Members of the Richemont Club (Great Britain) descended on Renshaw in Liverpool last week for a tour around the factory and to see live demonstrations at its test bakery. About 40 members and guests of the Richemont Club attended the event on 28 February.The first demonstration was given by Renshaw’s Claire Bailey and Nicola Hemming, which was followed by a sugar paste modelling demonstration by Karen Bowden from Slattery Patissier and Chocolatier. She won Celebration Cake Maker of the Year in 2006 at British Baker’s 19th Baking Industry Awards, a category sponsored by Renshaw.Trevor Mooney, president of the Richemont Club of Great Britain, thanked Renshaw for its hospitality and praised the skill shown by the three demonstrators during the afternoon.
A total of 105 new entrants – a record number – have entered the Baking Industry Awards 2008, which will take place on Monday, 15 September. The awards, to be held at Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair, London, has attracted a total of 229 entrants, 67 more than last year. The judging process is now underway and the awards ceremony looks to be a fantastic evening for the industry. “The 2008 awards has been faced with its toughest judging yet. We have been overwhelmed with the level of entries received for the awards this year, the standard of which has been exceptional, with an abundance of new and innovative companies entering for the first time,” said Stephanie Smallwood, events executive for British Baker.British Baker can also announce that Kate Thornton will be our celebrity presenter for the awards, which will be attended by 900 people from across all sectors of the baking industry.
This week’s “Can’t blame them for trying” award goes to The Really Sensible Trading Company, which has predicted nothing short of a revolution in the world of cafetières.And how is it going to achieve this lofty goal? “The Really Sensible Trading Company is targeting the Christmas market with a range of thermally insulated cafetières in a striking ’jazzy’ red colour.” Yes, gone will be the days when the joys of Christmas are dampened by having something as spirit crushing as a blue cafetière on the table or – heaven forbid – a glass one. It added: “The range of insulated cafetières has injected new life into the cafetière market and is really beginning to catch the imagination of the public.”We weren’t aware the cafetière market was in such a parlous state that it needed reviving, so we’re happy to give it a boost.
Italian confectionery and bakery exhibition Sigep will host a pastry and confectionery forum where master confectioners and stylists will demonstrate techniques and finished products.The Rimini-based show, from January 23-27, which is held in 14 halls with over 400 exhibitors, showcases pastry, confectionery, bread and ice cream. During the show, which promises to be ’creative and fabulous’, 10 international teams will take part in the Sigep Bread Cup with Steven Salt of Tameside leading a British Team. The theme will be artisan breads and comprise five tests including one on ’Innovative Breads’. The bread baking area will also host artisans from different countries, who will demonstrate recipes and teach visitors to make traditional products. Demonstrations of confectionery will take place every day. British Baker readers can enter for free. Send an email to [email protected]
Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients is to support UK participants in the Amoretti 2010 World Pastry Team Championship in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, in July.Captained by Javier Mercado, from Westminster Kingsway College, Team GB will be using pallets donated by ingredients supplier Unifine.The subject of this year’s Championship is ‘Childhood’, and the team will be required to convey this through the use of chocolate, sugar and pastillage.“Unifine was able to supply its help and expertise for the logistics involved in this important trans-Atlantic competition, which requires a vast amount of equipment, resources and ingredients,” commented Gary Hunter, Team GB’s manager and competition judge. The competition runs from 5-6 July and follows on from the World Pastry Forum, being held at the same venue.
British Baker will be hosting a range of videos on its new YouTube channel.The channel will feature interviews, case studies, how-tos and behind-the-scenes footage within the bakery industry.To visit the channel, click here.
