first_imgPENZANCE-BASED bakery chain Warrens, with 56 shops, says it has got the year “off to a brilliant start” with a French-themed promotion.Product development manager Jason Jobling said the company is offering a nine-line French range for the month of February, including French sticks, croissants, pains au chocolat as well as Boeuf Bourguignon pasties and French onion soup. Customers who buy three or more products in the French range can enter a competition to win a £500 French holiday voucher, a prize sponsored by ADM Milling. Sales so far have been extremely strong Mr Jobling said, with French sticks selling five times the normal amounts. He commented: “Christmas was good, but like most bakers we find the start of the year quite slow. We wanted to do something different this year, and this promotion has got it off to a brilliant start.”Warrens intends to run Italian- and American-themed promotions this year and has more ideas for next year. he added.last_img read more

first_imgWinterhalter has launched a new series of warewashers, which have been designed around caterers and retailers’ dream features. The UC Series combines under-counter dish and glasswashers and claims to produce better results with lower running costs.Winterhalter commissioned research and built a website – my-dream-machine.biz – to compile feedback on what would be the perfect machine. The machines have a single start button, which changes colour to indicate the progress of the wash cycle, and a touchscreen with animations.www.winterhalter.co.uklast_img

first_imgThe Ministry of Food has made an order that will make it an offence, punishable by fine or imprisonment, to waste food. Among the conditions imposed by the order is that where anyone having the disposal of food unreasonably retains it until it becomes unfit for human consumption, he may be punished.Examples of the type of wastes covered are: where food fit for human consumption is wilfully or negligently damaged or thrown away; where anyone having control or custody of food fails to take reasonable precautions for its preservation; and where anyone procures a larger quantity of food than he reasonably requires. No inspectors or “snoopers” will be employed. Our recollection of the order in the last war was that the nature of the penalties did not achieve a great deal in the long run.last_img read more

first_img Contact form https://forms.communit… Social media – MHCLG Planning appeal inquiries have held up development and kept communities waiting in limbo – 47 weeks on average is far too long to wait for a decision on something so important as a proposal for new development. That’s why I welcome Bridget’s diligent work over the last 6 months, which has produced a fantastic report and provided us with a clear direction of travel on how we can ensure the appeals inquiry process is fit for purpose. Reducing the time it takes to secure crucial decisions ensures the delivery of more homes, in the right places, and will help us reach our ambition of 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s. General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Office address and general enquiries The report made 22 recommendations. These range from committing the Planning Inspectorate to introducing a new online portal for the submission of inquiry appeals to setting out a strategy for recruiting additional inspectors so inquiries can be scheduled sooner, reducing the length of time they take to conclude.The Planning Inspectorate will prepare an implementation plan which will set out precisely how it will deliver these recommendations.The Rosewell Review is part of the government’s programme of reforms and targeted investment to ensure we deliver 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s.Further informationThe final report was published on 12 February 2019.The government will now consider the findings before publishing a response in the coming months.Approximately 30,000 new homes were granted permission by the Planning Inspectorate through the appeals process last year.Mrs Rosewell, a qualified economist, has extensive knowledge and experience in the planning sector, including previously acting as an expert witness at planning inquiries. Among her current roles, Mrs Rosewell is a Commissioner for the National Infrastructure Commission and Chair of Atom Bank.The Planning Inspectorate is an agency of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and handles over 20,000 appeals each year. Planning Inspectors appointed by the Secretary of State are independent and impartial. The most contentious planning cases could be decided up to 5 months faster, and some in half the time, giving certainty to communities about future developments, a major review has found.Bridget Rosewell CBE said the average time to decide a planning appeal inquiry could be slashed from an average of 47 weeks to around 26 weeks.As Rosewell’s report was published today (12 February 2019), Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said speeding up decisions can help the government achieve its ambition of delivering 300,000 homes each year by the mid-2020s.Faster inquiries into contested development will give house builders and local communities more certainty on when decisions will be made, while also maintaining the ability of the appeals system to prevent inappropriate development.The wide-ranging review concluded outdated administrative processes and poor IT infrastructure were unnecessarily holding up cases.Her report also suggested that a lack of suitably qualified inspectors was also hampering efforts to set up inquiry hearings on time.The Communities Secretary, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, commenting on the review, said: Media enquiries Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209center_img If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Government publish independent review into planning appeal inquiries Proposals could drive down the time taken to decide appeals from 47 to 26 weeks Ministers welcome the report and commit to working with the Planning Inspectorate to drive down the time it takes to process appeal inquiries Email [email protected] Mrs Bridget Rosewell CBE added: It’s critical that all parts of the planning system contribute towards the efficient delivery of the homes we need as well as the refusal of those which don’t meet our high standards. My review found, with commitment for all involved, that speeding up inquiries can be achieved through straightforward reforms, shaving months off the current time it takes for inspectors to make a decision. I’m pleased my report has been welcomed by the government and the Planning Inspectorate and look forward to seeing these changes being implemented. Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclglast_img read more

