A simple country bake


first_imgOnce again, I have had a brilliant idea, which will make all our fortunes! It came to me when I bought a new telephone with two handsets. All the parts were loose in the box and you had to put them together. This reminded me of cheap furniture – and some not so cheap – which comes in a box and for which you have to turn your home into a furniture factory or electronic assembly plant before it will work.So why waste time baking bread? All we have to do is put the ingredients in a bag, display a few loaves in our shops and, when a customer orders a loaf, just hand him or her the bag with the ingredients and a 100-page book of instructions he or she will never understand.Think of all the time we’d save, not to mention labour. And we’d only need a small bakery as we’d only need to make a few products. Strange, isn’t it, how we so often miss the obvious? When all these great ideas come to fruition, we will all be rich.Many times I have thought we bakers, who are principally retailers, probably tie up far too much cash and time in our bakeries. Wouldn’t we do better spending more time improving our retail shops?When you look at our businesses, we really fall between two stools – producers and retailers. And the hard fact of life is that it is much easier to make the product than to sell it.We probably spend more time on the production side than we do on the retail side; how many bakers do you know who leave the shops to their wives or, as they get larger, hire a sales manager to deal with the shops? They tend to think they are bakers and spend their time with their head in the trough and their bottoms in the air.Yes, bakery is a wonderful craft and, in my experience, the people in it are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. But that doesn’t mean they couldn’t be just as nice spending more time on their core business of selling bakery products. More and more bakers are now buying in their savouries, frozen doughnuts, Danish and a whole multitude of lines and yet, quite rightly, still consider themselves bakers.When you think of it, most – if not all – of the most successful retailers do not make the goods they sell. They buy them in at the best price and quality they can find. Wal-Mart and Marks & Spencer, to name but two, appear to make a lot of money concentrating on the selling and they leave the hassle of production to others.Yet we, with our limited resources think we can be successful at both. As I have so often said, we must be geniuses to succeed as well as we do. The problem is that we all have a great deal of money tied up in the bakery. There is no such thing as a low-priced decent piece of equipment. And, once you have bought whatever it is, you find you have to spend even more because it makes so much that you need extra deep freeze space and more baskets to store the finished product in.Then there is the delivery problem; vans have to be kept clean and looking good. Yet van drivers appear to think you have given them a dodgem car, which just has to hit other vans or knock down walls, fences or anything standing. Then, with a look of total innocence, the van driver always tell you it happened while he or she was away from the van.last_img read more

In Short


first_imgRise for AlliedA strong performance by Allied Bakeries in the year to 12 September 2009, helped increase sales at Associated British Foods’ grocery division by 13% to £3,188m. Profit declined by 2% to £191m, mainly due to first-half problems with its ACH subsidiary in the US and a highly competitive UK retail sugar market for Silver Spoon, said the company.Improve-d learningSkills organisation Improve has developed new work-based and vocational qualifications for the food and drink industry, to give employers more control over training. The Improve Proficiency Qualifications (IPQs) and Improve Vocational Qualifications (IVQs) will offer complementary learning and assessment for people already employed in the industry and those looking to get into it.Student starsBakery students at Barking College have played a starring role in an educational video commissioned by Morrisons, capturing what it takes to train bakers of the future. It aims to inspire and inform young people about the quality of the training and development opportunities for a career in grocery retailing.Bacterium researchCampden BRI is bringing together bakery manufacturers and retailers to fund research into whether the bacterium Clostridium botulinum can grow in products such as white and wholemeal bread, naans and muffins.Price inflation The price of a loaf of bread could rise to £6.50 by 2030, according to figures published by Friends of the Earth. The charity has claimed the changing climate will put “extra stress” on land and resources, negatively affecting the yield of crops such as wheat.last_img read more

Mishawaka HS repairs clock tower, installs digital bells


first_img Mishawaka HS repairs clock tower, installs digital bells Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp (Photo supplied/School City of Mishawaka) Mishawaka High School has repaired their clock tower and added a digital bell.WSBT reports that the clock has been still for more than 50 years, and repairs took less than a day once the pieces were in place.The building is approaching it’s 100th anniversary and the clock tower is highly visible in the community.School officials say the bell system is controlled by an app, and different songs are easy to program…including the school fight song. IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Facebook Twitter By Tommie Lee – June 3, 2020 0 299 Facebook Google+ Previous articleElkhart County passes St. Joseph County in COVID casesNext articleMishawaka Police issue statement about death of George Floyd Tommie Leelast_img read more

