Rule review

first_imgLabelling, waste treatment, fortification and saturated fat are on the EU legislative agenda, as parliamentary officer Chris Dabner told the NA conference earlier this month.EU review of food labelling proposalsThe EU is proposing mandatory nutrition labelling on all pre-packed food; an extension of country-of-origin labelling; and improved label clarity.”This will present many challenges,” said parliamentary officer Chris Dabner. “The EU thinks that in order to make labels clearer, you need to make the print bigger. We’ll end up with A4 labels.”On loose food and food pre-packed for direct sale, the EU wants the declaration of allergens and a use-by date provided for certain foods – for example, pâté and cooked meats. “We initially hoped the EU review would result in the Food Labelling Directive being consolidated and simplified,” said Dabner. “In reality, it will become a Regulation not a Directive and additional requirements will result in a huge document.”There are also seven UK Food Labelling Regulations (National Provisions) which are not in the EU Food Labelling Directive, said Dabner. These include:? Regulation 4(3)(b)&(c): exemption from labelling for foods sold for the benefit of charities and food sold at fêtes, bazaars for the benefit of schools, etc? Regulation 18(1)(e): exemption from labelling for the mandatory fortificants in flour – calcium, iron, niacin, thiamine? Regulation 23(1)(b): Exemption from labelling for flour confectionery packed in crimp cases or wholly transparent packaging.The continued existence of these national provisions is also being challenged. The completion date is expected to be around 2009/10.Fortification of flour or bread with folic acidThe Food Standards Agency (FSA) Board held a meeting on 17 May, when its 12 members decided whether to recommend, to the Department of Health, whether folic acid should become a mandatory additive. Folic acid reduces the incidence of foetal neural tube defects, Dabner told delegates. He explained the various options which the FSA was weighing up and some of the issues raised.”Folic acid could be added to any of the following: all flour; all flour except wholemeal; bread-making flour; or to bread. The Republic of Ireland is probably going to fortify bread. Other issues include, whether the presence of folic acid should appear on labelling, in which case should the four other statutory fortifications – calcium, iron, niacin and thiamine – also be labelled?”Also, as flour is present in thousands of products, often in small amounts, does this mean that there should be a minimum flour content in products before labelling is required?”Landfill directive and pre-treatment of waste”In about nine years’ time it is predicted there will be no holes in the ground left for waste,” said Dabner. So, as of 30 October, 2007, waste must be pre-treated prior to landfill. Businesses will have to sort and recycle some of their waste, either by pre-treating their own waste or paying a contractor to do it for them. “Ultimately it is in our interest to recycle, because the less landfill space there is, the higher the landfill taxes will become.”consultation on energy intake and saturated fatThe intake of saturated fat and calories for large sections of the population are too high, resulting in obesity and concerns about cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes and some cancers.”The FSA’s main target appears to be major food manufacturers and food retailers but it also wants to engage the catering sector,” added Dabner. The FSA is suggesting:? More front-of-pack labelling? A healthy balanced diet, with more bread and fewer crisps, biscuits, cakes and soft drinks? A reduction in portion sizes? Reformulation to lower levels of saturated fats and/or sugars? The removal of added trans fatty acids and hydrogenated vegetable oils, which the FSA says often occur in foods such as biscuits, cakes, fast food and pastry? Focusing reformulation on biscuits, buns, cakes, pastry, fruit pies pizzas and meat. nlast_img read more

St. Joseph County creates info hotline for people without medical care providers

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market A coronovirus hotline has been set up for St. Joseph County residents who lack access to care.Residents can dial 2-1-1 if they have any questions about virus. It’s a new information line being set up on the United Way call system by the St. Joseph County Unfied Command.The command is a combined effort of the St. Joseph County Health Department, Beacon Health System, St. Joseph Health System, and the South Bend Clinic.They urge people with healthcare providers to seek information from those providers first. The hotline is designed to provide general information to people with no primary care physician who may find themselves in need of care. Previous articleGov. Holcomb eases steps for people to receive aid during coronavirus crisisNext articleThree Rivers woman hurt in crash on U.S. 12 in Porter Township Tommie Lee Twitter By Tommie Lee – March 13, 2020 0 415 Google+ Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Google+ St. Joseph County creates info hotline for people without medical care providers Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

