Australia’s largest retail body to strengthen focus on sustainability

Australia’s largest retail body to strengthen focus on sustainability Thursday 22 April 2021The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) today announced the appointment of leading retail sustainability specialist Jason Robertson to the newly created role of Director, Sustainability and Impact, strengthening the ARA’s focus in this key policy area.ARA CEO Paul Zahra said sustainability is one of the greatest challenges we face – both as a community and a sector.“We are pleased to strengthen our resources in this important space working on initiatives that can deliver sustainable outcomes for customers, business and government,” Mr Zahra said.“Jason is one of the country’s most experienced retail sustainability experts and he will work closely with ARA members to advise and advocate for their needs and help deliver positive change for the community and environment.“Retail is already leading the way on so many positive sustainability outcomes. By uniting the sector with one voice and driving collaborative efforts where it makes sense to do so, we hope to take our members’ impact to the next level,” he said.Mr Robertson will lead the development of a sector wide Sustainability and Social Impact Strategy to drive momentum within the space and will also serve as the inaugural Chair of the ARA Sustainability Advisory Committee.Working with retailers, large and small, across sustainability, business improvement and operations, Mr Robertson spent 12 years driving the sustainability agenda at David Jones, including as Head of Social Responsibility and Sustainability. He has also led projects for IAG on responsible sourcing and supply chain governance, and for NBN Co where he led the development of a strategic framework for CSR. Prior to that, he worked with SMBs, owner operators and franchisees in Australia’s dynamic food retail sector.“I’m excited to draw on my past two decades of retail experience to lead efforts across the sector within the sustainability and impact space,” Mr Robertson said.“We have a great foundation to build upon, with 75% of our major members and 50% of our large members with established sustainability programs in place. We want to leverage all that great work and intend to help all our members become more sustainable and to use the collective weight of Australian retailers to drive positive sustainability outcomes across the sector.“We will also look at where the ARA can focus its efforts to improve social impact and environmental outcomes while exploring opportunities that reduce the cost of doing business for our members,” he said. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Ara, Australia, Australian, Australian Retailers Association, cost of doing business, David Jones, environment, Government, NBN, Retail, retail sector, Robertson, social impact, supply chain, sustainability, sustainable read more

Nokia clashes with SES, Intelsat on 3.7GHz

first_img Tags Related Nokia rejected a plan from satellite operators SES and Intelsat to open 100MHz of spectrum between 3.7GHz and 4.2GHz, arguing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should allocate much more bandwidth for mobile 5G use.In October 2017, Intel and Intelsat brought a joint proposal before the FCC which would free up approximately 100MHz of contiguous spectrum for terrestrial 5G operations while maintaining incumbent satellite services. Intelsat updated its proposal with support from SES in February, noting the pair could feasibly have the spectrum ready for mobile operators within 18 to 36 months following an FCC order to do so.But in an ex parte filing, Nokia asserted the proposal falls short of meeting operator needs for mid-band spectrum for 5G. Rather than clearing 100MHz to be split among all operators with geographical restrictions, Nokia said the FCC’s goal should be to “free 80[MHz] to 100MHz of spectrum per operator, nationwide”.“With sufficient bandwidth (far more spectrum than in the current Intel/Intelsat proposal), the 3.7GHz band will be the major driver for nationwide deployment of 5G,” the company added.Nokia isn’t alone in its doubt. In February, T-Mobile US expressed concern the Intelsat/SES proposal could result in “monopoly pricing” for the freed up airwaves and instead pressed the FCC to “establish a band plan and conduct an auction for the majority of the spectrum on a nationwide basis”.The tussle over the 3.7GHz to 4.2GHz band comes as the FCC decides the fate of the neighbouring 3.5GHz band. The latter is currently earmarked as a shared innovation band, but the regulator is considering revising its rules to favour 5G deployments.As T-Mobile pointed out in its February filing, the combination of spectrum in the two bands could potentially enable 650MHz of bandwidth to be used for mid-band networks. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 28 MAR 2018 Diana Goovaerts Previous ArticleFacebook ups privacy settingsNext ArticleSingtel digital business finds growth via acquisition Author Asia center_img Mobile Mix: Buzzing for Barcelona Home Nokia clashes with SES, Intelsat on 3.7GHz Telkomsel turns on 5G in major cities Nokia scores Philippines 5G deal with Dito Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more 3.7-4.2GHz5GFederal Communications Commission (FCC)IntelNokiaSESlast_img read more

