Cambridge-based Saintly Foods has launched its frozen tarts range in new-look packaging.The packaging is plastic-free, fully recyclable, made from sustainable card and printed with vegetable-based inks.It features a new design that focuses on the look of each dessert and has clear front-of-pack messaging about their Vegan Society-approved status.The Divine Desserts range comprises Blackberry & Apple Crumble Tarts; Sweet Almond & Raspberry Tarts; Chocolate & Salted Caramel Tarts; British Apple Tarts and Dark Chocolate Tarts. Each pack contains two tarts at an rsp of £4.99.Saintly Foods has seen a surge in interest following the increase in frozen food sales in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the plant-based foods boom, said the firm.“We offer consumers a healthy alternative to the traditional over-processed frozen dessert, but with absolutely no compromise on the taste experience,” said Vanessa McNiven, founder of Saintly Foods.The focus for ingredients is to adhere to British or local provenance, and any imported ingredients, such as coconut oil and coconut milk, should be from certified sustainable sources, she added.Launched last year, the brand targets the ‘conscious consumer’ and offers all-natural sweet treats, which are ethically sourced and produced without artificial additives, preservatives, palm oil, dairy or animal-based ingredients.“Our products are made with the highest-quality natural ingredients, creating a decadent dessert with a long shelf-life without the inclusion of preservatives, emulsifiers or stabilisers. The collection of sumptuous dessert options represents a guilt-free purchase – successfully delivering convenience but not at the expense of quality nutrition and exceptional flavour.”
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SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 02, 2017 Wolf Administration Launches Health and Human Services Unification Informational Website Efficiency, Government That Works, Healthcare, Human Services, Press Release, Public Health, Results, Seniors, Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA — Today, the Wolf Administration announced the launch of a website that details the proposed unification of the departments of Health, Human Services, Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Aging into the new Department of Health and Human Services.“Delivering public health, social, and human services to Pennsylvanians in the most efficient and effective way requires innovation, creative thinking, and practical solutions,” Governor Wolf said. “That’s why I proposed integrating the departments of Aging, Drug & Alcohol Programs, Health, and Human Services into a new, unified Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).Over the past several months, Governor Wolf has worked closely with each of these four agencies to identify and break down silos and reimagine how the commonwealth delivers these critical services. The website offers myriad information to learn more about this initiative by reviewing draft legislation, diving deep into the HHS draft organizational charts, and giving the public an opportunity to weigh in with their own thoughts and ideas. The site will continue to be updated as the unification process moves along.Governor Wolf first outlined the unification as part of his 2017-18 budget proposal. State Senator Judy Schwank (D, Berks County) and Representative Stephen Bloom (R, Cumberland County) have announced their intent to co-sponsor legislation that, if passed, will make the unification law.As prime sponsors in their respective chambers, both Schwank and Bloom provide insight on the merger on the new webpages.“In a time of limited resources and ever increasing needs for human services, state government must work continually to streamline delivery and reduce costs,” Senator Schwank said. “The status quo is no longer acceptable.”“I am willing to work with any governor from any party to implement beneficial reforms like this, to make our state government more efficient and effective in delivering vital services, and to save money for our hardworking taxpayers,” Representative Bloom said.The comprehensive website, located at governor.pa.gov/hhs, provides details about the unified agency’s deputates, or divisions, including primary functions and organizational charts.Highlights include:The creation of a cabinet-level position focused on coordinating state efforts relating to substance use and addiction policy;No additional Lottery Fund dollars are transferred to offset General Fund expenditures as part of the unification and Lottery Fund revenues will continue to be solely dedicated to support senior programs;Consolidation of front office functions at each agency, including budgeting, procurement and contract management, auditing, and federal reporting;Rather than going to different places for eligibility assessments relating to TANF, LIHEAP, MA, SNAP, PACE, and WIC, individuals will now be able to determine eligibility for each of these at their local County Assistance Office.Providers who are currently subject to multiple inspections and audits will now have one point of contact, the Office of Health Care Quality & Licensure, allowing the commonwealth to reduce bureaucratic hurdles, provide clearer and more cohesive guidance, save taxpayer dollars, and give providers the opportunity to spend more time delivering quality services to Pennsylvanians in need.The Office of Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Services will improve the capacity of and coordination among mental and behavioral health and substance use and addiction programs to provide more efficient, integrated services and systems for Pennsylvanians struggling with one or more related conditions.“Creating a new, unified Department of Health & Human Services will dramatically improve our ability to deliver services that will improve lives while reducing costs to taxpayers,” Governor Wolf said. “Too often, an individual is served by too many different agencies, and we all know navigating the different layers of government can be complex and cumbersome.”The following are just a few examples of the key ways an integrated agency can provide an easier way for citizens to interact with the commonwealth and obtain the services they need. Details on each are provided on the new web content.· Enhancing state efforts to fight back against the heroin and opioid epidemic.· Bolstering senior benefits and programs.· Reducing complexity and confusion for seniors and those with disabilities.· Reducing red tape for providers and non-profits subject to regulation.The website was introduced to all affected agency staff in late April.To view the site, visit governor.pa.gov/hhs.
