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Watch Monsters Of Folk Reunite During Conor Oberst’s Set At Hardly Strictly

first_imgBack in 2009, iconic performers Jim James, Conor Oberst and M. Ward formed a new supergroup called Monsters of Folk. Though the band formed in 2004, the three members didn’t wrap up their self-titled solo album for a full five years, which makes sense when you consider how busy each of them are. After touring in 2009 and 2010 in support of the album, the band was never to be seen from again.That all changed earlier this year, when Oberst and James surprised fans with an appearance at M. Ward’s Hollywood Bowl show. A similar collaboration took place yesterday during Oberst’s set at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, when M. Ward and Jim James appeared at the end to play two tracks from Monsters of Folk album.Check out “Say Please” and “Whole Lotta Losin’” below, courtesy of gridlifeTV, as well as the full setlist of Oberst’s performance.Say PleaseWhole Lotta Losin’ James and Oberst will also be playing a sold-out show tonight, 10/1, at The Fillmore in San Francisco.last_img read more

Obesity rate will reach at least 42%

first_imgResearchers at Harvard University say America’s obesity epidemic won’t plateau until at least 42 percent of adults are obese, an estimate derived by applying mathematical modeling to 40 years of Framingham Heart Study data.Their work, published this week in the journal PLoS Computational Biology, runs counter to recent assertions by some experts that the obesity rate, which has been at 34 percent for the past five years, may have peaked. An additional 34 percent of American adults are overweight but not obese, according to the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The Harvard scientists say that their modeling shows that the proliferation of obesity among American adults in recent decades owes in large part to its accelerating spread via social networks.“Our analysis suggests that while people have gotten better at gaining weight since 1971, they haven’t gotten any better at losing weight,” says lead author Alison L. Hill, a graduate student in Harvard’s Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, Biophysics Program, and at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. “Specifically, the rate of weight gain due to social transmission has grown quite rapidly.”The projections by Hill and colleagues are a best-case scenario, meaning that America’s obesity rate could rise above 42 percent of adults. One silver lining is that their model suggests the U.S. population may not reach this level for another 40 years, making the future rate of increase much more gradual than over the past 40 years. Only 14 percent of Framingham Heart Study participants were obese in 1971.Along with co-authors David G. Rand, Martin A. Nowak, and Nicholas A. Christakis, Hill broke down the spread of obesity into three components:● the rate at which obesity has spread through social networks, via transfer from person to person;● the rate of nonsocial transmission of obesity, such as through easier access to unhealthy foods or increasingly sedentary lifestyles;● the rate of “recovery” from obesity, defined as weight loss sufficient to push body mass index (BMI) back below 30.“We find that while nonsocial transmission of obesity remains the most important component in its spread, social transmission of obesity has grown much faster in the last four decades,” says Rand, a research scientist in the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics and a fellow in Harvard’s Department of Psychology and Berkman Center for Internet & Society.Hill, Rand, and colleagues found that a nonobese American adult has a 2 percent chance of becoming obese in any given year — a figure that has risen in recent decades — and that this number rises by 0.5 percentage points with each obese social contact, meaning that four obese contacts doubles the risk of becoming obese.By comparison, an obese adult has a 4 percent chance of losing enough weight to fall back to merely “overweight” in any given year. This figure has remained essentially constant since 1971.“These results suggest that social norms are changing the propensity for becoming obese by nonsocial mechanisms, and also magnifying the effect that obese individuals have on their nonobese contacts,” the scientists write in PLoS Computational Biology.Hill, Rand, Nowak, and Christakis’ work was funded by the National Institute on Aging, the John Templeton Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Science Foundation/National Institutes of Health Joint Program in Mathematical Biology, and graduate fellowships from the National Science Foundation, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.last_img read more

Spring school programs flower at the Arboretum

first_img Read Full Story Spring flowers and new leaves at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University signal the return of schoolchildren for outdoor field study experiences. For three decades, the Arboretum has reached out to students from Boston schools to participate in structured explorations of the collections, life science instruction, and engaging interactions with the natural world. This season the Arboretum welcomes hundreds of science students from pre-school through primary grades with new programs, an enhanced partnership for in-class instruction at a neighborhood elementary school, and six additional volunteer guides.Beginning in April, young explorers delve into the landscape through five educational programs designed for hands-on learning. The youngest participants—pre-schoolers from Head Start and kindergarten students—discover plants, animals, and habitats in the Explorations program. Boston’s first-grade students explore living things and their habitats in the Organisms program, and second-grade students compare plants grown in the classroom with the Arboretum’s mature tree specimens in Old Plants. Upper elementary school grades investigate how flowers make seeds in Flowers Change, and compare evergreen conifers and deciduous flowering trees and their cultural uses in Native Trees/Native Peoples.last_img read more

