UK sandwich market in growth

first_imgThe UK sandwich market has grown in value by 2% in the past year, with the number of sandwiches sold up by 6%, according to data released today by the British Sandwich Association (BSA).The total UK sandwich market was worth £7.25bn for the year to 2 May with around 3.5 billion sandwiches sold during the period. Sandwich bars accounted for 32% of the market, while staff canteens made up 13%, coffee shops 11% and multiple supermarkets 10%, said the BSA.The average shopper buys just over one sandwich a week (55.1 per annum), but the figure is higher in in Scotland (60.4 per annum) and West Midlands (60.3). In the South West the average consumer has just 32.4 sandwiches per year preferring other savoury snack such as pasties.Eating habits“Over a third (36.1%) of sandwich trips also feature a hot beverage, but a strong over-index for cakes and pastries (24.8%) gives an insight into wider eating habits,” said the BSA. “Just 3% of sandwich eaters snack on chocolate while a tiny 0.4% have sugary confectionery.”The top filling was chicken (31%) followed by cheese (13%) and ham (11%), while bacon accounted for just 5% of sandwich fillings.Square sandwich bread is still the favourite carrier in front with 57%, while rolls and baps have 24% of the market are wraps have 5%.On average a sandwich costs £2.07 and commercial sandwiches account for some 25% of the market.The figures were published at the launch of the new smartphone app, which helps consumers find their nearest sandwich bars and enter competitions.last_img read more

Vermont Department of Labor offers additional resources for disaster cleanup

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Labor can help employers and contractors who are seeking to hire workers with the clean-up, repair or demolition work.  The DOL Career Resource Centers ‘ located in 12 regions across the state ‘ have professional staff members who can help employers by using our Vermont Job-Link System to identify ‘ready and available’ workers to match to the job openings.  As an example, last week a company from Johnson, Vermont working on the clean-up at the Waterbury office complex, asked DOL to refer 100 workers to them, and by the end of that same day 150 people were contacted and referred to the employer. Since last Friday, the Department has taken in over 15 job orders for more than 500 workers, and our regional offices are helping employers find laborers for these jobs.  If you are an employer ‘ or a job seeker ‘ please contact the Vermont Department of Labor to assist you in finding workers or for help in finding a job.  For a listing of VDOL’s regional offices, visit our website at is external) under Disaster Unemployment Assistance/VDOL Resource Centers, or by calling 802-828-4000. The Department’s VOSHA and Project WorkSafe staff are available for consultation and guidance to all employers and contractors involved in the disaster repair work to ensure that the work is being performed properly, to avoid health and safety hazards to workers performing the work.  The Vermont Department of Labor also reminds employers and contractors to be certain that a valid Vermont worker compensation policy is covering the employees, particularly given the hazards that exist with the disaster clean-up, repair or demolition work.  The Department can help you check if a contractor has valid Vermont WC coverage. VDL. 9.8.2011last_img read more

Wyoming moves forward with self-bonding limits

first_imgWyoming moves forward with self-bonding limits FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Casper Star Tribune:Wyoming’s largest coal mines would effectively be banned from self-bonding if the proposed rules that passed an advisory board Wednesday make it through one more round of public input and onto the governor’s desk.At a sparsely attended meeting in Casper, citizen members of the Land Quality Advisory Board voted 4-1 to require strong credit ratings for companies that want to self-bond. The credit rating would determine whether a company is financially healthy enough to guarantee millions of dollars in cleanup costs without securing a form of insurance. Wyoming has the largest open surface coal mines in the country and the money required to return those mine sites to open prairie or ranchland someday is significant — both as a potential risk to the state and as a cost carried by companies in a difficult coal market.The state is also proposing that mines have at least five years of production remaining in order to qualify for self-bonds, and that even companies that qualify for self-bonds hold a percentage of their reclamation obligation in more secure channels so the state has faster access to cash if a company dissolves.Under the new rules, the massive mines in Wyoming that produce about half the country’s thermal coal are less likely to become a state liability if companies bust, regulators say. Kyle Wendtland, administrator of the state’s Land Quality Division, said the credit rating would give Wyoming foresight into the projected financial health of mining firms. Credit ratings also consider the market and using them would hopefully mitigate the financial and environmental risk to the state posed by a firm heading for insolvency.“You have to consider the physical size of the mines in Wyoming. Nowhere else in the country are they talking about $250, $350 million liability,” he said. ‘Wyoming is not a bank. We’re not in the business of bankrolling reclamation … If you cannot make that minimum, self-bonding just isn’t the right choice.”The Land Quality Advisory Board’s Wednesday decision kicks the proposed rule changes to the Environmental Quality Council – a board of seven that is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Wyoming Senate. If that board approves of the changes, the new rules will be sent to the governor for final approval.More: Despite coal pushback, rules limiting self-bonding advance in Wyominglast_img read more

