Bakery sales growth for Northern Foods

first_imgBakery and sandwiches are among the top three performing categories for Northern Foods, which announced group like-for-like sales were up 1% on last year.In its interim statement for the 14 weeks to 3 April 2010, the firm said trading was strong within its Chilled division, with new sandwich business secured with Costa Coffee, due to commence during the second quarter of the new financial year. However, underlying revenue for the fourth quarter stood at 2.1% growth compared to 6.3% for the full year. The firm announced that Bakery had “continued to see strong trading”, with underlying revenue for the full year up 3%, and for the fourth quarter up 4.1%.“Our Fox’s Biscuits brand increased its market position following the Christmas trading period and moved up to number two in the UK, with a brand share of 10.7% (AC Nielsen Scantrack 52 w/e 20.02.10),” commented the firm.Within its Frozen division, underlying revenue fell by 9.3% for the year, due to the exit from “low-margin business”. The firm recently announced a major investment in its new Goodfella’s pizza range, with a brand re-launch, including new packaging and an extensive TV campaign, set to commence this month.last_img read more

Sen. Mike Braun changes his mind about protesting the Electoral College result

first_img Pinterest Facebook IndianaLocalNationalNewsSouth Bend Market Previous articleNotre Dame President’s statement on Wednesday events in D.C.Next articleRep. Upton comments on the D.C. riot and attack on Congress Tommie Lee WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Sen. Mike Braun changes his mind about protesting the Electoral College result Twitter By Tommie Lee – January 6, 2021 7 863 (Photo supplied/Indiana Senate Republcians) Senator Mike Braun announced Wednesday evening, after the rioting in Washington D.C., that he was flip-flopping his position regarding a protest of the Electoral College results.Braun said he was no longer interesting in dragging out the counting of the Electoral College votes shortly before the Senate returned to work Wednesday night.The Senator from Indiana told reporters “I think today changed things drastically. Whatever point you made before, that should suffice. And we can get this ugly day behind us.”A number of other GOP lawmakers made similar statements before the confirmation process resumed, once the chamber was deemed safe and secure, and Vice President Pence opened the proceedings with a speech about democracy, defying the rioters, and “getting back to the people’s business.” Google+ Google+ Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more

News story: Help us spread the word on safety during party season

first_imgStarting with Halloween and Bonfire Night, the Office is working with partners including Netmums, RoSPA and CTSI to deliver key messages on product safety from now to Christmas and New Year.For Halloween we emphasise the importance of the CE mark on the label, certifying fancy dress costumes have been tested for flammability; and buying from a trusted store or online source. Customers can check whether items have been recalled on the dedicated GOV.UK web pageMessages for Bonfire Night and other celebrations include how to host fireworks parties safely, and specific information about buying fireworks from licensed sellers, and underlining the age restriction to 18 and over. You can search ‘fireworks’ on GOV.UK for additional advice.Our partners are using their media channels to help us share themed templates for printed and digital materials.Please help us get these messages over to the public using whatever means you have available. Spread the word with these materials which are available on the CTSI website: Halloween and Bonfire Nightlast_img read more

