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Market warned of further volatility in bread wheat

first_imgThe baking industry should prepare for further volatility in the bread wheat market in 2011 as tight global maize stocks continue to prop up prices and low domestic wheat stocks leave the UK exposed to supply problems.At a recent Home Grown Cereals Authority and nabim Milling Wheat Conference, senior analyst Jack Watts, of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board, warned delegates that issues such as the size of the Russian harvest, the influence of funds and currency markets and low carry-over stocks would continue to create unpredictability in global wheat prices.Speaking after the event, he told BB: “The most influential factor is the effect of feed grain prices, which act as a ’price floor’ on the wheat market. Stock levels on the global maize market are very tight, which increases demand for wheat as a feed grain. This means wheat prices can only go so low before they meet the feed grain barrier.”The world would have to see extremely high levels of maize planting to replenish stocks, said Watts, which seems unlikely, especially with early signs of drought in the US the world’s largest maize producer.In the UK, good quality and competitive pricing of home-grown wheat has led to high levels of exports, resulting in record low stocks. “This makes us more vulnerable to production issues, such as a late harvest, which could lead to short-term volatility,” said Watts. “There are a lot of variables, but 2011 is likely to be a volatile year, with prices going in both directions. As regards a procurement policy, it makes sense to have a diverse approach with security of supply and the ability to benefit from market falls.”last_img read more

Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence awarded $54,000 to help build financial security

first_imgFinancial security and access to resources is the number one predictor of whether domestic violence victims will stay or leave an abusive relationship, according to recent research. A new partnership between The Allstate Foundation and the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence will make that choice a little easier. The Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program will award $54,000 to the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence to support economic empowerment strategies for survivors.The financial impact for a domestic violence survivor can last for years while the survivor works to repair or build credit, build assets and secure housing, childcare and transportation. In its fifth year, the Moving Ahead Economic Empowerment Grantprogram provides funding in the areas of financial education, job readiness and training, match savings programs or individual development accounts (IDA) and micro-loans, helping survivors on their path to financial security.”Survivors need access to information and strategies that this grant program provides now more than ever to help them on their path to financial freedom,” said Jennifer Kuhn, program manager for The Allstate Foundation’s Domestic Violence Program. “The current economic climate demands that financial empowerment services be provided on the local level. The Allstate Foundation is proud to support these efforts and help make financial security a reality for many survivors.”The Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence will use the funding for financial literacy, job readiness and job training, matched savings and micro-loans. The financial literacy program develops the knowledge and skills for advocates and provides both one-on-one and group support for survivors’ emergent economic needs and subsequent plans for long-term safety and economic security.The grant program has provided more than $575,000 to ten state domestic violence coalitions this year. As a part of The Allstate Foundation’s commitment to ending domestic violence, the Moving Ahead Grant programs have provided more than$15 million in programming and direct support since their inception.About The Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence ProgramThe Allstate Foundation’s Domestic Violence Program helps domestic violence survivors overcome economic challenges and lead financially independent lives, free from abuse. Through a partnership with the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the program provides a network of financial resources, including a comprehensive financial empowerment curriculum; funds direct services, including education and job training assistance; and spreads the word on how to empower those touched by domestic and economic abuse. For more information and to find out how to help, visit www.ClickToEmpower.org(link is external).SOURCE The Allstate Foundation. BURLINGTON, Vt., Nov. 5, 2010 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

Lovely, Dark, and Deep: Riding Snowshoe’s Deepest and Darkest Trails

first_imgShawn Cassel of Snowshoe Mountain and Brice Shirbach of Pinkbike collaborated to make this short film about riding the deepest and darkest trails from the legendary East Coast MTB resort.When the snow melts on Snowshoe, the bike park comes to life, offering nearly 40 trails and 1,500 feet of descent to riders of all skill levels. From downhill jump and flow trails to technical backcountry biking, they have something for everyone. In this short film, we get to see the lovely, dark, and deep side of Snowshoe. Who wants to go for a ride?From Snowshoe Mountain Resort:Stan’s No Tubes athlete Brice Shirbach has always interpreted this poem to mean that while the narrator is enamored with his stunning, deep woods surroundings, he cannot afford to indulge them for long as is evidenced by the impatient rustling of his horse. Robert Frost’s poem has long struck a chord with Brice, particularly as it pertains to his affinity for the wonders of the forest. While the subject of Frost’s prose might not intend to revel in the forest for long, Brice is intent on doing just that in the forests of Snowshoe, WV. The ancient hills that surround this place no longer reach the same heights as they used to, but it’s a place that even when Brice needs to take his bike and body elsewhere, his mind never wanders far from. Snowshoe is much more than a bike park – it’s a gateway to Appalachia epitomized, aged to perfection and full of lovely, dark, and deep trails.FYI, the song is Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective and it’s pretty darn catchy if you ask me!Justin Forrest is an outdoor writer, fly fishing addict, and co-founder of Narrative North—based in Asheville, N.C. He posts pictures of cats and fishing on Instagram sometimes.last_img read more

