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Spinach-related E coli cases rise to 187

first_imgSep 29, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The number of people sickened in a nationwide outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections linked to fresh spinach grew to 187 yesterday, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The 187 cases represent an increase of 4 since Sep 26. Ninety-seven people (52%) were hospitalized, and the number of patients with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious kidney condition, remained the same at 29 (16%).One death has been blamed on the outbreak so far, an adult in Wisconsin, though health officials in Maryland and Idaho are waiting for lab results in two deaths that may be related to the outbreak.The CDC said the outbreak strain of E coli O157:H7 has now been isolated from nine packages of spinach from patients in seven states. The Los Angeles Times today reported that California health officials have said all were sold as Dole baby spinach and that none were organically grown. Dole baby spinach is one of the many brands packaged by Natural Selections Foods, the largest of five companies involved in recalling products that contain fresh spinach.However, Kevin Reilly, deputy director for prevention service at the California Department of Health Services, told the Times that investigators have not ruled out the possibility that organic spinach is involved in the outbreak.Inspectors employed by two California plants that process spinach for Natural Selections Foods said yesterday that tests for E coli at the plants have been negative, according to the Times report. But Reilly said federal and state investigators have not yet cleared the plants.In other developments, the CDC reported it is helping the Wisconsin Division of Public Health conduct a case-control study of the E coli outbreak. Wisconsin, with 49 cases, has been the hardest-hit state.The CDC said investigators, with the help of a CDC hydrologist, have taken 188 environmental samples so far, including water, products from cultivated fields, and sediment. The investigation is focusing on nine farms in three counties in the greater Salinas Valley growing area: Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Clara.The CDC said spinach grown in these areas is often packaged in other parts of the country and that consumers should not purchase or consume fresh spinach unless they know where it was grown.Though the outbreak appears to be tapering off, the CDC is still advising that people who experience after eating fresh spinach should contact their healthcare provider and ask to be tested for E coli O157:H7.See also:Sep 28 CDC press releasehttp://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2006/september/updates/092806.htmSep 27 CDC updatehttp://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2006/september/response/last_img read more

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Trouble in Paradise

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Shock after counsellor approves underage relationship

first_imgONE News 30 May 2012The parents of an underage girl who was having sex with an older man were shocked when a CYF-approved counsellor encouraged their daughter’s relationship. Jade’s parents sought help from Child Youth and Family (CYF), after being referred by police, because they believed their 14-year-old daughter’s sexual relationship with the 20-year-old was harmful. The police case against the man went ahead and CYF suggested counselling for Jade. But the counsellor told Jade’s parents they should celebrate her happiness and said they should “be thrilled” their daughter had found love at such young age. The counsellor said it was fine even when the 14-year-old was involved in group sex with the 20-year-old and a work colleague of his. “We felt sure CYF would realise that this was crazy,” Jade’s father told TVNZ’s Close Up programme. However CYF backed the counsellor and helped Jade move out of her parent’s home for a month.…With help from a school counsellor and Youthlaw, Jade then took her parents to court effectively to divorce them and gag both them and her two brothers. “We had to go through a lawyer every time we spoke to them, $1000 a time or whatever adds up,” Jade’s mother said. Because they kept trying to make contact with people connected with Jade, her parents got taken back to court and threatened with prison for breaking a temporary gagging order. “There were times I’d leave the office and go to a park and simply cry not knowing what was going on with my daughter,” Jade’s father said. And their distress was made worse when they saw pictures of Jade online during the time she was at school. Days before Jade’s 18th birthday the case was finally heard and the judge found no reason to silence her parents. “We won the court case but we lost our daughter,” Jade’s father said.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/shock-after-cyf-counsellor-approves-underage-relationship-4904575READ the full factsWATCH Close Uplast_img read more

