Research reveals missed opportunity for bakers

first_imgLatest figures for bread, cakes, cookies and morning goods sold through high street bakeries paint a mixed picture of people visiting bakery shops more frequently and buying more products, but spending less.The research showed that, in the 12 weeks leading up to the pre-Christmas December spike, people visited bakeries 16% more than in 2007, but that spend had declined nearly 9%. This contrasted with spend across the total bakery market, including supermarkets, which rose 10%. However, bakeries outperformed the market on number of packs purchased per visit and frequency of visits.The data confirmed that when people did shop at a baker, 96% made a purchase. It also indicated that bakers can influence further purchases, as one in three consumers made their decision to purchase while in the shop.Ivor Mckane, business unit director for artisan at BakeMark UK, who commissioned the research, said this highlighted the need for stronger point-of-sale promotions, seasonal items and till point impulse buys.He said: “Economising is not the same as down-trading – consumers are still looking for quality. With one in three shoppers making their purchase decision in-store, being competitive on key lines will attract them to spend on other items.”last_img read more

‘Like a marathon on a treadmill’: UK schemes stand still in 2016

first_imgPension funds need to place more emphasis than ever on risk management as they battle record deficits and low returns, BlackRock has warned.Andy Tunningley, head of UK strategic clients at the asset manager, said “the cost of making the wrong decision gets ever greater” for pension funds as they mature.His comments came as the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) reported the total deficit across schemes in its 7800 index was £224bn (€257bn) at the end of 2016 compared with £195bn 12 months earlier – although the calculation method for the index changed last month.“For UK pension schemes, 2016 was like a marathon on a treadmill,” Tunningley said. “Energy was spent, [and] pain incurred, but the finish line looked upsettingly similar to the starting post…. One step forward, one step backward was the story of pension fund deficits in 2016.” Tunningley warned of further difficulties ahead given an uncertain outlook for the UK economy and the potential for “declining corporate health of sponsors”.Different sources have given wildly different estimates for the funding position of UK pension schemes – but all paint a similarly dismal picture.Mercer’s research, which covers FTSE 350 companies’ pension schemes, said the aggregate funding position declined from 91% to 84%, with a total deficit of £137bn.Data from JLT Employee Benefits, which monitors all private sector DB schemes, showed the aggregate funding ratio fell from 84% at the end of 2015 to 77% at the end of 2016, as the net shortfall hit £434bn.PwC estimated the UK’s total shortfall at £560bn, adding that companies would have to pump £10bn a year into schemes to erase this figure within a decade.Pension schemes using liability-driven investment (LDI) strategies were among the only winners last year, according to Tunningley.“Many schemes should be hedging more, and [we] expect continued pension de-risking activity to drive appetite for UK LDI strategies in 2017,” he added.He also highlighted “liability-sympathetic secure income assets” to help manage funding-level volatility and rein in deficits.“Though no silver bullets exist to eradicate the pensions problem, many pension funds can make more of these assets to improve their outcomes,” Tunningley said.last_img read more

