East Lancashire bakery Clayton Park has officially opened its new factory in Huncoat, following a multi-million-pound investment.The expansion of the bakery, which has resulted in the addition of 30 new jobs, comprises a newly converted food production unit, which will be used for bread cakes and other morning goods.Pie production will continue to take place at the firm’s existing headquarters at Clayton-le-Moors, near Accrington.Barry Thomas, managing director, said: “We were getting too big for one site and to meet the future potential of the business. Sales have been growing considerably and we have confidence in the business that it will grow further to take up the extra capacity.“Expanding into a second unit will allow us to increase that capacity and also widen our range of products, as well as increasing production in the existing factory.”The seven-figure investment in the new unit, on the New House Road industrial estate at Huncoat, includes the installation of new ovens, a bread plant, a morning goods plant and a wrapping line.Clayton Park is the official pie supplier to a number of major football clubs, including Blackburn Rovers, Liverpool, Everton, Preston North End and Accrington Stanley. It has also recently secured a contract to supply bread products to Newcastle United.
Villa One, 7 Adams Ave, Miami.The newly built property in Miami oozes crisp beachside decor with hardwood floors. Stylish lighting and a sleek stone island kitchen combine with a wine storage for the ultimate luxury living. With four bedrooms and a childrens retreat the property is perfect for families who want to live by the sea. The property is a stroll from the beach, surf club, local shops, cafes and scenic parkland, while also close to The Paddock Bakery, quality schools, Burleigh Heads Beach and Gold Coast Highway. Villa One, 7 Adams Ave, Miami.IF you’re looking for a home by the sea with a Hamptons design then this is the one for you.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoDesigned to feel like a spacious home, open the door to this Villa to a contemporary Cape Cod aesthetic across an open plan design with seamless flow to a private outdoor entertaining sanctuary. Villa One, 7 Adams Ave, Miami.
Aleksandar Đurić, the great Bosnian goal keeper, also known as the best shooter of the league competitions, ended his career at the age of 44. He played his last match on Friday.Đurić started his career in his hometown Doboj, by playing for the FC Sloga. In 1999 he came to Singapore and became one of the biggest football legends in that country.This experienced shooter scored 376 goals in the Singapore league, and when he obtained their citizenship, he debuted for their national team and played there 53 matches and scored 24 goals.(Source: Sport Centar / photo: blogimages.thescore.com)
OCEANPORT – Apprentice jockey Jonathan Zayas captured his first career win by taking Monmouth Park’s fourth race on Saturday, Aug. 24, atop Saint Goldie Locs.“It’s thrilling,” said Zayas following his first winner’s circle photo. “My father was a jockey and I’ve been around this my whole life.”In keeping with racetrack tradition, apprentice jockey Jonathan Zayas gets doused with water after winning his first race.While up on the early pace, Saint Goldie Locs and Zayas asserted their authority, turning for home and opening up to a convincing 5 ¾-length victory, going six furlongs in 1:12 flat. They returned $15.40 in the field of seven fillies.A 20-year-old native of Puerto Rico, Zayas moved to New Jersey when he was 8 years old. He is a graduate of Monmouth Regional High School in Tinton Falls.Saint Goldie Locs, trained by Juan Serey, was Zayas’s third career mount. Hall of Fame jockey Jorge Velasquez is Zayas’s agent.
Three NCAA Division-I senior-transfers all hailing from Compton decided to reunite for their final collegiate season.Humboldt State University men’s basketball will gladly play host.The Lumberjacks open up the 2019-20 season on the road at Point Loma Nazarene University Friday night at 7:30 p.m. inside Golden Gymnasium.The three senior transfers, Leland Green, Rob Lewis and Raysean Scott Jr., will be on the count for tip-off and look to be nightly starters for the ‘Jacks throughout the …
1 December 2011Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has called on young South Africans leaving school and those in the country’s colleges and universities to get tested for HIV/Aids.Speaking ahead of World Aids Day on Wednesday, Nzimande said young people should ensure they were well informed about the pandemic and avoid exposing themselves to the risks of contracting the virus.“I particularly want to call upon those who are about to start at institutions of higher learning, who will for the first time in their lives be independent and away from direct parental supervision, to get information and knowledge so that they may behave in a way that does not expose them to the risk of contracting HIV.”World Aids Day serves as an important reminder to all South Africans that HIV/Aids has not gone away. There is still a vital need to increase awareness, strengthen support and improve education.The Department of Higher Education and Training has made a commitment to incorporate the fight against the HIV/Aids pandemic in all its skills development initiatives at colleges and universities.A study released by the Higher Education and HIV/Aids Programme (HEAIDS) last year revealed that, among students who reported having had sex, HIV prevalence was about 4 percent.The study was conducted two years ago using a sample of 17 000 students, 1 880 academic staff and 4 433 administrative and services staff.“We have incorporated the fight against this pandemic simply because as a country, we cannot afford to train our youth and young adults for the grave,” Nzimande said.“We need them for the workplace and effective participation in our society’s social and economic activities.”Nzimande appealed to youngsters to delay involvement in sexual relationships. “However, those who choose to be sexually active should always use a condom, be faithful to their partner, and at all costs avoid multiple and concurrent sexual partners.”Source: BuaNews
