first_imgNicola Reid of JB Christie Bakers in Airdrie has been announced as the winner of the 2015 James Allan Memorial Competition. Held annually in memory of craft baker James Allan, this is the second time that the award for young bakers has been presented, and it was hosted at Macphie’s Test Bakery Department in Glenbervie.As part of the process, hopefuls are supplied with fermented products – they choose one and make a batch of eight. The candidates then provide a specification for their chosen product. From the eight produced, they select three for the judges to score. Each candidate is also required to finish a batch of products in the quantities shown against listed items. They must bring this product with them.Technical challengeAlan Clarke, chief executive of Scottish Bakers, said: “It sounds technical and it is. The James Allan Memorial Trophy really is a skills test designed to push young professionals and to encourage them to challenge themselves and set the standard for others in the industry. Nicola is a worthy winner and we hope she enjoys the year ahead as our champion.”As well as her trophy, Nicola won a week-long, all-expenses-paid trip to Macphie of Glenbervie, where they create a variety of baking ingredients.Clarke added: “Nicola will have a fantastic, one-off opportunity to work with a great team.”last_img read more

first_imgCosta Coffee owner Whitbread has announced that it has acquired 49% of London-based food-to-go chain Healthy Retail Ltd, which trades as Pure, for £6.8m.Whitbread has joined the UK food-to-go sector with the acquisition of 49% of Pure for £6.8m. Pure will continue to be run by its existing management team, and Whitbread has the option to buy the remaining 51% within five years.Pure has eight shops in London, but there are plans for further developments.Alison Brittain, chief executive of Whitbread, said: “I am very impressed by Pure, which appeals to health-conscious busy people, offering a choice of natural fresh food. As the UK’s largest hospitality company, it’s vital that Whitbread has its finger on the pulse of consumer trends and that we innovate with new formats and concepts.“I see considerable opportunities to grow the brand, and by taking a stake in Pure we fast become part of a business that specialises in the exciting growth market for natural, healthy takeaway food and drink.”Spencer Craig, founder and managing director of Pure, said: “We’re growing fast and have plans to open more shops over the next three years. With Whitbread’s backing and support we are looking forward to sharing our food with many more people and injecting further pace into building the Pure brand and expanding our network of shops.”Last month Whitbread reported that UK retail sales at Costa were up 15.7% in the year ending 3 March.last_img read more

first_imgEver since announcing their tour two weeks ago, fans have been hoping for more dates from Gov’t Mule and Blackberry Smoke. The two Southern-influenced groups delighted fans today by announcing a second leg of their tour, which will take the groups across the country throughout the month of September.The initial tour announcement focused heavily on August, with dates predominantly in the Northeast. Throughout September, the band will hit the West Coast and work their way East, landing in the Southeast for an extended series of performances. While not all will feature Blackberry Smoke, they’re all sure to be tons of fun.Pre-sale tickets will be released next Wednesday, April 27th at 12PM ET, with a general on-sale coming on Friday, April 29th. You can see the new dates below, and head to the band’s website for more information.last_img read more

