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Europe to get universal gluten-free symbol for packs

first_imgAs sales of ‘free-from’ goods rocket, the UK’s leading coeliac body has sealed a Europe-wide agreement to promote one universal front-of-pack symbol for gluten-free products.Currently, a confusing mish-mash of logos dominate branded and own-label bakery food packs, but the Association of European Coeliac Societies has agreed to adopt Coeliac UK’s ‘cross-grain’ symbol to standardise gluten-free labelling across Europe.  The aim is to promote the logo as the universal quality standard for gluten-free products. Sarah Sleet, chief executive of Coeliac UK told British Baker, “We have just concluded a European-wide agreement to share the symbol and its quality assurance measures.“It has huge potential as the commonly-used symbol on packs, because all coeliac consumers recognise it. In the UK, while we have licensed that symbol to the likes of Warburtons, the supermarkets have gone their own way and produced their own symbols. “My colleagues in Europe are getting a lot of interest from big players like Carrefour and the German discounters, who are looking to take up that symbol licence. That may put pressure on supermarkets in the UK to adopt it too.”Within Europe, the UK has the largest percentage of consumers who avoid gluten as part of a health-focused diet and lifestyle. The total UK gluten and wheat-free market is now worth £135.9m, with sales soaring 15.5% year on year (Kantar Worldpanel data, 52 w/e 4 September, 2011).Qualitative research on gluten-free consumers conducted by McCallum Layton (Sep 2011) supported calls for a clear, industry-wide symbol, with interviewees complaining of ambiguous pack symbols and product labels that require careful study. Similarly, a survey conducted at The Allergy & Gluten-Free Show 2011 found that 80% of people thought ‘free-from’ symbols were helpful, with 85% wanting to see specific logos such as ‘wheat-free’ flashed on the front of products.“I think it would be hugely beneficial for consumers if there could be some agreement about logos,” said Michelle Berriedale-Johnson, editor of gluten-free information website Foodmatters. “The current situation is both confusing and potentially dangerous for those with health issues; it’s just confusing for everyone else.”last_img read more

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Press release: UK and Welsh governments reach agreement on EU Withdrawal Bill

first_imgThe UK Government and the Welsh government today confirmed that they have reached an agreement on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill that will be tabled in the UK Parliament tomorrow and that means the Welsh Government will now recommend that the National Assembly for Wales pass a Legislative Consent Motion for the Bill.The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster David Lidington MP welcomed the agreement saying it was a ‘significant achievement that will provide legal certainty, increase the powers of the devolved legislatures and also respect the devolution settlements.’ The Minister said that the Government would now table amendments to the Bill on Wednesday along with the publication of a related Inter Government Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding.The EU Withdrawal Bill will significantly increase the powers of the devolved administrations in the UK as powers currently controlled by the EU are returned to the UK. The UK Government has been in detailed discussions with the devolved administrations for some time now about putting in place the necessary arrangements for the 153 policy areas returning from the EU to Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast in a way that strengthens and respects the devolution settlement but also protects the vital UK internal market.The deadline for tabling changes to Clause 11 of the Bill at the House of Lords Report stage is tomorrow (Wednesday). No agreement has been reached with the Scottish Government.The UK Government had already proposed changes to the Bill that mean the vast majority of EU powers that intersect with devolved competences will go directly to the devolved parliaments and assemblies when we leave the EU. There would also be a provision for the UK Government to maintain a temporary status quo arrangement over a small number of returning policy areas where a new UK framework had not been implemented in time for EU Exit. This is to protect the UK internal market and ensure no new barriers are created within the UK for consumers and businesses.David Lidington said: I am very pleased that the many months of detailed negotiation have got us to a point where we have now reached an agreement with the Welsh Government on changes to the Bill. This is a significant achievement that will provide legal certainty, increase the powers of the devolved governments and also respect the devolution settlements. The UK Government has made considerable changes to the EU Withdrawal Bill to address issues that have been raised in Parliament and by the devolved administrations It is disappointing that the Scottish Government have not yet felt able to add their agreement to the new amendments that Ministers and officials on all sides have been working on very hard over recent weeks. I thank them for that effort and hope that they may still reconsider their position. All governments agree that it would be best for all parts of the UK if we had an agreed way forward on the EU Withdrawal Bill.last_img read more

