High temperatures and drought conditions cause ‘extreme fire risk’

first_imgNew parklet changes Catherine Street dining experience Linkedin The Fire Service has already been called out on a number of Occasions over the last few days and your cooperation would be appreciated to protect the Environment and Public Health.”Read the full notice here. Whiff of trouble lingers over gasworks RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSEnvironmentLimerick City and County Councilweather Twitter Limerick centre needed to tackle environmental issues Facebook Call to extend Patrickswell public sewer line WhatsApp NewsEnvironmentHigh temperatures and drought conditions cause ‘extreme fire risk’By Staff Reporter – June 29, 2018 1507 Print Email O’Donnell Welcomes Major Enhancement Works for Castletroy Neighbourhood Park Limerick’s O’Connell Street Revitalisation Works to go ahead THE Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) have issued a ‘condition red’ extreme fire risk “arising from current prolonged high-pressure weather patterns, high temperatures and effective drought conditions”.In a notice issued earlier today, the DAFM advised people to avoid all outdoor use of “fires, barbeques, and other open ignition sources” in forest lands and other high-risk areas until further notice.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick City and County Council issued the following statement:“Due to the ongoing Hot and Dry weather there is an extreme risk of fire. Limerick City and County Council are not permitting any burning of Agricultural Vegetation and that the General Public should be particularly vigilant with Cigarette butts and Barbecues or any other potential fire source during these exceptional weather conditions. Previous articleHigh skilled jobs at KEMPNext articleLimerick Golf Notes Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisementlast_img read more

Vermont Tech gets $25,000 grant from Merck Fund for diversified agriculture program

first_imgVermont Technical College,Vermont Technical College has learned it will be the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the John Merck Fund to help promote its new Bachelor of Science degree program in Diversified Agriculture.The goal of Diversified Agriculture is to strengthen Vermont’s agricultural community by training future generations of farmers to manage diverse, sustainable and profitable farms that will supply the region with quality products.‘The John Merck Fund is thrilled that Vermont Tech has launched a comprehensive program to support young farmers as they pursue their dreams of owning and running successful, diversified farms,’ said Holly Tippett, Vermont Program Advisor to the John Merck Fund. ‘With the growing interest in farms that produce a variety of food-related products such as eggs, meat birds, vegetables and fruit, cow’s milk and goat’s milk, this program is on the cutting edge of agricultural economics’Program Chair and Interim Academic Dean Chris Dutton said, ‘Our ultimate goal is to expand the number of diversified farms in Vermont by graduating students with the business skills and agricultural experience to operate them successfully. By helping to fund a full time coordinator, the grant will allow us to reach out to prospective students across the state through connections to high school and tech center counselors, attendance at college recruitment and information events, and partnering with nonprofits active in diversified agriculture (e.g. New England Organic Farmers Association-NOFA).‘We believe Diversified Agriculture ‘ along with our Dairy and Agribusiness programs ‘ provide a broad and deep experience for students,’ Dutton said, ‘something they won’t find anywhere else in Vermont. We’re very grateful that the John Merck Fund shares our vision for the future of Vermont agriculture.’The John Merck Fund fosters the advancement of knowledge and development of innovative solutions in the fields of Developmental Disabilities, Climate and Clean Energy, and Environmental Health; and workforce development and sustainable agriculture in rural New England.Source: Vermont Technical Collegelast_img read more

