Judges reveal finalists for anniversary BIA

first_imgBritish Baker can today reveal the finalists for its 25th Baking Industry Awards.The glitzy awards ceremony, to be held on Wednesday 12 September at the Park Lane Hilton, will be hosted by 1980s pop legend Jason Donovan, with live music and other entertainment throughout the night.Pauline Ferrol, national sales controller of British Bakels sponsor of the Speciality Bread Product of the Year award and a judge on the panel said this year the category had received its highest-ever number of entries. “The sheer diversity of entries and the high quality clearly proves bakers are seeing the profit potential offered by speciality breads,” she said.Jean Grieves, of The Bakery School, and judge in the Baker of the Year and Rising Star Award categories, said: “This year our finalists for Baker of the Year cover the whole spectrum of the industry. With the Rising Star entrants, many have set up their businesses from home, and we need to look at how the industry can capture this passion.”Martyn Leek, editor, British Baker, said: “All our finalists should feel rightly proud of their achievement. Our 25th anniversary Awards night promises to be a spectacular celebration.”On the night VIPs will enjoy a champagne reception, courtesy of associated sponsor Tesco, which is also sponsoring the bread rolls with dinner.Kluman & Balter will again sponsor the cracker raffle, while Bako is donating a magnum of champagne on each table to be won in a prize draw, while raising money for the Bakers’ Benevolent Society. The dessert has been designed to incorporate culinary alcohol supplied by Thomas Lowndes, while the AB Mauri- sponsored casino will offer guests the chance to gamble with funny money to win a three-night stay in Antwerp.To book your place, please call Elizabeth Ellis on 01293 846593 or email [email protected] finalistsIn-store Bakery Retailer of the Year:AsdaSainsbury’sTescoMorrisonsProduct Innovation of the Year:Greenhalgh’s Craft BakeryFinsbury Food Group PuratosThe Rising Star Award: Justin Clapham, Bettys BakeryStacey Anderson, Cake UKSuzi Witt, Pretty Witty CakesConfectioner of the Year: Greg Cadoni, BachmannsGemma Pickup, Bettys & Taylors of HarrogateLisa Boyles, Cooplands (Doncaster)Retail Innovation of the Year:Ashers Baking CompanyGreggsWenzels The BakersBakery Food Manufacturer of the Year: GreggsFinsbury Food Group Rich ProductsBaker of the Year: Chris Bachmann, BachmannsRobert Burns, Burns the BreadDavid Smart, Greenhalgh’s Craft BakeryCelebration Cake Maker of the Year:Jules Smith, Cake UKSandra Monger, Sandra Monger Exquisite Wedding & Occasion CakesLeanne Tang, Terry Tang Designer CakesThe Customer Focus Award: BF Done & SonBells Of Lazonby Dunn’s BakeryThe Craft Business Award: Cinnamon SquareDumouchel PatisseriePaul UK Speciality Bread Product of the Year:A W ScottBarbakan DelicatessenHobbs House Bakerylast_img read more

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RedBlack rebrands food compliance system

first_imgRedBlack Software has rebranded its food information compliance system, which helps companies meet the new EU Food Information to Consumers Regulations (FIR). Launched last September as Cybake Fi and used by more than 30 bakeries, the system has been enhanced and rebranded as Infood to meet demand from a wider range of customers, including restaurants, delis and wholesalers.It is available in four packages – Infood Allergen Tracker, Infood Retail, Infood Wholesale and Infood Premium – so users only pay for what they need.Jane Tyler, managing director of RedBlack Software, said: “Infood is our fastest selling product right now. Its new name reflects the demand that we are seeing across all food sectors.”New Infood distributors include: The Food Safety System, Hertfordshire; Scottish Packaging Solutions, Aberdeenshire; Gaining Food Training, Newcastle upon Tyne; and Abbey Labels and Packaging, Belfast.last_img read more

