USDA awaits further testing in possible BSE case

first_img The USDA had tested 5,668 cattle for BSE from Jun 1 through 21, according to APHIS figures. The agency says it has 99% confidence of detecting BSE at a level of one case in 10 million cattle if it tests 268,000 cattle during the expanded screening program. “The inconclusive result does not mean we have found another case of BSE in this country,” Clifford stated. “Inconclusive results are a normal component of most screening tests, which are designed to be extremely sensitive so they will detect any sample that could possibly be positive” (italics in original). See also: He added that some inconclusive results are expected in screening test programs, since screening tests “are designed to cast a very wide net.” Tissue samples from the animal were sent to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, for the confirmatory testing, Clifford said. Clifford said the USDA “remains confident in the safety of the US beef supply.” The ban on putting “specified risk materials”—tissues most likely to carry the BSE agent in an infected animal—into the food supply would protect the public if any more BSE cases were found in the United States, he said.center_img Jun 28, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture reported an “inconclusive,” or preliminary positive, test result in its screening program for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) Jun 25 and is awaiting confirmatory test results. The inconclusive result was the first since the USDA expanded its BSE testing program Jun 1 in an effort to test more than 200,000 cattle over the next 12 to 18 months. In announcing the finding, Dr. John Clifford, deputy administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), said confirmatory tests would be completed in 4 to 7 days. Because the confirmatory tests could be negative, Clifford did not report the age, breed, or sex of the animal involved, the laboratory that did the screening test, or where the animal came from. He said the animal did not enter the human food supply or animal feed. Jun 25 USDA statementhttp://www.usda.gov/Newsroom/0263.04.htmllast_img read more

Kingston and Richmond Tight supply spells opportunity

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Rooney key for England – Ferguson

first_imgSir Alex Ferguson has branded Wayne Rooney England’s great white World Cup hope. Ferguson continues to insist Rooney wanted to leave, although the player has denied handing in a transfer request. Yet the whole saga was made worse for the fact he definitely did slap in a transfer request in 2010 when he questioned the club’s ambition. One of the players Rooney argued Ferguson should be signing was Mesut Ozil, who has guided Arsenal to the top of the Premier League. As Ferguson explained in his autobiography, it was a subject Rooney had no business getting involved in. “As I explained to Wayne, leave the signing of players to me,” said Ferguson. “It was none of his business who we should have gone for. His job was to play and perform. “Ozil was not on our radar. I said that to Wayne at the time.” It was what Ferguson feels was a “sorry episode” for Rooney given within 48 hours he had signed a new contract that made him one of the Premier League’s best supported players. “It portrayed him as a money man who had dropped his grievance the minute his salary was raised,” said Ferguson. “There was a mixed reaction from the players. Some were put out, others were not bothered by him.” Press Association Ferguson fell out with Rooney during his final season at Manchester United and it seems certain had the Scot remained as manager there would have been an acrimonious split. As it turned out, David Moyes has been able to talk Rooney round and the striker has responded with an outstanding contribution for club and country. Yet, as Ferguson knows only too well, the pressure will be much greater when England head off to Brazil next summer. “He is the white hope for England,” said Ferguson. “The expectation on him now is huge.” So good has Rooney been for United this season, Ferguson claims the pair would never have fallen out last term over the forward’s failure to secure a regular starting spot in his favourite position. “Do you think I would drop Wayne Rooney if he was playing the way he is now?” said Ferguson. “Absolutely no way. “That is how we want to see Wayne Rooney. “At the time Wayne was not playing well enough. That was my judgement.” last_img read more

