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first_imgWheat prices are very volatile at the moment and the impact on this industry should not be underestimated (pg 4). A few months ago bread prices going over the £1 mark made headlines in many of the national newspapers. Last week I wrote about a range of Sainsbury’s in-store speciality breads now selling at £1.69.Everyone is going to have to get used to paying realistic prices for bread, and industry suppliers throughout the whole chain must have their fair share!The pressure on wheat is from all sources – most recently the apalling weather – as well as low world stocks and demand for bioethanol. If farmers believe that bioethanol offers an increasing market, more will go for it and ’grow for it’.Certainly ABF, parent company of Allied Bakeries and Allied Mills, believes it has massive potential. ABF cites the government’s commitment to biofuel production as a key reason for its tie-up with BP and DuPont this week (pg 8). The company expects its £200m biofuel plant to be built in Hull will show a fast return.Meanwhile, commodity price increases for bread, cake and biscuit ingredients are also taking effect, so another flour price rise before the harvest will hit hard.Apart from price volatility, another problem this industry faces is getting its point across to those who need to hear it in government. We need to speak with a united voice on major issues – or be ignored altogether. It is a point made by our Friday Essayist this week, John Gillespie (pg 13). I seem to be forever reading about the Meat & Livestock Commission and the Potato Council. These industry bodies speak with one voice; baking speaks with about a dozen. I know there are differences between the plant and craft industry, for example, but for lobbying purposes surely all can unite under one banner, supported by the millers and ingredient and equipment suppliers? For me the obvious place to start is the Federation of Bakers. By sheer size of members (not numbers), it has the loudest voice.Bakery is the biggest, the very biggest, single sector of the food industry. Yet not enough youngsters are training in bakery, the milling or cereal food science. And that’s just one issue! We need a Bakery Council or Bakery Commission. We need to be heard with one voice.last_img read more

To tackle climate change, share burden — and benefits

first_img Increasingly, links seen between those two compelling concerns, analysts say Related Another climate change concern: Forced migration Even as climate change reaches new and terrifying levels, hope remains — but the time to act is now.That was the message Professor Daniel M. Kammen brought to a lecture in the Undiscovered Science series at Radcliffe Institute on Monday. Even before he began his talk, “An Energy Plan the Earth Can Live With,” he took a moment to stress the problem’s scope.“We are at a point where a call for ‘a just transition’ is more accurate than ‘an energy plan,’” said Kammen, the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy and chair of the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. “We have to make this great energy transition, but we are moving too slowly.”The clock is ticking. Last October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, issued a statement about the need to hold additional global warming to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius. (Humans have already warmed the planet 1 degree Celsius.) But as emerging economies pursue growth and the Trump administration denies climate change, that objective is growing increasingly elusive.During his address, Kammen, who has been the coordinating lead author for the IPCC since 1999 and is a professor in the Goldman School of Public Policy and its Department of Nuclear Engineering, not only spoke of the scientific advances that can make such goals achievable, but addressed the social and policy evolution that must go hand in hand with the technology. “If we don’t think about ways to do this better, then we make our job impossibly hard.” — Daniel M. Kammen “We know we need to meet this climate target,” but too often the problem is incentive, he said. “Humans are very poor at any kind of decision-making that isn’t focused on money.”To foster the needed change, Kammen cited the ongoing work of Berkeley’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, which takes a multidisciplinary approach to research and implementation. In its 10-plus years, the research group, which Kammen founded and now directs, has increasingly drawn people not only from STEM backgrounds but from philosophy and the social sciences.Kammen said science and social change often work together. New technologies, like flexible and even wearable solar panels, make renewable energy both cheaper and easier to access, and with them many countries are doing more than their share in the battle. Morocco, for example, has become a leader in climate policy, while Kenya has the Ngong Hills Wind Power Station.On a micro level, lightweight and cheaper technologies are helping sub-Saharan Africa leapfrog over traditional signs of progress, as exemplified by the solar-powered lights that are phasing out kerosene lanterns. Some impetus for change is simple economics: although the traditional fuel-burning lanterns are initially cheaper than other options, they come with ongoing costs in terms of the need for fuel, as well as the price paid by the environment. As new programs promote solar devices, allowing users to pay them off over time (and connecting with users via text messages), lights that incorporate radios, as well as solar-powered appliances, such as refrigerators, are becoming popular, lessening the need for a traditional power grid.“Low-cost, solar-powered, home-energy products are transforming rural energy access,” said Kammen.In America, Kammen said a “Green New Deal” must lead to a “much bigger discussion about equity.” For example, although 16 states have passed laws to enable alternative clean energies, too often these simply focus on subsidizing changes made by homeowners, he said. The efforts also tend to target only one group, viewed as more likely to modify or build for energy efficiency.“Even when you control for income, solar is 30 percent to 40 percent more prevalent in white/Caucasian-dominated” communities, Kammen said. And since such legislation relies on taxpayer money, in effect it “borrows money from all to pay those who are better off,” he said. The result is alternative energy inequality. Though the laws are well-meaning, they ignore the exponentially higher price communities of color pay in terms of health and wellness because of climate change.Instead, Kammen said, we need to devise plans to disperse benefits to more than only homeowners. Legislation aimed at landlords or community groups could make the move to renewables more equitable, for example, as would redistributing a greater share of the benefits to disadvantaged communities.“If we don’t think about ways to do this better,” said Kammen, “then we make our job impossibly hard.” ‘Merchants of Doubt’ co-author Oreskes makes case for science to speak up Bringing values, not just facts, to climate fightlast_img read more

