Iloilo bans hogs, pork products from ASF areas

first_imgILOILO – This province remains freefrom the African swine fever (ASF), a contagious hemorrhagic swine disease withno known cure. “ASF is a threat to the swine industryand the food security of the province,” Defensor stressed in issuing Executive OrderNo. 159 on the temporary ban. * conductseminars to all concerned stakeholders on ASF awareness, prevention,preparedness and response in case of outbreak * livestock and poultrytransport / carrier certificate * carry out theproper implementation of ASF prevention and control measures within theprovince * farmregistration * enhancebiosecurity practices in all ports of entry and swine production facilitieswithin the province Theexecutive order also stated that “all swine, pork, pork products andby-products shall be accompanied by National Meat Inspection Service or LocalGovernment Unit Meat Inspection Certificate.” * veterinaryhealth certificate (VHC) and veterinary shipping permit On Sept. 4, Defensor formed the IloiloProvincial African Swine Fever Task Force (IPASFTF) to do the following tasks: He also ordered strict veterinaryquarantine procedures in seaports and at the Iloilo International Airport bythe quarantineteams of the municipalities of Cabatuan, Dumangas, Ajuy, Estancia, and Carles. The following are the requirements: * accomplish datagathering to establish swine demographics and epidemiological profile The Department of Agriculture (DA)recently confirmed ASF in the provinces of Bulacan and Rizal, and in thefollowing countries: China, South Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, LaoPeoples Democratic Republic, Belgium, Bulgaria, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine,Luxembourg, Latvia, Poland, and Romania.center_img * imposeimmediate closure of any farm if confirmed to be infected with ASF * identify high-riskareas based on swine demographics, epidemiological profile and animal diseasesurveillance data * ensure theimmediate conduct and release of confirmatory diagnosis in case of suspectedoutbreak * disinfectionclearance Only those that meet the regulatoryrequirements of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) would be allowed to enterIloilo. * livestockhandler’s permit He assured the public that despite theban, Iloilo has ample supply of meat. The province’s sources of meat are NegrosOccidental, Cagayan de Oro and Cebu. * certificate ofvehicle registration * ensureimplementation of quarantine measures As a preventive measure, however, Gov.Arthur Defensor Jr. ordered a temporary ban on hogs, pork, pork products andby-products from ASF-hit areas. * conduct initialdisease investigation and institute outbreak control protocols in the event ofa suspected ASF case The task force iscomposed of a chairperson (provincial governor), co-chairman (provincialveterinarian) and the following members: provincial administrator, provincialdisaster risk reduction and management officer; provincial legal officer,provincial agriculturist; president, united livestock technicians association;representative from national meat inspection services, among others./PNlast_img read more

