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Report suggests wastewater link to Taco John’s E coli outbreak

first_imgFeb 26, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Officials from California and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a final report on a 2006 Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak associated with iceberg lettuce from Taco John’s restaurants in Iowa and Minnesota, revealing that wastewater from nearby dairy operations might have contaminated irrigation water.The 41-page FDA/California Department of Public Health report, released on Feb 15, linked the outbreak to a ranch in Buttonwillow, Calif., that is located about 126 miles northwest of Los Angeles.The outbreak occurred in the fall of 2006 and sickened about 80 people, according to the report. No deaths were reported. E coli O157:H7 produces a toxin that causes diarrhea—often bloody—and abdominal cramps, but typically no fever. The illness usually resolves in 5 to 10 days, but it can cause hemolytic uremic syndrome, potentially leading to kidney failure or death, in 2% to 7% of patients.Investigators from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Iowa Department of Public Health had identified shredded iceberg lettuce served at the restaurants as the likely cause of the E coli outbreak. The FDA, working with Minnesota and California officials, had traced the lettuce the restaurants received from a Minnesota distributor to growing regions in California’s Central Coast and Central Valley areas.Further trace-back studies by the FDA and California authorities steered investigation and sampling to two growing areas, but investigators focused their efforts on the Wegis Ranch in Buttonwillow after 10 of the 32 samples from the site matched the Taco John’s outbreak strain, according to the report.Four of the samples matching the outbreak strain came from two dairies located near the lettuce fields.After analyzing water systems in the area and at the ranch, investigators found several confluence points between the local water district’s system and those of the ranch and the two dairy operations.”A key finding in this investigation was the dairy wastewater blending and distribution system used by the Wegis Ranch to irrigate crops and distribute water,” the investigators wrote. They also reported that the system had inadequate backflow devices, which might have contaminated the growing fields with wastewater.The report also said numerous signs of wildlife were observed near and on some of the ranch’s growing fields.See also:Feb 15 FDA/California Department of Public Health final report on E coli O157:H7 outbreak in lettuceJan 12, 2007, CIDRAP News story “FDA finds Taco John’s E coli strain on California farms”last_img read more


A meeting was held with American investors who want to invest in the Pašman Riviera

first_imgLast week, Zadar County Prefect Božidar Longin and his associates hosted a delegation of American investors at the County House, led by Jeffory D. Blackard, a representative of the Blackard Global consortium. The aim of the meeting was to present the tourist development project “Pašman Riviera”, estimated at 500 million euros, which is individually the largest greenfield investment in Croatian tourism.”We held a very constructive meeting. These are serious investors who intend to invest in the Pašman Riviera project. It would be the largest tourist investment in Zadar County and certainly the largest American investment in Croatia”, Said the prefect of Zadar County Božidar Longin, adding that the county services and the Municipality of Pašman will be maximally available so that the investment can be realized as soon as possible.”We are extremely pleased with yesterday’s meeting and the support expressed by the Zadar County Prefect Božidar Longin. The preparation of this project was a very long and detailed process, we took special care of the environment and the authenticity of the location, our goal is to satisfy the local community and all future guests. We will create a large number of permanent jobs and we believe that this project will bring great economic prosperity to Pašman and its surroundings.Said Jeffory D. Blackard, CEO of Zero Global Waste and Blackard Global Inc.Pašman Resort – EUR 500 million investmentIn the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”The goal of the Pasman Resort project is to develop a top and attractive tourist destination of the highest category with an innovative marketing concept that should enable sustainable tourism development on the island of Pasman while preserving the natural features of the area and respecting local tradition and cultural heritage.The Project area has untouched nature, does not contain buildings and is located along the 8 km long coast, with a total area of ​​approximately 260 hectares, of which about 100 hectares represent construction area, and about 160 hectares represent the planned potential area of ​​recreation and agriculture. The project would include the construction of hotels, tourist apartments, villas, berths, beaches, etc.… with a capacity of up to 4.000 beds in the final stages of development, including ancillary facilities and the necessary utilities in the project area.An additional goal of the Pašman settlement project is the construction of a bridge that will connect the northeastern part of Pašman with the mainland (in the area of ​​Biograd na Moru), 2,2 km long. The bridge, which has already been determined in the spatial plans of the Republic of Croatia, should provide further positive effects for tourist resorts as well as for the overall development of economic and social categories on the islands of Pašman and Ugljan.The land of 260 hectares is not for sale but would be leased for a period of 99 years, and according to some estimates, the investor will pay the Municipality of Pašman about 4,2 million kuna a year for the land.Find out more about the whole project on the official ones investor websiteslast_img read more


