A big fat difference

first_imgBy Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaUniversity of Georgia scientists have discovered that small amounts of extra nitrogen added to chicken feed produce dramatically leaner chickens. That’s good news for consumers and poultry producers alike.It all started with scientists taking a hard look at high-protein diets.While the Atkins diet has fueled the debate about the safety of high-protein diets in humans, poultry scientists have known for years that when chickens are fed a high-protein diet, they produce less fat.However, feeding chickens a higher-protein diet hasn’t been commercially viable because protein is the most expensive part of chicken feed. Costlier feed would result in costlier chickens at the grocery store.UGA poultry scientist Adam Davis decided to investigate the link between high-protein diets and leaner chickens and discovered a much more economical way to cut back on fat.Fat happensBody fat in chickens is either derived from the diet or produced naturally by the bird. Like other birds, they’re unique among animals in that they produce all of their fat in the liver. However, chickens aren’t unique in where their fat is typically deposited: the abdominal area.The diet-created fat is easy to control, Davis said, because “chickens today are typically fed a very low-fat diet that consists of about 22-percent protein.”But the fat that’s created naturally, “just because,” is harder to control. From both the producer and consumer standpoint, chicken fat is no good.”From the farmers’ standpoint, fat is a waste,” Davis said. “Nobody wants to eat it, so you sure can’t sell it.”Malic enzyme connectionDavis’s first step was to investigate the action of malic enzyme, which is necessary for chickens to synthesize fat. If you reduce malic enzyme, he reasoned, the bird’s ability to produce fat should be reduced. Indeed, his research bore this out.Next, Adams did studies that showed that the reason high-protein diets result in leaner chickens is because they reduce malic enzyme activity.Then, he decided to investigate whether a particular amino acid in protein was responsible for the reduction of malic enzyme. However, all amino acids tested out just fine.”What we discovered is that anything with nitrogen had this effect,” Davis said. “It wasn’t any one amino acid doing it. They all do it.”Why nitrogen disrupts malic enzyme activity is still unknown, Davis said. What is known is that it happens very quickly.”When chickens are fed nitrogen, the fat content of their livers is significantly decreased within 24 hours,” he said.Researchers are now investigating the best way to get that extra nitrogen in chicken feed. The challenge is to find a source that tastes good to chickens and is stable.It looks like a small change in chickens’ diet could literally make a big, fat difference.last_img read more

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Klean Kanteen Tours the Festival Circuit Saving Thousands of Plastic Products from Landfills

first_imgKleanKanteen-2Klean Kanteen is again making a serious push out on the festy scene, quite effectively reducing plastic bottles, cups and other plastic products — especially single use products — by providing hydration stations and working with festival organizers to incorporate and sell alternatives to plastic water bottles that show-goers reuse all weekend.It’s even more of a challenge because many music festivals are backed by companies like Coke and Pepsi, but that isn’t stopping them.At the center of KK’s single-use-free music fest strategy is the water refill stations. Companies such as Camelback have taken on similar initiatives at Austin City Limits and other festivals around the country.For FloydFest, they worked together and installed a commercial well — providing free drinking water to all and eliminating driving it in. According to KK, the most immediate impact was eliminating the waste of more than 50,000 single-use plastic water bottles throughout the weekend. Purchases of Klean Kanteen Steel Pint cups eliminated the use of more than 64,000 single-use plastic cups.To get behind this effort, a schedule and more info, click through to KleanKanteen.com.KleanKanteen-4last_img read more

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Tractor Trailer rollover closes one lane near Lisle

first_imgUPDATE: (WBNG) — The lanes are reopened to traffic. The cause of the rollover is unknown as well as if there are any injuries. —– The left lane on I-81 Northbound next to the exit 8 ramp, Whitney Point/ Lisle is closed. (WBNG) — According to 511NY there is a tractor trailer rollover that is closing down traffic to one lane. Stay with 12 News for further updates.last_img

