NEWS SCAN: E coli bill criticized, African Flu Alliance set to launch

first_img Bill to ban non-O157 E coli in meat draws fire from industrySen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., recently introduced a bill to ban six non-O157 strains of pathogenic Escherichia coli in meat, which quickly drew criticism from the American Meat Institute (AMI), a trade group. The proposed law would add the six strains (O26, O45, O103, O11, O121, and O145) to the list of adulterants in meat, require meat companies to test for them, and give the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) authority to find and regulate other toxic strains in the future, Gillibrand said in a press release. Declaring the strains adulterants will require the USDA to begin testing for them and recommend best testing practices to companies. The bill, which has no cosponsors, was introduced May 27 and referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, according to the Library of Congress. The AMI responded to the bill by saying in a May 27 statement, “We don’t believe that an act of Congress can make these bacteria disappear.” The group expressed puzzlement that the bill targets only meat, in the wake of a recent E coli O145 outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. The AMI asserted further that no “confirmed outbreak” of any of the six strains has ever been linked to a meat product, that there is no test available to detect the six strains, and that the USDA has said existing food safety systems work equally well for all pathogenic E coli strains. The USDA has been considering for 3 years whether to classify the six non-O157 strains as adulterants, according to a recent New York Times report. The agency has voiced reluctance to do that until it has tests that can detect them quickly, which are expected to be ready by the end of next year, that report said.May 27 AMI statement African Flu Alliance to hold first meeting this weekAiming to strengthen influenza surveillance and control efforts in Africa, African health officials and representatives of international organizations and other groups will hold the first meeting of the African Flu Alliance Jun 3 and 4 in Marrakesh, Morocco, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced recently. The new group seeks to promote collaboration and information exchange among stakeholders in Africa and beyond, the WHO’s Regional Office for Africa said in a May 31 statement. “We know that influenza has a significant impact on morbidity and mortality throughout Africa, but unfortunately, we don’t have a great deal of data that shows this,” Dr. Keiji Fukuda, pandemic flu adviser to the WHO director-general, said in the statement. Dr. Sylvie Briand, head of the WHO’s Global Influenza Programme, added that competing health needs and a lack of information have combined to prevent steps to reduce the impact of flu in Africa. A key goal of the meeting is to raise awareness of the need to strengthen flu surveillance capacity and to develop intervention strategies. Besides African national health officials, groups participating in the new alliance include the Association pour la Medicine Preventive, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US National Institutes of Health, the German Technical Cooperation, Foundation Merieux, the Institut Pasteur International Network, the Fogarty International Center, and the Programme for Appropriate Technology (PATH).May 31 WHO news release Jun 2, 2010last_img read more

DB signs €1·5bn double-deck framework

first_imgGERMANY: On January 5 Deutsche Bahn and Bombardier Transportation announced a framework agreement worth up to €1·5bn for the supply of 800 double-deck coaches, including DB’s first double-deck EMU cars. DB will use the vehicles to compete in tenders for the provision of local rail transport. ‘For the first time ever, we will have powered double-deck coaches in our fleet’, said DB Regio Chairman Ulrich Homburg. ‘Individual coaches, driving trailers or trailer coaches can be added as well, depending on what the trains are being used for’. DB Regio currently has more than 2 000 double-deck coaches in its fleet, and the new stock will be compatible with previous generations.In 1998 Bombardier, Adtranz and Siemens developed a three-car double-deck EMU for possible use by DB. Known as Meridian, the aluminium-bodied Class 445 was built as a demonstrator and shown at the 1998 InnoTrans trade fair. The outer two cars were powered and the train offered 289 seats. However, no follow-on order was placed.DWA built six Class 670 double-deck single-car diesel railbuses for DB in 1996, but they have since been sold. Last month LNVG placed a €46m order with Bombardier for a further 34 double-deck coaches for use on Metronom services south of Hamburg. The Niedersachsen transport authority also ordered 10 two-car Coradia Lint DMUs from Alstom at a cost of €28m.last_img read more

