Turkey blamed in South Carolina Salmonella outbreak

first_imgJun 3, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – South Carolina officials announced today that contaminated turkey is probably the main culprit in a restaurant-related outbreak of Salmonella infections that has sickened more than 300 people and caused one death.The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reports there have been 304 confirmed and suspected cases, including 56 hospital admissions and one death, among people who ate at the Old South restaurant in Camden, S.C., between May 19 and 22. The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., has called the episode the largest foodborne illness outbreak in recent state history.”Results of the epidemiological investigation, which included interviews of both ill and non-ill patrons, found turkey to be significantly associated with illness,” State Epidemiologist Jerry Gibson, MD, stated in a news release. “But smaller contributions of other food items cannot be ruled out, possibly due to cross-contamination during cooking or serving.”Gibson further said, “It is likely that turkey was the vehicle, with preparation and handling practices possibly contributing to illness.”State investigators found some equipment at the restaurant that was not working properly, which may have led to undercooking of food, the DHEC said. The statement said the investigation turned up “several factors that may have contributed to the large number of cases,” but it did not specify anything other than the faulty equipment.Officials said 20 specimens from people who fell ill after eating at the restaurant have tested positive for Salmonella enterica serotype enteritidis, one of the most common strains identified in foodborne outbreaks.The Kershaw County coroner has attributed one death in the outbreak to sepsis related to salmonellosis, the DHEC said. The State identified the victim as James Arledge, 58, of Lugoff, S.C.The restaurant has been cooperative with the DHEC during the investigation, and the owners are discussing training opportunities for the staff, Sandra Craig, director of the DHEC’s division of food protection, said in the news release.In a May 28 report in the State, DHEC spokesman Thom Berry was quoted as saying that South Carolina has fewer than 90 inspectors to cover 17,000 food-service businesses.The DHEC said it is continuing to search for sources of contamination in the outbreak.See also:South Carolina DHEC news releasehttp://www.scdhec.net/news/releases/2005/200505/Camden%20Updates/nr06CamdenUp0305.htmlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Friday, Aug. 30

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWho are the actual criminals in the U.S. The Trump Administration and his followers believe that immigrants and the poor people looking for a better life are going to ruin America and are criminals. Do you think the family that owns Walmart, which makes $100 million a day and pays its employees $12-$15 an hour, or $96-$124 a day, is fair? Are you happy that you can barely pay your bills, feed your family, working two jobs and once a month you can go out to some fast-food joint for that big night out? I wonder where the real crime is.Jeff MurtaghDuanesburgCuomo just wants to take our moneyI don`t wish to downplay the seriousness of world events. However, there is a much more pressing issue. Some highway signs in New York state left off the “M” in regard to Mario M. Cuomo`s middle initial on the now so-called, “Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.” I think it will forever be called the Tappan Zee, but what do I know? I do know that no one calls our own Twin Bridges by the real name, the Thaddeus Kosciusko Bridge. Heck, many can’t even pronounce it. So I certainly don’t understand the issue of the M. Can we get on to an actual issue? It’s the Tappan Zee. No one cares if it’s the Mario Cuomo (without the M) Bridge, or the Mario M. Cuomo (with the M) Bridge. But we’ll all pay for that M, that’s for sure.I do also look forward to being able to pay for new and rather dull-looking license plates soon. I propose a new design. Picture for New York License plates an enlarged $100 bill with Cuomo’s face on it, and a new motto as well: “If you make it, we’ll take it.” I think it would be splendid. Thank you, Andrew M. Cuomo. Oh, and that “ M “ everyone is so concerned about, well that should really stand for Move.Brian BaldwinBurnt HillsUse renewables to help the communityA recent news article about residents and government officials in Schenectady, Rotterdam and Niskayuna participating in public hearings about the state Public Service Commission’s Community Choice Aggregate energy policy is interesting.  There are millions of state grant monies available for expansion of renewable energy resource development in communities.Nearly a year ago, a Gazette article indicated General Electric plans to buy energy storage batteries from top manufacturers for its reservoir at GE’s Global Research headquarters. Therefore, I hope other businesses will expand their interest in renewable energy resources for the benefit of our ecological well-being. I think growth of people’s interest for renewable energy technology will assist county emergency services managers to install renewable energy micro-grid systems to implement their County Hazard Mitigation Plan.With appropriately skilled workers,  renewable energy sources coupled with energy storage units at emergency operations centers, community priority facilities and community emergency shelters can sustain services during extreme weather events and blackouts.Michael McGlynnWatervlietMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img

