BSE-related ruling prolongs US ban on Canadian cattle

first_img Johanns statement on Senate votehttp://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2005/03/0074.xml Canadian feed ban gets good gradesCebull’s ruling came just 5 days after the USDA announced that Canada’s feed ban to prevent transmission of BSE was working well. In late January, after the discovery of Canada’s two latest BSE cases, the USDA sent a technical team to Canada to assess how Canada’s “ruminant-to-ruminant” feed ban was working. The report says Canada’s feed and rendering industries are increasingly using separate, or “dedicated,” production lines to handle permitted and banned materials, the report says. This reduces the risk that feed for ruminants will be contaminated with ruminant proteins. Johanns statement on court rulinghttp://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2005/03/0072.xml The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) had planned to reopen the border to live Canadian cattle under 30 months of age on Mar 7. But on Mar 2, US District Judge Richard Cebull in Billings, Mont., ordered the government to delay that move on grounds that it could increase human exposure to BSE, or mad cow disease, in the United States. Senate votes to keep border closedYesterday—the day after Cebull’s ruling—the USDA plan suffered another setback when the US Senate passed a resolution to block it. But White House officials said President Bush would veto the resolution if it passed the House and reached his desk, according to a Reuters report. Ironically, two more BSE cases were discovered in Alberta within 2 weeks after the USDA plan was announced. Those discoveries fueled opposition to the plan. Cebull’s ruling drew protests from the top agricultural officials of both the United States and Canada. Mar 4, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A federal judge in Montana this week delayed a plan to reopen the US border to Canadian cattle for the first time since bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was found in Canada. Dr. Ron DeHaven, administrator of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, commented, “This assessment affirms our science-based decision to begin lifting the ban on live ruminants and ruminant products from Canada that have virtually no risk to human or animal health.” US Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns described himself as “very disappointed.” He said the plan to reopen the border, along with existing animal health and public health measures in both countries, provides “the utmost protection to both U.S. consumers and livestock.” Cebull granted the injunction until R-CALF’s suit can be weighed in a full trial, according to the newspaper. He gave the two sides 10 days to propose a schedule for a trial. According to the Globe and Mail, Cebull wrote that resuming cattle imports from Canada would “likely be understood by consumers in the U.S. and abroad as increasing the risk of BSE agents entering the U.S. meat supply.” He said the risks the move entails are “great,” while “delay is prudent and largely harmless.” During the review, on-site inspectors saw one significant violation of the ban, and corrective action was taken immediately, according to a summary of the CFIA report.center_img Feb 25 USDA statement on its assessment of Canada’s feed banhttp://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2005/02/0066.xml Cattle contract BSE by eating protein from infected animals. To prevent this, both Canada and the United States in 1997 banned the use of most mammalian proteins in feed for cattle and other ruminants. Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Andy Mitchell said he shared the “profound disappointment of the Canadian livestock industry” over the ruling. He continued, “Canada and the United States have the same BSE risk status, and have similar safeguards in place to protect human health, food safety and animal health. “The interests of consumers and producers on both sides of the border would be served by reintegrating our ruminant and meat markets to the fullest extent possible based on science. The science indicates that the border should be reopened.” This week, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) released its own review of Canada’s feed ban. The agency concluded that the ban was appropriately designed and implemented and that compliance with it is high. “On average, 95% of feed mills and 93% of renderers inspected over the past three years were either fully compliant or reported only minor non-compliance issues, such as documentation requirements,” the CFIA said in a news release. Cebull issued the temporary injunction in a lawsuit brought by a livestock industry group, R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA). He asserted that Canadian beef poses a higher risk of BSE exposure than American beef because the disease has been found in several Canadian cows but not in any American-bred cows. (The single US case of BSE so far was in a cow born in Alberta.) The USDA announced its findings on the Canadian feed ban on Feb 25. The agency said its inspectors did a thorough assessment and found that “Canada has a robust inspection program, that overall compliance with the feed ban is good and that the feed ban is reducing the risk of transmission of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in the Canadian cattle population.” See also: “Allowing the import of Canadian cattle into the U.S. increases the potential for human exposure to the material containing the agent for BSE in this higher-risk meat,” Cebull wrote, as quoted in the Toronto Globe and Mail. Johanns also objected to the Senate vote to block the resumption of cattle imports. He said the vote “undermines the U.S. efforts to promote science-based regulations, complicates U.S. negotiations to reopen foreign markets to U.S. beef and would perpetuate the economic disruption of the beef and cattle industry.” He promised to try to stop the resolution in the House. Statement by Canadian Agriculture Minister Andy Mitchellhttp://www.agr.gc.ca/cb/index_e.php?s1=n&s2=2005&page=n50302a The United States has barred importation of live Canadian cattle since May 2003, when Canada’s first BSE case was discovered. In late December 2004, the USDA announced its plan to reopen the border to young Canadian cattle, saying Canada was a “minimal risk” region for BSE. Because BSE has a long incubation period, experts believe it is next to impossible for cattle younger than 30 months to have infective levels of disease.last_img read more