Moments to seize

first_imgGraduation may be on the minds of some members of the Class of 2015, but as they — and their parents — were reminded this past weekend, their remaining time at Harvard College is rich with opportunity.More than 1,300 family members visited campus Friday and Saturday for Junior Parents Weekend 2014, sponsored by the Office of Student Life. At Sanders Theatre Friday, President Drew Faust and interim Harvard College Dean Donald Pfister welcomed parents, guests, and students to the annual event.“Juniors, you can spend your time between now and Commencement worrying about fellowship applications, job applications, and graduate school applications. You can spend the present thinking about the future, and you can leave Harvard in spirit before you leave it in body,” said Faust. “You have 454 days left in your undergraduate careers and I challenge you to use each one wisely.”Faust also had a message for parents.“Thank you for your children. They are remarkable people. We are grateful for the privilege of their company,” she said. “We look forward to seeing you next year to celebrate their graduation.”Pfister, who is also the Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany, joined Faust in emphasizing the importance of focusing on the here and now.“As your thoughts start to drift to what lies in the so-called real world, remember, there are still problems sets, and papers, and finals. There is still time here at Harvard,” Pfister said. “Be sure to fully embrace House life. This is something unique, special, something you will only experience here and not again.”The interim dean asked juniors in the audience to be sure to include downtime in their busy schedules and not to stress about what the future may hold.“We are still working on that future, and we are working on it together,” he said.The weekend included tours of museums and Widener Library, a 5-mile run, faculty presentations, and open-house events across campus.Parents and guests had the chance to sit in on classes. There was a range of discussions and planning sessions, including “Excelling Beyond Harvard,” an Office of Career Services (OCS) panel that featured advisers from OCS who specialize in helping students establish career paths and apply to professional schools and other graduate programs.last_img read more

Stronger Together: Cisco and VCE

first_imgI’ve been a regular attendee at Cisco Live, Cisco’s annual technology conference in Las Vegas – in fact I started my career in 1996 as a network engineer at Cisco. Each year Cisco has upped its game and delivered a better conference than the year before. This year was no exception. It was a forward looking event that focused on customer challenges and technologies that deliver meaningful results. The Converged Platforms Division of EMC was out in full force to support Cisco – one of our closest and strongest allies.Our partnership with Cisco goes back to before the inception of VCE in 2009 and has resulted in billions of dollars’ worth of business and generated tens of thousands of customers around the globe. Together we have changed the face of the IT industry by creating a new market category – converged infrastructure. The Converged Platforms Division is the undisputed leader as the number 1 in Integrated Systems in 1Q16, according to IDC. The meteoric rise of VCE is testament to the fact that customers need an agile, flexible and scalable infrastructure that can transform their journey towards the modern datacenter and deliver excellent business value.This theme was heavily underscored in a keynote in which I participated along with Cisco’s SVP and CTO, Zorawar Biri Singh, Sandra Rivera from Intel and Val Bercovici from Solidfire. My message was simple:  businesses around the world are looking to gain an edge in the race to digitize — to seamlessly incorporate new technologies, streamline operations and connect more closely with customers, suppliers, and partners. The Converged Platforms Division, along with allies such as Cisco, is playing a leading role in this field. Our transformative converged platforms enable customers to succeed with their critical digitization initiatives.Keynote Discussion: Digitization in a Cloud-Native WorldWatch the full keynote hereChuck Robbins visits the booth at Cisco LiveThere is no better validation of a portfolio than happy customers who are willing to talk about their experience and the benefits they have realized from a technology they have deployed. At Cisco Live one such success story was presented by Mike Somerville, from the University of San Diego, to a packed audience. Mike shed light on the challenges that led to the University opting for VCE’s converged systems four years ago and explained that their IT team was so impressed with the VCE solution that they recently not only bought another Vblock but also added a hyper-converged appliance, VxRail, to their arsenal. This highlights a key point – a large percentage of our business is associated with repeat purchases and is positive proof of how well our technology delivers what we promise it will.You can read the full case study here.Another VCE customer, a federal government department, presented at the event. He showcased the department’s success story by first highlighting the DIY pain they went through before migrating to an engineered solution from VCE, making a strong case for buying infrastructure rather than building it. He then contrasted the results from the department’s massively successful deployment with the VCE sponsored IDC whitepaper which assesses the business value of VCE Vblock Systems. I was pleased to see that the federal government department’s deployment results bested the metrics in the IDC whitepaper. Now that is what I call success!We also hosted our VCE User Group (VUG) meeting, a forum for customers to connect with us and other customers. Another successful event, it allowed us to touch base with our customers and take a quick pulse check on their challenges and future plans.By all accounts it has been an action packed last 12 months at VCE, the Converged Platforms Division of EMC, but one thing that has not only remained constant but grown stronger is our alliance with Cisco. Let there be no doubt we will continue to grow and invest in this relationship as we become Dell EMC.Here’s to a strong partnership and another successful Cisco Live!Watch Trey Layton’s Cisco Live TV interview – Trey’s section starts at 22:18last_img read more

