Video news bite: Coulton’s Bread to expand into Scotland

first_imgHoward Hunter, managing director of Coulton’s Bread, spoke exclusively to British Baker about the company’s performance in 2011, as well as plans in the next 12 months to open a new depot in Glasgow and introduce a range of potato cakes.YouTube link: http://youtu.be/Yo7SR9m5Ly4last_img

Pursuit ends with police involved shooting, trooper injured by suspect vehicle

first_img Facebook Pursuit ends with police involved shooting, trooper injured by suspect vehicle Twitter By Network Indiana – June 2, 2020 0 266 Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleBrothers Bar & Grill temporarily closed due to employee with COVID-19Next articleNotre Dame home opener relocated from Dublin Network Indiana IndianaLocalNews (Photo supplied/Indiana State Police) LAKE COUNTY, Ind.–A police chase ended when a trooper was forced to fire his gun after being wedged between his car and a suspect’s car in Lake County, according to state police.Around 12:30 Tuesday morning, investigators say the Munster Police Department and a state police officers followed a man driving a silver Nissan sedan which had been involved in suspicious activity.Police say the driver sped off and tried to ram a Munster police car. The chase continued eastbound on I-80 from Kennedy Avenue. The driver finally stopped in the left lane on Columbus Drive and a trooper tried to take the driver into custody, but the driver moved forward and hit the trooper, wedging him against his car.The trooper fired his gun through the windshield and hit the driver, which had three other passengers in it. No one else in the car was hit by the bullet.The driver has been identified as Eric R. Douglas, 30, from Crown Point, IN. He was taken to the Lake County Jail. Police say Douglas had warrants out for his arrest in Marion and Porter County.The identification of the trooper will be released Thursday afternoon. Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

EU introducing legislation on acrylamide reduction

first_imgFood businesses must put in place steps to manage acrylamide under EU laws that go into force next year.Coming into effect from next April, Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/2158 will establish best practice, mitigation measures and benchmark levels for the reduction of acrylamide in food.Acrylamide is a chemical created when foods – particularly starchy ones including bread and potatoes – are cooked for long periods at high temperatures, such as when baked, fried, grilled, toasted or roasted.Lab tests have shown acrylamide in the diet causes cancer in animals and, while evidence from human studies on the impact of acrylamide in the diet has been inconclusive, scientific consensus is that it has the potential to cause cancer in humans.The new legislation applies to all food business operators that produce or place on the market foods including bread, biscuits, rusks, cereal bars, scones, wafers, crumpets, gingerbread, crackers, crispbreads and bread substitutes. Non-bakery products covered by the legislation include chips, crisps, coffee and breakfast cereals.Food business operators will be expected to:Be aware of acrylamide as a food safety hazard and have a general understanding of how acrylamide is formed in the food they produce;Take necessary steps to mitigate acrylamide formation in the food they produce, adopting the relevant measures as part of their food safety management proceduresUndertake sampling and analysis where appropriate, to monitor the levels of acrylamide in their productsKeep appropriate records of the mitigation measures undertaken, together with sampling plans and results of any testing.The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) said the measures were proportionate to the nature and size of the business, to ensure that small businesses were not overburdened. It added that measures to mitigate acrylamide had been drawn from various codes of practice developed by trade bodies, and were not intended to lead to any significant changes in the quality and properties of foods.The EU guidance for bread includes:Ensuring bread is baked to a lighter colour to reduce acrylamide formationExtending the yeast fermentation timeOptimising baking temperature and timeSubstituting ingredients that have the potential to raise acrylamide levels in the final product, for instance the use of nuts and seeds roasted at lower rather than higher temperatures.Replacing fructose with glucose, particularly in recipes containing ammonium bicarbonate.The FSA and Food Standards Scotland are working with trade groups to develop simple guidance to help catering and foodservice businesses comply with new rules. Guidelines will also be available in the New Year.The FSA is also developing guidelines to assist local authorities in the implementation and enforcement of the new requirements.last_img read more

