first_imgJan 18, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Ukrainian emergency officials today reported an outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza at a large chicken farm in the northern Crimean peninsula, as animal health officials in India continued their struggle to contain poultry outbreaks in West Bengal state.Ukraine’s emergency situations ministry said about 200 chickens died at the farm on Jan 15, and testing confirmed the birds had the H5N1 virus, RIA Novosti, Russia’s state news agency, reported today. About 25,000 birds on the farm will be slaughtered to control the spread of the disease, and authorities have established a 3-kilometer protection zone around the area.State inspectors are sampling domestic and wild bird populations throughout the Crimean peninsula for the H5N1 virus, according to a Deutsche Presse-Agentur report today.Ukraine’s last H5N1 outbreak occurred in June 2006, when the virus struck chickens in the northeastern part of the country near the Russian border, according to previous reports.In October, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned that the H5N1 virus could be lurking in Europe and said it was particularly worried about countries bordering the Black Sea, which include Ukraine. The FAO said the Black Sea is a wintering area for migratory birds from Siberia and other locations and that poultry systems of many Black Sea countries have poor separation between wild and domestic birds.Jan Slingenbergh, an FAO senior animal health officer, said in the report that Black Sea area countries have large populations of chickens, ducks, and geese, with densities similar to those in some Asian countries where the virus continues to circulate in waterfowl and domestic birds. He said Ukraine has about 20 million domestic ducks.Meanwhile in India, West Bengal state’s chief minister, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, today described the spread of the H5N1 virus as “alarming,” Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.Anisur Rahaman, animal health minister in West Bengal, told AFP that villagers are resisting culling operations, chicken sales are continuing despite a ban, and more reports of poultry deaths are coming in from different areas.No human cases of H5N1 infection have been reported, though local hospitals are preparing isolation wards, Rahaman told AFP.A home ministry official in New Delhi said the paramilitary Border Security Force has been activated to stop the smuggling of chickens into Bangladesh, which neighbors West Bengal state, the AFP report said.The number of chickens and ducks that have died over the past week has increased to 62,000, Dilip Das, West Bengal’s animal resources development director, told AFP.In other developments, government officials in the United Kingdom said today that samples from a fifth mute swan from a Dorset Country swan sanctuary have tested positive for the H5N1 virus, the BBC reported.John Houston, general manager of the swannery, said the latest finding is not surprising, according to the BBC report. “We are expecting to have a run of positives and negatives while [the virus] works its way through the herd,” he said.He said H5N1 test results are pending on samples from four or five more dead swans that were collected at the sanctuary, the BBC reported.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 22 May 2020 10:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link15.8kShares Tagliafico has performed brilliantly for Ajax in the Champions League (Picture: Getty)‘Last year we made verbal agreements with Onana, Tagliafico and Van de Beek to stay another season and then we look to help each other and find the next step in their careers,’ he told Reuters.‘Nothing has changed. There won’t be a 50% discount. The clubs can forget about that.’By signing a new left-back, Arsenal hope it will show Saka how important he is to the team – as a winger, his preferred position, rather than a defender – and convince him to sign a new contract.MORE: Chelsea legend Michael Essien raves about Arsenal transfer target Thomas ParteyMORE: Dani Ceballos reveals Arsenal’s Premier League return dateFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Saka only has one year left on his current contract with the Gunners (Picture: Getty)While Arteta has been impressed with how well the youngster has adapted and developed the defensive side of the game, he wants to return Saka to his natural role as a winger.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to The Sun, that has seen Arteta prioritise signing a new left-back to ensure Saka does not end up getting pushed back into the role again next season and he has his eye on Tagliafico.The Argentine has quickly established himself as one of the stand-out left-backs in Europe since moving to Amsterdam in 2018, helping the side win the Eredivisie last season and reach the semi-final of the Champions League.Tagliafico is believed to be open to moving to the Emirates and keen for a new challenge, with the Premier League particularly appealing, though there are a number of clubs interested in signing him.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 ArsenalThe likes of Chelsea, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have all been linked with the 27-year-old, who has an agreement allowing him to leave Ajax this summer if a suitable offer is received.Ajax’s asking price is believed to be around £20million and chief executive Edwin van der Sar recently confirmed that the club will not stand in his way if he wants to leave. Advertisementcenter_img Comment Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta targets Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico to allow Bukayo Saka to flourish The Gunners wonderkid has been forced to deputise in defence this season (Pictures: Getty)Arsenal are ready to make a move for Ajax star Nicolas Tagliafico with Mikel Arteta reportedly eager to bring in a new left-back to allow Bukayo Saka to push further forward.In an often frustrating season, the emergence of 17-year-old Saka has been one of the bright spots of the campaign, with the teenager laying on nine assists in all competitions.However, both Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney in particular have struggled with injury and form, forcing Saka to deputise out of position at left-back.last_img read more

