Big job losses at two Leicestershire bakery firms

first_imgBreaking news – Leicestershire bakery Coombs Hampshires has gone under, with the loss of 120 jobs. The firm has reportedly closed all its 18 shops, and its Rushey Mead factory.Meanwhile South Wigston based pie and pizza manufacturer RF Brookes has announced it is to shed 200 jobs, following the loss of contract with Marks & Spencer. The contract is to move to Melton Mowbray-based firm Samworth Brothers.Full story to appear soon.last_img

Best in west champion

first_imgBristol-based baker The Cottage Loaf Bakery, in Congresbury, scooped the title of the Best West Country Baker at the recent Western Bakery Championships.The event, which was held at Bako Western, and arranged by the Western Region of the National Association of Master Bakers (NAMB) also saw Martins Bakery of St Austell celebrate two successes by winning both the Open Bread Championship and also the Open Confectionery ChampionshipThe West Country Specialities Championship was won again this year by Williams of Wool. Best Loaf in Show was awarded to Andrew Fudge from The Upper Crust Bakery, Taunton. The BAKO Managers Trophy for the best exhibit in the Innovative Section was won by The Cottage Loaf Bakery, Congresbury. Champion Trainee was Matthew Holman of West Country Bakery, Torpoint.The event saw nearly £6,000 in prize money being spread over 40 competitors and all the judges’ comments were positive.l For photos of the event, see read more

Asda launches new iPhone app

first_imgSupermarket retailer Asda has developed a new transactional mobile phone app, allowing customers to buy groceries online and price check the cost of their shopping using their iPhones.Customers are now able to download the Asda App onto their iPhone to register to shop, amend an existing order or delivery slot up until 10pm the day before their delivery is due. The app also has an integrated scanner enabling customers to add new products to their basket by scanning the barcode.Kate Cuthbertson, Asda’s head of mobile strategy, said: “More than 60% of customers who access the mobile website do so using iPhones, so we’ve created an app that allows them to shop – and price check – on the move. Our mobile strategy is moving at pace with more new developments planned into the New Year.”last_img read more

South Bend Record Show set for Sunday with COVID-19 precautions

first_img By 95.3 MNC – July 29, 2020 0 455 Previous articleSenate Republicans pushing HEALS Act, which includes more stimulus checksNext articleTrump official: Indiana doing “really, really well” for coronavirus testing 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Google+ Facebook Twitter “The safety of our customers, our vendors, and our community is our first priority,” said South Bend resident Jeremy D. Bonfiglio, who organizes the event. “After speaking at length with Ramada staff, our returning vendors, and loyal customers, we felt we could implement the measures needed to have both a safe and fun event. After four months of staying home, we are equally confident that our customers are more than ready to add to their music collections.”In 2020, the South Bend Record Show moved into the 9,000-square-foot banquet room of Ramada by Wyndham. With the larger venue (more than twice the size of its previous space), Bonfiglio added that customers and vendors can and should social distance as much as possible. Customers also are encouraged but not required to take other safety measures, such as wearing disposable gloves and bringing personal hand sanitizer and their own shopping bags as needed.More than 30 dealers from six states will fill 74 tables with tens of thousands of music items from $2 bargains for beginning collectors to rare items for the advanced music enthusiast. While the core of the show remains pre-loved LPs and 45s, select vendors also carry new vinyl, CDs, cassettes, music videos, memorabilia, and vintage stereo gear. For a small fee, customers also can have their purchases professionally cleaned on a VPI Record Cleaning Vacuum Machine. A variety of musical genres, such as jazz, country, and movie soundtracks, are represented but the emphasis is on rock, pop, metal, and punk from the 1960s-today.“One of the great things about this show is that there is something for everyone,” Bonfiglio said. “Some of our dealers specialize in 45s or CDs, some sell concert DVDs, and cassettes. We have one dealer who restores and sells vintage stereo equipment. But this is a record show, so there are always plenty of LPs.” Admission is free at 11 a.m. Those interested in shopping as dealers set up, can pay an early bird admission of $5 beginning at 9 a.m. Door prizes are awarded at noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m., and food and beverages, including beer, are available for purchase. While some individual dealers do accept PayPal and/or credit card payments, cash is accepted and preferred by all vendors.For more information, visit or Pinterest Google+ Crates of vinyl records are shown from the Feb. 9, South Bend Record Show. After canceling both April and June dates due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the record show returns Aug. 2 with safety precautions in place. (Photo supplied/South Bend Record Show) The South Bend Record Show, the largest one-day sale of recorded music in Michiana, returns 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Aug. 2 with added safety precautions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.The popular record show, which is typically held six times a year, opened the 2020 season on Feb. 9 at its new location – Ramada by Wyndham (formerly Waterford Estates Lodge), 52890 IN 933 N. Due to public health concerns, the scheduled April 5 and June 7 dates were canceled. The South Bend Record Show, however, will hold its Aug. 2 event with some noticeable changes in place.Masks will be required for both customers and vendors in compliance with St. Joseph County’s mask order, which requires face coverings for all people inside businesses and enclosed public spaces where social distancing of at least six feet can’t be maintained. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance for customers, and capacity will be limited to 250 people at one time under Indiana’s Mass Gathering Act.center_img South Bend Record Show set for Sunday with COVID-19 precautions CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNews WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

