Broad remit for hygiene scores

first_imgThe Food Standards Agency (FSA) has established a broad top band for its new six-tier ’Scores on the Doors’ rating scheme.The national scheme for England, Wales and Northern Ireland will provide consumers with information about hygiene standards in food businesses.Sarah Appleby, FSA head of enforcement, said: “A broad top band represents a fairer scoring system for food businesses. It will mean that local authorities can concentrate their resources on helping the high-risk establishments at the lower end of the scale to improve their rating.”A key objective of the scheme is to encourage businesses to improve hygiene standards and the decision we have announced today is consistent with that.”last_img read more

10-Year-old dies during mid-flight emergency

first_imgA 10-year-old girl has died after suffering a medical emergency while on a flight from Los Angles to Seattle.The incident occurred on Delta airlines flight #2423 around 6pm Thursday, just after the flight left the Los Angeles International Airport.Authorities reported that young girl went into cardiac arrest mid-flight and that the captain of the airplane immediately returned the aircraft to the airport so that officials on the ground could administer emergency care.Despite all their efforts, emergency personnel could not revive the child, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement:“LAFD paramedics responded to a medical aid for a minor female child and furiously worked to save her life. Sadly, all efforts were futile and the child was beyond medical help.”The LAPD reported that they have concluded their investigation and that foul play is not suspected in the girl’s death.The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office, however, is still investigating.last_img read more

Men’s crew ready for lake to defrost

first_imgAlthough the spring rowing season is starting to heat up, the Wisconsin men’s crew team is still waiting for Lake Mendota to awake from winter. While other teams across the country prepare for another season, the UW crew team is stuck indoors.The overextended stay of winter could not have come at a worse time for the Badgers. Since their last competition Nov. 14 at the American Heritage Regatta, the team has mostly remained indoors. The weather has certainly put Wisconsin at a disadvantage. Some of the teams that the Badgers will be facing in the spring season have had the opportunity to practice on the water all winter.“In three weeks we will visit California to race Cal-Berkeley and Stanford, two of the top teams in the country, who have both been on the water all winter and had plenty of time to select lineups and gel together as a boat,” UW senior Derek Rasmussen said. “It is very possible that the ice will not break for two more weeks, leaving us a mere week to prepare for these races.”After a layoff of more than four months, the team is desperate for some on-water practice.“There’s no question the strokes — you can use that for any sport like golf, swinging a bat — you need those real strokes against pitching or out on the course,” head coach Chris Clark said. “The sooner we get them, the better.”For the meantime, however, the Badgers are just left wondering when their opportunity to row will come.Training is especially important for the team at this time of year, when Big Ten competition is scheduled to start up on Saturday against Michigan. Currently, the Wolverines are ranked eighth in the country in the coaches’ poll. However, the way that the weather has been this spring, it appears that the race against Michigan may not even happen.“I’m disinclined to think it’s gonna happen,” Clark said. “It’s not gonna happen on Mendota.”Fortunately for the Badgers, their upcoming competition has had to face their share of cold weather as well. In addition to the Wolverines, the team will also face Minnesota in the upcoming weeks. The Golden Gophers, who are ranked only three spots behind Michigan in the coaches’ poll, will also be a formidable opponent. Although the race against Minnesota is over a week away, it is unsure if that race will happen either.To prepare for the tough competition, the Badgers have been anything but idle during winter. Over the winter and spring, the team has been working on the ergometer, an indoor rowing machine. The coaches are able to use the ergometer to indicate how the team will perform on the lake. In addition, the team went to Texas for two weeks over winter break.“This is a big part of our winter training, as it gives us valuable rowing time on the water,” junior Ross James said.Even though school is back in session, the team is still finding ways to get back in the water. When the team is not working on the ergometer, it spends time rowing at the Rock River near Edgerton.Despite the limitations due to weather, the Badgers remain optimistic about the spring season.“I don’t think the team is rusty at all,” James said. “We have had enough chances to row down at the Rock River to get a feel of being back in the boats and on the water. The winter is no break from hard work, so we hope to be ready when we can finally get back on the water.”In fact, the harsh conditions may actually benefit the Badgers in the long run.“This is the unique challenge that we face as Wisconsin rowers, and although we certainly don’t appreciate it now, when we finally do get on the water our wintry months of frustration will allow us to approach each workout with added focus and intensity,” Rasmussen said.last_img read more

