first_imgMr Polson, who was born in Glasgow, now lives in a village in north Oxfordshire with his wife and two children -– girls aged nine and 13. He has worked in trade associations for 20 years and has had positions with the British Amusement Catering Trades Association, the British Insurance Brokers Association, National Association of Steel Stockholders, the Federation of Ophthalmic & Dispensing Opticians and the Aluminium Federation.He is an active member of his village’s parish council – speed limits through the village are a current political concern. He enjoys sports including golf, ‘spinning’ on a stationary bicycle and ski-ing.To hear Gordon Polson talk about plant baking issues, you would hardly think that six months ago his only connection with the bread industry was as a consumer. The Glaswegian has clearly been a conscientious student as he establishes himself in his new role as director of the Federation of Bakers (FoB) following his appointment in September 2005. Promoting the interests of an industry with retail sales of £3bn, which employs 20,000 people and supplies 80% of the nation’s bread is no mean feat. But Mr Polson seems to have got to grips with the FoB’s nine members’ issues, ranging from Tesco’s bread basket project to the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) various health initiatives, such as its salt reduction strategy. It helps that Mr Polson, who was in the past director general of the National Association of Steel Sockholders, has years of experience running trade associations on his CV. It shows in many ways, for example the understanding that trade bodies need to pull together. The FoB will be working closely with the Flour Advisory Bureau in 2006 on public relations promoting the Vitality Eating System, which is a guide to a healthy diet. Mr Polson’s career has also given him experience of the machinations of European Union politics. This stood him in good stead in one of the early challenges of his role – lobbying MEPs on European prescribed bread weight legislation. Bread weightsMr Polson is pleased to report positive signs on the EU Nominal Quantities Directive. On December 12, a European Commission committee voted in favour of retaining national bread weight legislation. This would allow the UK to keep its system of selling bread above 300g in weight in prescribed quantities – 400g, 800g and 1,200g loaves. New weights, for example 600g or 1,000g, could also be added. The plant baking industry wants the original weights to be retained to prevent unscrupulous bakers passing off lighter loaves, for example selling a 700g loaf for the price of an 800g one.Following an EU Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee vote, the issue will now go forward to the European Parliament for debate, with a vote expected to take place this month or in February. The debate will then be passed onto the European Council of Ministers, in a process which is expected to take a year to 18 months. Mr Polson comments: “It will be a long process, it is difficult to predict how long it will take to resolve. With the UK relinquishing its presidency of the EU, the new Austrian presidency may decide it is not important and turn its attention to other issues.”Mr Polson knows there will be months of lobbying ahead as the draft legislation makes its progress through the European legislative system, and seems unphased by the bureaucracy. In fact he says “lobbying is quite good fun”.He continues: “You have to keep on top of what lobbying is happening behind the scenes. We have to keep our arguments in MEPs minds, go to Brussels and sit with MEPs in their offices. It is important to keep them up to speed with issues. “The timing has to be right. You have to remind them what the position is before the debate takes place, speak to the whips and the key MEPs. You need to get position papers out, and speak to civil servants to make sure you hear things from all angles.” It sounds like Mr Polson will continue to familiarise himself with the British Airways timetable to Brussels over 2006 as the FoB keeps up the pressure on the issue, working with other bakery bodies, such as the National Association of Master Bakers.Salt content Closer to home, the FSA has plenty to keep Mr Polson occupied. He rattles off a list of issues that the FoB is currently in consultation over, including front-of-pack labelling, salt and folic acid. “We keep going on all those issues”, he says.The FoB recently pledged to publish details of average salt content in plant loaves, as part of a proposed programme of salt reduction.Members have agreed, in principle, to submit up-to-date recipe data so the FoB can establish average salt contents for white, brown and wholemeal bread. These could then be reduced by 5% within two years, and by another 5% by 2010.The FoB has also proposed setting a maximum threshold for salt in bread – of 0.6g per 100g – within 12 months. That will be reduced to 0.54g per 100g within two years. By 2010, its members have pledged to reduce salt to 0.5g per 100g, subject to agreement from the FSA. And members’ bread packaging will list salt content per slice and per 100g, instead of sodium.The proposals would ensure that salt content in the saltiest breads is reduced at a greater pace than average breads, Mr Polson says. He comments: “I do not think that anybody is going to say, ‘I am against looking at what can be done on salt reduction’. But it has to be done in a way which is achievable. There has to be a balance. If anyone suggests a level and a date there has to be flexibility.” Mr Polson says informal discussions on the proposals with the FSA, which originally suggested a target of 0.4g of salt per 100g, are positive. He comments: “We had a brief informal discussion with the FSA, but no formal response yet. It is distilling the 70 responses it got to the salt consultation. It acknowledged the advantage of using maximum and average figures on reducing salt in terms of technology and consumer acceptance.” Cleary the FoB isn’t headed towards a brawl with the FSA on this issue – Mr Polson