Waste savings

first_imgLike many businesses, those in the baking trade often feel that they have little spare time on their hands to dedicate to environmental issues. However, this is an area where a little investment can pay dividends in terms of improved resource efficiency and cost savings.By putting in place simple measures to improve environmental performance – such as using raw materials, water and energy more effectively – bakers large and small can usually make valuable savings in a matter of months.The UK bread and morning goods market is worth over £3 billion and is one of the largest sectors in the food industry. With total volume of 4.4 billion units, the equivalent of nearly 12 million loaves and packs every single day, according to the Federation of Bakers, reducing costs and overheads can be crucial to staying ahead in this highly competitive marketplace. So, what practical steps can bakers take to run a more efficient and streamlined operation?Firstly, it is of vital importance to understand the types and quantities of waste being generated and the associated costs. This will help you identify the largest areas of waste production and greatest opportunities to improve performance. This can be done by simply walking around your business and conducting a waste audit, looking at what is being done, how it is being done and recording information about the types of waste generated.It is also useful to check utility invoices and the volume of waste produced and, where possible, compare against the industry average for similar-sized establishments. Once these initial steps have been implemented, businesses should consider using a formal structure, such as the waste hierarchy, which provides a framework within which the most desirable waste management options are set out.== Green guidelines ==Bakery businesses looking to take steps towards good environmental management should consider the following guidelines, which are ranked in order of environmental impact and cost savings:l Eliminate – avoid generating potential waste. Work with suppliers to find ways of reducing the amount of packaging used, or look at the possibility of employing reusable packaging such as plastic crates.l Reduce – think about the packaging you use. Is it the correct size/shape for the product or is volume being wasted?l Reuse – there may be opportunities to reuse items normally thrown away after their initial use, such as empty boxes.l Recycle – once the amount of packaging has been reduced and reused as much as possible, consider recycling waste materials, which can save money through paying less for rubbish collections. Local authorities or waste contractors can offer advice about facilities in your area.l Dispose – it may be possible to reduce the cost of disposal, for example, by squashing boxes as flat as possible.== Employee involvement ==Like all successful business practices, the key to putting in place an effective resource efficiency programme such as this is good teamwork. Only by ensuring that employees are involved can waste minimisation be integrated into the organisational culture.A good starting point is to appoint a champion to co-ordinate and facilitate the resource efficiency programme. Staff should also be told the value of the materials they are handling and the cost of frequently taken-for-granted resources such as water and energy. Talking about potential savings in pounds is more meaningful than quoting percentages and helps bring home the impact of waste on profits.Once an initial action plan has been agreed, consider ongoing activities to keep staff motivated, such as regular team updates and inclusion of waste management issues in training programmes.Incentive schemes – whether a financial payment, small prize or personal recognition – can also be extremely effective in maintaining momentum. Bakery businesses could reward individuals for meeting waste reduction targets or coming up with good suggestions to improve resource efficiency.—-=== Baking Industry Summit: cutting waste ===Top industry figures will discuss hot environmental topics, including reducing waste, at British Baker’s Baking Industry Summit on Corporate Social Responsibility. Key speakers at the London event on 27 November include Harriet Lamb, director of the Fairtrade Foundation, and Asda’s bakery director Huw Edwards. See [http://www.bakerysummit.co.uk] for further details. To book, contact Helen Law at [email protected] or phone 01293 846587.—-=== Simplicity is the key ===When it comes to improving resource efficiency and minimising waste, many practical measures can be put into place with just a little investment. Simple ideas include:l Turn off the lights – even for short periods of timel Replace inefficient lighting with energy-efficient lamps or fluorescent tubes. These not only cut electricity consumption by more than 50%, but can also be cheaper to buy and last 10 times longer than conventional productsl Fit timers to temperature controls and electrical equipment to reduce energy use during unnecessary periodsl Reduce the temperature setting on heating. One degree less will save up to 8% on an individual store’s energy billl Set up separate bins for different types of waste to make recycling easierl Check water meters regularly to help identify whether there are leaks. If the meter is running when the shop is closed, there is probably a leakl Fit water displacement devices, such as hippo bags, in toilet cisterns. These reduce the amount of water used by up to three litres per flush. Envirowise has recently launched a new free initiative aimed at helping businesses understand and cut down on the amount of water they use – with the potential to save around 30% of the cost of rising water bills. The Rippleffect is a six-month initiative suitable for businesses of any size. See [http://www.envirowise.gov.uk/rippleffect] for details – registration closes on 10 September 2008l Choose minimally-packaged products or ask your suppliers to supply products in less packaging. Ask your suppliers to take excess packaging away with them when they deliverl Gain the support of staff so they can help to reduce waste.For further information about how to improve resource efficiency, call the Envirowise Advice Line on 0800 585 794 or visit [http://www.envirowise.gov.uk]. The website also has a range of useful, free good practice guides, which can help businesses cut down on waste, improve resource efficiency and reduce water consumption.last_img read more

