Teddy Hall drop ball

first_imgTeddy Hall Ball has been cancelled following poor ticket sales. The event, with a Drop Dead Gorgeous theme, was scheduled to take place on the 7th May, but could not compete with the other high profile balls taking place in Oxford this summer. The ball website had promised an evening of “Gothic decadence and desires”, during which guests could expect to “indulge in a gluttonous feast and and explore Teddy Hall’s labyrinth of tricks and fancies, to be captivated by intriguing, intimate performances in the glittering front quad.”Ticket sales suffered due to a lack of interest both outside and from within the college. One member of the college commented that £85 was too much to pay for what they labelled would be nothing more than “a glorified bop”. However, Ball Committee President Genevieve Wastie blamed competition from “large balls, like Catz for example, which was much larger than normal non-commemoration balls.”She told Cherwell that, “a great deal of effort went into planning the event and we are all still sad that in the end a cancellation was necessary.”Wastie reported that only around half of the tickets had been sold, but that no money had been lost by either the Ball Committee or the JCR. She also confirmed that everyone who had bought a ticket for the Ball had already been given their money back.Teddy Hall JCR President Josh Coulson claimed that “for a number of reason the Ball Committee felt a smaller event would be more appropriate.”The ball will be replaced by a summer barbeque. Coulson commented, “The JCR is very excited about the summer party this week…Everyone seems to be happy about this and we are expecting a good Teddy Hall attendance at what should be a fantastic event this weekend.”last_img read more

IU vs. USI Baseball Game Raises Awareness For Friedreich Ataxia

first_imgIU vs. USI Baseball Game Raises Awareness For Friedreich AtaxiaOCTOBER 20TH, 2018 MEGAN DIVENTI EVANSVILLE, INDIANABaseball players from Indiana University and the University of Southern Indiana came together for something bigger than the game itself- to raise awareness and money for Friedreich Ataxia, also known as FA.“The main thing is that people are coming out, supporting FA, you know and hopefully we can make our statement with FA in this community,” says Tracy Archuleta, USI baseball head coach.Archuleta’s son, Sam, was diagnosed with FA when he was ten-years-old. The disease, which has no cure, is known to break down muscle coordination, speech, and balance which is why Sam says he can’t play sports. Some local Hoosiers say the game is all for Sam.“Feeling great. Couldn’t feel better and it’s awesome that IU and USI can come down here and play,” says Sam Archuleta, Tracy’s son living with FA.“It’s amazing. I’m glad to be able to represent him and get to play a game that he probably loves and can’t play anymore,” says Elijah Dunham, IU freshman OF and Reitz grad. “It’s really sad, but we’re going to come out here and play our best for him.”“He’s thrilled to be at this game today and just come out here and do it for him just to play the game for something bigger than yourself is awesome,” says Cal Krueger, IU sophomore P and Jasper grad.Nearly three thousand people packed Bosse Field with hopes to hit a fundraising goal of $30,000.“Sam’s a lot of fun. He definitely lives every day,” says Drew Ashley, IU freshman C, Memorial grad. “He doesn’t let the disease get in his way more than it obviously does, but he’s an inspiration how well you can live life.”One of the biggest athletes to come out of Evansville also showed up. Marlins manager Don Mattingly was there to catch Sam’s ceremonial first pitch.“Hopefully it’s something that again awareness brings attention, attention usually brings more research, and research usually we get advances in medicine,” says Mattingly.“Hopefully not only our community but the world gets involved a little bit and makes a difference and we do find a cure and help all these young kids and adults that have it,” says Tracy Archuleta.And it’s Sam’s wish to have events like this that are bigger than baseball.“I hope they get out what FA is and just hope we can do this again and they can come out again,” says Sam Archuleta. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Owlet woos bakery firms with juices

first_imgOwlet Juices has just launched a new “bag in a box” of juice, which the company claims is suitable for bakery retailers. The juice, which has a 12-month shelf life, comes in a 10-litre pack size with a recyclable cardboard box and there is no glass packaging to recycle.The juices contain no sugar, artificial sweeteners, colours or preservatives. The range includes single-variety apple juices, blends of apple varieties, pear juice and apple & berry blends.Owlet Juices are also available in a one-litre range packed in cases of 12, a 25cl range packed in cases of 24, as well as a five-litre catering pack.The company, based in Lamberhurst, Kent, supplies the Houses of Parliament and is a previous gold medal winner at the Great Taste Awards.[http://www.owletfruitjuice.co.uk]last_img read more

