LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Top 14 2020-21 Season PreviewThere is a reckoning coming in the Top 14, due to kick off with Stade Francais versus Bordeaux on 4 September. And it’s not just because the clubs are tightening their belts and cutting salary budgets.The reckoning is on the pitch in a highly competitive league. Eight or nine clubs have their eyes on the six-team play-offs and Champions Cup rugby for the 2021-22 season.Related: The wild life of the Bouclier de Brennus Top 14 trophyMeanwhile, the extended end-of-year internationals, with up to six games pencilled-in, followed by five more in the 2021 Six Nations, leave the likes of Toulouse, Toulon, Montpellier and Racing facing a large portion of their campaigns without key players for the second year in a row.Here, we do our best to predict the prospects of each of the sides. Just don’t bet the mortgage on any of it…AgenIn: Tapu Falatea; Kevin Yameogo; Victor Moreaux; Corentin Vernet; Camille Gerondeau; Yoan Cottin (loan); Jean-Marcellin Buttin; Noel Reid; Gabriel IbitoyeOut: Jeronimo Negrotto; Kamaliele Tufele; Mickael De Marco; Tom Murday; Adrian Motoc; Xavier Chauveau; Leo Berdeu; Thomas Vincent (loan); Alban Conduche; Benito MasilevuIbitoye, Reid and Buttin are the eye-catching signings in a decent summer of recruitment at Agen. Second row Moreaux, too, was a clever snap-up after his sudden departure from Castres, while scrum-half Cottin, on loan from Toulon, will be out to impress as he seeks much-needed game time. They might just be enough to ensure Agen improve on their 13th-place finish in the curtailed 2019/20 Top 14 season.In it together: The Bayonne squad (Getty Images)BayonneIn: Sam Nixon; John Ulugia; Hugh Pyle; Asier Usarraga; Izaia Perese; Joe Ravouvou; Gaetan Germain, Alexandre Manukula (loan)Out: Census Johnston; Aretz Iguiniz; Maxime Lamothe; Pieter Jan Van Lill; Adam Jaulhac; Edwin Maka; Antoine Battut; Benjamin Collet; Armandt Koster; Emmanuel Saubusse; Julien Tisseron; Setariki TuicuvuBayonne surprised more than one ‘bigger’ side in the early skirmishes of last season. That good start saved them, because they then lost eight in a row to finish ninth. Yannick Bru’s done some clever recruitment work – Germain, Perese and Pyle, in particular, are good signings, while All Blacks Sevens star Ravouvou should add excitement from the wing. But you should probably look on the Basque side as a relegation favourite.Related: Meet rugby cult hero Ben TameifunaBordeauxIn: Ben Tameifuna; Joseph Dweba; Guido Petti; Ben LamOut: Peni Ravai; Leonardo Ghiraldini; Adrien Pelissie; Florian Dufour; Masalosalo Tutaia; Lucas Meret; Semi Radradra; Blair ConnorIt was Bordeaux’s season. It was not Bordeaux’s season. A first campaign under Christophe Urios ended prematurely with the Begles eight points clear at the top of the table with 13 wins and a draw out of 17 Top 14 games and five wins and a draw in the Challenge Cup pool phase. Losing Semi Radradra to Bristol was a blow – but Bordeaux have recruited and retained well to challenge for at least one title in the hybrid 2019/20/21 campaign.Flying Dragon: Brandon Nansen claims a lineout during his stint in Wales (Getty Images)BriveIn: Pietro Ceccarelli; Florian Dufour; Wesley Douglas; Brandon Nansen, Valentin Tirefort; Setariki TuicuvuOut: James Johnston; Karlen Asieshvili; Francois da Ros; Joe Snyman; Dan Malafosse; Richard Fourcade; Jan Uys; Alex Dunbar; Franck Romanet; Guillaume Namy; Rory ScholesJeremy Davidson’s Brive – thanks in no small part to the fine form of playmaker Thomas Laranjeira – beat Clermont, Toulon, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Lyon, Pau, and Stade Francais at home in a solid return to the Top 14 after a season in the ProD2. Brive don’t have the riches of other clubs and aren’t likely to trouble the upper echelons next season, but sticking around in the top flight will be the least they deserve.Castres OlympiqueIn: Julius Nostadt; Gaetan Barlot; Tyler Ardron; Ryno Pieterse; Semi Kunatani; Stephane Onambele; Kevin Kornath; Santiago Arata; Adrea Cocagi; Vilimoni Botitu; Bastien GuilleminOut: Marc Clerc; Paea Fa’anunu; Tapu Falatea; Morgan Phelipponneau; Jody Jenneker; Paul Sauzeret; Rodrigo Capo Ortega; Christophe Samson; Victor Moreaux; Alex Tulou; Camille Gerondeau; Kevin Gimeno; Ludovic Radosavljevic; Robert Ebersohn; Julien Caminati; Taylor ParisPlenty of experience has walked out of Castres’ door this year as coach Mauricio Reggiardo made good on his promise to build a younger squad. Despite the clearout, Castres’ senior team looks more balanced on paper – certainly, in Arata and Fortunel there’s talented and youthful additional cover for long-in-the-tooth halfbacks Kockott and Urdapilleta. If Reggiardo can make this squad work, there’s excitement to be had at Stade Pierre Fabre. Just expect it to take a year or so to gel.Down Under: Tyler Ardron in action for Waikato Chiefs (Getty Images)ClermontIn: Peni Ravai; Christian Ojovan; Adrien Pelissie; Etienne Fourcade; Sebastien Bezy; Kotaro Matsushima; Bastien Pourailly; Tavite VeredamuOut: Davit Zirakashvili; Loni Uhila; Beqa Kakabadze; Mike Tadjer; Julien Ruaud; Greig Laidlaw; Charlie Cassang; Isaia Toeava; Remy Grosso; Nick Abendanon; Donovan TaofifenuaInteresting times at Clermont, and an interesting campaign in store. Change is afoot after a season that, despite reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup, fell below expectations. Head coach Franck Azema is taking a strategic step back, as Clermont look to regain lost ground. Bezy was always too good to play second-fiddle to Dupont at Toulouse and will push Parra for the nine shirt, while Matsushima should fit well into a backline with quicksilver pace.La RochelleIn: Will Skelton; Jules Le Bail; Raymond Rhule; Pierre Boudehent; Brice Dulin; Dillyn Leyds James Harrington takes a look at all of the runners and riders ahead of France’s domestic rugby season kicking off again. Who are you backing? Out: Sila Puafisi; Mike Corbel; Jean-Charles Orioli; Jone Qovu; Thomas Jolmes; Alexi Bales; Brock James; Brieuc Plessis-Couillaud; Marc Andreu; Eliott Roudil; Valentin Tirefort; Kini Murimurivalu; Vincent RattezNeither a fifth-place finish nor Jules Plisson’s return to form after his November move from Stade Francais can paper over the cracks of a chaotic 2019/20 season at La Rochelle, marked by the bizarre case of international-standard lock Thomas Jolmes – he was clearly unhappy at the club. Jono Gibbes and Ronan O’Gara would probably readily admit they were fortunate to finish in the Champions Cup places. Should do better.Searching for stability: Lyon must be consistent (Getty Images)LyonIn: Joe Taufete’e; Izack Rodda; Mathieu Bastareaud; Colby Fainga’a; Gillian Galan; Leo Berdeu; Remy Grosso; Alex TulouOut: Hendrik Roodt; Julien Puricelli; Carl Fearns; Liam Gill; Tanginoa Halaifonua; Sam Hidalgo-Clyne; Jean-Marcellin ButtinLyon’s rise from perennial yo-yo side to Top 14 remainers and, lately, play-off contenders, matches head coach Pierre Mignoni’s stewardship. No wonder Lyon were keen to sign him to a five-year deal in 2017. One thing Mignoni hasn’t managed to get a handle on is the Champions Cup, as just one win in two tournaments proves. Lyon are better than that and the boss will be out to improve on that record when European rugby returns in December.Related: My life in pictures with Mathieu BastareaudMontpellierIn: Enzo Forletta; Titi Lamositele; Yannick Arroyo; Florian Verhaeghe; Mickael Capelli; Alexandre Becognee; Cobus Reinach; Vincent Rattez; Alex Lozowski; Julien TisseronOut: Johannes Jonker; Konstantine Mikautadze; Julien Bardy; Lucas de Coninck; Kevin Kornath; Kahn Fotuali’i; Enzo Sanga; Francois Steyn; Nemani Nadolo; Timoci Nagusa; Benjamin FallMontpellier’s 39-player senior squad for 2020/21 boasts 27 JIFF-qualified players and 15 academy graduates. More importantly, perhaps, coach Xavier Garbajosa, after an underwhelming first season with an inherited squad, has a roster increasingly of his own making, into which he is retro-fitting the sexy rugby Montpellier used to play. They should be firmly back in the top-six mix this season and they’ll look much better getting there.Livewire: Bok nine Cobus Reinach joins Montpellier from Saints (Getty Images)PauIn: Matt Philip; Tamua Manu; Aminiasi Tuimaba; Eliott Roudil; Hugo Bonneval; Mike HarrisOut: Dominiko Waqaniburotu; Colin Slade; Tom Taylor; Pierre Nueno; Ben Smith; Bastien PouraillySince climbing up to the Top 14 in 2015, Pau have not finished higher than eighth. It needed a gritty 19-15 win over Montpellier on what turned out to be the final day of the 2019/20 season on February 29 – ending a run of seven straight defeats – to move them off the foot of the table into 12th. Despite the arrivals of the experienced Harris and Bonneval, it’s hard to see them anywhere other than the lower reaches this time around.Racing 92In: Luke Jones; Kurtley BealeOut: Vasil Kakovin; Ben Tameifuna; Issam Hamel; Johnny Dyer; Ben Volavola; Brice DulinBeale is the Top 14’s headline signing for 2020/21 – but the story of Racing’s campaign