Statement from Vermont Agriculture Secretary Allbee regarding nationwide egg recall

first_imgEnsuring a safe food supply is our top priority here at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. Accordingly, we protect consumers by maintaining aggressive food safety programs on both the retail and farm levels.‘According to FDA reports, the eggs implicated in this nationwide recall were produced in Iowa. We trust those statements to be true, however to err on the side of caution, our staff of food safety inspectors remain on the lookout for recalled eggs at the retail level. To date, none of the recalled eggs have been found in Vermont, nor have any human cases of Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) been reported to the Vermont Department of Health been linked to the recalled eggs.‘As a result of the pro-active work done on Vermont egg farms, coupled with food safety measures taken at the retail level, there have been no human cases of SE related to Vermont produced eggs reported. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is committed to this effort to ensure a safe and wholesome product.’Eggs, like meat, poultry, milk, and other foods, are safe when handled properly. Shell eggs are safest when stored in the refrigerator, individually and thoroughly cooked, and promptly consumed. Eggs should be kept refrigerated until they are used.Cooking reduces the number of bacteria present in an egg; however, an egg with a runny yolk still poses a greater risk than a completely cooked egg. Undercooked egg whites and yolks have been associated with outbreaks of SE infections. Both should be consumed promptly and not be kept warm or at room temperature for more than 2 hours.What are the specific actions I can take to reduce my risk of a SE infection?1. Keep eggs refrigerated.2. Discard cracked or dirty eggs.3. Wash hands, cooking utensils, and food preparation surfaces with soap and water after contact with raw eggs.4. Eggs should be cooked until both the white and the yolk are firm, to a temperature of at least 140 degrees, and eaten promptly after cooking.5. Do not keep eggs warm or at room temperature for more than 2 hours.6. Refrigerate unused or leftover egg-containing foods promptly.7. Avoid eating raw eggs, especially by young children, elderly persons, and persons with weakened immune systems or debilitating illness.For additional information contact: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/SalmonellaEggs/(link is external)Source: Vt DOAlast_img read more

Focus on technology

first_img Here, Press Association Sport’s Damian Spellman takes a look at the way technology has been used to help officials in recent years. VIDEO EVIDENCE Football Association chairman Greg Dyke is to push for trials of video replay technology as the debate over refereeing standards rages on in the wake of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho’s outspoken comments at the weekend. The Football Association has used video evidence for more than 30 years to help enforce the rules of the game. As far back as October 1983, Birmingham’s Noel Blake was banned for head-butting Aston Villa’s Steve McMahon at the end of a tempestuous derby, an incident which had gone unseen by the referee, but was captured by Central TV cameras. The huge increase in television coverage since means the vast majority of incidents are recorded – and disciplinary chiefs can use the footage in a number of ways. While all games are reviewed generally by the FA, a panel comprising former referees Eddie Wolstenholme, Steve Dunn and Alan Wiley rules on incidents not seen at the time by match officials, while other exceptional events can be referred to a regulatory commission. That was the case when Manchester City defender Ben Thatcher was banned for eight games with a further 15 suspended after knocking Portsmouth midfielder Pedro Mendes unconscious with a forearm smash in August 2006. Thatcher had only received a yellow card from referee Dermot Gallagher. RADIO COMMUNICATION FOR OFFICIALS Officials used the system for the first time at the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany with Keith Hackett, head of the Professional Game Match Officials Board, confirming in May of the same year that the technology would be used in the Premier League during the 2006-07 campaign. The system allows the referee, his assistants and the fourth official to stay in touch by way of wireless microphones and ear-pieces to alert each other to potential issues and seek clarification when required. GOAL-LINE TECHNOLOGY The goal decision system was introduced to the Barclays Premier League for the 2013-14 season as a result of Frank Lampard’s goal that never was for England against Germany at the 2010 World Cup finals. The Hawk-Eye technology uses 14 cameras and sends a signal to the referee’s watch and ear-piece within a second indicating if the ball has crossed the line. It was in place for the Community Shield clash between Manchester United and Wigan on August 11, 2013 prior to its introduction for all Premier League games the following weekend. Hawk-Eye was used for the first time at Emirates Stadium on August 17 when referee Anthony Taylor was alerted to the fact that Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph’s shot had not crossed the line after beating Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and coming back off the post before rolling along the line. VANISHING SPRAY The Premier League announced on July 30, 2014 that it was to supply referees with the vanishing spray used successfully by match officials during that summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil. The spray, which allows a referee to mark both the point from which a free-kick is to be taken and the 10 yards into which defenders may not encroach, was used for the first time at the finals by Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura during the hosts’ 3-1 victory over Croatia in Sao Paulo on June 12. Wembley was the first English stadium to witness its use during the Community Shield game between Arsenal and Manchester City on August 10 last year, and its use still raises a cheer from spectators more than six months on. VIDEO REPLAYS The Dutch Football Association (KNVB) is currently trialling video refereeing technology with 34 games having already taken place with an assistant monitoring, although as yet, not in communication with the match officials. A proposal to go live in next season’s KNVB Beker cup competition will be discussed by the International Football Association Board at its AGM in Belfast this weekend. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Baždarević: We are going to Greece for Victory

first_imgCoach of the national team of BiH Mehmed Baždarević spoke about the upcoming match with Greece.When asked whether there is anxiety in the BiH camp, Baždarević said:“To be honest, there is both anxiety and relaxation. I am doing everything I can to ensure that we work well and be peaceful because I know that we will need both peace and anxiety on Sunday night in Greece.”Baždarević said that he watched the preparatory match of Greece last night.“Last night’s match of Greece cannot give us much information because only two or three players who will play on Sunday played last night. We know that we will face a good and determined team. We are ready, and the national team is enthusiastic.”Baždarević added that the aim is to achieve a good result.“The aim is to come back with a good result and I hope we will achieve it. Kolašinac had stomach flu and we separated him from the team so that other players would not get ill as well, but he worked hard with his club. We certainly have the same quality as Greece and with the right attitude towards the match a good result can be achieved,” said Baždarević.(Source: ba.n1info.com)last_img read more

