FDA awards $5.2 million for food and feed safety projects

first_img FDA support will allow state, local, and tribal governments to strengthen their animal feed safety and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or “mad cow”) prevention programs, the statement said. Awards of up to $250,000 went to groups in Iowa, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Washington. The funds will allow recipients to locate and visit companies that produce, distribute, and transport animal feed and verify compliance with BSE/ruminant feed bans. The grant money can also be used to assist educational outreach. “The grants represent an important step in the FDA’s continued efforts and integrate and improve the effectiveness of food safety systems at the federal, state, and local levels,” Chappell said. The awards address four areas: the ruminant feed ban support program, food safety and security monitoring, innovative food defense, and rapid response teams. Michael Chappell, the FDA’s acting associate commissioner for regulatory affairs, said in a statement that the 1-year grants are cooperative agreements that are designed to support some of the food protection efforts included in the FDA’s Food Protection Plan. The FDA unveiled the Food Protection Plan in November 2007 in the wake of high-profile contamination incidents over the past few years involving domestic and imported foods. Food defense grants are intended to generate new solutions and outreach to bridge gaps in or enhance food defense, such as ALERT (Assure, Look, Employees, Reports, and Threat) system for food establishments or the FIRST (Follow, Inspect, Recognize, Secure, and Tell) system for employees, the FDA said in its statement. The awards of up to $40,000 went to two counties, Riverside in California and Multnomah in Oregon, and to the states of Pennsylvania and South Carolina. Oct 1, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday announced that it awarded 17 food and feed safety grants totaling $5.2 million to state and local regulatory agencies. The food safety and security portion of the grants will fund Food Emergency Response Network chemical laboratories and can be used to upgrade facilities, train employees in current food-testing methods, and boost laboratory sample analysis capacity, the FDA said. In the event of a chemical terrorism attack, recipients may be required to analyze food samples submitted by the FDA or other government agencies. Grants of up to $350,000 were awarded to Colorado, California, and Ohio. For the first cooperative agreement addressing rapid response teams, the funding will enable groups to develop, implement, exercise, and integrate an all-hazards food and foodborne illness response capability. The FDA said the rapid response teams will coordinate with other food and feed agencies. The groups will use incident command structure response protocols and a formalized crisis management system. Grants of up to $500,000 went to North Carolina, Massachusetts, California, Michigan, Florida, and Minnesota. See also: Sep 30 FDA news releaselast_img read more

Saudi Arabia provides Rp 1.4 trillion to empower farmers, fisherfolk

first_imgSpeaking to reporters following the signing of the cooperation agreement,  Suharso said  the digital payment would directly target 350 farming and fishery corporations across the country. He said farmers and fisherfolk could receive loans from the payment platform to meet their daily or their farming needs.Bappenas also facilitates the establishment of the corporations, which would be owned by farmers and fisherfolks.Currently, as many as 68 corporations have been approved to benefit from the program, out of the targeted 350 corporations within the next five years, Luwarso, a commissioner of Indonesia Mecca Tower, said after the signing ceremony. About  60 percent of those groups of farmers and fishermen are based in Java.Suharso said the digital payment project would significantly support the government’s effort to empower the country’s farmers and fisherfolk.  (ydp) Saudi Arabia will provide  Rp 1.4 trillion (about US$102 million) to help empower farmers and fisherfolk through the establishment of a sharia-based digital payment platform to channel the funds.PT Indonesia Mecca Tower, which has been appointed by the Saudi Arabian government to carry out the project, will cooperate with PT Bayarind Artha Nusa Internusa to provide and run the digital payment platform, which would distribute the funds in the form of soft loans to farming and fishery corporations.A memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the cooperation between the two companies was signed in Jakarta on Monday witnessed by chairman of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), Suharso Monoarfa, who facilitated the cooperation. Topics :last_img read more