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Inklings of suicide

first_imgTwo powerful new tests developed by psychologists at Harvard University show great promise in predicting patients’ risk of attempting suicide, researchers say.The work may help clinicians to overcome their reliance on self-reporting by at-risk individuals, information that often proves misleading when suicidal patients wish to hide their intentions. Both tests are easily administered within minutes on a computer, giving quick insight into how patients think about suicide, as well as their propensity to attempt it soon.“Experts have long sought a clear behavioral marker of suicide risk,” said Matthew K. Nock, a professor of psychology at Harvard and author of two papers describing the new assessments of suicidal behavior. “The current approach, based on self-reporting, leads to predictions that are scarcely better than chance, since suicidal patients are often motivated to conceal or misrepresent their mental state. We sought to develop more sophisticated, objective measures of how psychiatric patients are thinking about suicide. Our work provides two important new tools clinicians can use in deciding how to treat potentially suicidal patients.”Nock and his colleagues report on the tests in two papers, one in the current Journal of Abnormal Psychology and the other in Psychological Science. Unlike many previous efforts focused on biological markers of suicidal behavior, their work identifies two behavioral markers: subjects’ attention to suicide-related stimuli, and the extent to which they associate death or suicide with themselves.In one study by Nock’s group, 124 patients in a psychiatric emergency department were administered a modified Stroop test measuring speed in articulating the color of words on a computer screen. Suicidal individuals were found to pay more attention to suicide-related words than to neutral words.“Suicide Stroop scores predicted six-month follow-up suicide attempts above and beyond well-known risk factors such as a history of suicide attempts, patients’ reported likelihood of attempt, and clinicians’ predictions regarding patients’ likelihood of attempt,” said co-author Christine B. Cha, a doctoral student in psychology at Harvard.A second study adapted the Implicit Association Test developed by Harvard psychologist Mahzarin R. Banaji, the Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, using reaction times to semantic stimuli to measure 157 subjects’ automatic mental associations — in this case the strength of associations between words related to “self” and words related to either “life” or “death/suicide.” Participants were shown pairs of words on a screen, with response speed revealing unconscious associations between the terms. For instance, a rapid response to stimuli associating self with death/suicide suggests a strong unconscious association between the two.Nock and his colleagues found that participants with strong associations between self and death/suicide were six times more likely to attempt suicide in the next six months as those holding stronger associations between self and life.“These findings suggest that a person’s implicit cognition may guide which behavior he or she chooses to cope with extreme distress,” Nock said. “More specifically, an implicit association with death/suicide may represent one of the final steps in the pathway to suicide.”Nock and Cha were joined on the two recent papers by co-authors Jennifer M. Park and Christine T. Finn of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, and Sadia Najmi, Tara L. Deliberto, Halina J. Dour, and Mahzarin R. Banaji, of Harvard’s Department of Psychology. The work was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Norlien Foundation.last_img read more

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On Your Feet! Stars Ana Villafane & Josh Segarra Are Taking Your Questions!

first_img Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 20, 2017 On Your Feet! Josh Segarra & Ana Villefane in ‘On Your Feet!'(Photo: Matthew Murphy) Ana Villafañe and Josh Segarra, the stars of Broadway’s On Your Feet!, are taking a breather from doing the conga to answer your questions. That’s right; we’re letting them take a break from being on their feet to plop down on the Broadway.com couch for a round of Ask a Star. What did the real Gloria and Emilio say when they auditioned in front of them? How do you say “I love you” five-six-seven times without it getting repetitive? Exactly how much (or how little) fabric is used in those Emilio shorts? Ask away below, and tune in later as the caliente couple interview each other!<a data-cke-saved-href="https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/mjz1h4d1obz8d8/" href="https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/mjz1h4d1obz8d8/">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a>center_img Related Shows View Comments Ana Villafañelast_img read more

