WEEKEND READERS FORUM

first_imgWHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TODAY?“IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming Monday.Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you feel that Mayor Winnecke will save Mesker Amphitheater from the wreaking ball?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributeFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

Reports of UB snacks business auction

first_imgBiscuit manufacturer United Biscuits (UB) is rumoured to be putting its snacks business up for auction at the end of the summer, according to Dow Jones.Reports from the newswire service have suggested the firm has been successfully separated into two discrete businesses by global financial firm Credit Suisse Group.UB’s snacks business, which is believed to be worth £500m, includes such brands as Twiglets, Hula Hoops and KP Nuts.Despite repeated attempts by British Baker, UB was unable to provide a comment on the reports.British Baker reported on the first signs of the move back in March, when bankers were considering the firm’s business options. UB is owned by US private equity group Blackstone and French buy-out firm PAI Partners, which bought the company back in 2006 for £1.6bn.In July 2010, UB was looking for a new owner, with the business rumoured to be worth around £2bn.last_img read more

Long-serving Edme engineer steps down

first_imgAn engineering supervisor with malted ingredients supplier Edme has retired after 42 years with the company. Colin Hewitt, who joined the firm in 1974, when he was responsible for overseeing everything from machinery and floorboards to feeding the company cats, stepped down this week.Jason Powell, Edme director, described Hewitt as a “true gentleman; trustworthy, loyal, honest and hardworking” and described his role as “vital”.Powell said: “It’s the engineers who keep the plant running, making sure that it’s in the best condition to deliver perfect flour flakes and kibbles to bakers and food manufacturers across the country and globally.“Colin has contributed to the production of around 750,000 tonnes of wholegrain ingredients – which in turn have gone into millions of loaves of bread.”last_img read more

Sandwich Box owner takes top bakery accolade

first_imgThe Rising Star Award, sponsored by Piero Scacco:Claire Toynton, bakery technologist, Délifrance The Customer Focus Award, sponsored by CSM United Kingdom: Carrs Foods InternationalFree-From Product of the Year, sponsored by Ingredion UK:The Gluten Free Pie Co Speciality Bread Product of the Year, sponsored by Bakels:Patisserie Mark Bennett In-Store Bakery Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Zeelandia:Morrisons Outstanding Contribution to the Baking Industry, sponsored by Délifrance: Henry Jefferies Cheltenham-based baker Dominic Salter has chased off stiff competition to claim the Baker of the Year Award at this year’s prestigious Baking Industry Awards.Salter, who was a finalist in the category in 2014 and 2015, has seen his business increase so much in the past year, that he has had to open a new bakery to keep up with demand. While he still makes quiches and cakes at his bakery The Sandwich Box in Cheltenham, he has switched bread production for both wholesale and retail to his new, bigger bakery Salt Bakehouse at Stonehouse.Receiving the award from celebrity host Matt Dawson and Ann Wells, marketing director of category sponsor Brook Food Equipment, Salter said: “It means absolutely everything. This was my third year up for it. This will make a massive difference to my business. Having this name against my business will be huge. I didn’t see this coming. I thought Lee (Smith) had won. Thank you so much.”Other major winners at the awards, held at the Park Lane Hilton in London last night (Wednesday 7 September) included Bedfordshire-based Signature Flatbreads, which scooped Bakery Manufacturer of the Year; Finsbury Food Group, which collected the Celebration Cake Business of the Year; and Eric Rousseau’s Belle Époque Patisserie, which took The Craft Business Award.Claire Toynton of West Ealing, who has just gained a First in her Baking Technology Management degree at London’s Southbank University, walked off with the Rising Star Award. She is now starting work as a bakery technologist at Délifrance UK. Toynton said: “Oh my goodness, this is incredible. I never expected it. I was walking up to the stage and thought, ’This is a mistake?’ I couldn’t believe I was here. To win is such an amazing confidence  boost. To have somebody say, ’You’re doing the right thing and you’re on the right track’ is fantastic.”The Outstanding Contribution to the Industry, revealed at the awards night, was presented to Henry Jefferies from Reading, a well-known former craft baker, who subsequently devoted himself to teaching bakery throughout the country.Meanwhile, Morrisons recaptured In-Store Bakery Retailer of the Year, which it last won in 2013, and Manchester-based Carrs Foods International scooped The Customer Focus Award.In the two product category accolades, Speciality Bread of the Year was captured by Dorset-based Patisserie Mark Bennett for its fiery sourdough ‘Jurassic’ loaf, made with local beer, while Macclesfield-based Gluten Free Pie Co took the Free-From Product of the Year prize for its Pork, Black Pudding and Caramelised Red Onion Pie.For more details go to https://www.bakeryawards.co.uk/. The full list of awards and sponsors is as follows:Baker of the Year, sponsored by Brook Food Equipment: Dominic Salter, The Sandwich Box and Salt BakehouseBakery Manufacturer of the Year, sponsored by Sonneveld Group: Signature FlatbreadsCelebration Cake Business of the Year, sponsored by Renshaw:Finsbury Food Group The Craft Business Award, sponsored by Dawn Foods:Belle Époque Patisserielast_img read more

