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Peanut butter recall cost to be high

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first_imgOMAHA, Neb. – ConAgra Foods Inc. said Tuesday that its nationwide recall of peanut butter will cost between $50 million and $60 million, hurting its third-quarter earnings. ConAgra announced Feb. 14 that it would recall all Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter made at its Sylvester, Ga., plant. Federal officials have linked the peanut butter to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened almost 300 people nationwide since August. No deaths have been reported. The Omaha-based company said the recall costs of 6 cents to 8 cents a share will drag its fiscal 2007 results to the lower end of its recent forecast. ConAgra had said in December that it expected its fiscal 2007 earnings to come in between $1.28 and $1.33 per share. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial had been projecting 2007 earnings of $1.34 per share. Shares of ConAgra rose 31 cents, or 1.2 percent, to close at $26.25 on the New York Stock Exchange. The stock fell modestly last week after the recall was announced. The company’s Sylvester plant remains closed while the FDA investigation continues, ConAgra spokesman Chris Kircher said Tuesday. The company still doesn’t know how much peanut butter is involved in the recall, but Kircher said peanut butter typically generates about $150 million in sales. He said ConAgra’s estimate includes the costs of getting the product back and destroying it as well as the peanut butter itself. ConAgra chief executive Gary Rodkin told analysts at a conference in Arizona on Tuesday that he was proud of the way the company responded to the peanut butter concerns, and he’s confident in the safety of ConAgra’s products, which include well-known brands such as Healthy Choice, Banquet and Chef Boyardee. Most of Rodkin’s presentation focused on ConAgra’s reorganization plan that the company announced about a year ago. The company sold off several of its less-profitable brands last year as part of the plan, so it could focus on brands company officials believe have the most potential. Rodkin said the company now has a healthier base to grow from because of the changes it has made, and he’s confident in ConAgra’s future. Citigroup Inc. analyst David Driscoll said in a research note that aside from the recall costs, ConAgra’s business remains strong, and the company’s reorganization plan seems to be working. He said ConAgra would be expecting earnings near the high end of its predicted range this year if not for the recall. “We consider this news to be another important reflection of the strength of ConAgra’s momentum, and we continue to see long-term potential in ConAgra’s turnaround,” Driscoll said. At least three lawsuits have been filed against ConAgra by people who say they became sick after eating the company’s peanut butter. Seattle-based law firm Marler Clark, which handles many cases of food-borne illness, said it filed a federal class-action lawsuit against ConAgra on Tuesday, saying more than 2,200 families have contacted the firm about the peanut butter recall. ConAgra has not commented on the lawsuits except to say consumer safety is its top priority. All of the jars of peanut butter involved have a product code on the lid beginning with 2111, which denotes the plant. ConAgra said customers may return the lids or full jars of peanut butter to the store where they bought them for a refund. Great Value peanut butter is a Wal-Mart store brand made by several manufacturers. Great Value peanut butter that does not have the 2111 code is not included in the recall. Salmonella sickens about 40,000 people a year in the U.S. and kills about 600. It can cause diarrhea, fever, dehydration, abdominal pain and vomiting. REFUNDS To get a refund, consumers can return the product at the place of purchase or mail in lids with their names and addresses to ConAgra Foods, P.O. Box 3768, Omaha, NE 68103. For more information, call (866) 344-6970 or visit ConAgra’s Web site at http://www.conagrafoods.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgTamayo, who is on the teachers’ negotiating team, said school board President Vincent Chavez told teachers Thursday that the board had “heard your message.” Man charged with child molestation LOS ANGELES – A 77-year-old former reserve captain with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is named in a federal indictment accusing him of inappropriately touching a 12-year-old girl aboard an airline flight, prosecutors said Friday. Howard L. Brookfield of Whittier is charged with one count of abusive sexual contact for allegedly touching the girl through her clothing during the Feb. 3 American Airlines flight. Brookfield has since resigned his reserve post, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. His attorney could not be reached for comment. He was one of nine residents of Southern California and Arizona who prosecutors said were indicted over the past week as part of a nationwide initiative to crack down on alleged child exploitation crimes. Hospital donates medical supplies WHITTIER – Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital has donated approximately $3,500 in medical supplies to the University of California Global Medical Brigades. The items will be used to provide medical relief for people in Honduras with no access to regular medical services. More than two-thirds of people in Honduras live in poverty. The leading cause of death for children under 5 is malnutrition. Some of the items donated include ibuprofen, baby formula, blood collection tubes, IV kits, cold packs, disposable surgical cable, syringes, sodium chloride, abdominal pads, adhesive dressing and elastic bands. Free mini-massages offered to seniors LOS NIETOS – Los Nietos Community and Senior Center, 11640 E. Slauson Ave., will offer free mini-massages from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday. The massages for seniors will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (562) 699-9898. Musical group set to perform WHITTIER – Yuval Ron, a Middle Eastern musical group, will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Ruth B. Shannon Center of the Performing Arts, 13406 E. Philadelphia St. Formed in 1999, Yuval Ron performs spiritual music and dance. Its goal is to bridge gaps created by national, racial, religious and cultural divisions by fusing musical styles from different areas of the Middle East. For more information, call (562) 907-4203. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – A day after teachers staged a boisterous demonstration at the school board’s meeting, El Rancho Unified School District teachers said Friday their talks over a new contract with the district will resume next week. On Thursday, about 200 teachers and parents jammed the cafeteria of El Rancho High School, where they demanded that the district guarantee them that a cost-of-living increase will be included in the new contract. “What we’re asking for is their commitment,” Selby Grove Elementary School teacher Rico Tamayo said Friday. “We want them to think of us as their mortgage payment: you pay that first, then if you need to, you make reductions for other things.” Talks will resume Thursday, he added. last_img read more

