Salmonella outbreak strain traced to Mexican farm

first_img “Frankly, I’d just like to hear what went wrong,” Cardoza said. The discovery of the first piece of produce actually linked to a case in the outbreak was announced just 2 days ago by Colorado officials, who found the outbreak strain in a jalapeno from the home of a southwestern Colorado resident who had been sick. Editor’s note: In a statement released late on Jul 30, the FDA said that the Mexican farm where the contaminated jalapeno pepper found in Texas last week was grown is not the same one where the contaminated irrigation water and Serrano pepper were found, contrary to the report below. The farm where the contaminated Serrano pepper and irrigation water were found is in the state of Nuevo Leon and was identified through the trace-back of products linked to clusters of cases in the United States, the agency said. The FDA said the contaminated jalapeno found at a produce distributor in McAllen, Tex., was traced back to a different farm in Mexico; the location was not disclosed. Today’s congressional hearing was the first of two this week scheduled to focus on the outbreak and the response to it. Members of the subcommittee sharply questioned Acheson and King about various aspects of the outbreak investigation. Though no contaminated tomatoes have been found, Acheson said, “We have found contaminated jalapeno and Serrano peppers and have found . . . common distribution points. We’ve also identified a farm where all three are grown. So the possibility exists that this was on more than one commodity; we already know it’s two, so it could’ve been three.” The FDA first warned about possible Salmonella in jalapeno and Serrano peppers on Jul 9, after investigations of several case clusters pointed in that direction. Certain kinds of tomatoes were previously the main suspects in the outbreak, and investigators have not yet excluded a possible role for them early in the outbreak. A warning against eating tomatoes was canceled on Jul 17. The outbreak has grown to 1,319 cases in 43 states, along with Washington, DC, and Canada, Dr. Lonnie King of the Centers for Disease Control and Preveniton (CDC) reported at the hearing, which focused on the problems in tracing fresh produce in connection with disease outbreaks. Acheson said the contaminated jalapeno found at the Texas distributor was traced back through two different facilities in Mexico and finally to the farm, whose location he didn’t disclose. He said the farm distributes produce to “a number of other places” and added that the FDA investigators would try to identify those. Jul 30 FDA statement “Two hours ago we learned that we had got a positive sample in water used for irrigation” and also in a Serrano pepper on the farm, Acheson told the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture, at a hearing that was streamed over the Web. Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Calif., chair of the subcommittee, set the tone at the beginning: “The investigation faltered almost from the beginning as investigators began asking patients what they ate before they became ill,” he said. “They used questionnaires that listed major food items but not all food items.” For example, the form included peppers but not jalapeno peppers specifically. When Cardoza asked if the warning on tomatoes was “an erroneous callout by your agency,” Acheson said, “No, there was a very clear, methodical scientific process whereby the CDC reached a statistical conclusion it was tomatoes.” “We found a positive in Serrano peppers and we’re recommending that consumers not only not consume jalapeno peppers but also Serrano peppers,” Acheson said. Jul 30, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A Salmonella-tainted jalapeno pepper found last week in Texas has been traced to a Mexican farm, and investigators have found the outbreak strain of Salmonella in irrigation water there, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official told Congress today. House Agriculture Committee’s hearing schedule Under questioning by Rep. Tim Mahoney, D-Fla., Acheson said there is no evidence that any tomatoes now on the market are contaminated, but the FDA can’t exclude the possibility that tomatoes played some role earlier in the outbreak. Under questioning by Cardoza, Acheson acknowledged that no contaminated tomatoes have been found, despite the weeks of warnings against eating certain kinds. See also: Later, he said about 1% of food items imported into the United States are “physically examined by an inspector.” Inspections and testing of imported foods are largely driven by the record of past problems, such as Salmonella in cantaloupe, he explained. David W. Acheson, MD, the FDA’s associate commissioner for foods, told a House subcommittee this afternoon that the contaminated jalapeno pepper found last week at a distribution center in McAllen, Tex., was traced back to the farm in Mexico. When Mahoney asked if there are any required inspections of the implicated farm in Mexico, Acheson said, “There’s not a requirement that I’m aware of for anyone to inspect those farms.”last_img read more

