Food in the news

first_imgAccording to The Independent, an increasing number of retailers are introducing ’apps’ designed to give customers personalised offers. Sainsbury’s launched its app for the iPad and iPhone earlier this month. As well as offers, it allows users to collect Nectar points to use in-store. Other retailers reportedly using apps include Ocado, Waitrose and French chain Carrefour.Artificial meat grown in vats has been suggested as a solution to feeding the nine billion people expected to be alive in 2050 without destroying the earth, as reported in The Guardian. However, a major academic assessment of future global food supplies, led by the UK government chief scientist John Beddington, suggests that new technologies may not be enough, and people are still likely to go hungry due to a combination of climate change, water shortages and increasing food consumption.An Oxford University research team is calling for a public programme of supplements to boost the vitamin D-deficient nation, following findings published in the journal Genome Research. A vitamin D boost could help child health development and prevent cancers, diabetes and other ailments.Something else to stay clear of is hijiki seaweed. The Food Standards Agency has been reminding people not to eat this type of seaweed as it contains high levels of inorganic arsenic, which is known to increase people’s risk of getting cancer.last_img read more

Wedding wings

first_imgThinly-stretched royal wedding bandwagon product of the week goes to Toastabags, for its ’Toast the Royal Couple’ toaster sleeves, used for making less-than-regal toasties. No, the image of Wills and Kate does not burn on to the bread. It’s just a picture on a bag.A smidgen more effort went into this royal wedding tie-in by the extraordinarily talented Michelle Wibowo, of West Sussex. She won an award at the Ideal Home Show for this cake of Wills and Kate, apparently encased up to their waists in snow, but cheery nonetheless.Meanwhile, Dawn Blunden of the Sophisticake cake shop in Woodhall Spa is being tipped as the royal wedding cake maker. Watch this space…last_img

News story: New training for health visitors to boost early language skills

first_img The early years of a child’s life are critical in giving them the best start and the best opportunities to get on. Speech and language skills are essential to that which is why this announcement is good news for Greater Manchester – and good news for our children and families. This joint programme will enhance the work we are already doing across the city-region, doing things differently and driving forward pioneering approaches to close the educational inequality gap and ensure no child is left behind. Being able to communicate and express yourself is the gateway to success, not just in school but in later life. It’s these crucial early years that make the most impact on a child’s future path – because for those children who start out behind their peers, it’s so much harder to catch up. The evidence tells us that we need to improve children’s communication and language before they arrive at school, when so much of a child’s time is spent at home, to help get them on track to be confident, able learners. If we are to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children, we must think about how we can do things differently – including through parents. No parent has all the answers – so we need to make it easier for them to kickstart their child’s learning at the earliest opportunity, whether by encouraging them to take part in educational activities as a family, support from trained experts at home to identify concerns earlier, or better access to high-quality early years education. Health visitors in five areas of the country – Derbyshire, Newham, Middlesborough, Wakefield and Wiltshire – will trial a bespoke early language assessment tool being developed by the University of Newcastle, led by Professor James Law.The assessment tool will be designed to be quick and easy for health visitors to use to support their professional judgement, taking into account any concerns raised by parents and carers. It will be trialled for the first time this summer and rolled out nationally in 2020.Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: In recognition of the need for certainty about the 2019-20 academic year in maintained nursery schools, an additional £24 million will be provided to local authorities to enable them to continue funding maintained nursery schools at higher rates. This provides certainty for the sector ahead of the Spending Review. Health visitors have trusted relationships with families and play a vital role in supporting young children’s health and wellbeing. This important new training will help more children develop the language and literacy skills they need to reach their full potential, ensuring that specialist support gets to those that need it most. Children most at risk of starting school without the basic language and communications skills are set to benefit from expert education support at home.Health visitors – who routinely do home visits to check on a child’s development at age two – will receive additional training to identify speech, language and communication needs early on, with a new assessment and support package.Specialist training will be provided for 1,000 health visitors who will work in some of the most deprived communities in England, as part of the Government’s drive to tackle the ‘word gap’ – the gap in communication skills between disadvantaged children and their peers.Speaking to an audience of 300 early years professionals in Manchester today (Thursday 28 February), Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi announced £24 million of additional funding for the 2019-20 academic year for Maintained Nursery Schools, providing reassurance for these settings which tend to care for higher numbers of disadvantaged children, often most at risk of falling behind.Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: Children who start school with poor vocabulary are twice as likely to be unemployed as an adult, so health visitors will be trained to recognise early signs of delays with a child’s speech and language development and take action when it can have the most benefit.The programme, a joint initiative being rolled out across the country by the Department for Education and Public Health England, will benefit thousands of families across the country, with a focus on parents who may lack the time, resources, or confidence to support their children’s learning at home.It builds on the Education Secretary Damian Hinds’ society-wide ambition to halve the proportion of children leaving Reception year without the communication, language and literacy skills needed to thrive within the next decade.The first wave of training will involve 400 health visitors in 49 council areas identified as being in high need, based on deprivation factors including free school meal eligibility and the level achieved in speech, language and communication among children aged five in the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile. The next wave will train a further 600 health visitors from 2020 onwards.Professor Viv Bennett, Chief Nurse at Public Health England, said:last_img read more

