Irish reject homophobia and colonial oppression

Posted On Jun 15 2021 by

first_imgThe people of the Republic of Ireland have stunned the world by making it the first country to say “Yes” to gay marriage by a popular, nationwide vote. Nineteen other nations have legalized same-sex marriage, but none by popular vote.On May 22, over 62 percent of those voting cast ballots in favor of changing the Irish Constitution to define marriage as a union between two people, regardless of their gender. Twenty-two years ago, Ireland decriminalized homosexuality.Jubilant crowds jammed Dublin as the results were announced. Some media had predicted an urban-rural split, with rural areas less willing to support gay marriage. However, while the yes vote was somewhat greater in the urban areas, only one county voted no, and by a slim majority. In County Dublin the “Yes” vote was over 70 percent.Standing up to Church, colonialismWhy did so many Irish men and women turn out to say “Yes” to gay marriage?Many people point to the extensive use of social media and the high turnout among young, many of them first-time, voters as the primary reason for the referendum’s success. Clearly, this was a factor, but, with support coming across age and rural-urban lines and in defiance of the Catholic Church, other factors were also in play.Ireland is nominally one of the most Catholic countries in the world, with the Church claiming membership among 85 percent of the population. But today’s empty pews tell a different story. And so does the gay marriage referendum vote.No surprise that the Church hierarchy opposed the referendum. The archbishops sent a letter to all 2,500 parish churches opposing a “Yes” vote. But the Church in Ireland today is widely discredited for its complicity with centuries of British rule, as well as the scandal involving widespread sexual abuse of children by priests. In rejecting the Church’s position, the Irish took a stand against the old colonial ideas of racism, sexism and homophobia.“The Church is a foot soldier for colonialism,” said Ed Childs, a Workers World Party member in Boston who studies and speaks out on the liberation of Ireland. “Colonialism today comes from England and its dominant partner, the U.S.”The Irish have resisted English oppression for 900 years, and the Irish people today are very aware of their proud history of fighting for independence. A major attraction for tourists, both foreign and homegrown, in Dublin is Kilmainham Jail, where the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rebellion were executed by the British. Tour guides speak passionately of the injustices done in that dungeon, where even small children served time for “crimes” like stealing a loaf of bread in a time of famine.Big plans for celebrating the freedom struggle are already underway for next year, which will mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rebellion, a dramatic step in the armed struggle for Ireland’s freedom.The fundamental reason for that oppression was — and is — economic exploitation. The control of English lords over much of Ireland’s agricultural land, the Penal Laws and other measures resulted in starvation and death. In the 1840s, during the “Great Hunger,” 4 million people — half the population of Ireland — either starved to death or were forced to emigrate, while food continued to be exported from Ireland to England.One of the most celebrated cultural figures in Ireland today is the Irish author, playwright and poet Oscar Wilde, who at the height of his career in the 1890s was sent to prison in London for two years’ hard labor on charges of “gross indecency” — he was gay.The joy in Ireland over the recent vote reflects pride and confidence in the people. The popular vote showed that working people can overcome divisive prejudices and strengthen their unity to fight back against the reactionary austerity drive being imposed on so many countries by the imperialist banks and corporations.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