Johannesburg, Saturday 24 October 2015 – Brand South Africa commends the Springboks for their well-played game against the All Blacks from New Zealand in 2015 Rugby World Cup.Speaking from Johannesburg, Brand South Africa’s CEO Mr Kingsley Makhubela said, “We commend the Springboks for fighting for South African success in the World Cup. You were brave and fearless and despite the outcome of the game, we thank you for playing your part to put South Africa on the global sporting map.”“We remain proud of your endurance, tenacity and courage,” concluded Mr Makhubela.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Imagine that you’re a young tobacco and grain farmer in Kentucky. Despite low commodity prices and a tough agriculture market, you’ve been doing alright. As a beginning farmer, you’ve relied on trusted advisors, access to reliable credit and strong farm policies for support. You’ve mitigated risk with smart decision-making and a solid crop insurance policy that provides protection and peace of mind at a time when there’s no room for loss.Now, imagine you are planning to put in a new crop, but you’ve had to drop your coverage level because the premium is no longer affordable. You manage to buy the seed and other inputs you need to plant and care for the crop, despite limited access to credit, but it’s a catastrophic year. Severe weather destroys your entire crop and you have a limited safety net in place to mitigate risk. The success you’ve realized in past years is gone with one turbulent season, and you have no choice but to walk away from farming.With a strong, affordable safety net in place, this scenario is merely a cautionary tale. But with recent proposals to slash budgets for federal crop insurance programs, this could become a reality for young farmers, who won’t have access to the resources that protect them from market and weather volatility.Crop insurance through the years Putting a crop in the ground is risky business. Without crop insurance to protect investments, it would be nearly impossible for farmers to succeed. Federal crop insurance was first authorized by Congress in the 1930s to help agricultural communities recover from the effects of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl years. The program expanded and evolved over time to protect farmers from losses due to adverse events such as inclement weather and market downturns. Today, farmers must purchase crop insurance to be eligible for certain farm loans and government disaster benefits. National Crop Insurance Services reports that in 2016, 1.2 million crop insurance policies were sold, protecting more than 130 crops on more than 290 million U.S. acres. Those crops had an insured value of $100 billion.The crop insurance program hasn’t come without pushback from those outside agriculture. Budget cuts to the federal program have been proposed by several administrations over the years, but have been soundly rejected by Congress. Recently, we’ve seen a proposal to cut federal crop insurance programs by $29 billion over the next decade. These destructive cuts would be catastrophic for farmers, rural economies and the agricultural industry. And those who stand to be most affected are young and beginning farmers with limited cash reserves who rely on crop insurance to access credit.Budget cuts could change the risk pool Crop insurance is actuarially sound, meaning that including more participants (and more acres) in the program spreads risk, which keeps premiums and costs down for all participants. One of the current proposed budget cuts would cap crop insurance premium subsidies at $40,000 (there is currently no limit) for growers with an adjusted gross income (AGI) of $500,000 or less. Producers above that income level would lose premium subsidies completely.Without subsidies to help pay premiums, lower-risk established farmers with large operations may be inclined to opt out of purchasing crop insurance. Depending on where the AGI limit is set, more than half of U.S. acres could be left unprotected by proposed cuts. This puts more pressure on the program and on younger, higher-risk farmers who’ll be left funding it. In short, cuts to crop insurance would be detrimental to farms of all sizes, not just the large ones.Crop insurance helps rural economies At Farm Credit, our mission is to secure the future of rural communities and agriculture, so policy decisions that support a stable future align with our core purpose. Crop insurance is a cornerstone of U.S. farm policy. It keeps the pool of farmers large and provides a safety net to ensure their investments are protected. In a time when rural economies are struggling and the average age of farmers is rising, we must have strong policies and support to continue producing affordable food, fuel and fiber for a growing population.The success of young farmers depends on affordable, reliable crop insurance and access to credit. Today, the average age of a farmer is 58, and 78 percent of principal farm operators have been on their farms for more than 10 years. In the coming years, many of these farms will need to be passed on to a younger generation who’ll likely face more risk with tighter margins and lower cash reserves to cushion them through tough years. Affordable crop insurance will make it possible for the next generation to maintain financial stability during difficult times.Crop insurance doesn’t help only farmers. A trickle-down effect supports all of agriculture and even those outside of rural communities. Since 2000, farmers have paid $50 billion out of their own pockets for crop insurance. In turn, they were able to secure capital that ultimately was reinvested in their communities through the acquisition of labor, products and services.In the absence of affordable crop insurance, the cost of crop losses would fall directly on taxpayers. Agriculture accounts for 5 percent of the U.S. economy and 10 percent of U.S. employment, so it’s easy to see why a stable agriculture sector is good for everyone.What can you do? We’ve seen four consecutive years of declining farm income. The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts that in 2017, farmers will take home half the pay they did in 2013. Current budget and farm bill discussions are more important than ever to ensure that reliable, affordable crop insurance and financing options remain in place to protect farmers, especially those now stepping up to take on the risk-intensive business of farming. Remember to stay informed when it comes to ag policy decisions and stay connected to what’s going on in Congress.
