The Ministry of Health is to remove from the market, the four brands of toilet tissue found to be contaminated.At the Jamaica House press briefing held at the Office of the Prime Minister on Wednesday, April 17, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Jean Dixon and Chairman of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), Dr. Winston Davidson, outlined details on the issue, which has raised concern among Jamaicans. Samples of the brands, tested by the BSJ, indicate high levels of bacteria, which may cause infections.The BSJ is to submit details of its test results to the Ministry of Health on Wednesday. The Ministry has launched its own investigation following the findings of the BSJ.“We are not proposing to retest, but certainly, one of the issues we will be looking at is the sampling protocols and to see if there are any trends,” Dr. Dixon said.“Contamination of the products that we use could happen at any stage in the chain…so we will be having further dialogue with our colleagues at the Bureau on this matter. We will have to look at the organisms that are involved to see (if) these organisms are restricted to toilet paper…would the level at which we are finding them be cause for concern,” she noted further.Meanwhile, Dr. Davidson stressed that despite public calls for the names of the contaminated brands to be published, the standards testing agency has to be cautious in its actions. He said the agency does not have the “legal coverage” to make the information public and must be mindful of bringing the agency’s credibility into question. “If we had the particular legal coverage to do it, it would have been done long ago,” he stated.“The fact is that the Bureau is a scientific institution, and we give the facts as they are, satisfied by objective data. One test will maybe carry you into five days, and you have to be careful that you do not give test results that are spurious and put you in disrepute. So this particular exercise has been very carefully done,” he stated.“We know that the public has a right to know, and we would like to give the public all the information, but there are some constraints that we face,” he added.Meanwhile, in light of the development, Dr. Davidson said the Bureau is looking to have tissue added to its protocol list. He said the agency only performs tests on products that are provided for within its protocol and tissue is not among the list of items.“We did not have toilet tissue evaluation as part of our protocol. Companies exporting to Jamaica therefore do not have that as a precondition for export to Jamaica. It means that if we embark on taking a decision to stop a company from coming into Jamaica, we expose ourselves to the question – it was not on your protocol list, therefore on what basis do you stand?,” he stated.The Bureau is halfway through testing the 60 brands of tissue that are available on the local market and has, to date, publicised 24 brands that have passed the standards tests. Sixteen of those brands are locally produced. It takes a minimum of one week for microbiological tests to be completed. The Bureau also said the four samples/brands identified with high bacteria counts have been under detention for the past nine weeks and a recall has been issued for any product that had been previously distributed. Comparative testing is currently being done on these samples.Importers of brands with unacceptable levels of bacteria will be required to either re-export or destroy the product. Where destruction is selected the BSJ will monitor the process.By Alphea Saunders, JIS Reporter
OTTAWA — A timeline of Canada Post job action:Between 1965 and 2005:-19 strikes, lockouts and walkouts-Workers legislated back to work in 1987, 1991 and 19972007:-No labour disruptions as CUPW strikes four-year deal with Canada Post2011:-48,000 Canada Post workers begin job action June 2 with rotating strikes-Canada Post locks out workers June 14, saying it can’t operate under constant threat-Conservative government tables back-to-work bill June 20; stoppage ends June 272016:-CUPW wins challenge of previous back-to-work legislation in the Ontario Superior Court-Union and management sign two-year contract Aug. 30 without new disruption2018:-Canada Post workers begin rotating strikes in different cities Oct. 22-Labour Minister Patty Hajdu tables back to work legislation Nov. 22-Canadian Union of Postal Workers vows to fight in court if bill passesThe Canadian Press
The former UEFA president has said many times that he doesn’t like the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology in football.Former Juventus legend and former UEFA president Michel Platini has repeatedly said he hates the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology.But today he was quoted by Calcio Mercato, on how he believes journalists are guilty of making the VAR technology appear in the world of football.“Do I like VAR? No. It was a forced choice,” he said.“The fault of you journalists, that you pressured: whenever a referee was wrong, you asked for more justice.”“But that gimmick no longer gives justice. I know, because I played in front of the cameras,” he continued.“There are undoubtedly positive things, like on the offside or the ball in and out of the lines.”England and Bulgaria on a collision course over racism George Patchias – September 13, 2019 England’s concerns over racism in Bulgaria has sparked a furious row.Recently England manager Gareth Southgate expressed his concern over racist abuse being aimed at…“Instead the interpretation of fouls cannot work. If I support a hand on an opponent’s shoulder, on TV it is very clear-cut rigour,” Platini added.“But the images mica can show you the strength that was in that pat. It is no longer possible to go back: however, adjustments are needed.”“How do youth today differ? They have the doors of the world wide open. They reason faster, they are more informed,” he explained.“They have internet and a different culture. But in our time there were fewer problems and more work.”“How has football changed? It is more beautiful than in my time. The new rules also helped,” he said.“Efforts have been made to eliminate time losses, putting the balls around the field, limiting the possibility of passing the ball back to the goalkeeper. And then the players’ physique has changed, primarily the speed.”
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In this Monsoon season Ustad Nishat Khan of the Seniya Gharana, with the tunes of Malhar, soaked the mind of the audience and forced them to stuck. Ustad Nishat Khan was presenting himself in the program ‘The Music of the monsoon – the magic of Malhar’ centered on Monsoon season in the fifth ‘Purnima Concert’ organized by Indira Gandhi National Center for Art (IGNCA). Youth Tabla player Ustad Amjad Khan was giving him accompaniment on tabla.IGNCA has been organizing music concert every month on the occasion of ‘Purnima’ (full moon), which was started by the singing program of Bombay Jayshree on the occasion of Buddha Purnima. Manjusha atil, Pandit Ronu Majumdar, Jayanti Kumaresh, Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, Artists like Pandit Sugata Nag, Samarjit Kumarasen have also given their musical presentations. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfUstad Nishat Khan during his presentation said, “I look forward to this season so that I can play Malhar during this season. I am thankful to IGNCA as they called me for sitar playing in this program centered on monsoon and malhar.” In his presentation, Ustad Nishat Khan spelled the audience for about an hour. At the end, he concluded the event by raag bhatiyali.In the beginning of the program, well-known art critic Shailza Khanna enlightened the audience about ‘The Music of the monsoon – the magic of Malhar’. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Today this festival is centered on the Malhar raga played in the rainy season. The period of rainy season stays only for 40-45 days. In this way, it is also the best time to play the songs like Malhar.”On behalf of the Center Member secretary Dr Sachchidanand Joshi honored Ustad Nishat Khan and Ustad Amjad Khan.In addition to the young artists as well as the list of senior artists and artists of the country, the list also had prominent names like Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, Ind u Sharma, Adnan Khan, Dr. Shyam Rastogi.