New John Hume Foundation launched today

first_img Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty WhatsApp Previous articleRail link to Letterkenny ‘not out of the question’Next articleDoherty critical of DUP following Covid discussions News Highland Pinterest Homepage BannerNews A new John Hume Foundation will be launched today to honour the Nobel Peace Prize winner. The John and Pat Hume Foundation aims to inspire future generations of peacemakers.It will be virtually unveiled with a new website later, dedicated to the Derry politician, who died on August 3rd. Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+center_img Facebook Facebook By News Highland – November 13, 2020 New John Hume Foundation launched today Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Ministers in North to receive Covid hospital update

first_img Google+ Twitter By News Highland – January 12, 2021 Harps come back to win in Waterford RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleDonegal League looking at shortened seasonNext articleMayo backroom members suspended News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Ministers in North to receive Covid hospital update Facebook Twitter Google+center_img WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Northern Ireland Ministers are to receive an update on the situation involving hospitals there – when it meets later. It comes after the First Minister denied suggestions the pressure facing hospitals is a result of restrictions being relaxed for Christmas.Arlene Foster warned that the UK’s NHS will not benefit from falling case numbers for a number of weeks.She also suggested the powersharing executive may have to consider introducing another curfew – if the current lockdown measures fail to suppress the virus sufficiently. WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Homepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 last_img read more

Commission’s tariff plan comes under attack from anti-poverty groups

first_imgPublished on Monday (16 December), the plan would commit the Union to reducing export subsidies by half, import tariffs by 36% and support for goods produced for domestic markets by 55% if such payments have a distorting effect on trade. But the plan’s implementation would be conditional on other developed parts of the world taking similar steps. The reductions would be implemented over a six year period, starting in 2006.Franz Fischler, the EU’s agriculture commissioner, said the blueprint was in line with the agenda for boosting farm trade and stimulating development of poor countries agreed by ministers at the World Trade Organization (WTO) summit in Doha last year.“It is pragmatic but wide-ranging and ambitious,” the Austrian contended. “We go for an approach that does not put the burden of [trade] liberalisation only on others, but leads to a fair burden-sharing among developed countries. All the developed countries have to move. Developing countries need not just rhetoric but real benefits.” While US trade spokesman Richard Mills promised the Bush administration will scrutinise the plan carefully, he added that it “does not embrace fundamental reform in agricultural trade”. Mills called on the Commission to pursue its efforts to overhaul the Common Agricultural Policy in the New Year, so that it will be able to support larger cuts in tariffs and subsidies in the WTO-sponsored talks.Aid agency Oxfam claims the EU’s export subsidies destroy the livelihood of farmers in poor countries by flooding their national markets with cheap produce. “It is absurd that farmers in the world’s poorest countries should have to wait until 2013 for the EU to halve export subsidies,” said Justin Forsyth, Oxfam’s policy director. Under the plan, the EU would eliminate export subsidies for a range of products, including wheat, olive oil and tobacco, provided other WTO members do likewise.last_img read more

Create card carrying members

first_imgCUs that provide credit cards to college students may benefit from a lifetime of Karen BhaliaIssuing credit cards to college students offers a lucrative market opportunity for credit unions—assuming, of course, they follow the letter of the law.While CARD Act regulations certainly had an impact on the way credit card marketers could engage with students, credit unions have long followed a philosophy of people helping people, and this obviously extends to the younger generations.As such, they do well to serve this growing and important market with a much-needed financial product.In the spring of 2012, a Student Monitor Financial Services survey found that 27% of college students had a credit card in their own name, and that 62% had applied for their first credit card before starting college.During that same year, Sallie Mae’s “How America Pays for College” report revealed the percentage of students with credit cards increased from 21% during freshman year to 60% in the senior year. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

