Thomas the Baker rolls out compostable carrier bags

first_imgSource: Thomas the Baker(L-R) Shop Assistant Katherine Howe and Shop Manager Mel Wilson from Thomas the BakerYorkshire-based Thomas the Baker has rolled out potato starch bags to help reduce its plastic usage.The compostable bags have replaced all the bakery’s plastic bags as it looks to move towards totally eco-friendly packaging.Made with 100% compostable material, the bag is made up of water, CO2 and biomass. It is also waterproof, and features water-based ink. The bags are strong enough to carry a substantial weight and can be reused multiple times, the bakery added.Once the bags are no longer fit for purpose, consumers can put them in a home compost bin or use them to line food waste caddies.The bakery distributes 350,000 carrier bags per year, which could make a big impact in terms of reducing its carbon footprint and minimising its use of plastic, it said.“We’ve been investigating compostable carrier bags for a long time trying to find the right product. The bags are three times the price of traditional plastic which is presumably why they’re not widely used, but we felt it was important to make a stand, and we chose these bags because they are strong and practical but they’ll also completely compost down in a home compost or industrial composting facility,” said Simon Thomas, general manager at Thomas the Baker.He clarified that the bags are not the same as biodegradable ones – which are often plastic-bases – and are instead made from natural plant starch. The bags shouldn’t be included in recycling or sent to landfill, he added.“We advise people not to put them in for council collection with their garden waste. Although they could easily be composted, it is likely to be misidentified and classed as a plastic bag which risks the whole batch being contaminated,” Thomas said.Retailers in England with more than 250 employees must charge 5p for single-use plastic carrier bags. This will double to 10p in April and extend to all retailers, regardless of size.Thomas the Baker donates profits from its carrier bag sales to local charities – to date it has donated in excess of £15,000.The bakery has strived to make its processes as environmentally friendly as possible in recent years.Paper bags are used where possible to allow them to be more easily recycled, nearly all of its products are freshly made and baked on the same day, which avoids the need to protect them with plastic covers to enhance shelf life and viable alternatives to plastic cake wrapping are being investigated.last_img read more

Eight Paramilitaries Arrested with 1.7 Tons of Cocaine in Colombia

first_imgBy Dialogo July 20, 2009 Bogotá, July 17 (EFE).- The Colombian army confiscated 1.7 tons of cocaine and arrested eight paramilitaries who were transporting the consignment along a road in the eastern part of the country today, regional military spokespersons announced. The drugs belonged to the extreme-right group led by “Cuchillo” (Knife), an alias of Pedro Oliverio Guerrero, according to a statement by the military’s Seventh Brigade, headquartered in Villavicencio in the center of the country, troops from which carried out the operation. The statement specified that the cocaine was being transported in a convoy of three trucks that were stopped in Macanal, a rural district of the eastern town of Puerto Gaitán, in the department of El Meta. In addition to the drugs and the vehicles, the military personnel confiscated a satellite telephone, another three pieces of communication equipment, and two firearms. The military unit calculated the value of the consignment on the international market at 85 billion pesos (41.96 million dollars). Guerrero is one of the most wanted drug traffickers and paramilitaries in Colombia and was a leader of the now-disappeared “Heroes of the Guaviare” Front , part of the now-dissolved organization United Self-Defense Groups of Colombia (AUC). In place of this redoubt, he created the so-called Colombian Anticommunist Popular Revolutionary Army (Erpac), present in part of the eastern region of the country.last_img read more

Flanders Man Shot Dead in Home Invasion

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 21-year-old man was shot to death in his Flanders residence during an armed home invasion early Sunday morning, Suffolk County police said.Southampton Town Police officers responded to a 911 call reporting that armed men had broken into a Priscilla Avenue home and shot a man at 3:15 a.m.Upon arrival, police found Demitri Hampton with a gunshot wound to his chest. The victim was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead where he was pronounced dead.The case is the sixth armed home invasion in Suffolk County in nearly two weeks. Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this case to call them at 631-852-6392 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

