No happy medium

first_imgRather than finding a happy half-way house between the demands of health campaigners and the needs of plant bakers, the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) 2012 salt reduction targets were greeted with criticism from both sides when they were published last month.”Technically impossible” is how the Federation of Bakers described the new target of 1g of salt per 100g of bread and rolls – this despite the fact that it was a more lenient target than the 0.93g originally proposed by the FSA. Meanwhile anti-salt lobby group Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) slammed the target, claiming thousands of lives could be saved with a tougher approach.The salt-in-bread debate is in danger of descending into a frustrating deadlock, although one way out of the stalemate could come from the craft baking sector. Anthony Kindred, owner of Kindred’s Bakery in London, who has worked on an FSA and National Association of Master Bakers project looking into reducing salt in craft bread, is confident the sector will be able to achieve both the 2010 and 2012 targets.”Craft bakeries are more flexible than the plant bakers. We can use techniques such as sponge-and-dough and longer fermentation times, which help strengthen the dough and give flavour. This means you don’t need as much salt,” he says. “For plant bakers to change lines costs millions, but for craft bakers, it’s just a couple of hours’ extra work. Meeting the targets would be a tremendous marketing opportunity for the sector.”Salt levels in craft bread are currently at around 1.4g per 100g, says Kindred, making the 2010 target of 1.1g potentially the most difficult step. “After that, the last 0.1g to reach the 2012 targets will be relatively easy,” he says.If craft bakers do manage to meet 2012 targets, it is likely to put pressure on plant bakers. Gordon Polson, director of the Federation of Bakers, says that plant bakers are unlikely to meet 2012 targets because dough with reduced salt levels becomes too sticky, which leads to blockages on the production line.”Bakers have invested in ingredients and plant to overcome stickiness, but to take the next step we need a different solution and we don’t know what that is. We are talking about huge multi-million-pound processes. The bread has to be consistent, technologically possible and meet consumer requirements,” he says. “By saying we don’t think we can meet the 2012 targets we are being honest and responsible. It would be disingenuous to say we can meet them when we can’t. We are proud of our work to cut salt and will continue to work with the FSA.”The problem with the big bread brands’ claims that they have reached the upper limits of salt reduction is that there are plant loaves on the shelves that already meet FSA 2012 targets. CASH points to supermarket own-label plant breads that go well beyond 2012 targets.Professor Graham MacGregor, CASH chairman, says: “If Sains-bury’s can sell bread with 0.7g of salt per 100g, why can’t brands such as Hovis, Warburtons and Kingsmill? It’s sad to see some bakers are not prepared to lower the salt content of their products. We can only speculate that this is for commercial reasons.”In its comments on the new 2012 targets, the FSA highlighted the success of retailers in reducing salt in own-label bread to levels of between 0.75g and 1g salt per 100g, while also noting that premium breads have salt levels that are still above this. According to CASH, Kingsmill’s Great Everyday Soft White loaf contains 1.18g per 100g.Polson takes issue with the comparison of own-label and premium, branded bread, arguing that they are very different products. “[Premium bread] is a product that goes through a bakery in a 24-hour, seven-day process. If you start getting blocking [from sticky doughs], it means increased costs and wastage. The volumes of own-label bread are much lower.”The danger remains, however, that if the craft and own-label sectors achieve the 2012 targets, the big brands could become increasingly isolated on salt, leaving themselves open to further criticism from the likes of CASH and the FSA.last_img read more

AG Curtis Hill warns Hoosiers and visitors to be wary of scams while traveling in Indiana

