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FDF reveals rise in UK exports to non-EU countries

first_imgThe Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has announced British food and drink exports are up by 6.2% in the first half of 2016 compared to the same period last year, following the fall of the pound since Brexit.Exports to non-EU countries rose by £93.7m, a 14% increase on H1 figures – implying they account for 31.4% of all branded exports.FDF director general Ian Wright described the announcement as “excellent news for the trade groups”.He added: “It’s very pleasing to see non-EU exports performing beyond expectations, with UK firms taking advantage of increased competiveness.”EU countries are still the UK’s top export destination – outnumbering non-EU markets in terms of volume sales.According to data from HM Customs & Excise, Britain’s top-performing sector was ’other groceries’, which covers an array of foods. Bakery was one of the main top-performing value sales – worth over £1.2m.FDF has set a target of growing the UK’s food and drink manufacturing industry by 20% between now and 2020.Earlier this month, bakers were urged to understand the function of sugars in bakery items before moving to reduce the sugar content on behalf of the FDF.last_img read more

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PEMCo to present ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’

first_imgPhoto courtesy Kathryn Strimu The cast of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” rehearses for their upcoming performance run. Members of the Pasquerilla East Musical Company (PEMCo), a student-run performance group, will present three performances of the comedy—set in ancient Rome—this weekend.Senior Kathleen Capella plays Pseudolus in the show. She has been involved with PEMCo since her freshman year. This production marks her tenth show at Notre Dame. She said the audience will find the musical amusing, particularly lines coming from the character Hysterium.“The show is highly entertaining … you’ll definitely leave laughing,” she said.Capella is one of 30 students involved in the production. The musical marks Coury’s first directing opportunity, even though she has participated in three previous PEMCo productions.“The people are amazing on and off the stage,” Coury said. “They are willing to go out of their comfort zone.”Coury’s sense of humor is a real advantage, senior Caroline Lezny, PEMCo’s artistic producer, said.“Katie’s greatest strength is comedy,” Lezny said. “She has a really strong funny bone in her body.”The cast is composed of mostly underclassmen, with six of the thirteen cast members being freshmen. Senior executive producer Rosa Kim says this is “unusual” of most PEMCo productions.“It has definitely added to the dynamic of the show. … They’re a very talented cast,” Kim said.Capella said the youthful cast provides dynamism to the production.“I love having a young cast. … [They] bring a new energy. As a senior, it makes me really happy to see that.”The musical director, Sean Ford, is also a freshman. Ford plays a variety of musical instruments including the French horn and piano. Like Coury, he appreciates the support from the other cast members.“We’re all like family,” Ford said. “They’re all eager to do a good job and really receptive to criticism so I couldn’t really ask for much else.”PEMCo is run entirely by students. The group started in 1997 by a Kelly McGann, a former resident of Pasquerilla East. McGann wanted to bring musical theater to the University. In it’s 22nd year on campus, PEMCo has continued to be a space for students to express their creativity.=“No one gets paid,” Kim said. “We do it because we love it.”PEMCo will be hosting an information session for interested students on November 12 at 9 p.m. in Montgomery Hall located on the first floor of Lafun.According to Coury, the storyline’s ancient roots makes it especially interesting.“One of the coolest things about the show is that it was written in 191 BC. … The story at its root has stayed the same for over 2200 years. … It’s been around longer than a lot of empires,” she said.Lezny said Coury has worked hard to hone the show’s comedic angle.“Katie has tried to bring in lots of different types of comedy such as physical, puns, various types of styles of acting,” Lezny said. “There’s something for everybody.”Kim agreed that, at its core, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” is a comedy that never ceases to amuse.“I want the audience to have as much fun as the actors do on stage,” Kim said.In addition to the show’s comedic value, Ford said, it also features an animal guest.“We’ve heard the jokes a million times and still laugh,” Ford said. “Also, there is a wonderful chicken in the show. … If a rubber chicken can’t get someone to come to the show, I don’t know what will.”Students can purchase tickets in advance at the LaFortune Student Center this week to ensure a seat. Tickets will also be sold at Washington Hall before each night of the show. They cost $10 for general admission and $7 for students.Tags: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Musical, PEMCo, Theater The Pasquerilla East Musical Company (PEMCo) will present a rendition of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” this coming weekend. The show will run Thursday to Saturday in Washington Hall on campus.Sophomore Katie Coury is directing the production. The show is a comedy that takes place in Rome and follows the exploits of the slave Pseudolus, who plots her way to freedom by playing matchmaker for her master’s son, Hero, who is in love with the beautiful blonde, Philia. Philia however, is promised to another man. When things stray from Pseudolus’ plan, chaos ensues.last_img read more

