Packaging watch

first_imgAccording to Mintel’s latest report, Ethical and Green Retailing, June 2007, released this month, as many as two-thirds of consumers believe retailers should do more to reduce the amount of packaging they use.Over half (55%) say that retailers and producers, including bakery, should only use packaging materials that can easily be recycled. “The finding that nearly three-quarters of adults claim to be active recyclers makes it all the more irritating that the recycling infrastructure is not better developed than it is. Although retailers and manufacturers have been active in reducing packaging for some time, consumers are still not satisfied and clearly feel that there is more to be done,” said senior retail analyst Neil Mason.In July, bakery chain Greggs, announced that it had saved £12,000 in three months through recycling waste plastic from its Yorkshire stores, after teaming up with Leeds-based Cromwell Polythene. After Greggs’ vehicles have delivered to the shops, the drivers load waste plastics, such as waste packaging, and take them back to a central Yorkshire depot. From there, Cromwell Polythene’s Recycling Division collects the plastic and converts it into sacks and bags, some of which are returned to Greggs for general waste and segregation of waste plastic.As a result of the scheme, Greggs received a commendation at this year’s Business Commitment to the Environment Awards, which was presented by former environment secretary, David Miliband. The commendation recognised Greggs’ commitment to reduce the amount of waste it sends to landfill.last_img read more

Roll plant remedy

first_imgMeeting and answering the demands of its customers has seen continuous investment in plant, equipment and people at Birds (Derby)’s central bakery. The bakery company has always had one simple aim – to make a product that is as fresh as possible. It is a philosophy that bakery manager Gary Entwistle recalls nearly caught him out, back in Christmas 2005. “All had gone to plan until the final shift,” he says. “In order to achieve the freshness we promise and deliver to our customers, we left the production of cobs as late as possible in that final shift. Seven hours before the shift was due to end, we had a problem with the roll plant, which took two hours to remedy.”Cobs (or bread rolls) account for around 18% of the Birds’ turnover. Entwistle spoke to managing director Patrick Bird about possible solutions and returned from the Christmas break to find that the MD had ordered a completely new industrial roll plant from Konig’s UK distributor European Process Plant (EPP). The senior team at Birds scours Europe, attending all the major European exhibitions to look at machinery, and insists on visiting Continental craft businesses to see it working in the heat of the bakery.Entwistle explains: “Of all the roll plant we saw, Konig’s build quality and robustness caught our eye and it is certainly fit-for-purpose.”Entwistle admits that, for a 49-shop retail craft bakery business the size of Birds, having £500,000 invested in roll plant is a “bit of a luxury”. The new roll plant was delivered on 11 December last year and commissioning began just three days later. “We immediately commissioned four major products with the minimum of fuss and this gave us a major boost to efficiency and effectiveness going into Christmas week 2006. The remainder of our products were then commissioned early in January this year,” says Entwistle.In choosing the new roll plant, Birds took its health and safety manager, engineering manager and two operatives to Konig’s factory in Austria. As a result, an additional guard was fitted and the Austrian company improved accessibility on the machine, making it much easier to clean.”What we have found most useful are measurement guides on the spreader bands and that Konig has taken into account the manual loading and unloading of trays, making the working height slightly higher at the depanning stage on the new machine.”Based in Epsom, Surrey, EPP has installed and maintained several pieces of equipment at Birds, including mixers, a pie and tart line and a large doughnut fryer. The new six-pocket head roll plant has 800mm-wide pockets in the resting chamber. The weight range on the new Konig is 35-135g and, as the machine can handle very different doughs, a wide range of bakery goods can be produced on the new plant.At 50 strokes per minute, six products across, the new Konig produces dinner rolls with a scale weight of 35g at a rate of 18,000 units an hour. The firm is looking to develop an XXL long moulded sandwich roll with a scale weight of 110g and, at 35 strokes a minute, three across, the new Konig roll plant can produce 6,300 units an hour. nlast_img read more