Arsenal summer signing Willian accused of ‘disappearing’ against Liverpool by Frank LeBouef

first_imgFrank Lebouef was critical of Arsenal summer signing Willian’s performance against Liverpool (Picture: ESPN)Former Chelsea star Frank Lebouef believes Arsenal were architects of their own downfall against Liverpool on Monday as Mikel Arteta’s side surrendered their 100% start to the new season.The Gunners fortuitously took the lead at Anfield through Alexandre Lacazette, but the Premier League champions turned the match on its head before half-time courtesy of goals from Sadio Mane and Andrew Robertson.Arsenal have improved as a defensive unit under Arteta and shocked Jurgen Klopp’s side at the Emirates towards the end of last season while they also took the spoils following a penalty shootout win in last month’s Community Shield.AdvertisementAdvertisementBut the visitors were largely overwhelmed at Anfield last night, however, with Klopp’s relentless juggernaut pressing the life out of Arsenal and carving out numerous goalscoring opportunities. ADVERTISEMENTLebouef, however, felt Arsenal should have done better to prevent Robertson from scoring at the far post 10 minutes before the breaj, with summer signing Willian particularly culpable having failed to track the full-back’s trademark run. Willian struggled to make an impact as Arsenal were beaten 3-1 at Anfield by Liverpool (Picture: Getty)‘They can have regrets because they didn’t do what they had to do and that was my concern about Willian,’ the former France World Cup winner told ESPN. ‘I’m going to point the problem on him. ‘I think he touched the ball eight times in the first half and he was the guy who didn’t follow Robertson from the cross for Alexander-Arnold. And we all know around the world when Alexander-Arnold has the ball Robertson goes for the second ball at the far post and you should be there.‘That was the problem when he was playing fro Chelsea he could be the best player in the world and then disappear completely and not doing his defensive part of the job.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArteta’s insistence on playing out from the back and inviting pressure was also questioned by Lebouef, who felt also couldn’t comprehend the decision to leave Dani Ceballos on the bench.He added: ‘In the defence with the crazy suicide passes that they made in the six-yard box from Leno to David Luiz and Holding where everyone starts sweating, just to take that risk. ‘I don’t know why Ceballos was on the bench, he has technique and finally gave good balls, the one he gave to Lacazette and some others. So there were some mistakes that they could correct and they didn’t, but they have to change to some stuff because it’s not the way that I see Arsenal playing.’MORE: ‘He’s turned the club around’ – Andy Robertson praises Mikel Arteta and Arsenal signings after Liverpool winMORE: Diogo Jota reveals Jurgen Klopp advice before scoring his first Liverpool goal against Arsenal Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 29 Sep 2020 11:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link86Sharescenter_img Arteta reflects after Arsenal are beaten 3-1 by LiverpoolTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:14FullscreenArteta reflects after Arsenal are beaten 3-1 by Liverpool is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal summer signing Willian accused of ‘disappearing’ against Liverpool by Frank LeBouef Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Recognizes Pennsylvania Police Officers for Reaching 1,000 Overdose Reversal Milestone

