GLDA concerned about African swine flu spreading to Guyana by oil ships, aircraft

first_img…warns that precaution must be takenIn light of the outbreak of the African Swine Flu (ASF) disease in Europe and more recently in Asia, the Guyana Livestock and Development Authority (GLDA) has taken steps to prevent the transmission of the disease to Guyana’s shores, especially given the increased traffic from those two continents to the emerging oil and gas sector.GLDA Deputy CEO Dr Dwight WalrondAt a press conference on Thursday, GLDA Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Dwight Walrond pointed out that Guyana was also becoming an important hub because of its petroleum industry and as such, special attention needed to be placed on this sector.“We know and we’ve been talking a lot about oil and what oil would be doing for us or should be doing for us… What is important is for the relevant ministries and departments to have a grip of what is coming off of those ships and aircraft that are involved in those trades,” Dr Walrond posited.According to the Deputy CEO, Guyana simply cannot allow vessels such as supply boats from affected parts of the world to come to the local shores without any measures in place to monitor them for diseases like ASF.“Guyana is a sovereign nation and we cannot and will not allow any country or anyone to ship livestock or livestock product to any part of Guyana directly from another country to the [local oil] platforms… Currently we are faced with a situation where boats are coming directly and heading directly to some of the platforms and then they’re coming to Port Georgetown subsequently so we’re basically doing post-mortem,” he pointed out.On this note, Dr Walrond posited that once these vessels were in Guyana’s territory, they would need an import permit to bring in any animal or animal-based products.Though the disease has not reached the American Region, of which Guyana is a part of, the local authority is currently monitoring the disease to keep Guyana’s free status preserved.According to the GLDA Deputy CEO, the recent spread of the ASF disease is the cause of huge economic losses within the pig industry.Of recent, there has been increased traffic from Europe and Asia to Guyana as a result of the budding oil and gas sector. Only last month, Guyana started a new route to Europe via Amsterdam through neighbouring Suriname, with which it also shares a ferry port. The Livestock Authority is now importing pigs from the neighbouring country.Given the situation at hand, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has launched a global initiative to have the ASF disease under control. With the objective to minimise the effects of the disease, along with strengthening countries’ prevention and preparation efforts, the GLDA insisted that preventing the introduction of this awful disease is very important.In fact, the GLDA Deputy CEO cautioned that the lack of precautionary measures by stakeholders such as hunters, professionals, and farmers may result in the emergence of ASF in Guyana.On this note, he indicated that the local authority was in the process of implementing measures to mitigate the possible introduction of ASF. One of the measures that are on the table for discussion is that importers of meat would not be able to ship any kind of meat to Guyana without a permit.He added that currently there was no treatment available for the disease and no treatment should be attempted. Moreover, he explained that humans were not susceptible to the disease and there were no public health or food safety concerns.The disease can be transmitted through direct contact with pigs, environmental contaminations, and bites from flies and mosquitoes among other vectors.ASF is a highly contagious haemorrhagic viral disease of domestic and wild pigs. It is caused by a DNA virus that is related to the Asfarviridae family. It is known to infect ticks of the genus Ornithodoros. Even though signs of ASF and classical swine fever (CSF) may be similar, the ASF virus is unrelated to the CSF virus.last_img read more

Raiders a wreck? Five reasons to be optimistic about the future

first_imgALAMEDA — It’s conceivable the Raiders could finish 2-14, their worst record since the ill-fated Art Shell redux in 2006.You can see the connection — Shell comes back 12 years after being Raiders head coach, Jon Gruden returns after nine years in the broadcast booth.Yet I’m here to tell you the vibe in the locker room after Sunday’s 40-33 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs was one of the strangest I’ve experienced. In a win-or-else league, the Raiders embraced the concept of putting up the …last_img

How A’s top prospect Jesus Luzardo fared in first spring game

first_imgPeoria, Ariz. — A’s pitching phenom Jesús Luzardo had his first shot to make an impression Friday with a possible chance to earn a spot on the opening day roster in the balance.The left-hander took over in the bottom of the fourth of Friday’s 8-1 loss and showcased his touted stuff with a fastball that hit the 95 mph- to 97 mph-range. Luzardo worked one inning in his spring debut and got into some trouble after walking Mariners prospect Evan White to load the bases but eventually induced an …last_img

