Rat poison in pet food has animal owners extra cautious

ALBANY, N.Y. – Pet owners were rechecking their cabinets and threatening legal action after state officials said rat poison was found in pet food blamed for the deaths of at least 16 cats and dogs. It was unclear how many deaths would eventually be linked to the “cuts and gravy”-style food produced by Menu Foods, but scientists said Friday that they expected more would be announced. The substance in the food was identified as aminopterin, a cancer drug that once was used to induce abortions in the United States and is still used to kill rats in some other countries, state Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker said. The federal government prohibits using aminopterin for killing rodents in the U.S. State officials would not speculate on how the poison got into the pet food, but said no criminal investigations had been launched. The pet deaths led to a recall of 60 million cans and pouches of dog and cat food the company produced and sold throughout North America. After Friday’s announcement, Menu Foods food advised retailers to remove all brands from their shelves, a company spokesman said, though the recall still applies only to the dog and cat foods identified on its Web site since March 16. Those cover cans and pouches of food packaged from Dec. 3 through March 6. “The recall has not been expanded,” Menu spokesman Sam Bornstein said Saturday. Menu Foods, based in Ontario, Canada, said it would take responsibility for pet medical expenses incurred as a result of the tainted food, but it was cold comfort to the owners of pets sickened or killed. “Before they put this stuff in the bags, there should be some kind of test,” said San Fernando Valley resident Jeff Kerner, whose Yorkshire terrier Pebbles died Thursday. “I can’t just let it go. Even if they just change the law.” The dog had eaten some of the food, Kerner said, and he was contacting an attorney because he wanted to prevent another pet tragedy. Some pets that ate the recalled brands suffered kidney failure, and the company has confirmed the deaths of 15 cats and one dog. However, pet owners and veterinarians said the tally could actually be higher, and other deaths were reported anecdotally around the country. There is no risk to pet owners from handling the food, officials said. The Food and Drug Administration has said the investigation was focused on wheat gluten in the food. The gluten itself would not cause kidney failure, but it could have been contaminated, the FDA said. Paul Henderson, chief executive of Menu Foods, confirmed Friday that the wheat gluten was purchased from China. Bob Rosenberg, senior vice president of government affairs for the National Pest Management Association, said it would be unusual for the wheat to be tainted. “It would make no sense to spray a crop itself with rodenticide,” Rosenberg said, adding that grain shippers typically put bait stations around the perimeter of their storage facilities. Scientists at the New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell University and at the New York State Food Laboratory tested three cat food samples provided by the manufacturer and found aminopterin in two of them. The two labs are part of a network created after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to keep the nation’s animals and food supply safe. “Any amount of this product is too much in food,” Hooker said. Aminopterin is highly toxic in high doses. It inhibits the growth of malignant cells and suppresses the immune system. In dogs and cats, the amount of aminopterin found – 40 parts per million – can cause kidney failure, according to Bruce Akey, director of Cornell’s diagnostic center. “It’s there in substantial amounts,” Akey said. Donald Smith, dean of Cornell’s veterinary school, said he expected the number of pet deaths to increase. “Based on what we’ve heard the last couple days, 16 is a low number,” Smith said. Aminopterin is no longer marketed as a cancer drug, but is still used in research, said Andre Rosowsky, a chemist with the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Rosowsky speculated that the substance would not show up in pet food “unless somebody put it there.” Henderson said Menu Foods does not believe the food was tampered with because the recalled food came from two different plants – one in Kansas, one in New Jersey. Menu continues to produce food at the two plants.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! read more

