US Navy to Open All Positions Previously Closed to Assignment of Women

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy to Open All Positions Previously Closed to Assignment of Women View post tag: Navy View post tag: all View post tag: open February 1, 2013 View post tag: Previously View post tag: Positions View post tag: Defence As a result of the Department of Defense’s rescission of 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule, the Navy is developing plans to move forward in opening all positions previously closed to the assignment of women.Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey announced Jan. 24 the rescission the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule for women and that the Department of Defense plans to remove gender-based barriers to service.“What this means for the Navy is that although no new billets will open immediately, we will now develop a plan that evaluates how we will open all positions previously closed to women,” said Rear Adm. Tony Kurta, Director, Military Personnel Plans and Policy. “The plan will include continued assessment of ship classes to determine the feasibility of retrofit for gender neutral assignment, as well as development and evaluation of gender neutral occupational standards.”Positions will be opened to women following the Navy’s service review and the congressional notification procedures established by law. All of Navy’s formerly closed positions will be opened, unless an exception to policy is granted by the Secretary of Defense.As part of the service review planning process, the Navy will undertake an evaluation of all occupational performance standards to ensure they are up to current, relevant, and gender-neutral. The results of this evaluation are to be submitted to the defense secretary as part of the Navy’s overall implementation plan due May 15. The secretary’s direction is for this process to be complete by Jan. 1, 2016.“Eighty eight percent of all Navy billets are currently open to women and we recently opened the nuclear submarine officer designator,” said Kurta. “We will continue to expand opportunities, and the first step in doing so is the creation of our implementation plan. This will not be an overnight change, but a careful, thoughtful process. “The elimination of the policy will potentially open over 5,000 enlisted United States Marine Corps (USMC) Ground Combat Element positions, and 150 USMC Ground Combat Element officer positions.“Gender-neutral occupational standards, which are under development by Marine Corps, will be used to assess and assign Sailors to USMC Ground Combat Element positions,” said Kurta.As part of the Navy’s required implementation plan, guidance for the assignment of women to Coastal Riverine Forces and USMC Air and Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) positions will also be developed. As detailed in NAVADMIN 015/13, Navy will work with Navy Special Warfare Command and US Special Operations Command to develop and evaluate a way ahead for the assignment of women to Naval Special Warfare-designated billets.“Women have shown great courage and sacrifice on and off the battlefield, contributed in unprecedented ways to the military’s mission and proven their ability to serve in an expanding number of roles,” Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta said. “The Department’s goal in rescinding the rule is to ensure that the mission is met with the best-qualified and most capable people, regardless of gender.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 1, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: to View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: Defense US Navy to Open All Positions Previously Closed to Assignment of Women View post tag: Closed View post tag: Women View post tag: Assignment View post tag: News by topic Authorities View post tag: US Share this articlelast_img read more

Top News of the Week July 8 – 13, 2013

first_img View post tag: Navy Authorities View post tag: Defence View post tag: Top Top News of the Week July 8 – 13, 2013 View post tag: week View post tag: Defense July 14, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today Top News of the Week July 8 – 13, 2013 Share this article View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic US Navy Delivers Final 35-Meter Patrol Boat to Iraqi NavyThe U.S. Navy delivered the final 35-meter patrol boat (PB 312) to the Iraqi navy at the Umm Qasr naval facility July 5th, after successfully completing reactivation in Bahrain.Saudi Arabia Eyes 30 Mark V Patrol BoatsThe Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified the US Congress July 9 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Saudi Arabia of 30 Mark V patrol boats and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $ 1 .2 billion.USNS Montford Point Departs San DiegoUSNS Montford Point (MLP 1) departs San Diego today for Naval Station Everett, Wash. Montford Point is the Navy’s first mobile landing platform, delivered to the Navy in San Diego May 14 and expected to be fully operational in fiscal year 2015.Russian Navy to Get 36 Warships This YearThe Russian Navy will receive 36 warships in 2013, an unprecedented number in Russia’s history, Navy Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Vice Admiral Alexander Fedotenkov said.  “During this year, 36 combat ships, fast attack crafts and support vessels will join the Russian Navy.USS Bonhomme Richard Docks in Brisbane, AustraliaThe forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Brisbane Australia July 9, for a scheduled port visit. The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is in Australia to participate in the biennial combined-joint exercise Talisman Saber.USA: Lockheed Martin Conducts LRASM Captive Carry TestsLockheed Martin recently completed a series of Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) captive carry flight tests at the Sea Range in Point Mugu, Calif., advancing the research program toward its first missile release and free flight test later this year.last_img read more

