International activity

first_imgThe Irish Bread Bakers Association (IBBA) warned that poor harvests in various parts of the world had dramatically increased the cost of wheat.World wheat stockpiles are at their lowest level in 25 years. Prices have surged to 10-year highs after a drought in Australia threatened to cut its harvest in half. Australian Crop Forecasters cut its estimates for 2006/7 to 11.5 million tonnes, from 25 million a year earlier. Harvests have also been hit in Ukraine and North America.Paul Kelly, director of Food and Drink Industry Ireland, speaking on behalf of IBBA, said: “The major increase in the cost of raw materials comes at a time when other business costs are also rising much faster than general inflation. Bakers are experiencing increases of up to 20% in the cost of flour and increases of over 30% in the cost of gas, their main energy source.”He said that cost increases must eventually be reflected by retail prices. “This does not mean that price increases are profit increases,” said Kelly. “While there is little that can be done about rising global prices, the government must reign in spiralling business costs. The cost of energy and waste management are just two areas where decisive action is needed.”Over the past two years, a number of bakeries in Ireland have closed or significantly rationalised their businesses.”Failure to recoup cost increases in the marketplace will lead to further rationalisation and job losses,” said Kelly.last_img read more

Mrs. Beverly Ann (Rose) Fockler

first_imgMrs. Beverly Ann (Rose) Fockler, age 59, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on May 6, 1958, in Montgomery, Alabama, the daughter of, Marshall Gene and the late, Sandy Faye (Grady) Rose. She was raised in Auburn, Alabama and in Milpitas, California and was a 1976 graduate of the Samuel Ayer High School in Milpitas, California. Beverly was united in marriage on May 28, 1983, in Carmel, California, to Gregory Fockler and to this union arrived four daughters, Heather, Hollie, Shawnee and Jasmine to bless their home. Beverly and Gregory shared over 34 years of marriage together until her death. She was a former employee for Williams Food Service in Madison, Indiana, for several years. Beverly was employed as a Room Inspector for Belterra Casino & Resort in Florence, Indiana, for the past 8 years. Beverly enjoyed reading, spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and vacationing in Mexico. Beverly passed away at 5:40 am, Monday, June 26, 2017, at her residence in Vevay, Indiana. Beverly will be deeply missed by her husband of over 34 years: Gregory Fockler of Vevay, IN; her daughters: Heather Peelman and her husband: Dusty of Vevay, IN, Hollie Crepin and her husband: John of Vevay, IN, Shawnee Williams of Aurora, IN and Jasmine Cummins and her husband: Durand of Cincinnati, OH; her grandchildren: Zoe, Brenden, Logan, Aubrey, Mackenzie, Skylar, Graham, Sawyer, Everley, McKaila, Mason, Madden, Mylan, Jade, David, Paige, Peyton, Riley and one grandson on the way; her father: Marshall Gene Rose of Calabasas, CA; her brothers: Ken Rose of Eugene, OR and Marshall Rose of Sunnyville, CA and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her mother: Sandy Faye (Grady) Rose.Friends may call 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Friday, June 30, 2017, at the Jack Sullivan Senior Citizen Building 305 Walnut Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Memorial services will be conducted Friday, June 30, 2017, at 6:00 pm, by Bro. Shawn McMullen, at the Jack Sullivan Senior Citizen Building, 305 Walnut Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Memorial contributions may be made to Keeping Pace Cancer Fund % Switzerland County Community Foundation. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

