Guide for SMEs: starting a new food business – what you need to know

first_imgHere to Help is a campaign from the Food Standards Agency which provides easy online access to practical information and resources to support food businesses. It features tailored guidance, case studies, industry insight and webinars to help food businesses get back and stay on their feet following the challenges of Covid-19. Support will continue across the summer and will react to the changing needs of food businesses. Covid-19 is having a profound impact on how we eat and provide food. Many food businesses have diversified their offer to cater to the new normal, while lots of new home-based food businesses have started up in kitchens across the country. While opening a new business during a pandemic can be brave, start-ups must ensure food safety fundamentals are in place.So in the latest of our Guide for SMEs series, we asked Michael Jackson, head of regulatory compliance at the Food Standards Agency, for some tips on starting a new food and drink business safelyThe Food Standards Agency understands how difficult it’s been for the foodservice sector over recent months and is keen to support new businesses that have opened under these challenging circumstances.However, it’s important if you’re selling, cooking, storing, handling, preparing or distributing food, you know that you have a legal obligation to register your food business with the local authority or council.Many people are unaware that registration applies to all food businesses, whether you are a café or cooking from home and selling online.To help new food businesses open and operate safely, the FSA has designed guidance for starting a food business from home which covers what you need to know to keep the food you serve safe and get compliant.Getting the food safety basics right takes time, but it’s essential to ensure you are compliant and keeping your customers safe. Registration is free and takes a matter of minutes online.You can’t be refused, and once registered your local authority will decide on the type of appropriate food hygiene inspection, to assess whether your food preparation areas and procedures are suitable.To help you get your new business up and running, here are five practical tips from the FSA’s Here to Help guide to get you on the right path:1. Kickstart your new food business by registering with the local authority. This will be the local authority or council whose jurisdiction covers the area where your business will be based. You must do this at least 28 days prior to starting your business. If you haven’t done this yet, do it as soon as possible. If you are not sure if you should register, contact your local authority or council for guidance.2. Food businesses must use HACCP procedures or a HACCP-based Food Safety Management System. Our Safer food, better business packs (the Safe catering pack in Northern Ireland) have been designed to help small businesses with this. They also cover ‘the four Cs’ of cleaning, cooking, chilling and cross-contamination so that you know how to embed the fundamentals of good food hygiene in your business.3. You must provide allergen information to your customers on any of the 14 allergens specified by food law. Customers with a food allergy can become seriously ill through eating the wrong type of food and your business will be liable if they have been provided inaccurate allergen information. We have free online food allergy training to help you learn about allergen labelling and best practice.4. Wherever food is served, it is important to demonstrate you have complied with food safety law. While a food hygiene training certificate is not compulsory, it might be useful to pursue food hygiene training to improve your knowledge. Accredited training providers are available, and your local authority will be able to advise on which course is most suitable for your needs.5. If you are delivering food or supplying other businesses, your vehicle must comply with hygiene requirements for transporting food. You should also use appropriate food-grade packaging to keep your food safe and avoid cross-contamination. Our food safety for food delivery guidance has more information on the regulations and hygiene requirements you need to follow.For more on the practical steps on how to start a food business from home, visit the FSA’s Here to Help guidance.last_img read more

EWP Starts Procurement Phase for Jaffa Port Project Expansion

first_imgEco Wave Power has finished the design and engineering of its Jaffa Port project expansion and started procurement of parts for the construction of the plant.The project, co-funded by the Israeli Energy Ministry, is planned to include the construction and installation of ten floaters on 30 linear meters of a pre-existing breakwater within the port, having an installed capacity of 100kW.Each floater will have a surface area of 8.54 square meters.As part of EWP’s strategic cooperation with Siemens, the company will use only Siemens products and technology for its electric system and grid connection works, and in turn Siemens will dedicate its knowledge and resources for an upgrade of EWP’s electrical components and transmission to the grid, to enhance the electrical system’s efficiency.The companies are also reviewing the possibility of expanding their strategic cooperation to EWP’s near future commercial scale installations.Inna Braverman, CEO of Eco Wave Power, said: “This is a new and exciting era for wave energy. We are proud to work in partnership with large global industry leaders such as Siemens and we are looking forward to continue the positioning of wave energy as a feasible and reliable source of clean electricity”The Jaffa port expansion will be EWP’s second grid connected project after the launch of its Gibraltar project in 2016.last_img read more

