Delta Corporation Limited (DLTA.zw) HY2011 Interim Report

first_imgDelta Corporation Limited (DLTA.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2011 interim results for the half year.For more information about Delta Corporation Limited (DLTA.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Delta Corporation Limited (DLTA.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Delta Corporation Limited (DLTA.zw)  2011 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileDelta Corporation Limited manufacturers and markets international and locally-produced beverages in Zimbabwe. It operates in four segments: non-alcoholic beverages, sparkling beverages, lager beers and traditional beers. Brands in its non-alcoholic range are a flavoured maize drink called Shumba Maheu, and a flavoured drinking yoghurt called Supersip Yogurt. The sparkling beverages division operates two bottling plants and one canning plant; bottling and distributing popular cool drink brands sold worldwide by the Coca-Cola Company, a range of drink mixes and an energy drink called Burn. The lager beer division operates two breweries; bottling and distributing international brands such as Castle Lite, Miller’s, Peroni, Redds, Brutal Fruit and Sarita. Delta Corporation Limited has a monopoly in the traditional beer market in Zimbabwe with 14 breweries located across the country; brewing and distributing a well-known sorghum beer brand called Chibuku. Other subsidiaries have interests in transport and logistics, barley and sorghum malting, food processing, packaging, retailing wines and spirits, recycling, tin can production and leadership training. Delta Corporation Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Why I look for more than just a high yield when buying UK dividend shares

first_img Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. Peter Stephens | Saturday, 6th February, 2021 FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. The idea of buying UK dividend shares is often to obtain the highest yields and the largest passive income available. While they may be important, it’s not the only consideration that may be worth focusing on when seeking to build an income portfolio.Factors such as the reliability of a company’s dividend, its potential to grow and its investment plans could all have a significant impact on its capacity to provide a worthwhile passive income. By focusing on those areas, it may be possible to build a more resilient income portfolio in the long run.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The reliability of UK dividend sharesClearly, no UK dividend shares are 100% reliable when it comes to earning a passive income. They come with significant risks that can mean no dividends are paid in future, or that capital returns are negative.However, the risk of experiencing such situations can be reduced by focusing on the reliability of a company’s dividend. For example, assessing a company’s business model may provide guidance on how robust its earnings may prove to be in future.A company that operates in the utility or tobacco sector may be less likely to experience falling sales or profitability in an economic crisis versus a media or retail business. As such, while no company is ever immune from economic risks, some companies may be less impacted by them than others.Furthermore, UK dividend shares with financial positions that are sound could be less likely to reduce dividends in the coming years. Strong balance sheets and high cash conversion ratios may not be as exciting to investors as growth plans. But they could prove to be very important when it comes to making a high passive income return in the long term.Dividend growth opportunities related to investment plansHigh yields may also be less important than they seem when investing in UK dividend shares because of the importance of a growing passive income. A high yield may be attractive today, but if it doesn’t grow by at least as much as inflation over the long run then it could equate to a loss of spending power. As such, it is important to obtain a growing income from a portfolio of dividend shares.Achieving this goal can be difficult because dividend growth forecasts may prove to be unreliable. However, by assessing how a company plans to apportion its earnings, in terms of reinvestment or paying out to shareholders, it may be possible to ascertain the likelihood of a growing dividend.Companies that have a mature position in their industries may be more likely to pay out profit to shareholders in the form of a dividend. This could make high-yielding, established companies more attractive on a relative basis. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Why I look for more than just a high yield when buying UK dividend shares I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Enter Your Email Address Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. See all posts by Peter Stephenslast_img read more