Russian birds have H5N1; 2 more deaths in Vietnam

first_imgEditor’s note: This story was revised July 31 to clarify information about previous reports of H5N1 influenza viruses in Russia.Jul 29, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – News services said today the avian influenza outbreak reported last week in Russia involves the dangerous H5N1 strain, while two more fatal human cases of the illness were reported in Vietnam.A statement from Russia’s Agriculture Ministry identified the flu outbreak in poultry in the Novosibirsk region of Siberia as H5N1, according to the Associated Press (AP).”That raises the need for undertaking quarantine measures of the widest scope,” the AP quoted the ministry as saying.If the report is accurate, the outbreak apparently is the first significant H5N1 outbreak in Russia. The virus has been active in Southeast and East Asia since late 2003, causing more than 100 human cases with more than 50 deaths in Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and Indonesia. However, this is not the first time an H5N1 virus has been identified in Russia, according to information from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).An FAO bulletin on avian flu, dated Dec 20, 2004, said that H5N1 viruses had been isolated from migratory birds in the Novosibirsk region “on several occasions” in the previous 4 years. However, an H5 avian flu virus isolated and sequenced from a mallard duck in the area in 2003 “was related, but not identical, to H5N1 avian influenza viruses currently circulating in domestic poultry in Asia,” according to the report. The information was attributed to a US Department of Agriculture scientist. The report did not mention any actual disease outbreaks.The outbreak in southwestern Siberia was first reported last week. Late last week, an official at a Russian disease research center identified the virus as H5N2, which is less virulent than H5N1 and has not infected humans. But in a Jul 24 report to the World Organization for Animal Health, Dr. Evgueny A. Nepoklonov of the Ministry of Agriculture Moscow said the virus had been identified only as an H5.Earlier reports said the disease had killed hundreds of geese, ducks, turkeys, and chickens in nine villages. No human cases have been reported.News of the Siberian outbreak comes about 2 months after the first reports of an outbreak among migratory birds at the Qinghai Lake wildlife refuge in northern China. World Health Organization (WHO) officials who visited the site in June estimated that about 5,000 birds had died. They worried that birds leaving the refuge later this summer would spread the disease to distant places.Two reports published in scientific journals earlier this month seconded that concern. A group of Chinese researchers writing in Science called Qinghai Lake “a breeding center for migrant birds that congregate from Southeast Asia, Siberia, Australia, and New Zealand.” They said the outbreak posed a risk that H5N1 could become a global threat.In addition to the Qinghai Lake outbreak, two poultry outbreaks were reported in June in China’s northwestern province of Xinjiang, to the west of the wildlife refuge.Two deaths in VietnamTwo young adults in southern Vietnam died of H5N1 infection this week, according to an AP report today. The victims were a 24-year-old man from Tra Vinh province who died Jul 25 and a 26-year-old woman from Ho Chi Minh City who died Jul 27.The information was attributed to Phan Van Tu, chief virologist at the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City. He said samples from both people showed positive results yesterday.With the two latest cases, Vietnam has had a total of 93 cases and 42 deaths since December 2003, according to CIDRAP’s unofficial count. The WHO, which waits for official notification from the Vietnamese government before updating its numbers, currently lists 87 cases with 38 deaths.Both victims had had contact with poultry, Tu told the AP. He said their deaths were the first reported human cases in southern Vietnam since January. The pattern of cases this year resembles that of last year, when human cases occurred in the winter but dropped off in the spring before recurring in the summer, Tu said.WHO reports on Indonesian investigationThe WHO today moved closer to agreeing with Indonesian health officials that H5N1 flu was the cause of death for three Indonesians who died earlier this month. The agency said laboratory tests indicate that what killed an 8-year-old girl was a probable case of influenza A/H5.The agency said test results for the girl’s 1-year-old sister were still pending. Previously the agency confirmed that the girls’ 38-year-old father died of the virus. Tests were being done at the University of Hong Kong and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The WHO also said that genetic analysis of virus isolated from the father shows that it matches other H5N1 isolates from poultry in Java and does not show signs of reassortment—an exchange of genes with other viruses that could make it more infectious.Authorities have not yet determined how the Indonesian victims became infected. The WHO said today that investigators found H5-infected bird feces in a bird cage across the road from the family’s house, but samples from the pet bird inside the cage were negative for H5. “This is the first, and, thus far, the only, indication of a possible source of exposure. Other environmental sampling was negative,” the agency said.About 300 contacts of the three victims are still being monitored, and none have shown signs of illness, the WHO said.See also:Jul 29, 2005, WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_07_29c/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Public calls for the award of CNTB grants will be published in early 2018

first_imgThe 27th session of the CNTB Tourist Board was held today in Zagreb, at which the De minimis Aid Program for the Development of the Tourism Sector for 2018 was adopted, which regulates the conditions, criteria and manner of granting small value aid on the basis of which Croatia will the tourist board to issue public calls for projects of tourism initiatives and products in underdeveloped areas of tourism, to support events and to support programs of destination management companies.The proposal of the Public Invitation for granting aid to tourist boards in underdeveloped tourist areas and the ordinance regulating the general conditions and rules for approving aid to tourist boards in underdeveloped tourist areas of Croatia were also adopted. Director Staničić emphasized the importance of timely announcing public calls for grants. “With the aim of further improving the process of awarding grants, we decided to announce all our public calls in early 2018. We want to give the beneficiaries of our grants enough time to apply, but also to plan and implement activities. I believe that these activities will now be greatly facilitated because the results of the competition will be known earlier than in recent years when they were announced in July.”, Said director Staničić, adding that today the members of the Tourist Council also appointed the commissions of the Croatian Tourist Board for the implementation of public calls for grants in 2018.New CNTB offices in Shanghai and Seoul In addition to the topics related to grants, the members of the Tourist Council also discussed the expansion of the network of the Croatian National Tourist Board in the world and adopted the annual plan for monitoring the work of tourist boards in 2018. The decision on the establishment of two new representative offices and two new branches of the Croatian National Tourist Board abroad was adopted. These are the office of the representative office on the market of the Republic of Korea based in Seoul, which will be formed in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Seoul and the office of the representative office on the market of the People’s Republic of China based in Shanghai. . The new branch offices are planned for the Italian market based in Rome and for the US market based in Los Angeles.The importance of a greater presence in these markets was commented by Minister Cappelli, who stressed that the decision to expand the network of offices abroad was made after detailed analysis. “During this year, Croatia achieved significant growth in tourist traffic in many distant markets such as China, India, Australia or the USA. This is the best indicator that we need to consider how to present ourselves even better in these, but also in other markets that have great potential. Next year we will open a representative office in Shanghai, and given the growing openness and interest of Chinese tourists in Croatia and additional promotion, I believe that China will become one of the most important emitting markets for Croatia.”, Said Minister Cappelli.last_img read more