By Cat HolmesUniversity of Georgia Preventing seafood safety hazards has long been a priority for University of Georgia food scientist Yao-Wen Huang. But since 9/11, his focus has been on food security as well as food safety.”Terrorists may cause chaos and confusion by adding toxic substances intentionally to food,” said Huang. He has taught the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point system to seafood industry personnel and government regulatory agencies since 1998.”Because of this risk, more steps have been added to the process of documentation and traceability,” Huang said. “We don’t want anyone using food as a vehicle for terrorism.”Post 9/11“The tragic events of September 11 certainly have highlighted the importance of maintaining and improving [the food safety infrastructure] and of adapting it to new food safety threats as they arise,” said Elsa Murano, U.S. Under Secretary for Food Safety, in remarks given in 2002. “Intentional harm to our food supply is a unique situation, one that we never envisioned would take center stage in our country.“Yet whether intentional or unintentional, threats to the safety of our food supply can only be addressed by a strong infrastructure, with systems in place to prevent contamination and address hazards.”New threats have necessitated new measures.HCAAP has been an ideal system to prevent major outbreaks and has been closely tied to new anti-terrorism measures to ensure food safety, Huang said. Since systems have already been in place for pathogens, biosecurity measures have boosted tracking and transportation safety measures.“People coming to seafood plants must be checked,” Huang said. “Distribution trucks and other forms of transportation must have safeguards.“All domestic and foreign food manufacturers that have interstate trade activities in the U.S. must register with the FDA. And other countries must give prior notice that products are coming to the [U.S.]. There’s no pulling up in Savannah and calling to say ‘We have a product here.’”Pre-9/11Before September 11, 2001 the purpose of HACCP was to reduce levels of food-borne pathogens like Salmonella to protect consumers, in itself a serious mission.Six years ago, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration passed new regulations designed to increase the margin of safety and reduce the incidence of food-borne illness, it marked a big change in the way the U.S. government inspects food.”Before 1998, the burden to inspect and protect was on the government,” Huang said. “Food processors had to take responsibility for the safety of their products. HACCP made the government and food processors partners in food safety.” HACCP uses a systems approach to food safety. Under it, potential food safety hazards are identified and evaluated. Then necessary controls are put into place to prevent those hazards from occurring or to keep them within acceptable limits.”We look at the whole system to find which steps we can take to control outbreaks of food-borne illness,” Huang said.Typical hazardsThere are three kinds of hazards HACCP addresses: chemical, biological and physical. An example of a chemical hazard is sodium bisulfite, used as a preservative for iced but not frozen shrimp. Since some people are allergic to sodium bisulfite, the HACCP methods determined that shrimp suppliers must supply a letter certifying whether or not bisulfites were used. Then the final product must be labeled to show whether the shrimp contain sodium bisulfites.Bio-hazards are pathogens. HACCP determines the point at which pathogens can be eliminated or reduced. Food must be cooked to the right temperature to destroy listeria, which is sometimes found in shellfish. It can be very dangerous if the food isn’t cooked to the right temperature or long enough.Physical hazards include particles of metal, glass or wood that might be unintentionally dropped into the final product.
By Dialogo May 10, 2012 An Argentine man and a Brazilian woman have been arrested in northeastern Venezuela for alleged links to the trafficking of more than 200 kilograms of cocaine, the Public Prosecutor’s Office announced on May 8, adding that the two have been charged with transporting drugs. “The Public Prosecutor’s Office has obtained the detention of Ricardo Omar Arriaga, of Argentine nationality, and Islandia Gómez, of Brazilian nationality, arrested on May 4 for alleged links to the trafficking of 211 kilos of cocaine hydrochloride on a sailboat” on Margarita Island, the agency indicated in a press release. The two are being held in a jail in the region, according to the statement. The Brazilian-flagged sailboat on which the drugs were found has also been seized as part of the investigation.
