News story: VMD web and switchboard services will be unavailable from 16:00, 23 February to 8:00, 26 February

first_imgThe following online application services will be unavailable: Product Information Database Special Import Ceritifcates Special Treatment Certificates You should obtain an import certificate in advance if you think you will need to import/use an imported medicine during this period.In urgent cases you may purchase and use an imported veterinary medicine prior to obtaining a certificate from the VMD. This is a special dispensation which only applies to the VMD online system during this maintenance period.You should obtain an import certificate retrospectively as soon as possible. Research Import Certificates Export Certificates Microchip Adverse Event Reporting Animal Adverse Reaction Reporting Human Adverse Reaction Reporting The following online information service will be unavailable: Also, we will not be able to receive phone calls through the switchboard or via direct dial.The systems should be operational again on from 8:00 Monday 26 February.The VMD apologises for any inconvenience.last_img read more

Harvard sweeps Yale with 6-4 and 4-3 wins

first_imgThe Crimson had to come from behind twice last Friday night, including scoring three goals in the final period, to defeat a determined Yale squad by a score of 6-4 at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.Harvard went on to beat Yale again Saturday night, 4-3. With Saturday’s victory, Harvard advances to the ECAC semifinals at Lake Placid, N.Y., where they play Quinnipiac this Friday.Crimson goalie Merrick Madsen ’18 is upended by Yale’s Chris Izmirlian. Harvard went on to win Friday’s game 6-4. On Saturday, Harvard and Yale met again on the ice, with the Crimson beating Yale 4-3. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerIn last Friday’s game, the all-senior line of Sean Malone, Tyler Moy, and Luke Esposito combined for nine points, with Esposito scoring twice and Malone registering a goal and three assists. Moy tied the game in the third period, with Alexander Kerfoot ’17 potting the game-winner midway through the period. This was a best-of-three series, which the Crimson concluded the next night with Saturday’s 4-3 score.Though ranked No. 1 in the ECAC, the Crimson (24-5-2) will have to be at their best on Friday, having split regular season games with Quinnipiac. If the high-flying team, currently No. 2 in the country, can win at Lake Placid, they will automatically advance to the Division I Men’s Hockey Championship. Short of winning, Harvard can still advance if they are among the 10 teams chosen by a committee vote, in addition to the six conference winners.Freshman defenseman Adam Fox was named a finalist for the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year award, the conference office announced Friday.For more information about Harvard men’s ice hockey, visit the Harvard Athletics website.Harvard photographer Jon Chase contributed to this story.last_img read more

MP’s gay marriage stance “personal”

first_imgWanganui Chronicle 5 Sep 2012Whanganui MP Chester Borrows’ decision to vote against the gay marriage bill was a personal one, and not that of his constituents.Mr Borrows was among 40 MP’s to vote against Labour MP Louisa Wall’s Definition of Marriage Amendment Bill, which passed its first reading with 80 votes in favour on August 31.Mr Borrows said as a conscience vote, his stance reflected his personal opinion.MP’s should make themselves available to their constituents to express their views, and he had been acquainted with the Whanganui electorate long enough that they should should know how he would feel about issues like this, he said.Over a 10-day period, Mr Borrows said he received about 200 emails a day on the bill, some of which were “quite vitriolic”, from both supporters and detractors of the bill.However, only a fraction of the emails were identifiably from people within the Whanganui electorate. The majority were sent to all MPs via a Family First website, so it was impossible to discern where they originated from, but he responded to those clearly from Wanganui, he said.After the vote, Mr Borrows said he got up to another 600 emails thanking him for his vote. The bill is now to be considered by a select committee, before facing two further votes before it can pass in to law. read more