PETA launches petition for Greggs vegan sausage roll

first_imgAnimal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) UK has launched a petition calling for Greggs to add a vegan sausage roll to its menu.The move comes after two years of work by the campaign group and as Veganuary – a month-long celebration of veganism first launched in 2014 – gets under way.“More people than ever are clamouring for healthy vegan options from their favourite on-the-go eateries,” said PETA director of vegan corporate projects Dawn Carr. “PETA is calling on Greggs to heed this growing demand, add a vegan sausage roll to the menu, and watch the cruelty-free treats fly off the shelves.”The petition highlights the growing range of meat- and dairy-free foods at supermarkets, such as Sainsbury’s and Tesco, as well as dairy-free cheese at pizza chains Pizza Express and Zizzi and a full vegan menu at pub chain JD Wetherspoon. PETA said Greggs was notably missing from this list.The bakery chain’s current vegan offer includes sweet mince pies, potato wedges, popcorn, crisps and drinks. Greggs said it was dedicated to increasing its range in the future.A spokesperson for the bakery chain told British Baker: “We understand that vegan and vegetarian diets are of growing importance to many people – whether that be for moral or health reasons, or indeed both. As a company that believes in putting customers at the heart of everything we do, we plan to introduce even more vegan and vegetarian options in the future.”last_img read more

Green Kids

first_imgGoing green doesn’t have to mean spending green – money, that is. In fact, being environmentally friendly can save money. And when kids get involved, they’re helping both their parents and the earth, says University of Georgia experts.“The things we’re talking about with the kids are not big things,” said Sharon Gibson, a family and consumer sciences specialist with UGA Cooperative Extension. She and housing specialist Pamela Turner are developing a new Extension series that teaches children how to live environmentally friendly. They are showing students how little things like making their own cleaning products can reduce the amount of chemicals in their homes and save money. (The average household spends $600 a year on cleaning supplies.) And they’re encouraging students to reuse old T-shirts and other cloth for cleaning instead of using paper products.The students are also learning how unplugging personal appliances can save both energy and their parents about $94 a year. “The computer, TV, microwave and other appliances are what we call energy vampires,” Gibson said. “We don’t even realize what uses energy when it’s not in use.”They encourage students to turn the lights off when they leave the room and pick up their trash outside, teaching them how to be green by letting them see it in practice. Sometimes that practice is to watch what’s going into the garbage can. “We put so much into our landfills,” Gibson said, “but if we just pay attention to what we’re throwing away, we could reuse, reduce or even repurpose some of those items.”For example, a plastic margarine spread tub can be reused to hold other foods. Or the tub can be repurposed to hold small items like paper clips and rubber bands. The amount of plastic can be reduced if families buy paper-wrapped margarine sticks.Gibson gives a few tips on how students can be greener at home and in their classrooms. She encourages students to:• Start a recycling project. “We’re trying to encourage people to be more thoughtful,” she said.• Grow a garden at school or at home. Or students can talk to their school about purchasing locally-grown produce, which helps local farmers and cuts down on the gas used to haul produce from one distant location to another.• Bring your own water bottle. “Remember that tap water is not bad water,” Gibson said. • Pack a lunch. “Make sure to use things that you can reuse,” she said. “A reusable lunch bag and containers cut down on the trash on campus.” • Eat foods that have less packaging. A head of lettuce uses less plastic than a bag of pre-cut lettuce. And it’s less expensive.“A big part of being green is having kids be aware of what is going on in their communities,” Gibson said.Visiting one of the 4-H centers across the state, students learn science in the context of the environment through the Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Program.“When students are at our centers, we try to emphasize how where they are now is connected to where they live all the time,” said environmental education specialist Melanie Biersmith, who works at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Ga.“While you’re here, we like to remind you that everything you do has some sort of impact,” Biersmith said. She gives water as an example.“The majority of Georgia water drains into five river basins on about 100 miles of coastline,” she said. “What you do in other parts of Georgia has a direct impact on the water.”Students usually travel to 4-H centers in a part of the state different from where they live. Besides Eatonton, Georgia’s centers are located in Dahlonega (Wahsega), Hampton (Fortson), Tybee Island (Burton) and Jekyll Island (Jekyll).To learn more about visiting a 4-H center or Green Kids Extension programming, contact your local UGA Extension office by calling 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

