The Rundown – May 2013

first_img1. Follow the coolest guy in the universe: Commander Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield on Twitter) arrived at the International Space Station in December for a 5-month tour of duty and ever since he’s talked Star Wars with William Shatner, dropped the puck for the Maple Leafs, performed with the Barenaked Ladies and chatted up the Queen of England—all from space, where the Canadian astronaut gets to see sunrise and sunset 16 times per day. No big deal. It’s just another day. He also dressed up for St. Patrick’s Day, showed how hard it is to do things like add salt and pepper to food, while sharing fantastic photos he takes daily from space. Follow this guy. He’s awesome, which means when you retweet him, you’ll be awesome, too.2. Ride The Run: The latest addition to Splish Splash will debut Memorial Day weekend, and it’s the first-ever water ride in New York State featuring new generation hydromagnetic technology. Bootlegger’s Run will take a four-person raft through a series of drops, including one from nearly five stories high, while powerful electromagnetic fields propel the steel-bottomed rafts uphill, just like a roller coaster. “Imagine a cross between a whitewater raft ride and a roller coaster,” says Mike Bengtson, Splish Splash general manager. “Bootlegger’s Run is like a roller coaster that races on water instead of rails.” Sign us up!3. Download Vine: Now, instead of telling your Facebook friends and Twitter followers what you ate for breakfast and sharing pictures of your bagel on Instagram, you can video yourself taking your first bite for the world to see. Vine lets you take 6-second looping videos using your phone that are easily shared through social media. So, whether you’re polishing off a bagel or filming a family of geese crossing the street, this will probably be your new addiction.4. Meet Steve Schirripa: You probably know Schirripa as Bobby “Bacala” from HBO’s The Sopranos, but these days the Brooklyn-born actor, comedian and Goomba series author has bridged the gap from TV crime to real-world crime. Schirripa hosted two seasons of the Investigation Discovery series, Nothing Personal, and is now hosting Karma’s a B*tch! on the same network. Schirripa will sign copies of his latest book, Big Daddy’s Rules, on May 22 at Roslyn’s Bryant Library, on May 23 at the Book Revue in Huntington and on May 29 at Port Washington Public Library.5. Drink Long Island Craft Beer: Uniting local breweries, restaurants, retailers and bars with beer enthusiasts, the 2013 annual Long Island Craft Beer Week will be a 10-day Island-wide celebration of beer, the making of beer, and the enjoyment of beer.  From May 10-19, local retailers and restaurants team up with their favorite breweries to host special events—pairings, tap takeovers, special menus, meet the brewer nights, and more—showing the local beer enthusiasts why they love craft beer. Visit www.longislandcraftbeerweek.com for a full rundown of events.6. Read Murder on Long Island: A 19th Century Tale of Tragedy & Revenge: In 1854, James Wickham was a wealthy Cutchogue farmer with a large estate. He and his wife were later murdered by an ex-employee with an axe. The man was captured, and on Dec. 15, 1854, he became one of the last people to be hanged in Suffolk County. Written by the Southold Historical Society, this book documenting the murders can be purchased through the Southold Historical Society or Amazon.com.7. Youtube How Animals Eat Their Food: So, two guys sit down at a table and start to eat their salads, when one asks, “Want to see how animals eat their food?” You can probably guess what happens next, so we won’t spoil the rest for you, but the flamingo and rhinoceros win, hands down.8. Get Pixelated 8-Bit Glasses: For the old-school gamers out there who want to rock the kind of shades Super Mario would have in his hay day, hold on to your Atari stick. These sunglasses (Amazon, $9.99) laugh in the face of rounded edges and look pretty surreal in the 3-D world.9. Check Out The Hot Baby Names for 2013: There are a ton of Johns and Marys already so maybe you’re looking for something a little different for your kids. What about Severine or Phaedra? Thor? Mingus? Are you cringing yet? Well, check out the rest of the list on Nameberry.com.10. Celebrate Memorial Day! Pin on your poppies, slap on that red, white and blue, and fire up the grill! Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

