Danish take the crown

first_imgThe in-store bakeries (ISB) seem to have Viennoiserie and Danish wrapped up this year. The Danish pastry category is worth £45m and is growing by 10.4% (IRI 52 w/e 5 September 2009), year-on-year, making it the second fastest-growing sweet bakery sector in ISB behind a resurgent muffins category, and outstripping croissant sales. In contrast, Warburtons’ recent Bakery Review pointed to a 20% drop in wrapped Danish pastries value.Andy Clegg, head of bakery at Morrisons, says there has been no great push on promotions, but sales are soaring nonetheless. “We’re seeing a small growth in packaged croissants,” he says. “But ISB Viennoiserie has seen a market growth of 6% and we’ve got a growth of 38.9% (Nielsen, 12 weeks to 10 October), mainly driven by ISB croissants. Both the Bakery and Cake shop at Morrisons are performing beyond expectations this year.”So why is Danish, in particular, performing so well? “There is more promotional activity in Danish than croissants, but it also comes back to affordable treats, which people want at the moment and which is really helping ISB in general,” says supplier Bakehouse’s brand manager Claire Warren. “NPD has been a little more cautious, but people still want to see new things out there and it’s really important to deliver that to help grow the category.”We’re seeing more NPD being generated than in other categories, such as Danish crowns with seasonal flavoured fillings, which helps maintain interest in the category. Traditionally, Danish pastries are popular with men and older consumers but lighter flavoured variants, such as lemon Danish, which is new to the category, are being aimed at younger consumers.”Commoditised goodsWhile wrapped sales have suffered, another casualty has been the coffee shops. Costa Coffee’s head of food Beverley Phillips says the success of sweet pastries in the ISBs has, in effect, “commoditised” them for consumers. “You can walk in and get the product, which makes it more accessible, but less special to buy in a coffee shop,” she says. “What we have to find now is a product that brings back the customisation and out-of-home special feeling, because a croissant, for example, is almost a commo-ditised product. That’s why sales aren’t growing in the coffee shop market. We need suppliers to premiumise that category for us again to make it different from the in-store bakery.”last_img read more

Commissioners review staffing proposals for jail

first_imgFARMINGTON – County commissioners received a proposal to add more part-time staff to the Franklin County Detention Center Tuesday, with the assistant jail administrator warning that current staffing levels were stretching the full-time staff thin.Lt. John Donald, the assistant jail administrator with nearly 20 years of experience at FCDC, said that staffing shortages within the part-time staff associated with the current system resulted in higher overtime costs, denied earned time off and corrections officers sometimes working 18-hour shifts. Administrators were required to step in to assist jail operations or transport prisoners, Donald said, taking them away from other duties.“Currently, we cannot reliably schedule vacation or holiday time due to a lack of part-time corrections officers,” Donald said, “and the fact that our full-time officers cannot take every open shift.”The situation could result in greater turnover among the full-time staff, Donald warned. “We have a very good crop of officers in our employ and losing them will cost us far more in the long run than scheduling a few part-time officers,” Donald said.While the jail’s 32-inmate population is small compared to other facilities, Donald said, FCDC corrections officers dealt with the same issues, including contraband trafficking and inmates with mental health issues. As most of the population is pretrial, there are few opportunities for work programs, so officers end up doing a large proportion of the laundry and cleaning.Retaining part-time officers has been difficult due to the relatively low pay – Donald said an employee of local restaurants and hardware stores could make a similar amount with less stress – as well as an inability to guarantee hours. Donald noted that the county had three part-time officers hired last year and was no longer employing any of them.In the long term, Donald suggested increasing full-time staffing for corrections and transport officers. In the short term, Donald proposed hiring two part-time officers working a “rover schedule” of Monday, Wednesday and Friday, as well as a part-time utility/transport officer. With those officers scheduled at least 24 hours per week, Donald said that the guaranteed hours and consistent employment could help retain hires.The cost for a part-time officer for 12 months would be roughly $8,500, Donald said.The staffing proposal could be considered by the budget committee as part of the next budget cycle, commissioners suggested. For the eight months remaining in the current fiscal year, one possibility would be hiring the officers and attempting to recoup the cost in savings to overtime. Commissioners asked Donald to work out the potential overtime savings and get back to the board.County Clerk Julie Magoon said that the county’s auditor had indicated that the jail’s fund balance was $39,000 at the end of the previous fiscal year. That’s down significantly from the reserve the jail had when it reopened as a full-time facility back in 2015. Magoon said that the county was waiting on the final round of funding from the state.In related business, the board approved the hiring of two part-time corrections officers at FCDC.last_img read more

