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first_imgBrown Batch released Allied Bakeries has revamped its Allinson brand and launched a new Brown Batch loaf, “with the taste of sourdough”, to mark the occasion. The relaunch, which includes a new look and marketing campaign, aims to recapture some of the original heritage and character of the 120-year-old bread brand.Late opening blockedPlans by the owners of Clervaux Café and bakery, in Darlington to open the shop until 11pm every night have been met with objections from local residents, according to The Northern Echo. Seven have written to the local council with worries over noise and safety.Old-style inspirationGraham’s Bakery in Epworth, Doncaster, has started baking cakes using a 1902 recipe book, discovered during a recent renovation. Co-owner Pete Gunson is making one cake a month from The Big Book of Cakes and plans to print recipe cards for customers.Facility upgradeBarry Callebaut is to invest nearly CHF25m (approximately £18.24m), to upgrade and expand its facilities following the divestment of its European consumer business. It is hoped the investment will enable it to further strengthen its footprint in Western Europe. The firm is also upgrading its chocolate factory in Banbury.last_img read more

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QLD housing market to lead the nation for capital growth: NAB

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first_imgNAB expects Brisbane house prices to remain flat in the next two years. Image: AAP/Glenn Hunt.Its Residential Property Index fell sharply in the June quarter — down 17 points to sit at +6, although sentiment in Queensland was higher at +14 points.The bank’s economists expect prices for houses in Brisbane to remain “broadly flat” over the next two years, while the forecast for Sydney and Melbourne is for prices to drop. NAB predicts a sharp decline in unit prices of 4.5 per cent in Brisbane over the next year.Confidence in the housing market nationally also fell to a new low, driven mainly by the cooling of prices in NSW and Victoria. NSW CARPARK COSTS SAME AS QLD UNIT Property professionals surveyed by NAB predict Queensland will lead the country for capital growth in the next two years.QUEENSLAND’S housing market is tipped to lead the country for capital growth in the next two years while prices in NSW and Victoria continue to slide, according to a survey of hundreds of property professionals. The latest National Australia Bank (NAB) quarterly survey of 300 respondents reveals the industry expects house prices in Queensland to increase by 0.7 per cent in the next year and to have risen by 1.3 per cent in two years. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Aerial images of suburban houses in southwest Brisbane.Foreign buyers’ appetite for property fell in all states, except Queensland, where the share of sales to that market jumped to a four-year high of 22.8 per cent in the past quarter.“This may have reflected anecdotal reports of increased Chinese property investment associated with record numbers of Chinese student enrolments in the state,” the report said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoIn Queensland, foreign buyers accounted for 5.4 per cent of all residential property sales in the three months to June 30.But NAB’s own view of the housing market is less optimistic. MEGA MANSION SELLS FOR $11M PLUS National Australia Bank has released its June quarter Residential Property Index. Image: AAP/Joel Carrett.Areas tipped to enjoy above average growth over the next year include Brisbane, Cairns, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, with Coomera and New Farm singled out as suburbs expected to outperform.The outlook for rents in the state is also positive and likely placing upward pressure on yields.Property professionals predict rental growth in Queensland of 1.3 per cent over the next 12 months and to have grown by 1.9 per cent in two years.Despite tougher restrictions on housing investment, the number of local investors in new property markets were especially active in the sunshine state, with more than 32 per cent of buyers in this market in the second quarter of 2018. ONE IN FIVE EXPECT TO RENT FOR LIFE NAB chief economist Alan Oster.NAB chief economist Alan Oster described Brisbane’s housing market as “going sideways”, but he said house prices were still up about 13 per cent from their previous trough around 2010. “It hasn’t peaked yet, so that’s good,” he said.“We’re seeing quite strong economic activity in Queensland, so that always helps.”But Mr Oster said Brisbane’s unit market was still a concern as it was about four times overbuilt.In its latest report, industry forecaster BIS Oxford Economics predicted Brisbane would experience the highest house price growth of all capital cities over the next three years — jumping 13 per cent, or $70,000, to a median of $620,000.And while ANZ sent east coast homeowners into a panic recently when it predicted Sydney and Melbourne house prices would likely slump 10 per cent, it had no such bad news for Brisbane.ANZ senior economist Daniel Gradwell said Brisbane’s improving economy and population growth would keep it “insulated” from the impending property correction in its neighbouring cities.last_img read more

