Month: November 2020

When Will We Know Election Results?

first_imgMichiganThough a glance at the top-line numbers appeared to show Michigan largely accounted for and trending toward Mr. Trump, some of the state’s major population centers had hundreds of thousands of ballots yet to be counted as of early Wednesday. And these could easily tip the state to Mr. Biden, as Democrats have said they expect.Polls taken before the election showed the former vice president considerably ahead, outside the margin of error.Mr. Trump’s lead so far reflects his advantage in the Election Day vote — not the early vote, which is a larger share of the overall ballots cast in the state and favors Mr. Biden. The so-called blue wall states — Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — had gone to the Democrats in every presidential election since the 1990s until President Trump carried them all in 2016. The three states could again prove decisive as Mr. Trump tries to hold on to the White House.Early vote totals in Michigan and Pennsylvania show the president ahead, while Joseph R. Biden Jr. edged into a narrow lead in Wisconsin on Wednesday morning. But the numbers were incomplete and did not include some of the largest and most heavily Democratic areas in the states.- Advertisement – PennsylvaniaPerhaps no state is staring down a longer counting period than Pennsylvania. As of early Wednesday morning, 5.3 million votes had been counted in Pennsylvania, which represented roughly 65 percent of the estimated vote total in the state. In Philadelphia, only 76,000 absentee ballots out of more than 350,000 were processed in the first 14 hours that officials were allowed to count ballots. Though Philadelphia election officials were working around the clock on the absentee ballots, the pace indicated that the count could last into Thursday.Other major counties, like Chester, Montgomery and Delaware, suburban counties outside of Philadelphia and a growing source of strength for Democrats, also had not reported the majority of their mail-in ballots. Allegheny County, home to Pittsburgh and another Democratic base of support, still had a large share of ballots to count.Senator Bob Casey, Jr., a Democrat, said, “I’m confident Joe Biden will carry the state because of the margins we’ll get in those counties.” In Detroit, the city clerk had counted only about half of what was expected. The clerk’s office reported having 125,000 votes tallied just after 2 a.m.For comparison purposes, Detroiters cast 248,000 ballots in 2016, when turnout was low. This year, election officials have said they expect turnout to easily surpass that, potentially exceeding 2008 and 2012 when President Barack Obama was on the ballot.Mr. Biden is expected to easily get 90 percent of the vote in Detroit.In Michigan’s bellwether Macomb County, which voted twice for Mr. Obama and then for Mr. Trump in 2016, the president was ahead because of a large advantage with voters who went to the polls on Tuesday. But only around half of the precincts had fully counted their early and Election Day ballots, leaving Mr. Biden considerable opportunity to close that gap.And in Oakland County, the state’s second-largest, what began as a significant lead for Mr. Trump Tuesday evening vanished into an advantage for Mr. Biden by Wednesday as more and more precincts reported their early votes.Democrats have won Oakland County in every recent presidential election. Hillary Clinton carried it by eight points in 2016, and Mr. Biden appeared on track to surpass that margin of victory. Updated Nov. 4, 2020, 6:08 a.m. ET WisconsinEarly returns were inconclusive Tuesday evening, with the key population center of Milwaukee yet to report vote tallies. But early Wednesday, a large vote count from that city was announced, and Mr. Biden edged ahead of Mr. Trump based on roughly 90 percent of estimated votes statewide.Democrats in the state are looking to replicate the political coalition of Senator Tammy Baldwin, the Democrat who won in 2018 by energizing her party’s constituencies while limiting losses in the suburbs and rural regions. The state legislature refused to allow election officials to begin processing absentee ballots until 7 a.m. on Election Day, and officials across the state were laboring through the tedious process of counting ballots.- Advertisement –center_img In an interview on Election Day, Ms. Baldwin said she believed Mr. Biden would be successful.“They figured out a way to be here virtually, even if they weren’t here in person,” she said. “We’ve learned a lot of lessons about how we conducted 2016, from the party all the way on down.” There are several reasons Democrats remain confident in Wisconsin. The state saw increased turnout in Madison, reaching more than 80 percent, according to election officials. In Milwaukee, another of the state’s liberal strongholds, turnout seemed better than four years ago but below the expectations of the state’s left wing.Mr. Biden built a political campaign focused on Midwestern voters, aimed at clawing back many of the ideological moderates who voted for Mr. Trump in 2016. For all the talk about winning states like Florida, Iowa or Texas, Democrats in Wisconsin say the campaign will be decided as it began — with Mr. Biden betting his political future on the region of the country that he is most associated with. Here is a look at where things stand as the counting continues and each state remains too close to call. Though President Trump had a roughly 670,000-vote advantage in Pennsylvania, Democrats in the state were confident that they could make up the margins with turnout from Philadelphia and the collar counties still outstanding.They also were buoyed by winning back Erie county in the northwest corner of the state. Democrats had requested more than 1.1 million more absentee ballots than Republicans in the state, according to data from the secretary of state’s office.The delays in results in Pennsylvania, however, might extend beyond the simple challenge of counting the outstanding ballots. Republicans filed multiple lawsuits in the state on Tuesday, including one regarding provisional ballots for voters who had their absentee ballots rejected.Early on Wednesday morning, national Democrats filed a motion intervening in Montgomery County. Hearings were scheduled in both state and federal court on Republican lawsuits, and lawyers on both sides were anticipating further litigation in Pennsylvania. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Watford 3 – 2 Stoke

