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first_imgConsultancy roleNeill Hastie who retired from Greggs after almost 30 years, has set up a consultancy for the baking industry. His specialities are ingredients through NPD, production, engineering, building, risk and overall project management. Contact him on 0191 378 1871 or email: [email protected]’s expandsThe Dorman Museum in Middlesbrough is now home to a second Nana-Tom’s outlet, to be run by coffee-loving family, the Thompsons. The first café is located at Captain Cook’s Birthplace Museum, serving premium coffee, lunchtime meals, cakes, and a range of other sweet bakery goods.Sausage rolls adaptedAfter research into the taste preferences of its sausage roll brand, savoury pastry brand Pork Farms has launched a four-pack version of its Big Hit sausage roll (stronger recipe) and a four-pack Bowyers recipe (lighter) sausage roll. Both packs will be available from Tesco and Asda from 10 September on promotion.Tropical tastesJuice brand Tropicana is launching a new tropical Pineapple and Guava flavour, to add to its 100% not-from-concentrate Tropicana Pure Premium range. It has been designed to increase consumer choice and drive sales outside the breakfast drink market.Miniature agreementCooper’s Coffee has secured a deal with The Miniature Bakery to distribute its premium bakery products into UK coffee shops. The Miniature Bakery’s cakes, biscuits and chocolate are already stocked in shops such as Selfridges, Harrods and Harvey Nichols, but the firm hopes the agreement with Huddersfield-based Cooper’s will help it gain listings in cafés.last_img read more

Zika experts say quitting Olympics an ‘over-reaction’

first_imgWorld Health officials have stepped up awareness to discourage Zika boycott of games. FILE WHO PHOTOParis, France | AFP |Only pregnant women and people planning a family need fear Zika, disease experts said Wednesday after golfer Rory McIlroy became the latest athlete to withdraw from the Olympics over virus fears.The mosquito-borne virus, which can also be transmitted via sex, is thought to cause a form of severe brain damage, called microcephaly, in babies.It has also been linked to rare adult-onset neurological problems such as Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which can result in paralysis and death.Should Rio-bound Olympians and sports fans be concerned? We asked the experts.Q: Who needs to be concerned about Zika?A: Women who are pregnant or planning a baby imminently, as the virus targets the foetus in the womb, said Cardiff University infectious diseases expert Andrew Freedman.Men who contract the virus in Brazil can pass it on to their partners through sex, so would need to use condoms for several months after their return.Unless McIlroy and his wife were planning a baby, “I feel the decision to withdraw from the Games is an over-reaction,” said Freedman.Q: Is there a risk to the athletes themselves?A: In most people, the Zika virus causes mild disease — many never even notice the symptoms. Those who do fall ill, usually with a rash and flu-like symptoms, recover within days.“Rarely, complications such as Guillain-Barre syndrome may occur,” said Jimmy Whitworth, a professor of international public health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.But he called for “perspective”.“The most credible estimates suggest no more than 10-20 infections with Zika among the half a million athletes and visitors going to Brazil for the Olympics.” The World Health Organization said last week there was a “very low risk” of Zika spreading further internationally as a result of the Games.Olympics host Brazil has seen 1.5 million people infected, and nearly 1,300 babies born with abnormally small heads and brains since the outbreak started last year.Q: What precautions can be taken?A: For most people, the main thing is to protect oneself against mosquito bites by covering up and using a good insect repellent, said the experts.But pregnant women should not travel to Rio at all.Those considering a baby, who do not fall ill, should delay conception for two months after their return as a precaution, said Whitworth.“In the unlikely event of a woman or her partner getting infected with Zika, they should delay pregnancy for six months, by which time all traces of Zika infection will have been cleared from the body.”Q: Is the decision to withdraw scientifically sound?A: The chances of contracting Zika on a golf course are very low, said Whitworth, as infecting mosquitoes live mostly around houses and rarely venture more than 50 metres (160 feet) from their breeding sites.“Obviously I don’t know the reasons for this (McIlroy’s) decision, but it does strike me as being extreme,” added virology professor Jonathan Ball of the University of Nottingham.But Peter Barlow, an infection expert at Edinburgh Napier University, said the long-term effects of Zika are poorly understood.“It is completely understandable that an elite athlete such as Rory McIlroy is putting his own and his family’s health first in this instance, particularly if he has plans to start a family in the near future.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Five attacks on sporting events…memories of Munich massacre, Togo

first_imgArmed German troops prepare to assault terrorists at the 1972 OlympicsParis, France | AFP | Three explosions targetting the Borussia Dortmund team bus left one person injured and forced the postponement of Tuesday’s Champions League match against Monaco in Germany. Here are other attacks that have rocked sporting events.1972 Munich Olympics massacreEleven Israeli athletes perished at the 1972 Munich Games after gunmen from the radical Palestinian Black September group broke into the Olympic village on September 5 and took them hostage. Two athletes were immediately shot dead with nine more killed, as well as a police officer, in a bungled rescue operation.Togo team bus ambushedThree people were killed, including Togo’s assistant manager, and nine others injured when the Togolese team bus was attacked by gunmen from a separatist group on January 8, 2010 as it travelled through the volatile Angolan province of Cabinda ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.Sri Lanka cricketers targetedSix Pakistani police and two civilians were killed when gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Sri Lanka’s national cricket team on March 3, 2009 ahead of the third day’s play of a Test match against Pakistan in Lahore. The attack was blamed on a Pakistani extremist group. Stade de France hit by Paris attacksThree suicide bombers targeted the French national stadium on November 13, 2015 as France hosted Germany in an international friendly on a night that Paris was rocked by a series of deadly coordinated attacks. One man was killed by an explosion outside the ground. The attacks around Paris left 130 dead.Atlanta 1996 pipe bombRevellers were enjoying a rock concert during the Olympic Games at Atlanta’s Centennial Park when a pipe bomb exploded in the early hours of July 27, 1996, killing two people and injuring more than 100. A US extremist Eric Rudolph was jailed for the attack. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County Receives $10,000 In STEM…

first_imgSubmitted by Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston CountyBoys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County recently received a $10,000 gift from The Verizon Foundation.The Verizon Foundation is donating $10,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County, in keeping with its commitment to integrate technology in education to enhance learning and support organizations that spark student interest in STEM fields.The Verizon Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Verizon Wireless dedicated to solving critical social issues in the areas of education, healthcare and energy management particularly in underserved communities. This grant funding will provide much needed support to Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County’s Science Exploration Series program in the 2015-2016 academic year.The Science Exploration Series, a monthly, hands-on learning experience is led by Saint Martin’s University students and faculty and connects Club kids to new trends, topics and fun associated with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Youth are exposed to potential STEM-related careers while becoming familiar with a local university in their own backyard.“I like going there and having a whole new perspective on things like what ‘pi’ is or learning how math is all around us. I liked the rocket project and using coordinates and angles to get the best launch,” said Club member, Alexandria. The kids aren’t the only ones thrilled with the partnership. Our Tumwater Club’s Education Coordinator Kaila Rants says, “I appreciate that these SMU student groups have worked hard to find projects that engage the kids and keep them thinking. They are using knowledge gained in school and building on that knowledge to complete fun projects.”In 2015 the Science Exploration Series served 40 kids from BGCTC’s Lacey, Olympia, Rochester, and Tumwater branches and will continue in the fall. Facebook126Tweet0Pin0last_img read more