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first_imgWe will discuss the evidence and any future proposals with the Devolved Administrations.Notes to Editors: With all options being considered, I am keen to hear from industry, the devolved authorities and charities on all possible options and evidence on this vital issue. The Government’s full manifesto commitment in this area is “as we leave the European Union, we can take early steps to control the export of live farm animals for slaughter.” The call for evidence, which will last for six weeks, seeks views from across industry, devolved authorities, charities and the general public on how the government might raise standards of animal welfare during transport after the UK leaves the EU. All options for future improvements in this area are being considered, including a potential ban on the live export of animals for slaughter.Latest figures, from 2016, show that each year over four thousand sheep are transported from the UK to continental Europe for slaughter.British Veterinary Association President John Fishwick said:“BVA welcomes the launch of the government’s call for evidence on live animal exports. We believe that production animals should not be transported long distances to the abattoir but should be slaughtered as near to the point of production as possible. Animals should be transported on the hook, as meat, not on the hoof, as live animals.“It is vital that we maintain the UK’s current high standards of animal welfare post-Brexit and seek opportunities to improve them. We look forward to contributing to this call and seeing the results once the evidence has been collected.”This announcement builds on a wide range of animal welfare reforms announced by the government, including: All animals deserve to get the respect and care they deserve at every stage of their lives. This call for evidence begins to deliver on our manifesto commitment which aims to control the export of live animals for slaughter once we leave the European Union.center_img Making CCTV mandatory in slaughterhouses Increasing the maximum prison sentence for animal abuse from six months to five years Updating a number of animal welfare codes A call for evidence for a potential ban on the live export of animals for slaughter after Brexit has been launched by Environment Secretary Michael Gove. It will also look at higher welfare standards for live animal movements.Taking action on live animal exports forms part of the government’s programme of reforms to cement our position as a global leader in animal welfare as we leave the EU and deliver a Green Brexit.The Farm Animal Welfare Committee has also launched a review into the existing welfare standards for animals during transport, and this is being complemented by research commissioned by Defra from Scotland’s Rural College and the University of Edinburgh.Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: We have some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world which we are strengthening further by raising maximum sentences for animal cruelty to five years and introducing mandatory CCTV in abattoirs.last_img read more


first_imgCTV News 15 March 2018Family First Comment: Another example – this time from Canada – of why ‘safeguards’ are an illusion. “A landmark lawsuit has been filed by an Ontario man suffering from an incurable neurological disease. He alleges that health officials will not provide him with an assisted home care team of his choosing, instead offering, among other things, medically assisted death. “My condition is grievous and irremediable,” 42-year-old Roger Foley said from his bed. “But the solution is assisted life with self-directed funding.”www.protect.org.nzA landmark lawsuit has been filed by an Ontario man suffering from an incurable neurological disease. He alleges that health officials will not provide him with an assisted home care team of his choosing, instead offering, among other things, medically assisted death.“My condition is grievous and irremediable,” 42-year-old Roger Foley said from his bed at the London Health Science Centre’s Victoria Hospital in a video that was recently posted online. “But the solution is assisted life with self-directed funding.”According to Foley, a government-selected home care provider had previously left him in ill health with injuries and food poisoning. Unwilling to continue living at home with the help of that home care provider, and eager to leave the London hospital where he’s been cloistered for two years, Foley is suing the hospital, several health agencies and the attorneys general of Ontario and Canada in the hopes of being given the opportunity to set up a health care team to help him live at home again — a request he claims he has previously been denied. “I have no desire to take up a valuable hospital bed,” Foley explained. “But at this point, it’s my only option.”Foley suffers from cerebellar ataxia, a brain disorder that limits his ability to move his arms and legs. The condition leaves him unable to perform mundane tasks on his own, like feeding himself. He also has trouble holding himself upright. Because of the condition, he even has difficulty speaking.“Unfortunately, my life story is narrated through the horrible prism of a progressive neurodegenerative disease,” Foley said with an audible tremor in his voice. “I have gone from being an active person to, on some days, not even being able to get out of bed.”Because Foley suffers from a terminal and incurable disorder, he qualifies for medically assisted death. But Foley does not want to die — he simply wants to live at home.READ MORE & VIEW VIDEO: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/the-solution-is-assisted-life-offered-death-terminally-ill-ont-man-files-lawsuit-1.3845190last_img read more


