Tehran to host international bakery exhibition

first_imgThe fourth International Bakery Exhibition (ibex) is to be held from 17-20 October 2010 at the International Permanent Fairground in Tehran, Iran.The country has population of more than 70 million, and the government is actively working to improve the quality of bread in Iran.The aim of the exhibition is to improve the culture of using industrial bread and to improve the investment in Iran’s bread industry.Ibex attracts a range of different businesses including flour millers, machinery and equipment manufacturers, enzyme and yeast firms and oven manufacturers.For more information, or to register for the exhibition, visit: http://ibex.ir/defaulten.aspxlast_img

Chicago Tribune wins Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers

first_imgThe Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University has named the Chicago Tribune this year’s winner of the Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers for its evenhanded and thorough investigation of improper influence peddling in the admissions process at the University of Illinois in “Clout Goes to College.”The Taylor Award and a $10,000 prize, established to encourage fairness in news coverage by America’s daily newspapers, will be presented at a ceremony on April 8 at the Nieman Foundation in Cambridge, Mass.In “Clout Goes to College,” the Chicago Tribune revealed that lawmakers and university trustees used their sway to help subpar applicants gain admission to the University of Illinois, at times over the objections of admissions officers. The paper exposed secret admissions clout lists and a corrupt admissions process and in doing so, paved the way for reforms including a new admissions system, a new university president and chancellor, and six new members of the university’s board of trustees.Over the course of five months, the paper published about 90 stories and developed two online databases that showed readers what role their local high schools and legislators played in the scandal. Reporters Robert Becker, Jodi Cohen, Tara Malone, and Stacy St. Clair worked with editor Tracy Van Moorlehem and graphic artist Keith Claxton to produce the series.Taylor Award judge Ames Alexander commented, “Fairness was both the means and the end of this investigation. The newspaper let University of Illinois officials speak for themselves at length, publishing e-mails that spoke volumes about the tainted admissions process. But while the Tribune pounded the power brokers and university officials who had corrupted the admissions system, it sought to protect ‘clouted’ students who weren’t demonstrably culpable. The staff’s dogged and conscientious efforts produced a remarkable result: An unjust student selection process was replaced with one based on merit.”Another judge, Monica Campbell, said, “The idea that political favoritism exists in the university admissions process is not new. But in a nuanced and comprehensive way, this series shows how a university system can allow for such corruption and drives that angle, rather than merely calling out the culprits, in a way that usefully shows how power and undue pressures wind their way through a university’s bureaucracy. Taken together, with informative graphics, reproduced e-mails and sidebars, the series offers a precise case study on deal-making at universities — not just at the University of Illinois, but what may likely exist at other institutions — and fairly portrays the culture that allows such problems to exist.”last_img read more

