Canadian company Maple Leaf Foods said last week that its UK bakery acquisitions contributed to a 7% rise in sales in its bakery group in the fourth quarter of 2006.The UK bakery business, best known for the New York Bagel Co brand, saw excellent performance, it said, benefiting from strong bagel sales and the first month’s earnings from its French Croissant Company acquisition.Maple Leaf Foods said it plans to develop its fresh bakery business to increase its earnings and expects continued market growth in the UK. It also predicted recovery of its US frozen business, which has suffered due to factors including distribution and warehousing costs.Earnings across the bakery group were helped by price increases to offset flour and other cost increases, it said.Overall bakery group sales were $355m in the fourth quarter to 31 December, 2006, up from $309m in the same quarter in 2005. Total sales of $1.3bn were achieved in the full year of 2006.Operating earnings were $100.9m in 2006 and $23.3m in the fourth quarter of the year.Maple Leaf’s UK MD Peter Maycock told British Baker: “Maple Leaf’s UK sales in the fourth quarter were led by growth in its New York Bagels brand. The company is excited by its acquisitions of the French Croissant Co and Avance and expects to maintain growth.”
Here is a listing of cancellations and postponements due to Friday’s winter storm. To add your event to our listing, email us at [email protected] school Friday, Feb. 7, in RSU 9 (Chesterville, Farmington, Industry, New Sharon, New Vineyard, Starks, Temple, Vienna, Wilton, Weld).No school today, Feb. 7, in MSAD 58 (Avon, Kingfield, Phillips, Strong).No school today, Feb. 7, in RSU 73 (Jay, Livermore, Livermore Falls).Rangeley Lakes Regional School is closed today, Feb. 7.The Chesterville Town Office will close at noon on Friday, Feb. 7.The meeting of the Western Order of Dedicated Storytellers (WOODS), scheduled for Friday, Feb. 7, Twice Sold Tales, Farmington, has been postponed until Friday, Feb. 14, 6:30 -8:00 pm, Twice Sold Tales, 155 Main Street, Farmington.With snow and freezing rain creating dangerous travel conditions, Governor Janet Mills has directed all State of Maine offices closed today, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. “Snow, sleet, and freezing rain are taking their toll on our roadways this morning, creating hazardous driving conditions that are expected to remain throughout the day,” said Mills. “I have directed all State offices closed, and I urge Maine people to exercise extreme caution if they must be on the roads and to give our road crews and first responders plenty of room as they work to keep us safe.”Please post that the offices of Western Maine Community Action are closed today.The Franklin County government offices are closed today, Feb. 7.The Phillips Town Office is closed today.The Wilton Free Public Library is closed today.Franklin County Animal Shelter is closed today, Friday, Feb 7.Wilton Free Public Library will be closed today.The Farmington Public Library is closed today.Due to the storm today, the art opening of Birds, Blooms & Beyond; color in the winter whites, has been rescheduled. The new date and time is this Saturday, Feb. 8 from 4-6pm at 155 Front Street. Hor d’oeuvres provided by Upfront & Pleasant Gourmet.The Farmington Town Office is closing at 3 p.m. today, Feb. 7.The Wilton Town Office will be closing at 1 pm. on Feb. 7.UCU will be closing today, Friday, Feb. 7 at 3PM due to inclement weather.
