Northern Irish-bakery Irwin’s has launched a new sliced white pan – Irwin’s Softee – in order to capitalise on the renewed growth in sliced white bread.It is packaged in a traditional wax wrapper and contains double the standard amount of Canadian wheat flour, which creates the softness, says the company.”The authentic wax wrapper intends to offer customers a little bit of everyday luxury. But what really sets this product apart from competitors is its exceptional softness and ’bounce-backability’,” commented commercial controller Michael Murphy (pictured).”Until the 12th of July Irwin’s Softee is available at a special two loaves for £2 price in Tesco stores,” he added.It is available in major Northern Irish retailers, including: Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Costcutter, Mace, SuperValu and Dunnes. www.irwinsbakery.co.uk
Only 0.9m are less than 50% on track.Some 8.8m at risk of under-saving earn between £22,700 and £52,000 (€28,480-65,240) on annual basis, and are classed in the middle to high earnings bands.The government also said higher-income groups could benefit from increasing contribution rates to workplace pensions, but said more work was needed to find the perfect balance between contribution rates being high enough to provide adequacy, but not too high to discourage pension saving entirely.It said reforms to the state pension and auto-enrolment had reduced the number of people under saving by around 1m.Pensions minister Steve Webb said the state safety net would now allow many to maintain a comfortable retirement.“This new research shows that, by saving just a little more, a huge number of working people could make their future retirement so much more comfortable,” he added.In other news, the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has taken over the 75.1% ownership of Harworth Estates Property Group previously held by the trustees of the industry-wide mining pension scheme, after its transfer into the lifeboat fund.The fund also confirmed it had taken control of other assets from the pension fund, which entered the PPF in July last year.The privatised entity of British Coal, UK Coal, saw its two pension schemes enter the PPF after the company restructured to avoid liquidation.The schemes were given a controlling stake in the property company formed as UK Coal was split into two separate mining and property companies, by then parent Coalfield Resources.As part of the deal, the PPF took an interest in the restructured UK Coal with debt instruments.CFO of the PPF, Andrew McKinnon, said: “We consider Harworth Estates to be a valuable asset, and we welcome the ongoing discussions with Coalfield Resources to maximise the value in this business for shareholders.”Coalfield Resources retains ownership of the remainder of Harwarth. A report from the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) showed that almost 12m people were still at risk of not saving enough for retirement, despite government interventions to increase pensions savings.The government said its reforms, namely auto-enrolment, had made significant differences in retirement savings for lower earnings.However, middle to higher earners are at risk for an inadequate retirement, it said.While 12m people are saving too little, some 6m are 80% of the way to an adequate income.
