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first_imgThe tangled web of Finedon Mill whose tentacles have stretched from Shipton Mill to New Rathbones plant bakery and beyond turned another corner this week when Finedon ended up in court over unpaid levies (pg 5). The company, which is in administration, is also believed to owe the taxman, odd bank and multiple creditor.I expect many of you see it as a turn for the better. Indeed, the words “may justice prevail” probably sit seething on your lips. We shall have to wait for the outcome.In the meantime, one supporter of Harvestime (2005) bakery, in terms of keeping the 400 or so jobs at the Walsall site, which is still trading in administration, has been Tesco. But in two weeks time, Tesco’s bakery director Tony Reed departs for higher echelons at the retailer (pg 4). Many suppliers talk about wheeling and dealing with the supermarkets. I have not been in that position and can only say that Tony Reed himself has always been utterly straightforward, called a spade a spade, worked hours most people would dread, but kept a distinct sense of the importance of family and the dedication this industry feels about bakery.Last year, I asked him if my repeatedly voiced anger over below-cost bread, often sold in supermarkets, irritated him. “No,” he said, “do keep banging the drum.” And when bakers have lined up, sometimes in a queue, at the Baking Industry Awards to introduce themselves to him, it has never gone to his head. He started off pushing trolleys for Tesco and worked his way up. On first meeting him five years ago, I was impressed by his manners and by his drive to really move things forwards. He has always bubbled over with initiatives – be it new products in breads and cakes or pioneering new bread baskets. He has had huge pressures from both bosses and competitors, but, where possible, has supported forward-thinking companies. One reason I support salt reduction targets in bread is because I totally agree with him that the government should once again be able to proclaim bread as healthy – as it did in the COMA report – before it withdrew that support due to salt levels.Finally this week, Allied Mills is re-entering the customer market with new ideas and equipment.It will have to work hard; the others have done well in its absence.last_img read more

Colombian Armed Conflict Claims Over Five Million Victims

first_imgBy Dialogo October 02, 2012 More than five million victims have resulted from the armed conflict in Colombia that has been affecting the country for almost half a century, of which about 600,000 people were murdered, according to government calculations. The figures, however, do not reveal the full scale of the problem, indicated Paula Gaviria, head of the Unit for Integral Attention and Reparation of Victims [of armed conflict], the organization that implemented a law regarding this issue, which was passed in June 2011. “So far, we have registered cases since 1974,” specified the official source, after pointing out that due to the complexity of the Colombian armed conflict and its long duration, it is very difficult to obtain the exact number of victims, survivors or dead. Out of the estimated total, 40% (2 million) are guerrilla victims, while 25% (1.2 million) are paramilitary victims, stated Gaviria, who insisted that the figures are not definitive, since denouncers are not obliged to declare which group was the aggressor, and in many cases, the victims are not aware of which organization was responsible for the offensive. The main reasons why victims make claims are: forced displacement, kidnapping, sexual violence, recruitment of minors, and anti-personnel mines. After Colombia suffered political violence in the early 1950s, the country engaged in an armed conflict with the emergence of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) from the 1960s onward. The armed conflict between these guerrillas and the State worsened with the emergence of drug cartels in the 70s, and in the 80s with far-right paramilitary groups that fought a bloody battle against these guerrillas. Now, President Juan Manuel Santos will start peace negotiations with the FARC on October 15, to be held in Norway and Cuba. The Colombian head of state is looking forward to a successful outcome by the end of the year.last_img read more

