first_imgJun 16, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – When avian flu struck a poultry flock in Denmark last month, the owners waited 2 weeks to notify authorities, thereby increasing the risk of human infection, according to a report in the Jun 15 Eurosurveillance Weekly.The outbreak, which thus far is Denmark’s only one in domestic birds, began in a backyard holding in Funen county on May 3 with the death of four birds out of 102 free-ranging poultry on the farm. It peaked May 5 and 6, when 30 birds died, and ended May 12, according to the report.The outbreak killed 47 birds, all of which were in one flock of 50 birds on the backyard farm. Three other flocks in different areas of the farm were unaffected.Veterinary authorities were alerted the evening of May 17, and avian flu was confirmed May 18.In the meantime, according to the report, the two farm owners had close contact with the birds, including culling sick birds without wearing masks or gloves. They reported getting bird blood on their bare hands in the process.In addition, the farm had visitors on several occasions during the outbreak, and three visitors bought eggs for home cooking during this time.”Avian influenza A/H5N1 is currently not a very contagious virus for humans,” the report says, “but there is a small and real risk of infection for people who have close contact with sick birds.”All the people who might have been exposed to avian flu virus during the outbreak took oseltamivir for postexposure prevention. Fortunately, follow-up with farm owners, visitors, and others who might have been at risk has revealed no signs of avian flu.”At present,” the report states, “it is impossible to know whether avian influenza H5N1 has become endemic in Danish wild birds, or if it has not, whether it is likely to be reintroduced later.”It is therefore important to maintain timely surveillance, preparedness, and communication lines between relevant stakeholders.”Molbak K, Trykker H, Mellergaard S, et al. Avian influenza in Denmark, March-June 2006: public health aspects. Eurosurveill 2006 Jun 15;11(6):E060615.3 [Full text]last_img read more


first_imgHotel Esplanade is determined to implement good practices with this strategy, with the support of WWF, and thus reduce the amount of organic waste it generates through business. Throwing food is a big economic problem for the economy, but also for consumers. Encouraging hotels to make a change is not only a step towards raising their awareness, but also towards raising awareness of this problem which, ultimately, every individual should be aware of. “At WWF, the fight against food waste is very important to us and we want to encourage a change in behavior in our hotels. Our longtime partner, Hotel Esplanade, has recognized this project and started implementation with the aim of reducing food waste. According to the first data we received after the measurement, we saw where significant changes should be made, and the hotel staff was convinced not only of the environmental, but also of the economic benefits. We believe that with this example we will inspire other hotels in the region to dare to fight against excess food leftovers.”, Points out Fabijan Peronja from WWF Adria. It is estimated that around 88 million tonnes of food are thrown away in Europe, while 1/5 of the population is at risk of poverty. The amount of food thrown away globally is more than enough to feed every hungry person on the planet. In the last 40 years, the amount of food wasted has doubled. More than 50 million tonnes of fruit and vegetables grown in Europe are discarded each year just because they are distorted or the wrong size. These are just some of the worrying facts that prompted Zagreb’s Esplanade to be the first hotel in Croatia and the region to join WWF’s global Food Waste project in an effort to reduce food waste and reduce its harmful impact. to the environment and planet Earth. “It has been noticed that guests often take a lot more food than they consume, so tens of kilograms of food are thrown away every day. The buffet offers a sumptuous offer of attractive dishes, so it is understandable that guests want to taste as much of what is on offer. But the hotel regularly replenishes food, so it won’t happen that some dishes disappear during breakfast or an event. In this case, the hotel will overdo food by trying to encourage customers to choose the right food for their events through customized communication, but also encourage guests to take food in smaller portions on several occasions to really consume what they take. In the same way, the hotel will encourage the staff to adjust the consumption of food to their needs, in order to reduce food waste in that area as well. In addition, the hotel has a special approach to the organization of food preparation, taking into account the forecast of consumption according to the number of guests, their profile and, for example, nationality, which is especially useful for dishes that take a long time to prepare such as štruklji, desserts, bread and etc. We believe that after informing the guests and educating the staff, the new measurements will give surprisingly positive results. Through this initiative, we think and act concretely for a better future for all of us”Grgic points out. Reducing the amount of food waste is a major challenge in the quality management of the food and beverage sector in the hotel industry. Waste with its huge amount and pollution in the world is not only a very serious environmental problem, but also a very sensitive social factor. Chef Ana Grgić and her team “Through its responsible business and waste management program, Hotel Esplanade has been striving for many years to properly and efficiently manage food in the process of procurement, food preparation and recycling of food waste, but through this initiative the intention is to further encourage the highest possible use of food in kitchens and restaurants. Through employee training and through informative and educational messages aimed at guests, we will try to point out this global problem. Of course, we want to encourage other individuals and institutions to move in that direction”, Pointed out the General Manager of the Esplanade Hotel Ivica Max Krizmanić and added that the Esplanade Hotel strives towards a ‘zero food waste’ strategy. “This project is challenging, certain changes in the patterns of behavior of employees and guests in handling food are necessary, but with the right tools and focused guidance, through proven methods and examples of good practice, we believe we will