Veterinary Services Diagnostic Lab Accredited for Testing of Fish

first_img Portfolio Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, in his remarks at the presentation of the accreditation certificate at the VSDL offices on Old Hope Road, St. Andrew, on Wednesday (January 31) said that “this… will move us ahead and enable us to expand in the area that is so crucial – our export trade”. Senior Veterinary Officer, VSDL, Dr. Wintorph Marsden, said he was “very elated” with the accreditation. The Veterinary Services Diagnostic Laboratory (VSDL) in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, has been accredited to carry out tests on fish for the export market. Story Highlights The Veterinary Services Diagnostic Laboratory (VSDL) in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, has been accredited to carry out tests on fish for the export market.The certification, from the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC), is for conducting two tests for heavy metals in the biological tissues of fish and amnesic shellfish toxins in fishery products.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, in his remarks at the presentation of the accreditation certificate at the VSDL offices on Old Hope Road, St. Andrew, on Wednesday (January 31) said that “this… will move us ahead and enable us to expand in the area that is so crucial – our export trade”.He added that the certification will enable the VSDL to provide fisheries products that are of international standards “which will create a good outlook on Jamaica and boost our foreign exchange earnings in the long run”.Senior Veterinary Officer, VSDL, Dr. Wintorph Marsden, said he was “very elated” with the accreditation.“It has been a long journey. It is the first time that the Veterinary Services Diagnostic Laboratory will be certified and accredited. We have never been internationally certified. We are more than excited, and we are looking forward to having more certification done,” Dr. Marsden added.Chief Executive Officer, JANAAC, Sharonmae Shirley, said that the accreditation process was a thorough and rigorous one, and “we are fully satisfied with the (lab’s) competence”.“The VSDL team is passionate about quality and the delivery of competent conformity assessment services to its customers,” she added.Mrs. Shirley said that JANAAC is committed to providing its stakeholders with world-class accreditation services. She pointed out that accreditation of Jamaican products before exportation is very important for nation building.“Accreditation is the formal attestation of a conformity assessment body’s (CAB) ability to impartially, competently and consistently meet the specific requirements of an international standard for its scope of tests. Simply put, accreditation provides confidence, the stamp of approval… . Accreditation allows you to make an informed decision when selecting a laboratory, as it demonstrates competence, impartiality and capability. Accreditation helps to underpin the credibility and performance of your goods and services,” she said.JANAAC is the national accreditation body of Jamaica. Since its establishment in 2008, it has been carrying out its mandate of facilitating trade between Jamaica and its trading partners by enabling the country’s conformity assessment system to meet international standards and the World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade.The organisation, which is an entity under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, provides accreditation services to CABs, which consist of laboratories and inspection and certification bodies.It also provides training to personnel involved in the accreditation of CABs, which includes assessors, CAB staff, quality managers and internal auditors.JANAAC is the only internationally recognised accreditation body in the English-speaking Caribbean.last_img read more

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Aaron Hernandezs Fiancée to Share Her Story on Dr

Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, the fiancée of former New England Patriots Aaron Hernandez, and his child, Arielle. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool, File)BOSTON (AP) — The fiancée of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez says she thought his suicide was a hoax.Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez says in an interview on “Dr. Phil” scheduled to air next week that she thought “some cruel person” was playing a trick on her when she heard Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell on April 19, days after he was acquitted of a double murder. He was still serving a life sentence for another killing.Jenkins-Hernandez said her last conversation with the former New England Patriots player was positive and she “felt like we were looking so bright.”She also addresses rumors about Hernandez’s purported secret love life and whether she thinks he killed himself so she could collect millions of dollars.The interview with Dr. Phillip McGraw is scheduled to air Monday and Tuesday. read more

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Computer model shows continents sometimes push others out of the way w

center_img Journal information: Nature More information: Dynamics of continental accretion, Nature (2014) doi:10.1038/nature13033AbstractSubduction zones become congested when they try to consume buoyant, exotic crust. The accretionary mountain belts (orogens) that form at these convergent plate margins have been the principal sites of lateral continental growth through Earth’s history. Modern examples of accretionary margins are the North American Cordilleras and southwest Pacific subduction zones. The geologic record contains abundant accretionary orogens, such as the Tasmanides1, along the eastern margin of the supercontinent Gondwana, and the Altaïdes, which formed on the southern margin of Laurasia2. In modern and ancient examples of long-lived accretionary orogens, the overriding plate is subjected to episodes of crustal extension and back-arc basin development, often related to subduction rollback3 and transient episodes of orogenesis and crustal shortening4, 5, 6, 7, coincident with accretion of exotic crust. Here we present three-dimensional dynamic models that show how accretionary margins evolve from the initial collision, through a period of plate margin instability, to re-establishment of a stable convergent margin. The models illustrate how significant curvature of the orogenic system develops, as well as the mechanism for tectonic escape of the back-arc region. The complexity of the morphology and the evolution of the system are caused by lateral rollback of a tightly arcuate trench migrating parallel to the plate boundary and orthogonally to the convergence direction. We find geological and geophysical evidence for this process in the Tasmanides of eastern Australia, and infer that this is a recurrent and global phenomenon.Press release Earth’s past gives clues to future changes The planet is still evolving, despite what our eyes tell us. The continents, for example, are all moving—some of them are even crashing into one another causing earthquakes and mountain formation. The surface of the Earth is divided into several pieces known as plates, each of which is still moving in one direction or another. When such plates run into others, one of two things can happen: one can slip beneath the other, or the two can smash together causing great upheaval which results in the formation of mountains. Scientists studying plate movement have been trying to predict what will happen when collisions occur—whether there will be subduction or mountain formation, and if it’s the latter, what sorts of features the mountains will have. In this new effort, the researchers in Australia appear to have taken a step forward in doing just that.To gain a better understanding of exactly what occurs when plates collide, the researchers built a computer model that used data and information compiled from prior research. They then added a new idea, in which continents can be squeezed upwards as other parts are pushed aside. They then set the model’s clock back in time to see if it could predict what we see around us today. Remarkably, in the case of one ancient small plate running into Australia, the model proved surprisingly accurate—creating realistic renditions of a mountain range that currently exists in eastern Australia—it even revealed how several formations could have come to exist that had defied earlier explanation. Citation: Computer model shows continents sometimes push others out of the way (w/ video) (2014, March 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-03-continents-video.html © 2014 Phys.org The researchers interpret the complicated geology of South Eastern Australia as having been formed by the collision of an exotic terrane (VanDieland) in the Silurian period over 400 million years ago. We see evidence for a swirling pattern in the geological fabric of Australia which supports this idea. Mountain building at the front of the collision (red) and crustal thinning and stretching along the side and behind the terrane (green) are consistent with our model. Credit: Louis Moresi, Peter Betts and Ross Cayley using data available from Geoscience Australia at the Geophysical Archive Data Delivery Systemlast_img read more

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