Sweet bakery and ingredients specialist Dawn Foods (Evesham, Worcestershire) is offering an Easter recipe, using its Baker’s Select Carrot Cake base, as an alternative to the traditional fruit cake recipe.According to Dawn Foods’ marketing director, Maggie Dagostino: “Easter entertaining is not just about Easter eggs and themed cakes. The long weekend is a traditional time for family entertaining and consumers are looking for truly indulgent high-quality sweet bakery products suitable for the occasion.”
It has been my mission to make the public safe since I joined the fire service nearly 40 years ago. That’s why I’m pleased to see the government respond to our recommendations with concrete steps to ensure the safety of consumers, now and in the future. The new Office for Product Safety and Standards will strengthen the UK’s already tough product safety regime and will allow consumers to continue to buy secure in the knowledge there is an effective system in place if products need to be repaired or replaced. I thank the working group for their efforts to help improve product safety and I look forward to working with them in this new phase. The government will continue to work with stakeholders such as consumer groups, manufacturers and retailers to ensure the office coordinates the UK’s product safety regime as effectively as possible.This will not lessen any of the legal responsibilities that sit with manufacturers, importers and retailers to present safe products to the market, and to take rapid effective action when safety issues arise with their products.Other actions as part of the government’s response to the working group include: working with the British Standards Institution to provide guidance on product recalls and corrective action conducting research to help manufacturers and retailers develop technological solutions to product marking and identification increasing the reach of Primary Authority to further share business, local authority and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) expertise to help protect consumers researching consumer behaviour to identify the best way to drive up the number of consumers registering appliances with manufacturers creating an expert panel to bring together trade associations, consumer and enforcement representatives to advise on product safety issues as they arise The government has today (21 January 2018) announced the creation of a new national oversight body tasked with identifying consumer risks and managing responses to large-scale product recalls and repairs.The new Office for Product Safety and Standards will enable the UK to meet the evolving challenges of product safety by responding to expanding international trade, the growth in online shopping and the increasing rate of product innovation.Today’s announcement comes as part of the government’s response to the Working Group on Product Recalls and Safety. Established in October 2016 by former Consumer Minister Margot James, the group of product and fire safety experts was brought together to build on the recommendations made by Lynn Faulds Wood in her independent review into consumer product recalls.In addition to providing support and advice for local authority Trading Standards teams, the office will co-ordinate work across local authorities where action is needed on a national scale and will ensure the UK continues to carry out appropriate border checks on imported products once the UK leaves the European Union.Business Minister Andrew Griffiths said: Neil Gibbins, Chair of the working group, said: Notes for editors The office will be based in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and will start work immediately. It will work closely with the BEIS Chief Scientific Advisor, Professor John Loughhead, to ensure it has access to cutting-edge scientific and technical expertise. The Working Group on Product Recalls and Safety was set up by former Consumer Minister Margot James to provide recommendations to improve the recalls process and the safety of consumer products. The group published its report in July 2017. The Office for Product Safety and Standards will cover general (non-food) consumer product safety. It will not cover vehicles, medicines and medical devices, or workplace equipment, which are already covered by other agencies. This remit is in line with the current responsibilities of BEIS on product safety. The remit of the office does not cover construction products, which are currently subject to a separate review being led by Dame Judith Hackitt. The government will carefully consider the recommendations of that review when it concludes. The Office for Product Safety and Standards will have a budget of around £12 million per year when fully operational. There are no changes to the roles and responsibilities of local authorities or other market surveillance authorities. The office will provide a number of specialist services centrally to support consistent national enforcement, including aspects of product testing and technical expertise. Primary Authority enables businesses to form a legal partnership with one local authority, which then provides assured and tailored advice on complying with environmental health, trading standards or fire safety regulations that other local regulators must respect.
Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the NIA, said: I would encourage those with an interest in work across the NDA estate to register for Decom2018. I’m thrilled about the opportunity to speak at Decom 2018 as this is an exciting time for the nuclear industry, particularly the decommissioning sector. I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts about the future of the NDA and the opportunities we have ahead of us. We are delighted that Kate Ellis is joining our impressive line-up of speakers at Decom2018 – the priorities of the NDA, and activity across the NDA estate, are vitally important for the UK’s civil nuclear supply chain so this will be an important and popular session at the Conference. Kate joined the NDA in November 2017, taking responsibility for all of the organisation’s procurement, contract management and commercial activities associated with cleaning up the UK’s civil nuclear legacy.Decom 2018 – the NIA’s first dedicated nuclear decommissioning conference – will cover themes ranging from decommissioning and hazard reduction through to waste management, attracting industry delegates from around the globe.Kate said: Decom 2018 will take place on the 18-19 June 2018 at London’s iconic County Hall. Visit https://decom2018.co.uk/ for more information.
