first_imgFrozen baked products company Vandemoortele has appointed Christian Salvesen to handle its frozen distribution in the UK.The logistics company will manage the contract from its Nuneaton Distribution Centre, which will be operated on a shared-user basis. The distribution centre will manage daily collections from Vandemoortele’s Worcester factory and receive product from Vandemoortele’s continental manufacturing operations. Christian Salvesen will take full responsibility for the warehousing and distribution services throughout the UK.Around 150 different product lines will be in stock at any one time, for distribution to various outlets, which include the retail, wholesale and foodservice sectors.Paul Mohan, director of Christian Salvesen’s temperature-controlled business unit in the UK says: “We are delighted to have won this contract on the back of a very competitive tender process. This will mean Vandemoortele becomes an integral customer of the Nuneaton site achieving the benefits of shared user logistics.”Roy Watson, supply chain manager of Vandemoortele UK adds: “Christian Salvesen was chosen on the basis of its cost-effectiveness, tracking and proof-of-delivery system. Location was also a key factor. Nuneaton is very convenient for our Worcester manufacturing base. We are looking forward to this partnership with them.”On the continent, Vandemoortele manufactures at various plants in Belgium and France. The company’s products include frozen puff and Danish pastries, doughnuts, continental breads and many other bakery offerings. The group employs over 3,200 people in 12 European countries and boasts a turnover of E857m.Mohan believes that Vandemoortele will benefit from the quality of service that his team provides: “I am confident that, through the transitional period and subsequent operation, the Nuneaton warehouse and transport teams will provide Vandemoortele with an excellent and sustainable service that will add value to their business.”last_img read more

Press release: Country stores merger could reduce competition

first_imgMole Valley and Countrywide Farmers each run country stores, operating a total of 99 premises primarily located across the South and West of England. These typically each have a bulk agricultural products supply business – through which they sell large-scale supplies of agricultural products, such as fertiliser or fencing – and a retail business, through which they sell a wide range of products including animal feed, clothing, pet food and gardening tools.The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is investigating Mole Valley’s proposed purchase of 48 Countrywide Farmers’ outlets, and has identified competition concerns in a total of 45 local areas. This involves both their bulk agricultural and retail businesses.The companies are two of the largest suppliers of agricultural products in bulk, and there are no or few other suppliers physically located in these 45 areas. The CMA’s investigation found that, while the businesses face competition from other suppliers that operate without local premises, many customers prefer to be able to buy products directly from a supplier’s store.Therefore, these alternative suppliers may not provide enough competition to stop customers from losing out after the merger. The CMA’s investigation found that competition concerns in the supply of agricultural products in bulk arise in 45 local areas in total.The CMA also found that the companies’ retail businesses compete closely, resulting in reduced competition for customers in 25 of the 45 local areas after the merger. Its investigation found that there would be either no or very few competing country stores in these local areas as, while the companies’ retail businesses face competition for some products from suppliers specialising in one type of product (such as DIY stores, garden centres or pet food suppliers), many customers value being able to buy a range of items in one place. Therefore, these specialist suppliers may not provide enough competition to stop customers from losing out after the merger.Mole Valley now has the opportunity to offer ways to address these competition concerns. If Mole Valley does not make such an offer, or if any undertakings do not sufficiently address the CMA’s concerns, the merger will be referred for in-depth investigation through a ‘phase 2’ inquiry.Rachel Merelie, Acting Executive Director of Mergers and Markets and the decision maker in this case, said: Notes to editors The CMA is the UK’s primary competition and consumer authority. It is an independent non-ministerial government department with responsibility for carrying out investigations into mergers, markets and the regulated industries and enforcing competition and consumer law. For CMA updates, follow us on Twitter @CMAgovuk, LinkedIn, Facebook, Youtube and Flickr. Enquiries should be directed to the CMA press team at [email protected] or 020 3738 6460.center_img It’s our job to make sure that people continue to have enough choice, get fair prices and good quality products after companies merge. Mole Valley and Countrywide Farmers are two of the biggest operators of country stores, and so it’s important that their customers can find good deals when they need to buy these kinds of products.last_img read more

