In light of the first FIFA World Cup 2018 match played in his homeland on Thursday, Russian Ambassador to Guyana Alexander Kurmaz took the opportunity to specially host a viewing of the opening match at the Russian House located in Kitty, Georgetown.The viewing, which was attended by Social Cohesion Minister with responsibility for Sport, Dr George Norton; Director of Sport, Christopher Jones; Ambassadors and other dignitaries, commenced with an opening speech by Russian President Vladimir Putin.In his remarks, Putin urged visiting fans to take time out to learn about Russia’s identity, culture, history, and diversity. “I hope you will have an unforgettable experience – not only watching the matches of your favourite teams and admiring the players’ skills, but also getting to know Russia,” Putin said.Ambassador Kurmaz expressed elation at being able to share such a moment with others, noting that it was important for fans to see the difference between politics and sport.A section of the viewing party“We’re very happy to organise a series of local events dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, you see it’s a holiday not only for the Russian fans but for the world fans. All ideas about making a blockage and ignore the Russian chairmanship failed and we’re very happy that all fans worldwide understand very well the separation between politics and sport,” Kurmaz said, taking a jab at persons who did not support Russia as the ideal World Cup venue.Kurmaz and all of Russia had their wish come true after the home team defeated Saudi Arabia in a 5-0 thriller. Yury Gazinsky, Denis Cheryshev, Artem Dzyuba, and Aleksandr Golovin all gave their country something to be proud of, continuing the cycle of home teams winning their first match. The Russians have played a total of 10 World Cups before this, with seven under the banner of the Soviet Union and three as Russia. The Soviet Union finished fourth in 1966, which is their best-ever finish whereas Russia have never progressed beyond the group stage in three attempts in 1994, 2004 and 2014. At home, the 70th ranked side will hope their luck changes under the leadership of Igor Akinfeev.
ST EUNAN’S are Ulster Óg Sport Champions 2014!The club retained the Ulster Óg Sport U15 7-a-side title that was won in Derry last year with the finals tournament held at O’Donnell Park today.The boys defeated Enniskillen Gaels (Fermanagh), Bellaghy (Derry) and Innishkeen (Monaghan) in the group stages before beating Bryansford (Down) in the semi-final and Killeavy (Armagh) in the Final. ST EUNAN’S BOYS WIN BACK-TO-BACK ULSTER U15 OG SPORT TITLE was last modified: September 6th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Og SportSt EunansULSTER CHAMPIONS read more
WASHINGTON – The government plans to maintain indefinitely its faster level of testing for mad cow disease, rather than scaling back testing in December as originally envisioned. With the lucrative Japanese market poised to reopen to American cattle, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns says he wants government scientists to continue testing about 1,000 cattle a day. “I have just been very reluctant to even set a date as to when we would bring that to a close,” Johanns said in an interview with The Associated Press. “It’s safe to say the enhanced surveillance is going to extend beyond the end of December.” Johanns said his decision is not about Japan, which bought more American beef than any other foreign customer until the U.S. discovered its first case of mad cow disease. Johanns said he wants to make sure testing represents all regions of the country and that healthy animals are tested. Johanns’ predecessor, Ann Veneman, promised to test healthy animals based on recommendations from a panel of international experts on mad cow disease. Johanns said he recently reread Veneman’s comments on testing healthy animals in transcripts from a congressional hearing. “Very clearly, she made a commitment to do it,” Johanns said. “That’s good enough for me. I intend to honor that commitment. So we’ve been working our way through 20,000 healthy animals.” The nation’s first case of mad cow disease was confirmed in December 2003 in a Canadian-born cow in Washington state. In response, the Agriculture Department increased its testing in June 2004 from an average of about 55 daily to more than 1,000 a day. Authorities have tested 516,496 animals and turned up a second case in a Texas-born cow that tested positive in June. The number of cows tested is about 1 percent of the 45 million adult cows in the United States. As part of its campaign to protect against the spread of mad cow disease, the government also inspects processing and rendering plants and tests animal feed. The only way mad cow disease is known to spread is through feed containing certain tissue from infected cows. Adding animal protein to feed was common practice to speed growth until the U.S. banned it in 1997. Most of the government’s testing and inspection programs have drawn criticism from federal investigators, including: Authorities at first declared the infected Texas cow to be free of the disease, but the Agriculture Department’s inspector general raised concerns about conflicting test results and ordered another round of tests, which confirmed the cow had mad cow