H5N1 hits Nepal for first time, strikes another Indian state

first_imgJan 20, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Animal health workers in Nepal are culling thousands of poultry in response to the country’s first outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza, as officials in India said the virus spread to another Indian state, Sikkim in the northeastern part of the country.In a Jan 16 report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), government officials in Nepal said the virus struck backyard poultry in a village in Jhapa district in the southeastern corner of the country. The outbreak killed 14 of 13,000 susceptible birds in the area.Investigators have not determined the source of the outbreak, the OIE report said.Laxman Hamal, a government administrator, said more than 10,000 chickens and ducks have been culled over the past 4 days, Agence France-Presse reported today. Hamal said officials have banned the sale, transport, consumption, and farming of poultry in the outbreak area for the next 3 months to control the spread of the virus.Elsewhere, a veterinary official in India’s Sikkim state said today that tests have revealed the H5N1 in dead poultry and wild birds, Reuters reported today. Sikkim, located in northeast India, is the country’s smallest state and borders West Bengal state, as well as Nepal and China, all of which have reported recent H5N1 outbreaks.Officials plan on culling about 15,000 chickens and ducks in Sikkim, the report said.India’s health ministry has sent a rapid response team to the area to conduct surveillance in nearby residents and has shipped oseltamivir (Tamiflu), masks, and other protective equipment to the area, the Times of India reported today.India has battled sporadic H5N1 outbreaks since 2006, most recently in several districts in West Bengal and Assam states.See also:Jan 16 OIE reportlast_img read more

Football clubs involvement and betting amongst panel topics at Esports BAR

first_imgCannes will soon play host to the Esports BAR, an event taking place between February 12-14th. There’s a host of content across the three days, with Esports Insider involved in two panels across the two days.First on the menu for team ESI is “What football clubs are doing in esports (and why it matters)”. The panel is made up of Dennis Andreas Nirtl, the CEO and Co-Founder of Stark Esports; Pedro Silva, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Qwatti Esports Agency and Sergio Benet, General Manager of Valencia. The panel will look at how football clubs are entering the space and the various approaches that clubs have taken. There’s been a real assortment of approaches – but what works best?This is the second iteration of the Esports BAR in CannesThere’s no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than being in the South of France with an idyllic backdrop listening to Adam Savinson, Head of Esports at Betway Group share insight with James Watson, Head of Esports at Sportradar and Suraj Gosai, Co-Founder & CEO of Blinkpool. Pulling the strings, and keeping the panel on the straight and narrow will be none other than the bastion of esports integrity, ESIC Commissioner Ian Smith. The panel will look at the challenges around esports betting and consider publishers will become more open to betting sponsors in the future. Other panels and speeches at the event include a presentation on the Blockchain Effect on esports from Millennial Esports CEO Alex Igelman, esports sponsorship and an interesting look at China – considering often inflated and questionable figures coming from the East. There’s a host of speakers lined up, with the likes of Wouter Sleijffers, CEO of Fnatic heading out there as well as Ralf Reichert, CEO of ESL and Patrick Chapman, Gaming and Esports Partnerships at Facebook.Esports Insider will be in attendance for the entire event so do not hesitate to get in touch and arrange a meeting using sam@esportsinsider.com.   Sam Cooke, Editor of Esports Insider said: “The event looks like it’ll be a corker out in Cannes and we’re excited to have worked with Esports BAR to help bring two panels on topics that we consider of great relevance to the industry. The speakers are each fantastic so if you’re out in Cannes, don’t miss them”. Disclaimer: Esports Insider is a media partner of Esports BAR.last_img read more

‘Super stuff’: Thomas Partey scores from about 15-yards in his backyard [VIDEO]

first_imgFootball may be out of the window for now due to the outbreak of Coronavirus but Black Stars midfielder, Thomas Partey is keeping himself busy.The Spanish La Liga, where Thomas Partey plies his trade, has been halted due to the pandemic just like many major football leagues in the globe.So, Partey has been trying out some things like lobbing a football into a basketball hoop in his backyard.A video of the exhibition of skill was shared on social media on Wednesday.The Black Stars player is currently reported to be wanted by some clubs in Europe including Arsenal, Manchester United as well as Juventus.It is reported in the Spanish press that the player has no desire to leave Atletico Madrid and is willing to pen a five-year contract extension with the club.Watch the full video here:last_img read more