Seed pricing

first_imgPine nuts: There have been no improvements since the last report. Supply of unsold stock from China appears to be dwindling to near zero and any offers emerging are from re-sellers who are offering sporadic containers sourced, presumably, from sellers who are defaulting on earlier, lower-priced contracts. There have been some sporadic offers of Pakistani pine nuts at slightly cheaper levels although the size, shape and flavour characteristics are no like-for-like match for Chinese. With the new crop likely to be small, the concern is that the high pricing might extend into the New Year.Pumpkin seeds: These are seeing a similar scenario to pine nuts. China, as the dominant origin, has a significantly reduced supply this year and demand for this seed is strong from a variety of core destinations. It looks like supply will struggle to meet demand over the second half of the year. We would recommend that buyers cover their requirements sooner rather than later.Sunflower seeds: Prices are being dragged up by general strength across the seeds sector. Demand from the oils category is weaker and, despite there being no major supply issues at origin, sunflower prices are rising, against expectations. Short- to medium-term cover is recommended.l Based on information provided by ingredients supplier RM Curtislast_img read more

Freaks of Nature appoints food innovation director

first_imgYorkshire-based desserts brand Freaks of Nature has appointed chocolatier, patisserie and bakery expert Claire Gallagher as director of product innovation.Gallagher had been working with the gluten-, dairy- and egg-free manufacturer as a consultant, but has now come on-board full-time.Her 25-year career in the food industry has seen her work alongside Michelin-starred chefs, including Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. In recent years, she has led the food and drink innovation team at Bettys, creating treats including its afternoon tea and continental cakes.“Claire is a highly innovative product developer; it really is quite a coup for us to have her on-board. She had been working with us for a few months as a consultant, helping to expand our product range, but now, she is a fully-fledged member of the team,” said Freaks of Nature founder Peter Ahye.“The input she had in developing our latest dessert has been invaluable. It’s the first plant-based and gluten-free Belgium chocolate mousse in the UK. She’s as passionate as I am about creating great-tasting plant-based desserts without compromising on quality.”Gallagher added that she was “so excited” about joining Freaks of Nature. “I love that the company is so bold in its approach to making the best-tasting plant-based desserts possible,” she added.The company – which has a factory in Ossett, West Yorkshire – has 15 products on sale in major retailers. Its portfolio includes Sticky Toffee Pudding, Cherry Bakewell Hot Pudding, Lemon Sponge Hot Pudding and Choc Caramel Cheesecake.last_img read more

