Denmark suspects, Sweden confirms H5N1 in birds

first_imgMar 15, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The avian influenza spotlight shifted to Scandinavia today as Denmark reported finding an H5 virus in a wild bird and Sweden confirmed suspicions that wild ducks were infected with H5N1 virus, according to news agencies.In addition, a sketchy report out of Azerbaijan said a dead stray dog was found infected with bird flu in Baku, the capital. The report didn’t specify the viral strain. There have been no previous confirmed reports of H5N1 avian flu in dogs.In Denmark, the Family and Consumer Affairs Ministry said a buzzard found on a beach south of Copenhagen was infected with an H5 virus, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. The story said authorities would send a sample from the bird to the European Union reference laboratory in Britain for further testing.”We can confirm the first case of bird flu has been found in Denmark,” Minister for Family and Consumer Affairs Lars Barfoed was quoted as saying.Although this marked the first case of H5 avian flu in Denmark, a milder strain turned up in ducks on a farm in September 2003, AFP reported.In Sweden, the National Board of Agriculture said a European Union laboratory had confirmed H5N1 virus in two wild ducks found on the southeastern coast, according to an Associated Press (AP) report today.Sweden first reported suspected cases of avian flu in wild ducks in late February. By Mar 10 there were reports of 13 ducks infected with H5 viruses, but there was no confirmation of H5N1 until today.In Azerbaijan, a state commission in charge of fighting avian flu reported the infected dog, according to a Reuters story. The commission was quoted as saying, “A dead stray dog has been found, and after analysis type A bird flu was discovered. The medical investigation is continuing.” The commission said the dog died Mar 9 in Baku. There was no indication whether the virus was an H5 or some other strain.The report comes a few days after the discovery of an H5N1-infected stone marten (a weasel-like animal) in Germany and weeks after reports of a few infected domestic cats in Austria and Germany. Other nonhuman species that have been infected with H5N1 avian flu, either naturally or experimentally, include tigers, leopards, palm civets, ferrets, rats, pigs, cynomolgus macaques, and New Zealand white rabbits.In Afghanistan, authorities today said preliminary test results left them all but certain they were facing an H5N1 outbreak in birds, according to an AP report.Testing at a United Nations lab in Rome was expected to confirm the outbreak in the next 24 hours, said Mustafa Zahir, director of the government’s environment department, according to the story.”We are 99 percent certain,” Zahir was quoted as saying.The military government of Myanmar reported it had killed 5,000 poultry within 2 miles of the farm where the country’s first outbreak of H5N1 was found last week, according to an AP report today.Meanwhile, AFP reported that Myanmar’s rulers were maintaining a news blackout about the outbreak, leaving farmers worried and unsure how to prevent the disease.The country’s tightly controlled news media have not carried any stories about the outbreak, AFP reported. The only available information has come from short-wave radio and from posters that authorities have placed in Mandalay’s markets, where poultry vendors have been banned, the story said.A farmer named Shi, who has 750 chickens on the outskirts of Mandalay, said officials had given her no information about bird flu and no instructions on what to do with her chickens, according to AFP.”I still don’t know what the symptoms of bird flu are, so how can I know if my chickens will die of bird flu?” Shi was quoted as saying.Elsewhere in Southeast Asia, researchers announced the launching of a study in Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia on the dosage of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) given to bird flu patients, according to the AP.Many countries are stockpiling oseltamivir in the hope that it will help protect people if the H5N1 virus evolves into a human pandemic strain. However, as noted in the AFP report, the virus has shown resistance to the drug in a few cases in Vietnam. The report gave no details on what the study involves.According to a study published last December, a Vietnamese girl died of avian flu even though she began receiving oseltamivir within the first 2 days of illness, the recommended window for effective treatment. The authors of the study said that a higher dosage of the drug or longer treatment course might be needed to ensure effectiveness.See also:Dec 22, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Tamiflu resistance in avian flu victims sparks concern”last_img read more

