School of Artisan Food to focus on bakery diploma

first_imgThe School of Artisan Food is to focus more on its bakery training following an increased uptake and demand for its full-time diploma.The School, which was launched around three years ago and is based on the Welbeck Estate in North Nottinghamshire, is looking to focus on its Advanced Diploma in bakery as a one-year full-time course.Wayne Caddy, head of baking at The School of Artisan Food, told British Baker: “We are focusing more on the bakery year-long full-time Diploma now than the other skills, such as dairy and charcuterie, because of the whole interest around bakery. We are looking at ways of expanding the course such as increasing the work placement duration from six weeks to 10 instead.”He added that the School had seen great success from this year’s graduates for the full-time bakery diploma, with 40% running their own artisan bakery businesses and the remaining 60% working in the industry.”We are also going to be increasing the practical training on the course to four days a week instead of three, with a day of theory on elements such as business studies,” Caddy added. “Listening to the feedback of students has helped to shape the course for future potential bakers.”last_img read more

Guidance targets pandemic-related questions about disability law

first_img The guidance coaches employers to take their cues from the advice of public health authorities. “If they do that, they’ll be OK with the ADA, and it also gets away from convoluted legal explanations,” Miaskoff said. It also says that in a pandemic employers can encourage employees to telecommute, require them to adopt infection control practices, and wear personal protective equipment. “How can we protect them if we can’t ask who they are?” she asked, adding that waiting until officials declare a severe pandemic may be too late to protect many workers. “What I’m really concerned about is, does this give us the freedom we need to make the plans now?” One of the gray areas is whether the pandemic H1N1 virus rises to the level of a “direct threat” as defined in the ADA. For some people, the virus will be more severe, she said. “For them, it may rise to a level of a disability.” Employers should be cautious and work with their counsels on these issues, Whaley added. The EEOC guidance says the flu isn’t considered a direct threat if health authorities say the illness is like seasonal influenza or patterns that were seen in the spring and summer wave. However,  the pandemic would be considered a direct threat if public officials determine it has become more severe. One option might be to ask people who may be at risk for complications to voluntarily identify themselves, Turnbull said. CDC workplace guidance for preventing pandemic H1N1 flu Taking cues from public healthCarol Miaskoff, assistant legal counsel with the EEOC, told CIDRAP News that employers have been asking a lot of questions about complying with ADA rules in a pandemic setting. She said one of the most common ones is if it’s within the law to send a sick employee home. The answer is yes, the guidance says. The EEOC reiterated its previous guidance on prepandemic surveys designed to gauge potential worker absences, she said. Some employers are conducting more specific surveys, and they need to be sure, going forward, that they comply with the ADA model, which probably doesn’t provide as much useful information for planning. The guidance helps steer employers away from asking “disability related” questions, such as asking an employee if he or she has immune system compromise, which might suggest cancer or HIV. Oct 5 EEOC technical assistance document on pandemic preparedness and the ADA Though the CDC has advised businesses to relax their requirement for sick employees to provide a doctor’s note when they return to work, the EEOC guidance says asking for a note doesn’t typically violate ADA standards. However, the authors note that doctors’ offices may be too busy and that new approaches may be needed—such as forms, stamps, or e-mails from clinics—for businesses that still require notes. Hurdles to pandemic planning?Penny Turnbull, PhD, senior director for crisis management and business continuity planning for Marriott International, Inc., told CIDRAP News that the guidance and the ADA rules prevent businesses from