Weather presenter Sian Welby urges public to get baking

first_imgWeather presenter and charity volunteer Sian Welby has urged people to bake this summer to help provide life-changing care and support for disabled people.Launching on 1 July, Give & Bake is about the public showcasing their baking skills to give their friends, family or work colleagues their cake creations in exchange for a donation to charity Leonard Cheshire Disability.Donations from the Give & Bake initiative will fund a range of care services, including therapies enabling those involved in accidents to regain movement and benefit from physiotherapy at the charity.Welby volunteers at the charity’s Randall Close service in Wandsworth, a day centre for people with physical disabilities, and is asking people to get involved in the cause.“You don’t need to worry about your bakes having soggy bottoms, it’s just about having fun and raising loads of dough for Leonard Cheshire Disability,” Welby said.“I’m delighted to support Give & Bake, and help make a positive difference to the lives of disabled people.”To get involved with Give & Bake, register through the Leonard Cheshire website.last_img read more

Real texture for lab-grown meat

first_imgLab-grown or cultured meat could revolutionize food production, providing a greener, more sustainable, more ethical alternative to large-scale meat production. But getting lab-grown meat from the petri dish to the dinner plate requires solving several major problems, including how to make large amounts of it and how to make it feel and taste more like real meat.Now, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have grown rabbit and cow muscle cells on edible gelatin scaffolds that mimic the texture and consistency of meat, demonstrating that realistic meat products may eventually be produced without the need to raise and slaughter animals.The research is published in npj Science of Food.Kit Parker, the Tarr Family Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics at SEAS and senior author of the study, began his foray into food after judging a competition show on the Food Network.“The materials-science expertise of the chefs was impressive,” said Parker. “After discussions with them, I began to wonder if we could apply all that we knew about regenerative medicine to the design of synthetic foods. After all, everything we have learned about building organs and tissues for regenerative medicine applies to food: healthy cells and healthy scaffolds are the building substrates, the design rules are the same, and the goals are the same: human health. This is our first effort to bring hardcore engineering design and scalable manufacturing to the creation of food.”Animal meat consists mostly of skeletal muscle (and fat tissue) which grows in long, thin fibers — as can be seen in the grain of a steak or when shredding pork or chicken. Reproducing these fibers is one of the biggest challenges in bioengineering meat.,“Muscle cells are adherent cell types, meaning they need something to hold onto as they grow,” said Luke MacQueen, first author of the study and a research associate at SEAS and the Wyss Institute for Bioinspired Engineering. “To grow muscle tissues that resembled meat, we needed to find a ‘scaffold’ material that was edible and allowed muscle cells to attach and grow in 3D. It was important to find an efficient way to produce large amounts of these scaffolds to justify their potential use in food production.”To overcome these challenges, the researchers used a technique developed by Parker and his Disease Biophysics Group known as immersion Rotary Jet-Spinning (iRJS), which uses centrifugal force to spin long nanofibers of specific shapes and sizes. The team spun food-safe gelatin fibers to form the base for growing cells. The fibers mimic natural muscle tissue’s extracellular matrix — the glue that holds the tissue together and contributes to its texture.The team seeded the fibers with rabbit and cow muscle cells, which anchored to the gelatin and grew in long, thin structures, similar to real meat. The researchers used mechanical testing to compare the texture of their lab-grown meat to real rabbit, bacon, beef tenderloin, prosciutto, and other meat products.“When we analyzed the microstructure and texture, we found that, although the cultured and natural products had comparable texture, natural meat contained more muscle fibers, meaning they were more mature,” said MacQueen. “Muscle and fat cell maturation in vitro are still a really big challenge that will take a combination of advanced stem cell sources, serum-free culture media formulations, edible scaffolds such as ours, as well as advances in bioreactor culture methods to overcome.”Still, this research shows that fully lab-grown meat is possible.,“Our methods are always improving and we have clear objectives because our design rules are informed by natural meats. Eventually, we think it may be possible to design meats with defined textures, tastes, and nutritional profiles — a bit like brewing,” said MacQueen.“Moving forward, the goals are nutritional content, taste, texture, and affordable pricing. The long-range goal is reducing the environmental footprint of food,” said Parker.“The development of cultured meat involves a number of technical challenges, including the formulation of a scaffold material that can successfully support cells and the development of cell lines that are amenable to cultivation for consumption at scale,” said Kate Krueger, research director at the cellular agriculture research institution New Harvest, who was not involved in the research. “The authors of this publication have developed scaffold materials that show great promise in these areas.” Harvard’s Office of Technology Development has protected the intellectual property relating to this project and is exploring commercialization opportunities.This research was co-authored by Charles G. Alver, Christophe O. Chantre, Seungkuk Ahn, Luca Cera, Grant M. Gonzalez, Blakely B. O’Connor, Daniel J. Drennan, Michael M. Peters, Sarah E. Motta, and John F. Zimmerman.It was supported by SEAS, the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, and the TomKat Foundation. The vegans are coming, and we might join them Research suggests gut microbes adapt quickly to changes in diet and preparation, particularly in starchy vegetables Related Increasing red meat consumption, especially of processed meats, is linked with a higher risk of premature death In replicating the look and taste of real meat, companies are appealing to the mainstream consumer Put down those cold cuts You are what you eat — and how you cook it The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Steve Parish reacts as Crystal Palace reach FA Cup Final