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Donegal teenager turns up the heat on Minister during MacGill Summer School

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first_imgA Donegal teenager turned up the heat when he challenged Minister Richard Bruton over climate action during a speech at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties.Conal O’Boyle, a 16-year-old student from Crana College in Buncrana, accused Fine Gael of “passing the buck onto the everyday citizen” when it comes to climate action.He slammed the Minister for Climate Action at the MacGill Summer School yesterday. “The Fine Gael Party line of ‘every individual has a role to play in tackling climate change’ is a lie.“Of course, we have a civic responsibility to recycle and ensure that our towns and villages are litter free, but Mary in Dingle or John in Castlebar cannot pull the plug on oil exploration off the west coast.“They cannot introduce a smoky coal ban or implement policy that will curb our emissions.“That’s the job of the legislators in Government. “Fine Gael are trying to pass the buck onto the everyday citizen of the country, when ultimately, the buck stops with them.”He added: “We need bravery, not cowardice.“I am a sixteen-year-old boy who cares about the living world.“I don’t know why I have to stand up for my future at this age.“None of those sitting beside me ever – apart from Jessie (another student activist) – had to do that. “I can campaign and lobby and scream and shout all I want, but at the end of the day, the ball is not in my court.“I cannot vote, so all I can do is make my voice heard.“It’s not fun, it’s not cool, but it’s necessary.”Conal’s speech was greeted with great applause from the hundreds in the hall of the Highlands Hotel – the vast majority who were at least four times his age. A surprised Richard Bruton sat in silence during the student’s speech and looked very down-in-the-mouth as everyone else cheered.Donegal teenager turns up the heat on Minister during MacGill Summer School was last modified: July 25th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:climateConal O’BoyledonegalMACGILL SUMMER SCHOOLspeechlast_img read more

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Harrison promises ‘Olympic performance’ against Price

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first_imgAudley Harrison promises an “Olympic performance” in his British and Commonwealth heavyweight title clash with undefeated champion David Price in October.Stonebridge Park’s former Olympic gold medallist also says he is ready to answer his critics after “fighting the system” and “losing the love for boxing.”See also:Harrison tipped to produce ‘something special’ against PriceHarrison aiming to halt Price bandwagonDeGale and Harrison weigh in ahead of Saturday’s title fightsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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49ers aftermath: Blair tears ACL, Staley considers finger surgery

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first_imgSANTA CLARA — Here is the updated injury fallout from the 49ers’ 27-24 overtime loss Monday night to Seattle:Left tackle Joe Staley (fibula): A fractured and dislocated finger could prompt Staley to undergo surgery and miss a couple games, coach Kyle Shanahan revealed Tuesday in a media conference call. Playing for the first time since his left-fibula fracture in Week 2, Staley’s leg checked out OK as he played all 88 offensive snaps, albeit struggling at times, especially against Jadeveon …last_img

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Cheaper broadband on the way

