Wall’s to offer prize giveaway as part of Helping Hand campaign

first_imgWall’s Pastry will be offering an on-pack promotion as part of its Helping Hand campaign.Running until the end of September, the promotion will run across five million packs and feature on Wall’s slices, pasties and jumbo sausage rolls.Wall’s launched its Helping Hand campaign in May, which aims to find the UK community most in need of a helping hand with a £5,000 regeneration project.Each pack will feature a code that can be used on Wall’s promotional site to win a prize and be entered in the daily draw for free fuel.Prizes on offer include two-four-one days out, two-for-one on Odeon cinema tickets, two-for-one at Brewers Fayre and a free month’s subscription to Readly, which allows winners to read any magazine of their choice. “We’ve committed considerable investment in what is a major on pack promotional campaign,” said Wall’s Pastry brand and marketing manager Michael Holton.“The fact that every pack offers a prize should create a major impact on shelf and will also help raise awareness of our Helping Hand campaign to find, support and regenerate local community projects.”last_img read more

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Return to Grace

first_imgIn the midst of a surprising undefeated football season and Notre Dame’s rise to the No. 1 spot atop the national college football polls this weekend, hopeful Irish fans continue to draw parallels between 2012 and 1988, the last time the team won a national championship. But when it comes to lighting the No. 1 sign atop Grace Hall, that parallel is not merely speculative. Design professor Robert Sedlack was a resident assistant in Grace during his senior year and the 1988 football season, and he played a crucial role in making the Irish’s No. 1 ranking known to all of campus. “It just so happened that I was an RA on the 11th floor of Grace and had the keys to the penthouse,” he said. “So lighting the sign fell on my to-do list, and I had to go up in the morning and the evening to turn it off and on each day.” Sedlack began his lighting duties after the then-No. 2 Irish jumped ahead of then-No. 1 UCLA following a 22-7 victory against Navy and the Bruins’ upset loss to Washington State. He said he and his friends began preparing to celebrate that change shortly after it happened. “Once it looked like we were going to achieve that No. 1 ranking, some buddies of mine built the sign out on the roof of Grace,” Sedlack said. They took a page out of the book of Fr. Gerry Lardner, Grace Hall’s rector at the time and a Notre Dame graduate student during the team’s 1973 championship season. The tradition of the No. 1 sign began after that season, when it was initially placed outside Moreau Seminary, University Architect Doug Marsh said. “Fr. Gerry was a great rector and we had a good group of RAs that year, so he wanted to kind of redo [the sign] and so the guys rebuilt it,” Sedlack said. But the relighting of the sign came as something of a surprise after the first three mediocre seasons Sedlack and his 1989 classmates experienced. “Our freshman year was so awful … a guy once offered my roommate $10 for a pair of tickets he tried to sell for the last game of the season,” Sedlack said. “You fast forward to senior year, and tickets for the Miami-Notre Dame game at home were going for $1,000 each.” Between his freshman and senior years, Sedlack saw receiver Tim Brown win the Heisman Trophy his junior year and leave the team somewhat in limbo when he graduated. “I think we thought we’d be OK [without Brown], but I don’t think anybody thought we’d be the best in the country,” Sedlack said. “You could make the argument that my classmates and I were at Notre Dame during the best years for Notre Dame football,” he said. “Our claim is that you can’t understand how incredible it is to win a national championship having not had a crappy freshman year.” Sedlack said he feels this year’s team has followed a similar trajectory in its long-awaited return to national prominence. “We were awful three years ago, so to suddenly have such a great team is exciting,” he said. “I’m really thrilled, most thrilled for the team.” Sedlack said he still takes pride in his former duty as an RA, bringing his wife and children to take pictures on Mod Quad, telling students about his experiences and sharing photos and emails with classmates. “I feel proud to be associated with [lighting the sign],” Sedlack said. “Grace was a fantastic dorm with a good crew of RAs, and we got along well with our rector. Not unlike this year, it was a magical season.” Marsh said the 8-foot-tall sign atop Grace now remains lit so long as any Irish sports team is ranked No. 1 in the nation. Prior to its lighting Sunday, the sign was most recently lit for the University’s fencing, women’s basketball and women’s soccer teams. The last time it was lit in honor of the football team was in 1993, when the Irish topped the Associated Press poll. Contact Kristen Durbin at [email protected]last_img read more

