What Makes A Winner: ’It goes to show you should never, ever give up’

first_imgAlice Cooke caught up with Dominic Salter, owner of The Sandwich Box, who was named Baker of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards 2016 after being shortlisted twice beforeDominic Salter still seems shell-shocked about his big win at the BIAs, six months down the line: “I’ll never forget the moment I was named Baker of the Year. I was waiting for someone else to be announced as the winner – it was such a lovely shock.”The award is acknowledgement of the toil that goes into what can be a pretty solitary pursuit. “A baker’s life consists of quality time spent with varying doughs; the only live or living thing other than oneself is a bubbling, mute sourdough. Sometimes you feel your efforts go unnoticed – well let me tell you, this award makes the difference.”Self-taught baker Salter started on his path to BIA glory by attending a course at Shipton Mill in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, and a day at E4 Bakehouse in East London. Armed with the knowledge he acquired there – and through books and YouTube videos – he was off the starting blocks.“I was hooked – baking bread for The Sandwich Box in a small pizza oven every day, that was the start of it all.”Salter says just to find out he was in the running for the award was so surreal it felt almost other-worldly: “Being nominated for Baker of the Year is like an out-of-body experience and a perfect loaf all in one.“I could be modest and say I didn’t expect it, but when you embark on these things, you always hope you might be in with a chance.”Salter’s excitement was palpable as he took to social media in the run-up to the night itself. He tweeted: “Can’t believe I’m up for Baker of the Year again. Third time lucky?!”For in both 2014 and 2015, he had been shortlisted for the award without taking home the win. “It just goes to show,” he says, “that you should never, ever give up – keep trying, enter again. If I can do it, other bakers definitely can too.”The man who came runner-up to Salter in 2016, Lee Smith of Bexhill Farm Kitchen, was gracious in defeat, saying: “It was an honour to come runner-up to probably the nicest baker I have met.”And these were sentiments echoed on the night and in the aftermath of Salter’s win – the industry is genuinely delighted for him.Of the night itself he describes it as “glitzy and exciting”. “The sponsors can’t do enough for you, and it really makes you feel that hard work pays off.”Another boon was the media attention Salter received after winning the award, including local papers, industry coverage, and BBC Gloucestershire and BBC Points West, which picked it up on TV. “Forgive the bakery pun,” says Salter, “but who wouldn’t want a slice of that?”Meanwhile, he has seen business increase so much in the past year that he has had to open a new bakery to keep up with demand. He still makes quiches and cakes at The Sandwich Box in Cheltenham, but has switched bread production for wholesale and retail to his new, bigger bakery, Salt Bakehouse, in nearby Stonehouse.Winning the award has also made a big difference personally, says Salter. “To have top judges critique your products and say they are good is better than any advertising campaign – let alone the difference it makes to your self-esteem!”The win was all the more poignant as Salter had recently lost his father, who he describes as “my soulmate”, and to whom he dedicated the win.His mother and business partner Annette, whom he works with alongside his sister Annalise, says: “The loss of my husband could have spelt the end of the business as we were obviously devastated, but it just spurred Dominic on even more. I am extremely proud of his achievement.”When his father retired Salter was going to set up Salt Bakehouse with him, “but this was not to be”. However he says winning the BIA feels like fate, because he was then able to go ahead with his plans, alongside his sister and mother.“Winning this award means so much to me and the business,” he says, adding that the Baking Industry Awards also help to raise the bar across the industry.“When there is a goal you promote competition, and this raises standards – these awards are so important to the industry.”Sponsor’s comments“In 2016 Dominic Salter was a very worthy winner, having entered the competition on two previous occasions.“In his winning year Dominic really demonstrated how he had advanced and developed as both a baker and businessman. Having recently opened a successful new wholesale bakery alongside the existing family sandwich shop business, Dominic has gone on to prove he can transfer his skills and grow in many ways. His products are fantastic and deliver an exceptional flavour and taste.“[He is] an extremely passionate and dedicated individual and a true asset to the British baking industry.”Ann Wells, Brook Foodslast_img read more

