It’s show time for BIE

first_imgThe all-new Baking Industry Exhibition is just three months away. Following massive investment in visitor attractions, the show will take over from Food & Bake and build on past events to make this the best UK bakery trade show ever!BIE will feature a huge array of new and exciting visitor attractions, such as a demonstration theatre, artisan masterclasses and competitions, a fully functioning bakery and access to industry trend update analysis. Together, they will provide a festival atmos-phere, making this the must-see bakery event in your diary.But that’s not all! BIE will run alongside four high-profile trade shows, covering every aspect of food and drink manufacture. Food & Drink Expo, Foodex Meatex, Convenience Retailing Show and IFFE are all part of Food and Drink World 2008, the collective name for the shows, which together add up to around 1,300 exhibitors and 18 innovative features, packed into eight interconnecting halls.Launched in response to visitor and exhibitor demands with the support of Bakery Exhibitors Ltd (BEL) – the board of Food & Bake exhibition, David Marsh, chairman of BEL, welcomes the reinvigorated bakery show: “This decision secures a single industry exhibition and conference event to provide a unifying platform for bakers, suppliers and their associations.”Charles Reed, group MD of show organiser William Reed Business Media (owner of British Baker and Bake & Take), says: “The UK bakery sector is diverse, covering craft, plant bakers as well as supermarkets. It is vital for our industry to have a truly focused event, with British Baker leading the way. I feel confident we will be able to convert the industry enthusiasm for a quality marketing platform.”The aim is to build on the success of the 2006 event by producing a series of shows that are even more tailored to a food and drink audience. “The launch of BIE underlines our commitment to creating a forward-thinking series of shows,” says Andrew Reed, MD of William Reed Events & Exhibitions.Peter Mellon, president of machinery supplier Reiser UK, adds: “If William Reed can do for bakery what it has done for the meat industry, it will give the whole sector a much-needed boost.”—-=== Special features ===Baking Live!This fully-functioning bakery will produce goods throughout the day for sampling and use in other BIE and Food and Drink World features. Showcasing equipment in action, sponsors and exhibitors already lined up include: Benier (UK), Mono Equipment, Rondo Doge, Brook Food Processing Equipment, British Bakels, Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients, Rank Hovis and Dawn Foods.Bake-offBake-off has helped many retailers to capitalise on the profit opportunities frozen baked goods can offer. The Bake-off ’Shop’, which will showcase retail concepts and food, will be found on the borders of CRS and IFFE. Sponsors include Benier (UK), Mono Equipment and Brook Food Processing Equipment.The Theatre @ BIEFeaturing the Future Baker of the Year competition and Craft and Artisan Masterclasses, the demonstration theatre will create a real buzz.MasterclassesLive demonstrations, with inspirational bakers such as Stephen Hallam, from Dickinson & Morris, making an authentic Melton Mowbray pork pie. French baker and author Richard Bertinet will focus on French breads; and bakery consultant Wayne Caddy will showcase the latest in ethnic breads.Ingredients AreaCentral to this section will be a ’prep arena’ where ingredients exhibitors can prepare and bake products. Tom Chandley Bakery Engineers, a leading supplier of commercial bakery equipment in the UK, will supply the ovens.Future Baker of the YearThis live competition is sponsored by California Raisins and will take place each day of the show. It is open to teams of three people from colleges or companies*. Judges will be looking for original recipes along with good technique, efficiency, presentation and innovation. The main categories are: Fermented Goods, Confectionery, Savoury and Innovation. Prizes include: 1st £2,000; 2nd £1,000; 3rd £500.*Entrants must be under 30 years old on 9 April 2008. For further information contact tel +44 (0) 20 8741 8513 or email [email protected]—-=== WHO’S WHO at the show ===Wiesheu, Stand H28BThose who want to know how to make high-quality breads, cakes and pastries faster, easier and more economically should not miss out on visiting the Wiesheu stand, says the firm.Wiesheu will showcase infrared heat-transfer technology, claimed to give energy savings up to 20%. With its Stir oven, a core temperature of 97°C is achieved within three to four minutes. The result is that baking time can be reduced from 20 minutes to 12.Wiesheu will also be displaying new features for the convection ovens in its Euromat series, which can now be operated using the new “contact-free” loading trolley. The loading trolley has been raised to ensure that the uppermost baking tray can be reached on all models.Unifine Food &Bake Ingredients (UK)Stand F59BThe firm’s latest acquisition, Frenchbakery ingredients specialist Caullet, will take the limelight at BIE, where visitors will be able to see how ingredients from both firms have been combined to make successful products. The focus of the Unifine stand – clean label and all natural – is a theme that will run through products showcased, from new versions of 2D Sugar Shapes and fruit preparations, to natural fonds and flavours. It will also show how to cash in on trends for bright colours and sprinkle toppings with coloured soft swirly icings, sugar and chocolate ingredients. Unifine’s latest rustic-style muffins, a new clean-label cheesecake and anlast_img read more

