Intermediate School Wellness Center is Ready to Help

first_imgThe Ocean City New Jersey Education Foundation members donated $10,000 to the Intermediate School’s wellness center in January. By MADDY VITALEOcean City lost two young people to suicide in recent years.Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Taylor said she and the district will continue to do everything they can to make sure that does not happen ever again.On Tuesday night, the Ocean City Intermediate School’s Wellness Center held its grand opening with a ribbon cutting, remarks from dignitaries and a presentation of a $10,000 check from the Ocean City New Jersey Education Foundation (OCNJEF).Helping children to cope, being there for them emotionally and socially are and have been goals of the district, Taylor said.“No child should die,” she said of the suicides. “That was really the driving force behind the wellness centers. We opened the wellness center at the high school. We said we have to do something.”In 2017 the high school wellness center opened, and officials said it has been so beneficial for students that educators wanted to expand it to the Intermediate School.“The School Board and I, as well as the administrators and staff, are committed to ensuring that we build a foundation of hope for all of our students. We also want to thank the Ocean City Education Foundation for their generous donation to support and fund the set-up of this new Center,” Dr. Taylor said in a release.Principal Michael Mattina helps Edison Castillo, left, of Ocean City, and his brother, Hector, cut the ribbon.Jill Berenato, a high school nurse who oversees the high school wellness center, touted the benefits of opening a center in the Intermediate School.She noted that the wellness center helps kids cope. The fact that it is now available at the Intermediate School helps prepare the students for high school emotionally.“By the time they come to the high school the students are already better prepared emotionally with a wellness center in the Intermediate School,” Berenato said.The need for another wellness center spurred school officials and members of the Ocean City New Jersey Education Foundation (OCNJEF) to work together to help finance the Intermediate School wellness center.OCNJEF President Tricia Ciliberto said that the foundation saw that the wellness center was so beneficial to students in the high school that they chose to put much of their fundraising efforts into the center at the Intermediate School.“We decided it would be such an important cause to put our fundraising efforts into,” Ciliberto said. “The wellness center at the high school has been so beneficial to the students.”Stepfanie Grisinger, student assistance coordinator for the Intermediate School Wellness Center, said it opened a couple of months ago and since then there have already been 950 visits from children.Some visits are just to sit and have lunch away from the rest of the students. Other times it has been for more serious issues, such as anxiety and stress.It has been helpful to so many students already, she said.“I have a group of students without fathers – that spurred a group,” Grisinger said.She stressed that not only is she there for the students, but the parents or guardians as well.“I am here for the students, but I am also here for you too,” she said, referring to parents. “Let’s work together to build up the students and give them the well-rounded support that they need and deserve.”Several dignitaries attended the program, including Assemblyman Antwan McClellan, Mayor Jay Gillian and City Councilman Michael DeVlieger and Ocean City Free Public Library Director Karen Mahar.School Board members including Board President Joe Clark, Vice President Jacqueline McAlister and Cecelia Gallelli-Keyes, also attended, along with OCNJEF Vice President Jennifer Shirk and Secretary Cathy DiMarco and members, Heather James, Lisa Rumer and Aimee Schultz.Tricia Ciliberto, president of the Ocean City New Jersey Education Foundation, presents a ceremonial $10,000 check to school officials to fund the new wellness center at the Intermediate School.Mayor Gillian said he is very pleased that the school district created another wellness center because it provides so much for students who need it.“It helps kids, it helps parents. Sometimes the kids just need a place to go,” Gillian said.During the open house, behavioral expert Dr. Buzz Mingin gave a talk about ways to lower anxiety, breathing techniques and how some people have a predisposition for anxiety.He noted that sometimes anxiety is due to the wrong medications, a hormonal imbalance or stress.Mingin offered ways to lessen anxious behavior without medication and explained medical and scientific reasons why people may suffer from worry and stress.“What we want to think about is our lifestyle,” he said.He advised the attendees to consider taking Magnesium, Gaba, and Omega-3 should they feel anxiety. Often, he said, there is an imbalance.Dr. Buzz Mingin offers tips to the crowd on lowering anxiety.Mingin gave a tip to taking the edge off. When stressed, gently stroke your face with both of your hands. Start at your hair line and slowly stroke down over your face and cheeks.And when breathing, he said, taking breaths every three seconds will relax the mind. He noted that athletes often do it before shooting a basket or playing football.Students may go to the wellness center for many reasons.The wellness center offers a variety of groups, initiatives and services to students, such as hosting therapy dog sessions, Yoga Club every Monday facilitated by five dedicated teachers and groups focused on improving social skills, regulating emotions and grief.Additionally, students can have individual sessions or check-ins with the Social Worker/Student Assistant Coordinator when they need a space to calm down or regroup after experiencing heightened anxiety or an inability to stay focused.For more information about the Ocean City School District visit www.oceancityschools.org. For more information about Dr. Buzz Mingin visit www.drbuzzmingin.comThe Ocean City Intermediate School Wellness Center will give students a place where they can go for help or just to get away from stress.last_img read more