Gardening Tips

first_imgBob Westerfield has grown a vegetable garden at home for the past 30 years, and every workday he helps Georgians do the same. As the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension consumer horticulturist, Westerfield grows vegetables to document successes, watch for problems to learn how to solve them, and share this knowledge through classes and UGA publications.Over the years, Westerfield has compiled a lot of tricks of the trade to share with both novice and advanced gardeners. First and foremost, he says to start with the best soil possible.“Vegetables are like speed demons or racehorses; they are in the ground for just three months before you start harvesting, so you have to get the pH of your soil adjusted before you plant,” he said.Home gardeners can get their soil tested through their local UGA Extension office for a nominal fee. The test will reveal which, if any, nutrients need to be added.Once the plants begin to grow, problems like insects and diseases may occur. To help identify the cause of the problem, Westerfield shares a few identification tips.If the plant’s mature foliage at the base of the plant begins to turn yellow, there is likely a nitrogen problem or too much water is being applied. If the plant yellows from the top down, the problem is probably an iron issue.Purple streaks on corn or mottled leaves on tomatoes are signs of a phosphorus deficiency. When the outer edges of the leaves turn yellow and then brown, it is possible there’s a potassium deficiency.If a tomato plant is stressed, its leaves may fold up. This can be a sign of tomato leaf roll, but most plants will grow out of it, he said.When the end of the tomato fruit begins to rot, a lack of calcium has likely caused blossom end rot, a common issue with homegrown tomatoes. Tomatoes that ripen “blotchy” and cause the fruit to have a thick core in the middle were probably improperly irrigated, he said. If the fruit cracks, the tomato plant has received too much moisture.Just like humans, the fruit of vegetable plants can be burned by the sun. Sunscald happens most often on tomatoes and peppers but can happen to any vegetable.“Take care to tuck vegetables underneath their natural foliage and avoid exposing them to direct sunlight,” Westerfield said. “It looks like a big burnt spot or a big brown bruise.”Herbicide damage can also be an issue in vegetable gardens. If the upper foliage appears white or curled and distorted, it could possibly be from herbicide damage.If it looks like something has dined on all of your plants, you may have experienced what Westerfield calls “browsing disorder.”“Put some chicken wire around your garden to keep the rabbits and other small mammals like chipmunks from dining on your produce before you can,” he said.When it comes to insect pest problems in a vegetable garden, Westerfield says leaf-footed bugs are the most difficult to control. The immature stage of the bug is bright orange.“Frank Hancock, the UGA Extension agent in Henry County, tried to copy a commercial idea and used a car vacuum to suck up leaf-footed bugs from their community garden,” Westerfield said. “He vacuumed up 150 in just one day.”When it comes to growing squash, squash vine borers are a gardener’s worst enemy, he said.This insect problem starts when an adult moth lays its eggs in the stem of squash plants.“You’ll know you have them. One day your squash plant looks fine and the next it looks like someone deflated it,” he said.Westerfield’s method of controlling these pests is to plant enough squash to share with the bugs.Keep planting more squash every few weeks throughout the season; some for you and some for the borers, he said.Squash lovers can also take some insect pressure off of their yellow squash by planting blue Hubbard squash, a variety that can withstand squash bugs.This method is called trap cropping. Traps crops are crops planted to attract insect pests away from the primary crop. Other good trap crops to try are sorghum and sunflowers.“They are decoy plants that bring the bad bugs to them,” Westerfield said. Insects like big, mature fruit, so to help control insects, Westerfield says to harvest fruit frequently and when it is small. This also encourages the plant to produce more fruit.Nematodes are tiny worms that cause galls, or bumps, on plant roots. To help fight them in a vegetable garden, rotate families of vegetables to a new location each year. Never plant tomatoes, squash or other vegetables in the exact same spot year after year.When it comes to preventing disease problems in a vegetable garden, Westerfield says to always water plants from below, not overhead. Drip irrigation is probably the best method of watering vegetables, as it keeps the foliage dry and conserves moisture.Tilling the garden well before planting time can also help expose over-wintering insects and nematodes.Westerfield says there are simple visual cues home gardeners can use to determine whether they are fighting a disease or an insect.Insects usually leave holes in leaves or remove a piece of a leaf, while diseases change the color of the leaves and often have a bull’s-eye pattern, he says.For more home vegetable gardening advice from UGA Extension, see the trap cropping and drip irrigation publications at www.extension.uga.edu/publications.last_img read more

Broome Co. Health Dept. releases health statement after positive tests found at 2 Binghamton locations

first_imgThe Broome County Health Department lists all health statements here. First, the health department says a person who was at The Colonial on Court Street tested positive for coronavirus. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Broome County Health Department released two public health statements after learning two people tested positive for COVID-19 at two locations in Binghamton. If you were at there on Sept. 19 from 2 to 3:30 p.m., the department asks you to self quarantine until Oct. 4center_img Additionally, the health department says a person who was at the Ancient Order of Hibernians on Main Street tested positvie for the virus. If you were at the location from Sept. 18 or 19 from 6 to 8 p.m., to self quarantine until Oct. 3 or 4 respectfully.last_img