first_imgArsenal are open to selling Matteo Guendouzi this summer (Getty Images)Arsenal are willing to offload Guendouzi this summer following concerns over the midfielder’s attitude.The 21-year-old was reprimanded following his clash with Neal Maupay in Arsenal’s defeat to Brighton in June and hasn’t played for the club since.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 ArsenalAtletico have previously shown an interest in signing Alexandre Lacazette, but Arteta has made it clear that he is keen to keep the French striker at the club.‘Laca is a player I always liked even when I was still playing,’ Arteta said earlier this month.‘I really appreciate the qualities he brings to the team, his ability and his work-rate.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 28 Jul 2020 8:48 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.7kShares Arseanal have submitted a new offer to sign Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid (Getty Images)Arsenal have had an offer of €25 million (£22.7m) plus Matteo Guendouzi for Thomas Partey rejected by Atletico Madrid, according to reports.The 27-year-old still has three years remaining on his current contract but Atletico want the midfielder to sign a new deal in order to raise his €50m (£45.5m) release clause.Arsenal are working on a restricted budget this summer after failing to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.Partey is one of Mikel Arteta’s top targets for the summer transfer window but Atletico are refusing to sell Partey for less than his release clause.ADVERTISEMENTAccording to The Guardian, Arsenal’s first offer of €25m (£22.7m) plus a player was turned down by Atletico earlier this month.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe report claims that Arsenal have since returned with a new bid of €25m (£22.7m) plus Guendouzi. But that has also been rejected by Atletico. Comment Arsenal offer £23m plus Matteo Guendouzi for Thomas Partey Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgA South Florida man has been charged with killing his wife while her infant twin daughters were inside their apartment, according to sheriff’s officials.Kathi Blankenberg’s daughters were found safe when deputies responding to a call about a shooting at a Pompano Beach apartment on Monday morning, according to a news release from the Broward Sheriff’s Office.Investigators say 31-year-old Philip Edwards claimed that he found his wife, who had been shot.Courtesy: Broward Sheriff’s OfficeHe was arrested Monday night, after officers executed a search warrant and found several firearms, including the one they believe was used to kill the 35-year-old Blankenberg, inside Edwards’ Mercedes Benz.The girls, who were unharmed, are currently in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families.Edwards faces multiple charges, including second-degree murder, child neglect, possession of a weapon and probation violation.last_img read more

first_img“Also I want to share with you the birth of my son Mateo, who was born extremely preterm and is fighting day by day with the help of the medical team,” he tweeted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City midfielder David Silva pictured during their English Premier League match against Watford at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on January 2, 2018 © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 3 – Manchester City’s Spanish international forward David Silva missed four matches recently because his prematurely-born baby son is fighting for his life, he revealed on Wednesday.The 31-year-old — who returned to the runaway Premier League leaders starting line-up for Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Watford — thanked everyone for their support on his twitter account @21LVA.last_img read more

first_imgTHERE’S nothing like money to cause a row – and that is what has happened after Donegal County Council yesterday gave Finn Harps a €20,000 lifeline.Senior soccer fans in the county are delighted with the move, as are businesses in the Twin Towns which benefit from travelling teams and their supporters.Cllr Barry O’Neill said Finn Harps was more than just a football club but a symbol of sport in Donegal and said the club should be helped in a time of crisis. Finn Harps chairman Joey O’Leary said the club employed 22 people last year and was more than just a football club.“This money will go directly into the club. We have structural work to do and this is emergency funding.“Times are tough but the reality is that if we do not get this money then Finn Harps will close,” he said.But those who have no interest in sport aren’t so happy. And they’re saying so…on donegaldaily.com.Your views are welcome in our comments section below. Foul language or ludicrous claims however will be moderated or excluded.THE GREAT DEBATE: PUBLIC DIVIDED OVER €20,000 COUNCIL HAND-OUT TO FINN HARPS was last modified: November 29th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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) Tags:Donegal County Councilfinn harpslast_img read more

