USDA, FAO to launch animal disease crisis center

first_img The facility will be run by the FAO in close collaboration with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), according to a joint press release from the USDA and FAO. Specialists at the center will provide disease analysis and information and will dispatch resources to prevent and manage dangerous animal diseases. Experts there will also collaborate with the World Health Organization. See also: The United States will provide $1.8 million, and the USDA is sending four veterinarians to help launch the new center, officials said. France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom will also contribute to the center. The announcement gave no details on the center’s staff size or budget. “All nations will benefit as we work to reduce the risk and spread of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza,” said USDA Secretary Mike Johanns. “The international community has a responsibility to equip countries, especially developing countries, with the expertise and resources necessary for a rapid and effective response to any possible animal disease outbreak.” Samuel Jutzi, head of the FAO’s Animal Production and Health Division, said the crisis center will boost the effectiveness of the FAO’s current operations related to avian flu, which is especially important now that the H5N1 virus is present in at least 32 countries. Jul 14, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today that a new animal disease crisis management center will begin operating in late July at FAO headquarters in Rome, with an initial focus on H5N1 avian influenza. Jul 14 USDA news releaselast_img read more

The Zagreb County Tourist Board, in cooperation with local caterers, is organizing the Taste Days of the Zagreb region

first_imgFrom November 26 to December 2, the Zagreb County Tourist Board is organizing the Days of Tastes of the Zagreb Region event for the first time in cooperation with ten restaurants, holders of the Tastes of the Zagreb Region standard.In the mentioned period, at a promotional price of 90 kuna, you will be able to enjoy the traditional gastronomic specialties of the Zagreb County. “It is a continuation of the project in which we encourage the development of traditional eno-gastronomic activities through joint activities and contribute to strengthening market positioning and recognition. ”  stand out from the Zagreb County Tourist Board.Facilities included Days of Taste of the Zagreb region: Bistro Babriga (Velika Gorica), Excursion site Vina Kos-Jurišić (Sveti Ivan Zelina), Hotel Bunčić (Vrbovec), Rural tourism Kezele (Ivanić-Grad), Restaurant Samoborska klet (Samobor), Restaurant Golf Zaprešić), Excursion site Suhina (Sveta Nedelja), Restaurant Ivančić (Jastrebarsko), Ekopark Krašograd (Pisarovina) and Rural household Stara preša (Šenkovec).ANNEX: MENU – Days of Taste of the Zagreb regionTastes of Croatian tradition – Tastes of the Zagreb region is a project of the county and local tourist boards and the company DMK Vall042 with the intention of enriching the tourist offer and developing new tourist products. The main goal is to improve the offer of traditional local dishes, drinks and products in the daily offer of catering facilities and on that basis a more meaningful development of eno-gastronomic tourism.The main goal is to mark and build a strong market recognition of restaurants with standards “Tastes” and their identity as a place that guarantees and provides a true experience of local dishes, drinks and local traditional products. The “Tastes” standard is actually the construction of a common identity for the experience of local dishes, drinks and products, with a kind of promise to guests that there is a daily offer of traditional dishes and drinks in the marked facility.The standard can be awarded to a catering facility that usually operates for at least three years and meets the established minimum requirements set by the ordinance: to have at least two local traditional dishes and six beverage labels in the daily offer, of which at least four are wines, and to which is carried out in five categories: Food, Service, Drink, Ambience, Environment) achieves a minimum of 75 out of a possible 100 points.Great story and concept, but unfortunately poor realization.Just organizing a special offer in catering facilities is not enough for the whole project to be self-sustainable and to develop further. Great form, but poor content. This should be just the finale of the whole project, which is accompanied by various other events based on local gastronomy and tradition. Of course accompanied by strong promotion, both local to activate and raise awareness of the local population, and in the city of Zagreb as the primary market.Certainly good foundations and support for the project, but the whole story should be raised to a much higher level and quality of performance.last_img read more