It all resonated deeply with Casel, who is Afro Latinx. She began spending more time watching dancers train at Funk University, the training ground for “Noise/Funk.” “I would just, like, peek through the window or hang out by the door,” she says. Eventually, she was invited in, and her tap education began in earnest.“Yeah, I was obsessed,” she says with a laugh. She practiced all of the time, spending hours perfecting a single combination. One day, on the way home from school, she passed a construction site that was discarding large plywood boards. “I asked the contractor, ‘Are you going to use that?’ He cut it for me, and I literally hauled a 4-by-4 piece of plywood on my toes all the way down into the 5 train station, all the way up to the Bronx, and that was my practice board for many, many years.”Her dedication to the form landed her a spot in Glover’s NYOT (Not Your Ordinary Tappers), as the troupe’s sole female member. Casel was often surprised by the responses she provoked: “They would say, ‘Get it, girl! You’re doing everything they do!’ Their fascination with my gender was perplexing.” It opened her eyes to a troubling absence in tap. “I knew about Ginger Rogers, Eleanor Powell, Ruby Keeler, and all of those women back in Hollywood,” she says. “But where were the ones who looked like me?”She set out to find them — and did. Through a Village Voice reporter, Casel learned about a dissertation by a Temple University graduate student about black women in tap, and she got the number of someone who connected her with Jeni LeGon, the first black woman to go solo as a tap dancer. She flew out to California to meet her.It became clear to Casel that the canon was missing a crucial volume. “I found that women in tap history had been horrifically overlooked and omitted,” she says. Not wanting to be left behind herself, she began to build narrative into her improvisations: stories about her love of music or her family history (how, in Puerto Rico, her great-grandmother stitched handkerchiefs for 25 cents a dozen, and her grandfather cut sugar cane). Eventually, “Diary of a Tap Dancer” was born. She developed a seven-minute piece titled “While I Have the Floor” into a full-length one-woman show, premiering it at Spoleto Festival USA — her first time reintroducing pioneers like LeGon and Lois Bright to audiences.,Casel had taken control of the narrative.At Radcliffe, she is working on what she calls V.5 of “Diary of a Tap Dancer.”“I’ve decided to put my time here to really shine a light on those women,” she says. “I know that there’s very limited information on them anyway, but I can give some context with my own journey as a tap dancer, as a woman, as a woman of color, and maybe fill in some gaps.”Ayodele means “joy” in Yoruba. That joy is certainly evident in her art, and it’s helping her spread not only the tap gospel, but also a message of acceptance and inclusion. “I’m going to be unpacking this for a while, this idea of identity, and expression, and art and society, and social justice,” says Casel. “I think this is a lifelong exploration, for me.”“I’m happy people are listening, but they’re only listening because I’m talking, you know?” Combining dance with a look at the social and cultural history of the genre Dancer Amirah Sackett brings her mash-up style to Harvard Ayodele Casel doesn’t just tap. She swings.And although she’s worked hard to make her Latin-infused brand of percussive dance look cool and easy, this tap evangelist wants everyone to know that hoofing, for her, involves more than fast feet: There are many stories behind the virtuosity, and a deep connection to the African American experience.“I want folks — the world — to look at this art form and its practitioners and give them the same respect and consideration they give to ballet and modern dance,” says Casel, the 2019–2020 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at Radcliffe.Growing up, Casel, 44, was a brawler. “They called me Muhammad Ali,” she says. “And I wanted to fight boys, in particular.” Perhaps not the most auspicious start, but that attitude would stick — and serve her well. Tap has always been a male-dominated art, but as an aspiring dancer, she never shied from the improvisational ring. “The guys were dancing at a high level: They were confident, and their expression was dynamic and impassioned, which could be very intimidating,” says Casel. “Some of the women were timid and hesitant. I’m like, ‘Oh, yeah, just make room. I’m coming in.’”A theater major at New York University, she took her first tap class as a sophomore. As a kid growing up in Puerto Rico and the Bronx, she had always been transfixed by the likes of Fred and Ginger in the Golden Age of tap, but this was different. After a dancer named Baakari Wilder introduced her to the world of hoofing, it became an obsession. “Up until then, the training that I’d had at NYU was really basic canon vocabulary,” she says. “Baakari taught me that this is way bigger than just the step. This is an art form that carries a history and a legacy of black people” — on par with jazz.These were the heady days of the tap revival of the mid-1990s. The choreographer Savion Glover had become a star, and “Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk” — the Glover-choreographed hit musical revue that used tap to illuminate black history — had just opened on Broadway. “I’ve decided to put my time here to really shine a light on those women. I know that there’s very limited information on them anyway, but I can give some context with my own journey … and maybe fill in some gaps.” — Ayodele Casel All the right moves Hip-hop steps up Related Flowing together With twisting and floating movements, Harvard Gaga dance course teaches students and community members to listen to their bodies