Ag Forecasts

first_imgThis year’s forecasts for peanuts, poultry, pecans, cotton and other Georgia crops were presented by University of Georgia agricultural economist Adam Rabinowitz during the first of five Georgia Ag Forecast events held across the state. Farmers and others in the agricultural industry met at the Georgia Farm Bureau Building in Macon, Georgia.According to Rabinowitz, Georgia beef and poultry production will increase while most other crops produced in the state will remain steady or decrease. Following is an overview of the 2020 Ag Forecast.PEANUTSDemand for Georgia peanuts should remain flat for the fourth year in a row and farmers can expect a price of $400 per ton for the protein-packed crop. Record production in 2017 continues to limit price movement for peanut producers as ending stocks remain high.PECANSGeorgia pecan production will remain low compared to seasons pre-Hurricane Michael. Production is, however, expected to be slightly higher than the post-hurricane 2018-2019 crop season, as farmers are still recovering. Trade wars continue to suppress exports to China, Vietnam, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong.POULTRYHigher broiler production is expected in 2020. Broiler pricing was mixed in 2019 and profitability was challenged due to lower boneless breast pricing.COTTONU.S. cotton acreage and production is expected to decrease in 2020. Uncertainties in the cotton market are expected due to ongoing trade negotiations and the slowing down of the global economy. Farmers are encouraged to consider strategies to improve productivity or cut costs.BEEFGrowth in the Georgia beef cattle industry is beginning to slow down and 2020 prices are not expected to improve over 2019 prices. Strong consumer demand for beef, both domestic and internationally, should support cattle prices. Feed and forage costs may hamper producer profitability. PORKAfrican Swine Flu has devastated pork production in China and Southeast Asia, which creates a strong demand and higher prices for U.S. pork exports. Pork production in the U.S. is expected to grow by 5% in 2020 and producers should see increases in profits despite higher feed prices this year.DAIRYGeorgia’s dairy cow numbers have declined since 2018 and, as a result, reduced availability of replacement heifers should slow milk production and support a modest price increase in 2020.CORN, WHEAT AND SOYBEANSThe trend of growing more corn, less wheat and less soybeans will continue in 2020. Corn prices should rise significantly despite export competition. Resolution of trade disputes is expected to produce opportunities for all three crops.VEGETABLESVegetable production will stay strong but consumer prices will be “sluggish and fluctuating.” The growers’ price index will be significantly depressed.TIMBERLumber prices have declined significantly from 2018 but are holding steady at $350 per thousand board feet. Pulp prices in the South have decreased across the board causing several pulp mills to close.Land values will hold steady in Georgia and may increase on highly productive lands.Interest rates are expected to be stable. Diesel fuel prices are expected to increase in 2020 due to conflict in the Middle East. Seed prices and machinery costs will increase slightly.Ag Forecast events were held Jan. 23 at Jaemor Farms in Gainesville, Georgia and Jan. 28 at Toombs County Agri-Center in Lyons, Georgia. The remaining events are set for Jan. 30 at the Decatur County Agricultural Center in Bainbridge, Georgia, and Jan. 31 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia.To register for Ag Forecast or view the complete 2020 Ag Forecast report from UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences researchers, visit agforecast.caes.uga.edu.last_img read more

