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

Unai Emery to make Emiliano Martinez Arsenal’s new No.2 goalkeeper after Petr Cech departure

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 7 Jun 2019 11:43 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Unai Emery to make Emiliano Martinez Arsenal’s new No.2 goalkeeper after Petr Cech departure Advertisement Martinez gave a good account of himself while on loan at Reading (Picture: Getty)The Argentine, who has been at Arsenal since 2010, was third-choice shot-stopper for Arsenal for the first half of the season, playing once in the Europa League, but moved to Reading on loan in January.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMartinez had been desperate for more first-team football and got that immediately at the Championship side, playing 18 times – and recording five clean sheets – to help the team avoid relegation.More: 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 CityArsenal have a limited transfer budget to play with this summer after failing to qualify for the Champions League and have little desire to use up a slice of it on a new back-up goalkeeper.Martinez can slot straight in, though he has made it known that he expects to play in Cup matches – just as Cech did this past season – and wants to be able to challenge Leno for the No.1 position.center_img Martinez believes he can challenge Leno for the No.1 jersey (Picture: Getty)The 26-year-old made one appearance for Arsenal last season, keeping a clean sheet in the Europa League dead rubber against Qarabag, while he has made six Premier League appearances in total for the club dating back to the 2014/15 season – keeping clean sheets in 50% of them.Another goalkeeper still on Arsenal’s books is David Ospina, though not for long, with the report claiming an agreement has been reached between the Gunners and Napoli over a £3million deal.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 Arsenal The Argentine impressed while on loan at Reading last season (Picture: Getty)Emiliano Martinez is set to take up the role of Arsenal’s new back-up goalkeeper, replacing veteran Petr Cech, with the Gunners unlikely to enter the transfer market.Cech announced earlier this year that he would retire at the end of the season, making his final appearance for the club in the Europa League final defeat to Chelsea in Baku.The veteran Czech’s departure leaves Arsenal in need of a new No.2 to play understudy to first-choice keeper Bernd Leno, and report that Martinez will get the nod. Commentlast_img read more

Scorching temperatures expected at Wimbledon.

first_imgWhile later on Court One, French Open champion Stan Wawrinka takes on world number 48, Victor Estrella Burgos. Womens fourth seed Maria Sharapova will be in the second match on Court 2 as she faces world number 123, Richel Hogenkamp.Top seed Serena Williams is last up on Centre – she takes on Timea Babos of Hungary.Men’s top seed Novak Djokovic faces a tricky encounter against the verteran Finn, Jarko Nieminen.last_img

Iowa’s governor not yet setting target date for ending COVID restrictions

first_imgJOHNSTON — President Trump says he’d like the country to get back to normal by Easter. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds today said she is not prepared to name a target date.“The decisions are so fluid,” Reynolds said Tuesday during her daily news conference. “What I say sometimes at a press conference after we receive new data, I have to stand in front of Iowans the next day and I’ve made a different decision.”The governor indicated the criteria she used to order the closure of businesses like bars, restaurants and hair salons will be the same criteria she uses to lift those restrictions.“I want to get business back to normal as quickly as I can, too,” Reynolds said. “I think we have that shared goal. I just want to make sure that I’m protecting Iowans and I’m making decisions on the right data points.”Even if things return to normal in the late spring and summer, Reynolds warned there may be another surge in COVID cases later in the fall and next winter.“Chances are even though we flatten the curve and we work out of it and we bring industry back on, there’s the potential until we get a vaccine that it’s going to tick back up at some point,” Reynolds said, “so we have to take that into consideration.”There was a 60% increase in the number of Iowans hospitalized for treatment of COVID-19 from Sunday night to Monday night, although Reynolds said Iowa’s tally of 18 hospitalized patients is still low when compared to other states.“We want to get things back to normal as quickly as we can and that’s why we’ve taken the various steps that we’ve taken,” Reynolds said, “because all along, by implementing the policies and procedures that we’ve put in place, we’ve done that as a means to ‘bend the curve’ and hopefully prevent overwhelming our hospitals and our public health workers.”Some mayors in Johnson County have called on the governor to issue a “shelter in place” order, but Reynolds said the criteria established by the Iowa Department of Public Health does not suggest that step is necessary at this time. The department is tracking infection rates and whether there are outbreaks among vulnerable groups — like residents in a nursing home.last_img read more