Previous articleBerrien County coalition of health, business leaders issue open letter to the publicNext articleAnnual radiothon for St. Margaret’s House underway on 95.3 MNC 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Pinterest Twitter Google+ By 95.3 MNC – November 19, 2020 0 362 Facebook Twitter Pinterest (Spencer Marsh/95.3 MNC) Upon the recommendation of the St. Joseph County Department of Health, most offices for the City of South Bend, and St. Joseph County, housed in the County-City Courthouse Complex, will limit in-person access to the County-City Courthouse Complex beginning on Monday, November 23, 2020. These restrictions are expected to last through December 31, 2020.As was the case during the closure earlier this year, the public can rest assured that the functions of county and city government will continue uninterrupted.Beginning next week, county meetings will transition to being all conducted virtually. The public may access these meetings via the information provided on the corresponding agenda for each meeting. Agendas for each meeting can be found at http://sjcindiana.com/agendacenter.The South Bend Common Council will continue to hold meetings virtually. Residents can access the agenda and links to join the meetings at https://southbendin.gov/department/common-council/.The County-City Building will remain open for people needing to access the Health Department’s Immunization Clinic.Anyone under the supervision of the Adult Probation Department is directed to call their Probation Officer to determine reporting requirements.Those needing services for all other departments are encouraged to contact those departments directly to either schedule an appointment, or to conduct their business either over the phone, or online. Many county services are available online at http://sjcindiana.com. City services can be found at www.southbendin.gov/covid19cityservices.A full directory of county offices is available online at http://sjcindiana.com/directory. City offices can be reached by dialing 311, or by calling 574-233-0311.Persons needing to conduct business with the courts should utilize drop boxes located in each courthouse. Child Support and Small Claims payments can still be made in person.The Juvenile Justice Center will be closing to the public at noon daily. Those with business before the Probate Court, or under the supervision of their probation department should contact them directly to determine reporting requirements and case status.The St. Joseph County Jail and Police Records Division are also closed to the public and will not be conducting fingerprinting. Information about requesting background checks by mail and instructions for Handgun Licenses can be found at http://sjcindiana.com/357/Records-Division.The Mishawaka Annex remains open for immunizations, however the Penn Township Assessor’s office is also closed to the public.St. Joseph County Parks remain open to the public, and outdoor activities where physical distancing can be maintained is encouraged, however their offices are closed to the public. Facebook Most South Bend city, St. Joseph County offices closed to the public Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews
The audience here today is made up of strong, successful women who were or are apprentices, who recruit apprentices, or who support the apprenticeship movement and want to see more women succeed through an apprenticeship. I want lots more women seeing apprenticeships in science, technology, engineering and maths as a real and achievable choice. Our Year of Engineering campaign is highlighting the amazing opportunities these fascinating subjects can give, so my message is sign up today! Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton said: The event today closed with calls for the audience to continue to press the case for more to be done on gender inequality in the workplace.You can find images from the event on the National Apprenticeships Service Flickr page. Charlotte Hughes, an associate scientist for drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), has worked and studied as an apprentice since September 2015. She won the National Apprenticeship Awards Higher and Degree Apprentice of the Year award for 2017 and addressed today’s audience. Charlotte said: National Apprenticeship Week 2018 is a week-long celebration of apprenticeships and the impact they have on individuals, employers, local communities and the wider economy. It is great that today’s event coincides with International Women’s Day and allows us the opportunity to celebrate how apprenticeships can lead to brilliant career opportunities for women. International Women’s Day is a brilliant time to talk about why more women are choosing an apprenticeship and in subjects that used to be seen as “for men”. Being invited to speak at this amazing event today has shown me how successful my journey has been so far. There are so many great opportunities for women in all sectors, and particularly for me, in science. I am proud of my apprenticeship and how it has worked for me. I hope others will be inspired by my story. Entering a full-time job with a degree and work experience combined has been great for my career. I have had opportunity to learn from scientists, progress through my apprenticeship and speak at a big STEM-based careers events to more than 100 people, promoting the benefits of science careers and apprenticeships. ‘Apprenticeships Work’ has been the theme of the 11th National Apprenticeship Week. During the week employers and apprentices from across England have come together to celebrate the success of apprenticeships whilst encouraging even more people to choose apprenticeships as a pathway to a great career.Sue Husband, director, National Apprenticeship Service added: The event, taking place on the penultimate day of National Apprenticeship Week 2018, saw high profile names in business, politics and society address an audience of teachers, apprentices and female business leaders at the National Gallery, London, whilst leading art historian introduced some of the artwork created by women and on show in the gallery’s collection.The event included speeches and presentations from inspirational leaders – including Anne Milton, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, Ann Francke, Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute and Charlotte Hughes from GlaxoSmithKline and National Apprenticeship Awards 2017 Higher and Degree Apprentice of the Year award winner. I am delighted to address and welcome this audience and special thanks go to teachers from the Apprenticeship Champions Network who are at this event in recognition of the work they do to encourage young women into well great apprenticeships.
