Canada completes investigation of sixth BSE case

first_img Aug 9 FDA enforcement report that lists animal feed recall Canada reported two BSE cases in July. The CFIA said it expects that a report on the investigation of the seventh case, a 50-month-old cow from Alberta, will be finalized in a few days. That case raised concerns in Canada and the United States because it was born after 1997 when Canada banned the use of cattle protein in feed for cattle and other ruminants. Meanwhile, in the United States the US Food and Drug Administration announced two animal feed recalls on Aug 2 because both products were suspected of being contaminated with ruminant protein or bone meal. On Jun 26, Canada announced that it has toughened its feed ban by prohibiting cattle parts from all animal feeds, pet foods, and fertilizers, making Canada’s restrictions tighter than those in the United States. The CFIA reviewed the feed and management practices on the farm where the animal lived and determined that the farm’s cattle had access only to feed products that were appropriate for cattle. Investigators traced 21 herd mates that had been purchased with the animal; one was still alive and tested negative for BSE. Investigators suspect the cow was exposed in 1989 or 1990 when the cow was very young and when meat and bone additives in cattle feed were accepted and legal. Cattle are most susceptible to BSE infection during their first year,. The disease was detected through Canada’s ongoing BSE surveillance program. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), in an Aug 8 announcement on the investigation, said that the advanced age of the cow, believed to be at least 16 years, limited the CFIA’s ability to collect information about the animal’s early health history, including its birth farm.center_img The carcass and hide from the infected cow, along with other contaminated materials, were placed under control and deep buried according to provincial environmental regulations, the CFIA report said. No part of the animal’s carcass entered the human food or animal feed systems. One recall affected about 27 million pounds of dairy feed made between February 2005 and Jun 16 by Gagetown, Mich.–based Vita Plus Corporation for distribution in Michigan. The recall involves an undetermined amount of a custom animal feed made by Burkmann Feeds, LLC, based in Glasgow, Ky. for distribution in Kentucky. The feed contains an ingredient called Pro-Lak that may include ruminant meat or bone meal. Two female calves born to the cow—one in 2004 and one in 2005—that investigators attempted to trace were presumed dead. Neither was registered by birth date in the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency database, which some countries require for export. Aug 11, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Canadian authorities have concluded their investigation of the sixth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), confirmed on Jul 3 in a cow from Manitoba. Aug 8 CFIA complete investigative report on sixth BSE case See also:last_img read more

Dutch PM says his attitude to ‘Black Pete’ winter tradition has undergone ‘great changes’

first_img Topics : Rutte observed that the tradition is already changing. Some local celebrations feature Black Petes with dabs of paint on their cheeks, representing soot from the chimneys he is said to climb down to deliver presents. Others include multicolored Petes, dropping the word “Black” from the name.Anti-racism protests honoring George Floyd were held in Amsterdam and Rotterdam this week, with more scheduled. . Rutte acknowledged at a press conference on Wednesday that discrimination is a “systematic problem” in the Netherlands.”Here too, people are judged by their heritage,” he said.The protests were triggered by death of Floyd, an unarmed black man, while in the custody of white police officers in Minneapolis. Rutte said that since 2013 he had met many people, including “small children, who said ‘I feel terribly discriminated [against] because Pete is black’.””And I thought, that’s the last thing that we want” in a holiday intended for children.”I expect in a few years there will be no more Black Petes,” Rutte said.While critics including UN cultural experts have said Black Pete is offensive, a shrinking majority of white Dutch people argue Pete is either a magical fantasy figure not portraying any race or a lively figure of fun.center_img Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said his attitude towards “Black Pete”, a figure from the country’s winter holiday celebrations that has been criticized as a racist caricature, had undergone “great changes” in recent years.In a debate in parliament over anti-racism protests in the Netherlands prompted by solidarity with US demonstrations, Rutte said late on Thursday his view had changed since 2013, when he said “Black Pete is just black and I can’t do much about that” and dismissed the discussion.In the Dutch tradition, St. Nicholas brings gifts to kids accompanied by numerous “Petes”, clownish servants usually portrayed by white people in black face paint wearing frizzy wigs and red lipstick.last_img read more

