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first_img6.30amThe alarm goes off and I head for the kitchen, where I make myself a cup of tea. The first cup of the day is always the best! Before long, I hear my family up and about. My youngest daughter Caron is a real morning person – must take after her old man.7.15amI leave my house in the Lake District and head for the office on the Wirral. I’m no sooner out of the drive than the phone rings – it’s one of my key account managers calling with good news. We’ve recently conducted trials for a key customer on one of our soft roll concentrates. The results have been extremely positive and we’ve won the business. What a result!I turn on the radio for the news headlines, then switch to Radio 2.9.00amI arrive at the office in record time, despite being bumper-to-bumper along the M6. I start reading my e-mails, when our head of product development drops in. He updates me on a new cake mix we’re developing – it’s looking very promising and we agree the next step is to run a trial with a customer. We’re conscious that consumer demands are constantly changing, which is why we continually seek to innovate and update our products.9.30amI listen to my messages – there’s one from the sales director at one of our major wholesalers. I call him back and he tells me one of our competitors is looking to gain market share in a particular area – something we’re keen to prevent. We discuss how best to tackle this and end the call on a happy note – one of the products we’ve been promoting is selling better than ever. Onwards and upwards!10.00amI grab a cup of coffee on the way to meet the marketing team. Top of the agenda are plans for the launch of our new range of healthier bread ingredients. The range consists of concentrates and dough conditioners that respond to the healthy eating trend, including low-GI, reduced salt, higher fibre and clean label propositions. Research shows us there’s a massive demand for ’bread with bits in’ and this has created a major buzz internally in anticipation of the launch. We’re keen to help bakers remind their customers that bread is good for you and understand the benefits of the healthier options available.Staying with the better-for-you theme, we discuss plans to further promote the Apricot and Raisin Cookie, launched at this year’s IFE trade show, following the success of our Nestlé branded lines, and it’s performing well in terms of both sales and positive feedback. The product appeals to both adults and children as it’s a healthier alternative to traditional sweet treats.11.30pmI start work on a presentation for the next monthly meeting of the European leadership team in Italy. At these meetings we share best practice in terms of product development and new ideas. We’re part of CSM, Europe’s largest bakery supplier, and we like to pool our ideas regularly.12.30pmTime for lunch and I head to the staff canteen, where I bump into my colleagues from other departments. We have a quick chat before I return to my office for an appointment. It’s a hectic day, but I really enjoy being on the go.1.00pmI meet with Julie, one of my key account managers, who is also mentor to the latest trainee joining the company’s graduate training scheme. We plan an induction programme, giving our new recruit a taste of all areas of the business. After two years, he should be ready to join our sales team as a fully fledged account executive.2.30pmI meet with the human resources manager to review applications we’ve received for a vacancy in my team. There are a few promising candidates and we agree to invite them for interview next week.3.45pmI put the finishing touches to another presentation for our national sales conference next week. I’m pleased to see that the figures look healthy – we must be doing something right.4.30pmIt’s time to prepare for a meeting tomorrow with one of our customers in Wales. I’ll be seeing one of my account managers beforehand to review progress.I try to touch base with each member of the team regularly for a one-to-one, to stay informed of their progress. I’m delighted to lead such a closely knit team.5.30pmI leave the office and head home. This is one of the best parts of the day, as I can really relax and gather my thoughts. As I approach the Lake District, I take in a gorgeous view of the fells – perhaps I’ll get my walking boots on and head out there this weekend…7.30pmI arrive home and my wife Jacqueline has prepared dinner. We catch up on the events of the day.My evenings are spent with my family. Tonight, my daughter, Nadia, shows me some of her homework. I don’t remember it being so difficult when I was at school, but then that was some time ago. nlast_img read more


Installation team needed for Danish offshore wind farms

first_imgVesterhav Syd and Vesterhav Nord will comprise a total of 41 Siemens Gamesa 8.4 MW turbines with a combined capacity of 344.4 MW. The wind farms are located nine and eight kilometres off the Danish western coast, respectively. The tender is divided into three lots and covers the installation of the foundations, the cables, and the wind turbines. Back in May, the Danish Energy Agency opened a public consultation on the new EIA reports, with the final permits expected to be issued in September or October. Vattenfall had initially planned to commission the two wind farms in 2020, but the developer had to delay the two projects after the Danish Energy Agency initiated new environmental impact assessment (EIA) processes. Vattenfall has issued a tender for installation works on two wind farms in the Danish North Sea – Vesterhav Syd and Vesterhav Nord.center_img The contracts are scheduled to run from July 2021 to the end of 2023. The tender will remain open until 20 October. The Swedish energy company subsequently canceled several ongoing tenders related to the projects, including the ones for the installation works. Vattenfall has since changed the layout of the wind farms, pushing the wind turbines as far offshore as possible. last_img read more