Frequently in debt? Discover your personal pitfalls

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Joe YoungYou don’t have to be a reckless spender to find yourself in debt. CNN touts that “one in three American adults have ‘debt in collections.’”An Urban Institute study reported that 77 million people are so severely in debt that their account has gone to collections, while a Detroit Free Press article warns, “Young adults have more credit card debt than savings.”Regardless of the angle, debt, severe debt, is an American epidemic.A Break Down Of CausationAccording to Bankrate.com, the top ten causes of debt are:Lower income, same spending habitsDivorceLack of money management skills/poor skills continue reading »last_img

Four tips to reducing social media compliance risk

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions often tell us they run into trouble when it comes to their social media, creating friction between the marketing team and the compliance team. Social media is a great way to reach members and promote products and services to potential members, but it is a common area of compliance confusion. The advertising regulations apply the same to social media posts as they do to other advertising – there are no free passes for social media. I know this can be frustrating to marketing teams trying to be fun or keep messaging short, but there just aren’t any exemptions to the regulations I can offer here.What I can offer, however, are a few tips. If these tips are followed closely, they could help minimize your social media compliance risk and keep the marketing and compliance teams singing in harmony.Present key items legibly. Specifically, an NCUA official advertising statement or Equal Housing logo. Not only do these items need to be present when applicable, but they also need to be clear and legible. A simple way to ensure you are staying compliant is to add the NCUA official advertising statement and the correct Equal Housing logo clear and legibly to your credit union’s main cover image, like the large banner images you see on Facebook and Twitter. Then you don’t have to worry about including these items in each post or tweet and it will always be clear and legible.last_img read more

I-88 reopened after rollover causes shut down

first_img(WBNG) — A tractor-trailer rollover has closed all westbound lanes of Interstate 88 in the town of Otego. Traffic is being diverted off Exit 12, down State Route 7 and travelers can re-enter I-88 in Unadilla. The Department of Transportation is helping direct traffic and crews are working to get the debris cleared. 12:29 P.M. UPDATE: The New York State Police Department says the rig was carrying milk and other items which spilled onto the interstate. State Police say no injuries were reported in the incident. —– (WBNG) — Authorities have reopened I-88 following the rollover near the town of Otego. For the last information, click here.last_img

Trump Supporters Protest at Maricopa County Vote-Counting Site

first_imgMany in the crowd were holding Trump flags, and numerous people were wielding AR-15 rifles and other firearms. Some also chanted “Fox News sucks,” reflecting their displeasure with the network’s decision on Tuesday to call Arizona for Mr. Biden, a move that some other news outlets later followed. The last time a Democratic presidential candidate won Arizona was Bill Clinton in 1996, and Maricopa County has not voted for a Democrat for president since 1948. But demographic changes have transformed Arizona into a battleground state.As of late Wednesday night, Mr. Biden led Mr. Trump in Arizona by fewer than 80,000 votes, or less than three percentage points, with about 14 percent of the total vote still outstanding. In the votes so far from Maricopa County, Mr. Biden leads by five percentage points. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Without citing evidence, some Republicans have accused election officials of manipulating the results to indicate that Mr. Trump is losing in Maricopa County, which is home to about 60 percent of Arizona’s population. PHOENIX — More than 150 supporters of President Trump, some of them armed, gathered outside the Maricopa County election office on Wednesday and chanted “Count the vote,” as officials did just that under the protection of sheriff’s deputies.Early results in Arizona show Joseph R. Biden Jr. in the lead, but Trump supporters believe that could change as the last votes are counted.- Advertisement – Keely Varvel, chief deputy recorder for Maricopa County, said counting would continue despite the protest. “We are still planning to finish up our scheduled ballot processing work and report out more results tonight,” Ms. Varvel said. “The only way Biden can win Arizona is through fraud,” said Jim Williams, 67, a welder who attended the protest. “I won’t accept a Biden victory. I don’t want to live under Communist rule.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

