Avian flu reported on Texas farm

first_imgMay 28, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – A flock of 24,000 chickens at a farm in northeastern Texas was destroyed yesterday because of evidence of a new outbreak of avian influenza, according to the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC).The chickens were euthanized and buried after routine blood tests indicated the presence of an H7N3 avian flu virus, the TAHC said in a news release. Dr. Bob Hillman, TAHC executive director, said there was little evidence of increased illness or death in the flock, indicating that the virus may have low pathogenicity.”The National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, has reported the evidence of H7N3 AI [avian influenza] virus in the flock, but it may be a week or 10 days before virus isolation results are available,” Hillman stated.The last avian flu outbreak in Texas involved a highly pathogenic H5N2 virus at a farm east of San Antonio in February. About 6,600 birds were sacrificed to contain the disease, and no other cases were found in the vicinity, the TAHC said.The widespread outbreaks of avian flu in Asia this year have involved a highly pathogenic H5N1 virus. The virus jumped to humans, causing 34 documented cases and at least 23 deaths, and triggered fears of a human flu pandemic. But the virus apparently never spread directly from person to person.Hillman noted that Canadian officials are continuing an effort to eradicate an outbreak of highly pathogenic H7N3 avian flu in southern British Columbia. He called that outbreak unrelated to the Texas one.Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., owner of the flock that was sacrificed yesterday, said the birds were breeder chickens, which lay eggs for hatching. A company statement said the farm, operated by a contract grower, is 6 miles from the nearest commercial poultry farm.Pilgrim’s Pride President O.B. Goolsby said poultry flocks in Texas are tested for avian flu every 10 weeks. “As a result of this diligence, we believe that the virus can be contained, particularly since this flock is so far from any other poultry farms,” he said. He added that the company had stepped up its surveillance for avian flu after the outbreaks earlier this year in Texas and the northeastern United States.The source of the virus in the new outbreak, near Sulphur Springs in Hopkins County, was unknown, but migratory waterfowl are a natural reservoir of avian flu viruses, Hillman said.Although the virus may be low-pathogenic, it was necessary to act quickly to stamp out the new outbreak, Hillman said. He noted that avian flu does not make cooked poultry or eggs unsafe.See also:May 28 Pilgrim’s Pride news releaselast_img read more

The Museum of Illusion through the franchise model has expanded to Ljubljana and Vienna