Sterling Hofrichter tries to fill Riley Dixon’s void

first_img Published on September 7, 2016 at 11:30 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ Gone are the days of Syracuse punter Heisman campaigns. So too, presumably, are the highlight-reel fake punts on fourth downs. Riley Dixon is starting for the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos now. Syracuse has Sterling Hofrichter.Who?“You’re talking about my punter?” Dino Babers said with a laugh when asked about Hofrichter on Wednesday’s Atlantic Coast Conference coaches teleconference.A relative unknown in the post-Dixon era, Hofrichter recognizes he can’t replicate the star that Dixon became amid a tumultuous 2015 season. After all, he’s eight inches shorter and 36 pounds lighter than Dixon was last year, and his 5-foot-9, 183-pound frame makes him the shortest and second-lightest starting punter in the Atlantic Coast Conference. But after a year under Dixon’s tutelage, Hofrichter will continue his turn in the punter’s spotlight when Syracuse (1-0) faces No. 13 Louisville (1-0) in the Carrier Dome Friday at 8 p.m.“You can’t really try to be like Riley,” Hofrichter said. “Two different people … I guess to other people there is pressure, but I’m trying to just think of it as there’s no pressure. Just come in, just try to do what I can do.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDixon’s rise originated when he was a walk-on from local Christian Brothers (New York) Academy. His ascendance has reached its peak five years later, as Dixon unseated longtime NFL punter Britton Colquitt in Denver. Hofrichter has been on scholarship from the start but is only one game into his collegiate career after redshirting last year.What Hofrichter learned from Dixon was to keep it simple. Don’t try and blast the ball as far as possible. Keep your mechanics fine-tuned and under control. Think small, then big punts will come.Hofrichter pointed out stark differences in the way each punts the ball, and the results stem from the noted size difference. While Dixon launches the ball at a much higher trajectory, predicating his success on sheer power, Hofrichter hits more of a line drive.“With Riley, since he’s taller, he’s able to get the ball to shoot up more and then go out,” Hofrichter said. “For me, since I’m shorter, my balls more kind of just fly out and they usually flutter on the way down which helps it get more hang time.”Hofrichter has one goal for each of his punts: force the returner into a fair catch. He leans on that hang time to allow Syracuse’s gunners to get downfield when Hofrichter doesn’t force a fair catch. Against Colgate, he forced them on two of his three punts. Colgate’s only return went 9 yards.His 45.3-yard average in the season-opener is better than Dixon’s 43.7-yard average from a year ago. If anything, it’s a start.“He’s also good fundamentally, so he can attack a spot, where other athletes can’t attack a spot,” said Jamie Kohl, director of Kohl’s Kicking, Punting and Snapping Camps. “They have to be more conservative when they sling because they’re not as sure with their rhythm or with the ball when it leaves their hand, where it’s gonna be. Sterling knows where it’s gonna be so he can be more aggressive.“Combine that with his leg speed and that’s where you get him being very effective at the college level as a punter.”Two years ago, Scott Shafer offered Hofrichter a scholarship when he saw him kick a 55-yard field goal in Seffner, Florida, where Hofrichter attended Armwood (Florida) High School. Two years later, he’s only punting, and he prefers focusing on one special teams discipline for now.All he wants to do is get experience. And with the task of replacing one of Syracuse’s most beloved players and one of the country’s best punters, that’s not a bad place to start.“I think he’s a really good punter,” Babers said. “I hope not to use him too much, but I think he has the ability to be an excellent punter for us.” Commentslast_img read more