England knockout hosts France – Josh Lewsey try

first_imgMonday Oct 15, 2007 England knockout hosts France – Josh Lewsey try England got off to an early start in their Quarter Final clash with France on Saturday night in Paris with this try by left wing Josh Lewsey, scored after only 78 seconds.With an 80 000 strong crowd, probably being divided equally between English and French supporters, England started well when Gomersall chipped ahead for Lewsey to chase. Lewsey himself, who timed his run perfectly, would have been as shocked as everyone when French fullback Damien Traille hesitated and let the ball bounch up straight into Lewsey’s arms.Traille looked like he was waiting for the ball to go over the touch line, but, as we know in rugby, you can never rely on the bounce of the ball. Lewsey grabbed it and stormed over the top of the fullback to score the try, getting up to give him a cheeky little tap on the head afterwards, almost saying ‘You messed up mate’.Great start to England. The rest of the game was played at a high tempo with good pace, but it soon turned into a game of ping pong, with neither side willing to chance their arm and have a crack at spreading the ball wide.In the end, this was France’s downfall in my opinion. 2003 World Cup hero Jonny Wilkinson put England into the lead with 6 minutes left after France were penalised for a high tackle on Jason Robinson.Three minutes later, Wilkinson did what he does best, and slotted an excellent 35 meter drop-goal to seal the victory, thus knocking out the host nation and putting his team into their second consecutive World Cup final. Final Score: 14-9 to England ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. 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Final round of the Gallagher Premiership hit by a second match cancellation The final round of the Premiership lost the Worcester-Gloucester match on Tuesday and now Bristol versus London Irish is off. England knockout hosts France – Josh Lewsey try | RugbyDump – Rugby News & Videos RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Sitemap Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Sign In Username or Email Password Stay logged in Forgot password Thank you for registering Click here to login Register Register now for RugbyDump commenting & enewsletter. * Required fields. 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Barrister says Donegal conviction for FB criminal damage is a wake up call

first_imgNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Pinterest A legal expert has described the first Irish prosecution for criminal damage to a social media account as a wake up call.A 30 year old Donegal man yesterday received a 2,000 euro fine for criminal damage after he admitted posting an offensive message on his ex-girlfriend’s Facebook page.Barrister Fergal Crehan – who specialises in Internet law – says comments on social media are a legal minefield:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/11creg.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+center_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th By News Highland – July 1, 2014 Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ Facebook Barrister says Donegal conviction for FB criminal damage is a wake up call Previous articleDolly Parton rocks at GlastonburyNext articleDonegal Deputy welcomes new garda patrol cars for Milford and Kerrykeel News Highland 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsApplast_img read more

[COVID-19] Uttarakhand HC To Take Up Bail Applications Besides Matters Of Extreme Urgency [Read Circular]

first_imgNews Updates[COVID-19] Uttarakhand HC To Take Up Bail Applications Besides Matters Of Extreme Urgency [Read Circular] Radhika Roy18 April 2020 7:55 AMShare This – xThe Uttarakhand High Court has issued a notification stating that Bail Applications will also be taken up, besides fresh matters of extreme urgency during the lockdown period which has been imposed in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In continuation of the previous notification which had been issued for e-filing and hearing through video conferencing in the High Court, the following directions…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?LoginThe Uttarakhand High Court has issued a notification stating that Bail Applications will also be taken up, besides fresh matters of extreme urgency during the lockdown period which has been imposed in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In continuation of the previous notification which had been issued for e-filing and hearing through video conferencing in the High Court, the following directions were passed:1. The Bail Application matters will also be taken up in the manner mentioned in the Notification dated 11.04.2020. 2. Advocates filing urgency applications in pending Bail Applications shall, as far as possible, also email scanned copies of relevant papers of the pending matters, like copies of petitions, applications, affidavits, annexures, replies etc. held by the advocates in their respective offices in the PDF format with their index prepared in chronological order. 3. If the party is unable to make online payment of court fee, the advocate of the party may e-file an undertaking which states that within three days of expiry of Notification dated 11.04.2020, the requisite court fee shall be deposited by the concerned party.Click Here To Download Notice[Read Notice] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Malegaon Blasts Case : Mukul Rohatgi Refuses To Appear For Lt Colonel Purohit After Objections By Relatives Of Victims

