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first_imgJulian HuntDirector of communications, Food and Drink FederationThe theatre next to our offices in London’s Covent Garden is currently home to the hit stage show Oliver. Music lovers among you will remember the iconic moment in this show, when the eponymous star stands up in front of Mr Bumble and says “Please Sir, can I have some more?”I found this image popping into my mind the other day as I was mulling over some of the pressures being placed on bakers and others in industry to keep reformulating their products. The irony is that, in our working lives, the roles have been somewhat reversed: we are cast as Oliver and it’s Mr Bumble who is demanding, not asking, ever more from us.The industry does have a responsibility to rise to the challenges faced by society in tackling serious health issues, such as heart disease and obesity. And our sector’s world-class innovation skills have allowed us to develop new products for consumers and refresh old favourites so that they are lower in calories, fat or salt. But changing the recipes of much-loved brands needs to be done carefully, so as not to affect product quality. I would argue the UK industry is now leading the way on the reformulation of popular products meeting health concerns in a way that makes no compromise on taste.That said, policy-makers do need to appreciate that change on this scale requires a huge financial commitment and that there are limits as to how far bakers can keep pushing the technical barriers.Sadly, we are seeing few public signs of any such realism in policy-making. But then Mr Bumble always was a bit of a greedy bugger, wasn’t he?last_img read more

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Country Style Foods buys Ainsleys’ central bakery

first_imgBuyers have been found for the vast majority of Leeds-based Ainsleys, which went into administration in November, with Country Style Foods acquiring the company’s central bakery and brand.A deal has also been struck to sell 20 of Ainsleys’ 29 leasehold retail outlets, split evenly between craft bakery chains Cooplands of Scarborough and Cooplands of Doncaster. Ainsleys’ sandwich van business has been sold to AW Food Services. Joe McLean, a partner at administrator Grant Thornton, said: “We are really pleased to have found buyers for the majority of the various businesses within the Ainsleys portfolio. Negotiations are still ongoing in respect of the remaining nine stores and we hope to be able to announce a positive resolution shortly.”I would like to thank all Ainsleys staff for their help and support during this difficult time. Their loyalty and commitment to Ainsleys, shown by their high standard of work despite uncertainty and terrible weather conditions, has been vital in securing a buyer.”For the full story, see the February 12 issue of British Baker.last_img read more

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Advanced Leadership Initiative welcomes largest group of fellows

first_imgHarvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) announced the selection of its 2020 cohort, including 53 fellows and 10 partners, who will take part in ALI’s intensive, multi-disciplinary program during the coming year. Meredith B. Rosenthal, ALI Faculty Chair and C. Boyden Gray Professor of Health Economics and Policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, highlighted that this was the program’s greatest number of fellows to date.ALI aims to deploy a new force of experienced leaders to help address society’s most pressing challenges. Through its fellowship program, the initiative provides a unique combination of education, skill-building, and collaboration opportunities to a global community of leaders, enabling sustainable social impact at scale.Each year, ALI welcomes a group of fellows to Harvard to spend a year learning, engaging with the resources of the university, and developing a social impact strategy to drive progress on a specific challenge. Past fellows have gone on to address a wide array of issues in fields as diverse as health, education, environmental sustainability, humanitarian relief, financial inclusion, and human rights issues.ALI Fellows have at least 20 years of leadership experience, a track record of innovation, and are motivated to take on some of the biggest problems facing communities around the world.This year’s cohort welcomes 23 female fellows, the greatest number to date. The group hails from 16 countries on six continents, bringing diverse professional leadership experiences in law, medicine, technology, finance, manufacturing, government, social enterprise, and the military.The group also has the largest number of public and social sector leaders in ALI’s history, with nearly a quarter of the cohort having spent the majority of their careers working in public service. The remainder of the group have significant volunteer experience working with public and social sector organizations.“Above all, this group stands out for its clear commitment to service,” said Rosenthal. “We are excited to welcome a group as diverse and dedicated as the 2020 ALI Fellows and Partners to campus in January.”This year also marks the first for seven new members of ALI’s faculty board. New faculty board members include Anne Becker of Harvard Medical School, Hannah Riley Bowles and Cornell Brooks of Harvard Kennedy School, Andrew Crespo of Harvard Law School, Eric Mazur of Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Charles Stang of Harvard Divinity School, and Brian Trelstad of Harvard Business School.“We hope to establish ALI as a hub for social impact at the university,” Rosenthal said. “These faculty bring not only tremendous knowledge and expertise about social impact, but also the opportunity to deepen collaboration with schools across Harvard and broaden our collective impact.”View the complete listing of ALI’s 2020 Cohort at its website.last_img read more

