Muntons gains HGCA funds

first_imgMaltster Muntons has secured £25,000-worth of fun-ding through the Home Grown Cereals Authority’s Enterprise Awards to enable it to export malted wholegrain flakes to the US market.Stowmarket-based Muntons’ export sales manager Clive Bole said: “This is an exciting move for us because, with these wholegrain flakes, we are launching a totally new product into the US bakery market. We are confident that their health benefits will make them a popular choice with the North American consumer.” Meanwhile, chairman of HGCA’s market development committee Julian Gibbons said: “Muntons has identified a gap in the US bakery market for their flakes, and will be ope-ning up new export opportunities as a result.”last_img

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STEMAspire Connects Glasgow Students to Role Models

first_imgDell EMC Glasgow launched our STEMAspire Program on the 1st November 2017, working with 26 students from City of Glasgow College, University West of Scotland and Glasgow University.The purpose of this 12-month initiative is to connect female STEM students to role-models within Dell EMC. Our objective is to encourage and empower these students to graduate and to have successful and rewarding careers in the Technology sector.“The genesis of the program rose from a discussion last year between myself, a member of Dell’s Talent Acquisition team, and University College Cork (UCC) student Louise Fox at a networking event,” said STEM Aspire founder Jacquie Casey. “The alarming rate of females dropping out of computer science studies within third level colleges was a point of concern for us both.”As our colleague Laura-Kate McElligott noted here on Direct2Dell earlier this year “The fact is that unless we as females take the risk and make the choice to work in the STEM field, then society will never change.”Students meet with their mentors monthly and participated in group quarterly events building on their skills, getting each student ready for their career journey.Throughout the mentoring program Vardah Malik (Mentee) and Pam Lister (Mentor) will be blogging bi-weekly on their learnings & experience, inviting participation from industry & the wider student community, sharing experiences and hopefully some practical advice.Malik’s first post is below. Please help support Dell EMC & our STEM students as we embark on this journey together.“I currently study IT at City of College Glasgow. I wanted to be part of the STEM Aspire program with Dell because I believe it gives me a great opportunity, as a woman to prove myself in the world of technology.The support and guidance the STEM Aspire program has given me is truly life-changing. My Mentor, Pam Lister, works hand in hand with me on my career aspirations and supports my study goals. I have been fortunate to be introduced to a network of supporters in Dell, who are willing to invest in my development in the IT Industry.Being the social media representative for STEM Aspire has encouraged my confidence to be the best representative I can be and to inspire other women to be part of this life-changing program in the future.I am really excited and fortunate to be a part of this amazing program as well as to gain more knowledge and confidence by being around all these amazing people in Dell.”  — Vardah Maliklast_img read more

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Coronavirus infections top 5 million worldwide

