Irn-Bru’s holiday drive

first_imgIrn-Bru is running its biggest-ever instant-win on-pack promotion this summer, offering 100 consumers an all inclusive, week-long holiday in Tenerife.The Bru-Jet promotion will appear from mid-July on a number of Irn-Bru skus including two-litre and 500ml PET bottles and multi-packs of nine and 18 x 330ml cans.Unique messages will feature on the reverse of winning pack labels, with consumers phoning a dedicated number to claim their prize. Bru-Jet-themed POS includes jet-shaped ceiling hangers, A4 posters and shelf barkers.A G Barr’s head of marketing Adrian Troy said: “Times are tough for consumers at the moment, but we’re running a promotion that will not only be fun, but will provide 100 people with an all-inclusive holiday.”We’re also offering all our consumers 10% off a summer holiday, courtesy of Barrhead travel.”last_img read more

More shoppers to cook or bake from scratch

first_imgNew research has suggested that a generation of shoppers are cooking more from scratch, aspire to shop ethically and waste less food.The study by IGD ShopperTrack research conducted a demographic breakdown comparing shoppers aged under 35 with those aged over 35It found that more than half, 51%, claim they will be cooking more from scratch – compared to 30% of over-35s.Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive, IGD, said: “This is great news for the whole food chain in the UK. The last 20 years have seen a foodie revolution as people have grown up watching celebrity chefs like Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson and Gordon Ramsay. The under-35s have travelled abroad more than their parents and grandparents. They are more aware than ever of the challenges facing our global climate. And the internet has brought recipes from around the world direct to people’s kitchens.“Our food industry continues to provide shoppers with a wide range of great quality, tasty food from around the world. They are well-placed to please younger shoppers who are more concerned with ethics, the environment and animal welfare and who select their supermarket based partly on its commitment to environmental sustainability.”The study also found:• 26% of shoppers under 35 expect to buy more organic food over the next 12 months, compared to 13% of over-35s• 43% of younger shoppers are cooking more with leftovers (compared to 30% of over-35s)• 30% are prepared to pay extra for premium quality food (compared to 16% of over-35s)• 19% of the under-35s aspire to use specialist stores (like butchers, bakers and fishmongers) more over the coming 12 months (compared to just 8% of over-35s)last_img read more

$100 million heading to Indiana to upgrade the South Shore line

first_img Twitter Google+ (953 MNC/Tommie Lee) Nearly $180 million is headed to Indiana from the federal government for transportation projects in the works throughout the state.The latest round of funding is for two projects: double tracking the South Shore Line in northern Indiana and the Purple Line bus route in Indianapolis.$77.5 million of that money will be going towards the Purple Line. IndyGo and the city of Indianapolis have been working over the last few year to install a rapid transit bus system in the Capitol City. The Red Line is already completed extending from the northern part of the city to the southern part and has been in service since the beginning of the year.IndyGo said the Purple Line project will replace and improve the existing Route 39 local service which would connect downtown Indy to the city of Lawrence on the east side.The other $100 million will be given to the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District to be used to had a second line of railroad to run parallel with the existing railroad along the South Shore line which connects Michigan City and Gary to Chicago.The project will also make improvements at five stations, expand parking lots, add nine new platforms, and make it so the South Shore line no longer runs at street level going through Michigan City.-0- Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp By Network Indiana – May 30, 2020 2 507 $100 million heading to Indiana to upgrade the South Shore line Twitter Previous articleHoosier business owners hopeful they’ll survive the pandemicNext articleTeenager recovering after being struck by vehicle Network Indianalast_img read more

