FEMA Extends Deadline For Sandy Relief Program

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the deadline for residents whose homes were damaged by Sandy to apply for the STEP program.Those who have yet to apply to the Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) Program now have until Jan. 18. This is the second deadline extension for applicants.The program offers assistance with temporarily restoring electricity, heat and hot water to damaged homes while permanent repair work continues. The goal is to get displaced residents back in their homes quickly.Residents seeking assistance through the Nassau County STEP Program should dial 1-888-684-4267. Suffolk residents can apply by calling 211.last_img read more

CDC report reveals wider impact of tainted peanut butter

first_imgMay 31, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released a detailed report on the recent nationwide Salmonella outbreak linked to certain peanut butter brands, showing the number of sick patients has grown by nearly 200 since the agency’s last update in March.The report, published in the Jun 1 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), said as of May 22, 628 people from 47 states were sickened by one of the three Salmonella enterica serovar Tennessee strains that were linked to the outbreak by PulseNet, an electronic network for sharing molecular fingerprinting (pulsed-field gel electrophoresis) data about foodborne pathogens.The source of the peanut butter contamination is still not known, the CDC report said. “Local and state public health officials in multiple states, with assistance from the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), are continuing to investigate this outbreak caused by peanut butter, a new food source for salmonellosis in the United States,” the CDC report said.In early April, ConAgra, the producer of the implicated peanut butter, blamed the contamination on moisture from a roof leak or faulty sprinkler system that could have triggered bacterial growth at the Sylvester, Ga., plant where the peanut butter was produced. The FDA, however, has not yet released a report on its findings at the plant.The CDC report said investigators isolated two environmental samples of the outbreak strain from the plant, along with 21 from opened and unopened jars of two peanut butter brands that were the subject of the recall: Peter Pan and Great Value with a product code beginning with 2111.The Salmonella outbreak investigation began in November 2006 when PulseNet officials first noticed a substantial increase in the number of S enterica serovar Tennessee cases, according to the MMWR report. During the previous year, the network typically recorded 1 to 5 cases per month, but in October, the number swelled to 30. Three closely related genetic patterns were associated with the outbreak.Initial patient interviews in late 2006 found that 85% of patients had eaten peanut butter the week before they got sick, which the CDC said was higher than expected for the US population. A case-control study, which included 65 patients and 124 controls, was conducted in early February and revealed that the sick patients were more likely to have eaten peanut butter and to have eaten either Peter Pan or Great Value brands.Peanut butter made at the plant was exported to 70 other countries. No confirmed cases have been linked to the outbreak, though several possibly related cases have been investigated, the CDC reported.The ages of the affected patients ranged from 2 months to 95 years, and 73% were female, the report said. The most common symptoms were diarrhea, abdominal cramps, dysuria, and fever. Twenty percent of patients were hospitalized, and no deaths were reported.Illness onset dates, known for 481 of 628 patients, ranged from Aug 1, 2006, to Apr 23, 2007. The CDC said reports of new cases dropped sharply after Feb 14 when the FDA issued a health alert about contaminated peanut butter and the company recalled the products.In an editorial note that accompanied the MMWR report, the CDC noted that infections involving S enterica serovar Tennessee are rare, representing 0.1% of all reported Salmonella strains. The only other food-related outbreak in the United States that involved the strain was linked to contaminated powdered milk products and infant formula in 1993, the CDC report said.The outbreak strain is one of the Salmonella subtypes that are more likely to cause urinary tract infections (UTIs), and because such UTIs are more common in woman, the high number of isolates from urine (35%) in this outbreak may explain the high number of cases in females (73%), the CDC noted.The CDC said the Salmonella outbreak was the first-ever foodborne illness traced to peanut butter in the United States; however, it noted that other countries have reported contamination of peanut butter or products that contain peanut butter by two other S enterica serotypes.Peanuts can become contaminated with Salmonella during growth, harvest, or storage, and the organisms can survive in a high-fat, low-water environment, despite heat treatment that typically exceeds 158°F, the report said. Contamination can also occur after production from various sources, including raw peanuts, animals, humans, or other food ingredients, the CDC noted.”This outbreak demonstrates the potential for widespread illness from a broadly distributed contaminated product,” the editorial said, adding that the outbreak serves as a reminder that contamination can occur, even in products that are processed with heat, and that effective controls to prevent contamination are needed in food-processing plants.Some consumers may still be eating the contaminated peanut butter, and the CDC said that all remaining jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter subject to the recall should be discarded.CDC. Multistate outbreak of Salmonella serotype Tennessee infections associated with peanut butter—United States, 2006-2007. MMWR 2007 Jun 1;56(21):521-4See also:Apr 6 CIDRAP News article “Peanut butter maker says moisture triggered Salmonella contamination”Mar 9 CIDRAP News article “Nationwide Salmonella outbreak reaches 425 cases”CIDRAP overview of salmonellosislast_img read more

