Greggs: we’ll pay pasty tax

first_imgIt was one of the defining political issues of 2012 – and saw Greggs mobilise the baking industry in defence of the proposed pasty tax.However, it now seems there has been a change of heart at the BB75 bakery retailer and it is to start selling hot pies that are subject to VAT.A report in The Grocer suggests the chain, which led demonstrations at No 10 with outgoing chief executive Ken McMeikan, will be serving hot pies, following feedback from its customers via Facebook.Many customers had complained they were unhappy at purchasing lukewarm or cold versions of Greggs’ best-selling savouries.A spokeswoman for the chain said: “Greggs already offers toasted sandwiches, but is looking at extending the range of food that could be served hot or heated up.“If something is served hot it will attract VAT.”Will Greggs remain at the top of the BB75 in 2013? To find out before the rest of the market please respond to your exclusive invite to British Baker’s networking lunch by e-mailing [email protected]last_img read more

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Less processed meat, more fish, exercise may boost sperm count, quality

first_img Read Full Story Men may be able to boost their sperm counts by eating less processed meats such as bacon, eating more fish, and getting more exercise, according to new research from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Researchers who looked at lifestyle factors among approximately 150 male infertility patients at Massachusetts General Hospital presented their findings October 14, 2013 at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s annual meeting in Boston.The researchers found that men who ate between one and three servings of processed meats per day had worse quality sperm than those who ate the fewest servings. Sperm quality was better in men who ate the most white meat fish, like cod or halibut. And men who ate the most fatty fish like salmon, bluefish or tuna had a 34% higher sperm count than those who ate the least amount of fish. “We found the effect of processed meat intake lowered (sperm) quality and fish raised quality,” lead author Myriam Afeiche, research fellow in the HSPH Department of Nutrition, told the Daily Mail.Another study found an apparent link between men’s exercise—particularly weight lifting—and higher sperm counts. “Weightlifting has been shown to increase testosterone levels and improve insulin sensitivity,” study co-author Audrey Gaskins, a doctoral student in the HSPH Department of Nutrition, told HealthDay.last_img read more

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UHS, Lourdes see increase in COVID-19 patients, shortage in healthcare workers

first_img“As the community continues to experience an increase in COVID-19 cases, UHS’ hospitals also have seen a slight increase in the number of patients that we are treating for the virus.  We are taking every precaution to make sure that our organization can respond to the needs of everyone in our community during this pandemic.  UHS facilities are open, sanitized and safe, and we encourage virtual and in-person visits as appropriate.  Like other regions nationwide, the Southern Tier continues to experience a shortage in many health care positions, including nursing.” Ascension Lourdes says it’s facing the same issues: UHS said in a statement to 12 News: “Ascension Lourdes has seen a modest increase in COVID patients recently. We continue to monitor our resources daily as we have done throughout the pandemic. Much like the rest of the nation, our area is seeing a shortage in healthcare positions as well.As we embrace a new way of providing care to the community, Ascension Lourdes offers virtual visits as well as in-person visits and we have strong safety precautions and safeguards in place to protect patients, visitors and caregivers. We encourage the community to continue to be vigilant in wearing masks and practicing social distancing.”center_img According to the Broome County COVID-19 map, daily hospitalizations in Broome County have spiked throughout the month of July. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Two of the Southern Tier’s largest hospitals say they’re seeing an uptick in COVID-19 patients, as the area experiences a shortage in healthcare workers, like many hospitals across the nation. last_img read more

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Finding Nemo and co.

first_imgParticipants of the USC Sea Grant Parent-Child Education Program learn about an Ochre Seastar on a field trip to the Redondo SEAlab. The program is funded by USC Neighborhood Outreach and is held at the EXPO center, and is offered free of charge to neighborhood schoolchildren in fourth through sixth grades and their parents.Photo courtesy of Dieuwertje Kastlast_img

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Liverpool boss Rodgers explains Steven Gerrard substitution

