Samsung Reportedly Planning to Supply Exynos Chips to Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo in 2021

first_imgMediaTek and Samsung are likely to gain some traction, owing to the ongoing restrictions on Huawei that also offers its HiSilicon Kirin chips. The Chinese company had a share of 16 percent in the second quarter and stood third, as per Counterpoint.Is this the end of the Samsung Galaxy Note series as we know it? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Samsung is set to supply its smartphone processor Exynos to Chinese smartphone makers Oppo and Xiaomi in 2021, according to a report. The South Korean company is said to give its Exynos chips for some budget smartphones of the Chinese companies as early as the first half of next year. With the new move, Samsung could make the competition tougher for Qualcomm, which offers its Snapdragon system-on-chips (SoCs) to various manufacturers in China and around the world. The San Diego-based chip maker, however, faces heat from MediaTek that also supplies its in-house mobile processors to various companies globally and comes second in the race.The System LSI Business unit of Samsung is planning to supply Exynos chips to companies including Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi, according to a report by South Korean news site BusinessKorea. The company is reportedly set to begin with the entry-level models initially, though it may offer its SoCs for third-party premium smartphones after gaining some recognition in the market.- Advertisement – Samsung is said to have reduced the intrinsic supply of its Exynos SoCs due to lower profit margin. It still offers Exynos 990 on its premium phones in India. However, the company decided not to use the top-end chipset for its Galaxy S20 models reaching the Korean market and preferred Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 instead.Having said that, Samsung previously supplied Exynos 880 and Exynos 980 chips to Vivo for its phones. The company is also working on launching the Exynos 1080 SoC next week that is said to be a part of the upcoming Vivo X60. The chip is, however, also speculated to power Samsung’s Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72, though it’s not likely to debut on the Galaxy S21 series.According to the data provided by market research firm Counterpoint Research, Qualcomm led the market of mobile processors in the second quarter, with a market share of 29 percent. The share dropped three percent compared to last year, though. MediaTek, on the other hand, came second with a share of 26 percent. However, Samsung faced a tough fight with Huawei and came fourth with a 13 percent share.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Several states elect Muslims for the first time, making history