Large family home with granny flat perfect for multi-generational living

first_img4 Chico Place, McDowall.At the eastern end of the home, is a large self-contained granny flat, perfect for parents or teenagers. There is a kitchenette and full bathroom, and this airconditioned space can be closed off from the main home, offering privacy and separation. Check out this retro bathroom at 4 Chico Place, McDowall.On the lower level of the home is a double automated garage, with secure access to the home via an internal staircase. This area has space for a workshop, and storage in abundanceThe property is being sold with a price tag of $789,000. 4 Chico Place, McDowall.All four bedrooms are on the upper level. The main bedroom has a fire place. The other three bedrooms have built-ins, with one having its own ensuite.The middle level is designed for living and entertaining. The tiled level features a formal lounge and dining area.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The lounge room has a fire place, perfect for cooler nights. 4 Chico Place, McDowall. 4 Chico Place, McDowall. 4 Chico Place, McDowall.A multi-level home with a granny flat has hit the market and is perfect for large families wanting plenty of space to spread out.The four-bedroom, four-bathroom home at 4 Chico Place, McDowall is in a quiet cul-de-sac.Ray White — Bridgeman Downs selling agent Sonya Treloar said the home would be perfect for multi-generational living. 4 Chico Place, McDowall.last_img read more

Historic house earns owners $2.6m

first_imgKoowa at 23 Davidson Tce, Teneriffe, has sold for $3.8 millionA HISTORIC Brisbane house has earned its owners a whopping $2.6 million in 12 years.Known as Koowa, the 23 Davidson St property at Teneriffe went under the hammer yesterday, with an opening bid of $3 million.Intense negotiations followed with an offer of $3.8 million accepted by the vendors.It marks the highest sale price ever achieved for Davidson Terrace, with the next highest price being $2.75 million in 2017, according to CoreLogic. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago The house has been beautifully restored and renovatedHenry Hodge of McGrath Estate Agents said the sale also marked the second highest auction sale of a house without water views in Teneriffe this year. He would not be drawn on the details of the new owner, only saying it had been bought by a local buyer. CoreLogic property records show Koowa was bought by John Divitini and Jane Bickerdike for $1.2 million in 2006.The couple then undertook a massive restoration and renovation of the property spanning five years. The stunning house featured on the cover of Saturday’s Courier Mail Realestate liftout. For that story, Mr Divitini said the property had been renovated twice before they purchased it 12 years ago.“Before we bought it but it was just dirt underneath,” he said. “So we dug that out and put in a self-contained flat, three additional bedrooms, two bathrooms, a laundry, rumpus room and acellar. “We also reconfigured the top floor and added a massive deck, and we kept a lot of the original features like the leadlight.“But we completely modernised it, putting in airconditioning, smart wiring and we restored the fireplaces.“And we did a lot of work in the backyard, so much so it won two awards and was featured on the cover of a magazine.” Mr Divitini said they were happy with the auction result and would “probably do nothing for six months and then downsize when we find what we want”.“It will be sad to leave. It is a beautiful house and area but it is time for a new chapter,” he said.”last_img read more