LGBTQ students discuss campus relationships

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the third and final installment in a series about the experience of LGBTQ students at Notre Dame in light of recent requests that the University grant club status to a gay-straight alliance. For senior Rocky Stroud II, meeting up with other gay men on campus is not as simple as getting coffee or hanging out in a dorm room. With other gay students sometimes still in the closet, it often takes planning, and a bit of secrecy. “[Some guys don’t] want the same guy who has been labeled or somewhat seems like he’s gay to keep coming in and out of his room,” Stroud said. “People will then either suspect or know or figure out that he is not coming over to just watch the game.” So when Stroud spends time with a male student who is not out to the Notre Dame community, the pair will go off campus for dinner, wait until late at night to see each other or sometimes, look for obscure places to hook up. “There are rooms on campus that students have used,” he said. “The Jordan science lab was one of them.” At a Catholic university that has not recognized a gay-straight alliance or added sexual orientation to its non-discrimination clause, the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community has formed an underground network that helps them find friendship, love or simply a hook up. Sophomore Mia Lillis said this network is particularly important at Notre Dame — not only for meeting potential romantic partners, but also for finding support. “In an environment like this, a community is necessary because we still feel discriminated against by the official standpoint of the University,” Lillis said. “So we all connect to each other so we can have that haven.” Running underground Students said the underground network is particularly strong among gay men on campus, who meet each other through word of mouth, unofficial student clubs and technology. For those students that use the network to hook up, Stroud said there is often a mutual understanding of secrecy. “It was always kind of like an understanding,” he said. “You won’t tell. I won’t tell. No one will know sort of thing.” However, when the underground nature of the network is accidentally brought to the surface of social circles, things can get messy. For example, Stroud once had a closeted student contact him asking to get together. When someone later saw Stroud calling him, it resulted in accidentally outing the student. “It’s always walking on thin ice and there’s a lot of room for hurting people unintentionally,” he said. Despite the challenges of connecting with other gay men on campus, Stroud said he feels the pool is larger than many straight students might think. “I personally have found it to be enough of people to choose from,” he said. “There are definitely categories to pick from.” However, Lillis said the underground network is less connected among lesbian students because gender stereotypes allow women to stay in the closet if they choose to do so. “Girls will come out to their close friends and then they don’t really feel the need to get connected to the community,” she said. “It’s very possible that there is an equal amount of gay guys and gay girls on campus, it’s just that the girls are not as networked in as the guys.” Another difference between the gay and lesbian communities on campus is the amount of sexual activity among members, which Lillis said is typical of the LGBTQ population in general. “A few [girl] have hooked up, but a very minimal amount,” she said. “I think we are very wary about hooking up with someone or even starting a relationship with someone simply because we do not want to jeopardize friendships.” Without a University recognized gay-straight alliance and only a few sanctioned get-togethers a month through Core Council, senior Jason G’Sell said students use invite-only Facebook groups, websites and cell phone applications to connect. On one popular cell phone app, Grindr, gay men create profiles and the app sorts users by distance, he said. “It shows you headshots of people based on location. So this guy is the closest to me. He is 558 feet away,” G’Sell said. “You can guess by their age and how close they are [if they are a student.] Some people will say on their profile that they are a student at Notre Dame or a grad student or something.” G’Sell said students can chat on Grindr and choose to meet in person. While he said the original purpose of the app was to find people to hook up with, most students do not use it for that purpose. “On campus, it’s more of a social networking tool than a hook up tool,” he said. Lillis said lesbian students do not use websites or apps to meet each other, and mostly meet by chance. “A lot of it is just heresay,” she said. “I’ll come out to someone and they’ll be like, ‘oh, I know a lesbian.’” A key component of the underground network is OutreachND, a student organization solely for LGBTQ students