I want to start today by taking you back to the night of the 20 February in Camden, North London.A distraught mum watches her teenage son die after he’s stabbed outside a shop.She only realises it’s him after she calls his phone and it rings from his jacket pocket behind the police cordon. This young man is Abdikarim Hassan and he’s only 17.Less than 2 hours later – a separate incident.A promising accountant leaves a tragic voicemail for his mother after he too is fatally stabbed with a samurai sword just a few minutes’ walk away from the first murder.The victim tells his mum – “I’m wounded, I got wounded”.This second victim is Sadiq Aadam Mohamed and he’s the third in his family to be stabbed to death.His mother later tells a journalist that the family escaped to this country from Somalia for peace but “found only blood”.The family also release a statement.Violence is a “constant theme in our community” they say.“We have a lot of questions and need answers. Somebody has to listen to us”.And more recently – more tragic news.Devoy Stapleton stabbed to death in Wandsworth on Easter Sunday.Tanesha Melbourne-Blake gunned down in Tottenham.Amaan Shakoor fatally shot in Walthamstow.And Israel Ogunsola fatally stabbed in Hackney.In each of these cases the recurring question has been “why, why, why”?And as Home Secretary, I’ve been searching for the answer.That’s why last October, I commissioned a review into violent crime to explore why it is that there has been an increase in homicides, knife crime and gun crime and what we should do about it.I knew then, just as I do now, that this is a problem which we must get a grip on.And today I am pleased to announce that I am publishing our Serious Violence Strategy. This marks a major shift in the approach to recent rises in knife and gun crime and is being supported by £40 million of Home Office funding.This strategy represents a real step-change in the way we think about and respond to these personal tragedies which dominate the front pages of our newspapers with seemingly depressing regularity.But before I tell you what the evidence shows, I want to start by addressing head-on some of the theories that have been circulating.One of the contentions is that there are not enough officers on the streets. The evidence however does not support this. In the early 2000s, when serious violent crimes were at their highest, police numbers were rising.In 2008, when knife crime was far greater than the lows we saw in 2013 to 2014, police numbers were close to the highest we’d seen in decades.And the head of the Metropolitan Police has said she does not believe the recent spike in attacks is due to cuts to police budgets either.Equally, to those who blame the recent spate of violence on changes to the provision of youth services, I say that that too is far too simplistic.And in my view, simplistic arguments are no substitute for a serious strategy. And that’s what I want to spend my time talking about today.In our Serious Violence Strategy, we explore the reasons behind serious violence.We find that there is a strong link between drugs and violent crime and that changes to the drugs market appears to be the biggest driver of the increase in violent crime.We know that since 2014, over half of all homicides involved a victim or a suspect using or dealing drugs.We know that the use of crack-cocaine is rising in England and Wales and that there’s a strong link between violence and crack-cocaine.We also know that ‘county lines’ drug dealing has become an increasingly popular way of dealing drugs around the country.This involves gangs grooming and using children and vulnerable young people to traffic drugs using dedicated mobile phones or ‘deal lines’ into new locations outside of their home areas.The wider the reach of the gang, the further their violence, drug dealing and exploitation spreads.So this is the situation we are faced with.Serious violence is on the up, and in many cases, drugs are an important contributing factor.So first off, our response to violent crime must address the misuse of drugs.Last year we launched our new Drugs Strategy and we will be going further.We will focus on reducing the number of people who take drugs and we will also increase the number of people who recover from drug dependency.We will also work towards putting a stop to the ‘county lines’ gangs who are selling drugs around the country.A few weeks ago I was talking to the Chief Constable of Norfolk Constabulary and he made it clear what a problem this is for local police forces. In fact, 70% of police forces have reported significant increases in violent crime linked to county lines. And what we’re talking about here are murders, torture and other types of extreme violence. For example, in one reported case, a man in Liverpool had his hand severed by a machete and both legs broken in a punishment attack.That’s why I’m pleased to announce that this government will provide £3.6 million to support a new National County Lines Co-ordination Centre which is currently being developed by the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the National Crime Agency to support more effective action against these types of gangs.This will help the police catch the perpetrators and will also support measures to protect vulnerable people who have been