July Indiana Employment Report

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS (August 16, 2019) – Indiana’s unemployment rate drops to 3.4 percent for July and remains lower than the national rate of 3.7 percent. The last time Indiana’s unemployment rate was at 3.4 percent was April 2018. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.Indiana’s labor force had a net decrease of 6,608 over the previous month. This was a result of a decrease of 1,274 unemployed residents and a decrease of 5,334 employed residents. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.38 million, and the state’s 64.6 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 63.0 percent.Learn more about how unemployment rates are calculated here: http://www.hoosierdata.in.gov/infographics/employment-status.asp.July 2019 Employment ChartsEmployment by SectorPrivate sector employment has grown by 27,300 over the year and has decreased by 1,300 over the previous month. The monthly decrease is primarily due to losses in the Leisure and Hospitality (-1,500) and the Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-700) sectors. Losses were partially offset by gains in the Private Educational and Health Services (1,500) and the Financial Activities (300) sectors.Midwest Unemployment RatesJuly 2019 Midwest Unemployment Rates EDITOR’S NOTES:Data are sourced from July Current Employment Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics – U.S. Bureau of Labor StatisticsJuly employment data for Indiana Counties, Cities and MSAs will be available Monday, August 19, 2019, at noon (Eastern) pending U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics validation.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

News story: CMO for England announces ninth case of novel coronavirus

first_imgOne further patient in England has tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of cases in the UK to 9.This virus was passed on in China and the patient has now been transferred to a specialist NHS centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ in London.last_img

Investigators requesting information following fatal fire

first_imgNEW VINEYARD – A fire Thursday night left one person dead with investigators asking the public for any additional details. The remains of what is believed to be Christopher Keirstead, the 51-year-old man who owned the 113 high Street home, were found on Friday, March 5, and transported to the Medical Examiner’s office. The fire was reported at 11:30 p.m. on March 4.According to a press release, Keirstead was last seen in Farmington on Thursday, March 4 around 4 p.m. Anyone who saw or spoke with Keirstead are encouraged to call Investigator Jeremy Damren at 207-624-7076 x9.Departments from Kingfield, Anson, New Portland, Strong and Farmington responded to the scene.This story will be updated.last_img

The Funniest Things Overheard At Phish’s Three-Day Weekend At SPAC

first_img“Phish Lot” is the smorgasbord of humans; you have the business men, the hippies, the frat boys, their younger brothers; you’ve got the free-spirited dancers and you’ve got the all-star winners of “Colorado’s Big Game Trophy Wook Hunters.” It’s quite special to see these many worlds merge in the spirit of music appreciation, and to stand harmoniously side-by-side with the many creatures of the world.We started the series, “Funniest Things Overheard,” back at the Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary shows, (which was coincidentally one year ago today), and continued the note-taking at Magnaball and Lockn’ last summer. In the spirit of “Summer Tour” and three-day holiday weekends, we collected some of the best things we overheard at Phish‘s weekend at SPAC. Enjoy!“One day you’re smoking your first joint, the next you’re at a Phish show.”“Are you the hero that sold me Jell-O shots and got me really fucked up?” “Nope.”“This is what it feels like if your life took a bad turn.”“Did I tell you how I literally snuck a joint past security in my beard?”“He’s got the look but not the wook.”“Is Trey wearing a deep V?”“Do you have any peanut butter for this fucking jam right now?”“That’s the kind of guy that took a thousand hits of acid.”“One marijuana please?”“There’s literally a bottle of tequila inside of me right now.”“I saw that cop from one thousand miles away.”“Twiddle is just a Phish cover band that doesn’t play Phish songs.”“And the lawn goes wild!”“…Just trying to get the acid out of my teeth!”“I NEED to give you love.”“How many times have you been to jail?” “Threef.”Overheard hippies taking unknown drugs: “I wretch and I gag a little bit but it’s all part of the fun.”“I keep thinking this guy is with security but he is very much not.”“He’s a wook in sheep’s clothing.”“Is this pot?” “No it’s roofies, but they’re gluten free.”“Let’s say there is a huge acid head, let’s call her Dana.. And she’s lost in the woods and ingested like 30 tabs. She encounters a mother bear while lost in the woods who eats her entirely to protect her kids from the acid monster (Dana). Does that bear then trip on acid because he consumed Dana?”“Well actually, the most popular, most sold dildo in the world is 6 and a half inches. So….”“I swear I’ve both bagged and tagged that man before.”Exiting the venue: “This is the burrito line right?”Grand Union Motel: “This is a cautionary motel.”“I forgot my husband’s name.” “Where we at, a 2nd grade birthday party?” “I can’t fall asleep anywhere without being bagged and tagged… especially by my bandmates.”“I’ll wait in this line till the clowns come home!”Lee’s Campground: “It’s like Lee-et-nam up in this bitch.”“This shit is like PHISH TOUR 2016 all over again.”“I’m currently where wooks go to die.”“It smells like Bassnectar farted in an old quesadilla.”“No ducks, no deal.”[Updated with contributions from PHISH TOUR 2014 group and L4LM Facebook Page]last_img read more