first_imgGreencore Group has announced that trading during the third quarter met expectations, with  a 2.6% increase in revenue compared to Q3 2012.Releasing its interim management statement today, the group recorded revenues of £305.8m in the 13 weeks to 28 June 2013. The convenience foods division recorded revenues of £285.7m, 2.8% higher than last year. On a like-for-like basis, UK revenue was 1.3% lower than the previous year. Due to continued poor weather impacting business, UK market conditions were difficult during Q3, said Greencore. The group said that despite recent UK macro-economic data being more positive and more favourable weather in recent weeks, conditions are expected to remain challenging.While the overall chilled ready meals market recovered steadily from the impact of the horsemeat scandal earlier this year, Italian ready meals remained in year-on-year decline impacting the prepared meals division. To counter this, the group said that it had “continued to focus on delivery of operating efficiencies”, as well as maintaining “tight cost controls across the UK business to mitigate these impacts”.In contrast, in the US, revenues were more than 50% higher than during the same period last year. According to the interim management statement, this growth reflected the impact of the acquisitions of MarketFare Foods and Schau, both of which are performing well. The ingredients and property division recorded revenues of £20.1m in Q3, similar to the prior year in reported currency, and 3.6% lower on a constant currency basis. The molasses business continued to perform very strongly, assisted by poor weather. In the 39 weeks to 28 June 2013, the group recorded revenues of £878.7m, 1.5% ahead of the prior year, while the convenience foods division reported revenues of £827.8m year-to-date, 2.1% higher than the prior year.last_img read more