the rules of attraction

first_imgWhen I was at school, bakery and catering were never subjects promoted to young people. On the other hand, office jobs were, and there was more of a push to become an academic. We need to go back in time and offer the opportunity to gain skills used in practical jobs, such as bakery.My dad was a baker, but living with that at home is very different to working in an in-store bakery environment. I study at Tameside College and have an apprenticeship at Morrisons, which means I am getting money for the work I do, I am being trained and there will be a job here when I finish the course. There is always someone to help – both at college and work – and I can ask any questions I like.My training involves a week’s theory at college, followed by about five weeks at the job, where I am assessed on a list of tasks. I’ll spend another week at the course and so on. I’m now going on to do another course in patisserie.Whether college training and on-the-job training in the bakery are suitable depends on the individual. For me, the theory and also background knowledge to practical work is useful and interesting. We get to understand the ’science bit’ behind what we do on a daily basis. But it very much depends on each person.Since I won the Student Baker of the Year award, Tameside college has decided to do a case study on me to inspire other bakery students. I study alongside 60 other Morrisons apprentices from different outlets, but I’m the only student at my branch.We didn’t visit other bakeries, which I would have liked – maybe because my course is part of the Morrisons apprenticeship, I’m not sure if other students get the chance. I would also like to visit ingredients suppliers to see how contents are put together before they come to the bakery.Most staff are male and it can be a little off-putting. When interviewed, the fact that I would need to lift heavy trays and work long hours was brought up. That can discourage young women going into the profession. It doesn’t matter whether you are male or female – bakery is a great business.In the future, I hope to progress to a management position, my overall aim is to become a bakery tutor so I can help and encourage young people like myself to develop within the baking industry.What would I say? I like the satisfaction of producing a quality product bought by customers every day. You see the end result, make a difference and every day is different. nlast_img read more

SAMB discusses industry pressures

first_imgAt the Scottish Association of Master Bakers conference, which took place over the May Bank Holiday weekend, Stanley Smith, convenor of the SAMB technical committee, told delegates that pressures in the industry had changed in 2007 from being legislation-based to being supermarket- and industry-led.Smith cited nine different methods of labelling compliance, published by the Scottish FSA, including traffic lights. That was “too many”, he said.Meanwhile, supermarkets were pressing for more salt reductions while a big initiative by the Scottish Department of Health meant that all schools will be subject to a complete review of health.Schools, children and food scientists will all examine the school diet and it is likely to result in a change in food law, with the support of the Scottish Executive (cabinet) and the Scottish FSA, he said.While the origin of meats had come under scrutiny, it now looks likely that the origin of fish will follow the same path. Both may have to be labelled with proposed ’country of origin’ legislation.PackagingPast president Ian Terris, of Wm Stephens bakery, said there was more and more legislation coming from the EU on packaging and labelling. He asked if there was any impending legislation on restricting packaging?At the moment, none is evident in the UK, but Alan Stuart, of Stuart’s of Buckhaven, commen-ted that Germany had passed a law stating that dumping bins had to be at the doors of all supermarkets so customers could dispose of any excess packaging.More cloutGeorge Stevenson of Mathiesons asked how the SAMB could obtain more clout in dealing with the EU government. Kirk Hunter, chief executive of the SAMB, replied that the SAMB, the SNP and the new Scottish Executive wanted to strengthen direct links with the EU and would be working actively with other Scottish associations so that there was one united voice.Minimum WageThe latest increase in the minimum wage next October will be limited to 3.2%. As differentials had been narrowed, there would only be three grades in future. There will be summer discussions with the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW) and wage negotiations will follow.A questionnaire will be sent out shortly to members on the working agreement.EMPLOYMENT LAWOver the year the SAMB said it had seen a growth in employment law questions from members.Particular attention had been paid to advising members about new age discrimination laws.The membership expressed its thanks for the “expertise of law advisor Fay Sommerville” particularly over the age discrimi- nation legislation, which, they noted, could have profound implications for the industry.l More news from the SAMB conference next weeklast_img read more

