BIA 12 Days of Christmas: Just: Gluten Free Bakery expects innovation

first_imgNumber two on the BIA 12 days of Christmas is the Just: Gluten Free Bakery, winner of this year’s Free-from Bakery Product of the Year, which says 2015 will be about improving allergen-free treats.Ronnie Stebbings, managing director of the gluten-free bakery, told British Baker of his excitement about new innovative products, which all fit in with the new allergen labelling rules that have come into place today.“Year 2014 has been really amazing for Just: Gluten Free Bakery. We celebrated our first birthday as first-ever winners of the Baking Industry Award for ‘Free-from Product of the Year’. It was a fantastic achievement, which set the bar for 2015 even higher.“With the introduction of the new allergen information rules this month, all food outlets must clearly display information on allergens they use. This will help raise general awareness of allergen control within foods.“At Just: we are very fortunate, because our products are manufactured in an allergen-free production facility and are free from the 14 major allergens, so our labels will need no changes.“In 2014 we created new, innovative and versatile products, which satisfy a wide range of consumers. Whether it is foodservice, healthcare, education or travel sectors, they all cater daily for a large number of individuals who need to avoid one or more of the food allergens in their diet. “In 2015… we will continue to work on our existing products – to make them healthier and tastier – but still allergen-free and vegan. We will work on new products – bakery treats that a year ago we thought were impossible to make without any of the major allergens. We will continue our search for and trial new ingredients – to benefit nutritional values of our products and make them even yummier.“Could we get a BIA in 2015 too? Hmmm… we will definitely try!”last_img read more

Perú declares state of emergency to fight drug trafficking

first_imgBy Dialogo September 15, 2014 The President of Perú declared a 60-day state of emergency Sept. 11 in the Amazonian districts of Mariscal Ramón Castilla and Yavari, in the Loreto Region, to allow security forces to increase their efforts to fight drug trafficking. Security forces are focusing on fighting drug trafficking in regions bordering Colombia and Brazil. The state of emergency allows security forces to conduct searches without warrants and prohibits public gatherings. The National Police and the military are cooperating to “effectively combat illegal drug trafficking” in the districts that are home to about 28,000, the Executive branch of the government said in a prepared statement said. The state of the emergency is declared in the Executive Order 057-2014-PCM. Peruvian security forces recently destroyed numerous drug laboratories in Mariscal Ramón Castilla and Yavari, where authorities plan to eradicate 3,500 hectares of coca, the main ingredient used to produce cocaine. Perú is the world’s leading cocaine-producing country, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). In 2012, criminal organizations cultivated more than 60,000 hectares of coca crops in Perú, according to the UNODC’s annual report, “Perú: Cocaine Cultivation Monitoring 2012.” Perú is home to 13-coca growing regions, with 60,400 hectares which are used for coca cultivation, according to the report. Peruvian, Colombian and Brazilian police have noticed in spike in narco-trafficking – specifically in shipments of drugs and precursor chemicals – along the countries’ borders. Drug trafficking groups process about 200 tons of cocaine in Perú’s Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro River Valleys (VRAEM) annually, Peruvian security analyst Rubén Vargas told La República. Drug traffickers transport about 90 percent of that cocaine through the air, he said. The cocaine is then transported throughout the world, with shipments headed to Central America, North America, Brazil, Mexico, Europe and Asia. In recent months, Peruvian security forces dismantled 37 clandestine drug trafficking air strips in early September. Security forces blasted massive holes in the runways to prevent them from being used. Local residents build the secret airstrips and charge drug traffickers a fee, to use them, according to Peruvian police. Peruvian authorities must remain vigilant in their efforts to dismantle drug trafficking air strips, Deputy Defense Minister Iván Vega said: “We might destroy the runways, but locals financed by drug traffickers will come to put them together again so the flights continue.” From January 1 through August 31 2014, Peruvian authorities destroyed 12,721 hectares of coca plants, according to Peru’s National Commission for a Drug-Free Life (DEVIDA). Their goal is to eradicate 30,000 hectares of the crop in 2014. Ninety-three percent of coca crops in Peru are used to produce the drug, according to DEVIDA. In 2013, Peruvian security forces authorities eradicated more than 23,947 hectares which were used for coca cultivation, a significant increase from the 14,234 hectares security forces destroyed in 2012.last_img read more

