first_imgThe UK government has confirmed its intention to retain the Food Standards Agency (FSA), though a number of its former policy areas will become the responsibility of other government departments.This follows a report in The Guardian last week, which stated that the FSA was set to be abolished and its responsibilites divided up in Whitehall.These claims were downplayed at the time by government, which said that the FSA’s role would be reviewed in a public health paper due this autumn.It has now announced its plans ahead of schedule, with the Department of Health gaining responsibility for nutrition policy in England, including front-of-pack labelling, such as Guideline Daily Amounts. However, the FSA will retain its responsibility for nutrition and labelling policy in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will take country of origin labelling under its wing, along with various other non-safety-related food labelling and food composition policies in England. This will leave a drastically scaled-down FSA focusing solely on food safety policy and enforcement.The FSA will support the delivery of the government’s commitment to deliver honesty in food labelling, and the delivery of one of Defra’s top priorities: the commitment to support and develop British farming and encourage sustainable food production, and promote increased domestic food production.The government said it was keen for food safety policy, the primary focus of the FSA when it was established as a non-ministerial Government department in 2000, to remain independent.The changes have been made with the aim of contributing to “objectives to improve efficiency”, as well as improving the health of the nation.“It’s absolutely crucial for the Food Standards Agency to continue providing independent expert advice to people about food safety. But bringing nutrition policy into the Department makes sense,” commented secretary of state for health Andrew Lansley. “It will enable a clear, consistent public health service to be created, as our Public Health White Paper later this year will set out.”The Food & Drink Federation has welcomed today’s announcement. “We believe it is important to maintain an independent food safety regulator and fully support today’s decision by the government to retain the Food Standards Agency,” commented director general Melanie Leech.“We also support the decision to move responsibility for nutrition, and other food policy issues, back into government departments. This should lead to clearer and more consistent policy-making, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of effort across Whitehall.”>>Question mark on FSA leaves bakers in limbolast_img read more

first_imgGUWAHATI: The Assam Kickboxing Association (AKA), in collaboration with the Dakshin Kamrup (Rural) District Kickboxing Association (DKDKA), will organize 8th All Assam State Level Inter School Kickboxing Championship U-8, 11, 14, 17 and 19 years of boys and girls from July 11. The 4th All Assam State Level Inter College Kickboxing Championship under 24 years will also be held simultaneously at the same venue. The championships are being organized to give exposure to the State players who will participate in the forthcoming SGFI’s 65th National School Games 2019-20 and AIU’s 3rd All India Inter University Kickboxing Championship 2019-20. Six events (Point Fighting, Light Contact, Kick Light, Full Contact, K1 Rule and Low Kick) will be held in the inter school meet while there will be four events (Low Kick, Full Contact, Point Fighting and Kick Light of WAKO ) in the inter college meet. A state level referee and judges clinic of WAKO kickboxing will also be held during the competition. Also Read: Assam Kick Boxing Association To Honour Hiren Gohainlast_img read more

first_imgThis past Saturday’s 5-0 victory over Minnesota State was Senior Night for the Wisconsin women’s hockey team, a tribute to the five seniors departing at the end of the season. The five players, team captain Sharon Cole, assistant captain Nikki Burish, goaltender Meghan Horras, forward Grace Hutchins and forward Cyndy Kenyon, are nearing the end of their season at Wisconsin and their honoring was much deserved.The team was also honored at the game, after having clinched the WCHA championship for the first time in the program’s history.Since clinching the conference, the Badgers are beginning to look ahead to the playoffs. Wisconsin has one final series against Ohio State before facing North Dakota in the first round of the WCHA playoffs. Although North Dakota has the worst record in the conference, they are not to be underestimated.”I think [North Dakota] will be coming out hard,” Cole said. “They have nothing to lose … we know we can’t let down at all because they beat [the University of Minnesota–Duluth] the other weekend. So we’ll need to bring our A-game.”The Badgers will likely be playing hard as well in order to capitalize on their success this season, and for the seniors, they know this will be their last shot to make a run at the national title.”Well now all the other years are gone … and this is my last year to experience the highest competition I can get,” Cole said. “It is extra determination … to get to a national championship … but I think it’s also extra determination for everyone on the team.”I think a part of them realizes that the seniors on the team won’t get another chance,” she added. “But we’ve set ourselves up in a pretty good position [to win].”Fellow senior Meghan Horras, however, felt differently.”I know this my final season and the end of my career here,” Horras said. “But I’ll play same way just like any other game or any other year. I’ll just go out there and do everything that I can and all the things I always do”The leadership of these seniors is unquestionable. Cole anchors her line with junior Sara Bauer and sophomore Jinelle Zaugg. Their line has combined for 100 points this season, with Cole contributing 33.Horras is the main goalie of the team with over 1,000 minutes played. She has the best winning percentage in the conference with 14 wins compared to just two losses.Burish, meanwhile, went through some offensive struggles early in the season but has come on strong as of late. She led the way on Senior Night with a goal and two assists, giving her 22 points on the season.Hutchins and Kenyon have both contributed offensively as well, with Hutchins collecting nine points on the season, while Kenyon has collected 19.”[The seniors] are a great bunch of players,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said. “They’ve won a lot of hockey games, and they’ve been here since I started [coaching the women’s team]. They’ve had a great four years … Cole not only turned into a great hockey player, but she turned into our captain and Nikki Burish is an alternate captain. People can see what they do on they ice, but you miss more when they’re off the ice.”With the seniors leaving at the end of the season, the Badgers will look to younger players to step up and be leaders. Jessie Vetter and Christine Dufour will take over in goal, and the team will need to find a new captain and assistant captain.”Both [Vetter and Dufour] are great goaltenders,” Horras said. “They both have very different styles, and I think that will work out very well next year. Both on and off the ice they work really well together, so things are looking pretty good for next year.””There are a bunch of people who [show leadership],” Cole said. “I can’t single out a few people … not only the people with [captain and assistant captain] letters [on their uniforms] are leaders but also all those without letters are just as important in leading the team.”last_img read more

