1st Cape-class patrol boat for Trinidad and Tobago launched

first_imgAustralian shipbuilder Austal has launched the first of two Cape-class patrol boats for the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG), under construction at the company’s Henderson, Western Australia shipyard. Under a A$126 million contract awarded by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT), Austal is constructing two 58-metre boats for the TTCG, scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2021. Austal is also delivering 21 Guardian-class patrol boats (GCPB) for 12 Pacific Island nations and Timor Leste under the SEA3036-1 Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project, with eight patrol boats delivered since 2018. Posted: about 1 year ago Related Article Austal, Trinidad and Tobago ink deal for CCPB duo Categories: Photo: Austal Posted: about 1 year ago Photo: Austal The new TTCG Capes are based on the 58-metre aluminium monohull patrol boat, first developed by Austal in Australia for Australian Border Force. View post tag: Austal Twelve Pacific Island nations including Papua New Guinea, Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Palau, Samoa, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Timor Leste will receive the vessels through to 2023. View post tag: Cape Class This embedded content is only visible after accepting cookies. Change your preferences View post tag: Trinidad and Tobago View post tag: Patrol Boats The vessels have a 4,000 nautical mile range and 28-day patrol cycle, with a crew of up to 22. Each Cape is equipped with two high-speed 7.3-metre rigid hull inflatable boats used for intercepting other vessels. Vessels Share this articlelast_img read more

Bread bloating claim debunked

first_imgA new report has set out to debunk the myth that bread bloats.The recent study by the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) found there is no support to claims that bread made by the Chorleywood Bread Process (CBP) causes bloating and gastrointestinal discomfort in a different way to other bread-making processes.Dr Elisabeth Weichselbaum, author of the report, said: “For the average healthy consumer, there is no evidence that regular consumption of bread causes bloating or gastrointestinal discomfort, or that the way in which bread is produced, by modern or traditional methods, leads to different effects on the gastrointestinal system.”Weichselbaum added that bread is an “important” source of dietary fibre, which is required for bowel health, and most people in the UK “would benefit from increasing their fibre intake”.She added that many people were unecesarilly reducing their fibre intake by cutting back on bread because they mistakenly believed they had some sort of food allergy.“As with other forms of allergy, the proportion of people who perceive they are allergic to wheat is clearly higher than the actual prevalence of wheat allergy. If a wheat allergy is suspected, diagnosis should be made via standardised tests and unnecessary wheat avoidance may lead to inadequate intake of key nutrients.”Alex Waugh, director at the Flour Advisory Bureau said: “Even though nine million loaves of sliced bread are eaten daily in the UK, making a positive contribution to our good health as a nation, misconceptions still persist about the nutritional value of sliced bread. That’s why we commissioned this independent report to understand the science before reaching out to consumers to address their concerns.“Sliced bread has been a part of our lives for over 50 years, and the sandwich for 250 years and, according to research, 57% of us believe the CBP process should be celebrated as an iconic invention, alongside the likes of the internet, space travel and the mobile phone.”This latest report follows research by Campden BRI from November last year that proved that the levels of B2, B5, B6, folic acid and vitamin E are higher for both white and wholemeal bread produced by CBP compared to white and wholemeal bread made by sourdough bulk fermentation.To see the Weichselbaum report in full, click on the following link:  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-3010.2011.01943.x/abstractBritish Baker wants to hear the views of the industry on this report. Contact us on [email protected]last_img read more

Search warrant at retailer on Portage Avenue results in confiscation of drugs, alcohol, gun,…

first_img Twitter Search warrant at retailer on Portage Avenue results in confiscation of drugs, alcohol, gun, cash WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Google+ Pinterest By Jon Zimney – March 26, 2021 0 460 Pinterest IndianaLocalNews (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) Execution of a recent search warrant in South Bend resulted in the confiscation of fentanyl, methamphetamine, marijuana, alcohol, tobacco products containing Michigan tax stamps, paraphernalia, a gun and approximately $18,000 in cash.The warrant was executed on Friday, March 19, at a retailer in the 1400 block of Portage Avenue.The warrant was the result of a six week-long investigation that began with a complaint alleging the location was selling alcoholic beverages without holding a permit through the ATC.The complaint also indicated the possibility of illegal narcotic sales taking place at the business location.The execution of the warrant was the result of the combined work of the Strategic Focus Unit and the Indiana State Excise Police. Previous articleArrest made after shooting on Catalpa Avenue in South BendNext articleRV industry has best February ever Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Facebook Facebooklast_img read more

