Premium desserts business Just Puds is to be listed by an Irish distributor following a recent listing with London-based chilled foods wholesaler Bespoke Foods, which supplies 600 independent retail outlets.The firm, which revamped its image earlier this year, is also developing ambient products to add to its existing range and as Christmas specials, said Graeme Robinson, who started the business with his wife Rosemary in December 1999 in their farmhouse kitchen. In January, Just Puds sub-contracted production into a newly-converted former airline desserts bakery in Beverley, East Yorkshire. Just Puds has the potential to use all 1,900sq m of the Beverley capacity, said Robinson, who conceded that expansion had been impossible for the last couple of years.The company supplies Harrods and some Waitrose and Asda stores but was looking for more listings with small retailer chains and with catering wholesalers, he added.Just Puds will also launch Christmas products in September for sale through the ambient products wholesaler Hider Food Imports, he said. These include Dundee slice; cherry cake with kirsch; a cranberry, pecan and maple Christmas pudding; and a light carrot, apple and date pudding.The company’s established puddings are: sticky toffee with butterscotch sauce; saucy chocolate with Belgian chocolate sauce; gingerbread with ginger wine, brandy sauce and stem ginger; treacle; and lemon drizzle pudding.
The National Science Foundation has awarded $8.7 million in three grants to the University of Georgia to support plant genetics research.The UGA research will aim to decipher the genetic blueprint of valuable plants in the grass family and identify useful genes to make crops more drought-tolerant, among other things.”The grass family, which includes valuable food plants, is unrivaled in terms of economic and ecological importance,” said Gordhan Patel, vice president for research and associate provost.”The research these NSF awards support will not only advance knowledge in basic plant genetics,” Patel said, “but may lead to improvements in crops such as sorghum, rice and wheat.”Sorghum Biology, ProductivityA four-year, $3.97-million award will enable UGA plant geneticist Andrew Paterson and collaborators at UGA, Clemson and Cornell to “apply genetic maps and genomic tools to better understand sorghum biology and productivity,” Paterson said.Sorghum is the world’s fifth most important cereal crop and second most important feed grain. Its annual value is $1.5 billion in the United States alone.”One phase of this project is to build the skeleton on which the research community will be able to flesh out a complete sequence of the sorghum genome, much like the publicly funded human genome project in the 1990s,” said Paterson, director of the UGA Center for Applied Genetic Technologies.Other phases of the project will look beyond the information available from sequencing into how various genes function and how they’re inherited.Paterson’s lab also will study sugarcane, a close relative of sorghum, as part of a collaborative effort with a Brazilian sugarcane initiative. The grant is a renewal of a $3.2 million NSF award three years ago.Improving Stress ToleranceUGA plant scientist Lee Pratt, a co-investigator on Paterson’s earlier grant, received $3.6 million to pursue a different line of sorghum research over the next three years. Pratt’s group aims to identify genes that improve plant growth in adverse environments.”Our goal is to focus on genes related to various kinds of stresses, especially abiotic ones such as high light exposure, air pollution, drought and soil-nutrient limitations,” said Pratt, distinguished research professor in the UGA botany department.In the earlier grant, Pratt’s lab identified 15,000 unique sorghum genes. By the end of the new project, he expects to have increased the number to 20,000, which may be as much as two-thirds of all sorghum genes.Pratt’s group also will find which of these genes are active under stress by using a new method called microarray technology, in which the expression of thousands of genes can be detected simultaneously.Collaborators on the project include researchers from UGA, Texas A&M, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service and Tokyo University.A third award of $1.1 million will support Tifton, Ga., horticulture professor Peggy Ozias-Akins’ work on grass family genetics.Focusing on ApomixisOzias-Akins’ lab will focus on a wild pearl millet relative that has a trait called apomixis, a botanical curiosity in which plants produce seeds that are clones of the mother plant.”Apomixis is not a common trait but is more frequently observed in the grass and sunflower families,” Ozias-Akins said. “This trait is rare in domesticated plants and absent from our major crops.”If the trait for apomixis could be introduced into crops by gene transfer, it has the potential to revolutionize plant improvement and seed production.Other UGA collaborators for these grants include John Bowers, Joann Conner, Marie-Michèle Cordonnier-Pratt, Alan Gingle and Daniel Peterson.