Lonzo Ball ‘blessed’ to play for Lakers, Johnson

first_imgLonzo Ball, right, is greeted by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the Los Angeles Lakers as the No. 2 overall pick during the 2017 NBA Draft. APSay what you want, but Lonzo Ball is living the life the big baller way.Drawing heavy media fanfare throughout his journey to the 2017 NBA Draft, the UCLA standout got what he wanted as dons the purple and gold this season after the Los Angeles Lakers picked him second Thursday (Friday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT Adding to Ball’s excitement is a chance to mingle with Laker great and current president of basketball operations Magic Johnson as he hopes to pick the brain of the five-time NBA champion.“I don’t think there’s one thing you can learn from him. Just everything he’s going to teach me is going to be useful. Obviously he’s the best point guard to ever play, so I’m looking to go in there and just learn from day one,” said the 6-foot-6 playmaker. “There’s never going to be another Magic Johnson, so I’m trying to be myself, but if I can come halfway short of him, you know it’s going to be good.”But for now, all Ball wants is to buckle down to work and help the Lakers reclaim their lost glory.“That should be a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to meeting all those guys and getting on the court with them and trying to win. Right now, I’m just focused on playing and I just want to get on the court,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The 19-year-old Ball is looking forward to representing his hometown and play for a proud franchise like the Lakers.“I’m just thankful for everybody helping me get here and I’m truly blessed to be able to play for my hometown,” said the Anaheim, California-born guard.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHis father, Lavar, has repeatedly expressed his family’s desire to have the eldest Ball child to play for the 16-time NBA champions. Now, everything is real as they will see Lonzo hit the same floor legends like Kobe Bryant played on.“It felt great. You know, my dad was right there, my brothers. I know mom is watching at home and all the rest of my family. They’re all supportive, and like I said, I’m just truly blessed to be in this position. I feel good. Tonight was supposed to be a good night and it definitely was,” he said. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagecenter_img NBA: Jimmy Butler’s trainer blasts Bulls GM after draft day trade Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Asean Schools Games: PH undefeated en route to girls’ basketball title

first_imgMOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo from Ministry of Education, Singapore/ASG.The results gave the Philippines two points to finish at the top of the table for the round-robin competition with eight points and no losses.Meanwhile, Thailand took home the silver medal after beating bronze medallists Malaysia 78-52.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIndonesia finished fourth and Singapore fifth. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Philippines’ girls basketball team in ASEAN Schools Games. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/EDSTER SYSINGAPORE – The Philippines clinched the girls’ basketball championship at the Asean Schools Games on Wednesday.On the final day at Our Tampines Hub, they put in a dominant performance to beat host Singapore, 82-32.ADVERTISEMENT View comments FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ PH gets bronze in Asean Schools Games girls’ volleyball Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

Was LeBron James’ tweet a shot at teammate Kyrie Irving?

first_imgHowever, James’ latest short but subtle tweet has caused quite a stir on social media, which many believe refers to his disgruntled point guard.Without dropping names, the league’s premier superstar ignited speculations anew, writing: “Never let another ride your wave.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ LATEST STORIES Kyrie Irving #2 and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate after a play in the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPThe Kyrie Irving-LeBron James supposed feud has calmed down a bit, after the latter discredited numerous reports from “uncredible sources.”READ: LeBron denies Irving trade rumors: ‘#NotFacts, get another source’ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “He handled the situation exactly like he was supposed to,” Griffin shared. “He went to [Cavs owner] Dan Gilbert privately, told him that he thought he would be happier somewhere else. The absolute worst thing this guy could have done was pretend to be all-in and sink the ship from within. Most guys don’t have the courage to do what he did.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul His post has been retweeted over 65,000 times, with most netizens acknowledging it as a direct shot at Irving’s wishes of playing elsewhere.Despite playing in the three straight NBA Finals since James’ return to Cleveland in 2014, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst revealed that Irving no longer wants to play second fiddle to LeBron.Cleveland, of course, is under no obligation to honor Irving’s request, since he is still under contract through 2018-19 before a player option in 2019-20.Meanwhile, in a recent appearance on ESPN’s The Jump, former Cavs General Manager David Griffin praised how Irving managed the trade request.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Gilas battles China Never let another ride your wave 🌊!!!— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 8, 2017 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

