Nortech Foods has joined up with New Britain Oils Limited (NBOL) to offer fully certified sustainable palm oil in a packaged format to food manufacturers.NBOL, via its parent company New Britain Palm Oil Limited, has plantations in Papua New Guinea, which are certified as sustainable by the international Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. NBOL will provide Nortech with palm oil from its UK refinery in Liverpool, which will be fully commissioned this spring. The processing facility will offer all the main palm oil grades in a sustainable format at a price that is comparable with oil from unknown/unsustainable sources.The partnership will help to overcome the primary challenges facing the wholesale conversion to sustainable palm oil among the UK manufacturing and food-service industry, namely affordability and traceability.Andy Worrall, director at NBOL, said: “Our research tells us that over 80% of consumers want food manufacturers and retailers to know where their palm oil has come from and that it was produced in a sustainable way.”
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice), or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). Champlain Orchards Inc,Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan tasted some of the best local food products in the US in a new USDA video promoting the Value Added Producer Grant Program. Among those products was Apple Cider Syrup from Vermont. The program is undergoing some changes and USDA is getting out the word.The proposed changes to this already well-utilized USDA program are designed to streamline the application process, expand eligibility and ultimately get these quality local products to market effectively and efficiently.‘This program creates opportunity for farmers, producers and cooperatives to enhance product development and marketing with the goal of increased sales,’ said Molly Lambert, State Director for Vermont and New Hampshire USDA Rural Development.The changes to the Value Added Producer Grant program take effect on March 25, 2011. In addition to the rule changes, USDA Rural Development is soliciting comments on the interim rule. For information on how to submit comments, see page 10090 of the February 23, 2011 Federal Register. http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/pdf/2011-3036.pdf(link is external)Champlain Orchards, in Shoreham, VT grows several types of apples and one of their newest products is Apple Cider Syrup featured in the USDA Video announcing the VAPG program changes. In July 2010, they received a Working Capital Value Added Producer Grant to market their new products. Their web link is www.champlainorchards.com(link is external)To watch the video featuring Deputy Secretary Merrigan, click on the following link: USDA Video: http://blogs.usda.gov/2011/02/23/deputy-agriculture-secretary-announces-…(link is external)USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure, and facility programs through a national network of 6,100 employees located in 500 state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $142 billion in grants, loans and loan guarantees.#
North Carolina-based Coastal Federal Credit Union and eight partners have unveiled Constellation Digital Partners – an organisation offering the “first and only” suite of digital financial services dedicated solely to credit unions.The creation of the firm and its platform is the result of a three-year long R&D effort, which culminated in the filing of a patent in November 2015. Now, Constellation is building out its cloud-based marketplace and platform that will allow credit unions and members to “choose which services to use inside of a secure banking experience”.Kristopher Kovacs, Constellation’s founder and Coastal Federal CU’s chief information officer, says “despite a recent boom of potential financial technology partners, credit unions cannot access them because of the legacy structure of credit union relationships with current digital banking providers”.To date, Coastal Federal CU and eight others, spanning the US and totalling $12 billion in assets, have committed to investing in the platform. continue reading » 68SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
“We have been having the stands filled up since the kick-off of the tournament on Tuesday despite the fact that it was on a working day. More importantly, I am happy CAF officials are impressed with the facilities, logistics and other things we have put in place for the success of the competition. I am sure that gradually everything will fall into place. I look forward to better things ahead as we progress in the tournament.“We also have a tourism package for the players and officials on Friday which is a match-free day. They will be taken on a bus tour and boat cruise across Lagos.”Tandoh noted that security measures put in place at the tournament venue has been very impressive. “So also is what the Medical Committee, the Ceremonial and Volunteers have been doing. In terms of the logistics, I think we have done very well and we are going to sustain this.He stressed that, to give the event a further boost in the area of entertainment, CAF has instructed a fusion of the Lagos entertainment group which presented the Eyo masquerade dance and others with the official cheer leaders from the Bahamas. They have asked that they rehearse and perform together for a better joint entertainment.Meanwhile, Super Sand Eagles started their campaign at the 2016 Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations with a 3-2 win over Egypt in a tight contest on Tuesday.A goal from Sand Eagles captain Isiaka Olawale and Emeka Ogbonna’s double strike gave the hosts a win on the opening day of the tournament with Mohamed and Ahmed Abouserei scoring for Egypt.Olawale put Nigeria ahead before Ogbonna got the first of his two goals as Audu Adamu’s men look well on the way to a victory. But the Egyptians clawed their way back into the contest with goals from Mohamed and Abouserei.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Co-chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the 2016 CAF Beach Nations Cup, Dr. Kweku Tandoh, has disclosed that the goal behind Lagos State Government’s hosting of the tournament is to help the Nigerian Super Sand Eagles qualify for the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in the Bahamas.“We are not just hosting Africa, but will be out to help motivate and encourage the Nigerian team to pick the ticket to play in the Beach Soccer Mundial in the Bahamas in 2017.”Tandoh, a former secretary of the LOC for the 2012 National Sports Festival, Eko 2012, expressed his delight at the turn out of spectators at the continental soccer fiesta holding at the EKO Atlantic City, Victoria Island.He noted that as the competition progresses, the spectator stands will be filled to capacity.
Former South African netball captain Irene van Dyk is of the view that Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls are good enough to win next year’s World Championships, slated to be held in Liverpool, England.Little separate four top teamsVan Dyk told the Jamaica Gleaner there was very little separating the sport’s top four countries; Australia, England, New Zealand and Jamaica, and it all boiled down to who performed on the day.She said the fact that several Jamaicans were plying their trade in some of the top leagues across the world meant that they were constantly improving their game.“If you look at Australia, England, New Zealand, and Jamaica, there is literally nothing between them.“I think that the fact that so many Jamaicans players are playing in the English league, in the Australian and in the New Zealand league, it has upped the tempo and the competitiveness as well,” Van Dyk said.Jamaica is nearly to be in top two“I would say the Sunshine Girls are nearly in the top two, because this year at the Commonwealth Games, England beat Australia and Jamaica beat the Silver Ferns (New Zealand). It is who plays the better game on the day that will win, and so there is not a lot of difference between the top four countries.”Van Dyk, who is currently on the island as part of Netball Jamaica’s 60th anniversary celebrations, where she is also conducting a number of courses with local coaches, said the country’s netballers were extremely talented.“They are incredibly talented, they are athletic, fast and strong, and if you have people to feed (the ball into) shooters Romelda Aiken and Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, then you can’t go wrong.“They are so strong under the goalpost, you really just have to feed the ball properly,” Van Dyk said.