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24
Sep
2020

Testing for bovine tuberculosis in deer scaled back

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Hunter participation in previous years has allowed the Indiana DNR to scale back bovine tuberculosis (bTB) surveillance in southeast Indiana.The bTB surveillance the DNR conducted during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 hunting seasons resulted in the collection of more than 2,500 samples. None tested positive for the disease.Because those testing results may suggest the prevalence of bovine tuberculosis within the previous surveillance zones was at a very low level, the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife has established a bovine tuberculosis surveillance zone in a smaller focal area of Franklin and Fayette counties than in previous years.DNR will still accept samples for bTB testing from concerned hunters who harvest deer from outside the focal area, but still within the 2017 bTB surveillance zone.Bovine tuberculosis is a chronic bacterial disease that affects primarily cattle, but can be transmitted to any mammal. In 2016, the disease was detected in a deer culled for testing from a Franklin County cattle farm affected by bTB.Surveillance involves collecting and testing lymph nodes from the head and neck of deer harvested by hunters and voluntarily submitted for evaluation.The DNR asks those who hunt in the small focal area to help it collect as many samples as possible. The preference is for bucks that are 2 years old or older, but all deer will be accepted for testing. Submitting deer for testing is voluntary.A biological check station staffed by DNR employees will be located at Whitewater Canal State Historic Site maintenance facility at 19083 Clayborn St., Metamora. The check station will be staffed on weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 3 – Dec. 23. After hours, hunters may drop off deer heads in a designated drop box at the check station. In addition, drop-off locations will be established at two area businesses for hunters to drop off deer heads.See wildlife.IN.gov/9320.htm for more information where to submit a deer for testing, more general information on bTB, and how to help with this effort.Hunters must check in their deer online and receive a confirmation number before bringing the deer to a biological check station. The deer must be submitted to a biological check station within 12 hours of harvest to be eligible for testing.last_img read more

28
Aug
2020

Inter humiliated by bottom club Cagliari

first_imgInter Milan suffered a humiliating first Serie A defeat of the season as they were thumped by bottom club Cagliari at the San Siro.Marco Sau put the visitors ahead but on-loan Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo equalised quickly.Inter were reduced to 10 men when captain Yuto Nagatomo was sent off for picking up his second yellow card.Cagliari, who had taken one point from their opening four games, eased to victory through Albin Ekdal’s treble.The Swedish striker, who had only scored three times in 77 previous appearances for Cagliari, doubled his tally for the club with a 15-minute hat trick. The scoreline could have been worse for Inter, who saw goalkeeper Samir Handanovic save a first-half penalty from Andrea Cossu when the score was still 3-1.Former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic, who joined Inter in the summer, conceded the spot-kick with a clumsy foul.Cagliari had lost their previous three matches but moved up to 13th with the win.last_img read more

12
Aug
2020

Photo of BSO Sheriff Tony posing with topless women surfaces

first_imgBroward County Sheriff Gregory Tony has found himself in the middle of another controversy after a photo showing him posing next to two topless women has surfaced online.The photo in question, was posted by the political blog Red Broward and shows Tony posing next to the women at what was said to be a private event for bi-sexual women and couples in 2015.It is unclear how the website retrieved the photo, however, it comes on the heels of Tony’s juvenile self-defense shooting controversy which has many questioning whether he should have gotten the sheriffs position.Sheriff Tony was appointed to the position by Governor Ron DeSantis in 2019 after former Sheriff Scott Israel was ousted.During Monday’s coronavirus briefing, Gov. DeSantis spoke about his decision to appoint Tony saying he did not have a personal relationship with Tony nor did the shooting come up in his background check:“It’s not like he was a political ally of mine. I wasn’t trying to do that. I was just trying to [appoint] someone that had done a good job,” DeSantis said. ” and I liked the fact that he had come from a real tough upbringing, Florida State football and had been a great law enforcement officer, so he’s gone through a lot of background investigations up until this point as well, and it seemed like he had the leadership.”“It seems like he was in a rough neighborhood and was trying to defend his family, so because it was self-defense, I don’t think it would have made a difference,” “but it did not come up in the background check because he had never been charged.”Former Coral Springs Police Chief Duncan Foster who hired Tony said on the other hand, that even though the incident was self-defense and Tony was a juvenile at the time, knowing about the shooting would have likely altered the election:” The fact remains even though he was a juvenile, we have a lot of applicants to choose from, and all things being equal, looking at people’s past job performances, what school they went to, etc., all things being equal, we would have moved onto a better qualified candidate that didn’t have the background that Greg Tony turns out that he had,” Foster said. ” It would have been something that really needed to be put down on the application. The fact remains that you’re a juvenile, you’ve still been detained by detained by law enforcement.”Speaking about the shooting Tony reported that:” The courts and judge said, ‘No, this was self-defense. This young man had every right to protect himself and his family,” Tony said.” In all that time, every background [check] I went through, through FDLE, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, or the FBI clearances that I’ve had to acquire to attain this position, and many others, it’s never come up,” he said. “It never was something that was part of an application process, and I don’t want to be examined- I don’t think anyone would – as a 14-year-old victim when you’re interviewing related to an employment process and you’re trying to display your very best. I didn’t want anybody to feel sorry for me.”He went on to tell the story saying that he and his brother got into an argument with a man named Hector Rodriguez and that Rodriguez then pulled out a gun and threatened to shoot them:“He basically lost it and pulled a gun out and stated he had no problem with shooting us,” he said. “I was 14. I was frightened. I’ve seen my friend shot and killed in front of me. I was brutally beaten and had my sneakers taken off at gunpoint.”Tony said Rodriguez chased him and his brother into their home, and that’s when Tony grabbed his father’s gun and opened fire on Rodriguez.“I had an individual armed with a gun in our home, trying to kill me and my brother,” he said, “and fortunately, I had to respond and stop him by shooting him before he was able to kill me and my brother, and that great response, as horrific as it was, as frightening as it was, allowed me to be here today.”In regards to the timing of the self-defense shooting, the Sheriff says he believes it is part of a smear campaign to prevent him from keeping his position ahead of the 2020 Election.The development came a week after Tony lost a no-confidence vote for not being able to provide enough PPE to staff members.last_img read more

12
Aug
2020

England Golf Photographer Tom Ward passes away

first_img3 Jun 2013 England Golf Photographer Tom Ward passes away It is with much sadness that we learnt of the news that our good friend Tom Ward passed away this weekend. Tom was the official photographer for England Golf, and previously the English Golf Union, for over 12 years and was probably one of the most experienced photographers in the UK specialising in amateur golf championships.  Tom’s passion and enthusiasm for his craft was always inspiring and his collection of images has provided a wonderful history for all that is great in the game we love. We will miss Tom and have many, many fond memories of him.  Our condolences and thoughts are with Tom’s family.  He was a talented man and was respected by many throughout the world of amateur golf and beyond.last_img read more