Source: Getty ImagesCraft bakeries have “innovated with great success” amid the coronavirus crisis, a survey by the Craft Bakers Association (CBA) has revealed. The survey, which saw 40 CBA members polled on how their business fared from the start of lockdown to June, found that 68% rolled out a takeaway service and 55% provided home delivery.For example, despite never having offered a home delivery service before, Manchester-based Slattery sent cream tea and afternoon tea boxes to local postcodes with 100 orders received every day in the first week of lockdown. This rose to 200 the following week and has levelled out around 10-15 a day now.In addition, 31% of respondents said their turnover had increased, while 14% of bakers said their turnover had remained stable since the onset.Whilst the recent pandemic has undoubtedly presented bakers with challenges, many have innovated with great success, the CBA said.“By offering new products and finding new ways to reach shoppers, bakers have shown great resilience in the face of the pandemic. The results of this survey underline our members’ capacity to innovate and create even in challenging times and point to a very positive future for the industry,” said chairman George Fuller.To adapt in a changing market, 45% of respondents added new items to their range at the start of the pandemic, while 33% reported making more product than usual.Daniel Carr of Warings Bakery in Reading extended his range with an afternoon tea box, which continues to do well, and relaunched popular recipes including dairy cream cakes, custard doughnuts and lemon curd filled doughnuts. The bakery also launched a home delivery service and website, which received 125 orders on launch day.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating a home invasion in Wyandanch over the weekend during which the victim was wounded by two suspects armed with a knife and a screwdriver, authorities said.The armed duo came into the victim’s Levey Boulevard home, demanded money and hit the victim before rifling through his belongings at 11 a.m. Friday, police said.It is unclear what, if anything, the assailants stole before they fled the scene.The victim was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip for treatment of his injuries.No suspects have been arrested and no description of the attackers was available, police said.First Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.
It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Interim CEO of the Dallas Mavericks Cynthia Marshall speaks during a newa conference, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks have hired former AT&T executive Cynthia Marshall as interim CEO a week after allegations of sexual misconduct against ex-team president Terdema Ussery in a report that also painted a picture of a hostile workplace for women in the franchise.Owner Mark Cuban said Monday his mind was made up on hiring Marshall when he was told, “the most devastating day at AT&T was when (Marshall) left.”ADVERTISEMENT The Mavericks hired Evan Krutoy and Anne Milgram to lead an independent investigation. Krutoy served as a prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office for over 20 years and served as Acting Deputy Bureau Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit. Milgram is a professor at New York University School of Law, and a former New Jersey attorney general.The NBA has said it will closely monitor the investigation.Two women say Ussery harassed them for years, incidents that ranged from inappropriate remarks to requests for sex to touching women’s calves and thighs during meetings.Asked how much he knew about the team’s investigation into similar allegations against Ussery two years before he bought the team in 1998, Cuban didn’t say much.“All of that will come out from the investigative report, so I’ll defer to that,” Cuban said.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer 3 billboards outside Cleveland urge James to sign with 76ers Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The team plans to establish a hotline for counseling and support services for past and current employees, and Cuban has said he is mandating sensitivity training for all employees, himself included. The NBA announced plans for a similar hotline a few days after the SI report.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Marshall was senior vice president of human resources at AT&T when she took on the additional role of chief diversity officer in 2015. She had more than 30 years of telecommunications experience going back to 1981 with Pacific Bell.Sports Illustrated reported Ussery made sexually suggestive remarks to several women. He spent 18 years with the team before going to the sports apparel company Under Armour in 2015, a job he left after less than six months.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe SI report said team website reporter Earl Sneed was twice involved in domestic assault cases while working for the Mavericks, including a guilty plea in a case that was dismissed when he met the conditions of the agreement. Sneed and former human resources director Buddy Pittman were fired in the wake of the report.“I’m honored to have been asked by Mark to join him in addressing some very serious issues,” said Marshall, who retired from AT&T last May. “I’m very saddened that issues of domestic violence and sexual harassment are so prominent in our society and allegations have surfaced once again in our organization .”
The Ryan Crawford Memorial Turf Club and Sports Facility at Alness Village on the Corentyne Coast in East Berbice is scheduled to host a horse race meet this Sunday, September 23.With more than 40 entries already confirmed for the card, which consists of six categories, the day promises to be an exciting one.Speaking with Guyana Times Sport, Organizing Secretary Compton Sancho said, “We are focusing heavily on the preparation in terms of the track and the infrastructure.” He said he has taken a look at the track and is very impressed at what he has seen, as parts of the track have been refurbished, such as the 5-furlong area, and the track has been rolled and compressed to bring out the best in its surface.Asked what races fans should be on the lookout for, Sancho delightfully responded, “The H class and Lower will be the feature event on the card, and I can safely say off-hand that it’s going to be a real race that will be long remembered; because, for a very long time, we haven’t had a line-up in this class as compared to what we have now.”Some of the horses that will be in action on Sunday are the in-form Seven Dust, which is set to battle it out with defending champion Lucky Star; Orion, a really impressive animal hailing from the Crawford Stables; Not This Time, recent winner of the race for three-year-old Guyana-bred horses in the Guyana Cup 2018; Slim Shady and Kentucky Woman.Sancho also said this Crawford horse racing meet is going to be a big event, not only because of the sponsors, but simply because some of the horses that didn’t make it in the frame for the Guyana Cup will have a chance to compete on the small track; thus some will redeem their budding reputations while others will prove themselves.For further details, interested persons are kindly asked to contact President of the Ryan Crawford Memorial Turf Club & Sports Facility on 678-5342, or the club’s organising secretary, Compton Sancho, on 691-1175.The sponsors on board for this event include Kanhai’s Electrical on Regent Street, Curtains and Drapery Designs, Stag Beer, Jumbo Jet Auto Sales, Candy Corner, and Attorney-at-Law Poonai.
