Cat tests positive for coronavirus in England

first_imgA pet cat has tested positive in England for the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the government said on Monday in the first confirmed case of an animal being infected with the virus in Britain.The British environment ministry said “all available evidence” suggested the cat had contracted the coronavirus from its owners, who had both tested positive for COVID-19.Both the cat and the humans made a full recovery and there was no transmission to any other animals or people in the household, the ministry said without identifying the individuals involved. “This is the first case of a domestic cat testing positive for COVID-19 in the UK but should not be a cause for alarm,” said Yvonne Doyle, medical director at Public Health England.”The investigation into this case suggests that the infection was spread from humans to animal, and not the other way round,” Doyle added.The government said the infection was confirmed in lab tests on Wednesday, adding there was no evidence that cats could transmit the virus to humans.The World Health Organization (WHO) has said cats are the most susceptible animal species to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and are able to transmit it to other cats.”Tests conducted by the Animal and Plant Health Agency have confirmed that the virus responsible for COVID-19 has been detected in a pet cat in England,” Chief Veterinary Officer Christine Middlemiss said.”This is a very rare event with infected animals detected to date only showing mild clinical signs and recovering within a few days.”The WHO has said it will investigate the possibility of cat-to-human infection, but its chief scientist has said there is “very little risk” from domestic animals.Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces 17 Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants for Pennsylvania Schools, Businesses, and Municipalities

first_img Energy,  Environment,  Press Release,  Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) awarded grants to 17 alternative fuel projects that will save an estimated 650 million gallons of fuel in Pennsylvania. These Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants (AFIG) will be used to develop and promote the use of alternative fuels and develop supporting infrastructure, improving air quality through alternative fuel use.“The AFIG program has made tremendous strides in reducing air pollution, improving the quality of the air we breathe, and paying economic dividends through a reduction in the use of gasoline,” said Governor Wolf. “These grants are awarded to a wide range of projects, both large and small. From purchasing two alternative fuel vehicles to converting entire fleets, these projects show a commitment to make changes that will benefit all Pennsylvanians.”Nearly $2 million in grants were awarded across the two categories. The awards for vehicles will save approximately 650 thousand gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel annually. A full list of awardees is below. This is the final awarding of AFIG funding for applications submitted in 2016. Nearly $5.5 million was awarded to 43 projects for the calendar year. DEP expects to reopen the AFIG program with next the application submission date due early this summer.“Places like Lycoming County and the River Valley Transit system will save money on fuel costs and cut down on air pollution, and the Philadelphia Airport will be able to serve customers with electric vehicles with new charging stations,” said Acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.The primary goals of the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program are to improve Pennsylvania’s air quality and reduce consumption of imported oil through the use of alternative fuels that will help the commonwealth’s economy and environment. DEP accepts applications for innovative, advanced fuel and vehicle technology projects resulting in a cleaner and greener transportation sector within the Commonwealth. The AFIG Fund was established under Act 166 of 1992 and is administered by the DEP through the Office of Policy.In addition to the Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants just awarded, DEP is offering a limited number of free technical assistance opportunities to municipalities, school districts, municipal authorities, and non-profit organizations to assist them in developing plans for building or expanding an alternative energy vehicle fleet. Applications for the Alternative Fuels Technical Assistance Program will be accepted through June 1, 2017.Vehicle Projects:Allegheny CountyAwardee: City of PittsburghProject: Second Avenue Electric Vehicle ProjectAward Total: $80,000Number of Vehicles: 10Estimated GGE saved per year: 3,973Project