Minnesota cattle no longer listed as TB-free

first_img Cattle from the five herds found to be infected have been culled, BAH said. The USDA has paid for the killing of almost 4,000 cattle from those five herds; federal money also has been used to pay for removal of 180 exposed cattle. Mycobacterium bovis causes bovine TB, which is a respiratory disease of cattle, according to the BAH. It is a chronic, slowly progressive disease but does not spread easily. Infected cattle may transmit an infection to other animals, even when they appear asymptomatic. Bovine TB can affect all warm-blooded vertebrates, according to APHIS. State and federal officials are also testing wild deer, according to a story in the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald. A deer shot by a hunter last fall near the site of the first infected herd was found to have TB. State officials haven’t determined if that case is a harbinger of a larger outbreak among deer, the paper said. Pasteurization of milk and improved inspection and hygiene virtually eliminated human illness cases linked with bovine TB. However, a series of 35 human cases in New York City prompted the federal government last year to warn against eating soft cheeses made from raw milk. With the change come more restrictions on cattle sales across state lines, BAH said in a news release Jan 30. USDA requires all sexually intact cattle to be tested for bovine TB within two months of shipment. Certain cattle are exempt from testing, including those crossing state boundaries directly to slaughter, those going to an approved feedlot, and those from a TB-accredited herd. State rules for shipping cattle vary, so producers must contact destination states for details. Minnesota had been deemed free of bovine TB from 1976 until the discovery of the disease in a cow from a Roseau, Minn., herd in February 2005 prompted an investigation, according to the BAH. Since then the state has quarantined 65 herds for bovine TB. Tests on 39 of the herds showed no sign of infection, prompting their removal from quarantine. Twenty-six herds remain under quarantine today. “This is not a food issue,” said Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson, as quoted in a Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper story yesterday. “This is really an economics issue for cow producers.” “The state can apply for TB-free status 2 years after the last infected herd is depopulated, so it’s vital that we expedite depopulation of any infected herds,” said Bill Hartmann, state veterinarian and executive director of the BAH. APHIS information about bovine tuberculosishttp://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/hot_issues/bovine_tuberculosis/bovine_tb.shtmlcenter_img The Minnesota BAH, in conjunction with APHIS, is offering free bovine TB testing to farms within 15 miles of an infected herd. However, the recent downgrade in status affects all Minnesota farmers, which means many will have to pay for testing on their own. Besides Minnesota, states currently classified as other than free of bovine TB are Michigan, New Mexico, and Texas, according to the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The Minnesota Board of Animal Health (BAH) announced on Dec 8 that the USDA would drop the state’s TB status a notch, from TB-free to “Modified Accredited Advanced.” The reduction in status took effect Jan 30. Minnesota cattle producers who plan to ship cattle to other states must follow both federal and state testing rules. With few exceptions, farmers must pay for the testing. See also Feb 1, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Minnesota cattlemen are facing an economic blow from a once-banished nemesis: bovine tuberculosis. Mar 17, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Raw-milk cheese implicated in 35 TB cases”last_img read more