Muller close to old self – Heynckes

first_imgBayern München Muller close to his old self again – Heynckes Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 20:48 10/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) thomas muller - cropped Bongarts Bayern München Bayern München v Celtic Hamburger SV v Bayern München Hamburger SV UEFA Champions League Bundesliga The Bayern Munich forward struggled during the latter months of Carlo Ancelotti’s reign, but is starting to display his former sparkle Thomas Muller is showing signs of becoming “his old self” at Bayern Munich, according to coach Jupp Heynckes.The Germany international struggled for form under Carlo Ancelotti and found himself in and out of the starting XI during the Italian’s final few months in charge.Muller 5/6 to score v Hamburg Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Muller, who appeared to criticise Ancelotti’s methods when he claimed Bayern would have “good training again” following Heynckes’ appointment, has enjoyed a new lease of life since the treble-winning boss returned to the club.The 28-year-old bagged an assist in the 5-0 thrashing of Freiburg and scored in the 3-0 Champions League win over Celtic on Wednesday, and Heynckes believes his performance showed he is nearing his best once more.”He’s close to finding his old form,” Heynckes told a news conference. “He started on Saturday and on Wednesday. He ran 13 kilometres against Celtic; of those 13, he ran one at a high intensity. This shows how important he was to us in that game and that he’ll soon be his old self again.”We have huge challenges and a lot of travelling in the next few weeks. I saw how Thomas sprinted and worked defensively; he was great. He was an example as a captain.”Bayern resume Bundesliga duties against struggling Hamburg, who have just two wins from their first eight league games and have not beaten the champions in the last 17 competitive meetings.Heynckes, however, insists they are a team Bayern must not underestimate as they look to close the two-point gap to league leaders Borussia Dortmund and stay above third-place RB Leipzig.”You have to respect the opponent as much as possible. Hamburg are much better than results have shown recently,” he said.”It’s a three-way fight at the moment. Dortmund and Leipzig are, of course, very good teams. We can still work hard in some areas and then we’ll be able to improve again.”We need to play in Hamburg in the way we started. When I see how the team reacts, it makes coaching again a lot of fun.”last_img read more

10 months agoRoma chief Monchi on Boston summit: We’re not there to talk American food

first_imgRoma chief Monchi on Boston summit: We’re not there to talk American foodby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma chief Monchi denies coach Eusebio di Francesco’s future is up for discussion.Di Francesco oversaw victory against Genoa on Sunday amid talk he’d be sacked if they lost.Monchi is travelling to Boston this week for talks with president James Pallotta and stated: “I go to Boston every month because there are matters to discuss, we have so many things to talk about.”An analysis will be done, we always do it, it’s normal that he wants to know the situation, we do not go to Boston to talk about American food. We will talk about football.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ric Hamre receives recognition from peers with 40 years of Service Award

first_imgHamre’s Funeral Chapel was originally Reynars Funeral Home. Hamre purchased the business from his father Ernie who operated the company out of Dawson Creek. His daughter goes on to share, all forty years have been spent serving the direct community of Fort St. John.This award is recognition and a testament to Hamre’s dedication to his profession. Hamre is currently a representative on the Funeral Service Association of British Columbia Board of Directors and is past President of the Funeral Service Association of Canada.Hamre’s Funeral Chapel is also the only full-service facility in Fort St. John and as the needs of the city have grown so has the building to meet the needs of the community, now with the only operating crematorium in Fort St. John. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With years of dedication to the community, local funeral director and embalmer Ric Hamre was recently recognized and awarded by his peers.Awarded ’40 years of Dedicated Service’ by the B.C. Funeral Associaton at a conference in Kelowna, Hamre is a third generation funeral professional. Hamre has been the owner of Hamre’s Funeral Chapel since 1986. His daughter Kaylie Hamre said, ” My father purchased the business from my Grandfather.”last_img read more