Railroad Earth & Infamous Stringdusters Headlining Debut East Coast WinterWonderGrass

first_imgBack at the end of April, WinterWonderGrass announced that it would be expanding to the East Coast this year, adding a third festival in Stratton, Vermont. Over the years, WinterWonderGrass has become a staple event in the bluegrass community, with highly successful editions already established in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and Tahoe, California.As for the new festival in Vermont, WinterWonderGrass’s East Coast debut is scheduled for December 14th through 16th, 2018. While the festival has remained tight-lipped about its lineup, thus far, the event has revealed that two WonderGrass regulars will headline: Railroad Earth and The Infamous Stringdusters. Notably, both Railroad Earth and The Infamous Stringdusters headlined the California edition of WonderGrass this year along with The Devil Makes Three, The California Honeydrops, Elephant Revival, Steep Canyon Rangers, and more.In the coming months, WinterWonderGrass Vermont will solidify its lineup, with an additional 20 artists scheduled to be announced to play over the festival’s three days and four stages. Because it’s marketed as a celebration of a true “winter lifestyle,” the festival will also feature craft beer and cider, local food, and access to premier skiing and snowboarding in addition to internationally renowned bluegrass acts.WinterWonderGrass is currently offering a discounted sale on tickets, with an allotment of discounted $129 passes set aside for fans wanting to attend the Stratton, Vermont event. The sale will span from Thursday, June 28th, to midnight on Friday, June 29th. For more information, head to WinterWonderGrass’ website here.Earlier this year, we sent a reporter to WinterWonderGrass’ Colorado edition for a game of “interview tag” with Billy Strings and members of Greensky Bluegrass, Leftover Salmon, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, and The Lil’ Smokies. You can check out the fascinating series of interviews here.last_img read more