Description: The City of Pittsburgh is requesting $80,000, 50% of the incremental cost for 10 Nissan Leaf EVs as part of their goal to operate a fossil fuel free fleet by 2030. This project is the first part in the conversion of the Bureau of Permits, Licensing and Inspections fleet, currently made up of 50 Ford Focus sedans.Armstrong CountyAwardee: Sheeren Insurance Group Inc.Project: Teach green to our teens, our futureAward Total: $16,000Number of Vehicles: 2Estimated GGE saved per year: 666Project Description: Sheeren Insurance group is requesting funding of $16,000 to purchase 2 Nissan Leaf Battery Electric Vehicles.Blair CountyAwardee: A&M Transit CompanyProject: Claysburg Propane Bus PurchaseAward Total: $19,982Number of Vehicles: 6Estimated GGE saved per year: 21,135Project Description: A&M Transit is requesting $19,982 for the conversion of 6 72-passenger diesel school buses to propane.Bucks CountyAwardee: Centennial School DistrictProject: The Centennial School District Propane School Bus Conversion ProjectAward Total: $44,000Number of Vehicles: 10Estimated GGE saved per year: 11,250Project Description: The Centennial School District Propane School Bus Conversion Project is seeking $40,000 in AFIG funding to convert 10 buses to propane fuel. This is first part of their effort to convert their 76 school buses to run on propane. The 10 buses in this project range from 72 passenger to 30 passenger buses.Delaware CountyAwardee: School District of Haverford TownshipProject: The Haverford School District Propane School Bus Conversion ProjectAward Total: $40,000Number of Vehicles: 10Estimated GGE saved per year: 23,354Project Description: The Haverford School District is requesting $40,000 in AFIG funding to convert 10 diesel buses, 7 72-passenger and 3 48-passenger buses, to utilizing propane as fuel.Awardee: Wilson of Wallingford, Inc.Project: Fleet expansionAward Total: $7,350Number of Vehicles: 2Estimated GGE saved per year: 3,077Project Description: Wilson of Wallingford is requesting $7,350 in AFIG funds to purchase two bi-fuel propane Ford Transit trucks. The applicant’s in house vehicles are wrapped in an advertisement that promotes Alternative Fuel.Lycoming CountyAwardee: River Valley TransitProject: Purchase of Ten (10) CNG Transit VehiclesAward Total: $200,000Number of Vehicles: 10Estimated GGE saved per year: 155,131Project Description: River Valley Transit has requested $200,000 in AFIG funds to purchase 10 CNG 35′ and 40′ passenger buses as part of their conversion of their fleet of 29 fixed route transit vehicles from diesel fuel to CNG.Montgomery CountyAwardee: Lower Merion School DistrictProject: Maintaining a Green Fleet Legacy-Acquisition of Ten Compressed Natural Gas BusesAward Total: $121,752Number of Vehicles: 10Estimated GGE saved per year: 22,908Project Description: Lower Merion School District is requesting $121,752 in AFIG funds for the purchase of 10 72-passenger CNG buses.Northampton, Lancaster CountiesAwardee: UGI Utilities, Inc.Project: UGI Utilities CNG Vehicle AcquisitionAward Total: $196,040Number of Vehicles: 31Estimated GGE saved per year: 20,447Project Description: UGI Utilities, Inc. is requesting $196,040 in AFIG funds to acquire 31 CNG vehicles, including freightliner tractors, light duty Chevrolet trucks, and light duty Ford trucks and Transit vans, to be used out of their Lancaster and Bethlehem facilities. These acquisitions will be a mixture of CNG Dedicated and CNG Dual Fuel vehicles. CNG Fueling will take place at existing public accessible stations in both regions.Philadelphia CountyAwardee: Philadelphia Parking AuthorityProject: Purchase Alternative Fuel Vehicles for the Philadelphia Parking AuthorityAward Total: $10,000Number of Vehicles: 2Estimated GGE saved per year: 2,000Project Description: The Philadelphia Parking Authority is requesting $10,000, 50% of the incremental cost for 2 Nissan Leaf EVs for use in their Off Street Division’s Downtown / Center City Garages in Philadelphia. This is the first part in the purchase of a fleet of new, dedicated, alternative fuel (all electric) vehicles and was submitted in conjunction with a second vehicle application and two refueling infrastructure applications.Awardee: Philadelphia Parking AuthorityProject: Purchase Alternative Fuel Vehicles at the Philadelphia International AirportAward Total: $10,000Number of Vehicles: 2Estimated GGE saved per year: 914Project Description: The Philadelphia Parking Authority is requesting $10,000, 50% of the incremental cost for 2 Nissan Leaf EVs for use in their Airport Operations Division at the Philadelphia International Airport. This is the first part in the purchase of a fleet of new, dedicated, alternative fuel (all electric) vehicles and was submitted in conjunction with a second vehicle application and two refueling