Sainsbury’s Future Brands supports Seed Snacks

first_imgVegan snacking brand Pep & Lekker has secured listings for two of its products in Sainsbury’s.Fennel & Chia and Rosemary & Hemp variants of Seed Snacks will be trialled in 70 stores as of this week as part of the retailer’s Future Brands initiative, which champions small suppliers.The baked snacks, which have an rsp of £2 per 30g pack, are made from a combination of apple puree as well as seeds including chia, sunflower and linseed, alongside other ingredients such as Himalayan pink salt, peppercorns and buckwheat flakes.The Seed Snacks recipes were revamped last year to increase protein and reduce sugar, as well as remove sesame seeds, making the five-strong portfolio free from the 14 major allergens. In addition, the brand moved to fully compostable pouches.Other flavours in the range are: Apple & Cinnamon, Cacao & Coconut and Cumin & Linseed.“The willingness of the fantastic Future Brands team to give Seed Snacks a break as part of their promotion of healthy eating is beyond even our wildest dreams,” said co-founder Susan Gafsen.If the trial is successful, the products could be rolled out across the full Sainsbury’s estate.last_img read more

Resonant journey

first_imgAfter climbing a wooden spiral staircase I reach a hatch. “Is this it?” “Yep,” answers my friend. “OK. Here we go.”I thrust open the hatch and ascend into the crisp morning air in Moscow’s Red Square. I am in the bell tower of the Kazan Cathedral with three other Harvard students, looking down at hundreds of people. This is the first morning of a two-week, Harvard-sponsored cultural-exchange visit to Moscow and St. Petersburg. The commotion of everyday life is apparent, yet I am nestled in a cocoon of sacred religious ritual. We make room for Father Roman, our host and the head bell-ringer at the Danilov Monastery, to pass through. He walks up to the “crow’s nest” of the bell tower, where the ropes are. With the sun streaming over his shoulder, Father Roman dives into a ringing that redefines the morning for me. He works with the rhythmic patterning of the bells to create rapturous sonic worlds. His wrists move in swift synchrony as he pulls the ropes both for the people of Moscow and for God. He performs effortlessly, alert to the emotional and spiritual tenors of his creation. Having compressed what felt like three hours into three minutes, Father Roman concludes his ringing.I never could have anticipated what came next. He gracefully descended from the crow’s nest and faced me. “Your turn.”The experience of being “handed the ropes” to the emotional and spiritual breadth of Red Square reinforced a particular memory as a fundamental truth: “The currency of culture is trust.” This truth comes from Yo-Yo Ma. Four months earlier I had heard him speak at a humanities event. He said, “If the currency of politics is power and the currency of economics is money, then the currency of culture is trust.” This last part was central to our trip to Russia.The trust ran deep. We went to Russia two weeks after President Obama had canceled a meeting with Vladimir Putin. We went to Russia when gay people were being killed on the streets. We weren’t really “supposed” to be there. We did not travel to Russia for a global leadership conference or anthropological case study. We traveled to Russia because that is where the bells that Harvard helped save came from. People actually care about these bells. My friends and I are among the many who love them dearly. By joining the Lowell House Society of Russian Bell Ringers, we inducted ourselves into perhaps the most epic humanities drama there is at Harvard.Here in Cambridge, a little over a year later, I continue to experience this trust. This fall I am embarking on an outreach project on behalf of Quad Sound Studios, a student-run recording studio I helped rebuild during my freshman year. The project involves reaching out to and working with talented subway musicians who cannot afford professional-quality recording services. My goal is to integrate their talents with the talents of our student engineers so their art can be shared with the world. Through trust, I hope to form meaningful connections that wouldn’t otherwise be formed.The power of culture is so real that it has the potential to jolt you out of your body. But don’t worry; I haven’t fallen out of the nest yet. I know one thing for sure: The feeling of a giant resonating bell is its own form of veritas. Dylan Perese ’16 is a junior at Harvard College.last_img read more

