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A recent deadly outbreak of botulism in Ohio underscores the necessity for proper home canning procedures and food preparation, a University of Georgia Extension food safety specialist said.Elizabeth Andress, director of the National Center for Home Food Preservation housed in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, said spores of Clostridium botulinum, the bacteria that cause the disease, are extremely heat resistant and can survive even hours in boiling water.If left alive after canning, the spores will eventually produce a potentially deadly toxin.”The bacteria like the conditions inside closed jars of low-acid foods, such as vegetables and meats, sitting at room temperature, so they must be killed during the canning process for safe storage,” Andress said.In Lancaster, Ohio, a 54-year-old woman died and at least 20 people have confirmed cases of botulism following a potluck luncheon at the Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church on April 19.At least 10 others reportedly are being monitored by the Ohio Department of Health for showing symptoms consistent with botulism. Health officials reported the cause of the outbreak in Ohio to be a potato salad containing home-canned potatoes.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 145 cases of botulism are reported each year in the U.S.Foodborne botulism can be prevented by following proper canning techniques and using the right equipment to avoid contamination, Andress said.For example, canning low-acid vegetables, meats, fish and poultry requires the use of a pressure canner, she said.Andress gives these other tips for safe food storage:• Use up-to-date, science-based home canning procedures, such as those found in the “So Easy to Preserve” book from the University of Georgia (http://setp.uga.edu/), or on the National Center for Home Food Preservation website (http://nchfp.uga.edu/) • Do not taste or eat foods from cans or jars that are leaking, have bulges, are swollen, look damaged or cracked or seem abnormal in appearance or odor. Do not use products that spurt liquid or foam when the container is opened. While botulism may not cause all these problems, they do indicate that processing was not correct to prevent the disease.• Do not experiment with canning your own recipes for soups, salsas or other mixes of vegetables, even if tomatoes are included. The mixtures could be low enough in acid to support production of botulinal toxin, and you can’t determine your own processing times even if you use a pressure canner.• All pickled and fermented foods to be canned in boiling water canners must be acid enough to prevent botulism (pH less than 4.6), so use properly developed and tested recipes and procedures. Not all foods that taste pickled will be below pH 4.6.• Remember that even some non-canned foods can cause botulism if they are time-and-temperature abused. Homemade garlic or herb oil mixtures should be kept refrigerated and used within a week, according to the FDA.• All cooked low-acid foods should be held above 140 degrees or refrigerated to 40 degrees or less within two hours after cooking (one hour if the temperature is above 90 degrees).• If you followed sound directions, but have any doubt that your canning procedures were carried out flawlessly, you can boil home-canned, low-acid foods for 10 minutes prior to consuming or serving. For higher altitudes, add one minute for each 1,000 feet of elevation.For more information, visit nchfp.uga.edu/tips/summer/can_vegetables_safely. read more
It was the turn of Great Accra, Eastern, Volta and the Oti Regions to have their crack at the competition and have representatives for the National finals to be held at the Paa Joe Park in Kumasi.With the national defending champions coming from this zone, it was always going to be a mouthwatering zonal competition – Redeem D/A Primary from the Oti Region won the national championship in 2018.Participating SchoolsGreater AccraPrampram PresbyAmasaman M/AAshiaman No4Akweiman D/AAtiwoto M/AVolta RegionAgovie L/AMafi Zongo E.PWusuta L/AAvatime Biakpe R/COti RegionKrasec L/A BasicRedeem D/A PrimaryEastern RegionNkwakwa MethodistCoral Gray InternationalAsrebuso D/A PrimaryNkwakwa St. AnthonyApinamang Blessing BasicIt was the turn of the Technical Director of the Ghana Football