2019 Litespeed Ultimate Road adds disc brakes, wider tires to its aero road bike

Posted On Jan 18 2021 by

first_imgEarlier this autumn Litespeed brought back the Ultimate moniker on a new aero-optimized ti gravel bike. Now the Ultimate Road is back too, this time in a disc brake only road bike with aerodynamic tube shaping, premium American-welded 3Al-2.5V titanium, and room for 30mm road tires. Handmade and now hand painted in the US, the new Ultimate Disc High-Performance Road becomes Litespeed’s new top-end all-around road bike.2019 Litespeed Ultimate Road titanium disc brake aero road bikeLitespeed calls the rebirth of their Ultimate Road bike the “ultimate combination of light weight, aerodynamics, stiffness and compliance.” The latest evolution of their original national & world championship winning 3Al-2.5V aero optimized ti road race bike, the new Ultimate becomes a thoroughly modern road bike. Gone are rim brake and any thought of super skinny tires.Litespeed Ultimate Road ti disc brake aero road bike – Tech DetailsNow the Ultimate Road is disc only with flat mount disc brake calipers and 12mm thru-axles, and it has plenty of room to fit modern comfortable & low rolling resistance tires up to 30mm wide on even most wide road rims.Beyond big cushy tires, the new flagship Litespeed road bike also tailors its tube shaping to accentuate the comfort of titanium while eking out aero gains. The seatstays specifically get varied blading along their length to get both compliance and aerodynamic performance. Plus, both toptube & downtube get shaped for aero benefits and optimized stiffness for predictable handling.The new premium ti all-around disc  brake road bike is said to tip the scales at 1323g (medium) shaving about 10g off their T2. The new bike features a full internal cable routing with Di2 & hydraulic line compatibility, a 31.6mm seatpost, and a PF30 bottom bracket.Litespeed Ultimate Road ti disc aero road bike – Geometry & SizingThe Ultimate Road is available in six stock sizes from XS-XL (~51.5-59cm). Geometry for the new bike is the same performance road race geometry already refined on the disc brake versions of Litespeed’s T1SL Disc and T2 Disc, with the same Stack & Reach figures, head angles & wheelbases.Litespeed Ultimate Road ti disc aero road bike – Pricing & AvailabilityThe new titanium Litespeed Ultimate Road is available in either polished raw titanium or one of five painted options that still show polished ti in the rear end up to the seat cluster. Paint options include Oyster pearl white, metallic dark blue Mica, metallic dark cherry, metallic Sport red, and bright Nitrous blue. Raw ti frames start at $3450 on their own, or $3920 with the full carbon fork & a Cane Creek headset.The painted options adds $650 whether you get the frame only or frameset with headset & fork, but with the frameset  they paint the Litespeed Carbon fork to match.Several different complete bike builds are on offer, starting with the raw ti bike built up with Ultegra mechanical/hydraulic from $6300, up to painted Dura-Ace Di2 builds at $13,200 with a Reynolds Aero 46 Disc carbon wheelset. Complete bikes are fully built up in-house by Litespeed and ship to US consumers in a pretty massive box that does not require end-user assembly beyond bar & seatpost adjustment, and front wheel install.Most frames & frameset options are in stock and ready to ship out to buyers immediately, while complete bike builds tend to take a week or two depending on spec. Litespeed sells the bikes consumer direct, and has an online chat that can help with either customization of final complete bike build or individual shipping estimates.Litespeed.comlast_img read more


Douglas Henshall Joins Bryan Cranston-Led Stage Adaptation of Network

Posted On Jan 17 2021 by

first_img London’s National Theatre has announced that Douglas Henshall will play the role of Max Schumacher in the world premiere stage adaptation of the film Network. Ivo van Hove directs Lee Hall’s play that will begin previews on November 4 with an opening set for November 13 at London’s Lyttelton Theatre. Network will also star the previously announced Bryan Cranston as Howard Beale and Michelle Dockery as Diana Christenson.Douglas Henshall is known for his turn as Professor Nick Cutter in the British sci-fi series Primeval and his performance as Jimmy Perez in the crime drama Shetland. His London theater credits include Betrayal and 55 Days. William Holden originated the role of Max in Paddy Chayevsky’s film Network, earning a 1977 Oscar nomination for his performance.The design team for Network will include set and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld, video design by Tal Yarden, costume design by An D’Huys and music/sound design by Eric Sleichim. The limited engagement will play through March 24, 2018.  Douglas Henshall(Photo: National Theatre) View Commentslast_img read more


