All flashing lights: The Top 14, with all it’s glamourous names and flashy displays, has landed a big pay dayBy Gavin MortimerThere really isn’t such a thing as a dull day in French rugby. Take last week. On Tuesday the LNR announced with a fanfare that they had agreed a record TV deal with Canal Plus, one worth €71m-a-season for the next five years. On Wednesday, satirical newspaper Le Canard enchaîné (the Gallic equivalent of our own Private Eye) broke a story linking the FFR to a police investigation into money laundering.Then on Thursday beIN Sport made plain their disgust with the way the TV deal had been agreed and threatened legal action. Oh, and just for good measure there was a fresh blast from Mourad Boudjellal, the Toulon owner threatening to boycott the Top 14 if the television money isn’t more “rationally distributed” this time around.Wanting more: Mourad BoudjellalLet’s start with the new television deal agreed between the LNR and Canal Plus, worth a jaw-dropping €355m over five years. The current broadcasting deal with Canal is miserly in comparison, just €31.7m a season, so understandably the clubs are cock-a-hoop. So is the LNR, conveniently ignoring that only a few months ago some of the clubs were saying they believed nothing less than a €100m-a season deal would suffice.The LNR has good reason to be chuffed, particularly as on December 2, they were on the brink of signing a deal with Canal Plus worth €66m a season. Yet the day after the news was broken in the Monday edition of Midi Olympique, the deal was off with accusations flying around faster than boots in a ruck. One allegation was that LNR reckoned they could get more out of beIN. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Racing Metro’s French flanker Camille Gerondeau is tackled by Oyonnax’ Argentinian scrum-half Agustin Figuerola during a French Top 14 rugby union match between Oyonnax and Racing Metro on January 4, 2014 at the Charles-Mathon Stadium in Oyonnax. AFP PHOTO / ROMAIN LAFABREGUE (Photo credit should read ROMAIN LAFABREGUE/AFP/Getty Images) The upshot was the LNR announced no deal had been signed and that bids would be accepted until January 13 with the winner unveiled within 48 hours.Canal Plus were allegedly furious and lawyers were consulted, and then what happened? On January 10, the bidding process was suspended by the LNR and the next day, according to Midi Olympique, they reopened negotiations with Canal and a deal was duly signed, sealed and delivered.All of which has left beINSport less than amused and they are now muttering about seeking legal recourse. In a statement they said they “regretted the absence of respect and transparency” in the bidding process, alleging that Canal Plus used the threat of legal action to pressurise the LNR into agreeing to a deal. Certainly it is curious that the LNR signed a deal for €71m-a-season with Canal when BeIN were purportedly ready to offer €80m. in an interview with Le Figaro newspaper last week, BeIN’s director general, Youssef al-Obaidly, indicated his wrath was directed primarily at Canal, “who have done everything to protect their monopoly.” It short, the whole bidding process has been a farce, albeit one that has considerably enriched the LNR and probably best benefited the fans. Canal Plus have been diligently covering French domestic rugby for two decades and their savoir-faire is unquestionable.Dropped ball?: The image of French rugby may be damagedAs for the FFR and their own imbroglio, that still has some way to run with Midi Olympique warning in its edition of January 20, that the exposee in last week’s Le Canard enchaîné might have “opened Pandora’s Box”. Certainly the allegations are serious, namely that the FFR is caught up in a money laundering scheme linked to drugs and prostitution in the French underworld. There is no suggestion that those at the heart of the FFR were aware that international tickets were being bought with ‘dirty money’ but nonetheless the last week has not been a good one for the image of French rugby. As Midi Olyimpique lamented in its Monday editorial, money is eating into the ethics of rugby.