December footfall down on 2013

first_imgAverage footfall in the UK for December fell by 0.7% compared to last year’s festive season.According to the British Retail Consortium (BRC), while there has been a year-on-year decrease, this figure is more encouraging than the 2.4% fall in November this year.BRC director general Helen Dickinson said: “This is undoubtedly a result of the continuing changes in the way we all prefer to shop. It’s worth noting that fewer shoppers doesn’t necessarily equal poorer sales – in fact, we know that sales have been strong across the Christmas period.“This tells us that retailers are getting to grips with the way people’s shopping habits are changing and using methods like click-and-collect to drive internet traffic toward physical stores while, at the same time, targeting discounts to encourage higher sales. What we are seeing currently is the online and physical retailing finding out how they best fit together in the new multi-channel world.”Footfall in shopping centres was 0.1% down on the previous year for December.Out-of-town footfall reported the only rise, 1.3% higher than a year ago, and has experienced positive footfall growth for every month in 2014.Only two regions in England reported positive footfall – the South East (3.4%) and East (2.2%).last_img read more

Harvard Chan students showcase work in the field

first_imgMaster of public health students at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health gathered to display and discuss their field work at a poster session on Nov. 13, 2018 in Kresge Cafeteria.The event featured work from more than 25 students from the fields of environmental health, global health, health policy, and social behavior who worked for eight weeks during summer of 2018 with host organizations — ranging from local to international — to address public health problems. Faculty, alumni, and DrPH students judged the final projects.Magali Flores ’19 won first place for her work on mental health access among recently deported Latino men. Her host organization was the Tijuana-based Casa del Migrante.Noam Yossefy ’19 won second place for her work on pursuing legal action against opioid pharmaceutical companies. Her host organization was the Mayor of Boston’s Office of Recovery Services.Jessica Kilpatrick ’19 won third place for her work on air pollution near childcare and early education facilities. Her host organization was the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.Nayely Chavez ’19 won the audience favorite award for her work on evaluating the integration of behavioral health into primary care. Her host organization was the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Center for Jewish Studies announces Weinstein Prize recipients

first_imgThe Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University announced this week the recipients of the 2020 Selma and Lewis Weinstein Prize in Jewish Studies.Sonia Epstein ’21 of Eliot House and Joshua Moriarty ’21 of Pforzheimer House tied for first place. Epstein’s entry was “The ‘Nitzanim’ of 1948: Recentering Morocco in Moroccan-Jewish Education.” Moriarty’s entry was “Conflicting Imperatives: ‘Religious Praxis’ and Secular Ethics in Yeshayahu Thought.”Daniel Rosenblatt ’20 of Pforzheimer House won second place for his essay, “Eden in the Garden State: Luxury and Liberation in the Jersey Homesteads Planned Community, 1936-1939.” Tamara Shamir ’21 of Leverett House also tied for second place for her essay, “Inventing Tradition: Marital Freedom and Halachic Solutions in Israel’s Religious Courts.”The Weinstein Prize, which is given to the Harvard University student(s) who submits the best undergraduate essay in Jewish studies, was established by Lewis H. Weinstein ’27, LL.B. ’30.For more information, please visit the center’s website. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Siemens Energy to shed 7,800 jobs in cost-cutting drive

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Energy technology company Siemens Energy says it plans to shed 7,800 jobs worldwide by 2025 as part of a drive to cut costs. The company, which was spun off last year by German industrial conglomerate Siemens AG, currently has more than 90,000 employees around the world. It said Tuesday that “optimized processes, leaner structures, the reduction of overcapacities and portfolio adjustments” will result in some 7,800 jobs going in its gas and power segment, around three-quarters of them in management, administration and sales. The plans call for 3,000 jobs to be cut in Germany, 1,700 in the United States and 3,100 at other locations worldwide.last_img read more