taking some key pandemic planning steps. “In order to make the necessary plans ahead of the more severe outbreak, we need to identify the employees now,” she said. Now that the pandemic is global, she said this type of discrimination isn’t as much of a problem, but the notice is a warning for employers not to take such actions. Also, the guidance notes that employers can’t mandate flu vaccination regardless of medical conditions or religious beliefs. “Generally, ADA-covered employees should consider simply encouraging employees to get the influenza vaccine rather than requiring them to take it,” the document notes. One of the top business worries is protecting workers who have underlying health conditions, but according to the new 14-page guidance document from the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), issued on Oct 5, employers are barred from asking about chronic conditions unless the pandemic becomes severe. Though many employers want to take all the steps they can to protect employees, the EEOC hopes the guidance will post some red flags to help them avoid violating ADA rules, she said. For example, during pandemic planning, businesses can’t generally ask about underlying conditions unless public health officials have said the outbreak is locally or globally severe, she said. The EEOC’s revised guidance seems to have incorporated more CDC guidance on vaccines, she said. It also affirms that employers have a duty to track the development of the disease through health departments. Though some might not have the infrastructure to do that, “it clearly says employers must make the best efforts to get public health advice,” she added. The guidance also walks employers through what they can ask about when employees call in sick. It states that employers can take worker temperatures only when pandemic flu becomes more severe or if the CDC or local authorities say the virus is widespread in the community. The EEOC also issued a short notice yesterday about employment discrimination during the H1N1 epidemic. In the spring some employers were telling workers who had traveled to Mexico to stay home, and a few fired workers who had family members from Mexico, Miaskoff said. Oct 7, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Businesses that take steps to protect workers during a pandemic have worried about staying in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and federal officials have responded by issuing new guidance that addresses many of the issues. Navigating the nuancesErin Whaley, an associate at Troutman Sanders, an international corporate law firm with headquarters in Atlanta, told CIDRAP News that the new guidance builds on previous EEOC pandemic guidance issued in May. She said the main change is that the agency has made the information more accessible, with “yes” and “no” answers to common employer questions. “The law is never simple and never as black and white as you’d like it to be—there are some nuances,” she said. See also: Whaley said in the section on doctor’s notes, employers should be careful if they change their policies. Sometimes changes made for EEOC purposes can put businesses out of compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act. The EEOC guidance, however, offers an example of an ADA-compliant survey that employers can use to anticipate absences during a pandemic. It asks employees to indicate a single yes or no at the end of a list of situations that might bar them from coming to work in a pandemic, such as the need to care for a child if schools close, a need to care for other dependents, lack of public transportation, and the employee’s or a household member’s high risk, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for medical complications from the virus. The CDC’s guidance for businesses says that in more severe flu epidemics, businesses should try to change work duties, workspace, or work schedules for employees who are at higher risk for flu complications, such as pregnant women and those with chronic medical conditions, to reduce their risk of contracting the virus at work. Oct 6 EEOC notice on employment discrimination and pandemic H1N1 flu It also clarifies if pandemic flu is a “direct threat” according to ADA rules. A direct threat might trigger disability medical questions or medical examinations.last_img read more

