Starch turn

first_imgUlrick & Short can now declare a range of its cold swelling starches to be ’wheat flour’, following innovative product development. The cold swelling ingredients in its Synergie range are said to maintain the functionality of a starch and provide lots of different textural and stability options, while carrying the clean-label ’wheat flour’ declaration.The products are designed to improve texture and stability, while a few will also allow bakers to regulate dough viscosity, allowing them to reduce costs, regulate water activity and extend product shelf-life, said the firm.last_img read more

MonoNeon, Prince’s Last Bassist, Releases Whimsical New Music Video

first_imgMonoNeon was Prince’s last bassist, working with the legend during the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016. MonoNeon identified the mythic musician as a mentor to him, and, as one of the last musicians to work with Prince, MonoNeon has channeled his time working with Prince into new music inspired by the master. Now, the bassist has released a new music video, a trippy, technicolor video that accompanies the equally whimsical track, “Thoughts In The Morning Time.” The song is off MonoNeon’s brand spankin’ new EP, Selfie Quickie 2wooo, which is available here at a name-your-price pay scale. Check out MonoNeon’s new video below, courtesy of the artist, and keep an eye out for more from this rad dude!last_img read more

Ireland face battle for World Cup

first_img Press Association South Africa and the United States are expected to pose the greatest threats to Ireland’s £100million bid to host Rugby World Cup 2023. The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) has confirmed an all-Ireland bid to stage the world contest in nine years’ time. The Northern Ireland Executive and Irish Government are underpinning the joint bid to secure rugby’s global showpiece. World Rugby expects the 2023 hosts to be selected in 2017, leaving Ireland quick off the mark in acclaiming their intentions. “This is an exciting announcement that further underscores the enormous prestige, appeal and benefits of hosting Rugby World Cup for both unions and governments alike,” said a World Rugby spokesman in response to Ireland confirming their intentions so quickly. Ireland’s bid will be for sole staging of the tournament, and will not include any help from the likes of the Welsh or Scottish Rugby Union. Dublin’s Aviva Stadium, Ulster’s Kingspan ground at Ravenhill and Limerick’s Thomond Park will form the centrepiece venues. Ireland’s bid will also draw upon a host of Gaelic football stadia, with the 82,300-capacity Croke Park in Dublin at the forefront of that collaboration. Political administrations in Ireland’s north and south have given the bid the green light after a 10-month preliminary assessment exercise. Irish premier Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Stormont’s First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness joined IRFU boss Browne to announce the bid in Armagh on Friday. England will host next year’s World Cup before the tournament descends on Japan in 2019, with World Rugby making good on long-held promises to grow the game beyond traditional heartlands. South Africa staged one of the most memorable tournaments in 1995, the hosts holding off New Zealand to claim glory under the jubilant and politically-poignant scenes of Nelson Mandela proudly sporting a Springboks shirt. New Zealand held the inaugural 1987 tournament, repeating hosting duties in 2011, while England will become the second nation to claim the honour twice, with 2015 following 1991. World Rugby could well aim to send the 2023 tournament back to a traditional rugby hotbed, after the 2019 shift to Japan: and that would leave South Africa strong contenders. The rugby-mad nation received a huge infrastructure boost for the FIFA football World Cup staged in 2010, so would argue much of the preparation work is already in place. Rugby’s rapid rise in America was cemented by New Zealand’s decision to face the US Eagles at Chicago’s Soldier Field en route to their November European tour. Chief executive Philip Browne said the IRFU and two Irish governments will expect to commit £100million to underwrite the possibility of staging the tournament. “It has been out there that South Africa has stated an interest, Italy has bid in the past and stated an interest again, while Argentina has stated interest too, and also the USA,” said Browne. “We are under no illusions it’s going to be competitive and we have to put our best foot forward. “At this stage we haven’t had to tender documents, we won’t get those for another 12 months or more. “For the Japan World Cup the guarantee tournament fee which has to be paid to Rugby World Cup is £96million. “One assumes we are going to have to pay at least that, probably more.” Governing body World Rugby will not officially launch the bidding process for Rugby World Cup 2023 host status until next year, and have not even finalised a timeline for applications. Ireland are the first nation to launch a bid for the 2023 tournament, but must now await further instruction from World Rugby on when to make any official tender. last_img read more

