Samworth to extend food-to-go presence

first_imgLeicestershire-based chilled and ambient foods supplier Samworth Brothers has plans to expand into the food-to-go sector with the launch of its new Deli Bite brand.The range, which includes sandwiches, wraps, flapjacks, paninis, toasties, filled crusty rolls and pasta salads, is a bid to expand its offering of lunch options for time-poor consumers, said the company.It will be sold via the Ginsters Van Sales Company, which currently sells Ginsters sandwiches and savouries, as well as Soreen, all part of the Samworth Brothers Group.Alastair Johns, business development manager for Deli Bite, said: “As a business we already sell branded food to go across the UK, but we have identified an opportunity to unlock growth in fast, tasty and fresh snacks and lunches in a whole new range of retail outlets and cafes across different sectors.“The lunchtime category is a substantial. Sandwiches are the core of this new range, but we have big ambitions for the Deli Bite brand and will be looking to expand the range in the coming months.”The Deli Bite food to go range will launch with an RRP starting at £1.99 for sandwiches, £2.99 for the premium range and £0.99 for the flapjacks.Samworth Brothers is proposing to build a new 10,650sq m food production facility at Mountsorrel in Leicestershire.last_img read more

High school volleyball roundup

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Eagles avenged an earlier loss and evened their record at 5-5 with a 3-0 win over the Washington Academy Raiders on Monday. Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected] Bio Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Latest Posts The Eagles, who fell to the Raiders 3-1 in East Machias, won by game scores of 25-14, 25-22 and 25-21 on Monday.For the Eagles, Sarah Shelton had a big match with 20 kills, three assists and five digs.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSammy Mason contributed seven aces, 14 assists and five digs; Jenna Haslam had 10 digs; and Paxton Colley had a kill and six blocks.Two days earlier, the Eagles, who are currently ranked fifth in the state Class A standings, fell to sixth-ranked Falmouth 3-0.The Mount Desert Island Trojans suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of Biddeford, but rebounded for a win over Kennebunk on the road last weekend.The 8-1 Trojans currently trail only undefeated Greely in the Class A standings.On Friday, MDI fell to fourth-seeded Biddeford 3-1, losing the first two games 25-15 and 26-24, winning the third 25-23 and falling in the decisive fourth game 25-22.Sarah Phelps had nine kills and nine digs and Kayla Ray and Elise Robertson each had five kills.In Kennebunk on Saturday, the Trojans rebounded to claim a 3-1 win over the Rams with game scores of 25-16, 24-26, 25-18 and 25-15.Phelps had 14 kills and Roberson seven. Grace Higgins contributed five kills and four aces, Ray had five aces and Riley Mooers had 15 assists, four digs and three aces.In state Class B action, the Bucksport Golden Bucks fell to Washington Academy 3-0 on Wednesday, Sept. 24, and lost 3-0 to top-seeded Yarmouth on Saturday.But the Bucks rebounded to edge North Yarmouth 3-2 on Saturday and edged the Narraguagus Knights 3-2 on Monday.Bucksport currently is ranked fourth in the Class B standings with a record of 5-4.On the road last weekend, the 2-5 Sumner Tigers dropped a pair of 3-0 matches to Yarmouth and North Yarmouth. Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017last_img read more

‘Severe lack of sunshine’ to blame for low Vitamin D levels in Donegal – GP

first_imgDonegal people have significantly lower levels of Vitamin D due to a lack of sunshine in the county, according to new findings.Sun levels are lower in Donegal than the rest of the country due to its northern location, which is causing low levels of the vitamin which is crucial to bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.Donegal GP Martin Coyne, who has a special interest in osteoporosis, told the Irish Times that his results from tests at Letterkenny University Lab were “frightening”. He found that 75% of 10,000 vitamin D test results in Letterkenny had insufficient vitamin D levels and 12% were extremely low.The findings were so low that they had to be rechecked to ensure the machines were working properly. ‘Severe lack of sunshine’ to blame for low Vitamin D levels in Donegal – GP was last modified: August 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Irresponsible Reporters Push Evolution With Silly Notions

