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The Disco Biscuits Announce Great Openers For Three-Night Philadelphia Run

first_imgAfter an incredible New Year’s run down at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA, The Disco Biscuits are now setting their sights on a triumphant return to their hometown of Philadelphia from February 2nd-4th. There’s never any shortage of fun when the Biscuits hit their hometown, as the energy in the room is always palpable whenever the band hits the stage. The group will return to The Fillmore Philadelphia for the run, and today has announced stellar supporting acts for each night of the three-night stand.Watch The Disco Biscuits’ Full Performance On Night Two Of NYE Run [Pro-Shot]Joining the Biscuits will be up and coming jam band Aqueous on February 2nd. The group is coming off a stellar 2016, having released two EPs and recently rang in the New Year with Twiddle. The Buffalo-based, high-energy band is poised bring it in 2017, and will prove to the Bisco faithful why they are the real deal.On February 3rd, the fiery Philly funk extravaganza that is Swift Technique will get things heated up at The Fillmore nice and early. The band has supported everybody from the Wu-Tang Clan to The Meters, and Turkuaz to The Motet, and more for a reason. They bring that straight up F-U-N-K right to your trunk.And on February 4th, what else needs to be said about long-time friend and Electron cohort Tom Hamilton and his American Babies that hasn’t been said already? The Joe Russo’s Almost Dead guitarist is one of the busiest musician’s in the scene, between that project, Billy & The Kids (with Aron Magner), playing with Bob Weir, and….do we really need to keep going? Tom Hamilton’s American Babies is one of the best original projects going in the scene, hands down.Whenever the Disco Biscuits ascend onto Philly, the shows tend to be of epic proportions, and these shows are sure to be no different. With old friends and new, expect some exciting collaborations to punctuate an awesome three night hometown run. Tickets for all three shows are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For additional show information and updates, check out the Facebook Event page.last_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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Singapore donates medical equipment to Batam in mutual effort to combat COVID-19

Singapore has donated safety equipment and ventilators to Batam hospitals in Riau Islands province to help treat COVID-19 patients.    Singaporean Consul General in Batam Mark Low handed over 50 hazmat suits and two ventilators to Batam Mayor Muhammad Rudi on Friday as the city braces for a surge of infections.While Singapore has established a protocol and heightened border surveillance to prevent the further spread of the disease, Indonesia has only started testing suspected patience and taking measures to minimize close contact between people. “We appreciate the help from the Singapore government. Batam and Singapore have enjoyed a long relationship,” Rudi said at the consulate general office in Batam, which is a mere 70-minute ferry ride from the city-state.Singapore has mandated quick tests for travelers who arrive at the country’s air, land and water ports with symptoms, as reported by The Straits Times. They must undergo the test even if they do not meet the clinical definition of being a suspected case.  The two countries were recently involved in a dispute over Indonesians who tested positive for COVID-19 in Singapore. Jakarta accused its neighbor of withholding information about the patient, while the latter insisted in had passed on all the pertinent details to Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry.Rudi said Singapore was more advanced in its response to the pandemic, while Indonesia had just started plan to construct a hospital exclusively for COVID-19 patients on Galang Island, also located in Riau Islands province.  Low urged the public to remain on alert as the pandemic seemed to be far from over.“Life is normal but [people] should be careful and follow instructions from governments,” he said.Topics : read more

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Honeymoon Couple Falls in Love with St. Kitts

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Share NewsRegional Honeymoon Couple Falls in Love with St. Kitts by: – July 3, 2012center_img Tweet 16 Views   no discussions The newlywed couple, Tricialouise and John, at the top of Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park while enjoying their honeymoon on St. Kitts.Basseterre, St. Kitts (July 3, 2012) – St. Kitts is being praised as an ideal place to honeymoon by the couple who married in a public ceremony at the Caribbean Fair at Grand Central Station on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, as part of the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s annual Caribbean Week in New York, June 4 to 9. Having recently returned from their honeymoon on St. Kitts, their comments reinforce the island’s emerging reputation as a premiere destination for wedding, honeymoon and romance travel. Groom John Millard said, “After just a short visit, the people, the culture, the music and the beauty of St. Kitts have become a part of me that I’ll always treasure and which longs to return.”Tricialouise Gurley, now Mrs. John Millard, added, “Winning our beautiful cake and our breathtaking honeymoon from St. Kitts is a gift that we will always cherish. We were able to end our prefect wedding with a taste of St. Kitts and begin our ever after walking on the warm sand of St. Kitts as the sun set. We fell in love with the island and again with each other.” Highlighting the destination to the key wedding and honeymoon niche market in the metropolitan New York region, St. Kitts donated a honeymoon and wedding cake to the couple, Mr. John Gordon Andre Millard and Ms. Tricialouise Gurley, in celebration of their nuptials as part of Caribbean Week in New York activities for 2012. As a result of the island’s partnering with American Airlines, the couple received two business class tickets to St. Kitts in addition to a four-night stay at the St. Kitts Marriott, provided courtesy of the resort. The St. Kitts Marriott also provided complimentary spa treatments at the Emerald Mist Spa to the couple. St. Kitts’ own Brinley Gold Rum provided rum and MarryCaribbean.com organized the wedding. Most recently, the destination ranked #3 on a list of the 10 Best Islands in the World by US News & World Report following its ranking as #1 on the publication’s list of the 16 Best Caribbean Vacations in summer 2011. On February 9, 2012, St. Kitts was named one of “5 Caribbean Islands to Discover Now” by MSNBC. It was also named one of the “Top 12 Spots that should be on your list for 2012” by Caribbean Travel + Life magazine and the island’s Brimstone Hill Fortress was named one of “10 Great Places To Explore The World’s Best-Kept Secrets” by USA Today. Last year, St. Kitts was named a top destination for 2011 by both AOL Travel and British Airways. Located in the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, it offers a diverse tourism product developed from the destination’s natural beauty, cultural heritage and rich history. The island’s stunning variety of tourism attractions include hiking through the tropical rainforest, riding the scenic railway that connects the island’s former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, the only man-made UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean, and more traditional vacation pastimes such as watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, gourmet dining, gaming at St. Kitts’ exclusive casino or simply relaxing on one of the island’s sandy beaches. Accommodations range from intimate plantation inns to larger hotels and resorts. Press Releaselast_img read more

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