Fall movie lineup guarantees wide range of genres

first_imgAfter a summer filled with laughs (Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck), tears (Inside Out), screams of terror (Jurassic World) and flops (Terminator Genisys), this fall’s new releases are about to hit the screen. Though films with darker content are typically released in the fall, there are also several new films that will provide some great laughs. Here is an introduction to the top 10 most promising films for the fall.1. Black Mass (Sept. 18)Johnny Depp, who is either a master of disguise or equipped with an excellent make-up team, is riveting yet terrifying in the released previews for Black Mass. Depp portrays real-life American gangster Whitey Bulger, who became an FBI informant working out of South Boston. With strong supporting casting — Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson and Kevin Bacon — this rattling film is sure to be a dramatic shift from Depp’s recent trend of box office and critical misses.2. Everest (Sept. 18)Based on the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, which killed eight climbers and left several others stranded, this dramatic film promises plot twists and a big climax. The main focus of the film will be the survival attempts of the two exhibition groups who climbed the mountain during those fateful days, one led by Scott Fisher (Jake Gyllenhall) and the other led by Rob Hall (Jason Clarke).3. The Intern (Sept. 25)After playing stunning characters in the woeful world of Les Misérables and the not so hopeful future of Interstellar, Anne Hathaway steps into a more uplifting setting. Written and directed by Nancy Meyers, this charming, comedic film stars Hathaway, Nat Wolff, Adam DeVine and Robert De Niro. Jules Ostin, portrayed by Hathaway, is the founder and CEO of a fashion e-commerce company: a little neurotic, incredibly stressed and overworked. Though the woman struggling to juggle it all is a cliché seen many times on screen, the film looks to be made a little more interesting with the addition of Ben Whittaker, played by De Niro, a senior who will intern at Ostin’s youthful firm through a community outreach program. Throughout the film, it is Whittaker who will help Ostin open herself up to the world.4. Steve Jobs (Oct. 9)Due to overwhelmingly negative reviews of Jobs, the 2013 biopic featuring Ashton Kutcher, from viewers and former Apple employees, it was a surprise that a new cinematic attempt at piecing together the complicated life of Apple’s cofounder followed so soon. For the majority of 2014, the bulk of press about the upcoming second-attempt biopic were the changes in directors and cast. This was coupled with a major studio change, from Sony to Universal Pictures. Out of all that drama comes a picture directed by Danny Boyle and starring Michael Fassbender. This new biopic, in which audiences can catch a glimpse of Job’s overly analytical yet incredibly fascinating personality, appears much more promising than the 2013 version.5. Goosebumps (Oct. 16)After a long struggle to get it done, the Goosebumps movie is finally here, in what is clearly going to be the Halloween movie of the year. Early previews have shown that viewers should be prepared for lots of laughs, as Jack Black takes on the leading role as Goosebumps author R.L. Stine. Additionally, many adventures show Black and the children of the film, portrayed by Dylan Minnette and Odeya Rush, chasing down the ghosts and monsters who have accidentally been released from the books and are wreaking havoc all over town.6. The Peanuts Movie (Nov. 6)To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the comic strip, a live action version is making its way to the big screen. The whole gang joins Charlie Brown as he tries to gather the courage to finally make a move on the Little Red-Haired Girl. This film looks to have no shortage of laughs as early previews of the film show Charlie trying as hard as he can to change for his object of affection, with hilariously disastrous results.7. By the Sea (Nov. 13)Subtract the mass shootouts against enemy firms and assassination attempts, yet keep the plot about a couple trying to keep their waning marriage alive, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith becomes the idyllic By the Sea. The film marks power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie-Pitt’s reunion on the big screen. Though both Pitts produced the film, Jolie-Pitt also wrote and directed it. By the Sea hasn’t had a huge marketing campaign — some film stills have been released, but the majority of excitement has been raised by speculation from the fans. While Jolie-Pitt’s directorial skills received mixed reviews from Unbroken, By the Sea seems incredibly promising in its romantic plotline and choice of actors. Since on-screen chemistry was undeniable in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, there’s a chance this feat by the same actors can achieve the same appeal.8. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (Nov. 20)In the much-anticipated last installment of the Hunger Games film series, Katniss and crew are ready to obliterate President Snow and end the Games. The frenzy from fans about the final film has reached skyrocketing heights, but the main concern is whether the last installment will justify the hype. The decision to split the third book into two films has been mixed, with some critics claiming it unnecessary, especially since Mockingjay: Part 1 received average reviews and seemed to fall short of expectations.9. Victor Frankenstein (Nov. 25)After nearly two years of production and release delays, the Frankenstein movie has arrived. James McAvoy stars as the titular character, a young medical student, while Daniel Radcliffe plays Igor, who has been known as Victor’s assistant from previous Frankenstein horror films. The 2015 film is told from Igor’s perspective, and though no previews have been released thus far, expect a dark and profound performance from Radcliffe.10. The Good Dinosaur (Nov. 25)With smash hit Inside Out dominating the box office, Pixar is looking to continue the magic by doing something they have never done before — release two films in one year. Created by those who worked on Finding Nemo and Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur tells the tale of Arlo, a young Apatosaurus becomes lost after using his father, and on his way home befriends a Tarzan-esque little boy who he names Spot. The film looks very endearing with quintessential Pixar tearjerker moments. As Pixar has been relying on an overabundant amount of sequels for the past couple of years, The Good Dinosaur promises to take audiences on an original adventure.last_img read more