Jamshedpur to rope in Bikey

first_imgIndian Super League Indian Super League: Jamshedpur FC set to rope in Andre Bikey Last updated 2 years ago 04:25 8/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andre Bikey Chennaiyin FC NorthEast United FC ISL season 2 ISL Indian Super League The Tata Group owned franchise are all set to announce the signing of former NorthEast United defender… Jamshedpur FC are continuing with their philosophy to sign players who have plied their trade in the Indian Super League (ISL) before as they have almost closed the deal for Andre Bikey, Goal can confirm.The 32-year-old was signed as an injury replacement for Miguel Garcia by NorthEast United in season two. In the nine appearances he made for the Highlanders, the Cameroonian even got on the scoresheet once. The former Middlesbrough defender also featured as a defensive midfielder for Cesar Farias’ outfit.He has had spells in Greece, Portugal, Russia and has a lot of Premier League experience up his sleeve. The former youth product of Espanyol has played for a total of six English clubs, namely Burnley, Reading, Bristol City, Middlesborough, Charlton and Port Vale. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Interestingly, he was to play for FC Pune City last season but an injury before the start of the ISL season saw him being sidelined. Thereafter, he joined Port Vale and made seven appearances for the League One side who suffered relegation.Andre Bikey of MiddlesbroughThis isn’t the first time that Bikey would play under the tutelage of Steve Coppell having previously worked together at Reading where he made over 70 appearances.Bikey is known for his physical presence and is also capable of scoring a goal or two at the other end.Jamshedpur FC have already signed the likes of Tiri, Memo, Kervens Belfort and Sameehg Doutiee for the upcoming ISL season.last_img read more

2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards Inside All The Action From Las Vegas

