Burton’s Foods has announced it is the first UK sweet biscuit manufacturer to acquire GreenPalm certificates for 100% of its palm oil usage.From 1 January 2010, its usage of both palm- and palm kernel oil will be covered by the certificates, in the scheme which is internationally recognised by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).The firm has also announced that its long-term strategy is to be able to use segregated sustainable material throughout the entire product range by 2013.British Baker has previously reported that fully traceable, segregated and sustainable refined palm oil is available from suppliers such as New Britain and can be used in biscuits, however most bakery manufacturers use palm derivatives such as olein, stearin and fractions, which are not currently available in sustainable, certified forms. This leaves manufacturers with the option of buying GreenPalm certificates.The scheme is run by fats supplier AAK, and certificates can be purchased for every tonne of palm oil used by a company. This premium is then paid to farmers producing an equivalent amount of sustainable palm oil. Certificates cost around $8, while a tonne of palm oil is around $650.“We are delighted to be able to kick-start 2010 with such a major step forward for our CSR programme– baking a difference,” commented head of CSR at Burton’s Foods, Jo Shears. “Moving forward, consumers will be reassured that when purchasing some of the UK’s favourite brands such as Jammie Dodgers and Maryland they are making environmentally responsible purchasing decisions.”
The Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest is an independent body, serviced by The Arts Council, which advises the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on whether a cultural object, intended for export, is of national importance under specified criteria. Given how much of his work Bacon destroyed, it is crucial that we try to retain these rare early examples in this country. Bacon’s first short career as an interior designer, principally of modernist furniture and rugs, informed so much of his later painting – not least his feeling for space and structure. The Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest (RCEWA) made its recommendation on the grounds of the painted screen and the three rugs’ outstanding aesthetic importance and their value to the study of the works of Francis Bacon, one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.Committee Member Richard Calvocoressi said: Arts Minister Michael Ellis placed a temporary export bar on the works to save them for the nation One of the works is the earliest surviving Bacon painting in existence The decision on the export licence applications for the three rugs and the painted screen will be deferred until 25 July 2019. This may be extended if a serious intention to raise funds to purchase the items is made at the recommended price for each item.You can download images of the items from the DCMS Flickr page.Notes to editors Arts Minister Michael Ellis has placed temporary export bars on four works by Francis Bacon worth a combined total of more than £3 million in a bid to keep them in the country.Francis Bacon (1909 – 1992) was one of the most important British artists of the 20th century. Born in Dublin, Ireland, to British parents, Bacon did not take up painting until he was in his 20s but went on to become a world renowned artist, ranking alongside Turner and Constable in importance. The four items under an export bar include a painted screen valued at £2.5 million. It was Bacon’s first work in triptych, in which a picture or relief is carved on three panels, attached together and usually presented as an altarpiece.Completed at the beginning of Bacon’s career around 1930, the screen is thought to be his earliest surviving large-scale work and his earliest surviving figure painting. It showcases many of the elements and motifs that Bacon would return to throughout his career.The other items placed under an export bar are three rugs that were sold separately at auction. The rugs are considered among the finest modernist carpets in existence and of great importance to British art and design. They are rare survivals of a very limited production of a group of rug designs by Bacon.Valued at £186,000, £166,000 and £146,000 respectively, they were hand-knotted at the Royal Wilton Carpet Factory as part of their Wessex range in 1929. The rugs show Bacon working in a mode similar to his paintings and were displayed hanging on the wall, to be enjoyed as works of art in their own right.Arts Minister Michael Ellis said: The Arts Council champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. It supports