first_imgNews UpdatesMalegaon Blasts Case : Mukul Rohatgi Refuses To Appear For Lt Colonel Purohit After Objections By Relatives Of Victims LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK6 Jan 2021 11:47 PMShare This – xFollowing the objection raised by the relatives of victims in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case, Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi did not appear for accused Lt Colonel Prasad Purohit before the Bombay High Court on Wednesday.The relatives of the six deceased in the bomb blasts case sent an email to Rohatgi pointing out that he had earlier appeared for the National Investigating Agency in the case…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?LoginFollowing the objection raised by the relatives of victims in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case, Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi did not appear for accused Lt Colonel Prasad Purohit before the Bombay High Court on Wednesday.The relatives of the six deceased in the bomb blasts case sent an email to Rohatgi pointing out that he had earlier appeared for the National Investigating Agency in the case before the Supreme Court in 2015 while he was the Attorney General for India. They also said that the NIA had in 2016 asked the Law Ministry to seek Rohatgi’s legal opinion(in his capacity as the AG) regarding the applicability of the Maharashtra Control of Organized Crimes Act against Purohit.”Under these circumstances we are of the opinion that your appearance on behalf of the accused no. 9(Purohit) will be in conflict of interest and will create prejudice to the whole proceedings”,said the letter sent by Nissar Sayed Bilal, Sugra Bi Haroon Shah, Noorjahan Sheikh Rafeeque, Shaikh Eshak Sheik Yusuf, Ainoor Bi Ziyanullah Khan and Shaikliyakat Shaik Mohiyuddin. “In order to preserve the value of fair trial and uphold the sanctity of the position that you once held as Attorney General of India, we request you to not appear for the accused no.9. Your appearance for the petitioner against the National Investigating Agency appears to be in bad taste and creates suspicion in the whole process of prosecution”, the letter added.The relatives therefore urged Rohatgi to not to appear for any accused in the matter.Pursuant to this letter, Rohatgi did not appear for Purohit before the Bombay High Court. Purohit’s lawyer, Advocate Neela Gokhale informed the division bench of Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik about the letter sent to Rohatgi, who had appeared in the previous hearings.Purohit has approached the High Court challenging his prosecution in the case arguing that the NIA did not obtain the sanction of the Central Government as prescribed by Section 197(2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure.In his plea, Purohit contended that he had attended ‘Abhinav Bharat’ meetings before the blast in the discharge of his duties for the Military Intelligence unit. Advocate Gokhale submitted that this meeting was projected by the NIA as a conspiracy for the blasts. Since the attendance in the meeting was while acting in discharge of official duties as an army officer, sanction under Section 197(2) was necessary, Gokhale argued.Purohit was also reinstated in the Army in 2017, after spending nine years in jail and the MCOCA charges against him were dropped by the NIA, Gokhale submitted.The bench has listed the case for further hearing to February 2.The relatives of the victims have sought to intervene in Purhoti’s petition. Senior Adv B A Desai (former Additional Solicitor General of India) along with Adv Sharif Shaikh, Adv Shahid Nadeem, Adv Kritika Agarwal, Adv Hetali Sheth are representing them.Next Storylast_img read more

HR is central to creating dynamic business teams

first_imgHR has a critical role to play in helping employers adapt to the rapidlychanging business environment, claimed Lloyds TSB chairman Maarten van denBergh at a seminar last week. Van den Bergh said that increasing globalisation, the decline in the stockmarket and the growth of Europe as an economic entity had irrevocably changedthe UK business climate. He explained it has created a younger generation ofself-confident, ambitious staff that are demanding challenging multi-companycareers on high remuneration. “HR can be a catalyst for change in enabling organisations to recruit,motivate and retain the best of this generation,” he said. It will alsoplay a central role in developing the leadership needed to run a dynamic modernbusiness, he added. Firms increasingly need a broad base of talent, he said. “If yourcompany is going for revenue growth, you need different people from those thatare trying to create cost efficiencies,” he said. At the Michael Page Human Resources Seminar, he warned against a consensusstyle of management. “If the board thinks the same, it will be bad newsfor the company. You need people who have imagination and vision for growth,and different, analytical skills for cost cutting. Diversity is an importantissue.” Effective training, mentoring and career review strategies are essential.”A major challenge for HR is keeping staff motivated. You have to investin them in order not to lose them,” he said. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. HR is central to creating dynamic business teamsOn 5 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

