Register for The Grocer Vision’s free webinar: What’s plant-based’s next big growth driver?

first_imgPlant-based is a huge success story, driving a swathe of cutting-edge innovation and delivering consistent double-digit growth. But as the category becomes more crowded, there are also looming challenges. Brands and retailers are under growing pressure to deliver a steady stream of ‘new new’ to keep the new generation of flexitarian shoppers engaged, and scrutiny on the categories is increasing. Clarity on which parts of the plant-based category are likely to be tomorrow’s growth drivers has never been more important. For The Grocer’s latest free webinar, in partnership with Alpro, a panel of experts from grocery retail, dairy-free, meat-free and consumer insights will explore the trends that are set to shape the plant-based category over the next three to five years – and how brands and retailers can make the most of them. The panel includes:Julia Glotz, moderator, freelance writer and editorAdam Womersley, sales director, Alpro UK & IrelandKatharine Shipley, head of innovation, Delicious Food Team, Co-opTesni Steele Jones, consumer insight director, KantarGill Riley, marketing director, Quorn Foods UKYou will have the chance to quiz our panel of experts by submitting your questions on the registration page. And for the first time, you can also submit video questions. Simply record your question and send to andrew.roocroft@wrbm.com along with your name, company and job title.The webinar takes place on 22 October at 11am.Click or tap here to register for the webinarlast_img read more

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Intelligence

first_imgCAPTION: Czech Railways has received the first series-built Class 943 driving trailers and Class 043 centre cars from MSV Studenka to operate with its Class 843 diesel-electric railcars. The 11 driving and 20 non-driving cars are all due to be delivered by the end of this yearCAPTION: Thorn Transit Systems International has completed a prototype touch-screen ticket vending machine for Kuala Lumpur’s automated metro. Putra has ordered 119 TVMs, which will issue two types of recyclable magnetic ticketslast_img

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UK schemes’ equity allocations at all-time low

first_imgThe changing UK defined benefit landscape: Scheme statusSource: PPFDespite high-profile cases of underfunded schemes in the UK – some of which have required intervention from the PPF or the Pensions Regulator – the overall funding picture improved in the 12 months to 31 March.Based on the PPF’s internal calculations – which measure a scheme’s funding level relative to the level of benefits provided by the PPF – the aggregate funding ratio rose from 85.8% to 90.5% year-on-year. This meant the total shortfall fell to £161.8bn (€188bn), compared to £221.7bn a year earlier.However, the PPF said positive asset returns had been more than offset by falling government bond yields. The improvement in the aggregate funding picture was instead due to up-to-date valuations and a shrinking universe of pension funds. In addition, scheme sponsors paid £11.4bn in special contributions during the 12-month period, on top of regular contributions.Andy McKinnon, chief financial officer at the PPF, said: “It has been another testing year for defined benefit pensions, with a succession of events casting a spotlight on the sector. For schemes and their sponsors, fulfilling past promises, made in a very different environment, has become much more expensive and much more challenging.“While the landscape remains tough, we are seeing signs of progress. Scheme funding, while volatile, continues to show signs of improvement. At the same time, companies are taking further measures to reduce risk, both by closing their schemes to future accrual and shifting their asset allocation away from equities and into bonds.”Den Boer added: “While we welcome efforts to reduce risk and improve scheme funding, we should not lose sight of the challenge ahead. The current economic backdrop, as well as scrutiny faced by the entire industry, suggests conditions will remain tough in 2018.”DB’s final decade?A separate study by consultancy Hymans Robertson estimated that all FTSE 350 companies will have stopped accrual into the DB schemes by 2027.More than half – 55% – of the UK’s top listed companies had closed their schemes to new members and new accrual, the consultancy said. Increasing pressure to plug deficits would accelerate closures, the company argued. Future service contributions to schemes were pushing towards 50% of total payroll costs for some companies, Hymans Robertson said.Jon Hatchett, head of corporate consulting at Hymans Robertson, said: “This, coupled with the pressure to increase deficit contributions, will lead to even more companies taking further action to reduce costs and closing to future accrual. If we project the current trend forward, we expect future accrual to be switched off altogether in the FTSE 350 by 2027.”However, when questioned about this prediction today, the PPF’s McKinnon and Den Boer played down the likelihood of this outcome. “There is still a trend slowly towards more schemes closing, but I don’t think they will all close in 10 years’ time,” said Den Boer.McKinnon added: “There are a significant number of schemes still open and taking new members and accruals.”The PPF’s Purple Book is available here. The average equity allocation of UK pension schemes fell below 30% for the first time in the 12 months to the end of March 2017, according to data from the Pension Protection Fund (PPF).In its latest collection of UK scheme data, known as the Purple Book, the lifeboat fund for defined benefit (DB) schemes reported that the weighted average bond allocation reached a high of 55.7%, while equities fell to 29%.The weighted average allocation to property rose to 5.3%, the highest figure since 2008.Within the equity allocation, schemes invested 20.5% in UK listed equities at the end of March, down from 22.4% a year earlier. In the context of all asset classes, it meant the average scheme held just 6% in UK equities, according to Hans den Boer, chief risk officer at the PPF. This continued a steady decline in domestic allocations since 2008, the PPF said.The data also illustrated the continuing closure trend across the DB sector. Just 12% of schemes remained open to new members at the end of March, the PPF said, while the proportion of schemes closed to both new members and new accruals rose from 35% to 39%.last_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs Get Wins Over Lady Trojans