New food skills career website launched

first_imgThe National Skills Academy for Food & Drink has launched a new website to encourage more youngsters into the industry.The food manufacturing skills body has launched a ‘Tasty Careers’ website- to attract more young talent.The new site ( offers free online advertising for entry-level jobs in the food and drink industry – including work experience, posts for graduates and apprenticeships.The site is being backed by ongoing social media outreach across Twitter (@TastyCareers), Facebook and YouTube.The organisation is also running a school and college outreach programme, involving young people in the sector talking to other peers about the industry and their role.Skills Academy chief executive Justine Fosh said: “The gap between what young people perceive food manufacturing to be all about and the reality has been an industry bugbear for many years and Tasty Careers dispels the myths head-on. We are a secure growth industry offering a wide variety of exciting, worthwhile careers with competitive salaries and excellent career prospects.”“With an ageing workforce, the sector faces a real challenge in getting the advantages of food and drink careers top of mind with young people. A survey by the UK Commission for Employment & Skills last year showed that over a third of teenagers are interested in just 10 occupations – with celebrity roles in acting and professional sport now sitting alongside traditional careers in law, medicine, psychology and teaching.Nestlé, William Jackson Food Group, Lantmännen Unibake, Arla, Bakkavör and Morrisons have already used the website to advertise positions.last_img read more

Phish Shares Pro-Shot Footage Of Funky “Wolfman’s Brother” From Dick’s Night Two [Watch]

first_imgLoad remaining images On Saturday night, Phish delivered a jam-heavy performance for the second of three shows at their annual Labor Day weekend run at Commerce City, CO’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. In the aftermath of Phish’s second 2018 show at Dick’s, the band has shared pro-shot footage of their mid-first set “Wolfman’s Brother” from night two.Coming in the middle of set one on the heels of rare early-set renditions of “Sand” and “Down With Disease”, the first “Shade” since the Gorge Amphitheatre in 2016, and Page McConnell Big Boat rocker “Home”, this “Wolfman’s Brother” saw Jon Fishman and Mike Gordon lock into an infectious groove, allowing McConnell to lay down some funky grooves on the synth and Moog. Midway through the jam, Trey Anastasio took the reins, delicately preparing planet PH for blastoff. Speeding up the tempo, Anastasio hammered away at an aggressive solo, with Gordon following dropping in sticky bass bombs as he went.You can watch pro-shot footage of Phish’s “Wolfman’s Brother” from Saturday’s Dick’s show below:Phish – “Wolfman’s Brother” [Pro-Shot][Video: Phish]This October, the band will mount a 14-date fall tour culminating with a four-night Halloween run at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. For a full list of Phish’s upcoming fall tour dates and more, head to the band’s website.Below, you can check out a full gallery of photos from Phish’s second 2018 Dick’s Sporting Goods Park show courtesy of photographer Bill McAlaine.Setlist: Phish | Dick’s Sporting Goods Park | Commerce City, CO | 9/1/31Set 1: Sand, Down with Disease, Shade, Home, Wolfman’s Brother, Wombat, Everything’s Right, Bathtub GinSet 2: Set Your Soul Free > Fuego > Chalk Dust Torture > Twist > Piper > The Wedge, 2001 > Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley > Slave to the Traffic LightEncore: MoreA full soundboard recording of the show is available to stream via LivePhish.Phish | Dick’s Sporting Goods Park | Commerce City, CO | 9/1/31 | Photos: Bill McAlainelast_img read more

