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Sugar in the headlines

first_imgThe war on sugar has been a strong media narrative throughout the past 12 months. Here British Baker looks at some of the headlines:With the final publication of the SACN Carbohydrates and Health report storming the headlines today, British Baker looks back at the coverage leading up to it. Scroll through the timeline below to see how the tale unfolded.last_img

Foodservice and hospitality suppliers need more support, finds report

first_imgGovernments are being urged to give more support to businesses that supply the hospitality and foodservice markets.More than 20 trade groups, including the Federation of Bakers and the British Sandwich Association, have endorsed a new report that claims some businesses, described as the “squeezed middle”, have not been given the same level of government assistance as those they supply, despite being hit hard by lockdown.According to the report, those struggling most to cope are food and drink manufacturers focused primarily on the hospitality and foodservice sectors; and those that supply retail as well as hospitality and foodservice, but cannot repurpose between the two.Research undertaken for the report – Maintaining Post-Covid-19 Capacity in Hospitality and Food Service Supply Chain Businesses: The Squeezed Middle – shows that less than half of food and drink manufacturers have applied for support from the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme or Bounce Back Loan Scheme.The main reasons given for this were concerns over incurring additional debt and associated interest payments. Researchers also found many companies were facing up to half their customer base delaying payment or not paying outstanding invoices.Separate research conducted by British Baker last month found that only 14% of bakery businesses had applied for a Bounce Back Loan and 8% for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. A third of all respondents had not sought additional funding.The new report outlined a series of steps government could introduce to support businesses:Businesses supplying into the hospitality and foodservice industries should continue to receive furlough support through the UK government at a rate of 80% of salary contribution until those markets return to commercially viable levels.The UK government should place a requirement on the trade credit insurance industry to develop best-practice rules of operation that include greater transparency and formal notification of the reason(s) for refusal or withdrawal of cover.Insurers should be required to reinstate reduced or withdrawn cover backdated to 1 March 2020, except where there are clear and identifiable reasons as to why this would no longer be appropriate.Government should provide more targeted support for the ‘squeezed middle’ that does not incur additional business debt – for example, a relaxation of current rules for Apprenticeship Levy funds to allow businesses to maintain existing employment.Government should create schemes for small, medium and micro businesses within the ‘squeezed middle’ that provide initial cashflow injections to businesses requiring support to secure orders for materials and/or build stock in readiness for the recovery of customer demand.“Throughout the pandemic, the food and drink industry’s hidden heroes have been working hard to keep the country fed,” said Food and Drink Federation chief executive Ian Wright.“But those companies who supply the foodservice and hospitality sectors have seen their business disappear overnight, and yet have not been afforded the same government assistance.“The hospitality and foodservice sectors will play a vital role in contributing to the UK’s economic recovery, but any restart with be stymied without further support for those food and drink manufacturers operating in the squeezed middle.”The following organisations have endorsed the new report:Food and Drink Federation (FDF)British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF)British Coffee Association (BCA)British Sandwich Association (BSA)British Food Importers and Distributors Association (BFIDA)Café Life Association (CLA)Cold Chain Federation (CCF)Federation of Bakers (FoB)Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD)Food & Drink Exporters Association (FDEA)Foodservice Packaging Association (FPA)Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC)Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA)International Meat Trade Association (IMTA)National Edible Oil Distributors’ Association (NEODA)National Association of British and Irish Millers (Nabim)Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association (NIFDA)Packaging Federation (PF)Provision Trade Federation (PTF)Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA)Seasoning & Spice Association (SSA)The Pizza, Pasta & Italian Food Association (PPIFA)UK Tea & Infusions Association (UKTIA)Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA)last_img read more

Harvard Chan student surprises 6th-grade teacher with graduation invite

first_imgIn 1997, Judith Toensing — a sixth-grade teacher in Yuma, Arizona — wrote a note on the report card of one of her star students, 12-year-old Christin Gilmer, which included the line: “Invite me to your Harvard graduation!”Twenty-one years later, Gilmer surprised Toensing with a hand-delivered invitation to attend Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s May 23, 2018 Convocation ceremony as well as Harvard University’s Commencement ceremony, at which Gilmer received her doctor of public health degree.In an April 4 Facebook post, Gilmer had thanked Toensing for teaching her about current events, global health, and human rights. Leah Kane, director of student affairs at Harvard Chan School, saw the post and thought it was a great story. She shared it with Dean Michelle Williams, who agreed and decided to invite Toensing to attend Gilmer’s Harvard graduation, all expenses paid.The note from Toensing to then 12-year-old Gilmer on her final report card of sixth grade. Photo by Christin GilmerIn a May 26, 2018 CNN article, Toensing said that she was “shocked, flabbergasted, humbled” by the invitation. Said Gilmer, “She lit a fire in me that helping people is a powerful tool, and through education, you can better serve populations in need. I will never forget her passion for others.”At Harvard Chan School’s Convocation, Williams thanked Toensing for her important work. “You don’t just teach young people,” she said. “You inspire them, and you propel them along a path of fulfillment and service to others. Your work is what makes our work possible.”Read the CNN article: A 6th-grade teacher wrote ‘Invite me to your Harvard graduation!’ — 21 years later, the student did just thatRead an ABC News article: Woman honors 6th-grade teacher’s wish to attend her Harvard graduation, as written on 1997 report card Read Full Storylast_img read more