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Attorney General Curtis Hill today warned Hoosiers and visitors in Indiana to be on the lookout for scams targeting house rentals this Memorial Day Weekend and during the week of the Indianapolis 500 race.The Consumer Protection Division is encouraging vigilance by renters, homeowners and those purchasing tickets to the Indy 500 race.Attorney General Hill urged those attending the Indy 500 to be on alert for fraudulent tickets and other scams related to race weekend. High-profile sporting events are prime targets for scammers.Here are some tips on avoiding ticket scams:Buy tickets from a trusted vendor or the official website.Only use a credit card to purchase tickets; never use cash or wire money for tickets you’ve found online.Be wary of advertisements with extremely discounted prices. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.In addition to ticket scams, those traveling in Indiana should be aware of fake rental listings and always consult Google maps and images to confirm that the rental property you are booking really looks like the photos posted online.Anyone looking to rent their properties on Memorial Day Weekend should also be on the lookout for scams. The counterfeit check scam is among the most common reported to the CPD. Scammers might contact the homeowner acting as a prospective renter and offer to pay above the listing price, asking the homeowner to transfer any excess amount to a third party. These scammers will provide a counterfeit check, defrauding the homeowner if they agree to forward the excess funds.The Consumer Protection Division encourages homeowners and prospective renters to follow these steps to avoid rental scams:Pay by credit card for all online transactions. If the listing is fake, you can file a dispute with your credit card provider and receive a refund within 90 days. Do not open links taking you outside websites you know to be legitimate. Scammers will often email links with payment instructions that take you outside of the payment services of legitimate websites with which you are familiar. This is a phishing attempt to steal credit card information. Never pay with gift cards or wire transfers.center_img Search the images of posted rentals on http://images.google.com by clicking the camera icon in the search bar and then pasting the URL of the posted rental image into the search box. Results showing a listing for the same property with a different address may indicate a scam.Hoosiers are encouraged to contact the Office of the Attorney General about any suspected scams or scam attempts. You can file a complaint by visiting indianaconsumer.com or calling 1-800-382-5516.last_img read more

Four square: Scouting the last 4 teams standing

first_img Published on April 3, 2013 at 2:59 am Related Stories Last time they played: Joseph leads Syracuse to victory over Michigan in Legends ClassicBoeheim, Beilein rekindle CNY history in Final FourMichigan coach Beilein searches for 1st-career win against Syracuse, Boeheim’s complex zone MichiganKey player: Trey BurkeThe biggest knock on Big Ten teams is that they often lack an elite scorer, which is part of the reason why none have won the title since Michigan State in 2000. Burke provides Michigan one and then some, averaging 18.8 points per game. He single-handedly dragged Michigan back against Kansas, but Saturday, his most important task may be limiting Brandon Triche and Michael Carter-Williams to the perimeter.Stat to know: 38.5 percentMichigan’s success rate from 3-point range. No team has SU’s combination of length and athleticism, but the most surefire way to beat the zone is to shoot 3s and not miss them.Stat to ignore: 9Number of UM players who have played in 30 games or more this season. In reality, only about six play in crunch-time minutes. The Wolverines aren’t any deeper than the Orange.X-factor: Mitch McGaryMichigan’s big man has the size advantage on Baye Moussa Keita and figures to limit the Syracuse centers offensively, including Rakeem Christmas. But if he can produce in his own right on the other end, Michigan won’t be so dangerously dependent on the deep ball.Boeheim: “Michigan’s a tremendous team. They have really, really good athletes that can really shoot the ball. They were a top-10 team all year and their center wasn’t ready yet.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLouisvilleKey player: Peyton SivaSiva doesn’t have to put up crazy numbers for the Cardinals to win. If he simply limits turnovers and gets Louisville out in transition, the Cardinals beat Wichita State and probably whomever they would face in the final, too. His speed alone creates a nightmarish cycle of steals and subsequent points that allow the Cardinals to set up their press and do it all again.Stat to know: +4UofL’s turnover margin in its 22-point win over Duke in the Elite Eight. On Nov. 24, the Cardinals lost to the same team, but turned the ball over 15 times, once more than Duke.Stat to ignore: 12.6Louisville turnovers per game. The Cardinals play on the run and create so many extra possessions for themselves with 10.9 steals per game that transition turnovers can usually be neutralized.X-factor: Russ SmithIt’s almost silly to list him as an X-factor, but if he shoots well in half-court sets and the secondary break, the Cardinals are nearly unbeatable.Boeheim: “Louisville is as close as there is to a dominant team. They’ve lost some games. They haven’t shown much weakness lately. They’re clearly the best team right now heading into this tournament.”Wichita StateKey player: Cleanthony EarlyEarly is the Shockers’ leading scorer, averaging 13.7 points per game and accounting for about 20 percent of Wichita State’s total points this season. His greatest value for the Cinderella squad, though, is on the glass. There, he helps compensate for his team’s overall lack of size, chipping in with 5.3 rebounds per game. His boards will be especially needed against No. 1 overall-seed Louisville in the first semifinal.Stat to know: 4-0WSU’s record in the first half of the tournament games this year. The Shockers have yet to trail at the break and can’t start now. No team remaining is easy to come back on. Louisville may be the hardest.Stat to ignore: 7-5The Shockers’ record on the road suggests they don’t travel well. They’re in the Final Four, though, and flying just fine.X-factor: ReboundsIf the Cardinals get and finish second chances, Rick Pitino can get his players into their nerve-shattering press. Wichita State needs to keep UofL out of a defensive rhythm to have a prayer. Just ask second-seeded Duke, which got outrebounded 37-31 and blown out 85-63 in the Elite Eight.Boeheim: “There’s four teams that can get there and there’s four teams that can win. I really believe the Wichita team can win.”SyracuseKey Player: Michael Carter-WilliamsHe was the East Region’s Most Outstanding Player with good reason. The passing ability he’s shown nearly all season long is being coupled with a fearless willingness to get to the basket. He’s established himself as a true leader on this team alongside Brandon Triche, and as a 6-foot-6 point guard, he remains a headache-inducing matchup for opposing swingmen and coaches.Stat to know: 28.9Opponents’ field-goal percentage in the tournament so far. This zone extends as far as any, and even the nation’s sharpest shooters can’t get used to 6-foot-8 frames defending the perimeter.Stat to ignore: 3.94Minutes per point for Rakeem Christmas in the tournament. He doesn’t play enough to make this count, and is almost exclusively a defensive force at this point in the season.X-Factor: James SoutherlandThe rangy forward is due. He’s been more than solid throughout the tournament, but hasn’t had one of his periodic explosions from beyond the arc since the Big East tournament. If he finds that kind of rhythm again SU is too dangerous.Boeheim: “There’s all this obsession about the zone. We’ve been playing it for 15 years now, so I don’t know, 20 years. I don’t know what’s – people are acting like this is something new. It’s nothing new. It’s just what we do and we work at it.”— Compiled by The Daily Orange Sports staff, [email protected] Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Other sports can shine as football hits its bye week