first_img5 March 2013South African company First Distribution has signed an African distribution deal with US firm Innovolt, whose technology platform protects electronic equipment from power supply problems.“While power outages not only impact productivity for businesses in the region, they limit growth in a nation that accounts for a third of sub-Saharan Africa’s economic output and ranks among the world’s top 25 countries in gross domestic product,” First Distribution said in a statement on Monday.“In today’s ‘always-on’ business society, the need to have a constant and uninterrupted power supply has grown to the point where protecting your electronic equipment is vital,” said First Distribution’s networking general manager, Charlie Murray.Innovolt’s technology platform enables electronic equipment to last longer by protecting the devices from 99.5% of common power disturbances.“Innovolt continues to grow its global footprint to protect from power-related issues on an international scale,” said Innovolt chief operating officer Jeff Spence.“It’s our goal to make companies in South Africa more efficient and to help them cut down costs related to bad power.”First Distribution has grown its networking portfolio over the past year and is looking to leverage Innovolt’s technology to expand its presence in South Africa and move further into the rest of Africa.“First Distribution’s networking division upholds a certain standard when it comes to selecting vendors with whom to conduct business, and Innovolt meets our criteria for quality and innovation,” Murray said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Susan Shultz of De Graff was elected secretary/treasurer of the American Sheep Industry AssociationSusan Shultzat the 2017 ASI Convention in Denver.“I have a deep appreciation for the wide diversity in our American sheep industry,” said Shultz to the ASI board of directors. “From north to south and east to west, we have variety in the size and scope of our operations, our production systems and even our marketing goals. I will do my best to represent this diversity by listening to your needs and acting to address those concerns.”With her husband, Bill, and son, Joe, Shultz operates Bunker Hill Farm, a fourth-generation diversified family farm. They breed black-faced (Suffolk) terminal sires primarily for the western range commercial industry and are committed to genetic improvement through the use of objective measurements and the National Sheep Improvement Program. Performance criteria are centered on multiple weighings for growth and the use of ultrasounds for loin eye and fat determination. The Shultz’s were the 2004 winners of the ASI Environmental Stewardship Award.Shultz has a strong history of serving the sheep industry through numerous leadership positions including president of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and regional director on the ASI executive board. She was co-chair of ASI’s Production, Education and Research Council, chair of the Roadmap Productivity Improvement Committee and chair of ASI’s Let’s Grow Committee.Shultz is retired from a 35-year career in education where she was an education coordinator and teacher for gifted students. Shultz joins Mike Corn (N.M.), president, and Benny Cox (Texas), vice president, on the officer team of the American Sheep Industry Association.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For much of the Eastern Corn Belt it is widely understood that the optimal planting period is between April 20 and May 10. Research has proven that corn loses yield potential daily when planted after the beginning of May. For the Central Corn Belt, the declines in yield potential due to planting delays vary from about 0.3% per day early in May to about 1% per day by the end of May (Nielsen, 2013).Knowing that this is true, it can be frustrating during a wet spring or when field work is delayed for one reason or another. Planting is a critical component of a successful crop as it sets the stage for the entire growing season. However, it is important to keep in mind that early planting is just one of many factors that contribute to high yield potential. Planting early favors high yields, but it does not guarantee them and growers should not focus entirely on the calendar.Growers don’t have to look very far into the past for confirmation of this fact. According to data collected by the National Agricultural Statistics Service USDA/NASS, only 62% of the 2009 corn crop was planted by the week ending May 17. Despite later planting dates, the national average yield for the 2009 crop was 164.4 bushels per acre. In 2012, 96% of the corn crop was in the ground as of the week ending May 20th. The crop was off to a great start, but thanks to the drought, the national average yield was only 123.1 bushels per acre in 2012. Although it is widely understood that planting date is an important management practice influencing corn yields, 2012 proved other factors (such as the drought) can diminish the yield potential of an early planted crop.Several other factors must be considered at planting. What are the field conditions? If the soil is too wet, any field work can cause yield-robbing compaction. Planting into wet soil can cause smearing and sidewall compaction of the seed furrow.What is the soil temperature? Soil temps should be 55 degrees F or above for corn to promote germination and early growth. What does the weather forecast look like? Will it promote germination and growth or will it be a pattern for cold and wet weather, which could delay emergence and cause damage to seedlings? Planting into less-than-ideal field conditions just to beat a date on the calendar usually results in problems that hurt yield potential more than a slight delay in planting would. As spring planting approaches, producers should take into consideration all important factors when making planting decisions and avoid focusing only on the calendar.last_img read more

