Gelders Bakery strikes deal with Tesco

first_imgGelders Bakery has just signed a deal with Tesco to sell its pies and sausage rolls in at least 20 shops.The family-run firm, which is already in 24 Asda stores, will supply single sausage rolls and single and three-packs of savoury mince pies to north-east stores.Tesco will take between 3,500 and 4,000 products a week, which will be worth about £300,000 a year to the Sunderland-based bakery. Partner Hilary Monk said its persistence with Tesco had paid off. “Local people know us well, but when you’re a small company it can be more difficult if a big chain hasn’t heard of you,” she said. “We kept calling, emailing and sending samples – and of course, our sales increasing in Asda also gave us leverage.” She added: “We hope to get contracts with other supermarket chains in the future.” Gelders also hopes the new contract will mean its 42-strong workforce can be expanded. Sam Nundy, Tesco regional buying manager – north east, said: “We’re very pleased to be able to offer Gelders Bakery products to our customers. This will be a fantastic addition to our growing offer of local products across our stores in the north east.”last_img read more

HBS’s Paul. R. Lawrence, 89

first_imgPaul R. Lawrence, a renowned sociologist and a pivotal figure in the intellectual history of Harvard Business School (HBS), died Nov. 1 in Bedford, Mass. He was 89.Lawrence was one of the world’s most influential and prolific scholars in the field of organizational behavior. At the time of his death, he was the School’s Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Organizational Behavior Emeritus. His research, published in 26 books and numerous articles, dealt with the human aspects of management. In particular, he studied organizational change, organization design, and the relationship between the structural characteristics of complex organizations and the technical, market, and other conditions of their immediate environment.“One of the early and most important figures in organizational behavior, Paul Lawrence legitimized it as a field worthy of study at a business school,” said HBS Professor Michael Tushman, who holds the chair at Harvard Business School named in honor of Lawrence in 1999. “He was a pioneer in creating a body of work, a cadre of students, and a doctoral program in organizational behavior that has aspired to do research that is both professionally rigorous as well as relevant to practitioners. Paul was a role model to those of us fortunate enough to be his students. He was also a role model to the field of organizational behavior. With a remarkable lifelong intensity about his research, he never let up in his quest for understanding organizations in our society. I am honored to hold the Paul R. Lawrence Professorship, a constant reminder of his role in my life as my mentor and friend. He is the standard to which we all should aspire.”In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Lawrence’s memory to the Cambridge Community Foundation (c/o Bob Hurlbut), 99 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139. Those who wish to share their remembrances of Lawrence’s life are invited to do so on his blog, www.prlawrence.com.A memorial service will be held on Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. in the Story Chapel at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.To read the full obituary.last_img read more

