Indonesia’s B40 biodiesel plan back on track after palm oil prices improve

first_imgThe government has rekindled plans to escalate Indonesia’s biodiesel program after a five-month hiatus caused by weak palm oil prices and the unfolding global health crisis.Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto recently ordered state-owned fuel giant Pertamina to revive the program a few days after the company produced an experimental batch of new biodiesel and signed a deal to build a biodiesel catalyst factory.The minister ordered Pertamina to produce a first-ever 40 percent mixed biodiesel (B40) composed of 30 percent Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME), 10 percent green diesel and 60 percent fossil fuel diesel. Global palm oil prices reached their lowest this year at 2,000 ringgit (US$476.47) a ton on May 6 but have since recovered to 2,780 ringgit a ton on July 30, according to the global benchmark Bursa Malaysia Derivatives.The government, led by Minister Airlangga, has also begun reopening the economy, which is expected to boost domestic consumption of palm oil.Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry renewables director Sutijastoto also said his office was working on a new regulation to accommodate the B40 biofuel, as the existing regulation does not require Indonesia to escalate beyond B30.“We will push it. But this might come out either this year or next year,” he said on July 28.The Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers Association (Gaikindo) has yet to voice support for the government’s B40 plan.“Gaikindo asks to be given time to prepare for the implementation of B40,” association chairman Jongkie Sugiarto told The Jakarta Post on Monday.Automakers needed time to redesign vehicles to suit the new fuel, he explained. The lower emission fuel is notorious among commercial vehicle associations for damaging engines and requiring higher maintenance.Meanwhile, Indonesia is still pushing forward with its complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) against European Union restrictions on palm oil-based biofuels.The European Commission concluded in 2019 that palm oil cultivation leads to excessive deforestation and passed a law to phase out its use as transportation fuel between 2023 and 2030.“We don’t need to fear those negative foreign NGOs,” said Indonesian Biofuel Producers Association (Aprobi) chairman Master Parulian Tumanggor.Producing green diesel remains much more expensive than producing B30, said Budi Santoso Syarif, deputy director of refinery subsidiary PT Pertamina Kilang International, also on Thursday.“We need incentives to make the product competitive,” he said.Pertamina also signed on July 29 a deal with state-owned fertilizer producer PT Pupuk Kujang and the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) to build a biodiesel catalyst factory.The fertilizer maker expects to begin construction in 2020 and finish by the second quarter of 2021. The facility will be built in the Kujang Cikampek Industrial Area in West Java.“Production is ready so the next step will be the market,” Indonesian Olefin, Aromatic and Plastic Industry Association (Inaplas) secretary general Fajar Budiyono told the Post.Topics : “I want it by July 2021,” he said in a webinar hosted by CNBC Indonesia on July 30.The biodiesel program is one of Indonesia’s many strategies to cut oil imports and lower carbon dioxide emissions. The program has been escalated since 2016 starting with the B20 biodiesel, as per Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry Regulation No. 12/2015.The minister’s order also followed state-owned Pertamina’s successful three-day trial production of 1,000 barrels per day (bpd) of D100 green diesel at its refinery in Dumai, Riau, which is Indonesia’s palm oil heartland.Minister Airlangga first announced the B40 plan in February but kept quiet about it after palm oil prices began tumbling the following months and as Indonesia redirected its resources to tackle COVID-19.last_img read more

Charlie Nicholas makes Europa League semi-final predictions for Arsenal v Valencia and Frankfurt v Chelsea

first_imgCharlie Nicholas makes Europa League semi-final predictions for Arsenal v Valencia and Frankfurt v Chelsea Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 May 2019 12:02 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link502Shares Arsenal boss Unai Emery and Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri (Pictures: Getty)Charlie Nicholas has predicted mixed fortunes for Arsenal and Chelsea ahead of the first legs of their respective Europa League semi-finals.Struggling Arsenal welcome Spanish outfit Valencia to the Emirates on Thursday evening, while Chelsea visit Eintracht Frankfurt on the same night.Unai Emery’s Gunners appeared in pole position to finish in the top four of the Premier League before three successive defeats has seen the team drop below Chelsea into fifth.Chelsea are also enduring a difficult run, failing to win any of their last three league fixtures, but are two points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal with two matches remaining.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityDespite Chelsea holding the upper hand over Arsenal in the Premier League, Nicholas believes it will be the Blues who suffer defeat on Thursday while Arsenal clinch a vital win.‘What’s happened at Arsenal of late is really troubling,’ the Gunners legend told Sky Sports.‘They got beat at home to Crystal Palace but what is Unai Emery’s best scenario?‘Valencia sometimes play one up front and Goncalo Guedes is the main threat, while against Celtic, Dani Parejo was the danger man – he can pick a pass and open Arsenal up. Advertisementcenter_img Emery: I don’t agree with the first yellow cardTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:59FullscreenEmery: I don’t agree with the first yellow card is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Emery knows Valencia aren’t going to be overly physical so Arsenal need to play with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette closer together with Mesut Ozil back in.‘These are the types of games which Ozil can really do something in. Thursday may, finally, just be Ozil’s night. Arsenal 3-1 Valencia.’On Chelsea’s trip to Frankfurt, Nicholas added: ‘This is a tough game to predict.‘Frankfurt are doing well, they had a big comeback in the quarter-finals and will be looking at the key to Chelsea, which is Eden Hazard of course. Sarri says Chelsea were in trouble at Old TraffordTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:02FullscreenSarri says Chelsea were in trouble at Old Trafford is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘They will sit back – German teams have a good structure – but Hazard can blow that structure away and is key to what Chelsea do.‘Chelsea will try and play on the counter-attack – I hope Maurizio Sarri doesn’t play Hazard as a number nine. He is easier to mark and harder to get the ball to.‘Marcos Alonso is definitely vulnerable when he plays left-back, so I am looking at a slight defeat for Chelsea that will leave them with work to do before next week’s return at Stamford Bridge. Frankfurt 2-1 Chelsea.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Advertisementlast_img read more

Top New Talent: the class of 2017

first_imgMatthew AshtonNicholson BoydSophie le Saint Adam ForrestAge: 25Job title: Account managerWorks at: Pladis Global What sets Forrest apart from peers is his versatility. Starting as an ingredient technologist back in 2013 he then became sole developer of Jacob’s Ciabatta Crackers, a brand now worth £3.6m, while developing a brand new product trialling protocol in the business. He then moved to sales where he has once again had a significant impact becoming the top sales performer in 2015. A “calming manner” and excellent presentation skills “combined with his pro-activity and determination to over achieve, has seen him deliver some outstanding results above and beyond that expected of him at his level,” said testimonials. On top of that “he has always been so willing to learn and keen to take on constructive feedback – showing his maturity and drive for improvement.” Ben VearAge: 28Job title: Head of salesWorks at: Emily CrispsSince securing a first class degree in business management and economics Vear has worked his way from Winstones ice-cream (where he “drove the business to become one of the fastest growing ice-cream brand in 2012”) to Mars, and then Bear Nibbles “showcasing his ability to work successfully at both blue chip and SME companies.” Most recently peers say “he has been instrumental” in the success of both smoothie brand Savse, where he oversaw a 600% year on year increase in listings, and then Emily Crisps where it is a similar story. “Being somebody who engages consistently with the best talent, Ben is undoubtedly the best I have dealt with,” says one testimonial. “If I could clone him, I could place a Ben Vear weekly and would be very wealthy as every business would be lucky to have him.” Matthew AshtonAge: 33Job title: Head of marketing and communicationsWorks at: Palmer & HarveySince joining wholesaler Palmer & Harvey Ashton has carved out a “unique and irreplaceable niche for himself” within the company. Recently promoted to a new role leading marketing and communications he now manages a large strategic department driving the development of a number of significant PR and event initiatives, as well as playing an instrumental role in the successful launch of a new company website in 2017 to thousands of retailers, collating work across e-commerce, channel development, IT and category departments. With a “very friendly, yet professional manner” he is described as “collaborative, communicative and diligent,” even taking time to spearhead the #DeliveringHope campaign this year using P&H vans to find missing people. Charlotte WhittleColin BuckinghamDarren Beale Anna KrettmannAge: 25 Job title: Wine buyerWorks at: Lidl UKTrained by former TNT winner Ben Hulme (now Lid’s international head of wine and spirit buying) Krettmann has risen quickly through the ranks to take sole responsibility for the discounter’s UK wine category, co-ordinating its award winning core range and bi-monthly wine cellar offer. She “has gone from strength to strength,” says one testimonial. “From increasing the core range by nearly 50% to listing unique wines such as Tokaji Late Harvest” as well as overseeing its most successful Wine Cellar of the year yet with a Hungarian focussed collection. “Further proof that Lidl is succeeding as a challenger wine competitor under Anna.” This year’s list Andrew SweeneyAge: 32Job title: DirectorWorks at: OOMF! As big name cereal brands are crunched under foot in the ongoing price war it takes a brave start-up to venture in with something new. That didn’t deter Sweeney though, the “driving force” behind the success of OOMF!, a high protein oats brand he founded in 2011 with brother Robert. Quickly securing listings in Waitrose and Holland & Barrett, before catching the attentions of Tesco and Sainsbury’s, as well as Spar, the range is now “one of the fastest growing breakfast cereals in the UK” with Sweeney the “pioneer behind the innovation” that also landed the duo one of The Grocer’s New Product Awards. Louisa PickupAge: 26Job title: General Store Manager Works at: Asda, Reddish branch Passionate about retail since she was a teen Pickup has kicked off her career with a laser focus. After working at Asda from the age of only 16, she returned straight into stores after university as section leader, moving between three different stores in the Manchester region across various roles before securing a spot on the retailer’s prestigious graduate scheme and being promoted twice in quick succession. Only two years after that Pickup achieved her ambition to become a GSM at the mults’ Reddish branch – the youngest ever in the Manchester area. “A strong a team player that “takes time to listen to others” the young GSM “has an infectious personality and engages [with] those around her in a very natural way,” said a senior colleague. Her “future looks bright.” Julia CrorkinAge: 25Job title: Food Service and Out of Home Sales ManagerWorks at: Mallow & Marsh With only three months of work experience elsewhere Crorkin hit the ground running at confectionery start-up Mallow & Marsh. Building its entire food service and out of home sales section from scratch she has evolved into an instrumental cog in the business learning fast, nurturing vital relationships and – crucially – growing accounts by a staggering 1,000% since her arrival. “She’s diligent, hardworking, has fantastic commercial acumen to get things over the line, is bright, driven and a completely unique sales person,” is the glowing praise from colleagues, who emphasise Crorkin puts “customer service at the heart of everything she does and is tirelessly focused on delivering for the customer.” Jonathon ThornJulia CrorkinKane O’Flaherty The Top New Talent awards 2017 celebrated an astonishing diversity of young talent working across food and drink,Gallery not readyTNT 2017TNT 2017Top New Talent recipients gathered at the Royal Society of Arts this weekfocallength 24flash 9cameramake Canonheight 705fnumber 4exposuretime 0.0166666675orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 11/14/2017 3:00:35 AMwidth 940cameramodel Canon EOS 5D Mark IIThe Grocer’s editor Adam Leyland handed out trophies to all 33 recipientsfocallength 70flash 15cameramake NIKON CORPORATIONheight 705fnumber 2.8exposuretime 0.00625orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 11/14/2017 2:33:03 AMwidth 940cameramodel NIKON D3Anna Krettmann, of Lidl UK and Lisa Thompson, of Burton’s Biscuit Co focallength 34flash 9cameramake Canonheight 705fnumber 4exposuretime 0.0166666675orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 11/14/2017 3:02:21 AMwidth 940cameramodel Canon EOS 5D Mark IITheodora Alexander, of Young Foodies speaks to one of several industry VIPs attendingfocallength 70flash 15cameramake NIKON CORPORATIONheight 705fnumber 3.2exposuretime 0.00625orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 11/14/2017 4:11:53 AMwidth 940cameramodel NIKON D3Charlotte Reynolds of Blooming Foodfocallength 70flash 15cameramake NIKON CORPORATIONheight 705fnumber 3.2exposuretime 0.00625orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 11/14/2017 4:12:53 AMwidth 940cameramodel NIKON D3Charlotte Whittle, of Mars Petcare networking focallength 42flash 15cameramake NIKON CORPORATIONheight 705fnumber 2.8exposuretime 0.005orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC 2originaldate 11/14/2017 4:18:08 AMwidth 940cameramodel NIKON D3 Sven DejeanTheadora AlexanderVictoria Cartmill Read more“When I started out I was told there was no future in this industry. That prediction is as wrong today as it was then” Wayne Hudson , managing director UK & Ireland, Birds Eye“We immediately realised what a hugely successful event this was from the very first class, back in 2013. It was the buzz in the room, these brilliant young things, excited to be here and working in grocery, and seeing them seize the opportunity of this event with both hands. “It isn’t just about celebrating. At TNT there is a mutual respect and an appreciation of the value of hooking up with and hanging out with high achievers in other roles. As much what you have in common – drive and ambition, making waves and making a difference – Top New Talent is a networking event like no other, in which new friends and useful contacts can be made, fuelled by a powerful combination of adrenaline, social media and booze!” Lisa ThompsonAge: 23Job title: HR assistant Works at: Burton’s Biscuits Part of a busy HR team overseeing more than 2,000 employees at Hertfordshire biscuit supplier Burtons, Thompson has showed a natural aptitude for the role. “Always challenging herself to develop” and questioning the how, what and why of the food and drink business “she has demonstrated fast track skill development” and “exceptional” skills in supporting employees,” say colleagues, backed up by a solid intellect demonstrated in securing a first class degree immediately prior to joining the company. Undoubtedly,” adds one testimonial, “she will go far” in fmcg. Kate ClarkAge: 28Job title: Customer operations leaderWorks at: Proctor & Gamble In a business with more than 100,000 employees it can be hard to stand out. But in her six years at fmcg power player P&G Clark has risen steeply through the ranks promoted through four different roles, in three different locations, each with increasing responsibility, influence and promotion. Now leading its customer supply chain team in Ireland, and convenience and discount channels in the UK one testimonial calls her “extremely commercially savvy” coupled with “a real talent for developing people” acting as a leader in the supplier’s Diversity and Inclusion scheme too. Another adds Clark is “simply best in class in her peer group and far beyond in many ways. She is knowledgeable, collaborative and strategic in everything she does and engages everyone around her on the best solutions.” Zak Manhire Four years ago The Grocer unveiled grocery’s loudest ticking timebomb.As too many skilled workers headed for retirement from the industry, far too few young people were being recruited to fill in the gaps left behind – a trend that threatened to derail the booming sector. Kirsty HenshawAge: 32Job title: Founder and Managing Director Works at: Kirsty’s and Kirsty’s Kids KitchenDescribed as “tenacious” and “hard-working” with “the enviable business acumen of being able to identify gaps in a saturated market” Henshaw set up her first brand at only 22, winning backing for her Worthenshaw’s ice-cream concept from not one, but two Dragons in the form of Peter Jones and Duncan Bannatyne. So successful was her pitch in fact it’s now, quite literally, taught in schools on the A-level business syllabus. In 2012 the entrepreneur rebranded to Kirsty’s with its Kirsty’s Kitchen brand now the only gluten, wheat, and dairy free chilled ready meal for children available in the UK, sold in 3,000 supermarkets, and bringing in annual sales of more than £6m. “Kirsty’s personal integrity, open-mindedness and willingness to listen to others, giving measured consideration to their thoughts and opinions is one of her greatest assets; but ultimately, she has the strength of character and leadership skills to make and take responsibility for all business decisions.” Alex Wright & Jack ScottAge: 25 and 27Job title: Co-foundersWorks at: Dash Water Making its debut into grocery in May ethical soft drink brand Dash Water, which uses wonky fruit and veg in its recipes, was the work of its “extraordinarily talented and super affable” founders Wright and Scott. Building on their joint background in farming the entrepreneurs were partly inspired by the highly topical plight of industry food waste in forming the brand, taking advice from charity Feedback before putting together a business plan, securing investment, creating recipes and selling the brand into the likes of Selfridges, Planet Organic and Daylesford. “All of this while harnessing a great cause in turning wonky fruit and veg into infusions that would have otherwise gone to waste.” In only a few months the pair from zero stockists to 350, and sold 100,000 drinks in their first three months alone. Adam ForrestAdam Thompson Alex Wright & Jack Scott Top New Talent 2017 was sponsored by: Colin BuckinghamAge: 30Job title: Digital Marketing manager Works at: Birds Eye, Nomad Foods Europe Social media may not be the most natural fit for frozen fish but a smooth operator like Buckingham proves it can be done. And done brilliantly. He sets “logical parameters for production costs and produces breakthrough content, with clear agency leadership and a successful application of media spend,” says one testimonial from a senior colleague.” Only a quick scroll through the brand’s lively Twitter feed demonstrates Buckingham’s creativity and skill with social content, and with digital marketing more broadly. In fact, so successful have his efforts been that “there are indicators ROI for social has surpassed TV, perhaps the first instance of this in fmcg food and drink marketing.” Charlotte ReynoldsAge: 27Job title: Founder and director Works at: Blooming Food Ltd. Reynolds has stopped at nothing in her quest to carve out a career in food. From dreaming up new award-winning products while still at university, to working as a beekeeper in France, swotting up on the food industry in China and attending agricultural conferences in Singapore. Most recently she turned a dissertation on pulses into a piece of global innovation. Her lupin crisps saw her win first place in a global innovation competition, travel to Turkey and Chicago to showcase the concept, appear on the front page of magazines, and speak at national industry conferences – all while qualifying with a first class honours degree and being voted ‘Student of the Year’ at Harper Adams University. Read more“The more customer focused, relationship focused and people focused you are the further you’ll go” .Kris Gibbon-Walsh , food programmes manager, founder and head of FareShare Go, TNT class of 2016And so our Top New Talent awards was born, intended to showcase both the huge opportunities this £200bn+ industry offers but also the diversity of young talent already making waves within its three million-strong workforce.Each year since we’ve unearthed a plethora of super talented young business executives, both passionate about their roles in the industry, and hugely ambitious to rise through its ranks. And 2017 was no exception.Gathered in the vaults of the Royal Society of Arts on Monday – in front of a select group of CEOs and managing directors from leading grocery retail players as well as sponsors The Advocate Group and InventaBrand and winners from previous years – the class of 2017 were presented with their trophies by Adam Leyland, editor of The Grocer. “This is my favourite event in The Grocer calendar,” said Leyland. “It’s incredibly inspiring. And significantly that’s because it’s about people. We’re celebrating here the next generation of superstars in food and drink. You’re making your way, with aplomb, in this endlessly fascinating, constantly changing, highly challenging and hugely important industry. And there can be no greater thrill than to witness the journey you are on.”The winners – whose dizzying career paths are captured over the next eight pages – included buyers, entrepreneurs, product developers, marketers and store managers – and that’s to name only a few of the dizzying diversity of roles represented in the class of 2017. And it’s diversity that is one of the great strengths of TNT, said Leyland. Emily HerreroFranek SmithGeorgina Pattison Louisa Wild Louisa Pickup Marcus A Proudfoot Zak ManhireAge: 33Job title: Commercial manager Works at: Costa Coffee Manhire is a multi-skilled operator. Starting out as a sales executive in the merchandise division at the AA he earned three promotions in four years to head up a £6m portfolio, all while founding and exiting three non-food start-ups of his own. Having managed the big four grocery accounts for the business he segued into a head of sales role at hot drinks brand Drink Me Chai where he opened up a brand new area of business, producing EBITDA double digit growth, and then moving to king of the coffee shop Costa as commercial manager heading up a multi-million pound portfolio. Described as a “talented, tenacious sales professional” Manhire “possesses a rare talent for big picture thinking and quickly identifies opportunities and makes great connections.” How did the 33 make the TNT list?Kicking off in August a record number of entries flooded in for TNT 2017. Backed up by facts, figures and glowing testimonials every single entry was carefully judged before a final selection of the top 33 were decided upon. Competition was high and many excellent nominations failed to make the cut. But there is always TNT 2018… Charlotte WhittleAge: 30Job title: Customer Marketing Manager Works at: Mars Petcare Having started out in sales Whittle has rattled through the ranks at Mars, progressing through European Brand Management and innovation, before a move into Customer Marketing and responsibility for some of the brands core customers where she has showcased “an immense passion for fmcg and business growth.” In that role she has grown sales across her territory by 10 per cent and increased product distribution by 16%, before leading the creative process across cat treat brand Dreamies. “In the face of adversity and ambiguous times through company restructures, Charlotte has continued to show her passion and enthusiasm for the industry and company, and continues to gain knowledge across the sector to become a well-rounded FMCG professional,” says one testimonial. Jethro HolmanAge: 27Job title: Beer Training & Events ManagerWorks at: Fourpure Brewing Co. What Holman doesn’t know about beer isn’t worth knowing. At only 22 he became the UK’s youngest certified beer sommelier and now works as an expert advisor for industry (and amateur beer lovers too) training up staff and senior leaders at London pub chain Young’s, and travelling across the UK meeting managers, chefs and marketing teams for Bryon Burger. Asked to help the restaurant chain mark its tenth birthday in July Holman even brewed his own beer perfectly matched to their burgers which was canned and made available at all of their 69 restaurants. As a result not only is Holman a “key member of the Fourpure team” but he’s a “well established and respected voice within the brewing industry” before he’s hit 30 netting awards and accolades. Andrew SweeneyBen Vear Charlotte Reynolds Sven DejeanAge: 28Job title: Senior Manager Performance and Governance, Procurement Centre of ExcellenceWorks at: Coca Cola European Partners When the $27bn merger between Europe’s three biggest Coca Cola bottling plants was announced in 2015 procurement specialist Dejean saw it as a huge opportunity. Making the move from Spain to the new UK HQ he not only “showed great initiative” but a clear passion for his work, and plenty of ambition to boot. That hasn’t stopped since, with the young manager frequently taking on extra tasks and activities voluntary “because they are the right thing to,” says one testimonial, developing a sound knowledge of the complex business that belies his years and using that to ensure he “excels in his tasks.” Sophie le SaintAge: 25Job title: Retail marketing executive Works at: Pizza Express When high street brand Pizza Express rebranded its supermarket range in March 2016 Le Saint was an “instrumental” force, joining up its marketing approach across retail outlets and restaurants, and products too, delivering a “well-executed and effective” relaunch, complete with special seasonal recipes and ranges. Crucially, her hard work, and skilful strategy helped nudge an additional 192,000 shoppers to pick up Pizza Express in the supermarkets over the following year. And what’s more, the cross-channel marketing approach she championed is “beginning to deliver significant results” and act as a “driver of overall sales and profit growth across the channel.” Theadora AlexanderAge: 27Job title: Founder Works at: Young Foodies Having left her role as Propercorn’s Operations and Strategy director in 2016 Alexander set out to create a way to help other fast growing food and drink brands strategise. The result was Young Foodies, a portal for young grocery brands sharing wisdom on everything from operations to finance to products, set up using Alexander’s own cash and spare hours at the weekend. The Young Foodies community now boasts the likes of Pip & Nut, Mallow & Marsh, and Savse, running events, workshops, and meetups to pool know-how. Alexander “is one of the best examples of what makes the food and drink industry such a fantastic place to ply your trade,” said those that have worked with her. “Her positivity and optimism is ubiquitous. It isn’t easy creating the next big thing, so it’s nice to know you have someone like Theodora fighting your corner.” Emily HerreroAge: 33Job title: Commercial managerWorks at: oomi brand, Winterbotham Darby Herrero doesn’t take no for an answer. Customers that fail to pick up her calls are liable to find the commercial manager on their doorstep convincing them in person and this same “impatience, persistence and urgency” drove her to develop brand new noodle brand oomi from scratch, a ‘next generation’ gluten free noodle made from sustainably sourced fish. From concept, to product to listings in Tesco, Ocado and Morrisons Herrero “doesn’t understand the meaning of resting on her laurels and listings are just the start” with the businesswoman also turning her attentions to alternative protein brand Vivera, quickly achieving UK listings in Sainsbury’s, Ocado and Waitrose. Quite simply “Emily is one of the most talented and inspiring people I have worked with.” Jonathon ThornAge: 32Job title: CEOWorks at: Pioneer Foods UK From assistant account to the “successful and inspirational CEO” of a £53m turnover business, it’s been a meteoric rise for Thorn. Under his leadership the private label cereal manufacturer has had brand new processing facilities installed, and had significant investment into its NPD capabilities, with innovation across wheat biscuits, packaging and gluten free. This dynamism culminated in the acquisition of the Fruit Bowl brand in August 2016, a move to a new 220,000 sq. ft facility and a change of name from Bokomo Foods, to Pioneer Foods. “Through this incredible journey, Jonathon has excelled as a real leader, motivating the team on a daily basis,” says one testimonial. He has “consistently impressed with his ability to empathise with colleagues” and acts as an “inspirational role model for all employees, showing them there are no limits to what hard work, dedication and talent can achieve.” Hywel EvansAge: 25Job title: Bitter, Ale and Craft Beer BuyerWorks at: Asda Joining Asda less than two years ago Evans has already had a “significant impact” on the business. The recent graduate has driven a 20% year on year rise in sales of stout at the retailer, helped coordinate its strategy for craft beer, secured ongoing relationships with niche brewers and start-ups, while gaining widespread media coverage for the range. More than 450 stores now boast a ‘craft beer shop’ in their aisles thanks to Evans and if that weren’t enough he has also championed the mults’ charitable Holiday hunger project too, providing meals to impoverished children outside term time. Evans “lives and breathes ASDA qualities and is driving excellence in our Graduate development program – a true role model,” said a testimonial. Catherine FendtAge: 22Job title: Marketing executiveWorks at: Spar UKSince joining Spar as a graduate in 2016 Fendt has fast become a linchpin of its marketing team. Described as “capable, diligent and collaborative” she has juggled multiple creative projects from day one and “works brilliantly with the wider team.” Managing the symbol group’s award winning ‘Shop & Win’ campaign over the past 12 months Fendt worked across traditional and digital media delivering the multifaceted campaign’s best results yet with a voucher redemption rate of 21% and an increase in basket spend of 14%. The young marketing executive has also taken a fresh look at its multi-million pound POS budget delivering brand new ideas for retailers. “Catherine has the wonderful ability of taking complex projects and making them look simple to manage. She has proven that she is able to work with people across the organisation to deliver solutions that always have the customer at their heart.” Darren BealeAge: 34Job title: FounderWorks at: Launching online health food retailer back in 2013 founder Beale was in a prime spot to capture the growing appetite for high protein products in grocery. With turnover now exceeding £50m and 53,000 items sold off its website daily the entrepreneur has produced an unending stream of innovation from what he claimed was the world’s first Protein Pizza to its Live Clean Range and Easy Cook stir-fry’s. Now the founder is muscling into the high street too with products already stocked in over 300 Musgrave-owned c-stores in Ireland, and listings recently confirmed in Sainsbury’s Local, Co-Op and Spar. Popular with Olympians and Premiership footballers growth at the business shows zero sign of slowing down, with an ever growing social following too of more than one million. Louisa WildAge: 35Job title: National account manager Works at: Broadland Wineries “Passionate, creative and tenacious” Wild is no one tricky pony. Within her first five months at Broadland Wineries she’d secured brand new listings in one of the mults, and has followed up with 20 more, and three new national accounts. She’s dreamed up NPD too with her concept TrimVin – low-calorie, lighter-alcohol – launched in September. “If a product isn’t in the Broadlands portfolio, and the business agrees the opportunity is there, I have it created,” says the national account manager, who has also thrived in sales and marketing roles at Refresco Gerber. “Whether it is finding new ways to engage with buyers by creating a portfolio of concepts, or number crunching scenarios ahead of the annual wine duty increases, [Wild] has a positive approach, is keen to find solutions and create long term relationships with our customers,” said one testimonial. Franek SmithAge: 28Job title: TraderWorks at: Dunns From his base at pulse and seed processor Dunns, one of the oldest agricultural businesses in the UK, Smith has clearly developed exceptional relationships with his customers. “An outstanding young person” that has “continually impressed me with his can do attitude and ability to complete multiple complex tasks in a fast and accurate manner,” says one, of their dealings with the young trader. Not only managing the day to day sales of the core commodities demanded by his customers Smith also oversees crop processing, grower contracts, open days and staff management within the business, a heavy workload that reflects his huge competence. Marcus A ProudfootAge: 26Job title: Director Works at: G W Proudfoot LimitedLooking after 180 employees across five branches of the family supermarket chain, Proudfoot might be the youngest in the company to take on such responsibility but he’s proven himself more than up to the job. Described as “hugely passionate and driven” the director is a highly capable project leader, with successes that include the recent redevelopment of a pub into the fifth new opening of 2016, with the store now showing “excellent performance” year on year. Proudfoot “has a sharp mind, is dynamic and engaging and cares passionately about our team and the business,” said one testimonial. Not only does he deliver “great results” but he brings “great personality, warmth and true values-led leadership to the business.” Nicholson BoydAge: 28Job title: OwnerWorks at: Pickles In 2016 Boyd took a rundown discount shop shifting detergent and instant coffee for a quid and turned it into (surely) the poshest grocer in Hackney. Stocking craft beers, artisanal breads and local Bermondsey honey Pickles is a haven for foodies looking to stock up on premium groceries in a painfully hip setting, with a pizzeria and coffee bar tacked on too. Northern Irish Boyd is the driving force behind its success and takes its food credentials seriously, living in Italy for a spell to learn the art of pizza making and consulting numerous coffee experts too to find the perfect blend. Opening to rave reviews his destination grocer reflects an entrepreneur clued up on just where the industry is heading. And all before he hits 30. Georgina PattisonAge: 33Job title: Commercial directorWorks at: Deliciously Ella From blog to recipe books to energy balls launching in the major supermarkets the Deliciously Ella brand has gone from strength to strength, and making a “massive contribution” to its success is commercial director Pattison. Establishing and managing its retailer relationships, securing lucrative listings and developing launch plans, all with only a small team behind her, Pattison has led “with enthusiasm and efficient use of time.” A head for figures and a “great leader” to boot, “without Georgina, we wouldn’t be in 3,000 stores and with revenues in the millions, achieved in less than 12 months from launch,” say her colleagues. Kane O’FlahertyAge: 29Job title: Head of creative Works at: Piccolo Foods Vibrant, colourful, distinctive design characterises organic baby food brand Piccolo and that’s all down to the skills of its creative maestro O’Flaherty. Trained up by leading design agency Big Fish before a stint at Metcalfe’s and then Itsu, the designer joined Piccolo in its early days working with his two co-founders to secure investment and tasked with setting the brand apart in the competitive baby food category. And what he delivered “is a real tribute to his talent,” say his peers. “What O’Flaherty has done with Piccolo is cleverly combine gorgeous illustrations that he has brought to life – therefore engaging the parents, whilst also putting the essential touch of fun that nursery brands need.” Hywel EvansJethro HolmanCatherine Fendt Victoria CartmillAge: 25Job title: Assistant Product Development Manager Works at: U.M.I Foods A fantastic work ethic sees “bubbly, talented and bright” Cartmill couple her full-time role at U.M.I Foods with studying for a business Masters. Buoyed by an extensive knowledge of the industry borne from work alongside major food producers she has collaborated across a number of NPD projects for the supplier, overhauling internal processes and boosting profit margins, all while extending – and improving – its pre-prepared vegetable range. In fact, over the past 12 months Cartmill has had no less than 18 successful product launches, all now being sold in the mults nationwide. “Her collaborative approach,” tenacity, and organisation skills are all praised in testimonials, with one adding that her “infectious energy and inspiring passion make her a delight to work with.” Kate ClarkKirsty Henshaw Lisa Thompson Adam ThompsonAge: 30Job title: Commercial directorWorks at: Rebel Kitchen Joining health brand Rebel Kitchen in 2015 peers say that Thompson has been largely responsible for the exponential growth the business has seen in that time, building a team up from five to 26 people and adding £4m in sales. His strategic direction also saw the business switch to 100% organic without increasing end prices to consumer, and acquire the Unoco brand in 2016, with four “thriving” product ranges now in its portfolio and products now sold in over 20 global markets. Testimonials say “his desire to constantly push boundaries led to the launch of our most ambitious product yet, Mylk, a plant based drink that tastes just like real dairy” while he has nurtured a “progressive work culture” thriving under his leadership. last_img read more

BLOG: Quick Q&A with Governor Wolf on the Budget Compromise and Why It’s Important for Schools

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Schools That Teach,  The Blog,  Videos Watch this quick Q&A with Governor Wolf to hear more on the latest budget compromise and why it’s so important for Pennsylvania’s schools. By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: BLOG: Quick Q&A with Governor Wolf on the Budget Compromise and Why It’s Important for Schools December 05, 2015last_img read more

Resaver postpones personal pension procurement

first_imgThe pre-qualification questionnaire was an early step in a plan to offer pension provision for freelance researchers.According to the consortium, a lesson from the procurement attempt was that the pan-European personal pension product (PEPP) – for which the European Union is laying the groundwork – would be a more suitable solution for mobile researchers.“One key outcome of discussions with potential providers was that personal pensions products are today mainly a local business with limited [cross-border] involvement,” it said. “Large market players are currently not organised in a way to react to this type of pan-European procurement procedures in the personal pension market.”The Resaver consortium had split the procurement into 31 sub-contracts, for each of the countries in the European Economic Area.Filip Hemeryck, senior consulting actuary at Aon Hewitt in Belgium, which advises Resaver, suggested the timing of the procurement process – with the PEPP regulation still going through the legislative process – might have been an issue.For example, one insurance company had indicated the duration of the contract – three years – was an issue because if the PEPP regulation kicked in in the meantime it could not be certain that the product it had proposed for Resaver was the right solution.  The consortium had said its initiative could be considered as a first step up towards a PEPP product for researchers. Resaver said it would likely start a new tender procedure in the near future and was committed to offering cross-border pension provision for researchers without an employment contract.“Experience from the current tender process shows that this issue may be resolved once the PEPP regulations result in real pan-European players [in] this market,” it added.The European Commission published a proposal for a PEPP regulation in June, and the European Parliament’s lead on the PEPP has drawn up amendments. The parliament is due to debate the proposal in the coming months. The Resaver Consortium has postponed a search for personal pension providers because there were too few candidates in the first stage of the procurement.Less than three providers filled in a “pre-qualification questionnaire”, according to an EU tender notification, which the organisation said was not enough to make for a competitive procedure with negotiations. It had therefore decided to stop the procurement “at this point”.In a statement Resaver told IPE: “We believe this to be the best decision for the individual researchers. As we want to have the best solution available currently on the market for the researchers population, postponing seems to be the best strategy.”The consortium is the organisation behind the cross-border pension scheme for European researchers. It already has an occupational pensions vehicle, the Resaver Pension Fund, for researchers with an employment contract.last_img read more

How to know if you should stay or go

first_img Share Share Share Sharing is caring! LifestyleRelationships How to know if you should stay or go by: – April 20, 2012center_img 47 Views   no discussions There’s no such thing as a relationship without challenges. However, some stumbling blocks are merely garden-variety annoyances, while others are bona fide deal-breakers. If you’re on the fence about which category your gripes belong in and whether or not they’re worth enduring, consider the advice of Lundy Bancroft and Jac Patrissi, authors of Should I Stay or Should I Go? A Guide to Knowing if Your Relationship Can — and Should — Be Saved. Below, they offer five ways to know whether your romance is doomed or likely to go the distance.1. Consider how you and your partner resolve conflicts In all relationships, partners experience periods when they need to express their disappointment and/or disagreement. “These periods are characterized by a sense of vulnerability, and they are difficult,” says Patrissi. “Yet, though relationships may get very difficult, you will know that they are working and healthy because each time you navigate these difficulties — and you will, countless times — you are growing closer and developing ways of being together that work for both of you.”In an unhealthy relationship (i.e., one that really isn’t working), when you hit those periods of conflict, you’ll notice either right away or soon enough that you are not a team struggling for mutual well-being, Patrissi says. Unsure about whether you and your partner are have an unhealthy conflict resolution approach? When you argue, does it become about who can win and/or who can hurt the other more effectively, or does one (or both) of you become explosive or cruel? Is it characterized by your partner thinking almost exclusively about what is good for him or her, not about what’s good for you or the relationship? If any of these statements ring true for you, Patrissi says it’s probably a wise decision to get out.2. Recognize the difference between irritating habits and deal-breakers Patrissi says that some of the most troubling and potentially deal-breaking problems one can face with a partner are immaturity, addiction, unresolved or untreated mental health issues (including the after-effects of trauma, depression and personality disorders) and abusiveness: “Each one of these is a big ticket item, meaning it will likely cost you a great deal of emotional energy and time to be in a relationship with your partner and one of these issues. I know you want just your partner, but sometimes the partner doesn’t come without the issue. And that’s the heartbreaker.”But is it a deal-breaker? That depends on a number of things, including where you are in your own life, where you are in your relationship, and what is safe and possible for you, explains Patrissi: “For example, you may have always known since childhood that if a partner was abusive to you — especially if he laid a hand on you in anger — that this was your deal-breaker. Yet if it happens, you will find yourself faced with many more ethical and practical questions that play into your decision-making than you had anticipated. Also, given your life history, you may decide that, no matter how much you love your partner, you don’t want to put so much energy into dealing with anything so consuming.”3. Focus on yourself for a bit Often, the easiest way to find clarity about your relationship involves shifting your focus away from it and to the center and joy of your own life instead. “In rediscovering what brings you joy, reinvesting in a daily routine that will support you, rediscovering some of the values you hold and creating a self-nurturing plan that includes skills for regulating your emotions when you feel out of sorts and creating a parenting-from-your-center plan if you have kids, you will create your own ‘no matter what happens’ life goals for yourself,” Patrissi explains.Once you identify a couple of these life goals, you’ll enter into a process of addressing all the barriers to your own growth — some of which may involve your existing relationship. For example: You may realize that you are exhausted from coping with your partner’s issue; you may have poor financial health, which is a common consequence of destructive relationships; or, you may not be physically safe enough in the relationship to initiate moves toward investing in a routine that supports you — all of which should provide clear reasons why leaving your current relationship would be preferable to sticking around.4. Think about the consequences of ending the relationship When debating whether to leave or stay, Lundy advises first considering whether you’ve ever felt frightened of your partner. Has this person ever physically attacked you, or made you feel that he or she was on the verge of it? Has your partner ever forced you sexually? Has your partner said anything like, “You’d better not ever try to leave me” or anything similar that suggested he or she wanted you to be afraid of ending things? If your intuition tells you that your partner may have a volatile reaction, that’s a pretty good sign that walking away from your relationship is a good idea.That said, it’s incredibly important to plan your exit carefully before doing so to ensure your safety, says Lundy: “Before telling your partner that you’re ending the relationship, figure out how you are going to get your belongings safely out of your place,” she advises. “Consider whether seeking a protective order might increase your safety, and deliver the news in a public place.” If you’re concerned that your partner may engage in self-harm, let key people in his or her life know that your relationship is ending — and that you are concerned about your partner’s welfare. “Once you’ve done that, you have to let go; your partner is responsible for his or her own choices, and you are not the cause of his or her deep misery,” Lundy says.5. Imagine a life without your partner Anyone can lose track of his or her identity in a relationship. “You may have put aside your own goals and dreams, lost track of your own favorite activities and closest friends, sacrificed your taste in music or movies, or altered your political beliefs,” says Lundy. “Though all this accommodating can help hold a relationship together, the price is too high; you vanish in your partner’s current.”When you’re trying to decide whether staying in your relationship will be truly beneficial or not, ask yourself if you have remained true to who you really are during the time you’ve been with your partner, and what your life would look like if you were no longer together. Remember that having love, approval, kindness and appreciation for yourself is at least as important as getting it from someone else; if these feelings are impossible to have while in your current relationship, it’s time to get back into having a loving, supportive connection with yourself.And as much as we all enjoy being in love, Lundy cautions against jumping right into seeing someone new: “Give yourself time to get the benefits of being alone and to work through the grief and anger you’re carrying from the relationship that just ended. Build resources into your life that will support you and help to fill the gap left by your partner’s absence. Make friendships a priority, especially with people you can really trust. If you have children, you now have an opportunity to spend significant extra time with them, focusing on having fun and feeling close.”By Chelsea KaplanYAHOO Dating Tips and Advice Tweetlast_img read more

Redknapp sets sights on loan deals

first_img “But I don’t see him leaving Tottenham, it’s an expensive deal and we’re looking at a couple of loans. “If we can find them we’ll do them but we need to get them over the line and at the moment we’re not close to anybody. “The chairman is trying for his life and Les Ferdinand is working on that side of it as well, but it’s not easy.” Rangers will train at England’s Burton training base at St George’s Park on Friday as they look to end a miserable run of results away from home against Stoke. Reknapp’s side have lost all 10 of their league games on road this season. “It shouldn’t be a psychological factor,” Redknapp said. “They’re passionate fans at Stoke and it’s a difficult place to go but we have to go away and pick up some points. It needs to start sooner than later. “We’ve done little bits in training but it’s about players. You can change what you eat for dinner, whether you go on the coach or the train, but it’s about players and how they perform.” QPR manager Harry Redknapp admits the club sold Jordon Mutch to raise money for permanent signings but claims Rangers are not close to striking any deals before the end of the transfer window. “We had an offer for him and it was a money back type of deal,” Redknapp said. “He’s a good lad and I liked him a lot but he hadn’t really got up and running here. “There’s plenty of potential in him but we’re looking to get one or two in so we had to try to raise some money if we could. “We’re just struggling to bring anyone in, that’s the problem.” Redknapp ruled out signing a number of players reportedly linked with the club, including Yann M’Vila, Rudy Gestede, Aaron Lennon, Dani Osvaldo, Bakary Sako and Emmanuel Adebayor. Rangers had made an enquiry for Sako but made no progress while Redknapp said any deal for Adebayor would be too expensive. “He’s at Tottenham and I don’t see it happening,” Redknapp said. “Adebayor is an excellent player. You don’t play at Arsenal, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Tottenham if you’re not a good player. Press Association Mutch joined Crystal Palace on Thursday for a fee believed to be around £4.75million, having made only 11 appearances since moving to Loftus Road last summer. Rangers had been looking primarily at loan deals but the Mutch transfer means Redknapp may be able to spend before the January transfer window shuts on Monday night. last_img read more