that does not apply for club status at the University, G’Sell said. “It’s totally underground. By going there you’re not outing yourself,” he said. “It’s only through word of mouth that people would hear about them.” The group puts on parties once a month and has a private Facebook group that students must be added to in order to see. “We just hang out and play silly games and stuff,” Lillis said. “It’s just for fun.” ‘The gay loophole’ Despite the challenges to identifying as LGBTQ at Notre Dame, students have found one clear advantage — parietals don’t apply when they want to sleep over with members of the same gender. “It’s the gay loophole,” G’Sell said. “We joke about it all the time. It’s like, if the University is going to screw us over in every other dimension, at least we get this one thing. We get the gay loophole.” When G’Sell was dating his ex-boyfriend, he said he spent the night more than once. “I slept over in his room,” G’Sell said. “No one cares. Again, there is still the rule against having sex and that applies to everyone.” According to the student handbook, du Lac, one reason parietals exist is to respond to the privacy needs of students sharing common living space. “It’s kind of awkward then if someone is gay because how are you supposed to enforce that? Would it make my roommates more uncomfortable if I had a gay guy over or if I had my girlfriend over to sleep over?” Lillis said. “Because one of them the University doesn’t approve of, but the other one the University has nothing to say about.” Stroud, who lives off campus now, said he never ran into a problem when he had male students sleep over in the dorm. However, he said he was often cautious so he did not out a closeted student by accident. “Yes, parietals and the RA couldn’t get me in trouble, but running into another guy could get him in trouble,” he said. A range of relationship experiences G’Sell said once LGBTQ students enter a relationship, the degree to which couples are “public” varies. However, these students said they have been able to engage in typical Notre Dame dating experiences — from SYR’s to dining hall dates. When G’Sell was dating his ex-boyfriend, he said “everyone” in their dorms knew they were together. “He came to Duncan’s dance with me. I knew his rector and he knew my rector,” he said. “There was no doubt about it. I mean, we would hold hands all the time and kiss in public.” Stroud said he has had “all sorts of experiences” in the dating world, from relationships to hook ups to dining hall dates. “Just like a normal couple would,” he said. Stroud said his first Notre Dame gay experience was at a party his sophomore year, before he was out to the campus community. “This guy was just kind of looking at me funny, differently than a straight guy would look at you,” he said. “I kind of let it happen.” After that, Stroud hooked up with him for the next week or two. He said in an underground network that often relies on immediacy and secrecy, a relationship that lasts even a few weeks can seem more serious than it is. “It makes relationships be the extreme,” he said. “It’s either a one night stand, maybe twice, or monogamy is going to start happening to where it is serious after a week. There is no room to ‘date’ because of the underground culture just perpetuates easy access, convenience and no strings attached.” However, Stroud has now been dating another student for the past three months, and said their relationship is fairly public. “It’s a very open, kiss you goodbye, hold your hand type of relationship,” he said. “Everyone can pretty much tell when we’re walking down the quad that we’re dating.” When Lillis came to Notre Dame, she assumed she would be single her entire college experience. But as a freshman, she met an alumna who lives in the area and they began dating. Though Lillis has been out since middle school, she sometimes felt uncomfortable expressing affection in public at Notre Dame. “We would hold hands on campus sometimes and I was so wary of who was around and who was looking at us,” she said. Without sexual orientation in the University’s non-discrimination clause, Lillis feared she would receive backlash at work if a co-worker saw her with another girl because she works at an organization that values Catholic tradition. “I feared that my orientation was a conflict of interest at the job,” she said. However, she said she didn’t experience any overt negative reactions from the campus community when the couple was affectionate in public. She said current students seem to be progressive when it comes to gay men and women expressing themselves romantically on campus. “I think a large part of the problem here is not at all the student body,” Lillis said. “I think the student body is majority on board with granting the gay students on this campus what they are asking for, but I think a large part of it is the administration and the alumni that are holding this University back.”last_img read more

