== Kirk Hunter ==Scottish Association of Master BakersYou know you are important when the government devises a policy just for you. That’s been the situation in recent months for Scottish bakers considering Scotland’s first National Food Policy.The consultation exercise has just closed and the response of Scottish Association of Master Bakers (SAMB) is in. What have we asked for? A government to work with us in making baking more competitive, innovative, skilled – and profitable.New policies should be constructive and enabling, and not focused on additional regulations and limitations. These are reasonable requests and we look forward to the next phase of debate.However, the main thrust of our response was critical. It concentrated on how bakers feel badly let down on skills. In the South, talk is of the exciting initiatives underway regarding skills academies and centres of excellence, and of the massive amounts of money now available to train within the workplace under the Leitch Report recommendations.Scotland seems to be going its own way on all this and the direction of travel is worrying. Under- funding of workplace training – both for youngsters and, more critically, older workers, will undermine the very people the government is busy telling us are so vital to the Scottish economy – bakers and the rest of the food industry.The funding gap compared to England and Wales is alarming. Lack of action now will guarantee that future generations of bakers will be facing major shortages of skilled workers and that will damage businesses and the Scottish economy.
Next time you watch The Apprentice, keep an eye out for what biccies Sir Alan has got on his boardroom table. Around 80% of UK business folk surveyed reckoned the quality of biscuits they offered to potential clients was crucial to swinging a deal. The report, conducted by Holiday Inn, revealed that chocolate digestives, shortbread and Hob Nobs, topped the bill, while crumbly biscuits were more likely to garner a “You’re fired!”But the crucial question of biscuit politics doesn’t end there. Family Circle magazine in the US has gone where Newsnight dare not tread, and challenged the spouses of the US presidential candidates to share their best cookie recipes. We’ll let you, the professionals, judge who’s best. And let’s hope, for the rest of the world’s sake, that they’re not crumbly…Cindy McCain’s Oatmeal-Butterscotch Cookies3/4 cup (11/2 sticks) unsalted butter or margarine, softened3/4 cup granulated sugar3/4 cup packed brown sugar2 eggs1 teaspoon vanilla extract11/4 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/2 teaspoon salt3 cups rolled oats12/3 cups butterscotch chipsMichelle Obama’s Shortbread Cookies11/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened11/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar, for sprinkling2 egg yolks2 tablespoons Amaretto (almond liqueur)1 teaspoon each orange and lemon zest3 cups cake flour1/4 teaspoon salt1 beaten egg whiteChopped nuts or dried fruit (optional)
Artisan miller Bacheldre Watermill is in supply talks with several plant bakers that are looking to develop speciality breads, highlighting provenance and local links.The Powys-based company has been approached by various large bakery players in the last six months, after it invested £500,000 in new milling and bagging equipment last year.”We now have the capacity to supply the bigger bakers and we are interested in working with them on new flour blends,” said Bacheldre MD Matt Scott. “Big companies are increasingly interested in working with us, using our brand to highlight provenance, tradition and heritage.”Bacheldre is also working more closely with existing customers Waitrose and Ocado, developing new flours for launch later this year. New promotions with the retailers include a 25% discount on 1.5kg bags of spelt flour, which helped boost sales by 134% in a week, said Scott.
AMT Coffee aims to take on bigger rivals by growing all of its three formats after signing a £1m finance-raising deal with Close Leasing.The chain, which has 72 sites in the UK, Belgium, Germany and the Republic of Ireland, has recently launched two sub-brands – AMT Coffee Naturally and the AMT Coffee Cart – and will use the cash to invest in new sites.COO Jon Hassall said its kiosks were still its core business and would get a make-over this year, including more access to refrigeration; the first refit is scheduled for May and there are plans to open another 15 this year.He added: “Most of our growth in food this year has come from sandwiches and paninis. We have installed bake-off ovens in 45% of our kiosks, while the average transaction is double in a Naturally format than in a kiosk.”Its two AMT Coffee Naturally sites, at St Thomas’s Hospital in London and Heathrow Terminal 3, typically have 55+ covers and make bagels and porridge in the morning, then move on to soups, sushi and rolls for lunch. There is also a wide range of cakes and sandwiches bought in – sandwiches and paninis are supplied by Melton Foods.Hassall said there was a big emphasis on fresh fruit smoothies and juices, made on-site, which was a big point of difference. “We worked with the hospital, which wanted a healthy and responsible offering and came up with the concept together.”It has proved very successful and we aim to have between 10-12 of this format by the middle of next year. We want to grow in hospitals and universities as well as malls.”There are already 11 mobile AMT Coffee Carts trading and AMT aims to open another 10 this year.
