Facebook group helps woman stuck in pool

A woman who found herself stuck in her New Hampshire swimming pool was able to rely on Facebook for help, reports The Associated Press.

Leslie, Kahn, 61, was stranded in her swimming pool after the ladder broke and she didn’t have the strength to pull herself out. Alone and having left her cellphone inside the house, she was able to pull a chair holding her iPad over to her with a pool pole.

Kahn posted for help in a community Facebook page and soon a woman who lived in her neighborhood came to her rescue. The neighbor was then followed by police.

Kahn told local news station WMUR that sometimes you help others and other times, you ask for help.

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Angela Merkel: Germany could ban gas and diesel cars

The internal combustion engine has suffered a new body blow, this time in the country that invented the modern car.

Chancellor Angela Merkel hinted that it’s only a matter of time before Germany followed France, Britain, India and other countries in banning new sales of cars fitted only with gas or diesel engines.

Asked whether it would make sense for Germany to set a deadline to end sales of such vehicles, Merkel told weekly tabloid Super Illu in its latest edition:

“I cannot name an exact year yet, but the approach is right because if we quickly invest in more charging infrastructure and technology for electric cars, a general changeover will be structurally possible.”

A German government spokesman confirmed Merkel’s words in an email to CNNMoney on Monday.

Back in 1886, Carl Benz applied for a patent for a “vehicle powered by a gas engine,” giving birth to the modern automobile. Now making cars is Germany’s biggest industry and export earner. Volkswagen is the world’s biggest automaker by sales, while Mercedes Benz-owner Daimler, BMW and Porsche are also leading players.

Merkel is seeking a fourth term as chancellor in an election on Sept. 24, and pressure has been building on her government to take a tougher stance on air pollution as a crisis over dirty diesel engines intensified.

The scandal exploded nearly two years ago when Volkswagen admitted cheating on emissions by manipulating software so that diesel engines would run cleaner during tests than under normal driving conditions.

Since then, more automakers — including other German firms — have been investigated for trying to do the same.

Some German towns and cities have been threatening to ban diesel cars altogether, worried about elevated levels of pollution.

And the reputation of the industry — which is central to the “Made in Germany” promise of quality and reliability — took another hit last month when European anti-trust officials said they were looking into claims that the carmakers had been operating an illegal cartel for years.

After a crisis meeting between senior politicians and top executives last month, the German car industry agreed to modify more than 5 million diesel cars to cut emissions.

Now it seems as if the government wants to go further, in part to meet its commitments under the Paris climate accord.

“It is also clear that the climate targets we have set for 2050, namely a reduction in CO2 [carbon dioxide] of 80-95%, are very ambitious even if vehicle emissions of CO2 are significantly reduced,” Merkel said in the magazine interview.

Her remarks come as Germany’s finance ministry admits that the diesel scandal could hurt Europe’s biggest economy.

In its August monthly report, the finance ministry added the “diesel crisis” to a list of economic threats that includes potential fallout from Europe’s Brexit negotiations with the U.K. and President Trump’s protectionist stance on trade.

“Risks remain relating to the shape of Brexit and future U.S. trade policy. In addition, the so-called Diesel Crisis must be classified as a new risk, even though its effects cannot be estimated at present,” it said.

The finance ministry said data and surveys suggested the economy was on track for another good quarter in the June to September period.

“However, the possible impact of the Diesel Crisis for the German economy cannot be quantified at present. Given the importance of the automotive industry, [the crisis] must be classified as a medium term risk to overall economic development,” it added.

— Nadine Schmidt contributed to this article.

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Girl dies after being ejected, trapped under wreckage of Miramar crash

A girl who was trapped under the wreckage of a crash Monday morning at a Miramar intersection has died.

The 8-year-old girl was fatally injured in a two-vehicle crash at Miramar Boulevard and Red Road, police said.

A girl who was ejected from one of the vehicles was trapped under the wreckage and had to be rescued. She was flown to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, where she was later pronounced dead.

The girl’s name hasn’t been released pending notification of next of kin.

An adult was also injured and taken to the hospital.

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Roaches spotted crawling on chicken and rice containers in South Florida restaurants

It was a busy week for Inspectors with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

A State Inspector noted a live roach on raw chicken at Nauti Dawg Cafe in Lighthouse Point last week. Twenty-Six violations were found and the kitchen there was ordered shut.