Retail Space race south of the Thames

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Unai Emery names three Arsenal stars who could replace Laurent Koscielny as captain

first_imgUnai Emery names three Arsenal stars who could replace Laurent Koscielny as captain Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 18 Jul 2019 9:53 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares ‘We have others like Mesut, Nacho. There are other players who can take this position also. I want between three and five captains in the team.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal continued their bright start to pre-season with a 2-1 win against Bayern Munich in Los Angeles on Wednesday.Eddie Nketiah scored two minutes from time to hand Arsenal the win and he admits he was thankful of the chance to impress Emery.‘It’s brilliant,’ he told Arsenal.com after our 2-1 win.‘They’re such a great team and it was a great experience to come on. ‘I didn’t come on for long, so I just wanted to make an impact and do well. Luckily I was in the right place at the right time. I’m grateful.‘Pre-season is vital. I always try to come back in tip-top shape and do my best. It’s a chance. I came on today and I took my chance. That’s all I can do.’MORE: Brazil star Everton drops Arsenal transfer hint ahead of potential £36m movecenter_img Koscielny is likely to be stripped of the captaincy should he stay at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)The Spaniard wants his captain to be a regular starter and he’s hinted Xhaka may get the nod, though Ozil and Monreal were also touted as options.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We spoke a little about that. Last year we had Laurent, Petr Cech and Aaron Ramsey,’ said Emery after being asked about his policy of having five captains.‘At the moment Koscielny has a contract with us but we’ll speak with the club and him about if he will continue or not. We have players with the capacity [to be captain], one is Granit, he was a captain in the dressing room. Unai Emery is expected to name a new Arsenal captain (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Unai Emery says Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil and Nacho Monreal are all in with a chance of being named club captain next season.Laurent Koscielny refused to travel on Arsenal’s US tour and is likely to be stripped off the captaincy should he remain at the club.The 33-year-old remains intent on leaving the club but Emery is likely to name a new skipper in the unlikely event that Koscielny stays at the Emirates.Emery rotated the armband last year between five captains but two of those departed this summer in Aaron Ramsey and Petr Cech.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

NFL tight end rankings 2020: George Kittle rules, Rob Gronkowski returns to top 10