Before a rapt audience in Science Center D on Tuesday night (Feb. 22), two experts in the science of well blowouts told an inside story about the worst oil spill disaster in United States history — starting with the catastrophic fire that engulfed an offshore rig owned by Transocean, who was leased by BP, the energy company formerly known as British Petroleum, to provide drilling services.Eleven men died, and the uncapped wellhead poured 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the equivalent of five Exxon Valdez tankers. The spill cast a web of brown petroleum onto hundreds of square miles of ocean, smothering the spawning grounds for one-half of U.S. fisheries and fouling beaches and wetlands in five states.There’s still a dispute about exactly how much oil spilled, said Cherry A. Murray, dean of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, who was the lead speaker. “It will be in litigation for 30 years,” and in the meantime as much as $30 billion will be required to restore the Gulf.Arguments about exactly what happened will go on for a long time too, but the root cause is clear, she said: “management failure.”Murray, an experimental physicist and Harvard’s John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, was one of seven members of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. The commission, sworn in last June, released its final report in January.The other speaker was geophysicist Richard Sears, a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the commission’s senior science and engineering adviser. He is also the former vice president for Deepwater Services at Shell Oil Co.The disaster had an immediate mechanical cause, said Sears — the failure of the foamed cement pumped into the exploratory underground well.But he agreed with Murray on the fundamental cause of the well blowout and consequent spill — a management style that addressed one problem at a time, but failed to see the big picture. Sears called this flaw “hyper-linear thinking.”The consequences, as outlined in a novel-like first chapter of the commission report, were dramatic. Murray used a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate.Just before 10 p.m. on April 20, 2010, the offshore oil rig “Deepwater Horizon” — 400 feet high, with a main deck that spanned 12 acres — hovered mightily over calm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, nearly 50 miles from the Louisiana coast.Steadied by eight GPS-guided thrusters on massive pontoons, the rig was poised over the Macondo lease site. A single pipeline — tapering from 21 inches to just 7.5 inches in diameter — penetrated 5,000 feet to the ocean floor, and then to the wellhead beneath a 50-foot blowout preventer stacked with massive valves. From there, the ever more slender pipeline penetrated another 13,000 feet into a seabed layered with “yellow zones” — deposits of oil and natural gas.Sears showed an animated film of the “Deepwater Horizon” rig, with pictures that swept beneath its massive superstructure and followed the slender pipeline that connected it to the oil and gas reserves 3.5 miles beneath.In oil rig parlance, he explained, “deep water” ocean drilling is any that takes place at 1,000 feet down or more — and some Gulf wells go as deep as 10,000 feet before striking the ocean floor.The BP rig was nothing special, added Sears. There are about 4,000 offshore rigs in the Gulf of Mexico — and the technology remains a “huge part” of the oil business, used by more than a dozen countries worldwide.Blowouts on these water-sited oil rigs, most of them minor, are “a standard event,” he said — but this one was not.That night, a sudden column of gas and oil raced to the surface, shooting undetected through the blowout preventer, and gathering pressure and heat as it surged upward. Deepwater Horizon was punched from beneath with a pressurized jet of volatile oil and gas that witnesses said sounded like a freight train.In minutes, the $350 million rig, the pride of the Transocean fleet, transformed into a cauldron of yellow fire and black smoke. The 11 men who died were trapped on the drilling floor, a deck midway up the structure.Murray, who visited a sister rig in the Gulf of Mexico in July, marveled at the force of the blaze required to consume the massive steel structure. “There’s nothing burnable on those rigs,” she said — “maybe paint.”The isolation of the rigs struck her too. “They are in the middle of nowhere,” said Murray. “You look in all directions and you can’t see a thing.”Pumping cement into a tapering pipeline deep into the sea and the ocean floor is challenging, and so is monitoring flow and pressure from trapped hydrocarbons, said Sears. “But it’s a challenge oil companies meet all the time.”The blowout preventer hooked to the Deepwater Horizon is being forensically investigated at a secure NASA facility in New Orleans, he said — but the results “almost don’t matter.” It was the cement that failed, mechanically, but more fundamentally it was the BP and Halliburton and Transocean managers that failed. “They completely forgot they had before them a very complex system,” said Sears.There’s still a dispute about exactly how much oil spilled, said Cherry A. Murray, dean of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, who was the lead speaker. “It will be in litigation for 30 years,” and in the meantime as much as $30 billion will be required to restore the Gulf.Compounding the failure, said Murray, was the lack of a “change management” procedure — a system of making rapid changes as the reality of a situation changes. (In this case, there were trial failures of the foam cement slurry meant to secure undersea pipe casing — yet nothing changed.)Beyond management of drilling from the Deepwater Horizon, the commission’s report revealed systemic regulatory and safety flaws, said Murray. The longtime Minerals Management Service (now reorganized) had for decades been charged with competing missions: oil rig safety and environmental protection, but also selling drilling leases that are so lucrative that they are the federal government’s second-largest source of cash after the Internal Revenue Service. “They were paying more attention to bringing in the money,” she said.At the same time, the incident response plans “for the entire industry,” said Murray, “were laughable. No one ever looked at them.”Science needs to catch up too, she said — with a better understanding of deep-water drilling and better technologies to contain wells. Advances are critical. America’s future oil reserves won’t be found on land, the report pointed out, but underwater.Murray and others on the seven-member commission took heat early on for having little science expertise (except for Murray) and for having no oil exploration expertise (including Murray).So she praised the 60 experts — many of them from federal agencies — who did the technical work.And the commission’s 380-page report is vivid and readable, said Murray. One secret weapon there: Harvard Magazine’s John S. Rosenberg was the chief editor.
