April 2021

Biscuit baker cuts sat fats

first_imgPaterson Arran has been named the first company to be part of the HGCA’s Supply Chain Partnership Innovation Showcase. The initative has been devised to help promote best practice in the cereals supply chain in innovation, cost and price, transport, materials testing and communication and collaboration.The Scottish biscuit manufacturer, based in Livingstone, was chosen for reducing the saturated fat content in its products by replacing the previously used palm oil with rapeseed oil.The range containing rapeseed oil was launched in 2007, as managing director Alan Hardie said the company predicted the healthy eating trend gathering pace.“We are using 250% more rapeseed oil than originally anticipated, and having this product range available has led to a number of new retail listings,” commented Hardie. “The conversion process from palm to rapeseed oil is still ongoing, and we are developing new products all the time.”Earlier this week, the Foods Standards Agency launched a campaign to reduce consumers’ intake of saturated fats.last_img read more

60-second Sales Pitch

first_imgRussell Wheeler, S Black Ltd, Technical sales manager – food ingredients== So, what are Haco Coffee extracts? ==Haco of Switzerland is one of Europe’s leading coffee processors and its coffees are produced from selected, freshly roasted green Arabica and Robusta coffee beans, in their decaffeinated or pure form, available in spray-dried, freeze-dried and liquid formats. Coffee substitutes are also available.== Why are they so special? ==As well as a range of standard liquid and dried formats, we also have Origin coffees, with on-pack provenance, such as Kilimanjaro, Ethiopian, Kenyan, or Sumatran. Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance-assured are also available.== Why should bakers buy them? ==Haco coffees deliver natural and authentic coffee flavour for bakery, desserts, beverages and confectionery. S Black has developed muffin, cake and icing demos to show the wide flavour and variety our range can offer, helping the baker select the appropriate grade.== So, explain the techie stuff. ==Haco extracts the coffee using traditional scaled-up ’espresso’ methods. Adjusting the roasting degree of the coffee beans and special aroma recovery techniques allow for an authentic flavour. The freeze-dried coffees can also be flavoured with coffee oil, to add an intense aroma.== Bottom line, what’s the benefit to the baker? ==Authentic provenance coffee, traditionally extracted in a wide range of formats and flavour tonalities, gives bakers real coffee flavour and convenience.last_img read more

Should you always be honest with references?

first_imgNot all poorly performing employees have to be managed out of a business by an employer some leave of their own accord. When they do, their appalling timekeeping and dreadful attitude are usually quickly forgotten. But it is probably inevitable that they will move on to worry another unsuspecting employer.If you were unknowingly about to hire a ’bad apple’ and someone else had information that could be useful, you would probably be glad if they disclosed it. But in this situation, would it be wise to spill the beans about what you know and tip the potential employer off about their candidate’s work history?The leading case in this is Spring v Guardian Assurance Plc 1994. This case said that an employer owes an ex-employee a duty of care to provide a reference that is “true, accurate and fair” and compiled with “reasonable care”. This means that anything you say must be verifiable for example, with sickness absence and disciplinary records. But there is a danger. If an ex-employee can show that, in giving a reference, you breach this duty, they may be able to bring a claim for damages against you. This is most likely to happen where a job offer is refused as a result of your reference.For example, one employer, when asked for a reference, wrote: “We cannot recommend X to you. He was useless at his job and left a trail of destruction in his wake. Do not employ him.” The job offer was withdrawn, but the employer had no evidence to back this up. He ended up having to settle out of court.The better way to approach this situation is to say nothing ie, decline to give a reference. There is no obligation on employers to provide them and employees have no right to expect one.Don’t ignore any request outright, as you will probably get a follow-up letter or phone call. Instead, write back acknowledging the request and simply state that you are unable to provide a reference. Do not use the word “unwilling” as it sounds contentious. Also, if the ex-employee finds out about it, they could threaten you with a claim.If an employee left under a compromise agreement and it contained an “agreed reference”, you would always have to give this otherwise you would be in breach of it.l For a free sample of Declining a Reference, call Tina at the NAMB on: 01920 468061last_img read more