Burundi law to limit church numbers

first_img 113 Views   no discussions Share Share Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Burundi law to limit church numbers by: – July 10, 2014 Churches are often started in someone’s home, other congregations rent a building or erect a makeshift tentBurundi’s lower house of parliament has passed a bill intended to curb the country’s “proliferation of churches”.A government survey last year found there were 557 denominations practising in the small Central African state.New regulations would require churches to have at least 500 members and a proper building.Evangelical churches mushroomed during and after the long ethnic-based civil war, which officially ended in 2005 after some 300,000 people had died.The BBC’s Prime Ndikumagenge in the capital, Bujumbura, says the bill received the unanimous support of MPs in the National Assembly and is unlikely to face much opposition in the Senate.If no changes are made to the draft legislation, it must be signed by the president within 30 days or sent back to parliament for a second reading.Once signed into law, churches would have a year to comply with the new regulations.For a foreign church to be allowed to register, it would have to show that it had 1,000 followers.Abuse scandalsOur correspondent says it is common to see makeshift tents where worshippers gather by the side of the road on Sundays.Anyone can set themselves up as a preacher and there have been a few scandals over the years involving some of the smaller churches, he says.Foreign churches would have to show they had 1,000 followers in the country before being allowed to registerSome preachers have been accused of manipulating or abusing their followers.One reported case involved a preacher who said that barren women wanting to conceive should sleep with him.Most of Burundi’s nine million inhabitants are Christian, and some also follow traditional beliefs.During the parliamentary debate on Wednesday, MP Jean Minani asked for those following these animist beliefs to be given the right to worship as they wanted.Animist worshippers pray and perform rituals in the open to communicate with their ancestors or their god Imana.But Interior Minister Edouard Nduwimana dismissed such practices as “backward”.President Pierre Nkurunziza – a former rebel who was first elected president in 2005 – is a born-again Christian and his wife is a preacher in an evangelical church.last_img read more

“Girls on the run“ this Year as well: Fun and Socially Responsible Race

first_imgAfter numerous successful projects, non-governmental organization “Marathon“ Sarajevo will organize the third race in B&H only for girls “Girls on run 2015“.In the beautiful and peaceful Wilson’s promenade on 13rd September 2015, beginning at 10.00 a.m., the race and walk which will start from the hotel Bristol will be held. On this short and fun race, participation of 300 to 400 girls is expected and participants can walk or run.Sport project “Girls on run“ is organized as a promotion of healthy and active life of our fellow citizens but also as a tool in the fight against discrimination and prejudices in our society. On this occasion, organizers want to contribute to marking of the Week of peace, building more healthy and modern environment, and sport manifestations like this one are long practice in all modern countries, and gather up to 30.000 participants.The sign for the start of the race/walk will be given by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway in B&H, Vibeke Lilloe.The race number can be taken before the race on Sunday 13rd September, from 9.00 a.m. to 10.00 in the zone of start and finish, near the garden of the hotel Bristol Sarajevo, and the entry fee is 5 BAM.More information at the official website www.sarajevomarathon.ba or at the Facebook page Djevojke na trčanju.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

