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Douglas, top Obama Administration officials to lead H1N1 flu preparedness summit

first_imgGovernor Douglas will join via interactive television U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius, Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano, Education Secretary Duncan, and White House Homeland Security Advisor Brennan today for an all-day H1N1 Influenza Preparedness Summit with representatives from 54 states and territories.  Vermont officials participating in Washington, DC include AHS Secretary Rob Hofmann, VDH Commissioner Dr. Wendy Davis and Vermont Homeland Security Unit Director Captain Chris Reinfurt.The Flu Summit will focus on preparation and planning at every level of government for a fall flu season that is expected to include the seasonal flu and the H1N1 (swine flu) virus. The Summit will be held at the Natcher Conference Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. I am pleased to participate in this important event today to discuss with leaders across the country what state and the federal government can do to handle the H1N1 flu, said Governor Douglas.  I want to be sure that here in Vermont we are adequately prepared and appropriately handling this pandemic.The Summit will include remarks from White House Homeland Security Advisor Brennan, Secretaries Napolitano, Sebelius and Duncan, and a Secretaries Panel Discussion hosted by Governor O Malley.The Secretaries Panel will include a video conference with Governors Jim Douglas (VT), Jim Doyle (WI), Mark Parkinson (KS), John Baldacci (ME), and Jodi Rell (CT).The media availability will include Homeland Security Advisor Brennan, Governor O Malley and Secretaries Sebelius, Napolitano and Duncan. The Flu Summit will include a situational update from the Centers for Disease Control Director Thomas Frieden, and various panel discussions with federal, state, and local health officials.The Summit can be viewed live at www.flu.gov(link is external) beginning at 8:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday, July 9.  The Secretaries panel which Governor Douglas is taking part in begins at 9:30a.m. EDT.  The Plenary sessions can be viewed between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and again between 2:45 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.   The individual break-out sessions as well as the entire program will be available on-demand after the live broadcast.  Please note, you will need Flash (http://www.adobe.com(link is external)) installed on your computer in order to view the live video stream.last_img read more

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Reggae Reggae Sauce in hot court battle

first_imgNewsRegional Reggae Reggae Sauce in hot court battle by: – November 11, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sharecenter_img 231 Views   one comment Share Roots is back in London being sued for more than £300,000 by a former friend.KINGSTON, Jamaica, -– One week after his triumphant return to Jamaica as a self-made multi-millionaire, Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Levi Roots is back in London being sued for more than £300,000 by a former friend who claims he is the real inventor of the famous Reggae Reggae Sauce.A London court heard yesterday (November 9) claims from Jamaican-born Tony Bailey, 52, that it was his jerk chicken recipe Mr Roots took on Dragons’ Den in 2007, winning a £50,000 investment from Peter Jones and Richard Farleigh.Mr Roots told the Dragons on the show the jerk sauce recipe was his grandmother’s and had been handed down to him.But Mr Bailey claims this is untrue, and now wants a share of the profits made from the sales.Following the show in 2007, Sainsbury’s immediately pledged to sell the sauce in its 600 stores, and it is now on the shelves of supermarkets across the country.Mr Roots, 53, whose real name is Keith Valentine Graham, has since become a millionaire after his popularity soared following his pitch on the hit show.Levi Roots launched the Reggae Reggae Sauce in 2007 after winning an investment on Dragons’ Den.But he is now facing a High Court battle after his former friend filed a lawsuit in March 2010, claiming the sauce was his and he had given it to Mr Roots a year before he took it on Dragons’ Den.Mr Roots and Mr Bailey ran a food stall together for 17 years and both sold jerk chicken sauces at the Notting Hill carnival.Mr Bailey also used to sell jerk sauce in Kingston, Jamaica before he moved to London in 1986.Giving evidence at the High Court today, Mr Bailey, said: ‘I showed him how to make it. Levi took the recipe. I gave it to him in 2006.‘I gave it to him. Levi knows the truth.’He said to Mr Bailey: ‘Levi Roots is doing his own thing with Reggae Reggae Sauce, isn’t he?’Mr Bailey replied: ‘With my sauce. With my Reggae Reggae Sauce. With what I showed him.’He claims he was supposed to go into business with father-of-seven Mr Roots, who lives in Brixton, south London, and a third man, financial adviser Sylvester Williams, but this never happened.He is suing for a third of the profits made from Reggae Reggae Sauce.Mr Bailey added: ‘He [Levi] told me he changed it up [the sauce]. He said to me it’s not my one anymore.’Mr Vanhegan added: ‘Every proud Jamaican believes he has his own special method of how to make jerk chicken.‘Everyone has their own special way of making it, but the general basic ingredients are the same, aren’t they?’Mr Bailey replied: ‘Many people make it differently.’Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

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