A break with the past

first_imgLiz Moroney’s winter break experience left her with a lot to digest.“I wanted to participate in the food and wine trek in New York City because I come from a family of foodies and I was interested to see the breadth of careers in the food and wine industries,” said the Leverett House junior. “I love exploring new restaurants and dishes, but I could never see myself going to culinary school, so I wanted to see what other opportunities there were. The trek really changed my perception of the food industry. It’s not all just chefs and waiters.”Like Moroney, Harvard undergraduates and College administrators are looking back on winter break 2011 to evaluate the plethora of new programming that was offered, and to think about where to go from here. One thing is already clear, however: The break provided an opportunity for experiences not usually available to students during the semester.“Winter break programming was designed in part to give students a chance to get out of the classroom and explore,” said Harvard College Dean Evelynn Hammonds. “Hundreds of students took advantage of the time to find out about career options, learn a new skill, and engage in public service.”Moroney was one of dozens of students who took part in the new January Treks — short trips that provide students with knowledge of careers, introduce them to important contacts, and allow them to ask questions of industry representatives. Robin Mount, director of career, research, and international opportunities at Harvard’s Office of Career Services (OCS), credited the new academic calendar for making treks possible and said the programs let students see what a job is really like on a day-to day-basis.“When the new calendar came into effect, we knew it was time to start offering this programming,” she said. “It’s one thing to have someone come to campus and speak. It’s another to see and hear the New York Philharmonic rehearsing at Lincoln Center. You can’t get that kind of knowledge from listening to a panel discussion.”Treks were held in New York City and Washington, D.C., on Jan. 13 and 14. Students visited the disaster room at the American Red Cross, the kitchen of the restaurant at the Gramercy Park Hotel, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the World Bank, among other locations. Gé Zhang went on the fashion trek in New York City. The sophomore, who visited the backrooms of Bloomingdale’s and the headquarters of designer Ralph Lauren, says he now has an understanding of the mainstream career path in the fashion industry.“You spend one year as an assistant buyer, one to two years as senior assistant buyer, a year of planning, and, finally, promotion to a buyer managing millions of dollars,” he wrote on the OCS Tumblr blog. “The executives look for school, work experience, and extracurricular activities on resumes.”Many of the January experiences were offered by Harvard alumni who volunteered to make themselves available. Robert Kraft ’76, president of 20th Century Fox Music in Los Angeles, offered to allow students to shadow him at work for a day, but got so many requests that he combined his offering with the yearly Harvardwood trek.“Students responded quite late, only a few days before the Christmas week,” he said. “Suddenly, the requests tumbled in. I couldn’t accommodate them all, so I set up a group visit. Students came to Fox Studios, then to my office where I led them to a recording session for the animated show “Family Guy.” It made it possible for 25 Harvard undergraduates to have a January experience at a movie studio.”Kraft called the time spent with students “rewarding” and said it made him feel energized. Philip Lovejoy, deputy executive director of the Harvard Alumni Association, says that Kraft’s sentiments were echoed by many of the 231 alumni who offered January experiences.“Alumni really want to stay connected to the College, and there’s no better way to do that than to engage with students,” he said.While OCS and Harvard alumni offered programming across the country, there was plenty going on in Cambridge as well. January saw the launch of Harvard’s first Optional Winter Activities Week, a period of mostly student-led sessions on and around campus that featured workshops on stand-up comedy, accounting, the history of blues music, and much more. Senior Eric Hysen, leader of the Hack Harvard incubator for student life web applications, said the entire undergraduate community may enjoy the fruits of his group’s labors.“Hack Harvard went great!” he said. “A few projects have launched already, and others are launching in the next few days. Students can find a list — from an app that helps them reserve space on campus to one that sets them up with a friendly lunch date — on our website.”last_img read more

Vermont weekly unemployment claims spike over the holidays

first_imgVermont Labor Force StatisticsSeasonally Adjusted There were 2,065 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, as claims spiked over the holidays, from what was a relatively high level. New claims increased 376 from the week before but are still below last year’s total.Altogether 9,866 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 1,116 from a week ago but 3,390 fewer than a year ago. The Department also processed 1,556 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), one more than a week ago. In addition, there were 634 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is 8 fewer than the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)  Vermont’s unemployment rate fell three-tenths to 5.3 percent in November. See story HERE. Total Labor Force363,200362,800360,8004002,400  Employment344,100342,400339,8001,7004,300  Unemployment19,10020,30021,000-1,200-1,900  Rate5.3%5.6%5.8%-0.3-0.5 November  2011 October  2011 November  2010 October  2011 November  2010  Change to         November 2011 from   last_img read more