Washington utility pledges 100 percent clean energy by 2045

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Lewiston Tribune:Spokane-based Avista Utilities announced Thursday it is committing to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2045 and to have a carbon neutral supply of electricity by 2027.The company serves customers in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and northeastern Oregon. According to information on the Avista website, about 60 percent of the power now used by its customers comes from clean, non-carbon emitting sources.“Avista has always been committed to balancing reliability and affordability while maintaining responsibility for our environmental footprint, and our actions demonstrate these values,” said Avista President Dennis Vermillion in a letter to customers. “Just in the last three years, we’ve implemented three renewable energy projects on behalf of our customers. Our Community Solar project in Spokane Valley, Wash., the Solar Select project in Lind, Wash., and the Rattlesnake Flat Wind project in Adams County, Wash., together have allowed us to add to the clean electricity we already provide, meet the energy needs of our customers without increasing bills, and drive economic vitality in these communities.”The move was praised by the Sierra Club, although the environmental group noted that a bill pending in the Washington Legislature would require utilities in the state to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2045.“Clean energy is getting cheaper and more reliable with each passing month, putting a fossil fuel-free future within our reach. While a bill about to pass the Washington Legislature will already require Avista Energy to move away from coal and fracked gas by 2045, it’s good news that the utility intends to extend the benefits of clean energy to its Idaho customers as well,” said Zack Waterman, director of the Idaho Chapter of the Sierra Club.Last month, Idaho Power, the Gem State’s largest utility, pledged to move to 100 percent clean power by 2045 by moving away from coal and relying on hydroelectricity, solar and wind power.More: Avista Utilities unveils goal to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2045 Washington utility pledges 100 percent clean energy by 2045last_img read more