drawn into county lines drugs dealing networks. It will also provide vital intelligence about illegal drugs markets across the country and it will support police forces to close down the mobile phone numbers used for county lines drugs dealing.In addition to this, we will be running a nationwide campaign in partnership with the charity Crimestoppers, to raise awareness of the problem of county lines and to prevent and protect more people from being exploited and drawn into these gangs.And while I do not think we can arrest our way out of the problem of violent crime, I do believe the police have a vital role to play in tackling it.I’ve heard what the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick and others have said about officers losing confidence in using stop and search, and I must say that really worries me.Let me make my position absolutely clear. I stand fully behind stop and search and I see it as a vital tool for the police.Of course, stop and search will always need to be used appropriately – like any other police power – but thanks to the introduction of body-worn video across police forces, I have greater confidence than ever before that this is the case.I believe that a combination of stop and search, hot spot policing strategies to focus on those areas where crime is concentrated, as well as a better use of data so police forces can routinely monitor, adjust and test their response to violent crime – will make a difference.But I also want to make the police’s job easier by making weapons harder to come by. I’ve seen what’s going around our streets – the zombie knives, axes and bayonets. And let me tell you, it might have had a place in medieval warfare but it certainly doesn’t have a place on our city streets.That’s why I will be introducing new laws within weeks that make it harder than ever before to purchase and possess guns, knives and acid.There will be new restrictions on online sales of knives to make it harder for under 18s to buy them. This will include stopping them from being sent to residential addresses. There will also be a complete ban on the possession of offensive weapons like zombie knives. In addition, we will make it easier to prosecute cases of threatening someone with a knife.And to reduce the risk of acid attacks, we will make it a criminal offence to possess corrosive substances in public and prevent sales to under 18s. I will also consult on extending stop and search powers to enable the police to search for and seize acid from suspects carrying it in public without good reason.But policing, legislation and making weapons harder to come by just isn’t enough. A crucial part of our approach will be focusing on and investing more in prevention and early intervention.We need to engage with our young people early and to provide the incentives and credible alternatives that will prevent them from being drawn into crime in the first place. This in my view is the best long-term solution.Because what better way to stop knife crime than by stopping young people from picking up knives in the first place?And I’ve seen first-hand that early intervention really makes a difference.I recently visited New Horizons, a youth centre in Camden which helps young people who are often caught up in violence, to build more positive futures. Whether that’s by helping to find them housing, counselling or a job. One young man I met had exchanged being in a gang for fashion and was being supported to build his own clothing line.And earlier today I visited Leap Confronting Conflict, an organisation which successfully intervenes even earlier – helping young people who face multiple challenges in their lives to manage conflict before they can be drawn into gang activity.This is exactly the type of work I want to see more of.That’s why I’m pleased to announce a new £11 million Early Intervention Youth Fund to help communities run early intervention and prevention programmes for young people at risk of getting involved in violence.Because I want local communities to be front and centre of our response to violent crime.This £11 million fund is in addition to the money we are committing to other projects helping young people start off life on the right track, including £13 million for the Trusted Relationships Fund, £40 million for the Youth Investment Fund and £920 million for the Troubled Families Programme.But it’s a sad fact of life that there will always be people who pick up knives or other weapons. I need to make sure that they put them down again before they cause irreparable damage.That’s why I’ve just launched a new online advertising campaign – #knife free – to raise awareness about the risks and consequences of carrying knives and to inspire young people to do something more positive instead. But those of us in government aren’t the only ones who should be doing work online.As I speak, gangs are posting videos and music online that document, encourage and glamorise violence and goad and threaten others.And the repercussions can be deadly.For instance, last August 15-year-old Jermaine Goupall was knifed to death in South London in the climax of a feud between rival gangs posting mocking videos on YouTube.It is already an offence to incite, assist or encourage violence online and I expect to see social media companies standing