Image of the Day: Strait Transit Exercise

first_img The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) conduct maneuverers during a strait transit exercise.The drills were conducted in the Pacific Ocean on April 16.Essex is underway participating in a certification exercise with the Essex Amphibious Group.Image: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Image of the Day: Strait Transit Exercise View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USS Anchorage Image of the Day: Strait Transit Exercise Authorities View post tag: americas View post tag: USS Essex April 21, 2015 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: day View post tag: Transit View post tag: Strait View post tag: Image: View post tag: Exercise Share this articlelast_img read more

US Navy decommissions USS Enterprise

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy decommissions USS Enterprise The U.S. Navy decommissioned its first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) during a ceremony held in the ship’s hangar bay on February 3.The ceremony not only marked the end of the ship’s nearly 55-year career, it also served as the very first decommissioning of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.Capt. Todd Beltz, commanding officer of the Enterprise, addressed the ship’s company, former commanding officers and distinguished visitors and spoke of where the true spirit of “The Big E” comes from.“For all that Enterprise represents to this nation, it’s the people that bring this ship to life,” said Beltz. “So as I stand in this ship that we all care so much about, I feel it’s appropriate to underscore the contributions of the thousands of Sailors and individuals that kept this ship alive and made its reputation. We are ‘The Big E.’”Enterprise was the eighth naval vessel to carry the name. It was built by the Newport News Shipbuilding Co. and was christened Sep. 24, 1960, by Bertha Irene Franke, wife of former Secretary of the Navy William B. Franke. The ship was put to sea in 1961 and safely steamed more than 1 million nautical miles on nuclear power over its entire career of more than 50 years.Key-note speaker Rear Adm. Bruce Lindsey, commander, Naval Air Force, Atlantic, used his own experiences aboard Enterprise to emphasize the unmatched adaptability and capability of not just this ship but of all nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.“One cannot influence world events if you are not on station and stay on station; in other words: to be where it matters, when it matters,” said Lindsey. “Nuclear carriers are tough and no other country can match us in this respect.”Though Enterprise’s history is long and filled with numerous successful deployments, Beltz offered highlights from a letter written by Adm. James Holloway III, Enterprise’s third commanding officer, which looked toward the future of the namesake in the proposed construction of the ninth Enterprise, CVN 80. View post tag: USS Enterprise View post tag: US Navy US Navy decommissions USS Enterprisecenter_img Authorities February 5, 2017 Share this articlelast_img read more

Chancellor to co-ordinate Pope visit

first_imgOxford University Chancellor Chris Patten is set to co-ordinate the Pope’s visit to Britain in September. The government is due to confirm his appointment this week. Lord Patten will organise the three day papal trip, which is expected to cost around £14 million.The appointment of Lord Patten should prove a popular choice, as he is both a well-known practising Catholic and an experienced diplomat.The papal trip was originally planned to cost in the region of £7 million but costs are believed to have doubled since then.  It has suffered a series of setbacks after an offensive Foreign Office memo was leaked and costs spiralled. Civil servants formerly involved in the trip had to be replaced after 23 year-old Oxford graduate Steven Mulvian wrote a memo suggesting the Pope take a trip to an abortion clinic, bless a homosexual marriage and bring out his own range of condoms. Diplomat Anjoum Noorani approved the memo and has been suspended and banned from overseas postings for five years due to the severity of the case. The University has made it clear that Lord Patten is working in a personal capacity in relation to the visit. A spokesperson for the University said: “He will only be coordinating the Government side of things, not the religious side. He is very pleased to be able to help, particularly because of the Oxford connection with Cardinal Newman.” Third year St. Hilda’s student Ellen Hughes said: “In light of everything going on at the moment politically and economically it might be best that someone who is perceived to be an independent is indeed involved.“Ultimately, I think it’s great that the Chancellor is involved.”last_img read more