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Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry handed fine for tampering

first_imgBucks co-owner Marc Lasry was fined $25,000 for comments about sought-out Pelicans star Anthony Davis.Lasry violated the NBA’s league tampering rules, which prohibit team representatives from making remarks concerning other teams’ players, according to a report from ESPN, which cited an unidentified league source with knowledge of the situation. NBA wrap: Wizards blown out by Bucks on eve of trade deadline Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry has been fined 25K for his comments about Anthony Davis, league sources tell ESPN. The comments violated league tampering rules.— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) February 11, 2019Davis has requested to be traded from the Pelicans and the six-time All-Star had his sights set on Milwaukee, among other teams. “I saw that report, and I think it’s great,” Lasry told Sporting News. “It’s a little bit of what we want. We want players to come and play in Milwaukee. And part of it is, when you’re winning and you’re setting a standard for excellence, people see that. People want to win. It doesn’t make a difference if you’re in Milwaukee, New York or L.A. The whole goal is winning. So we hope it would be players like Anthony Davis and others who want to come to Milwaukee.” Related Newscenter_img NBA trade deadline update: Anthony Davis intends to test free agency in 2020, report says However, Davis remained in New Orleans through the Feb. 7 trade deadline. Still, Milwaukee will likely shop the 2017 NBA All-Star Game MVP this offseason.last_img read more

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O’Neil Hinds: Small owner making big moves

first_imgWith the first quarter having ended, popular owner O’Shaun Connection (O’Neil Hinds) has held off the chasing pack to maintain his lead in the owners’ championship, thanks to back-to-back winners at Caymanas Park on Easter Monday.His winners were 4-5 favourites FLYING MIRACLE and BRAVE PROSPECT in the seventh and eighth races, respectively. Both were ridden by top apprentice Linton Steadman for trainer Neive Graham.Once again, Hinds said he was happy to see his familiar light blue silks carried to victory by his two horses, as he duly ticked off his eighth and ninth wins of the season.”Winning races is the joy of every owner and speaking personally, I am thrilled to win not one race today, but two. This has enabled me to hold on to the lead ahead of closest rivals Elizabeth DaCosta and Carlton Watson, with over $3.1milion in stakes,” he explained.”The fact that I have neither a classic horse nor a grade one horse at my disposal will affect my numbers down the road, but the key is to win consistently with claiming horses and see where it takes us, as I would love to win the owners’ championship one day,” said the 40-year-old owner.WON 19 RACESHinds said his aim is to surpass his best ever season in 2013, when he won 19 races. His winners that year included the best horse he has owned to date, FANTABULOUS, who won races up to the open allowance level.Hinds said FANTABULOUS was successful at stud and is the dam of a filly sired by Adore The Gold at New Blue Stud Farm. Also doing stud duties is PRINCESS SHANEIL, who enjoyed a fairly successful racing career.A successful businessman, Hinds is the owner of the O & S Tack Room situated in the official car park at Caymanas Park. The Tack Room, operated by his wife Shauna-Kay Hinds, sells a wide range of horse accessories, medication and equipment to horsemen at the track.”The facility came on stream in the summer of 2013 and has gone a far way in making things available to horsemen in an effort to make their work easier. Given its success, we went that extra mile by sponsoring a race – the O & S Tack Room Trophy – run annually in August for the past two years. This is our way of giving back to the sport,” he emphasised.Meanwhile, on a day when the young claiming apprentice Linton Steadman rode three winners on the holiday card, the 2-1 favourite SHINING LIGHT, with Paul Francis riding for owner/trainer Gary Griffiths, outfinished 5-2 chance DWAYNE STAR by a neck to win the Easter Sprint Cup overnight allowance feature over 1100 metres.last_img read more

