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Raising the bar

first_imgWhat have fishermen got that bakers don’t – apart from whiffy hands and a taste for horrible mints? A national centre for skills, that’s what. Meanwhile baking, possibly the oldest profession (behind the illegal one that also involves fishnets), has had to put up with businesses, skills providers and government all pulling in different directions.In the seafish industry, the various associations, trade and training groups united to build a National Skills Academy Centre for their sector, based in Grimsby. This delivers greater accessibility to training and is augmented by seven other centres, as well as materials available for training via IT. This has enabled the seafish sector to access significant government investment to increase skills. So why can’t it be the same for bakery?The answer is, it can. Thanks to some effective lobbying from the Alliance for Bakery Students & Trainees and other interested parties, sector skills council Improve has given its backing to a training centre for bakery. Bakery employs more people than seafish and has a larger financial impact on the food and drink manufacturing sector, so the benefits of getting skills provision right are immense. Baking industry bodies, such as the Association of British & Irish Millers (abim), have already been persuaded to support the project.A Centre of Bakery Excellence has been mooted for a long time, but has never built any momentum beyond the talking-shop stage. But now the ball is finally rolling and the centre should come to fruition under the direction of the National Skills Academy. The Academy is already seeking expressions of interest for hosting the new centre, provisionally called The National Skills Academy for Bakery.Over the next three months, we are keen for you to voice your views on what you think the centre should be for. We will also explain a number of key issues set to play out in the baking industry, including the Sector Skills Agreement, the role of the National Skills Academy and, biggest of all, last year’s government-commissioned Leitch report, the policy driver on skills within the workplace, colleges and schools. The report recommends exacting targets and threatens to introduce a training levy if employers do not embrace the need to increase skills or make significant progress to the targets identified. Leitch is an England-only policy, but it is likely that the direction will be followed in each of the other UK nations.Our aim is to show you how the bakery sector could build a mechanism to deliver these skills through a National Skills Academy Centre. In April, it is hoped the Baking Industry Exhibition will host a conference to thrash out the detail. So why not make your views heard by contacting [email protected] read more

