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Bali confirms swine fever outbreak amid numerous pig deaths

first_imgRead also: ‘It’s safe to eat pork’: Bali launches campaign against swine fever outbreak with delicaciesHe added that the agency had conducted laboratory tests on blood samples taken from the dead pigs. The tests were conducted at a veterinary laboratory in Medan, North Sumatra because it has more equipment than the ones in Bali.North Sumatra also has more experience in identifying pig diseases following an ASF outbreak that killed more than 50,000 pigs across the province last year.Read also: Hundreds of pigs in Bali killed by mystery disease According to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), ASF is caused by “a large DNA virus of the Asfarviridae family”. While ASF is not a risk to human health, the disease can transmit to other pigs through direct and indirect contact, such as through “ingestion of contaminated material”.According to the agency, at least 888 pigs have died from the disease within the last two months. Badung regency recorded the highest number of deaths with a total of 598, followed by Tabanan with 219, Denpasar with 45, Gianyar with 24 and Bangli and Karangasem with one each.Ida said the outbreak in Bali was triggered by pig farmers being negligent while feeding their livestock.“We suspect that those pigs were infected by ASF because many farmers gave them spoiled leftovers and raw food material from hotels without cooking it first,” he said.The agency had issued a circular in December regarding the numerous pig deaths across Bali, warning farmers not to feed their livestock with leftovers and raw food material from hotels. Should they not have other choices, the agency suggested farmers boil the food first.Read also: Save Pigs campaign kicks off in North Sumatra following African swine fever outbreakResponding to the outbreak, Ida said that his office had been working hard to prevent its spread. The agency recorded that the pig population across the resort island can reach up to 800,000.“We are working to raise farmers’ awareness [of the disease]. Hopefully, they can ramp up biosecurity by keeping pig cages clean. This way, they won’t suffer worse loss,” Ida said, adding that the agency had distributed free disinfectant to farmers.The agency claimed success in preventing the disease from spreading further as it recorded zero pig deaths in the last six days.The authorities said they believed that the outbreak would not affect Bali’s tourism industry, as ASF is known only to infect pigs.“There are no cases of transmission to humans. It’s not a zoonosis,” Bali tourism agency head Putu Satawa said. “I am confident this will not have impact on the tourism sector.”Badung Hotel and Restaurant Association chairman IGN Rai Suryawijaya echoed Putu’s confidence: “People know that the swine fever cannot infect humans.” (kuk)Topics : Balinese authorities have confirmed that the resort island has been plagued by African swine fever (ASF) following the deaths of nearly 1,000 pigs in the province over the past few months.Despite the outbreak, authorities claim they have successfully contained the spread of the disease, as there have been no more pigs dying in the last few days.“The pigs died because of the African swine fever,” Bali agriculture and food security agency head Ida Bagus Wisnuardhana told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Cycling ace Cavendish opens up about battle with depression

first_imgTopics : The Tour is due to start on June 27.Cavendish, though, is just happy that should the Tour go ahead he will be in a healthy state of mind for the challenge facing him.”It’s not just been my physical health which has been dealt a blow over the last couple of years,” he told The Times.”I’ve battled quite hard with depression during this time British cycling superstar Mark Cavendish says he has successfully come through a two-year battle with clinical depression revealing on Monday he was “dark” but is now on the “other side”.The 34-year-old is just four stage wins shy of equaling Belgian legend Eddie Mercx’s record of 34 stage victories in the Tour de France.However, with the coronavirus pandemic playing havoc with the sporting calendar — both Euro 2020 and the Olympics have been postponed for a year — there is no guarantee the Isle of Man-born rider will get a chance to have a go at the record this year.center_img “I was diagnosed with clinical depression in August 2018.”Cavendish said he refused to take anti-depressants but did seek expert counseling. “I didn’t take any medication,” he said.”Like, this isn’t the time or place — we’ll do a thing on it at some point — but I received help.”I was dark. And I’m on the other side, thank you.”Well, as much as I can be. I think I’ve come out of that. And it’s nice to have come out of that.”And to look for the positives.”Not many positives can be taken from the coronavirus pandemic but Cavendish has found one.He is presently back at home in the Isle of Man having agreed like his Bahrain McLaren team-mates to take a wage deferral for three months the size of which is dependent on income and individual circumstances.”It could have been easy for me to go through my whole career and only see the kids once they’re teenagers,” said the father of three and who has a stepson.”So to be able to absorb this… to be able to do what mums and dads do, it keeps me happy, it keeps me super motivated, and it keeps me sane I guess.”His old mentor Rod Ellingworth believes Cavendish was not far off the form of his peak year in 2016 when he won four stages on the Tour de France.Ellingworth should know as the two have been reunited with Cavendish at the Bahrain McLaren team. “His form is not like 2016 but he’s getting there,” said Ellingworth, who is the team general manager.”If that was 10 out of 10, he’s somewhere like seven at the minute.”He came to us one or two out of 10, that’s physical, mental and the passion for it.”So he’s progressing really well.”last_img read more