Liverpool back on top as Salah stunner kills off Chelsea

first_imgLiverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool powered back to the top of the Premier League after Mohamed Salah’s stunning strike clinched a 2-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday.Jurgen Klopp’s side had surrendered pole position a few hours earlier when Manchester City won 3-1 at Crystal Palace, piling pressure on the Reds to respond as the title race heats up.Liverpool rose to the challenge as Sadio Mane’s opener five minutes after the break and a blistering long-range drive from Salah two minutes later moved them two points clear of second-placed City on a raucous afternoon at Anfield.City have five games left compared to just four for Liverpool, leaving the destiny of the title in the hands of the champions.But there is a growing feeling at Anfield that this will be the season Liverpool finally end their 29-year wait to be crowned kings of English football.Chelsea posed the last major threat to Liverpool’s title bid, yet the leaders dealt with the challenge impressively to mark Klopp’s 200th game as Reds manager in style.With City having difficult league fixtures looming against Tottenham and Manchester United, Klopp’s men are convinced they can hold onto pole position.Their run-in is undoubtedly less daunting than City’s, with Cardiff, Huddersfield and Newcastle on the schedule before a potential title party against Wolves at Anfield.For fourth-placed Chelsea, the loss was a blow to their bid for Champions League football next season and they will drop to fifth if Arsenal win at Watford on Monday.On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster that killed 96 Liverpool fans and in the week that club legend Tommy Smith passed away, there was even more emotion at Anfield than usual.After a minute’s silence featuring mosaics reading “30 years” and “96” held up by fans around the ground, Liverpool’s focus was trained on avenging one of the more painful defeats in the club’s recent history.Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip in 2014 led to a defeat against Chelsea that effectively gifted the title to Manchester City when Liverpool had looked odds-on to lift the trophy.But Klopp insisted his players wouldn’t be haunted by the ghosts of that collapse and they were true to his word. Liverpool threatened an early goal when Mane whipped a pin-point cross towards Salah and he fired a volley that Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga held well.– Salah makes his point –Chelsea were unbeaten in their last eight matches at Anfield going into Sunday’s clash and showed signs of troubling Liverpool when Eden Hazard twisted away from Joel Matip for a low shot that forced Alisson Becker into action.David Luiz launched a dangerous Chelsea counter-attack with a pass that sent Willian racing away, but the Brazilian’s miscued shot drifted wide.Those escapes shook Liverpool out of their brief lull and Salah got behind Emerson to cross for Mane to smash just wide.Hampered by a first-half injury to Antonio Rudiger, Chelsea creaked at the back and Liverpool took full advantage to break the deadlock in the 51st minute.When Salah scampered onto Roberto Firmino’s flick in the Chelsea area, Blues defender Emerson could only prod the ball to the influential Jordan Henderson and his deft cross reached the unmarked Mane, who headed home at the far post.Any Liverpool nerves had been wiped away by jubilant celebrations and soon after Salah blew the roof off Anfield with a moment of pure genius.Taking possession wide on the right flank, Salah cut inside and glided away from Emerson before unleashing a sumptuous 25-yard drive that arrowed past Kepa into the far corner.It was a sweet moment of vindication for the Egypt forward after a group of Chelsea fans were filmed chanting “Salah is a bomber” before their team’s Europa League tie at Slavia Prague on Thursday.And Salah, a practising Muslim, celebrated his 22nd goal of the season by adopting a prayer position in front of the Kop.Hazard should have reduced the deficit, but twice the Belgian couldn’t find the net from close-range as Liverpool moved a step closer to their holy grail.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

What comes now for NFL after tumultuous season?

first_imgON THE BIG STAGE–A large image of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin quarterback Colin Kaepernick decorates a building in New Orleans, Feb. 2. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) by Howard FendrichNEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Super Bowl closes a tumultuous year for the NFL.Suicides by former NFL players. Thousands of others filing concussion lawsuits. New studies linking football to brain disease. Still no testing for human growth hormone. The specter of other purported performance-enhancing products — deer-antler spray, anyone? — being peddled to players.A pay-for-pain bounty scandal. A lockout of officials resolved only after a ludicrous game-ending call. Zero minority hires for 15 coach or general manager openings.And yet the league is as popular as ever.Advertisers paid nearly $4 million per 30-second television commercial for the right to reach the 100 million or so Americans expected to tune in to Sunday’s Super Bowl between the AFC champion Baltimore Ravens and NFC champion San Francisco 49ers. Eleven of the 12 most-watched TV programs during the last 2½ years were NFL postseason games, according to the league.Uncertain, though, is what the future holds for an NFL still coming to grips with the dangers of a brutal sport that makes it tremendously wealthy.“The game has changed and keeps changing. … It is such a violent game, and such a collision game, that careers are going to be kind of like not long at all. Because you take those licks — you’ve only got so many in your body, and at some point that’s going to wear it out,” said Ravens running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery, who played that position for the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions from 1977-85.last_img read more