first_img Zach Ertz https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/6a/7a/zach-ertz-070519-getty-ftr_18nhvcs4kp02u19qal2neety3a.jpg?t=-1354202909&w=500&quality=804. Zach Ertz, EaglesFile Ertz as another established statesman in the 6-5, 250-pound club. The 29-year-old played well through injuries last year with more of a burden on him, given the depleted state of the Eagles’ wide receiver corps. Ertz falls behind Kittle, Kelce and Henry because the blocking and big-play flair aren’t as impactful, but he continues to be the most trusted force all over the field for Carson Wentz.2019 stats: 88 catches on 135 targets, 916 yards, 6 TDs in 15 games5. Mark Andrews, RavensAndrews has emerged so well in the Lamar Jackson-led passing offense that he made Hayden Hurst, who went in the first round of the 2018 draft, expendable. Andrews, the third-rounder from ’18, has delivered as the athletic “move” option from that class, showing toughness to go with his wide receiver-like athleticism at 6-5, 256 pounds. Andrews has a monster future ahead, given he will turn only 24 in September2019 stats: 64 catches on 98 targets, 852 yards, 10 TDs in 15 games6. Darren Waller, RaidersWaller, going back to his Ravens’ days, has worked hard to make s successful conversion from wide receiver, even overcoming some off-field obstacles along the way. At 6-6, 256 pounds, Waller was a late bloomer during his age 27 season, stepping up as the team’s top target in the wake of the Antonio Brown mess. He can still become better as a blocker, but some of that pressure will be off Waller with the team expected to use more two tight end sets with Jason Witten in 2020.2019 stats: 90 catches on 117 targets, 1,145 yards, 3 TDs in 16 gamesMORE: Wide receiver rankings, 1-257. Tyler Higbee, RamsHigbee (6-6, 255 pounds) got his chance to make a bigger impact as a receiver last season because of Brandin Cooks’ injury woes, and he didn’t disappoint as a key intermediate target for Jared Goff. The 27-year-old has been rock-solid blocking and proved he’s more reliable than Gerald Everett in the passing game. He immedaitly rewarded the Rams for giving him a four-year, $31 million extension.2019 stats: 69 catches on 89 targets, 734 yards, 3 TDs in 15 games8. Austin Hooper, BrownsHooper (6-4, 254 pounds) is coming off a strong age 25 season in Atlanta. That turned out be his last as a Falcon, as he cashed in wtth a tight end-best four-year, $42 million deal with Cleveland in free agency. Hooper, like fellow former Stanford star Ertz, is more natural at receiving than blocking. As the Falcons try to replace him with Hurst, Hooper will step into frequent two-tight end sets with David Njoku to help settle Baker Mayfield on intermediate routes through the red zone.2019 stats: 75 caches on 97 targets, 787 yards, 6 TDs in 13 games9. Rob Gronkowski, BuccaneersKeeping in mind age and durability, it seemed fair to keep Gronkowski down here as he starts over as a 31-year-old working back into his mighty best playing shape at 6-6, 268 pounds. Gronkowski might be more of a complementary target to the Bucs’ elite wideouts in his reunion with Tom Brady, but he has the mental and physical skills to be refreshed as a dangerous target everywhere in Tampa Bay’s new base two-tight end sets.IYER: Why Bucs opponents have it wrong to doubt Gronk2019 stats:  Did not play (Getty Images) 10. Evan Engram, GiantsThe only question with Engram — and it’s not insignicant — is whether he can stay healthy to have consistent impact as the go-to guy for Daniel Jones after booming early with Eli Manning. Engram has massive upside as a receiver, enough to offset his serious limitations as a blocker. At 6-3, 240 pounds, this feels like a boom-or-bust age 26 season for the 2017 first-rounder. If Engram is good to go early in the season in recovering from his troubling foot injury (Lisfranc), he can have a season much bigger than his fine rookie campaign.2019 stats: 48 catches on 68 targets, 467 yards, 3 TDs in 8 games The NFL tight end landscape welcomes back Rob Gronkowski in 2020. “Gronk” returns for his age 31 season with a new team, the Buccaneers, after taking a year off from the end of his Patriots tenure.Reunited with Tom Brady in a loaded passing offseason, Gronkowski can be a refreshed, highly impactful player. But while he was gone, a younger wave of tight ends started to flex more in 2020. In the same blocking, receiving and fun-loving spirit is George Kittle, catching passes and making big plays for Gronk’s former teammate, Jimmy Garoppolo. George Kittle https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/95/95/george-kittle-021919-getty-ftrjpg_17gtmc6hgvfvf187ndnhn5j0pk.jpg?t=1876051818&w=500&quality=801. George Kittle, 49ersKittle being on the losing side of Super Bowl 54 doesn’t change the fact he’s the game’s best all-around tight end, better than the victorious Chiefs’ Travis Kelce. After setting the receiving yardage record (1,377) for the position in 2018, Kittle, 26, remained a dominant force in both stretching the field and dominating as a blocker for the 49ers’ elite running game. He is natural athletic freak and also carries an intimidating streak at 6-4, 250 pounds. That’s a good complement to the hardworking fun he has playing the game.2019 stats: 85 catches on 107 targets, 1,053 yards, 5 TDs in 14 games2. Travis Kelce, ChiefsThe 30-year-old hasn’t slowed down much as the Chiefs’ go-to intermediate receiver. Kelce (6-5, 260 pounds) has rolled into a new level of big-play production with Patrick Mahomes, even if there was some scoring regression in Year 2 with the QB. Kelce has great hands and uses his quickness well to consistently win on his routes. Like Gronk and Kittle, he plays the game with fiery exuberance.2019 stats: 97 catches on 136 targets, 1,229 yards, 5 TDs in 16 games3. Hunter Henry, ChargersHenry has major promise for his age 25 season as he gets further away from the offseason knee injury that wiped out all of what could have been a special 2018 third NFL season. He is another physical receiving presence with simliar stature (6-5, 250 pounds) to the guys right in front of him. He has been a strong possession receiver, but he should become a better downfield threat in 2020 on top of his sturdy blocking.2019 stats: 55 catches on 76 targets, 652 yards, 5 TDs in 12 games (Getty Images) As a future Hall of Famer, Gronk is worthy of going right back into the top 10. But with the position in a state of more promising transition, he doesn’t land back near the top with both some established and emerging younger options.MORE: The best and worst starting QBs for the 2020 seasonHere’s ranking the best tight ends in the league, from Kittle to a potenital comeback player of the year:NFL tight end rankings 2020last_img read more