Records show a stop sale was also issued on rice at Fried Rice Kitchen in Pompano Beach after a roach was spotted inside a rice container in a food prep area.

Rodent issues were found at a Burger King in Coral Springs, at Blue Willy’s BBQ on Commercial Boulevard and at Back Alley BBQ in Fort Lauderdale.

Roach issues were found at Bice Bistro on Grand Avenue in Coconut Grove and Wing’s N Things in Pompano Beach.

Notre Dame restaurant in Pompano Beach was ordered shut for the 4th time after bugs were discovered on boiled eggs. 

Below is a list of places and some of their violations.

All the placed mentioned were allowed to re-open following an ordered clean up and re-inspection.

NAUTI DAWG MARINA CAFE
2841 MARINA CIRCLE
LIGHTHOUSE POINT

ORDERED SHUT 8/18/17
26 VIOLATIONS FOUND

“Stop Sale issued due to food not being in a wholesome, sound condition. Live roach in raw chicken at cold holding drawer at cook line . Food discarded.”

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed approximately 1 live roach inside container of chicken in cold holding drawers at cook line, 1 live roach on wall above prep cooler at cook line, 2 live roaches on gasket at flip top cooler at cook line , 2 live roaches on door hinge at M3 Turbo freezer in cook line area, 1 live roach under stove at cook line  , 1 live roach dishwashing area by pot storage and approximately 100+ live roaches in ice cream chest freezer near Bar area/walk-in cooler.”

“Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. 1 live small flying insect in dry storage room by bar.”

“Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Tomatoes 48° F, egg liquid 52° F, egg whites 54° F, ham 53° F, chicken 53° F, spinach 49° F, Ham 53-65° F, crab cake mix 52-65, salmon 49° F, hash 51° F, tomatoes 50-52° F, cheese 55-61°F ,butter 46° F, egg 52° F , tomatoes 46° F, lobster 46° F, and lettuce 54° F all stored at flip top cooler at cook line closest to steam table. Cooler ambient temperature 50° F. Foods moved to walk-in cooler to quick chill. Foods in flip top for less than 4 hours. Corrective Action Taken. Seaweed 50° F, chicken wings 50° F, fish dip 47° F, and calamari 50° F all stored at flip top cooler at cook line closest to freezer . Cooler ambient temperature 52° F. Foods moved to walk-in cooler to quick chill. Foods in flip top for less than 4 hours. Corrective Action Taken. Shrimp 45-46° F, corn salad 46 F, tuna salad 47 F, fish 46°F, garbanzo 56° F, pasta 46-47° F, pasta 46° F, hash 45° F, cheese/ mushroom 45 F, garlic/oil/cheese 46° F, sausage 48° F, and chicken wings 45° F all at walk-in cooler that was in the defrost cycle after receiving a delivery. Operator turned off defrost cycle manually to maintain 41° F.”

“Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine.”

“Food being cooled by non -approved method as evidenced by inadequate rate of cooling during time of inspection. potatoes from 59-64° F to 52-59° F within 1.5 hours , and potatoes from 55-56° F to 49-54° F within 1.5 hours both cooling at walk-in cooler in large covered plastic containers for approximately 5.5 hours at current rate of cooling food will not cool to 41° F within 6 hours. Food broken down into smaller containers and uncovered.”

“Food stored on floor. Rice on floor in dry storage room near Bar.”

BLUE WILLY’S BARBECUE
1190 EAST COMMERCIAL BLVD.
OAKLAND PARK

INSPECTION BASED ON COMPLAINT
ORDERED SHUT 8/14/17
23 VIOLATIONS FOUND

“Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed 11 dry droppings in the women’s guest bathroom. Observed 4 dry droppings in the men’s guest bathroom. 10 dry droppings under a shelf used for storing chemicals in the kitchen. 4 dry droppings under the 3 compartment sink in the kitchen. 8 dry droppings along the wall under shelving used to store food on the east side of the kitchen. 5 on the floor along the wall by the unused drive thru window. 8 under an upright hot hold unit near the front counter.”

“Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. Observed 3 flies in the kitchen.”

“Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Improper cooling of cooked beef brisket and cooked pork butt. **Repeat Violation**”

“Chlorine sanitizer not at proper minimum strength for manual ware washing. Do not use equipment/utensils not properly sanitized. Observed employee washing small wares and not using any soap or sanitizer at the 3 compartment sink.”

“Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed potato salad on ice behind the front counter at 42-47F. More ice was added to the container.. Observed butter pats at 77°F left out at room temperature behind the front counter. They were put into a reach-in cooler.”

“Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cooked/heated yesterday/on a previous day not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within a total of 6 hours. Food has been cooling overnight. See stop sale. Observed cooked beef brisket at 48-62° F and cooked Park butt at 58-60°F in the walk-in cooler. Both items were cooked on 8/13/17. Both items are wrapped in foil and plastic and laying against each on shelving in the walk-in cooler. . Provided and explained cooling tip sheet. **Repeat Violation**”

“Large pieces of meat/whole roasts/whole chickens/whole turkeys not cut up into smaller portions to cool. Observed cooked beef brisket at 48-62° F and cooked Park butt at 58-60°F in the walk-in cooler. Both items were cooked on 8/13/17. Both items are wrapped in foil and plastic and laying against each on shelving in the walk-in cooler.”

YELLOW TAIL SUBS GRILL
27275 SOUTH DIXIE HIGHWAY
HOMESTEAD

INSPECTION BASED ON COMPLAINT
ORDERED SHUT 8/15/17
53 VIOLATIONS FOUND

“Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed two moist rodent droppings and two dry rodent droppings by the dry storage area.”

“Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. Observed 20+ live flies in gap by three compartment sink and wall in ware washing  area. Observed 20+ dead flies on window sill by cashier area, observed 20 + dead flies on drain board above three compartment sink **Repeat Violation**”

“Pesticide/insecticide stored with/above food, clean equipment and utensils, clean linens and/or single-service items. Observed bottle of pesticide under the three compartment sink.”

“Accumulation of dead or trapped birds, insects, rodents, or other pests, in control devices. Observed dead flies trapped in fly stick tape by mop sink area, and by dry storage area, observed dead insects trapped inside light panel covers inside kitchen area.”

“No sanitizer of any kind available for ware washing. Only use single-service items to serve food to customers until sanitizer is available for ware washing. Establishment has no sanitizer for ware washing at time of inspection.”

“Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed cheese (59°F – Cold Holding); slice turkey (51°F – Cold Holding); chicken wings partial cooking (78°F – Cold Holding); raw chicken (52°F – Cold Holding); white cheese (51°F – Cold Holding); feta cheese (48°F – Cold Holding) inside walk in cooler, less than 2 hours. As per operator, the door was left open for a while. The ambient thermometer marked 48°f inside unit. Observed raw fish (50°F – Cold Holding); marinated shrimp (50°F – Cold Holding); conch pre-cook (48°F – Cold Holding) inside reach in cooler, less than 2 hours as per operator. Ambient thermometer inside reach in cooler marked 52 °f. **Repeat Violation**”

“Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine. **Repeat Violation**”

“Establishment conducts non-continuous cooking of raw animal foods without written procedures approved by the division. Establishment partially cooks chicken wings, cools at walk in cooler, then cooks as needed. Provided procedures for non-continuous cooking.”

“Certified Food Manager or person in charge lacks knowledge of food borne illnesses and symptoms of illness that would prevent an employee from working with food, clean equipment and utensils, and single-service items. Provided educational flyer for the Big 5 food borne illness to operator. **Corrective Action Taken**”

“Objectionable odor in establishment. Observed by mop sink area, storage area and three compartment sink and kitchen.”

BICE BISTRO
3015 GRAND AVENUE
COCONUT GROVE

ORDERED SHUT 8/17/17
2 VIOLATIONS FOUND

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Approximately 20 live roaches observed underneath a wooden board under salad prep station. Approximately 15 live roaches underneath reach in coolers across from front cook line. Approximately 3 live roaches under hand wash sink by front cook line. 1 live roach under 3 compartment sink. Establishment is open to the public at time of inspection.”

“Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. All potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods in walk-in cooler cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Cheese (48°F – Cold Holding); Chicken Wings (49°F – Cold Holding); Cooked Pasta (50°F – Cold Holding); Risotto (50°F – Cold Holding); Fish (48°F – Cold Holding); Butter (48°F – Cold Holding) in walk in cooler for more than 4 hours. Stop sale issued.”

“Dead roaches on premises. Approximately 5 dead roaches underneath prep counter at front line. Approximately 10 dead roaches underneath salad prep station. Approximately 4 dead roaches underneath 3 compartment sink. 2 dead roaches in reach in cooler by salad station.”

“Dish machine chlorine sanitizer not at proper minimum strength. Discontinue use of dish machine for sanitizing and set up manual sanitization until dish machine is repaired and sanitizing properly. Measured at 0 ppm chlorine.”

LA PARRILLA ROTISSERIE & GRILL
8357 WEST ATLANTIC BLVD.
CORAL SPRINGS

ORDERED SHUT 8/17/17
7 VIOLATIONS FOUND

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed 10 live roaches in turned off flip top cooler and cooler gasket in door and 1 live roach on floor in front of cooler near back door/ ware washing area. Observed 1 live large roach on floor between 2 prep tables in back area near mop sink. Employee killed roach between prep tables. Observed 2 live roaches on floor under container storage rack near walk in freezer and 1 live roach on floor in this same area. Manager instructed to remove roaches and to clean and sanitize areas. Operator moved cooler outside of restaurant.”

“Employee touched bare body part and then engaged in food preparation, handled clean equipment or utensils, or touched unwrapped single-service items without washing hands. Observed cook touch nose with gloves on and then handled knife and began to return to work, he then properly washed his hands after removing gloves and washed knife as instructed.”

“Dead roaches on premises. Observed 1 dead roach on top of the turned off cooler’s compressor, and 2 dead roaches on top of this cooler. Observed 1 dead roach on wall and floor junction in front of walk in freezer, this roach was removed. Manager instructed to remove roaches and to clean and sanitize area. Operator moved cooler outside of restaurants.”

“Certified Food Manager or person in charge lacks knowledge of food borne illnesses and symptoms of illness that would prevent an employee from working with food, clean equipment and utensils, and single-service items. Manager given Food borne Illness poster.”

BACK ALLEY BAR & BBQ
234 ALMOND AVENUE
FORT LAUDERDALE

INSPECTION BASED ON COMPLAINT
ORDERED SHUT 8/17/17
10 VIOLATIONS FOUND

“Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed about 20 dry hard rodent droppings on top of dish machine in the dish area . Observed about 10 dry hard rodent droppings under triple sink in the dish area . Employee cleaned and sanitized areas upon request.”

“Manager lacking proof of food manager certification.”

WINGS N THINGS
150 SW 6TH STREET
POMPANO BEACH

INSPECTION BASED ON COMPLAINT
ORDERED SHUT 8/16/17
31 VIOLATIONS FOUND

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed 11 live roaches on floor under clean pots and sanitizer bucket located under rinse station. Observed 4 on wall in same area. Observed approximately 18 to 20 live roaches under milk crates under dish-station drain table along walk in cooler. Observed 3 live roaches on pipe coming out of floor behind milk crates. Dish station is in the same location as prep area and walk in cooler/freezers.”

“Dead roaches on premises. 4 dead roaches in clean pot on floor under rinse sink at dish room station. **Warning**

“Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. All potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods in walk-in cooler cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. All TCS foods stored in walk cooler for between 2 to 3 days. Observed cooked ribs 48°, baked beans 49°, provolone cheese 50°, blue cheese 52°, cream cheese 49°, BBQ cooked pork 51° and chili 51°.”

“Employee used hand wash sink as a dump sink. Noodles in sink at front counter hand wash sink.”

“Cleaned and sanitized equipment or utensils not properly stored. Clean pots stored on floor under dish station area.”

“Case/container/bag of food stored on floor in walk-in cooler/freezer. Observed cases, pans and containers of food stored on floor. **Repeat Violation**”

“Wall soiled with accumulated black debris in dishwashing area.”