Classic British Cakes – Jill Scott

first_imgWhilst the Victoria Sponge will always be a classic I like to add a twist to most of my cakes so that they are unique and different to everybody else’s. Although I have never tried to sell a Victoria Sponge to my customers on the stall I would probably end up decorating it with whole fresh strawberries on the top.As I started off selling cupcakes I tend to find that most of my cakes are covered in frosting. The best selling cake by the slice is definitely my Carrot Cake although the next favourite is a competition between Red Velvet and my Sticky Toffee Cake.A lot of my customers see the Red Velvet Cake and don’t know what it is however after explaining what it is they take my word that it is delicious and try it. I find that once they taste it they definitely come back for more.At my last market I decided to try an ombre cake which I had seen online. I baked my basic vanilla sponge recipe and split the mixture into 4 bowls where I coloured it in different shades of purple and baked as normal. Once cooled I sandwiched together with jam (this is unusual for me not to use butter cream) and covered in butter cream and sprinkles. The end result was very eye catching and made people stop to look at my stall. I even had a hen party that was doing a treasure hunt buy a piece as they were looking for something that was purple and unusual.I have had a few customers that maybe don’t like a lot of frosting and want something like a lemon drizzle cake however me being me, I want to do something different which is where my lemon yoghurt cake comes in. This is made with yoghurt and lemons and baked in a Bundt tin. Again this is different but proving to be popular with my customers – maybe it is because they think they are being healthy as it is not covered in lashings of butter cream.Yes, customers do like tried and tested cakes however I think if you add a twist or do something different that is eye catching you will attract them to your stall/shop. Once you have their attention then I find that if they like what they see then they will buy something – after all we eat with our eyes and if something looks good then how can you not try it.Since my last blog my business has really taken off and my husband is getting more involved (he does the selling whilst I do the baking). We have designed a logo for The Dessert Diva and are in the process of setting up a website. As well as doing Kelso Farmers Market each month we also attend Berwick Upon Tweed Market each Saturday and East Fortune Market on a Sunday.We are finding that organisers are coming to us to ask if we can attend various events rather than us having to look so we must be doing something right. As this goes to press we are busy preparing for a Vintage Car Rally this weekend which has 1100 entrants and there could be at least another couple of thousand people through the gates at Thirlestane Castle, Lauder – we are the only stall holder selling cakes so the next few days will be EAT, SLEEP, BAKE, REPEAT, EAT, BAKE, SLEEP, REPEAT……………About Jill ScottJill Scott, based in Kelso in the Scottish Borders, is a mother of three and a qualified accountant working full-time as an ERDF compliance manager. In 2011 she was a semi-finalist in ITV programme This Morning’s Super Sweet Competition with her lemon meringue cheesecake.She decided to do something with her baking rather than it being a hobby. She is trying to start up her own business baking from home and has attended local fund-raisers in her town, as well as generating sales through word of mouth. She has also enjoyed recipe-testing for The Dessert Deli cookbook.last_img read more

Gregory Alan Isakov Announces Summer Return To Red Rocks With Mountain Man

first_imgAcclaimed folk singer/guitarist Gregory Alan Isakov announced on Tuesday that he will return to Red Rocks Amphitheatre this summer for a headlining performance on August 4th. The Colorado native has performed at the famous outdoor amphitheater over the last few years, and this time around he’ll take the stage with support from indie-folk trio, Mountain Man, which includes Sylvan Esso singer, Amelia Meath.The August 4th show will be Isakov’s third time headlining a show at Red Rocks, located near his current home base of Boulder, Colorado. He’s returned to the venue the past few years since making his Red Rocks debut back in 2016, with the most recent coming last fall with a show alongside Patty Griffin in September. He’ll return to his hometown venue in August with a new book of songs, as the softly-spoken musician released his seventh studio album, Evening Machines, back in October.Isakov was included in the recent lineup announcement for the 2019 installment Telluride Bluegrass Festival scheduled for this June. He’ll have plenty of time to get warmed up for his appearance at the Colorado festival with a run of his own headlining tour dates scheduled to take place throughout January and February. His 2019 winter tour is actually scheduled to begin tomorrow (Wednesday) night with a sold-out show at The Ready Room in St. Louis.Mountain Man has also built a solid reputation within the Americana and folk scene since beginning their run together back in 2010, although they’ve taken the last few years off to clear room for Meath’s busy schedule as part of synth-pop duo Sylvan Esso. The trio performs most of their material a-cappella, although they often include acoustic guitar to balance the organic sounds of their natural vocals. The trio returned in 2018 to release their first new album since 2010 with Magic Ship.Tickets for the August 4th performance begin general on-sale starting this Friday, January 11th, and can be purchased here.last_img read more

Mental health of children affected by HIV

first_img Read Full Story Children affected by HIV — those who live with HIV-positive caregivers or who are orphaned by AIDS — experience anxiety and depression at levels that are similar to children who actually have HIV, according to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).Studying nearly 700 10- to 17-year-old children in Rwanda from March to December 2012, the researchers found that HIV-affected children had significantly higher levels of mental health difficulties than children unaffected by HIV. Further, they found no statistical difference in levels of mental health issues between HIV-affected children and children living with HIV.The study was led by Theresa Betancourt, associate professor of child health and human rights in HSPH’s Department of Global Health and Population, and included colleagues from Rwanda, HSPH’s François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights, Boston Children’s Hospital, Partners in Health, Harvard Medical School, and Columbia University.last_img read more

