Lafarge Africa PLC ( Q32015 Interim Report

first_imgLafarge Africa PLC ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Lafarge Africa PLC ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Lafarge Africa PLC ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Lafarge Africa PLC (  2015 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileLafarge Africa Plc is a cement manufacturing company in Nigeria offering high quality concrete and aggregates for the home building and construction sectors. The company is one of the oldest cement manufacturing companies in Nigeria and is a member of the LafargeHolcim Group, the largest building and concrete solutions company in the world. It also diversified interests in manufacturing paint, repairing electric motors, transport services and Kraft bag production. Lafarge Africa Plc has plants in Ewekoro and Sagamu in the South West district; Mfamosing in the South-South district; and Ashaka in the North East district of Nigeria. The company has installed cement production capacity of 10.5MTPA and has plans to increase its production capacity. Its product range includes cement, aggregates, ready-mix concrete and pulverized fly ash. Cement solutions are marketed under the brand names Elephant, Ashaka, Supaset, PowerMax and Unicem. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Lafarge Cement WAPCO Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Daily news from New Zealand – 20 October – Video

first_imgAUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – AUGUST 31: Imanol Harinordoquy of the French IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 team arrives at Auckland International Airport on August 31, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Imanol Harinordoquy shares his thoughts on the RWC FinalIn today’s RWC Daily we hear Tana Umaga’s thoughts on the final, as well as catch up with the referee in charge of the Final, Craig Joubert, and France’s Imanol Harinordoquy.last_img read more

Halifax charity credit cards raised £1.5 million in 2005

first_img Tagged with: corporate Research / statistics Howard Lake | 29 January 2006 | News  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Halifax charity credit cards raised £1.5 million in 2005 Halifax credit cards generated £1.5 million in 2005 to Cancer Research UK (CRUK), Mencap and the NSPCC.Halifax currently donates £20 to the customer’s chosen charity when they first use the card. Thereafter it dones 25p for every £100 spend on the card.Since 1988 Halifax charity credit cards have raised over £18 million. The company claims that this makes it “the world’s most successful charity credit card provider.” Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Whitewater relaunches website as a blog

first_img Howard Lake | 21 September 2006 | News Direct marketing agency Whitewater has embraced blogging by relaunching its corporate website as a blog, and “inviting professional fundraisers to get closer to our thinking and join us in pushing forwards the boundaries of our fundraising.”Using open source blogging software Moveable Type, Whitewater’s website offers all the usual information about its services and clients, plus news updates and comment from a variety of its staff. All of them are accompanied by a stylish photo of the staff member.The agency’s move to a blog-based site, apart from encouraging more interaction from clients and potential clients, grew out of its series of unusual full-page adverts in Professional Fundraising magazine. These stood out from other adverts because they were simply an opportunity for the Whitewater team to “share what’s on their minds”. Advertisement Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Digital About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.  25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Whitewater relaunches website as a blog In number 30 in the series of adverts Whitewater Managing Director Steve Andrews explained: “that is essentially what our new website is: a beautiful, informative, interactive and deeply personal… blog”.He encouraged charities to use blogging to communicate with supporters and the wider public. It is a “powerful opportunity to engage with your donors”, he argued.He explained that “the Baby Boomers… want to get close to the work they’re supporting and they’re more likely to trust the voice of the nurse on the frontline than the formal, brand-policied, corporate version. And blogging is the way to give that nurse that voice.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Nominations open for payroll giving awards 2013

first_img  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The chair of the judging panel is Jane Banks, of the British Heart Foundation. She said: “This year, as well as celebrating the new and innovative schemes that have raised a record £124 million in 2012-13, we will also be paying tribute to those longstanding campaigns that have delivered year in, year out with a new award for Most Accomplished Sustained Scheme.”The deadline for nominations for the National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards is 18 October.  Howard Lake | 27 September 2013 | News The Institute of Fundraising is inviting employers to enter this year’s National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards to showcase their achievements in promoting this tax-effective method of giving.The awards feature categories for employers, charities and professional partnerships who have been outstanding in promoting payroll giving in the work place. Any employer who has achieved a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Quality Mark Award in 2013 is eligible to enter.The winners will be anounced at the Treasury on 3 December 2013, to be hosted by Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society and Sajid Javid MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury. Advertisement Nominations open for payroll giving awards 2013 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Uncertainty reigns in Virginia as Northam remains conflicted, Fairfax denies allegation

