Month: April 2021

Packaging watch

first_imgAs part of Marks & Spencer’s recently announced £200m, eco-friendly Plan A, it is pledging to reduce the use of packaging by 25%. In addition, packaging will be made from sustainable materials or recycled sources, such as cardboard, glass and plastic.The plan sets out to restrict the range of packaging materials, including sandwich and bakery packaging, to ones which are easy to recycle or compost, so customers do not have to throw rubbish away. These include using four types of plastic derived from corn starch: PLA, PP, PET and PE.Other plans include printing symbols on packaging to make it easy for customers to recycle or compost. It will also reduce the use of carrier bags by 33%, all of which are made from recycled plastic.”We are calling this Plan A because there is no Plan B,” said M&S chief executive Stuart Rose (pictured above). “We will become carbon neutral, only using offsetting as a last resort. We will ensure that none of our packaging needs to be thrown away. We will clearly label the food we import by air. Regional and local food sourcing will be a priority and we will trial the use of food waste to power our stores. We will do this without passing on the extra cost to our customers.”This is a deliberately ambitious and, in some areas, difficult plan. We don’t have all the answers but we are determined to work with our suppliers, partners and government to make this happen. Doing anything less is not an option.”Each month, British Baker reports on developments in packaginglast_img read more

Tameside hosts BSB event

first_imgThe British Society of Baking Spring Conference scored a first last week. Instead of being held at a hotel, 70 delegates descended on Tameside College, near Manchester to hear topical presentations and to see and taste what the students are achieving.Tameside tutor Lorna Jones, gave an upbeat presentation promising employers: “Tell us what you need and we will deliver.” She also challenged bakers to offer her students placements, so they gain industry experience.Nigel Davies of Muntons spoke about green issues and explained how using malt can save bakers time. Vera Foreman of Morrisons spoke passionately about the bakery training programme she set up at the retailer 15 years ago. And Sarah Autton took students and delegates along her career path from bakery student to company director of Fermex.Then, students faced an expert Dragons’ Den panel, in which they had to present a new commercial product and state the recipes and quantities used. The winner was student Kim Price.l A full conference report will appear in the next issue of BB.last_img read more

As more tests come back Indiana’s number of confirmed COVID cases rises again

first_img Facebook Previous articleNotre Dame Head Coach Mike Brey says he plans to see out his contractNext articleSBCSC expands grab-and-go lunch program Carl Stutsman Twitter By Carl Stutsman – March 26, 2020 0 420 Facebook Pinterest Pinterest IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market From 3-26-2020 Another day and yet another highest single day jump in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indiana. The latest numbers from the Indiana state Department of Health now put the cumulative total at 645.Locally St. Joseph County has the most cases with 21, Elkhart County went up to 7 with the new report, LaPorte County is at 2, and Marshall County is on the map for the first time with 1 case. Marion County and the Indianapolis area still have the most cases now with 293.Now at 17 there were three additional deaths reported. Officials in St. Joseph County reported Michiana’s first death Thursday, a patient in his 80s.It is worth noting that local health departments have been reporting some individuals that tested positive early in the testing process have recovered, though no exact number is available. You can find the full details a is the full release from ISDH:INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) announced today that 170 Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 645 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total. Seventeen Hoosiers have died.A total of 4,651 tests have been reported to ISDH to date, up from 3,356 on Wednesday.Marion County had the most new cases, at 67, while Hamilton, Johnson and Lake counties each had 12. The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.The dashboard also has been updated to remove one duplicate case from Marion County, remove one false positive from Hamilton County and move one Hamilton County case to Marion County based on updated county of residence information provided to ISDH.Additional updates on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak may be provided later today. As more tests come back Indiana’s number of confirmed COVID cases rises again Twitter Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+last_img read more

One person recovering after shooting on Fremont Street in South Bend

first_img Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC One person is recovering from injured after a shooting in Sout Bend.The shooting happened around 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26,  in the 1100 block of Fremont Street.The victim was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.There was no immediate word of any suspects, arrests or information about what led to the shooting. WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest By Jon Zimney – November 27, 2020 0 410 Google+ Facebook One person recovering after shooting on Fremont Street in South Bend Previous articleDeath deemed suspicious under investigation in Cass CountyNext articleSuspect shot after taking aim, firing on officers in LaPorte County Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

New low-cost pet health clinic opening in South Bend

first_img By Tommie Lee – April 5, 2021 0 392 WhatsApp IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Google+ Facebook Google+ Pinterest Facebook (Source: License: South Bend will be gaining a new low-cost veterinary clinic soon.Preventative Pet Health of Michiana will start seeing patients on Wednesday, offering affordable healthcare services and even obedience training.WNDU reports that there is a free examination with every appointment to keep Michiana’s pets happy and healthy.For more information on how to contact the clinic, you can learn more at their Facebook page. WhatsApp Pinterest New low-cost pet health clinic opening in South Bend Twitter Twitter Previous articleMarshall County crash involving a semi results in minor injuriesNext articleBody found in Porter Co. brushfire Tommie Leelast_img read more

