USDA unveils ban on using disabled cattle in food

first_img The processing of downer cattle into food became a hot issue in January, when undercover videotaping by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) showed workers at a California slaughterhouse using forklifts, electric prods, and water sprays to try to move disabled dairy cows. The revelations led to the recall of 143 million pounds of beef by Hallmark/Westland meat Co. of Chino, Calif., the largest beef recall in US history. The rule would close a loophole that currently allows some nonambulatory cattle to be processed into food. The USDA banned the food use of “downer” cattle in January 2004, after the first US case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, was found. But the agency made an exception for cattle that became disabled after their preslaughter inspection by a USDA veterinarian, if a second inspection showed that the problem was something that didn’t affect food safety, such as a broken leg. Repeating his statement in the May announcement, Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer said, “To maintain consumer confidence in the food supply, eliminate further misunderstanding of the rule and, ultimately, to make a positive impact on the humane handling of cattle, I believe it is sound policy to simplify this matter by initiating a complete ban on the slaughter of downer cattle.” See also: The USDA said fewer than 1,000 cattle that became disabled after their preslaughter inspection and were reinspected were processed into food in 2007, out of nearly 34 million cattle slaughtered. Aug 27, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Following up on a May announcement, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today published a proposed rule to ban any use of disabled cattle for food. The agency is inviting the public to comment on the proposed rule by Sep 29. The proposed rule says that any cattle that become unable to walk at any time before slaughter “will be condemned and properly disposed of,” the USDA said in a news release today. Operators will be required to notify USDA personnel when cattle become disabled after passing their preslaughter inspection. Aug 27 USDA news release with instructions for commenting Advance copy of USDA Federal Register notice of the proposed rulehttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FRPubs/2008-0022.pdf May 21 CIDRAP News story “USDA to ban all ‘downer’ cattle from food supply”last_img read more

PREMIUMGrowing pains: US tariff policy overshadows planned Jokowi visit

first_imgTopics : A recent United States decision to revoke Indonesia’s status as a developing country may have a dampening effect on the country’s trade interests, experts have said, as officials scramble to arrange a visit by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to the US next month.Few details of the plan for the President to meet US President Donald Trump have emerged, but the meeting has been backed by Jokowi’s senior aide, Coordinating Maritime and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, who recently returned from the US with the promise of US investment.Multiple meetings have been held between Indonesian and US officials in what some observers see as an apparent prelude to a visit by Jokowi. Others see it as a reaction to the removal of Indonesia’s “developing country” status at the World Trade Organization.Luhut’s visit to Washington on Feb… Google Log in with your social account Linkedin LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Forgot Password ? Indonesia-US-relations Jokowi visit tariffs economy US diplomacylast_img read more

UI lecturers demand university take legal action against PKS lawmaker over sex-ed claim

first_imgSeveral lecturers of the University of Indonesia (UI) have urged the university’s rector to take legal action against Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) lawmaker Almuzzamil Yusuf.Previously, Almuzzamil said in a video posted on his Instagram account on Sept. 16 that the university’s “endorsement” of consensual sex in this year’s freshman orientation program (PKKMB UI) could lead to the prevalence of “free sex” among youth and, therefore, jeopardize the country’s moral and religious principles.In a letter dated Sept. 17 and signed by at least 12 lecturers, they demanded the rector ask for Al Muzzammil’s clarification and an official apology. The lecturers also called on the university to report Al Muzzammil for violating Article 27 of the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law, saying the lawmaker had humiliated and defamed the university.”Al Muzzammil Yusuf has clearly attacked, humiliated and defamed the university. He has made a false accusation. The University of Indonesia has never taught consensual sex for students,” read the statement.They also urged the university to issue an official letter to the House of Representatives and People’s Consultative Assembly speakers, the House’s Ethics Council and the PKS faction to remove Al Muzzamil from his position as a lawmaker.Read also: UI under fire for emphasizing consensual sex in sex-ed orientation videoRepresentatives of the UI academics said the material about sexual violence in this year’s orientation program, which was held online from Sept. 7 to 11, was based on existing regulations.“We educated the students about sexual violence based on the Pornography Law and the Domestic Violence Law. We delivered nothing inappropriate to the freshmen,” the statement further said.Al Muzzamil on Saturday uploaded another video to his Instagram page, in which he said sexual education was indeed important, but the UI should not use the “sexual consent” approach which is “still controversial, even in Western countries.””Because besides the self-protection aspect, sexual consent also contains justification and a permissive attitude toward sex outside of marriage based on mutual consent. It contradicts the religious value,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Family First goes to court in hopes of regaining charity status

