Signature Flatbreads has created 75-100 jobs at its Dunstable factory following “significant” investment to boost production capacity at the site.The investment comes after the business, which produces own-label flatbreads for supermarkets, as well as its Deli Kitchen brand, said it saw strong sales in the lead-up to and throughout the pandemic.As such, an additional production line was commissioned in June, with another due to be installed this month.The company said it was pleased to be able to offer up to 100 new jobs in the challenging economic climate, particularly with the Office for Budgetary Responsibility’s projection that unemployment could reach four million people.“We want to build on our strong sales performance and reinvest into our company. Staff and efficient high-tech production are both essential to our success and will allow us to keep inspiring consumers with high quality, innovative breads,” said managing director David Laurence.“The company has already benefited from sales growth as people increasingly demand more interesting breads at mealtimes, which our products deliver.”He highlighted a good performance from its Greek Style Flatbreads, which he said was partly due to an increased desire to make eating at home more varied.
UK’s Subsea 7 has been awarded two contracts by BP for the Azeri Central East (ACE) project in the Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) field in the Caspian Sea offshore Azerbaijan in a water depth of approximately 140 meters.The Central Azeri PlatformSubsea 7 said on Monday that the two contracts together represent a sizable contract award, which means the value is between $50 million and $150 million.The work scopes comprise engineering and fabrication of subsea structures, engineering, transport and installation of spools, the launching of a 16,200 tonne jacket and the float-over of an 18,500 tonne topside.The company said that the contracts would be executed in consortium with BOS Shelf, which would be responsible for the fabrication, logistics and facilities support. Engineering work will start immediately from Subsea 7’s office in France and offshore execution is expected to take place in 2021 and 2022.Gilles Lafaye, Subsea 7’s Vice President Africa Region, said: “This project reflects our long-term relationship and early engagement with BP Exploration and builds on our Life of Field activities in Azerbaijan.”It is worth reminding that BP awarded key contracts for the the ACE project in the Azerbaijan’s sector of the Caspian Sea earlier in September.The consortium consisting of BOS Shelf LLC and Star Gulf FZCO was awarded a contract for the fabrication of the jacket for the ACE platform and skirt piles. The value of this contract is around $260 million. The scope of work includes shop and erection engineering, rolling of tubulars, fabrication and assembly of the jacket and skirt piles, commissioning of installation systems, load-out and sea-fastening of the facility.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Reigning Caribbean Premier League champions Jamaica Tallawahs won their second on the trot when they beat Trinbago Knight Riders by four wickets here Wednesday night.Chasing 148 at Queen’s Park Oval, Tallawahs got home with four balls remaining to notch their second win in four days, following their opening loss to Barbados Tridents in Florida last weekend.Tallawahs were guided by Sri Lankan star and captain Kumar Sangakkara who top-scored with 47 while opening partner Lendl Simmons struck 38.Champion off-spinner Sunil Narine (2-21) and seamer Kevon Cooper (2-25) grabbed two wickets apiece.New Zealander Colin Munro had earlier top-scored with 41 as TKR, sent in, were dismissed for 147 with a ball to spare.Left-hander Darren Bravo punched 33 while opener Narine blasted 23, but seamers Odean Smith (3-20) and Kesrick Williams (2-36) snatched three wickets apiece to retard TKR’s progress.In fact, the hosts were cruising at 109 for two in the 10th over before suffering a dramatic collapse, losing their last eight wickets for a mere 38 runs.Narine had given the innings an energetic start, smacking a pair of fours and sixes in an 11-ball cameo, adding 33 for the first wicket with New Zealander Brendon McCullum (16).When Narine perished in the fifth over caught at mid-wicket by Simmons off Man-of-the-Match Williams, Munro and Bravo put TKR on top with a 57-run third-wicket stand.Munro struck five fours and two sixes off 25 balls while Bravo also faced 25 deliveries and counted two fours and two sixes.Once Munro holed out in the deep at the end of the 10th, however, the innings slumped into terminal decline.Tallawahs’ run chase was given an immediate boost when Sangakkara and Simmons put on 61 off 33 balls for the first wicket.While the left-handed Sangakkara was measured in his 41-ball knock which included seven fours, Simmons played with abandon, carving out four fours and three sixes off just 18 balls.Simmons was one of three wickets to fall for 32 runs in the space of 30 balls when he was bowled by Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan in the sixth over but Tallawahs kept their focus to get home in the final over.