John Kander & David Thompson’s The Beast in the Jungle Extends Off-Broadway

Posted On Jan 17 2021 by

first_imgThe Beast in the Jungle, the highly anticipated new show from Scottsboro Boys collaborators John Kander, David Thompson and Susan Stroman, has received an extension by off-Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre. Initially slated for a run through June 10, The Beast in the Jungle will now play an engagement through June 17. The show is scheduled to begin previews on May 4 with an opening set for May 23.Described as a dance play, The Beast in the Jungle is the story of John Marcher, a man haunted by personal demons, whose great yet unfulfilled love affair with an unforgettable woman spans decades and continents. Leading the cast are Tony nominees Tony Yazbeck and Peter Friedman, along with Irina Dvorovenko and Teagle F. Bougere.The design team for The Beast in the Jungle includes costume design by Michael Curry, lighting design by Ben Stanton, sound design by Peter Hylenski, music arrangements by Sam Davis and orchestrations by Greg Anthony Rassen and Sam Davis. The Beast in the Jungle Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 24, 2018last_img read more


HUD allocates nearly $18 million to help Vermont recover from Tropical Storm Irene

Posted On Dec 31 2020 by

first_imgIn one of the largest single grants to the state to help after Tropical Storm Irene, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development is releasing $17,932,000 in community rebuilding funds to Vermont from a disaster relief appropriations bill passed by Congress and signed by the President in January. The news was released by Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I), Congressman Peter Welch (D) and Governor Peter Shumlin (D) Wednesday.  Leahy, Sanders and Welch supported the disaster relief measure and wrote a letter to HUD advocating for the funding.Altogether, Vermont now has received more than $430 million in federal assistance to help the state rebuild after Irene. HUD is allocating the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery grants to areas in nine states, totaling $514 million, with the greatest unmet needs.  The funding announced Wednesday supplements nearly $22 million HUD allocated to Vermont under the same program in January of 2012.  HUD has targeted these grants to help communities rebuild homes, businesses and infrastructure beyond those addressed by other forms of public and private assistance.  HUD soon will publish specific guidelines for using these funds, and the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development will finalize disaster ‘ action plans’ describing how they intend to use the funding to support disaster recovery.  Leahy, Sanders and Welch said HUD has pledged prompt reviews of those plans.Two features of the CDBG program make these funds especially useful:  The program’ s flexibility enables the state to forge a Vermont-specific plan and allows the state to use the funds to match other federal disaster recovery programs, including FEMA’ s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.  As an example, the state used part of January 2012 grant to make matching grants to homeowners participating in the FEMA home buyout program whose homes were destroyed by Irene.  Without those grants, the homeowners would not have been fully and fairly compensated for their homes, as FEMA only pays 75 percent of appraised value.In a joint statement, Leahy, Sanders and Welch said:  ‘ This is another major building block in Vermont’ s recovery.  These are funds for made-in-Vermont answers for specific community needs.  It was a high priority for us to work to top-up funding for this crucial program in the emergency storm relief bill in January, and we thank Secretary Donovan for his prompt turnaround in allocating these funds to Vermont and to other states where the needs are greatest.’  Governor Shumlin said:  “This announcement means more tools are on the way as Vermonters and their communities continue to rebuild from Tropical Storm Irene.  The persistence and hard work of our congressional delegation has brought us this good news from Washington and we are grateful.  As we learn more about the details of the funding, we’ll move quickly to match it to the needs we know remain.” As the most senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and of its HUD subcommittee, Leahy again led on the committee in ensuring that the disaster assistance funds were included in the appropriations package in January.  Leahy, Sanders and Welch then wrote to HUD officials underscoring Vermont’ s ongoing needs and asking for timely release of the funds.  ‘ In the last two years, many communities have had to deal with the reality of our changing climate and the increasing severity of natural disasters,’ said HUD Secretary ShaunDonovan.  ‘ HUD is continuing to work closely with state and local partners to help them realize a locally driven vision for restoring and rebuilding housing, infrastructure, and businesses that have been affected.’              The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, signed into law by President Obama on January 29th, included $16 billion in CDBG-Disaster Recovery funding.  Eight days later, HUD announced a first round of aid totaling $5.4 billion to five states and the City of New York impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  HUD will announce additional allocations throughout the year based upon the level of remaining needs to help other states and local communities impacted by natural disasters in 2011-2013.  HUD’ s CDBG-Disaster Recovery grants are intended to confront housing, business and infrastructure needs beyond those addressed by other forms of public and private assistance.  Using a combination of data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA), HUD identified those states and local communities requiring the greatest assistance to recover from devastating tornadoes in the Southeast and Missouri; remnants of Hurricanes Irene and Lee in the Northeast and New England; severe flooding in parts of North Dakota; and destructive wildfires in Texas. HUD will shortly publish a Notice that will regulate the use of the funds announced today.  State and local grantees will then finalize disaster ‘ action plans’ describing how they intend to expend these funds to support disaster recovery and HUD will quickly review them.last_img read more


