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Iditarod Changes Course Due to Lack of Snow

first_imgThe 44th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has been forced to move its starting location 360 miles north from Willow, Alaska, to Fairbanks, Alaska, due to low snow conditions. Much of the 1,000-mile trail has been determined by race officials to be unsafe for competitors. Volunteers and race staff attempted to groom particularly bad sections of the race but were unable too because of vegetation that would normally be covered by a thick blanket of snow.Areas of trail in the Alaska Range have experienced a lot less precipitation this year than usual. In the past three years, two races have been unable to start from Anchorage due to limited snow. Many believe climate change to be the main culprit of the lack of snow. Race officials have reportedly been concerned about the effects of climate change on the race for several years. These concerns are currently materializing. The changed route will affect many towns and villages that depend on of the Iditarod for financial and cultural reasons.  “It’s a different event, but it’s still the Iditarod. It’s still a world-class dog race with the best mushers in the world,” said Race Marshal Mark Nordman at a press conference last week.Related:last_img read more

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NextGen Know-How: 5 things you should start doing this year

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Habits to help you work at peak performance and get better results.by: Laurie J. Maddalena, MBA, CPCC, PHRDo you want to elevate your leadership impact this year? Leaders are busy, and sometimes it’s a challenge to just get through the day.But we often put off doing the things that will help us make a bigger impact and get better results for ourselves and the organization. Where we focus our time has a significant impact on our success in leadership.Here are the top things I think leaders should start doing this year to work at peak performance and get better results.1.    Reading: The best leaders are focused on continuous learning and development. Many leaders are so busy they rarely can find time for keeping up on industry trends or enhancing their leadership. Make this the year you focus more time on reading, listening to educational audios, and focusing on development. Some of my favorite resources are:Success Magazine (you get a bonus CD with each monthly magazine)Leadership From the Inside Out by Kevin CashmanThe Compound Effect audio series or book by Darren HardyThe Advantage by Patrick LencioniExecution by Larry Bossidy and Ram CharanLeading for Growth by Ray Davis continue reading »last_img read more

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Finger Lakes area expects economic hit from cancelled race

first_imgWATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) – Business owners and local officials are predicting the decision to cancel the NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International later this month will be a major economic loss for the Finger Lakes region of New York. It had been scheduled to take place Aug. 13-16. Schuyler County Administrator Timothy O’Hearn told the Poughkeepsie Journal the NASCAR weekend generates about $50 million in revenue for the region. NASCAR and Watkins Glen International have cited coronavirus-related health regulations and logistics issues for the decision to move the event to the Daytona International Speedway road course in Florida. last_img read more

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H5N1 virus found near home of Indonesian victims

