Link between dog food, Salmonella cases looks stronger

first_img The agency said investigators are still trying to find out why human cases have been associated with dry pet food. Factors being considered include handling and storage of dry pet food, handwashing practices, exposure of children to dry pet food, and the location in the home where pets are fed. Sixty-six people in 18 states have been infected with the same strain of Salmonella Schwarzengrund, and reports of new cases are continuing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement. The Food and Drug Administration had said earlier that two samples of dry dog food made by Mars Petcare US, Inc., had tested positive for S Schwarzengrund, but no direct link between the company’s products and the human cases had been found. Aug 28 CDC statementhttp://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/schwarzengrund.html “Households with ill persons were significantly more likely than matched households without ill persons to usually purchase a brand of dry pet food made by Mars Petcare US that may have been produced at a single facility in Pennsylvania,” the CDC said. In addition, the Pennsylvania Department of Health found the outbreak strain in an environmental sample from the Mars Petcare facility in Pennsylvania, the statement said. The CDC said 25 of the 66 salmonellosis cases reported so far occurred in Pennsylvania, with 12 in New York, 6 in Ohio, 5 in Massachusetts, and 1 or 2 in each of the other states affected.center_img See also: Aug 29, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Further investigation has strengthened the evidence of a link between recently recalled dog food products and human Salmonella infections, US health officials reported yesterday. The CDC, however, said yesterday that the outbreak strain of S Schwarzengrund was found in fecal specimens from two dogs that ate dry pet food in the homes of two case-patients. In addition, a multistate case-control study showed a link between illness and the purchase of dry pet foods made by Mars Petcare, the agency said. Aug 28 CIDRAP News story “Outbreak strain of Salmonella found in dog food” Of the patients for whom information was available, 39% were 1 year old or younger and 32% experienced bloody diarrhea. Ten patients were hospitalized, but none died, the CDC reported.last_img read more

Sevilla re-sign Rakitic on four-year deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Suarez agrees Atletico terms Messi becomes football’s second billionaire + Top 10 Barcelona have announced the departure of midfielder Ivan Rakitic to former club Sevilla for just £1.3 million.The 32-year-old had been earmarked as a player that could be moved on this summer in the wake of the club’s 8-2 mauling by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals, with the club planning an overhaul by selling several first team stars. Rakitic has signed a four-year deal with the Andalusian side, who he left to join Barca for £18 million in 2014.The deal could rise to £8 million with bonuses.In a statement, Barcelona thanked him for his efforts during his six years at the club and praised his achievements – announcing a farewell ceremony for him this week.The statement said: “FC Barcelona publicly expresses its gratitude to Rakitic for his commitment and dedication and wishes him good luck and success in the future.“Versatile, hard-working and with a good vision of the game, he ends his career as a Barca player with 310 games, in which he has made 40 assists and 36 goals. This Wednesday, September 2, starting at 11am, the farewell ceremony and subsequent telematic press conference of the player will take place.” Posting the news on their official Twitter page, Sevilla wrote: “@IvanRakitic returns home, he is a #SevillaFC player once again! Welcome back, Ivan!”Rakitic played 310 times for the Spanish giants, scoring 36 goals and winning nine major trophies – including four LaLiga titles and the Champions League.Tags: BarcelonaRakiticSEVILLAlast_img read more

