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Storming wheat prices

A price rise of up to £55 on breadmaking flour in the next two months is now tipped as “more likely than not”, after wheat prices rose nearly 10% in the last week.The breadmaking wheat price for November was £142 a tonne (delivered to the north-west) last week, with industry sources suggesting this could lead millers to push through a £40 rise in the price of flour.Since then, November’s bread wheat prices have risen to £155, as markets become agitated by factors including the recent wet weather in the UK and western Europe.And the International Grains Council last week reduced its world crop estimate, leading to further market jitters.A source at one miller commented: “There is pressure to increase prices. It’s more likely than not that these will be announced before the harvest, for implementation around the time of the harvest.”National Association of British and Irish Millers’ director general Alex Waugh said: “Rising wheat costs will inevitably have an impact on the price of flour. Breadmaking wheat peaked last year at just £117 a tonne. This will affect lots of other areas as wheat is so important in the food chain.”The first indications on the crop will be available when the harvest begins at the end of this month, he said. But heavy rains may have damaged crops in areas including Rotherham and Sheffield, he suggested.Federation of Bakers’ director Gordon Polson commented: “Bakers are facing price increases on a variety of ingredients, and clearly they will have to recover costs through price rises, there is no fat in their margins.”Meanwhile, bakeries in the north battled against the elements to keep production schedules on track last week.Fletchers Bakery in Sheffield said that it had to close down its factory for a couple of days last week because there was no electricity or deliveries going in and out. However, it said that it had managed to escape flood damage.Hull bakery Jackson’s deliveries were disrupted in the short-term.At Maple Leaf bakery in Rotherham production stopped for 48 hours last week from Monday until Wednesday night. The power went off at its industrial estate, so it brought in an alternative power supply and the factory was run using a generator.”The mains are back on now,” said Guy Hall, deputy MD. “We are now back to normal and we’re lucky because there was no damage inside our factory. However, we will have to keep a watchful eye on the weather and make sure that we have plans in place, in case this happens again.”The Association of British Insurers said around 5,000 businesses were hit by the storms and the cost was expected to top £1billion. read more

Indiana State Police warning about Facebook “Child Safety Kit” scam

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp By Network Indiana – March 1, 2021 0 252 Indiana State Police warning about Facebook “Child Safety Kit” scam WhatsApp Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Twitter Google+ Facebook Facebook Twitter (Photo Supplied/State of Massachusetts Government) Indiana State Police are warning the public about a Facebook scam.State Police in Fort Wayne recently received a complaint about an ongoing Facebook scam that offers a “Child Safety Kit.” The resident told officers that the link to receive the “Child Safety Kit” asks you to submit personal information such as your name, address and phone number.Once this information is received, you will receive a phone call from the scammer, asking to come to your home to further the transaction.The resident received two phone calls from two men asking to come to her home and load an app on her phone as part of the “Child Safety Kit.” She said they claimed to work directly with the Indiana State Police, which is not true.State Police say to avoid getting scammed, never provide personal or financial information to an unknown source, never invite a stranger into your home and don’t be intimidated by a scammer’s forcefulness. Google+ Previous articleNorthern Indiana teacher accused of child molestationNext articleIndiana Senate next to consider whether to raise state cigarette tax Network Indianalast_img read more

Tesco hit by US departure and restructure at home

first_imgTesco, the UK’s largest supermarket chain, this morning unveiled its first loss in annual profits in 20 years – after it was hit by its decision to pull out of America.The company is winding up its US chain of 199 Fresh & Easy shops, which have never made a profit, at a cost of £1.2bn.It also announced a one-off UK property write-down of £804m as it announced plans not to build stores on land it owns and, instead, focus on existing stores.Part of this focus on its stores has seen a huge product revamp – particularly in bakery – with the company investing in the restaurant chain Giraffe and coffee chain Harris + Hoole.More recently, the company has introduced a Euphorium Bakery outlet at its store in Kensington.Statutory pre-tax profits were down 51% to £1.96bn, but post-tax profits including the cost of the US exit were just £120m, down 95.7%.Philip Clarke, chief executive of Tesco, said: “The announcements made today are natural consequences of the strategic changes we first began over a year ago and which conclude today. With profound and rapid change in the way consumers live their lives, our objective is to be the best multichannel retailer for customers.”The company last reported a fall in annual profits in 1994. However, total UK sales rose 1.8% to just over £48bn, with UK trading profit falling by 8.3% to £2.27bn.last_img read more

