Apr 14, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Animal health officials in South Korea yesterday said an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak was confirmed at a fourth farm, amid reports of several more suspected outbreaks, a day after Russia’s agriculture ministry said the virus had struck birds in the far eastern part of the country.Kim Chang-sup, an agriculture ministry official, said government tests confirmed an H5N1 outbreak at a chicken farm in Yeongam, about 236 miles southwest of Seoul, according to an Apr 12 report from the Associated Press. Yeongam is a county in South Jeolla province, which borders North Jeolla province, where recent outbreaks have been reported at farms in Gimje and Jeongeup.Kim said birds from six other suspected outbreaks are being tested for the H5N1 virus. However, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported yesterday that South Korean officials said 29 suspected or confirmed H5N1 outbreaks have been reported since the virus reemerged in late March after a year’s lapse.Ryu Chul-hyuk, a South Jeolla provincial official, told the AP that authorities have culled 470,000 chickens and ducks at 20 farms within 1.8 miles of the latest confirmed outbreak.Experts in South Korea have noted some differences in the pattern of the country’s recent H5N1 outbreaks, the Korea Times, an English-language newspaper, reported today. Past outbreaks occurred during cooler months, whereas the most recent outbreaks have surfaced during warmer weather. Also, the fresh outbreaks have hit ducks, whereas previous outbreaks only involved chickens, according to the Times report.South Korea’s food and agriculture ministry, however, appeared to downplay the developments and said warmer weather would kill off the virus, the Times report said. The ministry will release an interim report on the H5N1 outbreaks on Apr 16 or 17, according to the Times.Elsewhere, agriculture officials in Russia recently confirmed an H5N1 outbreak in chickens at a village in the far eastern region of Primorye, according to an Apr 12 report from Agence France-Presse. The outbreak marks the first recurrence of the disease in Russia since December 2007, when the virus hit backyard poultry in the Rostov region in western Russia, according to past reports from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).In a report filed with the OIE on Apr 11, Russian officials said the virus struck 21 unvaccinated chickens and 7 guinea fowl. The remaining 14 birds, which included 6 ducks, were destroyed. Officials reported that the source of the virus was probably “hunted wild ducks and geese.”See also:OIE reports on 2008 South Korean and Russian H5N1 outbreaks
Aside from football, Roc Nation sports houses stars in baseball, athletics, basketball, American football and boxing.The Nigeria international had a breakthrough season in the Spanish LaLiga last season with Villarreal, scoring five goals in 26 games and also featured for the Super Eagles at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, where he scored a goal in six matches.Chukwueze is currently on an extended holiday and yet to join his Villarreal teammates for pre-season training after his recent international commitments.He will be hoping to be back in Javier Calleja’s team ahead of their league opener against Granada on August 17.On Thursday, the Super Eagles star took to Instagram to announce the good news after inking the deal with the management firm.‘Excited to announce that with @10manage, we are joining the @rocnationsports family! Big things coming#RocFam’, he wrote.The American sports management division of Roc Nation will now be managing the affairs of the Villarreal striker, who has been listed among the top 50 youngsters in Europe. Chukwueze made his Villarreal debut by coming off the bench to replace Nicola Sansone.Signed from Diamond Academy in the summer of 2017, Chukwueze played in Villarreal’s junior ranks before he was promoted to the reserve team.The then 19-year-old has featured for the Yellow Submarine in the Europa League, and marked his third appearance in the competition with an assist against Rapid Vienna last year.Gernot Rohr was clearly impressed with what he saw from the immensely talented left winger.“Chukwueze has a good left foot, is quick, has a low centre of gravity – which gives him a very good balance – and can deliver and score,” the German coach told KweséESPN then.He’d become the next standout Golden Eaglets performer to make the step up to the senior side.Title-winning teammates and individual award winners from the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup squad, Victor Osimhen and Kelechi Nwakali beat Chukwueze to making their international bow, as Chukwueze has had to fight back from a near career mishap to get to this stage.Days after winning the Bronze Ball – on the strength of three goals and three assists – and helping Nigeria win a fifth U-17 world title, football agency Stellar Group signed Chukwueze and three other players from the Nigerian squad.The deal ought to have seen the highly sought-after star, who models his game on Arjen Robben, sign for a top European club, as those before him had done.Perhaps the only snag hindering a potential move abroad was his age, as the attacker 16, and would have to wait for two years before he could sign professional terms.The teenager returned home while awaiting news from his agents about a potential career move, and kept busy by shuttling between training and playing for Diamond Academy and the Nigeria U-20s, who were involved in the qualification for the ill-fated 2017 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations.After celebrating his 17th birthday, he seemed poised to join Arsenal, alongside Nwakali, who signed a five-year contract with the Gunners.However, Diamond Academy pulled the plug on the deal at the last minute, and Chukwueze began to slip out of the limelight, a situation made more challenging by his Golden Eaglets teammates of lesser profiles securing moves to Europe.Undeterred by those series of disappointments, Chukwueze eventually packed his bags and journeyed to Spain, first joining Villarreal’s U-18 team, before being promoted to the B team.Chukwueze’s emergence came as positive news to Nigerian fans, with the national side lacking a naturally left-footed winger since the untimely retirement of Emmanuel Amuneke, who coached the wonderkid in the Eagles’ U-17 and U-20 teams.Despite his relative inexperience, Rohr identified the starlet’s raw talent and handed him an audition in a team which, for all its outstanding attacking players, lacks a natural left winger to create panic and havoc on opposition defences with direct running, effective crossing and superb technique.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Samuel Chukwueze is arguably Nigeria’s biggest soccer export to Europe. He was recently listed among the top 50 youngsters in Europe. Only on Thursday, the Villarreal of Spain attacker became the second African to associate with Jay-Z’s Roc NationVillarreal forward Samuel Chukwueze has joined Roc Nation Sports, a subsidiary of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation – an entertainment company, becoming the first Nigerian and second African player to associate with the sports management agency owned by the rap iconChukwueze joins Manchester United duo Romelu Lukaku and Eric Bailly, Borussia Dortmund’s Axel Witsel and Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng in the list of football stars associated with the brand.
