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FOOD SAFETY NEWS SCAN: Salmonella in Europe, FDA food recall authority

first_imgJul 30, 2012Belgium, Hungary, Germany report Salmonella outbreakIn recent months three EU countries have reported 186 cases of illness caused by the same strain of Salmonella, with 60 cases having an indistinguishable pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) pattern, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said today. This single PFGE pattern of the Salmonella Stanley samples suggests a common source, but officials have yet to identify it. The strain is typically linked to travel to Southeast Asia, particularly Thailand, but the outbreak cases appear to be unrelated to travel, the ECDC reported. Belgium reported 26 lab-confirmed outbreak cases as of Jul 26, compared with an annual average of 3 to 6. Since September 2011 Hungary has reported 110 Salmonella Stanley cases (91 in 2012), and since August 2011 Germany has confirmed 50 cases. Of those, 20 Belgian, 32 Hungarian, and 8 German cases share a matching PFGE pattern. Case-patients in general tend to be young, but the median age for those with the same PFGE pattern is 7 years. And, of the 40 identical-PFGE patients with symptomatic illness, 53% required hospitalization. The ECDC is alerting countries to be vigilant for the strain and especially for the PFGE pattern, but it said in a news release today, “The impact on public health across the EU is considered to be limited.”Jul 30 ECDC news releaseJul 30 ECDC reportGAO highlights issues with new FDA food-recall powersPassage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in Jan 2011 gave the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) new authority to order food recalls, but it also directed the Governmental Accountability Office (GAO) to explore how the FDA would implement its authority, communicate recalls and outbreaks to the public, and compensate the food industry for erroneously ordered recalls or advisories. The GAO, in a Jul 26 report, noted that foodborne illness outbreaks are not only a health threat, they also have serious economic and consumer-confidence consequences. GAO investigators looked at the recall processes used by other federal agencies, reviewed FDA documents, and interviewed a host of stakeholders from May 2011 to July 2012. They found that FDA officials have drafted internal interim procedures for ordering recalls but haven’t made them publicly available. The GAO said without the information, it’s unclear if the FDA’s recall practices would be applied uniformly or consistently. Though the FDA has started discussing the issues, it still hasn’t adopted a recommendation from a risk communication committee on communications during emerging events. Investigators found government mechanisms that might be used to compensate producers but no examples of their use. The GAO recommended that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) order the FDA to take several actions, including documenting the recall process and how it will weigh evidence about whether a recall is needed. In response to the report, the HHS said it didn’t agree or disagree with the recommendations but said it has actions in progress to address most of them.Jul 26 GAO reportlast_img read more

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Galway September Meeting Preview – Monday

first_imgGeorge McDonagh looks ahead to the opening day of Galway’s September meeting at Ballybrit. Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/GALWAY+PREVIEW.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Our Tip today is SO SENSIBLE Running in the 5.05 at Galway. The Advice is go each way.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img

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Dalton and Gaule fire as Cats turn around League Final reverse to Galway in…

