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Warburtons extends deal for British wheat supply

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first_imgWarburtons has announced a long-term extension to its UK milling wheat contract with farmer-owned business Open-field, as it continues to maintain its support of British wheat.The extension of the contract, now in its 12th year, will see the supply agreement reach its 18th year, and will be worth an additional £140m to British wheat farmers. The contract has already been worth £172m to Openfield members with over one million tonnes of contracted wheat delivered for Warburtons flour and this figure is expected to rise to £312m before the end of 2016.”Top-quality milling wheat and traceability are at the heart of both our bread-making process and British farming, so we are delighted to announce this contract renewal,” commented Warburtons’ group purchasing director Bob Beard.Openfield group commercial director Graham Lacey added: “Many farmers have been committed to producing Warburtons’ wheat since the contract began; this has helped them to secure some exceptional returns from their wheat.”The contract is, however, about far more than just volume, as we’ve worked together to ensure that not only fair prices have been paid to growers each year, but also that as much as possible of the contracted wheat can be used by Warburtons even during more difficult harvests.”Any growers interested in supplying Warburtons as part of the new contract should contact their Openfield farm business manager.last_img read more

Press release: FCO Minister Field statement on the situation in Kachin state, Burma

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first_img Follow Foreign Office Minister Mark Field @MarkFieldUK For journalists Media enquiries Minister Field said: Email [email protected] Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn I remain deeply concerned about the intense fighting between the Burmese Army and the Kachin Independence Army, which has since April led to over 6000 people being newly displaced. This has added to the humanitarian suffering already experienced across the state over several years. I call on the Burmese military to fulfil its duty to respect international humanitarian law, ensure access for humanitarian organisations and allow the 2000 civilians trapped by the fighting to leave to safe areas. The new Burmese Northern Commander, Major-General Teza Kyaw, must ensure that the soldiers under his command show restraint and protect civilians. The UK will continue to offer substantial humanitarian support: in the last financial year we provided £6.1 million in humanitarian relief to Kachin and northern Shan. I call on all parties to the conflict to cease fighting, protect civilians, and return fully to peace talks, which the UK supports and which seek to bring to an end 70 years of internal conflict in Burma. The UK will continue to raise, both with the Burmese authorities and the international community, our anxiety at the continued armed conflicts and the constraints on humanitarian access around the country. The UK restates its commitment to supporting the triple transition in Burma: from military rule to democratic civilian government, from conflict to peace, and from a closed economy to an open one. Further information Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebooklast_img read more

Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers Perform “Cast-Off” On ‘Kimmel’ [Watch]

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first_imgBruce Hornsby and his band, The Noisemakers, stopped by the Jimmy Kimmel Live! studios on Wednesday to serve as the late-night show’s featured musical guests. For their appearance on the popular talk show, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers treated fans in attendance and viewers watching at home to a performance of “Cast-Off”, one of the tunes featured on the pianist’s latest studio album, Absolute Zero.The band’s performance of the calming ballad opened up beautifully with Hornsby on his baby grand piano while accompanied by his small string section. The song quickly took off but never got too far ahead of itself as each of the six members allows the music to glide along with melodic ease and tranquility. Sadly, Hornsby wasn’t joined by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, who appears on the album version of the song, but the band seemed to manage just fine without him. Fans can watch the entire performance from Wednesday’s episode below:Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers – “Cast-Off”[Video: Jimmy Kimmel Live!]Absolute Zero arrived last month via Zappo Productions/Thirty Tigers, and features a mix of guest collaborators and musicians including Vernon, yMusic, Robert Hunter, The Staves, Blake Mills, Jack DeJohnette, Sean Carey, and The Orchestra Of St. Hanks.Hornsby and company had been in southern California this past weekend where they performed at the inaugural BeachLife Festival. The band will continue to perform their new material into the summer months with their 2019 tour set to start up again in mid-July with support from Amos Lee and S. Carey.For a full list of tickets to Hornsby’s upcoming performance, head to his website here.last_img read more

Asian shares rise after vaccine maker boosts Europe supplies

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first_imgBEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets have gained after coronavirus vaccine maker AstraZeneca agreed to provide more doses to Europe amid rising worries about the disease. Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul advanced. Shanghai declined after two surveys showed Chinese manufacturing weakened in January. On Friday, Wall Street’s benchmark S&P 500 index lost 1.9% after GameStop, a video game vendor, and some other shares that were expected to decline were sent soaring by day traders. Markets were rattled by AstraZeneca’s announcement it would supply the European Union with fewer than half the promised doses. On Sunday, AstraZeneca promised to increase European supplies and start delivery earlier.last_img read more

