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Turning up the Heath

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Indonesia orders destruction of imported enoki mushrooms over listeriosis fears

first_imgThe Indonesian government has ordered importers to destroy enoki mushrooms obtained from South Korea as they may contain bacteria harmful to humans.The Agriculture Ministry’s Food Security Agency (BKP) head Agung Hendriadi said the government had not recorded any human infections from the imported mushrooms.”The steps taken by the Agriculture Ministry are precautionary,” Agung said in a statement published on Thursday. “We urge the public to be careful and thorough in buying food, especially fresh food from plants. Select foods that have been registered [on the government’s fresh produce (PSAT) list].” The BKP, through Central Food Safety Competency Authority (OKKPP) officials, extracted samples from enoki mushrooms between April 21 and May 26. Importers were told to stop distribution pending test results. The agency found that several enoki samples contained the bacteria.The BKP then told PT Green Box Fresh Vegetables, which imported enoki from South Korean mushroom exporter Green Co Ltd., to cease all distribution and destroy the remaining enoki. “Representatives from the company and the agency destroyed 1,633 cartons of enoki weighing more than 8.1 tons in Bekasi, West Java, between May 22 and June 19,” Agung said.Following the investigation, The BKP instructed regional branches of the OKKPP and the Agriculture Quarantine Agency to increase their supervision of the distribution of enoki mushrooms imported from South Korea.The agency has also instructed affected businesses to return enoki mushrooms imported by Green Co Ltd. and sanitize and test other foods, particularly those kept in storage with the mushrooms.Homegrown online grocery marketplace SayurBox suspended the sale of enoki mushrooms following a notification from the Agriculture Ministry urging the public not to consume them.”If you want to keep eating [enoki], don’t forget to cook them first and consult a doctor if you experience unusual symptoms,” the company wrote on its Instagram account, @sayurbox, on Thursday. The BKP said the International Food Safety Authority Network (Infosan), a food security network under the United Nations and the World Health Organization, notified Indonesia on April 15 that citizens of the United States, Canada and Australia had contracted listeriosis after consuming enoki mushrooms imported from South Korea.The mushrooms were found to contain Listeria monocytogenes, the bacterium that causes listeriosis. The infection can cause severe disease and death in vulnerable groups such as newborns, toddlers, pregnant women and the elderly, in addition to increasing the risk of miscarriage. The bacteria are resistant to cold temperatures and may be able to infect other foods stored in the same container. Read also: Eating mushrooms may slow mental decline: Studycenter_img Topics :last_img read more

IPE Views: The looming European Market Infrastructure Regulation

first_imgMuch about EMIR is still uncertain, even at this late stage of the game, warns CordiumLate last month, we learned that February 2014, after all, will be the likely start date for Europe’s new reporting regime for exchange-traded derivatives (ETDs). The industry had been expecting the regulator to stay its hand, following ESMA’s proposal of a one-year extension to resolve a number of practical issues. Now, much to its horror, the industry has just a few short months to prepare for implementation of the onerous new reporting rules, which form a part of the EU’s incoming European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR).To recap, the regulation is designed to reduce instability within Europe’s derivatives market (perceived to have been a contributory factor to the 2008 banking crisis) by bringing over-the-counter derivatives trades into the light and under regulatory purview. It aims to replace a tangled web of derivatives exposures with a system in which each market participant is exposed only to the credit risk of a central counterparty (CCP). Where central clearing of OTC contracts is not possible, strengthened risk requirements will seek to manage operational and counterparty credit risk.It is understandable firms are concerned about the timeline for implementation, as the new requirements imply a profound shift in how they go about meeting their regulatory obligations. In particular, reporting and risk management under EMIR will force them to place greater reliance on their back offices to collect an expanding array of data. This, together with the increasingly technical nature of regulatory compliance, means compliance personnel may have to develop a better understanding of back-office operations. When preparing for EMIR, compliance and operations may have to work alongside one another much more closely than they have done in the past. Much is still uncertain, even at this late stage. When it comes to ETDs, there are question marks over which parties to a trade should bear the reporting burden. And with reporting in general, there are issues yet to be resolved around information sharing and confidentiality.Aside from uncertainty over the rules, there is also a cultural challenge to be negotiated, in that there has traditionally been a ‘language barrier’ of sorts between compliance and operations. This must be overcome if the two are to work together in a far more integrated, day-to-day fashion.All in all, it is unclear whether the industry will be ready to comply with the new reporting rules come the New Year, deadline or no. EMIR isn’t just causing a convergence of compliance and operations – legal will be thrown into the mix as well. Segregation and reporting procedures under central clearing will necessitate contractual agreements between counterparties, brokers and clearing houses. It could take months to get these agreements signed and in place, but without a single CCP authorised as yet, it will be difficult for firms to get this process started.All of this would be challenging enough in isolation, but EMIR is just one part of a deluge of reform facing the industry. With so many new regulations bearing down on the market in tandem, firms will face real difficulties in prioritising objectives and finding sufficient resources to meet all of their deadlines. The fact Europe has yet to provide clarity – for example, on how to comply in practice with the reporting of ETDs – doesn’t make things easier.This convergence of operations and compliance is not just about EMIR. It is part of a wider regulatory trend that can be observed across all of these reforms. Regulation – whether the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive or EMIR – is headed in the direction of greater transparency and oversight. Keeping tabs on financial markets means reporting, and reporting means data. Compliance personnel and regulators alike will therefore need greater operational knowledge if they are to make sense of their data reporting requirements, blurring the conventional lines between the two functions.This trend will not have an equal impact on all firms. It is difficult to predict, but larger businesses (such as banks) with more formalised internal structures and sophisticated IT systems may be best placed to adapt to these new requirements. The challenge could be far more acute for smaller firms within the alternative space. And whereas investment banks will potentially see an upside to all this in the form of new profit opportunities, it is unlikely the same could be said of smaller asset managers and other affected market participants. As some key deadlines are fast approaching, it is important for all affected firms, large or small, to get on with their preparations.Jonathan Mott is a managing consultant and Tom Lucey a monitoring consultant at Cordiumlast_img read more

