Investigation launched after winning Limerick greyhound’s failed doping test

Posted On Jun 4 2021 by

first_imgTwitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedin Limerick owned Clonbrien Hero tested positive for traces of a banned substance Limerick owned Clonbrien Hero tested positive for traces of a banned substanceAN INVESTIGATION by the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) control committee is expected to be launched after the winner of the €30,000 Irish Laurels, Limerick owned Clonbrien Hero, tested positive for a prohibited substance related to cocaine.The Limerick owned and Graham Holland traianed dog was found to have traces of benzoylecgonine on dates last July according to a report published by the IGB.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The process now provides that the Control Committee of the IGB can launch an investigation relating to the dog’s mandatory tests from last July.On July 22 last, the Kay Murphy owned dog won the Irish Laurels but tests later showed traces of the banned substance in both blood and urine samples.Clonbrien Hero became a 5/2 “market drifter” just before the race where Kilgraney Denver was strongly fancied.IGB said that it does not comment on individual cases which have been referred to the control committee and which may proceed to investigation.Cashel based Graham Holland has 2,542 more than 2,500 race wins with dogs from his yard and last July’s Irish Laurels win was his fourth during his training career.Last December, the Graham Holland yard again hit the headlines when Clares Rocket, was kidnapped by a criminal gang and held for ransom.The dog was later recovered unharmed when gardai stopped Limerick criminal Christy Keane driving with the dog. Mr Keane said that he was retrieving the dog for its owners at the time he was stopped. WhatsApp Email Previous articleBull n’Booze back for tag rugby midnight finalNext articleLimerick business news briefs Staff Reporter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live TAGSClonbrien HerofeaturedIrish Greyhound Boardlimerick Facebook Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live NewsInvestigation launched after winning Limerick greyhound’s failed doping testBy Staff Reporter – September 20, 2017 1305 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

New mural Downtown celebrates Karen Burmese refugees in Ithaca

Posted On May 25 2021 by

first_img Tagged: Ithaca Murals, Karen refugees, murals, refugee resettlement, refugees Jennifer Wholey ITHACA, N.Y. — A new mural in Ithaca tells a deep story. With the help of local mural artist Dan Burgevin, Karen Burmese teens designed and painted a mural at the corner of Seneca and Geneva streets depicting their families’ journeys as refugees from Burma.“The mural tells part of an ongoing story,” said Ramona Cornell, 4-H Urban Outreach Program Manager & Coordinator, at a celebration for the mural’s completion.The mural’s three panels tell the story of the Karen people as they escaped genocide in Burma, also known as Myanmar. The first part of the triptych focuses on a girl hiding in the forest, with burning homes in the background. The second panel shows many Karen fleeing to the safety of refugee camps in neighboring Thailand. A plane on a tarmac directly connects the second panel to the third, the brightest section, which features a glowing sunset and Ithaca landmarks such as the Immaculate Conception church on Seneca Street.“The one part that really touched me the most was the way they viewed Ithaca, with the most beautiful sunset they ever saw,” Cornell said.The mural took about a month and a half to complete, with the 4-Hers meeting once a week from May to June 2019 to paint on the Shortstop Deli fence facing the street.The idea for the mural came at a camping retreat through Primitive Pursuits at Arnot Forest. As part of the Diversity and Inclusion workshop, the Karen children and teenagers began talking about their experience.“They didn’t want to lose their language,” Cornell said. “We decided that we would figure out a way to capture their stories. The kids said ‘I want to leave a mark, a bold statement in Ithaca that I was here.’” Jennifer Wholey is a feature writer and Head of Dining Partnerships for the Ithaca Voice. Contact her at [email protected] More by Jennifer Wholey With the help of a GoFundMe campaign, they were able to hire Burgevin, and consult with Caleb Thomas from Ithaca Murals to turn their initial design for a mural into reality.Burmese refugees first began arriving in Ithaca in 2006, and some of the teenagers have been involved with 4-H Urban Outreach for 12 years, like Eh Thay Yooi Lee.Lee, a student at Wells College and one of the first teenagers involved in the mural, described the process from start to finish. One of her friends drew the first three-panel design on cardboard. The panel that changed the most from the original idea was the first panel, which first presented a much more graphic representation of the Karens’ flight from Burma.Lee remembers what life was like living in a refugee camp in Thailand when she was a child, living in bamboo houses and gathering water three times a day. “I didn’t know anything outside of that world,” Lee said. “I thought that was the norm.”Lee and her family eventually gained entry to the U.S. as refugees.“Coming here was really hard. When we got on the plane, we were glad there were people helping us. But when we got to the U.S., there was no food for us, we didn’t know where to get water,” Lee said, describing how her family didn’t know the tap water was safe to drink at first.Lee’s family first settled in Georgia without a sponsor, and Lee was the only Asian person in her class. Almost a year later, her aunt who was already in Ithaca suggested that Lee’s family should move again to find more support. They packed up to move to Ithaca in just one day and quickly gained a sponsor.The transition to life in Ithaca was still difficult, but it’s so much better, Lee said.“I like this mural because it represents my people and my people’s history. I just want my little cousin to look at this and know this is my people’s story, ‘I grew up here, but this is where I came from.’”All images by Jennifer Wholey Your Arts & Culture news is made possible with support from: last_img read more

