Jun 25 FSIS release about Kroger ground beef recallhttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/R01-2008_Release/index.asp Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday that as of Jun 27, 35 cases had been linked to the outbreak though epidemiological studies and genetic fingerprinting, including 17 in Michigan and 18 in Ohio. Illness onset dates range from May 30 to Jun 14, the CDC reported. Nineteen patients have been hospitalized, and one developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a sometimes-fatal kidney condition. No deaths have been reported. Though the recalled products originally bore the establishment number “EST. 19336,” retail products subject to the recall will not carry that mark because they were further processed at other establishments, the agency said. The recalled products, totaling 531,707 pounds, consist of trim, chuck, and other components typically processed into ground beef. Jun 30 FSIS press releasehttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_022_2008_Release/index.asp Nebraska Beef, Ltd., located in Omaha, was identified as a supplier of beef to certain Kroger grocery stores in Michigan and Ohio, according to a press release from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). On Jun 25, Kroger recalled an undetermined amount of its ground beef from stores in Michigan and central and northwestern Ohio with sell-by dates ranging from May 21 to Jun 8. The trace-back investigation has revealed that ground beef samples from two federally-inspected establishments supplied by Nebraska Beef and multiple samples of Kroger ground beef from patients’ homes were contaminated with E coli matching the outbreak strain, the FSIS reported. See also: Jul 1, 2008 (CIDRAP News) The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced yesterday that a Nebraska company has recalled about 530,000 pounds of beef after the company’s products were implicated in an Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak that has sickened 35 people in Michigan and Ohio. Jun 30 CDC press releasehttp://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/june2008outbreak/index.html
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has spoken about his controversial handball incident for France for the first time and taken a dig at Barca star Lionel Messi.Thierry says Messi is forgiven when he cheats.In a 2010 World Cup qualifying match for France, the Frenchman’s controversial handball sent his nation through to the competition, with many feeling as though he ruined his reputation.In a do-or-die encounter with Republic of Ireland, Thierry Henry controlled the ball with his hand, before William Gallas helped the ball into the back of the net.When asked about the incident, Henry mentioned that when Lionel Messi cheats, he is hailed by the fans.“It is the competitor reflex, which you occasionally have,” he told Canal+. “When Messi scored against Espanyol [in 2007], he dives and everyone sees it. I remembered all the words ‘extraordinary, brilliant Messi, he resembles Maradona.’“And me? It seemed like I had killed someone.”The former Barcelona player, who was Messi’s teammate in Spain, retired last year and now works as a pundit in England with Sky Sports.In his professional career, the Arsenal legend scored 344 goals and 130 assists.–
What goes around, comes aroundRussian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov took a swipe at the track and field ban, which affects top stars like pole vault world record-holder Yelena Isinbayeva and 110m hurdles world champion Sergey Shubenkov.Zhukov said it was “unfair” that athletes from other countries who have previously served drugs bans, such as American sprinter Justin Gatlin, will compete in Rio.“We think it’s unfair that some Russian athletes like Yelena Isinbayeva and Shubenkov, who have never been accused of doping, are not allowed to compete this time,” Zhukov told a press conference.“However in contrast some other athletes, like the American runner Gatlin, have been admitted to the Games.”Russian swimming great Alexander Popov also hit out at the track and field ban and levelled a personal attack on Britain’s Sebastian Coe, president of the IAAF.“I hope that he will not regret his decision about Russian athletes because as you can say, what goes around comes around,” Popov said of Coe earlier.“I hope that he will sleep well at night,” the four-time gold-medallist added, in comments after an International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Rio.Among 31 swimmers cleared by the investigation are Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev, who were initially banned.While all Russian weightlifters have been banned, all of the country’s boxers have been allowed to compete.World Sailing has also let a competitor initially banned back into the contest.“The Russian team may have experienced the toughest checks of the Olympics, because they had to go through multiple tests and checked,” Zhukov said.“On top of all that, Russian athletes are going through additional testing which is taking place at the Olympic village.“So as of now, the Russian team is probably the cleanest in Rio.”Share on: WhatsApp Russia vowed to win a hatful of medals and hit out at the expulsion of some of their top athletes on Thursday as they announced their smallest Olympic team in 104 years after a major doping scandal.Despite drugs investigations which have robbed Russia of nearly a third of its original team, the mood in the camp was bullish on the eve of the Rio Games’ gala opening.Russian Olympic gold medal-winners said the team had been galvanised by the fall-out of revelations of state-orchestrated doping on a grand scale.The ensuing crackdown on Russia’s team has slashed numbers from 389 to 271, the fewest since the pre-World War I Olympics of 1912 when they competed as the Russian Empire.But Elena Zamolodchikova, a two-time gymnastics gold medallist, said Russia was determined to finish top-10 on the medals table, a position they have occupied since the 1950s.“Yes, sure,” Zamolodchikova told AFP at the Russia House team base at Rio’s Copacabana, when asked if they would stay in the top 10.“We’ll do our best and I’m sure we’ll be in the top 10. Knowing the Russian character, we will compete.”Former pistol champion Mikhail Nestruyev said Russia expected to win “many” medals, adding that the troubled build-up had given them added incentive to do well.“We’re a small team but we have strong sportspeople,” he said. “I think this tense atmosphere has done us some good. Now all athletes are much stronger.” Russia entered 389 athletes but many competitors implicated in last month’s bombshell World Anti-Doping Agency report, which uncovered state-backed drug cheating, have been eliminated by sports federations.A three-member International Olympic Committee panel reviewed the list submitted by the federations and announced a final figure of 271 on Thursday.Russia’s track and field team had already been suspended in separate action by the sport’s governing body, the IAAF, following similar revelations of state-backed doping last year.
