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US food regulators recall 380 million eggs after salmonella outbreak

Friday, August 20, 2010

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recalled 380 million eggs and the number is expected to grow, after around 300 in Colorado, California, and Minnesota and 2,000 nationwide became infected with salmonella after eating eggs distributed by Wright County Eggs.

The contaminated eggs were sold under the labels Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms, Kemps, Bayview, Mountain Dairy, NuLay and Sun Valley. Eggs have been sold in seventeen states.

Wright County Egg’s owner has been previously cited for breaking environmental laws.

They [birds] defecate in the feed, which the chickens then eat and can become infected.

In response to the outbreak the FDA deployed an initial team of ten investigators to Wright County Egg in Iowa to inspect the farms and determine the source of the contamination. Although no official statement has been issued, it is believed animals including birds and rodents defecated where food for chickens is stored.

The outbreak is believed to have started in early July, around the time new federal regulations to prevent salmonella contamination of eggs took effect.

According to the FDA, the symptoms of salmonella infection includes fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

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Inauguration of the 71st Thessaloniki International Fair in Greece

Friday, September 8, 2006

Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and the whole of Cabinet is already in Greece’s second-largest city Thessaloniki, in order to take part to the inauguration of the, organized by Helexpo[1], 71st International Fair[2], which will take place later today. The Greek Premier will address a speech – as it traditionally happens every year – at the Vellidion Conference Centre where he is going to speak about the upcoming governmental policies in Economy. Earlier today, Karamanlis visited the sites of two upcoming public works in the city; the Thessaloniki Metro construction site and the expansion of Makedonia International Airport. At 1pm(GTM +2), the Greek Premier will inaugurate the renovated Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.

According to government officials, Karamanlis is expected to emphasize New Democracy‘s achievements in two-and-a-half years in government while avoiding promises of handouts, although he is due to announce some changes regarding economical issues, like the tax system.

Prime Minister Karamanlis will address his official speech at 8pm in Vellidion Centre while several demonstrations have been scheduled in the centre of Thessaloniki and around the area of the International Fair. Among those demonstrations, condemning the governmental policies, are the supporters of PAOK FC who demand solution to the their team’s administration as well as Greece‘s largest labour unions, GSEE and ADEDY, which have also organized a protest in the city center at 6pm and demonstrators are due to march to the exhibition center where the Thessaloniki International Fair is being held.

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UK public sector workers strike over pension rights

Wednesday, March 29, 2006Local Government workers in the UK withdrew their labour yesterday as part of a dispute over pension entitlements. The members of 11 different trades unions were involved in the 24hr strike. As the day began they declared that support for the strike was solid. Although the strikers work for local councils, their pay and conditions are agreed nationally. The Local Government Association which represents the local councils in England and Wales declared predictions that 1.5 million people would stay away from work as “wildly optimistic”.

The Unions’ complaint is that local government workers are being treated unfavourably compared to other public sector employees. They say that agreements on pensions that have been reached with civil servants, teachers and health workers will allow those staff to continue to retire at 60 while local government staff will be forced to work until they are 65. Civil servants work for national government, teachers work for local councils but have their own pension arrangements and most health workers are employed by the state-controlled National Health Service.

The Local Government Association claims that if council workers continue to be able to retire at 60, it will increase the levels of Council Tax (a tax on people living in properties which funds a proportion of local government expenditure) by 2%.

The striking workers provide a wide range of services from assisting teachers in the class room, through inspecting kitchens for hygiene to provising care to the vulnerable in society. In some places council workers collect tolls for road tunnels or manage ferries. Mainstream media have reported on the strike all day with heavy coverage of disruption to commuters where transport has been affected. The unions have emphasised the large number of their members who are women working in low paid jobs.

The Government which regulates the scheme claimed that the early retirement provisions (called the rule of 85) were age-discriminatory and had to be removed.

The strike ended at midnight. The Unions have not declared any further strike days.