Walloped by pandemic and controversy, Trump faces political turmoil

first_imgPummeled from all sides, US President Donald Trump appears increasingly desperate to turn the page on the unrelenting coronavirus pandemic eating away at his prospects for re-election in November.”Great News on Vaccines!” he tweeted Wednesday, striking a hopeful note.But the reality is stubborn and sobering: 136,900 Americans have perished, confirmed new cases are on the rise in 40 out of 50 states, California announced Monday it was re-shuttering parts of its massive economy, and Trump is clashing with health experts tasked with fighting the crisis. Obama weighs in The White House has sought to calm the waters, even as one of its own sowed new confusion.In an opinion piece Tuesday in USA Today, Trump’s chief trade advisor Peter Navarro attacked Fauci with renewed animosity, writing that “Fauci has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on.”The administration rushed to mop up the mess, saying Navarro bypassed normal White House channels when he published his op-ed.Trump himself castigated his advisor.Navarro “made a statement representing himself. He shouldn’t be doing that,” Trump told reporters.”We’re all on the same team, including Dr Fauci.”But Trump and the White House have repeatedly criticized Fauci in recent weeks.Fauci described the efforts as “bizarre,” telling The Atlantic magazine that “ultimately, it hurts the president to do that.”Amid the hubbub, Barack Obama weighed in with an appeal for apolitical action.”The latest data offers a tragic reminder that the virus doesn’t care about spin or ideology,” the 44th president tweeted Wednesday without naming the 45th, but clearly referring to Trump.”The best thing we can do for our economy is to deal with our public health crisis,” Obama added.Biden, for eight years Obama’s deputy, appears content to run a minimal campaign with few public appearances, but he nevertheless has sought to seize the momentum from a flailing Trump.Enjoying favorable polling, including in some traditionally Republican states, Biden denounced Trump for his “complete and utter failure” to combat COVID-19, as he shifts his own electoral strategy.On Tuesday, Biden aired his first campaign ad in Texas, a state that has not voted for a Democratic presidential nominee since 1976 but where polls now put him in a dead heat with Trump.”I know the rise in [coronavirus] case numbers is causing fear and apprehension,” Biden says over images of masked emergency responders, and loved ones communicating via webcast or through glass.”If you’re sick, if you’re struggling… I will not abandon you.” There is palpable concern in the Republican camp. Biden leads Trump by nine percentage points in national polling, according to an aggregate compiled by RealClearPolitics.The Democratic challenger, 77, is also ahead in at least five of the major swing states that could decide the election: Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.Trump for his part is sticking to a limited line of attack: portraying his opponent as a listless old man easily manipulated by the “radical left.”But the 74-year-old Trump committed his own slip of the tongue Tuesday when he said Biden had been pulled to “the right” by Bernie Sanders, the leftist who fought him for the Democratic nomination. Topics : Even some voices within his own camp are urging the president to tackle the problem more seriously rather than blame scapegoats.”We don’t have a Dr Fauci problem,” stressed Republican Senator Lindsey Graham. “I think any effort to undermine him is not going to be productive.” With infection rates that have taken radically different trajectories than those in Europe, the United States is in bad shape — and the president appears to be dodging the subject.At a Tuesday press conference where he denounced China but also vilified his Democratic rival Joe Biden, Trump barely mentioned the government’s efforts to stem the COVID-19 outbreaks.On Wednesday he traveled to Atlanta — not to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for an update on the pandemic response as cases spike in Georgia and elsewhere, but to deliver a speech on modernizing America’s infrastructure.His attempt to discredit respected infectious disease specialist Anthony Fauci, who has bluntly warned that the US strategy against the virus is faltering, has flopped.last_img read more


