The Quality Product Award

first_imgT his award is open to any supplier or retailer, large or small, whether you make or sell a 49p croissant or a £29 cake. If you are proud of the quality of your product, please enter. This award isn’t just about products like Tesco Finest; it is also about great quality standard products. Customers on all budgets should expect to get a quality product when they visit the bakery department or shop.”Customers use very emotive, positive language when they shop in the bakery department. Quality is a key driver of the emotional connection with our category. So we will judge quality across a broad umbrella of products, covering many areas,” says Neil Franklin, category manager. “Judges will assess entrants by what the finished product looks and tastes like. They will also want to see how your product differentiates itself from other comparable products in the market and in your shop and how you achieved the end result in terms of ingredients, manufacturing process, flavours and aroma?”Franklin says Tesco decided to focus on quality this year after attending last year’s ceremony. “As our customers and suppliers know, Tesco has a continued focus on quality to ensure we always have the best quality products in the market. When we were at the awards last year, we noticed you couldn’t clearly identify the best products in the whole baking industry, so we asked to sponsor this award.”Tesco regularly reviews the range and quality of its products, says Franklin. “We do this through internal benchmarking and independent customer panelling. Over the last year we have redeveloped and improved the quality of over 70% of our range. We have started initiatives such as further salt reductions and the removal of artificial colours and flavours from our own-brand ranges,” he says. “This year we will introduce some exciting developments in our Finest range and ensure our ISB bread is best-in-class.”last_img read more

INDOT warning it will remove campaign signs in highway rights-of-way

first_img INDOT warning it will remove campaign signs in highway rights-of-way Facebook WhatsApp By 95.3 MNC – May 5, 2020 0 293 Facebook Pinterest Previous articleINDOT looks to reopen four bypass ramps around South Bend on FridayNext articleThe City of Elkhart announces reopening plan 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Twitter (95.3 MNC) The Indiana Department of Transportation is reminding Hoosiers to keep campaign signs out of the state highway rights-of-way. Campaign signs are not permitted in state rights-of-way any time of the year, whether it is a primary or general election cycle. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the primary election date in Indiana has moved to June 2, 2020.Areas that should remain sign-free include:IntersectionsInterchangesRights-of-way that run parallel to highways, including medians, shoulders and roadside areasWhere the right of way is not clearly marked, boundaries may be estimated as the fence line, the back of the ditch or behind utility poles.INDOT personnel will remove campaign signs and other illegal signs from right-of-way—pursuant to code —as they are encountered in normal highway maintenance activities.  Crews may also remove a specific sign if it presents an immediate safety risk, such as being too close to the roadway or creating a sight obstruction. Campaign signs placed off the right-of-way will not be removed.Removed signs will be taken to the nearest INDOT facility. Campaign signs may be claimed by the owner between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for holidays. Please note that during Governor Holcomb’s stay-at-home order, signs will not be available for pickup.To report signs placed in the right-of-way, contact INDOT customer service at or 1-855-463-6848. Twitter Pinterest Google+ Google+ IndianaLocalNews WhatsApplast_img read more

Sainsbury’s joins price war on loaves

first_imgSainsbury’s is the latest in the glut of supermarkets to slash the price of its loaves in an ongoing “race to the bottom”.It has cut 30p off the price of specified 800g loaves until 16 September, taking the price to just £1. Customers will make the saving on all in-store bakery loaves of that size, excluding premium own brand Taste the Difference and So Organic loaves. In April The Co-operative launched a new range of 75p own-label 800g loaves as part of its new Value for Money campaign. Just before that, Tesco revealed it was cutting the price of an 800g wholemeal loaf from 90p to 75p, while similarly Asda reduced the price of its own-brand wholemeal loaf from 85p to 79p.It was labelled “a race to the bottom” at the time by Chris Young, coordinator of the Real Bread Campaign.last_img read more

