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Global BSE cases declining fast, FAO says

first_img The FAO announcement comes 10 days after US authorities confirmed the nation’s third BSE case in a cow in Alabama. The cow, which couldn’t walk, was euthanized and buried on the farm, after samples were taken for testing, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). “It is quite clear that BSE is declining and that the measures introduced to stop the disease are effective,” said Andrew Speedy, an FAO animal production expert quoted in the announcement. “But further success depends on our continuing to apply those measures worldwide.” The United States is working on a voluntary national cattle identification system but has not yet implemented it. Mar 23 FAO statement on mad cow diseasehttp://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2006/1000258/index.html See also: Mar 23, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Worldwide cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, have declined about 50% per year over the last three years, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. USDA investigators have found a 6-week-old calf belonging to the BSE-infected cow and are looking for a bull calf that was born to the cow last year, the agency said in recent updates. The 6-week-old calf has been moved to the USDA’s national laboratory in Ames, Iowa, for observation. In today’s FAO statement, Speedy said a vital part of BSE detection and control is “a tracking system that allows animals to be identified all the way from birth to shopping basket. This has been adopted across Europe but has yet to be implemented partially or fully in a number of other countries.” Deaths caused by the human form of BSE, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), have also been dropping, the FAO said. There were five deaths in 2005, compared with 9 in 2004 and 18 in 2003. All the deaths occurred in the United Kingdom, the country hit hardest by both BSE and vCJD. Mar 16 USDA update on Alabama BSE casehttp://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/content/2006/03/bse_al-epi_vs.shtml After the cow tested positive, USDA officials dug up the animal to verify its age and determined that it was at least 10 years old. That meant it had been born before the 1997 US ban on putting cattle protein into cattle feed, considered the most likely transmission pathway for BSE, the USDA said in a Mar 16 update. “In 2005, just 474 animals died of BSE around the world, compared with 878 in 2004 and 1,646 in 2003, and against a peak of several tens of thousands in 1992,” the FAO said. The figures were compiled by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Mar 9 USDA update on its National Animal Identification Systemhttp://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/content/2006/03/aintag_vs.shtmllast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Sep. 8

