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first_imgPrivate-label bakery products lost ground against branded rivals in both value and volume terms last year, according to new research from the Private Label Manufacturers’ Association in conjunction with research firm AC Nielsen.Consumers stuck by branded bakery products last year, despite the onset of the recession, with private-label’s volume share of the bakery market falling 0.5% to 53.5%, compared to the previous year, while value share was down 0.2% to 49.3%.Private-label categories that did particularly badly included large, whole packaged cakes, which saw volume and value share fall by 5.5% and 3.9% respectively, while private-label buns, scones and teacakes declined by 4% (volume) and 2.5% (value).However, in sliced bread private-label grew its market share slightly, with volumes edging ahead by 1.2% to account for 35.5% of the market, while value share grew 1.5% to take 27.1%.Jean-Jacques Vandenheede, retail insights director Europe at AC Nielsen, said that private-label decline could be explained by branded manufacturers introducing new packaging, flavours and products. Last year, for example, Premier Foods brought its Mr Kipling brand to the celebration cakes market with the launch of the Big French Fancy – a giant version of its popular French Fancy line. The launch was supported by a £4.4m spend across the entire Mr Kipling brand.last_img read more

Oti Akenteng does not expect any Black Stars technical director appointment

first_imgGhana Football Association(GFA) technical directorate member Francis Oti Akenteng has rubbished recent reports claiming the Black Stars will require a technical director to excel at next year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil.There have been a lot of reactions to this development with former Ghana FA chairman Alhaji MND Jawula stating it will not be out of place if the FA appoint a technical head to aid the work of Black Stars coach Kwasi Appiah who is on the verge of qualifying Ghana for a third successive World Cup.Akenteng does not expect any appointment of a technical director since they are capable of always advising coach Kwasi Appiah.”We have to forget about it because I believe and I know it will not happen. Ghanaians have hope in Kwasi Appiah and the technical and development committee set up by the Ghana FA so if Kwasi needs any advice we are there and is something we have always been doing,” he told Joy sports.(“We haven’t left him (Kwasi Appiah) like that or is it because we don’t come to the forefront, look at him he’s been performing wonderfully well, so what again.”last_img read more

James Harden joins exclusive group with third MVP runner-up finish

first_img NBA awards 2019: Complete list of finalists, winners for MVP, Coach, Rookie of the Year and more Harden entered 2018-19 as the reigning MVP and he arguably improved upon last season’s impressive run. The 6-5 guard led the league in scoring for a second consecutive year, averaging a staggering 36.1 points per game. He also put together an impressive run in which he scored 30 points or more in 32 consecutive games.Antetokounmpo, however, made history in his own right. Michael Jordan (1987, ’89 and ’97) and Kevin Durant (2010, ’12 and ’13) also have as many MVP runner-ups as Harden, as noted by The Athletic, while LeBron James placed second in the voting three times, as well (2006, ’14 and ’18).Larry Bird finished as the runner-up in the MVP voting four times (1981, ’82, ’83 and ’88). Jerry West was also a second-place finisher four times, but he played before the NBA/ABA merger in 1976.  Related News Three takeaways from 2019 NBA awards showcenter_img James Harden didn’t win his second NBA MVP award Monday but he still joined an exclusive group.The Rockets star lost out to the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, making this the third time he’s finished second in the voting. Antetokounmpo was historically good as a finisher at the rim and became the first player in NBA history to average at least 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game. He led Milwaukee to a league-best 60-22 record at age 24 and is one of the youngest ever to be named MVP in the modern era.Harden didn’t make an appearance at the award show and obviously isn’t happy with the result, but he has continued to align himself with the likes of some of the greatest to ever play the game.last_img read more

