Share KCS-content Monday 22 November 2010 6:10 am Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL US authorities will announce string of insider dealing cases Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family Proof Federal authorities are closing in on a series of high profile targets as part of a drive to purge insider trading from Wall Street.They are understood to be on the verge of announcing cases against hedge fund traders, consultants and Wall Street bankers within weeks, according to lawyers working on the cases.Prosecutors and securities regulators are likely to file a number of cases targeting the $1.7 trillion hedge fund industry rather than a single spectacular case, said the lawyers.They are likely to reveal suspicions of multiple, highly organised insider trading rings suspected of reaping tens of millions of dollars for their members over a period of years.The probe is said to include up to three dozen companies.The new round of prosecutions could start before Christmas, lawyers said, adding that they could rival last year’s arrest of Galleon Group hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam and nearly two-dozen others in one of the largest insider trading cases ever brought.Authorities are still deciding whether to pursue cases against several individuals who were implicated but never charged in the Galleon case and another case involving a former UBS investment banker. whatsapp whatsapp
Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! 2 FTSE 250 dividend stocks I’d buy and hold for a long time See all posts by Manika Premsingh Image source: Getty Images. When buying a dividend stock for the long term, I am interested in the company’s potential. Companies with high potential are more likely to earn me a passive income for a long time than those that operate in slowing or static markets. Green energy stock with healthy dividend yieldTo that extent, I like the FTSE 250 stock Greencoat UK Wind (LSE: UKW). There is little debate that green energy is the future. And Greencoat UK Wind is right in the heart of this energy evolution. It is a fund with investments in 38 wind farms across the country. 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Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Dmitry Jason SteinbuchelPasadena fitness and nutrition enthusiast Dmitry Jason Steinbuchel, creator of the â€˜Behind The Plateâ€™ nutrition website, will present a seminar on healthy eating at the Mission Fitness Center in San Marino on April 27, at 3:30 pm. The event will include nutrition information, recipes and preparation and tasting of healthy meal alternatives.Steinbuchel, 25, is passionate about health. A buff advertising executive by day, he remade his own health, and has helped friends and relatives do the same, including friends who were underweight, overweight, or coping with Type 2 Diabetes. â€œIâ€™m not selling anything,â€ he says. â€œThis is information that everyone deserves – how to be healthy without medications.â€Steinbuchel emigrated to the US from the Ukraine at age 10. â€œIâ€™ve been interested in the science of food since I was 16,â€ he recounts. â€œAt 5â€™ 10â€ I weighed 135 lbs, which was very skinny. I started going to the gym and fell in love with the process. In the first year, I gained 10 good pounds.â€œAfter working out for a while, I realized that exercising and staying active is only half the job; other half is what we eat, what time day, and the quality of food.â€He read about nutrition, and started experimenting â€“ on himself. â€œI was the lab rat. I tried a high carbohydrate diet, but it didnâ€™t work for me. I switched to a high protein diet. That brought even more good body transformation. And the more results I saw in the gym, the more people asked, how did you do it?â€Steinbuchel did it through eating a diet that is relatively high in protein from organic meats and fish; has moderate amounts of good fats like olive and flax seed oil; moderate amounts of carbohydrates, mostly from vegetables; and relatively little grains or fruit. â€œIf you eat clean 80 to 90 percent of the time, you can achieve incredible results.â€ “In three or four months, people can see incredible results, if they really stick to it.â€So many people ask him how he stays so fit that he launched â€˜Behind the Plateâ€™ on Facebook last year. Itâ€™s at https://www.facebook.com/BehindThePlates, â€œItâ€™s a community page where people can share healthy recipes, and help each other out. Weâ€™re all about making healthy food taste great.â€The April 27 presentation is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Call (626) 799-0977, or email [email protected] Mission Fitness Center is a boutique gym located at 2451 Mission Street, in the Mission District of San Marino. For more information, go to missionfitnesscenter.com. Subscribe Fitness Young Buff Fitness Expert to Speak on Good Nutrition From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, April 12, 2013 | 1:31 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News HerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Business News Make a comment 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
The 38-unit Copa de Oro Apartments, on North Los Robles Avenue at East Maple Street in Pasadena’s West Central neighborhood, have new owners, who told Pasadena Now on Wednesday they plan to “spruce up” the rental property, “but we’re not doing anything major.’’“The building has been owned by a long-term owner for quite a while and hasn’t really invested in infrastructure upgrades, so we really plan on improving the common areas, sprucing it up, as it were, because it’s dated now,’’ said Kamyar Shabani, co-principal with his brother Joseph of Optimus Properties a Century City-based real-estate company that announced this week’s sale on Wednesday.