Boston’s leaky pipes add to greenhouse-gas buildup

first_imgImagine if every time you filled your car with gas, a few gallons didn’t make it into the tank and instead spilled onto the ground. That’s essentially what happens every day along the aging system of underground pipes and tanks that delivers natural gas to Boston-area households and businesses, with adverse economic, public health, and environmental consequences. Now a group of atmospheric scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has produced hard numbers that quantify the extent of the problem.The Harvard-led team estimates that each year, about 15 billion cubic feet of natural gas, worth some $90 million, escapes the Boston region’s delivery system. They calculated that figure by placing sophisticated air-monitoring equipment in four locations: two atop buildings in the heart of Boston, and two at upwind locations well outside of the city. Then they analyzed a year’s worth of continuous methane measurements, used a high-resolution regional atmospheric transport model to calculate the amount of emissions, and concluded that:Some 2.7 percent of the gas that is brought to the Boston area never makes it to customers; it escapes into the atmosphere. That is more than twice the loss rate that government regulators and utilities estimate; Depending on the season, natural gas leaking from the local distribution system accounts for 60 percent to 100 percent of the region’s emissions of methane, one of the most insidious heat-trapping greenhouse gases.The findings have implications for other regions, especially cities that, like Boston, are older and rely on natural gas for a significant and increasing portion of their energy needs. While policymakers have focused on the production end of the natural-gas supply chain — wells, off-shore drilling platforms, and processing plants — much less attention has been paid to the downstream gas-delivery infrastructure. The new study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), suggests that intra-city distribution and end-use systems may contribute more to the nation’s overall methane emissions than previously understood.Emissions from natural gas are responsible for most of the total methane emissions in the Boston area, as this chart shows. Seasonal and annual average values are given for methane emissions in total and from natural gas. Image courtesy of Kathryn McKain/Harvard SEAS“There’s been a lot of interest in controlling methane emissions, but emissions from the distribution and use side of the natural-gas system have been almost absent from the recent national policy conversation,” said Kathryn McKain, a Harvard graduate student who led the study with her adviser, Steven C. Wofsy, the Abbott Lawrence Rotch Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science at SEAS. Wofsy is also an associate of the Harvard Forest, where one of the monitoring stations was established.There are other possible sources of atmospheric methane, including landfills, sewage, agricultural operations, and wetlands. But, unlike commercial natural-gas supplies, these sources don’t release ethane. Monitoring for trace ethane levels, therefore, allowed the researchers to pinpoint methane that was released by the natural-gas delivery system. The team also compared their results to actual natural-gas ethane content derived from operators of the major pipelines that serve the region.Natural gas is dramatically “cleaner” than coal or oil, as measured by the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) released per unit of energy. And natural gas is now providing a higher share of the nation’s energy mix, due largely to deployment of extraction techniques such as hydraulic fracturing (fracking) that have brought prices down.This map shows the geographical distribution of natural gas consumption during the year from September 2012 to August 2013 for the four states included in the study region.  Image courtesy of Kathryn McKain/Harvard SEAS“This study helps us better understand where and how much methane is lost to the atmosphere while in transit from the well to where it’s used,” Wofsy said. “It’s important to understand these losses so that we can design policies that will help us realize the environmental benefits of natural gas versus other energy sources.”Wofsy and McKain added that tackling the problem will require innovative policymaking. Currently, low prices and the way in which natural-gas suppliers are regulated mean that they have little economic incentive to make the necessary investments to reduce incidental losses from leakage.Other researchers participating in the study are from Boston University, Duke University, Aerodyne Research, Inc., and Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc. The work received funding from the TomKat Charitable Trust, Boston University College of Arts and Sciences, the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Environmental Defense Fund.last_img read more

A Republican senator says Biden should receive daily briefings, and he will ‘step in’ to ensure that occurs.