CPRA: Four Coastal Protection and Restoration Projects Awarded

first_imgThe Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) announces the awarding of four construction contracts totaling $28.6 million for projects that will restore marshland, revive an ecosystem with fresh water and vegetative plantings, strengthen an existing levee system, and use rocks to stabilize a portion of coastal shoreline.The projects extend across Cameron, Lafourche and St. James Parishes, CPRA said.Rockefeller Refuge Gulf Shoreline StabilizationA 2.8 mile rock breakwater will be constructed along the gulf shoreline of the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Cameron Parish.The $18.9 million project will address the erosion of the shoreline which has been retreating at an average rate of 46 feet per year, causing the loss of the emergent saline marsh buffer that helps reduce storm surge impact on the inland habitats of wildlife such as the refuge’s endangered Whooping Cranes.Cameron-Creole Watershed Grand Bayou Marsh CreationAn $8.2 million project will restore more than 600 acres of marsh on the east side of Calcasieu Lake in Cameron Parish.The project will address two separate areas north of Grand Bayou: a southern marsh creation area of 386 acres encompassing part of the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, and a northern marsh creation area of 219 acres on private property.Funded by a partnership of CPRA and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) through CWPPRA, material will be dredged from Calcasieu Lake to restore a degraded part of the ecosystem to benefit fish and wildlife resources in the brackish marsh system.Kraemer-Bayou Boeuf Levee LiftThe North Lafourche Conservation, Levee and Drainage District is using $1 million of CPRA funding to enhance the 33,000 foot ring levee surrounding the community south of Lac des Allemands by clearing woody vegetation encroaching on the levee in preparation for a future levee lift.The project will also improve drainage by cleaning out the canal adjacent to the levee, place excavated material on the levee itself, and replace two culverts to further improve drainage.Hydrologic Restoration & Vegetative Planting in Des Allemands SwampIn order to increase the health of the Lac des Allemands Swamp ecosystem, a contract of $519,562 has been awarded to minimize the loss of both marsh and a declining cypress forest, as well as reduce swamp submergence, increase regrowth of young trees, increase swamp productivity, improve drainage and increase water quality.Through the CWPPRA program, the CPRA and the federal sponsor, EPA, are taking action to restore 2,400 acres of wetlands within St. James Parish.Once constructed, the project will increase water flow into the swamp by cutting gaps in the spoil bank, breaching internal impediments, and reestablishing natural channels. Native vegetation will also be planted at the site.last_img read more

