The Innovation Award

first_imgBachmanns Chocolate Christmas PuddingBachmannsThames Ditton, SurreyGreg Cadoni, head chef/director has been with Bachmanns for just under five years and oversees all production at the Continental patisserie. His Chocolate Christmas Pudding is not a chocolate-flavoured version of the traditional dessert, but a “cartoon-style” take on a Christmas pudding, moulded entirely from chocolate.”We took the concept of an Easter egg two chocolate halves, filled and stuck together and adapted it to take advantage of the Christmas demand for chocolate novelties,” explains Cadoni. The two halves of the pudding are moulded milk chocolate, filled with Rocher clusters caramelised split almonds, covered in chocolate. The whole thing is sprayed with a dark chocolate, giving it a velvety texture, both in the mouth and in appearance. The pudding is then decorated with marzipan holly leaves and berries. “We made it in four sizes, from 2.5in to 20in,” he explains. “The biggest one, which had a box of chocolates inside, was a sort of Christmas Day piñata, so you could place it on the dinner table and leave everyone to help themselves.”The judges said the Chocolate Christmas Pudding clinched the top prize, as it had “real wow factor”. They were impressed that the product met a customer need, while remaining “incremental to the rest of the business and maximising production capabilities”.Warburtons’ Sandwich ThinsWarburtonsBolton, LancashireFamily-owned plant bakery Warburtons makes wax-wrapped loaves, wraps, crumpets and pancakes, as well as gluten-free breads. It distributes two million products nationally every day to customers. Started in 1876, the firm employs 5,000 people at its 14 bakeries and 15 depots. It boasts an annual turnover of £492m.Warburtons’ Sandwich Thins, launched this February, come as a six-pack of flatbread, pre-sliced rolls, which can be toasted or used to make sandwiches.Produced on a stress-free sheet-and-cut line, they have a tender-eating quality, unlike the more usual flatbread or wrap texture. Darren Littler, director of innovation, says: “They meet customer demand for ’healthier’ bread products each two slices of Thin are just 100 calories. “We get a lot of inspiration from the US, and flatbread-style products are massive over there.”Puratos Puravita BreakfastPuratosBuckinghamPuratos has been supplying ingredients and product solutions to bakers for 90 years. Family-owned, it has 50 production plants and 5,500 employees worldwide, boasting an annual turnover of E1bn (£0.9bn); its UK office turns over around £35m-£45m.The firm’s Puravita Breakfast Bar mix is designed to help bakers “regain a hold” on the breakfast market. “On average, we miss 90 breakfasts a year in the UK,” says Puratos marketing executive Lydia Baines. “Consumers rely on other ’grab and go’ products so bakers miss out.”The Puravita mix contains wheat, oat and spelt as well as apricots, raisins and figs. Baines says the 100g soft bread bar has a high proportion of slow-burning carbohydrates.”It can be baked off, frozen, thawed and refreshed. We hope it will help bring customers back into bakeries at breakfast-time.”last_img read more

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Library begins interior renovations

