Cake pops supplied to first Scottish Wholefoods store

first_imgThe Kooky Cake Company is supplying a range of cake pops to Wholefoods’ first Scottish outlet.The American natural and organic food retailer approached the Reading-based bakery to produce a range of five cake pops using natural ingredients for its new Giffnock store in Glasgow. They contain no artificial ingredients, colourings or preservatives.Kathryn Carter, founder of The Kooky Cake Company, said of the new partnership with Wholefoods: “I couldn’t quite believe it when they approached me to talk about supplying some products to this new store. We currently sell our baked goods online and to independent farm and coffee shops in Berkshire, so this is a very exciting venture and we have finally branched out in supplying to an international food chain.” The range will include two milk chococolate products, one decorated with chocolate shavings and the other with a chocolate flower. Other varieties include three vanilla cake pops, one covered in grated coconut, another decorated with all-natural sprinkles and the third with a freeze-dried blueberry lilac coating.Cake pops will be sold individually at the store’s bakery counter from the 16 November on a specially-made branded stand.Carter added: “We really like the concept of the Wholefoods brand as it fits in with our all-natural moto. We’re very pleased that the company is looking to oursource more of its products as it gives independent bakers like myself the opportunity to launch into the mainstream market.”We are hoping that this opportunity with the Glasgow store could lead to our products appearing in Wholefoods’ London outlets in the future.”Wholefoods currently has 310 outlets throughout North America and the UK, with five based in the London area.last_img read more

Why Partners Are Not Our Customers

first_img1 + 1 = 10. Maybe more. I’m not algebraically-challenged. I’m partner-inspired.EMC creates the technology that facilitates business transformation. But it’s when we collaborate with our partners to craft customized solutions that we are able to truly change the game for our end-users. The business and impact we can realize together is so much greater than what we could accomplish on our own. That exponential potential is what really separates partners from customers. And that’s why our partners are not our customers. Our partners are our partners.As you’ve seen from me before, I love a good definition. Webster’s defines “partnership” as “a union or association formed for mutual benefit.” Mutual benefit is the key point. For partnerships to work, each party has to derive and perceive value. At EMC, we don’t want our partnerships to just work though. We want them to thrive, to flourish. They have to be more than what we sell to an end-user. Don’t get me wrong, that’s pretty darn important. But the end-user is, in a sense, just that – an end point. A partnership is the journey to get there.Partners are key to delivering scale, leverage, and incremental revenue, and they’re also key to taking EMC places we couldn’t get to on our own. And similarly EMC powers the best-of-breed solutions that give our partners competitive advantage and proven outcomes. Our technology underpins the unique use-cases that often translate into significant partner businesses in their own right. We are not selling TO partners, but rather going to market WITH our partners. We leverage their specialized skills and expertise to design truly differentiated, targeted solutions for customers. We’re even working with our partners to develop unique service catalogues, customized by industry: healthcare, oil & gas, SLED, telco, and so much more. One-size-fits-all or even one-size-fits-most doesn’t work for our customers, and it doesn’t fly with us. We are meeting customers where they are, helping them get to where they want to go, in the way they want to consume: by industry, via utility, as a service.Today, more than ever before, we are thinking about our partnerships holistically, as a global extension of and critical value-add to our team. EMC plus our partners equals 10-fold the opportunity, maybe more, than either of us could grab alone. That’s where my math comes in. 1 + 1 = 10.At this year’s EMC World, our theme and customer call-to-action was “modernize.” It’s also a challenge we’re issuing ourselves: modernize and transform how we do business, in order to guide our customers in their digital journeys. We’re going faster, further, bigger, and better, side-by-side with our partners.last_img read more