first_imgThe Batesville Girls Varsity Tennis team defeated East Central 4-1 on Tuesday.#1 Singles- Rachael Rose defeated Maddie Davidson 6-3, 6-4 .#2 Singles- Audrey Weigel defeated Carly Kane 6-4, 6-4.#3 Singles- Sophie Brown defeated Maddie Ricter 6-2, 6-3.#1 Doubles- Baylee Rohlfing/Corinne Stone defeated Kelly Buesher/Jaylen Hilbert 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.#2 Doubles- Kate Poltrack/Betsy Harmeyer were defeated by Brooke Stonefield/Grace Kraus 6-4, 6-7(3), 3-6.In JV, Batesville defeated EC 4-2. Winners in singles were Jenna Ertel and Maggie Walsman. Doubles wins came from Ertel & Walsman, and Carly Fitzpatrick & Kayla Stone.Batesville is 2-0 (2-0 in the EIAC) and will play at Franklin County on Thursday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.last_img

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BREAKING: Liverpool hit Chelsea 5-3 in Anfield thriller

first_imgLiverpool held off a Christian Pulisic-inspired comeback as the runaway Premier League champions defeated Chelsea 5-3 ahead of the trophy presentation at Anfield on Wednesday night. Advertisement Promoted ContentCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Apocalyptic Scenarios That Could Happen TodayWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In ThailandBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Jurgen Klopp’s title winners got into the party spirit as they were involved in an eight-goal thriller on Merseyside in their final home game of an unforgettable season, though there was little sign of the late drama to come when they led 4-1.Naby Keita’s right-footed rocket opened the scoring, and there was a long-awaited home goal for Roberto Firmino – his first in the league since March 2019 – early in the second half.Roberto Firmino finally ended his home goal drought in the Premier League as Liverpool saw off Chelsea at Anfield.Read Also: Man Utd move closer to UCL spot after West Ham drawThe impressive Pulisic helped the Blues battle back to 4-3, raising hopes of clinching the draw they required to make certain of a top-four finish, but Liverpool had the last word, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain slamming home to secure the win. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

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William Hash, 86

first_imgWilliam Hash (Bill) passed away Feb.12, 2019 at his home near Bedford IN. He was in poor health, but his passing was unexpected. Bill was born May 11, 1932 near the Kingston area. He was married for 68 years to Margaret (Peggy) Tumilty Hash.Bill graduated from Greensburg High School in 1950 and started an apprenticeship as a bricklayer that year. He was employed as a brick mason for over 50 years, many years being spent with Bruns-Gutzwiller Construction. Bill and Peggy moved to Wisconsin in 1977 and returned to Indiana in 2002. Bill loved the wilderness, fishing, hunting, camping, and teaching the grandchildren all about the outdoors. He enjoyed making maple syrup for many years in Wisconsin.He is survived by his wife, Margaret, a brother, Arthur Hash, three daughters, Mrs. Ruthanna (Robert) Schimmelpfennig, Mrs. Shirley Brown, Mrs. Helen (John) Vanderbur, a son Gary (Linda) Hash, 14 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and six sisters.Bill will be greatly missed by his entire family. Visitation at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home, 302 N Franklin St, Greensburg, IN, will be held Sat, Feb. 16, 2019 from 11:00 to 1:00 with a service at 1:00 officiated by grandson, Jay Vanderbur. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

