Thailand has first avian flu outbreaks in 3 months

first_imgJul 11, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza has surfaced in poultry flocks in Thailand for the first time in 3 months, according to reports from the country.The disease has broken out among birds at five locations in Suphan Buri province, about 60 miles north of Bangkok, according to several news services. The Associated Press reported that the disease was found in 10 fighting cocks in five villages where outbreaks occurred in 2004.The last poultry outbreaks of avian flu in Thailand were reported to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in mid-April. Thailand has had no reported human cases of H5N1 flu since October 2004.News reports today did not say whether laboratory tests have identified the H5N1 strain in the new outbreaks, but they strongly implied that the outbreaks involved that strain.The Bangkok newspaper The Nation quoted Nirandorn Uangtrakoolsuk, a Livestock Department official, as saying that officials have destroyed more than 450 birds and banned the movement of poultry in the area of the outbreak.Nirandorn also said authorities were running laboratory tests to determine if recent “mass deaths of fowl” in six other provinces were related to avian flu, the report said. The provinces were Pathum Thani, Chachoengsao, Prachin Buri, Kalasin, Lampang, and Phetchabun.The new outbreaks forestalled Thai authorities’ plan to declare the country free of avian flu tomorrow, according to the Nation and the Bangkok Post. Jul 12 would have marked the passage of 90 days since the last recorded case, in Lop Buri province in April.The Post story said Thailand, a major poultry exporter, cannot resume exporting fresh poultry until the OIE certifies that the country has been free of outbreaks for at least 90 days.The latest outbreaks occurred at “small, native chicken farms,” not at farms raising poultry for export, said Anan Sirimongkolkasem, president of the Thai Broiler Processing Exporters Association, as quoted by the Post.Nirandorn said the new outbreaks were small and unlikely to evolve into a serious crisis, according to the Nation. He called on farmers to immediately notify officials of any mass deaths of poultry.The head of the Livestock Department, Yukol Limlaemthong, said infected birds are living longer because of increasing immunity to the virus, making it less likely that unusual deaths will alert farmers to outbreaks, according to a Reuters report.The Post reported that about 11,000 Thai poultry farms and 1,700 layer farms have met government biosecurity standards that include strict safeguards against outside contamination. But small farms still pose a concern because most operate as open-air facilities that can easily be contaminated from the outside, the newspaper said.Seventeen human cases of H5N1 infection, 12 of them fatal, occurred in Thailand in 2004. Overall, the virus has infected at least 108 people and killed 54 in Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia since late 2003, according to the World Health Organization’s count. Unofficial counts put the death toll at 55.In other developments, Japanese authorities said they discovered the seventh outbreak of avian flu in less than a month in an area about 60 miles north of Tokyo, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today.Previous outbreaks were identified as H5N2, a milder strain than H5N1, the report said. A local official said the latest outbreak involved an H5 virus, and tests to identify it further were under way.Authorities in Ibaraki prefecture said they would cull 8,550 birds at the infected farm, AFP reported. About 150,000 chickens at six other farms in the area have been destroyed to stop the disease, the story said. Officials had checked 11 other farms and found no cases.last_img read more

When does the NFL season start in 2020? Week 1 schedule, matchups, dates for possible coronavirus delays

first_img Deshaun Watson Week 1 schedule, matchups, datesAs of now, the NFL Week 1 schedule is set to play out on time even though coronavirus-related issues could impact the timing of the start of the season (more on those below).Including the aforementioned Thursday night season-opener, here is the complete schedule for the NFL’s opening weekend in 2020.Thursday, Sept. 10GameKickoff timeTV channelHouston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs8:20 p.m. ETNBCSunday, Sept. 13GameKickoff timeTV channelSeattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons1 p.m. ETFOXCleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens1 p.m. ETCBSNew York Jets at Buffalo Bills1 p.m. ETCBSLas Vegas Raiders at Carolina Panthers1 p.m. ETCBSChicago Bears at Detroit Lions1 p.m. ETFOXIndianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars1 p.m. ETCBSGreen Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings1 p.m. ETFOXMiami