first_imgThe National Skills Academy (NSA) for Food and Drink has accredited its first three bakery specialist training providers.The first to get the seal of approval are Leicester College, Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Association (CCFRA) and Tameside College in Ashton-under-Lyne, and will form part of a planned ‘Network of Excellence’ for bakery training.The network will be formed of the best training and development providers across the UK. “Bakery is a priority sector in food and drink manufacturing, employing just short of 100,000 people in the UK, and generating a turnover of £7.5 billion,” explained Justine Fosh, director of the NSA. “Leicester, CCFRA and Tameside are well-respected organisations that are leaders in the provision of bakery training, with the facilities to drive forward the research and development of new training programmes. Their accreditation as the first providers in the bakery network is a real boost for the industry.”The network will be dedicated to ensuring training is fit-for-purpose and evolves in response to any changes in the sector’s needs.last_img read more

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first_imgIt has come to light that up to 500,000 hens in the UK are still being kept in battery cages, despite the new EU ban which came into force on 1 January 2012.The EU Welfare of Laying Hens Directive prohibits the use of conventional battery cages, and while the British Egg Industry Council (BEIC) has embarked on a bid to challenge the UK government on its refusal to ban imports of illegally-produced battery cage eggs and egg products, the news that up to half a million eggs in the UK could still be illegal has angered those in the industry that have complied with the new rules.Ian Jones, vice-chairman of British Lion Egg Processors, said the news brings the whole egg industry into disrepute. “It is not British Lion Egg producing farms which aren’t not compliant, but it is still a huge disappointment, and is letting down the whole UK egg industry.“We are confident and can guarantee that British Lion Egg products are compliant,” he added.The BEIC has also confirmed that all British Lion cage flocks were compliant with the EU Welfare of Laying Hens Directive.Andrew Parker, chairman, BEIC, said: “We are disgusted that these few producers are still using banned barren battery cages. It is illegal and grossly unfair on the vast majority of UK producers who have invested £400m in ensuring they meet the new standards on time.”last_img read more

first_imgGuitarist John Mayer is no stranger to the limelight, but he’s getting situated as a new member of the Grateful Dead community. The lead guitarist has dedicated himself to the band’s prolific song-list for his new role in Dead & Company. With a tour coming up in just a few weeks (June 10th), Mayer sat down with For Guitar Players Only for an in-depth interview about the Dead, the new job, and where he is with the new John Mayer Trio album.On immersing himself into the Grateful Dead catalog:What most people don’t understand is I was falling in love with the music as I was learning it. So it was not a task. It was not building a deck. I could’ve discovered the catalog in its entirety, but this pushed that process up a little bit. It was a little bit of force-feeding, but for the most part I was going on the same ride every other Deadhead goes on when discovering the music a song at a time. So it was a lot of learning the music.On playing Jerry Garcia’s role in the Grateful Dead music:It was really trying to get to what was the music, and in some ways what was Jerry Garcia? Would I be doing the music a disservice by trying to emulate him? That was almost harder than learning the songs was figuring out what to reproduce and what not to gene-splice into the way I wanted to go about playing the music.On his favorite songs to play:I think of “Ramble On Rose.” To play “Broke Down Palace” at the end of the night and see what it does to people in the crowd. I’ll always now listen to these songs and think about what they were like to play. What a trip it is to be in your car, falling in love and listening to this music and then go on tour and play this music for people and have these incredibly deep moments with people. You can see it in your eyes. And then to listen to this music for the rest of my life and be able to have the memories of not just listening to it but performing it in certain cities at certain times of the set. I have an appreciation for these songs as moments in my life — not just songs I listen to, but I got to play them. I could not have a bad day in my life, if I just put on some Grateful Dead music and be like, “This is ‘Deal.’ Yeah, I got that right in Philly. That was a fun one.’”On Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart’s rhythm section:There’s something that happens with Billy and Mickey; The only way I can describe it is this cascading waterfall of a rhythm section. As I started to dive deeper into being a guitar player and trying to get ready for this project, I wondered, “Why is it some nights my guitar playing can soar and other nights it doesn’t,” and it wound up being because of the drummers. When you listen back to these recordings and try to figure out what makes this music soar, you realize the notes have a place to rest because of those drummers’ playing. It’s rolling and tumbling where you can do less on a guitar and make it sound like more.There’s this interplay between the notes on the guitar and the notes on the drums. When the music is interpreted without that rhythmical approach of the drums, it loses dimension to me. Billy and Mickey invented a way to play as a rhythm section. It’s a different kind of driving force, and playing with them is going to make me a better musician when I go to make my own record. Being inside that, now I can always tell a drummer for the rest of my life what goes into that Billy Kreutzmann thing and what goes into that Mickey Hart thing. It’s like going to school.On the future of Dead & Company:I will never close the door on Dead & Company, ever. I think as long as there’s a desire to do it, I know how to carve time out. It’s always going to be worth doing. I will do Dead & Company as long as fans want it and as long as it feels like there’s something left on the table to try and explore. I couldn’t be happier as a musician and career artist right now.On a Dead & Company album:I’m open to anything that … How do I put this … that could really take strong root on a musical level, that could really validate itself on a musical level. If it can state its case for the reason it needs to exist, then I would absolutely jump to doing it. I would actually be very interested to see what the band could do as composers or as composers through improvisation.But it would have to come out of the earth; it can’t be planted from above the soil. But I’m open to anything this band could or wanted to do as long as it answered the constant question “Well … why?” And if it has a strong answer, I’d love to do it.On a new John Mayer Trio album:I put the record aside last April, I would say, and just wanted to start learning all this (Grateful Dead) music, and I came back to the album in January, which was actually really good to take time away from it and come back and see what are the songs that have stood the test of time and what I can do to this song or that song to make it better. I will finish by the end of the year. This year will be sort of the year I’m both in this band, finishing touring, and finishing my record, so next year will be a solo artist sort of a year.For more from Mayer, be sure to read this great interview in For Guitar Players Only right here.last_img read more

first_imgThe rock and roll titans, Widespread Panic, retook the stage at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado, for the 59th time with 55 consecutive sell-outs on Friday night. With temperature dropping following a sweltering, sunny day, a cool breeze began to circulate as the musicians took their appropriate positions in their customary nonchalant manner. The unofficial seventh member of Widespread Panic, Edie Jackson, was crushing it front stage, half-translating, half-dancing with her American Sign Language interpretations of the band.To commence the three-night run, the band dove right into an energetic cover of Bob Dylan’s “Solid Rock.” On the last time this song was played, a torrential downpour lashed violently and forced the first night of Panic en la Playa Siete to end early. Luckily, the weather showed no signs of such violence this time. After a crashing conclusion, Jimmy Herring dished out the opening licks to the original heater “One Armed Steve.” From Til the Medicine Takes, the song describes the humorous story of JoJo Hermann joining the band, and JoJo retold the story flawlessly while singing and playing keys.“Solid Rock”[Video: nugsnet]Brushing the dust off another original, the musicians kicked into “Glory”, which hasn’t been played since October of last year in Milwookie. John Bell was in rare form as he began to generate raw power from the venue’s intrinsic energy. Following with another classic, the band drove a heavy “Contentment Blues.” From their debut album, Space Wrangler, the sizzling jam features a lively John Bell romanticizing about fried chicken and sweet-smelling air.A fiery rendition of Van Morrison’s “Send Your Mind” followed, which hasn’t been played since the atypically political setlist in the second night of Birmingham following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Dave Schools took the vocal reins for a cover of Vic Chestnutt’s “Sleeping Man.” A possessed Schools hammered out the jaunty bass notes of this old-school jam from their self-titled second album while singing with a mystical concentration.This led to a series of smooth transitions beginning with Sonny Ortiz’s tinkling introduction of “Driving Song.” After a rocking first verse, the band changed gears and manipulated the music into