A factory in northern France that makes 25% of the world’s Nutella has been blockaded for a week by workers demanding more pay, causing key ingredients to run low. The Villers-Écalles factory of the privately owned Italian confectionery company Ferrero normally produces 600,000 jars a day of the cocoa and hazelnut spread, making it the biggest Nutella producer in the world. Fabrice Canchel of the Force Ouvrière (FO) union said 160 employees had been on strike since 27 May. “No lorry has gone in or out of the site since then,” he said on Monday. Production of Kinder Bueno has been halted for almost a week, while only one of the four Nutella production lines is working, at 20% capacity. “The raw materials are starting to run short,” Canchel said. The strikers have called for a 4.5% pay rise and a €900 (£800) bonus. Bosses have offered a 0.4% rise. Ferrero, a family firm known for secrecy, said the strikers were a minority among the … [Read more...] about Strike hits production at world’s biggest Nutella factory
The world's first hybrid car which was built a century before the Toyota Prius is expected to sell for almost £200,000 tomorrow. Harry Dey was an engineer with a huge interest in electric vehicles but, like today, he wanted to come up with a way of dealing with its achilles heel, a car's range. So he came up with designs for a new hybrid vehicle which used a 6.5-litre engine as well as dynamo which could start it and operate its electrics. In 1895, Dey's ideas caught the eye of the Roger Mechanical Carriage Company of New York, which commissioned Armstrong Company of Bridgeport Connecticut to build his prototype. The result is the 1896 Armstrong Phaeton, a hybrid car which was completed 100 years before the Toyota Prius, the first mass-produced hybrid. It was the first car with an electric start, beating Cadillac by 16 years, and there was no clutch pedal, with the driver changing gear with an electric switch. Read more: Classic Dodge Charger Daytona found rusting sells for … [Read more...] about World’s first hybrid car worth £200,000 was built a century before the Toyota Prius
Muscat: Indian football team will take on higher-ranked Oman in a do-or-die World Cup qualifying round match here on Tuesday. India have failed to win a single game out of their four so far and will have to record a win in this tie to have any outside chance of qualification. India had lost to Oman in their home leg in Guwahati. Sunil Chhetri had scored in the first half to give India the lead but Oman struck twice in the final 10 minutes to dash their hopes. Oman are coming into this match after an emphatic (4-1) win over Bangladesh here on November 14. India, on the other hand, were held to a 1-1 draws against lower-ranked Bangladesh and Afghanistan. They held Asian champions Qatar to a 0-0 draw which was an excellent result for the Igor Stimac-coached side but since then things have been downhill. India are fourth in the Group E table with three points while Oman are second with nine points from four matches. Qatar are on top with 10 points from four outings. If India get a point … [Read more...] about FIFA World Cup qualifier: India in do-or-die tie against Oman on the road
We cannot hope to address antibiotic resistance in developing countries in the same way that we approach this global health crisis in the developed world. Strict policy interventions to reduce use of antibiotics, as employed in the UK, cannot be upheld to the same extent in countries where the burden of disease is much higher, antibiotics are accessible without prescription, and access to healthcare is much reduced. A new report highlights the increase in both the use of antibiotics and access to them, particularly in developing countries. The impact on antibiotic resistance cannot be underestimated. As economies in lower- and middle-income countries grow, so does access to medicine and use of antibiotics, as the study – from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the US – shows. A 65% rise in antibiotic use demonstrates a worrying upward trend, and the authors highlight that without significant changes antibiotic use in 2030 could be up to 200% higher than … [Read more...] about The fight against antibiotic resistance must not be confined to the rich world
Just 65 years ago, David Livermore's paternal grandmother died following an operation to remove her appendix. It didn't go well, but it was not the surgery that killed her. She succumbed to a series of infections that the pre-penicillin world had no drugs to treat. Welcome to the future. The era of antibiotics is coming to a close. In just a couple of generations, what once appeared to be miracle medicines have been beaten into ineffectiveness by the bacteria they were designed to knock out. Once, scientists hailed the end of infectious diseases. Now, the post-antibiotic apocalypse is within sight. Hyperbole? Unfortunately not. The highly serious journal Lancet Infectious Diseases yesterday posed the question itself over a paper revealing the rapid spread of multi-drug-resistant bacteria. "Is this the end of antibiotics?" it asked. Doctors and scientists have not been complacent, but the paper by Professor Tim Walsh and colleagues takes the anxiety to a new level. Last September, Walsh … [Read more...] about Are you ready for a world without antibiotics?
Hundreds of sites in rivers around the world from the Thames to the Tigris are awash with dangerously high levels of antibiotics, the largest global study on the subject has found. Antibiotic pollution is one of the key routes by which bacteria are able develop resistance to the life-saving medicines, rendering them ineffective for human use. “A lot of the resistance genes we see in human pathogens originated from environmental bacteria,” said Prof William Gaze, a microbial ecologist at the University of Exeter who studies antimicrobial resistance but was not involved in the study. The rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a global health emergency that could kill 10 million people by 2050, the UN said last month. The drugs find their way into rivers and soil via human and animal waste and leaks from wastewater treatment plants and drug manufacturing facilities. “It’s quite scary and depressing. We could have large parts of the environment that have got … [Read more...] about World’s rivers ‘awash with dangerous levels of antibiotics’