Northern awaits Boparan bid details

first_imgNorthern Foods’ shareholders are waiting for details of a cash bid from poultry magnate Ranjit Boparan, which values the company at £342m.The board has given its backing to a bid from the owner of 2 Sisters, despite previously agreeing on the terms of a merger with Irish convenience group Greencore, which would have created Essenta Foods through an all-share bid. The boards at both firms said late last year that merger benefits would include the combining of their significant positions in the manufacture of products such as pizzas, pies, selected cakes and desserts.Boparan has until 19 February to post offer documents to shareholders thought to include further details of his plans for Northern’s pensions deficit.last_img

Cups embrace rigid styling

first_imgFoodservice packaging supplier Cap-It-All has introduced high-quality lightweight PET drink cups for caterers and foodservice operators on a tighter budget.The new Euro-style cups have strength and rigidity, meaning that less PET is needed, so the cups are competitively priced and better for the environment.The cups come in five sizes 250cl, 300cl, 350cl, 550cl and 650cl and each features a line marked at 50cl lower than the maximum fill. All cups can be printed in up to five colours for minimum runs of 50,000.There are also four lids offered flat lids (plain or straw-cut) and dome lids (closed or with a central opening) available in two sizes, the smaller for the 250cl, 300cl and 350cl cups and the larger for the 550cl and 650cl cups.last_img

Red Cross asking for volunteers, donations in response to Hurricane Delta

first_img Facebook Red Cross asking for volunteers, donations in response to Hurricane Delta TAGSAmerican Red CrossblooddonationsHurricane DeltaIndianavolunteers Twitter Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Twitter By Brooklyne Beatty – October 9, 2020 0 350 center_img WhatsApp American Red Cross. (PRNewsFoto/American Red Cross) The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Delta.Since June, more than 100 Indiana Region volunteers have stepped up to respond to disasters, including the derecho in Iowa, major hurricanes and tropical storms, and wildfires in the west.Hurricane Delta has caused states of emergency to be declared in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. Some areas are especially vulnerable as they are still recovering from previous hurricane damage.The Indiana Region of the American Red Cross has fast-tracked its Disaster Action Team (DAT) training. New volunteers can now quickly learn basic response and recovery skills, and be ready to deploy to a disaster location.Volunteers should be willing and able to:Accept a two-week deployment;Live in a communal space (i.e., a shelter); andWork 12 hours per day, 6-7 days each week.Those interested in volunteering should visit or call (888) 648-1441.Other ways to help include sending donations, which can be done by visiting, calling 800-RED-CROSS or texting the “REDCROSS”to 90999, or by scheduling an appointment to donate blood at Red Cross can move donated blood around the country to wherever it’s needed most. IndianaLocalMichiganNationalNews Google+ Previous articleMan could face amended charges after beating victim diesNext articleFive arrested in Cass County drug bust Brooklyne Beatty WhatsApp Google+last_img read more

Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing home care

first_imgThe document brings together guidance for social care staff, registered providers, local authorities and commissioners who support and deliver care to people in their own homes in England.It covers: personal protective equipment clinically extremely vulnerable people and care groups hospital discharge and testing government support for social care information collection and governance national lockdown: stay at home guidance, which provides information about what you can and cannot do, now that England is in a period of national lockdown COVID-19 vaccination: guide for healthcare workers Please read this guidance with: The government has published the COVID-19 response – spring 2021 setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England. This explains how restrictions will be eased over time.Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed on 29 March. However, many restrictions remain in place. Find out what you can and cannot do.last_img read more

A number of summer events cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgA number of annual summer events have been cancelled in the past week, with organizers citing the COVID-19 pandemic as the primary reason.The Wilton Lions Club has made a tough decision to cancel the following events: The Memorial Day Service (May 25) and The Annual Yard Sale (June 26 – June 28)The annual reunion of the New Sharon High School alumni, scheduled for June 20, 2020, is cancelled.In the Jay/Livermore Falls area, the Memorial Day Parade has been cancelled, as have the associated services at nearby monuments. Organizers said that the decision was made due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements and after conversations with town offices in Fayette, Jay, Livermore Falls and Livermore. Assistance is being sought to place 1,700 flags at the graves of veterans in 49 local cemeteries.The annual Tri-Town July 3 Parade, put on by organizers in Jay, Livermore and Livermore Falls has also been cancelled.Farmington’s traditional July 4 parade, organized by the Farmington Rotary, has also been cancelled. The Rotary remains active and intends to find a way to creatively engage with the community to recognize the day, Rotary spokesperson Lisa Laflin said. The Rotary’s annual June yard sale has also been postponed, with the organization hoping to host a similar event in the fall.The Farmington Falls Fire Co. has cancelled the 2020 Annual Yard Sale and Chicken BBQ to err on the side of caution in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers said Thursday. A “bigger and better celebration” is planned for 2021.The Wilton Blueberry Festival committee already announced last week that it would be postponing the 38th iteration of the town’s August festival until 2021. Another major regional draw, the Kingfield POPS Festival held in late June, has also been postponed until the following summer.The 62nd Phillips Old Home Days 2020 has also been cancelled. Organizers intend to hold the planned 200th birthday celebration of Maine in 2021 from Aug. 14 through Aug. 22. Similarly, this year’s Memorial Day Horse Pulls have also been cancelled.last_img read more