Erickson: Duggan frontrunner for Kazmaier Award

first_imgYup, you guessed it, women’s hockey again.Early Thursday morning, the USA Hockey Foundation released this season’s Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award finalists.While three Badgers – forwards Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight and Brianna Decker – were all under consideration, Duggan and Knight made it into the top 10. Noora R?ty of Minnesota and Laura Fortino from Minnesota-Duluth also represent the WCHA in the list of finalists.The award is given to the nation’s best female hockey player (comparable to the men’s Hobey Baker Award). Criteria for the award include individual and team skills, sportsmanship, clutch performance, character, competitiveness and an overall love for hockey. The player’s academics and civic involvement are also considered.While the nation’s best from each position are represented, Duggan leads the field, with Knight and Mercyhurst’s Meghan Agosta close behind her.In her career, Duggan has played 154 games, accruing a total of 230 points off 104 goals and 126 assists. Duggan has also scored 31 power play goals, five short-handed goals and 14 game winning goals. She boasts a plus/minus of plus-160 while also only sitting in the penalty box 66 times in her four-year career at Wisconsin.And she still has a few more games to play.Knight does present a good challenge to Duggan with 111 goals, but she has only 85 assists for a total of 196 points. Of course, those 34 fewer points come with one fewer season played.Looking at this season alone, Duggan trumps Knight and the other finalists.Duggan and Agosta are tied at 79 points to lead the nation, but Duggan has two more goals. Again, Knight is close behind with 75 points (and Decker is right after her with 72).Knight leads the nation in goals with 46, but she has only 29 assists on the season to Duggan’s 44.Looking at stats alone, Duggan and Agosta seem close. Agosta may have an edge in that respect, due to the fact she has played fewer games, but coming out of the CHA, Agosta only faced 16 conference games against the likes of Robert Morris. Duggan played 28 conference games against some of the nation’s best teams.Over winter break, Wisconsin and Mercyhurst faced off in St. Cloud, Minn. Wisconsin won 7-4. Agosta had a goal and an assist against UW freshman goaltender Alex Rigsby, while Duggan also scored a goal and posted an assist. But as a whole, Wisconsin was just too much for Mercyhurst.Sure, Agosta is keeping the race close for the award, but when it comes right down to it, the numbers Duggan has put up in the WCHA stand out more than the numbers Agosta has put up in the CHA.As I’ve mentioned before, the WCHA – especially on the women’s side – is to hockey what the SEC is in football.Week in and week out, Duggan plays some of the toughest teams in the nation. Right now, there are four WCHA teams in the top 10, while Mercyhurst is the only top 10 team in the CHA at No. 4 – behind both No. 1 Wisconsin and No. 3 Minnesota.Thursday night Duggan was named the WCHA Player of the Year after posting 61 points off of 27 goals and 34 assists through 28 conference games. Being named the player of the year out of the nation’s toughest conference proves Duggan is one of the best players in the country, if not the best.Agosta’s stats are impressive, but playing in a league where the competition isn’t exactly the strongest makes it a little easier to put up such good stats.Take last year’s Heisman Trophy race, for example. Kellen Moore may have had an impressive season, but playing in the WAC how do you not post impressive stats? No harm to Moore, but it’s no wonder why Cam Newton won. He ultimately led his team to the national championship coming out of the SEC, so of course his stats looked more impressive.But beyond the ice, Duggan is also one of the most appreciative and humble players in the league.Although she hates to lose, she also puts her team first, leading by example.“This place has given me everything and more,” Duggan said before senior day. “It’s changed my life a lot in the last four years. I owe everything I’ve been through to Wisconsin, the program, the staff and everything.”A few weekends ago Duggan broke UW’s points record of 220 points against Minnesota State Feb. 18, breaking the record with three assists in that game. Duggan had two goals and five assists in the record-breaking series.Duggan would rather share the puck and create better opportunities for her team to score and ultimately win than keep track of her total goals on the season.Sure, Agosta and Knight have also had strong, impressive seasons, but Duggan outshines them not only with a slight edge in stats – especially coming out of the WCHA – but also in her leadership and presence on the ice.Duggan’s one of the nation’s best, and she is the perfect candidate to bring the Patty Kazmaier Award back to Wisconsin.Kelly is a sophomoreintending to major in journalism. Do you think the Patty Kazmaier Award willreturn to Wisconsin? Send her your thoughts at [email protected]last_img read more


Fowler has one shot lead at US Open

first_imgPhoto © – Tipp FM Rickie Fowler takes a one shot lead into the second day of the US Open.The Irish players have a bit of work to do to get back into contention.Shane Lowry is 6 off the lead on 1 under while Paul Dunne is 3 over . Graeme McDowell is 4 over while Rory McIlroy is 6 over.last_img