Positive test prompts more scrutiny of possible BSE case

first_img Johanns emphasized that this finding poses no risk to human health, adding that the findings should not affect trade discussions with other countries, because those discussions involve far younger cattle.  Because BSE has a long incubation period, experts believe it is nearly impossible for cattle younger than 30 months to have infective levels of disease. Because of the conflicting findings of the IHC and Western blot tests, further tests will now be conducted, authorities said. Jun 13, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – After one inconclusive and one negative test for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), a tissue sample from a downer cow has shown a positive result with a third test, authorities announced in a late-evening news conference Jun 10. The Western blot result was a “weak positive,” Clifford said. “As a result of that and the unusualness of this case, it’s going to require additional testing before we can confirm one way or another whether this is truly BSE or not.” USDA teleconference transcript This round of testing involved three cows whose initial rapid tests were inconclusive, according to a news release from the US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). A second test, called an immunohistochemistry (IHC) test was conducted, and all three animals tested negative for the progressively debilitating, fatal disease caused by a folded protein called a prion. Clifford and USDA Secretary Mike Johanns both emphasized that the conflicting test results are not an indictment of the US screening system for BSE. “In the case of this animal, it was a nonambulatory downer animal and as such it was banned from the food supply,” Clifford said. “It was taken to a facility that only handles downer animals unsuitable for human consumption and the carcass was incinerated.” Samples from the cow were stored for further testing. A sample from the cow will be sent to a World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) recognized laboratory for BSE in Weybridge, England, said John Clifford, chief veterinary officer for APHIS during a telephone news conference late on Jun 10. In addition, USDA will be conducting further tests over the next several days.center_img Authorities sought this round of testing because one of the initial rapid tests had shown a positive reaction, APHIS noted. A sample from the same downer cow, which means a cow that couldn’t walk, tested positive with the Western blot. The other two samples tested negative in the third round. As a follow-up, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recommended the week of June 5 that all three samples be subjected to a third round of testing. This test, the Western blot, differs from the other two, the APHIS release explained. It is an internationally recognized confirmatory test for BSE, as is the IHC test. “After we receive additional tests on this animal, we will determine what further steps need to be taken and what changes if any are warranted in our surveillance program,” he added. “We have not confirmed a case of BSE in the US at this time,” Clifford said. Indications are that the cow, described as an older beef cow, was born in the United States. See also: In all, some 375,000 cattle have been tested for BSE since the surveillance program began in June 2004, authorities said. The tests focus on downer cattle and cattle showing signs of neurological problems. BSE tests explainedhttp://ec.europa.eu/food/fs/bse/bse21_en.htmllast_img read more

Klijnsma: No reprieve for Dutch pension funds on discount rate

first_imgJetta Klijnsma, state secretary for social affairs in the Netherlands, has warned Dutch pension funds that their deteriorating financial position does not yet justify changing the rules.In a recent consultation with Parliament, she suggested the government could change its mind at a scheduled assessment of the situation in May, but she categorically ruled out any adjustment of the discount rate for liabilities.Klijnsma said she wanted to assess pension funds’ position on a quarterly basis, using figures from pensions regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).While she conceded that the outlook for this year and 2017 was “not rosy”, she said it was not yet serious enough for immediate measures. She pointed out that beleaguered pension funds, thanks to the new financial assessment framework (nFTK), were not required to apply rights cuts straightaway. During the meeting with Parliament, Klijnsma said she expected the outcome of a survey into individual pensions accrual combined with collective risk sharing – currently being conducted by the Social and Economic Council (SER) – could be presented in March.She also announced that she would start talks with the Pensions Register to factor in a longevity-dependent age for the state pension AOW into its overview of pension rights.The register currently draws its prediction for combined pension rights from a retirement age of no more than 67. However, the social security bank (SVB) – responsible for the payout of AOW benefits – already takes a retirement age into account of 69 years and nine months for somebody born in 1975.last_img read more

