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Avian flu hits another African nation

first_imgApril 4, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The H5N1 virus has sneaked across another border, making Burkina Faso the fifth African nation to lose poultry to the virus.H5N1 cases have been found on a “camp site” at Gampela, in the Saaba department of Kadiogo province, according to a report Burkina Faso officials filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The site is about 6 miles from Ouagadougou, the capital. The report said 123 helmeted guinea fowl died. The cause was confirmed as H5N1 by an OIE reference laboratory in Padova, Italy.The Burkina Faso minister of animal resources, Toemoko Konate, announced the outbreak in a radio address yesterday that was reported by the United Nations Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN) today.The small African nation is not prepared to cope with avian flu, international experts warned. Burkina Faso has about 32 million poultry, with 76% of them raised traditionally, IRIN reported.”Burkina is one of those countries that have particularly weak infrastructure,” said Maria Zampaglione, spokeswoman for the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), as quoted in the IRIN story. It ranks as the world’s third poorest country in the UN Human Development index in 2005, the story noted.The country is also battling a meningitis outbreak, which has killed more than 750 people this year, IRIN added.The OIE and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will send a joint mission to the country to advise leaders there how to respond.Cameroon, Egypt, Niger, and Nigeria are the other African countries reporting poultry outbreaks to date.Meanwhile, Pakistan today issued a follow-up report that details two new avian flu outbreaks on commercial poultry farms, one in Charsada, North West Frontier Province, and another in Abbottabad, in the same province. More than 3,000 cases occurred, leading to the slaughter of more than 26,000 birds at the two farms, the report said. The H5N1 virus was first detected in Pakistan in late February.See also:Burkina Faso’s report to the OIEhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2006_AI.phpOIE follow-up report from Pakistanhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/Pakistan_AI_04_04_2006.pdflast_img read more

Josh Gordon Fantasy Outlook: How move to Seahawks impacts DK Metcalf, Russell Wilson

first_imgJosh Gordon was claimed off waivers by the Seahawks last week and passed his physical, setting him up to make his Seattle debut in Week 10 on Monday Night Football against the 49ers. Gordon had been placed on Injured Reserve by the Patriots before eventually being waived. The oft-troubled WR joins a Seahawks team already with two solid fantasy WRs in Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, but there is the added appeal of getting to play with an MVP contender at QB in Russell Wilson.Gordon’s fantasy value might be no more certain than it was before the season when he was reinstated from suspension for New England. It’s another situation with talented wideouts who may be ahead of Gordon on the depth chart. There are a number of different ways it can all break down. Gary Jennings fantasy outlook: Miami Dolphins WR sleeperThe Gordon acquisition led to the Seahawks waiving Gary Jennings, who was their fourth-round pick in the 2019 draft. A quick release like that is never encouraging for a player’s outlook, but Jennings ran a 4.42 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine and gets the perfect opportunity in his signing with Miami.The Dolphins just lost Preston Williams for the rest of the season with injury, which vacates 7.5 targets per game. Jennings might not be ready to step in right in Week 10, but all he has to do to earn that role eventually is be better than Allen Hurns, Albert Wilson, and Jakeem Grant. Jennings isn’t someone you should pick up right now unless you’re in a very deep league, but he’s a name to keep an eye on and someone you might see in future waiver wire or watch list articles here. Almost for sure, he’ll get a chance to produce down the stretch for the Dolphins. WEEK 10 NON-PPR RANKINGSQuarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerJosh Gordon fantasy outlookIt’s probably not realistic to expect Gordon to leapfrog either of Lockett or Metcalf in the Seattle pecking order. Both have been too good this season for anything but a remarkable display by Gordon to make him matter in the Seattle offense more than them. That doesn’t mean he can’t have fantasy value in a given game. Gordon averaged 3.3 catches per game this season for New England, picking up 14.4 yards per catch. Considering the way Wilson is able to hit both Lockett and Metcalf down the field, there could be similar success for Gordon.The situation in Seattle most like this one (albeit under a different offensive coordinator) came in 2017. The Seahawks had Doug Baldwin, Paul Richardson, Tyler Lockett, and Jimmy Graham. In order, those players averaged the following yards per game: 61.9, 43.9, 34.7, 32.5, respectively. Gordon’s most likely role, in both real life and fantasy, will be as an occasional big-play and red-zone threat. Those are the two quickest ways to WR fantasy value because chunk yardage and touchdowns add up quickly. They’re also the two riskiest means to fantasy valu, because a lot of the time, a boom-or-bust receiver busts.Gordon shouldn’t be a fantasy starter in his debut against the 49ers because that matchup is way too tough for what amounts to a rather large unknown. But Gordon should be back on fantasy rosters, and as soon as Week 12 (after Seattle’s bye) he could be a boom-or-bust FLEX play.WEEK 10 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPPHow does Josh Gordon move affect DK Metcalf?Because both Gordon and Metcalf are more likely to pick their fantasy points up in bunches rather than methodically, it’s hard to quantify how Gordon will affect Metcalf on a week-to-week basis. We have to view it more through a rest-of-season lens.Metcalf averages 18.8 yards per catch in his rookie season. Let’s imagine that just one of those completions goes to Gordon each game instead of Metcalf. From now until Week 16, Seattle will play six games, so that would amount to approximately 113 yards that Metcalf doesn’t get — 11.3 fantasy points. If we say Metcalf also loses one touchdown to Gordon, that’s another six. So 17.3 fantasy points over six weeks really doesn’t seem like a lot.But like I wrote above, these aren’t players who gradually accumulate fantasy points — they come in a fast and furious manner. Maybe it’s 60 yards and a touchdown that Metcalf misses out on in Week 15 as you play in your fantasy semifinals. That’s the difference between a win and a loss.Now, until we see how this plays out, Gordon’s acquisition only nudges Metcalf slightly further down any given week’s receiver rankings. But maybe he’s more comfortably a WR3 now than a WR2.Russell Wilson, Jacob Hollister, Jaron Brown fantasy outlookWilson has already been one of, if not the, best quarterbacks in 2019. Adding Gordon can only help him continue to put up huge numbers and try and win the NFL MVP Award.It’s the tertiary receivers in Seattle that are less certain. Tight end Jacob Hollister just caught two touchdowns in Week 9, but Gordon is a solid red-zone target that could siphon targets here and there away from him. Jaron Brown will be relegated to a fourth WR role and will have no fantasy value going forward.last_img read more