first_imgJuventus look set to complete the signing of Juan Cuadrado from Chelsea on season-long loan.Cuadrado, 27, has been tipped to return to Italy all summer, having been unable to establish himself as a first-team regular at Stamford Bridge.The Colombian was signed in February from Fiorentina in a deal worth around £23m but has started only four league matches.He has fallen further down the pecking order following the recent signing of Pedro, who scored on his debut as Jose Mourinho’s side won 3-2 at West Brom on Sunday.Last week, Chelsea boss Mourinho did not rule out Cuadrado leaving but insisted that Willian, who has also been linked with a move, would stay.See also:Mourinho insists Willian will not be sold by ChelseaWest Brom v Chelsea player ratingsMarin set to complete move from ChelseaFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgAn artist’s impression of Cape Town’s Grand Parade, where one of South Africa’s fan fests will be hosted during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. (Image: Fifa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Delia Fischer Fifa South Africa media office +27 83 201 0470 [email protected] www.fifa.com RELATED ARTICLES • Fifa volunteers pass 15 000 mark • Ten stadiums for the 2010 Fifa World Cup • Flags fly for 32 World Cup teams • Host cities for the 2010 Fifa World CupNicky RehbockWith just months to go until South Africa hosts the world’s biggest football tournament, Fifa has launched a series of action-packed fan events that will connect lovers of the Beautiful Game everywhere.The Fifa Fan Fest – to be staged in the nine South African host cities as well as Berlin, London, Mexico City, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome and Sydney – will enable football enthusiasts to watch free, live screenings of all 64 matches in a secure and festive environment.Official public viewing events were first launched by Fifa in 2006 during the World Cup in Germany. In June and July of that year more than 18-million fans gathered at 12 designated fan parks around Germany, electrifying the nation on a scale never seen before during such a tournament.Building on this, Fifa has decided to extend its fan parks to include the host country as well as a series of iconic locations across the world, spanning all three key time zones for a truly global experience.A first for football fans“The Fifa Fan Fest was an important part of the success of the 2006 World Cup and we believe that the 2010 fan fests, both in South Africa and in the other seven international venues, will bring an unprecedented experience to millions of football fans in South Africa and around the world,” said Fifa President Sepp Blatter.“The first International Fifa Fan Fest is another milestone in bringing the excitement of the World Cup to an even greater audience.”In South Africa the fan fests will be organised by the host cities, Fifa and the Local Organising Committee (LOC). Fifa and the respective cities will take responsibility for the international events. At each site there will be a top-quality giant screen, performance stage and sound and lighting equipment.And they won’t just be about football: in addition to the match broadcast, each event will offer all-day entertainment with a distinct local flavour, thereby exporting the thrill of the first African World Cup to destinations worldwide.“We are communicating with ambassadors in each city to ensure a South African atmosphere, complete with food, dancing and music,” said Fifa marketing director Thierry Weil.In South Africa this will offer lucrative opportunities for small businesses and informal traders, who will be encouraged to sell traditional cuisine and arts and crafts at the events. Local musicians, dancers and artists will also be given the chance to perform. But host city authorities will require these people to consult with them first before setting up at a venue.Media, transport and safetyDuring the German World Cup 80% of non-football stories came from the fan fest sites, and Fifa is working hard to ensure the same happens during 2010.All media organisations will therefore be free to broadcast and report from all public viewing events. South African and international fan fest cities may choose to have an on-site media accreditation system, but this will be a simple process and unrestrictive. More information on this and the facilities for journalists at the venues will be made available in 2010.In South Africa all fan fests will be fenced off and incorporated into the wider host city security plans. Both private security and police will be deployed inside and outside the venues, and full disaster management and medical facilities will be available. There will also be special access for disabled fans.“Transport arrangements will differ from venue to venue, but there will be a park-and-ride system and public transport options, so South Africans won’t have to bring their own cars,” said LOC CEO Danny Jordaan.Selection processFifa considered a number of factors when selecting the overseas fan fest cities. They were analysed according to their popularity as tourist destinations, experience in hosting major international sporting events and demographic make-up.Fifa felt it important to choose cities that have a diverse population that supports a variety of teams, ensuring lively crowds even if the home country gets knocked out.The South African venues were chosen for their crowd capacity and proximity to the official 2010 stadiums. Cape Town’s fan fest will be at the Grand Parade in the city’s CBD; St Georges Park, which is 5km from the stadium, will be Port Elizabeth’s venue; and scenic New Beach will be the site in Durban.Bloemfontein’s fan fest will be at Mangaung Outdoor Sports Centre, which has a capacity for 20 000 people. Bergvlam High School will be Nelspruit’s facility as it’s only 5km from the stadium; Polokwane Cricket Club will be the venue in Polokwane; Rustenburg’s fan fest will be at Fields College School; while host city Pretoria/Tshwane’s venue is still to be confirmed.Johannesburg, which will host the World Cup’s opening and final matches at Soccer City, will have two sites: one at Elkah Stadium in Soweto – South Africa’s largest township home to 1-million people; and one at InnesFree Park in the commercial hub of Sandton.last_img read more