by their obligations to remove this kind of content as necessary.But that alone isn’t enough. Social media companies must do more. So today I am calling on them to review their terms and conditions and make it clear that that they will not host any content linked to gangs or gang violence.Some might say that this is impossible. But when I called on social media companies to deal with terrorist content on their platforms, they listened and took action. I’m asking them to do so again. Because it’s the right thing to do.Because fighting crime and keeping each other safe isn’t just the responsibility of government, it’s everybody’s responsibility.And based on what I’ve said here this morning, I hope you’ll agree that there’s a full programme of work ahead. This morning I met with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, the Mayor of London and representatives from key agencies to outline my plan and to listen to their views.I will also urgently convene and lead a new, cross-party Serious Violence Task Force which will bring together PCCs, representatives from the voluntary sector, local government, the police and other key sectors as well as MPs from different parties, to make sure that everything I have talked about today is being delivered effectively.And I’m pleased to say that Chuka Umunna is the first Labour MP to agree to take part.The cross-party dimension to this work is important.Because as tempting as a blue versus red spat can sometimes be, the safety of our neighbourhoods is just too important and we cannot afford to be distracted by party politics. I want to hear some solutions from the opposition front bench, rather than just the constant shouts of “cuts, cuts, cuts”.I will also host an International Violent Crime Symposium to bring together leading international academics and experts to understand what else is known about trends in drivers of violent crime and what sorts of interventions are working around the world. Because we are not alone in having seen a spike in violent crime. In fact, serious violence trends have been similar across many developed nations, suggesting there’s a global component to it. I truly believe that while there is more to learn, what I have outlined today is an important start.We will take the comprehensive approach necessary to make sure that our sons and daughters are protected and our streets are safe.As a government we will never stand idly by while acid is thrown or knives wielded.And I am clear that we must do whatever it takes to tackle this so that no parent has to bury their child.Thank you.
Revised assessment arrangements for GCSE computer science will continue for the 2020 exam series, Ofqual announced today (Friday 20 April).At the start of this year, and following consultation, we changed the assessment arrangements for GCSE computer science. We announced that, for students taking exams in 2018 or 2019, their grades would be based on their exam performance alone. We changed the arrangements because of evidence that the confidentiality of at least some of the tasks required by some of the exam boards had been compromised.We are now advising teachers that the same arrangements will stand for students who start studying the subject this September and take their exams in 2020. They will be formally assessed only by exam. These students must still complete a task set by their respective exam board, but this will not be formally marked.Students may be given a choice of which non-exam task to complete by their exam board. The tasks support the curriculum requirements for the course, notably the opportunity to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills involved in programming. Schools and colleges must, therefore, confirm to their exam board that they have set aside the required amount of time for students to complete a task and given them the opportunity to do so.Teachers will be able to use the non-exam task to consolidate students’ understanding and programming skills in a practical context. While the exam boards might change the conditions under which the task is completed and/or give a greater prominence in their exam papers to questions drawing on students’ programming experience, students’ grades will be based on their exam performance alone.Sally Collier, Chief Regulator, said: “We want to give teachers early notice of this decision so that that they can begin preparations ahead of the summer. We hope that this confirmation is helpful for schools and colleges in planning for the next academic year.”In our decision on the assessment arrangements for 2018 and 2019 we explained we would consider options for the longer-term that would support the curriculum intentions and provide a valid means of assessment. As well as considering the feedback on longer term options we received in response to our consultation, we are gathering more input and evidence from stakeholders on this issue. We will also evaluate how the new arrangements work in practice and consider how the arrangement for GCSE computer science fits in with the UK Digital Strategy.Later this year, we intend to invite computer science teachers to provide feedback on the new arrangements and to consult on any proposals for the longer term. This extended timetable will allow us to consider a full range of options.