Press release: New incentives for farmers to strengthen biosecurity on bovine TB

first_imgThe Government has today (18 December) confirmed that farmers who have managed to stay clear of bovine TB for at least six years will be able to revert to annual, rather than six-monthly, testing.This will reduce the testing burden on these lower-risk farms and incentivise other farms to take steps, to reduce their TB risks. The change will come into effect in May 2019 and will apply to farmers in parts of the bovine TB Edge Area.The six-monthly testing also applies to farmers who have achieved Cattle Health Certification Standards (CHeCS) TB accreditation of their herds.Farming Minister, Minister Eustice, said: Bovine TB remains the greatest animal health threat to the UK, causing devastation and distress for hard-working farmers and rural communities. By allowing these lower risk herds to revert to annual testing we want to encourage other farmers to take steps to reduce the risks of bovine TB. From stringent biosecurity to the application of risk-based trading principles, farmers need to be doing everything they can to stop this disease spreading. As a Government we will also continue to robustly apply a range of interventions, including cattle movement controls, increased and better TB testing and licensed badger control in certain areas. Defra and the Welsh Government have also today published a joint report with industry setting out recent progress and next steps on improving on-farm biosecurity – a key focus of the recent report by Sir Charles Godfray on the Government’s bTB strategy.This report sets out a new programme of action designed to increase farmers’ resilience to bovine TB, including a £25,000 investment to improve the TB Hub website – the central hub for information on the disease.last_img read more

West Florida Cross Country with strong showing in Gainesville

first_img Share West Florida Cross Country with strong showing in Gainesville Sept. 7, 2007GAINESVILLE, Fla. – In an event that included some powerhouse Division I programs, The West Florida Cross Country teams performed very well on Friday. Coach Matt Dobson was really excited about the performances, “all of the guys (men’s team) ran faster than last week and many set PR’s for the run.” For the Women, Diana Sitar ran her fastest 5k yet, at 19:03 and was running right along with the top D-I runners.”I was real proud of Diana, and Margaret Harter and Kelli Midden turned in great runs also,” exclaimed Dobson. “Our girls were missing two of our top runners and still had an outstanding showing.” The Women finished second of all the D-II schools, trailing only the University of Tampa. UWF and Tampa are among the schools that are considered to have a shot at the national title.The Men’s squad was the top D-II school in the meet, due to Nick Maedel and Justin Gates turning in races of over a minute faster than previously. “Nick has been having some great workouts and ran a great race today. However, I might have been proudest of Justin Gates, who is a Junior and all his hard work has finally paid off.” Dobson continued to be proud of the fact that much of his team had been battling sickness, but it didn’t deter them today. “We are where we want to be right now, and I think have the formula (for training runs) that will work for this team.”Freshmen Nick Maedel was the top UWF men’s runner with a 27:08 for the 8k run, good for 25th overall. Junior Justin Gates (27:23) and Junior Eric Mayes (27:35) were right behind. Freshmen Reynolds Griner (28:09) and Freshmen Jared Black (28:12) rounded out the Argos top five runners. Meanwhile, two other Freshmen were not far behind them, as Josh McEachin (28:25) and Andrew Maedel (28:32), ran very well also.For the women, Senior Diana Sitar finished 14th overall, while Junior Margaret Harter (20:10) was 37th, and Freshmen Kelli Midden (20:27) was 41st overall out of 175 runners in the meet. Freshmen Ericka Anderson (21:17) and Senior Lindsey Failing (22:31) rounded out the Argos top five runners.The University of Florida was the overall team champion for both the men’s 8k run and the women’s 5k run. Enoch Nadler of Florida won the men’s race in 24:48, while Lindsay Sundell of the Gators was the women’s champion in the 5k with a time of 17:41. The Argos will compete again next week in the Commodore Classic in Nashville, Tennessee. That race will also have a mix of Division I and Division II schools, and provides some great competition for the Argos. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Isis had plans to attack Aussie cricketers on Bangladesh tour-report

first_imgENGLAND’s tour of Bangladesh later this year faces fresh trouble after details of an alleged Islamic State (Isis) plan to attack Australian cricketers in the sub-continent nation last year emerged.According to reports, the Australian government received intelligence about an Isis plot to target the country’s cricket players during a reception with the hosts in Dhaka.The Daily Mail reported that Australia immediately pulled out of the tour of Bangladesh on security grounds with Cricket Australia not confident of players’ and officials’ safety after receiving this credible security threat.The decision seemed well founded as soon after the Aussie government’s step, extremists attacked and murdered a group of Italian tourists in the city.Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, Mal Loye, the former Bangladesh Cricket head of performance, revealed that upon learning of the plans by Isis to attack the Australians he quit his post.“The week I left, the Australia team didn’t turn up because the terrorists had planned to take us out when we had an event sorted with the touring team.My boss’s wife was arranging the event with the Australians. The Australian government saw the plans from the underworld guys about what was going to happen. The plans didn’t work out for the terrorists because the Australia team didn’t arrive there.”“The Italians got shot that week. The terrorists obviously thought they’d take a few people out while they were there. That was enough for me. I knew after the shootings that my freedom as a westerner had gone.”England are scheduled to tour the sub-continent nation next month after the board officials decided that they were satisfied with the safety arrangements.However, many of the country’s players are yet to commit to the tour with Jos Buttler expressing doubts with managing director Andrew Strauss confirming that no player would be forced to go on the trip.(Yahoo Sport)last_img read more