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Championing Pride Across Borders Year Round

first_imgThis guest post is written by Jacob Palalay, Senior Director of Corporate Relations for the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).In the U.S. alone, the LGBTQ+ community wields a massive $900B in spending power, and an estimated 1.4M LGBTQ+ -owned businesses generate more than $1.7 trillion for the economy.Despite this immense power, the LGBTQ+ community, much like other minority communities, continues to battle for full equality, both professionally and personally.Organizations like ours, the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), can provide the necessary partnership and guidance to help companies, like Dell, identify best practices to support LGBTQ+ businesses.Dell is not only committed to supporting diversity amongst its team members, but with its suppliers as well. Dell spends more than $3 billion with certified women-owned, minority-owned suppliers (including LGBTQ+) and small businesses. Dell established supplier diversity champions throughout the organization, to help suppliers navigate throughout the company, gain access to opportunities and network and build relationships. These champions meet monthly to ensure the company is tracking toward their commitments to facilitate supplier diversity.NGLCC has worked with more than 1,000 organizations on everything from corporate advisory on diversity and inclusion to establishing better procedures for engaging with diverse suppliers. Education is a major part of what we do. I wanted to share a few core pieces of our framework to helping organizations better understand the issues that the LGBTQ+ community face and how they can be addressed.Although Pride month has officially ended, businesses and communities must continue to ask the questions:How can we better support the LGBTQ+ community?How can we ensure all groups are provided the same respect and resources needed to thrive in society?Intersectionality: No Identity Operates in a SiloBefore you can understand how to support the LGBTQ+ community there are two things that should be made clear:No individual holds a single identity, and any individual whose identity includes any minority group likely faces or has felt the challenges endured by minority populations.All rights movements could not exist without the strides made by other groups. The civil rights and women’s liberation movements, for example, have opened the door for many subsequent movements. Diversity drives diversity, and one group’s progress can provide a great roadmap for other communities.For example, Dell’s Billion Dollar Roundtable (BDR) voted to include LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs) as part of their billion-dollar supply chain spend on diverse-owned businesses. Just by expanding their definition of “diverse” the LGBTQ+ community will benefit exponentially.For Businesses – Collaboration is KeyWith that in mind, businesses of all sizes must consider how company actions and policies impact the LGBTQ+ community. Whether conscious of it or not, everyday decisions could leave a lasting impact for team members or communities. The first step in progress is acknowledging this.The second step is finding the right place to start paving a more equitable path.Engaging with organizations like the NGLCC can help identify existing blind spots in your diversity strategy and assist with implementing changes to better support all team members.Dell has partnered with us on a variety of levels, including:Corporate Procurement Council, which focuses on LGBTQ+ suppliersCorporate Advisory Council, which focuses on Employee Resource GroupsMentorship program, where large corporations mentor an LGBTQ-owned supplier about how to work with large organizationsMarketplace Expo, where companies can showcase products to LGBTQ and small businessesBillion Dollar RoundtableConferences are also a great arena to listen to leaders in the space, network with other businesses, and build relationships that can shape your company’s future. A few (emphasis on few, as there are many other great conferences out there) include:NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference (August 14-17, Philadelphia) – Our annual conference attracts 1,300+ entrepreneurs, corporate decision-makers, chamber leaders and government leaders for keynotes, workshops and general expo.Out and Equal Workplace Summit (October 1-4, Seattle) – The summit will have more than 90 workshops, panels, roundtables, mixers and more to share strategies and best practices to create inclusive workplaces.Billion Dollar Roundtable (August 21-22, Providence) – BDR members, like Dell, and guests discuss best practices to support supplier diversity and inspire cross-industry change.Citizens, Join the CauseAnyone can take action, regardless of corporate affiliation.The NGLCC has a multitude of affiliate chapters, and if your area is not represented you can connect with your local government to learn how you can get involved and to educate yourself on the issues most relevant to your area.The HRC Corporate Equality Index is also a great resource to ensure you’re working with or supporting companies that have demonstrated a commitment to supporting all publics.Celebrate Pride Across Borders, Today and Every Day If your business is looking to take its diversity initiatives to the next level, we’re here to help. While we specialize in the LGBTQ+ community, we have a broad network to find the best partner.Let’s make strides in the corporate realm to truly be proud for Pride 2019. Jacob Palalay serves as the NGLCC Sr. Director of Corporate Relations by managing established corporate partnerships, sponsorships and corresponding benefits. Additionally, he leads the Corporate Relations team in managing NGLCC’s two corporate councils, programming and events. His passion focus at NGLCC is sustainability, specifically, the social and economic sustainability of diverse suppliers and the LGBTQ community.Palalay received his B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication with a secondary focus in Public Relations from Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. He made the move to NGLCC after several years of working on political campaigns, starting as a field organizer in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia where he was born and raised, and eventually working as a campaign manager on a congressional primary in the greater Boston area.last_img read more

