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Kirk Hunter, chief executive, Scottish Association of Master Bakers

first_imgAs we enter 2007 the industry is facing up to major increases in costs. One local baker recently told me that he was experiencing the biggest increases in raw material prices in living memory. His tale is typical.The immediate problem is the announcement by the major flour millers of the second substantial increase in prices since the early autumn 2006. British Baker has already covered this story in depth.It’s not just flour. The Minimum Wage has been another body blow to many in the Industry. The 6% increase last October has proved to be brutally expensive, ripping through companies’ wage differentials. The Low Pay Commission got its sums wrong. An increase at double the rate of inflation was unjustifiable. It is no surprise that the Bank of England is now battling inflation.Like everyone else bakers have also been faced with massive increases in energy costs. One of my smaller members told me: “The biggest killer for me in the last year has been the increase in energy costs. My costs for gas and electric in 2005 were approximately £7,000. Last year I shelled out over £17,000. I made savings in other areas of my business, but I’m still £10,000 worse off.”A price increase is painful. No-one likes it. However, bakery products remain outstandingly good value. In Scotland, baking remains a sector where small family businesses can succeed. They need to remain viable if consumers are to have the choice and quality they are looking for.last_img read more


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Dead & Company Address North Carolina Discrimination With $100,000 Donation

first_imgWith Dead & Company’s tour beginning on June 10th, fans of the Grateful Dead ensemble have been buzzing about the band’s opening night performance in Charlotte, North Carolina. The state is home to a new bill, titled “HB2,” which places restrictions on bathrooms and has been viewed incredibly unfavorably by the LGBTQ community.After artists like Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen cancelled performances in NC, fans were wondering if Dead & Company might do the same. The band finally addressed the situation, saying that they were hoping the law would already be repealed by now. Since it isn’t, they don’t want to deprive their fans of the show, and will instead be donating $100,000 to The Human Rights Campaign and Equality North Carolina.Not only that, but the group will host a “Participation Row” area where activist groups can reach like-minded fans directly. “Participation Row” was a concept that has been implemented successfully at major events like Fare Thee Well and Lockn’ Festival, bringing a number of charitable organizations together and giving fans the opportunity to contribute.You can read the band’s full statement, below.This March, when North Carolina lawmakers passed HB2 and Governor Pat McCrory signed it into law, we categorically objected to it. We had hoped that by now this abhorrent law would have been repealed. Sadly, it has not.After much thought, consideration and conversation, we feel the most effective way to move forward is to perform as scheduled in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 10 and to donate $100,000.00 to organizations engaged in this battle for justice – the Human Rights Campaign and Equality North Carolina.Additionally, we will assemble a “Participation Row” social action area, where we’ll host local organizations fighting discrimination and national organizations dedicated to voter registration and protecting the planet. Every fan in attendance will have an opportunity to learn about the true ramifications of the HB2 law, and take meaningful action by registering to vote; to that end we are working on an online community registration site that will assist the HeadCount organization in promoting and simplifying voter registration.Dead shows have always been a safe place for all of our audience to come together through music no matter how they appear or self-identify. History shows these values of openness and inclusiveness have served us – and the world around us – well.We’ve never been a band that’s spoken many words when we’re on stage. But we hope that our actions, and the actions of our fans, will ring louder than ever before.With Love and Respect,Dead & Companylast_img read more


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Region 2 holds road safety march

first_imgIn an effort to curb the increasing carnage on Guyana’s roadways, the Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) Administration hosted a road safety awareness march on Saturday.Road safety awareness march in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) on SaturdayThe march was led by Regional Executive Officer Dennis Jaikarran in Anna Regina. The aim was to bring awareness among road users of the many accidents and fatalities in the Region and other parts of the country.For the month of November, 21 persons, including three children, died from road accidents. A closer review showed that for last week, 12 persons lost their lives in a matter of seven accidents and the fatalities have continued into this week.It was against this backdrop, the REO noted, that the march was organised by stakeholders in the Region so that road users can exercise the Five Cs (care, caution, consideration, common sense and courtesy) and play their part to ensure their safety and that of others.Jaikarran is calling on all persons to “use the road with care, stop speeding, don’t drink and drive, stop double parking on the road, don’t overtake on the double lines, don’t stop on turns etc”.Pedestrians are also urged to “stop, look and then cross” when using the roads.Joining this morning’s march were members from the Guyana Police Force (GPF), Guyana Defence Force (GDF), the Guyana Fire Service (GFS), Guyana National Cadet Corps, the Regional Administration staff, the Essequibo Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Police Station Management Committee, the Secondary Schools in Region Two, the Essequibo Coast Technical Institute as well as members of the public.The march, which was deemed a success, was the first of its kind to be held in the Region.last_img read more