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OnePlus Halts OxygenOS 11.0.1.1 Rollout for OnePlus 8, 8 Pro Due to Data Wipe and Other Issues

first_imgOxygenOS 11.0.1.1 rollout has been halted by OnePlus as some serious issues have come up following its release on Saturday. The OxygenOS update was meant for OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro and was supposed to bring the October 2020 Android security patch along with some new features to the phones. This was unlike some Samsung phones that are already getting the November security patch. However, OnePlus has now halted the OxygenOS update altogether, without providing any specific details on its resumption, after users complained about their phone’s data being wiped, among other issues. The OxygenOS 11.0.1.1 had debuted a month after OnePlus released Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 for OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro.A OnePlus community consultant informed users about the halting of the OxygenOS 11.0.1.1 rollout in response to an announcement made on the OnePlus Community forums about the update. “This update’s rollout is currently halted as the software team investigates some user reports. Thank you for your understanding,” the consultant said.- Advertisement – Gadgets 360 has reached out to OnePlus for a comment on the issues caused by the new OxygenOS release and will update this space when the company responds.As per the official changelog, the OxygenOS 11.0.1.1 was going to bring a smoother experience with optimised frame stability and adaptive brightness algorithms. The update also aimed to improve standby performance with an optimised background process management mechanism. Further, it included a Canvas feature to draw a wireframe picture based on the lock screen photo on your phone.OxygenOS 11.0.1.1 was also designed to optimise 5G and Wi-Fi connectivity and included the October Android security. It was additionally meant to improve overall software stability on the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. But users will now have to wait for some more time to get the newest features on their OnePlus 8-series phones.- Advertisement – Details about when the rollout would resume are yet to be revealed. OnePlus has also not provided any additional information on the issues that has caused the sudden halt.However, OnePlus has acknowledged the data wipe issue through a forum post and urged users to not install the OxygenOS 11.0.1.1 update if they’re on an open beta. The company also recommends that users backup their data before beginning the update process. However, OnePlus has not given any solution for the affected users who lost their data due to the problem introduced by the latest update.Some user posts on the company’s community forums also suggest that the OxygenOS 11.0.1.1 update deactivated VoLTE and VoWi-Fi on OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro and impacted Web streaming experiences. Some users who were already running an OxygenOS open beta additionally complained that they wrongly received the OxygenOS 11.0.1.1 as a stable update that led to a full data wipe on their phones.- Advertisement – Is OnePlus 8 Pro the perfect premium phone for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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China has avian flu case; Ivory Coast awaits tests

first_imgApr 27, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – China reported its 18th human case of H5N1 avian influenza today as Ivory Coast awaited the results of tests that will tell whether it is Africa’s latest country faced with outbreaks in poultry.China’s Ministry of Health said the new patient is an 8-year-old girl from the southwestern province of Sichuan, according to a statement from the World Health Organization (WHO). She became ill with fever and pneumonia Apr 16 and is in a hospital.The WHO said investigators determined that some poultry died recently near the girl’s home. Test results confirmed yesterday that her infection was H5N1, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today.Twelve of China’s 18 human cases have been fatal. The WHO’s global tally now stands at 205 human cases with 113 deaths.Ivory Coast officials reported the two suspected poultry outbreaks of H5N1 to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on Apr 25. The disease is suspected on the basis of clinical signs and tests at two laboratories in the country, the report said. The OIE reference lab in Padua, Italy, is running confirmatory tests.The sick birds included 16 backyard ducks and chickens and one sparrow hawk in two communes in the Abidjan district of the Lagunes region, says the report by Dr. Denis Kouakou, the country’s director of veterinary services.The Ivorian government said it would set up telephone hotlines and send out mobile surveillance units while waiting for the test results, according to an AFP report today.If cases are confirmed, Ivory Coast will be Africa’s seventh country invaded by the virus. Nigeria was hit first, in early February, followed by Egypt, Niger, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, and Sudan. Egypt is the only one of the group with human cases—12 of them, including 4 deaths.In the United Kingdom, meanwhile, an H7 strain of avian flu is suspected in some poultry deaths on one farm in Norfolk in eastern England, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).”The preliminary test results show that it is likely to be the H7 strain of avian influenza, and not H5N1,” the agency said yesterday. Confirmatory tests were under way.H7 viruses can be highly pathogenic in poultry and can infect humans but have rarely caused serious human illness. During a major poultry outbreak of H7N7 in the Netherlands in 2003, 89 people were infected and one veterinarian died. The human cases were generally mild, mainly involving conjunctivitis. In addition, a few poultry workers became ill during an H7N3 outbreak in poultry in British Columbia, Canada, in 2004.BBC News said today that 35,000 birds on Witford Lodge Farm, about 13 miles west of the city of Norwich, would be killed to contain the outbreak.Dennis Foreman, a spokesman for the company operating the farm, said the number of infected birds was “minimal” and the outbreak came “completely out of the blue,” according to an AFP report.The outbreak comes a few weeks after the H5N1 virus was first discovered in the UK, in a dead swan found on the east coast of Scotland in late March. No further cases were found, and fears about the virus had been subsiding, according to AFP.In other recent avian flu developments:H5N1 was found in pet chickens in the northern Afghan province of Kapisa, the country’s fourth affected province, according to an Apr 25 AFP story. An Italian lab identified the virus, a spokesman for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization told AFP. The virus had previously been found in Kabul, the capital, and in the eastern provinces of Nangarhar and Logar.Authorities on Bali in Indonesia said they had killed more than 400 ducks and chickens after random testing had revealed flu infections among them, according to an Apr 25 AFP report.The killing of more than 6,000 birds, mostly chickens, as part of control efforts in Burkina Faso has been completed, AFP reported today.In the Czech Republic, the government said testing at the European Union’s avian flu reference lab in Britain confirmed the presence of the H5N1 virus in 12 wild swans, AFP reported yesterday. Authorities said the country has had no cases in domestic birds.See also:Apr 27 WHO statement on case in Chinahttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_04_27/en/index.htmlIvory Coast report to the OIEhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2007_AI.phplast_img read more

