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first_imgI always think the words ’corporate social responsibility’ are rather unwieldy. To some the word ’corporate’ as in ’corporation’ seems to take little account of smaller producers such as craft bakers. But of course the corporate actually stands for ’we’. The care of the planet and its resources is down to each and every one of us.The baking industry uses masses of water, huge amounts of heat and copious amounts of packaging. These are all vital. You cannot locally source palm-oil (until the planet really heats up) but there are lots of things we can do.I’m sure some new environmental tax lurks just around the corner, so although you may be struggling with commodity price rises, it pays to keep your eye on the ball.My own epiphany came one day when I emerged from a supermarket with about 12 plastic carrier bags and I was struck by the thought that I would probably decompose long before they ever did. In fact, they probably had a thousand year advantage. At least I can probably help a tree to sprout.There is much we cannot change – but lots we can. Premier Foods (Rank Hovis and British Bakeries) plus Warburtons and United Biscuits have already pledged to cut water usage by 20% by 2020 (pg 4).Fosters Bakery owner John Foster, a passionate craft baker with five shops, who makes bread and cakes and supplies Pret A Manger, among others, has reduced the food miles of sandwiches sold in Boots from 236 down to a mere 26 by making a long-term commitment to local farmers to use their wheat (pg 4). At the same time, Welsh organic flour producer Bacheldre Watermill has introduced fully compostable labels.But also in this week’s issue there is an emphasis on effort and triumph. Effort made by the Tameside college students who entered the Bakery World Cup heats for Europain, and should be thoroughly applauded along with their tutors (pg 19), and triumph by Terry Tang in the Renshaw-sponsored Baking Industry Award (pg 16).His tale is a delight, but ladies, having read it, all I can say is next time you go through an airport scanner, and see a probe-like skewer, run a mile!last_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgUpdate on the latest in sports: — The group that runs the U.S. Open tennis tournament is eliminating 110 national positions and reducing travel costs over the next few years to deal with the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Tennis Association also announced Monday that it will close its headquarters in White Plains, New York, and shift remaining staff to anNBA-SPURS-ALDRIDGEAldridge won’t return this seasonSAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge will miss the remainder of San Antonio’s season while he recovers from surgery on his right shoulder. It’s a blow to the Spurs’ hopes of extending their streak of playoff appearances.Aldridge had surgery on April 24, stemming from an injury the Spurs said the seven-time All-Star suffered in a game at Utah on Feb. 21. He played in two more games after getting hurt, including one in which he scored 24 points in San Antonio’s win over Dallas. The Spurs have been to the playoffs in 22 consecutive seasons, matching the longest streak in NBA history.NHL AMERICA PROTESTS-HOCKEY ALLIANCCurrent, former NHL players form Hockey Diversity AllianceUNDATED (AP) — Seven current or former black NHL players have formed the Hockey Diversity Alliance to fight racism and intolerance in the sport.Akim Aliu and San Jose’s Evander Kane will lead the group, which also includes Trevor Daley, Matt Dumba, Wayne Simmonds, Chris Stewart and recently retired Joel Ward. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALLNew MLB plan calls for 76-game seasonNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is making another try to start the coronavirus-delayed season in early July. NCAA considering 6-week plan for football prepUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is considering a six-week plan for football teams to prepare for the start of their seasons that includes two weeks when teams can hold walk-throughs before full practices start.A copy of the Football Oversight Committee’s plan, which still needs to be approved by the Division I Council, was obtained by The Associated Press. Sports Illustrated first reported on the one-page document.The oversight committee has been working on a six-week model to lead into the season for weeks. It calls for two weeks preceding the start of a typical preseason practice schedule during which time teams can do up 20 hours per week or weight training, conditioning, film study, meetings and walk-throughs with coaches. Players would not be permitted to wear helmets and pads during walk-throughs, but a ball could be used for instruction.NCAA rules state teams can begin preseason practice 29 days before the date of their first game. The walk-through period would begin 14 days before preseason practice, according to the proposal. June 8, 2020 The plan has not been finalized but could be approved within two weeks.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKBrighton to have cardboard cutouts of fansUNDATED (AP) — English soccer club Brighton is offering fans the chance to have cardboard cutouts of themselves in the stadium when the Premier League resumes.Games in the league will be closed to spectators for the remainder of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Five of Brighton’s nine remaining games are at home.The first is on June 20 against Arsenal. Fans need to send in a photo wearing a Brighton jersey and pay $25.In other coronavirus-related news— Iowa announced that one person tested positive for COVID-19 out of 237 tests performed on athletes, coaches and athletic department staffers to prepare for the beginning of voluntary individual workouts. The school did not reveal who tested positive or whether it was a player. Iowa says the school began testing May 29. Football players were cleared to begin voluntary workouts on Monday, mostly weight training and conditioning, in team facilities.— Wisconsin is permitting the voluntary return of football and volleyball players for initial health assessments and COVID-19 testing this week to clear the way for them to begin voluntary strength and conditioning activities June 15. The men’s and women’s basketball teams will return later this month, followed by the men’s and women’s hockey teams. The proposal calls for a 76-game regular season, expanding the playoffs from 10 teams to as many as 16 and allowing players to earn about 75% of their prorated salaries.Players have refused cuts beyond what they agreed to in March shortly after the pandemic began, part of baseball’s again acrimonious labor relations. The arduous negotiations have jeopardized plans to hold opening day around the Fourth of July in ballparks without fans and provide entertainment to a public still emerging from months of quarantine.MLB says it can’t afford to play in ballparks without fans, and in May the owners proposed an 82-game schedule. The union countered with a 114-game schedule at prorated pay that would extend the regular season by a month through October.NFL-FACILITIES-RETURN PLANNFL sends plan to teams for return to facilities Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — The NFL and the players’ union have sent a planner to the 32 teams outlining procedures for the full reopening of their practice facilities.A memo written by Commissioner Roger Goodell and approved by the NFL Players Association describes protocols focusing on screening, testing, and infection prevention and treatment for COVID-19, including response for new infections.Also included are instructions on proper facility access, cleaning and disinfecting; physical distancing; hygiene, health education and medical services. There are instructions on food preparation; supplies; and team travel.No timetable has been set for the return of most players to team complexes. Only players rehabilitating injuries have been allowed to enter the buildings.COLLEGE FOOTBALL The alliance will be independent of the NHL but hopes to work in tandem with the league to promote diversity and inclusion.One goal of the group is to inspire future players to be able to “express their culture, identity, values and personality without fear of retribution.”NHL-COYOTES-GUTIERREZGutierrez is NHL’s first Latino team presidentGLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have made Xavier Gutierrez the first Latino team president and CEO in NHL history. Gutierrez’s hiring was announced by Alex Meruelo, who became the NHL’s first Latino controlling owner when he bought a majority stake in the Coyotes last year.Gutierrez previously served as managing director at Clearlake Capital Group and was chief investment officer of Meruelo Group, which is owned by Alex Meruelo.last_img read more