Hamilton Aims to Reopen London’s Victoria Palace Theatre

first_img Lin-Manuel Miranda Star Files View Comments The writing was on the wall when London’s Billy Elliot announced it was departing the Victoria Palace Theatre on April 9. The venue’s owner, Cameron Mackintosh, is set to refurbish the house and is aiming to put a small show you might have heard of called Hamilton in there. As previously reported, the British mega-producer will team up with the new musical’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to bring it to the West End in 2017 and the Daily Mail writes that the tuner will go into the venue as long as it’s ready.Directed by Thomas Kail and featuring a book, music and lyrics by Miranda, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The new musical follows the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America, from bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all make appearances in the tuner about America’s fiery past.Hamilton is currently playing to standing room only audiences at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre. Starring Miranda in the title role, the cast also includes Jonathan Groff as King George III, Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler and Javier Muñoz as Hamilton alternate. Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in ‘Hamilton'(Photo: Joan Marcus)last_img read more

Engie to redevelop U.K. coal plant into ‘sustainable village’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:An old coal power station is set to be transformed into a “sustainable village” of 2,000 homes powered by solar panels, in the biggest redevelopment yet of a former UK power plant.French firm Engie said it had decided against selling off the Rugeley site in Staffordshire and would instead build super-efficient houses on the 139-hectare site as part of its bid to “move beyond energy.”Half of the energy required by the new homes will come from green sources, predominantly solar, which will be fitted on rooftops, in a field and even floating on a lake. The company is planning for 10 megawatts of solar capacity in total, equivalent to one of the UK’s smaller solar farms. Batteries will be used across the site, both in homes and at a communal power storage facility, to balance out electricity supply and demand.Wilfrid Petrie, Engie UK’s chief executive, said: “We are positioning ourselves as going beyond energy into place-making. It’s an example of us closing down our coal power plant and, instead of selling off the land, we’ve decided to regenerate it ourselves.”Rugeley, which stopped generating electricity in the summer of 2016, is one of several coal plants to close in recent years due to economic pressures and environmental regulations.There are seven operational coal power stations left in the UK, but all are due to shut by a government deadline of 2025, raising questions over what happens to the sizeable parcels of land afterwards.More: Rugeley coal plant to be transformed into a sustainable village Engie to redevelop U.K. coal plant into ‘sustainable village’last_img read more

Comeback Kid

first_img“l’ve done my share of bleeding,” says Bryan Hill, a senior at Warren Wilson College near Asheville, N.C.“I don’t remember the collision at all, but I was completely lucid when the ambulance came. I still have flashbacks of coming to and lying in a pool of my own blood. Imagine two or three Nalgene bottles full of blood, dumped out onto the road. It took four weeks and two torrential rains to wash the blood off the pavement.” “It was a sort of half shuffle, half run. But it felt okay,” Hill says. “I ended up going six miles that day. The pain stayed with me for days after, but I knew after that run that I’d be able to come back.” “I lay in bed for 24 hours trying to focus on other things,” Hill recalls. “I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it to see the morning, let alone be able to run again.” Two years after the wreck, the pain is still present when Hill runs. He says it comes and goes in waves, but it doesn’t keep him off the trail. If anything, the pain and the memory of his accident are what keep him running.“The accident has allowed me to tap into a mental toughness that I never knew I had,” Hill says. “Many times during ultras I think, ‘wow, this hurts.’ But then I think of the pain I went through, and that puts the ultra in perspective.” Two weeks before the Mount Mitchell Challenge—a 40 mile race to the top of the East’s tallest mountain and back down – the race director called Hill and offered him a spot at the starting line. It was only nine months after the accident, and Hill wasn’t completely healed, but he jumped at the opportunity. “Coming down the mountain, my tibia got shocks of pain every time my foot hit the ground. I started to worry that I was affecting the healing process. I kept telling myself I was going to quit at the next aid station. Then I’d drink some water and say, ‘Okay, I’l quit at the next aid station.’; That’s how I finished the race, telling myself I would quit around the next corner.” “The pain was tremendous, so they put me on morphine for a week,” Hill says. “I had lost so much blood that I didn’t have enough liquid in my body to throw up. I was sick from the pain and the morphine, but all I could do was dry hack.”center_img Hill completed the Mount Mitchell Challenge in 8 hours, 6 minutes, which was 40 minutes faster than his time before the accident. “Most of my friends and family tried to talk me out of it, but one of the things that kept me going in the hospital was the realization that if I could get through that pain, I could do anything. After that sort of trauma, nothing in life is that big of a deal.” Bryan HillBryan HillHill is talking about his near-fatal accident in April 2007. He was riding his bicycle home from school when he was hit from behind by a drunk driver going about 50 miles per hour. The grill of the car severed his calf in two; his tibia was shattered; and by the time he reached the hospital, he had lost five pints of blood. Six weeks after leaving the hospital, Hill took his first steps, using a walker to travel from one end of the room to the next. Even after eight transfusions, his body still lacked the proper amount of blood, so the minor activity sent his heart rate to 200 beats per minute. In August, just four months after the accident and still unsure if he’d be able to run normally, Hill went for his first jog. Over the course of Hill’s hospital stay, he went through general anesthesia five times, underwent one major knee surgery, had tibia reconstruction where pins and rods were fixed to the pieces of bone to hold the leg together, and skin grafts were taken from his thighs and stapled over his calves. All the while, Hill moved through a cornucopia of pain medications.last_img read more