Overdose deaths increase by almost 30%

first_imgThe Portugal News 20 December 2019Family First Comment: Helen Clark and the Drug Foundation trumpet Portugal’s superb drug laws. Here’s what they don’t tell you…“Deaths from overdose in Portugal increased by almost 30% in 2018 and reached their highest figure in the last five years, with most cases involving more than one substance”Deaths from overdose in Portugal increased by almost 30 percent in 2018 and reached their highest figure in the last five years, with most cases involving more than one substance, according to the SICAD reports.Data from the Intervention Service in Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD) presented in parliament showed that, in the records of the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, of the 307 deaths with the presence of illicit substances and information on the cause of death, 49 were considered overdose.The SICAD reports highlighted in these overdoses the presence of opiates (65 percent), cocaine (51 percent) and methadone (31 percent), highlighting the increase in cases with both opiates and cocaine.In the vast majority (92 percent) of overdoses, more than one substance was detected, with alcohol (45 percent) and benzodiazepines (20 percent) standing out in association with illicit drugs.As for the other causes of deaths with the presence of drugs (258), they were mainly attributed to natural death (42 percent) and accidents (38 percent), followed by suicide (14 percent) and homicide (3 percent).SICAD said that several indicators point to a greater circulation of drugs in the Portuguese market at a time of great challenges, such as the growing use of the Internet to market various psychoactive substances and the recent changes in the country’s role in international trafficking routes.As for routes, Portugal has been a transit country in the context of international hashish and cocaine trafficking, inflows from Morocco and Latin America and the Caribbean, respectively, to other countries, especially European ones.In the executive summary of the reports on the country’s situation regarding drugs, drug addiction and alcohol, the National Coordinator for the Problems of Drugs, Drug Addiction and the Harmful Use of Alcohol, João Goulão, said that the trends highlight the need for rapid responses and to prioritise interventions with an effective impact on the health gains of these populations. up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Drinking is down among all freshmen

first_imgCollege students might not drink as much as is commonly believed, according to a report by Outside the Classroom, the organization that created AlcoholEdu.Outside the Classroom created a survey polling approximately one-third of the total freshmen entering colleges and four-year universities since 2006. The results showed there has be an increase in the number of incoming freshmen who abstain from alcohol.The number of students rose from 38 percent in 2006 to 62 percent in 2010.Drinking seems to be going down significantly in recent times. Photo illustration by: Brandon Hui.USC freshmen are no exception to this growing trend. USC’s AlcoholEdu report shows that 53 percent of incoming freshmen in 2006 abstained from alcohol, while 61 percent of the 2010 freshman class identified themselves as abstainers before the start of the fall semester.Brandon Busteed, CEO of Outside the Classroom, said this recent trend might have to do with the economic downturn. Busteed told USA Today the reason the percentage of teetotalers has increased is because students are taking their education more seriously to position themselves to compete in the job market and secure their financial futures.“A lot of young adults realize that the quickest thing you can do to destroy a job interview is to go in all shiny and polished up, and then they check Facebook and there they are at a keg stand,” Busteed said.Last year, an AlcoholEdu report found that 46 percent of students choose to abstain from alcohol because they don’t want to spend their money on buying it.“Everything is going up,” said Joy Phan, a freshman majoring in music. “Meal plans and housing is going up, and there’s so many other things to spend money on as a student.”Some freshmen at USC have noticed a change in the behavior of their friends, saying that students are more commonly choosing schoolwork over social events.“My friends seem a lot more focused on doing well in school rather than partying or drinking,” said Naren Sahai, a freshman majoring in environmental engineering. “I think this has to do with doing better so that we can get better jobs and compete in this economy.”Still, though 62 percent of this year’s incoming freshman class did not drink alcohol before coming to college, AlcoholEdu’s mid-semester survey reports that only 48 percent of students continue to classify themselves as abstainers.Alcohol survey finds 62 percent of this year’s incoming freshman class did not drink alcohol before coming to college. Photo illustration by: Robin LairdAlcoholEdu has deemed this drop the “college effect,” and it occurs all around the country, according to Paula Swinford, director of Health Promotion and Prevention Services.“Part of the culture of college is engaging in high-risk drinking,” Swinford said. “Part of the challenge is that there continues to be a huge marketing campaign to encourage consumption of alcohol.”Despite the data on drinking rates, the Dept. of Public Safety has seen an increase in the number of alcohol-related cases it’s received since 2007.In 2009, there were 107 transports, and DPS is expecting an even higher number this year.Drinking leads to serious problems not just in college, but in the real world. Photo illustration by: Cory SanfordOf particular concern to DPS Capt. David Carlisle is the number of medical transports.“Last semester we had a concern about the number of students who had to be hospitalized because of toxic alcohol levels. The number was unusually high,” Carlisle said. “It’s difficult for me to tie alcohol consumption to the economy, looking at the number of alcohol related incidents.”last_img read more