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team is officially back in action this week, as the Badgers prepare to welcome the University of Northern Iowa to the Kohl Center for their first exhibition game of the season.Typically, collegiate teams are only allowed two exhibition games during a season, but this year the NCAA is willing to change that rule for a special cause. The NCAA is allowing college teams to have three exhibition games so long as one of those games is used specifically for raising funds for recent natural disasters.Wisconsin basketball garners top attendance in Big TenThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team had the highest average season attendance during the 2016-17 season among all Big Read…Wisconsin immediately jumped on the chance to add another game, and to help a good cause, and invited UNI to come to Madison. To comply with the NCAA’s stipulations, all profits that are made during Wednesday’s game will be going to Team Rubicon and their efforts to help those in the United States and the Caribbean who were affected by natural disasters.Tickets for the game were free, with the intention that the money fans would have spent on tickets can now be spent on donations. Parking will also only be available the day of the game and will be cash only, with proceeds going to Team Rubicon.Team Rubicon is an NGO specializing in training veterans as first responders in humanitarian crises such as those caused by the recent slew of hurricanes. The organization was founded by former UW football player and U.S. Marine Corp veteran Jake Wood.Sports section says: Are international basketball trips necessary?With the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team returning from Australia, many are beginning to question whether or not international Read…Wednesday’s game will mark the first of three exhibition games that Wisconsin will play this season, with the other two games happening next week. Wisconsin will begin their regular season beginning on November 12th.Wisconsin and UNI will go head to head at the Kohl Center at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, and fans are encouraged to donate to Team Rubicon’s efforts. Fans who are not able to attend the exhibition game can catch it on BTN Plus, or can listen to a live broadcast by Badger Sports Network.last_img read more

first_imgGlitchpop is a new skinpack in Valorant, but it is unrelated to the Battle Pass. The Glitchpop skins will be available for the Frenzy pistol, the Judge shotgun, the Odin LMG, the Bulldog rifle and a melee weapon. It also includes a glitchpop card, gun buddy and spray.The Glitchpop skin bundle will cost 8,700 Valorant Points (about $90). One feature, which we’ll get into more in-depth later, are skins. But there’s so much more than just skins that comes with a Battle Pass for Valorant.VALORANT: Meet Killjoy, the newest controversial agent in ValorantValorant Act 2 Battle PassPlayers who purchse the Battle Pass in Valorant Act 2 will receive gun skins, gun buddies, sprays, player cards, player titles, and Radianite Points. The Battle Pass will cost 1,000 Valorant Points (or about $10), and will be available to purchase from within the game. Although you don’t get the cosmetic items right away. You still have to play your way through the ranks, and once you hit certain milestones you’ll unlock the exclusive cosmetic items.Valorant Act 2 Battle Pass skins (Riot Games) Valorant Act 2 Battle Pass skins https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/95/ae/valorant-battle-pass-skins_608vza8so4bz1x6kad2nsh6x2.png?t=-1165373381&w=500&quality=80The Act 2 Battle Pass skins will be named Hivemind, POLYfox, and Red Alert. There are five Hivemind, four POLYfox and four in red alert.“We wanted to add more variety to the gun skins so that a player who never buys skins in the store (and only wants to buy the Battle Pass) still feels like they’re getting some variety,” Valorant Art Lead Sean Marino said in a press release. “In general, we had a lot more fun developing this Battle Pass because it feels more real — as if we’re developing the pass with the community — and it helps that we’re slowly getting better at designing the content, too.”Marino continued.”It should feel like lots of value for the $10 price point,” he said. “For the Act II pass, we decided to look a lot more at how the community responded to the quality of the Act 1 content. Which cosmetics made players the most happy? What do they want to see more of? Did players feel like there was enough variety for them to express themselves? We tried to include some stuff the community had asked for (bring back the chicken spray!), add more variety (less food-related buddies), create more fun buddies (the toaster and cat were popular), and build off some of the Act I content (like more Tactibear).”What is Glitchpop in Valorant Act 2? Valorant Act 2 drops today (Aug. 4), and with it comes the release of a new Battle Pass.Similar to Fortnite, the Battle Pass allows players to purchase a season long (or in this case, an Act-long) pass for exclusive content within the game. While the content doesn’t provide a competitive advantage, some players like the features that come with the purchae of a Battle Pass.last_img read more