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Penka the cow spared death over crossing EU border



SOFIA: Bulgarian authorities announced Monday that Penka, the cow who risked death by straying over the EU border, will not be put down after all.

“Laboratory analyses of the cow that spent 15 days in Serbia and crossed the border back (into Bulgaria) are negative for all the tested diseases,” Bulgaria’s Food Safety Agency announced Monday.

“She will not be killed and will return to her herd by the end of the week,” agency spokeswoman Ekaterina Stoilova confirmed to AFP. Penka’s plight went viral on social media and made headlines around the world after her owner Ivan Haralampiev, from the western village of Kopilovtsi, launched an appeal 10 days ago to save her.

The animal had wandered away from her herd near the western Bulgarian village of Mazarachevo on May 12 and spent more than two weeks in Serbia before local farmers identified her from her earmarks.

Penka then fell foul of strict EU rules on the import of live animals from third countries, which require extensive paperwork giving the animal a clean bill of health before it can enter the bloc. 

A relevant piece published earlier:

During the season of Eid-ul-Azha, the most preferred and exciting experience for children as well as adults is touching and petting the sacrificial animals particularly cows and goats. (Besides, many people in Pakistan are really keen on keeping farm animals as pets.)

On the contrary, people should be careful as many animals can diffuse microbes and harmful viruses. Such maladies are known as zoonotic diseases, which could wreak a number of ailments particularly skin itchiness and severe infections.

Zoonotic diseases can spread via air, direct contact, oral consumption and bug diffusion. Some of the most widespread cattle diseases are as follows:


People can get this virus by Hyalomma tick bites or contact with infected animals. Although symptoms may vary from person to person, some of the most widespread warning signs of this chaos include flu, emotional bewilderment, violence, mood swings, temperature, flushed eyes and face, joint ache, nosebleeds, vomiting, black stools, upper belly pain because of puffy liver, kidney failure, breathing troubles, low blood pressure, fast heart rate and poor blood circulation. However, we can save ourselves via early diagnosis and proper treatment.


It is a bacterial sickness triggered by Bacillus Anthracis, which produces spores that endure for years in the atmosphere. Cows, sheep, and goats are more prone to have anthrax. Some of the most common warning signs include the unexpected demise of animal, bleeding from the mouth, nose, and anus of animals. People can come out with this disease when the organism penetrates a cut on the skin or by breathing infected dust.


It influences the aptitude of animals to imitate. Humans can get this through contact with birthing tissues from contaminated animals or through consuming raw milk. Such animals may have poor hunger, mass loss, behavioral changes and lack of energy. Ailing people would show flu-like symptoms. If left untreated, it could be difficult to cure.


Campylobacter is a disease that diffuses through the stool of infected animals. People can get this by ingesting infected food, water or direct contact with impure stool. Usually affected animals do not show any symptoms of this malady. People with campylobacteriosis are likely to have diarrhea, cramping, bellyache


temperature. Besides, it could trigger fatal infections in newborns, expected ladies and people who have fragile immune structure.


Dermatophilosis is also called rain rot, lumpy wool, and strawberry foot rot. People can have this disease through direct contact with infected animal or biting insects. It causes sores in human that triggers ulcer and leads to blemishing.


It is a sort of microbes that is detected in the intestinal zones of animals.


people can get this disease by drinking unpasteurized milk and undercooked meat.  It can cause severe diseases among human. Such as abdominal spasms, bloody diarrhea, vomiting and blood in urine.


It is diffused among humans via urine and dung of infected animals. It is widespread in cows and goats. It causes fever, headache, chills, vomiting, skin rashes etc. If it does not get over timely, it could trigger kidney and liver failure.


Rabies is a fatal viral disease that is widespread in cows and goats. We should be careful because infected animals could transmit this disease through contact. Once you get infected with this disease, the cure is impossible.


Ringworm is a disease that infects skin, hair, and nails of animals. This ailment could affect the human body. People can break out in skin infections that trigger itchiness, reddishness, scaling, cracking of the skin or a ring-shaped rash. If the infection spreads through the scalp or beard, hair may fall out.


Usually infected animal does not show any signs of this disease. This is too diffused among people through the contact with the animals. The consequences of this syndrome could be dangerous as it can trigger diarrhea, fever, vomiting and belly pain.


Vesicular stomatitis is a virus that wreaks sores on the mouth and feet of infected animals. Flies or direct contact with contaminated animal spreads the ailment.  This could cause flu and trigger blisters on the mouth of the people (and on their hands rarely).


It is diffused among human through cows.  High temperature, red running nose, aching throat, muscle aches, headache, coughing, and feeling exhausted are some of the symptoms of having flu.


People, particularly children, must wash their hands with anti-bacterial soap subsequent to the contact with farm animals or after touching stuff like buckets or further items used to give them food and water.

  • Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not on hand.
  • Wrap any lesions or cuts when contacting with animals.
  • Keep away from bites, scratches, and kicks from them.
  • Do not consume foods or drinks in the area that surrounds animals.
  • Shun touching the mouth, eyes or nose ahead of washing your hands.
  • Elders should keep an eye on kids and direct them to clean hands.
  • Children under the age of 5 years should not be allowed to touch the animals.
  • Cover yourself appropriately and wear masks and gloves when contacting animals.
  •  Apply repellent lotions all over your hands, neck, and feet to keep you from bugs and ticks.
  • Use protective sprays on your animals and clothes.
  • Make sure to throw away the animal dung and clean the surroundings properly.

It is pertinent to mention here that we can come out with zoonotic diseases by consuming raw meat or milk. Therefore, experts here have stressed that cook the meat properly before ingesting it. By following the mentioned afore tips, we can get over the hazardous diseases, as we know that safety is better than cure! (Published on 1st September 2016)

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Pound sinks below $1.26



Pound stuck a 20-month low

LONDON: Sterling fell under $1.26 today to hit a 20-month low after Prime Minister Theresa May delayed a critical vote on her Brexit deal one day before it was due.

Just after 1600 GMT, sterling sank by more than 1.5 percent to strike $1.2507 – which was the lowest level since April 2017. That compared with $1.2640 before May made her official announcement in the House of Commons. At the same time, the euro was propelled to 90.87 pence, reaching a peak last seen at the end of August. “During Prime Minister May’s speech to the House, sterling fell through $1.26 to trade (at) levels not seen in 20 months, bringing the 2017 lows at $1.19 into focus,” ETX Capital analyst Michael Baker told. He added: “With the UK due to leave the European Union on March 29, the prospect of no deal and further instability is weighing on the pound.” May said she had listened to the concerns of critics and in the face of a likely rejection.

The premier explained she would seek “assurances” from other European leaders ahead of an EU summit later this week in a bid to try to win back support for her maligned plan in Britain. “If we went ahead and held the vote tomorrow the deal would be rejected by a significant margin,” May told parliament. “We will therefore defer the vote scheduled for tomorrow and not proceed to divide the house (of Commons) at this time.” The British pound had already been languishing in the doldrums in the face of heightened Brexit uncertainty. “Political uncertainly continues to gnaw away at the nerves of investors,” added Rabobank analyst Jane Foley. “Anxiety may have being triggered by Brexit – but the future and functioning of the government is now also a threat for the pound.”

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France says protests no excuse to curb climate battle




KATOWICE: France said today at the UN climate talks it fears certain countries will exploit the “yellow vest” protests to curb their ambitions in the fight against global warming.
The “yellow vests”, clad in the luminous safety jackets carried by law in all French cars, began slowing or blocking traffic on roads around France last month in protest against anti-pollution fuel tax hikes.
The demonstrations have snowballed, leading to calls to topple French President Emmanuel Macron, accused of favoring the rich.
“It would be dangerous to blame the environment for this entire crisis. It’s a broader political, economic and social problem,” said Brune Poirson, French secretary of state for the ecological transition.
She spoke to reporters on the margins of the UN climate talks in Katowice, Poland, adding that she was notably there “to help countries decode” the situation in France.
“The ‘yellow vest’ movement is much broader and goes way beyond the single issue of ecological transition, so I believe one should not conflate things,” Poirson said.
“The risk is that other countries… will use what happened in France and reduce it to a question of ecological transition and a poorly received carbon tax in order to also curb their ambitions regarding the climate.”
Conceding the need to figure out a way to transition to clean energy “in the fairest way possible”, Poirson said, “the end goal remains the same, namely to get over our oil dependence and speed up the ecological transition”.
Officials from nearly 200 countries are meeting in Katowice until the end of the week to try to flesh out the promises agreed in the 2015 Paris climate accord.



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Post Brexit Britain’s Heathrow to support EU workers!



LONDON: Britain’s Heathrow airport will set up a plan to financially support its European employees after Brexit, said John Holland-Kaye, chief executive officer (CEO) of the airport.
According to a report by local Sky News, the airport was to set aside hundreds of thousands of pounds to help its European Union (EU) staff secure their “settled status” against likely changes.
Applications are available to an estimated 2,600 workers.
“As we leave the EU, ironically we now really need those international people working here,” Holland-Kaye said.
He said that these employees constitute “valued parts” of their team, and have played “a hugely important role for an international business” like theirs with their language services and cultural insights.
Noting the urgency to reassure its anxious non-British EU employees, the CEO said it is important “not just to protect our own team but to encourage other companies to do the same thing.”
Heathrow said it will guarantee 30-day payment terms through Brexit to relieve the stress on small and medium-sized companies in its supply chain.



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