first_imgJul 27, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesian investigators found the H5N1 avian influenza virus in chicken droppings near the home of three people who died of the virus this month, according to a report published yesterday.Health Minister Siti Fadillah Supari said further tests were needed to determine if the victims, a man and his two young daughters who lived in a Jakarta suburb, became infected through contact with the droppings, according to the report by Agence France-Presse (AFP).”It’s suspected to be the cause of the infection, but it requires another stage of examination to determine this is the case,” Supari said. Officials have said they had no evidence that the victims had any exposure to sick poultry, but they lived a few miles from farms where poultry and pigs were found to be infected this year.H5 outbreak in JapanIn other developments, Japanese officials have reported another outbreak of avian flu on a poultry farm near where several outbreaks have been reported since late June, according to a Reuters story today.Some chickens on the farm tested positive for an H5 virus, and fuller identification of the virus was still awaited, a local official in Ibaraki prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, told Reuters. The previous outbreaks in the area were identified as involving an H5N2 virus, which is less virulent than H5N1 and has not been known to cause illness in humans.The latest outbreak is on a farm with 35,000 birds, about 4 miles from where the first recent outbreak surfaced in late June, the report said. Since then, authorities have destroyed chickens at seven neighboring farms, after they tested positive for antibodies to the virus.An avian flu outbreak reported in southwestern Siberia last week was tentatively identified as H5N2. Conclusive identification of the virus in the outbreak in the Novosibirsk region was still awaited, according to a Reuters report published yesterday.Gennady Onischenko, Russia’s top epidemiologist, said the outbreak was Russia’s first avian flu outbreak, Reuters reported. He said the disease had killed 1,135 birds.Reports from Thailand, PhilippinesIn a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) last week, Thailand said recent avian flu outbreaks had killed more than 16,000 birds and forced the destruction of more than 120,000.Outbreaks occurred in eight villages in Suphan Buri province, about 60 miles north of Bangkok, the report said. Initial reports on Jul 11 had cited five outbreaks in the area, ending a 3-month stretch with no poultry outbreaks in Thailand.All the cases occurred on farms or at other sites where traditional husbandry methods were used and biosecurity was minimal. The largest outbreak killed 14,880 birds and forced the culling of 107,120, the report said.The cases were detected during Thailand’s second nationwide active surveillance campaign, scheduled to run from Jul 1 to 31, officials told the OIE. Thailand has had 17 human cases of H5N1 infection, with 12 deaths, but none this year.Filipino officials told the OIE last week that testing in Australia had confirmed the previously reported finding of a low-pathogenic flu virus in ducks from one location, but found no virus in chickens. Authorities reported on Jul 8 that an H5 virus had been found in ducks on one farm north of Manila, marking the Philippines’ first avian flu outbreak in recent years.Tests at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory detected evidence of low-pathogenic H5 and H9 viruses in samples from ducks but not from chickens, the Filipino report said. Tests showed no sign of H5N1 viruses in any of the samples. Virus isolation tests using fertilized chicken eggs also were negative.Officials said they concluded that the Philippines is free of H5N1 and has no low-pathogenic flu in chickens. Further, officials said, “The Philippines has had previous LPAI [low pathogenic avian influenza] exposure in ducks, but the LPAI virus is no longer present and therefore we do not have active LPAI, even in ducks.”Authorities concluded that the original finding by a Filipino government lab of a flu virus in ducks was probably a false-positive, possibly because an inappropriate primer was used in the reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction test, the report says.Hong Kong lab suspends researchIn Hong Kong, a laboratory that had been criticized by the Chinese government for its research on avian flu said it was suspending the research while seeking government permission for it, according to a Reuters report published yesterday.In late May, the Joint Influenza Research Centre published an article in Nature saying that infected wild birds in western China might have picked up the H5N1 virus from poultry farms in southern China. The center is operated by Hong Kong University and Shantou University.A day after the article was published, Jia Youling, head of the veterinary bureau in the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, criticized the findings and said no avian flu had broken out in southern China this year, Reuters reported. Jia also said the joint laboratory had inadequate biosecurity and had not received government approval to conduct avian flu research.A few days later, the government issued new regulations restricting H5N1 research to three governments labs and requiring labs to obtain government permission before doing research on deadly pathogens, the story said.A statement by the joint research center said it complied fully with World Health Organization safety standards for work on avian flu viruses but was suspending its work on H5N1 while it applied for government authorization.See also:Thai report to the OIEftp://ftp.oie.int/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/infos_san_archives/eng/2005/en_050722v18n29.pdfFilipino report to the OIEftp://ftp.oie.int/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/infos_san_archives/eng/2005/en_050715v18n28.pdflast_img read more

