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Trump says Special Olympics will be funded

first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailKARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump on Thursday said the administration will fund Special Olympics following a whirlwind of criticism this week over the White House’s budget proposal that had eliminated federal funding for the program.“The Special Olympics will be funded, I just told my people,” Trump told reporters outside the White House. “I want to fund the Special Olympics and I just authorized funding of the Special Olympics.” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a statement she was pleased with the president’s decision.“I am pleased and grateful the President and I see eye to eye on this issue and that he has decided to fund our Special Olympics grant. This is funding I have fought for behind the scenes over the last several years,” DeVos’ statement said.Prior to Trump’s comments on Thursday afternoon, DeVos faced more backlash at a hearing in the morning on Capitol Hill over the Trump administration’s proposal to cut federal funding for the Special Olympics. Despite Trump’s comments on Thursday afternoon, Congress is ultimately responsible for approving the budget that is proposed by the administration.In a heated back-and-forth with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., DeVos defended the administration’s “tough choices and decisions,” saying she did not personally approve the cuts, but forcefully pushed back against criticism.“Let’s not use disabled children in a twisted way for your political narrative,” DeVos said when answering questions from Sen. Durbin. “That is just disgusting and it’s shameful.”Durbin, in response, said the proposed cut was “shameful.”“I am not twisting it, I asked you to answer yes or no, and you said you did not personally approve this,” Durbin said.DeVos told the committee that she loved the Special Olympics and had contributed a portion of her salary to the organization.Durbin went on to criticize decision-makers at the Office of Management and Budget, saying, “Whoever came up with that idea at OMB gets a Special Olympic gold medal for insensitivity.”DeVos has faced significant backlash this week over part of the administration’s budget proposal that would eliminate $17.6 million for the Special Olympics. The full budget proposed a decrease of $7.1 billion for education funding overall.The proposal to cut funding for the Special Olympics has been part of past Trump administration budget proposals. The chances that the budget will get passed as it is in this first iteration is highly unlikely.Following Trump’s announcement that he would fund the Special Olympics, second lady Karen Pence also tweeted a thank you to the President.“Thank you, Mr. President! Love the @SpecialOlympics!” she wrote.On Wednesday, the chairman of the Senate appropriations subcommittee, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., issued a statement saying that the subcommittee would “not cut funding for the program.”“I’m a longtime supporter of Special Olympics and proud that Missouri is home to the largest Special Olympics training facility in the world,” Sen. Blunt wrote. “I was just at the World Games and saw, as I have many times before, what a huge impact the organization has on athletes, their families, and their communities. Our Department of Education appropriations bill will not cut funding for the program.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img March 28, 2019 /Sports News – National Trump says Special Olympics will be fundedlast_img read more

Leading council has so far fined rogue agents and landlords £100,000

first_imgBrent Council, which says it has fined agents and landlords £100,000 since introducing civil penalties last year, revealed it had collected £63,500 of the fines levied and is waiting to collect the remainder under its 49-day payment rules.“When we start the process of issuing a Civil Penalty Notice there is a legal process that we have to follow in order to [firstly] notify the landlord of or intention to issues a CPN and [also] allow a period of time for the landlord to appeal the issuing of the CPN,” a council spokesperson says.“[If a landlord] refuses to pay the civil penalty once the allotted period has expired, Brent Council will pursue the case through to the civil courts.”Brent, along with Hackney and Tower Hamlets, is one of the capital’s most deprived areas and has come down hard on landlords and agents who provide sub-standard accommodation.Nearly 5,000 properties within its boundaries are now covered by two main property licensing schemes.These are a borough-wide licensing scheme for HMOs as well as a selective licensing scheme for rented properties within certain areas, which the borough charges £340 for a five-year license.The fines collection figure came to light as Brent revealed its latest scalp.Landlord Errol Thompson, who lives in Bedford but rents out a two-bedroom apartment in Harlesden, Brent which falls within its selective licensing scheme, must now pay a fine and costs totalling £7,000 after pleading guilty at a court case held last week at Willesden Magistrate Court.Thompson had failed to pay for a selective license for the property despite being sent letters by the council urging him to do so.“The law is clear that any landlord who rents out a property in Harlesden, Willesden and Wembley Central needs a selective licence,” says Brent councillor Harbi Farah (pictured, left).Brent has also disclosed that it has prosecuted 125 agents and landlords since bringing in a new housing regime in 2016, raising some £730,000 in fines for offences outside the licensing schemes.Read more about rogue letting agents.Editorial clarification: the original version of this story highlighted how a third of the Brent fines had yet to be collected, but the council contacted us to clarify that this was not because they were not chasing the agents who had been fined for payment, but because they were required to give them 49 days to pay.London Borough of Brent landlord fined Harbi Fara rogue letting agents Brent Council selective licensing Errol Thompson February 13, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Leading council has so far fined rogue agents and landlords £100,000 previous nextRegulation & LawLeading council has so far fined rogue agents and landlords £100,000Brent Council is one London’s key boroughs leading the charge against poor housing standards.Nigel Lewis13th February 201801,326 Viewslast_img read more