Notre Dame’s Sergio Perkovic presents formidable matchup for No. 4 Syracuse

first_img Published on March 29, 2017 at 11:28 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44 In the 2014 ACC championship against Syracuse, Sergio Perkovic lowered his shoulder and pushed off a smaller defender to create a shooting lane. The then-Notre Dame freshman ripped a goal short side to give his team an early 1-0 lead.It was Perkovic’s first of his career against Syracuse. He added another later in that game and has scored three goals his last two games against SU.The 6-foot-4, 225-pound midfielder, who can shoot 111 miles per hour, is a key to No. 1 Notre Dame’s (5-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) offense. Perkovic, a senior, has started all 54 games since he arrived at UND in 2014. He’s racked up 98 goals and 18 assists, giving him 116 points in his career. This season, he already has netted 10 goals through six games and will present a formidable matchup for No. 4 Syracuse (6-1, 2-0) on Saturday at noon in South Bend.“There are some guys who are big and strong who kind of shy away from contact,” former UND teammate and current Denver Outlaw Matt Kavanagh said. “He’s the opposite. He loves it and uses it to his advantage.”Growing up, size and freak athleticism gave Perkovic options. He played varsity lacrosse, basketball and football, even turning down offers to play on the gridiron at Michigan State, Illinois and Northwestern. His father, Vasko Perkovic, said Michigan and Iowa also showed interest.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the fifth grade, he traded his hockey stick for a lacrosse stick. He developed the stick skills inherent in his game today by shooting at a net in his backyard. Sometimes, he missed and broke windows on the backside of his home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.At Brother Rice (Michigan) High School, he led the Warriors to four straight lacrosse state championships. He twice was named Player of the Year his junior and senior year of high school. At UND, Perkovic is a two-time All-American. “Embers Deli,” his father’s local restaurant, named a triple-decker sandwich “Sergio’s Pleasure,” with white or wheat toast, corned beef, Swiss cheese, coleslaw, lettuce, tomato and Russian dressing.Despite being one of the nation’s top offensive weapons, Perkovic still returns to his old high school to train. On a recent break from school, the senior dragged his father down to the field to feed him balls on a dreary winter day. Vasko fed the Tewaaraton Award watch list honoree.Perkovic has always worked extensively on his shot, emptying bags of balls before and after practice to get extra shots. His high school coach Rob Ambrose remembers driving by the field on the weekends and seeing Perkovic standing alone launching shots toward an empty net.“A combination of my size and decent quickness and athleticism help me get me shot off,” Perkovic said. “That coupled with my range on my shot can separate me.”A few weeks after the father-son training session, Perkovic texted his father around midnight to tell him about his day. He told his dad he just got back from the Notre Dame facility, where he fired around 600 balls on the cage.“He never sits more than five minutes on the couch,” Vasko said. “Even on the floor he’s always down stretching or doing something.”But Vasko understands that’s why his son’s shot is so lethal. When he has time and space, the 111 mile-per-hour fastball is nearly impossible for goalies to stop. Perkovic’s large frame allows him to tuck his stick behind his ear as he loads up for a shot, hiding his stick from the goalkeeper’s view. Often, goalies are left to make a last-second guess as the ball whizzes their way.Defending his shots will pose as one of SU’s most difficult tasks come Saturday afternoon. As a freshman, he scored five goals in the second half of the NCAA tournament championship game against Duke.Lock him off and he takes the defender out of a potential slide. Play one-on-one and his right-to-right dodge can give him space. Takeaway his right, and he will split-dodge left. Slide too soon, and he dumps the ball to a teammate for a goal.“He runs well, has great agility and has a good IQ for the game,” UND head coach Kevin Corrigan said. “He shoots the ball well. He’s an excellent lacrosse player.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more