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first_imgBIA gets under wayThis year’s carnival-themed Baking Industry Awards have been officially launched. Taking place on 7 September, they will once again be a celebration of all that is great in the industry. Turn to pages 14-21 to see which categories you can enter, or see www.bakeryawards.co.uk for more information.High-rise bread pricesBread and cereals prices rose by 2.9% in February, according to the Consumer Price Index. The data, compiled by the Office for National Statistics, showed that the hike was the second-highest month-on-month rise since records began in 1986.Salty pie findingsWetherspoons was found to have the highest level of salt in pub pie meals, according to a new study by CASH, with 7.5g per Chicken & Mushroom Pie meal. The pub chain has since pledged to reduce its salt levels. The saltiest supermarket pie was Waitrose’s Steak, Mushroom & White Wine pie at 2.69g per 270g portion. Nine out of 10 retail pies met 2010 salt targets.Impulse resultsSoft drinks sales in the impulse channel have risen ahead of the grocery multiples for the first time, according to the latest Britvic Soft Drinks Report. Impulse sales rose 7%, while sales in the foodservice channel were also up 9.4% in value to £284m.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Creation of 285 New Jobs Through Expansion of Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Headquarters in Wilkes-Barre

first_img November 01, 2017 Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced Berkshire Hathaway GUARD (GUARD), a commercial property and casualty insurance company, will expand its national headquarters in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, and create 285 new Pennsylvania jobs.“This project is a big win for Wilkes-Barre, both now and in the future,” said Governor Wolf. “Major employers like GUARD recognizing the advantages and growth potential of Wilkes-Barre means that not only will its current Pennsylvania workers remain employed here for years to come, but that hundreds more will now have family-sustaining jobs that will help the local economy and community. When this administration talks about ‘Jobs That Pay’ here in the commonwealth, it is projects like this that serve as a model of those efforts.”GUARD purchased an existing 90,378-square-foot office building in downtown Wilkes-Barre to consolidate several of its Wilkes-Barre-area offices into one expanded national headquarters. The company currently leases 9,000 square feet in this same building, which has been largely vacant for the past decade.The company has committed to investing approximately $10 million into the project, which is expected to create 285 new jobs over the next three years. In addition, the 441 positions already based in Wilkes-Barre will be retained, and GUARD plans to collaborate with local high schools to create a registered apprenticeship program with the assistance of the Department of Labor and Industry.“Our sales and staff have both doubled over the past five years, and we are projecting significant growth in the future,” said Sy Foguel, CEO and president of GUARD. “Staying in downtown Wilkes-Barre has always been a high priority for us, so we are pleased to have identified a solution to our infrastructure needs that allows us to keep our main operations in downtown Wilkes-Barre. We had many attractive offers and alternatives from developers outside Pennsylvania that did not involve the added expense of locating a large corporate headquarters in a downtown district. The hard work of Governor Tom Wolf, State Senator John Yudichak, State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski, Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George, and many other state and local business leaders helped find a way to make the City of Wilkes-Barre the most attractive alternative.”GUARD received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for $855,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be issued following the creation of the new jobs. In addition to the Job Creation Tax Credits, GUARD was issued a $1,000,000 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority Local Share Account program.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, with additional coordination from the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business & Industry, Sen. John Yudichak, and Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski.“The decision by Berkshire Hathaway GUARD to invest $10 million and firmly plant its corporate flag in downtown Wilkes-Barre signals the beginning of one of the largest and most significant economic development projects in the history of our great city,” said Sen. Yudichak. “With the help of Governor Tom Wolf and Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, it was a pleasure to work with Mayor Tony George and GUARD officials to secure nearly $2 million in state incentives that ensures the more than seven hundred good-paying GUARD jobs are created or stay right here in northeastern Pennsylvania.”GUARD, which has eight offices across the U.S. in addition to its Pennsylvania headquarters, is a provider of commercial insurance products including workers’ compensation and employer’s liability, business owner’s coverage, commercial automobile, commercial umbrella/excess liability, disability, and professional liability. It also offers a full range of underwriting, loss control, billing, and claims value-added services that help policyholders realize the full benefit of their coverage.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov. Governor Wolf Announces Creation of 285 New Jobs Through Expansion of Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Headquarters in Wilkes-Barrecenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

