first_imgIndependent bakery Irwin’s business development manager Brendan Lappin has unveiled 69-pub chain O’Neill’s new Taste of Ireland menu, due to launch in October.The menu now features Irwin’s Irish Soda Bread and Potato Bread as part of its core offering.”This is a significant development for Irwin’s,” said Lappin. “This level of endorsement by such an iconic Irish brand as O’Neill’s and its investment in marketing the authentically Irish menu initiative will intensify our brand visibility and lead to strong retail sales conversion.”Irwin’s is based in Northern Ireland and supplies a range of traditional Irish breads to supermarkets throughout the UK and Ireland.last_img


first_img TAGSBishop Kevin RhoadesCatholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South BendcoronavirusCOVID-19Fort WayneIndianaquarantineself-isolationSouth Bend By Darrin Wright – August 12, 2020 0 671 Facebook Google+ Pinterest Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Rhoades in self-isolation after exposure to COVID-19center_img Previous articleMichiana Renaissance Festival postponed until August 2021Next articleMan saved from burning car in Cass County Monday Darrin Wright (Photo supplied/Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese) The head of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend is under self-quarantine.The diocese has issued a statement to say that while Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades had not tested positive for COVID-19, he had come into contact with someone who has the respiratory illness and is self-quarantining “as a precaution for the safety of others.”Rhoades will miss a number of public events, including several confirmation Masses, as he isolates himself over the next two weeks.No further details about his condition were released. Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Google+ IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Marketlast_img read more


first_img Email [email protected] Queens RoadTeddingtonTW11 0LY BEIS has published a leaflet which contains some of the actions that businesses can take to prepare for when the UK leaves the EU. The leaflet includes guidance on the wide range of support available to help businesses grow as the UK leaves the EU.This information is available to download for print or for viewing on screen.For updates on developments in food and feed law and related scientific and regulatory issues have a look at our Food and Feed Law: legislation review document collection.For more information about the work of the Government Chemist contact uscenter_img Government Chemistlast_img


first_imgSource: St Pierre GroupeSt Pierre Groupe has boosted its board of directors with two new hires, both from The Happy Egg Co.David Wagstaff, previously president and chief operating officer at the egg supplier, joins as board director while Jen Danby, former chief marketing officer, has been appointed international marketing director at St Pierre.The double appointment, according to St Pierre, is a ‘clear signal that growth in the USA market is key’ to its brand strategy for 2021 and beyond. Its portfolio includes St Pierre, Baker Street and Paul Hollywood.Both recruits bring with them extensive knowledge of international markets. In the US, Wagstaff (right) created and launched The Happy Egg Co, introducing a new production model and building a national branded business of some $40m in only four years.Prior to that, he was leading partner in a consulting firm specialising in food and drink, responsible for several international projects that saw him operate in China, South Africa, Europe and the US for brands spanning dairy, frozen and nutrition sectors. He has also worked at McCain Foods and Dairy Crest.In his new role, Wagstaff will guide the business teams enabling the St Pierre brand to continue its growth across the United States.“St Pierre is a brand experiencing dynamic growth – in the USA it’s up 57% year on year. The team have already achieved amazing results, so with some extra direction, there is genuine excitement around and no limit to what this brand can do,” he said.Danby (right), meanwhile, will head up the recently expanded marketing department with a focus on brand-building both in the UK and US markets; she will be responsible for a strategy designed to grow brand awareness and educate consumers through advertising, PR, digital media and shopper marketing.“It’s an incredibly exciting time to join the business. Its growth has been phenomenal this year, especially considering the challenges faced due to the pandemic. There’s a great team in place and real momentum behind each of the brands to continue growth – with ambitious targets in place for the next three years,” she said.Paul Baker, St Pierre co-founder, added: “We have three brilliant brands in our portfolio and an incredible opportunity – particularly in the US for St Pierre – to build brand identities that connect with consumers. Our team has always been our greatest strength and now we have an incredible senior team in place to direct strategy and drive the growth of which we know we are capable.”Other recent hires include three commercial managers who joined the firm in May.last_img read more


first_imgIn a brand new interview with Katie Couric, three-time Grammy winner Chance The Rapper gives fans a better glimpse of who he is. The interview takes place at Harold’s Chicken Shack, one of Chance’s favorite restaurants in the Southside of Chicago, and throughout, Chance talks about a whole slew of topics ranging from being an independent artist, the significance of the number 3 in his life, and gun violence in his home city.You can check out the interview for yourself below, courtesy of Yahoo.last_img


