Hovis markets ‘glass of milk’ calcium claim for its Best of Both bread

first_imgHovis Best of Both is beefing up its nutritional claims by telling shoppers that two slices contain as much calcium as a glass of milk.On-pack flashes alert consumers to the newly substantiated claim, which will be supported by radio and print advertising. Hovis hopes that parents will be encouraged to buy the product as a way of ensuring children get their recommended daily amount of calcium.Hovis marketing director Jon Goldstone said: “We’re really pleased to announce our new calcium claim and communicate this on pack. We know that Best of Both is already the parent’s secret weapon to smuggle goodness into kids, and now the calcium adds to the goodness they are getting.”Best of Both is the leading half-and-half bread brand with a 64% market share (IRI grocery outlets TYD data to 24 January 2009), and Hovis hopes the latest claim will drive further market growth and incremental sales. No other Hovis products make this new claim.last_img read more

Cook & Garcia named Best Independent at Grab & Go

first_imgRetailer Cook & Garcia has been named Best Independent Outlet at the Lunch Business Grab & Go awards.The ceremony, which took place at the London Art House on 26 September, recognises those businesses which provide for the lunchtime “grab and go” market.Maria Bracken, editor of Lunch Business and organiser of the awards, said: ’’Cook & Garcia is a great start up business, competing as one of the only independent operators on Richmond High Street. It is a worthy winner priding itself on offering quality, healthy food at an affordable price.’’Richard Garcia, founder of Cook & Garcia, said ’’What we do is not complicated, but executed extremely well. We are uncompromising in our standards. Every cup of coffee, every sandwich, every customer experience has to be the best in can be. This is the only way to compete and survive on the high street. We are thrilled that all our hard work has been recognised with this award.’’Other winners included Caffe Nero, with the founder receiving a Special Achievement award, and Marks & Spencer were named Group Operator of the Year.last_img read more

Dining in the dark

first_imgThe food was the only standard part of Nick Hoekstra’s dinner party.That’s because all of his guests wore blindfolds and sat together in a dark room. Waiters dressed in black ushered out the first course, a roasted apple and butternut squash bisque with a cinnamon-sugar brioche crouton in the center. Jennie Reuter groped for a spoon but ended up dipping her fingers in the soup.It was all part of Hoekstra’s plan: the accidents, the humor, the discovery that comes with dining in darkness. Hoekstra, a student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), lost his vision when he was 8 years old, the result of a pseudotumor in his brain. In the years since, he has learned to rely on his other senses to get by. But his friends had no such experience.“Can you just tell me is this a glass of water I’m holding?” Jenny Gombas wondered. Of course, no one could help her.“It feels awkward,” remarked Manasa Prabhakar of the blindfold. “So, so awkward.”“It is a bit disorienting,” agreed Jeff Thompson.“Too often in our daily lives, we focus on the aesthetic of the food. We spend so much time looking at our dining partners instead of really experiencing the food — the taste and the smell,” said Hoekstra of the idea behind his venture. “I wanted to share what it’s like to not be distracted, to experience food through the other senses.”Collaborating with HGSE’s Office of Student Affairs, Office of Access and Disability Services, and the International Higher Education disability student group, Hoekstra devised a three-course menu with the Gutman café staff. Around 30 HGSE students turned up for “Dining in the Dark.”“I thought it’d be an interesting challenge to put ourselves in Nick’s shoes,” said Janice Chong.The students grappled with what they tasted, and argued about it, too.“I have no idea what the food is. I have no idea if it’s soup or not,” said Chong. “It tastes like liquid apple pie. At first I was afraid I was going to burn myself. I missed my mouth a couple of times.”Some wagered that the soup was pumpkin; one student thought yams. They all agreed the color of the soup was orange, but the crouton confounded them.“When I was a kid and tried to eat soup, I found keeping the spoon level was really difficult,” recalled Hoekstra.The second course was a maple-chipotle-glazed, pan-roasted, boneless chicken thigh with sweet potato and beet hash.Gombas went rogue and ate with her fingers. “I just thought that’s what everyone else was doing,” she said.Between courses, Hoekstra asked his friends their impressions.“I can’t believe how bad I am at figuring out what we’re eating,” said one student.Others remarked how noisy the dinner was without vision to put the scene in perspective. It was also troublesome to engage in a fluid conversation.But they toasted — albeit clumsily — to the night anyway.“Let me ask you this,” said Hoekstra. “Are you all finding your dining partners more attractive than normal?”Everyone agreed. Yes.last_img read more