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said he withdrew Steven Gerrard in the second half of Fulham’s 4-0 defeat at Anfield because of concerns over a hip problem.The England international was instrumental in all four goals as the Reds demolished Martin Jol’s struggling side.Gerrard walked straight down the tunnel after being substituted in the 67th minute.Rodgers said: “Steven has had a small issue with his hip and I will rest him where I can do – that’s why he came off.“He’s more than a seasoned professional at the top level and he should be fine.”The Reds boss added: “Steven’s delivery of the ball is as good as it gets.“I’ve asked the players to be more aggressive when they attack the ball and try to get in front of their defenders because he delivers it as good as anyone.“He has incredible quality on the ball and some of our combination play today was outstanding.”Man Utd v Arsenal: free bets offer for West London Sport readers 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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African music gets boost in London

first_imgLondon’s radio scene is being flavoured with music from Africa since a Nigerian station took over Bang Radio and rebranded it The Beat London. It aims to disseminate African music to audiences in the UK, to showcase the continent’s talent. Following its success in Nigeria, The Beat FM gets a radio station in London. It began broadcasting in March 2016. (Image: Online Nigeria)• Swan Lake: the South African adaptation• Oppikoppi at 21: it’s always been about the music• Mandela’s presidential years to get book treatment• Celebrating books: National Library Week• African history gets animation treatment Priya PitamberLondon’s airwaves are being filled with music from all over Africa since Nigeria’s The Beat London 103.6 FM began broadcasting at the end of March.“We are excited to expand The Beat FM’s passion to develop music talents and the energy of young people from Africa to the world, beginning with the UK,” said Chris Ubosi, the chief executive of The Beat 99.9 FM Nigeria, speaking to Radio Today.“This is a great opportunity to further demonstrate the potential that music and media have to unite youths across the world.”The Beat London took over an existing station in North London, Bang Radio 103.6 FM, under an agreement with Megalectrics.Expanding The Beat FM into London was driven by changing demographics and entertainment consumption habits of the UK, said Deji Awokoya, general manager of Megalectrics. “This was by no means a hostile takeover, but a long-considered, calculated move because our aim is to globalise local talent,” Awokoya told The News Nigeria website.“Already, Bang FM is a fixture in the Afro-Caribbean entertainment industry, with close collaborations with radio stations and media in Nigeria.”Ubosi said the rebranded radio station was a chance for those interested in African music to access it.“We want to put African music on the same pedestal with other genres,” he told digital news outlet, Quartz. “Put the music in the mainstream so it’s played alongside other genres rather than being compartmentalised and played only during specific shows.”Eventually, Ubosi would like to expand into North America.Beat FM in London: “We want to put African music on a pedestal like other genres,” Chris Ubosi. https://t.co/MvR4UKOvrN#LondonisLive— BHM (@bhmng) March 28, 2016African music on the riseQuartz noted that the concept of an African station launching in the global capital of art and fashion might have seemed too ambitious a few years ago. But things were changing.“But hits by stars like Nigeria’s Tiwa Savage and Wizkid, Ghana’s Stonebwoy and Sarkodie, South Africa’s Cassper Nyovest and Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz have already been seeping into the London night club scene and have been on the fringes of playlists of UK radio,” the Quartz website reads.It described African music as undergoing a renaissance, after a period of neglect during the 1980s and the 1990s.“But as local economies of countries like Nigeria and Ghana picked up there was a new found desire for home-made entertainment alongside American hip-hop and Hollywood movies,” reads Quartz. “The renewed self-belief of young Africans spurred the growth of home grown pop music and movies.”Awokoya said the station did its research and found that more people were tuning into stations that were culture driven. “This is corroborated by an entity no less than MOBO (Music Of Black Origin),” he said. “So for us, this is a strategic move and the beginning of a completely new frontier in the globalisation of entertainment.”last_img read more

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National Library of Finland Turns to Crowdsourcing, Games to Help Digitize Its Archives