FDA to add new BSE-related feed rules soon

first_img Jul 9, 2004, CIDRAP News story “FDA sets BSE-related rules but delays action on feed” According to accounts of his speech, Crawford did not suggest whether the FDA will ban the use of cattle blood and restaurant leftovers in cattle feed—practices that some regard as other risk factors for spreading BSE. In July 2004 the FDA said it had reached a “preliminary” decision to ban SRMs from all animal feed, as recommended by an international panel of experts after the first US BSE case surfaced in December 2003. The agency promised to develop a proposal to that effect. SRMs are the tissues most likely to contain the abnormal proteins associated with BSE in infected animals. Another pathway that exposes cattle to poultry feed is the practice of putting poultry litter—spilled bedding, feed, and waste collected underneath poultry cages—in cattle feed. Hueston said Canada has banned that, while the United States still permits it. Hueston said the FDA is undoubtedly weighing the possible effects of its feed rules on the effort to reopen beef trade with Japan and other countries. “Aso, you don’t want to create a brand-new disparity with Canada, when our beef industries are essentially joined at the hip,” he added. “Our regulation will mimic theirs and it will supersede earlier considerations,” Crawford was quoted as saying. See also: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said this week it hopes to ban SRMs from all animal feeds by the end of this year, according to a Sep 20 Reuters report. The story quoted Billy Hewett, the CFIA’s policy director, as saying, “I know it seems slow, but it is enormously complex.” Crawford said the new rules will be “quite a bit stronger” than initially planned, according to a Sep 19 Bloomberg News report on his speech to the Consumer Federation of America. He said the rules will be similar to those in Europe and Canada. The United States has been trying to persuade Japan to reopen its market to US beef ever since BSE turned up here in 2003. According to the Bloomberg story, a draft report issued last week by Japan’s Food Safety Commission said US cattle are more exposed to BSE than Japanese cattle because of insufficient feed regulations. Will D. Hueston, DVM, a University of Minnesota professor who served on the expert panel that advised the US government about responses to the first BSE case, said Crawford’s comments probably mean the FDA will ban SRMs from all animal feeds. “I think it means they’ll take additional action to remove SRMs from animal feeds—I think they’ really targeting the high-risk materials, the brain and spinal cord,” Hueston told CIDRAP News. “They’re actively collaborating with Canada to try to get a uniform program, because we have a lot of trade with Canada in feed and animals and everything else.” “It’s the international standard to remove SRMs from animal feed . . . in countries where BSE has been identified,” said Hueston, who directs the university’s Center for Animal Health and Food Safety. SRMs are banned from human food; they are removed from cattle carcasses at slaughterhouses and taken to rendering plants, where they can currently be used in poultry feed and other nonruminant feeds. Hueston said the main concern is that cattle can be exposed to SRMs if they are accidentally given poultry feed. “So this [proposed ban] reduces the potential for leakage in the system.” Sep 22, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said this week the agency will soon align its rules on animal feed more closely with those in Canada and Europe, signaling a likelihood of new restrictions to prevent the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease. FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford’s comments in a Sep 19 speech now suggest the agency is about to go ahead with the plan, though he gave no date. The FDA said last year it was considering banning the use of poultry litter in cattle feed. Reports on Crawford’s speech didn’t mention any comments on that issue. The United States and Canada both ban the use of cattle parts in feed for cattle and other ruminant animals but allow cattle parts in feed for other animals such as pigs and poultry. However, Canada plans to ban the use of high-risk cattle parts, such as the brain and spinal cord of cattle older than 30 months, in all animal feeds in the near future. Europe already bans high-risk parts, called specified-risk materials (SRMs), from all animal feeds. “They [the FDA] haven’t given a clear indication which way they’re going to move on that,” Hueston said. He commented that keeping SRMs out of poultry feed would address that concern.last_img read more