Bay Shore Man Fatally Stabbed in Central Islip

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 23-year-old Bay Shore man was stabbed to death in a parking lot outside of a Central Islip bar early Saturday morning, Suffolk County police said.Officers responded to a 911 call of a stabbing at El Tenampa on Islip Avenue, where they found Jose Amadeo Carbajao-Alverado lying in the parking lot with a stab wound to his chest at 2:15 a.m., police said.Cops, Pols, Residents Crack Down on Gangs After 3 Central Islip Murders in 2 DaysThe victim was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where he was pronounced dead.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information to contact themat 631-852-6392 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

Chat covers remote work, pay, and leave

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has left human resources professionals trying to figure out ways to deploy a remote workforce and keep these workers engaged while still making sure they’re paid, have time off available in case they’re personally affected by the virus, and remain in good spirits.“This is an opportunity to bring some creativity in and demonstrate the power of showing you care,” says Cindy Swigert, vice president human resources at $1.02 billion asset UVA Community Credit Union in Charlottesville, Va. “It’s a unique and scary time, but it’s exciting to have these opportunities.”Swigert and Jan Johnson, executive vice president of organizational agility at $2.84 billion asset Royal Credit Union in Eau Claire, Wis., moderated a CUNA HR & Organizational Development Council Chat Thursday, presented by CUNA Councils.last_img read more

Avian flu virus infected civets in Vietnam

first_imgAug 26, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Reports today said three rare palm civets that recently died in captivity in Vietnam were infected with an H5N1 avian influenza virus, adding another species to the list of those susceptible to the pathogen.The three Owston’s palm civets died in June, and tests of samples in a Hong Kong laboratory detected the H5N1 virus, according to Reuters and Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports. The animals died in the same cage in Cuc Phuong National Park, about 55 miles south of Hanoi.Staff members at the park said no other animals or people had fallen ill.In addition to birds and humans, H5N1 viruses have been known to infect pigs, housecats, tigers, and leopards. The virus has killed millions of poultry and at least 57 people in outbreaks in Asia since late 2003.Civets figured in another relatively new infectious disease: SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). Chinese scientists concluded that masked palm civets—a different species from Owston’s—were the main animal source of the SARS virus, which infected about 8,000 people around the world in 2003. Civets are used for food in southern China.The civets that died of avian flu were a female and two offspring, all of which had been born in captivity, reports said. It was not clear how they became infected.Reuters quoted Do Van Lap, a manager at the park, as saying, “How they were infected remains unknown as they were raised together with 20 other civets, their cages close to each other, but the remaining civets are strong.”Lap said initial suspicion fell on park staff members who lived in a village where some chickens had died, but tests did not find the virus. He said the civets were not fed chicken.The story said Cuc Phuong National Park has a wildlife protection project that involves raising peacocks, pheasants, freshwater turtles, and deer in captivity, as well as civets. “All the remaining animals are safe, so we reckon the three civets are isolated cases,” Lap told Reuters.In an Associated Press (AP) report, Scott Robertson, technical adviser for the civet conservation program at the park, commented, “It’s another good example of how dangerous this thing [the H5N1 virus] is.” He said the WHO and Vietnamese health officials were expected to test park employees.Peter Horby, a WHO epidemiologist in Hanoi, said the finding does not signal an increased risk of avian flu in humans, since people have less contact with civets than with poultry, according to the AP. Poultry have been the source of nearly all human cases so far.Owston’s palm civet is an endangered species that is confined to parts of northern Vietnam, northern Laos, and neighboring areas of China, according to a report from Vietnam’s National Center for Scientific Research.Also in Vietnam, a pilot program to vaccinate poultry against avian flu in two provinces is running behind schedule, according to a report today from the Vietnam News Agency. About 72% of targeted birds in the northern province of Nam Dinh have been vaccinated, but only 38% have been vaccinated in Tien Giang province in the south, where flooding has caused problems, the story said.In other developments, officials in Finland reported a possible avian flu outbreak in seagulls, but it was probably not a highly pathogenic strain, according to a Reuters report today.A flu virus was found in sick and dead seagulls in the northern town of Oulou, the report said, but the strain was not identified. Finland shares a border with Russia, where H5N1 avian flu has surfaced in poultry in recent weeks, but not in areas near Finland.See also:CIDRAP Overview: Avian influenza: agricultural and wildlife considerationslast_img read more