RDS picks new head of brownfield

first_imgRDS, KCA Deutag’s global provider of engineering and design solutions, has appointed a new head of brownfield.RDS said on Thursday that it named Daniel McAteer as its head of brownfield.Reporting directly to RDS senior vice president Albert Allan, McAteer re-joins KCA Deutag having worked for the company between 2005 and 2009.The company noted that he brings more than 20 years of experience in the oil and gas, defense, and heavy engineering industries with particular expertise in drilling, FPSO, asset life extension, renewables, and decommissioning.During his career to date, he held a wide variety of roles, most recently as a chief business development officer for Global Energy Group and projects and commercial director for Petrofac Integrated Energy Services.Regarding the appointment, Allan said: “I am delighted that Dan has agreed to join the RDS senior management team. His cross-sector experience will be invaluable as we look to grow our Brownfield offering.”In recent company news, RDS and Kavin Engineering and Services entered into a strategic alliance in August to jointly pursue design and engineering projects across the upstream and midstream oil and gas market.last_img read more

Kalibo fest organizer quits weeks before Ati-Atihan

first_imgLast July 9, Lachica signed ExecutiveOrder No. 22 authorizing Kassamaco as a partner of the municipal government inenhancing tourism and in facilitating the events of the Ati-Atihan Festivalslated next month.   “Walakaming autonomy, bakit may Kalibo Festival Executive Board (KFEB), na in conflict with the executive order.It will curtail our authority. Hindi kamikaparte sa pag-draft ng MOA. Ano pa ang saysay ng Kassamaco if may festival board pa,” Zaraspeadded.       Zaraspe said his sudden resignationwas triggered by the proposed tri-party Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) presentedto them by Mayor Emerson Lachica and the department heads in a meeting on Dec.2.      Lachica was also surprised ofZaraspe’s resignation – his vice-mayoral candidate in the 2019 local elections. Prior to Zaraspe’s resignation,Kassamaco was facing rough waters in its accreditation as civil societyorganization before the Sangguniang Bayan of Kalibo. “It is with a heavy heart when Istepped down in Kassamaco. I did my best and I have to go back and to live aprivate life,” he said. The creation of the KFEB, which actsas a decision-making body of all matters and issues related to the conduct ofall Ati-Atihan activities, doesn’t sit well with Zaraspe, who said the KFEBwill run in conflict with Kassamaco in the overall management and operations ofthe festival.   KALIBO, Aklan – Apolonio ‘Apol’Zaraspe III, president of the Kalibo Sr. Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan ManagementCouncil, Inc. (Kassamaco), has officially resigned on Dec. 4 – weeks before the2020 festival. The Kalibo town in Aklan is set for its annual Ati-Atihan Festival. In line with the celebration, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea signed a proclamation declaring Jan. 17 a special non-working holiday in the capital town. EXPLORE BY TRAVELOKA He also thanked the outpouring supportof the Church, police and members of the community during his short stint inKassamaco.   Such an abrupt resignation of Zaraspe wouldleave Kassamaco without its titular head, and the festival in limbo.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN)last_img read more

Lady Cardinals 5th Graders Win Close Finale Against Lady Trojans

first_imgThe St Louis 5th grade Lady Cardinals played their final game of the seasonlast night earning a hard fought victory against the St Nicholas Trojanswith a final score of 14-13.The Lady Cardinals were led in scoring by Catherine Streator and Izza Wonnell with 4 points each while Lilly Schebler added 2 points. Clutch free throws from Madison Wanstrath and Leah Cossentino added 1 point each along with a critical 2 point bucket by Isabele Fitzgerald that helped seal the season ending victory. Outstanding play from Kate Weber, Claire Saner, Sadie Wachsman, Rhea Miller and Izzy Price also provided the balanced team effort that was needed to earn the Cardinals 10th straight victory of the season.The Lady Cardinals would like to thank all of their fans and parents for the support they have provided as they end the season with an impressive 10-2 record.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Schebler, Coach Streator, and Coach Saner.last_img read more

