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first_imgn Nearly 80% of 17,000 mothers who took part in an FSA online survey supported the Traffic Light Labelling scheme over the rival Guideline Daily Amount labelling scheme preferred by some retailers and manufacturers.n Denver Cottage Bakery of Ilkeston in Derbyshire has been fined more than £1,800 after mouse droppings were found baked onto the outside of a bread roll. The company admitted breaches of hygiene regulations during a hearing before South Derbyshire magistrates after an investigation by health officers found a serious infestation at the bakery. Denver Cottage said it had had no previous problems and that it had now upgraded systems. It was fined £500 with £1,380 costs.n Knaresborough-based marketing company Allott & Associates is offering free advice to the food industry. In a one-off promotion, the agency will conduct a free marketing review to a number of companies. The audit takes about two hours and provides an assessment of a company’s marketing and what steps can be taken to improve it. Call 01423 867 264n A survey by trading standards officers (TSOs) in Herefordshire has shown a drop in the amount of salt being added to bread.The TSOs examined 53 different bread samples from both supermarkets and high street bakers to find an average salt content of 1.2%. This compared to a total of 1.34% in a similar survey in November 2005.n The HGCA’s Innovation is the Key half-day seminar will be held at the British Library Conference Centre in London on 14 March.last_img read more

Chesley, Smith work to be ‘voice’ of student body

first_img Grade: A- Chesley and Smith have proven that the student body can be confident that its needs will be addressed. However, the duo still has a lot to accomplish. They have started many initiatives, which have yet to be proven successful. Considering they are competing with a short time frame and a somewhat apathetic student body, they have put forth a good effort so far. Student body president Rachael Chesley and student body vice president Laura Smith set lofty goals when they took office on April 1, and as the first semester of their term come to a close, they are on the right track. When they entered office in April, they wanted to “be a visible and involved voice for the students,” Chesley said in an interview last spring. Since they entered office, Chesley and Smith extended student center hours, defended the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s co-exchange program which allows Saint Mary’s students to eat at Notre Dame dining halls, started renovating the Le Mans Hall basement and worked for students discounts at off-campus venues as well. It is clear that Chesley and Smith have been working hard to make this year’s student government as effective and efficient as possible. In addition to the changes they are making around campus, they also changed the internal structure of the Student Government Association (SGA). SGA meetings that used to be devoted solely to giving funds to clubs and organizations now include campus issues. In order to do this, Chesley and Smith launched a Finance Committee that oversees funds so SGA can focus on other things. This has been one of the smoothest and most productive years for student government at Saint Mary’s. In the past four years, students have asked for extended Student Center hours, printers in the dorms, a new space for students to spend time and off-campus discounts. Chesley and Smith have solved or addressed all of these issues, and it is only the end of the first semester. The Student Center is now open until midnight during the week and Le Mans Hall basement will be a new place for students to relax and spend time by the end of spring break next semester. “We will reach out to [the student body], and we want [them] to reach out to us and all of SGA,” Chesley said in an interview at the beginning of their term. “We have open minds that are ready for your thoughts and ideas.” The only setback to their success so far is the same issue that has been facing student government for many years: student feedback. While this year’s SGA is far more transparent then it has been in the past, attempts at open forums and seeking suggestions has seen little response. Chesley and Smith said they want to be the “voice of Saint Mary’s” and they have done their best to push for the changes SGA has set out to do for the past many years, but they have still struggled to get students involved with their government.last_img read more