Charms of yesteryear in Yeerongpilly

first_imgThe home at 22 Stamford St, Yeerongpilly.THIS classic Queenslander on a huge block in Yeerongpilly has a rich history and lovely character features.Owners Kirsten and Declan Powell, who have owned the home since 1986, said the property at 22 Stamford St, Yeerongpilly was built in the 1890s and has only belonged to three families.“It has a lot of history,” Ms Powell said.“We can’t find pictures but everyone we spoke to said the house used to be the Yeronga tennis club and they had dances around the wide verandas on Saturday nights in the early 1900s.” The home at 22 Stamford St, Yeerongpilly.Ms Powell said she loved the home’s high ceilings and the living room with original fireplace.“A lot of the features are original right down to the floorboards,” she said.“The high ceilings mean you don’t feel enclosed in any of the rooms and it’s just such a big house on a big block.“It’s also very cool — the breezes just blow through and it’s got beautiful views to the tennis centre and beyond to Mount Coot-Tha.”More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020 The home at 22 Stamford St, Yeerongpilly.Ms Powell said the home would suit a family with young children.“We will miss all the space but the home’s ready for the next family to love it and create their own memories.”The property is being marketed by Jane Elvin of LJ Hooker Annerley Yeronga. The home at 22 Stamford St, Yeerongpilly.The home is on a 1620sq m block across four lots and has a wraparound veranda, VJ walls, timber floors and casement windows.Upstairs there is a big kitchen, casual dining room, sun room and formal dining room.An original double sided fireplace sits between the living room and the sitting room. The home at 22 Stamford St, Yeerongpilly.There are also four bedrooms on this level, along with a study, bathroom and separate toilet.Downstairs there is a second kitchen, dining room, living room, two bedrooms and a bathroom.There is also a double lockup garage and a laundry.last_img read more


11-year-old Jamaican Boy to be Deported from Antigua

first_imgNewsRegional 11-year-old Jamaican Boy to be Deported from Antigua by: – February 29, 2012 83 Views   4 comments Share An 11-year-old Jamaican boy whose parents cannot control him will be deported from Antigua & Barbuda.Photo credit:medicallicenseverification.comAccording to the Antigua Observer, the Primary School student appeared before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh in St John’s Magistrates’ Court earlier this week and pleaded guilty to two counts of larceny.It’s reported that this was the child’s second appearance before a magistrate for stealing. He last appeared before former district ‘B’ magistrate Joan Fung.The prosecutor told the court that on Wednesday, February 15, the virtual complainant, Suzette Hamilton, placed two phones – a Nokia and a Blu – on her dressing table in her bedroom. The Nokia is valued $400 and the other phone costs $30.The 11-year-old is a “regular visitor to the home,” the prosecutor said. On the day in question, the child went to the house, saw the phones, picked them up and left.Hamilton discovered that the phones – one belonging to her and the other one for her mother – were missing when she went to get them about 3 pm.A report was made to the police and investigations were conducted. The Jamaican youth was taken into custody and he admitted to taking the phones and told the police where to find them.Both cell phones were recovered. The child was arrested and charged.Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin told the court that the young man’s mother and father were fed up with him. Benjamin said the parents consented for the boy to receive 12 lashes from a police officer.Chief Magistrate Walsh reportedly told Benjamin that it was already too late to curb the child’s thievery, since he started at age seven.“He is already broken into being a thief. If his own parents can’t cope with him, why should the state cope with him? It is obvious that he does not listen to them (his parents),” she said.Walsh said, “I am not going to send him to prison for taxpayers to feed him. I am seriously contemplating on sending him back to Jamaica and he can steal there.”The prosecutor informed the court that the 11 year old, who has resided in Antigua for the past four years, has been out of time since August 31, 2010.Based on that information, Benjamin said he would discontinue his plea for leniency.Walsh inquired how the Jamaican youth, who was dressed in his school uniform, was allowed in school without legal status. She then made the order for his deportation.Antigua Chronicle Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweetlast_img read more


