Warrens Bakery jobs at risk under restructure plans

first_imgMore than 60 jobs are under threat at Cornish business Warrens Bakery as it looks to boost efficiency.The “challenging economic climate” has prompted the company to undertake a restructuring that it said would stabilise the manufacturing operation.As a result, a total of 66 staff in production and distribution roles at the firm’s Plymouth and St Just sites have been placed at risk of redundancy.Warrens said the retail side of the business would not be affected, and that around 495 staff would be retained following the proposed reorganisation.”We’ve taken time to explore all options systematically and concluded that this is unavoidable to ensure a stable future for the overall business and its wider workforce,” said a spokesman for Warrens.“Change can be hard, but it’s vital that we are fit for purpose in a challenging manufacturing sector, where raw materials, transport and other costs have risen significantly. These measures will ensure that Warrens Bakery remains focused, healthy and a vibrant part of the UK bakery scene going forward.”Warrens, which won the Craft Bakery Business Award at last year’s Baking Industry Awards, now operates around 70 stores. It kicked off its franchise operation in February 2017 with a store in Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham, and has expanded rapidly outside its south-west heartland through franchise partnerships.Last October it bought three of its franchise stores – Bridgwater, Taunton and Yeovil – to relaunch them as managed sites following an agreement with its local franchisee.last_img read more

Bed bug population on the rise

first_imgA bed bug feeds on Lisa Ames’ left arm. Every 30 seconds, Ames pops off a photograph with the camera she precariously holds in her right hand. Strange? Maybe, but it’s all in the name of science.An entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Ames wanted to know firsthand what it felt like to be a bed bug’s buffet.“I took five pictures from the time it started feeding until it was blown up and full,” she said. “It only took two minutes. They are quick little critters.”Most people don’t have a reactionBed bug bites swell and itch like a mosquito or flea bite. They can be random or appear in a straight line. Ames is among the lucky few that don’t suffer a reaction from a bed bug bite. “Only about 5 percent of people who are bitten have a reaction,” Ames said. “The good news is, unlike mosquitoes that can carry yellow fever and malaria, bed bugs don’t transmit diseases.”According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people can experience a mild to severe allergic reaction following a bed bug bite. Scratching the bite can lead to skin infections like impetigo, ecthyma and lymphanigitis. In the worse cases, it can cause anaphylaxis, or a dangerous whole body reaction. They can also cause anxiety and insomnia, too.According to a CDC fact sheet, bedbugs inject an anesthetic and an anticoagulant that prevents a person from feeling the bite. Because bites usually occur while people are sleeping, most people don’t realize they have been bitten until marks appear.They’re super tinyBed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are reddish-brown, small, flat wingless-insects that range from 1 to 7 millimeters in length. “They’re fairly small and remind me of half a grain of orzo pasta,” Ames said. “To me, they start out kinda flesh-colored and turn red as they feed.”On the UGA campus in Griffin, Ga., Ames has received a half dozen specimens, or dead bed bugs, for confirmation this year.Bed bug populations dropped dramatically during the mid-20th century, but the United States is one of many countries now experiencing an alarming resurgence. Ames believes the return may be linked in part to increased resistance of bed bugs to available pesticides.“They started making a comeback in Europe a few years ago, but with the global economy, people travel and bring them to the U.S.,” she said. Catch a ride on luggage and furnitureBed bugs stowaway and hide in the seams and folds of luggage, overnight bags, folded clothes, bedding and furniture. Ames says rumors that bed bugs hitchhike into the U.S. on clothes imported from China are false. “You won’t find bed bugs just hanging around in new clothes in department stores,” she said.Bed bugs are more attached to a place than a thing. “They may be in your hotel room and crawl into your luggage,” she said. “Or, they are in someone else’s carry-on bag and crawl into your bag.”Follow tips to prevent bringing them homeTo lower the chances of getting bed bugs, UGA entomologist Paul Guillebeau offers the following tips:• Check hotel beds for signs of bed bugs. Pull back the sheets, and look around the cording at the top, bottom and sides of the mattress. If you see dark spots, ask for another room.• If your hotel room has two beds, don’t use one bed as a luggage holder. “I used to sleep in one bed and put my things on the other bed,” he said. “Now, I hang my clothes in the closet so I don’t give bed bugs an opportunity to crawl into my bags.”• Don’t buy or use old bedding, beds or mattresses. “It is extremely difficult to get rid of bed bugs that are living in sofas or mattresses,” he said. “I tried to donate a nice used mattress to Goodwill and they wouldn’t take it now. I now understand one of the reasons why.”Homeowners who suspect they have bed bugs should call a pest control professional for confirmation and treatment. “You have to know what you’re doing and know where they are hiding,” she said. “They could be in the electrical sockets, behind the baseboards, in the sofa or in a room near the bedroom. Unless you get all of them, they will just lay low and come back.”last_img read more