is taking a sensible approach. He adds: “We would hope that the government and the FSA could look at the bigger issues of people’s health in general rather than just targeting the food industry all the time.” Folic acidMeanwhile, Mr Polson is preparing for a debate on mandatory fortification of bread with folic acid. He wants to make sure that if this goes ahead millers fortify at the flour stage.The FSA held an exploratory meeting on the issue before Christmas, and will start a consultation in February. Again, timescales cannot be predicted, it could be 2007 before a decision is made. He comments: “Our position is that a decision about mandatory fortification of bread with folic acid has to be a medical decision that the government takes. If it is going to be mandatory then it should be flour that is fortified.”He is also keeping one eye on the situation in Ireland, where a committee is considering submissions from the public consultations on fortification with folic acid.The committee is debating the nitty gritty issues like how much folic should be added to foods and who will pay the costs, estimated to be hundreds of thousands of pounds a year. It meets again in February to finalise its recomendations, which will then be sent to the Irish Minister for Health, who will then decide whether or not to introduce voluntary or mandatory fortification. Bread basketsAnother issue which is occupying the FoB is the roll out of standard-sized breadbaskets with Tesco, which it is overseeing through sub-committees and a steering group. After hard negotion with major plant suppliers, Tesco started its trial of a one-size-fits-all 10-loaf plastic bread basket at larger stores in October 2004. The trial was extended in the autumn to cover over 130 larger Tesco stores. The baskets can be stacked ten high and then wheeled onto the shop floor. The stack is used as a roll-in merchadising unit or baskets can be locked into place on specially designed shelving. Plant bakers are footing the cost of the new baskets and the changes to their handling processes required to accommodate them – a considerable expense.Mr Polson says: “The cost is different in every bakery. Different bakeries have different operations and types of customer. Some may do 5% of their trade with Tesco, so they deal with those orders in a different way from the bulk of their orders, rather than changing the whole operation and investing several million in changing the handling of the baskets.” At the moment, the relationship between FoB members and Tesco is exclusive, although that period of exclusivity is coming to an end. After that, other supermarkets may choose to adopt the same baskets, leading the way towards an industry standard bread basket, rather than the current range of sizes used by plant bakers. Tesco is using the baskets as a point-of-sale solution, but other supermarkets will make their own decisions on them, Mr Polson says. He adds: “Only Tesco uses them at the moment, but the new breadbasket could be an advantage as an industry standard in years to come, but probably not in 2006. Where we might be in 12 months or three or four years is very interesting. Will there be one basket which everyone is using, not just Tesco?”And the consequences could be even more far reaching, if combined with reform on other supply chain issues. LogisticsConsumers forget how much the plant baking industry is involved in logistics, says Mr Polson. It is a side of the baking industry which impressed him immensely when he joined the FoB. He comments: “Every industry has its hidden gems. The plant baking industry produces and distributes 9m loaves a day, and customers just take it for granted. It’s amazing when you think about it.”At the moment rival plant bakers distribute loaves using their own vehicles, which turn up at supermarket back doors, often causing congestion.Increasingly, supermarkets are asking plant bakers to look at ways of streamlining deliveries, perhaps by collaborating more with each other. It is a challenge which will need to be addressed by the FoB. Mr Polson comments: “Wouldn’t it be fantastic for the supermarkets if one lorry turned up with all their bread from the different suppliers, already in baskets and ready to go onto the shopfloor?”That may be lateral thinking, but with enthusiasm from the likes of Tesco for reform of the bread distribution network it may not be so unlikely.ConsolidationThe next few years will be interesting for the plant baking industry, as supermarket operations become ever slicker. The manufacturing base is also changing as the saga New Rathbones draws to an end and in many other changes in the businesses of FoB members. For example, Warburtons is challenging Allied Bakeries and RHM Bread Bakeries for national dominance. Mr Polson is positive about the future, and prosaic about the recent round of problems at Harvestime (2005). He says: “It is a commercial world and commercial things come and go. You could have argued that maybe there was a bakery or two too many, so I don’t think it will have a negative impact on the market.” A bright futureMr Polson says the days of economy bread are over. “I’m very optimistic for the coming year. I think plant bakers are continuing to innovate in premium products. The consumer gets fantastic choice and the bakeries do well out of them, as do the supermarkets.”The FoB will shortly start working on a campaign promoting the value of bread, in collaboration with the Flour Advisory Bureau. It is also looking forward to its conference on May 10, where speakers will include horticulture minister Lord Bach.The FoB’s members will be reassured their new director has settled in so quickly and appears to be shaping up as a straight-A student. They waited longer than expected for a permanent replacement for their former director John White, who left in February 2005. Mr Polson says he believes it is important their voices be heard, and the signs are that the volume will be turned up in 2006.The FoB conference takes place in London on May 10. For more details call 0207 420 7190 or go to read more