Ayre: Klopp will have final say on adding ex-Reds to backroom staff

first_img Klopp, a man who appreciates Liverpool’s rich history, will have the final say. “Those decisions will be Jurgen’s but the near future is about what we have here and what Jurgen has to work with and that is for him to assess,” said Ayre. “There were some changes (in the coaching staff) yesterday but it is about moving forward and there are no plans at this stage other than for Jurgen to get together with his staff and take it from there.” The appointment of Klopp, rated as one of the best coaches in Europe, is a major coup for owners Fenway Sports Group who moved quickly after sacking Brendan Rodgers on Sunday. Ayre believes the 48-year-old is a perfect fit. “When we started the search it was important we found someone who we believed could bring success to the club, who could take on the size, the might and the ambition of the club,” he added. “Jurgen ticks those boxes. When you spend time together, there is a connection and an understanding of the culture of this club. “It was good to feel that from Jurgen that he understood the size and ambition of the club.” Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre will let new manager Jurgen Klopp decide whether to bring in any former Reds players to help bridge a gap to the club’s gloried past. Press Associationcenter_img The German’s arrival on Merseyside saw former midfielder Gary McAllister removed from his coaching position – which he had only held since the summer – on Thursday and moved into an ambassadorial role. There has already been speculation about whether Jamie Carragher could be persuaded to ditch his television commitments to return to Anfield, or whether ex-captain Steven Gerrard would be enticed back from LA Galaxy. Former Germany midfielder Dietmar Hamann, a Liverpool player between 1999-2006, has also had his name mentioned. last_img read more

New car to make 4-peat a challenge

first_imgNot that talent won’t factor in. Bourdais has plenty. “We do not know who is going to be strong yet,” Bourdais said Thursday in between test runs at Laguna Seca. “It’s too early to say. Especially since we have had a pretty rough start with bad weather and reliability issues. “It’s definitely hard to know who is going to be strong for the first two races of the season. Our team put in enough hours and hopefully, it is going to be rewarded. But we don’t have the safety of mind, to say, ‘Hey, we’ve got the car that’s won the last three straight championships.’ The series opener is April 8 in Las Vegas. It continues April 15 in Long Beach. Things have not gone spectacularly during testing. In late January at Sebring International Raceway in Florida, it rained half the time. During testing in the middle of February in Houston, it was worse. “It Houston, it rained just horribly throughout the test,” driver Paul Tracy said. The consensus was, out of four days combined at Sebring and Houston, drivers got about 1 1/2 days of dry testing. SALINAS – Champ Car’s new ride could bring a new series champion. Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais is coming back to try and become the first driver to win four consecutive series titles. But with the arrival of the new vehicle that includes paddle shifters, a new chassis and a new exhaust system, the playing field has instantly become more even. center_img Not ideal conditions for the testing of a new vehicle. Drivers having difficulty downshifting with the new paddle shifters – located on the backside of the steering wheel – were among the complaints. There appears to be no question that the new vehicle is going to make it more difficult for Bourdais to four-peat. Almost everything on the car, except for the engine, is new. “The most important thing about the new car is it is specifically designed for the kind of races that we’ve got, like Long Beach,” said Kevin Kalkhoven, series co-owner and tri-owner of Team PKV Racing. “And it’s going to be an opportunity for all the teams to start off on the same footing. New additionBourdais races for the popular Newman/Haas Racing team, which, as of Thursday, became Newman/Haas/Lanigan. It was announced that Mike Lanigan had become partners with actor Paul Newman and Carl Haas, who started Newman/Haas in 1982. Newman, looking good at 82, walked into the media room with a twinkle in his eye. He sat at the dais, then told reporters why he and Haas decided to add Lanigan. What about Rahal? Newman/Haas/Lanigan, it appears, is on the verge of formally announcing that Graham Rahal will be its second driver. Newman seemed perplexed about not being able to confirm that Thursday. “Apparently, lawyers have to eat, too,” Newman said. “As far as I’m concerned, it was a done deal two weeks ago.” Rahal, a senior in high school, is 18. He took second place at the Atlantic Series last year and now has moved up to Champ Car. His father, Bobby Rahal, finished second four times at Long Beach and won several series titles. Cali. in the house Pacific Coast Motorsports of Oxnard is the only Champ Car team from California. It formally competed in Gramd Am but has moved up to Champ Car. The new team unveiled its two cars Thursday and also introduced its first Champ Car drivers in the names of rookies Alex Figge and Ryan Dalziel. Figge, of Colorado, and Dalziel, of Scotland, are former Grand Am and Atlantic Car racers. “To think that we could actually show up here and put a ‘W’ on the charts would be a pretty impressive thing, I think,” said team director Tyler Tadevic said. “We’re just glad to be here and to be perfectly honest, this is a long-term plan and to have our name said in the same sentences as Newman-Haas and Forsythe, it’s just a dream come true.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more