“Florida teachers are rallying for fair pay and better funding for schools, and they won’t be intimidated or undermined,” Warren tweeted. “I stand with the teachers – and I’ll fight so that teachers get the fair pay and well-funded schools they need and deserve.” Teachers and supporters march Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, during the Florida Education Association’s “Take on Tallahassee” rally at the Old Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla.Phil Sears / AP Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear TAGSFlorida LegislatureGovernor Ron DeSantisTeachers Previous articleGas prices decline as Middle East tensions easeNext articleWhat are the reasons behind Florida’s climbing high school graduation rates Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter House and Senate Democrats have filed bills reflecting the FEA’s request.Florida House Democratic Leader Kionne McGhee, D-Cutler Bay, last week introduced House Bill 1223, which seeks to implement a three-year pay raise plan for all school employees.Under HB 1223, as of July 1, teachers would see a salary increase to either $47,500 or a 5 percent raise of their current salary, whichever is greater.“In addition,” according to McGhee’s office, “support employees will receive a 5 percent salary raise.”On July 1, 2021, teachers would receive a base salary of $49,400 or a 4 percent raise of their current salary and on July 1, 2022, instructional personnel will receive a base salary of $51,376 or a 4 percent raise of their current salary, whichever is greater, under HB 1223.On Monday, Senate Democrats introduced their own pay raise plan for school workers and teachers that, they say, would cost the same next year as DeSantis’ $900 million proposal.Under Senate Bill 1854, filed by Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez, D-Miami, all education employees would see an average pay increase next year of 7.5 percent.The bill establishes an annual cost-of-living allowance and calls for a pay increase averaging 4.5 percent, which would be allocated by school districts.“The governor’s call to increase the starting pay of teachers in Florida is long overdue,” Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, said in a statement. “But his proposal not only ignores our veteran teachers but the many individuals who play a critical role in educating Florida’s students. Our legislation corrects his mistakes.”Of course, the likelihood of such proposals being approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature is not good.In fact, several key Republican leaders, most notably House Speaker Rep. Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, have expressed reservations about passing DeSantis’ proposal, citing budgetary concerns.SB 1400, introduced by Senate Education Chairman Sen. 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Ron DeSantis has declared 2021 will be “The Year of the Teacher” but on Monday, an estimated 10,000 Florida teachers amended the governor’s declaration to “The Year of the Angry Teacher.”In one of Tallahassee’s largest demonstrations in years, school workers and teachers from across the state marched on the state capitol demanding lawmakers boost spending on teachers’ salaries beyond the $900 million increase outlined in DeSantis’ Fiscal Year 2021 budget request.The rally was orchestrated by the Florida Education Association (FEA), the state’s largest teachers’ union, and came on the eve of the state Legislature convening its 60-day session Tuesday.A key component of DeSantis’ $91.4 billion fiscal 2021 budget request is $600 million to boost public school teachers’ minimum salary to $47,500 and $300 million to overhaul the state’s “Best and Brightest” teacher bonus program.But the FEA insists DeSantis’ proposal does not go far enough in addressing years of under-funding for education, under-staffing in classrooms and under-cutting maintenance and capital improvements of school facilities.To do that, the FEA maintains lawmakers would need to spend $22 billion over the next decade, beginning with $2.4 billion in fiscal 2021 to finance an across-the-board pay increase of 10 percent for every public school employee.“I want to at least thank the governor for trying to understand that there is a problem. I think it’s great that the governor is trying to move the ball. I’m kind of shocked the plan wasn’t better thought out,” FEA President Fredrick Ingram said in an address to the throng, noting the governor’s plan – while welcome for starting teachers, does little for veteran teachers.“It seems there’s still no plan to address veteran teachers and support staff. We have teachers that have been teaching 15 years that still don’t make $47,000 a year,” Ingram said. “That’s absurd.”The governor’s plan is too little, too late – and too limited, he said.“We have any custodians and bus drivers, mental health service workers, counselors?” Ingram asked, receiving a roar in response. “The governor’s plan does not include you.”The demonstration drew the attention of Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who offered her support in a tweet. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11
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HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Instagram Girls Women Obsess OverHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website More Cool Stuff Faith & Religion News St. Edmunds Episcopal Church: All Souls – Dia De Los Muertos Article and Photo courtesy of St. Edmunds Episcopal Church, San Marino Published on Thursday, October 25, 2012 | 4:35 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News St. Edmunds Episcopal Church will celebrate The Feast of All Saints and All Souls Day – Dia De Los Muertos, on the 4th of November, 2012.An Altar of Memory will be created in the Parish Narthex. Bring a photo of your departed loved ones, or an object of special recollection as we build a contemporary Altar of Remembrance this Feast of All Saints.Leave your photo or item of sentimental importance on the plexiglass Altar as you enter for worship. The altar will be blessed, with a dedicatory prayer offered from the main Altar at Eucharist.A Children’s Halloween costume Parade will also be held on Sunday, November 4th!“Father of all, we pray to You for those we love, but see no longer: Grant them Your peace; let light perpetual shine upon them; and in Your loving wisdom and almighty power, work in them the good purpose of Your perfect will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”Book of Common PrayerSt. Edmund’s Episcopal Church, 1175 San Gabriel Boulevard, San Marino, (626) 793-9167 or visit www.saintedmunds.org faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Community News Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
Dr Catherine Dalton Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Email Print NewsEducationLimerickStanding on the shoulder of giants – Ireland through the Ice AgeBy Staff Reporter – April 10, 2018 1474 Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Advertisement TAGSDr Catherine DaltonIQUAlimerickMary Immaculate College Previous articleKiller Molly avoids additional jail time over rules breachNext articleChecking out The Aoife Doyle Band Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Twitter UNDERSTANDING how Ireland was shaped before and after the Ice Age will allow IQUA scientists understand how the present and future climate.That will be the focus of a presentation given by a Mary Immaculate College geography lecturer Dr Catherine Dalton, who, as the Chair of the Irish Quaternary Association (IQUA), will host their annual spring symposium in Limerick this year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: A Quaternary Science Retrospective will take place in the Hunt Museum on Saturday April 21 next and will consist of a series of retrospective talks in celebration of key quaternary scientists known for their trailblazing work investigating how the Irish landscape was shaped during and since the Ice Age.The lives of these influential pioneers of the nineteenth and twentieth-century and the challenges they faced will be explored.According to Dr Dalton of the IQUA, “the unseasonably cold weather and recent fodder crisis are important reminders of climate change and its impacts on all of us. To understand the present climate and how it might change in the future, we must understand the past. Ireland has a rich history of scientific endeavour that continues to this day.“Through this, Irish scientists have played a pivotal role in our understanding of the last ice age and how it shaped the landscape. We would like to illustrate the lives, works and legacies of these trailblazing men and women.”More details can be found at www.mic.ul.ieSee more Limerick news here Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival
The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago HUD has announced it will be seeking public comment on whether its 2013 Disparate Impact Regulation is consistent with a more recent 2015 Supreme Court ruling that clarifies liability as it pertains to disparate impact claims.”HUD remains committed to making sure housing-related policies and practices treat people fairly,” said HUD Secretary Dr. Benjamin Carson. “We will always challenge any practice that discriminates against people the law protects.”The Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. determined that disparate impact claims—claims made on actions that have a discriminatory consequence, even if there is no discriminatory intent—can provide a framework for liability under the Fair Housing Act.As noted in HUD’s announcement of the call for public comment, “While the Supreme Court referred to HUD’s Disparate Impact Regulation in its Inclusive Communities ruling, it did not directly rule upon it.”Following the 2015 Supreme Court ruling, the Obama administration implemented the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule, which directed any community receiving block-grant funding from HUD to complete a comprehensive Assessment of Fair Housing.Under the AFFH rule, communities must review their housing policies and submit an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) plan to HUD outlining their plans to combat discriminatory policies. Failure to do so could cost those communities their block grants and other federal housing aid.On January 5, 2018, HUD announced it would be extending the deadline for AFH submissions until 2020. The HUD notice reads, in part, “Based on the initial AFH reviews, HUD believes that program participants need additional time and technical assistance to adjust to the new AFFH process and complete AFH submissions that can be accepted by HUD.”HUD Secretary Dr. Benjamin Carson has publically voiced his criticism of both the