Wheat prices are expected to stay low, despite an estimated 1m-hectare reduction in global planting.According to market analyst Mintec, this is because global wheat production for the 2015/16 season is still expected to increase 1%, to a record high of 732.3 million tonnes.The analyst did warn, however, that prices could rise if wheat came under pressure from other commodities.It said: “Wheat prices have been on a downward trend throughout 2015 and early 2016, reaching a six-year low at the end of February. The downward trend was a result of large global supplies of wheat and other grains, due to bumper crops over the past few years. However, prices started to increase towards the end of February, due to concerns over lower plantings for the 2015/2016 season.”Winter Planting SurveyThe report comes on top of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB’s) recent release of its Winter Planting Survey. It revealed that the levels of English and Welsh wheat planting to 1 December were marginally less than last year, down 0.03 million hectares to 1.66 million hectares. It suggested this would mean the total area of planting was likely to be similar to the previous season.The AHDB said: “Without higher levels of late winter and spring plantings year on year, the 2016 England and Wales total wheat area is likely to be similar to that harvested in 2015. The crop remains the mainstay of many rotations.”
Bakery ingredients supplier Puratos has teamed up with online service Bakeronline to offer web shops to bakeries amid the Covid-19 pandemic.Bakeronline, which originated in Belgium, is helping businesses launch their own web shops from this week. The service is free for the first three months and there is no obligation to purchase, said Puratos.“During these uncertain times customers are looking for new ways to order and pay online and, ultimately, spend less time in-store. Bakeronline allows bakeries to create personalised web shops within 72 hours,” said Lee Burnside, sales director at Puratos UK.The sites will include branding and imagery, up to 20 products listed, online payments and an email system to contact customers directly.Bakers will also receive help with SEO (search engine optimisation), three months’ free service, insight to help plan production and tips on how to promote the web shop online and in-store.“The Bakeronline system has been running throughout Europe for a number of years within various bakeries. Puratos is proud to be offering this service free of charge for three months from the launch of your web shop in order to support the industry,” Burnside added.Bakeronline is currently available in the UK, Belgium, France, Spain, The Netherlands and Germany. The service is set to roll out across the globe.Bakeries seeking to launch a web shop can contact Puratos via email, and should include Bakeronline in the subject line.With the coronavirus crisis driving demand for online shopping and delivery, a number of services have been developed including one from Bako and another from Redblack Software.
More information about the services offered through thispartnership isavailable at www.hrresolution.com(link is external). “This is an important partnership for companies intoday’s businessenvironment,” said Paul Toth, president of HRResolution. “Our clients canexpect a more comprehensive package of services designed tohelp themattract high quality employees and inspire exceptionalperformance.”Services such as HRR’s Virtual HR Office, providing ongoing,knowledgeablehuman resources support to organizations that do not have afull timeprofessional, compliment the extensive employee benefit planscreated byNBL. Small to medium sized organizations will now haveaccess toprofessional level support aimed specifically at theirpersonnelchallenges, from creating affordable and effective employeebenefitspackages to complying with today’s complex employment laws. This unique partnership will provide businesses throughoutVermont and NewEngland a comprehensive range of human resources solutionsto ensure theyremain competitive in today’s economy. Jon Guyette,spokesperson fromNorthern explains, “Northern Benefits is responding tothe increased needof organizations to function with less staff and morecompliance issues.Our client obligation demands that we include this valuableservice.” Northern Benefits, Ltd John Boutin John Boutin 1 0 2002-09-26T15:45:00Z 2002-09-26T15:45:00Z 1 288 1647 13 3 2022 9.3821 0 0Northern Benefits, Ltd. announces a professional partnershipwith HRResolution, LLC. Northern Benefits offers a unique service:analyzing &creating benefit plans for small to mid-size companies inNew England.Their services often reduce the overall cost of providingbenefits whilemaintaining employee satisfaction. HR Resolution is a leaderin providingorganizations with professional human resources andmanagement support.Organizations of all sizes have found HRR to be an importantresource foreffectively managing their most valuable asset; their staff.