  • “Unison Pensions Campaign” — Unison, 28 March 2006
  • “Pensions strike bites across UK” — BBC, 28 March 2006
  • LGA Media Office. “Union demands for pension scheme will cost council taxpayers more than 2% extra a year” — Local Government Association, 28 March 2006
  • “ODPM STATEMENT ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT PENSIONS” — Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, 28 March 2006
  • “Unions fighting together to protect our pensions” — Joint Union Strike Team, 28 March 2006
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How To Clean Your Plumbing In D.C.

byAlma Abell

If the plumbing in your home stops operating properly, then it can cause a whole heap of issues that will be complicated to deal with. Overtime, debris can build up and cause your pipes to clog, which can require you to hire a plumber to fix the clog. By cleaning your pipes on a regular basis you can reduce the chances of this happening to you, and ensure that your waste can be safely and quickly removed from your home, and into the sanitary sewage system. If you have never cleaned your Plumbing in D.C. before, then you may not know how to start. Here are three ways you can ensure your pipes are clean now, and for the next several months.


There are a variety of products that you can use to clean your pipes. Normally, you use these by flushing them through your toilet or running them through the drain in your sink. Make sure you have an idea of the chemicals that are used, and ensure they are safe for your pipes and your septic tank if you are not on a city sewage system.


If you have larger debris and smaller clogs present, then you can clean your Plumbing in D.C. by renting or purchasing a snake kit. This will enable you to run a metal wire with an auger bit on the end thorough your pipes. This will chew through any debris and leave your pipes spotlessly clean. If your pipes are in bad shape, then make sure you start with a machine to help you clean them

Hire a Plumber

If the clogs in your home are severe or you just aren’t confident in your abilities, then hire a plumber to help you. They will be able to assess your plumbing issues and determine the best way to clear any clogs and clean your pipes completely. You can let a professional bear the burden for you by hiring a professional plumber to help you.

If you aren’t sure which method will work best, then contact a plumber. In the D.C. area, contact Jiffy Plumbing, Heating and Cooling. They have been providing reliable plumbing services to individuals for years, and they can help you with yours. Get your pipes taken care of by contacting Jiffy today.

China and Europe face new avian flu outbreaks

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

China has announced a new outbreak of avian flu today along with similar cases in Russia, Romania, and Macedonia.

China’s news agency reported that 2,600 birds have died of the H5N1 strain in northern China, declaring that the outbreak was found in a breeding facility in Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia. The government maintains the epidemic is under control.

Russia is waiting for confirmation that it was the H5N1 strain that killed several hundred ducks near Moscow; if the tests return positive it will be a major spread of the virus across the Ural Mountains, into European Russia.

A small village in southern Macedonia also suspects the strain. Plans are already made to kill 10,000 birds to contain the outbreak.

Romania confirmed that there has been another outbreak in the Danube Delta area. The strain was confirmed there last weekend, whereupon 4,500 birds were destroyed.

H5N1 is the strain scientists fear could be transmitted from human to human, causing a flu pandemic. So far 50 people have died of it, all having worked closely with birds. It is not easy to pass the disease from bird to human.

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China overtakes Germany as world’s biggest exporter

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Chinese officials have said that their country’s exports surged last December to edge out Germany as the world’s biggest exporter.

The official Xinhua news agency reported today that figures from the General Administration for Customs showed that exports jumped 17.7% in December from a year earlier. Over the whole of 2009 total Chinese exports reached US$1.2 trillion, above Germany’s forecast $1.17 trillion.

Huang Guohua, a statistics official with the customs administration, said the December exports rebound was an important turning point for China’s export sector. He commented that the jump was an indication that exporters have emerged from their downslide.

“We can say that China’s export enterprises have completely emerged from their all-time low in exports,” he said.

However, although China overtook Germany in exports, China’s total foreign trade — both exports and imports — fell 13.9% last year.

