November 27, 2020

USDA reports second inconclusive BSE test

first_img The second inconclusive test came 4 days after the first one was announced Jun 25. A USDA laboratory in Ames, Iowa, is now doing confirmatory testing of tissue samples from both cattle. Because the additional tests could rule out BSE, the agency has not disclosed where the cattle came from, where the screening tests were done, or any other details. Jun 30, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Another inconclusive result on a rapid screening test for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was announced late yesterday afternoon by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). “The inconclusive result does not mean that we have found another case of BSE in this country,” said Dr. John Clifford, deputy administrator of the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), in a prepared statement. Repeating comments he made in announcing the previous inconclusive test, he added that screening tests are designed to be extremely sensitive and some inconclusive results are expected. “USDA remains confident in the safety of the US beef supply,” Clifford said. He said the exclusion of specified risk materials—tissues most likely to contain the BSE agent in an infected cow—from the food supply would protect the public if more cases of BSE were found. “The carcass has been accounted for and is not in the food supply,” Clifford said. The USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames is conducting the confirmatory tests, and results in the second case are expected in 4 to 7 days, Clifford said. He promised to provide more information about the animal and its origin if the test comes back positive. Clifford said the USDA would hold a technical briefing on the BSE testing program later today. The use of rapid screening tests began with the expansion of USDA’s BSE surveillance Jun 1 as a result of the discovery of a single case of BSE in Washington state last December. The agency plans to screen more than 200,000 cattle over the next 12 to 18 months to assess the existence or prevalence of BSE in US herds. BSE screening tests were conducted on 8,585 cattle in the first 4 weeks of the expanded surveillance program, according to APHIS figures.last_img read more

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Development agency plans limited partnership first

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The southside suburb with it all

first_img9 Minyara StreetJINDALEE is the suburb that is in demand at the moment, according to Centenary Real Estate’s Nader Karimi.The agent said properties in the area were sold almost as soon as they hit the market, thanks to strong demand.“Jindalee is very popular with pretty much everybody,” Mr Karimi said. A three-bedroom home at 9 Minyara St in Jindalee was under contract within 24 hours of hitting the market. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019He was tight-lipped about how much it went for, but did say it “exceeded the expectations” of the $498,000 the owner was looking for.The buyer had been on the hunt for an affordable property in the area, but had been too late or priced out of other properties they were interested in. He said that demand for the suburb was fuelled by Brisbanites north of the river that wanted a better deal. “They can get a bigger property at a much better price,” he said. In neighbouring Sinnamon Park, a three-bedroom home at 15 Lovell Court was also under contract within 24 hours of being listed with a price of $498,000 5 Lovell Court“It’s a nice solid home that just needed a bit of TLC,” he said.last_img read more

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​LocalTapiola sees equity growth offset minimal bond returns

first_imgFinland’s LocalTapiola has seen strong equity markets offset a collapse in its fixed income portfolio, as the latter asset class saw returns fall by more than 7 percentage points year on year.The pension provider, which officially merged with rival Pension Fennia at the beginning of the year to create the €18bn Elo Mutual Pension Insurance, said its final annual results saw it return 5.4% over the course of 2013.Hanna Hiidenpalo, former CIO of LocalTapiola, said the 14.1% return from equities, down by just over 2 percentage points over 2012, were “particularly strong” and outperformed any of the mutual’s other holdings.“The returns were supported by the economic recovery taking place especially in the US, as well as the gradual return of investors’ confidence toward the euro-zone,” said Hiidenpalo, who is now CIO of Elo. However, she noted that the economic recovery meant interests rates were gradually normalising, citing the change as one of the reasons Tapiola’s fixed income holdings only returned 0.2%, down from 7.4% the year previous.Despite the best performing fixed income portfolio – corporate bonds – only returning 2.6%, the mutual was able to offset the low return with nearly 10% growth from its private equity holdings, itself down from nearly 31% returns in 2012.Tapiola also said it increased its alternatives portfolio over the course of the year, with its holdings returning 5.5%.The mutual also cited its recent acquisition of a 7.5% stake in the Finnish electricity distribution network owned by Fortum as proof of its role as a “domestic player in nationally important acquisitions”.The €2.55bn deal also saw Finnish local authority pension provider Keva buy a 12.5% stake, with the remaining 80% split evenly between Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System-owned Borealis Infrastructure and First State Investments.last_img read more

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Jacqui de Ruiter: Where are the women in abortion law-reform discussion?

