Price & Sons supports Use Your Loaf

first_imgA Ludlow-based business owner is encouraging more bakers to support British Baker’s Use Your Loaf high street awareness campaign.Peter Cook, joint owner of S C Price & Sons, told British Baker putting up the Use Your Loaf logo poster in his window has helped to highlight to customers and other businesses that bakeries are a key part of the high street.He said: “I decided to put the poster up in our shop window because I thought it was a good initiative organised by the magazine. Ludlow has seen much success over the past 10-15 years, and I think that’s down to working closely with a key number of food businesses.“People want to go to their local bakery, butcher’s and deli, and we would like to remain part of that and support other local independents.”Cook added that the high street is a topical issue currently in Ludlow, with the local Chamber of Commerce launching a complementary initiative to British Baker’s ‘Use Your Loaf! Shop on the High Street’ campaign, which aims to help bakers promote the benefits of high street shopping.In addition, he said the profile of independent high street bakeries had risen in the last few weeks since ITV1’s latest series Britain’s Best Bakery began to air.“All the bakers hit Twitter around 4pm and 5pm when the programme broadcasts, commenting on the show, and that can only be a good thing for the industry. There’s a growing interest in independent bakeries and I would encourage other business owners to put up the Use Your Loaf logo in their shop windows to raise the profile of the sector and get involved in the campaign.”For your own copy of the Use Your Loaf logo, click here and select the Dowload option which should appear below the image.last_img read more

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France will require face masks indoors as virus picks up

first_imgFrench President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday that face masks will soon be required in public indoor spaces to curtail the coronavirus outbreak, acknowledging that infections were again on the rise.His comments, in a television interview marking Bastille Day, came after he oversaw the traditional military ceremony that was drastically downsized because of the pandemic.”I would like to make masks mandatory in all enclosed public spaces,” Macron said in the interview, a Bastille Day tradition he had shunned since taking office three years ago. Topics : Health workers honoredFearing contagion risks, authorities called off the annual military parade along the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris that marks the July 14, 1789, storming of the Bastille prison that launched the French Revolution.Instead, Macron presided over a scaled-down gathering of just 2,000 soldiers — half the usual number — at the Place de la Concorde, where several dozen doctors, nurses and other careworkers were given pride of place.Several were in tears as a military troupe saluted them with the national anthem “La Marseillaise” to close the ceremony, as jets flew over trailing blue, white and red smoke.Macron personally thanked many of them, a day after his government agreed an eight billion euro ($8.5 billion) package of pay hikes for nurses and careworkers.He then donned a face mask to visit with guests who included Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization. “We have indications that [the outbreak] is accelerating a bit,” he added, suggesting that his government would require masks in shops and public buildings from August 1.He later posted on Twitter that “Wearing a mask in enclosed public spaces will be mandatory in the coming weeks.”The virus reproduction rate, the “R” ratio, has again risen above one in France, he said in the interview, meaning that a person infected with COVID-19 is likely spreading the disease to at least one other person.Macron’s comments come as doctors have warned of a potential second wave of infections that could again overwhelm hospitals and require new lockdowns that could further hammer the economy.center_img Asked whether France had enough masks in case of a new spike in cases, following massive shortages as the outbreak worsened in March, Macron said: “We will be ready.””We have secured both the stocks and the supply sources, and we are organized on the ground, to allow us to deal with an upsurge, if it comes,” he said.He also said the government’s “massive” recovery plan would reach 100 billion euros ($114 billion), on top of more than 460 billion euros spent so far to limit the social and economic devastation from the two-month lockdown imposed in mid-March.Priority will be placed on investments to fight climate change, he said, such as increasing freight transport by rail instead of trucks and providing subsidies for improving energy efficiency in homes and public buildings.”I believe we can build a different country within the next 10 years,” he said. Protests Critics have accused Macron of initially underestimating and then mishandling a crisis that has now caused more than 30,000 deaths in France.And some health workers say the government has still not done enough — two people were briefly detained after they launched balloons near the Place de la Concorde bearing a banner that said “Behind the tributes, Macron is suffocating hospitals.”Elsewhere in Paris several thousands of people marched to demand more money and resources for careworkers.They were later joined at the Place de la Bastille by “yellow vest” anti-government protesters, where some clashed briefly with police who fired tear gas.But no crowds were allowed anywhere near the Concorde square, where just 2,500 guests were invited to a ceremony lacking the usual display of military equipment — only two WWII tanks trundled noisily across the paving stones.Large portions of Paris remained closed Tuesday to avoid mass gatherings for the Bastille Day fireworks, and most other cities have called off their shows altogether.last_img read more

