Beloved Southern rockers Widespread Panic have said that they intend to have 2017 be a lighter touring year for them, a decision made after spending decades on the road together. Though they have a handful of festivals booked next year, the band’s three night New Year’s run was sure to be an emotional celebration of all things Panic. The first night of the run certainly lived up to those expectations, as the band decided to play two full acoustic sets at the famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.The Ryman has a long history of remarkable performances, and Widespread Panic inked their name in that history with their show. Through mostly original music and choice covers like “No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature” and the finale of “Can’t Find My Way Home,” Widespread Panic confidently played within the intimate setting.Check out a video of “Gradle” from the first set, courtesy of MrTopdogger.The show was also a benefit held for Tunes For Tots, only adding to the ceremony of the occasion. Panic will pick back up at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena for two nights beginning tomorrow, which promises guest appearances from string, horn, and vocal sections throughout.You can check out the PanicStream setlist below, and can download the show here.Setlist: Widespread Panic | Ryman Auditorium | Nashville, TN | 12/29/16Set 1: City of Dreams, The Take Out, Wondering, Chunk of Coal, Gradle, Who Do You Belong To?, This Part of Town, Walkin’ (For Your Love), Nobody’s Loss, No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature (53 mins)Set 2: C. Brown, Don’t Be Denied, Tickle The Truth, Pickin’ Up The Pieces, Trouble, Imitation Leather Shoes*, Jamais Vu, Jack, Ain’t Life Grand (57 mins)Encore Many Rivers To Cross, Can’t Find My Way Home (10 mins)Notes: * JoJo only[Entire show seated acoustic]
While most of the record industry has moved away from physical units and toward streaming and other digital platforms, vinyl sales numbers have grown substantially in each of the last six years, according to The Vinyl Factory. New research compiled by Deloitte and reported by the Financial Times shows that the vinyl revival is alive and well, and looks to continue its rapid growth in 2017. This aligns with the findings recently published by BuzzAngle Music in its year-end report on record consumption in the United States, which revealed that sales of vinyl records had risen by an astonishing 26% in 2016.Weekly Vinyl Album Sales Beat Digital Downloads In The UK For The First TimeWhile vinyl’s modern-day comeback is not exactly news, the new report features a particularly salient new piece of data: Based on current trends, Deloitte projects that nearly 40 million records will be sold in 2017, which will make vinyl a billion dollar industry before the year is out. The vinyl record industry has not cleared this mark in nearly 30 years. As Paul Lee, Head of Technology, Media, and Telecoms at Deloitte explains in the report, “Consumers are choosing to buy something tangible and nostalgic and at a price point that provides record companies with significant revenues.”[via The Vinyl Factory]
Bubbly Bob Shaunessy ’59 pops a bottle of champagne while tailgating outside Harvard Stadium before The Game. Shaunessy was the captain of the 1958 Crimson football team. Come on and SHOUT! An ecstatic fan riding a wave of like-minded supporters on the field shrieks in jubilation as Harvard defeats Yale, 28-21. Handsome Dan Yale mascot Handsome Dan XIV garners the attention of a couple of Crimson fans along the sideline. The Game, 2010 Hometown legend Isaiah Kacyvenski ’00 gives his daughter Lily, 4, a ride. Kacyvenski, an All-Ivy linebacker for the Crimson, set single-season and career records for most tackles by a Harvard player. He went on to play in the NFL and now attends Harvard Business School. Bringing it home At the second half kick-off, wide receiver Marco Iannuzzi ’11 runs the length of the field for a touchdown. Iannuzzi nearly scored a second time on a 46-yard pass completion to the Yale 5-yard line. Touchdown! Senior runningback Gino Gordon scores! Cold as ice Crimson quarterback Collier Winters ’11 scrambles out of the pocket as he looks for an open receiver. Blue-hoo Yale fans had something to cheer about early, but needed consoling by game’s end. Smooth move Crimson wide receiver Mike Cook ’11 twists away from a Yale defender after catching a pass. Dick Bennink ’38 Dick went to every Harvard-Yale game, both home and away, since World War II, except for 2009, which he missed. In 1941, his Navy ship came into New York Harbor from Iceland the day of The Game. He flew from La Guardia to Logan, called his mother to pick him up and drive him to Cambridge, and arrived at The Game two minutes before halftime! Friends forever Mike Hazard, Yale ’53 (left), and Paul Crowley ’53 still manage to be close friends, despite their deep school rivalry. Oh yeahhhh! Crimson linebacker Alex Gedeon ’12 holds the ball aloft after the defense made a bit stop on fourth down, forcing the Bulldogs to turn the ball over to Harvard’s offense. Jon Chase/Staff Photographer The elevated mood permeating Saturday’s (Nov. 20) Harvard–Yale