Food aid provided to Antique frontliners

first_imgHe added that nurses working in theASMGH have requested a temporary shelter due to the lack of public transport inthe province, especially that the provincial government extended the enhancedcommunity quarantine until April 14.(Witha report from PNA/PN) FOOD FOR FRONT-LINERS. Employees’ cooperatives in Antique donate PHP50,00 worth of food to the province’s front-liners. Ma. Lourdes Fortaleza, president of the United Provincial Government Employees of Antique (UPGEA), said on Tuesday (March 31, 2020) they consider their actions as part of their social responsibility. Photo courtesy of UPGEA/APGEMCO “Last March 30, we gave foodstuff to thepersonnel of the Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital (ASMGH), ProvincialDisaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Provincial Social Welfare andDevelopment Office, and the capitol guards, who are still performing theirduties despite the threat of COVID-19,” UPGEA president Ma. Lourdes Fortaleza saidon April 1. SAN JOSE, Antique – Frontliners in thisprovince were provided with food assistance by a group of employers asappreciation and support in their fight against the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19). Integrated provincial health officer Dr.Ric Noel Naciongayo, for his part, has been appealing assistance for thefrontliners. “I am appealing to anyone concerned toextend assistance to our frontliners as our way of appreciating theircommitment to work,” he said. The United Provincial GovernmentEmployees of Antique (UPGEA) and the Antique Provincial Government EmployeesMulti-Purpose Cooperative gave out biscuits, noodles, energy drunk, juice andmore to the frontliners.last_img read more


Franklin County Sheriff releases November numbers

first_imgBROOKVILLE, Ind. — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department released the monthly activity report for November.The agency received a total of 624 calls for service last month. The data shows 85 calls for vehicle accidents, 16 burglary reports and 42 calls for suspicious activity.A total of 26 arrests were made last month including five alcohol-related offenses and three drug related offenses.An average of 40 prisoners were housed in the jail throughout the month of November and there were 85 civil process papers served.last_img read more


Infantino believes he is ‘untouchable’, claims ex-FIFA chief

first_img Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The Best Cars Of All Time2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People LiveThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who is facing a criminal probe in Switzerland, “thinks he is untouchable,” his deposed predecessor Sepp Blatter said on Thursday. In an interview with AFP, Blatter even called for the opening of an investigation by FIFA’s Ethics Commission. “Mr Infantino is in a situation where he thinks he is untouchable,” said Blatter. Read Also: Simeone defends Atletico Madrid stars after UCL exitOn Thursday, Blatter insisted FIFA’s Ethics Commission “should immediately open an investigation and disclose it as they did against me”.However, he then added that the commission “is not independent” because “Infantino has locked the control bodies and this is very worrying”.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Infantino, in charge of world football’s governing body since 2016, is the subject of an investigation by the Swiss prosecutor over suspected collusion between him and Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber, who resigned last month over his handling of a corruption investigation targeting FIFA. However, Infantino has already insisted he had “nothing to hide”. In a letter sent to FIFA’s 211 members Infantino said there were no “factual grounds for the opening of a criminal investigation”. Blatter was banned for eight years, later reduced to six, for an illicit payment of two million Swiss francs ($2.2 million)made to former UEFA president Michel Platini. The payment was made in 2011, when Blatter was seeking re-election as president, but was related to work carried out by Platini between 1999 and 2002. Advertisementlast_img read more