Let us go elsewhere

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 28 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Photo credit: thomaspringle.comI want to comment on two features of today’s Gospel. First, in the midst of his work and the great response the work inspired –“The whole town came crowding round the door.” “Everybody is looking for you.” — Jesus takes time to go off by himself and pray.It was his standard practice, as the other Gospels indicate, and from it we can draw some important inferences. It was how he was able to remain connected to his source, to be clear about his priorities, and to act with purpose and freedom.You notice that it is in the midst of busyness that he goes off; he does not allow himself to be overtaken by his work. He does not say: “This is too important for me to go away now. I have to be here.” We say that all the time about a host of less important things.Secondly, he goes off to a place where he won’t be disturbed. “A lonely place”, the text says. Around Nazareth there were wide stretches of desert or barren spaces. For Jesus, quite unlike our surroundings, this was his ordinary environment. We don’t have to go looking for “some deserted place” to recollect ourselves. A bedroom will do. “Long before dawn,” he went off, we are told further. Again, this is not a prescription for getting up at 4 am. It means at a time when he was least likely to be disturbed. It need not be 4 am for us; it could just as readily be 9 am, or if you’re working, 9 pm.The second feature I’d like to comment on comes at the end of the passage. We are told that when he came out of his time of prayer, the disciples say to him: “Everyone’s looking for you.” He doesn’t say in reply: “OK then, send the first one in.” He says: “Let us go elsewhere.” There is obviously great need where he is, but he says “Let us go elsewhere”. That ‘elsewhere’ is somewhere neglected, where work has not been done, or not yet been done. Let us go there.One must imagine what great level of freedom this implies. Freedom and clarity of purpose. He is quite clear what he is about, what he needs to do, and how he ought to apportion his time. It need not have corresponded to what the disciples thought, or what their view of priorities may have been. He decides what he must do.Going against expectations in situations like this or analogous to this takes courage. People say: you’re doing great work here, we admire what you do, we want it to continue, and so on. And sometimes one has to disappoint them and have the courage to do something else.Let me take a very familiar example. Before he became identified with SERVOL, Fr. Gerry Pantin was a teacher in St Mary’s College. I am pretty sure he was a good teacher, and if a poll had been taken as to whether or not he should leave St Mary’s and go up to Laventille to start something, I rather suspect that the majority of those polled would have said: why do you want to do that? We need you here; you’re doing great work here. Everybody wants you to stay. The point is not that great work was not being done at St Mary’s or would not have continued to be done, but that there were other needs in his mind, and he answered: I have to go elsewhere.We are sometimes faced with situations like these, not as life-altering perhaps, but not less significant for all that, when we are asked to show courage and “go elsewhere.” It is in listening to a personal summons grounded in private prayer that we discover what is right for us. It is also there that we get the courage to obey the summons we get.To follow Jesus, I have often said, is not to imitate him literally. This is often impossible. It means incorporating a personal structure in our lives similar to his. This is essentially true, I think. On occasion, however, literalness has its place. Sometimes we must simply do the very thing we see him doing.By: Father Henry Charles PhD Share FaithLifestyleLocalNews Let us go elsewhere by: – February 4, 2012last_img read more

