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Microwave, dishwasher best for cleaning sponges

first_img Sanitizing kitchen sponges is important because they may be contaminated with pathogens like Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella. Microbiologists Manan Sharma and Cheryl Mudd also tested sponges soaked in lemon juice and in deionized water for 1 minute and in 10% bleach solution for 3 minutes, and they left one untreated. Between 37% and 87% of bacteria were killed using these methods, leaving sufficient bacteria to cause disease. (Deionized water is purified water from which most ions, such as sodium, calcium, iron, and chloride, have been removed). Others studies have shown the powerful effects of microwaving. University of Florida engineering researchers found that microwaving killed more than 99% of bacteria in sponges that had been soaked in raw wastewater, according to a Jan 22 university news release. The study was published in the December 2006 issue of the Journal of Environmental Health. Apr 23 USDA news releasehttp://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2007/070423.htm Initially, each of the sponges contained about 20 million microbes, after researchers soaked them in a solution of ground beef and lab growth medium for 48 hours. The study was conducted at the ARS Food Technology and Safety Laboratory in Beltsville, Md. See also: Sponges should be wet when placed in the microwave and should have no metallic components, according to the University of Florida release.center_img Treatment in the microwave and the dishwasher also left sponges with less than 1% of the original counts of yeasts and molds in them, whereas 6.7% to 63% remained in the sponges treated with the other methods or left untreated. The ARS said these methods were tested because they are commonly used in households. Apr 25, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Bacteria in a kitchen sponge can best be eliminated by heating the sponge in a microwave oven or running it through an automatic dishwasher, according to a study by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). “Basically what we find is that we could knock out most bacteria in two minutes,” said Gabriel Bitton, University of Florida environmental engineering professor, in the news release. Researchers found that microwaving a wet sponge for 1 minute killed 99.9999% of bacteria, while running a sponge through a dishwasher cycle that included drying eliminated 99.9998% of bacteria, the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) said in an Apr 23 news release. News release on University of Florida studyhttp://news.ufl.edu/2007/01/22/zap-the-bugs/last_img read more

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Jakartans hit streets on first Car Free Day since start of PSBB, raising concerns of new outbreak

first_img“CFD in Jakarta has returned this morning,” @g_hanafiah tweeted.Another Twitter user, @adriansyahyasin, shared a series of photos showing a crowd of cyclists and joggers on Jl. Sudirman, while saying the lack of proper public spaces in the capital city had left most people with no other choice but to gather in a single location just to exercise.CFD yang ramai adalah bukti Jakarta tidak memiliki persebaran ruang publik terbuka berkualitas yang merata, sampe semua orang harus tumplek blek nunggu jalan ini ditutup atau ke GBK hanya untuk berolahragaKalo diseantero Jakarta jalannya aman buat bersepeda mungkin lain cerita pic.twitter.com/IQarnLHiw9— Adriansyah Yasin Sulaeman (@adriansyahyasin) June 21, 2020 “A crowded CFD proves that Jakarta lacks public spaces, so much so that everyone had to flock here […] or to the GBK [Gelora Bung Karno sports complex] just to exercise,” he wrote in the caption of the post.Fellow netizens have since conveyed their concerns about the risks of coronavirus transmission on CFD, with some even speculating that the weekly event could turn into a new outbreak cluster due to the lax implementation of physical distancing measures.It’s Car Free Day, not COVID free day, good people.— Raya Fahreza Wiguna (@rayafahreza) June 21, 2020 Netizens have raised concerns over public health as images and videos of large crowds inundating the streets of Central Jakarta on the first Car Free Day (CFD) following months of large-scale restrictions (PSBB) spread on social media.CFD had been suspended since March 15 as part of the city administration’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.Internet personality and television host Gemala Hanafiah posted on her official Twitter page a video showing a large number of people walking and cycling near the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle on Jl. Thamrin on Sunday.CFD Jkt yg dah dibuka pagi ini pic.twitter.com/bKkeiY1Dzy— IG : @g_hanafiah (@g_hanafiah) June 21, 2020 “It’s Car Free Day, not COVID free day, good people,” @rayafahreza tweeted.Other Twitter users said that it was hard to blame residents for wanting to go outdoors.Satu sisi kayak takut bgt ga sih virus nya nyebar ke lebih banyak orang liat rame bgt gitu, tapi sisi lain mereka pasti udh bosen bgt dirumah, sekali nya cfd dibuka membludak org² nya, stay safe aja deh buat kalian disna.— lawmye (@huxleyycallum) June 21, 2020″One the one hand, I’m very worried that the virus will spread to many people seeing how big the crowd is, but on the other hand, they must be so bored at home,” @huxleyycallum wrote. The Jakarta Police have deployed personnel on Jl. Thamrin to ensure that residents obey health protocols such as wearing face masks and maintaining physical distancing.10.58 Kamsel Dit Lantas PMJ melaksanakan Giat Sosialisasi dan Himbauan untuk tetap menjaga kebersihan dan menerapkan protokol kesehatan di tengah warga Jakarta yg melakukan kegiatan CFD di BUndaran HI. pic.twitter.com/3TKY4I57xa— TMC Polda Metro Jaya (@TMCPoldaMetro) June 21, 2020Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said last Sunday that the administration would resume the weekly CFD. However, activities during the transitional PSBB period would be restricted to bicycle riding and outdoor exercise, with street vendors prohibited from operating.According to the official government count, Jakarta had 9,971 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 586 deaths as of Sunday.Topics :last_img read more

