Ruling brings kosher slaughterhouse new business, old fears

first_imgCSENGELE, Hungary (AP) — A kosher slaughterhouse in southern Hungary has increased its exports to Belgium since the European Union’s highest court upheld a Flanders region law that prohibited slaughtering animals without first stunning them into unconsciousness. But the traditional methods practiced at Quality Poultry also are at the center of a debate over animal rights and religious rights. Last month’s European Court of Justice ruling has provoked fears of eventual EU-wide prohibitions on ritual slaughter. Animal rights groups say that slitting the throats of livestock and poultry while they are conscious amounts to animal cruelty. Jewish religious authorities consider pre-slaughter stunning to be a prohibited form of injury that renders meat and poultry non-kosher.last_img read more

4 ways to be an innovative leader in a conventional industry

first_img 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Startups and new technologies are popping up constantly. Geographic limitations are being lifted as nearly everything becomes globally connected. The explosion of data — and the associated potential for analytics — has changed the playing field on which companies compete.All industries must continue to innovate and improve to keep up. Let’s embrace change, collaborate, and empower our more conventional industries to move forward.Behind-the-Scenes OpportunitiesRegardless of industry, resistance to change happens because the fear of change is greater than its perceived benefits.My field of healthcare, for example, is adopting new innovations all the time, but historically that process has been slow — one clinician at a time. Innovations don’t become standards of care until long after they’re introduced (17 years, on average). The focus is typically placed on the interaction between clinicians and patients. However, everything that goes on behind the scenes can play just as big a role in providing high-quality patient care as that direct relationship. As a result, less attention is given to revolutionizing indirect facets of the healthcare experience, meaning there’s low-hanging fruit waiting to be picked. continue reading »last_img read more

Take a holistic path on immigration plan

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI suggest that the resolution of America’s immigrant problems requires a more holistic approach. Patches have proven totally ineffective. Immediately initiate reform of E-verify. Assure prosecution of all violators. Undocumented workers and those who hire them have been nearly immune to prosecution. That must end.Use the threat of E-verify to induce the desirable heard-working but illegal immigrants to come in out of the shadows. Offer periodically renewable permanent green cards based on a documented work history and good behavior.That would allow U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to identify the remaining undocumented individuals as probable subjects for deportation. Many of the remaining people could find refuge from deportation because of student status or supporting family ties and could be provided alternate identification cards.Use this “carrot and stick” approach as a basis to begin a bipartisan debate to develop comprehensive immigrant legislation. It could spark an interest in all political factions to work on a comprehensive solution to a problem long festering in the United States.The multitude of benefits, both to our immigrants and the prosperity of our country, would be manifold.Wallace J. HughesCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Police: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins played through brutal injuries in 2018

first_img T.J. Watt: Steelers rookie Devin Bush ‘quicker than snot’ “Last year was tough, not just physically but mentally,” Hopkins said, via The Houston Chronicle. “It’s the most banged up I’ve ever been playing football. I was dealing with serious injuries a lot of people would have sat down for. But we had a good team that depended on me, and I never gave a thought to not playing unless the doctors told me I couldn’t.”Hopkins revealed he suffered torn ligaments in the team’s wild-card loss to the Colts, but refused to be taken out of the game. He finished with five catches on 10 targets for 37 yards as Houston was eliminated from the playoffs. Related News “I tore ligaments in my shoulder completely off the bone,” Hopkins said. “I tried to play even though I had only one (good) arm. We had a good team, and we had something good going. I know they needed me. It was hard.”Since he’s been rehabbing the injury this offseason, Hopkins anticipates being fully healed and healthy for training camp next month. Johnny Manziel eyeing XFL team for comeback DeAndre Hopkins dealt with more injuries in 2018 than he has in his entire six-year career.While speaking Saturday during an appearance at NRG Arena in Houston, the Texans wide receiver discussed the difficulties he endured but valiantly played through last season. Cam Newton injury update: Panthers QB to throw at minicamp next week “I plan to be,” Hopkins said. “I’m trying to take care of my body. I’m resting my body and healing. This is going to be the best I’ve felt. I feel like I’m going to be better than ever.”I’m trying to help my team win more games and be better than last year.”Hopkins, who turned 27 on Thursday, finished with 115 receptions for 1,572 yards and 11 touchdowns last season en route to first-team All-Pro honors for a second consecutive year. He also earned his second straight Pro Bowl nod and third since 2015.last_img read more