Low-effort composting

first_imgBy Wayne McLaurinUniversity of GeorgiaI had built four raised beds, and several years ago, with more fall leaves than I could use in the compost pile, I decided to just fill in between the beds with fall leaves.I picked the leaves up with the lawnmower and ground them up well. The shredded leaves were kept damp and walked on as I worked in the beds.Two weeks ago my wife and I decided to put in a new shrub border and do away with the raised beds. And when I started smoothing down the beds, I realized I had about a foot of what my father called “leaf mold.”It wasn’t compost but just rotted-down leaves. It was part “dirt” and part broken leaves. It had a loose overall texture and a deep, earthy smell.What a find!Now, how best to use it, I wondered. It was not sufficiently decomposed to be incorporated in the soil. Its best use, I decided, was as mulch around the new plantings.I put about 6 inches around each shrub, spreading the remainder between the plants. With irrigation in place, I could be sure the shrubs’ roots would stay cooler, more evenly moist and freer of weeds.Here was a gardening resource I hadn’t even planned, a treasure was just waiting for me.Reluctant composter?If you’re a reluctant composter who is less than enthusiastic about turning piles, this “passive” composting may just be your management style.All you have to do is pile the leaves on the ground in a corner of your yard, adding just a little water occasionally. You don’t have to turn the leaves, take their temperature or concern yourself about a proper mixture of browns and greens.All you have to do is just wait. Through the months, those leaves will turn themselves into a backyard gold mine. And what’s time to Mother Nature?last_img read more

The double-edged sword

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Demangone Anthony Demangone is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Demangone oversees day-to-day operations and manages the association’s education, membership, … Web: Details With email, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, it has never been easier to reach out to the world.If your goal is to shout the loudest, you have all the tools you need.But in my humble opinion, interacting with your market is the key to success.And that involves learning about your market. Listening to them. Responding to them. Honoring them.Shouting might feel like an accomplishment. It makes a lot of noise. And it is easy.Interacting, on the other hand, is hard work.So the question is this – what do you want to do?Shout? Or interact?last_img read more

Niche market

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Robin van Persie suggests Arsenal need reinforcements to fix defensive frailties after late scare at Sheffield United