A global godsend

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. E-learning can play a major part in successful corporate globalisation,believes Dr Mark Dorgan, but only if it’s linked to business strategyE-Learning is used by a number of companies as an enabler to effectiveglobalisation. It is consistently seen as part of the collaborative ecosystemthat delivers speed and cost-efficiency in internal and external interactions –a facilitator of consistent business performance. It is a business processfacilitator, communications tool and a learning platform. Instead of defining e-learning as ‘online training’, these companies see itmore as ‘online access’ to skills and information that support and enhancebusiness performance and development. This includes ongoing access to knowledgerepositories, prompt routines, training media, courses and live webcasts, aspart of daily work. These cross the company’s boundaries to include suppliers,partners and customers in the learning and work processes. For best results,e-learning is jointly designed and managed by line managers, HR and ITprofessionals based on identified user group needs. Cisco is trying to streamline operations through e-learning, for example,particularly in field sales and partner training for the hundreds of newproducts introduced annually. In the past, each product team conducted newproduct roadshows in multiple locations at high cost. By deploying e-learningtechnology, it delivers live training e-broadcasts to sales and partner staffat low cost, while achieving global consistency and enhanced sales performance.Italian tyre maker Pirelli derives 90 per cent of its revenues from outsideItaly, so the consistent and co-ordinated dissemination of values, ways ofworking and product information is key to its success. It has deployed a globale-learning facility, as part of an integrated e-business strategy, to achievethe fastest introduction of new products and projects to its own and partnerstaff, supported by an online query facility. Successful applications of e-learning work best when they focus on contentand process knowledge or where they facilitate ongoing transfer of skillsthrough collaboration. What they don’t do as well is develop interpersonal andleadership skills of the management group. This is best achieved in combinationwith face-to-face interaction. Where it has been designed and deployed as an integral part of the corebusiness strategy and processes, with regard for different user groups’ needs,e-learning has been very successful as an enabler of globalisation. But an approachthat simply attempts to replicate central training activities in isolation fromother business processes delivers limited value and can even cause harm if itignores cultural differences. Dr Mark Dorgan is a member of the Management Group at PA Consulting www.paconsulting.com A global godsendOn 1 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Democrats Push To be Heard Though They Have Little Power