Williams says win against SA Women vital for team confidence

first_imgLEICESTER, England (CMC) – Without a win in four outings in their build-up to next weekend’s start of the ICC Women’s World Cup, assistant coach Stuart Williams has underscored the importance of West Indies winning their final official warm-up game today, in order to enter the tournament with momentum.The Windies take on South Africa Women in Oakham, 45 minutes outside Leicester, in a contest that takes on special significance with the Caribbean side searching for that elusive win after three weeks in England preparing for the June 24 to July 23 showpiece.Williams pointed out that winning breeds confidence and this was needed ahead of the Windies opening match of the tournament next Monday against Australia Women.“In terms of batting, runs give you confidence so winning gives you confidence,” said the former West Indies opener.“So it’s very important that we put in a good performance tomorrow and hopefully we come out with a win and that would give the girls some confidence going into the first game.”He added: “It’s just about getting that combination right and we haven’t played our best team yet so there’s no cause for panic or anything like that. By the time next week comes, we’ll be alright.”Their most recent outing on Tuesday against Pakistan Women saw West Indies go down by five wickets at Grace Road, despite posting a respectable 246 for seven from their 50 overs.They managed to reduce their opponents 63 for three before half-centuries from Nain Abidi and Bismah Maroof snatched the game away from them.Williams said while they were disappointed to lose, there was cause for encouragement with several of the performances.“The pleasing thing (about Tuesday’s game) is we made (nearly) 250 without the skipper’s (Stafanie Taylor) contribution and Hayley (Matthews) and (Deandra) Dottin got run-out in the 30s so the basic fundamentals are there; so we’re looking solid as a batting group,” Williams reasoned.“But cricket is just not about batting alone, we still have to get our other skills up to level in terms of the bowling and the fielding.”One of the stand-outs was the uncapped opener Felicia Walters who top-scored with 59 to gather her first half-century in West Indies colours.Williams said the 25-year-old had progressed well on tour so far and had taken on board the advice to increase her tempo at the crease.“One of the things she has improved on is her intent,” Williams explained.“She always has this longevity (about her batting) and sticking around, but what we’ve got her to do is to have more intent – rotating the strike and hitting the bad balls when they come. It was pleasing to see her get a half-century.”He continued: “Merissa (Aguilleira) again she continued her good form by getting 40-odd, Hayley getting 30-odd without any problems at all and Dottin being her usual self. Our batting group is getting there.”last_img read more

FB : Securing destiny: Four years after Super Bowl catch, Tyree uses fame to spread message