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson stepping down

first_img Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson stepping down By Darrin Wright – February 15, 2021 0 215 WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Twitter Pinterest Facebook Connie Lawson (Photo supplied/Indiana Secretary of State’s office) Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is stepping down.“I have dedicated the last 32 years of my life to public service,” said Secretary Lawson in a statement released this morning. “I have served with all of my heart and soul. It has been an honor to serve, but it is time for me to step down.“Like many Hoosiers, 2020 took a toll on me,” she adds. “I am resigning so I can focus on my health and my family. I will work with Governor Holcomb to ensure our next Secretary of State is up to the task and has the tools and resources to hit the ground running.”Lawson was first appointed Secretary of State in March 2012 and is the longest-serving Secretary of State in Indiana history. Prior to serving as Secretary of State, Lawson served in the Indiana Senate for sixteen years and in 2006 became the first woman to serve as Majority Floor Leader in the Indiana Senate.Gov. Eric Holcomb issued the following statement:“Indiana’s own Iron Lady, Secretary of State Connie Lawson, has long defined what true public service and leadership is and ought to be all about. Throughout her time in county, legislative and statewide office, she set the standard for commitment, composure, class, and credibility.  No matter the year or issues of the day, citizens could bank on Connie Lawson leading the way and inspiring others to follow. “A trailblazer, holder of state records, even serving alongside three Governors as Secretary of State, through it all, Connie has remained universally respected by veterans and the next generation alike.“I’ll forever count myself fortunate and proud to say, ‘I served with Connie Lawson.’“And, while she’ll no longer be just down the hall from my Statehouse office, I know that she will continue to be a trusted advisor and great friend.“I wish her and her husband Jack and their entire family happy trails upon her retirement and congratulate her on her immediate induction into the Hoosier Pantheon of all-time great public servants.” Previous articleSouth Shore Line extending substitute bus service through WednesdayNext articleWater Departments: Don’t flush your face masks Darrin Wrightlast_img read more

Rokita threatens to sue if HR1 voting reform bill becomes law

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Twitter Pinterest Google+ Pinterest By Jon Zimney – March 8, 2021 5 336 Facebook Google+ By US House of Reps ([1]) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita has informed ranking members of Congress that he intends to take the federal government to court if the For The People Act, more commonly known as “HR1”, gets through Congress and is signed into law by the president.He sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer, and Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell informing them of his intentions.Rokita said the bill, which would reform certain aspects of the election process, is unconstitutional.“It doesn’t protect Americans’ votes,” he said. “It’s designed to put a thumb on the scale of every election in America. We have got to stop this. They’re (congressional Democrats) trying to codify, basically, all the processes and things that we saw last fall.”Rokita is among the camp of Republicans that believe there was widespread election fraud during the 2020 election. He along with 18 other attorneys general from around the US who have signed on to his letter to Congress, accuse Democrats of trying to consolidate too much power in the federal government.“The constitution is very clear that the states are in charge of the election processes, and that’s why it’s unconstitutional,” Rokita said.Among the other stipulations that Rokita has a problem with in the bill, is that it would essentially render any voter ID laws in each state null and void.“When I was Indiana Secretary of State, we implemented the nation’s first photo ID law,” he said. “It was so well done, that the Supreme Court said ‘yes, that’s fine’ and now 31 states have modeled themselves after that law. This proposal, this HR1, eviscerates photo ID.”He added that the bill also stiffens penalties for cleaning out voter rolls in each state, which is already against the rules, but Rokita said states should be allowed to do that in the event people move away from said state or die.Rokita said that under HR1 it would require everyone on a state’s voter roll would receive a ballot, meaning that a person no longer living in that state or even a dead person would be getting a ballot. He says that opens the door wide open for election fraud. WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleSen. Todd Young working to be bipartisan during campaign kickoffNext articleIllinois man arrested after pursuit in LaPorte County Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. WhatsApp Rokita threatens to sue if HR1 voting reform bill becomes law Facebooklast_img read more

News story: Burial service for soldiers of the first world war

first_imgBurial for Private Thomas EdmundsonA burial service will be held on Wednesday 14 March at Perth Cemetery (China Wall), Belgium, for Private (Pte) Thomas Edmundson. Pte Edmundson was killed in action during the first world war while serving with the Durham Light Infantry.His remains were discovered near the town of Zonnebeke and were identified using DNA testing.He will be buried with full military honours on 14 March.The service has been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre and will be attended by British Defence Staff, members of the family, regimental representatives from the Rifles Regiment and local dignitaries. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission will be providing the headstone.Burial Service for 2 Soldiers of the First World WarA burial service will be held on Thursday 15 March at Orchard Dump Cemetery, France, for 2 soldiers of the first world war.Their remains were discovered during excavation work near the town of Gavrelle. One soldier belonged to the Durham Light Infantry; intensive research and DNA testing has been carried out but unfortunately, to date, his identity has not been established. The other soldier served with the Bedfordshire Regiment, but it has not been possible to identify him.They will be buried with full military honours on 15 March.The service has been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre and will be attended by British Defence Staff, regimental representatives from both The Rifles and Royal Anglian Regiments and local dignitaries. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission will be providing the headstones.last_img read more