first_img Published on November 5, 2016 at 11:05 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati Almost two hours before kickoff, Amba sat in an orange, thickly cushioned chair on the sideline. Five chairs were arranged in a semi-circle. The receiver faced the opposite direction of director of high school relations J.B. Gerald and receivers coach Kim McCloud. For most of the pregame, Amba sat separate from his teammates. Before the game, a Clemson coach ran onto the field just to talk to the Syracuse wide receiver.In the third quarter of the loss, Etta-Tawo broke in on a 6-yard in-route, catching an Austin Wilson pass. The catch brought him within 11 yards of Harrison’s record after two Clemson defensive backs brought him down. Two plays later, Etta-Tawo cut inside of cornerback Cordrea Tankersley four yards downfield, caught a Wilson pass six yards downfield and turned to gain another 11 after the catch.Etta said he checks in on his brother every day by typing his name into a search engine to find articles. The two sometimes call and talk about what defense the other team runs so Etta knows what to expect from Amba on the day of the game. Clemson rotated its No. 1 corner Cordrea Tankersley on and off Amba. On Saturday, Etta didn’t know until after the game that his brother had broken the Syracuse single-season receiving record.Following the contest, Amba smiled as he walked over to his contingent near the end zone. He high-fived seven different family and friends before McCloud pulled Amba into the tunnel and the locker room. As the Syracuse wide receiver walked to his interview, he came from just outside the tunnel, where his family congregated after the game. Included in the group were former McEachern (Georgia) High School quarterbacks Trent Thompson and Dondre Purnell, who had the receiver’s gloves in his back pocket.“I told him that (he broke the record),” Etta said, “and he said, ‘I gotta just keep on playing, just keep on going.’” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img CLEMSON, S.C. — An hour after Syracuse lost 54-0 to No. 3 Clemson, Amba Etta-Tawo, and a group of family and friends stood outside the visitor’s tunnel at Memorial Stadium. For the first time since late June, Amba saw Etta Etta-Tawo, his brother and a Clemson alumnus.Etta estimated 20 other friends and family showed up to Syracuse’s closest game to Powder Springs, Georgia, where Amba’s from and said Amba had 24 tickets. The family didn’t know as many people were coming until a week ago.Amba racked up 84 yards on nine catches, breaking Syracuse’s (4-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) single-season receiving record in the process. Entering the game, he needed only 57 yards to break the record previously held by Marvin Harrison. The latter tallied 1,131 yards in the 1995 season, but Etta-Tawo now has 1,158 yards this season, placing him in the top 10 of NCAA receivers in yardage. He broke the record on the same field Etta used to play on and the field where he caught his first collegiate touchdown with Maryland. Etta’s career ended at Clemson in his redshirt freshman season because of a heart condition.“I try not to look too much at it today,” Amba said about his brother playing at Memorial Stadium. “I just try to grasp it.”MORE COVERAGE:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textClemson annihilates Syracuse, 54-0Dino Babers gives no update on Eric Dungey’s statusGallery: The best sights from Death Valleylast_img read more


first_imgCommentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Nov. 16, 2014… 3. The football team…Nothing quite stresses me more with this website than when a high school football debate develops (unless its girls basketball). I automatically go into hiding, knowing some of my closest friends are looking to shoot me.As always, Sumner Newscow does not allow for personal attacks on individuals, especially those who are high school athletes (see comment policy here). However, the gray area I wrestle with is whether a high school “team” should be scrutinized. After all these are kids.The players shouldn’t. The program should. Here’s why….The Wellington High School football program is an interesting dynamic. The Crusaders are the town team. A tremendous amount of local resources are poured into the program each fall: from the long hours of the coaching staff, to investments by the business community, to the number of local media covering the team – which is unmatched in the state of Kansas.The football team is also representing the community to the state of Kansas at large. The program’s importance can’t be understated.It is therefore the right of our citizens to have a say with how the football team is operated and projected. And, yes, at its heart winning and losing means everything.As this site’s manager I must weigh what is good relevant debate and what is derogatory nonsense. There is a fine line especially with emotions running deep on various sides of the issue.The reality is nothing brings the community together, quite like a good football season. Wellington has passion, an intense interest, and a tradition that few other high school towns have in Kansas.Sometimes it is good to talk about it.Nevertheless, I implore you to please be civil when wading in on the message board below: whether it’s the football team, the city hall, the hospital or any local issue that comes our way. A good argument is best served with good manners and true knowledge on the subject. 5. Shout out of the week… I’m going to give it to all who were involved with the Wellington Veteran’s Day program. It was sensational. The Wellington High School band was as good as I ever heard it. I loved the choir music. The speakers were fabulous.If you didn’t leave Tuesday’s program with goose bumps and a renewed sense of pride and spirit, you may need to check your pulse. You may be dead.Cueball extra…Quinn’s thoughts…Hi! It’s that time again when I douse you with my horrific stupidity so lets go!Quinn McCueAlso I now have a structure for my thoughts! The first two are gonna be the events that happened during the past week. 2. Today it finally snowed and I got really over excited. Here’s the story. I woke up looking fabulous as usual. Then I look outside and there was snow. So I run downstairs and jump outside into the snow with just my pajamas on. I regret it horribly. 