Malian Guilty Of Drug-Running For Al-Qaeda, FARC

first_imgBy Dialogo November 17, 2011 A Malian man faces up to 15 years in jail after pleading guilty to trafficking cocaine to fund the activities of Al-Qaeda and FARC guerrilla fighters in Colombia, US prosecutors said. Oumar Issa, who was arrested in Ghana in December 2009 at the request of the United States, and subsequently transported to New York, admitted one count of “conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.” Court papers said he agreed to move cocaine through West and North Africa to support the drug-trafficking activities of Al-Qaeda, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). From September 2009 through December 2009, Issa and two other Malians agreed to provide the FARC with “logistical assistance and secure transportation for a shipment of cocaine across Africa, (and) false identification documents,” despite knowing the FARC “was engaged in terrorist activity,” prosecutors said. “The defendants also agreed to provide material support and resources, including property, and currency and monetary instruments to Al-Qaeda and AQIM, knowing that these groups were engaged in terrorist activities,” they added. Issa is scheduled to be sentenced by US District Judge Richard Holwell on February 15, 2012. Cases against his two conspirators are ongoing. Preet Bharara, US Attorney for the southern district of New York, said narcotics trafficking provided vital cash to terrorist organizations, and Issa’s guilty plea underscored prosecutors commitment to catching wrongdoers.last_img read more

Inwood Man Admits Sexually Abusing, Plotting to Kill Teen

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An Inwood man has admitted to sexually abusing a teenager who worked for him and then trying to have the victim killed so that the victim couldn’t testify against him in court three years ago.Daniel Miller pleaded guilty Tuesday at Nassau County court to charges of criminal sexual act and conspiracy. He also pleaded guilty to grand larceny for stealing more than $206,000 in a check scheme.Prosecutors said the 47-year-old man, who owns Botanica, a religious supply store on Mott Street, gave the victim a cup containing a liquid mixed with Lorazepam, an anti-anxiety medication, and told him to drink it on Jan. 3, 2012.After he was arrested three months later, Miller’s family helped him concoct a $15,000 murder-for-hire plot, but an informant tipped off investigators before they could hire a hit man to make the victim’s death look like a robbery, authorities said.Miller’s mother, Mary, a  secretary at a local high school, had stolen the personal records of the intended victim from the school in an attempt to facilitate the plot, prosecutors said. Mary and Miller’s sister, Ann, both pleaded guilty to conspiracy in 2013.In addition to the sex crime and attempted hit, investigators also found that Miller was using shell companies he created to defraud three check-processing companies out of a combined $140,224 in 2009 and 2010, prosecutors said.Those same years, he also used fake checks from nonexistent companies to con $66,180 worth of merchandise out of two companies, one of which furnishes office supplies and the other being a computer supply firm, authorities said.Judge Angelo Delligatti is expected to sentence Miller on June 4 to nine years in prison and 10 years of post-release supervision. Prosecutors had asked the court to sentence Miller to a maximum of 18 years.last_img read more