Hermes’ £240m Freeport deal

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UK records lowest death toll of lockdown as restrictions ease

first_img‘Unenforceable’Scientists and lawmakers are not the only ones to express concern that the government’s “cautious and phased” reopening is moving too quickly.”We’re only able to take these steps because of what we have achieved together so far,” finance minister Rishi Sunak said as he toured Tachbrook Market in central London.London’s Metropolitan Police Federation chairman Ken Marsh said current rules such as those allowing people to gather in groups of six in England were unenforceable.”I don’t think the public are taking much notice of what is laid down in front of them,” Marsh told The Daily Telegraph. “They are doing it how they want to do it.”English parks and beaches have been inundated with people over two successive May weekends that came on the sunniest month ever recorded in Britain.Police had warned after seeing growing numbers ignore social distancing measures a week ago that they were serious about sanctioning those who gather in large groups.But some London parks looked like one giant party on Sunday and police issued just a tiny fraction of the fines they had handed out before people were allowed to leave their homes more freely on May 13.”Policing have told the government that unless it’s a huge gathering, it’s pretty much unenforceable now,” a senior police source told The Daily Telegraph. Topics : Too much, too soon? Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out a timeline that allows two million younger children in England to return to school on Monday and older ones from June 15.The devolved governments in Scotland and Northern Ireland are eyeing a return in August and September, while Wales is still weighing the benefits of human contact against the dangers of children catching the disease and bringing it home.A survey conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research found that primary school leaders expect about half the families to keep their children home.Principal Claire Syms at the Halley House School in east London said children who do turn up need to feel comfortable in an unfamiliar setting where the desks are spaced out and many around them wear masks.”We’ve been really conscious about keeping things as normal and as consistent as we can for our children,” Syms told AFP. “We’re really mindful of their wellbeing and their mental health.”The UK government has been encouraged by the positive experience of other European countries that have started to return to something resembling normal life.The House of Commons will debate a government push to get everyone to start voting in person instead of remotely when parliament returns from a break on Tuesday.But critics of the easing believe the so-called R rate of transmission — estimated nationally at between 0.7 and 0.9 — was still dangerously close to the 1.0 figure above which the virus’ spread grows. Younger children went back to schools in England on Monday as Britain began to stir back to life, while the government reported the lowest coronavirus death toll since the start of the national lockdown in late March.Outdoor markets also swung open their gates and car showrooms tried to lure back customers and recoup losses suffered since Britain effectively shut down for business to ward off a disease that has now officially claimed 39,045 lives in the country.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Britain was making “significant progress” against the virus after its daily toll dropped to 111 — the lowest since the stay-at-home order was issued on March 23. Reporting of virus cases and fatalities is often lower after a weekend and many people still appeared hesitant to start using public transport or shop.”It’s very different from usual,” Danish Londoner John Jellesmark said on a visit to the usually bustling Camden Market in the north of the capital.”It’s still pretty slow. It looks like the market is basically waking up.”last_img read more