Equity Gains Fuel Rise in Housing Market Value

Posted On May 31 2021 by

first_img Home Equity Seriously Delinquent Mortages 2017-01-23 Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The aggregate value of the U.S. housing market is climbing due to the ongoing rise in home equity, according to the Urban Institute’s Housing Finance at a Glance Monthly Chartbook for January 2017.The share of homes in the U.S. with negative equity is 6.3 percent (3.2 million homes) as of the end of the third quarter last year, according to CoreLogic’s latest data, which is a fraction of the peak negative equity rate of higher than 30 percent in 2012.The result in the consistent rise in home equity over the last four-plus years has been an increase in the aggregate value of the housing market across the country, up to $23.9 trillion as of the end of Q3, according to Urban Institute. Total debt and mortgages made up $10.2 trillion of that $23.9 trillion, while home equity accounted for $13.7 trillion of it. Another 1.6 percent of residential properties were in near negative equity, or those with LTV ratios between 95 and 100, as of the end of Q3, according to CoreLogic.According to Urban Institute, “Agency MBS make up 58.2 percent of the total mortgage market, private-label securities make up 5.8 percent, and unsecuritized first liens at the GSEs, commercial banks, savings institutions, and credit unions make up 29.8 percent. Second liens comprise the remaining 6.2 percent of the total.”While negative equity continues to decline, so also does the percentage of mortgage loans in serious delinquency (90 days or more overdue or in foreclosure). This percentage, which nearly reached 10 percent at the height of the foreclosure crisis in 2010, was at 3 percent as of the end of Q3, according to Urban Institute (down from 3.6 percent from a year earlier). Approximately 1.6 percent of loans were 90 days or more delinquent, while about 1.4 percent were in foreclosure.Click here to view the complete January 2017 chartbook from Urban Institute. Previous: Citi Subsidiaries Draw Fines From CFPB Next: Blackstone’s Invitation Homes Officially Goes Public Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Equity Gains Fuel Rise in Housing Market Valuecenter_img Sign up for DS News Daily  Print This Post Subscribe in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Home Equity Seriously Delinquent Mortages Related Articles Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Equity Gains Fuel Rise in Housing Market Value Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea January 23, 2017 2,204 Views last_img read more


New agri-environment results-based pilot project open for consultation

Posted On May 25 2021 by

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Previous articleCalls for ongoing Lough Foyle jurisdiction dispute to be resolvedNext articlePublic information campaign to be rolled out on vaccination of over 70s News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic New agri-environment results-based pilot project open for consultation Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter Public consultation has opened on the development of a new agri-environment results-based pilot project.Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue says the project will explore new ways of approaching environmental actions and help identify what value can be brought to the next national agri-environmental scheme.The pilot project is in line with the Programme for Government’s commitment to reward farmers for adapting to more sustainable methods of farming and to the development of a new agri-environment scheme capable of delivering broad environmental and biodiversity benefits that will align financial supports with climate objectives.Funding has been made available for 2021 for the project which will only be open to farmers who have not participated in GLAS and are not currently participating in other agri-environment schemes.Minister McConalogue says; the results-based approach can help identify the environmental and biodiversity returns from specific farm measures and allows a more focused use of funding as well as raising awareness of farming methods that can give the greatest environmental and biodiversity benefits.The model is said to be designed to incentivise farmers to deliver for the environment by ensuring that those with the best environmental scores receive the highest payment.The application process is expected to open in the second quarter of 2021. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growscenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Google+ By News Highland – January 30, 2021 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Facebook Google+ Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more


Water hoses and summer fun

Posted On May 24 2021 by

first_img Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Sponsored Content “It’s where you turn on the water hose and play in the water.”My grandson didn’t even answer me – just shook his head, no.He went in the den, picked up a book and pretended to be reading. But I could see his eyes peering at me over the upheld book. His eyes followed me – a crazy ol’ woman – across the room. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson One of us would spray the water high in the air and the other would run under it or through it. We would jump over shooting streams of water, moving the stream just a little higher with each successful jump.But the most fun came when the grass and ground got sopping wet and as slippery as glass. We’d get a running start and hit the ground in a full-blown slide.Fanny slides and knee slides were fun but the ultimate slide was the cookie pan slide. There was nothing as daring as running and jumping on the cookie pan and zooming across the wet, slippery ground as fast as greased lightning.One day, we found an old oscillating sprinkler in the trash pile and got the idea to hook it up to the water hose and play in the water as it chook, chook, chooked around.We screwed the sprinkler on the water hose and turned on the water. We were having the most fun running and jumping in the sprinkler water until the sprinkler chooked to a stop. Julia Faye tried to get it going again but got her finger pinched in the mechanism and couldn’t get it out.She started hollering and crying so I put my hand over her mouth so nobody would hear her. She bit my hand and I let go.Out came my grandmother, my mama and her mama and there we stood with the water hose running full blast and Betty Kay’s finger caught in the rusty sprinkler. Betty Kay’s mama got her finger out and marched her home, dragging her along with a tight grip on her humerus. Mamas could abuse their children back then.My grandmother turned off the water and “me and Mama” went on to the house where she kept a keen peach tree switch on top of the refrigerator.Speaking for myself, the switching was worth it for all the fun we had. I couldn’t say for Betty Kay. Print Article Published 11:00 pm Friday, June 28, 2013 Email the author Skip By The Penny Hoarder Water hoses and summer fun You Might Like Smoking ban doesn’t take away rights, it gives them Every summer, my mom and dad and brother and I would load up in the van and head out for… read more “What are you saying, Granma?“I said … ‘Do you want to go play under the water hose?’”There was hesitation and apprehension, “What’s that?” He wanted to go swimming but his friend was sick so my best offer was the water hose.When I was growing up, playing in the water hose was unbridled fun. I didn’t get to do it often. That would have been wasting water. But, every now and then, it was allowed … or done anyway.We were left to our on devices for entertainment.My grandmother kept a water hose hanging on the fence in the chicken yard. If nobody was around, Betty Kay and I would take advantage of the opportunity. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Jaine Treadwell Book Nook to reopen Latest Stories Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more