The upper-class tool kit

first_imgUpper-class parents have a variety of tools to help their children succeed in a changing world and improve their social status, advantages not readily available to poorer families, according to a panel at a Harvard conference.Living in wealthy neighborhoods, choosing among good schools, and engaging in cultural activities with children are all ways that affluent parents around the world can extend their social position into the next generation, the scholars said Friday at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs conference on “Changing Middle Classes: Comparative and Global Perspectives.”The upper middle class is “attempting to produce particular effective social boundaries which could separate them from … the lower middle classes in an unfortunately irreversible way,” said María Luisa Méndez, director of the School of Sociology, Universidad Diego Portales, in Chile, in a joint presentation with Modesto Gayo, a professor at the same school.Higher-income parents, though, are hardly unified in their child-rearing strategies, according to the panel participants, who also cited ways that less-affluent parents can help their children overcome obstacles to social advancement.Modesto Gayo and Marìa Luisa Mèndez share an aside. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe panel “Class Consolidation: Identity, Distinction, and Cultural Practices” came on the opening day of the two-day event presented by the Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion.Matthias Koenig, a professor of sociology at Göttingen University in Germany and a visiting scholar at Weatherhead, chaired the session on class consolidation, while Natasha Warikoo, an associate professor of education at Harvard Graduate School of Education, led discussion after the presentations.Jürgen Gerhards, chair of macrosociology at the Institute for Sociology at Freie Universitat in Berlin, discussed his research into how upper-middle-class Germans prepare their children for globalization. Gerhards said that “transnational human capital” — such qualifications as the ability to speak another language, familiarity with other nations, and cosmopolitan attitudes — is becoming increasingly important, citing the growing demands for bilingual speakers.He said German upper-middle-class parents have high transnational human capital themselves and actively seek to endow their children with it through such means as enrolling them in bilingual kindergartens and, later, high school study-abroad programs.“The transmission of transnational human capital is part of a general child-rearing approach, and on average parents are the ones who are the drivers of this,” he said.Lower-middle-class families see the importance of transnational human capital but, in part due to financial constraints, do not pursue it for their children, Gerhards said, though some “ambitious ones … manage to overcome the class restrictions” and send their children abroad to study.Agnès van Zanten, senior researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Observatoire Sociologique du Changement, Sciences Po, in Paris, argued that scholars such as Annette Lareau, who coined the term “concerted cultivation” when referring to middle-class child-raising, overstate the homogeneity of those practices, particularly within affluent families.Agnës van Zanten (from left), Jürgen Gerhards, and Natasha Warikoo listen during an address. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerVan Zanten said that her research has found that upper-middle-class parents in France fall into categories of technocrats and intellectuals.Technocrats, who focus on knowledge for its practical use and live in upper-class neighborhoods, maintain tight control over a child’s environment and activities, van Zanten said, reflecting the parents’ desire to “reproduce their way of life.”Intellectuals, who value knowledge for itself and often reside in socially mixed neighborhoods, emphasize “cultural co-optation of children,” van Zanten said, sharing activities with them that range from going to the theater to cooking.Van Zanten suggested that those differences within the upper middle class are more pronounced in France than in the U.S., reflecting how social boundaries in general are sharper in France.“In the U.S. … the representation of a classless society seems to reproduce a unified vision of what it is to be middle class,” she said. But in France, “The status differences are more strictly marked between and within classes, and so participation into each status group requires early and long-lasting socialization into the values and practices.”Mendez and Gayo traced their survey studies on the child-rearing practices of upper-middle- class parents in Santiago.Gayo said parents in the wealthiest areas of the city are the most demanding when it comes to choosing where to live and selecting schools, while upper-middle-class parents are more inclined to engage with their children in school and cultural activities, and to participate in cultural events.last_img read more

Sarah Jessica Parker on Passing the Sylvia Baton to Matthew Broderick

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 View Comments Sylvia Star Files A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia celebrated its opening on Broadway on October 27, and there to cheer on husband Matthew Broderick’s latest bow was Sarah Jessica Parker, who starred as the titular pup in the 1995 off-Broadway production. “He comes back time and time again; I love his commitment,” Parker told Broadway.com of her husband’s devotion to the stage. And while her canine days are long gone, she’s thrilled for New York’s new Sylvia, Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford: “It’s lovely to see somebody else have a chance to play such a wonderful part.” Take a look at the red carpet clip below, and catch Sylvia at the Cort Theatre. Sarah Jessica Parkerlast_img read more

Respect the arena

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Demangone Anthony Demangone is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Demangone oversees day-to-day operations and manages the association’s education, membership, … Web: https://www.cuinsight.com/partner/nafcu Details Last year, someone shared this quote from President Theodore Roosevelt with me.“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”This is good stuff – perhaps the best. Push. Strive. You will sometimes fail. But continue on.And it is a reminder to the critic within us. It can be easy to criticize. If you must add your two cents, remember this: Respect the women and men in the arena!last_img read more

No Indictment in Eric Garner’s Choke Death

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A grand jury empaneled in Staten Island has declined to indict an NYPD officer in connection with the chokehold death of Eric Garner, according to multiple reports. The New York Times reported that the grand jury’s decision came Wednesday, citing a person familiar with the grand jury.The news comes a little more than a week after a grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., declined to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager.In that case, the decision led to almost immediate protests and riots in and around Ferguson, and they subsequently spread across the country.New York City officials on Tuesday said they were preparing for potential protests depending on the outcome of the grand jury’s decision in Garner’s death.New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio reportedly cancelled an appearance after news of the non-indictment was initially reported.Garner died July 17 following a confrontation with police. While officers were trying to arrest the 43-year-old man for selling loose cigarettes in Staten Island, the officer the grand jury was considering whether to indict, Daniel Pantaleo, was seen on video placing Garner in a chokehold.Garner was heard in the video saying, “I can’t breathe.”More than a month later, the city medical examiner ruled Garner’s death a homicide, noting that the chokehold had contributed to his death. The chokehold is prohibited by New York Police Department policy.Richmand County District Attorney Daniel Donovan Jr. released a statement Wednesday in which he expressed his condolences to Garner’s family.“After deliberation on the evidence presented in this matter, the grand jury found that there was no reasonable cause to vote an indictment,” he said. “Upon Eric Garner’s death, investigations were immediately commenced, and independently conducted, by the Office of the New York City Chief Medical Examiner, the Internal Affairs Bureau of the New York Police Department, and the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office.”During a four-month investigation, Donovan’s office interviewed 22 civilian witnesses who said they saw part of the confrontation.The grand jury was made up of 23 people whose identities are kept secret. Unlike in the Ferguson grand jury in which the race and sex of the jurors was made public, New York laws prohibit the disclosure of information regarding the grand jury process.“It is important to understand that under New York law everything that happens in the grand jury is secret; therefore only very limited or no disclosure is permitted,” Donovan said in his statement. “Moreover, those limited disclosures can only be made after an application has been made for a court order allowing disclosure, and said application has been granted.“Disclosure of anything further,” he added, “may be a violation of New York law.”The New York Civil Liberties Union released a statement following reports of the non-indictment questioning the ability of the NYPD to hold officers accountable.“The failure of the Staten Island Grand Jury to file an indictment in the killing of Eric Garner leaves New Yorkers with an inescapable question: How will the NYPD hold the officers involved accountable for his death?” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said. “And what will Commissioner Bratton do to ensure that this is the last tragedy of its kind? Unless the Police Department aggressively deals with its culture of impunity and trains officers that they must simultaneously protect both safety and individual rights, officers will continue to believe that they can act without consequence.”U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and others called on the U.S. Department of Justice to launch an investigation into the issue, similar to the concurrent federal probe that is continuing in the Ferguson case.“The death of Eric Garner is a tragedy that demands accountability,” Gillibrand said. “Nobody unarmed should die on a New York City street corner for suspected low-level offenses. I’m shocked by this grand jury decision.”Read Donovan’s full statement:Statement by Richmond County District Attorney by ColinCampbelllast_img read more