Widespread Panic Offers New Debuts & Bustout For ‘Fear & Loathing’ Halloween Show [Audio/Video]

first_imgWidespread Panic closed out their impressive three-night Halloween run at the Park Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, with another scorcher of mythic proportions on Sunday night. The night took on a festive Gonzo-theme, with four out of the six members dressed as Hunter S. Thompson characters save John Bell taking center stage as The Dude from The Big Lebowski and Sonny Ortiz as “Chef” from South Park. In addition to the band’s costumes, the stage was arranged like a set out of Fear and Loathing, and swirling kaleidoscopic cutout faces of Hunter S. Thompson spiraled across the visual monitors throughout the night.To open the first set, Widespread juxtaposed the introduction of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas with an extremely psychedelic video of the faces of the band members’ melting and morphing in lysergic style. The music then melded esoterically into the debut of the classic folk song “Home on the Range”, continuing the Gonzoesque “Where the Buffalo Roam” theme that was omnipresent throughout the entire night.It didn’t take long for Dave Schools to sling his hat into the audience in his distinctive playfully impish, devil-may-care attitude that he naturally embodies. Halfway through “Home on the Range”, the band delved into the debut of Link Wray’s “Rumble”. The loose beachy jam returned to the band’s dirty Swamp sound, giving a nod to fellow brothers of the road, Bloodkin, with a heavy “Henry Parsons Died”. JoJo Hermann’s keys echoed eerily throughout the number, before the band settled into a haunting version of Neil Young’s “Vampire Blues”, appropriate for the Halloween festivities.Widespread Panic Honors Heroes In Vegas, Covers Bowie & Motorhead [Video]The band busted out “Don’t Tell the Band” next—a poignant song that hasn’t been played since founding member Mikey Houser’s days with the band, with the band last playing the song in June of 2002. Reigniting the atmosphere, the group followed up “Don’t Tell The Band” with a saucy, gritty, and soulful version of Bill Wither’s “Use Me.” The band’s engine raged onward into the crowd favorite “Up All Night”, an inverted “Shut Up and Drive”, and a blazin’ “Conrad”, which closed the first set in Widespread’s fiery bass-thumpin’, guitar-screeching, trademark style.Widespread Panic Debut Tom Petty Cover, Dedicate Night Two In Vegas To The LadiesFor the second set, the band came out swingin’ with the raucous and dehydrating anthem “Chilly Water” and continued with Robert Johnson’s blues classic “Tail Dragger”, during which JB doggedly warned that “he will get what he wants, but he won’t come sneakin’ back.” A standout “Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” followed—a stark contrast to the previous night’s dedication to the ladies. The band then sawed out a jagged version of their original tune “Proving Ground”, which housed the vocal-less second half of “Home on the Range” featuring Jimmy Herring carving out the notes on his mythical guitar.Another Halloween-inspired debut followed with Steppenwolf classic “Magic Carpet Ride”, which maintained the high energy of the show. The band took a brief respite while Duane Trucks and Ortiz hammered out an extended drum solo, with the solo eventually emerging into their original song “Cease Fire” from their last album, Street Dogs. This transitioned seamlessly into an impeccably appropriate cut of the optimistic “City of Dreams” before the group ended the set with another Neil Young cover from his Buffalo Springfield days, “Mr. Soul”.“Magic Carpet Ride”[Video: freakflagflyer]With all the stops already removed, the band encored with the old traditional “House of the Rising”—the hauntingly soulful and foreboding ode to a tragically doomed gambler. The song hasn’t been played since 2014, and the audience responded uproariously. The song lingered momentarily before the band segued once more into the final section of “Home on the Range” with JoJo tinkering the lead on his keys. What better way to finish the wild and unprecedented night of music than with another debut, this time of Free’s “All Right Now”, with JB nailing the vocals.In true Gonzo tradition, the three unbelievable nights left all spectators with the content satisfaction that it “did, in fact, get weird enough.” Bravo, boys, way to bring the Georgian swamps to the bat ravished wasteland that is Las Vegas.Listen to the full audio below, courtesy of Z-Man via JamBuzz:Setlist: Widespread Panic | Park Theater | Las Vegas, NV | 10/29/2017Set One: Intro to Fear and Loathing, Home on the Range*, Rumble* > Henry Parsons Died, Vampire Blues, Don’t Tell The Band^, Use Me, Up All Night, Shut Up And Drive, ConradSet Two: Chilly Water, Tail Dragger, Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys, Proving Ground > Home on the Range, Magic Carpet Ride* > Jam > Drums > Cease Fire > City of Dreams, Mr. SoulEncore: House of the Rising Sun > Home on the Range, All Right Now** First time played | ^ Last time played, 6/25/02Check out the gallery below, courtesy of Chris Burgess.Widespread Panic | Park Theater | Las Vegas, NV | 10/29/2017 | Photos from Chirs Burgess Load remaining imageslast_img read more

