What we need for 2010

first_imgJonathan Warburton, chairman, Warburtons”I believe the category still has lots of opportunity to encourage consumers to expand their repertoire, particularly at the moment when staying in and eating at home is becoming increasingly common. If we work closely in partnership with our customers, we can achieve this. Innovation is key within any category to ensure that the product offering remains relevant to consumers and bakery is no exception. As a business, we are more determined than ever to help drive growth in the category and succeed in these difficult times.”Mike Benton, marketing controller,McVitie’s Cake Company”As the recession continues into 2010, promotions will continue to play an important part in the market for branded cakes. “Consumers will be looking for brands they trust and value products that provide more for their money and, as consumer confidence in the category slowly returns, there will be a bigger appetite for innovation. This will add excitement to the category, reflecting consumers’ willingness to experiment with new products and flavours. “Health and nutritional improvements and reformulations will play a key part, as comfort eating declines and people look for healthier alternatives. In keeping with this trend, out-of-home consumption is likely to continue to decline, as fewer people choose to have lunchboxes and vending machines are removed from schools in a bid to tackle the growing problem of obesity.”It is also expected that there will be a massive growth in the importance of new consumer communication channels, as people become more interested in alternative forms of consumer engagement, such as digital media campaigns and advertising.”The government health agenda will put added pressure on the market, with companies under continuous pressure to produce healthier products that will aid in combating obesity in the UK. Retailers will also be faced with the challenge of maximising profitability from shop space, as consumers continue to demand value from products.”It would bring a great big smile to my face if we could see the cake market return to volume growth in 2010. Nothing would make me sigh; I’m an eternal optimist.”Ken McMeikan, chief executive officer, Greggs”The biggest hope I have is that there aren’t going to be significant job losses. One thing I’ve noticed in 2009, which impacts on confidence more than anything, is when people are uncertain about their own future and their incomes. People are still very uncertain about that, particularly when they know that whoever is in government will have to face the UK’s debt challenge and make some tough decisions that could involve job losses. If people have money and there’s still confidence to spend or to start spending, then we all have a chance of having a reasonably good year.”As for the baking industry, I would hope that we continue to work well with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) on issues such as salt and fat reduction. These are important targets we face as an industry and we are making good progress and doing a lot of work towards them. But we have to have a very healthy and constructive partnership with the FSA, because we don’t want to have customers impacted adversely by the consequences of what we’re doing, due to changes in the taste and quality of the products we’re delivering. “We make great-tasting products that our customers love and we are working towards FSA guidelines and targets. But I think we need a commonsense approach. Our hope is to have a constructive working relationship with the FSA, so that we continue the dialogue and they work closely with us to understand the efforts we’re making to reduce salt, as well as the consequences of what we’re doing. “I also hope that we don’t lose any more small independent bakeries. That’s not good for the baking industry and, over the past three to four months, we’ve started to see some of the smaller chains of bakeries and independent bakers going into administration. The one that surprised me was Ainsleys, given its size. “We tend to see more reports of retail sales through the supermarkets, so you don’t get the full picture of the high street and the effect the recession is having. It’s good to have competition and the baking industry needs independent bakers; they create a lot of innovative and specialist products, challenging all of us to match or do better than them. And the human side of smaller chains or independent bakers going into administration is that people have lost their jobs.”For Greggs, my hope is that it remains a strong and growing business, because that allows us to continue to create jobs. We employ over 19,000 people, so securing their employment is important and good for the economy as a whole.”Simon Cannell, head of La Boulangerie, Brakes”With regards to salt, my concern boils down to the fact that, as a nation, we’ve been consistently eating less bread over the years and what is this being replaced with? Everyone recognises that bread and other starchy foods should represent a significant portion of a healthy diet. If we turn customers off bread, will this be replaced by less healthy alternatives. Bread has always played a vital role in diets across the globe, but more and more people I speak to in the UK say that they don’t eat bread any more due to diets etc.”For 2010, I’d like to see a healthier view towards bread in the UK. Sometimes, all of the good work that is done in salt reduction can lead to the only thing consumers hearing is that bread is full of salt and bad for you. We need a balanced view and we need to promote the benefits of bread in a healthy diet much more effectively.”Nicky Cracknell, national account controller, Bakehouse”2009 has been a tough year for the economy and the foodservice industry has felt the impact. In 2010, consumers are looking for a good deal, but not at the expense of quality. With this in mind, there is a lot of NPD activity around products that offer the best combination of innovation and value. We believe that any issue of cost will come full circle, as people want to indulge in little daily luxuries, such as a fresh morning pastry on the way into work. We are seeing a real rise in interest in new savoury options within the bakery sector. There is a demand for innovation at the savoury end of the scale. Consumers want something different to eat on-the-go or as an alternative lunchtime option or accompaniment.”For coffee shops, price is a real driver