first_imgpreview image Cleverley’s rising drive from just inside the box was high quality and goalkeeper Angus Gunn did well to tip it onto the underside of the crossbar.Gunn recovered to grab the loose ball and was barged on the line by Pedro, with referee Andy Davies then indicating he had received a signal to say the ball had crossed the line. 0:38 He awarded the goal, to Stoke’s fury, and tempers flared on the touchline as fourth official James Linington was consulted.Had the ball crossed the line from Cleverley’s shot? TV replays were inconclusive. Had Gunn taken it over himself? If so, had Pedro’s challenge been legal?There were more questions than answers but the goal stood.Stoke were unsettled and Gunn immediately had to stop Sarr firing Watford ahead, although the Senegal striker’s dithering helped the on-loan Southampton man get into position to block.Sarr began the second half intent on making amends but a one-two in the Stoke box with Cleverley saw Gunn slide out to grab before Fletcher headed a good chance wide at the other end.Stoke appeals for handball in the box by Kiko Femenia were ignored by referee Davies, who booked Watford’s Nathaniel Chalobah for an earlier foul.Gunn then brought down Sarr from Danny Batth’s poor back-pass and Pedro made no mistake from the spot before being instantly replaced by Andre Gray, who headed narrowly wide in the 72nd minute.Stoke felt justice was partially served when Powell lashed in an 81st-minute equaliser with a low drive beyond Ben Foster’s reach from just inside the box.But Sarr struck three minutes into added time after Ken Sema had wriggled free on the left and laid the ball back.What the managers said…Watford’s Vladimir Ivic: “The first moment I couldn’t see exactly what happened but at half-time I heard that maybe we were lucky with the decision. But we cannot speak just about this goal. If we speak generally about the game we didn’t start well. We started to play after the goal of our opponent and this is something we need to fix.“After that we were the dominant team and I believe we have made progress if you speak about possession, attacking moments and crossing. We can do better and our target will be to do that. We need to be focused from the first second to the last of every game.”Stoke’s Michael O’Neill: “We didn’t feel it was a goal, simple. I’ve seen the replays and it’s clear the initial shot did not cross the line. The technology was triggered by the Watford player’s contact with Angus that puts the ball over the line. So we feel aggrieved by the goal. We felt the referee missed a handball in the build-up to the third goal aswell.“The officials have to look at the events as well as the technology. On this occasion the technology didn’t help them in any way – when you see the events it was a very harsh decision against us. We felt there was a foul on Angus after he gathers the ball so if the technology is triggered post the goal obviously you would expect that is not a goal.“We are disappointed with the decision but it is not going to change now and we will just have to move on from it.” A controversial equaliser shrouded in mystery helped Watford beat Stoke 3-2 at Vicarage Road, where Ismaila Sarr scored the winner in stoppage time.Joao Pedro was also on target from the penalty spot and although Stoke’s Nick Powell made it 2-2 in the 81st minute, Sarr had the last word to lift the Hornets into the play-off positions.- Advertisement –  Image:Ismaila Sarr (L) scored a stoppage-time winner for Watford Stoke will take some convincing, however, that the goal which cancelled out Steven Fletcher’s second-minute opener midway through the first half – credited to Tom Cleverley – was not a major miscarriage of justice.It took the Potters all of 90 seconds to take the lead from a cleverly-worked short corner routine that ended with Powell setting up Fletcher from close range. The game’s controversial moment arrived in the 28th minute in the shape of Watford’s puzzling equaliser.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Watford scored a contentious equaliser against Stoke when Tom Cleverley’s shot was saved by Angus Gunn but the ‘keeper was then bundled over the line by Joao Pedro – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Trump’s Stunning News Conference – The New York Times