football showdown at Harvard Stadium collapsed with a massive thud at the 9:53 mark of the final quarter. With the Crimson up 21-14, senior ball carrier Gino Gordon violently clashed helmets with Bulldog linebacker Jesse Reising. After several minutes, with both players laid out (and surrounded by medical personnel), Gordon returned to his feet amid somber applause. Moments later Reising was carted off on a stretcher. Fortunately, early reports from the Yale camp indicate that Reising is going to be just fine.So clearly then, the 127th edition of The Game wasn’t short on drama. Or, it turns out, intrigue. After all, a cursory glance at the final stat sheet suggests a Yale victory, what with the visitors trumping the Crimson in key categories, including total offensive yards (337 to 178); possession time (nearly 38 minutes to Harvard’s 22:18); and first downs (19 to 10). Yet it was the hosts, playing for pride and bragging rights, who managed to knock off an efficient Yale club, 28-21, with three-unanswered touchdowns in the second half. The win marks Harvard’s fourth straight against the team from New Haven, Conn., amounting to a nice prize for the Crimson’s 24 seniors. Both teams end the season with identical records of 7-3 (5-2 Ivy).Down 14-7 to open the third quarter, Harvard junior Marco Iannuzzi commenced the comeback with an 84-yard kickoff return. Following ungiving defense on both ends, the Crimson then captured the lead for the first time late in the third when Gordon notched his second touchdown of the afternoon with a two-yard burst to give the hosts a 21-14 advantage. At the 7:37 mark of the fourth, Alex Sarkisian ’12 reeled in a 12-yard pass from playmaker Collier Winters ’12 (13 of 16 for 124 yards), to give the Crimson a 14-point cushion. And they’d need it.After denying Yale on a fourth-down attempt, Harvard promptly fumbled the ball on its own 20-yard line to give their rivals another shot. Nine plays later, the Elis trimmed the deficit to 28-21. The Harvard defense responded in the final two minutes, however, forcing a turnover on downs to secure the win.Meanwhile, as is often the case with The Game, the action off the field was no less captivating.Old school gatheringCiting it as a last-minute decision, Harvard alumnus Jay McGlinchey ’80 traveled from Michigan for Saturday’s big contest. “I come out here not only to watch the game but to renew old acquaintances and be with my friends,” he said. Those friends, meanwhile, which also included Chris Trakas, Todd Gordon, Neil Brafman, and Will Lyons (all graduates of either the Class of ’80 or ’81), have assembled annually for the classic showdown — in some form or another — since 1977. What’s more, this self-described “cast of characters” has managed to capture the same tailgating spot (within a couple feet, they admit) for each Harvard home game. “It’s kind of how we all stay together,” explained Gordon, who made the trek from Connecticut. “The kids have seen it. My kid is 13 now. He’s been to every game since he was born. And my daughter is 11 … it’s a tradition.” A tradition, evidently, that trumps even the powers of recall. If he missed a year, said Lyons, he doesn’t remember it.Not just dogsThere was no shortage of grills filling the Cambridge air with the tempting fragrance of sizzling goodness. Still a number of tailgaters — in what appears to be an annual contest in and of itself — managed to up the ante with beautiful displays of flowers, candelabras, and cuisines from the world over. Manning one of the more elaborate culinary spreads was Dwight Walker, father of Harvard sophomore lacrosse player Jack. Walker (to his credit) gave credit to his wife for preparing the tasty-looking smorgasbord, which included homemade lasagna, pesto pasta, cookies, a cheese plate, and grilled vegetable sandwiches. Not exactly ketchup and mustard fare.Cool shades win outIn the interest of good sportsmanship, vuvuzelas were officially banned from the stadium for the Yale game. In place of the cartoonish horns (and their droning emissions), hundreds of Harvard fans sported another form of cheap plastic paraphernalia: neon sunglasses with “The Game 2010” printed along the temple.Through the agesIn the warm confines of Gordon Track and Field, more than 1,100 University alumni (and approximately 30 brave Yalies) took part in the Harvard Alumni Association pregame luncheon, according to Jen Halloran, who was charged with running the event. Organized through the College Alumni Programs Office, the diverse gathering welcomed graduates from every decade since 1930.Fashionably enthusiasticEn route to the pregame luncheon with his wife Jean, Carl Lindblad ’47 was sporting a mint-condition wool sweater from his days as an underclassman. Featuring a large crimson-colored “H,” the message on his classic fall wear was as clear as his projection for the game: “We’re gonna win. That’s why we came.”31,398 flushesOn the stadium’s north side, Harvard Facilities Maintenance Operations staff member Tom Riley stood watch. The 28-year University employee was on-hand as a standby plumber, just in case. And with the stadium at full capacity on Saturday, that’s a job 31,398 souls have to appreciate.
