Animal health officials in Vietnam reported the first outbreaks of the year involving two highly pathogenic avian flu strains—H5N6 and H5N1—as five European countries reported more outbreaks of H5N8 in both wild birds and poultry.Outbreaks are Vietnam's first of 2017The H5N6 outbreak in Vietnam is the country's first since last summer, increasing the number of Asian countries reporting recent detections of the virus to seven. Other nations or territories that have reported recent H5N6 outbreaks are China, Hong Kong, Japan, Myanmar, South Korea, and Taiwan.In the latest event, the virus struck backyard birds in Quang Ngai province in the east central part of Vietnam, according to a report today from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The outbreak began on Feb 12, killing 2,000 of 6,160 susceptible birds, with the surviving ones culled to control the spread of the virus.Meanwhile, an H5N1 outbreak struck backyard birds in Bac Lieu province in southern Vietnam, the OIE said yesterday in a report. The event began on Feb 14, killing 400 of 2,785 birds in the area. Authorities destroyed the remaining poultry as part of response measures. Vietnam's last H5N1 outbreak occurred in October of 2016.Elsewhere, Taiwan, which reported its first H5N6 outbreak earlier this month, over the weekend confirmed three more outbreaks, to bring its total to 16, China News Agency (CNA) reported yesterday. The latest events include a chicken farm in Yunlin County, a goose farm in Chiayi County, and ducks at a slaughterhouse in Yilan County.H5N6 has been linked to 17 illnesses in humans, all in China.H5N8 developments in EuropeIn France, H5N8 and other strains continue in a hard-hit area in the southwest of the country that is home to foie gras production, the second year in a row the area has battled such outbreaks.Agriculture officials reported 46 more H5N8 outbreaks in poultry in Gers and Landes departments, with start dates ranging from Feb 6 to Feb 13, according to the OIE. Affected farms housed mainly ducks, but some chickens and geese were affected as well. Of 218,548 susceptible birds, the virus killed 46, and the remaining birds were destroyed.French officials also reported seven more H5N8 outbreaks in wild birds found dead in different parts of the country, including Ain department in the east central part of the country and Vosges department in the northeast. Taken together, 19 birds were found dead between Feb 3 and Feb 8, most of them mute swans.In other French avian flu developments, officials also reported four poultry farm outbreaks involving low-pathogenic H5N1, another strain authorities have been battling in the southwest. The detections occurred from Feb 6 to Feb 11 in Gers and Tarn departments.Elsewhere, four other countries in Europe reported fresh H5N8 outbreaks, according to the latest reports from the OIE:Croatia reported one more outbreak involving five wild swans found dead beginning on Feb 7 in Koprivnica-Krizevci county in the north.Italy reported another outbreak in poultry, this time at a turkey farm in Veneto region in the northeast. The outbreak began on Feb 16, killing 140 of 41,373 susceptible birds.Sweden reported two more detections in wild birds, both in Stockholm. The events involved a mute swan and a crow found dead on Feb 2 and Feb 3, respectively.Ukraine officials reported an outbreak at a zoo in the city of Mykolaiv in the southern part of the country. The facility houses 931 birds of 104 different species. The outbreak began on Feb 14, killing 10 peacocks.See also:Feb 20 OIE report on H5N6 in VietnamFeb 19 OIE report on H5N1 in VietnamFeb 19 CNA reportFeb 17 OIE report on H5N8 in French poultryFeb 17 OIE report on H5N8 in French wild birdsFeb 17 OIE report on low-path H5N1 in French poultryFeb 17 OIE report on H5N8 in CroatiaFeb 17 OIE report on H5N8 in ItalyFeb 17 OIE report on H5N8 in SwedenFeb 17 OIE report on H5N8 in Ukraine
Lawyers have finally been handed certainty on the validity of Part 36 offers after being met with differing interpretations from the High Court. Three Court of Appeal judges ruled last month in King v City of London Corporation that it was not possible to make a valid Part 36 settlement offer exclusive of interest. To do so, they agreed, would result in the offer not being compliant with Civil Procedure Rules. The dispute arose after the lawyers for the successful claimant Francis King had served a bill of costs for detailed assessment, with a Part 36 offer to accept £50,000 in full and final settlement of the costs detailed within the bill only. Crucially, the letter stated that the offer related to the whole claim for costs ‘but excludes interest’. Confusion ensued when the deputy master, upheld by the High Court, ruled that an offer exclusive of interest could not be a valid Part 36 offer. But in contrast, in Horne v Prescot (No 1) Ltd, Mr Justice Nicol held that, at least in the context of detailed assessment proceedings, an offer excluding interest could be valid. Lord Justice Newey, giving the lead judgment in King, said differing opinions had also been expressed by other costs judges, not helped by an apparent conflict on the issue between Part 36 rules and the wording of practice direction 47, which makes provision for an offer to deal with interest. The judge stated that the rules as they stand remain clear: a Part 36 offer cannot generally exclude interest. ‘Part 36 proceeds on the basis that interest is ancillary to a claim, not a severable part of it,’ he said. ‘Interest cannot be hived off. True it is that, on occasion, there may be room for substantial dispute as regards interest and that the amount at stake could be large, but the same could be said about costs.’ He added the true position was not that King’s offer was to be treated as inclusive of interest, but that it was a non-compliant offer. Lord Justice Coulson, agreeing to dismiss King’s appeal, noted that the rules requiring compliant Part 36 offers to be inclusive of all interest were ‘unqualified’. Lord Justice Arnold ‘reluctantly’ came to the same conclusion on the basis of the rules as they stand, but he noted that the issue merits further consideration by the rules committee. He said there remain arguments in favour of permitting Part 36 offers to be made exclusive of interest, and the committee could amend the rules to say so.