Georgia producers have a new precision agriculture resource to enhance productivity on their farms.Simerjeet “Simer” Virk, who has served as a research engineer in the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences since 2016, is now an assistant professor on UGA’s Tifton campus in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. He earned his doctorate in agricultural and biological engineering earlier this year from UGA’s College of Engineering. Virk, who brings a decade of experience to this new position, will focus on advancing the adoption and proper implementation of precision agriculture technology and data management tools as a specialist with UGA Cooperative Extension, but he will also conduct applied research on UGA farms and with farmers in different production regions throughout Georgia.“Dr. Virk is well known on our campus for his technical savvy and easygoing attitude,” said Michael Toews, assistant dean at UGA-Tifton. “Georgia growers are getting a true partner to assist with adopting cutting-edge technologies that improve their productivity and profitability.”Virk will continue working with fellow UGA faculty including precision agriculture researchers George Vellidis, Wesley Porter and Calvin Perry, who are making strides in the adoption of technology including variable-rate irrigation and planting technology. Virk hopes to capitalize on progress in these areas and expand to variable-rate technology for fertilizer application, sprayer control systems and nozzle technology, yield monitoring systems, and data management tools and techniques.Technology has evolved tremendously over the last decade and current tools allow producers to make timely and critical decisions in the growing season that can affect their bottom line.A technology enthusiast and certified drone pilot, Virk says drones are rapidly becoming a go-to remote sensing tool for many researchers and consultants. He sees potential for growth in this area, especially in spot spraying applications. Artificial intelligence and data analytics are also advancing at a rapid pace, and robotics, automation, machine learning and the Internet of Things are being incorporated into precision agriculture. The industry is already in the next phase of precision agriculture, or “digital agriculture,” where field and machinery data is constantly collected and used for making real-time management decisions.“I believe that almost every farmer can benefit from basic precision ag technologies such as GPS and guidance,” said Virk. “From there, I see precision ag as a toolbox full of different technology and data management tools, but not every grower will need all of those tools. Depending on farm size and operations, he may only need the tools that will serve his operations the best and make farming profitable. Precision ag is not a one-size-fits-all approach for every farm and operation. Instead, you have to pick and choose which technology and practices will fit best into your operation.”Virk plans to take a two-pronged approach to promote these tools. For growers who are already using some technology, he wants to ensure that they are using it effectively to maximize productivity. For growers looking to get started or advance to the next level, he wants to ensure that they are ready to take the leap and have the information they need to make the right choices.Addressing barriers to technology adoption will also be critical, said Virk, who will be working with other specialists and educating Extension agents on options available to growers and effective utilization of data so they can make smart “precision decisions” for their crop production. “Some of these technologies are not straightforward,” he said. “That’s where I see my position playing a critical role — educating and training our agents about the principles and workings of technology so they are prepared to help growers with their questions or issues related to its use or adoption. We have one of the best Extension systems and some of the best agents in the country who are eager to learn about new technologies and are willing to help growers in every possible way.”Virk is aware that the cost of adopting and implementing precision agriculture technologies can be significant, but he emphasizes the benefits and return on investment these technologies can provide for producers.“As researchers, it’s important for us to consider the economics of the technology adoption when evaluating and testing different technology options for growers,” he said. “There are some options that won’t fit a certain production system, so it’s important to be cautious before jumping in and investing in something brand new in the market. Growers should give new technologies at least one year or so for it to be field-tested by the industry before making an investment decision.”Virk said precision agriculture technologies have the potential for application beyond row crops. Specialty and vegetable crops are high-value commodities and Virk plans to partner with specialists in these production areas to identify the appropriate technologies. He’s also working with UGA beef and forage specialists who have realized the potential for technology education and adoption in hay and forage production.While it is unclear how many Georgia farmers are currently using precision agriculture technologies, Virk hopes to get a better handle on what farmers are currently using now and where they want to go in the future.“I hope to work with our agents, industry and commodity commissions to get a baseline of where we’re at now through grower surveys and meetings so we can track those numbers in the next few years and be able to evaluate the program’s impact,” Virk said.To get timely updates on his work, follow the UGA precision agriculture team on social media at @GAPrecisionAg on Facebook and Twitter.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle knows how to make a night of it. Come for the WWE, stay for the beer.Kittle, a WWE aficionado, took teammates Jimmy Garoppolo, Garrett Celek, Trent Taylor and Dante Pettis to the WWE Smackdown Live event Tuesday night according to sees-all, knows-all BANG 49ers beat writer Cam Inman.. CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile device Because we know you want to know: It was at the Chase Center in San Francisco …