Solskjaer says ‘smiles back on Man Utd faces’ ahead of derby

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says smiles are back on the faces of his Manchester United players after their victory against Tottenham as he prepares to take on defending champions Manchester City.United ruined Jose Mourinho’s Old Trafford return on Wednesday, winning 2-1 to end their former manager’s perfect start to his reign at Spurs.They are sixth in the table, still eight points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea, but Solskjaer said the win was a shot in the arm for his team after two disappointing draws.“Confidence is a strange thing in football,” he said at his pre-match press conference on Friday. “You can get performances and results like Wednesday night and it boosts it so much.“And I know our boys will be up for it, energy-wise they should be fine, 24 hours less recovery time shouldn’t matter (City played on Tuesday), go on adrenaline. I expect them to have had a good night’s sleep and the smiles are back on faces.”The Norwegian described City as “arguably the best team in England” even though they trail Premier League leaders Liverpool by 11 points.“I said it before (Spurs) that this is a chance for everyone. It was doom and gloom, but it’s a chance to turn that doubt into belief and, for us, if we can manage to get another performance the confidence, the way we played against Tottenham, if we can do that at the Etihad we can come out of it with a result.“People say ‘why do you not have better results in other games?’. But the Premier League is hard.“No matter who you play, it’s margins, I think it’s a compliment to the league. You’ve got City, Liverpool, Leicester consistent, but the other games are really tight.”– In-form Rashford – One man playing at the top of his game is forward Marcus Rashford, who has scored 12 goals in his past 13 games for club and country.“He’s consistently now scoring, but it’s not like four in one and two or three without,” said Solskjaer.“It’s not just in spurts, but he’s consistently getting chances, into better positions, and on Wednesday night he was unbelievable and hope to see that again.”Solskjaer moved to Old Trafford in 1996, just after City had been relegated to the second tier of English football.And it was not until 2001 that the Norwegian faced them in a 1-1 home draw.“At least we play every year now,” he said about his derby memories. “Took many years before I played a Manchester derby myself, it’s changed in a way.“Man City are a better team now than when I was playing. Football has changed quite a lot, was allowed a few more proper tackles.“With every little angle everything is being scrutinised now. It’s more of a technical, tactical game than physical or mental. A derby should be played as a derby. We don’t play basketball and we’re ready if that happens.“Manchester derbies are always special games, but you can’t say it matters more. For the fans, of course. We’re up for it.”Paul Pogba will be absent again following his ankle injury but Anthony Martial returns to the squad.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

ANN ARBOR EDDIE & CALIFORNIA DIAMOND SQUARE OFF AGAIN IN $250,000 CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY AT SANTA ANITA; RACE WHICH HELPED TO CATAPULT CALIFORNIA CHROME TO STARDOM WILL BE CONTESTED AT 1 1/16 MILES

first_imgTribal Storm–Drayden Van Dyke–123Ann Arbor Eddie–Mario Gutierrez–123Hinx–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–119Hot Smoke–Joe Talamo–119California Diamond–Kent Desormeaux–123Six Point Rack–Stewart Elliot–119Coils Gold–Martin Garcia–119 ANN ARBOR EDDIE: Owned and bred by Reddam Racing, LLC, this chestnut gelding by top California-based stallion Square Eddie defeated California Diamond by 1 ¼ lengths in the one mile King Glorious Stakes at Los Alamitos Dec. 18, as he pressed the early pace and proved best at 5-2. Trained by Doug O’Neill, “Eddie” was a sharp third behind top Kentucky Derby Prospect Mastery and California Diamond two starts back in the Grade III, seven furlong Bob Hope Stakes on Nov. 19 at Del Mar. With two wins from three starts, Ann Arbor Eddie will try to establish himself as a contender for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby with a big performance here on Saturday. ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2017)–Rivals Ann Arbor Eddie and California Diamond will renew acquaintances on Saturday at Santa Anita as they head a field of seven going a mile and a sixteenth in the $250,000 California Cup Derby. Part of the Golden State Series, the Cal Cup Derby is for California-bred or sired three year olds. Along with the top two, impressive first-out maiden sprint winner Coils Gold looms dangerously for Bob Baffert. COILS GOLD: Owned and bred by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, he marched to an impressive 5 ½ length first-out maiden win versus state-breds going six furlongs at Del Mar on Nov. 13. From the first crop of top sprinter, Coil, Coils Gold will certainly ensure a lively Derby pace on Saturday as he runs in the bi-coastal shadow of his Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion stablemate, Arrogate, who takes on California Chrome in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park. CALIFORNIA DIAMOND: Based at San Luis Rey Downs Training Center, he was sold privately following his win in the 5 ½ furlong Santa Anita Juvenile on July 9 and he’s been a gem of consistency in seven subsequent starts for Rockingham Ranch and trainer Peter Miller. A four-time stakes winner, the dark bay or brown colt by Harbor the Gold is 9-5-4-0 overall with earnings of $417,780. Despite his impressive resume, distance remains a question, as he tired a bit late when second to Ann Arbor Eddie in his only try at two turns, the King Glorious Stakes on Dec. 18.center_img THE CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 9 of 10                                                                                                        Approximate post time 4 p.m. PST CAL CUP DERBY IS ONE OF FIVE RACES FOR GOLDEN STATE SERIES-ELIGIBLE HORSES ON SUNSHINE MILLIONS/CAL CUP DAY AT SANTA ANITA There will be a special early first post time on Saturday at Santa Anita of 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more