Oppman, Lorenc elected SMC student body president, VP

first_imgDuring her time at Saint Mary’s, newly-elected student body president Bailey Oppman worked as a nursing assistant for a 94-year-old alumna of the College. Now, she hopes to take care of the Saint Mary’s community, working with vice president Lydia Lorenc to tend to the needs of the very people who put them in office: students.Oppman said she and Lorenc, both juniors, look forward to giving back to the College through their leadership roles.“I think this is our way of contributing, of leaving our footprint behind in some small way,” Oppman said. “We’re so passionate about this school.”According to Lorenc, the sisterhood at Saint Mary’s makes the College feel like home, so she and Oppman will strive to ensure that everyone feels welcome and appreciated on campus.“I think it all comes back to inclusivity,” Lorenc said. “We’re excited to really try to bring this community together, even more than it already is.”Lorenc said she hopes students embrace her as a leader and feel comfortable approaching her with any concerns or suggestions. She said she and Oppman will uphold the Saint Mary’s mission — to help students grow in self-discovery — to the best of their ability.“We’re looking to be role models,” Lorenc said. “Everything the school stands for as far as values … is a lot of stuff that we can identify with as well.”Oppman said she eagerly awaits setting an example for younger students, since she fondly remembers admiring the student body leaders who preceded her.“I think it’s really neat that you have these girls entering at a crucial time in their lives, and you can be someone they look up to,” Oppman said. “You can be someone they want to try to aspire to be.”According to Oppman, the added recognition from students and faculty has been difficult to grow accustomed to but added she and Lorenc feel prepared to assume their new positions with optimism and confidence.“We realize that there are people that are going to be watching us now, young and old,” Oppman said. “I think we can use that to our advantage and make the best of it by setting a good example. By embodying what Saint Mary’s stands for, we can make an impact on the girls around campus.”Lorenc said she and Oppman primarily aim to foster the enduring bond between Saint Mary’s women.“It’s always so fun when you’re out and about in the community and you run into another Belle,” Lorenc said. “You instantly feel a connection. It’s all part of the tradition here at Saint Mary’s.”According to Lorenc, Saint Mary’s produces principled graduates who recognize their own worth and prioritize the needs of others, as she and Oppman plan to do during their term.“I think being a Belle is extremely humbling,” Lorenc said. “A Saint Mary’s woman is unique in many ways.”Oppman said she feels compelled to preserve the value of sisterhood, since it unites students with different backgrounds and viewpoints, reminding them of their common humanity.“Empowering one another, standing behind one another gives me a lot of passion and drive to … stand behind the women I am so passionate about and love,” Oppman said. “Knowing you’re a part of that is really important, and it’s just a great feeling.”The opportunity to collaborate with and receive guidance from the student governments of Notre Dame and Holy Cross College will not be wasted, according to Oppman. “There’s only so many schools in the country I can think of that even have the same set-up we do, where it’s a consortium of colleges,” Oppman said. “It’s really unique, and it also gives us an advantage because there’s more we can do. We have allies.”Oppman said she feels honored to serve an institution so rooted in tradition because her Saint Mary’s education broadens her worldview and provides her with fulfilling opportunities, such as leading the College’s student body.“We are part of the women we’re here on campus with, but we also have a connection with women we’ve never met before, women who went here 40 years ago,” Oppman said. “I feel like I’m part of something bigger.”last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton Sneak Peek & More

first_img Star Files Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton Sneak PeekDesperate for a sneak peek of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new musical Hamilton before it begins performances at the Public’s Newman Theater next year? Check out below this recently posted Vine of the Tony winner rapping a couple of couplets from the show. The tuner will begin previews on January 20, 2015 and play through February 22, with opening night set for February 17. View Comments Elton John & HBO’s New Musical TV SeriesThis project sounds like Gossip Girl meets Amadeus—we’d definitely watch! Elton John and his hubby David Furnish are teaming up with True Blood creator Alan Ball to create an HBO pilot, Virtuoso. According to Showbiz 411, the show, set c. 1790, will follow young musicians attending an elite academy run by Mozart’s archenemy Antonio Salieri.Adopt a Member of the You Can’t Take It With You CastYou could take home a cuddly member of the You Can’t Take It With You cast! No, not James Earl Jones, but one of the kittens who will be used in the upcoming Great White Way revival. As the feline thespians outgrow their roles, they will be replaced and put up for adoption by The Humane Society of New York. You’ll be able to fill out application forms to have a Broadway baby of your very own before the performance and at intermission at the Longacre Theatre.Watch the Trailer for Tony Winner Eddie Redmayne’s Latest Star TurnWe were already big fans (naturally) of Les Miz alum Eddie Redmayne, but this time it looks like the Red Tony winner has surpassed himself. Check out the trailer below for The Theory of Everything, which follows the life of Stephan Hawking. Redmayne plays the cosmologist and physicist and his performance looks out of this world. Lin-Manuel Mirandalast_img read more