McMafia, filmed in Croatia, won the EMMY award as the best drama series outside the United States

first_imgMore than 200 domestic film workers were hired on the set, with 1 extras hired. “The whole project confirmed the great production potentials of Croatia, both in terms of teams and in terms of locations.” conclude from the Croatian Audiovisual Center. British crime series McMafia produced by the BBC, whose first season was filmed at numerous locations in Croatia, won this year’s 47th EMMY Award for Best Drama Series Outside the USA. Shooting the series McMafia was realized through incentive measures of the Croatian Audiovisual Center, which emphasize that this is an exceptional success for the Croatian film industry McMafia talks about the international world of organized crime, directed by James Watkins, and starring James Norton, known for the series Valley of Happiness, Grantchester and War and Peace.  The action takes place in a dozen countries around the world, and the first season was filmed at numerous locations in Croatia on two occasions – in autumn 2016 and in spring and summer 2017. It was filmed in Rijeka, Zagreb, Split, Primošten, Opatija, Jasenice, Rovinj, Jastrebarsko, Lovran, Obrovac and on the island of Pag, and Croatia served as a backdrop for as many as 12 different countries.  For the purposes of promoting Croatia and in support of foreign film productions, HAVC has created a website Filming in Croatia, as well as a brochure Little Black Book with contacts of various Croatian partners regarding support for film production. ‘We are extremely proud that there were 14 weeks of filming in Croatia, which is more than 60 percent of the total filming weeks and days, and Croatian production in that period employed over 200 film workers and actors and 1 extras. The creativity and professionalism of the Croatian part of the team greatly contributed to the quality of the series, and several of them were also heads of sectors. The beauties of Croatia and the diversity of locations have contributed to filming 000 different world locations in the mentioned period ” said on that occasion Igor A. Nola co-producer of the series from the MP-film production which was a service production.last_img read more

Kieran Tierney has the ‘qualities’ to succeed at Arsenal, says Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk

first_imgKieran Tierney has the ‘qualities’ to succeed at Arsenal, says Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk Liverpool ace Virgil van Dijk has backed Kieran Tierney to succeed at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk is confident Kieran Tierney has all the ‘qualities’ to succeed in the Premier League should Arsenal complete a move for the left-back.Arsenal are hopeful of reaching an agreement with Celtic for Tierney despite failing with £15m and £25m bids for the 22-year-old Scotland international earlier this summer.It’s understood the Scottish champions are holding out for a fee of £30m from the Gunners.Tierney has risen through the ranks at Celtic to become one of the Scottish Premiership’s standout players in recent seasons and Van Dijk, who shared a dressing room with the full-back in Glasgow, was aware of his former team-mate’s talent early on.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityVan Dijk has gone from strength to strength since securing a move south of the border back in 2015 – when he left Celtic to join Southampton – and the Dutchman has backed Tierney for similar success in England.‘It is not an easy step to make and you have to play well to do it but he has the qualities,’ Van Dijk said when asked about Arsenal’s interest in Tierney.‘Kieran made his debut against Dundee when I was at Celtic.‘I scored a free-kick up there and then he came on and helped us get the win. You could tell he was a good player who would do well.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 29 Jul 2019 11:18 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.9kShares Van Dijk was team-mates with Tierney at Celtic (Picture: Getty)Van Dijk returned to Scotland at the weekend as Liverpool lost 3-0 to Napoli at Murrayfield and enjoyed the occasion despite the result.‘I enjoyed being back on Sunday a lot. It is always great to be in Scotland,’ he said.‘The last time I was here it was with my national team when we played Scotland at Pittodrie. It has been a while.‘It has always been good to play here.’center_img Celtic have slapped a £30m price tag on the Scottish full-back (Picture: Getty)Tierney’s Scotland team-mate, Andy Robertson, has also tipped his compatriot for big things amid speculation of a possible move to Arsenal.‘I’ve played with KT for Scotland and he’s played right back and centre back. I’ve watched him and he’s a very good footballer,’ the Liverpool star told Sky Sports.‘Last season he obviously had his injury problems.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Whatever happens with KT is up to him and the people around him. He’ll make the right choice.‘He’s a Celtic boy through and through and you can’t take that away from him.‘Let’s see how it unfolds. Good luck to him whatever he does.’MORE: Arsenal set price for Shkodran Mustafi as Monaco make transfer enquiry Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney explains why Kieran Mbappe is the toughest opponent he has faced