Press release: £260 million of clean air funding launched by government

first_img Local authority Project Amount £11.7 million to the 28 local authorities with the biggest air quality challenges to help carry out the work needed to develop air quality plans, including securing resource and expertise £24.5 million to the same 28 local areas to support a range of measures to take action locally. Examples include installing electric charge point hubs in car parks; junction improvements; bus priority measures; building cycle routes; incentivising ultra-low emission taxis through licensing schemes and leasing electric vehicles; and traffic management and monitoring systems £2.4 million from the 2017/18 Air Quality Grant for local community projects to tackle air quality at a grass roots level. This comes in addition to £3.7 million already awarded in last year’s Air Quality Grant, which included an award winning project taken forward by Westminster City Council to provide advice and toolkits for small and medium businesses to reduce transport emissions from deliveries associated with their operations £1.65 million to support the 33 local authorities that have been asked to conduct targeted feasibility studies to identify measures that could bring forward compliance dates within the shortest possible time Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said: Cheshire West and Chester Local research on domestic burning stoves and health impacts £44,000 Today’s announcement is part of a £3.5billion plan to improve air quality and reduce harmful emissions.Air Quality GrantWe’ve published more details on the Air Quality Grant. Successful projects for 2017/18 are listed below: Oxford City Council Electric vehicle charging points, electric fleet, technical study £192,500 Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council (with Doncaster) ECO-STARS bus and taxi fleet £125,000 East Sussex County Council (with West Sussex, Brighton, Chichester, Horsham, Adur, Crawley, Mid Sussex, Worthing, Lewes) Action plan for schools and businesses in AQMAs £105,900 £2,394,956 Total St Helens Council (with Liverpool City Region, Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, Wirral) Air quality website for Liverpool residents £74,000 City of York Council (with Lancaster, Mid Devon) Local authority officer knowledge sharing online platform £216,008 Westminster City Council ((Cross River Partnership) with Lambeth, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Lewisham) Working with businesses across 5 boroughs to help reduce their emissions £232,850center_img Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent (with Tamworth, Lichfield, South Staffordshire, Stafford, Cannock Chase, Newcastle-under-Lyme and The Moorlands) Council partnership action plan, public and business engagement, business and school travel plans with annual monitoring, electric vehicle charging point and a clean air campaign. £208,000 Kirklees (Bradford, Calderdale, Wakefield) Domestic and commercial awareness campaign and action plan £106,292 A package of funding worth more than £260 million has today been launched by the government to help improve air quality in some of the most polluted areas.The UK Plan for Tackling Roadside Nitrogen Dioxide Concentrations was produced by the government in July 2017, and outlined that councils with the worst levels of air pollution at busy road junctions and hotspots must take robust action in the shortest time possible.Fulfilling a commitment to support local authorities to deliver these plans, the government has today launched a £220 million Clean Air Fund to minimise the impact of local plans on individuals and businesses. A range of options local authorities could consider to utilise this money such as new park and ride services, freight consolidation centres, concessionary travel schemes and improvements to bus fleets have been set out.At the same time, more than £40 million from the £255 million Implementation Fund has been awarded to support local authorities take action as soon as possible to improve air quality.This includes: We have been clear that local leaders are best placed to develop innovative plans that rapidly meet the needs of their communities. Today’s funding demonstrates the government’s commitment to support the local momentum needed and continue to improve our air now and for future generations. Improving air quality is about more than just tackling emissions from transport, so later this year we will publish a comprehensive Clean Air Strategy. This will set out how we will address all forms of air pollution, delivering cleaner air for the whole country. Blaby District Council Schools and SMEs behavioural change and action plan £59,000 Spelthorne Borough Council (Surrey Air Alliance) Awareness campaign in schools across the county. £145,188 Reading Borough Council Electric vehicle charging points in residential areas £100,000 Bradford Metropolitan District Council Air quality feasibility study £195,000 Portsmouth City Council Communications package and cycling infrastructure £450,000 Canterbury City Council Awareness campaign in schools and community on transport and domestic burning stoves £33,354 London Borough of Tower Hamlets Community action plan and business engagement on emissions from industry and transport £107,864last_img read more