first_img Email Which Artist Performance Are You Pumped For? RosalíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Facebook Luis Miguel Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Karol G Wins Best New Artist At 2018 Latin GRAMMYs Why Rosalía Is A Rising Global Pop Star Relive The 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards 19 Things You Didn’t Know About The Latin GRAMMYs Vicente García Photo: Mindy Small/FilmMagic/Getty Images Vicente García Photo: Mindy Small/FilmMagic/Getty Images Which Artist Performance Are You Pumped For? Will Smith, Marc Anthony, and Bad BunnyPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Jorge Drexler appeared surprised when announced as winner of Song of the Year for the wispy “Telefonía.”  He expressed his admiration for his fellow nominees, ending with a message of inclusiveness by mentioning intellectual writers Jorge Luis Borges and Fernando Pessoa in the same sentence as populist song formats like cumbia and reggaetón.  They all should be admired and celebrated, he emphasized.A stirring video presented the accomplishments of Maná, winner of the Person of the Year award.  More than the biggest rock band ever to emerge from Mexico, Maná has also made history for its commitment to championing social justice and protecting the environment.  With lead singer Fher Olvera sounding at the peak of his powers, the group launched into a medley that included timeless Latin rockers “En El Muelle de San Blas,” “Labios Compartidos” and “Clavado En Un Bar.”Part of the reason why the show flowed so smoothly this year was that the chosen performers kept things varied by painting a wide canvass of moods.  Spanish pop star Pablo Alborán chose restraint over bombast with his exquisite rendition of “No Vaya A Ser,” an anthemic tune marked by delicate echoes of Spanish folk and an irresistible chorus anchored on hand clapping, layers of guitars and Alborán’s gentle voice.Best New Artist winner Karol G. provided a raucous take on her sensuous radio hit “Mi Cama.”  The Colombian singer added a touch of rock’n’roll bravado to the procedures by having the track’s prerequisite reggaetón beat performed by a live drummer. Maná Honored By An Array Of Latin American Talent 19 Things You Didn’t Know About The Latin GRAMMYs RosalíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Relive The 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Nov 15, 2018 – 8:53 pm Rosalía Thanks Women In Music At Latin GRAMMYs Who Will Win Best New Artist At The Latin GRAMMYs? Rosalía Thanks Women During Latin GRAMMY Win Karol GPhoto: Sam Wasson/Getty Images Will Smith, Marc Anthony, and Bad BunnyPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images RosalíaPhoto: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for LARAS RosalíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images https://twitter.com/Univision/status/1063245693941248000 Will Smith, Marc Anthony, and Bad BunnyPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Prev Next RosalíaPhoto: Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto/Getty Images Relive The 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards ManáPhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage Vicente García Photo: Mindy Small/FilmMagic/Getty Images Twitter RosalíaPhoto: Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto/Getty Images Maná Honored By An Array Of Latin American Talent ManáPhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage Jorge Drexler Wins Song Of The Year Latin GRAMMY The night ended with another surprise, as Drexler looked downright shocked when receiving a Latin Grammy for Record of the Year. It was time to say goodbye, but Ana de la Reguera decided to part with a timely message.  She reminded us that next year will mark the Latin GRAMMYs’ 20th anniversary.  Most importantly, she wished that Latin music will continue to inspire, promoting a world where we can learn to be more tolerant and supportive.It was, in a way, the perfect summation of the all-encompassing musical offerings heard during a most memorable evening. Maná Honored By An Array Of Latin American Talent 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards: Inside All The Action From Las Vegas Karol GPhoto: Sam Wasson/Getty Images Rosalía Thanks Women During Latin GRAMMY Win ManáPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images for LARAS Catch up on all the hottest performances and biggest winners from the Biggest Night In Latin MusicErnesto LechnerGRAMMYs Nov 15, 2018 – 9:26 pm An electrifying version of the torrid pop hit “Está Rico” by original performers Marc Anthony, Bad Bunny and Will Smith opened up the 19th Latin GRAMMY festivities from Las Vegas with the underlying message that the current face of Latin music is a rainbow of ethnicities – a lovingly assembled labyrinth of cultures and styles. Jorge Drexler Wins Song Of The Year Latin GRAMMYcenter_img Relive The 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards 2018-latin-grammy-awards-inside-all-action-las-vegas Rosalía Thanks Women During Latin GRAMMY Win Luis Miguel Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY https://twitter.com/LatinGRAMMYs/status/1063237712239448065 Jorge DrexlerPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Jorge Drexler Wins Song Of The Year Latin GRAMMY 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards Complete Winners List Which Artist Performance Are You Pumped For? Luis MiguelPhoto: Omar Vega/Getty Images RosalíaPhoto: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for LARAS Mon Laferte at the 18th Latin Grammy AwardsPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Karol G Wins Best New Artist At 2018 Latin GRAMMYs From their opening remarks, hosts Ana de la Reguera and Carlos Rivera kept the procedures short and sweet, taking the time to cherish the fact that so many talented performers had gathered together to celebrate Latin music’s most important evening of the year. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Nov 16, 2018 – 11:01 am 2018 Latin GRAMMYs Highlights From Las Vegas Fittingly, the first series of musical numbers underscored the concepts of authenticity and collaboration. Uruguayan troubadour Jorge Drexler performed a lilting “Telefonía” joined by the vocal harmonies of two visionary young divas: Chile’s Mon Laferte and Mexico’s Natalia Lafourcade.  Sinaloa band Calibre 50 merged the accordion of norteño with the tuba of banda sinaloense on a soulful “Corrido de Juanito.”  And veteran singer/songwriter Carlos Vives juxtaposed the future and present of Colombian music by singing the tropical-pop scorcher “Hoy Tengo Tiempo” joined by the enchanting Catalina García and her band, the jazzy Monsieur Periné. In terms of Latin GRAMMY winners, the first surprise of the night arrived when Mexican icon Luis Miguel won the coveted Album of the Year award for México Por Siempre!, a lush collection of traditional rancheras.  The crooner was not present to collect the statuette, but charismatic presenter Thalía demonstrated her sense of humor by promising with a wink that she would deliver the Latin GRAMMY in person.In recent years, the almighty reggaetón genre has mutated.  It has grown, diversified, expanded in scope and sensibility.  A poignant reminder of these intriguing new directions arrived in the guise of Colombian singer J Balvin performing “Ambiente.”  Enriched by a moody intro featuring Mexican chanteuse Carla Morrison, Balvin’s singing sounded open and vulnerable against the smoldering reggaetón rhythmic pattern.One of the evening’s most hotly anticipated appearances was Rosalía’s, the 25 year-old singer from Catalonia who this year stirred the status quo of Latin music with an innovative blend of flamenco passion and hip-hop sensibility.  Rosalía did not disappoint, adding an earthy flamenco interlude to her volatile interpretation of global hit “Malamente.” ManáPhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage ManáPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images for LARAS Returning to more traditional territory, Puerto Rican singer Víctor Manuelle delivered a spectacular version of “Quiero Tiempo.”  In typical Manuelle fashion—he is a pioneer of the slick salsa romántica wave—the song started as a velvety tropical pop confection, then intensified as the spidery piano tumbao and fiery brass riffs veered into hardcore salsa territory.From authentic salsa soundscapes, the show transitioned into the roots of Mexican folk, as 15 year-old Ángela Aguilar – daughter of Pepe Aguilar, and granddaughter of golden era icons Antonio Aguilar and Flor Silvestre—moved the audience with a stunning version of the classic “La Llorona.”  Aguilar navigated the lyrics as if it was a torch-song, with a bluesy growl that showcased her remarkable vocal abilities. Luis MiguelPhoto: Omar Vega/Getty Images RosalíaPhoto: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for LARAS Karol G Wins Best New Artist At 2018 Latin GRAMMYs RosalíaPhoto: Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto/Getty Images ManáPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images for LARAS Jorge DrexlerPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Who Will Win Best New Artist At The Latin GRAMMYs? News Why Rosalía Is A Rising Global Pop Star NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Nov 15, 2018 – 8:40 pm Karol G Wins Best New Artist At 2018 Latin GRAMMYs Jorge DrexlerPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Luis MiguelPhoto: Omar Vega/Getty Images Luis Miguel Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY 2018 Latin GRAMMYs 19 Things You Didn’t Know About The Latin GRAMMYs Karol GPhoto: Sam Wasson/Getty Images Mon Laferte at the 18th Latin Grammy AwardsPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards Complete Winners List Why Rosalía Is A Rising Global Pop Star 2018 Latin GRAMMY Awards Complete Winners List https://twitter.com/LatinGRAMMYs/status/1063264920853143552 Who Will Win Best New Artist At The Latin GRAMMYs? Mon Laferte at the 18th Latin Grammy AwardsPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Read morelast_img read more