first_imgArsenal’s Kieran Tierney explains why Kieran Mbappe is the toughest opponent he has faced Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 3 Apr 2020 10:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link286Shares Advertisementcenter_img Kieran Tierney has faced some of the world’s best for club and country (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal full-back Kieran Tierney says Kylian Mbappe is the toughest opponent he has faced in his career so far, for club or country.The 22-year-old has turned out in the Champions League for Celtic, the Premier League for Arsenal and internationally for Scotland in his short career so far.It was in the Champions League with the Bhoys in 2017 that Tierney faced Paris Saint-Germain and their deadly front three of Mbappe, Neymar and Edison Cavani.Celtic were walloped 5-0 at home and then 7-1 in Paris with Mbappe scoring in both matches and it was the young Frenchman that really caught Tierney’s eye, ahead of his Brazilian and Uruguayan team-mate’s.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked in a Reddit AMA who his toughest opponent ever has been, Tierney said: ‘Mbappe. I think I’ve said that a few times now though! He was the quickest and sharpest that I’ve come up against.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityTierney is currently recovering from a dislocated shoulder that he suffered in December in a Premier League win over West Ham.The young defender has suffered multiple injuries in recent years, having arrived at Arsenal from Celtic last summer with a groin problem,The Scot was asked how he deals with the recovery process, replying: ‘I just made sure I was in lots of contact with the people around me and the people closest to me. ‘I just always spoke to people and tried to keep my spirits high. But the physios at the club helped me so much as well. I’ve not got one complaint.’MORE: Kieran Tierney hails ‘mind-blowing’ Gabriel Martinelli as the player who has shocked him at ArsenalMORE: Willian ‘free to negotiate’ with Arsenal and Tottenham as Chelsea contract talks stallFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

Village chief defies Bing’s ‘BOSS’ order

first_imgBACOLOD City – Barangay Tangub is notparticipating in the Business One-Stop Shop (BOSS) program of the citygovernment for the convenient renewal of business permits and registration ofnew businesses for 2020. “Nagasaligsila nga bisan indi sila magkuha barangayclearance pwedi sila matagaan businesspermit,” said Villarosa. Business owners who pay their taxes infull between Jan. 2 to Jan. 20 would be given a 10-percent discount./PN But Executive Assistant SamuelMontoyo, member of the Anti-Red Tape Act Core Team, urged Leonardia to“discipline” Villarosa for disobeying the executive order. One of the requirements for businesspermit renewal or registration of new business is the barangay clearance.Villarosa said he would first “orient” these business owners before issuingthem with barangay clearance. But according to Barangay Captain NoliVillarosa in a letter to Leonardia, he would like to “discipline” the owners ofillegal businesses that obstruct roads in his village. BOSS kicked off on Jan. 2 at theBacolod City Government Center or city hall. It will run until Jan. 20.center_img BOSS is open Monday to Friday, from 8a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with no noon break. BOSS is important to the citygovernment’s “ease of doing business” goal or making Bacolod Citybusiness-friendly, stressed Montoyo. “Kadamona gid illegal structures, dapat ma-control ko. Nagalinapta kag nagabinaho pa ang ila basura,” said Villarosa. Mayor Evelio Leonardia issued anexecutive order mandating barangay captains and other related city governmentoffices to join BOSS at city hall. Some of these business operators,added Villarosa, acted arrogantly when reprimanded as if they were counting onthe support of some backers at city hall.last_img read more