Phish Shares Pro-Shot “Swept Away > Steep” From “Maple” Night Of Baker’s Dozen

first_imgOn Tuesday night, Phish kicked off their 9th night of the Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden with a “Maple” theme. With “Coconut,” “Strawberry,” “Red Velvet,” “Jam-Filled,” “Powdered,”  “Double Chocolate,” and “Jimmies” under their belt, the tone had been established for the run, with an “anything-goes” vibe permeating the Garden. The energy and excitement continued for “Maple” night, which included “O Canada,” “Sugar Shack,” “When The Circus Comes To Town,” and “Maple Leaf Rag” to solidify their theme.When The Phish Circus Comes To Town: Maple Night Spells Canadian Vibes At The Baker’s DozenAfter a huge “Golden Age” opener and a tangentially theme-related “Leaves,” the band soared into two of the biggest bustouts (or, really, one combined biggest bustout) of the night, as “Swept Away” > “Steep” was performed for the first time in a whopping 192 shows. “Swept Away” was short, of course, but beautiful. “Steep,” however, was remarkable, as the band took the short ballad–which usually falls in just under two minutes–and stretched it out to over twelve minutes long. The jam started off as an ambient plinko-esque jam, reminisecnt of the band’s playing in 2010, before Gordon dropped some huge bass bombs. This whipped the crowd into a frenzy, and the band picked up on that excitement to give the crowd another huge improvised rock moment. Kuroda focused his lights behind the stage, and the combination of the energy in the room, the gorgeous jam from the band, and the unique and interesting lighting design combined to make this perhaps the top moment of the show.Phish has released pro-shot video of “Swept Away > Steep,” which you can enjoy below, or you can download the entire show or stream via LivePhish+ here.SETLIST: Phish | Baker’s Dozen Night 9 | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 8/1/17SET 1: O Canada[1], Crowd Control, Sugar Shack, When the Circus Comes, Daniel Saw the Stone, Army of One, The Wedge, Guelah Papyrus, Maple Leaf Rag[2], Guelah Papyrus, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Limb By Limb> Walk AwaySET 2: Golden Age, Leaves, Swept Away > Steep > 46 Days > Piper > PossumENCORE: Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide[1] Phish debut; instrumental.[2] Phish debut; performed solo by Page.If you’re in town for Phish’s 13-night Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden, don’t miss all the incredible late night shows going on in the City during the run! Check out Our Official Guide To Baker’s Dozen Late-Nights for all the info.Live For Live Music Phish Baker’s Dozen Run Late-Night ShowsAug 3 – Greensky Bluegrass w/ Marco Benevento @ Ford Amphitheatre At Coney Island Boardwalk (tix) **Aug 4 – “Kraz & Taz” – Eric Krasno Band w/ Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band @ The Cutting Room (tix)Aug 5 – Spafford @ BB King Blues Club (SOLD OUT)* (L4LM & CEG Presents)**(L4LM & Live Nation Presents)last_img read more

Spending can be a pain (seriously)

first_imgWhile it seems like a utopian concept, the argument that some consumers could be addicted to saving money might not be as inconceivable as it sounds.A study conducted by professor George Loewenstein of Carnegie Mellon found that despite the challenges people have with saving money, a significant 25 percent of the general population actually found it painful to spend money.Loewenstein studied 13,000 people to examine their brain activity patterns and response to desirable items (e.g., chocolate candy) versus undesirable items (e.g., the candy’s price tag), using functional magnetic resonance imaging techniques.The results uncovered that if participants liked the chocolate, the brain’s reward center (the nucleus accumbens) demonstrated a positive reaction to seeing the candy. Upon seeing the chocolate’s price tag, however, the pain and disgust regions of the brain (the insula) showed activity.These findings suggest that the brain’s negative response to tapping into a bank account is its inherent way of reeling in consumers from seeking out too many pleasure-seeking experiences. This adverse response to the thought of losing money is what might have paved the way for the different types of savers who seek to pad their savings accounts with extra cash. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Promoting credit union digitization in the “world’s most advanced digital society”