–30–Saturday, September 26FRONTRUNNER STAKES (G I) $300,000 2 YO 1 1/16 MAWESOME AGAIN STAKES (G I) $300,000 3 & UP 1 1/8 MCHANDELIER STAKES (G I) $300,000 F, 2 YO 1 1/16 MUNZIP ME STAKES $70,000+ F, 3 YO abt 6 1/2 F (T)RODEO DRIVE STAKES (G I) $300,000 F/M, 3 & UP 1 1/4 M (T)ZENYATTA STAKES (G I) $300,000 F/M, 3 & UP 1 1/16 MSunday, September 27CITY OF HOPE MILE (G II) $200,000 3 & UP 1 M (T)KING PELLINORE STAKES $70,000+ 3 & UP 1 1/4 M (T) Saturday, October 3SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP (G I) $300,000 3 & UP 6 FEDDIE D STAKES (G III) $100,000 3 & UP abt 6 1/2 F (T)SWINGTIME STAKES ® $70,000+ F/M, 3 & UP 1 M (T)Sunday, October 4LA WOMAN STAKES (G III) $100,000 F/M, 3 & UP 6 1/2 FCALIFORNIA DISTAFF $100,000 F/M, 3 & UP (CA) abt 6 1/2 F (T)Saturday, October 10ZUMA BEACH STAKES $100,000 2 YO 1 M (T)SURFER GIRL STAKES $100,000 F, 2 YO 1 M (T)Sunday, October 11ANOAKIA STAKES $70,000+ F, 2 YO 6 FMonday, October 12CALIFORNIA FLAG STAKES $100,000 3 & UP (CA) abt 6 1/2 F (T)Saturday, October 17AUTUMN MISS STAKES (G III) $100,000 F, 3 YO 1 M (T)Sunday, October 18SPEAKEASY STAKES $70,000+ 2 YO 6 FSaturday, October 24TWILIGHT DERBY (G II) $200,000 3 YO 1 1/8 M (T)Sunday, October 25SEN. KEN MADDY STAKES (G lll) $100,000 F/M, 3 & UP abt. 6 1/2 (T) BC PREPS SET FOR FIRST THREE WEEKENDS OF MEET AS TRACK TO OFFER 21 OVERALL STAKES DURING MEET WHICH RUNS FROM SEPT. 26 THROUGH OCT. 25See the Autumn Stakes Schedule here. ARCADIA, Calif. (July 22, 2015)–Santa Anita Park’s 2015 Autumn Meet, which will consist of 19 racing days beginning Saturday, Sept. 26 through Sunday, Oct. 25, will be highlighted by six Grade I Breeders’ Cup Challenge races, which are part of 21 overall added money events–12 of which are graded.With this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships scheduled to be run at Keeneland on Oct. 30 & 31, Santa Anita will offer five Grade I Breeders’ Cup preps on opening day, Sept. 26; the FrontRunner Stakes, for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, the Awesome Again Stakes, for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles, the Chandelier Stakes, for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles, the Rodeo Drive Stakes, for fillies and mares three and up at 1 ¼ miles on turf and the Zenyatta Stakes, for fillies and mares three and up at 1 1/16 miles.In addition to the afore mentioned Grade I offerings, Santa Anita will also offer five additional Breeders’ Cup prep stakes; the Grade II City of Hope Mile for three year olds and up on Sept. 27, the Grade III Eddie D. Stakes for three year olds and up at 6 ½ furlongs down the track’s hillside turf course on Oct. 3, the Grade III LA Woman Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track, the Surfer Girl Stakes, for 2-year-old fillies at one mile on turf and the Zuma Beach Stakes for 2-year-olds at one mile on turf–both of which will be run on Oct. 10.Santa Anita will also offer the Grade III Autumn Miss Stakes, for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on turf Oct. 17, the Grade II Twilight Derby, for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on turf Oct. 24, and the Grade III Senator Ken Maddy Stakes, for fillies and mares, three and up at 6 ½ furlongs down the track’s hillside turf course on closing day, Oct. 25.Santa Anita, which hosted the Breeders’ Cup for an unprecedented three consecutive years, from 2012 through 2014, will again host the biggest two days in racing for the ninth time in the fall of 2016.Dating back to the inaugural Breeders’ Cup, which was held at Hollywood Park in 1984, Santa Anita-based horses have accounted for 56 overall Breeders’ Cup wins.Santa Anita’s complete 2015 Autumn Stakes Schedule is attached and can also be viewed at santaanita.com.See the Autumn Stakes Schedule here.