first_imgAs the panic of a weekend without USC football begins to set in, remember that even though it may not seem like it, there’s more to life than what happens in the Coliseum on Saturdays. If you are like me, you might even be glad there’s no football game this weekend. It allows you to rest up after coming out of what is the most terrifying time of any semester — midterm season.Even though USC’s team isn’t playing this week, if you must satiate your hunger for the gridiron, there are plenty of other games to watch, including No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 6 Texas A&M or No. 17 Arkansas vs. No. 21 Auburn.Beyond the college football world, however, this break gives other USC sports a chance to shine. The other three major fall sports — women’s volleyball, women’s soccer and men’s water polo — are all nationally ranked and definite national title contenders.If for no other reason, there are more incentives to go to the non-revenue sports than the football games. I’ve been attending football games for three years, and two weeks ago I caught my first t-shirt that they launched into the crowd.If you are one of the first 100 students to go to the women’s soccer game on Thursday, you get a pair of USC socks. These incentives are unfortunately what is needed to be provided in order for most of the people I know to feel like it’s a game worth attending.Women’s soccer is an extremely popular sport in the United States (for good reason) and the USC team is exciting to watch and dominating at their level of competition. The Women of Troy (11-3) are ranked No. 5 in the country and leave no doubt with their victories.All 11 of the team’s wins have come by two or more goals and they have held their opponents scoreless on 10 occasions. As someone who isn’t a soccer fan, I still find those numbers incredibly excitingUSC players have earned weekly conference honors six times and the team isn’t slowing down anytime soon, continually expressing how driven it is to win a national title this year. Women’s soccer isn’t the only sport that has its eyes on the prize this fall, though.Maybe land sports aren’t your thing and that’s fine, too. The men’s water polo team probably deserves the most publicity of any team given their historic and consistent domination of the competition.The second-best team in the country, the Trojans have lost only once this season. Sitting at 15-1, it would be easy to assume that their opponents have been cupcake teams, but that isn’t the case. The Trojans haven’t yet had to face their biggest rival, defending national champion top-ranked UCLA, but they have played (and defeated) six teams that were ranked in the top-20 when they played them. This impressive statistic includes five wins over teams in the top 10. In addition to their spectacular team success, there have been five weekly Pac-12 awards given to USC players.The women’s volleyball team has one of the most dynamic young players in the conference in freshman outside hitter Khalia Lanier who just this week was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week. Ranked No. 25 in the country, the team has suffered some disappointing losses this year, but hosts two critical matches this weekend as they face Cal on Thursday night and No. 14 Stanford on Sunday. The Women of Troy have defeated five ranked teams this season proving there is always the chance for an exciting upset.Even though the football season is back on the right track, no one should expect to see the team ranked anywhere near the top 10 before the end of the season. The other teams representing USC, however, are on track to add to our already impressive collection of national titles. So if you want to see a truly successful team, check out a sporting event outside of the Coliseum.Hailey Tucker is a junior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Tucker Talks,” runs Thursdays.last_img read more