All Bells and whistles

first_imgVisiting Bells of Lazonby, near the heart of the Lake District, can be a confusing experience. On the one hand, you have miles and miles of quintessential country lanes, punctuated by centuries-old hedgerows and traditional stone cottages. On the other, lying in a lane just off the village high street, you have one of Britain’s most forward-thinking bakeries – one that has national distribution, was the winner of Sainsbury’s Bakery Supplier of the Year and considered corporate social responsibility (CSR) a part of its very ethos long before most us had even got our heads round the slogan.So while the heavenly hills around Bells have seen little change over the years, the firm has embraced so much change, it is hard to keep up! But wisely, it ploughs back the profits into growing the business and serving the community. That means supporting the local school, providing affordable housing and sourcing goods locally, among other things.The business started as a retail outlet after the last war, but now has five shops in local market towns. The remainder of the business comprises three companies: Bells with its own brand of breads, cake lines and puddings; OK Foods, a free-from range for coeliacs and those with food allergies, based in Lazonby alongside Bells; and the Village Bakery Melmerby, in Melmerby village itself, about five miles away. Here they make organic breads and cakes, and run an organic restaurant/café. Head baker Tiff (Anthony Tiffin) also runs masterclasses for bakery enthusiasts and ignorant journalists.All three businesses supply the major supermarkets as well as health food stores and local foodservice companies.== coveted accolade ==But what exactly made proprietor Michael Bell enter the Baking Industry Awards? He says he knew that Bakery Supplier of the Year, sponsored by Sainsbury’s, was one of the most coveted accolades. And while this was an incentive, it also posed a challenge. “There are always good bakers on a shortlist. How can you say you are a better baker, when you are all likely to use good ingredients and make great products?” asks Michael. “So we concentrated on what set us apart and decided it was our CSR policy.”Michael was not able to attend the actual day of presentation at Sainsbury’s head office at Holborn, due to prior commitments, so he sent Carolyn Nichol, national account manager, who was pitched against seven other shortlisted candidates.He says: “We arranged for Carolyn to take a selection of products, talk through a Powerpoint presentation then answer any questions.”She highlighted the affordable housing we helped build for people who have at least one child and will send them to the local school, which we also support. She also highlighted our big investment in education and training – our staff spend 800 days doing off-the-job training in a year.”Our packaging is mostly recyclable and we are the first to use compostable bread bags, which can be left to rot.”== waste minimalisation ==The company has put in a waste minimalisation policy for everything, ranging from cardboard to light bulbs with a strong emphasis on ’environmental stewardship’. This ’thinking of others’ policy, combined with a basic need to make profits, stimulated Michael to start a subsidiary company, OK Foods, making wheat-, dairy- and gluten-free products for those on a special diet or with allergies. Since 2003, turnover has gone from zero to £3.5m and has led to the company gaining the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.However CRS does not just extend to Bells’ goods. The new offices, a few yards from existing ones in a traditionally restored station house, and the bakery are quite original. The whole ethos is to minimise energy consumption. Sensors conserve electricity and water, careful construction and natural air circulation avoid the need for air conditioning, heating systems have been chosen for energy efficiency, wind catchers harness nature’s own power and local builders were employed in the new building’s construction.Was Michael concerned about the competition for the Baking Industry Awards? “Once we were down to the last three – and therefore eligible to attend on the night – we learned our two fellow finalists were La Fornaia, which has achieved astonishing success, and Memory Lane Cakes, which is a great company, so to have got that far was tremendous!Publicity for the awards helped too. Anyone who is a finalist finds press releases have been sent to their local papers and radio and TV stations.== advice on the competition ==So what tips might he pass on to anyone entering the same category next year, because he will not be allowed to re-enter? “I would advise people to major on answering the questions and concentrate on what sets you apart. For example everyone says they ’take great care, use the finest ingredients, or try to innovate’. You need to be different.”A tour around the new environmentally-aware Bells of Lazonby offices followed by those situated a few yards away in the old station house of Lazonby serves to emphasise the point. This will continue as the site for the marketing department and won an award for restoration to its original state – with a few environmental tweaks, of course.On one table are all the trophies and plaques that Bells has won in the past. On the other side, the station house looks out on to Lazonby’s platform, where a local train stops six times a day. “We roll out a red carpet when VIP customers arrive. It’s often quite a surprise,” says Michael.All this, of course, goes hand in hand with the sort of service and products that supermarkets and others expect, including market analyses and retailer support packages combined with innovations, brand extensions and consumer PR and advertising, alongside in-store samplings. Even so, the price pressures can sometimes be so great that there is literally no profit left – and then Michael will walk away and seek new business. Ethical trading, he believes, must go both ways, as everyone needs to make a profit.But when the winner of Sainsbury’s Bakery Supplier of the Year was announced on the night and Bells of Lazonby was chosen, the feeling was “absolutely tremendous”, he says.Sainsbury’s bakery and fresh foods director Simon Twigger presented the award, with the help of Joanna Lumley.The rural baker became a national award winner in one of the most challenging categories, applauded by Sainsbury’s Nick Townend, category manager bakery, Sarah Mackenzie, in-store bakery buyer, and Debra Wharton, who has since left Sainsbury’s. They, along with independent judges, thought that, in Bells of Lazonby, you could not only taste the difference but see it in action too.last_img read more

County COVID-19 Infection Rate Is Lowest Reported Among Red-Flagged Counties

first_imgMGN ImageALBANY — Chautauqua County is one of only four counties in New York State with a COVID-19 infection rate higher than the state’s average of 1 percent, but is still the lowest reported rate in the Western New York counties red-flagged by the state.In a Sunday update, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Chautauqua County’s infection rate is 1.5 percent.“What is interesting is you do see different geographic variations. The City of Buffalo was at 5.5; the County of Erie, 1.5; County of Niagara, 2.9; Chautauqua, 1.5. So, we’re going to use that information and continue testing and start to focus on those geographic areas that are showing higher numbers” Cuomo said.Cuomo explained that Western New York has been flagged because of a high infection rate. “It has been, we have a caution flag up on Western New York. The infection rate yesterday was 1.6 percent. That’s still the highest in the state. Every other region was below 1 percent,” Cuomo said. “We’ve started a focused testing effort with rapid turnaround. We set up eight sites. We did 1,000 people.”Cuomo said the testing in the counties was about a 3.4 percent infection rate for one day.“That is a very high number, but that is not a random number. These are people who decided to come in to be tested. Normally you get a high infection rate under those circumstances because these are people who think they may be infected, right? That tends to be the driving motivation for people who show up so 3.4 is high but again it’s not random,” Cuomo said. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Les Liaisons Dangereuses Begins Performances on Broadway