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Weekly Update: Creating New Jobs, Combatting the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic, and Improving Education Standards

first_img The Blog,  Weekly Update This week, Governor Wolf wrote a letter to President Trump asking for more federal support to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic. Since taking office, the governor has expanded access to naloxone for schools, first responders and emergency personnel, provided funding for 45 Center of Excellence, and launched a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Just last week, he declared this epidemic a statewide disaster emergency. This week’s letter to President Trump stresses the need for more funding to continue to combat substance abuse disorder in the commonwealth, as well as the need to work together to save lives and protect communities.Continuing his jobs that pay initiative, the governor outlined his proposal to modernize Pennsylvania’s outdated overtime rules. The new rules will phase in over four years, and increase the salary threshold that requires employers to pay overtime to most salaried workers. When fully implemented, these modernized rules will increase the wages of half a million salaried workers in Pennsylvania.“It’s simple, if you work overtime, then you should get paid fairly for it. This important step will put more money into the pockets of hardworking people and will help expand the middle class in Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said.On Thursday, Governor Wolf announced that VF Corporation will expand into Pennsylvania, creating more than 175 new jobs in Lebanon County. Later that day, the governor also received news that Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are two of 20 cities being considered for Amazon HQ2. Amazon is expected to invest over $5 billion in construction and create as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs for the location the company chooses. The governor will continue to work with both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia to demonstrate to Amazon that Pennsylvania is a tremendous place to build a business, equipped with a skilled workforce characterized by a combination of education and experience.“It is no surprise that Pennsylvania’s two world-class cities have made the shortlist for Amazon’s HQ2,” said Governor Wolf. “Pennsylvania’s strategic location in the heart of the East Coast, nationally ranked educational institutions, and a workforce equipped to support future growth makes it prime for Amazon’s second headquarters in North America.”Education is a key to our successful workforce, and this week Governor Wolf announced federal approval of the commonwealth’s most comprehensive federal education blueprint since 2002. Pennsylvania’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides critical resources to schools and a flexible framework through which teachers can teach and students can learn. The governor will continue to invest in Pennsylvania’s schools so students have training to obtain good paying jobs in the commonwealth.Governor Wolf’s Week, January 14, 2018 – January 20, 2018Tuesday, January 16, 2018Governor Wolf Asks President for More Federal Support to Fight the Opioid EpidemicGovernor Wolf Announces $1 Million in Funding to Expand Ronald McDonald House in West PhiladelphiaWednesday, January 17, 2018Governor Wolf to Modernize Outdated Overtime Rules to Strengthen the Middle Class and Provide Fairness for WorkersPennsylvania’s Every Student Succeeds Act Plan Receives Final ApprovalThursday, January 18, 2018Governor Wolf Announces VF Corporation to Expand into Pennsylvania, Creating More than 175 New JobsGovernor Wolf Statement on Two Pennsylvania Cities Making Amazon ShortlistGovernor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff to Honor Fallen United States Marshals Service Deputy Christopher David HillFriday, January 19, 2018Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf, Minnesota Gov. Dayton Make Sweet Bet on Vikings-Eagles GameHighlights from TwitterPennsylvania’s overtime rules haven’t changed in more than 40 years and workers are paying the price. I am taking this action to ensure hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians who work more than 40 hours a week for the same job receive the overtime pay they have earned. https://t.co/vbj5YyJU3h— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) January 17, 2018 #PAproud that @Amazon has chosen both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia as finalists for #HQ2. Learn more about why the Keystone State is a prime location for Amazon’s new home: https://t.co/JH1FoiR1uS— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) January 18, 2018 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Weekly Update: Creating New Jobs, Combatting the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic, and Improving Education Standards January 19, 2018last_img read more