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New Dutch pension system could take up to 10 years: Pensions Federation

first_imgResponding to the collapse of the negotiations for a new coalition government, Riemen said the SER should go ahead with fleshing out a new pensions contract, as an alternative for the current predominantly defined benefit plans, which are becoming unaffordable.Over the weekend, four-way talks between the Liberals, the Christian Democrats, the D66 party, and the Greens were called off without an agreement to form a coalition.One of the alternatives the SER is considering comprises individual pensions accrual, while the other is a “target contract” for accrual in real terms, with a degree of risk sharing in both contracts.The expectation in the sector is that the SER will deliver a proposal for a combination of both options.“I reckon that also the outgoing cabinet will take the coming SER advice seriously and will carry on developing legal proposals, subsequently to be approved by the new parliament,” said Riemen. “This would be perfectly democratic.”However, the Pensions Federation director has also voiced concerns about a new system. Recently, during the transatlantic conference of the European Association of Paritarian Institutions (AEIP) in Montreal, he said there was a risk that people would not understand the new system.“We have €1.2trn of investments and we first have to transfer the liabilities to personal accounts and then to annuities,” Riemen said. “The second big danger is that politicians and social partners do not take any decision and nothing happens. In the end we will see a deterioration of our defined benefit system if this goes on, and I don’t know what the outcome will be.”Commenting on the collapse of the coalition negotiations, Toine van der Stee, chief executive of pensions provider Blue Sky Group, said he didn’t expect anything from the negotiations for a new pensions system.“I assume that the politicians [will] wait for the view of the social partners of employers and workers, who seem to have reached a reasonable concensus about the direction,” he said.Van der Stee added that he expected the sector itself would change the pensions system if politics didn’t speed things up.As examples, he cited the increasing introduction of collective defined contribution schemes as well as arrangements regarding contribution increases and risk sharing.Peter Borgdorff, director of the €187bn healthcare scheme PFZW, was taciturn about the collapse of the coalition negotiations, suggesting that new talks for a government coalition could be completed within three weeks.“The most important is that the SER comes up with solid proposals,” he added.For IPE’s in-depth look at what the different political parties want for the pensions sector, click here. The introduction of a new pensions contract in the Netherlands is going to be a long term process which could last up to 10 years, the Pensions Federation has claimed.Speaking to IPE, Gerard Riemen, the sector organisation’s director, said that it would almost be impossible to start the transition process at the pension fund level in 2020 as scheduled.He noted that the Social and Economic Council (SER) still hadn’t produced a final proposal, which must be translated into legislation and approved by the Dutch parliament.“Because the necessary changes will exceed the available ICT capacity, pension funds can’t work simultaneously on the transition to a new contract,” he said.last_img read more

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Race and education

first_imgRoosevelt at USC, the Political Student Assembly and USC Academic Culture Movement hosted a roundtable discussion on affirmative action, discussing its effect on minority representation and possible future alternatives to the practice. The event was hosted in Verna and Peter Dauterive Hall on Wednesday evening.last_img