first_imgGovernor Wolf Recognizes Pennsylvania Police Officers for Reaching 1,000 Overdose Reversal Milestone Press Release,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf today recognized police officers across the Commonwealth for reversing more than 1,000 opioid overdoses in over one year. The Wolf Administration made Naloxone available to State Police and other law enforcement and emergency personnel in April 2015.“Fighting Pennsylvania’s opioid and heroin epidemic is a top priority for my administration,” said Governor Wolf. “Our effort to make naloxone available to first responders is a key part of our strategy, and it is paying dividends in lives saved. I am proud of the work of my administration, and I am proud to stand here today with the people who have made this life-saving work happen, most especially our police officers.”Standing alongside uniformed police officers, Governor Wolf, along with Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) Secretary Gary Tennis, Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, and representatives from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA), and the recovery community, thanked and praised police for their life-saving work.“I am here today to thank all of the police officers across the Commonwealth who are equipped with naloxone and who have saved lives,” Secretary Tennis said. “This is a bittersweet milestone. Our officers continue to fulfill their commitment to protect and serve and have saved many lives that, without their willingness to carry naloxone, otherwise may have been lost. For that we are grateful. But the sheer number of overdose reversals also demonstrates just how serious and devastating the opioid overdose death epidemic is and how much work remains to be done.“I am also here today to thank those who have enabled the police to carry naloxone – Governor Wolf for his commitment to addressing the epidemic and his order that all Pennsylvania State Police carry naloxone; Physician General Levine for her work on the standing orders that have made naloxone available to all Pennsylvanians; the legislators who worked hard to pass Act 139; the insurance companies who have so generously donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for naloxone for the police; the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency for its funding support; the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association and its members, who have been linchpins in the effort; and the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, which has been a conduit to municipal police across the Commonwealth.”Along with Physician General Levine, who signed a standing order giving law enforcement officers and firefighters the ability to access naloxone, DDAP raised more than $600,000 from health insurers across Pennsylvania to provide naloxone to police at no cost. Grant money provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency also was used to purchase naloxone. The PDAA and PCPA managed the money and worked with municipal police departments and county district attorneys to pay for the medication.With nearly 2,500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014 according to the Pennsylvania Coroners Association and estimates that the 2015 total will be higher, police are instrumental in saving the lives of anyone who overdoses on prescription pain medication or heroin. According to a Center for Rural Pennsylvania survey of police departments, police are first on the scene of an overdose approximately 70 percent of the time.Naloxone is a medication that can temporarily reverse an overdose that is caused by an opioid drug (prescription pain medication or heroin). When given during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and restores breathing within two to eight minutes. Naloxone has been used safely by medical professionals for more than 40 years and has only one function: to reverse the effects of opioids on the brain and respiratory system in order to prevent death.“Naloxone has no potential for abuse,” Physician General Dr. Levine said. “A person can’t get high or become addicted to it, and it is safe to use. It’s important to remember that although police and other first responders now have access to naloxone, family members and friends can also access this medication by obtaining a prescription from their family doctor or by using my standing order, which is a prescription written for the general public, rather than specifically for an individual. Often times, it’s a family member or friend who is first to find the overdose victim, and minutes can be the difference between life and death. I encourage anyone who is suffering with an opioid addiction or is regularly taking prescription opioids for pain, as well as their families, to have naloxone in their homes.” June 13, 2016center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

EnQuest director to step down from role

first_imgUK North Sea oil firm EnQuest has informed that its director Phillip Nolan will be stepping down from his role to take up a new position in Associated British Ports Holdings Limited.EnQuest said on Thursday that Nolan would step down with effect from July 4.At that time, he will assume new responsibilities as a non-executive chairman of Associated British Ports Holdings Limited, the direct holding company of Associated British Ports.Nolan spent 15 years with BP working in the UK, the USA, Australia, and Southeast Asia. Later, he was responsible for acquisition and disposals for BP Exploration worldwide and was managing director of Interconnector Limited which built and operates the gas pipeline between Bacton and Zeebrugge.He joined BG Group where he was chief executive officer of Transco which runs the UK gas pipeline network and was also an executive member of the BG Group board. On demerger from BG Group, Nolan was the chief executive officer of the Lattice GroupJock Lennox, chairman of EnQuest, said: “Since 2012, Phil has played a significant role in the development of EnQuest, including most recently the milestone of first oil at the Kraken project. I would like to thank him on behalf of the Board for his unstinting and valuable contribution to the Company and wish him well for the future.”EnQuest added that, in conjunction with an independent search firm, the process of building on the company’s rotation plans continues.last_img read more

