Kate’s looks after allergy sufferers

first_imgKate’s Cakes has added three new cereal bars to its You Can! range. A Dairy Free Muesli bar, Wheat Free Nut ’N’ choc bar and Dairy & Gluten-free Fruit & Seed bar join the existing range of dairy, gluten, wheat-free and low-fat cakes.The bars come individually wrapped in cases of 20, with a shelf life of 21 days ambient, and have been designed to cater for the needs of consumers with allergies or food intolerances.”The demand is rising fast for free-from products, and cereal bars are also growing in popularity,” commented Frank Bird, European account manager at Kate’s Cake’s.Other You Can! products include: Dairy Free Granola Bar, Dairy Free Rich Fruit Loaf Slice, Gluten-free Chocolate Orange Brownie and Skinny Banana and Raisin Loaf.[http://www.katescakes.com]last_img read more

Celebrating Widener

Harvard’s Widener Library ― with its 57 miles of shelves, labyrinthine floors, and millions of books ― will mark its centennial on June 24.When it opened on Commencement Day of 1915, Widener ― tall and wide and deep underground ― replaced Gore Hall, an 1841 Gothic structure with wedding-cake spires and drafty rooms. Gore was declared full in 1863, so 52 years later, the 320,000 square feet of Harvard brick and Indiana limestone that made up Widener seemed heaven-sent. It was and still is the largest university library in the world.To celebrate the centennial, library officials could not wait until June. Two lectures on Thursday marked the beginning of a yearlong series of events and exhibits about Widener and its mysteries, history, and marvels.Both talks were in the Forum Room at Lamont Library.Leslie Morris, curator of modern books and manuscripts at Houghton Library, offered a glimpse of book collector Harry Elkins Widener, the library’s namesake and a member of the Class of 1907. He had bought his first serious acquisition as a college sophomore in 1905: a third edition presentation copy of “Oliver Twist.” It set the teenage Widener back $200 ― $5,500 in today’s dollars.John Stauffer, a professor of English and African and African-American Studies, talked about the value of Harvard’s collections.He also talked about how Boston and Harvard collections were influenced by a pair of unlikely 19th-century Boston friends: radical abolitionist Charles Sumner and conservative merchant George Livermore, both of them bibliophiles. Stauffer is at work on a biography of Sumner, a 23-year senator he called the “preeminent intellectual in Congress” in the time of the Civil War.Widener, whose wealthy Philadelphia grandfather had amassed a fortune in oil, steel, and streetcars, perished in the Titanic disaster 103 years ago this month. By the time of his death at 27 — he had been in London on a book-buying trip — he owned 3,300 collectable volumes, all of them now housed at the library that bears his name.Morris outlined his acquisitions, the escalating prices he paid, and the “all-embracing” collection he left behind. Among his books were first editions of Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson; Shakespeare folios; illustrations by George Cruikshank; costume books inspired by his days at Hasty Pudding; and ― a favorite, said Morris ― a copy of Philip Sidney’s “Arcadia” that had been owned by his sister, the Countess of Pembroke, an author who inspired her brother’s 16th-century masterpiece.Legend has it that Harry Widener died with a rare 1598 copy of Francis Bacon’s “Essays” in his tuxedo pocket, one of the nine books he had just bought in London. (The other eight had been safely shipped home.) There is a copy of the same edition in the Widener rotunda, on display through June. Why it was called “the little Bacon” is obvious: It’s barely the size of a baseball card.Tiong Lu “John” Koh L.L.M. ’85, a book collector and investor, remarked on the poignancy of the volume lost at sea with Widener, “in one of the best book anecdotes ever.” It was Bacon, after all, he said, “who referred to the ark of learning” ― the great vessel full of books that a library represents.Koh owns Bernard Quaritch Ltd., London-based antiquarian booksellers since 1847. The company was well known to the young Widener, and supplied some of the items on display. One is a bid book listing collectibles Widener wanted to buy at a June 1915 auction.In the same case is a faded telegram from the young collector’s book dealer and friend A.S.W. Rosenbach, a shrewd bidder who considered the Harvard graduate his protégé. “Harry Widener and father lost titanic,” it reads. “Mrs saved.”“Mrs” was Harry’s mother, Eleanor Elkins Widener, who climbed aboard Lifeboat 4 with her maid and survived the sinking. She funded Widener in her son’s memory.So a shadow lies over this 100th birthday. It took a fated ship to go down for a fêted library to go up. At the 1915 dedication, Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge added perspective. “Great deeds,” he said, “can arise from tragedy.”Great deeds, as Stauffer pointed out in his lecture, can also arise from friendship. Together, Sumner and Livermore, who met in 1844, were among the most prominent champions of public libraries in the mid-19th century. Within what Stauffer called a “bibliophilic friendship,” they insisted that libraries be free, public, and accessible.Sumner’s voluminous correspondence ― 170 albums of letters ― makes up MS Am 1, the first installment of Houghton’s American collection. He was a believer in the power of that era’s Harvard library, said Stauffer. It was regarded then as a public library, famously so.The self-educated Livermore, a dry goods merchant who made a lot of money in wool, leather, and shoes, “is almost entirely forgotten today,” said Stauffer. But before his death in 1865 he had amassed one of the most impressive collections of books and other artifacts in America. The late-in-life abolitionist whose published research in 1862 influenced Lincoln’s draft of the final Emancipation Proclamation eventually owned the pen the president used to sign that iconic document. It is now among the collections at the Massachusetts Historical Society.Livermore also famously possessed one of two known copies of “The Souldier’s Pocket Bible” (1643), distributed to troops by Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War.Both men ― whose bond eventually coalesced around the injustice of slavery — saw libraries as “indispensible to all members of a republican society,” as Livermore once wrote Sumner. In sum, the two men shared a catholic vision of libraries that Harry Widener himself would have agreed with, and Eleanor Elkins Widener envisioned, too: as sites of collaboration and learning.On the day of Widener Library’s dedication in 1915, she said: Let it become “the heart of the university.” read more

