Motion of no confidence in HSE backed at Letterkenny Municipal District meeting

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Motion of no confidence in HSE backed at Letterkenny Municipal District meeting Donegal Councillors who attended yesterday’s Letterkenny Municipal District meeting have backed a motion of no confidence in the HSE.The motion was put forward amid concerns about a number of local issues, including on-going difficulties facing the Our Children’s Voice Group and the ambulance service to the county.There have also been reports of Oncology appointments being cancelled.Councillor Micheal McBride is hopeful the motion will be passed at the next sitting of Donegal County Council and then brought to a national level:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Pinterest Previous articleCalls made for Letterkenny Town Council to be re-instatedNext articleOllie Horgan agrees new Finn Harps contract admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By admin – October 12, 2016 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic last_img read more

Polish Bakery gains acclaim

first_imgThe bakery market in Poland is the yin to the UK’s yang. Dominated as it is by the craft sector, with nearly nine in 10 loaves sold unpackaged and produced ’artisanally’, it holds up a mirror to the UK, where four in five loaves are plant-baked. But craft baking in Poland is in decline, while plant bread production is on the rise. Could it be because all their bakers are over here?Legions of Polish bakers have flocked to the UK, ably filling the massive skills gap across the UK’s home-grown bakeries. A number of specialist Polish bread bakeries have also been popping up – not least to feed these migrants workers. Unsurprisingly, they employ Polish bakers too. First among them was the pithily named The Polish Bakery.This forward-looking outfit was launched in 2003, a year before Poland was admitted into the EU. The Home Office estimates that more than 260,000 workers from Poland have come to the UK since 2004 – 60% of all new Eastern European arrivals. The scale of the market for catering to Eastern European tastes is underlined in a recent survey, conducted by Warsaw-based ARC Market & Opinion, which found that 55% of Poles employed in Britain have no plans to return home.The bakery has evolved from humble beginnings in a small bakery in Acton four years ago to supplying Asda and Budgens, benefiting as the multiples increasingly tailor individual stores’ offerings to their locality. There are also around 200 independent retailers on the books. “Polish people are scattered around the UK and some retailers have spotted the gap in the market and approached us,” says MD Agnes Gabriel. “But we are trying to supply more supermarkets as well at the moment.”This is why the bakery is now undergoing BRC accreditation. It has moved premises three times in four years, finally upscaling to a unit in Park Royal that boasts ample spare capacity to develop into.The genesis of the business came when Gabriel’s partner Romuald Damaz – an award-winning Polish baker – spotted the gap in the market. “Poland wasn’t in the EU yet and Polish bread was something completely new,” says Gabriel, formerly an English language teacher, who had arrived to complete an MA at Metropolitan University.”We were the first Polish bakery to open in the whole of the UK. My partner worked in the Polish Centre in Hammersmith as a chef. He saved his money and decided to invest it into the business. In the beginning, it was hard – people were not sure what Polish bread was. But with time, it became very popular and there is really a huge interest in Polish breads.”A breakthrough of sorts came when London Food Link approached the firm to take part in a project to celebrate the diversity of London bread-baking in 2004 called Bread Street: the British baking bloomer. “The aim was to make people aware of other types of products from different countries made, for example, with sourdough, rye flour and natural ingredients. That gave us some support and the products became more and more popular.”Polish customers tend to prefer fresh products manufactured using traditional recipes. All the breads use sourdough and many come in seeded varieties. “It’s different to other types of bread. It needs to be freshly baked every day, and it’s handmade. It is soft inside, crispy on the outside, and it’s made with natural ingredients – we don’t use any preservatives or additives. Everything is made to order – we don’t bake bread and store it.” Most ingredients are sourced in the UK, except for flours, which are imported for authenticity, as well as poppy seeds, which the bakery has had trouble sourcing in the UK.She says that while, traditionally, Polish breads have gone into the high-density communities of immigrant Poles, the breads are providing an alternative for British shoppers who want to try something new and who value additive-free food. “A lot of people go for them as a healthy option,” she says. “The nice thing is that we get phone calls or letters from customers not of Polish origin. They approach us and say, ’We really love your bread.’ We love the fact that the brand is more and more popular with different nationalities.”So how is this Polish craft baker finding life in the ultra-competitive UK market? “At the beginning it was really difficult,” she says. “Even when we moved to the second premises, the costs were taking up all the income – there wasn’t much profit. But we have to fight and be competitive.”People like the products we are baking because they are made with passion, skill and craft. It is handmade – a lot of hard work is put into it but the loaf is worth it.” —-=== I get by with a little help… ===The development from cottage industry to a thriving small business is being supported by the London Manufacturing Advisory Service (LMAS). LMAS has been working with The Polish Bakery MD Agnes Gabriel in a drive to gain British Retail Consortium accreditation (BRC), which would enable the company to market its products to more of the UK’s retail multiples.Moving into new premises offered a fresh opportunity to create an ultra-efficient working environment. London MAS specialist Kourosh Saminipour says: “We saw that they wanted to move towards BRC accreditation with new premises, so we put a manufacturing plan together – how to control buildings, layouts, operations and storage.” Typical BRC accreditation takes between six to eight months and The Polish Bakery is hoping to complete by late October.Every region of the UK has its own MAS, funded by regional development agencies. “Our objective is to open a huge door for the company, help them employ more people and make more money,” says Saminipour. The MAS service launched in 2002 with the aim of helping small to medium-sized manufacturers (below 250 employees and E30m) improve productivity, develop products, improve design, marketing and business operations; it is estimated that 80% of businesses in London qualify for this service. The programme is non-commercial but, with bigger projects, companies will be asked to contribute up to 50% of the cost.”It’s a really broad service in terms of what we can do for a small company,” says Saminipour. “Our interventions are small – we always try to tackle the most important aspect. Where we’re different from other programmes is that we actually implement things and get involved with companies. We’re not just consultants. We’re hoping that, long term, The Polish Bakery gets busy to the point where it needs support within its manufacturing system. Then we can bring some expertise in terms of new manufacturing technologies and methods, how to make things cheaper – not making the product cheaper but through efficiency in the process.”l For more information on all the MAS regions visit: []—-=== International snapshot Poland ===l Baked goods volume sales are showing a steady downward trend, with a decline of 2% in 2005; value sales are experiencing moderate growthl Decreasing consumption of unpackaged/artisanal bread, which accounts for 87% of the total volume, is the main reason behind the shrinking sales of baked goods as a wholel A growing population of wealthier consumers is opting for more expensive bread products, including dark and packaged/industrial ones, which deliver health benefits, taste and/or conveniencel The growing popularity of bread variants with added value was the reason why packaged/industrial bread enjoyed the strongest growth at 5% in current value terms and 2% in volume terms in 2006 to achieve sales of PLN1.1 billion (£195m @ 21.08.07)l Cakes, which account for 15% of baked goods value, grew by 3% in current value terms in 2006. They seem to be gaining some momentum after experiencing only moderate growth of about 1% in each of 2004 and 2005l Bakeries face strong competitive pressure related to significant market fragmentation and struggle for demand with an increasingly wider range of high quality cakesl Schulstad SPC Sp zoo held the largest value share of packaged/industrial bread with 6%; in pastries, the unquestionable leader is Chipita Poland Sp zoo with a value share of 45% in 2006.(Source: Bakery Products in Poland – Euromonitor International, April 2007)last_img read more