Kepler ‘rising from the ashes’

first_imgTo paraphrase Mark Twain, the report of the Kepler spacecraft’s death was greatly exaggerated. Despite a malfunction that ended its primary mission in May 2013, Kepler is still alive and working. The evidence comes from the discovery of a new super-Earth using data collected during Kepler’s “second life.”“Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Kepler has been reborn and is continuing to make discoveries. Even better, the planet it found is ripe for follow-up studies,” says lead author Andrew Vanderburg of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA).NASA’s Kepler spacecraft detects planets by looking for transits, slight dimmings of a star’s light as a planet crosses in front of it. The smaller the planet, the weaker the dimming, so brightness measurements must be exquisitely precise. To enable that precision, the spacecraft must maintain a steady pointing.Kepler’s primary mission came to an end when the second of four reaction wheels used to stabilize the spacecraft failed. Without at least three functioning reaction wheels, Kepler couldn’t be pointed accurately.Rather than giving up on the plucky spacecraft, a team of scientists and engineers developed an ingenious strategy to use pressure from sunlight as a virtual reaction wheel to help control it. The resulting second mission, K2, promises not only to continue Kepler’s search for other worlds, but also to introduce new opportunities to observe star clusters, active galaxies, and supernovae.Due to Kepler’s reduced pointing capabilities, extracting useful data requires sophisticated computer analysis. Vanderburg and his colleagues developed specialized software to correct for spacecraft movements, achieving about half the photometric precision of the original Kepler mission.Kepler’s new life began with a nine-day test in February 2014. When Vanderburg and his colleagues analyzed that data, they found that the spacecraft had detected a single planetary transit.They confirmed the discovery with radial velocity measurements from the HARPS-North spectrograph on the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo in the Canary Islands. Additional transits were weakly detected by the Microvariability and Oscillations of STars (MOST) satellite.The newfound planet, HIP 116454b, has a diameter of 20,000 miles, 2½ times the size of Earth. HARPS-N showed that it weighs almost 12 times as much as Earth. This makes HIP 116454b a super-Earth, a class of planets that doesn’t exist in our solar system. The average density suggests that this planet is either a water world (composed of about three-fourths water and one-fourth rock) or a mini-Neptune with an extended, gaseous atmosphere.This close-in planet circles its star once every 9.1 days at a distance of 8.4 million miles. Its host star is a type K orange dwarf slightly smaller and cooler than our sun. The system is 180 light-years from Earth in the constellation Pisces.Since the host star is relatively bright and nearby, follow-up studies will be easier to conduct than for many Kepler planets orbiting fainter, more distant stars.“HIP 116454b will be a top target for telescopes on the ground and in space,” says Harvard astronomer and co-author John Johnson of the CfA.The research paper reporting this discovery has been accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal.last_img read more

Venezuela hired Democratic Party donor for $6 million

first_imgMIAMI (AP) — Newly filed lobbying records show that Venezuela’s socialist government previously hired a longtime Democratic Party donor for $6 million at the same it was lobbying to discourage the U.S. from imposing sanctions on the oil-rich nation. Retroactive Justice Department filings show that a U.S. subsidiary of Venezuela’s state oil giant PDVSA agreed to hire Marcia Wiss’ law firm in March 2017. That’s the same month it signed a consulting deal for $50 million with scandal-tainted former Congressman David Rivera, The contracts were part of an effort to discourage the U.S. from imposing sanctions on the oil rich nation, according to three people familiar with the deals.last_img

