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first_imgThe Traditional Polish Bakery in Dublin is now supplying 25 Tesco stores in and around the city. Established in 2006, the wholesale bakery, which employs 23 staff, has also gained orders to supply seven other supermarket and convenience store chains, including Spar and Super Valu.The Polish bakery has had to change its marketing strategies, as thousands of Poles living in Ireland have now left, explained owner Karol Tracz. The departure of so many Poles has left a dent in sales, but the slack has been taken up by Irish consu-mers, who like the traditional taste of the bakery’s products.Said Tracz: “We haven’t done any detailed research into how many Irish people are buying our products, but I believe that it’s between 20 and 30%.”All the flour it uses is Irish, except for rye flour, which it imports directly from Poland. The bakery produces breads to traditional Polish recipes: Chleb Krolweski (Polish King bread), Chleb Razowy (Polish brown bread) and the Poznanska roll, as well as pastries and cakes.last_img read more

first_imgOn average, Swiss pension funds are off the mark when it comes to contributing to reducing global warming.A government-backed survey of investment portfolios found that strategies were on average in line with the global climate warming by 6°C by the end of this century, rather than the 2°C maximum set by the Paris Agreement on climate change.“Collectively, the financial flows underlying the corporate bonds and listed equity portfolios of Swiss pension funds are currently on a 6°C pathway,” a report on the survey stated.However, the authors emphasised there were “significant differences” between portfolios of the participating pension funds. In spring this year, Swiss government authorities offered the country’s pension funds and insurers an opportunity to test their equity and corporate bond portfolios to check their compatibility with this climate goal, as reported by IPE.In total, 87 investors participated, among them 66 pension funds with CHF177bn (€151.8bn) in total assets – well over half of the total assets in the market.The survey found two main factors contributing to this misalignment with the 2° goal. On the one hand, “companies in these portfolios are currently investing to increase production across all high-carbon technologies”, the report said.In addition, “investment in low-carbon alternatives is lacking”, it said.Researchers also noted a 5-15% increase in coal-fired power capacity scheduled for the next five years by the companies held by Swiss pension funds and insurers.“This is primarily driven by investments in non-OECD countries,” the report stated.Each participant was provided with an analysis of their portfolio providing them with a “basis for improving their alignment” and to “increase awareness” of possible climate-related risks to the portfolio.The researchers said: “The analysis presented here can also potentially in the future be used by the Swiss government to report on article 2.1c of the Paris Agreement.”This was a reference to the agreement’s aim to make financial flows “consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development”.The results chimed with a report issued earlier this year by asset manager Schroders, which warned that the world was on course for a long-term temperature rise of 4°C.last_img read more

first_imgPart of the outdoor area of the property at 86 Bulimba Street, Bulimba, after the reno. Picture: AAP/David Clark.Archicentre Australia director Peter Georgiev said it was a good time to renovate or construct a tailor-designed dwelling, given the low interest rate environment and competitive construction pricing widely available.“However, it is extremely difficult for average Australians to know what costs are involved in the many aspects of construction, which make budgeting purely guess work,” Mr Georgiev said.Greg and Sandy Ripps spent around $650,000 completely refurbishing their 1925 workers’ cottage.The property was raised and converted into two levels and a 12m extension added to the rear.Mr Ripp said he took great care to make the connection between the original building and the modern add-ons seamless. The back of the property at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, before the renovation. The back of the property at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, after the renovation.The Ripps are no strangers to the renovating game. They’ve done it for most of their lives, although usually for other people.Now they’ve decided to make a living out of their passion for buying, renovating and selling homes for themselves.And research shows they’re not alone.Independent housing analyst Michael Matusik believes close to two-thirds of the detached houses resold across southeast Queensland over the past decade have had a renovation between sales. “Furthermore, we have found that in one out of four cases, the renovation costs were close to half of the previous purchase price,” Mr Matusik said. “And in 10 per cent of cases, the cost of this renovation actually exceeded the cost of the previous total purchase price.”A new report by the Housing Industry Association reveals the renovations market is set to boom in the coming decade.It found a detached house building boom took place in the second half of the 1980s decade, which means those houses will enter the prime renovations age group over the next 10 years and provide a solid basis for growth in home renovations activity.Nationally, renovations are set to lift by 1.8 per cent in 2018/19, 2.8 per cent in 2019/20 and another 3.4 per cent in 2020/21 — lifting the value of Australia’s home renovations market to $35.93 billion. CHOOSE LIFE, CHOOSE THE BLOCK More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoThe back deck of the house at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, before the renovation. The front of the house at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, before the renovation. The bathroom in the house at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, before the renovation. The kitchen at 86 Bulimba Street, Bulimba, after the reno. Picture: AAP/David Clark. The kitchen in the house at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, before the renovation. One of the bathrooms in the house at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, after the renovation.“It was crying out to be expanded because it was too small for most average families,” Mr Ripps said.“We live in the area so we were consistently looking and know everything that’s going on the market. We were just waiting for the right one.”That’s when the couple spotted 86 Bulimba Street. GOVERNMENT’S $8M LAND WINDFALL center_img The outdoor entertaining area at the rear of the property at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, after the renovation. Sandy and Greg Ripps spent just six months fully renovating their property at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba. Picture: AAP/David Clark.FOR Brisbane builder Greg Ripps, there’s nothing quite like standing back with a cold beer and admiring his hard work.And that’s just what the 59-year-old did after completing his latest major renovation project in Bulimba.Mr Ripps and his interior designer wife, Sandy, spent six months, seven days a week, transforming a “cute cottage” in one of the suburbs’ most exclusive streets into a family home that marries modern-day luxury with traditional charm. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The facade of the property at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, after the reno. Picture: AAP/David Clark.Upstairs, five bedrooms surround an additional living space and a central family bathroom complete with freestanding bath and powder room.The master bedroom has a bay window, ensuite and walk-in robe.Mr Ripps said he thought the home would best suit a family with young children or a retired couple wanting room for their grandchildren to visit.But he admits it will be hard to let the property go.“It’s always hard when I finish a big project because I spend so much time on the land that I feel it never ends,” Mr Ripps said.“It is always disappointing, until I start that new project and away it goes again.”The property at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, is for sale by negotiation through Cathy Richards of Place Bulimba. The kitchen has 2Pac cabinetry and quartz and Caesarstone benchtops. Picture: AAP/David Clark.The galley kitchen is equipped with 2Pac cabinetry, a walk-in butler’s pantry and a full suite of Smeg appliances. Also on the lower level is a bathroom, laundry and media room. The living room in the home at 86 Bulimba Street, Bulimba, after the reno. Picture: AAP/David Clark.“The original part of the house is untouched and I think it’s hard to find the transition between old and new because of the way we’ve married the extension into the existing property and extended the theme upstairs,” he said.Traditional features such as VJ walls, stained glass windows and high ceilings work in contrast with modern finishings such as plantation shutters, a spotted gum hardwood staircase and quartz and Caesarstone benchtops.Effort has gone into making the home light and breezy through the use of louvres and glazing. The TV room in the house at 86 Bulimba St, Bulimba, before the renovation.last_img read more