Africa Aerospace & Defence takes off

first_img20 September 2012More than 28 countries are showcasing their aircrafts’ capabilities at the 7th Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition and airshow, which kicked off at Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria on Wednesday.Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula officially opened Africa’s largest exhibition of air, sea and land capability, which is expected to attract thousands of local visitors and foreign tourists.The exhibition, which was previously held at Air Force Base Ysterplaat in Cape Town in 2006, 2008 and 2010, returns to Waterkloof after extensive renovations and upgrades at the base.From Wednesday through Friday, trade and static displays will attract visitors from more than 28 countries, followed by an airshow on Saturday and Sunday that will be open to members of the public.The trade days, which will feature 12 national pavilions from India, Russia, Turkey, Italy, Germany, Belgium, China, USA, UK, Romania, Pakistan and Brazil, are expected to stimulate business for local and international companies involved in the growing defence, general aviation and security industries.For the public, the allure of the show will be in the form of breath-taking aerobatic displays on the weekend.There will also be lots of entertainment for the whole family, including static displays of aircraft, trucks and armoured vehicles and an entertainment park for children.According to the organisers, this year’s event will have a positive impact on the local economy through tourism as well as the business deals that are expected to be concluded during and after the event.According to the organisers, all the exhibition space was sold out almost three months before the show.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Maths, science teaching gets boost

first_imgThe video lectures will enable teachers to help pupils do better in the challenging subjects of maths and science.(Image: stock.xchng) Maya Makanjee of Vodacom says that the new programme will also ensure that teachers themselves are educated with quality material.(Image: Vodacom Digital Classroom) MEDIA CONTACTS • Panyaza Lesufi  Spokesperson, Department of Basic Education  +27 12 357 3757 RELATED ARTICLES • Maths and science the fun way • Denel helps maths, science pupils • More women engineers for SA • Pupils have a blast with Mathletes • A fun approach to science teaching Source: Vodacom Digital ClassroomWorking with the University of Stellenbosch‘s (SU) Institute for Maths and Science Teaching (IMSTUS), Vodacom is offering live video lectures to teachers at its ICT resource centres.A new video technology has been introduced as a learning platform through a joint venture of Vodacom and SU, to improve teacher training in mathematics and physical science.The lecture programme is part of a nationwide teacher development initiative that is aimed at improving the quality of instruction in these subjects, which are the most challenging for pupils. The mobile services provider, through its mobile education programme, will help 320 teachers improve their skills through quality education via the video lectures from SU at any of the Vodacom information and communication technology (ICT) resource centres.This will help improve the quality of education in previously disadvantaged schools.Maya Makanjee, Vodacom’s chief officer for corporate affairs, says: “The programme ensures that teachers throughout the country have access to the highest quality teaching resources. It will also ensure that teachers receive quality education content, and will create an opportunity for interaction between teachers and lecturers.”During the live broadcasts, teachers can interact directly with the presenters by submitting questions to http://ite.sun.ac.za (follow the instructions on the website), as well as by texting questions to 31498. The website has additional learning material as well as discussion forums where teachers can post and reply to questions.To date, Vodacom and the Department of Basic Education have created nine ICT resource centres, one in every province, each serving up to 200 schools. The centres serve as the district teacher-training hub and are fitted with computer classrooms with 50 terminals and an internet café.Helping teachers to up their gameIMSTUS is a non-profit organisation in the Department of Curriculum Studies which itself sits within the university’s Faculty of Education. IMSTUS works to challenge the notion that it is difficult to excel in maths and science by getting the message across that it is possible for all pupils to receive good teaching in these extremely important subjects.The organisation was founded in 1977 by the former Cape Department of Education, with the task of presenting modular courses to teachers to enhance their subject knowledge in mathematics, physical sciences and biology – and hundreds did complete the courses. In 1990 it was announced that teachers were expected to fund their own tuition and this led to a dramatic drop in enrolment numbers.Between 1990 and 2000, teachers could enhance their skills by opting to complete the Further Diploma in Education (FDE) in mathematical, biological and physical sciences, and computer studies. After 1994 provincial education departments gradually started funding teachers to enrol in selected streams of the FDE.Since 2001, teachers have enrolled in the two-year Advanced Certificate in Education in biological sciences (now called life sciences), physical sciences, computer studies and mathematical literacy. Between 2001 and 2009, 332 teachers obtained qualifications in these streams.IMSTUS has also developed accredited short courses for teachers, which address specific themes or challenges in specific subjects – the duration and costs depend on the equipment and materials needed. Teachers can earn a certificate of attendance or a certificate of competence – the latter option requires them to submit an assignment and be assessed.Subjects available include human physiology, organic and inorganic chemistry, and genetics, offered at FET level, and matter and materials, functions and algebra, and financial mathematics at senior school level, among other choices.last_img read more