Thousands protest against Moon as South Korea capital scrambles curb virus resurgence

first_imgA spike in new coronavirus cases in South Korea has prompted authorities to reimpose tighter social distancing curbs in Seoul, but that didn’t stop thousands of demonstrators from protesting against President Moon Jae-in’s policies.For the second day in a row in over four months, the country has reported a sudden jump in locally transmitted cases, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said.The KCDC reported 166 new cases as of Friday, of which 155 were domestic, prompting authorities to re-introduce anti-virus measures as they worried about the specter of a fresh wave of the disease. The tougher rules come as thousands staged demonstrations in downtown Seoul, despite a ban on rallies in the capital city, with some conservative groups protesting against President Moon’s recent real estate market policy and a series of sex scandals involving leaders of his administration.The protests, with some carrying placards reading “Expel Moon Jae-in”, coincided with the National Liberation Day from Japan’s 1910-1945 colonization of the peninsula.South Korea used invasive tracing and widespread testing to contain its first outbreak of the novel coronavirus, but Asia’s fourth-largest economy has experienced persistent outbreaks in recent weeks, mostly in the densely populated capital area.The new cases took South Korea’s tally to 15,039 with 305 deaths by Friday midnight. The recent spike in infections are emerging in multiple clusters, including church gatherings and restaurants. Over 100 infections were linked to members of a Seoul church alone and those who came into contact with the churchgoers. The authorities are testing 4,000 members of the church, Health Minister Park Neung-hoo told a briefing.The authorities decided to upgrade the social distancing guidelines to second stage for Seoul and nearby Gyeonggi province, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun told a meeting on Saturday.”We are facing a desperately dangerous situation that could lead to another wave of epidemics if we cannot overcome this crisis,” said Chung.Health authorities had categorized social distancing rules in three stages – stage 1 being the least intense and stage 3 the toughest, where schools and businesses are urged to close.Second stage limits indoor gatherings to below 50 and outdoor gatherings to below 100, and bans spectators in sports matches, disappointing fans who had just gone back into baseball and soccer stadiums after a five-week delay to the season. Topics :last_img read more

Fintech firms assist govt, banks with COVID-19 public services

first_imgFinancial technology (fintech) firms are cooperating with banks and other companies to provide public services, including by helping disburse the government’s COVID-19 relief package, says an association leader.Adrian Gunadi, chairman of the Indonesian Fintech Lenders Association (AFPI), said on Wednesday that peer-to-peer (P2P) lending provider Investree had received an allocation from state-owned Bank Mandiri to disburse national economic recovery funds to several small business customers.“That is one way we could see fintech playing a very big role, especially when everything is going digital because of the pandemic,” Adrian said at Jakpost Fintech Fest, a virtual discussion held by The Jakarta Post. “The government is moving toward a less-contact economy.” “I think that is where fintech will become more relevant. It has to be part of a bigger ecosystem for us to be able to accelerate the relief effort for Indonesia.”The government has set aside Rp 695 trillion (US$46.9 billion) for COVID-19 relief efforts, although only 36 percent of the budget has been spent.Investree is also taking part in the government’s e-procurement program, which seeks products from small and medium enterprises (SME) for state procurement. The government expects to spend Rp 700 trillion in the procurement.“When you talk about government relief programs, we have to make sure that the program or the funds reach the right person or the right business. So that is where you need to have clarity on the profiling or credit profiling of the business,” Adrian added. E-wallet company Ovo, which has seen 150 million downloads of its mobile app, is working with state-owned electricity company PLN to disburse the government’s electricity subsidy to more than 100,000 families, said Natasha Ardiani, the company’s vice president of lending services.Natasha said the company was supporting Bank Indonesia’s directive to increase cashless transactions to prevent COVID-19 transmission through the exchange of banknotes. During the pandemic, she said, more Ovo users had been using the payment service to buy necessities, as shown by the 15 percent reduction in average basket size.“The COVID-19 outbreak has created the need for the digital adoption of payment and financial services sooner rather than later,” Natasha said.The e-wallet company expects its fourth-quarter revenue to be 7.4 times that of the January-March period last year, propelled mostly by growth in payment services.Sukarela Batunanggar, deputy commissioner of the Financial Services Authority (OJK) Institute and Digital Finance, said fintech companies would have roles in the future economy by providing easy and low-cost transactions, thus enabling them to respond quickly to consumers.“That is very good to drive healthy competition in the financial industry,” said Sukarela. “So we expect this to create not only competition but also some changes in the industry landscape going forward.”But the increase in digital transactions has also demonstrated a downside. Digital banking platform Jenius has received a number of fraud complaints from customers buying face masks and clothes on the internet, said Darmadi Sutanto, deputy president director of publicly listed lender BTPN, which operates the platform.“In the past few months, there have been misunderstandings from clients. Not about digital banking but about the way they transact on social media, in this digital space. This is something that we see as a need to educate the market,” said Darmadi.Bank Indonesia and the OJK have both recently issued short-term digital financial system road maps that detail policies, regulations, customer protection efforts, talent development, collaboration and acceleration.Ravi Ivanuri, an advisor at consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), said few other national financial authorities in the region had issued such documents, placing Indonesia ahead of the game in terms of creating a conducive environment for fintech. But he said there should be more coordination among regulators.“Maybe in the next one or two or three years, if there is more and more collaboration set up between these regulatory authorities, there will be more clarity for fintech players in terms of how to comply with these different regulations,” said Ivanuri.As of June, there were 161 registered P2P lending companies, 12 of which were sharia-compliant, according to data from the OJK. They had connected 20.6 million borrowers with 539,460 lenders.However, the pandemic is taking a toll on the fintech industry. Its non-performing loan (NPL) ratio has risen to 7.99 percent, part of a worsening trend since the beginning of the pandemic, according to data from the OJK. The NPL was 4.22 percent in March of this year, higher than the 2.62 percent in March 2019.Topics :last_img read more

