Antibiotics Regulations

first_imgThe market demand for organic chicken, beef and pork has been on the rise for several years, so most farmers were prepared for the new restrictions on antibiotics in animal feed that went into effect on Jan. 1.The Food and Drug Administration rule change – the veterinary feed directive – prohibits farmers from including medically important antibiotics in livestock feed without veterinary oversight. The change will likely have a positive economic impact on farmers who don’t currently use these classes of antimicrobials in their animals’ feed, said Brent Credille, assistant professor of beef production medicine at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.In addition to seeking guidance from a veterinarian before introducing medically important antibiotics into livestock feed, the rule change prohibits the inclusion of medically important antibiotics in feed for the purpose of promoting growth.Credille explained the new rules to more than 150 farmers and agribusiness leaders gathered at the UGA Center for Continuing Education for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ 2017 Georgia Ag Forecast seminar.These new FDA regulations are a move toward a greater antibiotic stewardship push meant to deter the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, Credille said. About 2 million people are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year, and about 23,000 die from those infections, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The FDA already has firm waiting period regulations to allow antibiotics to clear animals’ bodies before they can be sent for slaughter to minimize any residue in the meat you buy. However, the use of antibiotics and the evolutionary pressure they put on bacterial communities has led to resistance. Antibiotic resistance has been driven by the overuse of antibiotic drugs in humans and in animals. Studies have shown that about 50 percent of antibiotics prescribed to human patients are unwarranted, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.U.S. Department of Agriculture economists project that the small number of livestock producers using antibiotics for growth promotion in 2016 will see their production costs go up by 1 to 3 percent and will see the wholesale prices they receive for their animals go up by 1 percent.Farmers who don’t use antibiotics for growth promotion will see increased revenues.“If you’re not using these drugs for production purposes, (you’ll) see an increase in production and higher revenues in response to (these changes),” Credille said. “So if we’re not using these things, we’re going to be OK.”Credille does believe that the FDA will soon expand the regulations to require farmers to receive some guidance from a veterinarian before administering antibiotics to their animals orally or by injection.  “We do think that more restrictive regulations are coming,” Credille said. “We’ve got to look at different strategies to maximize animal health … We’ve got to focus on biosecurity. We’ve got to focus on vaccinations, deworming and preconditioning. It has to become a priority for us to make sure that we have access to the markets we need to have access to.”The majority of antibiotics used in feed on cow-calf production today are used to prevent respiratory infections in young calves. Antibiotics are also used to prevent respiratory infections in poultry and swine. They’re administered on a case-by-case basis for problems like pink eye and respiratory tract infections — the same reasons they’re often prescribed to humans.Credille told the farmers in the crowd at the Ag Forecast to develop a relationship with a veterinarian who can approve treatment plans for livestock if the need arises. Farmers don’t want to be mired in red tape when their animals are sick, so it’s important to develop a relationship with a veterinarian before illness strikes, he said.“We need to focus on antimicrobial stewardship,” Credille said. “Is there something that’s not antibiotic that would work just as well? Could we use something to prevent the disease instead of just treating cattle all the time?“Antimicrobial stewardship means preventing disease, and when we do have sickness, that we diagnose it quickly and accurately.”The new regulations will also mean that Georgia will need more large animal veterinarians in agricultural regions to help farmers develop treatment and health plans for their herds or flocks.The Georgia Department of Agriculture launched a program this year to offer student loan repayment programs for veterinarians who agree to serve in one of the more than 100 Georgia counties that is currently underserved. The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Science and the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine also offer very generous scholarship for students who want to work as food animal veterinarians. For more information about those programs visit http://students.caes.uga.edu/undergraduate/pre-professional/favip.html.For more information on other topics discussed at UGA’s 2017 Georgia Ag Forecast, visit tinyurl.com/2017AgForecast. For more information about the FDA’s veterinary feed directive, visit FDA.gov.last_img read more

