FSA plans second wave of attack on sat fats

first_imgThe Food Standards Agency (FSA) will launch a second wave of saturated fat posters early in 2010, as part of a renewed campaign to reduce saturated fat intake, following a drive to target pastry earlier this summer.“We intend to come back to saturated fat as a campaign – probably in January, with poster advertising,” Stephen Airey of the FSA told The Big Bakery Debate on Sat Fats and Calories. He told delegates at the Landmark Hotel in London that the strategy of the agency was to “set a direction of travel for the industry as a whole and to recognise that it’s in the hands of industry to deliver this advance in public health”.The FSA is currently consulting on a 10% reduction in sat fats in baked products. FSA head of nutrition Rosemary Hignett said the agency was working to influence European law to allow bakers to make a 10% reduction claim on-pack; the law currently requires a 30% reduction in fat to make a claim. “We agree with you that it would be helpful to make a 10% claim and are making that case to the European Commission at the moment,” she told delegates. “Signs are that they are very open to the argument that the 10% reduction claim will actually help reformulation, so please don’t take the fact that the law at the moment is how it will always be.”See this week’s issue, out 6 November, for the full story on The Big Bakery Debatelast_img read more

Colombia Supports Peacekeeping Mission in Sinai

first_imgBy Marian Romero/Diálogo December 05, 2017 In mid-October 2017, members of the Colombian Military Forces deployed to Egypt to support the peacekeeping mission in the Sinai Peninsula. The group, comprising 113 service members from the Colombian National Army and Navy, joined the 3rd Colombian Battalion attached to the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO). “It’s an honor to belong to the Colombian Battalion in the Sinai Peninsula,” Colombian National Army Sergeant First Class Jairo Quintero, a current MFO member, told Diálogo. “Even though it’s grueling work, away from family, and far from everything you know, it’s a very important opportunity in your military career to experience other cultures and serve your country from a different standpoint.” The objective of the international mission is to maintain security in the region pursuant to the peace agreements between Egypt and Israel. The mission includes checkpoints operations in the area, reconnaissance patrols, observation posts, and ensuring navigation freedom through the Gulf of Aqaba, whose coastline is divided among Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. Peacekeeping misión MFO is an independent international entity established as an alternative to the United Nations (UN) to fulfill the 1979 Peace Treaty between Egypt and Israel. The treaty marked the end of 30 years of hostilities and set the borders between the two countries. Both parties had called for the presence of a UN observer force. When the Security Council failed to give its approval, a protocol establishing MFO was negotiated. In April 1982, MFO’s mission began with international military forces, including Colombia. Twelve nations now participate in the multi-national force, with Uruguay being the only other Latin American country. The Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty divided the Sinai peninsula into four zones. Two of them account for most of the territory and fall under the security control of the Egyptian Armed Forces. The zone bordering Israel is the responsibility of the Israeli Defense Forces, while the intermediate zone is under MFO control. The international zone has two camps: the North Camp in El Gorah and the South Camp near the city of Sharm El Sheikh. Specific duties According to Sergeant First Class Wilmer Alejandro Calderón, who was a member of Colombia’s 3rd Battalion and returned to Colombia in June 2017, each MFO nation has a different responsibility. “They perform administrative, engineering, transport, intelligence work, and comprehensive actions, etc.,” he explained. The Colombian Battalion works out of the North Camp. “We’re in charge of security watches, guarding the towers, the perimeters, the entrances and exits in the North Camp, and escorting convoys, among other security-related duties,” Sgt. 1st Class Calderón said. The tour in Sinai entails certain challenges for Colombian service members. They have to adapt to the harsh desert climate and deal with the complexities of the zone, which serves as a battle ground for various extremist groups, including the Islamic State. During their 10-month tour, service members remain on base or in the patrol zone except for two weeks of leave to visit tourist sites in the region. “It’s an experience that requires some strength. The confinement is difficult, weather conditions are extreme, and work is constant. Dealing with people from other countries who don’t speak Spanish can also be a challenge,” Sgt. 1st Class Calderón said. “But it’s an opportunity I’d love to have again.” Training to deploy Each year, Colombia does two changes of command to carry out the MFO’s mission. On this occasion, the 111th change of command included 11 officers, 21 non-commissioned officers, and 94 soldiers from the Colombian National Army as well as one officer, one petty officer, and five marines from the Colombian National Navy. The group’s selection is done through a competitive application process that takes into account service members’ performance. “Going to Sinai is a dream that’s hard to achieve because you have to have a spotless performance record throughout your military career,” said Colombian National Army Captain Miguel Giraldo, who was a member of the Colombian Battalion in the 109th change of command. “I’ve been in the Army for 13 years and only now did I get the opportunity.” Candidates undergo a series of physical and psychological tests to determine whether they are suited for the mission. For three months, they take courses on the regional context, MFO’s history and structure, as well as classes on aircraft, tanks, and improvised explosive devices, among others. “The training is very important to adapt to conditions in the zone. We learn about the history of Egypt and Israel and about how to appropriately handle potential events as MFO members,” Capt. Giraldo explained. “But some really important parts are the intensive English course and the social and humanitarian training to help us deal with people from other countries.” Peacekeeping operations represent a fundamental experience for Colombia. “The Colombian Battalion has been in the Sinai Peninsula for 35 years, raising Colombia’s stature abroad,” concluded Major General Ricardo Gómez Nieto, second commander of the Colombian National Army. “It’s an experience that enriches us and fills us with satisfaction.”last_img read more

