Consumers look for seasonal indulgence

first_imgPuratos (Buckingham, Bucks) recently ran a series of focus groups, looking at what consumers want and expect from their local baker this Easter, and found significant demand exists for simple goods that deliver a more indulgent eating experience. “According to the consumers we spoke to, there is a strong desire for ‘wickedly indulgent’ cakes, muffins and tarts, where luxury, pleasure and taste are everything,” says Matt Crumpton, Puratos’s marketing director. “And the majority of those we spoke to said that they would happily pay more for those products.”Visitors to the Puratos website (www.puratos.co.uk) can download Easter-themed recipes. The company says these show how, with a few additions to a basic mix, bakers can create luxury products such as chocolate nest muffins.last_img read more

China cleans, locks away banknotes to stop virus spread

first_imgTopics : Pharmacies across the country sold out of disinfectants and surgical masks in just days after a lockdown was announced in late January on Wuhan city, where the COVID-19 illness is believed to have emerged.Office buildings have installed packets of tissue in elevators that tenants are encouraged to use when pressing buttons, while ride-hailing company Didi exhorts drivers to disinfect their cars daily.’Emergency issuance’Fan Yifei, deputy governor of China’s central bank, said Saturday that banks have been urged to provide new banknotes to customers whenever possible.  China is disinfecting and isolating used banknotes as part of efforts to stop the spread of the new coronavirus that has killed more than 1,500 people, officials said Saturday.Banks use ultraviolet light or high temperatures to disinfect Yuan bills, then seal and store the cash for seven to 14 days — depending on the severity of the outbreak in a particular region — before recirculating them, China’s central bank said at a press conference.The virus, which has infected more than 66,000 people in China and spread to more than two dozen other countries, has sparked a rush to disinfect public places and minimize contact between people.center_img The central bank made an “emergency issuance” of four billion Yuan in new notes to Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, prior to the recent Lunar New Year holiday, Fan added.The measures are intended to “secure the public’s safety and health when using cash”, Fan said.But it is unclear how wide an impact the central bank’s disinfection work will have, with increasing numbers of Chinese people preferring mobile payments over cash in recent years.In 2017, nearly three quarters of Chinese respondents told an Ipsos survey they could survive a whole month without using more than 100 Yuan in cash.According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 can be spread through contaminated objects in addition to droplets and direct contact with infected patients.last_img read more

Church ‘does not own marriage’

first_img Share Lynne Featherstone said marriage was “owned by the people”The Church does not “own” marriage nor have the exclusive right to say who can marry, a government minister has said.Equalities minister Lynne Featherstone said the government was entitled to introduce same-sex marriages as a “change for the better”.The Liberal Democrat was responding to comments by Lord Carey, a former Archbishop of Canterbury, who said that “not even the Church” owns marriage.But Lord Carey accused her of putting an “unwarranted slant” on his words.Ms Featherstone’s comments come as ministers prepare to launch a public consultation on legalising gay marriage next month.Traditionalists want the law on marriage to remain unchanged.Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Ms Featherstone said: “Some believe the government has no right to change it (marriage) at all; they want to leave tradition alone.‘Reflect society’“I want to challenge that view – it is the government’s fundamental job to reflect society and to shape the future, not stay silent where it has the power to act and change things for the better.”Her comments came after Lord Carey, a critic of plans to legalise gay marriage, said “not even the Church” owns marriage.She said: “(Marriage) is owned by neither the state nor the Church, as the former Archbishop Lord Carey rightly said. “It is owned by the people.”But Lord Carey told the Telegraph: “When I said that not even the Church owns it (marriage), I meant that the Church has no authority to change the definition of marriage as far as Christian thinking is concerned – there is a givenness to it.“Lynne’s logic implies the will of the people is sovereign. “So let’s suppose that in 10 years’ time it is proposed that, as people are living in multiples of four, we may call that marriage also.”‘Polarise debate’Ms Featherstone also appealed to people not to “polarise” the debate about same-sex marriages.“This is not a battle between gay rights and religious beliefs,” she said.“This is about the underlying principles of family, society and personal freedoms.”Lord Carey held the office of Archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 to 2002Civil partnerships give same-sex couples the right to the same legal treatment across a range of matters as married couples but the law does not allow such unions to be referred to as marriages.Earlier this month, Lord Carey said legalising gay marriage would be “an act of cultural and theological vandalism”.The Church of England said in December it would not allow its churches to be used for civil partnership ceremonies unless the full General Synod, the Church’s governing body, gave consent.It said it would not host them just as a “gentlemen’s outfitter is not required to supply women’s clothes”.The announcement came after a new law allowing civil partnership ceremonies to be conducted in places of worship in England and Wales comes into effect. The Roman Catholic bishops’ conference of England and Wales said this month that the government’s proposals to create civil partnerships for same-sex couples would “not promote the common good”, and that it strongly opposes them.The government will open a consultation on the issue of same-sex marriages – as opposed to civil partnerships – next month.Mike Judge, of the Coalition for Marriage, a campaign group which is against the government’s changes, said the Church “does not have the monopoly on marriage” but the government “does not own marriage” either. “I don’t think Lynne Featherstone should be bulldozing ahead with plans to redefine it,” he told the BBC News Channel.He added that it appeared the government’s consultation was “just going to be about how we redefine marriage, not whether we redefine marriage”. BBC News Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet FaithLifestyleRelationships Church ‘does not own marriage’ by: – February 25, 2012 36 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Dave Roberts, Dodgers don’t sound eager to part, but manager’s contract status is uncertain