first_imgTHE Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior CamogieChampionship got off to a pulsating start, with Kilkenny turning around theirNational League Final reverse at the hands of Galway by 1-13 to 0-14 at KennyPark. A fortunate 35th minute goal by Miriam Walsh provedthe difference between the sides and though Galway were left licking theirwounds at the final whistle, they are sure to have a big say in affairs beforethe season is over. Team captain Sarah Dervan was inspirational for theTribeswomen, while Carrie Dolan shot nine points but Kilkenny, runners-up inthe last two Championships after being victorious in 2016, were in no mood toyield.Ann Downey’s crew got off to a quick start thanks topoints from the magnificent Anne Dalton and Walsh, and still held thatadvantage at the end of the opening quarter, but Galway had the better ofproceedings from there to the interval.Two points from Dolan, and one from Noreen Coen,with Dalton offering the sole reply, left the sides level at 0-6 apiece at thechange of ends.Niamh Kilkenny continued the trend for CathalMurray’s troops after the resumption with a point and not even Walsh’s goal,which must go down as a goalkeeping error by Sarah Healy, could halt themomentum, points from Dolan and Coen restoring parity despite playing into thewind.With midfield duo Dalton and Denise Gaule exerting agreater influence however, the visitors edged three points clear, Gauleslotting a brace and the elusive Michelle Quilty also on target. A Dolan pairbrought it back to one but Gaule (free) and Dalton were on target in responsewith time running out.There was late drama when Galway were awarded a freejust outside the 20m line and Healy ventured up to take it. Her powerful risingshot cleared the crossbar by inches however and Kilkenny had prevailed.Elsewhere in Group 1, Limerick got the better ofOffaly in a belter at the Gaelic Grounds by 2-16 to 2-12.The Shannonsiders had local legend Ciarán Carey,father of star defender Sarah operating in an advisory role, while Offaly arecoached by ex-Kilkenny star Richie Power and it was Power who would have beenhappier at the break, with the Faithful women leading 1-7 to 0-8 thanks toChristine Cleary’s fourth minute goal.The hosts trailed by a goal approaching the finalquarter but that was nullified by a sensational solo goal from Rebecca Delee.Arlene Watkins responded in kind at the other endbut Mike Wall’s side failed to score again, while Declan Nash’s troops hit 1-4,Niamh Mulcahy bringing the teams level with three points to bring her tally to11, before Delee grabbed her second goal and a point to put the tie to bed.In Group 2, All-Ireland champions Cork cruised to a3-19 to 0-9 triumph over Clare in Sixmilebridge. The Bannerwomen were well inthe game at half time, trailing by just 1-6 to 0-5 after Katrina Mackey’s 19thminute goal.It was one-way traffic after the resumption though,Ger O’Connell’s charges having no answer to the scoring power of PaudieMurray’s team, with Mackey and Linda Collins adding goals and Cork recording 10individual scorers.Dubin were pushed all the way to the wire beforeregistering a 1-16 to 0-12 triumph over Meath at Parnells that slightlyflattered Frank Browne’s girls.Ray Gavin will be delighted that his crew were socompetitive, recovering from the concession of second minute Kerrie Finnegangoal to lead approaching half-time thanks to four points from Jane Dolan, onlyfor a brace of Sinéad Wylde scores to make it 1-5 to 0-7 at the break.Wylde and the returning Siobhán Kehoe gave the Dubsthe upper hand but scores from Dolan and Kristina Troy brought Meath back towithin a goal of their rivals. Dublin slotted the last four points however toremove any doubt.The last game between Waterford and Tipperary at TheRagg was abandoned due to a serious injury to a Tipperary player with fourminutes of normal time remaining and the Déise girls leading by 1-15 to 0-14.Beth Carton was in scintillating form for Waterfordshooting eight points, while Orla Hickey claimed the goal. Orla O’Dwyer hadfive points for Tipperary but all thoughts are with the injured player. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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AIG Irish Close Final: Mullarney Wins Maiden Championship

first_img“I am absolutelydelighted,” Mullarney gushed. “It did absolutely grate on me that Ihaven’t won one of these before. I am delighted.”With this, his maidenchampionship, the Ireland international emulates Cormac Sharvin of Ardglass,who won as leading qualifier at Connemara in 2013.“Any time you are ona list with Cormac, it is a good thing,” Mullarney reflected. “Youare not here to be the leading qualifier. You are here to win. So I wasdelighted to be the leading qualifier but you arprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Mullarney, 23, producedthe goods again to deny the Naas powerhouse, Brazill, in the decider. TheGalway blazer never trailed and though he stumbled at 17, missing a six footputt to win the match, Mullarney emerged triumphant on 18 when Brazill failedto birdie. All week he led the wayand now the silver medallist, Ronan Mullarney, is champion of the AIG IrishClose after a nailbiting one-hole win against Rob Brazill.last_img read more