Michael Houser’s ode, “Space Wrangler”. During the song, a picture of Elon Musk’s Starman behind the wheel of his red Tesla Roadster was displayed on the backdrop. Elon Musk tweeted a picture of this and gave the Widespread Panic a respectful kudos. The Starman appropriately commemorated Michael Houser in his similar astrological quest of immortality through legacy.The musicians segued back into the second half of “Driving Song”, which culminated into a frenzied outburst of energy. To end the first set, the band covered a version of J.J. Cale’s “Travelin’ Light”, which reminded the audience that “Travelin’ light is the only way to fly!.” Dave Schools nailed the pulse of the song, and Jimmy Herring dashed spiraling circles of melodies in his off-the-cuff, lightning fury.After a short set break, the musical clan returned to the stage to destroy another tribute to Vic Chestnutt with the combination cover of his songs “Protein Drink” into “Sewing Machine”. During “Protein Drink”, John Bell weaved a short rap into the lyrics after “That mushroom that tasted so very, very nasty in my mouth”, declaring that “Mushrooms that tasted… like America… in my mouth!” Dave Schools stood out most prominently during the raucous “Sewing Machine” with its pounding bass line.“Protein Drink”[Video:wspanicbrad]“Sewing Machine”[Video:wspanicbrad]JoJo Hermann reemerged to take vocal duties for a killer rendition of the original “1×1”. Hermann aced the lyrics describing a bridge over Clear Creek, a section of road of the 1-80 that collapsed in 1939. Thirteen cars and one truck were thrown into the river and many people drowned, but a legendary storyteller, “Sugarman”, who witnessed the devastation swam in cold waters by himself and managed to save eight people that fateful night.A remarkable 20 minutes of instrumental jamming followed, beginning with the organ-driven “Happy” before transitioning into “B of D”. These songs were written over twenty years ago and have always been a sought-after staple of Widespread Panic’s repertoire. The gloriously divine jam settled down into a barn-stompin’ original “Love Tractor.” The lively beat was handled unflinchingly by the dependable Dave Schools, and the song broke down into a powerful jam led by JoJo Hermann on keys and Jimmy Herring on lightning guitar.Next, the percussionists, Duane Trucks and Sonny Ortiz, abused their drum kits and gave the rest of the band a chance to catch their breath offstage. When the guys returned, they took the audience to a swampy trip to New Orleans with an elongated cover of Dr. John’s “I Walk on Guilded Splinters.” The audience’s response was ravenous. John Bell transformed using the ancient energy below the venue’s mountains and sung with a piercing force. This song hasn’t been played by Widespread Panic since Panic En La Playa Seis in February of 2017.“I Walk On Guilded Splinters”[Video: MrTopdogger]Another tribute to voodoo followed with a cover of the Talking Head’s “Papa Legba.” JoJo kept it jazzy on keys in this ode to the mystical deity represented in voodoo cultures as the great elocutioner who facilitates communication, speech, and understanding. For many reasons, “Guilded” into Legba” was the highlight of the show. To conclude the second set, the boys executed a cover of Robert Johnson’s blues classic “Stop Breaking Down”. John Bell was brilliant when vocalizing this song and throughout the entirety of the night.After allowing the rowdy crowd to settle down, the band returned to stage to encore a formidable “You Got Yours” from Bombs & Butterflies. The musicians remained in peak form throughout the heavy jam. The magical might of Jimmy Herring was on full display as he shredded his guitar work with spirited brilliance. JoJo’s keys and School’s bass erupted into several explosions of energy throughout the song’s progressions. To finish the first night, the boys played a slick version of the crowd favorite “Climb to Safety.” The song was played with emphasis on the themes of brotherhood and the kinship reminder that “It’s no fun to die alone!”Widespread Panic will return to the stage for two more shows this weekend to complete their three-night run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Stay tuned for tonight’s show. Good luck, and Godspeed to all. Setlist found below, courtesy of Special thanks to Curtis George for all his hard work.Setlist: Widespread Panic | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 6/22/2018Set 1 Solid Rock, One Arm Steve, Glory, Contentment Blues, Send Your Mind, Sleeping Man > Driving Song > Space Wrangler > Driving Song, Travelin’ Light (65 mins)Set 2 Protein Drink / Sewing Machine, 1×1, Happy, B of D, Love Tractor > Drums > I Walk On Guilded Splinters > Papa Legba, Stop Breakin’ Down Blues (90 mins)Encore You Got Yours, Climb To Safety (14 mins)Notes: ‘Guilded Splinters’ LTP 2/28/17 Playa Seis (42 shows); Entire show with Edie Jackson (ASL interpreter)Widespread Panic | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 6/22/2018 | Photos: Bill McAlaine Photo: Bill McAlaine Photo: Bill McAlainecenter_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more