first_imgIman Jodeh as the first Muslim lawmaker in Colorado’s state historyAnother first for both Muslims and Muslim women was the election of Iman Jodeh to the Colorado House of Representatives. Jodeh, a community activist, educator, and daughter to Palestinian immigrants will represent Colorado’s District 41 as the state’s first Muslim lawmaker. – Advertisement – x Democrat Madinah Wilson-Anton became the first Muslim to be elected to the general assembly in the state of Delaware, getting more than 70% of the vote. She will represent District 26 as a member of the Delaware House of Representatives. Not only is she the first Muslim to be elected to the state’s general assembly but she is also the first Muslim woman to ever be elected to office in Delaware’s history.“There is a stereotype that women that cover, that are Muslim are oppressed, are quiet, aren’t free to be themselves, and I don’t know how anybody can look at a 27-year-old Black woman who covers and ran for office and won as somebody who’s oppressed and doesn’t speak her mind,” she told ABC News.Her platform focuses on a number of issues including education funding reform, affordable housing, and accessible child care.- Advertisement – When asked about why she ran, Jodeh told The Colorado Sun, that running to be the first was never her intention. “I’m running because I feel like my lived experiences have the ability to influence progressive policy and move the needle in a positive and progressive way.” She added that although the state has had inadequate Muslim representation, she is proud to live there and that her election wouldn’t just be about representing Muslims, but an ally and voice for identities “across the board.”“I think it’s important that we do honor our democracy and not squander the voice of the people,” she told The Colorado Sun. “Women fought for a very long time to have a voice and a vote. People of color fought for even longer.” Samba Baldeh as the first Muslim elected to the Wisconsin State AssemblyNot only did Samba Baldeh become the first Muslim elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly, but Baldeh is also the first Black man to represent Dane County in the legislature. Baldeh, who ran in Wisconsin’s District 48, defeated Republican Samuel Anderson with 80% of the vote. As a Muslim who immigrated from Gambia to Madison, Wisconsin, Baldeh told HuffPost he hopes his win is an inspiration to both Muslims and children of color.“Being the first Muslim to ever be elected at the state Assembly is really exciting, but also an opportunity that I am thankful for,” he said. “I am looking forward to the challenges, but obviously I’m very excited about the opportunity to serve District 48, but also to represent, not only my constituents but my Muslims, Africans, and constituents of color.”Christopher Benjamin as the first Muslim to be elected to any state office in Florida Christopher Benjamin made history in Florida by becoming the first Muslim American to be elected to any state office. Benjamin, a lawyer and South Florida native, will represent District 107 in the House of Representatives. His platform focuses on criminal justice reform, expanding Medicaid, and speaking up on issues that affect the Muslim community.“This election has been a great journey. I’ve been preparing for this type of office since I was an undergrad at Florida Memorial University, a private historically Black university, where I majored in political science. This is a great completion of that cycle, and to make history on top of it, is almost overwhelming.” Nida Allam as the first Muslim woman to serve the state of North Carolina Nida Allam was elected Tuesday onto the Durham County Board of Commissioners in North Carolina. She will serve as one of the five women, all Democrats, who were elected onto the Durham County Board of Commissioners. Allam’s historic win coincides with the country’s decision to elect its first all female board. Prior to this, she was elected as the first Muslim to serve on the Executive Council of the North Carolina Democratic Party in 2017.“Growing up Muslim American I never thought running for office let alone winning and making history would ever be a possibility,” Allam said.Allam was inspired to go into politics following the death of her close friends, three Muslim students who were killed in Chapel Hill in 2015, Deah Barakat, Razan Abu-Salha, and Yusor Abu-Salah. All three students were shot in their home by a neighbor, yet the incident barely received any media coverage or attention nationwide.“How can I be content with all the blessings I have been given in this world when there is so much to do to fight injustice, uplift one another and to make our communities healthier,” she said in a statement on her website. “I’m fighting for a better nation so that others don’t have to suffer the pain my community did.”x Abraham Aiyash elected to the Michigan House of RepresentativesAbraham Aiyash was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives to represent District 4 on Tuesday. The seventh of eight children, Aiyash was born in Michigan to immigrants from Yemen. According to his campaign, he believes in hard work, giving back, and commitment to service.Aiyash’s platform focuses on a number of issues including criminal justice reform, anti-Black racism, education, and healthcare. “We can reimagine a politics of the possible if we’re willing to engage ordinary citizens in our democracy,” a statement on his website read. xWe did it.To my family, our incredible staff, volunteers, thousands of supporters, and the Aiyash Champions across Hamtramck and Detroit – thank you.You believed in a politics of the possible. The fight for social, economic, and environmental justice continues. Onward.— Abraham Aiyash (@AbrahamAiyash) November 4, 2020Omar Fateh elected to Minnesota State SenateOmar Fateh will represent District 62 in the Minnesota State Senate. He defeated Sen. Jeff Hayden in the August primary and believes in bringing “people power” in the form of community to the capitol to solve issues. His platform heavily focuses on affordable housing and partnering with community organizations.  Minnesotans “should be able to access the folks that are representing us and make sure that they’re partnering with the community,” Fateh told The Appeal. The child of Somali immigrants, Fateh hopes to “bridge the gap” between immigrant communities and American culture. xWe won this race tonight. We couldn’t have done it without the surge of grassroots support that came from south Minneapolis. This is what it looks like to hold power to account. This is what it looks like to win for change.— Omar Fateh (@OmarFatehMN) August 12, 2020Fady Qaddoura as the first Muslim to serve in the Indiana SenateBeating incumbent Republican state senator John Ruckelshaus, Fady Qaddoura was elected to the Indiana Senate Tuesday. He will represent District 30. Qaddoura’s win gives hope to Democrats of eventually regaining their position in the Senate.“We did it! Only in America can someone immigrate to this country, work hard, and earn the trust of tens of thousands of voters to become the first Muslim State Senator in Indiana’s history. I will work hard every day to represent all Hoosiers—including the ones who did not vote for me,” said in a statement posted to Facebook.Zohran Kwame Mamdani elected to New York State Assembly as the first South Asian and second Muslim serving in the AssemblyZohran Kwame Mamdani was elected to represent District 36 in the New York State Assembly on Tuesday. He will serve as not only the first South Asian but the first elected Ugandan in the state. Additionally, he will also be the second Muslim to serve on the state assembly.Indian-Ugandan New Yorker Mamdani announced in October that he was running for New York State Assembly District 36 comprising the Astoria, Ditmars-Steinway, and Astoria Heights neighborhoods in Queens. Prior to his campaign, he worked as a housing counselor for immigrant families. His campaign centers on three emerging issues: housing for all, justice for all, and energy for all.“This election isn’t about a single candidate—it’s about a movement. As a democratic socialist, I know that we’ll never win the rights we all deserve—rights to healthcare, housing, education, nutrition, childcare, and public power—without a grassroots movement of the working class rising up to demand them. Another world is possible, but only if we fight for it together.”xLast night, @DemSocialists candidates won in diverse communities across the country.The Democratic establishment takes these communities for granted. We don’t.They don’t organize in them. We do.And we won’t stop until the working class prevails.— Zohran Kwame Mamdani (@ZohranKMamdani) November 4, 2020Data last compiled in 2015 by the National Conference of State Legislatures found that only three state legislators identified as Muslim, with the growing number of diverse Muslims running for office the number is now unclear. Not only did the Muslim community see historical wins and run for office, but Muslim Americans also turned out in record numbers to cast their vote. According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, approximately 1 million Muslims voted in this election with 69% choosing Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden as their pick for president. “The Muslim community’s significant ability to impact the results of numerous races across this country—including the presidential election—was recognized nationally by candidates and the media,” CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said.Following Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric and xenophobia policies these wins, no matter how big or small, are noteworthy and beyond cause for celebration. “Muslim American representation isn’t just about winning an election, having a seat at the table, or even power. It’s about reclaiming the American narrative. It’s about making sure that the little Ayshas, Ahmeds, and Maryams sitting in their classrooms experiencing life different from everyone else, see political ads, text messages, literature, and mainstream media covering people that look like them, sound like them, and pray like them—in places of power,” Mohamed Gula, national organizing director of Emgage, told Daily Kos. “It’s about having an example and being able to dream. That’s what running while Muslim is about.”This list is not exhaustive; if you know of a candidate who has not been mentioned please comment below. Here’s some of them:Madinah Wilson-Anton as the first Muslim woman to be elected to the general assembly- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