FIBA releases guidelines for basketball’s return

first_imgThe International Basketball Federation (FIBA) on Tuesday published recommendations on returning to basketball in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.The recommendations, which were published in the English, French and Spanish languages, are titled: “Return to Basketball – Restart Guidelines for National Federations.” A basketball-specific “Risk Assessment Tool” has also been produced in collaboration with the World Health Organisation.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that FIBA is the world governing body for basketball and is an independent association formed by 213 national basketball federations throughout the world.The body, which is based in Mies in Switzerland, is recognised as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee.FIBA’s guidelines are primarily for national federations seeking direction and advice on the restart of basketball activities and competitions.NAN reports that the vast majority of basketball activities and competitions around the world had been halted in mid-March due to the pandemic. “The guidelines and risk assessment tool will serve as a checklist to ensure any decisions on basketball events are based on an assessment of risks and the best chance of a successful restart,” FIBA said.It however reminded the federations that the publication is not intended to replace the guidance and restrictions of governments and public health authorities.“The risk assessment tool is a live document and will be updated regularly,” the federation added.The guidelines have been developed by FIBA Medical Commission Chairman, Peter Harcourt.This was after his consultation with the FIBA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group and also both the FIBA Medical and Players Commissions. Harcourt, who is from Australia, holds numerous positions within other sports organisations as well as with World Anti-Doping Agency and the Commonwealth Games Federation Medical Commission.He said: “In these challenging times, on behalf of FIBA’s Medical Commission, I share our heartfelt support and solidarity with the basketball community across the world.“I have witnessed that FIBA has been working tirelessly to ensure the health and safety of national federations, players, officials and other partners.“I can assure that our Medical Commission will keep working and collaborating closely with WHO and will endeavour to assist FIBA to safeguard the basketball community from the current pandemic crisis based on the scientific knowledge.”RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Commenting on the guidelines, Andreas Zagklis, FIBA Secretary General, said they were going to be very beneficial.Zagklis said: “I wish to sincerely thank the FIBA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group, the FIBA Commissions involved and the World Health Organisation (WHO) for their invaluable work, expertise and continued contribution towards protecting our national federations, players, officials and basketball event organisers.“This set of guidelines will be very beneficial for the basketball community in their return to our game.“We all miss our sport being played and as the situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, FIBA remains committed to providing guidance for a safe environment for the ‘Return to Basketball.’”NAN reports that the FIBA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group was set up in April, with the purpose to review the latest scientific knowledge regarding COVID-19.It was also mandated to advice on the return of international basketball competitions.Members of this special advisory group include the Chair and Deputy Chair of the FIBA Medical Commission, NBA Director of Sports Medicine, and Senior Advisor to the WHO Executive Director.It also has a University of Melbourne Professor of Medicine who specialised in immunology and vaccine research, and, as an observer, the IOC Medical Director.Tags: BasketballCOVID-19FIBAlast_img read more


Allardyce expects tough month

first_img Everton defender Johnny Heitinga turned down a move to Upton Park earlier in the week and, although Allardyce remains in the dark on the Holland international’s U-turn, he anticipates it will prove a challenge to bring in the right players to help save West Ham. “I don’t know what the real reason is, why Johnny didn’t come,” he said. “He just said the morning after it was something he felt wasn’t right. That’s the only explanation he gave to me. Not something I could extract out of him. “I knew it was going to be nearly impossible anyway, in this window. As always the window is an impossible scenario to deal with. To have to work in it under the circumstances we have makes it even more difficult. “Because you have got players who will look around and say, ‘Do I want to go to a team in the bottom three? Do I want to go for that fight?’ Perhaps some of them will say, ‘no. I might as well stay and play the odd game’. You just keep searching and looking.” Monaco striker Lacina Traore is the latest player linked with a loan move to West Ham but Allardyce knows he will be offered players left, right and centre during January. “I’ve had more than thousands of calls, it’ll probably been millions by the time we finish this window,” he said. “I’d prefer not to have to keep answering my phone every two minutes or every one minute but I do to find out what part of the world these agents have got these players that want to come and are desperate to come to West Ham.” A Capital One Cup semi-final against Manchester City follows the FA Cup tie with Forest but, with just two league points accrued in December, Allardyce admits the mood in the camp is low and that it is his responsibility to lift the squad. The Hammers have just 14 fit first-team players, with a host of youth team talent joining up with the squad for their FA Cup third-round match at Nottingham Forest on Sunday. But recruiting new players could prove difficult for Allardyce with his side currently languishing in 19th place in the Barclays Premier League. Sam Allardyce is expecting a hard slog throughout January as he looks to add to his injury-ravaged squad.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more