Handmade opens new site

first_imgThe Handmade Cake Company, officially opened its new factory in Gardner Road, Maidenhead, in a double celebration to mark its 25th Birthday. The new premises which is only a mile and a quarter down the road from its old one, now gives the company the extra space they need and is nearly two thirds bigger than the old site, going from 12,000 square ft to 32,000. Handmade, which produce over 4,000 cakes a day, signed the lease for the new premises on the last day of August 2007 and had 8 months to gut the existing building, formerly a printworks, before renovating it into a bakery. “We just kept the outer shell of the building, everything else is new,” explained Michael Wheeler, bakery director and one of the three partners of the business. It was officially opened by Anne and Andrew Perry, who opened the original bakery 25 years ago, with the words: “God bless her and all who work in her”. The Handmade Cake Company currently employ 110 staff and produce whole cakes and traybakes which it sells to the foodservice industry.last_img read more

Tour de France riders await coronavirus tests day

first_imgOrganizers and the International Cycling Union (UCI) are expected to issue a statement on Tuesday before the start of the 10th stage.”We’re crossing our fingers,” Cofidis team manager Cedric Vasseur told reporters. “We took all the procedure to avoid being caught by COVID.“Even if we are confident, we cannot be 100% sure that nobody will be infected. In any case, if somebody tests positive for COVID, they will be out of the Tour.”Team UAE Emirates sports director Allan Peiper was confident his team had done everything to avoid being infected. Tour de France teams were crossing their fingers as the peloton headed for the first rest day’s battery of coronavirus tests which could trigger team exclusions on Monday.Some team staff members were tested on Sunday and riders will be submitted to analysis on Monday.Tour rules state that should two members of a team, staff or riders, test positive for coronavirus, the whole outfit will be kicked out of the race. “It’s part and parcel of this Tour,” he said.”There is no anxiety. We’re in our bubble, we’re safe, we follow the rules and we do what we’re meant to do, and we see nobody else. There won’t be an infection in our group if we follow the rules. I don’t see a problem there.”Riders, however, have expressed concerns that spectators were not being cautious enough, with some of them running alongside the peloton without wearing masks.”The last few kilometers was like the [Col de] Peyresourde of always but the coronavirus is here and we want the Tour to get to Paris,” said Dutchman Tom Dumoulin after the eighth stage.The professional riders’ association (CPA) on Saturday issued a statement asking all fans to wear masks.French health authorities reported 8,550 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Saturday, down from Friday’s 8,975.Friday’s figure had set an all-time high of daily additional infections since the disease started to spread in the country at the end of the winter.The number of people in France who have died from COVID-19 increased by 12 to 30,698, and the cumulative number of cases now totals 317,706. Topics :last_img read more

Outbound flights now allowed but…

first_imgIt also had a special reminder to domestic passengers: “Please check with the local government offices of both your origin point and your final destination on travel requirements, such as mandated documents or health certifications. These requirements differ from province to province, and are revised and updated constantly in line with the anti-COVID-19 arrangements of each locality.” The governor clarified he would be allowing more outbound flights should other airlines offer them but only for locally stranded individuals, overseas workers and those who work in Metro Manila. Inbound and outbound regular commercial flights for leisure purposes are not yet allowed, said Defensor. * Manila – Caticlan (Boracay) – Manila (PR 2041/ 2042 every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday effective June 22) It, however, had this notice: “Please note that we may have to cancel flights, add frequencies or adjust our planned schedules, based on evolving entry restrictions and requirements set by concerned local government units (LGUs). PAL coordinates closely with all LGUs and the aviation authorities, and we will comply with their approvals and conditions, as we all work together to promote and protect public health during these critical times.” In a recent interview, Parreño said he was unsure when would commercial flights resume at the Iloilo Airport. Yesterday, Defensor said there was a scheduled PAL outbound flight this Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines-Iloilo (CAAP-Iloilo) terminal supervisor Art Parreño said yesterday they applied for up to June 30 extension of the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) with their cental office, citing the extension of the modified general community quarantine in Iloilo. A check on its website yesterday showed PAL issuing a domestic travel advisory for Iloilo; it announced Manila-Iloilo-Manila flights (PR 2141/2142) daily effective June 16. Iloilo province and the rest of Western Visayas remain under a modified general community quarantine until the end of this month unless extended further or lifted earlier. ILOILO – Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. has approved outbound flights to Manila from the Iloilo Airport but only for locally stranded individuals, employees who have work in Metro Manila and overseas workers who have scheduled flights back to their employment abroad. The initial outbound flights approved were those of the Philippine Airlines (PAL).center_img Defensor said air passengers must have “complete documents” including a travel authority from the Philippine National Police and certification that they were able to complete 14 days of quarantine and didn’t have symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) such as fever and cough, among others. PAL further listed the following flights in Western Visayas: * Manila – Roxas – Manila (PR 2203 / 2204 every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday effective June 23) “We plan to increase the number of routes and flights in the coming weeks and months, if allowed by aviation authorities, global public health conditions and the travel environment,” according to the PAL advisory. “Asta nga may restrictions kita, indi kasulod sa Iloilo except returning overseas workers and locally stranded individuals,” stressed Defensor. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Iloilo Airport served around 25 arrival and departure flights daily, said Parreño. * Manila – Kalibo – Manila (PR 2969 / 2970 every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday effective June 22) Commercial flights to and from Iloilo were suspended in March this year when the community quarantine was enforced to curb the spread of COVID-19. * Manila – Bacolod – Manila (PR 2131 / 2132 – June 16 and 17) Classified as an international airport, the Iloilo Airport is the first airport in both Western Visayas and the island of Panay to be built to international standards. It is also considered to be the primary gateway into the region./PNlast_img read more