first_imgNORTH CAROLINAElectoral votes: 15Trump leads Biden, 50 percent to 48.6 percent, with 95 percent of the estimated vote in.Gap: About 77,000 votes.Keep in mind: With most votes now tabulated, Mr. Biden would need to win about two-thirds of the remainder to pull ahead. Mail ballots postmarked by Election Day will be accepted until Thursday, Nov. 12. – Advertisement – What’s going on in the undecided states – Advertisement – “If you count the legal votes, I win,” he said, before ticking off a litany of baseless claims about ways his campaign had supposedly been cheated by his opponents, nonpartisan poll workers and a vast conspiracy of technology companies and big business.But nothing is “rigged” or “stolen” or “illegal.” No one is “doing a lot of bad things.”Donald Trump is simply losing.- Advertisement – Hi. Welcome to On Politics, your guide to the day in national politics. I’m Lisa Lerer, your host.Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox every weekday. There’s also a pragmatic question about the president’s allegations: If Democrats were going to rig an election, why didn’t they do a better job of it? After many Democrats all but predicted a landslide, the party has so far lost seats in the House and faces a steep path to take control of the Senate. Mr. Trump touted those Republican victories in his comments tonight.On social media, his family members and allies have been calling for Republicans, like Senator Lindsey Graham, to support the president’s claims — even trying to make the issue an early litmus test for the 2024 campaign. (We haven’t even finished with 2020!) Of course, Republicans who back Mr. Trump could be throwing into question the validity of their own victories.So with a few exceptions, they’ve largely returned to the position they often adopt with the president: silence. But it may become increasingly difficult to stay quiet.As he has for months, Mr. Trump indicated that he would not accept the results of the election and would encourage his supporters to do the same — a dangerous game in an already heated political environment. And at least a few voters are listening.In Arizona, it’s hard for Carla Livak to believe the president could lose her state, where supporters have turned out by the tens of thousands for his rallies, and where car parades in his honor have stretched for miles.“It’s just hard to believe everything is this close,” she said. “I just don’t believe that.”The 70-year-old Tucson resident said she thinks that there’s something suspicious happening with vote counting. GEORGIAElectoral votes: 16Trump leads Biden, 49.4 percent to 49.3 percent, with more than 98 percent of the estimated vote in.Gap: About 3,500 votes.Keep in mind: Thousands of ballots are left to be counted in Georgia, an official with the secretary of state’s office said Thursday afternoon. Most are in Democratic-leaning counties. The state aims to finish its count by the end of the day.PENNSYLVANIAElectoral votes: 20Trump leads Biden, 49.8 percent to 49.0 percent, with about 94 percent of the estimated vote in. Instead of letting the process play out, the president is calling on election officials to stop counting ballots, potentially disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of voters. As James Baker, the former secretary of state who led the Republican legal and political team during the Florida recount battle in 2000, told my colleague Peter Baker today: “That’s a very hard decision to defend in a democracy.” We want to hear from our readers. Have a question? We’ll try to answer it. Have a comment? We’re all ears. Email us at onpolitics@nytimes.com.center_img Updated Nov. 5, 2020, 9:56 p.m. ET “It does feel like with big tech ganging up to censor things, that there are tentacles of power that are unseen,” she said. “He has enemies that are so big, it’s not out of the realm of possibility.”One thing is certain: Win or lose, Mr. Trump’s conspiracy thinking, and its influence on his supporters, will be part of his legacy.Hank Stephenson contributed reporting from Tucson. And he’s apparently decided to try and take our system down with him.Joe Biden has been cutting into Mr. Trump’s lead, or expanding his own, in three of the four states that will decide the next president: Pennsylvania, Georgia and Nevada. Notably, in the state where Mr. Trump appears to be making gains — Arizona — the president seems to take little issue with the vote count.The votes that Mr. Trump calls “late” and “illegal” were postmarked by Election Day, making them valid. In Pennsylvania, the Republican-led state legislature wouldn’t allow poll workers to start counting mail ballots until Election Day. So now, they’re being counted. ATLANTA — What the president of the United States did tonight wasn’t complicated but it was stunning, even after four long years of the politically extraordinary.President Trump attacked democracy.In his remarks tonight from the White House, Mr. Trump lied about the vote count, smeared his opponents and attempted to undermine the integrity of our electoral system. Gap: About 53,000 votes.Keep in mind: The state’s top election official said late Thursday that the counties were “still counting” and did not give a direct answer as to how many ballots were still outstanding, estimating that it was “several hundred thousand.” She did not offer any timetable as to when counting in the state would be complete. Most of the votes yet to be counted are in counties where Mr. Biden is ahead, including Philadelphia, the state’s most populous county.NEVADAElectoral votes: 6Biden leads Trump, 49.4 percent to 48.5 percent, with 89 percent of the estimated vote in.Gap: About 11,000 votes.Keep in mind: Nevada has about 190,000 ballots still to be counted, the secretary of state said Thursday afternoon. Ninety percent of them are from Clark County, where Mr. Biden currently leads by eight percentage points. All of the Election Day vote has been counted, leaving only Democratic-leaning late mail and provisional ballots to be tabulated.ARIZONAElectoral votes: 11Biden leads Trump, 50.3 percent to 48.3 percent, with 88 percent of the estimated vote in.Gap: About 57,000 votes.To keep in mind: Mr. Trump needs to win about 60 percent of the remaining votes to capture the state. More results are expected to be released Thursday night. Here’s the latest, as of 9 p.m., on where things stand in the remaining battleground states. For the latest numbers, head to our results pages. Thanks for reading. On Politics is your guide to the political news cycle, delivering clarity from the chaos.On Politics is also available as a newsletter. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox.Is there anything you think we’re missing? Anything you want to see more of? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at onpolitics@nytimes.com. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade’s Best Moments With Kids: Family Pics