Mather scores in Modified main at Osky

first_imgBy Jeremy FoxOSKALOOSA, Iowa (Aug. 26) – A late caution preceded a green, white, checkered finish and Colt Mather’s trip to victory lane Wednesday at Southern Iowa Speedway.Andrew Schroeder wrestled the lead away from Ryan Fullenkamp early in the Musco Lighting IMCA Modified nightcap but just after the completion of lap one the caution was displayed for Ful­lenkamp and Adam Larson in turn two.Schroeder continued to lead but quickly saw Mather right behind him. Mather took the lead away on lap nine. The caution come out late, forcing a green, white, checkered but it was Mather who took his second win at Osky in 2015.Cayden Carter took second away from Schroeder following the final restart. Tyler Groenendyk finished fourth and Carter VanDenBerg was fifth.Mike Hughes took the lead from Damon Murty on lap 13 and went on to take the Budweiser IMCA Stock Car win.Logan Anderson took the lead on lap two and checked out on everybody in topping the KBOE Radio IMCA Northern SportMod main event. Danny Thrasher also found his way to the front on the second circuit and ended the night with the Pepsi Cola IMCA Hobby Stock checkers.Josh Barnes was the Mach-1 Sport Compact winner.last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL Umpire Nigel Llong could face the BCCI’s scrutiny: Reports

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: As they say, “Umpires decision is the last decision”. When most of the times, umpires work regressively with the full fortitude to make the right calls on the field, sometimes they lost their path. In the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the umpires have done a few blunders and coincidently two have come against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), and on one occasion, they even lost the match.Reportedly, Llong lost his cool after being confronted by Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Kohli over a contentious no ball call against Sunrisers Hyderabad during an IPL match on Saturday in Bengaluru. With this, the English umpire Nigel Llong could face the BCCI’s scrutiny for allegedly damaging the door of a stadium room after an argument with Virat Kohli but the Indian board is unlikely to remove him as an official for the IPL final on May 12. IPL Umpire Nigel Llong could face the BCCI’s scrutiny.Llong unlikely to be removed from IPL final. The IPL final will be played on May 12 at Rajib Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.  According to reports, the ICC Elite Panel official kicked the door of the umpires’ room during the innings break and damaged it. A BCCI official told PTI that Llong might have some explaining to do but the matter will not cost him his place as a designated umpire for the IPL final to be held in Hyderabad.The BCCI, it is learnt, is in a dilemma on whether to even consider taking such a step “for a moment’s indiscretion”. In Bengaluru, Karnataka State Cricket Association secretary R Sudhakar Rao said the KSCA has demanded action against Llong. Rao, however, did say that the 50-year-old paid for the damage caused.”We have reported the matter to the Committee of Administrators (COA) and hopefully action will be taken against Nigel Llong. If the players are punished for their misdemeanour and fined their match fees then why not the umpires,” he said.last_img read more

Ikorodu Utd and Shooting Stars Match Ends in Stalemate

first_imgThe Nigeria Professional Football League clash between Ikorodu United and Shooting Stars on yesterday had to abandoned because of crowd trouble.The game between the relegation battled team was halted with four minutes left to play due to the hosts’ fans running onto the pitch.Chinedu Onyelonu put the Oga Boys ahead in the 25th minute courtesy of Moses Ebiye’s assist.And in the 89th minute, Ajani Ibrahim leveled scores for the Oluyole Warriors – a goal which infuriated the fans of the hosts who encroached the field of play.The referee then ordered the players off the pitch and into the dressing rooms before ultimately deciding to abandon the game after speaking with representatives from both clubs.The League Management Company is expected to give its verdict on the show of shame at the Onikan Stadium in the coming days.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Barca Fans Salute Wonder Boy, Chukwueze after Eight-g oal Thriller