infrastructure applications.Susquehanna CountyAwardee: Xpress Natural Gas, LLCProject: Forest Lake CNG CenterAward Total: $200,000Number of Vehicles: 10Estimated GGE saved per year: 384,610Project Description: Xpress Natural Gas LLC is requesting $200,000 in AFIG funding for the purchase of 10 CNG Freightliner tractors which will collect stranded gas from gathering systems in Susquehanna County and will compress and transport that gas out to market.Refueling Infrastructure Projects:Allegheny CountyAwardee: City of PittsburghProject: Second Avenue Charging Infrastructure ProjectAward Total: $175,000Project Description: The City of Pittsburgh is requesting $175,000 in funding to purchasing a five dual-hose, mobile, solar powered charging units with battery storage to be housed at the Second Avenue Parking Lot and power the City’s fleet at night. The chargers will be open to the public during the day and available to deploy to communities in times of extended grid failure.Bucks CountyAwardee: Centennial School DistrictProject: The Centennial School District Propane Refueling ProjectAward Total: $292,338Project Description: The Centennial School District Propane Refueling Project seeks funding of $292,338 to build a propane refueling stations to fuel their first 10 propane school buses. The project will continue to supply fuel for the remainder of District’s 66 buses as they are converted.Montgomery and Philadelphia CountiesAwardee: Mobile Fueling SolutionsProject: Mobile Fueling Solutions for CNGAward Total: $500,000Project Description: Mobile Fueling Solutions for CNG seeks funding on $500,000 for the construction of 2 “Virtual Pipeline” mobile CNG fueling units.Philadelphia CountyAwardee: Philadelphia Parking AuthorityProject: Proposed EV Charging Stations at Four Center City GaragesAward Total: $43,332Project Description: The Philadelphia Parking Authority is requesting funding of $43,332for the installation of four new electric vehicle charging stations at four center city garages in Philadelphia.Awardee: Philadelphia Parking AuthorityProject: Proposed EV Charging Stations at the Philadelphia International AirportAward Total: $43,332Project Description: The Philadelphia Parking Authority is requesting funding of $43,332 for the installation of four new electric vehicle charging stations at Philadelphia International Airport. 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Lagos, Abuja to Host Maiden FCV Gladiators Football Camps

first_imgNigeria’s seat of power and commercial nerve centre – Abuja and Lagos, have been scheduled to host the maiden edition of the FCV Gladiators Football Camps in April.The Lagos camp will hold at the University of Lagos Sports Centre on April 14 to 19 while the Abuja leg will hold at Aduvie International School between April 21 and 26.The camp, brainchild of Dynaspro Sports Promotion and Advanta Interactive Limited, is expected to give a new outlook to football with special attention to education. According to Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Oluseyi Oyebode, the camp is a departure from the usual football-focused clinics, as the camp would give special attention to the education of the participants.“It is a great beginning. For the first time, we are having a foreign partner that is so keen on education and football; that has been the missing link. We will encourage as many children as possible to be part of the first camp so that they can have the taste of what it takes in proper academy setting. “Children from schools now will know the orientation and the importance of sports and education.“We have a lot of our ex-players and ex-athletes suffering because they were not able to manage their successes, not being able to manage their finances while making the money,” Oyebode stressed.He added: “I think now we have about 20 schools on board, partnering the project in Lagos and Abuja.“Also, there will be mentorship programmes and for the first time, we will have school coaches, coaches from the grassroots having FA certification. That is the greatest value that you can think about, so that we can have the same orientation that an average British coach will have in working with the youth academy. This is going to evolve and help development of football in Nigeria.”For the Director of UK-based FCV International Academy, Martin Harris, the programme would help to give direction to football camp in Nigeria. “The programme is unique because we are not just here to impact football knowledge but also to enhance the knowledge of the children as well.“Also various life skills, team work and everything needed to make the children have better future are going to be impacted to them. These and many more are what the children will enjoy at the camp,” Harris pledged.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more