Avian Influenza

first_imgSince Dec. 8, 2014, the United States has been dealing with an ongoing outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5. Wild waterfowl, migrating south from Canada along the Pacific Flyway, brought the virus to the U.S. While the HPAI H5 virus has caused some severe devastation for the U.S. commercial poultry industry, there have been no reports of infections in humans, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers the risk to people from this virus to be low. The first U.S. cases were identified along the West Coast — Washington, Oregon and California — in wild bird populations. Since then, the virus spread from wild birds to commercial poultry in 15 states. To date, 219 individual detections have been recorded and just over 48 million birds have been euthanized as a result of HPAI. The last detection was June 17, 2015. Most experts expect the virus to reappear when the waterfowl again begin their annual migration this winter. The original virus strain was H5N8, but it mixed with other viruses in bird populations in the flyway, and the H5N2 and H5N1 strains emerged.Nearly all previous cases of human infections with avian influenza involved close, direct contact with infected poultry, but little to no direct transmission from person to person. Humans won’t be infected with avian influenza by eating chicken or poultry products. Influenza comes in three types: A, B and C. Avian influenza is a type A influenza virus that occurs naturally in wild, aquatic birds worldwide. Type A influenza has been the source of every pandemic outbreak of flu; however, type A influenza viruses do not usually infect humans. Type C influenza causes mild disease in humans. Type B influenza causes more severe disease in humans but has never caused a worldwide pandemic. Those who get an annual flu shot might be familiar with another designation for influenza: H and N. This refers to the hemagglutinin and neuraminidase proteins that are present on the surface of all influenza viruses. These proteins are used to identify each strain of the influenza virus. The H protein also helps to determine how pathogenic, or severe, a virus may be. There are currently 16 H- and nine N-type proteins known. Avian influenza can be found in all combinations of H and N, though only the H5 and H7 subtypes can be highly pathogenic for poultry.In the rare instances in which there were reported cases of human infections with type A avian influenza, direct or close contact to live, infected poultry was identified as the originating source. The spread of type A avian influenza viruses from person to person is rare. H7 avian influenza did infect people in China in 2013 and in British Columbia, Canada, in 2015. In both cases, the people were in close contact with live, infected birds in China. Documented cases have been sporadic and not widespread. Of course, there is always a chance that type A influenza could develop the potential to infect and spread easily among humans. Extensive monitoring protocols are followed by state and national government agencies for both human and poultry infections.The current HPAI H5 outbreak in the U.S. is a concern for the commercial poultry industry, not the general population. This virus is not likely to infect people. It is being very closely monitored and all infected birds are properly disposed of and documented. For more information on avian influenza, visit cdc.gov/flu/avianflu.last_img read more

The economics of engaging employees

first_img 34SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jorge Ortiz Jorge Ortiz is the Business Development Manager of North Side Community Federal Credit Union, a small asset size CDFI credit union in Chicago, IL. At North Side, he has helped … Web: www.northsidecu.org Details By far the best marketing tool that a credit union has is their members. People are more likely to trust close friends or family when it comes to financial decision making. Nielsen reports that not only do 84% of people surveyed trust recommendations from people they know but 68% of those surveyed also report confidence in reviews from complete strangers1. This data is driven by the experience members get while using a credit union; studies also show that organizations with high employee engagement are more productive and efficient. This causes these companies to boast higher retention numbers, which avoids the costs of training new hires when employees leave2.Taking into account that bad experiences are more likely to be published online, the importance of having an engaged staff is critical to the success of the credit union because, simply put, the more the staff is engaged, the better the member experience will be. A positive + positive = positive. A study done by Pepperdine University3 explains the most successful seven ways to keep staff engaged:Set a time and method for regular updates – Communication is critical, everyone has a unique communication style and successful leaders need to understand what works best.Give employees what they want and need – Everyone’s learning curve is different, nobody should work with the uncertainty of what are he or she are doing. It is recommended that managers should give clear advice and constructive criticism.Blend work and play – Make it fun to engage – Encourage employees to think big, have them involved by asking them to provide solutions, ideas and activities to do better (Maybe, play a game)Implement incentive programs to recognize great work – These could be individual and team goalsSet attainable short-term goals – Have them develop confidence by setting easy target goals and grow then graduallyClearly define the long-term goals and vision – Employees should understand the mission and the strategic plan of the year/quarter/month.Be transparent – Manager’s actions should back their wordsEngaged employees create referrals. Referrals create highly profitable new relationships for credit unions and a well-designed referral strategy is one of the cheapest forms of member acquisition. Credit unions have strong proponents of their services already at the credit union and a properly designed member referral strategy can help credit unions to increase membership, member retention and profitability. But credit unions must formulate and then implement an effective referral strategy and not simply rely on staff using ad hoc referral methods.In my opinion, I have seen a considerable boost of engagement between members and credit union employees when they fully understand the values, mission, and vision of the credit union. Because of my understanding of the industry I have to confess that I gain more members through attending networking events rather than through the branch.   We should not assume that everyone should know what the industry you are working is all about. By spending a considerable amount of time during training on credit union principals, the employee will be impacted by the credit union culture instead of only a paycheck. https://csbcorrespondent.com/blog/value-bank-referrals-and-how-get-themhttp://news.cuna.org/articles/38666-employee-engagement-takes-teamwork https://www.ama.org/partners/content/Pages/7-ways-keep-employees-engaged.aspxlast_img read more

