Team news and stats ahead of Arsenal vs Molde in the Europa League group stage on Thursday; kick-off 8pm.Team newsArsenal boss Mikel Arteta has confirmed that David Luiz will return to the squad against Molde in the Europa League on Thursday night.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The Brazilian defender has missed the last two matches after he was forced off with a thigh injury during the home defeat to Leicester on October 25. Arteta initially feared Luiz would be out for “a few weeks”, but the 33-year-old has resumed training and is available for selection.Arsenal have no fresh injury concerns following the victory at Manchester United. Calum Chambers (knee), Pablo Mari (ankle) and Gabriel Martinelli (knee) remain long-term absentees.Molde are still without injured defender Kristoffer Haraldseid, but midfielder Martin Ellingsten should be restored to the starting line-up, having come off the substitutes’ bench in the 3-1 win over Mjondalen at the weekend. Image:Arsenal made it two wins from two in the Europa League with a routine victory over Dundalk – Advertisement – – Advertisement – FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Arsenal’s win over Manchester United in the Premier League 2:59 How to followFollow Arsenal vs Molde with our dedicated live blog across Sky Sports’ digital platforms from 6.30pm on Thursday; kick off 8pm.Opta statsArsenal will face Molde for the very first time in this match. The Gunners have won three of their four matches against Norwegian opponents (D1).Arsenal’s last match against Norwegian opposition was a 5-1 win against Rosenborg in the UEFA Champions League in December 2004, with goals from José Antonio Reyes, Thierry Henry, Cesc Fàbregas, Robert Pires and Robin van Persie.This will be Molde’s first meeting with English opponents; Norwegian sides have never beaten English opposition away from home, drawing twice and losing 20 times, with a goal difference of -87 (13 scored, 100 conceded).Molde have won four of their last six away matches in the UEFA Europa League (D1 L1), beating Scottish (Celtic) and Irish (Dundalk) opponents on this run.Since the start of the 2018-19 season, only Munas Dabbur (13) has scored more goals in the UEFA Europa League than Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (12). Molde at a glanceThe coach: Erling Moe replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, initially as caretaker manager, when he left for Manchester United in December 2018 as interim boss. Moe, a former Molde player, had been Solskjaer’s assistant and was given the job on a permanent basis when it became clear Solskjaer would not be returning.European pedigree: The Norwegian club reached the Champions League group stage during the 1999/2000 season and the group stage of the Europa League in 2012/13. In 2015/16 Molde topped a group containing Fenerbahce, Ajax and Celtic to reach the round of 32 in the Europa League, losing 3-1 on aggregate to eventual winners Sevilla.Form: Second in the Norwegian Tippeligaen but 16 points behind league leaders Bado Glimt. Molde have won their last four domestic fixtures and, like Arsenal, both of their opening two games in the Europa League. They arrive in London on a six-match winning run.
Jun 3, 2004 (CIDRAP News) The General Accounting Office (GAO) has urged federal agencies to step up their efforts to determine if the use of certain antibiotics in animals endangers human health by making bacteria resistant to those antibiotics. However, the GAO said, the approved drugs reviewed so far are not the ones the FDA considers critically important to human health, and the reviews have taken at least 2 years to complete. “Therefore it may be some time before FDA completes its reviews of critically important drugs in order to determine if enforcement action to protect human health is warranted,” the report says. The agency recommends that the FDA accelerate its reviews of antibiotics that are used in animals and are important for human health. GAO report “Antibiotic Resistance: Federal Agencies Need to Better Focus Efforts to Address Risk to Humans from Antibiotic Use in Animals”http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d04490.pdf The report also notes that the FDA has moved to bar the use of the fluoroquinoline antibiotic enrofloxacin in poultry because of evidence that fluoroquinoline use in animals has caused the transfer of resistant pathogens to humans. However, the drug has remained on the market the past 3 years because the manufacturer has challenged the FDA move. Concerning the need for data, the GAO says federal agencies have expanded their research on antibiotic resistance related to antibiotic use in animals, but it is too early to judge the effectiveness of their efforts to reduce the risk to human health. The FDA, CDC, and USDA have increased their surveillance and research on antibiotic resistance in animals and humans in recent years. The GAO, Congress’s investigative arm, spent a year preparing the report. It was requested by three senatorsOlympia J. Snowe, R-Me.; Tom Harkin, D-Iowa; and Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass. In addition, the GAO said research on the human health risk is crippled by a lack of data on the types and amounts of antibiotics used in animals. The agency recommended that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) work together to collect the needed information. The USDA and HHS, on reviewing a draft of the GAO report, generally agreed with it, the GAO says. HHS officials said that pharmaceutical companies have the most useful data on antibiotic