Hughes slams Atkinson performance

first_imgStoke boss Mark Hughes hit out at referee Martin Atkinson after being sent to the stands as his nine men succumbed to a 5-1 drubbing at Newcastle. Hughes was particularly unhappy with Whelan’s treatment on an afternoon when little went right for his team. He said: “He booked Glenn Whelan, so he is saying, for kicking the ball away. Well, I didn’t hear the whistle, Glenn Whelan certainly didn’t hear the whistle, Cabaye didn’t hear the whistle because he carried on and went over the top on Glenn Whelan. That’s why he reacted. “The only person who knew, apparently, that the whistle had been blown was the referee, so he is saying he has kicked the ball away while play was still continuing, in my view. “An experienced referee, you expect them to understand the emotion of the game. Glenn made another challenge, which was an innocuous challenge, in my view. “Cabaye didn’t do him any favours and went down too easily, but Martin Atkinson is an experienced referee and he should read that. “In my view, he was too ready to give a second yellow.” Stoke, who were leading through Oussama Assaidi’s superb 29th-minute strike, were also aggrieved not to be awarded a penalty of their own for handball against Mike Williamson when the Magpies broke and levelled through Remy, who had failed to convert from the spot seconds earlier. In addition, Hatem Ben Arfa looked to have run the ball out of play before he set up Yoan Gouffran’s 48th-minute strike, and further goals from Remy, Cabaye and substitute Papiss Cisse, who scored his first Barclays Premier League goal since April, completed what became a rout. Manager Alan Pardew said: “It was a funny afternoon. It wasn’t a funny afternoon after 35 minutes or whatever because the change we made wasn’t quite working out for us and Stoke had a good foothold in the game. “We were struggling to get any rhythm to our play and if I am honest, I was just waiting to get to half-time. “Then in the second half, I asked the team to be clinical, to move the ball quickly, and it couldn’t have gone any better. We were very, very good in the second half. “I thought the Stoke players, all nine of them, conducted themselves very, very well considering the pressure of having to play against what we had on the pitch at that time.” The Welshman was ordered from the dug-out after he reacted in fury to the dismissal of midfielder Glenn Whelan, and he was still making his way to his new vantage point when defender Marc Wilson followed inside three dreadful first-half minutes at St James’ Park with the visitors leading 1-0. Whelan picked up two yellow cards, the first for kicking the ball away and clashing with Yohan Cabaye after being penalised for a foul on Moussa Sissoko, and the second for a foul on Cabaye. Wilson followed in short order for hauling down Loic Remy inside the box and although keeper Thomas Sorensen saved the resulting spot-kick, the writing was on the wall for the Potters. Asked if it had simply been one of those days, Hughes said: “One of those days? For certain individuals, I think. I think the referee needs to look at his performance. “From one of our arguably most senior referees, I was absolutely dismayed by his performance, to be perfectly honest. “Up to the point where the first sending-off was given, I thought we were totally in control of the game. “We were 1-0 to the good, Newcastle were finding it very difficult to really have an impact on the game. “We were very much in control of the game and then the referee makes a couple of decisions which change the course of the game. “We all say, managers, players, everybody, that you just want the referees to make decisions that are correct and make the key decisions that don’t have a direct impact on the result. “Unfortunately, some of Martin’s decisions today had a direct impact on the result.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Barcelona battle to secure draw against Girona

first_imgBarcelona: Barcelona managed a 2-2 draw after fighting hard to overcome a 1-2 deficit against Girona following the expulsion of Clement Lenglet, but not the win they craved for at Camp Nou.Both the Girona goals were scored by Uruguayan Christian Stuani here on Sunday, reports Efe.Girona came out with a vengeance, with Bernardo heading its first shot on goal just two minutes into play, but Marc-Andre Ter Stegen blocked it. It then dominated the first 15 minutes of play, with Lionel Messi driving toward the goal in the 12th minute, powering right to left across the pitch and leaving three rival players behind along the way, although Bono managed to deflect the shot.Seven minutes later, however, Chile’s Arturo Vidal made a beautiful and perfect pass to Messi, which the latter converted on a powerful shot, getting the home squad on the board and scoring his eighth tally in six games.In the 35th minute, Pere Pons collided knee to knee with Lenglet and, upon consultation, the referee concluded that the Frenchman had committed a red-card fowl by purposefully elbowing his rival in the face and sent him packing.Pique was to blame for allowing Girona’s first goal, however, after he made a lackadaisical attempt at a clearance that enabled Stuani to take Aday Benitez’s cross and tap the ball past Ter Stegen for the equalizer.After the break, Pique was once again the one largely responsible for allowing the visitors to go ahead, first being outrun by Portu and then bringing the striker down from behind on an apparent uncalled penalty, although Portu sprang up and fired – with Ter Stegen deflecting the shot right to Stuani, who popped the rebound into the top of the net.In the 62nd minute, Messi and Luis Suarez were on hand to try for another tally, but the latter’s shot went awry and Pique – redeeming himself – scored on a header to salvage the draw from the jaws of a sure defeat.With the result, Barcelona saw their perfect La Liga record this season busted and lost their two-point advantage in the standings over Real Madrid, but they did manage to return to the No. 1 spot in the table, albeit only on goal difference.Girona, meanwhile, moved up to sixth place after the match played before some 76,000 fans on a very hot and humid Barcelona night. ianslast_img read more