The January Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is Live

first_imgQUICK HITSRichmond plans to build 360-mile trail network • Thief steals same bike twice • Push-up world record • Deer trips runner at cross-country raceCONTRIBUTOR QUESTIONSOnce a month we throw our contributors for a loop with a question about their lives in the outdoors. This time around we inquired about their New Year’s resolutions!THE DIRTCoal baron convicted • Cancer Survivors Conquer WhitewaterTRAIL MIXShovels & Rope’s Surprise Cover AlbumGREAT DANE22-year-old Dane Jackson had a Big Year. What’s on the Horizon Line in 2016?BEST OF THE BLUE RIDGEOur eighth annual readers’ choice awards highlight your favorite outdoor destinations, organizations, businesses, people, and events.SEEING IN THE DARKFour dark-sky parks in Appalachia offer some of the starriest skies in the South.IGNITE THE NIGHTExplore new adventures after dark by moonlight (or headlamp). Night rides, runs, and paddling trips transform the outdoor experience.[divider]Read more from blueridgeoutdoors.com[/divider]last_img read more

Navy Surgeon General Strengthens Navy Medicine’s Ties with Brazil

first_imgBy By U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class John Kotara, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery March 29, 2018 U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy surgeon general and chief of the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, met with senior officials and toured Brazilian Navy medical facilities during a visit to Brazil, March 11-14. Accompanied by U.S. Navy Force Master Chief Hosea Smith, director of Hospital Corps, this series of meetings gave Vice Adm. Faison the opportunity to strengthen Navy Medicine’s ties with their Brazilian counterparts. “Our friendship with Brazil and the friendship between our militaries is not only important to preserving peace and stability in light of the global challenges we face, it is important because of our ability to work together in order to save lives,” Vice Adm. Faison said. Vice Adm. Faison kicked off the four-day trip with an office call with U.S. Ambassador P. Michael McKinley at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia. Vice Adm. Faison also met with Dr. Anna Toness, Environment Office director for the United States Agency for International Development, and Aristides Barbosa, director of the Brazilian Center for Disease Control (CDC), to discuss ways the U.S. military and Brazil can collaborate to get critical care to those in need throughout Brazil. “I see a great opportunity for the U.S. and the Brazil CDC to work together,” said Barbosa. “We help and save lives throughout the country, but with so many people needing help, and spread throughout remote areas, it is incredibly tough.” Vice Adm. Faison received a tour of the facilities and spoke with Brazilian service members at the Marcílio Dias Naval Hospital and the Biomedical Research Institute in Rio de Janeiro. He also discussed educational opportunities and potential partnerships with Brazilian Navy Vice Admiral Edmar da Cruz Aréas, director of Brazilian Navy Health, and Brazilian Navy Rear Admiral Lúiz Claudio Barbedo Fróes, director of Marcilio Dias Naval Hospital. “It was amazing to meet with our Brazilian counterparts and discuss issues of mutual concern,” said Vice Adm. Faison. “Participating in this partnership and in these discussions will help improve the overall medical care for our two countries.” While at the Brazilian Navy Operational Medical Center in Rio de Janeiro, Vice Adm. Faison and Brazilian Navy Rear Admiral Humberto Giovanni Canfora, director of the Brazilian Navy Center of Operative Medicine, emphasized the strong relationship between the United States and Brazil, and efforts to reinforce growth and the bonds between the two countries. “I believe there is great potential to continue to make a change,” said Rear Adm. Canfora. “We will continue to address and grow the partnership between Brazil and the U.S. in order to promote health throughout our countries.” Navy Medicine is a global health care network of 63,000 personnel that provides health care support to the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, their families and veterans in high operational tempo environments at expeditionary medical facilities, medical treatment facilities, hospitals, clinics, hospital ships and research units around the world.last_img read more

