Avian flu has broken out again in commercial poultry in Russia this week. More than 100,000 chickens on a farm in the southern region of Krasnodar, on the northeastern side of the Black Sea, have been killed to contain the outbreak, according to the AP. See also: The World Health Organization (WHO) said today its collaborating laboratory in Britain has confirmed the second fatal human H5N1 case in Iraq. The case, in a 39-year-old man, was announced previously by Iraq’s health ministry and the WHO. An official at Sulianti Saroso Hospital said the two patients were transferred there early today, according to the story. He said seven other patients at the hospital were being treated for suspected avian flu as well. Mar 1, 2006 (CIDRAP News) US health officials announced today they have ordered more than 14 million treatment courses of two antiviral drugs to add to the 5.5 million courses already bought in preparation for a possible influenza pandemic. Mar 1 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_03_01a/en/index.html The HHS announcement came as concern about the spread of H5N1 avian influenza continued to increase in Europe and elsewhere. The British lab is also testing samples from some suspected human cases from the northern Iraqi province of Sulaimaniyah and the southern provinces of Basra and Missan, the WHO said. In Germany, disease-control officials said the cat recently found infected with avian flu almost certainly had the deadly strain of H5N1, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. If so, the cat will be the first known instance of a mammal infected with the virus in Europe. Captive tigers and leopards and a few domestic cats were infected in Asia in 2004. The HHS pandemic plan calls for buying enough doses of antivirals to treat 25% of the US population, according to the release. The department didn’t say how soon it expects to receive the doses just ordered. In Indonesia, two more people, a 20-year-old and a 12-month-old, were hospitalized in Jakarta with suspected cases of avian flu, according to another AFP report today. Thomas Mettenleiter, head of Germany’s Friedrich Loeffler Institute, said the cat is believed to have eaten an infected bird, according to an Associated Press (AP) report published last night. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has ordered 12.4 million courses of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) from Roche and 1.75 million courses of zanamivir (Relenza) from GlaxoSmithKline, according to an HHS news release.
MHI Vestas has signed a framework agreement extension with Ziton A/S to include sites where its 8.0-10MW V164 turbine model is installed.The extension also introduces the possibility for MHI Vestas to utilize the jack-up vessels provided by Ziton for preparation and commissioning work in connection with the main component exchanges.As a result of the new agreement, Ziton will remain the main partner for major component replacements at MHI Vestas’s offshore wind farms.Ziton stated that the extension follows its fleet expansion to service the generation of turbines currently being installed, including the V164 model.
Associated Press March 21, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSSecond Ottawa Senators player tests positiveUNDATED (AP) — A second Ottawa Senators player has tested positive for COVID-19. DUKE-JONES-NBADuke sophomore point guard Tre Jones declares for NBA draftDURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke Duke sophomore Tre Jones says he will enter the NBA draft.The point guard was named to the third team of The Associated Press All-America team on Friday after being named Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year by the league and runner-up for the same award from the AP.Jones averaged 16.2 points and 6.4 assists for the Blue Devils, the highlight being his buzzer-beating shot off his own intentionally missed free throw to force overtime in a wild comeback win at North Carolina on Feb. 8.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The player was part of the recent road trip that included NHL games in San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles. The total number of people on the trip was 52, including players, staff, media, guests and flight crew. Of those on the trip, 44 have shown no symptoms, eight have been tested, and two positive results were received. The team is awaiting more results from tests given over the past three days.Everyone on the California trip was instructed to self-quarantine on March 13. The team says it is actively monitoring the situation and following all appropriate and professional guidelines.In other virus-related developments:— Health concerns and travel bans that have closed international borders because of the new coronavirus pandemic have forced the International Ice Hockey Federation to cancel the men’s world hockey championships. The decision to cancel the 16-team tournament to be held in Switzerland in May was formally announced Saturday. The move essentially wipes out the IIHF’s entire spring calendar of world championship of events after the women’s and Under-18 men’s tournaments were canceled earlier this month. Due to the pandemic’s global scale, the council ruled there was no possibility of relocating the championship to another country. — The U.S. track federation has added its name to a growing chorus of calls to postpone the Tokyo Olympics because of the coronavirus. In a letter to the CEO of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel urged the federation to advocate for the postponement of the Games, which are to start July 24. The track federation joins USA Swimming, which sent a similar letter to the USOPC on Thursday. — A handful of golf mini tours are continuing to play through as coronavirus fears shut down major sports leagues across the world. The Cactus Tour in Phoenix this week was won by two-time major champion Anna Nordqvist and the Outlaw Tour held a men’s event across the Valley of the Sun. The Cactus Tour instituted preventative guidelines to prevent spread of the coronavirus, sanitizing golf carts, limiting one rider per cart and asking for social distancing on the course.