Phishmas 2017: Relive The Entire Baker’s Dozen Ahead Of Phish’s ’17-’18 MSG NYE Run [Videos]

first_img[Cover Photo: Phish From The Road] As we approached Phishmas 2017 and started to talk about how to celebrate this year, we started to try and dissect the Baker’s Dozen, figure out how the individual shows rank among the scores of classic performances they’ve given at MSG. We quickly found that to be a fool’s errand.The Dozen felt like one long show that we experienced gradually over 17 unforgettable summer nights in the City. Much of the excitement of the residency came from figuring out the game as it went along. By the thirteenth night, we were all experts on the Baker’s Dozen: We were making informed setlist guesses based on pastry flavors, hoarding our souvenir beer cups (anyone else have a cabinet full of those bad boys?), confidently debating the virtues of one concourse spicy chicken sandwich vs. the other. On the Monday morning following the run, we gushed about the impressive amount of material covered (230+ different songs) as we proudly surveyed the thoroughly baffling results of these 13 nights in NYC. But on Night 1, nobody knew much of anything. We didn’t know that the donut flavors held deeper meaning. We were skeptical of the band’s ability to play 13 shows with no repeats. We were totally unprepared.So it only felt right to extend this year’s Phishmas by an extra day and relive the Dozen as a complete set–sampling one donut at a time, the same way it was originally tasted: a very special Baker’s Dozen “13 Days of Phishmas” 2017. Now that we’re done going back through the Baker’s Dozen spoils, we’re primed and ready to head back to the Garden, visit the banner, make some more new memories, and round out 17 in ’17–the biggest, baddest year of MSG Phish we’ve ever seen. You can get yourself extra excited for this weekend by going back through our Baker’s Dozen-themed 13 Days of Phishmas series below, featuring audio, video, real-time reviews and hot takes, retrospective reflections, setlists, artwork, and more. Merry Phishmas to all, and to all a good run!13 Days of Phishmas 2017:Night 1 – “Coconut” – 7/21/17Night 2 – “Strawberry” – 7/22/17Night 3 – “Red Velvet” – 7/23/17Night 4 – “Jam-Filled” – 7/25/17Night 5 – “Powdered” – 7/26/17Night 6 – “Double Chocolate” – 7/28/17Night 7 – “Cinnamon” – 7/29/17Night 8 – “Jimmies” – 7/30/17Night 9 – “Maple” – 8/1/17Night 10 – “Holes” – 8/2/17Night 11 – “Lemon” – 8/4/17Night 12 – “Boston Cream” – 8/5/17Night 13 – “Glazed” – 8/6/17center_img It’s today! After months of anticipation, Phish will make their “triumphant return” to Madison Square Garden for their annual four-show New Year’s run beginning later tonight. As most fans know, MSG is (now, more than ever) the band’s de facto “home court.” To date, Phish has played the storied midtown Manhattan room 52 times, and among those 52 were some of the more exciting and memorable performances they’ve ever turned in.Most of Phish’s 52 performances at MSG have taken place over holiday runs, like the one on which we’re about to embark. In 2016, we counted down the days until New Year’s Run with “The 12 Days Of Phishmas,” a festive collection of our favorite Phish shows at the Garden over the years. Going back through the annals of Phishtory and choosing just 12 to rank as the most memorable in a long, fruitful romance between the band and the Manhattan arena was an intensive undertaking.Our Official Guide To Phish New Year’s Pre- And Post-PartiesThen 2017 happened. This summer, the band turned conventions and expectations on their heads with the Baker’s Dozen, an unprecedented run of 13 straight shows at MSG featuring nightly donut-based themes, surprise covers and bust-outs to cater the setlists to the flavor du jour and, oh yea, NO REPEATS, culminating with a “championship” banner being raised to The Garden’s rafters on a day officially designated as “Phish Day” by the Mayor of New York.last_img read more