WARNING! If defenders don’t do THIS, Chelsea star will hammer them

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first_img Diego Costa riles the Liverpool players Martin Keown has told defenders up and down the country they must match fire with fire to get the better of Diego Costa.The Chelsea striker is facing a three-match ban after being charged by the FA for violent conduct following his stamp on Emre Can during the Blues’ Capital One Cup semi-final win over Liverpool on Tuesday night.The Spaniard was also accused of stamping on Martin Skrtel, but the authorities decided not to press charges in that instance following a video review.But his combative style proved problematic for the Reds all night and former Arsenal star Keown, who was never shy of a battle on the pitch, insists opposing defenders have to match the ex-Atletico Madrid striker’s physicality.Writing in his exclusive Daily Mail column, he said: “To deal with Costa you have to show you have more than him in every department. You have to be stronger, quicker and must anticipate better than him.“There is no question you have to match his physicality, even if it means risking being booked or sent off. He wants to rumble and you have to stand up to that.“But he is more than just a brute. He links intelligently, has great skill and has all the potential to be as good as, if not better than, Didier Drogba. “To read more from Martin Keown, check out his column in the Daily Mail 1last_img read more

TRANSFER SCRAP! Middlesbrough join Villa and West Brom in race for Belgian Vardy

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first_img Laurent Depoitre in action for Gent Middlesbrough have joined Aston Villa and West Brom in the race for Gent star Laurent Depoitre.The striker has scored 15 goals in Belgium this season and is expected to be on the move this summer.Aston Villa and West Brom are interested in the 27-year-old, while Tottenham are also monitoring the situation.However, according to Belgian news outlet HLN, Middlesbrough are the latest side to join the race for the Belgium international.The Championship club are determined to bolster their attacking options in the summer, providing they gain promotion to the Premier League.And they are admirers of Depoitre, who has compared to Jamie Vardy in his homeland having risen from the lower leagues to international football. 1last_img

