NEWS REVIEW OF THE YEAR

first_imgJULYSugar users and producers criticised EC plans to modernise the sugar subsidies regime, published on June 22. The plans set out to lower EU prices to bring them in line with world prices. Tate & Lyle said the proposals would cut its profits by £85m from 2009 and British Sugar estimated a £40m cost. However, the Biscuit, Cake, Chocolate and Confectionery Association said reform did not go far enough as a quota system had been retained. It was revealed cake company Inter Link was consolidating its operations by closing its Newton House Bakery in West Yorkshire in September, moving production to two Yorkshire Cottage Bakery sites. The site produced 100m small buns including fairy cakes.Harrods announced it was shortlisting premium UK bakery companies to take part in a Truly British Promotion set to run in September. Products from Welsh cakes to artisanal bread were being considered.A report from administrators KPMG on the break up of New Rathbones, supplied to British Baker, showed New Rathbones had been incurring losses of £150,000 a week in the first quarter of 2005. The report also revealed insurers were expected to pay out £4.8m for the company’s Carlisle site, destroyed by fire in February. The claim was expected to take several months to settle.Tesco saw strong sales of low-GI bread and healthier options over the last year, bakery director Tony Reed revealed. Figures from the supermarket showed sales of lower-GI bread such as Granary loaves were up 34% year on year. Asda reshuffled its bakery department, bringing in a new management hierarchy in a bid to cut costs and “re-energise the business”. Huw Edwards became the new bakery director. Asda said it wanted to improve in five key areas – simplicity, prices, cost-cutting, differentiation and improving store housekeeping. Café operator BB’s Coffee & Muffins announced an expansion plan, which would double the size of its estate over the next two years, up from the current 95. MD Phil Abbott told British Baker expansion would be achieved by recruiting new franchisees.RHM floated on the stock exchange with a share issue valuing the company at over £1 billion. Shares peaked at 303p on the first day of trading.Finedon Mill called in administrators Baker Tully after selling its asset – the mill at Finedon – to Rank Hovis. Finedon Mill had been a 25% shareholder in New Rathbones and lost over £18m when it went into administration.Cake company Inter Link announced it was closing its Crossfield Foods bakery later in the year. Production was to be moved to the more modern Shadsworth Bakery in Blackburn. British Bakeries claimed it had achieved a world first – crust-free loaves. The soft-edged Invisible Crust product was available in 800g Best of Both and white versions. The new loaf had taken two years to develop, under the codename Project Curly – a reference to the myth that eating crusts makes hair curly.Hilliers of Plymouth went into liquidation after fire gutted its factory in Devon. Hilliers, which had a £25m turnover, supplied own-label quiches, pies and other products to supermarkets including Asda and Morrisons.last_img read more

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TENNIS :Nadal swats aside Federer to reach Open final

first_imgRafael Nadal extended his mastery over long – time rival Roger Federer as he stormed into an Australian Open final against Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets on Friday. Spanish top seed Nadal defeated the 17-time Grand Slam champion 7-6 (7/4), 6-3, 6-3 in a dominant semifinal win lasting two hours and 24 minutes on Rod Laver Arena. Federer was confident of a better showing after failing to beat Nadal in Grand Slams since the 2007 Wimbledon final, but the world number one was relentless in taking apart the much – decorated Swiss. In 33 meetings in their great, if one-sided, rivalry, Nadal now leads Federer 23-10 and has won their last six matches in Slams as well as their last five meetings on all stages. Nadal, the 2009 champion, will line up in his third Australian final against Wawrinka and he has yet to lose to the Swiss eighth seed in 12 matches. “We played some really tough rallies at the end of the first set and I resisted really well because Roger was trying to play very aggressive and taking the ball very early,” Nadal said.  “I think tonight I played my best match of the tournament, so I am very happy for that.” With the loss, Federer also ceded the mantle of Switzerland’s number one player, an honour he has held since 2001, to Wawrinka. Nadal, seemingly untroubled by a large blister on his serving hand, progressively got stronger during the semifinal and broke Federer’s serve four times and lost his only once. Nadal hit 28 winners to 25 unforced errors, while under – pressure Federer made 50 unforced errors and won just 23 of 42 points he contested at the net. It will be the Spaniard’s 19th Grand Slam final on Sunday and he will be bidding for his 14th major title to tie American Pete Sampras in joint second place behind Federer on the all-time list.  Federer fought off break points in two service games before taking the opening set to a tiebreaker, but volleying errors cost the Swiss and Nadal cruised to the first set with two set points. The gap widened in the second set with Nadal ruthless in his groundstrokes and putting Federer under pressure to hold serve in the fourth game, before breaking him with a forehand winner in his next service game. Whatever Federer sent back over the net, the Spanish world number returned with a vengeance and he ripped a series of stunning forehand winners to take a two-sets-to-love lead. Both players exchanged service breaks early in the third set but Nadal broke Federer for a second time to lead 4-3 and close in on victory. Nadal broke Federer again in the ninth game and won his second match point, and the tournament’s four-time winner left the arena with his head bowed.last_img read more