Dolphins at New England Patriots1 p.m. ETCBSPhiladelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins1 p.m. ETFOXLos Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals4:05 p.m. ETCBSTampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints4:25 p.m. ETFOXArizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers4:25 p.m. ETFOXDallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams8:20 p.m. ETNBCMonday, Sept. 14GameKickoff timeTV channelPittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants7:15 p.m. ETESPNTennessee Titans at Denver Broncos10:10 p.m. ETESPNCoronavirus delays?For now, the NFL plans to start its season as scheduled, with the 2020 season-opener on Thursday, Sept. 10, a complete, 17-week regular season and a full slate of playoff games before Super Bowl 55 in Tampa Bay on Sunday, Feb. 7. With the exception of international games in London and Mexico City, which will not be played in 2020, the NFL appears committed to sticking with its normal schedule until somebody says it’s impossible.Of course, the NFL can’t be sure about how the effects of the coronavirus pandemic will evolve in months, weeks or even days. Which is why multiple potential contingency plans are being considered.”I’m very confident of a 16-game season with a Super Bowl in February,” sports business consultant Marc Ganis told NBC Sports’ Peter King, adding an important caveat. “I didn’t say I was confident in 16 games with a bye, or what week in February the Super Bowl would be, or if every team will play eight games in their home stadiums, or whether there will be fans at every game.”There’s more information that’s needed before we have these answers. Teams are just going to have be flexible.”Others have offered similar suggestions that a delayed start to the season is on the table. PFT reported a delay of “a few weeks” could be necessary “in order to get to the point where the governors of all states with NFL stadiums will agree to opening the doors and letting anyone who chooses to attend show up.”Sports Business Daily reports the NFL could start the season October 15 and still have teams play full, 16-game slates. The report also suggests the NFL could eliminate not only bye weeks during the season, but also the bye week between conference championships and the Super Bowl. It would then use those bye weeks to push back the start of the season, and the Super Bowl would be played Feb. 28.King believes “it’s possible the schedule gets pushed back a week or four, and maybe the byes eliminated. … It’s also possible the league could choose to start four weeks late and simply kick off the schedule with the Week 5 games, beginning Oct. 8, (then) take Weeks 1-4 and put them on the last four weekends in January.MORE: The 20 best revenge games on the 2020 NFL schedule”That would keep the bye week intact, which is likely important because the players union would fight to keep the in-season week off in place. In that scenario, playoffs would begin Feb. 6 with the Super Bowl on Feb. 28.”Another wild card is the unknown status of the college football season. For reasons related to the draft, among other ties between college and pro football, the NFL hopes the college football season can play out just like it hopes the pro season can. But in the event the college season is canceled or moved to later dates, the NFL reportedly is “discussing the possibility” of playing games on Saturdays.As a source explained to PFT, “that most likely would entail making specific games available on Saturdays exclusively via Amazon Prime or ESPN+, with streaming platforms paying a premium for content that would entice zealous NFL fans to in turn pay the premium necessary to watch the games.”Those games would be removed from the Fox and CBS Sunday inventory, with the networks receiving a rebate and with the NFL expecting to make back that cash and more via the next wave of broadcast deals.”If these reported contingency plans aren’t a clear enough indicator of the NFL’s caution when it comes to the viability and timing of the 2020 season, its recently communicated ticket refund plan is a solid reinforcement. For now, the 2020 NFL season is scheduled to start on the originally intended date. This despite what will be a summer full of questions as the coronavirus pandemic complicates the NFL’s plan to start and play out the 2020 season in a normal fashion.The 2020 NFL schedule was released May 7 as a symbol of the league’s optimism regarding the upcoming season. If all goes as the NFL hopes, the Super Bowl-champion Chiefs will host the Texans in the season-opener on Thursday, Sept. 10. Then a complete, 17-week season will play out before the playoffs and Super Bowl 55 in Tampa Bay on Feb. 7. The NFL’s opening weekend is scheduled to continue Sept. 13 with the season’s first full Sunday of games. As has become tradition, the first week of the 2020 season