Business students strive to improve stadium atmosphere

first_imgThis season, Notre Dame fans have sought a few “-ation’s” in their gameday experience, specifically intimidation, motivation and elation. Notre Dame business students Kristen Stoutenburgh and Matthew Cunningham believe they have the solutions to achieve these states at every home game: music and a jumbotron. After this year’s loss to Michigan, Cunningham and Stoutenburgh created a research project aimed at making the game day atmosphere in Notre Dame Stadium more exciting, energetic and intimidating. “If you look at all the successful college football programs of the last ten years or so, they all have intimidating home field advantage,” Cunningham said. “We think Notre Dame has the potential, with all it’s tradition, to have as good an atmosphere as anybody.” Cunningham said the project researches how Notre Dame can achieve a more intimidating home field advantage. Home field advantage, Stoutenburgh said, is the key to being more than just a tough game on paper. “When opponents come in and see our name on the schedule, they are like, ‘Oh [man], we’re playing Notre Dame,” she said. “But once they get [here] it is different … It is not as intimidating as other places.” To begin their project, Cunningham and Stoutenburgh surveyed University students.  The survey asked students questions such as, “How would you compare another school’s game atmosphere to Notre Dame’s?” and “Do you feel Notre Dame Stadium is an intimidating place for opponents to play?” They compiled the results of over 950 surveys, formulated ideas and presented them to the Athletics Department. “We … talked to [members of the Athletic department] and they said ‘we are supporting you and want to work with your project,’” Stoutenburgh said. The students worked with Josh Berlo, senior assistant athletic director for event marketing and events management. “Kristen and Matt approached the Athletic Department and met with myself, as well and other athletic administrators, to ensure that we were receptive to their conducting the project and would welcome their presentation of its results,” he said. “The department is always open and receptive to student feedback and appreciates their efforts.” In order to develop their idea further, Cunningham and Stoutenburgh conducted a focus group of ten people. “We had two people from the band, one with a traditionalist, don’t change anything view, and some other students,” Stoutenburgh said. “We basically asked questions that were similar to the survey, but engaged more in conversation.” The students said an interesting observation followed from the focus group.  More tradition-focused individuals were receptive to music being played and a jumbotron being installed. Despite the music idea’s popularity, Cunningham and Stoutenburgh said they do not want the music to distract from the Band of the Fighting Irish. “We don’t want to take away from the band at all. We love our band,” Cunningham said. “That’s why we involved the band in the focus group because there are parts where the band can’t play at all.” Stoutenburgh said the additions of a video board and music would make game day traditions a bigger part of the game day experience. “When the players run out of the tunnel and hit the ‘Play Like a Champion Today Sign,’ let’s see that,” she said. “[We are about] enhancing tradition … not taking away from it, but [bringing] it to the forefront.” To continue their research on game day cultures, Cunningham and Stoutenburgh hope to visit various universities known for their intimidating game day atmospheres and talk to their marketing departments.   “We want to ask them, how do you use a video board, how do you keep your fans engaged in the game?” Cunningham said.  “As soon as kickoff happens [in Notre Dame Stadium], the energy that is generated the whole day by being on campus … just goes downhill from there,” Stoutenburgh said. “So we want to sustain and build on that.” For the rest of the season, however, Cunningham and Stoutenburgh will suggest new music and other fan-engaging techniques in conjunction with the Athletic Department. Both said they are open to positive and negative student feedback. “We love talking to people about [our research],” Stoutenburgh said. “Even if people aren’t on our side, we want to hear it.”last_img read more