Wisconsin runs into spell of bad luck against PSU

first_imgIt was a weekend of ups and downs for the UW volleyball team.Everything that seemed to go right for the No. 8 ranked Badgers when they beat Ohio State Friday night went wrong for Wisconsin the next night during their three-game loss to Penn State (15-2, 6-0).As confident as the UW Fieldhouse crowd was after a 30-25, 30-18, 30-20 victory over the No. 18-ranked Buckeyes, it was dismayed following a 30-21, 30-25, 30-22 defeat at the hands of the No. 4 Nittany Lions, ending the Badgers’ 16-match home winning streak.Put it all together, and Wisconsin (13-2, 5-1) could get away with calling it an extremely mediocre two-match set.UW head coach Pete Waite believed that it was simply a matter of comparative talent winning on each night.”When you play a better team, they take you out of the game you like to play,” Waite said of the Nittany Lions. “That’s what we’ve done to a lot of teams, and they did it to us tonight.”The statistics from the Wisconsin hitters tell the story from this weekend.Against the Buckeyes (10-5, 3-3), UW picked on an Ohio State defense that ranks ninth in the Big Ten in opposing hitting percentage — hitting .374 as a team.UW produced five players with attacking percentages better than .300, anchored by middle blocker Sheila Shaw, with a .600 percentage behind nine kills without an error. Outside hitter Maria Carlini led all players with 12 kills.”Our passing was really on, and it just helps when a good ball is passed to [setter] Jackie [Simpson,]” Carlini said. “It gives her so many options, so I had a lot of one-on-one blocks, giving me a lot of area to work with.”However, the Lions’ defense, second best in the conference, limited the Badgers to a paltry .078 team percentage. To add insult to injury, both UW captains, Shaw and Aubrey Meierotto, had more errors than kills, turning in negative hitting percentages.”I don’t think there’s a spot in (the Penn State) lineup that they are not physical, and I would even say that with their defense in the back row,” Waite said. “They’re just very solid, with no weaknesses.”I’d also say they were serving tough,” Waite continued. “That really … took us out of our offense, and you can see that in our lower offensive numbers tonight.”The blocking game, another of Wisconsin’s major strengths, also played a role in the drastic decline in UW’s offense.While the Badgers dominated the Buckeyes on the block by setting a three-game season-high with 15 team blocks to Ohio State’s four on Friday, they were subsequently out-blocked 12.5 to 12 by the Lions on Saturday. “There were times where if we weren’t passing well, the setters had to go to the outside, and then they put a big two-person or three-person block up there,” Waite said. “Our outsides need to be a little bit better at hitting better shots.””I think that we need to work on our blocking behind and in the middle,” added middle blocker Taylor Reineke, who led the Badgers against Penn State with nine blocks. “They have really quick middle [hitters, and] I think it was just the fast-paced tempo of the game that was really hurting our block.”Another good example of Penn State turning the tables on UW came in the passing game. Simpson ran the offense with 36 assists en route to a 45-42 assist advantage over OSU, whereas the Lions took the assists column 47-36, holding Simpson to only 29 assists. All-Big Ten setter Sam Tortorello, who dished out 40 assists, powered Penn State’s offense.”Penn State’s offense was all over the place, we never knew where [Tortorello] was going to set,” said UW opposite hitter Audra Jeffers, who led the Badgers with 11 kills against the Lions.Waite said the Badgers will be able to move on from their first conference loss in 2005, and will be a better team with the experience of playing the Nittany Lions.”There’s a reason that they’re ranked in the top four in the country,” he said. “They showed us some things tonight that we need to learn and improve from.”last_img read more