Georgia hails agriculture

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has proclaimed March 21-25 the second annual “Georgia Agricultural Week” to bring awareness to the state’s No. 1 industry. Festivities will kick-off Tuesday March 22 at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot in Atlanta, said Donnie Smith, Perdue’s agricultural liaison and member of the Governor’s Agricultural Advisory committee. There will be more than 30 exhibitors on hand to showcase the best of Georgia agriculture. “The main purpose is to make everyone aware of the contributions of agriculture to Georgia economically and environmentally,” Smith said.Agriculture has a tremendous impact on every Georgian, he said. And a sound knowledge of agriculture empowers consumers and contributes to a successful economy and a healthy environment.Agriculture accounts for about 17 percent of Georgia’s total manufacturing might. One out of every six Georgians works in a forestry- or agricultural-related job. Due to Georgia’s mild climate, farmers can grow many different crops here. Vegetables, tobacco, poultry, cotton, corn, peanuts, trees, soybeans, livestock, peaches, onions, fish and nursery crops are just a few of Georgia’s diverse commodities.For more information and to test your Georgia agricultural knowledge, go to the Web site Agricultural Day is March 17.last_img read more

Chelsea joins the fight for Sead Kolašinac

first_imgAfter Schalke rejected two bids for Sead Kolašinac, given by Juventus, FC Chelsea joined the battle as well.To recall, Kolasinac will be free on summer, but Schalke does not want to sell him because it violated an alternative in the form of Baba Rahman.On the other hand, Juventus wants it as soon as possible because Evra went from the club, and the negotiations have so far been largely unsuccessful.English media report that Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, see Kolasinac as an ideal solution for the left side. People close to our football player say that the Premier League is more important for Kolasinac than Serie A.(Source: klix)last_img

Photo: ‘Disappointed Michigan Fan’ Presented Mark Dantonio With ‘Play Of The Season’ Award

first_imgMichigan Wolverines fans look on during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 27: Michigan Wolverines fans look on during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on September 27, 2008 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan fan Chris Baldwin has become a household name – simply for his reaction to the Wolverines’ last-second loss to Michigan State earlier this year. Last week, he was back on television, commiserating with fellow UM fans.ESPN, during it’s College Football Awards show, actually had Baldwin present the “Best Play of the Year” award to MSU head coach Mark Dantonio. Jalen Watts-Jackson, the player who scored the game-winner for the Spartans, shared a cool photo of the moment on Facebook. At last night’s ESPN Awards. Glad they flew Chris Baldwin out for the show from Ann Arbor. He’s a good sport.Posted by Jalen Watts-Jackson on Friday, December 11, 2015In the end, the play wound up getting Michigan State into the playoff. It also might have knocked both Michigan and Ohio State out.[]last_img read more

Florida Georgia Line To Perform At Stars For Second Harvest Benefit

first_imgO’Charley’s and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee will celebrate the 10th annual Stars For Second Harvest benefit on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 7:30 p.m. at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.Presented by O’Charley’s and hosted by acclaimed hit songwriter Craig Wiseman, the show will feature unplugged acoustic style performances by some of country music’s most acclaimed songwriters and performers.This year’s benefit will feature the award-winning duo Florida Georgia Line – Tyler Hubbard (Monroe, Georgia) and Brian Kelley (Ormond Beach, Florida) – for the third time.FGL has had an impressive year, racking up awards from the Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music Television Awards, Country Music Association Awards, and the American Music Awards. With releasing four consecutive, multi-week #1 smashes in the US and Canada with the GOLD-certified hits “Stay” and “Round Here,” PLATINUM-certified “Get Your Shine On” and 6X PLATINUM “Cruise,” these two are excited to use their success to join Wiseman in fighting hunger.“We’ve been so incredibly blessed this past year and have always wanted to make it bigger than the music. To have the opportunity to give back and help feed the hungry in our community is an honor.” says Kelley.Hubbard adds, “Hopefully we will help sell out this show and all come together to raise a lot of money for such a great cause!”This year there will be an incredible “VIP Experience” added to the show. The “VIP Experience” tickets will be sold for $250 and will include premium seating, a meet and greet with Florida Georgia Line and other performers, as well as a special 10th Anniversary gift bag. There are only 50 “VIP Experience” tickets available with an 8 per person limit. To purchase a “VIP Experience” ticket please visit Ticketmaster at Don’t delay as these will sell out fast!Concert tickets are on-sale now for $35.00 plus applicable service charges and are available via Ticketmaster outlets,, Ryman box office,, or by calling 800-745-3000. For $50.00 preferred seating tickets, please contact Second Harvest Food Bank at 615-329-3491.Proceeds from the concert benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee in their efforts to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. For more information, visit read more