“Our plan is to rehabilitate vacant units as they open by modernizing the interiors to be competitive with Old Town Pasadena inventory,’’ Kamyar Shabani said in a news release.Current rents at the property, located at 400 North Los Robles Ave., range from around $1,500 a month for a one-bedroom to slightly under $2,000 for a two-bedroom, Shabani said. The 1958-built building contains 27 one-bedroom units and 11 two-bedroom units.Terms of the sale were not disclosed, and Shabani declined to specify the price in an interview with Pasadena Now.The real-estate website LoopNet.com listed the offering price of the property at $11.4 million, or $300,000 per unit.Wednesday’s news release said Optimus “beat out several potential buyers.”The building is adjacent to the 210 freeway, within walking distance to Old Pasadena and the Gold Light Rail’s Lake station.“The property attracted numerous offers from potential buyers because of the rarity of the offering, overall sales inventory for this generational neighborhood, and proximity to the new Light Rail Gold line,’’ said Joseph Shabani.Stephen R. Whitmore, a spokesman for L.A. County Assessor Jeff Prang, said the property had previously been owned, since 2004, by Copa De Oro En Los Robles, LLC.With the economy reeling from the coronavirus crisis, the sale represents a measure of optimism about the city’s long-term economic health, Kamyar Shabani said.“We are aware that the current market conditions are unsettling, but our conviction is that Pasadena will remain a strong rental market despite the intermediate downturn, and the purchase price reflected the current uncertainties in the marketplace,’’ he said.“We believe that local transportation initiatives, and strong economic fundamentals, support our position on the Pasadena market.”Shabani said the deal took about 2 ½ months to complete.“It got slightly delayed because of the pandemic, and we, the buyer and the seller, were very cooperative, just taking into account obviously everything that’s going on in the world,’’ he said.“The broker was very helpful in getting us to a satisfactory conclusion, given how difficult the situation is, and given escrow offices are remote and all the things you would imagine are going on.’’Optimus also owns retail buildings, office buildings, medical-office buildings and multi-family properties, mostly in Southern California, but also in Washington and New Mexico. Shabani said the company’s portfolio includes about two dozen apartment buildings.Before the Copa de Oro purchase, Optimus bought a 20-unit apartment building on Westwood Boulevard in the Palms section of Culver City for $6.065 million, according to a news release on Monday.Copa de Oro is Optimus’s first multi-family purchase in Pasadena, and Shabani said the company plans to stay in the city for the long haul.“We’re long-term holders of this deal,’’ he said. “We like the asset, we like the layout, we like the bones of the building. … We would hope to own this for many, many years.’’He also said, “We’re pride-of-ownership owners. We really take pride in investing money in deals, and this is a deal that we’re going to be investing a lot of money (in) over the long term.’’Besides landscaping improvements and painting, Shabani said improvements on individual apartments as they open up will include “stainless-steel appliances, quartz counter tops, new bathroom tiles, back-splash – it’ll be very nice when it’s done.’’He said the building may also need a new roof, but that “now’s not the time to do a new roof, because it would be so noisy — it’s just not appropriate to do it now with everybody indoors. So those types of things have got to wait.’’The name of the building will stay the same, Shabani said.“We’re keeping the name, we like the name, we think it’s great,’’ he said. 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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Copa de Oro Apartments On Los Robles Ave. are Sold Renovations Planned as Rental Units Open Up – ‘But we’re not doing anything major’ By KEVIN KENNEY, Senior Reporter Published on Thursday, April 16, 2020 | 1:38 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
Donegal County Council’s Finance Director says there’s been a surge in the payment of non-domestic water charges, and is warning that water disconnections now loom for outstanding accounts.July saw a major campaign initiated by the council’s new Income Collection Unit.Garry Martin says in early July, the council issued approximately 3,000 arrears reminder letters to non-domestic water users across Donegal, advising them to respond by Wednesday of this week.The letter warned that failure to respond would leave the Council with no option but to commence proceedings to recover the debt, and restrict or disconnect supplies which were not being paid for.Mr Martin says while the council is delighted with the surge in payment following the letters, proceedings will now be against those customers who have not responded or made any meaningful attempt to address the arrears…..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/garyrymartinwater.mp3[/podcast] Facebook By News Highland – August 2, 2013 Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ WhatsApp News Facebook Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleMayor of Donegal keeping pressure on to ensure A5 goes aheadNext articleEducation Minister tells MacGill Summer School he wants country back to full employment News Highland Update – 35 Donegal businesses face water disconnection as council adopts a “get tough” policy 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter
News UpdatesPandemic Being Used As Excuse By State For Acting In Flagrant Breach Of Court’s Orders: Madras High Court Sparsh Upadhyay29 April 2021 5:10 AMShare This – xThe Madras High Court on Wednesday (April 28) came down heavily on State Government for its failure to file a status report in a matter within time citing the COVID pandemic. The Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy was presiding over a Public Interest Litigation and when the matter was listed for reporting compliance, the State prayed for more time to file a status report in the matter. To this, the Court remarked, “Even as the common man remains apprehensive and fears for his life while praying that he does not get affected by the virus since the medical facilities remain suspect, the State’s indolence knows no bounds to use the pandemic as an excuse for acting in flagrant breach of orders of this Court.” Importantly, in the instant matter, on April 7, 2021, the Court had given the State “the last chance” and the state was afforded ten days’ time to complete the work and file a status report. However, when the matter appeared on Wednesday, the virus was blamed for the status report not being filed despite previous orders therefor. Lastly, the Court directed that the matter would appear on April 30, 2021 and the Advocate General has been asked to represent the State to file the status report and justify the conduct of the State. In related news, last week, the Court had remarked in another matter that, “Despite observations in repeated orders that directions issued by the Court to file affidavits continue to be flouted frequently, there is no improvement in the situation.” The Court was dealing with a matter pertaining to illegal quarrying, when the State Government justified the failure to adhere to the directions because of the pandemic. To this, the Court had said, “Even otherwise, in crucial matters pertaining to illegal quarrying when reports or affidavits are not forthcoming, there is every reason to draw an adverse inference that the officials are mixed up with those involved in the illegal quarrying activities and actively resist the Court investigating into such matters.” Further, the Court had also said that insolence couldn’t be accepted nor could a system be allowed to continue when directions for filing affidavits hold no meaning at all. Click here To Download OrderRead OrderTagsDELAY IN FILING STATUS REPORT #Madras High Court COVID Breach Of Orders Of The Court Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy Next Story
Jan Royall, Principal of Somerville College, insisted that she would encourage all students who needed to return to do so: “I will do everything possible to ensure that students whose home circumstances make it difficult to study will be able to return as soon as possible”. She also urged caution: “For those of you wishing to book rail tickets on a specific date for your return to Oxford, I would strongly advise you not to for the moment”. The Dean of St Hilda’s outlined reasons for returning to College prior to 25 January and urged students “to think carefully about whether you need to return before 25th January. College services will be available to support students who are resident, but College will not be fully open and services may only be available on a limited basis to reflect the government guidance to reduce mixing to a minimum”. “We are in regular contact with senior leaders across the collegiate University to ensure student views are prioritised at the highest level and next week will be highlighting student concerns at the key University groups we are members of including Education Steering Group and Hilary and Trinity Co-ordination group. A statement on the University’s website said: “We are looking forward to welcoming students back to Oxford in Hilary term. We want to help make the most of your Oxford experience, within the constraints of the pandemic. “We know that the uncertainty around returning is challenging and we continue to encourage the collegiate University to communicate promptly and openly so that students can remain up to date. We are pleased the University have committed to updating students next week shortly after key decisions are made. “ While this decision has been made on a University level, some colleges already informed their students of the delayed return. In an email from New College, students are also told that “there are some more decisions to be made at a University level on Monday. So further College advice will be issued early next week”. For international students, New confirmed that “you will not be required to reorganise your travel to the UK if this has already been booked”. The announcement comes after the government’s plans for students’ return to university were changed following the continuing rise in coronavirus cases across the country. The Universities Minister said that due to “early and concerning evidence on a new variant and the extension of Tier 4 restrictions to a number of regions of the country” the return of most students would be delayed until at least the 25 January, with plans for a staggered return of students following this date. “Following today’s update from the University we expect colleges to provide further updates to their students including around accommodation. Our view is that students unable to return to Oxford in Hilary Term 2021 should not be financially penalised; students should not have to pay for accommodation that they are unable to live in. In an email sent to all students, Professor Martin Williams, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, and Miles Young, who chairs the Conference of Colleges, wrote: “We realise that this last-minute change of arrangements provides yet further uncertainty in an already difficult year. We had some very good news this week about the approval of the Oxford vaccine for use in the UK. This provides us hope that we will be able to return to a more normal studying environment later in the year, but, for now, we would like to thank you for your patience as we work through this difficult period”. Charging arrangements for Hilary Term are yet to be decided but New’s email notes that “it is usual not to charge for accommodation or catering if UK rules do not permit students return to accommodation”. University College has already pledged not to charge students rent for the time they are not permitted to be in student accommodation while an email from Lady Margaret Hall confirms that “Oxford colleges including LMH are continuing to work on the principle that students will not usually be charged for any accommodation where a College is not able to provide it on account of UK rules, or a related policy of the University”. 