Pond turnover

first_imgPonds are dynamic. Things are happening out there. A pond isn’t like a sandbox that you build and then send the kids to play in once in a while. It takes management and time if you want a healthy fish population.For help creating a healthy pond, contact the UGA Cooperative Extension agent in your county by calling 1-800-ASK-UGA1. Now is the time to fertilize ponds using 2 to 2.5 gallons of liquid “pop-up” fertilizer per acre. Throw it from a bucket from several upwind shore locations or pour it into the propeller wash behind a small boat. Give it two weeks to work, then heck to see if a shiny object like a tin can lid can be seen at an 18-inch depth. If the object doesn’t disappear at 18 inches, fertilize again. Properly working fertilizer causes a phytoplankton “bloom,” which is the growth of millions of tiny plants suspended in the water. These microscopic plants provide fish food, metabolize carbon dioxide and emit oxygen into the water. Phytoplankton also colors the water. Dark water color acts as weed control by preventing sunlight from penetrating to the bottom of the pond. Spring weather signals all kinds of changes in nature. Trees sprout leaves. Plants bloom. But weather that brings nature back to life can also kill the fish in ponds.When water temperatures increase, oxygen supplies decrease in fish ponds – a dangerous combination for small fish. Cold water holds more oxygen than warm water. As water warms in ponds, it starts at the top and continues warming the water deeper in the pond. Warm water holding less oxygen can rise to the surface, a phenomenon called “turnover,” limiting oxygen for some fish.Hard rain and wind have stirred the water this spring, too, which has decreased oxygen in the water. At the same time, fish, which are cold-blooded, are coming out of winter dormancy. Their metabolisms and immune systems are slowed down. Diseases and parasites are more likely to stress fish now, especially small fish. Small fish kills are already being reported across the state this spring.A pond’s carrying capacity is closely tied to its fish population. Crappie are not recommended for small ponds because. They multiply quickly and tend to feed in the middle of the pond where the predator bass can’t limit their population. Bream begin breeding at 3 to 4 months old, when they are only three inches long. They lay five or six clutches of eggs per year. Each clutch has about 10,000 eggs. More often than not, ponds are overcrowded with bream. If you have large number of catfish or bass weighing more than 5 pounds in a pond, they are taking up capacity. A fertilized pond can support about 400 pounds of fish per surface acre. All of these factors can lead to fish kills in ponds. Another factor in fish kills is the lack of food. This year’s harsh winter killed most of the microscopic phytoplankton suspended in the water. Suspended phytoplankton supplies food for fish and gives the pond color. After a winter like we’ve had, the water is clear.While none of these factors would kill fish outright, all these factors stress the fish. With enough stress, fish can die. Fish don’t like this time of the year, when weather conditions fluctuate. They like nice, even temperatures.To limit fish loss, regulate a pond’s population. If a bream is not large enough to keep, don’t put it back in the pond. Throw it on the bank instead. Also, don’t pull out a lot of bass unless you’re taking a larger number of bream. A pond aerator can provide extra oxygen. It can be as simple as a submersible pump with a long piece of PVC pipe with one-eighth-inch holes randomly drilled in it so water can come out in many fine streams. Aerators should run at night or during cloudy days. last_img read more