Finding a campus rhythm

first_imgSgt. Kevin Bryant peered down from a sunny perch inside the Science Center. Just outside the floor-to-ceiling window, the lawn buzzed with the morning activity of students, canvassers, and tourists. “That right there,” he said, “is the rhythm.”A 20-year veteran of the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD), Bryant is trained to pick up on the natural ebbs and flows of daily life at the University. And like many seasoned police officers, he has a sixth sense for when something just seems off: a shady character idling in the Yard, a suspicious bag left unattended.Bryant takes that approach one step further. In many ways, his entire life revolves around searching for rhythm where he can find it and creating harmony when he can — through Buddhist meditation, Baptist worship, and martial arts, or in the world around him, as HUPD’s diversity and community liaison and community policing and safety officers team supervisor.“People are different, but we’re a lot alike, and those differences are what make us interesting,” he said. It’s Bryant’s job to make sure the many disparate voices at the University are being heard and respected, from Harvard custodians to small-business owners to LGBT students.His role takes many forms. One day Bryant could be organizing an HUPD basketball game against the Harvard Black Men’s Forum. The next, he might host a discussion at the Business School in response to an uptick in street crime.“We can’t just stay in our cruisers,” he said. “You’ve got to get out there and talk to people.” By acting as a bridge to the civilian community, he gets to remind people that, in his words, “Officers are people, too.”A Baltimore native, Bryant moved to Massachusetts with his parents as a boy. In the late 1980s, he saw a television commercial for the Somerville Auxiliary Police Department and thought he’d give it a try. He became a volunteer citizen officer and later joined the Somerville Housing Police Department full time, working a rough beat: the housing projects along Mystic Avenue and North Street.“Nobody went peacefully,” he said. “You usually had to rumble with people to arrest them.”After four years, a friend persuaded him to take the HUPD exam, and he passed. The Harvard job offered him “a totally different type of policing” from the streets of Somerville, he said.“Where else would I get to meet Nelson Mandela or His Holiness the Dalai Lama?” he said of his two decades at Harvard. “At the same time, we still have crimes here we have to solve. It’s a pretty good mix.”Three years ago, the department created Bryant’s current position, with the goal of improving communication between the force’s 85 officers and the people they serve. His work entails a constant search for undiscovered or underutilized channels of dialogue. Some changes to the force’s methods have been small but significant, such as a decision to host community meetings with translators present.“You have to build a bridge of trust in each community, but it takes time,” he said.On one occasion, Bryant met with members of Harvard’s dining services staff. It was winter, and with the sun rising later in the day, many employees were concerned about walking across the Yard in the dark to make it to their early-morning shifts.“Now, we’ll have a cruiser posted in the Yard early in the morning,” he said. “Before we had these outreaches, we never would have known that was a concern.”Bryant is easy-going, the kind of guy who puts down a quadruple-espresso every morning and makes it seem like an herbal tea. He credits Zen meditation with helping him to keep a level head.“When a police officer comes on the scene, we’ve got to be the calm one,” he said.Bryant took up karate at 12 and discovered a passion for martial arts. He has studied aikido, taekwondo, and jujitsu. At age 56, he wields a fifth-degree black belt and holds the title of shihan, or master instructor. He teaches kenpo karate, a Hawaiian hybrid of Japanese, Chinese, and other influences, at a studio in Arlington.“Karate focuses you, keeps you humble,” he said. “It teaches you that true power is like an iceberg — most of it is underneath the surface.”That same emphasis on humility and reflection endeared him to Buddhism, which he practiced for many years before returning to his Baptist roots at his wife’s urging. Last year, Bryant was ordained as a deacon at Myrtle Baptist Church, a 400-member congregation in West Newton, and he will soon begin training to become a minister.He still meditates and has found it easy to slip back into prayer. “It’s meditating with God.”Although the words “community liaison” aren’t in most officers’ job titles, Bryant said that role isn’t limited to just one person.“It takes a special type of officer to work here,” he said. “We’re all pretty approachable.”last_img read more