A day at the beech

first_imgAbout five years ago, I stepped through the Arnold Arboretum’s South Street gate and saw three magnificent beech trees covered in a dusting of snow. I decided I would photograph these beauties in every season.I visited my magnificent friends whenever I could, noting the copper-colored leaves that hung on long after the snow fell and the way the roots under the snow looked like gigantic, prehistoric toes. Sitting under the boughs of a parasol (Tortuosa) or weeping beech (Pendula), cultivars of the classic European beech, is like looking up at the stars. You’ll soon find yourself on your back, just gazing.A year or so into my project, I showed up one day to find only two of my beeches — the third had been turned into a pile of logs. I was disheartened.As it turned out, many of the trees in the Arboretum’s extensive holdings of European, Asian, and American beeches had been suffering from beech bark disease, an insect-vectored fungal illness that threatened the Arnold Arboretum’s nationally accredited collection of some 130 specimens. The disease was exacerbated by drought. In 2018, Arboretum horticulturists removed a number of trees in severe decline, and pruned heavily infected stems from many others in an effort to mitigate damage from the disease.Since a healthier environment boosts the outlook for infected trees, they improved the area’s soils by adding native herbaceous perennial plants to the understory. Some of Beech Path is cordoned off to encourage the growth of this ground cover, and prevent soil compaction. On a winter morning, peering over the rope, you’ll see that while a few beech trees are recovering, many seem to have never felt the disturbance at all. Some, in fact, are entering their third century on this special hill.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s course promotes learning by doing

first_imgLearning through doing, is the goal of one of Saint Mary’s public communication courses. Saint Mary’s communication professor, Dr. Terri Russ and many public communication students were honored Tuesday with the Volunteer of the Year award from the Center for the Homeless in South Bend. The award honored students who devoted their time to teaching the Center’s guests the importance of public speech. The course, which has been offered for three semesters at the College, is not a typical lecture class. Instead, the students become the teacher and apply their learning to real world situations. Russ was the brain behind the idea of sending students into the South Bend community. She said she is a strong advocate of hands-on learning and wanted to develop something beyond the lecture-style used in the classroom. “I thought I would privilege the ‘public’ part of public communication and actually take the class into the public,” Russ said. She also wanted to prove to her students that youth does not restrict them from making a difference in the community. “We have an obligation as citizens to give to the community in any way we can,” she said, “As little as an hour a week can have a tremendous impact on the world.” The class is devoted to helping guests tell their own personal story by enhancing the guests’ communication skills. At the end of the semester, Russ said the class assembles a narrative of the guests’ stories, and the guests will present their own speech about their lives. Senior Katrina Mesina said she went into the class with her own personal aspirations. “Identity is such a big part of who a person is, and sometimes, that can be lost,” Mesina said. “We wanted to restore people’s self-images and we did so by working one on one with our guests to help them form [these] speeches about their lives.” The class worked with a number of different age groups including small children and mothers. Senior Emily Treat worked with Club PS, a club devoted to educating the children of the Center. Treat said it is important for children, not just adults, to learn public speaking skills. “Since they’re in their formative years and highly susceptible to growth and development, it is crucial that we not only teach them to express themselves, but serve as role models for success and help steer them in the right direction as well,” Treat said. Treat and others who worked with Club PS used games to help the kids warm up to the idea of public speech. Last session, they played “telephone,” demonstrating the difference between good and bad communication. Treat said the class has been a powerful experience for her and many other students because it has taught them they have the power to have a positive change on the community. “I’m learning that I can make a real difference in the quality of life for these children just by being there and showing them I care,” Treat said. “It’s amazing to me to see a child who’s in the lowest of spirits and refuses to participate slowly open up to us in a matter of a half hour.” Senior Anne Sofranko said the class helped her learn more about her relationship with common stereotypes. “This course really helps you see that you shouldn’t stereotype and judge other people because you never know where they have come from and what they have been through,” Sofranko said. Sofranko’s experience taught her about poverty, one of Russ’ goals for the class. “Poverty is a cycle and isn’t necessarily a reflection of the person. Societal pressures can also be to blame,” Russ said. Mesina said she will never doubt the role the class played in her life. “I learned a lot about the power of the human spirit. It can be broken down, but with patience, care, and support you can build it up again,” Mesina said, “The residents at the Center for the Homeless remind me ever day that there are prejudices in our world and if we do not take the time to look past them, we can miss out on relationships and experiences with wonderful people.” Russ said out of her entire career, her work with the public communications class made her the most proud.last_img read more