first_imgA blended family at its finest! Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade love spending time with their big brood.Prior to the couple’s 2014 wedding in Miami, the former NBA player welcomed son Zaire and daughter Zaya with his then-wife, Siohvaugn Funches, in 2002 and 2007, respectively, followed by son Xavier with Aja Metoyer in 2013.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Keep scrolling to see her and Wade’s best moments with their brood, from birthday bashes to family vacations. “Some people care about the race, religion, or food habits of their surrogate. I was like, ‘I want a reader,’” Union told Women’s Health in February 2019.While the former America’s Got Talent judge told the outlet she is glad she didn’t have a baby until later in life, Union has been a devoted stepmom to Wade’s kids for years. When the A Father First author was unable to attend the Miami Pride Parade in April 2019, Union brought Zaya and her siblings.When the preteen came out to her parents as transgender — and Wade shared the news with Ellen DeGeneres in February 2020 — Union introduced her Instagram followers to Zaya, writing, “She’s compassionate, loving, whip-smart and we are so proud of her. It’s Ok to listen to, love & respect your children exactly as they are. Love and light good people.”- Advertisement – The retired athlete and Union had a tough time conceiving themselves and the actress opened up about the “eight or nine miscarriages” she suffered in her 2017 memoir. “For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant — I’ve either been about to go into an IVF cycle, in the middle of an IVF cycle, or coming out of an IVF cycle,” the L.A.’s Finest star wrote in We’re Going to Need More Wine. “Once a month I look like I’m in my second trimester because I’m bloated. It leads to the questions and it leads to the rumors and anytime I go into a doctor’s office I feel like I’m a member of SEAL Team Six undercover because I don’t want people to speculate.”She and the Chicago native welcomed their first child together in November 2018 via gestational carrier. Three months later, the Nebraska native described the one quality she and Wade looked for when choosing their daughter Kaavia’s surrogate.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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HALO Italian leather folio organizes your everyday, everywhere essentials » Gadget Flow