Leafs manage to get a win during road trip, edging Rockies 4-3

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsJoel Stewart is starting to pay dividends for the Nelson Leafs.The second goal of the game by the former Spokane Brave proved to be the winner as Nelson edged the Columbia Valley Rockies 4-3 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Sunday in Invermere.Stewart connected with Colon Schell and Marcus Dahl to power Nelson to the come from behind victory. The Leafs trailed 3-1 at one stage of the contest after the Rockies scored three times in a 152 seconds span.Dustin Johnson and Dahl also scored for the Leafs. Marcus Beesley stopped 27 shots to record the victory in goal.The win was the first during a three-game road swing into the Eddie Mountain Division.The Leafs opened the weekend by getting trashed 7-1 by the high-powered Fernie Ghostriders Friday.After Johnson scored in the first period to close the gap to 2-1, the Riders scored five consecutive power play goals — one in the second and four in the third period.Cale Wright had a goal and two assists while Josh Garneau checked in with four points, including a pair of goals, to pace the Riders. Scott Morriseau, Connor Morgan, Mark Strachan and Alex Milton also scored for Fernie.Fraser Abdaliah had an easy time in the Fernie nets, facing only 19 shots.The Leafs then ventured to Golden Saturday. But the result was just as bad as Tyler Fairall scored at the 2:39 mark of the second overtime period to lift the Rockets to a 5-4 win.Nelson, leading 2-1 after one period, watched as the Rockets scored three consecutive goals to take a 4-2 lead with seven minutes remaining in the contest.However, Cody Abbey and Dahl, with his second of the contest, scored late in the frame to force overtime. Johnson scored the other goal for the Leafs.Beesley took the loss in goal after relieving Nelson starter Darren Hogg.OVERTIME: Joel Stewart, with seven points in five games, is doing his best to help Leaf fans forget that the team’s leading scorer Gavin Currie is out of the lineup due to injury. Currie remains on the shelf after being injured December 31. . . .Dustin Johnson, a 67-point man last year for Merritt of the B.C. Hockey League, has seven points in five games for Nelson. . . . The Leafs, 20-16-0-2, have now lost twice this season in overtime. The first loss came December 12 against Grand Forks. . . .Next home game is Wednesday at the NDCC against Grand [email protected]last_img read more

