Follow the trace | Let athletes go if they want

first_img This is an evolving and unique scenario in Jamaica, especially in our sprinting where our supply is simply overwhelming the demands of our system and, as it is with the export of any indigenous product, we should be allowed to export our sprinters. When a Jamaican athlete, like any other Jamaican in any other sphere of life, comes to the conclusion that opportunities are limited in Jamaica and they wish to migrate to another jurisdiction with their skills and expertise, they should have the right so to do. The JAAA should wise up, be reasonable and let the athletes go if they want. Restriction of trade What the JAAA is proposing borders on restriction of trade, which is effectively stopping Jamaican athlete from maximising their full earning potential. Even with consideration given for the JAAA’S obligation to protect the nation’s legacy and ensure the continuation of our dominance in world sprinting, it is still overreaching and over reacting to have a blanket, non-discretionary policy as it relates to this issue. Natural justice suggests at least some athletes should be allowed to go if they want to go. The fact of the matter is that the JAAA and/or the Government of Jamaica have not invested in any major way in the development of these athletes. For the most part, it has been the private track and field clubs and the individual sacrifice of the athletes that got them into the position they are in today. These athletes really owe no real obligation to Jamaica, but more so are beholden to themselves and to their families, who quite often depend on them for a better life. The threat by the JAAA to enforce the three-year waiting period on all athletes seeking to make the switch, instead of exercising the option of sending them on their way within a year, is a scare tactic and smacks of an unreasonable use of power. Even the president of the IAAF, Lord Sebastian Coe, has weighed in on this now worldwide trend, citing disagreement with the frequency of athletes switching allegiance. He, too, is being selfish and unreasonable. Unique scenario The issue of the switching allegiance by Jamaican athletes is back on the front burner and will remain there for as long as Jamaica continues to produce so many world-class athletes on a consistent and continuous basis. A simple balancing of the equation will aptly demonstrate the reasoning of more and more ambitious, young, Jamaican sprinters seeking to switch their allegiance to another country. In men’s 100 metres sprinting presently, there at least 10 Jamaicans who have gone below 10 seconds and are still competing. At least another 10 are at the 10.00, 10.10 seconds level. So conservatively, we are looking at 20 Jamaican sprinters in the 100-metre pool competing for three automatic spots and six relay spots on Jamaica’s Olympic team. Continuing to do the math, approximately 14 high-quality 100-metre sprinters will certainly not make the Jamaican Olympic team. These are sprinters who, if they represented another country, could possibly go as far as the Olympic semi-final and possibly the final, and would conceivably benefit from all the spin-off effects commensurate with that level of international achievement. In that context, the new hard-line stance being adopted by the local athletics governing body, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative (JAAA), is most unreasonable, to say the least. Every man or woman should have the right to exploit their God-given talent and hard work to garner the best possible remuneration the open market has to offer.last_img read more

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Sad times for sport in Guyana!

first_imgDear Editor,Today Guyana is going through sad and difficult times in sport. At the just concluded Pan American Games 2019, our athletes returned with no silverware, no medals. And at the press conference, all we were told was “No Government investment, medal-less return and disappointed performance”.Nicolette Fernandes, thank you, in 2011 you kept the Golden Arrowhead flying high, you brought home a Bronze Medal from the same games.Team Guyana was impressive with a forty-member contingent representing eight disciplines. The parade was impressive, however, dishearteningly it was the only part of this outing that impressed. The Golden Arrowhead was not hoisted even once at the presentation ceremony. Oh! The drought continued.My good friends were quick to criticise the PPP/C for a lack of sports facilities. I am proud to remind all Guyana that we have a modern Olympic size swimming pool and we had a world-class international coach. The first thing the APNU/AFC did was to kick out the coach. We built and equipped the Andrew Lewis “Six Head” Boxing Gym and we employed an international boxing coach and the APNU/AFC chased the coach out of the country and destroyed the “Six Head” Gym. Today the Andrew Lewis Gym is not functioning and it is a disgrace in the community. I visited the area and the residents were quick to say that they want the PPP to return to Government.The state-of-the-art international athletic track at Lenora has been devolved into a white elephant by this ruinous APNU/AFC Government. No coach, no planned programme and the equipment is being sold off and stolen. The new squash court that we built at the Racquet Centre at Woolford Avenue has also been relegated to white elephant status. The PPP/C built a state-of-the-art National Sports Resource Centre at Woolford Avenue has met a similar fate thanks to the incompetent management and a lack of vision by the current Government.Where are all the developmental programmes? This APNU/AFC Government managed to destroy the Inter Guyana Games with corruption and thievery. The IGG was put in place to give our very young athletes, while at school, an opportunity to compete on the international stage. Investment in sports is an investment in our people. We need to strengthen our club structures. We need to protect our gains and maximise benefits from the infrastructure that we have. After four years, the APNU/AFC coalition Government has failed to build a chicken pen to grow two chickens. Our sportsmen/sportswomen cannot afford to purchase a piece of chicken to eat. Sportsmen must be able to eat properly and with the growing and sky-high cost of living, our youths are looking out for a meal. Guyana desperately needs and deserves better leadership! Our young people must be shown the way forward.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