first_imgThe silliest news reports in the science genre usually concern evolution. Immune from serious criticism, Darwinism should be a laughingstock, but is the darling of secular reporters.[Note: CEH is taking a break this week. These news items are presented for those interested.]What we inherited from our bug-eating ancestors (Phys.org). A secular version of the Diet of Worms.What gorilla poop tells us about evolution and human health (Phys.org). Our microbiota is different; therefore we evolved. Logic?New research offers evidence that humans — and the rest of life on Earth — may have been able to form with the right combination of star dust and radiation (Science Daily). More building blocks of lie.Molecular atlases of turtle and lizard brains shed light on the evolution of the human brain (Phys.org). These scientists are thinking like lizards. Or maybe turtles.Can chimpanzee vocalizations reveal the origins of human language? (Science Daily). Short answer: no. Media answer: perhapsimaybecould.In Cities, Wildlife Evolves Astonishingly Fast (National Geographic). Note to editor: the crows are still crows.New take on early evolution of photosynthesis (Science Daily). Why does it always have to be “the evolution of” everything?Does evolution make us or are we just drifting that way? (University of Queensland, via Phys.org). It starts with the March of Man, so you know it’s going to be another Darwin worship service.Practice being a CEH reporter! Pick an article above and critique it. (Visited 431 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

French honour for Ahmed Kathrada

first_img16 July 2015Struggle icon Ahmed Kathrada has received a top French honour, a medal of the Knighthood of the Legion of Honour.French ambassador to South Africa Elisabeth Barbier gave Kathrada the signet of Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Legion during Bastille Day celebrations at the embassy on 14 July.The French Legion of Honour celebrates the accomplishments of distinguished individuals, irrespective of sex, social background and nationality.“Mr Kathrada, your lifelong struggle for justice and freedom commands respect and admiration,” Barbier said. “Your example demonstrates that freedom, equality, fraternity are not just words devoid of signification. They are an ideal able to inspire the life and dedication of great, exceptional men.”The Legion of HonourThe national order of the Legion of Honour was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. It’s the highest decoration in France and is divided into five degrees of increasing distinction: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), Commandeur (Commander), Grand Officier (Grand Officer) and Grand Croix (Grand Cross).It was first awarded on 14 July 1804.Other South Africans to be honouredNelson Mandela, Kathrada’s close friend for over six decades received the Grand Croix de la Legion d’Honneur in 1994 from former president François Mitterrand.Two other prominent South Africans who have been awarded this honour are Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the late Nadine Gordimer.Bastille DayBastille Day marks the beginning of the French Revolution; which started with the storming of the ancient royal fortress in 1789.In Paris, the day is celebrated with a grand military parade, attended by the president of the republic.Source: French Embassylast_img read more

