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An investment for the future

first_imgI am in the first year of a bakery course in Castle College. The course is very hands-on, which is great, as we get to test theories learned in class and transfer these skills in a practical way.I like making and baking breads and cakes on a large scale, as well as croissants, brioches, Danish pastries, doughnuts, pastries and pies. We also learn how to make confectionery items, such as chocolate truffles, toffee apples and so on.confidence-buildingJust a few months into the course, I have found the experience really worthwhile. I always had an interest in the food industry, but did not have the confidence to explore it further. The most I catered for is family and friends on a social basis. These days, however, I have become much more ambitious and would like the course to lead me into setting up my own bakery business. The tutors help in explaining what it would require to run, or manage, a small-sized business. Because my parents are Lebanese, I may make and sell Arabic bread in the future.Studying bakery and confectionery is a good grounding and a skill that you can take anywhere, which is what appeals to me most. On the practical side of things, we explore the whole background to baking, which is not just about following a recipe on paper but understanding why different types of ingredients react with one another. We need to know what makes a good product and how to present it well.It took me a long time to decide whether I wanted to do the course, but after talking with the tutors and seeing for myself what it would take, I knew it was the right choice. I feel that it is an investment for the future, well worth paying for. The course takes about three to four years to complete, depending on what NVQ level you want to take it to. I hope to commit to at least two years and see where it takes me after that.As a first-year student, I thought that the course was going to be mostly classroom-based, learning about the food industry, before we would be allowed to do any baking. But from the beginning, we have had a hands-on approach to learning and getting a feel for the equipment and materials we would be using. We have also been given the opportunity to make and sell the breads and confectionery to the public through our bakery, which is run by the school and encourages me to push myself further.a good decisionI love baking and interacting with the other students. The tutors are great and you can ask them anything. Taking up the course was a good decision. It has opened up lots of possibilities for me and, no doubt, it will to anyone who is thinking of applying for it. nlast_img read more

World bread prices: soaring costs push UK loaf up table

first_imgSpiralling flour and fuel costs have helped propel the UK up the global ranking for bread prices, but the country remains one of the cheapest places to buy bread in the world.Figures from the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU’s) Worldwide Cost of Living Survey show the average price of a kilo of bread in London rose from £1.09 in September, 2006, to £1.45 a year later. In Manchester, prices rose from 88p to £1.11.The EIU said rises had been compounded by the strength of sterling and the weakness of the US dollar, which has seen the relative cost boosted further compared to countries with weakening currencies or those linked to the dollar.”Bread prices in the UK have risen in local currency terms as rising commodity prices have been passed on to consumers,” said Jon Copestake, food and drink analyst and EIU survey editor. “In Manchester, the prices we surveyed rose 15.2% in the last year, although only 1.2% in the past six months. In London, bread prices rose 20.1% in the past year, 13.6% of which came in the last 6 months.”Despite the price rises, the UK is still one of the cheapest places in the world to buy bread. Of 130 cities surveyed around the world, London ranked number 70, up from 81 in 2006, in terms of price, while Manchester was at 93, up from 103.”Bread in the UK is seen as more of a staple than other countries. Production is highly developed and commoditised,” said Copestake. “Large scale consumption allows companies to exploit economies of scale and the market is highly competitive.”The research was based on bread from three categories of retailer. ’Low’ covers multiples, such as Tesco, ’medium’ equates to top-end supermarkets such as M&S and specialist shops, and ’high’ comprises food halls.last_img read more

MEPs vote in favour of country-of-origin food labelling

first_imgCompulsory country-of-origin food labelling came a step closer recently when MEPs voted in favour of the measure. Under the proposals, all pre-packed meat and meat product labels would have to show where livestock was born, reared and slaughtered.The move was welcomed by National Federation of Meat & Food Traders president John Taylor, who said: “This is excellent news for British butchers, farmers and the great British meat-buying public. My Federation has pushed for this policy for many years and we are delighted that customers will now have much clearer information when choosing and comparing their meat purchases. A level playing field is in sight at last.”The vote was the latest stage in the long-running saga to update European-wide food labelling laws. There is still a long way to go and it is likely to be another three to five years before everything is in place.Other measures voted on were also mainly positive for butchers. These included:l Confirmation that loose sales (non pre-packed) would be exempt from most labelling requirements (as now)l Allergen information can be provided orally for loose salesl No mandatory traffic light labelling on nutrition for pre-packsl No mandatory nutrition labelling at all for handcrafted productsl A requirement to label meat from animals slaughtered without pre-stunning (according to certain religious traditions).last_img read more

