Pork Producers Applaud USDA Enhanced Efforts on African Swine Fever Prevention

first_img SHARE Pork Producers Applaud USDA Enhanced Efforts on African Swine Fever Prevention Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – May 16, 2019 The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) applauded additional measures announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to enhance its African swine fever (ASF) preparedness efforts with the implementation of a surveillance plan. The risk of ASF – an animal disease affecting only pigs and with no human health or food safety risks – is growing as outbreaks continue throughout China and other parts of Asia. There are no reported cases of ASF in the United States.“U.S. pork producers are already suffering as a result of numerous trade disputes with top-importing countries, and an outbreak of ASF in the United States would be devastating,” said David Herring, a pork producer from Lillington, N.C., and president of NPPC. “That’s why it’s so important we have a strong surveillance program, to ensure early notification of any spread of the virus. With no vaccination available, prevention is our only defense. We thank USDA for today’s announcement and look forward to working with the agency to strengthen safeguards to protect our animals.”Among the enhanced ASF surveillance efforts announced by USDA, the agency will:• add ASF testing to its existing classical swine fever surveillance;• work with state and federal partners to identify and investigate incidents involving sick or dead feral swine to determine if they should be tested for ASF or other foreign animal diseases;• work with officials in Canada and Mexico on a North American coordinated approach to ASF defense, response, and trade maintenance; and• increase detector dog teams with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to sniff out illegal products at key U.S. commercial sea and airports. SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Pork Producers Applaud USDA Enhanced Efforts on African Swine Fever Prevention Previous articlePresident Unveiling New Immigration ProposalNext articleMore Rain but Planting Windows Could Open Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Armed Forces Begin to Replace Brazilian Troops in Haiti

first_img The organization mandated a 15% reduction in the Military contingent maintained by 19 countries in Haiti. The number of police officers will also be reduced. By Dialogo November 15, 2012 On November 4, a total of 130 troops from the Brazilian Navy, Army, and Air Force (FAB) boarded a KC-137 airplane bound for the Haitian capital of Port au Prince, where they will form part of the new Brazilian contingent in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). These numbers tend to reduce gradually, according to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2070, adopted on October 12, 2012. The document extended the MINUSTAH activities until October 15, 2013. In order to reinforce the logistic activities of the MINUSTAH, the Brazilian Navy had already deployed the Combat Vehicle Landing Ship “Garcia D’Avila”, the week before. The vessel will transport material from the Squadron and Army Marine Force to supply the contingents of the Brazilian troops in Haiti, and replace material that will be repatriated and requires maintenance. Nine extra flights have been assigned to transport 1,300 Soldiers to the Caribbean nation before the beginning of December. This will be Brazil’s 17th contingent deployment to Haiti. The country has been leading MINUSTAH since the mission was created, in 2004. Brazil is the country with the highest headcount in the Caribbean nation due to its leadership in the mission’s Military component. Currently there are 1,878 Brazilian Blue Berets working in Haiti: 249 from the Navy, 1,599 from the Army, and 30 from the Air Force. The “gradual withdrawal of the troops” from the Caribbean country was a request from Brazilian Defense Minister Celso Amorim. Since taking office approximately 18 months ago, Amorim stated that “there cannot be a permanent stay, nor an irresponsible withdrawal” from Haiti. In his statements and interviews, the Minister has been supporting a favorable exit strategy for both countries. According to Amorim, it is necessary to make the Haitians capable to gradually providing their own security.last_img read more

The best and worst states to make a living in 2015

first_imgby: Kathryn DillFor states looking to land on the positive end of this annual ranking, the lessons are simple: Offer healthy wages, manageable taxes, a low cost of living, and safe working environments. No extra points will be awarded for scenic beauty.“The big picture is good–the job market is getting better these days, we’ve even seen wage growth start to tick up. But it kind of breaks down a little when you start to look state by state,” said Richard Barrington, senior financial analyst for MoneyRates.com and author of the study.“We tend to talk about the U.S. economy and the job market as if they’re all one thing, but it’s too big for that. There are sharp differences from one state to another.”To determine the best and worst states to make a living this year, personal finance site MoneyRates.com considered average wages, taxes, cost of living, unemployment rate, and incidents of workplace safety incidents (including illness, injuries, and deaths) for each state. The study drew on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), and D.C. think tank the Tax Foundation. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

