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US to lift BSE-related ban on Canadian cattle

first_img The USDA rule announced yesterday also sets conditions for the importation of sheep, goats, cervids (deer and elk), and llamas, as well as meat and other products derived from them. The 500-page rule will be published in the Federal Register Jan 4 and will take effect Mar 7, the agency said. Surveillance for BSE at levels that have met or exceeded international guidelines for at least the past 7 years Live Canadian cattle will be allowed into the United States only under restrictions designed to ensure that they are slaughtered by the time they reach 30 months of age, the USDA said. The cattle will have to bear permanent marks indicating their origin and must be transported in sealed containers to a feedlot or to slaughter. Moving cattle to more than one feedlot in the United States will be prohibited. “After conducting an extensive review, we are confident that imports of certain commodities from regions of minimal risk can occur with virtually no risk to human or animal health,” US Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman said in a news release. Dec 30, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – US officials announced plans yesterday to end the ban on the importation of live Canadian cattle that was imposed when Canada discovered its first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in May 2003. In considering whether to reopen the borders, the USDA considered the possibility of more cases of BSE in Canada, DeHaven said. “Because of the mitigation measures that Canada has in place, we continue to believe the risk is minimal.” See also: When Canada reported its first BSE case in an Alberta cow in May 2003, the United States immediately banned importation of all cattle, beef, and related products from Canada. In August 2003, the USDA lifted the ban on boneless meat from cattle less than 30 months old as well as a few other products from cattle, sheep, and goats. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said the borders will be reopened to live cattle less than 30 months of age and certain other products starting Mar 7. BSE, or mad cow disease, has very rarely been found in cattle younger than 30 months. The decision was based on a determination that Canada is a “minimal risk region” for BSE. If BSE were confirmed in the Canadian cow, “It would not alter the implementation of the U.S. rule announced yesterday that recognizes Canada as a Minimal-Risk Region,” Dr. Ron DeHaven, head of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said in a statement. Ironically, yesterday’s USDA announcement was followed today by a Canadian announcement of a suspected case of BSE in a 10-year-old dairy cow. Results of confirmatory tests on the cow were expected in 3 to 5 days (see link below for separate story). Today USDA officials said they remain confident that Canada’s BSE-prevention program is sound. The USDA cited several Canadian BSE safeguards that helped justify the conclusion that the risk of BSE in Canadian cattle is low: A ban on the use of “specified risk materials” (SRM) in human food. SRM include tissues such as the brain, spinal cord, certain nerve bundles, small intestine, and tonsils, which are likely to carry the BSE agent in an infected animal. (The United States imposed a similar ban on using SRM in human food after its first BSE case was discovered in December 2003.)center_img Import restrictions that minimize exposure to BSE. Since 1990 Canada has banned live ruminants and ruminant products, including rendered protein, from countries that have found BSE in native cattle or are considered to be at significant risk for BSE. Dec 29 USDA announcement CIDRAP News story on the report of a suspected BSE case in Canada “Appropriate epidemiological investigations, risk assessment, and risk mitigation measures imposed as necessary” The USDA first proposed to lift the ban on young Canadian cattle in November 2003. The discovery of the first US case of BSE, in a Canadian-born cow in Washington state in December 2003, prompted the agency to extend the public comment period on that proposal until April of this year. The plan unveiled yesterday appears similar to the proposal presented in November 2003. Even though a renewed flow of Canadian cattle could lower beef prices in the United States, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) welcomed the USDA announcement. NCBA President Jan Lyons said the US beef industry, which lost export markets after the American BSE case was found a year ago, should benefit from the move in the long run. “We expect our trading partners to base their decisions to trade with us on science, and we must do the same,” Lyons stated. “The precedent that has been set by our handling of trade issues with Canada is hurting our government’s ability to fully reopen markets to U.S. beef exports. We must normalize trade with Canada in order for our industry to move forward in the global marketplace, expand our ability to sell U.S. beef to foreign consumers, and put more dollars in the pockets of U.S. producers.” Transcript of Dec 29 USDA news briefing Dec 30 statement by AHIS Administrator Ron DeHaven Before the ban on Canadian cattle, the United States bought about 70% of Canada’s live cattle exports, according to an Associated Press (AP) report today. The New York Times cited a prediction from USDA officials that American feedlots would import 2 million cattle from Canada in 2005, which could lower beef prices for American consumers. A ban on feeding ruminant protein to ruminants since 1997 (the same year the United States imposed a similar ban)last_img read more

