Genius goes Dutch

first_imgGenius Foods – the UK’s largest gluten-free food specialist – has signed a deal to supply its products to a Dutch retailer, as it increases its European footprint.The deal, formally launched at the Dutch Coeliac Day event on Saturday 20 April, is expected to help the company achieve its turnover of £50m in 2013.The Edinburgh-based company, which already supplies products to Canada, France and Spain, will begin selling three products from the Genius range through online retailer Diepvriesmarkt.nl from this week.Roz Cuschieri, chief executive, Genius, said: “Bringing our products to international markets is a major focus for us as we continue to increase our overseas presence.”Genius currently sells 36 products in the UK and overseas, and will begin selling white sliced bread, sliced seeded bread and seeded rolls, with brown sliced bread expected to join the Dutch line-up soon.The company, which already has a 48% share of the gluten-free bread market in the UK, also recently acquired two bakeries from Finsbury Foods in a £21m deal, giving Genius a market-leading position in the own-brand category.Cuschieri added: “The demand for quality gluten-free produce is continuing to grow throughout Europe and Genius is leading the way at home and abroad. We have ambitious plans for additional international expansion in 2013 and beyond.”last_img read more

Video: British Pie Awards 2016

first_imgThe quality of British pies has seen an “immense improvement”, according to Stephen Hallam, judging co-ordinator of the British Pie Awards.British Baker went along to the eighth annual awards in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, to catch a slice of the action.A beef and vegetable pasty scooped the top prize of Supreme Champion, made by Cumbrian butcher’s A F Huddleston.Meanwhile, Essex-based pub The Wheatsheaf won the title of Best Overall Small Producer following its win in the Steak & Ale category.During the event, we caught up with Hallam, also managing director of pork pie maker Dickinson & Morris, to talk about celebrating British pies and how it feels to be part of the competition.last_img

Pret covers NLW by putting prices up

first_imgHigh street coffee chain Pret A Manger is covering the cost of the new national living wage (NLW) by charging customers more for their coffee.The NLW means that basic pay has risen from £6.70 to £7.20. It came into effect on 1 April and, in response, Pret has put the price of its coffee up.A latte, cappuccino and a flat white, which all cost £2.15, will now be £2.25. The cost of an Americano rose from £1.75 to £1.85.The company said in a statement that the change was due “in part” to the increase in labour cost.A Pret A Manger spokesperson said: “Increasing costs, including those around our ingredients and our people, mean we do need to increase prices from time to time. These are done very rarely and we do our best to keep them minimal.”Last week, Costa Coffee became one of the few companies in the UK to offer the NLW to workers of all ages, not just those over 25 – at the same time, it also revealed that 55% of its staff were younger than 25.Elsewhere, John Whittingdale, the Culture Secretary, and Chris Grayling, the Commons Leader, both suggested last week that British workers may lose out, because the higher wages will attract more European workers to the UK and fuel immigration.In response, David Cameron said: “I think the National Living Wage is a well-deserved pay rise for some of the lowest paid people in our country, and I am very proud to be the Prime Minister who introduced it.”Last December, UK bosses were urged to better prepare for the NLW and avoid potential legal action by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) as it emerged only 45% of employers had updated their payrolls at the time.last_img read more

William Klemperer, 90

first_imgAt a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on May 1, 2018, the following tribute to the life and service of the late William Aloys Klemperer was placed upon the permanent records of the Faculty.William (“Bill”) was an innovative, versatile, and ebullient physical chemist. He was among the world’s leaders in molecular spectroscopy, a field he relished for its challenges to improve ways to observe and decipher molecular properties and consequent chemical phenomena. He especially enjoyed applying supersonic beams to chemistry. He exclaimed that “they give one a sense of power . . . [to] push molecules around with electric or magnetic fields.” His curiosity ranged widely. Early on, he studied molecules that exist in equilibrium only at high temperatures. Later, his cooling techniques for molecular beams enabled incisive study of many weakly bound molecular complexes. When Bill became intrigued by spectra of molecules coming from the vast interstellar clouds, he hatched a kinetic scheme involving ion-molecule reactions.Bill was born on Oct. 6, 1927, in New York City and died gently on November 5, 2017, at home in Watertown, Mass. Both his parents, Paul and Margit, were physicians and raised Bill and his younger brother, Martin, in New York and New Rochelle. Bill graduated from high school in 1944 and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy Air Corps, where he trained as a tail gunner. In 1946 he enrolled in Harvard, where he majored in chemistry and met and married Elizabeth Cole, a Radcliffe student. On obtaining his A.B. in 1950, Bill and Beth headed west to the University of California–Berkeley. Mentored by George Pimentel with characteristic gusto, Bill received his Ph.D. in early 1954.On a social visit to Harvard, Bill was offered appointment as an instructor, which he accepted. That rank, now defunct, was considered unlikely to lead to the faculty ladder. However, soon Bill startled both students and faculty with his research. He quickly created a unique spectrometer, ripping items out of conventional gear and adding heavy duty plumbing. By vaporizing solid substances, his apparatus made accessible infrared spectra at high temperatures. The data he obtained on vibrational frequencies for many molecules, especially oxides and halides, yielded remarkable insights into their chemical bonding.Before long, Bill began assembling a high-temperature microwave apparatus, to attain rotational spectra that would complement the low-temperature work done in E. Bright Wilson’s laboratory. It become evident that much better resolution could be attained by molecular beam techniques, such as those being used in Norman Ramsey’s physics laboratory across the street. Bill became a welcome visitor to Norman’s lab, quickly acquiring the experimental savvy and conviction to pursue molecular beams for chemical spectroscopy.Senior chemists advised that constructing such an elaborate beam apparatus might risk his tenure prospects. Undeterred, Bill undertook the project with Lennard Wharton, a graduate student with an engineering background from MIT. The beam apparatus, dramatically intricate compared with Bill’s earlier equipment, took two years in gestation. It and later siblings, enhanced by innovative improvements such as supersonic cooling, produced a cornucopia for molecular spectroscopy and resulted in unprecedented resolution and chemical scope. Using electric fields to deflect beams and energy levels brought forth many surprising results. Studies of molecules held together by weak van der Waals forces contributed to understanding the specificity and selectivity of such ubiquitous forces in biomolecules. Bill foresaw that myriad pairs of molecules could be weakly linked by expansion in a supersonic nozzle — a process that offered quantitative access to a wide range of intermolecular forces.In 1965 Bill was made full professor. His beam experiments had thrived and would do so for more than another three decades. In 1968–69 Bill took a full year sabbatical to study astronomy in Cambridge, England, a heavenly sojourn for him, his wife, and their youngsters, Joyce, Paul, and Wendy. Bill both explored the English rose gardens and planted the basic sprouts of his kinetic ion-molecule model. Later, he collaboratively cultivated the kinetic model and harvested dozens of interstellar “astromolecules,” many unexpected.The huge dark clouds where most interstellar molecules have been seen are 99 percent composed of hydrogen and helium. After H2, carbon monoxide is the most abundant molecule, although down by a factor of 10-4 or more. Ionization by the pervasive flux of 100-MeV cosmic rays creates some H2+ and He+ from which emerge many reaction sequences. The H2+ rapidly reacts with H2 to form H3+, which readily transfers a proton to many other molecular species. Hence Bill predicted that most of the H3+ should be converted to HCO+, a very stable species. This prediction was a seminal triumph for Bill’s model. Soon thereafter interstellar emission from a species dubbed Xogen, which had not yet been seen on earth, was shown to come from the HCO+ ion. It turned out to be the most abundant ion in dark clouds and has even been observed in distant galaxies.The offspring of the He+ ions exemplify how chemical kinetics can produce paradoxical results. The extraction by He+ of a hydrogen atom from H2 would be very exoergic. Yet that reaction does not occur. This is an unusual exception for ion-molecule reactions, but it has been confirmed by laboratory experiments and quantum theory. Instead, He+ reacts with CO, the second most abundant molecule, to form C+ and O. The ionization of helium is thus almost quantitatively transferred to C+, enhancing its concentration a thousandfold (by the He/CO abundance ratio). In turn, C+ only feebly reacts with H2, but reacts avidly with methane and acetylene to launch sequences of many organic compounds, including chains punctuated with double and triple bonds. Bill’s model explained the paradoxical irony: the mutual distaste of the simplest inorganic species, He+ and H2, gives rise to the proliferation of complex organic molecules in the cold interstellar clouds.Bill Klemperer was a lovable and loving man. Along with his bright, creative intellect, he had good down-to-earth wisdom and humor, and total integrity. He was an earnest citizen, glad to serve on boards and committees for worthy causes. Deservedly, he delighted in his science; in his many intense friendships with students, colleagues, and others; in his rose garden; and in his joyous family life.Respectfully submitted,Daniel NoceraCharles LieberDudley Herschbach, ChairAn extended version of this Minute was previously published by Dudley Herschbach, “Obituary: William Klemperer,” Nature Astronomy 2, 24–25 (January 2, 2018), https://doi.org/10.1038/s41550-017-0365-0.last_img read more