Buriganga, Shitalakkhya and Turag Dredging Gets Support

first_imgThe Parliamentary Standing Committee on Water Resources Ministry yesterday recommended the Bangladeshi Government to complete the dredging of Buriganga, Shitalakkhya and Turag rivers on a priority basis, United News of Bangladesh (UNB) reports. The committee came up with the suggestion at its 36th meeting held at the Jatiya Sangsad, chaired by Ramesh Chandra Sen.The Parliamentary Watchdog also discussed the implementation progress of a flood control dam-cum-road project in the area of Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) at Mirsarai in Chittagong, UNB said.During the meeting, the committee was informed that the works on Teesta Barrage Project, Phase-II (Unit-1) will complete soon.Committee members State Minister for Water Resources Muhammad Nazrul Islam, AKM Fazlul Haque, Faridul Haque Khan, Rejwan Ahammad Taufiq, Mustafizur Rahaman Chowdhury and Selina Jahan Lita attended the meeting.[mappress mapid=”25155″]last_img read more

Victor Moses donates N10m to Wigan

first_imgRelatedPosts Moses laments Europa League loss Europa League: StarTimes to broadcast Man U, Inter Milan quarterfinal matches Moses eyes Europa League success Former Wigan Athletic star Victor Moses is the latest player to donate to a crowdfunding appeal aiming to help save the administration-hit club after making a “significant” contribution.Moses, 29, played for the Latics between 2010 and 2012. The Nigeria international made 80 appearances for Wigan in that time and scored nine goals, before being sold to Chelsea over the summer of 2012.During his time at Stamford Bridge, Moses has won the Premier League, FA Cup and the Europa League and spent the second half of last season on loan at Italian side Inter Milan.The Wigan Athletic Supporters Club has now revealed that the ex-Latics winger is the latest current or former player to have donated to a crowdfunding appeal set up by fans.A tweet from the Supporters Club thanked Moses for pledging a “significant donation” to its Save Our Club campaign.The crowdfunding appeal is seeking to generate £750,000 and Moses’ contribution – speculated to be £20,000 (N10 million) after an anonymous pledge for that amount appeared on the crowdfunder – has taken the appeal to within £100,000 of its target. The campaign is aiming to give Wigan fans as strong as possible a voice on the club’s board in its future ownership.Moses got in touch with the Supporters Club earlier this week to help save the League One club and aided Wigan fans in their efforts.Caroline Molyneux, chair of the Wigan Athletic Supporters’ Club, said the donation showed “incredible” generosity from the former Latics star who will “always be welcome” at the club.Caroline said: “Wow – what can we say? When Victor got in touch to say he wanted to help by donating such a substantial amount, I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing – it’s such an incredible gesture.“Victor wanted to make the donation and remain anonymous but we simply had to make sure he gets the recognition he deserves. “Victor’s contribution has taken us past £650,000 and to within £100,000 of our next target of £750,000.“We are so thankful to Victor for his support. He is an excellent footballer, a true role model and someone we always enjoyed watching at the DW Stadium – he will always be welcome back here, even more so now!”Tags: Victor MosesWiganlast_img read more

Ford lining up beach party

first_img Press Association The Lancashire trainer travels with a pair of seasoned all-weather performers to tackle the unique event on the strand. Seamster, twice a winner at Lingfield this summer, looks to have a leading chance in the opening Tote Mobile Betting Handicap under Colin Keane. Richard Ford has his first runners in Ireland when saddling two at Laytown beach.center_img My Son Max, who was successful last time out at Beverley, also appears a live contender in the Barry Matthews Appreciation Handicap, with Katie Walsh taking the mount in the amateur contest. “We’ve got a couple of sporting owners and they want to give it a try,” said Ford. “They are both slightly better in than they are on their all-weather marks at home, but they can’t run in their normal headgear because of the rules. “The surface is a lot different, but we’ve given them a canter down on our local beach and done what we can. “They seem in good form and we have two very capable jockeys booked, so we’ll give it our best shot.” last_img read more