Meador murdered at work

first_img February 15, 2005 Regular News Meador murdered at work Meador murdered at work 30-year-old lawyer was just elected to YLD board Pensacola attorney Bill Meador, who had just been elected unopposed to a seat on the Bar’s Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors, was shot and killed by his father-in-law January 24. The father-in-law rammed a police car as he left the scene, and then shot and killed himself.Meador, 30, was an associate in the law firm of Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon, which includes Bar President-elect Alan Bookman and former Bar President Patrick Emmanuel. The shooting took place in the firm’s downtown Pensacola office.Meador’s wife, Ann, also is an attorney and serves on the Bar’s Advertising Task Force 2004. She is expecting the couple’s first child late next month.“Bill was a phenomenally talented young attorney who was as nice a person as you would ever meet,” Bookman said.He was active in the local Junior Achievement Program. Marilyn Kelley, education manager for Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida, Inc., said of Meador, “Bill is often referred to as ‘the consummate gentleman,’ which describes him perfectly. But more than that, Bill was just a wonderful human being. He had respect for every person he met. And every person he met could sense this. I am sure that it is this quality that endeared Bill to the kids. They respected him because he showed them respect.”At the January 28 Bar Board of Governors meeting, YLD President Mike Faehner reported Meador’s shooting, which he noted came only a few hours before board member Henry Latimer was killed in a traffic accident. “He was a great young lawyer; he had a lot of promise,” Faehner said. “The word is in five years he might have been standing where I am now [as YLD president].”“Bill was a friend to everyone and a good friend of mine,” said Charles Young, another lawyer at the firm. “He loved several things in this world. First and foremost was his family, especially his wife Ann and his yet unborn daughter Abigail. He was an avid golfer and. . . he loved Auburn University. He loved the kids he taught through Junior Achievement. He also loved this firm. Becoming a director at Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon was as important to Bill as any aspiration he talked about to me.”Meador, he added was “truly special. . . to each and every person he encountered. His demeanor was always cordial; he never spoke harshly even of those who probably deserved it, always had a smile, was there each and every time someone needed help.” He also enjoyed practicing law, particularly in personal injury “not for financial reasons, but because it was a way he could help those who needed help he could now provide,” Young said.Another lawyer in the firm, Shane Rowe, said the Meadors were living with him while they were having a new house built, having sold their previous home last September. He called it a special time.“They were a happy couple,” Rowe said. “I don’t think a night passed during the time they lived with me that they weren’t both laughing together about something in the living room. They always cooked or ordered in together as a couple. Bill did everything during this time to comfort his wife because of her pregnancy.”According to a report in the Pensacola News Journal, police say there is no apparent motive for the shooting.The News Journal reports the incident began about 1:30 p.m. when Meador’s father-in-law, Leslie Brooke Johnson, 56, came to the office looking for Meador.Young said he was with Meador when they returned to his office and found Johnson waiting, and that Meador had no concerns about Johnson being there or no obvious fear about meeting with him. He said Meador closed the door as though for a private meeting and about five seconds later the first shot was fired. As employees were being moved away, two more shots were heard, Young said, and then about a minute later Johnson emerged and left the building.Witnesses told the News Journal that when Johnson exited the office, he ignored police orders to stop and got into his SUV. Pensacola police officers then fired at the fleeing vehicle before it rammed a patrol car arriving at the scene and pinning an officer in the vehicle. Johnson then killed himself. The police officer had to be extricated from the smashed police car and has since been released from the hospital.Johnson’s wife had recently filed for divorce from her husband of 35 years, citing an “irretrievably broken marriage,” according to the News Journal. Neither Meador nor his wife was involved in the divorce action. Johnson also had reportedly suffered a head injury 18 years ago and had a long history of issues related to that.Young noted that most of the firm’s employees were at work when the shooting occurred and are working together to deal with the incident.“One of the reasons Bill loved this firm is the same reason there are so many long-term attorneys and employees. Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon has been around for so long because it is more family than business,” he said. “As a family we are dealing with the tragedy together, maybe each grieving in our own way, but supportive of each other and respectful of the process.” C ontributions may be made to the Royal Alliance Bill Meador/Abigail Meador Scholarship Memorial Fund, 5941 Otter Point Road, Pensacola 32504.last_img read more

Amateurs head to LETAS event

first_img Elite England Golf amateurs – led by women’s number one, Alex Peters – will tee off tomorrow in the WPGA International Challenge on the Ladies European Tour Access Series (LETAS). The Challenge, which is the only LETAS event in the UK, is supported by England Golf and will take place at Stoke by Nayland Hotel Golf and Spa, on the Suffolk/Essex border, from September 26-28. Invitations went to leading amateurs on the England Golf women’s order of merit, sponsored by Lorrin Golf. They will play in an international field which will include Alison Nicholas, Europe’s winning captain at the 2011 Solheim Cup and a past US Open champion. The England Golf players are: Alex Peters (Notts Ladies’, Image © Leaderboard Photography), Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall), Rachael Goodall (Heswall), Emma Tayler (Saunton), Charlotte Thompson (Channels), Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer), Kerry Smith (Waterlooville), Lucy Goddard (Mid Herts), Chelsea Masters (Highwoods, Bexhill), Poppy Finlay (Vicars Cross), Chloe Rogers (Braintree), Samantha Giles (St Mellion), Inci Mehmet (Wentworth), Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest), Abbey Gittings (Walmley), Sophie Powell (Stockport), Bethan Popel (Long Ashton). Follow their progress at 25 Sep 2013 Amateurs head to LETAS event last_img read more