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Classy Outdoor Furniture At Indian Ocean

Classy Outdoor Furniture at Indian Ocean



A lush green, well maintained garden does add to the beauty of your home. At times it’s not only you and your family but also the guests visiting your home who prefer to sit in the open, amidst nature. But do you have the right set of outdoor furniture to complement the aesthetic appeal of your garden?


People in Britain are known for their rich taste when it comes to home architecture and furnishings. Those who have a penchant for classy furniture like to have stylish chairs, sofas and table sets not only in their rooms but also in their garden and patio. With a nice outdoor furniture set, sipping on a cuppa or simply reading newspaper in the garden also becomes more enjoyable. Modern garden chairs and garden sun loungers at the Indian Ocean E store have been customised for outdoor use and do furnish your garden beautifully. With garden sun loungers you can laze around in your garden when you seek some peace amidst your green plants and colourful, fresh flowers. Outdoor furniture at Indian Ocean has been especially crafted and customised for use in British home gardens. The unpredictable weather and frequent drizzling in most areas of Great Britain make it imperative to choose right variety of wood for outdoor furniture. Indian Ocean has a range of well designed modern garden chairs made with teakwood. With its resistance against rot and decay, teak proves to be the most durable material for garden chairs, benches and tables. Those who like light weight, folding garden chairs, can go for Indian Ocean\’s Portland Teak Folding Carver Chairs that look great and are very comfortable to sit on. Burnham Teak Carver Chair also has a classy design that adds to the visual appeal of outdoor spaces. If you prefer sleek and modern garden chairs, the contemporary looks of Manhattan Carver Chair, the Nevis Woven Armchair or the Boston Teak Reclining Chair may be the right choice for your garden. The environment that you live in, does impact your mood. Investing in good quality garden furniture makes sense because with the right set of chairs and sofas in your outdoor spaces, you comfortably spend your leisure time amidst nature. Indian Ocean is your one stop shop for an assortment of choices in garden furniture and you can purchase it all from the comforts of your home – we will deliver it to your home!

The author of this article is closely associated with the organisation(Indian-Ocean) and is an experienced writer with expertise in writing about outdoor garden sofas, garden furniture, patio sets and outdoor furniture.

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NHL: Penguins to remain in Pittsburgh

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell announced Tuesday morning that a deal had been struck between state and local officials and the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey franchise. The Penguins organization will formally announce the deal tonight, prior to the Penguins game against the Buffalo Sabres at the Mellon Arena. The deal will ensure that the Penguins will remain in the city with a 30 year lease on a new arena to be built in downtown Pittsburgh. The framework of the deal was constructed in an emergency meeting last Thursday in Philadelphia, when both government and franchise officials indicated that progress had been made, with the details laid out over the weekend. With the new deal, the Penguins organization would be expected to pay $3.8 million per year, as well as $7.5 million per year from both Don Barden, owner of Majestic Star Casino, and the state economic development fund. The Penguins organization has also been given the option of building a parking garage on property of the Pittsburgh Sports Authority between Centre and Fifth avenues, by contributing $500,000 per year.

The new arena is expected to cost approximately $290 million, and should be completed and ready to host hockey games by 2009. The Penguins will sign a temporary lease to keep the team at Mellon Arena until the new building is finished.

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Details emerge of Honda’s withdrawal from Formula One

Monday, December 8, 2008

More details have emerged over the weekend after the surprise announcement last week of Honda‘s intention to sell its Formula One racing team, Honda Racing F1. The team management, Nick Fry and Ross Brawn, have already announced confidence in their ability not only to find a buyer for the team but also to deliver the performance expected of Honda’s 2009 car. Prices as low as £1 have been put forward as possible prices tags for the Northampton based team, with Honda CEO Takeo Fukui stating that “Just to make the team possible to exist, a small price tag is acceptable”.