‘Not forgotten’: grieving Lakers honour Kobe Bryant

first_img Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Best Cars Of All Time11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Loading… Then it was James’s turn, his voice solemn as he recited the names of all nine killed when the helicopter went down in the rugged hills of Calabasas in suburban Los Angeles: Gianna’s basketball teammates Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester, Alyssa’s parents John and Keri Altobelli, Payton’s mother Sarah Chester, basketball coach Christina Mauser, pilot Ara Zobayan and, finally, Kobe and Gianna Bryant. “I’ve got something written down,” James said. “They asked me to kind of stay on course or whatever the case may be. “But Laker Nation, I’d be selling y’all short if I read off this shit so I’m gonna go straight from the heart,” he added to cheers from the crowd of 18,997. “The first thing that comes to mind, man, is it’s all about family. LeBron James spoke for everyone as the Los Angeles Lakers honored the memory of franchise icon Kobe Bryant on Friday, delivering the simple message: “Not forgotten.” LeBron James speaks during the Los Angeles Lakers ceremony to honor Kobe Bryant before their NBA game against the Portland Trail Blazers In a night of ceremony and tears at Staples Center, the Lakers hosted the Portland Trail Blazers in their first NBA game since a helicopter crash claimed the lives of Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others on Sunday. Portland’s 127-119 victory – fueled by Damian Lillard’s 48 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists – seemed little more than a footnote. “We all wanted to win this game really bad,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “Our guys poured their guts out, out there. So I’m disappointed we didn’t get the win, but I couldn’t be more happy and more proud of our guys’ effort and their performance.” Lakers star Anthony Davis admitted he felt anxious and nervous going into a night that Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said was “about Kobe Bryant.” Fans were greeted by a sea of Bryant jerseys – one draping each seat. In the darkened arena, a purple-tinged spotlight picked out the Bryant jerseys hanging in the rafters – his numbers 8 and 24 both retired by the Lakers. Bouquets of red roses held open two courtside seats in honor of Bryant and Gianna, while yellow roses sculpted the numbers of 8 and 24 in massive arrangements on the court. As Usher sang “Amazing Grace,” a hush fell over the crowd. Los Angeles Philharmonic cellist Ben Hong then played as a video montage of Bryant interviews, interspersed with on-court moments and intimate family pictures, was played on the massive scoreboard. After a 24.2-second moment of silence, Boyz II Men – from Bryant’s hometown of Philadelphia – brought James to tears with their performance of the Star Spangled Banner in the dimly lit arena. Usher sings Amazing Grace during the Los Angeles Lakers ceremony to honor Kobe Bryant before their NBA game against the Portland Trail Blazerscenter_img In their memory, Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna’s seats were covered with flowers, and the two players’ jerseys Staples Center officials had asked fans without tickets to watch the tribute from home, but many couldn’t stay away. Thousands thronged the downtown arena and the neighboring LA Live entertainment complex, some adding to the memorials of flowers, stuffed animals, balloons and candles that have sprung up and some just finding comfort in being there. Many wrote on massive paper-covered boards erected for the purpose, although pavements were also black with written messages. Impressionist painter Reza Safa said his reconstruction of a photograph showing Bryant carrying Gianna on his shoulders was a gift for Bryant’s wife, Vanessa. “Tonight, I’m not going to the game,” Safa said. “I’m just going to paint.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “As I look around this arena, we’re all grieving, we’re all hurt, we’re all heartbroken. When we go through things like this the best thing you can do is lean on the shoulders of your family.” James said the time for a Bryant memorial would come, but that he considered this night “a celebration” of Bryant’s 20-year career – all spent with the Lakers – and of the life he was making since he retired in 2016. “This is a celebration of the 20 years of the blood, the sweat, the tears, the broken down body, the getting up, sitting down to everything, the countless hours, the determination to be as great as he could be. “Tonight we celebrate the kid who came here at 18 years of age, retired at 38 and became the best dad we’ve seen over the last three years.” “The fact that I’m here now means so much to me,” James added. “I’m going to continue with my teammates to continue his legacy not only for this year but as long as we can continue to play the game of basketball that we love, because that’s what Kobe Bryant would want. “So in the words of Kobe Bryant: ‘Mamba Out,’” James said, recalling Bryant’s sign-off when he retired. “But in the words of us: ‘Not forgotten.’ Live on brother.” – ‘just beautiful’ – And Bryant lived in symbols all over Staples Center – a special KB logo painted on the court, and Lakers team introductions in which every player was introduced “From Lower Merion High School, No. 8, Kobe Bryant.” James had prepared for the game with Bryant’s No. 24 jersey hanging next to his locker – the same locker Bryant used when he helped Los Angeles win five NBA titles. “What he said was just beautiful,” Vogel said. “It represented who he is and really who we are as a team, as an organization.”last_img read more

