Tribute to victims, one year after Maguindanao massacre

first_img PhilippinesAsia – Pacific News February 16, 2021 Find out more RSF_en June 1, 2021 Find out more Exactly one year ago, on 23 November 2009, 32 media professionals were massacred in Maguindanao province, on the southern island of Mindanao, by a private militia controlled by the local governor’s family. The tragedy’s shocking nature did not reside solely in the record number of journalists killed but also in the criminal desire of the perpetrators to eliminate all the witnesses, down to the very last man and woman. The international community was stunned as the details of the massacre emerged. At first it was shocked by the scale of the death toll. Then it was appalled by the revelations about the criminal nature of the Ampatuan family. Now our common goal must be to press the authorities to allocate sufficient material and human resources to the trial of the main defendants, so that it can be completed within a reasonable time and conclude with the conviction of those responsible, both the perpetrators and the instigators. By commemorating the victims, every press freedom organization can help to promote the deep-seated changes that the Philippines needs. Together, let’s say: “Never again.” To pay tribute to the victims, Reporters Without Borders is publishing the accounts of some of the families of the journalists killed a year ago. It also appeals for a broad movement of support for the families. More information about the massacre and the trial:http://en.rsf.org/philippines-damning-testimony-for-ampatuan-08-09-2010,…http://en.rsf.org/philippines-number-of-journalists-killed-in-26-11-2009… PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information May 3, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts November 22, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Tribute to victims, one year after Maguindanao massacrecenter_img Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago News Organisation to go further Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa News Follow the news on Philippines News Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be droppedlast_img read more

Whistleblowers could face up to 10 years’ imprisonment in Australia

first_img News RSF_en Legislation submitted by Australia’s Attorney-General George Brandis on 16 July makes the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), the country’s intelligence agency, untouchable. Among the many measures designed to protect it is total ban on disclosing information about “special intelligence operations” on penalty of imprisonment. Paragraph 35P, entitled “Unauthorised disclosure of Information” states: “(1) a person commits an offence if (a) the person discloses information; and (b) the information relates to a special intelligence operation. Penalty: Imprisonment for five years.”Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, of which Australia is a signatory, allows national security as legitimate grounds for restricting freedom of information but on the other hand General Comment 34 by the UN Human Rights Committee on article 19 says these restrictions must be closely regulated, exceptional, specific and justified. The law should not make the link between national security and special intelligence operations a matter of routine. It is up to the government to demonstrate to the courts on each occasion that such operations are essential from a security standpoint and the dissemination of information about them could affect national security. “We call on the attorney-general to scrap this bill, which is far too restrictive to be amended appropriately.” News The national interest is invoked more and more at the expense of the public interest. The bill submitted by Brandis would be a serious blow to freedom of information and stands in contradiction to international treaties that Australia has signed.The draft, entitled “National Security Legislation Amendment Bill”, provides for a new offence, liable to five years’ imprisonment, for anyone who discloses information without authorization about “special intelligence operations”. The sentence can be increased to 10 years if the information “endangers the health or safety of any person or prejudices the effective conduct of a special intelligence operation”.Human rights violations can thus easily be covered up by the ASIO, especially since the classification of an operation as “special intelligence” would require only the consent of the security director-general or his deputy.The bill will also strengthen the surveillance powers of the agency. Receive email alerts News RSF condemns Facebook’s blocking of journalistic content in Australia No more Edward SnowdensThe goal of the bill appears to be to avoid the emergence of an Australian Edward Snowden, the American whistleblower who published transcripts of wiretaps by the National Security Agency. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) published some of the documents leaked by Snowden showing that the Australian intelligence service had tapped the phones on Indonesian leaders including that of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Their publication caused a diplomatic row between the two countries and strong criticism by the government of the whistleblower and the news organizations that published the information. Prime Minister Tony Abbott was highly critical of ABC. The station is a frequent target of abuse by the prime minister. In January this year, he took issue with an ABC report that a group of asylum seekers had been abused by the Australian navy, saying: “News that endangers the security of our country frankly shouldn’t be fit to print”. Australia is ranked 28th of 180 countries in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders. July 22, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Whistleblowers could face up to 10 years’ imprisonment in Australia Help by sharing this information center_img On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia February 22, 2021 Find out more AustraliaAsia – Pacific to go further AustraliaAsia – Pacific January 21, 2021 Find out more Google experiments drop Australian media from search results “This bill is dangerously imprecise and does not take account of the public interest in any shape or form, and as such it is a threat to freedom of information and a violation of international standards,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-pacific desk.“Whistleblowers should not be subject to threats of this kind when they are carrying out the important task of disseminating news and information on behalf of their fellow citizens. Follow the news on Australia News Organisation November 19, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