ASP Scan (Weekly) for Jan 05, 2018

first_imgOur weekly wrap-up of antimicrobial stewardship & antimicrobial resistance scansDOD awards $16 million to fund development of novel antibioticThe Defense Threat Reduction Agency, a division of the US Department of Defense, has awarded up to $16 million to VenatoRx Pharmaceuticals for discovery and development of a novel, first-in-class antibiotic for biodefense applications.According to a VenatoRx press release, the project derives from the company’s proprietary platform of non-beta-lactam penicillin binding protein inhibitors. Like beta-lactam antibiotics, the molecules block cell wall synthesis by binding to the bacterial penicillin binding proteins, but are designed to be impervious to the beta-lactamase enzymes that prevent beta-lactams from working.”A non-beta-lactam class of antibiotics would circumvent more than 70 years of clinical bacterial resistance and represents a powerful countermeasure for first line treatment of infections caused by potential drug-resistant bacterial bioweapons, including Burkholderia spp., Yersinia pestis, and Francisella tularensis,” Daniel Pevear, PhD, co-founder and senior VP of biology at VenatoRx, said in the press release.In July 2017, VenatoRx received $3.4 million for development of the platform from CARB-X, the Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator.Jan 4 VenatoRx Pharmaceuticals press release Study provides insight into MRSA transmission in the operating roomMethicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is more transmissible in the operating room than methicillin-sensitive S aureus (MSSA), University of Iowa researchers reported yesterday in the American Journal of Infection Control.For the study, which aimed to provide further insight into intraoperative MRSA transmission dynamics by examining the association of MRSA with clonal transmission, the researchers collected 173 S aureus isolates from 274 randomly selected operating room environments at three hospitals over a 1-year period (March 2009-February 2010). They then conducted systematic-phenotypic and multilocus sequence typing analysis to identify clonally related transmission events. Confirmed transmission events were defined as at least two S aureus isolates obtained from more than 2 distinct intraoperative reservoirs sampled within or between cases in a study unit that were epidemiologically and clonally related.The researchers identified 58 clonal transmission events, and approximately 38% of transmitted isolates were methicillin-resistant compared with 18% of non-transmitted isolates. MRSA isolates were associated with increased risk of clonal transmission compared with MSSA isolates (adjusted incidence risk ration [IRR] 1.68; unadjusted IRR 1.85). A typical pathway of intraoperative MRSA transmission involved transmission from patient reservoir skin sites to provider hand and environmental surfaces within and between cases.The authors say the study suggests that a multimodal infection control program including improvements in hand hygiene, patient decolonization, and environmental cleaning is indicated for maximal reservoir control.Jan 4 Am J Infect Control study Real-time C diff notification reduces time to effective therapy, study findsOriginally published by CIDRAP News Jan 4Implementation of a real-time notification system to alert a pharmacist-led antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in patients reduced the time to effective antimicrobial therapy, a team of pharmacists reported yesterday in the American Journal of Infection Control.The single-center, retrospective cohort study was conducted at a 433-bed tertiary medical center in Lexington, Kentucky, and consisted of two arms: patients treated for CDI prior to implementation of a real-time notification system for CDI, and those treated post-implementation. The system notified the pharmacist-led ASP team via a secure listserv when toxigenic strains of C difficile were detected in the microbiologic laboratory. The pharmacists then notified the patient’s healthcare provider to ensure that effective antimicrobial therapy and contact precautions were initiated.The primary outcome of the study was time to initiation of effective antimicrobial therapy. Secondary outcomes included time to enter an order of effective antimicrobial therapy in the electronic medical record and time to initiate contact precautions.The total number of patients in the study was 66: 44 in the pre-implementation cohort and 22 in the post-implementation