Commodities tracker

first_imgThe 2006 International Conference of Dried Grape Producing Countries was held in Monterey, California last month. Representatives from countries, including the USA, Turkey, Greece, Chile, South Africa and Australia, swapped information on harvests, production and marketing at the event.Of particular relevance to bakers is the supply of sultanas and Thompson seedless raisins. These have decreased 19,100 tonnes or 2.7% from the previous year due to slightly smaller Northern hemisphere crops. Statistical analysis showed that the availability of fruit had decreased by 2.6% as world stocks carried into the new season decreased slightly from an already low base. The conference was satisfied that the world supply was in line with demand.The supply situation with currants is less balanced with Greece, USA, South Africa and Australia reporting average crops but increased stock levels starting this season. However, the head of the Greek delegation, Andreas Kouniniotis, advised that promotional support was being considered to fund a programme to build consumer demand throughout the EU.The conference also discussed the alleged health benefits of dried grapes. Dr Julie Jones, Professor of Food Safety & Nutrition at College of Saint Catherine, stated that one half cup of dried grapes equals one serving of fruit and vegetables per day.Further steps were taken to set up an international dried grape council with a permanent executive board and secretary.last_img read more

Detailed guide: Actions for adult social care providers to prepare for Brexit

first_imgThis guidance is no longer current. See information on the transition period.,This guidance sets out the actions you should take to prepare for 1 January 2021, to plan for and help manage any potential service disruption to adult social care.This guidance is for adult social care providers and local authorities. Guidance for healthcare providers is available in How healthcare providers can prepare for 1 January 2021.Supply of medical productsRead about the government’s plan to introduce import controls on EU goods after 31 December 2020.If you have any questions, you can contact the relevant government team for your sector: Medicines: [email protected] Medical Devices and Clinical Consumables: [email protected] Clinical Trials: [email protected] Vaccines and Countermeasures: [email protected] Blood and Transplants: [email protected] Non-Clinical Goods and Services: [email protected] See if you can manage the disruption locally as part of your usual processes. Tell any other local partners that may be affected. This could include neighbouring local authorities, your local Clinical Commissioning Group commissioner or other relevant NHS contacts. If the issue cannot be resolved at a local level, contact your local resilience forum (LRF) through the local authority representative on the LRF. They may mobilise the major incident response arrangements for your area. WorkforceYou should review your capacity and activity plans regularly. Your business continuity plans should cover the supply of staff you need to deliver services before and after 1 January 2021.Make sure you tell any staff and people you care for who are EU citizens about the EU Settlement Scheme. Help them apply if they need support. Use the EU Settlement Scheme employer toolkit for practical advice on helping your employees to apply.You must notify your local commissioner, director of adult social services and the Care Quality Commission as soon as possible if there is any risk to service delivery.The EU Settlement SchemeThrough the EU Settlement Scheme, EU nationals can register for settled status if they have been in the UK for 5 years, or pre-settled status if they have been here for less than 5 years.The scheme is free and it’s simple to register. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021.Find out more about the EU Settlement Scheme.Irish citizens are not required to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, although there are some circumstances where they may wish to. Non-Irish family members of Irish citizens will need to apply.Recognition of professional qualificationsEEA and Swiss health and care professionals who are registered and practising before 1 January 2021 will continue to be able to do so from 1 January 2021.For any professional registration queries, please contact the relevant professional regulator.Help and who to contactContact local care associations: Bedfordshire: Berkshire: [email protected] Bradford: [email protected] Cornwall: Derbyshire: [email protected] Devon: [email protected] Dorset: East Sussex: [email protected] Essex: [email protected] Gloucestershire: [email protected] Greater Manchester: [email protected] Hampshire: [email protected] Havering: [email protected] Hertfordshire: [email protected] Isle of Wight: [email protected] Kent: [email protected] Lancashire: [email protected] Leeds: [email protected] Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland: [email protected] Leicestershire (home care): [email protected] Lincolnshire: [email protected] London boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth, Croydon, Westminster, and Kensington and Chelsea: Norfolk: [email protected] Norfolk and Suffolk: North Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, and Bath and North East Somerset: [email protected] Northamptonshire: [email protected] Nottinghamshire: [email protected] Oxfordshire: [email protected] Oxfordshire (care homes): [email protected] Shropshire: [email protected] Somerset: Staffordshire: Suffolk: Surrey: [email protected] Tameside: [email protected] West Midlands and Worcestershire: [email protected] West Sussex: [email protected] Wiltshire: York and North Yorkshire: Managing supply issues locallyHow adult social care providers can manage supply problemsIf you have a problem with the supply of a product, service or anything else that may stop your business from providing services properly, we recommend you take the following action:Raise your concern with a local authority representative as soon as you can – this may be your local authority commissioner, contract management contact or quality assurance team. Tell your local authority about your issue whether or not they directly commission you to carry out services.If you provide services in multiple local authorities, please contact your host local authority. Ask the host authority to tell other local authorities.If there is a significant risk to the safety or wellbeing of service users, you should also alert your local adult safeguarding hub.Tell your local care provider association or trade body representative if you have one, about your supply issue. They may already have plans to help with supply problems.If your service is part of a larger business group, make sure that you tell operational management and the business owners about the problem.Contact any other branches in your organisation and try to make alternative arrangements.Ask your supplier about finding alternatives you could use or other ways they can help. Your supplier may already know about the issue and be working to resolve it.If the problem is with the supply of medicines, tell your community pharmacist who should know the latest on any supply disruption.What local authorities should do about any adult social care supply issues Business continuity plansReview your business continuity or contingency plans regularly. Make sure they are up to date and consistent with other local contingency plans, in particular those being developed by your local resilience forum.Make sure you also have plans in place for the months following 1 January 2021, to ensure continuity of care for service users.How to prepare with suppliers nowMake plans that cover all the supplies you use – from machinery to bed sheets, food and medicine: find out what contingency plans your suppliers have in place think about how you might use different suppliers if you need to include suppliers in your planning consider changing your service level agreements where necessary – you could temporarily stop using specific performance measures to allow suppliers to keep up supply, for example through substituting productslast_img read more