Amid a throng of local residents, festive decorations, and even a professional alpine horn player, Michael and Fereda Falk said they’d been looking forward to the Allston opening of Swissbäker for almost a year.“We’ve been counting the days until it opened,” Fereda Falk said as her daughter, Madison, munched on a raspberry Berliner. “We’re big foodies. We like to find unique and different things, so this was exciting.”Originally, Michael Falk said he was perplexed as to where the family-owned bakery and café would be located, as the space was formerly a car dealership and service center.“I kept driving around and thinking: Where are they going to put this?” he said, shaking his head in amazement. “But the space is open and welcoming; it’s very nice. I think it will fit in great here.”The Falks’ young daughter agreed. Her face dotted with sugar, she gave the bakery two thumbs up.Serving Swiss breads, pastries, cookies, cakes, sandwiches and coffee, Swissbäkers is the newest of several businesses that are helping to foster vibrant shared spaces for campus and community in the area. The new café seats about 100 people.“Swissbäkers will contribute to the vibrancy of Barry’s Corner, along with the Ed Portal, i-lab, and Stone Hearth Pizza, as well as the new ceramics location at 224 Western Ave., the planned residential and retail commons at the intersection of Western Avenue and North Harvard Street, and the Science Center,” said Kevin Casey, associate vice president for Public Affairs and Communications. “These kinds of street-level, neighborhood-friendly establishments in key Barry’s Corner locations represent another step toward achieving Harvard and, we hope, the community’s goals for the area.”For Swissbäkers’ Thomas Stohr, who runs the shop with his wife, Helene, opening their second storefront was a dream come true.“This is the best [kind of] business in the world,” he said, beaming at the crowd. “We have immediate reward: A grumpy guest comes in, and a happy guest goes out. What’s better than that?”Thomas and Helene Stohr, owners and chefs at Swissbakers, chat with community members at the bakery’s grand opening in Allston.While Stohr has a passion for food, however, he says baking isn’t just a job with sweet benefits; it’s about building community.“The lifestyle of the Swiss is that everything is tied very closely together,” he said. “We all can text and email, but communication is the key to life, and that happens at the table, with food. It’s the neighborhood, the human factor, connecting with our guests with food and with hugs, helping to connect Harvard to Allston. We think we can be a big part of that.”Since 2010, Harvard has signed 21 new leases in the Allston community, creating more than 300 jobs. Lisa Hogarty, vice president for campus services, whose department helped arrange the lease with Swissbäkers, said that Barry’s Corner is a vital part of the Allston/Harvard community.“This area is a nice balance to Harvard Square,” she said. “And working in complete concert with the Allston community, we hope to really tie together in creative ways where the university meets the community and build a central meeting space.”Over time, that space will include School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) researchers, faculty, and staff in the Science Center. SEAS will be an anchoring presence in Allston, with the substantial majority of the school’s activities moving to the Science Center in the coming years. That development, along with the planned commons in Barry’s Corner, will bring more people and activity along the Western Avenue corridor, and even more customers for area businesses.“If you think about Cambridge and Harvard Square, it’s the perfect melding of those businesses and institutions that make it a wonderful space to live and work,” Hogarty said. “Improving the public realm and quality of life are the keys to our long-term sustainability and the community’s engagement with us.“As the horn player struck up one more refrain, Fereda Falk said the opening had lived up to a year’s anticipation.“This is a lot of fun,” she said. “We’ll definitely be back.”Violet Huang, 5, of Allston, samples a pretzel ball.