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New Huddy’s Inn Set For Summer Debut

first_img– Story and photos By Laura D.C. Kolnoski COLTS NECK – The double glass doors leading to a sizeable waiting room are about to swing open at the all-new location of Huddy’s Inn at the corner of Routes 34 and 537. After more than 26 years tucked in a cozy, if low-profile, location at the Colts Neck Shopping Center off Route 34, the popular pub is moving to its new digs less than a mile away, with a formal opening planned for September.Colts Neck Business Association members will get a preview during a networking event scheduled for Tuesday, August 18. Hosting them will be owners Salvatore Asaro and Raymond Longobardi, who have been working for more than five years to get their new establishment up and running. Longobardi, who owns the adjacent Pebble Creek Golf Course, acquired the township’s former Atlantic School next door in 2008. He and his Huddy’s partner, Asaro, began work on the building, which included dividing sections and removing some portions. It didn’t take long to lease office space in the front portion. Making the restaurant reality has taken considerably longer.A sensitive stream runs along the other side of Route 537, monitored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). In 2010, Longobardi was seeking approvals to build his own, more than $500,000 state-of-the-art water treatment facility for the new Huddy’s. Simultaneously, the DEP was adopting new regulations on regional water management plans. Local and county officials worked with Longobardi on his DEP applications, but his project got caught up in a lengthy review and approval process with others statewide. Then storms Irene and Sandy hit. Contractors, including power company staff working on utilities at Huddy’s, were needed elsewhere. Progress stalled repeatedly. The owners reduced the size of their plans at one point to expedite DEP approvals.“This project has been like a Rubik’s Cube,” Longobardi said. “You shift one part and the whole thing moves. I’m just so happy it’s almost done and so eager to welcome all our regular customers as well as new ones who will now be able to see us as they pass by.” The high-profile corner, one of the county’s busiest, is slated for widening and improvements that have languished on the state’s drawing boards for decades but County Engineer Joseph Ettore says design work is now advancing.Locals call the original Huddy’s their version of television’s “Cheers,” but the cramped three-room tavern has suffered from age, overcrowding, and roof leaks. Tight bar quarters caused cessation of live music. New Huddy’s expansive 25-seat bar with additional high-top table seating will host live bands and dancing every weekend, Asaro said, adding that the entertainment variety will include rock and roll, cabaret, jazz, and country. A large grill has been installed behind the main bar, where a dedicated chef will continue to turn out Huddy’s burgers and roasted clams; bartenders will no longer be cooking while serving drinks.The facility also has two dining rooms, a banquet room with its own bar and private outdoor space, and a large covered wrap-around outdoor porch with a third bar and restrooms. Guests can enjoy the seven-acre property and partake in bocce ball, corn hole, and horseshoes. Large televisions inside and out include an 80-inch screen wired for meetings and presentations. The inside will seat about 150, with seating for another 60 – 80 patrons outside. Free parking is available for 150 cars, with the Pebble Creek Golf Course parking lot affording more spaces when the course is closed.The owners were adamant about retaining Huddy’s historic-rustic-horse country ambiance at their new locale. To recreate the original’s wood booths, the old booths were measured and replicated to exacting specifications. In addition to Tiffany-style lamps, wall sconces, and stained glass accents, floors feature porcelain tiles and the rooms are decorated in warm tones of tan and brown. In the dining room, a floor-to-ceiling stone gas fireplace is the focal point.“We view this campus not just as a restaurant, but as an interactive experience where people have something to do inside and out,” Asaro said. “The new Huddy’s is larger, but eerily similar in décor to the old. We will still be about the food and the value. People want to be entertained, so we plan to have something for everyone.” Asaro said current Huddy’s staff, including 20-plus year General Manager Ned Haberstroh, are moving to the new location. He estimates doubling the size of his staff and has begun interviewing.Huddy’s crowd-drawing events will continue at the new location. Management is anxious to stage their two biggest the annual Chili Cook-off and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations – in spacious comfort. Both will be more festive, Asaro said, with music, entertainment, and surprises.last_img read more