Panel talks cultural appropriation, Halloween costumes

first_imgZixu Wang | The Observer On Tuesday, student organizations hosted “My Culture is Not Your Costume” to discuss cultural appropriation in Halloween costumes.“We host this event to provide information of minority group’s culture, such as costume’s meanings and relations to the culture, and whether it would be offensive if you put it on,” senior Morgan Lumpkin, vice president of Notre Dame’s Black Student Association, said.While generally recognizing respecting other cultures, the essential question is how to draw the line between “cultural appreciation” and “cultural appropriation,” Lumpkin said.”It’s hard to draw a universal line while it should be different in multiple cases of diverse cultures,” she said. “It usually depends on the people who belong to that culture, so why don’t you ask them, saying ‘Hey can I wear it as a costume on Halloween?’”Law school student Lauren LeVan, who was born in the United States to a mother from the Philippines and a father from Laos, said while some people wear costumes derived from a particular culture as a fantasy, those who are of that culture can find it unfair and disrespectful.“Some costumes have a special link to culture and identity, and it’s offensive when someone who has no relation to or no knowledge of a culture just interjects,” she said.For LeVan, “fantasizing” is the line when it comes to offending.“The rice paddy hat has it’s own function and cultural relation to ancient agricultural civilization,” she said. ”If someone wears it out of context, like on Halloween, I will be uncomfortable. If you even do the fake Asian accent … you are mocking and putting damaging portraits or stigmas on Asians, and I will totally get upset and offended.”LeVan said stances like this can be seen as too sensitive, but her feelings remain unchanged.“Maybe it is sensitive but it’s not your place to tell me how to feel. If you’re offending me, you are offending me,” she said. “Halloween is an occasion of creativity. Why would you do something which could be offensive when you could do something more interesting and entertaining?”Cultural appropriation has implications of racial tensions and power, LeVan said.“There is a systematic unbalance [of] power between majority and minority groups,” LeVan said. “Minorities always think of what is suitable and how to act in social situations [as it] corresponds to surroundings. But I don’t think the majority [ethnicity] have this concern. … It’s kinda painful. That’s why in Halloween it’s important to make everyone equally show concerns to others.”However, since last year, there have been disputes about the event.“Some people accused us of killing Halloween, but we really don’t want to downplay it,” Lumpkin said. “People have [the] freedom to dress how they want, but we also don’t want people to walk into a party and get upset by others’ costumes.”Lumpkin said the goal of the event was not to judge people, but rather discuss ways people can make more respectful and thoughtful costume choices.“You don’t need to be offensive to be funny,” she said.Some faculty members also sent reminders about Halloween costumes and respect for other cultures. On Monday, Diversity and Inclusion of Notre Dame Law School sent an email to all law school students stating, “[We] would like to take a moment to remind everyone to be respectful of the faith, culture and identity of others. Problems can be avoided by simply caring about the way your actions make other people feel.”Justin North, a law student who works in Diversity and Inclusion, said he believes it is possible to celebrate and respect a culture by wearing costumes.”Our nation has long been a melting pot of cultures and is significantly better for it, and there is a significant amount of nuance necessary to balance the good of diversity with the power imbalance between cultures,” he said. “As for me, the costume wearer’s intention and knowledge of the culture they are representing decides whether it is cultural appropriation, but it may not be possible to display appropriate levels of respect and understanding for a culture. Meanwhile, I have no idea where others might draw the line and take offense, so I advise making sure you are informed about the costume choices you make and are able to explain your actions.”Tags: African Students Association, Asian American Association, Black Student Association, Diversity and Inclusion, Jewish Club of Notre Dame, Latino Student Alliance, Native American Student Association of Notre Dame Student groups gathered Tuesday to host “My Culture is Not Your Costume,” a panel about cultural appropriation on Halloween. The organizations sponsoring the event included the Black Student Association, Latino Student Alliance, Asian American Association, Native American Student Association, African Students Association, Jewish Club and Dome-ish. Four students shared their experiences and opinions, mentioning costumes such as blackface and kimonos.last_img read more