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Bayern defender Boateng under investigation for assault

first_imgLeiding added that the court was yet to open the case, but had accepted an accessory prosecution from the alleged victim, named only as ‘S.’.According to the SZ and WDR reports, ‘S.’ is Boateng’s former partner of ten years and the mother of two of his three children.Prosecutors also confirmed that Boateng was the subject of a separate police investigation into assault.Former Germany central defender Boateng is one of the country’s most successful players, having won the World Cup with Germany in 2014 and the Champions League with Bayern in 2013.His career has declined in recent months, after he was dropped from the national squad earlier this year.Boateng’s relationship with his club has also suffered after he slipped down the defensive pecking order at German league champions Bayern.In May, club president Uli Hoeness advised the 31-year-old to “find a new club”, but a mooted transfer to Italian giants Juventus fell through at the last minute on the final day of the European transfer window on Monday.0Shares0000(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jerome Boateng has been charged with assault after allegedly attacking his former partner © AFP/File / Christof STACHEBERLIN, Germany, Sep 3 – Bayern Munich and former German national team football star Jerome Boateng, 31, has been charged with assault after allegedly attacking his former partner, German prosecutors confirmed Tuesday.“The Munich prosecutor’s office has had proceedings open against Jerome Boateng for dangerous assault since autumn 2018. Following extensive investigations, charges were brought on February 11, 2019,” chief prosecutor Anne Leiding told AFP-subsidiary SID, confirming reports in German media outlets Sueddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) and WDR.last_img read more

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COUNCIL ISSUES BAN ON DIVERS SEARCHING FOR RARE GOLF BALLS IN LOUGH SALT

first_imgDonegal County Council has been left in the ‘rough’ after divers began searching for priceless golf balls in Lough Salt.The rare golf balls nest at the bottom of Lough SaltDivers have been searching for rare golf balls which were left behind by former Open champion winner Tom Morris in the 1800s.The golfing legend is believed to have struck 20 of the gutta percha golf balls which are worth €20,000 each into Lough Salt. However Donegal County Council is worried by an influx of divers because the lough is the main public water supply for thousands of households.The council said today it is very concerned the water supply could be threatened by amateur divers searching for the golfballs.“Donegal County Council is extremely concerned about the recent reports on diving activity in the waters of Lough Salt County Donegal for recreational reasons and in particular the retrieval of artefacts from the lake bottom.Golfing legend Old Tom Morris“Lough Salt is one of the main sources of drinking water for Letterkenny and its environs. The unique waters of Lough Salt are of a very high quality and are vital to the quality of drinking water for the population and any activity that could lead to a threat to the quality of this water is taken very seriously by the Council. “The Council wishes to advise that as a drinking water source Lough Salt is a protected water body under the Water Framework Directive and the Council will take all measures necessary within its powers to prevent further use of this lake for such recreational use,” said a council spokesman.The council also added that it was worried about people who are not qualified to dive going searching for the rare balls.“It should also be noted that Lough Salt is a deep lake and diving in the lake requires the use of specialist diving equipment operated by divers trained and capable of using such equipment.“The only situation that the Council will consider in terms of granting permission to dive in Lough Salt will be in relation to emergency contingency planning in order to develop a planned response to an accident which results in a recovery operation from the waters of the lake,” added the spokesman. COUNCIL ISSUES BAN ON DIVERS SEARCHING FOR RARE GOLF BALLS IN LOUGH SALT was last modified: December 10th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal County CouncilLough SaltTom MOrrislast_img read more

