Independent flour mill FWP Matthews (Chipping Norton, Oxon) offers a Cotswold Organic Crunch flour, containing organic wheat flour, organic malted wheat flakes and organic malted wheat. The firm’s range includes four organic white flours, three organic brown flours, three organic French flours and three other organic cereal flours.
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The Worshipful Company of Bakers has elected Patrick Wilkins as its new Master.At the Company’s annual election banquet in London’s Mansion House on Monday (28 November), Wilkins took over from Colin Reese.The ceremony took place in front of more than 260 members of the Company, bakers, suppliers and guests, including representatives of the City of London Corporation and the heads of bakery organisations. Wilkins has been a member of the Bakers’ Company for more than 20 years, and has been secretary to the Wandsmen (ushers) of St Paul’s Cathedral for 21 years.He grew up in London’s East End and has worked as a police detective, investigating matters ranging from violent crime to major fraud, and working with law enforcement agencies in the US and Europe.“Unlike other professions, mine was one where, most times, the customer was always wrong!” he quipped.Speaking exclusively to British Baker, Wilkins said he had fond childhood memories of the local baker coming to his street and selling bread from an enclosed cart. “The delicious smell from the wooden enclosure when the doors were opened has stayed with me my whole life. When I was invited to become a Liveryman of the Bakers’ Company it was an absolute given that I would accept.”Wilkins added he was “well aware” of the honour accorded to him and the responsibilities with regard to the Worshipful Company in the year ahead.“I have been amazed at the diversity of skills in the trade, and the tremendous range of products. I hold all bakers in the utmost respect and look forward to playing a full role in supporting and promoting the industry whenever I can.”
Berries are good for you, that’s no secret. But can strawberries and blueberries actually keep your brain sharp in old age? A new study by Harvard researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) finds that a high intake of flavonoid-rich berries, such as strawberries and blueberries, over time, can delay memory decline in older women by two and a half years. This study was published today by Annals of Neurology, a journal of the American Neurological Association and Child Neurology Society.“What makes our study unique is the amount of data we analyzed over such a long period of time. No other berry study has been conducted on such a large scale,” said Elizabeth Devore, a researcher in the Channing Laboratory at BWH, who is the lead author on this study. “Among women who consumed two or more servings of strawberries and blueberries each week we saw a modest reduction in memory decline. This effect appears to be attainable with relatively simple dietary modifications.”The research team used data from the Nurses’ Health Study — a cohort of 121,700 female, registered nurses between the ages of 30 and 55 — who completed health and lifestyle questionnaires beginning in 1976. Since 1980, participants were surveyed every four years regarding their frequency of food consumption. Between 1995 and 2001, memory was measured in 16,010 subjects over the age of 70 years, at two-year intervals. Women included in the present study had a mean age of 74 and mean body mass index of 26.This study, which was independently controlled by the investigators who performed the data analysis, was funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the California Strawberry Commission.Findings show that increased consumption of blueberries and strawberries was associated with a slower rate of memory decline in older women. A greater intake of anthocyanidins and total flavonoids was also associated with reduced memory decline. Researchers observed that women who had higher berry intake had delayed memory decline by up to two and a half years.“We provide the first epidemiologic evidence that berries appear to slow progression of memory decline in elderly women,” notes Devore, who is an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Our findings have significant public health implications as increasing berry intake is a fairly simple dietary modification to reduce memory decline in older adults.”