Jon Castle, Secretary to the Western Region pays tribute to Tony Phillips

first_imgHe was Gloucester region president in 1986 when he started taking a deeper interest in the National Association of Master Bakers (NAMB).Tony was made Western regional president in 2000/2001, this year culminated in an open day bakery visit to his business, Janes Pantry, and he held his dinner dance in Bournemouth. Being very street wise, financially, Tony gladly helped many bakers and put them on the right lines to running their own business. Also at this time, he started contributing articles to the American bakery magazine having become a member of their association, Retail Confections International. Tony Phillips, British Baker’s longstanding and highly popular columnist, was born in Swanage and attended Swanage Grammar School. He then joined the Merchant Navy for a number of years until he met Barbara and became, as he jokingly referred, her toyboy. After their marriage they opened a fabric shop. They also had a cafe which increased demand for their home baked cakes, this started them on the road to becoming bakers and they turned their basement into a bakery and extended into neighbouring premises. Barbara meanwhile commenced making chocolates. As his business progressed Tony became adept at delegating, in particular to his right hand man, Neville Morse.Tony’s business expanded most successfully into nine shops, nine vans and a chocolate and catering business. In 1998 he took a party of British bakers with him to the American bakers conference in Mineappolis, with a few days in New York. While at the conference he arranged visits for our members to a variety of local bakers. We did notice that a lot of them also produced dog biscuits!Tony went on to be elected National President of the NAMB in 2004/2005 and held his conference at Harrogate. While there, we had the pleasure of visiting Hughes Family Bakers and Sparks Confectioners, Tony believed there was always something to learn. He was elected Vice Chairman to the NAMB board, and subsequently chairman. Three years ago he played a major part in putting the NAMB finances in order and cutting the major loss-making AWBT training arm out of existence.In 2007 he became President of the American bakers’ association, the RCI, having been a member for 11 years. He was the first and only British baker to become their President, Tony also played a part in local government, eventually becoming leader of Gloucester City Council.Tony leaves a wife Barbara, two daughters Andrea and Jane and his grandchildren.Jon CastleSecretary to the Western Region.last_img read more

In Short

first_imgBorders coffee outlets closedAll 36 Starbucks outlets located in Borders shops in the UK have been forced to close after the book chain’s administrator MCR was unable to agree the sale of any part of the business as a going concern. The outlets closed on 22 December and a spokesperson for Starbucks said the firm was “working to temporarily redeploy as many partners as possible to nearby Starbucks stores”.US bakery café boomBakery cafés in the US have emerged as high-fliers in the restaurant industry, reported The findings, in a new study from foodservice industry consultant Technomic, also suggested bakery cafés were well-positioned for new growth opportunities as the US economy improves. Panera Bread, Einstein Bros, Bagels and Au Bon Pain have the biggest share of the market.M&S leaves City coldAnaylsts were underwhelmed by Marks & Spencer’s third-quarter trading figures, which showed UK like-for-like growth of just 0.8% and food sales up 1.3%. Paul Mumford, senior fund manager at Cavendish Asset Management, said: “The figures underline the problematic market position of M&S in recessionary Britain. This is particularly apparent in its food division, which is only now starting to address supermarket competition, and a premium brand that does not play well in Britain’s new age of austerity.”Sonneveld’s new siteBakery ingredients manufacturer and supplier Sonneveld has launched its new website this month. It offers support for its clients 24 hours a day and bakers can find the right ingredients with its relevant search criteria.last_img read more

