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

The Latest: Horse racing set to resume in France on Monday

first_img___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 May 9, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The president of France Galop says horse racing will resume in France on Monday. The Latest: Horse racing set to resume in France on Monday Édouard de Rothschild tweeted that “the resumption of races is accepted” and thanked the French government for allowing it to go ahead.France is coming out of lockdown on Monday amid the coronavirus epidemic, with the nation confined since March 17.Races will be held at the famed Longchamp Racecourse in western Paris, which hosts the prestigious Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in the first weekend of October, and at Compiègne in northern France.___Watford chairman Scott Duxbury says at least six of the 20 English Premier League clubs are concerned about the plan to use neutral stadiums to finish the season. Associated Press Duxbury says “there is no altruism in the Premier League” and that “there are 20 different vested interests, which sometimes align but more often than not work purely to protect each individual club.”Ahead of Monday’s crunch meeting of topflight clubs, the Hornets have joined Brighton and Aston Villa in making clear their opposition to the current “Project Restart” plans.With nine rounds left, Watford is 17th in the league and looking to fight off relegation amid a challenging backdrop brought on by the coronavirus outbreak.Duxbury says “some clubs are happy to sign up to ‘Project Restart’ because arguably there is only an upside in participating in this compromised format. It means Liverpool can win the title, other clubs can book their place in Europe next season or potentially fight their way up the table from a position of safety.” But he adds “when at least six clubs – and I suspect more – are concerned about the clear downside and the devastating effects of playing in this kind of distorted nine-game mini-league, then I believe the Premier League has a duty of care to address those concerns.”last_img read more

Erik Swanson – eFTW – Fantasy esports, comeback or game over?

first_imgErik Swanson, eFTWErik Swanson is the CEO of eFTW (Esports For The Win). The fantasy esports app is available on both iOS and Android and is an game in which users pick teams rather than players across League, Dota, CS:GO and more. The DFS industry as a whole is approaching something of a crossroads right now, and we asked Erik about the current potential for esports fantasy operators in particular, which has had a tough time in the last couple of years. With more recent entrants such as ESL Fantasy Gaming, HypSports and eFTW, plus others such as Taunt and Blizzard’s Overwatch game coming soon, there are clearly enough that still believe in its potential for success. Esports Insider: Why do you think the likes of Vulcun and AlphaDraft failed to take off in 2015/16?Erik Swanson: There are probably a host of reasons – from coming out too early in the evolution of fantasy esports to poor word-of-mouth, but I see it being two-fold. Firstly, esports scheduling probably doesn’t yet lend itself to a daily league and secondly, fantasy drafting was new to the esports scene and educating the audience was always going to take some time. In this case, being a first mover turned out to be a disadvantage.ESI: Do you think certain esports titles are better suited to fantasy than others? DraftKings for example has stuck with a reduced League offering whilst dropping all others.Erik: Oh, definitely.  Unlike traditional sports, there is no one governing body that sets specific schedules and matchups for competitions.  In that respect, League of Legends (LoL) is pretty far ahead of other esports such as CS:GO and Dota 2.“In this case, being a first mover turned out to be a disadvantage”LoL has proper scheduling, sometimes weeks in advance, and the games begin on-time — often with live streams available.ESI: With eFTW your offering differs to others on the market, and fantasy as most will know it. Players pick teams rather than individuals. Tell us about why you built eFTW the way you did.Erik: When I designed eFTW there were three driving forces behind the vision.Firstly, the platform. At the time, all of the esports fantasy offerings were web-based.  Esports fans are heavy mobile users so making an app-based game to me was a no brainer.Second, that it should be free:. And by free I really mean truly free.  No hidden tricks, in-app purchases or pay walls.  This was particularly important to ensuring we were a “pure” fantasy app and as far away as possible from some of the more gambling-esque options.Finally, ease of use: Anyone who has ever played fantasy sports knows it can be time consuming.  I wanted to build something that was both fun and rewarding, but also required a small-time commitment.  In eFTW, you can jump in, pick your winning teams and be back out within a couple minutes.A former pro player myself, I ultimately built eFTW as the type of app I would like to use.  People follow both teams and individual players in esports, but in my opinion the teams are easier to follow.ESI: What do you think of the other new wave of entrants into the fantasy esports market, such as HypSports and Taunt?Erik: I think both add a clever and fun spin to the market.“Things like the lack of a single governing body, unpredictable scheduling, teams spread all over the world, lots of different games, etc., all make esports very unique compared to traditional sports”By purchasing and leveling up players HypSports has created sort of a game/fantasy hybrid.  And when it launches, Taunt will provide a cool real-time bragging-rights element to the matches.  That’s part of what is so exciting about the fantasy esports space right now – there are no boundaries in place.  It’s like the Wild West and there are now so many exciting ways for fans to participate.ESI: Do you anticipate more league and tournament formats, such as ESL Fantasy Gaming, to take off and lead the charge for fantasy esports more generally, like Fantasy Premier League has done for fantasy football in the UK?Erik: I think the fantasy landscape will continue to evolve along with esports. As I’ve mentioned, things like the lack of a single governing body, unpredictable scheduling, teams spread all over the world, lots of different games, etc., all make esports very unique compared to traditional sports.  So if the traditional blueprint does apply, it won’t be for quite some time. Plus, aren’t we all rule breakers by nature anyway?  Who would have ever thought that playing games professionally could pay as much as playing quarterback.last_img read more