Garden Promotion

first_imgA community garden is much more than raised beds and vegetables. The garden builds a sense of community, and it should be an asset to the wider neighborhood. At its best, a community garden engages gardeners and nongardeners, which ensures a long lifespan for the garden and wide public support. If you manage a community garden, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offers these tips to help your garden reach its full potential.Create an event to honor local public service personnel, like emergency medical service (EMS), fire and police personnel. Provide a few fresh vegetables or serve garden-themed snacks as these important community members tour your garden. Honor these public servants and let them know how your garden actually serves the space and surrounding community. Police may keep an eye out for theft and vandalism, and EMS personnel will know the location of the garden in case of an emergency.Host an evening of arts in the garden. Many small towns have community theater groups or hometown artists. Station artists and their work around the garden. Have local actors perform short monologues to promote their theatrical works.  Add a garden stop if the neighborhood has a spring tour of homes. This could be a wonderful opportunity to share the story of your garden.Get involved in your area’s fall festival. Host a scarecrow contest or a pumpkin-carving demonstration. October is a beautiful time in the garden. The weather is cooler and the cool-season crops are at their best.Consider adding a story time in the garden during the summer months. Local school-age children may enjoy being in your garden for a book reading. There are many garden-themed books available, and your local schools will appreciate your efforts as well. Host educational events for gardeners and the general public. Everyone likes to learn how to better grow tomatoes or what vegetables to plant in the fall. Contact your local UGA Extension agent or one of your county’s Master Gardener Extension Volunteers about teaching a class.Finally, what makes your community unique? Do you have an unusual town name? Is your area known for something special? The town of Crabapple, Georgia, could host a crabapple preserves workshop. The city of Canton, Georgia, was founded to create a silkworm industry. Host an evening of insects in the garden and tie the history of the area to the garden to make a fun, educational event. To help ensure a long life for your garden, make your garden visible to people outside of your group of gardeners. Neighbors need to know what a dynamic space it is. Community members outside the group of gardeners could be a source of support. Be creative and help your garden reach its potential.Consider these ideas from UGA Extension to create a more vibrant community garden. If you want to start a community garden, review the valuable resources at the Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture before you pick up a hoe, buy a pack of seeds or pick out a garden spot. Visit www.ugaurbanag.com/gardens/garden-resources/.last_img read more

Pro-Trump tirades hypocritical, harmful

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I’m so tired of the many lectures and rants about hatred and respect from the Trump-supporting hypocrites. Thank you to Josh Hermance (March 15 letter) for exposing some of that flagrant hypocrisy.Hatred and disrespect poured out of your mouths constantly for Obama. Don’t pretend it was his politics that bothered you. I bet you never once said, “We have a black man for president —  so what?” People who supported Hillary Clinton don’t think she’s perfect, but she had a political resume — not an evil agenda. Trump had no political resume and offered vulgarity, arrogance, lies and racism promising to make America “white” again. You criticize Bill Clinton, yet Trump has at least 19 counts of sexual misconduct against him and he’s still in office with no investigation. You want the Hollywood elite held to a standard you won’t even hold your own president to. Are Robert Mueller’s prosecutions to date based on fiction too? We all know you would criticize Trump-style behavior if it were coming from any Democratic president.  To Toni Ann Kinsella (March 15 letter), Trump makes you feel safe? No wonder our country is a huge mess. Every day is sickening and draining with the latest Trump scandal and the circus of an inexperienced administration. We are failing because Trump himself is a failure. Our lives got worse by Trump’s own hands and power, not ours. If only our disdain for him was that powerful. We have no control. Shame on Republicans for putting party before country and for telling us that “Trump may go about things the wrong way but so what, it’s okay.” You are delusional from drinking that Hannity Kool-Aid. It’s not OK and it never will be, and your deranged tirades are as destructive and hypocritical as Trump himself.Michele B. KoesterGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Poland increases capacity in updated draft offshore wind bill

first_imgThe Polish government has published a revised draft offshore wind bill which would allow for 5.9 GW instead of 4.6 GW of capacity to be offered via Contracts for Difference (CfDs) by the end of June 2021. The new draft also proposes solutions for the connection of offshore wind farms to the national grid, which envisages investors to be responsible for constructing and financing the connection. The government plans the second phase of development to include two auctions, the first in 2025 and the second in 2027, both for 2.5 GW of capacity. This means that the revised draft does not include the 2023 and 2028 auctions as announced in January.center_img According to the Polish Wind Energy Association (PSEW), this 5.9 GW in the first phase of development correspond to the real potential of advanced projects, i.e. those that already have or will be able to sign a connection agreement within a specified period of time. However, state-owned transmission system operator Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne will have the right of first refusal in case of a potential sale by the investor.last_img read more