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Vidal, Devine to present report on mental health resources to Board of Trustees

first_imgErin Rice | The Observer On Thursday, student body president emeritus Lauren Vidal, student body vice president emeritus Matthew Devine and student body chief of staff emeritus Shannon Montague will present recommendations to the Board of Trustees for how the University can improve mental health resources for students.Each spring, the outgoing student body administration has the opportunity to present recommendations on an issue they are passionate about to the Board, Vidal said.Vidal said her administration has been working on the mental health issue for quite some time; she, Devine and Montague gave a “preliminary report” to the Board of Trustees on stress and student wellbeing in October.Vidal said the former administration began the report by assessing the resources on campus and how students use them.“We found that we have all if not more resources than what universities across the nation have, so in that respect we are doing a good job,” she said. “I think what we need to do differently is the promotion of our resources and how to bring students in by reducing the stigma.“So we approached that for a year. We thought, how can we really change this on campus?”In the final report this Thursday, the group will recommend the following:“Strategic consolidation of all University health resources for easier access, recognition and usage through the centralized web portal: IRISHEALTH”“Streamlining of the reporting system for individuals (faculty, staff, peers of fellow students) who are concerned about the wellbeing of a student”“Incorporation of a consolidated web portal of health resources in the curriculum of the Moreau First Year Experience course”“Reevaluation of the physical space in St. Liam’s Hall to redefine the hall as a ‘house of health.”These recommendations came from the group’s observations and findings about the current state of campus, Vidal said.The purpose of the IRISHHEALTH portal, Vidal said, would be to combine the existing information and resources that are currently available on the University Counseling Center (UCC) website, the University Health Services (UHS) website and the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being website as well as making it easier to navigate for students.“We’re going for rebranding and consolidation,” Vidal said.The second recommendation revolves around the Campus Assessment, Response and Education (CARE) program that, among other things, is a resource for people on campus concerned about a student’s wellbeing and also to assist students applying for readmission to the University. Vidal said many on campus were unsure of how these resources worked.The Moreau First Year Experience course will replace the current Physical Education and Contemporary Topics curriculum. The group has proposed that part of this curriculum detail the resources available for mental health and wellness and how to find and use them.Finally, the group has recommended that the space in St. Liam’s be reevaluated, particularly regarding waiting rooms. Vidal said the group suggested that the waiting rooms for the UCC and UHS be consolidated into one, in order to help students feel more comfortable. Vidal said she had received the most positive feedback on this point out of all the recommendations.The report also detailed a number of findings. One of the notable points concerned populations on campus especially vulnerable to “excessive stress levels and the associated mental health consequences,” the report reads.“We identified two; the first is first-year students … The second is international Asian students; we have found a lot of research to support that,” Vidal said.According to the data presented in the report, only 3.7 percent of students enrolled in the First Year of Studies visited the UCC in the 2013-2014 academic year, compared with 22 percent of Arts and Letters students, 9.9 percent of Architecture students, 11.5 percent of Business students, 16 percent of Engineering students and 18 percent of Science students.Additionally, they found based on UCC data and national averages that the University has higher percentages of students with psychotropic medication, alcohol abuse, ADHD and eating disorders compared to other mid-size universities.Official findings of the report include the following:“Misconceptions about postgraduate opportunities lead to unrealistic views on ‘necessary’ academic and extracurricular involvement, which contribute significantly to student stress.”“Students primarily connect with resources online and look to the Internet first when searching for information.”“The University does offer a number of counseling and support resources, but there is a lack of awareness of these resources among students.”“The stigma surrounding mental health may prevent students from getting the help they need.”“There are reporting structures in place, but faculty members still remain generally unaware of how to recognize students who may be struggling emotional and how to get them the help they need.”Tags: Board of Trustees, CLC, McDonald Center for Student Well-Being, Mental health, UCC, Vidal + Devinelast_img read more