Napoli close in on Petagna

first_img The Partenopei have been in talks with the struggling Ferrara outfit for a number of days over a deal for Petagna. Sky Sport Italia and Il Corriere dello Sport both report that a deal is close to being finalised between the clubs.Advertisement Napoli will pay €18m for Petagna, but will leave the striker on loan at SPAL as they struggle to stay in the top flight. The striker joined from Atalanta on loan in the summer of 2018, however SPAL made the deal permanent last summer. Read Also:Serie A: Struggling Napoli shock Sarri’s Juventus He scored 16 goals in Serie A for the struggling side last season, and had scored eight this season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 TV Characters Meant To Be Iconic9 Talented Actors Who Are Only Associated With One RoleThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime9 Most Epic Movie Robots We’ve Ever Seen10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body Napoli are closing in on a €18m deal for SPAL forward Andrea Petagna, but the 24-year-old will remain in Ferrara for the rest of the season. Loading… last_img read more

Dodgers coping with new coronavirus restrictions

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “It’s an adjustment, for sure,” Kershaw said of the changes. “But I think it’s something that we understand the responsibility of. The guys that are here, we want to get this going and we want to do this. So we’re going to do what we can, take that responsibility.”IN CAMPRelievers Pedro Baez and Scott Alexander reported to camp and joined Monday’s workout, according to manager Dave Roberts, and outfielder A.J. Pollock was in camp Tuesday. That leaves catching prospect Keibert Ruiz as the only member of the 40-man roster not in camp.BUEHLER BEHINDWalker Buehler is the only one of the Dodgers’ starting pitchers – or candidates for the rotation – who has yet to pitch in one of the intrasquad games. Kershaw, Stripling and Alex Wood have each gone multiple innings. Julio Urias is scheduled to go three or four innings Wednesday and Dustin May has also thrown in the intrasquad games.Roberts said Buehler threw to hitters in a live batting practice setting Sunday and will do that or a simulated game once more before pitching in an intrasquad or exhibition game.“Clayton, Ross, certain other guys – Woody – threw throughout quarantine,” Roberts said. “I think with Walker he took some time off with the uncertainty. Obviously that was his decision and Mark (Prior, Dodgers pitching coach) was in tune with it.Related Articles “It’ll be a tough habit to break especially when you’re in the heat of the moment. I’m staring down the Diamondbacks lineup and that’s what I’m focusing on. Spitting might just be part of what I do, almost like part of my pre-pitch routine, almost like a muscle memory. … It will take some getting used to, but I think it’s in our heads. When Clayton did that the other day, that shows how front and center it is in our minds.”During intrasquad games, muscle memory has kicked in for catchers and first basemen whose first instinct after recording an out is to throw the ball around the infield. That is also frowned upon now as are high-fives.“I can’t even explain it, it’s just so weird,” said Edwin Rios, who played first and third base in limited time last season during his time being called up to the big leagues. “I mean sometimes we’ll throw it around and it’s like, ‘Oh crap, you can’t just throw the ball off to the side. Go for a high-five and then it’s like, you forget and the guy you’re going to high-five doesn’t.“It’s definitely weird. It’s going to be a little adjustment period, but, I mean, we’re we’re getting used to it. It’s just gonna be a learning curve and go from there.”Players now carry around their own individual cooler for water or energy drinks. Pitchers each have their own resin bag and bucket of baseballs for throwing in the bullpen. Lockers have been socially distanced in the clubhouse – all in the name of trying to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in an environment not ideally suited to it. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire LOS ANGELES — When baseball is being played, spit happens.“It’s almost second nature. Spitting for a baseball player is like blinking,” Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said. “It’s gonna be a tough habit to break. … It’s not even just spitting on the ground. A lot of us have routines and habits.”Turner used as an example former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz’s trademark ritual at the plate – spitting into his batting gloves, slapping them together and stepping in. That routine could now get Ortiz disciplined (though the specifics on that are unclear). Spitting is among the prohibited behaviors in 2020 as MLB tries to play games as safely as possible during a pandemic.“I think they’re easy to accept, right. I think we understand that the coronavirus is a real thing,” Dodgers right-hander Ross Stripling said. “We have to take precautions and if spitting is part of it, that should be an easy one to accept  I threw a live BP next to Clayton (Kershaw) last week and he basically got on the rubber and before his first pitch, he spit and instantly he was like, ‘Oh, we can’t do that anymore.’ So it’s in our heads. “The build up period for Walker is just going to take a little bit longer.”Roberts still expects Buehler to be in the starting rotation when the season starts next week but “a longer guy” will be paired with him until Buehler can go deeper into games.ALSOMajor-league umpires began working the Dodgers’ intrasquad games Tuesday night and will be with the team for the rest of the preseason schedule. Bench coach Bob Geren had served as umpire during the first week of intrasquad action. … Max Muncy had a single and a double in two at-bats during the same inning of Tuesday’s intrasquad game. Muncy had been sidelined by an injured ring finger on his left hand. Roberts said he expects Muncy to be ready for next week’s season opener.center_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more