Avian flu reaches Scotland as FAO reports progress

first_imgApr 6, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Deadly H5N1 avian influenza has infected a swan found on the coast of Scotland, the first time the virus has turned up in a wild bird in the British Isles, news services reported today.The news came as the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported that efforts to control avian flu on poultry farms “are slowly proving successful,” especially in Thailand, Vietnam, and China.In Scotland, the Scottish Executive and the British National Farmers Union said a mute swan found last week at Cellardyke, 450 miles north of London, had the H5N1 virus, according to the Associated Press (AP).Scotland’s chief veterinary officer, Charles Milne, said it was not known whether the swan was from a local or migratory flock, according to a Reuters report. Milne said the partially eaten swan carcass was found Mar 29 and was sent to the laboratory in Weybridge in southern England for testing 2 days later.A spokesman for the Veterinary Laboratories Agency in Weybridge confirmed today that the swan carried the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.Virus has reached 13 EU countriesThe finding makes the United Kingdom the 13th European Union member to report H5N1 avian flu in wild birds, according to a statement posted today by the European Commission.In response to the finding, local officials ordered that all free-range poultry in a 960-square-mile area around Cellardyke be brought indoors, AFP reported. The area has 175 registered poultry farms, including 48 that have a total of 260,000 free-range birds. The story said the town is near the university town and golf mecca of St. Andrews.Ironically, the report of the case interrupted a 2-day exercise in which authorities practiced responding to an avian flu outbreak. The exercise was canceled on its second day “to free up participants to deal with the real thing,” AFP reported.British officials quickly tried to allay public fears of avian flu. AFP reported that Prime Minister Tony Blair, visiting Northern Ireland, said, “This is not a human-to-human virus. It is something that is transmitted to poultry. It is only if humans are in direct and very intensive contact with poultry that there is any risk involved.”Dr. Jim Robertson of the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control said, as quoted by Reuters, “There is a better chance of a person winning the national lottery than catching bird flu in the UK today.”Milne said there was no sign of infections in domestic birds in the area and no reason to think a domestic animal had eaten the swan, according to Reuters.The swan is not the first bird to turn up with H5N1 in the UK. Last October, two parrots imported to Britain from South America were found to have the virus, but they had been quarantined on arrival and the disease didn’t spread. Officials suspected that the parrots might have caught the virus from birds from Taiwan that were in quarantine at the same time.FAO cites some success in control effortsThe FAO announced today that, though H5N1 avian flu has been confirmed in 45 countries, “efforts to combat the disease on poultry farms are slowly proving successful on many fronts.”More than 200 million birds have died of the disease or been sacrificed in control efforts, the agency said. “But vigorous response to outbreaks in this region [Asia], particularly in Thailand, Viet Nam and China, appears to have reduced the transmission of the disease from poultry to humans, according to Joseph Domenech,” the FAO’s chief veterinary officer.The statement went on to say that vaccination campaigns, such as the one in Vietnam, have helped some countries limit the disease. In addition, compensation of poultry farmers for their losses has helped cushion the economic blow and encouraged timely reporting of outbreaks.The agency said it continues to urge governments to concentrate their control efforts on farms. The FAO “emphasizes the role of human activity—trade and markets—which are the main spreaders of the virus but also are the areas that can be inspected, controlled and improved.”Wild birds also can spread the virus, but little can be done about that, except to prevent contact between wild and domestic birds, the agency added.”The need to keep domestic birds away from wild birds has been widely recognized and efforts to do so have been implemented in many countries,” Domenech said.last_img read more

Chelmsford in the spotlight

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