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Early Spring Mistake

first_imgBut with the soil ideal for planting, Beasley was telling farmers to wait. “Weather is veryfickle,” he said. “Don’t let it lull you into a false sense of security.” Wait until fields havethose same soil conditions, he said, between April 15 and May 20. Unusually warm days and nights in early March warmed the soil to temperatures ideal forplanting peanuts. And early spring rains provided the moisture seeds need to germinate. “Yes, we do normally recommend that farmers plant their peanut crop when soiltemperatures rise above 65 degrees for three or more days. But early March is just tooearly,” said John Beasley, a peanut agronomist with the University of Georgia ExtensionService. But the temptation is there. Farmers have to carefully schedule their planting based onweather, soil conditions and other tasks on the farm. The virus stunts young plants’ growth so they often don’t even produce peanut pods.Plants infected after pods form may not produce any more pods, but there are at leastsome nuts on the plant for harvest. “There’s a lot at stake here,” Beasley said. Sunny, breezy days. Trees budding into a thousand shades of green and flowers flauntingall the colors they can create. It feels like spring, when a man’s thoughts turn naturally toplanting. “More and more farming operations work more land with fewer workers,” he said. “Thatputs a lot of stress on farmers to get everything done in a timely manner.” Beasley said peanut seeds are extremely sensitive to temperature changes. “Once the seed germinates and sprouts leaves, it’s a little more cold hardy,” he said. “But ifthe farmer plants and a cold front moves through, he’s running the risk that the seed won’tgerminate and will just sit there prone to disease organisms and rot.”center_img That alone is enough to convince many farmers to wait, he said. Beasley and UGA plant pathologists and entomologists figured this virus cost Georgiafarmers about 10 percent of their 1996 crop, or $38.8 million. If a cold front moves into the area after soil preparation but before planting, it may forcethe farmer to wait to plant. That can undo all he’s done to get the soil ready. “All our research on TSWV,” he said, “shows the heaviest losses in peanuts planted beforeApril 10.” “Georgia’s $388.5 million peanut crop is at stake,” he said. Planting peanuts too early cancost farmers dearly. “Herbicides and insecticides can dissipate — the farmer may have to reapply those,”Beasley said. “Heavy rainfall can pack the soil and form a crust — he may have toreharrow the field. A lot of money and time go into land preparation.” Farmers may face a bigger problem if they plant early. Beasley said tomato spotted wilt,caused by a virus, inflicts the most damage on peanuts planted early in the season. “I’m encouraging farmers to not be the first one in their neighborhood to plant,” he said.”It’s just not worth the risks to be able to say you’re first.”last_img read more

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U.S. offshore wind set to provide 12 percent of electricity demand in Massachusetts

first_imgU.S. offshore wind set to provide 12 percent of electricity demand in Massachusetts FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享GreenTech Media:Massachusetts on Wednesday selected an 804-megawatt project backed by Mayflower Wind, a joint venture of Shell and EDP Renewables, as the winner of its second offshore wind procurement.The announcement brings another major project into focus in the rapidly evolving U.S. market. Mayflower will build the offshore wind farm 20 miles south of Nantucket, with an anticipated start-up date in 2025.Mayflower beat out two other development groups in the solicitation: Vineyard Wind (comprising Avangrid and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners) and Bay State Wind (Ørsted and Eversource). It will now negotiate a final contract with the state’s distribution utilities, a process expected to wrap up in December.EDP Renewables, a unit of Portuguese utility EDP, is among the world’s leading renewables developers, with a major presence in U.S. onshore wind.Mayflower’s win comes a year and a half after Massachusetts awarded an 800-megawatt project in its first solicitation to Vineyard Wind. Put together, the 1,600 megawatts of capacity from Vineyard and Mayflower’s projects are expected to generate the equivalent of 12 percent of Massachusetts’ annual electricity demand.The state is likely to procure another 1,600 megawatts in the early 2020s, helping to maintain momentum for the supply chain. Some analysts believe Massachusetts will eventually expand its offshore wind target even further as it competes for jobs with states like New York and Connecticut.More: Massachusetts to hit 1.6 GW offshore wind requirement with 804 MW from Mayflower Wind projectlast_img read more