Shearwater wins ‘largest-ever 4D seismic campaign in Asia Pacific’

first_imgGeoservices company Shearwater GeoServices has been awarded the largest-ever 4D seismic campaign in the Asia Pacific region covering up to six fields operated by Woodside in Australia.Amazon Conqueror vessel; Source: ShearwaterThe campaign, planned to start in 4Q 2019, covers new 4D acquisition over the Pluto, Brunello, Laverda, Cimatti, and Vincent fields with an option for one additional field, Shearwater said on Monday.The 4D seismic campaign will improve Woodside’s understanding of the fields’ production performance over time and provide data to guide future field developments.The campaign will be executed using the Amazon Conqueror, one of the world’s most advanced seismic vessels. It is equipped with Isometrix, a multi-component multi-sensor seismic streamer system.This is the second 4D seismic campaign award by Woodside to Shearwater following the baseline 4D program in Senegal earlier this year. The contract in Senegal covered the Sangomar, Sangomar Deep and Rufisque Offshore blocks, which contain the SNE discovery.The high density and multi-azimuth survey was scheduled to start in 3Q 2019 and it was acquired by the Polar Marquis using 14 streamers, and FlexiSource triple source.Recenty, while the Polar Marquis vessel was located offshore Senegal, a fire broke out in its engine room. The fire was put out and there were no injuries.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUNDATED (AP) — NFL offensive tackle Greg Robinson have been jailed in West Texas after federal officials said they found 157 pounds of marijuana in a car in which he and another man were riding. El Paso County jail records show that the 27-year-old was booked Tuesday. The complaint says the pair were driving from Los Angeles to Louisiana when the Border Patrol stopped them Monday night and found several large duffel bags of marijuana in their sport utility vehicle. Robinson was a standout at Auburn University and the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. He signed with the Cleveland Browns in 2018. The Browns recently informed Robinson’s representatives they did not intend to re-sign him as a free agent.TENNIS-DUBAI CHAMPIONSHIPTop-seeded Simona Halep advances at Dubai ChampionshipsDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Top-seeded Simona Halep’s (HAL’-ehp) first match since losing to Garbine Muguruza (GAHR’-been moo-gah-ROO’-thuh) in the Australian Open semifinals was a tough three-set win over Ons Jabeur at the Dubai Championships. Halep will meet Aryna Sabalenka in the quarterfinals after Sabalenka beat Elise Mertens in straight sets. Anett Kontaveit beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and will play Petra Martic, who defeated Barbora Strycova in straight sets. Jennifer Brady will play Muguruza in the quarterfinal after Brady beat Marketa Vondrousova and Muguruza defeated Veronika Kudermetova, both in three sets. February 19, 2020 Associated Press NHL-GOLDEN KNIGHTS-KINGS TRADELA Kings trade Cup-winning goal scorer Martinez to VegasLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have traded Stanley Cup-winning goal scorer Alec Martinez to the Vegas Golden Knights for two second-round draft picks. Martinez has spent his entire career with the Kings, who drafted him in 2007. Although he has never scored more than 11 goals in a regular season, he earned a permanent place in franchise lore by scoring the series-winning overtime goals in both the Western Conference finals and the Stanley Cup Final six years ago. Martinez also was a member of the Kings’ first championship team in 2012. He has 62 goals and 136 assists in 597 career games, and he has six goals and 10 assists in 64 career postseason games.NFL-NEWSNFL free agent Greg Robinson jailed in Texas on pot charge McKnight led the Pirates with 18 points and Myles Powell had 16. Mamukelashvili and Romaro Gill added 15 points apiece.Kamar Baldwin had 20 to lead the Bulldogs, while Bryce Golden added 17 points before fouling out with 2:19 to play.Seton Hall faces St. John’s at home Sunday afternoon.MLB-NEWSPirates’ Pablo Reyes banned 80 games for positive drug test Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMEN’S T25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLSeton Hall beats ButlerNEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Sandro Mamukelashvili hit an off-balance shot in the lane at the buzzer to give No. 16 Seton Hall a stunning 74-72 victory over No. 21 Butler. The game-winning shot came on an inbounds play after