first_img Directed by Stephen Daldry and featuring music by Elton John and a book and lyrics by Lee Hall, Billy Elliot is based on the Oscar nominated film and is an inspiring story of one boy’s dream to know his ambitions against the odds. Set in the North East of England alongside the backdrop of the historic 1984-85 miners’ strike, Billy follows his passion for dance in secret to evade disapproval from his struggling family. The West End cast of Billy Elliot currently includes Ruthie Henshall as Mrs Wilkinson, Deka Walmsley as Dad, Chris Grahamson as Tony, Ann Emery as Grandma, Howard Crossley as George, Barnaby Meredith as Older Billy. The current Billy Elliots are Elliott Hanna, Ollie Jochim, Bradley Perret and Matteo Zecca. Billy Elliot has a new BFF! This week 11-year-old Todd Bell joins the cast of at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre to play Billy Elliot’s best friend Michael, alternating the role with current Michaels Zach Atkinson and Tomi Fry.center_img View Commentslast_img read more


first_img Of the other 308 cattle, the investigation showed that 32 had died on the original farm, 273 were dead or had been slaughtered in Canada, and three could not be traced, the CFIA said. The cow was born in March 1998, a few months after Canada banned the use of cattle protein in feed for cattle and other ruminant animals in 1997, the CFIA said in reporting the results of its investigation. Cattle can contract the disease by eating protein from infected animals. Feb 14, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The investigation of Canada’s third case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, suggests that the cow ate feed contaminated with banned materials, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The BSE case was confirmed on Jan 11, just 9 days after confirmation of Canada’s second case. Contaminated feed is suspected as the cause of the second case as well, but that cow was born in 1996, before the feed ban was imposed. “This investigation identified that certain feed materials, likely manufactured a short time after the implementation of Canada’s feed ban, may have been contaminated,” the agency said. The investigation revealed no more cases of BSE in cattle linked with the infected cow. Investigators determined that there were 349 cattle in the infected cow’s birth cohort—cattle born on the same Alberta farm within 12 months before or after the cow. Forty-one of these turned out to be still alive; they were killed, tested, and found to be free of BSE. The carcasses were incinerated. Given the low number of BSE cases in Canada and the time it took for the disease to show up after the feed ban, the CFIA said, “There is a strong basis to believe that the feed ban, as designed and delivered, is doing its job.” But the agency said meat from those cattle probably posed very little risk. Among other reasons, most beef cattle in Canada are slaughtered at an age between 18 and 22 months, making them unlikely to have infective levels of disease, officials said. BSE has very rarely been found in cattle less than 30 months old.center_img “Although these four feed sources should not have contained ruminant meat and bone meal (MBM), the possibility that one or more of them may have been contaminated cannot be ruled out,” the CFIA said. “The feed manufacturers were handling ruminant MBM for the manufacture of non-ruminant feeds during the time-frame of interest.” Investigators found that the infected animal, a Charolais beef cow, was exposed to four commercial feeds in its early years. Officials couldn’t determine exactly when the feeds were made, but it was probably shortly after the feed ban took effect. In July 2004 the CFIA proposed to ban the use of SRMs in all animal feed and pet food as a further BSE safeguard. Last week the agency said the deadline for commenting on that proposal is Feb 24. The aim of the proposal is to prevent cross-contamination, which can happen if SRMs in pig or poultry feed end up in cattle feed made in the same mill or if cattle are given feed intended for nonruminants. The statement acknowledged that some cattle from the birth cohort probably were slaughtered before Canada banned specified-risk materials (SRMs) from human food. SRMs are tissues such as the brain, spinal cord, eyes, and tonsils, which are likely to contain infectivity if a cow has the disease. The agency said the finding “is consistent with the experience of all countries with BSE which have implemented feed bans.” Because of the complexity of the required changes in feed mills, some cattle feed produced shortly after the feed ban might have been contaminated with banned materials, officials said. The US Food and Drug Administration has talked about a similar ban on SRMs in all animal feeds but has not formally proposed one.last_img read more


first_img He will be in the dugout as Southampton look to protect their 3-0 first-leg advantage but assistant Erwin Koeman will take the post-match press conference, when he will no doubt face questions over his brother’s injury. Press Association Sport understands Koeman has been advised to have his ruptured Achilles operated on as soon as possible, meaning he could miss Sunday’s Premier League opener against Newcastle. Ronald Koeman is to go under the knife after rupturing his Achilles but the Southampton manager will be on the bench against Vitesse Arnhem on Thursday. The Dutchman sustained the injury towards the end of training at the GelreDome on the eve of Saints’ Europa League third qualifying round second leg. The incident saw Koeman leave Arnhem behind the team coach in a van, which he boarded on crutches with his foot in a protective boot – aids that will be needed again on Thursday. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgIn 2011, the Carter Center recommended the implementation of campaign financing laws and even prior to that, the Alliance For Change (AFC) was pushing for the implementation of the laws; however, after three years in Government, the party and its coalition partner are yet to make a step in that direction.At a press conference to reflect its third election victory anniversary on Friday, party Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan made another promise to deliver the much-touted piece of legislation.AFC Leader Khemraj RamjattanHe noted that they have begun the campaign to draft the legislation referencing a recent visit by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s General Secretary, Akbar Khan, during which they requested assistance in doing so.“We have started that campaign and I know prior to her passing, Sheila Holder had done a lot of work on that aspect, all that work still remains and we support campaign finance legislation. As again, we have a number of other things and we have to present the legislation now and we have to get the more advanced one from the Commonwealth,” he said.“I have asked for a draft campaign finance legislation (from the Commonwealth). The CPA Secretary General Akbar Khan … met us and indicated where we can get these things, along with source materials for the Consolidated Fund and so on. So, we are going to tap into those resources to come up with a campaign legislation that is modern enough to take care of all the concerns,” Ramjattan added.He reiterated that the party would honour the legacy of Holder. While in Opposition, the AFC had moved a motion in Parliament to set up political financing legislation in 2011.In its final report on the 2011 General Election, the Carter Center said the need to create legislation to cater for campaign financing was important and even reiterated that in its 2015 report.“To ensure realisation of the right and opportunity to be elected, legal reform is necessary to improve campaign finance laws. Legislation should be strengthened to routinely require disclosure of contributions and expenditures. Consideration also should be given to establishing reasonable limits on donations and expenditures to ensure that the free choice of voters is not undermined or the democratic process distorted by disproportionate expenditures on behalf of any candidate or party. A monitoring and enforcement body with oversight authority of compliance with campaign finance regulations would also be a positive contribution to Guyanese politics,” the report stated.Additionally, the report stated that Guyana’s legal framework for elections was silent in the area of registration and operation of political parties; hence, the reason why legislation is needed to establish clear requirements for the registration and operation of political parties that would support the freedom of association and promote broad multi-ethnic parties that could represent citizen interests in governance.Now that the 2018 Local Government Elections are in sight, it is timely to highlight that the Carter Center had recommended in 2015 that the code of conduct for politicians be signed much earlier to include a clear and strong enforcement mechanism.According to the Transparency Institute of Guyana, political financing laws are about protecting the State from corporate and other interests, and ensuring that incumbents avoid corrupt use of State resources and ensure access to resources for all recognised political parties among other issues.last_img read more