Early voting begins for special election in Elkhart Community Schools addresses

first_img Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp By Tommie Lee – April 5, 2021 1 304 Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp (Photo supplied/Elkhart Community Schools) Early voting has begun in Elkhart for those who reside in the Elkhart Community School District.Remember to bring your photo ID with you if you plan to vote early on the public question.Early voting starts this week between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at The Lincoln Center Health Department Building on Oakland Ave in Elkhart, and Saturdays at Trinity on Jackson Church. IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Early voting begins for special election in Elkhart Community Schools addresses Facebook Twitter Google+ Previous articleElkhart County extends mask mandate to May 14Next articleGranholm pitching the Biden Infrastructure Plan this week Tommie Leelast_img read more

News story: Multi-million pound fund to support disadvantaged children in the early years

first_imgGrants have also been issued to the charity Home-Start UK, which works closely with families facing personal difficulties, which can have a negative effect on children’s wellbeing and early development. The charity supports volunteers who work in communities, supporting families suffering from problems such as post-natal depression, physical health problems and bereavement. It received over £400,000 in grant funding to pilot a ‘word pedometer’ programme which provided disadvantaged families with coaching from trained home visiting volunteers, helping new parents increase the number and quality of words they use when interacting with their babies.Rob Parkinson, chief executive, Home-Start UK: Giving every child the best start in life means making sure the right early development opportunities are in place. That starts in the home, which means giving parents the confidence to help their children read, learn new words and social skills at an early age. Children from disadvantaged backgrounds or those with additional needs can face the greatest barriers in their early development, so it is important that where that help is needed it is in place as early as possible – such as through our free childcare for two-year-olds from lower income families which is used by more than 70% of those who are eligible. This funding boost will go to organisations with a proven track record of breaking down learning barriers for children with additional needs. This is an important part of this government’s work to improve education for every child, to make sure that this is a country that truly works for everyone. Parents who need help teaching their children reading, writing and language skills will get practical help such as home visits and online tools thanks to a £6.5 million scheme announced today (1 July).Voluntary and community groups will get a share of the multi-million pound fund to run projects that help disadvantaged families and children with additional needs, building on the free childcare offer already available to the most deprived two-year-olds. These children are more likely to struggle with language and literacy skills when they arrive at primary school than their peers.Studies have shown that helping parents and giving them the confidence to work with their children on speech and language is one of the most effective ways to ensure children arrive at school with the right foundations for a successful education.Projects that can bid for the funding could include home visits from trained early years professionals, to help parents support their children in learning new words through simple steps like reading and singing nursery rhymes. Or they could involve easy-to-use online tools that help broaden the vocabulary parents use with their children in these early years.Research shows that where there is a ‘word gap’ – the gap in communication skills between disadvantaged children and their peers – it can have a long term impact on a child’s education, so projects like these will help close it once and for all.Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: National voluntary and community groups will also be able to bid for funding to work with disadvantaged communities to encourage families to access the Government’s early education offers for children under five, as evidence shows high-quality early education can have a lasting impact on a child’s future.Today’s announcement builds on the £13.5 million investment announced in April to improve early language and literacy for disadvantaged children. This includes £5million for the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to trial projects that support parents to help their children learn new words, and an £8.5 million programme for local authorities to make improvements in early learning for local communities.Previous successful bidders from the scheme include the National Literacy Trust, a charity that trains early years staff and volunteers to work with families, building parents’ confidence so that they can support their children’s communication, language and literacy skills at home. The Trust used the grant funding to set up Early Years Together at 2, a programme which invites parents and carers into the nursery to watch how children learn, and gives them practical ideas of how they can continue this learning at home.Tara Parker, Senior Programme Manager for Early Years at the National Literacy Trust, said: We know the number of words children hear in their very first days, months and years has a huge impact on their development. The grant from the Department of Education has been instrumental in establishing the pilot of this programme. Home-Start home visiting volunteers have been specially trained to work with the LENA Foundation’s word pedometer and resulting graphs, sharing them with the family in a positive and accessible way each week. The grant been essential in being able to secure subsequent funding to help expand the project and giving us the opportunity to demonstrate its life-changing impact. Funding will be awarded to organisations that can demonstrate that projects will be self-sustaining, to ensure they will last to support future generations of children.The Department for Education is working to target resources where they can have the greatest success in helping the early development of children with special educational needs and from disadvantaged backgrounds. The competition opens to bidders from today (1 July).Winning projects will be announced later this year and go live in October, running until 2020. We were thrilled to be selected by the Department for Education to receive the Early Years VCS Grant last year. The grant enabled us to help 130 parents develop the skills and confidence they need to better support their child’s language and communication development at home. We have already started to see great results, with the two-year-olds involved in the programme becoming more interested in and engaged with books and songs. We were able to train early years practitioners across 20 settings. Having reported improved confidence in supporting parents, most settings will continue to deliver the programme to help even more families beyond the funding period.last_img read more