first_imgA new study led by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) calls attention to a new street drug being used in South Africa. Known as whoonga, the drug cocktail may combine HIV antiretroviral (ARV) medication with illicit drugs. Believed to be extremely addictive, whoonga appears to have a devastating impact on those who use it—including children—and has the potential to complicate efforts to combat the HIV epidemic.The study was published online in AIDS and Behavior on August 17, 2013.“Our research suggests that the use of whoonga is associated with a number of health and social problems, such as crime, and could undermine efforts to treat HIV in communities where approximately one in four adults are infected with HIV,” said lead author David Grelotti, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and research fellow in the Department of Epidemiology at HSPH. Read Full Storylast_img read more

first_img View Comments We love everything about the Fourth of July: The fireworks, the day off, the commemoration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence… But the thing we love most? The delicious, delicious barbecues. It’s always a blast to have burgers and beer with friends on the fourth, but might we suggest you invite a few Broadway party animals to make things interesting? We’ve compiled a list of our favorite crazy characters currently on Broadway—while any one of these guys and gals would instantly make your Fourth of July barbecue more entertaining, we’re making you pick only one. So, which Broadway party animal are you inviting to your Fourth of July barbecue? Cast your vote below!last_img read more

first_img Adapted from the 1992 Disney animated film, Aladdin is the story of a street urchin who uses the help of a magic Genie to win the heart of Princess Jasmine. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, the production features a book by Chad Beguelin, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice, the late Howard Ashman and Beguelin. Additional cast members include Clifton Davis as the Sultan, Don Darryl Rivera as Iago, Brian Gonzales as Babkak and Jonathan Schwartz as Omar. Related Shows Hair alum Steel Burkhardt will fly into the Broadway cast of Aladdin. Beginning December 22, he will assume the role of Kassim, taking over for Brandon O’Neill at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Burkhardt joins a cast that includes Adam Jacobs as Aladdin, Courtney Reed as Jasmine, Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart as Genie and Jonathan Freeman as Jafar. Aladdin View Comments Burkhardt made his Broadway debut as a tribe member in the Tony-winning revival of Hair. He starred in the touring production as Berger, and went on to reprise his performance in the West End and later on Broadway. This past summer, he appeared in the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado About Nothing. from $57.50last_img read more

first_img“It is just normal to go back to regular eating without the desserts in the new year,” she said. “I don’t buy cookies or chips so the kids get back to regular foods, too.”Connie Crawley, a nutrition expert with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, says people should return to their pre-holiday eating — if that diet was healthy. “It is up to each person to do a self-assessment and determine if that diet was healthy,” Crawley said. “I encourage people to look at food items to substitute to start eating healthier items.” She suggests fruit instead of cookies, milk instead of soft drinks, a garden salad instead of fries, and whole-grain bread instead of white bread. “Slowly make healthier changes so it is more natural,” she said. “Make the changes that are easier for you first. If switching to whole grains will be something pretty simple to do, do that first. You can also make a change by not purchasing unhealthy items at the store, just leave the cookies and chips on the store shelf. If you’ve got the junk in the house or your office, you will eat it.” Rochelle Beckstine baked cookies with her kids over the holidays and openly admits she ate way too many tasty treats recently.“I always bake a lot for Christmas. We buy pounds of butter and have Christmas eating for a couple of weeks,” said the Commerce, Ga., mother of three.Beckstine said goodies at home weren’t the only holiday temptations she encountered.