As cyclical stocks rebound, investors eyeing whether their earnings comeback will justify the move

first_imgCyclical sectors’ profits took a large hit amid the pandemic, as travel and in-person work slowed to a near halt. Investors may still be weighing how much to trust the anticipated snapback in these profits in 2021. On Wednesday, technology reclaimed its spot as the market leader, while the cyclical sectors closed in the red. – Advertisement – This week, investors shifted money away from high-flying tech stocks, and into beaten-down groups like energy, industrials and real estate. These sectors, which are more sensitive to economic cycles, jumped after promising coronavirus vaccine news from Pfizer and BioNtech on Monday raised hopes for an economic reopening. The cyclical stocks have been beaten down this year amid the pandemic. Energy, industrials and real estate are the only three sectors trading lower in 2020, while sectors that are generally less dependent on economic conditions, like technology, have fared better. Technology is trading up more than 32% this year.As investors continue to grow more optimistic about an economic recovery in 2021, energy, real estate and industrials may look like an attractive bet based on earnings expectations. The group is expected to deliver a surge in profit growth next year, according to Jonathan Golub at Credit Suisse. The firm projects that cyclical sectors will report more than 65% earnings growth next year, which is significantly higher than estimates for the broader S&P 500. To be sure for investors, the circumstances may not look as bright for the cyclicals if earnings from 2020 are taken into account. Golub says that “while pro-cyclical stocks are expected to deliver stronger EPS growth in 2021, the 2-year compound annual growth rate substantially favors secular winners.” When EPS growth from 2020 is factored in, cyclical sectors’ earnings are expected to decline by 7.2% on average, while the tech is set to grow by 10.6%. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Caterpillar Inc. excavators are displayed for sale at the Whayne Supply Co. dealership in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020.Luke Sharrett | Bloomberg | Getty Imageslast_img read more

Arteta reveals Arsenal concerns over Coronavirus

first_imgMikel Arteta has admitted that the families of his Arsenal players are “concerned” by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta set to bring Pablo Mari in Fixtures on the continent have already started to fall foul of the virus as countries battle to contain it. Five Serie A games will be played behind closed doors this weekend, while the Swiss Super League has postponed their matches. English football has yet to suffer but some clubs have instructed players not to shake hands while the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham have issued forms to visitors to their training ground in an attempt to prevent potential cases. Arteta said he and his squad will continue to follow medical advice but did concede there are worries from the families of those players who are based overseas. “(We are) not anxious, obviously we read the information, it’s all the time in the media,” he said. “Our families are concerned, we have a lot of foreign players with foreign families in different countries so it’s something that is on a daily basis. “The club and the authorities are in contact every day. We are following all the instructions from the club doctor. “So far the protocols we have been doing are enough but obviously don’t know to what stage it is going to develop. “We’ve seen in other countries the difficult decisions they have to make around it to protect the situation so we have to wait and see and be guided by them.” Sheer fixture congestion seems to be more of a pressing worry for Arteta as he prepares his side for their FA Cup fifth-round clash at Portsmouth on Monday night. Loading… After crashing out of the Europa League to Olympiacos after extra-time on Thursday night, Arteta knows the pressure is on to take the club into European competition for next season. A report claims planned summer moves for three players may have to be scrapped as a result of their early elimination from the competition. Sitting ninth in the Premier League heading into the weekend’s fixtures, the FA Cup could yet be the tournament to provide Arteta with a route to the Europa League. Setup Timeout Error: Setup took longer than 30 seconds to complete. With the FA Cup ties being moved to midweek there is a level of congestion in the coming weeks after the first-ever Premier League winter break earlier in the year. Arteta believes, with Carabao Cup fixtures also in the mix, there is too much strain being placed on the modern player. “We’re not going to please everyone with the decisions that have to be made,” the Spaniard replied when asked about fixture congestion. “What is for sure is that for players it’s an enormous amount of games. The intensity is rising every single year, the level of pressure too, and sometimes it’s too much for them. Read Also:Arteta calls on Arsenal to put Euro pain behind them “Something has to be done because you can see players are cracking and cracking every season. “You can sustain that for one season, two seasons, but after three or four seasons you end up paying the price and I think the quality at some stage will drop. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Best Tarantino Movie Yet10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art9 Iconic Roles Nobody Wanted To PlayPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceledlast_img read more

USOC officials were aware of allegations against Larry Nassar, report says

first_img USA Gymnastics interim CEO Mary Bono resigns four days after taking job In July 2015, then USA Gymnastics CEO Steve Penny informed USOC CEO Scott Blackmun — who resigned in February citing health concerns — and Ashley that gymnasts had “lodged sexual abuse allegations against (Nassar),” according to the report.USAG then contacted the FBI, but it never went further than that. Both Blackmun and Ashley never did anything with the information they were provided until after Nassar’s actions were first made public by the Indianapolis Star in September 2016, the report stated.“Neither Mr. Blackmun nor Mr. Ashley shared the information received from Mr. Penny with others in the organization, and the USOC took no action between July 2015 and the date the Indianapolis Star published its account of Nassar’s child sexual abuse.”Nassar, who is currently serving a lengthy prison sentence on charges of child pornography and for molesting young women and girls under the guise of medical treatment, was not working as the U.S. Gymnastic’s team doctor at that point in time, but the report went on to state that his absences were not truthfully explained.“USAG acted almost immediately to provide false excuses for Nassar’s non-attendance at USAG events, thereby keeping the gymnastics community in the dark about the complaints of Nassar’s sexual abuse. USAG thereafter allowed Nassar to quietly retire under the pretense of a long and illustrious career.”During this time, however, Nassar continued his practice at Michigan State University, where he treated college, high school and youth athletes.“I’m appalled,” attorney Mick Grewal, who represents dozens of Nassar survivors, told Yahoo Sports. “I’m completely appalled that the adults that ran USAG and USOC did not take the appropriate measures or enact the appropriate policies and procedures to protect our young athletes. Instead, they allowed a culture to manifest.” The United States Olympic Committee released an independent investigative report Monday that stated there was a lengthy period of time where some of the top USOC officials were aware of allegations of sexual abuse made against team’s long-time doctor Larry Nassar.The comprehensive report, available online, was so devastating that the USOC fired chief of sport performance Alan Ashley after its release. The 233-page document, which was commissioned by a Special Committee of the Board of Directors of the USOC, spoke to over 100 witnesses and reviewed over 1.3 million other documents, and came to the conclusion that some of the top members of the United States Gymnastics national team remained quiet as Nassar continued to have access to and see patients. “Nassar’s sexual abuse of hundreds of girls and young women was a manifestation of a broader set of factors and conditions in elite gymnastics and Olympic sport that allowed the abuse to occur and then to continue uninterrupted for almost 30 years,” lead investigators Joan McPhee and James P. Dowden said in a press release. “The fact that so many different institutions and individuals failed to stop him does not excuse any of them, but instead reflects the collective failure to protect young athletes.” Related Newscenter_img Ex-USA Gymnastics boss arrested, allegedly tampered with evidence in Larry Nassar case The report also showed more collusion between Blackmun and Ashley. It stated both parties deleted a specific email that referenced Nassar. It also focused on Penny, who concealed information and was later indicted by a grand jury in Texas.Penny requested medical records from the Karolyi Ranch, the team’s national training camp, to be shipped directly to USAG headquarters in Indianapolis. The documents were never sent.last_img read more

