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Three-mile bread’s a hit at Heatherslaw Bakery

first_imgHeatherslaw Bakery hopes to be making bread “on a big scale” following the success of its new bloomer, produced with ingredients sourced within a three-mile radius.Heatherslaw Bakery in Northumberland, which employs up to 40 people, has previously concentrated on producing cakes and biscuits, but is now looking to breadmaking as an additional focus of the business.The idea for its new 1lb Heatherslaw Bloomer came from Heatherslaw Mill shop manager Marlyn Mair, who is keen to promote locally-made products, and the product is already proving popular with customers, The whole production process takes place within a three miles of the Ford and Etal Estate in north Northumberland. The wheat grown near the site of the Battle of Flodden is supplied to the water-driven Heatherslaw Corn Mill, and the flour is then taken to the adjoining bakery.The business is on target to reach a turnover of around £1.4m, in line with last year’s performance, and “we might even do better”, commented Colin Smurthwaite, who runs Heatherslaw Bakery. In addition to the success of the bloomer, the bakery has also been boosted by orders from Wyevale garden centres.“When we started making the bread we tested it out on customers in the tea rooms next door and they couldn’t get enough of it, so we’re pretty sure we’re on to a winner,” commented Smurthwaite.Smurthwaite said he plans to sell the bloomer throughout the North East initially. It is made from stoneground wholemeal flour and cracked wheat.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s senior reflects on time as student football manager

first_imgUpon arriving to campus her first year, Saint Mary’s senior Ashley DeJonge said she knew she wanted to participate in the football student managing program. “I knew about the student managing program before I even stepped on campus as a student,” DeJonge said in an email. “I know a couple people who were involved as a manager for other sports and spoke very highly of the program, so I thought I’d give it a try.”Students interested in the program must join during their freshman year, so DeJonge began her involvement during her first year of studies. “I’ve been a manager for the football team since my freshman year,” she said. “That’s when anyone who is interested needs to get involved because of the way continuing on in the program works.”Within the program, she works both practices and games in order to assist the team. “We work every practice and walk-through the team has, set up the locker room before game days and work on the sidelines of the home games,” DeJonge said. “Some of us even get the opportunity to travel to all the away games.”DeJonge said her participation in the football management program has given her an introduction into the sports industry — a field in which she said she hopes to continue working after graduation.“My dream is to work in the sports industry someday, so I felt this would be a great opportunity to get involved with an athletic program and to build my resume,” she added. In addition to building her resume, football management has taught her about all of the work that goes into a game day, she said. “I love getting to see everything that happens behind the scenes,” DeJonge said. “I’ve learned so much about an athletic team and its program that I would have never imagined goes into a game day production.”However, there are also obstacles that come with working in the field, DeJonge said. “At times being a female in this position presents a challenge where I’m unable to help out in areas that are needed, such as having to be in the locker room. But these situations definitely have not hindered my ability to work in this program,” she said.Nonetheless, DeJonge said her experience at Saint Mary’s has given her the confidence to continue working in the field. “Saint Mary’s really prides themselves on empowering women, so this mentality has helped me succeed in a male-dominant position,” she said. If any first year students have an interest in joining, DeJonge said she recommends they give it a try. Any freshmen that would like to become involved are welcome to send her an email, she said. “Even if you are on the line about it, sign up and work a practice,” DeJonge said. “Every freshman will have the opportunity to work practices and some will even get lucky enough to work a game. It’s an amazing opportunity no matter how long your experience is.”Tags: football manager, SMC football manager, student managerlast_img read more

It was ‘fasciation’

first_imgYou may have seen the “flattened” willow stems used to make attractive flower arrangements. Host Walter Reeves looks closer at these “fasciated” stems on “Gardening in Georgia” Sept. 21 on Georgia Public Television.”Gardening in Georgia” (www.gardeningingeorgia.com) is produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPTV. It airs twice each Saturday, at noon and 7 p.m.On the Sept. 21 shows, Reeves looks at the unusual stem shape caused by bacteria, a virus or genetics. He explains the phenomenon and becomes fascinated by fasciation on a mallow plant.Bobby Saul, co-owner of ItSaulPlants, finds and introduces new plants to the marketplace. Saul unveils several intriguing plants you’ll see at your local garden center soon.And finally, Mark Rieger, a CAES horticulturist, displays several kinds of citrus he keeps in pots on his patio and moves indoors only on the coldest days of winter.last_img read more