Professor visits refugees abroad

first_imgIn the Bible, Moses is given a vision of the Promised Land atop Mount Nebo. But as Fr. Daniel Groody stood atop the same ridge in Jordan, he saw the antithesis of that divine vision. “We looked to the south and saw issues of trafficking. We looked southeast into Iran and Iraq and saw persecution of religious minorities. We looked north into Lebanon and saw the situation of undocumented refugees,” he said. “We looked further north into Turkey and saw people fleeing violence there. We looked all around Jordan and saw refugee camps and unaccompanied minors fleeing Syria without parents.” As a member of a seven-person delegation sent by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Migration and Refugee Services committee, Groody traveled to Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Turkey last week to get a firsthand perspective on the situation of Syrian refugees fleeing the country’s ongoing civil war. “It was no longer a CNN report,” Groody, a Notre Dame theology professor, said. “There were actually people right there in front of me, who I could touch, see, feel and hear.” To gain a comprehensive understanding of the plight of Syrian refugees, Groody said the delegation met with government officials, ambassadors, Vatican officials, church leaders, ministers of foreign affairs and several faith-based organizations, including the Red Crescent, Caritas and Catholic Relief Services. “It’s a major humanitarian crisis going on,” Groody said. “We looked at coalitions of governments and organizations trying to have concerted responses to the situation … and tried to get their takes on what’s happening and how we can advocate for issues in the U.S.” But more important than these diplomatic meetings, Groody said, were the conversations with the refugees themselves in official camps in Jordan and unofficial sites in Lebanon. “The stories of these people meant the most in all those conversations. There, the statistics became human,” he said. “The people you saw in front of you were facing a level of vulnerability I’d never seen before. They had such a thin line of protection and, in some sense, no protection at all.” With more than 100,000 registered Syrian refugees each in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey and an estimated 150,000 Syrians living in Egypt, the magnitude of Syria’s violent internal conflict now extends throughout much of the Middle East, Groody said. In all, more than 359,000 Syrians fleeing the war have registered in four neighboring states, including Iraq, since conflict broke out between the Syrian government and opposition groups in the spring of 2011, according to an Oct. 23 report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The majority of refugees living in camps are women and children, Groody said, many of whom lost one or more family members during the conflict. “In one camp, we sat down with one extended family that included three women who married three brothers, all of whom were killed in the war,” Groody said. “Their fourth brother had been jailed the day before, and the mother found out her grandson was just killed.” Groody said unaccompanied refugee minors and young women, especially widows, face additional hardships in the camps. “This was just a sea of children, of women who, in that culture, have very few opportunities and are unable to work at all,” he said. “Now they’re undocumented refugees, not simply migrants, facing a very unknown future.” The “hardest part” for Groody is not knowing when the conflict in Syria will end because the longer it continues, the longer the refugees he met will be living in a state of limbo with no stability in any aspect of their lives. “There were some common threads in our conversations with refugees,” he said. “They told us, ‘We are not safe. We have no home to go back to. We want to return to our country. The winter is coming. We have no food. And we are human beings.’” Groody said the Catholic Church has been working “on the front lines” to provide immediate food and medical relief for refugees, assist with registration of refugees in United Nations records and create schools. These initiatives benefit any refugee, regardless of their religious affiliation. “[The Church] isn’t asking questions. If anyone is in need, if anyone is hurting, if anyone is suffering or if anyone is in pain, the Church is there for you because you’re a human being. You’re a child of God and you’re loved by God,” Groody said. In the case of a refugee camp playground in Jordan, Groody said the Church created a space for children to “develop some sort of identity” in the midst of their emotionally and physically taxing displacement. “The Church serves as a safe place to reestablish communities and connections and help people begin to develop their education and knowledge,” he said. “But I think part of the message is that the Church is … engaged in this, but most of us don’t have the awareness that this is going on, and we often don’t know what to do. We can’t do everything but we can do something.” Additionally, Groody said the delegation was “impressed” by the high level of involvement of neighboring state governments. “We were impressed by how much the government of Jordan is willing to take on refugees at great costs, how Turkey is not only providing tents but also areas for heating and insulation,” he said. “They’re not just giving out handouts. They’re providing space for refugees to be treated as human beings.” But the common denominator among refugee relief efforts, Groody said, was the emphasis on maintaining self-worth and human dignity “for people whose lives are completely shattered.” Upon returning to the U.S., the USCCB delegation is working to promote awareness of the refugee situation by holding congressional briefings to influence policy, writing about refugees’ stories and possibly creating a film, Groody said. “Listening to those stories, seeing those faces, meeting those people was more than seeing people in poverty. It was seeing people with absolute vulnerability that simply cried out for some kind of solidarity and help,” Groody said. “What’s important for the Notre Dame community to understand is the actual scope of the conflict and its human costs, as well as the desperate plea for humanitarian assistance.” Despite U.S. and USCCB resettlement efforts and the U.S. government contribution of more than $100 million to refugee relief, Groody said more international cooperation is crucial. “We’re left with the sense that there are many ways to be motivated to respond to this. Faith groups are responding, but even that cannot be done without the support of governments,” Groody said. “The needs are so much greater that we need a concerted effort from the international community to bring about some kind of durable solutions for folks in this kind of pain.” Even more than a sense of motivation to act, Groody was left with the images he saw from Mount Nebo. “The question is, have we really crossed the Jordan into a Promised Land where all humans can live in dignity … and develop and grow as God intends? That faith vision is something that still has yet to be realized.”last_img read more

Poet Valerie Mejer to visit campus for poetry reading

first_imgTags: creative writing program, department of english, mexican poet and painter, reading at bookstore, valerie mejer Mexican-born poet and painter Valerie Mejer will make an appearance on campus Friday to read from her works.The Notre Dame creative writing program and Department of English will sponsor the event.Mejer’s works “explore containment and fragility, layering loss and possibility over a once-familiar landscape,” according to the creative writing program’s website.Her works include poetry collections “Rain of the Future” (2013), “de la ola, el atajo” (2009), “Geografías de Niebla” (2008), “Esta Novela Azul” (2004), and “Ante el Ojo de Cíclope” (1999), as well as the novel “De Elefante a Elefante” (1997).Her artwork has appeared in Raúl Zurita’s “Los Boteros de la Noche” (2010), Forrest Gander’s “Ligaduras/Ligatures” (2012), and Antonio Prete’s “Menhir” (2007) and “L’imperfection de la Lune” (2007).Mejer said she chooses her topics of poetry or art “the same way you choose what is going to happen the next hour or day. A mix between intuition and destiny. A lot comes from the past, voices, pains. Like Charles Wright said, ‘All forms of landscape are autobiographical.’”Joyelle McSweeney, director of the creative writing program and associate professor of English, said Mejer’s work is contemporary, graceful, forceful and memorable.“As a Mexican poet and painter, she carries the traditions of both the Latin American surrealism associated with Frida Kahlo and the intimate, personal lyric of American poetry,” McSweeney said. “Hers is a poetry for every member of the Notre Dame and South Bend community.”McSweeney also said she believes Mejer’s dual roles of painter and poet complement each other.“Her ‘painter’s eye’ shows in her poetry, in that her poems are full of images at once dreamlike and forceful,” McSweeney said. “At the same time, her poetry is breathtaking for the fluid way each image gives way to the next. A poem elapses in time, while a painting is fixed in time.”Mejer’s visit comes in the wake of the publication of her first English-language translation of “Rain of the Future.” The work was published by independent press Action Books, which is run by McSweeney and fellow associate professor of English Johannes Göransson.“[The translation is] a tribute to Mejer’s brilliance, but it is also the product of many hands working together,” including American poets CD Wright, Forrest Gander, Sarah Denaci and Alexandra Zelman-Doring, McSweeney said. In addition, the collection includes a preface from Argentine poet Raul Zurita.“[The creative writing program hopes] students and faculty in many disciplines — creative writing, literature, visual arts, students of Spanish-language literature and culture, students of global affairs — will benefit from the chance to interact with this exquisitely talented poet and painter,” McSweeney said.McSweeney said she hopes Mejer’s work will show Notre Dame students the importance of the arts in international exchange.The event is open to the public and will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Hammes Bookstore. A question-and-answer session will follow Mejer’s reading.last_img read more