By ShareAmerica December 01, 2020 The General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) passed a resolution October 21 declaring that the illegitimate Maduro regime’s December 6 elections in Venezuela will be fraudulent.“We all know there is more work to do to uphold our hemisphere as a hemisphere of freedom,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during his virtual remarks to the 50th OAS General Assembly. “Nicolás Maduro’s plan to hold fraudulent elections in December to steal the National Assembly — Venezuela’s last democratic institution — is only the latest abuse of power.”Colombia introduced the resolution, stating that, as it stands, free and fair elections cannot be held in Venezuela.Elections that are free and fair “will depend on the existence of the necessary conditions of freedom, justice, impartiality, and transparency,” the resolution states, “with guarantees for the participation of all political actors and citizens and the release of political prisoners, under reasonable deadlines for their organization, and with independent and credible international electoral observation.”The resolution details concerns about the illegitimate regime’s violation of national election laws. It asserts the regime actively seeks to undermine the electoral process, which could eliminate the last democratic institution in Venezuela: the National Assembly.The resolution also reaffirms the legitimacy of the National Assembly and the need to protect members of the institution from attacks by the illegitimate Maduro regime.Addressing the dire and worsening human rights situation in Venezuela, the resolution calls for immediate, unimpeded access to deliver humanitarian aid to the most crisis-stricken and vulnerable populations.The OAS General Assembly resolution says more needs to be done in Venezuela before democratic elections can take place.“We must recover democracy in Venezuela,” said OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro.
(WBNG) — The Broome County Executive’s Office reported a new coronavirus case regarding a local restaurant employee and a Greyhound bus from New York City to Syracuse that might have been exposed to the virus on Saturday. Broome County will continue to provide updated COVID-19 numbers on their website. The health department asks any individuals who were in the restaurant on April 24 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. to quarantine and contact their health care provider if they develop symptoms. The Broome County Health Department reports that an employee of The Greek House Restaurant at 623 Main St. in Johnson City has tested positive for the coronavirus. For more coronavirus coverage, click here. They also say that Greyhound Lines have still agreed to not stop in Broome County during this pandemic as per Jason Garnar’s request. County officials advise any individuals from Broome County who rode that bus to contact the Broome County Health Department at (607) 778-2802. They also say the 14-day incubation period for the infected individual will be over on Friday, May 8. The health department says the individual has not worked since Friday, April 24 and was asymptomatic. The county health department says that passengers on a Greyhound bus that left Port Authority in New York City at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Monday, April 27, and arrived in Syracuse at approximately 7:40 p.m. may have been exposed to the coronavirus.
Popular news outlet Liputan6.com filed a report of alleged intimidation, in the form of doxing, against one of its journalists, Cakrayuri “Cakra” Nuralam, to the Jakarta Police on Monday.”We have reported the [unlawful] publication of a Liputan6.com journalist’s personal information [to the police]. This report is a way to fight against intimidation toward journalists,” Legal Aid Institute for the Press (LBH Pers) director Ade Wahyudin said on Monday.Liputan6.com editor-in-chief Irna Gustiawati said she had also reported the intimidation to the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) last Tuesday.In a meeting, the commission said doxing was a violation of human rights, especially since the attack did not only affect the victim but also his family members.On Sept. 11, several social media accounts published Cakra’s personal information on several platforms, such as Instagram and Telegram.In a bid to discredit him, the perpetrator edited Cakra’s photos and published them without his consent. Moreover, the perpetrator also edited pictures taken by Liputan6.com journalists to be used in a campaign of harassment against the news outlet and the journalist.Read also: AJI urges police to investigate alleged intimidation, doxing of Detik journalistThe intimidation was apparently inspired by a fact-check article published on Sept. 10, in which Cakra refuted claims that a member of the House of Representatives from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) is the grandson of the founder of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) in West Sumatra.A day later, four Instagram accounts posted Cakra’s personal data, such as his social media accounts, email addresses and phone numbers.Those accounts also posted hate speech against him, calling Cakra “the regime’s journalist”, “a monkey” and “a PKI supporter” among other things.Throughout 2019, LBH Pers recorded an increasing number of incidents of violence against journalists, including cyberattacks and doxing. The institute found 79 attacks against journalists in 2019, which was eight more cases than in 2018.Ade expressed hope that other journalists who experienced similar cyberbullying could also file a report to the police.”Filing a report is necessary as a deterrent effect against perpetrators. Journalists work for the public interest and they are protected by the Press Law,” he said. According to the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), three cases of doxing against journalists were reported to authorities in 2018. However, no case of journalist doxing has been solved by the police or law enforcement.Topics :