Dodgers reach deal to get 2B Chase Utley

first_imgThe Pasadena native has 1,623 hits in 13 seasons, all with the Phillies, in addition to the World Series ring that he won in 2008. Only 41 second basemen have played more games in major league history than Utley (1,453).Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who played with Utley in Philadelphia from 2003-14, said he reached out to his former teammate after hearing trade rumors Wednesday. He hinted that the two have talked about a reunion in Los Angeles before.“More than anything, there will be some new excitement in the clubhouse,” Rollins said. “(Utley) has a chance to play some meaningful baseball late in the year again. That’s what we all want.”The Dodgers gave up Triple-A utilityman Darnell Sweeney and Single-A pitcher John Richy to get Utley. The Phillies also gave up some cash, enough that the Dodgers will pay only about $2 million of Utley’s salary. On the surface, Utley would appear to strictly be a rental player for the Dodgers’ playoff push. He has a club option for 2016 valued up to $11 million, or a $2 million buyout. OAKLAND >> The wake left by the Dodgers’ August 2012 trade for Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford is still rippling through Chavez Ravine. Three years from now, the same will not be said about Wednesday’s trade for Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley.This trade at least had something the Dodgers’ last August blockbuster did not, a player once considered a generational talent at his position. If and when Utley has a plaque in Cooperstown, N.Y., it will list his time as a Dodger. That’s expected to begin Friday in Houston.“When he’s healthy,” Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said of Utley, “he’s still one of the best hitters in the game.”Utley is as healthy now as he’s been all season. Since Aug. 7, when he returned from a bout of inflammation in his right ankle, Utley has hit safely in eight straight games (15 for 31) with five doubles and a home run. Zaidi said that Utley will be the Dodgers’ primary second baseman until Howie Kendrick returns from his strained left hamstring in September. “He worked out a little at third base for the Phillies,” Zaidi said. “We might try to get him more at those other spots.”Fill-in Kiké Hernandez, who bats right-handed, has crushed left-handed pitching this season and struggled against righties. Utley, who bats left-handed, has an .860 on-base plus slugging percentage in his career against righties.Acquiring Utley gives the Dodgers the option of moving Hernandez to center field in a platoon with Joc Pederson. Pederson has struggled to hit left-handed pitching in his rookie season, and the Dodgers don’t trust anyone other than he or Hernandez in center field defensively.Switch-hitting third baseman Alberto Callaspo was designated for assignment. Callaspo hit .262 with a .338 on-base percentage in 59 games with the Dodgers.A fleet-footed utilityman, Sweeney was hitting .271 with nine homers, 30 doubles, 32 stolen bases and 49 RBI in 116 games this year for Triple-A Oklahoma City.Richy, the Dodgers’ third-round draft selection out of UNLV in 2014, was 10-5 with a 4.20 ERA in 22 games (18 starts) for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga this season.Utley, 36, grew up in Long Beach and starred at Long Beach Poly and UCLA. He was the 15th overall pick in the 2000 draft. As a player with 10 years in the league and the last five with one team, Utley had the right to veto any trade.Rollins believes his former teammate made a good choice.“I think it’ll be a lot of fun,” Rollins said. “One, (the Dodgers) were his team (growing up). Went to school over at UCLA. Plays well at Dodger Stadium — actually he beats up the Dodgers wearing a Phillies uniform.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Silver Tee award for Georgia Hall

first_img18 Feb 2013 Silver Tee award for Georgia Hall Dorset teenager Georgia Hall has won the England Golf Silver Tee award for the way she combines her education with her top class golf career. Georgia, 16, is both Europe’s number one woman amateur golfer and a student at the LeAF Elite Athlete Academy in Bournemouth, where she is taking a BTEC National Diploma in Sport. “I was very, very pleased to get the award because I do try to do my best at school,” said Georgia, who is a member at Remedy Oak. The award was announced at the annual general meeting of England Golf. The BTEC suits her ideally: it’s coursework based and offers her the flexibility to study around her international golfing commitments, and she can relate her studies to her own sporting experience. “Golf comes first, but I want to keep my education going if I can,” said Georgia. “School is really, really good, they support my golf and always want to know how I’m getting on.”   There’s a lot to relay. Georgia is the British girls’ champion and she’s the fifth ranked woman amateur in the world. Already this season the England international has made history by winning two gold medals at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival and she’s been invited to play in the first women’s Major of the season, the Kraft Nabisco Championship in California in April. She’s currently in Spain on warm weather training with England Golf and will go on to compete in the Spanish women’s amateur championship. Image of Georgia Hall © Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