CVFiber launches community engagement campaign

Posted On Dec 31 2020 by

first_imgCVFiber,Vermont Business Magazine CVFiber, the communications union district representing 20 municipalities in Central Vermont, has launched a community engagement campaign to assess the needs of 4,500 underserved homes and businesses. The locally-owned and governed community network has teamed up with the Vermont company Last Mile Community Connections, LLC, to conduct a survey of residents prior to rolling out 129 miles of fiber in 2021.“The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly exposed the need for reasonably priced, high speed broadband to our communities,” said CVFiber Board Member David Healy. “Bringing fast internet to these towns will promote economic development, employment opportunities and increased property values.” The survey will primarily be conducted over the phone or residents can access it themselves through a link on the CVFiber website. A high response rate will help improve funding opportunities for the nonprofit, which hopes to offer affordable service over 310 miles in the coming years. “High speed internet is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity,” said CVFiber Project Manager Tim Shea. “In addition to the thousands of Vermonters now working remotely, educators need it to teach and students need it to learn.”Last Mile Community Connections, LLC will be making phone calls and doing literature drops throughout the month of December. The company will use all in-state workers in full compliance with state Covid-19 safety guidelines.“Our success depends on the participation of residents and businesses,” said Healy. “Without your help, the network cannot become a reality. We need your response to this to identify your needs and interest in supporting these efforts.”The survey can be found at www.cvfiber.net/survey(link is external)Source: BERLIN, VT – CVFiber 12.8.2020last_img read more


Reps. Davids, Cleaver hold U.S. House Small Business Committee field hearing on ‘Silicon Prairie’

