The Australian Macadamia Society (AMS), which represents over 790 Australian macadamia growers and processors, is planning an awareness campaign to raise the profile and increase sales of macadamias in the UK.The Australian macadamia industry has undertaken a large planting programme and as these trees come into production over the next seven years, crop tonnages are expected to double.Philip Montgomery, marketing director of the AMS, said: “The UK awareness campaign will include extensive consumer sampling, a trade and consumer public relations campaign, and a programme to encourage increased usage of the nut in food manufacture.”The AMS programme will also educate consumers on the nut’s Australian origins.”The UK campaign follows significant investment in the promotion and development of Australian macadamias in other European countries, which has lead to encouraging sales increases.The Australian macadamia industry recorded its highest ever production in 2004 (42,900 tonnes) and industry estimates suggest that the 2006 calendar year crop will be 40,000 tonnes of nuts in shell – enough to produce 11,500 tonnes of edible kernels.There are currently some eight million trees planted, of which some 4.1 million are mature.Montgomery added: “Acclaimed as the ’queen of nuts’, macadamias are Australia’s only indigenous, commercially grown food crop. They have a buttery taste giving recipes a luxury, creamy quality.”
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The new year is an opportunity for do-overs, fresh starts, and new beginnings. People often use the new year as motivation to quit a bad habit, lose weight, start a new exercise regimen or gain control of their finances. These popular resolutions have more in common than turning up at the top of the list of resolutions people make every year. They involve changing routines that develop gradually over many years. Changing bad behavior overnight is a tall order, and rarely possible. By Ground Hog’s Day, most resolutions have fallen by the wayside. Why? People tend to be too hard on themselves. You fall off the wagon one time, and decide you have failed and give up your goal completely. But people who stick with it long enough to be successful know that failing is part of the process. Persistence — trying again after every failure — is the key to success. Remember that small changes to your daily routines make a huge difference over the course of a year. Walking 30 minutes a day does not make you thin overnight. Drinking one less soft drink, passing on the doughnuts and the few cents you save by skipping these treats may also seem insignificant, but if you stick with these small changes day after day, you will see the results. Think positive! If you want to fail at making your resolutions stick, focus on what you have to give up. Constantly thinking about what you are losing practically guarantees failure. Banish this negativity from your thoughts. To be successful you need to focus on the prize, the benefit you get from having money for important goals such as paying for a college education, getting out of debt, buying a first home and saving for retirement. Here are a few tips to help you manage your money better in the coming year. Know where your money goes. Find out how much money comes in and exactly where it goes. Carry a pad with you for a month or two. Record every purchase. At the end of the month, separate your spending into no more than a dozen categories such as food, housing and transportation.Target eyebrow-raising surprises for spending cuts. If you have never tracked your spending, you will probably find out you spend a lot more than you thought for something you do every day. If it bothers you that you spend so much for whatever it may be, do something about it. Set realistic and specific goals. A specific goal includes the cost of the goal and the date you plan to reach it, such as planning to save $600 by next December for holiday gifts. The goal is realistic if you can afford to set aside $50 each month. If you cannot, adjust the goal or increase your income.Develop a plan for spending to meet goals. Besides goals, your spending plan needs to include fixed, variable and occasional expenses. Fixed expenses are the same every month. Variable expenses go up or down each month. Occasional expenses are due less often than every month. Some occasional expenses, like birthdays and annual insurance premiums, you know about. Others, like medical bills, arise unexpectedly.Pay yourself first. Saving whatever is left over usually means not saving at all. Instead, put the money you need to save for goals and occasional expenses in your savings account before you spend a penny for anything else. Better yet, arrange for an automatic deposit or payroll deduction into your savings account. When you get a raise at work, sign up for half the raise amount to go into a savings account or a company savings plan. Eliminate debt. Pay attention to how much you pay in monthly finance charges on credit card and other debt. Instead of paying interest each month on your debt, you could be earning it on your savings. Being on the lending side of that transaction is a much better deal than being on the borrowing side. The money going to debt payments each month could be going to your savings. Focus on one expense at a time. When making changes, it is easy to go too far, too fast. Commit to making a few changes at a time to reduce your spending for a particular expense. Stick with the changes until they become second nature. If you miss a day, a few days, or even a week, do not give up.These simple suggestions can help you better manage your money. Some changes pay off more rapidly than others. The sooner you start, the sooner you will see results.
She coaches boys and girls aged five to 16 and, if she were to win the training session with Arsenal Football Development, she would organise a community coach training session on her return home to share her knowledge and experiences.Other finalists include: Male coaches – Bakit Isaac Agogo from Gulu, Uganda, Feisal Abdi Hassan from Nairobi, Kenya, Luis Alejandro Castañeda Vargas from Bogotá, Colombia, Samuel Taylor from Accra, Ghana.Female coaches – Beldine Lilian Achieng Odemba from Nairobi, Kenya, Joan Nabisenke from Kampala, Uganda, Vivian Johana Pirateque Garzón from Bogotá, Colombia.The eight finalists will now compete in a public vote on www.futurestars.worldremit.com for the chance to attend a personalised training programme with Arsenal Football Development coaches in London – sponsored by WorldRemit.Speaking on this, Andrew Stewart, Managing Director Middle East and Africa at WorldRemit said: “Our business is all about making it easier for our customers to send money home to support their communities. Together with Arsenal, we set up the Future Stars programme to recognise football coaches within these communities who are dedicated to supporting and lifting up others.”Simon McManus, Head Coach at Arsenal Football Development said: “Through our community initiatives in London and abroad, we work hard to promote greater diversity in football and positively impact the lives of young people through sport.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigerian Chinasa Ukandu from Lagos State was among the final eight coaches selected by WorldRemit and Arsenal as finalists for their Future Stars coaching programme.The finalists were selected from across Africa with Ukandu making the final cut from all the several coaches who put in for the programme.Ukandu and her friends provide young people with an opportunity to develop football and life skills at Help The Talent Academy, having completed phase three of the Premier Skills Coach Educators Course (an initiative by the English Premier League and British Council) in 2015.