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Strategies to reduce the potential data breaches by sophisticated ATM skimmer technology

first_imgby: Victoria DakaOn Monday, Bernadette blogged about the understanding risks in electronic payment systems article from the latest NCUA Report.  Today, I’d like to take a look at another article from the NCUA Report, which focuses on the sophistication of ATM skimmer technology and what credit unions should be doing to prepare for this type of attack and potential breach of member information.Did you know that “22% of all data breaches reported in the financial services sector were credit card skimming attacks and that nearly 87% of skimming attacks were carried out on ATM’s?” Sophisticated ATM skimming attacks are now ubiquitous because of the ease in obtaining and cheapness of skimmer technology. As such, credit unions should take steps necessary to reduce the potential for card skimming. Here’s a snippet from the article, with steps credit unions can take to reduce the potential of card skimming:Use tamper-resistant terminals: ATMs are increasingly designed with this in mind. Credit unions should consider replacing older machines with newer and better protected terminals.Use tamper-evident controls. Automated video monitoring can detect any potential signs of tampering or damage.Encourage users and members to be vigilant. Educate members about the potential for card skimming and encourage them to report anything out of the ordinary immediately. For example, a photo of the card readers and keypads a credit union uses could be posted on its website. This would let members know not to use the ATM if it has been altered in any way.Inspect ATMs frequently. Have staff inspect ATMs as often as possible to reduce the potential that a skimmer could be in place. Scratches or other signs of excess wear could be signs of tampering. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Indonesia rules out H5N1 case cluster in Sumatra

first_imgAug 13, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – In an online statement posted yesterday, the Indonesian government said 12 villagers from North Sumatra who were hospitalized for suspected avian influenza symptoms had tested negative for the disease, dampening speculation about a possible case cluster.The statement from the health ministry’s avian flu committee, known as KOMNAS FBPI, was dated Aug 9, but appeared on the group’s Web site yesterday. It said 12 villagers from Air Batu village tested negative for the H5N1 virus. All were being treated at Kisaran Hospital, except for a 7-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy who were at Adam Malik Hospital in Medan, the provincial capital, where they were reported to be in stable condition.The ministry’s statement did not mention three deaths from suspicious symptoms that have been mentioned along with accounts of up to 13 sick patients in recent media reports. Yesterday, however, Chandra Syafei, an official from North Sumatra’s health office, acknowledged that three people had died and said his office was on “extraordinary occurrence” alert status, according to a Jakarta Post report.”The three people died following the discovery of dead poultry, but we don’t know whether or not it [avian influenza] was the cause,” Chandra told the Post. He said his office had not received autopsy reports from the health ministry.The suspected cases were identified by provincial and local health officials between Aug 5 and 7, and the patients were given oseltamivir when they were hospitalized, the health ministry’s statement said. Also, it said the ministry was conducting surveillance in the area for more patients with suspicious symptoms.The ministry’s message, its first since Jun 19, said the tests were conducted by its Health Research and Development Center. Official news out of Indonesia about H5N1 developments has been scarce since early June, when Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said the country would stop reporting human cases as they occur and instead announce them at longer intervals, perhaps as long as 6 months.Syafei said several health workers, including a team from the World Health Organization (WHO), were in Asahan to investigate the illnesses and monitor developments, according to the Post report.He said animal health officials had destroyed 276 infected birds, and an official from nearby Labuhan Ratu regency said local veterinary workers culled 1,126 birds after hundreds of recent poultry deaths, the Post reported.The health ministry statement said tests conducted by North Sumatra’s livestock office on 15 poultry that died suddenly on Jul 28 were positive for avian influenza. (The statement did not specify the subtype.)Meanwhile, flu blogs and message boards have been following developments in what some fear could represent an H5N1 case cluster, an event that suggests the possibility of human-to-human transmission and an increased risk of a pandemic. For example, members of Flu Trackers and Flu Wiki have been translating foreign-language media reports for clues and developments, though the translations are often difficult to interpret and can be unreliable.ProMED-mail, the Internet based reporting system of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, has also been posting media reports on the suspected case cluster and has appealed for more information on the cases and deaths. On Aug 10, after noting conflicting reports about the cases, ProMED said it would no longer report suspected avian flu cases in Indonesia until they have been confirmed by the nation’s health ministry. But a protest from a reader prompted the service to say yesterday it would reconsider the decision.See also:ProMed-mail report (Aug 10)ProMed-mail report (Aug 12)last_img read more