Walorski visits national command center for coronavirus response

first_img Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest By Tommie Lee – March 3, 2020 0 319 Facebook Facebook U.S. Representative Jackie Walroski visits the national coronavirus command center on March 2, 2020. (photo/Walorski Congressional Office) Congresswoman Jackie Walorski visited the Department of Health and Human Services coronavirus command center this week.On Monday, Walorski was there for a first-hand update on the federal response to the COVID-19 outbreak.The 3rd District Representative said “any threat to the health and safety of the American people requires a robust response at the federal, state, and local levels,” and added that she has full confidence in our nation’s public health officials and health care providers, and the work they’re doing to keep Americans safe.She also urged the government to find bipartisan cooperation to mount an effective response. CoronavirusIndianaLocalNationalNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterest Walorski visits national command center for coronavirus response Google+ Google+ Twitter Previous articleFunding moving forward for changes at the Tolson CenterNext articleDemolition of south side Shake ‘n Shake underway Tommie Leelast_img read more

Millennials would rather go to the dentist than listen to a credit union sales pitch

first_imgMuch has been written about marketing to and attracting millennials. This is especially relevant to credit unions. The average age of credit union membership is 47 and continues to increase. Meanwhile, 4.3 million millennials are turning 30 each year. That number also continues to increase. A solution to reducing the average age of members without compromising the older demographics is to provide financial products for millennials, beginning at the time they most need it.Millennials, as a demographic for financial services, are invaluable. According to the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center, 38% of millennials have incomes $75k and up. Nearly half (49%) own their own home. While this somewhat reflects the statistics of their parents’ generation, the baby boomers, millennials are different than their boomer parents in many ways. As many have noted they are much more tech savvy, streaming music rather than putting in a CD, using Uber rather than hailing a taxi, pull out a phone while shopping in-store to see if there’s a better price online.But several of their macro habits are learned from their parents, the most relevant of which are banking habits. And specific to banking habits is the attitude toward credit. Millennials have witnessed parents, or their friend’s parents, lose jobs during the recession; they know someone who’s had their house foreclosed, or at the very least they’ve seen many of their peers get overextended in debt. They see using debit as “responsible”, and the use of credit as irresponsible or risky. 64% of consumers aged 19-34 told Experian in a survey that they consider credit cards “dangerous”. For issuers looking to bring younger consumers into their portfolios, this is a problem that needs to be addressed. And to add to this, alongside their skepticism of credit cards, they come into the picture saddled with student loans, on average $37,172 in debt. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


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Pope condemns Dhaka ‘slave labour’

first_imgPope Francis spoke out against “only looking to make a profit”Pope Francis has denounced as “slave labour” the conditions of workers caught in a deadly building collapse in Bangladesh last week.More than 400 people are confirmed to have died in the collapse of the Rana Plaza building near the capital, Dhaka.It housed several clothing factories, some supplying Western retailers.At May Day parades in Dhaka, marchers demanded the death penalty for the building’s owner and better conditions for workers.The Pope said he had been shocked by reports that some of the labourers had been paid just 38 euros ($50) a month.“Today in the world this slavery is being committed against something beautiful that God has given us – the capacity to create, to work, to have dignity,” the Pope said at a private Mass. “Not paying a fair wage, not giving a job because you are only looking at balance sheets, only looking to make a profit, that goes against God,” he was quoted as saying by Vatican radio.‘Better safety’At least 410 people are confirmed to have died and more than 140 are missing following the collapse of the eight-storey building a week ago, police and army officials said. Some 2,500 people were injured.It was the country’s worst industrial disaster.More than 30 of those killed, whose bodies have not been identified, were buried in a mass funeral on Wednesday.In Dhaka, an estimated 20,000 people took part in the main May Day march, while separate demonstrations were held in other parts of the capital and elsewhere. “I want the death penalty for the owner of the building,” said one marcher, 18-year-old garment factory worker Mongidul Islam Rana. “We want regular salaries, raises and absolutely we want better safety in our factories.”Others in Dhaka held banners with the words: “Hang the killers, Hang the factory owners.”Speaking at a rally in the industrial township of Narayanganj, the leader of Bangladesh’s main opposition party, Khaleda Zia, alleged that the government was hiding the real casualty figures from the building collapse. She also claimed that if the army had been given control of the rescue operation earlier, more lives could have been saved.The European Union has said it is considering “appropriate action” to encourage improvements in working conditions in Bangladeshi factories.It said its actions might include the use of its trade preference system, which gives Bangladesh duty- and quota-free access to EU markets.Bangladesh’s garment industry makes up almost 80% of the country’s annual exports and provides employment to about four million people.However, it has faced criticism over low pay and limited rights given to workers, and for the often dangerous working conditions in factories.Both Primark, which has a large presence in the UK, and Canadian company Loblaw had clothing made in the Rana Plaza, and have said they will offer aid to victims and their families.Rana Plaza owner Mohammed Sohel Rana, a local leader of the youth wing of the ruling Awami League party, is in police custody.A total of eight people, including factory owners and engineers, have been arrested for alleged negligence.BBC News Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Pope condemns Dhaka ‘slave labour’ by: – May 1, 2013 Share 68 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Jailed polygamist retakes control of church, ousts 30 members