first_imgNZ Herald 16 April 2018Family First Comment: Superb commentary:“Terry Bellamak, national president of ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa, outlined its hopes for the commission in a column for the Herald of April 6. She made no mention of women – those who have an unplanned pregnancy and are worried about the effects pregnancy and a baby will have on their jobs, family and finances or their ability to cope in an often-difficult world, those in violent, abusive relationships, and those who feel like cattle shunted through abortion services, the post-abortive women who are hurting, physically, mentally, and emotionally.And that’s to say nothing of the unborn women who lose their lives to abortion.” Chooselife.org.nz/reviewJustice Minister Andrew Little, directed by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, has tasked the Law Commission with making recommendations to the Government on how it may treat abortion as a health issue instead of a criminal one. The commission is also to review the statutory grounds for abortion and the process for receiving one, and to consult health professionals and the public. And they only have eight months to do it.Terry Bellamak, national president of ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa, outlined its hopes for the commission in a column for the Herald of April 6. She made no mention of women – those who have an unplanned pregnancy and are worried about the effects pregnancy and a baby will have on their jobs, family and finances or their ability to cope in an often-difficult world, those in violent, abusive relationships, and those who feel like cattle shunted through abortion services, the post-abortive women who are hurting, physically, mentally, and emotionally.And that’s to say nothing of the unborn women who lose their lives to abortion.The law makes it a crime to perform an illegal abortion, which is one done by someone not registered to perform one, or done outside a licensed facility, or performed for a reason other than to protect the woman’s physical or mental health, or due to “foetal abnormality”. Women are not made criminals, doctors and others endangering women are.This law, devised in the 1970s, leaves a lot to be desired. In the years since its passage we have learned more about fetal development, the realities of abortion as practised here and the effects that can extend years beyond the procedure. The law takes none of this into account. It protects women from unscrupulous and dangerous practices but does little to enhance their well-being.Ultrasound technology and biological science have improved hugely since the 1970s. We now know a baby’s heart starts beating at five weeks, at nine weeks her basic physiology is formed and by 15 weeks she responds to light outside the womb. There is no doubt this is a new and unique life, just one at a fetal stage of development. Abortion ends this life.When our current law was devised, a royal commission told the Government to tread carefully because it involved ending a life. After 40 years of legal abortion, we now know it does much more.Some women may find relief in their abortions and recover quickly. But many suffer. They can experience pain or have complications that leave them infertile, suffer mental and emotional issues, mourn the child, even become suicidal.These experiences might be exacerbated if the woman felt pressured or coerced into having the abortion. There can be pressure from abusive partners, family, or employers. But a woman can also feel indirect pressure from finances, social pressure, or just as a result of being in the stressful situation of being pregnant unexpectedly and not knowing where to seek help.Too often the law allows abortion to be sold to women as a problem solver. It tells them their abusive relationships, mental-health struggles, financial issues, and stress will go away. But life is more complicated than that. Abortion can leave more problems than it solves.Pregnant women deserve to know exactly what abortion entails, all of its possible risks and complications, and the other options available.Should they opt for an abortion, they deserve compassion and care, and to be supported in recovery.If there’s going to be a conversation about abortion, let it be open and honest. Let’s not rush it or keep it behind closed doors. And let’s not forget about the women.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12033145last_img read more

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Rivaldo: Messi right to challenge Abidal

first_img Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayHow They Made Little Simba Look So Lifelike in ‘The Lion King’9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Action Movies That’ll Give You An Adrenaline RushInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become Iconic Loading… Messi has every right to be angry with Abidal over the way he complained about the professionalism of some players in training, especially when he didn’t mention any specific names. This put the whole team in question. “It is difficult to talk about this situation from the outside, but Messi just tried to defend the group and himself, to maintain his reputation and – at the same time – to know which players Abidal was referring to. Read Also:Abidal says Barca contract talks with Messi are ‘never easy’ “The latter was naive in saying something like that in an interview that, of course, would have a big impact in the media, forcing Messi to react. This type of problem should be resolved internally. But ultimately, Abidal didn’t do it on purpose.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Messi took to social media to lambast Abidal after the Frenchman claimed the players were keen to see former coach Ernesto Valverde removed. Rivaldo wrote for Betfair: “The reaction of Leo Messi last Wednesday in which he criticised Eric Abidal through his social networks, seems normal to me.Advertisement Barcelona great Rivaldo has defended Lionel Messi over his public clash with football chief Eric Abidal last week.last_img read more