J.C. Penney rescue deal approved in bankruptcy court, saving close to 60,000 jobs

first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – The sale approval comes a week after J.C. Penney’s lawyers announced a settlement with nearly all of its creditor groups that locked in support for the sale and marked a turning point in a bankruptcy case that has been marked by inter-lender fighting. However, a group of equity holders – whose investments will be wiped out – remained opposed to the deal.J.C. Penney filed for bankruptcy in May with nearly $5 billion in debt. The company was one of several retailers, including J. Crew Group, Neiman Marcus and Brooks Brothers that sought Chapter 11 protection amid the coronavirus pandemic.James Cash Penney launched the company in 1902, opening the first store in Wyoming. J.C. Penney went public in 1929 and over the next several decades became ubiquitous across the United States. The business began to stumble in recent years as online commerce took a toll on traditional brick-and-mortar retail. An empty parking lot is shown at a closed JC Penney store in Roseville, Mich., May 8, 2020.Paul Sancya | APcenter_img A U.S. judge on Monday approved a deal to rescue J.C. Penney from bankruptcy proceedings precipitated by the coronavirus pandemic, averting a liquidation that would have put the beleaguered department store chain out of business and jeopardized tens of thousands of jobs.The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas approved the deal, which will allow the 118-year-old retailer to emerge from bankruptcy before the upcoming holiday season, the company said in a statement. The rescue deal is expected to save approximately 60,000 jobs.The transaction contains multiple parts. Lenders led by H/2 Capital Partners will forgive $1 billion in debt in exchange for 160 properties and six distribution centers. Mall operators Simon Property Group and Brookfield Property Partners will acquire the company’s slimmed-down retail operations for $1.75 billion in cash and debt.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Lostintranslation primed to defend Betfair Chase crown | Racing News

