Canada finishes probe of 9th BSE case

first_img The bull was born on the farm, and its birth and feed cohort consisted of 593 animals. Investigators had traced 518 of the cohort so far and hoped to finish tracing the remaining 75 animals by the end of March. Fifty-seven of the animals remaining on the farm were under quarantine until officials decide when to destroy them, the report said. Their carcasses will be excluded from the food and feed chains. Apr 4, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Canada recently released a report on the investigation of its ninth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, the first case of 2007. The animal’s carcass was transferred to the Alberta Agriculture and Food laboratory, where it was burned. The report said none of it entered the human food supply or animal feed chain. Canadian officials said the latest BSE case is not unexpected and still reflects an extremely low level of BSE in the country. Of 150,000 cattle tested since 2003, only 9 have tested positive for BSE, the report noted. In a study of the feed the animal was exposed to on the farm, officials found no direct link between specific products or production practices that carried a risk of cross-contamination. However, they found that the bull was exposed to feed from facilities that have handled material banned from cattle feed.center_img The United States banned imports of Canadian cattle and beef after Canada’s first BSE case in May 2003. The border was reopened to boneless beef from young cattle a few months later, but live cattle were banned until July 2005, when officials reopened the border to cattle intended for slaughter before reaching 30 months of age. The agency said the bull died sometime between Jan 20 and 22 after becoming emaciated over the course of the winter. A private veterinarian determined the bull met the inclusion criteria for Canada’s National BSE Surveillance Program, and forwarded brain samples for testing. BSE was confirmed on Feb 7 at the National BSE Reference Laboratory in Lethbridge, Alberta. The case was in a 79-month-old bull from an Alberta beef farm, according to an investigation report released Mar 26 by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The bull was born in 2000, about 3 years after Canada banned the use of cattle protein in feed for cattle and other ruminants in 1997. These facilities were supplied by the same rendering plant that has been identified in previous BSE probes, the report said. It also said investigators could not rule out the possibility of cross-contamination when the feed was transported.last_img read more

Hodge, Jangoo miss tons as Hurricanes fight back to end on 355-7

first_imgBy Clifton RossLEEWARDS Hurricanes batsmen Montcin Hodge and Amir Jangoo narrowly missed out on centuries as the visitors gained a 94-run lead over Guyana Jaguars heading into the final day of action at Providence. Despite facing a deficit, the defending champions will fancy their chances with one day of play left as the Hurricanes ended day 3 on 355 for 7 with a lead of 94 and Rakeem Cornwall (1*) and Jerimiah Louis (6*) the pair to resume on today’s final day.Hodge top-scored with 98 (9×4) and should have got to a century after facing some 368 balls. He shared an important 171-run third-wicket partnership with Jangoo, who also missed the chance of recording his first century at this level, but nevertheless oozed class, as he found the ropes on 10 occasions to go along with his lone six.After putting on some 88 runs in the morning session, with Hodge resuming on 60 and Jangoo 62, Hurricanes went to lunch firmly placed on 161-2.The pair of half-centurions maintained their disciplined approach which rewarded them with runs and continuing to expose the Jaguars bowlers who were picked off for the occasional boundary now and then.Smith could have made a breakthrough but Hodge was given a life when he was dropped on 68 as the Windwards continued to press on with their wiping off the deficit.  Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul (3-88), had other ideas as he broke the century partnership by trapping Jangoo lbw, prior to tea as the Leewards went in on 251-4.Hodge shrugged off his partner’s loss and continued to play his shots but just when it seemed like the West Indies-A batsman would reach his milestone, left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer (2-70), broke the opener’s edge which sailed into the gloves of a waiting Anthony Bramble behind the stumps.Wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton (67) carried the Hurricanes charge for the final session of day 3 smashing 10 fours and a six in his way to a rather brisk fifty which further added to the visitors’ small lead. The final day’s action starts today at 10:00hrs.last_img read more

Ten years on, can Murali’s record be broken?