The federal government appears ready to take dramatic action against U.S. wireless carriers that fail to protect Android smartphone buyers against malware — specifically by not pushing out timely operating-system updates. And the catalyst most likely to kick the feds into gear is an American Civil Liberties Union complaint filed Tuesday with the Federal Trade Commission.Let The Market DecideWhat the ACLU is asking is not difficult. Rather than have the FTC order carriers to ship security updates to the Android operating system as soon as they are made available by Google, the ACLU wants customers to be told upfront that they won’t be getting the updates needed to protect their personal data from hackers.“We think the companies should be forthcoming about this,” Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist and a senior policy analyst for the ACLU, said. “If consumers knew that certain phones weren’t going to get updates, they might not buy those phones in the first place.”Rather than force carriers to spend a lot of money on automatic update services, the ACLU wants the market to fix the problem, a stand that many lawmakers in Congress should applaud.“We want the market to work, but consumers are never going to get to vote with their wallets if they don’t know which phones are secure and which phones are not secure,” Soghoian said.(See also: FTC To Carriers: Fix Security Or End Up Like HTC)The ACLU complaint names AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA. AT&T declined comment, Sprint said it follows “industry-standard best practices,” and Verizon said it works closely with manufacturers to provide “mandatory updates to devices as quickly as possible.”T-Mobile was the only carrier to say that it keeps Android customers up to date with the latest software. “T-Mobile takes security very seriously, and regularly provides security updates to our customers, including those using the Android operating system,” a company spokesman said.The FTC Plays The HeavyIf that is what T-Mobile does, then it is more in line with the FTC’s thinking than its rivals. In a February settlement with smartphone manufacturer HTC, the agency pointedly emphasized the need to secure mobile devices.Under FTC pressure, HTC agreed to a “comprehensive security program” that includes patching vulnerabilities that could be exploited by hackers and spammers. The agreement was significant because it outlined for all device manufacturers what the FTC considers best practices for security.Keeping software up to date is a critical defense against hackers, who often target known vulnerabilities in software because so many users continue to run older, bug-ridden versions. In a blog post following the HTC settlement, FTC chief technologist Steve Bellovin made it clear that securing mobile devices was the responsibility of manufacturers and carriers, and they have to work together at getting updates out to customers.“Bugs happen, ergo fixes have to happen,” Bellovin said.Android malware is a much larger problem outside the U.S., particularly in Asia and Eastern Europe. That’s because people in those regions will download applications from third-party app stores, many of which distribute malware-infected software. In the U.S., most people get their apps from the Google Play store, which regularly checks for malicious software.Nevertheless, 97% of new mobile malware is directed at Android devices, which comprise 72% of the smartphone market, according to security vendor Symantec’s latest Internet Security Threat Report. While most infections today occur from downloading bad apps, experts say hackers are increasingly trying to compromise devices through spam that carries links to malicious Web sites.Given the mood of the FTC, and trends in Android malware, it should be obvious to carriers that the status quo is unacceptable. If they aren’t ready to make changes on their own, then they’re likely to get an unfriendly shove from the feds.Image courtesy of Shutterstock Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#aclu#american civil liberties union#Android#AT&T#federal trade commission#FTC#malware#security#Sprint Nextel#T-Mobile#Verizon Wireless#wireless carriers What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts antone gonsalves The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
An SOS from several young boys from Iraq – who were lured into immigration by unscrupulous agents from Punjab a few months ago – has brought the issue of human trafficking back into focus.More than two dozen boys have approached the Indian mission in Baghdad for help and have been waiting for a chance to return for more than two weeks. They have alleged that they were forced to clear defused and live ammunition for preparing fields for agriculture.While efforts have been under way – including the intervention of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to facilitate their return – there appears to be no check on the agents who lure gullible young men. An estimated 15,000 Punjabi youth have been languishing in prisons in other countries for staying illegally, but no agent in Punjab is ever convicted for sending them abroad. The police too deal with such complaints as mere cases of fraud. The cases eventually lead nowhere since complainants fail to prove that they paid money to the agent.There are several reasons for the thriving human trafficking racket under the garb of immigration.People in Punjab are so obsessed about going abroad that they don’t verify the agents’ antecedents. Young men, who fail to get jobs here, approach these unscrupulous touts. They pay them in cash without any receipt.These agents put them across