Star Files Jesse Tyler Ferguson View Comments What do you get when you cram the stars of Star Trek, Modern Family and Looking in a dressing room together on a hot summer evening? One thrilling (and sweaty) combination! Broadway vets Zachary Quinto, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jonathan Groff became honorary members of A Chorus Line on June 23, 2014, when they sang songs from the hit musical at the Public Theater’s “One Thrilling Combination” gala. The star-studded event at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater honored the late Marvin Hamlisch, who conceived the hit musical 40 years ago. Much Ado About Nothing star Lily Rabe snapped this adorable shot of Quinto and Groff (who we’re thrilled to see are still pals after their breakup in 2013) with Ferguson backstage in their sweats before the big audition. God, we hope they get it! Jonathan Groff Zachary Quinto
By Technical Sergeant Angela Ruiz, U.S. Air Forces Southern/12th Air Force December 04, 2020 Two U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress aircraft participated in Brother’s Shield, a Colombian Air Force-led exercise, and in UNITAS LXI, an Ecuadorean Navy-led exercise in U.S. Southern Command’s Area of Responsibility, November 8, 2020.This twofold mission began well before the B-52 crews took off that morning; there have been countless teleconferences and planning meetings to coordinate the combined training exercises between the U.S. Air Force and our partner nations’ militaries.Brother’s Shield was the first mission to be completed, celebrating the Colombian Air Force’s 101st anniversary. The B-52H crews supported the Colombian Air Force Kfir fighter aircraft pilots in air-to-air interception training while developing interoperability capabilities in order to increase hemispheric security and regional stability, under NATO standards between the U.S. and Colombia.U.S. Air Force Major Angel Serna, Air Forces Southern/12th Air Force Colombia desk officer, explained that the name of the exercise, Brother’s Shield, developed from the close relationship between the U.S. Air Force and the Colombian Air Force. During this training mission, the Colombian Kfirs flew in formation with the U.S. Air Force B-52Hs in order to shield them from enemy combatants.“Anytime we have the privilege to integrate with our allies in a fighter integration or naval exercise we are excited,” said U.S. Air Force Captain Joshua Henry, 96th Bomb Squadron B-52H pilot and mission lead. “We identified a lot of similarities in the way that the Colombians conduct their intercept training and working with the UNITAS exercise proved to be very beneficial as well. Further developing our tactics, techniques, and procedures with the navy is always beneficial for us as an air player since this is not something we have the opportunity to train on a consistent basis with real time naval assets.”UNITAS is an annual naval exercise conducted in the Atlantic and Pacific waters around Central and South America. The Ecuadorean Navy hosted this year’s exercise, November 2-11, with participants from 11 countries. The B-52 crews integrated and trained with joint forces for UNITAS to include the Ecuadorean Navy to provide a simulated dynamic targeting capability for naval forces.“I haven’t worked with the Colombian or Ecuadorean militaries before, but anytime that we as a community have an opportunity to work with partner nations we always learn a lot,” Capt. Henry said. “Colombia and Ecuador were very professional and a lot of our lessons learned were developed from the planning stages.”