Red Bluff >> The Red Bluff Spartans boys soccer team played to a tie Wednesday and the girls team to a 1-0 loss against the West Valley Eagles.The boys were on the road at Redding Soccer Park and got out to a 2-1 lead in the first half of play, but gave up the same margin in the second half to tie 3-3.The girls hosted the Eagles and gave up a goal in the second half after a scoreless first half to take the loss.The boys team (7-2-1) is scheduled to take on the Shasta Wolves (6-3) in Redding …
9 March 2016Transnet National Ports Authority has allocated R7-billion to build new port facilities to grow South Africa’s ocean economy.Already, 200 jobs had been created in new port facilities. Over the last 12 months, existing ports had been refurbished and maintained, the Economic Sectors, Employment and Infrastructure Development cluster said yesterday.The cluster held a media briefing in Cape Town on Tuesday, 8 March, which was chaired by Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti. The cluster said work to grow the ocean economy was gaining momentum.Oil and gas hubs“Through the public-private partnership to establish Saldanha Bay as an oil and gas hub, an investment of R9.2-billion has been realised, which will be utilised over the next five years,” Nkwinti explained.“With 14 licences issued for oil and gas exploration, drilling of two exploration wells for potential oil and gas finds will take place along the South African coast. The investment in gas infrastructure has commenced and will contribute to energy security.”Work on the offshore supply base has started, which will lead to Saldanha Bay attracting oil rigs for maintenance and repair. This will create secondary job opportunities for surrounding communities.Boatbuilding infrastructureThe boat-building sector had been revitalised, according to the cluster, leading to 500 direct jobs and 3 000 indirect jobs.The Port of Durban in #SouthAfrica is Sub-Saharan #Africa‘s largest port. Credit: CNN http://t.co/oP5oVi3dCA pic.twitter.com/K5FBcu0jQq— African Biz Central (@AfriBizCentral) June 21, 2015Nkwinti clarified that “an amount of R353-million over the next three years has already been unlocked in the ports of Durban and Cape Town for boat-building infrastructure through incentives provided by government.“Further investments in boat building – catamaran production, workboat ferries for the navy, two offshore mining vessels and tugboats for the ports authority – and a fuel storage facility amount to approximately R3.6-billion.”Transnet National Ports Authority to spend R800m on security upgrades, starting in Durban https://t.co/CKfxCiS1vu pic.twitter.com/FT1kRlX4dF— BDlive (@BDliveSA) February 16, 2016Port rehabilitation and maintenanceFor the 2016/17 financial year, R80-million has been allocated for the rehabilitation and maintenance of proclaimed harbours in Gansbaai, Saldanha Bay, Struisbaai, Gordons Bay and Lamberts Bay, as well the establishment of three new harbours in Boegoebaai in Northern Cape, Port St Johns in Eastern Cape and Hibberdene in KwaZulu-Natal. This will provide opportunities for local and rural economic development.AquacultureThe aquaculture sector has unlocked investments of more than R400-million across 10 aquaculture farms, which are already in production.In Hamburg, in Eastern Cape, the first harvest of dusky kob (kabeljou) has been realised, where the Siyazama Aquaculture Co-operative has sold its first harvest of the fish to the Cape Town Fish Market at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.The cluster said the expansion of aquaculture projects to inland and other coastal areas in support of SMMEs will create 3 200 jobs and contribute R500- million to the gross domestic product over the next year.The first two bulk carrier vessels have been registered in Port Elizabeth, and a third tanker in Cape Town, providing opportunities for South African cadets (trainees) boarding these vessels.Source: South African Government News Agency
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Darci Vetter A conversation with…Ambassador Darci Vetter, who served as the chief agriculture negotiator for the office of the U.S. Trade Representative in the Obama Administration who spoke at the recent National Institute for Animal Agriculture meeting in Columbus OCJ: Agriculture is really dependent on trade, even more-so than we often realize. What are some of the key things we need to understand?Darci: U.S. agriculture is very heavily dependent on trade, not only because we produce more than we consume, so we have to find customers elsewhere, but also because we use those markets to add value to our products. We send things that might not be valuable here. Some of our variety meats or our lower quality cuts we can send abroad and have them be profit centers instead of something that costs more money for us to dispose of or find a use for in the U.S. We use foreign markets to create and find the best opportunity to sell all the different things we are good at producing, whether that’s plant or animal product. We have gotten pretty good at doing it and one of the reasons we are so good at it and that we have these strong trade agreements with other countries. OCJ: As you just pointed out, it isn’t always necessarily government against government