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first_img24 October 2007The information communication technology (ICT) sector is an important contributor to the growth and development of South Africa’s economy, but high broadband costs and limited internet access have hampered the country’s participation in the global economy, says Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin.Addressing local businesspeople at the Ugu District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday, Erwin said the ICT sector was also an important part of the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA) due to its potential for creating jobs.Erwin said that a study undertaken by the government in 2005 found that South Africa lagged behind its international counterparts in areas of information and telecommunications service penetration, as well at the rate at which new technologies were adopted.Erwin added that broadband penetration in the country was also lower and cost significantly more in relation to international benchmarks, and that the problem had to be addressed.“If nothing is done about this, our country will get left behind, and we may miss out on key investment opportunities which could further accelerate economic growth,” he said.Broadband Infraco BillErwin told delegates he was pleased that the National Assembly had passed the Infraco Broadband Bill, which creates a new company out of telecommunication infrastructure previously owned by Transnet and Eskom, and allows the government to leverage communications infrastructure for economic growth.“Broadband Infraco is an intervention that aims to address the cost of broadband by making infrastructure in the national backbone and international connectivity available at cost,” he said. “Ubiquitous, affordable broadband access should no longer be seen as the privilege of a few, but a basic right for all South Africans.”He said such an investment was unlikely to have been made by the private sector and, as such, it was up to the state to “address a glaring market failure” and bring broadband to the country’s under-developed and under-serviced areas.Erwin pointed out that areas such as the Ugu district, which have low ICT penetration, have the most potential to benefit from the establishment of an entity such as Infraco.The Ugu district is situated 20km south of Durban. It stretches from Scottburgh in the north to Port Edward in the south and 150km inland.ICT would provide for immense possibilities for education, training, skills development, job-creation, basic service delivery, and broad-based black economic empowerment (BEE), especially among youngsters in the region, the minister said.He added that development of the ICT sector in the Ugu district would impact positively on the agriculture and tourism sector, which are currently the key industries for growth and development in the region.“This is why we have decided that parts of the undersea cable will be constructed on this coast, in this area which was declared a presidential poverty nodal point in 2001, and requires assistance to accelerate skills development, job creation, and broader participation by all its inhabitants in accelerating economic growth and development.“To retain skilled labour in the region, and limiting the migration of its educated workforce to the bigger cities by developing the ICT sector, is crucial as it will contribute to its economic development.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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SA ocean gliders tackle climate change

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first_img22 October 2013 South African scientists have deployed the first robotics platform in the Southern Ocean in a bid to gauge the precise links between climate and the carbon cycle in the most southern waters of the world’s oceans. The pioneering project is being led by the marine robotics programme of South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), and forms part of the CSIR’s Southern Ocean Carbon Climate Observatory programme. Announcing the project on Monday, the CSIR said the deployment of the robotics platform over 1 000 kilometres south-west of Cape Town would build on pioneering work from 2012, when the CSIR completed the longest high-resolution missions in the Southern Ocean using five unmanned buoyancy seagliders. The new robotics platform will combine both wave and buoyancy-driven gliders in an integrated fleet that will undertake a five- to six-month mission to the Antarctic pack-ice and back “at a crucial period, when there are currently no ship-based observations in place”, the CSIR said in a statement.Understanding ocean-climate links According to the CSIR’s Ocean Systems and Climate research group leader, Dr Pedro Monteiro, this will be the first global deployment of robotics-based carbon dioxide (CO2) observations in the Southern Ocean, signalling the start of a multi-platform strategy that will hopefully close the uncertainty gap in the global annual CO2 flux estimates within three years. “These deployments are a great leap towards aiding us in generating a more accurate understanding of the link between climate and the carbon cycle in the ocean,” Monteiro said. “Combined with global coupled models, this will allow us to understand the intricate relationship of the ocean and atmosphere processes and how these regulate the carbon cycle and ultimately the earth’s climate. It also underlines the important role of the Southern Ocean in global and regional climate.” The mission coordinator, the CSIR’s Dr Sebastiaan Swart, explained the significance of the dual deployment: “For the first time, we are deploying a wave glider in the Southern Ocean, but of more significance to climate researchers, we have twinned it with a seaglider that dives below the wave glider. “This will allow us acquire valuable information from both gliders in an integrated approach, but more importantly, this means we can link CO2 flux between the ocean and the atmosphere at the surface of the ocean with understanding of the connected physical and biogeochemical processes that are occurring below the surface and in the ocean interior,” Swart said.Wave and buoyancy-driven gliders The deployed liquid robotics wave glider is designed to ride on the ocean surface using the vertical movements of ocean waves to propel it forward. It has specialised instruments on board that measure CO2, the ocean acidity, and other physical variables of the surface ocean. The data generated are sent via satellite communications and viewed in real-time by climate scientists back at the CSIR. The buoyancy-driven seaglider dives between the surface and a depth of one kilometre. As the glider moves through the water column, it collects valuable data that describe the physics (such as temperature, salinity and the amount of light penetrating into the surface waters) and biogeochemistry (such as phytoplankton and oxygen concentrations of the ocean). These data are transmitted via satellite every time the glider comes back to the surface. Both gliders are fully controlled by pilots back on land who guide their navigation and activity. In 2012, the CSIR launched five buoyancy seagliders which were retrieved in February and March this year. According to the CSIR, the data from these gliders are currently being analysed by master’s and doctoral students at the CSIR and the University of Cape Town, with the first scientific papers ready to be submitted for publication in international journals. Engineering students from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology have also been employed to complete their in-service training and obtain scarce skills from this highly advanced type of marine engineering and robotics technology. This contributes to the CSIR’s HCD goals and skills generation. “We plan to deploy another set of these gliders in December this year on the SA Agulhas II during its annual voyage to Antarctica so that we can expand our observational coverage,” Swart said. Monteiro praised the team for its progrees, noting that Swart was working “with some of South Africa’s the best ocean robotics engineers in Derek Needham and Andre Hoek and their new students Sinekhaya Bilana and JP Smit. “This team is rapidly becoming one of the best-skilled global robotics teams with special experience in Southern Ocean conditions and constraints.” Funded mainly by the Department of Science and Technology, the Southern Ocean robotics project is being undertaken with local partners Sea Technology Services, the South African Maritime Safety Association and the SA National Antarctic Programme; and with US partners the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington. SAinfo reporter and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Researchlast_img read more

