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Ban confirmed on imported battery eggs

first_imgBattery-farmed eggs produced in the EU, and products made from them, will not be allowed to be sold in the UK following the British ban on barren battery cages.The Minister of State for Agriculture and Food James Paice confirmed in a letter to the British Egg Industry Council that “eggs from conventional cages could only go to processing in the Member State of origin and could not be exported” and that the “egg products created could only be used in food products or industrial products manufactured within the Member State of origin”.British egg producers have invested £400m on phasing out barren battery cages and all British cage eggs now come from new, enriched-colony cages.Producers in 13 other EU countries, including Spain, Italy and Poland, have not fully complied with the ban and it is estimated that around one-quarter of EU cage egg production does not meet the legal requirements, with some 50 million hens still being kept in barren battery cages, producing more than 40 million eggs a day.>>Egg Council to launch Judicial Reviewlast_img read more

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Holiday pet perils

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaFor pets, the holidays aren’t filled with festive flavors,colors, smells and sounds. They’re packed with peril.”Dogs and cats can encounter more dangerous things at Christmasthan are normally around them,” said Jim Strickland, a formerUniversity of Georgia Extension Service veterinarian, now”semiretired.”Some dangers are easy to recognize: the electrical cords thatlight up the Christmas tree and other decorations, for instance.”Dogs like to chew electrical cords,” Strickland said. “And theymay get the shock of their lives for Christmas.”Keep the cords out of the way of the pets, he said.Other dangersOther dangers may not seem at all dangerous to the pets’ owners– leftover turkey, for instance.”Too many leftovers and long, brittle bones can choke orpenetrate the digestive tract of dogs or cats,” Strickland said.”Table scraps can cause chronic digestive upset in dogs, too.”Holiday candies present special dangers.”Among candies, chocolate is the biggest danger for pets,”Strickland said.The toxic part of chocolate is called theobromine. It’s relatedto caffeine. For a dog or cat, it can be like a dose of cocaine,killing by overstimulating the heart.”It’s hard for a big dog to get enough chocolate candy to killit,” he said, pointing out that it takes 1 1/3 pounds of mildchocolate to kill a 25-pound dog. Smaller animals, though, caneat lethal doses of chocolate easily enough.Unsweetened baking chocolate is another story altogether. “Thathas 10 times as much theobromine as mild chocolate candy,”Strickland said. “It takes only 2 1/4 ounces of it to kill a 25-pound dog.”Hard candies, tooHard candies can be deadly, too. Dogs and cats can easily chokeon them. And hard candies, as well as small toys and parts oftoys and games, Christmas ornaments, etc., are all around petsduring the holidays.Other dangers that aren’t so obvious are the plants that providetraditional holiday color.”Things like mistletoe, poinsettias and Jerusalem cherry may betoxic to dogs and cats,” Strickland said.Knowing where your pet is when company arrives and leaves is amust. Outside, in the chill of the holidays, cats may seek warmthnear a car motors’ fans and belts, which could cause seriousinjury.Strickland doesn’t suggest doing without Christmas trees, turkey,mistletoe or candies for Christmas. He just wants people toremember their pets.”Just be aware of the potential dangers for pets at Christmas,”he said. “Keeping the pets happy and healthy can add to thepleasure of the holiday season.”(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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I am behind Ronaldo injury problems, claims Kwaku Bonsam

first_imgA Ghanaian has said that he has provoked the Portugal star to be spiritually wounded before the World Cup and will prevent him from facing the Black Stars.A traditional priest from Ghana has said that he is behind Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury problems, which “can never be cured by any medic”.The Real Madrid and Portugal star is suffering from tendonitis and is set to miss out on his country’s pre-World Cup friendlies against Mexico and Ireland, though Nana Kwaku Bonsam, who describes himself as a traditional priest, has claimed responsibility for the Ballon d’Or winner’s plight, which he has claimed to be “spiritual”.“I know what Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury is about, I’m working on him,” the witchdoctor told Ghanaian radio station Angel FM.“I am very serious about it. Last week, I went around looking for four dogs and I got them to be used in manufacturing a special spirit called ‘Kahwiri Kapam’.“I said it four months ago that I will work on Cristiano Ronaldo and rule him out of the World Cup or at least prevent him from playing against Ghana and the best thing I can do is to keep him out though injury. “This injury can never be cured by any medic, they can never see what is causing the injury because it is spiritual. Today, it is his knee, tomorrow it is thigh, next day it is something else.”Ghana are due to play Portugal on June 26 in Brasilia, in what will be their final match of Group G, which also includes Germany and USA.last_img read more