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Right to Life Club festival aims to encourage dialogue on abortion

first_imgFor the Right to Life Club, the most important thing is conversation.Emily Burns, the vice president of events for the club, said the club focuses on promoting an open dialogue about abortion and other pro-life issues. Burns said the club attempts to promote this dialogue through events like LifeFest, a festival that will be held Friday on South Quad and include balloons, inflatables, lawn games, a photo booth and free frozen yogurt.Burns said LifeFest, which is open to both Notre Dame students and the surrounding South Bend community, is simply a way to include everyone in the pro-life movement.“[LifeFest] is for anyone who wants to celebrate life. We use events like this to show that our message is really not something that should be a polarizing thing, a political thing or a religious thing. It’s very much just about the idea that life is something to be celebrated and we want everyone to be able to participate in that,” Burns said. “We hope to reach out to everyone here, no matter what their views are. We just try to encourage conversation and education. But, for those people who are pro-life, we help them understand, explain and defend [their views].”Burns said the festival is a way to celebrate the end of Respect Life Week. In addition to LifeFest, Respect Life Week featured numerous other events, including on-campus speakers, a prayer vigil, masses and displays of support for the pro-life movement.Burns said the club holds Respect Life Week during the month of October because it is National Respect Life Month.“[Throughout Respect Life Week] we want to bring out the elements of our movement that everyone can agree with,” Burns said. “I think with any cause or organization there is always an underlying basis that most people agree with. We are trying to show that the basis of our organization is to show love and that overall that is a good thing for everyone to strive for.”According to Janelle Wanzek, the president of Right to Life, LifeFest is a way for the club to promote the numerous service opportunities the club has throughout the year.“We are not just focused on saying ‘anti-abortion,’ we are focused on providing service opportunities and ways for students to act on their pro-life views,” Wanzek said. “We want to promote these opportunities to the entire student body and show them that there are many different ways that they can put their pro-life views into action.”According to Burns, the club provides numerous service opportunities that aren’t directly connected to the club’s anti-abortion work.“We work with a variety of groups that just focus on defending human dignity,”Burns said. “For example, we work with Hannah and Friends, which is an organization for adults and children that have special needs. People don’t think of that as something that is a controversial pro-life issue, but it is about how these people have dignity.”Burns said these community partners are what sparked this year’s Respect Life Week theme, “Love them both.” This theme refers to loving both the mother and the baby and is directly connected to a pro-adoption, pro-life view, Burns said.“We were approached by someone at the beginning of the year who works for Holy Family Adoption Agency in South Bend, and they brought up the idea of bringing these speakers [on adoption to campus]. We really liked that idea, and so we built the whole week around these speakers,” Burns said.Burns said the selection of this topic was just another way for the club to reach out and include many people who may hold different views.“We wanted to pick a topic that would draw people in. Most people can agree that [loving them both] is a good goal. Maybe people have different ideas on how to achieve that goal, but that goal is something that everyone will agree with. We tried to pick a theme that wasn’t going to drive anyone away,” Burns said. “Overall, we wanted to get people thinking and wondering and maybe even drive away some of the stigma or misconceptions about the pro-life movement.”Tags: LifeFest, National Respect Life Month, Respect Life Week, Right to Life, Right to Life Clublast_img read more

College hosts annual World Cinema Festival

first_imgSaint Mary’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) office coordinated 2019’s annual World Cinema Festival. The festivities start Tuesday and extend to Friday, showing three movies from across the globe. All showings start at 7 p.m. in Vander Vennett Theater in the Student Center. The showings are free and open to the public.“Generally, I select the films after soliciting suggestions from faculty and students, or anyone else who wants to send me ideas,” Mana Derakhshani, director of CWIL, said. “I look for films that bring new perspectives to our understanding of various places in the world. I also look for award-winning films to ensure good quality.”The World Cinema Festival is an annual event at Saint Mary’s College. “They have offered the World Cinema Festival since 2011,” Derakhshani said. “Before that, we offered a French Film Festival for about five years. So for the past 13 to 14 years, there has been a week of foreign films hosted by Saint Mary’s College.”The films range in origin from year to year. This year’s lineup features the historical drama “Golden Door” from Italy, which follows a struggling Sicilian family and their voyage to New York. “Go Away, Mr. Tumor,” a Chinese film, is based on a famous comic series, and featured from India, is “English to Vinglish,” which is a comedy-drama about a woman learning English.The film festival is part of CWIL’s efforts to internationalize the campus through extra-curricular activities, Derakhshani said. “Although a large percentage of Saint Mary’s students study abroad, they do not all get the experience of immersion in a different culture. Through these films, they can become a very short-term sojourner into a new country,” she said. “The Festival offers students opportunities to learn about the world and increase their global and intercultural perspective through a different medium. It also supports academic programs such as Global Studies, Film Studies and Intercultural Studies.”Films will be shown in their original language with English subtitles, and there will be “country-themed” snacks offered.This is an opportunity to see films not usually seen in the United States, Derakhshani said, as well as to learn something about another culture’s perspective. Tags: CWIL, foreign films, Saint Mary’s World Cinema Festivallast_img read more