Lessons of self-care, while caring for others

first_img Related While directing the inpatient program, Giles had also started to teach courses on counseling at HDS as an adjunct. When a full-time teaching position opened up, she was invited to apply. Worn down by the constant stress of running the facility, she decided to try for the job.She was awarded the position of professor of the Practice in Pastoral Care and Counseling in 1997. Though it was difficult to leave the program she had helped get off the ground and the patients with whom she had built such strong bonds, she found new people to care for at HDS.“Since coming here full time, the most exciting thing for me has been the students,” Giles said. “We get some of the best students in the world. They are open, sensitive, really bright, and they want to be change agents in different ways. As they’ve grown, I’ve grown, too.”Since she became an official member of the faculty, Giles has taught “Spiritual Care and Counseling” (formerly “Pastoral Care and Counseling”) to students interested in various forms of ministry and caregiving.“As the field has taken on important issues like oppression-sensitive pastoral care, end-of-life concerns, questions about intimate-partner violence, and so on, I’ve woven these into my teaching. And, of course, two big areas for me are self-care and ethics,” she said.Knowing firsthand the dangers of burning out in the high-stress world of caregiving, Giles emphasizes self-care skills for her students and mentees.“Many of us at a divinity school want to be of service and to care for others,” she said. “But when you start asking people about self-care or self-compassion, they don’t really get that piece.”Because Giles considers these topics important for sustained service, she is writing about them for a textbook on ethics in ministry, a joint effort with Emily Click, HDS assistant dean for ministry studies.For Giles, one of the benefits of being at HDS is the chance to engage in these conversations from a variety of spiritual perspectives.“For some people,” she said, “ministry and self-care is going to be closely tied to their own religious or spiritual tradition and what they think their responsibility is to that tradition. For some Christian and Jewish students, it’s going to be more Biblically based, and for others less so. For Hindu and Buddhist students, the theology, if you will, that emerges from their traditions is a different kind of call. But providing a space for people to begin talking about that in a small class gives them the opportunity to think about it from outside of their own tradition, and it also gives them the experience of articulating their tradition to people outside it.”Giles has also moved further along her own spiritual path at HDS.“Since I’ve been here, I’ve continued to meditate and moved from vipassanā, or insight meditation, to Tibetan Buddhism. I met a community of people I really like here and a spiritual director who really models what the Buddhist path means to me. So it’s been a place of real growth.”Long an important faculty member in HDS’s Buddhist Ministry Initiative, in February Giles attended the first-ever gathering of American programs that offer master’s of divinity degrees with a concentration in Buddhism, held at Naropa University in Colorado.Another project with which Giles has been closely involved is the HDS Racial Justice and Healing Initiative, which aims to transform dialogue around race at HDS and beyond.“I’ve seen this initiative building and building, and I’m excited about what we’re doing here in terms of getting the community invested, learning what’s going on, and challenging people to be thoughtful and active,” Giles said. “Another thing we’re looking at here at HDS is how the pedagogy can embrace diversity and inclusion. I think about that a lot in terms of teaching ‘Spiritual Care and Counseling.’ I do a unit on oppression-sensitive pastoral care that addresses white privilege, structural systems, and so on.”HDS student Sitraka St. Michael, M.Div. ’17, took a course with Giles that grew out of these concerns, called “Talk About It: How Race Matters.”“I join many, many generations of HDS citizens in giving thanks for the hospitality that her pedagogy extends to a multiplicity of longings, possibilities, and disagreements,” he said. “The felicity of Cheryl’s teaching resides in its touch. She has affirmed my gifts, encouraged me in my pursuits, and called me ‘my brother.’ We have quite a teacher, a friend, a mother, and a sister in her.”Giles’s care for students at HDS extends beyond the classroom to her mentoring relationships with students such as Karlene Griffiths Sekou, M.Div. ’17, who has never taken a class with Giles but still considers her an important influence on her time at HDS.“Professor Giles embodies a rare depth of insight and a keen intellectual curiosity that is both healing and expansive,” she said. “I am certain that many would echo me in saying it is always a joy — a feeling of strength and inspiration — to sit at her feet.”Touched, Giles considers mentorship a two-way street.