Finding a Starting Point for Artificial Intelligence

first_imgIt’s been a busy week for the Dell EMC Ready Solutions team here at Dell Technologies World! As you’ve seen, there’s lots of news to discuss, from the update to our VDI Complete program to the work we’re doing to advance artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. In fact, it’s the latter topic that I want to focus on today.In my discussions with customers this week, I hear a common theme: our enterprise customers know they want to take advantage of these new technologies, but they don’t know where to start. And they’re not alone. In a recent survey conducted by IT Pro Today and sponsored by Dell EMC, almost one-third of respondents said that their organization was either testing or considering a machine learning solution, which means that the vast majority have not yet figured out where and how to start.With so many vendors claiming to have the ‘latest and greatest’ machine learning solutions, it becomes difficult for customers to know which solutions they need, never mind which ones they can practically implement. Beyond that, they’re looking for a solution that won’t require substantial time and resources to deploy and manage or require them to move away from infrastructure in which they’ve already heavily invested. How do they choose? How do they get started without wasting time, money, and other resources while moving toward their goals?It’s all about the dataAt its core, machine learning-based AI solutions are about one thing: insights from data. For many enterprises, this fact makes them bristle, as more often than not they’ve already heavily invested in trusted data analytics solutions and but don’t know how to use new analytics techniques such as machine learning. In fact, our survey revealed that 46 percent of respondents are using big data or data analytics solutions, and more than half of those believe those programs would benefit from machine learning. An additional third indicated their belief that machine learning could possibly enhance their use of data analytics.Thankfully, there’s good news – implementing a successful AI strategy is about taking advantage of more of the data coming into an organization, and using that data to increase understanding about how things are working, what is likely to happen next, and what can be done to achieve desired future outcomes. Increasingly, enterprises are starting to make this realization, with a clear majority of our survey respondents indicating they believed their existing data analytics programs would benefit from adding machine learning capabilities, with an additional third of respondents telling us they believe machine learning could possibly enhance their use of data analytics.A recent Dell Technologies Award winner, AeroFarms, is just such an enterprise, looking to work with the Dell EMC team to help them implement the right artificial intelligence solution that will deal with the constant barrage of data streaming into their infrastructure, enabling them to focus on what they do best: addressing the global food crisis by growing flavorful, healthy, leafy greens in a highly sustainable and socially responsible way. Our team is partnering closely with AeroFarms to provide them with a solution and strategy that not only addresses their current needs, but will also scale as they need it to, because let’s face it – the amount of data flowing into organizations will only increase, requiring a solution that will scale with that growth.A complex marketplace requires expertiseWhile technology itself is great, like every major innovation we’ve encountered in the last two decades, a successful implementation of new technology requires another, critical element:  partnering with people who have a solid understanding of both the technology and the marketplace. As demonstrated in yesterday’s announcement, Dell EMC is uniquely positioned to provide customers with this expertise, based not only on our own innovation, but also on our ability to partner with other industry leaders including Intel and NVIDIA to bring the very best expertise to our customers while advancing the AI and machine learning community as a whole. In short, we’re committed to leveraging enterprise expertise as well as mathematical and intellectual expertise to design and deliver the right solution for our customers.Continuing to learn and growThe more I talk to our amazing customers and partners, the clearer it is to me that we’ve only scratched the surface in terms of how enterprises can leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning to derive greater value from their data to increase innovation and efficiency, and thus advance their industry and gain a competitive advantage. I look forward to continuing my discussions with customers and partners around the world.To learn more about the IT Pro Today survey, please visit learn more about our work with AeroFarms, visit read more

Pedal to the Metal with VMware Tanzu

first_img Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:52Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -1:52 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsen (Main), selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. How Dell EMC is Accelerating the Adoption of Tanzu with PowerProtect Data Manager DevOps these days is focused on four key imperatives: to build, run, manage and protect. And with our partner VMware’s announcement of Tanzu updates this week ahead of VMworld we are excited to be in lockstep with the progress we have made in this highly innovative space by bringing together end-to-end management and data protection for all Kubernetes workloads under a singular control plane.The run, build and manage journey for developers needs to also include protection of these ubiquitous workloads to guarantee reliability, efficiency and availability at a low cost. We say it repeatedly: the benefits that Dell EMC provides VMware infrastructures include the Enterprise-grade deduplication, compression and speed for all types of workloads. Modern applications platforms can now be managed as cloud native organizations to bring their DevOps teams faster software release cycles. Not only that, they can do more with test/development cycles without interrupting their developers’ ongoing progress.Essentially, VMware has introduced Kubernetes as its control plane — bringing the “Kubernetes experience” into the data center. This now bridges a community between the developers, the IT operators and the vAdmins. They can all begin to communicate on a level playing field as well as introduce protection policies via PowerProtect Data Manager across multiple technology stacks hosting these integrated workloads.These once disparate teams can now not only manage all their disperse applications comprised of containers and/or virtual machines (VMs); but in many cases can claim they are deploying the first and only Enterprise protection solution for VMs, applications and Kubernetes at once via central resources. In addition to accelerating the adoption of Tanzu, Dell EMC provides customers with the ease of worry-free migration for existing workloads to Kubernetes environments protected by their policies and self-service capabilities for DevOps teams. Faster testing, faster customer product to market is happening now.last_img read more

