Safe grilling

first_imgMike Doyle likes his steaks cooked medium well. But when it comes to ground beef, he always cooks hamburgers to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F. As director of the University of Georgia Center for Food Safety in Griffin, Ga., Doyle knows eating undercooked ground beef can lead to some very unpleasant results.“Ground beef can be brown, and still not be cooked to 160 degrees. If you don’t use a meat thermometer, get one and use it. Trust me, you don’t want to get in a tussle with E. coli,” Doyle said.Close working relationshipsAn internationally known expert on foodborne pathogens like E. coli 0157:H7, Doyle is often called to assist the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration with outbreaks of foodborne illness in the U.S. Food companies in Georgia and across the nation also work with UGA faculty at the center to improve the safety of their products. Some 48 million cases of foodborne illness are reported in the U.S. each year. Doyle was recruited by UGA in 1991 to develop the UGA center where researchers develop new and better ways to detect and control harmful microbes in food. “The CDC’s expertise is finding pathogens in humans, and we have a lot of expertise in detecting and controlling pathogens in foods,” he said.Children and the elderly at riskChildren, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are more susceptible to foodborne illness. “As we age our immunity declines, and we can’t ward off infections like those in the prime of their lives,” Doyle said.“If there’s one pathogen we should be more cautious about it’s E. coli. It can be found in ground beef, and it can cause very serious illness in children,” said Doyle. “Children ingesting just 100 cells of E. coli O157:H7 can contract hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS).” A small number of patients develop HUS, which can affect kidney function, leading to kidney failure and even death.“The good news is the beef industry has made great strides to reduce the amount of E. coli in raw ground beef. It’s safer now than it’s ever been, but E. coli has not been eliminated,” he said.During summer months and into the fall football season, outdoor grill tops are covered with hamburgers as families hold summer parties and fall tailgate events. Change or wash the plateMany problems linked to outdoor grilling are tracked back to cross contamination.“You bring the hamburgers out to grill, and then you put the cooked ones on the same plate where the red juices from the raw meat were. This results in contamination,” he said.Doyle says backyard chefs should either use a fresh, clean plate for the cooked burgers or thoroughly wash the first plate before reusing it. Also, thoroughly wash hands before and after handling raw meats and poultry. “You don’t have to ingest very many E. coli to become ill after handling raw meat like hamburger,” he said. “You’ll notice that waitresses don’t ask you how you want your burger cooked. In many states, they don’t give you options on cooked ground beef. It’s going to be well done or better.”last_img read more

Top 40: Paddling

first_img1. Jackson Kayak Carbon Rock StarJackson Kayak gave their uber popular Rock Star playboat the carbon treatment, reinforcing it with Kevlar and dropping the weight to a ridiculous 9.8 kilograms. That’s a bit over 20 pounds for us Americans. It’s super light and built to do one thing: soar on aerials and win freestyle competitions. This ain’t a river-running boat, but if you’re looking for some help to perfect your McNasty, take note.$2,800; jacksonkayak.com40. Dagger Nomad 8.1 KayakSimply put, it’s the ultimate creek boat. Yet it’s perfectly suited to paddlers of all levels, thanks to its predictability, stability, and speed. It turns smoothly and tucks into small eddies when you need them most.  The displacement hull helps absorb impact from bigger boofs. And the boat’s impressive speed and quick resurfacing come in handy for plowing through big holes. As a result, it’s an easy boat to paddle, whether novice or gonzo.$979; dagger.com38. Surftech B-1 BomberFinally, a solid paddle board that’s actually built to handle the rigors of river surfing. This SUP is wide, stable, and, best of all, durable. Surftech uses a patent-pending composite polymer with a crazy-good strength-to-weight ratio to create what has to be the most durable SUP on the market. It’s a heavy board (32 pounds) but the B1 is going to handle any rocks in the river, so the trade-off is a no-brainer for paddlers who want a board that can handle Southern Appalachian rivers. $1,395; surftechsup.comWatch a video of Dane Jackson and the B-1 in actionBonus! Puma LairdThis innovative SUP is a 14-foot carbon-fiber board that mimics a boat hull, making it even faster on the water. Surf legend Laird Hamilton teamed up with yacht designer Juan Kouyoumdjian to design this lightweight racing board, which is built for speed. Expected release is spring 2012.puma.comlast_img read more