It’s our favorite time of the year: Tony time! We’ve spent the last few weeks making detailed spreadsheets, graphs and extremely complicated ven diagrams (remember those?) about all of our favorite plays of the year. After hours of deliberation, we’re finally ready to reveal our Tony forecast, including frontrunners, hopefuls and a Broadway.com Shout Out to one show we hope the Tony nominators will remember. Check out our Tony cheat sheet for the top play categories! Left to Right: The Glass Menagerie — This haunting new take on the Tennessee Williams classic was both a critical darling and a crowd favorite. Twelfth Night — Audiences and reviewers alike went gaga over this all-male production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy. It’s a total lock. Waiting For Godot — Sirs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen made this acclaimed revival one of the season’s highlights. BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUT IN THE MIX IN THE MIX BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUT Left to Right: Sam Gold, The Realistic Joneses — The young but prolific director has yet to score a Tony nod, and this might just be his year. James Lapine, Act One — The multitalented writer/director has a chance of nabbing Best Play and Best Director nominations this season. Joe Mantello, Casa Valentina — Will the two-time Tony-winning director’s take on cross-dressing culture be a hit this year? It could happen, but it’s not a lock. Sean Mathias, Waiting For Godot — A nod for Godot will be the first Tony nomination in 19 years for this British director. Mike Nichols, Betrayal — This EGOT-winning director is an awards magnet. He’s likely to be recognized again, but it’s not a guarantee. Stay tuned for more Tony cheat sheets! ALSO POSSIBLE A Time to Kill, Bronx Bombers, The Snow Geese, The Velocity of Autumn FRONTRUNNERS BEST PLAY IN THE MIX View Comments Left to Right: A Raisin in the Sun — Kenny Leon directed Raisin 10 years ago and got a nomination, but a nod for the new production isn’t guaranteed. Machinal — An inventive new staging of Sophie Treadwell’s 1928 drama has a decent shot of snagging a nom. Richard III — It’s more of a downer than its repertory partner Twelfth Night, but the stellar Shakespeare production still has a shot at some Tony love. The Cripple of Inishmaan — Martin McDonagh’s tale of an outcast who makes it big in Hollywood (or does he?) has a chance to win big on nomination day. BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUT Of Mice and Men — In this extremely crowded race, we’ve got our fingers crossed that the starry mounting of John Steinbeck’s tender tragedy won’t be overlooked. Outside Mullingar — John Patrick Shanley’s delightful Irish love story about two middle-aged farmers won our hearts, and we’re hoping it will win the hearts of the Tony committee, too! BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY FRONTRUNNERS ALSO POSSIBLE Betrayal, Macbeth, No Man’s Land, Romeo and Juliet, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, The Winslow Boy ALSO POSSIBLE Anna D. Shapiro, Of Mice and Men; Michael Grandage, The Cripple of Inishmaan; Ethan McSweeny, A Time to Kill; Sheryl Kaller, Mothers and Sons; Doug Hughes, Outside Mullingar; Daniel Sullivan, The Snow Geese; Molly Smith, The Velocity of Autumn; Sean Mathias, No Man’s Land; Tim Carroll, Richard III; Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun FRONTRUNNERS Left to Right: All the Way — The star-studded political drama by Robert Schenkkan is a definite contender, but not a guaranteed nomination. Casa Valentina — Harvey Fierstein’s cross-dressing ensemble drama has heart, but can it bring home the gold? The Realistic Joneses — This polarizing black comedy by Will Eno is the wildcard: It’s not your typical Broadway fare, but it sure stands out from the crowd. Left: Act One — The beloved autobiography of theater legend Moss Hart springs to life in James Lapine’s heartfelt and funny new stage adaptation. A nod is very likely. Right: Mothers and Sons — Four-time Tony winner Terrence McNally’s new drama about a mother coming to terms with her son’s death will be tough to beat. Left: Tim Carroll, Twelfth Night — This unforgettable mounting is the British director’s Broadway debut (along with Richard III in rep), and it’s sure to get some Tony love. Right: John Tiffany, The Glass Menagerie — A dark and dreamy take on Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece is likely to score the Tony-winning Once director another nod. Lyndsey Turner, Machinal — Featuring an inventive rotating set that upped the ante of the intense drama, Turner’s Broadway directing debut not only deserves a mention, it deserves a nomination. BEST PLAY REVIVAL
