Morrisons gets the jump on salt targets

first_imgMorrisons is using new bakery improvers in its in-store bread to meet the Food Standards Agency’s 2012 salt targets ahead of schedule.Bakery trading manager Andy Clegg said it had been a long project, but the new improvers meant all its ISB bread now met the 2012 targets of 1g of salt per 100g of bread. “We have changed the recipe to ensure better flavour and a better crust formation as well,” said Clegg. The supermarket, which saw total sales (excluding fuel) up 9.2% in its first quarter, said in-store bakery had been performing “brilliantly”.Morrisons’ bakery sales have been tracking ahead of the latest market data. “The latest 12-week figures from Nielsen for total bakery sales, show an overall increase of 0.8% and we’re tracking ahead of that at 4.5%,” said Clegg.last_img read more

New PM urged to not let industry set agenda on child obesity

first_imgNew Prime Minister Theresa May has received a message from health campaigners, urging her to make sure the food and drink industry learns from its mistakes, when the government publishes the childhood obesity strategy.The Children’s Food Campaign compiled a letter to May, saying that she must learn from the experience of the Responsibility Deal, which relied on action from the food and drink industry to solve the problem.The letter also urged May not to offer any last chances for the industry to show it can self-regulate, while implementing financial penalties for those who fail to respond to compulsory targets.Children’s Food Campaign co-ordinator Malcolm Clark said: “Letting the food and advertising industries set the terms of their commitments on tackling the marketing of junk food to children is no way to prioritise public health.He added: “We are alarmed by reports that the government appears to have given in to industry’s economically short-sighted demands for purely voluntary measures and a lack of firm commitments on restrictions on marketing to children and promotion of less healthy food and drink.”This follows a leaked copy of David Cameron’s Childhood Obesity Strategy, revealed last week , which prompted campaign group, Action on Sugar (AoS) to call for its revision.AoS said the government’s Childhood Obesity Strategy, which has been delayed until the autumn, does not go far enough. It estimated the plan, in its current form, will only reduce calorie intake by around 10-20Kcal/person/day as a maximum.last_img read more

The “Went Gin” Turns 20 Today, And It’s Still One Of The Definitive Phish Jams [Video]