SC stays HC proceedings in Jaha Alam cases

first_imgAn ACC case kept the innocent jute mill worker Jaha Alam behind bars for nearly three years. File photo of Jaha AlamThe Appellate Division on Tuesday stayed until 13 May the hearing of a High Court rule and other proceedings regarding Jaha Alam, who languished in jail in place of the real accused in corruption cases, reports UNB.Chamber judge justice Md Nuruzzaman passed the order after hearing an appeal filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) challenging the authority of the HC bench which had issued the rule.ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan said the HC bench which issued the rule has no jurisdiction to issue the rule as the HC has special benches for hearing cases related to the ACC.The chamber judge also fixed 13 May for hearing the matter with the full bench of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, he said.On 17 April, the HC bench of justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and justice KM Kamrul Kader asked the ACC to submit their internal probe report on Jaha Alam by 2 May.The court said they will look into who is responsible for the imprisonment of Jaha Alam.On 6 March, the court asked for detailed documents of the 33 cases, in which Jaha Alam was incarcerated, and bank statements as affidavits within 10 April.On 10 April, the court fixed 17 April following a time petition of the ACC lawyer.Jaha Alam was freed from jail on 4 February after the High Court acquitted him in 26 cases in which charges had been pressed.The jute mill worker had been behind the bars since February 2016 in ACC cases for misappropriating Sonali Bank money. The real accused, Abu Salek, is absconding.Jaha Alam was released after the High Court issued a suo moto order and asked the ACC to submit case documents in the form of affidavits.last_img read more