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Animal-cruelty probe leads to US’s biggest meat recall

first_imgFeb 18, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A California meatpacking company has issued the largest meat recall in US history—143.4 million pounds—after revelations that the firm mistreated cattle and violated the federal ban on putting disabled or “downer” cattle into the human food supply.The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced yesterday that meat produced by Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Co. of Chino, Calif., over the past 2 years was unfit for human food because some cattle processed at the plant couldn’t walk at the time of slaughter.The recalled meat includes 37 million pounds sold to the USDA’s school-lunch and other nutrition programs, according to news services. The USDA rated the recall as Class II, meaning there was only a “remote” chance that the meat would be harmful.Protection from ‘mad cow’USDA banned the use of nonambulatory cattle for food after the nation’s first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, was found in late 2003. The ban was modified last year, when the USDA said downer cattle could be used for food if a USDA veterinarian determined that the animal’s condition was due to an acute injury rather than disease.The recall stems from an undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which on Jan 30 released video footage of Hallmark/Westland workers mistreating downer cattle to make them get up. Workers were shown spraying water on cattle, shocking them with cattle prods, and ramming them with a forklift.In a question-and-answer statement yesterday, the USDA called the situation “an isolated instance of egregious violations to human handling requirements and the prohibition of non-ambulatory disabled cattle from entering the food supply.”USDA officials said the abused cattle had passed USDA ante-mortem inspections on the day of slaughter, but later became unable to walk. Under the rules, the company was required to notify the USDA so a veterinarian could re-inspect the disabled animals and determine if they should be barred from the food supply or assessed further.Evidence gathered by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) showed that the company “did not consistently contact the FSIS public health veterinarian in situations in which cattle became nonambulatory after passing ante-mortem inspection,” the USDA said in a news release.The violations occurred “occasionally over the past two years,” and therefore all beef products produced during that time were ruled unfit for consumption, the agency said.After learning of the HSUS revelations, the FSIS suspended inspections at Hallmark/Westland on Feb 4. The plant will not be allowed to reopen until it has explained how the violations occurred and shown it has taken corrective steps, the agency said.”I am dismayed at the inhumane handling of cattle that has resulted in the violation of food safety regulations at the Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company,” Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer said in a statement yesterday. He added that it was “extremely unlikely” that any of the cattle had BSE, because of other safeguards in place.All the products subject to recall were sold to wholesale distributors, not retail stores, the USDA said. The products bear the establishment number “EST. 336” inside the USDA mark of inspection.USDA officials said yesterday that much of the recalled meat probably has already been consumed, according to a report published today by the Chicago Tribune.The USDA said recalled meat that was sold to federal nutrition programs must be destroyed and cannot be used as pet food. The agency promised to reimburse states for products that have to be destroyed and to help find replacement products.After an investigation prompted by the HSUS video, a California prosecutor filed animal cruelty charges last week against two former Hallmark/Westland plant workers, according to the Tribune.Public health value questionedCraig Hedberg, PhD, a food safety expert at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, agreed that the risk of BSE contamination in any of the recalled meat is extremely low. But he added, “I think the real story is that the entire story is embarrassing to USDA and highlights an essential flaw in our inspection system. So to compensate, they seem to be taking an aggressive stance that seems to have little value for protecting the public’s health.”Hedberg, an associate professor of environmental and occupational health, added, “Inspectors can only deal with what they observe. In this case, there were animal cruelty issues just outside the plant that had a bearing on the ‘safety’ of the meat coming out of the plant. Because the inspectors did not witness it, it went unchecked. The limitations of inspectors to detect E coli contamination are even bigger and better documented problems.”HSUS President Wayne Pacelle, commenting on the recall yesterday, said, “A recall of this staggering scale shows it’s bad for animals, bad for consumers, and bad for business to have slipshod enforcement and porous laws when it comes to handling animals at slaughter plants.”The United States has had three BSE cases so far: one in Washington state in 2003, one in Texas in 2005, and one in Alabama in 2006. The Washington case was in a Canadian-born cow. The USDA said it has tested 759,000 cattle for the disease since June 2004.See also: Feb 17 USDA news releasehttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/Recall_005-2008_Release.pdfFeb 17 statement by USDA Secretary Ed Schaferhttp://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contentid=2008/02/0046.xmlFeb 17 USDA question-and-answer documenthttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/HallmarkWestland_QAs.pdfJan 30 statement by USDA Secretary Schafer on the violations at Hallmark/Westlandhttp://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contentid=2008/01/0025.xmllast_img read more