first_imgOf course, this is Phish, so everyone is never going to agree on which was “best.” Lots of old-school fans will tell you that the Riverport “Gin” made for a stiffer drink, and had more to offer in terms of variety. Some 3.0 kids may argue that the 23-minute “Bathtub Gin” roller coaster from the first night of Magnaball should at least be in the conversation (though that camp, admittedly, may have a slightly less legitimate claim). And more still will preach the gospels of any number of other fantastic “Gins.” But you won’t find a fan of Phish who doesn’t at least have a place in their heart for the great, great, Great Went “Gin.” 20 years later, and two things are still certain: 1) The “Went Gin” is still a pinnacle moment in the history of Phish; and 2) we still love to take that bath.SETLIST: Phish | The Great Went | Night 2 | Loring Commerce Centre | Limestone, ME | 8/17/97SET 1: The Wedge, Beauty of My Dreams, Dogs Stole Things, Vultures, Water in the Sky > Maze, Bouncing Around the Room > Tweezer -> Taste, CarolinaSET 2: Down with Disease [1] -> Bathtub Gin [1] > Uncle Pen, Also Sprach Zarathustra -> Art Jam > Harry HoodSET 3: Buffalo Bill -> NICU, Weigh, Guyute, Dirt, Scent of a Mule -> Digital Delay Loop Jam -> Scent of a Mule , Prince CaspianENCORE: When the Circus Comes, Tweezer Reprise[1] Unfinished.This was the second show of The Great Went festival. Tweezer featured a Cities-like jam and Simple teases, and the Digital Delay Loop Jam included London Bridge is Falling Down teases. Disease was unfinished. Bathtub Gin contained a Proud Mary tease from Page. Throughout the weekend, fans painted pieces of wood that were assembled into an Art Tower. During Disease, Page and Fish painted their portions of the Art Tower; Mike and Trey painted theirs during 2001. The Art Jam saw the crowd carry the pieces of the band’s art to the side of the venue where it was hoisted onto the Art Tower and added to the fans’ art. During Tweezer Reprise, the Art Tower was burned to the ground as The Great Went came to a close. As the Hood jam kicked in, Trey asked Chris to turn the lights off and the band jammed while the front section of the audience engaged in the first Hood glowstick war. Trey remarked to the crowd at the end of the jam that the visual display was cool. Between the first and second sets, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra performed selections from Stravinsky and Debussy as a red-smoke-spewing glider synchronized its swoops and dives to the music. Buffalo Bill was played for the first time since December 31, 1994 (204 shows).[Cover photo from The Great Went Day 1, via Bittersweet Motel] Since Phish‘s earliest days, “Bathtub Gin” has been among the band’s most noteworthy songs. From nonsensical lyrics, to specifically-composed dissonance and weirdness, to audience participation, to the bouncing tempo and crisp, distinct guitar line that consistently prime the band for thrilling improvisation, “Gin” combines some of the most entertaining and thrilling aspects of the band’s prodigious skill set.After decades of remaining in heavy live rotation (and 258 individual performances), fans have surely gotten more than their fair share of awe-inspiring, impassioned “Gins,” but one in particular seems to rise to the top of the pile when discussing the greatest versions ever: “The Went Gin,” a.k.a. Phish’s action-packed rendition of the song in the middle of their second of three sets of the final day of their second-ever festival, The Great Went. The entire set continues to be known as one of the best Phish has ever put together, with a grade-A “Disease,” the communally engaging “Art Jam,” and the first-ever “Harry Hood” glow stick war.But the “Gin” in particular is a shot of rocket fuel. The jam packs more unhinged energy into 15 minutes than many of the celebrated improvs that extend much longer. All four members lock in around the 12 minute mark, press harder, faster, stretching the music’s boundaries to their limits. The results are quite literally hair-raising. Chill-inducing. Jaw-dropping. Normally, those phrases are just hyperbole, simply turns of phrase. But watch this pro-shot video of the impregnable “Went Gin” and try to tell me the that hair on your neck doesn’t raise on end, that you don’t get chills at about 12:45 in, that your jaw isn’t slacked by the time the song’s theme returns at the end. Even if you do, I don’t think I’d believe you.Thanks to YouTube user LazyLightning55a, you can check out video of the Phish’s vaunted “Bathtub Gin” from The Great Went in all its glory below:last_img read more

Say What?

first_imgI hope you ate a good breakfast.I’ve heard a lot of interesting comments by runners at various races that have stuck with me over the years, most of them are quite humorous. Everybody has a unique personality and sometimes these individuals (some will remain anonymous) really shine especially on the big stage (race day). Here are just a few of my favorites:“Extending my lead!” – Running coach and ultra badass Howard Nippert when asked by the local media after winning his 2nd JFK 50 mile what he thinks about while running for so long.“Here on the East coast rocks don’t move.” – While anxiously standing at the start line of the JFK 50 miler I heard one East coast ultra runner say this to another West coast ultra runner. He was wearing gaiters for the race.“Well I’m here to rip some face” – Two-time Shut In Ridge Trail race champion, Bryan Dayton after hearing the plethora of sand bagging from his competition at the start line of Shut In. After his statement, the stunned silence was awesome. Bryan went on to back up these words as I laughed about it for way too long.“I have to race at least 100 miles to reward myself with something like that!” – After we had just completed a 50 mile race, Anne was telling one of her competitors that we were heading to Dairy Queen for a Blizzard treat to celebrate. This was her response.“If a suppository company wanted to sponsor you, would you oblige?” – Another classic quote from Howard Nippert. He asked me this question during a training run together. I was telling him who my current sponsors were at the time. He was not impressed.“Ultrarunning: Most Sports Require Only One Ball” – Team inov-8 runner, Amy Lane’s trophy inscription after winning the overall title in a 50k race in New England. Rule #1: never assume a guy is going to win an ultra race.“I hope you ate a good breakfast.” – Overheard one elite male ultrarunner say this to another just before the start of an ultra race.“Downhill trail running 101” – Ultra running legend, Tom Possert said this to me as he pulled away on the final steep and rocky descent of the Rattlesnake 50k in WV in 2003. Three years later I was back chasing the eventual winner once again and did a flip onto my back running down this same hill. I guess I had failed Tom’s class again.“Yep, her horse won!” – This is what I started telling people at the Houston Airport while lugging a 60 lb trophy with a big stallion on it. Anne had won the Sunmart 50 mile earlier that day. I got more tired trying to explain she had just run 50 miles.“Quick just yank my arm back down as hard as you can!” –  The day I literally “fell” in love with my wife after she jerked my dislocated shoulder back into place. We were training together several years ago for the Mt. Mitchell Challenge on an icy section.last_img read more