Sylwan signs up to deliver data driven growth for LeoVegas

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Svenska Spel becomes 2020 eHockey Championship sponsor August 18, 2020 Share Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Submit Former Kindred Group and Svenska Spel manager Dersim Sylwan will succeed Petra Blixt as LeoVegas Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Blixt had been serving in the role on an interim basis since May of this year, having been appointed as a marketing director in October 2018 as part of a departmental shake-up.She will continue as interim CMO until Sylwan officially joins the LeoVegas team in Malta, where Hans Uhrus – LeoVegas Communications Manager – expects him to make a major contribution to the operator’s growth strategy.“Dersim will have an overarching responsibility for marketing,” Uhrus explained. “He has a background and personality that are a perfect fit for LeoVegas as LeoVegas continues to focus on data driven growth and sustainability. With Dersim’s experience and capacity he will make a major contribution to our growth going forward.”Sylwan is joining LeoVegas after almost six-and-a-half years with Kindred, where he most recently served as general manager in Sweden for three years.Prior to this, he spent just short of 18 months as head of Kindred’s Maria Casino brand, while he also had a spell as country manager in Sweden for the same casino.Before joining Kindred in April 2013, Sylwan spent two-and-a-half years with Svenska Spel. Here, he worked as both brand manager and project manager for the firm’s Oddset business, as well as project manager for mobile.last_img read more

Mack All-Stars claim district title

first_imgThe McKinleyville 8-10 Little League All-Stars clinched the district and section championships this past week, advancing to this weekend’s Northern California state tournament in Palo Alto.The Mack All-Stars opened play at the state tourney against Porterville on Saturday, falling 10-3.They will try to rebound against Fair Oaks Orangevale this afternoon at 4 p.m.last_img

Jacks struggle to stop CW, fall at home

first_imgHumboldt State put up a valiant effort in front of a sparsely populated Redwood Bowl but fell short against GNAC rival Central Washington, losing 62-24 Saturday night.Humboldt (1-5, 1-7) started on a high note when junior quarterback Joey Sweeney connected on a 44-yard pass to sophomore receiver Ryan McCombs on the Jacks’ second drive of the game. The drive would end, however, after Sweeney was sacked and stripped for a fumble at Central Washington’s 26-yard line.“Regardless of the record we …last_img

Pushed to the brink: Sharks’ woes continue in Game 4 loss

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The Sharks played the kind of game they wanted to for two periods Tuesday night but couldn’t make the saves they needed as the Vegas Golden Knights moved to within one win of advancing to the second round.For complete Sharks coveragefollow us on Flipboard.Goalies Martin Jones and Aaron Dell combined to make just 11 saves on 14 shots through two periods as the Sharks lost 5-0 to the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena to fall behind three-games-to-one in the best-of-7 opening round …last_img

What energy issues? Kevin Labanc, Sharks top Avalanche in Game 1

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/04/27/bang_2ee4e992-34c2-4470-aa47-65e34ab3a3ff”]SAN JOSE — The Sharks faced questions about how much energy and emotion they would have left over after their grueling seven-game series against the Vegas Golden Knights came to an end.No one had to worry about Kevin Labanc’s confidence level, though.Three days after he had four points in an epic third-period comeback against the Golden Knights, Labanc scored another pretty goal Friday night, part of a second …last_img

