October 2018

Welsh chef shortlisted for Apprenticeship Awards Cymru

26/10/2018 09:10
A 22-year old apprentice chef from Wales, Thomas Martin, has been shortlisted for Foundation Apprentice of the Year at this year’s Apprenticeship Awards Cymru.

Recognising “the outstanding achievements of learners, employers, tutors and assessors who have excelled in contributing to the development of the Welsh Government’s Traineeships and Apprenticeship Programmes,” the annual ceremony is co-run by the Welsh Government and the National Training...

EU to ban single-use plastics

26/10/2018 07:10
Single-use plastic items, such as plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks or cotton buds, will be banned in the EU under plans adopted on Wednesday (24 October).

In a similar move to plans announced earlier in the week by UK Government, the products, which make up 70% of marine litter, will be banned from the EU market from 2021, under draft plans approved by the Parliament. 

Also banned will be products made of oxo-degradable plastics, such as...

Fun Friday Food Facts 2018 Vol. 41

26/10/2018 07:10
With Halloween coming up next week (31 October), we thought we'd celebrate early! Enjoy our themed Fun Friday Food Facts:
  • The world’s largest pumpkin pie on record used 495 litres of evaporated milk, 233 dozen eggs and 525lbs of sugar. It was 20 feet in diameter and weighed 3,699 pounds (285 stone 6lbs)
  • It has been estimated that the average British child will eat the equivalent of three cups of sugar
  • ...

Sodexo country president makes top 10 LGBT leaders list

26/10/2018 07:10
Celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) businesspeople who are successful in their own career while creating ‘supportive workplaces for other LGBT people,’ the 2018 OUTstanding LGBT + Role Models lists were published yesterday (25 October).

Presented by the Financial Times (FT), the latest edition saw Margot Slattery, Sodexo country president for Ireland, come in at number nine on the list of top 100 LGBT executives.  

This is the fifth year that Slattery has been included, praised for her work on Sodexo’s global LGBT...

Gut bacteria can predict obesity at age 12, according to study

26/10/2018 07:10
The microbiota in a toddler’s gut can predict the chances of a child being obese when older, according to a study.

The study, published in the journal mBio, tracked 165 Norwegian children and found that the organisms detected in their gut at age two, ‘were highly predictive’ of which ones would have a BMI that qualified them as overweight or obese at the age of 12.

The study stated that: “One avenue...


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