Jazeera reporters back in the dock in Egypt

first_imgCAIRO – Al-Jazeera’s Australian reporter Peter Greste and fellow journalists from the satellite news channel were back in court in Egypt Monday after spending nearly 100 days in jail since their arrest.Greste and his co-defendants are charged with spreading false news and supporting the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.Monday’s hearing comes a day after Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim accused an Al-Jazeera editor of helping to leak classified intelligence documents, in a separate espionage trial involving Morsi. The Al-Jazeera trial, in which 20 defendants stand accused, has sparked an international outcry and fuelled fears of a media crackdown by the military-installed authorities.Greste and seven co-defendants appeared in a caged dock on Monday wearing white prison uniforms, an AFP correspondent reported from the courtroom.Eight defendants are in custody, and the rest are either on the run or abroad.Greste and fellow journalist Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy were arrested on December 29 in a Cairo hotel suite they used as a bureau after their offices were raided by police.Fahmy is the Egypt bureau chief of Al-Jazeera English.“After three hearings, it’s apparent that there’s no case against us. No witness has anything that incriminates us,” Fahmy told AFP, just minutes before the trial resumed.Before the proceedings began, Greste’s brother Mike said his brother was “strong… but 100 days in prison must have left its effect on him”.Prosecutors insist the journalists colluded with the Muslim Brotherhood, now designated a “terrorist” group, and falsely sought to portray Egypt in a state of “civil war”.Defence lawyer Mokhles El-Salhy said his clients were doing their “job professionally and objectively” when they were arrested.“They were covering violent clashes between protesters and security forces, as were all other channels. They didn’t make it up or fabricate it,” he told AFP before Monday’s hearing opened.The trial comes against the backdrop of strained ties between Cairo and Doha since the army ousted Morsi last July.Gas-rich Qatar was a close ally of Morsi’s government and the Brotherhood.Egypt accuses Qatar of backing the Brotherhood, including through Al-Jazeera.The authorities banned the Egyptian channel of the broadcaster’s network following Morsi’s removal.Morsi himself has also been put on trial in several cases.On Sunday, Ibrahim accused an Al-Jazeera editor of helping to leak classified documents in an espionage trial involving Morsi.The interior minister charged that Amin El-Serafi, secretary to Morsi, leaked the documents to Ibrahim Mohamed Hilal, who he said was Al-Jazeera’s news editor and also a Brotherhood member.Hilal allegedly facilitated a meeting between a Palestinian go-between, a Qatari official and an operative with an unspecified intelligence agency.last_img read more