Join DAZN and watch Jaime Munguia vs. Takeshi Inoue on Jan. 26Just like he told Sporting News last month and again this week, Thurman said that he’d like to save a mega fight with Spence or Crawford for 2020, adding that such an eventual clash “isn’t worth one title, it isn’t worth two titles … it should be worth three titles, baby, so we’re going to set it up like that.”Thurman said that at Gleason’s Gym Wednesday, as he held court in the middle of a pool of reporters huddled around him before his media workout. But when the WBA titleholder stepped between the ropes to begin his workout shadowboxing, he wasn’t done talking yet. In fact, he was just getting started.About a possible matchup with Pacquiao now that the boxing legend is also with Premier Boxing Champions, Thurman said, “I know he could pray,” referring to the deeply-religious “Pac Man,” “but I’m praying too.”On Crawford signing up to defend his WBO welterweight strap against Amir Khan on April 20, Thurman said: “I made the fight. I made the statement earlier this year — ‘Terence Crawford, he ain’t even fight an Amir Khan’ — and here comes the contract. Do I get five percent? I think I deserve five percent of that.”Thurman’s thoughts on Mikey Garcia moving up two weight classes to fight Spence on March 16? “It looks like [Garcia’s] face lines up with [Spence’s] right hook,” he said, adding that Crawford would’ve been a better fight for Garcia to take.When further pressed about fighting Spence and sooner than later, Thurman retorted, “Do you pull a chicken out of the oven before it’s time to eat?”In fact, Thurman talked non-stop through his entire workout, while shadowboxing and jumping rope for an hour, without visibly breathing hard once.Perhaps, he described it best by saying, “This isn’t a media workout … this is me working out with the media.”True, indeed. And if you sifted through his laundry list of soundbites, you saw that Thurman laid out his fighting blueprint for the next two years — a plan that will go in effect Saturday night.Thurman says he wants to have two fights this year, including his bout against Lopez. A convincing win over “Riverside Rocky” and the 30-year-old Thurman wants to shift his sights to either recapturing his WBC belt or fighting Pacquiao. Each option presents its respective lure for the Clearwater, Florida native.After all, “One Time” never lost his WBC title — he vacated it last April, while continuing to recover from his 2017 elbow surgery and the hand injury he suffered in camp last March. That paved the way for Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia to fight for the title last September, with Porter winning by unanimous decision to leave Brooklyn with the strap in tow. Thurman defeated Porter and Garcia in succession, before his 22-month absence. Porter defends the WBC gold against Yordenis Ugas on March 9 and Thurman expects “Showtime” to emerge victorious.If that happens, we could see a heated rematch, but one that’s a title unification between Porter and Thurman later this year.“You taking a strap and you didn’t even take the strap. You taking a strap, but you did not take the strap,” Thurman barked ferociously about Porter claiming the title he vacated. “And don’t worry, I know you got it … and I’ll take it right back.”He added: “I rattled his cage a few times in the first fight. I don’t see why if I don’t put in the hard work and dedication, I can’t put the icing on the cake the next time.”Or if those plans don’t come to fruition — something that inflicts boxing often — the timing for a fight with Pacquiao definitely matches up, with “Pac Man” just beating Broner and Thurman fighting Saturday, a week apart.Keith Thurman was never able to get in the ring with Floyd Mayweather Jr., so a bout with a living legend like Manny Pacquiao might be too hard to pass up: pic.twitter.com/9AcG1jRm6K— Sporting News Fights (@sn_fights) January 24, 2019“Pacquiao can be on the table … I would love to see it on the table,” Thurman said following Thursday’s press conference. “I never got Floyd Mayweather. To get Manny Pacquiao, he’s the last living legend in the sport of boxing in my opinion right now.“To be a part of his legacy, to have him a part of my legacy, it would be a dream come true.”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year Keith Thurman is about to return from a 22-month absence from boxing, but he already has his fellow welterweight champions Errol Spence Jr., Terence Crawford, Shawn Porter and Manny Pacquiao beat in one category — talking. And by sheer volume alone, it’s not even close.Whether it was the international media conference call Tuesday, media workout Wednesday or final fight press conference Thursday, “One Time” had plenty of time this week to spill his thoughts about his own career and trendy topics throughout boxing. If successful against Lopez — as expected — and if Thurman is able to capture the WBC title or Pacquiao’s WBA “regular” strap, a 2020 showdown with either Spence or Crawford could be for three titles just as Keith says.“In the next few years, the world of boxing will witness something that it ain’t witness in a long time and that’s called the undisputed welterweight champion of the world,” Thurman said.Consider defeating Lopez on Saturday night, phase one. Or better yet, phase “One Time.” No doubt, Thurman will talk you through the rest.