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SA shines at All Africa Games

first_img25 July 2007The All Africa Games came to its conclusion in Algiers on Monday night, with Egypt narrowly edging out Algeria on the medals table for first place, with South Africa securing third spot behind the two North African nations.The Egyptians, a traditional power at the All Africa Games, won 74 gold medals and 199 medals overall to squeeze in ahead of the Algerians, who lifted their performance considerably over their showing in Abuja four years ago when they finished fourth in the standings.The hosts won more medals than the Egyptians, claiming 205, but they fell four short of their rivals in the gold medal stakes. It was Algeria’s best ever showing at the All Africa Games.61 gold medalsSouth Africa ended third with 61 golds and 180 medals in total, with Nigeria, the 2003 hosts, who topped the medal table in Abuja, taking fourth place with 50 gold medals and 159 medals in all. Tunisia finished fifth with 48 golds.In total, 27 sporting disciplines were contested, with about 8 000 athletes from 52 countries participating.Unfortunately, as is all too often the case in Africa, there was controversy surrounding what some countries called the manipulation of the medal table by Algeria. Often the official medal standings were unavailable at the end of each day, leaving countries in the dark as to how well their teams had performed.Despite the complaints, Olympic President Jacques Rogge declared himself happy with the Games, telling the athletes, “Thank you, you are wonderful!”Dominant in the swimming poolSouth Africa dominated in the swimming pool, winning 53 medals, with the next best return being Algeria’s 16 and Zimbabwe’s 15. SA men won 12 golds, seven silvers, and seven bronzes, while the women claimed 13 gold medals, nine silvers, and five bronzes.The results reflected South Africa’s recent emergence as a country to be reckoned with in international swimming competitions. They were also especially encouraging given that world swimming stars such as Roland Schoeman and Ryk Neethling did not take part.Paraplegic superstar Natalie du Toit excelled in the relays and won individual gold in the 1 500 metres freestyle.South Africa also performed well in athletics, winning the most medals with 24, although Algeria won the most golds, nine to SA’s seven.1-2-3 in men’s 400 hurdlesThe Rainbow Nation’s men achieved the best results of any country, with the highlight provided by the 400 metre hurdlers. They finished 1-2-3, with LJ van Zyl taking gold in 48.74 seconds, while Pieter de Villiers was awarded silver ahead of Alwyn Myburgh, even though both athletes were time in 48.91 seconds.In wheelchair athletics, SA finished second on the table, picking up 14 medals, of which eight were for wins. There was also a gold medal for the wheelchair basketball team.South African sailors led the way in a competition that featured women’s and mixed racing. Of the nine golds on offer, SA picked up six.In another water-based sport, rowing, South Africa finished just one gold behind Algeria, although the team’s seven medals was one better than the hosts.Badminton topsAfter a tight fight against Nigeria, SA’s badminton team finished top of the table, winning two golds, three silvers, and three bronzes.South Africa was also number one in cycling, with three gold medals out of the six on offer, and six medals in all.The wrestling team secured three gold medals and five bronzes to total eight medals in all.Gymnasts claimed 12 medals, but just two golds among them. It was a similar story in chess as South Africa picked up 10 medals, but only one of them was gold.Olympic hockey qualifiersDue to a lack of facilities in Algeria for hockey, an Olympic qualifying tournament was held in Nairobi at the same time as the All Africa Games. Only the winners would qualify for Beijing 2008.South Africa’s women had no problems whatsoever in securing their spot, waltzing through the tournament and smashing Kenya 5-0 in the final.Matters were tougher for the men who faced their traditional rivals Egypt for the prized Olympic place as African champions.The Egyptians took the lead in the 34th minute through Sameh Metwaly, but just five minutes later Emile Smith leveled for South Africa. Then, with only six minutes remaining, Geoff Abbot scored the winner for SA.Taking place every four years, in the year before the Olympic Games, the next All Africa Games, the tenth edition, will be hosted by Lusaka in Zambia in 2011. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