A ringing defense of Trump on trade

first_img Related Political dysfunction is crippling U.S. competitiveness, Business School professors say Navarro criticized the “flood of counterfeit goods and contraband such as fentanyl into this country,” mostly from China, and said that when people buy from third-party online sources they have about a 40 percent chance of getting fakes. “Our policy goal is to turn this flood of contraband and counterfeits to a trickle,” he said. “This will not only protect consumers and save American lives, but it will also create American jobs.”Navarro praised Trump and said, “There are far too many D.C. bureaucrats in what some have called the Deep State who never got elected but who somehow think that they know better than the elected officials they serve. Please hear this: There’s no ethical high ground to be found in such disloyalty, only a road to ruinous harm to our democracy.”He recalled the “figurative and quite literal dark days” of the 1970s oil crisis, pointing out that, because of modern fracking techniques, the U.S. has gone from net oil imports of 10 million barrels a day in 2005 to about 4 million now.Saying that Ricardian economics were not based on “the possibility that one or both trading partners will lie, spy, cheat, or steal,” he provided five examples of China allegedly doing those things, from hacking computers to learn trade secrets, to putting American companies out of business by grabbing market share with cheap goods, to manipulating its currency.“If Ricardo were alive today,” Navarro asked, “what would he say about this deviant economic model? … I daresay none of you have been asked that in any of your economics classes, but maybe it’s time that those questions be asked.”He then parsed the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) nonreciprocal trading system’s most-favored-nations (MFN) rule, which essentially requires that countries not discriminate among their trading partners. That is, they must apply the same tariffs on any given goods across the board, with some exceptions.“The catch,” Navarro said, is that “nothing in the MFN rule requires a WTO member to provide equal — that is reciprocal or mirror — tariff rates to its trading partners. Rather, WTO members are free under the most-favored-nation rule to charge systematically higher tariffs to other countries, so long as they do that to everybody else.”The MFN tariff applied to autos in the U.S., for example, is 2.5 percent. Canada’s is 10 percent, China’s 15 percent, and “India’s in the stratosphere at 125 percent,” he said. “Does anybody here think that’s fair? Any takers?”The countries that get hurt most under such a system, he said, are those that have the lowest tariffs on average — like the U.S.,“America, the piggy bank, will continue to be plundered by a trade deficit that transfers more than half a trillion dollars of American wealth a year into foreign hands. These observations led me to yet another piece of conventional, fossilized wisdom propagated right here in academia — namely that trade deficits don’t matter.”In support of his argument, he quoted legendary investor Warren Buffet as saying, “Our country has been behaving like an extraordinarily rich farmer who possesses an immense farm. In order to consume 4 percent more than we produce’ — that’s the trade deficit — ‘we have day by day been both selling pieces of the farm and increasing the mortgage on what we still own.” Buffett has called this being “colonized by purchase.”Navarro admitted that the linkages he made between unfair trade practices and the trade deficit are “not accepted by the economics profession, just not accepted. It’s intuitive, but they’re just not buying it.” He argued, though, that “in such an environment of unfair trade, it’s perfectly rational for Americans to consume more and save less, with the result being a traditional deficit that’s higher that it would otherwise be.”Many of Navarro’s assertions are considered well outside the mainstream of economic thought.Largely because of them, Trump has received two letters from economists in recent years, one in 2016 signed by 370 economists that decried his policies, and the other last May signed by more than 1,100 economists voicing their opposition to tariffs and protectionism. Navarro was respectfully heard during his Harvard appearance.In closing, he said, “It’s long past time for the ivory tower to reimagine and reengineer its models of trade so that they conform far better to the realities of the international trading arena and the very real plight of the people who live not in Cambridge or Manhattan or Bonn or Brussels, but rather in the factory towns of America and across the ranches and farms in this great country.“And for those of my Ricardian colleagues who continue to resist such long-overdue change, I will simply remind you of what Professor Paul Samuelson once said about the difficult and painful transition from classical economics to Keynesianism in the 1930s. Quipped Samuelson, ‘Science advances funeral by funeral.’ I just hope I’m still around to see my own economics profession advance beyond the bankrupt Ricardian model.“Ricardo is indeed dead. Under President Trump, long live free, fair, and balanced trade.” The costs of inequality: Money = quality health care = longer life Federal insurance has helped many, but system’s holes limit gains, Harvard analysts say An ailing economy President Trump’s trade czar, Peter Navarro, said Thursday night during a speech at the Institute of Politics’ JFK Jr. Forum that the administration’s efforts to remake American trade policies, pressure China to reform its practices, and revamp the tariff system are boosting the American economy.Navarro ’77, Ph.D. ’86, has been informing Trump’s ideas on trade since the 2016 presidential campaign, ever since Jared Kushner shared one of Navarro’s books, “Death by China,” with his father-in-law, who had been espousing similarly critical views of trade with that nation since the 1980s.Now assistant to the president and director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, Navarro, besides being a prolific author, is a former Democrat who has run for office several times, and is a professor emeritus of economics and public policy at the University of California, Irvine.Trump has begun enacting several of Navarro’s policy proposals, and Navarro said they’re having the desired effects.“Stripped of rhetoric,” Navarro said during his Kennedy School appearance, “the president’s tariffs on steel and aluminum represent one of the most successful applications of a defensive trade polity in U.S. history. … Billions of dollars of new investment have poured into these industries. Capacity utilization and employment are up. And after a brief spike, prices are coming down just as theory would predict. Meanwhile, the downstream industries that were supposed to be hurt are creating all sort of new jobs.” Reviews of the tariffs in the press have been considerably more mixed.Navarro’s central thesis, “Ricardo is dead,” refers to the early 1800s British political economist David Ricardo, who argued that international free trade was always beneficial, and whose theories still hold sway.But, said Navarro, those theories don’t work well in the real world today and “no longer [have] any relevance in global markets dominated by industrial espionage, rampant cheating, intellectual property theft, forced technology transfer, state capitalism, and currency misalignments.”The U.S. GDP increased last year, jobs have been added for African Americans, Hispanics, and women, and some wage gains have been made. Navarro ascribed those results to “the most active and successful trade agenda of any modern president.”He cited other Trump administration policies that have proven successful, particularly in military-allied industries, including production of an F-16 jet fighter that he said resulted in Lockheed Martin creating 400 direct jobs in Greenville, S.C., and up to 18,000 more outside it, as well as a recent executive order that will help Navy veterans join the merchant marine, “which is critical to U.S. military logistics.” “Ricardo is indeed dead. Under President Trump, long live free, fair, and balanced trade.” — Peter Navarrolast_img read more

