Pukka takes pies further

first_imgPukka Pies is to launch its range of microwaveable pies into the foodservice and wholesale sectors. The pies can be microwaved from frozen in three-and-a-half minutes the result of extensive development and test-marketing by the firm, which includes a new shortcrust pastry recipe designed specifically for the microwave.Initially available in steak and chicken varieties, the pies are flow-wrapped, six pies to a case.”Creating a microwaveable pie such as this has been something of a holy grail for the industry,” said MD Tim Storer. “Extensive consumer research has reported fantastic results and they have scored consistently high marks in texture, taste and quality tests.”The new pies are promoted in a TV campaign, launching this month, and are available from Pukka Pies distributors and wholesalers.last_img read more

2 Sisters sees increased loss and debt in Q2

first_imgThe makers of Fox’s biscuits and Goodfellas pizzas has announced widening losses and increased debt in its second-quarter results.Boparan Holdings, the holding company for 2 Sisters Food Group, said losses grew to £27.5m in the 13 weeks to 25 January, up from losses of £12.3m during the same period a year ago. Like-for-like sales grew 3.9% to £647.2m during the quarter. Net debt was up £47.8m to £527.3m.The performance was in line with expectations, Ranjit Singh, chief executive of 2 Sisters Food Group, said: “This has been a very challenging quarter, but we delivered a creditable performance in Q2, despite the tough and competitive market conditions.”Branded pizza and biscuits had seen some improvement in performance, said Singh. “We were pleased to see further improvement in branded profitability, with frozen showing significant recovery and biscuits stabilising.”The company recently launched Goodfella’s Extra Thin and said it was developing a new product pipeline in its biscuits division.last_img read more

Phish Shares Pro-Shot Video From Kasvot Växt Halloween Set [Watch]

first_imgOn Wednesday night, when rumors surfaced that Phish would cover an “obscure album from 1981,” some jumped to conclusions that they would play Mark of the Mole by The Residents while others placed their bets on My Life in the Bush of Ghosts by Brian Eno and David Byrne and Rush‘s Moving Pictures. Some classic thrill seekers continued the tradition of wishful thinking by suggesting Led Zepplin’s Physical Graffiti, or even the Allman Brothers Band’s, Eat a Peach. When the playbill was given to the first attendees, everyone at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and on social media was buzzing about the ultra-obscure Scandanavian prog-rock hidden gem, í Rokk by Kasvot Växt.Upon further speculation and criticism, some members of the vast Phish community discovered that the entire album was a hoax. The sketchiness of the whole “Swedish Phish” concept began once researchers and phistorians couldn’t find much information about the album. Anywhere. Conclusions were made that Phish had orchestrated one of the biggest pranks in the band’s 35-year-career by fabricating the false links and album cover themselves, and they did just that. Phish knocked it out of the park as they pulled off this stunt, executing the 10 new songs with precision and confidence.Over the weekend, Phish shared two pro-shot videos of “Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S.” and “The Final Hurrah” from their Kasvot Växt set for everyone to relive over and over again. Take 15 minutes and remember what space smells like from Phish’s mind-blowing Halloween set.Phish – “Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S”[Video: Phish]Phish – “The Final Hurrah”[Video: Phish]Next up for Phish is their four-night New Year’s run at Madison Square Garden.Setlist: Phish | MGM Grand Garden Arena | Las Vegas, NV | 10/31/2018SET 1: Buried Alive > Ghost > Crazy Sometimes > Free, More, Halley’s Comet > Ocelot > Theme From the Bottom, First TubeSET 2: Turtle in the Clouds[1], Stray Dog[1], Everything is Hollow[1], We Are Come to Outlive Our Brains[1], Say it to Me S.A.N.T.O.S.[1], The Final Hurrah[1], Play by Play[1], Death Don’t Hurt Very Long[1], Cool Amber and Mercury[1], Passing Through[1]SET 3: Set Your Soul Free > Tweezer > A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing > Backwards Down the Number Line > Meatstick, Bug > Run Like an AntelopeENCORE: Loving Cup > Tweezer Reprise[1] Debut.last_img read more

Funding “knowledge gaps” and increasing patient involvement top concerns

first_imgThe field of comparative effectiveness research, which aims to determine the most effective medical treatments, has drawn criticism from those who believe that it will lead to health care rationing. Now, the nongovernmental board created by the health care reform law to oversee comparative effectiveness research funding— The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)—has released a draft research agenda that bypasses controversy by focusing on broad priorities rather than on specific diseases or treatments.Arnold Epstein, chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard School of Public Health and a PCORI board member, told Kaiser Health News that the panel will fund research that sheds light on areas where “there are knowledge gaps.” Epstein said as well that PCORI hopes to improve the communication of research findings. “We hope that over time we’ll be able to demonstrate that we’ve provided information that helps patients and doctors make decisions,” he said. The draft agenda is open for public comment through March 15.last_img read more