get measurable results”Said Krizmanic.center_img Furthermore, the hotel has been working on the digitization of promotional materials for years, and offers guests a choice of 7.000 newspapers and magazines in digital form completely free of charge. The hotel encourages guests to do business responsibly through a program of more careful use of hotel bedding and towels, and also encourages guests and staff to consume filtered tap water to reduce the amount of plastic waste. For many years, Hotel Esplanade has been striving to reduce waste and the harmful impact on the environment as part of its responsible business program – both through independent initiatives and through joint cooperation. Thus, Esplanade lamps are turned off for an hour each year in support of WWF’s global Earth Hour project for more rational use of energy. The hotel was the first in Croatia to introduce Tesla destination chargers, and recently Porsche destination chargers through which guests charge the batteries of their vehicles completely free of charge. WWF and the Esplanade Hotel Zagreb have joined forces through an initiative to reduce food waste aimed at sustainability, zero food waste and reducing environmental impact. “We have been implementing a waste reduction strategy and carefully designing all our menus for years in the entire business of the food and beverage department, but there are always situations in which it is possible to further reduce food waste. We started this project in some segments, and the plan is to then continue to spread the idea of ​​reducing food waste throughout the business. Many of our guests and clients, especially foreign ones, are aware of this problem and welcome our initiative, but there are also many who simply do not think that way, so they need a little awareness. This is not about saving, but about jointly reducing the harmful impact on the environment”, Pointed out the chef of Esplanade’s kitchen Ana Grgić and added that by accurately measuring food waste, they detected that most waste is generated in places such as breakfast buffets and when organizing large events offering buffet meals. Source / photo: Hotel Esplanade Zagreblast_img read more


first_imgPathway from crisis Although hotspots like New York face a dire lack of protective gear, ventilators and medics, there was further cause for optimism, with early-hit states like Washington and California demonstrating a possible pathway out of the crisis.Washington appears to be on the downward slope of its case curve and has even sent 400 ventilators to New York, but its governor Jay Inslee said he feared a second wave because of the ongoing patchwork response.”Even if Washington gets on top of this fully, if another state doesn’t, it can come back and come across our borders two months from now, so this is important to have a national success,” he told NBC. California is also showing how it is possible to get on top of the crisis, said epidemiologist Brandon Brown of the University of California, Riverside.  “We are now ramping up testing, starting to measure community spread, preparing spaces for when hospitals may be overrun,” he said. On the sports front, the golf world has reconfigured its schedule — the Masters will now be in November, and the US Open and Ryder Cup will go ahead on back-to-back weeks in September.”Sports, and particularly the game of golf, are important vehicles for healing and hope,” said PGA of America chief executive Seth Waugh. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University, which has been keeping a running tally of coronavirus numbers, said at least 356,942 US cases had been confirmed, with 10,524 deaths.Only Italy (15,877) and Spain (13,055) have seen more of their citizens killed by the deadly pandemic. There was a glimmer of hope however in New York, the main focus of the US outbreak, where there have been more than 4,750 deaths statewide and 130,000 cases. Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday the death rate had been “effectively flat” for two days. The state reported 599 new deaths, similar to Sunday’s tally of 594 and down from a record 630 on Saturday. But the governor ordered schools and non-essential businesses to remain shut for a further three weeks, telling reporters: “Now is not the time to be lax.”  Topics :center_img ‘Social distancing is working’ “It is hopeful but it is also inconclusive,” Cuomo said, adding that it would be a “mistake” to relax restrictions too early.”If the curve is turning, it’s because the rate of infection is going down. If the rate of infection is going down, it’s because social distancing is working.” The pandemic has killed nearly 75,000 worldwide since the emergence of the new coronavirus in December in China, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources. Authorities have warned that between 100,000 and 240,000 people could die in the United States, even in a best-case scenario with social distancing guidelines being observed. Nine states — all controlled by Republican governors — have still not yet ordered total lockdowns, much to the frustration of public health experts.Wisconsin, which is among those under stay-at-home orders, became the 15th state to delay presidential primaries after initially determining to forge ahead.Governor Tony Evers, citing the risk to poll workers and voters, ordered that Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary and local elections in the Midwestern US state be postponed until June.”I cannot in good conscience stand by and do nothing,” said Evers, whose health officials have registered 2,267 positive tests and 68 deaths.Evers moved to delay the election unilaterally after the Republican-majority state Senate and state Assembly ignored his repeated appeals for a postponement. Americans were put on notice Monday not to let up in the fight against the coronavirus, as a grim milestone of 10,000 deaths cast a pall over the first signs of optimism about the trajectory of the outbreak.The United States has emerged as one of the world’s worst-hit nations, with a steadily mounting number of fatalities and millions facing the possibility of economic ruin.Authorities began the week by telling frightened communities to brace for one of the worst periods yet in the crisis as the outbreak has not yet reached its peak.last_img read more


