Pressure group Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) has called for a boycott of breads with high salt levels as part of its Salt Awareness Week campaign, which runs until February 4.It says that while many bakery products now contain significantly less salt than a few years ago, salt levels in others are still too high.Its research found that a white crusty farmhouse loaf bought from Marks & Spencer in September 2004 contained 1.75g of salt per 100g, whereas the same product bought at the end of 2006 contained around half this amount of 0.9g salt per 100g.Many other loaves now contain around 0.8-1g of salt per 100g. However, some bread still contains as much as 1.5g of salt per 100g.CASH has urged consumers to avoid buying Tesco’s Stayfresh Medium Sliced Wholemeal bread (1.5g salt per 100g) and choose Sainsbury’s Stay Fresher For Longer Medium Sliced Wholemeal bread instead, as it contains much less salt (0.9g per 100g).Indeed, any bread that contains more than 1.25g of salt per 100g should be boycotted, as lower salt alternatives exist, according to CASH.”The UK is leading the world on salt reduction – many of our food manufacturers should be congratulated on the effort they have made to reduce the amount of salt they add to our foods,” said Professor Graham MacGregor, chairman of CASH. “This proves that lower salt versions can be developed.”In its latest survey, CASH revisited 127 products it had previously ’named and shamed’ to see how their salt contents had changed.It said products still found to have a high salt content included Sainsbury’s and Tesco Crumpets, which contain 2g of salt per 100g.
In true artistic fashion, David Bowie left this planet with many gifts. Beyond the decades worth of music that the pop star released during his lifetime, he also prepared for records to be released after his death. Today, a new box set was released Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976), a catalogue from Bowie’s “plastic soul” era.The box set includes an unreleased album from this era, called The Gouster, mixing R&B, soul, and funk music. The album includes a re-recorded version of “John, I’m Only Dancing”, as well as heavy-hitters “Young Americans”, “Somebody Up There Likes Me”, and “Can You Hear Me?”, tracks that all made their way onto Bowie’s 1975 Young Americans.You can stream The Gouster today, which starts at track 50 in the What Can I Be Now? box set, below.We miss you, Starman.[H/T CoS] read more
As Ireland’s first stop motion feature film heads into post-production, a different animated short from that country has already captured our employees’ hearts.And according to Ron Diamond, curator of the Animation Show of Shows, it’s pure human emotion that makes for a great short film.In the case of Witold Kozlowski’s creation, that emotion shown above is the frustration of waiting hours for a slow download only to have your system crash. Luckily for our lead character in this tale, aliens heard his anguish.You see, Kozlowski, who has worked at Dell EMC for over five years as an upgrade engineer in Cork, Ireland, made his stop motion short as part of a recent “I am Alienware” contest among our employees.“I really enjoyed making it and it’s really nice when you get so much positive feedback,” said Kozlowski. “I’ve been an enthusiast of stop motion animation for about 10 years.”His first contact with stop-motion was as a kid watching cartoons.“If I remember that was ‘Koala Brothers,’ Kozlowski said. “I did some research and found behind-the-scenes photos and articles about stop motion technique, then I bought some ‘making animations’ books and that’s how it starts.”Entries to the contest could be any video at least 30 seconds long, but no longer than one minute, that communicated their creator’s love for Alienware. Kozlowski’s minute-long entry took him “around 40, maybe 50 hours” to create.“Most of that time was for building the puppet of the main character and other models,” he explained. “All you can see in the movie are miniature physical items, there are no 3D computer-generated objects at all.”But what did Kozlowski used to stitch everything together? His Dell Inspiron desktop with Intel Core i5 processor and 6Gb of RAM.“It’s a couple years old but still working like a charm,” he said.As the first-place winner, Kozlowski will bring home some new hardware — an Alienware Aurora desktop, Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor, Alienware Pro Gaming Keyboard and Alienware Elite Gaming Mouse.“I know the Alienware hardware and I love its outstanding design and performance. It was always my dream to get one of them,” he said. However, someone else in his household will get to enjoy this one.“I took a part in the ‘I am Alienware’ contest as I promised my son to buy for him his own desktop, and I thought that it will be a nice surprise if I win and can give him the Alienware.”From laptops to desktops to consoles, Alienware’s innovative design, high-performance processors and lightning-fast graphics have earned Dell’s iconic gaming brand 35 awards and counting in 2017 and the loyalty of fans around the world – including many of our own teammates.Other top entries in the contest included one from Emily Turner of Dell EMC in North Carolina, James Joyner of Dell in Texas, as well as Hugo Ferreira and Marek Fudala both of Dell in Slovakia Bratislava.And now, without further ado, here is Kozlowski’s winning entry for your enjoyment. read more
