November 18

News Scan for Feb 24, 2014

first_imgH5N1 leads to 20,000 poultry deaths in VietnamSeven outbreaks of H5N1 avian flu among village flocks in seven separate provinces in northern and southern Vietnam have led to almost 20,000 new poultry deaths, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) reported on Feb 22.Flock sizes ranged from 657 to 12,941 birds, and the onset of the outbreaks varied from Feb 16 to Feb 20. The virus killed anywhere from 250 to 5,705 birds in the flocks, and in each case the remainder were culled to prevent disease spread.All told, 10,356 poultry died from H5N1, while 9,606 additional birds were culled, for 19,962 poultry deaths.H5N1 outbreaks have hit at least 18 Vietnamese provinces this year, affecting tens of thousands of poultry.Feb 22 OIE Vietnam reportIn related news, officials in India reported H5N1 in two dead house crows in the eastern coastal province of Odisha, according to a separate OIE report.The birds were found in Bileipada in the Kendujhar district of Odisha, the report said. Officials have disinfected the area in which the crows were found. India’s most recent H5N1 detection was in November 2013, according to the OIE.Feb 21 OIE India report WHO aims to vaccinate 140,000 in South Sudan against choleraThe World Health Organization (WHO) is working with the South Sudan government to provide vaccines against cholera for nearly 140,000 people living in temporary camps in the country, the agency said in a Feb 22 news release.The vaccines are from an emergency stockpile managed by the WHO and other international organizations, the first time the stockpile will be activated since it was established last year by the WHO.”Although currently there is not a cholera outbreak, people displaced by the recent conflict and living in the camps are at risk due to poor sanitary conditions and overcrowding,” the WHO said in the release.Beginning Feb 22, 94,000 people are slated to be vaccinated in the Minkaman camp, Awerial County, followed by 43,000 in camps based in Juba. All the people will eventually receive two doses of the vaccine, the WHO said.Feb 22 WHO news releaselast_img read more

October 7

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December 24

Dave Rennie: Munster clash will teach me about my players

first_img“I just see it as a chance to learn a bit more about our boys. I know we will have to be good to be competitive.”Glasgow go into the game with three wins out of three but last week’s trip to Cardiff Blues proved a tight affair, with them coming from behind to win 20-19.Rennie says it’s important to concentrate on the basics because they won’t get away with the same mistakes against Munster.“We were a bit frustrated because we created a lot of opportunities but weren’t clinical enough,” he continued. “There was plenty of heart and character in the group so we’re happy to get away with it. We’re always focusing on the basics. “We know the challenge ahead, they’re a good side, really strong defensively and can strangle you down you’re end of the field so we will have to be more clinical and accurate.”The fixture will be Rennie’s first sold-out experience of Scotstoun on a Friday evening and he’s looking forward to the atmosphere.“I really enjoyed it here against Ospreys, they were incredibly vocal. There’s some amount of seats here and the crowd are really into it. “Their support is massive and the boys really feel it on their field. It was great being in the stand experiencing that and I look forward to tomorrow.” Dave Rennie says Glasgow Warriors’ PRO14 clash with Munster will give him the chance to learn more about his players and see how they cope under pressure.The new coach, who will lead his side into their fourth competitive game since taking charge in the summer, will welcome Munster to Scotstoun for Friday’s top of the table clash.Rennie says the fixture will be a marker for how his players have settled since he began his reign because one side will have to drop points for the first time this season. “They’re a top team as Glasgow found out last year,” he said. “It will give us an idea of where we’re at from a physicality point of view, a defensive point of view and we believe the defence will come hard at us and try to strangle us. last_img read more

October 28

22 days agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer rules out Lingard for Newcastle

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer rules out Lingard for Newcastleby Freddie Taylor22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer has ruled Jesse Lingard out of this weekend’s trip to Newcastle United.The midfielder left his team down to ten men when he hobbled off in stoppage time of the 0-0 draw with AZ Alkmaar on Thursday.Speaking after the game, Solskjaer said: “Jesse Lingard felt his hamstring, I don’t think it’s too bad. “Not Newcastle but he’ll probably be ready for Liverpool.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

October 13

Grande Prairie RCMP search for missing 14yearold

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 14-year-old Jordan Morris-Harback.Jordan was last seen in the Grande Prairie area on March 20, 2019.Jordan is described as: Caucasian5’4″/100lbsDark Blonde HairBlue EyesWearing Black pants, black hoody, red and white shoes, dark blue Oiler’s ball cap.If you have any information about his whereabouts, you are asked to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img

October 12

UPDATED – Highway 97 closed south of Taylor

first_imgSTARS Air Ambulance has been called to the scene to help with those involved in the collision.STAR 5 (Grande Prairie) has been dispatched for a Scene Call Emergency in the Fort St. John, BC area.— STARS Ambulance (@STARSambulance) October 5, 2019If you are in the area, let us know what you see, email [email protected] UPDATE as of 5:10 p.m. – The highway is now open in both directions.UPDATE as of 3:50 p.m. – The highway is open to single lane alternating traffic.UPDATE as of 3 p.m. – Drivebc.ca now says the Highway is closed again in both directions.   Estimated time of re-opening Sat Oct 5 at 5:00 PM MST. UPDATE as of 2:15 p.m. – We have been told the highway is single-lane alternating traffic.ORIGINAL POSTFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Highway 97 is closed south of Taylor.The collision happened just after 12 p.m. on Saturday and the highway will be closed for an undetermined amount of time.According to Drivebc.ca, there is no estimate on when the highway will open and there is no detour around the area.CLOSED – #BCHwy97 – Vehicle incident south of Taylor Hill at the Taylor Hill Chain up area has the highway closed in both directions. Emergency crews are on scene. Assessment in progress. No estimated time of opening. Next update 2:00 PM. #TaylorBC #FortStJohn #DawsonCreek— DriveBC NE (@DriveBC_NE) October 5, 2019last_img read more