By Julieta Pelcastre / Diálogo October 09, 2019 Cooperation efforts between Honduras and the United States enabled the blows dealt to transnational crime.“Besides the drugs seized, several operations helped seize weapons, narco-labs, airstrips, coca crops, and cash that criminal organizations use to fund their illicit businesses,” Honduran Naval Force Captain José Domingo Meza, director of the Armed Forces Public Affairs, told Diálogo. “In addition, we disrupted 39 criminal gangs that engaged in narcotrafficking, murder, theft, and extortion.”One of the operations took place on August 15. After Honduran, U.S., and Colombian intelligence units shared information, Honduran authorities intercepted the Flamingo III vessel in Gracias a Dios department, carrying 1322 pounds of cocaine worth $24 million. Authorities also captured eight alleged criminals on board.According to Capt. Meza, those achievements were possible due to continuous preparation and rigorous training of new military skills, human rights instruction, equipment donations, and joint training exercises provided by partner nations such as the United States and Colombia, in addition to tougher laws and sentences, and an increase in social programs in country.“Honduran judiciary officials, agencies, U.S. forces and all of us who are countering this scourge are making a tangible effort,” Honduran Army General Manuel Aguilera, commander of the Public Order Military Police, told the press.“We carry out maritime patrols, air monitoring surveillance, and ongoing land patrols, especially in the country’s coastal zones where there are cleared areas to open up narcotrafficking routes,” said Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández.On September 13, the United States and Honduras agreed to strengthen information exchanges and law enforcement in border security operations, the Honduran government said. Honduran service members carry out ongoing land patrols, as part of the security strategy to neutralize transnational organized crime. (Photo: Honduran Secretary of National Defense)
Credit union leaders will be in Washington, D.C. in just a few weeks to tell their story of the daunting challenges they face as more and more regulation makes it harder and harder to stay in business. Too many are forced to consider merging with other credit unions as the cost and complexity of complying with regulatory schemes overwhelms their ability to provide service to members – regulatory schemes put in place to deal with the financial crisis that credit unions played no part in creating.Member-owned, not-for-profit, community-based credit unions have been there for their members in good times and bad. That’s just one reason more than 102 million Americans choose credit unions as their best financial partner. When the financial crisis threatened the economy and the financial livelihood of many Americans, credit unions were a safe harbor for consumers and small businesses who could not access credit elsewhere. The facts are not in dispute – during the financial crisis, banks withdrew access to credit to small businesses and credit unions kept lending.The problem is that in many cases regulators are applying one-size-fits-all regulation on depository institutions; and, when there are exceptions or exemptions provided in rulemaking, they are too narrow to be effective. Since the beginning of the financial crisis, credit unions have been subjected to more than 190 regulatory changes from nearly three dozen Federal agencies despite the fact that credit unions in no way contributed to the financial crisis. This number doesn’t even take into account regulatory changes that come from state regulators. Every time a rule is changed – even when it’s changed in an effort to reduce regulatory burden – credit unions, and by extension their members, incur costs. They must take the time to understand the new requirement, modify their compliance processes, train staff, and so much more. Even simple changes in regulation cost credit unions thousands of dollars and many hours: time and resources that could be more appropriately spent on serving the needs of credit union members.Regulatory changes present a particularly difficult challenge for small credit unions because the fixed costs of compliance are proportionately higher for smaller-sized credit unions than for large banks. This is one of the primary reasons that Main Street financial institutions are disappearing at an alarming rate. The number of credit unions has been halved in the last 20 years – from more than 12,500 in 1995 to just more than 6,000 today.This is exactly why Congress needs to address the crisis of regulatory burden.If the pace of this this crisis of creeping complexity isn’t reversed , the trend of consolidation will continue; consumers will have fewer options in the financial marketplace; and the cost of accessing mainstream financial services will increase. This outcome should be unacceptable. Congress can do something about it.We’re encouraged Congress is taking a good look at these issues. The Senate Banking Committee held two hearings recently on regulatory relief for community banks and credit unions. The first occurred with Federal banking regulators and a state banking regulator while the second, featured representatives from the depository institution sector, including CUNA.It is significant that the first hearings the committee held were focused on regulatory relief for community banks and credit unions. We want to work with the Congress to remove regulatory barriers. If these barriers are removed, the impact that credit unions have on the financial lives of their members will be that much more significant and the economic contribution credit unions and their members make will be that much greater. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jim Nussle Jim Nussle was named president and CEO of the Credit Union National Association in September 2014. Nussle, is a former eight-term congressman and director of the White House Office of … Web: www.cuna.org Details