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm With one catch, David Tyree secured his spot in football history.During the fourth quarter in Super Bowl XLII, on Feb. 3, 2008, the New York Giants were faced with a third-and-5 from the 44-yard line with less than two minutes remaining. The Giants trailed the then-undefeated New England Patriots, 14-10.Giants quarterback Eli Manning dropped back, evaded two Patriots pass rushers and lofted the ball high up into the air.With Patriots safety Rodney Harrison draped over him, Tyree leapt in the air, clutched the ball to his helmet and hit the ground with the ball hovering a mere inch from hitting the ground. A miraculous catch that helped New York complete a game-winning drive a few plays later.‘I felt it was a moment that was imparted upon me which gave me a tremendous platform and opportunity even outside of football to energize people’s lives, which has been really exciting,’ said Tyree, who was a wide receiver for Syracuse from 1998-2002.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTyree’s memorable play is being revisited this week as the Giants and Patriots are set to meet again in Super Bowl XLVI this Sunday. It was a career-defining catch for the former SU wide receiver. Just not in the way many think. Tyree played just one season in the NFL following the Giants’ Super Bowl win in 2008, and he has used the catch to pursue endeavors in various ministries and charities to forge hopeful and positive relationships in society.For Tyree’s new view to take shape, though, his life needed to be completely restored.‘Ultimately, it was really just about the grind to me and going through my journey, and I finally found that sense of contentment,’ Tyree said, ‘and it kind of just led up to that moment in 2007, where I like to say eternity met time.’While at Syracuse, Tyree never thought about what the NFL could bring him. The 6-foot, 206-pound receiver was slightly undersized for the position, and his college stat-line proved it.Just 39 catches for 655 yards in his first three seasons at Syracuse.‘I guess I found out that I wasn’t the prototype wide receiver,’ Tyree said. ‘I always felt like there was more I could have done there, but for me it was always about being a complete football player, and that’s why I got into special teams.’Tyree’s effort was never in question. He embraced any role given to him and was one of the hardest working players on the field.‘I knew once I got into the secondary I could run blind because he would put his body in there to block for me,’ former Syracuse running back Dee Brown said. ‘He would sacrifice the catch to make a key block to spring one of the running backs or the quarterback.’In a collegiate career that Tyree told The New York Times was marked by drugs and alcohol, he may have found his biggest savior during his freshman year when he met his eventual wife, Leilah. During his SU career, Leilah became pregnant with their first son.The new responsibility made Tyree consider becoming an NFL player. Despite his mediocre college numbers, he was drafted by the Giants in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft.But his addictions caught up with him in 2004, when he was arrested for drug possession. His relationship with Leilah took a turn for the worse, and when he was released from prison, Leilah told him she was pregnant again.Tyree needed to make a decision to change his behavior or risk not seeing his children. At that point, Tyree said, he found faith, allowing him to change his ways and become an all-around better person — on and off the field.‘It’s really just an expression of the changed man that God has given me,’ Tyree said. ‘I just try to honor God through that and whether it’s on the football field, through my marriage or raising six children, everything I believe, it permeates from that.’In the NFL, Tyree found his greatest success on special teams.Tyree made 77 tackles in his six-year professional career and earned a 2005 NFL Pro Bowl appearance.Still, his greatest moment came as a wide receiver. Super Bowl XLII is the moment he will forever be known for, even if he only made four catches during the 2007 regular season.‘It’s like when the coaches tell you, if you just hustle good things will happen. He’s one of those guys,’ Brown said. ‘He’s just going to do everything he’s supposed to do and good things are going to happen, and inevitably, it did for him.’After making one of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history, Tyree dealt with more hardship. During training camp in 2008, he suffered a meniscus injury and was sidelined for four to six months.He was eventually cut from the Giants and missed the entire season.The Baltimore Ravens signed Tyree in 2009. Despite being hampered with numerous groin and hamstring injuries, he was productive on special teams.But through the adversity, Tyree decided that he could do more off the field.‘It gave me the fortitude, and it rearranged my priorities in life,’ Tyree said. ‘Between my faith and my growth and maturity as a man, the game is going to fade away. And I had a piece of insurance that if I never played again I was going to be extremely fine, and not just fine but excited about it.’Tyree now lives in Wayne, N.J., and works with children through numerous philanthropic efforts. In 2006, Tyree and Leilah started a group called Next In Line, which served to mentor children ages 12-18 once a month, but it closed its doors in 2009.Tyree caused controversy last summer when he came out in opposition of same-sex marriage in a video. Tyree’s video for the National Organization for Marriage came on the heels of messages in support of marriage equality from former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan and Steve Tisch, Giants chairman and executive vice president.‘Everybody has a choice at the end of the day, and I think that’s what it boils down to,’ Tyree said. ‘It was just kind of an honor, and I think I really needed to take that opportunity to reinforce that backbone of culture anyway, of all civilizations starts with marriage.’He also sits on the board for the Children of the City group in Southwest Brooklyn, an organization that provides support for children in the city and guides them to success.Abby Meadows, the director of development and outreach for the program, said Tyree has been able to make a splash with his devotion to the children.‘David has been involved with (Children of the City) for several years and has devoted countless hours of his personal time to speak to the children and spread the word about the work of the organization,’ Meadows said in an email.Tyree feels the catch gave him the appropriate exposure to further reach the lives of others and promote the benefits of positive decision-making.With faith restored, Tyree continues to try and help those who try to conquer their own challenges, just as Tyree has done in the past.‘The catch really wasn’t for me, it wasn’t about me,’ Tyree said. ‘It was about having a visible presence in some way, shape or form to reach other people and touch their lives.’adtredin@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more