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“Why is Govt wasting our time? – minibus association

first_imgVenting his frustration over Government’s slow approach to a proposal submitted to the Business Ministry over a week ago, President of the United Minibus Union (UMU), Eon Andrews, on Thursday expressed dissatisfaction over Government’s seemingly careless attitude towards tackling the woes of the minibus and transportation sector at large.Andrews had, over one week ago, submitted to Business Minister Dominic Gaskin a proposal for not only a fare increase, but several other requests in regard to the transportation sector with the hope of having addressed the several issues plaguing that sector.President of the UMU, Eon AndrewsAndrews is contending that the Business Ministry should have informed the Union that several other Ministries would have to be consulted on the matter, instead of leaving the union proverbially at sea.“I noticed yesterday in (Guyana) Times where he (Minister Gaskin) had indicated that he got to — because of the nature of the thing (proposal) — he has to consult the other relevant ministers. But he had not indicted that to me, and that would have been good if he had said that to us, so that we would have known we would have had to wait a little bit,” Andrews reasoned.“I don’t know why the Government is wasting our time,” Andrews declared.He added that, under the previous administration, such matters were given more urgency, especially since it is one which has a chain effect on not only drivers, but commuters as well.“They (the previous administration) would have dealt with it, even if we had to just talk. They would have called us in already, we would have been talking…they always would have called us in quickly,” he said.The Union head has said he is concerned that minibus operators might take certain actions which may very well affect commuters if the Government does not deal with the issue in a timely manner.According to him, it is not the UMU’s vision to exploit commuters, but to set fares which are ‘fair to everyone’. Andrews said he is aware of cases in which passengers are being made to pay increases in transportation fares as high as $60, when all that the UMU has requested is a $20 increase for short drop drivers and $40 increase for drivers who travel longer distances.“We are concerned because, if they (minibus drivers) take action, it means that especially the travelling public, although it is a free-man transportation, they will punish. There may be persons who may react to those increases, and you know, there might be some violence and police story and these kinds of things; so I don’t think that’s the way anybody wants us to go. So I think that the Government ought to do something quickly,” the UMU president posited.The Business Minister recently told reporters he is not responsible for fixing minibus fares, and he just intervened from a consumer point of view in order to find out their concerns.He went on to say that the proposal which was submitted to his Ministry will be shared with the respective Ministers, who will then carry the burden of introducing the said proposal to Cabinet.The proposal for a fare increase comes at a time where minibus and taxi drivers have been protesting, and even striking, about the climbing gas prices.Desperate to get the attention they need, drivers blocked the Vryheid’s Lust access road along the East Coast Railway Embankment. Several tyres were burnt, and an old car was set on fire to garner the attention needed, with the hope of having the fuel crisis addressed.Several protests were also organised by drivers of the various routes subsequent to this incident. Gas station prices for fuel have increased rapidly, from $215 per litre to prices ranging from $230 to $250 per litre.last_img read more

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Sharks on Game 7 nerves: ‘Who cares where the pressure is?’

first_imgThe Sharks, like most veteran teams, insist it’s “just another game.”In fact, defenseman Brent Burns dropped that exact Game 7 cliche in a conference call the morning after Monday’s overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche.Wednesday’s game against Colorado will determine who moves on to the Western Conference final, but high-leverage games are old hat for San Jose.The Sharks played three must-win games last round against the Vegas Golden Knights, including the historic Game 7 comeback from …last_img