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Affinity Plus FCU campaign spreads awareness—and kindness—throughout MinnesotaEven with its long track record of philanthropic work—which includes establishing a foundation that invests heavily in financial education, and partnering with organizations such as the American Red Cross and Children’s Hospital of Minnesota—Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union wasn’t satisfied.“The conversation was, ‘What else can we do?’” says Kate Lee, marketing manager for the $1.7 billion asset credit union in St. Paul, Minn. “There’s not a limit to how much kindness can be spread, and we were seeing the need for people to be treated better—actions that bring more smiles. The very simple ideas.”That concept bore the “Plus It Forward” campaign, which combines the organic energy of the “pay it forward” movement with Affinity Plus’s marketing power and geographic reach throughout Minnesota.For more than a year now, the credit union has promoted the idea that you can make a significant difference in the lives of members and nonmembers through simple, intentional acts of kindness—and by asking those people to do the same for others.The collective impact of those acts, apparent on the plusitforward. org microsite, embodies one of the three pillars of the Unite for Good campaign by “creating awareness” of Affinity Plus and the “people helping people” philosophy of the credit union movement. continue reading »
Jun 4, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – In an update on novel influenza developments in Mexico, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today that patterns look like those in the United States and other nations, with cases leveling off nationwide and areas of localized transmission.The latest analysis of the disease in Mexico appears in tomorrow’s issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported yesterday that Mexico has had 5,563 novel flu cases, 103 of them fatal. The nation has the world’s highest number of deaths and the second highest number of cases, behind the United States.Other features of the novel flu outbreak in Mexico resemble those in the United States and other countries that have reported a number of cases, Anne Schuchat, MD, interim deputy director CDC’s science and public health program, said today during a media briefing. The virus is circulating during a time when activity is usually low and appears to be sparing the elderly, she added.”This is a very helpful summary of the country that first had the largest problem noted,” Schuchat said.Today’s update from the CDC also describes the health actions that Mexico has taken to control disease and the surveillance activities it has used to track the spread. Epidemiologic evidence suggests that Mexico’s novel flu outbreak peaked in late April.In the La Gloria, Veracruz, outbreak, which first prompted Mexico in mid April to explore outbreaks of acute respiratory illnesses, laboratory officials determined that the high number of illnesses in the small community were caused by a range of viruses, including seasonal influenza A (H3N2), seasonal influenza B, adenovirus, and novel H1N1, the CDC reported.In the meantime, Mexico was investigating clusters of rapidly developing severe pneumonia in Mexico City, San Luis Potosi, and other locations. The two events prompted a national surveillance committee on Apr 17 to intensify surveillance for acute respiratory diseases and severe pneumonia. Mexico’s health ministry also launched outbreak investigations with help from global health organizations.Within 4 days, the surveillance system detected increased pneumonia hospitalizations in young adults in Mexico City, which led to the collection of isolates that were analyzed by laboratories in Canada and the United States and confirmed as novel H1N1 influenza.A few days later, Mexico’s epidemiology directorate established an Internet-based reporting system, which published its first report on Apr 26.A surge in testing increased the daily load at Mexico’s national laboratory from 30 to 900 specimens.Of the 5,337 laboratory-confirmed cases covered in the report, nearly 98% were in people age 60 or younger. Nearly 56% of deaths occurred in patients between ages 30 and 59.Mexico activated its pandemic plan on Apr 24, which led to school closures in Mexico City, a media campaign that taught the public how to avoid transmission, and a host of social distancing measures. On May 11, the government reopened the schools and education officials advised that parents and teachers identify sick students and close classrooms and schools when illness clusters surfaced.At airports in Mexico, officials are still screening passengers for respiratory illnesses, and thermal scanners are in use at the Mexico City International Airport.In an editorial note that accompanied the report, the CDC said that the large number of off-season novel flu outbreaks occurring around the world is a pattern that has been seen before with sustained transmission of other novel influenza A strains.Circulation of the new virus in the southern hemisphere at the start of the region’s annual influenza season in a population without much immunity to the virus suggests that the novel H1N1 strain might dominate during the coming months, the CDC reported.CDC. Update: novel influenza A (H1N1) virus infection, Mexico, March-May, 2009. MMWR 2009 Jun 5;58(21):585-9 [Full text]See also:Jun 3 PAHO updateMay 1 CIDRAP News story “Mexico’s first swine flu case surfaced in mid-March”