Funds in U.S. and China in $3.7 Billion Renewable Energy Deal, Biggest to Date

first_imgBloomberg News:Renewable-power is attracting more investor interest as governments throughout Asia seek alternatives to fossil fuels to meet rising energy demand and combat pollution. Equis Energy, which is developing one of the largest solar plants in Australia, has over 180 assets in operation, construction and development with capacity of more than 11 gigawatts, according to the statement.The size of the deal “may be a signal that scale is also important in the renewable-energy industry as traditional tariff structures and incentives are dismantled and costs need to be reduced to improve investment returns,” Tom O’Sullivan, founder of Tokyo-based energy consultant Mathyos, said by email.The acquisition is the biggest ever for the renewables industry, according to the companies and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Equis Energy “is a strong fit with GIP’s global renewable-investment strategy,” Adebayo Ogunlesi, GIP’s chairman and managing partner, said in the statement. Equis Energy is the largest independent renewable-energy power producer in the Asia Pacific, according to the statement.Credit Suisse Group AG and JPMorgan Chase & Co. were financial advisers for Equis Energy, with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP acting as legal adviser. Clifford Chance LLP advised GIP, the companies said.Global Infrastructure Partners III fund is buying Equis Energy with investors including Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board and CIC Capital Corp., it said in a separate statement.Equis Energy assets include:Solar: 2.4 GW of generation capacity; 4.3 GW under development.Wind: 2.3 GW of generation capacity; 2 GW under development.Hydroelectric: 0.3 GW of generation capacity.More: GIP to Buy Equis Energy in Record $5 Billion Renewable Deal Reuters:U.S. fund Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) has agreed to buy Equis Energy, Asia’s largest independent renewable energy firm, for $3.7 billion with partners including sovereign fund China Investment Corp, underscoring growing global interest in renewables investment.Singapore-headquartered Equis is the largest renewable energy independent power producer in Asia‐Pacific, with over 180 assets comprising solar, wind and hydro generation spread across countries including Australia, Japan, India and the Philippines.Equis’ assets have installed capacity of more than 11 gigawatts. A big chunk of the assets are based in Japan.“The transaction is the largest renewable energy generation acquisition in history and positions GIP as a dominant renewable energy developer in the key OECD growth markets of Australia and Japan, as well as across India and South-East Asia,” Equis Pte Ltd and GIP said in a statement on Wednesday.Moody’s Investors Service said in September that renewables would become a central focus of national energy policies as more countries shift to renewable procurement through competitive auctions.Reuters reported in July that Japanese trading firms, global pension funds, several companies and buyout firms were competing to buy Equis, at a time when many Asian governments are expanding the use of renewable power and its costs are falling.“Government policies are supportive and encouraging of renewables. But just as important and if not more so, is that the cost curve of both wind and solar has come down massively,” one person familiar with the Equis deal said on Wednesday.More: U.S. fund, CIC snap up Equis Energy for $3.7 billion in bet on renewables Funds in U.S. and China in $3.7 Billion Renewable Energy Deal, Biggest to Datecenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wall Street Journal:A group including a U.S.-based private-equity firm and China’s sovereign-wealth fund has agreed to acquire Equis Energy, which oversees one of Asia’s largest collections of independent renewable-energy assets, for $3.7 billion.Global Infrastructure Partners, or GIP, leads the consortium, whose members include China Investment Corp. unit CIC Capital Corp. and Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board, GIP said Wednesday.The planned acquisition will provide the group with access to many of the largest and fastest-growing renewable markets in the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan, Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, India and Thailand.Equis said that including assumed liabilities of $1.3 billion, the deal is valued at $5 billion.The deal is the largest to date in the global renewable-energy-generation sector, according to a joint statement by Equis and GIP.Equis takes investments from various global public and private pension funds and financial institutions to develop and manage its renewable-energy portfolio. It has more than 180 such assets, comprising capacity of 11,135 megawatts, across the Asia-Pacific region.More ($): U.S., China Funds Land Asian Renewable-Energy Giant Equislast_img read more