Stephen Karam’s Speech & Debate Film Gets Release Date

first_img The highly anticipated film adaptation of Stephen Karam’s off-Broadway comedy Speech & Debate has a release date! The Dan Harris-helmed movie, which is chock-full of stage favorites, is set to hit select theaters, iTunes and VOD on April 7. The film adaptation will unite original star Sarah Steele, Spring Awakening’s Austin McKenzie and Liam James as a trio of high school outcasts.Pitch Perfect star and Broadway alum Skylar Astin will take on the role of drama teacher Mr. Healy. Tony winner Roger Bart has been tapped to play the school’s Principal Bellingham. Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda will also cameo, as will the play’s original off-Broadway star Gideon Glick and Audience Choice Award winner Darren Criss. As reported, Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth has also been tapped to sing an original song over the end credits.Rounding out the cast are Janeane Garofalo (Wet Hot American Summer), Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs), Kal Penn (House) and Kimberly Williams-Paisley (Father of the Bride).Tony winner Stephen Karam’s wickedly funny Speech & Debate premiered off-Broadway at Roundabout Theatre Company in 2007. The play-turned-film follows three teenagers brought together by a series of mishaps. Frustrated by the hypocrisy they see in their parents, teachers and the entire school board, the unlikely trio set out to find a common truth and make their voices heard as they revive a defunct school club and take on the world. Blogging, blackmail, and Broadway belting drive the trio’s bond in this outrageous comedy. View Comments Liam James, Sarah Steele & Austin P. McKenzie in ‘Speech & Debate'(Photo: Haley Rynn Ringo)last_img read more

I am the very model of a modern arbitration clause

first_imgHappy Wednesday, Credit Union Compliance World. As you know, on July 10th, the CFPB finalized its rule on arbitration agreements. We blogged about the basics of the rule and the epic hero’s journey that is trying to identify its scope. On Monday, thankfully, the CFPB released its Small Entity Compliance Guide regarding the final arbitration rule. While the amount of footnotes involved in discussing the scope should be a clue to the Bureau that the rule is painfully technical, it is nice to have a version written in Standard American English.Thanks to the Equifax breach and the breathtaking cascade of bungled responses in its aftermath, arbitration provisions are back in the limelight. If your credit union is seeking to help assist members affected by the breach, visit NAFCU’s Equifax Data Breach Resources webpage. If you’re angry, know that your feelings are valid and shared. We’ve written to Congress, the CFPB, the FTC and NCUA to ask them to take action to protect credit unions and their members. In the meantime, perhaps this is a good time to take a deeper look at the arbitration rule’s language requirements.From Agreements to Delegates, In Order CategoricalNAFCU has gotten a few questions about when it is appropriate to use the nine different model clauses included in the rule. Below is a breakdown of the various clauses in the rule and when and how they can be used. continue reading » 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Mancini demands response from City

