BB Open Letter: Wheat prices

first_imgThe report in British Baker (4 June) highlights concerns over the possibility of increased wheat prices, due to currency fluctuation and the increased use of wheat for biofuel production.The possible effect of these concerns is that wheat and subsequently flour prices will rise after a new crop, even though the estimates are optimistic in terms of both volume and quality for the 2010 crop on a global scale.The current LIFFE price for July 2010 is an unchanged figure of £97/tonne, with the level increasing to £100.85 for November 2010. Obviously, the cost of bread flour will depend on premiums for bread wheat over feed wheat and the action taken by wheat buyers to cover flour contracts.There are other factors to be taken into account. Although there is to be an increased demand for feed wheat for biofuels, can this not be supplied from material that would previously have been exported? After all, from an average cereal crop of 15 million tonnes plus, approximately three million tonnes of milling wheat is obtained, leaving a significant surplus. Presumably, the additional demand for biofuel can also be met at least partially by using land for growing not currently used for wheat.In addition, what action is being taken by wheat buyers to protect prices by taking ’options’ on future purchases? This involves paying a premium to secure wheat at a specific price. The option system offers a degree of flexibility, presenting the buyer with a variety of strategies when covering wheat purchases.There has been considerable publicity about the use by millers of 100% UK wheats in the manufacture of bread-making flour. This reduces the need for imported material, which, in addition to providing useful promotional opportunities, generates cost savings.Do farmers have enough incentives to become interested in taking advantage of the development in seed technology to grow increased levels of bread-making wheat varieties? A realistic premium negotiated through the miller and merchant can be made to offer farmers a more satisfactory return for growing milling wheat, making this raw material as attractive as crops such as rape.The craft baker continues to be under serious market pressure and every opportunity must be explored to secure consistent raw material prices. As much factual information as possible is key as this avoids unwelcome speculation as to levels of future prices.Stephen Bartlett, Morpethlast_img read more

Brazil Launches Logo and Promises Green and Transparent 2014 World Cup

first_img At the launch of the 2014 World Cup logo, Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva promised that his country will host a green, transparent, and unforgettable competition. “The organization will have maximum transparency. All public expenditures will be posted on the internet,” said Lula, speaking in Johannesburg, where he also mentioned environmental issues as a concern for the country. “We will host a World Cup as green as our forests. Environmental sustainability is a priority and will be one of our country’s trademarks,” he stated, without giving details. “With the World Cup we will have the opportunity to show the world a new era in Brazil. … We will have an economy of even greater relevance on the international stage.” President Lula also praised the competition hosted by South Africa and said that Brazil will learn from what was done this year. “We will learn from them, as a matter of fact, we are already learning from them, so that the 2014 World Cup will be an even greater success. It’s a great responsibility, but we are confident. Brazilians like challenges,” he said. “We will host an unforgettable World Cup. That’s a promise. You can count on it,” he added, stating that he will no longer be president – his term ends at the end of this year – but will be able to help as a “soccer fan.” The president of the Brazilian Soccer Confederation (CBF) and of the organizing committee for the 2014 World Cup, Ricardo Teixeira, promised that the competition will look like the country. “Now is the time for Brazil to enter the field. It will be a party full of music, happiness, and also organization,” he emphasized. The event to launch the official World Cup logo included musical performances, including Vanessa da Matta, and statements from Brazilians known around the world, such as Gisele Bundchen, Hans Donner, Ivete Sangalo, Paulo Coelho, and Oscar Niemeyer, who served on the jury that chose the emblem. Ricardo Teixeira and FIFA secretary-general Jérome Valcke also voted. The chosen logo shows three hands together, forming a green and yellow trophy. The year 2014 appears in red. Brazil will host the World Cup for the second time, after having hosted it in 1950. By Dialogo July 13, 2010last_img read more