Supreme Court ruling and the AFFH Rule. In a 2015 op-ed for the Washington Times, Carson said, “These government-engineered attempts to legislate racial equality create consequences that often make matters worse. There are reasonable ways to use housing policy to enhance the opportunities available to lower-income citizens, but based on the history of failed socialist experiments in this country, entrusting the government to get it right can prove downright dangerous.”Last week, the New York Times reported that a coalition of civil rights advocacy groups planned to sue the Trump administration over HUD’s delays in AFFH implementation. As reported by the Times, “The suit claims that Mr. Carson is leaving HUD without a system to prevent a pattern of discrimination in the allocation of $28 billion in disaster relief funding after a succession of natural disasters, including Hurricane Harvey, last year.” On Monday, May 14, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, himself a former HUD secretary, announced that the state of New York would be joining the lawsuit, as reported by the Washington Post. We have reached out to HUD for comment. 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News UpdatesBhima Koregaon Case: Constitute Committee To Examine Father Stan Swamy -Bombay High Court To JJ Hospital Dean Sharmeen Hakim19 May 2021 2:24 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court has directed the Dean of JJ Hospital to constitute a committee of experts to examine the health of Father Stan Swamy, an 84-year-old tribal rights activist accused in the Bhima Koregaon – Elgar Parishad Case. The bench ordered the Superintendent of Taloja Central Prison to arrange to send Father Stan to JJ Hospital at 12 noon tomorrow. It further asked the JJ Hospital committee to submit their report by 11 am on Friday. Justices SJ Kathawalla and Surendra Tavade also said that father Stan should be produced before the court via video conference at 10.30 am on Friday if Taloja has the necessary facility. The bench was hearing an appeal against the Special NIA court’s decision to reject interim emergency bail to Father Stan, last October. The plea seeks his release on interim bail on medical grounds or, in the alternative, house arrest. “The Dean of JJ Hospital to constitute a committee of doctors including Neuro-physician, ENT, Orthoped, General Physician and any other doctor required to examine the appellant’s complaints and submit its report by 11 am on May 21.” Father Stan suffers from acute Parkinsons, hearing loss in both ears, has undergone two hernia operations. According to his plea, he suffers intense pain due to lumbar spondylosis i.e wear and tear of the lumbar disc, and tremors in both hands due to Parkinsons. On Wednesday, father Stan was represented by Senior Counsel Mihir Desai and advocate Mihir Joshi. ASG Anil Singh and APP JP Yagnik were representing the NIA and State, respectively. Desai submitted that they had filed an additional note to apprise the court on Father Stan’s health as there has been further deterioration. “He was taken to JJ Hospital yesterday, but no medical report is given,” he said. APP JP Yagnik said Father Stan was taken to JJ Hospital for vaccination, but Desai vehemently disagreed. He said all inmates are being vaccinated in the prison itself. According to Taloja’s report Father Stan is hemodynamically stable, and is being provided two attendants for help, hot water for bathing and a high protein diet. A psychiatrist also visits him. “However, the report doesn’t mention anything about his complaints,” the bench noted. ASG then pointed out that the report states that Father Stan has never complained about anything and expressed satisfaction with his treatement. The bench then asked if he can be produced via video conferencing and dictated its order. “We direct the Taloja prison Superintendent to take the appellant to JJ Hospital at 12 noon tomorrow. In the event of Taloja Prison has a video-conferencing facility they shall arrange a meeting of the appellant with this court on May 21st at 10.30am.” Father Stan was arrested on October 8, 2020, and charged under various sections of the IPC and offences under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for allegedly furthering the cause of banned CPI (Maoist) through various civil rights organizations, of which he is a part. Swamy is facing charges along with 15 other human rights activists. TagsBombay High Court BhimaKoregaon- ElgarParishad Stan Swamy Justice SJ Kathawalla Justice Surendra Tavade Next Story
There must be a radical rethink of Data Protection Code if it is to be fairto both employers and staffLate last autumn, the Information Commissioner’s 60-page draft DataProtection Code arrived on desks for consultation and received a swift responsefrom employers. The number and nature of the 200 responses prompted theCommissioner to delay the timetable for introducing the code and release it instages. What the British Chambers of Commerce and other business organisationswanted was a code that was fair, workable and commercial. As it currentlystands, it is none of these. No attempt has been made to take into account thecontext in which business will implement the code. The increasing burden ofbusiness regulation and the attendant administrative costs can fall heavily onbusinesses in a highly competitive market, and fall disproportionately onsmaller businesses that