first_imgRadio NZ News 30 April 2018Family First Comment: Stand by for report from court Advocacy group Family First is heading to court today in a bid to retain its charity status.The hearing at the High Court in Wellington is the second appeal after the Charities Board ruled in 2013 and again in 2017 that Family First be removed from the charities register.Organisations with charitable status do not pay income tax, can apply for different grants and their donors are eligible for rebates.In 2013 the Charities Board removed the group because it said it was engaged in political advocacy.After the first appeal, the High Court ordered the board to reconsider its decision, which it did in 2017, again concluding the group should be removed.But Family First said the board was wrong to say its purpose was political rather than charitable.In a similar case involving Greenpeace, the Supreme Court ruled groups could register as charities, even if they have a political purpose.In its submission, Family First said the Charities Board did not consider promotion of the traditional family as being in the public interest.But Family First said that was not the case.In recent times it had advocated on strengthening marriage, parenting, child abuse, aged care and sex education; and against abortion, euthanasia and embyronic cell research, it said.“These activities for advancing the family in New Zealand serve to strengthen family life, and encourage stability and positive values in society.”Family First said the total number of supporters who subscribed to its email or mail service this year amounted to nearly 46,000, which was 5215 more than the previous year.https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/356287/family-first-goes-to-court-in-hopes-of-regaining-charity-statusConservative lobby group Family First in the High Court fighting its deregistration as a charityNZ Herald 30 April 2018Family First says its charity work produces research which helps all New Zealand families, even if it aims to promote and protect the “traditional” family unit.The conservative lobby group is currently in the High Court, fighting against its deregistration as a charity by the Charities Board.Peter McKenzie QC, acting for Family First, said that even if a group’s causes were unpopular, that shouldn’t stop them being classified as a charity.“The Trust accepted its purposes can be seen as seeking to promote the family, as understood in the traditional way.”However, [I’m] submitting that its activities seek to benefit all forms of families. An important qualification there.“When Your Honour looks at the various research reports produced by Family First, Your Honour will see that virtually all of those reports deal with matters that are of concern to all kinds of families, whether a solo parent, whether blended, whether so-called gay families.“All of them are concerned with issues of youth alcohol, all of them are concerned with issues of screen time, questions of child poverty and child abuse.“These are relevant to all kinds of family, although the research indicates some are more vulnerable than others.”Justice Simon France questioned whether Family First’s research was “persuasion under the guise of research”, where the authors of research papers chose evidence to reflect the views they already held.McKenzie said that their research aimed to benefit everyone, and promote debate.But although Family First admits to promoting “traditional” values, it was not a religious organisation.“This is not a charity formed for religious purposes,” McKenzie said.“It is simply formed with a statement of purpose relating to faith, but it is not religious in purpose.”The Charities Registration Board made its decision public in August, to deregister Family First for the second time.It had previously attempted to deregister the group in 2013, saying it did not “advance exclusively charitable purposes”.But the High Court ordered the Board to take a second look at the issue in 2015, after Greenpeace took the issue all the way to the Supreme Court, to defend its own charitable status.In August 2017 the Board once again decided Family First should be deregistered as a charity.“The board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable.“Family First has the freedom to continue to communicate its views and influence policy and legislation but the board has found that Family First’s pursuit of those activities do not qualify as being for the public benefit in a charitable sense.”The Charities Board has not yet made its submissions to the High Court. The hearing continues.https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12042274Family First fights its deregistration as a charityNewsTalk ZB 30 April 2018http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/family-first-fights-its-deregistration-as-a-charity/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Cahill rues costly defeat