‘Something New’ is a brand new bridal experience for Letterkenny

first_imgDonegal’s newest bridal boutique has opened in Letterkenny to offer an exclusive experience for brides-to-be and their parties.Anyone looking for their dream wedding dress knows the importance of attention, guidance and care when they are having a fitting.Something New, located on the Port Road, makes sure every bride has an exclusive and private consultation while they try on the store’s stunning designer gowns. The store is a labour of love of Clare Grealis from Dungloe, who opened just months after her own wedding last summer.“I’ve always loved wedding dresses. I was getting married myself and I was obsessed with wedding dresses and everything related to weddings,” Clare told Donegal Daily.Clare Grealis, proprietor of Something New bridal boutique, Port Road, LetterkennyClare also has a beautiful range of wedding decor for hire under the name ‘Something Borrowed’. With wedding dresses, bridesmaid gowns and decor, the new Letterkenny boutique is a real one-stop shop for unique finds.Visits to Something New are by appointment only to ensure every woman gets their privacy to browse the designer dresses. Something New bridal boutique, Port Road, LetterkennySomething New bridal boutique, Port Road, LetterkennySomething New bridal boutique, Port Road, LetterkennySomething New bridal boutique, Port Road, LetterkennySomething New bridal boutique, Port Road, LetterkennySomething New bridal boutique, Port Road, LetterkennyClare’s main goal is to help brides in every way on their search for a dress.“My main aim is to make the bride feel special.“I love helping brides, I come in to work everyday happy.“And we know brides don’t want to spend extortionate money. Our average dress is around €1,500 – €1,600 and our most expensive is about €2,000,” Clare adds.Clare Grealis in the Something Borrowed Decor Display room of Something New on Port Road Letterkenny2020, Clare says, is going to be a huge year for weddings. And this summer she is giving all her bridal customers and extra gift as they will get a free voucher for the Seascape Spa in the Silver Tassie Hotel when they Say Yes to the Dress during the months of July and August. Saying Yes to the Dress is always an unforgettable part of a woman’s wedding journey. To add to this, Clare makes every visit to Something New a special party for the bride and her guests. Prosecco, lemonade and sweet treats are provided for all and the elegant boutique rooms are luxurious and spacious for a great get-together.Something New bridal boutique fitting roomSomething New bridal boutique fitting roomSomething New bridal boutique, Port Road, LetterkennyAnd if you say yes in Something New boutique you also get 15% off any of the decor packages from Something Borrowed!If you’d like to book a private consultation then don’t hesitate to get in touch by Facebook message or calling Clare on 0749124552  www.somethingnewbridalboutique.net Clare Grealis, proprietor of Something New bridal boutique, Port Road, Letterkenny‘Something New’ is a brand new bridal experience for Letterkenny was last modified: July 11th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bridalbridal boutiqueClare Grealisletterkenny bridesomething newwedding dressesweddingslast_img read more