Paschal Chukwu’s offensive game still a big work in progress

first_img Published on November 11, 2016 at 2:32 pm Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidman Jim Boeheim has never had the luxury of a 7-foot-2 tower patrolling the middle of the 2-3 zone.Paschal Chukwu will surely give Syracuse a dimension its fans have rarely seen, if ever, when it comes to altering and blocking shots around the rim. But if the Orange is hoping for any substantial offensive production from the program’s tallest player ever, it will have to wait.In two exhibitions, Chukwu tallied four points on 2-of-5 shooting, one of those buckets coming via an alley-oop dunk. The Providence transfer has, in 37 total minutes, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked three shots. For now, a defensive stalwart is all Chukwu seems to be for No. 19 Syracuse ahead of its season opener with Colgate on Friday night in the Carrier Dome.“He’s not ready offensively,” Boeheim said after Syracuse’s 97-64 exhibition win over Le Moyne on Tuesday. “We need to get him rolling to the basket, get him around the basket. He needs to get some offensive rebound situations. They really haven’t been there that much for him.”At a preseason practice last year, Boeheim scolded the redshirt sophomore for bringing the ball below his neck after receiving it near the basket, but that tone from the head coach seemed to be in the past as this season approached. At media day, Boeheim praised Chukwu for vastly improving his finishing around the rim.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textChukwu texted assistant coach Mike Hopkins throughout the summer when he wanted to get offensive work in at the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center. Chukwu worked on finishing near the basket, absorbing blows from an orange pad after coming down with a rebound and trying to put it back despite the contact.“I think Hop really helped me a lot,” Chukwu said. “I owe him a lot for that. He really worked with me on my offensive game.”With SU’s regular season opener approaching, there’s more to be done than what’s been accomplished already. Chukwu barely played offense in high school and was only used for defensive purposes during his freshman season at Providence.Courtesy of Leo RedgateUntil now, Chukwu’s upper-body strength hasn’t lent itself to bruising with other bigs in the low post. Offseason hours in the weight room remedied that, and now the actual basketball part needs to fill in the blanks.“I think the biggest changes I’ve seen is all summer,” said graduate assistant Katie Kolinski, who works with the centers, “he got to work out with (trainer) Ryan (Cabiles) and he’s just bigger physically.”On Tuesday, Tyler Lydon lobbed an entry pass to Chukwu in the low post. He was quickly double-teamed by two much smaller Le Moyne defenders and quickly flung a pass out to Andrew White. White hit a 3 from the top of the key for three of his game-high 24 points and Chukwu’s only assist of the preseason.That’s a start, but Chukwu won’t factor significantly aside from grabbing offensive rebounds against teams that live on the outside. What he’s needed for — his defense — won’t come into play if opponents don’t take the ball at him.So for now, bits and pieces of offensive contributions here and there are all Syracuse can reasonably expect.“It won’t be there this year,” Boeheim said. “Not happening this year. Don’t be waiting for that.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Tipp need to match Rebels’ ‘intensity’

first_imgTipp FM will have full, live commentary on the match – our build-up to throw-in – which is at 3.30pm – begins shortly after 3 o’clock.Tipperary and Cork also clash in the Munster Junior Football Championship Semi-Final this afternoon.The match, which is also being played at Semple Stadium, gets underway at 1.30pm.We’ll have regular updates on this match. Premier County boss Liam Kearns believes that this kind of commitment is a must if the Rebels are to be downed in today’s provincial semi-final at Semple Stadium.The manager has kept faith with the team that beat Waterford last time out.He knows the chosen fifteen, and those that come on during the game, have a difficult task ahead of them.last_img read more

Lokosa, Ramson Madu Win February LBA

first_imgKano Pillars forward Junior Lokosa and Heartland Head Coach Ramson Madu have been named the NPFL Player and Manager for February respectively by the League Bloggers Awards (LBA).Lokosa and Madu distinguished themselves in the month under review to come out tops in both categories of the award.Lokosa saw off challenges from Kwara United striker Stephen Alfred, Wikki Tourists defender Isaac Giwa and Enugu Rangers goalkeeper Femi Thomas to emerge the top performer among players for the month of February.The Kano Pillars forward scored three goals in four games as his club finished unbeaten in February. He also showed he can hold his own in big games, scoring against MFM FC, Enyimba and Rangers. Lokosa is currently the top scorer of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).Lokosa has now won the LBA back-to-back after claiming the player’s prize in January – the first of this NPFL season.Madu has had quite a topsy-turvy spell overall as Heartland manager but February remains the best period for his team as he guided them to pick nine points out of 12, which was only rivalled by Rivers Unitedwho had to achieve that with an extra game last month.He led Heartland to an away win at Niger Tornadoes and enjoyed successes at home against Kwara United and Wikki Tourists with his men’s only blemish in February happening in the Oriental Derby at FC Ifeanyiubah.Nominees for March will be announced first week of next month.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more