England Golf trio have dream outing with Ryder Cup star

first_imgClick here to watch Golding and Charley Hull.Caption: from left, Mike Durkin, Hannah Golding, Nicolas Colsaerts and Neil Garbutt. England Golf amateurs Hannah Golding, Mike Durkin and Neil Garbutt chased their golfing dreams to an outing with Ryder Cup player Nicolas Colsaerts.Golding, 14, also followed up with a range session with her idol, Charley Hull.It all happened for the trio when they teamed up to win the Bridgestone Chase Your Dream Trophy, which was open to members of England Golf’s 1900+ affiliated clubs.Golding (Brocton Hall, Staffordshire), Durkin (Hurlston Hall, Lancashire) and Garbutt (Masham, Yorkshire) played through club, regional and national rounds before confirming their success in the pro-am of the Bridgestone Challenge at Luton Hoo. Their performance there won them a place in the pro-am of the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports.That’s when they teamed up with Colsaerts for a money-can’t-buy experience at Close House, Northumberland.As if that wasn’t enough, Golding went on to meet her idol Charley Hull on the Close House driving range, which was filmed live by Sky Sports Golf and later Sky Sports News, in a feature that was repeated every hour throughout the day.Both Hull and Golding hit balls on the range and the youngster – a member of England Golf’s U16 West Midlands regional squad – won the praise of her hero. 6 Oct 2017 England Golf trio have dream outing with Ryder Cup star center_img Tags: Bridgestone, Chase Your Dreamlast_img read more