The Tree Sitters’ Last Stand

first_imgThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) in October. Both are intended to run fracked natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale fields in northern West Virginia to markets in the Southeastern United States. After FERC’s approval, MVP was given a green light by Virginia and West Virginia’s environmental agencies, and a judge awarded MVP immediate possession of more than 300 properties through eminent domain. The pipeline’s construction crews began clearing swaths of trees along the route.Then, in late February, two anonymous individuals stationed themselves in trees on Peters Mountain near the Appalachian Trail. Their position blocked pipeline crews from drilling a hole beneath the trail. Soon they were joined in the Jefferson National Forest by a woman known only as Nutty, who climbed onto a suspended platform to block an access road to the construction site.Inspired by the actions on Peters Mountain, a 61-year-old mother and her 30-year-old daughter began tree sits in early April within a swath on their own land in southwest Roanoke County, Virginia, that had been awarded to the pipeline. Later that month they were joined by three more tree-sitters on Four Corners Farm in Franklin County, Virginia.Tree-sitting emerged as an environmentalist tactic of direct action in the late 60s and 70s before becoming more broadly used as a means of blocking logging operations in the ’80s. Julia Butterfly Hill won global recognition for her 738-day sit from 1997 to 1999, protecting a massive coastal redwood in northern California. A decade later, environmentalists used tree sits in southern West Virginia to delay blasting for mountaintop removal mining in at least three different battles with coal companies.Photo: Will SolisOne of the Peters Mountain tree-sitters posted about their motivation on Facebook at the Appalachians Against Pipeline page: “Each of us in this fight, in a tree or on the ground, have our reasons. For me, it’s because Appalachia is my home.”The tree sits have bought time for six different lawsuits to work their way through the courts, even as MVP crews are felling trees along the route. And in mid-May, a federal appeals court halted construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline thanks to litigation brought by Southern Environmental Law Center over improper analysis of endangered species along the pipeline route. It offers pipeline opponents at least a temporary victory in a process that has largely gone against them.Meanwhile, the pipeline companies have tried to use the courts to force the tree-sitters down, with mixed results. On Peters Mountain, a judge denied an injunction to force the protesters out of the trees.The U.S. Forest Service and pipeline crews have blocked Nutty from receiving food, water, or medical attention. In Facebook posts, Nutty said that she has food and water to continue her stand, while advocates are fighting in courts and media coverage to win the right to re-supply her. In April, three people were arrested after one tried to deliver supplies to Nutty.On Day 42, Nutty wrote, “I have gallons of water stored. I still have a stock of energy bars and some packets of applesauce. This is, comparatively, an extremely mild form of deprivation, and one I’m fortunate my body seems to have adapted well to. Recently a doctor hiked up to check on me, and asked (via megaphone, over the noise of the generator the cops turned on) if I needed any medicine. I don’t; all the medicine I want right now is to hear that rebellion is spreading.”Natalie Cox, a spokeswoman for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, wrote in an email that the company is committed to “responsible construction” of the pipeline. “We respect opponents’ right to peacefully and lawfully protest. At the same time, however, it is important to note that all work for the MVP project has been authorized by federal and state agencies, and the Virginia DEQ has imposed on MVP the most stringent oversight of a natural gas pipeline project in the department’s history,” Cox wrote.The stand-off on Bent Mountain became the focal point for media attention through April and early May chiefly because the two tree-sitting women, Red and Minor Terry, were both charged with trespassing on their own land—albeit in a place to which MVP had been awarded possession by courts. A judge eventually ordered the Terrys to descend, but their two-month vigil won them support not just from environmentalists but also from property rights advocates.Photo: Will solisCan the tree sits stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline? Anti-pipeline activists hold out hope that a judge will intervene in the Mountain Valley Pipeline through one of the half-dozen remaining court cases, or that the Virginia State Water Control Board blocks it by denying permits under the federal Clean Water Act, as New York did in 2016 to successfully block the Constitution Pipeline. Some think the MVP’s parent company, the Pittsburgh-based EQT, might back down under market pressure if the price of gas falls. These are longshots, at least based on previous history.The tree sits and accompanying media coverage, however, have changed the pipeline conversation in Appalachia. Virginia’s state legislature killed every piece of substantial pipeline-related legislation in the opening months of 2018, but since the tree sits began, more state lawmakers have spoken out against the pipelines. This is how political change begins to happen, as elected officials follow the grassroots.The coalition may not ultimately stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline, but a growing number of people are finding common ground over shared concerns for property rights, protection of a clean environment, and the energy future of the nation.The Mountain Valley Pipeline tree sits have energized a new group of activists in Appalachia and changed how people think about natural gas pipelines. And as of this moment, three people still remain stationed in the canopy— two on Peters Mountain (counting Nutty on her monopod) near the A.T. and one in Franklin County. The tree-sitters aren’t done yet.last_img read more

Taking good care of our older members

first_imgThe CFPB recently issued an Advisory regarding elder financial exploitation titled “Advisory for financial institutions on preventing and responding to elder financial exploitation”. This is an area credit unions often struggle with. Is what you are seeing really exploitation? Should you contact someone? Does it violate privacy laws to speak to someone about the issue? It is an area where we are in a perfect position to help out a member and we do want to help, but we aren’t always sure how to go about it. So, any guidance about how to approach this tricky issue is welcome news.First, the CFPB advisory isn’t an interpretation of a law or a rule and is not binding on financial institutions. However, is does contain valuable benchmarks and best practices to help credit unions identify and respond to elder financial exploitation. And the recommendations in the advisory are very common sense ideas. Let’s go through them at a high level:Develop procedures to address this issue that include training and creation of member consent for information sharing with trusted third-parties.Provide training for management and staff to prevent, detect and respond to elder financial exploitation.Use technology such as reports and transaction monitoring software to identify unusual account activity.Report suspected exploitation to appropriate local, state, and/or federal authorities. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