“I feel so grateful for the relationships I’ve developed with students here,” she said. “I’ve learned just as much from them as I’ve given, so it’s been a really nourishing experience for me.”Giles rarely practices therapy formally now, though she occasionally takes referrals on a pro bono basis. However, at HDS she teaches new generations of caregivers, many of whom end up going into chaplaincy or social work, becoming clinical pastoral education supervisors, or entering doctoral programs in psychology. She also sometimes gives more specialized classes, for instance on “Adversity and Resilience in Adolescent Development,” and “Compassionate Care of the Dying,” which focuses on Buddhist practices.Giles tries to impart not only the impulse to care, but also practical techniques for cultivating compassion, toward oneself as well as others. She believes this is of vital importance for the meaningful social justice work in which many of her students are also involved, in movements such as Black Lives Matter that are gaining attention across the nation.“There’s a place for anger,” Giles said, “but we have to make sure that our anger is a call to action, not something that becomes self-destructive, either because of choices that we make or because we become so angry that we sabotage ourselves by becoming depressed. We have to work on our efforts to understand compassion and to use it skillfully.” This semester at Harvard Divinity School (HDS), Cheryl Giles, M.Div ’79, is teaching “Spiritual Care and Counseling” — a title that easily could be applied to her entire professional life.Care for others has always marked her work, from college chaplaincy to clinical psychology to her current role teaching ministry to students, along with increasing awareness of the need for caregivers to take care of themselves, too. It was her desire to minister to others that first brought Giles to HDS as an M.Div. candidate in the late 1970s, when she hoped to become a Catholic priest.“There were all sorts of things going on around women’s ordination in the Catholic Church at the time,” she explained.Giles considered entering a convent, but found that the vow of obedience required of nuns was an obstacle for her.“One time I had a long conversation with a mentor whom I loved, and I asked her how I would know that a mother superior’s decision for me was more the will of God than my own sense of what was emerging,” she said.Giles remained Catholic for another decade, returning to work as a chaplain at Boston College, where she had studied philosophy and theology as an undergraduate, thus finding a way to minister to a student population as a layperson.Eventually, her drive to provide care to people who most needed it led Giles to earn a Psy.D. in clinical psychology, a degree that mixed academic study with practical training. During this process, however, her professional objectives shifted unexpectedly because of her willingness to listen to herself.“When I applied to the doctoral program, I thought I was going to work with adults, but during my internships, I especially resonated with adolescents, which was a total surprise to me. And that’s where I ended up. You think such-and-such is your path, straight ahead, and then it gets interrupted. I didn’t resist it much because I realized that was the right place for me,” she said.At the same time, however, her faith was further shaken by a series of losses.“I lost five really important people in my life, including my mother and a couple of my mentors, in about four years. And then five years later my father died. So I was having a really rocky time. I felt like I was outside Catholicism. I think the Catholic Church is a wonderful place for social justice, and I’m really excited about this new pope, but a lot of things in the theology were not working for me anymore.”As Giles moved away from one faith, she began taking steps toward a new one in which she would eventually find a home.“I began to learn meditation, and that opened possibilities for the spiritual growth and depth I was seeking,” she said. “I was also feeling destabilized then, which fits with Buddhism. There isn’t anything to hold onto, you’re working with your own mind a lot, and it’s not like an exterior structure is going to provide safety for you.”Having finished her doctorate, Giles started to care for young people who were destabilized in their own ways. She worked first at an outpatient center in Roxbury, where gang violence was a growing problem. Soon after, she was named director of a new inpatient facility for adolescents with severe mental illnesses, where the demands were even more intense.“[The patients] all lived together in a 24-hour unit, having been stepped down from hospitalization. The unit wasn’t locked, so it was staff-intensive. Part of the challenge was to make sure the kids didn’t run away or get sexually involved with each other. There was a lot of drama in the unit at all times because these kids had various degrees of mental illness with an underlay of trauma.”Despite the numerous challenges Giles encountered in her job, there were also many joys.“There was a high level of creativity I had there,” she said. “For instance, I could play basketball with one kid a couple of times a week, which was a kind of intensive therapy because this was not a kid who was going to sit in an office in a chair and start talking. Luckily I liked basketball, though I wasn’t necessarily in the best shape! And he kept me running around the court because he was an excellent shooter. But when we both got tired, we’d sit and he’d start talking and opening up about things.”Moments like these were deeply rewarding for Giles, but directing the program was exhausting.“It was just starting up, so there weren’t even charts on the kids when I took the job,” she said. “I thought, why not, I have a lot of energy! It proved to be really challenging and interesting, but in a matter of three years I had burned myself out.” Tutoring program bolsters ties among Harvard students, workers, families Taking care of their ownlast_img read more