Betty’s Burgers’ founder wants $20m for Noosa mansion

first_imgThe view from the house at 46 Seaview Tce, Sunshine Beach, which is on the market for $20m.THE founder of Betty’s Burgers is selling the Sunshine Beach mansion he bought for more than $15 million less than two years ago.David Hales has put the beachfront property at 46 Seaview Terrace on the market with an ambitious $20 million price tag.Mr Hales purchased the home from tennis great Pat Rafter in January 2018, when it became one of the most expensive properties ever sold on the Sunshine Coast.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:39Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:39 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCelebrity homes in Noosa00:40RELATED: Celebrity holiday hideaway snapped upHoliday hot spots where prices are set to skyrocketJeff Bridges sells LA home to OprahTom Offermann of Tom Offermann Real Estate is marketing the property, which he originally sold to Mr Hales.This house at 46 Seaview Tce, Sunshine Beach, is on the market for $20m.Mr Hales and his wife, Louise, who are avid boating enthusiasts, are moving to another waterfront property in Noosa Sound, which they purchased through Tom Offermann Real Estate.Records show the Hales paid $5.67 million for the property in Witta Circle in April this year.“It’s timely for someone else to move in and mix fitness with pleasure, walking to Noosa Heads via Alexandria Bay in the Noosa National Park, similarly vibrant Sunshine Beach village with its nationally known restaurants, cafes and bars,” Mr Offermann said.David Hales, the founder of the Betty’s Burgers chain, is selling his Sunshine Beach mansion. Photo: Eric Blaich.Mr Offermann said the Hales had made “substantial improvements” to the Seaview Terrace property and its sale would test the current residential record.“Noosa’s beachfront homes are amongst Australia’s most sought after and the price record is about to be tested again,” Mr Offermann said.The current record for the Sunshine Coast region was set in 2018, when a beachfront property just streets away sold for $18 million.This property at 21-23 Webb Rd, Sunshine Beach, holds the record for the most expensive home sale on the Sunshine Coast at $18m.MORE: $40m of real estate set to sell in one nightThe seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom property at 21-23 Webb Road had a four-car garage, glass-fronted pool, tennis court with cabana, domestic and commercial kitchens, wine storage and a separate self-contained guesthouse.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoThe home used to be owned by Pat Rafter. Picture: Jerad WilliamsThe seven-bedroom, five-bathroom property at 46 Seaview Terrace features lavish finishes such as marble, mosaics and Venetian plaster walls and floors.Open plan living spaces offer ocean views from most rooms.This house at 46 Seaview Tce, Sunshine Beach, is on the market for $20m.A curvaceous white staircase is a statement feature, while the master bedroom has an ensuite, dressing room and private deck.A curved white staircase is a feature of the house at 46 Seaview Tce, Sunshine Beach.A private garden-level wing off the house which spills onto the lawn and beach pathway could be used as an additional office, music room or guest suite.Inside the house at 46 Seaview Tce, Sunshine Beach, which is back on the market.There’s also a home theatre, media room and climate-controlled wine cellar, along with a glass-tiled infinity pool and a private path leading directly to the beach.The house spans a massive 1031 sqm and sits on a 1283 sqm block with 28m beach frontage.last_img read more

Report: Explosion Reported on board Stricken Iranian Tanker

first_imgAn explosion has been reported Wednesday on board the Iranian tanker Sanchi, which has been burning for four days off the eastern coast of China, CNN informed citing local authorities.Due to the explosion, the 14 rescue vessels scavenging the area for potential survivors had to retreat. 31 mariners of the 32 members of Sanchi’s crew remain unaccounted for. The body of one crew member has been recovered.Local authorities warned earlier that there is a danger of the ship exploding, breaking into half and sinking, resulting in a major oil spill.Efforts to put out the fire continue to be underway for the fourth day since the collision between the tanker and a Hong Kong-flagged bulker CF Crystal. Nevertheless, the activities remain to be hampered by the fire and thick smoke billowing from the stricken vessel, along with harsh weather conditions.It is estimated that the fire could burn for a period ranging from two weeks to a month, Reuters reported earlier citing an official from South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries.The ill-fated tanker, owned by Bright Shipping Ltd and managed by National Iranian Tanker Co. (NITC), is loaded with 136,000 tons of Iranian crude oil.CF Crystal has berthed in Zhoushan since the incident where the maritime authorities will launch an investigation into the collision.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Armed gang steals toilet rolls in panic-buying hit Hong Kong

first_imgToilet roll has become hot property in Hong Kong thanks to panic-buying. AFP Supermarkets have foundthemselves unable to restock quickly enough, leading to sometimes lengthyqueues and shelves stripped bare within moments of opening. Toilet rolls have becomehot property in the densely packed business hub, despite government assurancesthat supplies remain unaffected by the virus outbreak. Alongside toilet rolls,there has been a run on staples like rice and pasta as well as hand sanitiserand other cleaning items. (AFP) Hong Kong – Armed robberswho stole hundreds of toilet rolls were being hunted by Hong Kong police on Monday,in a city wracked by shortages caused by coronavirus panic-buying.last_img read more

Pacquiao tests negative for coronavirus

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike Manny Pacquiao said he has tested negative for Coronavirus Disease after the eight-weight boxing world champion and Philippines senator came into contact with a politician who had contracted the disease. The 41-year-old, who holds the WBA welterweight world title, was recently pictured with Senate President Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimental, who subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement, Pacquiao said he was already in quarantine and had used an unapproved rapid testing kit from South Korea to determine if he had been infected. However, he added that if he or his family exhibits any symptom, he will not hesitate to undergo swab testing. “My countrymen, I would like to make it clear that even before I received the letter from [Dasmarinas Village, Makati] Barangay Captain Rossana Hwang, I already started home quarantine,” Pacquiao said. “Please don’t worry. I received rapid testing kits from my friends from South Korea. Using these kits approved in Korea, I tested negative. The FDA [Food and Drug Administration] hasn’t approved them yet but these are what’s used in Korea. “I’ve been encouraged a while back to get tested at RITM [Research Institute for Tropical Medicine], but I want to let it be known that I have not felt any symptoms. “It’s an entirely different conversation when I’m feeling something strange in my body. I am willing to undergo swab testing for the sake of my family and my country, but I will go through the regular procedure. “I believe that there are many more persons under investigation or PUI that should be prioritised in testing.” The news comes after Pacquiao claimed he “was not afraid to die” to help those affected by the disease in the Philippines. “If you are a leader, you have to be a frontliner,” Pacquiao said. “You have to lead and let people see that you are with them. I grew up poor. I know what they feel.” There have been 1,418 cases of coronavirus reported so far in the Philippines, with 71 casualties.Tags: Aquilino PimentalCoronavirusManny PacquiaoRossana Hwanglast_img read more