first_imgAfter Zagreb and Zadar, the Museum of Illusion expanded through the franchise model to Ljubljana, and at the beginning of this week to Vienna.An excellent tourist story as well as quality additional entertainment and tourist content Museum of Illusion, is proof of how the business model of private museums can work, in fact, works great, even outside our borders through the franchise model. I constantly emphasize that the motive for the arrival of tourists is not accommodation, but quality, diverse and authentic content of the tourist destination.The Museum of Illusions, which has been in Zadar since last year, has proven to be an excellent tourist and entertainment attraction, and has certainly further expanded the rich tourist offer of Zadar and its surroundings. Last year in Zadar, the museum attracted about 50.000 visitors, which are excellent results, especially when we know that most visits happen during the three summer months. “Zadar is a tourist city that has more and more arrivals and overnight stays every year, so it was logical to open the Museum of Illusions in Zadar as well. The product works best in the summer months, although the museum is open all year round. Thus, the growing crowds start from April until mid-October. During the year we have various events and happenings as well as creative workshops. Everything is great, tourists are satisfied, only it is still a semi-annual product. “Points out Roko Živković from the Museum of Illusion and adds that the most important thing is that visitors leave the museum happy and smiling, and this is evidenced by the average rating on TripAdvisor, which is 4.90.It is interesting how the Museum of Illusions in Ljubljana as well as the newly opened ones in Vienna function through a franchise, and as Živković points out, there are concrete interests from other European countries as well. “We saw that there was room for expansion, and we chose the franchise model as the most acceptable to us. Through the franchise in cooperation with the partner, we offer him help through all phases, from the first contact, the book of standards, employee education, all the way to the opening and later through the entire development process. It’s been a process for a year. ”Points out Živković and adds that all four museums proved to be a hit on the market as well as the most attractive museums in their cities. But for the whole thing to be self-sustaining and successful it takes a lot of effort.As Živković points out, the business model works, but it is very tricky. “For a product to succeed, it has to be a very good story and product, good distribution, a product for a wide target group – a combination of five or six things needs to be put together, otherwise the whole story is not profitable. Also, the Museum has additional income through souvenirs and didactic toys for which we are also distributors. ”Says Živković and finally points out that further expansion is planned both in Croatia and outside the borders of Lijepa naša. The Museum of Illusion is a unique product in the world and as such provides joy and entertainment to people, and accordingly it is an excellent quality and different tourist content in each destination.It is important to point out that the Museum of Illusion is a private investment and that with their quality work they have shown how all museums should operate, especially state-owned museums that have much more resources. This is where the difference between private and state museums, which have a secure way of financing, have no imperative of earnings or how many visitors visit them, is best seen, while private museums are companies struggling in the market to survive and certainly care about every visitor and every kuna. . Yes, and in this equation it should certainly be mentioned that private “museums” have a VAT of 25% like everyone else, while State museums do not.Also, unfortunately most importantly, museums under the auspices of the State (honor exceptions) do not work on the promotion and popularization of culture and their exhibits, and often do not even work on weekends, which is absurd because they have to work on weekends for tourists and domestic visitors.Croatia – a country with “a thousand” museumsThe Illusion Museum is an excellent tourist story that has enriched the Croatian tourist offer and we sincerely hope that their success will be an incentive to open more and more specialized museums in Croatia, there is a place on the market for everyone.Our biggest tourist advantage is our incredible diversity and authenticity. And the motive of the trip is to get to know new ways and cultures of living. I wonder, why don’t we have hundreds of private museums for all our amazing tourist, historical, cultural, authentic… stories?We have to tell our authentic stories and be proud of them, museums give added value, offer quality content and tell thousands of stories about our history, culture, heritage, innovation, identity.Tourist staff and hosts – You are the ambassadors of Croatian tourismI definitely recommend you to experience the Museum of Illusions, and to your guests, both hosts in family accommodation and hoteliers, recommend the Museum of Illusions as a great tourist attraction because the motive of arrival is not hotels or apartments, but quality content and experience of the destination. Guests will be grateful and will return to their tourist destination next year to return to your accommodation.And finally, here is an “illusion”. Everything is great and everything is for five. Again we have a record tourist season, growth in the number of nights and arrivals, everything works great, everything is great… only unfortunately we never have less tourist spending.last_img read more

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Unai Emery told to sell his entire defence by Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas after Europa League final defeat against Chelsea

first_img Unai Emery press conference in Baku ahead of Europa League finalTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 18:55FullscreenUnai Emery press conference in Baku ahead of Europa League finalhttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-press-conference-baku-ahead-europa-league-final-1934134/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘I don’t think it will take £150m to get them out and rebuild and build a new dynamic back four. The genuine aspects of it is I think £60m-£70m would make it better than it currently is.‘We have a decent goalkeeper but we need pace and younger legs at the back. Bellerin and Holding will come back. It’s time to use the younger players, like Nelson and Willock. But defensively everything must be pin-pointed to sort the centre of defence and a left-back.’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 Arsenal were thrashed 4-1 in the Europa League final by Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas believes Unai Emery must rebuild almost his entire defence over the summer following Wednesday’s Europa League final capitulation against Chelsea.The Gunners ended their season on a disastrous low in Baku, conceding four goals in a 20-minute second half spell which put paid to their hopes of Champions League qualification, having conspired to miss out on a top four place in the Premier League.Emery’s side shipped 51 goals during the course of the domestic season, the same total they conceded during Arsene Wenger’s final year at the club.Nicholas believes Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin, who both missed the midweek defeat through injury, still have a part to play but stalwarts Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal, as well as expensive misfit Shkodran Mustafi, should all be sold or released during the close season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 City‘I wouldn’t keep any of the defenders. Maitland-Niles I feel sorry for because he’s not defensive-minded, he’s more of a central midfield player,’ he told Sky Sports News.‘He’s a good athlete but he’s not getting taught how to defend by these players who are on survival courses.‘Koscielny’s been in the deep end now for three years. Arsene Wenger, when he started playing Monreal at centre-back we knew Arsenal were in trouble. I’m sorry to criticise individuals because they give every ounce that they have but they’re not good defensively, I would let them all go whatever it takes. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 31 May 2019 9:43 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link106Shares Unai Emery told to sell his entire defence by Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas after Europa League final defeat against Chelsea Advertisement Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