will conclude with a “Monday Night Football” doubleheader on ESPN — Steelers at Giants, then Titans at Broncos.That’s the plan, but multiple reports have suggested the NFL will be prepared with contingency plans if and when it needs to push back the start of the 2020 season. Regardless of when the season actually begins, the NFL appears committed to playing a full, 16 game season and crowning a Super Bowl champion in February.MORE 2020 NFL SCHEDULE:Strength of schedule rankings | Impact of COVID-19When does the NFL season start in 2020?Date: Thursday, Sept. 10Matchup: Texans at Chiefs (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC)The reigning Super Bowl champion has hosted the NFL season-opener in 14 of the last 16 years. (Last season, the NFL opened its 100th season with a classic, Packers-Bears matchup; and in 2013, the Ravens played the season-opener on the road due to a scheduling conflict.) As expected, the Chiefs will make it 15 of the last 17 years, and they’ll host the team they defeated in the divisional round of last season’s playoffs.The NFL didn’t have many intriguing options for its season-opener in 2020 based on Kansas City’s home schedule. Houston seems like a relatively easy choice now that Tom Brady is no longer in New England. Outside of their division, the Chiefs also play Jets, Panthers and Falcons at home this season.None of those teams offer a showcase-worthy star like Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. (Getty Images) (Getty Images) The Associated Press obtained a memo NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent to all 32 teams. It establishes a policy for refunds should games in 2020 be canceled or played without fans in attendance.”All clubs will have in place a policy under which, if a game is canceled, or is played under conditions that prohibit fans from attending, anyone purchasing a ticket directly from the club (i.e., season tickets, group sales and/or partial season plans) will have the option of either receiving a full refund or applying the amount paid toward a future ticket purchase directly from the club.”The AP also reported secondary ticket distributors Ticketmaster and SeatGeek have pledged to the NFL to make refunds available in full for tickets purchased within 30 days of cancellation. StubHub will comply with the policy only where required by state law. Roger Goodell read more

Why Men Started Shaving Their Beards for Health Reasons

first_imgThe threat of tuberculosis is still strong in many people’s minds. “TB” has affected humanity throughout its history, and it wasn’t until the start of the 20th century that doctors understood how the disease was spread. As described on the website of PBS, “Victims suffered from hacking, bloody coughs, debilitating pain in their lungs, and fatigue.” The affliction cast a shadow over millions. At the start of the 19th century a reported one in seven were dying from it.Public health campaigns in the 1920s tried to halt the spread of TB.Germ theory first entered public debate during the late 1800s, via figures such as chemist Louis Pasteur. Physician Robert Koch’s “tubercule baccilum” pushed Mankind further toward enlightenment, though it took some years to catch on.When the idea of bacteria and contagion was finally established, it replaced old notions of the condition being hereditary.Robert Koch discovered the tuberculosis bacillus.The presence of germs ushered in greater hygiene, and a concerted effort in countries like America to promote a new standard of healthy living. So while TB was a terrible thing, it also had an effect on modern society for the better.One small but significant impact on the male population was the removal of beards. Facial hair has all manner of importance to a man’s psyche, from religious conviction to simply wanting to look rugged.An iconic photograph of a bearded Abraham Lincoln showing his head and shoulders.However, tuberculosis cared not for these beliefs and conventions, playing havoc with furry chins in the Land of the Free. The clean-shaven look became essential, yet prior to that, the beard was seen as a protector from disease rather than its incubator.The Museum of Healthcare site writes that, in 1881, “Dr. Tom Robinson, an English physician… encourages men to grow facial hair to help prevent illness. According to Robinson, who drew on medical literature dating back to the Renaissance… medical conditions such as loose and sore teeth, nasal catarrh… and facial neuralgia… could all be prevented.”Before Germ Theory was widely accepted, people thought that a beard could protect it’s wearer from harmful particles in the air.While it seems ridiculous now, before Pasteur and Koch’s research was announced, a beard possessed qualities that positioned it as a kind of health shield for the face.The piece goes on to say, “soldiers with facial hair were less likely to be admitted