Jun 17, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – China’s agriculture ministry today announced an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak at a village in Guangdong province, not far from Hong Kong, where officials recently found the virus in live-bird markets.The ministry said the outbreak in Guangdong struck 3,873 ducks in Yashan Village, where 17,127 ducks were culled to prevent the spread of the virus, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported today. The ministry did not say when the outbreak began.Mainland China’s last reported outbreak occurred in early April at a poultry farm in Tibet, according to a report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). A few weeks before that outbreak, officials reported an outbreak in Guangdong province that hit chickens at a market in the city of Guangzhou.On Jun 7, animal health officials in Hong Kong, located on Guangdong’s south-central border on the Pearl River delta, announced they had found the H5N1 virus in chicken droppings gathered at poultry markets. A few days later they found the virus in droppings at additional markets, which led to the culling of all market poultry.Authorities suspended all shipments of birds from the mainland and local farms for 3 weeks. Officials haven’t yet found the source of the virus.Elsewhere, the news media in Vietnam are reporting an H5N1 outbreak at a household in the central province of Quang Ngai, according to a report from Xinhua today. The virus has struck 690 chickens since Jun 12 and was also responsible for outbreak in Tra Vinh province, in southern Vietnam, the newspaper The People, Vietnam’s Communist Party publication, reported.Bui Ba Bong, an agriculture minister, told the Vietnam Economic Times that though the number of new outbreaks has declined, the country should maintain its prevention efforts and spur more research on the disease, Xinhua reported. He said the country is exploring more than 30 variants of the avian flu virus that have been isolated from poultry and wild birds.In other developments, the United Kingdom today published an epidemiology report on a highly pathogenic H7N7 outbreak that was confirmed at a farm in Oxfordshire on Jun 4. The report from the Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said that as of Jun 11 the outbreak was confined to a single farm, but an investigation into the source of the virus would continue, according to a DEFRA press release.The report said the highly pathogenic H7N7 strain found at the farm could have evolved from a low-pathogenic strain that was already present there, though authorities are investigating a number of other possibilities, the press release said.Nigel Gibbens, DEFRA’s chief veterinary officer, said in the press release that the United Kingdom has a steady but low risk for avian influenza outbreaks. “The report highlights the need for flock owners and poultry vets to remain vigilant for signs of the disease, including the possibility of low pathogenic avian influenza,” he said.Meanwhile, the agriculture ministry in Haiti on Jun 12 reported three outbreaks of low-pathogenic H5N2 avian flu in birds at three locations in the central, northern, and southern parts of the country, according to a report from the OIE. The outbreaks began on May 20 and appeared to be ongoing.Among the three sites, 87 birds were exposed to the virus and 11 were sickened. No deaths were reported, according to the report. Birds at the locations included chickens, a turkey, and fighting cocks. Some did not show clinical signs of disease.The report listed illegal animal movements and the introduction of new live animals as sources of the infection. Some officials in Haiti have suspected the H5N2 virus could have come from the Dominican Republic, which reported H5N2 outbreaks in late 2007, according to a Jun 15 report from Prensa Latina, a news agency based in Cuba. However, Haitian ambassador Jose Serulle said the virus could have come from anywhere.See also:OIE reports on 2008 Chinese H5N1 outbreaksJun 11 CIDRAP News story “Hong Kong finds more H5N1, culls all market poultry”Jun 17 DEFRA press release
President Trump retweeted a theory over the weekend from comedian Terrence K. Williams regarding the death of Jeffrey Epstein.According to federal officials, Epstein was not on suicide watch at the time of his death. He had been on suicide watch last month, but was later taken off, a person familiar with the matter reports.A Clinton spokesman responded on Twitter to Trump’s retweet: “Ridiculous, and of course not true – and Donald Trump knows it. Has he triggered the 25th Amendment yet?” The 25th Amendment spells out a process for the president’s Cabinet to remove him from office.White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said on “Fox News Sunday” that President Trump “just wants everything to be investigated.”She also criticized people who she says are “trying to connect the president to this monster from years ago where they are seen dancing in the video,” in reference to an NBC News video of Trump and Epstein attending a party at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on Palm Beach in 1992. Conway adds that those individuals “were actively, I suppose, flying around with this monster on his island…Perhaps there’s a public interest in knowing more about that.”Democratic Senator and Presidential Candidate Cory Booker, of New Jersey, says Trump is “using the same tactics and languages of the Russians, if you look at the intelligence reports about how they’re coming at our democracy.” Booker calls Trump’s actions “dangerous” and says the President has “been using the Clintons as a means for a lot of his false accusations.”