cohort. Comparison of the two study arms showed that the median time from CDI detection to initiation of effective antimicrobial therapy fell from 5.75 hours in the pre-implementation patients to 2.05 hours post-implementation. The notification system also resulted in a shorter time from CDI detection to order entry of effective antimicrobial therapy—0.6 hours compared with 3 hours. In addition, median time to contact precautions dropped from 4.8 hours to 9 minutes.The authors of the study say further research is needed to investigate the clinical impact of these outcomes on hospital length-of-stay, mortality, incidence of CDI, and total costs.Jan 3 Am J Infect Control abstract Concerns raised about fluoroquinolone use in New ZealandOriginally published by CIDRAP News Jan 3Scientists in New Zealand are calling for tighter restrictions on the use of fluoroquinolones, according to reporting by the New Zealand Herald.New Zealand’s Pharmaceutical Management Agency, known as Pharmac, has a list of approved conditions that fluoroquinolones should be used for, but the paper reports that documents obtained from each of the country’s 20 District Health Boards reveal that in several hospitals, the drugs have been given to patients with conditions other than those specified by Pharmac. In addition, prescriptions for fluoroquinolone eye drops, which are recommended for cornea infections and sometimes used to treat middle ear infections, have increased by more than 300%.In May 2017, according to the paper, an infectious disease physician and a pharmacist wrote a letter to Pharmac asking the agency for a change in classification that would require physicians to get approval from an infectious disease specialist or microbiologist before using ciprofloxacin. In their letter, they cited the fact that ciprofloxacin use had increased significantly in New Zealand from 2006 to 2014, and during that time resistance to the drug had likewise increased. Pharmac has not yet announced any plans to restrict use of the drug.Microbiologists are also concerned about potential side effects, such as nerve damage and tendon ruptures. The Herald reports that the New Zealand Centre for Adverse Reaction Monitoring has received 445 reports of suspected negative reactions to fluoroquinolones since 2007, including 64 cases of tendonitis and 24 tendon ruptures.According to the Best Practice Advocacy Centre for New Zealand, a non-profit that advocates for best practices in healthcare treatments, ciprofloxacin should be reserved for use in acute pyelonephritis, traveler’s diarrhea, gonorrhea, severe foodborne disease caused by Campylobacter or Salmonella, bone and joint infections, and invasive Pseudomonas infections—but only when no other options are available.Jan 3 New Zealand Herald story FDA to fast-track new drug application for plazomicinOriginally published by CIDRAP News Jan 3Biopharmaceutical company Achaogen yesterday announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will review the company’s New Drug Application (NDA) for plazomicin, an antibiotic for the treatment of complicated urinary tract infections (cUTIs) and bloodstream infections caused by multidrug-resistant (MDR) gram-negative pathogens.According to a company press release, the FDA has given the drug Priority Review designation, a fast-tract review awarded to drugs that would be a significant improvement over current therapy or provide a treatment where none currently exists. The FDA has set a target action date of Jun 25.Plazomicin was developed to treat serious bacterial infections caused by MDR pathogens, including extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing and carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and has been evaluated in two phase 3 clinical trials, EPIC and CARE. In the EPIC trial, plazomicin met the objective of non-inferiority compared with meropenem in patients with cUTI and acute pyelonephritis. In the CARE trial, patients with serious CRE infections receiving plazomicin had a lower rate of mortality and serious disease-related complications compared with those given colistin. The drug was well-tolerated in both trials.”The number of confirmed cases of CRE annually in the U.S. is at least 70,000, and is projected to double by 2022,” Blake Wise, Achaogen’s Chief Executive Officer, said in the press release. “We are excited about plazomicin’s potential to address certain multi-drug resistant gram-negative infections and feel that plazomicin would be a valuable new treatment option for patients with serious