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAssault weapons are not what many thinkRegarding Virginia Newton’s Sept. 5 letter, “Assault weapons not for sport or defense.”With all due respect to the letter writer, she just doesn’t understand what she is saying. There are no assault weapons out there. That is the definition that the media gives to rifles that are black in color.Unfortunately, the uninformed follow like sheep and repeat what the liberal news media says. Once again, assault weapons are not used for sport or hunting or home defense. Assault weapons are for war and are used to kill as many and as fast as possible. Those are the weapons that we used in the Vietnam War and not the ones the letter writer thinks she speaks of.Also speaking about the NRA, myself and 5 million more members do not have assault weapons the liberal media speaks about. Please inform yourselves before the untrue lies about gun ownership spread faster than they are now.Rick SplawnikAmsterdam Teamwork leads to improvements in citySara Foss recently highlighted the positive impact that demolition of 16 Jefferson St. will have on the Front Street neighborhood.On behalf of the Capital Region Land Bank, I would like to thank Mayor Gary McCarthy and his staff for the work they do leading up to a Land Bank demolition project.The day an excavator demolishes an eyesore property follows months of work by the Land Bank staff working closely with the team at City Hall. The Law and Building departments work together to identify abandoned properties and obtain site control. The Water Department terminates connections. The Department of Development creates strategies for new uses for properties once they are demolished. The City Council provides the OK to transfer title to the property to the Land Bank so that demolition can occur.The partnership between the Land Bank, the county, the city of Schenectady and our community lending, renovation and foundation partners is essential in our efforts to fight blight and encourage new development in our neighborhoods.Behind every demolition is a much larger team working to improve our community every day. The adage, “working together works,” has never been truer.Richard RuzzoSchenectadyThe writer is chairman of the Capital Region Land Bank and a member of the Schenectady County Legislature. Pro-life Democrats need to speak upI would support pro-life Democrats. The problem is, they’re an endangered species. The abortion expansion law passed the New York Senate with only two Democrats voting against. It passed the state  Assembly with only seven Democrats voting against. All the Democrat senators and assemblymen in our districts, including phony Angelo Santabarbara, voted in favor of abortion expansion and denying care to abortion survivors.I sympathize with pro-life Democrats who with a heavy heart continue to pull the lever for their party. They vote out of habit and identity. It’s to these voters that I plea to please accept reality The Democratic Party will never change its stance on abortion. They believe it’s a fundamental right at any stage of development, including after the child is born. The Democrats keep moving the goal post on abortion to include older and older babies.There once was a time when voters could discuss pro-life views with Democratic lawmakers, but that time has long since passed. The Democratic Party bullies pro-life voters, telling them to get out of the party and get out of New York.Pro-life Democrats need to get over their identity crisis and stop being complicit in the murder of pre-born and just-born babies. Next fall, voters have a real choice: vote for the party of life or the party of death.Jennifer RichardsBurnt Hills Show more concern for global warmingIn this time of uncertainty about literally everything, there seems to be little in this world that doesn’t have a contradiction to it.But one thing that is certain is that our time on Earth won’t last much longer unless serious changes are made.But all the times are different/ Some scientists say that we have about 50 years to reduce carbon emissions; others say we’ve already gone over the edge. Action isn’t “not using straws” or “saving the turtles” because the main danger facing humanity is global carbon emissions, which have now exceeded 416 ppm.For comparison, global carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was on average 280 ppm in the 10,000 years leading up to the 19th century.Humanity isn’t concerned enough about global warming, and that is a serious issue.Kristian PowellAverill ParkRemind kids to look both ways on streetWith the start of the new school year, there has been much publicized awareness regarding people breaking the law by driving past stopped school buses.  I have yet to hear one specific aspect of school bus safety get mentioned on the news. No one seems to be reiterating the simple importance of looking both ways before crossing the street. Perhaps some people may think this goes without saying, but it can’t be said enough.I’m amazed when watching videos, or real-life experiences of kids getting on or off school buses. Many just dart out onto the street without looking to see if there is oncoming traffic. Parents, teachers, care givers and bus drivers should continually tell children to be aware of traffic before crossing the street. Look both ways, whether retrieving a ball or, yes, getting on or off a school bus.  There is too much credence given to the idea that school buses will give children a safe right-of-way when crossing the street.The school buses’ stop signs and flashing lights do not stop oncoming traffic; only the braking of the individual driving the passing vehicle does. Common sense precaution should take precedence over assumption when doing something as simple as crossing a street. Look both ways before crossing.Louis Restifo Sr.Burnt Hills More from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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Statoil Floats First Hywind Scotland Foundations off Stord

first_imgSource: StatoilThe first two of the five SPAR-type floating foundations built by the Navantia-Windar consortium for Statoil’s 30MW Hywind Scotland floating wind farm have arrived to the project’s assembly base in Stord, Norway.The two floating foundations were loaded onto the semi-submersible vessel Albatross at Navantia’s Fene shipyard in Spain in early May.The two foundations were unloaded off Stord last week and at least one of them has already been verticalized using ballast water and aggregates, reaching a draft of more than 75 metres.Source: NavantiaEach of these structures is 91 metres long, with a diameter of 14.8 metres and a weight of 3,450 tonnes.The remaining three foundations will be shipped out from the Fene shipyard at the end of May and at the beginning of June.The floating foundations will support five Siemens 6 MW turbines. The assembled units will be towed to the installation site some 25 kilometres off the coast of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, and anchored in water depths exceeding 100 metres.The wind farm, owned by Statoil (75%) and Masdar (25%), is expected to be commissioned in late 2017.last_img read more