Trombitas Takes Command of JTF-Haiti

first_imgBy Dialogo April 23, 2010 Lt. Gen. Ken Keen, who had served as commander of the task force in Haiti since January, said farewell in a message to his troops. He said it was a privilege to work with all U.S. military services, side-by-side with 18 militaries from the United Nations Peace-Keeping Force and with hundreds of non-governmental agencies helping provide aid following the devastating earthquake. “I believe no one can come to Haiti and remain unchanged,” Keen said in a farewell article in The Responder, the newspaper serving JTF-Haiti. “I know I have certainly been personally and professionally affected by what I saw and experienced since Jan. 12…” “The children of Haiti have hope because of the overwhelming response of the world, a response led by America and the U.S. military,” he said. For instance, the U.S. Army has delivered nearly 9 million meals ready to eat and 7 million bottles of water to Haiti in support of humanitarian efforts there since January, according the Army G-4. “You can all look back on this experience with pride and satisfaction knowing you saved lives and gave hope to the people of Haiti,” he told servicemembers. At the height of the humanitarian-assistance mission in Haiti, about 22,000 U.S. forces were assisting in the effort, including 7,000 land-based troops, with the remainder operating aboard 58 aircraft and 15 nearby ships. Currently, about 2,200 U.S. troops remain in Haiti, and Keen said that number is expected to drop to about 500 by June. The drawdown can be attributed to the ample assistance being provided by non-governmental agencies, Keen said. In addition, Keen announced at a press conference Monday that beginning this month, the Louisiana National Guard will conduct a five-month exercise focused on helping to rebuild Haiti. As part of the “New Horizons” exercise, the Guard will be engaged in projects exceeding $2 million, to rebuild facilities such as school classrooms and emergency operations centers that could help with future disasters, Keen said. Trombitas has commanded U.S. Army South since Nov. 9. Before that, he was the special assistant to the commanding general of Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, N.C. Trombitas graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in 1978. His first assignment was with the 2nd Armored Division. He has commanded the U.S. Special Operations Command in Korea and the U.S. Military Group in Colombia. (A report from John Kruzel of the American Forces Press Service contributed to this article, along with one from J.D. Leipold of the Army News Service and The Responder newspaper staff of JTF-Haiti.)last_img read more

Discovery Center opens with new virus restrictions

first_imgSome of the larger exhibit components have been removed to allow for social distancing. After months of being closed, the center says its excited to see families return. Each exhibit now has a sign hanging up stating how many families are allowed in at a time, and in the more interactive exhibits a majority of the touchables have been removed. (WBNG) — The Discovery Center opened its doors Friday and there is a few changes you should expect. Additionally, the museum was opened up for private parties. To set up a time slot to visit the center and schedule a private party, click here.center_img The Discovery Center has also ramped up its cleaning methods and brought in more disinfectant to ensure a safe experience. “We are so happy, we have goodie bags for the kids today. We are also opening up the museum for private parties. We used to host birthday parties on the weekend but now you can have the whole museum to yourself.” said Assistant Executive Director Cheryl Dutko. There is a 25 percent capacity for the visiting the museum.last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: H5N1 in Egypt and Mongolia, conflict threatens polio efforts, E coli in bottled water, yellow fever vaccines dwindle

