India’s ‘superfood’ jackfruit goes global

first_imgGreen, spiky and with a strong, sweet smell, the bulky jackfruit has morphed from a backyard nuisance in India’s south coast into the meat-substitute darling of vegans and vegetarians in the West.Part of the South Asia’s diet for centuries, jackfruit was so abundant that tons of it went to waste every year.But now India, the world’s biggest producer of jackfruit, is capitalizing on its growing popularity as a “superfood” meat alternative — touted by chefs from San Francisco to London and Delhi for its pork-like texture when unripe. “The jackfruit tacos have been a hit at each and every location. The jackfruit cutlet — every table orders it, it’s one of my favorites!”James Joseph quit his job as a director at Microsoft after spotting Western interest in jackfruit “gaining momentum as a vegan alternative to meat”. “There are a lot of enquiries from abroad… At the international level, the interest in jackfruit has grown manifold,” Varghese Tharakkan tells AFP from his orchard in Kerala’s Thrissur district.The fruit, which weighs five kilograms on average, has a waxy yellow flesh when ripe and is eaten fresh, or used to make cakes, juices, ice creams and crisps. When unripe, it is added to curries or fried, minced and sautéed. In the West, shredded jackfruit has become a popular alternative to pulled pork and is even used as a pizza topping.”People love it,” Anu Bhambri, who owns a chain of restaurants in the US and India, explains.  Jack of all fruits The COVID-19 crisis, Joseph says, has created two spikes in consumer interest. “Coronavirus caused a fear for chicken and people switched to tender jackfruit. In Kerala, lockdown caused a surge in demand for mature green jackfruit and seeds due to shortage of vegetables due to border restrictions,” he explains. Global interest in veganism was already soaring pre-pandemic, buoyed by movements such as Meat Free Mondays and Veganuary, and with it the business of “alternative meats”.Concerns about health and the environment — a 2019 UN report suggested adopting more of a plant-based diet could help mitigate climate change — mean consumers are turning to brands such as Impossible and Beyond Meat for plant-based replications of chicken, beef, and pork. But they are also using substitutes long popular in Asia such as soy-based tofu and tempeh, and wheat derivative seitan, as well as jackfruit.This boom has meant more and more jackfruit orchards have sprung up in the coastal state.”You get a hard bite like meat — that’s what is gaining popularity and like meat it absorbs the spices,” comments Joseph.His firm sells jackfruit flour which can be mixed with or used as an alternative to wheat and rice flour to make anything from burger patties to local classics such as idli.Joseph worked with Sydney University’s Glycemic Index Research Service to establish any health benefits. “When we did a nutritional analysis, we found jackfruit as a meal is better than rice and roti [bread] for an average person who wants to control his blood sugar,” he adds. India has one of the highest diabetes rates in the world and is expected to hit around 100 million cases by 2030, according to a study by The Lancet. center_img ‘Secrets of success’As global warming wreaks havoc on agriculture, food researchers say jackfruit could emerge as a nutritious staple crop as it is drought-resistant and requires little maintenance.Tharakkan has not looked back since he switched from growing rubber to jackfruit on his land, and has a variety that he can cultivate year-round. “When I cut down my rubber trees everyone thought I had gone crazy. But the same people now come and ask me the secret of my success,” he smiles. In Tamil Nadu and Kerala alone, demand for jackfruit is now 100 metric tons every day during the peak season yielding a turnover of $19.8 million a year, says economics professor S. Rajendran of the Gandhigram Rural Institute.But there is rising competition from countries such as Bangladesh and Thailand.Jackfruit’s newfound international fame is a massive turnaround for a plant that while used in local dishes, has long been viewed as a poor man’s fruit.Each tree can yield as 150-250 fruits a season. In Kerala, where it is believed to have originated, deriving its name from local word “chakka”, Tharakkan recalls it was not unusual to see notices in private gardens asking people to take away the fruit for free because they were so plentiful, they would simply rot and attract flies.  And while India’s jackfruit growers — like the wider agriculture sector — have been hit as the nationwide coronavirus lockdown causes a shortage of labor and transport, international demand shows no sign of slowing. Sujan Sarkar, the Palo Alto-based executive chef of Bhambri’s restaurants, believes even meat-eaters are becoming jackfruit converts.He adds: “It’s not only vegetarians or vegans, even the meat-eaters, they just love it.” Topics :last_img read more