Training and Engagement Mission Continues in Belize

first_img A U.S. Military training team on the High Speed Vessel Swift 2 is working with Belizean forces during Southern Partnership Station 2013. The mission, which began on February 18, is a U.S. 4th Fleet deployment designed to strengthen civil and maritime capabilities with regional partner nations in the Caribbean. The team is comprised primarily of Seabees from Riverine Squadron (RIVRON) 2 and Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 202. “We’re doing a military-to-military cooperation with our counterparts in the Belize Defence Force,” said CBMU 202 officer in charge, Chief Builder Nicholas Whitbeck. “We’ll observe, exchange ideas and learn from them and vice versa. We’ll also work hand-in-hand with them to improve military infrastructure.” The two units have separate missions but share a common purpose: to maintain a strong relationship with the Belize Defence Force and share ideas, experience and technology. CBMU 202 Seabees will build a multipurpose open bay structure, known as a seahut, and provide the materials for up to two additional buildings. RIVRON 2 Seabees will share their expertise with the Belize Defence Force and help them improve their skills in areas such as interdiction and inserts and extracts of security teams on the water. “We are here not only to build a seahut with the Belize Defence Force, but also pass on our knowledge so they can accurately and efficiently build more in the future,” said Builder 2nd Class Nathaniel Devincentis, CBMU 202. Swift and multinational crews are scheduled to remain in Belize working with the Belize Defence Force until early March. The Military Sealift Command high-speed vessel Swift (HSV 2) departs from Naval Station Mayport to begin Southern Partnership Station 2013. Swift is the first ship of this class to be used by the U.S. Navy. (Photo: U.S. Navy / Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Salt Cebe) By Dialogo March 07, 2013last_img read more

Brixton’s estate

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Finland’s earnings-related pension assets dwindle in second quarter

first_imgAsset levels in Finnish earnings-related pension schemes fell by €1.3bn in the second quarter to stand at €182.9bn at the end of June, as share prices fell and pension payouts overtook contributions, according to data from the Finnish Pension Alliance TELA.The amount of assets held in equities and equity-type investments dropped to €87.6bn at the end of June from €90.2bn at the end of March and shrank as a proportion of overall assets to 47.9% from 49%, the analysis showed.Fixed income investments grew over the same time period to €78bn, or 42.7% of overall earnings-related pension assets, from €77bn, or 41.7%.Property investments were unchanged in absolute values overall from three months before at €17.1bn, though they increased slightly as a proportion of all assets to 9.4% from 9.3%. TELA analyst Peter Halonen said: “This development has been affected by the fact pension costs are now higher than pension revenues – i.e. pensions now being paid out are more than the amount workers and employers are paying in as pension contributions.”He said, on top of this, the pension providers are facing a challenging investment environment, with returns diminishing as the year progresses.“In particular, share prices have fallen in the second quarter,” he said.However, the value of pension funds’ assets has been growing steadily, having quadrupled over the past 20 years, despite dips in 2008 and 2011, TELA said.TELA chief economist Reijo Vanne added that, while investment returns will cover part of the financing of pensions in Finland, the level of pension contributions is the more important factor.“The financial stability of the earnings-related pension system requires long-term contributions on the level agreed within the pensions reform, and the preparation for this is already in place,” he said.Under the terms of the Finnish pension reform, contributions within the earnings-related pension system are expected to stabilise at 24.4% from 2017 onwards, Vanne said. “This secures the financing of future pensions.”last_img read more