first_img The reigning champions headed to St Mary’s on Saturday nine points behind leaders Manchester United and in desperate need of victory. However, City buckled under the pressure, putting in what Mancini described as a “worse than poor” performance as Southampton ran out 3-1 victors. United’s victory over Everton on Sunday means City are 12 points behind with just 12 games remaining, and Mancini expects a response, saying: “When you play football and you are a top player, you should take your responsibility, always. It’s not always the fault of the manager.” Infuriated Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini expects an immediate reaction from his players after they seemingly surrendered the Barclays Premier League crown at Southampton. This season has proved difficult for City, with their slip in the title race compounded by a miserable Champions League campaign in which they finished bottom of their group. Mancini does not think there is any danger of third-placed Chelsea, four points behind, beating them into runner-up spot, but admits it has been a hard season. “For a team like us which has won the title, won the FA Cup, won the Charity Shield after 38 years, it’s normal the year after as champions could be difficult,” the Italian said. “But probably because we did some mistakes in the summer and we didn’t improve our team. But now we have good players and I think we shouldn’t do a match like this.” Asked if he regretted not making better signings in the summer, he retorted: “No, no, now we can do nothing about that. “But in this moment we should do more because we have 12 games, we should get the maximum points we can get, we have the FA Cup and this season is not finished. “I don’t want to see a player like we saw. A player who plays like that should stay at home, not even be on the pitch. Usually, we play well and even when we don’t play well we put everything on the pitch but we didn’t even for that.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Tiote blow for Newcastle

first_img The loss of the influential and tough-tackling Tiote could hardly come at a worse time for the Magpies. The club are struggling to cope without Yohan Cabaye, whose departure to Paris St Germain left them without their greatest attacking asset, and are coming to terms with a 3-0 home defeat by local rivals Sunderland. Tiote has made 24 appearances in all competitions this term, captaining the team in the absence of Fabricio Coloccini. Press Association Newcastle have announced midfielder Cheick Tiote will be out for up to three matches with a hamstring injury.center_img Tiote suffered the injury during training this week and a scan has confirmed the extent of the damage. He will now definitely miss the upcoming Barclays Premier League matches against Chelsea and Tottenham. last_img read more

Okeechobee County educator named Florida’s 2021 Teacher of the Year

first_imgThe Florida Department of Education made the exciting announcement on a Zoom conference call on Tuesday afternoon.According to the state, Stanley has taught sixth grade at the school for the past four years, and she serves as Yearling Middle School’s math representative and mentor for new teachers.Congratulations to Krista Stanley, a 6th grade math teacher from @OkeeSchools, on being named the 2021 Florida Teacher of the Year! Krista, we cannot wait to watch the impact you’ll make in our state as the #FLTOY2021!#[email protected]— Florida Department of Education (@EducationFL) August 4, 2020 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — An Okeechobee County educator has been named Florida’s 2021 Teacher of the Year.Krista Stanley teaches sixth grade at Yearling Middle School.ICYMI: Watch a press conference from @EducationFL with Commissioner @richardcorcoran announcing this years Teacher of the Year! #MustSeeTFC #FLTOY2021— The FLORIDA Channel (@floridachannel) August 4, 2020 Stanley has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Florida State University.The Teach of the Year honor comes with 20 grand for the teacher and a scholarship she can bestow on a student.Thank you to the #FLTOY presenting sponsor @FloridaPrePaid who presented our 2021 Teacher of the Year Krista Stanley a 2-yr Florida College Scholarship to present to a student of her choice!#FLTOY2021 #FL74strong— Florida Department of Education (@EducationFL) August 4, 2020last_img read more

Sangakkara wants an ‘arrogant’ Sri Lanka to challenge India

first_img(REUTERS) – A young Sri Lanka team must play with arrogance if they are to upset holders India in tomorrow’s Champions Trophy match at the Oval, former captain Kumar Sangakkara has said.The islanders had a nightmare start to their campaign, losing regular skipper Angelo Mathews to a calf injury before going down to South Africa in their Group B opener.As if that was not bad enough, stand-in skipper Upul Tharanga was then slapped with a two-match suspension for the team’s slow over rate in the Proteas defeat.They next face the formidable task of taking on a rampant India side who crushed arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday despite not being at their best.“I would personally like this young Sri Lanka side to walk out at The Oval and play with the arrogance and abandon of youth,” Sangakkara wrote in his column for the cricket governing body website. (“They should express their talent and play a really positive brand of cricket. If they are able to do this, then they have a chance of pulling off an upset, but it will not be easy over an India team that so confidently overwhelmed Pakistan on Sunday.”The prospect of a return for Mathews represents a major boost for the squad but Sangakkara stressed they badly needed to resolve their shockingly poor over rate.“If Angelo, Sri Lanka’s best batsman and captain, is deemed unavailable for this vital clash, it could severely hamper the team’s chances of winning against India,” the former wicketkeeper-batsman added.“Even if Angelo is considered fit, the threat of slow over-rate will be a major concern. Having Tharanga suspended is a huge waste.“With quite an experienced and senior bowling attack led by (seamer) Lasith Malinga, a team constituting two spinners, it is unacceptable that Sri Lanka was over by 39 minutes.”last_img read more