first_img The length of the outbreak, the difficulty of the investigation, and the large numbers of sick people have frustrated federal officials, consumers, and legislators and angered the produce industry. “Tomatoes are Mexico’s biggest agricultural export to the US. Fresh fruit and vegetable exports to America accounted for $4.4 billion last year,” Leavitt wrote. “As always, an incident in that sector of their economy has serious ramifications, and we are working with them to minimize impact, while putting safety first.” The CDC has said the nature of some of the food items, such as fresh salsa and pico de gallo sauce, consumed by many of the sick patients has complicated the investigation. “When food items are mixed together and consumed in the same dish, all the items may be statistically linked to illness. In that case, determining by statistical means which item caused the illness can be difficult or impossible,” the CDC said in its update. Earlier updates linked one death to the outbreak, but the CDC said today that the patient, a Texas man in his eighties, died from cardiopulmonary failure. However, the agency said the man was infected with the outbreak strain, which might have contributed to his death. The illness also might have contributed to a previous death, that of a Texas cancer patient who was in his sixties. Meanwhile, Mexico’s health secretary, Jose Angel Cordova, said health and agriculture officials from his country have traveled to the United States and would meet with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials to demand that Mexican tomatoes be cleared of suspicion in the outbreak, the Associated Press reported yesterday. On Jul 9 CDC officials warned that people in high-risk groups, such as infants, those with impaired immune systems, and elderly people, should avoid fresh jalapeno and Serrano peppers. New evidence from a second round of case control-studies suggested the two items were associated with the outbreak, along with some types of tomatoes from certain growing regions, the agency said. On Jun 23, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt wrote on his blog about recent meetings he had had with Mexican officials, including Cordova. He said food safety was one of the topics, and he acknowledged the importance of Mexican produce exports to the United States. The CDC also said that all four Canadian patients who were sick with the outbreak strain had become infected while traveling in the United States. Jul 15, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today that the number of cases in a nationwide Salmonella outbreak that might be linked to contaminated tomatoes and hot peppers has climbed to 1,167 and that new illnesses are still being reported. At earlier press briefings, FDA officials said they had found no Salmonella Saintpaul in any of 1,700 tested samples, most of which were from tomatoes. They said investigators would test peppers if warranted by trace-back investigation findings. According to the CDC’s latest information, based on data from 813 patients, at least 220 people were hospitalized. The outbreak has spread to 42 states and the District of Columbia, though many of the cases occurred in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Illinois. The most recent illness onset date is Jul 4, a sign that the outbreak is ongoing. See also: The FDA has so far cleared tomatoes grown in 30 of Mexico’s states. The agency keeps an updated list of areas that it says are safe sources of red round, Roma, and plum tomatoes on its Web site. Investigations of case clusters, including three large ones, suggested that neither contaminated tomatoes nor peppers alone were responsible for the entire outbreak, which involves the relatively rare Salmonella enterica serotype Saintpaul. Jul 14 CDC Salmonella update read more

first_imgA birthday celebration turned tragic after three bandits, one of whom was armed with a handgun, stormed the party and robbed several persons including the birthday boy.The incident reportedly occurred around 02:30h on Sunday morning at Lot 179 National Walk, Triumph Village, East Coast Demerara (ECD).Based on reports received, the birthday boy, Mohammed Nazim Wahab, threw a party on the eve of his birthday, on Friday evening, and invited his family, relatives and friends to partake.However, after midnight, a group of five was still consuming alcoholic beverages as the music system blasted.A few hours later, three males, who had their faces tied with rags to conceal their identities, entered Wahab’s premises by drilling a hole through the fence. One of the perpetrators was carrying a silver revolver.The trio confronted the men who were in the yard and instructed them to lay face down on the ground as they were relieved of their cash and cellular phones.Wahab, who runs an autobody shop, had about $100,000 and his iPhone 7 snatched from him while his younger brother, a businessman, was relieved of a cellular phone.Meanwhile, 26-year-old Anil Dhaniram, a mechanic of Mon Repos, ECD, was robbed of his mobile phone, a Samsung J2, and another mechanic, 39-year-old Rasheed Alli, who lives at the Wahab residence, was also relieved of his cellular phone.Additionally, 20-year-old Rosita Figueredo, who is said to also reside at the Wahab residence, was robbed of her Samsung J7 cellular phone.Guyana Times understands that during the robbery, the younger Wahab put up a resistance and a struggle ensued between him and one of the bandits.In retaliation, the man who was armed with the gun discharge three shots in the air, thus resulting in the victims scampering to safety.The armed men then made good their escape through a gate on the Western side of the premises.As they ran out of the Wahab’s yard and headed towards the Eastern direction on foot, the older Wahab gave chase and managed to follow the trio into Good Hope, ECD, then lost themAccording to the police, no one was injured and no spent shells were found but ranks discovered one warhead at the scene of the crime.Commander of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) Sub-division C (East Coast Demerara), Royston Andries-Junor, when contacted by Guyana Times on Sunday confirmed the incident and noted that investigations are currently underway. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