first_imgMay 27, 2009Egypt reports H5N1 in two more childrenEgypt’s health ministry, in a statement to the country’s news agency, yesterday reported two more H5N1 avian influenza infections, both in 4-year-old children, Reuters reported. The boy and girl live in different parts of Sharkiya governorate and reportedly got sick after having contact with infected birds. If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the cases, they will bring Egypt’s case count to 76, of which 27 were fatal.[May 26 Reuters story]New H5N1 outbreaks strike five Egyptian governoratesAnimal health officials in Egypt have detected six more H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks since May 12, according to reports from Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR). Two of the outbreaks—one in Sharkiya governorate and one in Sohag governorate—were confirmed in conjunction with nearby human cases. The virus also hit two poultry farms in Qalyoubia governorate, backyard birds in Port Said governorate, and household birds in Giza governorate. Half of the latest outbreaks occurred in vaccinated birds.Mongolia reports H5N1 in wild swansPublic health officials in Mongolia on May 25 announced that H5N1 was detected in wild swans that were found dead in Ogii Nuur lake in the west central part of the country, according to a report in Chinese from Xinhua that was translated and posted on ProMed-mail, the Internet-based reporting system of the International Society for Infectious Diseases. The governor of Arkhangai province, where the lake is located, ordered the outbreak areas closed.[May 27 ProMed post]Afghanistan says political conflict will stall polio eradicationAfghanistan voiced new concerns over political instability in bordering regions of Pakistan that could derail polio eradication efforts in both of the countries, according to a May 25 government statement that appeared on ReliefWeb, an information portal hosted by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Afghanistan said the two countries have synchronized their eradication efforts since 2000, but predicted that growing instability in Pakistan’s North West Frontier province and tribal areas will impair immunization activities in the region. The Afghani government said it worries that refugees entering the country from Pakistan will bring the virus with them.FDA rules aim to block E coli in bottled waterThe US Food and Drug Administration recently issued final rules that require companies to take additional measures to prevent Escherichia coli contamination in bottled water. The rules, published May 21, take effect Dec 1 and require bottled water manufacturers to test source water and finished products for total coliform and to determine if any of the organisms are E coli. The new regulation stipulates that E coli is an adulterant in bottled water.WHO: funding shortfalls threaten yellow fever vaccine stockpileThe WHO yesterday warned that the global stockpile of yellow fever vaccine will be depleted in 2010 and that there is no funding stream to replenish it. Only 5 of Africa’s 12 most vulnerable countries have been targeted by the vaccine efforts, and the WHO said that without renewed resources for the vaccine, countries that haven’t been reached by immunization campaigns would be unfairly burdened by the disease. The group pointed out that campaigns in Togo, Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso, and Cameroon have put a stop to outbreaks of the mosquito-borne virus that leads to 206,000 illnesses and 52,000 deaths each year. A WHO official said the global economic downturn has hampered funding efforts.last_img read more

Pula Airport opened a direct flight Stuttgart – Pula

first_imgLauda recently celebrated its first anniversary in which it sold more than 5,3 million tickets, with a capacity utilization of 94%. For the 2019/20 season, more than 6 million passengers are expected to be transported on more than 100 routes. By the way, Ryanair bought the airline Lauda from the founder Niki Lauda, ​​a Formula 1 legend, at the beginning of the year, and has 100% ownership of it. Namely, these are the new Volote lines for Bordeaux, for Birmingham, easyJet for Amsterdam and Geneva and TUI UK for Doncester.  “Our routes succeed because we have the right offer for price-sensitive customers. In particular, with our new summer flight schedule, we will certainly increase traffic with a new route from Stuttgart”Said Andreas Gruber, CEO of LaudaMotion. Starting with this year’s summer flying season in 2019, Austria’s leading low-cost airline LaudaMotion is offering a new direct route from Stuttgart to Pula.  Flights begin on April 02, 2019, three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, until October 26, 2019.”After the historically record season of 2018, when 718.187 passengers passed through Pula Airport, we expect a solid growth of 10% this year as well, which we justify by the repeated interest of all existing companies, and some new lines are included in the flight plan.” stand out from Pula Airport. Photo: Pula Airport RELATED NEWS:last_img read more

New laws passed in federal Parliament are tipped to hit property investors in the hip pocket