Aboubakar delivers Cup of Nations for Cameroon

first_img#CamerúnCampeónCAN2017 ¡La imagen del día! N’Koulou y Moukandjo levantan el trofeo pic.twitter.com/9GF8Gge0il— Camino a Rusia (@caminoarusia) February 5, 2017– Super subs –The odds were now very much against Cameroon.The last Cup of Nations final to feature more than a single goal came in 2004, when Tunisia beat Morocco 2-1. The last time a side came from behind to win the trophy was in 1994, when Nigeria beat Zambia 2-1.Hugo Broos’s side also lost centre-back Adolphe Teikeu to an apparent groin injury just after the half-hour mark, with Nkoulou taking his place.The Lyon defender has been out of favour at this tournament, only starting in Cameroon’s final group game against Gabon. But thrown on here through necessity, it was he who pulled his side level in the 59th minute.Egypt failed to fully clear their lines following a corner and captain Benjamin Moukandjo crossed from the left for Nkoulou, who soared above Ahmed Hegazy to head past Essam El Hadary from six yards.Cameroon were revitalised by that goal, a partisan crowd lifted, but Jacques Zoua fired wastefully wide and Moukandjo blasted over from an excellent position as extra time began to seem inevitable.Then Aboubakar, who had been introduced at the start of the second half in place of Robert Ndip Tambe, controlled a long ball forward with his chest on the edge of the area, poked it over the head of Ali Gabr and volleyed low past El Hadary in the Egyptian goal.RELATES STORY: LIVE – How Cameroon rallied to beat EgyptList of Africa Cup of Nations champions after Cameroon won the 2017 final in Gabon Sunday:1957: Egypt1959: Egypt1962: Ethiopia1963: Ghana1965: Ghana1968: Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo)1970: Sudan Cameroon’s forward Benjamin Moukandjo (L) and Cameroon’s defender Nicolas Nkoulou hold up the trophy after beating Egypt 2-1 to win the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final football match between Egypt and Cameroon at the Stade de l’Amitie Sino-Gabonaise in Libreville on February 5, 2017. AFP PHOTOLibreville, Gabon | AFP | FT Cameroon 2 Egypt 1: Vincent Aboubakar came off the bench to score a stunning winner with two minutes left as Cameroon fought back from behind to beat Egypt 2-1 in a thrilling Africa Cup of Nations final on Sunday.Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny had given Egypt the lead midway through the first half and Egypt looked to be on course to win an unrivalled eighth Cup of Nations crown in their first appearance at the tournament since 2010.But Nicolas Nkoulou, who had come off the bench in the first half, headed in the equaliser just before the hour mark and fellow substitute Aboubakar slammed in the winner in the 88th minute.That sparked bedlam in a near-capacity crowd of more than 38,000 in Gabon’s capital, made up in its majority by Cameroonian supporters.It is a fifth Cup of Nations crown for the Indomitable Lions, a first since 2002, and the first time they have beaten Egypt in the final in three attempts.Egypt fell just short on their return to the competition after a seven-year absence, and the defeat will be especially painful for their coach Hector Cuper.The Argentine was desperate to win a trophy after a career tainted by rotten luck in finals at club level, including back-to-back defeats in the UEFA Champions League with Valencia at the start of the last decade.Egypt have been derided at times for a defensive approach under Cuper, but they played their part in this rarest of things — a genuinely entertaining final.The Pharaohs had signalled their intent within two minutes as a delightful cushioned pass by Mohamed Salah set up Abdallah El Said, but his firm shot was well held by Fabrice Ondoa in the Cameroon goal.Egypt then opened the scoring midway through the first period with a superb team goal.Amr Warda and Salah combined on the right and the latter played the ball into Elneny in space in the area, the midfielder taking a touch to control and another to steady himself before blasting high past Ondoa at his near post.It was a brilliant finish from the midfielder who was returning to the side after missing his team’s last two games due to a calf injury. 1972: Congo Brazzaville1974: Zaire1976: Morocco1978: Ghana1980: Nigeria1982: Ghana1984: Cameroon1986: Egypt1988: Cameroon1990: Algeria1992: Ivory Coast1994: Nigeria1996: South Africa1998: Egypt2000: Cameroon2002: Cameroon2004: Tunisia2006: Egypt2008: Egypt2010: Egypt2012: Zambia2013: Nigeria2015: Ivory Coast2017: CameroonTitles7: Egypt5: Cameroon4: Ghana3: Nigeria2: Ivory Coast, Zaire1: Algeria, Congo Brazzaville, Ethiopia, Morocco, South Africa, Sudan, Tunisia, Zambiacenter_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Liverpool demanded 200m for Coutinho – Barcelona

first_imgUEFA announced on Friday that PSG will be investigated for a potential breach of financial fair play (FFP) rules after adding Kylian Mbappe to the capture of Neymar from Monaco in a deal that could rise to 180 million euros.Soler dismissed claims that Barca’s status as one of the world’s leading clubs is being threatened by their inability or unwillingness to match the lavish spending of other clubs.“We haven’t lost any international status for having common sense and not putting the financial viability of the club at risk.”Barca also insist that five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi will soon sign a new contract, tying him to the club until 2021.The club announced the agreement of the deal with Messi, 30, on July 5, but the Argentine has yet to formally put pen to paper.“I want to send a message of calm to the members. There is no problem,” added Soler over the delay.“When the club announced an agreement it is validated by both parties.“All that is lacking is the protocol.”Share on: WhatsApp Barcelona, Spain | AFP | A leading Barcelona board member claimed Liverpool set an asking price of 200 million euros ($238 million) for midfielder Philippe Coutinho as the Catalan giants criticised the rampant inflation in the football transfer market on Saturday.Albert Soler, Barca’s director of institutional relations, said the club’s under-fire board would not put the future of the institution at risk by bending to excessive demands.“Liverpool put a price of 200 million euros on a player that we wanted,” Soler told reporters at a press conference held to explain Barca’s haphazard signing policy this summer.Barca ended the window making a slight profit on transfers after receiving a world record 222 million euros from Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain.Despite splashing over 190 million on five signings, most notably 105 million euros on 20-year-old French winger Ousmane Dembele, Soler claimed Barca wouldn’t been drawn into an arms race with the cash-rich Premier League and Qatar-backed PSG.“We didn’t want to put at risk the heritage of the club. This is a club of 150,000 members and has to be managed with coherence and responsiblity,” added Soler.“We won’t get involved in the game of a market that has lost its way.“This board won’t put the club at risk. UEFA and the European Clubs Association (ECA) have to reflect and make a decision.”last_img read more