‘Marijuana’ puts Capiz man behind bars

first_imgPolice Corporal Donald Alvarado seizedthe drug paraphernalia and a sling bag containing the residue of suspectedmarijuana from the suspect. Simone Francisco was arrested when police officers found a sachet of suspected dried marijuana leaves from his possession in Barangay Poblacion, Kalibo, Aklan at the height of the Ati-Atihan Festival on Jan. 19. AKEAN FORUM Alvarado, meanwhile, said they were onalert on the possible entry of the prohibited items as the capital towncelebrated Ati-Atihan.    A sachet of suspected dried marijuanaleaves and drug paraphernalia were seized from 30-year-old Simone Francisco ofBarangay Lawaan, Roxas City, Capiz when police officers frisked him while hewas trying to enter the festival zone around 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 19, Kalibodeputy chief of police Major Joel Bulfa said. “Aktiboang ating kapulisan sa buong araw upang bantayan ang Ati-Atihan Festival lalong-lalona sa screening areas. Mahigpit angating kapulisan kahit sa gabi upang masiguro ang kaayusan at kaligtasan nglahat,” Bulfa said.center_img Francisco was detained in the lockupcell of the Kalibo municipal police station, facing charges for violation ofRepublic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. “Maramingtao ang pumapasok sa screening area.While frisking, itong suspek ay nakainomat may dalang bag. Hindi niyainitially inamin na may dala siyang‘marijuana.’ Lumuhod pa siya sa amin atnagmamakaawa,” added Alvarado, who is presently assigned in the Libacaomunicipal police station in Aklan.(With areport from Akean Forum/PN) BORACAY – Police arrested a drugsuspect at the screening area of the Ati-Atihan Festival in Barangay Poblacion,Kalibo, Aklan.    last_img read more

Perfect talks about efforts to improve addiction treatment

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Stopping addiction means ensuring those who need help are provided with meaningful and effective treatment options.One treatment option for Hoosiers battling addiction is an Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) program, many of which have recently opened in our state. While these programs can be valuable, they are lacking appropriate regulations to protect patients.To ensure these programs are operating responsibly, I supported Senate Bill 141, which would set common-sense regulations for OBOT programs and require doctors to outline a specific treatment agreement with the patient before starting treatment.For example, this bill would require doctors engaged in OBOT programs to:Perform initial assessments before treatment begins;Look at the patient’s substance abuse history;Perform a mental health assessment;Drug test the patient periodically to see if they are sticking with their plan and not using other drugs;Check INSPECT (Indiana’s prescription monitoring system) at least four times per year during treatment;Test if the patient is pregnant and counsel them about the use of opioids during pregnancy; andProvide ongoing support therapy.SB 141 recently passed out of the Senate with bipartisan support and will now move to the House of Representatives for consideration.For more information on SB 141, click here.last_img read more

Charlotte J. Amrhein, 77, Everton

first_imgCharlotte J. Amrhein, age 77, of Everton, Indiana died Monday August 3, 2020 at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus, Indiana.Born August 28, 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio she was the daughter of the late Clay S. & Beatrice J. (Lancaster) Haynes.  On January 4, 1964 she was united in marriage to Robert Amrhein, and he survives.A homemaker, in her leisure time she enjoyed flowers and gardening, and her pets.She was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Brookville.Besides Robert, her husband of over 56 years, survivors include two sons, Timothy Amrhein of Everton, Indiana and Torrey Amrhein of Alpine, Indiana; four grandchildren, Torrey Amrhein Jr., Emily Amrhein, Amelia Amrhein, and Anna Amrhein; 10 nieces; 8 nephews; three sisters in law, Alberta Amrhein, Joan Amrhein, and Betty Haynes; a brother-in-law, Mark Sterwerf.In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, Allen Lee Amrhein, and a brother, Marvin Haynes.Family & friends may visit from 9:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. on Friday, August 7, 2020 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Rev. Vincent Lampert will officiate the Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, August 7, 2020, 11:30 A.M. at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 145 St. Michael Blvd., Brookville.  Burial will then follow in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery in Brookville.          Memorial Contributions may directed to St. Michael Building Fund.  The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home are honored to serve the Amrhein family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences to the family please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.comlast_img read more