Seniors discuss plans for postgraduate service

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first_imgWhile a large number of graduating Notre Dame seniors may decide to enter the workforce or pursue a tertiary degree upon graduation, other seniors decide to pursue a year of service spanning an array of programs and activities.Gemma Stanton, who is graduating with a civil engineering degree and minors in resiliency and sustainability of engineering systems and Catholic social tradition, is spending her year at Bethlehem Farm in Alderson, West Virginia.“Their mission statement is to transform lives through service with the local community and the teaching of sustainable practices,” Stanton said. “I’m going to help volunteers who come with home repair sites — teaching them how to use tools, as well as being there to help them out on sites.”Stanton said she chose the program at Bethlehem Farm because of its emphasis on sustainability.“Senior year I started looking at the application processes and what stuck out to me about Bethlehem Farm was that I knew what I would be doing would be really tied to sustainability, which I knew I wanted,” she said.This feature is also important to Stanton, as she completed coursework on this subject during her time at Notre Dame.“An exciting thing about Bethlehem Farm is that they just got a couple of grants to do sustainability audits of houses, so they’re going to be analyzing how the homes they go into are sustainable and how we can make them better, not just safer or warmer but also more sustainable,” she said. “I think the things I’ve learned are going to be useful for having a technical background and that perspective on it. It’s not just, ‘Oh, I like solar panels,’ but I can actually do some math and figure out how many solar panels are needed to power a house.”Maria Heiman, who studied accountancy with a minor in poverty studies, is also embarking on a year of service. Heiman will be working with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) in Minneapolis.“I will be working with individuals experiencing homelessness and providing resources like transportation and opportunities to get them to stable housing and stable employment,” she said.Heiman said she has always wanted to do some form of service, especially at this time in her life.“A year of service was something that I always felt called towards. For me, I always wanted to give myself to something greater,” she said. “I thought as long as I’m young and flexible and had the opportunity, I thought if I don’t do it now, I might never do it. Living in community with others also was something that I unknowingly was looking for. Being at Notre Dame and being around people who are always cheering you on and always being there for you in that aspect was something that I was searching for and hopefully have found with JVC. Also, I would say the spirituality component, too. I am always looking to increase my faith life, so I found a great opportunity to do that within the Jesuit order that I am not as familiar with.”Heiman’s coursework at Notre Dame also influenced her placement within the JVC, she said.“Part of what I’m doing with my placement is starting up a financial readiness program there. Obviously my business coursework will help me in that aspect, but I think a Notre Dame education overall is what I’ll bring the most to JVC,” she said. “I am excited. I think just being able to be in a new territory and find my place in that community, not just the JVC community, but the broader region.”Tags: Commencement 2019, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, service, sustainabilitylast_img read more

COVID: Instacart Makes Changes Amid Worker Strike

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first_imgJAMESTOWN – Instacart is trying to increase safety measures for its workers who are worried about Coronavirus.The changes were a reaction to a nationwide strike on Monday.The grocery delivery service says it will provide hand sanitizers to its full-service shoppers. They select groceries at stores and then deliver them.Instacart also says it will make it easier for customers to set their own default tipping percentages. But, a nonprofit behind the strike says those concessions aren’t enough. The gig workers collective says it wants shoppers to get additional safety items and hazard pay.It’s also demanding a default tip of 10 percent and an extra five dollars an order.Demand is surging for Instacart deliveries as people try to avoid leaving home. The company is trying to hire another 300-thousand shoppers. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Developer GlidePath begins building standalone battery storage project in Texas

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first_imgDeveloper GlidePath begins building standalone battery storage project in Texas FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Renewables developer GlidePath has begun construction on a rare standalone storage project in the tricky Texas market.The 10-megawatt/10-megawatt-hour Prospect Storage plant will bid into the ERCOT markets for energy and ancillary services. Though small by the standards of today’s utility-scale market, the project, located 50 miles south of Houston, is notable for making the economics work in an inhospitable market for storage.Texas law forbids distribution utilities from owning storage for any number of useful purposes, because this technology, which does not generate electricity, is deemed “generation.” Without utility contracts to guarantee revenue, storage must compete with conventional gas generators in the wide-open wholesale markets, a challenge that has scared off even the most bullish storage boosters.ERCOT’s reserve margins have dipped to historic lows, though, and the peaks are getting peakier, meaning a highly flexible, fast-acting asset could scoop up enough revenue to eke by, maybe even prosper. That assumes a developer can convince financiers to trust a merchant play, another rarity in current U.S. storage development. All of which makes GlidePath’s achievement worth scrutinizing. It’s a pure merchant play in a market with no playbook for storage to succeed.“The reserve margins are the thinnest they’ve been in as long as I can remember, and that puts the grid dangerously close to having issues,” GlidePath COO Chris McKissack said of the ERCOT market. “It’s our view that battery storage can play a role in relieving the grid of these issues and adding to reserve capacity.”In an operational sense, the Prospect plant will be up and running in time for the worst of the hot summer price spikes, when just a few minutes of energy delivery during moments of scarcity can reap a windfall. The company touted going “from greenfield development to commercial operation in less than nine months” to hit that deadline. The system will connect to the distribution grid across the street from a utility substation. That allowed for faster and easier siting than a transmission-connected system, McKissack said, and it puts the asset closer to load.More: GlidePath builds merchant battery plant in ERCOT, bucking industry wisdomlast_img read more