EUSAIR: “Istra Inspirit” is one of the examples for the development of a joint sustainable tourism practice of nine countries

first_img“Istra Inspirit” thus became one of the first examples of how to exchange knowledge in practice and set new standards in an area of ​​about 70 million inhabitants in 9 countries. In addition to the four EU members – Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Greece, EUSAIR also includes 5 non-EU countries Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, and more recently Northern Macedonia. EUSAIR builds on the 15-year cooperation within the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative and the European Commission’s November 2012 Maritime Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. AIR Cultural Routes project or Adriatic-Ionian Cultural Routes follows the EUSAIR thematic priority for the development of sustainable and thematic cultural routes and the linking of cultural routes in EUSAIR and focuses on addressing the need for a harmonized distribution of tourist flows. CulTourAir is a leading project that addresses the need for structured and harmonized data on the demand for cultural tourism in the Adriatic-Ionian region, the need to establish a single and harmonized methodological framework, and enables joint regional and transnational entrepreneurial projects. Handbook of participatory tourism DES_AIR addresses the need to harmonize training and education programs for responsible integrated tourism management, establishing a master’s program in tourism management, hospitality and services, sharing the same methodologies and approaches within EUSAIR countries. The manual is available at this link. In addition, the Strategy seeks to develop common standards in education for tourism professionals and thus encourage future tourism entrepreneurship towards development, which will satisfy special and alternative tourism programs by creating groups of bidders, which should extend the season to the whole year. CRUISAIR is is a project aimed at extending the tourist season throughout the year through better management of cruise destinations, coastal and continental destinations (along rivers and lakes), promotion and support of development of special interest related to cruising and rural and alternative forms of tourism. GREEN MAPPING or Green Map for the Adriatic-Ionian Region – support for the development and market access of responsible and sustainable tourist destinations and the business of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in the region. The elaboration of another project idea called has been announced Cycling Tourism which would rely on popular and growing cycling tourism, and which should be presented in Zagreb in October. This project should cover an area covering all 9 Member States and will include the thematic and infrastructural or transport side of cycling tourism development in a framework that will guarantee sustainability. At the meeting of the thematic steering group for sustainable tourism of the Adriatic-Ionian Strategy (EUSAIR) of nine member states, the list of so-called leading projects in line with the two priorities adopted under that theme. It is about the development of a diverse tourist offer, sustainable and responsible tourism management, through which Member States should jointly develop sustainable and thematic routes, encourage the inclusion of the common cultural heritage of the two seas in attracting tourists, but also improve cooperation between tourism entrepreneurs throughout macro-regions and increase their performance. Manuela Hrvatin, Croatian National Coordinator for INTERPRET EUROPE, presented to partners from all 9 countries A handbook of participatory tourism that connects community and culture through storytelling. The manual, published by the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, includes a theoretical part of the explanation of participatory tourism – the involvement of numerous stakeholders in the cultural and tourist product, which are present in all phases – from idea to realization. It explains the topic – what is storytelling and what can we expect from storytelling, and what are its steps and ways. A good Istrian example is one of the mainstayslast_img read more

Hong Kong opens makeshift hospital for COVID-19 patients

first_imgThe opening of the hospital comes a day after city leader Carrie Lam announced the postponement of upcoming legislative elections for a year, saying that the decision is purely protecting public health and has “nothing to do with politics”.More than 2,000 new infections have been detected since the start of July — 60 percent of the total since the virus first hit the city in late January. The new makeshift hospital set up at the city’s AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition center near the airport, will take in COVID-19 patients aged from 18 to 60. Read also: Hong Kong opens dining in shelters as residents struggle with restaurant ban “Our goal is to triage the patients from the community and provide them with appropriate treatment and hospitalization arrangement,” Dr Larry Lee from the Hospital Authority told media, adding that around 20 to 30 patients are expected to be admitted on the first day.Lee said that arriving patients will go through X-rays as well as blood, saliva and heart tests. If found unstable, patients will be sent to hospitals while stable ones will get treatment and put under medical observation at the facility.New daily infections have been above 100 for the past 10 days with total infection numbers rising to 3,272 on Friday. The death toll rose from seven to 29 in July.China has offered to send mainland testing staff to the city to carry out “large scale nucleic acid testing”. In a Saturday statement, the National Health Commission of China (NHC) said it has set up a team comprised of 60 clinical laboratory staff and an “advance unit” will arrive in the city on Sunday. Topics : Hong Kong opened a temporary field hospital with 500 beds on Saturday to house stable COVID-19 patients as the city battles a new wave of virus infections.The financial hub had been a poster child for tackling the coronavirus, with local transmissions all but ended by early summer.But since July the pathogen has returned, with some cases brought in by the tens of thousands of people who were exempted from a mandatory quarantine imposed on most arrivals.last_img read more