Wadham bops threatened with closure

first_imgPolice put an abrupt end to Wadham’s freshers’ bop on Friday night following complaints from local residents over the “unbearable” noise. The organisers cut short the school-uniform themed bop at 12.30am following a warning from police under the Health and Safety Act. The incident has worrying implications for future Wadham events such as the celebrated Queer Bop in Michaelmas term and Wadstock, the popular open air festival which normally takes place during Trinity. Talking to Cherwell, Abby Green, Wadham JCR president said that it was questionable whether these events could continue. She said “Wadham students take great pride in their entz events and are keen for them to continue. The student’s union is very concerned about the complaints and we intend to work hard with college to find a reasonable solution to the problem.” Wadham has reported that a female resident living along Saville Road made the complaint, claiming that nearby residents were unable to sleep. She is suspected to be the Headmistress of New College School but she declined to comment on the matter. Sujay Pandit, a Wadham fresher from America said, “it’s kind of ridiculous that the residents didn’t think that living next to a college would be a problem. We don’t encounter this kind of thing back home and our parties can go on until 4am” The fortnightly bops have been subject to complaints in the past both from residents and other colleges including Hertford.ARCHIVE: 1st Week MT2003last_img read more

Greggs begins trials

first_imgBakery retailer Greggs said this week that there was “growing excitement” in its 1,336-shop business as it experimented with innovative formats and ranges.MD Sir Michael Darrington told British Baker that Greggs was in a “learning phase” as it trialled ideas such as extended opening hours, range changes and new branding.The retailer revealed plans to overhaul its business in December to meet “growing demand for more aspirational products”.One of Greggs’ experiments is a Fresh to Go branded shop with healthy eating ranges, which opened in Lincoln last month.Three or four different trial store formats are currently being tested around the UK, Sir Michael revealed, of which the Lincoln outlet was the most radical. Greggs, the largest bakery retailer in the UK, will evaluate these trials during the year and incorporate successful ideas in the rest of the estate “in a gentle fashion”.Greggs was “very unlikely” to add a new sub-brand such as Fresh to Go to its business, added Sir Michael. Greggs was “experimenting in all areas” on range, he added, for example, trialling higher priced treat ranges, low-GI products and new cold drinks “as the mass market becomes more aspirational”.Sir Michael said that customers’ shopping habits were changing and so Greggs was experimenting with earlier and later trading hours to “satisfy demand for food on the go throughout the day”.Speaking this week as Greggs posted a drop in operating profit of 17.8% to £38.7m in the year to 30 December 2006 on sales of £551m, Sir Michael said 2006 was a challenging year, due to a fall in footfall and a £4.5m hike in energy costs.The closure of its Bakers Oven business in Scotland and the North cost it £3.5m.Sir Michael emphasised that Greggs was a “jolly good business” and that he had confidence in the future. Greggs had seen less reduction in footfall in the last three months and a 3.9% increase in like-for-like sales in the nine weeks to 3 March 2007.He commented: “I firmly believe that the group is embarking on an exciting period of change and progress for this year and beyond.” The group has also pledged to put more emphasis on refits and refurbishments in its estate this year.l Ian Gregg, the son of the founders of the business, will step down from the board of Greggs at its AGM in May this year.last_img read more