The Rochester Schools will begin their year online

first_img Google+ Pinterest Facebook The Rochester Schools have suspended all in-class instruction and suspended their athletic programs through August 24.E-learning will take place instead, and devices for learning online can be picked up by parents at the student’s school building Tuesday from Noon to 4 p.m., and Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.Thursday marks the beginning of e-learning classes.The schools made the decision after consulting with the Fulton County Health Department. In a statement Monday, school officials cited “the actions of a few” that prevented in-class learning — alluding to a number of students who attended end-of-summer celebrations. Twitter The Rochester Schools will begin their year online CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market By Tommie Lee – August 3, 2020 0 348 WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Pinterest Facebook Previous articlePlanet Fitness makes a change to their mask policyNext articleDump truck crashes into Miller’s Flea Market in LaPorte County Tommie Leelast_img read more

Reward offered for suspect arrest after deadly hit-and-run in Michigan City

first_img Pinterest Google+ Facebook Twitter IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Pinterest TAGScrashfatalhit and runIndianaMichigan BoulevardMichigan CitysuspectTara StevensWarnke Road Facebookcenter_img Reward offered for suspect arrest after deadly hit-and-run in Michigan City A woman has died after a hit and run crash in Michigan City earlier this month.The crash happened back on September 12. Tara Stevens, 46, was reportedly crossing Michigan Boulevard, near Warnke Road, when she was struck by a vehicle.Stevens was airlifted to a hospital for treatment, and was pronounced dead Tuesday night.The vehicle involved in the crash fled the scene, and police are still searching for the driver.RELATED: Woman seriously injured in Michigan City hit and runNo suspect information has been released, though witnesses say the vehicle was a dark-colored SUV.Stevens’ family has offered a $4,000 reward for information on the driver’s identity or vehicle. The investigation into Stevens’ death is still ongoing.If you have any information on the incident, call the Michigan City Police Department. Twitter Google+ Previous articlePresident Trump officially nominates Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme CourtNext articleCOVID-19 two-and-a-half times as deadly as flu for Hoosiers over 60 Brooklyne Beatty By Brooklyne Beatty – September 26, 2020 0 908 WhatsApplast_img read more

Indiana’s unemployment rate continues to fall

first_img By 95.3 MNC – November 22, 2020 0 215 Google+ Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Twitter Google+ “3D Employment Graph” by Chris Potter, CC BY-SA 2.0 Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.0 percent for October. The national rate is 6.9 percent.The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.Indiana’s labor force had a net decrease of 7,271 over the previous month. This was a result of a decrease of 41,803 unemployed residents and an increase of 34,532 employed residents.Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.34 million, and the state’s 63.1 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 61.7 percent. Pinterest Indiana’s unemployment rate continues to fall WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleShould your returning college student quarantine?Next articleNovember is Military Family Appreciation Month 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Facebook WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Morning fire at Hickory Village Apartments

first_img Pinterest Facebook Google+ Morning fire at Hickory Village Apartments Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Photo credit: Mary Caltrider, ABC 57 News No Injuries and no cause have been reported in an early morning fire that broke out at the Hickory Village Apartments in Mishawaka.According to responders the fire started around 5am. Residents were evacuated because of the fire, but again no injuries were reported. Previous articleIndiana Supreme Court deciding whether ransomware attacks are covered by insuranceNext articleGoogle: Most-searched 2020 athlete was South Bend’s Ryan Newman Carl Stutsman Twitter WhatsApp Facebook IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market By Carl Stutsman – December 14, 2020 0 289 last_img read more

