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

Heineken Golf tourney set for Saturday

first_imgThe highly-anticipated Heineken Golf tournament will tee off on Saturday, July 28 following some overtime work by the Lusignan Golf Club (LGC) groundsmen.Unexpected rainfall last week left golfers chomping at the bit as the tournament was postponed at the very last minute. However, with perfect weather expected all week, it is certain that all the top players including defending eight-time Guyana Open Champion Avinash Persaud; former two-time Guyana Open Ladies Champion, Dr Joann Deo; Lusignan Open Champion Papo Haniff and others.Other high-profile golfers expected to be on show include: LGC President Aleem Hussain, Patrick Prasad, Ian Gouveia, Kassim Khan, Richard Hanif, Paton GeorgeLGC President Aleem Hussain and Heineken Brand Manager Darshanie Yusuf during the official launchand strong challengers from Team Banks DIH, Team Scotiabank, Team Crown Mining, and Team Macorp who will be vying for the top honor.ANSA McAL is the distributor of Heineken, a global leading beer brand, and has been a staunch supporter of the LGC and the game for more than a decade, and Brand Manager Darshanie Yusuf has pledged the company’s continued involvement in the years ahead.Yusuf expressed her satisfaction at the growth of the game and the interest it has drawn in recent months. “Golf has become the talk of the town and with the addition of free lessons for beginners and summer programmes for children, we feel that golf will dominate the sports landscape in the years ahead,” she said.The LGC President and members of the Executive Committee expressed their continued gratitude to ANSA McAL, long-time corporate sponsor and active members of the LGC, and stated that without the support of Managing Director Troy Cadogan, a lot of the plans for 2018 would not have been possible.Trophies for the top two players in each category along with prizes for Best Gross score, Nearest to the Pin and Longest Drive (for which Managing Director Troy Cadogan is a strong contender) will be up for grabs and a variety of prizes will be available for players and spectators throughout the event.Tee-off time is set for 12:30h, and the public is urged to join the great atmosphere with Team Heineken who will be on hand to encourage the players, give away prizes and promote Heineken drink specials all day long and to make sure that everyone has a grand time.last_img read more