Vietnam reports two avian flu cases, one fatal

first_imgMar 25, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A teen-age girl with no known exposure to infected poultry has died of H5N1 avian influenza, and a 40-year-old woman has tested positive for the virus, Vietnamese authorities said today.The girl, a 17-year-old from Nam Dinh province, south of Hanoi, died yesterday, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. Officials aren’t sure how she contracted avian flu, because poultry in her village have not had the disease, said Vu Huu Viet, head of the provincial medical center.The 40-year-old woman is from Quang Ninh province near the Chinese border, the AP reported. She ate chicken on Mar 10 and began experiencing fever, coughing, and breathing difficulties 4 days later, said Nguyen Van Thich, with the province’s medical center. The woman was in stable condition in a Hanoi hospital, the story said.The cases reported today bring the unofficial overall total to 74 cases, including 49 deaths, since late 2003.In addition to the two latest confirmed cases, Vietnam continues to wrestle with a number of possible cases, although media accounts vary. Five family members from the northern port city of Haiphong were hospitalized Mar 23 with suspected avian flu, according to a Reuters report, which attributed the information to the state-run Hanoi Moi newspaper.The head of Haiphong’s health department, Nguyen Van Vy, said poultry at the family’s home had been slaughtered earlier to stop an outbreak, according to the story.In the central province of Quang Binh, media reports of about 195 sick people are prompting close scrutiny by Vietnamese officials. Provincial doctors and district healthcare center employees have examined each family in Kinh Chau village and offered guidance to improve safety, according to a story published today by Vietnam News Service (VNS).More than 1,000 poultry have been culled in Kinh Chau village as well, VNS reported.Officials have denied finding any new avian flu cases in Quang Binh since the death of a 5-year-old boy in mid-March, although VNS reported today that some residents of the village, including relatives and neighbors of the boy, remain under close medical observation. The story reported that residents are reluctant to be hospitalized.The national steering committee for preventing respiratory inflammation has asked local branches across Vietnam to promote a month-long campaign to clean poultry farms. The push is to begin next Friday, VNS reported.The disease continues to spread outside of Vietnam as well. In Indonesia, the Jakarta Post reported today that avian flu was still spreading in South Sulawesi, affecting the regencies of Sidenreng Rappang, Wajo, Soppeng, and Maros. About 128,000 chickens have been affected so far, that paper reported.In Cambodia, officials said an 18-year-old man who is hospitalized with a fever and cough is being tested for avian flu, according to an Agence-France Presse report today. Officials said the man had killed and eaten sick chickens and is from Kampot, the same province where Cambodia’s first two confirmed human cases occurred.See also:CIDRAP avian flu case-count tableshttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/avianflu/case-count/avflucount.htmllast_img read more

Valamar has opened two new five-star resorts, an investment worth almost half a billion kuna