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Silence complicates efforts to gauge readiness of food industry

first_img(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – Several large, influential food companies and organizations contacted by Weekly Briefing had little or nothing to say about their pandemic preparedness plans. One crisis planner says that such companies need to face the realities of a pandemic—and that not sharing information is counterproductive for all.”I think that’s the wrong approach,” says Jay Schwarz, vice president for information systems with the wholesale and retail grocery company Alex Lee, referring to some organizations’ lack of transparency about their plans. “Now that we have this just-in-time global economy, I think many people don’t realize just how bad [food-delivery problems] could get.”Alex Lee has readily shared copies of the company’s pandemic plans with the grocery industry. At a meeting of the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association in fall 2006, Schwarz stressed the importance of industry cooperation during a pandemic to ensure the continuity of the food supply. “We just can’t compete on this one,” he says. “It’s simply that important.”In the event of a pandemic, Schwarz says, any grocery organization would be overwhelmed by all the extra business if competitors have to close. “If only one grocery chain does a great job, there’s no way they’ll be able to handle [the excess demand],” he says.Difficulties in obtaining information from major food industry players are outlined here:ConAgra Foods Inc., Omaha, Neb., convened a pandemic task force more than a year ago but will not disclose any details, says spokeswoman Stephanie Childs. ConAgra, which has 27,000 employees, manufactures and markets brands such as Chef Boyardee and Orville Redenbacher’s to retailers and food service providers.C&S Wholesale Grocers, Keene, N.H., rarely releases information to the media, a spokeswoman says. C&S, which employs 20,000 people, supplies supermarkets such as Safeway, A&P Food Mart, and BJ’s Warehouse.Despite repeated requests for an interview over 2 weeks, no one at the Food Marketing Institute, Crystal City, Va., was available for comment, according to spokesman Bill Greer. The organization conducts programs in research, education, industry relations, and public affairs for the 1,500 food retailers and wholesalers that make up its membership—and that represent three fourths of all retail food stores in the United States.No one at the National Grocers Association (NGA), Arlington, Va., could address pandemic planning, according to spokeswoman Christine Cunnick. NGA is the national trade association of independent retail and wholesale grocers.—Mary Van Beusekomlast_img read more

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Martin Keown explains the mistake Arsenal made with William Saliba

first_imgDavid Luiz could be on his way back to Benfica after just one season at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘I could’t quite work that out because now I’m being told he’s world-class. Never mind if he’s world-class, if he was Premier League class it would have been good enough because that was an area of concern.’Arteta, meanwhile, is reportedly ready to listen to offers for Holding, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi when the window reopens, while Luiz’s future is currently the subject of intense speculation.The Brazil international, who openly admits he wants to finish his career at Benfica, is yet to begin talks over a contract extension with his present deal set to expire imminently.Speaking about Luiz’s future, Keown added: ‘David Luiz concerns me because if you’re going to pay £7m for him and give him £5m wages and he’s only going to be there for one season, I’m not sure about the wisdom of that.‘Is he a proper defender? Can he play in a back four? His best defending came when he was in a back three at Chelsea when they won the Premier League [in 2016/17].More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘It’s the most crucial area which he [Mikel Arteta] has to get right. Holding’s been injured, it’s hard to judge him, probably deserves another opportunity. I think that Sokratis could be a useful defender but I can understand the uncertainty of giving David Luiz a new deal.‘Do they now start to be harsh and make those key decisions? If David Luiz isn’t the answer, then he has to go now. He doesn’t enjoy being in wide positions in the back four, he tends to bring people down and Mustafi, although Arteta has got a bit of a tune out of him but we know Mustafi isn’t quite at the level as well.‘You go to a football club, you have to make your mark and if it doesn’t happen you have to hold your hands up. I think both players will have to do that… I can’t see that being a long-term partnership in the Arsenal defence.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Arsenal star Lucas Torreira discusses his future and reveals ‘dream’ to play for Boca JuniorsMORE: Arsenal complete the signing of free agent George LewisFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Advertisement Martin Keown explains the mistake Arsenal made with William Saliba Advertisement William Saliba is due to return to Arsenal imminently following his loan spell at Saint-Etienne (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown believes Arsenal made a mistake in allowing William Saliba to return to Saint-Etienne on loan after completing his £27million transfer last summer. The teenage defender returned to the Ligue 1 club shortly after Arsenal beat north London rivals Tottenham to his signature, but Saint-Etienne insisted the deal was dependent on him returning to France to continue his development. In his absence, Arsenal’s defence continued to ship goals under the management of Unai Emery with David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos struggling to offer goalkeeper Bernd Leno any sort of meaningful protection. Emery’s successor, Mikel Arteta, has presided over a significant improvement but Keown believes Arsenal should have driven a harder bargain during their initial negotiation for Saliba.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe told talkSPORT: ‘There’s an awful lot of work to be done in there [defence]. There was the defender from Saint-Etienne William Saliba who they paid £27million for but was loaned back again. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 30 May 2020 12:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.7kShareslast_img read more