first_imgRobin van Persie suggests Arsenal need reinforcements to fix defensive frailties after late scare at Sheffield United Advertisement Advertisement Comment Arsenal survived a late scare to beat Sheffield United in Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final (Picture: Getty)Robin van Persie believes Mikel Arteta needs to find defenders who are willing to ‘die’ and put their body on the line for Arsenal like Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic were prepared to do during his time at Manchester United The Gunners appeared to be cruising towards the FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday afternoon as Nicolas Pepe converted a 25th-minute penalty against Sheffield United after Chris Basham’s foul on Alexander Lacazette at Bramall Lane. However, David McGoldrick capitalised on Sead Kolasinac’s poor attempted clearance to equalise in the 87th minute and give the hosts hope of securing a place at Wembley. Ceballos booked Arsenal’s place at Wembley with a late winner at Bramall Lane (Picture: Getty)But second-half substitute Dani Ceballos held his nerve in stoppage time and slotted a low strike under Dean Henderson to get the north London club out of trouble. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTDiscussing Arsenal’s victory with BT Sport colleague Ferdinand, Van Persie reserved special praise for Ceballos but highlighted the enormous challenge his former team-mate has ahead of him in fixing the side’s defensive problems.‘Let me start by saying that I do believe in Mikel,’ the ex-Arsenal striker said.‘I played with Mikel for one year so I know how he is as a person and I know how he was as a player. ‘He was a good player but I do believe that he can become a great manager because you can see his hand in this team. But you can also see that this team is not fully connected yet. Will Mikel Arteta be a success at Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results‘If you look at the connection from defence to midfield to strikers it’s not moving as one so he’s still searching. ‘But I do believe that if you give him time – and he should get all the time he needs and not just months, he should get years – I do believe that he can get it right.’ Metro Sport ReporterSunday 28 Jun 2020 5:04 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.1kShares Arteta was delighted with the cameo display of Arsenal youngster Nketiah (Picture: Getty)Arteta singled out second-half substitute Eddie Nketiah for praise in the aftermath of Arsenal’s victory at Sheffield United.AdvertisementAdvertisementAsked about the performances of his young players, he replied: ‘They are evolving and they are really willing and they have a lot of personality to play. ‘You can see the way they played today and Eddie as well, the way he came on and how he fights with everybody, he doesn’t care, so I really like that.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsThe Spaniard was pleased with the manner of Arsenal’s win despite their late scare at Bramall Lane.‘We needed that,’ Arteta added.‘We played four away games after the coronavirus [pandemic], which is not an easy thing to do in the Premier League, and hopefully we can get some momentum going now. ‘We still have a massive gap to fill in, we have to improve in many departments a lot, we have to respect the process.‘It’s been really difficult stop-start-stop-start, but we will get it right, I’m convinced of that. We need a bit of time, that’s all.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Robin van Persie delivers scathing assessment of ‘vulnerable’ David Luiz after defender signs new Arsenal dealMORE: Arsenal hero Gilberto Silva confused by ‘nervous’ Matteo Guendouzi Van Persie says set-pieces remain a major weakness for Arsenal (Picture: BT Sport)The Dutchman added: ‘What I believe is very important for Arsenal and for Mikel is that they should now finally find a way to fix the set-pieces against, corners, free-kicks because with every cross against Arsenal you’re holding your breath. ‘So how do you fix that? You fix that with mental toughness. As you know, Rio, when I played with you and Vidic, you would die to save the ball, you would put your head first and do everything to block a ball. ‘That mentality is needed to really compete for trophies and, if I’m really honest, I don’t see that at the moment and that’s not just now because we’ve talked about this for the last few months, we talked about it last year and there was an issue even in my time when I was playing there. ‘How do you solve that? You need to find it through defenders who want to do absolutely everything to block that ball and I think they should try to find those types of defenders.‘I’m not saying that these guys are bad. These guys are very good players but there’s another level up if you really want to compete and start winning trophies.’last_img read more

Rosemary McLeod: I don’t want to be intimate with strangers

first_imgStuff 2 March 2017Family First Comment: A balanced commentary on #AskMeFirst from someone who has thought the whole issue through. OPINION: The dunny drama of 2017 was a happy moment for liberal-minded people to puff out their chests, preen, and congratulate themselves for being more progressive than bores like Family First. But they weren’t entirely heroic.It is galling to be patronised, and what’s so straightforward anyway about a trans student at an all-girls school winning the right to use the girls’ toilets, as opposed to identically equipped gender-neutral ones?And why must a fellow student who says she, along with other students, wasn’t consulted, and had her rights overlooked, be instantly shouted down?I know drowning out what you don’t want to hear is a time-honoured way of silencing people, but it’s a form of bullying, actually; never quite admirable, always alienating.This was about the protesting teenage girl at the anonymous school as much as the trans teenager, and while both could feel justified in being upset, they were equally matched.Girl A, who complained, but says she has no personal grudge going, got involved with Family First as supporters, while girl B, the transgender, knew she would have the Human Rights Commission and all advocacy groups for transgender people on her side.Girl A’s sidekicks are unpopular conservatives, while girl B’s are today’s liberal right-thinkers. And there are learnings to be had here, as opposed to lessons, which you have – or ought to – at school.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Youngest commander of the Cuban Revolution dies at 70 in Havana