first_imgValamar Collection Marea Suites 5 * has completed the Collection offer segment in Poreč.   Investment in Istria Premium Camping Resort, Valamar’s first large 5-star campsite and one of the best campsites in the Mediterranean, is a continuation of investment in the camping segment in the direction of high added value. HRK 280 million has been invested in Istra Premium Camping Resort in the last two years. “So far, Valamar has invested HRK 5,8 billion in Croatian tourism, including this year’s investments. As part of a three-year growth and development strategy, we have invested a total of HRK 2,5 billion in the tourism portfolio, and if we include investments in business expansion and acquisitions, more than HRK 3 billion. In addition to repositioning the portfolio according to the offer of high added value, Valamar continuously invests in the material working conditions and development of its employees, which is why it is recognized as the best employer in tourism in Croatia. This year we have created about 400 new jobs, so this summer about 7 employees will work at Valamar. “, said Ivana Budin Arhanić, Vice President for Business Development and Corporate Affairs at Valamar. “Valamar Marea Collection Resort is designed for families with children and this investment has expanded the offer of family vacations in Porec where guests will be able to enjoy V level services, luxury suites overlooking the sea, in more than 200 square meters of attractive swimming pools, newly renovated beach. restaurants, sports facilities and Maro offer for children of all ages “, said Ozren Renko, director of the new resort.  The investment is worth 140 million kuna. Construction of the Marea Collection Resort began in the fall and was successfully completed in just eight months. 25 domestic companies were engaged in the construction.   “Istra Premium Camping Resort has a large family Aquapark with as much as 1000 square meters of water surface, a large entertainment hall with a cinema, stage, children’s clubs and playrooms and Super Maro programs for children. It also has one of the most beautifully landscaped Valamar beaches overlooking the old town of Vrsar, its Piazza, restaurants, bars, V Sport Park and playgrounds, as well as glamping tents and luxury mobile homes with private pools. It is a family resort of high added value in the segment of camping products” said Lea Sošić, Product Development Director at Valamar.center_img This season, Valamar’s guests were welcomed by the fully renovated TUI Sensimar Carolina Resort by Valamar and Padova Premium Camping Resort on the island of Rab, new facilities at the Valamar Meteor Hotel in Makarska and a number of novelties at Lanterna Premium Camping Resort and Ježevac Premium Camping Resort on Krk.  This completes the three-year investment cycle in which Valamar realized as much as HRK 2,5 billion in investments and confirmed the position of the largest Croatian tourist company and the leading national investor.  With the opening of the Valamar Collection Marea Suites 5 * in Poreč and the Istra Premium Camping Resort 5 * in Funtana, Valamar presented this year’s investments worth HRK 793 million.  Photo: Valamar Rivieralast_img read more

From grime to prime

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Moscow launches digital travel permits under lockdown

first_imgMoscow authorities are launching a digital permit system to control people’s movements after warning the coronavirus outbreak has put a huge strain on hospitals.A website to apply for the passes was working Monday for people travelling by car or public transport.The permit system, which will be operational from Wednesday, may be expanded to monitor people going out  even within their local neighborhood, if needed, authorities said.  City authorities had planned to assign Muscovites scannable bar codes to check whether people adhere to strict isolation rules, but that sparked huge controversy.People would have had to apply for a QR code from officials online each time they wanted to leave their homes. The plan was eventually dropped in favor of the digital passes.Muscovites are only allowed to leave their homes to walk their dogs, take out trash and visit their nearest shop or pharmacy.  Topics :center_img Russia has declared 15,770 cases of the coronavirus and 130 fatalities, though the actual numbers are believed to be much higher.The densely populated capital with more than 12 million residents has emerged as the epicenter of the contagion with 10,158 cases and 72 deaths.Moscow has been under lockdown since March 30, but is struggling to cope with the influx of new patients and officials said that clinics were approaching their limits.last_img read more

UK’s £29bn Railways Pension Scheme names new trustee chair

first_imgPrevious experience includes 12 years as head of pensions at Network Rail, where he was responsible for the management and operation of the UK rail network operator’s defined benefit and defined contribution schemes.Hannon’s appointment will be effective from next Tuesday, 19 March. Chris Hannon has been appointed chair of the trustee board for the UK railways sector’s £29bn (€33.5bn) pension provider.  He will replace John Chilman, who will become the new chief executive of RPMI Railpen, the in-house manager for the Railways Pension Scheme (RPS), in the summer.As the new chair of the trustee board, Hannon will oversee the stewardship of RPS, RPMI Railpen, and the scheme’s pension administration business.He has been a trustee director of the RPS since 2005 and is also pensions director for the UK and European region companies of Genesee & Wyoming, a US owner and operator of freight railroads. Chris HannonTrustee director John Mayfield, who oversaw the selection process, said: “Chris’ vast knowledge and experience of the RPS and the pensions industry in general is undoubted.“His contribution since 2005 as a trustee has been enormous and we’re delighted at his appointment. He has the full support of his fellow trustees and is committed to our mission of paying members’ pensions securely, affordably and sustainably.”Hannon said: “I’m delighted to be taking up the role as chair and thank my fellow trustees for their support and confidence.“I look forward to bringing continuity of support and focus for those members, developing strong partnerships to ensure we continue to deliver against our mission.”last_img read more