Brothers Bar & Grill temporarily closed due to employee with COVID-19

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNews (Photo supplied/Brothers Bar & Grill) The Brothers Bar & Grill on Eddy Street in South Bend closed temporarily after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.According to a post on Facebook, the virus was detected after a mandatory health screening and temperature check required daily by all employees. They say the employee showed no signs of any health issues and was wearing a face covering and gloves while throughout this time.The restaurant was to remain closed until Tuesday, June 2, according to the Facebook post. Brothers Bar & Grill temporarily closed due to employee with COVID-19 Google+ Pinterest Google+ Twitter Facebook Previous articleBerrien County Health Department releases updated, improved COVID-19 dataNext articlePursuit ends with police involved shooting, trooper injured by suspect vehicle Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – June 2, 2020 0 493 Twitterlast_img read more

Plymouth company seeking additional funding for military project

first_img Twitter A company in Plymouth is developing a portable runway for the military.Indiana Technology and Manufacturing Companies, or ITAMCO, is part of a team developing a material that can be used by the U.S. Air Force to set-up temporary airport runways.The company is competing for Phase II Small Business Innovation Research funding for their work on the tech, which is called phase-transforming cellular materials.Inside Indiana Business reports the material can be 3-D printed and scaled to almost any size. ITAMCO says multiple planes can land on the material 30 minutes after it’s set up. Google+ Pinterest IndianaLocalNationalNewsSouth Bend Market Plymouth company seeking additional funding for military project Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter By Tommie Lee – August 12, 2020 0 455 Facebook Google+ Previous articleI&M provides power restoration update, 11,500 still in the darkNext articleNotre Dame Football announces results of latest COVID-19 tests Tommie Leelast_img read more

Man sentenced after robbery of woman at South Bend 7-Eleven

first_img WhatsApp Man sentenced after robbery of woman at South Bend 7-Eleven Google+ Google+ Twitter IndianaLocalNews Facebook By Jon Zimney – March 5, 2021 1 441 Previous articleMadness of college basketball watch party at Four Winds Field on March 19Next articleMan wanted for murder in Elkhart arrested in Tennessee Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Facebook (Photo supplied/St. Joseph County Jail) A man charged with robbery resulting in bodily injury was sentenced to nine years in the Indiana Department of Correction on Thursday, March 4.Police say Christopher Locke robbed a woman while she was paying for a drink at the 7-Eleven on East LaSalle in South Bend last May.Surveillance video shows Locke reaching for the woman’s wallet, then wrestling her to the ground. Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

Press release: Former private school teacher jailed for longer for sexual abuse

first_img I am pleased the Court of Appeal has increased the sentence. I trust this sends a clear message that justice will be served no matter how long ago the offences took place. I hope this helps the victims to get some closure. Burr betrayed his position of trust in the most despicable way possible. A former private boarding school teacher who sexually abused 4 of his pupils has had his sentence increased after the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC MP, appealed it for being too low.Peter Burr, now aged 73, indecently assaulted the boys aged between 11 and 14 at Christ’s Hospital School in West Sussex between 1969 and 1973.The pupils at the school were largely vulnerable young boys from disadvantaged backgrounds or had gained a place at the school following the death of a family member and had been separated from their families.Burr pleaded guilty to 9 counts of indecently assaulting the boys and was originally sentenced to 4 years imprisonment. The Court of Appeal has today increased his sentence to 6 years 7 months in prison.Speaking after the hearing, the Solicitor General said:last_img read more