Women’s golf team should win it all

first_imgWhat did you accomplish this past weekend? Odds are it wasn’t as cool as what Jordan Spieth did.Spieth made 21 year olds across every college campus in America look bad in comparison. He wasn’t celebrating that he can finally get into The 9-0 without his fake ID; he was celebrating that he won arguably the most prestigious tournament in the world.There are some students at USC who didn’t win the Masters, but nonetheless, had pretty solid weekends on a golf course. The members of the women’s golf team proved this weekend that they’re still some of the best in the country and have a great shot at the national championship.They aren’t exactly on Spieth’s level, but when it comes to the national rankings, no one is really on USC’s level. The Women of Troy came into its final regular season meet at ASU this weekend as the No. 1 team in the country.The team had a very solid performance, but fell short of winning the tournament. USC finished tied for fourth place, behind No. 8 Arizona, No. 25 ASU and No. 27 Baylor. The team combined to finish six strokes over par, nine strokes behind the first place Wildcats. Given the nature of team tournaments, when four players combine scores over three rounds, a difference like that is comparable to an individual finishing two or three strokes behind the leader.Individually, junior Annie Park finished third at five under par, sophomore Gabriella Then finished sixth at two under par, senior Doris Chen finished 39th at six over par and freshman Amy Lee finished tied for 45th at seven over par.The men’s team was also in action this weekend, and it, too, is among some of the best collegiate teams in the country. The Trojans came into their final regular season event as the No. 10-ranked team in the country and finished seventh. The men’s team doesn’t have the same tradition for success as the women’s team, but the Trojans are definitely in the mix and could claim their        first-ever national championship.The women’s side has been there before. Since 1982, when the NCAA first started fielding a women’s golf national championship competition, the Women of Troy have brought home three national titles. In 2003, 2008 and 2013, all under coach Andrea Gaston, USC finished on top of the team leaderboard. Four other times — 1994, 2006, 2010 and 2013 — the Women of Troy have finished as runners-up.Individually, the Women of Troy also have a strong tradition of success. USC has had five individual national champions on the women’s side, tied for all-time most. Jennifer Rosales brought one home in 1998, Mikaela Parmlid led USC to the 2003 team national championship by winning the individual national championship and while the team fell short in 2006, Dewi Schreefel was able to win USC the individual title that year.The two other individual national champions are currently on USC’s roster. Park won the individual title in 2013 as a freshman, 10 years after Parmlid led the Women of Troy to a championship sweep. Last season, Chen was the individual national champion, and she looks to be in the mix to defend her title.Both of the last two years, the national championship has come down to Duke and USC. Duke has won five titles since 2000, the only school with more than USC’s in that window. Last year, during the four-day national championship tournament, the Blue Devils had a total score of 1,130 strokes, a mere two strokes ahead of USC.When it all adds up, there’s a lot of variance over the course of a season with a golf team. No. 2 Washington, No. 3 UCLA, No. 4 South Carolina and No. 5 Duke finished 14th, ninth, fourth and seventh respectively at ASU’s tournament. ASU, barely in the top 25, and Baylor, not even in the top 25, both finished in the top five at the tournament. Though crowd noise usually isn’t a factor, home course advantage can be crucial when traveling and course familiarity comes into play.Like any other sport, the matter of inches can be the difference between a green and a sand trap or a made and a missed birdie putt. But unlike any other sport, there is a huge degree of variation in the conditions depending on the location of tournaments. Football fields are all the same length, basketball hoops are all the same diameter but golf courses can be very different. The speed of the greens, width of the fairways and the general difficulty of the course are never exactly the same at different courses. Despite the inherent unpredictability of the sport, the Women of Troy have one huge advantage going into the NCAA tournament: experience.Golf, more than any other sport is intensely mental. Obviously, it takes some technique to consistently drive balls onto the green and some hand-eye coordination to read it and sink putts, but so much of the game is about being in the right mindset. It’s very easy for golfers to psych themselves out while playing, especially in a high-pressure situation like a national championship tournament. But the great equalizer for pressure like that is having been there before. With two individual national champions on the roster and top-two finishes the last two seasons, experience is exactly what the Women of Troy have. The No. 1 ranking does put a target of some sort on the team’s back, but the Women of Troy don’t have to face the pressure of defending their national title.They have nothing to lose as a group — they just have to use last year’s finish as motivation to win back what was there two years ago.As fellow columnist Darian Nourian wrote last week, USC is due for a national championship this academic year, and the women’s golf team probably has the best chance at making that happen.So I’m going to take his prediction from last week one step further: the women’s golf team will win the 2015 national championship. Of course, it’s not a guarantee, but I honestly think the Women of Troy have the best shot out of anyone to win the title.Now that would be something worth celebrating at The 9–0.last_img read more

LCPS Graduates 17 ‘Specialized Doctors’