Four-Day Tow of WWII Battleship USS Iowa Postponed

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: USS Iowa Four-Day Tow of WWII Battleship USS Iowa Postponed View post tag: Navy May 21, 2012 Share this article View post tag: Battleship Back to overview,Home naval-today Four-Day Tow of WWII Battleship USS Iowa Postponed The final voyage of the USS Iowa scheduled for May 20 from the Port of Richmond has been delayed by a weather system affecting the West Coast.Organizers will reschedule the tow to the Port of Los Angeles and all related activities following the passage of the weather system later this week.The four-day tow of the World War II battleship by Crowley Maritime Corporation, across San Francisco Bay and then down the coast to the Port of Los Angeles, was scheduled to begin on May 20 at noon PDT. A media briefing set for 10:30 a.m. PDT on the same day at the ship was canceled as well.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , May 21, 2012 View post tag: Tow Industry news View post tag: Postponed View post tag: WWII View post tag: Four-Daylast_img read more

OURFC tackles ‘lad culture’

first_imgOxford University Rugby Club has launched GoodLad, a campaign aiming for the “remodelling of masculintiy”, following NUS’ strongly critical report into ‘Lad Culture’, which identified extra-curricular activities, sports and nights-out as particularly problematic.OURFC’s campaign is part of a wider OUSU-led programme to improvement awareness of sexual consent issues, called ‘It Happens Here.’ The programme will focus on drinking societies and University sports teams in particular.Daniel Guinness, one of the founders, told Cherwell, “Remodeling of masculinity is what these workshops are about.“As well as encouraging men to seriously reflect upon on their relationship with women in these sessions, discussions about male bonding will also be an important part of GoodLad.”A representative of FemSoc, Alice Nutting said, “‘Lad culture’ may seemlike a harmless joke but it revolves around dangerous expectations of‘masculine’ behavior… Hopefully GoodLad will be an accessible platform for men to discuss and question ideas about gender, sexual consent and communication.”GoodLad will also target crewdating. Guinness continued, “We are trying to get this initiative driven by women and female societies by having them commit to preferentially [sic] crew date groups who have donethe workshops.”This would involve allowing GoodLad to approve teams on crewdater.com, the online crew dating website. Guinness added, “We’re conscious that there are other equally important issues (homophobia being prominent amongst these) to be tackled. I think that it’s very important that men have a positive masculinity to aspire to, and the confidence to act upon this.”last_img read more