first_imgThe raw 7.03-carat blue diamond found atSouth Africa’s Cullinan Mine before it was cut and polished.(Image: Sotheby’s) A miner carrying the legendary Cullinan Diamond discovered in 1905.(Image: Bryson Burke)Khanyi Magubane A 7.03-carat blue diamond discovered at the legendary Cullinan Mine in South Africa has broken a world record after it sold for US$ 9.4 million (R81-million) at an auction in Geneva, Switzerland.The amount exceeded the pre-sale maximum estimate of $8.5-million (R73-million).Hosted by auction house Sotheby’s, the sale of the diamond – classified as a “fancy vivid blue” – has been recorded as the highest price offered for a gemstone at an auction.The new owner of the prized possession, Hong Kong collector Joseph Lau Leun-Hung, bid telephonically during the tightly contested sale, which lasted 15 minutes.Lau Leun-Hung has since exercised his right to name the diamond, now known as the Star of Josephine.Classified by the Gemological Institute of America as “internally flawless”, the cushion-shaped diamond was sold as part of Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels Sale series, and comprised a number of classical pieces.Another popular piece was a pink pear-shaped 5.29-carat diamond, which sold for $2-million (R17.3-miilion), and a marquise brilliant-cut vivid yellow diamond, weighing in at 18-carats.According to the Times of India, the demand for big-sized stones is gaining momentum in Asian and western markets including Hong Kong, Japan, China and the US.“Auction houses like Sotheby’s and Christie’s are fuelling the consumer confidence around the world. While the world is reeling under recession, the sale of the blue diamond has revived the hope for the diamond industry,” said Bharat Gosai, a leading diamond expert, during an interview with Times of India.Also present at the sale was Johan Dippenaar, the chief executive officer of Petra Diamonds, the company that bought the Cullinan Mine from diamond miners De Beers last year. Speaking to Sotheby’s, Dippenaar said, “The renowned Cullinan Mine continues to captivate the world with spectacular diamonds, building on its legacy as the source of some of the world’s most famous gems.“This has been a very successful partnership with Sotheby’s … and has provided the perfect platform to garner international recognition for a gem of this caliber.”Sotheby’s international jewellery department chairperson for Europe and the Middle East David Bennett spoke highly of their partnership with Petra.“We are particularly thrilled with the price achieved for the exceptional fancy vivid blue diamond … its has been very exciting and rewarding to work so closely with Petra Diamonds and to follow the progress of this remarkable gem over the last few months and through to its auction success on the international stage.”In total, the Magnificent Jewels Collection sold 266 lots for a whopping $35.7-million (R309-million).Diamonds for AfricaThe Pretoria-based Cullinan Diamond Mine, with its long history of legendary blue diamond discoveries, dates back to the early 1900s.On June 25 1905, the world-famous Cullinan Diamond was discovered there by mine superintendent Frederick Wells. On a walk through the mine he picked up what he thought was a large piece of glass. When it turned out to be a 31.08-carat diamond, Wells was given a $10 000 (R86 000) reward for the discovery.Sir Thomas Cullinan, the mine’s owner, went on to sell the stone to the then Transvaal government, who in turn presented it to King Edward VII for his 66th birthday.The king sent the stone to be cut by master diamond cutters the Asscher brothers in Amsterdam. The final process of polishing the Cullinan Diamond was completed in 1908 and was subsequently cut into nine pieces.Some parts of the Cullinan Diamond can be found in English Crown Jewels as well as the personal gemstone collection of the Royal Family. To date, the Cullinan is still recorded as the largest uncut diamond ever found.Other famous finds from the mine include the 755-carat Golden Jubilee, the 600-carat Centenary, and the 530-carat Great Star of Africa.Since the 1905 find, more than 120-million carats have been mined at Cullinan. It is still in operation and producing about 25% of the world’s gem-quality diamonds.Public tours are conducted at the mine for those wanting to visit the historic site.Tourists interested in the underground operation of the mine are treated to an underground tour, where tour guides explain the process of diamond mining.Visitors are taught about the extraction of diamonds from the earth and the process of diamond cutting.Sharing an African visionPetra Diamonds, the company that owns the Cullinan Mine, has acquired a number of diamond mines across Africa, and has since been recognised as one of the biggest independent diamond mining groups in the world. It also owns the Koffiefontein, Helam, Sedibeng and Star mines in South Africa.In other parts of the continent, Petra Diamonds has acquired a 75% stake in the Williamson Mine in Tanzania.According to company reports, it has reached an agreement with De Beers to buy the Kimberly Underground mines.With the threat the illegal diamond trade poses to the industry, Petra Diamonds has committed itself to only working with companies that are a part of the Kimberly Process, which promotes the dealing in conflict-free diamonds.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at [email protected] Related articlesGovt to review mining in SA Economic boomtime in Angola Turning the jobless into jewellers Kimberley goes for Gold Useful linksPetra DiamondsSotheby’s Williamsons Diamond MineDe Beerslast_img read more