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Matthew “Marty” Post, 67

first_imgMatthew B. “Marty” Post, 67, Greensburg, passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at the St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis. Born, March 23, 1950 in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was the son of Bertus and Elizabeth (Schrand) Post.  Marty graduated in 1969 from Elder High School in Cincinnati.  He enjoyed fishing and music.  He played in a band with his friends several years ago. He was married to Diana Gutierrez on October 2, 1976 and she survives. He is also survived by one son, Matthew N. (Tiffany) Post, Greensburg; one daughter, Andrea (Daniel) Fulton, Greensburg; one sister, Virginia Miller, Moores Hill; five grandchildren, Christopher, Tristin, William, Savannah, and Madyson. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Edward Post; one grandson, Paul. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 9 to 11:00 a.m. at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg.  A Funeral Mass will follow at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at the church. Memorials may be made to the family through the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home to help with the funeral expenses. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

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Hancock County PVC All-Stars

first_img Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.comcenter_img ELLSWORTH — Junior Conor Maguire of the Ellsworth Eagles has been named the Penobscot Valley Conference Player of the Year for Class B baseball.Maguire, who pitched and played second base for the Eagles, was among the PVC leaders in a host of statistics.On the mound, the Ellsworth righthander led the conference in strikeouts with 50 and innings pitched with 46.3.Offensively, Maguire was second in the conference in hits with 22, fifth in batting average at .400 and fifth in stolen bases with 11.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSteven Hanscom of the Mount Desert Island Trojans was named PVC Class B Pitcher of the Year and a second team all-star.On the mound, Hanscom had four wins and led the conference with an earned run average of 0.93. He was tied for second in innings pitched with 45Also named a PVC first team all-star was pitcher/shortstop Jon Phelps of the Mount Desert Island Trojans.Phelps was tied for sixth in hits with 18, eighth in batting average at .388 and tied for second in stolen bases with 12.On the mound, Phelps had four wins and was fifth in strikeouts with 31 and fifth in earned run average at 2.09 for MDI.In softball, three MDI Trojans — Shelby O’Neil, Hannah Shaw and Sierra Myrick — earned PVC Class B first team honors, and Leah Stevens of the Ellsworth Eagles was named a second team all-star.Fifteen Ellsworth scholar-athletes earned PVC All-Academic Awards for the season.Cited were Aaron Malone, Sid St. Peter and Brandon Braley in baseball; Katherine Jordan and Megan Hunt in softball; Olivia Mora and Josie Schmale in tennis; and Brayden Beardsley, Robert Looker, Dan Cox, Dan Curts, Adam Hitchcock, Frank King, Aleta Looker and Shariena Hill in outdoor track.Several Hancock County athletes also earned PVC all-conference honors in outdoor track.Large school girls:First team honorees from Ellsworth include Aleta Looker in the 800-meter and 1,600-meter runs and Elizabeth Perry in the shot put and discus.Ellsworth second team all-stars are Looker in the 400-meter run and Haley Lawrence in the 3,200-meter run.First team honorees for MDI include the foursome of Lydia DaCorte, Caroline Driscoll, Waylon Henggeler and Isabel Erickson in the four-by-800-meter relay.Second team honors went to Driscoll in the 800-meter and 1,600-meter runs, Erickson in the 800-meter run and high jump and Henggeler in the 3,200-meter run.Large school boys:First team honorees for Ellsworth include Dan Curts in the 800-meter and 3,200-meter runs, Cooper Holmes in the 1,600-meter run and the foursome of Curts, Holmes, Robert Looker and Jeff Weeks in the four-by-400-meter relay.Ellsworth second team honorees are Holmes in the 800-meter run, Brayden Beardsley in the 3,200-meter run and Dan Cox in the shot put and discus.First team honorees for MDI are Ralph Magnani in the 400-meter dash and Chapin McFarland in the shot put.Second team honors for MDI go to Brandon Murphy in the 100-meter dash, Aaron Miller and Will Richard in the high jump, Ryan Bender in the long jump, Jalique Keene in the javelin and the foursome of Murphy, Matt Hanna, Josh Bloom and Magnani in the four-by-400-meter relay.Small school girls:First team honors go to Jessica West of the Sumner Tigers in the javelin.Second team honors for the George Stevens Academy Eagles go to Alice Dillon in the 800-meter run, Bella Cimeno in the 300-meter run and Cimeno, Madison Cole, Hanna Jordan and Dillon in the four-by-800-meter relay.Earning second team honors for the Bucksport Golden Bucks are Natalie Coleman in the 3,200-meter run and Mavis Taungatu’a in the shot put.Sumner’s West received second team honors in the discus.Small school boys:Sumner’s Baramee Janla is a first team all-star in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter dashes, and Erik Taylor-Lash is a first team all-star in the 1,600-meter race walk.Second team honors for GSA go to Finn Davis-Batt in the 400-meter dash, John Hassett in the 1,600-meter run, Devin Valle in the 3,200-meter run, Alex Taylor-Lash in the pole vault and the foursome of Davis-Batt, Cameron Gordon, Stephen Krichels and Ata Bahar in the four-by-100-meter relay.Christian Kimball of Sumner earned second team honors in the 110-meter hurdles.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Bio Latest Postslast_img read more

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Karunaratne, Chandimal rescue Sri Lanka after Yasir breaks record

first_imgHALF-centuries from Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal frustrated Pakistan on Sarfraz Ahmed’s first day as Test captain after Yasir Shah made history against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi.No spinner has taken fewer matches than the 27 Yasir has needed to reach the 150-wicket mark after he struck twice to reduce the tourists to 61-3 at lunch in a new era for Pakistan following the retirement of former skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan.Yasir (2-59) passed fit after being told to improve his physical condition by chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, also joined compatriot Waqar Younis as the joint-second quickest bowler to reach that landmark.Karunaratne (93) and captain Chandimal (60 not out) led Sri Lanka’s recovery, putting on 100 for the fourth wicket before they closed on 227-4.Sri Lanka were whitewashed by India on home soil in their last Test series, prompting the selection committee to resign, but Karunaratne, Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella (42no) showed character on a slow-moving opening day of a two-match series.Hasan Ali (1-58) got the breakthrough to end an opening stand of 34 in the 18th over when Kaushal Silva shouldered arms, but failed to get his bat out of the way of a rising delivery and played on after Chandimal won the toss.Lahiru Thirimanne was trapped in front without scoring, attempting an ugly heave into the leg side to become Yasir’s 150th Test scalp and the leg-spinner had Kusal Mendis caught behind on the stroke of lunch.The patient Karunaratne and Chandimal stabilised the innings following the interval, the opener bringing up his 13th Test half-century with a quick single.Karunaratne and Chandimal rotated the strike as boundaries continued to be hard to come by, getting through to tea without further damage, but the former threw it away just seven shy of a seventh Test hundred when he set off for a single and the skipper remained rooted at the non-striker’s end. (Omnisport) SRI LANKA 1st inningsDimuth Karunaratne run-out 93Kaushal Silva b H. Ali 12Lahiru Thirimanne lbw b Shah 0Kusal Mendis c S. Ahmed b Shah 10Dinesh Chandimal not out 60Niroshan Dickwella not out 42Extras: (lb-8, nb-2) 10Total: (for 4 wickets, 90 overs) 227Fall of wickets: 1-34, 2-35 3-61, 4-161.Bowling: Mohammad Amir 17-3-39-0, Mohammad Abbas 16-0-43-0 (nb-1), Yasir Shah 34-8-59-2, Hasan Ali 17-4-58-1 (nb-1), Shan Masood 1-1-0-0, Haris Sohail 4-0-14-0, Asad Shafiq 1-0-6-0,last_img read more

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Man City First Billion-euro Squad

first_imgManchester United have the second most expensive English squad (751m euros).CIES, the football statistics research group based in Switzerland, looked at the senior players in each team in all four of Europe’s biggest leagues – Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and Bundesliga.Paderborn, promoted to the German top flight in the summer, were found to have the cheapest squad, valued at 4m euros (£3.57m).THE TOP 10Club / squad value in euros1. Man City – 1.014 billion2. Paris St-Germain – 913m3. Real Madrid – 902m4. Man United – 751m5. Juventus – 719m6. Barcelona – 697m7. Liverpool – 639m8. Chelsea – 561m9. Atletico Madrid – 550m10. Arsenal – 498mSELECTED OTHERS11. Everton – 486m12. Tottenham Hotspur – 465m19. Leicester City – 312m21. West Ham United – 259mShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester City have assembled the first billion-euro squad, a report by the CIES Football Observatory announced yesterday.City, who have benefitted hugely since the Abu Dhabi group takeover in 2008, spent 1.014bn euros on their current players with Paris St-Germain (913m euros) and Real Madrid (902m euros) in second and third respectively.The Premier League champions’ squad is worth 32 times the value of Norwich’s.last_img read more

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