first_img– Advertisement – Designed to go with you everywhere, the HALO Italian leather folio stands for Home, Airport, Lifestyle, Office. This handmade piece of EDC gear will keep you organized as you head to work or across the globe. Made in Australia, this everyday folio has designated spots for all your everyday gear. This well-made, all-purpose portfolio is a diary, travel wallet, and compendium all in one. Additionally, as a practical leather unit, it houses all your daily essentials in one convenient place. Furthermore, the HALO folio keeps your day-to-day life running smoothly with its spots for keys, cables, a phone, a tablet, your passport, and even a boarding pass. Designed for everyday use, this Italian leather folio will patina gorgeously over time. Finally, if you’re busy and always on the go, the HALO is a versatile product that works great for both your personal and professional life.last_img read more

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The Masters: Harry Kane hoping to balance watching Augusta action with England duty | Golf News

first_img “We’re away with England at the time so I think I might be missing the final day – we’re playing Belgium on Sunday but I’ll be watching as much as I can.“It will be an interesting watch. Hopefully some of the English boys can do well and get right up that leaderboard.”While Kane is hoping to see one of his compatriots taste Masters success – he believes Tyrrell Hatton has a “good chance” – the Tottenham striker is also looking forward to seeing five-time winner Woods trying to keep his title.“I obviously love to watch Tiger – when he won it last year, it was amazing,” said Kane. “It’ll be good to see him back out there.“The English boys – Justin Rose… Tyrrell Hatton’s got a good chance, he’s been playing well this year.“Ian Poulter’s obviously missing that major but he’s had a great career. I’d love to see one of those boys do it.” 0:49 – Advertisement – England captain Harry Kane says he will be watching this week’s Masters – live on Sky Sports – ‘as much as he can’ while he is away on international duty England captain Harry Kane says he “cannot wait” for The Masters and that he will try to balance watching the action from Augusta this week with his time on international duty.The Masters is live on Sky Sports from Thursday through to Sunday after being moved from its usual April timeslot due to the coronavirus pandemic.It is the final men’s major of the year and will see Tiger Woods seek to defend the Green Jacket he memorably won in 2019.Kane is in the England squad for their friendly against the Republic of Ireland on Thursday, as well as their Nations League fixtures against Belgium and Iceland – also live on Sky Sports – but will also have his eye on events in Georgia.He told Sky Sports News: “I can’t wait to be honest. It’s going to be strange seeing how the golf course sets up in November. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Sky Sports News reporter Jamie Weir explores whether Bryson DeChambeau can repeat his US Open winning performance at Augusta to take victory at this week’s Masters, live on Sky Sports When’s The Masters on Sky Sports?The men’s major golf season reaches its climax at The Masters, with extended coverage from Augusta National live exclusively on Sky Sports.Sky Sports’ dedicated Masters channel will have round-the-clock coverage from one of the biggest events in the sporting calendar, where Tiger Woods returns to defend his Green Jacket and all of the world’s top players are set to feature.All four rounds will be broadcast exclusively live from November 12-15 on Sky Sports The Masters, with plenty of extra feeds available during the tournament and a host of bonus content to enjoy throughout the week.This year’s contest has a new place in the schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning the key timings are different to what you may previously be used to and ensuring the 2020 edition will be like no other.Here’s all you need to know to make sure you don’t miss any of the action… – Advertisement – England captain Harry Kane says he will be watching this week’s Masters – live on Sky Sports – ‘as much as he can’ while he is away on international duty The Masters – Live November 12, 2020, 12:30pmLive on 4:40 Sky Sports News reporter Jamie Weir explores whether Bryson DeChambeau can repeat his US Open winning performance at Augusta to take victory at this week’s Masters, live on Sky Sports Get the best prices and book a round at one of 1,700 courses across the UK & Ireland “We’re away with England at the time so I think I might be missing the final day – we’re playing Belgium on Sunday but I’ll be watching as much as I can,” says Kane; Spurs striker believes Tyrrell Hatton has a “good chance” Last Updated: 09/11/20 10:45amlast_img read more

