Butcher MI Dickson is extending its South Shields bakery after getting a £200,000 boost from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE).The family business is investing another £800,000 in kitting out the site, which will double capacity and create five new jobs. The 2,000sq m site is adding another 575sq m to the building, allowing it to produce an extra 15 tonnes of baked goods a week.MI Dickson produces cooked meats and sausages, as well as pies, pasties and bread, which is used to make sandwiches at its 20 delicatessens around the north east. Said marketing manager Elena Dickson: “The expansion will allow us to have a much better factory for baking, cooling and packing.”Pies and pasties are sold under its own brand in Asda and Sainsbury’s shops in the region, but Dickson added that, with the extra capacity, the company hoped to be able to get into local Tesco and Morrisons stores as well, before targeting nationwide distribution. Adrian Sherwood, RDPE manager at One North East, said: “The new ovens they are buying with RDPE funding are more energy-efficient than their existing ones; the refrigeration areas are better insulated and the compressors are more efficient – together ensuring reduced energy consumption.”MI Dickson was named ‘Best UK Family Business’ in the £5m-£25m turnover category of the Coutts Prize for Family Business 2009/10 and was recently visited by David Miliband MP, who toured the factory and saw the factory plans.
Japanese supplier and operator of offshore floating platforms MODEC is to provide and operate a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for Eni Mexico, a subsidiary of Eni.On October 3, 2018, the company received a letter of intent (LOI) from Eni Mexico for supply, charter, and operations of an unnamed FPSO.As informed, the firm time charter period is fifteen years with five one-year extension options. A purchase option is included.The FPSO will be deployed in the Offshore Area 1 some ten kilometers off the coast of Mexico at a water depth approximately 32 meters. The field operatorship is 100% owned by Eni Mexico.MODEC is responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction, mobilization, installation and operation of the FPSO, including topsides processing equipment as well as hull and marine systems. SOFEC, a MODEC group company, will design and supply the disconnectable tower yoke mooring system of the FPSO, according to the company.The FPSO will be capable of processing 90,000 barrels of crude oil per day, 75 million cubic feet of gas per day, 120,000 barrels of water injection per day and have a storage capacity of 900,000 barrels of crude oil.The first oil production by the FPSO is planned for 2021.
In an emotional press conference, his first since confirmation on Thursday he would be leaving Goodison Park after 11 years, it was clear how much Everton means to Moyes, who said: “I’m disappointed to be leaving such a great club. The club has been such a great part of my life.” But when asked if he had considered turning down United’s approach, Moyes said simply: “I have to be honest and say no.” The huge numbers of media present underlined the interest in Moyes replacing Ferguson. Moyes greeted those present with a wisecrack: “Have you nothing to do today?”, before confirming he wished to talk solely about Everton, which he did with an acute sense of pride. “It has been very difficult,” he added. “I have great respect for the chairman and have a great relationship with him. He is a really good guy. We had a difficult meeting on Wednesday but he totally understood.” Moyes leaves Goodison Park with a sense of regret at not being able to claim the silverware he craved. The nearest he managed was the 2009 FA Cup final, when the Toffees were beaten by Chelsea. Yet, as he pointed out, Everton had only collected one cup in the decade prior to his arrival, so that empty trophy cabinet is not something he should be condemned for, even if those United fans not entirely comfortable with Ferguson’s replacement have been quick to point it out. Instead, Moyes prefers to focus on how his own approach to the job has developed. “I might have got mellower, although you could argue that is a bad thing,” he said. “When you are young, you are intense. I have not lost the intensity but maybe I use it in the right way. The experience and comfort which I have felt in my job, because I had good players and a stable board, has helped me mature and develop. But I hope I have not lost the inner devilment which I think I still have within me.” Press Association Outgoing Everton manager David Moyes said he was disappointed to be leaving a “great club” but admitted there was no way he could turn down the opportunity to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
