Jun 24, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – As poultry were being culled in China and Vietnam to prevent further spread of avian influenza outbreaks this week, international experts were visiting both countries to better understand how the H5N1 virus is behaving.Ducks in central Vietnam were being culled after authorities discovered that one-fifth of the waterfowl in Quang Tri province carry the H5N1 virus, China’s Xinhau news service reported today, basing the story on a Vietnamese newspaper, Saigon Liberation. More than 23,000 birds have already been culled in 38 infected flocks, with another 144 flocks untested, Xinhua reported.As many as 120,000 to 150,000 birds may be culled, according to a report today by the Vietnamese news service Thanh Nien News, which also cited the Saigon Liberation as its source.In response to the outbreaks, the Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry extended an existing ban on egg incubation for breeding poultry and building new waterfowl or quail flocks through February 2006, according to the Vietnam News Service (VNS). In addition, the country’s state bank has asked that commercial banks refuse loans to farmers and businesses that produce breeding poultry and waterfowl, VNS reported today.This is the second outbreak in Vietnamese poultry in about a week. Prior to that, the country had been free of bird outbreaks since April, Xinhua reported. However, human cases of H5N1 infection have continued without a major break since mid-December 2004.Possible and confirmed human H5N1 infections in Vietnam are the focus of intense study by a visiting team of experts from Britain, Hong Kong, Japan, and the United States, according to a Canadian Press (CP) report today. The team of about half a dozen virologists and epidemiologists is investigating whether the H5N1 virus has changed in ways that make a flu pandemic more likely.The team is working in Vietnam at the government’s request, Maria Cheng, a World Health Organization (WHO) spokeswoman, told the CP.Their tasks include studying clusters of cases to determine the extent of human-to-human transmission and analyzing tests on hundreds of stored human blood samples that may indicate scores of undetected human H5N1 infections, the CP reported.Those findings are questionable because they relied on the Western blot test, which is not the gold standard for flu testing, the CP story said.Authorities are negotiating to transfer the blood samples to a site where appropriate tests can be performed—a lab with the biosafety rating to conduct neutralization assays considered the gold standard for flu testing, the CP reported.In China, international experts sent by the WHO and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) were studying the H5N1 outbreak in Qinghai province this week and recently received approval to do the same in neighboring Xinjiang province, the International Herald Tribune reported yesterday.China has had three avian outbreaks of H5N1 in recent weeks, including one this week that involved the deaths of 180 ducks and geese, according to its reports to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). In all, at least 1,490 birds were culled, according to a Jun 21 story by Agence France-Presse (AFP).Authorities are also pressuring China for details of farmers’ reported use of the human antiviral drug amantadine to control and prevent poultry outbreaks of H5N1. Scrutiny has extended to questions over whether China has used oseltamivir, one of a newer class of human antiviral drugs, on poultry, the CP reported on Jun 23.The WHO asked China to investigate whether farmers have used oseltamivir in poultry, and the FAO has urged China to prevent such use, the CP story said. Several countries are stockpiling oseltamivir for use in the event of a flu pandemic. Current strains of H5N1 are resistant to amantadine, but it could also be useful in a pandemic, depending on the nature of the pandemic virus, experts say.A spokesman for the company that makes oseltamivir, Roche, said the company doesn’t sell the product to agro-chemical businesses, the CP story said.The report quoted WHO spokesman Dick Thompson as saying, “It’s clear to us that the [Chinese] Ministry of Health shares our concerns about this and they understand the importance of . . . the possible use of this antiviral in agriculture, that it might force or speed [development of] a resistant strain.”
