Canada finds another new flu strain in farm workers

first_imgJul 8, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Public health officials in Canada yesterday announced that they have detected a new influenza strain—one that contains human seasonal flu and a swine flu virus—in two workers on a Saskatchewan hog farm. Canada said it has notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the new virus, as required under international health regulations. Douglas, the province’s chief veterinary officer, said in the statement, “It is important to remember that only healthy hogs go to slaughter and that pork is safe to eat. Influenza is not transmitted by eating pork products.” Initial testing on the pigs indicates they were infected with swine influenza A, common in swine herds, but not the new human strain found in the workers, the Public Health Agency said. Further surveillance will be conducted on Saskatchewan’s hog industry workers, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is providing the province with guidance on swine herd surveillance. Saskatchewan’s health agency said in a statement yesterday that additional responses include reinforcing biosecurity measures at the affected farm and vaccinating the hog farm’s workers. The workers had mild illness and have recovered, and authorities are investigating a third suspected case, the Public Health Agency of Canada said in statement yesterday. Dr Greg Douglas, Saskatchewan’s chief veterinary officer, told Reuters today that the new virus contains genes from the seasonal human H1N1 flu strain and a triple reassortant H3N2 strain that is common in swine populations. It added that in most cases, viruses such as the one found in the hog farm workers are not transmitted easily between humans. “To date, there is no evidence that this strain has transmitted between humans,” the agency said. However, the events highlight the need for ongoing surveillance in pig populations to monitor for changes, Bridges said.center_img Jul 7 Saskatchewan Health press release Canada’s health minister Leona Ablukkaq said federal officials are working with Saskatchewan to learn more about the new virus. “Preliminary results indicate the risk to public health is low and that Canadians who have been vaccinated against the regular, seasonal flu should have some immunity to this new flu strain,” she said in the statement. The virus detected in Canadian hog farm workers is not a pandemic flu threat because it contains external human virus proteins—the part the immune system recognizes, she said. “That’s what matters most, and the flu vaccine provides good coverage. A large proportion of the population has some preexisting immunity.” Sustained transmission of the new virus among humans is unlikely, she added. Dr Carolyn Bridges, associate director of epidemiologic science in the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) influenza division, told CIDRAP News that the reassortment event in Canada isn’t surprising. “We know that humans pass influenza viruses to pigs on a regular basis,” she said, adding that the human seasonal H3N2 influenza virus first entered North American swine herds in 1998 and that multiple reassortment events have been detected since then. See also: “This is just another demonstration of how dynamic these viruses are,” Bridges said. Jul 7 Public Health Agency of Canada press releaselast_img read more

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Istrian olive oil from Novigrad won gold medals in Paris and New York

first_imgCroatian olive oils won 27 gold and 11 silver medals, and two oils were named the best in their category in the United States at the New York International Olive Oil Competition, NYOOC, where a group of international experts tasted samples of nearly 700 extra virgin olive oils from all over the world to decide who deserves to be recognized as the best olive oil in the world.One of the winners is the Istrian olive oil Vergal Frantoio from Novigrad, which won gold medals both in New York and in Paris. At the NYOOC, Vergal Frantoio olive oil was declared one of the world’s best oils for 2018 and won a gold medal in the category of monoculture oils of mild fruitiness. By the way, this world competition has attracted more than 900 entries from 27 countries this year.At the same time, on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, specifically in Paris, the non-profit organization L’Agence pour la Valorisation des Produits Agricoles, AVPA, which brings together producers from around the world, awarded the Gourmet Gold Medal for the Frantoio variety, extra virgin olive oil Vergal. AVPA discovers the best among the best and rewards them, and this year the 16th International Seed Edible Oils Competition was held, in which about 300 submitted vegetable oils (olive oils, cereal oils, nuts and flavored oils) from five continents took part.It is interesting how the producers of the award-winning olive oil Vergal Frantoio Aminess are hotels and camps, one of the leading Croatian tourist companies, which since 2005 have grown varieties of frantoio, leccino and Istrian bjelica in their olive groves located near hotels and camps by the sea. , and chefs at Aminess restaurants use Vergal olive oil in their daily cooking.”Our oil has won numerous awards so far and has been included five times in the specialized guide Flos Olei, which provides an overview of the best extra virgin olive oils in the world. We are extremely glad to be recognized at European and world competitions and that Vergal Frantoio has its place among the best oils, which has further confirmed the quality and indisputability of belonging to the very top of world-renowned olive oils. “, said Alen Fiala, head of the Aminess brand Vergal.last_img read more