Toronto Maple Leafs’ Zach Hyman returns: What it means from an analytics standpoint

first_imgSo, what do all these numbers mean? Basically, they mean that Tavares and Kapanen are clicking — a CF% of 59.38 and an HDCF% of 50 without Hyman in 136:07 of ice time — and that with him back, the production should only get better, because Hyman connects well with Tavares. According to Natural Stat Trick, in the 56 minutes and 49 seconds that Tavares, Kapanen and Hyman were on the ice together 5v5 last season, they had a CF% of 56.59 and more scoring chances (55.70 percent) than the competition. The question now is whether they can reproduce that. Hyman noted that his linemates did their job, with Kapanen creating space and Tavares being strong on the puck. What the Maple Leafs need, however, is for them to finish.All statistics are from Natural Stat Trick. UNIONDALE, N.Y. — After missing the Toronto Maple Leafs’ first 19 games this season to complete his recovery from a torn ACL, Zach Hyman returned to the lineup Wednesday night, slotted back in his usual spot alongside John Tavares. While he wasn’t on the ice for Tavares’ late goal or assist on new linemate Kasperi Kapanen’s goal, Hyman’s presence was felt throughout the game.”I thought he was great,” Tavares said after the Leafs’ 5-4 loss to the New York Islanders. “I think the intangibles he brings, the work ethic, you could just see. So many things he does well, how much pressure he puts on the opponent, does such a good job of getting on the forecheck and recovering pucks. I thought he was great for me and [Kapanen] that way,” In 17 minutes and 37 seconds of ice time — about 20 seconds longer than his average game last season — Hyman showcased the game for which he is known. He put pressure on the Islanders while recording one shot, one hit and had three attempts blocked. According to Natural Stat Trick, his Corsi for percentage (CF%) was 58.33 at 5v5, with nine scoring chances — four high-danger chances, including one individually — for and seven scoring chances against.”I felt good, felt strong. I didn’t worry about my knee, which is good,” Hyman said postgame. “I thought I just went out there and just tried to play my game, just kind of pick up where I left off six months ago. It’s a long time but I felt good.”MORE: Hockey analytics 101 — Introduction to core conceptsPicking up where he left off is just what the Leafs need. Last season, Hyman netted 21 goals and added 20 assists in 71 games while playing mainly with Tavares and Mitch Marner. Over the course of the season, the trio had a CF% of 53.63 with 512 scoring chances for (SCF), of which 200 were high-danger. Tavares and Marner had the best seasons of their careers, posting career highs with 47 goals and 88 points and 26 goals and 94 points, respectively.”Lot of good success last year and built some good chemistry,” Tavares said prior to Wednesday’s contest. “Want to pick up where we were and continue to get better.””We played together all last year,” Hyman said of Tavares after the game. “He’s a great player to play with, easy to play with and it makes my job easier coming back and playing with a guy like that.”The issue now is that Marner will be out for a few weeks with a high-ankle sprain. Without Marner in 2018-19, Tavares and Hyman combined for a minus-11.11 relative goals for percentage (Rel GF%) at 5v5; when the trio was together, the percentage was 7.75. That’s quite a dropoff. The one positive is that CF% showed an uptick from 53.63 to 57.35, meaning the chances were there for the pair but they just could not finish.As of Wednesday night, Kapanen is now on the other flank. While it was only one game, the trio combined for a CF% of 59.09 at 5v5 with a SCF percentage of 57. Both of those stats placed the line in the top two among the four lines, as did its relative SCF (3.30); they had the best percentage of high-danger chances for (HDCF%), at 57.14.As coach Mike Babcock noted postgame, “they spent a lot of time in the offensive zone.”last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Any sophomore serving at Prom dinner needs to signup by Saturday

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, March 30, 2016:Wednesday•Fashion show at 9 a.m.•Lip Dub at 1 p.m.Thursday•JV golf at Winfield Country Club, 3 p.m.•JV tennis at Circle, 3 p.m.•Baseball at Mulvane, 4 p.m.•Softball at Mulvane, 4:30 p.m.Friday •Track at Clearwater 4 p.m.Today’s lunch — Burrito with sauce, romaine and tomato, sweet corn, pears, tortilla chips and milk.Tuesday’s lunch — Tater Tot Casserole, Tossed Salad with Romaine, Peas, Hot Roll, Chilled Peaches and MilkToday’s News: *Work Ethic Program Participants- You may attend the Fashion Show today as one of your sessions!*Any sophomore interested in serving the Prom dinner on Saturday, April 23rd, please sign up in the office.*Seniors: If you were unable to pick up your Senior Orders, please stop by the counselors office. The order will need to be paid in full before you can pick up your items. At this time no personal checks will be allowed- cash or money orders only. If you are going to pay by credit or debit card you will need to contact Jostens. If you have not ordered your cap , gown, stole and tassel and you want to participate in graduation ceremonies, please go to jostens.com to place your order. You will need to do this as soon as possible.* Senior Girls- Reminder- the PEO Scholarship application is due April 1!*Seniors: The Kansas All-Star scholarship application is now available on their website which is www.ksallstarsholarships.com. Those who qualify will be awarded a $1000 scholarship to be used toward their post-secondary education. Applications will be accepted now through April 15.Guidance news:Wednesday, April 20 – Butler Community Colleges.Today is National…National Little Red Wagon DayNational Doctors DayNational I am in Control DayNational Pencil DayFollow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more