use in animals. Current regulations would have to be revised to put the data that companies have to report to the FDA in a more useful format for research on antibiotic resistance, the officials said. Mar 18, 2004, CIDRAP News story, “FDA closer to banning enrofloxacin use in poultry” In a report released last week, the GAO said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should speed up its risk assessments to determine whether it should restrict the use in animals of antibiotics considered critically important to human health. “Although they have made some progress in monitoring antibiotic resistance, federal agencies do not collect the critical data on antibiotic use in animals that they need to support research on the human health risk,” the report states. In Denmark, collection of detailed data on antibiotics given to animals has enabled scientists to trace the effects on resistant bacteria in humans and to devise strategies to minimize the health risks, the GAO says. The agency recommends that the FDA and USDA together develop and implement a plan to collect the needed data. The report acknowledges that this will cost money but says it should not be excessively expensive, because existing FDA and USDA programs can provide a framework that can be expanded to begin gathering the information. However, the FDA “is not collecting data on antibiotic use in animals, and USDA’s data collection activities are limited to a few swine farms,” the report says. It suggests that the agencies gather information on the types and quantities of antibiotics sold for animals, the purpose of their use (disease treatment or growth promotion), and the species in which they are used. Many studies suggest that the use of antibiotics in animals poses risks to human health, but a few studies indicate that the health risks are minimal, the report says. The document notes that the FDA has laid out a “risk assessment framework” determining the human health risks. The agency is using the framework in reviewing both currently approved animal antibiotics and manufacturers’ applications for approval of new ones. See also: The United States differs from some of its key trading partners in the use of antibiotics in food animals, the report notes. While the United States and Canada allow some drugs that are important in human medicine to be used for growth promotion, the European Union and New Zealand have banned this practice. In addition, the EU plans to ban the use of any antibiotic for growth promotion by 2006. These policy differences have not significantly affected US meat exports so far, but that could change, the report says. The agency concluded that antibiotic-resistant bacteria have been transferred from animals to humans and that this transfer appears to pose significant risks to human health. Some studies have produced evidence of links between changes in antibiotic use in animals and bacterial resistance to antibiotics in humans. Further, genetic studies of bacteria have established that antibiotic-resistant Campylobacter and Salmonella are transferred from animals to humans, the report says.
The £15bn (€17.5bn) British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS) insists it will not pose a significant risk to the Pension Protection Fund if it is allowed to continue without sponsor support, as it renewed its call for an overhaul of its indexation.Allan Johnston, the scheme’s chair of trustees, said he submitted “compelling” evidence to the government and the Pensions Regulator (TPR) that BSPS would be able to continue paying benefits indefinitely if a proposed change to indexation were legislated.Both the government and BSPS have been looking at ways to reduce the scheme’s deficit after Tata Steel announced plans to sell its UK business.A consultation considering changes to the fund’s indexation rate was launched in May, and the scheme itself has said it would implement a cashflow-orientated investment strategy if the link to Tata were severed. Johnston said the fund had seen its deficit, when measured on an ongoing basis, drop to around £300m in the year to March 2016, and had weathered the turmoil in the wake of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union.“Our investment strategy has meant that the scheme’s funding position has not been affected by recent falls in Gilt yields in the same way as many other UK pension schemes, and we remain confident of the scheme’s ability to provide modified benefits as proposed on a self-sufficient basis,” he said. A statement from the trustee board added that a shift to a cashflow-orientated strategy would stand it in good stead in future.“Even allowing for the recent falls in interest rates, the scheme would still have a very significant financial buffer available to protect against residual risks,” it said.“Those risks would be much lower than the risks being run by most other pension schemes in the UK, and lower than those of the PPF itself.“This means that, even if these risks were to materialise, the net result for the PPF should still be better than if BSPS went into the PPF now, and, if the risks do not materialise, the buffer could be used to reinstate future pension/benefit increases.”However, the PPF has argued in favour of barring BSPS from joining the lifeboat fund if it is allowed to sever ties to its sponsor, saying the approach amounted to a “one-way bet” against those paying the PPF levy.According to the PPF’s own estimates, the entry of BSPS into the lifeboat scheme without changes to indexation would only see its surplus decrease from its current 115% to 108%.