moe. Announces First U.S. Tour Dates Of 2019

first_imgToday, moe. has announced their first U.S. tour dates of 2019— a four-date run stopping in three cities in the northeast.First, on Friday, February 15th and Saturday, February 16th, the five-piece will head to the State Theatre in Portland, Maine. The following night, Sunday, February 17th, moe. will make their way to The Strand in Providence, RI. Finally, the following Saturday, February 23rd, the band will travel to the Big Apple for a performance at the storied Beacon Theatre.Pre-sale for the newly announced shows begins tomorrow, Wednesday, November 14th at 12 p.m. ET. Public on-sale begins on Friday, Nov 16th at 12 p.m. ET. For more information on ticketing for the newly unveiled dates, head to the band’s website here.While the new announcement certainly stokes fan excitement for next year, moe. still has plenty on their plate for the remainder of 2018. On Wednesday, November 28th, moe. will begin their run of late-2018 shows with a performance at Charleston Music Hall in Charleston, SC. They’ll continue through the southeast from there with stops in Orlando, FL (11/29); Fort Lauderdale, FL (11/30); St. Petersburg, FL (12/1); Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (12/2); Charlotte, NC (12/5); Birmingham, AL (12/6); and Atlanta, GA (12/7, 12/8) before capping the stretch with a show at Nashville, TN’s Marathon Music Works on Sunday, December 9th. Finally, to close out the year, the Buffalo-native band will head to nearby Rochester, NY for a two-night New Year’s run at Kodak Center on Sunday, December 30th and Monday, December 31st.In the early weeks of 2019, ahead of their newly announced northeast run moe. will host their third-ever tropical throe.down in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. Head to the band’s website for more information.last_img read more

On Tour With The Grateful Dead 1982: New York State, Ice Hockey, & A Bit Of Long Island Magic [Audio/Video]