to hospital with respiratory ailments such as bronchitis because it was believed that the hair could sift out harmful particles in the air.”Civil war soldiers with beards.By the beginnings of the 20th century, that baby was being thrown out the window, along with the infected bathwater. In North America the “contamination of milk supplies in New York became an international headline when it was argued that facial hair could harbor farmyard dirt or tuberculosis, which could then end up in the milk.”A rule was put in place whereby “only clean-shaven men would be allowed to milk cows and deliver their product to distribution centers.” From there the sight of a beard became unwholesome, and not only that but a danger to human life.Roland Richer (VSer) shaving Grandpa Abe Mast, 96 years old.Within decades the government’s message of fresh air and germ awareness, combined with antibiotics development, had taken the fight to TB and won.Intriguingly, this plague led to the expansion of American culture, as people wanting to escape TB set up home along the railroad. Their endeavors saw the construction of cities, together with an embracing of the outdoors life as a bedrock of public health.As PBS summarizes, “The acceptance of tuberculosis as a contagion had a huge impact on American society, not only in medicine and public health policy, but also in recreation, city planning, and even popular fashion.”Read another story from us: Men in Russia used to be Taxed for Growing a BeardThe beard emerged from the devastation and has recurred as a fashionable adornment over the decades. But arguably its reputation was damaged forever after its run in with tuberculosis.If Mankind has become less whiskery as a result, then surely that is a small price to pay.last_img read more

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first_img by Disney Institute Sponsored Content How Disney Uses Spontaneity to Make Customers Feel Like… HealthFormer GE CEO Jeff Immelt: To Combat Costs, CEOs Should Run Health Care Like a BusinessHealthFor Edie Falco, an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ After Surviving Breast CancerLeadershipGhosn Back, Tesla Drop, Boeing Report: CEO Daily for April 4, 2019AutosElon Musk’s Plan to Boost Tesla Sales Is Dealt a SetbackMPWJoe Biden, Netflix Pregnancy Lawsuit, Lesley McSpadden: Broadsheet April 4 Amazon Prime Day 2019: What You Need to KnowIt’s actually a two-day event this year.ShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseMuteCurrent Time 0:01/Duration 1:02Loaded: 31.56%0:01Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenEBay plans to crash Amazon’s annual discount extravaganza, Prime Day 2019.EBay said on Wednesday that it would hold a one-day Crash Sale on July 15, coinciding with the kickoff to Amazon’s two-day Prime Day.The term “Crash Sale” is clearly an effort by EBay to troll Amazon. Last year, Amazon’s website briefly crashed after customers flooded the site.Tongue in check, eBay said on Wednesday that if Amazon’s site crashes, its site would be ready for shoppers. Amazon hasn’t responded to the joke or commented on whether it has done anything to avoid another crash.Amazon, which announced its Prime Day sales dates on Tuesday, promised deals on millions of products, including televisions, Amazon Alexa-based devices like the Amazon Echo, and products from small and medium-sized business partners on Amazon Marketplace. Last year, Amazon said customers bought more than 100 million products during the two-day Prime Day and that it broke its single-day sales record.Since Amazon Prime Day has become such a big shopping event, it’s little surprise that eBay is trying to insinuate itself into it. Although it started as an auction site, eBay has heavily shifted into fixed-price retail, including by major retailers, in an effort to compete with Amazon and others.In a sign of Prime Day’s power, eBay isn’t alone in trying to capitalize on it. Target said on Tuesday that it would also offer deals on hundreds of thousands of products on July 15 and July 16.Other Amazon competitors, like Best Buy, Walmart, and NewEgg, haven’t mentioned anything about debuting rival discount days to Prime Day. But if eBay and Target are any indication, Prime Day, or at least the dates on which it falls, is quickly becoming as big a shopping holiday as Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the bookends to the busy Thanksgiving shopping holiday.More must-read stories from Fortune:—The fall and rise of VR: The struggle to make virtual reality get real—“It’s just lazy”: Current’s CEO on Facebook Calibra’s similar logo—Slack went public without an IPO. Here’s how a direct offering works—Welcome to the next generation of corporate phishing scams—Listen to our new audio briefing, Fortune 500 DailyCatch up with Data Sheet, Fortune‘s daily digest on the business of tech.You May Likelast_img read more