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Infrastructure, Jobs That Pay, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced state support to prepare the former USX Duquesne Works brownfield site in Allegheny County for construction of a new manufacturing facility.“This transformative project represents a truly impactful investment in the Mon Valley,” said Governor Wolf. “My administration is committed to projects that help spark private-sector job creation efforts and make a sustainable difference in the lives of Pennsylvanians.”RIDC Southwestern Growth Fund was awarded a $500,000 grant for removal of slag, unsuitable soil, demolition of concrete steel mill foundations, extension of utility infrastructure, and preparation of the brownfield site for new building construction. The site preparation, demolition, and utility infrastructure will enable the construction of a manufacturing facility of approximately 320,000 square feet on the former steel mill site. Once completed, the project is expected to result in 100 new manufacturing jobs for residents of the Mon Valley and will further benefit local businesses such as day care companies, restaurants, and shops due to the increased customer base.“The Mon Valley has been financially distressed for years, and has not yet fully recovered from the loss of the steel industry – but this project at the site of the former USX Duquesne Works is the kind of development that turns a community around,” said Sen. James Brewster. “At this brownfield site will soon stand a huge manufacturing facility that will employ more than 100 employees. I thank Governor Wolf for recognizing the potential of this project and of the Mon Valley.”“This grant means so much to the City of Duquesne in terms of employment, along with economic and regional redevelopment,” said Rep. Austin Davis. “Turning our former steel works plant into a viable 21st century industrial facility that will provide jobs for over 100 or more area residents is great news for the Mon Valley.”Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program, funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development. August 17, 2018 Governor Wolf Announces Redevelopment of Former Duquesne Works Steel Mill Site in the Mon Valley
December 19, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf and Attorney General Shapiro Announce New Tool to Report Suspicious Prescription Drug Activity Healthcare, Press Release, Public Health, Public Safety, Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced the creation of a tool for reporting suspicious activity surrounding the prescribing or dispensing of prescription drugs, including opioids.The tool will be available starting today on the Attorney General’s website; on the Department of Health’s website; and within the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) site for registered users.“One way of the many ways we are fighting the opioid epidemic is with Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, a database that collects information on all filled prescriptions for controlled substances in the state,” Gov. Wolf said. “By making the Attorney General’s suspicious activity reporting tool available on the PDMP and the Department of Health’s website, we add another layer of safety for the responsible prescribing of controlled substances such as opioids.”“The illegal diversion of prescription pain pills from doctors’ offices and pharmacies is contributing to the opioid epidemic across the Commonwealth, but diversion activity is hard to identify and even harder to investigate” said Attorney General Shapiro. “This new reporting tool, which is available online to everyone, allows people to anonymously give our office detailed information about suspected diversion so we are better able to arrest and prosecute the criminals who are poisoning our communities for their own profit.”The Attorney General’s Office of Diversion created the suspicious activity report form, a web-based form for health care providers and the general public to report suspicious activity involving prescription medication.That activity might include fraudulent, stolen, or altered prescriptions, a suspicious doctor or pharmacy, or an individual obtaining prescription drugs for any purpose other than the treatment of an existing medical condition, such as for purposes of misuse, abuse, or diversion.Completed reports are assigned to the appropriate Attorney General’s Office investigator in the region where the suspicious activity is alleged to have taken place.While Pennsylvania has had a prescription drug monitoring program since the 1970s, it was in 2016 that Gov. Wolf announced the PDMP program would be run by the Department of Health. Those with an active Pennsylvania professional license that permits them to prescribe or dispense medications must register to use the PDMP. Authorized users include prescribers, dispensers, the Attorney General’s Office (on behalf of law enforcement), designated commonwealth personnel, and medical examiners or county coroners.More than 90,000 registrants have conducted approximately 1.6 million patient searches each month.The PDMP online database allows prescribers and dispensers of controlled substances to monitor who is obtaining opioids, who prescriptions are being obtained from, how often they are prescribed, and supports clinicians in identifying patients who may be struggling from the disease of addiction and help connect them with treatment services.For more information on the PDMP, visit here.
