UK: Royal Navy’s Newest Warship Visits Portland Port

first_imgOne of the Royal Navy’s newest warships is due to make its first port call in Dorset later. View post tag: newest Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Royal Navy’s Newest Warship Visits Portland Port View post tag: Royal Share this article View post tag: visits View post tag: Portland (bbc)[mappress]Source: bbc, October 07, 2011 View post tag: Naval UK: Royal Navy’s Newest Warship Visits Portland Port View post tag: Warship View post tag: News by topic Training & Education View post tag: port View post tag: Navy’s View post tag: Navy October 7, 2011last_img read more

Pricing out organics

first_imgWell who’d have thought it? Only 60 years since the organic movement was a glint in the farmer’s eye and people suddenly can’t get enough of organic – quite literally.Demand for organic wheat has never been higher amid the consumer and corporate scramble to paint the world green. All of which may be music to environmentalists’ ears, but less melodious to organic bakers, who have had to swallow a 50% hike in organic flour prices.Although organic represents only a small part – around 2.5% – of Fine Lady Bakeries’ business the plant baker, which counts Tesco and Greencore among its customers, has had to take steps to safeguard supply as availability becomes squeezed. “We have endeavoured to secure organic supply because we believe there will be a shortage of organic wheat in the course of this coming year, and we’ve done that with the confidence of our customers,” says MD Joe Street.At the other end of the scale, specialist craft bakers have added between 5-10p per loaf in recent weeks. Although many bakers have absorbed previous flour price rises, the latest round risks upsetting customers, says Jamie Campbell of Dorset’s Long Crichel Bakery, which uses solely organic ingredients. “Our major cost is not ingredients, it’s labour. But flour prices have gone up quite a bit. As a small bakery dealing with a lot of customers buying small volumes, you have to be careful about putting up prices,” he says.Clive Wells of Bristol-based Hobbs House Bakery, a three-shop-plus-wholesale bakery that has won gold in the Organic Food Awards, is hoping the buoyant organic market will support price hikes. “Our flour prices went up last week and we’re having to pass that on to our customers,” says Wells. “There has been a lot in the press about conventional wheat prices rising, so I think consumers are prepared for further bread price increases.”So what’s behind the increases? An insufficient number of farmers growing organic wheat domesti-cally have coincided with an export ban in major European supplier the Ukraine, a surge in the market for domestic organic feed wheat to meet high consumer demand for organic poultry, eggs and milk, and global wheat shortages.Meanwhile, the UK organic bakery and cereals market doubled between 2000 and 2005 and is set to grow again by 47% between 2005 and 2010, mirroring a trend right across Europe, according to Datamonitor. Do the maths and it’s no surprise that bakers are feeling the pinch, both on availability and pricing of organic flour.The shortfall in organic wheat is a “mirror-image of the world wheat situation for non-organic,” says Tim Cook, sales and marketing director of ADM Milling. The drought last summer affecting UK supply, Europe and Australia, has contributed to a 20-year high in wheat prices. “A lowering of global production has brought an increase in price,” he says. “Non-organic has seen a year-on-year price increase of 45%, which is not far apart from the organic wheat price increase.”In the past, premiums for orga-nic wheat have not been tempting enough to lure farmers into conversion. Instead, they have grown conventional crops for higher yields. While a conventional farmer would grow between eight and 11 tonnes of wheat per hectare, an organic farmer’s yield would be closer to six tonnes per hectare. With conventional wheat prices on a high, organic grains need to be over £200/t delivered to sustain the organic market, says Nigel Gossett, a grain trader with Norton Organic Grain.”Organic wheat has gone up £100/t, but from low levels,” he explains. “One of the reasons that people dropped out of producing organic arable crops was because price levels weren’t good enough. Hopefully, the farms that are already converted to organic, which have stopped cropping, will come back, encouraged by the prices. It’s the organic feed wheat market that has really driven things on.”The market for organic feed wheat, around the same size as the market for milling wheat three years ago, has since doubled, he states.Under European rules, organic cattle and sheep must be fed no more than 5% non-organic grain and pigs and poultry 15%, but by 2012 all organically reared animals must be fed 100% organic feed, according to Defra.It is this demand for organic feed wheat that is eating into millers’ wheat availability; livestock farmers are competing for whatever wheat is available and, in some cases, are prepared to pay milling wheat prices for feed wheat. “It’s galling for us to be outbid for wheat by chicken farmers – it’s quite extraordinary,” says Michael Marriage, of miller Doves Farm Foods.Just a small percentage of consumers switching from conventional milk to organic could potentially double the market at a swoop, “and you can’t just turn on supply in the organic system when there is a minimum of three years to convert farms,” says Gossett.While the majority of UK organic wheat is farmed in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, Northumberland is seeing a large number of cereal farmers converting, but it has been difficult to wean farmers off agrochemicals in the traditional eastern cereal growing counties of the UK, says the Soil Association’s processor certification manager, Rachel Harrison.”The dip in yields in the early years of conversion, compared to chasing the current conventional market price, is going to be a huge disincentive,” she says. “Organic