Trusted voice among leaders in higher education


first_img Members of Harvard community, from deans to faculty to students, respond to naming of next president Related Explains who he is, how he’s learned, what he values Last summer, Trinity College was engulfed in a firestorm after a faculty member released a tweet that some interpreted as saying that bigots should not be aided by emergency responders who are minorities and instead be left to die.Joanne Berger-Sweeney, president of the Hartford, Conn., college, was blindsided by the controversy, which rapidly escalated, fanned by conservative outrage at liberal campus views on one side and by fears of white supremacist movements on the other. The outcry grew, resulting in death threats against the professor, who left the state with his family, and the closure of campus for a day due to safety concerns.As tensions rose, Berger-Sweeney, president of the school since 2014, needed someone to talk to about a situation that isn’t in any leadership textbook. She called Larry Bacow.“Being a president is hard,” Berger-Sweeney said. “You run into things that you have never seen before. I first heard about it on a Monday. On Tuesday morning I called Larry to say, ‘OK, I don’t know who else I can talk to. Just help walk me through this.’”Lawrence S. Bacow, who was named Harvard’s 29th president on Sunday, has a reputation as someone fellow leaders seek out for advice. Berger-Sweeney, who first met Bacow when he was the president of Tufts University and she was the school’s dean for arts and sciences, said she was delighted when she heard the Harvard news. A storm of emails from former Tufts colleagues showed she was not alone.“Being a president is hard. You run into things that you have never seen before,” said Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney, who turned to Lawrence Bacow when a controversy hit her campus. Photo by Al Ferreira Photography“I got the email yesterday, I was in the car,” she said. “Luckily my husband was driving or I’m sure I would have had an accident. I was thrilled.”When she spoke with Bacow last summer, Berger-Sweeney recalled, he didn’t tell her what to do, but rather asked questions that helped shine a light on the problem and guided her through its most important dimensions.“He just gives such sound, reasonable advice,” Berger-Sweeney said. “He doesn’t tell you what to do, but asks questions that lead you to … understand how you might approach a situation.”In naming Bacow the University’s next president, Harvard leaders cited wide respect for his wisdom and counsel among his qualifications. “He is someone other leaders across higher education look to for advice on leadership and solving hard problems,” Bill Lee, senior fellow of the Harvard Corporation and chair of the presidential search committee, said as he introduced Bacow.Former Princeton president Shirley Tilghman, who as a Corporation member has served alongside Bacow, praised the choice.“Larry Bacow brings an extraordinary combination of broad experience in academia, deep knowledge of Harvard, and that intangible quality, wisdom,” Tilghman said in a statement Sunday. “I have been struck during the years I have served with him on the Corporation by his generosity to many leaders, both inside and outside Harvard, who regularly turn to him for thoughtful counsel.”Danoff Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana, who was paired with Bacow as part of a Corporation initiative linking senior leaders with deans, said that Bacow was helpful as both a coach and a sounding board. That was at least in part because he has such high standards about what an institution of higher education should be, Khurana said. In addition, Khurana said, Bacow was never too busy to talk.,“He always made himself available and was willing to invest time and effort,” Khurana said. “He’s somebody who demonstrates how important good listening is and who knows how powerful empathizing can be for someone. What you could see is what an extraordinary teacher he is. … I always thought about him as one of the real statespeople of higher education.”Bacow’s willingness to act as a sounding board for colleagues extends back to his time on the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, according to Robert Birgeneau, who has served as chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, and president of the University of Toronto, and knew Bacow when they were both MIT professors.During the late 1990s, Birgeneau said, he asked Bacow and a handful of other MIT faculty leaders to gather and discuss academic issues in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. The six scholars hit it off enough to continue to meet every few months. The discussion expanded over the years as their careers evolved to include broader issues important to higher education.When Birgeneau was Berkeley’s chancellor and Bacow was Tufts’ president, each provided the other with insight that was difficult to find elsewhere.“I found meeting with this group — including Larry in particular because he was also a university leader — invaluable, because it was a set of very smart people who cared deeply about academia and who were not part of your institution,” Birgeneau said. “It can be very hard to keep your head above water.” Widely admired higher education leader, who previously served as Tufts president and MIT chancellor, to become next president in July Harvard names Lawrence S. Bacow as 29th president Praise, optimism in reaction to Bacow choice Bacow, named Harvard president, meets the presslast_img read more