Public Works employees demonstrate for unpaid wages

first_img Tweet Share LocalNews Public Works employees demonstrate for unpaid wages by: – November 18, 2011 Mr Thomas Letang (in the middle) demonstrating with members of his union. See photo gallery below)The employees of Public Works Corporation have staged another demonstration for delayed salary payments and salary deduction among other reasons.This morning, staff members along with union representatives were seen outside the Public Works Corporation’s office on Goodwill Road with placards demonstrating their concerns.General Secretary of the Public Service Union, Thomas Letang told reporters that they believe they have done everything humanly possible yet salary payment and deductions are delayed causing embarrassing and stressful situations for his union members.“We continue to experience the situation where people are working and not being paid fortnights upon fortnights they are not being paid and month end comes and month end goes and people do not get their salaries. We have done everything that we could do to really sick an amicable solution to these problems but it appears to us that some people are just not concerned as to what is happening at the Public Works Corporation; how employees are being seriously affected, you can look at some of the placards and they tell a story that they are not being paid and they cannot provide for themselves, they cannot provide for their families, a lot of uncertainty surrounds their jobs, we see projects going on and the corporation they are not getting work,” he said.A major concern for the employees of the corporation is that they believe they are being sidelined while other contractors are awarded contracts for ongoing road works and this places them at a disadvantage.According to Letang by staging this protest the employees are sending a clear message to the authority that enough is enough.“What you are seeing here this morning is just to send a clear message that we are fed up, that we want to work, that the employees have their commitments to the bank and at the end of the day some of them cannot meet those commitments, they have additional interest to pay, some of them are being threatened by legal action by some of the institutions and some of them they walk into the banks and institutions and cannot get a loan because nobody knows when their deductions are going to be made. Some of them they have insurance policies and you have to understand what that means; if you’re not paying your premium it means that your insurance can be cancelled, you get sick and believe that you are covered and you are not covered so therefore the problems are many and we believe that this morning we are just beginning, I repeat, we are beginning to send a message.”Here are a few photographs of this morning’s protest: [nggallery id=89]Letang also reported that he is “very happy that the members have decided to stand up, that they are fully behind the union and they are ready and the union is behind them 110%”.Meantime a female employee of the corporation says that protest should not be seen as a political one but as a protest over money issues and that they sacrificed their salaries for the implementation of an Asphalt Plant which has not brought any revenue to the corporation.“I love the prime minister, I put him there but I need my money. It is not a political issue it is a money issue for the public works workers and we are not getting work to do so we need work we need money. The monthly workers have not yet been paid for October and the fortnight workers haven’t drawn a fortnight. We sacrifice our salary to make asphalt for the Chinese to do the road and the Chinese refuse our asphalt that is our problem. I wouldn’t say that we are being betrayed by the government but we need our money; we have children to send to school, we have our bills to pay like everybody so we need our money,” she said.She further explained that there have been instances where the government has assisted vendors during the off-season while employees who have worked are unpaid.“When the tourist boats don’t come for two months the prime minister is paying the people, we work we’re not getting paid – we need our money. When the hurricane passed and it destroyed the vendors thing in the market, the prime minister giving them money we work – we want our money.”Another employee explained that the corporation is not receiving enough projects to make it a viable entity and that the government has left them in the cold.“We’re not getting paid on time and not getting viable projects so that Public Works can be a viable entity. Public Works is struggling right now because a lot of projects going on all around the country but where is Public Works? Public Works is a government institution. They have left us in the cold to fend for ourselves and yet we are government, that is not right and we are saying that we need to be treated better than that and we need viable projects so that we can be a viable entity,” he said.The union representative did not indicate what their strategy is moving forward, but he did indicate that they have exhausted all means to get the matter resolved and are at a point where they believe that they have had enough unfair treatment.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring!center_img 12 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

Bruin Sports & WPP form new venture to distribute NFL Game Pass to Europe

first_img Related Articles New York sports investment firm Bruin Sports Capital has entered into a joint venture with international communications and marketing services firm WPP to become the lead supplier of NFL ‘Game Pass’ subscriptions for the European market.Having agreed Game Pass distribution rights with the NFL, Bruin and WPP will move to create a new sports content agency based in London, which will initially focus on the distribution of Game Pass broadcasts via OTT (over-the-top) services.Project stakeholders have informed that Bruin Sports owned Deltatre technology will power the distribution of NFL Game Pass across 61 European countries and territories. The NFL Games Pass subscriptions will feature live season games, NFL Redzone match day broadcasts and access to NFL Network content.“Sports content is set to be more valuable than ever, especially given how fans are increasingly choosing to consume,” stated George Pyne, CEO at Bruin Sports Capital.“Bruin is going to continue to be an aggressive investor in forward-looking technology and business models, such as OTT platforms and SVOD as this endeavour demonstrates. We are thrilled to work alongside the NFL and WPP on this business”.Leading the partnership’s marketing, WPP has assigned its group dedicated sports marketing agency Two Circles to work alongside Bruin Sports and Deltatre. Sir Martin Sorrell, WPP Founder and CEO was confident in the new ventures ambitions;“We’re confident that Game Pass will grow to become one of the NFL’s most important licensed assets and will reach new levels in Europe with the support of our media, sports and tech know-how, and the Combined marketing capabilities of Two Circles, MEC and Ogilvy,” Submit Reading the weather: The ‘nerdy’ aspect to RotoGrinders analysis February 26, 2020 Sky Sports grows American football offering with NFL channel August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon All-in Global: ‘Fantastyc’ markets around the world July 16, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