Fellowship offers SMC students opportunities, resources to pursue social justice causes

first_imgIn the 2020-2021 school year, the Katharine Terry Dooley Fellowship will be offered to undergraduate students at Saint Mary’s. The fellowship is designed to help strengthen students’ relationships to the core ideas of social justice not only in their community, but in the world beyond. Applications for the upcoming year are now open and will close on Feb. 24 at 5 p.m.The Katharine Terry Dooley Social Justice Fellowship program will bring together a small group of students chosen to be fellows to receive training in social justice leadership and community organizing. The fellows will then design a social justice project related to an issue or issues they find particularly pressing. Fellows will receive a $500 stipend as well as two academic credits across the two semesters of the fellowship year. It provides resources to fellows seeking to pursue the values set forth by the fund.Saint Mary’s philosophy professor Andrew Pierce talked about the program’s goals and purpose in an email.“The goal of the program is to train a small group of students in justice leadership and organizing, who will then use their newly developed skills to address social justice issues here on campus or in the local community,” Pierce said.The program does not aim to benefit only the students who participate, but also the community at large.“The program strives to deepen the College’s commitment to justice, and to honor the intended purpose of the Katharine T. Dooley fund, which aims to provide a moral and intellectual context for the critical examination of the root causes of societal problems, and to develop creative and thoughtful responses to those concerns,” Pierce said.  Applicants can apply through a Google form which will be emailed to all of Saint Mary’s. The application requests an unofficial transcript, a personal statement and a statement of ideas. A letter of recommendation is required later in the application process, but only the name and contact information of the intended recommender is required for the initial application.In addition to financial and educational incentives to pursue the grant, Pierce said the program also offers nonmaterial ones, such as knowledge, experience and validation. “In addition to the stipend and credits, participation in a social justice leadership program like this will be a highly desirable and valuable experience for students from a variety of fields who wish to apply their education, skills and talents to making a difference in the world,” Pierce said. “In a world rife with injustice, leadership of this sort is desperately needed.”Tags: Katharine Terry Dooley Endowment Fund, Katharine Terry Dooley Fellowship, Social justicelast_img read more

China to shutter 8.7GW of coal capacity by year’s end

first_imgChina to shutter 8.7GW of coal capacity by year’s end FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:China will aim to shut a total of 8.66 gigawatts (GW) of obsolete coal-fired power capacity by the end of this year, its energy regulator said, part of its efforts to curb smog and greenhouse gas emissions. The National Energy Administration didn’t say how much of the target, equal to just under 1 percent of total capacity, had already been met.All provinces and regions have been ordered to shut coal-fired power units with a capacity of less than 50,000 kilowatts (kW), the regulator said on its website on Sunday.Larger units of up to 100,000 kW in regions covered by large-scale power grids will also be eliminated, along with those that have reached the end of their designed service period, it said.Central China’s Henan province, one of the country’s most polluted regions, is under pressure to shut 1.6 GW this year, while southeastern Guangdong province near Hong Kong will shut 2.3 GW.China has promised to ease its dependence on coal, and it has also forced most of its coal-fired power plants to install ultra-low emissions technology in a bid to curb smog.But while China has cut the share of coal in its total energy mix from 68% in 2012 to 59% last year, overall consumption has continued to increase, and environmental groups estimate that it still has more than 200 GW of new coal-fired capacity in the pipeline.More: China aims to shut 8.7 GW of coal power by year-end – regulatorlast_img read more