HOBOKEN BRIEFS

first_img ×CHAMPIONS – The 2017 Hoboken Little League Minor League playoffs are complete, and “The Mighty, Mighty Hammers” emerged victorious in the League Championship by a score of 7 to 4. The undefeated team, sponsored and managed by Marty Anderson and Associates, display their trophies after the big game. Hoboken Vape Van owner arrested for drug possessionOn July 6, 27-year-old Hoboken resident Joseph Ruggiero, the owner of the Hoboken “Vape Van” who was accused of hate speech in May, was arrested for drug possession. Ruggiero was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, distribution of marijuana within 500 feet of a public park, and distribution of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, according to a press release from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.The release says he was arrested “after a court authorized search of his residence on Garden Street in Hoboken led to the recovery of marijuana.”Prosecutor Esther Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Narcotics Task Force and the K-9 Unit of the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office with the arrest.Ruggiero did not return a message by press time. CHAMPIONS – The 2017 Hoboken Little League Minor League playoffs are complete, and “The Mighty, Mighty Hammers” emerged victorious in the League Championship by a score of 7 to 4. The undefeated team, sponsored and managed by Marty Anderson and Associates, display their trophies after the big game.center_img City may reach new agreement with SUEZ WaterMayor Dawn Zimmer announced on Wednesday, July 12 that Suez Water and her administration have agreed on terms of a renegotiated water service contract that would provide more than $31 million in infrastructure investments and $10 million in liability forgiveness for a total of over $40 million in benefits to the city through 2034.The agreement requires City Council approval and is expected to be presented to the council on Aug. 2.The agreement would extend the contract from 2024 to 2034.If the new agreement is not approved, the city will remain under the terms of the existing agreement. Under those terms, Suez will be required to make only $350,000 per year in emergency repairs for the next seven years, while the city would continue to be responsible for all repair costs over $350,000. The city would receive no funds for the needed modernization of the water main system and the city would be responsible for the approximately $10 million that would be forgiven in the renegotiated agreement for excess bulk water and repair costs.“Our aging water system is in need of expensive capital upgrades, yet the $350,000 provided annually by our existing water agreement from 1994 is not even enough for emergency repairs,” said Zimmer. “I am thrilled that our proposed agreement would provide on average over $1.8 million per year for capital investments. The city has already begun the process to invest $12 million in water main improvements, and this agreement will allow us to make the investments we need to modernize our water system.”In addition to the investment capital for water main upgrades, the renegotiated agreement will forgive $10 million owed by the city to Suez under the terms of the existing agreement for excess repair and bulk water costs.In a statement last week, mayoral hopeful and current Councilman Michael DeFusco said the agreement “deserves serious scrutiny.”“Mayor Zimmer has had nine years in office to reach this agreement and announcing it now shortly before an election to succeed her as mayor is troubling, especially given that if approved this contact would be in effect for decades,” he said. “The proposed agreement deserves serious scrutiny from both the council and the community to ensure that it’s the best possible deal for the city. It’s particularly concerning that the contract would include an annual rate increase of at least 2 percent, which would amount to yet another hidden tax on Hoboken residents that many will struggle to afford.” ‘Summer of hell’ doesn’t look so hellish in local train stationsVarious news outlets including Reuters dubbed this summer the “Summer of Hell” for New York City-area commuters, as repairs to the Amtrak tracks mean many will be rerouted, some through Hoboken. However, in the PATH stations in New York City, Hoboken, and Jersey City last Monday morning, as well as the rest of the Hoboken train station, the situation seemed crowded but calm.Hoboken Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher emailed some observations out on Monday:“I was at the Hoboken Terminal this morning from about 7:45 to about 9 just to see how things were going and to see if I could glean any information that may benefit Hoboken commuters. I think the single biggest takeaway is that there is a tidal wave of NJ Transit commuters that begins right at 8:00 and the wave continues until 8:45….Today may not be fully representative of what to expect for the next 45 days, as Monday mornings in the summer are often lighter due to people being away for long weekends. But…if you can get to the station either before 8:00 or after 8:45 I think your commute disruption will be less. Also, I would encourage you to buy your tickets/ refill your cards at a time other than the morning rush.”Hoboken council people urge school board not to continue