Posted On Dec 20 2020 by

first_imgReps. Sharice Davids (center) and Emanuel Cleaver (right) held a field hearing for the U.S. House Small Business Committee on Tuesday.Rep. Sharice Davids this week brought official Congressional business to the Kansas 3rd Congressional District, specifically to discuss the challenges of small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs.The first-term Congresswoman led a field hearing alongside Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Kansas City, Mo., for the U.S. House Small Business Committee on Tuesday morning at Kansas City Kansas Community College.The hearing, “Silicon Prairie: Tech Innovation and a High-Skilled Workforce in the Heartland,” included testimony from various stakeholders in business, technology, capital investment, state departments and other groups to examine the current state of the high-tech small business workforce and their challenges, particularly for startups and entrepreneurs located outside technology hubs.Kansas Labor Secretary Delía García spoke at the hearing Tuesday.Davids said bringing together local organizations that support startups and entrepreneurs — such as Overland Park-based SnapIT Solutions and Kansas City, Missouri-based AltCap — as well as the secretaries of labor and commerce is a collaborative process that goes into the Congressional record.“Having all of them in the same room sharing their ideas, it’s of course going to be helpful at the federal level for purposes of figuring out what are the best programs for us to be supporting,” she said. “But it will also be helpful for the state-level folks to hear how the work that they’re doing ties in, whether it’s workforce development (or) bridging the gap of access to capital.”Witnesses who gave testimony at the hearing included:David Toland, Secretary of the Kansas Department of CommerceDelía García, Secretary of the Kansas Department of LaborThomas Salisbury, Regional Administrator, Region VII of the Small Business AdministrationNeelima Parasker, President and Chief Executive Officer of SnapIT Solutions in Overland ParkRuben Alonso III, President of AltCap in Kansas City, MissouriTammie Wahaus, Chief Executive Officer of Elias Animal Health in OlatheBrad Sandt, President and Chief Executive Officer of Menlo, K12itc, Civic ITC in Kansas City, MissouriDaniel Silva, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas City Kansas Chamber of CommerceThe hearing was also an opportunity for small business owners and experts to discuss innovative solutions to address small business employee shortages, according to Davids’ office. For instance, Davids noted that the Kansas City area has a strong workforce, but the area does face the challenge of identifying the needs of a 21st century workforce.“When people think about entrepreneurship and tech and startups and founders and access to capital, a lot of times you only hear about a couple of coastal cities,” Davids said, adding that she hopes to “spread the good word of Kansas” in terms of the entrepreneurship and startup ecosystem at work in the Midwest and particularly the Kansas City metro area.“I think it’s just really important for those of us in elected and appointed positions to hear directly from the people who are living and breathing the impacts of the policy that we’re creating,” she added.While noting that the field hearing itself is important, Davids said Tuesday morning’s events created a gathering space for all of these stakeholders to have important conversations of their own — similarly to what her staff experiences during her periodic public forums over other topics such as mental health, student debt and veterans’ needs when transitioning to civic life.For instance, even as she spoke, Davids noticed the executive director of the KCK Chamber of Commerce having a side conversation with one of the program managers of AltCap. Noting that AltCap just started its services on the Kansas side, Davids said that type of relationship could further both organizations’ reach into the communities they serve.“This is part of the Congressional record, which is very important, but every time we have an event where there is a group of people that comes together to talk about the work that they’re doing, the relationship-building and networking that happens, it’s really phenomenal,” Davids said. “They’re almost like ‘value add’ for something like this. They’re really cool additional benefits of this sort of thing that are outside of the policy that we’re trying to improve.”last_img read more


Digital Projection Launches Satellite Modular Laser System

Posted On Dec 20 2020 by

first_imgDigital Projection launched the Satellite Modular Laser System (Satellite MLS) for the North American market on Thursday. This allows the separation of the pure laser light engine, with the associated power and thermal management, to a remote location. It then enables a compact and virtually silent projection “head” that primarily contains optics, video processing and cooling related to the image modulators.Given the modular components that comprise the Satellite MLS system, integrators can easily design a custom one-to-many or many-to-one configuration between the MLS light sources and the Satellite projection heads:A single 10,000 lumen MLS light module illuminates multiple projection heads in a one-to-many configuration, equally splitting and providing matched brightness to each head through the life of the illumination system. Intelligent control mechanisms ensure lumen matching of up to four Satellite projection heads, while reducing system downtime for scheduled maintenance.In a many-to-one configuration, multiple 10,000 lumen MLS light modules can be combined to illuminate a single, ultra-compact Satellite projection head. This creates compact and quiet projection heads that produce light output, up to 40,000 lumens.As integrated projectors have become brighter, they have inevitably grown larger, heavier, louder, more expensive and more-power hungry — factors that create challenges for installations and applications.However, the Satellite MLS provides a modular approach utilizing fiber optics to transport pure RGB laser illumination from the light source to the Satellite head. In addition to the on-screen benefits that RGB laser illumination offers, including REC2020 color space, the Satellite MLS’ design allows the light source and projection head to be separated by as much as 100 meters.Each Satellite projection head is designed with a closed-loop cooling system, sealing all of the critical optical components from the ingress of contaminants. A further benefit of the reduced thermal dissipation and small size of the projection heads is that, when required, supplementary environmental enclosures become easier to design and manufacture, further reducing total system costs.The Satellite MLS product line has been developed to provide WUXGA, Native 4K and 8K resolutions and will also include Digital Projection’s recent INSIGHT 4K HFR 360 solution for immersive and collaborative 4K-3D environments. Systems can be configured to produce from 2,500 lumens up to 40,000+ lumens per projection head.last_img read more