first_imgChelsea defender Gary Cahill conceded defeat by Stoke was a slip-up they could ill afford. But they did not capitalise on numerous chances and goals from Peter Crouch and Stephen Ireland either side of half-time turned the game on its head. Schurrle quickly levelled but Chelsea were hit with a sucker punch in the 90th minute when substitute Oussama Assaidi exploited space down the left and found the top corner. Cahill said: “It’s massively disappointing because it’s so tight at the minute that you’ve got to keep chalking up results. “A game which we felt we could get points from, we’ve lost, which is very disappointing. “When it’s at 2-2, it swings either way and we’ve got to push for the win because we need to try and get the three points, but it opens you up a little bit and that’s what happens.” It was the second game in succession in which Chelsea have conceded three goals following their 4-3 win over Sunderland in midweek. They have now conceded more goals in the league than in the whole of Mourinho’s first season in charge in 2004-05, when they won the title. Set-pieces have been a particular concern, and goalkeeper Petr Cech was culpable for Crouch’s goal, coming out for a corner but being caught in no man’s land. Cahill said: “Losing games is a concern. We’ve kept a lot of clean sheets this season, but in the last two games we’ve let too many goals in. That’s unlike us and it’s down to individual mistakes. “We talked about it after Sunderland and there were unfortunate incidents at the set-pieces. We’ve had a look at it and they were not major, major mistakes. Maybe it’s just a bit of bad luck but obviously, away from home, we’ve got to keep it tight. “I feel we’ve done that most of the season, but this result was poor for us.” Press Association Jose Mourinho’s side looked to have got their Barclays Premier League title challenge back on track with three straight wins but their momentum was halted by Saturday’s 3-2 loss at the Britannia Stadium. The biggest frustration for the Blues was that they appeared in complete control after Andre Schurrle’s early goal. last_img read more

Rodgers questions Mason appointment

first_imgLiverpool boss Brendan Rodgers questioned the appointment of referee Lee Mason for his side’s Boxing Day Barclays Premier League clash at Manchester City. Rodgers was unhappy with a number of decisions by the Bolton official or his assistants during his side’s 2-1 loss at the Etihad Stadium. The most controversial decision by the officials saw Raheem Sterling flagged offside when clean through during the first half, when replays indicated he was onside. When asked about the incidents, Rodgers said: “Where do you want me to start? “I thought we never got any decision. The linesman on the offside one – he wasn’t even on the same cut of grass. “If you’re working at this level you have to get it right. It’s not even a difficult one. “It is a perfectly-timed run and he is given offside when he is through one on one on goal. These are big moments in big games. “There is another incident when Luis (Suarez) doesn’t get a free-kick when Joleon Lescott went right through him. “It is arguable it is a penalty at the end. Luis Suarez can’t jump because he is tugging at his shirt. “I thought it was throughout the evening. Hopefully we don’t have another Greater Manchester referee again on a Liverpool-Manchester game.” Rodgers, while praising his players, was not in the mood to moderate his criticism of the officials. “I thought they were horrendous in terms of performance,” he added. “I was very proud of the players. I thought they were outstanding and they had no help from the officials. “I don’t want it to cloud the performance of my team. I never speak about officials, I normally stay clear of that, but I feel I need to protect the players. “The officials make mistakes, I just felt the mistakes made tonight shouldn’t have happened at this level. This is a big game. “It was a poor decision and of course Raheem goes through and scores. “I was surprised we are playing in Manchester and have a referee from Greater Manchester. “I am sure we won’t get (for) Liverpool-Man City someone from the Wirral.” In terms of his side’s performance Rodgers felt they acquitted themselves well against a team favourites for the title. “The level of our game was high, we had chances and we didn’t take them,” he said. “They were outstanding and really took the game to a top side full of top European players. “We are disappointed not to have won the game, never mind losing the game. “We showed great confidence and belief, scored a wonderful goal and could have had a few more but there are things to learn from the goals we conceded. “I was here at the Bayern Munich game when they were outstanding (beating City 3-1) and apart from that every other team City have played here they have scored a hatful of goals. “I think people go away and look at us as a team that is hopefully going to be up there challenging. “Our main intention is to set up camp in the top four. That is what the club has been striving for for a number of years. “We have shown this year we are hopefully going to be up there and doing that. “Performances like tonight and Tottenham (a 5-0 win) show we have the quality to do that.” City boss Manuel Pellegrini was satisfied with the way his side responded to going behind and then held off pressure from Liverpool. “I am very happy with the response because it is not easy when you face such a difficult team, especially on the counter-attack when you are losing 1-0,” he said. “I think today we defended very well.” City restricted 19-goal striker Suarez to very few chances. “They did very well, especially against Suarez,” added the Chilean. “He is a great striker. He is in his best moment so it was very difficult for our team not to lose one second in the whole match.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Vertonghen: No new Spurs deal