Press release: New changes to encourage small businesses to apply for government contracts

first_imgOliver Dowden has discussed the plans during a round table event in March, attended by the Federation of Small Businesses, the Confederation of British Industry, and industry bodies representing social enterprises, entrepreneurs, and Chambers of Commerce.It is estimated that this group of organisations represents more than 2 million small businesses across the UK.Federation of Small Businesses National Chairman, Mike Cherry, said: This government is listening to the business community and is committed to levelling the playing field for smaller suppliers to win work in the public sector. We have set a challenging aspiration that 33% of procurement spend should be with small businesses by 2022 – and are doing more than ever to break down barriers for smaller firms. Small businesses are the backbone of the UK economy, and play a key role in helping us to build a strong, viable private sector that delivers value for taxpayers and jobs for millions all over the UK. Today the government will launch a package of tough new measures designed to level the playing field for smaller businesses bidding to win government contracts.Cabinet Office Minister Oliver Dowden will announce proposals to exclude suppliers from major government procurements if they cannot demonstrate fair and effective payment practices with their subcontractors. Other plans include allowing subcontractors to have greater access to buying authorities to report poor payment performance, signalling the government’s commitment to improving payment practice in the UK.Further requirements mean suppliers will have to advertise subcontracting opportunities via the Contracts Finder website, and to provide the government with data showing how businesses in their supply chain, including small businesses, are benefiting from supplying to central government.The Prime Minister has also today written to members of her Cabinet to nominate a Small Business Champion minister in each department to ensure that small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are given a fair opportunity.This package of measures is designed to ensure that more businesses – including smaller firms – will be able to supply goods and services to the public sector, while also making public procurement more transparent.In the most recent figures from 2015/16, government spent £5.6 billion directly with small businesses. Indeed, when sub-contracts to small businesses from larger suppliers was taken into account, total spend rose to £12.2 billion.Oliver Dowden, Minister for Implementation, said: To coincide with the launch, the minister will today also be visiting two small businesses in the north-west who both supply services to the government. Emma Jones, the Government’s Crown Representative for Small Business, said: Each year, the UK public sector spends over £200 billion on goods and services from third parties. As such a large and prominent customer in the economy, the government has a pivotal role to play in demonstrating what it is to be a good client. It is right then that the government today announces, as part of a new package to boost SME procurement, that it will clamp down on poor payment practice throughout public procurement supply chains. Companies who pay late should not be rewarded with public sector contracts. We need a robust public procurement process that holds larger companies to account for their payment practices. Securing a government contract is a great way for small firms to bring in a steady income stream that can really help their business to grow. These measures demonstrate the government’s clear commitment to small business, ensuring they can easily find and access new opportunities to supply to government.last_img read more

Press release: US, UK, France statement on the chemical weapons attack in Syria

first_img On the fifth anniversary of the horrific Ghouta Sarin attack, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France reiterate their condemnation of the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime. Since 2012, the regime has resorted to the use of chemical weapons during military offensives, not only in Ghouta but also in Khan Sheikhoun, Ltamenah, Saraqib, and Douma, killing and injuring thousands of people. As Permanent Members of the Security Council, we reaffirm our shared resolve to preventing the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime, and for holding them accountable for any such use. Our position on the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons is unchanged. As we have demonstrated, we will respond appropriately to any further use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime, which has had such devastating humanitarian consequences for the Syrian population. We welcome the establishment of attribution arrangements at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), in accordance with its authority under the Chemical Weapons Convention, as confirmed by the decision of the Conference of States Parties. The establishment of these arrangements will help ensure that the perpetrators of chemical weapons use in Syria cannot escape identification. We welcome the launch of the International Partnership against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons on 23 January 2018, and call on all countries committed to fight impunity to join the International Partnership. We remain committed to securing justice for victims of chemical weapons use. Furthermore, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France are gravely concerned over reports of a military offensive by the Syrian regime against civilians and civilian infrastructure in Idlib, and the resulting humanitarian consequences. We also underline our concern at the potential for further – and illegal – use of chemical weapons. We urge supporters of the Assad regime to use their influence to uphold the global norm against chemical weapons use. We implore those countries to recognize that the unchecked use of chemical weapons by any state presents an unacceptable security threat to all states. We urge the international community to support our collective efforts to end Syria’s use of chemical weapons. And we remain resolved to act if the Assad regime uses chemical weapons again. US, UK and France statement:last_img read more