Electrical conductor sparks interest

first_imgChemists at Harvard and three other institutions have created a purified version of an organic semiconductor with electrical properties that put it among a small handful of organic compounds and that provides an important proof of concept for a screening process to find new compounds for solar panels.Alán Aspuru-Guzik, associate professor of chemistry and chemical biology, worked with colleagues at Stanford University, Haverford College, and Clark University to identify, synthesize, and characterize the compound. It was based on a compound created several years ago by a team from Japan. The compound, with the tongue-twisting name of dinapthothienothiophene, intrigued Aspuru-Guzik and Haverford colleague Joshua Schrier, who decided to use computers to model several variations and screen them for improved electrical properties.That process resulted in seven candidate compounds, from which they selected one, whose synthesis was originally devised by Sergio Granados-Focil, an assistant professor of chemistry at Clark, and was synthesized in the lab of Zhenan Bao, an associate professor in Stanford’s Chemical Engineering Department. Initial measurements by Bao’s group of the compound’s “hole mobility” — a measure of how quickly electrons move analogous to current in a metallic material — showed it was among a small handful of top-performing organic molecules.“It would have taken several years to both synthesize and characterize all the seven candidate compounds. With this approach, we were able to focus on the most promising candidate … as predicted by theory,” Bao said. “This is a rare example of ‘truly rational’ design of new high performance materials.”The Japanese team that created the original compound, led by Kazuo Takimiya, also recently reported that it had created the same compound, though its measurements showed that the compound had lower electrical properties.Though the discovery, reported today in the journal Nature Communications, may have creative applications in electronics, where organic semiconductors are used in thin film transistors and to create extremely thin television screens, Aspuru-Guzik was just as enthusiastic that it provided confirmation of the screening process, based on computer modeling, that he is using to find new materials for solar panels. Sule Atahan, a postdoctoral fellow working with Aspuru-Guzik, said that the close match between the predicted and measured crystal structures of the compound is key, and that theoretical screening is crucial to identify new materials for clean-energy applications.From a cost standpoint, organic semiconductors still cannot compete with the silicon typically used in photovoltaic panels. But organics — a family of typically large, complex molecules built around a backbone of carbon atoms — have many advantages over rigid, heavy silicon. Organic semiconductors can be used to make flexible display screens and can be sprayed like paint or ink, opening a broad range of applications.If a compound can be identified for use in photovoltaics, Aspuru-Guzik said, it may find applications where the rigid structure and equipment needed for traditional solar panels preclude their use, such as in the developing world, where more than 2 billion people still don’t have access to reliable electricity.To identify such a compound, Aspuru-Guzik several years ago began the Clean Energy Project, a distributed computing effort, conducted in collaboration with the IBM World Community Grid, that uses the surplus computing power of idle desktop machines to screen 2.7 million possible candidates. So far, Aspuru-Guzik said, they’ve identified about 5,000 compounds predicted more than 10 percent efficient at converting sunlight to electricity. Additionally, Aspuru-Guzik and Bao have a joint research project, sponsored by the Stanford Global Climate and Energy Program, to use this approach for accelerating the discovery of high performance organic solar cell materials.When the screening is complete, Aspuru-Guzik said, researchers plan to publish a list of the 1,000 most promising compounds. After that will come the labor-intensive process of making them and checking for properties that improve on materials used in solar panels today.“We need only one for the world to be happy,” Aspuru-Guzik said.last_img read more

