More H5N1 outbreaks in India; virus hits Turkish poultry

first_imgJan 22, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – An animal health official in India said today that outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza in the country’s West Bengal state have spread to seven districts, as authorities in Turkey announced that the virus struck a village in a Black Sea coastal province.Shantanu Bandopadhyay, India’s animal husbandry commissioner, said the affected sites among West Bengal’s 19 districts include Birbhum, South Dinajpur, Murshidabad, Nadia, Burdwan, Malda, and Bankura, the Times of India reported today.More than 100,000 bird deaths have been reported in WestBengal, and government officials plan on culling 2 million chickens and ducks, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. Anisur Rahaman, the state’s animal resources minister, told AFP that he hoped the culling would be completed in 3 or 4 days. “Otherwise the state will face a disaster,”he said.However, some residents have resisted culling efforts, and others are smuggling birds out of the district to avoid handing over their birds, according to previous media reports.Bandopadhyay told the Times that compensation to poultry owners has improved. He said West Bengalofficials are providing on-the-spot compensation.The current outbreak, which was first reported on Jan 15 in Margram in West Bengal’s Birbhum district, is India’s largest H5N1 outbreak. No human H5N1 infections have been reported in the country.Dr Shiv Lal, director of India’s National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), said samples and throat swabs from five Murshidabad residents who had suspected H5N1 symptoms were negative, accordingto another Times report. “Earlier on Sunday three other human samples sent to NICS from South Dinajpur tested negative,” Lal said.India’s health ministry has asked West Bengal to randomly sample people for the H5N1 virus and today shipped fresh stocks of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) tablets and syrup along with 2,500 masks and other protective gear, according to the Times report.Elsewhere, animal health officials in Turkey today reported an H5N1 outbreak in backyard poultry at a village on the Black Sea coast in the country’s northwestern Zonguldakprovince, according to a report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).The H5N1 outbreak began on Jan 12 and has hit 13 of the village’s 300 birds, the OIE report said. Culling of the remaining birds started today.Contact with wild birds is listed on the OIE report as the source of the outbreak. Turkey is the second country bordering the Black Sea to report an H5N1 outbreak over the past week. On Jan 18 emergency officials in the Ukraine reported an outbreak at a large poultry farm on the Crimean peninsula.Officials from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in October that the virus could be lurking in Europe and that it was especially worried about countries surrounding the Black Sea. The FAO said the Black Sea countries are a winter home to migratory birds from Siberia and that many of the countries have poor separation between wild and domestic birds.The latest outbreak is Turkey’s first since April 2007, according to the OIE report.In other developments, the H5N1 virus struck another district in Bangladesh, United News of Bangladesh, a private news agency, reported yesterday, according to a Xinhua news report. The affected poultry farm is in Natore district, about 102 miles northwest of the capital, Dhaka.About 4,965 chickens were culled and 3,750 eggs were destroyed to curb the spread of the disease, Xinhua reported. Bangladesh reported its first H5N1 in March 2007, and since then several outbreaks have occurred, mainly around Dhaka and in the north, according to previous reports.See also:OIE reports on Turkish outbreaklast_img read more