first_imgThe great state of New York hosted a whopping 309 Grateful Dead shows over the course of the band’s 30-year career, ending in 1995. While over half of those shows were in or around the San Francisco-based band’s second home of New York City, the band also cultivated and maintained a significant presence upstate, which started with their infamous gig during a rainstorm on August 16th, 1969 at the iconic Woodstock Music & Art Fair.As the 2019 NHL playoffs start today, it’s more than appropriate to acknowledge that New York has long been a hotbed for the sport of ice hockey, serving as the home to 3 NHL teams and dozens of minor league, collegiate and junior teams. The city of Lake Placid was also the site of the 1980 Winter Olympics, where the USA men’s ice hockey team staged their “Miracle On Ice” en route to winning one of the most unlikely gold medals in Olympic history.On Tour With The Grateful Dead 1987: Reliving The First East Coast Shows After Jerry Garcia’s Coma [Full Videos/Audio]The Grateful Dead, pro hockey, and New York all intersected very nicely in April 1982, when the Grateful Dead played five straight shows in New York hockey arenas during their spring tour. While this tour’s most famous show is the Philadelphia Spectrum show on April 6th (listen below), this week in New York was an eventful one for both the Grateful Dead and for hockey. This was also the first tour where lead guitarist and vocalist Jerry Garcia and bassist Phil Lesh had switched stage positions, so Garcia was now left of center next to keyboardist/vocalist Brent Mydland while Lesh moved out to stage right—the stage plot that would remain for the remainder of the Dead’s career, spawning the terms “Phil side” and “Brent side” amongst latter-day Deadheads.Grateful Dead – Philadelphia, PA – 4/6/82 – Full Audio[Audio uploaded by Jonathan Aizen]The week kicked off on April 8th in Syracuse, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Arena. The arena has been home to five minor league hockey teams since opening in 1951 and is the current home of the Syracuse Crunch, but in hockey lore it’s most famous as the filming location for the legendary scene in the 1977 hockey comedy film, Slap Shot, when the Charlestown Chiefs’ infamous Hanson brothers climb into the stands to fight with the opposing team’s fans.Slap Shot Fight ClipHowever, the Grateful Dead brought a decidedly more peaceful vibe with them on this night, delivering the last of the seven shows they would play at this venue over 11 years. The band’s performance on this night was solid, with highlights coming by way of a particularly strong night from rhythm guitarist and vocalist Bob Weir. The first set featured a strong “Let It Grow”, while the second set was anchored by “Playing In The Band”, “Estimated Prophet”, and a strong version of “Not Fade Away” emitting from the “Space” segment of the show.Grateful Dead – Syracuse, NY – 4/8/82 – Full Audio[Audio uploaded by Jonathan Aizen]The following night found the band 88 miles west at the Rochester War Memorial, which was built in 1955 and has remained the home of the AHL’s Rochester Americans since 1956. In 1982, the “Amerks” were on an upswing that would culminate in Calder Cup championships in 1983 and 1987 and a trip to the finals in 1984. On April 9th, 1982, the Dead were on an upswing of their own from the previous night’s show. The first set was highlighted by an “Alabama Getaway” > “Greatest Story Ever Told” opening duo, a nice “Bird Song”, and a set-closing “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider”. The second set raised the bar even further with a rare second-set appearance of “To Lay Me Down” and an excellent set-closing run of “The Other One” > “Stella Blue” > “Goin’ Down the Road Feelin’ Bad”. The set closed with a cover of The Rolling Stones‘ “Satisfaction”—and when a Dead show contained a version of the Rolling Stones classic, it was almost always a sign that the band was having a hot night. As Bob revealed in David Gans and Peter Simon’s 1985 book, Playing in the Band, “‘Satisfaction’ just came up one night…one of those little clouds of madness that drifted across the stage. We do it every now and then, usually when I‘m feeling pretty ringy. We have never done that one remotely the same way twice, and obviously we’ve never, ever rehearsed it. There are a number of songs we’ve never rehearsed, but ‘Satisfaction’ is one of the songs that rehearsal would ruin.”Grateful Dead – Rochester, NY – 4/9/82 – Full Audio[Audio uploaded by Jonathan Aizen]Saturday, April 10th, 1982 was an off-day for the Grateful Dead, but not for Jerry Garcia, who took the opportunity to sneak across state lines to New Jersey to play not one but two solo acoustic shows at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, with the second one running until after 2:00 am.Jerry Garcia Solo Acoustic – Passaic, NJ – 4/10/18 – Full Audio (Early Show)[Uploaded by nognuisagoodgnu]Jerry Garcia Solo Acoustic – Passaic, NJ – 4/10/18 – Full Audio (Late Show)[Uploaded by nognuisagoodgnu]Garcia’s late night may explain the slower start to the Grateful Dead’s first of two shows at Long Island’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, NY on April 11th, 1982. Known colloquially as “Nassau” by both Deadheads and hockey fans, the building was the full-time (and now part-time) home of the NHL’s New York Islanders, who in April 1982 were the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. Nassau opened in 1972 for the Islanders’ debut season, and the Dead would ultimately play 42 shows there over 12 multi-night runs from 1973 through 1994.The first set on April 11th had a somewhat slower vibe at times, but it was ultimately redeemed by nice versions of “Althea”, “Beat It On Down The Line” and “Let It Grow”. The second set featured a traditional Sunday airing of “Samson and Delilah” followed by a non-traditional second set version of Mydland original “Never Trust A Woman” and a “Truckin’” that generated the loud and expected cheers as its lines about Buffalo and New York were delivered.Grateful Dead – Uniondale, NY – 4/11/82 – Full Audio[Audio uploaded by Jonathan Aizen]However, the Dead returned to Nassau the following night and delivered the strongest start-to-finish show of the five-show run in the state. Opening with then-rarity “Iko Iko” was a good omen, and other highlights came from a mid-set “Bird Song” and the closing pairing of “Looks Like Rain” and “Deal”. Meanwhile, the second set hit greater heights with new addition “Man Smart Woman Smarter” as the opener followed by a lengthy, sparkling “Sugaree”. A standout version of “Estimated Prophet” followed (complete with a second “mid-song” solo at its conclusion) before dropping into “Uncle John’s Band”, and “The Other One” that came out of “Space” was deep enough to trick Bob into accidentally signing its second verse twice. In addition, for the second time in a week, “Satisfaction” appeared. This time, the Stones classic served as the encore, and as the lights came up, those famously invisible clouds of Grateful Dead magic were left hanging in the Nassau’s rafters.Grateful Dead – Uniondale, NY – 4/12/82 – Full Audio[Audio uploaded by Jonathan Aizen]As it turned out, Nassau’s primary tenants had some use for that magic. The very next night, the defending-champ Islanders were trailing 3-1 with less than 6 minutes left in the deciding game of a first-round playoff series with the then-lowly Pittsburgh Penguins, a sub-.500 team who had miraculously hung around despite being severely overmatched. But when all seemed lost, the Islanders scored two late goals to tie the game and then went on to win by scoring early in sudden-death overtime. The Islanders admitted the Penguins “scared us half to death” before going on to win their third of four consecutive Stanley Cups (NHL link below). The Islanders would not actually lose a playoff series until the 1984 finals, when they were finally dethroned by the Edmonton Oilers and their 23-year-old wunderkind Wayne Gretzky.Islanders vs. Penguins – 1982 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Nassau Coliseum[Video: Disengage]While that hockey magic played out on Long Island, the Grateful Dead also made a little history of their own that day when Jerry and Bob made the first of five appearances by Grateful Dead members on Late Night with David Letterman, where they engaged in humorous chatter with Dave and played acoustic versions of “Deep Elem Blues” and “Monkey and the Engineer”.Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir On Letterman – 4/13/82Last but not least, the band finished out their week of gigs in New York hockey arenas by heading back upstate to Glens Falls, NY. The compact 4,974-capacity Glens Falls Civic Center was built in 1977 and was then the home of the AHL’s Adirondack Red Wings who, in April 1982, were the defending Calder Cup champions—the first of four Calder Cups they would win over the next decade. Since 2015, the arena has been home to the ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder.The Dead rounded out this week with one of the best first sets of the year featuring a “Jack Straw” opener, a big early surprise in the form of an electric “Deep Elem Blues” that was doubtlessly prompted by its acoustic performance on TV the night before, a welcome “Lazy Lightning” > “Supplication” with a couple lyrical miscues, and a fiery “Bertha” to end the set. The second set opened with an unusually long, involved “China Cat Sunflower” that segued into the expected “I Know You Rider”. That was followed by the biggest highlight from these five shows: one of the finest versions of “Playing In The Band” from the era, a 16-minute version that a featured Bob using a slide to beautiful effect before yielding the stage to allow drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart to deliver their nightly, spirited and improvised duet.Grateful Dead – Glens Falls, NY – 4/14/82 – Full Audio[Audio uploaded by Jonathan Aizen]From there, the band would leave New York for shows in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Maryland to finish out the spring tour, but all things considered, it was a solid week of business for the Grateful Dead, the state of New York, and four of its hockey arenas. Hopefully, someone from the New York Islanders sent a thank you note to the Grateful Dead.last_img read more