first_imgDr. Ross Jallah Macauley, LCPS’ past treasurer and former Health Minister, Dr. Bernice Dahn were part of Friday’s ceremonies. The Liberia College of Physicians and Surgeons (LCPS) on Friday July 19, 2019, graduated 17 ‘specialized doctors at a colorful ceremony hosted in the auditorium of the SKD Sports Complex in Paynesville City.The LCPS’ third convocation ceremony coincided with its fourth annual general and scientific meeting, which was held under the theme, “Good Governance in the Medical Profession,” with the sub-theme, “Medical Doctors as Exemplars of Good Leadership.”The LCPS is a professional institution established by law in 2012, and officially launched in 2013 to train medical specialists to provide a high level of healthcare to patients.The graduates were trained as specialists in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics (children), General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology (women). By that, authorities at the Ministry of Health are expected to assign each of the doctors to the various health facilities across the country.The LCPS newly admitted members by examinations in the department of Internal Medicine include Drs. Cozie Gwailolo, Tabehde Freeman Murray, Kolu Beyan Davies and Varbah Paye. The two admitted into the department of Pediatrics (children) are Drs. Yuah A. Nemah and Minnie Sankawulo-Ricks; department of General Surgery are Drs. Kalamon Wullie, Jonathan M. Hart, Albertha Clarke, Joseph K. Wehyee and Wilmot Frank, while in the department of Obstetrics//Gynecology includes Drs. Deazee M. Saywon, Numenine E. Endersks, Momolu Massaley, Ansumana Camara and Kortu D. Sannor.A cross-section of the newly admitted specialized doctors.LCPS vice president for Physicians Dr. Benjamin Harris said two additional faculties, including the one for internal medicine with the collaboration of the ELWA Hospital, and the another for ophthalmology (eye) in collaboration with an eye institute in India in the last two years.“Since the inception of the College, we have so far inducted into our membership 47 individuals,” Dr. Harris told the elated audience.“Today, we are pleased to inform you that we are again certificating as specialists into our four core faculty of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, General Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology,” he added.According to Dr. Harris, the current number of physicians in the country is 1, 505, “far below the recommended ratio of 1 physician per 1000 population set by WHO.”“Only about eight percent of doctors practicing in the country have had formal training; there existed no specialty training. Those who sought further training did so in foreign countries and most did not return, but in 2012, prior to the establishment of the LCPS, there were only 144 Liberian doctors practicing in the country, and only 15 had received specialist training,” recalls Dr. Harris.He said the need for postgraduate training could not therefore be overemphasized.The Minister of Health, Dr. Wilhelmina S. Jallah, appealed to the newly inducted ‘specialized doctors’ to accept and embrace whatever areas of their assignments from the ministry would be. Minister Jallah’s called to the doctors comes in the midst of challenges confronting the country’s health sector.“We know there are challenges, there will be sometimes the lack of water supply; there will be lack of electricity and sometimes in adequate housing facilities. And I know that the money you will be paid might not be the money you are expecting as a specialized doctor, but please, accept the those conditions so that we move the country forward,” Dr. Jallah told the graduates.She said the ministry is charged with the responsibility of placing these specialists at the various facilities across the country where they will be starting their medical career.Madam Mawine D. Diggs, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister for Administration, encouraged the graduates to focus on trust and excellence.Madam Diggs emphasized the need to prioritize good governance across all sectors of the country using the best international business model.“In almost every sector of the society, whether health, education or any non-governmental institution, there is a need to approach governance to the business model that assumes accountability, respect and responsibility,” She said.Madam Diggs continued, “If we cannot be accountable for our actions; if we cannot demonstrate respect for our peers, and those we choose and decided to serve; and if we cannot show that we are prepared, all the dividends we have accrued will not benefit our society.”She praised the graduates for the time and efforts in the medical school, but cautioned them to be mindful of the greater praises they would receive from their patients, noting that being a ‘specialized doctor’ comes with some responsibilities, as such they must show respect and be accountable to society.Dr. John Nkrumah Mills, president of the Ghanaian College of Physicians and Surgeons (GCPS), who honored the LCPS’s invitation to attend the 4th Annual General and Scientific Meeting and 3rd Convocation ceremony, urged the leadership of the LCPS to continue the efforts in training more specialized doctors to help the society.To the graduates, Dr. Mills added, “To whom much is given, much is expected, therefore, colleagues of the graduates and the society expect more of them, and that they must remain committed to medical profession and their responsibility to save lives.He then expressed the hope that their addition in the health sector as young, but well trained and specialized doctors will bring improvement in the Liberian health sector.According to Dr. Mills, since the GCPS was established, 45 physicians have received specialist training, and have been awarded membership into the four core faculties of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, General Surgeons and Obstetrics and Gynecology in Ghana. “They are so well, like you too will do so well in your respective areas of assignments, he told to the graduates to the delight of their parents and well-wishers who graced the occasion in their numbers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more