Make that 77; Iowa tops Minnesota again

Posted On Dec 17 2020 by

first_imgGlasser was one of five seniors honored at intermission for senior night. Also honored were Ben Berhow, Thorn, Brent Eidenschink, and Joe Nord.After the dual, Glasser was not focused on his individual win, but rather the teamâÄôs loss to a bitter rival and the relinquished chance at a dual meet season championship.âÄúWeâÄôre really disappointed. It was ours to take and I felt we were the better team, but it just didnâÄôt fall in our hands this time,âÄù Glasser said.Kevin Steinhaus (184) followed GlasserâÄôs win with a comeback decision his own, and later drew praise from his coach.âÄúSteinhaus is a great example of what youâÄôve got to do. He got taken down but he stayed in the guyâÄôs face,âÄù Robinson said.âÄúThis Iowa thing âÄî everybodyâÄôs so afraid of them but you stay and wrestle them up, and theyâÄôre human. Then it just becomes a battle of wills, but you have to be able to fight like that.âÄùIt was not to be for Minnesota, however, Sonny Yohn (197) dropped a crucial decision. Yohn has only wrestled once since returning from a late-December knee injury, and Robinson said his conditioning is not where it needs to be.He was visibly exhausted by the third period, and his opponent took full advantage. Yohn also needed an injury timeout late in the match after tweaking one âÄî or possibly both âÄî of his knees.Tony Nelson then dropped a decision at heavyweight in which he once again struggled to initiate offense.âÄúNelsonâÄôs got to stop standing around. HeâÄôs done that in a couple matches,âÄù Robinson said. âÄúHeâÄôs waiting to ride the guy but he has to be the guy to initiate action and score points.âÄùâÄúWe werenâÄôt dominant tonight, so there should be something learned from this,âÄù he added.The 1986-87 wrestling team (RobinsonâÄôs first) was on hand with athletics director Joel Maturi for a video tribute and a ceremony honoring the 25-year head coach.âÄúProbably the biggest thing IâÄôve said is that itâÄôs the people that have come through and the guys that you get to work with, the things that theyâÄôve done and accomplished, thatâÄôs the coolest thing of the 25 years. ItâÄôs cool just to have been a small part of the whole thing,âÄù Robinson said. Make that 77; Iowa tops Minnesota againThe Gophers (15-4-1, 6-1-1 Big Ten) suffered their first Big Ten loss of the dual meet season and in so doing, handed the Hawkeyes the regular season championship.Joe Michaud-Scorza Derek WetmoreFebruary 21, 2011Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Big Ten dual season championship was there for Minnesota to take Sunday, but a come-from-behind effort was quashed on a day that must have been bittersweet for J Robinson, who was honored before the meet for 25 years at the helm of the program.âÄúItâÄôs great, you donâÄôt think about it much, but I guess 25 years is a long time,âÄù Robinson joked after his teamâÄôs 19-12 loss at the hands of Iowa.âÄúWe had a chance to win it, we just didnâÄôt do what we needed to do.âÄùThe Gophers (15-4-1, 6-1-1 Big Ten) suffered their first Big Ten loss of the dual meet season and in so doing, handed the Hawkeyes the regular season championship.Iowa, now on a 77-dual unbeaten streak, finished the year 8-0 in the Big Ten and has the last three national championships to its name.Minnesota fell behind early, dropping three straight decisions to open the dual, but some after-intermission fireworks almost made for a storybook day for Robinson.Mike Thorn (141-pounds) was upset by IowaâÄôs Montell Marion to put the Gophers in an early hole, 9-0.Danny Zilverberg (149) responded to the pressure, though, earning a sudden victory in extra time to send the announced crowd of 7,527 at Williams Arena into an uproar.It was the biggest draw of the season for Minnesota, wrestling for the first time this season at Williams, though the blizzard-like conditions may have hurt attendance.If driving conditions were dangerous Sunday, someone forgot to tell the Hawkeyes fans, who traveled well and were at times louder than their maroon and gold-clad counterparts, for example when Derek St. John notched a major decision over Matt Mincey at 157 just before the break.After intermission, however, the Gophers were favored in four of five matches, and they came out swinging.Cody Yohn (165) received a decision to get the ball rolling and cut IowaâÄôs lead to 13-6.Scott Glasser then earned a come-from-behind, upset victory that breathed life into the Minnesota contingent of the crowd, and gave the Gophers hope in the dual.last_img read more