Your Inner Postal Service

first_img51; Zip codes – those five- or nine-digit numbers on mail – have an analogue in every one of your cells.  Like a city,1 a cell has information to ship from place to place.2  To make sure that the manufacturing instructions for protein parts arrive at the appropriate assembly site, the shipper puts a molecular tag on a transport vehicle (the postman) that works just like a zip code.  At least that is the way an article in PLoS Biology described the process.    Richard Robinson is a freelance science writer who wrote in the peer-reviewed, open-access science journal PLoS Biology about “A Two-Step Process Gets mRNA Loaded and Ready to Go.”3  (mRNA refers to the messenger RNA, the edited transcript of DNA, that contains the coded instructions for a protein.)  He used the word “zipcode” five times in his description of recent findings about the process:Proteins are the workhorses of the cell, but to get the most work out of them, they need to be in the right place.  In neurons, for example, proteins needed at axons differ from those needed at dendrites, while in budding yeast cells, the daughter cell needs proteins the mother cell does not.  In each case, one strategy for making sure a protein gets where it belongs is to shuttle its messenger RNA to the right spot before translating it.    The destination for such an mRNA is encoded in a set of so-called “zipcode” elements, which loop out of the RNA string to link up with RNA-binding proteins.  In yeast, these proteins join up with a myosin motor that taxis the complex to the encoded location.The players in this process are the messenger RNA (mRNA) with the coded instructions (like blueprints) for a molecular machine, the zipcode elements attached to the mRNA that tell it where it needs to go, and the myosin “taxi” that takes the mRNA to the right factory (ribosome) where the protein parts will be assembled.  But other parts must be involved; who sorts the mail?  Who checks that the zip code is present?    The rest of Robinson’s synopsis discussed how recent findings show more complexity than previously known (see 06/26/2002, 09/06/2002, 01/01/2005, 01/13/2007).  It was known that proteins called She2p and She3p were involved, but not how they interacted with the zipcode elements on the mRNA.  There is a new level of quality control, he said, that has come to light:Based on their results, the authors propose a two-step model of transport complex formation.  Within the nucleus, She2p binds to the mRNA as it is transcribed, and then shuttles it to the cytoplasm.  She2p binds loosely and promiscuously, though, catching up mRNAs both with and without zipcodes.  Once in the cytoplasm, She3p joins on, tightening the grip on mRNAs that contain zipcodes while booting out those without them.  With the myosin motor attached to She3p, the complex motors off to its destination elsewhere in the cell.    The results in this study indicate that quality control in mRNA transport relies on a reciprocal action: the complex proteins together ensure that only those mRNAs with a destination tag are incorporated into the transport complex, and the mRNA, by binding to each of the proteins in the complex, ensures that all are on board before the journey starts.In other words, one protein (She2p) binds to the parcel inside the nucleus and takes it outside, where the other protein (She3p) recognizes its counterpart, checks the zipcode, and joins the transport complex to the myosin taxi.  Studies have shown that without this quality-control mechanism, like when She2p mutated to prevent it joining with the mRNA, “the ability of the RNA�protein complex to reach its destination was impaired.”    Robinson’s comments referred to a paper by Muller et al in PLoS Biology.4  The authors stated, “We propose that coupling of specific mRNA recognition and assembly of stable transport complexes constitutes a critical quality control step to ensure that only target mRNAs are transported.”  They also used the phrase “zip code” 68 times, but never mentioned evolution once, except obliquely in one figure, to show phylogenetic comparisons of She3p between different species of yeast.1.  Michael Denton compared the cell to a city in a memorable chapter of his 1985 book, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, p. 328.  His description began, “To grasp the reality of life as it has been revealed by molecular biology, we must magnify a cell a thousand million times until it is twenty kilometres in diameter and resembles a giant airship large enough to cover a great city like London or New York.  What we would then see would be an object of unparalleled complexity and adaptive design…. a world of supreme technology and bewildering complexity.”2.  Ibid., “A huge range of products and raw materials and raw materials would shuttle along all the manifold conduits in a highly ordered fashion to and from all the various assembly plants in the outer regions of the cell.”3.  Richard Robinson, “A Two-Step Process Gets mRNA Loaded and Ready to Go,” Public Library of Science: Biology, 9(4): e1001047. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001047.4.  M�ller M, Gerhard Heym R, Mayer A, Kramer K, Schmid M, et al. (2011), “A Cytoplasmic Complex Mediates Specific mRNA Recognition and Localization in Yeast,” doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000611.The guys who make up stories about life originating from primordial soup don’t think of any of these things.  They get all excited if they find a strand of RNA that can make one simple chemical reaction occur, as if that’s all that is needed.  But give them the best case scenario: a primitive cell filled with the essential molecules of life, but no process for getting the molecules where they are needed.  That includes no quality control, no inspections, no checks and balances, no feedback, no networks.  What will happen?  Entropy.    We remind our readers that evolutionary theory provided nothing to this scientific discovery.  We also remind them that these complex processes were described not for the most complicated eukaryotes, like giraffes, but ones much more humble: yeast.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Airbus launches upgraded A330

first_imgAs expected Airbus has launched two new versions of its very popular A330 aircraft taking advantage of the latest engine technology from Rolls Royce.Dubbed the A330-800neo and A330-900neo, two new aircraft will incorporate latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features. Benefitting from the economics, versatility and reliability of the A330, the A330neo reduces fuel consumption by a claimed 14 per cent per seat, making it one of the most cost efficient, medium range wide body aircraft in the market. The A330neo will also have an increase of range up to 400 nautical miles. Deliveries of the A330neo will start in Q4 2017. Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus Group said that the A330 is a very important margin (profit) contributor for Airbus. “It’s also one of the most reliable and efficient commercial aircraft ever. Customers love it. With our decision to re-engine the plane, we will keep the A330 flying high for many more years to come.” In addition to the new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, the A330neo will feature incremental innovations, including aerodynamic enhancements such as new winglets, an increased wing span and new engine pylons.last_img read more