Qatar unveils 2022 World Cup final stadium design

first_imgLusail StadiumLusail, Qatar | AFP | Qatar on Saturday revealed the design for the stadium that will in four years’ time host the first ever World Cup finals game to be played in the Middle East.The 80,000-seat Lusail Stadium — also the venue for the 2022 World Cup final — was revealed in an elaborate ceremony attended by the country’s ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and other dignitaries, including the United Nations’ secretary-general, Antonio Guterres.Hassan al-Thawadi, the head of the country’s World Cup organising body, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, called the unveiling a “significant milestone”.“Every milestone for us is always important,” he said.“The announcement of the design of the stadium is very, very important… it’s the last stadium as well.”The Lusail Stadium is the eighth and final venue to be revealed for the Qatar World Cup.Designed by British architects Foster and Partners, the stadium is said to take its inspiration from Arab craftmanship, said the committee.It also stands close to the site of the former home of Qatar’s founder, Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed bin Thani al-Thani. The stadium sits in the completely new city of Lusail, a $45 billion (40 billion euro) project located 15 kilometres (nine miles) north of the capital Doha.It is one of the largest infrastructure schemes undertaken by Qatar, which is undergoing enormous transformation for the World Cup.Construction work, in the shape of a Qatari/Chinese joint project, is set to finish in 2020.The unveiling of Lusail comes as world football’s governing body FIFA is still considering whether to expand the tournament from 32 teams to 48.If that expansion occurs — there is currently a feasibility study underway — it is likely that tournament games will be shared among other countries in the region.“Ultimately the decision (on expansion) will be made with FIFA and Qatar,” said Thawadi.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Ship Aurora: A Treasure For Sandy Hook Wreck Divers