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USS chief defends scheme performance against ‘polarised agendas’

first_imgGroup CEO Galvin said views of USS had been “pulled to and fro by the 2017 valuation and commentators with polarised agendas”.“At various points we were accused of being reckless for taking too much risk in our investment strategy, or of being recklessly prudent for our plans to invest more in ‘safer bonds’,” he added.Objective observers, argued Galvin, would find neither of these statements to be true, just as they would with regard to accusations the scheme was “creating ‘smokescreens’ to hide bigger funding problems” or “manufacturing” deficits.Compared with many other private pension schemes, USS was “an excellent pension plan” and “doing a good job in difficult circumstances”, he said.The figuresUSS’ funding deficit fell from £12.6bn (€14.1bn) to £12.1bn as at 31 March, on a monitoring basis using 2014 valuation assumptions. The scheme has not yet completed its 2017 valuation due to the disagreement between universities and members. The ongoing 2017 valuation has reported a £7.5bn deficit (89% funded).Its assets grew by £3.9bn to reach a total £64.4bn, the vast majority of which are assets in the DB section (£63.6bn).Investments supporting the DB section of the scheme gained 6.2% over the year under review and 10.6% per annum over five years, which amounted to an outperformance of 1.4% and 0.8%, respectively.The DB fund also outperformed UK government bonds by £5.6bn over five years to the end of March.USS also highlighted its performance on value for money, noting that an independent assessment found it was able to achieve its five-year investment performance at a cost £61m less than that incurred by comparable pension funds in the latest 12-month period assessed.Investment in internal investment capabilities, which was partly behind a £2.1m increase in staff wages, helped reduce overall investment costs, as a proportion of assets under management, to 31bps, 16bps lower than in 2013/4, according to the scheme. The chief executive of the UK’s largest pension scheme – the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) – has expressed alarm at the “confusion, concern and distrust” generated among its members as a result of commentary about the scheme’s funding position.Commenting on USS’ annual report and accounts for 2017, Bill Galvin said that “whatever the contributions of others might have been in that outcome, we clearly failed to communicate simply enough, convincingly enough, or from a basis of sufficient trust, to make the key messages clear”.USS would therefore review its process for the scheme’s valuation with employers, in particular “the early discussions regarding their risk appetite and capacity,” he said.The 2017 valuation of USS led to the scheme proposing to close its defined benefit (DB) section to future accrual, which in turn led to strike action across UK universities and heated debate about the scheme’s approach to the valuation.last_img read more

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Snooping into your lover’s privacy