One of the main reasons that politicians have rejected previous attempts to decriminalise assisted suicide / euthanasia is that they realised that ‘safeguards’, while sounding good, would not guarantee the protection required for vulnerable people including the disabled, elderly, depressed or anxious, and those who feel themselves to be a burden or are under financial pressure. The international evidence backs up these concerns, and explains why so few countries have made any changes to the law around this issue. There are contradictory messages when society rightly wants to take a zero-tolerance approach to suicide, yet at the same time wants to approve a person taking their life. The potential for abuse and flouting of procedural safeguards is a further strong argument against assisted suicide. The solution is to ensure a palliative care regime that is fully funded and world class. That’s where the politicians’ focus should be. The recent inquiry into assisted suicide / euthanasia had 16,000+ submissions (80% of all submissions) opposing assisted suicide / euthanasia.READ MORE: www.RejectAssistedSuicide.nz (click on image/s to download PDF)
A frantic search for a missing one-year-old ended tragically on Alligator Alley near Broward Thursday, when dive crews found the child’s lifeless body in the water.According to reports from The South Florida Sun Sentinel and Miami television station WSVN, the situation unfolded late in the afternoon.They say a car was traveling eastbound on the highway, officially known as I-75, near Mile Marker 28, when it suddenly left the road for an unknown reason.The vehicle ended up on the grass, with the impact ejecting the baby from the car and into the water.Dive crews recovered the body about two hours later. Florida Highway Patrol does not yet have an official cause for the crash, but believes it could be due to loss of control from a blown tire.As of 8 p.m. Thursday, eastbound lanes of Alligator Alley remained closed before the U.S. 27 interchange.
New Delhi: Sonia Chahal came up short in the 57kg featherweight category as she lost to Germany’s Ornella Wahner 1-4 in the final of the Women’s World Boxing Championship in New Delhi on Saturday. Sonia, who was the silver medallist at the 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and a twice silver medallist at the Asian Amateur Boxing Championships, dominated the first minute of the contest against the German but the experience of Wahner and her hard punches dominated the next two rounds as the Indian youngster struggled to get going. The Indian tried to make a comeback but the German gave her no room and the Indian could not land her punches. However, it ends a great tournament for Sonia, who had entered the final after defeating 2018 Asian Games silver-medalist Son Hwa Jo.Sonia’s silver medal summed up a solid day for India after Mary Kom won created history in the Women’s World Boxing Championship earlier to secure an unprecedented sixth gold medal, making her the most successful athlete in women’s boxing in history. Mary Kom had defeated the Ukranian in the 13th International Silesian Championship for women in Gliwice, Poland earlier in the year and she showed her prowess in the first round itself.Mary Kom was on the attack and she landed a couple of strong punches with the right as well as the left. In the second round, Mary Kom was a bit more calm and she bidded her time, dodging Okhota’s left hand. Egged on by a massive crowd cheering her name, Mary Kom landed a sharp left as she maintained the momentum. In the third round, Mary Kom continued to land the punches and after a slight confusion, she was declared the winner.Mary Kom had secured the gold medal the last time it was held in New Delhi in 2006 and she now has a chance to shatter history and become the all-time leading gold medal winner in the World Boxing Championship. With this win, Mary Kom became the only female boxer in history to win six gold medals in the World Boxing Championship. When one looks at both men and women’s boxing, Mary Kom has drawn level with Cuban boxer Felix Savon. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
CHENNAI Super Kings (CSK) displaced Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) from the top of the VIVO IPL 2019 standings after they defeated them by seven wickets in Match 23.After opting to bowl on a dry-looking surface at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Super Kings bowled brilliantly to restrict the visitors to 108-9 and then chased down the runs in the 18th over.Shane Watson and Suresh Raina took toll of the hard new ball and made things easy for the batsmen who followed. Watson struck two fours and a six in his 9-ball 17, while Raina hit a four and a six in his 13-ball 14.Faf du Plessis, who opened the innings, and Ambati Rayudu (21 from 31 balls) then added 46 runs for the third wicket to put the CSK firmly in control. After Rayudu was dismissed, du Plessis (43 not out) completed the job in the company of Kedar