Avian Flu Strikes Canadian Farms

Avian flu has been a prominent concern for many years, but it was thought to have significantly diminished due to recent developments.

These hopes might be slightly too optimistic, however, as the avian flu struck several farms in Canada very recently. The discovery of the virus in several location that produce turkey and chicken meat for the export led to seven countries refusing to continue to buy the meat.

The United States, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, South Africa and Mexico stopped importing the Canadian poultry. The virus actually disappears when the meat is well cooked, but somehow, the contamination of the farm workers must be avoided as well.

No avian flu has been registered among the workers by now. The farms where poultry deaths due to influenza were reported are now quarantined. The chickens and turkeys are to be euthanized. The cause of the infection is not certain. According to the veterinarians, the migrating birds might have brought the virus among the farm chickens. Some exchanges of birds took place between the farms, so the sick birds have quickly spread the disease throughout the region.

The officials are taking quick measures to destroy the affected birds and avoid a powerful outbreak similar to the one in 2004. At that time, 17 million domestic birds at 42 infected farms had to be killed. That is an economic loss of hundreds of millions of dollars, and Sam Tabar can hardly believe it.

Skout is a Great Friend Finder for Travelers

If you’ve spent any time on this blog before, you’d know I’m Canadian.  However, another thing that you need to know, is how difficult that makes traveling to America for work, when you don’t really know anybody.  That’s why I’m so happy that I’ve found Skout.  This app is absolutely perfect for everything concerning finding new people wherever you are.  Here’s everything that I’ve found, now that I’ve been a user for a few years from my initial download in 2010.

Christian Wiklund, Swedish creator and CEO of the mobile application social networking site, Skout, may very well be the next Mark Zuckerberg of the social media universe as Skout continues to grow in popularity around the globe, especially in densely populated areas such as Wiklund’s 2007 Skout launch sites, which include New York City and Hong Kong.

Because of Skout’s amazing success both monetarily and popularly, Wiklund has, within the last few years, grown his product base to include his and his Skout co-founder, Niklas Lindstrom unique app creation, Fuse and their newest collaborative addition, Nixter.

Meet Someone New
Skout, Inc. is 100 percent about socializing and meeting new people around the world as well as in your own neighborhood, where otherwise, you would have no idea these people were even alive. That is the beauty of online social networking. Meeting someone new is no longer a thing that you need to put a whole lot of effort and time into.

Skout has made it more than easy to meet other people and maintain friendships and even romantic relationships via an easy to navigate online interface and platform, though, there are currently only 20 percent of current Skout users who claim to use the site primarily for dating and/or flirting purposes.

Locations of Skout Users
According to Skout insiders and Twitter users, over 500 million social connections were made via their platform in 2013 alone. As of this year, 2014, Skout is operated and supported in 180 countries worldwide with 30 percent of its users in the United States alone. In recent years in operation, Skout has signed up, on average, 100 million users around the globe.

What makes Skout so successful is that they never charge to use their service. It’s like any free to use application: they only charge if you want to use the incredibly fun…and addicting…extra features, such as Skout Traveler, which is a premium membership feature, or the basic membership additions such as sending a virtual gift to a new friend and seeing who has recently checked out your Skout profile. Though Skout is fun to use without having to “spend” points for extra, in-app actions, these actions are certainly fun to do if you have enough points accrued.

Points are initially given to you if you have invited friends to join Skout and they reciprocate, or you can simply buy them yourself, whichever is easiest or more convenient for you. If money is no issue, then snag as many points as you can, because these extras can become a bit addicting and can even win over more followers and ultimately, more online attention.

Skout and the Future of Social Networking
Social networking sites have become all the rage for users and software developers over the last few years. This is a niche market with multiple sub-platforms. LinkedIn specializes in professional development through online networking. Facebook was initially based on getting to know your fellow university students on your own campus. Tinder is solely about online dating and relationships. Skout is considered mainly for meeting new people around the world.

Look out for Skout’s next big pivot as it continues to evolve and grow into something much bigger than first realized.  Personally I have Skout for iPhone, and that’s the one that I would recommend the most, because that way it’s right there with you at all times.