Teenagers selected for first World girls’ championship

first_img Teenagers India Clyburn, Alice Hewson and Inci Mehmet will represent England Golf in the inaugural World Junior Girls’ Championship in Canada from 26 September to 1 October. All three players were in the England team which won the 2014 Girls’ Home Internationals for the seventh successive year. The 72-hole world championship will take place on the North and South courses at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ontario. The club has hosted Canadian open championships on both the PGA and LPGA Tours. The event will be contested by 15 countries, selected by their performance at the 2012 World Amateur Team Championship. There will be a team competition, with the best two scores counting in each round, and an individual event. The players: India Clyburn, 17, (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire) is the English girls’ champion and had a perfect record at Girls’ Home Internationals winning all six of her matches. She is also the Scottish junior stroke play champion and was runner-up in the Critchley Salver. She has been selected for the England team for the Ladies’ Home Internationals. Alice Hewson, 17, (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire) won the Critchley Salver at Sunningdale and the U18 prize at the St Rule Trophy where she also helped England win the Nations Cup and was fourth overall. She was sixth in the English girls’ championship and ninth in the English women’s amateur. She has been selected for the England team for the Ladies’ Home Internationals. Inci Mehmet,17, (Wentworth, Surrey, Image © Leaderboard Photography) was runner-up at the English amateur championship and has amassed a series of other good results this season, including fourth place in the Portuguese championship, fifth in the Irish open stroke play and fourth in the Critchley Salver. She and her partner were runners-up in the Sunningdale foursomes. 29 Aug 2014 Teenagers selected for first World girls’ championship last_img read more

‘Life-Changing’ Improvement Comes to Rt. 537 & 34 Intersection

first_imgThis article was first published in the Oct. 19-26, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. COLTS NECK – It’s taken nearly two decades of pushing for federal dollars and working with state entities, but construction to widen and reconstruct Monmouth County’s busiest, most trafficked intersection will soon start.Over 37,000 cars travel through the CR-537 and Route 34 intersection every day in the heart of Colts Neck. The large-scale project starting on Oct. 23 will continue until its anticipated completion date of December 2019.“This makes a tremendous improvement in Monmouth County,” state Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11), said at an Oct. 13 groundbreaking ceremony. “Much of our traffic that goes east and west on a daily basis, as part of their lives, uses this roadway. And we have to fix it.”Beck even described it as a “life-changing project.”Traffic backs up along CR-537 West on Friday morning as cars wait in line. New improvements would ease flow from CR-537 and Route 34.Monmouth County officials secured a $21.3 million agreement with the Federal Highway Administration in June to cover repair costs for the perpetually congested intersection.In August, the Monmouth County Freeholders authorized a $17.5 million contract bid by Rencor, Inc. of Somerville for the work. Monmouth County is expected to spend $172,000 for staffing police officers and traffic maintenance during the work. The Transportation Trust Fund is expected to wholly cover that cost, according to county officials.Monmouth County Engineer Joe Ettore said when construction begins on Oct. 23, work hours will span from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during weekdays, depending on activity. Some days those hours could be extended.“Traffic will be maintained at all times,” Ettore said. “There may be delays and lane closures, but they’re going to be sporadic depending on the work requirement.”Weekend construction is not planned now, and the construction company would need permits from Colts Neck and Monmouth County for that. Ettore said both governing bodies would consider allowing weekend work.The project will be completed in a number of phases, and Ettore said the first one will be a widening of CR-537 at the southwest corner of the intersection.During the project design the county ran into environmental and acquisition roadblocks. Ettore said strips of five to 10 feet of property along the project limits were acquired to allow for the roadway widening. Mine Brook, a tributary of the Swimming River Reservoir that travels underneath CR-537, was carefully studied by the state.“This is one of the largest projects that a county government undertakes,” Ettore said. “It’s unusual that the county would take the lead on a project that includes an intersection of a county road and a state road.”Surrounded by local, state and federal elected officials, Monmouth County Freeholder Director and former Colts Neck Mayor Lillian Burry said the road reconstruction is a long time coming, and a championing moment of her political career.“I’m absolutely elated,” Burry said, “and I can assure you there are a lot of other people that share my elation.”“This is an important project not only from the standpoint of easing traffic, but perhaps even more importantly, from a safety point-of-view,” said U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-04).The engineering plan for the redesigned intersection.The intersection serves as the main artery for travel into the township’s business district, added Sue Fitzpatrick, president of the Colts Neck Business Association.A number of businesses operate within one square mile of the project scope. North of the intersection is an Investor’s Bank and Brock Farms gardening center. On the eastern and western ends are two restaurants: the newly built Huddy’s Inn and the Colts Neck Inn Steak and Chop House, respectively. Just south is the Orchards at Colts Neck shopping center and slightly farther down the road is the seasonal go-to, Delicious Orchards.Fitzpatrick said businesses have been receptive to the roadwork, but want the open, rural feel of Colts Neck to remain.“We don’t want a super highway in what’s a rural district here,” she said. “We work hard to keep it that way.”According to the County, the following is a breakdown of the intersection improvements.Widening of Route 34 to accommodate six lanes along each intersection approach, including an exclusive left turn lane, two through lanes, an exclusive right turn lane, and two receiving lanes.Widening of CR-537 to accommodate five lanes along each intersection approach, including an exclusive left turn lane, a through lane, a through/right turn lane, and two receiving lanes.Replacement of the existing traffic signal, including pedestrian improvements.Replacing the CR-537 bridge located approximately 120 feet west of the intersection.Replacing the Route 34 bridge located approximately 400 feet north of the intersection.Adherence to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Stormwater Management Rules. A bio-retention basin is proposed for the northeast and southeast quadrants.last_img read more