British firms plan massive underwater power link to bring Scottish wind to English markets

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first_imgBritish firms plan massive underwater power link to bring Scottish wind to English markets FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Three of Britain’s biggest energy companies have agreed to build giant underwater power cables to bring Scotland’s vast reserves of renewable energy to millions of homes in England.The multibillion-pound energy “superhighway”, to be built by Scottish Power, National Grid and SSE, could help to unlock the potential of the prime minister’s plan to build enough offshore wind farms to power every home in the country by 2030.The so-called Eastern Link will run from two separate points in Scotland – Peterhead and Torness – for more than 270 miles along the east coast of Scotland to Selby and Hawthorn Point in the north of England.The 2GW power project will use some of the longest subsea high-voltage power cables in the world to transmit enough clean electricity from Scotland’s wind farms to keep the lights on in around 4.5m homes in England. It will also have the potential to double in size to 4GW as Britain’s North Sea energy boom gains pace in the years ahead. The east coast of Scotland is already home to almost 1GW of offshore wind farms and hosts a pipeline of projects totaling 4.4GW. After the next leasing round for offshore wind licence areas there could be up to 10GW in Scottish waters in the coming years.In total the government hopes to build 40GW of offshore wind power capacity in UK waters within the next decade, as part of plans to meet the UK’s legally-binding 2050 target to build a carbon neutral economy.Alistair Phillips-Davies, the chief executive of SSE, described the project as “one of the most exciting energy developments over recent decades”, and said it was “essential to delivering the UK’s 40GW offshore wind target by 2030”.[Jillian Ambrose]More: Firms agree Scotland to England renewable energy ‘superhighway’last_img read more

Dedication Ceremonies Set for Fallen Officers

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Geoffrey Breitkopf, the NCPD officer killed by friendly fire in March 2011, will have a plaque dedicated in his honor in Massapequa Park.The Nassau County Police Benevolent Association will honor fallen Police Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf Saturday during a dedication ceremony in Massapequa Park.The police union will unveil a bronze plaque in Breitkopf’s honor at a small park off of Park Boulevard and Front Street. Breitkopf’s family and members of the Nassau County Police Department will also be in attendance. The ceremony, which starts at 10 a.m., will also include a Color Guard and Pipe Band.Breitkopf, who was a member of the elite Bureau of Special Operations (BSO), was accidentally shot and killed by an MTA police officer in March 2011 while responding to a Massapequa Park home where a 21-year-old man armed with a pair of knives was gunned down by police after he had lunged at them.Breitkopf died shortly after at Nassau University Medical Center.Nearly a year later, the Nassau County District Attorney’s office announced it would not charge the MTA police officer involved in the friendly fire shooting.Members of Boy Scout Troops 660 and 776 built the plaque that will be dedicated to Breitkopf.Also this month, local officials will rename a bridge on Route 109 in West Babylon after NYPD officer Peter Figoski, a 22-year veteran of the force, who was fatally shot while responding to a botched home invasion in Brooklyn in December 2011.The shooter, Lamont Pride, was sentenced in February to 45 years to life in prison.The Figoski ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 30 at 10:30 a.m at the overpass on Route 109 and Sunrise Highway.last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Events November 27 – December 3