Tips of the trade: How to find gold in streams and…

first_img In this photo taken Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, Chris Hall uses a sluice box to pan for gold in the Wild Ammonoosuc River in Bath, N.H. A new generation of gold miners is giving prospecting a try, especially in New England and the Pacific Northwest. But more are turning to machinery, and that’s causing problems. Environmentalists complain mechanized mining poses a threat to river systems. Some states are banning certain mining techniques deemed harmful. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) A growing number of people are heading to the streams and rivers in search of gold. There is plenty to be had, experts say, but probably not enough for you to quit your day job.To find the specks of gold or even a nugget or two, you will need to the right equipment and keen sense of where to find it. A few tips from the experts:WHERE TO GOThere are thousands of places across the country to go in search of gold. Along with Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire in the Northeast, North Carolina and Georgia are popular with miners in the Southeast, while California, Utah, Oregon, Nevada and Idaho are well known out West.To find a good stream, it’s probably worth joining the Gold Prospectors Association of America or searching for a mining club on Facebook in your area. Every few years, the Gold Prospectors put out a book of all the land claims that members can prospect for gold. In this Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, photo, Chris Hall shows off a vile of gold he’s mined from the Wild Ammonoosuc River in Bath, N.H. A new generation of gold miners is giving prospecting a try, especially in New England and the Pacific Northwest. The growth is attributed partially to television shows like “Yukon Gold.” (AP Photo/Jim Cole) In this Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, photo, Chris Hall gets ready to search for gold in the Wild Ammonoosuc River in Bath, N.H. Mining for gold began in the late 1800s in New Hampshire. All the big mining operations are now gone, but recreational mining is done in certain areas of the state. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) In this 1887 photo provided by the Plymouth Historical Society, a small audience watches men setting up a long box for gold prospecting in a stream in the Five Corners area of Plymouth, Vt. A growing number of people, especially in New England and the Pacific Northwest, are returning to streams in search of gold. (E.G. Davis collection/Plymouth Historical Society via AP)center_img WHAT TO BRINGFor the beginner, it is advisable to dress for wet conditions with many miners wearing hip boots during the summer and waders in the fall. You should also bring a pan the size of a dinner plate, a strainer called a classifier and sucker bottles to capture the gold. More serious miners might consider investing in a suction dredge and sluice box — where legal — that allows them to process much more material.HOW TO STRIKE GOLDThe first step is finding the right spot in the river where the gold might collect, such as a crook in the bedrock, idle pools, log jams, inside corners of rivers or spaces between boulders. Then start digging, filling your pan with gravel.From there, continuously weed out the bigger rocks and pebbles. Then, place the pan underwater and saturate what remains, a process that allows the lighter material to float away.With the pan still underwater, slosh the muddy mix back and forth. After a few minutes, you should be left with black sand — hopefully speckled with flakes of gold. In this 1887 photo provided by the Plymouth Historical Society, men work beside a long box while panning for gold in a stream in the Five Corners area of Plymouth, Vt. A new generation of gold miners is giving prospecting a try, especially in New England and the Pacific Northwest. The growth is attributed partially to television shows like “Yukon Gold.” (E.G. Davis collection/Plymouth Historical Society via AP) In this 1887 photo provided by the Plymouth Historical Society, men work beside a long box while prospecting for gold in a stream in the Five Corners area of Plymouth, Vt. A new generation of gold miners is giving prospecting a try, especially in New England and the Pacific Northwest. The growth is attributed partially to television shows like “Yukon Gold.” (E.G. Davis collection/Plymouth Historical Society via AP)last_img read more

Carvajal adds to Madrid’s injury woes in defence

first_img Danilo, who is also a right-back, began the game at left-back due to Marcelo’s absence – the Brazilian was injured in the Clasico loss to Barcelona. He appeared to be injured in the early stages of the game, too, but he stayed on the pitch and it was Carvajal who eventually had to be taken off due to a muscle problem.  Rafa Benitez has a serious problem in defence. Since the beginning of the season there have been a number of injuries. Pepe, Danilo, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo and Carvajal have all missed games and it’s possible the Spanish coach’s favoured back four (Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo) will all be absent against Cadiz. 29/11/2015 Both full-backs, though, were able to play for the majority of the game. In the end, Carvajal was replaced by Karim Benzema with Madrid two goals up and just five minutes left in the game against the Basque minnows.  J.A. Sanchezcenter_img Upd. at 21:11 Dani Carvajal, injured again. The Real Madrid right-back picked up another knock against Eibar and, almost certainly, will not play against Cadiz in the Copa del Rey this week – he could even miss next week’s game against Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu.  CETlast_img read more

Cricket: Ravichandran Ashwin wary of facing Australia in their own den

first_imgAdvertisement 4o85NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs64b1Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eti( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) b898Would you ever consider trying this?😱662iCan your students do this? 🌚2rt6Roller skating! Powered by Firework Image Courtesy: India.comAdvertisement The Men In Blue face a stern challenge ahead on Aussie shore with the test series not far away. With the hosts at their vulnerable peak, the odds are on India to capitalize on the situation for a rare series victory away from home.Advertisement Speaking to reporters after a hard day out in the field against the Cricket Australia XI, Ashwin claimed that beating the World Champions in their own den is not an easy task. He elaborated:“The whole talk about India starting favourites, even when Australia came to India they were talking us up, and it looks like more of a strategy for us. I personally think you have to go one day at a time. It’s never easy to come over to Australia and win series. In the Ashes, they almost whitewashed England, knocked them over, and so as far as I’m concerned they are starting favourites. It’s very important for us to chip away every single day, every single ball, and if we can get our noses ahead, stay ahead,”Advertisement The off-spinner also commented on his efforts in the warm-up fixture that is underway. He said: “I thought the ball came out pretty well (off my hand). I haven’t played an international game for a while so it felt good the way it came out. In the next 4-5 days, I will prep up a bit more for the game,” Furthermore, the Kings XI Punjab spinner explained the team’s strategy for the first test in Adelaide. He stated:“You have to stitch together partnerships even when bowling and it’s very important to ascertain your role to get what you can out of the game. It obviously changes the dynamics for the captain when he goes out with one bowler less or one bowler more. But as a bowler personally it’s still the same for me,” Read Also:POLL: KL Rahul deserve more chances?Twitteratis react to Prithvi Shaw’s brutal ankle injury Advertisementlast_img read more