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Seattle’s Green Blocks Project Targets Home Efficiency

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first_imgWith the first allotment of weatherization funds released to the states and, in turn, to the community agencies that hire local contractors, lots of local organizations have come up with plans that will attempt to get the greenest bang out of a weatherization buck.However, for programs whose mission is not necessarily to go right in and make home-performance improvements but rather to encourage homeowners to make the improvements, the process can be more complicated and success a little more elusive.We’ve noted, for example, the strategy of the ClimateSmart program being deployed in Boulder, Colorado, where energy-audit technicians go door-to-door and work directly with homeowners to try to get them to act on audit information.And now a somewhat similar approach is being used by a nonprofit based in Seattle, the Environmental Outreach and Stewardship Alliance, which has developed a pilot program designed to assess not only home energy efficiency but also deficiencies in the use of water and fossil fuels, solid waste removal, and landscaping.Diagnosis and prescriptionCalled the Green Blocks Project, the program is providing free home environmental performance assessments to many of the homeowners who responded to program-application requests posted by EOS Alliance in June. The group says it chose which city blocks to target based on the number of applications received from each block. For this pilot program, whose assessment period began July 6 and runs through August 21, 10 city blocks were selected.Conducted by professionals certified by the Building Performance Institute, the assessments include a report sent to each homeowner that outlines home performance, recommends improvements, and identifies available services and training as well as applicable grants, rebates, and tax incentives.EOS Alliance says recommended remedies for performance deficiencies can include installation of smart meters, programmable thermostats, attic and wall insulation, weather stripping, door sweeps, gap sealant, low-flow water fixtures, compact fluorescent lighting, rain barrels, storm water bioswales, and/or vegetable gardens.For homeowners who do follow through on their Green Blocks assessments by making recommended improvements, EOS Alliance will track their home’s energy, water, and fuel usage for at least a year to note the benefits and changes in consumption. And of course that also will be a good way to measure the success of the Green Blocks program.EOS Alliance’s sustainability program director, Shannon Luoma, told GBA that the organization is still trying to secure funding that would be used to help pay for recommended improvements.“If the funds do not go through,” she says, “then we will be working with homeowners and block captains to pool together the collective purchasing power of their neighbors to get them all better deals on weatherization services. Kind of like buying in bulk, we’ll help to negotiate a better price for services to the homeowners.”last_img read more

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The Sky Is Falling!