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ICC World Cup ‘That wasn’t my best catch’: Modest Stokes produces World Cup gem

first_imgLondon: Ben Stokes insists his astonishing catch in England’s World Cup rout of South Africa on Thursday doesn’t rank as the best of his career. Stokes capped a man-of-the-match display in England’s 104-run victory at the Oval with one of the greatest catches in World Cup history. Diving backwards to dismiss Andile Phehlukwayo with a one-handed take on the boundary off Adil Rashid, Stokes’ sensational effort was immediately labelled “the catch of the century” by former England spinner Phil Tufnell on the BBC.It was the culmination of a remarkable day for Stokes, who also top-scored for England with 89 in 79 balls and took the last two wickets in successive balls to finish off the South Africans.But Stokes claimed he preferred his stunning one-handed grab of an Adam Voges edge in the gully during a 2015 Ashes Test against Australia at Trent Bridge.Asked if it was the greatest catch of his life, Stokes told reporters: “Nah, that one was against the Aussies, so that one ranks higher!” Stokes admitted he had misjudged the flight of the ball initially, leading Phehlukwayo’s shot to flash past him until the all-rounder leapt backwards to complete a jaw-dropping catch with his right hand.“I was actually in the wrong position. It would have been a regulation catch if I was in the right place, but yeah it is one of those that sticks or doesn’t,” Stokes said.“I bowled the next over and Eoin Morgan had to come to me and ask if my heart rate had gone down. Things like that catch do get you fizzed up.“I didn’t really know quite hard to react to be honest. I just tried to take it in.” Regardless of which catch deserves top billing on Stokes’ CV, the 27-year-old was grateful to be back in the spotlight for the right reasons.Stokes had struggled to hit the heights he showed before being acquitted of affray last year following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub.             He returned from the Indian Premier League (IPL) earlier this year out of form with both bat and ball.But Stokes showed England can rely on him and he hailed the resounding win in the opening match of the tournament as a “perfect day”.“The best thing about being an all rounder is you can influence the game pretty much the whole 100 overs. It is always nice when you can contribute to the team winning,” he said.“The most pleasing thing is we have got the first game out of the way and winning like that. There were a few nerves knocking about, there definitely was for me as I have not felt like that in a long time.” For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Odegbami Tips Eagles to Win Nigeria v Argentina Clash

first_img“One of the State FA chairmen came to me at breakfast this morning and asked me seriously if I thought Nigeria would win the next match. He reminded me that I assured everyone the Eagles would defeat Iceland.“It will be very arrogant of me to claim any kind of pre-knowledge of anything at all, least of all the result of a football match of this magnitude and at this level. I simply told him my feeling: that the match against Argentina is likely to be Nigeria’s best match so far.“The Nigerian team is settling down. Although, it will be a very difficult match for both teams particularly because Argentina needs an outright win to start to redeem their battered image.“Remember they were one of the pre-competition favourites, and now this catastrophe. It has been a disastrous World Cup for them so far and they will throw everything at the Super Eagles to steady their wobbling and sinking ship.“So, we have a battle on our hands. But that’s what also gives me confidence – they will màke mistakes in their rear as they attack ceaselessly, and our running forwards will, therefore, find space to inflict maximum damage. “There could be a many goals in this match as I play it in my head through 90 minutes, I cannot see how Argentina will go stop the Eagles this time without tears, sweat and blood.“All the Eagles need is to play deliberately, constructively and intelligently for 90 minutes. Not giving away anything as a ‘gift’ to Argentina.“On the strength of which is the better of the two teams presently, the Super Eagles have an edge and will win! Forget about the big names, including Messi, and consider the teams.  I am looking forward to meeting up with the players again when they arrive in St. Petersburg later tonight (last night).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former Nigerian star footballer, Chief Segun Odegbami, is among the ex internationals here in Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He met the Super Eagles to motivate them before the second game against Iceland which has now revived the nation’s hope of a second round berth. ‘Mathematical’ as he’s fondly called, has been providing useful insights into how Eagles can make the dream of qualifying to the next round a reality.Yesterday, he spoke again, about Nigeria’s next must win or burst Group D match against Argentina here at the St Petersburg Stadium. Excerpts…“It is Sunday morning in St. Petersburg. The mood around Park Inn Hotel is different today. It is very much like the weather here since yesterday – chilly and sombre. The celebrations of the victory over Iceland are over. No one is even talking about it anymore. Tension has started to build up for the Argentine encounter on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Debut Goal in NPFL Excites Katsina United’s Atule