After Isaias: A look at the numbers across the East

Posted On May 18 2021 by

first_imgABC NewsBy DANIEL MANZO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Post Tropical Cyclone Isaias is now 55 Miles north-northwest Quebec City on its way north-northeast and getting further and further away from the United States. Isaias, which made landfall as a Category 1 Hurricane in North Carolina, raced up the East Coast on Tuesday, spawning a tornado outbreak, widespread damaging winds and torrential rain to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Isaias spawned a tropical tornado outbreak as it raced up to the Northeast and there were at least 26 reported tornadoes from North Carolina to New Jersey. It will take a few more days to get a clear confirmed number of just how many tornadoes there were from Isaias. Additionally, a possible waterspout near Ocean City, New Jersey, brought a recorded 109 mph wind gust — something truly remarkable for New Jersey. On the right side of Isaias, powerful wind gusts were recorded from North Carolina to New England. On the western side of Isaias, torrential rain caused flash flooding and river flooding and some very high rain totals including 9 inches in Sotterley, Maryland, 8.59 inches in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 8.42 inches in Prince Frederick, Maryland, and 7.25 inches in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. The heavy rain caused major river flooding in parts of eastern Pennsylvania, especially on the Schuylkill River and Perkiomen Creek. The Perkiomen Creek in Graterford, Pennsylvania, also set a new all-time record crest. Isaias came after what has been a remarkable summer in the Eastern U.S. Bridgeport, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and Richmond, Virginia all had their warmest month on record for July 2020.In the wake of Isaias, weather will be much quieter across the Northeast. There is a stalled stationary front that could spark some summer storms Wednesday, and especially Thursday and Friday across the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic. There is some potential for some gusty winds, hail and heavy rain — especially across the Delmarva peninsula. Locally, two to three inches of rain will be possible and flash flooding could be possible in some areas.Out West, the heat is slowly subsiding. However, the pattern change is bringing gusty winds, and dry lightning in some spots which could cause the development of fires and the spread of existing fires. Fire Weather Watches and Red Flag Warnings have been posted for parts of the region from Arizona to Wyoming.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


Adjunct Faculty for Modern Languages (pooled positions)

Posted On May 3 2021 by

first_imgNative or near-native fluency, minimum a Master’s degree or aMaster in other field with 18 graduate hours in the language ofstudy or equivalent, college teaching experience preferred. Sendletter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts, andreferences to:Dr. Amy Emm can be contacted for opportunities Germanteaching positions and Dr. Toubiana for any other areas of ModernLanguage, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, andCultures, The Citadel, 171 Moultrie St., Charleston, SC 29409-6430.Fax (843) 953-7257.Advertised: Oct 16 2019 Eastern Daylight TimeApplications close: The Citadel’s Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, andCultures is seeking accepting applications for adjunct faculty(multiple positions) to teach for the spring 2020 semester andbeyond.We have ongoing needs to fill vacancies in one or more of thefollowing areas: FrenchSpanishChineseGermanlast_img read more


Where there’s smoke North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue promotes five