5.Contest Thought! Suessical Cast Members not eligible for entry! What was the name of the Black bottom eagle in the Suessical that took place last weekend? Send in your answer at [email protected] First one to answer correctly wins a Sumner Newscow T-shirt! 1. Long lost e-mail…This week when cleaning out e-mails for the first time in years, I stumbled across an e-mail written on January 25, 2013, by my CPA neighbor Lonnie Cooper. I ws hoping to do a story on the local reaction to the latest Sam Brownback tax cuts. The story, like many I plan, didn’t get written.But reading this e-mail this week made me realize how valid the fears of two years ago has come to fruition.I’ll share this January, 2013 e-mail now: “Tracy,The potential loss of the property tax deduction for state income tax purposes is just the beginning of the adjustments the state will need to make to keep from going broke in the next year or two.  This self-inflicted budget crisis is a bet by Governor Brownback that drastically lower income taxes on Kansas business will either grow the economy enough to make up for the cuts, and/or that the crisis itself will force budget cuts that would not otherwise be made.As for your question, I’ll use the numbers from your 11/26/12 column on county property taxes (see story here).  In that column, you stated that due to Sumner County’s drop in its mill levy, the taxes on a hypothetical $100,000 home would drop from $179 from $2,042 to $1,863.Assuming that the taxpayer itemized his deductions on his federal return, the Kansas income tax savings on the $1,863 deduction under the 2013 Kansas rate (4.9%) would be $91.  So that would be the out of pocket cost to losing the property tax deduction.However, the top Kansas rate dropped from 6.45% in 2012 to 4.9% in 2013, so there would have also been a Kansas tax savings from the tax cut, probably more than the loss from not allowing the property tax deduction.  For taxpayers with non-wage business income,  the Kansas rate on that income is 0% for 2013, so there will be a huge tax decrease for those taxpayers.To put it another way, by eliminating the tax on 191,000 Kansas businesses (the governor’s number), the money has to come from somewhere.  So, the State will probably keep the sales tax rate up, cut state funding for schools and other entities and eliminate the property tax and other deductions.  The big winners are those with farm, business, rental or even oil royalty owners who now pay $0 Kansas income tax on that income, while wage earners, pensioners and investors do not enjoy the same benefit on their income.  The cuts to the schools and other governments will probably force them to raise property taxes or cut services.  So whether you benefit from the governor’s plan depends on your circumstances.It will be interesting to see how it all works out.”Well, we are about to embark on 2015, and this Kansas City Star article features financial experts projecting a $1 billion shortfall in 2015 and 2016 for the state of Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article3729756.html.Mr. Cooper’s prognostication appears to be ringing true. 1. I got a new fan for my room about a month ago and Friday I finally built it. Apparently I get a remote with it and I was more exited then I should’ve been. I can already tell my productivity levels are gonna drop 99.999% just messing with that fan. 2. The Election in a nutshell …Political analysts have all kinds of theories on why people continue to vote in incumbents despite a government that doesn’t seem to be working.I can sum it up pretty quickly with the clip below.This is from the great 1970s movie Animal House. Just substitute the incumbent politician giving it to the average voter… 6. Extra thought! If I made you tube videos would you watch it?Follow us on Twitter. 4. This is where I choose one question to answer from you guy about me! To have your question have a chance to be answered just leave it in the comments with the prefix “Q/A” and I will randomly choose one to answer! 3. This is where you get to pick  a topic that you want me to write about! Just leave a comment of want you want written with the prefix “topic:”. I will pick one every week. My e-mail is below! 4. Saint Bishop Wellington…I was looking at the high school football playoff scores from this weekend… Bishop Miege won big, Bishop Carroll was victorious again, Topeka Hayden was back in the final four, etc., etc., etc.Anyone who doesn’t think the private institutions have an advantage over the public schools when it comes to athletics, is not dealing in reality.So I have a solution for Wellington. We should rename our school “Saint Bishop Wellington,” or “Wellington Private Institution for Learning (Wellington Private for short). Then we should offer free scholarships to all the other surrounding towns best athletes and/or hire their parents to do something in Wellington – like be the assistant sixth grade basketball coach – or file things.Wellington would be back to winning state championships in no time! Close Forgot password? 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Thank you for your input. +13 Vote up Vote down nothing new · 299 weeks ago When I saw the heading “Wellington Private” I thought you must be meaning all the executive sessions at Wellington School Board meetings. Report Reply 0 replies · active 299 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 299 weeks ago “Anyone who doesn’t think the private institutions have an advantage over the public schools when it comes to athletics, is not dealing in reality.” They have advantages over public schools in most other areas, it stands to reason athletics would be no different. Report Reply 0 replies · active 299 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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