a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. www.artscouncil.org.uk. Francis Bacon is one of our most respected and renowned artists, whose works had a huge influence on modern art. Organisations or individuals interested in purchasing the items should contact the RCEWA on 0845 300 6200. It is right that we try to keep these outstanding works in this country, where they could inspire our next generation of world-class artists. Details of the painted screen are as follows: Case 28: £2,501,572.50 Francis Bacon 1909-1992 Painted Screen, c.1930 Oil on plywood with metal hinges, each panel 183 x 61 x 2.8cm; overall: 183 x 183 x 2.8cmProvenance: Eric Allden, London.Roy de Maistre, London (until 1968)Francis Elek, London.Thence by descent to the present owner.The export bar may be extended until 25 November 2019 if a serious intention to raise funds to purchase the screen is made at the recommended price.Details of the rugs are as follows:Provenance for all three rugs:Eric Allden, LondonFrancis Elek, London (acquired from the above late 1940s)Thence by descent to the present owner.Case 30: £146,742.90 Hand-knotted rug in wool with linen weft, designed by Francis Bacon, produced by Royal Wilton carpets as part of their ‘Wessex’ range, 1929- 1930. Measurements: 212.5 h x 128 w cm. Approx. 7’h x 4’ wCase 31: £186,642.90Hand-knotted rug in wool with linen weft, designed by Francis Bacon, produced by Royal Wilton carpets as part of their ‘Wessex’ range, 1929- 1930. Measurements: 212.5 h x 124.70 w cm. Approx. 7’ h x 4’ wCase 32: £166,842.90 + VAT of £6,500Hand-knotted rug in wool with linen weft, designed by Francis Bacon, produced by Royal Wilton carpets as part of their ‘Wessex’ range, 1929- 1930. Measurements: 206 h x 127 w cm. Approx. 7’ h x 4’ wThe export bar may be extended until 25 October 2019 if a serious intention to raise funds to purchase the items is made at the recommended price.
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — With only 28 days left until the green flag drops for The Sprint Unlimited At Daytona, Sprint today unveiled the complete 2013 Miss Sprint Cup lineup to the more than 1 million Miss Sprint Cup followers on Facebook and Twitter. Newcomer Brooke Werner (Granville, Vt.) will join returning members Kim Coon (Orlando, Fla.) and Jaclyn Roney (Ann Arbor, Mich.) this season.Miss Sprint Cup represents the Sprint brand around the track and in Victory Lane wherever the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competes. The three representatives also serve as the fans’ “friend on the inside,” delivering behind-the-scenes updates, pictures and videos via Facebook and Twitter, while highlighting Sprint products and offers.Hailing from the “Green Mountain State,” Werner adds a Northern charm to the Miss Sprint Cup lineup. The former Miss Vermont USA stuck to her hometown roots while growing up by hiking the Green Mountains and listening to bluegrass music. When she isn’t at the racetrack, Werner enjoys snow skiing, antiquing and watching old movies. After receiving her degree in public relations from Champlain College, Werner worked at a nationally recognized youth-marketing agency, where she served on the community committee, helping to coordinate donations to regional non-profit organizations.“It’s truly an honor to be selected to wear the Miss Sprint Cup fire suit this year,” said Werner. “Kim, Jaclyn and the rest of the Miss Sprint Cup legacy have done an amazing job of bringing fans closer to the sport, and the opportunity to be a part of that is incredibly exciting. I’m looking forward to meeting all of the race fans at The Sprint Unlimited Experience and, of course, my first Victory Lane!”Coon returns for her third season as Miss Sprint Cup, which makes the former marketing and public relations professional the veteran member of this year’s lineup. “Last year was such a great season, filled with lots of fun and exciting experiences,” said Coon. “I went skydiving, hunted for rattlesnakes, drove on an off-road course, helped host NASCAR After The Lap and met tons of amazing fans. I’m looking forward to making many more memories this season.”Rounding out the 2013 lineup is Roney, who is entering her third season as Miss Sprint Cup. The Eastern Michigan University grad joined the program in July 2011 and is looking forward to another thrilling season of racing.