Family Fun at inaugural R&A GolfSixes Challenge

first_img Tags: GolfSixes 2 Aug 2019 Family Fun at inaugural R&A GolfSixes Challenge Friendships, family and fun were the common themes as the inaugural R&A GolfSixes Challenge was hailed a success.Staged at Woburn ahead of the AIG Women’s British Open, the short format event was organised by The R&A in partnership with England Golf and proved to be popular for all involved.Played on the Marquess’ Course – where defending champion and R&A ambassador Georgia Hall and a world-class field competed – the GolfSixes Challenge saw 48 players tee it up, forming eight teams and representing 22 golf facilities.The Sixes format – an initiative created by The R&A supported Golf Foundation – helped to foster friendships and fun within a family atmosphere, while the day also involved a lunch and prizegiving.The winning team featured Paul and Dominic Hoskin (from Benton Hall), Adrian and Edward Stephenson (Leighton Buzzard) and Ray Ripsher (Bush Hill Park) and Fiona Llewellyn (Woburn). Fiona stepped in for Ray’s wife, who was unable to play, while six players from Woburn finished in 2nd place.The GolfSixes Challenge gives participants the opportunity to enjoy playing a world class venue on the eve of a major championship and mirrors The R&A 9 Hole Challenge, which was again held on the eve of The Open at Royal Portrush last month.Both The R&A GolfSixes Challenge and The R&A 9 Hole Challenge are central to the organisation’s wider drive to promote shorter forms of golf as ideal ways to enjoy playing the sport in less time, either recreationally or competitively.Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development and Amateur Championships at The R&A, said, “The GolfSixes Challenge played at Woburn was The R&A’s first venture using this format and we were delighted with the success of the event. It is a great addition to AIG Women’s British Open week and we received very positive feedback from all the players. The inaugural event gives us something to build on when staging it again at Royal Troon in 2020.”GolfSixes continues to grow in popularity, notably given its success in encouraging more young people into the sport. For example, GolfSixes Leagues reached 102 golf clubs in 2018 and will be enjoyed by more than 200 this year, with the Leagues proving highly popular with club management, PGA professionals, parents and children.GolfSixes has also been a popular addition to the European Tour schedule, with Ladies European Tour players also involved.last_img read more