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Germany imposes local lockdowns after virus outbreak at meat plant

first_imgTopics : Earlier on Tuesday, the head of the Robert Koch Institute for public health, Lothar Wieler, said local outbreaks had been a major factor behind a spike in the last few days in the coronavirus reproduction rate, currently estimated at 2.76.A reproduction rate, or ‘R’, of 2.76 means that 100 people who have contracted the virus infect, on average, 276 others.While Germany was at risk of a second coronavirus wave, Wieler said he was optimistic it could be prevented. “We will lift the measure as soon as possible, when we have certainty about the safety of the infection,” Laschet told a news conference. “It is a preventative measure.”More than 1,500 workers at a meat processing plant in Guetersloh have tested positive for COVID-19, as well as some of their family members and 24 people with no connection to the plant, Laschet said. Some of those workers live in Warendorf, about 30 km (19 miles) to the west.Laschet is a leading conservative contender to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel when her fourth term in office expires next year. Further outbreaks of new coronavirus in his state, Germany’s most populous, could damage his chances.Germany’s state premiers have agreed to act locally where possible to suppress the virus and there is no justification now for broader action, Laschet said.center_img The western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia on Tuesday put two municipalities back into lockdown until June 30 after an outbreak of the new coronavirus at a meatpacking plant.Guetersloh, home to some 100,000 people, and the neighboring town of Warendorf, became the first areas in Germany to fall back under lockdown measures that had been gradually lifted since the end of April.State governor Armin Laschet, who had previously led calls for Germany to ease its lockdown restrictions, said bars, museums, galleries, cinemas, sports halls, gyms and swimming pools in Guetersloh and Warendorf would be closed, and picnics and barbecues prohibited.last_img read more

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Djokovic back to winning ways in Rome after US Open default

first_img“I wouldn’t say I recovered happiness… because I’m happy regardless of tennis,” Djokovic told a news conference.”I was actually looking forward to an official match as soon as possible after what happened in New York as I feel the sentiment on court needs to be positive.”Djokovic’s frustration boiled over after dropping his serve against Pablo Carreno Busta in the opening set at Flushing Meadows but 10 days on in Rome he did not face a single break point in an imperious display against the unseeded Caruso.”I didn’t feel any emotional or mental blockages or any drama playing a match today. I felt very comfortable,” Djokovic said. “Caruso was a very good test for me. I was very pleased how I handled myself in important moments of the match.”On arrival in Rome, an apologetic Djokovic vowed to be “the best version” of himself on and off the court and he kept his emotions in check against local hope Caruso.Four-times Rome champion Djokovic, who received an opening-round bye, broke Caruso’s serve in the eighth game before serving out the opening set.Caruso, who battled past American Tennys Sandgren in the opening round for his first ATP Masters 1000 match win, dropped his serve in a see-saw third game of the second set which lasted nearly 12 minutes.With momentum firmly on his side, top seed Djokovic broke his opponent for a third time in the match before celebrating victory by blowing kisses into the empty stands at the Foro Italico.Having recorded 51 victories in 60 matches, Djokovic is the second most successful player in the tournament’s history – just behind nine-time champion Rafael Nadal.Djokovic has won 27 of his 28 matches this year and will resume his hunt for an 18th Grand Slam title at the French Open, which begins on Sept. 27.”Regardless the change of surface I feel confident about the game,” he said. “Hopefully I can build that stride more and more as I move deeper in the tournament and prior to Roland Garros obviously.”Djokovic will face either fellow Serb Filip Krajinovic or Italian Marco Cecchinato for a place in the last-16.Topics : Novak Djokovic said he was relieved to turn the page on his contentious U.S. Open exit as he began his claycourt season with a solid victory in his first match at the Italian Open on Wednesday.The world number one, who was disqualified in New York after accidentally hitting a line judge with a ball during his fourth round match, defeated Italian wildcard Salvatore Caruso 6-3 6-2 to move into the third round in Rome.Djokovic’s default in New York was met with heavy criticism by former players and fans on social media but the Serb said he was able to disconnect himself from the outside noise.last_img read more

