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

Suarez given 10-match ban

first_img Suarez has until midday on Friday to appeal the additional suspension. In a statement, Liverpool’s managing director Ian Ayre said the club was “shocked and disappointed” by the suspension. “Both the club and player are shocked and disappointed at the severity of today’s Independent Regulatory Commission decision,” said managing director Ian Ayre. “We await the written reasons tomorrow before making any further comment.” The 10-game ban is harsher than the eight-match suspension handed to Suarez in December 2011 for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra, and significantly more than the four-game ban given to Chelsea captain John Terry last year for racist abuse. QPR midfielder Joey Barton was given a 12-game ban last season, for a red card and violent conduct towards three players. In 2006, the FA banned Manchester City’s Ben Thatcher for eight matches for an elbow incident that left Portsmouth’s Pedro Mendes unconscious. The sanction was imposed by an independent regulatory commission on a charge of violent conduct against the Liverpool striker. An FA statement said: “A three-person independent regulatory commission today upheld the FA’s claim that a suspension of three matches was clearly insufficient and the player will serve a further seven first-team matches in addition to the standard three. The suspension begins with immediate effect.” Press Associationcenter_img Luis Suarez has been banned for 10 matches for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, the Football Association has announced.last_img read more

Yggdrasil posts strong first quarter showing

first_img Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Yggdrasil Gaming has reported a successful first quarter of 2018, with both revenues and earning showing significant increases. It’s 73 per cent rise in revenues saw figures of SEK57.6m reached, eclipsing the previous years SEK33.3m, whilst EBITDA rose to SEK18.1m, a 26.5 per cent year-on-year increase from 2017’s SEK13.3m.Regarding EBITDA margin, a slight drop from 40 per cent to 31 per cent was reported, which CEO and founder, Fredrik Elmqvist, addressed by saying: “The decline in margin is accounted for by the additional investment at London’s ICE trade show, as well as costs taken in conjunction with the ongoing expansion of the business.”Also amongst its Q1 figures, the online gaming content developer announced that mobile gaming accounted for 61 per cent of its total estimated gross game win, with total player rounds also showing a 90.2 per cent increase to 1.3bn.In addition to this, a number of other first quarter highlights have been highlighted by Yggdrasil, including its entry into table games, plans to enter Spain alongside GVC and the launch of it new studio partnership program, YGS Masters.Regarding his firm’s Q1 showing Elmqvist commented “Once again, I am proud to be in a position to present another action-packed quarter for Yggdrasil Gaming,” before adding: “As ever, innovation remains at the very core of Yggdrasil’s DNA. Innovation is on show in everything we do, but particularly in the strategic initiatives either progressed or launched during the quarter. “We began the year announcing our upcoming table games product, which we are confident will revolutionise the vertical when it launches later this year. “The product is based on a new, proprietary technological framework, Redux, which combines the best aspects of live and RNG casino, allowing players to immerse themselves in a fully 3D environment. “Similarly, our bingo product, announced at the end of 2017, continues to progress. Bringing the Yggdrasil spark to these new verticals presents us with a significant growth opportunity.“Alongside these new initiatives, we continue to develop new, world-class casino slots content and expand our commercial operations. Yggdrasil has also worked closely with our customers and I am very happy to announce that we have signed a number of high profile operators, adding to our strong customer list.“I believe the conditions are right for continued strong growth ahead. We see strong interest in our games and in-game promotional tools among both operators and end players. I am very excited regarding the opportunities laying ahead, and we will continue to prioritise growth and build upon our world-class offering.” Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020last_img read more