all the time in these trade negotiations, when you get down to it it really is about a farmer producing for a consumer and we need to reemphasize that on what is going on at the governmental levels, right?Darci: That is absolutely right, we have very strong relationships with our customers in Mexico and vice versa here and that’s been built over time. We’ve had NAFTA in place for more than 20 years along with that framework of trade between us. They can be challenged but hopefully not broken overnight. I think those are things we want to remember and to keep intact and to tell our stories on both sides of the border about the importance of the agriculture economy for both of us. OCJ: Another trade issue that’s been at the top of mind is the Trans Pacific Partnership that you worked on, but that the Trump Administration quickly pulled out of at least partly due to concerns that it was multi-lateral. President Trump seems to favor more bi-lateral agreements. What are your thoughts on that strategy moving forward?Darci: I think there was some concern of that because it was a negotiation among 12 parties that somehow to get all 12 to reach agreement you would have to go with the lowest common denominator. There was concern that the TPP might not reach the highest standard or create as complete a market opening as you would otherwise and mostly we heard examples of that on the manufacturing side. I am not really sure that was the dynamic that had a play in agriculture or even a play across the board because I think it can be true that you choose a group of countries who all have a commitment to a very ambitious agreement and you use them to push each other and to add value for the agreement. So in agriculture, if you just look at the countries that are there, you have two different types of opportunities. You had expanded access into Canada and Japan which are high income, high value markets and pretty mature markets, but also two countries that in their past agreements had refused to put agricultural products on the table. That changed. We said to be part of this group and get access to 12 other countries at once, you have to be all in. Every country has to open every product and so for the first time, we got expanded access to Canada’s poultry and ag market, something we didn’t get in NAFTA. And Japan, who in the past when negotiating free-trade agreements with countries said, “We have these six sacred products and we just don’t touch them.” Japan would never talk about rice, dairy, sugar, pork and beef — all of them were on the table in TPP and we got access to all of them. Japan and Canada were willing to do that because they not only got access to new markets, but they also got access to these real powerhouses of growth. The TPP included Vietnam and Malaysia, countries in southeast Asia who have this rapidly growing middle class who are able to buy all sorts of other products, ag and non ag, and for the U.S, as incomes rises in those countries, they start buying more of things we already send them such as feed grain, skim milk powder and basic products. Then they start demanding all of these value added products. Our meat, our poultry, our dairy, more fresh fruits and vegetables as they improve their nutrition.Through TPP we had the opportunity to get in on the ground floor when they were just starting to buy those products and form those consumer relationships that are so important that they would look to the U.S. to get those products. Without TPP in place, we face a real competitive disadvantage into those markets because they already have the ASEAN free trade agreement that will give them zero tariffs on products like dairy and wine where we excel instead coming from New Zealand and Australia. Japan and Australia have already signed a bi-lateral free trade agreement. The tariffs on beef from Australia are now more than 10% with percentage points lower that what the Japanese pay on beef coming from the U.S. Our cattleman say it’s costing them $400,000 in lost sales a day to the Japanese market, our top market for beef, so it is important that whatever approach we use, bi-lateral or multi-lateral agreement that we can get back into the game and we have a strategy. That’s so important for us. OCJ: You clearly spent quite a bit of time working on the TPP and to see it pitched out the window, that has to be somewhat frustrating.Darci: It’s hugely disappointing, because it was a very complex negotiation because you had to get 12 countries all rowing in the same direction but also because this agreement had almost unanimous support from the agriculture sector. It is disappointing to hear rhetoric about trade that I think undervalues the good it can generate throughout the ag supply chain and how much it does for rural economies. Part of the reason I love working in ag trade is because both agriculture and trade policy have traditionally been bipartisan and so you get to form all sorts of coalitions that might not be possible in other places, and we really saw that in assistance I got from industry and Congress and elsewhere in negotiating the TPP.I believe that the TPP model isn’t going away and one of the things we really tried to do in TPP was try to make it a more transparent negotiating process, and so the text of that entire