VER’s year-to-date return speeds up in third quarter on bond gains

first_img“The investments in the emerging markets, in particular, generated healthy returns, both on equities and fixed income portfolios,” Viherkenttä said.Liquid fixed income instruments generated a return of 4.9%, and listed equities produced 4.1% during the third quarter.VER said its average rate of return for the past five years was 7.7%, and 4.6% for the past 10 years.Total assets rose to a market value of €18.5bn at the end of September, up from €17.9bn at the end of December last year.Fixed income instruments accounted for 48.1% of the fund’s overall assets, and equities for 42%. Viherkenttä said the third quarter had been characterised by a strong recovery in equity markets as the uncertainty created by the Brexit vote was quickly replaced by new optimism.“Investors are focusing on issues related to political developments both in the US and Europe – along with ever-present central bank speculations,” he said. Between January and September, VER’s premium income of €1.14bn was outweighed by the €1.34bn that was transferred to the government budget.VER is required to contribute 40% of the state’s total pension spending to the government’s annual budget, with the amounts to be transferred increasing continuously in absolute terms with the growth in pension spending. Finland’s State Pension Fund (Valtion Eläkerahasto or VER) reported a marked acceleration in year-to-date investment returns between July and September, helped by a surprisingly high return on its fixed income investments over the period.Reporting interim financial figures, VER said investments returned 4.4% in the first nine months of the year, with the return in the third quarter alone at 3.5%.Timo Viherkenttä, VER’s chief executive, said: “What in particular exceeded expectations was the 5% return on fixed income instruments as interest rates kept falling and risk premiums decreasing.”He described the pension fund’s overall return as sound and said it had been generated more or less equally by all asset classes.last_img read more

Ireland says no to offshore exploration ban

first_imgIreland’s offshore oil and gas association has welcomed the government decision this week to block a bill that would ban the issuing of further licenses for oil and gas exploration and production.Illustration: COSLInnovator drilling rig is expected drill Barryroe wells in Ireland soon. Image source: LundinHad it been passed into law, the Climate Emergency Bill proposed by People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith would’ve banned future offshore exploration block awards, putting Ireland shoulder to shoulder with Costa Rica, Belize, France, and New Zealand as nations who’ve banned future oil and gas exploration.The move has been welcomed by the Irish Offshore Operators’ Association (IOOA) who said that “the Government of Ireland has taken an important step to ensure energy security, protect the environment, and create jobs, by allowing gas and oil exploration to continue.”The representative organization for the Irish offshore oil and gas industry says the decision not to proceed with the Climate Emergency Bill “has paved the way for finds similar to the Kinsale and Corrib gas fields which currently supply 60% of gas to Irish homes and businesses.”Mandy Johnston, CEO of the Irish Offshore Operators’ Association said: “Government has recognized that using our own natural resources is not only good for energy security but also good for the environment and jobs. The facts speak for themselves: Russian Gas imported to Ireland creates 34-38% more greenhouse gas emissions than using Irish gas, while Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) imported from Qatar creates 22-30% more.”She said there was no realistic scenario under which gas and oil will not be required to contribute a major part of Ireland’s energy supply in the short to medium term.Johnston said: “Brexit, and political instability in the Middle East and Russia, together with the lack of established gas interconnection with mainland Europe, leave us extremely vulnerable to massive major gas and energy disruptions.“Other countries have recognized this challenge. Only a handful have banned offshore exploration. The only European country that has done so is France, and it has a stable nuclear infrastructure powering over 50% of its needs”“Other countries have recognized this challenge. Only a handful have banned offshore exploration. The only European country that has done so is France, and it has a stable nuclear infrastructure powering over 50% of its needs. Conversely, Norway is generally cited as one of the more progressive low carbon economies in the world and is today the largest producer of oil and gas in North West Europe.The Irish Offshore Operators’ Association is fully committed to continuing to work with communities, policymakers and others to identify and implement policies which are based on science, evidence, and facts. We must work together to create progressive policies which can make a meaningful and positive impact, without undermining the prosperity of Ireland for our future generations.”In a recent debate, Fine Gael politician Jom Daly argued the bill would not lead to a reduction Ireland’s emissions and would force the country to import fossil fuels it already uses and would continue to use “at a time when the Kinsale gas fields are due to cease production in the very near future and Corrib production is already in decline.” He also said the measure would reduce the country’s energy security.Bríd Smith, who authored the Climate Emergency Bill, said the latest government action showed “the utter hypocrisy of the Government on climate and renders null and void any other measure in the Climate Action Plan.”“If we can’t stop new exploration for fossil fuels while knowing that 80% of existing reserves need to stay in the ground then we will never limit climate change to 1.5 degrees. Nothing else this government announces on climate can be taking seriously if they continue to support looking for more reserves of fossil fuels,” Bríd Smith said.She said that Solidarity/ People Before Profit would continue to fight the decision. She urged climate activists to attend a protest outside the Dáil next Tuesday at 5.30pm called by the group ‘Not Here Not Anywhere’ on the issue of the Climate Bill and the governments blocking of 53 other bills from the opposition.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