first_imgGAZETTE: Is reform of WHO needed? Are any of the Trump administration’s criticisms of WHO well-founded?WILLIAMS: Reform of WHO is absolutely needed, for it was not designed to be independent, nor is it vested with the power or resources it needs. In fact, WHO’s annual budget is less than that of most university hospitals. And yes, WHO did make mistakes at the outset of the pandemic, but so did many other organizations and countries. As for China’s undue influence and the U.S. response of pulling the plug, in both cases, bold political bullying was in clear effect. Through reform and proper funding, the WHO can play an even more meaningful role in global health. Too many countries, especially poor ones, depend on WHO for medical guidance and supplies and need this assistance now more than ever.I would also be remiss in not mentioning how delighted I am with the choice of Dr. Rochelle Walensky, M.P.H. ’01, to lead the CDC. Her appointment represents a renewed investment in the scientific and humanitarian assets that can be brought to bear on both domestic and global public health pursuits.GAZETTE: You mention acute hunger doubling in 2020. Why is that and how much damage has been done to efforts to end hunger? Are there solutions?WILLIAMS: The World Food Programme (WFP) projects a doubling of children and adults facing acute hunger globally by the end of 2020. Beyond illness and death, this virus has had a tremendous impact on the global economy, supply chains, food supplies, and access to humanitarian aid. COVID-19 has created a pandemic on top of a pandemic — food insecurity is a real and present threat all over the world. To address this crisis, we need long-term policy solutions to hunger, food waste, and climate change. Food donation is only one piece of the puzzle. Countries must bridge the gap between surplus food and the growing need for food for the most vulnerable. (One-third of all food produced for human consumption goes to waste, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.)In terms of solutions, we need a globally coordinated, multifaceted effort. Here in the U.S., a new stimulus bill must include an increase in SNAP benefits [formerly known as food stamps] for families — and such a bill should be passed as soon as possible. The safe reopening of schools and day care centers around the world would also make a huge difference, in part because so many children receive meals there. The pandemic has also caused a disruption in food supply chains that will need to be addressed on a global scale.This spring, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the World Food Program, and the World Bank put out a joint statement calling for collective, international action to ensure that our food supply chains are not further threatened by the pandemic and that we begin work now to avoid future disruptions to our food and agricultural systems.GAZETTE: What about slowed childhood vaccination efforts? That seems an area whose potential consequences are severe.WILLIAMS: The slowing of childhood vaccination efforts will undoubtedly have long-term, dire consequences. COVID has disrupted the ability of global health care systems to deliver routine, preventative vaccinations; parents are also restricted by lockdowns and the fear of contracting COVID in a doctor’s office. The delayed transportation of much-needed vaccines is exacerbating the situation. Since March 2020, routine immunizations have been scaled back in the extreme. According to data from WHO and UNICEF, the lack of vaccinations has put at least 80 million children under the age of 1 at risk for diphtheria, polio, and measles. Child vaccination campaigns have also stalled, even as measles deaths increased by 50 percent from 2016 to 2019. And that’s before we even get to the U.S. The irony of having the most effective vaccination programs known to mankind attenuated during the pandemic is not lost on me. We can and must do better to assure the stability of programs like childhood immunization programs during times of duress.All of this comes also before we’ve even talked about vaccinating children against COVID-19. There are so many issues we will need to confront in terms of introducing children and adolescents into clinical trials, and which age groups should get vaccinated and when. The last thing we need in our fight against the pandemic is to see an unnecessary delay in children receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.GAZETTE: You call for an increase in the domestic research and development budget by $1 billion. Why is that needed? Hasn’t an enormous amount of money flowed into disease research this year?WILLIAMS: It’s not just about the size of the research and development; it’s about where and how it’s spent in order to bring forward the best outcomes. There are areas in domestic research that have been chronically underfunded, and we are paying the price by not having strong evidence upon which to build public health programs and to generate new policies. For example, it has become very clear that we need an evidence-based approach in the behavioral and communication sciences. In particular, we need better data to inform how to overcome misinformation and, for example, how to promote vaccine acceptance. We can celebrate what the STEM fields have brought forward all we want, but if we don’t have the investments to inform vaccination campaigns that are confronted with the clear and present danger posed by misinformation, that is going to be a real public health challenge in the months ahead. Four deans, and their journeys The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. To accelerate scientific advances, we will need to increase domestic research and development funding by at least $1 billion annually, as the National Academy of Medicine has recommended. Research and development help us attack the world’s most pressing global health challenges and make major health improvements worldwide. We will always need cutting-edge technology, drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics — without these innovations, we will not be able to unleash science to combat global health risks. We must stay ahead of the curve, on infectious disease most especially.GAZETTE: You also call for renewed focus on climate change, which Biden has indicated he supports, and on microbial drug resistance. Climate change has gotten a lot of attention recently. Why do you think microbial drug resistance is as urgent?WILLIAMS: Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatens our ability to treat common infections and increasingly threatens the health of people both in the U.S. and globally. Back in 2016, the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance concluded that by 2050, drug resistance would claim 10 million lives a year and would wipe out a cumulative $100 trillion of economic output. Here in the U.S., the CDC has estimated that 2 million people will suffer drug-resistant infections every year, and that 23,000 will die — and those numbers are considered underestimates. In other words, we simply cannot afford to ignore AMR. The Biden administration should incentivize pharmaceutical and biotech companies to develop new antimicrobials and support multilateral efforts to confront antimicrobial resistance. In the context of pandemic preparedness, nothing is more important.In fact, antimicrobial resistance represents one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century, one in which I am confident we will eventually prevail. We will do that in the same way we have historically triumphed over other public health threats, from infectious diseases to drunken driving: through a sustained, coordinated, multifront campaign. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been easy to forget that a number of longstanding deadly global health problems remain with us, in some cases exacerbated by the outbreak. More people are hungry this year than last; childhood vaccinations and polio eradication have taken a step back; and AIDS, malaria, and TB continue to kill millions annually. In early December, a group of public health leaders recommended an “action agenda” for the incoming Biden administration that looked at the damage done to global health programs by the pandemic and plotted a path forward. Authors of the plan, published in The Lancet, include Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Dean Michelle Williams, former Chan School Dean Barry Bloom, former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala — now a U.S. representative from Florida — and experts from Georgetown University, Emory University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Gazette recently talked with Williams about what needs to happen.Q&AMichelle WilliamsGAZETTE: Your comment in The Lancet mentioned “major setbacks” in reducing poverty, hunger, and disease. What is the status of global health today, and has the intense focus on COVID-19 globally hurt efforts in other areas?WILLIAMS: Public health connects the dots between structural problems such as poverty and racism and a range of poor health outcomes, including increased risk of complications and death from COVID-19. The pandemic has put the spotlight squarely on the primacy of public health, so when speaking to the current status of global health, we must take into consideration the social determinants of health as well. Among the most critical areas in need of attention are education, food systems, environmental protection, economic stability, and behavioral and mental health.GAZETTE: Clearly COVID-19 is the most pressing health concern today, both in the U.S. and globally. Are there resources available to address these more traditional health concerns and COVID at the same time, or have public health leaders been forced to choose?WILLIAMS: We speak about the “COVID slide” in terms of the learning losses suffered by students, but the term can be applied to global health as well. The need to take an all-hands-on-deck approach to the pandemic has meant that other pressing public health efforts have been waylaid. In July, for example, the WHO released a report showing that prevention and treatment efforts for noncommunicable diseases have suffered during the pandemic.And public health leaders are only human, after all. We are seeing exhaustion and burnout not just among frontline health care workers, but among public health experts as well. For many, there are only so many hours in a day to devote to causes other than COVID-19.Long before the pandemic began, the U.S. public health system was severely underfunded but now the world has seen what a failure to invest in public health really means — and not just in lives lost. COVID-19 has also represented the greatest threat to value creation since World War II. Having now been brought to our knees, we need to stop making do with less and instead start investing more in public health infrastructures — not only for our collective well-being, but for our economic health as well. “We believe it’s important for the Biden administration to build on the tradition of U.S. humanitarian leadership, not just because the world needs it, but because the world is waiting for it.” Related Harvard to help track the viruscenter_img In a group interview, Brown-Nagin, Gay, Long, and Williams recall their role models and describe the complexities of leading their Schools How slavery still shadows health care GAZETTE: You and your co-authors mention a variety of steps to fight COVID-19. How, in your mind, can the U.S. most effectively help efforts abroad?WILLIAMS: First and foremost, the U.S. should do everything it can to regain its leadership role in the world. This means leading by example, certainly, but also leading by investing in key initiatives that ensure our collective safety in a way that recognizes our interconnectedness. A threat anywhere is a threat to all of us, and this is true for viral threats as well as inattention to, say, planetary sustainability.The incoming administration could make an immediate, meaningful impact across several areas, such as mobilizing partners to fund the U.N. COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP) to re-engage with and strengthen WHO. WHO covers a whole range of global health threats, from maternal and child health to noncommunicable diseases and universal health care. However, WHO’s $5.8 billion biennial budget falls far short of its enormous global mandate. Of course, all of this in addition to working to ensure equitable worldwide distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.GAZETTE: Given the U.S.’ dismal record fighting COVID-19, why is U.S. help needed and is its “leadership” even wanted?WILLIAMS: With innumerable health crises worldwide, U.N. humanitarian appeals are facing massive deficits. As the wealthiest nation in the world, the U.S. has the means and the resources to help bridge this gap, and we must begin to do so as soon as possible. COVID-19 has proven U.S. interests are linked to global health security, and international cooperation related to COVID-19 could become a model for defeating other global health threats. We believe it’s important for the Biden administration to build on the tradition of U.S. humanitarian leadership, not just because the world needs it, but because the world is waiting for it.GAZETTE: The Trump administration’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization was well-publicized. What are your recommendations for Biden with regards to WHO?WILLIAMS: Placing WHO in this untenable position was enormously destructive. As Sen. Patrick Leahy put it this spring, “Withholding funds for WHO in the midst of the worst pandemic in a century makes as much sense as cutting off ammunition to any ally as the enemy closes in.” In reality, it’s even worse than that. It’s cutting off our own ammunition, our armor, and our battle plan — not to mention our reserves for the next conflict.The U.S. must not add to the politicization of WHO. Instead, along with other member states, the U.S. should work toward maintaining the scientific integrity and neutrality of WHO. Biden can help strengthen WHO, not only for the response to COVID-19, but also for the full range of health issues. The fact is, most of the money the U.S. provides is not earmarked for emergency response or outbreak mitigation; instead, the majority of these funds go to essential global health programs like polio eradication, mental health initiatives, and cancer and heart disease prevention. “WHO’s annual budget is less than that of most university hospitals. And yes, WHO did make mistakes at the outset of the pandemic, but so did many other organizations and countries.” Students from Chan School are helping to boost the volunteer public health workforce Event examines ‘400 Years of Inequality’ last_img read more