litigation against HOLAAccording to a press release from the Hoboken Dual Language Charter School, several members of the council have released statements urging the Hoboken Board of Education not to continue litigation against the charter school. The board has already lost several court battles to try to take away the school’s new eighth grade class.Last month the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court affirmed the decision of the state Commissioner of Education granting HoLa’s application to expand the school to include seventh and eighth grades. The eighth grade has already started this year.One day after the ruling, a lawyer for the school board told the Wall Street Journal they “would discuss whether to seek a review from the state Supreme Court.”The fight, many say, is really with a state funding formula that directs too many funds to the charter schools – but the Hoboken board has focused for now on trying to reverse the school’s expansion.The town has three charter schools, one of which was founded by Tom Kluepfel, who nevertheless was among the school board supporters of the suit against HoLa.In response to HoLa parent advocacy, seven members of the council released statements urging the Board of Education not to continue the suit.“The division this lawsuit has caused in our community has thankfully come to a close. I am a strong supporter of our traditional public and charter schools equally,” said Councilman Peter Cunningham, as quoted in a HoLa press release. “I encourage both sides to demonstrate leadership and empathy to and among themselves, our children and their parents in an effort to heal our community so we can all move forward together.”“I’m glad this lawsuit is finally over,” said Councilman Ruben Ramos. “Litigation is never how we should be spending precious educational resources. I hope that the Board of Ed can now move on and focus on student achievement for all kids in Hoboken.”“It’s about time we end this senseless lawsuit and start worrying about educating our children as our top priority!,” said councilman Michael Russo. “I am calling for the superintendent of our schools, the school administrators throughout our district, the members of the BOE and the city of Hoboken as a whole to all move forward. Let’s focus on providing our teachers the tools to make our public school system, which include our charter schools, the best in the state.”“As one who disagreed with the divisive nature of this lawsuit from day one, I firmly believe that the resolution of the litigation presents a real opportunity for all of Hoboken’s families and residents,” said Councilman David Mello. “It offers an opening to work together to uplift our entire array of K-8 school options; whether traditional public, charter public, parochial or private. It also presents an opportunity to shape and support Hoboken High School so that it will become an even more attractive option for all Hoboken based eighth graders.”“What everyone involved wanted was good schools for all the children of Hoboken,” said Councilwoman Jen Giattino via Facebook. “This fight occurred because the state funding formula pits district schools and charter schools against each other. Now we must all move on. And if we must still fight, we should fight for a more equitable funding formula.”“With the appellate court ruling, our community can begin to heal the divide that this two and a half year lawsuit created in our community,” said Councilman Michael DeFusco. “A major asset of Hoboken is the wide range of school options that we offer families. I look forward to working with both the district and HoLa to ensure we are working together collaboratively and avoid costly, contentious situations like these in the future.”“Now is the time to focus our energy on making all of our schools even better, said Councilman Ravi Bhalla. “We should celebrate the parents and educators that work hard every day for our children. As a parent who has witnessed firsthand the excellence of both charter and traditional public schools, I appreciate the valuable contributions of all the schools in our community. While the issues raised in the lawsuit around school funding and demographics are important ones for us all to seriously consider, now that the Appellate Division has ruled on the merits, it’s time to move on. I look forward to working with all of our parents and educators in the years ahead.”Councilman Jim Doyle and Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher did not provide the school with a statement as of press time.Former Hudson Reporter building in Hoboken to get cycling gym and juice barThere’s some juicy news to report. A plan was approved by the Hoboken Zoning Board recently that will allow a gym and a juice store to come into the former Hudson Reporter building at 14th and Washington streets in Hoboken, Jersey Digs reported.The one-time bank building at the head of the city’s main thoroughfare will someday see a SoulCycle and a Juice Press. Both companies started in New York.The two-story Beau-Arts building originally held the Hoboken Trust Company. From 1999 until last year, it was occupied by the Hudson Reporter chain of eight newspapers and three magazines, but the building was sold and the Hudson Reporter moved to renovated quarters on Broadway in Bayonne in May of 2016.Hoboken mayoral candidate Ravi Bhalla unveils council slateHoboken mayoral candidate and Councilman Ravi Bhalla announced his slate of at-large council candidates on Wednesday July 12.