the officials reviewed a missed shot by Quincy McKnight and added two tenths of a second, putting 0.6 on the clock. McKnight inbounded the ball and Mamukelashvili caught it and tossed it at the basket. It hit the rim and rolled in, breaking a two-game losing streak for the Pirates (19-7, 11-3 Big East). Butler (19-7, 7-7) made three 3-pointers in the final 64 seconds to wipe out a five-point deficit. Sean McDermott hit the last two, tying the game at 72 with 8.8 seconds left. — Houston infielder Aledmys Díaz, Miami first baseman Jesús Aguilar and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brian Goodwin all won their salary arbitration cases, cutting the teams’ advantage to 6-4 in decisions this year with three cases remaining. Díaz was awarded $2.6 million rather than $2 million, Aguilar $2,575,000 instead of $2,325,000 and Goodwin $2.2 million rather than $1.85 million. A decision is pending for Arizona pitcher Archie Bradley, whose case was argued Tuesday. Two players remain scheduled for hearings this week: Philadelphia catcher J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) and reliever Héctor Neris.— Ultilityman Brock Holt and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized a one-year contract. The deal includes a team option for 2021. The 31-year-old left-handed batter had spent his first eight major league seasons with the Boston Red Sox and was an All-Star in 2015. He hit a career-high .297 last year with three homers and 31 RBIs in 295 plate appearances while playing every position except pitcher, catcher and center field.— The Baltimore Orioles have claimed infielder Andrew Velazquez on waivers from the Cleveland Indians. The 25-year-old Velazquez joins a crowded competition for infield spots with Baltimore. The Orioles designated infielder Richard Urena for assignment.— Major league players could be punished for future sign-stealing violations in the wake of the Houston Astros’ scandal that only resulted in discipline for managers, coaches and executives. No players were punished by MLB, and opponents from other teams have expressed dismay over that fact since spring training opened last week. Many have also called for Houston to be of its 2017 World Series title.— The Tampa Bay Rays are offering fans a win-win-win-win proposition in an attempt to draw bigger crowds to barren Tropicana Field. The “Win Pack’’ lets a fan pick any four regular-season Rays game to attend for a total of $99. If the Rays win all four, the fan gets a voucher redeemable for a free ticket to another game. UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pablo Reyes was suspended 80 games under the major league drug program following a positive test for the performance-enhancing drug Boldenone. He became the second player in three days suspended for Boldenone, which is sold under the brand name Equipose and is commonly used on horses. Houston pitcher Francis Martes also was suspended. Reyes is a 26-year-old outfielder and infielder who made his major league debut in September 2018 and hit .293 with three homers and seven RBIs. He hit .203 with two homers and 19 RBIs for the Pirates last year.In other baseball news:— Mike Fiers is scheduled to start a split-squad game for Oakland on Sunday in his first game action since revealing the Houston Astros’ cheating scheme. It has not been determined whether Fiers’ spring training debut will come in the home game versus San Francisco or against Arizona on the road. In a story published by The Athletic in November, Fiers said the Astros had stolen signs using a camera in center field during their run to the 2017 World Series championship. Fiers played on that team.— Max Scherzer is scheduled to start the Washington Nationals’ exhibition opener Saturday against the Houston Astros in a rematch of last year’s World Series. Scherzer’s last start came in Game 7 of the Fall Classic at Houston. Scherzer threw his first live batting practice of spring training Wednesday and declared that his shoulder felt tired — which the three-time Cy Young Award winner said is a good thing.— Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi expects catcher J.T. Realmuto to be back in spring training in Clearwater, Florida this week and does not believe there will be any fallout from his arbitration hearing in Arizona. Realmuto is seeking a salary of $12.4 million for 2020 after making $6.05 million last year. The Phillies have offered $10 million. Girardi said he expects Realmuto’s focus to be on baseball when he returns from the hearing in Phoenixlast_img read more