University expands neuroscience program

first_imgUSC has begun searching for new neuroscience faculty to expand the program, responding to exceptionally high student interest and the increased demand for research in the field.Brain power · Fifth-year neuroscience graduate student Farhan Baluch works on his doctorate project about biomechanics, programming the brain of a locust to be able to use it for other purposes, such as sonar. – Mindy Curtis | Daily Trojan Under Provost Elizabeth Garrett, the university has formed a committee that will not only work to add more classes and research facilities, but will also define what to look for when choosing new faculty in the neurosciences.“Our hope is that these transformational hires will have a kind of multiplying effect on the strengths and quality of the research and education that we have to offer here at USC,” said Pat Levitt, chair of the cell and neurobiology department.Because neuroscience is a diverse field touching on law, psychology, chemistry, cinema and engineering, the initiative will be university-wide, Levitt said.New classes will be added depending on the various specialties of the new faculty. Michael Quick, executive vice provost, said that the committee is looking beyond credentials and into collaborative efforts.“Of course they will have a vigorous research agenda, have a strong history of training the next generation of scientists and be excellent teachers,” Quick wrote. “But they will [have] that extra something that says that when they come to USC they will catalyze a lot of collaboration and activity across all our campuses.”Students will directly benefit from such expansion, as new courses will be added to answer increased demand, Quick said.“We started it only a few years ago and … the major … [now has something like 400 or 500 [students],” Quick wrote.For undergraduates, the initiative means new and more interdisciplinary courses, as well as new research laboratories in which they can perform research.Levitt said that freshmen and sophomores will be able to immediately reap the benefits of hiring new faculty.For graduate students, numbering a little more than 100, the presence of world-class neuroscientists and research facilities is extremely attractive, Quick wrote.Lauren Klosinski, a graduate student in neuroscience, who graduated from USC last May with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, agrees that faculty who are involved in more than just neuroscience is crucial to furthering the program .“As an undergraduate, I felt like we needed fresh faces,” Klosinski said. “USC neuroscience is pretty good at being comprehensive. Because it’s so interdisciplinary, you need to know a lot, but also a little [in your specific field] to be able to translate across many fields.”In addition to new faculty, Garrett is looking specifically for growth in the area of neuroimaging, such as the use of various brain-imaging techniques to image brain structure and function, because it will provide opportunities to do experiments on humans.“We are going to learn a lot about the human brain in the next few years and neuroimaging will lead the way,” Quick wrote.The committee, which has one meeting in January and two more in February, is committed to beginning the hiring process this academic year. Jump starting the process this year will have significant benefits for both current and prospective students.“We’re looking for world-changers,” Levitt said. “We’re looking for faculty who are doing research and educating in a twenty-first century way.”last_img read more

Netflix warns Irish customers of bogus email scam

first_imgA new bogus email scam has struck Irish Netflix customers.TV3 reporter Ruairi Carroll warned users this week after receiving an email from someone purporting to represent Netflix prompting him to restart his membership.Watch out, dodgy @NetflixUK “cancellation” email scam going around.— Ruairi Carroll (@RCarrollTV3) July 13, 2017 report that a Netflix spokesperson has confirmed the email as a phishing scam, and has urged customers who receive emails such as these to be cautious.The spokesperson says you can read up on Netflix security by visiting their ‘How can I keep my Netflix account secure?’ page, and to forward any suspicious emails on to [email protected] warns Irish customers of bogus email scam was last modified: July 14th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:emailNetflixphishingscamlast_img read more