World Military Games: Soccer Berths Decided

first_imgBy Dialogo November 16, 2010 Very interesting report. Its a shame that in the end, the Trinidad team couldn’t count on their best player. But next year there’s more … The men’s final in the World Military Games Rio 2011 will be in Engenhão in July and it promises to be a thrilling game. I am to remind you that no only Trinidad and Tobago are classified to the world games V, Ecuador achieved its classification to defeat a Surinam and get the second place, since the first place it correspond to Trinidad and Tobago and Brazil for hosting and were classified automatically, so there are three representatives of the American continent. I am a member of the Argentine Army and along with fellow NCOs we participate in a soccer tournament at the local level, we will need complete information in order to see if we could participate in the World Military Games. The men’s soccer teams from Brazil and Trinidad and Tobago will represent the Americas at the Fifth World Military Games next July in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At a seven-nation qualifying tournament hosted by the Suriname Armed Forces in Paramaribo Nov. 5-14, the teams from Brazil and Trinidad and Tobago steamrolled through the competition before meeting in a hard-fought championship game that took two overtimes and two rounds of penalty kicks to decide. Brazil prevailed 5-4 and goes home a champion, where they next will play host to the top military teams in the world. Trinidad and Tobago also will be there, hoping for a rematch against the Brazilians. The armed forces of Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the United States competed in the qualifying tournament, known as the 2010 Armed Forces Continental Football Championships. Trinidad and Tobago was grouped with Suriname and Canada, while Barbados, Brazil, Ecuador and United States formed the other group. The tournament was scheduled for eight teams, but Uruguay’s team withdrew. That forced some last-minute scheduling changes, said William Von Ohlen, an official with the USA team. The USA lost its first two games against Brazil and Barbados before scoring a 4-3 victory over Ecuador on Nov. 11, which was Veteran’s Day in the United States. Von Ohlen said there is much camaraderie among the military athletes. “Part of the whole things is friendship through sport. We’re all staying in the same hotels. All the teams get along real well,” Von Ohlen said. He said many of the athletes traded gear and other souvenirs. The tournament opened on Nov. 6 with Trinidad and Tobago outscoring the host nation, Suriname, 3-2. Later that day, Brazil blanked the USA 2-0. On Nov. 7, Ecuador topped Barbados, 2-0, and on Nov. 8, host nation Suriname rolled over Canada 7-1. The tournament continued on Nov. 9 in Paramaribo with two games. In the first game, Barbados defeated the USA, 3-1. That was followed by Brazil earning its second victory of the tournament with a 2-0 victory over Ecuador. On Nov. 10, Trinidad and Tobago scored its second victory of the qualifier and clinched the World Military Games berth with a 5-1 victory over Canada. Nov. 11 saw Brazil earn its third victory of the tournament by beating Barbados, 4-1. That was followed by the USA winning its first game, the 4-3 victory over Ecuador. The semifinals came down to Brazil vs. host Suriname in Group A and Trinidad and Tobago vs. Ecuador in Group B. Brazil topped the hosts 3-2 in the Group A semifinal to advance to the championship. With three goals from striker Devorn Jorsling, Trinidad and Tobago topped Ecuador 4-3. It was Jorsling’s second three-goal game of the tournament. But he also picked up a red card in that game, and was unavailable for the championship against Brazil. Game 1: Trinidad and Tobago 3, Suriname 2 Game 2: Brazil 2, USA 0 Game 3: Ecuador 2, Barbados 0 Game 4: Surinam 7, Canada 1 Game 5: Barbados 3, USA 1 Game 6: Brazil 2, Ecuador 0 Game 7, Trindad and Tobago 5, Canada 1 Game 8: Brazil 4, Barbados 1 Game 9: USA 4, Ecuador 3 Semifinal: Trinidad and Tobago 4, Ecuador 3 Semifinal: Brazil 3, Suriname 2 (overtime) Third-place game: Ecuador 3, Suriname 2 Championship: Brazil, 5, Trinidad and Tobago 4 (penalty kicks) Final Standings center_img Tournament results 1. Brazil 2. Trinidad and Tobago 3. Ecuador 4. Suriname 5. USA 6. Barbados 7. Canadalast_img read more

The Fight Against Insurgency Would Be Easier Without Maduro: Colombian Foreign Minister