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1 killed as chaos erupt across Cote d’Ivoire ahead of polls

first_imgOne person has been killed in Cote d’Ivoire as protestors clashed with police in several towns in the country ahead of next month’s presidential elections.This is the first major outbreak of trouble ahead of the elections slated for October 25.The protests were called by part of the opposition a day after the release of the list of official 10 contenders vying for the presidency was released by the Constitutional Council. The said list included incumbent president Alassane Ouattara.The worst clashes took place in Logouata, a village in the western region, between rival groups armed with knives, clubs and rocks.One elderly man was killed in the unrest and several houses torched according to witnesses. Several people were also injured and were taken to hospital in the nearby town of Sinfra.Violent scenes were also experienced in Gbagbo’s western hometown Gagnoa where protestors erected barricades on the roads and set fire to tyres.Opposition groups urged anti-Ouattara marches on the grounds that both of his parents were not Ivorian, the same objection cited before the deadly unrest back in 2010-2011 that left more than 3,000 people dead.The then president Laurent Gbagbo, who is to stand trial for crimes against humanity in November in The Hague, had refused to step down and acknowledge Ouattara’s victory at the ballot box.last_img read more

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Indiana joins 11 other states in lawsuit

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Indiana’s Attorney General, Curtis Hill, announced that Indiana is joining 11 other states in a lawsuit against the US Office of Surface Mining.The lawsuit states that regulations set in place by the office’s new Stream Protection Rule violate the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, and represent policy overreach by the federal government.Under the new rule, all states are required to regulate coal mining by adopting and implementing a set of regulations that govern stream buffer zones, fish and wildlife protections, and water quality standards.According to the lawsuit, the expansion of federal authority over each state exceeds the authority of congress.The lawsuit asks the court to declare the new rule unlawful.last_img read more

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House committee approves Frye’s ‘Stop the Bleed’ bill

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee supported State Rep. Randy Frye’s (R-Greensburg) legislation that would place life-saving kits in public schools.“Throughout my years as a firefighter, I learned that every minute counts in emergency situations,” said Frye, chair of the House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee. “After our own state experienced two school shootings last year, it has become vital we ensure schools have equipment immediately available to treat potentially life-threatening wounds. This is an important precaution to protect students and educators while they are at school.”According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, uncontrolled post-trauma bleeding is the leading cause of preventable death among trauma patients. “Stop the Bleed” is a nationwide initiative that provides first-aid kits to help in emergency situations.In an effort to save lives, Frye authored legislation that would place “Stop the Bleed” kits in public schools to be used in the rare event of an emergency. School personnel would be trained to use the kits, which consist of instructional documents, a tourniquet, bandages and other items.Frye said the kits would be mounted on a wall near AED’s, or automated external defibrillators.According to Frye, this is one of several pieces of legislation focused on improving school safety making its way through the legislative process.“Indiana has been highlighted as a national leader for implementing and investing in school safety policies,” Frye said. “My proposal is just one way lawmakers are working to keep students and educators safe in the event of a rare and unexpected school emergency.”House Bill 1063 now moves to the full House of Representatives for further consideration. For more information, visit iga.in.gov.last_img read more

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Anthony Joshua may lose WBO title

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter has insisted Anthony Joshua has to fight the Ukrainian next or be stripped of his WBO title.Tyson Fury announced he had agreed terms for a two-fight deal with Joshua in 2021 in what would be the first undisputed heavyweight showdown in over 20 years. Joshua is contracted to defend his IBF title against Kubrat Pulev next and Eddie Hearn revealed he will then take on WBC and lineal champion Fury.But Alexander Krassyuk, Usyk’s promoter, has insisted if Joshua pushes ahead with those plans then the WBO belt will not be on the line.“Usyk’s WBO mandatory had to happen before AJ vs Pulev,” Krassyuk told Sky Sports.“But we were flexible and did not put much pressure on, allowing AJ to complete his IBF mandatory while Usyk fights Chisora.“But this was made with regards that the WBO champ has to make his mandatory versus Usyk. “It means that either Joshua fights Usyk first or fights Fury without the WBO belt.”The WBO have already expressed their opposition to the idea Joshua would fight Fury after he takes on Pulev.WBO president Paco Valcarcel took to Twitter to insist Joshua’s next fight was already decided.“Love to see WBO unified champion Anthony Joshua fighting WBO former and current WBC champion Tyson Fury for the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, but WBO mandatory should be next.”Fury is expected to face Deontay Wilder at the end of the year with China and Australia being mentioned as possible destinations for the trilogy fight. Tags: Alexander KrassykAnthony JoshuaKubrat PulevOleksandr UsykTyson Furylast_img read more