Neuroscience study links white matter compactness to mood degradation during sleep deprivation

Posted On Nov 19 2020 by

first_imgLinkedIn Pinterest Neuroscientists from the University of Arizona have potentially identified a neural biomarker of mood vulnerability following sleep loss. Their study found that white matter compactness in three important brain networks is related to resilience to mood degradation during sleep deprivation.The findings were published in the journal NeuroImage.“Exploring different neuroimaging techniques including functional, structural and white-matter diffusion properties has been my passion for the last 10 years,” said study author Sahil Bajaj, who will soon be the Director of Multimodal Clinical Neuroimaging Laboratory (MCNL) at Boys Town National Research Hospital. Share on Facebook Sharecenter_img Email Share on Twitter “I had noticed that sometimes people, including me, get irritated if they do not get enough sleep. Lack of sleep is well known to lead to increased mood variability. There is also much evidence suggesting that individuals differ in their responses to sleep loss — some people are severely affected but others seem to be quite resilient and show little effect from sleep deprivation.”“While most studies have focused on individual vulnerability to sleep loss with regard to simple attention and alertness, very little is known about what makes some people vulnerable to the mood degrading effects of sleep deprivation. The findings reported in previous studies raised my interest in exploring characteristics of the brain that may help in sustaining mood degradation following sleep deprivation.”The researchers were particularly interested in the brain’s the default-mode network, central executive network and salience network. Previous research has indicated that interconnectivity among these three networks are characteristic of several major psychiatric and neurological disorders.In the study, 45 healthy individuals underwent brain MRI with a specialized technique called diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). A few days later, the participants returned to the lab, where they stayed awake overnight and completed an assessment of their mood every hour between 7:15 p.m. and 11:15 a.m. the following morning.The researchers found that participants with greater white-matter compactness tended to display a greater ability to sustain a positive mood during sleep deprivation.“There are essentially two different types of tissue in our brains: grey matter, which is made up of the actual brain cells or neuron bodies, and white matter, which is made up of long insulated fibers that connect these brain cells together,” Bajaj told PsyPost.“We found that it is the compactness of white-matter that is associated with greater resilience to mood degradation induced by 24 hours of sleep deprivation. Characteristics of grey matter do not seem to play a role in sustaining mood degradation following sleep deprivation. Very simply put, people with more compact white matter fibers seemed to be less likely to get ‘moody’ when sleep deprived.”The study — like all research — includes some limitations.“First, our data quality was of moderate resolution. More advanced types of scans will allow us to look at this in even more fine grained ways. Second, diffusion measures used in our study are known to be sensitive to several factors such as crossing white matter fibers, magnitude of myelination and viscosity which may hinder or facilitate water diffusion,” Bajaj explained.“Therefore, there is possibility of more complex interpretations from our findings. Moreover, these findings involved simple correlations between brain measures and mood change, so identification of causal associations between mood variability following sleep deprivation and large-scale effective connectivity measures still needs to be addressed in future studies.”“I would like to thank SCAN lab and in particular my advisor, and the Principal Investigator of the study, Dr. William D.S. Killgore — the director of SCAN lab at the University of Arizona — for all his help and support in completing this project among several others. More details about our lab can be found here: https://scanlab.arizona.edu/,” Bajaj added.The study, “Vulnerability to mood degradation during sleep deprivation is influenced by white-matter compactness of the triple-network model“, was authored by Sahil Bajaj and William D.S. Killgore.last_img read more