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Only 15 percent of domestic agricultural products end up in tourism. And that’s why our tourism is in the banana

first_imgState Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism Tonči Glavina istaknuo je kako će se kroz mjesec prezentirati akcijski plan razvoja enogastronomije u će se dati vrlo jasne smjernice kako razvijati poljoprivredni sektor uz turizam. “Fokus je na regionalnom pristupu, a jedini mogući način razvoja kvalitetnog turističkog proizvoda je vezan uz razvoj poljoprivrede. Naša budućnost je brendiranje naših vina i poljoprivrednih proizvoda kvalitetom, na tome uspješno radimo već godinama, a dokaz je što sve više gostiju dolazi kod nas zbog gastronomije, a ne samo zbog mora i sunca“, poručio je Glavina, dodavši kako će se ta priča razvijati još desetljećima.   Porazna činjenica je da dok turizam “cvate” i raste, naša poljoprivreda propada. Podsječam, prošle godine posjetilo nas je 19,4 milijuna turista which they accomplished 106 million overnight stays, a koji su konzumirali jaja, salatu, paradajz, dagnje, lignje…. iz uvoza. I zato nam je turizam u banani, blago rečeno. ” When we talk about the placement of agricultural and food products in tourism, we have two problems. The first is that we generally do not produce enough food, and the second problem lies in the producers themselves who do not have a uniform quality standard and sufficient production needed for tourism. regionalize and direct aid to branches that can maximize production and productivity, because without it there is no competitiveness ” , said the Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for Agriculture and Tourism Dragan Kovacevic  At the panel “Agriculture and Tourism” held as part of the conferences, the answer to the question: Why is our tourism bad? The answer to the question is clear because we encourage imports through tourism, instead of stimulating the local economy. State Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture Marija Vuckovic said that there was no accurate official data on the share of domestic food in tourism, but that, according to her estimate, about 15 percent of agricultural products are consumed in tourism, while the rest falls on domestic consumption and exports.  Photo: Lošinj Tourist Board Marijo Puškarić, vlasnik OPG-a Agro Puškarić, kazao je kako oni nemaju direktnu prodaju prema turizmu, već se tu oslanjaju na velike trgovačke lance. „Naši proizvođači zaziru od zadruga zbog prošlosti, a i proizvodnja je dosta različita pa je teško uskladiti interese. Unatoč tome, manjim proizvođačima je to jedina opcija da plasiraju svoje proizvode na tržište, bez toga neće opstati“, zaključio je Puškarić. S tom procjenom se složio i profesor Ivo Grgić s Agronomskog fakulteta kazavši kako je 15 posto domaće proizvodnje u turizmu i puno i malo. „Malo je jer u ukupnoj potrošnji u turizmu veliki udio hrane dolazi iz uvoza, a puno jer ako bude problema u turizmu, dolazi do opasnosti za naše proizvođače koji gube tržište. Mi imamo i problem potpora jer njihov veliki dio završava u krivim rukama“, pojasnio je Grgić, uz napomenu da godišnje uvezemo 300 milijuna eura voća i povrća. „Ako bi investirali 300 milijuna eura kroz tri godine, iz EU fondova, banaka i osobnih investicija, mi bi kroz dvije godine povratili uloženo kroz vrijednost proizvodnje“, rekao je Grgić. Photo: HGKcenter_img All this is the result because we did not deal strategically and sustainably with the development of our tourism, but on the contrary, spontaneously and by inertia. Kovačević called for the association of small producers and pointed out examples of good practice of cooperation between hotel houses and local family farms through which foreign guests are offered fresh and indigenous products. ” Tourists want authenticity, and food and wine is the right way to get to know our customs and culture,” Kovacevic said, adding that the Croatian Chamber of Commerce is carrying out a series of activities to raise awareness of our citizens to buy Croatian and thus contribute to our economy and jobs.  This is exactly one of our main tourism problems and proof that we have completely made a mistake in our tourism development. Crazy, counter productive and out of every mind, but that is unfortunately the reality. The very meaning of tourism is to stimulate the local economy, not to encourage imports, while agriculture is failing. Predsjednik Uprave Podravke i predsjednik ŽK Koprivnica Marin Pucar je istaknuo kako Podravka 83 posto svojih proizvoda plasira kroz retail, a 17 posto kroz HoReCa kanale prodaje. „Turistički sektor na Podravku ima utjecaj od 20-ak posto na ukupne prihode u Hrvatskoj, a taj potencijal je još veći. Nastojimo dići udio domaće sirovine u našim proizvodima jer time ne samo da povećavamo izvoz, već i smanjujemo uvoz. Turizam je idealan medij da naše izvozne proizvode promoviramo na uskom teritoriju s puno manjim marketinškim troškovima pa ćemo ove godine krenuti s puno agresivnijom, ciljanom reklamnom kampanjom”, Said Pucar.  As a confirmation of this thesis is the sad fact that, according to estimates, only 15 percent of domestic agricultural products end up in tourism. Katarina Miličević, direktorica tvrtke Thinktourism, je naglasila da Hrvatska zaslužuje pohvale za svoj turizam, ali da ne postojimo na karti svijeta kao gastronomska destinacija. “Najprepoznatljiviji smo po vinu i kavi. Italija i Grčka su puno jači gastronomski brendovi. Moramo se bolje i prezentirati, a za to bi trebali bolje poznavati vlastitu gastronomsku ponudu“, poručila je Miličević  In 2017, Večernji list launched a series of conferences entitled “Croatia as we need it”, and today, two years later, it was organized as a kind of recapitulation of the first conference.last_img read more