UK highlights mammoth task for pensions in independent Scotland

first_imgIt said an independent Scotland would need to set up its own arrangement, and in doing so, establish how it would fund the body given the potential insufficiency of a levy structure in the smaller Scottish DB industry.This has long been an issue in Ireland, a market of similar size, where it was deemed unfeasible to create a protection fund due to the lack of resource available.The DWP also highlighted that an independent Scotland would need to fund a new regulator and regime, as well as decide whether to fund this through taxation or by a levy on participating schemes.The government said Scotland’s desire to join the European Union would also subject it to the IORP Directive and its stringent requirements on cross-border scheme funding, which would encompass a large number of schemes and likely lead to further closures.The UK government said an independent Scotland, in copying auto-enrolment, would face complications in funding the creation of a compliance regime and undergo the strenuous difficulties the UK did in setting up the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST).The state-backed master trust was created and funded by a government loan, after lengthy negotiations with the European Commission, over state funding for a company operating in a private market.The paper argues that Scotland would have to decide how to create an equivalent, an aim promised by the Scottish government, as well as conclude how to transfer Scottish members currently saving in NEST.In conclusion, the paper said an independent government would need to decide on its approach to funding regulations and risk-sharing among savers, schemes, employers and the government.It will also need to ensure that cross-border provisions do not create barriers to trading and business, including the fact that Scotland accounts for 24% of the workforce in the UK life and pensions industry.The DWP said the independent government would need to ensure it has the appropriate regulatory and protection regime in place to allow defined contribution members to invest.It said that, without such measures and a sound structure to fund state pensions, members could be fearful of means testing in future.In response to the paper, Scotland’s deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon told the BBC the report was another example of scaremongering from the UK government.“It is plucking figures out of thin air to try and tell people in Scotland ‘you can’t do it’,” she said. The UK government has published its views on how an independent Scotland would need to set up its own pensions system in a damning 111-page report.The Department for Work & Pensions’ (DWP) paper sets out in lengthy detail the decisions, and costs, an independent government would need to tackle.It covers the costs and complications of setting up a new regulatory infrastructure and the difficulties of setting up safe cross-border provisions, mimicking auto-enrolment, creating a new protection fund for defined benefit (DB) pensions and accounting for its share of public service pensions – to the tune of £100bn (€122bn).The report crushes previous suggestions from the Scottish government that it could remain in the current Pension Protection Fund (PPF) through a cooperation agreement.last_img read more

FX investors move nearer to potential trial

first_imgInvestors damaged by the unlawful rigging of foreign exchange markets between 2007 and 2013 have made significant progress towards recompense, following a ruling on a claim brought to the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) by former UK pensions regulator Michael O’Higgins.O’Higgins filed the action last July against Barclays, Citibank, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), JPMorgan and UBS. The action was brought by Michael O’Higgins FX Class Representative Limited, a company he set up specifically for that purpose, and is being financed by third-party litigation funder Therium Capital Management.The banks were fined more than €1bn by the European Commission (EC) in May for violating EU competition law by exchanging commercially sensitive information and trading plans for foreign exchange deals, co-ordinating their trading strategies via two cartels, the so-called “Three-way Banana Split” and “Essex Express”.But while the companies have admitted responsibility, investors who were affected have not been compensated, and this “follow-on action”, under the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (CRA), is intended to seek civil redress. At a CAT case management conference earlier this month, Mr Justice Marcus Smith set out a timetable for activity and also made it clear that the class action would not be delayed until after a similar case, “Merricks”, has been heard by the Supreme Court next May.The Merricks class action, one of the first brought under the CRA, was filed by Walter Merricks, a former financial services ombudsman, on behalf of millions of consumers who made purchases on Mastercard between 1992 and 2008. The action seeks compensation for unfair interchange fees paid by consumers on credit card transactions.The CAT refused to certify the class on the grounds that financial loss could not be determined for each individual, and also that the case was not suitable for an aggregate award because of the sheer numbers of transactions affected and the lack of data from consumers and retailers.However, this was overturned on appeal.The Supreme Court will now set the legal test for certifying the Merricks claims as eligible for inclusion in collective proceedings – effectively deciding the CAT’s remit – in a hearing next year.However, Mr Justice Smith ruled that the first hearing for the FX case, dealing with funding arrangements, will be in February 2020, with the formal application for class action certification provisionally scheduled to start in early 2021.O’Higgins told IPE: “We were very pleasantly surprised by the speed with which the court acted, and could not have hoped for better. The judge made it clear that he wanted to keep things moving on and will not delay the case for the Supreme Court ruling.”David Scott, partner with law firm Scott + Scott which is representing the claimants, said: “We feel confident that certification will be allowed. Unlike the Merricks case, the amount of loss can be accurately determined because the institutional claimants and the defendants will have records of the relevant FX transactions.”The banks concerned have already paid $2.3bn (€2bn) in damages to US-domiciled investors who sued them, following $10bn-worth of fines imposed by regulators around the world, including the US Department of Justice and the UK Financial Conduct Authority.UK-domiciled investors are automatically included in the class action, while non-UK domiciled entities may also be included on an opt-in basis as long as they are not US, Australian or Canadian domiciled. Non UK-domiciled entities will need to register their interest in the claim at www.ukfxcartelclaim.com.last_img read more