Realizing Dell EMC World 2017 Is Just A Week Away!

first_imgWe’re just one week away from the biggest event of the year for Dell EMC and I am blown away by the previews I’ve seen. While I can’t give away all of our secrets, I can share some of the things I’m looking forward to the most.First and foremost, I’m excited to speak with our customers and partners. They’re the reason we do what we do. Being able to talk to them, get real feedback, understand their challenges, concerns and goals helps us develop products and solutions and drives our business.Dell EMC World is the only time there are this many of our customers in one place. We aren’t passing up the opportunity to learn from you.Blueprint SolutionsA key component of the Converged Platforms and Solutions booth (#872) is our Blueprint Solutions, from our Ready Node, Ready Bundle and our Ready Systems solution offerings. We truly believe that these solutions are game changers with how we solve some of the toughest challenges for every customer and workload, from HPC, Business Appliances, Software Defined, Data Analytics and Hybrid Cloud. Blueprint Solutions dramatically reduce cost and risk, freeing resources to accelerate innovation and drive phenomenal business outcomes. I strongly encourage you to stop by the booth and talk to our experts about the way we simplify the process of addressing challenges and realize better business outcomes. Oh, and be sure to challenge your peers in a friendly competition while you’re in our booth.Our PartnersWe wouldn’t be where we are today without our partners, and will be visible everywhere you look at Dell EMC World. These partners are a foundation of our Blueprint Solutions, and as such, the solutions expo will be filled with with booths from our partners. Their presence will be felt throughout the show, whether it be a callout in a keynote, some of our many sessions or on social media.Here are just a few of the sessions I’m looking forward to, but definitely check out the session catalogue for over 450 great sessions.HPC Geekfest! Meet Zenith the Supercomputer & How to Bring HPC into the EnterpriseSAP HANA Made Simple with Validated Solutions & Converged SystemsConverged & Hyper-Converged: What You Need to Know on Database LicensingArchitecture Best Practices for Big Data DeploymentAnd if you want to check out all of our Technology Connect Partners, which I strongly encourage you to do as well, check them out in Booth #1722Virtual PresenceCan’t make it in person, or caught up in your hotel room catching up on emails? Did you know that Dell EMC World is going to have a 24×7 broadcast? You’ll be able to catch myself and many members of the Technology Alliances and Blueprint Solutions team live on Dell EMC World Live. Oh, and you can catch me on The CUBE, the famous live broadcast brought to you by our friends at Wikibon. And last, but certainly not least, don’t forget to follow along with all of the action on Twitter. I’ll be tweeting early and often using the #DellEMCWorld hashtag.But That’s Not It…While we’re extremely excited about everything Dell EMC World, you might have noticed that we’ve had a great presence at Red Hat Summit this week. The open source community is full of potential, and we’re excited to learn, network and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation open source promotes. If you happen to be at Red Hat Summit in Boston, be sure to check out my keynote on Wednesday, May 3rd at 1:45pm ET. And swing by our booth to chat with some of our own experts in Booth #418.And from May 8-11th, Dell EMC will also be at OpenStack Summit to engage and collaborate with some of the best minds in the open source community. Stop by our booth (Booth #A6) to see some fantastic demos and learn more about how we’re working with our partners to help our customers with their open source strategy.last_img read more

Buffalo Doppler Radar To Receive Upgrades Starting Thursday

first_imgThe other two phases of the Service Life Extension Program includes refurbishment of the radar pedestal and equipment shelters with NOAA expecting the program to be complete nationwide by the end of 2023. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) The Buffalo radar has already received a new signal processor as apart of Phase I and and refurbished transmitter in Phase II. Now the time has come to start Phase III which includes the replacement of the generator, fuel tanks, and related components. The work should take around one week to complete.During the outage period, adjacent NWS Doppler radars located in Cleveland, Ohio, State College, Pennsylvania, and Binghamton, New York will provide some coverage to our area due to the radar beams overlapping with each other.center_img Image by Dakota Hunter / WNY News Now.BUFFALO – Western New York’s primary Doppler radar will be going offline starting Thursday for around one week while upgrades are performed.The 750,000-Watt Doppler weather radar operated by the National Weather Service at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport is the primary way the First Defense Weather team monitors precipitation. Whether that’s rain, snow, ice or anything in between, we can see weather from quite a distance. There are 159 other radar sites around the county; labeled as the ‘NEXRAD’ network (Next Generation Radar).However, many of these radars are approaching 30 years old and are in need of upgrades to keep them running in tip-top shape. A few years ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration commissioned a $150 million project called the ‘Service Life Extension Program’; a several-phase project meant to upgrade or replace certain key components within the radar to keep them working for another 10 or so years.last_img read more