USG campaign sanctioned after elections hearing

first_imgJulia Erickson | Daily TrojanThe Undergraduate Student Government Elections Commission administered two strikes to Austin Dunn and Morgan Monahan’s presidential campaign after the other two tickets filed complaints, according to transcripts from elections hearings released Tuesday. The verdict from the hearings, which took place Sunday, stated that the Elections Commission unanimously banned the campaign from posting on social media for a 48-hour period. The social media ban, according to the Elections Commission, includes but is not limited to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram posts by the candidates and their team on their personal accounts. The sanctions became effective Monday at 12:01 a.m. and remained in effect until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. Furthermore, the two strikes will count toward a nine-strike limit, at which point the ticket would be disqualified, according to the USG Elections Code.Dunn, a junior majoring in political science and pursuing a master’s in public diplomacy, and Monahan, a junior majoring in business administration, announced their candidacy for president and vice president, respectively, on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. However, the other two tickets — consisting of Rachel Udabe and running mate Rebecca Harbeck and current USG Senator Daniel Million and running mate Timothy Vorhoff — alleged in complaints filed with the USG Elections Commission on Jan. 27 that Dunn and Monahan had begun their campaigning the day before what was allowed, on Jan. 25 at approximately 11:00 a.m.In one hearing, Udabe and Harbeck asked the four deciding commissioners to disqualify Monahan and Dunn on the basis that they had broken election codes by creating a Facebook group and inviting several hundred members before the start of the official campaign period. Udabe and Harbeck argued that this put the other two tickets at a disadvantage. “If they are not disqualified, there is no reason for candidates in the future to not engage in this type of problematic behavior,” Harbeck said at the hearing, according to the transcript. “If you can gain a clear advantage in the beginning without fear of actual punishment to advance your ends, why would other people not do this as well?”Million and Vorhoff, whose complaint was addressed in the other hearing on Sunday, said that several people invited to join were current members of USG who should not have been involved based on their positions. Furthermore, they added that having a group formed 32 hours before the official start of the campaign period gave Dunn and Monahan’s campaign a strong base of supporters a full day in advance. “Just based on having over a hundred people added to a secret group, don’t you feel like that would also affect just having people knowledgeable about the election a day ahead of time, don’t you think they could have spread the word to their friends?” Million said at the hearing. “Just having a hundred people, of course they would probably talk to an additional person or two additional people.” Monahan and Dunn agreed that they had set up the Facebook group on Jan. 25, but stated that initially, they only invited a core group of people who were involved with their campaign to take part in it. However, these people then invited others, which led to the group having over 300 members by Jan. 26, according to the transcript from the hearing. “This was in no way meant to be a malicious act against the other two tickets,” Monahan said, according to the hearing transcripts. “It was honestly just because we were excited. We’ve been planning this since October.” However, Dunn added that he believed his team was not the only one to have broken campaign rules.“We have specific cases from both teams about how they actually announced the campaign before we even did, so we thought that it would be in our best favor if we just slid everything under the rug because we’re all kind of responsible for that,” Dunn said at the hearing, according to the transcript. “And we thought it would kind of be best to move forward from that and have a very clean campaign, but other teams may not have felt that way.”The three campaign tickets were not allowed to comment on the situation, and the Elections Commission also declined to comment. This post was updated on Feb. 1 at 12:46 a.m.last_img read more