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Kimia Farma to cut investment, costs, but expects higher revenue amid COVID-19

first_img“Back in 2017 to 2019, we were focused on investments for our new plant in Banjaran, West Java, as well as our other production facilities for raw materials in Jakarta and [for] syringes in Cikarang, West Java,” Verdi said during a hearing on Tuesday with House of Representatives Commission VI overseeing trade, industry and state-owned enterprises (SOEs).During the same three-year period, the publicly listed company also expanded its business by opening more retail pharmacies, clinics and diagnostic laboratories in the country, as well as by developing health and beauty products. It also acquired Saudi Arabia’s Dawaa Medical Limited Company to establish retail pharmacies abroad.Verdi said that Kimia Firma also planned to reduce its business loans this year, from Rp 8.27 trillion in 2019 to just Rp 7.43 trillion, but did not elaborate on how it would achieve this.“We are also slashing our operating expense budget to Rp 3.5 trillion this year, Rp 280 billion lower than Rp 3.76 trillion previously,” he said. State-owned pharmaceutical company PT Kimia Farma plans to cut capital allocation and costs to maintain its performance during the COVID-19 pandemic, but still expects to see increased revenue this year.President director Verdi Budidarmo said on Tuesday that the company was lowering its capital allocation for the year to Rp 1.44 trillion (US$92.38 million), almost 38 percent lower than last year’s allocation of Rp 1.98 trillion.The company’s capital allocation totaled Rp 4.67 trillion in 2017-2019, when it completed most of its investments. Despite the tougher challenges this year, Verdi expressed confidence during the hearing that the company would earn 25 percent more revenue this year through its continuing support for the Health Ministry, the Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) and other relevant state institutions in the nation’s fight against COVID-19.“With our support in providing medicines, medical equipment and services in managing the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe that we can achieve our revenue target of Rp 11.7 trillion this year,” he said.Last year, Kimia Farma made  Rp 9.4 trillion in revenue, up 11.13 percent compared to its revenue in 2018.The company’s shares have increased 2.4 percent since January, and increased 6.22 percent on Wednesday morning to Rp 1,280 per share.Topics :last_img read more

Rule change pushes Premier League into £312m loss – report

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp According to the FT report, the Premier League said the loss had done no actual damage to its income or ability to make distributions to its member clubs.The consequences for the Premier League of ‘Brexit’ which, following the referendum, is due to take place in 2019 after two years of ‘divorce’ talks, may not be limited to currency fluctuations.Currently, Premier League clubs can sign EU players without having to apply for work permits on their behalf.Non-EU players must satisfy criteria regarding how many international appearances they have made and how strong their national team is in order to be granted visas, although exemptions can be granted.A study by The Guardian published in September showed that two thirds of Premier League players from the EU would not meet these criteria.Fewer stars means reduced international appeal, potentially making rival championships such as Spain’s La Liga or Germany’s Bundesliga more attractive to overseas broadcasters and so reducing the long-term financial strength of the Premier League. London, United Kingdom | AFP | The Premier League is set to announce a record annual pre-tax loss of £312 million because of the declining value of the sterling and new accounting rules, the Financial Times reported on Friday.English football’s top flight is the wealthiest major domestic football competition in the world, with much of its income generated from lucrative overseas broadcast deals.This season alone is set to see the 20 clubs in the Premier League each take a cut from international media rights agreements worth an estimated £3 billion (3.53bn euros, $3.76bn) in total.The league clubs have usually received their share in sterling, with the Premier League using financial instruments known as derivatives to offset the exchange rate risk that comes from the fact that television contracts are also paid in US dollars and euros — a process called hedging.But UK rules for the reporting of derivatives have changed, with companies now required to value their contracts annually at market prices, instead of waiting until a deal had been completed to make a formal declaration of its worth.Last season’s edition was the first time these new rules had become applicable to the Premier League.On July 31, 2016, the last day of the Premier League’s financial year, the pound was worth $1.32 — a 12 percent decline since Britain voted to leave the European Union in a national referendum.Results for that financial year, which includes 5,000/1 outsiders Leicester City’s shock Premier League title triumph, are due to be published next week.The Financial Times, citing Premier League documents yet to be made public, said the new reporting rules had turned what would have been a slight profit into a multi-million pound loss.last_img read more