first_imgBy Voice of America September 27, 2019 These statements came after demobilized FARC guerrilla leaders announced in an August 29 video that they were taking up arms again, accusing the government of violating the peace accord. The group’s declaration threatens to reactivate a long and violent internal conflict.“There’s no question about it. Maduro’s regime gives them protection; it has opened its doors, facilitating their actions from its territory,” Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo told Reuters in an interview.The Colombian government maintains that leaders of ELN and FARC dissidents who abandoned the peace accord, such as Iván Márquez and Jesús Santrich, who appear in the video announcing a return to the armed struggle, are taking refuge in Venezuela with Maduro’s approval.Duque’s government and the United Nations (UN) condemned the dissidents’ announcement, while the political party born from the guerrillas’ demobilization said that most former members are still committed to peace, despite “difficulties and risks.”Maduro denies claims that Colombian illegal armed groups have taken refuge in Venezuela. In late July, the socialist leader said Márquez and Santrich were welcome in Venezuela.A U.S. Department of State official told Reuters that Maduro’s government is increasingly providing refuge to Colombian insurgent groups.End of dictatorship best for ColombiaVenezuela, which blamed the rearming of dissidents on Duque’s government for not complying with the 2016 peace accord, expressed concern for the “imminent reactivation” of the conflict that left 260,000 dead and millions displaced in more than 50 years.Maduro later said via Twitter that his government was committed to promoting peace in Colombia, and that it would work to resume conversations between both parties.“The end of this dictatorship, of this tyranny, is best for Venezuela, best for Colombia, best for the region, best for the international community,” said Trujillo, adding that Duque would denounce Maduro’s support for the insurgents at the next session of the UN General Assembly.Venezuelan opposition leader and Interim President Juan Guaidó, recognized by more than 50 countries as the lawful president of his country, has committed to fight against Colombian illegal armed groups.Maduro, who clings to power with the help of the military, accuses Guaidó of being a U.S. puppet.Trujillo said that Colombia will start proceedings against Márquez, and other leaders who have walked out of the peace process, to be included in Interpol’s red list that identifies the world’s most wanted criminals. Colombian security forces estimate that FARC dissidents have about 2,000 fighters.When Trujillo was asked if Colombia had any proof of the presence of insurgents in Venezuela, he said: “There are indications, there are hypotheses.”“But what’s certain is that Venezuela, under Maduro’s regime, has sheltered Colombian terrorists. The ELN is there, ELN leaders are there. Those ELN leaders will work in coordination with this narcoterrorist group that made the announcement [on August 29],” he concluded.last_img read more

Puerto Rico rejects $1 billion loan offer from creditors

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Puerto Rico rejected an offer from Electric Power Authority bondholders to lend the utility $1 billion in the wake of Hurricane Maria, saying the deal would hamper the agency’s recovery.Investors holding about $3 billion of power utility bonds said the loan was made to help the island meet local matching requirements to receive Federal Emergency Management Agency funds. They also proposed exchanging $1 billion of outstanding power utility debt for $850 million of new bonds.Prepa, as the agency’s known, is struggling to restore its power grid after the hurricane knocked out electricity across the island.“The bondholders’ proposal is not viable and would severely hamper and limit Prepa’s capacity to successfully manage its recovery,” the island’s Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority said in a statement. “Such offers only distract from the government’s stated focus and create the unfortunate appearance that such offers are being made for the purpose of favorably impacting the trading price of existing debt.” continue reading »last_img read more

Ashursts takes Isis sublet

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Governor Wolf Announces Creation of 392 New Jobs in Allegheny and Delaware Counties with Expansion of SAP

first_img Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that SAP, a global enterprise software company, will expand its footprint and create 392 new, high-wage positions in Allegheny and Delaware counties.“Pennsylvania’s nearly 300 colleges and universities each year add highly skilled graduates to our labor force of more than 6.5 million, which is of great benefit to the commonwealth’s growing register of technology companies,” said Governor Wolf. “I’m pleased that SAP has decided to make the most of this invaluable resource, I look forward to the company’s continued growth and success in the years to come.”To accommodate future growth, improve operating efficiency, and attract talent, SAP will expand its footprint with a new facility on Pittsburgh’s North Shore. The company will invest $72.22 million in the project, which includes leasehold and infrastructure improvements and equipment purchases.Additionally, SAP has committed to creating 392 new, full-time jobs statewide over the next three years – 242 jobs at the company’s Pittsburgh location and 150 jobs at its U.S. headquarters in Newtown Township, Delaware County, adding to its existing Pennsylvania-based workforce of 3,305 employees.“We’re proud to have called the commonwealth home for nearly three decades, and we are excited to continue to expand in Pennsylvania as we grow our workforce and presence in the United States,” said Jennifer Morgan, president, SAP North America. “Our partnership with the commonwealth and the governor’s office is a model for how the public sector and the business community can work together to drive innovation, grow the economy, and create 21st Century jobs in every community across our country. We look forward to continuing to grow and invest in the commonwealth and in many other communities across the United States.”SAP received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $600,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant and $1,176,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.Founded in 1972, SAP is the world’s largest business software company, with over 82,000 employees globally, including more than 18,000 in the United States. Its applications address the needs of small businesses, midsized companies, and global organizations. In total, SAP’s applications serve more than 320,000 customers in 190 countries.Last year, DCED approved nearly $1.1 billion in low-interest loans, tax credits, and grants for projects across the commonwealth and secured private sector commitments for the creation and retention of more than 245,000 full-time jobs. In the same timeframe, the Governor’s Action Team completed 77 projects – creating and retaining more than 36,800 jobs.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Governor Wolf Announces Creation of 392 New Jobs in Allegheny and Delaware Counties with Expansion of SAP January 10, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Grand English mansion smashes Brisbane suburb record