first_imgEven as it tried to contain F-M’s perimeter game, the Northstars still had trouble with Hornets star Lexie Roe, who earned 20 points, including four 3-pointers.Yet C-NS maintained its pressure, and the result was seeing F-M manage just a handful of field goals in the second half and just three points in the entire fourth quarter.Just as important to the Northstars was the way its offense diversified, even as Cook still finished with 24 points. Mackenzie White had 13 points, with Alexandra Miller and Gabby Hillman getting six points apiece as eight different players got on the scoreboard. Back home Friday to face Corcoran, C-NS took apart the Cougars 85-27, limiting the visitors to two points in the first quarter and converting at will throughout the night.All 11 players that saw action for the Northstars got on the scoreboard, Cook getting 21 points. Nicolette Kasch set a career mark with 12 points and Julia Rowe had 10 points, with White (seven points), Gianna Chiaramonte (nine points), Crystal Leonardi (eight points) and Alita Carey-Santangelo (six points) close behind.Liverpool would challenge Baldwinsville a week and a half before C-NS did, and their battle last Tuesday at Onondaga Community College’s Allyn Hall was a fierce one, the Warriors quite game in a 58-48 defeat to the Bees.Through one quarter, Liverpool led 13-11, and it continued to play well the rest of the half. Only in the third quarter did B’ville gain any kind of control, picking up the tempo as it outscored the Warriors 23-16.To the end, Liverpool remained within range, Neveah Wingate earning 19 points as Michelle Lonczak got 11 points, both trying to make up for Victoria Morgan’s struggles as Morgan was held to six points, matching Karlyssa Shifflett’s total.B’ville was led again by senior Katie Pascale, who had 17 points. Hannah Mimas gained 13 points, while Sydney Huhtala had nine points and Alexandra Bednarczyk added seven points.Up against Nottingham on Friday, Liverpool was again quite competitive and again, on the wrong side of the decision in a 69-66 defeat to the Bulldogs.Nottingham build a 36-24 halftime edge and was still up double digits before a furious late Warriors comeback led by Wingate, who set a new career mark with 31 points, with Morgan adding 15 points and Karlyssa Shifflett getting 10 points.The Bulldogs held on because it had a bit more depth, four reaching double figures. Amaya Williams led with 24 points, helped by N Howard (14 points), Lauryn Withrow (12 points) and Zyohna Glen (10 points).Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: C-NSgirls basketballliverpoolcenter_img With its most important week of the regular season looming ahead – namely, back-to-back battles with West Genesee and Baldwinsville – the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team wanted to be sure that it entered that stretch in prime form.What was revealed in the Jan. 3 win over Liverpool where Jessica Cook netted 38 points to pass 1,000 for her career continued into back-to-back wins last week.At Fayetteville-Manlius last Tuesday, C-NS nearly let an early lead get away, but used its defense to wear down the Hornets in the second half, ultimately cruising to a 63-41 victory.last_img read more

first_imgThe highest amounts up to 60 mm will fall over the higher elevations of the Muncho Lake Provincial Park region, along the Rocky Mountains and southern portions of the Fort Nelson Region, and the Peace River region. Communities away from these areas, such as Fort Nelson and Tumbler Ridge, can expect lesser rainfall amounts on the order of 25 mm.Accompanying the heavy rain will be cooler, single digit temperatures and strong northerly winds with gusts to 60 km/h.If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible.Rainfall warnings are issued when significant rainfall is expected.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for the B.C. Peace and Fort Nelson.  Heavy rainfall could start Friday evening in many parts of Northeast B.C. with total amounts up to 60 mm by the time the storm ends Saturday evening.See the full warning for the region below.11:30 AM PDT Friday 26 August 2016Rainfall warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverFort Nelson- Advertisement -Rain, at times heavy, is expected.Heavy rainfall will occur over areas of northeastern British Columbia beginning early this evening. Total rainfall amounts up to 60 mm are expected by Saturday evening.An upper trough of low pressure is moving into northern BritishColumbia from Yukon Territory this afternoon. This mornings showers will eventually give way to heavier rainfall tonight and through Saturday afternoon. The rain will taper off late Saturday as the upper trough drifts further into Alberta.Advertisement Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports to #BCStorm.last_img read more