Trail Mix | Lawrence Morrill Glass

first_imgYou are an obsession, you’re my obsession . . . I couldn’t help but hear the lyrics to 80’s synthpoppers Animotion run through my head when I came across “Tina Fey,” a song written by Austin, Texas, singer/songwriter Lawrence Morrill Glass.Being a big fan of Tina Fey’s work, I couldn’t blame Glass for his obsession. From her time at Second City and Saturday Night Live through 30 Rock and her motion picture stardom, I have long been a big fan of Tina Fey.So, I get Glass’s obsession. But, for the sake of propriety – and to keep any hints of stalkerism off Glass’s back – I have decided it would be better to refer to Fey as his muse. It just sounds nicer.“Tina Fey” is featured on the new EP that Glass recently released. The tracks therein offer a tantalizing – and too short – glimpse into the mind and songwriting craft of one of Austin’s burgeoning talents.I recently chatted with Glass about “Tina Fey,” which is included on this month’s Trail Mix, and he even indulged me enough to take a little quiz on his muse.BRO – Can we see this EP as a tease for the long player soon to come?LMG – Yes.  The full length, Neanderthal, will be released on February 14, 2017. It is made up of eleven songs that range in style from Americana to rock to bossa nova to ska.BRO – We are featuring “Tina Fey” on this month’s Trail Mix. What was your favorite Tina Fey character from Saturday Night Live?LMG – I liked her most back when she did the news.BRO – And let’s be honest. Do you think there is anyone out there who doesn’t love Tina Fey?LMG – I’m sure there are folks that find her tiresome. As Sly sang in “Everyday People” . . . . Different strokes for different folks.BRO – Any fear that Tina might hear the song and think you are a stalker?LMG – I doubt it. The bridge says it all . . .Better find yourself someone close to homea real live girl waiting all aloneno fantasy a million miles awayno, no, not another Saturday night with a TV screenwhat a lonely life, what an empty dreamI can’t go on this way, with nothing left to saybut I love Tina FeyTo test Lawrence’s expertise on all things Tina Fey, I threw this quiz at him. He was kind enough to oblige and have a little fun with me.1.  What was the name of Tina’s character on 30 Rock?A. Lisbette LimoneB. Betsy LymanC. Liz LemonD. Lizzie LeemondLMG – C2. Where did Tina attend college?A.  SUNY-OswegoB. Dartmouth CollegeC. Wellesley CollegeD. The University of VirginiaLMG – D3. Fey was half of the first all-female Weekend Update crew in Saturday Night Live history. Who was her co-anchor?A. Jane CurtinB. Amy PoehlerC. Kate McKinnonD. Maya RudolphLMG – B4.  Tina is actually not her real first name. What is?A. AllisonB. MadelineC. ElizabethD. StamatinaLMG – C5.  Fey provided the voice for Roxanne Ritchi, opposite Will Ferrell, in what animated motion picture?A. Toy StoryB. MegamindC. Finding NemoD. ShrekLMG – No ideaLawrence did pretty darn well on the quiz, going getting four of the five answers correct. Only one he missed was #5, which was, as those of us with small kids at home know, Megamind. Many thanks to Lawrence for running with this.For more information on Lawrence Morrill Glass, how you can grab a copy of the new EP, or when he might be coming to a stage near you, please check out his website.Also, be sure to check out “Tina Fey” on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more

Digital lending optimizes the member experience. Are you on board?