first_imgLifestyleRelationships Snooping into your lover’s privacy by: – December 30, 2011 Sharing is caring! 99 Views   one comment Share Sharecenter_img Tweet As exciting as the beginning of a relationship is, it’s also fraught with insecurity, which leads to all manner of upsetting behavior: jealous tirades, playing games, being clingy. All because you don’t know exactly what the other party is thinking or feeling — and no one wants to sound desperate by coming out and demanding: “Exactly what are you thinking or feeling?”That’s where snooping comes in. The lure of looking at something private…I admit it: I’ve stooped to snooping on boyfriends on many occasions. Most recently, it was the guy’s personal journals, which he’d conveniently left in an unlocked trunk (how cute, he trusted me). We’d been long-distance dating for awhile and I’d just flown in to see him, but I still wasn’t sure how seriously he took our relationship. I’ll just read this and then I’ll know exactly what’s going on, I thought. That’s the problem. You will know exactly what’s going on. And you might not like it. As I flipped through each notebook, scanning for my name — and, of course, any girl’s name — there was one that popped up again and again. Mia said this. Mia and I did that. Which would be fine if my name were Mia. But no: Mia was the friend of a friend he traveled with in Germany over the summer. Just a friend. Nothing going on there. But Mia got a lot of ink. Where’s my name? Scan, scan, scan. There it is. Carrie is coming to visit next week. Wonder how that will go. That’s it? By the time he returned home from work, I was curled up in a chair, mute with hurt and disappointment. And the worst part was, I couldn’t let it out. I wanted to rage at him. Why not just hook up with Mia and get it over with? Why are you leading me on like this? But all that really would tell him was this: I just read your diary, and I’m not happy with what I found. Yeah, that would go over great. Soon after my diary recon turned up an alarming lack of attachment to me, I extricated myself from the relationship. Spying into his private musings, I reasoned, had no doubt saved me a lot of time, energy and eventual heartbreak… or had my surreptitious behavior blown any chance I may have had of making things work? How common is the urge to spy on your partner?As abominable as many people may find my behavior, I’m hardly the only person who’s ever tried to navigate the dark jungle of a relationship by combing through diaries, scrutinizing credit card statements, or scrolling through cell phone messages. According to a Match.com poll of over 1,000 people, 1 in 10 of us snoop on our significant others regularly; an additional 27 percent said they would if there were reason to be suspicious. And technologies such as email, IM chat logs and text messaging have given us even more clues. Geri, for one, regularly checked her boyfriend Jake’s cell phone history to see whom he’d been calling while he was out of town.“At 11 p.m. each night, before he’d go out alone, he would make a call to a different girl,” she says. “Names I had never heard of before, so I knew they weren’t his friends.” The last straw was when she spotted a series of text messages between Jake and his ex-girlfriend, Rachel — and in one of them, he confessed how much he missed her. Jake, when confronted, swore Geri was reading too much into the message, putting Geri in a position where she almost regrets snooping in the first place. “What’s the point of looking? I’m not going to break up with him over a text message,” she says. “And now this has just created a wedge between us. He’s creeped out.” Deciphering the ill-gotten intelUnfortunately, many people who snoop find themselves in a “snooping limbo” of sorts: They know something’s up but aren’t certain what they know, if anything. Anne, who was poking around online and found that her boyfriend Bob’s page on a social networking site was linked to his ex-girlfriend’s, knows this truth all too well. She now checks both pages obsessively to see when both of them have last logged in, trying to suss out if the twosome were trading messages via the site before hooking up in secret. And, like all snoopers, she doesn’t want to rat herself out by confessing to her snooping behavior. “He might stop doing what he’s doing or find other ways of doing it, and then I’ll never know for sure if he’s doing anything at all,” she explains. What’s the moral these sordid stories have to offer? For starters, I’m not here to tell you not to take a peek at your honey’s private stuff, because that would be hypocritical. It may be distasteful to be a snoop, but perhaps there’s some benefit to it; after all, who knows how long I would have pursued my long-distance boyfriend without reading his diary? But I can also tell you that unless you see exactly what you want to see, snooping only inflames your already-heightened insecurities and will perhaps destroy a budding relationship that needs trust to get off the ground. And while some spying types might argue with me, looking through a date’s emails is not quite the same as looking into his or her heart. That’s one fortress that can never be broken into; it can only be given away. YAHOO Dating Tips and Advice Sharelast_img read more

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BCEF receives $227,000 donation

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — Anne Wilson, the Batesville Community Education Foundation recently announced, a second donation, worth more than $227,000, has been made to the Foundation according to the stipulations set forth in the will of James E. Fritsch.According to Wilson, the donation will assist Batesville students in furthering their studies.James E. Fritsch of Batesville, passed away in 2012, after working for 30 years as an engineer with General Electric.last_img