first_imgDan Lieb, president of the New Jersey Historical Diver’s Association, was the man for the job.Teacups that were found after the discovery of Ship Aurora.“It’s amazing that in only 22 feet of water, something as fragile as china, packed in with hardware and coal and asphalt, actually managed to survive over a hundred years of hurricanes and nor’easters,” he said.The organization, which is an assembly of amateur historians and archaeologists, has aided in the discovery of unidentified wrecks off the Jersey coast since 1992.Lieb conducted all the behind-the-scenes work, such as framing and measuring the vessel, while using his background in historical research to track the ship’s roots all the way back to Maine, where it was built in 1824.Some of the artifacts were sold off to keep the recovery expedition afloat, yet Filippone had one ultimate goal in mind throughout the process.“I had the policy when we were working it that I wanted it to go to a museum,” he said. “Anything that was unique would go to the museum, anything two or more we’d split up; this way, I wanted to keep it intact.”For Harber, he believes that it was a perfect storm that brought the trio together.“We were very lucky to be available, and the weather was right for the initial work on it,” he said. “We had a clear stretch of weather, the visibility wasn’t bad, and we got a lot of work done in a short amount of time.” Transporting the china back to port presented its own set of challenges.“We had all of this china on the boat, and no way to really secure it on our boat,” Anthony said, grinning to Filippone. “And the ride home, you had to be careful or you’d break half of it, because he doesn’t know how to drive.”While the china surely peaked their interest, other meaningful and historical pieces from the wreckage were recovered, ranging from construction tools to pre-Civil War surgical equipment.After a late night of diving, Kenny Harber shows off some blue and green china excavated from the hull of the Ship Aurora.Each man had his own favorite find. Harber’s was a fully intact brass octant, a nautical tool used to measure distances on the sea. Anthony laid claim to a brass chronometer, which he claimed could work to this day if given to the right clockmaker.For Filippone, he recovered the medallion of Stephen Thomas, one of the ship’s passengers, which was made to commemorate his service in the Battle of Trafalgar.The three-man crew received help from locals who accompanied them on expedition dives. Of those who helped, one was crucial in the identification of the ship. After the divers went public with their discovery in 2007, they were connected with Debbie Whitcraft, who was in the process of finalizing the Museum of New Jersey Maritime History.Along with family and friends receiving some of the china, and the guys keeping a few pieces for themselves as well, nearly all of the recovered tableware now rests in that museum in Beach Haven on Long Beach Island.The book, which Filippone has titled “Tattered Rails,” in reference to a newspaper article’s description of the site the morning after the ship sank, is paddling on to the next phase.“Joe and I wrote the script, but I sent it down to Beach Haven and they’re going to put it together,” he said, during a Sunday morning coffee hour with his partners. “Right now, I don’t know how big this book is going to be, because we have 447 pictures, but I want it to be intact; everything possible about the ship into one.”“I think it’s a wonderful idea to do the book, I think it’s a really, really good idea,” said Lieb. “It’s a wreck that nobody had ever heard of certainly in recent memory, or certainly over the past 150 years.”center_img By Jay CookHIGHLANDS – That old saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” for the most part, rings true. Yet for three local scuba divers, that adage could instead read “one man’s wreck is another man’s treasure.”Gary Filippone, Joe Anthony and Kenny Harber are turning their diving expedition between 2002 and 2007 into a book, in which they’ll talk about how they took hundreds of boat rides and retrieved thousands of artifacts from a Sandy Hook shipwreck.A Highlands resident and veteran wreck diver with 43 years of scuba experience under his weight belt, Filippone claims he has never seen anything like what he first came upon on July 1, 2002: a shipwreck 1,200 feet off the shores of Sandy Hook, in only 19 feet of water during low tide.What he encountered was Ship Aurora, a 106-foot shipping vessel, bound for New York City from Liverpool, England. The ship sank on Nov. 27, 1827, after a storm threw the three-mast ship off course. Of the roughly 40 voyagers on board that night, six crew members perished as they went down with the ship.Immediately after passing through the tolls into Sandy Hook, Filippone used Area A, which has a fenced-in parking lot, on the barrier peninsula as a reference for finding the wreck each trip out.What was left in the high-dynamic area, which has a high rate of ground swells and rough waters, were the remains of the ship sans a mast and sails, most likely cut loose during the storm.“I believe this is one of the top 10 American wrecks in the country, talking historically,” Filippone said over an early morning cup of coffee at Water Witch Coffee in Highlands, where the trio met each morning before their dives.Using Filippone’s 23-foot center console boat named “Sea Monkey,” he and Anthony, a resident of Atlantic Highlands, began to further investigate the ship only a week later. Filippone brought his spear gun down, and after missing a shot and it clanking off of Ship Aurora’s hull, they noticed something shining in the sand.The recovery of artifacts from Ship Aurora.“Picture a sand mound in your head,” Anthony said. “And then you just take a big fan and blow the top of that off; and all you see is blue and green edges stacked for feet.”Those edges turned out to be roughly 2,200 total pieces of Staffordshire and shell edge china, surrounded by mounds of roofing slate manufactured for New York City rooftops.“You wouldn’t have thought that there was much of anything in there, except the ship was a deep hull,” said Harber, who also lives in Atlantic Highlands and is the coffee shop’s property owner.He was surprised by how much was waiting to be found inside.From May through October for the next five years, the three divers worked Ship Aurora, excavating and removing thousands of teacups, pitchers, plates, platters and bowls; and it was no piece of cake.Using milk crates with rope and lift bags, the china was hoisted from the sea where it had rested in nearly perfect condition for 175 years.last_img read more

Ayodhya On 5th day of hearing arguments in SC on whether temple

first_imgNew Delhi: Arguments on whether a temple existed at the disputed site in Ayodhya were presented on Tuesday before the Supreme Court which heard the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case for the fifth day. Senior advocate C S Vaidyanathan, appearing for deity Ram Lalla Virajman, advanced arguments on whether there was an existing temple over which the mosque came up, before a five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Three judges of the Allahabad High Court had held that there was a temple at the disputed site, Vaidyanathan told the bench also comprising Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer. “Justice SU Khan of the high court had said that the mosque was built on the ruins of the temple,” the senior advocate told the bench. Senior advocate K Parasaran, also appearing for deity ‘Ram Lalla Virajman’ told the court that it must do “full and complete justice” in all matters before it. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The bench had on Friday last asked as to whether anyone from the ‘Raghuvansha’ (descendants of Lord Ram) dynasty still resides in Ayodhya. Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. On December 6, 1992, the Babri Masjid, which was constructed at the disputed site in the 16th century by Shia Muslim Mir Baqi, was demolished.last_img read more