Provide welcome to the stranger’

first_imgUniversity President Fr. John Jenkins called for reform in United States immigration policies Friday and announced an academic conference on immigrants, which will be held in March 2014. Jenkins also presided over a service to pray for just and effective immigration reform in the Dillon Hall chapel Friday, a “Campus Day of Action,” as designated by the National Immigration Forum. “Notre Dame is proud of a long history of educating immigrant communities and our Catholic tradition urges us to provide welcome to the stranger among us,” Jenkins said in a University press release. “While recognizing the complex legal, economic, social and political questions surrounding immigration in our nation, we join others in calling for just and effective immigration reform. “We urge particular attention to reform that will allow deserving, academically-qualified young men and women who were brought to the United States as children to have access to higher education in the United States and opportunities following from educational achievement. By educating these young people, we will improve their lives, enrich our nation and live up to our values.” Last fall, Jenkins convened an 11-member presidential task force, comprised of representatives from different University institutes, to study how Notre Dame could contribute to the national debate about immigration. Tim Matovina, co-chair of the task force and executive director of the Institute for Latino Studies, said the task force met over the past two semesters and recently submitted a report to Jenkins. Matovina said the group recommended the academic conference, which will focus on the intersection of Catholic social teaching and immigration reform. “It’ll be scholars, Church leaders, other people who are involved in one way or another with issues of immigration, but I think it’s going to be … the kind of conference where academics, Notre Dame and otherwise, and Church leaders are brought together for conversation and mutual learning,” Matovina said. The conference will emphasize the experiences and contributions of people in the United States who are or once were immigrants, according to the University press release. The task force made other recommendations, but has not heard which of those the Office of the President will enact, Matovina said. “We made some suggestions to Fr. Jenkins about those specific initiatives that could be added to this collection of ongoing projects at the University,” he said. “I haven’t received word from Fr. Jenkins about what he’s going to go forward with and endorse.” Fr. Dan Groody, director of the Center for Latino Spirituality and Culture within the Institute for Latino Studies, said the presidential task force was part of a larger dialogue among American Catholic colleges and universities. Beginning in October 2011, University presidents participated in a series of meetings sponsored by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities to discuss how the schools could contribute to immigration reform. The colleges and universities decided to address the issue in three ways, Groody said. “One is going to be on the level of advocacy, so certainly with helping in Washington,” he said. “We’re working very closely with the [United States Conference of Catholic Bishops]. … Education is certainly another area. … And thirdly, there’s direct service: … going down to the border, working at migrant houses of hospitality, putting food and water in the desert.” Groody said universities across the country are asking how they can improve their outreach to undocumented students. “[Immigration reform is] one of these things that’s such a big issue, you kind of have to decide … how you want to focus it,” he said. “I think [the task force is] the beginning. It’s not necessarily the last word by any means.” Student body president Alex Coccia said student government will help determine how students can engage in next spring’s academic conference. “Once we get a better sense of what the conference is shaping to be, we’ll be able to create a committee here in student government that will work solely in … the immigration reform issues,” Coccia said. Student government has also begun to talk with administrators about finding a way to admit undocumented students to Notre Dame, student government chief of staff Juan Rangel said. “I think for us, it’s Catholic social teaching,” Rangel said. “The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has placed a strong emphasis on education … and as a Catholic university, we want to align our views with theirs.” Coccia said the potential recommendation to admit undocumented students to Notre Dame will have to come from the presidential task force. The task force is only one piece of the broader conversation about immigration reform at Notre Dame, Groody said. “There is a larger conversation about migration and the role of Catholic universities going on right now,” he said. “It’s the beginning of ways in which we can really be more engaged in responding to the needs of the world. … The task force is meant to focus the question, but I think there’s a lot of stuff going on beyond the task force.” Paolo Carozza, co-chair of the task force and director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Center for Civil and Human Rights, said the Center for Social Concerns, the Institute for Latino Studies, the Kroc Center for International Peace Studies, the Kellogg Institute and other campus institutes already work on issues of migration and immigration. “I wouldn’t say that they’re very united with one another,” Carozza said. “It’d be nice to bring them more into collaboration and communication with one another.” Carozza said although the task force decided that creating an administrative apparatus to unite the groups would not be cost-effective, the task force members benefited from discussing their projects with each other. “Personally, for example, to the extent that we really are going to want to pursue that issue [of immigration reform] at the Kellogg Institute, I’ll be much more likely to be able to work effectively with whatever [other groups] to see if there are ways that our activities and interests can overlap or benefit each other,” Carozza said. The task force’s members agreed on the importance of Notre Dame’s continued involvement in discussions about immigration reform, Carozza said. “There was definitely complete agreement on the task force from the first moment that it’s an issue that Notre Dame … really needs to continue to be engaged in, and that engagement just needs to grow,” he said.last_img read more