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Beyond Therapy Starts Previews Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows Beyond Therapy premiered off-Broadway in 1981. Directed by Jerry Zaks, the cast included Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Collins and Jim Borrell. The 1982 Broadway production, directed by John Madden, starred Dianne Wiest and John Lithgow. In 1987, Durang adapted the play for the screen with director Robert Altman. The film version starred Julie Hagerty, Jeff Goldblum, Glenda Jackson and Tom Conti. Life can be crazy. Therapy can help? The first New York revival of Tony nominee Christopher Durang’s Beyond Therapy begins performances off-Broadway March 11. Directed by Scott Alan Evans, the comedy will will play a limited engagement through April 19 at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row. Opening night is set for March 25. In Beyond Therapy, Prudence and Bruce are two urbanites seeking romance with the help of their psychiatrists, each of whom suggests the patients try personal ads. Discovering that the therapists may be more disturbed than Prudence and Bruce, complications ensue. The comedy is about the search for a meaningful relationship in an insane world and may provide the best therapy of all—laughter. The production stars Mark Alhadeff, Cynthia Darlow, Jeffrey C. Hawkins, Liv Rooth, Karl Kenzler and Michael Schantz.center_img View Comments Beyond Therapy Show Closed This production ended its run on April 19, 2014last_img read more

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06 Garden pollination

first_imgVolume XXXINumber 1Page 6 By George BoyhanUniversity of GeorgiaMany of the vegetables we grow and eat rely on insects forpollination. Cucumbers are among these vegetables, along withsquash, cantaloupe, watermelon and others. If the part of the vegetable plant we harvest is the fruit,there’s a good chance insects are needed for pollination.One exception would be sweet corn. With corn, we eat the fruit(the ear), but these are pollinated by the wind. That’s why sweetcorn should be planted in blocks of four to five rows so there’senough pollen for pollination. A single row of sweet corn willhave very poor pollination.Insects must visit most flowers several times for the fruit todevelop properly. Watermelon and cucumber plants will often havebottlenecked fruit if pollination is incomplete.Insects criticalFor proper pollination, insects are critical. In the past, we’verelied on honeybees for pollination. But wild honeybees are hardto find these days because of mites that parasitize the colonies.Beekeepers are able to treat the bees for these problems, butwild bee colonies die out during the winter because theseparasites have weakened them.Some cucumbers are truly seedless. These are usually grown ingreenhouses and are often seen in supermarkets as long, slendercucumbers wrapped in plastic.This type of cucumber can develop without pollination. Butbecause it has a very tender skin, it’s not grown outdoors. If itwere grown near seeded cucumbers it would be pollinated anddevelop seed. In this case, that’s not what you want to happen.Two cukesTwo broad groups of cucumbers are grown in gardens. One is theslicing type, which is eaten fresh. They have a slightly thickerskin and should have a fresh, light taste.Pickling cucumbers are generally more warty, with a thin skinthat allows it to take in the brine and vinegar solutions used inpickling. These cukes are usually shorter than slicers and lookstubby in some cases. Both types are available as seed andseedlings for your garden.For these types of cucumbers and similar vegetables, there’s notmuch you can do about the lack of honeybees in home gardens. Youcan, however, encourage other pollinating insects to visit yourgarden. Keep a ready supply of nectar-producing flowers andshrubs.Don’t use insecticides when these insects are present. Usually,most pollination occurs in the morning and during sunny days. Ifyou’re going to use them, follow label directions. And use themlater in the day or on overcast days, when pollinating insectsare less likely to be around.(George Boyhan is a Cooperative Extension horticulturist withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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Finding new markets