Speech: Lord Ahmad speech: International Human Rights Day 2018

first_imgLadies and gentlemen, good afternoon to you all and a warm welcome to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and thank you Richard for your introduction.When we look across the world, in headquarters of global institutions and in government ministries like this one, in the homes and offices of activists, and in classrooms and places of worship, today marks one of those days where people are coming together to mark Human Rights Day – 70 years to the day when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed.But let us reflect on the last 70 years. 70 years ago the world was still reeling from global conflict. It was a world of families shattered by death, by destruction: a world in which people everywhere were calling on those in power to find peaceful ways to resolve their differences to show respect and understanding towards each other.So when the United Nations was still only two years old, 48 leaders of the most forward looking nations sought to do just that. They came together to proclaim the rights that every person should enjoy, each and every one of us should enjoy, regardless of age, regardless of their place of birth, their position in society, their faith, their religion, their race, their creed, their political views.It was a bold aspiration and a courageous one, because so many of the two billion people on earth at that time did not enjoy these fundamental rights.Let’s fast forward 70 years, and I am amongst other things the Minister for the United Nations as well. And whilst our work continues on this important agenda there is no better word for it than a tragedy; the tragedy that today, in 2018, despite the progress that has been made in the seven decades after that Declaration was signed, millions, and yes it is millions as we all know to be true, still cannot rely on their governments, their communities, to protect their basic human rights.That is why it is so important that all of us, each and every one of us who are committed to securing human rights for everyone, keeps coming together, keeps working together, to bring about a better future for all.You heard Richard say at the start, and it was quite deliberate on my part, that as a Minister, it is not me shying away from the questions. It is about hearing directly from the human rights defenders, those involved on the front line.Human Rights DefendersAnd I am delighted and honoured to be joined by the panel who represent such human rights defenders, who, like many in this room and tens of thousands of others around the world, dedicate their time, their efforts, their energy showing, great courage and great risk to their personal lives at times and great risk to the lives of their families.It is poignant we focus on human rights defenders today, because yesterday was also the 20th Anniversary of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, which is why we chose to celebrate their work at the event this year.Our panellists will tell you themselves about their work in a moment, but I’d like to introduce them briefly if I may, before I give a brief overview of some of our work from a British perspective on this important agenda on Human Rights, which I will also add is very close to my heart.As we have already heard from Richard, we are joined byDina Meza. She is a journalist in Honduras who is working to defend freedom of expression and information. And in case Dina, and after meeting her this morning, I would add this, a modest lady, and if she fails to tell you this herself is that she was named by Fortune magazine as one of the world’s 50 greatest leaders of 2018. Why? Because of her work in this sphere. Thank you Dina for being here.Another human rights defender joins us from a country I visited recently, Kenya. Wanjeri Nderu has created a network of civil society volunteers – including many lawyers and professionals – who use social media to defend the human rights of those who are less able to defend themselves. Welcome to you as well, Wanjeri.And I am also proud to welcome once again, someone I describe not just as someone who leads the charge on human rights defenders, but if I may say, someone who acts and provides sounds advice, my good friend Kate Allen. Welcome Kate, who as many of us know champions the work of human rights, including as Director of Amnesty International UK, for the last 18 years. Thank you all for joining us here this afternoon.The UK’s Human Rights WorkI hope you will also agree, as I look around the audience, that the UK government has been a champion of human rights, fundamental freedoms, and democratic values. Let me assure you this will continue to be an absolutely integral part of what we do in Government as part of British foreign policy.There are times, as I am sure you will all agree, for quiet diplomacy. But there are times for vocal campaigns, such as the call by our Prime Minister, Mrs May, on the ending modern slavery and human trafficking, to prevent sexual violence in conflict, or to ensure at least 12 years of quality education for every girl around the globe – our work, ladies and gentlemen, gives real momentum to a wide range of individual cases and indeed global issues.In this respect, in the summer of this year, I was humbled and deeply honoured when the Prime Minister asked me to take on an additional role, as her Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief. Last month working with colleagues across the Department for International Development we announced a new programme of £12 million of Government funding and support programmes to support our shared vision of a world where people with different beliefs or no beliefs truly respect each other.This is a responsibility I cherish, because when you look at the issue of Freedom of Religion or Belief, it is not just about the challenges we see abroad, regrettably, we still see these challenges on a domestic front; the rising tide of anti-Semitism both here and in Europe, and the issues of rising religious hate crime against minority communities. It is only through collective and collaborative action that we will not only face up to it, but we will defeat such divisive voices and actions.My new role is a responsibility I greatly cherish and in recent months I have used it to promote the benefits of religious