to some licensed immigration agencies in big cities in Punjab or Chandigarh for further processing their travel papers. The men remain oblivious to the identity of the persons processing their documents.advertisementIn many cases, the agents send the men to countries which offer visa on arrival. When they find out that they have been cheated and apprise their families in India, the cops do not take the issue seriously.Amid police inaction, protests by illegal immigrants’ kin demanding their return from various countries across the globe are common. Those who manage to return also reconcile with the system and enter into a “compromise” with the agents and agree not to complain against them in return for some money.The young men who went to Iraq were promised $ 800 every month. Much to their shock, they were kept in inhuman conditions and some of them were not paid any money for months.Their immigration information – including their flight details – are on record. They have also managed to send their passport numbers from Iraq to verify the same for action against the agents. Police and other authorities can use the travel details to verify that they actually travelled to Iraq under a legal arrangement.The agents named by some of these men admit only to have arranged tickets for them. They deny any involvement in their immigration. They also claim that they do not recognise the men.The government has done nothing to crack down on these devious immigration shops. The state government had promised to curb illegal immigration. The Legislative Assembly had passed the Punjab Prevention of Human Smuggling Bill in October 2010.Misrepresentation of facts, inducing, alluring or cheating young men to immigrate is punishable under the Act. Immigration agents are also barred from advertising and holding seminars without informing the authorities.The Punjab government had sent the Bill for presidential consent but its status is not known.Isn’t it time to set the ball rolling to enact a deterrent law?Not easy to be PM’s alma mater Prime Minister Manmohan SinghThe response to an RTI query regarding a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) degree to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh by his alma mater Panjab University recently sparked off a major controversy. The response furnished to an RTI activist Dr Rajinder K Singla omitted the reference to the degree awarded to the PM on November 3, 2009. As the media took up the issue, the University suspended a senior assistant – the employee who prepared the reply. Show cause notices were also issued to the superintendent of the branch who attested the information and deputy registrar (RTI) and PIO who forwarded it to Singla.Some groups also started ranting over the chair named after Dr Singh. The University had offered it to Nobel Laureate, Amartya Sen. However, the University said he has not responded to the offer so far.The chair cannot be offered to anyone else until he responds.Now, the University has “doubled” the efforts “to get his consent.” The delay in the construction of a multi- purpose auditorium has also returned to haunt the University. Its foundation stone was laid by the PM about two years ago. A committee looking into it has held 14 meetings so far and tenders were issued several times but only one tender was received. The PM is revered and we will never allow his faith in his alma mater to be shaken, said VC R. C. Sobti.advertisementProf does the city proud Prof. Manju JaidkaProfessor Manju Jaidka – who serves Panjab University in Chandigarh – has been elected the executive director of the International Association of American Studies ( IASA) – the world-wide, independent, non- governmental association for Americanists. The announcement of the election was made at the IASA conference held recently in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.IASA is registered in the Netherlands with members in more than 40 countries.Jaidka – who recently resumed work at the department of English at Panjab University after a year’s sabbatical – is a recipient of several international awards, including two Rockefeller fellowships, a Fulbright, and visiting fellowships to UK, US and Canada. She is also on the editorial boards of leading professional journals.Currently the chairperson of the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi, Jaidka is also the author of a forthcoming book on Deepa Mehta and a novel, Scandal Point. These books are coming shortly.Holistic education Indian style Sri Muktinath Ved Vidya AshramSri Muktinath Ved Vidya Ashram – a charitable school in Chandigarh – has been promoting Indian culture and tradition.Primarily into the teaching of various courses in Sanskrit, the institute also promotes yoga, Indian sports and traditional music. All students at the institute communicate in Sanskrit.Acharya Swami Prasad Mishr – who heads the institute – says that they teach students Vedas and shastras. The children – who are taught as per the guru- shishya tradition – get up in the wee hours and conduct their morning prayers. They get fresh vegetarian food and milk from the cows reared in the ashram. The ashram gets students from all over North India. These students stay in the hostel during their schooling years. The accommodation is provided free. Mishr states that he aims to impress upon students to stay away from western lifestyle. The Indian way of living does not have any parallel in the world and the West too started imitating the same. “But, we never tell them to keep away from the good things of the West. People there are more professional. Our students should adopt this quality from them,” he says.