bacterial infections, including those due to CRE and ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae.”Jan 2 Achaogen press releaseDec 12, 2016, Achaogen press release on phase 3 results Experts issue call for action on antimicrobial resistance in ICU patientsOriginally published by CIDRAP News Jan 2Intensive care and infectious disease experts from the Antimicrobial Resistance in Critical Care (ANTARCTICA) coalition have released a statement in Intensive Care Medicine calling for increased awareness and action to reduce antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in intensive care units (ICUs).The statement comes out of discussions held at a 2016 meeting in Milan on AMR in the ICU organized by the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, and the World Alliance Against Antimicrobial Resistance. Recognizing that ICU patients are particularly at risk of acquiring AMR infections, that action is urgently required, and that multiple aspects of the problem need to be covered, the members of the coalition released a set of recommendations for investigating AMR in critically ill patients and developing guidance for treating these patients, along with priorities for improved management of MDR infections in different domains.Recommendations from the coalition include committing to making AMR a priority in guideline development and research activities, documenting the global prevalence of gram-negative AMR infection and colonization, developing clinical guidance on specific topics such as antibiotic dosing and duration in the ICU and optimization of empiric treatment, collecting data on treatment and outcomes for extensively- and pan-drug-resistant infections, and assembling a consortium for collaborative research on AMR in the ICU.Priorities were categorized into four domains (risk stratification, diagnosis, therapy, and prevention) and include identifying MDR pathogen-specific risk factors, developing tools for early diagnosis of sepsis and rapid identification of pathogens and resistance patterns, elucidating the role of combination therapy in MDR infections, and defining optimal use of barrier precautions.The coalition also proposed a number of immediate interventions that can be taken to reduce AMR in the ICU, including enforcing infection control practices, developing an antimicrobial stewardship team, applying smart antibiotic dosing, and reviewing antibiotics daily.Dec 29 Intensive Care Med paper New candidate for multidrug-resistant UTIs shows promise in human trialOriginally published by CIDRAP News Jan 2Biopharmaceutical company Achaogen today announced positive top-line results from a phase 1 clinical trial of C-Scape, an oral antibacterial candidate being developed for treatment of MDR gram-negative infections.C-Scape is a combination of two previously approved drugs, the third-generation cephalosporin ceftibuten and the beta-lactamase inhibitor clavulanate. Achaogen is developing the combination therapy as a potential oral treatment for patients who have cUTIs caused by ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae, which are often resistant to currently available oral antibiotics and require intravenous carbapenem therapy. In preliminary non-clinical studies, C-Scape showed potent in vitro activity against ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae and rapid bactericidal activity.The phase 1 trial was a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, parallel group study to assess the safety, tolerability, and clinical pharmacology of C-Scape in 41 healthy subjects. According to a company press release, the results showed that the combination of ceftibuten and clavulanate was well tolerated when administered for 14 days and did not demonstrate any drug-drug interactions or serious side effects. The most commonly reported adverse events included vascular access site bruising, headache, diarrhea, gastroenteritis, and nausea.”The positive top-line results from this first-in-human clinical trial for C-Scape are supportive of further evaluation and we continue to plan for Phase 3 in 2018,” Kenneth Hillan, MBChB, Achaogen’s president of research and development, said in the press release.In January 2017 the FDA awarded C-Scape Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP) status for the treatment of cUTI. The QIDP designation, created to provide incentives for new antibiotic treatments, includes priority review and an additional 5 years of marketing exclusivity.Jan 2 Achaogen press releaselast_img read more

