Baking Industry Awards: last call

first_imgLast call for entries into the 2007 Baking Industry Awards! The deadline for entry into all 12 categories is Friday 18 May. But there is still time to download a form from [http://www.bakeryawards.co.uk] and send it back to our events department, post-haste.There is a £500 first prize in each of the categories at stake, plus a night out at London’s glitzy Grosvenor House hotel and recognition from industry peers. Remember you have to be in it to win it! See page 13 for all the details, including how to enter and how to book a table for the Awards evening.last_img

North Rhine-Westphalia to launch €10bn civil servant pension fund

first_imgThe German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) had agreed to create a Pensionsfonds for its civil servants and has already begun building a pensions-provision buffer for more than 147,000 retirees.Since 2006, the NRW has also been paying €500 a month into a retirement fund on behalf of each active civil servant.It will now combine these two pots to create a €10bn fund in 2017, paying an additional €200m annually from 2018.The NRW’s finance ministry is still working on a strategic asset allocation for the fund. A ministry spokeswoman, however, told IPE the scheme would be able to invest in “bonds and loans issued by the NRW, other German states, provinces and municipalities, federal authorities and states within the euro-area, as well as the banks of supranational entities”.It will also be able to invest in covered bonds, Pfandbriefe, municipal debt, equities and fund units.The NRW has endeavoured to keep its strategic asset allocation under wraps to prevent causing any “harmful market disturbances”.Its spokeswoman also said the NRW had yet to make any decision on external managers.Similar pension funds in other German states have in the past selected the national bank as asset manager.The NRW previously worked with the national bank for its active member fund.  In the wake of the financial crisis, however, many states were forced to backtrack on commitments – made in 2006-07 for the most part – to set up funds for civil servants.Others suspended contributions from 2010-11 or even made withdrawals.Others, like Saxony-Anhalt, changed their minds yet again and started selecting external managers. One expert argued at the time that most of the plans were “inadequate” anyway.last_img read more

GFF participates in the 34th CONCACAF Ordinary Congress

first_imgPRESIDENT Wayne Forde and GFF Executive Committee Member Rayan Farias, Thursday participated in the 34th CONCACAF Ordinary Congress, held in Las Vegas, Nevada at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.They attended the one-day Congress, which constitutes the 41-member CONCACAF’s Member Associations, on behalf of the Guyana football fraternity.Among the items on the agenda was the election of some key positions including that of the CONCACAF president.“Guyana was pleased to support the re-election of president Montagliani and wishes him well as he continues to invest in the growth of our game across the Confederation,” Forde said in an invited comment.“The CONCACAF Ordinary Congress is an important business meeting in which Guyana is always honoured to participate in the decision-making process that continues to shape the future of the game in our Region, under the One CONCACAF vision of President Victor Montagliani,” Forde added.Among the attendees of the Congress were FIFA president Gianni Infantino and guests from the international football community.last_img read more

BIGGER IN TEXAS: Hunt shows growth in Texas Bowl victory, solidifies job as SU’s future quarterback