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DONEGAL COUNTY MUSEUM FEATURES IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

first_imgThe feature on Donegal County Museum in the New York TimesDonegal County Museum has this week featured in the prestigious International New York Times.The Photo Album of Ulster exhibition which is currently on display in the Donegal County Museum made it to page 2 of Tuesday’s International New York Times which sells in 160 countries across the globe. This is first exhibition of the Photo Album of Ulster project in partnership with the Gallery of Photography, Dublin.The Photo Album of Ulster was started as a research project which invited families from the nine counties to digitally share their photographs and this has resulted in a wonderful collection of images that tells a story and gives a moving insight into the lives of many in Ulster during the 20th century.This exhibition also includes images from the albums of Rev Dr AE Scott, Minister of First Ramelton Presbyterian Church. The piece in the International New York Times includes a class portrait from a Ramelton National School from the 1930s.The project is part of a wider research project – The Photo Album of Ireland – a majorarchival research project inviting people from the island of Ireland to digitally share their family photographs. Photo albums give a fascinating insight into our private and public histories – revealing details about how people lived and worked that official histories often overlook.This exhibition will run until the end of June and is admission free.The Museum is located in part of the old Letterkenny Workhouse on the High Road, Letterkenny and is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4.30pm and on Saturdays 1pm to 4.30pm. From more information call 074 91 24613 or find the museum on Facebook. DONEGAL COUNTY MUSEUM FEATURES IN THE NEW YORK TIMES was last modified: May 21st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal County MuseumNew York Timeslast_img read more

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We can learn from SA: Adams

first_img21 October 2005Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams says Northern Ireland could draw on South Africa’s experience of how to achieve reconciliation.“What we want in Ireland, essentially, is what you have achieved here in South Africa; we want our freedom,” he said.Adams was addressing South Africa’s Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday – the second time he has done so – and said there were “lessons to be learnt” from South Africa’s reconciliation process.Although “huge challenges” existed in the Northern Ireland peace process, he said the majority of its people wanted an end to conflict. “What the people want, the politicians will have to deliver,” he added.Earlier in the week, Adams met with President Thabo Mbeki and Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, both of whom, he said, had offered assistance with his country’s reconciliation process “if and when it is necessary in the time ahead to help us.”Adams also visited Freedom Park at Salvokop outside Pretoria to learn more about the steps South Africa has taken to heal the wounds of its apartheid past.Sinn Fein, which is celebrating 100 years of existence, is the political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). The IRA recently denounced violence by decommissioning its arsenal of weapons.Adams’ visit ended on Friday.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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South African scientist hailed as power woman