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Vietnam reports another victim of avian flu

first_imgNov 8, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A 35-year-old man from Hanoi has become the 42nd Vietnamese to die of H5N1 avian influenza, while the number of suspected cases in Indonesia continued to grow, news services reported today.Samples taken from the man were positive for the H5N1 virus, according to tests performed at the National Institute of Epidemiology in Hanoi, health ministry official Tran Duc Long told Agence France-Presse (AFP).The man became ill after eating a chicken with his family, was hospitalized Oct 26, and died Oct 29, according to a Reuters report. If confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), his case will bring the number of confirmed H5N1 cases in Vietnam to 92.In addition, doctors in Vietnam said they suspected H5N1 killed a 68-year-old man from Quang Tri province, Reuters reported.Meanwhile, Indonesia continued to test for human infections. A 16-year-old girl who died in a Jakarta hospital on Nov 6 is suspected of having had H5N1 infection, according to an AFP report today.”Based on the symptoms, especially high fever, heavy pneumonia and a rapid lowering of lymphocyte cells in the blood, I tend to believe that the patient has bird flu,” said Ilham Patu, a spokesman at the Sulianti Saroso hospital in South Jakarta, in an AFP interview. Samples from the victim will be tested for H5N1.Elsewhere in Indonesia, officials were testing dozens of birds, as well as samples from 14 relatives and neighbors of 19-year-old Ina Sholati, who died of H5N1 in Tangerang last month, AFP reported. WHO confirmed her yesterday that she had the H5N1 virus.AFP cited a report from the Kompas daily newspaper that 11 chickens had died at Sholati’s home in early October and were dumped in a nearby pond. Sholati’s 8-year-old brother, Ilham Junaidi, who is recovering from a confirmed H5N1 infection, played in the pond. The same source told the newspaper that neighbors hadn’t been told how to prevent avian flu infection.The Jakarta Post reported today that the Sulianti Saroso Hospital was still treating Sholati’s daughter and nephew, as well as a nurse.”Both her daughter and nephew tested negative for bird flu. They don’t have bird flu symptoms and seem to be in good health. However, we are still waiting for the test results of a nurse who took care of Ina (Sholati),” Patu told the Post. “If she tests positive, there is a great possibility that she got the virus from Ina. The nurse has no history of being in close contact with birds or chicken.”Reported numbers of human cases of avian flu in Indonesia continue to vary. Today’s AFP story said Indonesia has had more than a dozen suspected avian flu deaths. The Indonesian government had tallied 40 human cases of avian flu with 15 deaths as of Nov 1, according to a presentation given at the global conference under way in Geneva and posted on the WHO Web site. The WHO has confirmed nine cases, five of which were fatal.The battle against poultry outbreaks also continued. In China, authorities culled 6 million chickens over the weekend in response to an outbreak in the county of Heishan in Liaoning province in northeastern China, according to Xinhua news service. Local farmers cooperated with the government and received about US $1.16 million in compensation.See also:Indonesia’s presentation at Geneva conference on pandemic fluhttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/events/2005/04_Indonesia_Sri_mulhani.pdflast_img read more