first_imgHe added: “Robbie Power rode him in his gallop, and he schooled him last Wednesday and he will probably school him again tomorrow morning.“Robbie can’t stop smiling when he gets off him, so that tells you plenty. He is very excited and he can’t wait to get back on board him.“He is really pleased with where he is, and he is ticking all the right boxes.”With Lostintranslation finding only Al Boum Photo and Santini too strong in last season’s Gold Cup, Tizzard believes a repeat of that display can see him mount another serious challenge in March.Tizzard added: “He travelled well in the Gold Cup last year and jumped the last upsides them, before just getting beat.“He will be much better for another year on his back, and if he runs like that again he will not be too far away.” Connections of Lostintranslation expect him to be firing on all cylinders as he tries to defend his Betfair Chase crown on his seasonal return at Haydock.The eight-year-old will have his first start since finishing third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup as he bids to give trainer Colin Tizzard a fifth victory in the Grade One prize on November 21.- Advertisement – “This year we knew all the way through the Betfair would be his first run, so we have him fit enough to go there and do himself justice at Haydock, because it is a big pot.“We know he operates well around there, so it was always going to be the obvious starting point for him.”Tizzard reports jockey Robbie Power to be equally as happy with Lostintranslation going into his first assignment of the season, having partnered him in both his racecourse gallop and a recent schooling session.- Advertisement – Lostintranslation had the benefit of a prep run before his Betfair Chase win last year, but the Tizzard team are confident he can still achieve the same result without a warm-up spin.Joe Tizzard, son and assistant, said: “Lostintranslation is exactly where we want him to be. He has had little away day and a racecourse gallop, and we are happy going there first time out.“Because he could run in an intermediate chase last year at Carlisle, we thought that was the perfect stepping stone for him.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Baltimore Ravens 17-23 New England Patriots: Cam Newton gets better of Lamar Jackson in duel-threat QB clash | NFL News

first_imgFIRST QUARTER Ravens 17-23 Patriots Cam Newton threw his first touchdown pass for the Patriots since Week Three, while he also rushed in for a score Ravens 7-7 PatriotsCam Newton seven-yard TD pass to Rex Burkhead (extra point) Ravens 10-7 PatriotsJustin Tucker 24-yard field goal Almost immediately the Patriots responded, with Newton’s long wait for another passing TD finally ended. Justin Tucker kicked a 24-yard field goal to again nudge the Ravens ahead, only for Meyers’ trick-play touchdown to Burkhead to earn New England a 13-10 half-time lead. – Advertisement – Ravens 0-0 Patriots Ravens 17-23 PatriotsLamar Jackson 18-yard TD pass to Willie Snead (extra point) Cam Newton threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score as the New England Patriots fought through torrential rain and high winds to beat the Baltimore Ravens 23-17 on Sunday night. Second-year running back Damien Harris also impressed, rushing for a career-high 121 yards to help the Patriots (4-5) win consecutive games for the first time this season. Newton, meanwhile, was 13 of 17 passing, for 118 yards. His touchdown pass to Rex Burkhead in the first quarter was his since first since Week Three.Patriots stats: Cam Newton, 13/17, 118 yards, 1 TDRushing leader: Damien Harris, 22 carries, 121 yardsReceiving leader: Jakobi Meyers, five catches, 59 yards (and 1 TD pass) – Advertisement – It was one of two TD grabs for Burkhead on the night, with the other coming from perhaps an unlikely source in Jakobi Meyers, though the wide receiver was recruited initially as a quarterback at college.In hugely testing conditions, Ravens QB Lamar Jackson was 24 of 34 for 249 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception, but the New England defence did well bottling him up on the ground for most of the game, limiting him to just 11 rushes for 55 yards.Ravens stats: Lamar Jackson, 22/32, 245 yards, 1 TD, 1 INTRushing leader: Lamar Jackson, 11 carries, 55 yardsReceiving leader: Willie Snead, five catches, 64 yards, 2 TDsAfter a scoreless first quarter, it was Baltimore who put up the first points of the contest when Jackson found Willie Snead for a six-yard score on the first play of the second period.- Advertisement – Ravens 10-13 PatriotsJakobi Meyers 24-yard TD pass to Rex Burkhead (failed extra point) The home team then started the third quarter strong, Newton capping a four-play, 75-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown run to stretch their lead to 10. That expanded to 13 when Nick Folk fired through a 20-yard field goal later in the third.The Ravens ended the quarter with an impressive 11-play, 75-yard drive of their own that finished with Jackson finding Snead again for an 18-yard score. But Baltimore then picked up just one first down on their first two fourth-quarter possessions.New England then ran down the clock with a couple of key first downs and, though the Ravens (6-3) would get one final possession with a minute remaining, they couldn’t pull off the kind of late heroics seen in Arizona Cardinals’ earlier Sports NFL is your dedicated channel for NFL coverage through the season – featuring a host of NFL Network programming, a new weekly preview show as well as at least five games a week and NFL Redzone, you won’t miss a moment. Don’t forget to follow us on, our Twitter account @SkySportsNFL & Sky Sports – on the go! Damien Harris rushed for a career-high 121 yards on 22 carries for the Patriots Damien Harris rushed for a career-high 121 yards on 22 carries for the Patriots