Messi Is More Dominant Than Ever — And Barcelona Is More Dependent

2010-1133.7%36.1%20.3% 2015-1626.528.126.6 Messi’s share These personnel issues show up clearly in the stat sheet. Where once Barcelona was among the highest-pressing teams in the world, now the Blaugrana don’t force turnovers up the field at the same rate. Barcelona’s defensive numbers have still declined as its midfielders have lost range — and the team’s more conservative approach could only slow the decline, not prevent it entirely.This defensive weakness offers Liverpool its primary tactical opportunity. If Jurgen Klopp’s side can pull Barcelona into a transition game and open up midfield, there will be advantageous matchups to exploit. If Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane can find themselves running in space, Rakitic and Busquets are unlikely to slow them down.But such a transition game has a downside for Liverpool. And that’s Messi. If Liverpool seeks to exploit the weaknesses of Barcelona’s defense and create transition opportunities, that will give Messi room to operate. As he has shifted from a right-sided forward to a pure central playmaker, Messi has had to work in tighter spaces, often deeper on the pitch. 2014-1528.031.426.2 Data from La Liga and Champions League matchesSource: Opta Sports 2014-1555.527.3 2013-1427.131.819.5 2011-1230.036.121.5 Barca is even more dependent on MessiThe share of Barcelona’s production attributed to Lionel Messi, adjusted for playing time, 2010-2019 2012-1332.037.419.5 2016-1751.830.7 2018-19*47.242.0 2018-1934.741.333.6 2012-1349.632.6 In some ways, Liverpool’s task on Wednesday while facing Barcelona in the Champions League semifinal is simple. All the Reds likely have to do to reach a second consecutive European final is contain Lionel Messi, the greatest soccer player of all time.In past seasons, such a description might have been oversimplifying. Back when Xavi and Andres Iniesta roamed midfield for Barcelona, the pair’s game control and precision passing could dominate matches. More recently, when Neymar and a younger Luis Suarez joined Messi in the forward line, the interchanging of this three-headed monster was the core problem for opponents to solve. Today, the superstar supporting cast at Camp Nou is largely gone or aged out of its prime. But the astounding thing about Messi is that at age 31, he is still good enough to carry a team on his back very nearly to the top of the Soccer Power Index rankings, not to mention to an easy league title and a Copa del Rey final. Now he has the chance to bring the club a sixth Champions League title.From 2010-11 through 2013-14, when Barcelona was either managed by Pep Guardiola or still functioning mostly in his systems, Messi was a forward. He operated in the “false nine” role he made famous and ran up incredible goal-scoring and assist production, while ball progression responsibilities fell as much to him as to great midfielders like Xavi and Iniesta. The team changed in 2014-15, when Luis Enrique took over, Suarez arrived as an elite center forward and Xavi fell out of the rotation. Messi switched to a role on the right and became the team’s primary ball progressor, while Suarez and Neymar helped share the goal-scoring load.Today, increasingly, Messi just does it all. He is the lone true ball progression engine, and he’s creating an even higher percentage of his team’s goals and chances than he did at his peak, according to data from analytics firm Opta Sports. 2017-1830.732.428.1 2011-1255.425.8 2010-1156.0%25.0 *Adjusted for 38-match seasonData from La Liga matchesSource: Opta Sports 2013-1452.430.5 SeasonPressing RateExpected Goals Allowed 2016-1729.431.423.9 seasonExpected Goals + AssistsGoals + AssistsProgressive Passes + Runs 2015-1653.133.6 Messi receives the ball more often now in the back half of the pitch and the center. These are areas that normally Liverpool would expect to have at least two if not all three of its central midfielders covering. In a transition game, however, Messi might have more space to work and find passes either to Suarez or perhaps an onrushing fullback.1Jordi Alba has been Barcelona’s top attacking outlet since the departure of Neymar.The other option for Liverpool, if that seems too much of a risk, would be not to open up the throttle and play in transition but to sit deeper and look for less frequent counterattacking opportunities. This