To fight SARS, China moves to knock civets off menus

first_img After civets were found to carry the virus, restaurants were barred from serving them for several months in 2003. Thousands of the animals were seized from farms and wildlife markets and killed last January after a few new cases of the disease occurred in southern China. The newspaper Beijing Daily reported that the ban was part of new rules issued Nov 1 by China’s Health Ministry, according to the Associated Press and Reuters. The rules ban “the slaughter, cooking, and selling of wild animals like civet cat and advocate civilized dietary habits,” a Reuters story said. SARS emerged in late 2002 in Guangdong, where civets are considered a delicacy. The disease spread from there to Hong Kong in February 2003 and then on to many other countries around the world. The ban came about 3 weeks after a report that Chinese government scientists had concluded that civets are the main animal source of the SARS virus. An Oct 11 Reuters report quoted the SARS Defense and Cure Scientific Group as saying, “Research proves that the civet cat is the primary animal source of the human SARS virus, with the ability to spread the virus.” But the group stopped short of saying civets are the only source of the human virus. The announcement also followed an Oct 23 report that 70% of a sample of 103 civets from southern China’s Guangdong province carried the virus, according to Reuters. The report said no civets from northern or eastern China were found to be infected.center_img Nov 3, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – To guard against SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), the Chinese government has banned the killing and cooking of civets, which have been carriers of the SARS virus in southern China, according to news reports yesterday. See also: Jan 16, 2004, CIDRAP News story, “WHO sees more evidence of civet role in SARS”last_img read more

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Nothing but good times

first_imgExpressions of interest in 107 King Arthur Terrace, Tennyson, closes on March 20For the past 13 years this north-facing, flood-free home at Tennyson has been the perfect place for Phil and Karon Wikman to entertain their friends and family.Memories of big birthday parties for their three children and many school functions have not been forgotten.“We have had two 18th birthday parties and a 21st. We’ve also celebrated two 50th birthday The two-storey, five-bedroom home has an imposing facadeparties,” Mrs Wikman says. “We’ve celebrated many milestones in this home and the most people we’ve entertained here is about 200.”Mr Wikman says the house is “at its best” when it is full of people. “There’s plenty of space to entertain — inside and out,” he says. “My favourite part of the home is the outdoor terrace, because of the river views.” Even the TV room in the five-bedroom, three-bathroom home has been transformed into a disco room, according to Mrs Wikman, who says they also had DJ playing in the space. There is plenty of entertaining space in the family homeWith the inclusion of an infinity-edge pool and private pontoon with a jet-ski dock, the Wikmans say there is little chance of being bored at 107 King Arthur Terrace, located about 7km south of Brisbane’s city centre. And for those who love a nice drop of wine, the Wikmans have repurposed a secure vintage bank vault into a 440-bottle wine cellar — a quirky hidden addition. The kitchen was recently upgraded and has a marble island benchtopOnly a few steps away from the cellar is the spacious kitchen, which the couple updated three years ago. It features a statement marble island bench, soft-close drawers, a stainless-steel Miele convection microwave/speed oven, wall oven, induction cooktop, integrated dishwasher, and concealed preparation space, to accommodate small appliances.Describing it as “sleek and sophisticated”, Mrs Wikman says it is a nice spot from which to enjoy the views of the Brisbane River.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoThe upper level of the house, accessed via a 5m walkway, has a spacious parents’ retreat with a jaw-dropping en suite and views of the golf course.“There’s a few boats that go past and you can sometimes hear the rowers in the morning too. Having said that, it’s a nice quiet stretch of the river,” Mr Wikman says. The mezzanine has a billiards table and chillout zoneAlso upstairs is another of the home’s chillout zones — a mezzanine billiards’ room overlooking the open living areas below and taking in sweeping river views. With a built-in bar, the billiards room maintains connectivity with entertaining spaces on the lower level, while offering a separate games’ zone.The Wikman’s are looking to stay in the area, but want to move to an apartment with their 11-year-old dog Coco.They hope a family with school-aged children buy their much-loved home.The property is close to the Queensland Tennis Centre and the Tennyson Reach riverfront lifestyle precinct, which is under construction.last_img read more

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Egyptian FA bans fans from stadiums over coronavirus fears

first_img Loading… More than 55 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Egypt so far with the government closing schools and universities. After Moroccan football authorities also banned fans from attending football matches last week, EFA has also taken similar steps. “To preserve the safety of the Egyptian Football fans in these special circumstances, which requires all measures to be taken in the face of the risk of the spread of the coronavirus, and in response to the specific instructions, the Egyptian Football Association has decided to hold the next games without public presence. See until further notice,” read EFA’s statement on Facebook.Advertisement Egyptian Football Association (EFA) said that they will be no fan attendance inside football stadiums as a precaution to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In Thailand10 Irresistibly Cute Albino Animals That Will Make You Day7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop 10 Iconic Personalities On TV NowFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them The Egyptian Premier League campaign is currently underway and the Pharaohs’ 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Togo could also be affected by this decision. However, most Egyptian Premier League matches have already been played with a limited number of fans allowed into stadiums following the 2012 Port Said disaster. The coronavirus outbreak is threatening to disrupt the 2021 Afcon qualifiers set for the end of March. Read Also:Egypt’s world record-chasing 75-year-old scores on debut Already, Madagascar’s Afcon qualifier against Ivory Coast is uncertain after the Indian Ocean islanders’ Sports Ministry has suspended their international sporting events. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Can you help us find this dog’s owner?

first_imgThis friendly dog was found outside a house in Ards, Creeslough on Thursday morning. The ISPCA in Letterkenny have taken the dog in.The ISPCA are launching appeals to find the owners, however if no owner comes forward within a week, he will be put up for adoption. If you know who owns this dog please don’t hesitate to contact Donegal ISPCA on 086 6054943.Can you help us find this dog’s owner? was last modified: January 7th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DOGdonegal ispcafoundmissinglast_img read more

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