“It seems like both of them are from different planets and they came to play football with us mortals,” Rakitic said.“Both of them are among the best players ever in their positions. You try to enjoy it as much as you can, to learn from them.”Iniesta is regularly classed among the greats of the game and as a defining influence on Spain’s success, but Modric’s talents remain relatively unsung.Perhaps, in part, it is because Iniesta’s brilliance has been backed up by achievements on the world stage — he scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final — while Modric has not hit the same heights with Croatia.Modric owns four Champions League titles from his six years at Real Madrid, and has also won a La Liga and the Copa del Rey.Christian Eriksen is the main World Cup threat for Denmark © AFP / Jewel SAMADBut since making his Croatian debut in March 2006, in a friendly against Argentina, he has twice tasted disappointment in the group stage of the World Cup, either side of a failure even to qualify in 2010.At the European Championship, Croatia fell at the first hurdle after the group phase in 2008 and 2016 and did not make it out of their group in 2012.“Modric would probably be getting more attention than he is right now if he was a German or Spanish player,” Croatia defender Dejan Lovren said last week.“He would maybe even be a Ballon D’Or winner. But because we are a smaller country, he does get less attention than he deserves.”Modric has never even made it into the top three of football’s most prestigious individual award but, after scoring twice in Croatia’s opening three games in Russia, there is a chance for him finally to put his stamp on a major tournament.Iniesta and Spain could lie in wait in the quarter-finals but first, Croatia must overcome Denmark in the last 16 on Sunday in Nizhny Novgorod.Denmark trudged their way through an underwhelming Group C but they have their own midfield dynamo in Christian Eriksen who, like Modric once did, has flourished in the Premier League at Tottenham.Modric is deployed deeper for Real, tasked with moving the ball from back to front by wriggling his way forward and changing the angle of attacks. But for Croatia, his job is closer in kind to Eriksen’s, an executioner of killer passes in the final third.It means they are unlikely to be in direct combat in Novgorod but Modric and Eriksen’s battle for control could prove decisive.“I do not consider myself to be worse than him,” Eriksen said on Friday.“He is the type of player you enjoy to challenge yourself against. For the national team, he is more attacking than he is for Madrid.”Modric admittedly enjoys a stronger supporting cast, with Rakitic a particularly formidable midfield partner.But the stakes are also higher for the 32-year-old, who is probably playing his last World Cup and possibly has one final chance to make a mark on the international stage.“Sure, there’s a lot of pressure but I said from the beginning, when we got together for this tournament, that we need to enjoy this because it’s the World Cup,” Rakitic said.“We need to fight, to enjoy the tournament and do everything we can to make our fans happy.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Luka Modric is Croatia’s key man at the World Cup © AFP / PASCAL GUYOTSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 30 – Croatia head into their World Cup last-16 match against Denmark spearheaded by evergreen midfielder Luka Modric, a player his teammate Ivan Rakitic has compared to Spain’s Andres Iniesta.Four years with Iniesta at Barcelona and 11 alongside Modric for Croatia leaves Rakitic in a privileged position to judge two of the finest playmakers of the modern era.