Young, fearless Purdue squad has bright future

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photo Maybe they were just too young to understand: You don?t justwaltz into the Kohl Center and beat the Wisconsin Badgers.But that?s exactly what the young and rising PurdueBoilermakers did Saturday night, winning 72-67 to hand Wisconsin just itsseventh home loss under Bo Ryan and becoming just the second Big Ten school towin in the Kohl Center during that same time.It wasn?t just that Purdue won. The youthful Boilermakers ?who start two sophomores and two freshmen ? made it look relatively easy.?I don?t think intimidation is a thing with this team; justbecause we?re so young, we feel we can do anything. We?re invisible like that,?Purdue sophomore Keaton Grant said.The win gave the Boilermakers a season sweep of the Badgersand vaulted them into sole possession of first place in the conference with a10-1 mark.Purdue was never intimidated, and its play validated it. TheBoilermakers took better care of the ball ? 18 turnovers for Wisconsin, 11 forPurdue ? and shot the ball better from the field all night.?Everybody still talks about us as the Baby Boilers,?sophomore Chris Kramer said. ?I think we use that as motivation, that we havesomething to prove still.?Purdue overcame a tremendous anomaly at the free throw line,as Wisconsin ? a 68 percent free throw shooting team on the season ? made 30 of33 shots from the charity stripe.Even when the Badgers made a run late in the second half torouse the crowd and make it a closer contest, the Baby Boilers played likeveterans.Freshman JaJuan Johnson drained three of four free throwsand converted a layup down the stretch.Grant picked Trevon Hughes as he tried to split twodefenders at the top of the key and finished with a breakaway dunk toessentially put the game on ice at a crucial point in the second half whenWisconsin was down four with the ball and building momentum.?I think he does a good job of getting us into our offenseand running the show,? Purdue coach Matt Painter said of Grant. ?But then hedoes some good things defensively. The steal and the block, those were bothhuge plays.?Leading the charge was freshman Robbie Hummel, who scored acareer-high 21 points and is looking more and more like a future conferenceplayer of the year candidate.?Robbie Hummel just knows how to play, just understands howto play,? Painter said.Hummel scored nine points in the first half and opened thesecond half by hitting two 3-pointers to bring his total to 15 points just 22minutes in.?Rob is Rob,? Grant said. ?Rob?s gonna do his thing. ? I wassurprised, I looked at the [scoreboard], and I seen how many points he had soquick.?Fellow freshman E?Twaun Moore pitched in 11 points andsophomore Chris Kramer scored 12.Entering the game as one of the nation?s best defensiveteams, UW allowed 72 points and gave up 1.10 points per possession.?That?s why they beat us,? UW forward Joe Krabbenhoft said.?They played better offense than we played defense.?It was Purdue?s young guns that got it done and scored themost points Wisconsin had allowed since it surrendered 81 to Marquette in itsfirst home loss of the season. All told, 59 of 72 Purdue points were scored byunderclassmen.?They?ve showed that poise ever since they showed up oncampus,? Painter praised. ?It?s not something ? we did as a staff. The guysjust understand the game, they do not get rattled and at times, they?re notexcited after big wins.?That wasn?t the case Saturday night. As the final secondsran off, the Purdue bench jumped in excitement and forward Nemanja Calasan andKrump hugged near midcourt.?This is just huge,? Kramer said. ?We?re thesecond (Big Ten school) ever to come into the Kohl Center and win. It?s a greatteam win.?last_img read more

2018 FIFA World Cup Park attracts thousands of fans in Kazan

first_imgAt the height of the summer, the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM Local Organising Committee (LOC) came up with a memorable gift for the residents of Kazan and it’s guests, giving them all the chance to get a feel for the colossal event that will be Russia 2018, a whole five years ahead of the tournament. From 4 to 17 July, as part of the 27th World University Games, one of the city’s main squares, on the embankment by the Farmers’ Palace, hosted the 2018 FIFA World Cup Park.There was something for every football fan who came to the Park, whatever their level of footballing experience and passion. The smallest fans could paint themselves in the colours of the Russian flag, draw enormous footballs or simply take their first steps in the game by kicking a ball. For more active visitors, there were several open-air attractions, such as a precision shooting contest and two different types of table football. As well as “classic” table football, visitors could also test themselves in a larger-scale version using an inflatable football pitch.All visitors to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Park had access to a marquee with interactive entertainment, where they could try on paraphernalia worn by football fans from around the world, test their knowledge in a quiz on the history of the FIFA World Cup™ and give it a go as a football commentator by describing some of the competition’s greatest goals. The visitors who produced the most skilful commentaries were awarded prizes by journalists from national television and radio.“I’ve always dreamt of becoming a football commentator,” said Ilnur, a five-year-old boy who came up with one of the best commentaries on a goal scored by Zinedine Zidane in the 1998 FIFA World Cup Final in France. “Now I’ll try even harder to make my dream come true. One day I’ll be a real World Cup commentator!”Over the two weeks the Park was open, there were more than 150,000 visitors, i.e. more than 10,000 visitors a day or, on average, one in every 10 people from Kazan. Among those who visited the Park were Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, Tatarstan leader Rustam Minnikhanov, players and coaches from Russia’s national student football team and other Russian sports stars. Another visitor to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Park was Russia’s sports minister and Russia 2018 LOC chairman, Vitaly Mutko, who highlighted the extra interest the people of Kazan and its guests were showing in Russia 2018. “I’m really pleased to see so much enthusiasm among Russians in anticipation of this massive festival of football,” Mutko said. “I’d like to thank you for your support. The 2018 World Cup Park has been a sort of prelude to the FIFA Fanfests that will be taking place in the Russia 2018 Host Cities at the same time as the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, and will give everyone the chance to sample the unique atmosphere of this tournament, which our country will be hosting for the first time, a whole four years early!”Kazan was the first of the Host Cities to declare its 2018 FIFA World Cup stadium open. The stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2013 World University Games. In 2017, the arena will host matches at the FIFA Confederations Cup, and then Russia 2018 matches the following year.last_img read more