Tyson Honored

first_imgBulloch County Extension Coordinator Bill Tyson has been named ’s 2018 Ag Partner of the Year by the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce agribusiness committee.Tyson has 22 years of experience working with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in Bulloch and Effingham counties.For more on Tyson’s surprise honor, read the Statesboro Herald article at https://www.statesboroherald.com/local/tyson-keeps-watch-over-local-farms/.last_img

Human cases of H5N1 avian flu may have been missed

first_imgJan 5, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A new study of human cases of H5N1 avian influenza in Thailand suggests that a number of cases might have gone undetected and that the disease may prey on children disproportionately.Thai investigators reviewed 610 illness cases that occurred from January through March of 2004 and had features suggesting possible H5N1 infection. Twelve of those were confirmed as H5N1, and 7 of the 12 patients were children younger than 14 years, according to the report, published online by Emerging Infectious Diseases.Because up to 61% of rural residents in Thailand have regular contact with backyard poultry flocks, “The 12 cases we report likely represent the end result of hundreds of thousands of potential exposures and an unknown number of human cases,” the report states. It was written by Tawee Chotpitayasunondh, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health in Bangkok, and colleagues.They suggest that H5N1 cases are not easily detected because the disease has few distinctive clinical features and specific diagnostic tests are not widely available. The illness typically involves pneumonia, but pneumonia due to other causes is fairly common in rural Asia.”Human infections with highly pathogenic avian influenza may be easy to miss in the context of the regular incidence of pneumonia in much of rural Asia, where the capacity to make specific etiologic diagnoses remains limited,” the report says. The authors suggest that these circumstances may explain why “human cases have been few and have been reported only from Vietnam and Thailand.”The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized 44 human cases of H5N1 avian flu in the past year, including 27 in Vietnam and 17 in Thailand. Twenty cases in Vietnam and 12 in Thailand have been fatal. The official WHO count does not include two cases reported in Vietnam in the past week. A case in a 16-year-old girl was reported last week, and news services today reported a fatal case in a 9-year-old boy.Disease experts fear that the H5N1 virus may spark a human flu pandemic if it finds a way to spread easily from person to person. Only one possible case of person-to-person transmission has been recorded so far.The Thai investigators examined all cases in the first 3 months of 2004 in which patients were hospitalized with pneumonia or influenza after exposure to sick poultry. They classified cases with laboratory evidence of H5N1 infection as confirmed. Cases in which patients had been exposed to sick poultry and had either severe pneumonia or laboratory evidence of influenza A, but without confirmation of H5N1, were defined as suspected.The researchers found 12 confirmed and 21 suspected H5N1 cases among the 610 potential cases reported from 67 of Thailand’s 76 provinces. Eight of the 12 confirmed case-patients died. The median age of the confirmed patients was 12 years (range, 2 to 58) and that of the suspected patients was 33 (range, 1-67).All the confirmed patients came from villages where abnormal chicken deaths had occurred, and nine lived in houses where backyard chickens had died unexpectedly, the article says. Eight patients had had direct contact with dead chickens.All the case-patients had fever, cough, and dyspnea when they were hospitalized, and 5 of the 12 had myalgia and diarrhea. Chest radiographs were abnormal in all the cases. In the late stages of the illness, nine patients suffered respiratory failure and five had cardiac failure. The patients who died had a significantly lower lymphocyte count at hospital admission than those who survived.The 12 patients were all treated with broad-spectrum antimicrobials, and seven were also treated with the antiviral drug oseltamivir. Two of the patients who received oseltamivir survived the illness. The survivors started oseltamivir treatment a median of 4.5 days after the onset of symptoms, versus 9 days for those who died despite treatment with the drug.”We advocate using this agent in the early treatment of case-patients with suspected H5N1 influenza, in agreement with the recommendations of WHO,” the authors say.The investigators advocate specific testing for H5 influenza when a patient has a history of contact with sick poultry, young age, pneumonia and lymphopenia, and progression to acute respiratory distress syndrome.The researchers suggest that recent H5N1 cases have been more severe than the 18 H5N1 cases that occurred in Hong Kong in 1997. Six, or 33%, of the Hong Kong patients died, as compared with 68% of patients reported in 2004 at the time the report was written. “Several lines of evidence indicate that the H5N1 viruses have evolved to more virulent forms since 1997, with different antigenic structure, internal gene constellations, and an expanded host range,” the report states. “This virologic evolution may be a factor in the persistence of H5N1 viruses in the avian populations.”Chotpitayasunondh T, Ungchusak K, Hanshaoworakul W, et al. Human disease from influenza (H5N1), Thailand, 2004. Emerg Infect Dis 2005 Feb;11(2) [Full text]last_img read more