The New American Divide – Reasons for Inequality

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal 21 January 2012America is coming apart. For most of our nation’s history, whatever the inequality in wealth between the richest and poorest citizens, we maintained a cultural equality known nowhere else in the world—for whites, anyway. …But there’s a problem: It’s not true anymore, and it has been progressively less true since the 1960s.People are starting to notice the great divide.here’s what happened to America’s common culture between 1960 and 2010.Marriage: In 1960, extremely high proportions of whites in both Belmont (higher – middle income) and Fishtown (lower income) were married—94% in Belmont and 84% in Fishtown. In the 1970s, those percentages declined about equally in both places. Then came the great divergence. In Belmont, marriage stabilized during the mid-1980s, standing at 83% in 2010. In Fishtown, however, marriage continued to slide; as of 2010, a minority (just 48%) were married. The gap in marriage between Belmont and Fishtown grew to 35 percentage points, from just 10.Single parenthood: Another aspect of marriage—the percentage of children born to unmarried women—showed just as great a divergence. Though politicians and media eminences are too frightened to say so, nonmarital births are problematic. On just about any measure of development you can think of, children who are born to unmarried women fare worse than the children of divorce and far worse than children raised in intact families. This unwelcome reality persists even after controlling for the income and education of the parents. In 1960, just 2% of all white births were nonmarital. When we first started recording the education level of mothers in 1970, 6% of births to white women with no more than a high-school education—women, that is, with a Fishtown education—were out of wedlock. By 2008, 44% were nonmarital. Among the college-educated women of Belmont, less than 6% of all births were out of wedlock as of 2008, up from 1% in 1970.http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204301404577170733817181646.htmlMr. Murray is the W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. His new book, “Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010” (Crown Forum) will be published on Jan. 31.last_img read more

What too many hours of screen time can do to your eyes

first_imgCBS News 7 January 2015Most Americans could hardly imagine — or get through — their day without screen time. But even as devices such as computers, tablets and smartphones have improved our productivity and quality of life, they are also the leading cause of a serious and growing health problem.According to the Vision Council, a company that represents manufacturers and suppliers in the optical industry, as much as 95 percent of Americans spend two or more hours each day using a personal digital device. Nearly one-third of adults — 30 percent — spend nine or more hours using a digital device. This habit puts millions of us at risk for digital eye strain.The study found 61 percent of Americans say they experience eye problems that include dryness, irritation and blurred vision.The report, released Wednesday at the CES 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, finds Americans look at their mobile phones an average of 100 times each day. We’re addicted and either don’t know or care how much damage phone time may be doing to our eyes, not to mention our relationships and psyche. Digital addiction, or “nomophobia” — the fear of being without your mobile device — is even contributing to physical health problems like chronic back pain.It also turns out that risk for eye strain is generational: the younger a person is, the more likely they are to rely on technology and spend greater amounts of time staring at a phone, tablet or computer screen.According to the report, 1 in 4 children use digital devices for more than three hours each day, but only 30 percent of parents express concern over the impact extensive use might have on a child.A large majority, nearly 70 percent, of Millennials report symptoms of digital eye strain. That’s more than Baby Boomers (57 percent) and Gen Xers (63 percent).http://www.cbsnews.com/news/most-americans-suffer-from-digital-eye-strain/last_img read more

Juventus plot £125m package to re-sign sign Pogba with Ramsey, Rabiot included

first_img Loading… Promoted Content7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural Wonders6 Great Ancient Mysteries Of ChinaBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime12 Countries With Higest Technology In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Adrien Rabiot was heavily linked with a transfer to numerous English clubs in January Tuttosport claim that Pogba would favour a return to his former club with his agent Mino Raiola on a ‘collision course’ with United. ‘He’d like to return, as Italy is like a second home for him. I talk about many things with Nedved: yes, including Paul,’ he said after Juve’s 1-1 draw with AC Milan on Thursday. Tuttosport are reporting that Pogba would now favour a return to Juventus over Real Madrid Read Also:Juventus considering summer transfer swoop for Chelsea contract rebel Willian ‘The cost of the operation, competition from Real Madrid, PSG and Bayern. ‘Paul wants to play at the best level but he can’t escape by Manchester United if they are in a difficult situation.’ Juve’s plan comes after reports United are determined to get a fee of at least €100m (£83m) for their star asset. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Juventus are reportedly planning a £125million package deal to sign Paul Pogba and will offer Manchester United Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey as part of the deal. The Frenchman has had an injury-hit season at Old Trafford and a summer exit is looking increasingly likely. Juventus have reportedly hatched a plan to take Paul Pogba back to Turin in a £125m package According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Juve have worked out a plan to take the 26-year-old back to Turin. The newspaper report on Saturday morning that the deal would be worth €150m (£125m), including wages, with midfield pair Ramsey and Rabiot being offered in exchange. Aaron Ramsey has struggled with injuries since his summer move from Arsenal to Juventus Both Ramsey and Rabiot joined the Italians in the summer but have struggled to nail down regular starting places. Everton and Arsenal were linked with Rabiot in January but a move failed to materialise while Ramsey has been plagued by injuries since his transfer.last_img read more