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Norwegian offshore safety body, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), has identified weaknesses in crane design as an underlying cause of a crane incident from March on Statoil’s Gullfaks B platform offshore Norway.The PSA said on Thursday it had finished its investigation of the incident on Gullfaks B from March 7, 2017, when the boom of the pipehandling crane fell to the pipe deck. Several breaches of the regulations have been identified by the regulator.According to the agency, while transferring materials from the pipe deck to the drill floor on the Statoil-operated installation in the North Sea, the boom dropped 10 meters without warning to the pipe deck after a steel rope failed. The boom weighed about 14.4 tonnes.The horizontal to vertical (HTV) Eagle crane is used, as its designation suggests, to lift drill pipe from a horizontal position on the pipe deck catwalk to a vertical position on the drill floor.Two people had adjusted the gripper on the crane’s gripper yoke down on the pipe deck immediately before the incident.Actual and potential consequencesThe safety body said in its report that the actual consequence of the crane boom falling onto the pipe deck was substantial material damage to the crane and to the cable tray for the traverse crane on this deck. In addition, the incident caused a halt to activity on Gullfaks B. No personnel were injured in the incident.Under slightly different circumstances, the incident could have caused serious personal injuries or loss of human life. In other circumstances, it could have given rise to even greater material damage, the offshore safety watchdog said.Direct & underlying causesFurther according to the report, the direct cause of the boom falling to the pipe deck was fatigue in the steel rope. The underlying cause was weaknesses in the design of the crane’s hoisting system, which gave rise to wear and fatigue in the rope over time. Fatigue in the steel rope was not assessed as a relevant problem for this design.Nonconformities from the regulationsThe investigation has identified several nonconformities from the regulations, including: Risk assessment of equipment – inadequate identification of risk; Investigation of and improvement measures following earlier incidents – inadequate identification, investigation and follow-up of previous hazards and accidents; Utilization of expertise – insufficient use of mechanical handling expertise when specifying crane requirements; Responsibility for acceptance and operation of equipment – inadequate follow-up and checks when taking delivery of and operating machinery and equipment; Maintenance – deficiencies in the maintenance program for the steel rope.Statoil has been asked to explain to the PSA by September 20, 2017 how it intends to deal with these nonconformities.Gullfaks The main Gullfaks field lies in block 34/10 in the northern part of the Norwegian North Sea. It has been developed with three large concrete production platforms. The Gullfaks A platform began production in December 1986, with Gullfaks B following in February 1988, and the C platform in November 1989.The A platform is also used for storing and exporting stabilised crude from the Vigdis and Visund fields. Oil and gas from Gullfaks B is transferred to the A and C platforms for processing, storage and export.
The Norfolk District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $23.7 million contract to Miami-based business Continental Heavy Civil Corp. for beach renourishment at the NASA Wallops Island Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The project includes construction of breakwaters and placing 1.3 million cubic yards of sand along a four-mile stretch of the facility’s waterfront.The sand will be gathered from a borrow site located on the northern section of the Wallops Island Flight Facility.“We are proud to be handling the oversight for this important project, which helps to reduce risk to one of the nation’s gateways to space,” said Julio Altuna, Norfolk District project manager.“This particular project is of great importance to the district as it is the first time we have renourished a beach using the backpassing method (the use of trucks to haul the sand), giving us more flexibility for future projects.”After studying the movement of sand along Wallops Island, engineers discovered it was accumulating along the northern side of the island. They decided to forego dredging the material from the ocean floor, and use a method that excavates the sand from the northern portion of the island, and truck it back to the southern part of the island.This method keeps the inlet open, protects the infrastructure and allows a wider array of contractors to bid on the project, said USACE.
The Reds announced more teams to the 2014 Skyline Chili Reds Futures High School Showcase. (Image: Reds)Three area high school teams will be participating in the third annual Skyline Chili Reds Futures High School Showcase presented by Safeco Insurance this spring.The Batesville Bulldogs, South Dearborn Knights and Lawrenceburg Tigers will be three of 72 teams across the Tri-State showcasing their talent in the third annual event.There will be 36 games played from March 29 to April 27 at some of the top baseball complexes in the Cincinnati area.Local teams will play on Wednesday, April 2:Batesville vs. South Dearborn, 4:30 p.m. (Harrison High School)Harrison vs. Lawrenceburg, 7 p.m. (Harrison High School)Tickets for the Reds Futures High School Showcase games are $5. Each ticket includes a free View Level ticket to select 2014 Reds games at Great American Ball Park and also a coupon for one free Skyline Chili cheese coney.An MVP from each of the 36 games will be recognized on field during pregame ceromonies prior to the Reds game on Sunday, May 4.
Area Basketball Scores.Tuesday (1-26)Girls Games.Jac-Cen-Del 66 South Ripley 46Milan 55 Oldenburg Academy 43Franklin County 48 South Dearborn 38Switz. County 53 Rising Sun 34Christian Academy 43 SW Hanover 31Edinburgh 46 Waldron 26SW Shelby 47 Brown County 37Boys Games.Northeastern 66 Rushville 62Trinity Lutheran 54 SW Shelby 40