first_imgThe cost of programs designed to save energy works out to 4.4 cents per kilowatt hour, less than half of what power from a conventional coal-burning plant costs, according to an analysis from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.The authors of the report, released in mid-November, collected energy efficiency information from more than 100 program administrators in 34 states, covering 5,900 “program years” between 2009 and 2013. They looked at a number of residential efficiency programs, including programs that subsidize whole-house retrofits, lighting improvements, appliance swaps, and efficiency measures for electronic devices.Overall, the authors found that the cost of saved energy (CSE) was 4.4 cents/kWh, with residential programs having the lowest cost (3 cents/ kWh); commercial, industrial and agriculture programs followed at 5.6 cents/kWh.This compares with the 9.5 cents/kWh for producing electricity in a conventional coal plant, Merrian Burgeon writes in a blog for the Natural Resources Defense Council.“This means that smarter uses of energy can replace dirty coal at a fraction of the cost of building coal plants to generate electricity (and without polluting our air or exacerbating climate disruption),” she says.last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-AZ striker Kenneth Perez: We can beat Man Utdby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer AZ Alkmaar striker Kenneth Perez believes they can beat Europa League opponents Manchester United.AZ host United on Thursday evening.“They have a very good chance,” Perez told FOX Sports. “They are my favourite, as far as I’m concerned. “I saw Manchester United against Leicester. It was so bad. I think AZ is a favourite, but on paper it remains Manchester United, so you have the feeling that it is a tough opponent. “If AZ is not impressed by that, they have a very big chance of winning.” last_img

first_imgCALGARY – WestJet Airlines Ltd. says Swoop, its new ultra-low-cost carrier, will launch on June 20.The airline will begin with six weekly flights between Abbotsford, B.C., and Hamilton, and six weekly flights between Hamilton and Halifax.Swoop will add six weekly flights between Hamilton and Edmonton and between Hamilton and Winnipeg on June 25.Service between Abbotsford and Edmonton will begin July 25 with three flights a day. The airline will have a total of 45 weekly flights.WestJet announced plans for the no-frills discount airline last year.last_img

first_imgOTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada says it will hear an appeal over jurisdiction in the latest stage of a long-running effort by Innu First Nations to sue mining giant Rio Tinto.The government of Newfoundland and Labrador launched the appeal after Quebec’s highest court ruled that the Innu of Uashat and of Mani-Utenam and others could sue the company and its Iron Ore Co. of Canada subsidiary through Quebec courts.The attorney general of Newfoundland and Labrador has argued that Quebec courts are without jurisdiction in the matter because the mining operations are in Labrador.The Innu launched the lawsuit in 2013, seeking $900 million in compensation because the mine was built without their consent.They claim the mine, in operation since 1954, has caused environmental damage, displaced members of the community, and prevented them from practising their traditional way of life.The Innu First Nations of Uashat mak Mani-utenam and Matimekush-Lac John say they’re disappointed the Supreme Court will hear the challenge as it amounts to another delay in their lawsuit. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The Ohio state baseball team celebrates the team’s Big Ten championship victory. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAfter clinching an automatic bid into the NCAA College Baseball tournament, the Ohio State Buckeyes have been placed as the No. 2 seed in the Louisville regional, hosted by No. 2 national seed Louisville Cardinals. For the Buckeyes, this has been a truly spectacular season, fueled by steady contributions from both sides of the plate as they finished with a Big Ten-best record of 43-18-1. On the year, OSU ranked second in the Big Ten in runs scored with 362. The team’s offense was driven largely by their strong power numbers, where they ranked first in the Big Ten and tied for 28th in the country with 56 home runs. Another strength was the speed on the basepaths, where they ranked second in the Big Ten and tied for 18th in the country in stolen bases with 98 successful swipes.But it wasn’t just the bats that worked for the Buckeyes. The pitching staff for the Scarlet and Gray also contributed in a major way to the success of the team. OSU pitchers posted a 3.02 ERA on the season, good for second best in the Big Ten and 11th in the nation; a 1.20 WHIP, best in the Big Ten and 12th in the nation; and a miniscule 2.40 BB/9 rate, second best in the Big Ten and fifth best among all NCAA teams.In the first matchup of their regional, the Buckeyes will take on Wright State University, champions of the Horizon League. The Raiders have put together a strong season, posting a 44-15 record overall. They currently sit 36th overall with a 3.47 ERA and tenth overall with a 1.20 WHIP. Though WSU ranks 22nd overall in runs scored (424 on the season), they have few explosive aspects to their offense. The Raiders currently rank 95th in batting average (.283) and tied for 55th in home runs (46). Their offense has largely been sparked by a NCAA 20th best-91 stolen bases.That game begins on Friday, June 3 at 6 p.m. E.T.The winner of the Louisville regional will play the winner of the Vanderbilt regional in the Super Regional round. read more