Play your part for a better South Africa

first_img13 July 2011 The International Marketing Council of SA (IMC) has added its voice to the Mandela Day drive for civic participation with the launch of Play Your Part, a campaign designed to get all South Africans doing something, whether big or small, to contribute to a better future for all. Speaking at the launch of the initiative at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg on Wednesday, IMC CEO Miller Matola said: “A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live and who take action by doing something positive, whether big or small, is good for everyone.” Play Your Part encourages ordinary citizens to use whatever resources they have at their disposal – whether time, money, skills or goods – to contribute to positive change in the country. “There are numerous stories and real life experiences ready to be told of people and organisations that are making a positive difference – these stories should be told to lift our spirits and inspire everyone to play their part,” Matola said at the press briefing. Matola said the campaign complements the Mandela Day campaign which is celebrated on Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July, asking people to take 67 minutes of their lives to try and make the world a better place – while urging them “make every day a Mandela Day”. To join the movement, people can visit www.playyourpart.co.za, which connects to forgood, a home-grown social network that brings people and groups together for positive change. The forgood social network enables individuals and groups to create their own profiles, interact with others, garner support for their own causes and join in with others, depending on where they live and the things they’re passionate about. “The ethos and legacy of Nelson Mandela is important for the country, and not for a single organisation, because it carries the values of what this great nation should be about and … sets an example of what we should do,” Matola told journalists. “Therefore it is important that we all contribute towards making a difference in the country.”last_img read more

Dalit Professor issued notice for comment on Hindu deity

first_imgA Dalit Assistant Professor in Allahabad University on Saturday said he feared he could be lynched by a mob after an old video showing him making controversial remarks about a Hindu deity was widely circulated on campus.The central university’s administration has served Vikram Harijan, an Assistant Professor in the Medieval and Ancient History department, a show-cause notice for his remarks following a complaint by a delegation of students who claimed they had been offended by Mr. Harijan’s remarks. Mr. Harijan found himself in trouble after a research scholar, Ranjeet Saroj, on August 20 uploaded on YouTube a video showing the faculty member making controversial comments on a Hindu deity. Following the circulation of the video, a delegation of students led by Ashwani Kumar Maurya, joint secretary of the ABVP (Kashi Pranth) wrote to the university’s vice-chancellor on August 27 demanding action against Mr. Harijan. They contended that Mr. Harijan’s “anti-dharma” utterances had “hurt religious sentiments” of the public. Mr. Maurya also lodged a police complaint against the faculty member at the Colonelganj police station.Asserting that he had expressed regret for his comments, if they had hurt anyone’s sentiments, Mr. Harijan told The Hindu, that the video being circulated was, however, at least two years old. The video, which shows the faculty member narrating how as a sixth-standard student he had insulted a Hindu deity but faced no backlash from the deity to push his argument against religion and fears related to it, had been shot at a private event at a hostel in Prayagraj on April 14, 2017, on the birth anniversary of Bhimrao Ambedkar. “My purpose was to say that our children should move forward on the basis of education, hard work and rationality, not to rely on destiny or fear of god,” he explained. “Faith is the path to superstition,” he added. Mr. Harijan said he had received several threats and casteist slurs over the phone, after the video surfaced last week, and expressed his apprehension of becoming a victim of “mob lynching”. He said he had informed the administration about his fears and had sought protection. “I messaged the Proctor saying that I could be mob lynched, by Hindu fanatics,” he said. Proctor R.S. Dubey said Mr. Harijan had been issued a show-cause notice and further action would be taken after his reply. On the security threat perceived by the Assistant Professor, Mr. Dubey said: “If anyone has a security problem, they should approach the police. I am a teacher, what point is it telling me.”Mr. Harijan contended that the video had been uploaded by Mr. Saroj due to personal animosity against him and caste prejudice. “He did this to show me my aukaat (position in society),” asserted Mr. Harijan, referring to his Jatav caste.Mr. Saroj is also a Dalit but belongs to the Pasi sub-caste, and Mr. Harijan alleged Mr. Saroj considers his caste superior to Jatavs. Mr. Saroj refuted Mr. Harijan’s allegation and said he had uploaded the video as he could no longer tolerate the “repeated” insults to Hinduism by Mr. Harijan. “Does the constitution give you the right for such things? We should respect all religions,” said Mr. Saroj, who is also an activist of the Akhil Bharatiya Ambedkar Mahasabha.last_img read more