Brunel Pension Partnership, one of eight asset pools formed by UK local authority pension funds, is investing almost £1bn (€1.1bn) in a multi-factor equity fund run by Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM).The £30bn asset pool appointed LGIM as its passive equity fund manager in April and has been transitioning assets since then.Mark Mansley, chief investment officer at Brunel Pension Partnership, said it considered the LGIM Diversified Multi-Factor Equity fund to have “several distinct advantages, including relatively simple construction, purity of approach and excellent track record”.“These are combined in a sensible way which avoids many of the issues of some multi-factor approaches,” he added. LGIM developed the product with smart beta index provider ERI Scientific-Beta. Mark Mansley, chief investment officer, Brunel Pension PartnershipLaunched in July last year, the multi-factor equity fund is a commingled life fund for UK institutional clients and allocates between Scientific Beta indices according to regional weights determined by LGIM.Noël Amenc, CEO at ERI Scientific Beta, said Brunel’s investment in the fund was “a major vote of confidence in our approach”.Family office seeks securitised credit investmentsA family office based in Germany is carrying out a preliminary search for securitised credit managers via IPE Quest’s Discovery service.According to DS-2487, any potential mandate would be for $5m (€4.4bn), to be invested via an open-ended UCITS vehicle.The family office is interested in a global, liquid strategy. It said the portfolio should tend to be “in the high grade” spectrum but it would not rule out other securities, such as regulatory capital or mezzanine. However, it should not be a pure mezzanine fund. There should be no investment in loans.The investor has indicated a return target of 3-5%, but said this was not a hard constraint.The deadline to respond to this pre-RFP search is 22 November.Danish foundation on the hunt for global EM managerThe Danish National Research Foundation is looking for a global emerging markets equity manager to run a €30m mandate.The Dkr6bn (€804m) foundation said it would consider managers’ long-term ability to deliver future risk-adjusted excess returns, and the strength of their reference clients and key staff.Candidates must also be able to demonstrate that they take environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues into account.The mandate will be benchmarked against the MSCI Emerging Markets index. The foundation said it would not accept regional or country specific strategies, and the procurement also did not cover strategies whose main focus was on emerging market small caps or frontier markets.The foundation wants to invest via a UCITS fund. The deadline to apply is 29 November.German state awards ESG engagement mandateThe German federal state of Lower Saxony has awarded an engagement services sustainability overlay mandate to Hermes EOS.The mandate relates to around €2bn of assets held by the state, its pension fund and special remediation funds. It covers corporate bonds, convertibles and equities – government bonds are excluded.The overarching focus of the mandate is on the implementation of an active approach to calling on companies to respect ESG criteria. The state said it was not interested in investment approaches that excluded or selected companies based on ESG criteria.Four providers applied to run the mandate, according to a tender notice.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest , please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
On his part, Root said he did not expect to get so many overs under his belt but added that every game presented a new avenue for improvement. “It’s not about the number of runs you score and being the one that stands out in terms of individual accolades. It’s about building those substantial partnerships that win you games and collectively getting the job done. I feel like I’m playing all right. I don’t feel like I’m playing exceptionally well at the moment but I feel like I’m playing some good stuff and there’s still loads of things that I want to keep working on and keep improving. It was important we didn’t panic and kept it together. We managed to get across the line and did it really convincingly in the end so it’s a really good sign and will fill the dressing room with a lot of confidence in knowing that we don’t have to go about things in just one way to be successful,” Root said.On his bowling, Root said, “I didn’t really expect (to get so many overs). I got the opportunity and it was nice to pick up a few wickets. I probably burgled them rather than out-skilled them. I’m not the most skilful off-spinner, so I was just trying to be as unpredictable as possible.”England will now play Afghanistan in Manchester on June 18 while West Indies face a vital clash against Bangladesh in Taunton on June 17. highlights New Delhi: Joe Root single-handedly demolished West Indies in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash against West Indies in Southampton with a century and two wickets. His wicket of Shimron Hetmyer broke a solid stand with Nicholas Pooran and he also took the big wicket of Windies skipper Jason Holder as the West Indies were bowled out for a below-par score of 212. Root hurt West Indies with the bat by smashing a brilliant century to guide England to an eight-wicket win. Having also scored a century against Pakistan, Root has now amassed 279 runs in four matches, becoming the first England player to score two hundreds in a single edition of the World Cup since Kevin Pietersen 12 years ago. He has also become the first in history to compile three in total, as the hosts moved to the second position in the points table.Skipper Eoin Morgan, who walked off the field due to a back spasm, has lavished praise on Root by stating the Yorkshire batsman continued to impress every single time. “He is such an important player for us, he is the glue that holds everything together and probably a side of his batting that’s got better over the last two or three years that people haven’t seen a lot of is his expansive game. He never seems to be scoring at less than a run a ball. You look up and he’s going at more than a run a ball. It’s exceptional to see him come out and be in this form,” Morgan said. Joe Root is the first England player to hit three centuries in World Cups.Root is the first player since Kevin Pietersen to hit two tons in a single edition.England plays Afghanistan in their next league game. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.