agreement — every tariff in its schedule for being reduced to zero, every rule that was written in that agreement — has been publicly available since 2015 so people saw what we achieved. While it may not go into force with precisely those countries on the timeline that we thought, I think it will influence how countries negotiate with each other. In fact, in this renegotiation of the NAFTA, we Wilbur Ross, U.S Secretary of Commerce, saying we should look really hard at the TPP text for how we might modernize NAFTA, how we might bring in labor and environment provisions into the agreement, how we might update our intellectual property standards, how we think about disciplining state-owned enterprises and things like that to modernize an agreement that is now 23 years old. It will have ripple effects somewhere, somehow so I don’t think it is going away, but obviously I would have loved to see it be ratified right away. OCJ: Clearly there are some negotiating strategies that have been promoted by the Trump Administration that will apply to trade moving forward, what are your thoughts on some of the pros and cons of the new strategies we are seeing?Darci: I think you have to keep in mind with trade negotiations and when you are negotiating with people that you want to make your core partners, these are people you are going to have to deal with every day. Negotiating is step one and then there is implementation and countries have to make real changes to implement these agreements to their tariff schedules, to their regulations. This is a long term relationship. I think sometimes folks point to Donald Trump’s book, “The art of the deal,” where you start with the really hard core position, throw them off their balance and you wind up closer to the goal you wanted and you don’t have to go so far to the middle. I think that’s great, if you are buying a building or a car and the deal is over once the deal has been made. The whole point of a trade agreement is to bring our economies closer together and to spend more time “hanging out” once its over. Really engaging and understanding involves not just what the other side is asking for, but why they are asking for it and where they want to see that relationship be in the years ahead. That is pretty critical to getting a good trade deal that allows all the sectors of our economy to participate. OCJ: Why is it so important for Ohio’s farm community to share their stories with regard to these trade issues?Darci: I think sharing that story is vastly more powerful coming from the mouths of farmers and ranchers from Ohio than it is from me. Farmers and ranchers can talk about the decisions that they make and the options that they have to provide for their families, to sell their products, to add value to what they do in a way that I just cannot.
Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Twitter has just released a fairly substantial update to its iOS applications. There are some nice new features here: a cleaner interface for composing your Tweets, an easier tool for uploading photos, auto-shortening for links (to the official t.co shortener), and autocomplete for usernames and hashtags. It also appears to include a fix to one of the things I found most irritating with the older version of the iPhone app: that old, read Direct Messages perennially appeared as unread.But there’s an addition to the app that Twitter describes as “very cool” that I find much less so. It’s a Quick Bar, and it appears at the top of your timeline. The Quick Bar highlights what’s currently trending on Twitter, and you can swipe the bar in order to see additional topics. The trends right now include (no surprises here) #winning, Charlie Sheen, and #tigerblood. Also trending, Google Hotpot. That’s a promoted trend today, coinciding with Google’s announcement today that you can Tweet your Hotpot reviews from within the Google Maps app on Android.Although the Quick Bar is no more intrusive than a lot of ads you’ll find in mobile apps, I’ll admit, it’s annoying. It hovers at the top of your timeline, no matter where you scroll. You can’t turn it off. (You can, however, turn off local trends, another new feature that uses your location to deliver you information about what’s popular in your vicinity.) For users of the Twitter app (and the Tweetie app before it), it may be the first time they’ve seen ads in their Twitter streams. Some other (unofficial) Twitter apps have long been ad-supported, and it feels like the new Quick Bar feature is a portent of more advertising to come. The Quick Bar is only on the iPhone version of the app. For now. Tags:#twitter#web audrey watters Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