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FDA issues safety guidance for fresh-cut produce

first_img The types of products addressed by the guidelines include not only leafy greens, but also items such as shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, peeled baby carrots, cut melon, and sliced pineapple. The FDA guidance drew criticism from at least one member of Congress. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., said in a press release today that the FDA’s guidelines maintain the status quo for the safety of fresh-cut produce. March 12, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released final guidance on voluntary food safety procedures for processors that handle fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, including ready-to-eat spinach and other leafy greens that have been the subject of recent national Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreaks. DeLauro, along with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., in February renewed an effort to consolidate federal food safety oversight by reintroducing the proposed Safe Food Act. The 41-page document addresses five main areas: worker health and hygiene, training, buildings and equipment, sanitation operations, and production and processing controls. It also provides recommendations on recordkeeping, recalls, and product tracebacks. Nega Beru, PhD, director of CFSAN’s Office of Food Safety, told reporters that fresh-cut fruits and vegetables are the fastest-growing facet of the produce industry and that from 1996 to 2006, 25% of foodborne illness outbreaks were linked to the sector. He said the high degree of handling involved in harvesting, processing, and packaging fresh-cut produce places the products at high risk. See also: The document urges processors to institute risk-based food safety programs based on the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) model used by other food industry segments, according to an FDA press release. HACCP plans detail procedures for identifying points in food processing where contamination can occur and taking preventive steps. “At a time when the country is experiencing numerous foodborne outbreaks, and the industry is looking for the government’s help to repair their image, it is disappointing that the FDA issues a nonbinding, voluntary guidance document that does nothing and tells growers what they already know,” she stated.center_img Though the FDA has already issued “good manufacturing practice” regulations for the food industry, the new guidance document represents the first recommendations specifically for the fresh-cut produce industry, the FDA said. The final guidelines incorporate feedback provided by stakeholders after the initial draft was released in March 2006. Editor’s note: This story was revised Mar 13 to list the correct title for Nega Beru, PhD, director of the Office of Food Safety in the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Mar 12 FDA press releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2007/ucm108865.htm Beru said the guidelines urge fresh-cut fruit and vegetable processors to ensure that growers are following good agricultural processes. FDA guidance for fresh-cut fruits and vegetableshttp://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/ProducePlantProducts/ucm064458.htm “The main focus is on prevention, and it’s important to take a scientific, risk-based approach,” said David Acheson, MD, director of the office of Food Defense, Communication, and Emergency Response at FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), at an FDA press conference today. “There’s a clear need to better understand how and why contamination gets onto fresh produce and how to prevent that.” Mar 3, 2006, CIDRAP News story “FDA offers guidance to make fresh-cut produce safer”last_img read more

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Canada suspects avian flu outbreak; H5N1 hits more Bangladeshi farms

first_imgJan 23, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Canadian officials are investigating the possibility of an avian influenza outbreak at a turkey farm in British Columbia (BC), a day after animal health officials in Bangladesh reported the H5N1 virus struck three more sites.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) imposed a 3-km quarantine around a turkey producer in Abbotsford where avian influenza antibodies were found in some 12-week-old birds, the Canadian Press (CP) reported today. Calvin Bruekelman, spokesman for the BC Poultry Association, told the CP that the farm has 50,000 turkeysMonika Mazur, a spokeswoman for the CFIA, told the CP today that initial testing performed at a laboratory in BC suggest an H5 virus, but further testing is under way at the CFIA’s facility in Winnipeg to determine the strain.Ray Nickel, the poultry association’s president, speculated that the strain might be low-pathogenic, because of the low mortality seen among the birds at the farm, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported today.The area of southwestern BC where the farm is located, called Fraser River Valley, experienced a large outbreak of highly pathogenic H7N3 avian influenza in March 2004, which affected as many as 40 commercial farms and led to the culling of 17 million birds, according to previous reports.Elsewhere, veterinary officials in Bangladesh yesterday reported three more H5N1 outbreaks, including a commercial farm near the country’s capital, Dhaka, according to a report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).The outbreak on the farm near Dhaka started Jan 7 and killed 112 of 5,341 poultry, the OIE report said. The remaining birds were culled to control the spread of the virus.Authorities reported another outbreak that began on Jan 11 and struck backyard birds in a village in Rajshahi division in the northwestern part of the country near the border with India, killing 11 of 736 susceptible birds, the OIE reported. Animal health workers destroyed the rest of the flock.Another outbreak at a commercial poultry farm, this time in Chittagong division in the southernmost area of Bangladesh, began on Jan 15, killing 80 of 1,800 birds, the OIE report said. The remaining birds were destroyed.Bangladesh has had several outbreaks since October, when the virus reemerged in late September 2008 after a 4-month lull. Two states in western India that share borders with Bangladesh—Assam and West Bengal—have also battled recent H5N1 outbreaks.See also:Apr 5, 2004, CIDRAP News story “Canada to kill 19 million poultry to stop avian flu”Jan 22 OIE reportlast_img read more