Runaway ‘Spoons’ win for Yorkshire pair

first_img Yorkshire golfers Jane Butler and Carole Morris scored a runaway win in the national final of the Australian Spoons at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire.The pair from Doncaster Golf Club defied torrential rain to score 36 points in the foursomes competition, which was run as part of England Golf Week – and they won the trophy by seven points.“It’s a dream come true,” said Jane, who plays off 23 handicap. Carole, a 28-handicapper, added: “We are over the moon, really, really excited that we have won. We just kept saying ‘We can, we will’ and now ‘we have!’”Jane has proved herself something of a foursomes specialist over the last two days. Yesterday, with a different partner, she took second place in the Yorkshire ladies’ county foursomes – and then travelled straight to Frilford for the Australian Spoons.She and Carole had come through club and north regional qualifying rounds to reach the final and take on pairs from England Golf’s five other women’s regions.The runners-up were Lisa Hawkins and Sophie Tester from Sedlescombe Golf Club, Sussex, taking second place on countback from Naomi Pilmer and Jane Clark (The Links, Newmarket) and Pam Greenfield and Desley Smith (Branston, Staffordshire). The other finalists were Sonia Restall and Sandra Ruxton (Harewood Downs, Buckinghamshire) and Sue Warren and Helen Walker (Cumberwell Park, Wiltshire).England Golf Week is a five-day festival of handicap golf, featuring the national finals of a host of individual and team championships for club golfers. Caption: Australian Spoons winners Carole Morris and Jane Butler from Doncaster Golf Club. (Image copyright Leaderboard Photography). 16 Aug 2018 Runaway ‘Spoons’ win for Yorkshire pair center_img Tags: Australian Spoons, Frilford Heathlast_img read more

Nelson Nordic Ski clubs qualifies a trio of skiers for 2012 B.C. Winter Games in Vernon

first_imgA trio of cross country skiers from Nelson will be in the Central Okanagan this weekend competing in the 2012 B.C. Winter Games.The three Nelson Nordic Ski Club athletes are Stuart Milde, Galen Boulanger and Arianna Murphy-Steed. The skiers qualified during trial races held in the middle of January in Kimberley.However, Murphy-Steed will not attend the games due to prior commitments. Cross Country skiing competiton is being held at the Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre.The B.C. Winter Games begin Thursday with opening ceremonies in Vernon. Competition runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday concluding with closing ceremonies.The goal of the Games is to provide an opportunity for the development of athletes, coaches and officials in preparation for higher levels of competition in a multi-sport environment which promotes interest and participation in sport and sporting activities, individual achievement, and community development.last_img read more

Bonanza for bureaucrats

first_imgKim Belshe, the state health and human services secretary, will soon earn $175,000. She has purview over a $74 billion budget, 11 departments and 33,000 staffers statewide. The raises, ranging from 7 percent to 27 percent and costing up to $1 million total, would cover 52 Cabinet secretaries and department directors – senior administrators who manage agencies such as health and human services, food and agriculture, and the California Highway Patrol. By contrast, most rank-and-file state workers are slated to receive a 3.3 percent raise in the next fiscal year. Schwarzenegger’s Cabinet secretaries (apart from the corrections chief) actually just got a raise – an 8.5 percent bump Dec. 1, which brought their salaries up to $142,582. That money was supposed to make up for several lean budget years when there were no raises. Before that, the last time a Cabinet secretary raise came was in August 2000, when salaries were boosted 4 percent. The Legislature last year granted the governor unilateral power to award raises to senior administrators, a last-minute provision tucked into legislation granting a new contract to CHP workers. The salaries could reach up to $258,125, 125 percent of the governor’s $206,500 salary (which he declines), though that’s not being recommended. To avoid retirement “spiking,” only a portion of the raises will count toward retirement each year. Last summer, a Schwarzenegger aide said he only planned to use the newfound authority to raise the pay of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Jim Tilton and possibly one other official. At that time, Tilton’s salary was boosted from $129,000 to $225,000. McLear said the administration hadn’t done enough research at that point to propose raises for other agency secretaries and directors. Lawmakers reached Monday refrained from criticizing the governor’s move, which they ceded the ability to block. Niello, the Republican assemblyman, said he wanted more details on the comparisons used to justify the pay hikes before saying whether he thought they were just. Several legislative Democrats did not return calls for comment. [email protected] (916) 441-4603 SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration is expected today to announce pay raises of up to 27 percent for more than 50 top officials, saying the state must boost salaries to remain competitive against local governments that pay more. The new salaries, taking effect April 1, won’t cost taxpayers more, at least initially, but they will force state departments to make cuts or otherwise absorb the raises within existing personnel budgets. The hefty raises – 10 agency heads, for example, would see their annual salaries grow by 23 percent, to $175,000 – come as Schwarzenegger preaches the need for fiscal restraint to end chronic budget shortfalls. “Because these raises are purely discretionary,” said Roger Niello of Sacramento, the ranking Republican on the Assembly Budget Committee, “it does make it difficult from a public-perception standpoint.” At the same time, Niello and others said, California needs to pay competitively to attract skilled managers to run large, complex bureaucracies. “It’s important for the folks running these agencies to be compensated fairly, and right now that’s not the case,” said Aaron McLear, a spokesman for the governor. He said the raises are “budget-neutral” and would help “recruit and retain the best and the brightest.” To justify the raises, officials compared salaries for top state agency jobs with similar positions in local government. For example, the California Highway Patrol commissioner oversees more than 10,000 employees and currently makes $142,584; the San Jose police chief, by contrast, supervises 1,789 workers and earns $207,418, according to the survey. Ten other county sheriffs and city police chiefs make more than the CHP head, and three of them earn at least $100,000 more, the survey found. In at least one case, the salary survey appears to low-ball comparative wages. In comparing health services directors, the survey uses a maximum salary of $172,152 for Santa Clara County. However, Kim Roberts, who is the chief executive officer of the Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System, earns $285,744. She oversees the $1.5 billion, 6,000-employee system that encompasses the county hospital, public clinics, department of public health and other health services. last_img read more