SYLVIA C. LUNSFORD age 92

first_imgSylvia C. Lunsford, age 92, of Brookville, Indiana died Monday afternoon,March 27, 2017 at St. Andrews Health Campus in Batesville, Indiana.Born May 15,1924 in Old Fairfield, Indiana she was the daughter of the lateLuther & Mae Frances (Blackburn) Gesell. She was united in marriage to Herman Lunsford, and he preceded her in death on March 10, 1996.Sylvia worked at Jay Garment for 28 years, Lake Grocery for 15 years andlater for Mound Haven Motel for 20 years. She loved sewing and enjoyed bingo.Survivors include brothers, Floyd (Rosina) Gesell of Brookville and Robert(Rita) Gesell of St. Leon. Several nieces and nephews.Besides her parents, and husband, Herman, she is preceded in death by hersisters, Virginia Tebbe, Lorene Feller and Joann Lake. Brothers, Merlin Gesell,Donald Gesell and Orville Gesell.Family & friends may visit from 9:30 A.M. to 11:00 A. M. on Thursday,March 30, 2017 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue inBrookville.Rev. Ladona Webb, pastor of St. Thomas Lutheran Church, will officiate theFuneral Service on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at 11:00 A.M. at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Lunsford family, to signthe online guest book or send personal condolences please visit us atwww.phillipsmeyers1@aol.comlast_img read more

Unbelievable start for Season 59 at Stuart Speedway

first_imgEthan Braaksma led a stacked field of IMCA Modifieds from flag to flag in winning Wednesday’s opening night feature at Stuart Speedway. (Photo by Buck Monson) Even a bounce off of the turn two wall didn’t slow Braaksma down as he went on to the wire-to-wire win. North Dakota’s Tom Berry Jr. made a last-lap pass for second with Money third. Inman and Reimers threw slide job after slide job with Reimers leading each time at the line. As the white flag flew Inman threw one more haymaker in turn two but ran out of room and Reimers went on to the win. Inman settled for second with rookie Corey Madden third. STUART, Iowa (May 20) – The engines came to life Wednesday evening with drivers from all around in attendance for the season opener at Stuart Speedway. IMCA feature winners for the night were Ethan Braaksma, Damon Murty, Chuck Madden Jr. Cam Reimers and Bryan Vannausdle.  The Chelsea Charger passed Pruitt for second on lap 13 and two laps later Schafroth found himself in second as Murty drove off to the win. Schafroth finished second with Pruitt third. By Josh Reynolds Within two laps of the start of their feature, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars were five wide at times as Brandon Pruitt showed the way over Buck Schafroth and Kellie Drury. Schafroth began to flex his muscles around half way and took the lead on lap 11 but lurking in the shadows was 12th starting Damon Murty. The Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods saw Brayton Carter lead early with Tyler Inman and Cam Reimers in tow. Reimers found some traction on the topside and swung into second on lap eight. One lap later Carter went for a spin in turn one to bring out the caution and from there the fans were in for a treat. Madden led Brandon Long early in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main until Jeff Ware came from eighth to second on lap four. A couple cautions slowed the pack but once the green was out it was all Madden as he went on to the flag-to-flag win. Twelfth starting Jason Kohl worked his way to a second place finish with Cox third.  Braaksma and Clay Money led a stacked IMCA Modified field to speed with Braaksma taking control early. By halfway Braaksma was in heavy lapped traffic with Money and Ricky Thornton Jr. in prime posi­tion to pounce, but the Newton driver was poised and up to the challenge as he weaved and worked his way through.  Kolby Sabin led the Mach-1 Sport Compacts early as Mitchell Bunch and Vannausdle came through the pack. Bunch, last year’s track champion, looked to go on to the win but a restart with three laps left al­lowed Vannausdle to sneak by and go on to the feature win. Bunch crossed in second with Sabin third.last_img read more

Wenger: Ozil deserves more credit

first_imgArsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists Mesut Ozil is judged unfairly, but accepts he will never excel in defence. Wenger insists Germany supporters have similar misgivings, but believes his vision should receive greater recognition. “Ozil came back to us after the World Cup on August 11 and will be at his best after three or four weeks,” the Gunners boss said. “People are very harsh on Ozil because he’s a player who is easy with his play. “He will never be a tackler, but he’s not getting enough praise. “He came back a World Cup winner and he played seven games out of the seven in Brazil. “There’s been the same debate about him in Germany, but he was always in the team in the World Cup.” Wenger enthuses about Ozil’s technical brilliance and vision. “When you watch his game back the next day you think ‘what a player’,” Wenger said. Ozil has played twice since helping Germany lift the World Cup and was involved in the build-up to Alexis Sanchez’s goal against Besiktas that guaranteed a place in the group stage of the Champions League. The 25-year-old playmaker is capable of producing moments of genius, but his languid style can frustrate Arsenal fans who accuse him of drifting in and out of games. “Everything he does is intelligent and the timing of absolutely everything he does is absolutely perfect. “You never catch him giving the ball too late. The number of players you catch giving the ball too late is unbelievable. You never get that with Ozil. “He’s like a guy who plays music with perfect timing. There aren’t many players like that.” Wenger has denied reports that Ozil’s fellow World Cup winner Lukas Podolski will depart before Monday’s transfer deadline. However, Wenger does not view Podolski as the player to fill the lone striker role in the injury-enforced absence of Olivier Giroud. “Lukas can score goals, but he’s not a real centre forward. That’s what I believe,” Wenger said. “He’s a player on the flank or behind the striker, but is not a target man. “He likes to come to the ball and is a very good link player. He has a role to play. He won’t go out. “But at the moment I see Yaya Sanogo and Sanchez as players who can go in behind.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Saints hold Blues

