Dining Hall adds low calorie options

first_imgNotre Dame Food Services worked this summer to add more low calorie and multicultural options to the dining hall menus, responding to student demand for healthier options. Marc Poklinkowski, general manager of South Dining Hall Food Services, said the changes were made directly in response to the student surveys that are completed at the end of each semester. “If I had to sum up what the four to five hundred students said on the survey, it’s, ‘OK, we need to get healthier.’ I think we’ve addressed a lot of those issues in the changes we made this year,” he said. One noticeable change to the dining hall menu is the addition of red pepper hummus, which Poklinkowski said has been extremely popular so far this year. He said that all of the hummus is made by the Food Service support facility right off campus. “There’s a possibility that we will make different types of specialty hummus in the future,” he said. Student body president Catherine Soler said student government, aware of how popular hummus is with students, worked to provide more flavor options. “One of our platform ideas was better hummus, and we expressed this to Notre Dame Food Services. We found out that they actually made hummus in the plant off campus, and that there were new opportunities available there,” she said. “In the end we decided on red pepper hummus.” Poklinkowski said a notable change is the addition of Greek and Indian cuisine. “The Pan-American station is turned to Greek food once every twelve days. We did that to break up the monotony,” he said. “All day we have gyros, spanakopita, pita chips, spicy feta, spicy Mediterranean relish, among other Greek foods.” Every 12 days, Indian cuisine will replace the homestyle line, Poklinkowski said. “We had quite a few people [on the survey] ask for Indian foods,” he said. “One of the managers at the dining hall is Indian, so he came up with some home recipes. The unit chef over at North worked with him to put [those recipes] into Notre Dame terms.” Tuesday is the first day South Dining Hall will serve Indian cuisine. Indian beef, chicken and vegetarian dishes will be offered, in addition to sides and rices. Poklinkowski said small changes have also been made to the salad line at South. “At the end of the salad line we are going to have a second variety salad, for example a buffalo chicken salad, a tomato walnut salad or a chicken Caesar, kind of like the ones that are prepared for lunch at North,” he said. “We are still figuring out the logistics … we don’t have the space to make them made-to-order.” Other changes this year, Poklinkowski said, include new Sunkist flavored waters, craisins at the end of the salad line and “skinny buns” (90-calorie pita buns) on the deli line. Tina Aalfs, operations manager of North Dining Hall Food Services, said North Dining Hall will integrate the Indian and Mediterranean cuisines into its menu after fall break. “We’re planning on running each concept four days at a time, so we’ll have Indian for four days, Mediterranean for four days and Mexican for four days.” For now, the biggest changes at North Dining Hall are apparent from the moment you walk in the building. “Physically, the building’s changed,” she said. “[Over the summer] they painted the walls and installed new carpeting.” While the new paint and carpet jobs are certainly cause for excitement, regular North Dining Hall-goers say they are ecstatic about the return of the spoons to their regular spot beside the forks and knives. “Last year, I accidentally would take two forks because they did not have spoons on the utensil tray,” junior Rebecca Huffer said. “It’s nice to get my utensils all in one place now.” Cereal enthusiasts who love to mix and match should be aware that five cereals provided last semester will go out of rotation by the end of September. “We keep our 15 heaviest used cereals, and the bottom five rotate out each year,” Poklinkowski said. “Rice Krispies, Apple Jacks, Cocoa Krispies, Rice Chex, Captain Crunch and Cheerios are the six that got voted out, so they will likely be gone in a month or so.”last_img read more

NEST seeks asset manager for move into high-yield debt

first_imgThe UK’s National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) is to diversify its exposure to high-yield debt and is seeking an asset manager to oversee an actively managed mandate.The £1bn (€1.1bn) master trust’s CIO, Mark Fawcett, said global high-yield bonds offered “attractive” returns in a fixed income environment otherwise dominated by low-yielding paper.“Procuring a high-yield bond fund will also further diversify our members’ portfolios,” Fawcett added.“By including this asset class in our building block mandates, we will be joining the growing number of institutional investors holding high yield.” In a statement accompanying the tender, NEST added that it was looking for a manager with a robust risk management framework, able to consider environmental, social and governance factors.The tender also stated that NEST would invest using a pooled fund, rather than opting for a segregated mandate. Expressions of interest are requested by 12 December.NEST members are already exposed to high-yield debt, although the limited exposure to date forms part of the passively managed multi-asset mandate overseen by BlackRock.The pension provider last year pledged to expand the number of standalone, single-asset mandates in an effort to gain greater control over its asset allocation as its AUM has grown.Since then, it has named Amundi as its emerging market (EM) debt manager, sitting alongside standalone EM equity mandates and funds investing in global property.The eventual high-yield manager would join an increasing number of active managers employed by NEST, including Amundi and Legal & General Investment Management and BlackRock.NEST has to date largely opted for passive mandates in an effort to control costs, in line with its 0.3% annual management charge.last_img read more