Board liaisons direct directors and staff toward good governance

first_imgCredit union leaders have become increasingly aware of the importance of good governance and have made an effort to ensure that their credit unions are adopting cutting-edge governance and leadership practices. From assessing the effectiveness of their boards and governance systems to updating their governance frameworks, policies and procedures to improving their board structures, committees and charters, good governance is taking center stage.These efforts—along with the steady workload of supporting a credit union board—require strong leadership from the board chair, CEO and a governance committee, but also from an often-overlooked and under-appreciated staff person—the board liaison. At a minimum, today’s board liaisons help to organize and disseminate meeting materials, plan and support the execution of board meetings and retreats, take minutes, and generally help keep things organized and on track so that the board can do its work.But more and more, the board liaison’s role is being expanded and now is considered by many a management position that has been tasked to actively support—and improve—the board’s work. In its expanded role, board liaisons also ask a fundamental question regarding good governance: How can the credit union’s board and governance become even more effective? continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Invest and nest with two house on acreage

first_imgThe main house has an open plan living space.The open-plan living and dining space has a cathedral ceiling and opens to the wraparound veranda.Upstairs there is a second lounge area and a master bedroom with ensuite, walk-in robe and balcony. The three other bedrooms on this level have built-in robes. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019Outside, the veranda overlooks the fenced inground swimming pool. The original home is about 300m away from the main house and has three bedrooms, one bathroom and a kitchen. Two houses sit on the 9.27ha block.There is also a large dam on the property. The home is just down the road from the Beachmere townships with local supermarket, tavern, post office and doctor surgery. The property at 50 Bakers Flat Rd is on the market for $1.2 million. The property at 50 Bakers Flat Rd, Beachmere comes with two houses.THIS flexible property has two houses on a 9.27ha block with room for a home business. Raine and Horne Morayfield marketing agent John Owen said 50 Bakers Flat Rd, Beachmere would suit horse lovers, hobby farmers, truck drivers, dirt bike riders and big families. The relocated and renovated main house has five bedrooms, including a guest bedroom on the lower ground floor, with kitchenette and ensuite, that opens to a living area. On the ground floor there is a kitchen with timber accents, gas cooker, plenty of work space and an island bench. center_img A veranda wraps around most of the main house.With some updating it could be a solid rental property. Mr Owen said the property was fully fenced for horses or cattle and came with a stable, arena and separate paddocks. “There is fully-working dog breeding facilities that the current owners enjoy a great income from,” he said. “There is also a hard stand area for multiple trucks and trailers as the property was previously used as an earthmoving business.”last_img read more

CSB, 3 others eye 1st wins

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Winless teams gun for breakthrough victories as they mix it up on Thursday in the women’s division of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.College of St. Benilde collides with San Beda at 2 p.m., while San Sebastian tackles Perpetual Help at 4 p.m. as they scramble to catch up with the leaders in the short meet ushering in the collegiate season.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms LATEST STORIES Idle leaders University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University are sporting identical 3-0 records, while Adamson and University of the Philippines occupy the next two spots with 2-0 and 1-0 slates, respectively.The top four teams after the single-round elimination will advance to the crossover semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’In men’s matches, Perpetual Help takes on winless San Beda at 9 a.m., National University squares off with Arellano at 11 a.m. and FEU runs into La Salle at 6 p.m.The women’s matches can be viewed live on www.abs-cbn.com/livestream/pvl.—MARC ANTHONY REYES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Japan league lures Santiago, Espejo away from homelast_img read more

Striker Defoe ‘fears he could be forced to quit Tottenham’

first_imgJermain Defoe fears he could be forced to quit Tottenham if he is facing another season on the bench, the Daily Mirror report.QPR have been linked with the England striker, with Sunderland and Reading also said to be interested.“Everyone knows how much I love Tottenham. Everybody knows that they are the club I want to play for,” he said.“But last season was heartbreaking for me in terms of putting my body on the line, being prepared to give everything for the club and not getting a game.”The Sun claim Arsenal are ahead of QPR and Fulham in a race to sign South Korean star Ki Sung-Yueng from Celtic.Once again it is suggested – this time by the Daily Mail – that QPR want to loan Joey Barton to a League club in order to run down his 12-match ban but the Football League will not sanction a deal. Clint Dempsey thinks Liverpool will now finally table a firm bid for him, according to the Mirror.Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers is interested in signing Dempsey from Fulham, where the American has reportedly fallen out with manager Martin Jol.And it is claimed that Liverpool shelling out £15m to capture midfielder Joe Allen from Swansea has left Dempsey believing Rodgers will now look to complete a deal to sign him too.Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals Everton are considering making a move for Dempsey, the Mail report.Meanwhile, the Mirror say Chelsea have entered fresh talks with Marseille in an attempt to push through the £6m signing of Spain full-back Cesar Azpilicueta before the new season starts.They will apparently turn to alternatives, including Juventus’ Switzerland right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner, if their pursuit of Azpilicueta does not work out.This page is regularly updated. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Leeds United boss bemoans lack of options