first_img View Comments Sex, intrigue and betrayal are all on the cards for Tony winners Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber as they begin performances in the Broadway revival of Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses. The Josie Rourke-helmed production, originally from London’s Donmar Warehouse, will begin performances at the Booth Theatre on October 8.The dark comedy, based on the 1782 novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, followers lovers-turned-rivals La Marquise de Merteuil (McTeer) and Le Vicomte de Valmont (Schreiber) as they challenge each other to games of reputation-ruining seduction. Among their targets is the young convent girl Cécile, whose love for her music teacher is exploited to thwart her engagement.The cast will also feature Birgitte Hjort Sørensen as Madame de Tourvel, Raffi Barsoumian as Le Chevalier Danceny, Ora Jones as Madame de Volanges, Elena Kampouris as Cécile Volanges, Katrina Cunningham as Émilie, Josh Salt as Azolan, Joy Franz as Victoire, David Patterson as Major-domo, Laura Sudduth as Julie and Mary Beth Peil as Madame de Rosemonde.Les Liaisons Dangereuses will open officially on October 20. The limited engagement is scheduled to run through January 22, 2017.Check out the cast discussing the show with below. Star Files Related Shows Janet McTeer in ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses'(Photo: Johan Persson) Janet McTeer Les Liaisons Dangereuses Liev Schreiber Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017last_img read more

Great Neck Teen Charged in Screwdriver Stabbing

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A teenager has been accused of stabbing a man with a screwdriver in his hometown of Great Neck earlier this week.Nassau County police arrested 19-year-old Gerzon Hernandez and charged him with assault and possession of a dangerous weapon.Police said the suspect stabbed the 24-year-old victim during an argument in a gazebo at Great Neck Park on Middle Neck Road at 9:30 p.m. Monday.The victim was treated for his injuries at a local hospital.Hernandez will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

Controversial Link-Sharing Charges Against Barrett Brown Dropped

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Barrett Brown (Photo credit: Free Barrett Brown)Federal prosecutors in Texas earlier this week dropped several controversial charges against author and journalist Barrett Brown in a case civil liberty groups fear could chill free speech.The dropped charges stem from Brown having copied and pasted a link in a chat room containing thousands of stolen credit card information and other material from Stratfor, a Texas-based global intelligence company, which was hacked in December 2012.Brown’s supporters, which include civil liberty groups and high-profile journalists, most notably, Glenn Greenwald of NSA leak fame, have criticized the government for seeking to criminalize the sharing of already publicly available information. Brown was not involved in the hack against Stratfor, which the FBI knew about as early as Dec. 6, 2011, and it was the agency that allegedly orchestrated the hack through a confidential informant, according to a court filing by Brown’s attorneys.The government’s decision to drop counts one and three through 12 came one day after Brown’s attorneys filed a motion to dismiss those charges. Prosecutors did not explain in the motion why they dropped the counts.“The criminalization of Mr. Brown’s speech (by republishing the hyperlink) is an unconstitutional abridgment of the First Amendment because it regulates pure political speech based on its content,” his lawyers wrote in the motion.Brown’s attorneys go on to say that the charges “would be unconstitutionally overbroad and chill speech in violation of the First Amendment.”Related: NDAA, Indefinite Detention, And The Battle Raging Against The Most Important Law You’ve Never Heard OfRelated: Revolution’s Family Tree: Franklin and Adams to Manning and SnowdenBrown, whose work has appeared in the Guardian, Huffington Post and Vanity Fair, among other media outlets, remains accused of concealing two laptops and for threatening an FBI agent and his family in a YouTube video. The dropped charges cut a considerable amount of time from Brown’s potential sentence, but he still faces 70 years in prison, according to reports.According to the indictment, Brown allegedly called the FBI agent a “fucking chicken shit little faggot cocksucker.” He also alleged that the agent is “a criminal, who is involved in a criminal conspiracy.”The 32-year-old journalist and satirist founded Project PM, a crowdsourcing tool, in 2009. His attorneys have described the website as a “collaborative web application” which allows others to conduct research using publicly available materials—including information obtained from leakers and hackers, according to court documents.Brown’s attorney, Ahmed Ghappour, told the Guardian that the government did “the right thing dropping the charges.”“We will continue to fight for Barrett every way we can,” he added.last_img read more

New brochure Croatia’s Best Campsites 2018 published

first_imgThe Croatian Camping Association (KUH) has published a new brochure Croatia’s Best Campsites 2018, printed in 26.400 copies in 5 basic language variants: English, Italian, German, Dutch and Slovenian.During 2018, the brochure will be distributed at all fairs as part of the CNTB’s trade fair appearances, in selected CNTB offices, as part of the KUH trade fair appearances, at trade fairs in Utrecht, Vienna, Stuttgart, Leeuwarden, Herning and Düsseldorf, Parma, Falls and additionally in Munich, for the needs of foreign partners as well as through other selected distribution channels (Caravan Center Ljubljana, Meridijan Poreč, etc.), reports from KUH.The new edition of the brochure has a plastic cover, the largest number of pages so far (as many as 108), and for the first time a new road map has been inserted into the brochure (showing the locations of campsites, of all important traffic routes and border crossings and the most important Croatian natural sights) – thus this year’s brochure represents the best KUH’s off-line promo material printed so far.The new brochure was also published in PDF format on the official camping portal of KUH,, with always up-to-date and updated section page The best Croatian campsSide dish: Croatia’s Best Campsites 2018 brochurelast_img read more