FIFA Club World Cup fever hits Mexico

first_imgThe FIFA Club World Cup Trophy Tour continued with a stopover in Mexico on Sunday. The country will be represented at the competition, which takes place in Morocco on 10-20 December, by 2014 CONCACAF Champions League winners Cruz Azul.The gleaming trophy was on display at the Patio Universidad Shopping Mall in Mexico City, with Cementeros goalkeeper Yosgart Gutierrez and full-back Omar Israel putting in appearances at the event.The players signed autographs and took questions from the media, with both saying they were excited at taking on the world’s best in the tournament. Keen not to tempt fate, however, they stopped short of having their photographs taken with the trophy.“It would be fantastic to have it in the Cruz Azul trophy cabinet and I hope we can be the first to achieve something big in this competition,” said Gutierrez.The trophy’s next destination is Auckland, New Zealand, where it will be on show on 1-2 November.last_img read more

England challenge ends in Spanish championship

first_img29 Feb 2012 England challenge ends in Spanish championship England’s challenge in the Spanish women’s amateur championship at El Valle ended in the second matchplay round when teenagers Charley Hull and Gabriella Cowley bowed out. The pair, both aged 15, had successfully beaten their first round opponents to earn a place in the last 16. Charley Hull, the number two seed from Woburn, beat Jessica Vasilic of Sweden 5/3 before losing 3/1 to Finland’s Emily Pentilla. Gabriella Cowley, (pictured) the English U15 champion from West Essex, scored a 2up win over Spain’s Clara Baena, but was then beaten 2/1 by Celine Boutier of France. Earlier in the day, two other English players lost their first round matches. Holly Clyburn of Woodhall Spa was defeated 3/2 by Ana Sanjuan of Spain. Her fellow Lincolnshire colleague, Emilee Taylor of Holme Hall, lost to Scotland’s Pamela Pretswell 3/1. The Scot, who went on to win her second round match, and Chloe Williams of Wales are the remaining GB&I players in the last eight of the championship.       Image copyright leaderboardphotography.com England quartet head into Spanish matchplay 01/03/2012 A quartet of English golfers, led by teenager Charley Hull, have qualified for the matchplay stages of the Spanish amateur championship at El Valle. The 15-year-old from Woburn is joined in the knockout by Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa), English U15 champion Gabriella Cowley (West Essex) and Emilee Taylor (Holme Hall). Charley, the world number eight, qualified in second place on five-under par after returning scores of 68 and 69. Holly claimed eighth place with a one-under par total for the 36-hole qualifying, scoring 71, 70. Gabriella (74, 72) and Emilee (73, 73) had the same total of 146 but Gabriella went through in 21st place by virtue of her better second round. Emilee was ranked 22nd. The leading 32 players qualified for the matchplay stages and four other English golfers missed the cut. They were: 151 Nicole Whitmore (Woburn) 78, 73; 152 Jess Wilcox (Blankney) 74 78; 154 Rachel Drummond (Beaconsfield) 80 74; and Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) 79 75. The cut fell on 148.    In tomorrow’s first knockout round Holly Clyburn plays Ana Sanjuan (Spain), Gabriella Cowley plays Clara Baena (Spain), Emilee Taylor plays Pamela Pretswell (Scotland) and Charley Hull plays Jessica Vasilic of Sweden.   Charley Hull leads for England at Spanish championship England’s Charley Hull is two shots off the lead in the Spanish women’s championship at El Valle after shooting three-under par 68 in the first round. The 15-year-old from Woburn also moved up to eighth in the world when the latest amateur rankings were announced during the day. Charley had five birdies in her round and two bogeys, one on each half. Her score puts her in fourth place and two shots behind the leader, Natalia Martinez of Spain. Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) is also well up the leaderboard, sharing 13th place after returning a level par round of 71. Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) joins them as the third member of England’s Nations Cup team but fared less well with a score of 79. Meanwhile, Lincolnshire’s Emilee Taylor (Holme Hall) shot 73, followed a stroke behind by English U15 champion Gabriella Cowley (West Essex) and another Lincolnshire player Jess Wilcox (Blankney). All three are currently inside the top 30 and on track to make tomorrow’s cut. After the second day’s play the top 32 players will go forward to the matchplay stages of the championship. Two other English players are in the field: Nicole Whitmore (Woburn) who shot 78 and Rachel Drummond (Beaconsfield) who returned 80.last_img read more