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Tokyo Olympics ‘lagging behind’ sustainability standards: WWF

first_imgTokyo: The 2020 Tokyo Olympics is falling “far below the global best practice” in sustainability, despite organisers placing it among the top priorities of the event, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has said.Organizers in January 2016 established a code for procuring resources and services, however, the WWF believes that Tokyo 2020 is “lagging far behind” its goal of the next Olympics being at the “forefront in the field of sustainability,” according to the environmental organization in a letter sent to the International Olympic Committee and published Monday, reports Efe news.“The committee working on the sourcing protocols for commodities like timber, fishery products, paper and palm oil has finalized standards that are far below the global best practice and inappropriate for a global event such as the Olympics,” said WWF-Japan Chief Executive Officer Ron Tsutsui in the letter.The organising committee “produced protocols that fell far below globally accepted sustainability standards” and showed “little regard for the expert advice they sought from the Working Group they set up to assist in developing world class protocols,” he added, describing it as “deeply concerning”.“As an active member of the Working Group and as an environmental organization committed to protecting our natural world, we felt we had no choice but to write to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to raise our serious concerns,” said Tsutsui.Among the specific requests made by WWF to the IOC are to disclose the origin of all the raw materials procured for the Games, as well as to conduct an external review on sourcing codes and its performance in sustainable sourcing.The NGO said that high profile events like the Olympic Games “have the opportunity, and duty, to lead and be truly sustainable” when it comes to using and consuming natural resources in a sustainable way, as well as to “leave a legacy for Japanese society to transform to be more sustainable”.In its sustainability plan, the organizing committee states that it will comply with all current regulations, in addition to taking into full consideration the impact of its policies from the point of view of climate change, the scarcity of natural resources or loss of biodiversity, business practices and human rights. IANSAlso Read: Aim to make Tokyo Olympics carbon neutral: IOC President Thomas BachAlso Watch: Tinsukia MLA Sanjay Kishan given a warm welcome on his return to his hometown.last_img read more

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Kearns not overly concerned by Kerry defeat

first_imgAmongst the other fixtures Clare beat Waterford by 1-10 to 0-8 at Meelick.It was a successful competitive start for new Wexford boss Davy Fitzgerald.They beat UCD by 5-31 to 1-08 in the first round of the Walsh Cup in Gorey.Tipperary native Eamonn Kelly’s first match in charge of Laois ended in a 3-18 to 0-22 win over NUIG in Rathdowney. The senior side went down 3-11 to 1-3 to Eamon Fitzmaurice’s side in their Group A clashDiarmuid Foley got Tipp’s goal in yesterday’s match at Austin Stack Park, Tralee.Kearns wasn’t overly concerned about the result last_img

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CDC Confirms 15th Case of Coronavirus Disease

first_imgTEXAS, United States – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today confirmed another infection with Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the United States.The patient is among a group of people under a federal quarantine order at JBSA-Lackland in Texas because of their recent return to the U.S. on a State Department-chartered flight that arrived on February 7, 2020.All people who lived or travelled in Hubei Province, China, are considered at high risk of having been exposed to this virus and are subject to a temporary 14-day quarantine upon entry into the United States. This is the first person under quarantine at JBSA-Lackland who had symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is currently isolated and receiving medical care at a designated hospital nearby.This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States to 15. There will likely be additional cases in the coming days and weeks, including among other people recently returned from Wuhan. While 195 people were discharged from quarantine on Tuesday, more than 600 people who returned on chartered flights from Wuhan remain under federal quarantine and are being closely monitored to contain the spread of the virus.last_img read more