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Jan Vertonghen: Tottenham won’t be looking for excuses against Chelsea

first_img Press Association Spurs face the Barclays Premier League champions in the lunchtime kick-off at White Hart Lane, just over 48 hours after returning from a gruelling 5,000-mile round trip to Azerbaijan. But defender Vertonghen, who played 90 minutes against West Ham last Sunday and in their Europa League win over Qarabag on Thursday night, insists there will be no excuses. “It seems very tough but when you go on the pitch on Sunday at 12pm you have to do it,” he said. “It’s a good game for us to be motivated. We will be on top again like we always are and everyone will be fit again. “If you see a team in a run of good form like us, you can keep going until the last minute. Last season we scored a lot of goals in the last minute so that shows just how fit we are. We have a big squad and everyone is ready to go again and again. “We don’t have to look for excuses. We’ll be ready for Chelsea.” Victory would leave Spurs 13 points ahead of the stuttering Blues and reinforce the growing belief that the north London side, unbeaten since the opening day of the campaign, could be genuine title contenders themselves. “They are a good team, but we have shown great form this season, especially at home,” Vertonghen added. “It will be another big game, but it’s like that every week in the Premier League. We will have to be on top of Chelsea to beat them. “Thirteen points ahead would be a lot, but they have one of the best squads in the Premier League – maybe even the best squad – so they can turn things around and we expect a very good Chelsea side on Sunday. “We set our goal as fourth place, so just because we have won a couple of games in the last week we can’t say we have to go for the title. We will just try to finish as high as possible and anything extra will be a great achievement. “We have some very young players who are very ambitious. For them it’s important to achieve something – last year we made the final of the League Cup which was a good thing but this group wants more and this year I think we are ready to do it.” center_img Jan Vertonghen believes Tottenham’s motivation to beat Chelsea on Sunday will ensure they shrug off any fatigue.last_img read more

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South Africa knocked out of the World Cup with Pakistan defeat