Student hospitalised after allegedly pushed from 2nd floor at school

first_imgBy Kizzy ColemanA Grade 10 student of Canje Secondary School, in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) is now a patient at theJoshua LynellGeorgetown Public Hospital after he was allegedly pushed from the schools premises by another student last Tuesday.The injured child is 16-year-old Joshua Lynell of Lot 26 New Street, Cumberland, Berbice. A teacher at the school told Guyana Times that the student was involved in an argument with another student which led to a scuffle. It was at this point that the now injured teen was pushed from the second floor of the building and landed on the concrete ground.Teachers were alerted and the child was picked up and rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital but was subsequently transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital. As a result of the incident, the child sustained spinal injuries, a broken arm and a broken hip.Speaking with this publication, Lynell recounted the incident. He explained that the other student who pushed him, was involved in a scuffle with another student to which he intervened.He added that he went outside to the school’s corridor and was holding onto the railing when the student told him “you want me push you over there?”He divulged that he objected and the student began to push at him which resulted in the railing, which is rotten, breaking, causing the teen to fall to the ground. “When I fell over, he tried to help me up because I grabbed at his hand but he couldn’t hold me and I slipped and fall to the ground”.He further explained that when he fell, he was unable to move and students ran to his assistance. “Some other children come to help me and they turned me over on my back,” the teen explained.Loriette Lindy, mother of the injured teen, said she was called to the school at around 12:30h on the day of the incident. When she arrived, she was met by two teachers who told her that she has to go to the hospital as her son fell off of the school’s corridor.“When I got to the hospital, I was able to go into the room where my son was and I overheard the doctor asking him which student pushed him. It is then that I realised that the teachers were lying to me, telling me that Joshua fell over the railing”.Upon learning this, Lindy questioned teachers who were present at the hospital and was then told the truth of the matter.“When I told them that they lied to me, that is when they told me that Joshua was involved in a fight with another student who pushed him off of the corridor,” she explained.The matter was reported to the Reliance Police Station by the father of the teen on Thursday after the school’s head teacher refused to do so. Guyana Times was told that the school’s administration is trying to keep the matter “under wraps”. In an attempt to protect the other student involved in the matter, they have reported that the injured teen was running on the corridor of the school, when he accidently went over the railings.The frustrated parents, who are currently living out of their car, parked in the vicinity of the Georgetown Public Hospital, explained that they are unhappy with the current situation and the injustice that they are facing. Lindy said they have nowhere to stay in the city, and as such, they are staying in their car outside of the hospital.They are of the view that the other teen involved in the matter should be punished for his actions.“Currently, he is in school carrying on as usual. He was not even suspended and the teachers have secret meetings with him in there office for him to corroborate what they have been reporting. This is so unfair to us and our son.”The Police have since launched an investigation into the matter.last_img read more