Association, coach Oti Akenteng, the former striker of the Black Stars, Augustine Arhinful and Assistant coach of the female U17 team, coach Baba Huhu Mallam to take the kids through the soccer clinic.The soccer clinic was geared towards equipping and helping the kids through drills, dribbling, teamwork and agility test – with high expectations, the clinic commenced with over 600 non-participating schools in and around the Kpando community.The 16 participating schools were taken through validity checks by the director of PE of the Ghana Education Service, Mr. Emmanuel Dormenya, on the eve before the championship kicks off.The regional groupings were done with two fields required for the first day’s activities. Kpando Technical and Bishop Herman College were respectively used for the competition.Group standings after the first round of games were played at both venues to determine those making the next phase of the competition;Eastern RegionNO TEAMS P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 Nkwakaw Methodist 4 2 2 0 3 1 2 102 Asrebuso D/M Primary 4 2 2 1 5 2 3 73 Coral Gray Intl. School 4 1 2 1 2 2 0 64 Nkwakaw St. Anthony 4 1 2 1 2 2 0 55 Apinamang Blessing 4 0 0 4 0 7 -7 0Greater Accra RegionNO TEAMS P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 Akweiman D/A Primary 4 3 1 0 6 1 5 102 Prampram Presby Basic 4 2 1 1 6 4 2 83 Amasaman M/A Primary 4 1 1 2 5 5 0 54 Atiwoto M/A Primary 4 1 1 2 2 4 -2 45 Ashaiman No. 4 Primary 4 1 0 3 2 7 -5 3Volta RegionNO TEAMS P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 Wusuta L.A Primary 3 1 1 1 3 2 1 52 Avatime Biakpa R.C. Primary 3 1 2 0 1 0 1 53 Mafi Zongo E.P Primary 3 1 1 1 3 4 -1 44 Agorvie L.A Primary 3 1 0 2 1 3 -2 3Oti RegionNO TEAMS P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 Krasec L.A Primary 2 2 0 0 8 1 7 62 Redeem D/A Primary 2 0 0 2 1 8 -7 0Nkawkaw Methodist from the Eastern Region, Akweiman D/A from the Greater Accra, Wusuta D/A from the Volta Region and Krasec L/A Primary from the newly created Oti Region completed the top four teams for the semis – all four automatically makes it to the national championship to be held in Kumasi.A zonal champion had to be determined and after the draws; it was Nkawkaw Methodist against Krasec L/A while Akweiman D/A were scheduled to face Wusuta L/A Primary from the Volta Region.It took the penalty shootout to determine the winner in the first semis between Nkawkaw Methodist Primary and Krasec L/A. It was a masterpiece of a game between the two sides as they both had a go at each other before the final whistle and it was Nkawkaw Methodist that won the shootout 5-4Akweiman D/A and Wusuta L/A took the centre stage for the second semifinal game and it turned out that the Greater Accra side was too strong for their Voltarians on the day. Akweiman D/A brushed aside Wusuta via a 3-0 result to play in the Zonal finals against the Eastern Regional Champions, Nkawkaw Methodist.Rain almost ruined the grand finale as it poured down heavily after the presentation of jerseys but this didn’t stop the game from coming off as planned.The BIHECO pitch became too soggy for the finals after the rains and therefore, the KPANTEC pitch was to host the finals. It wasn’t as expected but it was not short of excitement as both played their hearts out despite the cold nature of the weather and watery pitch.Goals in both halves from Jonathan Edwards and Nelson Twum, the captain for Nkawkaw Methodist secured the Eastern Regional champions the zonal title.AWARDS:Fair Play – Redeem Primary SchoolBest Goalkeeper -Francis Asamoah – Nkawkaw MethodistBest Player – Jonathan Edwards- Nkawkaw MethodistTop Scorer – Ibrahim Rashid – Krasec D/AAll is now set for the National Finals of the Milo Under 13 Champions League to be staged at the Paa Joe Park in Kumasi.Below are the details of the participating schools:Zone 1Karni primary School, Kaladan primary School
, Tanga primary School, WaleWale primary School,
Iddrisyya primary SchoolZone 2St. Joseph International
, Amoawi Methodist Primary,
Boda R/C Primary, Babato Kuma Primary read more