Video: San Francisco 49ers John Lynch on team releasing Reuben Foster after domestic violence arrest in Tampa

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the video or gallery on your mobile device.San Francisco 49ers General Manager John Lynch discusses the team’s release of linebacker Reuben Foster after a domestic violence arrest in Tampa on Saturday night.The 49ers released linebacker Reuben Foster on Sunday morning, about 12 hours after after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence at the team hotel. The charges were brought by the same woman at the center of a previous case against …last_img read more

‘Media freedom is your freedom’

first_img4 May 2006The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) marked World Press Freedom Day, 3 May, by launching a “media freedom is your freedom” campaign geared to highlight the value of a free media in the young South African democracy.“Ours is an often-raucous democracy where a thousand opinions contend,” Sanef said in a statement on Wednesday. “A key reason for this is that our media have been unshackled from its draconian past.”The multimedia campaign – with an advertising drive sub-titled “What you can’t see, can hurt you” – invites the public to take part in debates on radio, television, online and in print media, and to visit the Sanef website to find out more.Sanef paid tribute to the 500 journalists and publishers around the world who were killed or arrested in 2005 for doing their jobs, and deplored the “continued arrests and detention of many of our colleagues across the continent”, saying Africa would not achieve its emancipation if journalists were not free.In South Africa, Sanef said it would “continue to press for the amendment of laws which continue to impact on the free flow of information.”At the same time, the body welcomed President Thabo Mbeki’s decision to return the Icasa (Independendent Communications Authority of SA) Amendment Bill to Parliament because he was concerned that it could be unconstitutional.Critics of the Bill, including Sanef, argue that it would strip the country’s communications regulator of its independence by taking the power of selecting Icasa councillors out of the hands of Parliament and placing it in the hands of the minister of communications.“The media are your eyes and ears on the world,” Sanef says in its campaign. “Media freedom guarantees your right to know what’s going on in your country, and participate fully in the decisions affecting you.“Media freedom is your freedom. Insist on it.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA wine bottles to lighten up