Letters Lawyer Advertising I wish to commend Peter Aiken on his letter appearing in the March 15 News. I have been practicing criminal law for over 25 years and as the newly elected public defender for the Seventh Judicial Circuit I can attest to the fact that the criminal defense lawyer’s activity in the first 30 days of a criminal case is crucial to protecting the client’s interests and frequently results in early, favorable dispositions. There are more than a few instances where quick attention by an effective criminal defense lawyer can result in the avoidance of extended jail time, resulting in loss of job, home, vehicle, and in some instances, family and friends. In the first 30 days following the arrest, a defense lawyer can often contact the state attorney’s office to provide information which had not been previously made available by the arresting officers. This action often results in a reduction of the charge from that sought in the probable cause affidavit. It does not take a rocket scientist to recognize what can be accomplished by an effective criminal defense lawyer who responds quickly to the needs of his client. If an arrestee has the means to employ a criminal defense attorney, he should have the opportunity to be acquainted with the lawyers willing to represent him at the earliest possible stage of the proceedings. As a public defender, I find it most helpful to our heavy dockets to have private attorneys assuming early representation. I believe that the Board of Governors should refrain from making any changes to the advertising rules for the first 30 days following arrest as this would undermine proper representation of the criminal client. James S. Purdy Seventh Circuit Public Defender Defending the Judiciary The statement issued by the president of The Florida Bar responding to attacks on the judiciary [in regard to the Terri Schiavo case] and calling for support of the rule of law and separation of powers is excellent. Justice is under fire in the state of Florida. The Florida Bar is to be congratulated for its active participation in defending judges and the courts from these unwarranted attacks. As this year’s president of the Florida Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates and our 525 member organization with 11 chapters throughout the state, we join with The Florida Bar in protecting the judiciary from these attacks. Judicial independence enriches democracy. Our constitution is intentionally designed to place limitation on the exercise of power in all branches of government. Under our constitutional government, with its separation of powers, it is the function of the judiciary to ensure that the legislative and the executive branches do not overstep their bounds. FLABOTA members are plaintiff and defense lawyers who are experienced trial lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill as advocates and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of civility, professionalism, and ethical conduct. FLABOTA’s mission is to preserve the Seventh Amendment right to trial by jury in civil cases and to vigorously protect the independence of the judiciary and the independence of the Florida lawyer. This is a call to action to all Florida lawyers. As lawyers, we can celebrate judicial independence because we all know that the courts help make America and our wonderful state of Florida special by defending our freedoms and protecting our rights. To undermine judicial independence would mark a drastic departure from our nation by ripping up our federal and state constitutions and their values. We cannot allow political demagoguery and special interests to undermine the genius of our constitutional system. We must fulfill our duty to protect the independence of the judiciary and the bar. You also should be aware that there is a group called The Institute for Legal Reform (see www.instituteforlegalreform.org). One of the ads on this Web site has a man screaming that our state’s legal system destroys jobs, raises taxes, and takes your money. The ad further lists the best to worst legal systems in the United States. The best legal system is rated number 1, the worst legal system is rated 50. Florida is listed as number 42. The ad ends with the cry that legal reform is needed now. Demand that your elected officials fix the flaws in the justice system. The ad concludes with this unbelievable statement: “Require fairness from your judges.” We must stand together to denounce these negative attacks and organized campaigns to drive judges from office or attack their integrity for making unpopular decisions. Current efforts to encroach on judicial independence come in a variety of forms including special interest groups. The threat to judicial independence in Florida is no longer a slow, incremental erosion. The attack now moves at a rapid speed with special rules and limited debate. FLABOTA is ready, willing, and able to join The Florida Bar and will actively participate in defending judges and the courts from unwarranted attacks. We must expose these political threats to judicial independence and protect judges who are being targeted for specific case rulings. Herman J. Russomanno FLABOTA president Gay Adoptions I’ve been suffering in silence for a long time while headline after headline in the News talks about the ongoing debate over “gays” and “gay adoption.” Please, we’re lawyers. We’re supposed to know what words mean, and use them accordingly. Must you misuse what was formerly a perfectly serviceable word, “gay,” to denote a group that is no more uniformly “gay” than all heterosexuals? It is bad enough that the U.S. Supreme Court tells us the words in the constitution have constantly shifting meanings, but to say all homosexuals are gay ( i.e. happy), just like some heterosexuals are. And some, in both groups, are notably morose. So how about we stop abusing the word “gay”? As anyone who knows me will attest, I’m a very gay fellow, and often appear as a gay lawyer, but I’m heterosexual, not homosexual. . . not