Posted On May 2 2021 by

first_imgFive firefighters were promoted in a ceremony held by North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue (NHRFR) on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. The special ceremony in the firehouse was attended by firefighters, friends, family, and numerous local and regional officials, including Mayor Nicholas Sacco, who congratulated the honorees and thanked them for their service.Battalion Chief Mark Lorenz, a 25-year firefighter, Captain Alan Williams (15 years), and firefighters James Lisa (15 years), Erik Wilson (12 years), and Richard Gora (19 years) each received a commendation, along with a promotion. Lorenz was promoted to deputy chief. Captain Williams was promoted to battalion chief, and the others were promoted to captain.“North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue is dedicated to saving lives and responding to catastrophic fires in our communities, and for the department to continue offering a high level of service, we must maintain an adequate supervisory staff of experienced fire officers,” said Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, who also serves as chairman of the management board for NHRFR. “Today we are proud to promote these five outstanding individuals and I thank them for their continuing service.”NHRFR is one of the largest regionalized fire departments in the United States, covering the North Hudson towns of Guttenberg, North Bergen, Union City, Weehawken and West New York.As a nationally recognized fire protection unit, NHRFR takes pride in maintaining one of the best response times in the nation.“Deputy Chief Lorenz, Battalion Chief Williams, and Captains Lisa, Wilson and Gora are some of the most dedicated and professional officers I have had the privilege of working with in my career,” said NHRFR Chief Frank Montagne. “They are each very deserving of their promotions and I’m sure they will continue to do excellent work for NHRFR in these new capacities.” ×PROMOTIONS: Firefighters received promotions in a ceremony held by the North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue (NHRFR): Battalion Chief Mark Lorenz, Captain Alan Williams, and firefighters James Lisa, Erik Wilson, and Richard Gora received commendations along with their promotions. PROMOTIONS: Firefighters received promotions in a ceremony held by the North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue (NHRFR): Battalion Chief Mark Lorenz, Captain Alan Williams, and firefighters James Lisa, Erik Wilson, and Richard Gora received commendations along with their promotions.last_img read more