first_imgSouth Africa’s thriving wine industry is soon to become even more eco-friendly, with the introduction of lighter wine bottles. (Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Andre MorgenthalCommunications Manager, Wines of SA+27 21 883 3860RELATED ARTICLES • Dounle Tri Nations win for SA • SA scoops World Wine Awards • Wine-tasting in the township • South African wine export booming Janine ErasmusThe introduction of new, lighter wine bottles for red and white wines will help the South African wine industry reduce its carbon footprint and impact on the environment.Wine bottles have become increasingly lighter over the years – a mere four years ago a 750ml bottle tipped the scales at an average of 516g, and by 2009 it had dropped to 437g, but the new screw-capped bottles weigh in at just 350g each.Cork-sealed bottles have also slimmed down, reduced in weight from 570g to 460g.The new bottles are expected to be available around April 2010, in time for the annual harvest.The 370g bottle is the lightest bottle on the market at the moment and has already garnered a trophy for sustainability at the annual Gold Pack award ceremony, held by the Institute of Packaging South Africa.Eco-friendly industrySouth Africa’s wine industry has become steadily greener over the years. The introduction of a number of innovative eco-friendly initiatives has made it one of the most progressive industries in the world when it comes to saving the earth.Among these are the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative, which is a partnership between the wine and conservation sectors, protecting precious indigenous flora in the species-rich Cape Floral Kingdom.A number of wine estates have set up their own green projects, such as Backsberg, which is one of only a handful of winemakers worldwide that are carbon neutral, and which in 2008 launched its educational Earth Centre, also home to environmental NGO Food and Trees for Africa.Hein Koegelenberg, CEO of Leopard’s Leap wines, which is known for its tireless conservation of Cape leopards, said: “We are extremely excited about the introduction of the lightweight bottles into our range. The introduction of lighter bottles into our wine collection is in keeping with our objective of being an eco-conscious wine brand and doing our utmost to limit our carbon footprint.”Overseas successSouth African wines are generally doing well overseas. In the UK the country is increasing its market share faster than any other competitor and to date has bagged 12.5% of that wine market, from 10.4% in 2008, according to internationally recognised market research company AC Nielsen.Foreign exchange earnings from wine exports totalled over R6-billion (US$779-million) in 2008.In the US the market share is much smaller but consumers there are looking for value for money in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, and South African wines, with their outstanding quality and wallet-friendly prices, are in growing demand.South African wines have also made inroads in Sweden, where exports increased 18%, and Canada with an 11% increase. Other countries where local wine exports grew are Japan, Nigeria, Angola and China.In 2009 the export of packaged South African wine grew 7% year-on-year, while export of bulk wine dropped by 18% to 150.5-million litres – in total 389-million litres of wine left the country last year.Environmental impactThe wine industry takes a large toll on the environment. Not only does actual production have a substantial impact, but transportation of the finished product, often over vast distances, creates significant carbon emissions.The new wine bottle is expected to reduce emissions simply by being lighter, resulting in lower fuel consumption.This smoothly addresses the problem facing the local wine industry in terms of increasing output and expert volumes while operating in a responsible manner.“It becomes a delicate balancing act to enhance our sustainability profile while pushing up our output,” said Wines of South Africa CEO Su Birch.Then why not supply overseas bottlers with wine in bulk and cut down transportation-related emissions in that way? Because, explained Birch, South African jobs would be lost – for every 10-million litres of bulk wine sent overseas, 107 jobs would be shed, and in the current economic climate too many have been lost already.And taking into account that breadwinners have dependants, and associated services would also be affected, such a step would devastate many lives. Almost 276 000 people are currently directly employed by the wine industry.Consumers, too, are doing their bit to save the planet. Many will choose an eco-friendly brand of wine over one that is less so, and savvy supermarkets and wine shops are eager to accommodate them.last_img read more

Gov’t not Reliant on Mega Projects – Dr. Phillips

first_imgMinister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, says the Government is not relying solely on mega projects to grow the economy, but is also investing in areas such as small and micro businesses, as these are important in achieving economic growth. Dr. Phillips told journalists at a post budget news conference at the Office of the Prime Minister, on Friday (May 3), that the Government has committed significant sums to the small and micro business sector through various initiatives in the budget. These he noted include: $2 billion, through the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) and the US$20 million to be used in facilitating the construction of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) centres, from which these businesses will also benefit. He further noted that the sector will also benefit from commitments in Agro Parks as well as from sustained low interest rates through fiscal consolidation. The latter, he said, would “provide the incentives to the hundreds of thousands of small medium and large investors to get into the act of producing.” Dr. Phillips announced on April 18, as he opened the 2013/14 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives, that the DBJ would commit $2 billion to the micro and small business sector this year, to ensure that some 12,250 enterprises can gain access to credit through its network of intermediaries. This is a significant increase over the $650 million that was disbursed in 850 loans in the last financial year. He had also announced that the DBJ would help to increase the number of institutions that are extending credit to micro and small enterprises. Contact Andrea Brahamlast_img read more