Iowa water quality challenges daunting in scope

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In the land of deep topsoil and row-crops from horizon to horizon, water battles are being waged that share similarities and some real differences with other parts of the country. In this final story of a series focused on water quality challenges and solutions around the country, the focus is on Iowa.Among the differences in Iowa are the political climate and the logistical realities of managing water nutrient levels in a state where there are fewer than 4 million people and nearly 28 million agricultural acres. Ohio, by comparison, has nearly 12 million people and 13.6 million acres of total agricultural land.That important ratio is likely one reason why Iowa has thus far taken a decidedly voluntary approach to dealing with water quality issues in the heart of the nation when compared to the high level of mandates in California and the Chesapeake Bay water quality improvement measures. Ohio’s mandate levels are somewhere in the middle.That does not mean that there are no efforts to change things in Iowa. One of the most discussed examples happened last year when the Des Moines Water Works filed a lawsuit against Buena Vista, Calhoun and Sac County Boards of Supervisors in their roles as governing authorities for 10 drainage districts over nitrates in the water.“We are disappointed a public utility would choose to do this. I think we would prefer to work in partnership and collaboration with downstream interests. We are concerned about the precedent the lawsuit makes in terms of creating this antagonism. It has generated a lot more conversation, however,” said Roger Wolf, director of Environmental Programs and Services at the Iowa Soybean Association. “They have a nitrate removal plant in Des Moines and they are trying to make the case that the upstream community should be more accountable for the nitrate levels in the water. Des Moines Water Works will probably need to make some infrastructure upgrades over time. The reality is that the scope and scale of moving the needle in the river basin in terms of nitrates is enormous. It may be in the neighborhood $500 or $600 million to treat the problem in the basin compared with $1 million to treat the water downstream.”The agricultural community in Iowa, and around the country, will be closely watching this lawsuit as it unfolds in the coming months. But, for now, Iowa agriculture has firmly embraced a voluntary effort to address water quality issues including very aggressive phosphorus and nitrogen reduction goals.“The biggest issue right now in Iowa related to water quality is a focus on our state Nutrient Reduction Strategy — it addresses the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Plan. We border the Mississippi River and these new nutrient strategies are going to be where the action is for the foreseeable future with nutrient and water quality issues,” Wolf said. “Nitrogen is the bigger issue with hypoxia but we address nitrogen and phosphorus in the strategy. It is unique in that it put things in the perspective of both point source and nonpoint source and each type of stakeholder class has a dedicated set of actions where they are working for a combined 45% reduction of N and 45% reduction in P leaving the state of Iowa. Those are very aggressive numbers, but they parallel what the hypoxia plan is calling for.“It is a voluntary effort and it links to existing rules. Iowa did not pass a special law for this. It brings to bear some of the best evidence-based science we have from land grant universities on the performance of various strategies to do nutrient reduction in the landscape. It really aligns all of the agencies and partners to work in collaboration, which are features we think are very important.”Now in its third year, the strategy advocates the implementation of practices to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus loss. Practices include: the use of nitrogen inhibitors, cover crops, extending rotation, retiring land, drainage water management, wetland creation, bioreactors, buffers, and adapting nutrient application timing, source, and rate.“As we have launched this strategy, the state has provided money to start demonstrating technology. Right now we have 32 demonstration sites that are project areas based by watershed that support active implementation of technologies,” Wolf said. “Now we are beginning to implement the strategy and raise awareness of farmers so they can learn that these things can be an important aspect of their operation. These are on-the-ground projects where farmers can learn about experimenting with these things and look at on-farm research.”In addition, the Iowa Soybean Association operates a state-wide water-monitoring program to assess the impacts of land use decisions.“At ISA we are unique in that we have a water quality testing lab in house. The monitoring really helps us target key areas and gives farmers a good idea of the kind of nutrient levels coming out of tile lines. In some cases we find good opportunities to improve,” Wolf said. “I am part of the ISA research program with 25 staff working on crop production issues related to making sure we maintain productivity of crops, looking at the impacts of the business of raising crops, and then the impacts all of these things have on our natural resources. We bring a lot of data collection into this to help farmers make better decisions. There is a lot of learning taking place with farmers looking at how to fit these practices into their operations.”There has been good initial progress, Wolf feels, but the next steps are going to require significant funding. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has proposed a sales tax extension to generate $4.7 billion in funding for water quality improvements. The House and Senate in Iowa have considered other fund raising methods for this issue but all state legislative efforts, thus far, have failed to materialize.“The state department of agriculture provided $9.6 million last year for demonstration projects and farmers enrolling their land in conservation practices. We tried to leverage that funding with federal funding sources as well,” Wolf said. “Planting cover crops can cost $25 or $30 an acre. With low market prices, there is more than a little concern about how that practice can be paid for. Cost-share and financial assistance are going to be very important. We need dedicated and substantial financial support because we are talking about 26 million acres of corn and soybeans in Iowa.”last_img read more