Ireland full-back Kearney hails brilliant performance from ‘Gazza’ Madigan

first_img Ireland will face Argentina in Cardiff in Sunday’s quarter-final, with full-back Kearney warning Joe Schmidt’s men not to get ahead of themselves. Ireland topped their pool at World Cup 2011, only to fall foul of a rampant Wales in a 22-10 quarter-final defeat – and Kearney is determined not to let history repeat itself. “We were here four years ago and topped the group,” said Kearney. “Everyone thought we were brilliant, we thought we were brilliant and we went out and got pumped by a really good Wales team. “So we don’t have much time to sit around and think about this great performance we had yesterday, we have to move on really quickly. “Bar the Australians the Argentinians have probably been the most impressive side. “Their ability to score points has been very, very strong throughout the tournament. “We’ve got to make sure we’re next-task focused as quickly as we can be. “We’re a very different team from four years ago. “Our mental strength on how we approach games on a week-to-week basis has improved massively. “And again this will be a big test for us in terms of how much of a week-to-week team we actually are.” Ian Madigan has been branded Ireland’s Paul Gascoigne after his tearful reaction to Sunday’s 24-9 World Cup victory over France. Fly-half Madigan bawled his eyes out at the final whistle of Ireland’s biggest victory over France since 1975, that secured a quarter-final against Argentina. The Leinster pivot stepped squarely out of Johnny Sexton’s shadow after the British and Irish Lions fly-half trudged out of the France clash with a groin strain. Press Association Madigan bossed Ireland’s backline to come of Test-match age, drawing comparisons from his team-mates with former England midfielder Gascoigne’s famous waterworks at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. “Yeah the boys are calling him Gazza inside there!” said full-back Rob Kearney. “I think it was a day where Ian Madigan really stood up for us. “We needed him to come on and really take control of things and he did, it was brilliant.” Gascoigne’s tears were shed in frustration at receiving a yellow card that would have ruled him out of the final, as England battled a semi-final with West Germany. The Germans triumphed on penalties in Turin that night, with Gazza not the only England star to shed a tear. Madigan’s Millennium Stadium moment was for altogether different reasons, the magnitude of his performance hitting home as referee Nigel Owens sounded full-time. The ever-popular 26-year-old has drawn fine praise from his team-mates, but Rob Kearney conceded Ireland can ill afford to dwell on a job well done against Les Bleus. last_img read more

It’s Lewandowski Versus Mane as Senegal Takes on Poland

first_imgAt their first ever FIFA World Cup in 2002, Senegal defeated defending champions France in their opening match and went on to make the quarter-finals, before going down to a golden goal against Turkey.That team wrote footballing history for the country, and the new generation – featuring Liverpool’s Sadio Mane – will be looking to add another chapter as they confront Poland in today. The captain 16 years ago – Aliou Cisse – has also gone on to become the coach.The Lions of Teranga will be eager to show their claws against a Poland team that was desperately unlucky to go out in the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2016 on penalties. Adam Nawałka’s charges are back at the World Cup after a 12-year absence and all eyes will be on Robert Lewandowski, who scored no fewer than 16 goals in the qualifying phase plus another three in two warm-up matches ahead of Russia 2018.His face appears on stamps back in his homeland, and he will be looking to shine on his World Cup debut in Moscow’s Spartak Stadium this afternoon.Poland has always made it through the group stages of the World Cup when they get at least a point in their opening match (1974, 1978, 1982, 1986), but when they have lost their opener, they have gone no further (2002, 2006).No surprises then that the coach and the players are underlining the importance of this match against Senegal.With Lewandowski (and his 55 international goals) in the team, there is plenty of hope that Nawałka’s men will get to play more than three matches in Russia.The Teranga Lions on the other hand have history on their side.Sixteen years after their first and only appearance to date, the Lions of Teranga are back on the World Cup stage after finishing their qualifying group ahead of South Africa, Cape Verde Islands and Burkina Faso.Coach Cisse has put together a team with physical presence in the shape of Mame Diouf, Kalidou Koulibaly and Cheikhou Kouyate, and technical prowess with the likes of Idrissa Gueye and Keita Balde, as well as being strong down the flanks.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Political fellows bring new perspectives to classroom