As US swine flu cases double, some travel to Mexico discouraged

first_imgApr 27, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today confirmed 20 more swine influenza cases, all connected to previous cases at a New York City high school, and said federal officials will issue new travel advice urging against nonessential travel to Mexico.The additions raise the number of US cases to 40, said Richard Besser, MD, the CDC’s acting director, at a press conference today. Besser added that the CDC is focusing less on the case numbers and more on what the case patterns reveals about transmission.He said the new case total represents additional testing in people linked to Saint Francis Preparatory School in Queens, but not a pattern that suggests widespread transmission. “This virus is acting like a flu virus, spreading person to person,” he said.Only one of the 40 US case-patients, who range in age from 7 to 54, has been hospitalized, he said, adding that the CDC expects to see a broader range of illness severity as the swine flu outbreak progresses.The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a statement today that it has identified 17 more probable cases linked to the Saint Francis school cluster and that confirmation tests are under way at the CDC. The department said the city’s syndromic surveillance system noted a moderate increase in flulike illness indicators over the weekend, but it’s not clear how significant the rise was.President Barack Obama, during a speech on new federal research investments before the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in Washington, D.C., today, said the swine flu outbreaks are concerning, but are not a cause for alarm.”Our capacity to deal with a public health challenge of this sort rests heavily on the work of our scientific and medical community. This is one more example why we can’t allow our nation to fall behind,” he said.Travel advisoryBesser said the new travel advisory urging people to avoid nonessential trips to Mexico will be issued out of an abundance of caution, and that the federal government will also pair that message with safety steps they can take if they need to travel to the area.The new travel advice came on the same day European Union (EU) health commissioner Androulla Vassiliou issued a statement warning Europeans to avoid nonessential travel to areas where swine flu clusters have been detected. The World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement today that it advises no restrictions on travel or border closures.Besser said that the EU commissioner’s travel advice is premature, based on the current evidence.Call for preparations, vaccine developmentEleven million antiviral courses, 25% of the nation’s Strategic National Stockpile, have been sent to affected states and other states around the country, he said. However, Besser emphasized the importance of the roles of each individual in limiting the spread of the disease and the disruptions a large swine flu epidemic could cause.He advised parents to think now about what they’d do if their children’s schools were closed to limit the spread of the disease. “This is a time for businesses to review their plans, such as ‘What would I do if my workers couldn’t come to work?,'” Besser said.Federal officials are still in discussions on what approach to take with a potential vaccine against the novel influenza virus, though production of a seed strain is already progressing. He said it’s difficult to balance the February recommendation for next year’s northern hemisphere’s seasonal flu vaccine with the possibility of adding another strain to the mix.Tim Uyeki, MD, a medical epidemiologist in CDC’s Influenza Division, said during a conference call for clinicians today that efforts are under way to make candidate vaccines through different production techniques, including classic reassortment, reverse genetics, and live attenuated.Further casesLate this afternoon, more states announced additional swine flu cases. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) said a patient from Sacramento County has been diagnosed as having a swine flu infection, raising the state’s total to eight cases.Texas officials also announced an additional case-patient from Guadalupe County, a student who attended the same school as the state’s two previously announced cases. In addition, Dallas County Health and Human Services announced three new cases in that county.Once the CDC adds the new cases to its total, the number of US cases will rise to 45.New CDC guidanceIn other developments, the CDC today released interim guidance for facemask and respirator use in communities in which the swine flu virus has been detected. Emphasizing that the evidence on the effectiveness of facemasks and respirators for controlling influenza in communities is extremely limited, the CDC urges local officials to reduce the risk of transmission through a combination of actions—such as limiting contact and time spent with ill people—and not to rely just on facemasks or respirators.The CDC also released two other sets of recommendations for clinicians and public health officials managing swine flu outbreaks, one on antiviral medications and the other on community mitigation.See also:Apr 27 New York City health department press releaseApr 27 EU press releaseApr 27 NAS news releaseApr 27 WHO statementCDC swine flu pageCDPH news pageTexas Department of State Health Services news update pageCDC interim recommendations for facemask and respirator use in swine flu areasCDC antiviral recommendations for swine fluCDC community mitigation recommendations for swine flulast_img read more

Inner city

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F1: Mercedes test new steering wheel system