Deco: Barca tie won’t decide Conte’s future

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BC fish farms treating sea lice outbreak with hydrogen peroxide

Posted On Oct 14 2019 by

first_img(Sea lice attached to a juvenile salmon in Clayoquot Sound.  Photo courtesy Alexandra Morton, May 2018)Laurie HamelinAPTN NewsCermaq Canada, a salmon farming company now a fully owned subsidiary of the Mitsubushi Corporation, is dealing with a sea lice infestation using a number of methods including hydrogen peroxide.“We are using multiple tools in the immediate term, including depopulating affected farms while treating others with an environmentally safe hydrogen peroxide bath now that we have received a licence for that approach,” says David Kiemele, the managing director of Cermaq Canada in a statement.The outbreak is at seven of their 14 open-net farms in Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island.The infested farms are located on wild salmon migration routes, which could pose a serious threat to already low numbers of wild fish.Sea lice attached to juvenile salmon in Clayoquot Sound. Photo courtesy Alexandra Morton, May 2018The company’s audits showed counts of sea lice increasing exponentially as early as January and February.Under the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) regulations, salmon farms must ensure adult fish aren’t infected by more than three active sea lice. But Cermaq’s March and April reports show fish were infected by up to 30.In an email to APTN News, DFO said  “we are aware of the sea lice exceedances at Cermaq Canada’s facilities in Clayoquot and have been in ongoing discussions with the company since January 2018 about measures to reduce sea lice levels.“The Department is reviewing Cermaq Canada’s sea lice management practices at these farms to determine if relevant licence conditions have been followed appropriately.”Juvenile farmed salmon start out their lives still lice-free, but once in the ocean the fish are exposed to sea lice through wild salmon stocks.Alexandra Morton, an independent biologist who has published 18 papers on sea lice in the last 20 years, says millions of fish swimming in one place are breeding grounds for the parasite.“Fish farms are a soup of fish, feces, and mucus.  It’s a rich environment for sea lice to reproduce and multiply.”Sea lice epidemics plague the Atlantic salmon farming industry worldwide.Each year outbreaks cost the global industry over $1 billion.“Sea lice have an exceptional ability to become resistant to drugs,” says Morton.“The industry has tried using neurotoxins, thermolicers, lasers, fish that actually eat the lice off, bath treatments, and they just can’t beat the sea lice.”Morton, who went to Clayoquot Sound in early May to see the outbreak for herself, says DFO should have done something months ago to protect wild fish now swimming out to sea.”“Cermaq was always reporting their numbers.  When DFO first saw those high levels of sea lice they should have made the company bring them down right away.“Instead, lethal levels of sea lice are now feeding on wild salmon.”In an effort to get rid of sea lice on the farmed fish, the Province granted Cermaq permission to use hydrogen peroxide, even though the government hasn’t yet finished their review on pesticide use on open-net pens in coastal waters.“They’re literally burning the lice off”, says Morton.“Imagine what that’s doing to a tiny half gram juvenile fish, they don’t even have scales yet.”But DFO says “hydrogen peroxide is widely used around the world, including elsewhere on Canada’s west coast, with excellent effect and no demonstrable effects to the ecosystem.”In April, Canada’s environmental watchdog reported that DFO “had not set limits or thresholds for when to take action if it observed declines in wild fish stocks in areas where aquaculture was prevalent.”Environment Commissioner, Julie Gelfand, added that “the department is at risk of being seen to promote aquaculture over the protection of wild salmon.“The research gaps are extensive enough that there’s no way to determine the impact of fish farms on wild fish.  Those gaps include a lack of knowledge about the risk of disease, as well as the impact of the drugs used to treat those diseases.”Skookum John from Ahousaht First Nation, says no one is looking out for wild salmon.Skookum John, from Ahousaht First Nation, says what’s happening in his traditional territory is devastating.“No one is protecting our wild fish.”Ahousaht First Nation has a partnership with Cermaq Canada, so speaking out against the company is not allowed.“It’s difficult because people are worried about keeping the very few jobs that the fish farms actually bring to Ahoushat.  If they speak out they’ll lose their jobs.”“But I’m not going to be silent, these fish farms are stealing from future generations, this generation as well.”John doesn’t work for Cermaq, he owns his own water taxi and whale watching business.His love for the coast and his culture makes speaking up for wild salmon easy.“Without wild salmon, we wouldn’t have the whales, the eagles, the trees, even my people.”“Everything is connected.  We need wild salmon to be able to breathe.”APTN contacted Cermaq Canada for this article, but did not receive a [email protected]@Laurie_Hamelinlast_img read more