FOOD SAFETY NEWS SCAN: Cantaloupe Listeria update, turkey plant’s safety plans, consumer missteps

Posted On Nov 18 2020 by

first_imgOct 7, 2011Cantaloupe Listeria outbreak expands to 109 cases, 21 deathsNine more cases and three more deaths have been reported since Oct 3 in the Listeria outbreak tied to cantaloupe, bringing the totals to 109 cases with 21 deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today. Four states—Iowa, New York, Oregon, and South Dakota—had their first cases, raising the number of affected states to 24, the CDC update shows. The latest deaths included one each in Indiana, New York, and Wyoming. The cases have been linked to Rocky Ford brand cantaloupe from Jensen Farms in Colorado. Most of those sickened in the outbreak are over the age of 60, and the median age is 77. Nearly all patients for whom information was available—105 of 107—were hospitalized. CDC officials have called the outbreak the most deadly foodborne disease episode in a decade. Last week officials said they expected reports of cases to continue for several weeks, as the incubation time for listeriosis is up to 2 months.Oct 7 CDC outbreak updateIn a related development, a company in western New York has recalled 4,800 packages containing cantaloupe because of possible Listeria contamination related to the Jensen Farms recall, the Associated Press reported today. The firm, Fruit Fresh Up Inc. of Depew, said the products included cantaloupe pieces and various fruit salads sold in the Buffalo area through stores and caterers between Aug 31 and Sep 11, the story said.Oct 7 AP reportCargill promises aggressive safety system for Arkansas turkey plantCargill Inc. promises that its turkey processing plant in Springdale, Ark., which was blamed for the widespread Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak tied to ground turkey this past summer, will set a new standard for food safety precautions when it reopens, according to a Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) report. After the outbreak prompted a shutdown of the plant in early August, the company steam-cleaned the equipment, added more bacterial washes, and increased Salmonella testing 10-fold, officials said. The plant was then restarted, but the US Department of Agriculture found that Salmonella was still present, leading to a second shutdown in early September, the story said. Cargill is considering adding more safety steps when the plant reopens, including a pressure treatment to kill bacteria in the meat and vaccination of turkeys against some Salmonella strains. Pressurization is already used on some Cargill ground beef products. Mike Martin, Cargill’s director of communications, said the plant will have “the most aggressive, the most advanced testing and monitoring system” in the US poultry industry. The outbreak has caused 129 salmonellosis cases and 1 death, US health officials said last week.Oct 6 MPR reportStudy: Consumers show poor safety habits when handling ground beefConsumers who were videotaped while preparing hamburgers were weak in hand-washing practices and often handled the meat in ways that could have caused cross-contamination, according to a study reported recently in the Journal of Food Protection. Two researchers from the University of California, Davis, videotaped 199 volunteers while they prepared hamburgers and salads. The volunteers also completed questionnaires about food safety after the taping sessions. Seventy percent of the volunteers cooked the meat to an internal temperature of 160ºF as recommended by the US Department of Agriculture, but only 13% knew the recommended temperature and only 4% used a meat thermometer. An average of 43 potential cross-contamination events occurred in each household, with hands as the most frequent vehicle of potential contamination. Participants washed their hands for the recommended 20 seconds in only 7% of cases, and the average hand-washing time was 8 seconds. “Analysis of food handling behaviors indicates that consumers with and without food safety training exposed themselves to potential foodborne illness even while under video observation,” the report says.Oct 1 J Food Protect abstractlast_img read more