Holtby: We’re keeping Andros steady

first_img After numerous loan spells at clubs varying from Yeovil to QPR, the 22-year-old academy graduate has finally come to the fore at White Hart Lane. Townsend has been one of the stars of the season so far, not only impressing at Tottenham but also helping England qualify for next year’s World Cup. Andros Townsend is riding a crest of a wave right now, but his Tottenham team-mates are keeping his feet on the ground. It would be easy to get carried away, but Lewis Holtby and the rest of his Spurs team-mates are making sure the level-headed winger remains just that. “Andros is a national hero and we are all very pleased for him,” Holtby said. “He has been playing some great football, but he is a young guy and we have been telling him there could be some rocky paths ahead. “Being a footballer is a long journey and you have to be ready for the bumpy parts. That is what we have been trying to tell him.” Townsend remained in London this week as Spurs flew out to Sheriff Tiraspol for Thursday’s Europa League clash. Paulinho and Kyle Walker were also rested, while a number of first-team players missed out through injury. Despite that, Villas-Boas’ side boasted a vast array in talent, highlighting the impressive strength in depth at Spurs’ disposal this term. “Aaron Lennon came back for us at Villa last weekend and our squad strength is unbelievable,” Holtby said. “Every Tottenham fan must be so happy to see how many top-quality players we have, and our strength in depth on the bench. “It’s amazing, but now the important thing is to deal with that situation and everyone can have a piece of the cake. “Bayern Munich won three trophies last season because their players were all patient and waited for their turn. “There were some big players not in the squad, but they took their chance when it came and we’ve got to do the same thing. “It’s a long, hard season, and the games come thick and fast over the winter, so we have to be up for it. “When you look at the quality we have, the overall standard is amazing – whether it’s Premier League, Europa League, Capital One Cup or FA Cup, we have the players to cope.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Iguanas, Nude Beaches Under Debate as Florida Legislature Returns This Week

first_imgThe Florida Legislature will have quite the workload when its 60-day session begins on Tuesday. Goals will include passing a budget expected to top $90 billion dollars; lowering the cost of health care; preventing blue-green algae; and increasing teacher pay.Our state’s lawmakers will also consider measures that include banning iguana breeding, protecting nude sunbathers, banning sunscreen bans, giving hunters a sales tax break on guns and ammo, and making shelter animals the official state pet.The full Senate will take up a bill that would prohibit local governments from banning sunscreens, while a House committee considers their version of the bill. That piece of legislation is a reaction to Key West recently banning the sale of sunscreens that contain oxybenzone or octinoxate, which some researchers say could harm coral reefs.Republican Senator Rob Bradley, who is sponsoring the bill, says the research has not been proven and that residents and tourists in the Sunshine State should use sunscreen.He adds, “That science is lacking in rigor. What science is clear and indisputable about is the case around using sunscreen to protect against skin cancer.”Conversely, environmentalists say other sunscreens are available that do not contain the chemicals in question, and that places like Key West should be able to do whatever is necessary to protect the reefs that drive tourism.Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Jason Pizzo plans to introduce a bill that would exempt people on clothing-optional beaches from being punished under a current law that prohibits people from publicly exposing their genitals.Another Senate committee will look Democratic Senator Gary Farmer’s proposed legislation, which calls for a ban on possessing, importing, selling, bartering, trading or breeding green iguanas or black and white tegus.While the Senate considers placing new restrictions on gun sales, Republican Senator Debbie Mayfield will ask for a one-day tax holiday for hunting and fishing. It is intended to exempt sales tax on rifles, shotguns, ammunition, crossbows, spearguns, hunting tents and fishing equipment.A House committee will debate a bill that could result in the creation of the Statewide Office of Resiliency and the Statewide Sea-Level Rise Task Force.Governor Ron DeSantis believes that sea level rise is a problem the state needs to address.If the bill ultimately becomes law, the Department of Environmental Protection would then be required to act on any recommendations the Sea-Level Rise Task Force makes.last_img read more