first_imgSteve Parish told talkSPORT that he is delighted Crystal Palace secured their place in the FA Cup final, having defeated Watford in the semi-final on Saturday.The Eagles chairman watched on as Yannick Bolasie and Connor Wickham scored either side of a Troy Deeney strike, sending Palace to their first final since 1990.That was a sad day for the South London club, who were beaten by Manchester United, and in an interesting twist of fate, it is the Red Devils that Alan Pardew’s men will come up against this year.Parish admitted that he is delighted by reaching the final, telling Call Collymore that Palace want to go one better this time around.“It’s fantastic for the fans, and it’s another chance to take on the old enemy,” Parish said.“We’re obviously excited and pleased, but we want to go one better than 1990, and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to do it.”United secured their place in the final by beating Everton on Saturday, and Louis van Gaal’s men are starting to put in some strong performances – something Parish has noticed.He continued: “They’re coming into some form, and they’ve got a bit of pace which they didn’t have earlier in the season.“It’s a one off game, a big occasion, fantastic sets of fans on both sides, and we’ve got players who can hurt people, so it will anyone’s game on the day.“It’s fantastic to be there, but we are not there to make up the numbers. We are there to beat them.”last_img read more

Top Brand Set of 12 yellow snap on hair rollers, Long lasting curls

first_img Posted on April 22, 2018Author Nathalie DuboisCategories RollersTags Top Brand Its ok but they should of been slightly larger then they would have been beter. Set of 12 yellow snap on hair rollers excellent. This item arrived yesterday in excellent condition no complaints i would purchase items from this seller if i need items again in the future. Bought these rollers for my boyfriends mum. The local shops don’t sell these type of rollers any longer so it was fantastic that i was able to order them for her from amazon. The lady in question is delighted with the rollers and was amazed that i was able to get them for her. Key specs for Set of 12 yellow snap on hair rollers. Medium size – 19mm in diameter.:Pack of 12 snap on rollersMedium size 19mm in diameterYellow colourwayNo hair grips requiredEasy to useComments from buyers“Set of 12 Yellow Snap on hair rollers excellent, Excellent result, wife very pleased with them, These rollers are nice, they hold your hair well and the cap “ Great rollers i would have said they were more small than medium but they are fine for meit’s what i have been looking for so very happy. Its ok but they should of been slightly larger then they would have been beter. I was very pleased with these curlers. They are more suitable for short hair, but they produce a really curly effect. Bought these rollers for my boyfriends mum. The local shops don’t sell these type of rollers any longer so it was fantastic that i was able to order them for her from amazon. The lady in question is delighted with the rollers and was amazed that i was able to get them for her. Excellent result, wife very pleased with them. Excellent result, wife very pleased with them. Not very useful on my bald pate. Set of 12 yellow snap on hair rollers excellent. This item arrived yesterday in excellent condition no complaints i would purchase items from this seller if i need items again in the future. These rollers are nice, they hold your hair well and the cap. These rollers are nice, they hold your hair well and the cap secures the roller in place. Use these for the shortest hair to create great curlsvery easy to use. Can be used with hood or hand held hair dryer. Excellent result, wife very pleased with them. Excellent result, wife very pleased with them. Not very useful on my bald pate. Item arrived on date expected. The snap on hair rollers are as shown. These rollers do what it says on the tin. They are very comfortable to wear and sleep in. These rollers do what it says on the tin. They are very comfortable to wear and sleep in. These are easy to use, give good medium sized curls, and create staying power if used on damp hair -. Great rollers i would have said they were more small than medium but they are fine for meit’s what i have been looking for so very happy. These rollers are nice, they hold your hair well and the cap. These rollers are nice, they hold your hair well and the cap secures the roller in place. These are easy to use, give good medium sized curls, and create staying power if used on damp hair -. Use these for the shortest hair to create great curlsvery easy to use. Can be used with hood or hand held hair dryer. I was very pleased with these curlers. They are more suitable for short hair, but they produce a really curly effect. Item arrived on date expected. The snap on hair rollers are as shown. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2018-04-22 14:38:12Reviewed Item Set of 12 yellow snap on hair rollers. Medium size – 19mm in diameter.Rating 5.0 / 5  stars, based on  13  reviewslast_img read more

