Gulf seafood called safe in wake of hurricanes

first_imgDec 12, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Tests of fish and shellfish collected from waters affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita suggest that seafood from the region is safe to eat, federal officials said last week.Tests of hundreds of samples “showed no reason for concern around consuming seafood from the Gulf region due to the hurricanes,” the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a Dec 9 news release.All the samples were analyzed for chemical and microbiological contaminants that could have been introduced by the hurricanes. Testing was done by the states of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, along with the FDA, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.Sampling areas included Lake Pontchartrain, Mississippi Sound, Mobile Bay, and offshore areas of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Monitoring is continuing, and results will be announced as they become available, the statement said.Many oyster harvest areas have been reopened, the FDA said, but some will remain closed until routine testing by state-regulated Molluscan Shellfish Programs shows harvesting is safe.See also:FDA news release read more

Eagles Hold Off Wildcats to Remain Unbeaten

first_img Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Latest posts by admin (see all) State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest Postscenter_img Bio ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Eagles, who had scored more than 70 points in each of their previous three games, saw that point total dip sharply in Tuesday’s 55-50 win over the Wildcats of Presque Isle.Andrew Austin of the Ellsworth Eagles drives to the basket.—HUGH BOWDENELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Eagles, who had scored more than 70 points in each of their previous three games, saw that point total dip sharply in Tuesday’s 55-50 win over the Wildcats of Presque Isle.Uncharacteristically, Ellsworth got off to a slow start as a three-pointer by Travis Dyer, a driving layup by Wilder York and a pull-up jumper by Alex Tuttle put the Wildcats in front 7-2.But over the next three minutes, the Eagles closed the gap on a three-pointer by Jordan Carter and back-to-back hoops by Cote Card.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textNick Richie then gave the Eagles their first lead, scoring from underneath the basket, and followed with a foul shot to make the score 12-10.But the Wildcats scored five consecutive points to close out the period with a 15-12 edge.In the second period, the Eagles began to capitalize on Wildcat mistakes, converting turnovers into some easy baskets and taking a 23-17 lead — a lead they would protect the rest of the way.Ellsworth left the court at halftime leading 25-21, and when second-half action resumed, the Eagles reeled of nine unanswered points — a three-pointer by Card, a fast-break layup by Nick Holt, a third effort rebound putback by Tyler Palmer and a fast-break layup by Carter.The Wildcats saw their shooting turn cold in the third quarter and finished the period with just seven points, trailing 38-28 going in to the final eight minutes.Ellsworth maintained its 10-point lead through the first half of the period, but the Wildcats began to close the gap with just over four minutes to go.Dyer hit a pair of free throws and Oliver Zubrick got in front of the Ellsworth defense for an easy layup on the next possession, cutting the Eagles’ lead to six points.A fast-break layup by York cut the Eagle lead top 52-48 with under two minutes to go.Holt added a point to that lead, hitting the first of two foul shots with about 48 seconds remaining.Zubrick scored on a driving layup for the never-say-die Wildcats, cutting the lead to 53-50 with 28 seconds left.But that was the last gasp for Presque Isle as Holt wrapped a pair of free throws around a Wildcat time out to cap the scoring with 15.9 seconds to go.Card finished with a game-high 18 points and Carter and Andrew Austin each added nine for the Eagles.Dyer led the Wildcats with 15 points, Tuttle finished with nine and York added eight.“Presque Isle is worth a ton of points,” said Ellsworth coach Peter Austin. “They’ll probably only lose one or two games all year.”Austin cited the Eagles’ unselfishness. “If you look at our scoring averages, I think we have seven guys averaging over six points.“Everybody’s contributing defensively and offensively.”For more sports news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. adminlast_img read more

Williamson century guides Black Caps past Pakistan

first_imgA century from Kane Williamson helped New Zealand to a 61-run win over Pakistan via the Duckworth-Lewis method in their rain-hit opening one-day international.Captain Williamson (115) scored his 10th ODI century to get the Black Caps to 315-7 after they were put in to bat at Basin Reserve in Wellington on Saturday.Colin Munro (58) and Henry Nicholls (50) scored half-centuries and Pakistan were never in the chase in the first of five ODIs.The tourists were reduced to 37-4 by Tim Southee (3-22) and Trent Boult (2-35) and got to 166-6 when the rain hit, ending the game in the 31st over with Fakhar Zaman unbeaten on 82.On a hard pitch with a tinge of grass, Pakistan opted to bowl and they were put under early pressure as Munro made a flying start, bring up his fifty off 33 balls.Hasan Ali (3-61) had Munro caught behind to slow the Black Caps down before Williamson was dropped on 26, edging Faheem Ashraf (1-58) behind, but Sarfraz Ahmed was unable to hang onto the catch.That would prove to be costly as Williamson and Martin Guptill (48) combined for a 73-run partnership.Ross Taylor (12) was out cheaply at the hands of Hasan and Tom Latham (3) also went quickly.Nicholls and Mohammad Amir (1-57) were involved in a nasty mid-pitch collision in the 44th over, but both were able to continue.Williamson flashed Ali through point for four to bring up his century – the first in an ODI at the Basin Reserve in 43 years – as the Black Caps made 87 off the final 10 overs despite the captain and Nicholls’ departure.Pakistan’s chances of a successful chase were ruined early.Southee had Azhar Ali (6) lbw and the Pakistan opener unsuccessfully reviewed, before Babar Azam (0) was trapped in front two deliveries later.Mohammad Hafeez (1) hooked Boult to Southee on the boundary in the fourth over to leave Pakistan at 13-3.Shoaib Malik (13) was the next to go, poking at a Southee ball to be caught behind, while Sarfraz (8) was trapped in front by Todd Astle (1-29).Zaman (82 not out) and Shadab Khan (28) rallied for Pakistan with a 78-run partnership before that was broken by Boult.Rain then ended Pakistan’s slim hopes of pulling off an unlikely victory, giving the Black Caps a 1-0 series lead ahead of game two on Tuesday. (Omnisport).last_img read more