BRYAN FAUST/Herald photoWhile many were figuratively knocked to the floor by the play of Winthrop down the stretch, head coach Gregg Marshall was literally floored as No. 11 Wisconsin turned the tables on the Eagles in overtime.After weathering the late Winthrop storm that saw the Eagles discard a late double-digit UW lead, the Badgers got hot in OT and built a nine-point lead they would not relinquish, eking out an 82-79 overtime victory over the NCAA’s premiere giant hunter.”Oh, it stings. Yeah, it stings,” said Marshall, who took a nasty spill midway through UW’s overtime run while arguing a traveling call on his team. “Wisconsin moved up to No. 11 today (in the polls), so we’re ’11 B.’ That’s the way it is, they’re 11, we’re ’11 B.'””You can tell by the way both teams were playing, there wasn’t any lack of respect for one another,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said. “That was a hard-fought, toe-to-toe, December game.”The Badgers (8-1, 0-0 Big Ten) narrowly avoided becoming the latest upset victim for the small school in Rock Hill, S.C. (enrollment: 6,600), which has toppled Providence, Clemson, Marquette and Mississippi State in recent years, as well as narrowly missing out on dealing North Carolina, Gonzaga, Tennessee and Maryland losses as well.The Eagles (6-3, 0-0 Big South) made 15-of-25 shots from beyond the arc (compared to 6-of-25 by UW) and were led by a stellar performance from senior guard Torrell Martin, who made 7-of-11 three-pointers and tallied 31 points.Martin had a chance to win the game for the Eagles with a three-point attempt at the second half buzzer, but hit the rim and allowed for overtime to ensue.”I had a great shot, just didn’t knock it down,” Martin said. “I was about as open I could get. … I just didn’t make the play when I needed to make it.”The game appeared to be well in hand for Wisconsin with 9:20 remaining in the second half, as the Badgers held a comfortable 14-point lead and hadn’t really been threatened since halftime. Then, all of a sudden, the Eagles became white-hot, scoring on nine of their last 10 possessions, culminating with the upset-minded squad taking a two-point lead with only 54 seconds left on the clock.”We were just trying to take it right at them,” Martin said after the game. “Really, it was about good players stepping up and making big time shots, because Wisconsin was playing great defense at the end.””Once they started hitting shots, their energy picked up,” said senior forward Alando Tucker, who poured in 21 points. “Their defense picked up their offense.”While Winthrop was making it look easy, on the other end of the floor, UW’s conversion of a final shot to tie the game was more of a struggle than passing a kidney stone. The Badgers needed four shots, three offensive rebounds and two stoppages of play before the unheralded Michael Flowers — who had 21 points, five assists and two steals — snagged an offensive rebound and put it back in with 11 seconds remaining to tie the score.”In order for him to get that opportunity, we had to fight for the other ones,” Ryan said. “They were scrapping, we were scrapping … he gets the last opportunity. He’s an opportunistic young man.”Wisconsin was hardly out of the woods yet, however, as the Eagles had enough time for a final shot. Winthrop came down the floor and somehow found Martin open with the clock winding down, but the Columbia, S.C., native missed the open look.”After watching him put the ball in the hoop all game long and [then seeing him] have the ball in his hands with point-something seconds left on the game clock, my heart sank,” Flowers said.Gifted with second life, the Badgers gave Winthrop some of its own medicine, scoring on its first eight overtime possessions (with only nine overall) and building that nine-point lead they would not let go this time.”Once we got that second chance … we knew we had it,” Tucker said. “We sat down at the end of regulation, and I looked everyone in their eyes and we had confidence. [I knew] it was our game now.”While the big plays by Flowers and Martin defined the game, what might’ve truly been the tale of the tape was Wisconsin’s ability to outmuscle Winthrop inside. While the Badgers and Eagles both scored 26 points in the paint, UW out-rebounded their Big South foe by 40-18 and made 34 trips to the line, compared to only 10 for Winthrop.”The real key was us getting on the glass, there’s no two ways about it,” Ryan said. “It also helped us getting to the free throw line, getting on the glass.”The Badgers will have a chance to catch their breath before playing their true first road game of the season Saturday against in-state rival Marquette, ranked No. 17.