Houstonians Need To Remain Alert During Hurricane Season

first_img Share 00:00 /01:04 You may have started your day a bit earlier anticipating driving through some rain or flooded areas, but instead you were met with a damp driveway.Francisco Sanchez is with emergency operations for Harris County.He said only a portion of East Houston got several inches of rain.“We’ve seen three inches of rain overnight in portions of east of Harris County,” Sanchez says. “So we certainly have been spared the worst part of tropical storm Cindy.”We were spared this time, but Mayor Sylvester Turner says that may not always be the case.“I don’t care how many time you go through it,” Turner says. “I don’t care how many. Every weather storm situation is different. Each one has its own personality.”Judge Ed Emmett says the county is just as prepared as homeowners should be.“Prepare as if a hurricane is going to hit us,” Emmett says. “We have a full-time professional staff at our Office of Homeland security and Emergency Management. So if people ask if we’re prepared? Yes, we’re prepared.”The mayor advises having an evacuation route, keeping flashlights on hand, and paying attention to weather reports in case the next storm that comes through is the big one. Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

2019 Lok Sabha elections Party representatives meet EC officials

first_imgKolkata: Representatives from various political parties on Monday met senior officials of the Election Commission of India (ECI) in the state raising various issues related to the process of conducting the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.Senior Trinamool Congress leaders including Partha Chatterjee and Subrata Bakshi brought to the notice of the Chief Electoral Officer a number of concerns. They have demanded that the ECI must inform them about the total number of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs) which will be used during the seven-phase elections in the state. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe TMC leaders also wanted to know from the ECI officials as to in what type of media publications the candidates should publish their affidavits. It was not clearly mentioned in the ECI notification if a candidate has to publish his/her affidavit in national or regional newspapers. It was said that the candidates must publish the affidavits containing criminal antecedents, assets, liabilities, dependents, educational qualifications of candidates and the like in both print and electronic media. In the notification, it has been made mandatory that the candidates must publish their details in the media. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataChatterjee told reporters: “In some instances, there is a gap of 14 to 20 days and polling is being held in just two constituencies. Why has this happened? We have raised the issue with the EC officials.” In pursuance of a judgment of the Supreme Court, the ECI has made it mandatory for all candidates contesting the Lok Sabha elections to file an affidavit along with the nomination paper and the candidates are required to fill up all the columns. If any column in the affidavit is left blank, the Returning Officer will issue a notice to the candidate to submit a fresh one, duly filling up all columns. After meeting the election officials at the CEO office, Partha Chatterjee said that the polls will be conducted in seven phases. There are some religious rituals of a particular community in May as a result of which voters belonging to that community may face problems. He also added that his party has nothing to worry about as people in the state have witnessed the development works carried out by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her set of ministers. The number of total days allotted for the campaign by the candidates contesting the elections in various phases is different from one phase to another, Chatterjee pointed out. All the Opposition parties in the state — Congress, BJP and CPI-M leaders who met the ECI officials stated that the hoardings and posters carrying the photographs of TMC leaders at various places have not been removed yet. They also urged the ECI officials to ensure that all voters can safely reach their polling stations without any fear. The ECI officials assured them that all their demands would be looked into.last_img read more

A34 reopens after being shut due to overturned lorry near Congleton

first_imgThe road is closed in both directions between point A and point B (Image: Inrix) It is unclear if anyone has been injured in the accident. Police remained at the scene while recovery took place – and have now confirmed the road has roepened. A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “The A34 between Congleton and Monks Heath traffic lights – road is now open Read MorePolice searching for missing 15-year-old Bradley Williams It is unclear at this stage if any other vehicles were involved in the accident. We will bring you an update on this story as soon as we get one. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA major Cheshire road was closed for several hours after a lorry overturned in the early hours of the morning. The A34 Manchester Road and Congleton Road was shut in both directions due to the overturned lorry between A536 and A537 Chelford Road (Monks Heath Crossroads), just north of Congleton. Traffic was still able access the road via unclassified side roads, however both ends of the A34 have been closed off, according to traffic data company INRIX. The accident is believed to have taken place at around 2am this morning – with the road reopening at around 4.45am. last_img read more