FDA issues final report on E coli in Arizona-grown romaine

first_imgAn environmental investigation in an Arizona romaine-growing area near Yuma that was linked to a large Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak earlier this year confirmed the outbreak strain in samples of irrigation canal water, which probably contaminated the lettuce.The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday released a report that detailed findings from federal and Arizona officials who visited the area several times over the summer. The event marked the nation’s largest E coli outbreak since 2006, with reports of 210 illnesses from 36 states. Ninety-six patients were hospitalized, 27 had hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a potentially fatal kidney complication, and five people died.FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, said in a statement yesterday that the agency is committed to taking steps to prevent similar outbreaks in the future and improve the safety of leafy greens. “Since the next romaine growing season for the Yuma region is underway, it’s critical for all of us to understand what happened so we can identify the changes that can prevent future outbreaks and reduce the scope of any problems that could arise,” he said.Water contamination source still a mysteryThe investigation team, led by the FDA, visited the Yuma growing area several times from June through August and collected numerous environmental samples. However, the only ones that tested positive for the outbreak strain were collected in early June from a 3.5-mile stretch of an irrigation canal near Wellton in Yuma County that delivers water to farms. The growing season had ended weeks before the probe, so no leafy greens samples could be tested.Besides testing irrigation water, the team visited farms to look at other possible factors, including soil amendments, growing and harvesting practices, animal intrusion, adjacent land use, and employee health and hygiene practices. They also examined potential contamination sources at manufacturing and processing operations.Despite extensive environmental sampling, only the three irrigation water samples were positive. There was a large concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) adjacent to the stretch of canal where water tested positive, but investigators didn’t find an obvious route for contamination, and a limited number of samples from the operation didn’t yield the outbreak strain.The team wasn’t able to determine how the water may have contaminated the lettuce, though they said possibilities include direct application of irrigation water or use of the water to dilute chemicals applied to crops during aerial and land-based spraying. They also said they couldn’t rule out other possible contamination sources that didn’t turn up during the investigation.Recommendations for growers and processorsAlong with its investigation report, the FDA included a list of recommendations for leafy-greens producers, including assuring that agricultural water is safe for its intended use and assessing potential direct or indirect contamination risks near growing fields.Officials also urged government and nongovernmental groups, including those in Imperial and Yuma counties, to explore other possible sources or routes of contamination. “This information is critical to developing and implementing short- and long-term remediation measures to reduce the potential for another outbreak associated with leafy greens or other fresh produce commodities,” the authors wrote.Consumer group raises concerns about produce rule delaysIn a statement yesterday on the FDA’s report, Sarah Sorscher, JD, MPH, regulatory affairs director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), said the findings regarding contaminated irrigation water underscore a need for the FDA to fully implement the produce safety rule issued as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act.She noted that in September 2017 the FDA announced plans to delay water testing and other requirements under the produce safety rule while considering ways to reduce regulations or increase flexibility. The CSPI opposed delaying the rule, which requires farmers to test water to identify high levels of fecal contamination and institute measures to prevent tainted water from being used on produce.Sorscher said it’s not clear from the report if affected farms were already testing water, as some produce industry members have agreed to do voluntarily.The CSPI also raised concerns about the report’s finding that a lack of clear recordkeeping was a hurdle in the probe. “Yet the agency has delayed implementing FSMA’s requirements for enhanced recordkeeping. CSPI has previously urged the agency to move forward with these requirements to help ensure faster traceback during outbreaks of foodborne illness,” she said.See also:Nov 1 FDA statementNov 1 FDA environmental assessmentNov 1 CSPI statementlast_img read more