After Unsuccessful Attempt Thursday, JPL to Try Again Today to Achieve Fourth Flight of Mars Helicopter

first_img Subscribe STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy NASAs Ingenuity Mars Helicopter shown on the surface of the Red Planet. Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechAfter a one-day delay due to a technical issue that kept the craft grounded, Jet Propulsion Laboratory mission managers will try again Friday to launch the fourth flight of the Mars helicopter Ingenuity.The flight from Wright Brothers Field — the name given to the helicopter’s base on Mars — was scheduled to occur at 7:12 a.m. California time Thursday. Data from the flight was not expected back at JPL until roughly three hours later, at 10:21 a.m.Just before noon, however, JPL announced the flight had not occurred.“Aim high, and fly, fly again,” the agency posted on Twitter. “The #MarsHelicopter’s ambitious fourth flight didn’t get off the ground, but the team is assessing the data and will aim to try again soon. We’ll keep you posted.”JPL later said the helicopter is still “safe and healthy.”“Data indicate the rotorcraft didn’t transition to flight mode, which had been a possible outcome,” according to the agency. “We’ll attempt the fourth flight again on April 30.”JPL officials said “an issue identified earlier this month showed a 15% chance for each time the helicopter attempts to fly that it would encounter a watchdog timer expiration and not transition to flight mode. Today’s (Thursday’s) delay is in line with that expectation and does not prevent future flights.”The fourth flight will be attempted again at 7:46 a.m. Friday, California time. The first data from the helicopter is expected to be received at JPL at 10:39 a.m.Emboldened by the helicopter’s first three successful flights, mission managers are planning to push the craft’s “performance envelope” during its fourth flight.The fourth flight will see Ingenuity climb to a height of 16 feet, then fly south — “flying over rocks, sand ripples, and small impact craters” — for 276 feet. The helicopter’s downward-facing camera will then begin snapping photos every four feet, until it reaches a distance of 436 feet from its starting point. Ingenuity is then programmed to stop, hover and return to Wright Brothers Field.“To achieve the distance necessary for this scouting flight, we’re going to break our own Mars records set during flight three,” Johnny Lam, Ingenuity’s backup pilot at JPL, said. “We’re upping the time airborne from 80 seconds to 117, increasing our max airspeed from 2 meters per second to 3.5, and more than doubling our total range.” Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img 88 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Make a comment HerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Get Into Shape You’ve Never Tried BeforeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeauty Science and Technology After Unsuccessful Attempt Thursday, JPL to Try Again Today to Achieve Fourth Flight of Mars Helicopter CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Thursday, April 29, 2021 | 3:25 pmlast_img read more

Dell Technologies partnership with Barnardos extended for further two years

first_imgEmail Barnardos, with the kind support of Dell Technologies Ireland along with Former Grand Slam winner, Current Elite IRFU Rugby Referee and Barnardos Ambassador, Joy Neville today launched their local call for volunteers in Limerick. Dell Technologies volunteers at the Limerick Volunteer Drive for Barnardos at the Dell Technologies in the Raheen Business Park, Limerick.The children’s charity, who work with more than 17,600 children each year and has two centres in Limerick, needs valuable volunteers for their National Collection Day, kindly supported by Dell, on September 13th.Photo: Oisin McHugh True MediaDELL Technologies Limerick has committed to extending its partnership with Barnardos by a further two years, which will help the children’s charity continue its vital work to support vulnerable children and families in IrelandThe partnership which involves the provision of financial support, as well as the sharing of employee expertise, skills and the volunteering of time, was first formed in 2017 to support the good work and continued vision of Barnardos.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Over the course of three years the Dell Technologies teams in Dublin, Cork and Limerick have volunteered their time to support the organisation’s National Collection Day, hosted various fundraising initiatives on their campuses and in recent weeks have supported the organisation as they transitioned their services to virtual settings.Employees at Dell Technologies are always available to provide digital support to Barnardos but in recent weeks this has evolved to respond to the current environment and the team has been sharing expertise in managing teams remotely, organising virtual meetings, ensuring the organisation remains secure while the team operates remotely and general technical training.Throughout the partnership, the team at Dell Technologies has also helped to create and deliver ‘Code Work Clubs’, a new initiative for the organisation hosted at regional Barnardos Homework Clubs in Cork, Limerick and Dublin. The Clubs were set up with an aim to deliver digital skills to the young people participating who might not have access to technology on a day-to-day basis.Suzanne Connolly, CEO, Barnardos commended the “phenomenal” impact the partnership has had on the organisation and “ultimately the lives of children and families in Ireland”.She said, “Thanks to the support of Dell Technologies team members in their fundraising efforts, skills sharing and awareness building over the last three years we have made a difference to the children of Barnardos.“We’re looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together in the next two years, as we continue to provide support to those most in need, working to close the digital divide among communities across Ireland and provide much-needed help to the most vulnerable children in our society.”Sean O’Reilly, Vice-President, EMEA Logistics and Site Leader, Dell Technologies Limerick said since first joining forces with Barnardos “we’ve been truly inspired by the life-changing impact Barnardos has on children and families in communities throughout Ireland”.“This has struck a chord with our own team members who over the years have come together to support the children’s charity.“This support has been particularly evident in recent weeks as the team has worked to ensure the organisation has the digital skills and capabilities to manage teams remotely and to continue providing the vital supports to families and children across the country.In addition to the company’s financial contributions, our employees donate their time and creativity in order to help Barnardos to continue their valuable work.”He concluded by saying the team were “delighted” to extend the partnership for a further two years “and continue to support the great work that Barnardos does.” Advertisement Facebook Print BusinessNewsCommunityDell Technologies partnership with Barnardos extended for further two yearsBy Cian Reinhardt – August 18, 2020 262 center_img Twitter Linkedin WhatsApp Previous articleLimerick Cricket Club complete clean sweep over busy weeekendNext articleLimerick Post Show | Milk Market on re-opening Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected]last_img read more