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A’s miss chance to clinch, magic number stays at 1

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — There was no champagne sprayed in the home clubhouse at the Coliseum on Sunday.The A’s bid to lock up their first postseason berth since 2014 died quietly in the final home game of the season as the Twins jumped in front 2-0 after three batters and went on to claim a 5-1 victory in front of 35,754 hopeful fans.“It’s disappointing we couldn’t get it done here,” third baseman Matt Chapman said, “but I like …last_img read more

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Surprises unlikely in final World Cup squad

first_imgInjuries to top Indian players have made matters interesting ahead of the selection committee meeting for the World Cup, to be held in Chennai on Monday.A day before the selection of the squad, India on Sunday received a jolt with Sachin Tendulkar returning home from South Africa after pulling a hamstring during the second One-day International on Saturday.Before this major scare, Virender Sehwag (shoulder injury), Gautam Gambhir (hand injury) and pacer Praveen Kumar (hand injury) have returned home and the selectors would have a lot to ponder over as they pick the 15- member team for the tournament.Sachin’s injury obviously could be a major concern – the BCCI did not provide details while announcing that Parthiv Patel was being flown out to South Africa as his replacement – though a month is still left for India’s opening game on February 19 against Bangladesh in Dhaka.Tendulkar has been in ominous form for the last couple of years, and especially in the just- concluded Test series in South Africa. He and Sehwag are the automatic choices for the opening slots with Gambhir next. Even if Sehwag and Gambhir have not fully recovered as yet, they still have more than a month to get fit and thus can be included in the squad.Murali Vijay, now playing in South Africa, could be a standby as he figures in the 30 probables announced last month. Like the openers, the middle order batsmen, an important area for any team, also pick themselves. There is little doubt about the selection of Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, and skipper MS Dhoni.advertisementBut will Rohit Sharma also find a place? Well, that remains to be seen, depending on how many bowlers the selectors pick.The selection of Rohit could also depend on whether the selectors opt for a second wicketkeeper or take the bold decision to pick only Dhoni. But Parthiv, who has unjustifiably been ignored for the last few years, has suddenly come into the fray with so many injury scares.Among the pacers, Zaheer Khan remains their spearhead, though it remains to be seen if the injury- prone left- armer doesn’t add to the list of injured.Munaf Patel, Praveen and Ashish Nehra, who is again a bit risky proposition in the longdrawn tournament considering his fitness history, Sreesanth and Ishant Sharma are expected to be the other members of the pace department. But one or two of these may have to make way to accommodate a second spinner.Among the spinners, offie Harbhajan has no competition. Although R Ashwin, also an offspinner, is in South Africa, there is no guarantee that he would be picked for the World Cup too.The selectors might want to have some variety and the selection of leg-spinner Piyush Chawla for the South Africa series is interesting. Who knows, left- arm spinner Pragyan Ojha might make the grade.last_img read more

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Eggins wins Rod Wise Medal

first_imgPenrith Touch Association and the Sydney Mets’ Director of Referees, Greg Eggins has been recognised for his contribution to the sport of Touch Football at the New South Wales Touch Association’s Blues Dinner, being named the Rod Wise Medal winner for the Volunteer of the Year. Eggins has been involved in the sport of Touch Football, particularly in the arm of refereeing, for close to 30 years, both in Australia and abroad. Eggins told the audience at the Blues Dinner that he was ‘very honoured’ to accept the award.“There are a lot of good people in this room who spend a lifetime for our sport, we’re an amateur sport and there is a lot of dedicated people here. I’m very honoured to be here tonight to accept this award, there are a lot of other people who could also be here too as well,” Eggins said.  In his role of Director of Referees at Penrith, Eggins has helped develop a large number of junior referees, including three of the five current Talented Referees Youth Squad (TRYS) members. “I’ve had a lot of fun the past couple of years especially with the development of junior referees and had the honour of three selected in April this year out of five vacancies and that was a highlight.”“I’ve got 14 referees at Penrith that are teenagers from 12 refereeing Men’s division one up to age 17 or 18 and I dedicate this award to them including Nick Thornton, aged 12, and Emma Thornton who could probably do my job at Penrith as the Director of Referees as she’s learnt a lot over the past 18 months.”Eggins’ Touch Football career started in the mid 1980’s in Brisbane, before going overseas and then coming back to continue his work in the referee discipline. “I started in Brisbane in 1985, went to England, helped form the UK Touch Association, came back and spent time in Canberra in 1989 when I was the assistant Director of Referees and then Parramatta. Then Hawkesbury in 1991, up to RAAF Base Williamtown in 1992/93, helping out Tilligerry and Wallsend. I had a lot of referees at the RAAF Base, about 50 referees and pushed them out to Maitland, Newcastle and Tilligerry. As the Mets Director I’ve got to try and help the other affiliates, I’d like to do more, it’s not easy and you rely on the other Referee Directors to help develop referees.”“There’s a lot of good friends in the room who have helped me develop referees, coach referees and be a team leader at tournaments. To all of the players, they are the challenge, they always push the boundaries, they love gamesmanship and our job is there to referee in an unbiased manner as we can and that’s what I pride myself on and try to do. So as I get older, I try to put more back into the junior referees now because that’s our future and we need those referees.”Related LinksRod Wise Medallast_img read more