Inbet’s online partners gain casino games from Vivo Gaming

first_imgShare Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Delasport elevates online casino offering with Betsoft deal June 3, 2020 Unique gaming solution to drive “significant global expansion” for Finunion May 16, 2019 Share UKGC forces Paddy Power & Betfred to terminate new retail games April 3, 2019 The white label platform for Inbet Games has been bolstered by another integration – this time in the form of live stream casino games from Vivo Gaming.Inbet’s online casino partners have therefore gained access to a full range of real land-based casino games from a leading interactive provider, including European Roulette, Live Roulette, Baccarat, Craps, Sic Bo, Blackjack, Dragon Tiger, Poker and more.The addition of content from Vivo, combined with the Spinomenal integration from earlier this month, sees the white label platform pass the 600 mark for slots, casino, betting and lottery games.The roulette table games from Vivo enable simultaneous play for any number of players, but with a variety of table limits to fit the requirements of each client’s operation.Blackjack is the only game featuring full interaction between the players and the dealer, as well as between the players themselves.Inbet has praised the contribution of Vivo’s dealers, all of whom are “trained to engage players in a fun, enjoyable, and personal fashion, facilitating the thrill of playing in a real casino from the comfort of your personal surrounding”.Through many years of running Blackjack tables 24/7, Vivo Gaming has mastered the time needed for each stage of play, so that players have the precise amount of time to make their decisions without causing too much of a wait or interrupting the flow of the game.Pavel Korolev, Business Development Director for Inbet Games, commented: “We are very pleased  with the deal we have made with Vivo Gaming as it will augment the capacity of our White Label platform to bring on a world class live betting experience.”Inbet Games has made the shortlist in four categories for this year’s SBC Awards – Best Retail Betting Product, White Label Supplier of the Year, Best Virtual Sports Product and Best Multi-Channel Supplier.last_img read more

West Brom 1-0 West Ham: Berahino boosts survival hopes

first_imgPepe Mel’s men headed into the game knowing a win would ease any lingering fears of relegation, and Berahino’s goal proved the winner in a tight clash with Sam Allardyce’s men.Head coach Mel opted to hand Berahino a first start in attack since February and was rewarded when the England Under-21 international struck in the 11th minute, settling Albion’s early nerves.Andy Carroll went close for West Ham either side of the early strike and almost made West Brom pay for missed chances after the interval when he rattled the crossbar from a 71st-minute corner.However, the hosts held on to pick up a valuable three points and move five clear of the relegation zone.West Ham are a point better off and all but safe despite a fourth consecutive loss.Carroll kept the ball alive well from a sixth-minute corner to draw a sharp near-post save from Ben Foster and Jonas Olsson followed his goalkeeper’s heroics by producing a last-ditch challenge to deny the West Ham centre-forward. It was a start in keeping with the sloppy opening that saw West Brom 2-0 down after 10 minutes at Manchester City in midweek, but they then stunned West Ham with a goal from their first attack.Stephane Sessegnon drove forward to release Morgan Amalfitano into the area and he drilled across goal for Berahino to apply the finish.The impact on West Brom’s overall performance was initially negligible and Foster had to be at his best once more to deny Carroll, who got across Steven Reid to head Mohamed Diame’s inviting cross goalwards.Reid’s fellow full-back Billy Jones was inches away from doubling the hosts’ advantage with a flying header from Amalfitano’s whipped 25th-minute delivery.Foster then beat away a rasping 30th-minute shot from Guy Demel and West Brom broke, Sessegnon leading the charge before Graham Dorrans dragged wide left-footed. Both teams lost a defender apiece to injury before half-time as James Tomkins and Reid departed, while the frenetic pace showed no sign of letting up.Sessegnon continued to be influential and blasted over having twisted and turned past Mark Noble seven minutes after the restart.West Ham goalkeeper Adrian was then down sharply to keep a Jones strike out at his near post and Dorrans, searching for the composure that helped him net spectacularly at the Etihad Stadium on Monday, was off target again in the 56th minute.Immediately after Berahino’s touch had deserted him in the 62nd minute, Sessegnon teed up his fellow forward to fire straight at Adrian from close range and pass up a glorious opportunity.Berahino’s predatory instincts were then lacking as he failed to turn home Youssuf Mulumbu’s speculative effort. Carroll almost made him pay when he was inexplicably left alone to strike the bar from Matt Jarvis’ delivery, while Sessegnon scuffed a 75th-minute volley and Adrian denied him the goal his efforts deserved.Instead, it was Berahino, very much the villain when his error enabled fellow strugglers Cardiff City to leave The Hawthorns with a 3-3 draw last month, who was the hero for West Brom.last_img read more