Sebastian Vettel on Turkish GP F1 podium and Charles Leclerc advice

first_img A dramatic end to the race saw Charles Leclerc overtake Sergio Perez, but then the Mexican and Sebastian Vettel came through after Leclerc ran wide – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Sebastian Vettel secured first F1 podium in over a year at Turkish GP after overtaking Charles Leclerc on final lap; Leclerc passed Sergio Perez but then made a mistake at the next corner; “I see myself in him,” says Vettel By Matt MorlidgeLast Updated: 16/11/20 1:01pm – Advertisement – A dramatic end to the race saw Charles Leclerc overtake Sergio Perez, but then the Mexican and Sebastian Vettel came through after Leclerc ran wide Sebastian Vettel says he sees himself in Charles Leclerc and has sympathised with his Ferrari team-mate after a dramatic podium-losing mistake at the Turkish GP – claiming it will be “irrelevant” in his F1 career.Leclerc, who has dominated Vettel in F1 2020, drove brilliantly in Istanbul to hunt down and then pass Sergio Perez for second place on the final lap, but then ran wide at the next corner – allowing the Racing Point driver, and Vettel, through for the final podium positions behind Lewis Hamilton.“I am ****ing stupid,” raged Leclerc on team radio, before adding to Sky F1: “I’m so angry with myself.”Vettel capitalised on Leclerc’s error on one of his best Sundays of a disappointing season – claiming his first podium in over a year – but the four-time world champion still praised his young team-mate as a star of the future.“Obviously it is extra painful when it happens in the last lap,” said Vettel in the post-race press conference. “I think having Charles as a team-mate, I often see myself in him as well. 1:10 Sebastian Vettel on his first podium finish of the season and some warm words of praise for perennial rival Lewis Hamilton – Advertisement – 1:22 Sebastian Vettel on his first podium finish of the season and some warm words of praise for perennial rival Lewis Hamilton “He’s a lot younger, he’s very quick and I think the fact that – I haven’t had the chance to talk to him yet – but I will tell him later that being on the podium or not actually is a bit irrelevant for him because he has so many years ahead of him and so many podiums to come, which I’m sure of.“It’s right that he is angry, he did a mistake and lost the podium that way but as I said, in the big picture probably irrelevant for him.”About the dynamics between the pair after a last-lap pass, Vettel added: “I think I’m mature enough, I never let this kind of stuff really heat up and get between us.“I’m happy for anything that he achieves and will achieve in the future because he is a good kid.”The respect has been mutual for Vettel and Leclerc throughout this season, and the Monegasque still managed to praise Vettel despite his own disappointment.“Congratulations to Seb, his first podium of the season,” said Leclerc. “It has been a very difficult season on his side and I’m happy he can finally show what he’s worth.” Sebastian Vettel explains what he told Lewis Hamilton after his long-time rival clinched his seventh world championship title Vettel had scored just two of Ferrari’s last 42 points before Sunday’s wet race, but secured his first podium since Mexico 2019 with a superb and error-free drive in difficult conditions.He enjoyed a great start from 11th on the grid, moving up eight positions on the first lap, and then during the race managed to hold off eventual race-winner Hamilton for some time. He even fancied a race victory.“With 20 laps ago I was thinking about dries, because the circuit was constantly drying and the tyres were worn, so ultimately we had slicks,” Vettel said.“I think it’s just a matter of nobody dared to put them on and there was some rain forecast in the end which didn’t come.“I would have really liked to put them on, because I think that would have (had) a chance to win.”The German dropped behind Leclerc after a second stop, but “was in reach” to pounce for a podium at the end. 0:57 Sebastian Vettel explains what he told Lewis Hamilton after his long-time rival clinched his seventh world championship title last_img read more