first_img…It has been a decade since the great off-spinner left Test cricket holding a record that may never be surpassedBy Sam FerrisTEN years ago on Wednesday, Test cricket’s greatest wicket-taker, Muthiah Muralidaran, played the last of his 133 Tests and captured the last of his 800 victims.The legendary off-spinner signed off in style, taking eight wickets in Sri Lanka’s 10-wicket win over India in Galle, exiting the game as its most prolific bowler.In the decade that has passed since the then 38-year-old walked away from Test cricket, no bowler has got close to matching his monumental tally.Of active players, England’s James Anderson is the closest to Muralidaran’s 800 wickets with 587, followed by teammate Stuart Broad (491) and Australia’s Nathan Lyon (390).Next among current players is India’s Ravichandran Ashwin with 365 wickets in 71 Tests. Ashwin holds the record for the fewest matches – 54 – to reach 300 Test wickets, ahead of champion fast bowler Dennis Lillee (56) and Muralitharan (58).Ashwin, who takes 5.14 wickets per Test, would, on paper, appear to be the best chance to overtake Murali’s mark.But with his 34th birthday less than two months away, the off-spinner would need to play another 85 Test matches. At his current average of 7.7 Tests per year, that equates to a further 11 years of Test cricket.It begs the question: Will any bowler ever pass Muralidaran’s record?Ashwin says given the wear-and-tear of playing three formats across domestic and international cricket, a crammed cricket calendar and the lure of lucrative T20 competitions around the world, nobody will catch the Sri Lankan legend.“The answer is no,” Ashwin told cricket statistician Mazher Arshad.“The cricketing landscape has changed so much over the last decade or so.“The longevity of cricketers is not the same.“For a very large part when I grew up watching the sport there used to be months when cricket was off.“Cricketers really got their off time and they were able to play three- and five-match series.  They had a longer span in the game. Nowadays basically every cricketer plays 8-10 months a year minimum.  “There’s so much cricket that’s happening that it takes a toll on your body.  At the end of the day all we need to realise is that the body is a machine. It will have its own sell-by date, it will break down.“I also think people are specialising. Test cricket is quite a hard deed and to put in the hard work that’s required, let’s say 50 cricketers are there maybe 25 cricketers are willing to do that.“It’s only natural because T20 cricket is far more rewarding financially than the other formats.”So if Ashwin can’t catch Muralidaran, is there anybody currently playing who can?Anderson, 38 next week, is the closest, but if he keeps going at the same pace (3.86 wickets per Test), he will need to play 55 more Tests to get to 801 wickets, which would take around five years and take the right-armer into his mid-40s.Broad, four years Anderson’s junior, would require another 88 Tests and another eight or nine years at the top level. Fast bowling is not kind to the body, and although both are durable, even that may be beyond the pair.Lyon, then, maybe the more most realistic chance. The off-spinner, who turns 33 this November, takes 4.1 wickets per Test and plays on average 10.6 Tests per year, so another decade in the game and another 103 matches would see the Australian break Muralidaran’s record.A lot of things need to go right for that to happen – injury, form and scheduling to name a few – but it is not out of the realms of possibility.And if Lyon falls short of Murali’s mark, Shane Warne’s Australian record of 708 remains a juicy carrot for ‘The GOAT’.Using the same formula as above, if Lyon keeps at the same pace and plays 78 more Tests, he would catch Warne somewhere around his 40th birthday.While it may seem far-fetched, Warne says Lyon can get there.“I think he is a chance,” Warne told in August last year after Lyon passed Lillee’s career tally of 355 wickets.“If you do the stats – if he plays another 85 or 90 Tests, and takes four wickets per game, that’s 360 wickets – so he’ll get me.“As long as his hunger is there for the game, if he’s still enjoying the game.“I’d love to watch someone get my record, that would be fantastic because it would mean they’ve done bloody well for Australia for a long period of time.” read more