Steel Nation Associations’ Mock Mock Draft

first_imgGreen Bay PackersA QB who isn’t a jerk.They haven’t had one since before Brett Favre.  Seattle SeahawksA better musician to attach themselves to.Out of all the great music to come out of Seattle, the team hitched their wagon to Macklemore in 2013. They realized what a drastic mistake this was and they draft a truly talented Seattle musician this time around.  Houston TexansSomeone Who Actually Cares about themReality is, nobody cares about the Texans so the team decides to draft someone who does.  Atlanta FalconsDeion SandersThey decide to bring Prime Time back to make them relevant again.  Miami DolphinsSomeone with IntegrityClearly the team lacks this guy so they figured they better add at least one to the roster.  Tennessee TitansA better nameThey currently have the worst name in the NFL so they decide to fix it by drafting a new one  With so many publications and TV stations putting out mock drafts, it all seems kind of ridiculous. Who can really predict every pick in the first round, let alone the entire draft?Sure, you can predict team needs but who can’t do that. So with that said, we decided to put together our own mock draft. Each team gets a pick, based on something they need.Enjoy the Steel Nation Association Mock Mock Draft. Dallas CowboysA real GMJerry Jones finally understands he’s not an actual GM and brings in a real one to run the football operations.  San Francisco 49ersA punching bag with Jim Harbaughs face on itEveryone in their building wanted one.  Kansas City ChiefsA Pick Up TruckIt’s the only way to get Andy Reid on and off the field these days.  New England PatriotsA better way to cheatSince getting caught cheating, the Pats have not won a Super Bowl. The team figured they better devise a better way of not getting caught so they can win titles again.  Tampa Bay BuccaneersA Pirate ShipThey figure they need one to board so they can get out of town after continually disappointing their fans year after year.  Cleveland BrownsA PrayerThey need more than one to get to the promised land but figured they better draft on to get moving in the right direction.  Jacksonville JaguarsA New CityThe team finally realized the only way they’ll survive is by getting a new city to play in  Minnesota VikingsBrett FavreHe’s better than any QB they currently have and lord knows he’d probably play.  TeamPickReason Arizona CardinalsA Toilet BowlThe team realized they belong in one.  Pittsburgh SteelersA 250,000 seat stadium.There isn’t a Steeler fan out there who doesn’t want to attend a game live. So the Steelers decided to pick the largest stadium in the history of sports to accommodate as many fans as possible on Sunday afternoons.  Baltimore RavensA New set of team colorsTough guys don’t wear purple, the Ravens decide to man up and pick a color to fit their tough guy mentality.  Oakland RaidersA ClueThey haven’t had one in over a decade  Carolina PanthersA league changeThe team decides they are better suited for Arena football and draft a league change.  Washington RedskinsA new ownerThey finally realize they can’t win anything with Danny Boy so they draft a new owner.  Chicago BearsMike DitkaThey decide the only way they’ll truly be relevant is to bring Iron Mike back.  Buffalo BillsA time MachineThe Bills figured the only way they’d get good again is to go back to the early 90’s.  Cincinnati BengalsA law abiding CitizenThe Bengals figured they need at least one on their team.  Denver BroncosA Ball that bounces their wayIn the big games, that hasn’t happened for them so they decided to draft one that would.  San Diego ChargersCool TemperaturesWith the perfect weather year round, the players stop caring about football and only care about surfing. The cool temperatures were brought in to refocus the team back on the task at hand.  New York JetsA QB ControversyThis is a requirement for the Jets  Detroit LionsChanging football into hockey.It’s the only thing they win in that town.  NY GiantsA Ball that only goes to their playersIt’s the only way to stop Eli from throwing picks  New Orleans SaintsAnother devastating HurricaneIt took that to motivate the team last time so they decide to draft another one.  St. Louis RamsA highlight reel of 1999They needed something to watch that they could enjoy  Indianapolis ColtsA new Twitter password for Jim IrsayThe team figures the only way to keep their crazy owner off Twitter is to draft a new password and keep it from him.  Philadelphia EaglesSanta ClauseAfter booing him out of the stadium years ago, they decide to bring him back to make things right.  Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at read more