first_imgSOUTH Africa’s hopes of reaching the World Cup semi-finals are over as their nightmare tournament continued with a 49-run defeat to Pakistan at Lord’s.The Proteas have failed to pass the group stages for just the second time and face two dead rubbers over the next two weeks.South Africa failed to reach the knockout rounds as hosts in 2003, but still won three of their six encounters.Head coach Ottis Gibson’s men have only beaten minnows Afghanistan at this tournament, and still have to face Sri Lanka and Australia.Even three wins in nine matches would not gloss a woeful campaign, but given the Proteas’ dire form the chance of consolation victories appears remote.Former England bowling coach Gibson’s contract expires after this tournament and is unlikely to be renewed.SA Cricket World Cup record• 1992 – Semi-finals• 1996 – Quarter-finals• 1999 – Semi-finals• 2003 – Group stage• 2007 – Semi-finals• 2011 – Quarter-finals• 2015 – Semi-finals• 2019 – Group stageFaf Du Plessis may well relinquish the captaincy too.Du Plessis hit 64 as South Africa managed just 259 for nine, failing to reach the 309 required for victory.The beleaguered 34-year-old has had to duck as many brickbats off the field as bouncers at the crease as the Proteas’ figurehead in England, and few would begrudge him having had enough.Quinton De Kock posted 47, while Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram both failed amid another miserable top-order return for South Africa.This latest comprehensive defeat came at the hands of an erratic Pakistan, who kept alive their own hopes of a semi-final but should not boast the quality or consistency to make it that far.Haris Sohail’s 89, including a 71-run partnership with Imad Wasim from just 40 balls, ultimately proved the difference between the sides.Pakistan’s 308 for seven proved more than sufficient, as Babar Azam posted 69 and openers Imam Ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman both notchedImran Tahir proved the pick of the Proteas’ bowlers, taking a smart two wickets for 41 runs.Lungi Ngidi ended on three for 64 but those figures were massaged by two soft dismissals at the death.Markram’s removal of Mohammed Hafeez raised questions as to whether South Africa should have put more faith in spin sooner in this tournament.If the Proteas’ injury-hit pace attack has proved problematic though, their batting has been little short of abject.Wahab Riaz plundered three for 46 and Mohammad Amir two for 49, but neither man had a particularly testing afternoon with the ball.Rarely has a South Africa side suffered for such a lack of top-order aggression, and that cost Du Plessis and company dearly once again.Caption.Haris Sohail returned to the Pakistan XI for the first time since their opening defeat by West Indies and smashed 89 off 59 balls in a man-of-the-match performance Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Peter CziborraPAKISTAN inningsImam-ul-Haq                    c & b Imran Tahir                                  44Fakhar Zaman                   c Amla b Imran Tahir                           44Babar Azam                     c Ngidi b Phehlukwayo                          69Mohammad Hafeez                 lbw b Markram                              20Haris Sohail                       c †de Kock b Ngidi                                 89Imad Wasim               c sub (JP Duminy) b Ngidi                           23Wahab Riaz                   b Ngidi                                                         4Sarfaraz Ahmed (c) †               not out                                            2Shadab Khan                             not out                                            1Extras:  12 (lb 6, nb 1, w 5)TOTAL:                                                                       308/7 (50 Overs, RR: 6.16)Did not bat: Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Shah AfridiBowling: K Rabada 10-0-65-0, L Ngidi      9-0-64-3, CH Morris 9-0-61-0, AL Phehlukwayo 8-0-49-1, Imran Tahir 10-0-41-2, AK Markram 4-0-22-1                            SOUTH AFRICA Innings )HM Amla                        lbw b Mohammad Amir                            2Q de Kock †         c Imam-ul-Haq b Shadab Khan                           47F du Plessis (c)   c †Sarfaraz Ahmed b Mohammad Amir             63AK Markram           b Shadab Khan                                                    7HE van der Dussen    c Mohammad Hafeez b Shadab Khan         36DA Miller                    b Shaheen Shah Afridi                                    31AL Phehlukwayo         not out                                                             46CH Morris                      b Wahab Riaz                                                16K Rabada                   b Wahab Riaz                                                      3L Ngidi                          b Wahab Riaz                                                    1Imran Tahir                         not out                                                      1Extras: 6 (lb 1, w 5)TOTAL:                                                                              259/9 (50 Overs, RR: 5.18)Bowling: Mohammad Hafeez 2-0-11-0, Mohammad Amir 10-1-49-2, Shaheen Shah Afridi 8-0-54-1, Imad Wasim 10-0-48-0, Wahab Riaz 10-0-46-3, Shadab Khan 10-1-50-3last_img read more