first_imgWith the conclusion of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Hesburgh Library in May, the building will begin a multi-phase interior renovation project Dec. 22.University librarian Diane Walker said the research and scholarship needs of students have changed dramatically in the last 50 years. Photo Courtesy of Hesburgh Libraries — University of Notre Dame The renovation of the Hesburgh Library starting this month will open up the first and second floors and add new study spaces.“Technology is rapidly changing the landscape of teaching, learning and research at Notre Dame,” Walker said. “As teaching methods and instructional tools evolve, new spaces that support interdisciplinary research, multimedia assignments and collaborative group study are critical to intellectual engagement and, ultimately, academic success.”Librarian Jessica Kayongo said the renovation aims to provide the library’s users a high-quality study environment, which will place it as a leader in academic library spaces.“Ultimately, we want our users to find what they need for study and research and to be as inspired by the physical surroundings within Hesburgh Library as they are by the mural on its iconic exterior,” Kayongo said.Phase I of the renovation focuses on transforming the entrance gallery and tower floor 10, Kayongo said. A new entrance will be installed on the north side of the building, and the formation of new openings will create “vertical connections between the floors.”Renovations also include the addition of a skylight on the north end, adjacent to a new reading room on the second floor, and a south-facing view from the second floor out toward the stadium, Kayongo said.“These changes, we hope, will address user concerns we have heard over the years, particularly in terms of wayfinding and natural light,” she said. “Renovation of the 10th floor will [also] open up limited window access to more of our users.”Later renovation phases will also replace the wooden study carrels with updated furniture and add a scholar’s lounge, special collections room and grand reading room, according to the Notre Dame website.“The entire project is several phases, likely to take several years, but completion of subsequent project phases is dependent on benefaction,” Kayongo said.Walker said future phases will include the creation of the Collaboration Hub, which will “provide dynamic, flexible and inspirational environments with hi-tech capabilities where groups of students from various disciplines can work across multiple platforms to explore projects and research questions.”Renovation will also address students’ concerns for quiet, contemplative study spaces with the addition of a Grand Reading Room facing west, along with several smaller rooms for individual workspace, Walker said. Critical infrastructure issues such as the addition of electrical outlets will also be addressed in order to support research and learning, she said.“Some of the overarching features that will tie the renovation together [are] making neighborhoods, introducing natural light, creating connections and transforming learning spaces,” Walker said.Photo Courtesy of Hesburgh Libraries — University of Notre Dame While renovation planning lasted the duration of 2013, Kayongo said the majority of 2014 was spent developing specific design details. The final design was a collaboration between the Shepley [Bulfinch] architects, the Facilities Design & Operations, the renovation steering committee and various campus service providers.“It is truly exciting [for] library renovation to begin, as the building has not seen any major renovation, except to the lower level and the penthouse, since it opened 50 years ago,” Kayongo said.Walker said the 50th anniversary celebration of the Hesburgh Library was an opportunity to reflect on the past and on the “original vision that this library would stand as a symbol of academic excellence for the world to see.”“We are excited, now, to look ahead to the next 50 years and beyond,” she said.Students are invited to attend the Farewell to the Floor open house on the second floor of Hesburgh Library Wednesday at 4 p.m. The event will feature refreshments, music and a sign-the-floor event.To learn more about the renovation process go to renovation.library.nd.eduTags: Diane Walker, Farewell to the Floor, Hesburgh Library, Jessica Kayongo, Library renovationlast_img read more

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Martin wins again

first_imgGreg MartinBANGOR — Husson University junior Greg Martin of Ellsworth continued his winning ways last weekend, taking the individual title at the North Atlantic Conference golf championship at the Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown, Mass.Martin carded a 75 in round one but finished strong with a one-under-par 71 for a 146 total.Husson’s Eagles finished as tournament runners-up, six strokes shy of Salem State.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img

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USC-led team analyzes water main breaks

first_imgUSC is partnering with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to uncover the cause behind several water main breaks that have been flooding the city’s streets.The project will be led by Jean-Pierre Bardet, director of USC’s Center on Megacities and chair of the Viterbi Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Additionally, experts from across the country will help look for patterns in the breaks and consider solutions, Bardet said.Old black water · A car plows through the water flooding the intersection of 83rd and Wall streets after a water main break on Tuesday. The USC Center on Megacities is working with the LA Department of Water and Power to find the source of the main breaks. – Mike Lee | Daily Trojan“USC was chosen because we have the Center on Megacities, an organized search unit approved by the Provost office,” he said. “We deal with issues related to urban systems, which is relevant to the water main breaks.”Bardet and the other partners will be meeting with LADWP personnel and measuring water pipe data, such as the pipes’ ages, diameters and thicknesses, to identify the cause of the breaks and try to predict future ones.“The main reason for the water breaks is probably that they’re old and corroded,” said Andrea Donnellan, JPL’s principal investigator. “We’re using radar to see if there are ground motions and any strong [fault] activity,” which Donnellan said could be another possible explanation for the breaks.Motion along faults has been deviating from the normal range in the last 100 days, which could be a cause for the breaks, JPL officials said. The motions are not the faults themselves, but are fault-controlled, Donnellan said.JPL had been studying recent fault activity because of the large number of minor earthquakes that hit Southern California over the summer. Then it was contacted by LADWP and decided to help, she added.Cornell University is also contributing to the project by providing a computer simulation system that allows USC researches to analyze stresses on the water main structures.The team is also considering other theories for the breaks, such as the city’s ordinance limiting outdoor water usage to only Mondays and Thursdays. Bardet said the added water pressure on aging pipes during the rest of the week could be behind the breaks.“We’re trying not to speculate,” Bardet said. “We’re looking for the facts and trying to give solutions.”The results of the water main project could also have an impact on overall water usage in Los Angeles.“It’s like looking at the tip of an iceberg,” Bardet said. “We can use that to find something more profound, which may end up affecting how we use water.”Bardet said the team’s efforts could also reveal data about water distribution that has the potential to affect cities everywhere.“The problem is not specific to Los Angeles, but to cities across the country,” Bardet said.last_img read more