first_imgAn empty storefront on the market square in downtown Zebulon, Ga., is being eyed as the place where local agricultural crop diversity meets entrepreneurial product creativity.The business network is in place and the blueprints are laid out for what would be Pike County’s first incubator kitchen – a shared facility designed for small-scale food businesses that may be stymied by regulations and can’t afford the more expensive commercial kitchen equipment.Funding neededOne piece of the puzzle, however, is still missing: adequate finances needed to get the incubator off the ground.“We envision this incubator kitchen to be the place where our farmers and entrepreneurs can take local farm crops and develop them into value-added products that can be sold to farmers markets, consumers, businesses and caterers in the area,” said Chris Curry, executive director of the Pike County Agribusiness Authority. “But the economic downturn kind of spoiled our plans, but we are not giving up.”Despite the bend in the road, Curry said, the county has helped farmers develop value-added items to meet consumer demand for locally grown products. Pike County is considered part of the Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area. For two years, the Pike County Agribusiness Authority has forged ahead with the aid of an $8,400 Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education, or SARE, Sustainable Community Innovation Grant.“It’s a chicken or egg thing. You need the infrastructure to attract farmers, and you have to have the farmers to support the infrastructure,” Curry said. “That’s why getting this SARE grant was so important. It really raised the visibility of agriculture and gave us a lot of leverage in the eyes of people who were skeptical about the sustainable-organic business model.”Network of local producersFor starters, the Pike County Agribusiness Authority created a network of entrepreneurs interested in value-added production — everything from jellies to baskets to butter to sauces and baked goods. The group was then walked through the process of starting a new food business. A University of Georgia Small Business Development representative helped create and develop business plans, financial ideas and marketing skills. In addition, the group attended the “Starting a New Food Business” class offered by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to learn about the laws and regulations of the food industry in Georgia. Lastly, the group was introduced to ways to produce and market products, one of which could be via an incubator kitchen.“We were watching farmers at the seasonal local farmers market leave with all of this extra product and no other outlet to sell it. So we wanted to come up with a way for them to create value-added products that they could sell and add to their bottom line,” said Anna Evans, project manager for the SARE grant.Wednesday marketOne offshoot of that idea became the Wednesday Market, a year-round farmers market offering locally grown products from local farmers. Buyers shop online, then pick up their orders every Wednesday.“Since Wednesday Market launched in January, we’ve put $8,000 in farmers’ pockets, and we are just now entering the summer season with vegetables,” Evans said. “In addition to the Market on the Square, Wednesday Market provides an additional outlet for farmers to showcase their products, and they can sell them during the week and during winter.”With more than three dozen agricultural crops, ranging from fruits and vegetables to aquaculture and livestock to timber, and an average farm size of 134 acres, Curry said Pike County can capitalize on diversification, agritourism and value-added production.Evans sees a bigger picture.“My total dream is for the southern crescent of Atlanta to become the epicenter of sustainable and organic farming,” Evans said.last_img read more

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India reiterates commitment to new solar, wind capacity

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:The Indian government has reiterated its commitment to auction large volumes of solar and wind energy capacity in order to achieve the target of 100 gigawatts solar and 60 gigawatts of wind energy capacity operational by 31 March 2022.In a press release issued by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), the government stated that it plans to auction 60 gigawatts of solar power capacity and 20 gigawatts of wind energy capacity by March 2020 in order to achieve those targets.According to the data released by the Ministry as of 31 October 2018, solar power capacity installed in India stood at just over 25 gigawatts, while an additional 36.6 gigawatts capacity was under construction or auctioned, bringing the total to 61.6 gigawatts. The Ministry hopes that the gap of around 40 gigawatts could be filled through fresh auctions between January 2019 and March 2020. This translates into an average capacity auction of around 2.7 gigawatts every month for the next 15 months.For the wind energy capacity, the figures on 31 October 2018 stood at 35 gigawatts commissioned, and 9.4 gigawatts under construction or auctioned, bring the total to 44.4 gigawatts. The Ministry plans or expects fresh tenders of 20 gigawatts over a period of 15 months through March 2020 to achieve the installed capacity target of 60 gigawatts by March 2022. The monthly average capacity to be auctioned would be around be a manageable 1.4 gigawatts.This is not the first time that the Indian government has issued such a timeline for solar and wind energy auctions to achieve the 2022 targets. The MNRE had the same exercise a year ago, and has failed to keep up with its own timeline.As per the initial timeline, the Ministry had planned for the auction of 13 to 14 gigawatts of wind energy capacity between January 2018 and March 2019. Instead, only 6.9 gigawatts capacity was auctioned between February and September 2018. The Solar Energy Corporation of India, an agency under direct control of the MNRE, had to reduce the size of multiple wind energy tenders, and even had to cancel or postpone some of them.More: India eyes 80 gigawatts of solar & wind tenders by March 2020 India reiterates commitment to new solar, wind capacitylast_img read more