“Parties always have tons of dips that are high in fat, making it hard to eat right because you are hungry, but there is nothing to eat but chips and dip,” Beckstine said. “When you get home you feel bloated and horrible.”Now that holiday baking has ceased and party hopping stopped, Beckstine wants her family to get back to “regular eating.” Cut backCutting back the amount of food you’ve been eating isn’t always the answer because if you drastically cut portions you may feel deprived and end up binging. But, if you ate too much over the holidays, eating smaller portions is a healthy move now, Crawley said. “If you know you have been overeating, start by cutting back one fourth of your larger food portion,” Crawley said. “Then, if you still feel this is too much, cut back another fourth.”To limit food intake in a more structured way, use a 9-inch salad plate as a dinner plate and divide the plate into sections. Fill half the plate with salad or green or orange vegetables. A quarter of the plate should hold a starch like bread or potatoes. The final quarter is reserved for a lean protein like lean meat, skinless poultry or fish. Add fruit for dessert. “People are more satisfied with their meal if they drink milk,” Crawley said. “They can add some sugar-free chocolate mix to the milk for a little flavor. Just don’t drink sugary beverages like soda, tea or energy drinks.” Milk is also a needed change in the winter because people may become vitamin D deficient due to spending less time outside, she said.If you don’t like milk, add some non-fat yogurt or another dairy item to keep the calcium, protein and vitamin D up.Eat 3 meals a dayDon’t skip meals, she said.“If you skip breakfast, you lower your metabolic rate for the entire day,” Crawley said. “If you are too busy for breakfast, take it with you to work, but eat something before lunch.”She suggests avoiding overly sweet and processed foods, like donuts and pre-packaged sweet rolls. Try not to eat too late in the day either, ideally nothing after 7 p.m. Exercise On average, Americans gain 1 to 3 pounds from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. To lose the weight, combine a healthy eating plan with exercise. “When you lower food intake by dieting, you lower your metabolic rate, and the only way to raise it back up is to exercise,” she said. “You need to combine aerobic exercise with weight training and flexibility to be effective.” Exercise that raises the heart rate for at least 10 minutes is aerobic. Stretching after exercising will increase flexibility. Strength training will maintain muscle mass. Crawley suggests strength training only twice a week, with sessions at least 48 hours apart, to properly build and tone muscle. “If you haven’t been exercising and then go to a strenuous boot camp or body attack program, you will likely injure yourself and not go back,” Crawley warns. “Work up to a healthy exercise routine.”Try out some Wii games, join a gym, or turn on the radio and dance, she said.“You don’t have to be good at it, just start getting more active and gradually work up to a total of 30-60 minutes a day at least five days a week,” she said.last_img read more

first_imgVermont business women and leaders will learn how to build ‘courage skills’ from leadership and customer service expert Cindy Solomon at the 10th annual Key4Women Forum hosted by KeyBank. Held at the Sheraton in South Burlington, the Wednesday, November 2, event begins with breakfast at 7:30 am.  Mary Powell, CEO of Green Mountain Power and business entrepreneur, will be honored for her leadership in business and community with the Key Achieve Award, presented at the event. Solomon will present ‘Creating a Culture of Courage: The New Leadership Challenge’ in which she discusses the four types of courage and when and how to invoke each for success in business, why finding the courage to move forward is the key to success in today’s new business economy, and how to inspire courage personally and professionally.The Key4Women Forum, which traditionally attracts 250 -300 attendees, is offered as an educational and networking event for women business owners and leaders. It includes a strong philanthropic aspect as well, as all proceeds from the $30 registration fee benefit the Vermont Women’s Fund.‘The Vermont Women’s Fund is thrilled to once again be the beneficiary of the Key4Women Forum. The funds we have received thru this inspiring event have allowed us to invest in programs throughout the state that promote leadership, equality, economic independence and opportunities for personal and professional growth for Vermont’s women and girls,’ said Catherine Kalkstein, Vermont Women’s Fund Executive Director.Registration information is available at is external).  For more information, contact Lesli Blount, KeyBank Community Relations Director, at 802.660.4223 or [email protected](link sends e-mail).KeyBank N.A. is one of Vermont’s largest financial services companies. A strong proponent for local economic growth, Key companies provide investment management, retail and commercial banking, retirement, consumer finance, and investment banking products and services to individuals and companies throughout the United States and, for certain businesses, internationally. The company’s businesses deliver their products and services through branches and offices; a network of approximately 1,500 ATMs; telephone banking centers (1.800.KEY2YOU); and a Web site,, that provides account access and financial products 24 hours a day.last_img read more