Stop Letting Silicon Valley Dictate Your Future

first_imgUnderemployment exists: While the unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent in April of 2018 as 236,000 people left the labor pool, underemployment remains at 8.2 percent. That just means cities need to invest the time and resources into training, cross-training, or retraining talent to craft it into what the market needs. It makes sense that cities around the country would look to Silicon Valley with envy, considering there’s record job growth, record wealth — seemingly record everything when it comes to recent decades in the tech field. City leaders everywhere might do anything to try to replicate that formula and bring that amount of growth and opportunity to their own area, even if it involves a silly nickname. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Point being: There’s undoubtedly value in what your city contributes to the economy as a whole — identify it and take every chance to shout about it. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces For those in tech, the allure of what most consider the tech capital of the country — Silicon Valley — is real. Jeff Mazur is the executive director for LaunchCode, a nonprofit aiming to fill the gap in tech talent by matching companies with trained individuals. Still, it’s inarguable that Silicon Valley has seen its share of success in the field, so it makes sense that many such cities hope to attract startups and investors by billing themselves as the “next Silicon Valley,” giving themselves nicknames such as the Silicon Prairie, in the case of the Midwest, or the Silicon Desert in Arizona. Although imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the reality, of course, is that these cities are sabotaging their own cause. Follow the Puck But according to real estate website Redfin, last year saw more people move out of San Francisco than any other city in the United States. When a group of San Francisco venture capitalists went on a three-day tour through the Midwest to find promising startups, they quickly realized why. Once outside the bay area, home prices dropped precipitously, and even old manufacturing towns had amenities such as upscale shopping and farm-to-table eateries. 1. Don’t attract talent; create it yourself.Companies and regions always want to talk about attracting talent — that is, bringing it to them. But there’s a strong chance that plenty of talent and potential is already in your area; sometimes it’s simply a matter of developing individuals’ skills. 3. Stay ahead of the tech curve.There’s no sense in making your entire strategy a game of keeping up with the Joneses, but you still have to keep a close pulse on the tech field and what innovations it’s bringing to every other corner of the economy. Look again at what makes your city stand out, and prioritize learning about what new tech tools and concepts people are putting out. An Uphill Battle 2. Know what makes your city, specifically, strong.When you’re on the job hunt, you become acutely aware of your strengths in order to best market them. The same goes for when you want to market your city to talent and the economy overall — you have to know what separates you from others in the best way. Companies choose to overlook real estate prices and salary demands in Silicon Valley because of the strong contingent of talent. As a result, talent moves to the area, and more companies follow, bringing further growth and innovation to a region already ripe with it. This cycle wasn’t built in a day, and it may never again be replicated at the same level — in part because of a key ingredient: investor dollars.center_img Going further, Phoenix has a low cost of living, low tax rate, and “community support” for small businesses and startups. Whenever possible, local leaders center messaging designed to attract talent to the area around these perks. A partnership between Alphabet’s Waymo and rental company Avis will bring a fleet of almost 600 self-driving Chrysler minivans to Phoenix, and residents will be the first members of the public to experience the cars. Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry The obsession with becoming the next Silicon Valley is rooted in the desire to attract the best and brightest talent. What companies and government officials need to realize is that, while Silicon Valley may never be replicated, they can cultivate and grow the talent that’s already there. Related Posts In Detroit, for instance, progress in the self-driving arena has outpaced Silicon Valley, reclaiming its dormant reign of the automotive market. Ford and General Motors are behind the wheel of this growth, each making billion-dollar investments to acquire the right talent. Ford purchased Argo AI for $1 billion in an effort to have self-driving cars in the next three years — Detroit has its ability to leverage that and become not the Silicon Valley of the Great Lakes, but its own entity. Tags:#Silicon Valley#tech hubs The problem is, it’s impossible to become the “next Silicon Valley,” and history explains why. The financial industry has been clustered into a tiny area in New York City for more than a hundred years, and it’s only become more prominent in that time. The film industry has been in Los Angeles since the early 1900s, and that area will remain the hub of the industry indefinitely. According to a report from Wealth-X, from 2016 to 2017, there was a 15 percent increase in the number of billionaires on the planet. Of the 2,754 individuals whose net worth resembles a phone number, 74 of them call Silicon Valley home. It now has the third-highest concentration of billionaires on the planet, behind only New York (with 103) and Hong Kong (with 93). Machine learning, for instance, is transforming many industries, and the measurable improvements it brings to healthcare is a perfect example. As technology is integrated into the healthcare industry, cities should put resources in place that attract these and other companies to lay the groundwork for becoming a future hub. Jeff MazurExecutive Director for LaunchCode A Different Approach Instead of trying to blend in with Silicon Valley, leaders need to make sure their cities stand out. Here’s a handful of things to consider along the way: Take a hard look at what opportunities exist in your area. Do many companies offer apprenticeship programs for people who may have great potential but not a lot of qualifying credentials? Are there government-funded job training programs with proven track records of success? Making sure initiatives like these exist is key to developing homegrown talent.last_img read more

Photos: Texas A&M’s Kyle Field Now Has Grass

first_imgview of Texas A&M's Kyle Field.@12thManFor much of the offseason, the playing surface at Texas A&M’s Kyle Field has looked more like a parking lot than it has a football field. With the Aggies’ renovating their stadium, Kyle Field has been without grass for months. The grass is back. Texas A&M has been installing its playing surface at Kyle Field over the last day or so. It looks great. Real spot! The NEW Kyle Field!! #12thman #GigEm pic.twitter.com/d8OIn7sOyQ— Jeff Banks (@jbsttamu) July 29, 2015West side almost done #kylefield pic.twitter.com/kNNkm2yMF8— Mendl (@CzechMendl) July 31, 2015Took a tour of Kyle Field at Texas A&M this morning. Impressive stuff. Largest SEC stadium. pic.twitter.com/GDOstRYXn1— Jarom Jordan (@jaromjordan) July 31, 2015 @12thMan@12thManLooking good, Aggies. Texas A&M’s first home game is set to take place Sept. 12 against Ball State.last_img read more