Arrizabalaga made costly mistake but needs support, says Lampard

first_imgChelsea manager Frank Lampard says goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga needs support after the Spaniard’s costly error in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat by Liverpool in the Premier League.Arrizabalaga became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper when he joined Chelsea from Athletic Bilbao for 80 million euros ($94.92 million) in 2018 but has struggled to justify his huge transfer fee.He was at fault for Liverpool’s second goal on Sunday, directing a clearance straight into the path of Sadio Mane, who tapped the ball into an empty net. “With the Kepa situation it’s a clear mistake,” Lampard said. “A clear mistake that has cost us because at that point we go on to have a penalty which we maybe score.”Those fine margins change games at this level. We have to keep working, Kepa has to keep working. He has to have support around him, that’s very clear.”How on earth can kepa make such a silly mistake— Amoah Sam Francis (@Asfrancisoffi1) September 20, 2020The 25-year-old keeper was also criticized for his role in Brighton and Hove Albion’s goal on Monday when he failed to stop Leandro Trossard’s shot from outside the area.”Kepa has to keep working, nobody tries to make mistakes in football, it is the nature of the game. You have to be strong and keep going,” added Lampard, who also confirmed Willy Caballero would start in goal against Barnsley in Wednesday’s League Cup game.Topics :last_img read more

‘Transgender’ definition may be erased in the US

first_imgThe Sydney Morning Herald 22 October 2018Family First Comment:  Shock Horror!! Trump’s administration wants to base gender on biology and science… “The department argued in its memo that key government agencies needed to adopt an explicit and uniform definition of gender as determined “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable”. The agency’s proposed definition would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with. Any dispute about one’s sex would have to be clarified using genetic testing.” No wonder the Left hate Trump so much!The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a US government-wide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law.A series of decisions by the Obama administration loosened the legal concept of gender in federal programs, including in education and healthcare, recognising gender largely as an individual’s choice and not determined by the sex assigned at birth. The policy prompted fights over bathrooms, dormitories, single-sex programs and other arenas where gender was once seen as a simple concept. Conservatives, especially evangelical Christians, were incensed.Now the US Department of Health and Human Services is spearheading an effort to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans gender discrimination in education programs that receive government financial assistance, according to a memo obtained by The New York Times.The department argued in its memo that key government agencies needed to adopt an explicit and uniform definition of gender as determined “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable”. The agency’s proposed definition would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with, according to a draft reviewed by the Times. Any dispute about one’s sex would have to be clarified using genetic testing.“Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth,” the department proposed in the memo, which was drafted and has been circulating since last spring. “The sex listed on a person’s birth certificate, as originally issued, shall constitute definitive proof of a person’s sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence.”The new definition would essentially eradicate federal recognition of the estimated 1.4 million Americans who have opted to recognise themselves – surgically or otherwise – as a gender other than the one they were born into.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

2014 East Central Relay Invitational

first_imgThe AquaTrojans from East Central hosted its annual East Central Relays Saturday in St. Leon. After an exciting meet the Connersville Boys and Greensburg girls pull away with the relay meet victories. The scores were as follows.Girls: Greensburg 64, East Central 62 (9-2), New Palestine 62, Greenwood 60, and Connersville 40.Boys: Connersville 84, East Central 70 (8-1), New Palestine 54, Greensburg 50, and Greenwood 34.The AquaTrojans had a fantastic showing at this meet. Relay winners include:Girls 400 Medley Relay (Alexis deLong, Kacie Jackson, Lydia Weber); Boys 400 Medley Relay (Alex Ketcham, Alex Pruitt, Dustin Schantz); Boys 375 Crescendo Relay (Jakob Paff, Alex Pruitt, Dustin Schantz, Derek Roth); Girls 150 Butterfly Relay (Kacie Jackson, Lydia Weber, Alexis deLong); Boys 150 Butterfly Relay (Ryan Lammering, Curtis Schondelmayer, Derek Roth); Girls 400 Freestyle Relay (Jenna Wernke, Ashley Bortlein, Lydia Weber, Alexis deLong); and Boys 400 Freestyle Relay (Alex Ketcham, Ryan Lammering, Curtis Schondelmayer, Derek Roth).The next meet for the AquaTrojans will be on Friday and Saturday January 9-10 at Connersville for the EIAC Conference Championships). Go AquaTrojans!!Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Lovelesslast_img read more