SU’s defense bends but doesn’t break in overtime win

first_img Published on September 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ Scott Shafer admitted he was very nervous.Last night, the Syracuse head coach met with two of his own high school coaches and expressed worry about Central Michigan’s quarterback and wide receiving corps.And when Cooper Rush scrambled to his right with less than 10 seconds left and CMU down a touchdown, the floated ball that found the hands of Ben McCord — and stayed there as Julian Whigham fell on top of him in the end zone — brought Shafer’s nerves to fruition.“We did bend,” Shafer said, “… bent a little bit too much.”Despite cracking at the end of regulation, Syracuse didn’t break. Two fourth-quarter Central Michigan turnovers were erased and the Orange defense that held up a struggling offense for almost the entire second half had just 25 yards to work with in overtime.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s last defensive possession resulted in three points for the Chippewas. But with CMU running back Devon Spalding firmly in the grasp of defensive end Ron Thompson on third down, SU’s (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) defense had done just enough to force a field goal and open the door for an unlikely offensive tandem to pull out a 30-27 win over the Chippewas (1-2) in the Carrier Dome on Saturday.“They were exploiting a lot of things on our defense, a lot of things that we need to work on,” linebacker Zaire Franklin said. “Really, it just comes down to having to make plays when we were called upon.”Syracuse didn’t score the entire second half as walk-on sophomore quarterback Zack Mahoney and sophomore Austin Wilson struggled to spark an Eric Dungey-less offense.The Orange had possession for only 8:53 in the second half, giving the defense more than 21 minutes to hold CMU to less than two touchdowns after Dungey helped construct a 14-point halftime lead.After Parris Bennett recovered a fumble in the fourth, Wilson threw an interception on the very next play. When Franklin intercepted a Rush pass, SU went three-and-out to force Riley Dixon into his sixth punt of the day.“It hurts,” offensive tackle Omari Palmer said. “As an offensive player our job is to ride the ball out, eat clock, eat clock. Get (the defense) rest, so they can stay fresh … they always do above and beyond … they really, really kept us in the game.”The Dome fell to a hush as McCord held onto the ball while his back hit the turf, and a 19-yard run by Spalding on the first play of overtime elicited the same reaction.Two plays later, with CMU facing a third-and-one on the 1-yard line, the band began blasting music at the opposite end of the field. Fans in the student section unleashed their jingling keys. And the third-down horn blared from the speakers.The snap to Rush and handoff to Spalding was met with quiet, but Thompson’s tackle for loss sparked a frenzy.It was a spark the offense couldn’t deliver until overtime, but one made possible by a defense stringent enough keep Syracuse afloat.“No matter what we do they can’t get across the goal line,” Franklin said. “Thankfully we made plays that stopped that.” Commentslast_img read more

College football bowl projections Week 14: Utah, Oklahoma, Alabama in Playoff hunt

first_imgMORE: How Oregon’s loss shakes up Pac-12, Playoff racesFor now, SN has Oklahoma in the final spot. Utah and Alabama will have a strong case, but the Sooners might get the edge with a Big 12 championship, buoyed by potential quality wins against Oklahoma State and Baylor the next two weeks. All this assumes Georgia loses in the SEC championship game to LSU.That would put LSU and Oklahoma in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl and Clemson and Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.MORE: Week 14& Playoff picture Sporting News’ Week 14 bowl projections are here in time for the fourth set of College Football Playoff rankings, which will be unveiled on Tuesday.The Playoff picture saw some major changes after Oregon’s loss to Arizona State. That opens up a wide-open debate for the No. 4 final spot. The 2019 college football postseason schedule features 40 bowl games between FBS teams, with the finale at the national title game on Jan. 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This year’s semifinal games will be on Dec. 28.Sporting News has projections for all 40 bowl games here, and they will be updated each week during the college football season. Our projections heading into Week 14 of the college football season:Week 14 college football bowl projectionsDateBowlTeamsDec. 20Makers Wanted Bahamas BowlMiami (Ohio) vs. MarshallDec. 20DXL Frisco BowlWestern Michigan vs. TulaneDec. 21New Mexico BowlWestern Kentucky vs. Utah StateDec. 21AutoNation Cure BowlAppalachian State vs. TempleDec. 21Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton BowlFAU vs. CincinnatiDec. 21Raycom Media Camellia BowlToledo vs. LouisianaDec. 21Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas BowlBoise State vs. CalDec. 21R&L Carriers New Orleans BowlUAB vs. Georgia StateDec. 23Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla BowlSouthern Miss vs. SMUDec. 24SoFi Hawai’i BowlBYU vs. HawaiiDec. 26Walk-On’s Independence BowlLouisiana Tech* vs. MiamiDec. 26Quick Lane BowlMichigan State vs. North CarolinaDec. 27Military Bowl Presented by Northrop GrummanArmy* vs. UCFDec. 27New Era Pinstripe BowlIllinois vs. LouisvilleDec. 27Academy Sports and Outdoors Texas BowlTexas vs. Mississippi StateDec. 27SDCU Holiday BowlUSC vs. IowaDec. 27Cheez-It BowlNevada* vs. Oregon StateDec. 28Camping World BowlKansas State vs. Notre DameDec. 30SERVPRO First Responders BowlTCU vs. Wyoming*Dec. 30Franklin American Mortgage Music City BowlFIU* vs. PittDec. 30Redbox BowlWashington vs. IndianaDec. 31Belk BowlKentucky vs. Florida StateDec. 31Hyundai Sun BowlArizona State vs. Wake ForestDec. 31AutoZone Liberty BowlIowa State vs. TennesseeDec. 31Valero Alamo BowlOregon vs. Oklahoma StateDec. 31NOVA Home Loans Arizona BowlArkansas State vs. Air ForceJan. 1Outback BowlTexas A&M vs. Penn StateJan. 1Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus BowlAuburn vs. MichiganJan. 2Birmingham BowlCharlotte* vs. Liberty*Jan. 2TaxSlayer BowlVirginia Tech vs. WisconsinJan. 3Famous Idaho Potato BowlCentral Michigan vs. San Diego StateJan. 4Lockheed Martin Armed Forces BowlBuffalo* vs. NavyJan. 6Mobile Alabama BowlEastern Michigan vs. Georgia Southern*No conference tie-in to bowlCollege Football Playoff/New Year’s Day 6 projectionsDec. 28Goodyear Cotton BowlFlorida vs. MemphisDec. 30Capital One Orange BowlVirginia vs. GeorgiaJan. 1Rose BowlMinnesota vs. UtahJan. 1Allstate Sugar BowlAlabama vs. BaylorDec. 28PlayStation Fiesta BowlClemson vs. Ohio StateDec. 28Chick-fil-A Peach BowlLSU vs. OklahomaCollege Football Playoff championship projectionJan. 13College Football Playoff championshipLSU vs. Ohio Statelast_img read more