A small gasoline leak from a fuel storage tank can often go unnoticed, but even one drop per second could result in the release of about 400 gallons of gasoline in one year. Not only does this cause an economic loss, but it also causes environmental and health problems. Small amounts of spilled gasoline can enter ground and surface water, creating health risks for those who drink from these water sources.According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, nearly one in four underground storage tanks in the U.S. may be leaking. The risk of leaking increases dramatically for tanks that are more than 20 years old, that are not protected against corrosion and those that are installed improperly.Petroleum products contain a number of potentially toxic compounds including common solvents such as benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and xylene along with additives like ethylene dibromide and organic lead compounds. When mixed with water in low concentrations, these contaminates cannot be detected by smell or taste, but can cause serious health problems.For example, benzene, which is considered a human carcinogen, has a drinking water standard of less than five parts per billion. These health hazards are compounded by the fact that products such as gasoline, diesel fuel and fuel oil can move rapidly through soil surface layers and into ground water posing hazards to people and animals.Fuel storage presents a substantial fire hazard. Vapors from an underground leak that collect in basements, sumps or other underground structures have the potential to explode. In addition, owners of leaky tanks are responsible for cleanup costs that typically range from $10,000 to $100,000 or more. And it may be difficult to sell property that contains an old underground storage tank.A University of Georgia Cooperative Extension publication available through area UGA Extension offices details how to assess the safety of storing and handling petroleum. This publication can also be found online at www.caes/uga.edu/publications.
Standing alongside Vermonters struggling with rising gas prices, Representative Peter Welch on Monday announced three pieces of legislation to help calm rising prices in the short term and combat energy market speculation in the long term. Gas prices in Vermont are up nearly one dollar since September, hitting $3.74 in parts of the state. At the Montpelier City Public Works Department, Welch was joined by Cabot Cheese Warehouse and Distribution Manager Louie Quintin, owner of Middlesex Electric Donald Pierce and Montpelier City Manager Bill Fraser, all of whom are trying to absorb rising gas prices into tight budgets. The legislative initiatives would eliminate tax loopholes that encourage energy market speculation, release fuel from the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to calm rising prices and set criminal penalties for those found to be engaging in price gouging. ‘As rising gas prices hit Vermonters at the pump and threaten a fragile economic recovery, we must use every tool we can to ease the burden,’ said Welch. ‘These common sense bills will provide much-needed relief in the short term and reduce the ability of speculators to drive up prices in the long term. With so many families and businesses struggling to get by in a down economy, it’s imperative that Congress and the President take action.’‘Rising fuel prices are affecting everyone,’ said Judy Sullivan, a constituent from Fairfax who recently contacted Welch about rising gas prices. ‘I commute 60 miles a day for work and $3.70 a gallon gas really eats up the budget quickly. The bottom line is that after paying to heat the house and fill my car’s tank, there really isn’t room left for much else.’Monday’s announcement marks Welch’s most recent efforts to combat rising gas prices. Last month, Welch wrote a letter to President Obama urging him to consider using the nation’s oil reserves to provide relief for working families and small businesses. The President has indicated he is considering tapping the reserves. Welch announced the following legislation Monday: The STOP ActThe Stop Tax-breaks for Oil Profiteering ACT would close a tax loophole that encourages speculation and distorts the normal supply-demand balance of the market. Under current law, financial speculators ‘ such as hedge funds ‘ pay an overall tax of 23% on profits and losses in commodities markets, while actual commercial participants ‘ such as farmers, fuel dealers or businesses ‘ pay a rate of 35%. The Enhanced SPR Act:The Enhanced Strategic Petroleum Reserve Act would direct the Department of Energy to release at least 30 million barrels of oil from the nation’s oil reserves, or about 5 percent of the current total volume. Such action has had a history of driving down prices in the past. Later on, the proceeds from the sale would be used to gradually acquire refined petroleum product, such as gasoline or diesel fuel over the next five years. Possessing refined products would ensure the effectiveness of the reserves, even in the event of a refinery outage. The Federal Price Gouging Prevention Act:The Federal Price Gouging Prevention Act would give the Federal Trade Commission the authority to investigate and punish companies that artificially inflate the price of energy. The bill sets criminal penalties for price gouging, and permits states to bring lawsuits against wholesalers or retailers who engage in gouging.Source: Welch’s office. 3.14.2011 # # #