Intel-Lead Initiative Pledges $3.5 Billion To Tech Startups

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting While the government in Washington slowly inches their way toward a bill to create jobs for Americans, tech corporations and venture capital firms across the nation are teaming up in a private sector effort to create more companies and more jobs in the tech space. Led by Intel, the Invest in America Alliance, consisting of 17 companies and 24 VC firms, announced Tuesday that it has pledged to provide $3.5 billion in tech startup funding and jobs for over 10,000 new grads in the next two years.Among the companies following Intel’s lead are Google, Adobe, Cisco, Dell, Microsoft and Yahoo!, and participating VC firms include Khosla Ventures, Storm Ventures, Advanced Technology Ventures and U.S. Venture Partners. “We simply must have a clear, consistent strategy to promote innovation, investment and start-up companies,” says Intel CEO Paul Otellini. “There are things business can do, and ought to do, independent of what government achieves…Today’s announcements are both an investment in the country’s innovators and a signal to the global marketplace about America’s commitment to innovation and future competitiveness.”Intel also announced Tuesday that it would be providing $200 million to its own investment firm, Intel Capital, which has provided over $6 billion in investments over the last two decades. This announcement comes on the heels of news from Washington that congress may be just days away from passing the Democratic Party’s jobs bill, but tech companies like Intel feel they need to continue doing their part to give back to the economy.“Venture capital investments have played an important role in creating jobs at home and keeping America at the leading edge of technology globally,” said Arvind Sodhani, president of Intel Capital. According to Intel’s press release Tuesday, as of 2008, 11% of private sector employment in the U.S. comes from venture-backed companies. “With $3.5 billion of equity capital to invest in the most promising new ventures in the country, our collective goal is to continue to drive technology innovation and stimulate economic activity.” chris cameron Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