first_imgDr Patience Mthunzi has been named one of 20 ‘Youngest Power Women in Africa 2012’ by Forbes Magazine. In April last year, Mthunzi was honoured by President Jacob Zuma with the Order of Mapungubwe in Bronze, one of the country’s highest national awards, for her local and international contribution in biophotonics. (Images: CSIR)MEDIA CONTACTS• Tendani Tsedu Media Relations ManagerCSIR+27 12 841 3417RELATED ARTICLES• Digital drum boosts computer literacy • Hi-tech solution to fix roads • Engineering improves healthcare • Green light for titanium powder pilot Wilma den HartighA South African scientist has been named one of 20 ‘Youngest Power Women in Africa 2012’ by Forbes Magazine. These are women – all under the age of 45 – who are bringing about positive change on the continent by influencing African business, technology, science, policy and media.Dr Patience Mthunzi, a scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), was recognised for her pioneering work in the area of biophotonics, a field of science that enables microscopic study of biological molecules, cells and tissue using laser.Mthunzi is one of only three South Africans to be listed in the magazine – the other two are both prominent figures in the media industry.She heard about the listing late in December last year, and she says making it onto the prestigious list was completely unexpected. “I feel so honoured and humbled for being one of the three South Africans to have made it onto this list,” she says.Mthunzi is fast gaining an international reputation for her work, and she says although she doesn’t work for accolades, the recognition inspires and motivates her to do more.In April last year, she was honoured by President Jacob Zuma with the Order of Mapungubwe in Bronze, one of the country’s highest national awards, for her local and international contribution in biophotonics. This order is awarded to South African citizens for excellence and exceptional achievement.She is South Africa’s only senior scientist for the biophotonics research group within the CSIR National Laser Centre, and she is also the first biophotonics PhD graduate in South Africa.As she was unable to study biophotonics at a local university, Mthunzi became the first South African PhD student at the School of Physics and Astronomy of the University of St Andrews in Scotland.Developing innovative testing devicesBiophotonics is an emerging area of science in South Africa. Mthunzi explains that it is a versatile, multi-disciplinary field that can be applied to find solutions for challenges in areas such as medicine, agriculture, environmental and life sciences.Research conducted under the umbrella of biophotonics involves disciplines such as physics, biology, medicine and engineering.Part of Mthunzi’s job description is to come up with novel ideas, and that is what she loves most about her work.She’s leading a project to determine possible medical applications using laser technology. “The field has applications for any disease,” she says.She is developing an HIV testing device that makes use of lasers to test blood samples.The device will be particularly useful in remote areas of the country and could change the way HIV testing is done. “Often people in rural areas have to walk long distances to clinics to get tested,” she says. “By the time they get there, it is too late to draw blood and send it with a courier to be tested at a laboratory elsewhere.”Mthunzi explains that the testing tool would be based on site at a clinic. She would like to design the device in such a way that it doesn’t require a medical professional to operate it.“It will be possible to get results immediately and will be easy to use, even by volunteer staff who receive some training,” she says.She is also working on introducing DNA and genes into stem cells and finding applications for lasers in the treatment of cancer. “Our cancer research is looking into ways to separate cancerous and non-cancerous cells,” she says.A hybrid scientistMthunzi’s interest in the field developed when she joined the CSIR’s Laser Centre in 2004, as a biochemist. “I didn’t even know what a laser was,” she recalls. “I was encouraged to do a PhD in laser physics, and I found the field very exciting.”She’s always had an interest in various branches of science such as medicine, physics and natural sciences and even zoology. “I see science in everything,” she says.With biophotonics, she can experiment in all these areas, but Mthunzi says the country needs researchers who are experienced in multiple disciplines.“If I only knew biology, I would be limited in what I can do and come up with,” she says.“Some people call me a hybrid because my undergraduate qualification and my Master’s are in biology, followed by a PhD in physics, but I see myself as just a scientist.”Her peers in laser research are mostly physicists and from that perspective her biology background is somewhat unusual. “But it has equipped me perfectly for the job,” she says.Growing biophotonics and science in SAMthunzi set up a fully functioning biophotonics laboratory at the CSIR and the facility is closely integrated with nearby optical laboratories on the council’s campus in Pretoria. The laboratories are within walking distance of each other, which makes research work much easier.She says South Africa needs more scientists and she enjoys promoting the field. She belongs to the South African Young Academy of Science, an organisation that contributes towards the development of scientific capacity and awareness in South Africa and promotes science at all levels of education.What she would like to see is a greater interest in biophotonics in the country. Mthunzi hopes that in the future biophotonics will become an established discipline locally and be taught as a degree.She says young people also need mentors to inspire them because that’s what helped her achieve her goals.“What helped me as a child is being surrounded by good mentors,” she says. “My aunt was my mentor. She was such a guru. I wanted to be just like her.” The aunt was a teacher and the first person in her family to obtain a Master’s degree.Other South Africans on the listTwo other South African women, both prominent figures in the media industry, were also recognised by Forbes Magazine.Yolanda Sangweni is a senior editor at ESSENCE.com, one of the leading publications for black women in the US. She is also the co-founder of AfriPOP!, an online magazine that focuses on contemporary African youth culture, music, fashion and film from an Afropolitan perspective.Journalist, broadcaster and author Redi Tlhabi is the producer of a documentary on the former South African president Thabo Mbeki. She is also a columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper and author of Endings and Beginnings: A Story of Healing, a book based on her childhood experiences. Tlhabi is the host of a new talk show on Al Jazeera English television channel that will focus on politics, culture, music, health and science.last_img read more