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Increasing competition from fintech companies in the traditional lending arena, decreasing profit margins and rapidly changing member preferences are driving credit unions into the digital lending space to stay relevant. Depending on where you are in your digital transformation and because the digital landscape is quickly changing, you may be facing an overwhelming frontier. Credit union professionals can gain a lot from observing how fintech companies are disrupting traditional lending processes and services and apply this knowledge when planning for their own digital transformation. Here are a few examples of current fintech industry disrupters: Gamifying online lending toolsAdding customer service chat bots to websitesUsing data mining to assess risk and creditworthinessIn order to compete with so many cutting-edge digital solutions offered by fintech companies, start by focusing on their alternative lending models. They are lean, agile and offer faster approvals and funding than traditional legacy processes used by many credit unions. Traditional credit union legacy processes and systems are not as responsive, and many members are subjected to a longer lending processing timeframe. If you’re ready to start streamlining lending at your credit union, take a comprehensive approach by looking at both your front and back end processes. This includes: Data inputWorkflow routingMember communications The challenges you’ll face with digitizing traditional lending services revolve around interpreting regulatory requirements for the digital space to keep your credit union compliant. The easiest adjustments to your lending practices that you can make include lower risk credit-line renewals while the hardest services will be mortgages given stricter regulations. Mortgage lending remains a vital part of credit union loan portfolios, so investing in digitizing mortgage lending at your credit union is worth considering. While fintech companies may be leading the way in incorporating technology to serve its customers, credit unions have a long-term regulatory advantage. By upholding the strict NCUA and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regulatory requirements that fintech companies currently skirt, credit unions gain a more comprehensive understanding of proper risk management and can offer stronger member protection. Considering the heightened national attention on cybersecurity in the wake of several high-profile data breaches, stronger data security protections may be a compelling angle, especially if you can combine it with nimble lending options like e-mortgages.If you’re looking for a deeper understanding of digitizing lending and current industry regulations to help you with your digital transformation, you can join industry peers and experts at the 25th Annual CUNA Lending Council Conference, November 3-6, 2019 in New Orleans. You’ll cover today’s lending hot topics including a session on digitizing the mortgage process and panel discussion on where digital mortgage lending is heading in 2020. You’ll also get an economic outlook and opportunities to collaborate with your peers to discover new ways of incorporating the latest industry insights into your lending strategy.  Learn more today. last_img read more

Health officials probe more botulism cases

first_imgAug 2, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Since the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned of a link between four botulism cases and contaminated chili sauce 2 weeks ago, state health departments have confirmed one additional botulism case and reported at least three more suspected cases.The initial recall, issued Jul 19, involved canned hot-dog chili sauce made at a Castleberry Foods production facility in Augusta, Ga. A few days later the recall was expanded to more than 80 of the company’s products, which included chili, hash, barbecue meat products, and a few pet food products.The four previous patients included two Texas children and an Indiana couple. In a Jul 30 early-release article in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the children, who are siblings, were hospitalized on Jun 29 and received botulinum antitoxin on Jul 7. Initial stool cultures did not reveal the pathogen, and stool and serum cultures taken 9 days after symptom onset were negative for botulinum toxin. Both are still hospitalized, andone is still on mechanical ventilation.The Indiana couple became ill Jul 7 and were hospitalized 2 days later, the MMWR report said. In view of their shared symptoms, they received botulinum antitoxin on Jul 11.The man’s serum sample tested positive for botulinum toxin type A. The woman’s serum sample was also positive, but the scant volume didn’t allow the laboratory to determine the toxin type. Samples from leftover chili sauce also tested positive for botulinum toxin type A. The patients remained hospitalized and on mechanical ventilation.Botulinum toxin is a nerve poison produced by Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium commonly found in soil. Botulism symptoms include double or blurred vision, droopy eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness, according to the CDC. If untreated, the illness can progress to paralysis of the limbs, trunk, and breathing muscles.Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), said tests confirmed that a 51-year-old San Diego woman has botulism poisoning, according to a Jul 27 CDPH press release. State health authorities were investigating whether her illness was linked to the contaminated products. The woman reported buying and eating one of the recalled products, Kroger Chili with Beans, in early July, the CDPH said. However, she threw the product away before it could be tested.She had been hospitalized but was recovering at home, the CDPH reported.On Jul 27 the Hawaii Department of Health (HDH) said it was investigating a possible case of botulism poisoning on Maui, according a press release. The department said the patient met some of the clinical criteria for botulism and was being treated pending laboratory confirmation.”The DOH has consulted with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and although the case has not been confirmed as botulism poisoning, we are taking every precaution,” said HDH Director Chiyome Fukino, MD.In addition, Indiana television station WISH reported Jul 31 that a Logansport resident was hospitalized with suspected botulism poisoning. Doctors at Logansport Memorial Hospital had noticed the patient had some botulism symptoms, though it was not clear if the patient had consumed any of the recalled products.The TV station reported that the CDC provided botulism antitoxin for the patient and that Indiana state police delivered it to the hospital.Elsewhere, state officials in New Mexico said yesterday that a 52-year-old man from Sandoval County was paralyzed with botulism poisoning, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. Officials were trying to determine if he ate food included in the national recall, the report said.Deboarah Busemeyer, a spokeswoman for the New Mexico Department of Health, told the AP that the man was hospitalized on Jul 26, was in serious condition, and could only wiggle his toes. She said preliminary tests, reported by the CDC, pointed to botulism, the AP reported.In other developments, a Wisconsin company yesterday recalled cans of its French-style green beans after routine monitoring revealed a possible production problem. Lakeside Foods, based in Manitowoc, said in a press release that no illnesses had been reported and that no botulism toxin had been found in any of the product tests, which were ongoing.The recall involves 14.5-ounce cans of the green beans, which are sold under about 17 different store brands in 20 states and Canada.See also:Jul 30 MMWR article on botulism casesJul 27 Hawaii Department of Health press releaseJul 31 New Mexico Department of Health press releasehttp://www.health.state.nm.us/pdf/botulism.pdflast_img read more