“Being Miss Sprint Cup for the past two seasons has allowed me to encounter such amazing opportunities,” Roney said. “Each race weekend is so different and I count my blessings each morning when we head to the track. There are only three tracks I haven’t been to yet — Kentucky, Watkins Glen and Darlington — and I hope to mark those off my NASCAR bucket list this season.” The program has gained tremendous recognition among race fans and industry members, with the Miss Sprint Cup representatives greeting thousands of fans every race weekend at The Sprint Unlimited Experience, Sprint’s mobile marketing display.Thanks to their engaging personalities and knowledge of the sport, the Miss Sprint Cup lineup serves as popular interview subjects among local media looking to get an insider’s view on the activities surrounding race weekends. As the Miss Sprint Cup program’s popularity has grown, they now regularly participate in charity events and appear at other NASCAR sponsors’ events. In all, the Miss Sprint Cup representatives took part in more than 900 media interviews and appearances in 2012.Follow Miss Sprint Cup on Facebook at Facebook.com/MissSprintCup or Twitter @MissSprintCup. Newcomer Brooke Werner joins returning members Kim Coon, Jaclyn Roney
No shared glory. No one-game playoff. No consolation trip to the National Invitational Tournament. The Harvard men’s basketball team won the Ivy League championship outright this year — the first time in program history — and secured the team’s first trip to the NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball Championship Tournament since 1946.“We are thrilled and honored to have an opportunity to compete in the 2012 NCAA tournament,” said Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker, who is in his fifth season with the Crimson. “This is a tremendous moment for Harvard University, our basketball program, and our community. Go, Crimson!”On March 3, Harvard secured at least a tie for the Ivy championship for the second year in a row with a win at Cornell. On March 6, with the University of Pennsylvania’s loss to Princeton — the team that dealt Harvard a heartbreaking loss in a one-game playoff last year — the Crimson had their first outright title. The championship was the perfect cap to another record-setting season, one in which the team compiled an overall mark of 26-4, 12-2 in the conference.“We were very pleased to win the Ivy League title for the second straight season,” said Amaker. “Winning our league is one of our goals every year.”Harvard’s 26 wins broke the record set during the 2010-11 season, which in turn bested the mark set in 2009-10. The success is a huge turnaround for a program that saw many losing campaigns before Amaker’s arrival, and had never won an Ivy title. Amaker credited the team’s good fortune in recent years to the effort of his players and assistants.“Our conference is very competitive,” he explained. “Being able to win the Ivy League is a testament to the hard work of our student-athletes and coaches.”The Crimson began the season with a surprise victory in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, whose participants included the University of Connecticut, the defending national champion. While Harvard did not play UConn during the tourney, the Crimson did vanquish Florida State, which was ranked among the top teams in the nation at the time.The tournament victory propelled Harvard into the national rankings, a place the team occupied for much of the season. The Crimson rose as high as No. 21 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll and No. 22 in the Associated Press ranking as they ran their home winning streak to 28 games and saw 10 sellouts at Lavietes Pavilion. As for the accomplishments of individual players, senior forward Keith Wright became Harvard’s all-time leader in shots blocked, moved up to fifth in rebounds, and passed 1,000 points scored.As in years past, the Crimson overcame adversity along the path to success. On the road, there were tough losses to Fordham and Princeton; at home, there was a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of the University of Pennsylvania, an outcome that ended the team’s winning streak at Lavietes Pavilion and hinged on a controversial call in the game’s closing seconds. But then Harvard pulled out tough wins on the road in close games against Columbia and Cornell, and demonstrated the resilience that has been its hallmark in recent years.Harvard now looks to the post-season, with hopes of making some noise in the “Big Dance.” The team will find out when, where, and whom it will play on “Selection Sunday” March 11, when the tournament’s first round brackets are set. No matter where they land or what the score is when the final buzzer sounds, Amaker says that his focus — and that of his team — will remain the same: to continue to get better every year.“It has been a privilege to witness our program grow over the past few seasons,” he said. “We are excited to watch ourselves continue to improve day in and day out.”
