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first_imgn Peter’s Food Service, which makes Peter’s brand pies, pasties and sausage rolls, has been named Business of the Year at the Caerphilly Business Awards. The awards is designed to recognise business achievement in the County Borough of Caerphilly in South East Wales.n Food & Drink Expo 2008, an exhibition for food and drink products and services from around the world, will run alongside Baking Industry Exhibition (BIE) April 6-9. For more information email [email protected] or call 01293 867639.n LASER’s members met last week at the Bakers’ Hall London. Guest speakers included Chris Dabner, parliamentary officer of the National Association of Master Bakers, and Paul Merry, a teacher and baker. Dabner gave an update on the latest legislation from Europe and the UK. Merry talked about baking sourdough breads.n Hollands Craft Bakery has launched a new flour delivery business called Hollands Flour Distributors. The Walsall-based company claims it has sourced cheaper flour from Poland. The flour is currently being sold to local craft bakers at £360 a tonne.n One of South Africa’s largest food companies, Tiger Brands, has been fined more than £7m for its part in a bread price-fixing scandal. The country’s Competition Commission has been looking into allegations that three leading companies, including Tiger Brands and Pioneer Foods, fixed bread and flour prices.n Bromsgrove bakery Quality Crusts has closed because of spiralling rent and falling trade. Its Droitwich shop remains open.last_img read more

Press release: UK Hydrographic Office welcomes Secretary of State for Defence to Taunton

first_imgThe Secretary of State’s visit also comes as UKHO continues to contribute to the UK Government’s Geospatial Commission, an expert committee with the Cabinet Office set up to maximise the value of all UK Government data linked to location, and to create jobs and growth in a modern economy.Drawing together the combined expertise of HM Land Registry, the Ordnance Survey, the British Geological Survey, the Valuation Office Agency, and the Coal Authority – as well as UKHO – the Geospatial Commission will drive the move, to use this data more productively – which could unlock up to £11 billion of extra value for the economy every year.Rear Admiral Tim Lowe CBE, Acting Chief Executive, UKHO, said: The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has today welcomed the UK’s Secretary of State for Defence, the Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP, to its Taunton headquarters.The Secretary of State met with UKHO staff to talk about its role in supporting maritime navigation, safety, security and marine development around the UK and worldwide, and was given a tour of its new office.As a leading hydrographic office and marine geospatial information agency, the UKHO plays a critical role in supporting the UK government’s National Security Strategy (NSS) and in fulfilling the Government’s obligation to provide navigational charts and publications to ships transiting UK waters.Working with several UK and international partners, the UKHO also carries out work under government programmes such as the Overseas Territories Seabed Mapping Programme and the Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme to improve global standards in safety, hydrography and navigation. This includes collecting and processing marine geospatial data to help governments protect the environment, develop infrastructure (such as ports) and support disaster planning and resilience. These factors support the sustainable economic growth for coastal states across the world including Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, St Helena, Guyana, Vanuatu and Tuvalu.The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP, Secretary of State for Defence, said: We are delighted to welcome the Secretary of State for Defence to visit UKHO, meet our expert staff and see first-hand the important work that we are doing. As a world-leading Hydrographic Office and marine geospatial agency we are continuously working to enable the maritime and marine sectors for the UK Government, as well as our friends and allies around the world. This is an exciting time for UKHO as we build on a strong legacy of support to the mariner and continue to diversify and transform the way we develop and deliver our products and services. Last year we invested significantly in both our technology and our people – as evidenced by our expanding science and technology teams, which comprises experts across data science, scientific analysis and software engineering disciplines. Hydrographic and marine geospatial data is fundamental to anyone operating in the marine and maritime domain and can hold the key to increased prosperity for the UK and our Overseas Territories. We hope that this visit continues to raise awareness of the important role that UKHO has to play in the sustainable development of our oceans at home and abroad.center_img For 200 years UKHO has been central to trade and commerce across the globe, supplying over 90% of the world’s ships with the products they need to navigate international waters safely. The UKHO embodies the spirit of a Global Britain – sharing the UK’s world leading expertise to develop relationships and trade with partners around the world. With 95% of the UK’s trade carried by sea, the work done at this facility is vital to not only supporting safety of our ships but supporting the UK’s thriving ocean economy.last_img read more