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Turkey plans to reach the figure of 75 million tourists in 2020

first_imgSource / photo: Travel and Tour World; Pixabay TURKEY INTRODUCES NEW ACCOMMODATION TAXES DESPITE SECTOR DISSATISFACTION “With its diverse tourist offer, such as health and congress tourism and gastrotourism, Turkey has already practically reached its original goal for 2023, or two years earlier, which is to attract 50 million tourists.”, Says İbrahim Halil Korkmaz, president of the Istanbul Tourism Association (ISTTA), adding that the country has now expanded its goals by placing a stronger focus on religious tourism. To that end, the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism has planned a religious tour that passes through the country, and five centers for religious tourism have already been designated to lead the initiative, reports Travel and Tour World. TURKEY DISCOVERED NEW TOURIST STRATEGY FOR 2023. PROMOTION BUDGET INCREASED TO $ 220 MILLION Turkey is in a favorable position in terms of religious-tourist potential as a historical gathering place of civilizations, given the abundance of sights important for Muslims, but also followers of several different religious denominations, including Christians. Korkmaz said the goal now is to welcome 75 million tourists by the end of 2022, with expected revenues of $ 65 billion. He stressed the importance of turning the country into a hub for religious tourism in an attempt to achieve those goals, noting that the number of Muslim tourists in 2018 was 140 million, compared to 2000 when the figure was 25 million. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey in its tourism strategy for 2023 year included, among other things, religious tourism in order to attract as many international tourists as possible, which is expected to exceed 50 million. RELATED NEWS:last_img read more

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Welcome awards presented – for excellence in tourism in Zadar County