India imposes curfew in Kashmir ahead of clampdown anniversary

first_imgIncreased security Authorities have been tightening restrictions across the Kashmir valley since the weekend of August 1.Early Monday morning, new razor-wire and steel barricades were used to block the city’s main roads.Residents in other major towns and many villages told AFP that police also ordered them not to venture out of their homes until Thursday.The curfew is similar to the one introduced just before Kashmir’s semi-autonomy was stripped on August 5.A total communications blackout was imposed, with phone and internet lines cut and tens of thousands of fresh troops moved into the valley in one of the world’s most militarized regions.”Police went around in jeeps ordering everyone not to leave their homes just like this time last year,” a resident in the southern Kashmir valley region of Kulgam, who asked to remain anonymous, told AFP.The curfew came as Kashmiris called for August 5 to be observed as a “black day”.Anger across Muslim-majority Kashmir against India’s Hindu-nationalist government has been growing since last year, particularly over the granting of rights — once reserved for Kashmiris — to tens of thousands of people from outside of the region to buy land.Kashmir has waged a three-decade-long armed rebellion against Indian rule with tens of thousands of lives, mostly civilians, lost in the conflict. A “full curfew” means people can only move around with an official pass, usually reserved for essential services like police and medical professionals. The Himalayan region is already subject to restrictions to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus amid a jump in infections, with most economic activities limited and public movement curtailed.The order said the separate virus lockdown would be extended until August 8.Police vehicles fitted with megaphones patrolled Srinagar after dark, with officers ordering residents to remain indoors for the next two days. A curfew has been imposed across Indian Kashmir just two days before the first anniversary of New Delhi’s abolition of the restive region’s semi-autonomy, officials said late Monday, citing intelligence reports of looming protests.”These restrictions shall come into force with immediate effect and shall remain in force on 4th and 5th August,” stated the government order issued for the main city of Srinagar.”Full curfew will be enforced in all Kashmir districts,” a senior police officer, who asked to remain anonymous, told AFP.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Gold Coast land values: Carrara and Bundall increase the most in residential land value

first_imgRay White Surfers Paradise Group director Andrew Bell said the results confirmed the property market was on the up.He predicted suburbs surrounding Bundall and Carrara to benefit from their increased land values.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“When property values go up in one location it means a lot of people can’t afford to buy there so they look for the next adjoining area so you get this cascading effect,” he said.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman John Newlands predicted northern NSW buyers to look towards Coolangatta for affordability and said there was more growth predicted on the northern Gold Coast.“Nerang has always been a marketplace that’s had a median price and while I don’t predict it to change dramatically it will enjoy the growth,” Mr Newlands said.“The northern corridor including Hope Island and Coomera is also something to watch.” “Land values have generally increased since the last valuation, with some significant increases in some market sectors and localities,” Queensland’s valuer-general Neil Bray said.“Some localities such as Carrara reflected moderate increases in median value due to its central location with the median value of residential land in Carrara increasing from $270,000 to $325,000.”While no Gold Coast suburbs declined in land value, Coolangatta, Pacific Pines and South Stradbroke recorded no change. Carrara and Bundall have recorded the biggest increases in land valuation.Property valuation and advisory business Heron Todd Gold Coast director Tod Gillespie said while the valuations confirmed the property market on the Gold Coast had strengthened, they did not reflect market value.“There is still some disparity between market value and government site value and if you could buy land at some of the sites valued there would be a rush of buyers,” he said.“As an example Palm Beach is valued at $570,000. “Agents would be rushed with inquiry as cottages that are being knocked down there are going for above $700,000.”“Everyone knows the market has gone up and this is just confirmation.”Ray White Surfers Paradise Group director Andrew Bell shared a similar view.“It’s just further evidence that property values here are rising,” Mr Bell said.“It’s such a great statement for the city at large.” REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman John Newlands said the Coast’s “boom and bust” reputation was starting to diminish with the expansion of other industries. Picture Glenn HampsonOther suburbs Mr Newlands tipped included Burleigh Heads, Palm Beach and Tugun.He also said the Coast’s “boom and bust” reputation was starting to diminish with the expansion of other industries.“What happens on the Coast is the professionals go to major cities for jobs and we lose a lot of talent,” he said.“We are starting to see other industries apart from tourism and construction firing in their own capacity — film making, the medical and education industries are giving the Coast more depth and with the depth comes more jobs.” WINNERS Carrara, 20.4 per centBundall, 19.6 per centPalm Beach, 16.3 per centTallebudgera, 15.7 per centClear Island Waters, 15.1 per cent LOSERS Coolangatta, zero per centPacific Pines, zero per centSouth Stradbroke, zero per centBilinga, 1.8 per centOxenford, 2.3 per cent The Valuer-General’s 2017 Property Market Movement report shows the median price for residential land on the Gold Coast increased by 8.5 per cent over the past year to $320,000.LAND valuations have surged by 20 per cent in Carrara and Bundall off the back of a booming housing market.Property experts tip the effects to flow north to Hope Island, south to Coolangatta and across the M1 to Nerang with all three suburbs predicted to increase in land value over the next year.The Valuer-General’s 2017 Property Market Movement report shows the median price for residential land on the Gold Coast increased by 8.5 per cent over the past year to $320,000. SEE THE SUBURB-BY-SUBURB INTERATIVE MAP HERE last_img read more