Drinking Cheap Beer in Costa Rica

first_imgFor the record, I have nothing against cheap beer. I really don’t. I probably come off as a beer snob sometimes because I talk a lot about hop varieties and malt bills, but nobody appreciates a shitty beer on a hot day more than me. PBR. Narragansett. The occasional Budweiser…I love them all. I simply object to the sheer volume of cheap beer I’ve had to drink recently. Let me explain. I spent a week on the coast of Costa Rica, hiking and paddleboarding and surfing; It was a glorious vacation, but Costa Rica’s craft beer scene is young, and the only beer I could find was a cheap, mass-produced lager. It was kind of fun at first, like riding an old 10 speed, or having a bologna sandwich for lunch—it makes you feel like a kid again. But after a few days, the cheap beer wore on me. Each beer tasted exactly like the last—a sort of wash of corn-flavored, carbonated water. I had no taste for it. It got to the point where I even stopped packing cans of the beer on paddling trips. My wife and I paddled two hours to a gorgeous secluded beach with white sand framed by tall cliffs. We set out our ENO Islander in the sand, and were planning on just relaxing as the waves crashed against the cliffs. But I didn’t have any beers with me so I was restless. I ended up trying to climb up a palm tree to knock green coconuts down. I wasn’t successful. I hurt myself. Is this what people who don’t drink do with themselves? Climb coconut trees and hurt themselves? The first thing I did when I got on the plane headed back home was order a decent beer. Luckily, we were flying Delta, and Delta carries Sweetwater 420. I’m not saying it was the best beer I’ve ever had in my life, but it was in the top 10, for sure. Cheap beer is fine. There’s a place and time for it. It’s just not fine every place and all the time.last_img read more

Supreme Court amends Rules of Civil Procedure

first_imgMost of the two-year cycle rule changes recommended by the Civil Procedure Rules Committee have been approved by the Florida Supreme Court, including one generally limiting the requests for admission to 30. That amendment, though, produced a dissent by two justices.Other changes affect making claims for punitive damages, discovery, and the deletion of a rule and form related to a judicial waiver on notifying a parent of an abortion.The justices acted October 23 in Amendments to the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure (Two-Year Cycle) and Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.110, case no. SC03-161.On the requests for admission, the opinion noted the committee felt that restricting the requests to 30 would limit abuses. The new rule allows the parties to agree to exceed that number, or for one party to seek judicial permission for a higher number.“[T]he amendment to rule 1.370(a) still permits requests for admissions to serve their discovery purpose and narrow the issues for trial,” the per curiam opinion said. “requiring parties to be more selective in submitting requests for admissions, we believe that the amendment will address abusive practices without diminishing the purpose of the rule.”Justice Fred Lewis wrote a separate opinion, agreeing with the other changes but dissenting on the requests for admission. Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead concurred with Lewis’ opinion.Lewis noted that the committee, in its justification for the change, said it would correct a perceived problem in using the requests for discovery or as an improper method of proving the elements of a case. He said that numerous Florida Bar CLE courses had touted the rule as a way to aid discovery and speed litigation.“I must conclude that the purported justification for this needless limitation upon a time-honored, recognized method of advancing a controverted action to judgment is illogical and nonsensical,” Lewis wrote. “I suggest that it is most unusual to condemn the use of requests for admissions as a discovery practice when that is one of the precise reasons for the existence of such provision.”Among the changes approved by the court are:• Amending subdivision (f) of rule 1.190 to allow a party to amend a pleading to assert a claim for punitive damages. The court, though, modified the committee’s mandate to submit supporting evidence with the motion to require “a reasonable showing.” The court noted the committee’s language would require the completion of discovery before the motion was filed. The opinion added, though, that “[T]his clarification does not alter the committee’s intent of requiring the motion and the supporting evidence or proffer to be served on all parties at least 20 days before the hearing.”• Amending Rule 1.380(c) which allows a judge to award expenses and attorneys’ fees when an opposing party has failed to admit the genuineness of a document or the truth of a matter. Under the revision, the judge can award the costs when the requesting party proves the genuineness or truth rather than wait until the end of the trial.• Declining the committee’s proposed amendment to Rule 1.442(c) on settlements among multiple parties alleged to be vicariously, constructively, derivatively, or technically liable. “We find that this proposal should not be adopted in light of recent case law from this court,” the opinion said, referring to Willis Shaw Express Inc., v. Hilyer Sod, Inc., 28 Fla L. Weekly S225 (Fla. March 13, 2003).• Excising Rule 1.840 on Judicial Waiver of Parental Notice of Abortion and its related form from the rule. The court said the committee had proposed editorial changes, but the justices noted that in North Florida Women’s Health & Counseling Services, Inc. v. State, 28 Fl. L. Weekly S549 (Fla. July 10, 2003), the court had held unconstitutional the state law on which the rule and form were based.The complete text of the opinion, along with the revised rules, is available on the court’s Web site at www.flcourts.org. Supreme Court amends Rules of Civil Procedure Supreme Court amends Rules of Civil Procedurecenter_img November 15, 2003 Regular Newslast_img read more