Speech: Evidence of Russia’s Involvement in Salisbury Attack

first_imgThank you very much Madam President, and thank you for scheduling this meeting today at short notice following the announcements in the United Kingdom yesterday.When the Council last met on this issue on 18 April, I undertook to update the Council in the light of significant developments. My Prime Minister’s full statement to Parliament has been circulated to the Security Council as document SC2/2018/814. As the British Prime Minister announced yesterday in Parliament, the United Kingdom has reached a significant conclusion in the Salisbury CW investigation. I’ll come to that later if I may, but first, a brief summary of what happened in Salisbury earlier this year.On Sunday, 4 March, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench in the city centre after being poisoned by a Novichok nerve agent. Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, a Wiltshire police officer, was also seriously ill after having been exposed to a nerve agent. Following this attack, the United Kingdom notified the OPCW, invited them to confirm the identity of the substance involved, and we briefed members of the Security Council.The OPCW’s independent, expert laboratories confirmed the UK’s identification of the Novichok nerve agent.Madam President, the Skripals are thankfully recovering. But on 30 June this year, 44 year-old mother of three Dawn Sturgess fell ill in the nearby town of Amesbury after being exposed to Novichok. She sadly died on 8 July. Her partner, Charlie Rowley was also exposed to the nerve agent and he became seriously ill. Police have identified that Sturgess and Rowley came into contact with a counterfeit perfume bottle which had been discarded in Salisbury. Tests of this bottle following its recovery by police confirmed it contained a significant amount of highly lethal Novichok nerve agent.On 4 September, the OPCW’s independent, expert laboratories have again confirmed the UK’s identification of the Novichok nerve agent with a very high level of purity and to remind Council members, the very high level of purity means that it will have been made by a state.The inquiry into the Amesbury incident has now been formally linked by the police with the attempted murder of the Skripals. The OPCW independent experts have confirmed the identifications as Novichok nerve agent, and it is the exact same chemical that was used in both attacks.Madam President, it stretches credulity the identification of such nerve agent twice in close proximity to be a coincidence. We have previously shared with the Council the information about the Russian foliant programme from 2000, but to recap briefly, there was a development of Novichok outside the Chemical Weapons Convention and Russian agents were trained in assassination techniques, including the use of such agents on door handles.Madam President, in the UK, the police are independent of government and they have been conducting a painstaking and forensic investigation. This investigation has involved around 250 detectives who have trawled through more than 11,000 hours of CCTV footage and have taken more than 1,400 statements. Working around the clock, they have carried out painstaking and methodical work to ascertain exactly which individuals were responsible and the methods they used to carry out this attack.This evidence has been independently reviewed by the Crown Prosecution Service, and they have concluded there is a sufficient basis to bring charges. We have thus independently concluded that there is enough evidence to bring charges against two Russian nationals for the following crimes: the conspiracy to murder Sergei Skripal; the attempted murder of Sergei and Yulia Skripal and Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey; the use and possession of Novichok; and causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Yulia Skripal and Nick Bailey. The investigation into the murder of Dawn Sturgess remains ongoing.Madam President, the evidence reveals the following. It shows the arrival of two individuals traveling under the names of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov who go to the UK from Russia. CCTV and other evidence records their travel to and from Salisbury and crucially, there are images which clearly places them in the vicinity of the Skripal’s house at 11:58 A.M. on Sunday, 4 March. This was moments before the attack took place, which involved placing the substance on the Skripal’s front door handle. Madam President, should any Council member wish, we can share copies of those meetings.Further, testing of the hotel the pair stayed in in London revealed the presence of traces of the Novichok substance in their hotel room.Based on a thorough analysis of our intelligence, the UK government has concluded that the two individuals named by the police investigation are in fact officers from the Russian Military Intelligence Service, also known as the GRU. This is a body of the Russian state.Madam President, we previously when we briefed the Council before, attributed responsibility to Russia on the basis of technical means, operational experience – and I recall the case of Litvenenko here – and motive. Russian statements have