first_imgMay 7, 2019  By Emily KettererTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Greg Taylor told members of the Senate to “buckle up” for another one of his lengthy speeches on hate crimes.Taylor, of Indianapolis, is one of 10 Democrats in the 50-member Senate and he knows he won’t change anybody’s mind because the issue has already been decided. He and Democrats in the General Assembly are vocal even if they know it, they stand little chance of changing legislation with one party ruling the chamber.“This is the part of democracy that we all miss,” Taylor said. “Everybody believes when we get up on the floor and we’re having a discussion, we’re debating the issue.“What we’re talking about here is making sure the public understands what we’re saying.”Republicans control two-thirds or more of the seats in each chamber in the General Assembly, enough to convene and pass laws without Democrats. The last time they wielded any significant influence was in 2012 when Republicans passed right-to-work laws that undercut unions. Democrats walked out, stopping work in the House because Republicans did not have a quorum to pass laws alone. That is impossible now.The Republican party has held the supermajority in the Senate since the 1990s, but in the House, the majority parties flip-flopped until 2010 when Republicans look over and eventually gained a supermajority.Indiana joins 22 other states whose legislatures hold supermajorities in one or both chambers, and the state is one of 16 Republican supermajorities.The GOP controls so many seats because Indiana is a red state, said Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis. He said there may be one or two Indiana districts that maybe don’t belong in his party, but overall, Republicans still win the most votes.“We run good campaigns,” Merritt said. “It’s still a Republican state.”That doesn’t mean they leave the Democrats out on the Senate floor, even though they could, he said.But on a major vote Senate Republicans did vote on bills without Democrats present. That happened in February after Democrats walked out in protest to an amendment that stripped down the hate crimes bill.That was a rare event, Merritt said, adding, “It happened once this year, but that was because we had to get work done.”But most of the time the GOP majority includes the minority party, Merritt said. “They’re Hoosiers. It’s important to have a bridge between the two parties.”Still, being in a minority position left Democrats to address the issues on their agenda through amendments to existing bills.Raising teacher pay was one of their biggest goals and Rep. Ed DeLaney, D-Indianapolis, offered amendments to raise salaries to a $40,000 minimum. He was quickly shut down.Paid family leave was another issue, and Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Portage, had a bill that passed the Senate but failed to get a hearing in the House.And on the budget, Democrats in the House called 27 amendments and only passed one and a half, which did include protections for pre-existing conditions in health insurance. The Senate Democrats passed five budget amendments out of 31 called.As a result of the imbalance in power, much of the debate occurs within the parties behind closed doors in caucus meeting without input from the other side. Democrats argue that even though those meetings are legal for both parties, they discourage open debate and undermine democracy.“While we’re talking about what-ifs,” Taylor said of Democrats. “They’re [Republicans] talking about what’s going to happen.”This was made clear during the process of passing the hate crimes legislation. Senate Republicans made the decision in caucus to strip out the list of protected characteristics, including race, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability and more, from the original bill. The Democrats protested the change, and there was little debate from the majority party on the floor and the bill passed without the list.“A lot of people that day didn’t talk on the topic because we did more listening than we did talking,” Merritt said. “The chamber hadn’t been that quiet all session.”Similarly, in the House, a public committee hearing was not given to the original hate crimes bill, and Republicans added hate crimes language into a drug sentencing bill. This was all done behind closed doors in caucus meetings.“What happened in the House was obnoxious, cowardly, disrespectful misuse of the system,” said Tallian on the Senate floor as senators were about to send the bill to the governor. “There was no committee debate. Instead, it was slipped in a second-reading amendment like a thief in the night.”However, Merritt said party caucus meetings are not used to make decisions behind closed doors. He said he and his party use their meetings to learn more about the issues to be on the same page because some lawmakers know more about a topic than others.“We haven’t squashed debate,” Merritt said. “I really didn’t know a lot about payday loans until we started caucusing, just having conversations. You can’t really do that on the floor.”But having a majority that can do what they want without the other party ultimately doesn’t serve the legislature very well, said Republican Rep. Dan Leonard of Huntington, who has been in both the minority and majority party during his time in the General Assembly.He said he hates supermajorities because that can lead to the majority party getting “sloppy” when passing bills. He said in order to pass better legislation, both parties need to have equal say.“You get to the point where I could say, ‘I don’t want to listen to you, I don’t have time for you. And it’s not going to make a difference anyway because we’re going to outvote you,’” Leonard said. “A supermajority makes it worse because we don’t even need the Democrats. They can just walk out.”Bringing the voices “There’s a lot of things that the Indiana Democrats would probably love to see pass in the legislation, but they know darn well that’s not going to happen,” said Laura Merrifield Wilson, assistant professor of political science at the University of Indianapolis.“They can’t necessarily prevent bills from becoming laws, but they can do everything in their power to challenge and critically analyze.”Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, said as the minority, they know they don’t have a huge impact, and they also know they can’t just do nothing.“We may not have the votes all the time, but we have the voices,” Lanane said. “And if we just sit there and do nothing, then we have failed.”In the House, DeLaney said he feels like he is shouting into the void to his Republican colleagues because sometimes they don’t always pay attention to him.He cited the cigarette tax as an example. He said no one in the Republican party will get up and say that smoking isn’t bad, but still won’t listen to Democrats. An amendment to increase the tax was proposed one final time on the state budget when it was in the Senate, and Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, said––speaking on behalf of the Senate Republicans–– he and the caucus support a tax, just not this year.Merrifield Wilson said in most cases, the Indiana Democrats have to stick together to keep their numbers in votes, and for Republicans, they are at a bigger risk for speaking out against their own party in terms of their reputation.“For the Republicans that disagree, you’re not disagreeing with the opposition here, you’re disagreeing with your own party. There’s a lot more at stake for them … they understand the larger picture,” Merrifield Wilson said.But Merritt said members of his party feel free to vote their conscience and cites the Senate’s original hate crimes bill as an example. He was among seven Senate Republicans to vote against the stripped-down legislation.“What I do is when I do that, I make myself clear on what my position is,” he said.Like hate crimes, there are issues that cut across party lines. The bill that expands gambling to allow sports wagering and a new casino in Terre Haute needed the support of both parties. The final vote in the House was 59-36 with 22 Democrats and 37 Republicans voting yes.At the end of the session, Lanane noted that Democrats were instrumental in killing a controversial payday lending bill that would have allowed lenders to charge interest rates far exceeding the state’s 72 percent annual limit.“Thank goodness for the Democrats,” he said.FOOTNOTE: Emily Ketterer is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Down on the farm