Allergies: 2% affected

first_imgA fifth of adults claim they suffer from a food allergy or intolerance, but evidence has suggested less than 2% actually do, according to new research commissioned by the Flour Advisory Bureau (FAB). The report, carried out by the University of Portsmouth, also revealed that over half the population believe wheat allergy is a common illness. Yet confirmed cases of wheat allergies are less common than, for example, peanut, egg or milk allergies. “Those living alone and those aged 35-44 were most likely to report such an allergy,” said the FAB.”Only 1.4-1.8% of UK adults are allergic to any food and wheat allergies are less prevalent. So many people are avoiding wheat unnecessarily, which may have an adverse impact on their nutritional intake,” said Dr Heather Mackenzie, one author of the new Wheat Hypersensitivity Report.last_img read more

Press release: Northumberland fire starter fined

first_imgA man who deliberately set fire to buildings on his land to avoid demolition costs has been sentenced to 10 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to pay over £24,000 in fines and costs after a successful prosecution by the Environment Agency.The flames from the blaze took fire rescue services four hours to extinguish and the distraction also caused two motorists on the nearby A1 to crash.Nigel Weston Smith (63), owner of Whittle Colliery in Shilbottle, Northumberland, was charged with waste offences at Newcastle Crown Court on 14 May, 2018. He was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, fined £14,000 and ordered to pay £10,745.45 costs.The court heard that Smith, constructed a two storey building at Whittle Colliery without planning permission and was ordered by Northumberland County Council (NCC) to demolish it.After receiving a fine of £3,000 and a further NCC enforcement notice to remove the building, Smith decided to burn the building rather than pay to have it demolished.In March 2014 he offered the site as a training venue to Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service (NFRS), suggesting the building could be set on fire. When NFRS rejected the offer on the grounds that the fire would be too big, it was not a controlled environment and there was inadequate water supply, Smith decided to burn it illegally.On 5 March he advised NFRS that he was demolishing a large cabin and would burn timber and waste in small amounts. NFRS received three separate reports from members of the public concerned about the fire.Smith called NFRS again on 20 March saying he intended to burn wood and timber from parts of a building. He stated he lived on site, had adequate water supply and he would not burn if the wind was blowing in the direction of the A1.At 8.30 that evening, two motorists driving northbound on the A1 were distracted by flames and smoke from a large fire. Both were injured in a collision as the first slowed to call 999 and the second collided into the rear of the first.It took NFRS four hours to extinguish the fire, which produced a significant amount of smoke raising concerns that the fire would spread. Smith had fled the scene.Smith was described by Judge Robert Spragg as ‘breathtakingly arrogant’ by ignoring repeated requests from planning officers to remove the building. He added that Smith only escaped an outright custodial sentence by a narrow margin.In mitigation, Smith stated that the remains of the building had now been removed at his own cost and that he regrets his actions.Rachael Caldwell, Environment Agency, said: Smith showed complete disregard for environmental laws because he wanted to cut corners and save himself the cost of demolishing a building legally – a building that shouldn’t have been there in the first place. It is fortunate that no one was killed by his recklessness. We’re pleased with the result of this case and hope this sends a message to anyone out there that thinks they can circumnavigate environmental laws, especially in such a dangerous manner.last_img read more

News story: LOGNET 18-1: modernising defence logistics 7 to 8 June 2018

first_img Coming out of the campaigning era, logistics needed to be made fit for purpose and we have achieved that. But Defence is still transforming and we have big challenges. Currently we are supporting 32 named operations in five continents, enabling over 20 training teams, deploying a force out to Ex SAIF SAREEA in Oman later this year, and at the same time maintaining a physical Royal Navy presence in the Pacific. From this, the question I’ve been asked is how do we make ourselves more deployable and how do we make ourselves more lethal at the far end? The answer is readiness and being materially ready. And this idea of being prepared and responsive to deploy to continental Europe, the Middle East and to the Pacific remains a major challenge for us. Trying to address these issues is why we need to continue to modernise Defence logistics. The General’s introduction was followed by presentations from the j-Hub on how they are attempting to achieve faster procurement, an overview of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Sustainment Procurement Agency and the benefits it can provide to civilian companies, and briefs from the Concept and Force Development team on potential areas of technology to conduct research and development. The remainder of the conference focussed on two key technologies that Defence Logistic intends on advancing; additive manufacture and logistic information systems. The deep dives on these areas provided useful feedback from delegates on where they could be better developed, whilst drawing together the stakeholders from Defence to create a coherent view of how they will be driven forward in a productive and efficient manner.Delegates conduct workshops on logistic information systems and career streams. Crown Copyright 2018. Photographer: Major John Vance.LOGNET 18-1 was fortunate to have two further keynote speeches. The first from Charles Forte, Chief Information Officer for the Ministry of Defence, opened the second day by laying out the challenges for information in the modern age of Defence. Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Matt Wiles provided a different perspective with an industry view of working with Defence, outlining Team Leidos’ success on the Logistic Commodities and Service Transformation Programme.The outcomes of LOGNET 18-1 will be included in a report to be distributed and fed into a follow-up event later in the year.18-2 is currently scheduled to be held on 9 October 2018 in London, and those wishing to attend can register at you would like further information on LOGNET or any of the information briefed at the event, please get in touch with the LOGNET team on 0207 807 8598. With an aim of enabling better sustainment of the Armed Forces, LOGNET sought to retain a continuous dialogue between industry and Defence by explaining the challenges which Defence is currently seeking to solve. It highlighted emerging themes where focussed effort was being placed, with the broad spectrum of attendees from across the logistic enterprise providing a useful forum for developing ideas and exploring a breadth of views.Major General Angus Fay CB, the Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Logistic Operations) opened the event with the strategic context for Defence Logistics:last_img read more