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FEMA Opening Reviews Until Sept. 15

first_imgTHE FEDERAL EMERGENCY Management Agency wants to hear from Sandy damaged homeowners not satisfied with their flood insurance claims.“While I’ve seen many of the cases that were adjudicated properly, ” said Roy Wright, deputy associate administrator for FEMA’s federal insurance and mitigation administration, “I’ve seen too many instances where we did not come up with the best answer.”FEMA will accept review requests from dissatisfied insurance policyholders until Sept. 15.“It’s a simple message,” Wright said in a telephone interview from his Washington, D.C. office. “If you believe you were underpaid for any reason after a Sandy flood insurance claim, call us. We want to review that with you.”The National Flood Insurance Program, overseen by Wright’s department, received 144,000 claims in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy in Oct. 2012 from property owners mostly in New Jersey and New York and a few thousand in coastal Connecticut. Some have accepted and are satisfied with their claims, but over the course of time several thousand claimants have gone to court alleging the amount FEMA determined missed the mark. For the remaining number who dispute the federal agency’s assessment, Wright said, “You shouldn’t have to take us to court to get us to this point.”Ted Friedli’s Long Branch home was deemed significantly damaged by Sandy (meaning it was more than 51 percent damaged) and had hoped his flood insurance would cover considerably more of the repairs. “The whole downstairs was completely flooded,” with about four feet of water, he remembered. “The house needed to be gutted completely. We put in new siding, a new roof, and we redid the floor completely.”To rebuild, lift and upgrade his home cost him an estimated $500,000. He received $150,000 from the insurance claim, but in his opinion he was entitled to the full policy amount of $250,000.Friedli has hired a lawyer from a Louisiana firm specializing in flood claims and is seeking to have his case reviewed.The initial process, Friedli said, was “extremely frustrating, extremely time consuming.“I understand why so many people don’t want to open up a flood claim again, because they’re so disappointed to begin again,” he said.FEMA’s steps to review this many claims, possibly as many as 11,300, is unprecedented for the agency, Wright said. “I think what it points out is we clearlyneed to transform this program to be more survivor-centric, more focused on the policy holder,” he acknowledged.“We’re committed to meeting our commitment to give policy holders every dollar they’re owed under their policies,” Wright added.This is one of a series of steps FEMA officials, including Wright, are taking to focus “on how we restore the policy holders’ trust in the program,” he said.Friedli appreciated the opportunity to correct the situation, but advised others to follow his path and retain a lawyer (who in this case will get one- third of the amount). “It’s worth the cost.”FEMA officials said those wanting their claims reviewed should call 866-337-4262 and provide their name and policy number. Policyholders can also go online to hurricane-sandy-nfip-claims to download an application.By John Burtonlast_img read more

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Vote for James Donaldson Park to win Canadian contest