Huskies upend Crimson in Beanpot

first_imgIn the opening period of the annual Beanpot men’s hockey tournament at TD Garden on Monday (Feb. 7), Northeastern consistently showed its mettle as one of the nation’s most effective defensive squads.Withstanding a barrage of shots from a wily Harvard squad — 32 attempts in the first period alone — Northeastern killed a Crimson power-play opportunity and then suddenly flexed its offensive muscles, on its way to an eventual 4-0 win.At the 10:48 mark of the initial stanza, just five seconds after Northeastern’s Garrett Vermeersch rejoined his team following a two-minute penalty for tripping, a surging Mike McLaughlin split a pair of Harvard defenders before chipping the puck past senior Crimson goaltender Ryan Carroll to set up the go-ahead goal. Unfortunately for Harvard, the efficient Huskies offense (as well as a stingy Huskies defense that allows just over two goals per game) was beginning to roll into what amounted to a Northeastern avalanche.In the middle period of the semifinal matchup, Harvard’s crosstown rivals rattled off three unanswered goals, including one by McLaughlin a mere 1:43 into play, en route to the shutout in the 59th edition of this storied tourney. Steve Silva and Brodie Reid rounded out the Huskies onslaught with goals at 10:53 and 16:19, respectively. In an inspired effort, goalie Chris Rawlings cast aside 41 shots.Seeking a better outcome against the Huskies, Harvard’s women’s hockey team takes the ice today (Feb. 8) in the opening round of the women’s Beanpot, at 5 p.m. in Conte Forum at Boston College.“I thought they outplayed us in pretty much every facet of the game,” said sixth-year Harvard coach Ted Donato ’91. “I thought we played a semblance of our game in the first period. But after the second goal, where they got a little bit of a bounce, we really couldn’t mount much of an attack after that. Give Northeastern a lot of credit.”Individually, Carroll thwarted three of Northeastern’s four power-play opportunities en route to 20 saves. On the offensive end, senior Pier-Olivier Michaud paced the Crimson with seven shot attempts, followed by junior winger Rence Coassin, who managed six. As a team, Harvard committed a manageable eight penalties, versus a dozen by Northeastern.Despite aggressive play and dramatically outshooting their Beanpot brethren in each period (by a total of 81 to 62), Harvard failed to capitalize on its six power plays, including a trio of man-advantage situations in the final period. The scoreless effort marked Harvard’s third of the season, as well as the Cambridge club’s third straight loss to Northeastern.Optimists take note, however: The Crimson still own the series lead against the Huskies (to the tune of 64-33-0; 22-18 in Beanpot action), as well as a 10 to 4 advantage in Beanpot titles. The Crimson icers — who will battle Boston University on Valentine’s Day for the right to be deemed Boston’s third-most-lovable team — fell to 4-18-0 on the season (3-13-0 ECAC; 0-7-0 Ivy). The Huskies, meanwhile, improved to 10-11-6. The crew from Huntington Avenue next take on Boston College, who were 3-2 overtime winners over the BU Terriers in the Beanpot’s marquee game.last_img read more

Giving time

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaWith the holidays approaching, Sharon Gibson, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension multicultural specialist, offers ideas to help make the holidays a season of giving.She aims her suggestions at parents, but many of her tips work for individuals as well.“Create first aid kits together for those in homeless and women’s shelters,” she said. “Or, think about what you need when you go on a trip; and put calendars, notebooks and pencils in a backpack for homeless people.”Another activity can also help parents get their children to clean their rooms.“Get kids to go through their closets and toy boxes as they start thinking about gifts, and get them to look at what they already have, and find something that’s gently used they could give away,” she said.She emphasized “gently used,” reminding givers to donate only things they would want to receive. Also, when buying toys for seasonal gifting programs, she says don’t forget the teenagers.“Often we think about little kids and toys,” Gibson said. “Teens are in an age group that tends to be forgotten this time of year.”Another age group that’s often overlooked is the elderly.“Contacting senior citizens centers and facilities is a great place to start,” she said.Not all gifts have to be presents. Donations to various organizations are also good ways to help out locally. “Giving is more than giving an item,” she said. “Giving is giving of your time.”last_img read more

Bay Shore Man Posed as Florist During Home Invasion, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Bay Shore man has been accused of posing as a flower deliveryman during a Great Neck Plaza home invasion in which he allegedly used a stun gun on the victim, who was then tied up.Daniel Ratliff was charged Thursday with robbery, burglary, grand larceny and criminal possession weapon.Nassau County police said the 36-year-old suspect rang the doorbell at the victim’s Clent Road apartment and when the victim opened the door, Ratliff used the stun gun on him and then struck him in the with a glass vase, causing him to fall to the ground on June 10.During the ensuing struggle, Ratliff allegedly pointed a black handgun at the victim. Ratliff then allegedly bound the victim’s his hands and feet.Ratliff broke open a locked safe that was in a hallway closet and stole cash, jewelry and other items before he fled in an unknown direction, according to Third Squad detectives.The victim was treated for facial fractures and head trauma.Ratliff will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