California faces public health emergency as death toll from fires soars to 50

first_imgXinhua/Zhao Hanrong via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Wednesday declared a public health emergency in California, where at least 50 people have died from multiple wildfires ravaging the state.“We are working closely with state health authorities and monitoring the needs of healthcare facilities to provide whatever they may need to save lives and protect health,” Azar said in a statement. “This declaration will help ensure that Americans who are threatened by these dangerous wildfires and who rely on Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program have continuous access to the care they need.”Two massive blazes burning at opposite ends of the state have forced the evacuation of at least two hospitals and eight other health care facilities. A smoke advisory was issued for portions of Los Angeles County amid concerns that smoke from the fires could present a “significant health threat” for people with asthma and other lung conditions, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.Thousands of exhausted firefighters battling the Camp Fire in Northern California and the Woolsey Fire in Southern California appeared to be getting a handle on the two massive blazes. But authorities continued to find more bodies amid the scorched destruction.At least 50 people have been found dead from the fires, which have laid waste to more than 9,000 structures, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.Meanwhile, officials have warned of howling winds that could spawn more monster blazes with the slightest spark.There’s a new extreme fire danger in San Diego County, where wind gusts of up to 86 mph were recorded early Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.The blustery condition prompted red flag warnings for the San Diego area, signaling extreme fire danger through at least Wednesday, officials said.Some schools in San Diego County were closed Tuesday, and San Diego Gas & Electric took the precautionary measure of shutting off electricity in some fire-prone areas of the county to avoid new blazes, officials said.Firefighters, with the help of out-of-state fire crews, were showing progress in their twin battles to subdue the widely-destructive blazes that have blackened a combined acreage larger than the size of New York City.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

DRC calls for umbrella equality body

first_imgDRC calls for umbrella equality bodyOn 4 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today He said: “The model we argue for is akin to a departmentstore – customers use the same front door whether they’re shopping for hosieryor electrical goods, but this doesn’t stop them from seeking out the expertisethey need. All strands will be served with what they want, when they want it. “But we need to guarantee that disability discriminationcontinues to be combated and that the expertise built up in the first few yearsof the DRC is maintained.” Comments are closed. DRC chairman Bert Massie said his organisation’s proposedblueprint would ensure each of the groups to be covered by the new body wouldbe able to determine the policies that affect them. This, he said, removes thefear many bodies have that their interests would receive a lower priority inany new structure. Instead, it argues, an umbrella body focusing on issues ofshared concern is needed, with specialist units still having responsibility forthe individual areas of race, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation andreligion. The Disability Rights Commission (DRC) has rejectedgovernment proposals for a single equality body. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Eni signs charter deal with KNOT for two LNG-fuelled shuttle tankers