Downing should oversee Hull clash

first_img And Press Association Sport understands the anticipation is that Downing will still be in that position come the visit of Hull to The Hawthorns this weekend. In that match, West Brom will be looking to halt a losing streak that extended to four games with the 1-0 defeat at Cardiff on Saturday which preceded the confirmation of Clarke’s dismissal. Albion are 16th in the table, two points clear of the relegation zone, and have won only seven of their 34 top-flight games in 2013. The club are not making any comment regarding who their new permanent boss might be, but various people have been linked with the vacancy since Clarke’s departure. Prominent among them are Roberto Di Matteo – who guided West Brom into the top flight in 2010, was sacked by them in February 2011 and then went on to win the FA Cup and Champions League during a stint in charge at Chelsea in 2012 – and ex-Albion player Martin Jol, recently dismissed from his post as manager of Fulham. Others being mentioned as possible candidates are Molde boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, ex-Schalke coach Ralf Rangnick, Real Madrid assistant coach Paul Clement, Mike Phelan – most recently Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant at Manchester United – and ex-Blackburn boss Michael Appleton, who has managed Albion on a caretaker basis before. Both of the latter pair are also former Baggies players. Clarke was appointed as West Brom’s head coach in June 2012 – taking on his first managerial role – and went on to guide them to their highest-ever Premier League finish of eighth last season. The 48-year-old is overseeing first-team affairs following Albion’s decision to sack head coach Steve Clarke and his assistant Kevin Keen. In their statement announcing the news on Saturday, the Baggies gave no indication of how long they might take to appoint Clarke’s successor, saying simply that joint-assistant head coach Downing would assume control “whilst the club considers all available options”. Albion lost the services of their 2012-13 top-scorer over the summer when Romelu Lukaku’s loan spell with them ended, and the players subsequently added to the Baggies attack have not really truly sparkled. Nonetheless, the club managed to achieve some notable results this term, such as a 2-1 win at Manchester United and a 2-2 draw at Chelsea. Giving his reaction to Clarke’s dismissal, former West Brom player Cyrille Regis, quoted by the Birmingham Mail, said: “I am shocked – I didn’t see that coming at all. “If you’re looking at the bigger picture then I thought he might get longer but it shows the pressures of staying in the Premier League. “Certain players haven’t come to the level that was expected either, which didn’t help him. “Martin Jol would be a strong candidate. He knows the club, he knows the continental system Albion have in place and he’ll know the parameters Albion work under because he had them at Fulham. “He’s managed at the top level across Europe so he ticks many boxes.” Regis, who played for Albion at the same time as Jol, added: “I think with the position Albion are in they need a ‘been there, done that’ manager. “It needs someone with experience to stop the slide.” Meanwhile, it is understood that West Brom will be dealing with Saido Berahino internally, with it looking likely that he will be disciplined, after a foul-mouthed message was posted on the Albion striker’s official Twitter account. The message, which appeared on Saturday after news of Clarke’s sacking broke, said: “Wow i cant believe it, that’s f****** s***!!!!” A subsequent message appeared saying: “By the way i apologise for my last tweet. This was related to a personal issue and nothing else. Please don’t take the wrong way.” Another then said “I just had a flat tyre”, accompanied by a picture of one. Both that message and the first one have been deleted. Keith Downing is expected to be in charge of the West Brom first team for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Hull. Press Associationlast_img read more

Women’s hockey: Badgers unable to overcome rivalry hurdle, split series with Minnesota

first_imgThe No. 1 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team suffered a hard, 2-0 loss to rival, No. 2 University of Minnesota – Twin Cities on Saturday night in Madison.Despite the tough defeat, the Badgers gave their home crowd something to cheer for Sunday as they rebounded and dismantled the Gophers, 8-2.Saturday’s contest between the No. 1 ranked team and the No. 2 ranked team showed the equality between both teams. The Badgers (15-2-1-0, 11-2-1-0 WCHA) tried to catch the Gophers (14-2-2, 12-2-2 WCHA) off guard at first, showing speed and stamina in one of the longest games that the Badgers have played thus far this season.Women’s hockey: No. 1 Wisconsin hosts No. 2 Minnesota in fierce border battleAn intense weekend of competition awaits No. 1 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team as they take on fierce rival Read…But a second period goal from Minnesota’s Kate Schipper would shake up the Badgers, especially goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens, who had been playing more hesitantly than usual. Desbiens, who had been out for the previous two weeks due to concussion-like symptoms, seemed to be more cautious of herself and her abilities.This goal would send the Badgers into a bit of a frenzy, and UW tried their best to stump Gopher goaltender Sidney Peters, who was having a phenomenal night. Unfortunately, it did not seem as if luck was on the side of the Wisconsin players as all shots on goal were either blocked by the goaltender or deflected.Wisconsin would go on to lose Saturday night, posting a 2-0 final score gleaming off the score board. With only two goals being scored the entire game, one of them being an empty-net goal, it was clear that the Badgers were doing some key things right but just needed to get pucks into the net.As the Badgers skated off Saturday, it seemed as if luck was not on their side. Sunday, however, would be a new day, and it seemed that the luck turned in favor of the home team.Given Saturday’s slow start, it was surprising that the Badgers managed to acquire four goals within the first period Sunday. It seemed as if Peters was off her game, and with Desbiens back into her usual groove, the balance now dramatically shifted in favor of Wisconsin. Once again, we saw the Badgers emerge thanks to two dominant players. Sarah Nurse, who would garner up her second hat trick of the season, led the scoring drive for Wisconsin. Right behind Nurse was Baylee Wellhausen, who tallied two of Wisconsin’s eight goals of the afternoon.On the other end of the ice, Desbiens silenced any naysayers, stopping 23 shots from entering her net and only allowing two goals that game.With an 8-2 win, the Badgers and Gophers walked away from this weekend at a stalemate, and won’t be able to figure out which team is the better until February. Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson was proud of how his team’s players handled themselves this weekend, especially his once-injured netminder.“[Desbiens] was good,” Johnson said. “She held us in there the first period, they had a couple flurries especially on their first power play and she made a couple real tight saves that kept them off the scoreboard, so I thought she was quite sharp having not played in a few weeks.”Women’s hockey: Badgers win battle of the reds, sweep CornellThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team dominated the Cornell University Big Red this weekend, beating the non-conference foe 3-0 Read…The Badgers remain in action this week as they travel to Columbus, Ohio to take on the Ohio State University Buckeyes next weekend. With two losses now on the books, Wisconsin will look to begin another win streak to prepare for the next Minnesota series in two months.last_img read more