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Interview with Dr Julie Reeder, following a plant-based diet

first_imgJulie is Dr. Reeder, Senior Research Analyst, Oregon Health Authority, WIC Are you vegetarian or vegan?I am vegetarian because while I obviously do not eat meat, poultry or fish and I do not eat eggs, I do have dairy occasionally especially when on the road and a slice of cheese pizza or grilled cheese sandwich might be my only option.How long have you been vegetarian/vegan?More than 10 years.Why did you decide to become vegetarian/vegan?If I can do something that improves my health, and health of the environment and decreases the suffering of animals why wouldn’t I do that? It is a complete win-win for everyone. To me, it is a no-brainer.What benefits do you receive from being a vegetarian/vegan? I get to eat a ton of delicious food. Often people think that being veg means eating less variety but I actually eat so many more different foods than the meat-eaters I know. Just this week I’ve made a delicious roasted bell pepper and lentil curry, authentic Mexican enchiladas with potatoes and carrots, grilled tofu steaks with chimichurri sauce and mashed root vegetables. When you can’t just grab that same old turkey sandwich every day or go through a fast food drive-thru, you automatically eat a much great variety of foods. And a ton of fiber too.Are there any difficulties with being vegetarian/vegan?Not really. Sometimes you’ll be stuck in a hotel or airport where choices are slim, but I always find something. Portland, Oregon where I live is very vegetarian-friendly. You wouldn’t have a social gathering here without having a veggie option.Once you became vegetarian/vegan what there anything you missed?What would I possibly miss? The fundamental aspects of your life are still the same, you’re just 100% plant-powered after becoming vegetarian.What is the best advice you would give for anyone thinking about becoming vegetarian/vegan?Give yourself the treat of a vegetarian diet. You will feel better, you may save money, you will be introduced to so many new foods, and show your love for animals. There are lots of great recipe resources out there. Check your local library for vegan cookbooks and start with just one recipe per week. You’ll be on to the next recipe in no time because you will love the food.Tune in Jan 23, 11:00 am ET for this free webinar “Plant-based Eating: Enhancing Health Benefits, Minimizing Nutritional Risks”. Register on the event page. Dietitians earn 1 CEU. This blog was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more


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Diamonds set for Netball World Cup squad shake-up

first_imgShare on Messenger Gretel Tippett: netball’s most polarising figure heading for World Cup Share via Email Diamonds Netball World Cup 2019 Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Reuse this content Netball Australia are set to name a new-look squad for the netball World Cup with Diamonds vice-captain Gabi Simpson and midcourt star Kim Ravaillion shock casualties. The 12-strong squad for the July tournament in England will be officially announced on Thursday morning, however it is believed to have leaked after players were told their fate by coach Lisa Alexander on Monday.The likely team includes only three players from the triumphant 2015 campaign in Caitlin Bassett, Caitlin Thwaites and Paige Hadley. NSW Swifts centre Hadley, who missed last year’s Commonwealth Games, is believed to have forced her way back in to the Australian line-up after not even being included in the training squad at the start of the year. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp She is set to join reigning Diamonds player of the year Liz Watson in the midcourt as well as recent debutantes Kelsey Browne and Jamie-Lee Price. That means no room for Tests regulars Simpson and Ravaillion. Wing defence Simpson has struggled with a groin injury this year while she hasn’t been helped by the form of her winless Queensland Firebirds. Ravaillion was part of Australia’s 2015 World Cup title and has played 60 Tests but withdrew from the team last September citing exhaustion and hasn’t found a way back amongst the hotly contested midcourt selection.Captain Caitlin Bassett will lead the shooting end, joined by Gretel Tippett and Steph Wood while Caitlin Thwaites, who has been a rock for her Melbourne Vixens, is also set for a call-up ahead of young Giant Keira Austin.In the defensive end, NSW Swifts’ Sarah Klau is believed to have edged incumbent Vixen Emily Mannix after squaring off last round in the Super Netball. Courtney Bruce, Jo Weston and April Brandley are the other selections. Star goal-keeper Bruce proved her fitness last Saturday, returning from three weeks out with an elbow injury to lead West Coast to a win over Collingwood.Likely Australian team: Caitlin Bassett (Giants), April Brandley (Magpies), Kelsey Browne (Magpies), Courtney Bruce (Fever), Paige Hadley (Swifts), Sarah Klau (Swifts), Caitlin Thwaites (Vixens), Gretel Tippett (Firebirds), Jamie-Lee Price (Giants), Liz Watson (Vixens), Jo Weston (Vixens), Steph Wood (Lightning). Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Topics Australia sport newslast_img read more