first_imgLeeds United manager Neil Redfearn bemoaned a lack of options from the bench after his side’s 1-0 home defeat to Fulham.Redfearn brought on striker Billy Sharp and Wales Under-21 midfielder Chris Dawson in an attempt to take the game back from the visitors’ grasp, after Hugo Rodallega’s goal on the hour mark.But although they probed and produced a couple of saves from Whites keeper Gabor Kiraly, they were unable to muster an equaliser.Redfearn said: “There was too many off-days. We lacked that cutting edge, we looked reluctant to shoot. At the other end, they got in our box too easy.“The squad needs a bit of help, sometimes off the bench. If you’ve got more options you can think about playing differently.”Redfearn also revealed that midfielder Rudolph Austin was ruled out of the match after a “freak accident” during the warm-up.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Cape Town’s Open Streets bring the people out to play

first_imgCapetonians make the streets of Observatory their own for a day. (Image: Rory Williams) 20 February 2014Get out your car and on your bike, skateboard or feet. Cape Town’s new Open Streets movement takes an old idea from Bogotá, Colombia, and turns city thoroughfares over to residents, who use the space for breaking down social barriers – and having a lot of fun.Read more on Media Club South Africa: Cape Town’s Open Streets bring the people out to playlast_img

Blog Review: Thriving on Low Carbon

first_imgMy carbon footprint“A few years ago, probably after reading Jim Merkel’s book Radical Simplicity, I worked through one of the carbon calculators. My carbon footprint was different than most Americans, because I lived in a house that I designed to run primarily off of renewable energy. It was eye-opening to see that four domestic airplane flights annually, three of them in the eastern US, and one to the west coast, were half my carbon footprint. Forty percent of the total was driving a car – 18-20,000 miles a year, even though it was a 40 mpg car. Over two-thirds of this was work-related, so I rationalized it, but I actually don’t like driving and therefore had a double motivation to reduce auto miles.” On teaching and lineage“In Buddhism, lineage is the line of teachers who have passed the Dharma from teacher to student in a recurring and unbroken cycle – the student becomes the teacher of the next student… Lineage is vertical and successional. In contrast, community is lateral and evolving. To continue with the Buddhist analogy, the word is sangha. Sangha is a mutually supportive community composed of members with a shared vision and set of values. The environmental/solar/energy efficient building community has been my sangha for over thirty years. I’ve made a number of my closest friends from this community, and I’ve learned almost all I know about the work I do from it.” Why heating with oil had to go“If you arrived at this blog, you don’t need to be convinced that it’s a worthy goal to burn less fossil fuels. That’s not the only reason to want the oil system gone, though. Have you ever been in a house where there has been a spill of fuel oil? It soaks into the ground below. You can smell it for decades. The cost of clean up can exceed the value of the house.” The problem with payback“At some point in every workshop or seminar I teach, whether it’s on Zero Net Energy Homes, or Deep Energy Retrofits, or Passive House principles, someone stands up and makes an impassioned speech about how all this is well and good but what’s the payback?…The quickest response I have is, if you predict the future price of energy over the lifespan of these improvements, I’ll tell you the payback. My habit when pushed to actually do some financial analysis is to present it in the form of scenario planning – I’ll often select three rates of energy inflation and do the calcs showing the Net Present Value of the investment in each inflation scenario. The longer you project it out, the more dramatic are the differences. The usual result of this exercise is that those who are the decision makers begin to act from a position of risk avoidance, because the highest inflation rates in fuel costs get scary.”center_img Marc Rosenbaum is a well-known energy consultant who for 25 years lived in a house he called Nerdwood in Meriden, NH. It was heated mostly by wood and the sun. Rosenbaum’s company, Energysmiths, took on a variety of consulting jobs, including some for South Mountain Company on Martha’s Vineyard, which developed a cohousing community there called Island Cohousing.Then, last June, Rosenbaum left New Hampshire and moved with his companion Jill and their dog to a rented house at Island Cohousing and went to work for South Mountain. They have since purchased the house and settled into the 16-house community, which describes itself as an “ongoing experiment in collaborative living.”This spring, Rosenbaum also started a blog called Thriving on Low Carbon that talks about his experiences in his new home.