Bar Mails Merit Retention Survey

first_img August 15, 2004 Regular News Bar Mails Merit Retention Survey Bar mails merit retention survey Supreme Court Justice Raoul G. Cantero III and Justice Kenneth B. Bell lead the list of 24 appellate judges who will be on the merit retention ballot this fall.It will be the first time either justice has appeared on the merit retention ballot. Justice Cantero joined the court in the fall of 2002, Justice Bell in early 2003.Voters will be asked whether the justices and the DCA judges should be retained for six-year terms.The Florida Bar will poll the membership about the judges and justices standing for merit retention this year, as it has in the past, to assist the public with the merit retention process. (Biographical information on the jurists can be found at www.flabar.org.) Ballots are scheduled to be mailed August 27. They must be returned to the Bar postmarked no later than September 17. The results will be published in the News. Since voters approved merit selection andretention for the appellate judiciary in 1976, no judge or justice has lost a merit retention election.DCA judges on the merit retention ballot this year include: • First District Court of Appeal – Judges Michael E. Allen, Edward T. Barfield, Paul Hawkes, Charles J. Kahn, Jr., Phil Padovano, and James R. Wolf.• Second District Court of Appeal – Judges Charles T. Canady, Patricia J. Kelly, Stevan T. Northcutt, Craig C. Villanti, and Douglas A. Wallace.• Third District Court of Appeal – Judges John G. Fletcher, Frank A. Shepherd, and Linda Ann Wells.• Fourth District Court of Appeal – Judges Gary M. Farmer, Sr., Robert M. Gross, and Melanie G. May. & #x2022; Fifth District Court of Appeal – Judges Jacqueline R. Griffin, David A. Monaco, Earle W. Peterson, Jr., Winifred J. Sharp, and Vincent G. Torpy, Jr.last_img read more

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Robert Pires urges fans to remain patient with Nicolas Pepe after underwhelming start at Arsenal

first_img Comment Nicolas Pepe is yet to score a goal for Arsenal since he joined in a £72m move from Lille (Picture: AP)Robert Pires has insisted that Arsenal forward Nicolas Pepe is a ‘great player’ and urged the club’s supporters to back the forward following a difficult start to the season.Arsenal reportedly beat a number of top clubs to the signing of Pepe in August with the Ivorian becoming their all-time record signing in the process, joining in a £72m deal from Lille.Expectations around Pepe were high after he struck 22 goals in Ligue 1 last season, but he has started his Arsenal career slowly, contributing a solitary assist in five Premier League matches.Former Arsenal player and current Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas labelled Pepe’s performance in the 2-2 draw against Watford as ‘dreadful’ but Pires insists he needs time to adapt.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterThursday 19 Sep 2019 4:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.5kShares Advertisement Advertisement Pepe was criticised for his performance during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw against Watford on Sunday (Picture: Getty)Speaking to Reuters at a Global Sports Week launch event in London on Wednesday, Pires said: ‘With Lille, he was fantastic. Last season he was one of the best players, he scored 21 or 22 goals. He’s a great player.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Now he’s playing for Arsenal in the Premier League and he needs to adapt. It’s so difficult, very tough. So I want to say to the fans you need to be patient with Pepe.’Pepe emerged as one of the most sought-after players in European football during the summer after firing Lille to a second-place finish in Ligue 1, providing 22 goals and 11 assists in total.Although Pepe delivered a promising performance on his full debut against Liverpool, he hasn’t looked as accomplished in front of goal so far, failing to score from 13 attempts.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 CityThe Ivory Coast international was deployed alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the attack against Watford but struggled to make an impression as Arsenal drew 2-2.Speaking about Pepe’s performance, Nicholas said: ‘Nicolas Pepe was dreadful against Watford. How Emery took Mesut Ozil and Dani Ceballos off ahead of him [Pepe] was beyond me.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Robert Pires urges fans to remain patient with Nicolas Pepe after underwhelming start at Arsenallast_img read more

Construction work inches higher in Queensland, spikes nationally

first_imgConstruction work in Queensland rose only modestly in the September quarter. Picture: Stewart McLean.CONSTRUCTION work has risen for a second straight quarter in Queensland, but at a slower pace than other mainland states and territories.Nationally, the value of construction work done in the September quarter jumped 15.7 per cent to $61.9 billion, bolstered by a 33 per cent surge in engineering work, according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.Western Australia led the gains nationally, with a 64.7 per cent surge in construction work completed during the quarter, followed by the Northern Territory, the ACT, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Queensland. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Construction work jumped nearly 16 per cent in the September quarter. Picture: Brendan Radke.CommSec senior economist Ryan Felsman noted private new home building work increased only modestly, weighed down by surprise a drop in renovation work. “The construction pipeline in the south-eastern states of Australia remains very strong, supported by record low interest rates,” he said in a note to clients.“Population is rising, more homes are being built and economic activity is being sustained by construction-dependent companies and sectors. “This is further supported by public infrastructure works focused on road and transport related projects.”CommSec expects the next move in interest rates to be up, although not until late in 2018. Construction work spiked nationally during the September quarter.Tasmania was the only state to see a decline in construction work of 10 per cent.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoConstruction work in Queensland during the period rose a modest 0.5 per cent, on the back of a 2.1 per cent rise in the June quarter.Nationally, total building work on homes and non-residential buildings such as offices and shops fell 0.4 per cent during the quarter. RECORDS TUMBLE AS COAST SURGES BRISBANE’S PROPERTY HOTSPOTS PETER BEATTIE SPOTTED ON HUNT last_img read more