When you go online, where do you set our boundaries? If you’re like many social media users, you simply may not have any. Acclimated to the bare-all nature of modern culture, we overshare until our entire lives are online.What many fail to realize, in part because of the relatively recent development of pervasive social media, is that once you put information out there, it lives online forever. You can try to delete yourself from the internet, but it’s much easier to refrain from putting everything online in the first place.Born DigitalOne of the leading long-term issues associated with oversharing on social media today is its impact on children. Born into a digital world, children are growing up with their entire lives online, including the most embarrassing tales from childhood. There’s even a word for this new mode of childrearing – “sharenting.” The information parents include can also facilitate fraud.The result of this sharing, according to Barclays, is a significant monetary loss. By 2030, the bank says that under-18s could lose as much as £676 million annually. Even little things, such as sharing the child’s birthday or the name of their school can make them more vulnerable. And as children grow and begin their own digital lives, they learn from these behaviors and begin to share such information on their own. This can cost them college admissions, jobs, and more.Ruined RelationshipsThe most common danger of oversharing information online isn’t actually these long-term, financial issues. No, in the immediate aftermath of putting everything on social media, many people end up ruining their relationships. For example, some people play out their entire romantic life on Facebook or Instagram, sharing explicit information and photos of every interaction. Simply put, you should be paying more attention to your partner than to your social media presence.It’s not just intimate relationships that can be damaged by oversharing on social media. Your friendships and family relationships can take a hit too because most of us connect on social media with everyone from best friends to distant relatives. Few detailed posts are appropriate for so broad an audience – and we don’t write them with all of those people in mind. Instead, many create social media specifically to make others jealous or manipulate others’ perception. Those posts aren’t neutral.Is There Ever An Upside?Surely social media sharing can’t be all bad, but you need to be smart about how you make yourself vulnerable. For example, it’s perfectly fine to show your romantic relationship online, but you shouldn’t be showing it off. Or, from a negative perspective, it’s okay to be realistic or even negative, but you shouldn’t be whining because whining is irritating and childish. Rather, negative posts should focus on seeking support or creating connections.That’s exactly how Elizabeth Savetsky approached social media in the wake of an ectopic pregnancy. Devastated and feeling alone, Savetsky wondered how many of her social media followers had experienced similar losses. She found that discussing her pregnancy loss on social media gave her an opportunity to connect and raise awareness around the issue. It wasn’t about being self-centered or self-pitying, but rather not going through a difficult situation alone.When sharing on social media, we all need to ask ourselves a few key questions, but the most important distinction we should make about any post is whether we’re putting ourselves on display or encouraging communication. If social media is supposed to be about relationships – about sociality – then communication should always be the goal. Right now, too many of us are missing that mark. Frank Landman Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Follow the Puck Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business.
Marco Silva tells Everton to stand up for West Hamby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton manager Marco Silva says that it is time for his players to stand up and fight for their futures.There is significant turmoil at the Goodison Park club, given their poor start to the Premier League season.They are in the relegation zone after eight games and boss Silva is seen as one of the favourites to get the sack in the league.The Portuguese boss admits it is a tough moment, but believes the players can rise to the occasion against West Ham this weekend.”The first thing [for my team] is to give everything,” Silva told evertonfc.com.”In the tough moments, react and put in more hard work and 100 per cent commitment. We have to be demanding of ourselves every single day.”When you have tough moments as a football team – and this is a tough moment for us as a club and our fans – we have to do even more and then we will see [results] on the matchday.”As a team we have to show more, that strong character and personality that will have us playing to our best level again – and achieving what we want in every single match.”There are more points to win and we have to be really strong to win the next match – then the confidence will come again.”In the tough moments, you can see the strong character… the strong personality. And how we can be strong as a team.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Merson tells Stones to leave Man Cityby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Paul Merson believes John Stones should be looking to leave Manchester City.The defender was left out of the starting line-up against Crystal Palace on Saturday.“Rodri and Fernandinho did well at Crystal Palace but you wouldn’t want to play them together at the back for the next 28 games,” Merson said.“If you were John Stones you’d want to be leaving now, wouldn’t you? In my opinion he’s fit to play. If he’s not fit why is he on the bench? It was a strange one for me. It’s one of those Pep Guardiola decisions that was amazing, but it could have gone wrong. It was a big call to leave Stones on the bench.“From my experience, I’d be asking serious questions if I were Stones. It’s like me being a No 10 and a manager putting Tony Adams in my place. I’d be thinking what’s happening here?“A holding midfielder is not a centre-half. This lad is a £50m defender. It’s not like he was always there, and Pep just doesn’t fancy him as a player – a bit like Mesut Ozil and Unai Emery – it’s not like that at all.“I would say that decision is the final proof that Pep just doesn’t trust Stones anymore. It really doesn’t look good for Stones.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 10: Running back Fozzy Whittaker #2 and safety Nate Boyer #37 of the Texas Longhorns carry the American flags as the team takes the field before the NCAA football game against the BYU Cougars on September 10, 2011 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas defeated BYU 17-16. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)This week, a University of Texas football fan named Trevor Thomas put together a hype video illustrating why top high school prospects should choose to play for Texas. Included in the background narration for the video was an excerpt of Longhorn defensive coordinator Vance Bedford speaking about the program.It looks like Thomas’ effort did not go unnoticed by Vance Bedford, who shouted him out earlier today.To the fan who put together the recruiting video, the longhorn nation thanks you. Write me back— Vance Bedford (@CoachBedfordUT) January 31, 2015Not sure if Thomas ever did get back to Bedford, but it’s cool that the coach gave him some recognition. Texas has been on a recruiting roll lately and will look to ride that momentum into National Signing Day on Wednesday.