Rowan enters into new five-year loan

first_imgHouston-based offshore driller Rowan Companies has extended its liquidity runway by entering into a new unsecured five-year credit facility with its banking group. According to its statement on Tuesday, Rowan has amended the agreement governing its existing revolving credit facility and entered into a new agreement providing for an additional senior unsecured revolving credit facility.The facilities will provide for initial total borrowing capacity of approximately $1.266 billion, further enhancing Rowan’s financial flexibility, the company explained.The new five-year facility will provide borrowing capacity of $955 million. Rowan will continue to have access to its existing credit facility, which has been amended to provide for availability of approximately $311 million, with step-downs to occur over the next two years.The company added that maturity of the existing credit facility is unchanged at January 2021, while the new credit facility will mature in May 2023. The new facility includes additional guarantees from certain Rowan entities and includes certain additional restrictions on Rowan and its subsidiaries.Rowan’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Stephen Butz, commented, “We are grateful to our banking group for the confidence they have shown in Rowan and for their strong support throughout this process.“We remain committed to maintaining an attractive credit profile and a solid balance sheet and are pleased with these agreements, which will further enhance the company’s already strong liquidity position providing additional liquidity on an unsecured basis into mid-2023.”Earlier this month, Rowan posted a net loss of $112.3 million for the first quarter of 2018 compared to net income of $10.3 million in the first quarter of 2017.The company’s revenues for the first quarter of this year totaled $211.2 million compared to $374.3 million in the same period of 2017.The company’s long-term debt at the end of March 2018 was $2.5 billion.last_img read more

Barcelona coach denies humiliating Griezmann

first_img Loading… read also:Rivaldo: Messi can help Griezmann not become ‘new Coutinho’ On the result, Setien added: “It’s a shame, we have it more and more complicated. We move away from the title but we have to keep working. Atlético have been a good team.” Meanwhile, Atletico coach Diego Simeone was asked about Griezmann’s treatment. “I’m speechless,” he replied. “I have no words.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona coach, Quique Setien, defended his decision not to play Antoine Griezmann until injury-time for Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid. Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreHow Good The CGI Effects In Those Movies Were!7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopDazzling Wedding Looks From Different Countries In The World10 Extremely Gorgeous Asian ActressesPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single Movie Griezmann was facing his former club, but wasn’t seen until the 91st minute. Setien stated afterward, “I see him well, but it is necessary to decide, perhaps it was not logical to put him on, but worse was not to do it. I did not do it before because those who were on were doing well, Riqui, Messi, Suárez. Finding a place is not easy without destabilising the team. “I do not entirely agree (that it was humiliating). Putting him on with so little time is hard for a player of his level. I’ll talk to him tomorrow. I’m not going to apologise, but I fully understand that he may feel bad.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Ighalo breaks silence on Man U future