Correcting organic misinformation: Part II

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest My following musings are a mix of rebuttal, mea culpa and olive branch, in response to Dr. Carol Goland’s rebuttal of my earlier column on organic food production. Dr. Goland, executive director of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, countered some of my points.I’ll begin by saying that I believe there’s room in this big country for two food systems — organic and traditional. We’re all in this to provide consumers quality, wholesome food and fiber. And I believe we can co-exist without constant bickering. (But I wonder why many of the organic folks spend so much time resorting to scare tactics, accusing traditional, nonorganic farming practices of increasing cancer risks, being unsustainable and poisoning the environment). The marketplace has spoken, but…I can’t argue with Dr. Goland’s point that consumers have made their desires clear and that major food corporations have listened. They’re stocking their coolers with milk that has come from cows not given rBST, because that’s what consumers have said they want.Why wouldn’t big companies like Kroger make the switch? They profit by meeting consumer demand. Plus, they’re profiting even more by raising the price of non-rBST milk by 50 cents to $1 a gallon. And they’re passing on only pennies of that price increase to dairymen in return for their agreement to stop giving rBST to cows.The net effect is that dairymen have to spend more to produce milk, while striving to remain sustainable. And consumers have to pay more.On the subject of sustainability, rBST raises cows’ productivity. This means farmers can produce more milk with fewer cows, lessening their impact on the environment. Researchers have found that providing a million cows rBST reduces the dairy industry’s carbon footprint by the equivalent of taking 455,000 cars off the road. The pluses and minuses of organicI don’t have a bone to pick with anyone who chooses to purchase organic food products. However, I do have a problem with foodie activists who spread false information and out-and-out lies to a naïve public about hormone and antibiotic residues and processing line contamination.Organic local food production has its merits. Locally grown produce is often fresher than what you can buy at the supermarket. And, because it’s local, you can often check out the food production system yourself. However, small, local food operations often lack monitoring systems for early detection of health-threatening organisms such as Salmonella, E. coli OH157:H7, or Campylobacter, to name a few.Having such systems is a strength of major food production companies. Most of these companies have sophisticated testing systems in place to detect and prevent food security problems. This isn’t to say that foodborne illness can’t occur in large operations. But they generally follow hazard analysis and critical control point (HAACP) protocols to monitor food pathogens, conduct trace-backs and improve food safety.Small, local operations are less likely to follow HAACP protocols. Even some medium-size operations struggle with food safety, even as they boast about the quality of their food. Chipotle is a great example. For all of their claims about offering the highest quality ingredients, their lack of HAACP protocols bit them and their indisposed patrons in the kazoo.Any food production company — organic or traditional — can be subject to a food safety crisis. But establishing and following HAACP protocols can make the difference between which companies detect and address problems early before they become problems for consumers — and which ones don’t. Proper use of antibioticsNow, about Dr. Goland’s comments on antibiotic use in organic dairy herds. She wrote that cows producing organic milk are not denied access to antibiotic therapy when needed. She is partially correct. Organic dairy production rules state an ill cow should receive appropriate therapy, including antibiotics, but must be removed from the herd.From my more than 45 years as a food animal veterinarian, I know that organic dairy farms often substitute antibiotic therapy with home remedies, organic oils or herbs. Rarely does scientific data support these alternative therapies as being effective. I believe that using unscientifically researched herbs and oils, instead of proven antibiotics, risks the welfare of cows.I know of only one therapeutic agent used in organic milk production that meets Food & Drug Administration (FDA) testing standards for effectively treating infections without residues. I do concede that some agents permitted in organic production reduce fever, pain and inflammation, but they do not stop or kill infections.And just because organic dairies have protocols in place for removing an ill cow from the herd doesn’t mean this automatically happens. I know from my veterinary practice that it is human nature to see if a sick cow will recover without antibiotics, to avoid having to remove her from the herd. While motivated by economic considerations, this becomes an animal welfare issue.Large organic dairy farms usually have such precise management protocols in place that they minimize disease incidence significantly. They also are more likely to have the resources to strictly follow through on protocols to remove ill cows from organic production. These large operations often have a traditional dairy where these cows can be placed for the rest of their careers. After antibiotics have cleared their systems these cows can go into traditional dairy production.As I began this column, I’ll close by saying that traditional and organic farming can co-exist. That is, so long as the aim of both systems is to follow production practices that ensure safe, nutritious, wholesome food for the benefit of consumers. And that ensure the welfare of livestock.In addition, I ask that we work toward these goals without using unfounded scare tactics, which I’ve found to be a common strategy of the more radical foodies.last_img read more