News story: UK farmers given support for seasonal labour with new pilot scheme

first_img We have listened to the powerful arguments from farmers about the need for seasonal labour to keep the horticulture industry productive and profitable. A two-year pilot to support UK farmers by allowing non-EU migrant workers to work on farms, then return after six months, has been announced by the Home Secretary and Environment Secretary.Welcoming the announcement, Scottish Secretary David Mundell said: We have listened to the views of farmers in Scotland and across the UK. Many of Scotland’s farms, in particular our soft fruit growers, rely on seasonal workers. This pilot is a welcome first step in ensuring that Scottish farmers can continue to access the workers they need to grow and harvest their produce. This two year pilot will ease the workforce pressures faced by farmers during busy times of the year. We will review the pilot’s results as we look at how best to support the longer-term needs of industry outside the EU. This pilot will ensure farmers have access to the seasonal labour they need to remain productive and profitable during busy times of the year. I am committed to having an immigration system that reduces migration to sustainable levels, supports all industry and ensures we welcome those who benefit Britain. British farmers are vital to the UK’s economy – and the Government will look to support them in any way we can. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: From lettuce in East Anglia to strawberries in Scotland, we want to make sure that farmers can continue to grow, sell and export more great British food. Soft fruit production in the UK has grown dramatically, by 130% in the last 20 years. Fruit is grown particularly in the South East (Kent), Midlands (Hereford, Worcestershire and Shropshire) and in Scotland (Perthshire), while field vegetables are grown widely across the UK.In 2016 Scottish fruit and vegetables had an output value of £265.9m. In June 2016 Scotland had 22,000 hectares of land used for horticulture – 18,200 for vegetables, 1900 for fruit and 950 for flower and nursery stock.The Seasonal Workers pilot will be run by two scheme operators, who will oversee the placement of the workers. The arrangements for selecting the scheme operators will be announced in due course.To be eligible for the pilot workers must be aged at least 18 years old on the date of application and be from outside of the European Union.The pilot will commence in the spring of 2019, will run until the end of December 2020 and will be monitored closely by the Home Office and Defra.last_img read more

News story: Defence Secretary secures ships to protect home waters

first_imgThe future of the Batch 1 Offshore Patrols Vessels (OPVs), HMS Tyne, HMS Mersey and HMS Severn, which currently support the Fishery Protection Squadron, have been secured by the Defence Secretary.They will be retained for at least the next two years to bolster the UK’s ability to protect our fishing fleet as well as our shores. The Royal Navy currently provide around 200 days of fishery protection a year. The Defence Secretary’s announcement means that the Royal Navy will now have the capacity to deliver up to 600 days of fishery protection a year if needed.Mr Williamson has announced that each ship will forward-operate from their namesake rivers – from Newcastle, Liverpool and the Cardiff area respectively – to boost rapid responses in British waters up and down the nation. The versatile ships are also vital to the Royal Navy’s anti-smuggling and counter-terrorism work, and frequently escort foreign vessels, including those from Russia, through the English Channel.Speaking on board patrol vessel HMS Tyne, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: Britain’s patrol vessels are essential to protecting our waters, our fisheries and our national security. Safeguarding the future of these three ships in the Royal Navy will ensure we can respond quickly to incidents at any time, further protecting our waters as we exit the EU. By forward-operating these ships from their affiliated locations across the country, including the Tyne, it will not only allow them to react quickly, but also strengthen the bonds between the Royal Navy and local communities. I am also delighted to be able to continue to strengthen the bond to Tyneside today, by announcing one of Britain’s future world-beating Type 26 warships will be called HMS Newcastle. Just last month, HMS Tyne monitored a Russian frigate as it passed through the English Channel, while last year, HMS Mersey returned from a 48,000 mile deployment where she played a key part in a £12million drugs bust off the coast of Nicaragua and helped combat the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean.The ships also deter illegal pollution activity and provide emergency firefighting capabilities for ships in distress.HMS Tyne, HMS Severn and HMS Mersey are each operationally available for 320 days a year. The ships are armed with a 20mm cannon, which can fire 700 rounds a minute at at a maximum effective range of 1300 yards, and can travel at up to 20 knots.They will also be bolstered by five new-generation Batch 2 Offshore Patrol Vessels over the next two years. The Royal Navy is expected to have all the Batch 2 OPVs, named HMS Forth, HMS Medway, HMS Trent, HMS Tamar and HMS Spey, by the end of 2020. They will be able to enhance UK efforts to counter terrorism, combat people and drug smuggling and promote the interests of Global Britain around the world.The announcement came during the Defence Secretary’s visit to Newcastle, where he also revealed the name of the sixth frigate in Britain’s Type 26 class of anti-submarine warships as HMS Newcastle.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: HMS Newcastle, which will be built on the Clyde, is set to provide advanced protection for the UK’s nuclear deterrent and Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, and offer an unrivalled anti-submarine warfare capability across the globe.HMS Newcastle will also be joined by her sister ship HMS Sheffield, which was also named by Defence Minister Stuart Andrew in the city this afternoon. The first Type 26 warship, HMS Glasgow, is expected in service in the mid-2020s.last_img read more