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Geoffrion shootout goal wins tourney

first_imgSenior tri-captain Blake Geoffrion and the Wisconsin Badgers sent the Badger Hockey Showdown out in style with a shootout victory over No. 9 Yale.[/media-credit]When the Badgers’ old winning formula of outshooting and outscoring their opponents by a wide margin was slowed, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team found a new way to win: be resilient.Facing a No. 9-ranked Yale team that outshot Wisconsin 42-22, the depleted Badgers hung on to win the final Badger Hockey Showdown in a shootout. Senior tri-captain Blake Geoffrion got the winning shootout goal as UW overcame a shorthanded roster, sloppy first period and a game misconduct to Jordy Murray to hang on to a 2-2 tie through regulation and overtime to force the shootout.UW head coach Mike Eaves said he was happy with what the Badgers showed him during the tournament.“Well, I am, because I think we were a resilient group this weekend,” he said. “I mean, we played this game with five defensemen and basically five defensemen last night too. I think the fact that we had to mix our lines up and try to find chemistry as we ran along… but I think the resiliency of this group was something that I think showed up.”Holding on to a 2-1 lead in the third period, Yale’s Brian O’Neill scored a power play goal with 2:37 to play to tie the game. The Badgers missed opportunities earlier to take a bigger lead when Ben Grotting fired a shot off the post on what should have been an easy goal, as well a botched breakaway by Aaron Bendickson.So with three of its young guns missing due to the World Junior Championship, it was two seniors who stepped up to push Wisconsin (13-5-2) to a six-game unbeaten streak. Seniors Michael Davies and Geoffrion scored in the shootout, while Yale’s third shooter, Denny Kearney was the only player to convert for the Bulldogs.Mark Arcobello was stuffed trying to go five-hole on UW goaltender Scott Gudmandson to begin the shootout. Davies was the first shooter for UW, getting the goaltender to bite and scoring easily. Gudmandson made the save on Andrew Miller, and UW’s Brendan Smith wasn’t able to convert his attempt.When Geoffrion came up as the last shooter, the senior captain had the chance to win the game for UW. He admitted he was a little nervous and surprised he got the call.“I’ve never been in that situation before, actually, right before coach said I was going to go, I got kind of shocked, I looked at (fellow senior captain Ben Street) Streeter, I said, ‘Huh?’” Geoffrion said.But the captain got Yale goaltender Nick Maricic to bite and deked to the stick side to put away the goal and seal the win.Davies scored UW’s two goals in regulation, shelving a feed from Brendan Smith to tie the game 1-1 in the second period, then taking it in alone and nudging it past Maricic at 14:11 of the period to give the Badgers a 2-1 lead. He also had three assists in the previous night’s 5-4 win over Merrimack.“I’m just getting the bounces right now, I think the whole team is,” Davies said. “And we have to keep it going the second half (of the season).”For Eaves, however, Davies brought more to the game than numbers on the box score“The other thing you notice is, geez, he made himself noticeable with his physical play. He played with an edge and he was comfortable out there,” he said. “He was one of the guys that I think kind of was flourishing in this atmosphere and this setting and in the championship kind of mindset.“As a senior, it’s nice to see that growth in him, stepping up and do those kind of things.”The Badgers were fortunate Davies played the game he did, as they looked just as out of sync against the Bulldogs Sunday as they did Saturday night against Merrimack. Playing with essentially five defensemen and mixed up lines, Wisconsin took another blow when Murray was called for a checking from behind major penalty 16:04 into the first period.But UW successfully killed off the five-minute major and went into the first intermission down just 1-0 off of Kearney’s early goal. With 1:05 of penalty left to kill to begin the second, UW quickly found its feet and tied the game up just 2:26 into the period on Davies’ first goal.Although through their first 17 games the Badgers hadn’t won a one-goal game, they now have two consecutive one-goal wins and a shootout win. In battling a lack of chemistry and a Yale scoring offense ranked No. 1 in the country, Wisconsin showed it can find a way to win no matter the odds.While Davies and Geoffrion came up clutch as the veterans on the team, the calming presence and experience of all the team’s seniors wasn’t something to be understated.“I think a lot of guys stepped up, maybe not on the scoreboard, but did a lot of good little things… blocking shots, even something as simple as getting the puck out of the zone,” Street said. “I think the leadership that we showed tonight was that we got guys to calm down, do the simple things, get back to basics — and that helped us out in the long run.”last_img read more

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