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Astral Foods expands Zambian ops

first_img17 June 2010South African integrated poultry producer Astral Foods has, through its Tiger Animal Feeds Zambia subsidiary, expanded its operations in Zambia with the launch of TIGERChicks, a new state-of-the-art broiler breeding farm and hatchery developed at an undisclosed cost.The move is in line with the company’s business plan for African expansion, which begins with entering a market with feed pre-mixes, followed by feed production and then identifying the most viable option to enter the broiler market.“We have been involved in Zambia for more than 10 years and have experienced growth in our business over this period,” Astral Foods CEO Chris Schutte said in a statement this week.Zambian firstPoultry remains the most affordable and sustainable form of animal protein, hence the importance of supporting small-scale local poultry farmers. Currently, broiler consumption in Zambia is approximately 2.5kg per annum versus 31.8kg in South Africa.TIGERChicks consists of an impressive 790-hectare property. The benefit of this property, from a bio-security point of view, is that it was completely undeveloped and also strategically positioned to service the region.The design specification of this state-of-the-art broiler breeding farm and hatchery adheres to OIE standards (the World Organisation for Animal Health) -a first for Zambia.“Because of Zambia’s position in relation to other developing countries in Southern Africa, being self-sustainable in terms of agricultural commodities, this is regarded as being a strategic country to further invest in as a springboard into the rest of Southern Africa,” said Astral Feed Division MD Roedolf Steenkamp.Lohmann Meat BroilerTIGERChicks is together with Aviagen introducing the Lohmann Meat Broiler breed, a slow feathering bird, for the first time to Africa. According to Steenkamp, “trials to date have shown that this bird is performing exceptionally well in similar markets”.Steenkamp said the hatchery could hatch 120 000 day-old chicks per week at present, and that the footprint for the hatchery and breeder farm had been established to produce and hatch up to a million day-old chicks per week as the demand for broilers in the region increased.“We also transport these day-old chicks to the local poultry farmers in environmentally controlled delivery vehicles,” he said.Jobs, local developmentIn 2006, Tiger Animal Feeds won the annual award for Distinguished Service to Agriculture in Zambia from the Zambia National Farmers Union for its contribution to the development of agriculture in the country.With the establishment of the new state-of-the-art broiler breeding farm and hatchery, Steenkamp believes that Astral can continue to provide job opportunities, deliver a quality day old chicken to the local broiler farmers, while also offering them training and support in terms of nutrition and broiler farming best practices to ensure that the broiler market develops to its potential.As part of the investment into the facility, Astral also concluded an Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement with the Zambian Development Agency and the Zambian Government for an investment of up to US$10-million.“The development of TIGERChicks in Zambia is another step in Astral’s business plan to strategically focus expansion, in a responsible and cautious manner, outside the borders of South Africa,” said Schutte.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Saving Energy by Conserving Water