Social amelioration program for ‘poorest of the poor’ only

first_imgILOILO City – The national government’s P6,000 SocialAmelioration Package (SAP) in this time of public health emergency due to thecoronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is only for the “poorest of thepoor”, clarified Department of Interior and Local Government’s (DILG)Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya.  * micro-entrepreneurs They are the low income families, those in the informalsector and those living below the poverty threshold, said Malaya. In a teleconference with the Western Visayas media on April7, Malaya said DILG and the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office(DSWD) were making this clarification to avoid confusion, citing feedbacks fromlocal government units (LGUs). Who are the “poorest of the poor”? * informal workers The minimum daily wage in Region 6 is P395. * overseas Filipino worker in distress In Region 6, she said, if a person such as the head of thefamily receives a daily wage of P390, his family is qualified to receive theP6,000 SAP. * farmers, fishermen (provided they are Beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program(4Ps) are covered by the SAP, Malaya added, but they need not fill upregistration forms because they were already in the DSWD database. * lactating mothers not recipients of assistance from the Department ofAgriculture * senior citizens * sub-minimum wage earners * pregnant women DSWD previously identified these vulnerable sectors: * solo parent The first batch to receive the SAP in Region 6 covers311,687 households.center_img * indigent “Bawat tao ay mahalaga but we need to prioritize,” stressedMalaya. “Hindi po pwede ang To avoid duplication of beneficiaries, there will becross-matching, added Malaya. For his part, DSWD spokesperson Director Irene Dumlao saidpersons living below the poverty line are those working but receivingcompensation below the minimum wage. The remaining more or less 1.5 million target beneficiaries in the region would receive theirs before the end of the quarantine period (April 14 unless lifted earlier or extended)./PN “Inuulit po natin: ang benepisaryo ng cash grant po ay ‘yungmga pamilya na kasama or * occasional workers like househelpers, argumento na ‘kami ay taxpayers, kailangan tumulong anggobyerno, mahirap man o mayaman’. Hindi po ganun ang buhay.” and Employment) kabilang sa low income, may family members na kabilang sa informaleconomy sector and may * workers in the private sector observing “no work, no pay”family (provided they have not availed themselves of  the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program ofthe Department of Labor drivers of pedicabs, tricycles, taxis, public utility buses, and public Malaya urged LGUs to start distributing registration formsto target beneficiaries so these could immediately be submitted to the DSWD forthe eventual release of the social amelioration. * persons with disability * homeless member po na kabilang vulnerable sectors,” said Dumlao. utility jeepneyslast_img read more

Projected Week 11 NFL DFS ownership percentage, advice for DraftKings, FanDuel contests