Foss: Amsterdam planning some exciting projects

first_imgCategories: News, OpinionI remember the first time I visited the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook pedestrian bridge in Amsterdam. I could see the bridge … but I couldn’t quite figure out how to get to it. I made the mistake of parking downtown, thinking there would be some way to access it from there.  But a quick stroll down East Main Street disabused me of that notion. I got back in my car, drove to the other side of the Mohawk River and parked in the small parking lot available to visitors. I had a great deal of fun wandering around the bridge and nearby Riverlink Park, but the lack of access from downtown was clearly a problem. Rather than make it easy to check out downtown and visit local shops and eateries, it actually called attention to the poor urban planning that can make Amsterdam such a nightmare to navigate. Happily, this could change. Amsterdam is the recipient of a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative state grant to be spent on projects aimed at injecting new life into the aging and cash-strapped city. The award represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the city of Amsterdam to remake downtown into a more vibrant, pedestrian-oriented and family-friendly place — to rectify some of the urban planning mistakes of the past and chart a bright new future. To that end, the steering committed tasked with finding ways to spend the $10 million has come up with a list of 20 projects that will be submitted to state officials at the end of the month. It’s a good list, filled with promising projects that are guaranteed to have a positive impact on the heart of Amsterdam.  One of them is a $5.3 million bridge connector that would link Veteran’s Park — a large downtown park with a baseball diamond and pool — to the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook pedestrian bridge. Once the connector is built, the pedestrian bridge will no longer be cut off from downtown, which will help the bridge realize its full potential as a community gathering place and link between the city’s north and south sides. Another highly promising project is a community recreation center — something downtown currently lacks but would certainly benefit from. (The city’s YMCA shut down in 2015, citing a lack of financial resources due, in part, to a waning membership.) Under the city’s proposal, the community center would be run by the Boys & Girls Club in partnership with Centro Civico, a non-profit organization that serves Montgomery County’s Latino community. It would serve a maximum of 100 children at a time and employ 10 people, and I would expect it to quickly become a very busy place, providing local youth with a positive and stimulating place to hang out.  One of Amsterdam’s prized assets is its public library, on Church Street, and the city plans to use DRI funding to establish a business incubator and STEM education center there. This is an intriguing idea — one that could make the library an even livelier and more dynamic place. center_img The city also proposes using Downtown Revitalization Initiative funds to develop the Chuctanunda Creek Trail. Right now, the Chuctanunda Creek Trail is an informal pathway that takes people past waterfalls, old industrial buildings and walk formations etched with fossils. I walked the trail with a knowledgeable guide a few years ago, and I’ve been hoping the city would obtain funding to turn it into a more formal trail, with signs and easy-to-follow footpaths. A more accessible trail would be a draw, bringing in visitors interested in discovering what I consider one of Amsterdam’s best-kept secrets. All in all, it’s an exciting time for the city of Amsterdam, and I’m eager to see the next phase of this process unfold. Ten million dollars is a lot of money, and Amsterdam is poised to spend it well. Reach Gazette columnist Sara Foss at [email protected] Opinions expressed here are her own and not necessarily the newspaper’s.      More from The Daily Gazette:Plenty of money coming into Capital Region Congressional racesControversial solar project goes before Clifton Park Planning BoardSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsCapital Region COVID-19 Tracker for Friday, Oct. 16, by countySaratoga’s First Night has been canceledlast_img read more

NAPF sees merger talks with PMI collapse

first_imgThe UK’s National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has seen its talks to merge with the Pensions Management Institute (PMI), the professional body supporting the development of trustees, collapse.In a statement, PMI president Paul Couchman said the discussions had been “extremely positive” and explored the potential value to be gained by merging the two organisations.“However, after careful review by the PMI Board and its Council, we have decided PMI is best placed to pursue its strategic objectives as an independent organisation,” Couchman said.NAPF chairman Ruston Smith said the organisation was disappointed by the decision but had no choice but to respect it. He added: “The NAPF continues to fulfil the needs of our members by providing them with the high-quality services they require, including education and policy solutions.”The organisations announced in October last year that they were exploring the possibility of a merger, with Couchman at the time praising the “complementary areas of expertise”.last_img read more