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Oral Roberts Holds On Against McNeese State to Advance

first_imgDespite nearly coming back from a 14-point deficit, McNeese’s trip to the Southland Conference tournament was cut short for the first time since 2008, as Oral Roberts held on to a 66-62 win in the opening round at Merrell Center Wednesday night and earned a quarterfinal date against Sam Houston State Thursday at 7:30 p.m., CT. McNeese State coach Dave Simmons“We knew it was going to be a hard fought game because of the first time we played them in Lake Charles. They’ve got a good basketball team and they showed it tonight. We had our chances. You’ve got to hit shots and we didn’t hit enough shots, shooting 28 percent from the field. It was a close enough ball game that if we hit a couple shots down the stretch we probably could have pulled it off.” Despite the win, the Golden Eagles know they will have to maintain a much more consistent level of play when they take on the No. 3 seed Bearkats, who come in with momentum after winning their last two regular season games. ORU did defeat Sam Houston in an 80-73 decision on March 1. Two of the conference’s top offenses during the regular season, both the Cowboys and Golden Eagles needed GPS tracking to find the basket in the first half. McNeese missed 17 of their first 21 shots en route to a 22.6 percent mark, while Oral Roberts (11 of 30) barely slightly better by shooting 36.7 percent from the field. “For us to advance past (Thursday night),” we’re going to play better, and certainly smarter,” Sutton said. Eackles finished with a game-high 28 points for the seventh-seeded Cowboys, yet shot just 6 of 21 from the field, as he was the only McNeese player in double figures on an evening where neither team shot the ball exceptionally well. Thoughts on his final collegiate game:“I’m ready to take my game to the next level. I just want them to remember how this feeling his so they come back twice as hard during the summer, in the class, during workouts and during the season. They know what it takes now. They’ve got this disgusting taste and feeling in their body. I’m pretty sure it’s not going to be the same McNeese team next year as it was this year.” Box Score (PDF)  |  Photo Gallery  |  Highlights  | ReplayKATY, Texas – McNeese State dug itself a hole that a torrid second half rally was unable to bail out of. The comeback finally lost its steam when reserve guard D.J. Jackson made his only shot of the night, a 3-pointer that gave ORU a 61-55 margin and allowed them to perhaps finally breathe easy. “Korey got into a zone,” Golden Eagles coach Scott Sutton said. “This guy stepped up and made some big shots.” Korey Billbury scored eight of his 18 points during an opening second half run that appeared to have locked up the game for the Golden Eagles (17-15), yet the sixth-seed would have to overcome a late barrage from the Cowboys (11-20) that very nearly became a complete comeback. On facing Sam Houston State in the next round:“I think they are a great all-around team. They remind of my high-school team in terms of the pressure and how fast they play. We just have to bring it again. I’m not too much worried about it.  I just go out there and play my hardest ever game. They have to beat us really.” “The biggest thing is you (have to) hit shots, and we didn’t hit enough shots,” McNeese coach Dave Simmons said. “It was a close enough ball game down the stretch, and if we had hit enough shots, we probably could have pulled it off.”  Postgame Quotes…Oral Roberts coach Scott Sutton“Well obviously I am thrilled that we survived and that we are going to advance to play tomorrow night.  We certainly made it hard on ourselves. We made it a lot harder than it should have been but give McNeese credit. Those kids never quit, they made some big shots when they had to. They caused some turnovers that allowed them to get back into the game. I didn’t think our guys obviously didn’t finish very well. For us to advance past tomorrow night, we are going to have to play a little bit better and certainly play smarter.”Oral Roberts forward Brandon ColeyOn his strong play carrying over from the regular season:“I feel like it did because of my confidence.”Oral Roberts guard Korey BillburyOn putting more pressure on himself with Glover out of the game late:“I really didn’t even think about it. Coach Shawn just told me to step up and let the game come to me and my shots would fall. I was worried about my shot falling in the first half but he told me to let it come to me.” On if Oral Roberts guard Korey Billbury was the difference in the game:“I thought Billbury and [Brandon] Conley were. Conally really attacked the offensive glass. Even if we didn’t get them, he kept them alive and Billbury got them. [Billbury] hit some big shots. If you look at their team, I feel like Billbury is the heart and soul of their team.”McNeese State guard Ledrick EacklesOn his slow start:“I don’t think it’s really about the numbers. It’s about winning the game. My shot just didn’t come on as early as I’d like. I caught fire in the second half but it just wasn’t early enough for me to help my team come back victorious.” The Cowboys once trailed 16-7, yet were able to get back into the game by shooting 7 of 8 from the free throw line. Their best stretch of offense allowed them to finally forge a 21-21 tie when Keelan Garrett connected on a trey at the 3:50 mark. McNeese trailed 47-33 with 15:08 left on a night when the Cowboys shot just 28 percent, yet the Cowboys began to find their range as Ledrick Eackles overcame an awful first half of shooting to help whittle the lead down to 58-52 with 3:29 left. The second-team all-Southland guard also asserted his will on the glass, pulling down 12 rebounds to go along with 12 assists as he helped pick up the slack for first-team forward Shawn Glover, who had three early fouls.Yet unlike the last meeting between the two teams – when early foul trouble from Glover led to a 79-68 loss – ORU was able to hang on. McNeese State guard Kevin HardyOn comparisons between the game and season:“It was descriptive of our season. We had a lot of ups and downs. We had times where we couldn’t score. We just have to learn from this and go on into next year stronger.”last_img read more