Fifteen residents from the county of Middlesex have been presented with the 2017 Governor-General’s Achievement Awards (GGAA) in recognition of their selfless acts of volunteerism through community service and outstanding educational achievements.The recipients, three each from the parishes of Clarendon, Manchester, St. Ann, St. Catherine and St. Mary, were selected by the respective Governor-General Programme for Excellence (GGPE) Parish Committees.They were recognised in the age-group categories 18 to 24 and 25 to 35, for academic excellence; and over 35, for persons engaged in lifelong community service.At the awards ceremony held at the St. Mary Anglican Church Hall in Port Maria, on Thursday (May 25) Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, said the awardees’ contributions and achievements are indicative of the “gains to be had when our objectives and our actions are coming from a pure heart”.He pointed out that through their various projects and endeavours “they dared to be different (and) have used their God-given talents to give back and help others, thus becoming beacons of hope in their communities”.The Governor-General said the foundation laid by his predecessors has enabled him to broaden the GGAA to become part of the GGPE, which also incorporates the ‘I Believe Initiative’.Their Excellencies, the Governor-General, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (left), and Lady Allen (2nd left); share a photo opportunity with the 2017 Governor-General’s Achievement Awardees for St. Mary. They are (from left) Kem-Maria Kemishia McCook; Ava-Gail Patrice Lindsay; and Roydel Donnovon Clarke. At right is Custos Rotulorum for St. Mary, Hon. Errol Johnson. Occasion was the award ceremony for the county of Middlesex held on May 25 at the St. Mary Anglican Church Hall in Port Maria.He pointed out that the GGAA “tangibly recognises the work of unsung heroes and heroines who are not recipients of National Honours, but are worthy to be recognised by the highest office in the land”.The recipients are selected based on their outstanding record in academia; community service/leadership; and ability to motivate others through creative, innovative and sustainable community and/or institutional projects that are focused on the family, on youth, on education and community impact.He noted that the I Believe Initiative is the GGPE’s service component, and through its programmes conducted on behalf of the nation’s young people “individuals can impact families, educational development and youth-engagement activities”.“The Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence has, therefore, become the embodiment of excellence in service, and carries many stories of aspirations, inspiration, transformation and fulfilled dreams,” he added.St. Mary awardee, Roydel Clarke, who responded on behalf of the recipients, said it was a “great honour” and “very humbling” to be recognised.He committed, on behalf of the other awardees, to continue to volunteer their efforts to the development of their parish. “We are forever grateful and pledge to continue to serve our communities and country with pride and dignity, knowing that only the best is expected of us as we set good examples for others to follow,” he said.Custos Rotulorum for St. Mary, Hon. Errol Johnson, in congratulating the awardees, told them that they are expected to be “Ambassadors of peace and love for our country”.The 2017 Governor-General’s Achievement Awards, which were presented to nominees from parishes in the county of Cornwall in April, will conclude with a ceremony in Port Antonio, Portland, in June for recipients in the county of Surrey.
TORONTO – Caroline Mulroney has been named the Progressive Conservative nominee for the riding of York-Simcoe.Mulroney, vice-president of an investment firm and daughter of former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, accepted the nomination at a meeting in the riding on Sunday.In a speech, she criticized the province’s Liberal government for its controversial minimum wage hike and thanked her parents for teaching her the importance of public service.York-Simcoe, north of Toronto, has been held by Progressive Conservative Julia Munro since 1995.Munro has announced that she is retiring, and that she supports Mulroney’s campaign.Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown congratulated Mulroney on her nomination on Sunday.“Caroline is a fantastic addition to our modern, inclusive and pragmatic Ontario PC team,” he said in a statement.“Caroline understands the importance of public service, and I know that she would do a fantastic job filling the shoes of Julia Munro as MPP.”Mulroney is the vice-president of Toronto-based BloombergSen Investment Partners, and used to work at a venture debt fund. She also co-founded the Shoebox Project for Shelters, which collects and distributes gifts to women who are homeless or at risk.Ontario’s provincial election will be held in June.