A group action case pitting thousands of vehicle owners against car giant VW has sparked renewed calls for a change in the law to introduce US-style ‘opt-out’ class actions. According to Slater and Gordon, one of the firms running the case on behalf of consumers, more than a million motorists could miss out on justice because of what it called ‘outdated laws’ in England and Wales. The firm said the current law, where each complainant is required to bring a case against the defendant, either individually or by joining a group action, hinders access to justice. Adopting the opt-out model applied in other common law jurisdictions would ensure victims get compensation. Only in competition claims, where companies are effectively accused of acting as cartels, do consumers in the UK qualify for without having to apply. That measure was introduced under the Consumer Rights Act 2015.Around 60,000 motorists have so far joined VW claim, Slater and Gordon said. However, it is estimated that around 1.2 million people owned the models of diesel vehicles that are the subject of the claim. It is alleged that VW deceived consumers by designing and installing an illegal ‘defeat device’ to manipulate the results of emissions tests. The device, which the claimants say was installed in certain diesel engines, detected when engines were under test conditions and turned on pollution controls that were not employed in normal driving. VW strenuously denies the claims.A deadline of 26 October has been set for claimants to register for the claim. David Barda, associate at Slater and Gordon, said: ‘The law in the UK is not keeping pace with other common law countries, including the US and Canada. UK courts do the best they can with the laws they have, and the opt-out system being used in competition claims shows there is progress being made. But it is up to the government to change the law to reduce the burden on the courts and improve access to justice for UK victims.’Barda added: ‘In the US or Australia, a small group proves the case and all other victims get a cheque in the post. It’s the most efficient way of serving justice fairly.’
BANGLADESH: Hyundai Rotem announced on October 11 that it had won a US$239m order to supply 70 diesel-electric locomotives for Bangladesh Railway. Production at Rotem’s Changwon plant in South Korea is due to begin in 2020, with deliveries due by 2023. The 19 m long, 2 200 hp locos would be used on the metre-gauge Dhaka – Chittagong route. Maximum speed would be 110 km/h. Earlier this year Rotem won a contract to supply 10 locomotives to BR for use on the same route. The South Korean manufacturer previously supplied 39 locomotives of Class 2900 to BR in 1999-2013, built under licence from EMD.
USA: Image processing specialist Ardenna has launched its cloud-based Rail-Inspector system for monitoring the condition of track and infrastructure assets using aerial survey images.Rail-Inspector is designed to process survey images and generate quantifiable track condition that can support data-driven maintenance decisions. It identifies and measures railway features, classifying anomalies and determining the health of individual assets, whilst flagging up areas of concern to decision makers. Among the track assets that can be identified are sleepers and their condition, fishplates, rail fasteners, turnout switches and crossings. The system will measure rail gauge and gaps, sleeper spacing and angle, and the presence of ballast covering the sleeper surface.Rail-Inspector has been successfully used to collect and analyse data from a variety of drone platforms, including the DJI Phantom 4, Mavic 2 Enterprise, M600 and Latitude HQ-60, with camera payloads ranging from 12 to 100 MP. It can also process imagery captured from a manned aircraft and a helicopter, while a future configuration will be able to process images captured from rail-mounted vehicles.‘Every business is looking for ways to obtain more insight into the health of their assets without impacting worker safety or operational efficiencies’, explained Ardenna’s Business Development Director David Patterson. ‘Imagery from drone surveys satisfy those requirements. Rail-Inspector takes those images, whether 10 or 10 000, and generates a comprehensive dataset, representing details associated with the track’s current health that would be impractical to obtain using other methods. By watching these track details evolve over time, trends can be identified, enabling maintenance to be scheduled and performed proactively before human or rail safety is impacted.’