first_img Eni plans to use the two 124,000 DWT vessels for operations in the North Sea. (Credit: Pixabay/David Mark) Italian oil firm Eni has signed a long-term charter agreement with tanker operator Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers (KNOT) for two new shuttle tankers.Planned to be built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering shipyard in Korea, the two new LNG-fuelled shuttle tankers are planned to be delivered by mid-2022.Eni plans to use the two 124,000 DWT vessels for operations in the North Sea for a maximum of 10 years.The two new-built shuttle tankers for Eni will feature LNG propulsion systemThe vessels use of LNG as primary fuel allowing it to reduce CO2 emissions equivalents significantly compared to conventional oil-fuelled shuttle tankers.Additionally, the tankers feature a battery package to save energy during DP operation.KNOT president and CEO Trygve Seglem said: “We are pleased to announce that KNOT and ENI extend their partnership in the North Sea with two new LNG shuttle tankers. ENI, through their ownership in Vår Energi has many interests in North Sea gas and oil fields and is thus one of the major players in the area.“This contract is the third and fourth long-term time-charter shuttle-tanker contracts between ENI and KNOT Group.“We are pleased that ENI has recognized KNOT capabilities and expertise in the shuttle tanker operation with the awarding of this new contracts.”KNOT, which is a joint venture of TS Shipping Invest and NYK Group, operates and acquires shuttle tankers under long-term charters in the offshore oil production regions of the North Sea and Brazil.In 2018, Norwegian oil and gas firm Equinor awarded long-term charter contracts to KNOT, for two newbuilt shuttle tankers to lift and transport crude oil produced from the Roncador oil field in Brazil.The new two 153,000 DWT DP2 shuttle tankers, which were planned for deployment at the Brazilian oil field, are scheduled for delivery to KNOT in 2020. Eni will deploy the two vessels for operations in the North Sea for a maximum 10 years last_img read more

The National Gridiron League May Never Get Launched

first_imgSince its inception, the National Gridiron League has been an enigma. Media coverage has been scarce and the front office folks seem to like it that way. On the outside, the NGL is a boutique in the chic section of town, whose bright display windows showcase 12 teams symmetrically balanced into two divisions covering half the continental United States. They’ve conducted regional combines and have held a player draft. They’ve published a set of rules and a fans’ bill of rights. Their front office includes both a Communications Director and a Director of Social Media, each listed on a handsome website just under the regal gaze of President Joe McClendon.Yet I’ve continued to feel the NGL is an acronym for Never Getting Launched.To date, the NGL has cloaked itself in a shroud far too thick for my tastes. Despite rolling out National Gridiron Radio as a proprietary information outlet in early January, secrecy and covert operations continue to be the order of the day. Very little fungible, verifiable information has been distributed – until this past Sunday, that is. That’s when its highly-anticipated schedule was finally released. Not bad, considering it’s been four months since the A-League and the International Arena Football League published their inaugural schedules. For a while, it looked like fans would have to pile into their cars on March 30 and await last-second directions on where to drive, reminiscent of a ransom delivery scene on one of those TV dramas.As luck would have it, the reclusive McClendon made his first appearance on National Gridiron Radio last night. Given my skepticism, I felt obliged to dial in and grant him and his league this one mulligan. And my sense of diligence was repaid with what will undoubtedly go down as the low-water mark in the history of podcasts. McClendon’s 40-minute segment quickly disintegrated into an exchange of sweet nothings with hostess Daria Ray that pantsed the NGL as another amateurish clone in a long line of wipe-outs since Jim Foster first rode his wave of celebrity many years ago.Last night’s episode was in form a demonstration that McClendon really does exist but in substance a filibuster aimed at keeping him insulated from callers who were kept on hold while Ray performed various audio feats such as reading off the names of each team with considerable help from a timely-placed cheat sheet. The entire night was a display of ignorance, both in terms of Ray’s knowledge of the league and McClendon’s understanding of what it takes to be a frontman. Other than some insightful predictions in which Ray picked the Virginia Iron Horses to make it to the inaugural NGL championship game for no apparent reason other than that was the one franchise she could recall, and the night’s most tender moment when McClendon declared the National Gridiron League as that championship game’s true winner, this episode was a passage of time emptier than the sum total of the Los Angeles Rams’ offensive possessions last Sunday night.The sad part is that National Gridiron Radio provides an ideal pulpit from which McClendon could have jump-started a branding campaign. It’s not that there hasn’t been anything positive to report. By all accounts, experienced head coaches are in place for all twelve teams, and most – if not all – of them have fully-staffed assistants. And McClendon did effectively articulate the importance the league places on community involvement in each of their twelve host cities. He rightfully pumped his chest when talking about the depth of skills among signed players, of which an estimated 35% to 40% come from Division I schools.Even at a minimum, this podcast could have been a window to the outside world where sunshine can illuminate those dark little corners the league has dwelt within. One of those corners is certainly player acquisition. At least three of the 12 first-round draft picks from last October have chosen to pass on the NGL, including two of the top four. One first-round pick has still never been contacted by his team and no longer plans to play. With tryouts largely concluded and camps set to open one month from today, 36% of the 35-man roster spots remain vacant, and the plethora of talent in free agent pools after their ranks were depleted by top-tier leagues like the AFL, NAL, and IFL will exacerbate efforts to make that up in a meaningful way.Perhaps the darkest corner yet is in securing areas, and I figured on this being the headliner for last night’s episode. Ray offered spirited advice for listeners to “get your tickets,” but she didn’t elaborate on how to go about that. Only a couple of venues have been formally announced and just one – the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Evansville, Indiana – lists NGL games on their events calendar and offers tickets for sale.  And don’t pay any heed to the areas listed on the schedule. The reality is that employees from general managers’ and event managers’ offices in the last seven of them claim that leases have not been finalized, while those in two others have never heard of the NGL. No venue has been announced for the Pennsylvania Pioneers; the best – and arguably, sole – arena in the Wilkes-Barre area with a sufficient indoor playing surface and seating for more than a few hundred fans is the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza and representatives there say there have been no discussions of any kind with the NGL.Deals may very well be in the works with all these arenas or with alternate venues. The larger point is that McClendon had the forum to allay concerns accumulating on social media platforms, but instead he chose the path of idle banter. In a program that relies heavily upon and often pleads for callers, McClendon took no questions from anyone other than Ray, who at one point asked how many teams were in the league.So the early returns are in. October’s draft failed to close on the player talent is expected. Regional combines and individual tryouts have left camp rosters undermanned. Schedules were published far later than any other newbie league, and many venues supposedly hosting games still don’t know it yet. Worst of all, the league’s front office looks clumsy, out of touch, and unaccountable, and that’s a failing grade on anyone’s rubric.The next test of National Gridiron League legitimacy comes on March 7 and, yes President McClendon, you need to ace it because the real arbiters of your success will be the fans eventually coming through your turn-styles, assuming, of course, they will have found a way to buy tickets.As for me, I’ve managed to talk myself out of thinking the NGL is Never Getting Launched. However, it looks doubtful that twelve teams will kick things off.  A concentrated subset of six to eight teams seems more likely, but even that is Not Gonna Last.FOOTNOTE:  Fifty Yarder was founded in April 2018 by Paul Beckwith.  Paul attends his share of Arena Football League games each summer, claiming allegiance to the Philly Soul, but his real passion is in looking deeper into developmental leagues. He’ll be putting nearly 14 years of blogging experience to work digging into second-, third-, and even fourth-tier arena and indoor leagues, focusing mainly on items involving the NAL, AAL, and EIFL, with a side of IFL.As it happens, summer is a peak time on his day job so this inaugural 2018 season’s goal is a modest two to three posts per week. He’ll try to make them count, and figures to invite other regional bloggers for a spin on occasion. Stay tuned for more on them.The City-County Observer post this article without editing. The National Gridiron  League May Never Get LaunchedPosted on February 7, 2019, by Paul Beckwith for Fifty Yarder FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Tartlets join Délifrance line-up