Published on August 21, 2012 at 12:12 pm Contact Chris: firstname.lastname@example.org | @chris_iseman FORT DRUM, N.Y. — Maj. Gen. Mark A. Milley stood in front of Syracuse’s players and delivered an impassioned speech that challenged them to forget last season.His address was a sudden introduction to a militaristic style of thinking.Milley, who’s done tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan, drew off his experiences to convey his message.“Last year wasn’t so good as I understand it, but this is a different year. In warfare, you can’t worry about the battle you had yesterday,” Milley said before Monday’s practice. “You’ve got to worry about today, tomorrow and the next day.”His speech kicked off the Orange’s week of preseason camp at Fort Drum, an Army post 80 miles north of Syracuse. Head coach Doug Marrone took his team there so it could focus on football with little outside distraction. Coming off a disappointing 5-7 season that ended in a five-game losing streak, he hopes the experience helps the program take a step forward.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The team’s together quite a bit, more so than when we’re back at Syracuse, which I expect to help our football team,”Marrone said. “And the work we’re putting in, they understand that there’s a whole lot more work going on around us than what’s going on on this football field, and we’re just trying to keep up.”The players lived in barracks, went through military-style training and participated in activities designed to improve leadership and communication. Every night, they ate with soldiers to learn more about their lives and share parts of their own.It was a collision of two very different worlds.Capt. Jason Davidson is an assistant coach for the Mighty Mites, Fort Drum’s Pop Warner football team for kids 7-9. He had a chance to watch a team he might not see otherwise.And maybe even pick up a few plays here and there.“I think it’s a great deal, especially with the kids up here,” Davidson said. “They get the opportunity to see the next echelon of football practice, plays, and they get to see their positions. This is a reinforcement we can see with the kids.”Last Wednesday, the team divided into two to run through several drills and activities.The offense used an engagement skills trainer, putting the players in virtual combat and forcing them to communicate to take out the enemy soldiers running and firing at them.Lying on their stomachs, they shot their rifles over sandbags into the screen in front of them. From the end of the firing line, Capt. Zach Johnson repeatedly reminded the players to talk to each other.It all translates to the football field.The drill required the same type of communication an offensive line needs to maintain. The enemy soldiers appearing over the hills of the desert were like defenders trying to sack the quarterback.Syracuse guard Zack Chibane saw the connection clearly.“We were lined up in different spots, and we had targets,” Chibane said. “There’s definitely a football relation there.”The defense’s drills emphasized strength and leadership. The drills involved everything from pulling a truck to a simulation of carrying a wounded soldier to medical help, and they also involved moving heavy logs a distance of about 20 feet, only being able to step on tires.“Coach brought us here for a reason. He really wanted us to come together as a unit and be accountable for whatever we do,” defensive tackle Davon Walls said. “I believe we’re going to do what we have to do.”Every night, they had a chance to hear from soldiers who have or will put their lives on the line for their country and who rely on the bond and trust among them to survive.“They were telling us teamwork is first,” running back Prince-Tyson Gulley said. “They were telling us how they put themselves first in missions and everything. What this is, all it does is transfer right from the field.”For Syracuse, it was a week to focus on football and little else. How the week affected the players as a football team will ultimately be determined on the field this season.But for now, the players have a new outlook on the military and themselves. It’s a week that will be difficult to forget.“It’s just a good experience,” Gulley said. “You never know if you can get this experience again, and for us to have this, this is good.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Ferrys – has lost its waste collection licenseFERRY’S Refuse has won a reprieve in its battle to stay in business – for a month at least.The company has had its waste collection permit revoked following multiple convictions for illegal dumping.However the company has been allowed to continue to collect bins in Donegal until September 22 when Ferry’s will argue before a District Court judge in a bid to have the decision overturned. The National Waste Collection Permit Office (NWCPO) wants Ferry’s banned from waste collection because of its pollution and criminal record.The office is based in Co Offaly and Ferry’s must travel to Tullamore District Court in a bid to have the NWCPO decision overturned. The organisation will oppose the application.Jim Ferry, who runs Ferry’s Refuse at Manorcunningham and covers most of the county, was fined €12,000, ordered to pay costs of €30,000 to Donegal County Council and given a six month suspended jail sentence after his latest conviction for illegal dumping in Falcarragh.The 56-year-old father of six, of Rossbracken, Manorcunningham had contested 12 charges but was found guilty at Letterkenny District Court a trial. It was his fourth suspended prison sentence for breaches of the law in the past 15 years. FERRY’S IN BID TO SAVE BUSINESS AS COURT DATE LOOMS was last modified: August 13th, 2014 by John2Share 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:FalcarraghFerrysillegal dumpersletterkennywaste collection