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Former Nigeria International, Odion Ighalo, has revealed that he has not received an offer from Manchester United to sign for the club on a permanent basis. Ighalo, 30, has scored four goals in eight games since arriving on loan from Shanghai Shenhua in January and United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is open to keeping the striker beyond the end of the season. United did not add an option to buy in the terms of Ighalo’s loan contract, which expires on May 31, but he is expected to stay until the end of the season after Fifa announced an extension to players’ contracts amid the coronavirus pandemic. Ighalo’s contract with Shanghai Shenhua expires next year and the Chinese Super League side have offered the Nigeria international £400,000-a-week to extend his deal. Ighalo expects to receive a permanent offer to stay at United whenever the season ends. “There is no offer on the table yet,” Ighalo revealed. “Because the season is still on and I’m yet to finish my loan deal. I don’t just take decisions alone in my life. I have a principle and I have a guideline for everything I do. I always pray to God to direct me. “I have seen so many tweets about this. I have seen so many people going crazy, [saying] ‘go back to China’, some say stay with Man United. Have you seen me say a word? I don’t have anything to say. When the season’s finished and I get two offers from the two teams, then I will sit and think about it, pray about it and whatever God says I should do, I will go with that. “I don’t just sit down and take decisions, and I don’t get carried away with whatever people say. I came to Manchester United to play for a pay cut because I wanted to. So anything could happen, but I want the season to finish and my loan to finish. Then I will see everything I have. “You don’t just rush and do things. ‘I’m going here, I’m going here’. I have to sit down and finish the season well, sit down with my agent, see what’s on the ground: A, B, C, D, is on the ground. Okay we have to pick.” Solskjaer said last month: “Odion has done really well since he came in and he’s enjoying himself, he will improve and get better. But he has qualities we saw in him and we needed and we will still need those qualities for next season. So let’s see what we will do.”Tags: ChinaContractLoan ContractManchester UnitedOdion IghaloOle Gunnar SolksjaerPlayer NegotiationsShangai Shenhualast_img read more

Ronaldinho set to be released from prison

first_imgRonaldinho and his brother Roberto de Assis are set to be released from custody in Paraguay on August 24, the date when a judge will ratify their plea bargain agreement.The ex-Brazil and Barcelona forward and Roberto were arrested in March for entering the country with false passports and spent 32 days in jail. The Ballon d’Or winner and his brother then paid $800,000 each in bail and were moved to a luxury hotel in the country’s capital, Asuncion, remaining under house arrest.They have been there ever since. Ronaldinho, 40, and his brother face up to five years in jail if convicted.The defence team recently agreed with prosecutors a guilty plea from the two brothers for entering Paraguay with fake passports and fines of $90,000 and $110,000, respectively, for Ronaldinho and Roberto.Roberto agreed to a criminal record in Paraguay, but Ronaldinho’s record will be clean there.The plea deal also stipulates that Ronaldinho can leave Brazil at any time, though he must tell Paraguayan officials how long he will be away. Roberto will not be permitted to leave Brazil for two years.The brothers must also present themselves to a federal judge in Brazil every three months during a period of two years.An investigation into possible money laundering was launched.While prosecutors have “not detected any element that proves that Ronaldinho had a direct participation in the planning of obtaining false documents,” judge Gustavo Amarilla told EFE that it was clear that the two did use a false document to enter the country.Residents of Brazil do not need passports to enter Paraguay. Ronaldinho told local authorities in a hearing that the passports were a gift from a Brazilian businessman, Wilmondes Sousa Liria, who was also jailed.While in jail, the 2002 World Cup winner was seen playing sports and having photos taken with guards.Ronaldinho admitted in April in his first interview since his arrest that he was desperate to go home.“The first thing I will do is to give my mother a big kiss,” he said. “She is at home going through a difficult time since the COVID-19 pandemic started.RelatedPosts Ronaldinho regains freedom in Paraguay Nigerians indicted in $300m ‘sweepstakes’ fraud in US, risk 40 years in jail Despite being under house arrest, Ronaldinho hosts parties with models “Then to absorb the impact that this situation has had and move forward with faith and strength.”Tags: JAILParaguayReleaseRonaldinholast_img read more