Petar Ćorluka takes over Hotels Baška voda?

first_img“With the hotel “Croatia” it is a fantastic tourist complex that has the prospect of becoming a high quality hotel resort. Petar Ćorluka has shown that he strives for excellence in both BiH and Zagreb, and such an investor guarantees a foundation for quality tourism in Baška Voda”, Said for Slobodna Dalmacija, the director of the hotel Baška Voda, Jakša Medić. Photo: TZO Baška Voda By the way, Petar Ćorluka is the owner of the company Marea Alta, as well as one of the most successful companies in BiH, Violeta from Grude, and the leading brand of hygiene products in the region. At the beginning of 2019, after a series of attempts, the Ministry of State Property sold the Hotel Hrvatska, located in the center of Baška Voda, for HRK 46 million and 126 thousand to the Makarska company Marea Alta. center_img Ćorluka already owns a hotel in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and it is the Colors Inn hotel located in Sarajevo, and now it obviously has serious plans to turn Baška Voda into a quality destination with the construction of a 4-star hotel and resort. How it brings Free Dalmatia, Ćorluka became the owner of the tourist resort “Urania” in Baška Voda, and signed a pre-agreement with Hotels in Baska Voda and the final purchase agreement is expected to be taken over and signed on 15 October. Ćorluka is also reportedly interested in building a 5-star hotel in Makarska.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Urges President Trump to Heed Opioid Commission’s Recommendations