do not have the established in-house resources to dealwith them. The BCC represents 135,000 businesses in the UK. We attach great importanceto our consultations, which give us real- life reactions to the theory.Striking the right balance is key to writing a code of practice and doing sothrough listening to the practical experience of businesses that try to behavewell is the key to getting that balance right. Businesses tell us the draft code is far too complex and, as it stands,unworkable. If the essential content of the code goes ahead unchanged,employers could be exposed to misuse of time and cost by employees. They willalso be vulnerable to impersonation, computer viruses, loss of data andintellectual property, potential loss of patents and copyright breaches. Thereis also a strong chance that employees would end up more vulnerable, becausethe code supports tough restrictions on the use of CCTV which many employeeswelcome, and some of the recommendations in the code could see an increase inan employee’s vulnerability to harassment. The reasons why an employer will undertake monitoring should be understood.No employer goes to the expense of monitoring unless there is a soundcommercial reason to do so. Few employees make it a policy to prohibit allpersonal communications from the workplace. Where they do so, it can be, aswith call centres, for reasons of maintaining system integrity or for measuringperformance. In practice, most employers allow modest personal use, but need toprotect costs and avoid legal or other liabilities. The draft code is doomed to failure in seeking to establish what level ofmonitoring is proportionate and attempting to specify it. Employers must beable to protect their business, its costs, reputation, systems and liabilities.They should also be able to alert employees at the start of their employment tothe fact there is monitoring and create reasonable means for the employee tohave privacy in personal communications. The draft code is especially unrealistic where the Internet is concerned.Given the risks associated with inappropriate Internet access and time wasted,routine or random monitoring of Internet usage should be commonplace, not theexception. Simply promising to make the code shorter, calling employees”workers” and providing a summary, although helpful, is not enough(News, July 3). The content of the code must change fundamentally. TheInformation Commissioner must ask herself when writing the final versionwhether it is realistic about the needs of business; whether it is fair andensures employees are given a proportionate and timely warning. Above all, itmust be reasonable, balancing personal access with protection for the employer.Finally, it must be commercial, recognising the need for performancemeasurement and the fact that some employers incur serious risks frominappropriate behaviour by staff. If it is all these things, it will havestruck the right balance and it will be welcomed by all businesses, whetherthey have eight employees or 8,000. By Sally Low, a senior policy adviser to the British Chambers of CommercePolicy Unit Government must act to ensure firms do not bear data code burdenOn 10 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed.
We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE we are told that Mayor Winnecke will be announcing this week that he plans to build a new $28 million dollars Aqua Center at Garvin Park on North Main Street? …we hear that the Mayor plans to build the new Garvin Park Aqua Center by taking $10 million dollars from the North Main TIF funds? …he also plans to float a 14 year $18 million dollars bond issue to help pay for the $28 million dollars Aqua Center at Garvin Park? …we are also told that the Mayor will announce that he plans to sign a contract with the local YMCA for them to manage the new pool once it’s finished? …the new Aqua Center will have an 800 seat arena for competitive swimming? …we expect that the Mayor will also announce a naming rights sponsor for the Aqua Center later this week? …this is a developing story?IS IT TRUE that a couple members of the “Aqua Center Blue Ribbon” committee told us that the majority of the committee members wanted Robert Parks as the site for the new Aqua Center? …we are told that the recommendation by the “Aqua Center Blue Ribbon” committee to build the new Aqua Center at Roberts Park was nixed by the Mayor?IS IT TRUE last week that the Evansville Vanderburgh Airport Authority Board of Directors announced that they have appointed a new airport Executive Director? …on January 1st, 2019 Nate Hahn will replace the current Executive Director, Doug Joest? …several of our more sophisticated readers tell us because the airport is subsidized by Federal, State, and local tax dollars and that this position should have been advertised nationally, statewide and locally? …we hear that several Vanderburgh County Council members are very upset with the way that the Airpot Board of Directors handled the hiring of the new Executive Director? …this may be a developing story?IS IT TRUE that the City of Evansville Employee Hospitalization fund currently has a deficit of exactly of $2.7 million dollars?IS IT TRUE we hear that several Evansville City Council members are talking about cutting the city operations budget around $3 million dollars for 2019?IS IT TRUE we are told by people close to Evansville City Councilman Jonathon Weaver that he