Forty Years Ago Today, David Bowie & Iggy Pop Appeared On Daytime TV And America Loved It

first_imgOn April 15th, 1977, Iggy Pop and David Bowie appeared together on Dinah! The performance was a bit eccentric for the daytime talk show, with host Dinah Shore announcing to a mostly unfamiliar audience that “Iggy Pop is considered to be the originator of what is called punk rock today.” However, their appearance together on the television show thirty years ago endeared the duo to the nationwide audience, despite it falling outside the range of more traditional guests on the show. It eventually became one of the most iconic television moments from the time, particularly considering the juxtaposition of Shore’s motherly and affectionate demeanor toward the two rock stars. Following the performance, Shore addressed with concern Iggy Pop, noting that he had cut himself on a bottle. “I’ve had treatment for that sort of thing,” responded Iggy Pop, only reinforcing his charm and rock-star swagger. You can watch their performance of “Fun Time” below, courtesy of Cosmo D.last_img read more

Ben & Jerry’s Global Free Cone Day on Tuesday, April 12

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– 5.6.2011 Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc,You don’t need to search for it online. It’s true. Ben & Jerry’s gives away free ice cream. The annual event is a way to say thanks to those who have supported the company since the beginning. To continue the tradition, Ben & Jerry’s outlets across the globe will open their doors from noon ‘ 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12 to serve up the newest, super-premium quality and values-led flavors featuring even more Fair Trade certified ingredients than ever before.This year’s newest flavors being offered in Scoop Shops include:Late Night Snack inspired by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon ‘ Vanilla Bean Ice Cream made with Fair Trade certified vanilla, a Salty Caramel Swirl & Fudge Covered Potato Chip Clusters (the fudge uses Fair Trade certified cocoa, too)!Bonnaroo Buzz – Light Coffee & Malt ice creams with Whiskey Caramel swirls & English Toffee pieces. This flavor, inspired by the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, is back by popular demand in Scoop Shops and now available in pints!Stephen Colbert’s AmeriCone Dream – Vanilla ice cream with fudge covered waffle cone pieces & a caramel swirl. A long time pint favorite, so popular we made it a scoop shop flavor for the first time this year!And even a top secret flavor for Peanut Butter fans: Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Caramel Cluster Pieces, and Peanut Buttery & Marshmallow Swirls!Long before there were crazy chunks and swirls, the two cofounders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield challenged the notion that business had to exploit somebody else to make a profit. In supporting Fair Trade, Ben & Jerry’s appeals to savvy consumers who are very well aware that they support businesses with their purchases. The Fair Trade program works to pay farmers a fair wage, helps support and develop safe working conditions for the farm laborers, works cooperatively to address community needs resulting in schools and health care facilities while it encourages proper environment care and stewardship of the land. That’s what the program is about in a Fair Trade nutshell.Not only is Ben & Jerry’s involving its values via the Fair Trade commitment, but it’s also echoing the company’s philosophy of incorporating fun into everything it does. This year’s modern spin on Free Cone Day means the company will introduce a new, downloadable application for iPhones and Droid users that will add some interactive fun on the go, help provide directions to the closest Ben & Jerry’s free cone location, and even provide a Free Cone Day frame for visitors to send photos to friends and loved ones to see what fun they’re missing.Over the past year Ben & Jerry’s added more specific flavors that use Fair Trade certified ingredients. The company has taken a pledge to transition to use fully Fair Traded fruits, nuts, vanilla and cocoa in all of Ben & Jerry’s products globally by 2013.Get it in your calendar and map out your closest Scoop Shop using the new app or at is external) for a visit on Tuesday, April 12!About Ben & Jerry’sBen & Jerry’s produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream and ice cream novelties, using high-quality ingredients including milk and cream from family farmers who do not treat their cows with the synthetic hormone rBGH. The company states its position on rBGH* on its labels. Ben and Jerry’s products are distributed nationwide and in selected foreign countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry’s, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community. Contributions made via the employee-led Ben & Jerry’s Foundation in 2010 totaled over $1.8 million. Additionally, the company makes significant product donations to community groups and nonprofits both in Vermont and across the nation. The purpose of Ben & Jerry’s philanthropy is to support the founding values of the company: economic and social justice, environmental restoration and peace through understanding, and to support our Vermont communities. For the full scoop on all Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop locations and fabulous flavors, visit is external).* The FDA has said no significant difference has been shown and no test can now distinguish between milk from rBGH treated cows and untreated cows. Not all the suppliers of our other ingredients can promise that the milk they use comes from untreated cows. last_img read more

Solar is saving the University of Virginia $1 million per year

first_imgSolar is saving the University of Virginia $1 million per year FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享WVIR:The University of Virginia says it’s leading in higher education when it comes to sustainability. The school’s efforts to go green have resulted in nearly a million dollars saved in utilities per year.One way UVA has become more sustainable is by its roughly 1,000 solar panels scattered across the university. UVA says the solar panels help it unplug from fossil dependency.“At the University of Virginia, we’ve got about 600,000 watts of solar panels on our roofs,” Jesse Warren, the sustainability program manager for buildings and operations at UVA, said. Some of the power goes back to the grid through a partnership with Dominion Energy, and some of it goes back to taking university buildings off the grid.“The thing that really sets us apart here at UVA is how we’re developing and preparing our solar sites,” Warren said. “Here in facilities management, we’ve got great information about all of our buildings and all of our rooftops.” Facilities management has partnered with an environmental engineering class to help identify which rooftops are ideal for solar development. “We’re committed to continuing to grow solar across grounds and anywhere we can bring that together with our students and faculty, we’re going to do it that way,” Warren said.As the University of Virginia’s solar power grows, it will add another 32 megawatts of energy.More: UVA reports solar panels save it money, hopes to implement more in futurelast_img read more

Olympics: Colombians to watch in London

first_img CALI, Colombia – Keep an eye on these Colombian athletes competing in London: Yuri Alvear, Jamundí, judo: Alvear, 26, will compete in her second Olympics. In Beijing, 2008, she finished seventh in the 70-kilogram (154-pound) class. She won bronze medals in the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara; in Buenos Aires in 2009 and Montreal 2007. She won gold at the 2010 Medellín South American Games. María Luis Calle, Medellín, cycling: Calle, 43, will participate in her fourth Olympics. She already won a bronze medal at the point trials during the 2004 Athens Games. She will participate in the omnium and individual time trials in the 29-kilometer (18-mile) race. Juan Esteban Arango, Medellín, cycling: Arango, 26, won the omnium gold medal at the World Track Championship in London last February. In addition, he won gold medals in the 2011 Pan American Games (omnium and team pursuit) at the 2010 Central American Games (madison, omnium, individual and team pursuits) and in the Medellín South American Games (individual and team pursuits). In London, Arango will also participate in the individual and team pursuits. Luis Fernando López, Pasto, racewalking: López, a 44-year-old police officer, will compete in the 20-kilometer (12.4 mile) race. He took fifth at the 2009 Berlin World Championship and a bronze medal at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, last year. Mariana Pajón, Medellín, BMX: Pajón, 20, will carry the Colombian flag at the Opening Ceremony. The BMX specialist comes from a family of athletes. Her father raced cars and her brother races karts. Last year, she won the 2011 World Championship in Copenhagen, Denmark. She also holds five UCI world titles. Jackeline Rentería, Cali, wrestling: Rentería, 26, won bronze in Beijing in 2008 in the 55-kilogram (121-pound) class. She won the gold medal at the Finland Pre-Olympic Wrestling Tournament in May. By Dialogo July 26, 2012last_img read more