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The National Development Plan: Downloads

first_imgSouth Africa’s NDP is a detailed blueprint for how the country can eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by the year 2030. Download key documents here.•  Overview•  Document downloads•  Quality basic education•  Health care for all•  Safety & freedom from fear•  Economy & employment•  A skilled workforce•  Economic infrastructure•  Vibrant rural communities•  Sustainable human settlements•  Accountable local government•  Natural environment•  South Africa in the world•  Efficient public service•  Inclusive social protection•  Nation building, social cohesion Researched, edited and compiled by Mary AlexanderDownload key documents about the plan, the Medium Term Strategic Framework to implement priorities by 2019, and broader policy initiatives.The National Development Plan – overview• National Development Plan (NDP) – full text• NDP Executive Summary• Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) 2014 to 2019 – full text• Infographic – Business Day: What South Africa will be like in 2030• Infographic – Business Day: Diagnostic analysis for the National Development PlanOUTCOME 1Quality basic education• NDP Chapter 9: Improving education, training and innovation• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 1: Quality basic education• Department of Basic Education Action Plan to 2019• Infographic – Business Day: Improving education, training and innovationOUTCOME 2A long and healthy life for all South Africans• NDP Chapter 11: Promoting health• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 2: A long and healthy life for all South Africans• Department of Health Strategic Plan 2014 to 2019• Infographic – Business Day: Promoting healthOUTCOME 3All people in South Africa are and feel safe• NDP Chapter 12: Building safer communities• NDP Chapter 14: Promoting accountability and fighting corruption• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 3: All people in South Africa are and feel safe• Business Against Crime: Criminal Justice System Review• Statistics South Africa: Victims of Crime Survey 2012• Infographic – Business Day: Building safer communities• Infographic – Business Day: Promoting accountability and fighting corruptionOUTCOME 4Decent employment through inclusive economic growth• NDP Chapter 3: Economy and employment• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 4: Decent employment through inclusive economic growth• Framework of the New Economic Growth Path• New Growth Path booklet• Industrial Policy Action Plan• Summary of the National Infrastructure Plan• Infographic – Business Day: Economy and employmentOUTCOME 5A skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path• NDP Chapter 9: Improving education, training and innovation• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 5: A skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path• New Growth Path: National Skills Accord• Infographic – Business Day: Improving education, training and innovationOUTCOME 6An efficient, competitive and responsive economic infrastructure network• NDP Chapter 4: Economy infrastructure – the foundation of social and economic development• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 6: An efficient, competitive and responsive economic infrastructure network• The National Infrastructure Plan • Framework of the New Economic Growth Path• New Growth Path booklet• Infographic – Business Day: Economic infrastructureOUTCOME 7Vibrant, equitable and sustainable rural communities contributing to food security for all• NDP Chapter 6: An integrated and inclusive rural economy• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 7: Comprehensive rural development and land reform• Infographic – Business Day: An integrated and inclusive rural economyOUTCOME 8Sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life• NDP Chapter 8: Transforming human settlement and the national space economy• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 8: Sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life• Infographic – Business Day: Transforming human settlement and the national space economyOUTCOME 9A responsive, accountable, effective and efficient developmental local government system• NDP Chapter 13: Building a capable and developmental state• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 9: Responsive, accountable, effective and efficient developmental local government system• Infographic – Business Day: Building a capable and developmental stateOUTCOME 10Protecting and enhancing our environmental assets and natural resources• NDP Chapter 5: Environmental sustainability – An equitable transition to a low-carbon economy• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 10: Protect and enhance our environmental assets and natural resources• New Growth Path: Green Economy Accord• Infographic – Business Day: Environmental sustainabilityOUTCOME 11Create a better South Africa, contribute to a better and safer Africa in a better world• NDP Chapter 7: South Africa in the region and the world• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 11: Create a better South Africa, contribute to a better and safer Africa in a better world• Infographic – Business Day: Positioning South Africa in the worldOUTCOME 12An efficient, effective and development-oriented public service• NDP Chapter 13: Building a capable and developmental state• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 12: An efficient, effective and development-oriented public service• Infographic – Business Day: Building a capable and developmental stateOUTCOME 13An inclusive and responsive social protection system• NDP Chapter 11: Social protection• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 13: An inclusive and responsive social protection system• Infographic – Business Day: Social protectionOUTCOME 14A diverse, socially cohesive society with a common national identity• NDP Chapter 15: Nation building and social cohesion• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 14: Nation building and social cohesion• Infographic – Business Day: Nation buildingUpdated December 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Annual Taste of Elegance highlights pork