New Police Chief Takes Charge In Fair Haven

first_imgBy John BurtonFAIR HAVEN – Joseph McGovern is ready for the job.Probably like every police officer, McGovern explained, “You always want to be chief before you retire.” And that dream came true this week for the veteran officer. On Monday evening he was sworn in to take command of the borough department, where he has worked for 28 years.He has been functioning as the acting chief for the last seven months, since his predecessor, Darryl G. Breckenridge, retired after 30 years in the department, the last ten as chief. He has also continued to serve as the borough Office of Emergency Management (OEM) coordinator, which he has done for about the last decade.He takes over a department staffed by 13 full-time officers and two part-time Class II and two part-time Class I officers. He continues to look forward to the challenges the position holds, saying, “I’ve got the easiest job, because of past leadership (in the department).” He has worked with this group over the course of nearly three decades on the job. Along with the leadership, “I have good people here,” among the largely experienced department, he continued. “And I know when I’m not here, they’re still doing the right thing.”McGovern started with the department as a young dispatcher and over the years worked his way up through the ranks to captain, having also worked as a detective. During that time, “I’ve held every every position here,” he said.Along with on-the-job training, McGovern has participated in ongoing supplemental training over the years. He is among the 2 percent of local department officers who have attended the FBI education program at Quantico, Virginia. That, and his responsibility overseeing the OEM, is good training for this position, he believes.McGovern and his wife Theresa have lived in the community for 26 years, raising two sons (who, incidentally, have expressed interest in pursuing law enforcement careers.) The eldest, Joe Jr., will be heading for the U.S. Marines following his graduation from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School this spring.The role of chief—and police officer, for that matter—“is really about solving problems,” usually on a daily basis, he said. And that’s all right. “It really is about helping people,” he explained.For a small town with a large number of children, “It really is about community policing,” reaching out to sectors of the community, like the schools where officers regularly appear conducting bicycle safety and anti-drug use programs. “I don’t think you’ll find a better department that has relationships with the schools,” he maintained.Knowing everyone, while generally beneficial, can make the job somewhat difficult at times. A case in point occurred recently with the arrest of a local volunteer fireman, Nicholas Joyce, 19, who was charged with arson. Without speaking directly about this case, McGovern acknowledged it can be tough to take into custody someone he’s known for some time. But, he explained, he relies on the advice that former chief Breckenridge offered, which has become something of a motto for McGovern: “Just do the right thing,” McGovern remembered. “Do it for the right reasons.”last_img read more