Baby heart defect test ‘could save lives’

first_imgHealthLifestyle Baby heart defect test ‘could save lives’ by: – August 6, 2011 By James GallagherHealth reporter, BBC NewsThe test that could spot heart defects in newborn babiesA quick and cheap test could save the lives of babies born with congenital heart defects, doctors say.A study of 20,055 newborns, published in The Lancet, showed testing oxygen in the blood was more successful than other checks available.The researchers have called for the oxygen test to be used in hospitals across the UK.The British Heart Foundation said the test could “make a real difference” as cases go unnoticed.Congenital heart defects – such as holes between chambers in the heart and valve defects – affect around one in every 145 babies.They are detected by ultrasound during pregnancy or by listening to the heart after birth, however, the success rate is low.Decades oldDoctors at six maternity hospitals in the UK used pulse oximeters – a piece of technology which has been around for 20 years – to detect levels of oxygen in the blood.If the levels were too low, or varied between the hands and feet, more detailed examinations took place.The test takes less than five minutes and it found 75% of the most serious abnormalities. In combination with traditional methods, 92% of cases were detected.While some defects are inoperable, advances in surgery mean most can be corrected.Dr Andrew Ewer, the lead researcher at the University of Birmingham, called for the test to be adopted by hospitals across the UK.“It adds value to existing screening procedures and is likely to be useful for identification of cases of critical congenital heart defects,” he said.Dr David Elliman, from the UK National Screening Committee, said the screening programme for infants was being reviewed and “this research will form an integral part of that review”.Amy Thompson, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Early and rapid detection is key for greater survival.“Not all babies who are born with a heart defect will show any signs or symptoms, so problems can go unnoticed. This is a promising piece of research which shows how a quick and simple test could help to detect more heart defects and make a real difference.”In the US, some states have already introduced the oximeter test.Dr William Mahle, from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, and Dr Robert Koppel, from Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York, argued that: “The decision to introduce another screening assay for newborn babies is one that should be made after careful consideration.“Health-care systems in the developed world are already heavily burdened. Yet the compelling data provided [here] support inclusion of pulse oximetry into the care of the newborn baby.” Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet 20 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Bulldogs Take On Spartans In Middle School Boys Basketball Play

first_imgThe Batesville 7th Grade Boys Basketball team lost to a very talented Connersville team Monday night by a score of 46 to 16.Leading in scoring for Batesville was Lyle Oesterling with 8, He was followed by Landon Harrison, Max Baumer, Cole Pride, and Jaden Smith who all added 2.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Ben Pierson.The 8th Grade Bulldogs struggled to get anything consistent going on offense and fell to Connersville 41-26.Eli Pierson led the Bulldogs with 10. Cole Werner added 7, Travis Lecher 5, and Ean Loichinger added 4 to round out the scoring.The Bulldogs will be back in action at home tomorrow night against North Decatur as we look to get our 2-3 record back to 500.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Clint Pride.last_img read more

Athletes commend Sports Minister over payment of Relief Fund.

first_imgFollowing the commencement of payments to Nigerian athletes through the Athletes Relief Fund set up by Youth and Sports Development Minister, Mr Sunday Dare, to cushion the effects of COVID-19, commendations have poured in from the beneficiaries. Bode Abiodun said: “I want to appreciate this kind gesture from the minister for extending the palliative to us. God bless you sir. Your leadrship and abilities to get things done is an inspiration to us. May God reward you for your relentless efforts towards the athletes.” The minister floated the Athletes Relief Fund to cater for the needs of athletes following the suspension of all sporting activities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. read also:​Italy’s sports minister doubtful over Serie A restarting Chairman of Remo Stars Football Club Honourable Kunle Soname made a donation of N10m to the fund, with an anonymous Nigerian supporting with N1m. More funds are expected from other philanthropists who are already in touch with the ministry. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 In an emotional letter to Dare on behalf of Special Sports athletes, Paralympian Ifeanyi Christian wrote: “I want to thank you for all the efforts and diligence you have put in towards bettering the welfare of Nigerian athletes. On behalf of my colleagues I want to sincerely appreciate the gesture of payment of relief funds to the athletes. May God bless you as you continue to lead the campaign for the improvement of athletes’ welfare.” Speaking in the same vein, Adeseye Ogunlewe Junior said: “I wish to say a big thank you to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development for the gesture of paying N50,000 each to athletes through the Sports Relief Fund. We are most grateful.” Glory Patrick stated: “For the special joy you added into my life and those of other athletes through the Athletes Relief Fund, we say a big thank you. May God bless the minister and all those that contributed to the fund.”Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more