Colombia: Army dismantles 3 narcotics laboratories

first_img Costa Rica: Police seize 92 kilograms of cocaine SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The Dominican National Drug Control Agency (DNCD) and the Special Airport Security Corps seized 13 kilograms (28.6 pounds) of cocaine hidden inside a suitcase at the airport on April 4, officials said. Agents found the cocaine, divided into 11 packages, in a suitcase suspected of belonging to José R. Ogando Pineda, who allegedly works for a luggage transportation company. Agents are trying to determine where the cocaine came from, where it was headed and whether Ogando is part of an international narco-trafficking ring, according to a DNCD statement. Agents have discovered narcotics in more than 30 pieces of luggage at the International Airport of Las Américas in the nation’s capital so far this year. MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – Counter-narcotics agents seized more than 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of marijuana and dismantled a narco-trafficking organization in the department of Tacuarembó during “Operation Heze,” officials said in a statement on April 1. The organization is suspected of trafficking large amounts of the narcotic into the country from neighboring Brazil, police said, according to the Uruguayan website Uruguay al Police arrested eight Uruguayans, including two women, during the raids, which were conducted in Montevideo and the city of Costa de Oro, according to the Uruguayan website Police also seized two vehicles and an unspecified amount of money. By Dialogo April 07, 2011 I am truly proud of the work to end this terrible problem of drug trafficking in my country. Carabineers and Investigations have done their best to eliminate drug trafficking, which fills us with pride. But I have a feeling of guilt: is it necessary to destroy the doors of houses that are raided? On television the attitude seems to be of a group of criminals who attack a house than a professional police raid. This way of breaking into a home leaves the children who live there forever with serious psychological issues. Should they correct this method? Thanks Dominican Republic: 157 cocaine packages seized from boat BOGOTÁ, Colombia – The Colombian army dismantled three narcotics laboratories belonging to drug gangs in the department of Putumayo. The first laboratory was in the village of Las Brisas in the municipality of Orito, where a makeshift structure housed 875 kilograms (1,925 pounds) of coca leaves, 27 kilograms (59 pounds) of chemicals and 10 gallons of diesel fuel, according to the Colombian website Radio Soldiers also discovered a narcotics laboratory in the village of El Diamante in the municipality of Mocoa. Military personnel destroyed 135 gallons of fuel, 75 kilograms (165 pounds) of coca leaves, and 17 gallons of chemicals used in the production of narcotics, according to the Colombian website Ejercito The third laboratory was found by the army in a rural area in the municipality of Puerto Asís. Soldiers found 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of coca leaves, 50 gallons of gasoline and storage tanks. It is unclear which specific gangs operated the laboratories, officials said. Uruguay: Police seize more than 50 kilograms of marijuana center_img Chile: Micro-trafficking arrests increase 50% Dominican Republic: Police seize cocaine shipment at airport SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – Counter-narcotics agents seized 92 kilograms (202 pounds) of cocaine stashed in boxes on a truck near the border with Nicaragua, officials said on April 2. The Costa Rican Ministry of Public Security said the police confiscated the narcotic in the city of Peñas Blancas. The cocaine, which was hidden in boxes labeled as sardines, was found in the double lining of the truck’s cab, according to the ministry. The truck driver, Ortiz González, 32, was arrested in connection with the confiscation, officials said. González, who allegedly was transporting the cocaine to Guatemala, faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, according to the Guatemalan daily Prensa Libre. SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The Dominican Drug Control Agency (DNCD) made three arrests in connection with the seizure of 157 packages of cocaine from a boat near the northeastern Port of Samaná in a joint operation with the navy and the air force, authorities said March 31. The cocaine was found at the port during a routine search, DNCD spokesman Col. Ramón Rodríguez said. Authorities arrested King Ureña, Yvan Miguel Paulino Tyne and Luis Álvarez. Law enforcement agents are searching for Alfredo Pérez Henríquez, according to the Dominican Republican newspaper Listín Diario. SANTIAGO, Chile – Police have reported a 50% increase in the number of arrests in connection with the micro-trafficking of narcotics during the first three months of the year, compared to the same period in 2010. Gen. Aquiles Blu, director of Order and Security of the Chilean Carabineros, said his unit has confiscated 2,000 tons of narcotics during the first quarter of the year. “We have plenty of great news regarding the number of operations carried out by the police,” Blu said, according to the Chilean daily La Tercera. “These interventions are happening because of the community’s cooperation. Thanks to this dynamic, we have had more than 15,000 delinquents arrested for micro-trafficking.” Blu said residents have aided law enforcement agents in the fight against narcotics. “The information that the community gives to us is processed and analyzed with intelligence methods. Then we proceed to the raids and subsequent arrests,” Blu said, according to La Tercera. “This information is primordial to our success.”last_img read more