first_imggnagel/iStock(RICHMOND, Va.) — The state of Virginia was mired in uncertainty Tuesday as its governor remained conflicted over his political future following the revelation that a racist photo appeared in his 1984 medical school yearbook, and his lieutenant governor continued to vehemently deny an unconfirmed report about an allegation of sexual misconduct stemming from a 2004 incident.Allies of Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam say he will continue to try to wait out the firestorm that has engulfed his office in recent days, which has only been amplified by the near universal calls for him to resign from Democratic presidential candidates, both of Virginia’s U.S. senators, and party elders including former Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.“He’s said he’s taking it day by day,” Rep. Donald McEachin, D-Va., one of two African-American members of the state’s congressional delegation, told ABC News Monday evening. “I don’t know what’s going on in Ralph’s mind right now. But I think it’s going to become more and more apparent that he can’t lead.”McEachin also pointed to a major event happening this year in Virginia: the marking of 400 years since the arrival of the first recorded African slaves being brought to the New World in Jamestown.“This is the 400th anniversary of Africans coming over to Virginia in chains. We’re going to have a commemorative ceremony in Jamestown for that. The juxtaposition of that ceremony with a governor that’s misled us about blackface, who’s been in blackface, is just not a picture that Virginia wants to put forth to the nation and to the world,” McEachin said.Northam met with his top staff on Monday to consider his future, telling them he needs more time to consider what he will do next.A complicating factor in Northam’s future is the high bar for impeachment under the Virginia State Constitution, which leaders in the state legislature say has not yet been discussed.“I think there’s a rightful hesitation about removal from office, because obviously, you have to consider that to some degree you’re overturning an election,” the Republican Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates Kirk Cox told reporters on Monday, “I think the constitutional provisions are very specific on the succession of office. It really does call for a matter of physical and mental incapacitation and that’s what it was meant to do.”The governor did get a show of support Tuesday from Republican State Sen. Richard Stuart, who said that while he finds the situation “heartbreaking,” Northam should have the “opportunity to clear his name.”“We have a tremendous opportunity to teach our children that when you make a mistake, the right thing to do is face up to it and work to make things right, not run away in shame and disgrace,” Stuart wrote in a statement provided to ABC News. “Ralph is a man of strong moral character. He will do what is right. The Governor has asked Virginians for the opportunity to earn their trust after this episode. I believe he deserves it.”Northam has not commented on the controversy since an at-times bizarre news conference on Saturday during which he said he did not participate in the racist photo that appeared on his yearbook page, despite releasing a statement on Friday saying that he did.“When my staff showed me the photo in question yesterday, I was seeing it for the first time. I did not purchase the yearbook and I was unaware of what was on my page,” Northam told reporters. “When I was confronted with the images yesterday, I was appalled that they appeared on my page but I believe then and now that I am not either of the people in that photo.” Furthering the chaos is the situation facing the man who would succeed Northam should he step down: Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax. A 39-year-old African-American and former federal prosecutor, Fairfax is seen as a rising star and potential gubernatorial candidate in 2021.This morning Fairfax is facing questions after an unconfirmed report surfaced about an alleged sexual misconduct incident from 2004, an allegation he vehemently denies.“This was 14 years ago … this was not only from left field, it was from planet Mars because it didn’t happen in the way it was described,” Fairfax told reporters at an impromptu news conference in Richmond on Monday afternoon.“The current situation and so it’s all completely political, a complete smear,” Fairfax said Monday evening as he was leaving the statehouse.The Virginia Democratic Party released a statement Tuesday afternoon on the allegations against Fairfax that read, “All allegations of sexual assault deserve to be take with profound gravity. We will continue to evaluate the situation regarding Lieutenant Governor Fairfax.” The Democratic caucuses in the Virginia House of Delegates and State Senate released a joint statement Tuesday afternoon that was similarly brief.“The facts here are still being determined. Every individual deserves the opportunity to be heard, and we respect anyone who comes forward to share their story,” the statement read.Fairfax has remained non-committal on whether or not he thinks Northam should resign over the racist yearbook photo.When asked Monday whether Northam should resign, Fairfax reiterated his original call for him to “make a decision that’s in the best interest of the Commonwealth of Virginia.”“I’m in a unique position obviously answering to the governor…someone who would have to assume the office in the event he were to resign. So I have to be very circumspect. I have to think about the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia,” Fairfax added. Fairfax said he spoke to Northam “probably a couple of days ago,” and when asked if he spoke to the governor following his Saturday news conference, Fairfax said, “I don’t know. I don’t think I have. I’d have to double-check my records.”Fairfax’s accuser, whom ABC News is not naming, has retained legal services from the firm Katz, Marshall and Banks, according to a source close to her legal team.This is the same firm that was hired by Christine Blasey Ford, a California psychology professor who brought forward allegations of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh, then-President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Kavanaugh was later confirmed by the U.S. Senate.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Photo editing software drives 20% more views on Rightmove, says leading Manchester agent