first_imgDélifrance UK is offering several new products for summer, as it continues to launch 80 new lines into the wholesale market. A ’presidential’ collection of four light patisserie products are now available: raspberry, lemon zest, blueberry and lemon meringue tartlets. The range has been inspired by traditional French recipes and created by Tony Lallement, patisserie development manager for Délifrance. They can be thawed from frozen, are ready to serve within three hours and come in packs of 24.Also new is a Mediterranean Vegetable Basket, comprising a puff pastry basket filled with peas, spinach, red peppers, grilled courgettes and sun-dried tomatoes in a creamy cheese sauce. It is available in packs of 40.last_img

In Short

first_imgPop-up successJapanese customers at the Hankyu Corporation department store queued for up to two hours to sample scones and tea at the Huffkins pop-up tea room in Osaka. The Cotswolds-based bakery sold more than 2,000 cream teas a day when it took bakery staff and local ingredients to the British Fair in Japan.Costa’s store testsCosta Coffee is testing two concept stores in central London, specifically for urban markets: a metropolitan store design with a more youthful feel in Great Portland Street, and a store near Farringdon Station, which aims to capture the needs of business commuters.Potential deficiencyRestricting salt intake could increase the risk of iodine deficiency, particularly among women, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US. The country’s salt supply is fortified with iodine and restricting dietary salt consumption as a treatment option for hypertension could mean a significant curtailing of iodine intake.UB’s green accoladeUnited Biscuits was the recipient of a Gold accolade at the Food & Drink Federation Community Partnership Awards in the Environment category. It was presented by Jim Paice, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food.last_img read more