that there is anything wrong with that. Timothy Condon Tampa letters The Board of Governors recently declined to allow certain Bar sections to lobby for repeal of the statute banning adoptions by homosexuals. In doing so, they recognized that the single, relevant, and finally determinative issue was the “potential for deep philosophical or emotional division among a substantial segment of the membership.” The majority could not ignore this unmistakable division as expressed by the membership prior to their vote. The March 1 News reported the impassioned language of those involved in the latest effort to use “the honor and prestige of the Bar” to lobby in support of the latest incremental step to sanction adoption by homosexuals. (Proponents describe it as the “first thing we can do.”) It is more than clear by now that there is at least “a substantial segment of the membership” (this member included) which holds an equally passionate, but diametrically opposite view on this subject. The bill in question, as the News candidly described it, would “skirt the law.” Its proponents suggest that, since homosexuals are presently allowed to be foster parents, it necessarily follows that the homosexuality of said foster parents should not bar them from adoption. This logic is questionable but, in any event, the bill’s advocates cannot claim to have resolved the deep division among Bar members on this issue. To the best of my knowledge, none of the Bar members opposed to the first lobbying request expressed their support for foster parenting by homosexuals. (Nevertheless, a bill to ban homosexuals from being foster parents would be equally divisive among the Bar membership and, accordingly, should not be lobbied by the Bar or any of its sections.) I urge the Board of Governors to decline permission for any Bar section to lobby for, or against, these latest bills to permit adoption by homosexuals. Guy R. Strayhorn Ft. Myers Leroy Collins Leroy Collins was my hero, my mentor, and my friend. The 40th anniversary of the Selma, Ala., civil-rights march should encourage Floridians to remember Thomas LeRoy Collins, 33rd governor of Florida, for a lifetime lived in service to others. And what a lifetime it was! In the years after his governorship, Collins became the first director of the Community Relations Service under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Though the job meant a pay cut and put a dent in his political aspirations, he accepted the position because he knew that it was a crucial step in racial equity. On March 7, and again on March 25, 1965, he served as President Lyndon B. Johnson’s special envoy in Selma to protect the marchers led by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Shortly after that famous event, he commented, “If I hadn’t done anything else in my lifetime, but was involved in that, I would have had something to feel good about.” Florida was fortunate to reap the benefits of Collins’ lifetime of service, and he did plenty for us to feel good about. From his creation of the community-college system, to his efforts to reapportion the legislature, to his passionate quest to improve race relations, he was the model of a selfless public servant. Collins’ legacy is the cast that molds today’s Florida officials. In his lifetime, Collins showed us what it means to be a leader. He never succumbed to pressure to conform when he took stands on difficult or volatile issues. Because of this, he was rejected by many of his local friends and legal colleagues. When he ran for U.S. Senate in 1968, I was a student at the University of Florida, where we had our own race-relation problems. After the assassinations of Bobby Kennedy and King, his example inspired me and many others to become involved in public service. During that Senate campaign, his opponent’s supporters used a picture of Collins marching with King to win votes. He accepted defeat in that race as a statesman, with grace and without regret. That racism could not be used successfully today in Florida is a testament in part to Collins’ legacy. Florida’s greatest public official is remembered today and his opponents have been long since forgotten. In much the same way as Abraham Lincoln is remembered now, Collins’ lifetime of service comes into much clearer perspective with the passage of time, and his far-reaching policies will become only more impressive with the clarity of hindsight. After his death in 1991, the Florida House named Leroy Collins the Floridian of the Century because of his lifetime of service. A state holiday is an apt way to honor this lifetime and provide a wonderful way to teach forever a new and younger generation about this unique man. Such a lifetime, such a legacy, such a man surely deserves this recognition. Steve Uhlfelder Tallahassee April 15, 2005 Letters
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » HR is experiencing a watershed moment. It’s not like the massive shift from virtual punchcards and e-forms to Cloud-based applications and analytics. It’s not the sudden appearance of millennials texting in the staff cafeteria, or the first Internet conference call. It’s the shift to a new paradigm: HR and Technology is essential to the success of an organization. This is culture.Simply put, HR has become an integral, critical component in the functioning of business, from strategy to operations, customer experience to culture. It’s no longer a tangent, or a bunch of middle managers working in a bubble of regulations and number-crunching somewhere on the seventh floor. Not that we ever saw ourselves that way.At least that’s the model. It’s not always the reality. But I’m being asked what’s next a lot these days, because, for a range of reasons, there is a tangible, different, next happening in this field. When the pundits and thought leaders are all being posed “what do you see as the future of” questions, I know from experience that the future is probably already happening. It’s a different culture and ecosystem, and we’re already living in it.