at present, with an increased focus on savoury items and this is also true for quick-service shops and service stations, which are looking to extend their savoury offer and provide a choice of comfort foods. Operators will be looking at getting their core ranges correct, before considering extensions to the offering. It is a careful balancing act between not offering too much choice, so as not to confuse customers, but having enough to inspire them and secure repeat purchases. The important thing is to demonstrate that you are trying new things.”Jefta Kon Lakovic, chief executive, Arnaouti Pitta Bakery, Hoddesdon, Herts”In 2010 I believe we are going to see the growth of more flour-based baked snacks, such as crisps, hoops and other extruded goods, because they will be perceived as healthier. Obesity is becoming a major problem, so lower fat levels will be good and cost content will be lower.”A new niche drinks market will emerge, with more drinks from the Orient using natural juices and spring water. They will be all-natural with little or no added sugars. “This Easter, I think the economy will give a false sign of uplift, around election time, but then it will dip again. Hopefully we will see a resurgence beginning in the autumn, motoring on through Christmas and gaining momentum in 2011. The British export market in food will contribute to this and the whole economy will start to resume growth of between 2-6%. This may happen earlier (as in France, Germany and others), but the UK. economy is no longer manufacturing-dominant. In my view, this is a serious disadvantage.”Paul Ettinger, a founder of Caffè Nero”Predicting the big food trends is not easy, but I see artisan bakeries growing, and smaller food portions arriving. Challenges will include a flat economy, volatile ingredient prices, currency issues, inflation and more competition.”Duncan Macfarlane, sales director, Scobie & McIntosh bakery equipment”Alistair Darling needs to move on or get the sack! The pound needs to recover more. The banks need a push to start filtering more money through to businesses and there needs to be more grants available. They should treat the whole of the UK as equal not just take specific areas where some can get grants of 47% towards new equipment and others, such as Aberdeen, getting virtually nothing. Where is the fairness in that?” John Smith, MD of craft baker New Pitsligo, nr Aberdeen”We have two shops and a wholesale business, comprising around 60% to local shops and convenience stores. I want to see cheaper distribution costs and diesel come down. “[Scotland’s First Minister] Alex Salmond promised to reduce business rates and he’s done that. We now pay virtually none, saving us around £450 a month. It’s good to see a politician supporting small businesses and keeping his promises! It has made craft bakeries compete much better throughout Scotland.”Keith Stalker, MD, EPP machinery”Not being able to get funds from banks is holding good businesses back. We see customers who want to expand SMEs and, while the very big ones are OK, as are the major retailers, the SMEs are not getting access to the money they need.”So the banks need to lend more and the pound needs to get stronger. We need to see the UK start to climb out of the recession and hear people talking more positively about things and for that to happen, more lending needs to take place.” Neville Moon, head of food and beverage, Caffè Nero”I would say ’excess’ will be a watchpoint as we exit the recession. For example, large portion sizes, or products laden with fat or sugar, will make people feel they are not being good to themselves. ’Healthy’ will take on a greater role, particularly in snacking, as well as healthier alternatives to pastry and muffins. I also predict a greater interest in artisan products particularly for better bread.”Kirk Hunter, CEO, Scottish Association of Master Bakers”I’d like to see us move strongly out of recession. To do that, we need to restore consumer confidence, so government must come clean on the right strategy. We need to get through the election because, at the moment, we are in a phoney war situation, which is not good for business.”We can anticipate public expenditure cutbacks, which are bound to have an effect on bakers, but overall I’m optimistic that 2010 will see the beginning of a recovery and a return to prosperity.””I hope this is a year we see the economy start to recover and customers being more confident.” Scott Clarke, bakery category director, TescoSimon Solway, MD, Unifine Food & Drink Ingredients”Last year was about looking at the bottom line and reducing costs; 2010 will be about building on that platform. Once the country thaws which is the big issue of the moment we’re really seeing more positivity in the market. “Consequently, we’re looking forward to the Baking Industry Exhibition [at the NEC from 21 to 24 March] this year, where there will be a lot of new launches; this gives us confidence. If we look at our customers, we’re recording more launches compared to this time last year. If we looked at 2009, the first six months were very tough and things got a lot better in the last six months, and that has carried on already into January. “In November, British Baker wrote that Danish pastry sales were up 10% year-on-year second behind muffins. This is fantastic news yes, people are being careful about what they buy, but they want something that tastes good and satisfies all their senses. We would encourage customers to look to the Continent, where there are some great new products being launched. We would also like to see the UK export more cake there’s still so much imported cake into the UK. The exchange rate is something producers can really benefit from.”Andy Pollard, sales and marketing director, Cereform”I want to see the Euro exchange rate improve and raw material prices become more consistent, so we are able to give longer-term commitment on cost to manufacturers and they, in turn, can do the same for their customers.”I’d also like to see a continuing resurgence of brands, which puts value back into the baked goods sector. Also, I’d like consumers to understand and appreciate the baking industry as a provider of healthy staple products, as well as indulgent ones.”I have no agenda regarding the GM issue. However if, in the future, consumers and the retailers want the food industry to continue to provide products at ever-reducing prices while maintaining quality, it must be a consideration.”last_img read more

Cake Box opens record number of new stores

first_imgEgg-free cake supplier Cake Box has increased its estate by 28 sites in the past 12 months.This record increase takes the number of the business’ franchise stores to 114, it has reported in a trading update for the full year ended 31 March 2019. Locations for the new sites included Harlow, Bury and Croydon.Cake Box said like-for-like sales through its franchise stores had grown 6.5%, and it expected to report revenue for the period of around £17.1m when it announces its full results on 24 June. This would be a 30% increase on revenue compared to the previous year.Launched in 2008 in East London, Cake Box supplies products that are all egg-free, which the company says enables it to target a larger potential market, including those unable to eat eggs for dietary or religious reasons. The business has a manufacturing site in Enfield, and last year listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM). “Our first year as a public company has been an exciting one. We’ve achieved record revenues, opened a record number of stores and continue to see strong appetite for our unique customer offer,” said Cake Box chief executive officer Sukh Chamdal.He added that the business had invested in new facilities to support expansion, including new warehouse and distribution centres in Bradford and Coventry.“We believe the group is ideally positioned to deliver profitable growth and enter our new financial year with confidence,” he concluded.last_img read more

Removing indoor pollution

first_imgWhile studying climate change in the rural Himalayas, Catlin Powers was asked an eye-opening question by one local family: Why are all of these scientists coming here to study outdoor air pollution when indoor air pollution is so much worse? A Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) graduate and current Ph.D. candidate in environmental health, Powers is the co-founder of One Earth Designs, a company that creates products that enable people to improve the quality of their lives by wisely using energy resources. She is one of the creative forces behind SolSource, a revolutionary, sun-powered grill designed specifically to answer that family’s question.Powers began her journey by measuring the indoor air quality inside the Himalayan home where the question was posed, and found that it was 10 times more polluted than the outdoor air in Beijing. Subsequently, she found that more than half a million people each year die in China from the toxic smoke coming from household stoves used for cooking and heating.Spurred by these revelations, Powers began working directly with rural communities to explore energy solutions and alternate fuel sources for cooking in their homes. The result was SolSource, a high-performance, low-maintenance, portable, durable, safe, and fuel- and emission-free solar cooker. SolSource harnesses energy from the sun, which is ample on the Himalayan plateau, and uses it to grill, steam, bake, boil, or fry. Cooking with SolSource saves families time and money, reduces their exposure to harmful stove pollution, and helps conserve precious resources. One Earth Designs recently ended a successful Kickstarter campaign to help fund production of SolSource, as well as to explore a cost-offsetting model for developing nations. The campaign ended with 330 percent of its goal funded. During a recent question-and-answer session through the Office for Sustainability (OFS), Powers talked about her work.OFS: What are you most excited about for the future and for the potential SolSource holds in Asia and in the rest of the world?POWERS: Achieving a 100 percent renewable energy future for all — SolSource is a solar cooker, but it harnesses a tremendous amount of energy beyond what is needed for cooking. So we are working on harnessing that energy for electricity, household heating, water purification, and waste processing. Today, you can eat healthy, delicious solar [-cooked] food. Tomorrow, your solar grill could be powering your house, your car, and your life.With SolSource, we hope to continue to help under-consuming families leapfrog into a highly aspirational solar energy future, as well as to help over-consuming families enjoy life just as much while consuming fewer nonrenewable resources.Given all that is happening with our climate, energy seems like a great place to start. One hour of sunlight provides enough energy to supply all human needs for an entire year. The potential is huge if we could only enable more people to harness it.OFS: What’s the one thing you hope people take away from your product?POWERS: Everyone around the world essentially wants and needs the same basic things, so let’s design an equitable human lifestyle that gives us all a brighter future here on Earth. That future is going to require products and systems that make it fun and convenient to live using fewer finite resources and that close the loop on our waste stream.OFS: What are the challenges in adopting and implementing small-scale renewable energy sources in the developing world?POWERS: People often talk about the last-mile challenge from a logistics perspective, but we’ve actually found that people are willing to travel long distances to access SolSource in town centers and other regional hubs. Our bigger challenge is price constraint. For example, we spoke with families in northern Myanmar who wanted SolSource, but who had never owned a product that cost more than 16 U.S. dollars, and they were taking out loans to afford even those.Some people might say we should just use cheaper materials. But we realized early on that it is often the most price-constrained families that need the highest-quality products. These families tend to live in places with harsh environmental conditions, sometimes amidst warfare, and often with the need for frequent migration. Performance and durability are crucial.OFS: How did your experiences and studies at Harvard influence or contribute to SolSource?POWERS: My experience at Harvard prepared and allowed me to understand the challenge at hand, and how to measure the effectiveness of the solutions. We developed 54 prototypes of solar cookers before we developed SolSource. We trained citizen scientists from inside the villages to monitor its impact on pollution and cost savings, and we purchased state-of-the-art monitoring equipment to support this work.Much of this was funded through grants and fellowships from the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation, which were hosted by Harvard. I also received a scholarship from Harvard to finish my graduate studies, and would not have been able to complete the work without this support.So much of the guidance I’ve received comes directly from my advisory committee at HSPH. Jack Spengler, James Butler, Majid Ezzati, and Christopher Barr were invaluable resources in the evaluation of SolSource, as well as in my personal development.OFS: Do you have a few tips/advice for aspiring “green-preneurs”?POWERS: I always love trading learning with other doers out there. Here are some of the ones that have been most important for me over time.1.  If you have co-founders, your relationship with them means everything about the success or failure of your company. Fighting is fine and natural, but you have to respect each other and know how to communicate effectively.2.  Take the time to stop and think about the bigger context of your work, and make sure that you are still building toward the world you want to live in in the future.3.  Remember to sleep.last_img read more

5G and Me: And the Golden Hour

first_imgWhat is the “Golden Hour”?The Golden Hour is within the first hours of the Stroke or acute CHF or MI. Every minute that the blood flow is not restored in the brain (where it is lost), nearly two million additional nerve cells die. Therefore, it becomes imperative for the patients with stroke to get to necessarily equipped care locations.In this blog we will discuss how 5G technology has a profound effect on the golden hour and how this technology can save lives.Who does Stroke and CHF effect?We just celebrated a grim annual event — the World Stroke Day on 29th October. Combined, Stroke, CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and Myocardial Infarctions (MI) are the leading causes of death and disability in the world.A “Stroke” happens when the blood supply to a part of the brain is cut off — without blood, these brain cells get damaged and perish. Its severity depends on which part of the brain is affected and can affect a person’s mobility, speech, and the ability to think and feel.Congestive Heart Failure and Myocardial Infarction are chronic conditions where the heart operates less efficiently than normal. The circulatory system cannot carry oxygen and other nutrients to the body, causing the heart to stretch or stiffen, causing the kidneys to retain more fluid and salts.Globally, 1 in 4 people over the age of 25 are at risk for stroke during their lifetime In the US, the incidence of and deaths from Heart Disease has increased within the past 10 years (especially in rural areas). It is the No. 1 killer in the US (and almost all other countries in the world):The Current Problem:Since most care is moving away from the hospital and to the home (or remote clinic), Point-of-Care Imaging (PoCI) will become one of the most important diagnostic areas of the future.Even though Head CT (computed tomography) is the standard method to determine stroke and identifies a wide range of abnormalities, ultrasound is slowly becoming the go-to modality for remote imaging, especially for carotid atherosclerosis, especially using Transcranial Color-Doppler imaging (TCDI). Color Doppler imaging is also advantageous for CHF and MI assessment at the point of care.Current ambulance platforms are modern marvels with some of the latest instrumentation on-board. However, from a data perspective, they do not utilize the knowledge and imaging available at their hub locations (usually the hospital). Most current techniques for remote ultrasound (tele-sonography) use asynchronous transmission which have incurred significant transmission delays.Reliability has been a central theme as variable levels of image degradation have been reported, which resulted in reduced sensitivity and specificity. Outcomes including image quality and transmission reliability suggest it may be problematic to transmit real time images from an ambulance. In situations like this, every minute matters so it has to be both accurate and in real time.The Solution 5G Brings:The connected ambulance 5G network slicing concepts were demonstrated at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain in Feb 2019 by Dell EMC Cork Centre of Excellence (CoE).Network slicing is a type of virtual networking architecture similar to software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) whose goal is software-based network automation. This technology allows the creation of multiple virtual networks on a shared physical infrastructure.There are many algorithms that measure and score Stroke and CHF: Emergency Heart Failure Mortality Risk Grade (EHFMRG), the NIH Stroke Scale (NIHSS), Cincinnati Prehospital Stroke Scale (CPSS), Los Angeles Pre-hospital Stroke Scale (LAPSS) and Face, Arm, Speech Time Test (FAST), etc.The goal for the future of connected care in emergencies would be to identify the conditions for Stroke, CHF & MI; measure and score at site, predictively collect Electronic Medical Record (EMR) metadata in conjunction with specific image studies via DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) and combine this with the metadata from disease-specific epidemiological studies for that geographic region — all within the “golden hour”. This combinatorial analysis at the “point of care” is the future and can prevent disability and death at scale — especially since not all the ambulance visits are emergencies.Dell Technologies is leading the path on the journey to 5G and partnering with Telcos as their build their networks. We are committed to bringing this technology to the market because we believe in the life-saving capabilities of 5G.  BIBLIOGRAPHY:The Global Burden of Disease 2016 Lifetime Risk of Stroke Collaborators, “Global, Regional, and Country-Specific Lifetime Risks of Stroke, 1990-2016″, NEJM (Dec 2018),https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1804492The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). “Heart Disease and Stroke Maps”, https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/maps/quick-maps/index.htm (Last viewed 31Oct2019)Marsh-Feiley G, Eadie L, Wilson P (2018), “Telesonography in emergency medicine: A systematic review.”, PLoS ONE 13(5): e0194840, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0194840Bøtker et al., “The role of point of care ultrasound in prehospital critical care: a systematic review.”, Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine, (2018) 26:51, https://doi.org/10.1186/s13049-018-0518-xKetelaars et al. “ABCDE of prehospital ultrasonography: a narrative review.”, Critical Ultrasound J (2018) 10:17, https://doi.org/10.1186/s13089-018-0099-ySaxena et al., “Imaging modalities to diagnose carotid artery stenosis: progress and prospect.”, BioMed Eng OnLine, (2019) 18:66, https://doi.org/10.1186/s12938-019-0685-7Herzberg et al., “Prehospital stroke diagnostics based on neurological examination and transcranial ultrasound.”, Critical Ultrasound Journal 2014, 6:3, http://www.criticalultrasoundjournal.com/content/6/1/3Marsh-Feiley G, et al., “Paramedic and physician perspectives on the potential use of remotely supported prehospital ultrasound.”, Rural and Remote Health 2018; 18: 4574. https://doi.org/10.22605/RRH4574last_img read more

Home improvement contractor to pay $79,623.08 in restitution

first_imgThe Vermont Attorney General’s Office has announced that, on December 7, 2011, the Chittenden Unit of the Superior Court Criminal Division ordered Williston-based home improvement contractor Donald Bevins to pay a combined total of $79,623.08 in restitution to two of his former employees.On June 23, 2011, Bevins, who operated under both ‘Twin City Roofing’ and ‘Around the Clock Property Maintenance,’ pled guilty to two counts of failing to maintain workers’ compensation insurance. The charges stemmed from an investigation conducted by the Vermont Attorney General’s Office and the Vermont Department of Labor, which revealed that Bevins was operating without workers’ compensation insurance and in violation of a Vermont Department of Labor Stop Work Order. The investigation also determined that, during the time frame that Bevins did not maintain insurance, two of his employees were seriously injured while working. As a result of their injuries these employees each suffered tens of thousands of dollars in uninsured medical bills and lost wages.On August 18, 2011, after a contested sentencing hearing, Bevins was sentenced to one to two years imprisonment all suspended with probation except for 30 days. As a condition of his probation, Bevins is prohibited from performing any home repair or operating a home repair business.Attorney General William Sorrell advises homeowners to consult the home improvement fraud registry prior to hiring home improvement contractors. Homeowners can access the registry at: http://www.atg.state.vt.us/assets/files/Home%20Improvement%20Fraud%20Reg…(link is external)Attorney General Sorrell further advises that homeowners with concerns about home improvement contractors can contact the Consumer Assistance Program by calling toll free in Vermont (800) 649-2424 or (802) 656-3183.Attorney General December 13, 2011last_img read more

Mobile banking apps for all devices give consumers options

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Mobile banking apps are becoming more prevalent among community financial institutions (FIs) across the country.New research from Malauzai Software found the number of community FIs offering consumer and business mobile apps grew 25 percent between 2014 and 2015. Malauzai polled 7,754 U.S. FIs ranging in asset size from $50 million to $15 billion.Interestingly, Malauzai’s findings suggest community FIs prefer to give mobile-first consumers options when it comes to devices. Of FIs that offer iPhone apps, 99 percent also offer Android apps, and 61 percent offer apps for iPads. This trend holds in the payments world as well. We continue to see clients working toward enabling multiple digital wallet solutions for the same consumer base.Community FIs have no shortage of fintech vendors to select as partners in their quest to satisfy mobile-first consumers and business owners. The research also found there are more than 150 business mobile apps and more than 140 apps for standalone remote check capture. Of course, that hardly translates to diversity in app integration. The top 10 mobile app vendors hold 81 percent of the market share. continue reading »last_img read more

5 items you should never buy new

first_img 58SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Most of us like the idea of buying something shiny and new, but that’s not always the best option for our budget. Despite the creative advertising campaigns that draw us in, remember buying new also means high mark ups and high rates of depreciation. Here are five things we should consider buying used to save money.CarsThat “new car smell” sure is enticing, but don’t forget that your new ride comes high dollar signs. There are many reasons why buying a used vehicle is better for your bottom line. One reason is that the original owner has already absorbed the depreciation associated with buying new. For example, if you buy a $30,000 car and sell it down the road, chances are you’ll be hit with depreciation of at least half the original cost. Secondly, buying used also means you’ll see lower insurance premiums, which can benefit your monthly budget.ClothingStyles change quicker than the blink of an eye, so instead of dropping serious dough on a brand-new wardrobe, consider hitting up your local consignment store. Many social media sites also provide access to high-end consignment or resale groups, offering quality clothing and accessories at reduced prices.Sports gearAs children bounce from sport to sport, you could end up spending an arm and a leg on various types of equipment. Instead of buying new at big retailers like Academy Sports, check out other options such as Play It Again Sports. This chain sells quality sporting goods for low prices and also allows customers to trade in or consign their used sports equipment.BooksThink about it: how often do you really go back and re-read your favorite page-turner? Chances are once they’re read, they go straight to the shelf to collect dust. Buying a new book may not seem like a huge purchase, but think about how much you’re spending over time. Instead of buying new, check out your local book exchange or online sites like eBay or Abe Books.Children’s apparelKids grow so quickly it’s hard to keep up. They barely stay in one size clothing for a significant period of time. Don’t make the mistake of buying them a brand-new closet full of clothes for every season. Instead take advantage of family hand-me-downs or gently used clothing from second-hand shops. You’ll be amazed at the name-brand items you can find if you’re willing to take the time to look.last_img read more