Pols missed the point of student protests

first_imgWhat if the politicians guarded the schools?“Excuse me sir, may I inspect your weapon? You’ll have to remove that bump stock and you are only allowed 40 bullets. Thank you.”I attended the march in Albany on March 24 and was moved by and very proud of the marchers. But the politicians were big on praise for the movement, but soft on substance. The references to a limited number of bullets in a magazine and no bump stocks miss the whole point of a majority of placards saying “No More” and not “Not As Much.”John KolwaiteNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Abandoned pooches get prime position in Gold Coast real estate market

first_img13 Rutledge St, Coolangatta. Batman is right at home at 13 Rutledge St, Coolangatta.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoMs Veivers said the new partnership was a great way to showcase shelter pets.“We’re just trying to get the message out that a home is an even greater home with an animal and you can’t beat a rescue animal,” she said.Lambert Willcox Estate Agent director Jesse Willcox said before pursuing a career in real estate he completed an internship to become a vet.PET RESUMES HELP TENANT SNARE A HOME“Animal welfare has always been something intrinsic for me in particular,’ he said.“I always treasured my time helping and learning about animals.”TENANTS CONCERNED ABOUT UNREASONABLE NOT PET CLAUSESHe said the agency had used pets in previous marketing campaigns but decided they could also help out shelter animals.“It was a no brainier to incorporate animals that needed homes into our properties,” he said.“We figured who would be a better candidate to rehome animals in need than people looking for a new home and lifestyle.” Jesse Willcox is featuring shelter pets in his real estate listings. Pictured is Batman at 13 Rutledge St, Coolangatta.BATMAN the dog has his best paw forward in this Coolangatta house.But there’s a catch. The three-year-old greyhound was actually homeless and living at the Animal Welfare League Queensland.He featured in the property marketing for Lambert Willcox Estate Agents as part of the agency’s push to photograph shelter pets in their listings to help rehome them.DREAM HOMES TAKE A BACK SEAT WHEN IT COMES TO PETSAnd Batman’s story does have a happy ending — he was adopted earlier this month.It’s an outcome AWLQ communications manager Shan Veivers hopes will be repeated.“Batman has looked like he lived in that property his entire life,” she said.“He trots in there like he’s been there a thousand times and is clearly at home on the rug.”last_img read more

NZ Union Urges Ports to Stop Emitting Toxic Gas

first_imgThe Maritime Union of New Zealand has welcomed the Ports of Auckland’s decision to stop releasing methyl bromide emissions into the air, and called for other ports to follow their example.The move to fully recapture the toxic gas after fumigation, used to kill insects in logs before export, sets a new benchmark for industry best practice, according to the Union.“We will continue the campaign to stop rogue employers exposing people to methyl bromide for another decade if need be,” Joe Fleetwood, MUNZ National Secretary, said.After fumigation is complete the gas can be recaptured and turned into a disposable salt. However, some ports instead release the toxic fumes into the air, endangering workers and nearby communities.“The Government must not allow best practice in some ports to be undermined elsewhere,” Fleetwood said, adding that “if Wellington and Auckland can do the right thing, all ports must.”The Maritime Union continues to call for a total ban on the use of methyl bromide.As part of Ports of Auckland’s ambition to be the most sustainable port in New Zealand, the company earlier said that it will require the total recapture of methyl bromide gas used for container fumigation by September 1, 2017, and for all cargoes by the end of the year.“The intention to move to a full ‘recapture’ system by the end of the year, instead of the current practice of simply venting the gas into the atmosphere, shows leadership and responsibility by Ports management,” Damien O’Connor, Labour’s Spokesperson for Biosecurity, said.“Ports of Auckland’s decision will surely put pressure on the remaining ports around New Zealand which still release methyl bromide,” Damien O’Connor informed.last_img read more

Lamping receives Mother Theresa Hackelmeier Leadership Award

first_imgOldenburg, In. — The Mother Theresa Hackelmeier Leadership Award was established in 2006 and is given to someone whose dedicated service demonstrates outstanding leadership in support of the Academy as first exemplified by the foundress, Mother Theresa Hackelmeier.This year’s recipient is Mr. Scott Lamping.  Over his many years serving as the President of OASIS (OA’s athletic booster organization) he has been the primary driver of moving this group forward in fulfilling its mission to raise the profile of and funds for OA athletics.  In his decade of service, OASIS has raised over $170,000. This money funds uniforms, equipment, entrance fees and special projects, such as refinishing the gym floor, purchasing another mini-bus and building the storage/practice barn.  OA President Diane Laake states: “Scott’s willingness to seek new initiatives, to inspire others to step up and lean in, and to always go above and beyond has enabled OASIS to be one of the most trusted and respected organizations in the area.  We are so grateful!”The award was presented at the 29th annual Dinner Auction held at OA on February 24, 2018.last_img read more