first_imgHowever, with 15 minutes to go, Katsina United coach, Ayodele Makinwa reshuffled his team, bringing in Atule who’s presence quickly had an impact with the winger bringing in pace and energy to the North West team.The former Kebbi United player outpaced his marker in the 86th minutes and brilliantly jumped to nod in Tasiu Lawan cross and afterwards told www.npfl.ng that he feels happy scoring his first goal in his first season.“My coach told me that I am coming in to score, and I scored. In fact I scored for him, I am therefore dedicating the goal to him.“I am very happy about it more especially coming from the bench, I just want to encourage other players that even from the bench you can come in and make a difference.“I am enjoying life in the top league. I moved from Kebbi United. Katsina is fun, friendly and very cooperative’Atule almost wrote his name in gold when he almost scored the second goal which shot was intercepted and cleared by Peter Ambrose.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Joseph Atule came off the bench to head in the equaliser for Katsina United late in the fixture Wikki Tourists thought they have won. It was a Match-day 12 game of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) and Wikki Tourist were cruising to victory after Manu Garba gave them the lead on the 13th minute.But Atule popped up on the 86th minute, outpacing the defenders to nod home for Katsina to salvage a valuable point from the fixture. Atule says he is excited by his goal against Wikki Tourists.The hosts had scores of chances to bury the game but were wasteful and upfront and left to rue those squandered chances at goal. On the other hand, Katsina hardly troubled their hosts, failing to find any rhythm to coordinate an attack.last_img read more

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Shoah adds testimonies from Rwanda

first_imgThe USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education has begun expanding its collection of testimonials by preserving and sharing video testimony from survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.The institute plans to expand its Visual History Archive by 2012 to include 50 testimonies from Rwandan survivors and witnesses, the Shoah Foundation announced Friday.Donald Miller, executive director of the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture and professor of religion and sociology, said USC can play an integral role in the preservation of history from the Rwanda genocide.“I am very pleased that the Shoah Foundation is sharing its expertise with survivors of the genocide in Rwanda,” he said. “Western nations ignored this atrocity in 1994, refusing to see it as a genocide, even though more than 800,000 Tutsis were killed in 100 days. It is important to document this genocide because history tends to repeat itself.”Testimonies from the genocide have been collected in Rwanda by the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center. Through this partnership, the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center will maintain ownership of the files, while the Shoah Foundation Institute helps to build expertise in visual cataloging and dissemination of the testimonies.The expansion of the Visual History Archive was made possible by collaborations with IBUKA, a non-profit organization that represents survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.The Shoah Foundation Institute has conducted 10 pilot interviews with Rwandan survivors living in the United States and has indexed them according to the institute’s methodology.Current visiting fellows at the Shoah Foundation Institute, who are Rwandan genocide survivors themselves, are working with the staff to develop an indexing terminology for the new testimonies that will be added to the Visual History Archive.“The lesson we’ve gotten from the pilot program is that survivors want to come forward, and they come with the mindfulness that they are speaking on behalf of those who did not survive. They are leaving a legacy so people know what happened,” Karen Jungblut, director of research and documentation at the Shoah Foundation Institute, said in a press release. “For people who were meant to be eradicated, these testimonies are an important reassurance that their lives and their stories are important to the world.”Steven Spielberg established the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, which was the precursor to the institute, in 1994 after producing Schindler’s List. The Foundation was created to gather video testimonies from survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust.The Visual History Archive has grown to hold 52,000 video testimonies in 32 languages, representing 56 countries since the institution’s founding.The Shoah Foundation is helping give genocide victims a voice, Stephen Smith, executive director of the Shoah Foundation, said in a press release.“We cannot compare human suffering, but its causes and consequences must be compared, with the historical integrity of each experience clearly delineated in a manner that is deep and respectful,” Smith said.Richard Dekmejian, a professor of political science who is involved in researching with the Shoah Foundation Institute, said the current archive is one-of-a-kind.“The work of the Shoah Foundation Institute is unique and unprecedented as a world center of genocide documentation for survivor testimonies,” he said. “This massive effort [began] with Holocaust testimonies, and now [will] include the Rwandan Genocide, the Armenian Genocide, as well as other genocides to be covered in the future.”Dekmejian said students can directly benefit from the Shoah Foundation’s collection of testimonies.“Dozens of my students have used Holocaust testimonies with great success and I am delighted to be associated with the Shoah leadership and faculty to further my own research on comparative genocides,” Dekmejian said.last_img read more

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