reached out to members of the “Trump and Braun campaign staff asking them to allow him to welcome the President to Evansville since the Mayor wasn’t able to attend to the event?IS IT TRUE that we been told that Freedom Of Speech isn’t alive and well in the Vanderburgh County Republication party? …a well known and respected Vanderburgh Republican Precinct Committeeman Phillip Davis was recently relieved of his position by the Vanderburgh County Party Chairman Wayne Parke? …that reason why Mr. Parke removed Mr. Davis from his Precinct Committeeman position was that he wrote a letter endorsing Knight Township Trustee Kathryn Martin (D) for re-election? …we are told that Mr. Davis removable from the leadership ranks of the local Republican party may cause a political backlash within the Vanderburgh County Republican party?IS IT TRUE that all the rooms at the downtown Doubletree Hotel were totally occupied during President Trump visit to Evansville? …housing the advance team and secret service members were part of the reason why the Downtown Doubletree Hotel was sold out?… we were told that the security team with the “Trump and Braun” political rally occupied most all of 5th, 4th, and 3rd floors days before and the day of the event? …since the reason for this trip was totally a politically partisan event we hope that the local taxpayers didn’t foot the bills for food and lodging at the downtown Doubletree Hotel?IS IT TRUE because the “Trump and Braun” rally was a partisan political event several of our readers wonder if both campaigns are going to pay for the rental of the Ford Center, extra security costs, and cleaning up the trash around the Ford Center after the function we over with?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that local taxpayers should be responsible to pay for costs related to staging President Trump (R) and Mike Braun (R) campaign rally held at the Ford Center?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, Channel 44 News, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, Hot Jobs” and “LOCAL SPORTS”. You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated. The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
January marked a major milestone in flavourings legislation, with the entry into force of a number of new measures resulting from the EU Flavourings Regulation, (EC) No 1334/2008 on flavourings and certain food ingredients with flavouring properties for use in and on foods, adopted in December 2008. This marks the first major change in flavourings legislation since the first European harmonisation exercise under Directive 88/388/EEC which, as the number indicates, has been in force for two decades. And if you think the title sounds cumbersome, read on!So what’s new? Firstly, the scope of the new Regulation is broader than that of Directive 88/388/EEC. There have always been differences in interpretation between European Member States, which has sometimes called into question the concept of single market legislation. Hence Regulation 1334/2008 explicitly sets out that it applies to food ingredients with flavouring properties for example, herbs and spices and to source materials for these ingredients, as well as to flavourings and their source materials. This is important in respect of biologically active principles (BAPs), which are naturally present in many ordinary foodstuffs and in herbs and spices, which are themselves not permitted for use as flavourings substances in the UK. Levels of BAPs are restricted in certain foods considered to be the main contributors of these BAPs to the diet.So for example for coumarin, the BAP in cinnamon and cassia, the general maximum level for most foods was 2 mg/kg. With effect from 20 January 2011, the levels are 50mg/kg in traditional and/or seasonal bakery wares that contain a reference to cinnamon in the labelling; 20 mg/kg in breakfast cereals; and 5mg/kg in desserts. There is no limit in other foods other than the need to meet the general food law requirements.However, the amount of BAPs will differ in cinnamon and you cannot say with certainty that 50mg/kg of coumarin can be obtained from x-amount of cinnamon. As a very rough guide you could say that typically you might find 2mg coumarin in a teaspoon of cinnamon powder, but we would expect a possible variation from ¼ of teaspoon to more than 10 teaspoons.Loss of categoriesThe other significant change in the legislation is the loss of the “nature identical” and artificial categories of flavourings and changes to the requirements for the use and labelling of natural flavourings. Under the new Regulation, natural flavourings have to contain at least 95% of the named origin in order to label the product as containing “natural X flavouring”. The previous industry standard was 90%.Flavourings that are all natural, but contain less than 95% of the named source, have to be labelled “natural X flavouring with other natural flavourings”.Better or not?So is the new legislation an improvement? Such is its complexity that both the producers and users of flavourings have been left with many questions of interpretation. The Food and Drink Federation has been working for several months to develop interpretative guidance to try to make sense of the complex new requirements and to ensure uniform interpretation at European level. This gives examples of the labelling possibilities for the final food, the area which has elicited most