first_imgHome » News » Photo editing software drives 20% more views on Rightmove, says leading Manchester agent previous nextProducts & ServicesPhoto editing software drives 20% more views on Rightmove, says leading Manchester agentClaim is made by ThornleyGroves after using KeyAGENT’s recently-launched PropertyBOX photo enhancing suite.Nigel Lewis3rd July 201701,365 Views An estate agent in Manchester says it is gaining up to 20% more views on its Rightmove-listed properties since the company began using specialist photo editing software.Nine-branch Manchester agent Thornley Groves says the recently-launched technology, which makes properties sparkle even if snapped on a miserable day, on a mobile phone or just by an inexperienced photographer, helps it sell 1,000 properties a year and let a further 2,000 a year in North, South and Central Manchester.“It makes sense. If something’s more attractive, you’re more likely to click,” says Matt Smith, Residential Sales and Lettings Director at Thornley Groves (pictured, below)“As well as the £1,000,000+ houses in Cheshire, we’ve got plenty of two-bed apartments in the city centre, which deserve to be advertised with the same level of quality,”.Matt and 120-strong team use KeyAgent’s PropertyBOX technology to process all of their properties for sale and to let and, says Matt, the number of properties they have to revisit to shoot new photos is at “an all-time low”.Mr Blue SkyPropertyBox automatically processes images adding blue skies and green grass and other improvements where necessary, and can also turn hand-drawn layout sketches into fully-fledged floorplans. KeyAgent says some 2.5 million photos are already being processed by PropertyBox every year.“Thornley Groves is a case in point for why we developed PropertyBOX: to improve agents’ day-to-day lives and help them focus on selling and letting houses,” says Tim Wright of KeyAgent.“When the Negotiators at Thornley Groves don’t use a professional photographer, PropertyBOX is there to bridge the gap.”Thornley Groves was bought by private rental sector investment firm Lomond Capital in 2013, and since then an extra branch has been added and its team increased from 80 to 120 and the number of properties it manages almost doubled from 1,600 to 3,000. keyAGENT Matt Smith Property Box thornley groves July 3, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Assistant Professor – Computer Engineering

first_imgInquires may be directed to the Interim Department Chair, Dr. RodFatoohi, [email protected] Compensation – Commensurate with qualifications andexperience. See Benefits Summary for details.Starting Date – August 2021Eligibility – Employment is contingent upon proof ofeligibility to work in the United States.Application ProcedureClick Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Applicationand attach the following documents by January 11,2021 for full consideration: Responsibilities A faculty member is expected to teach, supervise, and advisestudents in both undergraduate and graduate programs, and toestablish a research program related to his/her field ofinterest.Candidate will participate in shared governance, usually indepartment, college, and university committee and other serviceassignments.Candidate must demonstrate awareness and experienceunderstanding the needs of a student population of great diversity– in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language andacademic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teachingstrategies and advisement. The Computer Engineering Department at San José StateUniversity (SJSU), , invitesapplications for two tenure-track faculty positions at the rank ofAssistant Professor. Areas of particular interest includeartificial intelligence and machine learning, visualization anduser experience, data analytics and design thinking, virtual andaugmented reality, data mining and big data, robotics, computersystems architecture, FPGA, and embedded systems, but other areasin computer and software engineering will also be considered.Please read carefully as some information has been updated sincethe first posting.Required Qualificationscenter_img letter of interestcurriculum vitaestatement of teaching interests/philosophy (2 pagesmaximum)research plans (2 pages maximum)diversity statement (2 pages maximum) discussing specificinitiatives, strategies, activities that you have accomplishedand/or that you plan to accomplish to advance diversity, equity,and/or inclusionthree references with contact information Applicants must have a doctorate in Computer/SoftwareEngineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or a closelyrelated field by the start of the appointment.Applicants must have a strong commitment to teachingexcellence, dedication to continued professional development andscholarship, and a broad knowledge of computer/softwareengineering. Demonstrated ability in written and oral use of theEnglish language is required.Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivityto the educational goals of a multicultural population as mighthave been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching andother comparable experience. The UniversitySan José StateUniversity enrolls over 35,700 students, a significantpercentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, thisposition is for scholars interested in a career at a nationalleader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic ServingInstitution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American PacificIslander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students arefirst-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university iscurrently ranked third nationally in increasing student upwardmobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversityof its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community canbenefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.San José State University is California’s oldest institution ofpublic higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop.1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one ofthe most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’spublic university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, anduniversity-industry experiences to prepare students to address thebiggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campusCalifornia State University (CSU) system.Equal Employment StatementSan José State University is an Affirmative Action/EqualOpportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants foremployment without regard to race, color, religion, nationalorigin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexualorientation, genetic information, medical condition, maritalstatus, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to allSan José State University students, faculty, and staff as well asUniversity programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations aremade for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note thatall San José State University employees are considered mandatedreporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect ReportingAct and are required to comply with the requirements set forth inCSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.Additional InformationA background check (including a criminal records check) must becompleted satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered aposition with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete thebackground check may affect the application status of applicants orcontinued employment of current CSU employees who apply for theposition.Advertised: October 10, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific DaylightTimeApplications close:last_img read more