would deny Messi space to find passes. Of course, this would be nothing new. Barcelona has often faced opponents who sat deep and denied space. What has changed, however, is Barcelona’s approach. Where once Barca would patiently hold the ball forever until it unlocked an opponent, now Messi has started gunning. In the past two seasons, Messi has attempted 121 open-play shots from outside the box as well as 108 direct free kicks. In the two seasons prior, 2015-16 and 2016-17, he attempted just 83 open-play shots from outside the box and 87 direct free kicks. Messi has increased his production outside the penalty area from eight goals per season to 10.5 per season. Barca’s defense isn’t the sameBarcelona’s pressing rate and expected goals allowed by season 2017-1847.838.5 The main reason that Barcelona is increasingly a one-man team is that the other players are not as great anymore. Luis Suarez at 32 isn’t the dynamic center forward he used to be. Neymar, Xavi and Iniesta are gone. Sergio Busquets, 30, and Ivan Rakitic, 31, cannot cover ground in midfield like they used to. The result is a team that is less able to supplement the attack either with forward runs or with an aggressive high press to cause turnovers because the midfield needs to be more stable and defensive. Early in the season, Barcelona was playing more aggressive midfield tactics and was rewarded with a string of goals conceded. Manager Ernesto Valverde has since pulled back the press, which prevented a disaster but has left Messi carrying the team. This increase in production counts, but it is not spectacular. Messi has managed to be just as dangerous a ball progressor while letting it fly more frequently. But the risk Messi poses against a set defense, firing from long range, is probably one that an opponent can accept. While Messi is more dangerous shooting the ball than just about anyone else in soccer, his increased distance shooting has led to only a couple more goals over a long season. This isn’t a strategy to beat Messi — such a thing does not exist. But on balance, the statistical record suggests that even the greatest of all time has not turned gunning from 20 yards into a killer attacking plan.Barcelona is Lionel Messi at this point, and game-planning to stop Barcelona is now as simple as figuring out how to stop Messi. Which has, of course, never been simple. But with less expansive passers behind him and less explosive forwards ahead, he has never had fewer weapons among his teammates. Liverpool can either play a more risky strategy of exploiting Barcelona’s now-shaky defense or a more conservative strategy that looks to force Messi into shooting from range. Both strategies could easily be defeated by Messi finding space in transition or driving home a great shot from distance. But on balance, Liverpool is probably better off with the latter risk than letting Messi get free on the break.Check out our latest soccer predictions. read more

Pochettino reveals Spurs duo will be assessed

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that the club duo Davinson Sanchez and Kieran Trippier need to be assessed further after sustaining injuries.Davinson didn’t make the team for Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace due to a hamstring problem while Trippier was troubled by a groin injury that forced him out of the action after 24 minutes at Selhurst Park.Ivorian defender, Serge Aurier stepped in off the bench and helped the North London club to a clean sheet as another defender, Juan Foyth, headed home the game’s only goal on 66 minutes in only his second start in the Premier League, to give Tottenham all three points.Speaking after the win, Mauricio gave an update on Kieran to the club’s official website, saying:Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“I don’t believe it will be a big issue,” he said. “It’s a groin, he felt his groin, and he felt a little tired. We’ll see if he’s involved on international duty or not, but we have two weeks.“Davinson…in the Champions League game (against PSV) he felt a little in his hamstring. We need to assess him too. We need to wait and we hope it’s not a big issue either.”Tottenham Hotspur next host Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in the Premier League after the international break, before an all-important UEFA Champions League tie against Inter Milan four days later.last_img read more