17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr On Friday, access to major websites, including twitter, Netflix and the New York Times, was shut down as the result of a massive distributed denial-of-service attack just after 7 a.m. When Twitter couldn’t be reached officials originally thought that Donald Trump was simply sending out too many tweets complaining about media bias following his botched debate performance and cratering poll numbers but the attack was actually a sophisticated assault on a New Hampshire company called Dyn that helps direct internet traffic. Just joking about the Trump stuff. The bad guys would never want to shut down Trump.Why should you care? Because the attacks demonstrate the (1)importance of cybersecurity mitigation based on the size and complexity of your credit union operations (2) The need for contracts that memorialize vendor liability and oversite and (3)the need for policymakers to take a holistic approach to cybersecurity that involves all industries shouldering responsibility to mitigate cyber threats. Your credit union might not be directly at risk but your vendor very well could be. continue reading »
The Cambodian boy died last night, said Michael O’Leary, World Health Organization (WHO) representative in Phnom Penh, who was quoted in a Reuters report today. The boy was from the southeastern province of Prey Veng, adjoining Vietnam. The girl was hospitalized Apr 2 and was said to be in stable condition, according to an AFP report today. Officials said her family raises poultry at home. A Cambodian health official said a sample from the boy tested positive for H5N1 avian flu at the Pasteur Institute in Phnom Penh, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. The official said the boy had eaten sick chickens before he fell ill. Although fewer human H5N1 infections have been diagnosed in Cambodia than in China, Vietnam, or Thailand, all six known Cambodian victims have died, according to the WHO. April 5, 2006 (CIDRAP News) Avian flu has resurfaced in two countries, killing a 12-year-old boy in Cambodia and sickening a little girl in Egypt, according to news services. A concern for human health in Gaza is the lack of oseltamivir (Tamiflu), the drug most widely used to prevent or treat H5N1 infection. Manenti told Reuters the Palestinian Authority does not have enough Tamiflu. Although Israeli officials are providing gear and 300 doses of the antiviral drug, Manenti said Gaza needs at least 1,000 doses. In addition, a 16-month-old girl in southern Egypt has contracted H5N1, according to a Reuters story today that quotes the Egyptian health and population minister, Hatem el-Gabali. Hers is the ninth case of avian flu in Egypt, el-Gabali said, although the WHO to date has confirmed only four cases. (Samples in the other cases are still being tested.) Authorities have confirmed the first instance of an H5 virus spreading to domestic poultry in Germany, in the eastern state of Saxony. Preliminary tests at a farm near Leipzig with more than 14,000 turkeys and geese showed the H5 virus, Reuters reported today. The neuraminidase subtype has not yet been determined, authorities told the news service, but the flock will be culled. In addition, another 250,000 birds will be killed in the Gaza Strip as officials try to stop the spread of the virus there, according to Reuters. Fourteen more villages in India’s western state of Maharashtra have avian flu in poultry, Reuters reported today. The neuraminidase hasn’t been typed yet, but authorities suspect they’ll receive confirmation that it is an H5N1 virus, the story said. In Africa, Niger has culled another 26,000 birds in 47 villages in the Magaria district, the Angola Press Agency reported today. Culling is expected to last a week, and owners will be compensated, the story said. Meanwhile, the H5N1 virus continues to spread among wild birds and domestic poultry, causing fear and economic woes. The election of a Hamas-led government has further cooled relations between Palestine and several countries, prompting some nations to administer aid through third parties, such as United Nations agencies, the story said. Chicken is the main source of animal protein for Gazans, said Ambrogio Manenti of the WHO office for the Palestinian territories, the story noted. Outbreaks have occurred on five Gazan farms to date, and about 250,000 birds, or 10% of all the flocks in Gaza, have been culled, the story said.
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