When Thad Matta spoke into the microphone his voice crackled, often breaking off into a cough. His cheeks were flushed with a slight red hue and the lights from the postgame press conference glistened off of his saturated face. His team had just earned its first legitimizing win of the season – a 56-53 triumph over a Michigan team that was on the precipice of its first No. 1 ranking in 21 years. And Matta’s presence represented the stress that the rest of the sold-out Schottenstein Center felt as it witnessed the home team’s 21-point lead wilt away into a tie game with six minutes to play. Must-wins don’t exist for college basketball teams in mid-January, but the Buckeyes’ matchup against Michigan was as close as it gets. OSU had lost each of its last three games against ranked opponents – a blown lead down the stretch in the always-hostile Cameron Indoor against Duke, a Sahara Desert-esque shooting drought against Kansas and a dud of a performance against Illinois that turned into the worst program loss in more than three years. Three returning starters from a Final Four team the previous year merited OSU a lofty No. 4 preseason ranking, but ever since the Buckeyes had been methodically cascading down the rankings and giving rise to doubts in not just the psyche of the fans, but surely in their own minds as well that maybe this team wasn’t as good as its predecessors. So when Michigan rolled into town with a No. 2 overall ranking, a heralded freshman class and two returning stars in junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. and sophomore guard Trey Burke, OSU all but needed a win to prove to itself that OSU can compete in the hypercompetetive Big Ten and the NCAA Tournament at year’s end. OSU played like a desperate team in the game’s opening minutes, pressuring Michigan into uncharacteristic mistakes and building a 29-8 lead. The Buckeyes blew that lead, regained a six-point advantage and almost saw that one disappear too when Columbus-native Burke’s three that would have given his team a one-point lead rattled out. “I don’t know how, but I’m not going to give it back, that’s for sure,” Matta said after the game. Michigan wanted the win too, obviously. But they didn’t need it. Burke had a little extra incentive, playing against the team that never offered him a scholarship despite growing up a nine iron away from campus. But he was the only one who had anything extra to play for. (And don’t kid yourself, the Michigan-OSU rivalry is nowhere near what it is in football.) For the rest of the Wolverines, this was the first major road test for a young team. Important yes, but a victory was not instrumental for the team’s long-term success. Michigan coach John Beilein, despite his team climbing a mountain of a 21-point deficit only to lose in the end, did not look or sound like a disappointed coach. On the contrary, he was calm and encouraged. “This is terrific for us,” he said. “Every coach will tell you that. When is the last team that didn’t lose? The teams that really prosper from it are the teams that get better from it. We did not play a top-20 team on the road. “We had five freshmen play almost double-digit minutes, they didn’t have a freshman see the floor.” It would have been great for Michigan to get the win, but the Wolverines – playing on the road – have vastly different goals than the Buckeyes, who have a single freshman on their roster, at this point in the season. So don’t catapult OSU back into the “elite teams” category just yet. This Buckeye team is good. They proved that if their backs are against the wall they can beat any team in the country. But what happens when the other team is desperate for victory just as much as OSU, like say in March? That remains to be seen. read more

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Emre Can will not be available for the squad in their trip to Crystal Palace in SaturdayThe midfielder was withdraw from international duty, earlier this week, after struggling with a back problem that he sustained during Liverpool’s 5-0 win over Watford.While ruling out a long absence from the squad for Can, Klopp did admit that his compatriot will be unavailable for his side against the struggling Palace.“Emre is out for the weekend.” said  Klopp, according to club website.“[He is] getting better and better and better, much better. Hopefully he can have a normal session with us on Sunday morning and then should be fine again.”Joe Gomez will also be out with an ankle problem, while Nathaniel Clyne is now ready to return to the senior side for the first time since pre-season.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Clyney is back. He played last week for the U23s. One or two games more would be nice but the situation is like it is. We have Clyney.” said the German.“I said yesterday to the boys that we lost Joe but finally we got Clyney back. He has been back for a few weeks already but he has come closer and closer. He is a very good option.”The other good news for Klopp is that both Dominic Solanke and Andy Robertson are expected to be available for Liverpool on Saturday, as well.“He is fine and will be fine today, I hope. After training I’ll know more about that.” Klopp said on Solanke.And of Robertson, he added: “It was a dead leg, no problem.”last_img read more