Baptist President Pleads for Unity

first_imgThe president of the Liberia Baptist Missionary & Education Convention (LBMEC) has called on members who are still committed to the convention to denounce what he calls “unwanted” activities that would keep them from forging ahead with what will help to accomplish the mission of the Christian group.“The Liberia Baptist Missionary & Education Convention has a mission to evangelize and provide education for people in whose midst it operates.” “However, this humanitarian mission seems to be impeded by some dissenting views from unnamed individuals for reasons yet to be disclosed.”Making these statements during his annual message to the Christian body on March 28, at Washington Chapel on the Ricks Institute campus, Rev. Dr. Olu Q. Menjay said that they have come too far on their journey to fail.“The Convention must remain steadfast in denouncing those things that will hold us back; we have come too far to turn back,” Rev. Menjay exclaimed.According to Rev. Menjay, who is the Liberian Baptist Convention president, some individuals associated with the Convention have on numerous occasions challenged the leadership and church in Court; but, through the instrumentality of Vice President Joseph Boakai, Judge Peter Gbeneweleh, Cllr. Pearl Brown-Bull and others, the matter is being resolved.He said despite the intervention of these high profile individuals, in helping to resolve the controversial issues emerging among the Christians, there are still some individuals who are determined to bring division. He identified one group as the “Nimba Baptist Union.”“Give critics silence in return when they come out with criticism.  When criticism is challenged in argument it gives critics the ground to talk more.  Just leave them to say what they want as we collectively go ahead because we have come too far to turn back,” Rev. Menjay pointed out.He told members of the convention that despite the challenge associated with the work he heads as president, progress is being made to meet the objective and goal of the Baptist Convention. He stressed that in spite of all the hurdles, Ricks Institute forms a part of the education component and remains one of the best schools in the republic.He disclosed that US$3,000 is being allotted by the convention to facilitate scholarships for deserving Liberians associating with the Convention to seek higher education at the Baptist Seminary outside Monrovia.The 100th annual celebration of the Liberia Baptist Missionary & Education Convention that began on March 9 and is expected to end on the 31st was characterized by a series of activities.Some of the activities included the Special Pre-Convention service held at the Good Hope Baptist Church in Marshall, Margibi County, the Baptist Walk for Christ for 36 churches converged at the Baptist House near Congo Town and walked to their youth camp on Schefflin Highway, and the pre-convention service of the National Women’s Missionary Union held at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Virginia, Montserrado County.The LBMEC group also held a special worship service at the First Baptist Church in Edina, Grand Bassa County where members paid respect to its founding father, former Liberian President Joseph J. Cheeseman.There, at the special service in Edina, the preacher, Rev. Emmet L. Dunn challenged members to learn to keep history in order to learn their mistakes and know their past so as to know where they are at present and where they want to go in the future.Rev. Dunn whose message was endorsed by a heavy sound of applause, told the Baptist Convention Christians that because of failure to keep history, they repeatedly make mistakes and it makes it difficult for them to decide where to go.In other developments, the convention elected some officers to occupy various positions of trust. Those positions include national director, occupied by Comfort H. Weaver, national vice director taken over by Mariah Wisseh, and Executive Secretary controlled by Mydea E. White.Meanwhile the convention was also able to extend gratitude to some hard working members including Ophelia Hoff-Saytumah, Rev. Jackson B.S. Karmo and Rev. E. Emmanuel Shaw, I, who performed various tasks in the church.The Sunday worship on March 31 was also attended by some high profile government officials including Senators Jewel Howard Taylor of Bong County, Joseph Nagbe of Sinoe, Representatives Edwin Snowe of Montserrado, Josephine Francis of Montserrado, Matthew Zarzar of Sinoe, amongst others.Also, Liberian diplomat Wesley M. Johnson, University of Liberia’s Vice President for Public Relations, Dr. S. Momolu Gataweh and Cllr. Pearl Brown-Bull, formed part of the divine worship service.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more