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first_imgThe Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library announce the Mid-Summer  Book Sale to be held in the Atrium of the Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Avenue, Ocean City, NJ on Saturday July 29th from 10 am to 3 pm.   For more information, go to http://friendsvolunteersocfpl.com. Great opportunity to stock up on beach reads, cd’s and more!last_img

first_imgWith high-pitched rhetoric and scary warnings, the payday lending industry is attempting to mobilize its borrowers to flood the CFPB with comments opposing the agency’s efforts to issue rules regulating the industry.Individual payday lenders, such as Advance America, are providing Internet links to trade group websites that make the process of commenting as simple as… well, taking out a payday loan.“Tell policymakers in Washington, D.C.: Don’t Take My Credit Away,” Speedy Cash, which offers loans on line and in their stores, states on its website. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_img Raymond acknowledged deep concern about the recent spate of foodborne disease outbreaks but said he had expanded the USDA’s inspection and testing program to combat it, according to the story. “The measures are a reflection of our concern about the Canadian inspection system based on the audit findings of May 1–June 6, 2007, and the circumstances related to the unsafe practices employed by Rancher’s Beef, Ltd.,” the Balzac, Alta., packing plant whose products were linked to the contaminated Topps ground beef, James wrote. The increased inspections, ground beef testing for E coli, and testing of ready-to-eat products “will be at the rate of approximately double that of the past year for Canada,” James’s letter states. Nov 8, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Starting tomorrow, US inspection and testing of imported Canadian meat and poultry products will roughly double and will include a category of beef products that has not previously been subject to testing, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said today. Begin E coli testing of raw beef trim, boxed beef, and “subprimals” (smaller cuts of meat from the major carcass components, such as loin, chuck, and round) normally sent for grinding See also: The expanded program will continue while two USDA teams finishing inspecting the Rancher’s Beef facility, seven other Canadian facilities that were flagged for problems in the last USDA audit, and some slaughter plants that are similar to the Alberta facility in their “start-up and operations,” James wrote. Raymond said the FSIS has adequate tools to ensure food safety and does not need legislation granting mandatory product recall authority, according to a CongressDaily report today. (In contrast, this week the Bush administration, in a new food protection plan prepared by the Food and Drug Administration, said the FDA needs the authority to compel food recalls.) The USDA announced Nov 3 it would increase inspections and testing of Canadian products this week, after beef trim from an Alberta meat producer was implicated in an E coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to ground beef sold by Topps Meat Co. of Elizabeth, N.J. But in the initial announcement the agency gave few details about the testing plan. The USDA released more information today in a letter from Dr. William James of the agency’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The letter, published online by the FSIS, said the agency would: Testifying before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry, Raymond said, “We think our present system works well,” and added that meat processors have always cooperated with the USDA on recalls, the report said. “In two recent cases FSIS acted upon epidemiological evidence that linked illness to opened, FSIS-inspected product found in consumers’ freezers, where previously, we believed the agency needed a test result from an intact or unopened package because of the possibility of cross-contamination [from other foods],” he was quoted as saying. He said that product lots will be held at import houses until samples test negative for pathogens. If a sample tests positive, the lot it came from will be rejected. However, FSIS “will consider submitted alternatives to holding product at import houses pending test results,” the letter says.center_img Policy change revealedRaymond said the E coli outbreak traced to Topps Meat has prompted one particular change in the FSIS’s policies, according to a report today by Meatingplace.com. James also said the new precaution of testing beef trim, boxed beef, and subprimals normally destined for grinding will be permanent and will be extended to all exporting countries starting at the beginning of 2008. Oct 29 CIDRAP News story “E coli in Topps beef traced to Canadian firm”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/news/oct2907beef.html Increase testing of raw ground beef for E coli O157:H7 Increase testing of ready-to-eat products for Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella Raymond also said he didn’t believe “risk-based inspection” would have prevented the Topps outbreak, according to Meatingplace.com. Risk-based inspection is the name for a USDA proposal to focus more of its attention on meat and poultry plants that have weak safety records. FSIS letter about increased testing of Canadian productshttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/Canada_O157_Testing_Letter.pdf “I believe that we need to take additional time to strengthen our system and our data collection capabilities before moving forward” with risk-based inspection, Raymond was quoted as saying. Increase inspections of Canadian meat, poultry, and pasteurized egg products Nov 5 CIDRAP News story “USDA to increase testing of Canadian meat”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/news/nov0507beef.html Official defends FSIS recordIn related news, the FSIS’s handling of meat recalls was defended by USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Richard Raymond in testimony before a congressional committee yesterday. E coli contamination has prompted 19 meat recalls so far this year, compared with eight for all of last year. The Topps recall involved more than 21 million pounds of ground beef and forced the company out of business.last_img read more

first_img Published on February 25, 2013 at 1:54 am Syracuse (5-6, 2-1) traveled to Illinois for a battle with two top-75 foes, splitting the two matches on a defining road trip. Entering the weekend, the Orange had lost all four of their matches on the road, and looked to change pace in the Prairie State.It started against No. 34 Illinois on Friday, when it trounced the Orange 6-1. Illinois won all of the doubles points, taking two of three matches with the final match ending unfinished.The Fighting Illini carried their domination into the singles matches, as they took five of the six points. Maddie Kobelt was the only member of the Orange to win her singles match, triumphing 6-7, 6-2, 6-4.The Orange defeated No. 69 DePaul 4-3 on Sunday to claim its first road win of the season. The win halted the Blue Demons’ nine-game winning streak. The win was also the first time in six tries Syracuse has defeated a ranked opponent.It took SU everything it had to escape with a win, as the match came down to a tiebreaker set in the final singles match to defeat DePaul. Amanda Rodgers pulled out the win 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-4) over Patricia Fargas, with each set ending in a tiebreaker.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe two sides split the singles competition overall, with Jimena Wu and Breanna Bachini coming away with victories.The doubles point gave the Orange the advantage in a close match. Kobelt and Brittany Lashway came away with an 8-5 win in their first appearance together as a doubles tandem. Aleah Marrow and Komal Safdar won their doubles match 8-6 in their second appearance as a tandem.Syracuse has three weeks off before returning to the Drumlins Center on March 17 to face Princeton. The Orange looks to continue its success at home, where it’s 4-0 this season.SoftballStruggling to find a groove at the plate, Syracuse emerged from the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic with just one win and a 4-5 record on the season.The tournament, which took place in Palm Springs, Calif. featured a five-game slate featuring Florida, San Diego State, Colorado State, Stanford and Long Beach State, and ended with SU picking up a single win against Colorado. Entering the tournament, SU hoped the Big East-level competition in tournament play would ready the team for the brunt of its season.SU finished the tournaments first day without a win, dropping its opening game against Florida 5-1. The Gators capitalized on three Syracuse fielding errors in the fourth and fifth innings Friday, scoring four runs during that span. Sophomore Mary Dombrowski crossed home plate on a run batted in by freshman Shirley Daniels, but the run wasn’t enough to stave off Florida in the closing innings.In the following game, Syracuse went scoreless against San Diego 3-0, despite an opening sequence that placed senior Veronica Grant , Dombrowski and junior Jasmine Watson in scoring position. SU struggled to convert hits into runs throughout the contest, as eight runs were left on base by game’s end.Saturday proved more forgiving for SU, as the team edged Colorado State 4-2 on a strong fourth-inning performance at the plate. A succession of runs came across the plate, mounting a deficit what would be too much for Colorado to overcome.On Sunday, Stanford’s pitching posed a problem for Syracuse, who lost 1-2. Syracuse continued to struggle into the afternoon, falling to Long Beach State 7-6 in the day’s second matchup. Syracuse was 1-4 on the weekend.SU’s next opportunity to rebound will be at the Citrus Classic-ESPN Rise this weekend, where Louisiana State, Boston College, Longwood University, the University of Texas and Mississippi State await.– Compiled by The Daily Orange Sports staff Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more