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Carlos Celdran’s Livin’ La Vida Imelda Opens Off-Broadway

first_img The solo show explores the cultural sensation that has surrounded the life of Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines. Celdran has performed Livin’ La Vida Imelda at site-specific locations across the Philippines over the years. Livin’ La Vida Imelda, which is written and performed by Carlos Celdran, officially opens off-Broadway on November 5. Presented by Ma-Yi Theater Company, the production will play in repertory with Chairs and a Long Table at the Clurman Theater at Theatre Row. Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 23, 2014 Related Shows The production is directed by Ralph B. Peña. Livin’ La Vida Imelda View Commentslast_img read more

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General Bueno, Newly Appointed Colombian Air Force Chief, Attends Air Show

first_img Gen. Bueno: This fair was born, shall we say, from an Air Force initiative, it began as all things do at the beginning: with the most basic points. It was an air show that demonstrated our capabilities to people, to whom we owe all our work and all our sacrifice, these people who have made us the most highly-trusted institution in Colombia today. So that is how it began, but later we started to see a significant opportunity to merge with civil aeronautics and turn the fair into what every fair should be: a business opportunity that generates jobs in the country, leads to technological development and business partnerships… and that is what we have seen. In this seventh fair, we are seeing a fair that is more mature, in which there are businesses, demonstrations of capabilities, sales of services, and very important developments. Our intention is to continue to support all of this development as the Air Force, as a military institution, because this means development for the country. Gen. Bueno: This is something we really want to encourage. We can say with pride that we have been a reference point as a force, thanks to training, what we have lived through during the conflict, a very important experience for our crews when flying during the day, at night, in fighter planes, in transport helicopter and we want to maintain, let’s say, our leadership through sharing experiences with Central American air forces, while working closing with JIATF-South for all these types of activities, and we want it all to be even stronger in the future, all these international exercises with Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, and now with Jamaica, we have signed nine agreements already with those countries to battle drug trafficking and conduct air interdictions. We want that to be stronger, to improve our capabilities. So we have been working on getting involved in the unmanned aerial vehicles, UAV, which we call remote controlled aircraft or ART [for its Spanish acronym], so we are already gaining experience and we have positioned ourselves very well. Gen. Bueno: Well, as it is known and called by our diplomats, we have a “special relationship” with the U.S., which is something that makes us feel very proud. As the commander of the Air Force – although I have only been in command for a few hours, I have served for many years – I must say that we have only gratitude towards the American people, to the United States of America, and to their military, for what they have done for our country: their support, the continual training of our officers and NCOs, their presence even in support against the different threats facing this nation… There is only gratitude, and gratitude today for what we recognize as our “special relationship.” So we are working very closely with them on many projects. For the Air Force it is their American mission, which is here with us. The support is impressive and our gratitude today to General Kelly, whom I have the honor of knowing quite well as a man who loves Colombia, who loves Colombians, who respects and values this Herculean struggle we have undertaken to destroy terrorism and achieve peace. This must bring better things for our future, and we are working on this, through studying aircraft to achieve air superiority for the Colombian Air Force, so as to maintain stable peace in the region, be a credible deterrent, and we have a number of courses to come. We also enjoy a very close relationship with General Nowland of the 12th Air Force… In sum, we are very happy as an Air Force with the special relationship of friendship and continued support, and we hope this relationship improves and becomes even more firm in the future. Gen. Bueno: We have been working on that quite a bit in several fields. We have improved our capabilities with helicopters, mobility, and we are updating our Kfir squadron with the latest technology, too. We are improving some capabilities that we did not have before, but we are thinking about the future, as is the responsibility of every institution. The mid- and long-term plans and among those plans obviously is to consider what is becoming obsolete. It is difficult to find replacement parts and we have to look to the future, what this multi-role squadron can be, which renders many services to the nation, and inspires confidence, too, in the security and defense of the country. So with the United States and other countries, too, why not say so, we are conducting a very serious study for which we are looking to the future – we do not know for how long a time – in a very serious and professional way, to have replacements or to continue thinking about replacing these aircraft in the mid-term. Just a couple of days before the opening of the seventh aeronautical fair, F-Air Colombia 2015, held July 9-12, Gen. Carlos Eduardo Bueno assumed command of the Colombian Air Force (FAC). After watching an acrobatic aerial display by a Chilean Air Force Halcón squadron and FAC AH-60 “Arpía” helicopters, plus a fly-over by a U.S. Air Force B-52, Diálogo had the opportunity to speak with Gen. Bueno on capabilities and future plans to build an air force capable to confronting new threats, its role in a potential post-conflict scenario, and other topics. General Carlos E. Bueno: It is clear to us that this peace process, as our president has said, sooner rather than later will end in something good for Colombia. Therefore, the Air Force and the Colombian military are preparing for their post-conflict roles, which will be many, because the country’s threats, situations, and needs are not defined only by the internal conflict. We have many things to do going forward, many things coming our way. The participation we began a few years ago in international exercises like Red Flag, like in Canada with Maple Flag, like Crucex, show that we must train every day to have credible deterrent capabilities as a nation that wants to be at peace. We have all of these ongoing challenges of the war on drugs, maintaining – as we have almost achieved – a victory in controlling our air space, keeping it free of all traces of crime, working hand in hand with the U.S. Southern Command, with the U.S. Air Force, especially with the 12th Air Force in enforcement and fighting against drug trafficking. The Air Force also has some very well organized capabilities, while its crews have a good deal of experience in evacuating persons during natural disasters, fighting fires… What we are facing are goals and challenges going forward to maintain our national security and sovereignty, and do to that, we must train a lot, we must improve our aircraft’s capabilities and achieve air superiority. We are working on this, more technology, cyber space, everything that is coming down the road. By Dialogo July 22, 2015 Stop spending money on those airplanes [kfir] they crash on their own. Those famous updates are open to more corruption… I don’t understand, lots of preparations and efficient vigilance in the skies over almost every corner of the planet, principally against drug trafficking while drugs are run openly. It’s just not where they don’t get used. Diálogo: Would you like this type of aircraft, the B-52s, to continue participating in future fairs, or would you prefer more acrobatic aerial demonstrations? center_img Diálogo: What is the Colombian Air Force’s primary goal in organizing and leading an international fair like F-Air Colombia 2015? Diálogo: What is the importance of the participation of aircraft like the U.S. Air Force’s B-52? Diálogo: From your point of view as the leader of the FAC, and within the context of transforming the air force, what challenges might the FAC face in a potential post-conflict scenario? Gen. Bueno: Well, the chance to see a strategic bomber from the United States Air Force is something anyone would find attractive. We have seen F-16 airplanes, and F-15s have been here, and we have seen extraordinary presentations like we had with the Relámpago exercises, which was a presentation by Kfir and F-16 aircraft, but they [B52s] were something very innivative for the people who enjoyed it a lot. It also sends a message of the solidarity, support, and brotherhood between our two countries. So this was a gesture that we very much appreciate. Diálogo: What capabilities does the Colombian Air Force need, or how should you train to continue to protect your sovereignty on the borders of Colombian air space? Diálogo: What is the outlook on the Colombian Air Force’s cooperation on technology and knowledge with the United States and other countries in the region? last_img read more