Judicial Council announces allegations of campaign misconduct

first_imgThe Election Committee of the Judicial Council announced Wednesday in a press release it will not release the student government election results pending an appeal of allegations of campaign spending misconduct against the Fonseca-Narimatsu ticket.Eddie Griesedieck According to the press release, the Judicial Council found juniors Rohit Fonseca and Daniela Narimatsu “in violation of Section 17.2(e) and 17.2(f) of the Student Union Constitution” over the course of their campaign for student body president and vice president.Section 17.2(e) requires all candidates to notify the Election Committee of any campaign purchases before the candidates use the materials purchased as part of their campaign.“Receipts for all election materials purchased or donated must be presented to the Election Committee prior to any use of the materials,” the section reads. “All receipts must be accompanied by a list of materials purchased.”According to the press release, Fonseca and Narimatsu violated this section through their social media advertising.“The ticket purchased Facebook advertising prior to receiving proper approval from the Election Committee,” the release said.Rather than a “forfeiture of candidacy,” as Section 17.2(f) of the Student Union Constitution calls for, the press release said the Election Committee has determined the penalty for these violations will remove 7 percent of the votes cast for Fonseca and Narimatsu in the election, according to the press release.“As an appropriate sanction the Election Committee hereby requires the Fonseca-Narimatsu ticket to forfeit 7 percent of votes cast for the candidates’ ticket,” it said. “In the event of a runoff, the Election Committee has decided to suspend campaigning for 24 hours from the time campaigning begins.”Fonseca and Narimatsu will have 12 hours to appeal the allegations, during which the results of the election will not be released, the press release said.“Judicial Council will not release the election results while there are pending allegations and appeals per Section 17.1(m) (5) of the Student Union Constitution, ‘No election result may be released to the public while any allegation or appeal is pending,’” it said. “The earliest release time for results would be tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 9, at 11:45 a.m.”As of press time, emails seeking comment from the Fonseca-Narimatsu ticket had not been returned. The Blais-Shewit ticket had no comment.Tags: blais-shewit, fonseca-narimatsu, Judicial Council, sanctions, student body president elections, Student governmentlast_img read more

Anne Hathaway & More Nominated for Off-B’way Alliance Awards

first_imgOnce again, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Between Riverside & Crazy and Broadway-bound Hamilton make an awards shortlist! Nominees for the fifth Annual Off-Broadway Alliance Awards also include Anne Hathaway’s solo performance in Grounded.The Off-Broadway Alliance is an organization of off-Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents and marketing professionals. The Awards will honor commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened off-Broadway during the 2014-2015 season. Winners will be announced on May 19.The nominees are:Best New PlayBetween Riverside & CrazyDry LandFather Comes From the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3)The NetherPunk RockBest New MusicalBrooklyniteClinton The MusicalDisenchanted!HamiltonMighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester MusicalBest Play RevivalAbundanceAgatha Christie’s The Unexpected GuestFashions for MenTamburlaine the GreatA Walk in the WoodsBest Musical RevivalAllegroInto the WoodsJohn & JenPageantBest Unique Theatrical ExperienceDrunk ShakespeareGhost QuartetThe PigeoningScenes From a MarriageTail! Spin!Best Solo PerformanceEvery Brilliant ThingForeverGroundedJust Jim DaleThe Other MozartBest Family ShowA Band of AngelsCamp KappawannaThe Lightning ThiefThe Little PrinceSwamp JuiceLegend of Off Broadway HonoreesRobert KalfinLinda LavinAustin PendletonHall of Fame AwardsArthur GelbJudith MalinaMarian Seldes View Commentslast_img read more