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Randolph Man Charged After Allegedly Choking Woman During Dispute

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now Image.RANDOLPH – A Town of Randolph man is facing several charges after allegedly choking a woman until she lost consciousness during a domestic dispute.New York State Police say James Olson, 36, was drunk when he hit and choked the female victim until she passed out during an incident last Friday.Troopers say Olson fled the scene but was apprehended soon after at a nearby residence.Olson, police said, was arrested and taken to the New York State Police Barracks in Jamestown. He is charged with second-degree strangulation and second-degree harassment.Olson was arraigned in the Town of Conewango Court and released on his own recognizance with an order to stay-away from the victim.last_img read more

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Control Plant Diseases

first_imgThe same fungal, bacteria and viral diseases that affect vegetable farmers can have the same detrimental impact on backyard gardeners’ spring and fall gardens.Whether it’s a disease like phytophthora that strikes in wet years or a virus like tomato yellow leaf curl that thrives during warmer conditions, these common pests can undermine months of hard work. To avoid these culprits, University of Georgia Extension vegetable horticulturist Timothy Coolong encourages gardeners to select vegetable varieties that are resistant to common diseases and to look for signs of disease early in the season. “There are some chemicals available to the homeowner, but they are generally not nearly as effective as those available to commercial growers,” Coolong said. “Because of that and (because) of the extreme insect and disease pressure we have, homeowners are probably going to want to combine a resistant variety with a spray program.”Tomato varieties with resistance to nematodes or fusarium and verticillium wilt are commonly available for home gardens. Most plants or seeds will have a disease resistance labeling that includes code letters for certain diseases. This can be a useful tool to help gardeners grow a more successful crop. Viral diseases tend to be more prevalent in the fall because of increased populations of insects that transmit plant diseases such as thrips, whiteflies and aphids. But these diseases can also damage tomatoes and many other popular garden vegetables like squash and cucumbers, Coolong said. “Once you get these viruses in a plant, there’s not much you can do about them,” he said. “Really the best way to manage those viruses is to control the insect vector, or to incorporate resistance to those viruses into the crop.” Viruses aren’t as much of a problem during the spring because cooler weather keeps insects less active. But gardeners should plan ahead to control aphids, thrips and white flies or plant resistant varieties. For some crops, like yellow squash, there are several good virus resistant varieties available.Before buying seeds or transplants, visit the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences publication website at caes.uga.edu/publications to find varieties recommended for each part of the state and see which diseases to guard against. Search by vegetable to find the proper publication. For more gardening help, call your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASKUGA1.last_img read more

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Falling demand prompts Peabody to cut coal mine lease acreage