Tropical Depression forms as Tropical Wave Churns South of Florida

first_imgCloser to home, a tropical wave is churning just south of Florida, and over Cuba and it has a 30% chance of development over the next two days. However, hurricane specialists predict the storm will continue northwest and miss Florida. Tropical Depression Seven has formed between the African coast and the Lesser Antilles and could be upgraded to Tropical Storm Gonzalo today. Currently maximum sustained winds are 35 mph with higher gusts. There’s no threat to land at this point.last_img

CoA confirms Rahul Dravid has no conflict of interest

first_imgAdvertisement tfm4cvNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs40Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4gw( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 56v51hWould you ever consider trying this?😱8ox5Can your students do this? 🌚clkRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), on Tuesday, declared that there is “no conflict of interest” against Rahul Dravid’s appointment as the Head of Cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). “There’s no conflict on Rahul’s case. He has got a notice and we have cleared his appointment. We had seen no conflict, but if the Ombudsman sees any, we will submit our response to the Ombudsman stating why there is no conflict. Then, he has to consider. It’s a process and it will continue,” said Ravi Thodge the new member of CoA.Advertisement Dravid, one of the most respected person in Indian sports was issued a conflict of interest notice by the BCCI after his appointment at NCA. The embroilment started because, Dravid is an employee of India Cements, a company which owns the Chennai franchise in IPL. While appointing, the CoA had asked him to renounce his post in India Cements or to be on leave till his tenure ends. But instead of resigning, Dravid took a sabbatical without pay which prompted a MPCA member to file a complaint against him.“In NCA, there are a few things that need to be done. There are shortage of grounds, staffs and coaches. There has to be continuity.” Thodge said.Advertisement “Someone of Dravid’s stature will have to ensure that the NCA is of international standard. He has given his vision and we are fully in support of his vision. We will work together,” the CoA member added.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Why Stephen Curry’s 51-point explosion felt even larger

first_imgOAKLAND — One of the coolest things about this Golden State dynasty — one of the big reasons I consider the Warriors to be roundball revolutionaries — is that they changed the way fans cheer during games.It used to be that the pinnacle of basketball excitement — the thing that brought basketball fans out of their seats and onto their feet, the thing that created the air of expectation in the arena — was a slam dunk.But when Stephen Curry and Warriors came of age in the 2014-15 season, they …last_img read more