If you notice symptoms of coronavirus infection in a hotel visitor, the following applies:The health manager of the hotel or other employee should immediately contact the competent epidemiologist (according to the county) to report the suspicious case and receive instructions on the necessary procedures.If the hotel has a doctor in charge, inform the doctor in charge immediatelyAdvise suspected persons to stay in a room with the door closed; she needs to be offered a surgical mask and tissueAdvise hotel staff not to enter a room where a person is suspected of having an infectionIf there is a need for contact with a guest, only one person should be designated to deal with that guest using a protective medical mask and gloves and maintaining a distance of at least one meter from the patient, preferably two meters. Masks, gloves and similar protective equipment should be sealed in plastic bags immediately after use and placed in a rubbish bin with a lid provided for infectious waste and should not be reused. After throwing protective equipment in the waste bin, employees should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Follow the instructions for use provided by the manufacturer of the productAvoid contact with eyes and skin and keep out of reach of childrenDo not mix different cleaning agents and ventilate the rooms where the cleaning agent is usedTo disinfect contaminated surfaces or materials, avoid the use of sprays, study the contact time and allow the product to work according to the manufacturer’s instructions. It is important to ensure an adequate and properly functioning ventilation system throughout the hotel. The availability of running water and soap in order to comply with basic hygiene standards must be ensured. Ensure that appropriate supplies are available at the hotel to prevent infections: Tourists, as long as they do not show symptoms, do not pose a risk. The procedures are the same as in the period of seasonal flu. Disinfection of common areas, rooms and toilets should be intensified, and a notice should be posted on the hotel’s preparedness for symptoms in guests, asking them to contact the hotel staff in case of doubt, who will: Individuals with symptoms of respiratory disease should be encouraged to wear masks to limit the spread of the disease. However, the use of the mask itself does not provide an adequate level of protection and other equally relevant measures should be taken (such as maintaining hand hygiene, keeping a distance of at least one meter, and preferably two meters from other guests and staff). If masks are used, adequate wearing, removal and disposal procedures and hand hygiene measures should be followed after removal of protection. 1. Disinfection is performed with a registered disinfectant that acts on viruses according to the manufacturer’s instructions2. Alternatively, 0,05% sodium hypochlorite (5% bleach used in households diluted 1: 100) or 70% ethyl alcohol for sensitive surfaces may be used. With such notifications, both employees and guests will feel safer. Informing staff and providing protective material contribute to organized and peaceful procedures, thus preventing situations of spreading panic. Proper planning, along with effective prevention and information, will ensure the health of visitors and staff, but also the proper functioning of the facility. sapunwater or alcohol solution for hand disinfectionthermometerspaper tissuessurgical masksdisposable glovestrash bagssurface disinfectants Croatian citizens and foreigners who come to Croatia from areas affected by the epidemic and stay for a long time will be subjected to health surveillance with self-isolation at home. People who come to Croatia for tourism or business for a short stay cannot be subjected to health supervision that requires self-isolation, and their movement will not be restricted until they have symptoms of the disease. Foreign persons (tourists and business people who are in Croatia for a few days) do not need to restrict movement within Croatia and to further destinations. They will be obliged to call the competent epidemiologist by health (the appearance of symptoms), and after 14 days of supervision by an epidemiologist. In the event of the first symptoms of respiratory disease, they should remain in contact with other passengers / colleagues and call a competent epidemiologist. The World Health Organization still does not recommend restrictions on the international movement of people and goods. REPORTING AND COMMUNICATION WITH EMPLOYEES Cleaning instructions: 1. Follow the instructions for use provided by the manufacturer of the product2. Avoid contact with eyes and skin and keep out of reach of children3. Do not mix different cleaning agents and ventilate the rooms where the cleaning agent is used4. To disinfect contaminated surfaces or materials, avoid the use of sprays, study the contact time and allow the product to work according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Selection of disinfectants: YES – IF PERSON HAS SYMPTOMS OF RESPIRATORY INFECTION It is important to implement and respect general measures to prevent the transmission of infections in all facilities in the hotel and tourism sector. All employees can be protected by following general measures to prevent the transmission of infections. When using cleaning agents, it is important to: Personal protective equipment • Put on a mask and gloves before cleaning. Avoid touching your face and eyes while cleaning.