first_imgSecond surge As governments pray for an end to the economic strangulation of shutdowns, the race to develop a vaccine has been buoyed by experiments on monkeys that offered hope that humans can develop immunity to the virus. The US also pumped an additional $1 billion into the British pharmaceuticals group AstraZeneca to help fund the production of a vaccine.In the meantime, governments are testing ways to live with the dangers despite fears of a second wave of infections. Already a common sight in Spain, masks were officially made mandatory Thursday for anyone over the age of six in public places where social distancing is not possible.”The more tools we use, the better,” said Miguel Domingo, a 49-year-old architect talking his two dogs for a walk in Madrid, which is emerging from one of the toughest lockdowns. But the director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Andrea Ammon, warned it was not a question of if there will be a second surge of infections but “when and how big”.”I don’t want to draw a doomsday picture but I think we have to be realistic. That it’s not the time now to completely relax,” she told Britain’s Guardian newspaper. The warning will be a tough pill to swallow for governments whose easing measures appear to have slowed the economic fallout from the pandemic, which has now “likely bottomed out” in the eurozone according to a survey by IHS Markit.In Denmark, the exit from lockdown picked up pace as museums and zoos began reopening Thursday and health officials said the spread of the virus was slowing.Cyprus also bounded into its second stage of de-confinement, lifting curfews and allowing outdoor restaurants, barber shops and beaches to open on the Mediterranean island, though airports and hotels remain closed. In reopened cafes, customers were seated outdoors with spacing between tables, while some ate with plastic face shields still on.Yet some experiments in adjusting to the new normal have gone awry.Not everyone was amused in Singapore by a yellow robot dog deployed to patrol a city park and monitor social distancing. The remote-controlled hound uses cameras to estimate the number of visitors and blasts out a message to remind joggers and walkers to stand at least one meter apart. “I think it’s really going to be chilling in a way — something is looking around and I’m not sure how it’s going to react to me when I go near it,” local resident Simon Neo told AFP. China’s ‘victory’ Trump, for his part, insists the US is “Transitioning back to Greatness” as states reopen at different speeds.His optimism was in sharp contrast to the bleak health situation in the country, which leads the world in cases and deaths.While daily death tolls are no longer on a steady incline, the losses are still punishing with more than 1,500 additional fatalities reported in 24 hours on Wednesday, bringing the total number in the US to more than 93,400.On the economic front, the latest figures out of the US showed the rate of unemployment slowing — but the total number of jobs lost since mid-March stood at an eye-watering 38.6 million. Trump, who is desperate to boost his political fortunes ahead of November elections, has also doubled down on his finger-pointing at China, who he blamed for “this mass Worldwide killing”. Beijing hit back, warning it would retaliate if the US goes forward with a  sanction’s threat.Republican US Senators proposed legislation last week that would empower Trump to slap sanctions on China if Beijing does not give a “full accounting” for the outbreak that emerged in Wuhan late last year.”It is neither responsible nor moral to cover up one’s own problems by blaming others,” said China’s parliament spokesman Zhang Yesui.We “will make a firm response and take countermeasures based on the deliberation of these bills”, he said. Despite criticism of its initial handling of the virus, Beijing is determined to project a  narrative of strength and success in reining in its own outbreak and coming to the aid of countries who have been hit far harder. Domestic cases are now down to a trickle, according to its official figures. In the latest symbol of normalization, the country held an opening ceremony Thursday for its biggest political event of the year — the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) — after months of delay over health concerns. Analysts say the gathering’s sessions will officially start Friday and be a chance for the party to reaffirm its “victory” over the virus. Global infections from the novel coronavirus passed five million on Thursday as cases surged in Latin America, signs of normal life returned to parts of Europe and the US and China kept up their blame game over the pandemic. The grim milestone comes after known cases of COVID-19 doubled in just one month, according to AFP data collected from official sources, with the death toll now topping 328,000 worldwide.  While many hard-hit European countries have significantly curbed the contagion, Latin America is becoming a new hotspot with cases on the rise.  Topics :center_img In Brazil, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro continues to scorn experts’ advice on curbing the contagion as he presses regional governors to end stay-at-home measures. And like US President Donald Trump, he has promoted the use of anti-malaria drugs against the virus despite studies showing they have no benefit and could have dangerous side effects. Brazil logged the third-highest number of cases in the world after the US and Russia. Peru, Mexico and Chile have also seen steady increases in infections, with nurses in Lima warning that the health system is on the brink of collapse after cases and deaths tripled over the past three weeks. “It’s like a horror film,” Miguel Armas, a nurse at the Hipolito Unanue hospital in the capital Lima, told AFP.”Inside it seems like a cemetery given all the bodies. Patients are dying in their chairs [or] in their wheelchairs.” last_img read more

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WORLD CUP 2018 QUALIFIER: FIFA Appoints Africa’s Best Ref to Take…

first_imgFootball’s world ruling body, FIFA, has appointed respected Gambian official, Bakary Papa Gassama, as referee for next month’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Nigeria and Algeria, scheduled for the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.The Match-day 2 encounter between two of the fiercest rivals in African football will see Jean-Claude Birumushahu from Burundi as assistant referee 1, Marwa Range from Kenya as assistant referee 2 and Gassama’s compatriot, Maudo Jallow as fourth official.FIFA has also appointed Jean-Olivier Mbera from Gabon as referee assessor, Ghanaian Anthony Baffoe as match commissioner and Nicholas Chumba Musonye from Kenya as security officer.Gassama, 37, and who has been an international referee since 2008, is one of the most respected referees in Africa. He has already been appointed as referee for this year’s CAF Champions League final, second leg clash between Zamalek of Egypt and Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa, taking place in Alexandria on Sunday, 23rd October. Birumushahu and Range will also be part of the officiating crew for that match, at which Nigeria’s Paul Bassey will serve as General Coordinator.Group B leaders Nigeria welcome the Fennecs to the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on Saturday,  November 12 in one of the most anticipated matches of the Match-day 2 of the African qualifying race.Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has won a protest it quietly launched following the release of the official match appointment, which set the kick-off time at 5.30pm.“The information we sent to FIFA was that we wanted the match to start at 5pm; we were surprised when the match appointment was released and the kick-off time was set at 5.30pm. The NFF immediately protested and eventually, on Wednesday morning, FIFA agreed that the match will start at 5pm,” NFF’s Director of Competitions, Bola Oyeyode, confirmed to thenff.com.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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