first_imgSpring Lane Farm in Mapperley, Nottingham, is a working farm, solely producing products to sell on-site – from free range eggs and vegetables to fresh meat.The idea of opening a bakery evolved because the butchery was having to sell forequarter meat from the cattle as stewing steak and mince. So they decided to use it to make pies and, coupled with customer demand, the prospect of a bakery became more commercially appealing.Mark says: “All our beef is home-produced as are all the vegetables and free-range eggs, so it was just a question of squeezing as much value out of our products as we could.”The bakery, aided by a Defra grant of £38,000 under the Rural Enterprise Scheme, which helps farmers adapt to changing markets and develop new business opportunities, took 12 months to complete.Housed in a converted Dutch Barn, the bakery and shop is a 45ft x 30ft steel-framed building with a cement fibre roof, which sits next to the farm shop. The one-time redundant farm building, now converted into a bakery, sits on a 250-acre site, and complements the existing butchery and farm shop.keeping it in the familyThe farm and bakery, which opened in September 2006, are owned by the Spencer family, which has been farming there since 1939.The farm is now run by two generations – Cyril and Dorothy and their son Mark, 36, and his wife Claire. Much of the conversion work was carried out by Mark and Cyril to make the project more cost-effective.The Spencers chose to go down the route of handmade traditionally baked, high-quality products. Speciality bread includes tomato and herb, date and walnut, blue cheese and walnut, and cheese and onion. Other bread includes white, wholemeal, Granary and white Granary, using Hovis flour.Cakes, scones and tarts sit at the top end of the range and are all crammed with extra ingredients such as raisins or chocolate. Currant bread and teacakes are proving immensely popular.EQUIPMENT SOURCINGMuch of the equipment for the bakery was sourced through a local company, based in nearby Hucknall, which specialises in reconditioned and second-hand equipment. Mark’s wife, Claire, who manages both the farm shop and bakery, says: “We bought a 12-tray four-deck oven, pastry break and bun divider and a couple of mixers, plus other bits and pieces. The shelving came from the stockist we used before to equip the farm shop.”We wanted to keep the whole feel rustic and rural-looking because, after all, we are on a working farm.”All the products are packaged bearing the Spring Lane Farm logo, which is printed at point of sale. “It has been an expensive venture to get going, so we have had to watch our outlay. One of our best investments has been the logo, which has paid dividends because customers now start to recognise our goods as a brand. They like that because it gives them continuity.”The shop’s customer base is mainly local people who are interested in how and where their food is produced. If a customer goes into the butchery department, they can see the meat being cut up and prepared. The same is true with the bakery, where they can see bread and cakes being made.The bakery also supplies one or two local nursing homes and children’s nurseries and carries out the occasional delivery.The most valuable marketing tool has been word-of-mouth and the farm produces a quarterly newsletter to keep its customers informed about any new developments.Claire says: “It has taken a lot of hard work to get the project up and running, but it is lovely to see it come to fruition, and we are really excited about it.” n—-=== Planning problems ===Although the family are essentially farmers, they are happy to have gone down the diversification route with their shops, because it means they can carry on doing what they love – farming – and still make a living from the land by supplying local demand. But plans to diversify have met with one major stumbling block: the local council.”We have been on a steep learning curve and we have had to take every opportunity to diversify,” says Claire. “We have a farm shop, butchery, bakery and the farm, so where do we go next? Well the natural thing seems to be – and our customers have already started to mention it – a coffee shop.”However it has all been a complicated process because, technically, we are in a greenbelt area and we have a constant battle with our local planning authority. It is so infuriating because we are an expanding business employing more and more local staff, but they don’t seem to see that.”We still have redundant farm buildings on our land which we could convert into a coffee shop, so we wouldn’t even be putting up a new building on a greenbelt site,” she adds. “In the long term, we want to make it a nice experience for our customers and if that means a coffee shop as well, then we will try to make it happen.”—-=== Rural job creation ===The bakery installation created four jobs, including a bakery manager and an assistant manager.Bakery manager Bob Crampton, now 57, owned a wholesale bakery in nearby Carlton for 25 years and, after selling it as a going concern, retired for three years. However, he found he missed the baking side, but not the hassle of running his own business. So when the opportunity arose at Spring Lane Farm, he jumped at it.The first time he saw the bakery it was an empty shell and he says he was “just so excited about the prospect of being in at the beginning of a new project”.Assistant bakery manager Mark Riddle comes from a mixed background of in-store and craft bakeries. “I just like the whole traditional craft baking approach because I prefer to create the goods from scratch. There is no par-baking or premixes, it’s about weighing up individual ingredients and we know exactly what is being put in the bread, how it will come out and that the quality will be the best possible.”Manager Claire Spencer adds: “We decided right from the start that we would employ bakery staff, as we were naive about the industry. The bakery would have been too much for me to manage, so I pay the wages and look after the staff. Bob and Mark do what they love doing best – baking.”last_img read more