first_imgHard to believe that men reached the moon on a tiny fraction of the data available in the laptops we use today.We and our devices, our cities, even our clothes are leaving digital footprints all over the universe of big data.  Businesses really need to transform how we grapple with all this information.  It is still the case that knowledge is power, but the ability to use that knowledge is what will set successful companies apart. Recent research found that 64% of companies already believe big data is changing traditional business models and 24% are already feeling disruption from new competitors moving into their industries.  58% now expect to face increased competition from startups enabled by data. (Research Report from Capgemini and EMC)BAE Systems is a good example of business transformation using big data processing capability to better serve their customers.  BAE Systems is a British defense, security, and aerospace company with operations worldwide and works with EMC, using Isilon storage systems to handle billions of data records in a given day.  Their Applied Intelligence division focuses on cyber security, financial crime and complex data conundrums. In a telecommunications context, this means helping firms comply with data retention and security regulations while using big data analytics on behalf of those customers to evaluate usage patterns.What does that mean?  It means they are able to pinpoint root causes of faults in communication service provider networks and even reduce the overall cost of running those networks.  Making sure that data is available on demand and that integrity is maintained throughout all IT systems is critical in the regulated telecom industry.Data science is also being put to use within EMC Global Services.  Our Data Science team has developed a Population Based Ranking tool that identifies service outliers on a weekly basis to understand how a product is actually performing compared to a population-based statistical expectation.  This is helping us identify likely issues that could arise and fix them ahead of time – resolving things for our customers before they feel any impact to their business.  It is a program that will only keep growing.These are just a couple examples of using big data and data science within the enterprise space.  There are all kinds of efforts underway to put the power of data to good use in the world – such as EMC’s work with Earthwatch and companies like Datakind.With efforts like that already active in our world, as well as within business like at BAE Systems and EMC, who knows what else we can do?last_img read more