Razor Clam Dig Approved at Kalaloch Beach January 8-9

first_imgFacebook113Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)Clam diggers have a green light to proceed with a razor clam dig January 8 and 9 at Kalaloch beach. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig on evening tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams at Kalaloch are safe to eat. Digging is not allowed on any open beach before noon. Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW, noted this is the first razor clam opening at Kalaloch since 2012. Located inside Olympic National Park, the beach hasn’t been open the last few years for razor clam digging due a low abundance of clams.“Diggers can expect to see smaller clams at Kalaloch as compared to other beaches, but we expect most folks will be pleased to have a chance to dig there,” Ayres said. “We’re looking forward to announcing additional digs at Kalaloch in the coming months.”The upcoming dig at Kalaloch is approved on the following dates and low tides: Jan. 8, 2017, Sunday, 3:11 p.m.; 0.4 feet; KalalochKalaloch beach is more remote than other clamming sites and diggers are encouraged to be well prepared. Photo credit: Douglas Scott.Jan. 9, Monday, 4:08 p.m.; -0.4 feet; KalalochOlympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum noted that diggers should be prepared for Kalaloch’s remote location. “Kalaloch is considerably more isolated than the other clamming beaches, and visitors should be prepared for primitive conditions,” she said. “This year’s digs are scheduled for daylight hours, but people should still be prepared with flashlights or lanterns for any evening or twilight walks.”Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website and from license vendors around the state.More information about razor clamming, as well as a list of proposed digs, can be found on WDFW’s website.last_img read more

Leafs find ways to keep winning, increase streak to nine games

first_imgFans just didn’t see the same team that waxed Beaver Valley a week ago 12-0.Saturday, the Rockets matched Nelson in goals through 40 minutes.Linden Horswill, Colton Schell and Bryce Nielsen scored for the Leafs while Keith Wake, with a pair, and Jacob Bergeron replied for the Rockets.However, in the third the Leafs managed to finally wear the Rockets down, taking advantage of its third power play of the frame to snap the 3-3 tie.“Everyone is playing well right now, everyone is has been chipping into the streak,” said Beitel.Aaron Dunlap sealed the victory with an empty net goal in the final minute.Nelson out shot the Rockets 41-25 making a winner out of Brett Soles.James Leonard took the loss in goal for Golden.The Leafs now travel to Fruitvale Tuesday for a mid-week encounter against the Nitehawks.Beaver Valley definitely won’t be in a good mood having lost 12-0 to Nelson the last time the teams played.If that wasn’t bad enough, the defending KIJHL champs dropped a 3-0 decision Saturday to the Grand Forks Border Bruins.The Bruins, snapping a 19-game winless streak, have only two wins this season, both coming against the Hawks.Goalie Dominic Stadnyk was the story in this game, stopping all 58 shots the Hawks fired at him.BLUELINES: Nelson is expected to have sniper Colton McCarthy back in the lineup. The Salmon Arm player recently completed a three-game stint with Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL. After two straight losses, the Tribe scored a 4-1 win over Kootenay Ice Saturday in Cranbrook. McCarthy was held off the score sheet. Castlegar kept pace with Nelson by stopping Spokane Saturday. It wasn’t something Pablo Picasso would have been proud to put his name to, but it was still a win.The Nelson Leafs scratched together enough good hockey in Saturday’s tilt against the Golden Rockets to squeak out a 5-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory at the NDCC Arena.The win increased Nelson’s consecutive victory streak to nine and kept the Leafs in front of second-place Castlegar Rebels in the Neil Murdoch Division.“Two points is all we wanted,” said Leaf defenceman J.J. Beitel, who scored the winning goal on the power play in the third period.“We’ve had a good last couple of months and we’ll take the wins anyway they come.”Saturday’s game was the second in as many nights the Leafs have been pushed.Friday Grand Forks gave Nelson all they could handle in a 4-1 Leaf win.“We stress a lot in the dressing room to take each team like they’re the top team,” Beitel explains.“Sometimes it’s a little harder to get up for some teams, but we’re getting the wins so we can’t really complain.”It’s not like the Rockets are a bad team. The Eddie Mountain opponent sits third in division standings eight points behind Fernie with a 10-9-0-2 record.last_img read more