diversity around the world – recently in October I visited Indonesia; to raise our concerns directly with governments – I have also had the opportunity, amongst others, Sudan; and to convene conversations between leaders of all faiths – as I did in Israel earlier in the year, and as I do regularly through faith tables right here in London. I am delighted to see Archbishop Angaelos join us, who has been a constant support and friend in this respect. Thank you Archbishop for your support.A failure to respect our differences while recognising and celebrating our common humanity is at the root of so many of today’s human rights abuses, and so many instances of the abuse of power.The United Kingdom government promotes good governance, for example through the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, and through our membership of the Community of Democracies, a grouping which we currently chair.And as we use our position as a global leader to oppose the death penalty and to speak out against torture wherever it exists. Today also marks the close of 16 days of activism to end gender-based violence.Ladies and gentlemen when you look around the world, it is unacceptable, it is tragic that one in three women, one in three women will experience physical or sexual violence in her lifetime – that is abuse on a truly, truly appalling scale.In conflict situations, as I have seen myself through meeting some incredible women, courageous survivors both women and girls, but also men and boys, who experience violence and sexual abuse in even greater numbers.This year, to mark the 16 days of activism on the issue, I was proud to host a film festival in London to draw attention to the experiences of survivors, through their direct sharing of experiences, about the appalling crime that is sexual violence in conflict. And also importantly to fight the important issue of stigma. Why should it be that these victims, who suffer the most horrendous crimes against their person, then not only have to relive that experience, but are then rejected by their very communities, at a time when they need their greatest support.We must come together, stand united, to ensure not only are their rights protected, not only are perpetrators brought to account, but also that they are given the support they need to rebuild their lives.The film festival began the countdown to the International Conference which the British Government will be hosting next year in November 2019, to mobilise the international community into further action.Those who shine a light on the perpetrators of human rights violations and abuses are another increasingly vulnerable group.Which is why the Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, is launching a new global campaign next year to champion media freedom, and to support journalists and campaigners who expose discrimination, corruption and injustice.I am also delighted to report today that next June the United Kingdom will take over as co-chair of the Equal Rights Coalition, a grouping of 40 countries working together towards LGBT equality. This is an important area of our human rights work and we are particularly pleased that Argentina will partner us as the second co-chair.Ladies and gentlemen those of you who have worked with me, know how close this issue is to the work I do. But I do so only as effectively as the deep collaborative partnerships and friendships that the Foreign Office has fostered with many of you in this room and beyond.ConclusionI am proud, as the minister within the Foreign Office to be responsible for human rights. I am deeply humbled that by God’s grace, I live in a country that not only respects but protects by law, the human rights of its citizens. But there is always work to be done.But equally, I am proud and honoured to represent a country, the United Kingdom, that is committed to supporting, promoting and protecting the human rights of all people around the world.It is a great honour to support the brave and committed people who carry out this most important of work, often at great personal risk. People like those on the panel today and those we are about to see on video; examples of human rights defenders drawn from Malawi, Mexico, Sierra Leone and the Philippines.Ladies and gentlemen, today, on the 70th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights, and indeed the 20th anniversary of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, let me take this opportunity on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government to thank all of you, the panellists and those incredible and all human rights defenders around the world. We thank them for all their work on all aspects of this important agenda for their courage, their dedication, their devotion and incredible determination.Let me say this to conclude, that we commit to continue strengthening our support for them as we collectively strive to build a better world.I am not for a moment entertaining that this is an easy job; it is not. On a moment of personal reflection, when I meet with victims and survivors who have suffered the worst kind of human abuses against them, is both the heart-rendering moments, but then you reach deep; you reach deep into your own experience, you reach deep into the friendships that you have fostered over a number of years and you reach deep into the relationships that we have, with like-minded individuals, communities, groups and organisations around the world.Sitting back and saying, “Isn’t this terrible, what more can be done?” On a point of personal reflection, more can be done and often the question lies within yourself.Because, if we collectively do more we will be able to start making the kind of differences we all wish to see. One of my biggest heroes in my life, who shaped many things in how I looked at the world was Ghandi. He famously said that “we must become the change we wish to see”. Let us become that change, let us ensure we stand up with passion, with vigour, with commitment and emulate the bravery of human rights defenders around the world to ensure that we play our part, not just in government or leaders of NGOs and civil societies, but we play our part as human beings to ensure that we can live and say that we did our part in the defence and declaration of that Declaration envisaged all those years ago.last_img read more