Press release: New government action to create stronger, more integrated Britain

first_img Email [email protected] General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Twitter – – – Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 Communities Secretary Sajid Javid today (14 March 2018) set out an ambitious long-term plan of action to tackle the root causes of poor integration and create a stronger, more united Britain.The Integrated Communities Strategy green paper, to which £50 million will be committed over the next 2 years, seeks views on the government’s bold proposals to boost English language skills, increase opportunities for more women to enter the workplace, and promote British values and meaningful discussion between young people.Britain is on the whole, a well-integrated society, with 85% of people reporting a feeling of belonging strongly to Britain.But the evidence, including Dame Louise Casey’s independent review into opportunity and integration, overwhelmingly points to a significant number of communities being divided along race, faith or socio-economic lines.This reduces opportunities for people to mix with others from different backgrounds, allows mistrust and misunderstanding to grow, and prevents those living in isolated communities from taking advantage of the opportunities that living in Britain offers.The strategy sets out a range of actions the government plans to take to bring divided communities together, including:Boosting English language skillsWe are proposing a new strategy to promote adoption of the English language across all communities in England, including a new community-based English language programme, a new network of conversation clubs, and support for local authorities to improve the provision of English language tuition for those who need it most.Increasing economic opportunity, particularly for womenJobcentre Plus will trial new approaches to support people from some of the most isolated communities into work through personalised skills training to address their individual needs.Ensure that every child receives an education that prepares them for life in modern BritainNew proposals to ensure young people have the opportunity to mix and form lasting relationships with those from different backgrounds, promotion of British Values across the curriculum and increased take up of the national citizen service.Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said: Media enquiries Britain can rightly claim to be one of the most successful diverse societies in the world. But we cannot ignore the fact that in too many parts of our country, communities are divided, preventing people from taking full advantage of the opportunities that living in modern Britain offers. Successive governments have refused to deal with the integration challenges we face head on, preferring to let people muddle along and live isolated and separated lives. We will put an end to this through our new strategy which will create a country that works for everyone, whatever their background and wherever they come from. Integration challenges are not uniform throughout the country, with different areas and communities having varying needs. We want to start a debate on the Integrated Communities Strategy, to find the most effective ways to address integration challenges. The consultation will run for 12 weeks to 5 June 2018.Further measures included as part of the Integrated Communities Strategy:Building stronger leadershipThe strategy calls on leaders in national and local government, business and civil society to ensure all services have a strong focus on integration.Supporting recent migrants to integrate into the communityWe will provide a package of practical information for recent migrants in our integration areas to better help them understand and navigate British life, values and culture. We will also improve communities’ ability to adapt to migration and manage pressures on local services and amenities in order to promote more effective integration.Respecting and promoting equal rightsThe strategy sets out new measures to empower marginalised women, including exploring reform of the law on marriage and religious weddings. We will support training of faith leaders to practice in the British context understanding British culture and shared values. We will also strengthen action to tackle hate crime and encourage greater reporting of incidents.Building vibrant communitiesAn Integration Innovation Fund will be introduced to allow organisations to bid to test out new approaches to bring people from different backgrounds together and we will make better use of shared community spaces such as parks and libraries.Further informationSee the Integrated Communities Strategy.To deliver the vision set out in this strategy we recognise that we need to talk to individuals and communities to hear what they think the key issues are and how communities and local and national government can tackle them. The consultation period will run for 12 weeks.85% of respondents felt that they belonged ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ strongly to Britain. Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Community Life Survey 2016-17. The government will work with 5 ‘Integration Areas’ to develop local integration plans: Blackburn with Darwen; Bradford; Peterborough; Walsall and Waltham Forest.These 5 local authorities have already demonstrated a keen grasp of the challenges they face and shown a desire to try new things and learn from what works. Learning from these areas about what works – and, just as importantly, what doesn’t work – will be shared more widely as the programme develops.Education Secretary Damian Hinds said:center_img If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF £50 million to support new Integrated Communities Strategy strategy includes bold proposals to boost English language skills, increase opportunities for women and promote British values in education We want to make sure that all children learn the values that underpin our society – including fairness, tolerance and respect. These are values that help knit our communities together, which is why education is at the heart of this strategy. It’s also important that children are taught in a safe environment and that we can act quickly if children are at risk or being encouraged to undermine these values. Together, with Ofsted and communities across the country, we will build on the work already underway to achieve this. Office address and general enquiries Social media – MHCLG Contact form https://forms.communit…last_img read more

News story: Runaway of a road-rail vehicle at Bradford

first_imgOur investigation is independent of any investigation by the railway industry or by the industry’s regulator, the Office of Rail and Road.We will publish our findings, including any recommendations to improve safety, at the conclusion of our investigation. This report will be available on our website.You can subscribe to automated emails notifying you when we publish our reports. This item has been moved to the National Archives as RAIB has published its report describing this incident. See report 01/2019.,On Friday 8 June 2018, a road-rail maintenance vehicle ran away towards Bradford Interchange terminal station.The maintenance vehicle was a mobile elevating working platform (MEWP) that was equipped with both rubber wheels for road running and steel rail wheels for operation on the railway. That night, it was intended to be used for examination work on a section of track which was under possession (temporarily closed to normal train services).The runaway started at the Britannia Street road-rail access point, which provides a flat surface allowing road-rail vehicles to be manoeuvred on to the track. This access point is on a section of railway which slopes downwards at a declared gradient of 1 in 50 towards the station before running onto level track as it enters the platforms.Shortly after 01:30 hrs the MEWP was being transferred from its rubber-tyred road wheels onto its rail wheels. During this manoeuvre, known as on-tracking, the machine operator was controlling the machine using a remote control unit which was connected to the machine by a cable. As the rail wheels were lowered onto the track the MEWP started to run down the gradient towards the station where it stopped about 340 metres from the access point (and before reaching the buffers at the end of the platform).No-one was on board the MEWP as it started to run away. The machine operator and machine controller attempted to stop the runaway. They were unable to do so, but they kept up with the machine during its travel to warn other staff working in the vicinity.Initial evidence suggests that the runaway occurred because the on-tracking was not carried out correctly and the rail wheel brakes, intended to hold the vehicle on the gradient, provided insufficient brake force to do so.The RAIB’s investigation will identify: the sequence of events that led to the runaway the factors influencing the actions of those involved in the operation of the machine as it was being placed onto the track the actual capability of the rail wheel brakes the rail-conversion and maintenance history of the MEWP the standards and design approval processes that were applied to this type of MEWP any relevant management factorslast_img read more