17 days agoSouthampton winger Stuart Armstrong earns Scotland call

first_imgSouthampton winger Stuart Armstrong earns Scotland callby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton winger Stuart Armstrong has replaced Oli McBurnie in the latest Scotland squad.Sheffield United striker McBurnie has withdrawn due to injury.Scotland travel to face Russia in a Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday, before hosting San Marino at Hampden Park three days later.The Tartan Army must beat Russia to keep their hopes of qualification alive. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Paul Haggis Strongly Denies Trio Of New Sexual Misconduct Allegations

first_imgAdvertisement Facing fresh allegations of sexual misconduct, Paul Haggis today postulated that the new charges were a tactic to force a mutimillion dollar settlement or the result of his long estrangement from Scientology.Three women have come forward to accuse Haggis of sexual misconduct after Haleigh Breest filed a civil suit last month accusing the Oscar-winning filmmaker of rape, the Associated Press reports. All three of the women approached Breest’s Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP attorneys with their claims.Christine Lepera, attorney for the 64-year-old screenwriter of Million Dollar Babyand Crash director has denied allegations of non-consensual sex. In fact, the lawyer denies the anonymous claims “in whole” for her client and floats larger moves at play. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: “No one has reached out to anyone on Mr. Haggis’ team other than the press to report this,” Lepera said in a statement to Deadline. “He views the fact that these reports appear to be spearheaded from the law-firm representing Ms. Breest, as a further tactic to try to harm him and continue their effort to obtain money. Mr. Haggis also questions whether Scientology has any role here, which he notes has been attacking him for years with false accusations.” Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

City of Fort St John holds inaugural council meeting

first_imgGrimsrud and Zabinsky during the Councillors’ oath of offcie. Photos by Scott BrooksFollowing the oath of office, Mayor Lori Ackerman made an emotional speech saying that she looks forward to working with the new council.“I want to congratulate those who were elected to represent the city of Fort St. John. I look forward to working with you over the next four years and I appreciate your dedication to council”, said Ackerman.Outgoing councillors Larry Evans and Bruce Christensen were presented with gifts in honour of their service to council.Former Councillors Christensen and Evans surrounded by council as they were presented with parting gifts on behalf of the city. Photo by Scott BrooksThe next city council meeting is on Tuesday, November 13 at 3:00 p.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The city of Fort St. John held the first inaugural council meeting of the new term at City Hall on Monday night.The Honourable Brian Daley, Provincial Court Judge, was on hand to conduct the Mayor and Councillors’ Oath of Office.Becky Grimsrud and Tony Zabinsky were the new councillors among the six to be sworn in at the meeting.last_img read more

Will Herve Renard Coach Moroccos National Team

first_imgRabat- After the Moroccan media published many articles about the failure of Moroccan officials to convince French coach Herve Renard to lead the Moroccan national team, the manager of French FC Sochaux has confirmed that he is in talks with the Moroccan football federation to head Morocco’s Atlas Lions.News website Super Sport recently reported that Herve Renard has confirmed that he is currently in talks with the Royal Moroccan Federation to coach the Atlas Lions national team.According to the same source, Renard said that his agent Youssef Haijoub “has been carrying out negotiations on my behalf with Moroccan officials but there have been many things to clear up there and Morocco is not the only destination on my list at the moment.” Herve, who formerly coached Zambia’s national team, added: “Let’s see what happens from here. In football, you can never say what will happen next. Nothing is certain.”Hassan Benabicha is the interim coach of the national team, but the Moroccan Football Federation is searching for an experienced coach to replace him in preparation for the upcoming African Cup of Nations scheduled to take place in Morocco next year.Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Can The Vikings Surprise The Packers Again

