Home Indiana Agriculture News The Watch is on for High Path Avian Influenza Previous articleNew Faster Satellite Internet can Help in the Farm OfficeNext articleMorning Outlook Gary Truitt The Watch is on for High Path Avian Influenza By Gary Truitt – Jan 4, 2016 Facebook Twitter The Watch is on for High Path Avian InfluenzaLast year 48 million birds, mostly turkeys and laying hens, were depopulated in response to the spread of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza. The watch is on for a return of the outbreak this winter. The spread of the disease that infected poultry operations in the west and here in the Midwest was caused by migrating birds moving north. The concern now is that as those birds migrate back south, there will be a return of the disease.Maurice Pitesky, with University of California Davis, says the birds use flyways that take them right over key poultry-producing areas, “These flyways are like freeways, and they interconnect allowing the birds to come in contact with birds from other regions.” He said, for example, some of the birds last spring had virus infections that had been gotten from birds in Korea.So far, all is quiet, says USDA’s Rob Johansson, “We had had a rather mild fall and early winter, so we are not seeing the large number of migrating birds that we had last spring.” Yet, it is still early and officials are cautious. Johansson says the industry is better prepared this time around to prevent a massive infestation, “The biosecurity on many of the poultry houses is better, and this should help keep down the infestation.”He adds, the virus is still out there with reports of HPAI coming in from Europe and some areas of the west coast. Only one case was found in Northeast Indiana last year, but state officials have plans in place should an outbreak occur. SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE
Nihad Awad, co-founder and executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), has been named the Phillips Brooks House Association’s 2017 Robert Coles “Call of Service” Lecture and Award recipient.Founded in 1904, the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) is a student-led nonprofit at Harvard College that engages 1,400 students in 83 social service and social action programs that benefit approximately 10,000 low-income people in Boston and Cambridge.Its Robert Coles “Call of Service” Lecture and Award brings a significant leader in public service to Harvard each fall to inspire a deeper engagement with critical social issues on campus and in the wider community. Previous speakers and award recipients include former vice president and environmental activist Al Gore ’69; president and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, Marian Wright Edelman; Civil Rights activist Bob Moses; co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter Alicia Garza; and recently TransGriot founding editor Monica Roberts. Established in 2007, this annual lecture and award honors former PBHA volunteer, trustee, and longtime Harvard faculty member Robert Coles ’50 and his book “The Call of Service,” which examines the idealism PBHA seeks to instill in students. Coles is expected to attend the event, which is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Memorial Church.Awad is the national executive director of CAIR, the largest and most prominent civil liberties and advocacy organization serving the Muslim community in the United States. Awad has led multiple campaigns to defend the rights of Muslims and help Americans of other faiths better understand Islam.Awad has testified before both houses of the U.S. Congress on matters involving Muslims in America. In 1997, he served on the White House Civil Rights Advisory Panel to the Commission on Aviation Safety and Security. In 2004, the National Journal named him one of the most influential people in the U.S., whose ideas will help shape the debate over public policy issues for the next decade. In 2012, a Georgetown University publication named him one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world. In 2010, Arabian Business ranked him 39th in the “Arabian Business Power 100,” its annual listing of the most influential Arabs. In 2015, The Los Angeles Times named Nihad one of the new civil rights leaders. Awad has been frequently interviewed on national and international media such as CNN, Fox, MSNBC, PBS, C-SPAN, Al-Jazeera, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, National Public Radio, and BBC World Service.Awad is a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding, promoting dialogue and empowering American Muslims. PBHA will honor his lifetime service and continued efforts to encourage dialogue and build coalitions.The lecture and award precede the PBHA’s annual Alumni Weekend, in which PBHA alumni reconnect and talk with current PBHA undergraduates. Each year an outstanding alumnus and supporter are honored at the annual luncheon. This year, however, the PBHA will honor its directors of programs Robert Bridgeman and David Dance, who are retiring after 24 years and 15 years, respectively. Bridgeman and Dance work in and out of the building with students and communities.The Robert Coles “Call of Service” Lecture and Award is free and open to the public. For more information on the events, visit the PBHA website.
Ghana midfielder Opoku Agyemang cannot make it for this weekend’s qualifier against Congo after ”mysteriously” losing his passport.The Al Ahli player was scheduled to leave Qatar on Thursday morning to join his team mates in Nairobi, Kenya but was shocked to learn that he has misplaced his travelling document.Agyemang was barred from travelling early this week and was asked to play in a crucial game for his club on Wednesday’s before leaving but his dream has fizzled into thin air.“I have asked the Police and Immigration officials who prevented me from travelling on Tuesday but there’s still no response,” Agyemang told GHANAsoccernet.com“Initially I thought I left it in my money bag but I have searched everywhere and can’t find it. I have also contacted the taxi drivers; maybe I left it in one of the them on my way back home after I was frustrated at the airport.”He added: “I have spoken to Fred Pappoe (Ghana FA Vice president) and we are looking at other options.” Agyemang was expected to join Goran Stevanovic’s troops on Thursday morning.The team will leave Kenya on Saturday morning for Brazzaville.The 21-year-old has not played for Ghana since February last year after an eight-month spell on the sidelines due to a knee injury.Source: Ghanasoccernet