49ers’ Bosa, brother Joey win NFL Player of Week awards

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Rookie sensation Nick Bosa and his older brother, Joey, swept NFL Defensive Player of the Week honors Wednesday for their roles in leading the 49ers and Los Angeles Chargers, respectively, to victories Sunday.They were the first brothers to each produce at least two sacks in the same week since Toby and Jimmy Williams did it in 1985.Nick Bosa’s three sacks and doozy of a first career interception led the undefeated 49ers’ defensive showing in a 51-13 rout of the Carolina …last_img read more

Banks must lower charges: Gordhan

first_img2 June 2010South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has called for some banking fees to be reduced, for greater transparency in how banks calculate their fees, as well as for the formation of consumer groups to pressure banks to improve their services.“What we are saying is that fees charged for debit orders must be lower than what they are for all customers, whether they’re high income earners or low income earners,” Gordhan told journalists in Pretoria on Tuesday.His comments follow a meeting between the National Treasury and banking sector CEOs held to discuss the responses of the retail banks to recommendations made by the Banking Inquiry Panel that was appointed by the Competition Commission.Commission of enquiryThe commission launched an inquiry into the retail banking and national payment system in the country in 2006. This led to a total of 28 recommendations being made. On Tuesday, the Treasury said that 19 of the recommendations had been agreed to.The lowering of penalty fees on dishonoured debit orders, greater transparency of ATM fees and charges, as well as improved customer education were some of the recommendations agreed to.“Many of them had noted they had been charging relatively high fees. Most had indicated that they had lowered [the fees] quite significantly for their low income accounts,” said Ismail Momoniat, deputy director general for tax and financial sector policy in the Treasury.“Some still have what they consider high income accounts, but it is clear that we feel that across all categories the fees need to come down.”Calling for transparencyThe Treasury said the recommendations were aimed at improving the quality of banking services to customers as well as improving the retail banking environment as well as transparency.Gordhan described the talks between the banking sectors as “an important milestone”.“The theme running through all of these recommendations is transparency. There must be transparency of all of the charges, they must be written in an understandable language and communicated in way that people can compare A, B and C – and then linked with this is the ability by consumers to make choices,” explained Gordhan.Regarding other outstanding recommendations, the Treasury said discussions were to continue. Gordhan added that there was a need for more active consumer groups who would put pressure on banks to lower their fees.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

National Health ‘needs private doctors’

first_img23 March 2012 South Africa’s new National Health Insurance will not encroach on the country’s private health care system, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Thursday. Motsoaledi was speaking at the launch of the National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot project in Pretoria. The NHI will be the first medical insurance in the country to cover all South African citizens, including those on private medical aids. The minister said the pilot phase would explore affordability issues, as well as ways of accessing private health resources for public sector use. This would include doctors who run private practices. “We want to make a deal with private doctors to spend at least four hours at a local clinic. They will be paid by the government during the pilot phase.” Motsoaledi said private doctors would form part of the NHI’s primary health care teams, which include school specialists and school-based services. Ten districts across the country will take part in the pilot project.Sapalast_img read more