HTC Desire 630 with micro-splash design now available for Rs 14,990

first_imgHTC’s recently launched mid-range phone, Desire 630 is now available for buying in India at a price of Rs 14,990. The HTC Desire 630 was first announced at MWC 2016 and later announced for India in late May alongside the company’s flagship phone, HTC 10. The Desire 630 boasts of a unique micro-splash design etched over an all-polycarbonate body.The Desire 630 comes with a 5-inch HD Super LCD display with a 720p resolution. The mid-tier phone is powered by a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 256GB via microSD card. The dualSIM phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Sense UI and supports 4G LTE connectivity option.The all new stylish #HTC desire 630 now available for Rs. 14990/- only pic.twitter.com/jVr9riBPXr Manish Khatri (@MAHESHTELECOM) June 21, 2016The phone sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.4 aperture, autofocus and LED flash along with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It is backed by a 2,200mAh battery which is non-removable.HTC’s top-tier phone, the HTC 10 is meanwhile available for buying in India for Rs 52,990. The phone boasts of a full-metal unibody with distinct chamfers. The front is carved out of Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and includes a fingerprint scanner and a USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing purposes.Also Read: HTC 10 quick review: The chosen one The HTC 10 comes with a 5.2-inch QuadHD super LCD 5 display 0and is powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB internal memory which is further expandable by up to 2TB via microSD card. The dualSIM phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Sense 7 UI and supports 4G LTE connectivity.advertisementIt sports a 12-megapixel (UltraPixel) camera on the rear with f/1.8 aperture, laser autofocus, Optical Image Stabilisation and dualLED flash. There’s also a 5-megapixel camera on the front with f/1.8 aperture, autofocus, Optical Image Stabilisation and a screen flash.last_img read more

Manchester United F.C. shocked after terror strike at Manchester concert

first_imgManchester United FC took to Twitter to express their shock over an explosion at a concert in Manchester on Monday night where at least 19 people were killed and 59 wounded.US Singer Ariana Grande was performing at Manchester Arena to an audience that included many children when the blast happened.Manchester United’s official Twitter page tweeted saying the club’s prayers are with the affected.”We are deeply shocked by last night’s terrible events at the Manchester Arena. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected.”We are deeply shocked by last nights terrible events at the Manchester Arena. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected.- Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 23, 2017Former Manchester United great and a current television pundit for BT Sport Rio Ferdinand echoed his club’s sentiments and wished everyone safety as he took to Twitter to express his concern about the incident.”Just heard the news what’s happening in Manchester.. hope everyone safe and sound!????” Ferdinand tweeted.Just heard the news what’s happening in Manchester.. hope everyone safe & sound! ????- Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 22, 2017Australian international and former Manchester United player Mark Bosnich tweeted about the horrific incident and sent prayers for the affected.”Thoughts and prayers with those affected by the events in Manchester tonight, and the good people of Manchester.”Thoughts and prayers with those affected by the events in Manchester 2nite,and the good people of Manchester.xmb #- Mark Bosnich (@TheRealBozza) May 23, 2017Manchester City’s official Twitter account and City defender Vincent also took to Twitter to express their solidarity with the victims.advertisement”It’s with great sadness we hear of the terrible events at the Arena. Our hearts go out to all affected and to our city’s emergency services,” Manchester City FC tweeted.It’s with great sadness we hear of the terrible events at the Arena. Our hearts go out to all affected and to our city’s emergency services.- Manchester City (@ManCity) May 23, 2017Vincent Kompany extended his condolences to the affected families and called it a sad day for Manchester.”I would like to express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims. It’s a sad day for the great city of Manchester. #Unity,” Kompany said on Twitter.I would like to express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims. It’s a sad day for the great city of Manchester. #Unity- Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) May 22, 2017Manchester City’s sister club New York City FC too expressed their concern on Twitter.”Our hearts go out to our friends and all those affected in Manchester following tonight’s (Monday night) tragic events,” New York City FC tweeted.Our hearts go out to our friends and all those affected in Manchester following tonight’s tragic events.- New York City FC (@NYCFC) May 23, 2017Former England international Gary Lineker also tweeted saying, “Truly awful news from the great city of Manchester. Thoughts are with all those affected.”Truly awful news from the great city of Manchester. Thoughts are with all those affected.- Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 22, 2017British Prime Minister Theresa May said the incident was being treated as a terrorist attack. If confirmed, it would be the deadliest militant assault in Britain since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London’s transport system in July 2005.With inputs from Reuterslast_img read more