Keeping the door open

first_imgEditor’s Note: This story is the second installment in a two-part series on University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh’s legacy at Notre Dame. This series is also the final installment in the “From the Office of the President” series. The door was always open, and the light was always on. That was Fr. Ted Hesburgh’s philosophy during the 35 years he inhabited the Office of the President in the Main Building. “The students were up half the night, so my light was on until 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. every night, and the door was open so the kids felt free to come in,” Hesburgh said. “And so most universities … the big problem was that nobody was listening to them, and they couldn’t meet the people in charge. They couldn’t say that to me.” The 1960s were a turbulent period on college campuses across the nation, a time when students rebelled against administrators at University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University.  “I was on many … national organizations for educational development and growth, so I was in daily touch with many of the leaders of higher education,” Hesburgh said. “So all of that was helpful, and it was fortunate that I was around long enough to get to know many of those people as life-long friends, and they were all very helpful of course.” Like at other schools across the country, anger boiled at Notre Dame. But Hesburgh engaged students rather than ran from them, even as bricks flew through the windows of presidents’ offices at other schools, he said. At the height of student revolution around the country, Hesburgh penned a letter to the student body in February 1969 outlining Notre Dame’s policy on dissent and protest. The letter, soon known across the country as his “Tough 15-Minute Rule,” also ran in The New York Times. “I believe that I now have a clear mandate from this University community to see that: (1) our lines of communication between all segments of the community are kept as open as possible, with all legitimate means of communicated dissent assured, expanded and protected; (2) civility and rationality are maintained; and (3) violation of another’s rights or obstruction of the life of the University are outlawed as illegitimate means of dissent in this kind of open society,” the letter stated. The letter continued to explain any student who did protest, violently or nonviolently, in a way that infringed the rights of others would be given 15 minutes to reconsider and stop his actions. If that student chose not to do so, he could turn in his ID card at the end of 15 minutes and consider himself suspended. Students without ID cards would be charged with trespassing and disturbing the peace on private property. “May I now say in all sincerity that I never want to see any student expelled from this community because, in many ways, this is always an educative failure,” the letter stated. “Even so, I must likewise be committed to the survival of the University community as one of man’s best hopes in these troubled times.” More than 40 years after Hesburgh sat down in the early hours of the morning to write that letter, he sat again in his office. The smell of cigar smoke hung in the air. The dome is visible out the west window, shining in the early afternoon sun over Hesburgh’s shoulder. “I found that students are wonderful people if you understand them,” Hesburgh said. “And what you have to understand is they’re not full-fledged adults. They are people moving toward that goal. … You have to kind of be patient with ’em because they make some mistakes, but you also have to be friends with them so you can help them in their career of growth.” It’s been 60 years since Hesburgh first sat in the Office of the President. His office is now on the 13th floor of the library, but it still sees a steady stream of students. They read his newspapers aloud, and he listens. He tells his stories, and they listen. “I have found students a delight rather than a menace,” Hesburgh said. “I’ve learned a lot from them. I hope they’ve learned something from me.”last_img read more