New Energy-Saving Standards from Barack Obama

first_imgOn December 28, 2016, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued five new efficiency standards, culminating a decade of energy efficiency progress that began under President George W. Bush. The new standards, the last of many developed during the Obama administration, will save consumers money, help meet the nation’s energy needs, and reduce environmentally harmful emissions, including greenhouse gases. However, each of these new standards must clear one more hurdle before they are truly complete, which means the Trump administration will get the final word on this last batch of Obama-era standards.First, the new standards. They cover an eclectic mix of products. The first national standards for uninterruptible power supplies, portable air conditioners, and swimming pool pumps, which are based on a consensus agreement, each deliver surprisingly large savings. For pool pumps, California has led the way with pool pump motor standards, and Arizona, Connecticut, and Washington have followed. California and Oregon have previously set standards for uninterruptible power supplies as part of their battery charger standards. Building on this state leadership, the new DOE standards provide a consistent national standard for these products rather than state-by-state regulation.For walk-in coolers and commercial boilers, DOE’s latest actions would update existing national standards, originally signed into law by George W. Bush and his father, respectively. Manufacturers and installers of walk-in coolers negotiated the walk-in cooler levels with DOE and other stakeholders (including the Appliance Standards Awareness Project) after a lawsuit invalidated some earlier standards. The commercial boiler standards modestly increase the minimum levels for the heating equipment used in many mid- to large-sized buildings. Savings could reach $35 billionAltogether, this batch of new standards will save consumers and businesses $15 billion to $35 billion, according to DOE’s estimates. My colleagues Joanna Mauer and Chris Granda have described each in more detail in separate posts (pool pumps, portable air conditioners, uninterruptible power supplies, walk-in coolers, and commercial boilers).None of these standards has been especially controversial. But, in each case, the incoming Trump administration will get the final word. Under recently instituted DOE processes, final rules must be available for public review for at least 45 days before DOE can send them for official publication in the Federal Register. Standards published in the Federal Register after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration will be at the discretion of the new administration.One exception: the new swimming pool pump standards are exempt from this 45-day review period, because DOE is adopting them under a special process permitted for consensus-based standards. But, this special process also permits the DOE secretary to withdraw the new standard if significant objections are raised within the next few months. (The walk-in cooler standard is also a consensus-based standard, but DOE chose to adopt it through the process requiring the 45-day review period).So, what does all this mean? Donald Trump and his DOE Secretary-designate Rick Perry, if confirmed by the Senate, will get the final word on each of these new standards. California Approves Efficiency Standards for ComputersNew Furnaces Will Be More EfficientNew Efficiency Standards for ‘Wall Warts’Should the DOE Increase Furnace Efficiency Standards?A New Efficiency Standard for Gas FurnacesRefrigerators Get New Efficiency StandardsEnergy Efficiency Costs Less Than New GenerationWindow-Mounted Air Conditioners Save EnergyCalifornia’s Efficiency Standards Applied to TVs President Obama Orders Energy Department to Raise Appliance Efficiency Standards RELATED ARTICLES center_img DOE secretary designate may take pragmatic approachNeedless to say, the new secretary comes at energy policy from a different perspective than his immediate predecessors, and he’ll want to review all sorts of matters handed off to him. Undoubtedly, he will hear from some advisors that anything to do with the Obama administration should be deep-sixed.But there is reason to hope — based on his record in Texas and those of previous Republican administrations — that he’ll take a more pragmatic approach. Rick Perry knows something about conservation standards. As governor of Texas, he signed a package of water conservation standards into law. The 2009 state law, passed as an element of the state’s response to persistent drought, shows that even deeply conservative lawmakers can embrace the need for reasonable standards.Perry is not the first conservative governor of Texas to come around to support standards. As president, George W. Bush signed many standards into law as parts of the 2005 and 2007 national energy laws. Indeed, the enormous progress achieved on new standards during the Obama administration began under the Bush administration. After passage of the 2005 law and settling a lawsuit over many missed legal deadlines for updating standards, the Bush administration ramped up standards work.The trajectory of the Bush administration was not unlike that of another famous conservative. After initially refusing to establish any standards, President Ronald Reagan signed the original 13 national standards into law in 1987. Each learned that a balanced and cost-effective approach to meeting the nation’s energy needs must address not only the amount of energy produced but also the amount consumed. In 2015, U.S. electricity usage was about 13% lower than it would have been absent any standards.And that balanced approach has led to real-world benefits for everyday American families. We estimate that the typical household spends about $500 less a year on utility bills thanks to existing national standardsInterestingly, a recent poll showed Trump voters also support national standards. Seventy-six percent support “requiring manufacturers to make appliances more energy-efficient.”Let’s hope that the new administration starts with the same practical approach to efficiency standards that Reagan and Bush grew to embrace. With decisions due in the very first few months of new administration, we will know soon. Andrew deLaski is the executive director of the Appliance Standards Awareness Project. This post originally appeared at the website of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.last_img read more

500 kilometre run one message on suicide

first_imgAPTN National NewsMany experts say suicide has become an epidemic among young people in Indigenous communities.Now, a Vancouver Island youth is determined to help heal the grief and hopelessness that affects so many of her peers.As APTN’s Tina House reports, the young woman has hit the road running with her message.last_img

Edmonton students build a sweat lodge for the public

first_imgChris StewartAPTN National NewsA public school in Alberta provides education for student — with an Indigenous focus.Now those students have helped the school build a sweatlodge.It’s now open to both students, and the [email protected]last_img

Stop and Searches by police

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 24, 2017 – Police have been actively conducting stop and search operations this week and today, one near the Venetian Round about sparked reaction.  Residents reported to Magnetic Media on the strong presence of the Police Force and actually commended the tactical unit and those who would have arranged the operations for an assertive Police presence.#MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more