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Long Island Storm Snowfall Amounts

first_imgHere’s a breakdown of snowfall amounts:NassauBayville: 14.6Woodbury: 13.5Levittown: 12Plainview: 11.7Massapequa: 11.5Bellerose: 11Albertson: 10.5Carle Place: 10.4East Meadow: 10Malverne: 9.4Bethpage: 7SuffolkCommack: 14Bay Shore: 13.5Saint James: 13.1Smithtown: 12.5Port Jefferson: 12Selden: 11.7Lindenhurst: 11.3East Setauket: 11.3North Babylon: 11Melville: 11Stony Brook: 10.9Sound Beach: 10.6Huntington: 10.5West Babylon:10.5Centereach: 10Farmingville: 9Orient: 8.4Islip Airport: 8.1Baiting Hollow: 7 Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A strong winter storm that enveloped much of the Northeast Thursday deposited 10 or more inches of snow on at least two-dozen Long Island communities, the National Weather Service said.The Village of Bayville topped the weather service’s early snowfall list with 14.6 inches, followed by Bay Shore, Saint James and Woodbury with more than 13 inches.Snowfall amounts across Long Island ranged from 7 to 14-plus inches, the weather service said.A winter storm warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Friday.last_img read more

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Opponents limber up for upward – only rent summit

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Centros to revamp Manc Debenhams

