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Tue 16 Nov 2004

Streats features Lee Siew Ying of MettaCats

Category : animalwelfare

"Catcalls? She reacts to mews - Woman spends all her free time and $3,800 a month to run shelter for strays." By Sharlene Tan. Streats, 16 Nov 2004.

Mettacats is one of several identifiable groups that have emerged to supplement the work done by the SPCA. This article features article seems to have the wrong URL though, and the Metta Cattery webpage can be found at mettacats.org.

For pictures of cats awaiting adoption, see here, and there are interesting stories of some of the cats here.

There are nearly 120 cats at the Cattery now, awaiting adoption and help. Read the complete article here.

Posted at 1:09AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Tue 16 Nov 2004

Sembawang mosque saved for a year, possibly more

Category : heritage

"Saved for a year, village mosque may be made national heritage." By Natalie Soh. Straits Times, 15 Nov 2004 [pdf].

'Pertempatan Melayu Sembawang Mosque, the old one-storey kampung mosque built in 1959', "along Jalan Mempurong in Sembawang was given a year's reprieve from the bulldozers on Hari Raya itself yesterday, much to the delight of worshippers. And if a case can be made for the mosque to be preserved as a national heritage site, it may stay for good. The good news was delivered by Deputy Prime Minister Tony Tan during his annual Hari Raya visit to the Pertempatan Melayu Sembawang Mosque."

"To loud cheers, he announced that he had managed to get Minister for National Development Mah Bow Tan to agree to put off demolishing the mosque for a year. The 45-year-old place of worship, which is metres from the beachfront, was to have been vacated by the end of the year, and pulled down as part of the Mosque Redevelopment Scheme."

Posted at 1:04AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Tue 16 Nov 2004

Domestic Ducks Could Pose A New Avian Influenza Threat

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Domestic Ducks Could Pose A New Avian Influenza Threat, International Agencies Warn - WHO Press release, 12 Nov 2004.

"Domestic ducks may be acting as a silent reservoir for the H5N1 avian influenza virus, which is highly pathogenic for chickens, and may thus have acquired an important new role in the transmission of the virus to other poultry and, possibly, to humans as well.

The concern is greatest in rural areas of affected countries, where traditional free-ranging ducks, chickens and wildlife mingle, frequently sharing the same source of water, according to a joint statement by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Office International des Epizooties (OIE).

Findings pointing to an altered role for domestic ducks join other recent evidence that the H5N1 virus circulating in parts of Asia has increased its virulence in chickens and mice (a laboratory model for mammals), and has expanded its host range to include mammals, such as cats and tigers, not previously considered susceptible to infection.

A new laboratory study of domestic ducks infected with several H5N1 viruses isolated in 2004 shows that, when compared with infections caused by viruses from 2003, domestic ducks are shedding more virus for longer periods and as before, are doing so without showing any sign of illness."

The complete press release can be read here.

See also Avian flu and wild birds at BirdLife International, July 2004.

Posted at 1:04AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Raffles Museum news