Letterkenny takeaway forced to close over food safety concerns

first_imgUpdated: 2.30pm 9/12/2019A closure order was enforced on a Letterkenny takeaway last month over breaches of food safety regulations.East Ocean at 61 Port Road Letterkenny was served with a temporary closure order by the Health Service Executive on 5th November. The order was lifted on the 12th of November. The takeaway was found to be in breach of the FSAI Act 1998.Closure orders are served on businesses if authorised officers find that there is or there is likely to be a grave and immediate danger to public health at/or in the food premises.An inspection at East Ocean last month found a number of food safety breaches.Failure to protect food from contamination Food was stored uncovered in dirty fridges and freezers and food was stored in dirty containers throughout the premises. Some peppers were being prepared on the draining board of a sink that was also being used to wash dirty containers. Prawns were being drained into a dirty colander. A container of raw eggs was placed in noodles at one point during the inspection.The inspector noted that there was a failure to provide hot water for cleaning and disinfecting, which is a risk of food contamination, and there was no washhand basin available for staff. As a result, thy reported that no hand washing was seen taking place.There was a ‘lack of confidence’ that the food business could provide safe food as there was no evidence of a management system for food safety and the “person in charge had poor knowledge of food safety risks and of the measures necessary to ensure the safety of food…”Closures Orders can refer to the immediate closure of all or part of the food premises, or all or some of its activities.The Orders are lifted when the premises has improved to the satisfaction of the authorised officer. A total of 20 Irish businesses were served with closure orders for breaches of food safety legislation in November.Letterkenny takeaway forced to close over food safety concerns was last modified: December 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

World Cup 2014 match preview: Spain play against Chile for World Cup survival

first_imgThe magnitude of Spain’s opening 5-1 loss to Netherlands comes into sharper focus on Wednesday when the defending champions must fend off World Cup elimination against Chile, less than a week into the tournament.Spain and 2010 runner-up Netherlands were expected to advance from Group B, but plenty of pundits – including Brazilian great Pele – tipped Chile as a genuine contender to progress at the expense of one of the European powers.The Chileans opened with a 3-1 win over Australia, and a second straight victory by the South Americans almost would certainly knock Spain out of the competition.The Dutch play Australia, the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, in the first of Wednesday’s three matches. That is followed by Spain vs Chile and the Group A match between Croatia and Cameroon.The Change in SpainSpain coach Vicente del Bosque stuck with the core group of players who have helped deliver two European championships and a World Cup in a tremendous streak starting in 2008. But after the humiliating loss to the Netherlands, he has forecast changes. Spain needs at least a draw against Chile to remain in contention.There’s speculation that Cesc Fabregas could replace Diego Costa and Pedro Rodriguez could come in for David Silva. Captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas’ spot is also under close scrutiny.”In life, there are solutions for everything,” Del Bosque said. “It’s still in our hands.”Chile hasn’t beaten Spain in 10 games.”A draw is not bad, but this group of players does not come with the idea to draw a game,” midfielder Marcelo Diaz said. “We came out with the idea of winning.”advertisementBig games by Arturo Vidal and Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez are crucial to Chile’s chances. Vidal, the creative midfielder from Juventus, is recovering after knee surgery and played for an hour against Australia.last_img read more

British Equestrian Federation could lose £21m funding after bullying is revealed

first_imgShare on Facebook The British Equestrian Federation has been told it risks losing public funding of more than £21m after a damning report found evidence of bullying, elitism and self-interest within the sport.The independent report was commissioned by the national governing body in October following the abrupt resignation of its chief executive, Clare Salmon, in July. She had been appointed in February 2016 to modernise the BEF but, as the report details, her approach ruffled feathers within equestrianism and she was forced out.Salmon thanked the three-strong review panel, which was chaired by John Mehrzad, the lawyer who prepared a similar report for British Cycling last year. Since you’re here… “From day one I was set up to fail by people who were deliberately frustrating the change required,” Salmon said. “I was bullied out by people driven by self-interest and elitism. This is unacceptable for an organisation receiving more than £20m of public money.”The threat to the funding of the sport – one of Britain’s most successful at recent Olympic and Paralympic Games – is made clear at the end of the report.“In so far that the recommendations in this report are not addressed within a reasonable period of time … UK Sport and Sport England would be entitled to suspend public funding,” it said.In response, the two agencies issued a statement saying they welcomed the review and the “full acceptance” of its recommendations by the BEF and its 19 member bodies. “Ongoing funding will be dependent on the BEF and its member bodies acting to implement the recommendations of this review. We will keep this under close review.”The report found that a “climate of fear” and “culture of bullying” exists within British Dressage and British Showjumping, with “broadly similar” allegations made from a smaller number of contributors about British Eventing, the British Horse Society and Endurance GB.The report also highlights the fact the sport is too expensive, is run by small cliques and therefore struggles to retain staff.It is the latest sports governing body to face negative allegations about its culture, after reviews were conducted at British Cycling, Canoeing, British Swimming and British Bobsleigh. Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Read more British Equestrian Federation launches investigation into bullying claims Sport politics Topics Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. news Reuse this content Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Equestrianismlast_img read more

Support for Ban on Plastic

first_img Among the businesses that have already taken action to support the Government’s move are fast-food giant, Island Grill, and the popular wholesale club, MegaMart. Several local businesses have adopted environmentally friendly measures in their operations, in line with the Government’s policy to reduce the volume of plastic waste in the country.Starting January 1, 2019, the Government will be imposing a ban on the importation, manufacture, distribution and use of specific categories of plastic packaging materials.Among the businesses that have already taken action to support the Government’s move are fast-food giant, Island Grill, and the popular wholesale club, MegaMart.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Island Grill, Thalia Lyn, tells JIS News that the decision to use biodegradable material arose from a deep concern and sense of responsibility for protecting Jamaica’s natural environment.“I drive through sections of the city every day and I am appalled by the plastic and styrofoam in the gullies, which are heading straight out to sea, and you know how that affects our marine life.Island Grill decided that we were going to live our motto, which is ‘Eat Good, Live Good’,” she says.The CEO notes that the concept of “living good” is a holistic approach, which promotes good environmental stewardship by the company.“One of the things that we decided to do is to take care of our country and the communities that we serve. So, our resolution for 2015 was to find new ways to reduce the amount of plastic and styrofoam that we use,” she says.In 2015, the company commenced the process of phasing out the use of plastic in its business and replacing this with biodegradable food boxes made from recycled paper and branded with its iconic logo.Noting that although the “earth friendly” food boxes was met with widespread skepticism by the public, Mrs. Lyn says the fast-food chain persevered in its objective of phasing out the use of plastic and polystyrene across its 18 restaurants islandwide.“Some customers thought we were taking a retrograde step, that we were giving them ‘box’ to eat out of, and that we were going backwards instead of forward. They didn’t like the brown colour, because it looks like cardboard,” she says.Mrs. Lyn tells JIS News that although the biodegradable boxes are more expensive than the plastic containers the company previously used, it was a worthwhile investment in Jamaica’s environmental future.“As of September 2017, we were completely styrofoam-free. People now look at Island Grill as the leader, the pioneer in the quick-service restaurant area, looking out for the environment. We are working on the plastic cups to get rid of the plastic and replace it with paper,” she adds.The company has also partnered with environmental watchdog, Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) on its public-awareness campaign, ‘Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica’. Launched in 2015, the campaign seeks to improve the attitudes of most Jamaicans towards their environment.Mrs. Lyn, who is an advocate for the Government’s ban on plastic, says the company’s journey has inspired other business operators to introduce environmentally friendly options in their operations.“The difference that I have seen is that people are more conscious. We have raised the consciousness, if nothing else. We all have to get on board. It’s not just Island Grill… . If each company is a little more aware and tries to do their part, it would make a big difference,” she adds.Meanwhile, popular retail chain, MegaMart, has been actively promoting environmental awareness initiatives for several years, through its recycling drives, wellness fairs and introduction of its reusable branded MegaMart eco-bag.The bags were introduced in 2011 in conjunction with several of its major suppliers. These are available across its four stores islandwide.The bags came about in an effort to make the company more environmentally conscious and efficient, which places the popular store among a growing number of entities in Jamaica and the world that have curtailed the use of non-degradable plastic bags.Head of MegaMart, Gassan Azan, tells JIS News that the company supports the Government’s move to implement the ban on plastic, adding that the company remains committed to doing its part in eradicating single-use plastic bags.“We at MegaMart, along with other members of the retail shopping and supermarket community, have been meeting in an effort to come up with additional ways to accommodate shoppers while seeking the best way forward to reduce the carbon footprint of Jamaica,” he notes.Mr. Azan contends that the choices made today will define the country’s environmental future. “This may not be easy, but we hope that policymakers and stakeholders will work together to identify cost-effective alternatives to the single-use plastic bags, polystyrene and straws… to work towards a world free of plastic bags,” he says.The ban includes single-use plastic carrier/shopping bags; expanded polystyrene foam, commonly referred to as styrofoam; and plastic drinking straws.The restriction on single-use bags applies to carriers with dimensions at and below 24 inches by 24 inches (24”x24”), and includes bags commonly referred to as ‘scandal bags’ and ‘T-shirt bags’, which are used primarily in the retail and wholesale trade. Story Highlights Several local businesses have adopted environmentally friendly measures in their operations, in line with the Government’s policy to reduce the volume of plastic waste in the country. Starting January 1, 2019, the Government will be imposing a ban on the importation, manufacture, distribution and use of specific categories of plastic packaging materials.last_img read more