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York For a listing of Long Island restaurants open for dinner on Thanksgiving, visit dininglongisland.com R5This pop/rock quartet is coming to Long Island from LA to play for fans songs off their debut album, Louder, which was released last year. Fans of Disney’s Austin & Ally will recall the band’s singer/guitarist, Ross Lynch, who appears regularly on the show. Opening the show is Ryland and Jessarae. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $39.50. 7 p.m. Nov. 28.Old School Comedy JamLegendary comedian Eddie Griffin, best known for portraying Eddie Sherman on the UPN sitcom Malcolm and Eddie, will swing by LI, joined by Bruce Bruce and Lil Duval. Get ready for raucous laughter to overtake you and your friends as these comedians jump from sketch comedy and impressions (who could forget Eddie Griffin as Michael Jackson on crack on Chappelle’s Show?) Leave the kids at home as these guy are known for some raunchy, foul-mouthed, belly ache-inducing comedy. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $50-$85. 8 p.m. Nov. 28.Flogging MollyBreak out the kilts and prepare your livers, because this LA-based Irish folk punk septet will play their fan favorites, including “Another Bag of Bricks,” “Drunken Lullabies” and “Devil’s Dance Floor.” Warming up the crowd will be The Mighty Stef & The Pasadena Band. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $32.50-$65. 8:30 p.m. Nov. 28.Patti LaBelleFans of the Emmy-award winning show American Horror Story will recognize Patti Labelle as a guest star this season. This singing virtuoso and master of the stage and screen, who dominated “lady Marmalade” before Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, and Pink were twinkles in their mothers’ eyes, will dazzle and delight lucky Long Islanders. Treat yourself to a night with the “Godmother of Soul,” the “High Priestess of Good Vibrations” and the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Soul.” With Will Downing. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $69.50-$84.25. 9 p.m. Nov. 28. Owl ProwlWho? Whooo-ooo!? These nocturnal birds of prey, of course! An hour-long live animal presentation featuring owls from Long Island and all over the world followed by a night hike to hear and see who is awake after sunset. Bring a flashlight. Tackapausha Museum and Preserve, 2225 Washington Ave., Seaford. nassaucountyny.gov/parks $5. 6 p.m. Nov. 29.AshantiSaturday night dance party featuring the R&B songstress from Long Island while DJ Smooth City spins house, hip hop and rock. Let’s get this a-bumpin’ and a-groovin’ thang goin! Bring those dancin’ shoes! Holla when you get there! Let’s party till dawn! The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave. theemporiumny.com $15. 10 p.m. Nov. 29.Michael McDonaldFive time Grammy award-winning singer Michael McDonald, originally of Steely Dan and then the Doobie Brothers, is “Takin’ It to the Streets” of LI for an evening of holiday hits. Prepare for a night of old-fashioned Motown-inspired rock and roll with a legendary singer/songwriter who could be heard on the end credits of the film South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut singing “Eyes of a Child,” written by South Park’s Trey Parker. (So you know he’s a big deal.) NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$84.25. 7 p.m. Nov. 30.Joe WalshNo rocker plays guitar like Joe Walsh. He’ll always be that hard-hitter with the blazing licks like the ones he laid down with the James Gang, when he made a name for himself with “Funk 49” in 1969. He’s recently updated that number with “Funk 50,” a tune from his first solo release in 20 years. Called Analog Man, his new album is produced by Jeff Lynne, who gave Electric Light Orchestra and The Traveling Wilburys their lush harmonies, intricate arrangements and dense sound. Over the years Joe sometimes flies with The Eagles but he’ll be winging it himself for two nights at the Paramount. As his song titles say, “Life’s Been Good” for this anything but “Ordinary Average Guy.” The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $50-$125. 8 p.m. Dec. 1.Mick FoleyWrestling star, author, producer and Long Islander, will appear live in person to present I Am Santa Claus, a documentary that spent a year following the lives of six men who are professional Santas. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2.Home FreeThis uplifting American a-cappella group features the amazing vocal chords of Austin Brown, Rob Lundquist, Chris Rupp, Tim Foust and Adam Rupp. One guy’s from Georgia, another from Texas, and three from Minnesota. How they love to sing! There’s a welcome country blend to the harmonies gushing from their talented tonsils and percussive lips as comes across crystal clearly on their new holiday album Full of Cheer, which they’ll be sharing freely when they perform. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $34.50-$46.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 2.Kylian DanceBella FiguraAn iconic work of world-renowned choreographer Jiří Kylián. Also featuring a new piece choreographed by Adelphi faculty member Orion Duckstein relating to the stress of constant armed conflict in the modern era which is a tie-in to Adelphi University’s yearlong look at the “Changing Nature of War and Peace.” Performing Arts Center, Adelphi University, Olmsted Theatre (One South Avenue, Garden City aupac.adelphi.edu $20. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3-6, plus 2 p.m. performances Dec. 6, 7.Scotty McCreeryThe winner of the tenth season of American Idol, Scott Cooke “Scotty” McCreery released his first album, Clear as Day, in 2011 and saw it go platinum. Ever since this young country star has been winning over fans the world over with his strong faith and no-frills, earnest sensibility. His newest single, “Feelin’ It,” recently took the No. 1 spot on the Taste of Country’s Top 10 Video Countdown, so whatever this young man’s got, it’s gotta be contagious—in a good way. He’s performed for President Obama, sung the national anthem at the World Series, gone the distance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and toured from coast to coast. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $34.50-$74. 8 p.m. Dec. 3.—Compiled by Jamie Franchi, Spencer Rumsey, Timothy Bolger & Zack Tirana.last_img read more

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