first_imgNews Jailed polygamist retakes control of church, ousts 30 members by: – February 24, 2011 Tweet Share Sharing is caring! 33 Views   no discussions Share (CNN) — Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs is not only running the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but he has also ousted up to 30 high-ranking members he considered a threat to his leadership, two well-placed sources tell CNN.Jeffs, who is scheduled to go to trial this year on sexual assault and bigamy charges, is running the affairs of the church from his jail cell in Texas, the sources said.Jeffs gave up control of the splinter sect that advocates plural marriages, including marriages that involve girls younger than 18, after he was convicted in 2007 of rape as accomplice. That conviction was overturned last year.Sources within the church tell CNN that the man who replaced Jeffs as business head of the church, Wendell Nielsen, has been removed and that Jeffs has signed documents retaking control of FLDS.Also removed are Willie Jessup, Jeffs’ one-time bodyguard who served as the spokesman for the church following a raid on its Texas compound; and David Zitting, the mayor of Hildale, Utah — a town whose population consists almost entirely of members of the church.The FLDS splintered from the Mormon Church more than a century ago when Mormons renounced the practice of polygamy. Jeffs’ church is believed to have about 10,000 followers.Critics of the FLDS say underage girls are forced into “spiritual” plural marriages with older men and are sexually abused. Sect members have denied sexual abuse.Texas prosecutors filed charges against Jeffs in 2008 after authorites raided the sect’s Yearning for Zion Ranch in El Dorado, Texas. They removed 400 children whom authorities feared had been sexually abused. While some of the men at the ranch were charged with sexual abuse, most of the children were later returned to their families.Jeffs was eventually extradited from Utah to Texas. He was arraigned on the Texas charges in December in Tom Green County. Share From Gary Tuchman, CNNlast_img read more

52 year old man found hanging from roof in Kingshill

first_img Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! 16 Views   no discussionscenter_img LocalNews 52 year old man found hanging from roof in Kingshill by: – May 3, 2011 Share Philsbert Thomas, a fifty-two year old man of the village of Kingshill was found hanging from his roof at about 7:30am this morning. The body was discovered by his nephew Samuel Stevens. He was last seen on Sunday afternoon and it is not yet clear whether he was suffering from mental illness or whether he lives alone.Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector Claude Weekes reported that the body was pronounced dead at 9:55am by Dr. Garvin Seaman at the Princess Margaret Hospital and A Coroner’s Inquest will be convened followed by a post mortem.The Police Department are conducting further investigations and we will provide updates as they become available.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Environmental Coordinating Unit to be converted into a full-fledge government department

