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

USG election draws about 4,800 voters

first_imgWhen voting for Undergraduate Student Government closed at 8 p.m. on Thursday, 4,561 students had voted online and an estimated 100 to 200 students had filed paper ballots.Emiko Suzuki, USG’s co-director of elections and recruitment, said when final numbers are determined this year’s total will likely be around 4,800 votes. This total is consistent with last year’s election, which brought 4,617 students to the polls.Suzuki said the turnout met USG’s expectations.“Usually the problem with USG is that a lot of students don’t know about it,” Suzuki said. “So I think that the fact that we got almost a fourth of the undergraduate population is a pretty impressive number.”Despite the cancellation of USG’s carnival — typically held during the voting period to draw in voters — Suzuki and other USG officials said they had no problems raising awareness.I think we did a very good job in getting as much publicity out there, advertising to as many people to vote and the importance of voting,” Chan said.Chan said Tuesday’s “Rock the Vote” event was particularly successful in increasing voter turnout.Now that voting has closed, candidates and students must wait until Tuesday for the unofficial results to be announced.Presidential candidate Dylan Dann said this week was “exciting” and that he is anxious to hear the results.“It’s kind of stressful with a bunch of different emotions,” Dann said. “It’s really just been an adventure.”The unofficial results will be announced on Feb. 23, and the official results will be announced March. 2.The unofficial results are based solely on electronic and paper votes. The official results will be announced once the candidates are determined to be in good standing with Student Affairs, have completed their budget proposals and when everything is cleared with the Elections Commission.The lag in announcements is because of the scheduling of Senate meetings.last_img read more

Deborah Roll recognised for leading Responsible Gambling Week

first_img Related Articles Safer Gambling Forum: ‘The buzz word is understanding’ November 11, 2019 Safer Gambling Forum: ‘The industry needs to do a lot more’ November 13, 2019 Kindred: The industry has a role to play in tackling problem gambling November 13, 2019 StumbleUpon At the third annual Global Regulatory Awards, which took place on 1 May, Deborah Roll has been recognised for her commitment to Responsible Gambling week by being awarded the Compliance Outstanding Achievement award.Roll, who currently holds a position of project manager at the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG), spearheaded the 2018 Responsible Gambling Week. The campaign involved over 12,000 gambling venues and sites, 12,000 industry employees as well as resulting in over 20m social media impressions.The campaign ensured that a safer gambling message was promoted to a wide audience, promoted by the participation of leading football clubs and racecourses. Deborah Roll commented on the award: “I am honoured to have received this award, on behalf of everyone in the industry who worked so hard to make the 2018 campaign a success. “The objective is to trigger a national conversation about responsible gambling and, with the support of the trade associations and operators, I have no doubt we will make the 2019 campaign even bigger and better.”John Hagan – IGRGThis year’s Responsible Gambling Week is set to take place from 7 – 13 November, hoped to bring together multiple sectors from across the industry through the IGRG to promote the work being done to deliver a responsible gambling message. John Hagan, chairman of the IGRG, added: “During Responsible Gambling Week, operators want to reach not only their customers, but also their families and friends and the wider community. “The IGRG is hoping to work with a broad range of groups, including charities, local authorities and information services, to ensure we connect with the widest possible audience. We want to find new ways of making this an open and inclusive conversation”. Share Submit Sharelast_img read more

Prevention Is Better Than Closure

first_imgThe Guinean Ambassador to Liberia, Elhaji Abdoulaye Doré, has appealed to neighboring countries not to close the border with his country in face of the Ebola  outbreak.  He has rather suggested that serious preventive measures be taken to halt or minimize the spread of the deadly disease.  Senegal closed its southeastern border with Guinea.Following our publication of Observer Senior Reporter C.Y. Kwanu’s story on the Ambassador’s concern, the  Daily Observer  immediately contacted Liberia’s Health Minister, Dr. Walter Gwenigale, and Immigration  Commissioner Lemuel Reeves, for their reaction to the GuineaN envoy’s plea.Both the Health Minister and the Immigration Commissioner readily concurred.  Dr. Gwenigale referred to the International Health Regulation that preceded the establishment of the World Health Organization (WHO).  That Regulation advised against border closures in the event of a disease outbreak.  At WHO’s establishment in 1948, where Liberian was represented by its first Public  Health Director General, Dr. Joseph N. Togba, the WHO confirmed that Regulation.Dr. Gwenigale fears that should Liberia close its border with Guinea or any other neighboring nation, “people will start dying in the bush because there are too many crossing points.” He observed that many Guineans and Liberians cross the border daily to work on each other’s farms. Commissioner Reeves told the Daily Observer that from Grand Cape Mount to Maryland County there were 176 known border points, only 35 of which, until recently, were manned by Liberian Immigration officers.  Now the number of patrolled border points has increased to 45.  Mathematically, that leaves 131 border points unchecked.He fears that if the borders are closed, people would begin using unofficial routes along our porous borders, hampering  the Health Ministry’s ability to monitor and regulate possibly infected persons.Dr. Gwenigale told the Daily Observer that Jorwah, the town built in the 1970s by President William R. Tolbert, Jr., behind his farm in Bellefanai, Bong County, was  very near the Guinea border, where highly frequent crossings occur each day.Commissioner Reeves yesterday told the Daily Observer in addition to human beings crossing the borders, there are also animals, including monkeys and deer,  all of which are disease carriers.  In addition, there are planes from neighboring countries bringing people into  other countries.  So, in his opinion, border closing would  not solve the problem.    We think that all three officials, the Guinean Ambassador, Liberia’s Health Minister and Immigration Commissioner, make a lot of sense in arguing against closing the borders.  All their arguments are cogent.We are fortunate that there has not so far been a rapid spread of the disease.  Of the 134 cases reported in Guinea there have been only 100   deaths.  Of the 10 casualties in   Liberia, the last person to die was on Sunday morning, April 6, in Foya, where news of the outbreak here was first reported.   The Health Ministry has disclosed that two labs have been created in Liberia to monitor and fight the spread of Ebola.  The labs are linked to the Meta-Biotic Laboratories in Kenema, Sierra Leone.  The first lab in Liberia is a permanent one, established within the Liberia Institute for Biomedical Research, located in Charlesville, near the Roberts International Airport (RIA).  The second is a mobile lab, based in Foya, Lofa County, where the first casualties were   reported.  This lab is equipped to provide rapid response to any reports of Ebola incidences in the general area.Commissioner Reeves told this newspaper that he will this weekend commence a tour of various border points, beginning in Grand Gedeh County.  It may be a good idea for the Commissioner to consult with Health Minister Gwenigale with a view to taking along health workers  familiar with the epidemic. These experts would know what to do immediately in the case of detection anywhere along the way.      Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more