Azusa weighs parking limits

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventFew disagree Azusa has a parking problem, but treating one portion of town differently from another is a concern. Some homes were built without garages. Others have one-car garages, which can be inadequate for today’s lifestyles. Rosedale officials have formally expressed opposition to overnight restrictions. Mayor Diane Chagnon said it was important for residents to realize the council isn’t trying to be punitive. Chagnon breaks down the city as “new” and “old” Azusa. AZUSA – The Azusa City Council is expected to decide Monday whether residents could place overnight parking restrictions in their particular neighborhoods. Special permits for guests could be part of the mix to mirror other San Gabriel Valley cities with similar provisions. A few Azusa neighborhoods already have overnight restrictions. Citywide, recreational vehicles can’t parked on the streets for more than 12 hours. Some council members want to impose restrictions throughout the city; others want to implement them in the new-home development of Rosedale, a 1,250-house neighborhood under construction below the foothills. Homes in the “new” Azusa, or Rosedale, have been designed with two- and three-car garages and driveways. “So, a majority of the council would like to see no overnight park \, because it was designed to accommodate that. Also, people who want to live in Rosedale would know that going in, and if they choose not to buy … that’s their choice,” Chagnon said. In the “old” Azusa, where neighborhoods include town homes and apartments, parking standards were met, but do not meet today’s ordinance. “Either standards have changed, or people have more cars,” Chagnon said. On Sixth Street between Cerritos and Pasadena avenues, where the Rev. Gilbert Becerril lives, overnight parking is prohibited. Parking became an issue a decade ago when a 121-unit apartment building was demolished and replaced with 21 homes. Becerril said cars were parked for weeks at a time, drivers revved engines needlessly, and others honked horns in the wee hours of the night. Becerril said he prayed about it, joined his neighbors and marched on City Hall for relief. “Now, we have no parking from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Homeowners love it,” he said. “It’s a clean, quiet and peaceful block. There’s no more working on cars in front of your house and the value of our homes have increased.” Becerril added he didn’t think a citywide ban would work in Azusa. marianne.love@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Picture Special: Huge crowds turn out for Alan Patterson Trust 5K

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first_imgThe Alan Patterson Trust fun run/walk took place this morning in Raphoe.The trust had been set up to support Alan’s rehabilitation journey after sustaining a serious spinal cord injury.Participants left the Royal and Prior School and completed two laps of the race course. Category prizes up for grabs included; under 18s, senior, over 40s and over 50s. Picture Special: Huge crowds turn out for Alan Patterson Trust 5K was last modified: February 26th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:5kalan patterson trustFun Runpicture specialRaphoelast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo’s incredible Real Madrid career in numbers

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first_imgThere’s no doubt we’ve witnessed history with Ronaldo’s stunning displays for Los Blancos, firing in goal after goal and winning trophies aplenty, while his friendly rivalry with Lionel Messi will live on in the mind as the world’s greatest footballers went head-to-head in their quest to be the best.Now, though, Ronaldo will move onto a new project as he attempts to bring even more glory to Italian giants Juve, who have just won seven consecutive Serie A titles.But let’s not forget just how good Ronaldo was during his career with Real Madrid. Check out just some of his incredible statistics below. possible xi Cristiano Ronaldo played 438 games for Real Madrid and scored an astonishing 450 goals – that’s 1.02 goals per game – and makes him their all-time leading goalscorer. Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more smart causal highlights How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? 9 Eight of Real Madrid’s nine most prolific seasons in front of goal came with Cristiano Ronaldo at the club. The only campaign he didn’t contribute to was 1959/60. In his nine years in LaLiga, Ronaldo took 1968 shots, according to WhoScored.com. How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? NEW ERA He wasn’t just a goalscorer, though, he made 119 assists during his time in Spain. How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid have just had their most trophied decade ever, winning 16 so far. The next highest decades were the 1960s and 1980s and saw them win 12 in each. Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade impact gameday Cristiano Ronaldo’s impressive feats for Real Madrid saw him win four Ballons d’Or and three Golden Shoes. 9 9 who plays? 9 All good things must come to an end, and Cristiano Ronaldo has now left Real Madrid.The Portugal superstar has signed for Juventus in a £105million transfer and called time on a his nine-season spell at the Santiago Bernabeu. 9 predicted After his first season at Real Madrid no team-mate got to within 21 goals of his end of season tally in all competitions. Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates winning the 2017/18 Champions League. 9 9 In his sensational haul of 450 goals were 44 hat-tricks, with 34 coming in LaLiga and seven in the Champions League. 9 possible standings 9 Latest Football news ALTERED last_img read more