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Auction analysis

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Indonesia needs to increase transparency in political parties over funding: NGO

first_imgTransparency International Indonesia (TII) has urged the government to increase transparency and accountability of political parties, especially as the country regulates state funding for the political parties. TII calls for the government to establish transparency measures for political parties under the National Strategy for Corruption Prevention (Stranas-PK).“Our corruption perception index in the last few years, and other monitoring, indicate that it is important for the Stranas-PK [to also watch out] for political corruption,” TII researcher Alvin Nicola said during a discussion with the Stranas-PK on Wednesday. “Political corruption actually has a big impact [on the perception index] so it is important for the Home Ministry to [push for] increased transparency and accountability among political parties,” he added.Read also: State should increase funding for parties, says KPKIn Transparency International’s 2019 Corruption Perception Index, Indonesia scored 40, an improvement of two points compared to 38 in the previous year. The 2019 index ranked Indonesia 85th out of 183 countries.Following the scoring that was released in January, TII researcher Wawan Suyatmiko said the improvement in Indonesia’s score was triggered by “strict law enforcement on bribery and corruption in the political system”. However, then-TII secretary-general Dadang Trisasongko said there were tasks — namely how to break corrupt relations among state officers, civil servants, law enforcement and businesspeople — that needed to be completed in the future.Government Regulation No. 1/2018 on Political Party Funding stipulates that parties winning seats at the House of Representatives receive Rp 1,000 (7 US cents) per vote, while those winning seats in regional legislative receive Rp 1,200 per vote.As it is possible that the funding will be increased in the future, the anticorruption NGO also urges the government to issue a comprehensive regulation on the annual political party funding.Topics :last_img read more

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‘Clearer, quicker, tougher’: UK regulator sets out three-year plan