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… audrey watters Related Posts center_img The National Library of Finland has launched a new program to support the digitization efforts of its archives. The project, Digitalkoot (Digital Volunteers), blends microtasks, crowdsourcing, and video games to break up and distribute some of the dull repetitive work of verifying digitized records.“We have millions and millions of pages of historically and culturally valuable magazines, newspapers and journals online. The challenge is that the optical character recognition often contains errors and omissions, which hamper for example searches,” says Kai Ekholm, Director of the National Library of Finland. “Manual correction is needed to weed out these mistakes so that the texts become machine readable, enabling scholars and archivists to search the material for the information they need.”In order to accomplish this, the National Library has joined forces with Microtask, with the latter helping to design two games that will make this work entertaining. In ‘Mole Hunt’ (Myyräjahti), the player is shown two different words, and they must determine as quickly as possible if they are the same. This uncovers erroneous words in archived material. In ‘Mole Bridge’ (Myyräsilta), players have to spell correctly the words appearing on the screen. Correct answers help badgers build a bridge across a river. Again, the game helps verify the OCR and make sure that digitized materials are accurate and searchable.“We wanted to set up ‘Angry Birds for the Thinking Person’ – something which entertains but is also useful to us as a nation,” says Ekholm, who anticipates teachers and children will enjoy volunteering to help these digitization efforts. Additional phases of the project will be aimed at “more serious historical buffs.”As libraries and archives worldwide are moving to digitize their collections, they face many challenges – in terms of technology, funding, access, and planning. To date, four million pages of different types of texts from the 18th to 20th centuries have been digitized, but there still remain huge bulks of cultural heritage archived only in paper files. “Our archives are national cultural heritage,” says Ekholm. “I am proud that even such a small nation as we are able to launch something like this.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#web last_img read more

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Spundge: A Collaborative Solution To Online Information Overload

first_imgadam popescu A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts Tags:#startups#web As a journalist, I spend much of my time sifting through media from the social networks, RSS feeds, and blogs I follow. I need ways to filter out the noise and focus on the good stuff, and I bet that other content creators like marketers, analysts, developers and entrepreneurs could use the same thing. I think I’ve found the right tool for the job.Spundge is a streaming service for searching, sharing and publishing Web content. It filters search results from sources you chose (social media, RSS, keyword, etc.) to save you time finding the information you need to do your job. Spundge also helps publish that information in blog posts and stories in a way similar to Storify shares social-network conversations. And it lets you do this in collaboration with other users, meaning you can share searches and add and tweak other people’s searches. While Spundge caters to journalists, it lends itself to other uses. Writers of corporate blogs, social media and e-mail newsletters all need improved searches and data filters to gather relevant material. Julie Westfall, curation editor at Digital First Media, an online and print publisher and venture fund, has been using Spundge to find better story-telling tools “that are still practical enough for everyday use.” Westfall said Spundge improves content discovery and collaboration for a variety of communication needs, calling it “a really nice back end that will allow a lot of flexibility. Because it operates more like a traditional back-end content-management system with added social integration, I see potential for small sites to use it as an everyday tool.”   Stream ThisThe service publicly debuted at last month’s ONA conference in San Francisco and already boasts more than 1,000 sign-ups without any traditional PR or outreach. It comes in a  free version and a $9-per-month version for large-scale organizations.Here’s how it works: The tool lets you cull media from multiple sources like keyword searches, social networks, blogs, and RSS feeds, filtered by time, location and language. It organizes the material into “noteboks” that can be viewed as headlines and summaries. Results can also be shared for collaboration or published by dropping notebook items into a text window and publishing via WordPress or Tumblr. Spundge is also tinkering with new ways to monetize the material you collect, looking for ways to create advertising that fits in with content. That endeavor is still in early testing, with Spundge looking at working with brands and publishers. A New Way To Curate Media“It’s an end-to-end platform to track and monitor content, and from there to publish it,” explained Craig Silverman, Spundge’s journalist-in-residence and founder of Poynter’s Regret the Error blog. Silverman said the service makes his work at Poynter easier, speeding up his workflow and helping him avoid getting bogged down reading 100 media blogs and news feeds. “I save about 45 minutes a day,” he says. “We went with newsrooms first because they have an acute problem with information overload,” Silverman said. “For us, there was a moment of realization that starting with newsroooms made sense because so many organizations had to mimic that: Turning knowledge into content.” Silverman thinks the ways we curate online content are outdated and hopes Spundge’s collaboration capabilities will help people rise above the information overload that threatens to overwhelm us all. “Collaboration is really key,” he said, describing Spundge’s collaboration features as a constant editorial meeting in real life. Twitter, RSS feeds, email newsletters, none of these things talk to each other or are collaborative, Silverman pointed out. “It allows a variety of people in organizations to stay on top of interests.” Right now, 20 newsrooms are using the service, including the Guardian, Atlantic Media’s new startup Quartz, and Digital First Media. Early adopters also include marketers, PR agencies, and communication professionals in the nonprofit and financial sectors who want to track causes and master what Silverman calls “large knowledge challenges.”last_img read more

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