Valley Stream Woman Killed in Car Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 22-year-old Valley Stream woman died after the car she was riding in crashed in Queens early Tuesday morning.New York City police said Patina Deygoo was riding in the backseat of a Nissan that crashed into a tree while heading eastbound on Nassau Expressway near the exit for John F. Kennedy International Airport at 3:19 a.m. Tuesday.The driver and two passengers in the car were taken to Jamaica Hospital, where Deygoo died, the driver is listed in critical condition and the other passenger is in stable condition.No other vehicles were involved in the crash. The other two victims were only identified as 26-year-old women.The NYPD’s Highway Collision Investigation Squad is continuing the investigation.last_img read more

Withstanding the storm: The significance of trusted partnerships

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dean Young Dean Young leads PSCU’s strategic direction on how to best leverage the cooperative’s scale to advocate on behalf of the credit union industry. He works collaboratively with key … Web: pscu.com Details Business continuity planning is a crucial part of any credit union’s operations as natural disasters like hurricanes, wildfires, floods, tornadoes and more can strike at any time, anywhere and without warning. Whether it is increased demand for cash or the distribution of supportive messaging, it is imperative credit unions and their employees have well-practiced plans for weathering natural disasters. The unknowns and uncontrollable factors following a natural disaster – severity of impact, access to power, availability of fuel and household goods, necessity of travel and medical attention, among other concerns – can impact even the best-prepared credit unions. Building relationships with trusted partners and key resources to leverage not only during the course of normal business but also during times of need can help an organization weather any storm.A true cooperative partner, a credit union service organization (CUSO) adds value to enable the success of both the CUSO and its credit union owners. A CUSO delivers incremental benefits to its owners through scale in buying power, partnerships with industry leaders and direct access to the services credit unions need to compete with banks and other financial services providers in today’s marketplace. Partnerships with CUSOs empower credit unions everywhere to offer competitively priced and innovative products and services that make a real difference in members’ lives and during critical moments when members’ need for help is the greatest. PSCU, the nation’s premier payments CUSO, makes it a priority to put the member experience first in everything it does for its Owner credit unions. This not only includes providing payments-related products and services on a daily basis, but it also means jumping in to help support Owners when they are in need of assistance to keep their businesses up and running – like providing extensions on card payments or advice in the aftermath of a natural disaster. All year long, PSCU’s 2,200 employees in locations around the country serve as an extension of their credit unions’ resources, making it possible for credit unions to deliver seamless experiences for members 24/7/365, regardless of the forecast. Over the last two years, PSCU has assisted more than 75 credit unions during over 300 different, unforeseen crises, including eight hurricanes, three major wildfires, two earthquakes and numerous other events, including blizzards, power outages, floods and tornadoes. PSCU prides itself on working closely with its Owner credit unions before, during and after natural disasters, as well as throughout the year, to prepare for these types of events. The relationship between a credit union and its CUSO shows the real value of a CUSO goes beyond dollars and cents.In times of the greatest need and uncertainty, a credit union can be more than the financial foundation of the community — it can be a reassuring sign that things will soon return to normal. Preparing for natural disasters, building key relationships with trusted partners and resources and ensuring members are able to receive the services they need without interruption will ensure a credit union is at its best, even in the worst of times. last_img read more