Donegal carers are to benefit from an increase in the hours they work or attending a training course outside the home, as Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, makes new Regulations.Carers will have the opportunity to increase the number of hours they work or attend a training course outside the home from 15 to 18 ½ hours per week.From January 1, 2020, carers will have the opportunity to increase the number of hours they work or attend a training course outside the home from 15 to 18 ½ hours per week. This measure is one that, Minister Doherty particularly prioritized in response to the carers she met at the Department’s Pre-Budget Forum.The carers said they found the current number of 15 hours to be too restrictive.Minister Doherty said she was delighted to make provision for their proposal in Budget 2020. “These Regulations, which take effect from 1 January next, will increase the number of hours that a carer can work or train from the current 15 hours per week to 18 and a half hours per week. “This will help carers address issues of social isolation and, critically, enable them to maintain better contact with the workforce, and by doing so improve their welfare and their incomes.“I believe that this measure will have a positive impact on the lives of many carers, particularly women,” she said.There are 83,772 carers in receipt of Carer’s Allowance and over 3,100 carers in receipt of Carers Benefit at present.Over 75 per cent of carers receiving Carer’s Allowance are women.Increased working hours for Donegal carers was last modified: December 13th, 2019 by Dionne MeehanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CarersdonegalMinister for Employment Affairs and Social Protectionregina doherty
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MEXICO CITY – While the countries re-negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement huddled quietly in a Mexico City hotel last week, a neighbourhood away a noisy political event unfolded that could affect the agreement’s fate.A boisterous throng of 10,000 gathered a few blocks away to approve the platform for the left-wing nationalist political party currently leading the polls for Mexico’s July presidential election.That very election has prompted insiders to declare a sense of urgency in competing NAFTA talks — before Mexico’s voters potentially hand the presidency to a left-wing anti-establishment party whose leader famously held anti-NAFTA views.That candidate is Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador — a household name here, known universally by the acronym AMLO. He’s also a former two-time presidential candidate and ex-mayor of Mexico City, and currently leads numerous polls, suggesting he could be elected in a few months.His party is trying to cool that firebrand reputation.The platform itself contains a dollop of centre-left, belt-tightening economics a la Bill Clinton and Jean Chretien: it promises spending cuts and a balanced budget initially, increased social spending later in the mandate, and corporate tax cuts in a special economic zone near the U.S. border to make businesses competitive there.It offers qualified support for NAFTA, calling it a guarantor of stability that could use improvements, particularly for peasant farmers in Mexico’s south. It also argues that the talks should happen under Mexico’s next government, because the current one led by Enrique Pena Nieto lacks the popularity and legitimacy to negotiate on Mexico’s behalf.The man who presented the platform is a wealthy industrialist. Alfonso Romo was once skeptical of Lopez Obrador, and doesn’t even belong to AMLO’s Morena party.But the morning after the platform release, speaking over breakfast in his office overlooking Mexico City, Romo explains why he came around on AMLO. He said he observed his competent and wildly popular reign as mayor of Mexico City, and also got to know him.He now bristles with indignation that anyone would dare compare AMLO to Hugo Chavez, a frequent slur levelled just this past week by former Clinton and Obama administration official Lawrence Summers.“Pure lies,” Romo says, who calls his candidate “pro-business.”“We are pro-NAFTA. We need NAFTA. We believe in a strong North America…. We are not going to raise taxes. We are going to reduce expenses. We are going to balance the budget in the fourth year.”He even rejects the populist label. Romo says that term better applies to the current and previous government of Mexico, who over the last decade allowed the national debt to balloon.He insists his firebrand friend is even more closely aligned with Canadian and American positions on NAFTA than the current U.S. government — for instance, by agreeing wholeheartedly that Mexican labour standards need toughening, as do intellectual-property rights.“We’ve been a maquiladora (cheap labour) country,” Romo said, stressing that Mexico must move up the economic value chain, rather than relying on low-wage labour to attract investment.“We don’t want to be a maquiladora country.”The party intends another confidence-bolstering exercise next month.It plans to announce its planned cabinet on Dec. 14, nearly seven months before the election, and a full year before the next government is sworn in. It will be modelled on Justin Trudeau’s half-male, half-female team.One Mexico watcher says there’s also a 50-50 chance AMLO ever gets to form that cabinet.Duncan Wood of the Mexico Institute at Washington’s Wilson Center says the odds of Morena winning this election are about even, and will depend partly on whether well-regarded technocrat Jose Antonio Meade runs for the ruling PRI, and whether he winds up having talent at retail politics.He said AMLO is pursuing dual political goals: trying to calm the business community, while at the same time pursuing the votes of poor farming communities in the south whose votes are critical to his election.His stance on NAFTA is consistent with that — he’s calling for a preservation of trade, with more help for farmers.”What’s in (that platform) is not a surprise at all,” Wood said.”He said earlier this year, and it was a shock to people, that on balance NAFTA has been good… It’s in keeping with the notion that he has moderated over the years. Because he used to be quite vehemently anti-NAFTA.”He said the one major anti-privatization policy AMLO holds dear is reversing Mexico’s energy reform of 2013. He has railed against the deal as corrupt, and insists that rooting out the rot in public contracts is one way he’ll cut costs.But Wood said AMLO has surrounded himself with pro-business policy advisers. They go beyond Romo, whose wealth stems from interests in insurance, tobacco, and manufacturing, and who sits on an advisory board of the World Bank.Romo laughed when expressing his amazement at how politely the partisan crowd received him.“I was afraid. I thought, ‘I’m speaking in front of the radicals of Mexico,’” he said. “They applauded like you cannot imagine… Businesspeople with the party of the left — what happened was historic.”But he says it’s not the first time his family has participated in an overhaul of the political order. Romo notes that the family of his great-grandfather, Francisco Madero, were among the rare wealthy supporters of the Mexican revolution.“We are not against market economics,” he said.“We just want a more just country.”