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Six Nations gets underway today

first_imgFrance will play host to Italy in the opening game of this year’s tournament, with kick-off at the Stade de France at 2:25pm.That game will be followed by the Calcutta Cup contest between Scotland and England at Murrayfield.The action in Edinburgh begins at 4:50pm. Meanwhile, the Ireland Womens team will begin the defence of their Six Nations title this afternoon.Tom Tierney’s side will play host to their Welsh counter-parts at their new home in Donnybrook after several years playing their home matches in Ashbourne.Kick-off in Ashbourne is at 1 o’clock, with the meeting of France and Italy taking place tonight at 8pm.last_img read more

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Luka Modric ruled out for six weeks with knee ligament damage

first_imgLuka Modric’s season may well be over after due to the sprain on his right knee which he suffered in Real’s 3-1 win over Malaga.The 29-year-old picked up the injury in a challenge with Malaga midfielder Recio an hour into Saturday’s game. The Madrid club reported that: “After tests carried out this morning on Luka Modric at the Hospital Sanitas La Moraleja by the club’s medical services, the diagnostic confirms that the player has a sprain on the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.”Although Real Madrid have not confirmed the severity of the injury, AS claim the 29-year-old suffered a ligament strain in his right knee – ruling him out for approximately six weeks.That would mean he would miss Real’s six remaining La Liga fixtures and, barring a potential Champions League final, would not be able to play again until next season.Modric could be joined on the sidelines by team-mate Gareth Bale, who he also played with at Tottenham, after the Welshman picked up a suspected calf injury.Despite their casualties, goals from Sergio Ramos, James Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo gave Real a 3-1 win which kept them just two points behind league-leaders Barcelona. –last_img read more

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