Great Britain win gold and silver on day one at European Track Championships | Cycling News

first_imgGreat Britain also guaranteed a third medal in the women’s team pursuit; Neah Evans, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Laura Kenny reached the final after qualifying fastest; Quartet comfortably beat Spain and will face Italy in Thursday’s final Last Updated: 12/11/20 9:12am Great Britain’s women’s sprint team secured silver in their first three-riderevent at the European Track Cycling Championships in Bulgaria, while Matt Walls won gold in the men’s elimination race.With a new format to be debuted at Paris 2024, the women team sprinters have been able to think long term while most of the squad focus on next summer’s rescheduled Games.Milly Tanner, Lusia Steele and Lauren Bate joined forces initially with the second fastest time of 48.646 seconds before Blaine Ridge-Davis replaced Bate for the next stage.- Advertisement – Matt Walls won Great Britain’s first gold medal of the European Track Cycling Championships in the men’s elimination race Matt Walls went one better in the elimination race by clinching gold.He added: “I’m really happy – it was a bit of an unknown coming here as I hadn’t done a race in a long time.“I came here in pretty good form, I was just seeing if my tactics and race speed were there, so I’m glad to come away with a win. I’ve got the omnium and Madison coming later in the week, so I’m looking in good form for that.”Neah Evans just missed out on a medal when she finished fourth in the women’s scratch race, but in the team pursuit, Evans, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Laura Kenny qualified fastest in a time of four minutes 13.923 seconds to qualify for Thursday’s final. – Advertisement – Matt Walls won Great Britain's first gold medal of the European Track Cycling Championships in the men's elimination race
Matt Walls won Great Britain's first gold medal of the European Track Cycling Championships in the men's elimination race

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Milestone Hotel launches new Royal Afternoon Tea | News

first_imgOnce open to the public on December 3rd, guests will embark on an enchanting royal journey whilst tucking into a scrumptious afternoon tea. The centrepiece of the Royal Afternoon Tea sits an edible gold tiara, placed on top of a raspberry, strawberry and Valhrona chocolate mousse cube with a pistachio biscuit at its heart and sprayed with royal purple. – Advertisement – This weekend we are treated to the new release of the much-anticipated season four of The Crown.In celebration, the Milestone Hotel & Residences, located in the heart of the Royal Borough of Kensington and overlooking Kensington Palace and Gardens, has announced a Royal Afternoon Tea.- Advertisement – Afternoon Tea is a quintessentially English tradition and is upheld in its finest form at the Milestone. Served in Cheneston’s Restaurant, the Park Lounge or the Conservatory, the exceptional experience is a true royal indulgence. Discover a delicious array of delicate finger sandwiches, accompanied by warm freshly baked scones piled high with Devonshire clotted cream and home-made preserves, and a selection of pastries including éclairs, tartlets, cupcakes and macarons. – Advertisement – OlderFirst ‘Covid-19-free’ Lufthansa flight takes off in Germany – Advertisement – NewerNH Hotels launches new Mobile Guest Service app Enjoy a vast collection of loose-leaf teas or perhaps opt for a glass of Lanson Champagne, holder of a Royal Warrant to the Court of England since 1900.last_img read more

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Study yields mixed findings about microbes on organic produce