Multi-Lingual Support Video YouTube Series

first_imgThe Dell EMC Support YouTube Playlist publishes helpful troubleshooting, how to’s, problem solving and product demo videos to demonstrate how to resolve common technical challenges with Dell EMC high-end storage products. As we strive to provide our customers and partners with self-help video content to enable them with support solutions for our products, we also work to deliver high-value video content to our global customers worldwide through video content translation. Currently, the Dell EMC Support YouTube Playlist features over 50 closed captioned videos enabled to display translated audio in 16 languages. Simply click the Settings gear icon on the bottom right of a video designated as CC (closed caption) and select your desired language preference.Our translated video series focuses on Customer Replaceable Units or CRU videos. These CRU videos are available in English, Spanish (Europe), Spanish (LATAM),  Portuguese (Europe), Portuguese (Brazil),  Russian, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Italian, German, French, Japanese, Korean,  Arabic, Swedish, and Dutch. Product support videos for CRU now include the following products: Atmos, Celerra, Connectrix, Dell EMC Unity, Isilon, VNX, VNXe, and more.Follow the Dell EMC Support YouTube Playlist to watch informative support videos on a wide variety of Dell EMC high-end storage products, now available in the language of your choice.last_img read more

Food science party

first_imgBy Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaThe University of Georgia Department of Food Science and Technology will mark the completion of a $4.2 million building addition and the $2.4 million renovation of its previous facilities with an open house and ribbon cutting in Athens Sept. 5.”The improvements to the food science building will make UGA even stronger in the field of food safety,” said UGA president Michael F. Adams. “The safety of our food supply is critically important. I’m proud that the University of Georgia is poised to make a real difference.””The addition and renovations will enhance food science research and extension outreach capabilities,” said Gale Buchanan, dean and director of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.State-of-the-art labsThe addition houses four state-of-the-art microbiology labs. In three biocontainment level 2 labs, researchers can work with foodborne pathogens like Listeria, E coli 0157:H7, Salmonella and Campylobacter. In the biocontainment level 3 lab, scientists can work with more restricted foodborne hazards like botulism.”This is a new capability for the Athens campus and will certainly further our ability to do cutting-edge food safety and food-processing research,” said Rakesh Singh, food science and technology department head.”The additional facilities, along with our recently renovated food-processing pilot plants, greatly improve our ability to conduct programs designed for economic development,” he said.Outreach classrooomA new extension outreach classroom, which can seat 70 people, serves a variety of needs: short courses, workshops and certification programs. It has been in use since June and the first two programs were filled to capacity.”Many of these programs are designed to help small businesses get on their feet, while others focus on bringing industry personnel up-to-date,” Singh said. “But they’re also for anyone who is interested. We work with a lot of nontraditional students, small-business folks and industry folks.”The addition was funded through the Georgia Food Processing Advisory Council. FoodPAC is a group of Georgia state agencies, colleges and universities and private food businesses. It supports Georgia’s food processing and allied industries.ProgramThe open house and ribbon-cutting celebration features a 10:30 a.m. program with Adams, Buchanan, Singh, Georgia Poultry Federation President Abit Massey, Georgia Agribusiness Council President Gary Black and food sciences graduate student Beth Bland.Tours will follow at 11 a.m. Refreshments will be provided. For more on the event, call (706) 542-2574 or e-mail [email protected](Cat Holmes is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Vermont jobless claims down for week, up from last year

first_imgWeek Ending August 30, 2008There were 606 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 251 from the week before. Altogether 7,019 new and continuing claims were filed, 206 less than a week ago and 2,057 more than a year earlier. In addition, the Department processed 1,801 claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008, a decrease of 132 from last week.The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external)Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)last_img

Hicksville Woman Killed in Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 29-year-old woman was killed when she crashed her vehicle in her hometown of Hicksville early Monday morning.Nassau County police said Christine Monaco was driving a Toyota northbound alone on North Broadway when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole in front of Sears shortly before 1 a.m.The victim was taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead less than an hour later.Second Squad detectives impounded the vehicle and found no criminality.last_img

