Jul 17, 2012US, Canadian E coli outbreak in spring linked to California lettuceCalifornia-grown romaine lettuce is the probable source of an Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak that occurred in April and May in California, New Brunswick, and Quebec, eFoodAlert reported yesterday. At least 28 people have been confirmed ill in the outbreak, the story said. The 18 New Brunswick case-patients all ate at Jungle Jim’s, a Miramichi restaurant, from Apr 23 to 26. Most of the nine California cases were linked to an unnamed restaurant in April. No information has been provided about the Quebec case or whether more than one person was infected there. Ronald Owens, public information officer with the California Department of Public Health, said investigators traced the contaminated lettuce to a single farm but could not pinpoint the original source of contamination. “The field had long since been harvested at the time of the investigation, and all lettuce from the implicated lots had long since been consumed or disposed,” he said.Jul 16 eFoodAlert postUSDA to preserve produce-testing program for nowThe US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has decided to keep its little-known produce testing program going until the end of this year instead of shutting it down on Jul 31, following press coverage of the proposed shutdown, Food Safety News (FSN) reported today. FSN reported last week that ending the program, called the Microbiological Data Program, would reduce government testing of produce for Salmonella, Listeria, and pathogenic E coli by 80%. “While the Microbiological Data Program does not align with USDA’s core mission, the department will continue its work with state partners using existing agreements to conduct sampling and testing through this program through the end of the year,” a USDA spokesman told FSN. The Obama administration did not request funds for the $4.5 million program in its proposed 2013 budget, and Congress has not included it in appropriations bills. According to FSN, the program tests 16,000 to 18,000 produce samples annually. From 2009 to 2012, the program found Salmonella 100 times, E coli O157:H7 twice, and Listeria 8 times, the story said. The findings sparked 23 Salmonella recalls, 2 E coli O157:H7 recalls, and 5 Listeria recalls.Jul 17 FSN story
Antonio ‘Tony’ Romero The Taos Pueblo Department of Public Safety is assisting with the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 505.889.1300 or use the online form at tips.fbi.gov. Their bodies were found June 1, 2019 in Buck Romero’s residence. Buck Romero The victims were identified as Antonio ‘Tony’ Romero, 82, and Buck Romero, 51, both members of Taos Pueblo. The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the homicides of a father and son on Taos Pueblo. FBI News: The cause of death is not being released at this time.
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N.C. Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary John Skvarla yesterday authorized the issuance of an emergency Coastal Area Management Act Major Permit to conduct agitation dredging at the Port of Morehead City.Although the Port is authorized to maintain a water depth of 38 feet through the use of hydraulic dredging, a docking facility at Radio Island currently has depths as low as 29 feet, which is not deep enough for several vessels that use the facility. Agitation dredging will involve the use of a tug boat to drag a structural beam along the seabed. The beam displaces sediments, which are then flushed from the system during falling tides.The one-time emergency CAMA permit authorizes agitation dredging to a depth of 33 feet. The department does not anticipate any significant adverse impacts from the resulting sediment plume.Because the situation is urgent, the N.C. Ports Authority requested the emergency permit for agitation dredging as the most expedient way to achieve needed water depth in the harbor before an expected large vessel arrives later this week. The N.C. Ports Authority has an existing CAMA permit to perform similar work at the Port of Wilmington.The project has also received authorization from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the N.C. Division of Water Resources.[mappress mapid=”19477″]Press release
Republic of Maldives’ Ministry of Environment and Energy has signed a contract with Maldives Transport and Contracting Company Plc (MTCC) for building coastal protection structures at Gaaf Dhaalu atoll Madaveli Island.The purpose of this project is to nourish, protect and prevent the Gaaf Dhaalu areas vulnerable to erosion from further deterioration.The project also includes construction of 454.5 m rock revetment in Gahdhoo, the Ministry stated in its announcement.This is the fifth coastal protection project in this year which is financed by the Government of Maldives.Minister of Environment and Energy, Mr. Thoriq Ibrahim, signed the contract on behalf of the Ministry while the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MTCC, Mr. Ibrahim Ziyath, inked the deal on behalf of the company.This coastal protection scheme is expected to be completed in 150 days.[mappress mapid=”22890″]
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Having handled the 3.5 km overland transportation, Tradelossa provided the manpower and hydraulic equipment to roll the boiler, which measured 35.1 m x 14.02 m x 15.86 m, onto the barge. www.tradelossa.com
My Hometown: Springsteen launches book tour in New Jersey Published: September 27, 2016 11:03 AM EDT FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) – Bruce Springsteen is meeting thousands of fans at a bookstore in his New Jersey hometown as he launches a book tour.Springsteen is celebrating Tuesday’s release of his autobiography “Born to Run” at a bookstore in Freehold. Tickets are sold out.A few fans camped out overnight and others began arriving around 6 a.m. for the event. It was scheduled to start at noon, but Springsteen arrived around 10:30 a.m.Fans get a signed copy of the book and a chance to take a picture with him.In the book, Springsteen remembers his childhood in New Jersey and personal struggles that inspired songs such as “Born to Run” and “Thunder Road.”Springsteen’s book tour will also stop in New York; Philadelphia; Seattle; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Portland, Oregon. Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Author: AP SHARE
Czech open access operator LEO Express launched a LEO Express Easy feeder bus service between Mukacheve in Ukraine and Košice in Slovakia on October 16, connecting with its trains to Praha.On October 8 transport ministers from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia signed a letter of intent to establish an Alpine-Western Balkan rail freight corridor running from Salzburg through Villach and from Linz through Graz to Slovenia, Zagreb, Beograd, Sofia and the Turkish border. On October 15 the railways of Iran, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan introduced uniform rates for China – Iran transit container trains, intended to attract traffic which currently goes by sea. Single rates for wagonload traffic are planned for 2016.Rift Valley Railways has won a contract to manage the container terminal at Mukono in Uganda.Niedersachsen transport authority LNVG has extended Metronom’s contract to operate Hamburg – Cuxhaven service RE5 by one year to December 2018.CD Cargo’s Polish subsidairy Koleje Czeskie and Belarus Railways have signed an agreement allowing KC locos to operate from Poland to Belarus border stations over three dual-gauge cross-border routes at Brest, Bruzhi and visa.PKP Intercity has announced a 1·8bn złoty modernisation programme to be financed through a 1bn złoty cash injection from PKP SA, privatisation of PKP Energetyka and EU sources. This includes 1·4bn złoty for the modernisation of 60 locos and 400 coaches and 0·4bn złoty to improve maintenance facilities.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDumfriesshire MP David Mundell has welcomed funding awards for two groups in his constituency from Awards for All Scotland totalling £15,000.The United Reformed Church in Annan was awarded £10,000 and the Castle Loch Lochmaben Community Trust were given £5,000 in a welcome boost for community groups in the area.The church will use their grant to upgrade their kitchen and toilet facilities whilst the £5,000 given to Castle Loch Lochmaben Trust will be used to improve the footpath around the Royal Burgh’s Loch. Commenting David Mundell MP: “I am delighted that community groups in Dumfriesshire have been supported by Awards For All which will make a huge difference to both the United Reformed Church and the Castle Loch Trust.“This money will be a major boost for people living in the communities of Annan and Lochmaben, particularly the groups who use the church and those who enjoy a walk around the beautiful Castle Loch.“I know the groups will put this money to good use and I look forward to seeing the improvements at the church and around the Loch in the near future.”