Scottish Association of Master Bakers Conference at Peebles

first_imgThe creation of a new training centre for Scottish bakers was announced at the Scottish Association of Master Bakers (SAMB) conference, held from May 27-29 in Peebles. Scotland’s first ever Scottish Bakery Training Centre at Larbert, Stirlingshire, which is almost complete, was described by President John Murray as “highly significant and very exciting”. Head of skills training at the SAMB Arthur Rayer told British Baker: “The SAMB will be able to offer members something it has never had before, its own dedicated training centre.” The new centre, which will also be hired out to non-members, has been made possible thanks to the generosity of craft bakers Mathiesons of Falkirk, which has 34 shops and a wholesale trade. MD George Stevenson offered to convert an area of the company’s new bakery and offices, and provide it to the SAMB for training purposes. Initially, it is a five-year agreement with the option to extend for another five years.Rayer said: “It will be a ‘centre of excellence’ and will comprise two facilities. A state-of-the-art training room will provide complete learning, including eight computers linked to Learn Direct Scotland, the government-funded body providing computer-based learning. There will also be a fully equipped bakery where ‘masters’ of the craft, including current bakers, retired bakers, technical representatives and specialists from ingredients companies, will be able to tutor students, give demonstrations and monitor progress.”Rayer continued: “We plan to offer everything from confectionery and bread-making courses to fault finding, retail training, health and safety and HACCP. We have already secured European Social Funding for the West of Scot-land amounting to £200,000 for two years to fund courses. We are currently bidding for funding for other Scottish regions.”Rayer spoke about the difficulty of recruiting bakers, particularly young bakers but also adults who do not receive the same government training allowances as those aged up to 24. However, after several initiatives the SAMB trained 900 people during 2006.He paid tribute to his training manager John Livingstone and the six full-time training staff “who work very hard in delivering excellence”. The SAMB board and Scottish Bakery Training Council, the national training organisation, have agreed to provide £50,000 each towards setting up the training centre.However, equipment is much needed and Keith Stalker of supplier EPP was thanked at the conference for offering to donate a two-pocket roll plant, which has a value in excess of £25,000. All other offers of equipment or ingredients would be welcomed, said Rayer.New presidentThe new SAMB president, who takes office immediately, is John Chalmers, MD of Chalmers of Bucksburn, Aberdeenshire, with 14 bakery shops and two restaurants. Chalmers worked in the bakery and shops at weekends and during school holidays before commencing his apprenticeship. He became a member of the 40 Group in 1980 and served as Chairman in 1990/92.In 1993 he succeeded his father Ron as Chalmers’ MD and also served on the SAMB Executive Council while Chairman of Region 2 from 1993/95.In 1998 John was elected Deacon of the Aberdeen Bakery Incorporation. He said: “I feel I come from a family which has flour in its blood! My father, Ron, was President in 1976/77 and I am very proud to fill the same position in 2006.”Minimum wageAndre Sarafilovic, convenor of the industrial relations committee, said that a 5.9% rise in the minimum wage this year had brought increases over three years to 18%. John Murray, the outgoing President, said although many companies were affected by the increases, particularly on the issue of differentials, others were quite happy to pay the minimum wage and it was not right that bakery should be seen as a low pay industry.Technical lowdownSTAN SMITH, convenor of the technical committee, defined the areas on which the Food Standards Agency is consulting in Scotland. He said that claims about ‘low fat’ must mean 3% total fat or less. Members trying to reduce trans fatty acids should be aware that it increases the levels of saturated fats. Labelling is still in consultation while school meals, which had been trialled with lower fats, salt and sugar, had resulted in lower energy levels, so new combinations are being looked at. There are concerns that if folic acid is added to flour it will add weight to the argument that all nutrients added to flour should be declared on the label. Sound financesIan Hay, SAMB Treasurer and Kirk Hunter, chief executive, have put the association on a sound financial footing. The net worth of the SAMB is now approximately £1.2m. This has been achieved by a decade of careful financial management and the development of the training department as a source of income.40 GroupIan McGhee, President of SAMB 40 Group for members under 40 years old, looked back over a successful year which included a bakery trip to Canada, centred mainly on Vancouver. The 40 Group also hosted a Chinese banquet at Food & Bake, Birmingham NEC, and increased committee members to 13. The 40 Group will celebrate its Golden Jubilee this year with a function in September. Ian handed over presidency of the 40 Group to Brian Sarafilovic.last_img read more


News story: Help Ofqual evaluate 2018’s new GCSEs, AS and A levels

first_imgWe are also running workshops for teachers of the following A level and GCSE subjects: dance drama music PE geography RS French German Spanish We hope that you are able to take advantage of this opportunity to have your say and share your experiences with us. Register to attend a November workshopWe will email you by the end of September to tell you if you have been selected to take part in the workshop.center_img We are inviting teachers from across the country to workshops to offer their perspectives on the assessment of this summer’s reformed GCSEs, AS and A levels.The workshops will be our first opportunity to gather qualitative evidence about things that have gone well and any areas of concern. Your feedback will contribute to our thinking about the effectiveness of the reform programme.The workshops will be held in October, November and December in a central Coventry location, within walking distance of the main railway station. These are free events with a limited number of places. Your travel expenses will be reimbursed and lunch will be provided.Ideally we would like you to have taught the qualification, in its legacy and reformed version. This is so you can comment on the changes and challenges of the new qualifications and how they have been addressed.We are running workshops for teachers of the following GCSE subjects: biology chemistry physics combined science computer science history food preparation and nutritionlast_img read more


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Remembering the time Deandre Ayton broke his PS4 because he was so mad at ‘NBA 2K’

first_imgHopefully, Deandre Ayton has learned to control his video game rage. If he hasn’t, his appearance in the “NBA 2K” Players Tournament, which begins Friday, will be a debacle.Just before his rookie season, Ayton had a meltdown after losing in “NBA 2K18” that was captured on video. It’s hilarious and extremely relatable for anyone who has played sports video games. It’s also NSFW, but you can watch the video here if you would like. “Don’t ever put me in that f—ing game,” Ayton yells in reference to the game’s developers. “That game is s—. I’ll sue the f— out of you all if you put me in that f—ing game.”This weekend, Ayton will be playing that f—ing game on national TV. If he chooses the Suns as one of his teams, he might even play as himself.For what it’s worth, Ayton has the second-best odds to win the tournament. In the video, Ayton, on the brink of tears as friends laugh at him, screams in the aftermath of smashing a PlayStation 4 controller to smithereens and ripping apart the system following a loss.”This game is for bums,” Ayton tells his friends. “This (guy I just played), he’s s—.”MORE: The conspiracy theory behind Hassan Whiteside’s ‘NBA 2K’ tournament ratingAyton’s anger boiled so hot that he claimed he didn’t want to be included in the “NBA 2K” franchise upon entering the league. He threatened to call his lawyers if he found himself in the game.last_img read more


Leclerc extends Ferrari deal until 2024

first_imgLeclerc came through the Ferrari Driver Academy and is the junior driver to German Vettel, whose contract at Ferrari ends after the 2020 season.“With each passing race this year, our wish to extend our contract with Charles became ever more self-evident and the decision means he will now be with us for the next five seasons,” said Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto.“It demonstrates that Charles and the Scuderia have a firm future together.“Charles has been part of our family since 2016 and we are more than proud of the results we are achieving with our Academy.“We are therefore very pleased to be able to announce that he will be with us for many years to come and I’m sure that together, we will write many new pages in the history of the Prancing Horse.”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Charles LeclercMilan, Italy | AFP | Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc confirmed on Monday he has extended his contract with Ferrari until 2024.“Extremely happy to announce that I will be staying with Scuderia Ferrari for five more years,” the 22-year-old said on Twitter.The 22-year-old, who joined Ferrari in 2016, has impressed in his first season alongside four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.Leclerc had seven pole positions and two wins at the Belgian and Italian Grand Prix.“I’m so grateful to be driving for such a team,” said Leclerc.“I’ve learnt so much during this first year with the team and it is a great starting point to build a strong relationship for the years ahead.”last_img read more


Historic USS Olympia Silver on Display at Olympia City Hall

first_imgFacebook18Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of Enterprise ServicesA selection of pieces from the USS Olympia’s official presentation silver service are on display this month at Olympia City Hall. The antique silver set was presented to the historic U.S. Navy warship more than 100 years ago following local and statewide efforts to raise funds for the service.The silver pieces can be viewed between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the lobby at Olympia City Hall, 601 Fourth Ave. E.Featuring the state of Washington seal, oak and laurel leaves and the name “Olympia,” the presentation silver collection is steeped in military history: It was presented to commemorate the 344-foot steel ship’s heroic role in the Spanish-American War’s Battle of Manila Bay, under the command of Admiral George Dewey.Though most famous as Dewey’s flagship in the Spanish-American War, the USS Olympia served in both military and humanitarian roles in the U.S. Navy into the 1920s. Its last assignment prior to decommissioning was the return the body of the Unknown Soldier to the United States for burial. The vessel is now an exhibit at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia.On DisplaySilver set pieces on display include an ornate 20-inch oval tray and a small tureen with a lid, crafted by Shreve & Company of San Francisco. The pieces are part of a 29-piece collection on loan from the U.S. Navy to the City of Olympia and managed by the Department of Enterprise Services. The full set is usually on display at the Governor’s Mansion on the Capitol Campus, and includes a coffee and tea service, several trays, covered dishes and punch bowl.A selection of pieces from the USS Olympia’s official presentation silver service are on display this month at Olympia City Hall from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Photo courtesy: Washington State Department of Enterprise Services“Each piece in the collection is a work of art,” said Marygrace Goddu, cultural resources manager for Enterprise Services. “It was designed to be over-the-top, a showpiece and a status symbol that would attest to Olympia’s culture and means, and lay claim to the city’s heroic namesake ship. Each piece was modeled and engraved by skilled silversmiths.”A Piece of Community HistoryAfter USS Olympia gained status as a legendary American ship in the 1898 Battle of Manila Bay, local and statewide efforts raised money to purchase the set for $8,750. The collection was officially presented to the ship on Sept. 26, 1899. Its assessed value in 2003 was just under $200,000.“The city of Olympia is extremely proud to display for the public this remarkable piece of our community’s history,” said Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby. “The silver service is a beautiful symbol of our relationship with the naval vessels that have borne our city name over the years and of our ongoing partnership with the state of Washington who has maintained the silver with such care. We are grateful to the state for their stewardship of these pieces.”The city’s display is coordinated with an upcoming visit by the crew of a more modern vessel that bears the city’s name — the USS Olympia submarine. Crew members of the 362-foot-long fast attack submarine are scheduled to visit its namesake city this weekend to participate in community service projects and other events.last_img read more