Joseph Mariathasan: Finding a narrow path to prosperity

first_imgThe Bank for International Settlements’ office in Basel, SwitzerlandAction pointsThe first line of action suggested by the bank is to redouble efforts to implement structural policies – the only way to raise sustainable growth without generating inflationary pressures. Economies are already operating at or beyond estimates of full employment and potential output, but growth has been disappointing, which the BIS sees as an indication of supply constraints.The reforms include national governments fostering entrepreneurship and supporting the rapid take-up of innovation, as well as limiting rent-seeking behaviour and promoting the flexible reallocation of production.This all sounds very good – and European venture capital does appear to be doing better now than it has been for decades – but it is difficult to see what actions can be implemented that will be real game changers.Perhaps naturally for an international financial institution owned by central banks, the second line of action it recommends is to strengthen the resilience of the financial system, by ensuring banks can be profitable enough to be able to absorb any losses smoothly and swiftly.However, as the BIS admits, profitability has not only been hit by persistent and unusually low interest rates eating away at banks’ net interest margins, but they are also facing the challenge of growing competition from technology-savvy new entrants.The BIS’s third recommendation is to ensure the sustainability of public-sector finance and to avoid pro-cyclical fiscal expansions. Public debt has risen to new peacetime highs in both advanced and emerging market economies.But countries face immense challenges in satisfying this, particularly given the requirement to move back to normal monetary policy and away from the artificial quantitative easing environment, which has itself given rise to many unpleasant side effects.The BIS must hope that it does not end up like Cassandra, daughter of Priam, the King of Troy in Greek mythology: given the ability to utter prophecies which were true, but then given a curse that she would always be disbelieved. In the absence of a trade war, for the next couple of years consensus forecasts predict that the trend will continue, marking one of the longest post-war expansions.The heavy reliance on monetary policy to support the post-crisis recovery clearly has longer-term implications, however. The BIS points out that, post-crisis, the weight of non-bank intermediaries such as asset managers and institutional investors has risen substantially, “and is likely to influence the dynamics of any future episodes of financial stress, in familiar but also some unexpected ways”.A second possible trigger for an economic slowdown could be a sudden decompression of historically low bond yields, or a “snapback” in core sovereign market yields, notably in the US – this will be discussed further in the September IPE issue.An inflation surprise and the perception that central banks will have to tighten more than anticipated could be the catalyst. In the US, the risk could be exacerbated by the prospective heavy issuance of government debt, combined with the gradual unwinding of central bank purchases. Given the central role of the US in the global economy, the impact could easily be global in scope.The third trigger, as outlined by the BIS, could be a more general reversal in risk appetite. There are many possible catalysts for this, including disappointing profits, the drag of the contraction phase of financial cycles where these have turned, a souring of sentiment around emerging markets, or unforeseen political instability in some large economies.What can policy do to ensure the current expansion is more sustainable and balanced, the BIS asks. Compared to the pre-crisis world, the room for policy manoeuvre has narrowed considerably, so the answers are important. Concerns are growing that US president Donald Trump seems ready and willing to instigate a global trade war that could have a calamitous impact on future global prosperity.As the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) states in its recent annual economic report, an escalation of protectionist measures could be “a possible trigger of an economic slowdown or downturn”. The impact could be significant, if such an escalation is seen to threaten the open multilateral trading system.That may not be the only threat to future prosperity. The BIS suggests that, post the financial crisis, it is time to take advantage of current favourable conditions “to put in place a more balanced policy mix to promote a sustainable expansion”. However, as the BIS warns, the path ahead is a narrow one.President Trump’s election coincided with raised “animal spirits” in the US and a renewed optimism in the corporate sector – it remains to be seen whether or not that mood will persist if the US blunders into a global trade war with both its allies and China.last_img read more

Kiki Bertens sees off Karolina Muchova in Qatar Open

first_imgDOHA: No.7 seed Kiki Bertens overcame Karolina Muchova to move into the last 16 of the Qatar Open, 6-2, 6-4 on Monday. Coming off the back of a successful defense of her title in St Petersburg, the WTA World No.6 showed too much consistency and variety for an opponent who has stormed up the Rankings since reaching the quarterfinals in Qatar 12 months ago.Defending champion Elise Mertens strode confidently into the second round with a straight-sets win over Wang Qiang. The Belgian, seeded 16th in Doha, produced a dominant display to triumph 6-1 6-2.Australian Open runner-up Garbine Muguruza endured a much tougher outing at the WTA Premier 5 event than Mertens, requiring three sets to see off Daria Kasatkina. The two-time grand slam champion prevailed 7-5 5-7 6-3 after two hours and 49 minutes, with Ajla Tomljanovic up next for the Spaniard.Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia survived a late-night thriller that ended well past midnight, overcoming a spirited effort by Swiss qualifier Jil Teichmann and winning 7-5, 2-6, 7-5 to move into the second round. Barbora Strycova beat 10th seed Petra Matric 4-6 6-1 6-2, Zheng Saisai beat Marketa Vondrousova 1-6 6-3 6-2, Iga Saiatek beat Donna Vekic 6-4 7-5, 15th seed Maria Sakkari beat Julia Gorges 6-4 6-3 to reach next round. AgenciesAlso Read: Kiki Bertens retains St Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy titleAlso Watch: Khelo India Lawn Bowl Gold Medalist Suranjana Baruah shares candid moment with THE SENTINEL DIGITALlast_img read more

Motorsport: Bianchi still critical

first_imgPhilippe Bianchi says Jules’ situation is “desperate” after he suffered severe head injuries in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix nine days ago, and admits it’s a “miracle” he’s still alive.Marussia’s Bianchi underwent surgery when he got to hospital, but remains in a critical condition.last_img

Pjanic comments the Match between BiH and Greece

first_imgPlayer of the national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Miralem Pjanic, after the match with the national team of Greece at Bilino polje in Zenica in BiH, said that nothing is still lost but that the Bosnian players could play much better.“We had more opportunities than the Greeks, although they are a good team, we have shown a lot in the first half, but we still did not lose everything, we have a chance to show off in the match with Belgium…, “Pjanic said after the match with Greece.Selector of national football team Mehmed Bazdarevic said “we had to give ourselves a little more, because we knew that the Greeks would play dirty”.(Source: radiosarajevo)last_img read more

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