University architect Doug Marsh spoke about campus growth and development at Wednesday’s student senate meeting, according to the meeting minutes.Marsh explained the overarching organization plan of Notre Dame’s campus, which he said parallels the original master plan of University founder Fr. Edward Sorin.Campus growth expanded under the leadership of University President Emeritus Fr. Ted Hesburgh, and currently continues at a rate of approximately 2.5 percent each year, Marsh said.While physical growth is important to a university’s success, Marsh said the planners must anticipate the growth and be smart about it so it does not devolve into a sprawling system with shuttles and remote parking structures. Overall, preserving the walkability of campus and its pedestrian focus is important, he said.According to the minutes, Marsh highlighted the northeast and south districts of campus as sites for potential development plans, including two new residence halls and a molecular engineering research building. He said the architecture department would like to increase the number of beds on campus and still alleviate some of the cramped space problems. Any new buildings would preserve the collegiate gothic character, he said.Other development plans include the area of campus adjacent to Eddy Street, he said, where they envision additional buildings. According to the meeting minutes, Marsh cited a potential new art museum building to house the Snite Museum’s current collection.Earlier this year, the University announced plans for a new architecture building in that area, as well as a Jenkins Hall and a Nanovic Hall to hold the growing global affairs programs.Marsh said the recently announced Campus Crossroads project began with questions about where to put a new student center, recreational facilities and the psychology and anthropology departments.He explained the five-minute walking radius measure used to determine where the ideal site would be, marking the center at the point where South Quad and God Quad meet. Because the department didn’t want to expand in McGlinn fields or near the Grotto, they looked to the potential space around the stadium.More information about campus plans and architectural projects can be found at architect.nd.eduTags: Architect, Campus Crossroads, Doug Marsh, Senate
Burlington architecture firm Freeman French Freeman’s leadership in sustainable design has lead to staff member Jesse Robbins receiving LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification. Robbins attended the LEED Training Workshop at the University of New Hampshire and the GreenBuild Conference in Pittsburgh before taking and passing the exam.The United States Green Building Council has established a point system that rates the overall energy efficiency of new and renovated construction. Approximately 5% of current construction projects in the U.S. are LEED-registered.. While no mandatory regulations stipulate that buildings be designed and built to LEED standards, FFF uses the system to promote sustainable design.FFF President Jesse Beck praised Robbins for his dedication and enthusiasm, adding that “because of employees like Jesse Robbins, FFF will continue to promote environmentally sensible design and construction. We congratulate him on an accomplishment that will benefit sustainability throughout Vermont and the region.”
10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details If you’re hoping the new year is going to include a new job, make sure you’re ready. When you’ve scheduled an interview, it’s easy to get anxious in the days leading up to it. It’s hard to know exactly what to expect from an interviewer, but there are a few things you can do to be as prepared as possible.Know the basics: Make sure you’ve Googled the company’s physical address and checked out it on a map. You want to know exactly where the building is and where you should park when you get there. Confusion can lead to tardiness, and that’s the last thing you want. Also, make sure you’ve got the company’s number and your contact’s name saved in your phone, in case of emergency.Do extra homework: When you’re on your way to a job interview, you want to be ready in every way. Physically, you want to be alert (caffeinated, possibly) and energized (get a good night’s sleep). You also want to be excited about the opportunity, so make sure you fully understand the job description and don’t have any questions about the company. Do your research and find out exactly what the company does and what you’d be doing for them.Practice out loud: Look over some common interview questions and practice answering them to yourself. You don’t want to trip over any easy answers, and you’ll want to make sure you’re speaking slow and clear. And don’t just settle for the first answer that comes to mind. When preparing to answer common questions, give more than a generic answer. Take some time and come up with thoughtful and interesting responses.