first_imgIt is through initiatives such as Green Beings’ River Rehab that the further awareness is created to promote active citizenship as well as healthy eco-systems. (Image; Greenbeings, via Facebook)Join Green Beings on the banks of the Klein Jukskei Spruit in northeastern Johannesburg on 12 March and celebrate this year’s Water Week by helping to revitalise the waterway.The family-friendly River Rehab event run by Green Beings takes place between 8am and 1pm. It is an opportunity for residents, businesses, civic organisations and others to join their efforts in removing as much rubbish from the river and the surrounding areas as they can.Green Beings also urges people to help it introduce as many indigenous plants along the river as possible, while also removing harmful alien species and maintaining the environment.WATER WISERecent water shortages and drought in the country, with unpredictable rainfall patterns, are taking their toll on many South Africans. As a collective, the nation has become more aware of the importance of using our natural resources sparingly.South Africans are quickly realising the importance of being conscious of our impact and how this affects our daily water consumption. It is through initiatives such as Green Beings’ River Rehab that the further awareness is created to promote active citizenship as well as healthy eco-systems.There are many ways in which people can change their habits and routines to save water, and most of them aren’t difficult. These include watering your garden in the early mornings or late afternoons when it is cooler, taking a quick shower rather than a bath, and using a cup while brushing your teeth instead of letting the tap run.With on-going education people will start to realise the importance of the state of the environment and how each individual can mitigate climate change through small actions collectively to make a wider positive impact.If you would like to contribute or be part of the River Rehab on 12 March 2016, contact Green Beings via its Facebook or Twitter pages for more information.GREEN BEINGSThis year’s River Rehab is the sixth run by the organisation, which is appealing to members of the public to make it an even bigger success than previously by bringing as many friends, family and colleagues along.It is through the help from valuable stakeholders that the Green Beings NPO has been able to run such initiatives, and it is only through such collaborations that River Rehab’s aims will be achieved.The main focus of previous River Rehabs was removing alien vegetation and planting indigenous trees along the riverbanks. The next event will focus on cleaning up the park and waterway, removing alien vegetation and replacing the old dilapidated fence with an attractive wooden fence.Green Beings hopes to get individuals and businesses to help fund the implementation of this new, more inviting, fence by sponsoring sections of it. If you would like to contribute or be part of the River Rehab on 12 March 2016, contact Green Beings via its Facebook or Twitter pages for more information.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in developing South Africa and its citizens? Do you know anybody who is going out of their way to participate in the development of South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

first_imgSouth African speedster Dale Steyn on Wednesday said sitting out of Indian Premier League (IPL) games during this edition had given him time to develop a couple of new tricks in the nets. (Full IPL Coverage)The pacer played just one match and was overlooked by Gujarat Lions for most of the IPL season nine, with Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo and Dwayne Smith getting the nod most of the time.”Unfortunately this year I had to sit on the sidelines, but that was okay as it gives you a different perspective. I watched the games from the side, sat back without that pressure to perform and win games,” Steyn was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.”It can be quite overwhelming to continually go out under pressure to win. I got a lot of training done, which means I’ve got a couple of new tricks in the arsenal. So it was a different kind of IPL for me but now I’m ready to go,” he said.Steyn will now feature in six T20 matches for English county side Glamorgan where is looking forward to getting some game time.”I’ve been bowling fast, my body’s feeling good and I just want to play some cricket for Glamorgan now.”Asked how he got into the county side, the 32-year-old said: ??Morne Morkel was supposed to come here and he got selected to go to the Caribbean and I was rested, but I just wanted to get out and play some cricket.”advertisement”He said ‘Maybe you should get hold of Jacques Rudolph because I was going to go to Glamorgan’, and within an hour I was on the phone to (Glamorgan chief executive) Hugh Morris, by the next day I was on my way to get a visa and here I am.””I’m just excited to be here because I haven’t played a lot of cricket this year,” he said.last_img read more