SETI at Night

first_imgFor 50 years, searchers for extra terrestrial intelligence (SETI) have thought that radio waves would provide the best signals, being able to traverse at the speed of light with little scattering.  Now, two physicists suggest another way: looking for the lights of their cities at night. Avi Loeb (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) and Edwin Turner (Princeton) teamed up in a paper describing the method, according to PhysOrg and Space.com.  The method assumes aliens, like humans, would want to light up their cities at night.  It’s a long shot, they admit, and would require “future generations of telescopes” to achieve, but maybe astronomers could practice the technique on outer moons of our own solar system, like Eris.  “It’s very unlikely that there are alien cities on the edge of our solar system,” Turner admitted. On Astrobiology Magazine, other scientists gave their two cents on this idea.  Max Tegmark of MIT said, “It’s not like I think there’s a baseball stadium on Pluto, but we need to drop all preconceptions about what alien civilizations do and search in every way we can.”  His colleague Josh Winn added, “it’s an intriguing and straightforward concept. A long shot, for sure, but fun to think about.” Let’s take Max up on his advice of searching every way we can.  Since we’re talking about future generations of detectors, why not write a scientific paper suggesting that future generations of electronic noses might be able to detect alien B.O.  Like Winn said, it’s fun to think about.  Exercise.  Send us your concept for a new way to search for aliens. The aliens don’t have to exist, as long as it’s fun to think about.  Drop all preconceptions and speculate with reckless abandon.  Bonus points if your method can also detect gnomes and leprechauns.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Negative for corn and soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The report was negative with soybean and corn production in Brazil higher than last month. Soybean production was above the average trade estimate. Corn production was right at the high end of trade estimates.U.S. corn ending stocks were 2.32 billion bushels, unchanged from last month. U.S. soybean ending stocks were 435 million bushels, up 15 million bushels. U.S. corn exports were unchanged, corn used for ethanol was up 50 million bushels. US soybean exports were down 25 million bushels, crush was up 10 million bushels.Brazil soybean production was estimated at 108 million tons, up 4 million tons. Argentina soybean production was pegged at 55.5 million tons, unchanged from last month. Brazil corn production was estimated at 91.5 million tons, up 5 million tons from last month. Argentina corn production was 37.5 million tons, up 1 million ton.Just before the report corn was down 1 cent, soybeans were down 2 cents, and wheat was down 1 cent. Shortly after the report corn was down 3 cents, soybeans down 10 cents,  and wheat was up 1 cent.The bear camp has been clearly in control this week for corn and soybeans. Earlier today May CBOT corn was unchanged at $3.72, the high for the week was $3.83. The 50 moving average for May CBOT corn is $3.71 ½ while the 200 day moving average is $3.71 ¾. May CBOT soybeans this morning were at $10.16, down 6 cents for the day. They were high earlier this week at $10.36.Demand numbers, especially U.S. exports for corn and soybeans will be closely watched. While many  expected ending stocks for 2016-17 corn and soybeans to be reduced, others were already looking at South America exports of corn and soybeans to increase with record production. That in turn could reduce our exports and allow ending stocks to increase. Short story, there are always two sides of the equation.Traders were looking for small declines in US ending stocks of corn, soybeans, and wheat. Last month USDA had the 2016-17 US corn ending stocks at 2.32 billion bushels, soybean ending stocks were 420 million bushels, and wheat ending stocks were 1.139 billion bushels.World ending stocks for corn and soybeans were expected to increase slightly. World ending stocks for wheat were expected to be unchanged. A jump in Brazil soybean and corn production was expected. Last month USDA estimated Brazil’s soybean production at 104 million tons. Earlier this week, CONFAB in Brazil estimated soybean production at 107.6 million tons. They also estimated corn production in Brazil at 88.9 million tons. Both seem destined to increase based on great soybean harvest yields to date along with higher corn acres this year.Producers have been active the past two weeks looking at their crop insurance coverages to finalize any changes they want to put in place for 2017. So far, few changes are taking place, at least in our office. The deadline for changes on 2017 corn and soybeans is March 15, 2017.Later this month USDA will release their U.S. planting intentions report for U.S. grains on Friday, March 30. Many label that report as one of the most important reports that USDA will publish this year.  On that date traders will focus lots of attention to U.S. soybean acres. Some analysts are already suggesting U.S. soybean acres could climb above 90 million acres. Bear in mind that while we will see planting intentions on March 30, there will be a lag in seeing those acres numbers contained in the supply and demand tables for 2017-18. Those are not published until the May report on May 10 when USDA releases the first supply and demand reports for 2017-18 crops.last_img read more

Kitson Town All-Age Gets Facelift

first_imgKitson Town All-Age School in St. Catherine has received a facelift spearheaded by past students and teachers at the institution.From as early as 6:00 a.m. on August 7, persons gathered on the school grounds and volunteered their efforts.They cleaned and painted the school, and hosted a gospel concert in the evening.Principal of the school, Nerica Powell-Hay, said the work done will enable students to be more comfortable when they return to school in September.“We are grateful and hope that this is the beginning of other good things to come,” she told JIS News.Representative of the past students in London, England, Desmond Taylor, said at first the group thought of having a reunion, but when the Principal outlined the needs of the school, they decided to pool resources, along with a 30 per cent discount from Berger Paints, for the facelift.“This school is our community, and without the community, the school will fail. With the more impact from the community working along with the administration of the school, good things can be done,” Mr. Taylor said.He commended the volunteers for their willingness to participate in the community venture.Meanwhile, teacher at the school, Pearline Gordon, told the gathering that she was overjoyed by the spirit of volunteerism displayed, and that something good was dawning in the school community.“It is happening because persons see the need and have the desire to see a new day dawning at Kitson Town for the generation today, and the ones to come,” she told her audience.last_img read more