Reservation Confirmed! Ask Fully Committed’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson Anything

first_img Right this way! Fully Committed star Jesse Tyler Ferguson is’s next Ask a Star, and you’ve got the best seat in the house to submit your questions. Whether you want the stage and screen fave to dish on his super-human memorization skills, Broadway BFFs, Modern Family secrets or what he thought of this summer’s Shakespeare in the Park production, what’s on the menu is up to you. Submit your questions below, and be sure to tune in when he answers them! Bon appétit!<a data-cke-saved-href="" href="">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a> Related Shows Star Files Fully Committed Show Closed This production ended its run on July 31, 2016center_img View Comments Jesse Tyler Ferguson(Photo: Joan Marcus) Jesse Tyler Fergusonlast_img read more

Drug-Trafficking Ring in Romania, Coordinated from Colombia, Is Dismantled

first_imgBy Dialogo January 17, 2011 Two Romanians accused of being members of an extensive cocaine-trafficking ring, coordinated by the leaders of the Medellín cartel in Colombia, have been detained, the Romanian public prosecutor’s office specialized in the fight against organized crime (DIICOT) announced on 14 January. “The top level of this organized-crime ring is in Colombia and is made up of the leaders of the Medellín drug cartel, the brothers Miguel and Víctor Mejía Munera (called ‘the twins’),” DIICOT specified. The two Romanians, Nadolu Constantin and Iosif Catalin, were responsible for sending the cocaine to Romania from Ecuador, the public prosecutor’s office indicated. A Colombian working with them, Víctor Manuel Porto Sánchez, is wanted on drug-trafficking and homicide charges, the Romanian public prosecutor’s office indicated. The suspects are accused of having participated in the organization of a cocaine shipment sent by sea from the Ecuadorean port of Guayaquil to the Spanish port of Algeciras (in southern Spain), and then to Italy and the Romanian port of Constanta (in eastern Romania). The investigation was carried out by the Romanian public prosecutor’s office with help from U.S. officials from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Spanish, Italian, and Ecuadorean authorities.last_img read more