Press Release, Public Health Pittsburgh, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today discussed his initiative to create a lead-free Pennsylvania by calling on the legislature to increase access to blood testing for children in alignment with federal guidelines, increasing local response efforts, and planning for training of more certified lead abatement professionals. The governor was joined at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh by hospital officials and medical staff, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, and legislators.“Pennsylvania has the sixth-highest percentage rate for children suffering from lead poisoning and this is only the number who have been formally diagnosed,” Gov. Wolf said. “This is true in Pittsburgh and across the state. It’s imperative that we get to work ending lead exposure in our commonwealth, as Pittsburgh and Allegheny County have already begun doing.”The state provided about $48 million to assist the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority with replacing underground lead pipes, which make up about 2,800 residential connections. Because of the location of some of those lines, homeowners were facing projects costing thousands of dollars.This investment will help ensure prospective buyers in historic neighborhoods like Mount Washington, Morningside and Homewood aren’t deterred by outdated infrastructure.“We’re working to reduce lead exposure in our historic school buildings, as well as from legacy water lines in our municipalities,” Gov. Wolf said. “We need projects like this across the commonwealth,” Gov. Wolf said. “To help keep families safe.”The governor called on the legislature to increase access to blood testing for children in alignment with federal guidelines; something that Allegheny County is already doing.Currently, only about 30 percent of children in Pennsylvania have been tested for lead, and about 4.6 percent of those children had elevated blood lead levels.The federal guidelines advise parents and guardians to have their children given a finger prick test for lead exposure between age 9 and 12 months and then again at age 24 months.If children are not given this test in that timeframe, it is recommended that schools encourage testing when children enter the classroom at age 6 or sooner. The preference, though, is for early detection so the source of the lead exposure can be eliminated before any permanent damage occurs.“Lead remains a serious threat to public health, particularly for our children,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “With our region’s and state’s aging infrastructure, it’s imperative that we work cooperatively and collaboratively to provide resources to address this issue. We’ve been able to leverage local funds and partnerships to increase the work that we’re doing, and welcome Governor Wolf’s announcement of his new initiative to create a lead-free Pennsylvania that considers several components, including the need for universal blood testing, which has been successful in Allegheny County.”“The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has replaced some 4,500 lead service lines since 2016, with an emphasis on neighborhoods with high concentrations of children, pregnant women and elevated lead levels. That work has been helped greatly by Governor Wolf’s support of $49 million PENNVEST grant and loan, which will help PWSA replace a total of 8,000 lines by 2020. While there is still more to be done, our state and county partners are helping Pittsburgh do all it can to preserve one of its most important resources – clean and safe water,” Mayor William Peduto said.In addition to calling for legislation for universal blood testing that follows the federal guidelines, Gov. Wolf outlined other initiatives associated with creating a lead-free Pennsylvania, including:Local Response TeamsLocal response teams will develop a plan to care for children with elevated blood lead levels. These teams will be modeled after the Plan of Safe Care teams that were developed in response to infants being born affected by substance use disorder.These will ensure proper notification from physician to the Department of Health of cases of children with an elevated blood lead level, a coordinated follow up with the child’s family or caretaker, an assessment of the source of lead poisoning, and a response plan that includes available resources and opportunities for elimination of the source of lead exposure.Workforce TrainingThe administration will develop training to get more Pennsylvanians certified in lead remediation. As of last week, there were 773 individuals and 124 companies certified by the Department to do lead remediation work. There are also 13 training providers accredited by the Department.The goal is to identify resources to increase training in this vital area, especially in areas of the state where there is greater need for lead remediation services.Resources for FamiliesThe departments of Health and Human Service have updated online resources for families to access information on lead testing, lead poisoning and lead remediation. That information is available at on.pa.gov/lead.“This is just the start of my plan for a lead-free Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “I plan to continue to work with the General Assembly as the fall session gets underway to pass legislation on universal lead testing and to ensure we are responding to the needs of all Pennsylvanians as we address this serious issue.” August 29, 2019 Gov. Wolf Discusses Initiative for a Lead-Free Pennsylvania with Focus on Testing and Abatement SHARE Email Facebook Twitter