19 – The nomadic forward Kofi Owusu emerged top scorer with 19 goals in 25 games in his first season at Berekum Chelsea. He had been declared surplus to requirement after scoring twice at former club Aduana last season. #FORM
511 – The number of goals scored in 240 games played from 30 match-days – averaging 2.13 goals per league game – 35 goals more than the number scored after the 2013/14 season. 0 – Three teams (Medeama, Bechem United and B.A United) failed to win a single game away from home. The latter managed just one point from 15 away games. 39 – Berekum Chelsea, AshantiGold and Aduana Stars bagged the most points from home games. Record: W – 12, D – 3, L – 0 but the former emerged tops with better goal difference of +18. AshantiGold became champions of the 2014/15 First Capital Plus Premier League with a game to spare.A fourth Ghana Premier League title since the last time 19 years ago when they had enjoyed a three-year run as the best in the then new Professional League. AshGold copped 52 from a possible 90 points after featuring in the 30 match-days Championship competed by 16 clubs. Overall, 240 games were honoured from January 17 to September 13, 2015. 2 – Top scorer Kofi Owusu’s 19 goals had two converted penalties. 15 – Winners AshantiGold recorded the most wins – 12 at Home; 3 from Away games. 54 – Bottom placed B.A United conceded the most goals. 16 at Home; 38 Away 15:7:8 – Champions AshantiGold’s 52 points came out of 15 Wins, 7 stalemates and 8 defeats. KEY NOTES: 37 – Third placed Berekum Chelsea ended the season as the highest scoring side. 4:5:6 – Dethroned champions Asante Kotoko emerged best travellers recording four wins, five drawn games and six defeats better than any other side on the road. 19 – BA United recorded the most defeats in the 2014/15 FCPPL. They drew 7 and won three times – the least in the season. Aduana Stars follow the Miners as the second-placed with Berekum Chelsea and Accra Hearts of Oak completing the Top 4 spots respectively. Below is a summary of the significant numbers that were recorded. 8 – AshantiGold recorded the least number of defeats. 28 – Asante Kotoko were the second-worst side at home after bottom placed B.A United. They bagged 28 points from a possible 45 – 8 wins, 4 drawn games and 3 losses at the Baba Yara Stadium. The worst home team, B.A Utd managed 18 points at home. 15 – Kotoko scored the most goals away. 29 – Berekum Chelsea scored the most home goals.More league reviews– 7 things we learned from #SurvivalSunday– Joy Sports Season Review: Top 10 flops– Survival Sunday: Olympics, Lions relegated as Kotoko ensure safety – Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
2017 economic outlookBy Jarryl BryanOn the heels of a report by Guyana Times, the Government has admitted that Guyana’s macro-economic outlook for 2017 turned out to be worse than projected, with a 2.1 growth rate being recorded.Finance Minister Winston Jordan holds up a copy of the report which, confirmed low economic growthFinance Minister Winston Jordan made this admission during his first press conference for the year on Friday at his Ministry. Revealing that the 2017 end of year economic report has been completed, he linked the dismal figures to sectors including sugar.Guyana’s last best growth rate was 5.2 per cent in 2013. World Bank records show Guyana’s growth rates in 2014 was 3.8 per cent, 2015 3.2 per cent, and 2016 3.3 per cent.“The economy did not perform as robust as we expected during last year,” the Minister admitted. “Even at the half year we were predicting that the economy would not, given what we knew about sugar. At the end of the day, it was even worse than we predicted. So even though there was positive growth last year, the growth rate ended up being 2.1 per cent.”“Sugar, we had budgeted at 208,000 tonnes, came in at only 137,307 tonnes. Bauxite again did not do quite well. We had budgeted 1.7 million tonnes. Bauxite came in at 1.4 million. Gold (was a) major disappointment. We budgeted at 694,000 ounces. It came in at 653,674 ounces.”Rice did produce positive figures, with the Minister reporting that from a target of 600,000 tonnes, rice was recorded at 630,104 tonnes. Having budgeted for 318,000 cubic metres, forestry recorded 349,900 cubic metres. Jordan noted that this is better than previous years. And in terms of fiscal performance itself, the deficit to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has actually decreased; a positive indicator. According to Jordan, the overall state of the economy is nothing new.“I think I’ve been quite open with you about this economy, in the sense that this economy has not changed much in over 50 years, depending on one or two products, which depends on what prices are. One day you’re up when gold is up, one day you’re down when bauxite is down.”“Our critical sectors have always depended on some grandfather, that grandfather being some protectionist market. In the case of sugar, that grandfather being the [African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States] ACP markets. In the case of rice, rice has always had some kind of grandfather market,” Jordan explained.Previously, Jordan had said the economy was expected to grow by 2.9 per cent, failing to meet the revised growth projection of 3.1 per cent for 2017. The initial projected growth of the economy was 3.8 per cent. This was, however, revised by midyear to 3.1 per cent after the economy only grew by 2.2 per cent by July.State of the economyThe Finance Ministry’s half year report was released in July of last year. It had showed contractions in certain sectors, when compared to the corresponding period in 2016. The declining sectors had included sugar, livestock, forestry, mining and quarrying and even the bauxite industry.It showed that sugar production was recorded at 49,606 tonnes at the half year and when compared to 56,645 tonnes during the first half of 2016, represented a decline of 12.4 per cent. The livestock industry also contracted by 10.9 per cent in the first half of 2017, due to heavy rainfall severely affecting production, especially in the second quarter.The forestry industry also showed an 18.2 per cent contraction in the first six months of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016. Declining production within the forestry industry was due to structural changes in the industry.The mining and quarrying sector contracted by 4.0 per cent, during the first half of 2017. Gold production fell by 1.7 per cent to 317,096 ounces, in the first half of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016. Also, it showed the bauxite industry declined by 11.5 per cent, as a result of reduced production of higher valued grades.This was due to poor weather combined with mechanical issues at one of the mines. However, production of metal grade bauxite (MAZ) increased by 97,016 tonnes or 21.3 per cent, the report had stated.