will be its French core, with only eight non-JIFF senior players currently on the books. This is how future French club sides will look. What’s terrifying is that Racing, under rugby eggheads Laurent Travers and Mike Prendergast, have improved quality in their quest for greater Gallic-ness. Expect a serious challenge on all fronts.Homecoming: Gonzalo Quesada is back in Paris (Getty Images)Stade FrancaisIn: Vasil Kakovin; Gerbrandt Grobler; Marcos Kremer; Telusa VeainuOut: Thierry Futeu; Sione Anga’aelangi; Hugh Pyle; Joketani Koroi; Clement Daguin; Lionel Mapoe; Alexis Palisson; Ruan CombrinckAnother season, another new beginning for Stade, who were 14th of 14 when coronavirus halted the 2019/20 season. This restart may be different, with Gonzalo Quesada – who took them to the French title in 2015 – back at the helm. Under him are Julian Arias and Laurent Sempere, who rediscovered Parisian joie de vivre after that dour Heyneke Meyer spell. Some decent, targeted, late transfer moves hint that, maybe, good times aren’t far away.ToulonIn: Jeremy Boyadjis; Thomas Jolmes; Isaia ToeavaOut: Marcel van der Merwe; Mamuka Gorgodze; Corentin Vernet; Liam Messam; Stephane Onambele; Yoan Cottin (loan); Mathieu Smaili (loan); Hugo BonnevalThe difficult third season for Toulon boss Patrice Collazo kicks off with plenty of promise and a much-changed philosophy from the conspicuous consumption of the early Mourad Boudjellal years. New president Bernard LeMaitre is pushing homegrown youth development over buy-ins, though there are still plenty of overseas gems in the squad. Galacticos disassembling, but contenders again, Larry.Back at it: A recent training session for Toulouse (Getty Images)ToulouseIn: Richie Arnold; Alexi BalesOut: Maks Van Dyk; Richie Gray; Florian Verhaeghe; Gillian Galan; Pierre Pages; Sebastien Bezy; Tristan Tedder (loan); Maxime Mermoz; Theo BelanExpect more of the same joyous, unrestrained power-and-pace combo rugby that has become a hallmark of head coach Ugo Mola’s second Toulousain empire. The club’s once-forgotten academy is open again for business and much rests on young shoulders, as Mola sets his sights firmly on a return to European glory while building a new dynasty from within. Contenders?: Bordeaux winger Santiago Cordero celebrates (Getty Images) Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! The Orlando Magic and DeVos family will purchase the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL, CEO Alex Martins announced today. They will continue to play at the Amway Center for the 2017-18 season.“We are thrilled to purchase the Solar Bears, giving the team the opportunity to continue to play in Orlando,” said Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins. “The Solar Bears’ fan base has been outstanding and we look forward to an exciting future.”“We are excited and grateful the DeVos family has agreed to purchase the Solar Bears to continue to grow the brand and expand the growth of the sport in central Florida,” said ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna. “A track record of successfully operating professional sports franchises, an in-depth knowledge of the Orlando sports environment and as creators of the original Solar Bears brand, the Orlando Magic, and the DeVos family are the ideal owners for the professional hockey team.”From 1995-2001, the DeVos family owned and operated the Orlando Solar Bears of the International Hockey League (IHL). During their six seasons of existence, the Solar Bears captured one division title (Central Division, 1995-96), three Eastern Conference crowns (1996, 1999, 2001) and the IHL’s Turner Cup championship in 2000-01. Orlando compiled an all-time regular-season record of 286-162-44 (.626), the best in the league over that time frame. The IHL ceased operations following the 2000-01 campaign.On November 1, 2011, the ECHL announced that the Board of Governors had unanimously approved the expansion membership application of Orlando for admission into the league. Starting play in the ECHL in 2012, the Solar Bears have compiled a regular season record of 177-142-22-19 (.549) and qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs in three of their five seasons. ECHL team will continue to play at Amway Center for 2017-18 season ABOUT THE ECHLBeginning in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 27 teams in 21 states and one Canadian province for its 27th season in 2016-17. There have been 623 players who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League after starting their careers