17.000 guests are expected in Kvarner for Easter

first_imgAccording to information gathered from hoteliers and tourism workers, around 17.000 guests will stay in Kvarner during the Easter holidays, ie from Good Friday to Easter Monday, and it is expected that they will spend 60.000 nights.“For guests who visit Kvarner, a diverse program is prepared in the spirit of the Easter holidays: concerts and similar events, gastronomic events such as the one on Krk, where certain restaurants will be able to enjoy menus with šurlice and asparagus; a reminder of traditional Easter dishes in Crikvenica or an Easter breakfast and the search for Easter eggs, which Opatija guests will be able to enjoy. ” stand out from the Kvarner Tourist Board.Hoteliers are optimistic about the good booking, although due to the earlier date of the Easter holidays, part of the hotel capacity will remain closed to guests, in most cases due to works. Thus, 80 hotels will be opened for Easter, half of which are located on the Opatija Riviera, and the most guests are expected in the hotels, around 11.000. Guests will be able to spend Easter in Kvarner camps, there will be 12 of them open, of which only the camp “Selce” is located on the mainland, and the remaining 11 are on the islands. About 2.000 guests are expected in the camps. About 3.000 guests opted for private accommodation.In 2018, growth of 5% is expected in Kvarner According to the program, Kvarner tourism expects 2,6 million arrivals and 14,5 million overnight stays next year, which is 5% more than in 2016. The largest primary markets in Kvarner remain Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Italy, clearly with domestic guests. Priority tourist products that the Kvarner Tourist Board will primarily focus on next year are products that attract guests outside the main tourist season, ie active holidays, sports products and soft adventure, health tourism, cultural, holiday and nautical and business tourism.Related news:HOW TO GET INTEREST FROM ONLY 1 PERCENT? JOIN THE KVARNER FAMILY QUALITY MARK PROGRAMlast_img read more

North Sumatra becomes major exporter of agricultural commodities

first_imgTopics : North Sumatra has become a major exporter of agricultural products in Indonesia, thanks to serious efforts made by the local government in promoting farming activities the province.According to Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo, the North Sumatra administration’s efforts to empower local farmers and support plantation companies had contributed to a sharp increase in the exports of agricultural commodities from the province.“It indicates that North Sumatra has the potential to further develop its agricultural sector in the future,” he said in a ceremony to launch the shipment of export commodities worth Rp 79.6 billion to 28 countries in the Modern Industrial Zone, Deli Serdang regency, North Sumatra, on Thursday. According to data provided by the ministry’s agricultural quarantine office, the province’s agricultural export volume increased by 23.7 percent year-on-year (yoy) in 2019, while its export value rose by 21 percent to Rp 32.2 trillion (US$2.3 billion) from Rp 26.6 trillion in 2018.The province’s agricultural exports have shown an increasing trend since 2017, when the export value slumped to $654 million, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS). The province exports a wide range of commodities, such as palm oil, rubber, coffee and sawn timber.Despite the increase, North Sumatra saw a 5.7 percent decline in industrial exports from $8.57 billion in 2017 to $8.08 billion in 2018, which caused an overall 4.77 percent decline in exports from $9.22 billion in 2017 to $8.78 billion in 2018.North Sumatra administration secretary R. Sabrina said the province’s prospects in agriculture was due to its cast farming areas.She said the provincial administration would keep supporting farmers to increase their production and agricultural exports from the region.“If our production and exports keep increasing, it would help the welfare of the local farmers,” she said. (mpr)last_img read more