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ HOUSTON — Terrel Hunt raced through the Reliant Stadium end zone and into the hearts of Syracuse fans 1,600 miles northeast.With the pocket collapsing on him, Hunt side-stepped to his left and bolted up the middle with 1:14 left in the Texas Bowl, Syracuse’s last hopes of victory hinging on the heel of each swift stride. There were no Minnesota defenders in front of him and no penalty markers down on the field. Just a wide-open gap that Hunt wasted no time in crossing.In the end zone, he dropped the football and held his hands in Jay-Z’s dynasty symbol toward the crowd. The touchdown clinched Syracuse’s (7-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast) 21-17 victory against Minnesota (8-5, 4-4 Big Ten) in front of 32,327, but the passage signified the completion of a far bigger journey.“It’s all coming together in time,” Hunt said. “It was a good experience and I’m ready to look forward.”The Rosedale, N.Y., native who lost both his parents in high school completed a 10-month whirlwind ride Friday that thrust him from starter to backup and back to starter. Through late-night meetings with Jerome Smith in their University Village apartments last spring and a heartbreaking sit-down with head coach Scott Shafer before this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe same sophomore quarterback who went six games without a touchdown pass to start ACC play was named MVP of the Texas Bowl after his second straight game-winning performance. He finished with 74 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and completed 19-of-28 for 188 yards. After leading the Orange to its third bowl victory in four years and cementing his place as the program’s future quarterback, Hunt was fittingly given a cowboy hat, which he placed squarely on his head at the award ceremony.“Hands down, it’s his turn. His team,” Syracuse defensive tackle Jay Bromley said. “They will go as far as he goes, period.”One person who’s always believed that is Hunt. It’s what he said last spring when he earned the starting job following Ryan Nassib’s departure to the NFL, and what he echoed this fall even after Drew Allen transferred from Oklahoma and supplanted him.His focus and resiliency never wavered.Neither has the destiny he’s trying to complete. One of his mother, Katrina’s, final requests before passing was for him to come to Syracuse and succeed.“He was raised by some really strong people that were great people and had to leave early because they were so good,” Shafer said. “Only the good die young, and I think that he remembers the lessons he learned as a youngster and he takes those to the football field.”Two of those lessons are dedication and patience. Hunt spent countless nights in Smith’s apartment last season, pouring over the playbook and digesting as much information as he could. He won the starting job over veteran Charley Loeb and sophomore John Kinder.But when Shafer told Hunt that Allen would get the starting job the following fall, Hunt accepted the news by the next day. There was no garbage can toss across the room as Shafer did when he lost the starting quarterback job at Baldwin-Wallace 26 years ago.Even when Allen self-destructed against Penn State and Northwestern, Hunt waited his turn.When he got his chance, he seized it: four conference wins including a magical comeback victory against Boston College on Nov. 30.“What he puts out there, that’s what he is,” said Syracuse center Macky MacPherson. “He’s worked his butt off to get where he is.”Two games ago, that place was still unclear, especially with three-star verbal commitments Alin Edouard and A.J. Long coming in to compete under center.But Hunt orchestrated three scoring drives of 75-plus yards in the last five quarters of the season.When the Orange faced a 4th-and-8 against Minnesota midway through the third quarter, he scrambled for nine yards, setting up his 5-yard touchdown moments later that gave Syracuse a 14-3 lead. And when he took over with 2:03 left following a two-touchdown implosion from the SU secondary that put the Orange behind 17-14, he jogged onto the field with confidence unparalleled to any other point this season.The 14 yards he needed to gain would have seemed laughable at the start of the season. Now, they were not only attainable, but almost expected.As he ran free into the end zone, Hunt proved his place at the helm of the Orange. His journey was complete.“If you’re diligent and you continue to work hard and keep pounding that rock, eventually it’s going to split right down the middle,” Shafer said, “and that’s what I’ve seen with this youngster next to me.” Comments Published on December 27, 2013 at 10:01 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1last_img read more

Phuket Thailand Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgPhuket, Thailand- Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineRegent Hotels & Resorts announced the opening of their new flagship property in Phuket, the Regent Phuket Cape Panwa. The resort is scheduled to open its doors on October 1, 2012 and aims to ensure guests experience a new level of luxury in Thailand.Regent Phuket Cape Panwa is located on a cliff in the secluded bay of Cape Panwa next to its own private beach. The resort will feature 105 units, including 22 Pavilions, 48 Suites and 35 Pool Villas. The Pavilions offer breathtaking sea views with a king-size bed, balcony, and table for al fresco dining, while the luxury Suites contain a king-size bed with adjoining living and balcony. Pool Villas, the ultimate in stylish indulgence, offer guests their own private pool and extensive sun-lounge area overlooking the ocean. Guests staying in Pool Villas will also receive access to the Regent Club for breakfast, coffee, and tea during the day, and evening cocktails.The resort also contains numerous luxury amenities, ensuring guests experience a memorable Thai vacation in the lap of luxury. Regent Phuket has two signature restaurants, The Grill and The Restaurant, which offer a variety of local and international dishes. The Beach Bar and Library are also great places to grab a bite to eat, serving sample snacks and beverages. Guests can experience Thai-style indulgence at the Regent Spa overlooking the Andaman Sea. The spa includes eight private treatment rooms offering revitalizing Thai and specialty massages, signature ‘Dancing Fingers’ massages, and ‘Intraceutical Infusion Skin Treatment.’ The oversize outdoor pool with infinity edge also helps guests relax and unwind.“Regent Phuket will become the preferred resort on Phuket Island for luxury travelers seeking an exotic and luxurious retreat for holidays, special occasions or meetings,” said Brice Borin, General Manager of Regent Phuket Cape Panwa. “Our guests’ expectation is of exceptional service in an exquisite environment; Regent Phuket is able to exceed these expectations as it was founded on Regent’s service ethos where every requirement is anticipated in advance; this is the definition of the ‘Regent Experience.’ Regent Phuket will redefine the customer’s expectations of high-end Thai hospitality.”The Regent Phuket is offering a special introductory package in honor of its grand opening, valid October 1-December 20, 2012. Rates begin at $177 per night and include daily breakfast for two, complimentary usage of an in-room iPad, complimentary Wi-Fi, minibar, four pieces of laundry or pressing daily and access to the infinity-edge pool, private beach, and Children’s Club. www.regenthotels.comlast_img read more