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Carmichael expects UK ruling soon on CAP cash

But what about figures in the UK? Scientists still can’t predict who will develop the disease. In the UK, only 177 cases of vCJD have been reported compared to the entire population that may have been exposed to the prion since the 1980s. Scientits look for exposure to an abnormal PrP. Since the samples were looked at anonymously, people aren’t being contacted and told they carry the abnormal prion. Since so many people in the UK carry the prion, scientists also look at genetic predispositions to develop or not develop the disease What the scientists do have are the genetic profiles of the appendixes. For example, four of the “positives” came back from people with a so-called VV variation on part of the gene that encodes for prion proteins. But only 15 percent of the British population have this. So can researchers predict who will get the disease? No, because all of the known cases of vCJD have involved people with the so-called MM variation of the gene, which accounts for 43 percent of the population. Eight of the “positives” were MM. It’s like Russian roulette so to speak. The researchers found other four “positives” were MV, meaning a mixture of the two variants on this part of the gene. People with the MV variant account for nearly 45 percent of the British population. And researchers still don’t know why so few people with the “MM” variant of the gene aren’t getting sick.

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At his second meeting with NFU Scotland since succeeding Borders MP Michael Moore last week, the Orkney and Shetland MP said an early decision was required as the proposals would be subject to consultation before being submitted to the European Commission by the end of the year. Farmers shouldnt have to wait very much longer, said Carmichael. It is very much a live issue but I dont think its a good idea to conduct negotiations in the pages of the press. He was speaking during a visit to the farm of NFUS North-east area chairman, Charlie Adam, at Braeside, Alford, Aberdeenshire. Adam said the main topic of discussion had been the danger of losing critical mass in the meat industry as a result of the continuing decline in the national beef herd and sheep flock. Carmichael went as far as saying he was not unsympathetic to the arguments being put forward for additional support for Scottish farmers but it was important for the government to get it right to avoid any legal challenge which could finish up in the courts. Its not just a political issue but a legal one, he said. We are entering a very different world under the new Common Agricultural Policy. The application of regional policy in the implementation of the CAP will be one of the last battles on agricultural policy for a few years. All the options will have to be considered and the decisions we make must count. The CAP agreement allows the UK to allocate up to 8 per cent of the Single Farm Payment as direct support for livestock production (so-called coupled payments) and NFUS wants to see this calculation based on the UK budget ceiling rather than a Scottish ceiling which would give the Scottish Government greater flexibility in applying coupled payments. UK Environment Minister, Owen Paterson, has indicated he will not use the coupling option in England which could release additional funds for Scotland. NFUS president Nigel Miller said an increased coupled payment could be a real game-changer for Scotland as it would allow the Scottish Government to supplement low area payments by increasing payments to active livestock farmers. The UK has also been granted an additional 230 million (195m) over the next five years designed to even up area payments throughout the UK. A cross-party letter signed by SNP, Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem agricultural spokespersons, including Cabinet Secretary, Richard Lochhead, was sent to the UK government last week demanding that all the extra money should come to Scotland as the only reason the UK qualifies for the funding is because of Scotlands low payments under the current system. MORE STORIES

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The UK government has until now put up something of a wall of silence around its intelligence services surveillance activities, but there are signs that this wall might be partially dismantled. In July, a month after the PRISM scandal broke, the British Parliaments intelligence oversight committee announced that the countrys spy services had not illegally used the American program to access the content of private communications of UK citizens they knew this because the spy services, namely NSA counterpart GCHQ, told them so. Not the end of the story That said, the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) conceded that the laws it was talking about were a tad fuzzy and perhaps out-of-date, so the investigation quietly continued. Now, after months of further surveillance revelations that point to GCHQ itself as a major data-hoover , that inquiry is set to widen: on Thursday, the ISC said it would also look into the impact on peoples privacy, and would even hear evidence from the public. Even more astonishingly, some of its evidence-gathering sessions may be held in public, rather than in secret as is the norm. According to Malcolm Rifkind, the ISC chairman and a former UK defence secretary and foreign secretary (pictured above): In recent months concern has been expressed at the suggested extent of the capabilities available to the intelligence agencies and the impact upon peoples privacy as the agencies seek to find the needles in the haystacks that might be crucial to safeguarding national security. There is a balance to be found between our individual right to privacy and our collective right to security. The reaction from privacy activists has been cautious , and understandably so this is the same Malcolm Rifkind who last month downplayed the significance of Edward Snowdens revelations regarding the UKs own Tempora program, a partner program to PRISM, writing : On Tempora, it has been well known that the fibre optic cables that carry a significant proportion of the worlds communications pass close to the British coastline and could provide intelligence opportunities. The reality is that the British public are well aware that its intelligence agencies have neither the time nor the remotest interest in the emails or telephone conversations of well over 99% of the population who are neither potential terrorists nor serious criminals. Modern computer technologies do permit the separation of those that are of interest from the vast majority that are not. Shooting the messenger The announcement of limited public involvement in the ISC inquiry follows an extraordinary two weeks in which the Guardian, the British newspaper that has carried much of the Snowden material, has come under sustained attack from the new head of the UK Security Service (a.k.a. MI5), leading right-wing newspaper the Daily Mail and even fellow left-wing newspaper The Independent, whose former editor penned the immortal line: If MI5 warns that this is not in the public interest who am I to disbelieve them? The attacks from other journalists led editors from around the world to defend the Guardians journalism last week, but this week Prime Minister David Cameron piled on, urging MPs to investigate the publication because what theyre dealing with is dangerous for national security. Conservative MP Julian Smith also asked police to investigate the Guardian over terrorism offences . However, this official attitude is not unanimous. Late last week, business secretary Vince Cable said the Guardian was entirely correct and right even courageous to publish the Snowden material.

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