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Dubai-based driller gets green light for Oslo listing

first_imgOffshore Energy Today Staff Dubai-based shallow-water driller Shelf Drilling is set to get listed on the Oslo stock exchange (Oslo Børs), following an approval given on Tuesday by the stock exchange.Founded in 2012, the company today operates a jack-up rig fleet across the Middle East, Southeast Asia, India, West Africa and the Mediterranean.As for the date of the Oslo listing, the Chief Executive Officer of the Oslo Stock Exchange determines the date of the first day of listing, which is to be no later than 3 August 2018, Oslo Børs said in a statement on Friday.Shelf Drilling revealed its Oslo listing plans earlier this month. The company said it planned to conduct an initial public offering (“IPO”) and a listing of its common shares on the Oslo Stock Exchange.“Subject to receiving the relevant approvals from the Oslo Stock Exchange and favorable equity capital market conditions, the IPO is expected to be launched during June 2018,” the company said early in June.The offshore driller said it would use the net proceeds from the offering to finance the company’s fleet expansion, redemption of all or parts of the company’s preferred shares and for general corporate purposes.“The Company is in discussions with multiple parties for the potential purchase of one or two modern, premium jack-up rigs. These jack-up rigs are generally of comparable designs to one or more of the Company’s existing premium jack-up rigs,” Shelf Drilling said.Shelf Drillings specializes in shallow water offshore drilling, providing of equipment and services for the drilling, completion, and workover of offshore oil and natural gas wells.The company then said it would make further announcements relating to the IPO “in due course.”last_img read more

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Southeastern Indiana schools receive Stop the Bleed kits

first_imgVersailles, IN—Thursday, several school corporations attended the countywide school safety committee meeting by Ripley County EMS (RCEMS), along with the Ripley County Health Department (RCHD) at the Southeastern Career Center. RCEMS along with the RCHD had identified grant dollars to purchase bleeding control kits or ‘Stop the Bleed’ (STB) kits for school corporations throughout Ripley County. Each school corporation in attendance took back five bleeding control kits for each of their buildings. The remainder of the kits will be distributed soon.last_img read more

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Millen happy to sign off with draw

first_img The Eagles are due to appoint a new boss next week, with Wales chief Chris Coleman and former Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka thought to be the frontrunners to take over from Ian Holloway following his departure last month. But in the meantime Millen was in charge as Palace ended a run of seven consecutive defeats. Keith Millen signed off as caretaker Crystal Palace manager with a smile on his face after a goalless draw with Everton. They probably should have registered only their second win of the season but Kagisho Dikgacoi, Marouane Chamakh and Jerome Thomas missed gilt-edged chances. Nevertheless, Millen said: “I’ll certainly walk out with a smile on my face. “We got what we deserved, in fact if we were being greedy we should have taken all three points with the chances we had, and if you are being critical we have to take them. “But I’ll never criticise players for missing chances. I asked them to be brave on and off the ball and they were. “The belief is there, you can’t ask for any more except to take your chances, that’s the level we are at.” Dikgacoi was the first to fluff his lines when he made an almighty mess of a free header four yards out. Then Chamakh headed wastefully wide from right in front of goal, and in the second half Thomas found himself one-on-one with Tim Howard. The winger’s chip beat the advancing keeper, but unfortunately for Palace it also cleared the frame of the goal and another chance went begging. It means whoever takes over from Millen will inherit a team rock-bottom of the Barclays Premier League. And Millen insists he is still in the dark about who will get the top job. “I’ve not been involved in any discussions about names,” he added. “But we’ve got Hull next and I haven’t planned that far ahead.” Everton put in a strangely subdued display for a side with a chance to climb into the top four and have now drawn a blank in successive matches. They did have a chance to snatch victory late on when Phil Jagielka met a corner from Leighton Baines but his header crashed back off the crossbar. Everton’s fans were therefore left frustrated at the final whistle and defender Sylvain Distin appeared to have a heated conversation with some of them, although he later tweeted: “I was speaking to one single person and he knows who he is as I spoke to him face to face.” And manager Robert Martinez said: “If you played that game 10 times we would have won it nine times and maybe drawn it once. “We have lost one in 11 and it’s a good start. Today’s performance was more about the banana skin that you come to Palace and everyone expects you to win, but I think we did a good job. “There are no easy games. “Palace were set up to be difficult to break down and hit you on the counter-attack. It was always going to be one of those days, if the ball hits the crossbar and goes back in that was the difference between getting the three points or not. “We always want to find a way to break teams down but I have seen many times you get done on the counter-attack or by a set-piece, and I was very pleased we did not allow that to happen.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Porterfield blasts ICC plans

