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Bird flu on California farm prompts HK, others to bar poultry imports

An avian-borne virus outbreak on a California quail farm has fueled fears that the disease known as bird flu could spread, prompting investigators to continue their probe and five key export markets to bar imports of poultry from the state. A state diagnostic laboratory confirmed on April 18 that a quail flock in Stanislaus County, California, tested positive for low-pathogenic avian influenza virus. On Thursday, Hong Kong's Centre for Food Safety announced a ban on the import of all poultry and poultry produced from Stanislaus County. Taiwan, too, has blocked chicken imports from California, while Japan has banned poultry slaughtered and eggs laid in California on or after March 24, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data.

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Pillars of Strength #2 3rd Annual Charity Fishing Trip

Posted by Glen A Smith on July 1, 2013 at 8:56am 0 Comments

Thanks to all of Members, Masonic Brothers and Sisters, their friends and families that insured this years successful event. All of our local Blue Lodges were represented. Sisters Niecey, Shirley, and Rosa also attended representing their Chapters. Bro Lewis Hill reclaimed his BIG FISH title for another year. We had attendees from Florida City to Pompano Beach and all had a good time. The weather was perfect and I look forward to 2014. I assure all that Pillars of Strength will continue be…



Assange slams WikiLeaks film in letter to actor Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch attends a news conference for "The Fifth Estate" at the Toronto International Film Festival LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange penned an open letter to British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who portrays Assange in an upcoming film, praising the actor's talents but slamming his involvement with the film and turning down the actor's invitation to meet in person. Assange, who is currently holed up at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, wrote a letter to Cumberbatch dated January 15, 2013, that was published on Wednesday on the anti-secrecy website ahead of the October 18 theatrical release of Walt Disney Co's DreamWorks film "The Fifth Estate. ...






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