The government of the Dominican Republic has announced the creation of a commission to help control and eradicate bird flu.According to Agriculture Minister Ángel Estévez, the commission will work to boost poultry production, and enable the country to maintain its sanitary standards free of the disease, and to monitor the outbreak detected in the northern section of the country.Specialists requestedThe Agriculture Minister disclosed that US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the International Regional Organization for Animal Health (OIRSA), the Inter-American Agriculture Cooperation Institute (IICA), among other institutions, have been asked to provide specialists to manage the disease and work together with local technicians to eradicate the outbreak.Concerning the outbreak, Estevez said that the avian flu detected in a farm in the northern province of Espaillat is under control, with the international protocols applied.Measures taken to control outbreak“Among the measures taken to control the outbreak, the birds and eggs were eliminated, surveillance and monitoring measures were implemented in an area of 5 kilometers around the outbreak, including epidemiological tracking and maintenance of the quarantine,” he said.Bird flu, also called avian influenza, is a viral infection that can infect not only birds, but also humans and other animals.H5N1 is the most common form of bird flu.It’s deadly to birds and can easily affect humans and other animals that come in contact with a carrier.For a guide to combating colds and flu, click the link: Your family’s guide to cold and flu season
MORE: Tour de France 2019: What the colored jerseys meanLast year’s champion and Bernal’s Team Ineos teammate Geraint Thomas will likely not provide any real competition to his teammate as Thomas’ second-place spot on the podium is all but guaranteed.This year’s Tour de France has been one of the closest in recent memory and has been lead by Alaphilippe or Bernal for nearly the entire duration, two cyclists who have never won the yellow jersey before. At the age of 22, Bernal is also the youngest rider in the race. One of cycling’s most grueling races reaches its conclusion when Egan Bernal of Colombia crosses the finish line of the Tour de France in Paris after the 23-day event that began in Brussels.Bernal, who will become the first Colombian to win the Tour, has the title locked down entering the largely ceremonial final stage of the race. Bernal first took hold of the yellow jersey after a weather-shortened Stage 19 on Friday saw Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe relinquish the coveted jersey after holding it for the majority of the race. Who won the Tour de France in 2019?Egan Bernal won the 106th edition of the Tour de France. He is the first cyclist from Colombia to win the race and was the youngest rider in this year’s race at just 22 years old. Last year’s winner Geraint Thomas finished second — one minute and 11 seconds behind Bernal.Final standings for the 2019 Tour de France1. Egan Bernal (Colombia) — 82 hours, 57 minutes, 00 seconds2. Geraint Thomas (Great Britain) — +00.01.113. Steven Kruijswijk (New Zealand) — +00.01.314. Emanuel Buchmann (Germany) — +00.01.565. Julian Alaphilippe (France) — +00.04.056. Mikel Landa Meana (Spain) — +00.04.237. Rigoberto Uran (Colombia) — +00.05.158. Nairo Quintana (Colombia) — +00.05.309. Alejandro Valverde (Spain) — +00.06.1210. Warren Barguil (France) — +00.07.32You can find a full list of classifications here.Tour de France winners, results by stageOver a span of a little more than three weeks, riders endured a grueling course that includes seven mountain stages with five summit finishes, five hilly stages, seven flat stages and an individual and team time trial. Here are the winners of each stage throughout the race.#DateLengthStageWinner1July 6192km (119 mi.)Brussels to Brussels (flat)Mike Teunissen2July 727km (16.7 mi.)Brussels-Palais Royal to Brussels-Atomium (team time trial)Jumbo-Visma3July 8214km (133 mi.)Binche to Epernay (hilly)Julian Alaphilippe4July 9215km (133 mi.)Reims to Nancy (flat)Elia Viviani5July 10169km (105 mi.)Saint-Die-des-Vosges to Colmar (hilly)Peter Sagan6July 11157km (97.5 mi.)Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles (mountain)Dylan Teuns7July 12230km (142 mi.)Belfort to Chalon-sur-Saone (flat)Dylan Groenewegen8July 13199km (123 mi.)Macon to Saint-Etienne (hilly)Thomas De Gendt9July 14170km (105 mi.)Saint-Etienne to Brioude (hilly)Daryl Impey10July 15218km (135 mi.)Saint-Flour to Albi (flat)Wout van AertRest dayJuly 1611July 17167km (104 mi.)Albi to Toulouse (flat)Caleb Ewan12July 18202km (125.5 mi.)Toulouse to Bagneres-de-Bigorre (mountain)Simon Yates13July 1927km (16.7 mi.)Pau to Pau (individual time trial)Julian Alaphilippe14July 20117km (72.5 mi.)Tarbes to Col du Tourmalet (mountain)Thibaut Pinot15July 21185km (115 mi.)Limoux to Foix (mountain)Simon YatesRest dayJuly 2216July 23177km (110 mi.)Nimes to Nimes (flat)Caleb Ewan17July 24206km (128 mi.)Pont du Gard to Gap (hilly)Matteo Trentin18July 25207km (128.5 mi.)Embrun to Valloire (mountain)Nairo Quintana19July 26123km (76 mi.)Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Tignes (mountain)Egan Bernal20July 27131km (81 mi.)Albertville to Val Thorens (mountain)Vincenzo Nibali21July 28127km (79 mi.)Rambouillet to Paris (flat)Caleb Ewan
CLEAR LAKE — The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake is up for a national honor. The venue is one of five nominees for the Academy of County Music Award’s “Venue of the Year-Small Capacity”.The announcements of the ACM nominees were released on Wednesday. The other venues up for the award include the House of Blues in Anaheim California, the House of Blues in Boston, Floore’s in Helotes Texas, and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville Tennessee.The Venue of the Year Small Capacity award recognizes an outstanding venue with a maximum capacity of 4000.The 54th annual ACM Awards will be handed out on April 7th.
Yevhen Konoplyanka in action for Dnipro Yevhen Konoplyanka is expected to snub the chance to join Stoke City and instead move to Europa League champions Sevilla this summer.Mark Hughes had been chasing the Ukrainian winger but, according to Spanish newspaper AS, the 25-year-old is on the verge of moving to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.Konoplyanka, who plies his trade with Dnipro in Ukraine, is entering the final weeks of his contract and is available on a free transfer at the end of the month.The Dnipro star has spent his whole career in his homeland but is said to favour a switch to Spain and caught the eye of Sevilla’s hierarchy during last season’s Europa League final between the two teams in Warsaw.Liverpool have also been linked with Konoplyanka in recent weeks. 1