first_img Diez-Gonzalez said the findings contradict the impression from media reports that organic produce is more likely to cause illness than conventional produce is. The study was published this month in the Journal of Food Protection. The study also showed that produce from certified organic farms was less likely to have fecal contamination, as represented by nonpathogenic Escherichia coli, than produce from uncertified farms. Certified organic farms are required to follow federal guidelines designed to minimize the risk of pathogens in manure used as fertilizer, according to the study’s senior author, Francisco Diez-Gonzalez, PhD, of the University of Minnesota in St. Paul. May 19, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – A recent comparative study of organic and conventionally grown produce on farms in Minnesota showed that the organic produce was virtually free of pathogenic bacteria but was more likely to have fecal contamination from manure used as fertilizer. E coli was 19 times more prevalent in produce from organic farms that used manure or compost less than a year old as fertilizer, compared with organic farms that used older materials, according to the report. In addition, E coli was found 2.4 times more often on produce from organic farms that used cattle manure as compared with farms using other kinds of manure. Among types of produce, organic lettuce had the highest E coli contamination, at 22% of samples (12 of 49). Craig Hedberg, PhD, a foodborne disease expert and associate professor of environmental and occupational health at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, said a limitation of the study is that it dealt only with Minnesota, which is not a major producer of fruits and vegetables. “It may be relevant to a broader question, but the results aren’t all that generalizable to the world at large,” he said. “The media have portrayed that organic vegetables have a lot of foodborne pathogens. Our data doesn’t support that,” he told CIDRAP News. “But it does seem to confirm the belief that it [organic produce] is more susceptible to fecal contamination. The good news is that if you are certified, your chance of fecal contamination decreases significantly.” Diez-Gonzalez is an assistant professor of food science and nutrition in the university’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and the College of Human Ecology. Diez-Gonzalez said agencies that certify organic farms require them to follow US Department of Agriculture organic farming guidelines designed to eliminate pathogens in manure used as fertilizer. The guidelines deal with minimum temperature for composted manure and the minimum time interval between manure application and harvest. Manure that is not composted may not be used less than 120 days before harvest for crops in close contact with the soil and and 90 days before harvest for other crops, he said. However, he said the guidelines don’t say anything about how old manure should be before it is used. Previous studies comparing organic and conventional produce have focused on produce in stores rather than on farms, whereas Diez-Gonzalez and three colleagues collected produce from the fields. “The reason we did this was to try to answer the question whether the organic practices at the farm had a great impact on the prevalence of the microorganisms,” he said. “Ours is the first study that suggests a potential association between organic certification and reduced E. coli prevalence,” the report says. “Further research is recommended to confirm this finding.”center_img No E coli O157:H7 or other pathogenic E coli strains were found in any of the produce samples, the report says. But Salmonella was found in one organic lettuce sample and one organic green pepper from separate farms. “Based on the absence of E coli O157:H7 and the very low Salmonella prevalence, the assertion that organic produce has greater pathogen contamination does not seem to be supported,” the article says. However, Hedberg said the finding that the use of manure less than a year old was linked with more E coli contamination on produce is probably important. “Organic farmers might want to look at this and say, ‘I have to look at how I manage my manure before I use it,'” he said. Ordinary E coli was found in 9.7% of organic produce samples, versus 1.6% of the conventional produce, a significant difference, according to the report. However, E coli prevalence in produce from certified organic farms was 4.3%, which was not significantly higher than the level in conventional produce. The E coli prevalence in produce from uncertified organic farms was 11.4%, significantly higher than in the certified organic produce. In addition, 59% of uncertified organic farms had at least one sample with E coli contamination, versus only 12% of certified organic farms. Farmers were recruited for the study at workshops and through personal visits and phone contacts. The researchers collected 476 produce samples from 32 organic farms and 129 samples from eight conventional farms, all in central and southern Minnesota. Eight of the organic farms were certified by accredited agencies; the rest were not certified but reported using organic practices. All of the organic farmers reported using manure as their main fertilizer, and four of the conventional farmers used manure in addition to chemical fertilizer. Mukherjee A, Speh D, Dyck E, et al. Preharvest evaluation of coliforms, Escherichia coli, Salmonella, and Escherichia coli O157:H7 in organic and conventional produce grown by Minnesota farmers. J Food Prot 2004;67(5):894-900 [Abstract] Diez-Gonzalez said the current findings were from the first year of a 3-year study that began 2 years ago. The second year of the study yielded no findings of E coli O157:H7 or Salmonella on organic produce samples, though those findings have not yet been published, he said. Produce samples that were analyzed included tomatoes, leafy greens, lettuce, green peppers, cabbage, cucumbers, broccoli, strawberries, apples, and several other items. The samples were not washed before being analyzed.last_img read more

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Another H5N1 case cited in Java; Sumatra quarantine grows