Bellacappella to perform end of the year concert

first_imgThe members of Bellacappella, the Saint Mary’s a cappella group, are preparing to say goodbye to the graduating seniors with their annual spring concert Friday. The concert, titled “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” will feature all 11 members of the group singing and dancing to a variety of songs.First year Bellacappella member Annie B. Zingalis said the setlist this year focuses on songs about female strength and empowerment, while fellow Bellacappella member and senior Lauren Zyber said the songs allow for a fun, high-energy concert.“It’s an energetic concert,” Zyber said. “It’s not a very long concert, but the songs we have this semester are super fun. The audience will enjoy it, and we’ll have fun singing.”According to Zyber and Zingalis, the setlist includes “All the Small Things,” “Quiet” and “Rise Up.” The group also plans on performing a mashup of the songs “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”As per tradition, the group will also sing “The Bells of Saint Mary’s” as a tribute to the College. For the group, junior Mackenzie Griffin said singing this song can be an emotional moment.“This will sound cheesy, but I always look forward to ‘The Bells of Saint Mary’s,’” she said. “We sway and hold hands together.”The hardest part of the spring concert is saying goodbye to the seniors, Griffin said. This year, there are three Bellacappella seniors graduating.“It’s really bittersweet,” she said. “We’re saying goodbye to the seniors. It’s our last hurrah, but seeing what we’ve done with them past two or three years is exciting.”Zyber said the a cappella group becomes like a second family, and that it is tough for her to say goodbye. She said what she will miss most after graduation is singing with people she loves.“I’ll miss the relationships,” Zyber said. “Singing has a very connecting power. We have to listen to each other and think about balance and how we blend. It can be vulnerable. We become really close with each other. It’s a deep bond.”Zingalis agrees, and said the seniors have become like sisters to her.Though the time commitment is heavy, Griffin said the group enjoyed putting in a lot of work to make their spring concert a memorable one. Throughout the year the group performs at fun events and tailgates, she said, but the end of the year concert is the most rewarding event. Zingalis said the time commitment of multiple hours of practice a week is worth it.“It’s a big time commitment, but it’s fun,” she said. “It’s stress-relieving. It’s a good break from hard academics. It takes time, but it’s a good use of time.”Griffin said the group hopes their bond translates from practice to the stage, and they are excited for their friends and family to see all the hard work they’ve done this year.“We have a group of people who are always willing to turn to each other,” she said. “We’re super supportive. Even when somebody messes up, we tell each other we did great.”The concert is Friday at 7 p.m. in Carroll Auditorium. Tickets are $3, and the money will go toward funding Bellacappella events next year.Tags: a cappella, Bellacapella, Concertlast_img read more

Bringing Back the Brook Trout

first_imgThe future of brook trout like this one from West Virginia is in jeopardy, but not all hope is lost.It’s no secret that the brook trout is in trouble. It is estimated that brookies inhabit only nine percent of their former native habitat in the East, and are especially vulnerable in the Southern Appalachians due to many factors. The brook trout is not only a beautiful and lively game fish for anglers, it is an indicator of water quality as they require only the cleanest, coolest water to survive. Once prevalent in large streams, they are not relegated to headwaters high in the mountains. Luckily, there are groups like Trout Unlimited and the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture that are working aggressively to slow the decline of natural brook trout habitat, and they took another big step to that end at a workshop in West Virginia this past November.Among other things, the main focus of the workshop was to establish a more acute process for monitoring brook trout populations: identifying populations per square mile, as oppose to the previous per 30 square miles. This will allow fishery managers to pinpoint more accurately where to concentrate their restoration and conservation efforts. On the flip side, the new approach and finer data will reveal just how bad the situation has gotten for these fragile fish. As the climate warms, so will the water pushing brookies further up stream and further limiting their ability to survive.Trout Unlimited Chesapeake Bay Land Protection Coordinator Kevin Anderson lays out the whole situation in more detail in this blog post on Trout Unlimited’s website. There is also a very informative video, featuring an impressive W.Va. brookie embedded below.If you are a small stream, brook trout enthusiasts, please take a moment to read through Anderson’s post and consider joining the efforts to preserve the habitat of the East’s only native trout before it’s too late.From the Field: Linking land and water in brook trout conservation from Chesapeake Bay Program on Vimeo.last_img read more