Berger, Waters talk CU priorities, committee’s efforts

first_imgContinuing NAFCU’s credit union priorities push for the new year, association President and CEO Dan Berger and Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler were on Capitol Hill Wednesday to meet with credit union champion Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and her senior staff. As chair of the House Financial Services Committee, Waters plays an instrumental role in the development of policy that impacts credit unions and their ability to serve members.Industry growth remains NAFCU’s No. 1 priority, and its 2020 legislative and regulatory priorities are all developed with credit union input to ensure the industry’s continued success. The association has met with several lawmakers in recent weeks, and also sent the priorities to key officials, including President Donald Trump.NAFCU has a strong working relationship with Waters. The association’s 2019 September/October edition of The NAFCU Journal featured a Q&A with Waters, providing insights into her approach as a lawmaker and to ensure a fair playing field for credit unions. The magazine was published ahead of Waters’ appearance at NAFCU’s Congressional Caucus, at which she pledged to oppose efforts to remove credit unions’ tax-exempt status and support efforts to allow credit unions to lend to more small businesses. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Pokemon Go Fever Sweeps Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This is what happens when nostalgia intersects with 21st century technology: Hundreds of Pokémon Go-obsessed Long Islanders scurry around state parks, beaches, town halls, post offices and even churches (yep, no place is safe), as they hunt creatures only visible to humans staring excitedly into their smartphones. Pokémon Go, the recently released smartphone app that is re-writing the record books with its meteoric rise into mainstream pop culture, has seemingly swept across the world overnight.Pokémon Go users on Long Island have descended on public spaces that don’t typically inspire summertime joy: the local post office, historical sites, and dare we say, the library, to catch Pokémon. Apparently all you need is augmented reality to get kids out of the house. Who knew? One savvy Internet user created a Google map with coordinates of so-called “PokeStops” to find Pokémon roaming Long Island, and gyms where users can battle other Pokémon trainers. Why is Pokémon Go so popular?“The game’s popularity is beyond measure at this point,” 28-year-old Mike Alvarez of Brentwood, who started the Pokémon Go Long Island NY Facebook page, told the Press. “I have never seen something bring people together from all over, as this game does.”“I have met some truly great individuals because of this game,” added Alvarez, who estimated that he’s met between 40 to 50 people since he started playing the game. “It’s a break away from all the negativity currently circulating the world we live in today.” The app was released this month in select countries. It currently has more daily users than Twitter, has recorded more activity than Facebook, and has been downloaded on more smartphones than Tinder, the popular dating app, according to reports. But Pokémon Go has drawn security and public safety concerns.Tech writers who closely scrutinized Pokémon Go’s privacy policy noted that users may be giving away more personal information than they originally suspected or even cared to know. The game was reportedly granting itself “full access” to a user’s Google account, raising concerns that the app’s developers could read users’ emails and other Google-related content. The gamemaker, Niantic, tried to quell concerns this week through a statement in which it said the Apple iPhone version of the game “erroneously requests full access permission for the user’s Google account. “However, Pokémon Go only accesses basic Google profile information (specifically, your User ID and email address) and no other Google account information is or has been accessed or collected.”Public officials in New York went so far as to remind drivers not to play while operating a car. The game’s rabid popularity has also elicited concerns about children’s vulnerability to people with ill intentions. As a preemptive measure, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone held a press conference earlier this week in which he called on the game’s developer to prohibit sex offenders from accessing the app. Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini said the department was aware of the game’s intense popularity, and told users to use caution. “There have been various reports across the country of people getting lured to remote locations and trespassing on restricted and private properties at odd hours,” Sini said. “There have also been accounts of people using the application while driving. We are encouraging not just parents, but all users, to practice caution to avoid injury to self and others.” Suffolk police reported on Thursday that a 19-year-old Pokémon Go user walking along Lake Shore Drive in Lake Ronkonkoma while playing the game had his iPhone stolen when he was robbed at gunpoint. But the concerns have yet to outweigh the immense joy people are experiencing as they roam neighborhoods for rare Pokémon. Where can Long Islanders catch Pokémon?Social media users on Facebook and Reddit have reported significant activity across the Island. One Reddit user said they spotted about 100 people in Argyle Lake Park in Babylon with their eyes focused on their screens. Other social media users said Port Jefferson has seen quite a bit of Pokémon Go activity, as does Huntington Village, which one Reddit user said boasts three gyms and 15 PokeStops within walking distance. Eisenhower Park was reported as a good destination to replenish supplies, and Babylon Town Hall is apparently awash with PokeStops. The Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City is getting in on the action, announcing that it will host a Pokémon Go meetup on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. As an added incentive, the museum said gamers will be able to use its electrical outlets to replenish their game-drained smartphone batteries. Museum Row is home to nine PokeStops and two gyms. Alvarez, the creator of Pokémon Go Long Island’s Facebook page, said the game’s immense popularity could be attributed to how immersive it is. “Those of us who had the chance to play Pokémon back in 1996, now can relive that moment all over again,” he said over Facebook messenger. “For me personally it’s a great thing that’s being done.” Like many kids and tweens in the ’90s, Alvarez said he grew up watching the show, eagerly awaited the release of each film, and collected all 151 original Pokémon cards.But for Alvarez, the app is more than just a game or an excuse to meet new people. He gets to enjoy these moments with his 8-year-old son, a relationship he cherishes. The father-and-son duo are currently entangled in a friendly competition to see who catches more Pokémon. Surely Alvarez’s two-decade advantage playing the original Game Boy games and collecting cards should give him a leg up, right? “Clearly,” Alvarez said, “he beats me on that one.”last_img read more