first_imgThe ensuite for one of the bedrooms in the house at 4 Welwyn Cres, Coorparoo. One of the bathrooms in the house at 4 Welwyn Cres, Coorparoo.Records show the last sale price record set by a home in Coorparoo was $4.5 million in 2016 for 103 Buena Vista Avenue. One of the bedrooms in the house at 4 Welwyn Cres, Coorparoo.Its location on a massive 1200 sqm block offers views of the entire Brisbane city skyline.The impressive list of features include a 5000-bottle climate-controlled wine cellar, built-in coffee bar, gymnasium, library, heated lap pool and children’s outdoor play area. The formal sitting room in the house at 4 Welwyn Cres, Coorparoo.Selling agent Jack Dixon of Dixon Family Estate Agents sealed the deal after making a call to Meighan Hetherington of Property Pursuit Buyers’ Agents.Ms Hetherington had been keeping in touch with a local Coorparoo family that had previously tried unsuccessfully to buy the much-admired property. AUSSIE HOME VALUES HIT 7 YEAR LOW This home at 4 Welwyn Cres, Coorparoo, has sold for more than $5m.ONE of Brisbane’s grandest inner-city homes has sold for more than $5 million — setting a new sale price record for the suburb of Coorparoo. Just one phone call is all it took for the English-inspired hilltop estate at 4 Welwyn Crescent to be snapped up by a local family. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The dressing room in the house at 4 Welwyn Cres, Coorparoo.The seven-bedroom, three-bathroom house, features a gabled roof, sold brickwork, original bay windows, tulip oak floors, high ceilings, decorative plasterwork, Silky Oak joinery, an elegant library, and expansive terraces. Another sitting room in the house at 4 Welwyn Cres, Coorparoo.“I had taken my clients through the property quite some time ago when they were first drawn to what is certainly a unique landmark in the area,” she said.“Actually, they were no longer really active buyers, but when Jack called to say he was listing it, I got back in touch. INCREDIBLE PROFIT FOR PENTHOUSE PARADISE More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago The kitchen in the home at 4 Welwyn Cres, Coorparoo.“Knowing this might be their last opportunity to acquire the magnificent estate, they confirmed they were still interested and the process of negotiation began.”Mr Dixon said the number of buyers at the very top end of the market was limited, but premium properties were achieving strong prices. TOP 10 SUBURBS FOR UPGRADERS The 5000 bottle wine cellar in the home at 4 Welwyn Cres, Coorparoo.Designed by architect Eric Trewern, famed for his English-inspired homes throughout Hamilton, Ascot, Coorparoo and Greenslopes, “Thongabel” has a rich history and has been extensively restored since its construction in the 1930s.last_img read more

No. 5 lacrosse beats Notre Dame on the road

first_imgThe No. 5 women’s lacrosse team continues to dominate on the road, extending its winning streak to 15 straight games with a 5-4 victory against Notre Dame on Monday and remaining perfect on the season.With the help of a go-ahead goal midway through the second half and rock solid defense the remainder of the game, the Women of Troy continue their best season to date.Making program history with the longest single-season undefeated record, the Trojans pride themselves on depth and efficiency. With a roster consisting of roughly half seniors, USC has a plethora of experience under its belt and in times of adversity, the girls can count on their teammates to step up to the plate. On both sides of the field, the Trojans have demonstrated their skills with five different Trojans earning MPSF Player of the Week’ honors this season: junior Michaela Michael three times on offense, junior Kylie Drexel on offense, senior Courtney Tarleton twice on defense and sophomores Gussie Johns and Lydia Sutton on defense.A crucial win came Friday against No. 6 Notre Dame, a team that the Trojans have previously struggled against. While the Trojans were outshot 30-18, their efficiency on offense shone through and landed them a 14-11 victory.The Trojans buckled down, limiting the Fighting Irish to just 4 goals and maintaining their lead throughout a tense second half.“We capitalized on the right opportunities today and stayed mentally tough and confident,” head coach Lindsey Munday said. “We put the opportunities away at the right times.”USC gained possession right off the bat with a draw control by junior defender Nina Kelty, yet the Fighting Irish quickly sent a ball into the back of the net to give them a 1-0 advantage.And with a crucial save by Johns and a shot on goal by senior midfielder Amanda Johansen, the Trojans were back on track and the score was tied 1-1.The game continued in this manner and with 2 goals by junior Cynthia Del Core and Drexel and 2 goals by Notre Dame, at halftime the score was tied 3-3. However, the Trojans could have faced a deficit given Notre Dame’s stout offensive efforts. but Johns made nine crucial saves in the first half limiting the Fighting Irish to just 3 goals.The Trojans came out fiery in the second half with Michael sending the ball into the back of the net off a transition to give the Women of Troy a 4-3 lead. Yet Notre Dame countered with a goal off a free position to tie up the score 4-4. Rebounding with a goal of her own off a free position with 14:58 remaining, Michael regained a Trojan lead, bringing the score to 5-4.The next 15 minutes were long with just a slim lead, but with a tremendous defensive effort on both accounts, the remainder of the game was scoreless and the Trojans came out on top with a narrow-margin victory.“It is a good test for us going towards the end of the season and postseason where you have to have a quick turn around from one game to the next,” Munday said. “The girls showed their mental toughness and strength throughout.”Now at 15-0, the Trojans will continue their historical journey as they close out the regular season by facing each game with a fresh perspective.“The biggest thing is sticking to the game plan no matter the score,” Munday said. “We take it one game at a time — we want to stay true to our gameplan going in and stay confident no matter what.”The Women of Troy  next take the field Friday, April 22 to face conference opponent Stanford at 4:30 p.m.last_img read more