STEMAspire Interview

first_imgWhen my colleague in the Glasgow office met Vardah Malik, my mentee, he was keen to understand how the program had been working for her and asked some questions about how her journey had been so far and what the future held. This gave me an idea to create a blog around these questions and to publish the answers from both sides of the fence – being a mentee and being a mentor.How have you found the journey so far?Pam: The Mentor journey has been a learning experience and a a valuable process to go through. From the excitement and anticipation of meeting Vardah and the enthusiasm of those early meetings, getting to know each other and working out the goals and objectives to seeing the confidence build in this young woman and watching her interact with the network of folks I have introduced her to – it gives me immense pride and job satisfaction to be part of this journeyVardah: The journey so far has been great. I have never imagined that I would be given this amazing opportunity to become a part of this programme. At first, I was quite nervous about how this will be like and how I will get on with my Mentor but I have been extremely lucky to have an amazing mentor like Pam.Pam has always supported me in every way possible. She has always focused on my progress within education or my career. She always listens to me and understands me which has always helped me to believe in myself and work hard to achieve my goals.Not only this has helped me built my confidence but also helped me a lot to communicate with new people easily without any hesitation. Through this programme, I have had the opportunity to get to know a lot of people working in the Dell’s office. It has now become a small family to me where I have a lot of people around me who support me and I know I can always look up to them if I needed help.The STEM program is a life changing experience for me because if it wasn’t for this, I would not have been able to figure out what I want to do exactly after finishing my degree. What has been the biggest achievement/success?Pam: The best success to date was introducing Vardah to the wonderful life that is Dell. Spending time with Vardah to showcase the life of working for Dell is a proud moment. This really ties into the objectives of the STEMAspire program with Vardahs drive to work in the Technology industry. From the Site Expo to the STEM Aspire workshop and introducing her to some of my internal network and seeing how this sparked real enthusiasm was what success looked like to me.Vardah: In my opinion, there were two big achievements after being in this program. First was when Pam helped me to write my personal statement for University and it helped me get a conditional offer for my dream course. Unfortunately, the circumstances changed and I was not able to go to university but still, if it wasn’t for Pam, I would have struggled to write such an amazing personal statement for the courses I applied for.Second big achievement was recently when I asked Pam about an internal job vacancy for an entry level role and she did some research which resulted in me finding an amazing job opportunity within the Dell’s office. If I get successful at the interview stage then it will be a huge lifetime achievement for me as it will be a start of my career within IT.What has been most challenging?Pam: The most challenging part of this journey has been getting my head around the Social Media platforms, the internal process and the amplifying of blogs on our main DellEMC platforms. Now I have finally got my head and actions around this, I plan to create a Social Media guide for STEM Aspire year 2 to help support the next generation of Social Media Ambassadors.Vardah: The most challenging part was to decide what exactly I wanted to do in the future because my course at college was IT which covers all the basics of different sectors of computing/software development. From those different units, I mostly enjoyed the project management and the web development/designing but finding jobs in that particular sector was not that convenient so then I had a talk with Pam and she suggested me to try the sales sector as it relates to my current job in retail which is challenging and customer based.What does the future hold?Pam: The benefits of being a mentor in an area I feel passionate about are unprecedented. The learnings and experience from STEMAspire Year 1 will be leveraged in Year 2 which I have signed up for – and very much looking forward to it!Vardah: I personally believe that if a person has a positive mind set, then it can change a lot of things in their life. I try my best to stay optimistic in all situations and believe that if it is not working right then it might not be the best thing for me. So for now, I am hoping that this job opportunity I have been granted, if I am successful after the interview then it will help me progress in my career and learn more about myself.Apart from that I hope that as a Brand Ambassador for the STEM Aspire Program, I can help bring other women in IT to join this program for next year. I hope I can inspire other women through my blogs and give them an insight of how amazing it is to be a part of this program/journey.last_img read more