The Patriots don’t get any style points for their big win Sunday at the Eagles. The offense managed to score enough points in a come-from-behind 17-10 triumph.With both teams coming off a bye, New England outplayed Philadelphia in a battle of attrition that was decided by one turnover and one trick-play touchdown. MORE: Zeke celebrates TD with ‘Dak Dance’The Cowboys are a much more dangerous offense overall and tend to stay committed to Ezekiel Elliott on the ground, even even as they’re letting Prescott throw more. The Eagles were having success on the ground with rookie Miles Sanders (11 carries, 38 yards for the game) early on while taking a 10-0 first-half lead, but they got pass-happy in the second half despite never being down more than one possession.It was easy for the Patriots to commit extra defenders to the run with the Eagles not posing any threat deep in the passing game. They will have trouble taking away one thing against the Cowboys with the way Prescott and his wideouts are playing. You can bet Dallas will go in thinking of winning the time-of-posession game with a heavy dose of Elliott next Sunday. NFL PLAYOFF PICTURE: Pats cruising, Birds sinking Quarterback Tom Brady (26-of-47 passing, 216 yards, no touchdowns, 67.3 rating) was far from his sharpest against the Eagles’ blitzing defense, but he still got more help from his receivers and offensive line than counterpart Carson Wentz (20-of-40 passing, 214 yards, one TD, one lost fumble, 74.4 rating) got from his.Digging deeper into the box score, here are the three most important takeaways from the Patriots’ takedown of the Eagles:1. The Patriots still aren’t a big-play offenseBrady did his usual dinking and dunking with plenty of screen passes to his backs, tight ends and receivers to beat the pressure. He averaged only 4.6 yards per attempt and the Patriots’ longest play from scrimmage, a 30-yard catch-and-run from running back Rex Burkhead, came off a bad missed tackle in the backfield by Eagles linebacker Nate Gerry.Rookie first-round wide receiver N’Keal Harry was supposed to help stretch the field against the Eagles’ shaky cornerbacks in his NFL debut, but he fell into the short-to-intermediate mode shared by veterans Julian Edelman, Benjamin Watson and Phillip Dorsett with three catches for just 18 yards.The Patriots were methodical in moving the ball, which led to three field-goal drives and a touchdown, but their running game remained ineffective (21 carries for 81 yards) and they were just 5 for 16 on third-down conversions. At least they were able to convert a third-and-11 when they got their most creative, calling for Edelman to throw a 15-yard touchdown to Dorsett on a double pass.VIDEO: Edelman’s trick-play TD | Game highlightsThey were fortunate the Eagles’ offense remained compressed around Wentz, with wide receiver Alshon Jeffery joining DeSean Jackson on the shelf. Next week, however, they’ll face a red-hot Cowboys offense that has Dak Prescott consistently making big plays downfield to Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, Randall Cobb and Blake Jarwin. The Cowboys also are a bend-but-don’t-break defense that works to not give up big plays. New England will have to find someone to test Dallas deep to keep that defense honest.2. The Eagles are in trouble should Jeffery miss more time with his calf injuryWentz was pretty much reliant on Zach Ertz (nine catches for 94 yards) and Dallas Goedert (three catches, 36 yards, TD) in the passing game out of two-tight end sets because, without Jeffery, the Eagles’ wideouts were non-existent for most of the game. Nelson Agholor dropped a potential game-tying touchdown. Jordan Matthews still has trouble getting open and rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside isn’t ready for a big role in Jeffery’s place. After failing to for Josh Gordon or Emmanuel Sanders before the October deadline, the Eagles are extremely thin on playmakers at the position. That’s not a good development going into a matchup with Russell Wilson and the Seahawks in Week 12, which now feels like a must-win game even with a very favorable schedule ahead, save for the Week 16 rematch vs. the Cowboys.3. The Patriots remain vulnerable against the run — should a team stick with itNew England came into the game ranked No. 11 in the league with 99.1 rushing yards allowed per game, but they were ranked No. 26 at 4.7 yards per carry.Those numbers will improve after allowing the Eagles just 81 yards, but Philadelphia had just 21 attempts in a close game. It instead asked Wentz drop back 45 times, with 40 attempts and five sacks, despite the limitations in the passing game. read more