The No. 7 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (4-2-0, 0-0-0 Big Ten) has impressed in a major way through the first few weeks of the new season, but without the Crease Creatures and the rest of the Kohl Center faithful, their success may not have come to fruition.Behind star freshmen Alex Turcotte and Cole Caufield, the Badgers wouldn’t be standing as the potential team to beat come conference play in November. But it’s impossible to give credit to the team without the fans and the atmosphere of the Kohl Center.Formed as a student organization in 2017, the Crease Creatures have increased the gameday atmosphere during home hockey games for several years now. Unlike previous years, however, the Creatures are now a full-fledged organization that is being supported by the UW Athletic Department and the hockey team, including student giveaways.“The difference is this year, our adviser, Allison [Minisce] came to us and she’s like ‘What could we do for a student giveaway,’ and we ended up deciding on red glow sticks and red student t-shirts for the home opener,” Director of Gameday Atmosphere Jack Pientka said.Crease Creatures: the story behind UW’s first hockey student orgWhen you’re standing in the student section of the Kohl Center, it can be easy to feel distant from all Read…With the leadership of organizational board members — including President JT Nejedlo, Vice President Ashley Cherney, Secretary Kaitlin Indermuehle and Pientka — the club has found their sweet spot in 2019.In their first meeting, the group said they had about 25 members come to learn more about what the Creatures are all about. They also stated there are approximately 45 members in their club group chat.With the help of these “official” members and the rest of the student section, the Crease Creatures successfully cheered the Badgers to a home sweep against the two-time defending NCAA Champion Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs.In game one of the weekend matchup, the Badgers scored three goals in the third period to win 6–2. To follow up that performance, the Badgers came out Saturday night and put the Bulldogs away with two goals in the second period en route to a 3–1 victory. The atmosphere of both games was truly insane and much of that energy can be chalked up to the Crease Creatures and the rest of the student section.“[Coach Granato] says it, and he’ll say it again: The energy in the Kohl Center comes from the student section,” Cherney said. “And that’s why we definitely need people to pack those stands.”Men’s Hockey: Badgers dominate reigning NCAA Champion Minnesota-Duluth in home-opening sweepThe No. 6 ranked University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (3-1-0) made a big statement this past weekend in front Read…The Crease Creatures were created as a way to both increase attendance and interaction with the men’s hockey team. Today, it’s safe to say that goal has been met.Between the planning of student giveaways and the annual “Skate with the Badgers” event, the connectedness of the hockey community has steadily risen for the past several years, even with teams that have underperformed.Despite this lack of success, this season provides hope for fans as the team finds themselves with several top draft picks from the 2019 NHL Draft and stands as the No. 6 team in the country to this point. In their home-opening weekend, the Badgers displayed their incredible scoring ability against one of the best teams in the country, reinforcing the hope in longtime Badger fans.“We haven’t made it to the NCAA Tournament and that feels like something that we should’ve been in some years, but we haven’t been in it for awhile now,” Pientka said. “So with all the talent we have on the team I think that getting into that tournament should be the hope at a minimum.”Men’s Hockey: Badgers NHL draftees set to take off in freshman seasonFollowing an NHL Draft that featured four Badgers, the University of Wisconsin squad is loaded with young talent. Alex Turcotte, Read…What separates the Crease Creatures from a conventional hockey fan is their vested interest and love for the game. The Creatures are an organization for hockey fans who want to be part of more than just a game and care about making the gameday experience and atmosphere better.Many of the Crease Creatures weren’t even that into hockey before coming to UW. In fact, both Ashley and JT came from backgrounds that didn’t involve watching much hockey, professionally or collegiately.“I watched professional hockey a little bit in middle school, but I’ve never had a connection to any sort of team,” Nejedlo said. “I came here and I thought the games were a lot of fun, so that’s pretty much the only hockey that I watch.”With the help of the Crease Creatures, the student section and the rest of the mass of fans that enter the Kohl Center each night, expect Wisconsin to continue to thrive in home matchups all season and hopefully make a return to the NCAA Tournament come April.You can learn more about the Crease Creatures by following them on Twitter @CreaseCreatures or you can attend a UW men’s hockey game and search for the loudest fans in the student section.