01/01/21, 14:22 – Updated to include communication from the Student Union. The Student Union also included links to their student advice service, which reopens from January 4th, and the COVID-19 hardship fund. The University also noted that there were specific exemptions, for example for international students who have remained at Oxford or cannot change their travel plans, for those who remained in Oxford over the vacation and for individuals who require additional support or access to study spaces. Guidance about completing three lateral flow tests on arrival remains unchanged. Most students will not return for Hilary Term until at least the 25th January, Oxford University has announced. Following this, the Student Union issued a statement saying they “welcome the University of Oxford’s recent statement to all students on the start of Hilary Term following the recent government announcement. On Wednesday 30 December, the UK Government published new guidance about which students are allowed to return to universities in the New Year. If you are taking part in initial teacher training or medicine courses, you should return to Oxford as indicated previously. Students on a small number of additional courses (for example, some of those with professional accreditations) may be invited to come back to Oxford earlier than other students. Further guidance will follow on this next week.” In line with Government guidance, only very specific groups of taught students will be permitted to return to Oxford from 4 January. All other taught students are advised not to travel back to university until at least 25 January, with all teaching taking place online until at least that point. This is a breaking article and will be updated as new information becomes available. “This year remains incredibly difficult for all students and this must be recognised by the University in their academic expectations of students. We were pleased to secure a continuation fees grace period for Postgraduate research students. We look forward to working with the University to ensure student learning and assessment isn’t disadvantaged due to the pandemic. 01/01/21, 14:58 – Updated to include communication from St Hilda’s and Lady Margaret Hall.
Thank you very much Mr President. Thank you Special Envoy for your briefing and for all the work that you and your teams do on the ground. I learn with personal regret of your intention to move on, much as I understand the reasons, and I’ll come back to that if I may. But I think this Council and all the United Nations owe you a tremendous debt because you have stuck with one of the most difficult portfolios that I think any representative of the Secretary-General can have in any conflict, and you’ve done it for four long years, so we thank you very much for that. And as I say, I’ll come back to that later.The war itself of course has gone on even longer than your tenure. I think you’re the third Special Envoy of the Secretary-General and the war has gone on for seven very long, very gruesome, very awful years for the Syrian people.And I’ll start with Idlib. Idlib is a terribly important moment because three million civilians remain at risk there and we salute the work that the Turkish government have done, working with the Russians, to get the current situation in Idlib under control. And if I can quote the Emergency Relief Coordinator; we hope that it is a reprieve and not a stay of execution. But I think everyone on the Council remains fearful that the delivery agreement won’t hold. So I think my first point is that this Council should do everything it can to support you and support Turkey in having that Idlib agreement be preserved.Secondly, as the French ambassador said, the humanitarian situation still remains very difficult and very challenging. There has been progress in certain areas but it is not the case that aid is going to all the people who truly are in need. And so we also call upon everyone and the Council to redouble efforts to support OCHA, the ICRC and others in getting aid through. And we call on the Russian and Syrian governments to ensure that the aid gets delivered on the basis of impartiality and need.As you said Special Envoy, Idlib does represent not only the potential salvation of three million civilians, but also a window of opportunity on the peace process, and my American and French colleagues set out very clearly how that might be taken forward. And I just want to add the United Kingdom’s voice to what they said. You have described, Special Envoy, exactly how the Constitutional Committee should be constituted, how it might work, what sorts of things it could look at. Now under 2254, this was supposed to have all been set up within six months. And frankly, I think on our side, it beggars belief that the Syrian government cannot work with what you have set out. And I agree with the American representative that the fact that the Syrian government cannot work with the Constitutional Committee as you have set out calls into question either Russian good faith in brokering that deal at Sochi in the first place or it shows that the Russian government does not have power and influence in Syria. And I think both of those two things are quite dangerous for the potential of the Syrian political process and I think we should spend some time thinking through the consequences of there being no progress at all on the Constitutional Committee. And even at this stage, we would appeal to the Syrian authorities to make every conceivable effort to work with the UN to bring the Constitutional committee into being on the lines you have set out to set out. We completely agree with you and the Secretary-General; the UN cannot be involved in this charade. This Constitutional Committee must be a genuinely credible and representative process.As the French ambassador said, it isn’t the only part of the political process. It isn’t a threat to Syria’s sovereignty or her territorial integrity or her unity to work with the United Nations on a broader political process. All the experience of this Council, over very many decades, but in recent times from the Balkans to Africa to the Middle East, shows that when you have conflict as divisive and as awful and as damaging as the Syrian conflict has been for the last seven years, you need to have a representative