Jamestown City Hall To Reopen On Limited Basis, Park Facilities Still Closed


first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now File Image.JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist announced Friday morning that starting next week city hall will be reopening on a limited basis.The Mayor says additionally parking enforcement will resume next Tuesday.Sundquist says that enforcement tickets will be issued for parking meter violations only. At this time, no violations will be issued by parking enforcement for expired registrations or inspections until the Department of Motor Vehicles reopens. City parking garages will also resume normal operations.All city offices will be open to the public by appointment only and will accept permits, applications and payments. The public is encouraged to continue to use the city payment drop boxes and other methods of payment. City parks continue to remain open, except for park restrooms and playgrounds, which will remain closed until further notice, the Mayor says.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Honeymoon Joins Parade, Tinker Bell’s Secrets & More


first_img Jane Krakowski Tapped for Merton of the Movies Tony winner Jane Krakowski will join the previously reported Jim Parsons in Merton of the Movies. The one-night-only reading of George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly’s comedy will take place on December 1 at Studio 54. Directed by Scott Ellis, the cast of the Roundabout benefit event will also include Brooks Ashmanskas and Tracee Chimo. Happy Thanksgiving from us all here at Broadway.com! Peter Pan Live!’s Tinker Bell Secrets Revealed A reminder: The Making of Peter Pan Live!, a behind the scenes look at next week’s telecast of the classic tuner, is airing tonight, November 26, at 8/7 on NBC. A promo is below. Oh and now we know how they’re going to do Tinker Bell. EW reports that she’ll be computer generated and Variety writes that she can turn red when she’s angry or green when she’s jealous. Apparently the actors won’t be able to see her but we will. Something else we can incorporate into our drinking games on December 4! View Comments Broadway Alum Alfonso Ribeiro Wins DWTS Alfonso Ribeiro, who appeared on the Great White Way, way back when, in The Tap Dance Kid, has won Season 19 of Dancing With the Stars. Worried you’re going to miss your weekly fix of the former Fresh Prince star? The newest Mirrorball champion will be featured in the upcoming Dancing with the Stars: Live! Tour, joining his partner and pro dancer Witney Carson. Hopefully they’ll be reprising “The Carlton,” below, on the road! Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Honeymoon Joins Parade Lineup The Broadway company of Honeymoon in Vegas has joined the lineup of performances on NBC’s Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 27. As previously reported, the Great White Way will also be represented on the Peacock Network by Peter Pan Live!, If/Then’s Idina Menzel and shows including A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Last Ship, On the Town and Finding Neverland. Speaking of Finding Neverland, its co-star Laura Michelle Kelly and composer Gary Barlow will also perform a selection from the musical on ABC’s GMA. Not to be left out, over on CBS you’ll be able to watch performances by the casts of Matilda and Pippin. Your remote control is going to be busy!last_img read more

Perfect Arrangement Rounds Out New Primary Stages Season


first_img View Comments The New York Premiere of Perfect Arrangement, written by Topher Payne, will play Primary Stages off-Broadway this fall. The comedy joins the previously announced Informed Consent, The Body of an American and Exit Strategy. Performances will begin on a September date to be announced. Michael Barakiva will direct.The play takes place in the midst of the Red Scare, in which the worlds of I Love Lucy and Edward R. Murrow clash as a U.S. State Department worker disrupts the corny and complacent lives of the Martindales and the Baxters. The play received th 2014 American Critics Association Osborn New Play Award.The season begins in August with Deborah Zoe Laufer’s Informed Consent, directed by Liesl Tommy. Jo Bonney will direct Dan O’Brien’s The Body of an American in February 2016, and Ike Holter’s Exit Strategy will begin the following month under the direction of Kip Fagan.last_img read more