View from the floor

Posted On Apr 21 2021 by

first_imgA straw poll of exhibitors’ views at this year’s Food & Bake yielded a mixed response, ranging from the exasperated (“Realistically, I think this show is dead”) to the ecstatic (“It is the best show I’ve had in 20 years”). With the number of exhibitors weighted towards equipment companies, some ingredients suppliers grumbled over the paucity of food stands on show, others thought that morning quality of attendance was ’fantastic’. Machinery suppliers meanwhile gleefully racked up the sales leads. Although 70% of exhibitors have rebooked for 2008, according to the show’s organiser, a view commonly expressed was a feeling that the Food & Bake format needed refreshing.Escher MixersStephen Steadman, who heads up Escher Mixers in the UK, said his stand had received a great deal of interest. “It has been very much a purchasing show, where people have come to buy a machine and to do a deal,” he said.But at the same time he believed the lack of “live theatre” and food exhibitors dissuaded many craft bakers from attending. “I would also question whether four days is the right length for a show of this size,” he added. “It needs a new identity and a new lease of life.” The cost of exhibiting for smaller businesses had proved prohibitive for many companies, he thought. “The costs have spiralled over the last four to six years and it’s certainly not encouraging the smaller companies to exhibit either their products or their machinery,” he said. Aga FoodserviceOn the other hand, Aga Foodservice, which brought its bakery equipment companies under one umbrella, had a “hugely successful” exhibition and “the best show I’ve had in 20 years”, said Mono’s sales director Martin Jones.Another Aga company at the show was Williams Refrigeration, which supplies equipment to craft bakers, sandwich shops, supermarkets and foodservice outlets. It said HACCP food safety regulations, introduced in January this year, have played a key factor in the development of its equipment launched at the show. New products included a refrigerated air well with a blown air curtain for keeping ingredients fresh for longer. Marketing manager Nicola Franklin said that energy efficiency was also playing an increasing role in bakers’ choice of equipment. Auto-Bake“Understanding energy conservation is much more focused in Europe than in some other markets, which is wonderful as we make highly efficient systems in terms of energy,” concurred Amanda Hick, marketing director of Auto-Bake, which designs and manufactures Serpentine baking systems in Australia and has been exporting to the UK for five years.“Serpentine ovens are much more efficient than tunnel ovens, which are wasteful of heat,” she continued. “Bakers are facing a lot of cost pressures and they are looking for a sophisticated response to that, so we are reflecting true concerns in the market.”Birmingham-based Auto-Bake says it has 20 installations in medium to large bakeries and is looking to install three to four large industrial lines a year. MuntonsAndy James, marketing manager for malt supplier Muntons, said it was promoting awareness of the uses of malt in breads and confectionery.“It can add life and variety to bakery products,” he said. “It gives the consumer more choice and there are health benefits as well.” Muntons supplies liquid malt extracts, which can be used in doughs as a flavour enhancer, malt flours, textured products such as kibbled malted wheat, whole malt flakes, as well as dried products for flavouring. “Breads with interesting bits seem to be gaining in popularity with consumers – we have those interesting bits,” said Mr James.Commenting on this year’s Food & Bake, sales and marketing director Andrew Suett added that the quality of attendees to the show was good, but a dedicated ingredients and retail bakery products area was lacking. “What we are missing in the UK is a general food industry exhibition whereby you get the ingredients and finished products together,” he said. “Big players like Nestlé won’t bother coming to Food & Bake at the moment because it is so specific to baking.”Food DesignColin Hunter, MD of Harrogate-based ingredients supplier Food Design, similarly bemoaned the dwindling number of ingredients and baked product exhibitors at Food & Bake. “Realistically, I think this show is dead,” he said. “If you’re coming for equipment manufacturers then you’re not interested in us.”Meanwhile, he revealed that a new £500,000 investment would see the company double capacity by September, up to 1,600 tonnes, with that rising to 3,000 tonnes next year as the company racks up 25-30% growth. Buderim GingerAustralian firm Buderim Ginger echoed Food Design’s view. “Some of our biggest customers have no intention of turning up,” said general manager Paul Bialkowski. “Bakers are looking for inspiration and in previous years we would be approached by a lot of NPD people. But there are fewer ingredients companies here and I find that disappointing.”The company has also introduced macadamia nuts into its range this year. “It’s a new ingredient for the baking industry – it has a crunchiness that other nuts don’t have, and could enable the baker to innovate.”Community FoodsCommunity Foods was showcasing innovative products such as raisins in sour cherry, blueberry and raspberry flavours. “We’re here because we’re not very well known in the baking world,” said Paul Smith, a trader with the first-time exhibitor, which stocks a broad range of ingredients including fruits, nuts, seeds, grains and pulses – 40% of which are organic.“If you make blueberry muffins and you don’t want to pay, for example, £8,000 per tonne for dried blueberries, you might include a mix of the blueberry-infused raisins, which we sell for between £2-3,000.” HIGHLIGHTS FROM FOOD & DRINK EXPOGREENHALGH’SA number of finished bakery product manufacturers chose to exhibit at Food and Drink Expo instead of Food & Bake. Among them was the family-run craft bakery Greenhalgh’s, which has 42 retail shops in the north west of England. Wholesale sales manager Gary Thew revealed that Greenhalgh’s was planning to open another three or four more shops over the coming year.Its presence at Food & Drink aimed to increase wholesale turnover, meet potential customers and showcase its range of products, he said. “Food & Drink is much busier than Food & Bake, which we did six years ago, and was very quiet,” he said. “We exhibited at Food & Drink two years ago and it was very busy so we decided to do the same again this year.”The firm has a growing national wholesale operation, export business and supplies the major retailers. Its new range of slices and thaw-and-serve Danish pastries were drawing big interest, added Mr Thew.PIEMINISTERTwo-year-old Pieminister has one Bristol shop and a stall in Borough Market, London, as well as selling nationally to delis, farm shops, pubs, and food halls such as Harvey Nichols. It won best savoury bakery product for its Porky Pie at the Food & Drink Expo Ideas to Dine For competition. The winning pie used free-range pork, organic vegetables and Thatchers Cider from the West Country. “I think the judges liked the fact that we used all local, seasonal ingredients, and it tastes good,” said sales manager Chris Busk.The company sells eight products in its core range plus seasonal specials. It now also offers mash, gravy and peas to complement the pies in its outlets and through its wholesale customers. Mr Busk said Pieminister plans to open more branded outlets in the future. MIRS CRIMBLE’S“We are not Mr Kippling – there is something different about our products,” said director Jeremy Woods of Stiletto Foods, whose main brand is Mrs Crimble’s. There is a big market for tasty, wholesome products at an affordable price, he added. Its range of wheat-free and dairy-free biscuits, coconut macaroons, wheat-free and egg-free cakes, and products suitable for vegans are catching on, with 10 products launched last year, said Mr Woods.The majority of its business is through farm shops, delicatessens, village shops and convenience outlets, though the brand is now being stocked by the major multiples, he said.“We are product developers as well as a brand owner,” explained Mr Woods. “We are a relatively small operation but we’re growing very rapidly because we make good products, present them well and have a genuine point of difference.”BARTON & WHITE ARTISAN BAKERS AND PATISSIERS“We are building our customer base,” said Ken Sparks, sales manager. “We have found there to be a tremendous amount of interest in us, because we make unusual, speciality bread.”The 18-month old Leicestershire-based bakery employs 10 people and supplies restaurant chains and large event organisers. All breads are delivered ambient, while its chilled cakes and desserts are also supplied frozen.He added that the event had proved invaluable for exposing the fledgling firm to new areas of the marketplace. “We have found different parts of the market that we were either looking for or didn’t know existed, such as the various distribution systems that are available to us,” he said.EDWARD MOON PROPER PIESAnother firm hoping to expand its distribution was Edward Moon Proper Pies. Andrew Berisford in sales and marketing said it would also be “marketing quite heavily” its pork pies, which won four Golds and three Silvers at the Prize Pies Challenge competition held at Foodex Meatex.The company started in 1989 hand-making pies and supplies nationwide predominantly to pub and restaurant groups. “We have been successfully introduced to a number of wholesalers – the key thing is to establish distribution,” said Mr Berisford.last_img read more