“Councilman Jim Doyle, Emily Ball Jabbour and John Allen are joining Bhalla in his fight to keep Hoboken moving forward,” stated the press release. “Together, [they] combine proven experience with new ideas and energy. That’s the right combination to keep Hoboken moving forward.”Doyle was elected to the council in 2013. He serves as chair of the Masterplan/Zoning Ordinance Committee. He is an environmental attorney with more than 29 years of experience, working for both the US Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice.Jabbour is a senior social science research analyst for the Administration for Children and Families, part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. According to the press release, she also founded the Hudson County Chapter for the national grassroots organization Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. In this capacity, Jabbour has worked with local law enforcement to distribute gun safety materials across Hudson County and provide 200 gun locks to the Hoboken Police Department for distribution. Jabbour has also served as the HOPES Liaison for the Brandt Parent Consortium for the 2016 to 2017 school year. Allen is an attorney at the law firm of Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP, where he specializes in the representation of governmental bodies, including boards of education and municipalities. He serves as a Hoboken Democratic Committeeman and is on the Board of Directors of Easter Seals New Jersey, a charitable organization dedicated to empowering individuals with disabilities.“Jim Doyle has been an outstanding and invaluable member of the City Council with an impressive record of accomplishment,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer in the press release. “Emily Jabbour and John Allen bring the skills, smarts and fresh approaches we need. They will be great additions to the council.”After the slate was announced, mayoral candidate and Councilman DeFusco released a statement saying “It was difficult to contain my shock at hearing that Ravi Bhalla, a politically connected insider lawyer at one of New Jersey’s most powerful law firms, made the stunning choice to select a fellow political establishment attorney in John P. Allen for his council slate. Who could have ever guessed that a lawyer like Ravi, whose law firm was paid over $3.8 million in government contracts in 2016, would decide to run with a lawyer whose firm was also paid over $3.8 million in government contacts? A truly inspired, outside-the-box pick.”State election finance reports confirmed the number.Rob Horowitz, spokesperson for Bhalla and his slate responded via email stating “Once again Mike DeFusco is showing his true colors putting his naked ambition ahead of principle. DeFusco neglected to mention that two days ago he solicited the support of John Allen and his fiancée Tara Mullins for his campaign, asking them to host a meet and greet, and even going so far as dangling the prospect of a board appointment. Class is welcoming opponents into the race, not hypocritically attacking them on day one.”DeFusco said he had not approached Allen for his slate.“Neither myself or anyone from my campaign ever approached John Allen about running for council on our ticket,” wrote DeFusco in an email, “John’s fiancee, who is a personal friend, had contacted me several months ago about John’s interest in serving on a volunteer board. I inquired about potentially hosting a meet and greet event for our campaign. However once I became aware that John was running on Councilman Bhalla’s ticket I wished her well and ended the conversation. It’s disappointing to see false rumors like this being spread.” DeFusco announces new slate-mate, answers questionsCouncilman and mayoral candidate Michael DeFusco announced via his website last week that Andrew Impostato, who has lived in Hoboken for 10 years, will join him on his ticket for councilman-at-large. He had already announced his first slate-mate, Michael Flett, last month.According to DeFusco’s website, Impostato resides in mid-town in Hoboken’s 3rd Ward with his wife Kristen and 1-year-old daughter Kiley.Impostato worked for six years on Wall Street as a commodities futures and options salesman before he decided to follow his passion and pursue a career coaching basketball.He has worked for the NBA coordinating community outreach and events, and coached varsity basketball at Hoboken High School and Pace University. He currently coaches at nationally-ranked Hudson Catholic High School.In 2013, Impastato founded Next Basket Wins, an adult basketball league with more than 300 players and 200 youth participants.DeFusco also answered some questions about his slate last week. Among them, some residents have voiced concerns because Flett voted for and donated money to the campaign of Donald Trump last year. Current Mayor Dawn Zimmer has fought aspects of Trump’s agenda that are harmful to area residents.DeFusco responded to questions by email.