— Gulfstream Park has dropped purses for its seven stakes races on Florida Derby day by 20.5%. Track officials say the changes for next Saturday were necessitated by the loss of on-track handle and revenue from the track’s casino. The biggest hit went to the Florida Derby itself, which was to have a $1 million purse and now will be run for $750,000. Purses for the Gulfstream Park Oaks and the Kitten’s Joy were trimmed by $50,000 apiece, while the Cutler Bay and the Sanibel Island will be run for $100,000 each, down from the originally planned purse of $125,000. NFL-NEWSRivers signs with ColtsUNDATED (AP) — Philip Rivers has officially ended his 16-year tenure with the Chargers by signing the $25 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts he agreed to earlier this week. The 38-year-old quarterback thinks he has plenty to offer even after one of his worst seasons. Rivers threw 23 touchdown passes, his lowest total since 2007, and 20 interceptions, matching the second-highest total of his career. But now, with a fresh start, a strong running game and one of the league’s top offensive lines, Rivers insists he will prove the critics wrong this season.The eight-time Pro Bowler said in a conference call Saturday that he knows he can still play at a high level.In other NFL news:— Arizona running back Kenyan Drake has agreed to sign his one-year, $8.5 million tender to stay with the Cardinals. The Cardinals placed the transition tag on Drake earlier this week. That meant he could negotiate a deal elsewhere, but Arizona had the right to match the offer. Drake’s agency announced today that he would sign his tender. The 26-year-old Drake went to the Cardinals in a mid-season trade from the Miami Dolphins. He was productive in his eight games, running for 643 yards and eight touchdowns, including a four-touchdown game against the Cleveland Browns in Week 15.— The New York Jets have released cornerback Darryl Roberts after four seasons with the team as a sometime starter and valuable backup. The move Saturday saves the Jets $6 million on the salary cap for the upcoming season. New York has now cut both of last year’s starters at cornerback after releasing Trumaine Johnson earlier in the week. Agent Brett Tessler also announced the Jets agreed to terms with veteran offensive lineman Josh Andrews. A person with direct knowledge of the deal said New York and former Los Angeles Rams safety Marqui Christian have also agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth up to $2 million. — Brazil’s Olympic Committee is calling for the Tokyo Games to be postponed until 2021. The Brazilian body said in a statement published on Saturday that the decision is a necessity due to the seriousness of the pandemic and “the consequent difficulty for athletes to keep their best competitive level.” And the Norwegian Olympic Committee says the Games shouldn’t take place until the coronavirus outbreak “is under firm control” worldwide.— Saturday marks the 10th full day of the NBA’s shutdown, a stoppage that has cost the league 75 games and counting. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says it’s too soon to tell what the economic impact will be. He says the league is considering all options — best-case, worst-case and countless ideas in between — as it tries to come to grips with this new normal. By April 15, the day the regular season was supposed to end, the NBA will have missed 259 games.— The owners of the Boston Bruins say they have established a $1.5 million fund for employees of the team and TD Garden who have lost work because of the suspension of the NHL season. The Bruins were the last team in the league to commit to taking care of part-time and game-day employees. According to a statement from the team, the Jacobs family would help workers “who will be financially burdened if the six remaining regular season Bruins games are not played.”— Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton says he has been self-isolating for more than a week after meeting people who later tested positive for the new coronavirus. Hamilton was at a charity event in London on March 4 also attended by actor Idris Elba and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of the Canadian prime minister. Both were later found to have the virus. In a message on social media, Hamilton says he’s shown “zero symptoms” but has been isolating himself from other people ever since March 13, when the Australian Grand Prix was called off. He said he hasn’t been tested because test kits are in short supply and “there are people who need it more than I do.”— Auto racers around the world are moving online while the coronavirus pandemic keeps them off the track. Drivers from Formula One, NASCAR and other leading series are using simulators to stay sharp and entertain fans — and finding they’re struggling to keep pace with pro gamers. Since the season-opening Australian Grand Prix was called off last weekend, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has been racing online, as has McLaren’s Lando Norris. F1, NASCAR and INDYCAR have had drivers sign up to take part in virtual races in place of real ones, and sports networks with time slots to fill are saying they’ll air them. Update on the latest sports