Police suspend investigations into candidates running in 2020 regional races

first_imgNational Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Argo Yuwono confirmed the telegram on Wednesday.”If the police proceed with any criminal investigations against candidates, the police could be accused of not being neutral. That’s what we have to avoid,” Argo said as quoted by kompas.com.Read also: Indonesian poll body prepares rules for online campaigns ahead of December electionsCriminal investigations, however, will not be suspended against those suspected of election fraud, or who are caught red handed committing crimes that threaten national security or crimes that carry the maximum punishment of death or life imprisonment.Investigations into cases involving regional election candidates will resume after the election process is finished, the police said.The 270 concurrent regional elections are scheduled for Dec. 9.“Any police investigators found to be continuing investigations as referred to in the first point of the telegram will be charged with violations of the code of ethics and be disciplined,” the telegram reads. (trn)Topics : The police will suspend any criminal investigations involving potential or registered candidates running in the 2020 regional elections in December, according to a telegram issued by National Police chief Gen. Idham Azis.In the telegram dated Aug. 31, Idham argued that any legal proceedings against candidates in the run-up to elections would further encourage mudslinging and smear campaigns to influence the election outcomes.The telegram, signed by the chief detective of the police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) Comr. Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo on behalf of Idham, is also aimed at deterring any political influence among police officers and to further prevent irresponsible stakeholders from using the police in the interests of rival candidates in the elections.last_img read more

Anna Mae Lobenstein

first_imgAnna Mae (nee Ihle) Lobenstein; resident of St. Leon Indiana passed away on October 27, 2017 in her home. She was born on March 27, 1939 to Joseph and Louise (nee Bross) Ihle. On April 25, 1959 she married the love of her life, whom she is now reunited with, Eugene Emmert Lobenstein. In their early days they loved to go square dancing. Annie cherished her family immensely and enjoyed spending time with her great-grandchildren. She loved baseball, especially watching the reds on tv and playing cards. While her competitive nature often forced her to become a sore loser in the game Canasta, everyone to the left would be handed her Black 3’s. Annie was a wonderful cook and her family loved her homemade pancakes. However, due to her husband’s passing, Annie found it too hard to make them. Her faith in God and the church kept her going through her grief as she prayed the rosary daily.She is preceded in death by her husband Eugene Emmeret Lobenstein, parents: Joseph and Louise (nee Bross) Ihle, and sister: Dottie Shope.Those left to remember Annie include her devoted children: Jeff Lobenstein, Tina Lobenstein & Kim (Jerry) Callahan; cherished grandchildren: Stephanie (Jeremy) Smith, Jessica (Cory) Mobley, Jeremy (Amy) Lobenstein, Eric (McKenzie) Callahan & Ryan (Abbie Wiesmann) Callahan; loving great-grandchildren: Wyatt & Landon Smith, Colton Mobley, Easton & Emmett Lobenstein & Tucker Gene Lobenstein who is due in November; Siblings: Mary (Charlie) Gutzwiller, Charlie (Mary) and Joe (Beverly) Ihle, Jean Herman and Debbie (Henry) Ward. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.A rosary service will begin at 10:30 AM followed by the visitation on Monday, October 30, 2017 from 11 AM until the time of mass at 2 PM at the All Saints Parish -St. Joseph’s Campus, 7536 Church Lane, West Harrison, Indiana 47060. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to benefit the Sunman Life Squad, St. Leon Volunteer Fire Department or the All Saints Parish. Donations can be brought to the visitation and a funeral home representative may help you with your donation. If you are unable to attend the visitation you may mail your contributions to, Brater-Winter Funeral Home, 201 S. Vine Street, Harrison, Ohio 45030last_img read more

Ben Haim heads to Toronto

first_imgQPR defender Tal Ben Haim has joined Major League Soccer franchise Toronto FC on a short-term loan deal. Nelsen has already returned once to Rangers since his move to the MLS club, signing winger Hogan Ephraim on a loan deal. The experience Ben Haim will take to the MLS, after spells with the likes of Bolton, Chelsea and Manchester City, will provide invaluable, according to Toronto FC president Kevin Payne. “Tal Ben Haim has been one of the top defenders in the Premier League for nearly a decade,” he told the club’s official website. “He captains his national team and Ryan thinks the world of him. He’s exactly the sort of veteran defender we need.” Press Associationcenter_img Ben Haim, 31, was signed by Rangers boss Harry Redknapp in the January transfer window but has made just seven appearances since as the R’s slipped out of the Barclays Premier League. Toronto are managed by former Loftus Road favourite Ryan Nelsen and Israel international Ben Haim will remain on loan at the club until the end of June. last_img read more