first_imgStunning fall colors. Beautiful weather. And plenty of great options for outdoor adventure and family fun, or even adventures of the culinary variety. Welcome to autumn in Chesapeake, Virginia – truly one of life’s pleasures. More than 47 mammal species call these 112,000 acres of forested wetlands home, including foxes, bears, snakes, bald eagles, beavers and otters, along with 200 kinds of birds. At the center of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is beautiful Lake Drummond, where tannin from the cypress trees kills bacteria, making it some of the purest water in the world. Water, water everywhere. Here are just a few of the reasons Chesapeake was selected by Blue Ridge Outdoors readers as “Top Adventure Town”: Bergey’s Breadbasket Bakery & More – Corn maze, pumpkins, fresh pies, homemade ice cream and more. Mount Pleasant Farms – Fresh produce, flowers, eggs, milk, ice cream, local honey – plus a corn maze and a barrel train.Greenbrier Farms – A nursery bursting with flowers and plants, nature trails, fresh veggies, pick-your-own in season. Chesapeake is also known for its working farms that offer a wonderful,family-friendly way to enjoy the season, including: Just don’t be surprised if you wind up spending all your time right here in Chesapeake – and loving every minute of it. Plan your getaway adventure at VisitChesapeake.com. The sheer number and variety of beautiful, watery locales make Chesapeake a kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding paradise. The 763-acre Northwest River Park and Campground offers an extensive trail system for hiking and biking – and a 6-acre lake stocked with trout and catfish. Other unique venues for your next outdoor adventure along our waterways include Elizabeth River Park, the Intracoastal Waterway at Deep Creek Lock Park, and the Dismal Swamp Canal at the North Trail Gate, just to name a few. center_img Stay in Chesapeake. Venture to Norfolk andVirginia Beach. Great eats, drinks andentertainment. Chesapeake’s location in the heart of Coastal Virginia makes it the perfect headquarters for your vacation or getaway. Take your pick of affordable, pet-friendly accommodations, and from here it’s just a quick 10-minute drive to downtown Norfolk museums, attractions and nightlife, or a 25-minute drive to the Virginia Beach Boardwalk and beaches. Pumpkinpatches, hayrides and corn mazes. We humans can enjoy the swamp, too. From hiking or biking along the 8.5-mile Dismal Swamp Canal Trail to embarking on a guided kayak tour in Lake Drummond among the cypress trees (available through Adventure Kayak Tours), there are lots of ways to take in the swamp’s otherworldly beauty. The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, where great adventure awaits. Had your fill of wildlife and waterways for the day? Chesapeake civilization beckons, including enticing eateries, craft beer and live music. Beer lovers, don’t miss the fun at Big Ugly Brewing Company, where you can sample their “big, bold beer” varieties along with great eats, bands and events. Or visit The Garage Brewery, the city’s newest brewery, offering a tasting room, wraparound bar and patio. last_img read more