On Saturday the Japanese car giant said that before selling the team it was going to offer British driver Jensen Button, who had given the Honda team its only victory, a way out of his recently signed multi-million pound contract with the team so he could try to get a drive with other teams. However, Ross Brawn appears eager to retain the Briton and either retain Brazilian Rubens Barrichello or sign GP2 driver Bruno Senna, nephew of legendary racer Ayrton Senna. At an industry awards dinner, Button indicated his desire for a buyer to be found for Honda, saying any buyer would get “… a great team with excellent facilities. And with the leadership of Ross Brawn, and the whole team as they are, we can come through this and be on the grid in 2009”. Button has also spoken of his shock and pain at Honda’s decision.

Ross Brawn, who was brought into the Honda team with much fan fare before the 2008 season, has spoken of his shock at finding out about the sale of the team. Brawn, who is credited with helping Michael Schumacher and Ferrari dominate Formula One for much of the last decade, indicated he was expected funding cuts and had prepared a reduced budget but hadn’t expected the full withdrawal of support that Honda announced. Brawn has also indicated understanding of Honda’s reasoning, with their sales down 40% in some markets and Honda F1’s £200m+ budget a cost they were unwilling to bear.

Though Honda has committed to providing a budget for the team until March, the budget is lower than that which had been expected and so the team has had to pull out of the crucial winter tests at Jerez. This has denied Formula One hopeful Bruno Senna another test with the team and has combined with the engine implications of Honda’s withdrawal to push the new car’s final testing from January to March, just weeks before the first Grand Prix in Australia. Ross Brawn however remains confident of competing with new Formula One frontrunners BMW Sauber and Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has tipped the team as a great buy, saying “I’ve no doubt Honda would have been in top four next year without any problems. They’ve spent a lot of money to put themselves in that position so if anyone does want to be in F1 this is a team they should look to buy. It’s a big opportunity for any company that’s run efficiently to benefit”.

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Are Forex Robots A Scam?

By Pete R. Graham

If you are unfamiliar with Forex Robots, then you probably are even more uneasy about whether or not the Forex Robots are a scam. However, if you are so unfamiliar with them that you do not even actually know what they are, then here is what you need to know about Forex Robots.

The use of Forex robots has grown in popularity as more and more individuals are realizing the profits that they can make by trading Forex. However, despite how good the program is, it can leave you in suspense. Many individuals approach the best Forex robots, thinking that they just can’t lose. If that were the case, the entire world would be trading Forex rather than working 9 to 5 jobs.

Forex Robots are electronic machines that act as any other currency exchange broker would. However, the obvious difference is that the force behind exchanging your currency is a robot instead of an actual human being. A lot of people are hesitant about using the robots because it is easy to be scammed by technology. However, do you have to worry about this when you are using a Forex Robot?


Can you be scammed?

The truth of the question is yes, you can be scammed using one of these machines. However, there are only certain ways that you can be scammed. A lot of people tend to think that it is the fault of the machine when they receive some sort of mistake from these machines. However, you have to think deeper than that. The machines only do what they are told to do. Before you put your currency in the hands of a machine, think of where you are putting your currency. Think about the hands that are the driving force for that machine. Who is responsible for the machine could determine whether or not you get scammed.

A lot of people look at it like there are good Forex robots and bad Forex robots. The fact of the matter remains that even the best Forex robots can be operated in a manner that goes against how the machines are supposed to be operated.

Forex Robots are only a Scam if you let them be

The reason behind this statement is because there is no such thing as avoiding scams by using the best Forex robots. The robots are only a scam if someone hinders them to be that way. So, if you are using a machine that you are unfamiliar with or that is operated by an unknown source or a source that is not well known, you may want to keep a hold on to your currency.

You can get scammed by a robot, but the truth behind this remains that you can only get scammed by a robot if you allow yourself to. There is no such thing as getting the best Forex robots, instead, you need to look for the best driving force responsible for the Forex robots that you are about to use.

About the Author: MBA Student, Self-trained forex trader with 2 years on the currencies market. Pete spends long hours understanding the algorythm of each and every forex robot and predict how they will trade in a real account, and follows live trading results at

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