Wendy Barclay, a virologist at Imperial College London, said it would be “ludicrous” not to do the experiments. “They allow us to see how the virus might evolve and what we can expect from nature,” she said. “This type of work is like fitting glasses for someone who can’t see well – without the glasses the vision is blurred and uncertain, with them you can focus on the world and deal with it a lot more easily.”
via Plans to make H7N9 bird flu virus more virulent in high-security tests | World news | theguardian.com.
Ever hear of anyone dying from poorly fitting glasses? But 50 million once died from Spanish Flu – right?
But the panic underscored how dependent New Zealand’s economy is on agriculture in general and Fonterra in particular. Fonterra’s annual revenue of $16 billion is equivalent to 10 percent of New Zealand’s entire economy, meaning everyone from farmers to homeowners were left holding their breath over its dirty piping.
In a country that has always relied on its farmers to pay the bills, Fonterra has become a behemoth, exporting more in dairy products alone than the nation’s combined exports of lamb, beef, fruit and wine.
via Botulism Scare Exposes NZ Reliance on Dairy Monopoly.
Bird flu has reoccurred in poultry in quail breeding farms in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang since July 2 and more than 26,000 infected quails have been destroyed in the province in the past month, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
via SGGP English Edition- Bird flu reoccurs in quails in Tien Giang Province.
Never heard of a covey of quail being 26,000. Can’t folks figure out that when natural systems “see” that many quail in one spot that it is over-population that is unbalancing the system; therefore a disease is needed to re-balance the system!??!
P&G to offshore Cincinnati jobs – Cincinnati Business Courier.
What price loyalty? Not much! Procter & Gamble Co. plans to eliminate about 50 jobs in its Customer Service Accounts Receivable department in Cincinnati, beginning in October.
The workers will be replaced by people who will be hired at current P&G offices in San Jose, Costa Rica.
About 15 administrators in the Accounts Receivable department will remain in Cincinnati after the offshoring is completed by June 2015, said Marie-Laure Salvado, P&G communications director for North America.
Ten similar jobs will be eliminated in Canada, with those employees replaced by new workers in Costa Rica. Five administrators will remain on the job in the Toronto office of Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG).