Portugal on the brink as crisis looms

first_img Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL Portugal on the brink as crisis looms A CRUCIAL European summit in Brussels has been hijacked by the crisis embroiling Portugal after its government collapsed on Wednesday, with yields on Lisbon’s debt spiking to euro lifetime highs and expectations of a bailout mounting.EU leaders were meeting for a second day of crisis talks today in a bid to solve the region’s debt problems.But instead, negotiations have become mired in the prospect of another Eurozone bailout.Portugal is being represented at the summit by Jose Socrates, acting as interim Prime Minister since a failed budget vote pushed him to resign on Wednesday. He refuses to countenance a bailout despite a credit rating downgrade by both S&P and Fitch Ratings yesterday. Yields on the country’s five-year debt yesterday surged to a high of 8.4 per cent as a result.The chaos means that prospects of a new deal for Ireland to reduce interest payments on its rescue funds looks remote. Bill Blain, of brokerage Newedge, said: “It really feels like a new crisis is developing, but in yet another example of the euro elites delusional mindset, we’ve got Ireland being painted as a cheat for refusing… to cut its corporate tax!” Preliminary estimates put the cost of a Portuguese bailout at around €80bn (£70bn). If Lisbon does need a rescue, the UK could be on the hook for up to 14 per cent of the costs. Share whatsappcenter_img KCS-content by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBePeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepediamoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen Herald Thursday 24 March 2011 9:45 pm whatsapp More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orglast_img read more

Motive unclear after journalist is shot dead in Bahia

first_img RSF_en January 4, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Motive unclear after journalist is shot dead in Bahia April 15, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Brazil Receive email alerts News Reports BrazilAmericas News May 13, 2021 Find out more News However, according to Aline Marques, a Rádio Sucesso producer quoted in the press, no threats linked to de Souza’s work at the station had been reported previously. At this stage, therefore, investigators do not favour the theory that the murder was linked to his work as a journalist. RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America BrazilAmericas to go further 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Organisation April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil After a year marked by the deaths of five journalists, three clearly linked to their work, the Brazilian press has already suffered its first fatality of 2012, that of Laércio de Souza, who worked for the radio station Rádio Sucesso in Camaçari, in the state of Bahia.He was shot dead yesterday by two gunmen in the town of Simões Filho after receiving threats on his mobile phone, believed to be from local traffickers, over the preceding hours and days.“At this stage there is nothing to link the murder of Laércio de Souza with his activities as a journalist,” Reporters Without Borders said.“In any event, this tragedy should be a signal to the authorities to step up their fight against impunity after a bad year for the Brazilian press, particularly in the north and north-east of the country where it is not healthy to condemn corruption and trafficking of various kinds. “We hope, therefore, that this latest case will be solved quickly. We express our full support for Laércio de Souza’s family and colleagues.”De Souza was overseeing a social infrastructure project for a local community on land that he owned in Simões Filho when two gunmen opened fire in his direction just as his brother, who was accompanying, him was momentarily absent.He received three bullet wounds, in the hand and the head, and tried to take cover in a nearby house where he was killed, according to eyewitnesses quoted in the press. Investigators believe the victim’s social projects could have irritated some people with links to organized crime. An examination of his cell phone might confirm some of their suspicions. last_img read more

Real Estate Investment Loans Pose Higher Fraud Risk

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago 2020-11-12 Christina Hughes Babb Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Real Estate Investment Loans Pose Higher Fraud Risk The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Mortgage application fraud risk was up on a quarterly basis while a suburban New York market emerged as the nation’s leading market for mortgage fraud risk, according to new data from CoreLogic.The CoreLogic National Mortgage Application Fraud Risk Index revealed a 2.4% uptick from 96 in the second quarter to 99 in the third quarter, although the index was also down 15% from the 116 level in the third quarter of 2019. CoreLogic attributed the quarterly increase to historically low rates fueling an increased housing demand, with purchase loans registering a slight increase in risk while refinances showed a slight decline in risk.The Poughkeepsie-Middletown-Newtown area within New York’s Hudson Valley region topped CoreLogic’s chart for the metro market with the greatest risk of mortgage application fraud, with a 15% index rise from a 190 in the second quarter to 219 in the third quarter. New York ranked highest among the states for mortgage application fraud risk in the second quarter due to the Hudson Valley’s dominant chart position plus a sixth-place ranking for the New York City metropolitan area and a 12th place ranking for the Albany-Schenectady-Troy corridor in the upstate region.Nevada placed second among the states for mortgage application fraud risk, with Las Vegas placing third among metro areas for the highest risk levels. Florida placed third among the states thanks to the presence of eight Sunshine State metros among the top 15 markets for high fraud risk.CoreLogic noted that the highest-risk applications for both purchase and refinance loans were related to investment properties.“Investment loan applications are showing a higher risk because real estate investors have a profit motivation for their activity,” said Bridget Berg, principal for fraud solutions at CoreLogic. “This introduces other factors and increases the risk compared to a purchase for personal use. Investors often own other real estate and are more likely to have undisclosed ownership and transactions in process.”On the flip side, Berg credited the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs for having the lowest risk levels.“Conversely, VA loans have lower risk because they are restricted to a select group of borrowers and are for personal occupancy, except for certain refis,” she added. “This makes identity issues and straw buyer situations rare. Many VA borrowers are employed by the military, reducing income risk also.”  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Opportunity Zone Analysis Reveals ‘Dueling Trends’ Next: The Road to Mortgage Industry Innovation November 12, 2020 1,485 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Phil Hall Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Phil Hall is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News, the author of nine books, the host of the award-winning SoundCloud podcast “The Online Movie Show,” co-host of the award-winning WAPJ-FM talk show “Nutmeg Chatter” and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill’s Congress Blog and Profit Confidential. His real estate finance writing has been published in the ABA Banking Journal, Secondary Marketing Executive, Servicing Management, MortgageOrb, Progress in Lending, National Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional America, Canadian Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional News, Mortgage Broker News and HousingWire. Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Real Estate Investment Loans Pose Higher Fraud Risk Subscribelast_img read more

Fraudulent Phishing Is Still Continuing Unabated Despite Telecoms Claiming The Contrary: Paytm Informs Delhi HC

first_imgNews UpdatesFraudulent Phishing Is Still Continuing Unabated Despite Telecoms Claiming The Contrary: Paytm Informs Delhi HC Karan Tripathi24 Jun 2020 8:38 AMShare This – xPayTM has filed an affidavit before the Delhi High Court describing the developments that have taken place post the filing of its writ petition seeking protection of its customers from fraudulent phishing advertisements and SMSs that are being hosted by various Telecom Service Providers. The said affidavit was filed before the Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginPayTM has filed an affidavit before the Delhi High Court describing the developments that have taken place post the filing of its writ petition seeking protection of its customers from fraudulent phishing advertisements and SMSs that are being hosted by various Telecom Service Providers. The said affidavit was filed before the Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan. The Petitioner informed the court that in the reply received from MTNL it is stated that MTNL has blacklisted all sender IDs/Headers deceptively similar to the Petitioners’. Moreover, it has also blocked all content containing the words PAYTM and deceptively similar derivatives, except from the whitelisted/official sender accounts of the Petitioners and their associates. Apart from MTNL, it is informed in the affidavit, that Airtel has also identified the telemarketer responsible for making phishing calls and have delisted the same. It is further submitted by the Petitioner the despite assuring the court during the last hearing about blocking the errant telemarketers, the headers and SMS content templates deceptively similar to the Petitioners’ continue to be registered/assigned by the Respondent Telcos. It is also highlighted by the Petitioner that the menace of Unsolicited Commercial Communications (“UCC”) through Unregistered Tele-Marketers (“UTMs”) has continued unabated. The affidavit also states that on June 19, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India issued a direction under Section 13 of the TRAI Act, 1997 directing the Telcos to publish a complete list of the headers and the associated principle entities who have registered on the DLT. Moreover, on June 22, TRAI published an “Information Note to the Press” stating that in order to facilitate identification of principle entities who are in the business of sending commercial communication, the Authority has published a list of SMS headers along with the names of the Principles Entities. Next Storylast_img read more

It Is Easy To Criticize The Judiciary; For A Change, Let Us Talk About The Positives: Justice Chandrachud

first_imgTop StoriesIt Is Easy To Criticize The Judiciary; For A Change, Let Us Talk About The Positives: Justice Chandrachud LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK29 Aug 2020 6:51 AMShare This – x”Very often, we hear criticism about the judiciary. For a change, let us talk about the positives of the judicial system. It is very very easy to criticize. Because criticism has that element of curiosity. But let us all talk about the positives of the judicial system. Because this is the kind of work which is being done for the benefit of the citizens”Sharing the data about the cases handled the judiciary during the COVID-19 lockdown period, Justice D Y Chandrachud, judge of the Supreme Court, said that the virtual working of the courts in India during this period was a “unique achievement”.Between March 24 to August 28, a total number of 28.66 lakh cases were registered 12.69 lakh cases were disposed of in the District Judiciary,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginSharing the data about the cases handled the judiciary during the COVID-19 lockdown period, Justice D Y Chandrachud, judge of the Supreme Court, said that the virtual working of the courts in India during this period was a “unique achievement”.Between March 24 to August 28, a total number of 28.66 lakh cases were registered 12.69 lakh cases were disposed of in the District Judiciary, he informed.”So let us remind ourselves. When international courts have been talking about single-digit figures, we are talking about hundreds of thousands of cases which have been disposed of”, he said.Justice Chandrachud, who also happens to the Chairperson of the E-Committee of the Supreme Court, was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the launch of the new website for e-courts services.As regards the virtual courts platform for the traffic offenses, he said that proceedings in virtual platforms have been completed in 16,51,547 cases as of now. Fine has been collected in 8,61,290 cases. A total fine of Rupees 105. 25 crores have been collected. 51, 457 violators have chosen to contest the cases.He added that during the lockdown period, the Supreme Court disposed of over 15,000 cases and interacted with over 50,000 lawyers through the virtual medium. “This is a unique achievement of the judicial system. Very often, we hear criticism about the judiciary. For a change, let us talk about the positives of the judicial system. It is very very easy to criticize. Because criticism has that element of curiosity. But let us all talk about the positives of the judicial system. Because this is the kind of work which is being done for the benefit of the citizens”, he said.Justice Chandrachud then elaborated about the services provided by the e-courts portal. There are over 25 lakhs daily hits in the services website. The mobile app has over 40 lakh downloads. 35,000 SMSes are sent every single day using SMS push services. 3 lakh 50 thousand automated emails are sent every day by the ecourts services system.HC Chief Justices urged to use the data of NJDGJustice Chandrachud then said that the National Judicial Data Grid has data of over 3.39 crores pending cases and 12.53 crores orders.He urged the Chief Justices of the High Courts to use this “mine of data” in the NJDG for the management of litigation within.”Chief Justices can use this “gold mine of data” to manage litigation so that attention can be given to areas that deserve it most”, he said.The NJDG also gives the reasons for the delay, such as a stay by a superior court. This can help to classify and streamline cases, he added.He also urged the Chief Justices to talk to the respective governments to have an IPS officer as a nodal officer to help the integration of the data of criminal cases to the Inter-Operable Criminal Justice System.E-seva kendrasHe informed that the Government of India has sanctioned a budge to set up e-seva kendras at every court complex of the country.”We will have e-seva kendra in each district so that we ned not tell tell a litigant that if you don’t have a smart phone or a laptop, you can’t access the system. The idea of e-seva kendra is to provide the services at every court complex of the country”, he said.As regards the new website, he said that the idea is to have a citizen-centric website that gives every citizen easy access to all the initiatives of the e-committee.”It is a storehouse of data”, he remarked.The SC judge informed that the website is based on free and open-source software in accordance with the policy of the Govt of India.He specially acknowledged the role played by his law clerk, Rahul Bajaj, a Rhodes scholar, who gave inputs to enhance the accessibility of the website based on his experiences as a visually challenged person.Before ending the talk, he lauded the efforts taken by the judges during the trying times of COVID-19.”I know many of our judges have been working in difficult times. My compliment to you all for keeping the flag high of the nation in such difficult times”, he said before concluding the talk. Watch full video here :Next Storylast_img read more

The accuracy of using the spectral width boundary measured in off-meridional SuperDARN HF radar beams as a proxy for the open-closed field line boundary

first_imgDetermining reliable proxies for the ionospheric signature of the open-closed field line boundary (OCB) is crucial for making accurate measurements of magnetic reconnection. This study compares the latitudes of spectral width boundaries (SWBs) measured by different beams of the Goose Bay radar of the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN), with the latitudes of OCBs determined using the low-altitude Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) spacecraft, in order to determine whether the accuracy of the SWB as a proxy for the ionospheric projection of the OCB depends on the line-of-sight direction of the radar beam. The latitudes of SWBs and OCBs were identified using automated algorithms applied to 5 years (1997–2001) of data measured in the 1000–1400 magnetic local time (MLT) range. Six different Goose Bay radar beams were used, ranging from those aligned in the geomagnetic meridional direction to those aligned in an almost zonal direction. The results show that the SWB is a good proxy for the OCB in near-meridionally-aligned beams but becomes progressively more unreliable for beams greater than 4 beams away from the meridional direction. We propose that SWBs are identified at latitudes lower than the OCB in the off-meridional beams due to the presence of high spectral width values that result from changes in the orientation of the beams with respect to the gradient in the large-scale ionospheric convection pattern.last_img read more

MEET THE NEGOTIATOR

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 www.bakersfederation.org.uklast_img 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 Businesswire.com. 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 www.sonneveld.com/en 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