in the ECHL, including 24 who made their NHL debuts in the 2016-17 season. The ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 30 NHL teams in 2016-17, marking the 20th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at ECHL.com. ABOUT THE ORLANDO MAGICOrlando’s NBA franchise since 1989, the Magic’s mission is to be world champions on and off the court, delivering legendary moments every step of the way. The Magic have seen great success in a relatively short history, winning five division championships (1995, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2010) with seven 50-plus win seasons and capturing the Eastern Conference title in 1995 and 2009. For ticket information log on to OrlandoMagic.com or call 407-89-MAGIC. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSDeVos FamilyOrlando MagicOrlando Magic CEO Alex MartinsOrlando Solar Bears Previous articleApopka Burglary Report and MapNext articleApopka travel agent earns industry certification Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 The Orlando Solar Bears are the proud affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL) and Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL). For ticket information for the 2017-18 season, log on to OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com or call (407) 951-8200. Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014
ArchDaily “COPY” Houses Area: 90 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Gaspar House / Alberto Campo Baeza Gaspar House / Alberto Campo BaezaSave this projectSaveGaspar House / Alberto Campo Baeza 1992 Spain Photographs Photographs: Hisao Suzuki , Raúl del ValleSave this picture!© Hisao SuzukiRecommended ProductsDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsText description provided by the architects. At the client’s insistence on absolute independence, it was decided to create an enclosed precinct, a “hortus conclusus” or closed grove. The house, defined by four enclosure walls of 3.5 meters, is based on a square measuring 18 x 18 meters which is subdivided into three equal parts. Only the central portion is roofed. The square is then divided transversely by two, 2 meter high, walls into three parts with the proportions A, 2A, A, the service pieces being located on the sides. The roof of the central space is taller, 4.5 meters high. At the points where the low walls intersect with the taller ones, four openings of 2 x 2 meters are made and simply glazed. It is through these four openings that the horizontal plane of stone paving expands, effectively obtaining a continuity of interior and exterior.Save this picture!© Hisao SuzukiThe white color of all the parameters contributes to the clarity and continuity of the architecture. The double symmetry of the composition is emphasized by the symmetric placement of four lemon trees, which produce contemplative reflections.Save this picture!Section – PlanThe Light in this house is horizontal and continuous, mirrored by the east-west orientation of the courtyard walls. Simply, a horizontal, continuous, space is tensed by a horizontal light.Save this picture!© Raúl del ValleProject gallerySee allShow lessBabeliothèque: Reimagining the East Side Gallery in BerlinUnbuilt ProjectBali Architecture Festival 2015: Bali International Architecture Seminar & Discussio…Event Share Save this picture!© Hisao Suzuki+ 12 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/771777/gaspar-house-alberto-campo-baeza Clipboard Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/771777/gaspar-house-alberto-campo-baeza Clipboard Architects: Alberto Campo Baeza Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeAlberto Campo BaezaOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesZahoraOn InstagramSpainPublished on August 16, 2015Cite: “Gaspar House / Alberto Campo Baeza” 16 Aug 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