first_imgFrom October this year, DC master trusts such as NEST and The People’s Pension will be subject to a new authorisation regime to be implemented and monitored by TPR according to regulations and best practice guidelines that will be confirmed during the summer.TPR said in its corporate plan: “In delivering the new authorisation and supervision regime, we will continue to engage with the UK’s master trusts before they apply for authorisation.“We will clearly set out the standards they will need to meet, and we will work closely with those who intend to exit the market, to encourage a smooth transition process.”TPR and BrexitThe UK regulator laid out its plan for preparing for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU in March next year. One of its eight priorities for the next three years outlined the importance of “building understanding and resilience, with an appropriate regulatory response to the Brexit outcome”.“We will continue to work closely with the government and wider pensions industry to build our understanding and response to the potential effects of Brexit on schemes. “This work will include responding to any changes to European pensions law and requirements into UK law, and assessing the implications for cross-border schemes. “As further analysis of the effects of Brexit on UK pension schemes becomes available, we will provide specific guidance to schemes and the industry where appropriate.” The UK government proposed new powers for the regulator in its DB policy white paper, Protecting Defined Benefit Pension Schemes, published in March.These included an expanded remit to fine directors and companies to tackle irresponsible activities that might hurt pension schemes, and a tightening of the rules around mergers and acquisitions.“We have a wide range of powers that we use flexibly, reasonably and appropriately,” Titcomb and Boyle wrote. “We are likely to take enforcement action where we encounter wilful or persistent non-compliance, where our earlier efforts to encourage compliance with the law have not had the desired effect, or where we uncover evidence of malpractice.”TPR said it would intervene “more widely” and would tailor its actions towards specific circumstances. “This will enable us to use our resources more effectively and to be clearer in our expectations, quicker to respond and tougher where we need to be,” it said.The regulator has come under fire in recent months from politicians in the wake of the collapse of engineering firm Carillion and the transfer of its pension schemes to the Pension Protection Fund. It was also criticised for failing to protect members of the British Steel Pension Scheme from poor advice during the scheme’s high-profile restructure.DC’s growth gives regulator new focusA core focus for TPR over the next three years would be the defined contribution (DC) market, it said. Following the introduction of auto-enrolment, DC funds have overtaken defined benefit schemes in terms of membership. The UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) plans to increase its staff by 12% ahead of the introduction later this year of new powers granted by the UK government.In its latest three-year corporate plan, covering the 2018-21 period, TPR vowed to become “a clearer, quicker and tougher regulator”.“Over the next year you can expect to see us improving our effectiveness further by taking action in a broader and more visible way to improve outcomes for retirement savers,” chief executive Lesley Titcomb and chair Mark Boyle wrote in their introduction to the plan. “We will ensure our expectations are better understood and use a wider range of regulatory tools, with the aim of putting things right and keeping schemes on the right track for the long term so members receive the benefits to which they are entitled.”last_img read more

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New conspiracy charge filed against three individuals implicated in major passport scam

first_imgLocalNews New conspiracy charge filed against three individuals implicated in major passport scam by: – January 31, 2012 Share Share Share (L-R): Lindon Marie and Nash Mitchel. Photo credit: thedominican.netThree individuals, who were charged for their alleged involvement in a major passport scam in Dominica last year, were brought before the Magistrate’s Court in Roseau on Tuesday as another charge was filed against them.In May, 2011 Nash Mitchel of Soufriere, Lindon Marie of River Street and Kimana James of Castle Comfort were charged and remanded at the State’s Prison for their alleged involvement in a passport scam. Mitchel and Marie were granted bail several days later in the sum of $75,000 each with two sureties as well as strict reporting conditions by the High Court while James who was ill at the time was granted $30, 000.00 bail by the Magistrate’s Court.When they appeared before Magistrate Candia Carette-George on Tuesday, an additional charge of conspiracy was read to the Defendants which stated that between November 2nd, 2005 and September 2006 the Defendants did conspire with persons unknown to obtain 11birth certificates of the Commonwealth of Dominica for foreign nationals.Kimana James. Photo credit: thedominican.netThe Defendants were not required to plead as the charge is an indictable offense, however both Mitchel and Marie had to be bailed again as their first bail application was granted at the High Court. Magistrate Carette-George explained that the Magistrate Court did not have jurisdiction to continue an application of the High Court.Wayne Norde, attorney representing Ms James asked the Court that bail be continued in the same terms and conditions as new charge filed has arrived out of the same matter to which the Court acceded.Bernard Marie, father of Lindon Marie stood as his surety and described his son as “an exceptional son, very respectful and loving child” noting that he has sufficient control over him to ensure that he attends Court proceedings. He was granted bail in the sum of $50, 000.00 without any bail conditions but warned to abide by the previous reporting conditions set by the High Court; which is to report to the police station three times per week.Mitchel whose mother and brother stood as his sureties in June 2011 were not present in Court and he was asked to find them or an alternative surety to secure his bail.His lawyer, Zena Moore-Dyer was late for Court but he informed Magistrate Carette-George that he would contact his brother.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img 77 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img read more

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