USC’s Shaw injured while saving drowning nephew

first_imgSenior cornerback/safety Josh Shaw proved deserving of his title of co-captain this weekend, but at quite a cost.Just hours after being named one of six team captains at the annual Salute to Troy on Saturday night, Shaw sidelined himself indefinitely by sustaining two high ankle sprains.The Palmdale, California native was attending a family function at his cousin’s apartment when he saw his 7-year-old nephew Carter struggling in the pool, unable to swim. Shaw jumped down from a second-story balcony and landed on the concrete, spraining both of his ankles before crawling into the pool and dragging his nephew out.Shaw, who transferred to USC from Florida in 2012, remained humble about the event and positive about the rehabilitation process that lies ahead.“I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew,” Shaw told USCTrojans.com. “My ankles really hurt, but I am lucky to be surrounded by the best trainers and doctors in the world. I am taking my rehab one day at a time, and I hope to be back on the field soon.”Despite being disappointed about losing Shaw indefinitely, USC head coach Steve Sarkisian praised Shaw’s character.“That was a heroic act by Josh, putting his personal safety aside,” Sarkisian said. “But that’s the kind of person he is. It is unfortunate that he’ll be sidelined for a while and we will miss his leadership and play, but I know he’ll be working hard to get back on the field as soon as possible.”Indeed, the Trojans will miss the versatile defensive back. In 14 games last year, Shaw recorded 67 total tackles and four interceptions. High ankle sprains typically take around six weeks to heal.Shaw has been open about dealing with adversity in the past. At USC’s student-athlete graduation in May, Shaw told the story of transferring to USC to be closer to his ailing grandfather and to help with the family business.“Life doesn’t always work out the way you planned,” Shaw said. “When and perhaps if you are met with challenges, my fellow graduates, don’t give up. Never accept no for an answer, for we are Trojans.”last_img read more

Warren pledges to revoke pipeline permits on tribal lands

first_imgSIOUX CITY — Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren Monday began her appearance at a forum in Sioux City hosted by Native Americans by saying she was there “to pay my respects” and, during brief opening remarks, Warren brought up the controversy over her claims of Native American ancestry.“Like anyone who’s being honest with themselves, I know that I have made mistakes,” Warren said. “I am sorry for harm that I have caused. I have listened and I have learned a lot and I am grateful for the many conversations that we have had together.”Warren has said that based on family stories, she grew up in Oklahoma believing she had Native American ancestors. On Friday, Warren released a plan to address issues of concern among Native Americans, as well as natives of Alaska and Hawaii. She emphasized those proposals today in Sioux City.“Issues like preventing suicide and missing and murdered indigenous women,” Warren said, “and trying to get full funding for health care and for housing.”Warren is among eight Democratic presidential candidates scheduled to speak at the two-day event. Warren has promised that if she’s elected president, she’ll honor treaty obligations with Native Americans and indigenous peoples — and protect tribal lands.“I will revoke the permit for the pipelines,” Warren said, to cheers.Warren got a standing ovation after she was introduced to the crowd in Sioux City. Most of her time on stage was spent answering audience questions. Marianne Williamson was the first candidate to speak Monday. She said the U.S. government should apologize for various actions it has taken against Native Americans over the years.The most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates more than 16,000 Native Americans live in Iowa. Native American voters tend to support Democratic candidates and the Iowa Democratic Party includes a Native American Caucus.last_img read more