Jadhav (8 not out).Earlier, Kolkata Knight Riders, put in to bat, committed hara-kiri very early in the match. Their batsmen paid the price for playing aggressive aerial strokes without judging the pace of the pitch.The opener Chris Lynn was trapped lbw by an inswinger but most of the other batsmen failed to adjust to the slowness of the surface and either holed out to strategically placed fielders or were stumped by a mile.The visitors slipped to 47 for 6 when Shubman Gill was dismissed at the start of the eleventh over. It took a mature innings from Andre Russell – who rode his luck, but applied himself well thereafter – to guide KKR to 108-9.The biggest partnership in the KKR innings was worth 29 runs; Russell and Piyush Chawla added 29 for the seventh wicket, and then the last wicket pair of Russell and Harry Gurney were involved in an unbeaten 29-run stand.For the CSK, Deepak Chahar picked up three wickets, while the spin trio combined well for returns of 5 for 53 from their 12 overs. Scott Kuggeleijn was the only CSK bowler to return wicket-less.Brief Scores:CSK: 111-3 in 17.2 overs (Faf du Plessis 43*, Sunil Narine 2-24) defeated KKR: 109-9 (Andre Russell 50*, Deepak Chahar 3-20, Harbhajan Singh 2-15, Imran Tahir 2-21) by 7 wickets.
Ijaiye Housing Estate Senior Secondary School, Ijaiye, has won the Season 8 of the GTBank Principalâ€™s Cup after defeating Ikotun Senior High School 2-0 on Tuesday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.In the female category, Isale Eko Grammar School got the better of Government Senior College, Agege, 5-4, via penalty shootouts after both sides failed to find the net in regulation time. The winning schools in both the boys and girlsâ€™ category won a sum of N1million respectively while the runners up schools got N750,000 each.Several dignitaries, which includes the Managing Director of GTBank, Mr. Segun Agbaje, First Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Seyi Akinwunmi and the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Sports, Deji Tinubu were present.Others include, former international footballers like, Henry Nwosu, Waidi Akanni, Taiwo Oloyede among other football stars.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Ahmed Musa The trio were listed in the 23-man squad Coach Gernot Rohr invited for nextmonth’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Benin Republic and Lesotho.While Musa’s absence was down to the back injury he sustained at his Saudi Arabia club, Akpeyi was overlooked for the clash with Brazil in order for the handlers to give new boy, Maduka Okoye of Fortuna Dusseldorf in the German Bundesliga the chance to show his skill.The injury sustained by first choice goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho, appears to have open fresh doors for the Kaiser Chiefs safe hands. The call is also the first for Akpeyi since the AFCON 2019 ended in Egypt last July.Both Okoye and Ikechukwu Ezenwa are in the squad to do battles with Benin Republic and Lesotho.Defender Kenneth Omeruo is also back, while there is another opportunity for midfielder Mikel Agu to flow back to the mainstream.France-based utility player, Kalu returns after missing the prestige friendly against Brazil. England-based midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo and Leon Balogun are on standby.Super Eagles who won the bronze medals in Egypt will open their campaign for a place in Cameroon 2021 by welcoming the Squirrels of Benin Republic (who also featured in Egypt) to the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo on Wednesday, 13th November, before flying to Maseru to play Lesotho’s Crocodiles on Sunday, 17th November, on Day Two of the qualifying series.THE INVITED 23 EAGLESGoalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); Maduka Okoye (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany)Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (CD Leganes, Spain); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Bryan Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia)Midfielders: Alexander Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Guimaraes, Portugal); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Ramon Azeez (Granada FC, Spain)Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Lille OSC, France); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium); Emmanuel Dennis (Club Brugge, Belgium); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France);Standby: Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England); Peter Olayinka (SK Slavia Prague, Czech Republic); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City, England)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AFCON 2021 QUALIFIERS Balogun, Etebo, Olayinka on standbyDuro IkhazuagbeSuper Eagles Captain, Ahmed Musa, goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi and France-based Samuel Kalu have made their way back to the Nigerian senior team after missing the high-profile friendly with Brazil in Singapore recently.