yields fall in the first few years of certification as you remove chemical fixes and start to build soil fertility. Yields do increase as fertility is returned to the soil, but farmers face a drop in profits during the conversion period.”Mixed farms – with a mixture of arable, livestock and perhaps vegetable production – are able to cope better with conversion; it’s much more difficult to build fertility and introduce rotations to control weeds and disease problems in cropping systems that have no livestock, and that is why traditional cereal growers are less inclined to convert, she says.Changes in the way that farmers are paid their subsidies – payments decoupled from production means farmers are no longer tied to producing grain – have seen many marginal European produ-cers drop out of production, fuelling the problem.So what does the future hold? The market “will work itself out”, believes ADM’s Tim Cook, with the high premium for organic wheat encouraging farmers to turn over more land to organic production. “That will be sustained by consumer interest. If it remains high and continues to grow, it will be reflected in the price of all parts of the supply chain right back to the farmer.”With conventional cereal prices having risen sharply, there is little reason for farmers to plunge into organics without longer-term incentives. “Farmers will convert to organic providing they see both reasonable prices and consistent demand,” says Lord Peter Melchett, policy director of the Soil Association and an organic wheat grower. Suppliers say the onus should be on the multiples to push things along with longer-term deals, much as Sainsbury’s has done with organic milk.For farmers willing to grasp the nettle, premiums are likely to remain attractive, as suppliers will struggle to satisfy predicted increases in consumer demand for organic products over the next three years, says John Norton of Norton Organics. And if farmers started converting now, it would be possible to create a new organic supply of wheat by 2010. If not, supply would be reliant on imported material, says Alex Waugh, director general of NABIM. “The retailers have got to decide whether they want to be in the market long-term and, if so, consider longer contracts to encourage people to the market,” he says.Meanwhile, government policy is increasingly favouring organic farming methods over conventio-nal methods through the Organic Entry-level Stewardship Scheme, which is “making farmers sit up and see that there is a future for organic”, says Andrew Wilkinson of farmer and miller, Gilchesters.In the meantime, one unnamed bakery supplier says that pas-sing on price increases has been tough, as bakery buyers hold on to a ’mythical figure’ that organic products should be only 10-15% higher than conventional products. This, he says, pays scant regard to the real costs of organic ingredients, production, development and smaller packaging runs.But bakery suppliers who find it difficult to pass on price rises to retailers must resist the temptation to cut corners with their products. “It is very difficult to pass on the cost to retailers but many are lending a sympathetic ear,” says Michael Bell, MD of The Village Bakery. “The organic consumer is not purely driven by price and the market is not going to improve by driving out cost through making compromises with the ingredients, but by maintaining the integrity of the product and giving consumers something they can trust.” n—-=== Debate: Do we really need to import organic wheat? ===The UK imports the majority of its organic wheat for baking. Organic wheat is not fertilised with nitrogen, which is applied to non- organic wheat to increase protein levels. Higher protein wheats, grown in better climatic conditions overseas, are therefore blended with homegrown varieties to meet bakers’ performance needs.Though shipped-in wheat is unlikely to fall foul of the Soil Association’s talked-about future clampdown on certification for air-freighted goods, ethically-minded consumers are calling for more homegrown products to reduce food miles. “There’s a great movement to get people to buy locally. Some will even say that local is better than organic,” says Julian Wade of the Organic Food Federation, “but there aren’t enough arable producers switching to organic and we’re heavily reliant on imports.””Demand is outstripping supply,” concurs Bob Beard, purchasing director for Warburtons, which buys its organic flour through FWP Matthews. “The UK doesn’t grow the higher-protein organic wheat that some of our bakery processes require, so we’re forced to look abroad to supplement the wheats that we use from the UK. But organics is an area that’s showing some growth and it’s one that we want to play a part in.”Warburtons is involved with Newcastle University and CCFRA on a government- and industry-funded Link project, ’Better Organic Bread from Organic Wheat’, which is challenging the supply chain to identify UK breadmaking wheats. One of its findings could force a fundamental rethink on industry assumptions about protein levels, that has been overlooked by the standard baking quality grain tests, says Andrew Wilkinson of farmer and miller, Gilchesters.The same variety of wheat, grown under chemical and organic conditions, will have inherently different protein structures, but the organic wheat performs as well in baking, he explains: “The protein percentage isn’t as high in organic wheat because you’re not using chemical fertilisers to pump the protein levels up to soft Canadian wheat levels. But we have observed an incredible and significant scientific difference in the quality of the proteins.”Even with only 11-12% protein in organic homegrown wheat, the gluten structure more than offsets the decrease in the protein percentage during bread baking. It has really surprised bakers who’ve seen bread baked successfully with organic wheat in tests. If millers are going to use more homegrown cereals they’ll have to readjust the benchmark by which they accept grains.”last_img read more

News story: Near miss between a lorry and passenger train at Mucking level crossing

first_imgThis item has been moved to the National Archives as RAIB has published its report describing this incident. See report 16/2019,At about 11:58 hrs on Wednesday 13 March 2019, a concrete delivery lorry became temporarily trapped by a lowering barrier on an automatic half barrier level crossing at Mucking, Essex. Shortly afterwards, the lorry reversed off the crossing about six seconds before a passenger train crossed it.The train formed the 11:11 hrs London Fenchurch Street to Southend Central service and was travelling at about 56 mph (90 km/h) around the curved approach to the level crossing when the driver saw the lorry reversing away from the railway. The train driver did not apply the brake. The maximum permitted speed at this location is 60 mph (97 km/h).The lorry drove onto the crossing just before the barriers began to lower and then stopped on the crossing, before reversing in order to enter a nearby construction site. It stopped reversing after a barrier lowered onto it, and then remained stationary for about eight seconds until construction site staff manually lifted the barrier. The lorry then continued to reverse off the crossing. Work at the construction site was being undertaken by contractors working for Network Rail on a project to upgrade the railway power supply between London and Southend.Our investigation will seek to identify the sequence of events which led to the incident and will consider: Our investigation is independent of any investigation by the railway industry, or the Office of Rail and Road.We will publish our findings, including any safety recommendations, at the conclusion of our investigation; these will be available on our RAIB website.You can subscribe to automated emails notifying you when we publish our reports. the actions of the lorry driver and construction site team, particularly their awareness of the level crossing and its operating characteristics the project team’s awareness and mitigation of risks associated with working near level crossings any underlying management factorslast_img read more

Rare Bob Dylan Interview From 1962 Comes To Life In New Animation

first_imgThe beloved PBS series Blank on Blank does incredible work reviving old interviews, bringing them to life with fresh animation that captures the spirit of these classic conversations. We recently shared a video in the series spotlighting Frank Zappa and his disdain for “fads,”, but today it’s the freewheelin’ Bob Dylan who gets the animation treatment.The new Blank on Blank episode captures an interview with Bob Dylan conducted in 1962 by Cynthia Gooding, focusing on the singer/songwriter at the brink of his incredible career. Dylan had signed a contract with Columbia Records and was working on his first release at the time, and even played a few songs during the interview session.The animation itself focuses on the spoken part of the hourlong segment, where Dylan reflects on his own songwriting and looks ahead at what he believes will be an unsuccessful career. “I‘m never going to become rich and famous,” he says. Watch the Blank on Blank webisode below.For more from this conversation with a 20-year-old Dylan, head here.last_img read more

Frendly Gathering Announces 2018 Artist Lineup Additions

first_imgToday, Frendly Gathering announced a new wave of additions to the artist lineup for the 2018 edition of the event, set to take place June 28th – 30th at Sugarbush Resort in Waitsfield, VT. New additions to the lineup include The Devil Makes Three, Nahko and Medicine For The People, Kat Wright, and White Denim. Other new additions include Emancipator, Keznamdi, Lynx, The Relative, Peace in the Valley, Sabouyama, and Django.The new additions join a previously announced lineup featuring perennial host band and local natives Twiddle as well as Greensky Bluegrass, Kamasi Washington, Trevor Hall, Spafford, Kevin Morby, The Suffers, Algiers, Suitcase Junket, Upstate Rubdown, Luke Mitrani, Lowdown Brass Band, Smalltalker, Strange Machines, Satsang, Disco Phantom, Taka, Juptr, and Alexandra Harley. The event will also feature a special set from Nahko (Medicine for the People) and Mihali (Twiddle).This year marks the event’s second year at Sugarbush, located roughly one hour outside Burlington, VT. The event, hosted by professional snowboarders Danny Davis and Jack Mitriani, began as a 250-person gathering of friends and has grown into a full three-day festival.As Mitriani explains:“Our first Frendly Gathering started with a first generation iPod and a speaker that we rented. Eight years later it’s pretty surreal to see what this collaborative grassroots project has turned into. Next level excited for The Devil Makes Three and Greensky Bluegrass. Also, the combination of Trevor Hall, Twiddle, and Nahko is going to bring some serious magic. To be honest, there is not a single band on the list that I am not excited to see. I have endless gratitude for all of the “frends” who gave us their input to make this Frendly Gathering the best year yet. If you are reading this, I hope to see you in person this June!”Weekend Passes for the 2018 edition of Frendly Gathering are now on sale here. RV & Camping passes are also available. To purchase your tickets, learn more about the 2018 event, or find out more about Frendly Gathering’s background, head to the event website.last_img read more

2014 French Broad River Festival Almost Upon Us

first_imgThe 17th annual French Broad River Festival in Hot Springs, N.C., is coming up next weekend May 2-4, and this could prove to be the best year yet in the long history of this growing tradition.What started as a humble river festival to benefit American Whitewater has turned into one of the most vibrant family friendly events in the Blue Ridge. Taking place each year at the Hot Springs Campground and Spa, festival goers partake in rafting and mountain bike racing, a Paddle with the Pros event, an outdoor gear auction, arts, crafts and plenty of live music. Headliners include Toubab Krewe, Sol Driven Train, Dangermuffin and many more.Visit the festival website for more information!last_img read more