The Dell EMC Client Heroes Program launched in Q2 after a successful pilot program across all regions in late FY18. The first of this series of events, co-funded by Intel, spanned across the Americas and focused on our Client Partner Community in Mexico City and Chicago respectively.Leveraging the same format as typical Heroes Exchange events, our goal is to bring up-to-date and relevant information about Dell EMC products, solutions and services directly to our Hero partner community. Local Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) supported with interactive and engaging sessions, a style that benefits everyone by enabling dialogue and information-sharing across both audience and presenters.Aiming to make these experiences memorable, the events were hosted at remarkable and unique locations. Partners at our inaugural event in Mexico City gathered at the stunning Museo de Memoria y Tolerencia in downtown Mexico, followed by a museum tour and drinks reception; and in Chicago we hosted our first Client Heroes event in the impressive surroundings of Soldier Field Stadium, home of the Chicago Bears football team.Feedback from the partner community has been hugely encouraging, in terms of the value of content provided, quality of speakers and the novelty of attending a training session in a unique environment.Our Client Heroes Program continues in New York on September 25th, in Chelsea Piers, Manhattan. Please speak to your Dell Account Manager for further information, or to go ahead and register your interest, click here.Further events will be held across all regions before the end of FY19 so stay tuned for upcoming opportunities. You can join our LinkedIn Group here, follow us @DellEMCPartners and use #DellEMCHeroes to connect with our team. read more
PPP Region 2 LGE campaignDuring a two-day tour of Region 2 (Pomeroon/Supenaam) to officially launch the Local Government Election campaign, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo met with hundreds of concerned residents and offered a listening ear to the many concerns they had.Jagdeo being greeted with a hug by a senior resident in an Essequibo village during a walkaboutJagdeo, who arrived in the Cinderella County on Monday, held public meetings and met with residents in several communities, and even visited the Charity Market and met with Pomeroon farmers. Residents were happy to get a one-on-one conversation with the Opposition Leader on the many issues facing them, and many of them reiterated their full support for the party.The PPP General Secretary also held well-attended community meetings along the Coast, where he listened to the many problems facing the people in various sectors, especially the rice industry.Many rice farmers are unable to go back to the lands, due to the low prices for paddy and the many new taxes implemented by the present Administration, especially on fertilisers, drugs and farm equipment.Residents expressed disappointed in the way the present Government is managing the affairs of the country. They also raised concerns about the escalating crime rate in the country, among other things.The Opposition Leader promised to continue the fight for a free and prosperous Guyana. He also warned about the repercussions of Government waiting on oil money and neglecting other sectors.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo addressing Essequibians during his 2-day visit to Region TwoThe People’s Progressive Party first launched its LGE campaign in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) with meetings held at Number 70 Village, Number 56 Village, Hogtown Chesney, and Hampshire on the Corentyne.Jagdeo pointed out that the Party was implementing a 12-point criteria list for choosing persons to represent their constituencies at the upcoming elections. He said one criterion was to ensure widespread consultation to select a representative.The Opposition Leader has since asked all to participate in the process, and has said that by August 18, the names of those selected should be submitted to the Party’s head office.As preparations continue, Jagdeo said, the PPP would be ready for Nomination Day, set for September 2018.The party has also announced plans to balance its list of candidates to contest the LGE on November 12, 2018 by having 50 per cent come from within the Party and 50 per cent from civil society.Jagdeo has said his Party would ask possible candidates who were going to be on the list if they would have the time to serve or volunteer for these positions.“We are going to ask them right up front… because they may not have the time, and the work of the NDC (Neighbourhood Democratic Councils) or the municipality would suffer,” he stated.Jagdeo said the idea of balancing the slate was to ensure that it includes people coming directly from the communities, who have skills and could relate to the community and push to have the communities improved.“These are people who are known in the area; people of good repute; law-abiding citizens who have done community work; religious leaders, young people in the youth movements,” he explained.The PPP General Secretary said one of the major constraints was Councillors having little time to attend meetings; because elected officials do not earn salaries, and so many of them are “busy earning a living elsewhere”.“…they have to give a commitment that they will support and defend the positions we campaign on,” he explained.In each of the 81 areas, communities will do their own selection and screening of all of the candidates at the bottom, and then in consultation with the Party leadership.Candidates, he said, would be expected to possess good interpersonal skills and have a sound grounding in the communities where they reside, especially to prevent the PPP being labelled for something bad. read more