Military To Reinforce Police in Fight against Crime in Honduras

first_imgBy Dialogo March 02, 2011 The military will take to the streets of Honduras to patrol with the police in joint operations, for the purpose of combatting the high crime rate, official sources announced on 28 February. “President Porfirio Lobo has ordered the Armed Forces and the Ministry of Security to conduct joint operations, and we’re going to take the necessary measures to carry out those orders,” the top military commander, Gen. René Osorio, said at a press conference. Lobo called a meeting bringing together the presidents of the judicial branch, Jorge Avilés, and the legislative branch, Juan Orlando Hernández, as well as Osorio and the ministers of defense, Marlon Pascua, and security, Oscar Alvarez, among other authorities, in order to make decisions for the fight against crime. “The president has been clear that Defense should support the Ministry of Security, and we’re going to continue with the actions that have been taking place since last year, but they’re going to increase,” Pascua said. In the face of the crime wave Honduras is confronting, Lobo resolved to call the meeting upon his return from a trip to South Korea, Singapore, and Kuwait.last_img read more

The credit union information security risk assessment

first_imgby: Robin ReminesI’m not a gamer but I live with two. And on any occasion that I happen to pass by their consoles I can be assured I’ll see two meticulously outfitted warriors ready to fend off whatever WOW (World of Warcraft) threat is imminent.  In most cases, my crew is successful due to preparedness and a clear understanding of the risks.Now I realize that credit union Information Security Risk Assessment preparation isn’t nearly as exciting but with the right preparation and tools, you CAN make it impactful (and yea, sneak in a bit of warrior skills as well).  The FFIEC IT Handbook provides a sound basis for performing the work.What is an information security risk assessment?The Information security risk assessment is the process used to identify and understand risks to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information and information systems. In its simplest form, a risk assessment consists of the identification and valuation of assets and an analysis of those assets in relation to potential threats and vulnerabilities, resulting in a ranking of risks to mitigate. The resulting information should be used to develop strategies to mitigate those risks. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Barriers to health workers in a pandemic, avian flu in poultry

first_imgFeb 12, 2009Obstacles to healthcare workers during a flu pandemicA survey of 64 British healthcare workers found that though many feel obligated to come to work during an influenza pandemic, several barriers might affect their willingness, including the well-being of family members, a lack of trust in the National Health Service, a lack of information about the risk, and a feeling that employers don’t take staff needs seriously. The authors, who published their findings in the latest issue of BMC Public Health, advise pandemic planners to take steps to minimize these obstacles.[Feb 12 BMC Public Health abstract]Avian flu hits second British Columbia farmCanada’s Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) yesterday announced that it has detected an H5 avian influenza at a second commercial poultry farm in southern British Columbia. The flock was within the 3-km surveillance zone of the Abbotsford turkey operation where the low-pathogenic H5N2 virus was detected in late January. Initial testing in the latest outbreak suggests a low-pathogenic strain, and authorities will conduct further tests to confirm the subtype, the CFIA said. The farm’s 12,000 breeding chickens will be culled, according to a report yesterday from Reuters.[Feb 11 CFIA statement]Indonesian province reports avian flu in poultryA district official from Indonesia’s Yogyakarta province on Java island said today that avian flu has recently struck poultry in four subdistricts, according to a report from Xinhua, China’s state news agency. The official, from Bantul district, said heavy rains were contributing to the spread of the virus and that area residents have been advised to take steps to control the spread of the virus.[Feb 12 Xinhua story]Rituals involving poultry may help spread H5N1 in IndonesiaTraditional and religious rituals involving chicken and duck sacrifices on Indonesia’s Bali island may play a role in the spread of H5N1 avian influenza, according to a survey conducted by animal health officials in Bali’s Klungkung regency. The survey found that animals bought specifically for the rituals are often slaughtered in large groups by people who don’t wear protective equipment, and the carcasses are cleaned in rivers or gutters that local people use for bathing or drinking water, according to a report today from the Jakarta Post. The 2007 survey included responses from 641 people from 18 villages that had been hit by outbreaks and 25 uninfected villages.[Feb 12 Jakarta Post story]last_img read more