History of Vermont Printers Now Available

first_imgThe Lane Press, Inc. announced the availability of the book A Celebration of Vermont Printers 1904 – 2004. Published by Lane Press to recognize Vermont printers and to commemorate its 100th anniversary, the book features interviews of 20 prominent contributors to the states printing industry, a history of printing techniques, and the changing role of technology during this time. Putting ink on paper is one of the central acts of a civilized society, the book begins. For private messages, a pen will do. But for spreading public informationanything from advertising to sacred textsprinting has long been the medium that has joined the individuals in a culture.How important is printing to the Vermont economy? Today there are 119 commercial printing businesses that employ more than 3,600 people with sales of more than half a billion dollars.Authored by Chris Granstrom with oral histories by The Vermont Folklife Center and photography by Michael Sipe, the book is a compilation of stories and images that bring to life the important role printers play in the dissemination of information, our ideals, and the freedoms we enjoy as a result of the printing industry.In the preface of the book, Philip Drumheller, president of Lane Press, says that more than anything else, this is a people story. This is a story about families, fathers and sons, and a lot of great individuals, lively characters who make the story of printing in Vermont both appealing and engaging. The oral history interviews with noted printing professionals bring the printing history alive through the stories they tell.Rocky Stinehour, founder of Stinehour Press in Lunenburg, Vermont, spoke at length during his oral history interview about the role of technology in printing. Printing has always been a technologically driven business, right from the get-go. I mean, putting those scribes out of business that were making those beautiful handmade books. There were books long before printing came along, and beautiful books, and great books, but printing did something. Printing was a tool and it took pens out of the hands of the scribes and they had to start setting type. The technology may change, but the book remains.A Celebration of Vermont Printers 1904 2004 is available in hard and soft cover at www.lanepress.com(link is external).last_img read more

MWB to make £500m move into corporate outsourcing

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Soho’s redemption

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Alexandre Lacazette was gutted during Arsenal’s win over Southampton, reveals Laurent Koscielny

first_imgAlexandre Lacazette missed a glaring opportunity to score against Southampton (Picture: Getty)Alexandre Lacazette was ‘gutted’ after missing a glorious opportunity to make the game safe against Southampton on Sunday, according to Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny.The France international had already opened the scoring but failed to add to his tally later in the first-half when he scooped the ball over from point-blank range.Arsenal were indebted to goalkeeper Bernd Leno thereafter, who kept a rare clean sheet, as Unai Emery’s side recorded their third straight win to move into fourth place ahead of tonight’s match against Bournemouth.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 City Arsenal v Bournemouth: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:03FullscreenArsenal v Bournemouth: Unai Emery press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-v-bournemouth-unai-emery-press-conference-1871444/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Koscielny insists Lacazette is ready to make up for the miss this evening and was impressed by the reaction of supporters inside the stadium and his teammates who helped lift the former Lyon star’s spirits.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I liked how the whole stadium rallied around Alexandre Lacazette after he missed a big chance in the first half,’ said Koscielny.‘Supporting him like you did was very important to him and the team. We have to show solidarity and unity all the time. Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 27 Feb 2019 5:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link697Shares Alexandre Lacazette was gutted during Arsenal’s win over Southampton, reveals Laurent Koscielny Alexandre Lacazette couldn’t believe his miss against Southampton (Picture: Getty)‘He was gutted that he missed but your support & that from the boys on the pitch too helped him to get over it & refocus quickly.‘I told him after the game that he could’ve had a hat-trick. He will be hungry to make amends for the miss in the game today.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

A beach house with a difference

first_img15 North Shore, Twin WatersUpstairs, the second floor features two more bedrooms along with a bathroom, study and a rumpus room with built-in cabinetry opening to a deck.On the top level is another study, along with the main bedroom that includes a walk-in wardrobe, a private timber deck with a rooftop viewing platform, and an ensuite with a spa bath that has views over the ocean. 15 North Shore, Twin WatersOther features of the residence include established lawns, airconditioning, ceiling fans, a fully fitted and keypad-locked wine cellar and a double garage with internal access, loft storage space and a work room.Floor coverings are a mix of sandstone to the lower level and timber to the middle and upper levels, with sandstone also featuring in the bathrooms. 15 North Shore, Twin WatersIF a seachange is in order, check out the features in this spacious oceanfront house that took out a Housing Industry Australia Queensland award.Spread over three levels, the home has large covered outdoor areas overlook either the resort-style 18 metre lap pool, protected coastal sand dunes or the ocean and Mudjimba Island. 15 North Shore, Twin WatersThe open-plan living spaces were designed to allow abundant natural light with the use of extensive voids, high ceilings and generous amounts of glass. On the first level the kitchen, dining and living space are set off by a water feature and fireplace and connect to the terrace – and the pool beyond – via bi-fold doors.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 investor9 hours agoThe kitchen has marble benchtops, an induction cooktop, two-pac cabinetry and a corner pantry, with the level also including a laundry, bedroom with an ensuite, a retreat area and separate access via a timber deck. 15 North Shore, Twin WatersAgent Liz Hope of North Shore Realty Sunshine Coast said the house’s prime location meant potential buyers could be dipping their toes into the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean within minutes.“This beachfront residence also provides easy access to pristine Mudjimba beach, the Maroochy River, coastal walking and bike paths, plus the championship Twin Waters Golf Course is only a short drive away,” Ms Hope said.last_img read more

Highgrove bathroom owner has created the perfect bathroom deisgn

first_img1/30 Bombala Street Broadbeach WatersAfter 11 years of bathroom design Mr Crosland said the key was to keep everything simple.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“I have been designing duplex-style homes that are unique and all different from each other,” he said. “I tried to keep things simple with this home and I didn’t want to cramp everything in a small space. 1/30 Bombala Street Broadbeach Waters“The matt black is great because it accentuates everything else,” Mr Crosland said.“I am always excited to get my hands onto designing a bathroom. “High gloss is definitely a trend that has faded out and I love working with new styles.” Mr Crosland said he Broadbeach Waters home was his second boutique project.“I have lived in it with my girlfriend Katie for about a year now,” he said.The bathroom renovator said he builds boutique developments that he wants to live in, across the Gold Coast. 1/30 Bombala Street Broadbeach WatersTHE boss of Highgrove Bathrooms, Nick Crosland, wanted to give his Broadbeach Waters home wow-factor finishes in every room.Light, bright and topped with timber throughout, the four-bedroom, four-bathroom home is one of two Mr Crosland designed and developed. 1/30 Bombala Street Broadbeach Waters“Instead of pushing the staircase into a corner for more space I decided to make it the central feature so you could walk around it and look at the paintings on the foyer wall, kind of like a gallery.”The bathroom combines timber vanities with dark stone floors, white marble-style walls and matt black tapware.center_img 1/30 Bombala Street Broadbeach WatersSpotted gum doors towering 2.7m create a grand entry which flows into a foyer with a soaring ceiling void and floating staircase over a black, subway-tiled botanical garden. The home has a stylish open-plan living room and kitchen, with a wine fridges in the island bench and a breakfast window bar that overlooks the pool and canal. gcb realestate 1/30 Bombala Street Broadbeach Waters 9 January 2017“It is funny because I am building another duplex design at Palm Beach and I’m excited to live there for a while too before I put it on the market,” Mr Crosland said. “My favourite place in this home is the patio. Katie and I always enjoy kicking our feet up and having a drink there.”last_img read more