Badgers must regroup, improve

first_imgGREGORY DIXON/Herald photoLisa Stone, head coach of the University of Wisconsin’s women’s basketball team, has until Friday to regroup her team after what has been an eventful week. After falling to the defending WNIT champion Wyoming in an overtime thriller last Tuesday, the team got back on track, defeating Ole Miss 74-57 in the Holiday Pepperdine Tournament in Los Angeles.Wisconsin easily handled Ole Miss in the tournament opener, a game in which Wisconsin’s size advantage allowed the team to grab a season-high 58 rebounds.”I really liked what our team did and how our team looked,” Stone said in her Monday press conference. “[We] played good defense, shared the basketball, had four players in double figures and did some really good things against a good team.”Looking to build off of the win, Wisconsin (2-2) never got the chance to play in the tournament’s championship game. Though Badger hopes had been high, they were quickly doused by the rapidly approaching Californian wildfires. Regarding chances to reschedule the, Stone left everything in the hands of the Pepperdine staff, supporting the decision to put safety first.”They did try to move the game, but the right thing to do was to cancel the tournament,” Stone said. “They had evacuated the campus. [Safety] is way more important than basketball.”The team will now hit the road once more for the annual Big Ten-ACC challenge that will send the Badgers to Charleston Friday when the Wisconsin will meet up with Virginia (4-3). Weak spots identified early onExpectations were lofty for the experienced Badgers heading into the season, but now with two losses already this season Stone, though impressed with the team’s cohesiveness, is looking for improvement.”[Team chemistry] is at an all-time high, and we’ve spent a lot of time together,” Stone said. “They need to work some things out themselves and not have us walk them through everything, and I think I’m starting to see some of those things.”Free-throw shooting and turnovers have plagued Wisconsin in the early part of the season, but Stone is nonetheless confident the team will be able to shape up in those areas. “We’re going too fast. I think we need to slow down, be a little more patient and more deliberate,” Stone said. “We are in too much of a hurry, something we need to address and hopefully improve on.” Freshmen making impactA deep freshman class has already made its presence felt for Wisconsin. Alyssa Karel has had streaky performances through four games including a two-minute stretch against Wyoming that saw the guard force two turnovers despite missing a shoe.Fellow freshman, forward Lin Zastrow, played a key role over the weekend, posting 11 points and nine rebounds against Ole Miss, setting career-highs.”I thought Lin Zastrow had a tremendous breakout game against Ole Miss,” Stone said. “I like the development of our freshmen.”Difficult as it may be for freshmen to make strides at the Division I collegiate level, the Badger freshmen have been making progress each game. Natural talent has helped Zastrow thus far, establishing herself in the post position.”It’s hard for a post player, getting used to the physicality of Division I basketball,” Stone said. “[Zastrow’s] has that ability to score and rebound, and she did a really, really good job on a very physical post player.”last_img read more

Four-goal Bayern open 20-point lead in Bundesliga

first_img0Shares0000Man of the moment: Bayern midfielder Corentin Tolisso is congratulated for his stunning 30-metre goal © AFP / THOMAS KIENZLEBERLIN, Germany, Mar 4 – A superb strike from Corentin Tolisso helped Bayern Munich cruise to a 4-0 victory over Freiburg on Sunday and a 20-point lead in the Bundesliga.In the build-up to the game, Freiburg coach Christian Streich had emerged as a surprise candidate to succeed Jupp Heynckes at Bayern at the end of the season. But Streich was no match for Heynckes on Sunday as Bayern cruised to victory and moved one step closer to the Bundesliga title.“It is not just a great result, I think we played brilliantly today,” Heynckes told Sky. “It was one of our best performances of the season.”Freiburg started brightly, and could have taken the lead on 12 minutes when Lucas Hoeler broke free of the defence and forced a smart save from Sven Ulreich.Bayern, though, took the lead on 25 minutes when Thomas Mueller’s awkward prod bounced off goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow.Their second came just three minutes later, Tolisso picking out the top corner with a brilliant strike from around 30 metres.Sandro Wagner bundled the ball in from close range in the 55th minute, before Mueller made it four on 69 minutes, heading in a Joshua Kimmich corner at the near post.At the other end of the table, goalkeeper Timo Horn was left blushing as his mistake helped Stuttgart to a 3-2 victory over Cologne.Having scored early on, Cologne failed to hold a lead which would have lifted them off the bottom of the table for the first time since August.Claudio Pizarro put Cologne ahead after just six minutes. Having won the ball in the final third, Yuya Osako set up the Peruvian, who swept the ball into the far corner.It was the 39-year-old’s first goal since joining Cologne in September and extended his streak of scoring at least once in the Bundesliga in every calendar year since 1999.Cologne, though, would go into half-time a goal down after two strikes in quick succession from Mario Gomez.The veteran striker fired in an equaliser in the 45th minute, and was gifted a second moments later when Horn allowed a low shot to slip out of his hands and bounce over him into the net.“I should have saved it, I am unbelievably sorry,” Horn told Sky. “It’s even more frustrating because the first half was the best 45 minutes we have played all season.”Things got worse for Cologne on 57 minutes, when Andreas Beck squeezed a low shot past Horn to give Stuttgart a third.Milos Jojic pulled a goal back with a fine free-kick three minutes from time, but it was too little, too late for Cologne.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more