Social media landscape demands new expertise, different strategies

first_imgby: Aaron PassmanBy the time the average credit union CEO is comfortable with one form of social media, it’s likely the young people the CU is seeking to attract has moved on to a new one.As the social media landscape continues to evolve, Credit Union Journal talked with experts about where the new opportunities lie, which sites may already be withering on the vine and strategies for leveraging these sites.Now, a big headache for consumers could be a huge opportunity for CUs.As consumers continue to see cards reissued due to data breaches and the upcoming EMV liability shift, one analyst suggested CUs use social media to help members understand why they keep getting new plastic in the mail. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Deer muscle transmits prion disease to altered mice

first_imgJan 31, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Meat from deer infected with chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been shown to transmit the prion disease to genetically altered mice, according to a report published Jan 26 in Sciencexpress, part of Science magazine.The experimental findings “raise the possibility that dietary exposure to prions might occur through meat consumption,” writes researcher Glenn Telling at the University of Kentucky, along with six other colleagues.CWD, a rare brain-wasting disease that affects deer, elk, and moose in parts of North America, is similar to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease. It has not been known to infect humans, and the skeletal muscle meat from deer and elk was not previously believed to contain infective levels of abnormal prion protein. However, state game agencies now advise hunters to take precautions when handling carcasses, and some states test harvested animals for CWD.”The emergence of CWD in an increasingly wide geographic area and the interspecies transmission of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) to humans as variant Creutzfeldt Jakob disease (vCJD) have raised concerns about zoonotic transmission of CWD,” Telling and colleagues write.”We don’t know if people will develop a human prion disease as a result of exposure to CWD but we know people developed prion disease as result of exposure to BSE,” Telling said in a Reuters news service story Jan 27. “Obviously the most likely route of exposure would be via meat, and that is why we addressed this.””It’s difficult to predict how prions will behave when they cross species barriers,” Telling told Reuters.To test the infectivity of skeletal muscle, the researchers used specially adapted mice that expressed cervid prion protein (CerPrP), which made them susceptible to CWD. Groups of these mice were inoculated intracerebrally with extracts of leg muscle from either CWD-infected or CWD-free mule deer, while other mice were inoculated with central nervous system (CNS) materials from both infected and uninfected deer.The researchers found that all skeletal muscle samples from infected deer led to the progressive mental dysfunction associated with transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), with mean incubation times ranging from 360 to roughly 490 days. The incubation period after infection with CNS material was shorter, from about 230 to 280 days.The skeletal muscle and brain tissue from uninfected deer didn’t cause disease in the special mice.The researchers note that similar studies involving skeletal muscle from BSE-infected cattle failed to show such high levels of prion infectivity. The study also shows that prion levels were lower in muscle than in the CNS and that the muscle prion levels may vary. Studies to assess the prion titers are under way, the authors write.The report says the risk of CWD infection following consumption is reduced by relatively inefficient prion transmission, but that the findings show the muscle tissue most likely to be consumed by humans is a significant source of prion infectivity.”Humans consuming or handling meat from CWD-infected deer are therefore at risk to prion exposure,” the report concludes.Both the findings and the methodology of the study are significant, said Srinand Sreevatsan, DVM, MPH, PhD, an associate professor in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Veterinary Population Medicine.The presence and infectivity of CWD prion in muscle hasn’t been demonstrated with a bioassay before, Sreevatsan told CIDRAP News. The bioassay allows researchers to know if the misfolded prions are present and if they are capable of causing the disease in an animal model. “It’s only now that we are realizing the sensitive assays we can use.””The presence of infectivity in the muscle tissue in CWD does raise some issues. That it’s there and it is infectious is a concern,” he said, but added that it is important to do a risk assessment as well. “Is it present in enough quantity to be of public health significance? We don’t know. That needs to be determined.””It may not be in sufficient quantities to cause infection [if people consume it],” he added.Telling G, Angers R, Browning S, et al. Prions in skeletal muscles of deer with chronic wasting disease. Sciencexpress 2006 Jan 26 (early online publication) [Abstract]See also:Oct 26, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Chronic wasting disease found in moose”Institute of Food Technologists scientific summary report “Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies,” published Jun 2005last_img read more

Avian flu hits birds in Iran, spreads in Europe

first_imgFeb 16, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Iran, Austria, Germany, and Slovenia have joined the list of countries with H5N1 avian influenza in wild birds in the past few days, and the virus may have spread to as many as nine states in Nigeria, according to recent reports.Iran told the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on Feb 14 that the virus had killed 153 wild swans in a wetland area called Anzali, according to a report posted on the OIE Web site. Samples tested positive in an Italian laboratory, the report said.The daily European reports of outbreaks in wild birds have nearly all involved swans. The latest country affected is Slovenia, which today confirmed the virus in a wild swan found last week near the Austrian border, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.Yesterday Austria said two dead swans were found to be infected with H5N1, according to an Associated Press (AP) report. However, a European Union(EU) statement today described the Slovenian and Austrian cases as suspected.In Germany, the virus was confirmed yesterday in two swans and a hawk found dead on the Baltic Sea island of Ruegen, according to a Reuters report published today. The Germany agriculture ministry said today that nine more swans and a goose had tested positive, Reuters reported. The story said those birds were found in the same northeastern state where the earlier ones were found (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern), but it didn’t mention if they were on the same island.Hungarian officials have identified an H5 virus in three swans found dead in the southern county of Bacs-Kiskun, according to an EU statement. Samples from the birds were being sent to the EU reference laboratory in Weybridge, England, for further testing.In Nigeria, which last week became the first African country to report being hit by H5N1, three states have confirmed the virus among poultry and five other states suspect it, according to an AP report published yesterday.A veterinary official in Nigeria’s Kano state said a ninth state, Jigawa, has joined the list of those with suspected cases, AFP reported today. The official said about 90% of the poultry in three villages in the state had died in the past week.Tens of thousands of birds have been sacrificed since H5N1 was found in poultry in the northern state of Kaduna 8 days ago, AFP reported.Another AFP story today said a poultry outbreak of H5N1 has been found in the Russian province of Dagestan, near the Caspian Sea. The report described the outbreak as the first H5N1 appearance in the “impoverished and unstable” Russian Caucasus region.The full list of European countries affected so far by H5N1 in birds includes Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Ukraine, and European Russia, according to AFP.See also:EU statement on suspected avian flu in HungaryIran’s initial notification to OIEhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/Iran_AI_15_02_2006.pdflast_img read more