first_img Share 135 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Dr. Kenneth Darroux. (file photo)The Ministry of Environment, Fisheries and Natural Resources are discussing plans to soon transform the Environmental Coordinating Unit (E.C.U) into a full-fledge governmental department.Minister for Environment, Fisheries and Natural Resources, Honorable Dr. Kenneth Darroux said that this move is just one of many to address some of the environmental issues affecting the country.The issue of climate change, global warming, air and sea pollution are critical areas that environmentalists around the globe are now battling to control.Dr Darroux says under the GEF Programme in Dominica, the government is hoping that many of the issues can be dealt with speedily under a government department rather than a private entity.“One of the things we are hoping to do under this project, in addition to the new laws, is harmonizing and modernizing these laws is to have the Environmental Coordinating Unit (ECU) converted into a full-fledge government department with government enforcing the laws. Of course, with this we will need new personnel; we will need new training, so even then as the minister I’ve attended a number of international meetings to look at ways to receive scholarships for training for our people in terms of environmental engineers”. The government is hoping that under a government portfolio, the Ministry responsible for environment will be able to collate the existing laws governing the issue of environmental preservation and conservation.“At the ministerial level one of the things we have done at Part two of the GEF Project is that we are currently in the process of harmonizing and also modernizing our environmental legislation. What we have noticed is that legislation dealing with environmental issues, they are scattered throughout various numbers ofgovernments and departments including fisheries, health and forestry among others”. Dr Darroux said that the government has already identified persons who will be contracted to revise the existing laws; some of which are outdated and need to be removed or amended.“So what we have done in the first part of this project has been completed meaning that we’ve compiled all the environmental laws. Currently we found over 100 of them also dating back 100 years. We’ve hired a few environmental personnel to go through this legislation and make the adjustments where necessary, of course that would have to go through the legal affairs for vetting and also through parliament”. He believes that this move will also position Dominica to better maximize the many opportunities for developmental funding and training available by environment agencies in the region and the world.“The Environmental Coordinating Unit, which was established over a decade ago was set up to deal with Dominica’s obligations to international environmental protocol but over the years I think we can appreciate the importance that environment and climate change has taken in everything; in politics, finance etc. We in Dominica we have to position ourselves in order to take advantage of funding and other environmental programs that are available”.The Minister also underscored the work that the Ministry of Environment is doing as it relates to addressing the many issues affecting the environment. The ministry is planning a cleanup campaign to be carried out in rivers across the island. “We are doing a lot in the Ministry of Environment, a lot of what we do is just not being seen. One of the things that I’ve been challenged to do is to try to get the ministry involved in some more visible environmental projects, but as we know, everything costs money and I’ve already sat down with the permanent secretary and the Director of the E.C.U to see how we can seek funding to go on a nationwide cleanup campaign, for example, to clean up our rivers. In addition to the cleanliness of the rivers, one can appreciate it can also be used as a mitigation method to avoid disaster like what happened in Layou”.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Environmental Coordinating Unit to be converted into a full-fledge government department by: – November 11, 2011last_img read more

COVID-19 stumps drug traffickers, street criminals

first_imgMeanwhile, since March 14, the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6)has not received from its various units across Western Visayas reports on pettystreet crimes such as snatching, bag-slashing, pickpocketing and the like. Very few buy-bust operations were carried out since last weekbecause most targets were not keen on making transactions, according toDirector Alex Tablate of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region6. Tablate also said the scarcity of buyers – mainly due to thecommunity quarantine – may have discouraged drug pushers from doing business atthis time. The operatinghours of night clubs, massage parlors, spas, casinos, cockpits, movie houses,computer shops, online gaming shops and the like are until 8 p.m. also./PN The six provincial governments – Iloilo, Antique, Aklan, Capiz,Guimaras, Negros Occidental – in Western Visayas and key cities such as Iloiloand Bacolod have taken unprecedented steps to shield their areas from thepossible entry and spread of COVID-19 such as imposing border restrictions,closing schools, cancelling mass gatherings, and shortening business hours. On the otherhand, the operating hours of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, cocktail loungesand the like shall be until 8 p.m. only. “COVID-19 is adversely affecting illegal drug sales. Wala silang orders. Stay lang sa bahay ang mga buyers and users,”Tablate said. “Mahigpitang mga pulis sa pag-inspect,” the director added. Some target drug personalities did not have supplies likely becausetravel restrictions were making it difficult for their suppliers to transportor ship the supply, said Tablate. Theseshortened operating hours ordered by Mayor Jerry Treñas aim to further limitthe people’s risk of exposure to the virus causing COVID-19.center_img PDEA-6 regional director Alex Tablate It appeared, according to PRO-6 spokesperson, Police LieutenantColonel Joem Malong, that petty street criminals stayed at home for lack ofprospective victims. Citing intelligence reports, he placed the drop in sales at around40 percent. She noted the dramatic shrinking of the volume of people going outand the number of public transport  operating. In this city alone, shoppingcenters are operating on a shortened period – from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. only. ILOILO City – The virus causing a pneumonia-like disease nowcalled COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) may be scaring drug traffickers andpetty street criminals in Western Visayas. “Perhaps they’re scared of getting the coronavirus, so wala may mabiktima ang mga criminals,”said Malong. These precautionary measures forced people to just stay home, saidMalong.last_img read more