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Eni closes $4.7 billion Coral South FLNG project financing

first_imgItalian oil company Eni has achieved financial close for a total amount of around $4.7 billion for the Coral South FLNG multi-sourced project financing. The project is located in the Area 4 offshore Mozambique where Eni is the operator.In March 2017, Eni and ExxonMobil signed a sale and purchase agreement to enable ExxonMobil to acquire a 25 percent interest in Area 4, through EEA. The remaining interests in Area 4 are held by CNODC (20%), Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos E.P. (ENH, 10%), Kogas (10%) and Galp Energia (10%).Eni sanctioned the project at the beginning of June 2017 and signed all the drilling, construction and installation contracts for the production facilities, as well as agreements with the Mozambican government for the regulatory framework and financing of the project.According to Eni’s statement on Wednesday, the financing is split in the following facilities: BPI Export Credit Agency Covered Loan; KEXIM Export Credit Agency Covered Loan; Ksure Export Credit Agency Covered Loan; Sace Export Credit Agency Covered Loan; Sinosure Export Credit Agency Covered Loan; Commercial Bank Direct Loan; and KEXIM Direct Loan.Coral South FLNG is the first project sanctioned by the Area 4 partners for the development of the considerable gas resources discovered by Eni and its partners in the Rovuma Basin offshore Mozambique.It targets the production and monetization of the gas contained in the southern part of the Coral gas reservoir, by means of a floating LNG (FLNG) plant with a capacity of 3.4 million tons per year (MTPA). A sale and purchase agreement was signed in 2016 for the sale of 100% of the LNG production to BP.Soon after the project was sanctioned, Eni awarded a contract for the engineering, procurement, construction, installation, commissioning and start-up (EPCIC) of the Coral South FLNG facility and its associated risers and subsea flowlines system, as well as the installation of the umbilicals and subsea equipment to TechnipFMC, together with JGC Corporation and Samsung Heavy Industries, all partners in the TJS Consortium where TechnipFMC is the leader.Technip and JGC Corporation then awarded a contract to Baker Hughes, a GE company, to provide rotating equipment for the power and gas refrigeration process of the new FLNG facility.Speaking of FLNG units, Africa’s first FLNG vessel recently reached its final location in Cameroon, after a long journey from Singapore. The FLNG Hilli Episeyo is expected to start production soon. Also, the final investment decision (FID) for Ophir’s Fortuna FLNG project in Equatorial Guinea is still pending as Ophir is working to develop alternative funding sources for the project.On the other hand, Petronas-owned Satu FLNG unit is already producing, making it the world’s first FLNG in production.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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W. Visayas’ RTF-ELCAC ‘in full swing’ next year

first_imgMembers of the Regional Peace and Order Council in Western Visayas gather for a meeting on Dec. 12. DENR WESTERN VISAYAS “We will meet in March for theupdating of accomplishments and plans,” said Iglesia.(With a report from PNA/PN) “The clusters (of the RTF-ELCAC) arealready complete but not fully operational. The clusters are conducting effortsand hopefully next year, it will be in full swing,” Iglesia added. Iglesia said all of the provinces inthe region have organized their respective provincial TF-ELCAC. Ariel Iglesia, regional director ofthe Department of the Interior and Local Government in the region, said theRTF-ELCAC will be fully operational on Jan. 2020.   Aside from the thrust againstinsurgency, Iglesia said the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) was alsotasked to oversee the situation of illegal drugs and the overall peace andorder situation in the region.   The clusters include the localgovernment empowerment, international engagement, legal cooperation, strategiccommunication, basic services, livelihood and poverty alleviation, andinfrastructure and resources management. “On the level of municipalities, it isstill not complete but our efforts are ongoing,” he added. The RPOC has set its regular meetingevery Wednesday of the last month of the quarter. The meeting was attended byEnvironment secretary Roy Cimatu as the Cabinet Officer for RegionalDevelopment and Security. The newly-appointed RPOC memberschaired by Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. of Iloilo gathered for their first meetinglast week.  The region has also put in placeclusters such as peace and development, situational awareness and knowledgemanagement, localized peace and engagement, the enhanced comprehensive localintegration program, and sectoral unification capacity living and empowerment. ILOILO City – The Regional Task Forceto End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) will be in full swing nextyear, according to the peace and order council in Western Visayas.  last_img read more