first_imgAs part of the Welcome project – an award for the best renters in Zadar County, awards for excellence in tourism were presented. Welcome awards for the best renters in Zadar County is a project of Zadar County which aims to encourage and emphasize the importance of a quality approach in managing family accommodation. The aim of the project is to raise the quality and enrich the offer of family accommodation in the Zadar County.  In the “rooms” category, the first prize was won by Ana Katalinić from Starigrad, the second place went to Darija Longina from Zadar, while the third place was won by Nada Baranović from Kožino. By the way, a couple of years ago, the Zadar County launched the Family Accommodation Loan Program Welcome, through which it provides financial support to renters whose facilities are holders of quality labels Welcome, specifically by co-financing the interest rate and securing favorable loans. The award for the best holiday home went to Sandra Sudinja from Sukošan, while Neda Šimović from Poljica came in second with a silver kuna plaque. The best in the “apartments” category was Katarina Bakija from Pakostane, the second was Senka Otavijevic from Sutomiscica, while the third was Davor Keran. Prizes are awarded in three main categories of accommodation: rooms, apartments / studio apartments and holiday homes.  Thus, hosts in family accommodation can use a loan in the amount of HRK 30.000,00 to HRK 150.000,00, with a loan repayment period of up to 5 years, a grace period of one year and a fixed interest rate of up to 5% per year. However, for hosts in family accommodation who are or will become part of the Welcome family, Zadar County subsidizes interest on approved loans with four (4) percentage points for investments in the islands of Zadar County (except the islands of Vir and Pag) and rural areas counties that do not have access to the sea) so that the interest for end users can ultimately be 1% per year. “Our county is visited by an increasing number of tourists every year. But the numbers are only part of the story. What we have to work on is raising the quality of accommodation, services, offers, all with the aim of attracting the highest quality guests. We see the project of rewarding the best renters as an additional incentive to all those who systematically invest in quality and try to follow the requirements of guests every day and keep up with trends in tourism.”, Said Bozidar Longin, Zadar County Prefect.last_img read more

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Park should honor Holocaust victims

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion This is in response to the March 26 article about the Holocaust memorial proposed for Niskayuna’s Route 7.While the proponents of this memorial are to be commended for bringing this issue to the public domain, their proposed execution appears to be misdirected. By erecting a death camp gate, a wall, a symbolic oven, and a transportation box car, they are memorializing the tools of the perpetrators instead of focusing on and memorializing the Holocaust victims.Would it not be more appropriate to erect a memorial to these nameless victims? They have no graves or tomb stones; they are forgotten. A simple memorial, with the names of the death camps, since no one is certain in which they perished, would be good. Since there are a number of Capital District residents who have relatives who perished in the Holocaust, a listing of their names on this memorial would be a solemn tribute and connect to the region.Why am I writing this letter? My grandparents and many uncles, aunts and cousins, whom I knew in the 1930s, were deported to a death camp in 1942, according to published deportation lists. So I do have a valid reason to weigh in. I respectfully ask the Niskayuna Town Board and the proponents of this memorial to consider the above.Erwin FriedRexfordMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Friday, May 3