SCHEDULE:BOYS Friday3:15 p.m., Langley at Brashear 3:15 p.m., Oliver at Allderdice 7:30 p.m., Peabody at Westinghouse 7:30 p.m., Perry at Schenley STANDINGS:Team Conf. OverallPerry 4-0 7-1Westinghouse 3-0 5-1Oliver 3-0 5-2Peabody 3-1 3-5Schenley 1-3 3-6Carrick 0-4 3-6Allderdice 1-2 2-4Brashear 1-3 1-8Langley 0-3 0-8 Allderdice girls handdefending champ Westinghouse first conference lossPerry (3-1, 3-7) got its opportunity to move ahead of Westinghouse in the conference standings, as a result of a 50-41 Westinghouse loss to Allderdice Jan. 5, even though they have an overall losing record. “We just weren’t mentally prepared,” said Westinghouse head coach Phyllis Jones about her team. “Their guards were quick and they definitely had an advantage in the height differential. As I said before, the league is wide open this year. It will come down to the team that wants it the most.”With the win, Allderdice moved into the second spot with its 3-2 overall record as well as in the conference with a 2-1 mark.“It was a nice win for us,” said Allderdice’s head coach Dave Walcheskey. “They are a quality team. Some of our girls are really growing up quick. We start four sophomores and one junior and they’ve all come through in big situations.”Allderdice was led by Janay Bottoms with 16 points and Lanise Saunders with 14.“They played a pretty good game,” said Walcheskey. “As a young team, we just need to learn how to eliminate mistakes. The key to us beating Westinghouse was the fact that we stuck close to them at halftime which gave us some momentum going into the second half. We did that and came out with the win.”In the three games that Langley has played, they are still right in the thick of things, they’ve attained a 2-1 record—in which all of their games have been played in the conference. Schenley, Carrick and Brashear all have matching 2-2 conference record, keeping them all close to the pack.No team has been able to pull away from the pack making this week’s games critical. Allderdice is just one year removed from an impressive year in which they completed a late season charge, with eight consecutive wins, and eventually reached the City championship game. However, they’ve gotten off to a slow start this season. Their 2-4 record is their worst since December of 2007 when they lost three straight and fell to a mark of 3-5. They won the next three, but still ended up on the losing side of things, finishing the year 10-15 overall and experiencing an early exit out of the postseason with a 45-43 loss to Perry. “Our defense definitely has to improve,” said Allderdice head coach Andre McDonald. “Even when we had our 10-15 year, we were still among the top teams in allowing the fewest points. We’re scoring in our sleep, that’s not a problem. We just have to get better attitudes out of our guys, namely our seniors, along with a better effort. That is what we need in order to get back on track.”Westinghouse (5-1, 3-0) made those chances more likely when they handed them a 68-55 beating Jan. 5 which moved the Bulldogs up a spot to sit behind defending champion Perry for first place.“Our guys are feeling really good,” said Westinghouse head coach Kenny Roebuck. “We’re happy about what we’ve done so far. All of our guys are from the Homewood community and they’ve been together for four years now. You used to see heads hanging and comments about ‘I can’t do this’ and ‘I can’t do that’ but that’s definitely not the case nowadays. Their skill level has risen and they’re beginning to be real consistent.”The team has been on a roll, only losing to Indiana in its own tournament Dec. 29. With five wins, they are just one victory away from matching the six that they put up last year— finishing 6-19, overall.Perry is enjoying a league-high seven victories, with just one loss. They have an undefeated 4-0 conference record and are looking to return to the big game—minus a real threat in the post. The other team of the North Side, Oliver, is currently in third place, with a 5-2 overall record (3-0 in the City) and is the only other team in the league without a loss in the conference.Peabody (3-5) leads the rest of the pack, which (aside from the top three teams) lacks an overall winning record, going 3-1 in the City. This week: Friday 3:15 p.m., Allderdice at Oliver3:15 p.m., Schenley at Perry 7:30 p.m., Brashear at Langley7:30 p.m., Westinghouse at PeabodySTANDINGS: Team: Conf OverallPerry 3-1 3-7Westinghouse 2-1 4-2Allderdice 2-1 3-2Langley 2-1 2-1Schenley 2-2 3-5Carrick 2-2 2-5Brashear 2-2 2-6Oliver 1-2 1-6Peabody 0-4 0-8(Follow our continuing coverage and add your comments on City League Basketball to our website at www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com). (D.W. Howze can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org).