Fix the immigration crisis at its root

first_imgThe plight of the terrified Central American children who have flooded across the U.S. border to escape violence and poverty in their homelands has launched a passionate and often bitter debate in Washington. However, most U.S. leaders are missing the real lesson of this crisis, at their own peril. The conservatives who oppose President Barack Obama’s request for emergency funds for the crisis criticize him for dealing only with the symptoms and not with the “root cause” of the problem. They are half right — but the half that’s wrong is very, very wrong. For them, the root cause is a lax immigration law, weak protections or insufficiently severe punishments. But no punishment, no wall and no army can solve this problem.I often say that poverty needs no passport to travel. If these children — some of whom are supported in their quest by their families, some of whom make the trip of their own accord — are willing to risk their lives atop the infamous train through Mexico known as La Bestia (“the beast”), face the rape and abuse that many children experience during the journey, sell their possessions and their bodies, and give their life savings to unscrupulous smugglers, what else could possibly deter them? What can the United States do to these children that would be worse than what they are already suffering? And why is such a great country even asking that question?The root cause of this crisis is not U.S. immigration law or the policies of one U.S. president. The root cause is the violence and poverty that make these children’s lives at home intolerable. The root cause dates to the parents and grandparents of the young people fleeing their countries today — our region’s “lost generation,” those who were children and teenagers in the 1980s. Back then, two superpowers — the United States and the Soviet Union — chose our region as a place to work out their disputes. They were eager to help Central America transform students into soldiers. They were eager to provide the weapons while we provided the dead.When Central America’s leaders found a way to end those conflicts, I thought that our achievement would be rewarded with aid and with support to help us make the transition from war to peace, to get our young people back in school, to retrain soldiers and to rebuild families. However, once the bullets stopped flying, the two superpowers lost interest.All of us — the United States and its neighbors to the south — are paying the price for this lost opportunity. In Central America’s Northern Triangle, soldiers and guerrillas have been replaced by gang members. Civil wars have been replaced by street wars. Mothers no longer cry because their children are marching off to battle. They cry because their children are falling victim to another kind of violence or because they have to send them in search of a better life. Central American immigrants board “La Bestia” (“The Beast”) cargo train, in an attempt to reach the Mexico-U.S. border, in Arriaga, Chiapas state, Mexico on July 16, 2014. Elizabeth Ruíz/AFPThis cycle of violence will not end until all those with an interest in, and responsibility for, the crisis demonstrate a new commitment to addressing these problems before they begin. For the nations of Central America, this means asking the wealthy to do their part. It is unforgivable that countries so poor, with income inequality so drastic, have some of the lowest tax burdens in the world. We must ask more of our richest citizens.But the United States also has a role to play. If it continues to direct its minimal aid to Central America with the goal of merely putting out wildfires that spill into its own territory, the inferno of poverty and illiteracy will continue to burn across the border. The current discussion should make room for aid strategies that treat Central America as more than a pawn in the war on drugs and that seek to reduce poverty and improve education — the only real way to avoid another lost generation.One highly cost-effective strategy would be for the United States to bolster the region’s cash-transfer programs, which help families keep their kids in school. For only $62 million, a monthly scholarship program similar to the one I implemented in Costa Rica could be offered for a full year to all 52,000 young people apprehended at the border so far this year. With Obama asking for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to address a tiny fraction of the symptoms of the disease, it is crazy not to consider much smaller investments that could help cure it at the root.This kind of sanity, however, is a tall order in a country where some voices are calling for all aid to Central America to be cut off. Such thinking is wrong on a moral, ethical and practical level. These children are Central Americans. They are also Americans, in the geographically accurate sense of that term: Their tragedies belong to all of us, including the paragon of wealth and opportunity to which they have turned in desperation.Most of all, they are children, which means that none of us can turn a blind eye. The world must not fail them as we failed their parents and grandparents. If we do, their hell will increasingly become our own.The writer was president of Costa Rica from 1986 to 1990 and from 2006 to 2010. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987.© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Central American child migrant crisis ‘one of the greatest tragedies,’ says Costa Rica’s Solís US nation-building efforts should be in Central America, not Iraq and Afghanistan Did we forget the lesson the ‘Greatest Generation’ fought so hard to learn? Mexico has key role in confronting surge of Central American migrantslast_img read more