first_imgWEEK 11 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPPWeek 11 Projected NFL DFS Ownership: QuarterbackDerek Carr, Raiders vs. Bengals (13.4% pOWN on FanDuel, 13.3% on DraftKings). We’re on to yet another week where Carr looks like bad chalk. He’s projected to be the most heavily owned QB on both major sites, and for the life of me I do not understand it. We play GPPs because of the upside of big-money finishing at (or very close) to the top of the standings. To do that, you generally need to hit home runs at every position and find a couple cheap, under-the-radar gems that catapult you forward.  Carr just doesn’t have that type of ceiling, especially against a Bengals team that won’t keep him and the Raiders offense throwing and playing fast. He’s rushed for more than eight yards in just one game this season, so he’s also not giving you any added upside with his legs. Just don’t do it. If Carr does end up being one of the most popular QBs on the slate, it figures to be a nice advantage for those that look elsewhere.Kyle Allen, Panthers vs. Falcons (10.7% pOWN on FanDuel, 11.8% on DraftKings). I usually write up a lower-owned QB here that I actually want exposure to, but seeing Allen projected as the third-most popular QB on both sites made me change things up. Like Carr, he just doesn’t possess a ceiling suitable for winning GPPs. If you are playing those contests, that should be your only goal. If you’re going to aim for cashing at the back end of tournaments, just play cash games. Allen has not scored 18 FPs since the middle of September, and like Carr he just gives you absolutely nothing with his legs. This offense clearly runs through Christian McCaffrey and things will have to go way off the rails for them to lean heavily on Allen’s arm. Here are a couple of QBs projected at a lower ownership than Carr and Allen – Lamar Jackson (I’d personally expect him to be more popular), Deshaun Watson, Josh Allen, and Dak Prescott. Those arms have consistently shown the ability to post GPP-winning box scores, and those four will be a huge part of my QB pool come Sunday.Notable QBs at low ownership with a chance to boom: Josh Allen (@ Dolphins), Deshaun Watson (@ Ravens)Other notable QBs that I think are being overvalued: Matt Ryan (@ Panthers)Indiana residents: Sports betting is live in your state! Take advantage of RotoGrinders’ BetRivers Indiana promo code and start betting on sports today.MORE WEEK 11 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup BuilderWeek 11 Projected NFL DFS Ownership: Running BackJ.D. McKissic, Lions vs. Cowboys (11.7% pOWN on FanDuel, 14.9% on DraftKings. There is more merit here on full-point PPR sites given McKissic’s style, but I worry that he’ll be able to return value on a site like FanDuel where touchdowns are a little more important. Ty Johnson (concussion) is a longshot at best to be able to suit up on Sunday, leaving the Lions backfield to McKissic and Paul Perkins. While McKissic played a little more than two-third of the snaps last week, he still profiles as a poor between-the-tackles runner and will need to rely on usage through the air to earn his stripes. He may very well do that — and if the Lions play from behind it could help matters — but I would expect to see Perkins involved a little more on early downs and it wouldn’t be shocking if he stole a goal-line score at some point. (Update: Johnson cleared concussion protocol and will play, thus making McKissic an even worse play.)Marlon Mack, Colts vs. Jaguars (2.9% pOWN on FanDuel, 3.1% on DraftKings). He has to explode sometime, right? Mack and the Colts offense couldn’t have looked much worse on Sunday, getting throttled by a cellar-dwelling Dolphins team, but the run game specifically should bounce back nicely at home against Jacksonville. Mack has failed to top double-digit FPs in his past two games, but the good news is he’s seen an average of 20 carries in those two games but has continued to struggle to add anything in the passing game. I expect Mack to go way underowned thanks to recency bias, and he should find running lanes against a Jags defense that has been much tougher to beat via the air.Other notable RBs at low ownership with a chance to boom: Miles Sanders (vs. Patriots), Kenyan Drake (@ 49ers)Other notable RBs that I think are being overvalued: Adrian Peterson (vs. Jets)If you live in Pennsylvania and like to wager on sports, make sure to sure to use RG’s Unibet PA promo code to get the best bonuses availableWEEK 11 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerWeek 11 Projected NFL DFS Ownership: Wide ReceiverTyler Boyd, Bengals @ Raiders (11.2% pOWN on both FanDuel and DraftKings). This is more about the QB play than anything else. I simply don’t trust Ryan Finley to get the ball into Boyd’s hands enough for him to be a viable GPP piece, especially given that he’s expected to be one of the most popular values at the WR spot. The Bengals are an absolute dumpster fire and appear to have a very good shot at landing the top pick, so Cincinnati fans will only have to deal with Finley’s services for a few more weeks. Even in a game where they were down big and clearly in pass-first mode, Finley threw for just 167 yards and doesn’t have the ability to stretch the field. There’s an old saying in daily fantasy sports: Play good players. You can also add, “…or players with other good players throwing them the football.”Julian Edelman, Patriots @ Eagles (7.5% pOWN on FanDuel, 4.3% on DraftKings). The Patriots will head to Philly off a bye week and will be out for blood against the last team to upend them in the Super Bowl. While things couldn’t have went much better in the early part of the season for New England – minus a trip to Baltimore before the bye – the offense hasn’t actually looked that explosive. They’ve gotten by via the ground game against some dismal defenses but will have to do battle with an Eagles defense that actually does an above-average job at stuffing the run. We should see Brady get more involved, and with an underwhelming group of weapons, Edelman should be a focal point against a porous Eagles secondary. I’ll be way overweight on him this Sunday.Other notable WRs at a low ownership with a chance to boom: Christian Kirk (@ 49ers), DJ Chark (@ Colts), Will Fuller (@ Ravens), Phillip Dorsett (@ Eagles), Michael Gallup (@ Lions)Other notable WRs that I think are being overvalued: Tyrell Williams (vs. Bengals), Deebo Samuel (vs. Cardinals)PA online casinos continue to add new games and formats for those interested. Get in on the action now!WEEK 11 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end Week 11 Projected NFL DFS Ownership: Tight endJared Cook, Saints @ Buccaneers (4.5% pOWN on FanDuel, 8.9% on DraftKings). Cook is more affordable on DraftKings, as it seems FanDuel has wisely upped his salary with Drew Brees back. It’s been a down season to this point for Cook, but a lot of that has been out of his hands. With the Saints top signal-caller back in action, things figure to improve in a noticeable way. He scored touchdowns in back-to-back games before going scoreless this past Sunday, although he did rack up a season-high 10 targets this past weekend and steps into a plum draw with a Bucs passing defense that is among the worst in the league. He’ll be more of a contrarian target on FanDuel.Other notable TEs at a low ownership with a chance to boom: Mike Gesicki (vs. Bills), Ross Dwelley (vs. Cardinals)Notable TEs that I think are being overvalued: Jack Doyle (vs. Jaguars) Week 11 is here, and there are plenty of solid options for your daily fantasy football lineups. Of course, you don’t want to be overweight on players the general public is on, nor do you want to be underweight on players who who will be low owned. By looking at key NFL DFS ownership projections from RotoGrinders, you can find those tournament-winning plays who will differentiate your picks from the masses.Below is a look at some of Week 11’s key players who figure to be over- and underowned.last_img read more