UK pension liabilities grew by £1trn in five years

first_imgPrivate sector defined benefit liabilities were estimated at £2trn by the ONS.Workplace defined contribution (DC) schemes had roughly £240bn invested in them at the end of 2015. A further £302bn was held in individual DC plans, the ONS reported, although this was not included in the £7.6trn figure.Steve Webb, director of policy at Royal London and pensions minister during the period measured by the ONS, said the figures were “truly mind-boggling”.“Today’s population has built up £7.6trn in pension promises but has only set aside about a third of that amount to pay for them,” Webb said. “The rest will have to be financed by tomorrow’s workers. “If we are to have a meaningful debate about how we pay for an ageing population and about fairness between generations, figures like these need to be published on a regular basis and should inform policy-making.”ONS data also showed that more than a third of employees did not have a pension at all, although the statistics were gathered halfway through the rollout of automatic enrolment rules. The UK’s gross pension liability across workplace and state provision grew by £1trn (€1.1trn) in five years, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).The total liability hit £7.6trn at the end of 2015, the ONS said, up from £6.6trn in 2010.The total included an estimated £4trn of unfunded liabilities linked to the UK’s state pension – equal to 213% of GDP.Other unfunded public sector pension liabilities – including provision for teachers and National Health Service staff – totalled £917bn. The Local Government Pension Scheme, a funded defined benefit (DB) scheme, had roughly £300bn of liabilities. UK’s total pension liabilities (2015)Source: Office for National Statisticslast_img read more