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Go Smoke-Free in 30 Days

first_imgJoin 30 Smokefree Days, a 30-day quit smoking event on Facebook providing a built-in community of people like you who want a healthier life!The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) invite tobacco users interested in quitting to join them in an online 30- day quit smoking event in Facebook. The event was created for those thinking about quitting smoking, but who want some extra help and support.Participants will receive encouragement and support, plus free access to mobile quit apps, tips and exclusive video content with words of advice from Tips From Former Smokers™ participants. In addition,there will be Facebook Live video streams where NCI experts will answer tobacco users’ questions and provide guidance on how to overcome common challenges that arise during a quit attempt.The event is from July 10 to August 9, and Facebook users can sign up at http://bit.ly/CDC30SFD.Free help for quitting tobacco use is always available through the Indiana Tobacco Quitline at 1-800- Quit-Now.last_img read more

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South African CEOs in confident mood

first_img28 March 2012 The CEOs of South Africa’s top companies are upbeat about the country’s economic prospects, according to the lastest Merchantec CEO Confidence Index, which bucked the downward trend of the previous three quarters to surge by 20% in the first quarter of 2012. The index, which surveys the views of over 100 of South Africa’s top CEOs on local market conditions and the economy going forward, registered its highest score – 65.6 – since its inception in the second quarter of 2009. According to Merchantec Capital – an independent corporate finance and research company – this suggests that the economic fears which dominated 2011 may be dissipating. “The European Central Bank’s liquidity injection into the Eurozone, as well as continued solid economic data coming out of the US of late, seem to be soothing fears relating to the credit crunch and contributing to growing the sentiment towards stability”, Merchantec said in a statement on Wednesday.Mining confidence surges “The South African Reserve Bank also appears upbeat on the South African economy, with figures reflecting substantial acceleration in government and household spend.” South Africa’s basic materials sector, which includes the mining sector, recorded a 19% increase to a score of 68 on the index, the highest score across any sector. “This comes as no surprise considering low interest rates, continued high commodity prices and the government’s indication that the nationalisation of mines will not be pursued,” Merchantec said. Further evidence of optimism within South Africa’s mining sector was “a 33% leap in sentiment towards economic conditions and a 140% surge in confidence in their ability to obtain debt or equity capital”.State infrastructure plan welcomed 55% of CEOs across all sectors said they were confident in the ability of the 2012 National Budget to maintain macroeconomic stability in South Africa and to support enterprise and job creation. In particular, the country’s industrials sector, which includes construction, responded favourably to the planned increase in infrastructure spend detailed in Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s 2012 National Budget by registering a 22% increase to a score of 65.6. South Africa’s financial sector, notwithstanding a 12% increase to a score of 66.3, recorded the lowest rise in confidence the first quarter. “This increase may have been tempered by persistent wariness of other similarly highly indebted Eurozone countries, such as Greece, requiring similar debt swaps, as well as renewed concerns about China’s growth outlook,” Merchantec said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Saldanha Bay IDZ boost for jobs, growth