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Residents and businesses who have their water supplied by Lough Colm and Lough Fad have been asked to conserve water usage by Irish Water due to unseasonably dry weather conditions.Consumers served from the Lough Colm source which serves the Milford, Kerrykeel, Rathmullan, and Ramelton areas, and also the Lough Fad source which serves the Quigley’s Point, Redcastle, Moville and part of Greencastle are asked to conserve as much water as possible.Councillors have voiced their concern on the matter, with Councillor Liam Blaney and Councillor Ian McGarvey highlighting the ‘very stark’ situation. Two meetings took place last Friday with elected representatives from the impacted communities.The briefings outlined details of over €9 million which is being invested by Irish Water in several different projects as well as the drought prevention measures that Irish Water and Donegal County Council are carrying out to help conserve water including the redistribution of water from adjacent water supplies.The HSE will consult all planned drought prevention measures – including monitoring water quality; as required by legislation.Commenting Irish Water’s Operations Lead for Donegal Laurence Nash said: “The main message is that we are urging people to conserve water and report leaks. People are asked to be conscious of their water consumption. “Small changes by individuals can have a positive impact on water reserves. Irish Water is asking the public for their assistance by reporting all leaks to help conserve water and reduce loss of water in the network due to leakage.“Water supply levels in Lough Colm and Lough Fad are reaching critically low levels and unless there is a spell of persistent and heavy rain for a prolonged period of time it is highly unlikely water levels will be restored to the normal level for this time of year.“We are asking people to check their homes for leaks, turning off the tap while brushing teeth, showering rather than bathing and ensuring washing machines and dishwashers are fully loaded before use. These are just some of the measures which will help reduce demand on water supplies.”PlansIn the short term in the Milford area €750,000 is being spent by Irish Water on pipeline extensions while in the long term €1.2m is being invested in pipeline extensions from Milford to Letterkenny.A further €750,000 is also being spent in extending the supply from Cranford to Milford. In East Inishowen €150,000 is being invested by Irish Water in pipeline extension works and the recommissioning of the Moville Water Treatment Plant in the short term.A long term project in this area will see an interconnector laid between Illies and East Inishowen which is being progressed at a cost to the utility of €5.8 million. This is combined with a further €500,000 spend on water rehabilitation pipe line replacement works.Conservation tipsCustomers are asked to refrain from using piped water supplies for activities such as watering lawns and gardens, washing cars, and washing down yards etc.Leak free: Check that your home is leak free. Check for running overflows and fix any dripping taps, cisterns or pipes. Don’t let the tap run: Brushing your teeth with the tap running can use up to a staggering 6 litres per minute. Brushing your teeth with the tap off will use a more modest 1 litre of water.Shower vs. Bath: The average bath uses 80 litres of water compared to an average shower using 49 litres in seven minutes. Switch your bath to a shower for a massive water saving.Less time: With the average shower using 7 litres of water per minute by turning your five minute shower into four minutes, you could save up to 7 litres of water per dayFully loaded: Always ensure your dishwasher and washing machines are fully loaded. A modern washing machine uses approximately 65 litres of water per cycle while a dishwasher uses 20 litres. By ensuring they are fully loaded, not only will you conserve water but you will also reduce your energy bills.Don’t flush it all away: A third of all water used in the home is flushed down the toilet. Some larger cisterns can continue to work effectively with a smaller flush. Place a displacement device into the cistern (out of the way of moving parts) to save water.Don’t forget to collect: Rainwater is excellent for your garden. Collect it in a water butt from your gutters but always make sure to securely cover the large container for safety.Please report any leaks you see by calling the Irish Water Customer Care helpline which is open 24/7 on 1850 278 278.Irish Water reiterate conservation notice for North Donegal was last modified: July 12th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:donegalIrish WaterLough Colmlough fad
Vandana LuthraFounder and Vice-Chairperson, VLCCWhat do Winston Churchill, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Benjamin Franklin and Leonardo da Vinci have in common? Each of them refused to take life sitting down, literally. Such is not the case with the rest of us; 70 per cent of whom will die from simple inactivity. It is ironic that in today’s so-called fast paced life, prolonged sitting is the fourth leading cause of death, but that’s the harsh reality, according to a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO).None of us need to ask how. You’re probably reading this sitting down. Many of us work sedentary jobs that involve little physical activity but are mentally draining. And it’s not doing our health any favours. Emerging research shows that sitting for a longer duration of time contributes to a number of health risks such as metabolic syndrome, obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart attack and stroke and overall risk of early death, among others. Those who sit a great deal also have lower life expectancies, high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels, increased blood sugar, excess body fat and slower metabolisms. According to a WHO report, inactivity is the main culprit behind 27 per cent of diabetes cases, 25 per cent of breast and colon cancers, and 30 per cent of heart disease cases.PROLONGED SITTING IS ONE OF THE MOST UNDERRATED SERIAL KILLERSWhile it is not always the case, studies have found that women more than men need to be careful of this quiet but deadly health hazard. In urban India, women are more likely than men to hold jobs that are less physically challenging. They’re also less likely to be active through other means such as sports. The effects are even more pronounced among women above 60. Every additional hour a day spent sitting doubles the risk of being disabled, regardless of how much moderate exercise you get. This is a problem that plagues women more than they realise. We often have jobs that require us to sit in places for hours and this is not to be taken lightly. It is important to take our health seriously and become conscious about how much chair time we are logging in each day.IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO STAND UPYou can burn about 30 per cent more calories standing up than sitting down. Over time, it adds up and can contribute to weight control. Reducing sitting time and standing for an hour can easily help burn approximately 50 extra kilocalories. Simply standing for two hours a day for a year can make you lose over 25,000 calories, which is equivalent to running at least six marathons.advertisementIn addition, many of us falsely believe ourselves to be active. For instance, even an hour at the gym every day may not do enough to counteract the detrimental effects of sitting for eight to ten hours. A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that while hitting the gym or taking a walk is important, prolonged sitting might actually be nullifying the effects of the workout. This is one of the biggest reasons why several women continue to struggle with weight, blood sugar, and cholesterol woes despite maintaining consistent workout routines.It may not seem like it anymore, but our bodies are made to stand. When one sits, the natural curve of the spine is distorted and the back muscles have to do something to hold the back in shape. This puts a lot of pressure on the spine, leading to body pain, herniated discs, nerve problems and painful joints. On the other hand, standing is beneficial both physically and mentally. According to a 2012 World Mental Health Report, it increases the serotonin available to the brain, which helps one think sharper, and less likely to fall prey to depression, a condition that women are prone to.Studies also point towards the fact that among women the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar shoots up by 26 per cent for every hour per day they spend watching TV. They are also prone to developing colon, breast and endometrial cancers due to inactivity. That said, prolonged sitting is the new smoking. Let’s be mindful of that.