Children’s Exposure to Violence: Prevalence & Effects

first_imgBy Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFT“As a nation, we must protect children from the traumatization that results from exposure to violence” [1]. –Attorney General Eric Holder & the National Task force on Children Exposed to ViolencePrevalence of Children Exposed to Violence:There are millions of children exposed to violence each year either as primary or secondary victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse and witnessing domestic violence or community violence.Mixon, K. (2013). Kacy Mixon gives permission to use her personal photo.Effects of Children’s Exposure to Violence:The effects of children’s exposure to violence are severe causing disruption of the basic cognitive, social and emotional regulation as well as brain functioning essential for optimal health, growth and wellbeing. When children’s trauma resulting from exposure to violence goes untreated, the risk for adverse symptoms and struggle increases during childhood and well into adulthood. Below are common issues associated with children’s exposure to violence. Click here for helpful resources from the Safe Start Center to help families, caregivers and professionals reverse the negative effects.Mixon, K. (2013). Kacy Mixon gives permission to use her personal photo.References[1] Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). (December 2012). Report of the Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence. Defending Childhood, Author. (p. 27, 85, 36)[2] Schulte, B. (July 21, 2013). Strain on military families affects young children report says. Washington Post. [3] Rentz, E.D., Martin, S.L., Gibbs, D.A., Clinton-Sherrod, M., Hardison, J., Marshall, S.W. (2006). Family violence in the military: A review of the literature. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 7(2), 93-108.This post was written by Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFT, Social Media Specialist.  She is a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

Pune civic body to blame for poor water management, say activists

first_imgThe delay in onset of southwest monsoon has aggravated the already acute water crisis in the State leading to nearly 4,000 tankers being pressed to service the parched districts in the arid Marathwada region while more than 1,000 tankers are in operation in the Pune and Nashik divisions.Activists in Pune blamed the municipal corporation for mismanagement of water resources, especially in its failure to monitor ‘authorised’ tanker supplies to areas in the grip of acute water scarcity in the district.“Despite the Pune Municipal Corporation mandating installations of general packet radio service (GPRS) systems to monitor tanker movement and closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras to keep vigil on water filling stations, they have failed to translate on ground,” said noted Right to Information (RTI) activist Vijay Kumbhar.He said of the seven authorised water filling stations in the city, a major one at the city’s Ramtekdi area which fills more than 70 water tankers daily is bereft of any CCTV system.In a bid to rein in rampant water theft, the civic body had decided to equip tankers authorised by them with GPS tracking devices. These were to be linked to a control room where the movement of these tankers would be tracked to prevent diversion of water supply.However, the Pune civic body’s control room to monitor these tankers is in a shambolic state, despite claims by PMC officials that the infrastructure was being rapidly set up.Vivek Velankar of the Sajag Nagrik Manch, a citizens’ outfit, observed that the number of tankers plying on the city’s roads had risen steadily to meet the potable water demands of the increasing population. He points out that the dramatic growth of Pune city in the past decade has rendered it impossible for the PMC to provide water to all.In April last year, Mr. Velankar’s group had discovered that monitoring equipment at four of the seven water filling stations was dysfunctional. It was only on their prompting that steps were taken by the PMC to remedy the situation.“The purpose of the GPS tracker to prevent water theft has ultimately come a cropper. While the contractor is happy that he can keep watch on his tanker, the PMC has no control on what the contractor is doing owing to poor monitoring systems. As a result, the black-marketing of water is thriving, with contractors running a merry business outside civic limits by selling water at high rates,” said Mr. Velankar. PMC officials, however, said that 80% of the 600-odd tankers authorised by them had installed GPS systems and that they had ceased supplying water to those tankers who did not have monitoring systems installed.Meanwhile, the cumulative water stocks in the four main dams – Khadakwasla, Panshet, Varasgaon and Temghar – supplying water to the city had plummeted below 3.25 TMC (thousand million cubic feet) of their cumulative capacity of 29 TMC. This is in sharp contrast to the 4.6 TMC water stock available at the same time last year.last_img read more