Wage rise worry for bakery firms

Posted On Apr 21 2021 by

first_imgCraft bakers are looking at ways to cut overheads after the Low Pay Commission confirmed the minimum wage will rise again in October. A 30p an hour rise in the minimum wage, which comes into force in October, will take it up from £5.05 an hour to £5.35 for workers over 21, with a 20p an hour rise to £4.45 for staff aged 18-21.National Association of Master Bakers (NA) senior executive Gill Brooks-Lonican said the NA is getting a number of calls from members to discuss making redundancies to mitigate the costs of paying higher wages. She said the rises in minimum wage were making low-turnover shops unviable. Staff in pay bands above the miniumum wage want similar increases. However, turnover does not rise by the same amount. “If you reduce staff, the remaining staff have to do more work and then one of them will go off for stress. By the time the money saved in wages by having fewer staff is recouped, you might be out of business.”Rising wages also make it harder for employers to take on staff who claim Jobseekers Allowance and work under 16 hours a week, as it can take them over the maximum earnings threshold, she said. Scottish Association of Master Bakers chief executive Kirk Hunter commented: “It is a substantial increase. We don’t believe it is justifiable, particularly on top of other increases craft bakers are facing, such as energy costs.”Greenhalgh’s bakery production manager David Smart said: “This minimum wage rise equates to a 5.9% increase, and you can’t recoup that through price rises. It has a destabilising effect financially.” The Low Pay Commission’s report does offer some hope to bakers. It says the phase in which the Commission is committed to increases in the minimum wage above average earnings increase is over.last_img read more