Humility: The oxygen of strong leadership

first_img 186SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Sarah Marshall Sarah Marshall is a consultant in the credit union industry, and can be reached for partnership and speaking opportunities through Your Credit Union Partner. Her background in community development includes … Web: Details Management and leadership have many areas of overlap, but not every function is the same. In our work, we spend a lot of time thinking about management. Our concerns revolve around the day-to-day – we think about things like an upcoming audit or the employee who called out sick on a busy day. Management is the function of processes, systems and performance measures. Management is critical. Leadership is the people function. Leadership is the function that is concerned with inspiring and motivating people rather than directing them. Leadership also matters. Leadership’s objective is to develop the full potential of the team, and the individuals that make up the team. A good manager is also a leader – it is the person who keeps their eye on both the processes and the people with a genuine concern for both. In the best case scenario, the highest level of management leads the team, and the executives are chosen for both their leadership traits and management abilities. In other cases, an organization’s real leader is not the top manager, or even in a management role at all. One of the greatest conflicts between the two functions is the attribute of humility. Humility is a trait that leaders exhibit, which includes a willingness to put others over themselves.  This Harvard Business Review article indicates when a person is promoted to a management position, they become less likely to receive negative feedback.  This reality, coupled with the power that comes with authority can inhibit managers from exhibiting humility necessary to become true leaders. Humility is also misunderstood.  It’s easy to confuse humility with traits that have negative connotations, and people overlook humility as a key leadership characteristic because it is a quiet trait in our loud society. It is the characteristic that makes others willing to follow because the follower knows that the leader has their best interest in mind. A leader also has a team with the potential to become strong leaders individually, because people are encouraged to live up to their individual potential. Here are a few definitions of what humility is and is not. Humility is not self- deprecation.  This is the area where humility most takes on a negative connotation. Humility is often defined as not thinking of yourself above others. However, a humble person can still have strong confidence and take decisive action. A humble person is not someone who thinks poorly of themselves. A humble person is only one who does not place their importance above others, particularly those with fewer resources, influence or authority. Humility is owning mistakes and weaknesses.  A humble person already recognizes their ideas might not be the best and are ok with the reality that they are wrong at times. They also recognize (and hire!) those under them who have strengths in areas they do not. A humble person can apologize to someone junior to them when things do not go well and they are at fault. Humility recognizes the strengths in others. Humility is letting others be who they are. Letting others be who they are goes deeper than being open to new ideas.  A team or department is diverse by nature, and there is complexity in relationships that goes deeper than the things we see on the surface.  A humble leader still manages people by disciplining when necessary, and giving feedback on areas for growth. However, they also let people have their own unique strengths and voice. Humility includes other’s ideas. Because of the reasons listed above, the ideas of others, and not just the person with formal authority, have the opportunity to rise to the top. And this is what makes leaders great. A group of people working with unity can accomplish great things, and when people’s voices matter and the best ideas have the opportunity to flourish the team performs. And often the leader gets the credit, but a good leader gives the credit right back to the team. last_img read more

CFPB releases TRID assessment

first_img This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img The CFPB Thursday published an assessment of the Truth in Lending Act/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act integrated disclosure (TRID) rule. Of note, the bureau found that TRID has “improved consumers’ ability to locate key information, compare terms and costs between initial disclosures and final disclosures, and compare terms and costs across mortgage offers.”While the assessment found benefits for consumers, it also revealed that companies saw “sizeable implementation costs” under TRID, as well as increases to ongoing costs.In addition to the detailed assessment, the CFPB published a corresponding data flash outlining the types of changes that can occur during the mortgage origination process, their size and prevalence, and when they occur in the mortgage origination process.last_img read more

American fugitive arrested in Jakarta a known pedophile: Jakarta Police

first_imgMedlin later talked to SS and asked them to bring along their friends, LF and TR. Each child was promised Rp 2 million, Yusri went on to say.“[Medlin] asked one child to record his [sexual acts] with the other minors using his phone,” he said.Medlin, who entered Indonesia on a tourist visa last year, was apprehended at his residence on Monday after police questioned three minors.The US national has been on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) wanted list for crimes related to an investment scam in bitcoin stocks, Yunus said, adding the scam totaled $722 million. (rfa)Topics : The US authorities’ investigation found that Medlin recorded his sexual acts on video – a practice he would do again in his most recent crime involving an Indonesian child, according to Yusri.Read also: Children ‘trapped’ in pornography: KPAIDuring his stay in Jakarta, Medlin had contacted a local 20-year-old woman, identified only as A, who was known to have ties to child trafficking, the police spokesperson said.“[Medlin] asked A via WhatsApp to introduce him to a minor. A then introduced him to the victim, SS, who is still 15 years of age,” Yusri said. Russ Albert Medlin, an American fugitive recently arrested in Jakarta for alleged sexual assault against minors, is a known pedophile in his home country, according to Jakarta Police.Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus said Medlin had previously been charged in connection to sexual violence against a 14-year-old in the United States prior to his arrest in Indonesia.“[He] was charged with sexual violence against a minor twice by a district court in Nevada between 2006 and 2008, and had served two years in prison,” he said on Tuesday, as quoted by read more