first_imgFalling demand prompts Peabody to cut coal mine lease acreage FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Peabody Energy Corp. has asked the U.S. government to let it relinquish thousands of acres of coal leases associated with two of its Powder River Basin coal mines as the region faces ongoing pressure from waning domestic utility demand.Documents from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management show Peabody, the largest coal company in the U.S., applied to relinquish 2,740 acres of federal coal lands at its Caballo mine in February 2017. Peabody applied to relinquish another 1,775 acres of federal coal property from the Caballo mine and 1,136 acres from its Rawhide mine in June of this year.Peabody sold a combined 21.4 million tons of coal in 2017 from Rawhide and Caballo, according to an annual report. The company estimates it held about 294 million tons and 477 million tons of proven and probable reserves at its Rawhide and Caballo mines, respectively, at the end of the year. The combined 771 million tons of proven and probable reserves are of a lower heat content than the company’s larger North Antelope Rochelle mine, which reported 1.80 billion tons of proven and probable reserves.Coal from the Powder River Basin is generally of a lower quality than that from eastern U.S. coal mining regions and also typically has a longer distance to travel to customers in the U.S. and abroad. However, the coal is also easily and cheaply mined compared to eastern U.S. reserves. While much of the coal burned in the U.S. for power still comes from the Powder River Basin, demand from the region has taken a major hit in recent years.As overall U.S. coal demand pinches Powder River Basin producers, mines with the lowest-quality coal find it more difficult to economically justify mining that coal. While Peabody’s flagship North Antelope Rochelle mine churns out coal with an energy content of about 8,800 Btu/lb Caballo produces coal with about 8,400 Btu/lb while Rawhide’s coal boasts just 8,300 Btu/lb.“The definition of [what is economical to mine] is getting tighter and murkier as more coal plants close, because that coal is in less demand,” said Tom Sanzillo, director of finance for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. “That all makes sense as a sort of rationalizing of a market that is shrinking and perhaps the beginning of an exit strategy from the 8,400 line completely.”More ($): Peabody relinquished thousands of acres of federal coal leases in recent monthslast_img read more

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Weekend Picks: America’s Friendliest Marathon in Richmond, Virginia, Nov. 15

first_imgIt’s not too late to join the fun at America’s Friendliest Marathon — the Richmond Marathon in Richmond, Virginia! On November 15, run the race or party on the sidelines to see why this event has earned its famous title.The marathon provides one of the best tours of historic Richmond that you could ask for: Monument Avenue, the Fan District, Brown’s Island, and the James River make an ideal setting for your big day. Junk food stops, wet washcloth stations, party zones, live music, and screaming fans will motivate you the whole way. Plus, beer and pizza wait just across the finish line and provide the perfect caloric motivation. Who could say no?Richmond MarathonNot ready to tackle the big 26.2? Don’t write off this event just yet: the American Family Fitness Half Marathon and the HCA Virginia 8K accompany the Anthem Richmond Marathon and open the door for any level runner. You can even spend a great morning cheering on the runners, decking out the party zones, pumping out the tunes, and enjoying the city. It’s hard to miss out on the fun, no matter where you stand.A precious few spots remain for the Half Marathon, while the full Marathon and 8K have no runner limit. Let RVA put a smile on your face as you pound the pavement, and come on out to the Richmond Marathon!last_img read more

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When building a sandcastle, you can’t beat the ocean

first_imgMake sure you’re doing enough great work.by: Michael Hudson, Ph.D.During his keynote presentation at CEO/Executive Team Network last month, Michael Bungay Stanier shared some very important and valuable ideas about work. Specifically, he challenged the audience to think about how much bad work, good work, and great work they were doing.Senior partner of Box of Crayons and author of Do More Great Work, Stanier reminded attendees that 90 percent of what we do is subconscious and that 50 percent is routine, and offered these key definitions:Bad Work — best depicted by the acronym WOMBAT—that is Waste Of Money, Bandwidth, And Time.Good Work — work within your job description that there is typically more of than you can actually do and that is fueled by false urgency (as if you are trying to beat the ocean while building a sandcastle).Great Work — working this category is about staying ahead of the curve. It is strategic, innovative and makes a difference.Using these definitions, Stanier challenged the audience to complete this very simple exercise:1. Draw a large circle on a blank piece of paper.2. Divide the circle into sections representing the percentage of time you are spending doing bad work, good work, and great work. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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6 reasons to take out a smaller mortgage than you qualify for

first_imgMany financial advisors and consumer advocates recommend that you borrow less than you qualify for. These are a few of the reasons why. continue reading » 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Whether you’re buying your first home or your fifth, being approved for a larger-than-expected mortgage can be intoxicating. But qualifying for a big loan isn’t the same as being able to afford it — and you don’t want your biggest asset to ruin your finances. Before you sign up for a mortgage, ask yourself “How much house can I afford?“ Look at what happened during the Great Recession: Believing their homes would appreciate in value, many people borrowed more than they could handle. When their homes lost value instead, those homeowners were stuck with underwater mortgages — loans that exceeded their home’s worth. This made it impossible for many to refinance or sell their homes for a profit, and led to a flood of foreclosures.last_img read more

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