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Headset Xbox gaming headphones are cushioned » Gadget Flow

first_imgDesigned for Xbox One and Xbox Series X, the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Headset Xbox gaming headphones have plenty of cushioning on the earpads. This makes them spectacles-friendly as the foam rests against your glasses. Therefore, they alleviate pressure and allow you to game for hours in comfort. Additionally, these Xbox gaming headphones have a unique shape that makes them soft and breathable. You’ll also receive a wide audio soundstage to maximize your gaming. In fact, they feature Windows Sonic technology for immersive virtual sound and precise audio. This brings your games, music, and movies to life. Plus, with Superhuman Hearing sound technology, you’ll be able to hear subtle noises, such as enemy footsteps or players reloading a weapon. By hearing everything, you’ll get to take your gaming expertise to another level. – Advertisement –last_img read more

H5N1 outbreaks confirmed in Israel, Pakistan

first_imgMar 21, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Israel and Pakistan are the latest countries to join the lengthening list of nations dealing with outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza in birds, while officials in Russia and Malaysia are worried about growing numbers of outbreaks, according to news services.Israeli officials yesterday confirmed several H5N1 outbreaks in poultry, about 4 days after a suspected outbreak was reported at a kibbutz in southern Israel. Today, Pakistan confirmed that outbreaks at two chicken farms, first reported in late February, involved the H5N1 virus.In a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), Israeli officials said H5N1 struck turkeys on three farms and in one village, killing 11,800 and prompting the culling of another 56,700. The report was dated Mar 17 but was posted by the OIE yesterday. Culling of the affected flocks began Mar 18, according to an Associated Press report yesterday.A Bloomberg News report yesterday quoted the Israeli agriculture ministry as saying, “As of now we have identified only four concentrations of the disease, which indicates that the situation is under control. Even if further concentrations are discovered we aren’t speaking about an uncontrolled spread.” The report said three outbreaks were in the Negev region in southern Israel and the other was about 16 miles from Jerusalem.The story said four people who had been suspected of having H5N1 infections tested negative.The agriculture ministry was hoping to destroy a total of 800,000 birds by the end of this week, according to a report in today’s Jerusalem Post.In Pakistan, officials said the European Union’s reference laboratory in Britain had confirmed H5N1 on two farms where an H5 virus was first detected last month, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. The government previously killed 25,000 birds and sealed off the farms in the North West Frontier province.Another outbreak was suspected in the southern city of Hyderabad, but tests were negative, AFP reported.The chairman of the Pakistan Poultry Association, Raza Mahmood Khursand, said the virus had not spread beyond the two farms where it was first found, according to AFP. He said the country had already vaccinated all its chicken flocks after importing vaccines at the beginning of March.The AFP story said Pakistan destroyed 3.5 million birds in 2003 after outbreaks of H7 and H9 strains of avian flu.In Russia, the nation’s chief veterinarian said the number of poultry killed by avian flu or culled in containment effort so far this year is already double the total for last year, according to another AFP report today.Speaking at a veterinary conference, Sergei Dankvert said Russia has lost 1.3 million birds to avian flu this year, compared with 662,000 for all of 2005, according to the story.Fifty-six towns in nine regions have been affected by the disease this year, compared with 62 towns in 10 regions last year, Dankvert said. The virus is still present in 40 towns and has affected some factory farms for the first time this year, he added.The virus has struck farms in the southern regions of Stavropol, Krasnodar, and Dagestan, where “health and veterinary rules were not respected,” Dankvert was quoted as saying.He said the government plans to vaccinate poultry in “particularly endangered regions.”In Malaysia, the deputy agriculture minister warned that the H5N1 virus could spread throughout the country after two more bird outbreaks were reported, raising the number in the past month to six, according to a separate AFP report today.An official in the northern state of Perak reported two new avian flu outbreaks there, the story said. A local official said no birds died in the two outbreaks, but veterinary officials planned to cull about 3,000 birds.Malaysia’s first H5N1 outbreak in more than a year was reported about Feb 20 in four villages near Kuala Lumpur. Last week authorities reported two more outbreaks, including one in an ecological park, and another was reported yesterday in a village in Penang state, which borders Perak, according to AFP.In other news:Yesterday Kazakhstan reported its first H5N1 case this year, in a swan found dead on the shore of the Caspian Sea, according to AFP. Northern Kazakhstan had an H5N1 outbreak in poultry in mid-2005, leading to the culling of thousands of poultry, the story noted. It said the government began vaccinating 8 million poultry last month to protect them from possible exposure to the virus from migratory birds.Afghanistan reported finding an H5 virus in dead chickens in the eastern province of Kunar, which borders Pakistan, according to AFP. The country’s first H5N1 outbreaks were confirmed last week in the capital, Kabul, and in Nangahar province, which adjoins Kunar. A health official said the new outbreak is very likely to be H5N1.See also:Israel’s report to the OIE read more