Given reunion leaves Ketsbaia torn

first_img Republic boss Martin O’Neill declined to reveal whether or not Given or David Forde will start at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, and Ketsbaia insists he does not want to make up his mind for him. Ketsbaia said: “I have known Shay for a long time now and our families are friends. I am glad to see him in Georgia – but I wouldn’t be glad to see him play because he’s really a very good goalkeeper. “I don’t want to make the decision for Martin O’Neill – he knows better than anybody else – but he (Given) is a really fantastic goalkeeper. “He has been with several clubs in the Premier League and it’s obviously good for the Irish national team to see him again. “But I don’t know. We will try to score a goal – we don’t care who is going to stand between the goalposts.” Ketsbaia’s experience of British football – he played for Wolves and Dundee as well as the Magpies in a four-year stay – has given him an insight into the way Ireland will play with many of O’Neill’s men plying their trade in England. He understands the challenge at hand, even if he is confident his players can cope with it. He said: “We know the way the Irish team will play. Most of the players play in the Premier League and the Championship, so we know it is going to be a very hard and very tough game because all the players ate playing at that level. The 38-year-old goalkeeper and the mercurial midfielder were team-mates at Newcastle and have kept in touch since they went their separate ways. However, they could meet again at close quarters in Tbilisi on Sunday evening with Given a candidate for the Ireland starting line-up after coming out of international retirement and Ketsbaia occupying the Georgia dug-out as the two nations attempt to launch their respective Euro 2016 Group D qualifying campaigns with a victory. Press Association “The Premier League is very tough, but the Championship is even more difficult. I also played in the Championship and it’s so difficult to play. “It’s going to be hard and we have to fight. There are battles to be won and the team which wins the battles is going to win the game.” Ketsbaia said at the start of the last campaign he would use it to prepare his team for the current one. But asked if he would adopt a more attacking approach this time around, the 46-year-old said: “It doesn’t really matter how exactly you approach the games in terms of scoring more goals. “The main thing would be to get a result, not to concede and not to lose the game. “The team always takes to the pitch aiming to win the game – it’s impossible to do otherwise. “It’s a very tight group where a lot of teams will be competing for the second and third spots. Competition will be very fierce, so not every game can be regarded as a must-win game. “But every single game will be regarded as one than cannot be lost, in my opinion. The main aim of every game will be not to be beaten and and if it takes 10 0-0 draws for the Georgian team to qualify, then so be it.” Georgia coach Temuri Ketsbaia admits he has mixed feelings as he prepares for his reunion with old friend Shay Given. last_img read more

Local politicos gather at USC as Karen Bass is honored with award

first_imgThe USC College Democrats held an awards ceremony Sunday to honor former California State Assembly Speaker Karen Bass.Bass, who is currently running for Congress, was given the Jesse M. Unruh Award to honor her commitment to the Democratic Party and the state of California. The award, named after former California state Treasurer Jesse M. Unruh, is given annually by the USC College Democrats to local politicians who have demonstrated exemplary service.Honored · Sylvia Castillo accepts the Jesse M. Unruh Award from the USC College Democrats on behalf of Karen Bass, a former California State Assembly Speaker who is currently running for Congress. – Sunil Murali | Daily Trojan“We like [to choose] people with connections to USC who have done a lot of great work for California and for the Democratic Party,” said Bobby Almeida, president of the USC College Democrats.Bass graduated from the USC Keck School of Medicine’s Primary Care Physician Assistant Program and worked for years as a physician assistant before pursuing politics.Bass had planned to attend the ceremony, but was pulled away at the last minute because of extenuating circumstances. She was represented by her senior adviser, Sylvia Castillo, who accepted the award on her behalf.“I thank you all on behalf of the speaker for honoring her hard work,” she said.Castillo spoke about Bass’ accomplishments and goals and her reasons for running for Congress this year.Also at the event was James Westbrooks, the district director for California state Sen. Curren Price.Westbrooks spoke on behalf of the senator and told the students he would try to set up a meeting with the USC College Democrats as soon as possible so they could get a chance to speak with the senator.Sunday’s event, which was attended by approximately 30 people, also served as a fundraiser for the College Democrats. Money was raised by donations from elected officials, as well as some attendees.“We hope to raise a little over $1,000,” Almeida said.The USC College Democrats have used money from previous fundraisers to organize events on campus and travel around the country.“The money is for our club so we can do things like canvas in Nevada, like we did in the 2008 election,” said Aja Heisler, director of external communications for the USC College Democrats.The majority of the attendees were members of the USC College Democrats. Students from UCLA also attended.“We tried to publicize the best we could,” Heisler said. “We really wanted to give USC students a chance to come out and meet Karen Bass.”Jonathan Brebner, a current member of the USC College Democrats, said he was extremely excited his club was honoring Bass.“I never even considered missing it,” said Brebner, a junior majoring in political science.Brebner said he is very happy about the work that Bass did during her term as California assembly speaker.“I think [Karen Bass] is a fantastic politician,” Brebner said. “She did her job well.”last_img read more