disease. A final report from the inspector general is expected later this year. The General Accountability Office, an auditing branch of Congress, said this week that Food and Drug Administration testing is too slow at times to prevent cattle from eating feed that might be contaminated. The GAO criticized FDA for its feed mill inspections earlier this year, saying in one case, a feed mill accidentally mixed banned cattle protein into cattle feed. By the time inspectors discovered the problem and the mill issued a recall, potentially contaminated feed had already been on the market for about a year, GAO said. Mad cow disease is the common name for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE. Eating meat products contaminated with infected tissue is linked to a rare, fatal illness, variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease, that has killed more than 150 people worldwide, most of them in Britain, where there was an outbreak in the 1980s and 1990s. One person died in the United States but was living in Britain during the outbreak. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Still, critics of the department said higher testing levels are needed to reassure Japan and other trading partners. “I’ve said time and time again, there is little risk of BSE in U.S. beef, but it is obvious that we have not yet convinced key trading partners of that,” Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, senior Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, said Friday. Harkin and other lawmakers have been pressuring the department to do at least 20,000 more tests on cows that are healthy before testing is scaled back. The government has been testing only sick, injured or dead cows, those deemed to be at “high risk” of having mad cow disease. “High risk” means animals showing signs of mad cow disease, such as nervous system problems or emaciation, “downer” animals that can’t walk or dead animals. Tests are done on brain tissue from cows, so animals must be killed before they can be tested. There is no test that can confirm the disease in a live animal. read more
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I take full responsibility for what I have done,” she said. Weir said he weighed mitigating circumstances – such as Johnson’s age, her lack of a felony record, and her documented mental health issues – in coming to his decision. But he could not look past Johnson’s “ultimate act of selfishness,” he said. “You used intoxication as a means to have sex,” Weir said. “You got these underage boys drunk and you took advantage of them.” GOLDEN, Colo. – A woman who wanted to be a “cool mom” was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison for plying teenage boys with alcohol and drugs and having sex with them. Silvia Johnson, 41, of suburban Arvada wept through some parts of her three-hour sentencing, including when she told District Court Judge Peter Weir she was sorry. “I know I hurt so many people, not just the boys,” she said. Johnson told Weir that she has learned her lesson and realizes she’s hurt her family, the victims’ families and the community, as well as the teenage boys she abused and assaulted. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! read more
Last fall, we tuned in to a Passivhaus project being planned for Unity College, a Maine institution with a curriculum emphasizing environmental studies. The Unity College campus is already home to Unity House, a 1,937-square-foot LEED Platinum modular home built by Bensonwood Homes in the summer of 2008.Unity House serves as the residence for the school’s president. The Passivhaus project, however, will eventually include three 10-person student residences, collectively known as SonnenHaus Village. The first of the trio, called TerraHaus, is scheduled to be completed in time for the start of the fall 2011 semester, according to an online overview presented by Ann Kearsley Design (AKD), a Portland, Maine-based landscape and urban design specialist collaborating on the project with G•O Logic, a designer and builder based in nearby Belfast.From poultry to PassivhausAKD developed a site plan and landscape model for the project. SonnenHaus Village will occupy the northwest corner of the campus; before the land was donated to the college, the area was used as a poultry farm. (Some of the first campus buildings were converted chicken coops.) The SonnenHaus Village residences will replace a grouping of six small student residences known as the Cottages. If the new buildings successfully meet the Passivhaus standard, they will be among the very first college residences in the U.S. to do so.Students will be part of the labor force that helps build the residence halls, a prospect that meshes well with the mission of the school, which calls itself “America’s environmental college,” and with the green building and design specialties of G•O Logic and AKD.“The direct involvement of college students in the design and construction of green student housing is a paradigm shift,” Robert Constantine, vice president for college advancement at Unity College, said in a statement cited by Earth Techling. Constantine added that the school hopes SonnenHaus Village becomes a model for how colleges and universities conceive of and construct campus buildings. read more