first_imgToday, renowned drummer, singer, songwriter, and bandleader Phil Collins announced a new box set focusing on his many various collaborations with other revered artists over the years, appropriately titled Plays Will With Others.According to the announcement press release, the former Genesis drummer’s new career-spanning, 59-track compilation will feature a number of tunes from his 60s psychedelic group Flaming Youth, selections from the 1970s with Brian Eno and John Cale, some big band recordings from the ’80s with Tony Bennett and Quincy Jones, and more extending up through 2011. The collection also features collaborations between Phil Collins and Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Paul McCartney and George Harriston (The Beatles), David Crosby (The Byrds, CSNY), Eric Clapton, Erykah Badu, Joe Cocker, The Isley Brothers, The Bee Gees, and many more.“Some would say I’ve lived a charmed life. I’ve done what I wanted for most of it, and got paid well for doing something I’d have done for nothing,” Collins notes in the press release for the set. “Playing the drums. During that time I’ve played with most of my heroes, most have become close friends. Over these four CDs you’ll find a mere smattering of those moments. I thank the artists for letting me put this CD together, no easy task!”Phil Collins’ Plays Well With Others will be released on September 28th. The collection is available for pre-order now.Phil Collins – Plays Well With Others – TracklistDisc One: 1969 – 1982“Guide Me Orion” – Flaming Youth“Knights (Reprise)” – Peter Banks“Don’t You Feel It” – Eugene Wallace“I Can’t Remember, But Yes” – Argent“Over Fire Island” – Brian Eno“Savannah Woman” – Tommy Bolin“Pablo Picasso” – John Cale“Nuclear Burn” – Brand X“No-One Receiving” – Brian Eno“Home” – Rod Argent“M386” – Brian Eno“And So To F” – Brand X“North Star” – Robert Fripp“Sweet Little Mystery” – John Martyn“Intruder” – Peter Gabriel“I Know There’s Something Going On” – Frida“Pledge Pin” – Robert Plant“Lead Me To The Water” – Gary BrookerDisc Two: 1982 – 1991“In The Mood”‘ – Robert Plant“Island Dreamer” – Al Di Meola“Puss ‘n’ Boots” – Adam Ant“Walking On The Chinese Wall” – Philip Bailey“Do They Know It’s Christmas (Feed The World)” – Band Aid“Just Like A Prisoner” – Eric Clapton“Because Of You” – Philip Bailey“Watching The World” – Chaka Khan“No One Is To Blame” (Phil Collins version) – Howard Jones“If Leaving Me Is Easy” – The Isley Brothers“Angry” – Paul McCartney“Loco In Acapulco’ – Four Tops“Walking On Air” – Stephen Bishop“Hall Light” – Stephen Bishop“Woman In Chains” – Tears For Fears“Burn Down The Mission” – Phil CollinsDISC Three: 1991 – 2011“No Son Of Mine” – Genesis“Could’ve Been Me” – John Martyn“Hero” – David Crosby“Ways To Cry” – John Martyn“I’ve Been Trying” – Phil Collins“Do Nothing ‘Till You Hear From Me” – Quincy Jones“Why Can’t It Wait Til Morning” – Fourplay“Suzanne” – John Martyn“Looking For An Angel” – Laura Pausini“Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End” – George Martin“In The Air Tonite” – Lil’ Kim featuring Phil Collins“Welcome” – Phil Collins“Can’t Turn Back The Years” – John MartynDISC Four: Live 1981 – 2002“In The Air Tonight” (Live At The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball) – Phil Collins“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” – George Harrison“You Win Again” – The Bee Gees“There’ll Be Some Changes Made” – Phil Collins and Tony Bennett“Stormy Weather” – Phil Collins and Quincy Jones“Chips And Salsa” – The Phil Collins Big Band“Birdland” – Phil Collins with The Buddy Rich Big Band“Pick Up The Pieces” (Live At The Montreux Jazz Festival 1998) – The Phil Collins Big Band“Layla” (Live At Party At The Palace, 3 June 2002) – Eric Clapton“Why” (Live at Party At The Palace, 3 June 2002) – Annie Lennox“Everything I Do (I Do It For You)” (Live at Party At The Palace, 3 June 2002) – Bryan Adams“With A Little Help From My Friends” (Live at Party At The Palace, 3 June 2002) – Joe CockerView Full Tracklist/Collaborations Phil Collins is also preparing to embark on his first North American tour in a decade, dubbed Not Dead Yet, Live! For a full list up upcoming dates, head to Collins’ website.[H/T Spin]last_img read more

first_img continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The CFPB on Wednesday issued a request for information to help the bureau assess the efficiency and effectiveness of its enforcement processes. This RFI is due to be published in the Federal Register Monday and will be open for comments for 60 days.CFPB Acting Director Mick Mulvaney recently announced that the bureau will issue a series of requests to obtain public feedback on how to improve its functions and outcomes for consumers and the entities it regulates. Two other RFIs have been released so far on civil investigative demands (CIDs) and administrative adjudications; the next RFI set to be issued next week will be on supervisory processes.The bureau, in its new request, said it would like feedback “on how best to achieve meaningful burden reduction” or other improvements to its enforcement of federal consumer financial law, while still meeting statutory objectives and being fair and transparent in its actions.last_img read more