The Walking Dead 10×10 Stalker recap

first_imgOn the latest episode of The Walking Dead, Alexandria came under threat.If you’re not up to date with The Walking Dead and like to avoid spoilers we suggest you don’t read any further.The episode opened up with Beta (Ryan Hurst) walking to an RV in an otherwise empty field. He was on a mission for Alpha (Samantha Morton) to find Gamma (Thora Birch) and bring her home for punishment. Inside the RV, two Whisperers were sat awaiting his arrival. As he entered they moved a seat and opened a trapdoor. Beta jumped down to a secret tunnel below.Credit: Bob Mahoney/AMCMeanwhile, at Alexandria, Rosita (Christian Serratos) was still struggling with anxiety after Siddiq’s death and having nightmares that the Whisperers would come and kill her baby. Gamma arrived at Alexandria and found herself outnumbered. She explained that she was there to help and told of how Alpha had lured their friends to a cave where the horde was waiting. She didn’t know if their friends were alive or had escaped. Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) wasn’t sure to believe her and Rosita punched her out cold. They stashed her in the prison cell while they decided what to do.Speaking to Gamma, they decided she wasn’t telling the full truth. She’d asked about the baby, who was her nephew. Eventually she admitted to killing her sister to please Alpha. She shed some tears as she explained and this convinced Gabriel she was finally telling the truth.Meeting with the council, Gabriel went into a rage. He wanted to torture the Whisperers, taking their fingers and teeth. Gamma/Mary gave them details on the location of the cave and explained that Whisperers would be guarding the entrances. Before they left, they received a distress call from one of the radio towers saying another herd was on its way. Gabriel left with a group, leaving Rosita and Laura (Lindsley Register) behind with a skeleton crew to guard the gate.Credit: Bob Mahoney/AMCThe call was a diversion set by Beta so he could launch a stealth attack on Alexandria. After killing those at the tower, he gained entry to Alexandria through a tunnel and climbed to the surface via Dante’s grave. Once inside the walls he made his way between houses and killed the occupants. He then waited for them to turn before letting them outside.While the few people on guard fought the newly created walkers, Beta gained access to where Gamma was being held and unlocked the cell door. He asked her to come to him and said Alpha wanted her back. She refused and said Alpha just wanted her in pain and defiantly said she was not afraid of Beta. Laura walked in and held a weapon to Beta’s throat while telling Gamma to get help. She ran outside to raise the alarm and Beta knocked Laura out. Judith (Cailey Fleming) heard Gamma calling for help and let her inside her house. Beta came outside and went in after them. Inside was quiet so he crept around trying to find them. As he tried the last door, Judith fired a bullet from her father’s gun which knocked Beta to the floor. Judith and RJ (Anthony Azor) ran to safety but Beta wasn’t dead and he grabbed Gamma.Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMCRosita entered and overcame her anxiety to fight Beta. Gamma managed to put a stop to things by threatening to cut her own throat. Alpha wouldn’t have liked that so Beta left with her. As they walked away from Alexandria, Gabriel and his group jumped them and Beta ran way. Gamma told him what had happened and he believed her. After returning to Alexandria, Rosita left for Hilltop with Gamma and a few others. Elsewhere in the episode, Daryl (Norman Reedus) was trying to gain access to the mine to see if Connie (Lauren Ridloff) and Magna (Nadia Hilker) had survived the collapse. He was picking off Whisperers until he found the entrance and saw Alpha leading walkers back outside.He followed her to a creek and took out the other Whisperers before making a move on Alpha. He managed to injure her and she cut his head which bled into his eyes. It made it near impossible to see and he only just managed to fight off a group of walkers before turning back on Alpha. He had her pinned to the floor but she stabbed him through the thigh. Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMCHe managed to escape to a nearby gas station and Alpha tracked him by following his blood. The pair of them were both in a bad way. Daryl took shelter inside and looked for a weapon. Alpha sat in the doorway and banged her shotgun to attract nearby walkers. They attacked Daryl and he had another near miss and only survived by pulling the knife out of his leg to kill the last walker. Doing so caused him to lose a lot of blood and he began to lose consciousness.Alpha also passed out after trying to get to Daryl. She awoke to find Lydia (Cassady McClincy) stood over her. Alpha was delirious and even passed Lydia a knife to kill her. Lydia couldn’t do it and left with Daryl. When Alpha awoke she found a message carved into a nearby surface that read: “Your way is not the only way.”At the end of the episode, Alpha was found by some fellow Whisperers. She seemed to be thriving on the pain and declared she was “stronger than ever” and the “end of the world”.Can’t wait for the next episode? Read our preview of The Walking Dead – 10×11 Morning Star.The Walking Dead season 10 episodes air Sundays at 9/8c on AMC in the US and Mondays at 9pm in the UK on FOX.last_img read more