Adams easily wins re-election to Mason City council (AUDIO)

first_imgMASON CITY — Mason City voters overwhelmingly approved Paul Adams for a second term on the City Council on Tuesday. Adams received 2507 votes, or 73-percent of the ballots cast, easily handling a challenge from Max Weaver, who only received 913 votes.Listen to our full interview with Adams here Adams tells KGLO News that he couldn’t be more pleased with the margin of victory.  I’m certainly appreciative of all the support that we saw all across the city, and honored and excited to serve four more years as one of the two at-large city councilman here in Mason City.” Adams says getting almost three-quarters of the voters to back him is a statement that most residents think the city is heading in the right direction. “I don’t think I’m naive to think that everybody thinks everything is great in the city, and I certainly know that we have things that we need to work on and get better at, which is certainly part of the challenge that I look forward to. My opponent Max hats off to him for running. He always raises issues that are important to him, and certainly makes the city better, and made me a better candidate as well.” Adams says Mason City needs to continue capitalizing on the momentum that has started to build in the last few years.  “We’ve got great things going on all throughout the city, with the south end out by the Avenue of the Saints with the new Bushel Boy Farms project, all the way up to the north end with the $65 million investment that Kraft Heinz has thrown in the community, adding 32 really good paying jobs starting around $18 an hour. We need to be able to capitalize on all the positive momentum going, through all four corners of the town, and just really deliver on that momentum and turn it into gains that people can see, people can visualize, and really take into to their hands, and just be able to measure and magnify the progress that we’ve seen so far.” For Weaver, it’s the fifth straight Mason City municipal election that he has lost. Uncontested on the ballot were First Ward Councilman John Lee and Third Ward Councilman Joshua Masson. Two seats on the city’s Park Board were also uncontested, with Troy Levenhagen winning re-election and Jay Lala winning his first term to the board.last_img read more

Nottingham: Second to European champion in two years

first_imghis journey through Europe the following season could not have started in a better way. The Liverpool, champion of the two previous editions, was his first rival. As in local tournaments, the Forest was victorious and that served as a mood boost to go through phases. AEK, Grasshopper and Colonia were falling down and the Malmö waited in the final.The final of that 1978 European Cup, which obviously Nottingham won (1-0) may be the less prestigious of all that have been disputed. This is so much so that if Malmö had won that title, would be the swedish club the protagonist of this chapter of the serial Surprise Champions. But for win finals you have to play them And for this, you have to get there. And Nottingham did it. In two years the Robin Hood City Club had gone from fight for promotion First to win the most important title of the continent.The logical would be to think that after that, the clock would touch twelve and the story would end. But Clough had one last trick. The victory in the European Cup gave the Forest access to play the European Super Cup, in which they beat the Barcelona (2-1), and the automatic pass to the European Cup the following year as current champion. And the Forest did what seemed impossible: managed to revalidate the title, this time at the Santiago Bernabéu and against Hamburg, which had Kevin Keegan in their ranks, twice awarded the Ballon d’Or.With that consecutive European double, the Nottingham went down in history as the first team to have more European Cups than their country’s leagues and entered the select club of teams that have more than one Orejona, who now has eleven members: Madrid (13), Milan (7), Liverpool (6), Barça and Bayern (5) Ajax (4), Inter (3) and Juventus, Benfica and Porto (2), in addition to Forest.Clough remained at Nottingham front 18 seasons, in which the club also won two others League Cups. In season 92-93, the sale of Sheringham, the star of the team, and his problems with alcohol, they led the team to a decline that never came out. The Forest dropped and Clough left the club at the end of the season.. Today, Nottingham is the only champion in Europe, not counting the disappeared Steaua, than does not play in the First Division of his country, indeed, it came to be at the beginning of the century in the Third. And is that after the big party, Cinderella never found her shoe again. In its first season in Primera, Clough, with a team of veterans, promising youngsters and players ruled out by other teams, won the league. And with solvency, seven points from the then very powerful Liverpool. What’s more, it was 42 games unbeaten in the league, a record that was valid until 2004, when it was beaten by Arsene Wenger’s ‘The Invincibles’ Arsenal. In addition, that same season they won the League Cup. A historic double for a newly promoted. The comparisons with Leicester who won the Premier in 2016 are unavoidable. But unlike the foxes, Nottingham was not diluted, but quite the opposite: enlarged a legend in such a way that it can hardly be repeated, if not impossible. In football, Cinderella has a name: the Nottingham Forest. And also him Fairy Godmother: Brian Clough. This legendary English coach came to modest East Midlands club in january 1975, when he was a member of the English Second Division, after three seasons before would have led to Derby County to conquer the league. That was a decision that in its day was considered very surprising. In his third season at the helm of the Forest (1976-77), he promoted to FirstAnd that’s when the miracle happened. The pumpkin became a float, the rags, in a gala dress, and the humble maid, in a fairy tale princess.And it is that in late 70s Liverpool had proclaimed itself as the new king of europe. The club net lived the one that to this day continues to be his time of greatest glory, conquering in those years five leagues and two European Cups consecutively in 1977 and 1978 (he would achieve two more in the following six years). But Nottingham sneaked in his party and made all eyes turn to him.last_img read more