Renovator certification


first_imgPainters, carpenters and home renovators will benefit by attending a training Aug. 31 in Savannah that will explain new Environmental Protection Agency regulations for lead-based paints.Offered by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and Greenville Tech, the training will be 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens. The EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule took effect April 22 and affects contractors, property managers and others who work in housing or childcare centers built before 1978.Participants will learn how to minimize lead dust generation and soil contamination during maintenance, renovation and remodeling projects. Following these procedures will reduce the risk of lead exposure to employees, children and residents.Participants in the class will perform hands-on activities and be tested at the end of the class. Those who earn a passing score will be certified as renovators, a certification that is valid for five years.The cost of the course is $260 and is limited to the first 20 registrants. For more information, or to register, go to the website http://www.fcs.uga.edu/ext/housing/training/lead_training.php.last_img read more

VITL partners with Medicity to improve health care delivery in Vermont


first_imgVermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL), operator of Vermont’s statewide health information exchange (HIE), announced today that it has selected Medicity’s suite of health information exchange solutions to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care in Vermont.”Since VITL began operations as an independent non-profit organization in 2005, it has been working to improve the care that Vermonters receive by enabling electronic communication between health care providers,” said David Cochran, MD, VITL’s president and CEO. “The selection of Medicity as our HIE partner, with its industry-leading technologies and vast experience with statewide health information exchange – will allow us to accelerate connecting Vermont’s health care providers and provide additional support to Vermont’s nation-leading health care reform efforts.”VITL’s Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE) currently connects eight Vermont hospitals to 29 physician practices with 116 practitioners so that physicians can receive lab results and other clinical reports electronically. Several physician practices and hospitals also transmit data via VITL to the state’s Blueprint for Health registry, which physicians use to analyze care and identify opportunities for improvement. With Medicity, VITL will expand the services available to its existing VHIE customers, as well as connect the remaining Vermont hospitals and physician practices to the VHIE and the Blueprint for Health registry. VITL will also extend HIE access to other Vermont health care organizations, including nursing homes and mental health agencies.Initially, VITL will deploy the HIE to automate healthcare transactions such as lab and radiology orders and results, distribution of discharge summaries, and transfer of clinical summaries to the Blueprint for Health registry. Medicity’s HIE will provide seamless communications between the many different brands of EHRs and hospital systems used in Vermont. In the next phase, VITL will roll out HIE services for data aggregation, patient matching and record location to implement a statewide community health record.”As the pace of health care reform quickens in Vermont, and the Blueprint for Health initiative expands statewide, VITL has a very large task ahead of it to connect all the state’s health care providers,” said Cochran. “We selected Medicity to help us complete this task because it has demonstrated in other states that it has both the technology and skills necessary to rapidly and successfully deploy a full suite of health information exchange services on a statewide level.””The Vermont HIE has already made significant strides in offering services to improve the continuity and quality of care,” said Brent Dover, Medicity’s president. “We are excited to partner with VITL to augment the HIE and extend the collaboration infrastructure to every care provider.”About VITLVITL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that assists Vermont health care providers with adopting and using health information technology to improve patient care. Because VITL’s stakeholders come from both the private and public sectors, in essence VITL operates as a public-private partnership. VITL is both the designated health information exchange for the state of Vermont and the federally-designated regional extension center for the state of Vermont. For more information, visit vitl.net or follow us ontwitter.com/vitlvt.About MedicityMedicity, the industry standard for health information exchange (HIE), is the leading innovator and largest provider of HIE technology – with more than 750 hospitals and 250,000 end users in its connected ecosystem. Medicity’s solutions empower hospitals, physicians and HIEs with secure access to and exchange of health information – improving the quality and efficiency of patient care locally, regionally and nationally. For more information, please visit www.medicity.com(link is external) or follow us on twitter.com/Medicity. MONTPELIER, Vt. – March 2, 2011-Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL)last_img read more

Body Found in Gilgo Beach ID’d as Missing Woman


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A woman’s body that washed ashore at Gilgo Beach this week has been identified as that of a 31-year-old Queens woman who was reported missing from the area three months ago.Suffolk County police said the victim was Natasha Jugo of Queens Village, whose belongings and car were found near Ocean Parkway after she disappeared in March.People walking on the beach saw Jugo’s body wash up on Monday night and called 911.Police have said that they do not suspect a link between the woman’s disappearance and the discovery of 11 sets of human remains along Ocean Parkway in recent years.last_img read more