first_imgNational Grid’s pipeline justification is to prevent an energy shortage, which is rare. Another rationale is to meet a projected increase in “energy demand of 1.1 percent per year, which is easily met by very attainable “demand response” reduction measures such as use of renewables, conservation and efficiencies.Please help to stop this environmental threat by writing to: beckyjmeier@gmail.com or to: info@stopnypipeline.org.Consider submitting public comments to the state Public Service Commission, the lead agency, by going to: http://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/Comments/PublicComments.aspx?MatterCaseNo=19-T-0069.To get comment ideas and to read the actual resolution against the pipeline passed by the East Greenbush Town Board, go to: http://www.caseonline.org.The purported deadline for public comments was April 24, but one can still make public comments.Public officials of Albany or Rensselaer county or residents of Bethlehem, East Greenbush or North Greenbush have a right to register with the state Public Service Commission to obtain “party status.” This entitles one to “special rights.”For much more detailed information about this fracked gas proposal, go to: Nothing to admire about Donald TrumpPoor Dave Edwards in his April 22 letter, still attempting to defend the indefensible and reprehensible corrupt liar-in-chief, convinced that in 2016, Trump won “fair and square.”  Has he even read the Mueller Report (MR) regarding Russian interference in the U.S. election?  Russian interference was “sweeping and systematic.” It continues to this day. This administration ignores calls to increase security on our election system.   Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNext president must  possess empathy After attending a lecture on the book “Leadership in Turbulent Times” by Doris Kearns Goodwin, the person speaking about the book highlighted admirable qualities of our greatest past American leaders such as Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson.One quality which is often forgotten during the intensity of the election period, is “empathy.”The leaders noted above displayed empathy as they led the country. They were able to lead keeping in mind the pain and challenges faced by ordinary Americans. Consider the human side of license issueThe April 26 Gazette editorial opposing driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants asks, “Who are these politicians who support this idea listening to?” As a supporter of the proposed legislation, I feel they have been listening to me, among many others across New York state. In turn, I have been listening to immigrant members of our community right here in the Capital Region:The farmworker who needs a ride to the ICE office in Latham so he can check in for his monthly appointment, in compliance with the law. The mother who needs a ride to an appointment at her child’s school, where the child is legally enrolled, although both mother and child are undocumented immigrants. The older sister, an undocumented immigrant, who needs to transport her younger sister, a U.S. citizen, to a medical appointment. In each of these cases, driver’s licenses would help people respond to legitimate needs.As these examples demonstrate, the real circumstances are much more complex than people answering a simple poll question are likely to take into account. In my experience, the more people understand the complexity, the more likely they are to favor “Green Light” driver’s license legislation.We all need to respect the rule of law. But as citizens, we also have the responsibility of making sure that our laws respect the real human beings who live among us and make valuable contributions to our community. For this reason above all, the Green Light driver’s license bill deserves our support.Terry DiggorySaratoga SpringsThe writer is a co-coordinator of the Saratoga Immigration Coalition. On April 25, we took our grandson to Jumping Jacks. My husband had his Vietnam Veterans cap on. Our son had bought him the hat and told him to wear it and be proud as he is proud of him.When we went to pay for our order, the cashier said to my husband, “Thank you for your service and you do not have to pay for your order.” A person paid for our order and wanted to be anonymous. My husband wanted to thank this person, as he has been home a little over 47 years from the war and this is the first time someone has ever done something like this. He was very touched and surprised.We are hoping that the person who did this reads The Gazette so that they will know how much this thoughtfulness meant to a Vietnam Veteran. May God bless you always and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.   John and Diane RourkeSchenectady Vietnam veteran touched by gesture They find whatever space they can for senior apartments. See what can be done. The CVS has a pretty big parking lot, which is located in the center of Broadway, Curry Road, Mariaville and Duanesburg Road.Carole RyanRotterdam http://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/MatterManagement/CaseMaster.aspx?MatterCaseNo=19-T-0069&submit=Search.Robert ConnorsCanaan 5 Corners area needs to have a food storeI feel we should have a mini-mart or some food store at 5 Corners in Rotterdam. You have people from Duanesburg, Mariaville and Westhill who have to drive to Price Chopper or Hannaford or go to Cobleskill. Speak out against pipeline proposalOn April 17, the Town Board of East Greenbush voted unanimously against the proposed Capital District “E37 Resiliency & Reliability” fracked gas pipeline.Citizens need to fight for a better environmental solution to our energy needs, while protesting the paucity and limited nature of National Grid’s pipeline announcements.  Thanks for coverage of mayor’s passingI want to thank The Gazette for all the wonderful coverage concerning my father, Frank J. Duci. You certainly have touched on issues and his life from a personal point of view. I sincerely appreciate all the time and energy covering my father’s life and it will always be remembered.Sincerely, his daughter,Nancy Duci DenofioSaratoga Springs The MR is damning, noting nearly a dozen examples of obstruction by Trump. If Trump were an ordinary citizen, he would be indicted.Upon learning of the appointment of the special counsel, he whined, “I’m f—-d.”  Words of an innocent man? And there’s his tax returns. What’s he hiding?Trump has proposed cutting billions from Medicare and Medicaid, wants the ACA gone, and gave tax cuts to the wealthy and large corporations, sending the deficit into the stratosphere. Please note that this decade-long strong economy was built on the basis of the Obama recovery.Trump deals in fear, hate and intimidation. Mr. Edwards admires a charlatan, science denier, cheat and bigot who idolizes dictators and who takes perverse pleasure in name-calling, among other disgusting traits unless he’s defending white nationalists (Remember Charlottesville?). He just did that again.There is nothing remotely admirable about Trump. He’s an ignorant fool and continues to soil the office of the presidency.Cynthia SwansonNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists While considering the important issues they focused less on politics and more on solutions for what the country was going through.If there is one takeaway for our current president, it is for him to consider taking out the “me” factor from governing and replace it with the “we” factor for his governing.I hope that we will be reflective enough to never again select a leader who, in spite of their ability to persuade us, will not cause us to waver from this awareness.We will do much better with a leader who will demonstrate empathy and understanding of America’s best principles and commit to address the issues of all Americans, not just their political base.Bill ShapiroSchenectadylast_img read more

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Agent arrested for ‘child porn’

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Property analyst of the year

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Autumn kick-off target for £200m Wembley revamp

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