first_imgWhen asked in his interview about the daily briefings, which contain a compendium of the government’s latest intelligence, Mr. Lankford repeatedly said there was “nothing wrong” with Mr. Biden receiving them so that he could prepare for the transition.Mr. Lankford said he understood why Mr. Biden had begun the transition process, given that major news organizations and television networks had called the race in his favor. But he also added that he believed Mr. Trump was entitled to press forward with his legal challenges because the race was close in several states.As for himself, Mr. Lankford said, “I’m going to wait this out.”- Advertisement – So far, only a small handful of Republican senators have congratulated Mr. Biden on his victory. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, has backed Mr. Trump, saying he was “100 percent within his rights” to challenge the outcome in court. Mr. Lankford, a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said he had already begun “engaging” on the matter. The General Services Administration would soon clear the way for the transition to more formally begin, he said.Emily W. Murphy, the Trump-appointed administrator of the General Services Administration, has the legal authority to begin the transition by formally recognizing Mr. Biden as the incoming president, releasing federal funds, making office space available and allowing the Mr. Biden’s team to interact with agency employees across the government. So far, she has refused to grant those permissions on the ground that the results of the election are not clear. Senator James Lankford, an Oklahoma Republican who sits on a key Senate oversight committee, said on a podcast released on Wednesday that he had no objections to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. receiving presidential daily briefings, and that he would take action himself if that did not begin by the end of the week.“If that’s not occurring by Friday, I will step in,” Mr. Lankford said in an interview on KRMG radio in Tulsa, “to be able to push them and say, ‘This needs to occur,’ so that regardless of the outcome of the election, whichever way that it goes, people can be ready for that actual task.”- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – President Trump’s refusal to concede has already affected national security issues, as Mr. Lankford’s interviewer noted on the KRMG podcast. It was unclear when and whether Mr. Biden’s team would have access to classified information that would allow them to learn about the threats facing the United States.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Coronavirus cases rising in Saudi Arabia, UAE after curfews lifted

first_imgTopics : Saudi Arabia’s coronavirus infections have passed 200,000 and neighboring United Arab Emirates 50,000, with the number of new cases climbing after the Arab world’s two largest economies fully lifted curfews last month.Restrictions had been in place in both countries since mid-March and their gradual lifting has allowed commercial businesses and public venues to reopen.Other Gulf countries have also moved to ease restrictions, although Kuwait has maintained a partial curfew and Qatar, Bahrain and Oman did not impose one at all. Saudi Arabia, which has the highest count among the six Gulf states, reported more than 4,100 cases on Friday and on Saturday to take its total to 205,929, with 1,858 deaths. The daily tally first rose above 4,000 in mid-June, but had dipped.The United Arab Emirates, where daily infection rates recently dropped to between 300 and 400 from a peak of some 900 in late May, registered more than 600 cases on Friday and over 700 on Saturday, taking its toll to 50,857, with 321 deaths.Dubai, the region’s business and tourism hub is due to reopen to foreign visitors on July 7, although this has not been implemented at a federal level in the UAE, which does not provide a breakdown of cases for each of its seven emirates.Qatar, which has the second highest regional infection rate, has seen its daily case numbers fall from a peak of more than 2,000 in late May to around 500 on Saturday, bringing it near to 100,000 cases in total.In Oman, the health minister warned on Thursday that there had been a disturbing surge in infections in the last six weeks and urged people to comply with health measures.Iran, the epicenter for the disease in the Middle East with a total infection count of 237,878 and 11,408 deaths as of Saturday, has imposed new curbs to halt the spread of the virus. last_img read more

Remarks at the High-level Event Financing the 2030 Agenda – the Role of the…

first_imgUN Secretary General, António Guterres (credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider)By The UN Secretary-GeneralNew York, 18 September 2017[as delivered]Excellencies,Ladies and Gentlemen,It is an enormous pleasure to be with you today starting our – I would say – “difficult week,” in which I will do everything possible to make sure that we take advantage of this fantastic gathering of decision makers from all over the world to really give a strong impulse also to the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.We know that globalization has brought extraordinary benefits. Yet it is also clear that it remains fundamentally unequal and ultimately unsustainable.Many people around the world are mired in extreme poverty. Unacceptable inequalities persist.We see the gap between globalization’s potential and unequal gains reflected in peoples’ fears, anxieties and outright anger.The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals are a blueprint for building an inclusive, sustainable fair globalization and overcoming the resistance that still exists in so many parts of the world.Finance is pivotal for success.The Addis Ababa Action Agenda highlights the importance of being innovative when it comes to leveraging resources and financing for development.This includes tax reform by developing countries themselves – but also international efforts to fight tax evasion, money laundering and the illicit financial flows that have depleted domestic resource bases.I am convinced that today there is more money leaving a continent like Africa due to money laundering and tax evasion and illicit financial flows than the money that goes in through official development aid, and this is a common responsibility of the international community.It means donors upholding commitments to Official Development Assistance. And it means helping developing countries attract innovative finance and gain greater access to financial markets and private investment.In addition, the world generates trillions in savings every year. But today, almost US$50 trillion of citizens’ savings are earning low or negative financial returns, instead of flowing to finance the 2030 Agenda that will generate inclusive, sustainable growth.Set against the imperatives underlying the 2030 Agenda, today’s global financial system, which manages some US$300 trillion in financial assets on our collective behalf, is simply not fit for purpose.Excellencies,Ladies and Gentlemen,We know the world has the resources to deliver the 2030 Agenda. We must get these resources to where they are needed most. Building on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, we are taking forward a three-part strategy for enhancing UN support to financing the 2030 Agenda.First, I will lead the UN system in an effort to ensure that the objectives of the Agenda are fully reflected in international economic and financial policies that impact the mobilization of financing.We will enhance our work with key inter-governmental platforms such as the G20, including shared efforts to address illicit financial flows.Second, we are reforming the UN development system to strengthen UN country teams. We want to support countries in brokering partnerships for innovative finance, better leverage resources for sustainable development, and create the conditions to attract and manage financial investments and private sector investments.Third, I will champion key international initiatives that can harness large-scale changes in financing and financial system development, such as in the fields of digitalization and climate finance and in cooperating with major investment initiatives.Excellencies.Ladies and Gentlemen,We can do more.Financing requires a long-term effort, but our strategy envisages some key, short and medium term results. That is why I plan to host a Finance Summit in New York in September, 2018, to review progress across key international platforms, and progress domestically by Member States.The choices we make on finance will be critical.We can choose to bemoan the lack of financing for the 2030 Agenda in a world awash with so much unproductive and unrewarding finance. Or we can grasp the opportunity to reshape finance according to our urgent, collective needs.The choice seems clear. Let us invest in the 2030 Agenda and finance a better world for all.Thank you.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Big Tree open to public again