NCUA launches ACCESS initiative to reinforce financial inclusion

first_imgThis is placeholder text continue reading » NCUA Chairman Rodney Hood reinforced his commitment to financial inclusion by announcing this week the launch of the agency’s new Advancing Communities through Credit, Education, Stability, and Support, or ACCESS, initiative.“As Chairman, I have consistently characterized financial inclusion as the civil rights issue of the 21st century,” Chairman Hood said. “There is a clear business case for credit unions to enhance their outreach to underserved and underbanked populations. The NCUA will dedicate resources from across its lines of business to bring more Americans into the financial mainstream and provide them with greater access to safe and affordable financial services.”The ACCESS initiative will bring together leaders across NCUA to refresh and modernize regulations, policies, and programs in support of greater financial inclusion within the agency and the credit union system. It will build on earlier successes and address the financial services and financial literacy needs of underserved and diverse communities across the U.S, as well as expand opportunities for employment.Efforts under this program include increasing access to credit and loan products, dedicating resources to help people make smart financial decisions, enhancing existing programs that encourage credit union membership and access to financial services, and fostering inclusive policies and outreach efforts in the community. This post is currently collecting data…center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Amsterdam must fix up apartments

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI just read the Nov. 19 article about residents from Puerto Rico making Amsterdam their new home after being displaced by the hurricane.While Amsterdam is, I am certain, in better circumstances than Puerto Rico to provide basic human needs and a better quality of life, I can’t help but feel sad for these newcomers. Many of the apartments in Amsterdam would not even pass code inspection. If you’re fortunate enough to get into the “projects” of Amsterdam, then you are set. I laugh writing that. I come from south Florida. I have seen projects. I never imagined people would fight to get in them instead of out. No one should have to live in poorly maintained apartments. It just seems the overwhelming amount of slumlord-owned properties that are going to take further advantage of these unknowing new citizens of Amsterdam. They’re already vulnerable from the losses ripped from them by the storm. I think it’s horrendous that the city of Amsterdam will allow these families, or anyone, to live in and pay rent to a landlord who doesn’t meet code enforcement standards. The fact that Montgomery County Social Services helps pay rent to these landlords is more mind-blowing. They send an inspector to make sure applicants, seeking help, aren’t being fraudulent, but aren’t concerned with the fraud the landlord is committing.If an apartment isn’t up to code, I’m talking bigger things — electrical, smoke detectors, right amount of exits, gas appliances etc. — then rent should be with held until repairs are made. Why does the county pay the rent on these thrown-together apartments?I welcome my new neighbors. I just hope they don’t have to settled for housing that barely gets its taxes paid, let alone the proper care and repairs.Deborah PiellucciAmsterdam More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusThree seniors who started as seventh-graders providing veteran experience for Amsterdam golfEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Amnesty demands probe into death in police custody of Papuan singer’s brother-in-law

first_imgGeorge was a brother-in-law of Edo Kondologit, a popular Papuan singer and Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician. He died on Aug. 27 after spending less than 24 hours in the custody of the Sorong City Police, who arrested him for questioning in connection with a homicide case involving the robbery and rape of a 70-year-old woman.Members of George’s family said that they discovered two gunshot wounds and other injuries on his body.Read also: ‘#PapuanLivesMatter’: George Floyd’s death hits close to home in Indonesia Amnesty International Indonesia has called for a thorough investigation into the recent death of 21-year-old George Karel Rumbino in the custody of the Sorong City Police in West Papua.”Police should carry out a thorough, effective and independent investigation of this case,” executive director Usman Hamid of Amnesty International Indonesia said in a statement on Monday.”The judicial process must be carried out in a transparent and accountable manner. The victim’s family has the right to know what really happened,” Usman added. Sorong City Police criminal investigation head Adj. Comr. Misbachul Munir claimed that police “had to shoot” George in the legs because he tried to escape arrest.Mibachul said that George later died inside a jail cell at the Sorong City Police station after another detainee assaulted him.”After receiving [medical] treatment, [George] was taken to a jail cell at the Sorong City Police station for questioning. However, another detainee, identified only as C, attacked him inside the cell. He died shortly afterward,” Misbachul said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.He added that C had confessed to assaulting George. Edo and other relatives doubted the police’s account. The family held a protest at the Sorong City Police station on Monday, demanding an investigation into George’s death in police custody. They also demanded that the police publicly release CCTV security footage from the jail.Papuan singer and Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Edo Kondologit gives a thumbs-up on Oct. 15, 2019 in this file photo. (kompas.com/Andika Aditia)National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Argo Yuwono said that the West Papua provincial police had set up a team to investigate George’s death.”The team will investigate if any unlawful procedures were involved during the suspect’s [George’s] arrest. We will carry out disciplinary action against any officers who are found guilty [sic] of violating [police] procedures,” Argo said.Usman said separately that any policemen found to have committed procedural violations that led to George’s death should be taken to court.Read also: Fight for freedom: New research to map violence in the forgotten conflict in West PapuaJustice needs to be upheld. The perpetrators should face criminal charges, not just institutional discipline. All this time, policemen and [soldiers] who commit a crime against civilians have rarely been tried [at court]. This indicates the institutions’ strong impunity,” he said.Usman added that it was unacceptable that George had been the victim of assault by another detainee while in police custody.”An investigation must be carried out, because a the safety of detainees is the police’s responsibility,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