• Keep windows open to ventilate the room and / or turn on ventilation.• Clean under a neutral detergent and then disinfect.• Clean toilets, including the toilet bowl and all accessible surfaces in the toilet with a neutral detergent and then disinfect.• Do not use the spray pack to apply the disinfectant as splashes may occur which can further spread the virus. • Remove bedding, pillows, blankets and other fabrics and wash them. Use a washing machine (program at a temperature of at least 60 ° C) and laundry detergent for washing.• After cleaning the cloth, wash it at a temperature of at least 60 ° C.• Take off your gloves and mask and put them in a plastic bag, then wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds.• All waste generated during cleaning should be disposed of in waste bins as soon as possible.• Take a shower and change your clothes immediately after cleaning.• Leave the window open and / or ventilated on to ventilate the room thoroughly. PROCEDURE FOR WASHING AND CLEANING A HOTEL ROOM IN THE EVENT THAT A PERSON WHO IS SUSPECTED OR CONFIRMED TO BE INFECTED WITH CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) We make recommendations of the Croatian Institute of Public Health regarding procedures and protection measures in hotels (hotel industry) / tourism sector. Put on a mask and gloves before you start cleaning. Avoid touching your face and eyes while cleaning.Keep windows open to ventilate the area and / or turn on ventilation.Clean under a neutral detergent and then disinfect.Clean and disinfect all potentially contaminated surfaces: door handles, telephones, hallway handles and stairwells.Clean the toilets, including the toilet bowl and all available surfaces in the toilet with detergent, and then disinfect.Do not use the spray pack to apply the disinfectant as splashes may occur which may further spread the virus.Remove bedding, pillows, blankets and other fabrics and wash them. Use a washing machine (60 – 90 ° C) and laundry detergent for washing. If it is not possible to wash in the washing machine, you can use steam cleaning.After cleaning, wash the cloth at 90 ° C.Take off your gloves and mask and put them in a plastic bag, then wash your hands with soap and water.All waste generated during cleaning should be disposed of in waste bins as soon as possible.Take a shower and change your clothes immediately after cleaning.Leave the window open and / or ventilated on to ventilate the room thoroughly. PROCEDURE IN CASE OF SUSPECTION OF NEW CORONAVIRUS INFECTION HEALTH SURVEILLANCE INFORMATION On February 3, 2020, Croatia introduced health surveillance over Fr.rooms coming from the areas affected by the epidemic, which have been in the affected area for 14 days. Health surveillance is a measure that applies to healthy people who have been at risk of infection. Health surveillance is determined and carried out by the sanitary inspection and the epidemiological service. It includes reporting the health condition of passengers by telephone to the competent epidemiologist in case of symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) and reporting after 14 days of supervision to the epidemiologist according to the place of residence in Croatia. Contacts of competent epidemiologists, according to the county, can be found at the following link: https://www.hzjz.hr/sluzba-epidemiologija-zaraznebolesti/epidemija-pneumonije-povezana-s-novim-koronavirusom-kina/ – gloves- protective mask- work clothing- plastic bags- cloths- detergent and disinfectant- bucket of water- floor wipers If possible, close a potentially contaminated room and wait 72 hours before cleaning to reduce the infectivity of the virus.Cleaning instructions: Cleaning and disinfection of the area without coronavirus patients DO GUESTS AND HOTEL STAFF SHOULD WEAR MASKS? It is advisable to hold a meeting with all employees and talk about the following:Accept the fact of the existence of an acute disease caused by the new coronavirus and emphasize the importance of accurate and verified information on the virus and the disease, such as information from ministries, public health institutes, the World Health Organization and the like. Stress that spreading unverified and inaccurate information and myths about the virus is harmful.Communicate and remind employees about the importance of hygiene and hand washing. Remind employees of the hygiene measures and instructions that apply in your institution. Emphasize and remind of the importance of hygiene in food preparation.Encourage employees to avoid handling guests.Tell us what risk reduction measures will be applied in your institution (eg greater availability of soaps and disinfectants for guests, increased disinfection of common areas and toilets, elevators, etc.).Refer to the procedures to be followed if