“Michael Flett has supported both Democrats, including Dawn Zimmer, and Republicans, who he believed would work to change the status quo and deliver better results on the issues he is most passionate about — like improving the economy and protecting our environment,” wrote DeFusco. “Anyone who knows Michael understands that he is a dedicated community leader and someone who is always working to give back to our city. As the first openly gay candidate for Mayor of Hoboken and a progressive Democrat, I know that just because Michael and I disagreed on a federal election that doesn’t change the fact that he would make an excellent council member and he is someone who I am excited to work closely with.”DeFusco did not respond to a question of whether Flett still supports Trump, by press time.Three at-large council seats are up for election in November along with the office of mayor.“I’m very excited to announce Andrew Impastato as the latest addition to our council slate,” said DeFusco on Twitter July 6.“Both Michael Flett and Andrew Impastato fit perfectly with our campaign’s mission of bringing new energy and new ideas to Hoboken,” DeFusco wrote. “They’re both deeply involved in our community and have shown the ability to create innovative solutions to challenging problems, from Michael Flett’s advocacy for renewable solar energy production to Andrew Impastato’s creation of a popular app that helps thousands of residents find parking.”In 2016 Impastato created The Parking Dude LLC, a Hoboken based company and app that helps inform and notify residents and visitors to Hoboken of parking regulations to avoid tickets and help them park and maintain their car while in Hoboken.DeFusco still has a third seat available on his ticket. Rumor was that seat may go to Councilman David Mello but DeFusco and Mello both denied this.“We expect to announce our third council candidate in the coming weeks and Councilman Mello is not among the people being considered,” said DeFusco. “I believe that this election is about Hoboken’s future and I want our campaign to reflect that by advancing new leaders who will bring the energy and ideas our city needs, not the status quo approach that members of the current administration represent.”Mello said last week that he plans to run for reelection but is still weighing his options.He referenced his work for the southwest park and the open space amenities as part of the development at Seventh and Jackson streets.Join a Healthcare Reform study that assesses job stress and organizational readinessJoin a unique PhD research study assessing the human impact of Healthcare Reform. Ongoing changes to Healthcare Reform has and is triggering new and demanding challenges for healthcare professionals working with diverse populations in U.S. healthcare systems. A Deloitte & Touché survey of 400 organizations highlighted that employee resistance to change is the number one reason organization change initiatives fail.Organizational readiness is a critical factor in the process of achieving successful change in organizations.Participate from when and where it is convenient. The assessments only take minutes to complete.Register and participate to receive a free workbook and a raffle for one $500 gift certificate to an Apple store.To find out if you qualify answer yes or no to the screening questions.Go to:www.organizationalreadinessresearch.net to learn more and registerHobokenites win medals after racing for a causeTwo Hoboken runners took home medals for the 5K USATF Timed Race at the 10th Annual Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure at Liberty State Park.Lauren Bottitta, 28, finished in 21 minutes and 37 seconds to win First Place in the Women’s Division and Ben Dobson, 46, crossed the finish line with a time of 21:15.9, taking Third Place in the Men’s Division.More than 2,000 people came out to Liberty State Park in Jersey City to attend the May 21 fundraiser, which raised more than $600,000 for the fight against breast cancer—an increase of $100,000 over the previous year. Hob’art Gallery welcomes new exhibit“Piece by Piece,” is a new exhibition by three artists which will open at the hob’art Gallery at 720 Monroe St on July 21.The exhibit includes work from artists Lily Zane, France Garrido, and Steve Zane.Lily Zane creates eerie and evocative collages and mixed media works of stitched silk organza and paper. Steve Zane uses a camera to piece together and illuminate the qualities of light, shade, and volume. Garrido executes mosaics that are rich in color, intention, and design using ceramic tile, glass, stone, and picassiette.The opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Sunday July 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.For more information on the gallery, go to www.hob-art.org or email [email protected] Hoboken master tailor receives visit from county executiveHudson County Executive Tom DeGise stopped by Genuardi Master Tailor in Hoboken following the closing of a $20,000 working capital loan to the company under the Hudson County Economic Development Corporation’s Million Dollar Challenge program.Genuardi is a recent graduate of the Hudson County Entrepreneurship training program and winner of the Investors Bank/UCEDC quick pitch competition. His business is located on Observer Highway in Hoboken, and specializes in hand tailored, custom clothing.Genuardi has dressed two U.S. presidents and a number of CEO’s in his career as a bespoke suit maker and master tailor. The HCEDC Million Dollar Challenge is designed to help small businesses flourish in Hudson County.last_img read more