A magical performance from Eden Hazard was not enough to inspire Chelsea to victory as Southampton held firm to secure a hard-earned point. Press Association Southampton manager Ronald Koeman will have been a relieved figure at the final whistle, especially after being reduced to 10 men when Morgan Schneiderlin picked up a red card late in a match they started so impressively. Saints were rewarded for their energetic early display when Mane raced through to meet a wonderful Dusan Tadic pass, keeping calm under pressure from John Terry to beat Thibaut Courtois. However, Mourinho was not to be undone by former Barcelona colleague Koeman, with Hazard impressively levelling in first-half stoppage time after turning inside and firing home a fine, low strike. The ever-impressive Belgian continued to threaten in a one-sided second half, yet Saints rode their luck to secure a point. Hazard enjoyed himself against a Saints defence including teenager Matt Targett – who was making his first Premier League start – and Maya Yoshida as a makeshift right-back. Chelsea appeared to pinpoint the Japan international in the early stages, with Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Andre Schurrle all finding space – albeit without seriously threatening Fraser Forster. A wayward Tadic effort was the best the hosts could muster until they came a Terry clearance away from taking a 14th-minute lead, with Jose Fonte ready to turn home at the far post. It was a wonderful block but one which only kept Saints at bay for three minutes as an exceptional Tadic ball undid the Chelsea captain. Jose Mourinho’s side arrived at St Mary’s on a run of five successive wins in all competitions, although the Barclays Premier League leaders were knocked off their stride early on as Sadio Mane put the hosts ahead. Hazard ensured they would not be celebrating a memorable win, though, leading an impressive Chelsea recovery by following-up a wonderful leveller with an inspired second-half display, only for resilient Saints to secure a 1-1 draw. Mane burst free to latch onto the ball and kept his composure with Terry breathing down his neck, coolly lifting the ball past Courtois. It was a fine goal – the Senegal winger’s second in three days – and one Schneiderlin attempted to add to immediately, only for his long-range effort to fly over. Seconds later the defensive midfielder was having to work at the other end, cutting out a squared Diego Costa pass as Chelsea attempted to make a quick riposte. Schurrle was agonisingly close to reaching a chipped Fabregas ball as the visitors upped the ante, although they were still struggling to find the target. Targett had an effort blocked and Graziano Pelle hooked over as Chelsea continued to be frustrated until first-half stoppage time, when calls for a foul were ignored and Fabregas impressively played through Hazard. The winger brutally exposed Yoshida, all too easily turning past the defender and, having jinked past Toby Alderweireld, coolly slotted into the far corner. It was Chelsea’s first shot on target and a timely shot in the arm, with Willian brought on for Schurrle at the break. It did not take him long to make an impact, forcing impressive blocks off Tadic and Alderweireld in quick succession, before Fabregas was booked for alleged simulation. Referee Anthony Taylor deemed the Spain international to have taken a dive under pressure from Targett, but there appeared contact from the 19-year-old full-back. Chelsea were now completely on top and Hazard controlled brilliantly then unleashed a strike across the face of goal, before Costa had a close-range effort blocked. Southampton were penned in their own half, moving Alderweireld to right-back in a bid to stem the flow. Chelsea smelt blood, though, and Didier Drogba replaced John Obi Mikel as Mourinho looked to strike a knockout blow. A slip from Costa saved James Ward-Prowse’s blushes after under-hitting a back pass, while Filipe Luis threatened late on and Forster was grateful to clear up after Fonte’s clearance rebounded goalwards off Victor Wanyama. Schneiderlin was sent off for a second yellow card with two minutes remaining but Saints held firm to secure a point. read more