October 12

Elderly woman’s body found in Jodhpur Park

first_imgKolkata: The body of an elderly woman with injury marks on her neck was found in a decomposed state from her residence in Jodhpur Park on Thursday morning.The victim has been identified as Shyamali Ghosh (74) who according to the police was a retired stenographer. On the basis of the preliminary investigation, the police suspect that Ghosh might have been strangulated to death. The motive behind the murder is yet to be confirmed by the investigating officers. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe local residents of Jodhpur Park on Thursday complained about a foul smell emanating from the second floor of the building where the elderly woman had been living alone for some time. They informed the police who reached the spot and found that the door of her room was locked. As they broke open into the room and found the woman lying on the floor with a pillow near her body. On the basis of circumstantial evidences, police suspect that the woman might have been strangulated as there were some injury marks on her neck. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayPolice also suspect that the accused might have hit her on the head with a heavy object to ensure her death. Senior officers of the homicide department and the forensic experts visited the spot and collected samples from the room. The Joint Commissioner of Police, crime, and Deputy Commissioner South East Division also visited to the spot following the incident. The officers came to know during the investigation that the victim woman was single and lived alone in the apartment. The police suspect the woman was murdered and ruled out all the possibilities of suicide. Someone who is well -acquainted with the elderly woman might have strangulated her to death. The police are probing if some valuables are missing from her house. The investigating officers have also ruled out the possibility of the accused locking the room while leaving her flat after committing the crime. “We have started a case of unnatural death. Circumstantial evidence however suggests that there may be some foul play behind her death. The body has been sent for an autopsy. All possible angles are being looked into,” a senior officer of Kolkata police said.last_img read more

October 12

Jet pilots, engineers joining SpiceJet at 30-50% pay cut

first_imgNew Delhi: Low-cost carrier and top rival SpiceJet appears to be making the most of the crisis at Jet Airways. Spicejet is now hiring engineers and pilots at much lower pay than their current salaries at the financialy-troubled Jet. Industry sources told IANS that pilots from Jet Airways are being asked to take salary cuts of 25-30 per cent, while engineers have been advised to settle at 50 per cent of their current pay package. Not long ago, many airlines including SpiceJet were luring the same pilots and engineers with joining bonuses and better perks. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The prospect of closure is certainly one of the reasons for professionals agreeing to take salary cuts. But average salaries at Jet Airways have also been higher than the industry level,” a top aviation source said. A senior aircraft maintenance engineer who has applied to SpiceJet and Air India Express for a job said that he has got an offer in the range of Rs 150,000 to 200,000 a month while his current cost to company (CTC) at Jet Airways is nearly Rs 400,000 a month. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”The offer is much lower. It will certainly be a forced choice. We are hoping that some investor would take over Jet and our salaries will remain protected,” he said. A SpiceJet executive said that the budget carrier was offering salaries based on their own structure and not the highly inflated one paid by Jet Airways. A senior commander with Jet Airways said that pilots with 4-5 years of experience are going to other airlines as they are feeling the pinch of salary delays. “They have loans and other financial commitments so they are looking for places where there is certainty of jobs and timely salary payment. Not many senior level pilots have so far left Jet Airways. They are reluctant to go to either SpiceJet, IndiGo or Air India Express as they feel their seniority and salary will be impacted. They do not want to sign 3-5 year bonds,” he said. The flying veteran noted that many co-pilots who do not have much experience generally get about Rs 2.9 lakh salary month at Jet Airways, and they are willing to join other airlines for even less than Rs 2 lakh a month. Among various domestic airlines, only Air India Express and SpiceJet operate Boeing fleets, apart from Jet Airways. Those operating Airbus aircraft fear huge conversion costs for both pilots and engineers and are, thus, reluctant to hire the technical personnel from Jet. “We will have to train them for flying and maintenance of Airbus aircraft. In case of pilots, it will need six months of training, while for engineers the reskilling would take 3-4 months. This means the salary for entire training period will be a huge cost for us,” said an executive of a private airline operating Airbus planes. But aviation experts feel that the current situation is temporary and it will normalise once Jet gets back on its feet. “This is an unusual situation because Jet Airways remains almost grounded. Normally, supply and demand have been in favour of pilots and engineers. Now, it depends on how quickly Jet restarts again. If that happens things will stabilise. I won’t be surprised if many pilots and engineers go back to Jet,” said Rajan Mehra, a veteran aviation professional and Chief Executive Officer Club One Air. Saddled with mounting debt and losses, Jet Airways is fighting for its survival. The airline is in gradual descent and staring at closure with nearly 90 per cent of its fleet on the ground.last_img read more

October 12

Moral decisions linked to brain activity

first_imgWhat makes our decisions morally just or objectionable? It is the brain activity that is responsible for the differences in our moral behaviour, reveals a new study. “Our study demonstrates that with moral behaviour, people may not in fact always stick to the golden rule. While most people tend to exhibit some concern for others, some others may demonstrate ‘moral opportunism’, where they want to look moral but want to maximize their own benefit,” said lead author Jeroen van Baar, a postdoctoral research associate at Brown University, US. For the study, published in Nature Communications journal, researchers developed a computational strategy model to examine the brain activity patterns linked to the moral strategies. The team tried to determine which type of moral strategy the participant was using – inequity aversion; guilt aversion; greed or moral opportunism. The study showed that people used different moral principles to make their decisions and also changed their moral behaviour depending on the situation. “Our results demonstrate that people may use different moral principles to make their decisions, and that some people will apply different principles depending on the situation,” said Chang.last_img read more