first_img “I want to play in the biggest games. That is what you are a footballer for. “We have got a lot of centre-backs now with Fazio, with Eric Dier who is doing very well. “Obviously Vlad (Chiriches) and Younes (Kaboul) played at the weekend and we are fighting for two places with those guys. “Everyone has to be just that little bit better so the manager chooses them.” Rumours have grown of an issue between Pochettino and Vertonghen, although the Belgian was quick to dismiss such talk. “He is working well with a lot of videos and individually he talks a lot with the players,” he said. “He is a manager who expects a lot from players. We work hard and that is good – it will pay off in the end, I think.” Wednesday’s defeat of Forest was a timely shot in the arm for Spurs after a four-match winless streak. Extending that run further would have made life in tougher heading to the Emirates Stadium this weekend to take on bitter rivals Arsenal. “It is a very good team,” Vertonghen said. “They have got a lot of good players and I think they improved every year since I came here. “They have got a very good team at the moment with the pace they have got up front with Welbeck, who I think is a very good signing, and Alexis as well. “They have got a lot of creativity and movement and they are just one of the best teams in the league and very difficult to beat, especially at their ground.” Spurs’ determination to do well at the Emirates was highlighted by the 11 changes they made against Forest, who themselves made nine alterations as they look to keep their promotion charge on track. One of those coming in was 19-year-old Jorge Grant, who capped his full debut with a goal that looked like it would hand Stuart Pearce’s side victory. Efforts from Ryan Mason, Roberto Soldado and Kane put paid to that, though, on a night that will live long in the midfielder’s memory despite the defeat. “I’ll remember that forever,” Grant said. “It was my first start and to get a goal was great but we wanted to win the game really and it’s unlucky that we haven’t.” Two weeks ago his agent, Mustapha Nakhli, said he was close to agreeing a new long-term deal at Spurs, although Vertonghen says those negotiations have now ended. “I am not signing, no,” Vertonghen said. “We agreed not to. “I would prefer not to say why. I still have four years left. I am happy at the club and I think they are happy with me. That’s where it ends. “I am very happy, we have a good manager, we have a good team and a lot of good players. “The squad is very big and you have to work hard to play every game and I hope I am playing again soon.” The news will come as a blow to Spurs fans, many of whom have been surprised by his lack of opportunities under Mauricio Pochettino in recent weeks. Previously one of the first names on the team sheet, he has found time restricted as the former Argentina international rotates his side. “I hope I play every game in the weekends and midweek,” Vertonghen said, having been restored to the starting line-up for the 3-1 Capital One Cup win against Nottingham Forest. Jan Vertonghen will not be signing a new contract at Tottenham, although the defender insists he remains “very happy” at White Hart Lane. The 27-year-old has been one of Spurs’ best performers during the often tumultuous period since arriving from Ajax in 2012. Such form has seen Vertonghen regularly linked with a move away from north London, although he looked set to follow Hugo Lloris, Danny Rose and Harry Kane in signing a new long-term deal this summer. Press Associationlast_img read more

Champions Chelsea bounce back in the Premier League with victory over Arsenal

first_img Saido Berahino scored for the winner for West Brom in their midlands derby with Aston Villa less than three weeks after he stated he would never play for Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace again. The 22-year-old made that declaration during a Twitter rant after a deadline-day move to Tottenham failed to materialise. However, after coming on in last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Southampton, he started at Villa Park and struck in a 1-0 win just before half-time, deflecting James Morrison’s effort beyond goalkeeper Brad Guzan. Newcastle, Sunderland and Stoke’s winless streaks were all extended to six games as none of the trio were able to move out of the relegation zone. Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri had promised pizza to his side if they kept a clean sheet at the Britannia Stadium, yet that incentive did not stop Potters forward Bojan Krkic, starting a league game for the first time since January, and Jonathan Walters finding the net inside 20 minutes. Ranieri’s side staged a come-from-behind victory against Aston Villa last weekend and six days on they fought back again to draw 2-2, Riyad Mahrez converting a penalty for his fifth of the season before Jamie Vardy levelled. Sunderland prop up the division as they were undone by a two-goal blitz inside the opening nine minutes in a 2-0 loss at Bournemouth. Callum Wilson scored for the fifth time in this campaign and Scotland international Matt Ritchie then scored a brilliant second, chesting and volleying in after a semi-cleared corner had reached him 25 yards out. Black Cats defender Younes Kaboul was then sent off for a pair of cautions on another dismal afternoon for Dick Advocaat’s side. Odion Ighalo’s brace in the first 28 minutes gave Watford a 2-1 away triumph at Newcastle. The Nigeria international claimed the winner against Swansea last weekend and his good form after signing a new deal continued in the north east, where Daryl Janmaat managed to pull one back in the second period. In the other 3pm kick-off, the spoils were shared in south Wales as Everton boss Roberto Martinez’s return to old club Swansea resulted in a goalless stalemate. Toffees forward Kevin Mirallas picked up the fourth red card of the day for a wild lunge on Modou Barrow that came less than two minutes after he had been introduced as a substitute. In the late kick-off, leaders Manchester City dropped points for the first time this season in losing 2-1 to West Ham at the Etihad Stadium. City had not conceded in their opening five contests but Chelsea loanee Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho put the ball past goalkeeper Joe Hart in the opening 31 minutes. Belgium international Kevin De Bruyne pulled one back on the stroke of half-time on his full debut, but the Hammers withstood second-half pressure to record another impressive away victory having already defeated Arsenal and Liverpool on their travels this term. The win moved West Ham up to second, three points behind City. Gunners central defender Gabriel was dismissed following a series of running battles with the combative Diego Costa before midfielder Santi Cazorla also received his marching orders after being awarded two yellow cards. Kurt Zouma headed home the opener in between the red cards and Eden Hazard’s effort deflected off Calum Chambers late on as Jose Mourinho’s impressive record against rival boss Arsene Wenger continued. Arsenal had two men sent off at Stamford Bridge as Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea recorded their first home league triumph of the season in a 2-0 success. Press Associationlast_img read more