Namgis First Nation MMA fighter tough determined and humble on road to

first_imgTina HouseAPTN National NewsIn the wide world of sports, there is no doubt that mixed martial arts, better known as MMA fighting, is one of the toughest and brutal events to watch.And this past weekend in British Columbia, a fighter from the Namg’is First Nation showed he has what it takes to compete with the best – and made history.“I first got interested watching it on tv and I eventually got into competing to get away from binge drinking and like hanging out on the streets and gettin up to no good.”[email protected]last_img

Asian shares fall as Huawei arrest risks ChinaUS fallout

first_imgSINGAPORE — Asian markets were broadly lower Monday after China protested the arrest of a senior executive of Chinese electronics giant Huawei, who is suspected of trying to evade U.S. trade curbs on Iran.KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 slid 2.3 per cent in early trading to 21,191.23, after revised data showed that its economy shrank by 2.5 per cent in the third quarter, more than expected. South Korea’s Kospi fell 1.2 per cent to 2,051.82. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shed 1.6 per cent to 25,660.76 and the Shanghai Composite was 0.8 per cent lower at 2,585.94. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 was down 2 per cent at 5,569.90. Shares fell in Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines.WALL STREET: Stocks tumbled on Friday on weaker-than-expected jobs growth and worries that the U.S.-China trade dispute will not be resolved within a 90-day timeframe. The S&P 500 index slipped 2.3 per cent to 2,633.08 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gave up 2.2 per cent to 24,388.95. The Nasdaq composite tumbled 3 per cent to 6,969.25. The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks dropped 2 per cent to 1,448.09.HUAWEI ARREST: China has slammed the “extremely egregious” detention of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou and demanded that the U.S. cancel an order for her arrest, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Sunday. Meng, who is accused of attempting to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran, was arrested in Canada on Dec. 1. In a meeting with Terry Branstad, the U.S. ambassador to Beijing, Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng urged Washington to “immediately correct its wrong actions” and vowed to take further steps based on its response, Xinhua said. The two countries recently agreed to hold off on further tariffs for 90 days while they attempt to resolve a range of issues from trade to technology development.ANALYST’S TAKE: Although the Huawei arrest “falls under the purview of independent courts, the timing of it is unfortunate and could jeopardize the truce that was just agreed,” Chang Wei Liang of Mizuho Bank said in a commentary. “Markets have correspondingly responded by reducing risk on the table, waiting to assess the extent of any political fallout.”SLOWING CHINESE EXPORTS: On Saturday, Chinese customs data showed that exports rose 5.4 per cent to $227.4 billion in November over a year earlier. This is a broad decline from the 12.6 per cent surge in the previous month. Imports gained 3 per cent to $182.7 billion, as compared to a 20.3 per cent jump in October. The numbers paint a picture of a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy, which could weigh on global growth.ENERGY: Oil futures settled after the OPEC cartel and other major oil producers agreed to reduce production by 1.2 million barrels a day starting from January. The cuts will last for six months. U.S. benchmark crude fell 3 cents to $52.58 a barrel. It gained $1.12 to $52.61 a barrel in New York on Friday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, rose 45 cents to $62.12. The contract added $1.61 to $61.67 a barrel in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar weakened to 112.32 yen from 112.72 yen late Friday. The euro rose to $1.1435 from $1.1379.Annabelle Liang, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Ohio State womens lacrosse falls to Penn State