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St. Paul & The Broken Bones: Lightning in the Bottle

first_imgIn early November of 2012, a good friend of mine named Ashlee-Jean Trott, who books a fantastic live music show in Nashville called Music City Roots, shot me an email.  Included therein was a link to a Youtube video and a very brief message – “Dave, you have to check out this band.”I get messages like this one from Ashlee-Jean all the time.  I have a tremendous amount of respect for her musical taste and we chat regularly about bands, what with our roles in finding bands for our respective events.  But this message seemed more urgent, like there was something pressing, an as yet unshared secret that I was being let in upon.So I clicked the link.  Hot diggety damn.The video was a clip from the previous week’s Music City Roots performance of St. Paul & The Broken Bones.  Before the four minute rendition of “Broken Bones & Pocket Change” was over, I had replied to Ashlee-Jean’s email with my own brief response – “I need contact information and I need it now.”Less than two days later, I had confirmed St. Paul & The Broken Bones for our festival and both of the concert series that we sponsor.  It was apparent – readily, glaringly, painfully apparent – that there was something special about this band.Sam Cooke, James Brown, Otis Redding . . . . all of them are reaching back to us from the grave through Paul Janeway, the band’s bowtied and bespectacled front man.  While the band he stands before – bassist Jesse Phillips, guitarist Browan Lollar, drummer Andrew Lee, and horn players Ben Griner and Allen Branstetter – is nothing short of exceptional, it is Janeway and his vintage voice that captivates listeners.Hear Janeway sing once and I dare you to turn away.Just last month, I caught all three of the band’s sets at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.  Sure, there were lots of others places I could have been, lots of other bands I could have seen for the first time.  But I didn’t.  In fact, I couldn’t.  I had to witness first hand – three times over – the musical, spiritual, revival-like atmosphere that is a St. Paul & The Broken Bones set.  And the band’s sets were packed.  Without exception, people – both fans and festival workers — were raving about them.These guys have caught the lightning in the bottle, folks.St. Paul & The Broken Bones will be rolling into Charlottesville tonight, taking the stage at The Southern Café & Music Hall with Major & The Monbacks, and we want to give you a chance to check out the show for free.  Take a shot at our trivia question below and EMAIL your answer to [email protected]  A winner of a couple guest list tickets will be drawn from all correct answers received by 3:30 this afternoon.Good luck!!Question – Guitarist Browan Lollar played with what former Drive-By Truckers singer/guitarist prior to being snatched up by St. Paul & The Broken Bones?last_img read more

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73 Days After Summer Started Long Island May Finally Hit 90

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island could see its first 90-degree day on Tuesday—73 days after the 2014 summer solstice.This summer hasn’t been nearly as brutal as last year, when 10 90-degree days were recorded, according to the National Weather Service.The closest LI got to hitting the 90-degree mark this year was June 18—three days before the official start to summer—when the mercury peaked at 89.And the Island hasn’t seen a 90-degree day since July 20 of last year, according to the weather service.That means there’s been very little to complain about, at least weather-wise, until now.Hot and humid weather arrived just in time for Labor Day weekend, and it has carried over to Tuesday.As of 11 a.m., the temperature at MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma was 85 degrees.With the heat rising, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an air quality alert for both Nassau and Suffolk counties until 10 p.m. Tuesday. The agency has also advised people to limit strenuous activities outdoors and said those most sensitive to the effects of elevated pollutants are the very young and those with such respiratory problems as asthma or heart disease.Why the sustained heat all of a sudden?“Heat has been building in southern US and is being transported up this way,” said National Weather Service meteorologist David Stark.He noted that areas inland, such as New York City, have been hit with steamier temperatures this summer but LI has been spared by a constant sea breeze, which has helped prevent the mercury from rising. That hasn’t been the case the last several days.“The jet stream hasn’t supported heat getting transported up this way, but it’s shifted,” he said.The forecast through Friday calls for temperatures in the low to mid-80s, with the temperature cooling down Sunday and Monday.That’s more like it.last_img read more