East Coast in command after Sattaur’s 105

first_img– Essequibo need 38 runs for victory, with five wickets in hand.A composed century from former national youth player Brain Sattaur powered the East Coast franchise to a commanding position over West Berbice at stumps on day two of the fourth fixture in the Jaguars Franchise League three-day cricket tournament yesterday atRicardo Adamsthe Bush Lot ground.Sattaur, the left-handed opener smashed an enterprising 105, as East Coast were bowled out just before the close for 321, an overall lead of 277 runs.West Berbice closed on 27 without loss after 10 overs, still needing a further 251 for victory.Displaying his wide array of strokes, the left-handed Sattaur batted with good composure in an innings which spanned 179 balls, inclusive 12 fours and four sixes. Sattaur received support from National middle-order batsman Chanderpaul Hemraj, who made an attractive 78.Meanwhile, at the start of the day’s play, the hosts after resuming from an overnight position of 179-9, extended their first innings total to 187 before fast bowler Cordel Mars, who finished with figures of 2-34, wrapped up the home side’s innings when he bowled Keon Joseph for 37.Fellow fast bowler Royston Simon (4-48), Rodulph Singh (3-24) and Bhaskar Yadram (1-34), were the other bowlers who have created the problems during the latter part of day one.With a first innings deficit of 44 runs, the visitors openers Rajendra Chandrika and Brain Sattuar added 26 for the first-wicket before a breakdown in communication between the pair, saw the Test opener run out for 16.Chanderpaul HemrajThe young Yadram then joined Sattaur, and hit four fours in a breezy 27-ball 28 before he was removed by pacer Steven Harris at 64-2, but thereafter the visitors were able to build on a substantial amount of momentum through the Sattaur-Hemraj association.While Sattaur was a little tentative at the beginning of the innings, the left-handed Hemraj quickly settled down, and was quite confident from the onset.On a pitch that had little during that period, the duo didn’t face any difficulty as the partnership progressed, and by lunch the visitors were 124-2, with Hemraj remained undefeated on a well-crafted 42 while Sattaur was on 30.Upon resumption the pair displayed even more purpose, and brought up their respective fifties in their partnership 121 for the third-wicket before Hemraj was removed by Harris. His innings spanned 83 balls, with six fours and four sixes.His dismissal triggered the quick removal of Joshua Persaud (1) and Kamesh Yadram (17). Persaud was Harris’s third victim while left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie claimed the wicket of Yadram.However, the left-handed Sattaur was unperturbed at the other end, and was unbeaten on 94 at the tea break in company with Ramnarine Chatura on four.He brought up his hundred immediately after, but thereafter Motie and Andrew Dutchin engineer a batting collapse.Only Ameer Khan (46), of the remaining batsmen could provide some sort of determination with the bat.Motie finished with figures of 4-91, while Dutchin had 2-47 to complement Harris, who ended, with 3-76.Meanwhile, at Young Warriors; East Bank were bowled out for 139, replying to Lower Corentyne’s first innings total of 148. Batting a second time Lower Corentyne closed the day on 43-5. Nial Smith has so far taken all five wickets.At Port Mourant; Upper Corentyne resuming on 267-7 were bowled out 317. In Reply West Demerara were bowled out for 133. With a first innings lead of 184, Upper Corentyne have decided to enforce the follow-on. West Demerara batting a second time reached 59-1. Tagenarine Chanderpaul in unbeaten on 20, with Akshaya Persaud on 33.At Tuschen; Georgetown resumed on 13-0, were bowled out for 245, with Leon Johnson 91 and Christopher Barnwell 48. Ricardo Adams and Akeeni Adams took three wickets apiece while Keemo Paul picked up two wickets.Set 193 to win, Essequibo reached 155-5, with Ricardo Adams on 95 and Mark Williams on 34. Barnwell has so far taken 4-37. Essequibo needed a further 38 runs for victory, with five wickets in hand.last_img read more

Syracuse travels to Puerto Rico for tough tests against Georgia Tech, Virginia

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 23, 2012 at 12:46 pm Contact David: | @DBWilson2 Syracuse’s freshman class has stood out over its first three games of the 2012 season.Cornelia Fondren, Brianna Butler and Brittney Sykes have started every game for SU this season and have had no trouble adjusting to Division-I basketball.“Each minute, each game I feel more comfortable playing,” Butler said. “And it feels like regular games—almost like high school kind of.”The Orange (4-0) freshmen face perhaps their toughest test of the season this weekend—a 27-hour whirlwind in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the San Juan Shootout. SU opens up with Georgia Tech (2-1) Friday at noon and tips off just 26-and-a-half hours later against Virginia (3-0) Saturday at 2:30 p.m.Syracuse passed its first supposed tough test with flying colors, dismantling a St. Joseph’s team that received three votes in the most recent AP poll.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut the Yellow Jackets and Cavaliers should prove to be tougher competition. Both teams are perennial tournament teams from an ultra-competitive Atlantic Coast Conference. Plus, the Orange doesn’t have the luxury of four days to prepare as it did for the Hawks.Syracuse spent Wednesday traveling to Puerto Rico. It had a chance to practice at Mario Morales Coliseum on Thursday morning, but even that day was cut short by Thanksgiving.Not only will the freshmen face their fiercest competition yet, but they also face the most unique conditions any of them have ever had to deal with.The difference for SU this year was expected to be the freshman class. The No. 6 class in the country was the best the school ever had, and it was supposed to get Syracuse over the hump and back to the NCAA tournament, perhaps even giving the program its first-ever tournament victory.Through three games, Fondren, Butler and Sykes have more than proven themselves.Sykes has led the freshmen with 7.3 points per game. Butler has averaged six points per game this year as well, but she has shot 6-for-16 from beyond the arc. Fondren has chipped in with three points per game.“It’s a huge help, and it’s a huge motivator,” senior guard Elashier Hall said. “When they come in and they hit big shots it gets the team going, especially on defense and defense translates to our offense.”But it’s not just the shooting that’s seen improvement thanks to the freshmen. Adding depth alone has allowed the Orange to more effectively get out in transition, but it also helps to add some of the best athletes the program has seen.“It’s the weapons that we have,” senior center Kayla Alexander said. “Especially the freshmen who came in. They came in, they contribute, they start, they get up and down the court, they play good defense; it’s a big difference.”The two-day stretch the San Juan Shootout provides is a unique proposition for a trio of rookies contributing heavily early. But despite the results – four blowouts – the freshmen have been tested.After an easy opener at home against Farleigh Dickinson, a trip to Maine provided a grueling road environment. Since then, SU hasn’t played a home game and won’t return to the Carrier Dome until Dec. 4.With the role they’re expected to play all season, another challenge will prove just how close Syracuse is to the goals it came into the season with tied with the arrival of the freshmen.“It’s everything,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “We need their contributions, we need their depth on the court. So we need to do everything we can to keep them on the court.” Commentslast_img read more

Irish interest at the European Games.

first_imgWhile in the men’s canoe singles, Andrzej Jezierski flies the flag for Ireland – he goes down-stream from 10.40.In the 200 metres of the women’s kayak, Jennifer Egan is in heat 3 and the first of the Irish in action today.That takes place at 10am.In gymnastics, the Irish contingent of Kieran Behan, Daniel Fox and Rohan Sebastian contiue their artistic qualification round.Behan performed the best of that bunch on the first day of the event – he’s spent the night in 18th place.Meanwhile, it’s also day 2 in the women’s contest – Tara Donnelly, Nicole Mawhinney and Éilis O’Reilly flying the flag there. After getting knocked out of the 1000 metre competition yesterday, Peter Egan & Simas Dobrovolskis take to the water again today in the 200 metres Kayak double.They’re in action from 10.25.In the singles’ version of the event, Tom Brennan is in heats action from 11.05.last_img read more