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Chef Drew Patterson of the Wexner Medical Center took top honors at the Ohio Pork Council’s Taste of Elegance Chefs Competition and Legislative Reception on February 9 at the Doubletree in Columbus, earning the coveted Chef Par Excellence award.Chef Brian Dematteo of the Refectory Restaurant and Bistro in Columbus was named Superior Chef while Matthew Langstaff of Prohibition Gastro Lounge in Powell was selected Premier Chef. Langstaff also earned the People’s Choice Award.This year each of the three chefs prepared an appetizer and entrée featuring pork. Judging the event were Chef Alfonso Contrisciani, CMC, Executive Chef, Culinary Operations, Hocking College; Chef Hubert Seifert SPAGIO Restaurant and Wine Lounge and Aubergine Private Dinner Club; and Chef Melissa Meola, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants and 2015 Chef Par Excellence.In keeping with the tradition, A Taste of Elegance’s evening began with guests receiving white gloves and a pork chop. After sampling assorted cheeses and appetizers, they were invited to taste samples from each of the chef’s menu. Additionally, a selection of Ohio wines was offered by Ohio Grape Industries.The evening provides a unique opportunity for Ohio farmers to mingle with chefs who have prepared the fruit of their efforts — pork — in unique and exciting ways. Although many farmers have spent their lives raising pigs, few have had the opportunity to dine on what may be considered culinary delicacies, like tail or cheek.Pork chops, as well as the pork used by each of the chefs, was donated by the J.H. Routh Packing Company in Sandusky.Event sponsors included Ohio Pork Council, American Culinary Federation, Ohio Soybean Council, The J. H. Routh Packing Company, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, United Producers, Zoetis and Ohio Grape Industries.last_img read more

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USDA funding addresses feral swine populations

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it was offering $75 million in funding — as part of the 2018 Farm Bill — for the eradication and control of feral swine through the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program. The pilot program is a joint effort between USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).“We thank USDA for implementing this important Farm Bill program to reduce feral swine populations. Wild pigs are difficult to control and when in close proximity to domestic production, they are almost impossible to control,” said David Herring, president of the National Pork Producers Council and a pork producer from Lillington, North Carolina.“Most seriously, we are concerned about the spread of feral swine carrying diseases, including African swine fever (ASF), an animal disease affecting only pigs and with no human health or food safety risks. While outbreaks of ASF continue throughout China and other parts of Asia, there are no reported cases in the United States. With no vaccination available, prevention is our only defense and that’s why this program is so vitally important.”This pilot program was one of NPPC’s main priorities in the 2018 Farm Bill. According to USDA, there are an estimated five million feral swine in at least 39 states; the cost of controlling them and the amount of damage they do is about $1.5 billion annually.NPPC continues to advocate for implementation of other Farm Bill provisions, including carrying out Congress’ intent to acquire sufficient amounts of Foot-and-Mouth Disease vaccines.last_img read more

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