Related Items:beautiful by nature, edwin astwood, pollution, shadow minister of health Recommended for you Grand Turk, 16 Oct 2014 – Our islands are uniquely beautiful by nature. Therefore, the onus is on us to preserve it for future generations. Consider this: the average household produces one to two 19 gallon bags of rubbish in one week. Now consider the amount of rubbish that is produced on your street…then your district…then your island…then our country. Imagine most of that rubbish being scattered about your island. You may live on an island that has a schedule for garbage collection; where residents keep their properties and their surroundings tidy; and there are no uncaring persons polluting the environment with garbage and refuse. Then you can claim our slogan, “Beautiful by nature.”As Shadow Minister for Health and the elected member for Grand Turk South and Salt Cay, I am hereby appealing to the residents on our islands to join me in my campaign to keep our islands clean. We can quantify the advantages of a clean community. The benefits run the gamut from an economic stand point to a healthy environment.We rely on tourists who come to our shores. Do we want them to take one look and decide never to return? We can play our part by practicing healthy, cleanly habits. Let us adopt these two slogans and make them our mantras:Put it in the can, man;Keep our islands clean, green and pristine.Litterers and dumpers are not welcomed in our beautiful by nature islands. Each resident can make a difference by adhering to practices that enhance our beauty rather than detract from it. We may not see road signs that warn of fines for littering, but that should not deter us from becoming civic minded, nonetheless.“Out of all those hundreds and hundreds of islands lying in the seas and oceans of the earth, the Turks & Caicos are our islands. Grand Turk is my little one, so we just got to be aware of them and take care of them.” This is my personal creed.I implore those among us who do not care about our islands and the environment to desist from destroying their beauty. We must all do our part, especially the Government, who I see as turning a blind eye to this situation of pollution within our islands.On any given Cruise ship day on Grand Turk there are thousands persons on the streets, moving around, sightseeing, taking pictures, and visiting places of interest. What are they seeing and photographing? Should they see the garbage accumulating on a vacant lot opposite the old police station, near the Museum? Is this the image that the Minister of Tourism wishes to sell as the lasting image of Grand Turk? Is this what the Minister of Environment considers to be “Beautiful by Nature”? Is this how the Minister of Government Support Services lend support to the environment? And is this what the Minister of Health considers to be promoting a healthy life style? Does this Government really care about any of this? From my observations, it does not look so. I, along with other private citizens and groups, have been assisting in cleaning our island. However, we need the Government to do its part. My advice to the Government:Provide adequate resources to the departments responsible for garbage collection and cleaning; Promote caring for the environment;Enforce laws for protecting our “Beautiful by Nature Country”, please.End.Hon Edwin AstwoodShadow Minister of HealthMP for Grand Turk South and Salt Cay School fire reveals serious cracks in emergency response in Grand Turk Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Salt Cay being ignored, Member & Native demand better Change is on the horizon says PDM Leader Sharlene Cartwright Robinson Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 4, 2017 – Nassau – John Bowleg, in his address at the 12th UNESCO Meeting, highlighted the promotion of research towards further exploration of combined Seawater Reverse Osmosis, Seawater District Cooling and Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (SDC/SWRO/OTEC) for sustainable development, climate adaptation, and climate change mitigation in The Bahamas.Mr. Bowleg, The Bahamas’ International Hydrological Programme (IHP) Focal Point representative, made a presentation on Groundwater Resources Assessment under the Pressures of Humanity and Climate Change (GRAPHIC) at the September 18-21, 2017 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization International Hydrological Programme and Meeting of National Committees and Focal Points at the British Colonial Hilton.Mr. Bowleg, explained that the UNESCO GRAPHIC concept is the effective use of the water resources of The Bahamas for the provision/production of energy, energy efficient cooling of buildings and production of freshwater by SWRO.“OTEC is a sustainable application that has been explored — using the temperature differential of the cooler deep and warmer surface seawater to run a heat engine. SWRO, a costly alternative, has been used to address concerns for the availability of freshwater resources in The Bahamas. SDC has been utilized to lessen the required energy consumption of cooling large structures.“Both water supply and energy demand are constraints of achieving sustained economic growth throughout the islands of The Bahamas. The presentation is geared to promote research towards The Bahamas further exploring combined SDC/SWRO/ OTEC for sustainable development, climate adaptation, and climate change mitigation,” he said.By: Kathryn CampbellPhoto Caption:Minister of the Environment and Housing, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira is pictured (right) with The Bahamas’ UNESCO International Hydrological Programme representative, John Bowleg at the opening session of the 12th UNESCO Meeting at the British Colonial Hilton in September. (Photo/Mike Swann, Water and Sewerage Corporation) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp