Scottish food safety body gets to work

first_imgA new Scottish independent regulatory body has launched to tackle food safety, diet and nutrition north of the border. Food Standards Scotland (FSS) will now take over responsibilities previously carried out by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). The FSS will have additional powers regarding food safety in the wake of the horsemeat scandal. It will also provide policy advice, keep consumers informed and ensure the enforcement of food regulations.Public health minister Maureen Watt said the launch represented a “great day” for the Scottish consumer and the food and drink sector in Scotland. She said: “We now have a new food body that is uniquely placed to focus on our own particular needs and priorities. Food Standards Scotland will be a trusted source of food safety advice and nutritional guidance.”FSS chief executive Geoff Ogle said: “Our focus will be on making decisions based on the food safety, labelling and nutrition issues that affect the Scottish public most directly.”FSS is mainly funded by government with a budget of £15.7m. The organisation is based in new premises in Aberdeen and has around 160 staff.MSPs at Holyrood passed the legislation for setting up the new body in December last year.last_img read more

Jokowi holds muted Idul Fitri prayers with family, aides

first_img“If before Ramadan we were in conflict with each other, insulting each other, committing many wrongdoings, on this Idul Fitri holiday let us make a commitment to improve ourselves, get along with each other, forgive each other, unite and tighten the bonds of brotherhood,” Muhammudun said in his Idul Fitri sermon on Sunday.Beside the President’s family, the prayers at Bogor Palace were attended by presidential security detail commander Col. Achiruddin, presidential press bureau staffer Erlin Suastini, presidential aide First Lt. Mat Sony Masturi and the President’s personal bodyguard, First Lt. Windra Sanur.After the prayers, Jokowi and his family celebrated the holiday in Bogor rather than in his hometown of Surakarta in Central Java, in accordance with the governments ban of the Idul Fitri exodus that usually sees millions leave the major cities to gather with their extended families in their hometowns.The State Palace has also announced that Jokowi will be foregoing the traditional open house event due to the COVID-19 outbreak.Previously, Coordinating Legal, Political and Human Rights Minister Mahfud MD reminded the public that mass Idul Fitri prayers in mosques or public squares were prohibited this year by the Health Ministry’s regulation on large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) and the 2018 Health Quarantine Law.The country’s largest religious organizations, namely Muhammadiyah, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), had also encouraged Muslims to pray at home during the COVID-19 outbreak.Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo performed Idul Fitri prayers with his family and a few aides in front of the Bayurini Pavilion of Bogor Palace in West Java, in accordance with the government’s proscription of mass prayers during the COVID-19 outbreak.Jokowi, First Lady Iriana and their youngest son Kaesang Pangarep joined the Idul Fitri prayers led by Baitussalam Mosque welfare council head Muhammudun. last_img read more

Wheeler Hurls Mats Past Nats

first_imgWASHINGTON — Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler was working in and out of trouble in the early going against the Washington Nationals, walking four batters and allowing a run on a wild pitch.So he asked catcher Travis d’Arnaud and pitching coach Dan Warthen a simple question: “Do you all see anything?” Warthen went into the clubhouse to check some video from the Aug. 5 game and noticed Wheeler was “collapsing” instead of “throwing downhill,” as the right-hander put it.Thanks to that mid-game adjustment to his delivery — and Washington’s own miscues, including one runner hit by a batted ball and another thrown out at the plate — Wheeler pitched 6 2-3 innings to win his fourth consecutive decision, helping the Mets beat the NL East-leading Nationals 6-1.“I didn’t have my best stuff. And it wasn’t very fun. But you’ve got to find a way through it,” said Wheeler (7-8), who contributed a broken-bat RBI single at the plate.“You’re mad at yourself, and you’re trying to figure out what it is. I wouldn’t say it’s mentally draining, but it’s just frustrating.”Relying on a fastball consistently in the high 90s mph because his curveball wasn’t working, Wheeler was good enough on a muggy night when the temperature was 85 degrees at first pitch.The righty went 3-8 with a 4.45 ERA in his first 16 starts, but is 4-0 with a 1.59 ERA in seven appearances since June 30.“This kid has really, really gotten better,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “I mean, as he continues to improve, the sky’s the limit.”Said Washington’s Jayson Werth: “That was the best I’ve seen him. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen him, but his velocity was a lot higher than I remember.”Werth led off the sixth with a double. When Adam LaRoche followed with a single to left, third base coach Bob Henley sent Werth home.Left fielder Eric Campbell threw out Werth with a one-hop toss; the call stood after a replay review to check whether d’Arnaud blocked the plate.“It changed the whole game right there,” said Daniel Murphy, who pushed New York’s lead to 4-1 with a two-run single in the seventh off Drew Storen.Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez (6-8) was charged with four runs and six hits over six-plus innings. He put two runners on to begin the seventh, then shook his head as he walked off the mound when manager Matt Williams yanked him with Wheeler coming to the plate.Asked if he was upset that he was removed there, Gonzalez replied: “I wanted to face the pitcher, yes.”(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more