Get a Smarter Tax Refund

first_imgWritten by Joan Reid with Molly Herndon“It’s not how much you earn that counts, but how much you keep.”PFMs, it goes without saying that most of us hate filing our income tax returns, but we love getting money back from the government. While you don’t want to owe income tax, too big of a refund doesn’t work to your best advantage, either. So, how can you prepare your clients to best put their tax return to work for them? This post focuses on strategies you can share with clients that will help put their tax returns to work.Make Your Refund Work for YouThe much anticipated tax refund is not a windfall, but a return of earned income, which the government has been using all year. While many families regard this refund as forced savings, it may serve you better if you were to have access to that money throughout the year. Consider reviewing your annual withholding amount. If you decide to change your with¬holding rate, submit a new Form W-4 Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate to your em¬ployer. Be sure to discuss changing the withholding rate with your spouse if you are married. Coordinate your withholding rates so you do not accidentally under-pay your taxes, which would cause your household to owe money the following year.To make your money work for you, develop a plan for that extra money that will be in each of your paychecks. If you don’t have a savings account, open one and move a set amount into it each month. Or have automatic transfers set up from your checking account into your savings account. This is a good way to develop an emergency fund if you don’t have one.You can get started on saving with this year’s refund. When you prepare your tax return, simply use IRS Form 8888 to divide your refund into two or more accounts or financial institutions and/or to purchase U.S. Series I Savings Bonds.Avoid Refund Anticipation Loans Refund Anticipation Loans (RAL) provide early access to part of the refund amount you are expecting. The com¬pany offering the RAL will charge a fee for lending you part of your tax refund until the actual refund is received. You can keep more money in your pocket by avoiding rapid refund offers and choosing to electronically file (e-file) your taxes. A tax refund can be received in 10 days or less with electronic filing. This is true whether you e-file through a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA site, a paid tax preparer, or on your own through the IRS website.Many folks sign up for a RAL because they either are desperate for the cash or don’t want to delay a desired purchase. You can prepare yourself to not be in that position next year by decreasing your withholding, as discussed above, and saving that amount. Then, you can keep your whole refund and earn at least a bit of interest throughout the year. If you have enough in emergency savings, you may want to put some of those savings into an IRA or other retirement account.H&R Block Emerald Prepaid MasterCard®When you have your taxes completed at a participating H&R Block tax office, you can choose to have your tax refund or refund anticipation check funds proceeds loaded onto the H&R Block Emerald Card.The card can be used for everyday purchases, such as bill payments and ATM withdrawals, anywhere debit MasterCard cards are accepted. You can also add money to your card any time through payroll direct deposit or at participating retail reloading locations through the Green Dot®, MoneyGram® and Western Union® networks.Emerald Card FeesAlthough there is no fee to set up the card, there are some usage fees of which to be aware. ATMs in the Allpoint network are surcharge-free. If you use a non-Allpoint ATM for any transaction, including a balance inquiry, the ATM operator may charge you a fee even if you do not complete a withdrawal, this is in addition to the fees listed below:$2.50 – ATM Cash Withdrawal Fee (each/per occurrence)$1.00 – ATM Balance Inquiry/ATM Denial Fee (each/per occurrence)$25.00 – Over the Counter Withdrawal Fee (each/per occurrence)$2.50/month – Monthly Inactivity FeeVisit the website for a complete listing of fees.Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)The VITA program offers free income tax preparation for individuals and families with incomes up to about $42,000. Look in your community to find a free VITA tax preparation site or call 1-800-829-1040.What tax refund advice do you typically share with interested clients?References:Bird, Carolyn L. Getting the Most from Your Tax Refund (FCS-528-01). Raleigh: North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, NC State University. Bird, Carolyn L. Smart Uses for Your Tax Refund. (FCS-528-02). Raleigh: North Carolina Cooperative Extension, NC State University. H&R Block Emerald Prepaid MasterCard. Author: Molly C. Herndon (+Molly Herndon)last_img read more