Chelsea v Arsenal: Schurrle starts

first_imgAndre Schurrle gets the nod to start for Chelsea against Arsenal, who are without the injured Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey.Oscar also starts, Willian is on the Blues bench and Cesar Azpilicueta returns to the starting line-up, while Jack Wilshere starts for the Gunners after shaking off an ankle knock.Cesc Fabregas makes his first appearance against his former club since joining Chelsea during the summer.Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa. Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Willian, Salah, Remy.Arsenal: Szczesny, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Wilshere, Flamini, Cazorla, Ozil, Alexis, Welbeck. Subs: Martinez, Monreal, Coquelin, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Campbell, Podolski.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Critical response: What Sharks look to do to bounce back in Game 3 vs. Blues

first_imgSAN JOSE — If their recent history counts for anything, the Sharks will know how to bounce back from a loss in the playoffs.But if what the St. Louis Blues have done to opponents this postseason is any indication, that won’t be easy.After a discouraging loss in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final to the Blues that for the moment took away home ice advantage in the series, the Sharks on Tuesday felt they could get back on track with some adjustments — physically and mentally — for Game 3 on …last_img read more

Meaningless TD on final play of 49ers-Cardinals had big gambling implications

first_imgIt also opened the door for surely thousands of … Click here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device. At their own 22-yard-line with just two seconds remaining, it was clear the Arizona Cardinals were too far for a Hail Mary pass to try to beat the 49ers.Instead, they were forced to opt for the classic lateral play to overcome their four-point deficit, which almost never works out, but shows they at least cared enough to keep trying until the final whistle.last_img