Robin van Persie criticises Alexandre Lacazette over late missed chance against Olympiacos

first_img Comment Alexandre Lacazette put Arsenal in front before missing a late chance against Olympiacos (Picture: Getty)Robin van Persie criticised Alexandre Lacazette for failing to put Arsenal in total control of their Europa League round of 32 tie after the striker fluffed a late chance to double his tally away to Olympiacos.It was Mikel Arteta’s first European match in charge of the Gunners and the Spaniard will be confident of progressing through to the next round, with Lacazette scoring the only goal of Thursday night’s first leg in the 81st minute.Bukayo Saka was again the provider with an exquisite pass for Lacazette’s strike, the youngster’s ninth assist of the season in all competitions, but the visitors will be disappointed after missing an opportunity to go further ahead with five minutes remaining in Athens.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal’s players broke with pace after an Olympiacos corner came to nothing and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang found Lacazette on the edge of the box whose first touch badly let him down meaning he was unable to complete a quickfire brace.ADVERTISEMENT Lacazette didn’t help himself with his first touch (Picture: BT Sport) The strike was easily saved by Olympiakos’ goalkeeper (Picture: BT Sport)The Frenchman did manage to get a shot away but it was directed straight at Olympiacos goalkeeper Jose Sa who nudged the ball behind to safety and Arteta’s men had to settle for a one-goal advantage heading into the second leg at the Emirates.Though Van Persie was impressed with Arsenal’s performance late on at the Karaiskakis Stadium, he felt Lacazette should have converted his late chance.‘They should have [extended their lead] in the end. The last 15 minutes were really good and they created three or four really good chances,’ the ex-Arsenal forward said on BT Sport.‘This is a nice counter-attack [leading up to Lacazette’s chance] but this is what I want to talk about. This is not world-class, this particular action. Aubameyang found Lacazette on the edge of the penalty area (Picture: BT Sport) Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 21 Feb 2020 8:44 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6kShares Van Persie was critical of Lacazette’s first touch (Picture: BT Sport)‘His body movement is too close, it’s too much towards the ball. His body should be more open so he can have that slight touch, similar to the one [Erling] Haaland had against PSG, sliding it through so you only need one touch.‘Lacazette needs two touches to get a shot in. He does well with the second touch but he needs an extra second. He knows what I mean.‘With the first touch he should put it at an angle where he only needs two or maximum three steps to have a clear shot. He didn’t do it there.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFormer Arsenal defender Martin Keown added: ‘That’s why the first touch is everything.‘Concentrate on your first touch and then everything takes care of itself after that because it sets you up.‘But he’s done well actually with his second touch to get it away.’Van Persie replied: ‘Yeah, but he should have done better.’ Arteta’s side head into the second leg with a one-goal advantage (Picture: Getty)Arteta was pleased to come away from Athens with a victory, but he was disappointed that Lacazette and co were unable to extend Arsenal’s lead in the dying moments.‘It was a really good result first of all. To win away in Europe is very difficult,’ he said.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘To come to a ground like this and get a result, credit to the lads.‘We suffered in the first ten minutes, I think we gave a lot of simple balls away when we had the chance to open them up and generate the overloads and the situations to run, we gave the ball away so we could not generate continuity in our play.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘After that we started to have more control of the game and create the situation we wanted.‘We missed a couple of good opportunities and in the second half, apart from the set-pieces, I think we controlled the game much better defensively and in the opponents’ half and we had chances to score more.‘I think we could have put the tie in a much better position.‘It’s still good but we had clear chances with top players that we expect to put the ball in the net.’MORE: Robin van Persie compares ‘world-class’ Bukayo Saka to Arsenal and Manchester United legends Robin van Persie criticises Alexandre Lacazette over late missed chance against Olympiacos Advertisementlast_img read more

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