Uganda Cranes ready to end Ghana’s World Cup dreams

first_imgThe Cranes starting line up that destroyed Egypt. Okwi is standing left. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAWORLD CUP QUALIFIER: Uganda ?? vs Ghana ?? 4pmKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT & AFP | With Egypt two points clear at the top in Group E, Saturday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier is a must-win for both Uganda Cranes and Ghana’s Black Stars.The Ugandans have the better chance of staying in contention, but must still pick all three points and then expect a favour from their visitors against Egypt in the final game of the Group.Saturday’s three points are there for the taking by Uganda, as a starless Black Stars trooped into Kampala Thursday, missing some of their top players who are out with injuries. The team is also without the dreaded Ayew brothers Jordan and Andre who were dropped by coach James Kwesi Appiah.Ghana will be without five first team regulars, including defender Harrison Afful and captain Asamoah Gyan, who led the team in its 5-1 demolition of Congo Brazzaville in their last World Cup qualifierCoach Appiah is however still confident. “Players that are in now, their confidence levels are rising slowly and for that reason I believe when they go out there, there’s not too much pressure on them,” Appiah said, adding the players will be looking to “express themselves” on the pitch.The coach has been forced to bring in five new players to the squad, all set to earn their first caps. They include midfielder Kingsley Sarfo of Swedish side Malmo, defender Vincent Atings of Ghana premier league’s Hearts of Oak and striker John Atwin of Egyptian side Misr Makkasa, all of whom trained with the team for the first time in Nairobi.FILE PHOTO: Ghana’s forward Andre Ayew celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group D football match between Ghana and Uganda in Port-Gentil on January 17, 2017. He is one of the stars Ghana will miss this weekend. Uganda vs Ghana Oct 7 Egypt vs Congo Oct 7  Congo vs Uganda Nov 6 Ghana vs Egypt Nov 6Standings Group E??EGY – 9pts??UGA – 7pts??GHA – 5pts ??CGO – 1Uganda gets Mawejje boostAlthough Uganda warmed up for the game with a less than impressive performance against Madagascar, who won 2-1 at Lugogo, Cranes have a very strong home record they will rely on to tame the starless Black Stars.Interim coach Moses Basena welcomes back ace midfielder Tony Mawejje, and with Africa’s top goalkeeper Denis Onyango between the posts, sounded confident going into this game.‘We have prepared well for the match and the morale is high ahead of the match. There are no injuries and the players are all set for action’ Basena said in the pre-match interview.Emma Okwi, the striker Basena called back after a long spell out an scored in the win against Egypt, said he is ready for the Ghana test.“The role of a striker is to score goals. I score at my club and I scored the last goal for the Cranes against Egypt and this gives me confidence about the upcoming game,” Okwi said.Uganda, which is in second place with seven points will be without former Kenya-based midfielder Khalid Aucho and Murushid Jjuuko who are suspended.Key in Saturday’s game again will be star goalkeeper Denis Onyango, who watched the Wednesday friendly on the bench.Uganda held Ghana 0-0 in their opening World Cup qualifier.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more