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Wilshere backed to win 100 England caps

first_img Wilshere, 21, returned from more than a year out injured in October, but is already being heralded as an integral part of the future hopes of both club and country. Arsenal head to Tottenham on Sunday where they will come up against in-form Welshman Gareth Bale, who has drawn comparisons with Europe’s best after his match-winning performances this season. Wenger believes his own talented midfielder has everything ahead of him, and he said: “Bale is the flavour of the moment. When you look at Wilshere, who will deny that this guy will get 100 caps for England? Nobody, if he has no injury.” Press Association He added: “My worry is not to compare Wilshere with anyone else. My only worry when you are a footballer player of that talent is to become as good as you can become. “That is the only thing that is of interest to me. I leave the comparisons to other people. My job is to get the best out of him.” Wenger feels it is sometimes overlooked just how much Wilshere has achieved since arriving at the club aged nine. “You tend to forget how old he is when you see him play. You never come out of a game and think ‘this guy is 21 years old’. He’s at a stage where the others have not started,” said Wenger. “You think of Jack (as) an established player in the Premier League and at international level, that is still something special.” Wenger feels Wilshere will develop into Arsenal’s natural leader. He continued: “Jack breathes football. He doesn’t talk too much, but he understands everything. What he has exceeded is the speed of his physical fitness in the game. Honestly, I never expected that.” There were reports on Saturday night that an Arab consortium is considering making a bid for Arsenal in the near future. The Sun on Sunday and Sunday Telegraph both reported the interest, with funds for the bid said to be coming from Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. American Stan Kroenke is the club’s majority shareholder, while Uzbek Alisher Usmanov also holds a significant stake. The offer for Arsenal would reportedly see the potential investors bid around £20,000 per share, making Kroenke’s holding worth £830million. center_img Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is in no doubt midfielder Jack Wilshere can outlast the hype and go on to earn a century of caps for England.last_img read more

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Martinez hails ‘exquisite’ Barkley

first_img The Spaniard believes the teenager, currently on international duty with England, possesses technical skills on a par with Brazilian or Dutch contemporaries. Barkley, 19, has become a key player in the side since the change of management at Goodison Park in the summer and Martinez is keen to progress the youngster’s development. Press Association “Ross, since day one, showed he was ready and in a position to enjoy his football and it is not a secret he is a really talented man,” the Toffees boss told talkSPORT. “Technically he is really gifted and you would probably see that technical ability in any player brought up in Brazil or Holland – he is that exquisite technically. “He is a young man who is fighting for his place and his personality and character means he is such a humble boy, all he wants to do is listen and play. “Nothing will faze him on a pitch and if you have that with the talent he has, it is an incredible combination.” Everton’s good start to the season has put them sixth in the Barclays Premier League, three points off second-placed Liverpool ahead of this weekend’s Merseyside derby at Goodison. Martinez is still trying to implement changes in his playing philosophy and believes further progress will be made this season. “We are better now than we were in August and in February we have to be at a better level,” he added. “The goalscoring ability of a team is very important. You are going to be successful in a season if you are solid defensively and have a threat of scoring goals. “Scoring goals will come more often once we get the understanding of the players. “We have goals in the side, I’m not worried about that. The focus is on the strikers but it is the wrong focus.” center_img Everton manager Roberto Martinez has hailed the “exquisite” talent of midfielder Ross Barkley.last_img read more

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Hughton understands anger of fans

first_imgNorwich boss Chris Hughton understands the frustrations of Canaries supporters over the club’s slide towards the Barclays Premier League drop zone. Press Association Hughton told BBC Radio Norfolk: “The supporters show the passions of their club. We have the same passions here and I am desperate as a manager to make sure we keep making progress. “We certainly understand and respect the opinions of the supporters. It is their club and one thing I can guarantee is that we are working as hard as we can to be looking upwards.” Hughton remains convinced his side can pull out of their recent slide and regain their form of the previous two seasons, which brought them 11th and 12th-placed finishes. He added: “In a league that is very tight around we know we’re only three points away from 10th place. “But we want to fight and work as hard as we can to make sure we can start looking upwards.” center_img City have slumped to within two points of the bottom three after going six league games without a win – and their 3-0 FA Cup loss at Fulham on Tuesday night left some fans calling for Hughton’s head. Further reversals at home to Hull on Saturday and Newcastle on Tuesday would pile the pressure on Hughton, with chief executive David McNally having indicated the manager is doing his job providing he keeps the club out of the bottom three. last_img read more