WHO NOW RUNS PECO OPERATION?

first_imgPECO’sfranchise expired on Jan. 19, 2019 yet. Otherpower distribution utilities in Panay and Negros islands immediately resumedtheir power supplies and distributed to consumers but PECO went to normaloperation after a long 12 hours, according to MORE Power. Only45MW of the power requirement of PECO is connected to the NGCP, it added./PN ILOILOCity – After the then Vice President for Operations and General Manager ofPanay Electric Co. (PECO) resigned in July, a big question cropped up – who is calling the shots as far as theoverall technical operation of the distribution utility isconcerned?   Torecall, it was in the evening of Oct. 29 when Iloilo city suffered at leastfive hours of power interruption due to line faults in Panay Energy Development Corp. (PEDC) and National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP); butNGCP said they restored power and were back to normal after 30minutes.   1)Master Electrician – who can handle / supervise electrical systems of up to 600Volts only AfterEngineer Randy Pastolero left the company as Vice President for Operations andGeneral Manager, there were questions whether technical operations wereentrusted to a Master Electrician. 3)Professional Electrical Engineer – who can handle all electrical power systems,protections and coordinations, regardless of voltage “Thereis no need to taint the image of franchise-less PECO because the Ilonggoconsumers know their state and are already fed up. From the balut vendor in Iloilo City to thePresident of the country, everybody knows how bad their services are,” MOREPower stated in a statement.  Itadded: “We know how complicated the operation of an electricity utility that iswhy this must be run by a competent and licensed Electrical Engineer.” 2)Registered Electrical Engineer – who can handle / supervise up to 69,000 Volts MOREElectric and Power Corp. (MORE Power), which secured a 25-year franchise todistribute power here, asked the question in reaction to the accusation ofPECO’s head of Public Engagement and Government Affairs Marcelo Cacho that theformer was using the twin blackouts last week for black propaganda.   MOREPower, in response, said Cacho did not answer the issue raised: that PECOcommitted grave disservice to consumers because of its failure to manage thepower outage. OnOct. 30, the city was again plunged into darkness that lasted for almost 12hours due to a fault in the NGCP Negros-Panay submarine cable but restored tonormal after two hours.   UnderRepublic Act 7920 or the Electrical Engineering law, the Electrical Engineeringprofession has three grades:last_img read more