The path of yeast resistance

first_imgH G Wells called the line of least resis-tance ’the path of losers’, while American author Napoleon Hill said it makes all rivers and all men crooked.In today’s climate of recessionary strain, the supermarkets’ path of least resistance appears to be cutting costs, as evident in the current price wars. But as retailers keep bread prices frozen, sales have continued to spiral downhill and white bread in particular has suffered, according to figures from the Federation of Bakers (FoB).Results from the FoB’s survey for the four-week period from 1 to 28 October 2011 indicate that white bread sales have declined from 84,113 in 2010 to 76,482 in 2011 an annual percentage change of -9.1%. Brown bread sales have fallen at a slower rate: from 31,600 in 2010 to 30,137 in 2011 an annual decline of -4.6%. Sales overall were down by -7.9%.This has a major impact on yeast manufacturers, because the less bread bakers bake, the less yeast they buy. A declining market brings over-capacity a reality to which yeast suppliers must respond.”Much less white sliced bread is being eaten,” says Mike Abraham, sales manager for DCL Yeast, part of the Lesaffre group. “This is partly the rise in health consciousness and partly economic circumstances people are more likely to put the crust into the toaster than the bin these days.”Abraham says bakers are working hard to continue to make white bread interesting to consumers in terms of flavour and texture, which is a challenge with reduced salt levels. He says: “Our customers are trying to bake something slightly different with a more interesting taste longer production processes add flavours. Yeast manufacturers must respond to this, whether it means producing more tolerant yeast for more challenging processes that develop flavour, or developing more enhanced-flavour yeast. We’re looking at the challenges of the industry with declining sales of white bread.”Declining bread sales are just the start of the problem for yeast suppliers. Prices of raw ingredients are also rising as global markets become more volatile. The development of yeast is strongly linked to the EU sugar beet history as the micro-organism is fermented on a substrate rich in sugar in the form of molasses: the syrup that is a by-product of sugar production.While EU sugar production has been reduced, EU subsidies have boosted the development of bioethanol, which consumes molasses as a raw ingredient. Yeast produ-cers have been threatened by competition for molasses from the rising tide of biofuel producers, which have higher margins that enable them to pay sugar farmers higher prices.Dr Mike Chell, managing director of yeast producer Lallemand, speaks of a global issue: “In the big sugar-producing areas, such as Brazil, the molasses are being redirected into bioethanol production, which adds value to the [sugar] producers. We [yeast manufacturers] have to take it on the chin.”Combine this ingredient sourcing issue with the rising input cost of energy and it is evident that yeast manufacturers are living in very difficult times. So what is the answer? The Confederation of EU Yeast Producers has called for new measures to reform the EU sugar market, including better management of sugar quotas with priority for EU markets and access to world market prices by 2013.But what can yeast producers do in the meantime?The way forwardAbraham says there is no one-size-fits-all approach. “The future lies in providing a range of more specialist yeasts to meet the specific and varying needs of the baking industry,” he says. “Over the past 10-15 years, yeasts have been developed to work faster and faster to service the needs of the high-volume bread plants. The reduction of salt has introduced the potential need for more specialist flavour-enhancing yeasts to suit the needs of the customers.”Our plans are to have different kinds of yeasts for certain applications. For example, we’re developing new dried yeasts for pizza: Saf Pizza and Viva Pizza. They give more extensibility, so the bakers can stretch the dough more easily. We have also developed improved dried yeasts to extend the shelf-life of packaged bread mixes.”But he believes the UK market remains driven by the trend for convenience, as bakers also have to cater for the increasing number of high street fast food bakery retail outlets, such as Greggs and Subway. “It’s all about food on the hoof and craft bakers need to consider this trend if they want to remain successful,” Abraham says. “People are increasingly reluctant to get up at 2am to bake bread from scratch, so bakery sales points increasingly need to employ a fast parbaked/proof-from-frozen process and it’s our part of the role to supply the appropriate ingredients.”Innovations in variety can compensate for lost volume, argues Chell. He says bakers and yeast manufacturers must adapt their processes to an evolving market, as white bread sales decline and the indulgence sector grows, bringing more Continental-style products and speciality breads to supermarket shelves. Standard bread-making procedures just will not cut it.Chell says his customers have shown an increasing interest in innovating fermentation flavour and a return to the more traditional taste of bread that was produced before the mass industrialisation of baking processes in the 1960s. “If you buy white bread, the complaint is that it is bland,” he says. “Because the long fermentation process disappeared for convenience factors, there was less time for the yeast to ferment the flour, so you don’t get the flavour development.”Typical UK yeast was developed several years ago for high-speed bread-making processes, so it’s perfect for white sliced loaves,” Chell adds. “But if a baker wants to make Continental bread, he needs to use a different form of yeast. There are also a number of more recent bakery products that have come to market in the UK such as stollen and panettone that are made from a richer dough and contain high levels of sugar or fat.”Burgeoning artisan bread sales are bringing more business to DCL Yeast, which reports increasing sales of around 20% for its refrigerated liquid yeast dispenser Kastalia, which has been designed for use by smaller bakers in the craft sector. The product comprises yeast that has been stabilised and packed in bag-in-box containers for hygiene and freshness. It also promises better mixing, more accurate dosing, less waste and lower risk of contamination.”Growth is rising steadily in the UK but not as fast as it is in the Netherlands and Belgium,” says Abraham. “This is because the system requires investment and our market is conditioned by pricing pressure the price of British bread is below that charged in Europe.”Back to pricing pressures. Andy Pollard, managing director of bakery ingredients firm Cereform and yeast supplier Mauri Products, believes the way forward in today’s constricted times lies in cost-engineering yeast products to help bakers keep expenditure down. “We’ve decided to maximise the activity level of our yeast products to give the bakers the cost-driven benefit,” he says. “Now they can use less of the product for greater yield and it has the same taste as a slower-working product.”He stresses the need for products to perform consistently to remain competitive in such an economically pressurised environment: “Our customers need to be more demanding of every ingredient they use in their process,” says Pollard. “We are constantly looking at quality enhancement and cost engineering to reduce waste.”While that is not exactly an easy path to take, it may be one that will lead to main-taining a successful company and being a winner, rather than a loser, in the yeast manufacturing business.last_img read more