first_img Tweet Joel Iglesias Leyva. Image via: sidneyrezende.comHAVANA, Cuba (South Journal) — Joel Iglesias Leyva, Commander of the Cuban Revolution, died at 70 in Havana on Monday. His body was cremated and interment took place on Tuesday at the Veterans’ Pantheon, in Havana’s Colon Cemetery.Iglesias was a member of Column 8, commanded by Ernesto Che Guevara in the Cuban mountains, during the war that concluded with the 1959 triumph of the Cuban Revolution.He joined the rebel army in 1957 at the age of 14 and participated in numerous combats in which he was wounded on several occasions.Iglesias was the first president of the Association of Young Rebels, which gave birth to today´s Young Communist League. In 1975 he wrote the book “From the Mountain Range to the Escambray Mountains,” based on his experience of the revolutionary struggle.Speaking about Che Guevara, Iglesias once said: “I met Che on May 19, 1957 in Arroyo del Indio, a tributary of the Peladero River on the Sierra Maestra Mountain Range; I was 14 years old. All I knew about Che was that he was an Argentinean doctor who was fighting along Fidel.”In a speech during commemorations for the birth of National Hero Jose Marti, on 28 January 1960, Commander Ernesto Che Guevara said about Joel Iglesias: “…when Commander Joel Iglesias got to the Sierra Maestra (Mountain Range), he was 15 years. And when he was introduced to me I did not want to take him on because he was very young. But there was this package of machine gun munitions and nobody wanted to take it. So we put him to test and told him to take the package on the steep mountain side. So, the fact that he is here today means that he was able to meet that mission well.”Caribbean News Now NewsRegional Youngest commander of the Cuban Revolution dies at 70 in Havana by: – November 16, 2011 Sharing is caring! 86 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

Father’s Day: Ronaldo’s girlfriend sends touching message to Juve star

first_imgRead Also: Ronaldo missing as Mbappe leads race for most valuable playersHowever that doesn’t mean that he is free from danger, as Madeira have been hit by two earthquakes in the last fortnight, with the most recent one happening on Sunday morning.Ronaldo has been dating Georgina since 2016, with persistent rumours of late that the couple have gotten married in secret.The pair have a daughter together, Alana, while Georgina also mothers the former Manchester United superstar’s other three children. The duo and their children are currently self-isolating in Ronaldo’s native Madeira.And after his Juve team-mate Daniele Rugani tested positive for the deadly bug, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is refusing to travel back to Italy and will instead remain with his family.But despite being exposed to the infectious disease, the president of Madeira has confirmed that Ronaldo has not contracted coronavirus. Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People LiveWorld’s Most Stunning Ceiling Designs Ever7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes20 Historical Things You Won’t Believe Actually Happened Georgina Rodriguez  has posted a gushing Father’s Day message for boyfriend Cristiano Ronaldo, accompanied by a picture of the loved-up couple and their four children. Rodriguez posted the charming snap with a gushing message for her man In Portugal, unlike the UK, the occasion is marked in March rather June – with fathers everywhere being celebrated. And despite the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world, Georgina did her bit to celebrate her superstar partner. In the heartwarming post, the smitten 26-year-old wrote: “By your strength and courage you will always be our HERO. “By protecting us at night and by day you will be our GUARDIAN ANGEL. “For the moments of joy you will be our SPECIAL FRIEND.Advertisement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… “For that great love that you give us, for your example and support, you will always be for us, THE MOST IMPORTANT AND THE BEST OF MEN. “WE LOVE YOU DAD.  #felizdiadelpadre @cristiano “Congratulations to you too dad”. The loves up pair have been dating since 2016 In the accompanying photo, the couple can be seen soaking in the sun on a family trip to Dubai, before the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis.last_img read more

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