New technology aids players preparing for combine

first_imgIn this Feb. 16, 2015, photo a college football player runs near a large screen displaying data from monitors attached to each player at TEST Parisi Football Academy in Martinsville, N.J. Players are training at the facility for the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis this week. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)MARTINSVILLE, N.J. (AP) — The big-screen television hanging on the wall at TEST Football Academy has various colors, numbers and other data flashing across the screen, all vital information for the trainers preparing a group of college players for this week’s NFL combine.Science and technology have become a big part of sports in recent years.One of the latest examples is a heart-rate monitor that TEST Sports Club trainers use to take tracking workouts to another level.“It’s remarkable,” said Kevin Dunn, the CEO and owner. “This shows the actual work. Science shows the end result. It tracks every minute of every workout in the facility.”Players wear a strap around their chest and the plastic monitor picks up the impulses from the heart. It measures heart rate, performance percentage, calories burned and more.As a player’s heart rate goes up, the corresponding color tile on the screen changes from yellow to blue to red or whatever. All the information is stored and sent to trainers and the individual athletes.“We set goals each day based on how long workouts are, how intense workouts are and we can pinpoint if we need to back down on volume of their workout if they’re overworked or sleep deprived,” Dunn said.“We used to guestimate how many calories they were burning. Now I can run a report on my laptop and list these guys and it will tell me everything.”Four of the 22 players who worked out with Dunn and director Geir Gudmundsen at TEST are in Indianapolis this week. They are: wide receiver Justin Hardy (East Carolina) and offensive linemen Austin Shepherd (Alabama), Laurence Gibson (Virginia Tech) and Mark Glowinski (West Virginia). Other players are preparing for their pro day.NFL organizations put varying emphasis on a player’s combine results depending on a team’s draft philosophy and needs. For some players, combine performance is a deal breaker. For others, it opens up new opportunities.“The heart monitor definitely helps me out just by looking at the number of calories I burn so I know how much I have to take in to maintain my weight,” said Hardy, a walk-on who set the career catches record for bowl subdivision history.LSU fullback Connor Neighbors wasn’t sure what to expect when he first wore a heart monitor.“I just assumed it monitored your heart rate, but it helps with everything from recovery to diet to how hard you’re working and that alone sets the schedule for when you rest,” Neighbors said.Joe Flacco, Patrick Peterson, Demario Davis and other NFL stars have also trained at TEST. Last year, LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger spent several weeks here following reconstructive left knee surgery.Trainers helped Mettenberger return to the field for his pro day just four months after repairing his ACL. Mettenberger was drafted by Tennessee in the sixth round and started six games.“We called him Wolverine because of how fast he recovered,” Dunn said. “He was in here every day at 7:30 a.m. and worked hard till 5 p.m.”Players at the combine are tested for six measurable drills, including the 40-yard dash, bench press, broad jump, vertical jump, shuttle run and three-cone drill. If they don’t prepare, they’ll be at a disadvantage.Athletes at TEST train six days per week for six to eight weeks to be ready for their most important job interview. They focus on improving measurables and practice positional drills.While heart-rate monitors are new to TEST this year, other technological advances have helped along the way.The Coach’s Eye video app takes high-definition pictures and allows trainers to watch in slow motion and break it down frame by frame.“It’s such an incredible coaching tool, especially having it on the field because immediate feedback is much more effective, especially visually,” Dunn said. “You can do a rep, see what it feels like and then watch it because what might feel right isn’t actually right.“Combine training is all predetermined drills so it’s literally doing the same steps. It’s the first time they’re doing something predetermined because football is so chaotic and random.“But 40 yards here is the same as 40 yards in Indy and 40 yards on their pro day. The Coach’s Eye app helps us teach the guys exactly what to do and when and not just by telling them, but letting them feel it and seeing what it looks like.”___AP NFL websites: and Rob Maaddi on Twitter: read more