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Trans Mountain pipeline work to resume in August Kinder Morgan Canada boss

first_imgEDMONTON – The head of Kinder Morgan Canada says work is to resume next month to prepare a route for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Ian Anderson says the company will secure, survey and prepare the right-of-way in coming months, and First Nations will monitor the work to look for traditional artifacts and medicines.“We anticipate laying physical pipe in a prepared, surveyed, environmentally protected right-of-way early next year,” Anderson said Friday.A completion date for the project is to be announced at a later date.“The project has been in a suspended mode for a good number of months,” said Anderson. “We’re ramping up hard and we’re evaluating schedule.“The most important thing for me at this point is to get started to demonstrate to Canadians and to our prospective new owner that this project can be executed in a manner that serves the interests of everybody.”Anderson was speaking at an event west of Edmonton on the Enoch Cree Nation. Also present were Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, federal Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi and Enoch Chief Bill Morin.Notley and Morin announced that Enoch land will be a staging and stockpiling area for the line with at least 35 to 40 kilometres of pipe on site beginning next month.“Today we see the benefit of people working together for the benefit of everyone — Albertans and Canadians — not working against one another for the benefit of a few,” said Notley.The project’s aim is to expand an existing Trans Mountain line from Edmonton to the British Columbia coast to allow more oil from Alberta to be shipped to foreign markets.Alberta says the line is critical given the oil price discounts the province currently must swallow due to pipeline bottlenecks and lack of access to markets outside the United States.The pipeline has been the focus of fractious debate, confrontation and court challenges. The B.C. government, environmental activists and some Indigenous groups all oppose it.Rancour reached such fever pitch earlier this year that Alberta passed legislation giving it power to reduce oil shipments to B.C., which would potentially increase automobile and jet fuel costs in that province.Morin acknowledged the dispute among Indigenous people over Trans Mountain, but said his First Nation wants to move with the times to benefit everyone. Profits will be reinvested in green projects such as a solar farm, he said.“Some of our philosophy out here is the best way to sovereignty and self-determination for us is through business,” said Morin.“You can choose to get left behind or you can choose to get in front and direct change, and that’s what this project is.”Kinder Morgan Canada suspended work on the project in April, saying the dispute had put the line’s financial viability at risk.In late May, the federal government agreed to buy the $4.5-billion pipeline to ensure it got built, but the Liberals say they don’t plan to be the long-term owner.The regulatory hurdles may not be over.Sohi and Anderson acknowledged the project may be subject to U.S. approval because the purchase includes the Puget Sound pipeline.“We are very confident that this is a normal process and we will get through it,” said Sohi.(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the pipeline cost $4.5 million.last_img read more

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Scarlet Sway and Adam Winn in the top 100 of CBCs Music

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Local music group Scarlet Sway, and solo-artist Adam Winn have made it into the top 100 of CBC’s Music Searchlight.Searchlight is an annual competition by CBC Music to discover up-and-coming musicians from across the country. Voting is open until March 19th, and both groups are looking to get the vote of Peace Region residents.If both bands pass the voting stage and a panel of judges, they’ll get to partake in a residency at the National Music Centre in Calgary, and will get to perform at JUNOFest 2019. Adam Winn. Photo courtesy Facebook page. Adam Winn. Photo courtesy Facebook page. Dawson Creek's Scarlet Sway, who have made it into the top 10 of the CBC Searchlight national music contest. Photo by Scarlet Sway/Facebook Dawson Creek’s Scarlet Sway, who have made it into the top 10 of the CBC Searchlight national music contest. Photo by Scarlet Sway/Facebook Anyone wanting to vote for Scarlet Sway and/or Adam Winn can do so once a day by visiting:www.cbcmusic.ca/searchlightlast_img read more

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