STEAM Carnival Adds Art – And Lasers – To Make Science Fun

first_imgGradman explained that the goal of the carnival is not only to introduce kids to the potential of engineering, but to show them just how capable they are of picking it up themselves. Simple Components Create Complex MachinesFor example, he described one attraction — a robot that responds when kids stand in front of it and make gestures. On a table nearby sit all the components that make up the robot, and kids are encouraged to play with them and assemble the parts. Basically, it lets them see that even the most complex electronics are made up of simple pieces. “It’s like going to a magic show and then as you exit through the gift shop, realizing not only how all the magic tricks worked, but how to do them yourself,” Gradman said. STEAM Carnival Is Looking For FundingBushnell and Gradman have built the attractions themselves, but now they need the public’s help funding the project. Their Kickstarter campaign, with an initial aim of getting STEAM Carnival to Los Angeles and San Francisco, is already halfway to its $100,000 goal with nearly a month to go.Until it’s funded, the duo is drumming up interest by presenting a prototype to test audiences of lucky middle school and high school kids in Los Angeles. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… That’s the theory behind STEAM Carnival, a traveling circus designed to introduce kids to the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math — plus the arts. (Put the initials together to spell STEAM, get it?) Some 40 different high-tech games and demonstrations will educate and inspire kids by blinding them with science. Professional Roboticists!STEAM Carnival started as a joint idea dreamed up by Brent Bushnell (whose dad is Nolan Bushnell, the inventor of Pong) and Eric Gradman, professional roboticists who made their reputations turning science into art. If you caught OK Go’s famous Rube Goldberg machine music video, you’ve seen their work. In fact, they said that video prompted the idea for the carnival. Steam Carnival’s board includes the elder Bushnell, game industry luminary Brian Fargo, and Mythbuster Grant Imahara.“Some of the most compelling feedback we got from that video was from parents and teachers coming to us, saying ‘We don’t know what our kids learned from that, but they were so excited about engineering when they saw it,’” said Gradman.  How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Physicist and science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke once famously said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” If that’s the case, there’s no reason why science can’t be made as entertaining as a magic show. Especially if you include robots and lasers. Related Posts Bushnell said educators are always surprised to see how quickly kids become interested in science once lasers are involved. “We’re not up there describing dry principles,” he said. “We’re doing demonstrations. It’s a complete left turn for them from traditional education.”Bushnell and Gradman hope to expand to many cities beyond Los Angeles and San Francisco, but they’ll need STEM educators’ and mentors’ help to do it. If you’re interested in bringing the STEAM Carnival to your city, cast your ballot here.STEAM Intro video – short from Brent Bushnell on Vimeo.All images courtesy of STEAM Carnival. Tags:#education#stem Why You Love Online Quizzes lauren orsini Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Cignal sinks Marinerong Pilipino for 1-0 lead in D-League semis

first_imgPBA IMAGESCignal HD derailed Marinerong Pilipino’s dream voyage with an 86-67 rout Thursday to gain a 1-0 lead in their 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals series Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Possibly playing his final game before leaving for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, Raymar Jose imposed his presence and uncorked 17 points and eight rebounds off the bench to lead his side to the win.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “I’m really thankful for Raymar. I had to play him for the whole of the third quarter and he did his job for us,” said coach Boyet Fernandez.Jason Perkins provided the stability for the Hawkeyes as he scattered 13 markers, 18 boards, three assists, one steal, and one block, Byron Villarias had 13 points, four rebounds, and three dimes, and Oping Sumalinog got 12 markers and four boards as the Hawkeyes starters jumped to an early 34-14 first quarter lead and never looked back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I’m really happy that the starters stepped up on defense. We’re pressured enough to play at our best today given the fact that we haven’t played for a long while. But credit to my boys again. They really played their hearts out today,” said Fernandez.Showing no rust from their three-week layoff, Cignal controlled the tempo of the game and even led by high as 24, 62-38, at the 2:54 mark of the third quarter. CIGNAL HD 86 – Jose 17, Perkins 13, Villarias 13, Sumalinog 12, Arboleda 6, Bringas 6, Cahilig 6, Raymundo 5, Batino 4, Sara 4, Apinan 0, Uyloan 0.MARINERONG PILIPINO 67 – Javelona 11, Sargent 8, Subido 8, Moralde 7, Herndon 6, Lopez 6, Iñigo 5, Marata 5, Alabanza 3, Isip 3, Javillonar 3, Gabriel 2.Quarters: 34-14, 48-29, 65-45, 86-67.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lyceum escapes EAC for 7th straight win But as always, the Skippers woke up from their slumber late and made a huge push in the fourth period, cutting the deficit to as low as 12, 75-63, after a Julian Sargent bucket.Unfortunately, the Skippers’ late-game magic was no match for Cignal’s end game poise, with Jose, Sumalinog, and Villarias icing the game down the stretch.The Hawkeyes can close the deal out on Tuesday for Game 2, still at Ynares Sports Arena.Pao Javelona paced Marinerong Pilipino with 11 points, while Sargent and Renzo Subido both got eight markers apiece as they saw the end of the Skippers’ seven-game winning run.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers View commentslast_img read more