Softball Completes Series Sweep of Valparaiso

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first_img PDF Box Score Watch Live Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) earned the win in the circle and improved to 10-7. Timmons allowed three runs on two hits and five walks with four strikeouts in four innings. Valpo scored its only runs of the series on a three-run home run by Hannah Dybalski in the fourth inning. Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) pitched three scoreless innings of relief with nine strikeouts and just one walk. Maddox drove in two runs in the first inning with her double while Newman drove in the game’s first run on an infield single. Later, Maddox drove in the Bulldogs’ fourth-inning run and had one RBI in the six-run seventh-inning. Ryan hit RBI singles in the sixth and seventh innings. Melissa Schlotzhauer (Pilot Grove, Mo.) hit an RBI single in the seventh and Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) drove in the team’s final run with a groundout in the team’s final at bat. VALPARAISO, Ind. – The Drake University softball team completed a Missouri Valley Conference series sweep of Valparaiso Sunday at the Valpo Softball Complex. Live Stats ESPN+ Preview The Bulldogs had 14 hits as every hitter had at least one, led by Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.), who went 3-for-4 with one double and equaled her career-high of five RBI. Laura Anderson (Boone, Iowa) hit her first career home run, a three-run shot in a six-run first inning. Libby Ryan (Mount Vernon, Iowa) collected two hits and drove in a career-high three RBI. As a team, Drake drew nine walks. UNI 4/9/2019 – 6 p.m. Story Links Full Schedule Roster Next Game: Drake (24-13, 10-1 MVC) routed Valparaiso (12-17, 2-9 MVC) 14-3 as it won its fourth-straight MVC series. Drake begins a nine-game homestand Tuesday night with an in-state doubleheader against UNI. First pitch against the Panthers is scheduled for 4 p.m. and both games will be on ESPN+. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Record Donegal entries for Best Young Entrepreneur competition

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first_imgThe Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Donegal has announced that a record number of participants have entered the ‘IBYE’ competition this year, for a chance to share in a local investment fund of €50,000.The 65 Donegal local entries, all aged between 18 and 35, are among the 1,842 entries from around the country competing this year.The next stage in the €2 million investment fund competition is the business boot camps, which Local Enterprise Office Donegal is hosting in mid-November. Boot camps play a major role in the IBYE competition, as participants benefit from business advice, mentoring and help with perfecting their business proposals and enterprise pitches. The LEO-run boot camp has modules such as: business strategy and revenue models, performance measures, financial planning and sources of finance, designed to help more young entrepreneurs develop their business or business ideas.When the boot camps come to an end, the next stage in the competition after judging is the county final, which will be held on November 30th in the Silver Tassie Hotel , Letterkenny. Local Enterprise Office Donegal has an investment fund of up to €50,000 to award to up to six young entrepreneurs in the area across three categories – Best Business Idea, Best Start-Up Business and Best Established Business.Now in its third year, interest in the competition is increasing every year. The total number of entries nationally was 1,842 this year, compared with 1,398 entries last year, which is up by 32%.The significant rise in entries has been welcomed by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D: “Young entrepreneurs are the employers of the future. I am delighted to see that more young entrepreneurs than ever before have entered the IBYE competition this year. Through IBYE, I want to ensure that their innovation, vision and drive, results in successful businesses that will create new jobs in the economy, and in all regions. IBYE provides a fantastic opportunity for aspiring and established young entrepreneurs to compete for investment funding, avail of expert business advice and form invaluable peer networks in enterprise boot camps where experience and knowledge can be shared”.“The Local Enterprise Offices around the country are an excellent resource for anyone thinking of starting or growing their business.  I look forward to meeting these young entrepreneurs during the competition.” she added.Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise with the Local Enterprise Office in Donegal County Council said “the level of entries to IBYE this year nationally is the highest on record and reflects the potential that exists amongst younger age groups that needs to be nurtured. Our focus now is to select the young entrepreneur entrants who will go forward to the boot camps and in making the boot camp relevant to te participants and their businesses.  Everyone who participates in the IBYE boot camp will have access to expert business guidance, training and mentoring which will help them face and overcome the challenges in developing their business.”Further details on the competition and supports available to young entrepreneurs are available through www.localenterprise.ie and from the IBYE website at www.ibye.ie.Record Donegal entries for Best Young Entrepreneur competition was last modified: October 26th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Donegal school has cracked the code during codeweek.eu!