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New leadership role ahead for Walls

first_imgWisconsin women’s soccer player Cara Walls has a knack for standing out against older competition–not just in her collegiate career as an underclassmen, but at the prep level too.Starting in eight grade, she began practicing with Wauwatosa East’s varsity team, her future squad, in a very rare occurrence for prep sports. It was here, practicing and holding her own against players sometimes four years older than herself, that Walls’ understood she had some serious talent.“I realized, ‘oh, I am playing with these girls who are older and better and I’m doing well,’” Walls said. “That is what made me realize I wanted to be really good.”Walls might have had another unfair training advantage growing up. Her older brother Tony, who she often played against, is a professional soccer player for the Chicago Fire in the MLS.Even though they aren’t passing back and forth in the backyard anymore, Cara says seeing Tony succeed helped motivate her to improve as she grew up.“Seeing him be successful made me want to be better,” Walls said.After spending her first two years in high school playing for only her club team, Walls saw success come in spades during her prep career. As a senior for Wauwatosa East in 2011, Walls was named conference player of the year, team MVP and first team all-area.She also helped lead her club team, FC Milwaukee, to a U18 national title and was given an award for being the championship’s leading scorer.Freshman McKenna Meuer, her high school club teammate and current Wisconsin teammate, says one thing that hasn’t changed about Walls, who she called “one of our best forwards that creates so many opportunities for us,” during the years is the fact that she understands what it takes to succeed.“One of the best things about playing with Cara is knowing that you have a dominant forward who always wants the ball and is just always in the right place at the right time,” Meuer said. “That is something that is really important for a forward, which is what allows her to score so many goals.”That right place, right time instinct has lead Walls to widespread success during her underclassmen years with the Badgers.As a freshman in 2011, Walls led the team in goals scored, netting nine – the most by a first-year Wisconsin player since 1997 – on her way to becoming the first freshman since 2001 to lead UW in that category. Walls also had a knack for scoring in the clutch, leading the team with four game-winning goals. For her efforts, the young forward was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team and named the conference’s freshman of the week three separate times.And forget a sophomore slump. Walls followed her fantastic freshman year with an even better one in 2012, scoring 10 goals and 21 points, leading her team in both categories. Named Wisconsin’s Offensive Player of the Year, Walls continued her knack for clutch scores with three game-winners and three multi-goal games. She also created more opportunities than when she had as a freshman, recording 26 shots on goal compared to her 19 in the previous season.Now entering her junior year of eligibility, Walls is growing as a leader during the team’s spring scrimmages, Wisconsin head coach Paula Wilkins said.“She is becoming more of a leader, but she is not what people thing of when you think of a typical leader, yelling and cheering,” Wilkins said. “She is someone who feels responsible for creating opportunities for the team and has an impact on the team.”And with next year’s squad likely to be a young one, it’s a necessary transition for one of the team’s most proven players. As the team says goodbye to numerous seniors, new shoes need to be filled, and Walls is looking to fill some of those.With both a “natural knack and technical ability that makes her more and more challenging to defend” according to Wilkins, Walls could be the key to seeing if the Wisconsin team will be able to improve in 2013 after losing in the NCAA tournament’s first round to No. 3-seeded UCLA. “Next year she is going to be one of our most dynamic and most effective players,” Meuer said. “The fact that she is going to be a leader is only going to benefit our team.”last_img read more

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Top Premier League Clubs Dump Global TV Right Plan

first_imgL-R: Director, Pepsi Football Academy(PFA), Kasimawo Laloko, Senior Brand Manager, Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc (SBC), Segun Ogunleye and Head of Marketing, SBC, Norden Thurston (3rd left) addressing coaches and players at PFA Under 13 Football Festival in Ibadan…last SaturdayProposals to end the equal distribution of overseas television money have been abandoned after Premier League clubs failed to reach an agreement.The six richest clubs – Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea – wanted their appeal reflected in their income. A plan suggested 35 per cent of revenue from the sale of global TV rights should be divided based on league position.But a meeting set for Wednesday was called off as no decision was close.The Premier League said on Tuesday: “It has become clear that there is currently no consensus for change, meaning tomorrow’s club meeting is not necessary.”At the first meeting between the 20 Premier League teams on October 4, it had become clear that the plan – presented by the league’s executive chairman Richard Scudamore – was significantly short of gaining the support of the 14 clubs needed for it to be passed.The £3bn overseas television deal for 2016-19 generates £39m annually for each club – and for the previous 25 years, there has been an equal sharing of international broadcasting income between the clubs.But contracts for international markets such as China and the United States for the period between 2019 and 2022 have risen significantly in value, and the big six clubs had planned on trying to secure a greater share.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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