Institutions urge action by food companies on water management

first_imgThe largest asset owner signatory, the $191.4bn California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), said that water management could have a “material impact” on portfolio value.Referencing the ongoing drought hitting the western US, the fund’s director of corporate governance, Anne Sheehan, said: “In California, we are keenly aware of how water scarcity can impact lives and businesses, as our state struggles to manage a depleting water supply.”Hervé Guez, director of research at asset management signatory Mirova added: “Better disclosure of water risks is the first step, but ultimately we’d like to see the companies in our portfolios moving from risk to opportunity with innovative water management strategies.”Water management has gradually risen in prominence as a matter to be tackled by institutions. Sweden’s AP4 in July tendered a water scarcity equity mandate.Additionally, investors including the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System have previously spoken of the advantages of greater transparency over water management, and asset owners have been urged to set a more proactive tone when engaging over water risk.Read more about why asset owners should monitor water risk,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to letter organised by US Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility Investors worth $2.6trn (€2.3trn) are urging over a dozen of the world’s largest food companies to better assess risks associated with water management, stemming both from direct operations and supply chains.Backed by 60 institutions, including the £5bn (€6bn) Northern Ireland Local Government Officers’ Superannuation Committee (NILGOSC) and BT Pension Scheme-owned Hermes Investment Management, the letter urged companies to tackle the risks it argued were having a “profound near-term business impacts”.It added that the risks could increase capital expenditure and operating costs, thus putting future revenue at risk.As a result, it asked for the firms – including Kraft Heinz, Fresh Del Monte Produce and drinks manufacturer Dr Pepper Snapple – to disclose if the board was responsible for water management and what steps were taken to monitor the water usage of suppliers.last_img read more

Higher Illicit Pot Use in States That OK Medical Marijuana: Study

first_imgMedical marijuana states that restrict the number of dispensaries and tightly regulate the system appear to have different illicit pot use patterns from states like California and Colorado, where the laws amounted to a “de facto legalization system,” said Pacula, who wasn’t involved with the study. “It’s the commercialization of the medical marijuana industry that has led to spillover into this recreational market,” she added. Hasin and her colleagues estimate that medical marijuana laws have led to an additional 1.1 million adults illicitly using pot and 500,000 more adults with a diagnosable cannabis disorder. California passed the first medical cannabis law in 1996. Today, a total of 29 states have approved medical marijuana, and eight states have legalized recreational pot use. The proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries also might promote illicit use, said Rosalie Pacula, director of the RAND Corporation’s Bing Center for Health Economics. In 1991, no Americans lived in states with medical marijuana, but by 2012, more than one-third lived in states that had accepted medical pot. Twenty-eight states had passed medical marijuana laws as of November 2016, according to the study. US News 26 April 2017Family First Comment: THIS is why we should tread very cautiously around medicinal marijuana.“States with medical marijuana laws also saw an increase in people who can’t stop using pot even though it’s interfering with many aspects of their lives, researchers said. This is known as cannabis use disorder. These laws “seem to send a message that use of this drug is safe and acceptable in some way,” said lead researcher Deborah Hasin of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.#saynopetodopeAn unintended byproduct of medical marijuana laws could be a sharper increase in illicit pot use, a new U.S. study reports.Illicit pot use increased significantly more in states that passed medical marijuana laws compared to other states, researchers found in comparing three national surveys conducted between 1991 and 2013. These laws “seem to send a message that use of this drug is safe and acceptable in some way,” said lead researcher Deborah Hasin of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. “It seems like everything we might see with medical marijuana laws would be accentuated in recreational marijuana laws,” Hasin said.READ MORE: http://health.usnews.com/health-care/articles/2017-04-26/higher-illicit-pot-use-in-states-that-ok-medical-marijuana-studyIllegal Marijuana Use, Abuse Rising in States With Legalized Pot, Study SaysUS News 26 April 2017New findings suggest illegal pot smoking and abuse of the drug are on the rise in states that have legalized medical marijuana – and at a faster rate than in states that have held off on passing similar laws.A team of researchers reported Wednesday that nationwide data suggests marijuana use and marijuana use disorders – in which people use the drug in unhealthy or abusive ways – increased at a “significantly greater rate” in states with medical marijuana laws than in states without the laws, according to the findings published online in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. With this implicit message, more people feel free to use pot as they would alcohol, as a means to relax or to cope with problems like anxiety or depression, said Hasin, a professor of epidemiology. Researchers analyzed data surveyed from nearly 118,500 participants in 39 states between 1991 and 1992, 2001 and 2002 and 2012 and 2013. The rates of illegal pot use increased in all of those states over the course of the study, according to the findings.READ MORE: https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2017-04-26/illegal-marijuana-use-abuse-rising-in-states-with-legalized-pot-study-says The increase in cannabis use disorders could stem from the increasing potency of pot that has occurred under legalization, Hasin said. These trends could become even more pronounced in states that have fully legalized recreational marijuana, she added. States with medical marijuana laws also saw an increase in people who can’t stop using pot even though it’s interfering with many aspects of their lives, researchers said. This is known as cannabis use disorder. The studies showed that illicit pot use in states that passed medical marijuana laws tended to lead non-legalization states by 1.4 percentage points on average. Medical pot states also led other states in cannabis use disorders by an average 0.7 percentage points. The researchers relied on data from more than 118,000 adults gathered in three national surveys stretching fom 1991 to 2013.last_img read more