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season PHOENIX — The Dodgers won 195 games in Dave Roberts’ first two seasons as manager – the most for any manager since Earl Weaver started his Hall of Fame career by winning 217 games in his first two seasons with the Baltimore Orioles (1969-70).Roberts led the Dodgers to the National League Championship Series in his first year, the World Series (the franchise’s first in 29 years) in his second year.And despite a season filled with stretches of underachievement and disappointment, another 90-win season, a postseason berth and potential return trips to the NLCS and World Series are all still in play as the Dodgers enter the final weekend of the regular season.So why doesn’t Dave Roberts have a contract for next season? The idea that Roberts does not have autonomy is “not accurate despite a couple guys asking it over and over,” Friedman said. But he hesitates to shoot it down because “any time you have to answer that question you come off as defensive – even when it’s not true.”“There’s definitely stuff that plays out that I would have done differently – just as I’m sure there’s stuff I do in my job that he would have done differently,” Friedman said. “But we have a good relationship, open lines of communication and talk through things.“For me and Farhan, who are so mired in personnel decisions, we’ll bounce things off of him and oftentimes he’ll have a thought that is real helpful because of how mired we are. And conversely, he’ll talk to us about some things that are going on with lineups or pecking order of bullpen guys and we’ll have thoughts that are helpful because we’re not as mired in it.“I think that’s how a healthy, strong organization operates. I feel strongly that’s the dynamic in play. And that is the dynamic in play.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “We have a really good working relationship,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said this week. “I think both sides expect to work together for a long time. We’ve had conversations and I think it’s one of those things where all of our focus is on winning a championship and picking that up when we get to the offseason.“I think because the relationship is so strong and the communication – I get it being a question. But it’s not really a concern for any of us because of the relationship in place.”Roberts acknowledged that there were some contract discussions early in the season but “right now it’s just best to focus on winning baseball games” and his ‘lame-duck’ status does not weigh on his mind.“I think we’ve done a really good job here in the past three years,” Roberts said. “I love it here. I love everything about it. I’m hopeful something will get done. The truth of the matter is there’s an option on me for next year. It’s not my choice anyway.”The contract Roberts signed with the Dodgers in November 2015 was for three years with a club option for the 2019 season.center_img Friedman declined to answer when asked why the Dodgers haven’t simply exercised that option already. The fact that he and Roberts say there were “conversations” about his contract earlier this year implies the Dodgers would like to sign Roberts to a multi-year extension. Friedman declined to confirm that.If the Dodgers do want Roberts, the 2016 NL Manager of the Year, to remain manager for 2019 and beyond, the question might be how much value they place on a manager.Financial terms of manager’s contracts are not released. But Roberts is believed to be making $1 million in the third year of his contract, a salary that places him in the bottom third of MLB managers – in company with rookie managers like Mickey Callaway (Mets), Dave Martinez (Nationals) and Gabe Kapler (Phillies) and a long way from the Angels’ Mike Scioscia, the Giants’ Bruce Bochy and the Cubs’ Joe Maddon, who are believed to be making $6 million as the highest-salaried managers in baseball.Of the 12 managers who are making $1 million or less this season (including interim managers), only three have led a team into the playoffs – Jeff Banister in Texas (fired last week), Torey Lovullo in Arizona and Roberts. Only Roberts has a postseason series win on his resume.Roberts’ World Series counterpart, Astros manager A.J. Hinch, entered 2018 in the same situation. His contract was set to expire following this season and the club held an option for 2019. He received a multi-year extension last month. Financial terms were not disclosed.“This season has played out in a little bit of a strange way,” Friedman said when asked to evaluate Roberts’ job performance this season. “But through it all, Doc has been incredibly positive and steady at the helm.”He has also accepted the new job description for his position – one that requires the manager to accept constant input and direction from the front office and serve as a conduit for the information generated by that front office to reach the players.Perhaps most difficult, the new job dynamic also requires the manager to be the public face of decisions that aren’t always completely his – particularly for Roberts whose pre- and post-game press availability is televised fare while decision-makers like Friedman and GM Farhan Zaidi are only occasionally visible. That dynamic has also created a public perception of managers like Roberts as merely button-pushers, more middle manager than classic baseball manager.“It’s not the truth at all. I don’t know where this narrative came from,” Roberts said of the notion that the front office dictates lineup and in-game decisions. “If you had that, then you have no credibility in the clubhouse. Our guys are smart enough to understand that.“Are there things we discuss? Absolutely. I welcome it. I ask for help. I don’t have all the answers nor do the coaches. So if you can have somebody look at it from a different lens, I think that’s helpful and healthy. But ultimately, I make the decisions and that’s the way it should be.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more