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Read Also: Federer targets Wimbledon after knee surgery blowTesting times are impossible to place in any meaningful context with car set ups and fuel loads and tyres all playing an important part in the car’s speed.TimesKimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari) 1:17.091 (134 laps), Sergio Perez (MEX/Racing Point-Mercedes) 1:17.347 (145 laps), Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Renault) 1:17.749 (41), Alexander Albon (THA/Red Bull-Honda) 1:17.912 (134), Pierre Gasly (FRA/Alpha Tauri-Honda) 1:18.121 (147), Sebastian Vettel (GER/Ferrari) 1:18.154 (73), George Russell (GBR/Williams-Mercedes) 1:18.266 (116), Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari) 1:18.335 (49), Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 1:18.307 (106), Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren-Renault) 1:18.474 (137), Romain Grosjean (FRA/Haas-Ferrari) 1:18.496 (158), Esteban Ocon (FRA/Renault) 1:18.557 (52), Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Mercedes) 1:19.307 (77) Hamilton, aiming at equalling Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles this year, was enthusiastic. “For me it’s really encouraging to see that my team is continuing to innovate and stay ahead of the game, and I think that’s down to the great minds in the team and so hopefully that’ll work to our benefit. “I’ve only tried it this morning and we’re trying to get on top of it, understand it, but safety wise no problem today and the FIA are OK with the project,” the 35-year-old Briton said. On the second of three days testing at the Circuit de Catalunya Kimi Raikkonen posted the quickest time of 1min 17.091sec in his Alfa Romeo. Sergio Perez (1:17.347) came next in the time sheet ahead of the Renault of Daniel Ricciardo (1:17.749). Hamilton was only ninth fastest on the day but he still held the quickest time so far after his 1:16.976 on Wednesday. Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?10 Irresistibly Beautiful Asian ActressesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeithcenter_img Loading… Mercedes tried out a new steering innovation at pre-season testing in Barcelona on Thursday, insisting the device fell within Formula One’s stringent technical rules. On-board camera footage showed world champion Lewis Hamilton moving the steering wheel towards him as he enters a straight, changing the angle of the front wheels, before pushing the steering wheel away from him at the next corner. Hamilton at pre-season testing on Thursday F1 cars traditionally are set up with the front wheels slightly angled to help cornering. Mercedes’ technical director James Allison said the so-called dual axis steering system was above board. “We’ve spoken to them (F1’s governing body the FIA). The rules are clear about what’s permitted on steering systems. We’re pretty confident that it matches those requirements,” he commented after the morning session on the second day of testing. According to the Mercedes tech guru, the innovation “introduces an extra dimension for steering which we hope will be useful”, but he avoided elaborating on its potential benefits.Advertisementlast_img read more

Labor union deny part in workers’ ‘illegal dismissal’

first_img“We have reached out to the employeesbut they made it difficult for themselves,” they noted. “Those employeesabandoned their work after the standoff and went AWOL.” The group claimed they were “illegallyousted” after they did not take sides with the Yansons fighting over theirmultibillion-peso bus empire. In a press conferenceat the Negros Press Club on Tuesday, the dismissed workers said they “decided to come outinto the open so the public will know what kind of union they have.” The group, however, insisted thattheir termination came about through collusion between VTI president Leo ReyYason and PACIWU-TUCP. BACOLOD City – The PhilippineAgricultural, Commercial and Industrial Workers Union-Trade Union Congress ofthe Philippines (PACIWU-TUCP) has denied involvement in the “illegaltermination” of some Vallacar Transit Inc. (VTI) employees. They added that those who sought theirhelp all returned to work.“We previously warned employees not to take sides in the ongoing feud withinthe Yanson family who owns VTI,” they said. The union leaders said they insistedto help those affected workers, which they claimed resulted in 80 of themgetting their jobs back. “We strongly condemn our dismissalfrom work without justifiable reason and process,” they said. “We stronglycondemn the silence of our union and its pro-management stance.”/PN But these allegations were thenslammed by PACIWU-TUCP national president Hernani Braza and VTI Union presidentFranny Santarin. last_img read more

Area Boys Basketball Scores (1-26)

first_imgArea Boys Basketball ScoresSaturday  (1-26)Batesville  67     Hauser  54Heritage Christian  34     Oldenburg  31East Central  56     North Decatur  53Talawanda  72     Franklin County  47Milan  82     Switz. County  66New Palestine  86     Rushville  40Connersville  45     North Central  44Rising Sun  70     Waldron  44South Central  60     Shawe Memorial  23SW-Hanover  85     Mitchell  70SW-Shelby  63     Herron  60Morristown  63     Knightstown  45Union County  63     Eastern Hancock  47Madison  88     North Harrison  69last_img read more