Avian influenza concerns loom large

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While there is plenty of discussion in Ohio about the threat of avian influenza as Thanksgiving — and the colder winter weather — approaches, the most common conversations on the subject may be with God.“We say our prayers every night. Avian influenza spreads easily and the amount that fits on a pinhead could wipe out an entire farm,” said Carl Bowman, of Bowman and Landes Turkeys, Inc. in Miami County. “When I go to these meetings I keep hearing it is not a matter of if we get it, it is a matter of when. We learned a lot this winter in terms of how you treat an outbreak, but it would be a total loss for our turkeys. We could lose 80% to 90% in one week and if you get it they have to destroy them all to stop the virus. I don’t ever remember having any kind of threat like this before. The whole industry has to tackle this together because it will affect us all.”The free range turkey operation that markets 75,000 to 80,000 birds a year has a unique set of challenges to face when dealing with avian influenza risks that are primarily spread through wild birds, particularly during migration.“We are unique because we are free range and I can’t put all of my turkeys in barns and lock them up,” Bowman said. “That won’t work for us.”They have implemented some fairly unique biosecurity measures to address the challenge.The free range turkeys on the farm face potential exposure to wild birds carrying the virus.“Our biosecurity is the tightest it has ever been. We make sure everything is super disinfected and keep everything clean around the barns. We post signs telling people to not come beyond a certain point. Anybody going in, say the hatchery truck, has to change their clothes and spray off the tires,” he said. “We keep the range grass higher because geese and ducks don’t like that for landing. You can get nuisance permits and we have one, but mostly we try to discourage them. We put a woven wire fence around the lagoon so it makes it harder for the ducks and geese to land. They need to have a much steeper angle when they come in and take off and that discourages them from landing there.”They also carefully screen the employees working directly with the turkeys to make sure they are not regularly exposed to other domestic birds and they have added footbaths around the farm.“It is more time consuming than expense. We have to replace the footbath solution every day. It just takes more time,” Bowman said. “We try to educate the people working with the turkeys about how serious this is and how important it is for them to follow our biosecurity measures. We talk to our employees all the time about these issues and they are understanding.”They have also been working to educate customers about the challenges with avian influenza.“We normally have a farm day in September and we cancelled that this year. There are so many backyard flocks out there that people could be around. Our customers have told us that they are disappointed but they certainly understand,” Bowman said. “We put information about this on our website and Facebook to try to keep the customers up on what is happening and why we are doing what we do. We emphasize that the poultry is still very safe to eat and it will not affect safety issues for humans, though people really haven’t asked that much about it here.”Since November 2014, the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5 has killed close to 50 million birds from commercial and backyard flocks in 19 states, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. There were particularly heavy losses to egg farms in Iowa — the nation’s No. 1 producer of eggs until the current outbreak decimated production there — and egg prices have been soaring across the United States, more than doubling in some parts of the country.Signs have been added at Bowman and Landes to help with biosecurity.It has not yet been found in Ohio, though there have been extensive efforts to research the virus and prepare for the worst in the state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Poultry Association and experts with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University have been helping poultry producers learn about the disease, boost biosecurity measures on the farm, and prepare to minimize the flu’s impact if it were to reach the state.Ohio’s is home to a $2.3 billion poultry industry and directly supports more than 14,600 jobs, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Nationally, Ohio ranks ninth in turkey production and is a top egg producer.Mohamed El-Gazzar, Ohio State University Extension’s poultry veterinarian, has been working with the poultry industry since the virus was discovered in the U.S. He said there are two main types of challenges when it comes to the current outbreak: issues related to the virus itself and the logistics of disease control.“The initial data shows that this virus has a relatively longer incubation period, about seven days, compared to other highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses,” El-Gazzar said. “This allows the virus to get into poultry houses and remain undetected for a longer period of time, which in turn provides a higher chance for the virus to be transmitted to other poultry.“Another challenge is that, unlike many other highly pathogenic influenza viruses, this virus produces mild to no disease in wild migratory birds, with estimates indicating that this virus might survive in wild bird population for up to five years. This means there could be recurring episodes of this outbreak with possible new introductions in the fall and spring migrations.”Once the virus is found in a particular location, El-Gazzar added, control and eradication strategies pose their own challenges — especially in poultry-dense areas such as Darke and Mercer counties in western Ohio, where it is more likely to spread from one farm to another.“In this situation, the U.S. strategy is to quickly identify the infected premises, depopulate, properly dispose of carcasses and manure, clean and disinfect the premises, and have 21 days of down time after cleaning before re-population can take place,” he said. “As you might imagine, the logistics of depopulation and disposal are very challenging, particularly with the large-scale layer complexes, some of which have a capacity of more than 5 million birds.”El-Gazzar said that OSU Extension has been primarily engaged with informing the poultry industry about the disease and disease progression; working with producers on communication and preparedness for an eventual outbreak; and identifying the best ways to depopulate and dispose of birds.To address the challenge of safe disposal, El-Gazzar earlier this year collaborated with Fred Michel, a biosystems engineer with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.A composting specialist, Michel developed a plan that would allow Ohio egg farms to compost up to hundreds of thousands of dead chickens onsite, reducing the risk of contamination to other layer houses or nearby farms. The plan has been shared with the industry, along with a map that shows where sawdust, wood chips and other materials necessary for the composting process are available.“Ohio State has worked extensively with us on different scenarios of how the avian flu virus could impact us and how to handle that,” said Bill Knapke, environmental manager for Cooper Farms, a large poultry operation in western Ohio. “The emphasis has been on taking biosecurity to a new level to avoid spread of the disease, and focusing on our mortality disposal methods right on the farm.”Ohio State scientists are also tackling avian flu and other poultry respiratory diseases on the research front. For instance, OARDC virologist Chang-Won Lee leads a U.S. Department of Agriculture $7.2 million grant that partners scientists at Ohio State with colleagues at other universities in poultry-producing states.The project’s goal, Lee said, is to better understand the ecology of poultry diseases to develop more effective prevention strategies; validate diagnostic methods currently employed and create better ones as needed; and gain a better understanding of the relationship between disease, host and environment to aid in the development of new control methods.Keeping the virus out of Ohio and minimizing its impact if it were to reach the state are crucial for both consumers and farmers, El-Gazzar said. If this outbreak would extend to Ohio layer operations, egg prices would increase even more dramatically nationwide, affecting both consumers and food manufacturers.Additionally, if Ohio were to experience a 50% loss of poultry production, OSU Extension estimates the ripple effect would reach $1 billion in overall economic losses, including $815,000 in annual wages, said Sam Custer, an agriculture and natural resources educator based in Darke County.Poultry production losses, Custer said, would also impact field crop farmers in the state.“If we would lose half of our poultry for a six-month period, you would reduce corn demand by 27 million bushels, the equivalent of 9% of our state corn production,” he said. “Soybean demand would be reduced by about 5 million bushels.”In the meantime, El-Gazzar stressed the importance of implementing strict biosecurity practices to help prevent outbreaks in Ohio.“The wide and fast spread of the virus in poultry farms in the Midwest, particularly in Minnesota and Iowa, indicates that the major change the poultry industry needs to adopt is tighter biosecurity,” he said. “This outbreak has clearly shown that the U.S. poultry industry has many gaps in its biosecurity practices, and we need to identify and amend these gaps.“Another area for improvement is better mapping of the poultry industry in each state, which will help to identify the infected farms, quarantine zones, roads, car wash stations and other useful features that can facilitate the control and eradication efforts.”last_img read more