Cost of battling avian flu rising, World Bank says

first_imgDec 4, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Bank estimates it will cost between $1.2 and $1.5 billion to fight avian influenza over the next 2 to 3 years, a sizable increase since last January.The institution announced the total in a Nov 30 report in advance of a donors’ conference to be held in Bamako, Mali, Dec 6-8. The conference, a follow-up to one held in Beijing in January, is hosted by the government of Mali, the African Union, and the European Commission, with support from the International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza.Of nearly $1.9 billion pledged in Beijing, international donors have committed $1.4 billion, according to the report. It says that a substantial portion of the commitments ($242 million) consists of loans and credits, rather than grants, from multilateral development banks.David Nabarro, the United Nations’ senior coordinator for avian and pandemic flu, told journalists at a health reporters’ conference in Cambridge, Mass., on Dec 1 that $800 million of the amount pledged at the Beijing meeting has been spent so far.The new World Bank estimate of need is about 17% more than the needs presented at the Beijing conference and reflects avian flu developments of the past year, according to the report. It says the virus has spread to 39 more countries this year, the number of human deaths has risen steadily, and the fatality rate has increased from 53% to 60%.”The largest increases in needs are in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and North Africa, which reflects both the spread of the disease to those regions and the relatively poor conditions of veterinary and public health services,” the report states.At the Beijing conference, only about $94 million (18%) in committed funds were earmarked for African or Middle Eastern countries; these countries were thought to be at low risk because they had not yet experienced any H5N1 outbreaks. The World Bank estimates Africa will need $466 million to finance its avian influenza activities. The goal for the Middle East and North Africa is $70 to $113 million.Because African countries are economically weaker and less able to respond to avian flu threats, the World Bank is urging donor countries to focus on significant grant funding rather than loans for them.The report says the needs of eastern and southern Asia will remain high, estimating the total at about $935 million. That includes at least $200 million for Indonesia, where 57 people have died of avian flu and the disease has affected 30 of 33 provinces. The World Bank says recent poultry outbreaks of H5N1 in India also contribute to the sustained funding needs for the region.See also:Nov 30 World Bank report on the worldwide cost of avian influenza prevention effortsJan 18 CIDRAP News article “$1.9 billion pledged for global avian flu battle”last_img read more