News story: New Zealand consults on a new free trade agreement with the UK

first_imgThe trade of goods between the UK and New Zealand was worth £2.72 billion last year, with British exports increasing by 10% on 2016.A new free trade agreement is expected to further increase this trade, creating jobs and giving consumers more choice at lower prices.The Department for International Trade has already held four public consultations on new free trade agreements with the US, Australia and New Zealand, as well as potential accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).Our consultations closed on 26 October and were open for a total of 14 weeks, which is two weeks longer than the European Commission holds its consultations for. We are currently analysing responses and will publish our approach to new free trade agreement before negotiations begin.Additional information New Zealand’s Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker said: New Zealand is one of our closest and greatest friends. With our deep shared heritage and unwavering commitment to free and fair trade, it is only right that New Zealand is one of the first countries that we will strike an new trade agreement with after we leave the European Union. I am delighted that New Zealand’s Trade Minister David Parker is taking the necessary steps so we can begin to negotiate a highly ambitious free trade agreement that is fit for the 21st century. This will help to create jobs in both our countries and give consumers greater choice at lower prices, as well as pulling British businesses closer to the rapidly-growing Asia-Pacific region. The UK is one of New Zealand’s oldest friends, and a free trade agreement makes a lot of sense. Our shared history, similar legal structures and openness to trade mean a high quality, comprehensive and progressive free trade agreement is a natural next step after Brexit. Both New Zealand and the UK have committed to launching negotiations as soon as the UK is in a position to do so.center_img The government of New Zealand is seeking views about a free trade agreement with the UK and has today (Friday 23 November) issued a call for written submissions.International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox has welcomed the step, which will help to ensure that trade talks can begin after we leave the European Union on 29 March 2019.New Zealand’s Trade and Export Minister David Parker noted that the UK is one of New Zealand’s ‘oldest friends’ and that ‘a trade deal makes a lot of sense’. He added that both countries have similar legal structures and he expects a high quality and comprehensive free trade agreement can be agreed.This reinforces existing commitments by both countries to begin negotiations after the UK has left the EU.New Zealand is the second country to launch a consultation about a new free trade agreement with the UK. The US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer launched a request for comments last week.International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said: The New Zealand Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker published a call for public submissions on a free trade agreement with the UK on Friday 23 November: New Zealand consultation website The US Trade Representative published a request for comments on negotiating objectives for a UK-US trade agreement on Friday 16 November: United State’s consultation website The UK-New Zealand Trade Policy Dialogue was founded in October 2016 and has so far met five times. These meetings have built shared understanding of each other’s systems and made important preparations before negotiations begin.last_img read more

News story: Police to get more stop and search powers to tackle acid attacks

first_imgAdditionally, police officers will be able to stop and search people suspected of using drones above 400ft or within 5km of an airport, which will help them tackle disruption such as that seen at Gatwick Airport in December.The government is also working closely with the police to examine whether they have the appropriate powers to respond effectively to other offences involving drones, including around prisons, and will take further legislative action if necessary.The Home Office will also keep under review the adequacy of existing powers to tackle offences related to the misuse of laser pointers.Today’s announcement supports the government’s action plan to tackle the use of acid and other corrosive substances in violent attacks.Action has included to date: The move will enable police officers to effectively enforce a new offence of carrying corrosives in a public place, which is passing through Parliament in the Offensive Weapons Bill.Currently, police can only stop and search people they suspect of carrying acid with intent to cause injury.The proposal to extend stop and search was widely supported during a public consultation – the results of which are published today. They show 90% of respondents, including senior police officers, back the change.Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: Anyone who carries acid to maim and disfigure others is a coward who deserves to face the full force of the law. That is why we are giving police officers greater powers to help bring them to justice and protect the public from their sickening crimes – which can leave victims’ with life-changing injuries. The police are clear stop and search is one of the most important tools they have in the fight against serious violence – I will continue to give them the support they need to do their vital work. The police service welcomes changes widening officers’ ability to stop and search those who would seek to cause serious harm using corrosive substances. Identifying and disrupting those individuals through the controlled use of stop and search powers is an important way in which we can keep the public safe. As with the range of stop and search powers currently available to police officers, Chief Constables will be keen to ensure that these powers are used correctly in a legitimate, proportionate and considerate way. Introducing the Offensive Weapons Bill to prevent the sale and delivery of corrosive substance to under 18s and making it an offence to possess a corrosive substance in a public place.center_img Putting in place a set of voluntary commitments on the responsible sale of corrosive substances which a number of major retailers have signed up to. These restrict access to products containing acid and other harmful corrosive substances and prohibit sales to under 18s. Deputy Chief Constable, Adrian Hanstock, stop and search lead for the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said: Making sulphuric acid above a concentration level of 15% a regulated substance under the Poisons Act 1972 so it can only be sold to members of the public with a Home Office licence. Since 1 November 2018, it has been a criminal offence for members of the public to possess sulphuric acid above 15% concentration without a Home Office licencelast_img read more