Facebook signs contracts for 806MW of new renewable energy in U.S., Ireland

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Facebook has signed contracts to buy 806 MW of solar and wind power from projects across Utah, Ohio, Illinois, Tennessee and Ireland. All of the contracts will support its goal of becoming 100% powered by renewables by the end of this year.The projects are geographically diverse and span a wide range of developers. Facebook signed the contracts with Brookfield Renewable Partners, D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments, and Apex Clean Energy.To date, Facebook has secured deals for more than 5 GW of renewables, with 2 GW currently operational. It expects another 1.5 GW of wind and solar power to come online by the end of this year.Facebook has invested in a number of notable solar projects across the United States. In New Mexico, it has 100 MW spread across two projects to feed the Los Lunas data center. It has also partnered with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) on two solar projects, totaling 377 MW, to support its data center in Huntsville, Alabama.In November, Facebook announced two of the largest solar projects that it has taken on to date – the 300 MW Prospero Solar project in Andrews County, Texas, and the 122 MW Cove Mountain 2 solar project in Iron County, Utah. Both projects are expected to be completed this year. Facebook will also get power from what will be one of the largest solar projects in Texas, the 497 MW Roadrunner solar project, located in Upton County.[Tim Sylvia]More: Facebook announces nearly 1 GW of new energy deals Facebook signs contracts for 806MW of new renewable energy in U.S., Irelandlast_img read more

Bad year for anthrax outbreaks in US livestock

first_img Animal health officials are urging farmers to report suspected cases of anthrax infection and adhere to quarantine restrictions. “Producers should also consult their veterinarians as soon as possible about having their animals vaccinated against the disease,” Dr. Holland urged in the South Dakota press release. Dr. Keller, of North Dakota, reminded farmers that “Burning carcasses and burying both the burned remains and the soil immediately under the carcass is the best means to clean a site.” TAHC regulations call for burning of an infected animal’s bedding and nearby manure in addition to the carcass itself. Human inhalational anthrax from spores in the soil is extremely rare. And although consumption of anthrax-contaminated meat is another potential source of gastrointestinal infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports there has never been a documented case of gastrointestinal anthrax in the United States. An article in Morbidity Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) says the primary reasons are that “Livestock are vaccinated for anthrax in areas where the disease is endemic; animals routinely are inspected by federal and state meat inspectors before, during, and after slaughter; and raw meat is eaten infrequently.” Aug 4, 2005 (CIDRAP News) –Weather and soil conditions in several areas of the United States are leading to record livestock losses from anthrax. This summer, approximately 400 animals have died in North and South Dakota, Texas, and Minnesota. North Dakota’s producers are also experiencing extensive livestock losses from the disease. So far this year, approximately 200 grazing animals have died in 10 southeastern counties, according to an Aug 3 ProMED posting from Dr. Keller. A previous severe outbreak in North Dakota in 2000 killed nearly 150 animals. South Dakota State Veterinarian Sam Holland said his state’s outbreak began with a 660-head cattle and bison herd in Sully County. Since Jul 20, 155 animals from that herd have died, according to a Jul 29 press release. Anthrax has been confirmed in five additional herds, and laboratory test results are awaited for another four. Affected counties are located in the central and northeast parts of the state; Brown, Hyde, Marshall, Potter, and Sully counties all have confirmed or suspected infections. Nearly 200 animals have died in the state. Minnesota has also lost animals to anthrax this year. The outbreak includes an unusual case of apparent co-infection of a herd with bovine tuberculosis. Though not yet confirmed by the veterinary lab at North Dakota State University, anthrax is suspected in a herd of cattle already under quarantine for infection with bovine tuberculosis, according to Terry Boldingh, district veterinarian for the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. Bovine tuberculosis has not been seen in Minnesota since 1971. In Texas, the anthrax outbreak this year is notable not for the numbers but for the location. Anthrax in Texas livestock is reported nearly every year in the southwest region of the state, but recent discovery of the disease at two Sutton County ranches marks the first occurrence in that west central area in more than 20 years. Anthrax is endemic in grazing animals in some regions where previous cases have occurred. If animals that die from anthrax are not properly buried or incinerated, the bacterium that causes anthrax, Bacillus anthracis, can contaminate the ground under and around the carcass. The spores formed by B anthracis survive in the soil for decades, and heavy rain or construction-related disturbance can bring them to the surface, where grazing animals inhale or ingest them. The disease can be rapidly fatal in infected animals even before significant signs of illness have been noticed. MMWR article “Human ingestion of Bacillus anthracis–contaminated Meat—Minnesota, August 2000” http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm4936a1.htm The state has experienced heavy losses of deer and cattle in prior years, including severe outbreaks in 1997 and 2001, according to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). See also: Anthrax outbreaks among grazing animals present little threat to human health. “Visitors to the area should not be alarmed by anthrax,” said Texas’ Dr. Fancher. “Just leave dead animals alone, and don’t pick up shed antlers or old animal bones.” Standard protective equipment is sufficient to protect persons handling infected carcasses. These mortality figures more than double the South Dakota figures from a severe outbreak in 2002, when 53 animals in three counties died. That year also saw a rare case of cutaneous anthrax in a veterinarian who had examined an infected carcass. His infection responded to antibiotic treatment. Though transmission to humans is uncommon, Susan Keller, state veterinarian in North Dakota, said in a press release, “We recommend wearing long sleeves, gloves, and a face mask when handling carcasses.” Thurman Fancher, Area 6 director for the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), said in a press release, “Anthrax is under-reported, because many ranchers in this area automatically dispose of carcasses and vaccinate livestock. . . . Anthrax is a reportable disease, however, and it’s important to know when an outbreak occurs, so other ranchers can be notified to vaccinate.”last_img read more