first_img Ireland have beaten Test-playing countries at each of the last three World Cups, including a famous run chase against England in 2011 and another against West Indies to begin their campaign this year. But Porterfield worries Ireland, and others, will have minimal opportunity to qualify for the tournament next time – because they are granted so few fixtures against teams they need to beat. “It’s a decision that not only I but a lot of other people completely disagree with,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live. “If you look at any other sport around the world, they’re looking to expand and develop. “The way the ICC are going… they don’t seem to be doing that really.” Instead, after this week’s remarks from ICC chief executive David Richardson, Porterfield senses financial considerations are over-riding any intention to make cricket a truly global sport. “Cutting teams is not the way forward,” he said. “It’s only full members, pretty much, they’re giving the opportunities to – it may as well be a members’ cup, as opposed to a World Cup.” Ireland reached the second stage of the 2007 World Cup, and narrowly missed out on a last-eight place in the current edition. “That’s what everyone wants to see,” said Porterfield. “Nobody wants to see the favourites just go out there and dominate a competition. “I think how we’ve done, and what we’ve shown over the last few years, merits a place at the World Cup. “But the ICC just seem to be shutting doors in your face really. “The last four years between World Cups, we’ve played nine games against top-10 teams. Even if we’d won every single game we played, we still can’t break in – so that’s what we’re up against.” Porterfield fears not just for Ireland’s future, but that of many aspiring nations. “It’s almost getting to the stage of ‘What’s the point?’ for a lot of the teams,” he added. “If you keep closing the door, they can’t get on to the world stage. “I’d like to know what his [Richardson’s] vision for the game is. “It’s not just Ireland here – we’re talking about a global game. “This is the International Cricket Council. If his vision for the game is to shrink it and make as much money for the top few nations as possible, then come out and say that. “It’s frustrating when we keep doing everything that’s asked of us by the ICC, and then they keep slapping you in the face with decisions like this.” Ireland captain William Porterfield fears the International Cricket Council will be running a competition for ‘members only’ rather than a proper World Cup if it presses ahead with streamlining plans. Press Association The ICC remains committed to reducing the number of teams competing in the next World Cup, in England in 2019, to 10 rather than the 14 who took part in the ongoing one in Australia and New Zealand. Porterfield is tempted to ask himself “What’s the point?” in continuing on that basis, as the world governing body is effectively “shutting doors in the face” of improving associate nations like his own. last_img read more

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Florida man stabs pregnant woman in the stomach; baby not expected to live

first_imgAuthorities in Miami are reporting that a pregnant woman most likely will lose her unborn child after a man chased her down with a kitchen knife and stabbed her in the  abdomen.The incident occurred Saturday around 7:00 pm in the area of Northwest 79th Street and 31st Avenue.According to the report, the suspect, 40-year-old Jeremiah Sneed drove around the area searching for the victim. When he located the victim, he then began following her in his car before chasing her on foot with a kitchen knife. Once Sneed caught up to the victim, he then stabbed her in the abdomen and fled the scene.The victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition, however, doctors say her unborn baby was seriously injured due to the incident and most likely will not survive.Sneed was later located by police and taken into custody. He has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery on a pregnant victim with a deadly weapon and taken to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center where he is currently being held without bound.The relationship between Sneed and the victim is unclear.last_img read more

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City Thrash Spurs to Extend Win Record

first_imgManchester City racked up a 16th consecutive Premier League win as the runaway leaders routed Tottenham 4-1, while Mesut Ozil’s stunning strike fired Arsenal to a 1-0 success against Newcastle on yesterday.Ilkay Gundogan opened the scoring at Eastlands before Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling netted after the interval to ensure City opened up a 14-point lead over second placed Manchester United, who face West Bromwich Albion today. Having set the Premier League record for successive wins in their midweek triumph at Swansea, Pep Guardiola’s side now have their manager’s personal bests in their sights.City’s 16-match winning run in the league equals Guardiola’s second longest streak as a boss — with Barcelona in 2010-11 — and moves them within three of his career-high 19 successive victories with Bayern Munich in 2013-14.With the title race turning into a lengthy coronation for City, it would be easy for the leaders to take their eye off the ball, but they were always in control against a Tottenham team who once again flopped in an away game against top-six opponents.Germany midfielder Gundogan put City in front in the 14th minute with a stooping header from Leroy Sane’s cross. De Bruyne made it two with a blistering finish from Gundogan’s pass in the 70th minute.Gabriel Jesus squandered a chance to make it three when the City forward hit the post with a penalty awarded for Jan Vertonghen’s foul on De Bruyne.But Sterling scored with an 80th minute tap-in and then punished a mistake by Tottenham’s Eric Dier to claim his 15th goal of the season.Christian Eriksen’s stoppage-time goal for Tottenham couldn’t take the gloss off another City masterclass.At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea beat Southampton 1-0 to stay 14 points behind City and draw level on points with United. After a tame opening from the champions, Antonio Conte’s side finally opened the scoring in first-half stoppage-time.Marcos Alonso provided the breakthrough, the Spanish wing-back curling a free-kick past flat-footed Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster from 35 yards.Chelsea have won eight of their last 10 league matches, but City remain out of reach.“When you do not score the second goal, you have to suffer. You are afraid at every corner and free-kick,” Conte said. “We dominated the game, shooting 24 times, but we needed to score the second to be relaxed.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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USC is top contributor for Teach For America Corps

