most interested in securing a property and, as far as the top three suburbs go, they all have reasonably affordable entry prices.The masterplanned community of North Lakes has long held the mantel of most popular suburb for house buyers in greater Brisbane. In the year to February, 446 houses changed hands and the median house price sat at $479,500.Among current listings, you can secure a three-bedroom property at 7 Washpool St, North Lakes, for $465,000.7 Washpool St, North Lakes. Picture: realestate.com.auThe home, which is listed by Tony Wilkie of Ray White – North Lakes, has a fully equipped media room. The main bedroom is at the front of the house and has an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe.Next most popular suburb is Redland Bay, where 440 houses sold during the same period, and the median house price was slightly higher at $528,000.For less than this price, though, you can secure a four-bedroom, two-level home at 7B Bream Place, Redland Bay. It is listed through Dave Neilson from RE/Max Bayside for offers of $519,000-plus.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago7B Bream Place, Redland BayThe home has an oversized open-plan family living and dining area, and an outdoor entertainment area.It is in a cul de sac and offers a double garage, which has a workshop area that could be converted into a study.The third most popular suburb for home buyers in greater Brisbane in the past year was Kallangur, where 422 houses sold.The suburb has the most affordable median house price of the top three – $374,700.The owners of a four-bedroom home at 4 Papaya Court, Kallangur, will consider offers from $399,000 for their home.It is listed through Paul Swenson, of Stacey Lee Realty.4 Papaya Court, KallangurThere are polished timber floors throughout, an outdoor entertainment area and a swimming pool.The property features a home theatre room, a pot belly fireplace in the living area and solar power. It sits on 600sq m of land and is in a cul de sac.last_img read more


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UK public funds urged to opt-up ahead of MiFID II deadline

first_imgIt was initially feared that this would lead to many funds being denied access to more sophisticated investment strategies and asset classes, resulting in a fire sale of assets.However, the FCA has softened its interpretation of the directive to allow LGPS funds to more easily opt up to become sophisticated investors.As of today, all but three LGPS funds have applied to their providers to opt up, according to the SAB’s website. Speaking at an LGPS event in London this week, Meyers said the board would continue to track the opt-up process for each fund and publish the data online.“The work seems to be very positive and everyone in the industry is very Co-operative. 3 January should not be an issue,” he added.Meyers said the SAB was working on guidance notes in conjunction with the IA to help explain processes applicable after 3 January. Opt-up forms and templates are freely available online on the board’s website.Daniel Measor, a senior associate within the FCA’s wholesale conduct policy team, said after the rules were introduced providers would be required to regularly review the status of their clients.“The client is under an obligation to inform of changes of circumstances, and firms are required to take appropriate action if this happens,” Measor added.“It doesn’t mean the provider needs to stop providing services or the investor needs to sell assets, but it does mean you need to consider what to do under those circumstances. We stress the need for a firm to consider what is in the best interests of the client.” UK local government pension schemes (LGPS) have been urged to complete their “opt up” processes well in advance of the introduction of MiFID II on 3 January.The funds must apply to managers and providers to obtain permission to access some asset classes. The LGPS’ Scheme Advisory Board (SAB) has worked with the Investment Association (IA) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to streamline this process for the 89 LGPS funds in England and Wales.Andrien Meyers, a senior policy adviser to the SAB, said: “We would like all funds to opt up as soon as possible – the 3 January deadline is critical.”Most funded UK public sector schemes are operated by local authorities, which under MiFID II definitions will be designated as retail investors from 3 January.last_img read more


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Pitch, Hit, & Run Sectionals At Versailles Results

first_imgBoys 9/10 Girls 9/10Zach Gentile – 736 – Versailles Katelynn Samples – 623 – VersaillesCaiden Yorn – 690 – Milan Jacey Coffman – 502 – Floyds KnobsMax Grangier – 665 – Floyds Knobs Bella Ettel – 396 – New Albany Boys 7/8 Girls 7/8Jacob Stenger – 498 – Morris Keely Hubbard – 464 – Floyds KnobsHunter Springmeyer – 422 – Greensburg Morgan Meyer – 395 – HoltonPatrick Walsh – 378 – Greenville Alexa Franklin – 330 – Versailles Boys 11/12 Girls 11/12Brock Ormsby – 803 – Milan Chloe Ferris – 595 – MadisonJaden Hardesty – 800 – Floyds Knobs Emma Cammack – 572 – MadisonCody Samples – 795 – Versailles Paige Ledford – 325 – Osgood Boys 13/14 Girls 13/14Trey Heidlage – 1333 – Batesville Julia Rea – 773 – VersaillesJack Rork – 974 – VersaillesTalon Harmon – 880 – Hanovercenter_img Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit, and Run Sectionals was held at Versailles on Sunday (5-18) at The Ohio Rod Fields.The top 3 “all around champions” for each age group of the PHR. We are now competing against the Cincinnati region. They take in all the sectional scores and the top 3 kids from each age group in the Cincinnati area advance to what’s called the team round. So we may or may not get any kids to that level, but should know in a couple days if we do, and I will pass along that info for you and where they go. The kid in red was the overall winner in that group and their score is the one that goes to be reviewed to see if they advance. We had 40 kids compete on Sunday. I want to thank you guys for all the support of this event, this was our trial run and had a lot of positive feedback on this!!! Very much appreciated from you guys. Helping me this past weekend were: David Bradshaw, Phil King, Mike Ploeger, Steve Ollier, Travis Wrightsman, Steve Franklin, Gil Landwehr, Chase Samples and Austin Halcomb. I would like to get them recognized for donating their time on a Sunday to help make this a success.Submitted by Sectional Coordinator Brian Samples.last_img read more