USGA error rules Lauren out of US Open

first_img British champion Lauren Taylor has been ruled out of an automatic place in the 2012 US Women’s Open Championship following an error by the USGA. Earlier this month the USGA announced that, as British champion, Lauren would be exempt into the Open. This week they contacted the 17-year-old England international to apologise and explain that the news was incorrect.   The exemption will go instead to the winner of the 2012 British championship – who will claim her title in Carnoustie on 30 June, just five days before the US Women’s Open tees off at Blackwolf Run in Wisconsin. John Petrie, the chief executive of England Golf, commented: “It’s both a deeply unfair and a rather impractical decision. Having announced Lauren’s exemption and published it on their website it is just plain wrong to withdraw it. “Given the two events are just days apart, it rather assumes that a player will have booked flights and accommodation on the off-chance of winning the British title, which is in itself a physically and mentally draining week – not ideal preparation for a Major. The sensible solution is for the 2011 British amateur champion to play in the 2012 US Women’s Open and so on.” The news has created dismay and disbelief among Lauren’s 1600-plus Twitter followers. Among those asking the USGA to reconsider or issue a special invitation are Sky Sports Golf and Golf World.   Meanwhile, Lauren is accepting the news, keeping a low profile and has tweeted: “There are always speed bumps in the road to success. But you will come back stronger.” Her mother, Jackie, remarked: “Lauren is taking the news well and dealing with it with the maturity we know she possesses, having won such a great title at such a young age.” Lauren was 16 when she won the title and became the youngest-ever British champion. Her achievement was recognised before millions of television viewers when she went on to win the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award. Picture Courtesy of: CalCarson Golf Agency 29 Feb 2012 USGA error rules Lauren out of US Open last_img read more