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Andie FurberBefore alumna Andie Furber came to  USC, she had never considered teaching as a career. But she fell in love with working with kids after joining Troy Camp her freshman year, and now, she’s one of 29 recent USC alumni to join Teach for America in 2017.This year, USC joined the list of top university contributors to the Teach for America corps, with 29 class of 2017 graduates entering the program.Teach for America is an organization with a mission to recruit recent college graduates, who will commit to at least two years of teaching students in a low-income community school. The organization aims to increase educational equity among all students.As a camp counselor her freshman year, Furber volunteered at an after-school tutoring program on Thursdays. “Every single Thursday, when I got to see [my kids] was the best thing I could ever do with my time,” Furber said. “Then I went to camp that May and I had my first cabin of third graders and that started the whole love of working with kids for me.”Furber added that Troy Camp introduced her to her interest in teaching, particularly in South Los Angeles, where she was able to form relationships with her students. Through Teach for America, she is now working in a special education class of third- fourth- and fifth-grade students in the same area. “I was really involved in Troy Camp and especially love working with kids in south L.A. in particular because I think you have potential for a lot more impact and the kids really need that strong support system,” Furber said. “I was really excited about working in this community and staying in [Los Angeles].”Furber graduated from USC in May, attended her final Troy Camp, and then went to Phoenix for five weeks of Teach for America training, where she taught 9th grade summer school in the mornings and attended classes with TFA staff in the evenings.“I taught them geometry and they had to pass my class to get to 9th grade,” Furber said. “I got very lucky with a really wonderful class, but it was very different from what I’m doing now. I came into special [education] in particular kind of blind, and that was a little bit overwhelming, too.” Furber just finished her ninth week of school, teaching a class of 14 students. She said her experience has been overwhelming but very rewarding. “Every day is different and there’s a lot of things that come with teaching, especially teaching special ed,” Furber said. “I have some really wonderful kids. Today I had to leave for like an hour to go to a meeting and they said, ‘We’ll miss you!’ They’re super sweet and wonderful and I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing and it’s incredibly stressful, but a really wonderful experience and I really can’t think of anything else I’d be doing.”Furber said she is not surprised about USC’s new status as a top contributor to the TFA corps and is proud that students want to be involved. “It’s very like USC to have so many people who are interested in doing good, especially doing something good for the community we live in,” Furber said. “It makes me really proud, too, because I always said when I was a USC student that I don’t feel like people take enough advantage of the community we live in.”TFA’s USC recruitment manager and alumna Elizabeth Adabale said that the corps provides students who are passionate about making an impact and creating social change in a meaningful way, which is why so many USC students choose to join.“I think that at a school like USC, even though we’re a research university, it can feel very pre-professional and a lot of students are like, ‘I have to go into the corporate sector right away,’” Adabale said. “But more and more students that I’m meeting with are realizing that there’s only few opportunities to really give back, and education is at the foundation of a lot of social issues that people care about.” Adabale said that TFA is not just a two-year teaching commitment — it’s a lifetime commitment to social change, and corps members are able to continue to make an impact once they’re out of the classroom. “Part of our organization’s mission is how do we help mobilize our alumni to continue their impact in whatever sector they choose,” Adabale said. “We have connections to graduate school programs as well as connections to corporations, and it allows for our alumni to continue impacting education outside of the classroom. That’s really what it’s going to take to create the systemic level of change that we’re looking for and to provide educational equity to students that need it the most.”Adabale joined the corps after graduating from USC in 2013 and taught 11th grade biology in Los Angeles. Motivated to continue working within education but on a larger scale, she decided to apply for the role of recruitment manager. “I’m also from Los Angeles, so I definitely had a lot of frame of references, but it was definitely an eye-opening experience to learn more about our country and the things that are happening in our community,” Adabale said. “I would just encourage students that are passionate about service and social impact and are looking for a unique and incredible way to launch their career and to be a part of a movement of people that are dedicated to equity for all to look more into Teach for America and see if this is something that you might want to pursue.”last_img read more

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