At 38, Kidd oldest guard to start in NBA finals

first_imgVETERAN LEDERSHIP—Dallas Mavericks’ Jason Kidd, left, shoots as teammate Dirk Nowitzki, right, watches during an NBA Finals basketball practice Monday, May 30, in Miami. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) While Dirk Nowitzki calls him a “fossil,”and Shawn Marion described him as being “almost 50,” Kidd is a few months past 38. That’s two years older than Ron Harper was when he started for the Lakers in 2000.Of course, Kidd would prefer the title of oldest starting guard to win a championship. That also was set by Harper in 2000.Winning it all is among the few things Kidd hasn’t done in his 17-year career. He came close in 2002 and ’03, reaching the finals with the New Jersey Nets, but they were swept by the Lakers then fell to the Spurs.“I thought we were going to go on a roll in Jersey and make it three or four in a row,” Kidd said. “But, now we’re here. And hopefully we can find a way to win a championship.”If so, Kidd likely will be the one leading the way.He still starts most fast breaks and controls the halfcourt offense. Leave him open and he’ll hit a 3-pointer; he made six in the first-round opener and buried another in the final minute of overtime to win Game 4 of the conference finals.Defense is where he’s really excelled this postseason. Late in close games, coach Rick Carlisle has assigned Kidd to cover Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Carlisle has said Kidd will be among those asked to slow LeBron James in this series.So much for taking it easy on the old man.The only concessions to age Kidd seems to have made are playing less minutes and tolerating the flecks of gray in his beard.“He’s playing at a high level, keeping up with a lot of these young guys,” said Miami’s Juwan Howard, who was drafted a few spots after Kidd in 1994-95 and is the only player older than Kidd in this series. “Normally when you’re our age, people count you out. They say you don’t have anything left in the tank. But as you get older in this league, you get wiser.”Wisdom is a big part of Kidd’s game.After 1,267 regular-season games, and another 136 in the playoffs, he’s pretty much seen it all. He knows what risks are worth taking and when to take them.“We’re always a better basketball team when he’s our facilitator on the court, and he’s getting guys in different positions and leading the offense, and helping us in our flow game,” Carlisle said. “When we’ve got to call plays, I’ll call them once in a while, but he’s great at that, too. The more he can do it, the better our team plays.”Nowitzki sure likes having him around, and that’s reason enough to value Kidd.Nowitzki pushed for Dallas to acquire Kidd at the trade deadline in 2008, even though it meant giving up young, improving Devin Harris. It wasn’t clear who got the better of that deal as the Mavs won a single playoff series in Kidd’s first three postseasons.This run to the finals should end that debate.“It just took a while to really come into his own here,” Nowitzki said.Kidd is under contract for one more season. However, with a lockout looming, there might not be a 2011-12 season. Thus, there’s a chance this series could be it for his career.He sure hopes that’s not the case—not after the way the last two months have gone, and as big of a role as he’s had in that success.“I would love to continue to keep playing if I feel the way I do now,” he said. “I feel great. I know I’m not going to be playing 35 minutes a night. I still have a lot to give back to the game. …I love the competition no matter at what age. And I’m a big fan of the game. Seeing these young guys play at the level that they are, I just wish I was 22, 23 years old so I can handle the game the way they do.”Perhaps. But none of those kids are doing what they do in the NBA finals, at least not this year. by Jame AronAP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP)—After all the assists, steals, 3-pointers and triple-doubles, Jason Kidd has an easier path to his next entry in the NBA record book.All he has to do is show up.Kidd will become the oldest guard to start a game in an NBA finals when the Dallas Mavericks face the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.last_img read more