first_imgMay 26, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesian health officials have reported that H5N1 avian influenza caused the recent death an 18-year-old West Java man, brother of a 10-year-old girl whose death was previously attributed to the virus, according to news agencies.And in the North Sumatra family cluster, officials broadened home quarantine to include 54 people—up from the 33 reported yesterday—as a World Health Organization (WHO) official identified chickens as the likely source of the outbreak, according to Reuters stories today.The 10-year-old and 18-year-old siblings died in a Bandung, West Java, hospital May 23, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. Yesterday an Indonesian official said the girl had tested positive for H5N1 in a local lab but that results for her brother were still pending.Today’s AFP report quoted Ahmad Prihatna, an epidemiologist at the health ministry, as saying, “Tests carried out by the health ministry confirmed that they died of bird flu.”The two, according to an Associated Press article today, died within hours of each other less than a day after being admitted to Hasan Sidikin hospital in Bandung, capital of West Java. Samples have been sent to a WHO-accredited lab for confirmation, according to AFP.If confirmed, the cases would raise Indonesia’s avian flu death toll to 35, second only to Vietnam.Voluntary quarantine expandsAs the probe of the case cluster in North Sumatra continues, WHO officials have asked 54 people in the remote village of Kubu Sembelang to quarantine themselves at home, a Reuters story said today. None of these, the officials said, have exhibited avian flu symptoms.Thirty-nine of the 54 are taking oseltamivir (Tamiflu) as a precaution, Reuters reported. “All who can take it are,” WHO spokesperson Gregory Hartl told Reuters. “The others are not taking it because they are either pregnant, lactating mothers, or children.”The source of the Sumatran outbreak remains unknown, but WHO epidemiologist Steven Bjorge said poultry is the likeliest candidate, according to a separate Reuters story today.”What we’re finding out the longer our team stays up in that area is that there are many, many outbreaks in chickens that always go unreported,” Bjorge told Reuters. “Just in the past couple of weeks, they have found a couple of outbreaks of chickens dying in various villages in that area.”The first case [a 37-year-old woman considered by WHO to be the index case] has to get it from somewhere. It has to be something environmental.” Asked if sick chickens were responsible, he was quoted as saying, “We think that it has to be that way.”Also today, the WHO reiterated that it will not raise its global pandemic alert level from phase 3 (human infection, but no or only rare human-to-human spread) to phase 4 (small clusters with limited human-to-human transmission, but spread is highly localized). The agency said this week that human-to-human-to-human (two-generation) transmission might have occurred in the North Sumatra cluster. But officials have observed no further spread beyond the family cluster and no ominous mutations in H5N1 viruses that have been analyzed.Paul Gully, senior adviser to WHO’s top avian flu official, Margaret Chan, said in a third Reuters report, “Our feeling now is there is nothing new that has happened which would make us want to consider moving to level 4.”H5N1 outbreaks in poultryAvian flu outbreaks in chickens in Romania have now reached 70 in the past 2 weeks, Reuters reported today, and 35 additional outbreaks are suspected.The Romanian Agriculture Ministry said in a statement cited by Reuters, “The bird flu virus has been confirmed in 75 localities from 13 counties. There are also 35 suspect locations. The national institute for animal health is further testing suspect deaths in fowl.”This outbreak originated 13 days ago at a poultry farm in the county of Brasov, about 100 miles north of Bucharest. Live chickens from the farm were sold to peasants across the country without health certificates, according to Reuters.Elsewhere, Nigeria’s agriculture ministry reported a new H5N1 outbreak in its northern state of Kano, according to a Voice of America story today.The Nigerian Veterinary Research Institute said yesterday that samples of dead chickens from a farm near Kano tested positive for avian flu. Avian flu control teams destroyed more than 16,000 chickens on the farm to try to prevent spread of the virus, the report said.And in Russia, new cases of avian flu in domestic birds have been reported in eight villages in three Siberian regions, Russia’s agriculture ministry said today, as reported by RIA Novosti.”Fowl infected with avian influenza have been registered in three villages in Novosibirsk Region, four villages in Omsk Region, and one village in Altai Territory,” the ministry said in a statement. The article added that about 1.1 million birds have died of the disease in Russia, and 300,000 have been culled to control H5N1 since February, according to the Emergency Situations Ministry.No human cases of avian flu have been reported in Romania, Nigeria, or Russia.last_img read more

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Foreign vessels on cruise in Croatia

first_imgIn the period from January to May 2017, foreign vessels realised 150 cruises in the Croatian seaports. They had a total of 177 709 passengers on board who stayed for 347 days in Croatia, that is, 2 days on average.The majority of foreign vessels on cruise recorded their first entry in the County of Dubrovnik-Neretva (66.0%) and the County of Split-Dalmatia (15.4%), which makes up to a total of 81.4%. The remaining 18.6% of foreign vessels on cruise recorded their first entry in the following counties: Istria (8.0%), Zadar (6.0%), Šibenik-Knin (3.3%) and Primorje -Gorski kotar (1.3%).The highest number of cruises was realised by vessels under the flags of Malta (38) and Bahamas (33), while the highest number of passengers on board by vessels under the flags of Italy (46 884 passengers) and Bahamas (39 879 passengers).The most visited seaport was the seaport of Dubrovnik, followed by the seaports of Split and KorčulaThe most visits of foreign vessels on cruise in the first five months of 2017 were realised in the seaport of Dubrovnik (113 visits), followed by the seaports of Split (53 visits) and Korčula (32 visits).As compared to the same period in 2016, the number of foreign vessels on cruise decreased by 18.5% and the number of passengers on bord by 23.0%. In the same period, the total number of sojourns in Croatia was by 22.2% less.last_img read more

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