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View post tag: SNMG2 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: 02 View post tag: SEA BREEZE View post tag: americas Back to overview,Home naval-today SNMG2 Task Unit 02 Enters Black Sea for SEA BREEZE Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO Task Unit 02 (SNMG2 TU.02), part of NATO’s four Standing Maritime Forces, entered the Black Sea to participate in the U.S./Ukraine-led Exercise SEA BREEZE and enhance NATO’s solidarity and readiness in the region. SNMG2 Task Unit 02 Enters Black Sea for SEA BREEZE View post tag: Black Sea Authorities Share this article View post tag: Navy September 8, 2014 View post tag: Naval Task Unit 02 presently consists of the Canadian frigate HMCS TORONTO and the Spanish frigate ESPS ALMIRANTE JUAN DE BORBON. They remain under the overall command of COM SNMG2 Rear Admiral Brad Williamson (USA N).“During our deployment in the Black Sea, we look forward to working closely with both Allied and partner naval forces,” said the commanding officer of HMCS TORONTO, Commander Jason Armstrong. “Our deployment, building upon Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group TWO’s deployment in July, continues to demonstrate Allied commitment to collective defence.”Exercise SEA BREEZE 2014 is a scheduled multinational naval exercise conducted to improve interoperability while promoting regional stability and security, strengthening international military partnerships, and fostering trust among forces and personnel of participating nations. The two NATO ships will participate alongside ships from Ukraine, the United States, Romania, Turkey, and Georgia.[mappress]Press Release, September 08, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: Task Unit View post tag: enters
BUDDY BASEBALL PERFORMANCE — Dr. Walter F. Robinson School’s 5th and 6th grade choir coordinated by Mrs. Pelliccia gave an amazing performance at this year’s opening day of Buddy Baseball. This year marks the 5th year for this amazing program. From everyone at Robinson, we wish the players a fantastic season. ×
Harry is an affectionate male cat who just wants to snuggle up with the right person. Here are two pets in need of homes at the Humane Society of Ocean City. These are their descriptions from shelter employees.Harry the cat…Harry is a handsome 5-year-old neutered male. He is a black and white domestic long-haired cat. He is declawed on his front feet. Harry is a shy guy, but once he gets to know you he loves to snuggle in your lap. He is good with other cats, but requires a prescription diet, so he might be a better candidate for an only-cat household. He could possibly fine with a cat-friendly dog. He would do best in a home without young children.Molly the dog….Molly is a female basset hound/German shepherd mix who is about four years old. She is confident and outgoing. Molly loves everyone as much as she loves exploring. Molly is a happy and playful girl, with plenty of energy to spend romping in the yard or exploring the neighborhood with you. Fetch, tug, and belly rubs are her favorites.She walks well on a leash. Molly is intelligent and learns well. Being a basset hound, she can be a bit stubborn at times, but very friendly, and her German shepherd side makes her loyal and attentive. Molly is a sturdy girl, inside and out, as she is built like a basset hound, with the coloring of a shepherd. Not much seems to bother Molly. Molly is looking for a home with an active family, though kids should be 12 or older as Molly’s play can be a bit rough. A fenced yard is preferred because she likes to explore and “follow her nose.”The Humane Society of Ocean City is located at 1 Shelter Road. For more information call (609) 398-9500 or visit http://hsocnj.org.Molly, a basset hound/German shepherd mix is in need of a good home. She can be found at the Humane Society of Ocean City.
Facebook Teens charged with armed robbery after iPhone sale set up Twitter (“Cuffs4” by banspy, Attribution 2.0 Generic) Two Elkhart teenagers are accused of stealing another teen’s cash at gunpoint during what he thought was an iPhone sale in the area of Benham and Indiana.The victim told an officer, last week, he was approached by two people who said they wanted to see the cash first.When he removed the envelope from his glovebox and showed them the $700, one of the man pulled a gun, and told him it was loaded.The men reached inside and grabbed the money and ran off, with the victim giving chase, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at The Elkhart Truth.The victim said he pushed over the one who had the money in hand and the bills flew all over.Keondra Harris, 17, and Elijah Coleman, 17, are charged with armed robbery and resisting law enforcement.Read more about the teens’ arrests from the original story published by The Elkhart Truth. Facebook Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – March 31, 2021 1 161 Google+ Twitter IndianaLocalNews Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleUPDATE: Amber Alert cancelled, boy found safeNext articlePlanning for fans in the stands at the Indy 500 Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.
British Baker has followed the sugar debate closely, and when campaign group Action on Sugar called for sugar tax and reductions in food, we asked bakers what they thought. Jim Brown from the British Society of Baking writes to express his views on the ongoing sugar dispute. Dear Sir,Ref: War on sugar could pose a new headacheI read with interest Lesley’s Viewpoint and the poll on sugar reduction reference the sugar in food debate in the 27 June issue of British Baker.Given the difficulty and cost of doing so and the doubtful effect it would have on the so called ‘obesity epidemic’, I was surprised that “Nearly two-thirds of online pollsters would be happy to reduce the levels of sugar in their baking to help tackle obesity, in line with controversial proposals made by campaigners this week”. What sections of the baking industry did the pollsters represent and how many pollsters took part?One of my concerns is that there seems to be a lack of distinction between over-eating and unhealthy-eating in many of the comments on sugar and obesity. To my mind, as alluded to by Richard Pike of British Sugar, obesity is caused by over-eating – consuming more calories than the energy you expend in work, play and exercise can use up. It does not matter if you are eating a balanced diet or an unhealthy diet, if you over-eat you will become obese. The danger in continuing to say that sugar, or any other food ingredient, is responsible for the ‘obesity epidemic’, is in making obese people think ‘I am not fat because I am over-eating – it is because of the things manufacturers are putting in the food I eat. Why cannot they change the food so I can eat as much of it as I want without getting obese?’ Sadly the extent of over-consumption of food by many people, both adults and children, is such that no reduction of sugar or any other ingredient in food products will bring them back to a balanced calorie intake and output. This can only be done by reducing their food intake.One of the principal strategies in fighting the ‘obesity epidemic’ and improving health, should be getting consumers to take responsibility for both their diet and the amount of food they eat. As Mike Holling of the Craft Bakers’ Association said in your article: “You can put up as many guidelines as you want, but it comes down to the people involved as regards their lifestyle choices and what they eat.” Mike also advocated discussion between the campaigners and the industry.In a debate on food and health at Foodex 2014, chaired by Michael Portillo, in answer to a question on the commitment of the baking industry to improving the public’s health, the response from chairman of the BSB Sara Autton included: “The aspect of a balanced diet seems to have dropped off the agenda with some consumers. The baking industry can make a good contribution towards the nation’s health in conjunction with the education of consumers as to what a healthy balanced diet is, and how they can adopt it easily and in a way that they can afford.”This is not to say that no action should be taken on sugar, and soft drinks are an obvious target. Gradually reducing the sugar in soft drinks is a good idea to get consumers used to the reduced sweetness. Targeting ‘hidden’ sugar in other foods, for example breakfast cereals, is also a good idea, but again it may require a gradual reduction. How much benefit there would be in reducing sugar in bakery confectionery products, which are regarded as treats rather than a consumer’s main diet, is very difficult to say. In a presentation entitled ‘The Sugar Debate’ at the BSB 2014 autumn conference, Gary Tucker, of Campden BRI, will discuss sugar functionality in bakery products and how it can be replaced with other ingredients if a reduced sugar product is required; and that may provide some of the answers.The obesity crisis is a modern phenomenon related to the affluence of consumers and their more sedentary lifestyle, yet the products bakers produce have been consumed for a great many years without any apparent health or obesity problems. As stated already, unless consumers take responsibility for what they eat and how much they eat, their weight control and health will not improve and any changes bakers make to the products they produce will be to no avail.Jim BrownBritish Society of Baking
Applications are invited from graduate students who are writing dissertations or are engaged in major research on topics in practical ethics, especially ethical issues in architecture, business, education, government, law, medicine, public health, public policy, and religion. Students should be enrolled in a doctoral program of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or in one of Harvard’s professional schools, and should have completed all course requirements and general examinations before the start of the fellowship year. In professions such as law or medicine, where a doctoral dissertation is not required for an academic career, advanced students taking leaves of absence, recent graduates, and Harvard affiliates engaged in postgraduate training are also eligible.The deadline is Nov. 12. For more information, call 617.496.0587, email [email protected], or visit the Graduate Fellowship Program’s website.