AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhen a Liverpool man bought tickets for himself and a homeless guy to go watch their favorite teams score goals, he never imagined the friendly gift would lead to meaningful goals scored off the pitch and a life turned around.Every day on his way to work in England, Rossico Jenkoski would buy a cup of coffee for the homeless man named Darren.GET IN THE GOOD NEWS GAME WITH OUR APP—> Download FREE for Android and iOSDarren had lost his job and apartment after his girlfriend passed away, and depression took hold. One thing he never lost, though: his enthusiasm for the Everton football club endured, even while he lived on the streets.Instead of spending money for “stupid things at Christmas” — as Jenkoski put it — he used part of his holiday budget to buy tickets to a match between Everton and his own favorite team, Liverpool–and chose his homeless friend to be his guest.The simple act of kindness inspired Darren who has since found a job and an apartment.“I posted this story to show you that a little bit of kindness can go so far and help get someone on the right track again,” Jenkoski (pictured, left) wrote on his Facebook page, below. “I used to drink coffee with Darren on the streets, then I did it at Goodison Park, and now we drink it in his flat.”Score One For Kindness! Share This… (Photo: jarmoluk, CC) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
More botulism cases, food suspects found in Ohio outbreakHealth officials in Ohio have confirmed botulism as the illness that sickened several people and killed one who attended the same church lunch in Lancaster, Ohio, on Apr 19, the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette reported on Apr 25.Five more illnesses have been identified since the outbreak was first reported about a week ago, raising the total 29, according to the report, which said 20 of the cases have been confirmed and 9 are suspected.The event linked to the outbreak was a lunch on Apr 19 at Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church, which was attended by 50 to 60 people, some of whom started getting sick on Apr 21. The fatal case involved a 54-year-old woman.Cassie Bala, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Health said investigators are still exploring what food source was contaminated, but she said early lab tests yielded six positive specimens and narrowed the list of suspected foods to three: potato salad, spaghetti pasta salad, and macaroni and cheese, according to the report. She added that the results are preliminary and that because the food items were found and retrieved from trash bins, there is a chance of cross-contamination.Botulism, which is caused by the botulinum toxin produced by Clostridium bacteria, can result from low-acid home-canned foods such as beans that have not been canned properly. According to earlier reports, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is assisting state health officials with the investigation and sent a large quantity of botulism antitoxin for treatment.Apr 25 Eagle-Gazette story Apr 22 CIDRAP News scan “Botulism suspected in 24-case church outbreak in Ohio” Up to 60% of raw frozen shrimp found to harbor bacteriaA new report in Consumer Reports (CR) found that 60% of raw frozen shrimp and 16% of cooked frozen shrimp contained various types of bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and a number of the samples contained residues of antibiotics.A total of 284 packages of raw frozen and 58 packages of cooked frozen shrimp were purchased from grocery stores in 27 American cities and tested for Vibrio, S aureus, Escherichia coli, Listeria, and Salmonella, as well as for antibiotic residue. The stores included chain, big-box, and “natural” markets. No never-frozen shrimp, which represents only a small portion of what US consumers purchase, was tested.About 60% of the raw shrimp was found to contain bacteria, as was 16% of the cooked shrimp. The authors note that the cooking process should kill most bacteria, raising “real questions about how shrimp is raised, processed, and regulated,” said Urvashi Rangan, PhD, executive director of the CR Food Safety and Sustainability Center, in the article.Eleven of the 205 raw shrimp samples that were imported contained one or more antibiotics. And six farmed samples and one wild sample showed traces of MRSA.About 94% of shrimp eaten by US consumers is imported, largely from Asian countries including India, Indonesia, and Thailand. The feeding of antibiotics to farmed shrimp in the United States is illegal, as is the import of antibiotic-fed shrimp. Only 0.7% of imported shrimp shipments were tested by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2014, says the article.The CR researchers term their findings a “cause for concern,” but note that their testing of raw chicken breasts in 2013 found that 97% of samples contained bacteria.CR sent a copy of the article to the FDA with the request that inspections of imported shrimp as well as overall regulation be increased. Apr 24 Consumer Reports article
David Gauke today all but confirmed that he is about to resign from the Cabinet in what could be his final speech as lord chancellor and justice secretary.Gauke today called for an ‘evidence led’ approach to tackling reoffending to cut crime, highlighting new research that he says has reinforced his view to move away from short prison sentences. But it is the final lines of a speech he delivered at an event hosted by the Social Market Foundation, a thinktank, that suggests he is about to step down.He said: ‘I believe that the approach that I’ve set out today – indeed the approach I have set out in the last 18 months – is one that is most likely to be effective in reducing reoffending and therefore reducing crime. I am aware that it is an approach that will not have universal support but I have taken great encouragement from the widespread support for an evidence-led, rehabilitative and humane agenda.’It is my hope that in the years ahead – whoever has the privilege of being justice secretary – it is an approach that will be pursued with persistence and determination and courage. And that it will help deliver a safer and more civilised society.’Gauke is the sixth lord chancelllor since the Conservative-led coalition took office in 2010. He is the first solicitor in the ancient office. According to ITV political correspondent Paul Brand, Gauke has not ruled out voting for amendments today (led by former attorney general Dominic Grieve QC) which attempt to prevent a future prime minister proroguing parliament. This would require his resignation from the government.Gauke, who backed his former MoJ colleague Rory Stewart in the Conservative leadership race, has already indicated that he would not serve under a government led by Boris Johnson.Appearing on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show this month, the host suggested that Johnson would sack Gauke. Gauke told Marr: ‘I suspect I will possibly have gone before then.’ He explained that if Johnson required the cabinet to sign up to being prepared to leave the EU without a deal on 31 October, he would be unable to support that policy and would resign in advance.In a speech at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet, he joked: ‘Indeed, I am the first lord chancellor in a while to have served long enough to deliver two of these speeches. It is true that my predecessor but two, Michael Gove, made it to his second speech but he left the government one week later when a new prime minister, with whom he did not see eye to eye, took office. How times have changed. I might only have three weeks.’Gauke’s imminent resignation could explain the extraordinary speed at which bills on divorce reform and domestic abuse have been introduced to parliament.