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How to spring clean your home and boost your selling price

first_imgDon’t underestimate the power of a good spring clean on your property price.PULLING on a pair of rubber gloves may be all that’s standing between you and a better price for your home this selling season. According to Justin Ferguson of Ferguson Property Agents, a good spring clean can boost the price your property fetches.With Spring traditionally the peak season for new listings, he said “differentiating your property has never been more important.”His plan is simple, just a few steps that can be ticked off for a more presentable property. Step 1: De-clutter “De-cluttering your home cannot only make the space look bigger, but help potential buyers picture themselves living in your home.” And, unlike when you’re having friends over, “the less personal items, the better” when it comes to knick-knacks in your home. Step 2: Refresh the outside More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour ago“The outside of your home is the first thing potential buyers will see when coming to open houses,” Mr Ferguson said. “It’s important to focus on the front entry for first impressions.” Step 3: Sweat the small stuff “Focus on fixing up all the small potential issues in your home before putting it on the market, it will make a huge difference.” Step 4: Light, light, light “Buyers are always looking for plenty of good lighting when looking for a home.” His suggestions include taking down heavy winter curtains, cleaning windows and removing obstructions from outside to maximise the light. Step 5: Expertise Mr Ferguson said a real estate agent could make or break your bid for a strong price “especially at such a competitive time of year”.An agent with “exceptional local area knowledge including recent sales and the market of surrounding suburbs” was crucial.last_img read more

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Police operation prevents drug related harm

first_imgNZ  Police 30 June 2014Police believe the true success of this year’s national cannabis operation is not the drugs destroyed, the guns seized or the suspects arrested but rather the harm that has been prevented from occurring in the community.Detective Senior Sgt. Scott McGill said that during Operation Lucy 105,000 cannabis plants were destroyed, 112 firearms seized and 640 suspects arrested.“The cannabis trade is a destructive force in New Zealand society,” Mr McGill said. “By destroying over 100,000 plants before they were harvested police have prevented significant social damage from occurring in our community.”Mr McGill said the arrest of 64 patched gang members or associates during Operation Lucy shows the strong connection between organised crime and the cannabis trade.“We are very pleased with the results from this year’s operation which show our commitment to restrict the influence of these organised criminal groups.”http://m.police.govt.nz/mobile-news-article/33655last_img read more