BURGER KING
9373 WEST ATLANTIC BLVD.
CORAL SPRINGS

ORDERED SHUT 8/15/17
2 VIOLATIONS FOUND
ALSO ORDERED SHUT 1/26/17

“Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed 6 dried rodent droppings on floor under milkshake station. Manager began to sweep away droppings. Observed 18 dried droppings inside cabinet under hot holding station. Observed 21 dried rodent droppings on floor under hot holding cabinet. Observed 5 dried droppings on floor around mop sink, and 2 dried droppings under plastic ware shelf on floor, and 12 dried droppings on top of paper single use containers on shelf across from mop sink. Manager instructed to discard these single use paper containers used for food. Manager also instructed to remove droppings and clean and sanitize areas. Employee began to remove droppings.”

FRIED RICE KITCHEN
2623 WEST ATLANTIC BLVD.
POMPANO BEACH

INSPECTION BASED ON A COMPLAINT
ORDERED SHUT 8/14/17
24 VIOLATIONS FOUND

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed 5 live roaches by 3 compartment sink, 3 live roaches by slicer near 3 compartment sink, 11 live roaches in cooler next to walk in cooler.”

“Sale issued due to adulteration of food product. Observed dead roach inside rice container in rear prep area.”

“Dead roaches on premises. Observed 12 dead roaches in ware washing area, 1 dead roach inside rice container, 1 dead under shelving unit at cook line , 1 dead roach behind chest freezer by water heater.”

“Employee touching ready-to-eat food with their bare hands – food was not being heated as a sole ingredient to 145 degrees F or immediately added to other ingredients to be cooked/heated to the minimum required temperature to allow bare hand contact. Establishment has no approved Alternative Operating Procedure. Employee using bare hands to scoop cooked shrimp into box. REVIEWED proper bare hand contact and glove usage.”

NOTRE DAME RESTAURANT
4859 NORTH DIXIE HIGHWAY
POMPANO BEACH

ORDERED SHUT 8/15/17
18 VIOLATIONS FOUND

ALSO ORDERED SHUT 1/4/16
ALSO ORDERED SHUT 6/22/16
ALSO ORDERED SHUT 10/31/16

“Approximately 8 live, small flying insects in prep area, 12 in dishwasher area, 10 live in dry storage area, and 14 in front service counter. Observed live small flying insects on boiled eggs, and raw beef in triple sink compartment.”

“Build-up of food debris, dust and dirt on clean utensils shelves in kitchen.”

“Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed raw beef from 51°F to 58°F, raw fish at 56°F, and raw turkey 70°F, on floor in kitchen. Foods has being stored on floors for over an hour waiting to be clean. Employee moved foods to walk in cooler.”

“Food being cooled by non-approved method as evidenced by inadequate rate of cooling during time of inspection. Observed cooked rice from 52°F to 54° F within 2 hour, cooked beef from 49°F to 53°F within 2 hour, cooked chicken from 52°F to 57°F within 2 hour, cooked pork from  52°F to 57° F within two hours in walk in cooler. Deliveries being put away , doors left open for long period of time. Doors continuously being opened and closed. Operator to leave doors closed until unit can adjust temperature to 41° F or below and foods can cool properly.”

 

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Britney Spears gives fans ‘Something To Talk About’

Chatter about her not being able to sing live is, apparently, toxic to Britney Spears.

For years critics have been slamming Spears for appearing to lip sync her hits, and this summer seems to be the season the star is fighting back.

On Saturday, Spears treated attendees to her Las Vegas show to a cover of Bonnie Raitt’s 1991 hit “Something to Talk About.”

The singer explained to the audience that she’s been thinking about how she’s treated by various media outlets.

“I’ve never really spoke about it, you know and I’m a Southern girl, I’m from Louisiana,” Spears said before launching into the song. “I’m from the South and I like to keep it real, so I want to just make sure I keep having you m*****f*****s something to talk about, okay.”

The talk about her vocals has intensified as she’s continued her “Britney Spears: Piece of Me” residency in Vegas, which opened in December 2013.

In June, Spears was asked how much of her performances are live during an Israeli television show.

“Usually because I’m dancing so much I do have a little bit of playback, but there’s a mixture of my voice and the playback,” Spears said. “It really p***es me off because I am busting my a** out there and singing at the same time and nobody ever really gives me any credit for it, you know?”

The Spears Las Vegas residency is scheduled to end in December.

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