Press release: DIT leads hundreds of global investors to London Tech Week

first_img The UK is a global hub for tech businesses and remains one of the world’s top destinations for tech investment and foreign investment globally. London Tech Week is a brilliant opportunity to fly the flag for British tech on a global stage, and I’m proud to be leading such a strong delegation of international investors to showcase Britain’s cutting-edge innovation in sectors like AI and drive investment into our world leading industry. The success of the UK’s tech industry will be critical to our economic prosperity now and for years to come, so I am committed to supporting this sector, as we move towards leaving the EU. The Department is seeking to strengthen the UK’s position as the leading destination for tech investment in the EU and firmly establish ‘Silicon UK’. London currently ranks as the number one destination for tech and venture capital investment in Europe, attracting £6.3 billion in venture capital investment in 2018, more than any other European country. Forbes’ 2018 report also named the UK the best place to do business in the world.During Tech Week, DIT will be partnering with a number of organisations including London & Partners, PwC and EY on events including deep dive sessions on ‘scaling up’ in the UK, speed dating events for small businesses with venture capital investors and networking receptions for businesses looking to set up operations in the UK.DIT will also welcome some of the world’s biggest technology companies to Lancaster House on Tuesday (11 June) for speeches on and discussion of the future of the sector. They will be joined by international tech entrepreneurs looking to set up their businesses in the UK and UK firms looking to expand overseas. The Secretary of State for International Trade, Dr Liam Fox MP, will lead major delegations to London Tech Week this week from countries as far afield as Australia, Brazil, China, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, the UAE and the US to showcase Britain’s innovative tech firms and drive investment into the UK at Europe’s largest tech summit. Investors are expected to descend upon the capital city, representing billions of pounds of investment into the UK.Global tech firms including Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook will join major international delegations led by the Department for International Trade (DIT) including over 300 delegates from China to participate in Europe’s largest technology gathering. They will join UK firms showcasing British innovation in smart cities technology, artificial intelligence (AI) and fintech, in an effort to attract more international investment and commercial partnerships with global firms.Delegates expected include businesses and government representatives from 5 cities and provinces including Beijing, Shanghai, Shandong, Shanxi and Guizhou. 90 representatives are expected to attend from Australia, including 30 Australian tech start-ups, alongside over 80 delegates from Latin America and 40 delegates from North America including, Denver, Austin, Colorado and Toronto which includes senior representatives from their Boards of Trade. Some of the businesses coming as part of the delegation include LG Innotek and Chunghwa Telecoms.The Prime Minister announced in her speech today (Monday 10 June) that the International Trade Secretary will also be responsible for leading four new regional trade missions, each focused on the Government’s Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges. The first four of these will take place this year and act as a catalyst for sustained international engagement on issues of trade, cutting edge research and the future of public policy with international partners around the world. The missions will be supported by the department’s international network.Speaking at the start of London Tech Week, the Secretary of State for International Trade, Dr Liam Fox MP said:last_img read more