Construction starts on Australia’s largest wind farm

first_imgConstruction starts on Australia’s largest wind farm FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Manufacturers’ Monthly:Construction on what is set to become Australia’s largest, and possibly cheapest, wind farm in Australia has officially started near Beaufort in Victoria.Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio yesterday visited the Stockyard Hill Wind Farm, about 35 kilometres west of Ballarat to mark the start of the construction.The wind farm is being developed by Goldwind and will see 149 turbines provide 530 MW of clean energy to power homes across Victoria and beyond.The project is estimated to be delivering 300 jobs during construction and injecting more than $5 million into the local economy each year.The Stockyard Hill Wind Farm is part of the Victorian Government’s Renewable Energy Target of 25 percent by 2020 and 40 percent by 2025. TheStockyard Hill Wind Farm is due to be operational by late 2019.More: Work starts on Australia’s largest wind farmlast_img read more

Tech Time: Enhancing prepaid cards with remote deposits

first_imgFor several years, prepaid and stored value cards have been among the hottest growth stories in the payments landscape. According to the Federal Reserve’s 2016 Payments Study, nearly 10 billion purchases were made using these cards in 2015, an increase of more than 67 percent since 2009. Even as the growth of “closed loop” cards limited to a defined group of retailers has moderated, interest in general purpose cards that can be used anywhere non-prepaid debit cards are accepted is still growing.Several factors underpin the popularity of prepaid cards. Millennials find them to be a useful budgeting tool, and several other demographic segments also value them for online commerce. Moreover, in the wake of the Great Recession, these cards have become a handy alternative for consumers wary of accumulating card balances or unable to qualify for a credit card. As such, they can serve as an entry-level product for the next generation of credit union members.Many times, however, users won’t reload prepaid cards—discarding them once their initial value is depleted—and this has long been a barrier to their usefulness. This poses business model challenges, not only because of the increasing expense of manufacturing prepaid cards but also because of the lost opportunity to nurture long-term relationships with stored-value card holders.Recent fintech innovations have enabled prepaid cards to be managed via mobile apps, paving the way for a deeper relationship between cardholder and issuer and extending the longevity of the cards. For example, until recently, crediting mobile check deposits to prepaid card balances was deemed too risky, and immediate funds availability was out of the question. However, new technologies now allow for real-time decisioning about holds on these deposited items based on characteristics of the segment of cardholders to which a member corresponds. Because of this real-time decisioning, RDC can be made available securely in prepaid card apps. continue reading » 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

​Norway publishes proposal for new-look public sector pension

first_imgThe proposal – which includes pensions for central as well as local government staff – derives from an agreement reached on 3 March last year between the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and workers’ and employers’ organisations. Credit: Thomas Haugersveen“No reform so far implemented in Norway will mean more for the Norwegian economy, the sustainability of the welfare society and the individual employee, as the pension reform”Erna Solberg, Norwegian prime minister The long-awaited new pension scheme for Norway’s public sector employees has now been published as a draft law in the next stage of a legal process the prime minister described as historically crucial for the country.Prime minister Erna Solberg said: “No reform so far implemented in Norway will mean more for the Norwegian economy, the sustainability of the welfare society and the individual employee, as the pension reform.”The new pension scheme, due to take effect at the beginning of next year, was needed in order to secure a good level of public pension in the future as people were living longer, she added.“With these changes, it will be worthwhile for public employees to stay longer in work and it will be easier to switch jobs from public to private sector without losing pensions,” she said.center_img The Norwegian parliament is expected to approve the new pension rules before its summer break.Anniken Hauglie, minister of labour and social affairs, said the next stage of the reform process was to adapt the pension rules for people with special age limits. The government has already agreed a process with the negotiating parties for this, scheduled to run up to 1 November 2019.The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (SPK) – Norway’s main provider of public occupational pensions including covers central government staff – welcomed the proposal.Finn Melbø, chief executive of SPK, said: “SPK is very pleased that the proposal for new reform has now come. We are already well on the way to preparing the changes in our systems.”At KLP, the country’s main provider of municipal pensions, Marianne Sevaldsen, group director in the life insurance division, said the firm was working on adjusting its systems and putting high levels of resources into offering guidance on pensions.“There will be complicated transitional arrangements for a period, but for the young people who start in the public sector in the years to come, the calculation of retirement pensions will be easier,” she said.She added that the KLP was confident that its systems would be ready when the changes took effect at the turn of the year.Meanwhile, Anders Skjævestad, chief executive of DNB Liv, said the bill was interesting for his business because it wanted to offer municipal service pensions again, several years after it withdrew from the market.He said KLP had a “monopoly” on public sector provision, partly due to municipalities not seeing themselves as obliged to regularly put their service pension contracts out to tender.“DNB has therefore asked the authorities to consider measures to stimulate new players and competition in this market in connection with the introduction of new public service pensions,” Skjævestad said.The bill contained no guidelines related to the competition in the market, he said, with the ministry instead content to assume that the municipalities themselves would choose their pension provider within the framework of the main tariff agreement and the procurement regulations.“It will therefore now be up to the parties in the tariff settlement to decide on tender practices,” Skjævestad said.last_img read more