Consumers are excited about the prospect of using voice assistants to pay for things, but worries about security are stopping most of them from actually following through on it, according to new research from payments technology company Transaction Network Services.The company’s survey of 1,046 UK adults, 1,050 U.S. adults and 1,022 Australian adults found that 26% of people who own a voice assistant have used it to make a payment, but 74% said security concerns are preventing them from actually doing so.“Our survey clearly shows that consumers are buying into the latest payment technology as adoption figures are high, especially among millennials and Generation Z, but the number reporting security fears is a concern,” TNS Chief Product Officer Bill Versen said.More women than men had security concerns they said would stop them from making a payment via a voice assistant (76% versus 71%), it added. continue reading » 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Competition for housing among South East Queensland tenants remains healthySecuring a rental north of Brisbane is getting more difficult according to Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) analysis.The REIQ’s Market Monitors report for the December 2016 Quarter reveals the Moreton Bay Regional Council’s vacancy rate of 1.8 per cent is the tightest among South East Queensland’s five local authorities.Other results include Ipswich at 2.4 per cent, Logan at 3.3 per cent and Redland recording 2.7 per cent.“Brisbane City operates in a healthy environment with vacancy rates at 3.4 per cent, which is good news for both landlords and tenants.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours ago“Despite the increasing supply of new developments, the southeast corner continues to be the top performing rental market (in Queensland) with vacancy rates hovering between the tight and healthy range,” the REIQ said.Within Brisbane City’s boundaries, the highest number of new rental bonds lodged for three-bedroom houses during the quarter was 179 in the Brookside/Everton Park/McDowell/Stafford area.Those renting two-bedroom units were most keen in Bowen Hills/Valley/Herston/Newstead with 541 new lodgements over the three months.The REIQ said Brisbane’s property performance has been steady, and provides a solid foundation for future growth.“The Brisbane housing market remains strong with the December median sale price reaching a new high of $655,000, increasing from $645,000 the previous quarter.”“Amid the upward trend in house prices, Brisbane capital city remains in the top four most affordable capital cities in Australia in December quarter data” the REIQ said.
Germany’s MetallRente pension plan for the metal industry brought in 4,000 small and medium companies as clients last year, it announced this week.For 2017, assets in the insurance-based pension vehicle offered by MetallRente – “MetallDirektversicherung” – will be topped up with a net interest rate of 3.35%.The annual interest rate is calculated by insurance-based pension vehicles in Germany based on capital and actuarial returns, costs, and net inflows.MetallRente’s interest rate is more than three times the minimum required: by law, guaranteed pension products only have to grant 0.9% interest rate from 2017. The rate was cut last year from 1.25%. Since the financial crisis the interest rate granted on MetallRente’s guarantee product has steadily fallen from around 5%, along with legal minimum guarantees.“Given our cost advantages, occupational pensions remain more attractive than traditional, individual saving,” said Heribert Karch, managing director at MetallRente.He also stressed the metal industry was going against the trend of a dropping share in occupational pension participation revealed by new government statistics – as reported by IPE earlier this week.“Our share in new occupational pension contracts is increasing year-on-year,” Karch said.The 4,000 new clients was “the largest growth over the last five years”, the pension fund confirmed.“The awareness about occupational pensions has increased significantly among SMEs,” Karch told IPE. “But there also seems to be a silent consolidation in the market with some pension providers not growing at all, or only very little, while others – including us – continue to grow.”Karch warned a recent increase in employers setting up pension plans will not continue at the same rate without reforms. He has repeatedly voiced support for the government’s idea to introduce new pension vehicles without guarantees to ease the burden on employers.However, the MetallRente example shows that most companies still choose the guarantee option. Only €150m of the group’s total assets are managed in the Pensionsfonds MetallRente is offering. MetallDirektversicherung makes up the vast majority of the pension provider’s total assets of €5.1bn as at year-end 2016.This is mainly only chosen for very young employees, and the asset allocation profile is adjusted accordingly. For people below 55 the equity quota is between 70% and 80%, while for people above that age it is cut to 45%, and then to 10% just before retirement.Over the last five years the MetallRente Pensionsfonds returned 8.7% annually and 5.9% since inception in 2003.Karch said equities were the main source for the performance of this portfolio in 2016.