Chief Vet underscores need for animals to be inspected before slaughtering

first_img Share Share LocalNews Chief Vet underscores need for animals to be inspected before slaughtering by: – December 16, 2011 Tweet Sharecenter_img Dr. Reginald ThomasChief Veterinary Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture Dr. Reginald Thomas has underscored the need for animals to be inspected before they are slaughtered for sale.At a butchers workshop organized by the Environmental Health Unit earlier this week, Dr Thomas advised that this procedure should be adhered to in an effort to ensure that the meat sold is safe for consumption. Dr. Thomas noted that while there are challenges in getting an officer to inspect the animal before it is slaughtered, the butchers could facilitate the process by informing the division ahead of time.“It is still necessary to have a Vet or an agriculture officer look at the animal before it is slaughtered and I know you have a lot of stories; you call the guy and he doesn’t come. I am quite aware of all what is going on, I am not going to pretend that it does not happen. Part of it as well is you may want to slaughter an animal on Friday and call us on Wednesday so then deployment becomes a problem. But if you know that you are going to kill your animal next week give us some time; a week or two weeks before, look I am going to slaughter an animal on Friday the following week I would somebody to come and examine the animal.”According to Dr. Thomas, there must be constant supervision on the foods that are sold as a result of international food trading law requirements. “In recent times though is some of the supermarkets are requesting that before you bring meat for them that a Vet sees it and you may say that these people are troublesome. A lot of what goes on is not driven by our laws or our desires, international law trade in food requires that there is constant supervision on the type of food that goes into what is called the food chain, the food that we eat and part of it is because more and more there are diseases occurring in the world that is being transmitted to humans.”Dr Thomas says an increase in diseases which are being transmitted to humans has been discovered and steps must be taken to secure “our population, our children and our world.”Dominica Vibes News 29 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more

County Meet Sets for Dec. 2

first_imgThe outbreak of the Ebola virus in 2014 did not only claim lives and affected the country’s economy but also cancelled one of the most significant national sporting events that brings oneness, peace and love among Liberians.It transcends tribe, ideology and county boundaries and it unite the people.The main organizer of the 2015/2016 County Meet, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, in collaboration with co-organizer, the Ministry of Internal Affairs will use the games to celebrate the victory over the end of Ebola transmission.The head of the forthcoming games Secretariat J. Bryant McGill said the Ministry would officially disclose the ‘County Meet package’ on Monday, September 14.Bryant said the package would include the official date of the County Meet, – which will simultaneously kick off on Wednesday, December 2, in four venues: Grand Bassa, Grand Gedeh, Margibi and Nimba counties.He said the preliminaries of the football and kickball editions would be played from Wednesday – Saturday, December 2- 12 and the remaining three disciplines would be played in Monrovia, from Tuesday – Saturday, December 22 to January 2, 2016.Basketball and volleyball would be held at the Sports Commission on Broad Street, while athletics would take place at Fendell.“The Big 8 teams for the football and kickball finals will be played at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, from Sunday – Sunday, January 3 – 10, 2016,” Bryant said. “The finals of the volleyball, basketball and athletics will also be held on the same date.”Bryant said the final assessment of the venues which would include an engagement meeting with the County’s Local Authority and the County Sports Coordinator would lead to the disbursement of preparation funds.Some of the assessment could also include Counties’ readiness as hosts, sporting facilities, hotel accommodation and responsibility of host counties, among others.With the approved allocation of US$500,000, Bryant said the first portion of the disbursement could run from the 15th of October through November but did not disclose how much.About US$21,000 was given to counties in the last County Meet.Bryant also disclosed that the Appeal Committee, which is headed by Minister Eugene Nagbe has two new members, Andy Quarmie and Mustapha Raji.The Heats BeginWith few more months to the County Sports Meet, there is already heat around the country, where one could again have a sense of belonging besides the national football team.It has always been that effect on every team on the field during the County Sports Meet, where spectators behave and think that the team represents them – their family and county.The County Meet, launched in 1956, is held annually in the spirit of unification.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s inaugural County Meet witnessed Rivercess County lifting the football trophy at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in 2007.Rivercess failed to defend the title, and bowed to Bong County 4-3, the following year. In 2009, Bomi won the title and defeated River Gee, 5-2. Nimba County came into the limelight and whipped Grand Gedeh County, 2-0, the following year. She defended the title over Margibi in 2011.In 2012, Margibi leveled the scores and whipped Nimba 2-0. In 2013, Grand Cape Mount County whipped Montserrado County 3-1 in a lottery shot, after 1-1 of 120 minutes of play.Prior to the outbreak of the Ebola, Grand Bassa County whipped Nimba County, 2-1.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SURGE IN EDUCATION COSTS HIGHLIGHTS PRESSURE ON FAMILIES – McCONALOGUE

first_imgFianna Fáil Education Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue has said the latest Consumer Price Index revealing yet another surge in the cost of education highlights the growing pressure on Donegal families.Charlie McConalogue TDAccording to the figures released by the CSO, the cost of education is 4.8% higher than it was this time last year and is one of the main contributors to the increase in inflation.Deputy McConalogue commented, “The cost putting a child through school and college is one of the greatest expenses facing any family. These figures show it has become even more expensive this year. “One of the main reasons for the increase is yet another hike of €250 in the college registration fee this month. Instead of keeping its promise to reduce the cost of third level education, this government has instead done one of its spectacular u-turns and introduced a series of rolling increases that will see the third level registration fees jump to at least €3,000 next year. The Education Minister Ruairí Quinn also cut student grants and abolished the post-graduate grant.”He said that as these costs continue to mount, more and more families will find they simply cannot afford the cost of putting their children through college.“The hikes and cuts in education are just one example of this government’s failure understand the pressures on ordinary families in Donegal. The last two budgets have hammered young families in particular, with cuts in child benefit, taxes on maternity benefit, cuts to the back to school clothing and footwear allowance, increases in utility bills and a new tax on the family home.“This attack on families must stop. As the government gets ready to announce next year’s budget, I am calling on Fine Gael to radically change their approach and start considering the needs of hard pressed families in this region.” SURGE IN EDUCATION COSTS HIGHLIGHTS PRESSURE ON FAMILIES – McCONALOGUE was last modified: September 13th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Charlie McConalogueeducation cutslast_img read more