said that former Russian agents are, if you like, fair game for assassination. These arguments have now been firmly reinforced by the clear evidence of the involvement of identified Russian nationals travelling to the UK from Moscow and returning there on Russian passports. This evidence has been sufficient for our independent prosecuting authorities to bring criminal charges in relation to the Salisbury attack and to issue European arrest warrants.Madam President, these two individuals are no longer in the United Kingdom. Were they with us, these two suspects within UK jurisdiction would be liable to arrest in a clear basis in law for their attempted murder crimes.It is clear, Madam President that the Russian state does not permit the extradition of Russian nationals, and I understand that this is a prohibition in the Russian Constitution. So therefore, with respect to these two individuals, we have obtained a European arrest warrant and we will shortly the issue an Interpol red notice. Should either of these individuals ever travel gain outside Russia, we will take every step open to us to detain them, to extradite them, and to bring them to face justice in the United Kingdom.And we responded at the time to Russian behaviour robustly. The Council will recall that we were joined by 28 partners and NATO in expelling more than 150 Russian intelligence officers. This was a proportionate and direct response to deter and degrade Russia’s ability to conduct further operations in the future and to reduce her ability to use the GRU network to cause our citizens harm.Madam President, we have clear evidence of Russian state involvement in what happened in Salisbury and the use of CW. This is reckless involvement, endangering the lives of many citizens and reckless involvement endangering the universal prohibition on the use of CW.Madam President, as the Council has discussed before, there is an established pattern of malign Russian behaviour perpetrated by military and intelligence agencies overseas. This was shown in the October 2016 coup attempt in Montenegro, shown in the June 2017 Notpetya a cyber attack which killed an estimated $1.2 billion of damage worldwide, and it has been shown in other cyber attacks.The GRU has time and again been responsible for Russian interference in other countries’ affairs, and most recently, we saw US indictments of GRU individuals in relation to the 2016 Democratic National Committee PAC. Now, in the light of the evidence from Salisbury, we see that GRU activity also encompasses the use of illegal military grade nerve agent on European soil.Madam President, P5 members bear a particular responsibility to uphold global norms and international law. All the more so where weapons of mass destruction is concerned. One P5 member has not upheld these important norms. One P5 member has undertaken a pattern of behaviour which showed that they tried to murder the Skripals. They played dice with the lives of the people of Salisbury. They work in a parallel universe where the normal rules of international affairs are inverted. This is a direct challenge, Madam President, to the rules-based international system, which has kept all of us safe, including Russia, since 1945. In the face of such behaviour, the international community needs to continue to defend the laws, norms and institutions that safeguard our citizens against chemical weapons and safeguard them against the threat of hostile, foreign interference. This is why the British Prime Minister yesterday set out the importance of using transparent multilateral mechanisms to identify and hold malign actors to account.Allow me to summarize the steps that we believe should now be taken by the international community. We need to work together to strengthen the Chemical Weapons Convention against the use of CW round the world and which we saw most recently, violated on the streets of the United Kingdom.We need to build further the OPCW’s capability to attribute the use of chemical weapons. There can be no place for such incidents as Salisbury again.We need to shine a light on the use of state agencies to undermine the rule of law and interfere in the domestic lives of other countries’ citizens.And we need to make best use of our established methods, including sanctions, in curbing threats to our societies and our ways of life.As Theresa May emphasized yesterday, the United Kingdom has no quarrel with the Russian people. We continue to hold out hope that we will once again enjoy a strong partnership with the government of this great nation. We have fought alongside Russian troops in the Second World War. But we will respond robustly when our security is threatened, when the lives of our citizens are endangered, and when the norms and rules of international law and the international system are flouted in such a brazen and reckless manner.We stand with our partners and allies. We are determined to continue to disrupt together the hostile activities of foreign intelligence networks on our territories. We will uphold the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. We will protect our citizens and we will defend ourselves from all forms of maligned state activity directed against us and our societies.Thank you