Two new Canadian proposals will test whether NAFTA talks have hope of

first_imgMONTREAL – Canada is about to put forward two sets of proposals at the NAFTA negotiations seen as a litmus test of whether these talks become a real give-and-take negotiation, or a deadlocked process defined by intractable differences.It could be clearer by weekend.Canada intends to make its first two significant counter-proposals on controversial topics, responding several months after the U.S. stunned its neighbours with a series of demands Canada and Mexico viewed as non-starters.Sources say the Canadians will suggest major changes to auto rules, and to the dispute-resolution system under Chapter 11. While the U.S. has requested far tougher auto-parts rules, and a far weaker Chapter 11, the Canadians will suggest creating entirely new systems.If the U.S. engages, the countries will finally, after five months of talks, be thrust into back-and-forth bargaining on the most troublesome sticking points in NAFTA. If it shoots down the ideas outright, the countries will remain entrenched in distant positions, leaving the talks in jeopardy.“We’re here to negotiate,” chief Canadian negotiator Steve Verheul told reporters earlier this week.“We hope the others are as well.”Chapter 11 is one of three dispute-resolution systems in NAFTA, and governs companies suing states for unfair treatment. The U.S. has proposed watering down this chapter and essentially scrapping the other two. Sources say Canada intends to suggest a new, permanent tribunal system modeled on those in the Canada-European trade agreement.Autos are arguably the No. 1 U.S. priority. The Trump administration wants half of all car parts to come from the U.S., and 85 per cent from within North America. Auto-makers call that unrealistic, and warn they might simply shift production to Asia and pay new tariffs.The Canadian auto proposal would overhaul the entire NAFTA formula for calculating content: instead of just counting the country of origin for mechanical parts, it would include intellectual property and emerging technologies — which would inflate the percentage of U.S. content given American research dominance.The big unknown is how the U.S. will respond.“This will be a real litmus test of whether the U.S. wants a successful renegotiation of NAFTA,” John Weekes, Canada’s chief negotiator of the original 1994 deal, said in an interview Wednesday.“If the Americans hold firm and show no signs of flexibility, then I think we have to sort of accept the fact these negotiations probably aren’t going anywhere.”Insiders view this round as instrumental — after the Montreal talks wrap up next Monday, there are just two rounds left before the current schedule of talks runs out in March.At that point, U.S. President Donald Trump faces a dilemma on what to do with NAFTA. Trump has suggested he could start cancelling NAFTA to get a better deal or pause the talks during the Mexican election, followed by the U.S. midterms later this year.An auto-parts stakeholder says this round is key.“Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will go back to their respective capitals and they’re going to be able to say whether we’ve actually got something or not — or whether it’s a waste of time,” said Flavio Volpe of the Canadian Auto Parts Manufacturers’ Association.“They’ve got to be able to come back to their capitals and say, ‘We have made substantive movement.’”Volpe said the idea of including non-material things like IP costs in the content calculation would be less damaging since the U.S. already dominates the field — and it would help North America compete as a block against the growing Chinese auto sector.The American auto sector is favourable to the approach.In a letter this week to U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association suggested including research and development, engineering, design, and software development expenditures in calculating a car’s North American content.There are some things Canada does not intend to raise this week, according to sources.Canada has no plans to push the conversation on dairy, where the U.S. is demanding changes to the Canadian supply management system. Nor will it delve into the U.S. desire to eliminate the Chapter 19 dispute process, where industries can fight abusive punitive duties.That chapter was a fundamental condition of Canada entering into free trade with the U.S. — and has been used in recent high-profile cases, including softwood lumber and Bombardier.last_img read more

Federal government finalizes regulations to reduce methane emissions

first_imgSeveral environmental groups including Environmental Defence and the David Suzuki Foundation welcomed the regulations as the first country-level commitment to reducing methane from both new and existing oil and gas facilities nationwide.In a joint statement, the groups said the test now will be whether the federal government will ensure any provincial regulations achieve at least the same level of reduction. The groups are particularly concerned about draft regulations released by Alberta earlier this week that they say is a “much weaker” regulatory approach.Patrick McDonald, director of climate and innovation at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, says that while industry supports the reduction target, the regulations as finalized are too prescriptive and will make the industry less competitive.“The regulations very much are not reflective of CAPP’s proposal that was issued in October,” said McDonald.The industry is concerned about details including the frequency of monitoring and site-specific limits as opposed to more flexible approaches, he said.“This new regulation is going to be a significant cost to the industry and as such will have additional impacts on our competitiveness when we’re looking at the global market.” CALGARY, A.B. – The federal government said Thursday it has finalized regulations that should reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by close to half.The regulations include flexibilities to reduce costs while ensuring industry meets the target of reducing methane emissions by 40 to 45 percent below 2012 levels by 2025, it said.Announced by Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, the regulations are expected to cut carbon pollution by about 20 million tonnes a year, the equivalent to taking about five million vehicles off the road per year. He said Alberta’s draft plan does look to have more flexibility in how to best reduce methane emissions.Methane is a focus of climate efforts because it is a potent greenhouse gas that is considered to have 70 times the warming power of carbon dioxide over a 20-year period.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Uber set to give its market value a lift in stock market