Freeport Stabbing Leaves Homeless Man Wounded

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A homeless man was stabbed in a wooded area of Freeport where three others died in the past six years, including another homeless man who was murdered, New York State police said.The victim, 44-year-old Narciso Cruz-Vazquez, was found suffering from stab wounds in a homeless encampment in woodlands just north of Sunrise Highway and just west of Meadowbrook State Parkway shortly after 4 p.m. Monday, police said. The victim was taken to Nassau University Medical Center, where he is being treated for his injuries.“He was stabbed multiple times in the torso and is in stable condition,” State Trooper Frank Bandiero told the Press. “He has lived along the Meadowbrook Parkway for years.”The encampment is a short walk from a Freeport village day laborer hiring site, where undocumented immigrants gather to wait for temporary employment. Two homeless men were found dead in the same woods six months apart in 2012 and a third homeless man was convicted of killing one of them.Henry Martinez-Ramos was sentenced last year to 25 years to life in prison for stabbing to death 21-year-old Ermis Alonzo, with whom he had an ongoing dispute, in October 2012. Martinez-Ramos, who also lived in the same woods, hid the victim’s body under a pile of railroad ties next to the adjacent train tracks, authorities have said.That case came after 33-year-old Jose Garrido-Lobo was found dead in those woods in March 2012, but investigators did not suspect foul play, police said at the time.And in 2009, another homeless man, 65-year-old Miguel Angel Sanche, died when his shanty caught fire in an encampment less than a mile north of the latest incident in the same stretch of woods.last_img read more

Women in leadership positions in credit unions: Perseverance – should you hold or should you fold?

first_img“A physician had an experience that occurred during her medical training. She received a low grade from her supervising physician. It took her by surprise because she knew she was one of the best interns in her group. She asked her supervisor for an explanation, and he replied that she didn’t know as much as the others. She knew from her day-to-day dealings with her peers that she was one of the most knowledgeable, not the least. So, she asked him what evidence had led him to his conclusion. And he told her, ‘You ask too many questions.’” First, wouldn’t you want a physician who was well trained and asked questions? And then…is that the time to change what you’re doing, throw in the towel or keep going?  As a leader, perseverance is a quality that moves you from the IMpossible to the possible.Personally, I have started and re-started so many times in my life, that I can’t even remember all the chances I have taken along the way. Let me share just some of the biggies. I started a new career in the insurance industry at the age of forty, as a single mom, knowing nothing about that industry. I came through the ranks of insurance agents as one of the only women, and I became an agency manager without ever having formal training or mentoring.  Our agency had no presence in North Carolina, and I was asked to build an agency there. For 47 weeks, I traveled each week from Connecticut to North Carolina to establish an agency before moving there. Two years later I was asked to move to Dallas to take a corporate position building sales training, not knowing a soul there. I resigned from that big position to jump into the unknown again. I started my company, Selling In A Skirt, at the age of fifty-five and branched waaaay outside my comfort zone. Perseverance seemed to be my middle name.If I could do it all over, would I do it differently? No. Did I make mistakes? Definitely. Were the risks worth the rewards? Absolutely! Did I ever want to quit…let me count the ways…and I never did. For me, perseverance was my only option.Since taking action can entail risk, asking yourself these three questions may help you assess whether you want to dive in or head for the hills.What might I gain by taking this risk? If I choose to take this risk, how and in what ways might this cost me? If I choose to NOT take this risk, how and in what ways might this cost me? While it is easy to say, “no risk, no reward,” we all know that nothing in life is guaranteed. Even if you take a risk, there may not be an immediately obvious or sizeable reward. Of course, if you do not take the risk, there is zero chance of a reward. So the question remains, do you move towards the risk or retreat? Let’s consider these benefits of taking risks:Taking risks opens you up to new challenges and opportunities. Start small and work your way up to something bigger.Taking risks broadens your horizons. You will leave your comfort zone and enter bold, new territory. Once you are there, you are on your way to even more opportunities. Taking risks sparks creativity. New situations will require you to open your mind and find new ways to solve problems.  Taking risks can result in something truly amazing. Perhaps even well beyond your imaginings. There are 4 ways to deal with risk. You can accept it, transfer it, reduce it, or eliminate it. For example, you may decide to accept a risk because the cost of completely eliminating it is too high. Or, you might decide to transfer the risk, which is typically done with insurance. You may be able to reduce the risk by introducing new processes. You may be able to completely eliminate that particular risk by changing the way you do business.Every person who experiences success, has also seen their share of failures. But those who are serially successful learn from their failures, figure out how to overcome them, and conquer their fears so they can apply what they learn and try again. Here are some of suggestions about fear and perseverance:Write down your fears. Think about them carefully and be honest with yourself…no matter how silly they might be.Next to each fear, write down one reason not to fear this item. Then write down at least one action step you can take to move beyond that fear. When you are in a situation and feel fear coming on, breathe! Take several deep, slow breaths. Then take out your list. Read what you wrote to remind yourself why the fear is unfounded and how to move past this state. Breathe some more. Face your fears directly. Do the things you are afraid to do so you can cross them off your list. That will make you breathe even easier.Focus on this moment. Fear is often the result of our mind not focusing on the here and now. The past is done. The future is not here yet. Imagining worst-case scenarios is similarly unproductive. I love the saying, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, that’s why they call it the present.”As Josh Shipp said, “Perseverance is stubbornness with a purpose.” 75SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Judy Hoberman Men and women sell, manage, recruit and supervise differently.  Judy Hoberman, creator of “Selling in a Skirt”, shares essential insights about gender differences and how to embrace and use those … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Who’s in the running for WTO leadership?