Aqua Trojans MS Team Win Against Bengals

first_imgThe SDMS AquaTrojans are a perfect 4-0 after a trip to Lawrenceburg to take on the Greendale Bengals on Tuesday night.The boys won 103-20 and the girls were victorious by a score of 125-20.Individual Winner include:  Mackenzie Schantz-200 Free, 50 Fly; Matthew Badinghaus-200 Freestyle; Michaela Cassidy-100 IM, 50 Breaststroke; Jacob Weber-100 IM, 50 Fly; Grace Crane-50 Free, 50 Backstroke; Evan Ludwig-50 Free; Troy Shumate-100 Freestyle, 50 Backstroke; Hannah Weber-400 Freestyle; Noah Arnold-400 Freestyle; and Jackson Ketcham-50 Breaststroke.The AquaTrojans were perfect on all relays and are 21/22 on the year. The next meet is Monday against the Centerville Bulldogs. Go AquaTrojans.Courtesy of Aqua Trojans Coach Brandon Loveless.last_img read more

Area Football Friday Sectional Scores (10-27)

first_imgArea Football Friday Sectional Scores.Sectional Semi-Finals.  (10-27)Class 3A-Sectional 31North Harrison  20     Batesville  19Lawrenceburg  43     Greensburg  14Class 4A-Sectional 23East Central  51     South Dearborn  0Silver Creek  7     Franklin County  6Class 2A-Sectional 37Triton Central  21     Milan  15Indy Scecina  41     Eastern Hancock  7Class 1A-Sectional 46Indy Lutheran  55     South Decatur  12Hagerstown  33   Tri  14last_img

FA Cup: City survive Port Vale scare

first_imgRelatedPosts Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says David Silva recovers from COVID-19 Man City top players test positive for coronavirus Manchester City survived an early scare to see off Port Vale 4-1 in the FA Cup third round tie at the Etihad Stadium. Much of the pre-match build-up was dominated by Tom Pope’s Twitter jibe at John Stones as the pair came head-to-head, with Stones handed a rare start in place of Nicolas Otamendi. Pep Guardiola named a strong line-up, including David Silva and Sergio Aguero, in his starting XI, while Phil Foden was handed another chance to impress. But it was the League Two side who almost silenced the Etihad Stadium inside 15 seconds when Pope crossed back for Scott Burgess and his well-struck effort was deflected wide. That early chance seemed to give Man City a wake-up call they needed as they began to push back the visitors and found their way through after 19 minutes. Oleksandr Zinchenko decided to strike one from 25 yards out and his low powerful strike took a nick off Leon Legge before nestling in the corner. The FA Cup holders began to dominate proceedings with Foden going close before Silva somehow struck the bar from three yards out. Having spent long spells of the half defending inside their own area, Port Vale hit back with an equaliser – and in some style too. David Amoo raced down the right flank and floated in a superb delivery, and there was Pope to beat Harwood-Bellis to the ball and head past Bravo. But the loud chants from the away end didn’t last for long. City restored their lead just seven minutes later when Foden’s volleyed cross was bundled home by Aguero and after a VAR check for offside, the goal was allowed to stand. Guardiola must have said something at the break because his side came racing out of the blocks with Aguero and Foden both missing golden chances to make it 3-1. VAR played a part once again as Stones fired home from Angelino’s header across the six-yard box, investigating a possible offside. But the replay showed that Taylor Harwood-Bellis, the 17-year-old defender, was onside as he diverted the ball home from a yard out. City were simply going through the motions as they searched for a fourth. And they made it count with a quarter of an hour left when the excellent Foden slotted home from Angelino’s cross to seal a comfortable win for the holders.Tags: FA CupManchester CityNicolas OtamendiPort ValeSergio Aguerolast_img read more