first_imgLuhut called on small and medium enterprises to develop the island, while rejecting the idea of having big companies carve up Papua for palm oil plantations. The investments, Luhut said, were reserved for other crops such as cacao, coffee, nutmeg, sago and kelp.West Papua Governor Dominggus Mandacan said that his administration was committed to maintaining at least 70 percent of the island’s forest cover.Pablo Acosta, one of the researchers who conducted the study, said that while he was glad there was a sense of urgency about preventing deforestation in Papua, he thought switching to other cash crops was the wrong solution.“Planting any other type of crops in forested land should be avoided altogether; actually, the level of emissions for low carbon storage crops such as coffee, nutmeg, rice, etc. would raise the emissions due to land use change even more than palm oil plantations, as their carbon storage is lower than palm oil,” Acosta told The Jakarta Post in an email last week.Instead, he said that the sustainable use of forest cover should be considered, as it would benefit communities, and if managed properly, could provide even more value from agroforestry products and ecotourism.Official figures on the total area of oil palm concessions in Papua remain unclear, as the Agrarian and Spatial Planning Ministry has yet to disclose any maps despite an order in February by the Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) to release the data.A report from Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI), based on bits of data available from the ministry website that were quickly taken down, places the total area of concessions in Papua at 2.9 million hectares, with only 323,000 ha, about 11 percent, certified with the right to cultivate (HGU).In West Papua, some 139,000 ha (29 percent) of the total 485,000 ha of concessions are HGU-certified. According to 2019 Agriculture Ministry data, there are about 14.6 million hectares of oil palm plantations in the country.In response to the international study, FWI researcher Mufti Ode noted the continued prevalence of deforestation in investors’ plans for Papua, even as the civil society group supported plans to improve the economy on the island without reducing critical forest cover.“Up until today we haven’t seen any clear plan on what a green investment in Papua constitutes. Based on existing policies, natural forests can still be converted, albeit using different methods,” Mufti said.He said that developing human resources capacity among native Papuans should instead be the sector’s main priority, as the current development model rarely took into account the specific local contexts and heritages of indigenous peoples, risking a possible clash of cultures.Unlike FWI, Aiesh Rumbekwan of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) said his group was unconvinced that the green investments scheme would respect any commitment to protect Papuan forest cover. Aiesh said it was just another ploy to continue with extractive business practices.“Walhi still sees no change in the paradigm; it is still capitalism. The nature [of the investment] has also not changed because vast stretches of land will continue to be used up, whereas local communities have yet to benefit from the long history of investment,” Aiesh said, noting that investments have only managed to create conflict and inhibit local ways of life.The government, too, has yet to find an effective way to make the most of existing legal frameworks to guarantee the province’s special autonomy status, the Walhi executive director told the Post last week.Law No. 21/2001 grants Papua special autonomy, which at the time of its passing covered the entirety of the island as well as its surrounding islets. The law stipulates that native Papuans must be taken into account and prioritized in economic activities in the region.He said the government should translate local community values into development instead of relying on extractive sectors, so that indigenous land would be respected and the ecosystem preserved at the same time.“Even today there is no way for locals to properly manage the products of their own forests, whether timber or otherwise, and yet [the government] promotes monoculture crops to reduce palm oil use,” Aiesh said. “They are better off giving the indigenous people better access instead.”Topics : While international researchers have backed a government decision made in February to halt the development of new oil palm plantations in Papua in favor of “greener” cash crops, activists fear that the shift in policy will have no effect on the lives of poor, indigenous Papuans and may also have little effect on deforestation.In a study titled Understanding the expansion of oil palm cultivation: A case study in Papua published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, researchers from the Madrid Polytechnic University argued that preventing forest cover from being turned into more plantations might indeed be more beneficial than cashing in on Indonesia’s most lucrative export commodity.The investigation, based on a study of a PT Rimba Matoa Lestari oil palm plantation in Jayapura regency, found that the economic benefits of keeping forest cover outweighed those of cutting down the forests and turning the land into plantations. The research also conducted a survey of people who worked on the plantation and residents from nearby villages in December 2016.While plantations may improve the local standard of living, increase life expectancy and provide access to education, the government stands to gain greater economic benefits in the form of food, water, wood and materials for medicines, the study found. These benefits are in addition to those of maintaining biodiversity and slowing the pace of climate change—both results of keeping forests intact.According to the study, while the Indonesian government could expect to gain US$2,153 per hectare per year from turning Papuan forests into oil palm plantations, it would actually gain approximately $3,795.44 per hectare per year if the forest cover was maintained.In late February, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investments Luhut Panjaitan, along with the governors of Papua and West Papua, announced that the government was looking for “green investments” of up to Rp 2.8 trillion (US$169.7 million) to help develop the region.last_img read more