first_imgChukwueze and Barcelona Chukwueze was deservedly voted ‘Man of the Match’ of the Barcelona versus Villarreal clash which ended 4-4. He scored one goal and assisted in two other goals for the Yellow Submarines who were cruising to home win before Messi’s magic changed the rhythm for the two teams to share the spoils of the battle.THISDAY checks on FC Barcelona Twitter handle yesterday revealed hundreds of fans of the Catalan club heaping plaudits on the pacy, young winger who terrorised the Laliga giants all through the match.Chukwueze was commended especially for the way he unsettled the central defence pair of Samuel Umtiti and Clement Lenglet. Jordi Alba’s constant runs on the left flank was cut short because the Nigeria wonder kid never allowed him any breathing space.With the scoreline at 4-2 in favour of the home team who are battling against relegation, Chukwueze was substituted in the 87th minute by Daniele Bonera. The Nigerian lad was given a standing ovation by the 19,515 fans inside the Estadio de la Ceramica in Villarreal.Although many Barcelona fans reckoned with the tactical error of allowing two left footed pair in the defence, the level at which Chukwueze tormented the back line exposed the blunder in Coach Ernesto Valverde’s game-plan.The young Nigerian came within a whisker of a second goal when his left-footed rocket forced Ter Stegen into a save, with the ball hitting the crossbar and top-spinning out for a corner.Chukwueze told www.tribuna.com in a post match interview that he was happy scoring against Barcelona. ” I am very happy to have scored against Barcelona. It was an amazing night for me and I’m delighted with my performance.“It’s just a normal game for me and I’m going to keep my head down and keep on working hard. We pressed with the team with everything although we missed the maximum points that should have raised us far above relegation point, it is normal that we keep our heads up,” the Villarreal forward said in the match report.Villarreal is presently on 30 points and still battling against relegation. The team is playing this weekend away to Real Betis.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi SolajaAlthough two late goals from the boots of Lionel Messi and Luiz Suarez rescued FC Barcelona from defeat on Tuesday night, most fans of the Catalan club were unison in describing Nigerian wonder kid, Samuel Chukwueze, as the undoubted hero of the eight-goal thriller in Villarreal.The Super Eagles player who made his debut for the national team in the lone goal victory over Pharaohs of Egypt penultimate Monday in an international friendly in Asaba.last_img read more

SU looks to expand on a ten-game winning streak against pair of Big East opponents

first_imgThe Syracuse tennis team is riding high. After winning its last 10 matches, losing just isn’t an option for the Orange. This weekend the Orange will face Georgetown and Seton Hall, two Big East teams. Instead of letting conference play put more pressure on the team, these opponents simply serve to get SU more excited. Especially against Georgetown, Syracuse is looking to come in with a lot of energy and annihilate the Hoyas. ‘When you play Georgetown and you’re Syracuse, it’s just not another match,’ head coach Luke Jensen said. ‘Unless you’re playing UConn, it’s the match. We’ve never lost to them. We don’t plan on losing to them. We want to win every single point, game, set. We want to absolutely bury them.’In the past 10 years, Syracuse and Georgetown have played five times. Not only did Syracuse win every one of those matches, it didn’t drop a team point in doing so. This year the Orange is on track to do the same. It is 5-0 in the Big East. Georgetown is 1-4. All four of its losses came to teams that SU beat. Seton Hall is struggling in the Big East as well, with a record of 0-2. Again, Syracuse beat both of the teams the Pirates lost to. Seton Hall has also not beaten the Orange in the past 10 years, although its losses haven’t been as drastic as Georgetown’s.As far as scouting reports go, Georgetown in particular is going to do whatever it can to bring down Syracuse. Co-captain Simone Kalhorn anticipates both teams will try to psych out the confident Syracuse team.‘We know that they’re going to bring out really big crowds to try and counter our Orange energy, so we’ll be ready for that,’ she said.It is precisely this energy that has brought about the rivalry between Syracuse and Georgetown. Jensen demands a positive attitude from his players, regardless of how they’re playing. This has translated into a team that is constantly cheering for its teammates — whether they are simply watching or in the middle of a match six courts down, there is never a moment of silence.‘I think (the rivalry is) just because we bring so much energy wherever we go, whether it’s a home match or an away match,’ assistant coach Shelley George said. ‘Other teams tend to pick that up, and they look at that as a challenge sometimes, so that’s probably where it all started.’Although this rivalry is based off personal battles instead of close matches, it is still important for Syracuse to establish itself as the Big East powerhouse it is shaping up to be. With the Big East championship just three weeks away, these matches give the Orange a chance to test out possible opponents. It is also an opportunity to show these teams exactly how good Syracuse tennis is.Facing a team before the tournament lets the coaches compile in-depth scouting reports as well. No SU player will be surprised by an opponent that the team has already faced. Even if the individuals have not already met in a match, someone on the team has faced them.Sophomore Emily Harman expects a good fight from the weekend’s adversaries. She doesn’t expect them to just roll over and die. But she also knows that as long as the team plays the way it has been for the past few weeks, there is nothing to worry about.‘Georgetown and Seton Hall are good teams,’ Harman said. ‘We’re better. As long as we go in with the mindset that we did (against Army Wednesday), we’re not going to lose.’alguggen@syr.edu  Published on March 31, 2010 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more