TSOs to test salt levels in craft bakery breads

first_imgTrading Standards Officers (TSOs) will spearhead a project to test the salt levels of bread in craft bakeries across the UK and provide advice on how to reduce salt content in products.Working in conjunction with the NAMB, the Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORS) has secured funding from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for the national scheme, which is due to launch in July. The voluntary scheme could see TSOs visit around 2,000 craft bakeries to collect bread samples, which would then be lab-tested to assess salt content.Bakers would be informed of the results and given technical advice, developed by the NAMB, on how to reduce salt levels in their breads to meet the FSA’s 2010 and 2012 salt targets of 1.1% and 1% respectively. The scheme is voluntary.”The FSA needed people on the ground who could get to the 2,000-plus craft bakers in the country and TSOs are already working with bakeries on things like bread weights and pricing,” said craft baker Anthony Kindred, who has lead the NAMB’s research into salt reduction.A pilot scheme, carried out by Norfolk Trading Standards, found craft bakers had little knowledge of the FSA’s targets. Also, 15 samples of craft bread taken had salt content ranging from 0.94% to 1.73%, with an average of 1.34%.last_img read more

Rebecca Naomi Jones to Star in Hedwig on Broadway

first_img Jones’ Broadway credits include the Michael Mayer-helmed American Idiot and Passing Strange; she can currently be seen off-Broadway in Big Love. It’s Rebecca Naomi Jones’ turn to invest in a packer! The Broadway alum will begin performances as Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on April 14. As previously announced, Lena Hall will play her final performance in the role on April 4; understudy Shannon Conley will appear as Yitzhak in the interim. The production currently stars the musical’s co-creator John Cameron Mitchell in the title role and is running at the Great White Way’s Belasco Theatre. Written by Mitchell and directed by Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band, fronted by Hedwig, a transgender woman from communist East Berlin. Between rock songs, Hedwig regales the audience with both humorous and painful stories about her life, including her botched sex change operation. The score by Stephen Trask features “Tear Me Down,” “Wig in a Box,” “Wicked Little Town,” “The Origin of Love,” “Angry Inch” and more. Mitchell will play his final performance as Hedwig on April 26 and Darren Criss will step into his heels on April 29 for a 12-week engagement. View Commentscenter_img Hedwig and the Angry Inch Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015last_img read more

Bucky Badger: History, people behind beloved mascot

first_imgBuckingham Ulysses Badger — more commonly known as Bucky Badger or just Bucky to University of Wisconsin students and alumni — has been a part of Wisconsin culture since the early to mid-20th century.According to author Gwen Schultz in her book “The Bucky Badger Story,” Bucky’s first known appearance was in a cartoon in 1930, followed by the first portrayal of Bucky in a Wisconsin sweater we all know today in a 1940 cartoon.Since 1940, Bucky’s legacy has grown to represent UW more than anyone could have imagined. Today, you can find Bucky on just about any piece of UW merchandise, ranging from clothing to stickers and everything in between.Despite the fact that Bucky has only had minor changes in appearance over the last 80 years, the faces behind the mask change on a rolling basis, with roughly seven people performing as Bucky at any given time.Taylor set to dominate Central MichiganAfter a definitive win against the University of South Florida, the Badgers are set to face off against Central Michigan Read…The majority of the performers inside the Bucky costume are students at UW — chosen based upon their performance in tests of dancing, ability to work with props and the number of push-ups a candidate can do. Candidates also take part in an interview and are tested on their ability to write and perform skits.Each year, about seven candidates are chosen through this process. “The Bucky Team” attends mascot training camp each August before they are able to participate as Bucky at professional events.In a 2015 interview with former Bucky Badger Al Krizek, Krizek explained what made him want to be Bucky and what it’s like to train to be “the man behind the mask.”“It’s very intense,” Krizek said. “Let’s just say it involves everything from maxing out in push-ups to performing improv with random props to getting interviewed by the Athletic Department.”In the same interview, Krizek also described how intense the Bucky training regimen is, including Mascot Camp in August.Football: Five takeaways from week one of Badger FootballThe Wisconsin Badgers started their season Friday night with a statement 49–0 victory against South Florida. In peak Floridian conditions, Read…“Our training begins with Mascot Camp, where you learn everything from how to stay hydrated in a suit that is 20-30 degrees above the outdoor temperature to strategies for managing challenging children. Once you’re trained, you put in about 15-20 hours per week, year-round, because when you’re a Bucky, you’re a Bucky for all sports.”While the Herald was unable to get access to an interview with a current Bucky, this interview with Krizek shines light on not only how intense being Bucky is, but also how rewarding it can be. Krizek described his experience at being able to attend not just sporting events, but also community events where Bucky would hang out with young children and play Bucky Bingo. He even kept a journal with every card he received from these kids to remind him why he did it.While it is truly inspiring to see how much Bucky means to those who get to perform as him on a regular basis, it is also interesting to see what Bucky means to those in the UW community. Jay, a UW sophomore, elaborated.Why you should invest in a Red CardThere’s a lot to do in Madison on a budget, especially on the University of Wisconsin campus. You can get Read…“Bucky is the hype man, wherever he goes he’s hyping people up,” Jay said. “He’s a symbol of pride and energy at the university. Bucky may be a Badger, but really he’s my dawg.”Another sophomore named Henry added on.“Bucky is the ultimate identity of the university,” Henry said. “He is a leader that the university can stand behind, and he provides so much energy.”These quotes provide a sense of what Bucky Badger means to UW, and it is safe to say these opinions are representative of the student body, both past and present.Don’t believe the students? If you look at just about any NCAA mascots rankings, Bucky is almost always in the top five, if not the top three.Bucky is original, goofy, inspiring and so much more. Bucky embodies the greatness of Wisconsin, both academically and athletically. Bucky is UW, and UW is Bucky.last_img read more

Denmark Thrash Ireland To Qualify For Russia 2018

first_imgRelated2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Review (UEFA): Poland Become Sixth European Nation In RussiaOctober 9, 2017In “FIFA”Denmark, Ireland World Cup Playoff Clash In The Balance After StalemateNovember 12, 2017In “FIFA”Russia 2018 Playoffs (UEFA): Italy Handed Tough Sweden Test; Home Nations Get Tricky OpponentsOctober 17, 2017In “FIFA” Denmark have booked their place at next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia following their 5-1 thrashing of the Republic of Ireland in Dublin in what was the second leg of their World Cup playoff.Denmark failed to secure any home advantage in the first leg as both sides played out a goalless draw but that didn’t come back to haunt them after they produced a five-star performance to beat their hosts and seal a return to the World Cup having missed the last edition in Brazil.They didn’t have it their own way as they had to overturn an early goal scored by Republic of Ireland defender Shane Duffy. The lead was turned on its head with two goals in three first half minutes from Andreas Christiansen and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen.The Danes continued from where they left off with Ireland’s chief tormentor Eriksen adding two further strikes to take the matchball before former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner wrapped up the comprehensive 5-1 victory for his side.With their exit at the playoff stage, the Republic of Ireland have now failed to qualify for the last four World Cup tournaments as they join other Home Nation rivals like Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to sit out Russia 2018.last_img read more