Gasum claims another LNG bunkering first

first_imgLNG is the cleanest available marine fuel, and it’s rapidly becoming the most commonly used alternative to traditional fuels. The use of LNG significantly improves local air quality as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 per cent, and it meets all the current and forthcoming regulations set out by the International Maritime Organization and the EU. Furthermore, LNG is suitable for all vessel types. “We are working actively on extending our business in the region and have lined up several projects in Germany, Poland, The Netherlands and Belgium,” says Jacob Granqvist, sales director, LNG Maritime, Gasum. Gasum has already conducted ship-to-ship deliveries in northwest Europe. However, Gasum aims to expand its geographical footprint in continental Europe. The Nordic energy company Gasum has conducted the first truck-to-ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering operation in Germany. Fassmer was awarded the contract to build the ship for the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH), which will use the vessel for sea surveying, wreck search and research. Gasum is delivering the LNG and supporting Fassmer in the execution of the operation at the shipyard. The decision to equip the ATAIR with engines that can run on LNG was made because LNG emits significantly fewer emissions compared to a diesel-fueled ship. As a result, the new ATAIR does not only comply with the TIER III exhaust emission regulations but also with the EPA TIER IV rules regarding soot particles. ATAIR is currently under construction at Fassmer shipyard in Berne/Motzen in Germany. The vessel will enter into service in 2020 and will replace the old ATAIR, commissioned in 1987. Gasum delivered LNG to the world’s first LNG-fueled research vessel ATAIR, the company said on Wednesday. Furthermore, the underwater sounds of the vessel are optimized, which protects the marine environment and ensures optimal conditions for scientific work. Courtesy of Gasumlast_img read more

Messi sets Barcelona record that might remain forever

first_imgMany top-grade soccer players end up playing on a steady slide during their late twenties, but Messi proves that he’s a different beast. He was bagging 51 goals from just 50 matches to crown himself the top scorer in European soccer.On top of that, Messi has also chipped in with 200 assists during the same time period, while his record of 358 wins, 89 draws and 53 defeats hammers home just how successful Barca have been with him.The record is unlikely to be broken by any active player in soccer and what’s even more interesting is that Messi could be the only Barcelona player to achieve the impressive feat.And in case the world forgets, he was 32 years old when he copped his sixth Ballon d’Or trophy last year.In 2012, Messi has achieved the greatest year of his career. At 25 years old, the young Barcelona star scored 91 goals to become the only player in history to achieve the said feat. The Argentine recorded the unbelievable tally in only 69 games for club and country.Lionel Messi scored the winner as Barcelona beat Granada on Sunday in Quique Setien’s first game in charge.Read Also: Barcelona president comfirms transfer plans for AubameyangMessi’s magnificent 2012 goal record was also something that is unlikely to be repeated by any active goalscorer for years. However, the 32-year-old living legend has continued to cop insane amounts of goals. In fact, Messi has scored more than 50 goals for club and country in nine years of the last decade.And if everything will go smooth for the Barcelona captain this year, Messi is bound to make history once again and complete a decade of over 50 goals scored per year.Barcelona, on the other hand, is hopeful that their longtime superstar can break more records this year as they handed Messi a series of challenges upon entering 2020.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWhat’s Up With All The Female Remakes?Only Those Who Live In 1980s Know What It Is6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time? He has achieved an array of feats and milestones with the club and given his age, Leo doesn’t seem to be planning on stopping anytime soon. In fact, his latest feat saw him produce another superb record. Messi has now scored exactly 500 goals in his last 500 Barcelona games.According to Barcelona’s Turkish page, Messi’s goal that came just over a week ago means that he has now scored exactly 500 times in his last 500 games for the Catalans. Aside from being arguably the greatest of all time, Messi will go down in history as the greatest player to ever play for Barcelona.center_img Loading… Lionel Messi has set a remarkable goal record for Barcelona which might not get broken by any player for years.Advertisementlast_img read more

Coaching Switches

first_imgI was surprised to see that Vanderbilt University is expected to hire Valparaiso Coach Bryce Drew as its new basketball coach.  Drew, of course, is remembered for his playing career at Valpo where he played for his dad.  He would replace Kevin Stallings, a player for Purdue University, who now becomes the Pittsburgh basketball coach.  Stallings is one of the coaches who tried to get the Purdue job when Gene Keady retired.  He was passed over for Matt Painter.  Look for many more switches as we go into the basketball off-season.  One might be North Carolina’s veteran coach, Roy Williams., because North Carolina may be facing an NCAA sanction because of their classroom fraud a few years ago.last_img read more