OPEC certifies that Venezuela holds the World’s Largest Oil Reserves

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Photo credit: crisisboom.comThe annual report of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) certified that Venezuela’s proven reserves of crude oil surpassed those of Saudi Arabia, which reached 296.5 billion barrels in 2010. Thus, Venezuela officially ranks first in terms of oil proven reserves.The report states that the oil reserves of Saudi Arabia amount to 264.5 billion barrels, according to a news agency quoted by Don Jones.The report confirms the announcement by the Venezuelan government in January, when the mark had already been reached.In the Official Gazette number 39,615, dated February 14, 2011, Venezuela updated and formalized its oil reserves.The reserves were reached after the addition of 86.411 billion barrels of new reserves from traditional areas of the nation such as Barcelona, Maracaibo, Maturin, Barinas and Cumaná; as well as the offshore area, Cardon IV and Campo Perla  in the state of Falcon.It also includes the Orinoco Oil Belt (OOB) in the blocks Boyacá 3, Boyacá 4,  Boyacá 6, Boyacá 7 Boyacá 8; Parque Aguaro-Guariquito, Ayacucho 1, Ayacucho  8, Junin , Junin 6, Junín 7, Junín 8, Junín 9 ; Petroindependencia joint ventures, Petrocarabobo, Petrocedeño, and Sinovensa Petropiar, as well as the block operated by PDVSA (former Bitor).Press ReleaseEmbassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the Commonwealth of Dominica Sharecenter_img LocalNewsRegional OPEC certifies that Venezuela holds the World’s Largest Oil Reserves by: – July 21, 2011 Share 55 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Super Nationals deadline for early registration now Aug. 29

first_imgBOONE, Iowa – Drivers planning to compete at the 37th annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s have an additional six days to do so at the current pre-registration rates.  The form for pre-registration can be found at www.imca.com and www.raceboone.com under the Super Nationals menu. Drivers who do not already have a MyRacePass account can create one when they go to that link.  Modified, Stock Car, Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod drivers are also required to pre-regis­ter to reserve pit stalls and to compete in the Aug. 31 Prelude at Boone Speedway.  Late Models following the Deery Brothers Summer Series will pay $50 entry fees regardless of whether they register ahead of time or at the track on Sept. 2.center_img Pit stall application links are on Super Nationals menus on both IMCA and Boone Speedway web­sites as well.  More than 600 drivers have already completed the online registration process for the Sept. 2-7 Super Nationals and those that do so by noon CST Thursday, Aug. 29 pay entry fees now in place … $40 for Modi­fieds, $25 for Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods, and $15 for Sport Compacts. last_img read more

Dillian Whyte to delay Fury, Joshua bout

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Dillian Whyte to face Povetkin in November rematch Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua will have to wait until the summer of 2021 to meet for the undisputed heavyweight crown because of fellow Brit Dillian Whyte. Both men have been forced to delay summer fights over the coronavirus outbreak. Fury’s WBC title defence against Deontay Wilder won’t happen until October 3 at earliest. There were hopes he could then face WBA, IBF and WBO champion Joshua early in 2021. But the WBC have insisted they will not allow a further delay to Whyte’s mandatory shot, which has to happen before the end of February next year. Whyte could be paid off but the Brixton-based bruiser is unlikely to accept an offer to step aside having already grown frustrated of waiting for his chance. Fury must face Wilder in a third meeting as it was part of the contract for their last fight which the Brit won when the towel came in during the seventh round. While Joshua has signed to face IBF mandatory Kubrat Pulev and promoter Eddie Hearn is looking for a new date after June 20 was postponed last week. The teams of both Joshua and Fury retain a slim hope their men could get out of fights against Pulev and Wilder respectively to put on a £250 million undisputed clash this year. But Starsport understands neither the Bulgarian or the American currently have any interest in taking a pay off. Fury, meanwhile, has goaded Wilder by claiming the Bronze Bomber only triggered the clause a third fight for the money. “Yeah, I was surprised he took the fight because it was a one-sided fight,” The Gypsy King told Talksport. “He didn’t win a second of that second fight, but in this game it’s a short game and a short career, and there’s an old saying – ‘We’ve gotta make hay while the sun shines.’ “And for Deontay Wilder at the age of 34, how many big fights out there are left for him after a domination like he had? “I don’t know the man’s personal circumstances, but from what I’ve seen of these American fighters and sportsmen, they always live a rockstar’s lifestyle, even though they’re not rockstars. “They go through a lot of money quite quickly. Just look at Mike Tyson, he went through like a billion dollars or whatever he went through. “So I’m sure that the money side of it is the tempting thing. “I don’t think it’s too tempting to go in there and get an absolute beating like he did before, but he would be tempted by the amount of money that he would receive because they go through it quite quickly. “I think that’s the reason he’s taking the fight, for the money.”Tags: Deontay WilderDillian WhyteTyson Furylast_img read more