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Lady Bulldogs Softball Team’s Busy Weekend

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs played two Softball games on Friday (5-1) against Greensburg and Shelbyville.  Batesville came up short in both contests 14-3 and 12-1.BHS vs Greensburg Softball Game 1 (5-1)BHS vs Shelbyville Softball Game 1 (5-1)The Lady Bulldogs battled The Lawrenceburg Lady Tigers on Saturday (5-2) and were defeated 5-4.Batesville vs. Lawrenceburg Softball (5-2)Batesville will take on South Dearborn on Monday (5-4) with The Varsity starting at 5:30 PM.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.last_img


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Kedrowitz found competent to stand trial as an adult for murder

first_imgVersailles, IN—After a series of lengthy court proceedings in Ripley County, a fifteen-year-old accused of double murder will stand trial as an adult. Defendant Nickalas Kedrowitz, Osgood, was charged with two counts of murder of his 2-year-old sister and 11-month-old brother. In an affidavit, submitted by Indiana State Police detectives, its states that Kedrowitz waited over a month after the first killing before committing the second. It continues by stating Kedrowitz committed both murders by placing a towel or blanket over the noses and mouths of the children to stop their breathing. Autopsies performed by the Hamilton County Coroner ruled both deaths as “Homicide”. ​After being charged as a juvenile, Kedrowitz’s attorneys argued he was incompetent to stand trial. To determine whether a defendant is competent, Indiana law requires a judge to determine whether a defendant understands the nature of the proceedings and can assist in his own defense. A judge determined Kedrowitz competent after several days of testimony from multiple psychologists who evaluated Kedrowitz. Based on this testimony, the judge ruled that Kedrowitz clearly understood the proceedings and was assisting in his defense, based on his statements and behavior during the evaluations. The court found that ​Ripley County Prosecutors successfully proved that Kedrowitz should be waived from juvenile court and tried as an adult. Indiana law permits juvenile defendants as young as 12 to be tried as adults in murder cases. At the waiver hearing, prosecutors proved there was probable cause to believe that Kedrowitz committed both murders and that Kedrowitz was 13 at the time of the allegations. After the prosecution proved their case, Kedrowitz’s defense team tried to persuade the judge that it was in the best interest of both Kedrowitz and the safety and welfare of the community for Kedrowitz to remain in the juvenile justice system. Prosecutors responded by admitting evidence that Kedrowitz has allegedly also mutilated small animals, and made threats to a classmate and teacher even after Kedrowitz was alleged to commit the murders. Prosecutors argued that those additional facts demonstrated Kedrowitz’s continued danger to the community.last_img read more


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Attacking area is an issue – Brooking

first_img “We also need to get that support from midfield because from the goal-scoring point of view we haven’t had a couple of players who have got into double figures, which gives you that opportunity to get the victories.” Brooking has urged joint chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan to give manager Sam Allardyce free rein having given him a new two-year contract earlier this month. “The Davids have recognised the experience Sam has in this league and it’s important this coming year that he does what he wants to do,” he said. “If you look at the track record the two Davids have got, they have been pretty consistent with giving opportunities to managers when they are leading a club. “Sam led the club to bounce back with promotion and we got the win on the final day of this season to finish 10th.” The Hammers have yet to make Andy Carroll’s loan deal from Liverpool permanent after he impressed last season, while a second striker in Carlton Cole has been allowed to leave. Brooking, who scored 102 goals in 647 appearances for West Ham, also insists a greater goal-scoring threat is needed in midfield. “Andy Carroll has done well but nobody knows what is going to happen with Andy. Carlton Cole’s contract is up, so the attacking area is an issue,” he told West Ham TV. West Ham great Sir Trevor Brooking is concerned by the lack of firepower at Upton Park.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more