Madam President.Further Statement by Ambassador Karen Pierce, UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at the Security Council briefing on SalisburyThank you very much Madam President and thank you to colleagues for their views and for colleagues’ expressions of solidarity and support and for colleagues who repeated their revulsion at the use of CW wherever, whenever it occurs.I just want to make very clear that the United Kingdom shares that position about bolstering the international prohibition on the use of CW.I was asked a number of questions, Madam President, so with your permission I will respond briefly. I was asked about the investigation. I would just like to recall for colleagues that in the United Kingdom the police are independent of government. The investigation has been independent; the one into the murder of Dawn Sturgess, which is ongoing, is independent. We believe it is methodical and comprehensive.I was asked about inconsistencies, Madam President, in the evidence identifying the two Russian individuals as Russian GRU operatives. We have CCTV footage, Madam President. We are happy to share those images with colleagues. To take one instance, the Russian Ambassador mentioned that there was a timestamp in the same corridor for both individuals. I don’t know if the Ambassador has been to Gatwick airport. We have been to Gatwick airport. There are multiple identical corridors through which people can go. This is what happened to the two Russians. We are confident, Madam President, in our evidence, and I am very happy to talk to any colleague or indeed any UN member of the General Assembly who has doubts about the evidence is very welcome to come and have a briefing at the British Mission.I was asked also about cooperation with the Russian authorities. I would like to recall for Council colleagues that when this episode first happened in March, my government went to the Russian authorities and asked for their cooperation. We were given a reply that the request for cooperation was null and void. We would have been happy to collaborate with the Russian authorities at that time. We have indicated our willingness to do so since that point, but in fact what we have seen is a diversion into avenues that are not relevant to this particular case. I think that’s a great pity, Madam President.The Russians have also asked us if they could join the investigation once it was underway. I’ve said before in this chamber, but I repeat: you don’t recruit an arsonist to put out a fire. You especially don’t do that when the fire is one they caused.I was asked about GRU operatives using fake names. The names may be fake, but the crimes are real. The time for lies and discrimination has passed and it is now time for truth and accountability.We have not assumed that the Russians are guilty. We have done an investigation. The assumption of guilt over innocence may happen in the Russian judicial system, Madam President. It does not happen in the United Kingdom’s. But I do think there is an interesting question for the Russian authorities as to whether the GRU operatives were incompetent in what they did to leave traces or whether they were rogue. And I think that’s an important angle to think about.We were accused of not granting consular access to the Skripals. In fact, we did, as I’ve told the Council; we did, Madam President, pass on the details from the Russian Consulate in London to Yulia Skripal, and it was her wishes that we followed in all subsequent contact. Yulia, I’m glad to say, is making a good recovery. We have had no other thought in our dealings with her than her welfare and her wishes.Madam President, we are now up to some 37 accounts from Russia as to why and how Salisbury took place. I think none hold water. We believe that the evidence we have presented speaks for itself, but I repeat, I am very happy to give any member of the United Nations who would wish a briefing on that.I think we need to recall that a woman has died, two people have narrowly escaped death, a whole city was placed at risk and the global non-proliferation CW regime has also been placed at risk. I would hope that the Russians would respect the Council, engage on the facts and accept the compelling evidence of Russian complicity in this crime.As regards to the British allegations against Russian over Douma: I think again, Madam president, this shows that for many Russian authorities, they work in a parallel universe where facts and international norms are inverted. We abhor the use of chemical weapons. We take our responsibilities under the Chemical Weapons Convention extremely seriously. We call on the Syrian authorities and the Russian authorities who work with them not to use chemical weapons against their own people, not to repeat Eastern Ghouta and Douma. But as you and our French colleagues and the United Kingdom have made clear, we will uphold our international responsibilities and we will uphold the international commitments and obligations that the international community has laid down.If I may conclude, Madam President, the world is poorer that Russia, a P5 member, will not join us in doing precisely that to uphold the international order.Thank you, Madam President.last_img read more