first_img August 08, 2017 National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf today urged President Donald Trump to heed the recommendations of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.“The President’s commission has laid out a robust and reasonable plan for the federal government to be a better partner with states on combating the heroin and opioid crisis. In Pennsylvania, I have found bipartisan common ground on increasing funding for treatment, resources for health professionals, and tools for law enforcement. But, undoubtedly, the data makes clear there is more work to do.“The primary recommendations of the President’s commission track closely with the progress we’ve made in Pennsylvania, including increasing treatment options through Medicaid and Medication-Assisted Treatment, expanding opioid education and training for health professionals, and establishing a Naloxone standing order.“After his briefing today, I urge President Trump to move swiftly to get these recommendations into action. Too many families are being torn apart by this epidemic and it is causing real pain for law enforcement, health professionals and all of our communities. I thank the bipartisan governors who worked so hard to ensure these recommendations reflected the steps states are already taking to lead on this crisis. In Pennsylvania, we’ve seen that this epidemic does not see Republican or Democrat, and neither should our national response.”Background:Some of the steps Pennsylvania under Governor Wolf’s leadership has taken to combat the heroin and opioid crisis:Expanding Treatment Centers of ExcellenceGovernor Wolf worked with the legislature to secure $20.4 million in the 2016-17 budget to combat Pennsylvania’s heroin crisis by expanding treatment options for Pennsylvanians struggling with opioid use disorder.Redesigned Prescription Drug Monitoring ProgramOn August 25, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Pennsylvania’s redesigned Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) was fully operational and would serve as an important tool to help curb the prescription opioid and heroin public health crisis in the commonwealth.Sharing Opioid Prescription DataOn June 29, 2017, the Wolf Administration announced that the Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PA PDMP) is sharing data with drug monitoring programs in 10 states and Washington D.C.Safer Opioid Prescribing GuidelinesOn July 19, 2016, Governor Wolf was joined by members of his administration to announce new prescribing guideline recommendations for the safe and effective use of opioids.Overdoses Reversed by Police with NaloxoneOn June 13, 2016, Governor Wolf announced that since municipal police departments, the Pennsylvania State Police, and individual police officers were equipped with naloxone over one year ago, more than 2,000 opioid overdoses have been reversed.State Police and Capitol Police Equipped With NaloxoneOn April 7, 2015, Governor Wolf announced the Pennsylvania State Police will carry naloxone, the life-saving opioid overdose reversal antidote.Naloxone, also known by the brand name “Narcan” is a prescription medicine that rapidly reverses heroin and other opioid overdoses. With a combination of grants donated by Aetna, Geisinger Health, Health Partner Plans, and Highmark, every state patrol car in Pennsylvania will be equipped with two naloxone doses.On December 2, 2015, Governor Wolf announced that the Pennsylvania Capitol Police are now trained to administer and will carry the life-saving opioid overdose reversal antidote known as naloxone. This will allow officers to continue to protect the well-being and safety of those who visit, work and live in the areas of the Pennsylvania Capitol Police jurisdiction and the surrounding areas.As of December 07, 2016, more than 2,000 opioid overdoses have been reversed by state and local police officers since November of 2014.On January 31, 2017, Governor Wolf announced a proposal to include $10 million to provide Naloxone to first responders and law enforcement across the state through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.Naloxone in SchoolsOn September 18, 2015, Governor Wolf, together with Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera, Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy, and Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Gary Tennis, announced support for the use of the life-saving drug antidote naloxone at schools across the commonwealth.Naloxone is administered to individuals suffering from an opioid overdose, such as heroin, and reverses the effects of the ingested drug.Naloxone Standing OrderOn October 28, 2015, Governor Wolf stood with Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine as Dr. Levine signed a standing order making it possible for all Pennsylvanians to access naloxone, a medication that can reverse an overdose that is caused by an opioid drug.Received Grant to Fight Opioid Addiction in Rural AreasOn July 15, 2016, the Department of Human Services announced it received a nearly $3 million federal grant to double the number of primary care physicians delivering high-quality medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in rural Pennsylvania.Limited Opioid Prescriptions to Emergency Room Patients and MinorsGovernor Wolf signed legislation that limits the number of opioids a patient can receive at emergency rooms to a seven day supply with no refills. He also put the same restriction in place for minors no matter where they get a prescription. This does not make it harder for physicians to prescribe opioids for legitimate pain. Those suffering from crippling pain need relief, and we must be careful to protect the ability of sufferers of long-term pain or victims of trauma to receive appropriate medication.Improved and Increased Education on Prescribing OpioidsWe must prepare doctors and physicians for prescribing opioids and pain management by improving medical school and continuing education curricula on opioids. Governor Wolf signed legislation that developed a safe opioid prescribing curriculum in medical colleges and other medical training facilities offering or desiring to offer medical training. He also signed a bill that requires continuing education in pain management, addiction and dispensing for prescribers and dispensers.Increased Access for Pennsylvanians to Dispose of Unwanted or Expired Prescription DrugsOn October 27, 2016, Governor Wolf signed a bill that ensured all federal, state and local law enforcement entities, hospitals, assisted living facilities, home health care agencies, long-term care nursing facilities, hospice, and commonwealth licensed pharmacies could serve as drop-off locations for any extra, unwanted, or expired prescription drug or over-the-counter pharmaceutical products.Provided Guidance On Insurance Coverage of Substance Use Disorder TreatmentThe Pennsylvania Insurance Department issued a notice outlining how health insurance companies are expected to apply parity laws for mental health and substance use disorder coverage. This notice was announced alongside a consumer guide to mental health and substance use disorder treatment designed to help Pennsylvanians understand their rights and the benefits to which they are entitled. The guide details what is required to be covered by different types of insurance and where help can be found, if necessary. The full guide is available at PID’s website here.Increased Law Enforcement’s Ability to Hold Opioid Dealers AccountableSecretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy issued a notice of intent to temporarily schedule the substance carfentanil, a narcotic substance, as a Schedule II controlled substance under the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act in order to allow law enforcement to take appropriate action against those in possession of this extremely dangerous drug.Reducing Opioid Addiction, Recidivism for InmatesOn December 15, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf announced $1.5 million in grants awarded to human services agencies serving 13 counties to provide Medication Assisted Treatment to offenders for substance abuse disorder.Provided Warm Handoff Guidance to Emergency Room Doctors and Healthcare ProfessionalsOn December 21, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf released guidance developed by the Department of Health and the Department of Drug and Alcohol programs in conjunction with the American College of Emergency Physicians to help emergency room doctors and healthcare professionals identify individuals with substance use disorder, including those who have been saved by naloxone, and get them into treatment – a process known as a warm handoff.Tightening Medicaid Opioid Prescription RulesOn March 6, 2017, Governor Wolf announced several additional steps the commonwealth is taking to help tighten the rules under which medication, such as buprenorphine, can be prescribed under the Medicaid program:Prescription Guidelines for Orthopedics and Sports MedicineOn March 16, 2017, Governor Tom Wolf and former Pittsburgh Steeler Franco Harris, joined state and local leaders at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Montefiore to announce prescribing guideline recommendations for the safe and effective use of opioids in orthopedics and sports medicine.Secured $26.5 Million to Combat the Heroin and Opioid EpidemicOn April 24, 2017, Governor Wolf announced that Pennsylvania secured a $26.5 million federal grant to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic. 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