China reports avian flu case near Hong Kong

first_imgJun 14, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A 31-year-old Chinese man from Guangdong province near Hong Kong has tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza, according to a Xinhua news report today.The man, a truck driver, had a fever, back pain, and coughing that started Jun 3, and he was hospitalized in the city of Shenzhen Jun 9, according to a story from Agence France-Presse (AFP) today. He has been transferred to Donghu Hospital in Shenzhen and is listed in critical condition, Xinhua reported.The Shenzhen Center for Disease Control said the man tested positive for H5N1, and samples had been sent to China’s Ministry of Health for verification.The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) global count of human H5N1 cases currently stands at 225 cases worldwide, including 128 deaths, since the current outbreak began in 2003. China has reported 18 avian flu cases and 12 deaths, all in 2005 and 2006, according to the WHO.The infected man might have contracted H5N1 after his wife bought a chicken from a live-bird market 2 weeks earlier and served it to him and four other family members, AFP reported, citing Xinhua. The other relatives have not had symptoms, the story said. In contrast, a Bloomberg report today said the man himself may have visited a local wet market.Shenzhen is about 40 minutes by rail from Hong Kong, the Bloomberg report said, and thousands commute between the cities each day or visit Shenzhen to shop. Hong Kong officials are screening travelers arriving by land for fever and have stepped up inspections of poultry from mainland China, according to Bloomberg.News of this human case comes after China’s Ministry of Agriculture issued an emergency order for local governments to tighten controls over poultry stocks to prevent migratory birds from infecting them, AFP reported Jun 12. The order focuses on areas in the flight paths of migratory birds. China has reported 35 outbreaks of avian flu among poultry since October 2005, according to AFP.In addition, the WHO announced it will open a center in China to help fight avian flu and other infectious diseases, according to a Jun 12 Bloomberg story. The WHO Collaborating Centre for Surveillance, Research and Training on Emerging Infectious Diseases will be located in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province.”The WHO collaborating center in Guangdong is a milestone in China’s contribution to global public health,” said Huang Jiefu, China’s vice-minister for health, in a statement quoted by Bloomberg. “It reflects our country’s commitment to playing a prominent role in this regard, at an especially critical moment in public health history.”Elsewhere, Indonesia has asked the WHO and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization to hold a technical review and consultation meeting next week in Jakarta, a separate Bloomberg story reported. Indonesia’s national committee for avian flu and pandemic flu preparedness invited Keiji Fukuda, coordinator of the WHO’s global influenza program, and other avian flu experts to participate in the meeting.The 3-day meeting begins Jun 21 and will assess the avian flu situation in Indonesia’s human and animal populations, according to Bloomberg. Its aim is to provide guidance to Indonesia’s government and improve the country’s strategies for rapid response and containment of outbreaks.And in northeastern Ukraine, the village of Pisky near the Russian border was quarantined to control an outbreak of avian flu in domestic poultry, a third Bloomberg article reported yesterday. A team of 70 soldiers was culling about 7,200 chickens to control the outbreak, the story said, only a month after government officials declared Ukraine free of the H5N1 virus.”I don’t know how long we will quarantine the village,” Ihor Krol, spokesperson for Ukraine’s Ministry of Emergency Situations, told Bloomberg.The country has culled more than 175,000 poultry in its southern regions this year to contain avian flu, Bloomberg reported. Ukraine also quarantined 10 villages in the Crimea, on the Black Sea, in December after the virus killed 2,500 poultry in the first of the country’s 22 H5N1 outbreaks, the story said. That quarantine was lifted in March.The current outbreak is the first in northern Ukraine, according to a Jun 12 Reuters article.last_img read more