SpaceX’s Next NASA Launch: When to Watch

first_imgThis is the first of what NASA calls “operational” flights of the Crew Dragon. In May, there was a demonstration mission, with two NASA astronauts — Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley — aboard. That launch, in a capsule named Endeavour, was the first time that a crewed mission had lifted off from the United States to orbit since the retirement of NASA’s space shuttles in 2011. Its return was also the first water landing by astronauts aboard an American spacecraft since the Apollo capsules stopped flying in the 1970s.NASA has been relying on Russian Soyuz rockets to get its astronauts to the space station. That has become increasingly expensive, rising to a cost of more than $90 million a seat. Michael S. Hopkins, 51, a colonel in the United States Space Force, is the commander for the flight. (Colonel Hopkins is also the first member of the newly created U.S. Space Force to go to space.) He was one of nine astronauts selected by NASA in 2009. He has made one previous trip to the International Space Station, in 2013 and 2014, spending 166 days in orbit.Shannon Walker, 55, has had one previous stint on the space station, in 2010. Dr. Walker has a doctoral degree in space physics from Rice University, where she studied how the solar wind interacted with the atmosphere of Venus. – Advertisement – In Florida on Sunday, a rocket and capsule built by SpaceX will carry crew members to the International Space Station. The NASA mission follows on a successful demonstration of the same spacecraft that launched in May and returned two astronauts to Earth in August. Here’s what you need to know about the launch.What is SpaceX launching?Four astronauts — three from NASA, one from JAXA, the Japanese space agency — will be sitting inside a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, boosted to orbit on top of a Falcon 9 rocket. The mission is known as Crew-1, and the astronauts named their capsule Resilience. They are headed to the International Space Station for a six-month stay.- Advertisement – The astronauts will arrive at the space station at about 11 p.m. Eastern on Monday, a journey of approximately 27 hours.Forecasts currently give a 50 percent chance of favorable conditions at the launchpad. SpaceX and NASA are also keeping watch farther out in the Atlantic Ocean. The weather and waters there need to be fairly calm in case something goes wrong during the ascent to orbit and the Crew Dragon needs to make an emergency splashdown (adverse weather conditions led to a postponement of the earlier Saturday launch date).If Sunday’s launch is delayed, there is a backup opportunity on Wednesday.Who are the astronauts?- Advertisement – Soichi Noguchi, 55, an astronaut with JAXA, the Japanese space agency, will be making his third trip to space. He was a member of the crew of the space shuttle Discovery in 2005 on the first shuttle launch after the loss of Columbia and its seven astronauts more than two years earlier.During that visit to the International Space Station, Mr. Noguchi made three spacewalks. That included one to test techniques developed to repair damage to the heat tiles on the shuttle similar to what had doomed Columbia when it re-entered Earth’s atmosphere. In 2009 and 2010, he spent five months in orbit as a member of the space station crew.Victor Glover, 44, selected by NASA in 2013 to be an astronaut, will be making his first spaceflight. He will be the first Black NASA astronaut to serve aboard a space station crew. Mr. Glover’s achievement is notable for NASA, which has worked to spotlight the “hidden figures” in its history but has so far sent only 14 Black Americans to space out of a total of more than 300 NASA astronauts.He will not be the first Black astronaut aboard the station. But those who proceeded him from NASA were members of space shuttle crews during the station’s construction and only completed brief stays on the outpost.Allyson Waller contributed reporting. When is the launch?The Crew-1 mission is scheduled to launch on Sunday at 7:27 p.m. Eastern time from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA Television will broadcast coverage beginning at 3:15 p.m.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Covid-19 in the US: Is this coronavirus wave the worst yet?

first_imgThe pandemic has quietly been getting worst across the US, with record numbers of cases in recent days.- Advertisement –last_img

The HOW Festival once again brings the world names of hotel operations, which have never been to Croatia before!

first_imgAt the beginning of October, Poreč becomes the center of the European hotel industry! Hoteliers from all over the region are gathering, and their participation has been confirmed by the vice presidents of operations of global hotel companies!The only conference on hotel operations in Europe, HOW Festival, this year it will be held on October 3-5 in Valamar Isabella Island Resort in Poreč. Already in its first year the HOW Festival gathered over 500 participants, in the largest number hotel directors, heads of operations and hotel departments and positioned itself as the largest hotel conference in the region. The focus of the Festival is on presenting the latest global trends and raising the quality of hotel operations. This year, over 50 international and regional experts are coming to the HOW Festival, including:Srdjan Milekovic, Senior Vice President of Operations for the EMEA Region, Hyatt InternationalGustaf Pilebjer,  Director of Food & Beverage for Europe, Marriott InternationalSusan Farnie, Human Resources Director for the EMEA Region, Wyndham Hotels & ResortsJohn Bartlett, Head of Analytics and Reporting (days) for the EMEA Region, InterContinental Hotels Groupwho will present their knowledge of changes at the global level and share their experiences in an interactive and interesting way to the participants.The program of the Festival was prepared in cooperation with hoteliers, and is segmented into panel discussions and lectures that are in the first part for all participants, while in the second part parallel workshops are organized divided into hotel departments. Some of the themes of this year’s HOW Festival are: How to find out what your guests really (subconsciously) think about you How to use guest data (DATA)What kind of leaders will the hospitality industry of the future need (human resources)How to increase revenue after booking and on the spot (sales and marketing)Little tricks of champagne connoisseurs: how to successfully sell champagne by the glass (food and drink)What are 21st century guests looking for for breakfast? (food and drink)In addition to the educational program, participants can expect a rich entertainment program within which this year is organized the first team building for all hoteliers and a big party and concert of the band Living Legend!Also, in cooperation with Valamar Riviera, the organizers of the HOW Festival invite all participants to extend their stay in Istria and visit ISTRA & CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL, which is organized immediately after the end of the Festival! The most famous names of the Croatian music scene, such as TBF (6.10) and Hladni Piv (7.10), are waiting for them there.  The complete program as well as all information about the Festival is available on the official website: www.howfestival.comlast_img read more

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