Tests strengthen pepper link in Salmonella outbreak

first_img Daniele announced a recall of 1.24 million pounds of pepper-coated salami products late on Jan 22, after epidemiologic evidence implicated the products in a widespread Salmonella outbreak. The CDC’s latest update, on Jan 26, cited 189 cases in 40 states, but cautioned that some of those cases may eventually be found unrelated to the outbreak. “To date all of the samples collected and analyzed by FDA have tested negative for Salmonella; however, sample collection and analysis continues,” he said. Annemarie Beardsworth, a spokeswoman for the Rhode Island Department of Health, today reported findings from the department’s tests of ground pepper from Daniele. “We got positive results for Salmonella, and the strain did match the national outbreak,” she said. “The one caveat is the sample was from an opened container of ground pepper. That means it’s the probable source of the outbreak. We do have samples from closed containers that are in the process of being tested.” The fact that the sample came from a previously opened container means the pepper could have been contaminated at Daniele rather than at the facility where it was produced, she noted. “We’re pretty sure that it didn’t get contaminated at Daniele, but we need a positive sample from a closed container to be absolutely 100% sure,” she added. Jan 28, 2010 (CIDRAP News) – A Rhode Island official said today the strain of Salmonella blamed for a multistate outbreak associated with salami products has been found in a container of ground pepper from the salami producer, linking the outbreak more strongly to contaminated black pepper. Cianci said there have been no recent reports of illness associated with black pepper used in other products in the United States. At Wholesome Spice in Brooklyn, N.Y., a person who answered the phone today confirmed that the company sells pepper to Daniele but said several days of tests on samples of Wholesome pepper have yielded all negative results so far. The person, who declined to give his name, said results were still awaited on samples from one lot of product. Meanwhile, a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) spokesman said today the agency is tracing and testing the black pepper used in Daniele products. “FDA is investigating the supply chain of the black pepper used in the recalled product and has collected and is currently analyzing black pepper samples as part of the joint investigation into the source of the outbreak,” said Sebastian Cianci of the FDA. Daniele Inc., based in Pascoag, R.I., said earlier this week it had found Salmonella in black pepper it was using, but the company did not specify whether it matched the Salmonella Montevideo strain found in patients. Daniele salami products have been linked to an outbreak involving as many as 189 cases in 40 states. Beardsworth said the ground pepper came from a New York firm called Wholesome Spice, a distributor that sells ground pepper only to Daniele. See also: The latest online statement from Daniele, dated Jan 27, says, “The company has changed its spice supplier, its specifications for spices, and is now using only irradiated pepper.” He said he hadn’t been notified of a positive test and commented that if a company sample had tested positive, “I probably would’ve heard something already.” Jan 26 CDC update on Salmonella investigationhttp://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/montevideo/index.htmllast_img read more

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The Princess And The Fraud

first_imgThe owner and manager pleaded guilty. Last Friday Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Princess Diner owner Richard Bivona and manager John Kalogeras pleaded guilty to repeatedly failing to pay restaurant workers and scheming to defraud them by continually lying about when they could expect to receive full compensation.They stole a combined total of over $132,000 from 23 workers at the Southampton diner. Bivona faces up to six months in prison and he will have to join Kalogeras in paying the $132,000 in restitution to the workers.For the exact figures, the plea mandates that the defendants pay a total of $132,011.11 in restitution to their workers and it will be broken into two payments. Fifteen workers will receive $88,428.11 in unpaid wages for incidents that took place between August and December in 2016 and eight other employees will receive $43,583.00 for incidents that took place between January 2017 and February 2018.Located at the 27/27A junction, Princess Diner has been a popular restaurant for many decades. In 2016, Bivona took over the diner from Kalogeras and his family, but kept Kalogeras on as the manager to run the day-to-day operations. Restaurant employees – including cooks, dishwashers, bussers, and servers – many who had previously worked for the diner for over ten years, continued to work under Bivona’s stewardship. Between August and December 2016, workers were not paid their hourly wages, which often included overtime hours, on a weekly basis or at all.Employees who received cash tips lived off those cash tips exclusively, since Bivona withheld most of their credit card tips from them or paid them only a partial amount several weeks later.Both Bivona and Kalogeras made repeated promises to the workers that payment was imminent, but many workers either never received any payment or only received sporadic payment after waiting for weeks to be paid. Employees continued to work at the diner in the hopes of eventually getting paid as promised, but quit when they did not receive payment after months of promises.Together, the defendants cheated 15 employees out of $88,428.11 in wages. Separately, Bivona cheated another eight employees out of $43,583.00 by failing to pay them and reimburse them for restaurant expenses between January 2017 and February 2018.In a release announcing the pleas, Attorney General Schneiderman stated, “Employees deserve fair pay for a fair day’s work. Companies that scheme to exploit their employees and stiff them of the wages they earned should take note: We will take you to court to win back workers’ hard-earned money.” Sharelast_img read more

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Air Products in good position

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Air Liquide invests €10 million in Bulgarian O2 supply deal

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Project Cargo Network welcomes General Transport

first_imgAt the beginning of 2011, General Transport became a member of the Geis Group, but continues to operate independently under the name of General Transport AG and its registered trademark Five Star (R).Typical services offered by General Transport include low-interface logistics processes from the planning stage to final realisation for turbines and generators; pipelines and conveyor systems; transformers; machine tools; production systems for food; water treatment plants; textile machinery; production systems for the chemical and the food industry; locomotives; rolling stock; railroads, girder support structures; prefabricated members for building projects; spare parts and batch parts; as well as oversized and excessively heavy single units.PCN now has 110 member companies spread across 65 countries.last_img read more

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Pagad not needed, say police

first_imgPicture Ian Landsberg/African News Agency (ANA) People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (PAGAD) says it’s ready to go in to Manenberg to fight gang violence, but the police say the area has been calm with “only” five murders in the past two months. Pagad’s national co-ordinator Haroon Orrie met with residents in Duinefontein Road last Monday, where he spoke about the possibility of the organisation having a presence in the area. Mr Orrie told the Athlone News that all those who wanted to see an end to the scourge of violence should pull together, as there was strength in unity. That, he said, included politicians. “People have been asking us for assistance with gangsterism for a long time. People are tired; they want change. There are people’s children who have been implicated in gang violence. They need the violence to stop. “It is possible to change as long as the people are willing to do something about the situation. The area needs a holistic change. The families need to be rehabilitated,” he said. Mr Orrie said it was difficult to deal with a community that had been terrorised for so many years. Pagad came into being in the mid-1990s in response to the drugs and violence plaguing Cape Flats communities. The organisation adopted increasingly violent tactics against suspected drug dealers and gangsters. In 1996, a mob shot and set alight Hard Livings gang leader Rashaad Staggie during a Pagad march. However, Mr Orrie said Pagad’s fight against gangsterism in Manenberg would happen lawfully. Pagad would help the community stand firm against gangsterism, he said.“They need to fight against this or they will bury more children. Change will happen and it will be within the parameters of the law,” he said. However, Manenberg police spokesman Captain Ian Bennett, said Pagad wasn’t needed in the area. There had been “only” five murders in Manenberg since September 1, he said, and of those three had been gang-related.“The situation has been calmed down because of efforts made by the community and other organisations,” he said,.“We have managed to break the backbone of the Junky Funky Kids by arresting the gang leader, Garant Desmond Paulse, from Heideveld.”Paulse is serving two life sentences for murder – the first of which was committed in October 2016 and the other in July 2017. However, Manenberg Community Safety Forum chairwoman Roegchanda Pascoe believes Pagad will bring stability to the area and strengthen the community. She said gangs fed on resident’s fear and Pagad could help to change that. “Residents are living in fear. At least if Pagad is here they will get the support they need and be able to stand united which is of utmost importance – this area needs to unite in the fight against crime.” Ms Pascoe said many families had lost loved ones to gang violence, but intimidation from gangs meant court cases were dropped and witnesses retracted statements or refused to testify. “I just hope that Pagad isn’t coming here to beat people up and leave but to actually get to the root of gangsterism,” she said. Manenberg ward councillor Aslam Cassiem, said he supported any initiative to fight crime. “I accept any help to decrease crime in the area as long as it is done in a peaceful and legal manner,” he said.last_img read more

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Government urged to rename Supreme Court to curb ‘judicial power’

first_imgLegislation renaming the Supreme Court and reversing the Miller prorogation judgment should lead the new government’s constitutional reforms, according to an influential thinktank. In its latest publication attacking what it says is the growth of judicial power at the expense of parliamentary democracy, Policy Exchange also calls for legislation to increase ministerial involvement in judicial appointments. The thinktank’s proposals also cover judicial review and interpretation of the European Convention on Human Rights. They were drawn up with an apparent eye to the ‘Constitution, democracy and rights commission’, promised in the Conservatives’ election manifesto. A major focus is the Supreme Court’s decision last December in Miller v the Prime Minister, which Policy Exchange describes as a ‘watershed’ threatening ‘rupture of the political constitution’. In a foreword, a former leader of the Conservative Party, Lord Howard of Lympne (Michael Howard QC), says that the Supreme Court position in the constitutional hierarchy ‘is not a happy state of affairs; it is a constitutional problem which must be tackled by our new parliament and government’.To tackle the issue, author Richard Ekins, professor of law and constitutional government at the University of Oxford, proposes a Constitutional Restoration Act to reverse the Miller judgment and setting out a list of prerogative powers (including dissolution when the Fixed-term Parliaments Act is repealed) that are non-justiciable and cannot be questioned or quashed in any court. The act would also make clear that Article 9 of the 1689 Bill of Rights – ‘proceedings ought not to be impeached’ – applies to acts of the Crown in relation to parliament, including prorogation and dissolution. It would deem the 2017-2019 parliamentary session to have begun and finished on dates specified in the legislation.Looking to the future, the act would rename the Supreme Court the ‘Upper Court of Appeal’. This would better indicate the court’s role which should be to adjudicate disputes in accordance with law, rather than acting as a US-style guardian of the constitution, Ekins states. Among other proposals, the report recommends legislation to limit the scope of judicial review and to ‘exercise existing ministerial powers in relation to judicial appointments, rejecting or requesting reconsideration of candidates where there are doubts about their suitability’.However the report shies away from immediate repeal of the Human Rights Act, noting ‘it may well be prudent to delay repeal, for the time being, in view of recent constitutional instability and, in particular, in order to avoid placing further stress on the territorial constitution’.  In the meantime, parliament should amend the act ‘to limit the extent to which it undermines the constitutional balance’. Ekins concedes that his proposals will be criticised as an attack on judicial independence. ‘The criticism is unwarranted and must be firmly resisted. Disagreeing with a judgment is not an attack on judicial independence; neither is there anything at all improper about parliament deciding to unwind the recent expansion of judicial power,’ he states. ‘It must be open to parliament to reconsider those past political choices that have conferred new responsibilities on courts or permitted them to address political questions.’last_img read more

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Antigua sets date for CCJ referendum

first_imgThe government has announced that a referendum on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), will be held on November 26.Last month, the Gaston Browne led administration revealed plans to hold a referendum by year end on whether or not the island will adopt the Trinidad and Tobago based CCJ, as its final court. In announcing the date of the referendum, the government said an education program, geared towards the process, will most likely intensify following carnival celebrations. The CCJ was established in 2001 to replace the London-based Privy Council as the region’s final court, but while many of the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are signatories to the court’s Original jurisdiction, only Barbados, Guyana, Belize and Dominica are members of its Appellate jurisdiction.The CCJ also functions as an international tribunal interpreting the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the regional integration movement.In 2016, the government had hoped that the referendum would have been held by March 2017, however,   opposition legislators and others then warned that citizens were not fully educated on the issue.last_img read more

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West Ham striker smashes £200,000 Lamborghini into wall of a mansion

first_imgWest Ham’s Senegalese striker Diafra Sakho was involved in a car accident on Monday night where he crashed his £200,000 Lamborghini Huracan into a wall in east London.The incident which happened in the Emerson Park/Hornchuch area close to the footballers home saw him collide with an oncoming Mini Cooper before crashing into a wall at about 9pm.The 26 year old later confirmed his safety through messages he posted on snapchat and Twitter, saying he was unhurt.“Sorry for the scare guys, I’m OK, thank God #life” and later “Thank you for the messages. Was involved in a small car accident this evening. Thankfully no one was hurt.”According to the Evening Standard, the owner of the £1million home into which Sakho crashed said the striker was “apologetic”.last_img read more

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VesselsValue adds Vehicle Carriers to its Trade module

first_imgWhat’s happened to values and transactions? Total CEU demand out of Japan in 2020 so far is 22% below that for the same period on 2019. Demand for Vehicle Carriers coming into the UK has been volatile. Year on year so far demand is still down 15%. Demand out of South Korea is down 22% year on year so far, with a very small recent uptick. Global to China Total CEU demand out of Germany in 2020 so far is 45% below that for the same period on 2019. Sea News, June 11 South Korea to Global Another way to look at this is though the chart below which compares global CEU miles on each day so far in 2020 vs the same day in the previous year (to remove effects of seasonality). (Image Courtesy: VesselsValue) Japan to Global Japanese exports using Vehicle Carriers may give a slight reason to be optimistic. Although demand has fallen February, the last few weeks of May 20 shows the beginnings of a recovery.  This recent upwards trajectory can be seen in the chart below. This recent upwards movement is too short to be considered a true trend but if it continues could mark the bottom of the market as of middle of May 2020. Demand Methodology Global to UK Value summary This clearly shows that there has been a double dip effect of COVID-19. There as an initial fall in the very early stages in January 20, followed by a small recovery through February and March 20, then a significant decline from the middle of March through to the present.  This implies that the later lockdown on the West had a much more significant downwards effect on demand than the earlier lockdown in the East (i.e. Western car demand is a main driver of this market). Concerning, there is no evidence of a recovery with Vehicle Carrier demand remaining at multi year low levels. Other maritime sectors such as dry bulk have shown sharp V type recoveries in demand. Demand for Vehicle Carriers coming into the US has significantly fallen over the period and showing no signs yet of a recovery. Year on year so far demand is down 24%. “Our Vehicle Carrier trade service provides real time data on vessel demand and trade flows. It is built up from the vessel, journey and port terminal level for each day, and history to 2013. This allows our clients to get real trading data at any level of granularity to support their commercial, operational and financial decisions.” Adrian Economakis, CSO. We have seen a notable drop in asset values, with older vessels experiencing the biggest percentage falls. Since the beginning of the year, 20 year old vessels have lost over 12% of their value and modern vessels have dropped a much more reasonable 3%. The Vehicle Carrier market is typically less liquid and volatile than the main shipping sectors, so historically these moves are quite significant. USA to Global Sales Globally For the analysis of demand, data will be taken from VesselsValue’s daily updated vessel specific stoppages, journey and cargo mile demand data. This essentially identifies in real time, through use of AIS vessel locations, GIS port and terminal information and proprietary behavioral algorithms, what vessels are doing when stopped (i.e. waiting, cargo operations, laid up), what journeys they are on or have completed. This vessel level data is then aggregated up to fleet level to give real time and historical metrics on cargo mile demand and trade flows. This analysis is data driven so is not prone to the potential inaccuracies and out of date nature of customs or port data. This shows an interesting a very different trend. Demand for importing vehicles shrank sharply in January 20 but then staged and early and rapid recovery through March and April as Chinese lockdown eased and importers tried to catch up on missed volumes. This very much is a positive sign. However, demand is still down 14% year on year so far. The chart below shows the global daily updated cargo miles of the Vehicle Carrier fleet, expressed as billions of CEU (Car Equivalent Units) nautical miles. This effectively shows the total CEU capacity of sailing Vehicle Carriers on any day. Shipbreaking yards are just starting to ease beaching restrictions and we expect to see a number of the older smaller PCCs sold for demolition in the coming months in an effort to replace the underlying supply and demand fundamentals that are driving the market. Demolition This chart shows that January 20 figures were typically 5% to 10% lower than January 2019 levels. However, figures at the end of May 2020 were almost 40% lower that same days in 2019. Comparing the whole 2020 period so far vs the same period of 2019, shows that overall CEU miles are down 18%. This data clearly signals the challenging demand environment and explains the poor market in this sector. We continue to monitor this daily for signs of demand recovery which may point to a market recovery. Now switching to looking at the effect of import demand for Vehicle Carriers, starting with the global to China trade. A 75% finished hull built at 3 Maj Brodogradiliste is being auctioned off however we suspect there will be no takers of this vessel during the COVID-19 outbreak. Siem Car carriers ordered her in 2015 for a price of USD 55 mil, however the yard did not finish her on time and Siem were able to walk away from the order. The data here shows a gradual but continual decline in demand for Vehicle Carriers for US exports. Germany to Global Demand Summary The chart below shows the number of Vehicle Carrier deals confirmed quarterly since 2012, historically there has been a steady number of Vehicle Carriers sold on the market up until this year. Demand globally is down 18% year on year so far. Some markets (Japan exports and China imports) are showing faster recovery than others (US exports and UK imports). However, there is still a long way to go to get back to pre COVID-19 demand levels, and until that happens, or there is significant increase in vessel scrapping, the Vehicle Carrier market will remain challenging. Demand for Vehicle Carriers is down significantly since the onset of COVID-19. This article will look at how much demand has fallen, both globally and across some of the main trades, if there are any green shoots of demand recovery for the sector, and what has happened to values of the vessels over this time. The chart below shows an interesting spike up in demand through March 20, followed by a steep decline in early April 20 and then the possible beginnings of a recovery. The table above shows the percentage fall in Vehicle Carrier values for each ship type and their corresponding size. Both NYK and MOL have been active in demolition. The latter having sold PCTC Cougar Ace 6,500 ceu blt 1993 for usd 302/ldt for breaking into India. We expect to see other Vehicle Carrier owners follow this trend in the coming weeks. The chart below shows the number of Vehicle Carrier demolition sales by quarter. Total CEU demand out of the US in 2020 so far is 23% below that for the same period on 2019. Older vessel values have suffered the most as they have less years of remaining life to benefit from the recovery when it happens. Modern values have been relatively resilient. However, if demand remains low we values to continue their decline. Improvements will only come with a recovery in demand and/or significantly increased demolition, both things VesselsValue tracks daily and can help find possible inflection points or buyers, seller, charterers, lenders and investors. (Source: VesselsValue) Global to USA Author: Baibhav Mishralast_img read more

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