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Croatia is a hit destination on the Swedish market this year, for better results it is necessary to introduce new airlines

first_imgAccording to numerous media in Sweden, among which one of the most widely read dailies stands out Aftonbladet, Croatia is a hit destination on the Swedish market for 2018.Namely, according to research and current sales, Croatian destinations record a large increase in sales, which suggests that many Swedish tourists, who have so far spent their summers in Spain or Greece, in 2018 will choose Croatia as the destination of their trip. ” This is a continuation of the positive trends recorded during 2017, when 312.000 arrivals and 1,7 million overnight stays were made from the Swedish market, which compared to 2016 represents an increase in arrivals of 16 percent and overnight stays of 13 percent. Namely, the leading Swedish tour operators are currently recording better sales of Croatian destinations than at the same time last year, and the continuation of positive trends is expected at the level of the whole year, especially in the summer part of the season. ” point out from the CNTB and add as in New airlines connecting key Croatian and Swedish destinations will also play a key role in achieving positive results.According to the Ticket Statistics survey, the main destinations are Greece and Spain, followed by Croatia. Split stands out as the best starting point, and still the greatest interest is in the Makarska Riviera and then on Hvar, Vis, Brač and Korčula. As the article points out, Croatia has the advantage of beautiful beaches and cheaper prices, but the biggest advantage of Greece and Spain is a much better connection via air. So we know where the problem is and what the solution is – to increase airlines with Sweden.Source: aftonbladet.seAccording to the profile of the emitting market for the Scandinavian countries, TUI Nordic is introducing charter flights to Dubrovnik this year and will be the only travel organizer on the market that will offer charter flights from Scandinavian cities to three airports in Croatia (Pula, Split and Dubrovnik). Ving is entering this year with additional capacity for Croatia and will introduce new flights to Split from smaller cities in Sweden and Denmark.Apollo is also introducing additional flights to Split from smaller cities in northern Norway, Finland and Sweden. In total, it will offer charter flights to Croatia from 19 airports and will definitely retain the role of the leading travel organizer for Croatia. The Primera travel group will be on offer this seasoncharter flights to Pula and Dubrovnik and continue with a charter from Reykjavik to Trieste where they offer accommodation in Istria, and the news is that they will have several rotations to Split.Aurinkomatkat bases its offer on the lease of seats on regular Finnair lines from Helsinki to Pula, Split and Dubrovnik, and for this year further increases the capacity for Croatian destinations.Ölvemarks / Scandorama, the leading bus company in Sweden, has been gradually reducing its capacity for departures to Croatia that offer only sun and sea for several years, and increasing the number of departures offering cruises and themed trips. Gisle’s racer from Denmark is also recording a decline in interest in departures that offer only sun and sea, while they plan to increase the number of tours in the pre- and post-season next year and will focus more on thematic trips.See the full emission market profile in the attachment: Emitting market profile – Scandinavia 2017last_img read more

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