FDA approves new cannabis based drug to treat epilepsy

first_img June 28, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Lauren Phinney, Posted: June 28, 2018 FDA approves new cannabis based drug to treat epilepsycenter_img Updated: 8:56 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The FDA has approved a cannabis based drug to treat epilepsy. Dr. Jerry Shih, Director of Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at UCSD, was in studio to tell KUSI’s Lauren Phinney all about the new drug and an event taking place this weekend designed to raise awareness.LOKK for Epilepsy (dedicated to LOKK Legal) is a San Diego based non-profit organization founded by the family and friends of Koorosh Khashayar and we are dedicated to raising funds and awareness for epilepsy research. Our critical mission is to find a cure for Epilepsy, not just control the seizures, to find a cure for this disorder and to prevail over the challenges that effect so many people each day from experiencing a full life. We will do this through educating and funding research to accelerate treatment.Koorosh Khashayar (owner of LOKK Legal, a San Diego based Law firm) passed away (on September 6, 2015) at the age of 32, from a seizure. He was a pillar of his community and a successful young attorney. Koorosh was an amazing man who worked hard to help the people in his community. He not only donated funds to great causes (Miracle Babies, Susan G. Komen for Breast Cancer, Big Brother/Big Sister of San Diego and many more) , but he also volunteered his free time to feed the homeless at the Urban Angels in San Diego and walked the 60 miles to support the Susan G. Komen foundation’s 3-Day walk for breast cancer awareness numerous times.Koorosh was a man to be admired, who held a high regard for helping others, and he was taken from us too soon. Koorosh was diagnosed with Epilepsy after he had his first seizure when he was only 17 years old. This is when Koorosh and his family began to understand the frustrations of dealing with this disease. The lack of information, funding and research, the lack of actual knowledge about the medication prescribed by doctors, and ongoing testing of multiple medications was alarming. Koorosh was put on different medications and treated by multiple doctors in many cities across California, from Stanford to the University of San Francisco, to San Diego. None of these doctors or medications succeeded in curing his Epilepsy, they only went to attempt to control the seizures. The medications he took (and all epileptic patients take) only reduce the likelihood of a seizure but do not provide a cure. He and his family were very frustrated over the years being told by many doctors that he would be living with this forever, and continue to take various medications, each with their own side effects.Koorosh lived a great life, he did not let this effect how he lived, loved and cared for everyone he encountered. Most of the people that knew him did not know what he was dealing with on a day to day basis. He was very proud and did not want any sympathy, he wanted to be the one who helped others. He was full of life and his family and friends want to ensure the frustration and loss that they have experienced does not affect others. This is why this foundation has been formed, to get the word out, to get the needed funding to finally find a cure for Epilepsy. Browse the Lokk 4 Epilepsy web site to learn more about us and our goals to find a cure for epilepsy. Lauren Phinney last_img read more

Lallan Singhs divine journey

first_imgDivine Journey: II – an exhibition of the Udaipur-based artist Lallan Singh, is opening at the Sculpture Court of the Triveni Kala Sangam from November 15 till December 7 from 11.00 am to 8.00 pm.Born on July 15, 1970 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, Lallan Singh from a young age was intrigued by the natural beauty around him and wanted to present his imagination to the people but could not find any medium or chance. He completed his education and started earning a living, but life was simple and plain. He then stepped in the field of sculpture art. Since then he has never looked back and has been working for almost 21 years. The artist describes the journey of life as ‘Divine Journey’ of ultimate satisfaction and happiness which one gains through the work he/she does. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe Divine Realisation describes the mixed emotion of being awestruck by the complex system in which we dwell and show devotion to the almighty. Sentinel is a geometrical structure that resembles a knight. All his creations present an unparalleled artistic expression in vivid forms such as birds, mother and child, bird bath, and many more. The Turtle family is a group of sculptures that defines the essence of a family. Bird bath depicts a beautiful garden sculpture showing an environmental use, while angel spirit signifies the presence of God’s constant help for his creations. The exhibits are done mostly in black, white, pink and yellow marble. For instance, mother and child is a fine rendering in stone that depicts the perennial theme of motherhood. Clearly, the works have the power to transform, inspire and motivate people. As the artist says, these sculptures reflect his soul to which he listens, while he is creating these marvellous pieces of art.last_img read more