News story: Apprenticeships

first_imgWelcome to the Operational Delivery Apprenticeship Scheme (ODAS) information page.Apprenticeships provide fantastic opportunities to enhance your skills and knowledge to help you perform to the best of your ability. Open to anyone aged 16 or over, Apprenticeships enable you to earn while you learn and are a great way to develop yourself and your skills.Whether you want to know more about ODAS, are interested in starting the Apprenticeship, or an apprentice looking for more information, everything you need can be found on this page.Like any journey there is a start and an end point to an apprenticeship, so to help you find the information you’re looking for we’ve given you some pointers about each link, so feel free to dive in wherever you would like to.More information and resourcesFor an introduction to ODAS, the entry routes, and some of the benefits, the best place to start is the ODP apprenticeship leaflet – Apprenticeships – ignite your spark (PDF, 1.23MB, 3 pages)You can find out much more about the Apprenticeship Standard for the ODP on the Institute for Apprenticeships – Public Service Operational Delivery Apprenticeship website.When you’re heading towards the end of the Apprenticeship journey you’ll need to know more about End Point Assessments (EPAs). We’ve created a guide that will give you a clear understanding of how it works – EPA process map (PDF, 192KB, 1 page)Watch a YouTube video from ODAS:ODAS YouTube videoFor line managers and employers of apprentices – The Learning and Work Institute have designed a toolkit with practical information, sources of support and case studies for employers wanting to develop an inclusive and accessible apprenticeship offer. They also have more hints and tips for supporting apprentices.Looking for more information on Off the Job training? Find out more about 20% off the job training – 20% off the job training guide (PDF, 275KB, 3 pages)If the ODAS Level 3 isn’t for you, this list produced by Cabinet Office provides details of all Apprenticeships currently available within the Civil Service, from level 2 to level 7 and the topics on offer – Apprenticeship standards (PDF, 198KB, 15 pages).Thanks for reading and good luck with your journey!Contact usFollow us and join the conversation on Twitter.We hope this page has helped answer any questions you might have, but if you would like to discuss anything further, or you haven’t been able to find what you were looking for, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team by emailing: [email protected]last_img read more

Ten faculty named Cabot Fellows

first_imgTen professors in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) have been named Walter Channing Cabot Fellows. The annual awards recognize tenured faculty members for distinguished accomplishments in the fields of literature, history, or art, broadly conceived.The 2010 honorees are Janet Beizer, professor of Romance languages and literatures; Mark Elliott, Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History; Francesco Erspamer, professor of Romance languages and literatures; Wilt Idema, professor of Chinese literature; Chris Killip, professor of visual and environmental studies; Alex Rehding, Fanny Peabody Professor of Music; Nancy Rosenblum, Senator Joseph S. Clark Professor of Ethics in Politics and Government; Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor; William Julius Wilson, Lewis F. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor; and Richard W. Wrangham, Ruth Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology.last_img read more