first_imgJames Donaldson Park in Grand Forks is one of 16 finalists from across Canada in the first Canada’s Favourite Ballpark contest sponsored by Baseball Canada, but the park needs your vote to win.  Chosen from over 40 submissions from across the country, the finalists were announced on Jul. 9. Like the annual hockey town competition, the ballpark contest gives the winners prizes along with national exposure for the town.  “Community baseball diamonds provide broad opportunities for participation and are strategic settings for promoting and implementing Canadian Sport for Life concepts that Baseball Canada embraces,” said Ray Carter, president of Baseball Canada.  “Baseball Canada believes that governments should ensure that community diamonds provide the public active living opportunities for all ages in baseball in the dedicated baseball areas.”  The call for entrants went out in early June and past-president of the Grand Forks International (GFI) Gerry Foster took up the challenge.  “I really saw it as an opportunity for our community, and secondly good public relations for the GFI,” said Foster. “On the one hand it was something I wanted to do but I shared it with the GFI committee first. So I did it on behalf of the GFI and certainly on behalf of this great community, Grand Forks.”  The 16 qualifiers have been divided into four groups. Grand Forks finds itself in division 1 and will be up against Charlottetown PEI, St. Thomas ON and Okotoks AB.  The voting for this first group began on Monday, Jul. 11 at 12 p.m. ET and fans and supporters can vote online at Voting for this first division continues until 10 am ET Monday, Jul. 18.  The ballpark with the most votes each week will advance to the semi-final round where again they will be matched-up against another park where voting will determine the two finalists.  The final round voting will then determine Canada’s Favourite Ballpark!  The judges have made their decision and now it is up to fans and supporters from across the country. Please vote, and vote often, for Grand Forks. Contact your friends and relatives and ask for their support as James Donaldson Park in Grand Forks competes for the title of Canada’s Favourite Ballpark.  Our ballpark in Grand Forks will now be showcased on for the week of voting. If Grand Forks gets the most votes it will move on to the semi-finals in a few weeks when another round of voting takes place.  So, once again, get onto the site and vote for your favourite ballpark – James Donaldson Park – then watch the results for the next round of voting.  The rest of the schedule is as follows: Aug. 8 (12 p.m. ET)- Aug. 15 (10 a.m. ET): Voting for Week 1 winner vs. Week 2 winner (semi-final #1);Aug. 15 (12 p.m. ET)- Aug. 22 (10 a.m. ET): Voting for Week 3 winner vs. Week 4 winner (semi-final #2);Aug. 22 (12 p.m. ET) – Sept. 6 10 a.m. ET): Voting to determine a winner;Sept. 7 (12 p.m. ET): Canada’s Favourite Ballpark is announced on link again to vote is: read more

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MARAD engages stakeholders on strategy to implement IMO instruments

first_imgThe Guyana Maritime Administration (MARAD) on Wednesday convened a meeting along with stakeholders to develop an effective strategy to implement International Maritime Organisation (IMO) instruments.Stakeholders at the Guyana Maritime Administration meeting on WednesdayDirector General of MARAD, Claudette Rogers joined with a consultant from the Global Maritime Consultants Group (GMCG), Gail Stoll; and the CEO of International Register of Shipping (IRS), Bijimon Punnoose, to engage the stakeholders in this regard.Rogers explained this meeting was arranged to kick off the Guyana International Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAS) project and it comes on the heels of an audit which was conducted in February of this year.The Audit of the Maritime Administration in Guyana looked at areas pertaining to IMO instruments, implementation of the triple I code, referring to coastal, flag and port state inspections.“At the conclusion of the audit, there were four findings and one observation under general responsibilities and obligations of the state. Nine findings and two observations under flag state activities, four findings and no observations under coastal state activities and five findings and no observations under port state activities,” Rogers is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying. She also indicated that there was an equal number of good practices which were revealed, as well as areas where improvements were could be facilitated.IMO instruments are conventions and codes/rules, namely SOLAS (The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea), LSA code and MARPOL. The GMCG will play a critical role in assisting MARAD in moving towards corrective action for findings and strategic implementation.Gail Stoll, an overseas-based Guyanese, said her involvement in the project provides her with the opportunity to give back to the development of such an important sector in her home country. Stoll says she looks forward to seeing MARAD in Guyana become a model in the Caribbean.“Indeed, such a mammoth task will not be possible without the valuable feedback and active support of the stakeholders who are here today that is the reason why we are interacting with you, the well experienced and highly knowledgeable professionals who know the nitty-gritty of the maritime sector in and around Guyana.”Punnoose presented the scope of the project, its strategic objectives, flag, coastal and port state obligations, in addition to the IMO findings and observations which were discussed.Participants included representatives from MARAD, the Public Infrastructure Ministry, the Transport and Harbours Department, the Guyana Defence Force Coast Guard, the Civil Defence Commission, the National Frequency Management Unit, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Agriculture Ministry.last_img read more

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Raiders’ most recent signing boosts offensive line depth