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Fellaini winner shocks Man Utd

first_imgRobin van Persie started life at Manchester United with a defeat as Everton produced an outstanding performance to deservedly claim victory at Goodison Park.Sir Alex Ferguson’s £24m signing from Arsenal emerged as a 67th-minute substitute – but he made a quiet introduction and was powerless to prevent United starting the Premier League season with a defeat – their first since they lost at Chelsea in 2004.And it was fitting that Everton’s winning goal came from the outstanding Marouane Fellaini, who tormented Manchester United’s makeshift defence throughout a thunderous evening on Merseyside.The giant Belgian’s towering 57th minute header from Leighton Baines’ corner finally ended the defiance of United keeper David de Gea, who had kept Everton at bay with a series of outstanding first half saves.Leon Osman also struck the crossbar – and when Van Persie was finally introduced Everton had an iron grip on the game and only looked like conceding the advantage Fellaini had given them when Phil Jagielka cleared off the line from Tom Cleverley.Everton have traditionally been slow starters but in this opening game they dominated United for spells, with keeper Tim Howard only being troubled by the occasional effort from Wayne Rooney. Goodison Park celebrated the victory noisily at the final whistle, leaving Ferguson to contemplate a lacklustre performance undermined by a reshuffled rearguard in which Michael Carrick never settled in his role as emergency central defender alongside returning captain Nemanja Vidic. United were without Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans – and how Everton exploited the weakness.Ferguson eased Van Persie into life at Old Trafford with a place on the bench, entrusting attacking duties to Rooney and England youngster Danny Welbeck.United were grateful to keeper De Gea for a performance of defiance and athleticism that kept his side on terms as they were terrorised by the power and presence of Fellaini.The young Spaniard stretched to turn over Steven Pienaar’s header then dived to turn away the South African’s shot as Everton applied pressure. He did even better to save Osman’s shot on the turn and leap to claw away a free-kick from Baines that was destined for the top corner. United had opportunities of their own but they were rarities, Howard saving twice from Rooney and Welbeck rolling a low shot wide as United claimed a penalty when he tangled with Jagielka.United’s biggest escape came just after the interval when Fellaini once more headed into the path of Osman, who did beat De Gea but held his head in anguish as his effort rattled the crossbar.Everton were not to be denied and finally got the lead they so deserved. The source was no surprise as Fellaini – who had simply been too much for Carrick – rose above him to power in Baines’ corner.United gave Everton their most anxious moment after 66 minutes when Jagielka cleared off the line from Cleverley and seconds later Van Persie entered the fray in place of Welbeck. However, with Jagielka and Sylvain Distin magnificent, Everton were in no mood to see their resistance broken and they claimed a win their efforts merited. Everton manager David Moyes: “I’m really pleased because we performed ever so well. We’ve often started the season slowly but just because we’ve won one game doesn’t mean we’ve had a good start – as it would not have been a bad start had we lost.“Marouane Fellaini is a really good player. We can play him behind the striker, in the middle or because of his power in the air we can play him as a defensive one as well.“The only time we had a really good start here we ended in the Champions League places. I don’t know if that’s possible but it would be nice for us not to be playing catch up.“David de Gea made some great saves. In the build-up it was all about Manchester United and what they could do – I felt people called that wrong because we are a tough team to beat at Goodison Park.“We defended really well when we had to. Phil Jagielka was outstanding.”last_img read more

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