Marcus Allen: Colin Kaepernick may not want to return to the NFL

first_imgColin Kaepernick may never wish to return to the NFL, even after settling his legal case against the league, former Super Bowl champion Marcus Allen says.After the Kaepernick’s collusion case against the NFL was settled Friday, his attorney Mark Geragos said he would not be surprised if the Patriots — winners of a sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy earlier this month — made a move to sign the 31-year-old who hasn’t played in the NFL since 2016. But Allen, a Hall of Fame running back named Super Bowl MVP in the Los Angeles Raiders’ win over the Redskins in 1984, believes Kaepernick may have no desire to come back to the NFL.”Well, two years is a long time from being away from something like that,” he told Omnisport at the Laureus World Sports Awards 2019. “You can lose the love to play and that’s only an issue he has to reconcile with himself.”Whether he is still interested in playing, because being away for two years from a sport is not an easy thing to do.”[It’s hard] To come back and play with the intensity and love and level that’s really necessary to be great again.”last_img read more

Russell, Spencer in Diamond showdown

first_img SEEKING TO IMPROVE ROME, Italy: Young Jamaican hurdler Janeive Russell faces another tough test as she hunts her second straight win on the Diamond League circuit against a strong field at today’s Golden Gala Diamond League stop in Rome, which includes circuit standout Kaliese Spencer among the threats. Elaine Thompson lines up in the women’s 100m, with Kimberly Williams shaking off a hamstring injury to join Shanieka Thomas in the women’s triple jump, while World Championships finalist Federick Dacres, in the discus, and national record holder Rusheen McDonald, in the 400m, sign off Jamaica’s involvement in the meeting, set for Rome’s Stadio Olimpico. Wayde van Niekerk, the world champion over 400m, will also make his first major appearance in the event this season after posting 44.11 at a small South African meet almost a month ago, and American Justin Gatlin returns to the scene of his only victory over Usain Bolt in the 100m, looking for his fourth straight win of the season. After turning back a strong field at the Rabat Diamond League a few weeks ago, Russell, who comes into this meet as the second-fastest woman in the world over the 400m hurdles, with a time of 54.16, will face another challenge this time around. The 22-year-old will face four-time Diamond race winner in the event and Commonwealth champion Spencer, with world leader Georgeanne Moline and fellow early season pacesetters Eilidh Child, Cassandra Tate, and Wenda Theron Nel all present for what should be an explosive contest. Spencer is coming off a second-place finish at the Ostrava Golden Spike meet on May 20 and will be hoping to improve her times, with a modest 55.02 seconds being her best mark coming into this race. Thompson, who had a positive opening to her 200m campaign at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene last weekend with a 22.16 third-place finish, will look to continue her unbeaten start in the 100m, where English Gardner – the winner in Eugene – Michelle-Lee Ahye and Barbera Pierre will provide the main challenge. In her twelve 100m runs since the beginning of 2015, Thompson has only suffered two losses – both of them being second-place finishes. Two Jamaicans will contest the women’s triple jump with Williams, who had to skip the Doha Diamond League because of a hamstring concern. She is eager to get in the sandpit, with the National Senior Championships just a few weeks away. She will have Thomas for company, but they will both have to find something special to stop runaway Diamond Race leader Caterine Ibarguen, who is the only woman in the field to have already jumped over 15 metres this season. Dacres, whose 68.02m makes him the fourth-best man in the discus this season, will make his Diamond League, debut with world leader Piotr Malachowski (68.15m) being the only man lining up against him to have bettered his distance this year. McDonald has looked nothing like the man who ran 43.93 seconds at the World Championships since that first round run and has started the season in pretty poor condition, with fifth-, seventh- and eighth-place finishes and a pedestrian 45.90 seconds being his best efforts to date. Today, he faces world champion van Niekerk, with Isaac Makwala and Deon Lendore being the other class athletes in the field. Though not a Diamond League event here, the men’s 100m should provide some amount of interest, with Gatlin set to be tested by fellow 2016 sub-10 club members Akani Simbine and Femi Ogunode, while 100m World Championships bronze medal winner, Trayvon Brommel, faces Christophe Lemaitre, and Diamond race leader Alonso Edward in the 200m.last_img read more