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‘Are you serious!?’ Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s class response to Tottenham question

first_img Top articles ‘I think if they were top of the league or fighting for top four in a really good moment they wouldn’t enjoy the problems of others.‘They don’t have much to celebrate, they have to get every opportunity to do it. They are in a very similar situation to us in the table.‘To be the champion of north London means nothing for me because I think you have to be much bigger than that and have much more ambitions than that.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal or Spurs? Paul Merson predicts who will finish higher in Premier League next seasonMORE: Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli responds to Ronaldinho comparing him to Ronaldo About Connatix V67539 Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE by Metro Skip Ad Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Picture: Sky Sports)North London bragging rights will once again be on the line when Arsenal travel to arch-rivals Tottenham on Sunday.The teams are separated by just one point after 34 Premier League fixtures, with Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal currently eighth and Jose Mourinho’s Spurs ninth with four games remaining.While it appears unlikely that either side will be able to secure a top-four – or even top-five – finish in the English top-flight, the opportunity to get one over your biggest rivals should not be overlooked.Arsenal talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be desperate to fire his side to victory and goes into the match in fine form, having scored 23 goals this season and three in his last thee appearances.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Video Settings Full Screen Auba responds to a question on sky sport that spurs are better than Arsenal? 😂 pic.twitter.com/8LpR3VnNfE— Osman (@OsmanZtheGooner) July 11, 2020 Read More Read More Skip Manchester United captain Harry Maguire 1/1 1 min. story Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 11 Jul 2020 12:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.6kShares SPONSORED Comment Ahead of the north London derby, Aubameyang was put on the spot with a series of ‘true or false’ questions in an interview with Sky Sports.At one point, the Gabon forward was asked: ‘True or false, Spurs are better than Arsenal?’And a smirking Aubameyang responded: ‘Sorry?! Are you serious!? They are better than us? Come on, false.’ / Coming Next Read More Ahead of Sunday’s clash, Jose Mourinho said Arsenal had little ‘to celebrate’ after they appeared to mock Tottenham’s recent defeat to Sheffield United on social media.Highlights of the Gunners’ FA Cup win over Sheffield United were captioned: ‘It’s not easy beating Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.’Mourinho said: ‘You only enjoy the problems of others when you are also in trouble. ‘Are you serious!?’ Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s class response to Tottenham question PLAY Read More Advertisementlast_img read more

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Mother Nature gets top position in this Sunshine Coast estate

first_imgStockland has unveiled its latest new village in its Caloundra West community of Aura, launching The Elements with 245 home sites ranging from 375sq m to 1,110sq m.NATURE takes a front seat in this new estate, with strict building guidelines requiring the use of raw materials, and a high standard of landscaping to preserve the estates natural beauty.Under construction in Caloundra West, The Elements is located in Aura’s first suburb Baringa, giving nature first place in its design.Stockland regional manager Ben Simpson said it was exciting to be reaching another milestone at the community.“The Elements will be a place where residents will be able to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and relax in the house of their dreams, enjoying lush green surroundings and a sense of being truly at one with nature,” Mr Simpson said.“Home sites will be governed by special building guidelines that require the use of raw materials, contemporary architectural design and a high standard of landscaping.”The Elements will have 245 home sites, with the largest lot sizes to date in Aura. Lots will range from 375sq m to 1,110sq m.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoThe Elements in Aura, Caloundra West.Sites in the first release will range from $264,500 for 375sq m up to $344,150 for 716sq m.The Elements village will be close to all of Aura’s facilities including the future town centre, schools, shops, transport links, parks and employment opportunities.Many sites will have views to Glasshouse Mountains and the village will overlook a future 400ha conservation zone and Blackbutt Forest.“We are receiving strong interest in this exceptional village from buyers, especially growing young families seeking larger home sites and also those wanting to live close to nature while having everything they need at their fingertips,” Mr Simpson said.Stockland will create more than 20,000 new homes over the next 30 years at Aura, which will include an extensive South Bank style of urban parkland, an elite sporting and performance precinct, numerous schools, education centres, and two business and enterprise parks.The community’s first school, a science, technology, engineering and mathematics based primary school for preparatory to year six, will open at the start of 2018.last_img read more

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