Hancock County players participate in baseball, softball All-Star games

first_imgELLSWORTH — Ellsworth High School’s Callie Hammer and Leah Stevens and Bucksport High School’s Madysen Robichaud, Kylee Atwood and Emily Hunt participated in Maine Association of Softball Coaches Senior All-Star Game festivities last Thursday at Augusta’s Cony High School.In the Class A/B game, the Ellsworth representatives and the Northern Maine team rolled to a 9-1 win over the Southern Maine team. In the Class C/D showdown, the South won 4-1.Robichaud, who hit a two-run home run against Mattanawcook Academy to lead Bucksport to the Class C North title June 14, was nominated for the state’s Miss Baseball award June 16. The award went to Hermon’s Hailey Perry.In baseball, seniors Beckett Slayton and Jacob Keenan (George Stevens Academy) Issiac Christiansen (Sumner), Ethan Shepard (Deer Isle-Stonington), Andy Allan (Bucksport) and Riley Swanson (Mount Desert Island) were selected as All-Star representatives in their respective classes. The South won the A/B game 5-2, and the North won the C/D game 3-1.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Cricket News Cummins, Starc, Hazzlewood may be rested for first 3 ODIs against India

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Melbourne: Australia is set to rest its fast-bowling trio of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazzlewood for the first three ODIs against India in a bid to manage their workload ahead of a busy international calender.  Cummins has been Australia’s top performer with both the ball and the bat in the just-concluded Boxing Day Test in Melbourne and coach Justin Langer insisted that it’s a great selection “conundrum” for the hosts for the ODI series which begins in Sydney on January 12. Langer said Australia need to keep its players fit and fresh ahead of busy 2019, which includes a World Cup and an Ashes tour and hinted that Cummins, Starc and Hazlewood may be rested in the ODI series against India ahead of the two Tests against Sri Lanka.“It’s the great conundrum for us, really, how we manage our bowlers. For example, we might not play them in the next three one-dayers so they’re ready for the next two (Tests) to keep them fresh,” Langer was quoted as saying by ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’.Also Read | Cameron Bancroft returns to competitive cricket, plays for Perth Scorchers in Big Bash League“He (Cummins) has been brilliant, he’s been outstanding but then – as soon as we do that they want to play and also then everyone else would be on our back saying: ‘Why aren’t they playing every single game?’ But if you play every game – we’ve also got a World Cup and Ashes next year – we want him fresh for those things.”Cummins, who has been Australia’s best fast bowler in the first three Tests against India with 14 wickets at an average of 20.07, had earlier missed the ODI series in England and the two Tests against Pakistan in the UAE owing to injuries.The lanky pacer is one of several Australian cricketers, who will not feature in the 2019 IPL because of a packed international calendar.“You look at every year on an individual basis and the player as well. There might be times when it’s a really good thing for them to be playing IPL. But there’s so much cricket now. The players individually – and us as management – have to make sure we get the balance right so everyone is happy and playing cricket,” Langer said.Read More | Bangladesh lifts Steve Smith’s Twenty20 tournament ban“So getting that management right and staying true to the management, so we can have him (Cummins) fit and firing – we’ve got to be strong with that because there’s got to be a lot of people with different opinions as to whether they should play every game.“But we know it’s really hard to play all year around because they need to keep their bodies as fresh and strong (as possible) and then be bowling at the level we want them to be at. It’s a real balancing act as well,” he added. last_img read more