Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is working aggressively with Ohio’s poultry industry and federal partners to prevent the spread of avian influenza. Ohio has no reported cases of avian influenza, and together regulators, farmers and veterinarians are working to protect the health of the state’s bird population.ODA asked the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS) to grant relief which now allows organic poultry producers to temporarily confine their flocks and maintain organic certification. This is a critical biosecurity measure requested by Ohio producers, and one ODA encourages all poultry producers, including small-scale backyard farmers, to implement.“Preventing contact between flocks and wild birds is one of the most important steps any farmer can take to keep animals healthy and prevent the spread of avian influenza,” said Dr. Tony Forshey, state veterinarian. “I thank USDA-AMS for their work and recognition of the critical importance of this request and urge all Ohio poultry producers, large and small, to take aggressive biosecurity measures to protect the health of all of our state’s birds.”Many Ohio farms have already taken aggressive actions to implement heightened biosecurity measures that protect poultry. USDA’s memo reinforces the importance for all producers to do so. USDA recommends that Ohio producers work with their organic certifying agents to determine the proper method of temporary confinement.Multiple cases of low pathogenic avian influenza have been found in Georgia, Kentucky, Alabama, Wisconsin and Tennessee. Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been diagnosed in Tennessee. Authorities in those states have taken steps to contain the virus. ODA works with Ohio’s poultry farmers, state and federal partners to monitor for avian influenza. All producers are urged to monitor their flocks for signs of illness and implement strict biosecurity measures. The safety of poultry and eggs for food consumption is not affected.If you see clinical signs of illness in your flocks, please contact your veterinarian or the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Health at (614) 728-6220.
Clashes erupted late on Tuesday at Wangjing Tentha in Thoubal district between the police and people who were taking out a torchlight rally in protest against the Naga agreement. All sections of people fear that since the Centre was not disclosing the details of the agreement, there might be clauses against the interests of Manipur.S. Ibomcha, Police Superintendent of Thoubal district, told The Hindu on Wednesday that a large number of men and women took out a torchlight procession in the district. As part of the well-organised agitation under the supervision of the COCOMI formed by five civil society organisations, processionists tried to storm the house of Paonam Brojen, the MLA of the constituency. Police intercepted them to maintain law and order while the people tried to bull through the police barricade.There was a mild baton charge. The processionists retaliated by throwing burning torchlights. Besides, stones were pelted at the police. Some youths were also allegedly used sling shots to attack the police. A few policemen sustained injuries. Later, police arrested 17 processionists.There were reports of such processions at Leishangthem also in the Thoubal district on Tuesday night.Meanwhile, Congress MLAs of Manipur reached Delhi on Wednesday to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to demand protection of the interests of Manipur while signing the Naga agreement. Okram Ibobi, the CLP leader and former Chief Minister, said, “The reported assurance of the Home Minister Amit Shah on the issue is nothing new since he made similar assurances in the past. Despite assurances, the stakeholders were not consulted before giving the final shape to the Naga agreement”. However, as Modi is out of the country, it is not immediately known when and if the meeting will take place.Appeals by Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren to have trust in the assurance of the Centre and call off agitations, including the proposed ban on the tourism-related international Sangai festival, had fallen on deaf ears since the COCOMI continues to quarterback the agitations. Taking umbrage at the refusal to summon a special Assembly session to take a firm resolution on the issue, the COCOMI announced that it will not hold any further talks with the State government.
August 4, 2007 To continue our report from 8/1/07, three individual frames have been painted and prepared to be installed in one of the door panels on the east balcony of the Crafts III building at Cafe level. [Photo & text: sa] This photo taken from the inner balcony at the top level of the Crafts III building, the Visitors Center – Gallery, gives some indication of scale of the three-level interior space and of the scale of the door panels. The panels have been installed and welding crew Philip Bonham and Darina Trendafilova fine tune placement and clip in the fly-screens. [Photo & text: sa] In past years, during the summer month, both door panels on the east and south balcony were kept open to allow a natural breeze to flow through the cafe space. Recent feedback from the health department frowned on this easy access for the fly population. To screen these giant doors presented quite a challenge and it was elegantly solved. [Photo & text: sa]
Lithuanian service provider TEO announced a 5.6% year-on-year increase in TV customers in the third quarter, driven by IPTV sign-ups.TEO said that at the end of September it had a total of 171,041 TV service users, up from 161,921 for the same period last year.IPTV users increased 15.2% over the period to 102,658, though DVB-T customers dropped 6.1% to 68,383 customers.Overall in Q3 TEO said that revenue was LTL181 million (€52.4 million), down 4.5% year-on-year. Net profit came in at LTL42.6 million, down 5.9% year-on-year.