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first_imgCalorie labelling testThe British Medical Journal (BMJ) has reported that a trial in New York City to show calorie labelling in fast food chains saw no overall decline in calories purchased across the full sample. Three chains saw big reductions in calories, including bakery Au Bon Pain, which fell by 14.4%. However, at Subway, which promotes large portions, calories soared by 17.8%.Grains for coeliacsGrains tef, millet, amaranth, and quinoa can be safely eaten by people with coeliac disease, new research suggests. Published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, it analysed the immune activity of the alcohol-soluble protein fractions from the two cereals tef and millet and the two pseudocereals amaranth and quinoa and compared them to wheat gliadin to test suitability in the diet of people with coeliac disease.Food and drink trainerNottingham Trent University has joined the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink as a specialist training provider in the fields of food-related innovation and regional and rural enterprise. The move opens Nottingham Trent’s doors to a wider range of food manufacturing businesses.Irish firm expandsCork-based family firm Country Kitchens Bakery, a specialist in par-baked products, plans to expand sales to the UK with a range of new breads, including Poppy Seeded Bloomer, Wholesome Brown Crusty Rolls and Round White Crusty Loaf.Gluten-free rulesThe US Food and Drug Administration has launched a consultation with manufacturers on labelling rules for gluten-free products. It aims to set limits on the amount of gluten a product can contain to be labelled “gluten-free”.last_img read more

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‘House, Home’ and the spaces between

first_imgAs the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, a new art show at the Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH) Penthouse Gallery not only explores concepts of house and home, but homelessness as well.Student curator Kristen Cronon ’12, who coordinates the SOCH art spaces, said it was important to incorporate the question of homelessness into the “House, Home” exhibit, and display art from St. Francis House artists alongside student works. Sponsored by SOCH in collaboration with the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA), all proceeds of student art will go to MHSA.“We wanted to plan a show with an advocacy component that would engage a broader audience than just student artists and art enthusiasts,” Cronon said. “The idea is to present a variety of artworks about the idea of home and the people, things, and sense of place that make homes what they are. The St. Francis House artists, whose art will be displayed, add a lot of richness to the discussion, and we’re so excited to bring their talent and energy to the show.”At a recent reception for the show, St. Francis House artist Efon Elad, originally from Cameroon, spoke to the crowd about his journey. “Every time I took a path, there was an abrupt end to that path,” he said. “After realizing one of my greatest ambitions, which was to come to the U.S., I worked several jobs, some of them quite lucrative.”But Elad’s life took “different turns,” resulting in the loss of his employment and income. After about seven years, Elad said, he “came to the St. Francis House and saw people doing art. It was exhilarating. I started painting and have not stopped, and I realized that all the turns I have taken in my life have culminated in my becoming an artist.”Other artists, such as Katie Gallogly-Swan ’13, reflected on the deliberate decision to leave home. Gallogly-Swan spent two years studying at Harvard before traveling the world for a year, hitchhiking across Europe, traveling through Asia and even working in Australia. Her contribution to the art show is an interactive mixed-media piece consisting of the suitcase she used for her travel and mementos of her trip.“Since I was traveling for a year, I had to choose what to bring with me,” Gallogly-Swan said. “I took practical things like books, water, and sunscreen, but along the way I also collected things such as brochures and hitchhiking signs I made, and of course I took pictures of my family. Sometimes the only way I could keep traveling was having those pictures with me, and knowing that one day I would go home again.”The art exhibit at SOCH, located in the Penthouse Gallery at 59 Shepard St. in Cambridge, is open to the general public and will run through Dec. 15.last_img read more

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America’s Opioid crisis

first_imgRadio NZ News 30 January 2019Family First Comment: And they think they can ‘regulate’ the marijuana industry!Not when Big Marijuana sees the dollars.#PeopleBeforeProfitwww.VoteNO.nzWhen two pharmacies in a tiny town of less than 3 thousand people fill prescriptions for more than 21 million opiod pills, you’d think red flags would go up somewhere. But for nearly two long decades, and after  the deaths of tens of thousands of people, dodgy doctors continued to write scripts while regulators, lawmakers and medical professionals were either frozen with inertia or worse, looked the other way.Chris McGreal is a senior journalist at The Guardian. He identifies the problems with corporate interest, and the  American medical, political and financial systems that allowed the worst drug epidemic in American history to happen. His book is called American Overdose: the Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts.https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/2018680394/america-s-opioid-crisisLISTEN https://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=2018680394Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Syracuse looks to find consistency in conference play