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first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”Henny Penny would have you believe that the sky is falling, that the end is near. She would most definitely have you believe that your world is coming to end.Henny Penny will tell you that the balance of power in selling has shifted, that the buyer is now completely in control, and that you have no choice as to whether or not you are commoditized. The doom-saying chicken doesn’t believe that anyone can create value because she cannot, refusing to see or hear anything to the contrary.Henny Penny would have you believe—like she does—that because some roles are going to be automated, that all roles will be automated. Hence, you have no place in a future that has no place for you. This disturbed bird wants you to share in her fear. She wants you to be paranoid and to overact with her.According to said Hen:The cold call is dead.The field sales force is dead.Traditional prospecting is dead.Opportunity creation is dead.Closing is dead.Selling is dead. And soon, you too will be relegated to the ash heap of history.This frightened, feathered fowl will squawk about this trend and that trend, offering you evidence that what she foretells is true and unavoidable, leaving out the evidence and information that would suggest that her reading is skewed and inaccurate.The problem with large, loud Chicken Littles that run around making noise about the end of the world is that they are only speaking of their own experience. Because an acorn fell from a tree and hit them on the head, they believe that their experience is shared universally by one and all. In the end, all who followed Henny Penny end up being eaten by a fox.Pay attention to what is going on around you. Don’t ignore trends that require you to change and grow. But while you are doing so, don’t listen to those who would feed you their fears.last_img read more

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Caron Butler remains close to the game even after a year out of the NBA

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first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ View comments Butler, a journeyman who played for nine NBA teams in his 14-year career, has also become a willing mentor for the up-and-comers.“I’m working while also staying connected to the game of basketball, talking and educating while also seeing some of my young guys that still need that guidance that even when I’m not in the locker room, I could come from a different objective and different place where I could give valuable pieces of information to them,” he said.Butler is encouraging players to be more vocal about their advocacies and take the opportunity that basketball provides to be a positive influence to their thousands of fans, especially in the age where it’s easy to connect to everyone through social media.“I think it’s great when you see athletes outside of what they’re considered to be. Whenever you have a talent, you want them to stay in that bubble as that talent. All you want to see them do is play basketball or play football. People are human beings, they have feelings. It’s good to see athletes use their platform and following to educate to the best of their knowledge and talk about things that is a problem. I want to see more of it,” he said.“The only thing I say is you’re an athlete and you do that, educate yourself on what you’re talking about. If you want to go out there and be vocal, be sure that you’re educated enough to talk about these things and answer the questions.”ADVERTISEMENT Old habits die hard and Caron Butler knows that well.One year removed from the NBA, but he still can’t shake off his straw-chewing routine.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Role players save Arellano in 2OT LATEST STORIES “Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten my hand on some straw since I landed. But I’m gonna drop at the nearest McDonald’s and get some straw, the red, yellow, and white one. You’ll see that in my mouth,” Butler playfully shared on Thursday as he met the press at NBA Store in Trinoma.But don’t get distracted with what he’s chewing, but rather focus on what he’s saying as the 37-year-oldpost-basketball career as an ambassador for the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I’m doing a lot of things, which is coming out and using my platform to inspire and tell the story of the game of basketball from my eyes and what I’ve seen. I’ve also been staying busy doing case studies and enrolling in the University of Harvard while being a father of four girls. That keeps me busy,” he said.Being a basketball ambassador has also allowed Butler to venture into new things that are still close to the game like doing color commentary for the league’s broadcast. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Caron Butler remains close to the game a year out of the NBA57 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

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