any of the guests or staff reports symptoms (reporting to the manager, isolating the guest in the room, reporting to the doctor in charge of hotel guests and the competent epidemiologist. Inform the competent physician / epidemiologistProvide isolation to the personProvide the person with symptoms with all the necessary comfort: delivery of food, medicine and fluids, and provision of health care at the location or in the nearest center There is no evidence that the use of disposable medical masks on healthy individuals is useful in preventing infection, however, masks may be worn in some countries according to local cultural habits. In addition, individuals without respiratory symptoms should frequently perform hand hygiene and avoid close proximity to infected individuals. NO – IF THE PERSON DOES NOT HAVE SYMPTOMS OF A RESPIRATORY INFECTION Disinfection is performed with a registered disinfectant that acts on viruses according to the manufacturer’s instructions.Alternatively, 0,05% sodium hypochlorite (5% bleach used in households diluted 1: 100) or 70% ethyl alcohol for sensitive surfaces may be used. The Croatian Institute of Public Health has also issued a recommendation for cleaning the area without coronavirus patients. Selection of disinfectants When using cleaning agents, it is important to:
Indonesian companies are turning to global bonds to raise funds in order to reduce funding costs amid a downtrend in interest rates in the world’s financial markets.At least seven companies have already issued their global bonds since early January to take advantage of cheaper funds overseas.Property developer Lippo Karawaci and oil and gas company Medco Energi International were among the latest issuers of the global bonds.Lippo Karawci issued on Jan. 15 US dollar denominated bonds with a tenure of five years and a coupon rate of 8.13 percent a year and raised about $325 million. The bonds were oversubscribed four and a half times, the company said.Meanwhile, Medco Energi International said it had just issued global bonds with a tenure of seven years and a coupon rate of 6.37 percent. Medco raised $650 million from the issuance of the global bonds, which were liste… Google Log in with your social account Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Linkedin Topics : global-bonds-issuance bond-market interest-rate US-dollar Indonesia companies business funding fund-raising
Ray White Sherwood and Graceville principal Cameron Crouch said the private oasis felt like it was a world away from everything, yet it was very central and only 4km to Brisbane CBD.“The property is so close to the University of Queensland, three of Brisbane’s major hospitals and a number of primary and secondary private schools,” he said. 51 Brisbane Corso, FairfieldThe wow factor starts immediately, with the entry leading in to a resort-style tropical paradise with a Balinese inspired covered walkway and water features. Now retired from the construction industry Mr Beech, and his wife Liz Ralston, are looking to downsize and looking forward to going travelling in the future.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago “We are definitely looking for a lock up and go type of home next so we can get the caravan and go and visit places like the Mataranka thermal springs in the Top End again,” he said.“We bought 51 Brisbane Corso in 2011 and it was in bad shape but it always had great bones. “There was no floors and the house had been gutted to a shell. “Given I had just retired, I obviously needed a project but it was definitely a more extensive build than I was expecting, however it turned out to be terrific.” Owner Bob Beech of Beech Constructions is selling his Fairfield home.HIS company has been behind the construction of many commercial projects around Brisbane, and now his own labour of love is up for grabs.Owner Bob Beech of Beech Constructions is selling his stunning, riverfront four bedroom home at 51 Brisbane Corso at Fairfield – a property he bought at auction seven years ago and undertook a massive 12-month build to transform the property into a tropical oasis. Mr Beech said the couple had been living up the road for 30 years and he had just finished a project. He said he knew the area and the house and so went to the auction and bid. “The view of the river is one you’d never get tired of,” he said. “It’s on such a great bend of the river, the view is magic and it’s been a terrific home for us but it’s now time for us to downsize.” Mr Beech said they had held parties for more than 130 people so the house was made for entertaining. Ray White Sherwood agent Michael Nolan said this property had everything you could possibly want, totalling 524sq m of floor area over three levels. Key features include a separate master bedroom retreat that encompasses the whole upper level with stunning river views, four spacious bedrooms each with a fully appointed bathroom, an outdoor garden shower, a large kitchen with stainless steel and granite benches, built-in bar fridges, and quality appliances, a striking timber internal staircase, a private pontoon and a double lock-up garage with a workshop and storage plus a double carport.“It has a functional layout with the designer kitchen as the central hub to expansive indoor/outdoor entertaining areas, pool and the family TV room,” Mr Nolan said. “There is plenty of space for the whole family to enjoy individual pursuits amidst these expansive proportions.”