first_imgThe proposed transfer of pension rights from the closed pension fund of temporary employment agency Randstad to ABN Amro Pensions has been abandoned due to the former’s low coverage ratio.The €1bn Randstad gave participating workers the option of transferring their existing rights – accrued under collective defined contribution (DC) arrangements – to ABN Amro Pensions. This came on the back of the employer’s decision to shift pensions accrual to the PPI DC vehicle – run jointly by ABN Amro and APG – as of 1 July.However, the pension fund’s coverage ratio of 98.6%, as of the end of October, fell short of the 100% required for a value transfer, as dictated by regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB). According to Ronald Ganzeboom, the scheme’s deputy director, Randstad met the regulator’s other requirement – that no more than €100m be transferred “to protect” a scheme’s remaining participants.Ganzeboom added that one-third of the scheme’s 4,500 active participants opted for value transfer.The pension fund’s board was unable to confirm whether there would be another opportunity for a value transfer, adding that any future decision would depend in part on the development of the funding ratio.Ganzeboom, however, stressed that the offer had been a “one-off”. He pointed out that any new offer would entail an extensive administrative process, as well as require regulatory approval.“Moreover,” he added, “on 1 January, the pension fund will change its current board, with equal representation for a new and independent one, which is to assess the scheme’s future as well.”The pension fund previously stated that, despite being a closed scheme, it had the necessary scale and a sufficiently young population to continue independently.The Randstad Pensioenfonds has approximately 16,000 participants, of which 560 are pensioners.Last year, it returned 34% on investments.last_img read more

first_imgDespite a slight correction in stock markets in June, Spain’s occupational pension funds exploited strong equity performance for the second quarter of 2017, according to the country’s Investment and Pension Fund Association (INVERCO).Spanish funds returned an average 4.8% for the 12 months to end-June 2017, compared with a 5.6% return for the 12 months to end-March 2017. In the 12 months to the end of June 2016 the funds lost an average 0.49%.The second quarter results bring the average annualised returns for Spanish occupational funds to 3.28% for the three years to 30 June 2017, and 5.68% for the five years to that date.Meanwhile, preliminary estimates from Mercer’s Pension Investment Performance Service (PIPS) showed that, for the six months to end-June, euro-zone equities made 5.7%, non-euro-zone equities added 4.7%, while fixed income lost 0.3%, giving an overall total return of 2%. In June, fixed income allocations lost 0.6% and euro-zone equities declined by 3%. Non-euro-zone equities lost 0.8%.For the 12 months to end-June, returns were 17.4% for euro-zone equities, 16.2% for non-euro-zone equities, and 1.2% for fixed income. The overall average return was 5.5%.The PIPS survey covered a large sample of pension funds, most of them occupational schemes.Xavier Bellavista, principal at Mercer, said: “The best performance was for both euro and non-euro equity investments, followed by alternatives, of which a significant part is invested in private equity, which is performing very well too.”Bellavista added: “Euro appreciation, especially versus the US dollar, is affecting the performance of non-euro fixed income, the only asset class with negative performance for the year to date. Non-euro equity is obviously also affected by the euro’s appreciation, but the strong performance of the underlying assets means the performance is still positive.”INVERCO’s figures showed that, for Spanish pension funds as a whole, the average allocation to domestic securities declined slightly over the second quarter, forming 56.4% of portfolios at end-June. This included fixed income and equity as well as 2.4% in “other investments” – real estate and alternatives.Non-domestic holdings also fell, to 28.1% at the same date. Cash holdings rose to 7.5%.Over the same three-month period, allocations to fixed income continued their gradual decline to an average 52.1%, while equities rose to 30%.Spanish government bonds still made up the biggest single component of pension fund portfolios at 26.5%, with a further 16.5% in domestic corporate bonds.At the end of June, total assets under management for the Spanish occupational pensions sector stood at €35.6bn, an increase of 1.9% over the past year. The number of participants in the occupational system was stable, at just over 2m.Bellavista said: “Most managers in Spain have been expecting a rise in interest rates, hence most of them are maintaining lower durations in their fixed income funds in comparison with their benchmarks. The average duration of fixed income investments in the pension funds is around 4.5 years, but including investments in cash, the duration of the overall portfolio reduces to 3.5. Since interest rates have already risen in the past six to 12 months, some managers are taking some short-term tactical decisions to increase duration.”last_img read more