“As most new homeowners know, every direction you look, you can imagine a way to spend money,” Rosenbaum writes in an early blog entry. “Living as we now do in a maritime location, I can tell you that at least a house is not as bad as a boat, which I learned is an acronym for Bust Out Another Thousand$.”Still, Rosenbaum is finding plenty to do. The houses in his community were more carefully built than the average house (Rosenbaum, in fact, consulted on the specs), but there were a number of improvements that could be made. Rosenbaum hooked up his trusty blower door, got out his theatrical fog machine and went to work finding and fixing air leaks. And he removed the oil-fired boiler that had been providing hot water and heat and replaced it with a ductless minisplit heat pump. No doubt there’s a lot more to come.The subtitle for Rosenbaum’s blog is “How I’m thinking about our house, transportation, food and waste, to minimize environmental impact, while improving quality of life and having fun.”That seems about right. There is some geeky stuff here, but nothing off-putting or overly technical. Instead, it’s a readable mix of technical information and observations of a more personal nature. The tone is open, friendly and informative.Here are a few excerpts: About heating with biomass“What about biomass? Advocates often say that biomass is carbon neutral, because a tree absorbs carbon as it grows, and as it decays, that carbon is released. By burning biomass, we’re just hastening the release. I don’t think it’s quite that simple. Pellets, especially if they are made from wood chips (they used to be wood waste, less so today) need to have the wood chipped, then dried, then ground up and pressed into pellets. There is some fractional PE factor there. Firewood cut on your own place with a handsaw has a pretty low [primary energy] factor!”last_img read more

Why the Full Frame vs. Crop Sensor Argument Isn’t Important

first_imgSensor size may be less important that you imagined.Traditionally I would advise people to get a full-frame camera if they could, but it seems like the necessity to shoot with a full frame sensor has been diminishing over the past few years. Full frame cameras get better bokeh (background blur) and they don’t have a crop factor, but in many ways they are as capable as their cropped sensor counterparts.Lens manufacturers are creating more lenses designed for cropped sensors, lessening the ‘inconvenience’ of shooting with a cropped sensor camera. So, the biggest consideration is the size of the crop factor. Whereas, a regular APS-C camera has a crop factor of around 1.7x, the difference between this and a full frame camera is lessened. However, if you’re shooting with a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, which has a crop factor of 2.88x, you will see a significantly larger difference between this and a full frame camera.The following video created by Zack Arias shows us the real difference between a full vs. cropped sensor. In the video, Zack shares his opinion on why you shouldn’t care so much about cropped sensors.This video was first shared by Zach Arias on his YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing Zach!One thing to note is that while there may not be huge differences between a full vs. cropped sensor in functionality, there is often a positive correlation between sensor size and camera specs. So if we are looking at a Canon camera for example a 7D with a cropped sensor isn’t going to have specs that are as good as a 6D with a full frame sensor. Keep this in mind next time you go looking for a new camera.If you want to learn more about sensors, stabilization, and crop factor check out our Understanding Lenses series on the PremiumBeat blog where we take an in-depth look at all the features to consider when purchasing a lens.Do you think Zack’s argument is valid? Do we place too much importance on sensor size rather than camera specs? Share in the comments below.last_img read more