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BHA makes minor cuts to racing calendar in 2020 fixture list

first_img Related Articles On-course bookmakers return to UK courses in two-week trial August 17, 2020 Share The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has confirmed that it will be making minor cuts to the upcoming 2020 fixture list, despite a number of concerns over long-term betting levy contributions. As the anticipated number of betting shop closures is expected to hit levy contributions hard, the BHA has been placed in a difficult position of maintaining a balance between the number of races and overall funding for the sector. However following ‘significant debate’ between the racing’s tripartite parties over the number of fixtures to be included, an agreement has been reached by the cross-industry Fixtures and Funding Group to introduce a number of new measures which sees 30 less meetings included in the calendar. 1,481 fixtures will be initially programmed in 2020, in comparison  to 1,511 fixtures in 2019. While the measures have also outlined that no summer evening fixtures will start later than 9pm, and non-summer races will not begin after 8:30pm. Christmas and summer jump racing breaks will be extended by four and 12 days respectively, with the BHA also stating that the first race of the day is underway by 2pm when possible ‘to meet the needs of the betting public.’Richard Wayman, Chief Operating Officer at the BHA, commented: “The 2020 Fixture List and the policies governing it aim to balance the impact of the size of the Fixture List on the thousands of people that work tirelessly to service it; the need to support the industry’s revenues and prize money levels; and the importance of promoting the longer-term interests of the sport by delivering more competitive and compelling racing.“Production of the Fixture List is rarely straightforward with sometimes conflicting objectives amongst the different parties within racing. In the current climate it is more important than ever that all the parties involved continue to work together to create a Fixture List that delivers the best overall outcome for the sport.”The measures put in place seek to consider ‘the wellbeing of industry’s participants, the competitiveness of the racing product and the commercial need for the Fixture List to work for the sport’s customers.’While only a small percentage of fixtures have been cut from the racing calendar, the BHA has also addressed the future of Towcester Racecourse, having already held discussions with its new owners. As it stands, 10 fixtures that have previously been held at Towcester have been withdrawn from the fixture list however it is anticipated that these fixtures will be added at a later date – whether this be at the original location or at alternative courses. Wayman added: “There is much to be positive about in this year’s fixture list, with measures such as the extended Jump racing breaks, earlier finish times and more racing across the middle of the day brought in following feedback from both racing’s participants and its customers.“Looking to the future, it is very encouraging that all involved in the process are supportive of the external analysis of the financial and economic state of the sport that is about to commence. This is an important piece of work as it will provide a basis of agreed facts from which to develop fixture strategy for the future.” Share Submit StumbleUpon Charlie Parker joins BHA Board of Directors June 29, 2020 HBLB gives £3.2m boost to UK racing August 13, 2020last_img read more

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Redskins’ Josh Norman says running with the bulls in Pamplona brought him ‘peace’ and ‘joy’

first_imgJosh Norman doesn’t see what the fuss is about when it comes to him running with the bulls earlier this month.The Redskins cornerback came under fire after a video of him jumping over a bull in Pamplona, Spain emerged. Redskins’ Derrius Guice downplays hamstring injury “I don’t understand it. Because it’s something I feel like I’m doing, that’s bringing peace and bringing joy to me, and I’m excited. [Did I] weigh the risks? Of course. I never would’ve done it if I didn’t.”Norman, who signed a contract five-year contract worth $75 million in 2016, might want to rethink that. Of course crazy things can happen walking out of the house, but leaping over an angry bull on purpose is a little different.Norman said he hadn’t heard anything from the team about his adventure in Pamplona. He skipped voluntary workouts, according to ESPN, which resulted him in losing $200,000 from his contract.By skipping the off-season workout program/not meeting the contractually mandated minimum of 90%, 6 Redskins players had their 2019 salaries reduced by:Josh Norman: $200kLandon Collins: $175kTrent Williams: $150kPaul Richardson: $150kQuinton Dunbar: $100kVernon Davis: $50k— Field Yates (@FieldYates) July 17, 2019 Norman was asked by Rich Eisen on his show about the experience Wednesday and how he was responding to the criticism that he was putting his football career in jeopardy.“You can just go outside your front door and get in the car and something happens to you, an accident happens,” Norman said. “You were safe. You can even go out there and be in practice, and be on the football field and tear an ACL. You were safe. I can go out there and run with the bulls and I do something exciting, and something that brings out the best in me in my life, in my world, and I win at that, I become victorious at that, and it’s an issue. Related Newslast_img read more