first_img1 November 2013 President Jacob Zuma officially launched the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) at Saldanha Bay on South Africa’s south-western coast on Thursday. The new IDZ is expected to give a major boost to the country’s industrialisation and job creation drives, while attracting both local and foreign direct investment into the country. “Our objective is to develop the Saldanha-Northern Cape linked region in an integrated manner through rail and port expansion as well as back-of-port industrial capacity,” Zuma said during Thursday’s launch. “Our strategy is also aimed at strengthening the maritime support capacity to create economic opportunities from the gas and oil mining activities along the African west coast, as well as the expansion of iron ore mining production and beneficiation in the Northern Cape.”Service hub for African oil, gas sector Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said in a statement ahead of Thursday’s launch that a feasibility study had shown that the Saldanha Bay IDZ could potentially contribute 86% to the gross geographic product of the Western Cape and create in the region of 12 000 new jobs. “Additionally, the Saldanha Bay IDZ is likely to attract foreign direct investment worth approximately R9.3-billion over 25 years”, Davies said. The study also found that Saldanha Bay is strategically located to serve as a service, maintenance, fabrication and supply hub for the booming African oil and gas sector, due to the increasing number of oil rigs requiring maintenance, and their traffic flow passing from the west to the east coast of Africa. Last month, German company Oiltanking GmbH entered a joint venture with a number of South African companies to build a commercial crude oil storage and blending terminal at the port of Saldanha. The company said that Saldanha was an excellent location for a crude oil hub, “as it is close to strategic tanker routes from key oil-producing regions to major oil-consuming markets”. Ideally situated for the blending of west African and South American crude oils, Saldanha “has the potential to establish itself as a global crude transhipment hub focused on certain established trade routes,” the company added. Davies noted that the oil and gas sector was one of the priority sectors of South Africa’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP), adding that the IDZ would also help to advance the objectives of the country’s National Development Plan (NDP).25 000 jobs over 20-year period Zuma said there was no doubt that, if effectively implemented through well-coordinated stakeholder mobilisation, the Saldanha Bay IDZ project would “generate income, create jobs, grow the tax base and be a net generator of foreign exchange earnings. “It is estimated that overall direct and indirect employment creation will be around 25 000 over a period of 20 years. It is expected to generate around R62-billion in foreign exchange. We are determined to turn these forecasts into reality,” Zuma said. Journalist Donwald Pressly, in a Business Report article published last month, wrote that a pre-feasibility study carried out three years ago by Western Cape investment promotion agency Wesgro found that Saldanha had potential for three industrial clusters – “a renewable energy production and manufacturing cluster, an oil supply base serving the oil and gas sector, coupled with a maritime ship building and repair cluster, and a steel and minerals production and manufacturing cluster”. Pressly quoted the SA Revenue Service’s definition of an IDZ as being “a purpose-built industrial estate linked to an international air or sea port which might contain one or multiple customs-controlled areas tailored for manufacturing and storage of goods to boost beneficiation, investment, economic growth and the development of skills and employment”. South Africa, he noted, currently has three operating IDZs – at Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal, and in the Eastern Cape at East London and Coega, near Port Elizabeth.Skills development ‘crucial to success’ Zuma said the success of the country’s special economic zones and industrial development zones was dependent on the backward and forward linkages that they created and fostered with companies operating outside of these zones. He added that that education and skills development would be central to the success of this IDZ, and announced that the departments of Trade and Industry, Economic Development and Higher Education and Training would be collaborating to promote skills development in Saldanha Bay and its surrounding areas. “These departments will respond to the skills requirements of the industries being targeted to invest in this IDZ,” he said. The IDZ is one of the 18 strategic integrated projects (SIPs) of the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC), the inter-governmental body that is overseeing South Africa’s infrastructure drive. The commission is chaired by Zuma and includes ministers, deputy ministers, premiers, metro mayors and representatives of the South African Local Government Association. SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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De Ligt makes history

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Matthijs de Ligt made history, becoming the first foreign player to score his debut Juventus goal in the Derby della Mole. The Dutchman became the first foriegn player in Juve’s 122-year history to score their first goal for the club against city rivals Torino. De Ligt, signed for €75m in the summer from Ajax, volleyed home in the 70th minute following a Gonzalo Higuain cut back from a corner. The goal will take a weight off the young player’s shoulders, as he’s struggled in his opening months in Bianconeri colours.last_img read more

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World Cup Finals Day

first_imgThese are the times of the finals:5.00pm AEST – Men’s 40’s v New Zealand6.00pm AEST – Men’s 35’s v South Africa7.00pm AEST – Senior Mixed v New Zealand8.00pm AEST – Men’s 30’s v England10.00pm AEST – Mixed Open v New ZealandStay tuned to the website for all the latest news and information on finals day of the 2011 World Cup.last_img

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