Apple is 1st US company to be valued at $2 trillion

first_imgApple is the first U.S. company to boast a market value of $2 trillion, just two years after it became the first to reach $1 trillion.Although multiple factories in China that produce the iPhone were forced to close due the coronavirus pandemic Apple shares have gained nearly 60% this year.Apple recently reported blowout earnings for the April-June quarter.An upcoming four-for-one stock split that will make Apple’s shares more affordable to more investors also sparked a rally after it was announced three weeks ago.Apple is 1 of 5 Big Tech companies taking over the stock market. Among those are Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook and Google’s parent company, which account for nearly 23% of the S&P 500’s entire value.last_img read more

Brand South Africa Dialogue on health in the Eastern Cape

first_imgDr Petrus de Kock, research manager at Brand South Africa, addresses the audience at the inaugural Play Your Part/Sowetan Dialogues in East London, Eastern Cape.“The problems are not new, they have existed for over a decade and they are fixable if the Department of Health engages with civil society,” said Vuyokazi Matiso of the Treatment Action Campaign and Eastern Cape Health Crisis Action Coalition.(Images: Keshina Thaver)MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Petrus de KockResearch managerBrand South Africa+27 11 712 5000Keshina ThaverCommunity members, government leaders and health activists and professionals held a stimulating debate at Brand South Africa’s inaugural Play your Part/Sowetan Dialogue in East London on Wednesday 20 November 2013.The dialogue focused on health issues in the Eastern Cape. The dialogue’s panel included the head of the province’s health department, Dr Thobile Mbengashe, Brand South Africa research manager Dr Petrus de Kock, Vuyokazi Matiso of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and Eastern Cape Health Crisis Action Coalition, Dr Nombasa Mayeko of the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (Rudasa), Eastern Cape Democratic Nurses Organisation South Africa (Denosa) regional chair Luleka Ntlebi, and Eastern Cape Denosa provincial organiser, Sivuyile Sikwe.The event was sponsored by Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part campaign, in association with the Daily Despatch and Sowetan newspapers.Members of the audience raised significant issues regarding healthcare delivery in the province, which the facilitator, well-known Mhlobo Wenene FM radio personality Putco Mafani, directed with charm.While it soon became clear that a number of problems, from staff and medical supply shortages to unpaid staff and failing equipment, still needed to be addressed, community members and panellists alike expressed their appreciation that such a dialogue was taking place.“This is an important opportunity to talk about the things that affect us in the Eastern Cape,” said the province’s Mbengashe. “We have unique issues we have to address, such as the social determinates like access to water and the use of firewood in homes which affect the health of the population.“However, I have met some extraordinary people who are doing extraordinary things all the time, and I have met a few people who do not meet the standard, yet the focus is on them.“I challenge everyone to get the system to work. I am quite willing to work with anyone who has constructive ideas to improve the health system, especially for those without a voice,” Mbengashe said.Working with the Department of HealthBut Mayeko of Rudasa said it was not possible to talk about solutions without addressing the problems first, and a critical step in finding those solutions was for all the health organisations to work together with the Department of Health.“Doctors need leadership to meet their promises, not just to make them,” Mayeko said. “The harsh treatment of doctors leads to them leaving the province and this means that the people who need them the most are at risk.”She said the Eastern Cape Health Crisis Action Coalition needed to be listened to because they were able to voice solutions coming from the community. She asked Mbengashe to take note and allow the coalition to help the Department of Health improve health services in the province.“The problems are not new. They have existed for over a decade and they are fixable if the Department of Health engages with civil society,” said Matiso of the TAC and Eastern Cape Health Crisis Action Coalition.“In all of our attempts to engage with government, this is the first opportunity the coalition has had to directly address the Department of Health. We want Dr Mbengashe to know that we are willing to work with government if they give the coalition a chance.”Mbengashe responded by reiterating that he was happy and willing to work with anyone wanting to work with health services.“My door is always open, but we have to all come together to work on a constructive way forward,” he said.One of the audience members, Dr Nozipho Jaxa, asked Brand South Africa’s De Kock if he could take positive stories and show the public that even though doctors and nurses worked under stressful conditions, they were still doing incredible work under the circumstances.“I am very passionate about the Eastern Cape,” Jaxa said. “I was born here and I train doctors all over the province, and I see what wonderful work is being done.”last_img read more

May 25, Dan Uetrecht

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We finished planting around May 12. We have just had exceptional weather. It has almost been a picture perfect planting year. For the first time I can remember, we started planting and we didn’t stop one day until we were finished. We usually have to stop because we get rained out or we get a wetter farm and we have to wait for it to dry out. Everything just went well this year. In the last couple of years we’ve had big rains and we had to replant, but this year everything looks really good. Everything is growing fast. Cutworms and other early problems thrive on the cooler, wetter conditions and we just haven’t had that. The rains have been enough to keep up but it is a concern that the rains have been so scattered. You may see it rain two inches and 10 miles away it is two tenths. We started sidedressing last Wednesday and yesterday we sprayed the wheat with fungicide. The wheat is looking really good and it keeps getting better. It thrives in this dry weather. We started post- spraying beans and touching up some corn. I think the preemerge won’t work quite as well this year because it has been so dry. Wheat is the only crop I continue to use a fungicide on. Wheat is such a quality issue that we try to protect it as much as we can. We just automatically spray our wheat with fungicide because most of it goes to a miller and they need high quality and high test-weight. If you don’t have high quality wheat you can hardly give it away. We just started baling hay. We kept waiting to mow the hay because there was rain in the forecast. We finally got a window and we started baling our hay yesterday and should finish today. I would call it an average first cutting. There wasn’t an overabundance of moisture but it was good and it won’t get rained on. I think we are in really good shape. If we can get some timely rains I think it will set up for a nice year.last_img read more

Azhar’s son Ayazuddin continues to be critical

first_imgThere is no change in the condition of former cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin’s son. Ayazuddin, who was involved in a road mishap, continued to be very critical on Wednesday.”Mr. Ayazuddin has remained unconscious and his neurological status (following hypoxia due to cardiac arrest prior to arrival at the hospital) continues to be a cause of grave concern,” Dr Hari Prasad, CEO, Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, said.Prasad added, “He is being continuously monitored by a multi-specialty team round the clock. His vital parameters are being maintained with supports and he continues to be on the ventilator. His status remains to be critical.”Ayaz crashed his sports bike on Sunday morning near a toll gate. Both he and his cousin were taken to hospital in an unconscious state. Ajmal was later declared dead.Ayaz is the youngest of the two sons of Azharuddin from his first wife Naureen, whom the latter divorced to marry actor Sangeeta Bijlani.last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd caretaker boss Solskjaer determined to ‘enjoy the ride’

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd caretaker boss Solskjaer determined to ‘enjoy the ride’by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he’s determined to “enjoy the ride” after taking charge this week.Solskjaer says it’s important for the players to start enjoying their football again.He said, “It’s great. It feels like coming home. It’s been a few whirlwind days. It’s been very hectic. It’s great to see everyone again.””I’m going to enjoy the ride. It’s six months. I’m back home. I’m going to be myself.”The club is running a process to find the next manager so I’m going to be myself in the meantime with Mick, Kieran and Michael.”We’ll get the players enjoying their football again.”Solskjaer added: “We’ve got a great set-up. The analysts were watching Cardiff this morning. I’ve seen the teams, I watch the Premier League.”It’s about us though, not the opposition. We want to see the players express themselves. Our main focus is us, the opposition comes later.” last_img read more

a month agoLeicester star Maddison determined to stay grounded

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester star Maddison determined to stay groundedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City ace James Maddison is determined not to let his success go to his head.Maddison is confident his family will keep him in line.He told the Daily Mail: “I would never want to come across as arrogant because I wasn’t brought up that way and my mum would be the first to give me a clip around the ear if she thought I was being like that. But I think you have to be confident and have belief in yourself because no one is going to believe in you for you.”He adds: “I’m not conscious of what other people think to be honest. I’ll know if I cross that line and I don’t think I do because I’d never want to be arrogant. There’s no positive of being arrogant, it’s a negative trait.”I am a confident guy and I will always say that but I wasn’t raised to be arrogant, I don’t agree with that. Confidence can go to a certain extent without it being arrogant and I hope I get that balance right and the people that don’t think that, they obviously don’t know me well enough.” last_img read more

Alberta move to cut fuel shipments to BC has downsides refiners say

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. — A spokesman for refiners in Western Canada says any move by the Alberta government to shut off the flow of refined fuel to British Columbia might increase prices for consumers there but it would also negatively affect Alberta’s four refineries.Brian Ahearn, regional vice-president for the Canadian Fuels Association, says about 25 per cent of the gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other products produced at the Edmonton-area refineries goes to B.C.He says the loss of that market would have “downsides,” forcing refiners to find alternative markets, accept lower prices or, in a “worse-worse case scenario,” run their operations at less than optimum capacity. Alberta introduced Bill 12 Monday, legislation that allows the energy minister to tell truckers, pipeline companies and rail operators how much of what products can be shipped when and where.As an example, the province says it could restrict shipments on the Trans Mountain pipeline from Edmonton to the Vancouver area to diluted bitumen, thus halting the refined products it carries.Ahearn says the pipeline carries about 45,000 to 50,000 barrels per day of refined products. The rest of the 80,000 to 100,000 barrels per day is sent by train or truck from Alberta to B.C.“Directionally, we are supportive of the government’s overall objective and the reason is we are a supporter of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion,” he said.“(But) if there’s curtailment all the way to the point of discontinuing that flow of product, that disruption, that utilization taken away from the refineries would have a pretty negative affect on the refineries. That’s one of the downsides we’ve been making sure the government knows about and to fully assess before they take any further steps.”B.C. Premier John Horgan has been fighting the expansion, even though the federal government approved the $7.4-billion project in November 2016.last_img read more

Snowfall warning issued for the South Peace and Pine Pass

first_imgIn the North Peace, we could see the same thing as late afternoon rain turns to snow.  Fort St. John could see only 5 to 10 cm of snow.  A special weather statement also remains in place for the North Peace, Fort Nelson, Muncho Lake and the Alberta Peace.  The weather statement says those regions could see 5 to 10 cm of snow.Below is the full warning for the South Peace.Warnings4:57 AM PDT Tuesday 11 September 2018Snowfall warning in effect for:B.C. South Peace RiverSnowfall with total amounts of about 10 cm is expected.A cold front will drop southward out of the Northwest Territories today bringing unseasonably cold temperatures to northeastern BC. Rain will develop this afternoon over the BC South Peace as the front approaches and quickly change over to snow this evening as the front passes.Snowfall accumulations of about 10 centimetres are expected tonight across the BC South Peace and along Highway 97 between Pine Pass and Chetwynd. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the B.C. South Peace.The forecast calls for up to 10 cm of snow as a cold front moves through the region Tuesday afternoon.  As the front moves into the area, rain will develop Tuesday afternoon and turn to snow by Tuesday night.Environment Canada says the South Peace and Pine Pass could see up to 10 cm of snow by Wednesday. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #BCStorm.last_img read more