Tapping into the Amazon business model

first_img 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bob Dorsa Bob Dorsa is the President of the ACUMA (American Credit Union Mortgage Association) a professional trade association (co-founded by Dorsa in 1996). ACUMA is one of the most unique niche … Web: www.acuma.org Details What comes to your mind when you think of Amazon? Many view it as a well-established, well-respected company known for its ability to deliver goods at competitive prices.What started as a bookseller has become one of the most recognized brands worldwide, delivering goods and services to millions of customers. When I think of Amazon, I think of convenience; I think of reliability; I think of excellent value and wide selection. What makes Amazon so successful are all of these things—and the continuing ability to meet and exceed the expectations of its customers.Add to that the continuing expansion of Amazon’s offerings—television programming and music services, for example. And then there are the technological innovations, such as drone delivery.And as you probably know, Amazon ships free and offers two-day delivery (for an annual subscription that includes a number of premium services) of online purchases. It offers price comparisons and rates products by customers who have bought them. That’s not only convenient, it’s transparent.The Amazon model offers lessons for credit unions that do mortgage lending. To be the best you can be, to continue to grow your market share, you must decide what is important to your customers and excel at delivering it, much as Amazon has done.Let’s look at the factors in Amazon’s success and how they can apply to your mortgage lending operation.Convenience. Do you make it easy for your members to get a mortgage loan? You should offer applications in any way they want—online, in person at your branches, over the phone. Then you should set the bar high for service—if they apply online to get back to them within hours not days. If they apply with a branch employee that isn’t a mortgage expert, make sure the loan is reviewed by an expert, again in hours not days. Reliability. And once the loan is in the pipeline, can you promise a closing date in 45 days, or better yet, 30 days? It takes coordination and persistence (as well as cooperation from the borrower), but it can be done. Successful mortgage departments communicate—internally and with the borrower—every step of the way. Duties are clearly defined, and the MLO and underwriter work together and keep the borrower in the loop, and aware of their responsibilities (especially for providing records) from start to closing.Value. The price of the loan isn’t the only factor, as the points above should tell you. But nonetheless, it is important to borrowers. (Who wants to pay more than they have to?) Offer competitive rates and promote them. Put them in context, too. Make it clear that you offer more than the package of conventional loans pedaled by your competitors. Selection. What kinds of mortgage loans do you offer? As we move into a purchase-loan environment, it becomes critical to meet your potential borrowers’ needs by giving them choices. If they can’t qualify for a conventional 30- or 15-year loan, give them some alternatives that they can afford. Especially for first-time homebuyers: Work with them; show them you are willing to help them reach the dream of home ownership. Together, these four factors can bring you success. But it takes work and commitment—and an investment in both timer and money.So talk with your peers. Find out how the successful lending programs got there and how they plan to stay ahead. Attend credit-union industry events and soak up knowledge from the experts. Partner in your community with Realtors. Do your homework and build a network of other lending professionals for support and advice.The sooner you can accelerate your mortgage program, the better your chances for being a leader in your market.last_img read more

S. Africans reluctant to return to places of worship despite lockdown easing

first_imgTopics : ‘Not yet time’ Lockdown forced tech savvy South Africans to seek out online worship, challenging the ordinary and mundane nature of many religious services.”I’ve been streaming different sermons online… at first it was weird but now I am used to it,” said 22-year old Ntokozo Zulu, a devoted Christian living with her elderly mother. “It’s a way to make sure that I still keep in touch with God,” she said adding that for some people religion was a lifeline.”I can bet people needed that close relationship with God during this tough coronavirus lockdown.”But the reopening of places of worship has sparked controversy with religious leaders themselves perplexed on how to resume safely.In a letter to parishioners, clergy and bishops of the Anglican church, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba said there was a consensus that “it is not yet time to resume worship”.He said preliminary reports had shown many dioceses and parishes had raised concerns including the return of pensioners and clergy over 60-years old, what to do if more than 50 congregants arrive and how to respond if congregants begin singing or mingling spontaneously.Calling for further engagement with the South African Council of Churches and the state, the archbishop said it would take time to gather the data needed before a decision to resume Anglican services can be made.Even the Zion Christian Church, South Africa’s largest operating church, has opted not to resume services despite the easing of restrictions.  “Our first service was today… we didn’t have as many of our congregation members as usual,” Pastor Sylvain Malindhva of Peniel ministries told AFP. “The fear is there… a lot of people are still hesitating to come to the churches.”In Johannesburg’s crowded business district, some small evangelical churches have opened up for services under strict government regulations including the wearing of masks and social distancing.”God gave us also wisdom and intelligence. We can’t just say because we are praying we are not going to observe those preventative measures,” Malindhva said. But many religious locals are opting to stay away.center_img Strange space “I am praying at home, God hears me just fine when I pray at home with my family,” 57-year-old vegetable seller Gloria Msibi told AFP.”I love church but it is so dangerous to be in a closed space with so many people.”Since recording its first virus case on March 5, Africa’s most modern nation has reported nearly 46,000 infections and 952 deaths, registering at least 1,000 new infections daily in recent days.On Friday many South African mosques hosted their first prayers in more than two months.”We usually stand shoulder to shoulder. Right now we have to give space which is kind of strange,” IT technician Tunde Oladeji told AFP after prayers at a Turkish mosque in Midrand, north of Johannesburg. “It is still better to be here than to be at home because praying in a mosque is really special.”A fellow congregant described the prayer session as both “emotionally and spiritually challenging.””It is something different and so we have to adapt, and adapting is a challenge for some people. So it will take time, but hopefully … we will get through this together.” White plastic chairs are sprayed down with sanitizer and a smartly dressed cleaner says a prayer while dusting before a first service in her church in more than nine weeks.  President Cyril Ramaphosa gave places of worship across South Africa the greenlight to reopen from June 1 provided they could satisfy appropriate COVID-19 self-regulation measures.But few have done so to date, with many worshippers hesitant to return for fear of catching the coronavirus. last_img read more