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Oil palm smallholders suffer from falling prices, pandemic restrictions

first_imgOf the ten largest palm-oil producing provinces in the country, only West Sumatera has officially imposed province-wide large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), although this region only accounts for 1.7 percent of the nation’s confirmed COVID-19 cases.Only about 30 percent of palm oil farmers have alternative sources of income, a 2018 SPKS survey shows.About 6,000 farmers from 26 farming groups still managed to book sales of palm oil with sustainable certificates during the pandemic, said Guntur Cahyo Prabowo, manager of smallholder programs at the Jakarta branch of the non-profit Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).Through its RSPO Credit scheme, the organization has disbursed $1.5 million to 30 RSPO-certified independent smallholder groups from the sale of certified palm oil between May 2019 and May 2020.“As RSPO-certified farmers, our members received support of staple food and fertilizer,” said Zainanto Hari Widodo, a representative of the Indonesian Palm Oil Farmers Association. As 70 percent of CPO production is exported, the trade-reliant palm oil industry is taking an especially hard hit from the COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought international trade to a temporary halt.The same restrictions that have impeded manufacturing have also affected farmers, as they are unable to sell their FFB but must still pay for fertilizer and the services of middlemen.“Since many independent farmers do not have the means to ship their products to factories, they rely on middlemen to provide this service. But the restriction of activity and mobility related to COVID-19 affects them and their source of income largely because they cannot deliver their fresh fruit bunches to buyers,” said Rukaiyah Rafik, a senior adviser at the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil Farmers Forum (Fortasbi).PT Astra Agro Lestari, a subsidiary of conglomerate PT Astra International, reported earlier this month that its FFB production fell by 8.5 percent year-on-year (yoy) to 1.1 million tons in the first quarter of the year and CPO production fell by 14.6 percent yoy to 354 tons in the same period. Topics :center_img Oil palm smallholders have suffered losses during the ongoing health crisis from the falling price of fresh fruit bunches (FFB) and pandemic-related restrictions, a farmers’ union has said.During the pandemic, the price of FFB, a key component in the production of crude palm oil (CPO), fell to less than Rp 1,000 (0.71 US cents) per kilogram for independent farmers, according to Mansuetus Darto, the secretary general of the Palm Oil Farmers Union (SPKS).Farmers who have partnered with palm oil companies have seen FFB prices between Rp 1,200 and Rp 1,300 per kilogram, Mansuetus added.“A price below Rp 1,100 per kg is very difficult for farmers with more than two children, kids pursuing higher education or those with dependents to feed,” Darto said.last_img read more

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Record-breaking Eddie Nketiah compared to Arsenal legend Ian Wright by Tony Cascarino

first_img Coming Next Skip Ad Read More 1/1 Read More Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he rejected Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 14 Oct 2020 11:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link278Shares Record-breaking Eddie Nketiah compared to Arsenal legend Ian Wright by Tony Cascarino deadline day move to West Ham Read More Top articles Eddie Nketiah has been compared to Arsenal legend Ian Wright (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s record-breaking striker Eddie Nketiah has been compared to Gunners hero Ian Wright by Tony Cascarino.Nketiah passed Alan Shearer and Francis Jeffers to become England U21’s all-time leading goalscorer this week.The 21-year-old has made 43 appearances for Arsenal’s first-team and can develop into ‘one hell of a player’, according to Cascarino.‘Although Leeds United did not benefit particularly from Nketiah’s loan spell there, it did the player himself the world of good,’ he told The Times.ADVERTISEMENT 1 min. story About Connatix V67539 Read More Commentcenter_img Video Settings Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Full Screen / by Metro SPONSORED ‘He is agile with quick feet, much like his hero Ian Wright, which denies defenders the time to settle.‘He makes clever runs, taking defenders where they don’t want to go.‘A lot of young players coming through nowadays are more capable on their weaker foot than their predecessors were, and Nketiah ticks that box.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He is mainly right-footed but also decent on his left. Of his record 14 England U21 goals, seven have been scored with his right foot and five with his left, in addition to two headers.’Former Republic of Ireland striker Cascarino added: ‘There is still more to come from Nketiah too.‘If he develops greater confidence in front of goal then you will have one hell of a player. Skip PLAY ‘It helped him reach a level of fitness that is very useful to Arteta, who has shown he believes in the player.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Nketiah loves to get on the shoulders of defenders and turn them before darting in behind with his blistering pace. Advertisement The Arsenal youngster has been compared to club legend Ian Wright (Picture: Getty)‘He needs to improve his goalscoring with Arsenal, but his exploits with England show he is capable of that.’After becoming England U21s record goalscorer, Nketiah said: ‘It is an amazing feeling.‘It is nice to get the three points but to beat the record is a dream come true and a proud moment for me and my family. There are still games left to add to that.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Thomas Partey meets Aubameyang and Lacazette on first day at ArsenalMORE: Lucas Torreira’s father reveals the only way back for him at Arsenal Advertisement Read Morelast_img read more

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