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Trump-Biden, round one: Taxes, protests, and lots of insults

first_imgAnd he said “Will you shut up, man?” — which immediately was marketed by the Biden campaign on tee-shirts.The Democratic White House hopeful said Trump was “the worst president that America has ever had.”But the 74-year-old real estate mogul-turned-president launched a few zingers of his own, berating Biden for criticizing his coronavirus response and saying Trump needed to get “a lot smarter” to avert more deaths.”You graduated either the lowest or almost the lowest in your class. Don’t ever use the word smart with me. Don’t ever use that word with me. There’s nothing smart about you, Joe,” Trump fired back. It was messy and there was a lot of shouting, but President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden on Tuesday managed during their 90-minute debate to touch on some of the crucial issues facing American voters in November.The following is a look at the key moments of the debate — the substance, the zingers and the insults: White supremacy Wallace asked both candidates to comment on the race tensions that have convulsed America in recent months, following a series of deaths of African Americans at the hands of police.When the moderator asked Trump if he would condemn “white supremacists” and ask them to stand down, Trump said he was “willing to do that.”But he added: “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by. But I’ll tell you what, I’ll tell you what, somebody’s got to do something about Antifa,” referring to the far-left movement.The Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group, then appeared to adopt the phrase, with one known social media account posting a logo that read “Stand Back, Stand By.” What about those taxes? After a bombshell report from The New York Times indicating that Trump paid almost no federal income tax in both 2016 and 2017, the issue was bound to come up.When Wallace asked Trump to directly say whether he had paid more than $750 in income tax in those years, not in any other taxes, he at first deflected and when pressed, said he had paid “millions of dollars.””Show us your tax returns,” said Biden, who released his own 2019 return before the debate in Cleveland, showing he and his wife had paid nearly $300,000.”You’ll get to see it,” Trump replied, without saying when. Accepting the election result As the raucous debate wound to a close, Wallace asked both men if they would pledge to honor the election results. Trump has recently failed to explicitly guarantee a peaceful transfer of power, should he lose on November 3.”We might not know for months,” Trump said, adding later: “This is not going to end well.””I’m urging my supporters to go into the polls and watch very carefully,” he said.Biden pledged to respect the results “after all the ballots are counted.””That will be the end of it. And if it’s me, fine. If it’s not me, I will support the outcome,” he said.Topics : Dragging the kids into it Much has been said and written about Biden’s son Hunter’s business dealings in Ukraine and China. Trump has repeatedly tried to frame the issue as one showing wrongdoing by the former vice president.”China ate your lunch, Joe. And no wonder, your son goes in, and he takes out billions of dollars,” Trump said.Biden turned the tables, suggesting he could “talk all night” about Trump’s family and “ethics.” Trump’s daughter Ivanka works as a senior advisor to her father, and her husband Jared Kushner is a high-profile White House aide.”My family lost a fortune coming down and helping with government” Trump said.Later in the debate, Trump again talked about Hunter Biden, alleging he had been “dishonorably discharged” from the military for drug use.Biden exploded, saying: “My son, like a lot of people you know at home, had a drug problem. He’s overtaken it. He’s fixed it.”And he mentioned his son Beau, who died of brain cancer in 2015, as a way into an attack on Trump’s reported comments about the military as “losers” and “suckers.””He was not a loser. He was a patriot,” said Biden. Sharp tongues Political observers expected the Republican incumbent to come out swinging, but it was the 77-year-old former vice president who ended up landing some of the toughest insults of the night, calling Trump a “clown” and a “liar.””Everything he’s saying so far is simply a lie. I’m not here to call out his lies,” Biden roared at one point.At another moment, amid constant interruptions by the president, which angered even moderator Chris Wallace, Biden retorted: “It’s hard to get any word in with this clown. Excuse me, this person.”last_img read more