Previous articleMichigan distillers cleared to produce hand sanitizer to help with COVID-19 responseNext articleEmployee of Bremen Boys and Girls Club reportedly contracted coronavirus Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Travel Advisory in effect for Elkhart County Twitter Google+ Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest By Jon Zimney – March 22, 2020 4 719 CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews (95.3 MNC) Hours after the announcement of the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Elkhart County, the Elkhart County Commissioners, with recommendation from the Elkhart County COVID-19 Incident Management Team, put a travel advisory in place for all of Elkhart County.The Travel Advisory went into effect at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21.The advisory means that routine or unnecessary travel or activity is discouraged because of a hazardous situation, and individuals should use discretion on what is necessary for daily living. With that, residents are advised to only travel for essential reasons such as work, grocery stores, dinner pick-ups, pharmacies, doctor appointments, helping and/or checking in on family members.The local health department is working closely with the local and state officials to ensure that contacts of the county’s first patient are identified and monitored and that all infection control protocols are being followed.The patient is currently hospitalized and no additional information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws.The best way to protect yourself from any respiratory illness, including COVID-19 and the flu, is to:Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60% or greater alcohol.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.Practice social distancing (no group functions such as book clubs, meetings, and or congregations of 10 or more)Stay home unless it is essential for you to go somewhere.Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.The myth is, that this virus is only affecting people 60 years of age and older. Please understand, that this virus can and will affect every age group. Everyone is a target of the COVID-19 Virus.The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms to protect others from the risk of infection. Facebook WhatsApp Facebook
Indiana reports 37 more deaths as pandemic deaths near 400 By Associated Press – April 14, 2020 1 368 CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Pinterest (Photo supplied/Indiana State Department of Health) INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say Indiana’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is nearing 400 with another reported 37 deaths.The latest deaths reported Tuesday by the Indiana State Department of Health occurred between March 15 and Monday, boosting Indiana’s death toll to 387. St. Joseph County reported 234 cases, Elkhart County reported 100 cases, LaPorte County reported 36 cases, Kosciusko County reported 19 cases and Marshall County reported 17 cases.The state agency says 313 more Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 _ the respiratory diseased caused the virus _ raising Indiana’s confirmed cases to 8,527 in all 92 counties. State health commissionerDr. Kristina Box said Monday that Indiana’s actions aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus have pushed back the expected peak of illnesses in the state. Google+ Facebook Pinterest Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleFifth death from COVID-19 reported in Berrien CountyNext articleThieves break into gun store in Stevensville Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications.
Pinterest Twitter Facebook Google+ (Photo/Bethel University) Bethel University has decided to offer their Class of 2020 a “Drive-Thru” graduation on Friday.It will happen at the Sufficient Grounds Coffee House on campus from 3 to 7 p.m.Bethel still intends to hold an in-person commencement ceremony on August 16, but wanted to get the diplomas to their graduates as soon as possible.They’ve also announced plans to resume in-person classes in the fall, and are offering 55 summer courses online at a discounted price. Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Bethel University offers a special Drive-Thru graduation Friday Google+ By Tommie Lee – May 20, 2020 0 354 Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleTrump threatens to withhold federal funds for Michigan over vote-by-mailNext articlePokagon Elder seamstresses approaching goal of 1,400 masks Tommie Lee
Facebook BSU Study: 2nd half of 2020 a bit better for Indiana economy By Network Indiana – July 14, 2020 0 198 Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleThose accused in Bloomington racist incident accuse victim of lyingNext articleBanks: Schools that don’t reopen classrooms shouldn’t receive federal funding Network Indiana WhatsApp (Source: https://goo.gl/gQxaGW License: https://goo.gl/sZ7V7x) The first half of 2020 was bad, economically, for Indiana. So will the state recover in the second half of the year?Mike Hicks, an economist at Ball State University, predicts a slightly better outlook for the final six months, but Indiana and the local governments will continue to struggle for a while.“At the state level, we’re looking at a loss of tax dollars somewhere between $2.1 billion and $2.4 billion over the next couple years,” Hicks told Inside Indiana Business.He says there are certain counties that have been hit harder than others, especially those that heavily rely on casino revenue, tourism, or the bar and restaurant business.“There are 20 to 30 counties that are facing, perhaps, double-digit (percentage) revenue losses, some extraordinarily high, through 2022 and even 2023,” Hicks said.He adds that schools in Indiana are already facing financial problems, and it could be even worse this upcoming academic year.“We don’t know what extra costs for schooling might be,” Hicks said. “I’ve heard about estimates of $1 million or more, per school, to equip them for COVID-19, and that doesn’t include broadband and technology to do online education.”Hicks says the Hoosier state should slightly recover in the second part of the year, but “we’re not going to get back to where we were (before the pandemic) for a couple of years.” He predicts Gross Domestic Product for 2020 will finish about six percent lower than in 2019. Twitter Twitter Google+ Pinterest Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews
IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Google+ By Brooklyne Beatty – August 12, 2020 0 316 Previous articleSouth Bend police investigating overnight shooting near Ice Box Skating RinkNext articleI&M provides power restoration update, 11,500 still in the dark Brooklyne Beatty Pinterest Google+ Facebook WhatsApp TAGSdebrisdepartment of public worksdisposaldrop-offfreeIndianaorganic resourcesSouth BendTrade Drivetree Free tree debris disposal in South Bend until August 21 “Tree limb down” by birdies100, CC BY-SA 2.0 If you need to dispose of tree debris from recent storms, you can do it for free now through August 21.The City of South Bend Department of Public Works is waiving the drop-off fee at its Organic Resources facility.Residents should proceed to the drive-thru style window upon entering the facility on Trade Drive.Organic Resources is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The office is closed from 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. daily. No loading or dumping is allowed when the office is closed. Twitter Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Facebook
We all know Alan Shearer and Paul Parker support the game plan and David Seaman is a safe pair of hands, so who better to inform people how they can keep this summer’s footballing events safe and secure? Our Summer Security messaging is designed to remind everyone that our security, just like a World Cup-winning campaign, is a team effort and we all have a part to play. Sadly we have seen that these big public events and crowded spaces can be targeted by those who want to cause harm, but I want to reassure the public that the police, partners and the event organisers are doing all we can to keep them safe and secure. Some of that protection can be seen with visible security guards and local officers and a significant amount of the security measures will be less obvious and are deployed for extra protection. Fans can help us by watching these new videos to make themselves aware of the existing safety advice and to be ready to ACT if you spot suspicious behaviour and activity. Don’t think you might be wasting our time, it is always better to be safe than sorry. If something doesn’t look or feel right, tell someone. We want you to enjoy the games, enjoy the atmosphere and by remaining vigilant we can all stay safe. Please visit the CTP Twitter channel for CTP updates Alan Shearer: Know the game planPaul Parker: Know the game planDavid Seaman: Know the game planWhile there is no intelligence to indicate an increased threat to World Cup screenings or any other summer events, the new National Coordinator for Protect and Prepare Policing, Chief Superintendent Nick Aldworth, wants the public to know the game plan for better security.CT Policing’s ‘Know the game plan’ messages have already been adopted and supported throughout the season by the Premier League and English Football League (EFL).Speaking at Millennium Square in Leeds City Centre, Chief Supt. Aldworth said: Specialist advice for companies operating in crowded places, split into different sectors such as major events, sport stadia, visitor attractions, bars, theatres and shopping centres, is available on the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NACTSO) website.Key advice for anyone attending an event this summer Arrive early and minimise what you carry. Fewer bag searches speed up entry in events. Be vigilant: If you see anything suspicious, tell a member of staff straight away. If you see anything which could pose an immediate threat to safety, all 999. In an emergency, listen to and follow public address instructions. If told to evacuate, do not wait around or film on your mobile phone. Move right away from the area quickly to allow emergency workers access. Once you are safe, follow the local police force on social media for updates. Security is a team effort. If you’re going to see the game have a great time and look out for each other. Know your game plan and we can keep everyone safe. Withdrawn by NaCTSO,Former England stars Alan Shearer, David Seaman and Paul Parker have teamed up with Counter Terrorism Policing to offer football fans security advice ahead of the World Cup.The ex-internationals video messages explain how fans can keep themselves and others safe while gathering to watching games. The move is part of a summer long security campaign aimed at protecting crowded places.With the tournament kicking off this evening, (Thursday 14 June) when hosts Russia take on Saudi Arabia, thousands are expected to watch matches on screens in city centres, football grounds and fan parks up and down the UK.Police security experts will again be working in partnership with local authorities and event organisers to ensure that safety and security remains top of the agenda, and they’ve enlisted the help of pundits Shearer and Parker and former Arsenal goalkeeper Seaman to help deliver this messaging to fans.Alan Shearer said: