See also: The CFIA said it would investigate feeding and storage practices at the farm where the cow lived, as well as the production and source of feeds used there. Following international standards, the agency also promised to find and test cattle born on the farm within a year before or after the infected cow, as well as any offspring of the cow. The CFIA said the cause of the latest case was unknown but most likely was contaminated feed. The 6-year-old cow would have been born at least 2 years after 1997, when Canada and the United States moved to prevent the spread of BSE by banning the use of protein from cattle and other ruminants in cattle feed. “As I’ve said many times, our beef trade decisions follow internationally accepted guidelines that are based in science,” Johanns said. He added that the US would “continue to evaluate the situation.” “This detection is consistent with a low level of disease and does not indicate an increased risk of BSE in Canada,” the agency said. The case was found in a 6-year-old crossbred cow in north-central Alberta that had shown possible signs of BSE, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said. The disease was detected through Canada’s regular BSE surveillance program. Canada’s second and third BSE cases were reported in January 2005, both in cows from Alberta. Humans who eat meat products from BSE-infected cattle are believed to be at risk for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), the fatal human equivalent of BSE. US Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns expressed agreement, saying in a statement that he had assured Canadian Agriculture Minister Andy Mitchell that he anticipated no changes in the rules on importation of Canadian beef and cattle. Dennis Laycraft, executive vice president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, said the case didn’t come as a big surprise, according to a Reuters report. “It’s obviously unwelcome, but pretty well around the world there have been what’s referred to as ‘BARB’ cattle. Those are born after the ruminant ban,” he said. It probably took time for cattle feed produced under the old rules to be cleared from the system, officials have said. “This case does support the need for Canada to continue to move towards enhancing the current feed ban,” the CFIA said. Jan 23, 2006 (CIDRAP News) Canada today reported its fourth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, raising concern about the possibility of another US ban on Canadian beef and cattle. The United States banned Canadian beef after the country’s first case was discovered in May 2003. In August 2003 the USDA allowed imports of boneless Canadian beef from cattle less than 30 months old. In July 2005, the border was reopened to live Canadian cattle destined for slaughter before reaching the age of 30 months. Rapid tests on samples from the infected cow initially were inconclusive, but the case was confirmed through further rapid tests and “gold standard” tests at the CFIA’s National Centre for Foreign Animal Diseases in Winnipeg, Man., the agency said. Statement by Mike Johanns
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ERAFP, the French mandatory pension scheme for civil servants, has tendered two mandates for ESG rating agencies to assess the pension fund’s investments against its socially responsible investment (SRI) policy.The call for tender is a renewal of existing mandates.The €23.5bn fund is looking to hire two “extra-financial rating agencies to assess the social responsibility of ERAFP’s investments in various asset classes”.One mandate is in relation to equity and corporate bond investments made on behalf of ERAFP, which the selected rating agency would need to assess against their compliance with the pension fund’s SRI guidelines. A second mandate is for the same type of assessment but for investments mainly in sovereign, supranational and sub-sovereign bonds (SSA).The contracts will be for four years, with a possible extension of two years.Vigeo and Oekom Research – ratings agencies from France and Germany, respectively – have been responsible for this work since October 2010, when ERAFP last awarded the relevant mandates.Vigeo was selected for the equity and corporate bond assessment, while Oekom was chosen as a partner with respect to ERAFP’s SSA bond investments.Vigeo merged with EIRIS, a UK ESG agency, late last year.In other news, AFG, the French asset management association, has published a practical guide for asset managers to measure and report on their investments’ carbon footprint.In the guide (French only), the association notes that, although not all asset managers measure the carbon footprint of fund portfolios, this practice is set to spread given growing interest from clients and improvements in methodology.It also “strongly advises” asset managers to state clearly the limits of any figures reported given the wide range of calculation methods.
ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth High School senior and Down East Family YMCA swim team member Sam Alvarado was one of two seniors in the state of Maine to receive a $1,000 scholarship on Sunday.Alvarado, who was granted the scholarship along with Bath Area YMCA swimmer Caitlin Tycz, received it at the Maine Swimming at the organization’s annual banquet in Lewiston. Maine Swimming Senior Vice Chairman Matt Vogel said the two won their scholarships for their “leadership and contributions to the sport of swimming in the state of Maine.”Other DEFY athletes to be honored at the banquet were Ella Montgomery, who set the state records in the girls’ 50-meter butterfly and backstroke events, and the four-person relay team of Camden Holmes, Cooper Holmes, Richie Matthews and Talor Hamilton, which did so in the boys’ 200-meter freestyle and medley relays. All five received certificates honoring their record-setting achievements, which came last summer.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text