That could be interpreted in a few ways: Maybe it means that Rodgers’ skills were declining at age 32. The one most favorable to Green Bay, however, is that the roster around Rodgers has improved and that a bounce-back performance from the QB could lead to big things this season. Last year’s NFC North race seemed pretty straightforward, with the Packers favored to take the division for a fifth consecutive season. But after a 6-0 start, Green Bay sputtered to a 4-6 record down the stretch, leaving the door open for the surging Vikings to overtake them with a victory at Lambeau Field on the final day of the regular season. And just like that, the Packers’ NFC North mini-dynasty was no more.Our Elo ratings consider the North far more wide open this season, although the Green Bay Packers are favored to reclaim the division title. And the Pack might have more reasons for optimism than they did last year. For one, Green Bay’s schedule ranks as the second-easiest in football according to Elo, with plenty of winnable games against weak NFC East and AFC South opponents (and the Packers don’t have to play themselves, either, an underrated aspect of schedule strength for good teams). Also, wide receiver Jordy Nelson is back after an injury wiped him out for all of 2015, and there are the usual reports that running back Eddie Lacy has slimmed down.Despite Green Bay’s reputation as a one-man team, there’s evidence that it was less reliant on quarterback Aaron Rodgers than usual last season. The end-of-season Elo ranking for the Packers usually follows Rodgers’s ranking among quarterbacks in defense-adjusted yards above replacement (DYAR), but last season, Green Bay ranked much better in Elo (eighth) than Rodgers did in DYAR (17th): How will your favorite NFL team do this year? See all of our predictions for the 2016 season » To go with our 2016 NFL predictions, FiveThirtyEight is previewing each division. Here, we look at the NFC North. If the Packers falter again, though, Elo thinks the Minnesota Vikings are poised to take the North. Elo doesn’t know the Vikes lost QB Teddy Bridgewater to a knee injury in preseason, or that they drastically overpaid the Eagles in a trade to bring in Sam Bradford as a replacement. But the damage of that deal will accrue over the long haul; in the short term, Bradford should roughly approximate the production that Minnesota would have gotten out of Bridgewater. And after an otherwise solid offseason, that means the Vikings are on schedule to give Green Bay a run for its money, at least until they have to retool their aging defense.The Detroit Lions are also waiting in the wings after closing out last season with wins in six of their final eight games. The Lions aren’t getting much buzz heading into 2016, and perhaps that’s fair after Calvin Johnson abruptly retired early in the offseason. But the team also ranked among the top half of the league in all three phases of the game last year, and it has the NFL’s easiest schedule this season (according to Elo). The defense is old and Matthew Stafford may not be an Elite QB™ anymore — his most similar retired passers last season were Bernie Kosar, Jeff George, Dave Krieg and Kerry Collins — but it would not be a shock if Detroit finished closer to its 11-5 record of 2014 than the 7-9 mark it posted last season.After this division’s top three, there’s a bit of a drop-off before we get to the Chicago Bears. Chicago hasn’t finished in the top half of the NFL in Elo since 2012, which was (not coincidentally) the last time it had a winning record. Last year, the team continued to be undone by a decidedly un-Bears-like defense — second-worst in football. But Chicago has gone to some lengths to overhaul its D in recent offseasons, so the potential for improvement is there for what was the NFL’s third-youngest defense last year. And the Bears’ offense was surprisingly good in 2015, headlined by a solid passing season for Jay Cutler and a strong ground game (albeit one led by the now-departed Matt Forte). Add in one of the NFL’s easiest schedules, and a Bears renaissance isn’t inconceivable — although it’s unlikely, given the holes in Chicago’s secondary and offensive line.That probably leaves Green Bay and Minnesota as the most plausible division winners, with an outside chance that Detroit will pull off a surprise. But no matter what happens, the NFC North should be entertaining. It’s not the best division in football — it ranks third in average Elo behind the two Wests — and it’s not the most tightly bunched, either — it ranks a distant second behind the NFC East in the standard deviation of team Elo ratings. But it may well combine those two factors — quality and competitiveness — better than any other division in the NFL.VIDEO: How one spurned Rams fan found a new team read more