Pandemic hits Indonesia’s push for inclusive growth: Bappenas

first_img“Macroeconomic policies must be equipped with affirmative policies, increasing accessibility and industrial output policies,” Amalia said. The affirmative policies, she went on to say, were reducing poverty and inequality, encouraging productive women to have decent work and raising awareness on healthy eating and lifestyle.“Inclusive economic growth with more equitable income distribution and lower poverty is more resilient to the kind of shocks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” she stressed.In a recent research study, SMERU projected that 8.5 million people would fall into poverty this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The prediction means that the number of poor people will surge to 33.24 million, or 12.37 percent of Indonesia’s total population, a figure last seen in 2009.BPS data from September 2019 show that 24.79 million Indonesians lived in poverty, equivalent to 9.22 percent of the total population.“The Indonesian economy needs to recover [after the pandemic], that’s for sure, but efforts to reduce the country’s poverty rate have reversed by 10 years […]. All of the difficult steps that have been taken will then have to be redone to return to the 9.22 percent level,” SMERU researcher Ridho Al Izzati said in April.Topics : Projected slower economic growth caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to worsen Indonesia’s struggle to promote inclusive development in the country, according to a National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) official.The government with SMERU Research Institute measure the inclusiveness of growth based on 21 indicators, such as employment opportunity, inequality, contribution of women’s income and poverty rate. The result is that the country’s score on the Inclusive Economic Development Index has been stagnating at 5.75, which actually qualifies as moderately satisfying, since 2017.“The COVID-19 pandemic has hit household consumption and lowered industrial output, which in turn has affected the indicators to measure inclusive economic growth,” Bappenas expert staff member for economic and financing synergy Amalia Adininggar Widyastuti said in an online talk on Wednesday. Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data show that household spending, which accounts for more than half of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), grew just 2.84 percent in the first quarter as the economy expanded 2.97 percent, the slowest since 2001.The government now expects the country’s economy to grow 2.3 percent this year from 5.02 percent last year under the baseline scenario and even to contract 0.4 percent in the worst-case scenario.The pandemic, Amalia said, was directly battering at least nine indicators in the index, especially employment opportunity, inequality and poverty. Without enough inclusiveness, the poorest 20 percent of the population were hit hardest by the pandemic with most of them lacking access to decent toilet and hand washing facilities, which are precisely the means to prevent COVID-19 contagion.last_img read more

IMCA national champions new to Champ Pans awards program

first_imgEAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Awards for national champions in five divisions are new in Champ Pans’ IMCA partnership program for 2015.The Eau Claire, Wis., manufacturer will give $50 product certificates to top 10 place finishers in final national standings for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods.Those certificates can be applied to purchases from Champ Pans or Champ Brackets, another JR Manufacturing Company.“A Champ pan is really the only choice for IMCA racers, regardless of whether you participate with a claim engine or a crate engine,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder commented. “Whether you are building a new engine or repairing an old one, make sure you request a Champ pan from your builder or repair center.”Certificates will be presented during the national awards banquet or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.More information about Champ Pans and Champ Brackets products is available by calling 715 834-7748, on Facebook or at the www.champpans.com website.This is Champ Pans’ third year as an IMCA sponsor.last_img read more

Video:Watch Kevin-Prince Boateng leave the pitch after suffering racist abuse

first_imgFormer Tottenham and Portsmouth midfielder left the field after AC Milan players were abused in a friendly against Pro Patria.Former Tottenham and Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng left the field in protest after suffering what his club AC Milan described at racist abuse during a friendly today.The game between Milan and fourth division Pro Patria was abandoned after Boateng stopped mid-play in the 26th minute, picked up the ball and kicked it into the crowd.The Ghana midfielder then tore off his shirt and walked off the field at the opposite end. On his way, he applauded other sections of the crowd, who then appeared to react angrily towards the corner of the ground from which the chants came, reports the Press Association.Pro Patria’s Dario Alberto Polverini attempted to talk to Boateng as he departed, but the midfielder carried on walking and the rest of the players and officials followed him off the pitch.Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri told reporters: “We are disappointed and saddened by what has happened. “Milan play for the right to respect all players. We need to stop these uncivilised gestures.“We are sorry for all the other fans who came here for a beautiful day of sport. We promise to return, and we are sorry for the club and players of Pro Patria, but we could not make any other decision.“I hope it can be an important signal.”The match was goalless at the time, with Muntari having had a goal disallowed for offside.Boateng took to Twitter to give his thoughts in a succinct message. He said: “Shame that these things still happeninglast_img read more