Reprieve for Gautam Navlakha: HC extends interim relief from arrest

first_imgThe Bombay High Court on Tuesday extended the interim relief from arrest till June 26 for activist Gautam Navlakha’s alleged involvement in the Bhima Koregaon violence.A division bench of Justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre was hearing a plea filed by Mr. Navlakha urging the court to quash the first information report registered against him by Pune police.In the previous hearing, the Bench was presented with some letters written to Mr. Navlakha by senior Maoist leaders. On perusing them, the court said, “There is nothing against him (Mr. Navlakha) in any of the letters. We are of the prima facie opinion that there is nothing against him based on the documents submitted to us.”Additional Public Prosecutor Aruna Kamat Pai had submitted additional documents seized from Mr. Navlakha’s laptop in a sealed envelope to the court and said they cannot be shared with Mr. Navlakha as the investigation against him in the case is still on.The Bench had remarked, “There is nothing secretive in these documents. We are of the prima facie opinion that these documents can be given to him.”On Wednesday, Ms. Pai said she cannot share the documents with Mr. Navlakha at this stage. The hearing has been adjourned to June 26.last_img read more

A different take on doping in Indian sport

first_imgA doping scandal has hit Indian sports again and the conundrum continues, with the administration trying to fix the culprits for the positive dope tests of eight athletes.While the government has launched a probe, there is another voice, though subdued, that is trying to raise a different point altogether.The view is about the establishment unofficially providing assistance to athletes, much like it was done in the erstwhile East Germany and some other countries – and many believe it’s still being done in many. But those, especially in the establishment, who are in favour of this option, cannot openly say so for the obvious fear of being penalised.Several top officials privately feel that without taking help of performance enhancing substances, along with effective masking agents, most Indian athletes cannot win medals – or that they won’t win as many as they do now – at the highest level. The need of the hour is proper research with an aim to help athletes, they say.Although personally I oppose this take, officials say it’s not quite possible for Indians to win only by being fair, considering today’s cut throat competition and extraordinarily high stakes in every sport, particularly athletics. For them, there are only two options: either join the race of systematic doping, with subtle official patronage, or give up playing sport altogether.Rajiv Gandhi as prime minister once tried to stop India’s participation in global events after an extremely poor performance, but even he couldn’t get his idea executed, such was the opposition. So, while the second option is not possible, for that would be unfair on genuine champions like Viswanathan Anand, Pankaj Advani and Saina Nehwal who have excelled on the basis of their skills alone, many officials want the first option to be explored.advertisement”The witch-hunt that is currently going on will lead us nowhere. Those who have tested positive are not cheats; they are our national pride. The episode reflects the failure of our sports system in many ways,” said a top government sports administrator who didn’t want to be quoted.”Instead, let us help our athletes, most of whom come from poor backgrounds and lack in education, with proper research and set up a system that provides them a safe method to improve their performances with effective masking agents. I know saying this is going against the grain – when the entire country seems ready to execute the athletes who have doped – but, realistically speaking, there is no option,” he explained.Another official chipped in: “According to a rough estimate, 70 to 80 per cent athletes worldwide use masking agents. In India, we only do policing; there’s no other programme to provide athletes specialised assistance.” In sports that require physical superiority, Indians, largely due to their weak natural build, cannot match their rivals on their own, such officials say. “Let’s not fool ourselves by saying that the Indian sports establishment wants a clean environment even if our athletes keep on finishing last. Some athletes would surely win without taking banned drugs, but not the majority,” said one of them.Indian sports desperately needs professionals, especially in sports medicine, not ad-hoc administrators who get posted courtesy politicians. But to appoint the right person to the right position we need a real desire to see Indian athletes reach the top of the podium.Since sports is a specialised field we need to invite professional coaches, physiotherapists, trainers, dieticians, nutritionists etc. from abroad and make them train Indian athletes and coaches. When the Patiala-based National Institute of Sports was established in 1961, its faculty consisted of foreigners. “For several decades, we haven’t had any expert from abroad who can teach our would-be coaches so that they could learn the latest techniques and impart the same to our athletes,” said an official.last_img read more