first_imgInvestors who buy existing properties will no longer be able to make such substantial deducations.PROPERTY investors are set to be thousands of dollars out of pocket following the introduction of new laws, throughout Australia.The legislation which was passed in federal Parliament means owners of investment properties will be restricted in what depreciation they can claim on their assets.Experts predict they will be an average $4200 worse off.The changes relate only to investors who bought an existing property after May 9, 2017.Those who bought before that date or a new property will not be affected.BMT Tax Depreciation CEO Bradley Beer said basically the changes meant buyers of existing investment properties after that date could not claim depreciation for items in the home, such as air conditioners, carpet or solar panels, if they did not pay to install or replace them.He said it didn’t matter if the item was only a few months old when it was put into the property and that the quality of such items would have been factored into the sale price.Previously if the investor owner of a property had not installed such items during their ownership they could still claim depreciation on them, up to a certain time period of ownership.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Mr Beer said the changes would mean thousands of dollars less for property investors. Bradley Beer, CEO of BMT Tax Depreciation“According to our analysis over the first five years of ownership the new law will result in an average loss of around $4236 in depreciation deductions each year for those impacted,’’ he said.“Any investors in a new residential property it doesn’t affect at all, but any investor in an existing residential property is affected from a cash flow perspective in terms of tax by the changes which have been passed today.’’Mr Beer said he didn’t think it was right that owners could not claim depreciation if they didn’t make the initial outlay.He said the legislation was effectively rendering the value of fairly new items to zero.“Which is an odd thing to do and does affect the investors hip pocket and distorts the market a little.’’Mr Beer believed many investors would not be fully aware of the ramifications of the new laws even though it had the potential to affect thousands of them.last_img read more

New laws could penalise reformed parents, Law Society says

first_imgOneNews 14 August 2013The Law Society is concerned proposed child harm prevention legislation could penalise parents who have turned their lives around.Minimum standards for government agencies and those contracted to work for them were outlined yesterday by Paula Bennett.Under the proposed new legislation, convicted child abusers who go on to have more children will have to prove they are fit to be a parent again while people suspected of being at high risk of abusing children will be banned from contact with them, even if they have no convictions.Garry Collin says there is a lot of sense in a convicted murderer being banned from contact with children but the Law Society is concernedthat a person who has had a child removed previously might face the same restrictions.“We need to be careful we don’t penalise them by making them prove they are fit to have children when their life has changed,” Mr Collin told Breakfast this morning.He said the society is concerned about the presumption of removal when a child is removed on birth before the mother has had a chance to prove she can care for that child.“To break the bond between the mother and child is a serious thing to do.” read more

Tracking Christian Sexual Morality in a Same-Sex Marriage Future

first_imgPublic Discourse 11 August 2014As mainline Protestant denominations increasingly accept the ordination of gay clergy and publicly affirm same-sex unions, the sociologist in me wishes to understand what this development means for people in those denominations. I’m not talking about subtle linguistic shifts. While the difference between speaking of marriage as a “civil contract between a woman and a man” and as “a unique commitment between two people” is obvious to those who pay attention to church documents, the impact of such changes on congregants’ attitudes and internalized paradigms—their hearts, I suppose—is seldom considered.What is the sexual and relational morality of Christians who accept the moral legitimacy of same-sex marriages? Some questions naturally arise. Does adultery mean the same thing for both same-sex and opposite-sex unions? Does it make sense to speak of premarital sex in such a context? Historically, the fear of pregnancy was enough to scare many love-struck Christians into taking things slow, but same-sex pregnancies are an accomplishment, not an accident, and most Christians use contraception now anyway.Integrating homosexual relationships into Christian moral systems is not simple, and the process has ramifications for how heterosexual relationships are understood, too. What exactly do pro-same-sex-marriage Christians think about sex and relationships in general?The Relationships in America SurveyTo do this, I rely on the Relationships in America survey, a data collection project I oversaw that interviewed 15,738 Americans, ages 18-60, in early 2014. It’s a population-based sample, meaning that its results are nationally representative. The survey asked respondents to indicate their level of agreement or disagreement with these seven statements:1. Viewing pornographic material is OK.2. It is a good idea for couples considering marriage to live together in order to decide whether or not they get along well enough to be married to one another.3. It is OK for two people to get together for sex and not necessarily expect anything further.4. If a couple has children, they should stay married unless there is physical or emotional abuse.5. It is sometimes permissible for a married person to have sex with someone other than his/her spouse.6. It is OK for three or more consenting adults to live together in a sexual/romantic relationship.7. I support abortion rights. read more