Prosperity ministers face new scrutiny

first_imgThe message flickered into Cindy Fleenor’s living room each night: Be faithful in how you live and how you give, the television preachers said, and God will shower you with material riches. And so the 53-year-old accountant from the Tampa, Fla., area pledged $500 a year to Joyce Meyer, the evangelist whose frank talk about recovering from childhood sexual abuse was so inspirational. She wrote checks to flamboyant faith healer Benny Hinn and a local preacher-made-good, Paula White. Only the blessings didn’t come. Fleenor ended up borrowing money from friends and payday loan companies just to buy groceries. At first she believed the explanation given on television: Her faith wasn’t strong enough. “I wanted to believe God wanted to do something great with me like he was doing with them,” she said. “I’m angry and bitter about it. Right now, I don’t watch anyone on TV hardly.” Most scholars trace the origins of prosperity theology to E.W. Kenyon, an evangelical pastor from the first half of the 20th century. But it wasn’t until the postwar era – and a pair of evangelists from Tulsa, Okla. – that “health and wealth” theology became a fixture in Pentecostal and charismatic churches. Oral Roberts and Kenneth Hagin – and later, Kenneth Copeland – trained tens of thousands of evangelists with a message that resonated with an emerging middle class, said David Edwin Harrell Jr., a Roberts biographer. Copeland is among those now being investigated. The teachings took on various names – “Name It and Claim It,” “Word of Faith,” the prosperity gospel. Prosperity preachers say that it isn’t all about money – that God’s blessings extend to health, relationships and being well-off enough to help others. Critics acknowledge the idea that God wants to bless his followers has a Biblical basis, but say prosperity preachers take verses out of context. The prosperity crowd also fails to acknowledge Biblical accounts that show God doesn’t always reward faithful believers, Palmer said. The Book of Job is a case study in piety unrewarded, and a chapter in the Book of Hebrews includes a litany of believers who were tortured and martyred, Palmer said. Yet the prosperity gospel continues to draw crowds, particularly lower- and middle-income people who, critics say, have the greatest motivation and the most to lose. The checks and balances central to Christian denominations are largely lacking in prosperity churches. One of the pastors in the Grassley probe, Bishop Eddie Long of suburban Atlanta, has written that God told him to get rid of the “ungodly governmental structure” of a deacon board. Follower borrowed cash Preachers cite Bible Some ministers hold up their own wealth as evidence that the teaching works. Atlanta-area pastor Creflo Dollar, who is fighting Grassley’s inquiry, owns a Rolls Royce and multimillion-dollar homes and travels in a church-owned Learjet. In a letter to Grassley, Dollar’s attorney calls the prosperity gospel a “deeply held religious belief” grounded in Scripture and therefore a protected religious freedom. Grassley has said his probe is not about theology. Even some prosperity gospel critics – like the Rev. Adam Hamilton of 15,000-member United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in suburban Kansas City, Mo. – say that the investigation is entering a minefield. “How do you determine how much money a minister like this is able to make when the basic theology is that wealth is OK?” said Hamilton, an Oral Roberts graduate who later left the charismatic movement. “That gets into theological questions.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonAll three of the groups Fleenor supported are among six major Christian television ministries under scrutiny by a senator who is asking questions about the evangelists’ lavish spending and possible abuses of their tax-exempt status. The probe by Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, has brought new scrutiny to the underlying belief that brings in millions of dollars and fills churches from Atlanta to Los Angeles – the “Gospel of Prosperity,” or the notion that God wants to bless the faithful with earthly riches. All six ministries under investigation preach the prosperity gospel to varying degrees. Proponents call it a biblically sound message of hope. Others say it is a distortion that makes evangelists rich and preys on the vulnerable. They say it has evolved from “it’s all right to make money” to it’s all right for the pastor to drive a Bentley, live in an oceanside home and travel by private jet. “More and more people are desperate and grasping at straws and want something that will alleviate their pain or financial crisis,” said Michael Palmer, dean of the divinity school at Regent University, founded by Pat Robertson. “It’s a growing problem.” last_img read more

Record first quarter sales for TravelManagers

first_imgMichael GazalRecord first quarter sales for TravelManagersTravelManagers’ dream start to 2018 continues, with the company announcing this year’s first quarter as their best-ever first quarter trading.TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, says that whilst the company continues to attract new personal travel managers (PTMs), much of this first quarter growth is due to expansion in existing PTMs’ businesses.“Our PTMs have achieved fantastic results by focusing on the acquisition of new clients and the expansion of existing client files,” says Gazal. “With our continued focus on these dual objectives we forecast TravelManagers is well-placed to continue on its current growth path for the rest of 2018 and into 2019.”The company has recently celebrated record sales in February, which Gazal says placed TravelManagers in an ideal position to finish the quarter strongly.“Our first quarter total sales for 2018 were up by almost ten percent on the same quarter in 2017, driven by growth in most destinations. For example, our South America market has grown by close to 30 percent, facilitated in part to recent increases in direct flights.”According to Gazal, TravelManagers’ South America cruise and touring components also increased significantly: close to 100 percent and more than 140 percent respectively. Australia domestic travel has also grown by twenty percent compared with the same quarter last year, despite suggestions from some areas that this segment is being increasingly purchased online.“In a marketplace where many competitors are increasingly offering commoditised product,” he explains, “what sets TravelManagers apart from other travel businesses is that our PTMs have achieved outstanding results by focusing on creating customised itineraries which are tailored to their individual clients’ requirements.”Fabiana LorenzonFor personal travel manager Fabiana Lorenzon, representative for Innaloo, closing the first quarter of 2018 on a high comes as confirmation that the TravelManagers’ model and focus on personalised service really works.“For me, the key destinations to watch this year include South America, the USA and Canada, South East Asia and Africa,” Lorenzon predicts, noting that perennial star performer Europe, “is also expected to continue to perform strongly as well.”TravelManagers say that they are not content to rest on their laurels at this point in the year and are predicting further significant growth for the balance of 2018.“We have an impressive group of PTMs working hard to provide the best possible service to their clients, backed by a dedicated National Partnership Office (NPO) team who are working hard to provide every possible assistance in making this happen,” says Gazal.For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.Source = TravelManagerslast_img read more