first_imgCavanaugh Hall is hosting its second annual Ready Set Glow Fun Run Thursday. The run, which follows a two-mile course around campus, will start at 8 p.m. at Fieldhouse Mall.“It’s a fun run, so everyone is encouraged to do of their best ability and then at the end we have glow powder and glow lights, and it really just turns into a fun Cav celebration/dance party,” junior Brittany Benninger, one of the organizers for the event, said.Benninger said registration for the event is $10, and participants can register online with Student Shop or at the dining halls this week, or at 7:30 p.m. before the race. Photo courtesy of Hannah Bruening Cavanaugh Hall prepares for its second annual Ready Set Glow Fun Run, where it raises funds for the Visitation Maternity Ward at Brother Andrew Medical Center in the Dandora area of Nairobi, Kenya. Last year, the event raised over $500.Proceeds from the event benefit the Visitation Maternity Ward at Brother Andre Medical Center in the Dandora area of Nairobi, Kenya. Fr. Bob Dowd, an associate professor of political science and director of the Ford Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity, is a resident in Cavanaugh and helped found the ward last year.“Dandora is a very tough place, underserved,” he said. “The health facilities in Dandora are substandard. It’s a place where there is a great deal of poverty, lack of decent healthcare. The city dump site for all of Nairobi is located in Dandora, so it affects the quality of life for everyone in the area.”Last year’s race raised just over $500, and Benninger said this year’s goal is to raise $1,300. Dowd said the maternity ward must cover the costs of delivering the babies, which is $50 for a regular delivery and $200 for a Caesarean section.“The support that Cavanaugh is generating is really important because we struggle to make ends meet at the maternity ward, because the costs far exceed the revenue,” Dowd said. “We’re always trying to find new ways of closing the gap between costs and revenue to ensure that women are getting the skilled and compassionate care that they need, that their dignity really demands.”The nearest maternity hospital is an hour away from Dandora, and Dowd said many women would give birth at home if the maternity ward did not exist, which can be risky.“If you were to see the surroundings, you would see the risks — the lack of decent sanitation,” he said.Benninger said the goals of the maternity ward align nicely with Cavanaugh’s values, which is why the dorm chooses to support the maternity ward.“The resemblance of our community of women coming together to empower each other really goes hand in hand with the maternity ward’s mission of empowering women,” she said. “We see our community as being able to support these women and empowering them to bring the vision that we want to see to the world.”Dowd said the run is an opportunity to support human dignity in Kenya.“It’s about women and children, it’s about life at it’s beginning, it’s about human dignity, and I think that’s something to keep in mind — essentially, the run will be about human dignity,” he said.Tags: brother andre medical center, Cavanaugh Hall, ready set glow fun run, visitation maternity wardlast_img read more


first_img View Comments Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright’s latest play Camp David is aiming to arrive on Broadway in the 2016/2017 season. Prior to its Great White Way run, Camp David, directed by Molly Smith, will play The Old Globe in San Diego from May 13, 2016 through June 19.The play follows the 1978 Camp David conference, when President Carter persuaded Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to sign the first peace treaty in the modern Middle East, one which endures to this day.Camp David had its world premiere at Washington D.C.’s Arena Stage in 2014, starring Hallie Foote, Khaled Nabawy, Ron Rifkin and Richard Thomas.last_img


first_img View Comments Shane McRae & Aaron Tveit in ‘Better Off Single’ We promise you, Aaron Tveit, if we were to go on a Central Park jog with you, we wouldn’t risk getting fined for public indecency. Take a look at a new clip from his upcoming film Better Off Single. In the comedy, Tveit plays Charlie Carroll, who quits his job, leaves his girlfriend and gets dropped by his therapist to reenter the dating pool and embark on a journey of self-discovery. In the scene, Charlie goes on a life advice-laden run with Vince (Shane McRae) and his full bladder. Better Off Single, which also features Tony winner and new mommy Annaleigh Ashford, lands in theaters and on demand on October 7.last_img