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South Africa rolls out continent’s first trials for COVID-19 vaccine

first_imgOxford University rolled out Africa’s first human trials for a potential vaccine against the new coronavirus in South Africa on Wednesday, as cases continue to rise and concerns grow over potential access to life-saving treatments.The trial, conducted with local partner University of the Witwatersrand, will consist of 2,000 volunteers from 18 to 65 years of age, including some HIV positive patients, who will be monitored for 12 months after vaccination to asses how well the vaccine guards against COVID-19.”Once 60% of the population, especially the adult population, becomes immune, we expect that effective reproductive rate to go under 1, which basically means the virus will still be around, it will still circulate, but its chain of transmission has been interrupted,” said Shabir Madhi, professor of vaccinology at Wits University and leader of the trial. Hopes are that South Africa’s involvement in vaccine trials will ensure the continent will have access to an affordable vaccine and not be left at the back of the queue.South Africa is the second country outside of the United Kingdom to take part in the Oxford trial after Brazil launched its study on Wednesday. The ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine, also known as AZD1222, was originally developed by Oxford University scientists, who are now working with AstraZeneca on development and production.There are over 4,000 participants enrolled in the UK, with enrollment of an additional 10,000 participants planned, the university said in a statement on Wednesday.A larger study of the same vaccine in up to 30,000 participants is planned in the United States. South Africa, which last month began a phased easing of its coronavirus lockdown, has the highest rate of infections on the continent, with confirmed cases at over 100,000 and deaths at more than 2,000.The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned Africa could be the next epicenter of the pandemic.Trying out a new medical intervention in Africa always rings alarm bells because of a history of big pharmaceutical companies using Africans as guinea pigs.”I feel a little bit scared, but I want to know what is going on with this vaccine so that I can tell my friends and others,” said Junior Mhlongo, a volunteer who received the vaccine at a hospital in Johannesburg.There are currently no approved vaccines or treatments for the illness caused by the new coronavirus, but more than a dozen vaccines from more than 100 candidates globally are being tested in humans.Topics :last_img read more

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Dashboard Data Shows Weekly COVID Case Increases Statewide, Multiple Counties with High Percent-Positives

first_img July 31, 2020 Dashboard Data Shows Weekly COVID Case Increases Statewide, Multiple Counties with High Percent-Positives Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today released a weekly status update detailing the state’s mitigation efforts based on the COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard comparing the seven-day period of July 24 – July 30 to the previous seven days, July 17 – July 23.The dashboard is designed to provide early warning signs of factors that affect the state’s mitigation efforts. The data available on the dashboard includes week-over-week case differences, incidence rates, test percent-positivity, and rates of hospitalizations, ventilations and emergency room visits tied to COVID-19.“The mitigation efforts we took on July 15 were a proactive step to get in front of the rise of cases that we continue to see,” Gov. Wolf said. “Our percent positivity decreased this week, which is a positive sign, but in order to continue to see numbers decrease, we must continue to wear masks and practice social distancing.“Going out without a mask and congregating at a bar or in a crowded backyard party where social distancing isn’t being practiced continues to lead to spikes in cases. We need to recommit to these simple measures to stop the spread and go back to more freedoms.”As of Thursday, July 30, the state has seen a seven-day case increase of 6,228, the previous seven-day increase was 6,010, alerting that cases are continuing to rise throughout the state.The statewide percent-positivity went down to 4.6% from 4.7% last week. Counties with concerning percent-positivity include Lawrence (7.4%), Franklin (7.2%), Indiana (7.2%), Fayette (7.1%), Armstrong (7.0%), Beaver (6.5%), Delaware (6.5%), Allegheny (6.4%), Lancaster (5.8%), Berks (5.6%), Philadelphia (5.4%) and Chester (5.3%). Each of these counties bear watching as the state continues to monitor all available data.Today, the Department of Health updated its travel recommendations, originally announced on July 2, to remove Wyoming from the list of states recommended for domestic travelers returning from to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania.It is important that people understand that this recommendation is in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. A significant number of recent cases have been linked to travel, and if people are going to travel, we need them to take steps to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community, and that involves quarantining.Gov. Wolf continues to prioritize the health and safety of Pennsylvanians through the COVID-19 pandemic. Pennsylvanians should continue to take actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, regardless of the status of their county. This includes wearing a mask or face covering anytime they are in public. COVID-19 has been shown to spread easily in the air and contagious carriers can be asymptomatic.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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