‘Keep Calm and Carry On’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Anya Litvak for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:Tom Sanzillo, director of finance for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, a group that promotes a move away from fossil fuels, considers the Supreme Court decision to put on hold the nation’s first regulation aimed at fighting carbon pollution “a procedural blip.”He’s seen industry advocates fight other environmental regulations and says the pattern is always the same. “They win concessions and they win delays, but they never win on the environmental issues because they won’t go away,” he said.To Pennsylvania, Mr. Sanzillo says keep calm and carry on. “This is going to get implemented at one point or another, and they should just move forward with what they’re doing,” he said.Full article: Timing for DEP’s clean power plan in flux ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’last_img read more

India looking to slash coal imports by one-third in the next five years

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:India’s coal ministry is preparing a plan to cut imports of the fuel by at least a third over the next five years, counting on an increase in domestic production and a jump in renewable output, according to people familiar with the plan.Imports are seen falling to below 150 million tons by the year ending March 2024, down from 235.2 million tons India got from overseas in the last fiscal year, the people said, asking not to be named as the five-year plan is still being finalized. To meet the import reduction goal, state miner Coal India Ltd. will aim to raise its annual output to 880 million tons by fiscal year 2024, a compounded annual growth of 7.7% through the period.Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to expand the country’s economy to $5 trillion by 2024, from $2.8 trillion currently, and reducing energy imports and harnessing domestic resources are key to meeting that goal. The import reduction plan also points to the South Asian nation’s gradual shift away from coal to fight deadly air pollution that millions of Indians battle with.Imports will be dominated by coking coal purchases by steelmakers because domestic supplies are limited, the people said. Power stations that are designed to run on higher-quality imported coal would be the other major buyer.To be sure, curbing imports has been on India’s agenda for some years. Yet, difficulties in purchasing land for mining, delays in environment approvals and a clogged railway network have combined to dampen those plans, with imports surging to a record last year. To add to that, Coal India has missed its production target every year since at least 2011. The miner missed its target of 610 million tons by less than 1% last fiscal year. Still, the goal to reduce imports looks more achievable than before, as Indian Railways plans an overhaul of its British-era network and tracks reach new mines to enable output growth.A record addition of green power capacity is also seen weighing on demand. Coal’s share in India’s electricity generation is estimated to come down to 50% by 2030 from about 72% now, according to the power ministry’s Central Electricity Authority.More: India, world’s No. 2 coal buyer, plans to cut imports by a third India looking to slash coal imports by one-third in the next five yearslast_img read more

Counsel to focus on lawyer ad cases

first_img Counsel to focus on lawyer ad cases November 1, 2005 Regular News In its latest move to improve enforcement of its advertising rules, The Florida Bar has created a new grievance prosecutor position that focuses entirely on advertising cases. Arne Vanstrum, a long-time assistant ethics counsel, has been named to the new position, which was created in the Bar’s 2005-06 budget. “We’ve been trying to get more and more consistency in the investigation and application in the enforcement of advertising rules,” said Bar Counsel Tony Boggs, who oversees the Bar’s grievance program. He noted the Bar had created the Statewide Advertising and Solicitation Committee a couple years ago to deal exclusively with advertising cases. But that still left prosecutions of advertising cases split among more than 30 Bar prosecutors. So the decision was made, Boggs said, to get one prosecutor to handle all of the ad cases. Vanstrum, he added, was a natural choice because he has spent 10 years as assistant ethics counsel, including advising attorneys on the Bar’s advertising rules and scrutinizing ads submitted under the rules for Bar review. “This way we have someone with a strong advertising rules interpretation background to provide support directly for the statewide committee and to prosecute cases,” said Boggs. “That’s what his job is: advertising rules interpretation and enforcement. It should result in a whole new layer of consistency. “We are trying to make sure we enforce the rules equally throughout the state.” Vanstrum said he welcomed the challenge. “It is a good change of pace, to try to do something different. I thought it was a good fit,” he said, noting his years of reviewing submitted ads. He said he currently has about 30 active grievance cases, plus reviewing new complaints as they are received.center_img Counsel to focus on lawyer ad caseslast_img read more