queries from food and drink manufacturers, particularly in relation to what may be termed “natural”.The labelling of the source for example strawberry, or lemon/citrus is the issue of most interest, especially for multiple packs and for products in which several flavourings have been used, some of which may be natural and others not. Certainly ingredients lists may be longer, and you can expect customer enquiries as to what is different about the product if they notice the “natural strawberry flavouring with other natural flavourings” designation in the ingredients list.The labelling terms are transferred into the labelling legislation, Directive 2000/13, itself currently under review. Now there’s another saga. Flavour trends In the UK retail market, sweet flavour developments remain focused on natural driven by the retailers along with the need for flavourings with a high impact profile, such as vanilla combinations to add creaminess, toffee and also nut/nut-free flavourings such as hazelnut and almond. Consultant and bakery writer Dan Lepard has been working with bakerybits.co.uk on a range of natural extracts and “nature-identical” flavourings (see left for new definitions). They are packaged in smaller bottles to help the smaller artisan baker who doesn’t want to be lumbered with litres of liquid.Specialist panettone and colomba flavourings are now available from Italy, and this means that making these seasonal sweet yeast dough lines in the UK is much easier. “Interesting flavours, if used carefully and labelled clearly for the customer, can help turn a plain everyday baked good into something rather special,” says Lepard.Another range available to bakers is Unifine’s All Natural Flavours, available in almond, lemon, orange rum (made with Jamaican rum) and vanilla. Each of Unifine’s all natural flavours comes in a 1kg squeezable bottle. The firm also offers nuances of coffee (such as cappuccino) and chocolate; fruit variations including baked apple and even exotic fusions of fruit and cactus. On the savoury side, there has been an increasing amount of activity in speciality breads, says Donna Rose, marketing manager at Synergy. “This can be identified through the cheese-flavoured sharing breads. As this market has increased, so too has the demand for more authentic delivery with impact,” she says. “We have worked closely with manufacturers to develop top-noted yeast extracts such as our Cheese Ultimate (lactic yeast extract, and top note). These can be complemented with our cuisine pastes, which provide the visual and flavour element for speciality breads for example, Italian-style tomato.”When it comes to cheese flavours, there are also opportunities for cost saving using flavourings, adds Dairygold Food Ingredients, which has developed more than 100 cheese powder formulas. Often used to replace hard cheese, they can be used to enhance cheese taste in a range of products including breads and pastries.”Those in the baking industry today are under a lot of pressure to reduce costs and simplify production processes,” says Aidan Fitzsimons, business unit director. “Cheese powders are a more cost-effective and easier-to-use alternative to hard cheeses.”Using spray-drying technology, the ’taste’ powders including cheddar, camembert, emmental, goat’s cheese, blue cheese, gouda can be adapted for price, flavour, functionality and nutritional aspects. How do you flavour the perfect hot cross bun? Some retailers reformulate their hot cross buns every year as consumer taste profiles change over time. Work will begin this month on 2012’s buns. Every year, House of Flavours/NET International benchmarks those in retail. The latest data for 2010 shows that, of the 14 hot cross buns tested, wrapped products, particularly luxury buns, tended to outperform the in-store bakery buns. The luxury varieties benefited from higher and better-quality fruit content and real butter. Marks & Spencer’s Luxury bun came top last year, with Asda’s Extra Special in-store bun coming last from the 14 tested. “Dry” was the most common negative comment across the consumer survey: 50% of the 103 respondents used the word “dry”, compared to less than 30% for “flavour” and “taste”. The buns that performed the worst had the least well-balanced flavour profiles. Of the well-balanced buns, stronger flavoured tended to outperform weaker flavoured. The analysis indicated moistness was most important, ahead of flavour, texture, fruit content and colour.Interestingly, the flavour profile changed after toasting and buttering, which accentuated the sweetness and fruitiness, but depressed the clove. There was no big effect on cinnamon or citrus.”The perfect hot cross bun uses subtle spices combined with a high level of succulent fruit and citrus notes coming from the peel,” says bakery consultant Wayne Caddy. “There’s no point having too much spice in if you’re using citrus peel as it would take over.”So how do you make yours stand out? “If you think of a colour pallete, your primaries are your cinnamon, clove and citrus,” says Mike Speight of House of Flavours. “Using vanilla and almond can modify the profile to make it stand out without being too radical.””For Easter buns, a liquid spice extract added to the dough with a small amount of ground spice will help keep the crumb light and delicate and avoid that yeast slowing effect that a large quantity of dry spice causes,” adds bakery writer Dan Lepard.