‘Saving Our Children’ to host first annual toy drive Thursday night

first_imgIndividuals can drop off toys for children in need at New Heights Ministries Church at 17 Front St. from 6 to 7 p.m. Founder, Russell Trevino said S.O.C. is “dedicated to providing young people with a positive role model and a healthy mentorship programs focusing on at-risk youth from all backgrounds and beliefs.” BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A local non-profit, “Saving our Children” will host its first annual toy drive Thursday night.last_img

Chesterton crashes £6.5m into the red

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Aegon UK, family business plans add £153m to 2019 bulk annuity activity

first_imgThe Aegon UK Staff Retirement and Death Benefit Scheme has completed its first buy-in, a £144m (€168m) deal with Phoenix Group.The insurance policy covers around a quarter of the uninsured pensioner liabilities, according to a statement.Maurice Brunet, chair of the trustees, said: “This is a key milestone for the scheme being the first buy-in as part of our long-term derisking strategy.“It helps to improve long-term security for all of our members by reducing the scheme’s exposure to future investment and longevity risks.” The trustees were advised by Hymans Robertson and Burness Paull. The transaction takes Phoenix’s year-to-date bulk annuity volumes to nearly £2bn.Separately, the Carter & Parker Limited Staff Retirement Benefits Plan (1975) has struck a £9.3m deal bulk annuity deal with Canada Life, which made the winning bid in an auction process.The pension plan is for the employees of family business Thomas B Ramsden and Co, which is more than 120 years old.K3 Advisory, a specialist independent bulk annuity and consolidator advisory business for the UK pension market, provided advice for what it said was its first bulk annuity transaction with client H&C Consulting Actuaries.Austen Ramsden, managing director of Thomas B Ramsden, said: “The specialist knowledge that K3 was able to provide, alongside the clear direction and diligence from H&C, has allowed us to secure pensioner members’ benefits below the level at which we were funding those liabilities, which I consider to be a real result.”Adam Davis, managing director at K3 Advisory, said: “Historically, small schemes have not had access to the same resources, and therefore solutions, as their larger counterparts making their situations much more challenging.”“This transaction demonstrates the best of what K3 is about, helping a small defined benefit pension scheme to not only access the bulk annuity market, but to drive excellent pricing akin to the level big schemes achieve without compromising on best member outcomes.”2019 has been a record-breaking year for bulk annuity deals in the UK pension market pension liabilities, with some expecting £40bn worth of defined benefit liabilities to end up being insured.last_img read more

John and Joan Hillenbrand Vision Fund grant promotes ‘Little Green Thumbs’

first_imgMaria Voegele, McKenzie Maple, Libby BoedickerBatesville, In. — A $700 grant from the John and Joan Hillenbrand Vision Fund will be used to improve the garden at St. Louis Catholic School. Fifth-grade students lead by Mrs. Emsweller will build three raised-bed gardens to raise vegetables.Santiago Schutte, Riley Schrank, Anna Moore, Greta Rennekamp, and Marc MenesesStudents also created books with information how to grow vegetables and ways to use them in dishes like zucchini bread, chicken pot pie and stuffed peppers.last_img read more

Routledge blow for Swansea

first_img Montero will be available for selection for Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round trip to Sky Bet Championship side Blackburn and midfielder L eon Britton is also in contention for that game after missing the Chelsea defeat with a groin strain. But captain Ashley Williams is set to to miss the trip to Ewood Park after sustaining a shoulder injury against the Premier League leaders. Press Association Swansea winger Wayne Routledge has been ruled out for four weeks with a calf strain.center_img Routledge, who has featured in 19 of the club’s 22 Barclays Premier League fixtures this campaign and scored three times, came off after only 32 minutes of last weekend’s 5-0 home defeat to Chelsea. But there was better news for Swansea manager Garry Monk on Tuesday as Ecuador international Jefferson Montero returned to full training for the first time since sustaining a hamstring injury in the 1-0 victory against Aston Villa on Boxing Day. last_img read more

Tunisia dismiss Zimbabwe 4-2 to reach Afcon quarter-finals … Algeria eliminated

first_imgTUNISIA secured their place in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals as Group B runners-up with an easy win yesterday – 4-2 over bottom team Zimbabwe.Naim Sliti’s deflected shot put Tunisia ahead before Youssef Msakni and Taha Khenissi extended the lead.Knowledge Musona grabbed one back but a Wahbi Khazri penalty restored Tunisia’s three-goal cushion by the break.Tendai Ndoro prodded in a Zimbabwe counter, before Khenissi hit the post in a wasteful second half.The 2004 champions go on to play Burkina Faso in Gabon’s capital Libreville on Saturday.In the Group’s other game, a much-changed Senegal, already qualified as group winners, drew 2-2 with Algeria, who finish third and are eliminated.Senegal, runners-up in 2002, will play Group A runners-up Cameroon in the last eight.Tunisia only needed a draw to progress to the knockout stage following their 2-1 victory over Algeria on Thursday.And they were rarely stretched as Zimbabwe failed to conjure anything like the quality of their opening performance – a surprise 2-2 draw against the Algerians, much-fancied before the tournament started. (BBC Sport)last_img read more