21 Apr
2021

The British Baker Open Letter

first_imgBritish Pie Awards are a tremendous achievementI feel I must write to congratulate Stephen Hallam, Ian Hartland and their fellow members of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association on the excellent organisation of the recent British Pie Awards, which took place on 19 May in the most beautiful and impressive St Mary’s Church in Melton Mowbray.The British Pie Awards were launched last year and, after only one year, there was a 40% increase in the 13 categories of pies. With 725 entries this was indeed a tremendous achievement.What is more amazing is the star quality of judges the British Pie Awards attract. I have never seen as many TV camera crews and press at such an event, and they even have a press call before the event. With stars such as BBC Countryfile’s Julia Bradbury and six TV chefs, including Phil Vickery, Tony Tobin and Rosemary Shrager, the judges’ list read like a Who’s Who of food critics and radio and TV presenters.The baking industry was also well-supported, with Robert Ross as chairman of judges ably assisted by Hugh Weeks and other fellow judges Alan Stuart, Thomas Adams and Tony Spencer.Yes, it was indeed a great privilege to be present at the British Pie Awards. Both Stephen Hallam and Ian Hartland are, without doubt, tremendous ambassadors for our industry. They make you feel proud to be a baker.Jean GrievesBakers beware when comparing energy bill pricesThe latest copy of British Baker has a very good editorial on sustainability, but I think the baker needs to be very careful about the different prices of fuel and the effect on the energy bill. The article suggests the price for a KW of wood pellet energy is 66% lower than natural gas, when the latest data has it at around the same price.The other important issue with indirect combustion is the heat losses via the flue, which account for a high percentage of the fuel burnt. Compare this to electrically heated equipment, where the energy consumed is used totally by the appliance of course all the different appliances lose heat via the door area and through the outside surfaces of the oven and this is where the issue of insulation is a critical factor.Also, we are currently supplying an energy-efficient oven to one of our customers which has qualified for a nearly 100% carbon trust loan.Tony FullerDiamond T Ltdlast_img read more

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8 Feb
2021

India says China ties at crossroads amid border standoff

first_imgNEW DELHI (AP) — India says its relationship with China is at a crossroads with the months-old military standoff in mountainous border areas profoundly disturbing the ties. India’s external affairs minister said in a speech that if peace and tranquillity in the border areas are disturbed, so will the rest of the relationship, and there will be profound repercussions for the entire world. Indian and Chinese soldiers brawled again last week, after 20 Indian troops died last year in a fist fight with the Chinese along the disputed border. The standoff has continued despite nine rounds of meetings involving local military commanders and the political dialogue by foreign and defense ministers.last_img

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18 Jan
2021

Anna-Jane Casey and More to Star in London’s Forbidden Broadway

first_img Casey, who starred in the 2009 production of Menier’s Forbidden Broadway, has also appeared in Billy Elliot, Spamalot, Company and Sunday in the Park with George. Dann, who received an Olivier nomination for Lend Me a Tenor—the Musical, has also stared in a previous incarnation of Forbidden Broadway, in addition to Sunday in the Park with George. Humbley recently took to the Menier stage in Merrily We Roll Along and has also appeared in productions of Company, Lend Me a Tenor—the Musical and The Last Five Years. Lewis’ theater credits include Candide, Therese Raquin, Love Never Dies, A Little Night Music, Spamalot and Priscilla—Queen of the Desert. Under the direction of Phillip George, who also helms the show in New York, Forbidden Broadway will feature music direction by Joel Fram, costumes by Morgan Large and sound design by Gareth Owen. View Commentscenter_img Anna-Jane Casey, Sophie-Louise Dann, Damian Humbley and Ben Lewis will star in the previously announced London return of Gerard Alessandrini’s Forbidden Broadway. New York’s longest-running comedy revue will feature takes on productions from both Broadway and the West End, including The Book of Mormon, Once, Matilda, Wicked and Miss Saigon. Performances begin June 19 prior to a July 2 opening night at the Menier Chocolate Factory. The show will play through August 16.last_img read more

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18 Dec
2020

Peter Figoski Getaway Driver Acquitted

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York NYPD Officer Peter FigoskiTwo days after a North Carolina man was convicted in the slaying of a New York City police officer from West Babylon, a separate jury acquitted the man accused of driving the getaway car.Michael Velez was found not guilty on burglary and murder charges Wednesday in the death of 47-year-old NYPD Officer Peter Figoski, who was fatally shot in the face in December 2011 while investigating a burglary in Brooklyn.In his testimony, Velez told the court that he thought he was just giving the four other suspects a ride.NYPD Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly was critical of the verdict.“When juries fail to comprehend the monstrous scale of a police officer’s murder, they fail society itself,” said Kelly in a statement. “God help us if other gunmen and  their getaway drivers take comfort in these verdicts because when a police officer is murdered society at-large is struck a mortal blow. It’s shameful that the family of Peter Figoski must be crushed again by another incomprehensible verdict.”The New York City Police Benevolent Association was also clearly disappointed.“This jury did not exhibit an ounce of the courage that Peter Figoski showed time and time again during his life as a police officer,” PBA President Patrick Lynch said in a statement. “This is a devastating verdict for all police officers and for the Figoski family. We are deeply disappointed that the jury completely disregarded the role that the defendant played in the death of a brave police officer.”“While Peter’s tragic death brought our city together,” he continued, “today, this jury let the entire city down.”Another jury Monday convicted the gunman, 28-year-old Lamont Pride, for Figoski’s murder. He was found guilty of second-degree murder, burglary and manslaughter. Prosecutors were not able to convince jurors to convict Pride on the top charge of first-degree murder.Figoski’s partner chased down and arrested Pride after he shot and killed the decorated cop and father of four.Two other suspects, 28-year-old Nelson Morales and 31-year-old Kevin Santos, have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial. Meanwhile, a fifth suspect, 23-year-old Ariel Tejada, pleaded guilty and will testify against the two men in exchange for a lighter sentence.last_img read more

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22 Dec
2019

Gardai to keep man’s car keys until he gets alcohol treatment

first_imgGardai are to retain the car keys belonging to a man caught drink-driving for the sixth time in less than a year until he gets treatment. Inishowen man Martin Cassidy appeared at Buncrana District Court to face all the alleged cases. Cassidy, of Trillick, Buncrana, had been told last week to surrender the keys of his car to Gardai.It followed concerns by Gardai that Cassidy would get behind the wheel while drunk if he was given access to his car.His solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client had been drink-free for nine days and that referrals have been made for Cassidy to receive treatment at a facility in Dublin.He said he believes this treatment may uncover other issues his client has.“There is a sequence of charges but I believe Mr. Cassidy has underlying issues that need to be resolved,” added the Defence SolicitorMr. Dorrian asked asked him to adjourn the matter to April.Judge Paul Kelly warned Cassidy that he must adhere to the strict conditions and Garda Inspector David Murphy said they will ensure this is done ‘as best they can’.Mr. Dorrian said he would inform gardaí if and when Cassidy received a place in the treatment facility in Dublin and Judge Kelly adjourned all matters until April 12.Gardai to keep man’s car keys until he gets alcohol treatment was last modified: February 9th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:alcoholbuncranacarcourtGardaiKeysMartin Cassidylast_img read more

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