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Rangers star set for final stage of recovery from injury

first_imgQPR’s Alejandro Faurlin is due to travel to Spain later this week before returning to England for the final stage of his recovery from a knee injury.Faurlin has been sidelined since suffering cruciate damage during an FA Cup tie against MK Dons in January and is hoping to be fit for the start of next season.He has received much of his treatment in Spain, where he was operated on by respected surgeon Ramon Cugat.AdChoices广告“We’re really pleased with how he’s progressing,” said Rangers manager Mark Hughes.“He’ll probably go back to Spain for another week and then after that he’ll be back doing his rehab here.”Click here for the Monday QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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MSOC : Syracuse defense stifles American throughout game

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ For most of Syracuse’s game against American, all Phil Boerger had to do was sit back in the goal and watch his defense stifle the Eagles’ scorers. It was perhaps the cleanest and sharpest defensive performance the Orange has put together in its four games this season.Except for one miscommunication, which had the potential to spell disaster, the Orange stripped American’s offense of all its scoring chances.‘I thought from Phil Boerger through our back four, I thought we defended well,’ SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. ‘I don’t think they created a ton of quality open chances. I think there was a couple of half chances. It was kind of a mistake for the goal.’Fortunately for the Orange, one mistake didn’t cost it the game.Syracuse’s strong defensive performance in its 2-1 overtime win limited American’s open looks, leading to just eight total shots from the Eagles’ attackers. Using a four-man backline to smother the Eagles’ three strong scorers up front, SU kept control for the entire first half. The ball hardly ever reached American’s offensive zone, and when it did, a Syracuse defender quickly got to the ball to knock it away.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange was simply faster, and more athletic than the Eagles in the first half. In the 17th minute, an American player was running up the right side of the field with a rare open look at the goal. But freshman Skylar Thomas blocked him just inside the box to kick the ball away. Thomas spun around him and cleared the ball.‘I think we kept the ball a little better than we have in past games,’ said Boerger, who only had to make six saves in the entire game. ‘In the first half, we did real well with that. But in the second half, we were kind of just kicking and running a little bit. I think, obviously if we have the ball, they’re not a threat.’The second half wasn’t quite as solid as the first. The Orange offense looked fatigued, leading to sloppier passes and poorer control of the ball. For Thomas, it also meant having a brief mental lapse that led to Syracuse giving up what was a crippling game-tying goal at the time.As the ball rolled toward Boerger in the SU net in the 83rd minute, the goalkeeper called for the ball to come through to him, with the intent of clearing it. But Thomas went after the ball anyway. He tried to kick it away from Eagles’ defender Jack Scott, but his attempt to steal the ball from Scott backfired. Thomas kicked it right to Scott — who now had an open goal in front of him — and he tied things up late in the second half.‘I just had a little mental lapse in the last five minutes, but luckily (Nick Roydhouse) made up for it,’ Thomas said. ‘When the ball came through, I thought I could kick it. As I was about to kick it, my keeper fell. He called for the ball.’While SU didn’t necessarily help itself by taking its foot off the accelerator in the second half and making a critical mistake, McIntyre said the Eagles ‘wrestled the play away’ from his team.Fortunately for Thomas and SU, Nick Roydhouse’s free kick in overtime erased any chance American had of ruining the Orange’s chance to get win No. 2.Syracuse now has two wins in its first four games, which is as many wins as it had in all of last season.That miscommunication aside, Syracuse’s young defense kept American from creating scoring opportunities. While there are still some things McIntyre said the entire team needs to improve upon, a game like this certainly raises the confidence level of his defense.For a team that’s looking to make winning a habit, that’s going to be an important factor in deciding how successful this team can be.‘We’re a new group. We’re a young group finding ways to win games,’ McIntyre said. ‘I think if you were the neutral today, I think you’d say we did enough to win the game. We’ll keep working on some things.’cjiseman@syr.educenter_img Published on September 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemanlast_img read more