first_imgIt takes a lot of energy to transport and treat water in this country, and it takes a lot of water to produce the energy we use. To put this a different way: when we save water we save energy, and when we save energy we save water.Most people don’t think about this tight-knit relationship between energy and water, but public officials in a growing number of regions around the country are becoming quite aware of it. This week, I’ll examine how much energy it takes to move water and to treat both supply water and wastewater. Next week, I’ll look at how much water is used in producing our energy.The energy intensity of waterThe amount of energy needed to deliver clean water and treat that water once we’ve used it varies tremendously by region. If you live in southern California, your drinking water is pumped either from the Colorado River and its assorted reservoirs (including the nation’s largest, Lake Mead, which is now half empty) or from northern California. In either case, that water flows through hundreds-of-miles-long open aqueducts and, via pipelines, up and over mountain ranges.Averaged statewide , roughly 5% of California’s electricity is used for moving and treating water and wastewater. (The oft-quoted figure of 19% includes water heating and other things we do with water in homes, businesses, and farms.) But these figures vary widely in different parts of the state. A 2005 report from the California Energy Commission found supply and conveyance of water to range in intensity from 0 to 16,000 kilowatt-hours per million gallons (kWh/MG), while filtration and treatment varied from 100 to 1,500 kWh/MG, distribution varied from 700 to 1,200 kWh/MG, and wastewater collection and treatment varied from 1,100 to 5,000 kWh/MG. Not surprisingly, average totals are far higher in southern California (12,700 kWh/MG) than in northern California (3,950 kWh/MG).This issue isn’t limited to California. Nationwide, roughly 4% of total power generation is dedicated to pumping and treatment of water. For many cities and towns around the country, this is the largest single user of electricity. Water filtration plants and sewage treatment plants are very energy intensive. In places where desalination is needed, the energy-intensity of drinking water rises dramatically.On a per-capita basis, this energy use for water varies from about 350 kWh/year in the South Atlantic states to over 750 kWh/year in the Mountain states, according to a 2006 report by the U.S. Department of Energy. (In New England, each of us uses just under 400 kWh/year, on average.) This means, for a lot of us, our domestic water accounts for about as much electricity as our refrigerator.For most homeowners, the energy-intensity of water use is hidden in water and sewer utility bills, while those of us in rural areas who have our own water systems and onsite wastewater systems pay those energy costs directly. If you have a really deep well, water pumping costs can be one of your largest electricity demands. And while gravity-flow wastewater disposal systems (in-ground septic tanks and leach fields) use little if any energy, some of the newer “aerobic” treatment systems that work in places without suitable soils for standard in-ground systems have pumps that operate 24/7, consuming as much electricity, annually, as four or five refrigerators.The bottom line is that because there’s a lot of energy “embodied” in the water we use, we should conserve water in order to save energy. In fact, in some places, such as California, energy conservation programs provide rebates on water-conserving appliances and plumbing fixtures such as toilets and irrigation-control systems, even if those products do not use energy directly. Any conservation measure that reduces hot water use, such as low-flow showerheads, front-loading clothes washers, and efficient dishwashers, will directly save energy by reducing the amount of water we have to heat.A good starting point in saving energy by reducing water use is to look for WaterSense-listed products whenever shopping for a product covered by the EPA WaterSense program.Next week, I’ll look at the inverse of this issue: how much water it takes to produce our various energy sources and how we can conserve water by choosing energy-efficient products and building systems.In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex writes the weekly blog on BuildingGreen.com: Alex’s Cool Product of the Week, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week. You can sign up to receive notices of these blogs by e-mail—enter your e-mail address in the upper right corner of any blog page.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, LLC and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.last_img read more

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Training camps are a deciding factor in ensuring a win

first_imgWhen people are expecting big things from you, it is obviously quite hard to live up to them. While India can be proud of reaching the finals of the singles events in tennis, we have been disappointed by the results of the doubles and the mixed events.A tally of one gold, one silver and two bronze is certainly not what the public was expecting from us. The biggest positive to come out, in my opinion, was Sania Mirza’s great return to form. The grit and determination she showed in the final against top seed Anastasia Rodionova from Australia was fantastic.But Sania and Leander Paes’s shock exit from the mixed doubles event was followed by another shocker in the men’s doubles when Leander and Mahesh Bhupathi lost on Saturday.With their 13-year-long winning streak in Davis Cup, nothing but a gold was expected of them, but Paul Hanley and Peter Luczak were far too experienced and gritty to let the home crowd assist the Indians.Which is why India’s lone hope of a tennis gold rested on top seed Somdev Devvarman and he did not disappoint. Somdev is a picture of total professionalism and delivered what the public was waiting for.As for me, Rohan Bopanna and I had a tough draw and we lost to top seeds Hanley and Rodionova in the first round itself. It took us almost five to six games to get used to each other’s playing styles.Despite not having practised even once together, I guess we did quite well because we pushed the top seeds into three sets. I think we could have planned the lead-up to the Games a bit better. It should be mandatory for all players to attend a camp leading up to events like these.advertisementOnly then can we practice with different combinations for doubles and mixed doubles. Australians have dominated the scene in tennis, having snapped up four (five) gold. Their singleminded focus is something that demands appreciation.In other news around the Games Village, I think this is the first time I have seen the paragames being held along with the main games.At the dining hall, there is more “food for thought” when you see somebody in a wheelchair, or without a hand, yearning to excel in sports. It really makes us realise how trivial many of our problems are.In conclusion, I feel the CWG has been a success. Starting from the spectacular opening ceremony, India has risen to the occasion. That is not to say everything has passed off without glitches. But I hope we can learn from this experience and make ourselves more ready in the future.last_img read more

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