Central Catholics ‘Giant Killer’ Jones-Moore knocks out Woodland Hills

first_imgAt 5’6, Damion Jones-Moore has his share of doubters. He’s been told that he is too short, too small and not fast enough to play big-time college football. And he just continues to give a rude awakening to all the nay-sayers.Jones-Moore ran through Woodland Hills (3-1, 1-1) defense for 133-yards, three touchdowns and led visiting Central Catholic (4-0, 2-0) to a lopsided 31-13 victory Sept. 23 at the Wolvarena. Damion Jones-Moore (Courier Photo/Chris Lopez/File) “I worked hard this off season,” said Jones-Moore. “I worked on the little things. I want to be a great runner. A great route runner and a great blocker.”On the game’s first play Central quarterback Perry Hills connected with fellow Maryland-bound teammate Anthony Nixon for a 70-yard touchdown. However, the play was called back because of a penalty.Sleek and panther-like, Nixon knows all too well that, as Charles Darwin wrote, “In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals, because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment.” Nixon still managed to snag eight passes for 84 yards.Hills scored from one-yard out to give the Vikings an early 7-0 lead.In the second quarter Jones-Moore’s 20 yard touchdown run and Mitchell Maczura’s 39-yard field goal gave the WPIAL and PIAA Class AAAA top ranked team a 17-0 halftime lead.Woodland Hills has more players in the NFL (Jason Taylor, Steve Breaston, Lousaka Polite, Shawntae Spencer, Rob Gronkowski and Ryan Mundy) than any other high school in America.Central Catholic, meanwhile, has quarterback Hills and receiver-defensive back Nixon, who each have committed to the University of Maryland. Offensive Linemen Logan Dietz, Jake Walther, running back Jones-Moore, and defensive back Juwan Huynes also have Division I offers.In the third quarter the Wolverines got on the board first when quarterback Patrick Menifee hit Shakim Alonzo for a 28-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 17-7.Then Jones-Moore took over in the fourth quarter. He sliced and diced through the Wolverines defensive for touchdown runs of 42 and 50 yards.Fullback-Linebacker Mike Caprara, the only four-year starter in Woodland Hills history, caught a 7-yard pass from Menifee to end the games scoring at 31-13.“Central is worthy of the No. 1 ranking in the state of Pennslyvania,” said Woodland Hills coach George Novak. “We made some mistakes, but we played them tough for three quarters.”Mark Twain said: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”People like to talk about who had the potential to be great but never achieved all they could have.‘The Giant Killer’, Damion Jones-Moore, summed it up simply.“If we don’t go undefeated and win the state championship this season will be a great disappointment.”last_img read more

Inslee Announces Restart of All Medical Services in Washington

first_imgFacebook69Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Governor Jay InsleeGov. Jay Inslee announced the state’s plan for all elective procedures to resume. Each medical or dental practice will assess their own readiness and their communities’ COVID-19 activity to determine whether, and to what degree, they will reopen.Photo courtesy: Washington Governor’s Office“Our health care system was one of the first in the nation to be hit with COVID-19 cases when there was much we were still learning about the novel virus. Because of the great work of our health care system and communities, we managed the peak of COVID-19 activity in April without having a crisis in our hospitals,” Inslee said. “This plan was developed with many partners in our health care delivery system — including nurses, surgeons, pediatricians, dentists, community health clinics and hospitals.”Aside from being determined by the COVID-19 activity in different regions of the state, the reopening of health care services are based on three standards of care. Readiness will be determined by the availability of PPE, hospital capacity and more.Under this plan, each health care or dental provider must meet certain criteria to be able to begin performing elective procedures. Each provider evaluates their readiness to begin and must maintain standards to continue to see patients.Read the rest of the story on the governor’s Medium page.last_img read more