Spurs’ status as one of the Premier League’s top six clubs gives them a considerable financial advantage over Ajax, but they cannot match their opponents — four times European champions — when it comes to history.The club of Cruyff and so many other great names are in sight of a first Champions League final since 1996 and remain in with a chance of a treble, something they last did in 1972 when the man after whom their stadium is now named was starring on the pitch.– Treble dream –Erik ten Hag’s team secured the first leg at the weekend when they beat Willem II 4-0 in the Dutch Cup final, and they are top of the league in the Netherlands with two matches left.They are aiming to carry on an incredible European run that began in the second qualifying round against Sturm Graz on July 25.“You don’t expect at the beginning of the season to be in this position. I am very proud and happy to be here during this special period,” said Daley Blind, almost echoing Pochettino’s own remarks.Blind, who returned to the club from Manchester United just before the campaign began, admitted that celebrations after the Cup final were “a bit timid” due to the proximity to this match.Ajax are now hoping they don’t live to regret not scoring more than once in London.“Our defensive organisation was excellent,” pointed out Ten Hag. “In the final third we didn’t play all that well but the players’ mindset was to defend our 1-0 lead.”If they can finish the job on Wednesday, they will be the ones to advance to the final in Madrid on June 1.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Son Heung-minAmsterdam, Netherlands | AFP | Mauricio Pochettino describes being in the last four of the Champions League as “a bonus”, but Tottenham Hotspur are still hopeful of going all the way to the final as Son Heung-min returns for Wednesday’s second leg against Ajax.Spurs come to Amsterdam needing a special performance if they are to reach the final of this competition for the first time in their history after a Donny van de Beek away goal condemned them to a 1-0 defeat in London last week.However, Pochettino’s team have already made history for the club by getting this far — they last reached the semi-finals of the European Cup in 1962 before being beaten by Eusebio’s Benfica.Now they are dreaming of a first European final since Keith Burkinshaw’s team beat Anderlecht on penalties to lift the UEFA Cup in 1984, before any of those set to feature on Wednesday were born.“We are living a dream. Five years ago when we arrived it was to reduce the gap to the top four, and then to have the possibility to play in the Champions League,” Pochettino said at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Tuesday.“I think nobody would believe we would be playing in the Champions League three seasons in a row and competing at this stage.”– Stumbling –However, his side are stumbling badly towards the finish line with a depleted squad, set to finish in the top four in the Premier League mainly thanks to the failings of the teams below them.Harry Kane is out, and Tottenham have been beaten five times in their last six games in all, nine times in their last 10 matches away from home.The exception in that run came on their last trip to the continent, however, against Borussia Dortmund in the last 16, and now they arrive in Amsterdam with Son available after sitting out the first leg due to suspension.Jan Vertonghen, who began his professional career in Amsterdam before joining Tottenham in 2012, is in line to return too after coming off with a head knock in the first leg.“You wouldn’t believe at the start of the season that Tottenham would be in the last week of the season with the possibility of being in the final of the Champions League and to be in the top four,” Pochettino insisted. “Both are real, but this is not the moment to talk.”
Former NFL safety Darren Sharper,leaves a courthouse Friday Feb.14, 2014, after his arraignment on rape charges was postponed, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut )LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors charged former NFL safety Darren Sharper on Friday with raping and drugging two women in California and disclosed he is under investigation in connection with five more drug-related rapes in three other states.Sharper briefly appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court, where his arraignment was postponed until Feb. 20 at the request of his lawyers. They issued a statement saying he would be exonerated.Prosecutors then filed a motion to increase Sharper’s bail to $10 million and outlined details of investigations involving him in Las Vegas, Tempe, Ariz., and New Orleans.Sharper has not been charged in the other jurisdictions.In the bail motion, Los Angeles County Investigator John Maccharella described a pattern in which the former football star met women at clubs or parties and lured them to a hotel room, where they were allegedly drugged and raped.The motion says the incidents happened in the past five months, with two occurring within a day in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.After conferring with police in other jurisdictions, Maccharella said in the bail motion that the first assault followed an event for New Orleans Saints football players on Sept. 22, 2013.Maccharella said he was told a woman went to a New Orleans bar with Sharper, consumed an alcoholic beverage provided by him and blacked out. She awoke the next morning while being sexually assaulted, the bail motion stated, noting that an exam later showed Sharper’s DNA was present.The Los Angeles charges were based on incidents on Oct. 30, 2013, and Jan. 14, 2014, beginning at a West Hollywood nightclub. Sharper allegedly met two women each time, invited them to a party then said he had to stop at his hotel.In the October incident, each woman was given a shot of an alcoholic beverage before blacking out, and one later awoke to find the other being sexually assaulted, the charging documents state.In January, a woman awoke and suspected she had been assaulted, the documents state.Similar scenarios played out on Jan. 15 in Las Vegas and on Nov. 20, 2013, in Arizona, the bail motion states.In Los Angeles, Sharper is facing two counts of rape by use of drugs, four counts of furnishing a controlled substance, and one count of possession of a controlled substance.The complaint alleges the drugs involved were morphine and zolpidem, which is sold under the brand name Ambien.Sharper was represented by prominent Los Angeles attorneys Blair Berk and Leonard Levine.“We look forward to the true facts being revealed in this case,” Berk said after the brief court appearance. “And we are hopeful Mr. Sharper will be fully exonerated before this case is concluded.”Sharper, 38, played in the NFL from 1997 to 2010, mostly with the Packers.Sharper was arrested on Jan. 17. He was allowed to remain free on $200,000 bail and ordered to surrender his passport. He has not entered a plea.Superior Court Judge Roberto Longoria did not immediately take up the bail motion.Sharper’s lawyers refused to comment on the other investigations.If convicted in the California case, Sharper could face more than 30 years in state prison.Sharper was selected All-Pro six times and chosen for the Pro Bowl five times. He played in two Super Bowls, one with the Packers as a rookie and a second with the Saints.