A lefty’s lament

Posted On Mar 1 2021 by

first_imgJoshua Goodman doesn’t seem like such a bad guy — for a righty. It’s just that his research is a major buzzkill.Before Goodman’s latest study, published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, we lefties thought we were special — smarter, more creative. Perhaps it was compensation for having to get along in a righty-centric world, one full of oddly-shaped scissors, desks opening on the wrong side, a written language any lefty kindergartener will tell you is backward, and a lifetime of elbow-banging dinners with relatives who smile and say, “Oh, that’s right, you’re a lefty.”In fact, not only are we not special, we’re behind in a variety of ways, according to the research.The study grew out of a student’s request for a project idea, one that the student wound up turning down.“So I wrote it myself,” said Goodman, an assistant professor of public policy at the Kennedy School, in a recent interview in his office.Initially he spent a couple of hours “poking at the data,” not expecting to find much, but when some patterns emerged, he became intrigued. Further digging revealed a richer picture, and a few surprises.Goodman looked at five large studies of individuals in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Along with data on education and employment, the research included questions about handedness. Some aspects of the studies were in line with earlier investigations, such as lefties making up 11 to 13 percent of the sample and the children of lefties being more likely to be left-handed themselves.A child’s health early in life played a role in handedness, with lower-birth-weight babies and those experiencing complications at birth likelier to be left-handed. U.S. babies that remained in the hospital for more than a week, for example, were 50 percent more likely to be lefties.Lefties had slightly lower cognitive skills than righties, more behavioral and speech problems, and were more likely to have learning disabilities. There was no evidence to support the commonly held belief that lefties are over-represented among the very smart.The negative patterns identified in the research have effects that play out first at school and then at work. Goodman found that American lefties are 2.4 percentage points more likely to end their education after high school; those who do advance are 2.9 percentage points less likely to complete college. When they hit the job market, lefties are more likely to work in less cognitively demanding jobs, more likely to do manual labor, and less likely to hold professional or managerial positions.The effect on annual earnings is significant, with lefties earning an average of 6 percent less than righties. In the United States, the wage gap translates to about $1,300 per year.The earnings divide disappeared, however, when Goodman compared righties with lefties who had been healthy as infants, an indication that it may result from the effects of poor infant health on development and education, he said.The study has been widely reported in the media and Goodman has gotten an earful of lefty perspective, most of the “I-did-OK-and-I’m-a-lefty-so-your-study-must-be-wrong” variety.But for a lefty like myself, there are insights in the work that ring true. One of my mother’s oft-repeated family stories was of my complicated birth, usually trotted out with delight on Mother’s Day or my birthday and including the all-too-anatomical phrase “stuck in the birth canal for seven hours.”In addition, my early — and backward — attempts at writing surely tried the patience of my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Dawson, as she toiled to teach me my letters in the church used as overflow space by the Myrtle H. Stevens School.I managed to get the writing straightened out enough to make a career of it, but not without experiencing the sort of disadvantages that Goodman noted can have a negative effect on workplace performance, particularly at jobs stocked with right-handed tools and equipment.I worked though college as a carpenter on a job site that never had a left-handed power saw. The right-handed saws, used dozens of times a day, blew dust in my face, which made me a regular at the local emergency clinic, complaining of sawdust in the eye. Even if the doctors never found any dust — it had bounced off the eye or been washed away by tears, they explained — I was still left with a scratched cornea and an enduring “there’s something in my eye” irritation. This happened frequently enough that I began to self-diagnose scratched corneas — the closest I ever got to my one-time dream of being a doctor (for which I already had the messy handwriting) — and put off ER visits to let my eye heal on its own.In day-to-day life, lefties compensate so often that it becomes second nature. In the kitchen, I reflexively avoid the right-handed serrated knives and favor those with straight blades. When a writing assignment takes me to a large lecture hall — the ones with the little folding desks attached to the seats — I put up the desk of the seat to my left to write on, unfair though it may be to righties wanting to sit there.Sure, the picture that emerges from his work is unflattering for lefties, but Goodman emphasized that he has nothing against us. In fact, his wife, a left-handed Boston lawyer, gave him a healthy dose of southpaw perspective while he was working on the paper. In addition, though his 4-year-old son seems to be right-handed, Goodman could still wind up the father of left-handed twins, since his 18-month-olds haven’t yet shown a preference.Though on the academic side the income findings are the study’s most compelling, Goodman said that, from a practical standpoint, it’s also important to understand that handedness can be a cheap, effective screening tool — a “costlessly observable characteristic” as he put it — for learning disabilities such as dyslexia, where early intervention can do some good.“When people ask me for the takeaway message, I tell them that it makes me pay a little extra attention to my kids as they develop their handedness,” Goodman said. “And if they turn out to be left-handed, I won’t worry, but will keep an eye out for some of these other things.”last_img read more