Ronaldo’s overhead kick against Juventus wins UEFA goal of season

first_img“Thanks to everyone who voted for me. Will never forget that moment, specially the reaction of the fans in the stadium,” the 33-year-old Portuguese superstar said on Twitter, using the hashtag #SpecialMoment.Real Madrid was already leading against the Italian champions thanks to Ronaldo’s opener after just two minutes when he acrobatically blasted in Dani Carvajal’s cross on 64 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Ronaldo said it was “the best goal” of his career and it helped Real to a 3-0 win on the night and moved them a step closer to an eventual quarter-final victory over Juve. The Spanish club went on to win the competition for the third consecutive season.The striker said the crowd’s reaction — a standing ovation from the Juventus fans — played a part in his decision to move to Turin in a 100 million-euro deal last month. Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) celebrates after shooting a penalty kick to score a goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match between Real Madrid CF and Juventus FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on April 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CURTO DE LA TORRECristiano Ronaldo’s stunning overhead bicycle kick for Real Madrid against current club Juventus has been voted UEFA’s goal of the season.The former Real Madrid striker beat competition from 11 nominees for the award in honor of his goal in last season’s Champions League quarter-final first leg in Turin.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is the all-time top scorer in the Champions League with 120 goals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Ramping up Olympic preps: Japan wins 3 skateboarding golds MOST READcenter_img Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

World Cup fever hits the road

first_imgThe People’s Bus includes flooring thatresembles a football pitch, seats coveredwith Bafana Bafana football jerseys andstriking South African artwork inside andout. (Image: Nicky Rehbock) World Cup fever has hit the road in the form of the People’s Bus – a mobile hub of football trivia and fan gear that will bring the fun, excitement and spirit of the tournament to as many South African communities as possible.The vehicle, a joint initiative between Brand South Africa and MAN Truck and Bus, set off on its nationwide journey on Friday, 19 February. It’s due to visit more than 50 locations between now and 11 June, when the long-awaited football spectacular kicks off at Soccer City in Johannesburg.The People’s Bus roadshow team will encourage South Africans to be good hosts, fly the flag, sing the national anthem with pride and learn the Diski Dance through dance workshops, music and fun competitions at each stop. Mini football matches and football clinics for schools are also on the agenda.The roadshow will help drum up support for the Football Fridays initiative and inspire confidence in South Africa’s national squad, Bafana Bafana.An interactive journeyAt each stop the public will allowed to take a 15-minute tour of the bus, which offers a thrilling, interactive journey complete with 2010 Fifa World Cup team facts, foosball tables and a mini cinema showing unforgettable moments from previous tournaments.The visitors’ experience of the bus is enhanced through flooring that resembles a football pitch, passenger seats covered with Bafana Bafana football jerseys and striking artwork inside and out with a distinct South African flavour.Before stepping off the vehicle, visitors will also get the chance to wish Bafana Bafana the very best of luck for the tournament by slotting messages into a specially designed post box.Countrywide tourBrand South Africa and MAN have scheduled bus stops across all nine provinces and their smallest cities and towns, including Dullstroom in Mpumalanga, Upington in the Northern Cape, Bhisho in the Eastern Cape, and Ulundi in KwaZulu-Natal.“Taking the People’s Bus into the country areas and smaller towns and cities will enable us to spread the World Cup experience to as many South Africans as possible,” said Brand South Africa Acting CEO Paul Bannister.The bus is also due to make stops at big sporting and cultural events around the country in the run-up to the World Cup – including the Comrades Marathon, the Rand Easter Show and the Cape Town Jazz Festival.MAN has generously donated the customised vehicle – which took 300 of its employees six weeks to convert – as well as a dedicated driver, fuel, insurance and audio-visual equipment for the duration of the roadshow. After the World Cup it will be reconverted into a standard passenger bus.last_img read more

FCPX Video Tutorial: Exporting Still Frames

first_imgImage Courtesy of Larry JordanAlthough Apple and Adobe don’t have a ‘loving’ relationship with each other, it’s great to know that you can export Photoshop formats out of FCPX. Along with PSD’s you can also export many common image file types including TIFF, PNG, JPEG, IFF, and DPX.This video was first shared by the awesome guys out at MacBreak Studio. You can check out all 200+ FCP tutorials on the Pixel Corps YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing guys!Know of any better ways to export still frames? Share in the comments below. In this video tutorial by MacBreak Studio, Steve and Mark show us how to export still frames in FCPX.One of the most used features in any non-linear editing platform is the ability to export a still frame. But instead of simply hitting command+shift+4 and drawing a box around your viewer, FCPX has a few built in options to help make the whole process a lot easier. In the following video by MacBreak Studio, Steve and Mark show us how to export still frames in FCPX. The video covers:Restoring DestinationAdding Still Image DestinationsRenaming ImagesSaving different files typesLarlast_img read more