Caffeine High.

first_imgIf coffee lovers want to get that morning caffeine jolt at thecoffee pot, they first have to survive the sticker shock at thegrocery store.Drought and poor flowering in Brazilian coffee trees has pricessoaring. In Atlanta, the price of a 26-ounce bag is approaching$6. There’s no relief in sight, says a University of Georgiaeconomist.”Brazil is the largest coffee producer in the world,” said BillThomas, an agricultural economist with the UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Its production will bedown an estimated one-third from last year.”Short Supply, High DemandWhile 1999 was a record production year for Brazil, Thomas saysmarkets were unable to maintain the low prices.”Once you have a record year, usually the next year will go down,and that’s what happened,” Thomas said. “We expect production todrop from 36 million (60-kilogram, or 132-pound) bags last year to 24 million bags this year.”Coffee drinkers can expect to continue to pay more for some time.The crop is harvested annually. “If we miss one harvest, we haveto wait a full year for another harvest and for supply to catchup with demand,” Thomas said.”Brazil is just recovering from the damage their trees sufferedin 1994,” he said. “Most of the damage seems to be to fruit,rather than the trees, so production could come back as early asnext year.”Until production comes back to build up the supply — or peoplestop drinking coffee, to lower the demand — expect prices toremain high.”There aren’t a lot of alternatives for the coffee market,”Thomas said. “Brazil produces such a high percentage of thehigh-quality beans. Colombia and other South American countriesdo produce coffee, but Brazil is a major exporter. When Brazilhas a problem, everybody in the world knows about it.”last_img read more

A Minnesota Model for Attracting Investment in Renewables

first_imgA Minnesota Model for Attracting Investment in Renewables FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Frank Jossi for Midwest Energy News:A small town on the prairie of southwest Minnesota, Morris has an outsized reputation in the renewable energy world. The city’s University of Minnesota campus boasts two wind turbines, solar thermal and photovoltaic installations, and a small biomass plant.Having seen the university’s success – and having collaborated on some of those projects – city leaders decided the community itself needed to head in that same direction.It hired Jeremy Kalin, a 41-year-old former Minnesota legislator and founder of Eutectics LLC, a firm that works closely with communities on finding unique financial resources for clean energy projects.Working with city leaders and the university’s Center for Small Towns, Eutectics developed the Morris Model Clean Energy Hub and set an ambitious goal of powering 100 percent of the city with renewable energy within a decade. Some of those investors are enormous, such as pension funds (many of which have sustainable investment goals), or have a regional focus, in the case of community banks. Others include community development financial institutions, “impact” investors, equipment leasing partners, municipal lease financiers, solar investors and PACE programs.These financial institutions and investors “are interested in the projects we are bringing them and they are very interested in the fact we were bringing them prequalified projects – we can describe the payback, we can describe the owners and their financial health,” he said.Eutectics managed to convince capital partners they could still earn money off $100,000 deals, not just $1 million-or-more ones. The key has been to assure investors that clean energy projects aren’t just a good idea because they mitigate global warming and make for a safer environment, they can actually pay back financially.Full article: Minnesota firm has a new approach to clean energy financinglast_img read more

East Moriches Rapist Gets 25 Years in Prison

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An admitted rapist from East Moriches who tried to hire a hitman to kill his victim so that she couldn’t testify against him was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison.Patrick O’Sullivan had pleaded guilty in February at Suffolk County court to charges of first-degree rape, criminal sexual act, burglary, sexual abuse and conspiracy.Prosecutors said the 23-year-old man wore a mask and carried a loaded rifle when he entered the victim’s Stony Brook home through an unlocked door, fired his weapon twice and tied the victim up with duct tape before sexually assaulting her on the night of Nov. 20, 2012.After his arrest, he thought he could make the case go away by having the witnesses killed. While incarcerated in county jail, O’Sullivan tried hire a hit man to kill the victim and another person he believed would testify against him, authorities said. The fellow inmate contacted alerted investigators instead.last_img read more

BSE-related ruling prolongs US ban on Canadian cattle

first_img Johanns statement on Senate vote!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 ruling!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 ban!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 Mitchell 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