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThe Raiders announced Thursday they signed free-agent offensive lineman Jordan Devey, who spent the last three seasons with the Chiefs.Devey fills the void created when Jon Feliciano signed with the Bills. Feliciano served as the Raiders’ backup center and guard last season, filling in at left guard when starter Kelechi Osemele was sidelined with various injuries. Devey played center and right guard in seven …last_img read more

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The Alec Burks Effect will not be lost on these Warriors

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — It’s impossible to know how long Alec Burks’ tenure with the Warriors will last. He could opt to return this off-season when he becomes an unrestricted free agent. He could sign elsewhere. He could even become a trade chip for the Warriors later this season.Regardless of how long Burks’ time with Golden State lasts, the impact he has made on this particular iteration of the Warriors will not soon be forgotten.Burks, who’s in his ninth NBA season, is currently the Warriors’ …last_img read more

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Considering Crop Options

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — With spring rains that won’t cease, farmers will be increasingly pushed over the next few weeks to weigh their prevented-planting options.The angst over planting is also higher for farmers who hedged a percentage of their 2019-20 corn ahead of planting season. Angie Setzer, vice president of grain at Citizens Elevator in Charlotte, Michigan, said farmers should be talking with their buyers about options.“You have got to have communication with your buyer sooner or later,” Setzer said. “So a lot of guys will hesitate and see if it will get better. You always, as a farmer, have an optimistic thought, ‘I’ll just wait it out.’ That’s the worst thing to do because knowing early, and me having a conversation with a grower early, allows me to present a lot of different opportunities.”Setzer added, “If it is keeping you up at night that you are overhedged versus what you have got planted and the reality is you aren’t going to do too much more, then it’s best to have that conversation and rip the Band-Aid off.”Setzer also noted there are a lot of questions about how the new round of Market Facilitation Program payments will influence late-season soybean planting. USDA dealt a wild card into the mix with its announcement last week of a new $14.5 billion Market Facilitation Program for 2019-20 crops that will pay farmers on a county formula based on planted acres.The county payment rate was not released last week when USDA announced the program. USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson last week said the MFP payments would be based on planted acres. The county formula being created for the program will be based on reported planted acres.However, Scott Irwin, an Extension economist at the University of Illinois, noted on Twitter that there are no official details on how the second year of MFP will deal with prevented-planting acres.“I want to see the program in writing before reaching a final conclusion on MFP2 payment for PP (prevented planting),” Irwin tweeted.The disaster aid package tied up in the U.S. House of Representatives provides USDA with $3 billion for crop losses, included on-farm commodities such as those lost in flooding earlier this spring. But the provision also states that money could be used for “crops prevented from planting in 2019.” No more details are mentioned about what that would mean.The disaster bill passed the Senate late last week, but House leaders allowed lawmakers to leave early, thinking they could pass the bill during a pro forma session. Lone Republican congressmen have objected twice now, blocking final passage of the bill each time.“It doesn’t seem right that people impacted by disasters have to wait another week to get help because politicians wanted to leave early for their congressional recess,” Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said on Tuesday as he criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for allowing the House to leave early last week.Grassley said he has not had any discussions about trade aid with USDA officials, but he said he understands why the department is limiting aid to those who plant a crop.“I would assume the aid is based on not being able to export the crop that you grew, so if you didn’t grow the crop, you wouldn’t be hurt by not being able to export,” Grassley told reporters Tuesday. “But I’m willing to listen to anybody that has a different point of view.”Grassley also agreed with comments by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., that the new payment plan would drive farmers to plant late soybeans and encourage overproduction.“I agree with that, and since the money isn’t going to go out for a few weeks anyway, I’m not sure I understand why it was important to announce it before maybe two or three weeks from now for the same reason Congressman Peterson said,” Grassley said.Futures prices continue to rise with the planting uncertainty. December corn jumped 17 1/4 cents on Tuesday to close at $4.37 a bushel, and soybeans moved 26 1/4 cents higher for November to close at $8.82 a bushel.USDA’s Crop Progress report on Tuesday showed Illinois corn planting was just 35% complete as of May 26; Michigan corn planting was at 33%; South Dakota was at 25%; and Indiana and Ohio had just 22% of their corn crop in.In a briefing Tuesday, leaders with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers highlighted challenges they are facing with increased rainfall throughout the Missouri River Basin. The Corps is planning to raise releases from Gavins Point Dam on the Missouri River to 70,000 cubic feet per second, which could go higher later this week. Corps officials also were increasing water releases from Kansas and Missouri reservoirs.Soybean planting progress was even worse in many states with just 29% of projected acres planted nationwide.Higher-priced crops may push more farmers to plant late, but that would already be the mindset for most farmers, Setzer said. “I had guys last year planting corn on June 15 at $3.90,” she said. “You want to plant a crop. That’s your desire.”Nebraska, along with most of North Dakota, South Dakota and Kansas, moved past the final prevented planting date for corn on May 25. The deadline is May 31 for Iowa, most of Minnesota and Wisconsin, along with eastern Missouri and a few southeastern counties in North and South Dakota.The Crop Progress report reflects roughly 75% of South Dakota corn acreage likely has shifted in the late-planting season, as well as about 30% of the Kansas corn crop, 37% of North Dakota’s corn acres and just under 20% of Nebraska’s corn acres.Keep in mind that even though the term is “final planting date,” that is the final date for full coverage. The crop insurance protection during the late planting season lowers 1% each day for the next 20 to 25 days, depending on the crop.Farmers who take prevented-planting coverage on a first crop can still plant a second cash crop. For corn, the second crop cannot be planted for 20 days after the final planting date. For soybeans, it’s 25 days after the late-planting period.A second cash crop can be insured if the crop is on the policy, but the indemnity on the first crop falls to 35%, as does the premium on the first crop. Planting a second crop, however, also affects Actual Production History. The APH on the prevented-planting crop falls to 60% of approved APH for those acres. On the second crop, APH is then calculated from the actual production.Farmers who take prevented planting coverage also can plant a cover crop or forage crop, but it cannot be hayed or grazed until Nov. 1.Kevin Ross, vice president of the National Corn Growers Association, who farms near Underwood, Iowa, went into this weekend at about 60% of his crop planted. He didn’t get very far beyond that.“I know there are guys around here, multiple people who have zero crops planted,” Ross said.On calls with fellow NCGA leaders, Ross said he has heard farmers in the Eastern Corn Belt who also continue struggling trying to get crops planted. “I think, in general, guys are going to plant at least five to 10 days after the final planting date,” Ross said. “Most guys want to plant a crop. Most guys want to harvest a crop.”Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/ES)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Delhi University Admissions 2014: 5 days to go