first_imgThe majestic tree is a favourite withvisitors to the area, and may now beviewed again after a 36-month hiatus.(Image: Wikimedia) MEDIA CONTACTS • Zanemvula GozongoGRNP communications manager+27 44 302 5633Janine ErasmusTsitsikamma’s Big Tree is once more open to the public – the ancient Outeniqua yellowwood, estimated to be between 600 and 800 years old, was inaccessible for 36 months because of roadworks in the area carried out by South African national Roads Agency (Sanral).Tourists to the region and local residents are again able to admire the giant specimen, which stands almost 40m high and has a girth of almost 9m.Sanral has pledged to help make the area more attractive to visitors, with the construction of a new secure public parking area that can accommodate up to 74 cars.The famed Tsitsikamma (a Khoi word meaning “place of abundant water”) Big Tree lies within the boundaries of the spectacular Garden Route National Park, on South Africa’s southern coast. The park’s manager Nomvuselelo Songelwa said that management was thrilled about the re-opening.“Sanral’s improvement of the road infrastructure has also enhanced one of the icons of the secrets of the forests that we manage in the Garden Route,” she said.“This provides us with an opportunity to plan an even better tourist product in the area in the near future. To all tourists and locals, you have not seen the Garden Route without marvelling at one of nature’s big secrets in Tsitsikamma.”Noble treeThe Outeniqua yellowwood (Podocarpus falcatus) belongs to the same family as South Africa’s national tree, the real yellowwood (Podocarpus latifolius). The Tsitsikamma forests were the centre of a thriving timber industry in the Knysna area, until the yellowwoods became threatened.The majestic tree is open to viewing all year around. Interested visitors can park their cars in the parking lot beside the N2 near the Paul Sauer bridge over the Storms River – often incorrectly called the Storms River bridge.The walk to the yellowwood is about 1km in total and takes about 10 minutes through lush indigenous bush. For the more advanced hiker there are two other trails starting from the same point, one of 2.6km and one of 4.2km.From the shadow of the Big Tree visitors can also gaze over the forest from a look-out deck, and the more energetic can wander down one of the trails that are accessible from this point.Place of abundant waterThe Garden Route National Park spans the Western and Eastern Cape provinces and is managed by South African National Parks, the organisation that oversees many of the country’s most sought-after conservation areas, including the Kruger National Park.The 121 000ha park was proclaimed in March 2009. It is one of just four national parks around the world which permit people to live within its borders, and the only one on the African continent.Eco-tourists are in their element here, as the park boasts large tracts of ancient forests, a variety of ecosystems, special marine protected areas, gorges and cliffs, hikes and walks, and the world’s highest commercial bungee jump – almost seven terrifying seconds of free falling from the 216m-high Bloukrans bridge.It encompasses the former Tsitsikamma and Wilderness parks and the Knysna lakes, making it an area of complex biodiversity. The coastal borders extend a few kilometres out to sea, protecting a variety of deep sea, reef-dwelling and inter-tidal creatures.Vegetation biomes range from Afro-montane forests, protected inter-tidal and sub-tidal zones, the Knysna estuary, lakes in the Wilderness, lowland fynbos and the mountain catchment areas.The indigenous fynbos vegetation and vast forests of Outeniqua yellowwoods are a popular tourist drawcard, with many flocking to the area to experience its green tranquillity.While adventurous types are well catered for, those who prefer a more sedate experience have not been forgotten – there are a number of top-class spas in the area, as well as several golf courses which feature beautiful scenery and a mild climate.last_img read more

Japan’s Emerging Smart-Town Boom

first_imgThe United States is home to a growing number of eco-villages, some of which were established simply to allow their residents to share natural and renewable-energy resources. Many other eco-villages are based on cohousing agreements in which residents shape the site plan and, in many cases, focus on building energy efficient homes.Yet another approach to developing ecologically friendly communities has been picking up steam in Japan ever since the earthquake and tsunami there in March prompted interest in alternatives to the grid. One of the most heavily publicized initiatives in this area is the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town (Fujisawa SST), a mixed-use community planned for a 45-acre site about 30 miles west of Tokyo.Panasonic Corporation, the project’s lead developer, and eight other companies are collaborating on an infrastructure plan, based on a green-lifestyle initiative Panasonic calls “Eco Ideas,” that includes an integrated photovoltaic and battery storage system, and household fuel-cell systems. Although regulations currently forbid households from channeling excess electricity they might generate from renewable-energy systems to other households, Panasonic will install an energy management system, dubbed SEG, that will allow the town to meet its basic electricity needs in an emergency.A showcase projectThe community will include about 1,000 homes – accommodating about 3,000 residents overall – as well as commercial and public facilities. Plans call for Fujisawa SST to open in 2014, with all of the housing units sold or leased by the end of 2018. By then, project costs are expected to top $770.4 million.Part of the partners’ strategy behind this investment is to showcase their expertise as co-developers of ecologically sound mixed-use communities. Fujisawa SST will be marketed by Accenture, for example, while conglomerate Mitsui & Co. will help develop the infrastructure and its energy-management systems. Real estate developers Mitsui Fudosan and PanaHome Corp. also will collaborate on infrastructure details and will help handle sales of homes and lots. Sumitomo Trust & Banking Co. will provide financing services for the community’s occupants.As noted in a recent New York Times story, the notion of carefully planned, energy efficient developments has caught the imagination and interest of many people in Japan, and Fujisawa SST is not the only such project on the drawing board in Japan: Honda, Hitachi, and Toshiba all have been working with towns near Tokyo to transform their own eco-town visions into reality.last_img read more