first_imgJeff Horn. INQUIRER PHOTO/ROY LUARCABRISBANE, Australia—If trainer Glenn Rushton’s grand description of  Jeff Horn turns out to be true, then Manny Pacquiao is in for a brutal tussle on July 2.A punishing 10-week training camp, according to Rushton, has turned Horn into a fighting machine. Somebody with “hands like steel, body like granite,” and with “the strength of an ox.”ADVERTISEMENT With both Pacquiao and Horn wielding a heavy hand, said there’s a good chance of a stoppage late in the fight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rushton said he’s hoping that Pacquiao will bring his A-game into the “Battle of Brisbane” at the 52,500-seat Suncorp Stadium because Horn will definitely be at his best form ever.After studying hundreds of tapes of Pacquiao’s previous fights, especially against the likes of Ricky Hatton, Oscar dela Hoya and Juan Manuel Marquez, Rushton has meticulously crafted a secret 10-point plan against Pacquiao.Rushton said if Horn will be able to follow the plan to the letter, and be on his toes every second of the 12-round bout, the former school teacher will be able to hurdle Pacquiao and shock the world.Rushton liked Pacquiao-Horn to a collision between an unstoppable force (Pacquiao) and an immovable object (Horn).And with Horn in terrific shape, Horn promises a much better fight than Pacquiao versus Jessie Vargas, Pacquiao against Timothy Bradley and Pacquiao against Juan Manuel Marquez.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Horn to take leaf out of Marquez book vs Pacquiao WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READcenter_img What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rushton, a self-made millionaire and mixed martial arts expert, also said during Horn’s media workout at the gym inside his mansion, that he hasn’t seen anybody really hurt Horn in the ring.Not even during his amateur days where Horn represented Australia in both the World Championships and the 2012 Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd not in the pro ranks, where Horn holds a 16-0-1 record with 11 knockouts.In addition, Rushton swears that Horn has the will and the heart to give trouble to anybody, including Pacquiao. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe United Nations campaign highlighting the work of the world’s humanitarian workers has reached 100 million people through social media so far, the world body announced today, describing it as its “first milestone” that gets it closer to the one billion mark, which it aims to reach by World Humanitarian Day on 19 August.The campaign, ‘I Was Here,’ allows transmission of messages of support from people who have registered online across the world pledging humanitarian action, however big or small. Members of the public can then share their individual acts of good through the interactive website www.whd-iwashere.org.Organized by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the campaign has gained momentum in the past few days following the video recording – in front of more than 1,200 fans, celebrities, humanitarian workers and dignitaries – on Friday night, at the General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York, of US performing artist Beyoncé singing the song “I Was Here.’The video of the song, which Beyoncé and songwriter Diane Warren donated to the campaign, will premiere globally on 19 August, with displays on big screens in the cities of Dubai, Geneva, Addis Ababa, as well as in New York City’s Times Square, among other locales.“Everyone can be a humanitarian. All it takes is one act to help someone else,” the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, said during the Friday night event, which was hosted by television journalist Anderson Cooper. “That’s the spirit of people helping people.”During the event, Mr. Cooper interviewing former child soldier Ishmael Beah, who fought in Sierra Leone’s civil war; Pernille Ironside, a UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) child protection officer; New York photographer Erin Dinan, whose non-profit organization One Sandwich at a Time feeds people living on the streets; and Laurent Vieira de Mello, whose father – a senior UN official, Sergio Vieira de Mello – died along with 21 other humanitarians in an attack in Iraq.The General Assembly proclaimed 19 August as World Humanitarian Day in 2008 to commemorate that attack, which took place at the UN’s offices in Baghdad’s Canal Hotel in 2003. In addition to killing 22 people, another150 people were injured.The Day aims to honor those who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and those who continue to bring assistance and relief to millions, in addition to drawing attention to humanitarian needs worldwide and the importance of international cooperation in meeting those needs.last_img read more

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 7, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – County Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Greg Cox will launch a program Wednesday to help mitigate the use of high-polluting vehicles around the county.Fletcher and Cox will hold a news conference to launch the County Air Pollution Control District’s “Clean Air for All” campaign, which will allow businesses, nonprofits and government organizations to replace their high- emission vehicles with more climate friendly options.Officials with the California Air Resources Board will also present the county with roughly $28.5 million in state grants to fund the program. Earlier this year, the CARB also awarded $2.5 million to the Air Pollution Control District to monitor air quality in Barrio Logan, Logan Heights, Sherman Heights and parts of National City.The news conference and check presentation will be held at the County Administration Center at 1600 Pacific Highway. The launch event is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter County to Launch High-Emission Vehicle Replacement Campaign August 7, 2019last_img read more