The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team can’t seem to top Penn State. Coming into Sunday’s game, OSU had not beaten the Nittany Lions since 2008. Despite OSU being the higher ranked team, nothing changed in the two teams’ most recent meeting, and the No. 10 OSU squad fell to No. 13 Penn State, 15-12. “We didn’t come out strong, we came out pretty flat,” said OSU senior attacker Alayna Markwordt. “Penn State has always been one of our biggest rivals, so this is a frustrating one to lose.” Markwordt, Ohio State’s leading scorer, was held without a goal but did contribute two assists and had two groundballs. The Buckeyes (9-4, 1-3) struck first on sophomore attacker Katie Chase’s unassisted goal two-and-a-half minutes into the game. From that point, it was a back-and-forth battle, with the two teams trading sets of goals for the rest of the first half. OSU jumped out to a 4-2 lead with 10 minutes remaining in the half, but the lead would turn into a 5-4 deficit after Penn State freshman attacker Maggie McCormick ripped off three straight goals in less than two minutes. The two teams went into the locker room tied at 6-6 after a goal from OSU sophomore midfielder Cara Facchina, which came after an assist from freshman attacker Jackie Cifarelli with 24 seconds left. Penn State (10-4, 2-2 Big Ten) had 13 fouls compared to OSU’s four in the first half. “The heat of the game builds up ’cause you know you’re playing your rival that you come out against every year, and it’s always a battle,” said freshman goalie Tori DeScenza. She finished the game playing all but the last three minutes and had seven saves, including five in the second half. The next 30 minutes started much like the first except Penn State struck first. Sophomore attacker Mackenzie Cyr scored with McCormick chipping in on one of her team-leading four assists. Cyr and McCormick lead the team with four goals and four assists apiece, and were responsible for teaming up on five of the teams 15 goals. The back-and-forth battle continued as OSU’s Kirsten Donahue tied the game at 7-7 on a free position shot. The senior midfielder went on to score three of her team-leading four goals in the second half. The game was tied at 11-11 with 17:34 to play when once again, Donahue scored. But that would be the last time OSU would stay tied with Penn State as the Nittany Lions jumped out to a 13-11 lead with 15 minutes to go. Penn State would go on to score the last two goals, the final one coming on Cyr’s fourth of the game. “They just kind of took it at the end and we just couldn’t be there with it,” DeScenza said. The team has two regular season games left, including a home match-up against American University 2 p.m. Saturday. read more

Football Urban Meyer to become Ohio State assistant athletic director

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer answers questions after announcing his retirement after the season at the Fawcett Center on Dec. 4. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorAfter ending his tenure as the head coach of the Ohio State football team, Urban Meyer will not be finished with his role in Ohio State athletics. On. Jan. 2, Meyer will take the position of assistant athletic director at the university, helping oversee the 36 sports at Ohio State. Meyer’s roles as assistant athletic director have not been specified. According to Doug Lesmeises of The Plain Dealer, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said Meyer will develop other coaches in the university’s athletic department and he will help in raising money for the university. The article also states Smith said Meyer will be on the field during football games.Ohio State announced Thursday Meyer would also teach a class as a part of the Fisher College of Business on leadership and character. Meyer will coach his final game for Ohio State on Jan. 1 when the Buckeyes take on Washington in the Rose Bowl. read more

Ryan Giggs wary of Luka Modric after Euro draw

first_imgRyan Giggs has warned his side to be cautious of Luka Modric as Wales will face Croatia in the Euro 2020 qualifiers.Wales were drawn in Group E alongside Croatia, Slovakia, Hungary, and Azerbaijan.Giggs, who became Wales manager in January, is confident of his team’s chances of qualification and was happy to be in a five-team group.The 45-year-old while happy with the draw, singled out Croatia as the biggest threat for his team as they aim qualification.Luka Modric, Real MadridReal Madrid suffer a Luka Modric injury blow Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Real Madrid have announced that Luka Modric has suffered an adductor injury, which could rule him out of some key fixtures.“It’s a five-team group so I think you’ve got to be relatively happy with that,” Giggs told Sky Sports.“It could have been worse, could have been better.“There are some tough teams in there, Croatia being the stand-out one. In Modric, they’ve got one of the world’s best players.“They’ve got some really, really outstanding players. A team that’s just full of character never gives up. So we’re going to have to play really well to beat them.”last_img read more