first_imgIf the words of Arsenal Manager Mikel Arteta are anything to go by, the duo of England-born Nigerians, Folarin Balogun and Tolaji Bola will enjoy first team action for the Gunners not only because of their improved form but also due to the fixture congestionWith the Premier League back after three months break as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, two Nigerian youngsters, Folarin Balogun and Tolaji Bola may be having their berth at Arsenal first-team after Manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed that promising youngsters will be considered for first-team roles for the remainder of the season due to the fixture congestion, with the Gunners playing five games in 15 days.The North London club on Wednesday lost to Manchester City 3-0, then another Premier League match against Brighton today, followed by games against Southampton (June 25), Sheffield United (June 28) and Norwich City (July 1). Balogun and Bola have trained with the Arsenal first-team several times this season and could be in contention to make their professional debuts.A popular player for the U-23 squad, the 18-year-old Balogun was a non-playing substitute when Arsenal faced Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup in September, and the same goes for left-back cum central defender Bola.On if new Premier League rules will give more young players a chance, Arteta told arsenal.com : “I think it will happen, for example in our case we have five games in 15 days, that’s a game every three days.“We don’t know how the players are going to respond physically because we have had a really short preparation time.“We have to use them, we have some really talented young boys that are asking for chances.“I’m sure at other clubs the situation will be the same and I think at some stage we will be forced to use some of them with the amount of games that we are going to be playing in that space of time.”18-year-old Balogun has scored 10 goals in 16 Premier League 2 appearances so far this season.The England U-18 international played the full 90 minutes of the development squad’s league game against Manchester City on Friday night, scoring the Gunners’ two goals in the 4-2 loss.They were his second and third goals in two games, after he also found the net in the 2-1 loss against Chelsea.The striker was one of Arsenal’s highest rated players in the Manchester City game, with fans calling for him to be given a chance in the first team.Meanwhile, most of the players who were in the same scholarship intake as Bola are now experiencing senior football of some description.Donyell Malen, for instance, has played in the Champions League for PSV Eindhoven, while Eddie Nketiah has gained experience representing both Arsenal and Leeds United.Bola, however, is, at the age of 20, yet to play a minute of senior football, competitive or otherwise.There are some significant reasons behind that, with a series of injuries having hindered his progress, while Bola has never been the most reliable of defenders.The youngster was an unused substitute in the Carabao Cup victory over Nottingham Forest earlier this campaign and has been training regularly with the first-team of late, even more so since the appointment of Arteta.With Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac both sidelined, Bola was selected to travel with the Arsenal squad for the game against Bournemouth as the 19th man. He may not have made the bench, but it was still a valuable experience for the youngster as he got to see how the first-team prepare for away games. Arsenal youth team expert Jeorge Bird has tipped Bola to become the next youngster to break into the first-team set-up in the near future.“Bola would’ve been on hand if any last-minute injuries occurred ahead of the game at the Vitality Stadium, but that wasn’t to be,” Bird said.As alluded to, Bola does have defensive deficiencies, but he has shown some significant improvements of late at U-23 level with regards to his positioning. In addition, he provides a significant threat with his teasing crosses.It is difficult to envisage Bola succeeding at Arsenal in the long term but he may well be called upon at some point over the next few weeks.However, Bola is a versatile defender and he’s someone who could give Arteta a lot of options at the back. Originally starting out as a central defender, Bola was re-trained as a right-sided full-back after joining the Gunners at a young age.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ COLLEGE PARK, Md. — There were plenty of reasons for C.J. Fair to be fired up against Maryland on Monday.The game was played in his home state, about half an hour from Baltimore, and happened to fall just two days after he had a game-tying layup against then-No. 5 Duke taken away by the officials with a controversial charge call.“I’m pumped up every game,” he said while standing on the side of the court, surrounded by friends and family, “but of course playing in Maryland, it’s my home state. I was definitely psyched.”The forward scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds in his first and only trip to his home state for No. 4 Syracuse. He carried the Orange’s (26-2, 13-2 Atlantic Coast) offense early before he had to sit down with three fouls, and lifted SU to a 57-55 win against Maryland (15-13, 7-8) in the Comcast Center with a late 3.And his big day was largely thanks to the rediscovery of his jump shot.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHis first 10 points all came on jump shots, including a pretty step-back jumper with 8:31 remaining to give Syracuse an early six-point lead.“I thought we got off to a good start,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “C.J. got us off to a good start offensively.”But in the span of 35 seconds, Fair picked up two fouls and he had to check out for the rest of the first half with 4:55 remaining.He isn’t usually demonstrative, but he was livid with the officials when he picked up his third foul. In his home state, against a team that opted not to recruit him heavily when he tore his ACL, he was fired up.“It was tough for me to watch,” Fair said. “I’ve never been out that long all season. I was out for like four minutes.”Fair opened the Orange’s scoring in the second half with a breakaway dunk, but then went cold as Tyler Ennis took over.He scored only five more points the rest of the way, but as the shot clock ticked down and 3:07 remained in the game, Fair made another step-back jumper. This one, though, was behind the arc and gave Syracuse a seven-point lead — a cushion that the Orange would need every bit of.“I was definitely trying to be aggressive today,” Fair said. “I know we needed this win bad.” Comments Published on February 25, 2014 at 12:51 am Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2last_img read more