Can super-tiny droplets of water sprayed at strawberries, spinach, and lettuce kill deadly food pathogens?Philip Demokritou, associate professor of aerosol physics and director of the Laboratory for Environmental Health NanoSciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, thinks so. And if this new technology can be successfully scaled up, he says it could be a “game-changer” in the fight against toxic microorganisms, including E. coli, salmonella, and listeria. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that each year in the U.S. approximately 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die from the consumption of food contaminated with pathogenic microorganisms.In a U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded study published in mid-February in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, Demokritou and colleagues describe how nano-sized, charged water particles called Engineered Water Nanostructures (EWNS) can inactivate foodborne bacteria on both stainless steel surfaces and on the surfaces of tomatoes. They found a dose-response relationship in the study; that is, the more EWNS they used, and the longer the EWNS were in contact with the pathogens, the more the deadly bugs were destroyed. Read Full Story
President of the Ghana Table Tennis Federation Mawuko Afadzinu is expecting a tough battle among finalists in this year’s National Top eight (8) event in Accra on Saturday 23rd January 2016. Eight players from the male and female category have booked their place in the final round of the championship which will be held at the Accra stadium.The annual championship which should have taken place late last year seeks to bring the top notch Tennis players across the country to compete to determine the best in each category.“This is the top 8, our biggest event in the year, this is where all the top tennis players come together to compete and it is the only table tennis championship here that comes with an appearance fee,” said Mr Afadzinu“This year we expect a good championship taking into consideration what happened the previous year, we do this to make our sport very attractive and mind you we have other programmes lined up this year.“We are looking at a Coperate table tennis league and also the inter-schools table tennis competitions. “Just as we want to develop the sport here we also look at winning medals at major international events.Table Tennis just like the other federations is faced with the problem of funding. The Federation has had to sponsor some of their own programmes.“Funding has been our major problem and I will like to use this opportunity to appeal to our friends in the coperate world to come and support this noble sport.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Canada’s “Come From Away” has won three Drama Desk Awards, including outstanding musical.The 9/11-inspired production was awarded the top prize at a ceremony held at New York’s Town Hall on Sunday night.Canadian husband-and-wife duo Irene Sankoff and David Hein, the co-creators of “Come From Away,” won outstanding book of a musical.Jenn Colella won outstanding featured actress in a musical for her portrayal of real-life retired airline Capt. Beverley Bass.Gander, N.L., is the setting for “Come From Away,” which explores the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. The remote town saw its population double in size as it provided refuge to 6,579 passengers and crew from 38 planes diverted when U.S. air space was closed.Now in its 62nd year, the Drama Desk Awards are billed as the sole major New York theatre honours where Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway productions compete in the same categories.“Come From Away” has already won outstanding musical honours from New York’s Outer Critics Circle Awards and the Helen Hayes Awards in Washington, D.C.Broadway’s biggest prize could still be in store for the Canadian musical when the Tony Awards are handed out on June 11. “Come From Away” has been nominated for seven Tonys, including best musical.