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John just the job for De Bromhead

first_img Willie Mullins saddled the odds-on favourite in Nichols Canyon, who was already a Grade One winner, but he was an early casualty as he unseated Ruby Walsh, and stablemate Mckinley was pulled up shortly afterwards when racing in second place. Sizing John (11-1), highly regarded by Henry de Bromhead, made all under Johnny Burke and sprinted away from his two remaining rivals in the straight to beat Sub Lieutenant by six and a half lengths. Des McDonogh unleashed a second smart debutant in the space of two days as Theophilus made a smooth introduction to the winter game in the Paddy Power ‘Number 1 For Live Streaming’ 3-Y-O Hurdle. Just 24 hours after Fiscal Focus made a winning big-race start at 33-1, lowering the colours of Willie Mullins’ well-fancied Kalkir, Theophilus was sent off at just 4-1 in the same Jackie Bolger silks. No great shakes on the Flat, he travelled well and when another Mullins odds-on shot, Buiseness Sivola, faded at the top of the straight, Theophilus kept on willingly to beat a couple of fellow newcomers in Hostile Fire and Battle Hymn by six and a half lengths in the hands of Danny Mullins. McDonogh said “He got a superb ride from Danny. He was idling a bit in front and will be better in a better race. At the moment the two of them (including Fiscal Focus) will be aimed at the Triumph. Fiscal Focus is different gravy. I must say I am in awe of him. I may need a double horsebox now for Cheltenham!” There was a big turn-up in the Paddy Power Maiden Hurdle as Champion Bumper winner Silver Concorde was made to look ordinary by Blair Perrone. Tony Martin’s five-year-old was beaten a long way on his hurdling debut at Cork but looked a different proposition in the hands of Denis O’Regan, who was initiating a double for the yard. Silver Concorde, a winner on the level since his Cheltenham success, was not fluent at the last for Davy Russell but such was Blair Perrone’s superiority, it is unlikely the blunder had any bearing on the result. The 10-1 chance came home two unextended lengths clear of the 1-3 favourite. Martin said: “He needed the run badly at Cork the last day. He’s always showed us he’s a good horse at home. The plan was to stalk the favourite and hopefully take him on as late as possible, and it worked out perfect. He’s a big horse and will make a chaser.” An eventful renewal of the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown went the way of Sizing John. The silver lining for Mullins was that his Douvan beat the winner easily when they met earlier in the season. It capped a great 10 minutes for De Bromhead, who had just captured the Desert Orchid Chase with Special Tiara at Kempton. “There were a few incidents but it’s great to win and a nice bonus. Our lad nearly ran out when the loose horse came by him. I’m delighted for Johnny as it’s his first Grade One win,” said the trainer. “I was disappointed with him at Gowran, but they told me Douvan is very highly regarded. I always thought he wanted better ground and the plan was to back off him after this and look to the spring.” Teenager Burke said: “I’ve had two Grade Two winners, but that’s my first Grade One. “He did it well. I’ve always held him in high regard, ever since the first day I saw him. I remember riding against him in a bumper in Limerick one day and he always stuck in my mind since that day. He was very impressive in Naas and, to be fair, he bumped into a well above-average horse in Gowran (Douvan), and he’s proved himself today at the highest level. “I wasn’t aware of what was going on behind but when I saw the loose horse come by me as we turned into the back straight, I knew that was Ruby’s then, so that was our main danger gone. “I was keen to make it a test in front and he’s done it the hard way. He had to go out in front and make his own race of it – that’s tough old going for a four-year-old, and on that ground, too. He will improve as he’s only a four-year-old and he’s big as well, so wait until he sees a fence.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Lambert scores brace on Baggies bow