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Thriving at Home: Aiding Your Post-Surgical Recovery

first_imgFacebook19Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Sarah Lane for FirstLight HomeCare Two years ago, my husband had surgery to repair an abdominal injury.  These days, most elective procedures, as well as many medically necessitated ones, are either done as out-patient procedures or patients are sent home after very short hospital stays.Following his surgery, there was no way my husband could take care of himself after returning home.  For nearly a week, he was confined to bed and needed assistance with all basic needs.  Preparing food, changing clothes, showering, physical therapy – he simply could not have done any of these activities on his own.Fortunately for us, I was able to take a few days off from my job to help assist his recovery.  Since we both grew up here in Olympia, we had many family members close by who were also willing and able to help.Caregivers can help with not only basic needs at home, but assist with transportation to and from rehabilitation and physical therapy appointments as well as performing exercises at home to gain strength.But many aren’t fortunate enough to have a strong support system nearby.  FirstLight often receives calls from frantic sons and daughters who live out of town, away from their aging parents who need emergency surgery or were hit with an unexpected illness.  Others are adults who live alone and are just returning home from surgery. They have become overwhelmed by all the responsibilities, are having a difficult time recovering, or realize they could use some help in order to recuperate more rapidly.That’s where home care can be a huge help.  FirstLight HomeCare’s experienced caregivers provide the personal care required to help you or your loved one recover quickly to the healthy and active lifestyle you enjoyed before surgery.  The assistance our caregivers provide also greatly reduces the risk of complications like infections or re-injury that require a return to the hospital.After Medically-Necessitated SurgeryWhenever surgery is performed, there are logistics in getting to and from the hospital, picking up prescriptions and transportation for post-operative visits. There is also the recovery time at home when you or your loved one shouldn’t be alone, shouldn’t lift or shouldn’t drive. Plus, don’t forget all the discharge instructions that must be followed meticulously to help speed recovery. The first 24 hours after the day of surgery can be critical, and our trained caregivers can provide the support you need to reduce your stress.For older adults recovering from a heart attack or stroke, recovery time may be more prolonged. The simple truth is that hospitals want to discharge patients as soon as possible, whether or not they are ready to go home, but our caregivers can be right there helping with daily needs. We can also keep family informed while coordinating the post-surgical care plan with doctors, physical therapists, occupational therapists or other healthcare professionals involved.After Orthopedic SurgeryFirstLight HomeCare’s trained caregivers can help when you return home after surgery with limited mobility and needing assistance with even the smallest basic needs.As hip and knee replacements become more common, so too does the concern about sending patients home when they have limited mobility. Safety is a big issue with knee replacement post-operative care or hip replacement post-operative care. Our caregivers are experienced in helping people bathe and dress, grocery shop, prepare meals, do laundry and more. The goal of FirstLight HomeCare is to reduce stress and discomfort during a time that is already stressful and potentially painful.After Eye SurgeryWhether it’s LASIK, cataract or other eye surgery, patients need to relax afterwards with their eyes closed. They can’t read, drive or lift heavy objects anywhere from days to weeks. They need to follow a very strict regime with eye drops and eye medications to prevent infections and post-operative complications.  Our trusted caregivers can give you or your loved one the attention you need to help expedite your recovery with our cataract post-operative care program.Recovering from surgery or an illness is fraught with anxiety and challenges. At FirstLight HomeCare we’re here to make the recovery time as quick and painless as possible. We have extremely flexible home care plans that are hourly, short-term or long-term.Sarah LaneWe’re there for as little or as long as you or your loved one need us, because your health and well-being is most important.Sarah Lane is a certified Home Care Aide and owner of FirstLight HomeCare — South Sound.  To learn more about home care, respite care, dementia care, or any of the non-medical home care services offered by FirstLight HomeCare, give Sarah a call at 360-489-1621 or go to www.southsound.firstlighthomecare.com.last_img read more

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