West Indies cricket, 50 years ago

first_imgFifty years ago, January 27, 1966, West Indies cricket came of age, fully of age. It was the first day of a regional competition, a competition that provided regular, though limited, competition of four matches per team on an annual basis, and a competition that undoubtedly lifted West Indies cricket into the company of cricket in England, Australia, South Africa, and India. Half a century ago, the Shell Shield was founded, and it signalled the start of the rise of West Indies cricket to the top. The West Indies started playing Test cricket in 1928, they made their presence felt for the first time in 1950 by beating England in England, in 1966, they had their first official and regular tournament, and by the 1980s, the West Indies were the undisputed champions of the world. Today, they are nowhere to be found, not anywhere near the top. In fact, near to the bottom of the ladder. Fifty years ago, following the illustrious careers of players like Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes, Clyde Walcott, Sonny Ramadhin, and Alfred Valentine, the Shell Shield arrived in time to complement those of great players like Garry Sobers, Rohan Kanhai, Seymour Nurse, Basil Butcher, Conrad Hunte, Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith, Lance Gibbs, Jackie Hendriks, and Deryck Murray. And it stayed around to herald the coming of champions such as Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kallicharran, Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Bernard Julien, Keith Boyce, Richie Richardson, Malcolm Marshall, and Jeffrey Dujon, to name a few. The regional competition started as the Shell Shield, it lasted until 1987 before it changed several times to include the Red Stripe Cup, the President’s Cup, the Busta Cup, and the Carib Beer Series to the present Professional Cricket League of the West Indies. It started with Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and the Combined Islands before teams from faraway places like England and Kenya were invited to participate. The regional competition, which was won by Barbados on 12 occasions in its time as the Shell Shield, was rated by many as the best first-class cricket competition in the world because of the quality of its players and the level of its competition, especially in its early years. The first regional match, known as the Shell Shield, was played between the Combined Islands and Jamaica on January 27, 28, 29, and 31 at the Antigua Recreation Ground in St Johns, Antigua, and it was a draw. It was a match in which opening batsman Teddy Griffith, playing for Jamaica, made 150 runs, the first century in the competition, opening batsman Easton McMorris scored 134 in the second innings, the first of three successive centuries, including 127 not out, out of 236 all out against Trinidad and Tobago, and 190 versus Lance Gibbs and Edwin Mohammed of Guyana. Over the years, there have been huge scores, such as the Leeward Islands 718 for seven against Kenya in Antigua in 2004, Guyana’s 641 for five declared versus Barbados in 1967, and the Leeward Islands 613 for five declared against Trinidad and Tobago at the ARG n 1984, and low scores, such as Guyana’s 41 versus Jamaica at Sabina Park in 1986, the Combined Islands 53 against Barbados at Warner Park in 1974, and 54 by the Windward Islands at Arnos Vale in 1968. SHELL SHIELD TITLE ROBBED The Shell Shield, the Red Stripe Cup, or the President’s Cup, whatever it was called, it served West Indies well, despite its many changes in scoring, which led to the result of the match between the Combined Islands and Trinidad and Tobago in 1975, according to the rules of the completion, ending as a draw instead of a tie, and robbed the Combined Islands of the title. There is also its latest change to a franchise system, with, for example, Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago, now known as the Jamaica Scorpions, the Barbados Pride, and the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force. The late Allan Rae, a former president of the West Indies Board, said on the 21st birthday of the regional competition, “One only has to compare the performances of the West Indies team before Shell’s involvement with the performances since that involvement to appreciate the force for good that the Shell Shield has been on our cricket.”last_img read more