$17b in Queensland homes were approved for foreign sales last year

first_img57-59 The Corso, Isle of Capri, sold for $15.5m this year to Chinese buyers.The figures saw the average value of established homes foreign buyers were targeting remain somewhat steady at just over $740,000 ($769,000 previously).FIRB said 13 per cent of complaints about foreign purchases of residential real estate involved Queensland property, compared to 47 per cent out from Victoria and 33 per cent NSW.It found 223 properties valued at $304.8m were found to be in breach of foreign investment rules, with owners fined over half a million dollars in total. This Hope Island mansion called Sails sold to a Chinese buyer for $11m this year. Picture: Supplied.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoOver $530m worth of Queensland approvals were granted to foreigners buying established properties, a figure which has dropped 33 per cent over the previous financial year.“The decrease can be attributed to a range of reasons including housing market conditions, state and territory policy changes, a shift to investment in new dwellings, and the introduction of fees and processing changes,” the FIRB annual report said.It said established homes could generally “only be purchased by temporary residents for use as their home while they remain in Australia” though a “small number” were allowed to buy homes to house Australian-based workers. 159 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach, sold for $13.25m this year to Chinese buyers.New residential real estate made up the vast majority of the approvals granted last financial year – valued at $16.36b – with developers and off the plan approvals making up the bulk ($13.15b), followed by individuals buying new dwellings ($2.55b), those buying vacant land (over $470m) and buyers looking at redevelopment of existing properties ($150m).Chinese buyers continued to top the list of foreign investment approvals in Australia’s real estate sector, with a 31 per cent rise in the value of their approvals over the financial year. The United States, the Netherlands, Canada and the United Arab Emirates were also in the mix.center_img 18-20 Southern Cross Drive, Cronin Island, is among homes sold this year to Chinese buyers at $11m.FOREIGN buyers were given the green light to buy just short of $17 billion worth of Queensland homes last financial year, a massive 62 per cent surge.Latest Foreign Investment Review Board figures show foreign buyers were given permission to invest in $16.9 billion worth of residential real estate across the state, up from $10.4b the previous year.The FIRB approved over 6,700 applications for Queensland property deals, a 33 per cent jump in the year, with the data also showing a 20 per cent rise in the average value of those residential investments to $2.5m.last_img read more

Palm Cove property with view to Coral Sea for sale

first_imgViews for days.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“Set directly behind Palm Cove from an elevated position with amazing uninterrupted views through from Double Island to the Coral Sea, the upper level features two separate pavilion style bedrooms as well,” he said. “The main suite is elegant and built with space and style in mind. It also comes with your own cinema.“The home has a separate home-theatre that even Steven Spielberg would be impressed with.”The award-winning five-bedroom, four-bathroom Foley Rd house is only a few minutes drive from beach and cafes and restaurants of fabulous Palm Cove.Built with entertaining in mind there is a well-equipped kitchen inside and an outdoor poolside bar built around high ceilings, breezeways and decking. 9/63 Foley Rd, Palm Cove is on the market.On the market with Ray White Port Douglas’ Jason Monk and Mark Flinn, this home is set on 2590sq m and sprawls over two levels including a separate guest wing on the lower level. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:55Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:55 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenIslands for sale around Australia00:55THIS slice of Far North paradise will mean your guest bedrooms will never be empty. One of the property’s four bathrooms.A 10 kW solar power system with battery back up which means minimal power bills and the private gated estate has only nine properties.The home is on the market with a price tag of $2.5m.More details here.last_img read more

Anjorin wins new contract at Chelsea

first_imgTino Anjorin has won a new contract at Chelsea. Anjorin Sky Sports says Chelsea are set to announce that Anjorin has signed a new long-term deal. Blues boss Frank Lampard handed Anjorin his first Premier League appearance in March’s 4-0 win over Everton.Advertisement The manager has fought hard to keep him at Stamford Bridge. read also:Tino Anjorin agrees long-term deal with Chelsea Both Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Arsenal and Dortmund had all been monitoring the 18-year-old midfielder, who joined Chelsea as an Under-7. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…last_img