Stabilis Energy enters deals to expand LNG, CNG presence in Mexico

first_imgIllustration purposes only (Image courtesy of Stabilis Energy)U.S. LNG producer and provider Stabilis Energy has made two strategic transactions to expand its presence in the distributed liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) markets in Mexico.Stabilis said that it completed the acquisition of privately held Diversenergy and its subsidiaries to create a distributed LNG marketing and distribution company in Mexico.Also, the company formed a joint venture with Grupo CLISA and other former owners of Diversenergy to pursue investments in LNG and CNG assets in Mexico.Diversenergy provides the chilled fuel to customers that use LNG as a fuel in mobile high horsepower applications and to customers that do not have natural gas pipeline access.As a result of the acquisition, Diversenergy and its Mexican subsidiary became wholly-owned subsidiaries of Stabilis.The transaction was structured as an equity purchase with Diversenergy’s owners receiving cash and Stabilis common stock consideration. Financial terms of the transaction were left undisclosed.Lee Kellough, former CEO of Diversenergy, will serve as the president of Stabilis’ Mexican subsidiary Diversenergy S.A.P.I. de C.V. and SVP of Stabilis.Stabilis also formed a joint venture with CryoMex to pursue investments in distributed natural gas production and distribution assets in Mexico.The JV, operating as Energía Superior Gas Natural LLC, plans to invest in LNG and CNG production, transportation, storage, and regasification assets that serve multiple end markets throughout Mexico, including the industrial, mining, pipeline, utility, marine, and over-the-road transportation markets.According to Stabilis, the JV plans to begin immediately evaluating LNG and CNG asset development opportunities in Monterrey, Sonora, and Mexico City regions.These assets could include LNG liquefaction facilities, cryogenic rolling stock equipment, CNG compression stations, and pressurized rolling stock equipment, among others.According to an article published by the Houston Chronicle on Thursday, Stabilis Energy is eyeing Monterrey as the location of its first LNG plant in Mexico.last_img read more

CAF President Ahmad Ahmad arrested, FIFA confirms

first_imgCAF President Ahmad Ahmad is being questioned by French Police, a FIFA statement has confirmed.Ahmad was reported to have been arrested at a hotel in Paris on Thursday morning, according to reports.African weekly newspaper Jeune Afrique claim the CAF president was staying in France, where he was meant to attend a FIFA Congress.FIFA released a statement on Thursday afternoon to confirm Ahmad was being questioned by French police but claim they have no further details on the matter.While details around the reported arrest remain sketchy, it is claimed that the 59-year-old’s capture is in connection with a “contract unilaterally broken by CAF with the German equipment manufacturer Puma to engage with the company Technical Steel, based in La Seyne-sur-Mer.”According to the report, Ahmad signed off on a deal, which benefited the company Technical Steel, with one of the company’s bosses said to have paid a total of €739 000 (R12,3 million) to the CAF president in order to get the deal sanctioned.It is believed that the case involving CAF’s president will be heard by the services of the central office for the fight against corruption and financial and fiscal offenses (OCLIF). Source: Soccer Ladumalast_img read more

Heath Streak decides to quit as Bangladesh fast bowling coach

first_imgFormer Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak said he will quit as Bangladesh’s fast bowling coach at the end of the month after deciding not to renew his contract.Streak, who guided Bangladesh to the 2015 World Cup knockouts, said: “I have decided that I shall leave my role as a national bowling coach when my contract expires at the end the month,” Streak said via his agent on Twitter on Friday.”I feel now is the right time for me and my family to make this decision and I look forward to the future as I look to continue my coaching career,” he added.The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said Streak had informed them of his decision via email.”Streak informed us through an email on Thursday that he will not renew his contract,” BCB cricket operations chief Akram Khan said on Friday.Under the Zimbabwean, Bangladesh have not only reached the World Cup knockouts for the first time, but also beat Pakistan, India and South Africa the same year at home to qualify for the 2017 Champions Trophy in England.Streak, who is reportedly eyeing a job at India’s National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, is currently the coach of the Gujarat Lions franchise in the Indian Premier League.last_img read more