38 Views one comment Share Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! EntertainmentLocalNews Six calypsonians seeking to dethrone Checko by: - February 5, 2013 Reigning Stardom King of the Tent, Abel “Checko” Jno Baptiste (file photo)Organizers of the Stardom Tent have assured patrons that this year’s Stardom King of the Tent, scheduled for Wednesday February 6th at a cost of $25.00 at the Carnival City in Roseau, will be a historic and massive one.“We expect to have a massive show and when I say massive, I mean massive in that in calypso life have never seen before, this is not an exaggeration,” Stardom Tent’s manager, Norman Letang told a special press conference on Tuesday, February 4th.Six calypsonians; Daddy Chess, Black Diamond, Karessah, Ras Kelly, Web and Ghetto Prince will be seeking to dethrone the reigning Stardom King of the Tent, Checko.The calypsonians will judged by a panel of at least three judges on crowd response, presentation, lyrics and melody.Mr. Letang noted that out of nine finalists who were selected at the calypso semi-finals on January 26th there are seven finalists from the Stardom Tent. He further noted that there is a lot of controversy in calypso. “We have Hunter who is going to sing his first song which was one of the best, and I understand he has a new song again which is more controversy. We have Scrunter who sang a new song and was booed at one stage and he is going to sing that song tomorrow I understand,” Letang said. According to the public relations officer of the tent, Leroy “Wadicks” Charles, the competition will be a historic one because it is the first time that it will be held in the Carnival City. “Seven of the competitors you will see in the grand finals, you will see them and have an opportunity to see them in their splendor going for the Stardom crown tomorrow night, we think that’s history in the making,” he said.Tickets went on sale today at a cost of $25.00 regular and VIP $40.00 and can be purchased at Bulls Eye Pharmacy, Depex Color Lab and Arturo’s in the Prevost Cinemall. The other calypsonians who will perform at the competition are Hunter, Shadow Flow, Lougas, Comforter, Explosion, Checker, Man Himself, Kris B, Della, Jamma B, Lady Star, Beno, Twana, Dyno and Son of the Saint.Asa Bantan and WCK will be guest performers at the competition which is sponsored by Digicel, Scotia Bank, Kubuli, Red Cap rum among others.The Stardom CD collection volume I will also be available for purchase at EC$30.00 at the competition.Charles made a special appeal to members of the public to purchase the authentic CD because the calypsonians expend money to produce the songs and they should to be compensated.“Quite a bit of effort and resources goes into the CD and a few Francis Drake and John Hopkins on the streets undermine the efforts of the calypsonians. Thousands of dollars go into producing those calypsos; you have to pay a writer, you have to pay the studios and you have to pay to produce the CD and there are pirates out there just waiting to undermine their efforts,” he said. Dominica Vibes News
Recent export data from U.S. Department of Agriculture officials highlighted the continued growth in export of dairy products and dairy heifers.Exports of dairy heifers in 2012 have increased by more than 34 percent through February when compared to the same period a year ago.advertisementadvertisementYear-to-date dairy heifer exports to Russia increased dramatically, increasing almost tenfold. Through February of last year, dairy heifer exports to Russia totaled only 648 head compared to this year’s 6,390 head. Turkey, a major importer of U.S. dairy heifers, saw 4,100 fewer head versus the first two months of 2011. PD—From DFA Today newsletter
FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula may finally receive some wintery weather beginning tonight according to a weather advisory put out by the National Weather Service. KSRM’s Meteorologist Sally Russell. Russell: “Winter weather advisory in affect from 4 pm this afternoon through 6 pm Friday, we could pick up anywhere from 3-8 inces of snowfall starting tonight and lasting through Friday night with the snow showers actually persisting through at least Saturday. You combine the heavy snow bands with winds anywhere from 10 – 20 miles per hour we definitely could see reduced visibility so please please be extra careful. We are expecting our snow to persist through Saturday afternoon and then we’ll see a little bit of improvement. The worst of the snowfall is expected to begin tonight and linger through much of Friday.”
The hosts hit the bar from the first attack of the game and had a legitimate goal disallowed on the stroke of half-time before Lee Tomlin skied a 67th-minute penalty.The result meant City dropped into the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone for the first time this season after Blackburn Rovers defeated fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic at Ewood Park.“I’m left frustrated,” Johnson told Bristol City Player HD. “In the first half it’s a goal, without question not a foul, and in the second half obviously we miss a penalty.“We’ve had things cleared off the line and the lads have had a right go today. On another day we win by two or three.“It was a great save to tip Tomlin’s volley on to the bar, but we just couldn’t seem to get it over the line today.“Burton had a good chance when they should’ve scored from four or five yards out, but over the balance of play we’ve had the much better ones.“I thought the fans were good today – we asked them to keep going right until the end. I know they’re frustrated with the draw, but I think they would’ve seen that we were the better side.“It’s still in our hands. We’ve got Blackburn and Wigan to play and another big game on Tuesday. We’ve still got it in us to get ourselves out of trouble, and we will.”
1080p HD Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip The University of Minnesota men's basketball team beat Utah 78-69 Monday night at Williams Arena in Dinkytown. The Gophers are now 2-0 to start the season.Gabe Kalscheur led Minnesota with 19 points, while Jordan Murphy added 11 points and 17 rebounds. The Gophers shot 52% from the floor as a team, while dishing out 20 assists to Utah's ten.The Gophers will play against Texas A&M Sunday night in Vancouver. The game can be heard on AM 1390 Granite City Sports beginning with the pregame show at 9:00 p.m. About Connatix V56892 Auto (360p) 360p 720p HD About Connatix V56892 1/1