What Is “The Fridge” Doing Now?

first_imgWhile reading Sports Illustrated, I noticed an article on William “the fridge” Perry.  Perry was a 300 lb. defensive player for Clemson and then the Chicago Bears.  He became famous with the Bears as a blocking back when the offense was inside the 5-yard line.  Seldom could the defense stop the running back when Perry got the leading block.Unfortunately, Wm. Perry lacked commitment and soon gained weight and drifted out of the NFL.  That lack of commitment led him to a weight of 450 lb. today.  He doesn’t follow his doctors orders, he walks with a walker when he is able, and basically just loafs and drinks.People, like Perry, have led the NFL in the creation of an orientation program for their rookies.  They hope to instruct them in how to adjust to a new life with money and fame.  Too bad Wm. Perry was not able to make the adjustment.  Thankfully, Perry’s friends have not given up on him!last_img read more

Joan L. Hellmich

first_imgJoan L. Hellmich, age 90 of Batesville, died Sunday, March 18, 2018 at St. Andrew’s Health Campus.  Born January 23, 1928 in Batesville, she is the daughter of Bertha M. (Nee: Post) and Edward B. Oswald.  She was a graduate of Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio.  On November 19, 1954, she married Thomas R. Hellmich at St. Louis Church. Joan is survived by her husband Tom; daughter Beth (Tracy) Williams of Zionsville, Indiana; son Tom (Cara) Hellmich of Carmel, Indiana; granddaughters Jessica (Justin) Wedgewood of Washington, D.C., Alyssa Hellmich of Carmel and grandsons Kent Williams of Indianapolis and Harrison Hellmich of Carmel. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 21st, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services follow at 2 p.m. at St. Louis Church with Rev. Bob Weakley O.F.M. officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Sisters of St. Francis Convent in Oldenburg or St. Louis School in Batesville.last_img read more

Mourinho talks up injured Rooney

first_imgChelsea boss Jose Mourinho has admitted he is a big admirer of Wayne Rooney. The Manchester United striker flew out of Bangkok hours before Chelsea arrived after scans revealed a hamstring injury will keep him out for a month. Conspiracy theorists have leapt on Rooney’s departure as evidence his future at Old Trafford is limited given the forward is still to offer any indication that he wants to stay, despite United’s repeated claims the 27-year-old is not for sale. Chelsea are one of the clubs said to be interested in the England man. And whilst Mourinho accepted etiquette dictates that he should not discuss other clubs’ players, the Blues boss could not resist. He said: “I cannot speak about players from other teams but you know me… “I have always said what I think and I like the player very much. “I cannot say more than that. He is fast and direct. I like him but he is a Manchester United player.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Albrighton vows to prove his worth

first_img Dean Hammond (calf) and Esteban Cambiasso (hip) are doubts but Danny Drinkwater is available after a groin problem. Stoke full-back Erik Pieters is a doubt but midfielder Steven Nzonzi should be available. Both players came off at half-time with groin complaints during last Sunday’s 3-0 loss at Arsenal. Victor Moses returned to the matchday squad at the Emirates Stadium as an unused substitute and looks set to make his playing comeback this weekend following a thigh injury. Forward Mame Biram Diouf remains on African Nations Cup duty with Senegal. Boss Mark Hughes is excited by the prospect of Stoke having Moses and Bojan Krkic both fit and firing on the field at the same time. Following his summer arrival from Chelsea on a season-long loan deal, winger Moses established himself as the Potters’ star performer in the early weeks of the campaign before he was sidelined by a thigh injury sustained towards the end of November. It was at that point that forward Bojan – a summer signing on a permanent deal from Barcelona – was just beginning to really show what he can do in a Stoke shirt, and he has subsequently emerged as their key attacking player in Moses’ absence. Moses made his return to the matchday squad as an unused substitute when the Staffordshire outfit suffered a 3-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Arsenal last weekend, and he looks set for his playing comeback in Saturday’s top-flight trip to Leicester. And Hughes said of the Nigeria international: “He is very much in my thoughts for the weekend and hopefully, if he does play, he will be able to hit the performance levels that he was reaching prior to the injury, because he was arguably our best player. “Thankfully Bojan had come into the team around the same time and took over that mantle, leading from the front with his level of performances. “If we can get them both firing at the same time, then we should be in good shape.” Hughes’ 11th-placed side take on a Leicester outfit who are bottom of the table. The Foxes were in that position on Christmas Day, and there have only been two seasons in Premier League history where the side in that predicament have gone on to avoid relegation. Hughes sees it as a “tough call” as to whether or not Nigel Pearson’s men – currently three points adrift of safety – will be able to beat the drop. But he has no doubt they will face Stoke in buoyant mood after defeating Hull and Aston Villa either side of drawing at Liverpool in their last three league games. “It is a tough call – historically it is difficult to stay up when you have been bottom at Christmas,” said Hughes, whose team were beaten at home by Leicester in September. “But it has been done in the past, and they will be encouraged by virtue of their last few games, when they have gone up against good teams and given a good account of themselves and, more importantly, picked up points.” The winger is poised to face Stoke at the King Power Stadium on Saturday as he bids to finally establish himself at the Foxes. He made just his second start of the season against former club Aston Villa in the 1-0 win last weekend. The form of Riyad Mahrez and Jeff Schlupp has limited him to just 292 minutes of action this term. But Mahrez is now on African Nations Cup duty with Algeria and Schlupp is sidelined with a knee injury which forced him to miss out on Ghana’s squad for the tournament in Equatorial Guinea. Albrighton is determined to take his chance after revealing he has found it tough following a free transfer from Villa last summer. He said: “It’s been frustrating for me personally because I came here with the aim of starting more games. There is only so many times you can go knocking on the manager’s door to ask him the same thing. “For whatever reason it’s not worked out at the moment but I have kept my head down, waited for my chance and I have signed here for four years so I’m not going to rush into anything. “I am enjoying it now, the last two games I’ve played have been great.” Leicester could have new striker Andrej Kramaric in their squad after he was granted a work permit to finally complete his move from Rijeka. Kasper Schmeichel and Matt Upson (foot) are out along with the banned Matty James. Marc Albrighton has vowed to prove he is not Leicester’s forgotten man. Press Associationlast_img read more

Monk plays down Chelsea form

first_img Press Association “Man United won every single game in pre-season last year and we won at Old Trafford on the opening day. “It’s very difficult to read into pre-season games as teams are experimenting, organising and preparing. “When you come into Premier League games it’s a totally different animal. Players think differently and the approach and intensity is different, so we will prepare for the best Chelsea side and hopefully put on a good performance.” Swansea suffered few dark days last season when Monk, in his first full year in charge, guided the club to eighth and a record points tally. But Chelsea handed out heavy defeats, winning 4-2 at Stamford Bridge early on in the season before romping to a 5-0 victory at the Liberty Stadium in January. “Down there we were excellent for 45 minutes last season and if we can produce 90 minutes like that it will be great,” Monk said. “It doesn’t come any tougher than starting at the home of the champions and they’ve set the standard. “They’ve kept the squad together and added a few to it, and the way they won the league comfortably towards the end was testament to how good they were. Swansea manager Garry Monk says Chelsea’s ordinary pre-season form will have no bearing on the start of their Barclays Premier League defence on Saturday. “It’s a new season and a fresh start but hopefully we can take on the good things we did last year and try and improve on them and take it into each and every game.” Monk remains reluctant to say whether Swansea can improve on eighth place but he believes the squad he has assembled, keeping all major players over the summer while adding international forwards Andre Ayew and Eder, France Under-21 left-back Franck Tabanou and Sweden goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt, is capable of improvement. “I want us to improve as a team, offensively and defensively, and we can do that,” Monk said. “The players are ready to take our football on to another level. I don’t focus on targets in terms of points and what we should be achieving at the end. “We want to put a good start together and last year it was about getting to 40 points as quickly as we could and it’s the same approach. “I want to get to 40 points as quickly as possible and then reassess and see what we can do.” The English champions failed to win any of their five pre-season games in 90 minutes, but Monk expects the “best Chelsea side” at Stamford Bridge as Swansea seek to begin building on last season’s impressive eighth-placed finish – the best in the Welsh club’s Premier League history. “It doesn’t mean anything,” Monk said referring to Chelsea’s winless run in pre-season. last_img read more