first_imgA television journalist, the co-host of “Pod Save the World” and the director of Hill Research Consultants have joined the Center for the Political Future as fellows to teach courses on political trends and media leading up to the 2020 elections. The Department of Political Science and International Relations invited three new fellows to teach at the University this semester to broaden political perspectives. (Daily Trojan file photo) “Making people see where opinions come from and think about it differently than how they thought before may give them an opportunity to better see another person’s point of view,” Hill said. “I think it’s important for people like me to go out of our way to hear the perspective of young people because there’s a risk of getting detached from the generations coming behind you,” he said. “I look forward to being informed and revitalized by the experience of being in the classroom and in the University community.” In addition to his role as a political analyst for national news sources, Greenfield has authored 13 books on politics, media and culture.  Jeff Greenfield, a journalist and analyst for CBS, ABC and CNN; Ben Rhodes, a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama who hosts a weekly foreign affairs podcast; and David Hill, a pollster who runs a marketing research firm, will each host talks with students about their professional experience and opinions on current issues throughout the semester.  “[We were] looking for people who are interested in students, who had deep, wide experience in politics, who will make the commitment to be on campus for 10 weeks … and engage with students,” Shrum said. Rhodes’ course, titled “The Global Authoritarian Trend: Strategies and Opposition,” examines the rise of authoritative leaders in democratic spaces around the world and the approaches countries have taken to combat them. While his experience can be helpful to students, Rhodes said he hopes to learn new perspectives from them and the University community. center_img While the Department of Political Science and International Relations screened through the fellows, Bob Shrum and Mike Murphy, the co-directors of the Center, made the final decision. Shrum said he chose the fellows based on their political experience, partisan balance and availability. “It’s my way of speaking in a history course even though I’m not a credentialed history professor,” Greenfield said. “Since I’ve been covering politics for a lot of decades, what I lived through is now history so some of what I teach I’ve actually observed.” Hill’s course, titled Understanding Political Culture’s Role in Campaign Messaging, will focus on how culture influences political narratives and campaigns. Hill said he hopes his class will allow students to consider and challenge their political opinions.  “The fellows bring a special perspective,” Shrum said. “They can enrich the education of students because they’ve been out there in the real world — in the trenches — and they add an extra dimension to what students learn.” This is the second year that CPF has invited fellows to teach courses at USC.  Greenfield teaches Political Media in the United States and aims to show students how politicians use the media to advance their agendas and how changes in the media have impacted political life.last_img read more

English football’s big guns clash in Community Shield

first_imgChampions Leicester take on FA Cup winners Manchester United in the Community Shield at Wembley. Jose Mourinho says the game will certainly help in the Red Devils’ preparations for the upcoming campaign.Meanwhile, Celtic begin their attempt to claim a sixth consecutive Scottish Premiership title later. The champions kick off their defence at Hearts.Before that, last season’s runners-up Aberdeen start at St Johnstone.last_img