PLDT: ‘IT’S A LIE!’

first_img“Thefindings of the technical team will be presented to the Commission and releasedto the public accordingly,” said Devanadera. “The ERChas no participation, in any manner, in the said (Nov. 14) press conference,”stressed Devanadera. UGLY AND HAZARDOUS. If this is not a fire hazard, what is? Though these electricity, telephone and cable television cables look more like ugly spider’s cobwebs, residents of this neighborhood in Barangay Baldoza, La Paz, Iloilo City call them “spaghetti wires”. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Lescano was oneof the founders of the Iloilo City public utilities group where PECO is also amember.   According to thePLDT executive, “It is clear among engineers and utility companies that thesaid fires originated from PECO’s electrical wires, but since our lines andcables are closely attached to their secondary lines, they get burned in theprocess.” ERC has completed its field inspection and data gathering on theseries of pole fire incidents in this city. As defense to thecomplaint of Mayor Jerry Treñas to the ERC about the pole fires, PECOclaimed that between 2017 to 2019 the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) recorded709 post fires and that only 138 of these involved its own poles while 571involved those of telcos. PLDT’s messengerwires are without voltage, made of steel and serve as tension to their copperand fiber cables and connected to the ground for lightning protection, Lescanostressed. The other day,ERC slammed PECO for making it appear that theagency was part of a recent press conference that the franchise-less powerdistributor held in Metro Manila. But Lescano saidonly PLDT’s copper cable has voltage but very minimal – 24 volts if idle andpeaks at 49 volts only if in use.   PECO has notrained technical people to solve the problem, BFP reported to the ERC. “It’s just like avolt of a battery which can never cause fire of the magnitude responded to bythe BFP when they were called to address pole fires incidents,” saidLescano.  Lescano agreedwith Iloilo City fire marshal Chief Inspector Christopher Regencia’sexplanation that only electricity wires, either damaged or overloaded, couldactually cause fires. More than half or1,464 cases out of 2,887 incidents of fire in Iloilo City since January 2014were caused by pole fires, according to BFP- Iloilo City. “Maybe Cacho, whois not an engineer, has no knowledge at all. Or is he just using us asscapegoat?” asked Lescano.  In recent mediainterviews, Marcelo Cacho, head of PECO’s Public Engagement and GovernmentAffairs, said PLDT’s messenger wires also have high voltage.  “It’s alie. It is not correct to say that the more than 500 posts are ours. Wehave very few wooden poles compared to theirs,” said Lescano who previouslyserved as PLDT Iloilo manager.  ERC remains independent in thedischarge of its functions, including the conduct of investigations, stressedChairperson Agnes Devanadera. Criticizing the press conference,Devanadera stressed, “Prematurereporting of the outcome of our investigation is but a product of speculationthat serves no purpose, except to confuse the public.”/PN ILOILO City –Aside from courting the ire of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), PanayElectric Co. (PECO) has also angered telecommunications giant Philippine LongDistance Telephone Co. (PLDT) for attributing incidents of pole fires in thiscity to telephone companies. “I really feelbad about this. PECO is making these claims but it has never told us about thisupfront everytime we meet with other utility companies,” said Lescano. PLDT vicepresident for Visayas Rene Lescano clarified they only have 2,000 poles inIloilo City and of these, only 800 are wooden compared to PECO’s 30,000 poles. He also insistedthat it was not the poles that started the fires but the electrical wires ofPECO. last_img read more