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Thomas Belekevich Thomas Belekevich has been employed by World Council since 2004 and currently serves as Program Manager of its international training and education programs. He is a polyglot – speaking Spanish, Portuguese, … Web: Details In both established and emerging markets, digitization provides a path to modernizing credit unions and expanding their reach. At the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), we believe so strongly in the power of digitization—we’ve established Challenge 2025: digitization of the global credit union system.And no country shows the possibilities digitization offers like the small Eastern European nation of Estonia.I recently joined a group of professionals from the Virginia Credit Union League (VACUL) and CULedger on a WOCCU Global Classroom exchange to the Estonian capital city of Tallinn, hosted by the Estonian Union of Credit Cooperatives (EUCC).There are fewer than two dozen credit unions in all of Estonia, representing just .01% of the country’s entire financial sector. But the potential to grow that reach is immense, due to Estonia’s unique position as one of the most advanced digital societies in the world. In fact, Wired magazine has called it the most advanced digital society. VCUL representatives learned why—and took home a vast array of information on how far they can advance their digital services as well.  The digital futureThe exchange—dubbed “Tallinn Forum 2019”—included presentations detailing the challenges and opportunities technologies such as cryptocurrencies and blockchain present for credit unions.John Ainsworth, CEO of CULedger, provided an overview of why it’s important for credit unions to build up their technology today, so they can deliver for members tomorrow.But to see the results of what full commitment to a digital future looks like, forum participants were treated to a presentation by E-Estonia—an arm of the Estonian government that promotes and facilitates online services for just about everything.It was fascinating to see the extent to which their e-Governance solutions have digitized life in Estonia. By utilizing a simple government ID card enabled with a special chip, Estonian citizens can select e-solutions for 99% of all public services right on their laptops or phones, at a time and place convenient for them. In most cases, there is never any need to physically visit the agency providing the service. The services include:  employmentpensiontaxesvotingdriver’s licenses (no need for a separate card, stored in ID)healthcareEstonia’s e-Health program was particularly interesting for exchange participants, showing how digital systems can deliver amazing customer service. Citizens’ healthcare is centralized on this system, allowing individuals to access their full medical records—including all procedures done during a surgery and medicines applied. It also allows them to see if anyone has accessed their record. The system is directly linked to pharmacies online to coordinate prescription dispensing and avoid errors. If a person is authorized for sick leave from the doctor, their employer is even notified directly through the system. It is both brilliant and efficient. Needless to say, our exchange participants were in awe of what Estonia has accomplished through digitization. While they will take that knowledge and examine the digital future of their own credit unions, World Council will continue working with its partners—such as CULedger—to examine ways we can get credit unions in Estonia and other developing nations to thrive digitally and grow their membership—as we build to meet our Challenge 2025 goal. last_img read more