2011 review of the year

first_imgJanuaryl The UK delivered price of wheat hits £229 per tonne.l The overall number of new outlets opened by companies in British Baker’s BB75 list of the top bakery retailers increases by 6.9% on 2010, with Greggs remaining the largest player in the market.l Bakers welcome a decision by the government to ditch the prescribed sizes of unwrapped loaves.l Bakers are urged to buy British after the dioxin egg scare, which forces bakery products off the shelves.l The UK team at the Louis Lesaffre Cup in France is named a ’contender’ team for the 2012 Bakery World Cup.l Sainsbury’s launches its Fresh Kitchen concept on the high street.l A newly published survey shows the price of bread actually fell in the UK in 2010, despite rising input costs.Februaryl Tesco launches its first bakery apprenticeship scheme.l Millers Rank Hovis and ADM increase the price of their flour as the price of wheat creeps ever higher.l The UK team wins the Production Award in the Sigep Bread Cup, which takes place in Rimini, Italy.l Ginsters launches its multi-million-pound ’man plea’ promotional campaign.l Cornish Pasties gain Protected Geographical Indication under EU law.l Short sugar stocks force suppliers to up the price.l United Biscuits announces plans to cut around 85 jobs at its McVitie’s factory in Glasgow.l Clydesdale Bakery in Port Glasgow closes its doors after 56 years in business.l Sandwich bar Simply Eat announces plans to open 100 outlets across the UK.Marchl Premier Foods announces it will close its Hovis distribution centre in Chandler’s Ford, Hants, after a reduction in volumes of supermarket own-brand bread.l New Britain Oils unveils plans for a fully segregated palm oil plant in the UK.l Pork Farms rebrands to reflect its heritage.l Scotbake announces growth plans, following a multi-million-pound cash injection.l AMT Coffee plans to expand its coffee sites following a £1m deal to raise finance with Close Leasing.l Lancashire-based Taylors the Bakers is saved from administration for the second time in less than a year.l Warburtons names Amy Cooke as its Young Baker of the Year.l Ginsters opens its first retail outlet in Manchester.Aprill Scarborough-based Woodhead Bakery goes into administration after being hit by inflation and rising wheat prices. Nearly all the shops and the bakery are promptly saved in two separate deals with Cooplands & Sons (Scarborough) and Bakery Products.l It is revealed that Fiona Cairns and McVitie’s Cake Company will make the cakes for the much-anticipated Royal Wedding.l Dawn Foods announces its intentions to acquire Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients.l The Real Bread Campaign reopens the debate as to what consitutes ’freshly’ baked bread with the launch of its latest drive, which puts bake-off breads under the spotlight.l The EC tables measures to ease sugar supplies.l Pidy announces it is to start selling its pastry products via Amazon.Mayl The organic bakery sector sees a further fall in sales, as rising commodities prices and low consumer confidence take their toll.l Bristol piemaker Pieminister reveals plans to move its factory to South Wales.l BB’s Coffee and Muffins unveils its first rebranded store in Watford’s Harlequin Shopping Centre, with plans to roll out the new look to its 70-plus outlets.l More independent bakers than ever take part in National Doughnut Week, which raises money for charity The Children’s Trust.l Risk Capital acquires “a large stake” in north London artisan bakery Breads Ltd, with plans to grow its wholesale and retail business.l Gluten-free bread brand Genius announces it is to launch its products in the US with a new distribution deal.Junel The warm weather puts further pressure on wheat prices, despite Russia lifting its export ban.l Bakers air their views on how to revamp the high-street cheaper parking, lower rents and greater council powers as the government announces TV retail-guru Mary Portas is to lead a comprehensive review of the high street.l Leicestershire bakers are praised by their local council’s Trading Standards team for reducing the amount of salt in their bread.l Burton’s Foods confirms more than 200 jobs will go at its Moreton plant following the announcement the biscuit site will be shut.l German Pretzel company Ditsch announces plans to extend its