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 17, 2018 at 10:49 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarez For a Syracuse team replacing 86 percent of its scoring from a year ago and 80 percent of its starting lineup, the 2017-18 Orange squad still resembles last season’s. The scoring load has been carried by two players — Tiana Mangakahia and Miranda Drummond — and the team has struggled early on in conference play, specifically on the road.“We have nine, 10 newcomers on the court playing in one of the best conferences in the country,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “… It’s tough to win on the road.”SU has four losses, all of which have occurred away from the friendly confines of the Carrier Dome. One was a neutral-site game, and the rest have been on the courts of conference opponents. Last year, Syracuse won just one of its first four conference road games. Hillsman doesn’t think it’s an issue. He argues that his team has no bad losses and even one upset win. But SU still hasn’t cracked the Associated Press Top 25 poll and it currently sits eighth in the ACC standings.When Syracuse (14-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) travels to Coral Gables, Florida to take on Miami on Thursday night and returns home to face Pittsburgh on Sunday, it has a chance to defeat two of the lesser teams in the conference and find the consistency it has lacked so far in conference play. Last year, SU played then-No. 14 Miami following two conference road losses and routed the Hurricanes, 81-48, in the Carrier Dome. Since then, Miami has graduated three starters and is 10th in the ACC.“We’re there most of those games and we have a chance to win at the end of the game,” Hillsman said. “… We have to finish the game and be tougher.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange sprinted out to its best start in eight years (11-0) before falling to then-No.5 Mississippi State in Las Vegas on Dec. 21. After being outpaced by the Bulldogs, 76-65, SU bounced back with a win against UNLV to close out its non-conference schedule. But since then, the Orange has sputtered, tallying a 2-3 record to start conference play.In its first conference matchup against then-No. 2 Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, the Orange were gashed down low and allowed 48 points inside the paint. Mangakahia was the only player to score more than 15 points but committed eight turnovers. Despite leading by one in the third quarter, the Orange allowed a 10-0 Irish run and ended up losing by 15. After the contest, which took place on Dec. 28, Hillsman said his team had to do a better job of closing out games.Three days later against Virginia in Charlottesville, SU’s offense wilted in the fourth quarter and connected on just four of 14 shots. Mangakahia, again, was the majority of SU’s offense but she shot just 33 percent from the field and committed 12 turnovers, five of which came in the final frame. The back-to-back losses marked the first time in three years that SU started conference play 0-2.After the game, Hillsman again noted that his team couldn’t close it out. The 12-year head coach cited a play down the stretch, with SU down by a possession and UVA at the free-throw line, when J’Kyra Brown missed but the Cavaliers got it back after the Orange couldn’t secure the rebound.Syracuse returned home and won its first two conference games of the year in the Carrier Dome against Georgia Tech and then-No. 11 Florida State. Those victories came off two stellar scoring outbursts from Mangakahia and Drummond that Hillsman isn’t “trying to figure out.”“When I’m not having a good day or Miranda isn’t,” Mangakahia said, “I think we can all step up and contribute.”On Jan. 14, against North Carolina State, Mangakahia and Drummond were limited to 27 combined points and no other scorer reached double-digits. The Orange led at half, but still were outrebounded and fell in Raleigh, North Carolina.SU’s upcoming stretch would be an opportune time to find the steadiness it has needed and get above .500 in the ACC. SU’s next five opponents are a combined 6-18 against other teams in conference.  After Miami and Pittsburgh, Syracuse faces Clemson, Boston College and Virginia Tech. Two of those games, Miami and Boston College, will be away from the Carrier Dome and test the Orange’s ability to close out games on the road. If Syracuse looks to prove itself as an upper-echelon team in the ACC, it will need to.“It’s a long conference season,” Hillsman said. “There’s a lot of basketball left to play. We’re trying to stay healthy and get through these games and compete at the highest level.” Commentslast_img read more

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Who is the mystery woman in Australian Ashes star Nathan Lyon’s life?

first_imgAustralia’s star spinner Nathan Lyon has grabbed the headlines during the summer for a few reasons. One – his one-handed flying catch to dismiss Moeen Ali in the second Test. Two – his heroics in Australia’s successful campaign in regaining the Ashes. And Three – his new girlfriend.Lyon is reportedly dating a new woman after splitting with long-time partner of 10 years, Melissa Waring. The couple also has two children together.Lyon was recently pictured hanging out with his new flame, Emma McCarthy, a real estate agent. The couple was spotted kissing inside a luxury car before the start of the third Test at Perth, which Australia won by an innings 41 runs to reclaim the urn.According to Lyon’s friends, the pair has been dating for over one year now but sources close to Mel Waring say she has been left upset and was devastated by the development.”I think seeing his car sitting in the drive way and his washing sitting here, that probably gives you enough of an idea. We have two small children who I have to put first and unfortunately at the end of the day I’m the one who’s being f**ked around here,” Mel Waring told Daily Mail.Lyon with Mel Waring (Instagram Photo)According to Daily Mail, McCarthy had previously dated Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh for several years before they broke up.England’s Barmy Army sledged Lyon following the development but that did not deter him as he picked up three wickets at WACA, helping Australia go 3-0 up in the five-match series.advertisementLyon is the “GOAT” – Greatest Of All Time – with 283 Test wickets and the record for an Australian offie.The 30-year-old has played an instrumental role in Australia’s Ashes campaign with 14 wickets in the first three matches.last_img read more

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