Coronavirus less deadly in Germany because of youthful patients

first_imgThe virus has infected more than 350,000 people and killed more than 16,000 around the world since it emerged in China late last year. About a third of those deaths have been in Italy, where some hospitals are overwhelmed. There have been reports of doctors forced to triage patients and ration equipment to save those most likely to live.Health authorities still don’t know exactly how the virus entered Italy, but once there it easily infiltrated the high-risk older generation. To a degree uncommon in most other parts of Europe, Italian adults are in frequent contact with their parents. The “nonna” and “nonno” provide childcare and standing Sunday lunch dates, and they often live in the same city — or even closer.More than 20% of Italians between the ages of 30 and 49 live with their parents, according to Bonn University economists Christian Bayer and Moritz Kuhn. That’s more than double the rate for Germans in that age bracket. Bayer and Moritz have found a correlation between generations living under one roof and case fatality for coronavirus.‘Social network’“Why are so many elderly in some countries getting infected whereas in other countries they don’t?” Bayer said. “The social network is a natural explanation.”While other factors are certainly influencing fatality rates, Bayer said his analysis appears to bear out thus far for most of Europe and the U.S. Countries where multigenerational living is common — including Greece, Bulgaria, Poland and Serbia — should move swiftly to protect the elderly, he said.In Germany, many early cases were in young and healthy people who had just been to ski resorts where the virus was circulating, often in northern Italy or neighboring Austria. The majority of cases have been in people who are 35 to 59 years of age. The average age of those killed by the disease was 82, the Robert Koch Institute’s Wieler said on Monday.Thanks to a “very aggressive testing process” in Germany, more of the mild cases are probably being included in the total numbers, said Michael Ryan, head of the World Health Organization’s health emergencies program. Ryan predicted that mortality rates will evolve in coming weeks, as patients die in the hospital three to four weeks after being diagnosed.Italian authorities have pushed back against the idea that the country’s mortality rate is due to the strain on hospitals overrun by new patients, especially in hard-hit regions such as Lombardy. Areas like Veneto, around Venice, have tested more extensively and have lower mortality rates.Italy’s tollEmergency chief Angelo Borrelli said Friday that the Italian death toll may be skewed higher by an expansive definition of coronavirus deaths, with anyone who tested positive being included, regardless of any other conditions from which they suffered. But Germany’s Koch Institute says it’s following a similar procedure.“The real risk is the geriatric age and also concurring illnesses such as high blood pressure and diabetes,” said Roberto Bernabei, geriatrics professor at Catholic University in Rome. “These lead to a greater aggressiveness from the virus.”Just 2.7% of confirmed infections in Germany are in people over the age of 80, the Koch Institute said on Monday. That compares with 18% of cases in Italy.For now, children should visit their grandparents online instead of in person, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said last week. She suggested Skype, telephone calls and emails, or “maybe writing letters again.” Topics : As the coronavirus death toll surges across much of Europe, one country remains an anomaly.Despite more than 25,000 infections, the fifth-most in the world, Germany’s mortality rate is only 0.4%, according to data compiled by Bloomberg from state health authorities. At the virus’s epicenter in Italy, by contrast, some 9.5% of people confirmed to have the infection have died.There may be many reasons for the disparity, but they all boil down to one thing: Covid-19 has not yet hit as hard among the oldest and frailest members of Germany’s population. Authorities are testing and tracking mild cases aggressively, and more than 80% of those confirmed are in people under the age of 60. In Italy, despite similar demographics, the picture is vastly different, with the virus disproportionately striking the old.center_img Taken together, the two countries are an object lesson for why public health authorities around the world are sealing off nursing homes and asking families not to visit elderly parents or grandparents. Once the virus spreads into an older population, as Italy shows, it can overwhelm health systems and become more deadly for everyone.In Italy, 74% of those who’ve tested positive are over 50. In Germany, 82% of cases are people under 60. The prospect that the outbreak may shift to older people has German health officials worried, too.“We are only at the beginning of the epidemic,” said Lothar Wieler, president of the Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s public health authority.16,000 deathslast_img read more

Unai Emery drops Nicolas Pepe selection hint ahead of Liverpool clash

first_imgUnai Emery drops Nicolas Pepe selection hint ahead of Liverpool clash Metro Sport ReporterThursday 22 Aug 2019 3:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link58Shares Comment Arsenal smashed their transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille this summer (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has hinted Nicolas Pepe is ready to play a more prominent role in Arsenal’s first team ahead of Saturday’s acid test against Liverpool at Anfield.Arsenal shattered their transfer record to sign the Ivory Coast international winger for £72million earlier this month but he has been used sparingly by his new manager thus far.Pepe was brought on as a late substitute in the opening weekend win over Newcastle but played the entire second half in the win over Burnley and showed flashes of his abundant potential.Arsenal suffered a humiliating 5-1 defeat Liverpool last season and slumped to a four-goal defeat the year before, but Emery insists his headline summer purchase is edging closer to full match fitness and would harbour few reservations at throwing him in at the deep end.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Unai Emery insists Nicolas Pepe is nearly ready to make his first Arsenal start (Picture: Getty)‘The most important thing is, like a person, to help him and his family to feel comfortable here, he said.‘Now he is three weeks into working here with us. He didn’t do the pre-season here but he’s progressively feeling better.‘For example, in the first match, he played 15 minutes in Newcastle, then he played 45 minutes against Burnley.‘I think his individual performances are progressively getting better. For Saturday, he is maybe ready to have more minutes.‘I am going to decide tomorrow, but really his progress has been positive and has been good for the team and for him.‘The most important piece of the adaptation is to help him to feel easy and be comfortable with us.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more