African Senior Athletics Championship

first_img“I am very happy with everything already in place, the stadium is ready now, we have ordered and already taken delivery of some of the best equipment available in the world and the everybody is eager to see the championship take off,” Alli was quoted as saying in a statement issued by Olukayode Thomas, the Head of Media and Publicity for Asaba 2018.Alli stated that he would have been happy to roll back the years so he can compete as a jumper at this year’s African Championships having seen the facilities and equipment that are all in place for Asaba 2018.The former African Long Jump record holder also commended the LOC chairman for Asaba 2018 Solomon Ogba for his initiative to host a Delegate Registration Meeting, DRM.Alli noted that apart from the Olympic Games, Asaba 2018 is one of the few places they are having a DRM.“I must commend the LOC chairman for his initiative to have a DRM for Asaba 2018, since he has raised the bar for this edition of the African championships, future editions cannot go below the standards being set now.” He saidAlli recalled that initially, athletes at African Championships are housed in hostels before the host of one of the past editions changed the format to housing athletes in hotels.It is will now be on record that another innovation was added to biennial championships in Asaba Delta State.Over 52 African countries are expected at the 21st African Senior Athletics Championships that would take place August 1-5 in Asaba, Delta State.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Asaba 2018 Will Pass CAA Test, Says AlliThe Technical Director for Asaba 2018 African Senior Athletics Championship, Yussuf Alli has expressed great optimism that Delta State will pass the scheduled inspection exercise by the Confederation of African Athletics, CAA this weekend.Alli stated that he is very positive because all that is required for the hosting of a successful championship is already in the place with the stadium and other equipment all on the ground as required by the CAA.last_img read more

Judge Delays Trial for Alleged Wellington Killer Clown

first_imgA Palm Beach County judge is delaying the Wellington Killer Clown trial by four months. The murder trial involving Sheila Keen Warren was set to begin at the end of January, now jury selection is set to begin May 29th per the judge’s decision Friday. The judge also denied Keen Warren’s request to be declared “indigent,” which means she will be required to pay her own legal fees.State prosecutors filed a motion earlier this month that Keen Warren falsified her indigent status by recently transferring hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and assets to her husband. Her attorney, Richard Lubin, argued the defense team needs more time.The judge granted a two-week extension. Meanwhile, Keen Warren, who is charged with murder, sat across the courtroom.Keen Warren is accused of dressing up as a clown and shooting 40-year-old Marlene Warren in the face when she answered the door at her Wellington home in 1990.Investigators say the clown wearing an orange wig, a red nose and painted on white makeup.Keen Warren eventually ended up marrying Warren’s husband. In 2014,DNA testing connected samples of her hair with hair found in an orange wig and blood to the slaying.Due to the complexity of the 29-year-old case, Lubin said under no circumstances will they be ready to start Jan. 31, 2021.Listen to Full Rigor Podcast on Wellington Killer Clown case here.last_img read more

FAA Alert Hints at Trump Return to South Florida This Week

first_imgAn alert issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Friday reveals that President Trump could be heading back to Mar-a-Lago within days.The alert runs from Friday, January 10 through Monday, January 20.However, the notice says that we may expect “VIP movement” between the 17th and 19th from the month in the vicinity of Palm Beach.The White House has not confirmed whether the commander-in-chief will indeed be in town.last_img

FBI joins search for missing newborn baby

first_imgAccording to The Miami Herald, the FBI has joined the search for a newborn baby who disappeared after his mother, grandmother and great-grandmother were fatally shot in South Florida.Miami-Dade police say Andrew Caballeiro was only a week old when his father, 49-year-old Ernesto Caballeiro, kidnapped him last month and was a suspect for the triple murder.Police later found Caballeiro dead in his car from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound north of Tampa.Officials continue to search for baby Andrew.Search for Baby Andrew Continues after Four relatives Die in Triple murder, Suicidelast_img read more