Henrikh Mkhitaryan on whether he will return to Arsenal after Roma loan finishes

first_imgOn where he hopes to line up for Roma, he continued: ‘I am ready to play in every position. I’m ready to help the team because the club is great, the team is very good and I am going to try to do my best to help the team to achieve.’The deal that saw Mkhitaryan move to Roma is believed to have included a clause that would require the Italian side to buy him outright if he plays 25 or more matches for the club.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 Arsenal Advertisement Comment Henrikh Mkhitaryan on whether he will return to Arsenal after Roma loan finishes Mkhitaryan will train with Roma for the first time when he returns from international duty (EPA)However, he has not given up completely on having a future at the Emirates and says he will discuss his future at the club once again next summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked if he’d prefer to stay at Roma or return to Arsenal if he has a good season, the Armenian told VBET News: ‘Well, let’s first see about what I can do in Roma.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Then at the end of the season I think we can talk if I will have the possibility to stay or to go or to do something else, I don’t know.‘But now I cannot say about my future. It is better to be focused on the upcoming games.’Henrikh Mkhitaryan on his future and expectation after joining AS Roma #Mkhitaryan #Arsenal #ASRoma #Roma #Armenia #ARMITA @footballitalia @Football_LDN @MirrorFootball @goal @Gazzetta_it @CorSport @ASRomaEN @CmdotCom_En pic.twitter.com/DrmFoCoxGj— VBET News (@VBETnews) September 5, 2019center_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 5 Sep 2019 11:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link963Shares The Armenian playmaker completed a deadline day move to Italy (Picture: Getty)Henrikh Mkhitaryan has opened the door to the possibility of staying at Arsenal next season once he has returned from his loan with Italian giants Roma.The Armenian completed a rather surprising deadline day move to Serie A on Monday, despite having played for Arsenal against Spurs in the north London derby just 24 hours before.Manager Unai Emery had told Mkhitaryan that he could expect a reduced role this season due to the arrivals of £72million signing Nicolas Pepe and Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos. Advertisementlast_img read more