first_img Press Association Rickie Lambert enjoyed a whirlwind start to his West Brom career on Friday as hours after passing a medical and signing a two-year deal he marked his debut with two goals. And Lambert admitted the decision to leave Liverpool was not a difficult one. He told the Baggies’ website: ” I think the prospect of going into another season not playing was not going to happen. There were a few inquiries, but West Brom just felt right from the very beginning. That was the overriding factor.” And he revealed he was looking forward to linking up with Saido Berahino. “H e’s a very sharp player, very intelligent, very quick, he’s a good finisher. I think me and him up top would be a great partnership,” he added. “I want to get back playing football, but I want to get back playing football to score goals. “I feel like I’ve got a lot of things to prove, I’ve got a lot of hunger and desire.” The fee was agreed around lunchtime and Lambert travelled down to Birmingham for a medical ahead of the deal being completed late in the day. He then started Albion’s pre-season friendly at his old side Bristol Rovers, opening the scoring with a deflected effort in the 23rd minute and doubling his tally with a close-range finish a minute after the break. He was replaced in the 56th minute. Lambert’s move to Liverpool 13 months ago was touted as a dream return for a player rejected by the club’s academy, but it quickly became apparent things were not going to work out and Lambert turned down a move to West Brom’s midlands rivals Aston Villa in January after the Reds accepted he was no longer part of manager Brendan Rodgers’ plans. “Rickie is a good, strong, solid player who is a great character, good in the dressing room and good on the pitch,” Baggies head coach Tony Pulis told the club’s official website. “We are very pleased to have him on board. “He’s a player of great pedigree and we look forward to integrating him into our squad.” Lambert made 36 appearances for Liverpool last season, but most of those were as a substitute as he never really got a run in the side even with main striker Daniel Sturridge injured for much of the campaign. He scored just three goals, two of those in back-to-back matches in November when he was given a chance to start, but never really looked like a long-term option. The striker sealed his move to the Hawthorns from Liverpool after the clubs swiftly concluded negotiations. Press Association Sport understands the Baggies have paid just under £3million for the 33-year-old, meaning the Reds will make a loss of more than a £1million on the player who only joined them from Southampton last summer. last_img read more

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Notre Dame women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw steps down after 33 seasons, two national championships

first_img April 22, 2020 Notre Dame women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw steps down after 33 seasons, two national championships Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw steps down after 33 seasons, two national championships.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6center_img Associated Press last_img

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4th EBFA / Ralph Green U-11 League

first_imgRiddim Squad and Vurlon Mills Academy to square off in final tomorrowTHEY have both played undefeated to date and have duly earned the right to contest the final of the 4th edition of the East Bank Football Association (EBFA) Under-11 League, sponsored by USA-based Guyanese, Ralph Green, which be contested tomorrow at the GFF National Training Centre, Providence, EBD. Vurlon Mills Academy, which topped Group ‘A’ and then moved on to the semi-finals where they trounced Kuru Kururu Warriors 5-0, will take on Riddim Squad, which won Group ‘B’ and went on to take care of their semi-final against last year’s champs, Timehri panthers, 2-0.While the Academy boys are exposed to consistent training on a weekly basis at the new Vurlon Mills Academy, the Riddim Squad lads have been doing their thing at the Mocha Ground and fancy their chances of taking the champion’s trophy come tomorrow.The respective coaches, former ‘Golden Jaguars’ Vurlon Mills and Shawn Maloney will no doubt be putting in some extra work as they seek to end the tournament on a high as one of the two teams to keep their unbeaten record intact; which team that will be is anybody’s guess.Vurlon Mills AcademySponsor Ralph Green will be attending tomorrow’s matches along with GFF President Wayne Forde and GFF Executive Member with responsibility for the EBFA, Dion Inniss.The Third place match will commence at 09:30hrs with the final at 10:15hrs.Players from the first and second placed teams will each receive replica trophies whilst third and fourth attracts medals; the Most Disciplined Player, Best Goal Keeper, Most Promising Player, Top Goal Scorer and Most Valuable Player, The Best Coach and the Team receiving The Sportsmanship Award will all be presented with plaques.The tournament had commenced on Saturday, September 14 last with 12 teams placed into two groups. Group ‘A’ consisted of Vurlon Mills Academy, Timehri Panthers, Fruta Conquerors, Eagles FC of Stewartville, Diamond United and Samatta Point/Kaneville.Group ‘B’ was made up of Riddim Squad, Kuru Kururu Warriors, Swan FC, Friendship All Stars, Grove Hi Tech and Agricola Red Triangle.last_img read more

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