The vast majority of the 12,500 chemicals used by the $50 billion beauty industry have never been assessed for safety.Dear EarthTalk: I know that there are many issues with personal care products being unsafe for our health, but where do I look to find out what’s safe and what’s not?— Mary Pulaski, Trenton, NJThe average American uses about 10 personal care products each day, resulting in exposure to some 100 unique chemicals. But the vast majority of the 12,500 chemicals used by the $50 billion beauty industry have never been assessed for safety, according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC), a coalition of eight non-profits concerned about the health of cosmetics and personal care products.“Many of these chemicals are linked to adverse health effects like cancer, birth defects and other serious health issues,” CSC reports. And with cosmetics chemicals showing up in breast milk and umbilical cord blood, not to mention rivers, lakes and drinking water aquifers, it is indeed a problem that affects us all.Unfortunately for American consumers, these products aren’t held to the same high safety standard as foods and drugs in the United States, and as such manufacturers do not have to disclose ingredients on their products’ labels. That means it’s up to consumers to educate themselves as to what products to buy and which to avoid if human health and the environment are concerns.To the rescue comes the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG), which launched its SkinDeep database back in 2004 to give consumers a way to learn about what’s in the products they use on their skin and bodies. Today, SkinDeep—which is free to use and has a user-friendly, keyword-searchable interface—features health and safety profiles on 69,000 different cosmetics and personal care products.“Our aim is to fill in where industry and government leave off,” reports EWG, whose researchers cross-reference hundreds of safety studies and nearly 60 toxicity and regulatory databases against thousands of product ingredient labels to help consumers find the safest cosmetics and personal care items.Beyond searching for your most frequently used creams, gels and elixirs to get the low-down on their safety, users can also learn what to avoid by browsing the site’s “What Not to Buy” section. Harsh soaps, anything with chemical fragrances, many nail polishes and most dark permanent hair dyes top the list of products health-conscious consumers should steer clear of—or at least check out on SkinDeep. The website lists safer versions of all these product types for those who just can’t live without.But public health advocates and environmentalists alike, of course, would prefer that all personal care products could be trusted to not be rash-inducing, carcinogenic or otherwise harmful. CSC has been lobbying Congress about the need for stricter laws and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight, and last year was instrumental in getting the Safe Cosmetics Act (HR 2359) introduced into the House of Representatives. While the bill stalled in committee, it would have required the FDA to create a list of specific contaminants likely to be found in certain cosmetics ingredients and provide testing protocols to determine which ones qualified for warning labels, phase-outs or outright bans. Whether a similar bill will come up again anytime soon remains to be seen. In the meantime, consumers should make sure to visit the SkinDeep database before lathering up.CONTACTS: EWG’s SkinDeep Database, www.ewg.org/skindeep; CSC, www.safecosmetics.org.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.
This is the fourth of the 12-part series on our blog highlighting the 12 major development issues. In case you missed it, last month we discussed employment and income generation, which can be found here. This month we are focusing on education.Education is deeply rooted in the heart and soul of credit unions; it’s even part of the 7 Cooperative Principles. The principle of education refers to credit union’s responsibilities to educate, train and provide information to help improve the financial lives of members and those in the community.Unfortunately, education is not something that is available around the world. This is due to many factors, such as a lack of facilities, teachers, funds, and more. Education, especially financial education, has many benefits to society as a whole -which is why it’s so important for credit unions.As credit union professionals, we are tasked to actively promote the education of their members, officers, and employees along with the public in general. April is National Financial Literacy month, providing the perfect time to focus on ways that we as credit union practitioners can build the financial capability of members and communities. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Haggling for a better price can be intimidating. You don’t want to look like a cheapskate or feel rejected when a salesperson says no to your request for a deal. Perhaps that’s why less than half of shoppers surveyed by Consumer Reports said they tried to negotiate a lower price on everyday goods and services. But those who do try to haggle are typically rewarded; the survey also found that 89 percent of shoppers who negotiated did save money at least once.I don’t need survey statistics, though, to tell me that haggling pays off because it’s a technique I use to save more than $1,000 a year.Yes, it can feel awkward asking for a lower price. But, it feels great to get a deal. So if you tend to shy away from haggling, here’s what I’ve learned about how to do it successfully.I Save More Than $100 a Year by Asking for DiscountsIf the prospect of haggling intimidates you, you can still score discounts without negotiating back and forth. Simply ask merchants or service providers whether they have any coupons, special deals or ways to save. I’ve done this when booking hotel rooms and activities for family vacations, when shopping at retail stores and even when dining at restaurants. continue reading »