political process if you want a country to be stable, if you want it to be coherent and above all, if you wish to reintegrate back into the international community. And I assume that the Syrian people really want those things.So we take the opportunity today to call on the Syrian authorities to put aside self-interest and to engage with the United Nations and the broader political process. We call on them to ensure sustained humanitarian access as I said earlier, but we also call on them to put an end to policies and practices that create obstacles for displaced people and refugees returning home and rebuilding their lives. And we call on them to start progress towards creating a safe and neutral environment in which all of Syria’s communities, regardless of religion or ethnicity, can thrive and be fairly represented.Moving on to your visit to Damascus, I hope that you go with the Council’s full support in delivering the Secretary-General’s clear and direct message to the Syrian authorities.We thank you for the offer to come back to the Council and to brief us further, and I think as others have said, it’s of such vital importance that we seize this opportunity. You’ll always be welcome in the Council any time, but I hope you will err on the side of keeping the Council updated as to how your talks are going.You mentioned the Brussels Conference. I want to be very clear again: the sort of reintegration of Syria into the international community, the coherence and stability that need to flow from a genuinely representative political process, will need reconstruction money and it will need reconstruction money from the West. This is also a lesson of all conflicts that we have been dealing with collectively over the last few decades. And I take this opportunity to reiterate, as I am sure the Brussels event will do so, we will not provide reconstruction assistance for Syria absent a credible political process leading to a settlement that is genuinely in the interests of all of Syria’s communities. To do otherwise would be to see the awful seven years that have bedeviled Syria be repeated time and again until we are all locked in the most vicious of spirals. Syria needs to overcome the factors that led in the first place seven years ago to the conflict that we are now all struggling with and that cannot be done by ignoring help from the United Nations. It cannot be down by turning your back on the international community. And I hope that the Syrian representative will be able to transmit these messages to his authorities in advance of your visit to Damascus.I’ll save a fuller tribute to your work, Special Envoy for when we get your final thoughts and advice on what follows in the future after November. I welcome the fact that you have said you will be honest and direct and clear. We look forward to that. We hope you will give us unvarnished advice on what to do next. We hope that the outcome of that will be a way that the United Nations can assist the people of Syria in coming to a political settlement, but we must also contemplate other scenarios unless we see movement from the Syrian authorities. It is a defining moment. I hope the Council will be able to support you to the full. I look forward to hearing your future account, but I do just want to close by expressing our deepest thanks on behalf of all the British government for everything you have done to work for the United Nations on this most difficult of dossiers. Thank you.
An ambitious new strategy to drive growth in Scotland’s farming, fishing, food and drink industry has been unveiled by Scotland Food & Drink.Ambition 2030, launched this week, “establishes a vision to cement food and drink as Scotland’s most valuable industry”, with the opportunity to more than double turnover in the sector to £30 billion by 2030. The Scottish food and drink sector is worth £14.4bn annually, with 119,000 people working directly in the industry. Food manufacturing in Scotland is growing at twice the rate of the UK average for the sector.The strategy was developed by the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership, an industry-led collaboration between the main organisations in the farming, fishing, food and drink sector, alongside the Scottish government and its key agencies. Trade body Scottish Bakers was represented by its president, Craig McPhie, at the official launch with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.Chief executive of Scottish Bakers Alan Clarke said: “We have been one of the architects of the food and drink export plan for Scotland in partnership with other key food and drink representative organisations and key public sector partners.”Sturgeon joined the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership in Glasgow to launch the strategy. “The industry’s focus will be on building Scotland’s national brand as a land of food and drink and driving sales within Scotland, across the rest of the UK and globally,” according to a statement.The strategy focuses on three areas:People and Skills: raising attractiveness of the industry as a career destination and investing in the existing workforce.Supply Chain: ensuring farmers, fishermen, manufacturers and buyers work in closer partnership, to ensure greater profitability is shared across the industry.Innovation: embracing a new culture of developing new products and processes to drive growth.In addition, the industry made a renewed commitment to responsible growth, committing to deliver “broader benefits to the country beyond just sales growth”.This includes the offer of a new partnership with government and its agencies to drive improvements in Scotland’s health and wellbeing and to commit again to embracing world-leading standards of environmental sustainability.James Withers, Scotland Food & Drink chief executive, said: “There is uncertainty ahead, with Brexit at the forefront of everybody’s mind. While big political upheavals are out of the industry’s control, we can control how we develop the Scottish brand, the markets we want to sell to and the investments we make in improving skills, innovation and supply chains.”