Share Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet InternationalLifestylePrintTravel Three regional airlines banned by EU in new blacklist update by: – April 4, 2012 39 Views no discussions Vice-president of the European Commission Siim Kallas. Photo credit: news.azBRUSSELS, Belgium — The European Commission adopted on Tuesday the 19th update of the European list of air carriers, including three Caribbean airlines, which are for safety reasons subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union, better known as “the EU air safety list”.Conviasa, an air carrier certified in Venezuela, was added to the list due to safety concerns. The other two are Blue Wing Airlines of Suriname and Rollins Air of Honduras.According to the Commission, an operating ban on Conviasa was necessary due to numerous safety concerns arising from accidents and the results of ramp checks at EU airports. The safety performance of two other Venezuelan air carriers, Estellar Latinoamerica and Aerotuy, was also reviewed in depth; however, measures were not considered necessary at this stage. Nonetheless, these two air carriers remain subject to increased monitoring.The vice-president of the European Commission responsible for transport, Siim Kallas, said: “The Commission is ready to spare no effort to assist its neighbours in building their technical and administrative capacity to overcome any difficulties in the area of safety as quickly and as efficiently as possible. In the meantime, safety comes first. We cannot afford any compromise in this area. Where we have evidence inside or outside the European Union that air carriers are not performing safe operations, we must act to guarantee to exclude any risks to safety.”The decision is based on the unanimous opinion of the Air Safety Committee, composed of representatives of the 27 member states of the EU, Croatia, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The Commission recognised the efforts of the safety oversight authorities of Aruba to reform the civil aviation system and notably to improve safety to guarantee that international safety standards are effectively and consistently applied. The Commission said it is ready to provide active support for these reforms in cooperation with ICAO, EU member states and the European Aviation Safety Agency.By Caribbean News Now contributor
ORVC Weekly Reoprt.(September 25-30)Congratulations to the Jac-Cen-Del Eagles on their 2017 ORVC Boys Soccer Title!!Congratulations to the Milan Lady Indians, Rising Sun Lady Shiners, and Southwestern Lady Rebels on their 2017 ORVC Girls Soccer Co-Titles!!Congratulations to the Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles on their 2017 ORVC Girls Cross Country Title!!Congratulations to the Southwestern Rebels on their 2017 ORVC Boys Cross Country Title!!Players of the Week.Volleyball: Danyka Groover – Rising SunBoys Soccer: T. J. Menchover – Jac-Cen-DelORVC Report (September 25-30)Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.
Left to right: Principla Jim Jameson, Cathy Tichenor and Lora WilliamsGreensburg, In. — The Greensburg Rotary Club named the “Educator of the Year” and named a “Paul Harris Fellow” last at the Hampton Inn and Suites.Thirty-five-year teacher, Cathy Tichenor was honored as the “Educator of the Year” and was introduced by former student Lora Williams. Tichenor has taught speech, English and was known for her creative additions to events like prom and pep sessions. Tichenor also coached students seeking the Lilly Endowment Scholarship- those efforts resulted in all five finalists coming from South Decatur High School last year.Sally Koors was named a “Paul Harris Fellow” at the event. Koors was recognized for serving in a variety of leadership roles and selflessly giving her time to enrich the community. Past “Paul Harris Fellow” recipients are former President of the United States Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin and astronaut James Lovell.Earlier this year the Greensburg Rotary club was recognized as the “District #6580 Club of the Year.” In 2020 the club will celebrate 100-years of service.