number of UK outlets to 50 in the next five yearsl Coombs Hampshires goes into liquidation, resulting in around 120 job losses.Julyl Sayers the Bakers is put up for sale, but says it believes there is huge potential for its Poundbakery outlets to be rolled out nationwide.l Premier Foods reveals its strategy for growth, with its Hovis and Mr Kipling brands to receive multi-million-pound investment over the next few years, but also reveals it will close its Hovis HQ in a streamlining move.l Lantmännen Unibake opens a new 8,000sq m site in Bedford, dedicated to Danish pastry production.l Border Biscuits announces a £2.5m investment in new production facilities and a packaging redesign, with hopes to boost sales by 50%.l Bakery colleges report an increasing number of students signing up to bakery courses.l Motorway service station group Roadchef says it will trial Pasty Presto outlets with two sites piloting the concept.Augustl Rioting in English cities causes damage to bakeries, including Greggs, Coughlans and Patisserie Valerie.l Lidl reveals plans to roll out in-store bakeries across its stores in the UK and Ireland.l Jennifer Buls at Absolute Treats is named National Cupcake Champion for her dairy-free lime and coconut creation.l Greggs trials bake-at-home packs of sausage rolls in Iceland stores, and hints at plans to expand overseas.l Early harvest reports suggest quality is looking promising.l Mr Kipling joins the ambientdesserts market with the launch of Mr Kipling Puddings.l Quiznos reveals it still seeking a master franchisee.l Bagel Nash receives the backing of YFM Equity Partners for a managemnt buy-in.Septemberl Robert Ditty is named Baker of the Year, among many other winners at the 24th Baking Industry Awards.l The industry hits back at latest Consensus Action on Salt and Health report, which claims many breads contain high levels of salt.l Marks & Spencer reveals it will open new-look in-store bakeries in 16 stores.l The Bakehouse revamps to become Flour & Bean.l The Bakers, Food & Allied Workers Union launches a campaign calling for maximum temperature limits in bakeries.l Warburtons confirms that 170 jobs could be lost as it consults on plans to close its Pennine Bakery near Oldham.l National Cupcake Week proves the biggest and best yet.Octoberl National Craft Bakers’ Week sees huge participation once again with Dame Kelly Holmes lending her support to the event.l International bakery firm Aryzta aims to build its presence in UK supermarkets following the acquisition of speciality breads manufacturer Honeytop.l Greggs opens a value coffee-shop concept called Greggs Moment.l Krispy Kreme reveals plans to grow in the north east and Scotland following a £25m management buy-out.l Warburtons reveals it has started selling its bread in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia, in Tesco stores.l Allied Bakeries reveals it plans to close its Gateshead bakery, putting over 100 jobs at risk.Novemberl Premier announces Iwan Williams as the boss of its new bakery division.l Morrisons launches a revamped bread range, with a new ’Baked by us’ brand.l The UK’s largest bagel chain, Bagel Factory, is put on the market.l Craft chain Wenzel’s spends £1m on a revamp of its 20 stores.l Greggs reveals additional plans for new-format stores this time its take on the local craft baker.l Cake-making start-up businesses experience huge growth, up 54% compared to last year.l Marks & Spencer launches its first standalone ’Food on the Move’ outlet.l New York Bakery Co secures £11.5m from its parent company to grow its bagel business.Decemberl Bakery companies look set to benefit from a £1.7m government funding scheme to improve food sector skills.l New chilled pastry company Bakeaway opens its doors in Corby, Northamptonshire.l West Midlands chain Cooks the Bakery falls into administration.l Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients (UK) reveals plans to target the retail sector.l Premier Foods announces it has sold its Brookes Avana business to 2 Sisters for £30m.l Bakels announces it has acquired Swedish bakery ingredients supplier Aromatic.l Mary Portas’ new report on the high street suggests market stalls are the way forward.l Brook Foods launches a new bakery school to teach amateurs and professionals how to set up a bakery business.last_img read more