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first_imgIn September Crana College in Buncrana took the innovative step to include Coding on the curriculum for its incoming First Year students.Since September, all First Year students have been exploring the world of Coding and learning how being able to write computer code helps them to make sense of how things work, explore ideas and make things, for both work and play.What’s more the course has helped students to unleash their creativity and work collaboratively with students in their classes and indeed all over the world. To celebrate the introduction of Coding in Crana College Mr. Thomas Boyle, the school’s Technology teacher, had an official launch of the new course during EU Code Week which happened Monday 17th to Friday 21st October.Google & Intel Sponsored EventsCrana College was a fun-filled hive of activity all week with Google and Intel supported Coding events taking place every day throughout the week.Cornflakes and Coding The events started off on Monday morning with an Intel sponsored session “Cornflakes and Coding” workshop at 8:30am before school had even started. Students programmed with a coding language called Python to complete a coding challenge while enjoying a free breakfast.LYIT Lecturer Nigel McKelveyStudents were treated to a session with Nigel McKelvey from letterkenny Institute of Technology. Nigel is a lecturer in the Computing Department specialising in secure programming, performance based programming as well as legal studies and ethics.Nigel spoke to students about his life as a programmer and outlined the evolution of computing in recent times and how the next generation of developers will shape industry and life in general.Exploring Code supported by Google The main event was a full day of Exploring Code supported by Google through the CodeWeek.EU grant. Students spent the day exploring coding, computer science, exploring their digital world around them in class workshops. Practical computing workshop; Introducing students to physical computing with the Raspberry Pi 3. Students will set up their Raspberry Pi computer whilst carrying out different computing tasks using the CamJam Edu Kits in groups throughout the day. Experience physical computing with the help of lots of flashing LEDs.One of Two Schools in DonegalPrincipal of Crana College, Kevin Cooley had this to say – “The idea of students learning computer programming in schools is a topical educational issue in Ireland at the minute but our decision to introduce Coding as a course on our Junior Cycle curriculum was based on much more than that.Our school was one of only two in Donegal chosen to deliver the new pilot ‘Exploring Coding’ for the New Junior Cycle short course and we are privileged to have one of only three teachers in Ireland appointed as Associate Advisor for Coding, Thomas Boyle, running the pilot course in Crana College. Our young people live in a world that has been affected by rapid advances in technology. The way our students will work, communicate, shop will and is dramatically changing. In order to prepare our young people to cope with these rapid changes, schools need to not only develop students’ understanding of how technology works, but also develop their skills and capabilities, that will help them to adapt to living in this new era”.“At Crana College we strongly believe in giving our students the opportunity to study Coding. We do not want to produce a class full of coders but we do want our students to learn coding, team work, communication and computational thinking. These skills are essential in the world that is full of technology.”“Crana College students will have the opportunity to at least become aware of coding and computational thinking, even if they don’t go on to become programmers. The most important thing is being able to have the choice, and it should be the same with learning about code.” Thomas Boyle.Donegal school has cracked the code during codeweek.eu! was last modified: October 31st, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more