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Hennessey heads for Palace

first_imgWales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has joined Crystal Palace from Wolves for an undisclosed fee. “I have met some of the lads and the staff already, so I am just looking forward to getting out onto the training pitch now,” Hennessey said on Palace Player. “We have got Arsenal on the weekend which is going to be a tough game but hopefully we can get something out of it. “I know (defender) Danny Gabbidon well and he has been telling me what the place is all about. He said it’s a fantastic club and that I should get down here so I am over the moon it’s happened. “Going out to Yeovil (on loan) was good for me as I managed to get match experience again, but then that came to an end and I went back to Wolves and was sadly on the bench. Hopefully the tables will turn for me now.” Palace also confirmed on Friday afternoon that midfielder Jason Puncheon’s loan move from Southampton had been made permanent, with the player agreeing a four-and-a-half-year deal. The 27-year-old, who was at the Selhurst Park club as a youngster, said: “It is great to sign a permanent deal, it’s something I dreamt about when I was a kid so I’m pleased to get it done. “The massive factor in this was the chairman and the manager, the gaffer has shown great faith in me since he has been here and that’s been unbelievable for me. “It is a boost for me mentally – I thought it might happen at the end of the season, but it has come quicker and obviously that is good for both me and the football club.” Summer signing Jose Campana has swapped Palace for Nurnberg, penning a loan deal with the Bundesliga club with a view to a permanent move. The 20-year-old midfielder arrived at Selhurst Park from Sevilla in the summer, but has not appeared since the 4-1 home defeat to Fulham on October 21. A statement on the official Nurnberg website, www.fcn.de, said: “Jose Campana switches on loan until the end of the season from English Premier League club Crystal Palace. “At the same time the two clubs agreed a purchase option for the midfielder, whose contract at Crystal Palace is until June 30, 2017.” The 27-year-old becomes the first signing for new Eagles manager Tony Pulis, who is expected to further bolster his squad ahead of the deadline with reports of a deal for Blackpool midfielder Tom Ince being talked over. Hennessey – who came through the ranks as a youngster at Manchester City before joining Wolves’ academy in 2003 – will go straight into the squad for Sunday’s trip to Barclays Premier League title-chasers Arsenal after agreeing a three-and-a-half-year deal at Selhurst Park to provide competition for current Palace number one Julian Speroni. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Mom, Guard to Blame for Shooting of Children During Miami Robbery

first_imgAdditionally, Hialeah Police detectives arrested and questioned Morales and Pupo on Tuesday.They asked Morales why he decided to fire his weapon, and obtained a surveillance video of the shooting that corroborated his statement.Detectives reported Morales “charged the firearm while in pursuit” of the alleged thief and “discharged one round into the vehicle as it fled eastbound on West 17th Street.”They reported that Pupo knew about the plan to steal seafood from the market, and was supposed to earn about $30 after selling it.Her criminal record in Miami-Dade County, which goes back to 2006, includes burglaries, robberies, and theft cases.Pupo admitted to waiting in the car with the girls and “placing the victims in danger during the commission of a crime,” police added.Detectives identified the man accused of stealing the lobster as Steadman Amaya. He is a convicted felon with a long criminal record in Miami-Dade County.Miami-Dade corrections officers booked Morales and Pupo on Wednesday at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. Detectives are now searching for 39-year-old Amaya, whose convictions include uttering forged bills, grand theft of a motor vehicle and burglary.Meanwhile, Morales faces two counts of attempted manslaughter with a deadly weapon and one count of shooting a deadly missile, while Pupo is charged with two counts of child neglect and petit theft. Authorities have made a break in the case of two children who were shot in Hialeah on Tuesday.After a 6-year-old girl was shot, detectives said that three adults were responsible. They arrested a 50-year-old security guard and the girl’s 32-year-old mother, and are still searching for another man.Leonardo Morales was working as a security guard on Tuesday at the Rey Chavez Distributor in Hialeah, when he suddenly saw a man running with about $200 in lobster tails.Morales fired his weapon as the man got into a car and drove away.Two girls were also in the getaway car.A 6-year-old girl was shot in her right knee, while her 8-year-old sister suffered a cut in her right thigh after a window shattered, according to police.Their mother, Angela, Pupo, arrived at a local hospital with both children still in their blood-stained clothes.She told Miami-Dade Police Department officers they had been the victims of a drive-by shooting in Brownsville.Officers said that Pupo blamed two Black men for the incident.When officers were unable to find shell casings or witnesses of the alleged shooting, Pupo told them the shooting took place in Hialeah.Detectives later discovered that the car which 32-year-old Pupo drove to the hospital had been involved in the theft at the market, which is located at 780 W 17th St.Police have taken the Toyota Corolla as evidence.Sadly, we are once again investigating a shooting that has left two innocent children wounded. This is unacceptable, we need the tips to come in so we can arrest those responsible and get the gun(s) used off our streets. Call 305-471-TIPS now, you can remain anonymous.— Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez III (@MDPD_Director) July 28, 2020last_img read more

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