Parkway Road Rage Ends in Assault Arrest

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Merrick man has been accused of beating a West Sayville man following a road rage altercation that led to a car crash on the Southern State Parkway in West Babylon over the weekend.New York State police said Rodney Selman, 42, got into a traffic dispute with the 49-year-old victim that resulted in one driver rear-ending the other while driving eastbound near exit 36 for Straight Path shortly before 9 p.m. Friday.When both drivers pulled over, the feud escalated into a physical fight with the suspect throwing the victim to the ground, police said. The victim was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip for treatment.Selman was charged with assault. He will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

Israel among countries reporting new H5N1 outbreaks

first_imgJan 3, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Animal health officials in Israel today notified the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) of an H5 avian influenza outbreak at a site near Haifa, and media outlets are reporting that final tests have confirmed the virus is the lethal H5N1subtype.Eighteen of 20 chickens at a petting zoo adjacent to a kindergarten in the city of Binyamina in northern Israel were found dead this morning, reported Xinhua, China’s state news agency.Shmuel Rishpon, a Haifa district physician, said the kindergarten staff has been given preventive medicine and authorities believe none of the children or parents had contact with the birds.According to the OIE report, only chickens at the zoo were struck by the virus. Eight ducks and four pigeons were also housed with the chickens in a small enclosure.Polymerase chain reaction testing at Israel’s national laboratory at Kimron Veterinary Institute on samples from the infected birds were positive for the H5 serotype, but neuraminidase inhibition assay tests were pending, the OIE report said.However, the agriculture ministry said today the birds had the lethal H5N1 strain, according to the Jerusalem Post. Israel’s agriculture ministry received final test results from its department of veterinary services, indicating the birds had the H5N1 subtype, Globes Online, an Israeli business media outlet, reported today.The remaining birds were destroyed, and health officials placed a 3-kilometer protection zone and a 10-kilometer surveillance zone around the outbreak area, said the OIE report.Israel’s last H5N1 outbreak, which hit domestic poultry, occurred in March 2006, according to reports from the UN Food and Animal Organization (FAO). No human H5N1 cases or deaths have been reported in Israel.Elsewhere, animal health officials in Vietnam said the H5N1 virus killed 350 white-winged ducks in northern Vietnam’s Thai Nguyen province, according to a Reuters report today. The outbreak occurred at a farm in 2-month-old ducks. Animal health workers culled the remaining birds, the report said.The H5N1 virus also struck ducks and chickens in Tra Vinh province in southern Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, Reuters reported.Officials in Bangladesh yesterday said the H5N1 virus was detected on a poultry farm in Dinajpur in the northern part of the country, prompting the culling of 300 chickens, according to another Reuters report.In other developments, the state media in Myanmar on Dec 29 reported an outbreak of the H5N1 virus in chickens in a village near the Myanmar border with Thailand, the Associated Press (AP) reported.The New Light of Myanmar, the state-run newspaper, said the outbreak occurred in a village in Shan state among domestic chickens and was reported to livestock officials on Dec 23, according to the AP report.See also:OIE reports on Israeli avian flu outbreakFAO update on H5N1 in birdslast_img read more