Curb your enthusiasm, Cleveland: A lot can go wrong before Browns get it right

first_imgThe Browns are the flavor of the 2019 NFL offseason, with many proclaiming them the most improved team in the league. They are the latest team to win in March, which of course guarantees nothing come September through December. So I’m going to paraphrase Dennis Green, a coach with whom I worked in Minnesota, by saying this of the Browns: “If you want to crown them, go ahead and crown them.”I’m an optimist by nature, but I want to see the Browns in the playoffs for the first time since 2002 — the longest drought in the NFL — before I believe they truly have turned the corner and are headed to the elite status so many are predicting. There are too many variables that remain in play, any of which could doom Cleveland’s high hopes. When a team is as bad as the Browns have been for so long and has the first pick in the draft two straight years, it’s hard not to improve the talent level. We see teams jump into the playoffs every year who have been on the outside looking in for a long time.But other than the Patriots winning the AFC East and being a Super Bowl contender in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era, nothing in the NFL is a given.We are still talking about the Browns and their dreadful recent history, so let’s pump the brakes on the lofty predictions until they prove themselves when it counts. IYER: How Browns aced NFL free agencyYes, general manager John Dorsey has done a nice job adding talent with the selections of defensive end Myles Garrett and quarterback Baker Mayfield at the top of the past two drafts, plus the influx of premier players in receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, pass-rusher Olivier Vernon, defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson and running back Kareem Hunt (a signing I don’t like). But we are talking about a team that went 7-8-1 last season and was still looking up at the Ravens and Steelers in the AFC North standings.Sorry to be a Debbie Downer to long-suffering Browns fans who watched their team finish last in the AFC North seven straight years (and 13 of 15) before finally climbing out of the cellar last season. It is just too soon to say this is the next great NFL team.I personally have felt the stings of promising seasons that went south. In 2001, our Titans team was coming off a 13-3 year and was a Super Bowl pick by many, but our secondary was decimated by injuries that season, and we finished 7-9. Similarly, our Vikings team in 1995 had won the division the previous year, which was Warren Moon’s first season as our QB. There were big expectations for us going into the season, but a 3-5 start punctuated by overtime losses to Dallas and Tampa Bay made the hill too big to climb. We wound up 8-8.There are so many examples of teams looking great on paper but the promise not materializing on the field. Sometimes that’s due to major injuries, and Beckham’s 2017 Giants are a good example. After an 11-5 season in 2016, they fell to 3-13 with Beckham’s broken ankle in October of ’17 a major reason for the downfall. In total, Beckham missed 16 games over the past two years, so his health is a concern for Cleveland.HAISLOP: Kitchens can handle the pressureAt last week’s annual NFL meeting, Saints coach Sean Payton delivered an interesting (and telling) line when he was asked about facing rookie head coaches: “We’re excited to play those teams.”Payton knows those teams are operating in transition mode with inexperienced leaders, which brings us to Freddie Kitchens.The first-year Browns coach must manage an all-time diva in Beckham and lots of other egos in the Browns locker room. In Beckham’s introductory media conference this week, the receiver was comical with his statements, “All I care about is winning,” and coming to Cleveland is “the biggest blessing in my life and the start of something great.”Will Beckham feel that way if he catches only two balls in a loss in Baltimore, for example? What about if Kitchens decides to pound the rushing attack with a fine back in Nick Chubb? Will Kitchens still be professing his love for Beckham when the coach’s game plans and play selections are inevitably questioned by the mercurial wideout?center_img Speaking of inexperience, Mayfield had a nice finish to his rookie season and looks like a future star, but he still threw 14 interceptions in his 14 starts and ranked 20th in passer rating. He has a ways to go before being a playoff-caliber QB. Defenses also will be more prepared to defend Mayfield in Year 2, so there will be the inevitable growing pains; the kind that could incite Beckham to criticize his young QB.Hunt’s return will be another issue and potential distraction for Kitchens and the Browns to manage, including extra media attention, possible fan protests and the coaches having to decide how to rotate Hunt and Chubb. Defensively, the Browns have a new coordinator in former Cardinals coach Steve Wilks. He will bring his tweaks to the Browns’ system, and there will be an adjustment period for the players.Team chemistry is an overused term, but it is a legitimate question about the 2019 Browns as their new players adjust to a new team and city.Then there’s team owner Jimmy Haslam, who has a history of meddling in football operations.WATCH: OBJ speaks for first time in ClevelandI’m happy for the Dawg Pound dwellers who are so excited about the upcoming season. I’m also sure they are realistic enough to know things easily could unravel before they see a home playoff game, or even a wild-card playoff game at all.last_img read more