September Climate

first_imgWhile the southern half of the state received much needed rain in September from tropical storms Hermine and Julia, farmers in the northern part of the state dealt with what some called “the worst conditions in 60 years.” Four months of higher than normal temperatures and abnormally low rainfall left cattle and corn farmers in the northern half of the state with little to feed their herds, and many have sold off cattle. The dry, hot conditions combined with a widespread infestation of armyworms led to the loss of 80 percent of hay crops and 60 percent of soybean crops on some farms. Despite possible rainfall generated by Hurricane Matthew in early October, drier and warmer than normal conditions are likely to continue through the rest of the year. It was the warmest September on record for a number of stations in northern Georgia according to the Perspectives tool from the Southeast Regional Climate Center. In spite of that, only three record daily high temperatures were tied this month. Atlanta’s monthly average temperature was 78.8 F, 5.2 degrees above normal.Athens’ monthly average temperature was 77.7 F, 4.4 degrees above normal.Columbus’ monthly average temperature was 80.3 F, 3.7 degrees above normal.Macon’s monthly average temperature was 78.6 F, 3.6 degrees above normal.Savannah’s monthly average temperature was 79.6 F, 2.7 degrees above normal.Brunswick’s monthly average temperature was 79.4 F, 1.3 degrees above normal.Alma’s monthly average temperature was 78.5 F, 1.4 degrees above normal. Augusta’s monthly average temperature was 77.4 F, 2.8 degrees above normal.Albany’s monthly average temperature was 80.6 F, 2.9 degrees above normal.Rome’s monthly average temperature was 77.6 F, 5.6 degrees above normal.Valdosta’s monthly average temperature was 79.6 F, 2.2 degrees above normal.Several daily rainfall records were set during the month in association with Hermine and Julia. August had a record of 4.20 inches on September 2, passing the old record of 1.12 from 2014. Alma had 3.26 inches on the same date, breaking the old record of 3.19 set in 1957. Brunswick had 4.43 inches on September 13, breaking the old record of 2.03 set in 2002. It was the second driest September in Rome in 124 years of record, following zero inches in 1897. The highest monthly total precipitation from National Weather Service reporting stations was 8.21 inches in Brunswick, Georgia — 2.45inches above normal — and the lowest was in Rome, Georgia, at .24 inches — 3.17 inches below normal.Atlanta received 3.43 inches of rain, 0.84 inches below normal.Columbus, Georgia, received .75 inches of rain, 1.41inches above normal.Macon, Georgia, received 2.18 inches of rain, 2.07 inches below normal.Savannah, Georgia, received 4.99 inches of rain, .41 inches above normal.Alma, Georgia, received 4.26 inches of rain, 0.62 inches above normal.Augusta, Georgia, received 4.58 inches of rain, 1.36 inches below normal. Albany, Georgia, received 3.29 inches of rain, 0.15 inches below normal.Rome, Georgia, received 6.42 inches of rain, 2.29 inches above normal.Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network volunteers in Valdosta reported daily rainfall amounts of 6.08 to 6.01 inches on September 2 during Hermine’s passage. A St. Simons Island volunteer reported 6.03 inches on September 14 during Julia’s movement through the area. The highest monthly rainfall of 12.80 inches was measured near Darien in McIntosh County, followed by 10.07 inches recorded on St. Simons Island in Glynn County and at Newington in Screven County. Severe weather was observed on four days during September. Two small tornadoes were observed near Riceboro in Liberty County and near Skidaway Island in Chatham County on September 1 in spiral bands ahead of Hermine. For more information please see the “Climate and Agriculture” blog at or visit our web page at To share your weather and climate impacts on agriculture, please feel free to email [email protected]last_img read more