first_imgSan Francisco: Uber’s next stop is the stock market, where it hopes to pick up more investors willing to bet on a ride-hailing market brimming with potential and conspicuously lacking in profits. The world’s largest ride-hailing service reached a major milestone Thursday when Uber priced its long-awaited initial public offering at $45 price per share to set the stage for its stock to begin trading Friday morning. The IPO came in at the lower end of Uber’s targeted price range of $44 to $50 per share. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe caution may have been driven by escalating doubts about the ability of ride-hailing services to make money since Uber’s main rival, Lyft, went public six weeks ago. Even at the tamped-down price, Uber now has a market value of 82 billion five times more than Lyft’s. No matter how Uber’s stock swings Friday, the IPO has to be considered a triumph for the company most closely associated with an industry that has changed the way millions of people get around. That while also transforming the way millions of more people earn a living in the gig economy. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe IPO raised another $8.1 billion for Uber as it tries to fend off Lyft in the U.S. and help cover the cost of giving rides to passengers at unprofitable prices. The San Francisco company already has lost about 9 billion since its inception and acknowledges it could still be years before it turns a profit. That sobering reality is one reason that Uber fell well short of reaching the $120 billion market value that many observers believed its IPO might attain. Another factor working against Uber is the cold shoulder investors have been giving Lyft’s stock after an initial run-up. Lyft’s shares closed Thursday 23 per cent below its April IPO price of $72. Uber “clearly learned from its ‘little brother’ Lyft, and the experience it has gone through,” Wedbush Securities analysts Ygal Arounian and Daniel Ives wrote late Thursday. The jitters about an intensifying U.S. trade war with China also have roiled the stock market this week. Despite all that, Uber’s IPO is the biggest since Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group debuted with a value of $167.6 billion in 2014. “For the market to give you the value, you’ve either got to have a lot of profits or potential for huge growth,” said Sam Abuelsamid, principal analyst at Navigant Research. Uber boasts growth galore. Its revenue last year surged 42% to 11.3 billion while its cars completed 5.2 billion trips around the world either giving rides to 91 million passengers or delivering food.last_img read more

Ohio States mens womens diving finish strong during weekend meet on campus

The Ohio State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams finished the OSU Invitational strong, with the men winning the invitational and the women placing third, behind Florida and Stanford. This contest marked the fourth-consecutive championship in which the No. 10-ranked men’s team finished with 300 or more more points than their competitors. “We really appreciate Florida, North Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin and everyone else who came to participate in our meet because without great competition, there are not great races or opportunity to compete against good coaches and good programs,” said men’s coach Bill Wadley in a released statement. The men finished the invitational with 10 wins out of the 18 swimming contests the team participated in. Sophomore Steven Zimmerman achieved the team’s first victory in the 200 backstroke with a personal best time of 1:42.85. Senior Jason Schnur concluded the 100 freestyle with his season best time of 43.31 and his third event success at the invitational. Men’s diving junior Shane Miszkiel led the Buckeyes with a score of 363.10 to win the platform finals. The women’s team finished the invitational with a collective 589 points. Altogether, 22 Buckeyes received one individual NCAA “B” time standards and 18 swimmers finished one championship final. Freshman Annie Lazor seized a NCAA “B” time in the 200 breaststroke competition for a time of 2:13.16. Lazor came in sixth overall in the invitational and her time was a best on the season. Junior diver Cheyenne Cousineau earned the one-meter springboard title and placed fourth with 259.85 points in the platform finals. “I’m really pleased,” said women’s coach Bill Dorenkott said in a press release. “We raced tough and consistent for the most part. We got stronger each session, and also got to see a lot in terms of racing and relays.” The men’s and women’s team will compete in a co-ed invitational on Jan. 11, at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion against Wright State. read more