first_imgNgozi Okonjo-Iweala -(Nigeria)– Her country’s first female finance and foreign minister, the 66-year-old had a 25-year career as a development economist at the World Bank, eventually becoming its number two.She chairs Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, is on the Twitter board of directors, and is a special envoy for the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 fight.– “If the right washes the left hand, and the left hand washes the right hand, then both become clean. This is a call for collective action.” Amina Mohamed -(Kenya)– The former Kenyan foreign minister, 58, is well-known at the WTO, having already chaired the organization’s most important bodies: the Ministerial Conference, the General Council, the Dispute Settlement Body and the Trade Policy Review Body.The current sports minister ran for the WTO leadership in 2013 and her vision this time is “reform, recovery, renewal”.– “We need to break the cycle of despair and enter into a new phase of hope and realism.” Mohammad al-Tuwaijri -(Saudi Arabia)– A former air force pilot who flew more than 30 Gulf War missions, he was a banker who ran J.P. Morgan’s fledgling Saudi Arabia operations before joining HSBC.The former Saudi economy minister, 53, currently advises the kingdom’s royal court on economic strategy. He wants to do an “MRI scan” deep assessment of the WTO’s problems.– “If all wheels do not spin as designed, the tricycle cannot carry the members forward to reach their goal.” Yoo Myung-hee -(South Korea)– Yoo, 53, became South Korea’s first female trade minister in March last year after a career in trade diplomacy and foreign affairs. In 1995, she headed WTO affairs at the trade ministry and went on to strike free trade agreements with China and the United States.Her plan is to make the WTO more relevant, resilient, and responsive.– “Despite many challenges, I am confident that the WTO will regain the hope and optimism.” Liam Fox -(Britain) Topics : Abdel Hamid Mamdouh -(Egypt)– A WTO veteran, he came to its predecessor GATT in 1985 as a negotiator for Egypt, before joining the secretariat in 1990. He ran the WTO’s trade in services division from 2001 to 2017.Also a Swiss national, Mamdouh, 67, has the African Union’s backing.He pitches himself as an honest broker who wants to diagnose the WTO’s problems, and then reform and rebuild the institution.– “Africa never held that position before and it’s time because all other regions have occupied that position.” — Fox, 58, spent three years as Britain’s first post-Brexit international trade minister. A former family doctor, the Scot twice ran for the Conservative Party leadership.Fox was the defense minister during the latter years of Britain’s engagement in Afghanistan. The lawmaker is the only elected politician running. He has vowed to appoint women to at least half of the WTO senior leadership.– “Free trade must never mean a free-for-all.” Tudor Ulianovschi -(Moldova)– He served as Moldova’s foreign minister from January 2018 to June 2019 but before that he had been his country’s ambassador to the UN and the WTO in Geneva.The youngest candidate at 37, his pitch is based on a “3D vision and approach”: direct access to ministers, dialogue with ambassadors and driving efficiency in the WTO.– “The time is always right to do what’s right. Let’s win together!” As Roberto Azevedo steps down Monday as head of the World Trade Organization, here are pen pics of the eight candidates running to become the next WTO director-general: Jesus Seade -(Mexico)– A former WTO deputy director-general, Seade, like Mamdouh, reckons an old hand is needed to fix the organization’s problems. At 73, the Mexican-Lebanese dual national is the oldest candidate.A former World Bank chief economist and International Monetary Fund assistant director, he was recently Mexico’s lead in North American trade talks.– “The WTO is like a bicycle that fell over from lack of momentum.”It has to be fully repaired, which requires a mechanic who… was at the heart of the design.”last_img read more