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First Nations woman says BC healthcare failed her – again

first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsIt’s been just over two months since Mary Stewart, 55, was taken to a Chilliwack Hospital after saying she was hit by a semi-truck.“I can remember screaming for murder because I was ran over by a truck I remember the wheels hitting me and somebody called 911,” she told APTN News.Since that time, Stewart was promised physio-therapy and medication to help her deal with the pain – but so far nothing.Two weeks ago she was sent to a recovery house in Surrey where she was promised help.But she said there were no services offered.Now she is being cared for by her family.“Thay are racist and they don’t think that we deserve the same treatment as people that dont have brown skin,” said her friend Eddie Julian.Stewart’s ordeal started after she was taken to the Chilliwack emergency room after being hit by a truck.Stewart claims that the physician told her they didn’t see anything wrong in the x-rays, and she said she was released.She said a nurse said that if she didn’t leave, they would call the police.She had no money and no phone. Her partner was with her and they ended up leaving at around 4 am in the rain.“They sent me away in a wheelchair and it was raining outside and they cut me outta my pants so they let me go with no pants just a sheet to cover me I could make it a block and a half I was in so much pain,” she said.She returned to the Chilliwack Hospital the next day after sleeping outside in a wheelchair.Stewart said when she arrived, a nurse said she never should have left the hospital.The x-ray showed her injuries were extensive.“My broken ankles, my broken knees my broken pelvis I have fractures all the way up me left side on my leg I was basically crushed from the bottom down,” she said.Stewart spent nearly a month at the hospital recovering.She said during that time, she experienced racism.Eddie Julian said hospital staff didn’t react well to her story in the media.“One of the nurses at the hospital had look at Mary and said oh I saw your mugshot on the paper and one of Mary’s lawyers happened to be there at the time and she just kinda appalled and she asked if that was me is that what you woulda said about me? and she said no no no,” he said.Officials said they have launched an investigation into what happened at the Chilliwack Hospital.They said it is still ongoing.Stewart said she has hired a lawyer and is considering legal action.last_img read more


Stephen A Smith Suspended By ESPN Taking Radio Job

Stephen A. Smith, perhaps the most provocative voice on ESPN, was suspended for a week from appearing on the network for comments deemed insensitive following Baltimore Raven Ray Rice’s two-game suspension for knocking his now-wife unconscious during a confrontation on an elevator on Valentine’s Day.Meanwhile, it was reported by the New York Daily News that Smith had already planned to leave the ESPN radio job he had for his own show on SiriusXM. Presumably, Smith will return to First Take and other responsibilities on ESPN next week.Smith said, among other things on the air last week: “What I’ve tried to employ [with]  the female members of my family — some of who you all met and talked to and what have you — is that … let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions, because if I come — or somebody else come, whether it’s law enforcement officials, your brother or the fellas that you know — if we come after somebody has put their hands on you, it doesn’t negate the fact that they already put their hands on you.”His comments, even though he vehemently denounced a man hitting a woman, started a deluge of outrage that eventually ESPN succumbed to with this suspension–which came after Smith made countless attempts on Twitter to explain himself and offered an on-air apology for his remarks.Smith tweeted, among other things: “But what about addressing women on how they can help prevent the obvious wrong being done upon them? In no way was I accusing women of being wrong. I was simply saying what that preventive measures always need to be addressed because there’s only but so much that can be done after the fact … once the damage is already done.”He apologized on television: “On Friday, speaking right here on ‘First Take’ on the subject of domestic violence, I made what can only amount to the most egregious error of my career,” Smith said. “My words came across that it is somehow a woman’s fault. This was not my intent. It is not what I was trying to say.”ESPN released a statement from its president, John Skipper, who said the suspension came as a result of speaking to the women employees resource group at his network: “As many of you know, there has been substantial news coverage in the past few days related to comments Stephen A. made last Friday in the wake of the NFL’s decision to suspend Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for two games following charges of assaulting his then fiancée, now wife, a few months ago.“We’ve said publicly and in this space that those remarks did not reflect our company’s point of view, or our values. They certainly don’t reflect my personal beliefs.”The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg, among others, agreed with Smith’s take, and many have considered ESPN’s suspension a sad indictment on the NFL and its perceived insensitivity toward women. To wit: Rice knocked out the woman in his life and received just a two-game suspension; Smith did not abuse anyone and received a seven-day ban.Smith, the Daily News reported, will soon leave ESPN-98.7 FM and join SXM’s Mad Dog Radio, where he will host his own show. Smith currently co-hosts a 1p.m. to 3p.m. program with Ryan Ruocco that airs in New York. read more