Execution of Rodney Reed delayed indefinitely

first_imgThe execution of the Texas man convicted of brutally raping and murdering 19-year-old Stacey Stites in 1996 has been delayed indefinitely.Rodney Reed, 51, will no longer be put to death by the state on November 20.The news was confirmed by Reed’s legal team, the innocence project on Friday.Reed’s legal team argued investigators failed to disclose crucial information that could have proved their innocence.The court determined the claims need to be reviewed and remanded the case back to the trial court.Reed, who maintains his innocence has been on death row for 21 years.Reed’s semen found inside Stites, which led to his arrest and appeared to be the ‘smoking gun’ in his 1998 murder trial.Reed initially denied knowing the victim to police but later said the two were involved in a secret affair and that he had sex with her the day before she died.Reed said he did not disclose the affair initially because he was afraid of Stites’ fiancé, Jimmy Fennell, who was a police officer at the time.Reed’s former attorneys listed Stites’ fiancé as an alternative suspect during his trial in 1998.But a jury which consisted of all-white men and women did not find it credible and opted convict Reed.Fennell, who has denied any involvement in Stites murder, served ten years in prison on unrelated charges of improper sexual conduct and kidnapping.New DNA forensics and 11 witnesses have come forward with alleged evidence that not only links Fennell to the murder but prove Reed’s innocence.Despite this, Stites’ family members still believe Reed is responsible for her murder.Just days before Reed’s granted stay of execution, the victim’s sister, Crystal Hefley, sat down for an exclusive interview with CrimeOnline, where she reiterated her family’s beliefs.“With no doubt, Rodney Reed murdered my sister, Heftley said.Heftley also told CrimeOnline that her sister never mentioned Reed and that she was obsessed with her upcoming wedding to Fennell.Reed’s story has gained national attention, and he has gained support from celebrities, including Beyonce, Meek Mill, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian-West, and more.Kardashian-West met with Reed on Friday and was with him when he learned an appeals court granted him an indefinite stay of execution.It is unclear at this time what is next for Reed.last_img read more

200,000 FL Students Could Lose Free Lunches Under New SNAP Rules

first_imgFlorida education officials say about 200,000 students statewide could become ineligible for automatic free school lunches under the Trump administration’s plan to reduce the number of people enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as the food stamp program.Presently, children automatically qualify for a free daily lunch if their families receive food stamps.The revised plan, which was finalized Wednesday and is set to take effect April 1, 2020, would restrict SNAP enrollment by removing states’ ability to change income and asset limits for households that receive food stamps in addition to other welfare benefits.In Florida, the Department of Children and Families’ threshold for SNAP qualification currently allows households with incomes that are up to 200 percent of the poverty level to receive food stamps.Nationally, nearly one-million students could be affected, according to a recent report from the U.S. Agriculture Department.Sources say impacted Florida households would still be eligible to receive free- and reduced-price meals if they individually file an application for the National School Lunch Program.last_img read more

Mother charged after child found carrying baby through subfreezing temperatures

first_imgA mother has been charged after authorities say her children were found wondering in subfreezing temperatures after she left them alone in the home.The incident occurred on December 3rd in the Village of Venetie, Alaska.Officials say a neighbor contacted police to conduct a welfare check after a five-year-old showed up to her home carrying their 18-month-old sibling.Authorities said the older child became scared after the power went out and wearing only socks and light clothing, carried the smaller child half a mile over to the neighbor’s home.The temperature was said to be around -31 F at the time and both children suffered cold-related injuries.Officials were able to make contact with the children’s mother 37-year-old Julie Peter, who admitted to leave the children unattended. She has since been booked her in the Fairbanks Correctional Center on one charge of endangering the welfare of a child in the 1st degree.last_img read more

Police chief arrested in connection with mass murder of family

first_imgAccording to reports, a municipal police chief in Mexico has been arrested for allegedly being involved in the mass murder of a family near the U.S.-Mexican border.Mexican authorities have arrested Fidel Alejandro Villegas, and authorities believe the murders were due to conflict between local drug cartels battling for control of the area.3 women, and 6 children were killed in Sonora state on November 4th.The arrest comes a month after President Donald Trump said he wanted to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations.last_img

Former FedEx delivery driver allegedly stole electronics, weapons and watches

first_imgBroward Sheriff’s Office have arrested a former FedEx delivery driver who allegedly stole over $120,000 in electronics, firearms, and watches.34-year-old Vladimir Bomier was reportedly picking up packages from a Verizon store to be shipped out, but before processing them to the FedEx facility, he would take phones from the packages.According to BSO detective Gino Parram, “He was getting phones and packages from Verizon,””He was opening the boxes. If there was 20 phones in there, he would take five, seal it and send that off.”Bomier is also being accused of stealing weapons, watches, earbuds, and tablets over a one month period. Police say he took part in the scheme for a total of 17 times in November and December. He was arrested on Dec. 30 after getting caught red-handed.Bomier confessed to the scheme and has posted bond. He is facing several years in prison.last_img read more