first_imgThe admission process for various undergraduate courses at Delhi University (DU) for the academic session 2014-2015 is set to begin from June 2, 2014. Students who have cleared their Class 12 board exams and are interested in pursuing UG programmes from the University can obtain the registration forms from the dedicated registration centers till June 16, 2014.There are 77 colleges under Delhi University. These colleges will release five cutoff lists for the general category and the first list will be out on June 24, the day admissions begin. After the declaration of the cut off lists by the University, the students will need to report to the college of their choice within the stipulated period.Candidates can apply for admissions to undergraduate programmes both online and offline. With the introduction of centralised admission process, there will be no sale of forms in individual colleges, except for those candidates applying under sports and extracurricular activities categories.While the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 12th Results for all regions are expected to be declared by tomorrow, i.e. May 29, 2014, state boards like Jammu and Kashmir, Uttrakhand, Bihar, and Himachal Pradesh have already declared their Class 12 results. There will be no entrance test for non-professional courses like English and admissions will be based on cutoff.Important Dates:Issue and receipt of registration forms: June 2, 2014 to June 16, 2014 (9 am to 1 pm)Notification of first admission list: June 24, 2014Admission and payment of Fees:  June 24, 2014 to June 26, 2014Notification of second admission list: June 26, 2014Admission and payment of Fees: June 27, 2014 to June 30, 2014advertisementNotification of third admission list: July 1, 2014Admission and payment of fees: July 1, 2014 to July 3, 2014last_img read more

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