Portas Review prompts mixed response and call for action

first_imgThe long-awaited Mary Portas review into the state of the high street has been welcomed by bakers who have now called for the words to be put into action.In her report, published this week, Portas reiterated claims that the rise of supermarkets had helped to put high street bakeries into decline and she declared the high street was in a critical condition. The Portas Review reprinted figures from the 2008 Competition Commission, which found that the number of bakeries had declined from around 25,000 in 1950 to around 8,000 by 2000.In stark terms, Portas warned: “The days of a high street populated by independent butchers, bakers and candlestick-makers are except in the most exceptional circumstances over.”She added: “Although some high streets are thriving, most have a fight on their hands. Many are sickly, others are on the critical list and some are now dead. We cannot and should not attempt to save every high street, but unless urgent action is taken, the casualties will only continue to multiply.”Mike Holling, retail operations director of Birds of Derby and chairman of the National Association of Master Bakers, said: “We did not need Mary Portas to tell us about the state of the high street. I just hope that her recommendations are taken onboard. We need the words to be put into action.”The report, was published alongside new government-commissioned research, ’Understan-ding High Street Performance’, found that a third of all high streets are failing and that, by 2014, less than 40% of retail spending will be done there.The Portas Review outlined a number of recommendations, including:l A call for councils to offer more free parkingl An easing of night-time delivery restrictionsl New penalties for landlords with empty unitsl New planning laws to encourage town centre developmentl The creation of new town-centre markets.In response to the report, Prime Minister David Cameron said: “The high street should be at the very heart of every community. I am delighted Mary Portas has produced such a clear vision of how we can breathe life back into our high streets. The government will review Mary’s recommendations and will publish its response next spring.”l To read the report in full, visit: http://tinyurl.com/d6qa7oq or join us on Twitter to discuss the report: @BritishBaker #PortasReview OW PORTAS’ REVIEW WAS DISCUSSED ON TWITTER Satterthwaites artisan [email protected] wants high street markets. Would Sainsbury’s agree to a covered market arcade along Moor Lane for the #satbaker?David [email protected] are the curse of the high street. Where are butchers and bakers and CSMs? Free parking versus charged on the high street.Stephen [email protected] shop at local bakers (quality better, prices good), local greengrocer and high street butcher. Good prices and supporting local.Andrew Simms @AndrewSimms_nef#Portas on revitalising high sts is not bad places to live, not just shops just need a ’Supermarket Restraining Order’ to let it breathe. WHAT THE BAKERS SAY Tom Molnar, chief executive, Bread Ltd, which includes the Gail’s estate of retail shops, said: “Her approach to learn from the high street’s competitors rather than to demonise them is good, as it encourages action, rather than malaise. I also support her belief that there are some key areas where small companies can compete service, specialism and experience. Value is not just about price.”Christopher Freeman, proprietor, Dunns’ of Crouch End, said: “I wouldn’t suggest bringing markets into areas where they haven’t been before as it may threaten the shops already there, especially if they sell food. But markets should be supported in areas where they already work well.”Clive Williams, president of the NAMB, said: “Our bakery is located in a town which has a ’Business Improvement District’ team, where local shopkeepers and the council get together to discuss what’s best for the high street and that seems to work very well.”Anthony Kindred, owner of Kindred Bakery, said: “I’m thinking of pulling out of the high street and moving into a unit that’s much cheaper to run. That said, my reputation locally does come from the shop in the high street.”Aspects of this report could work quite well, such as free car parking and the empty space initiative. But this could mean more competition and put high street bakery businesses in jeopardy.”last_img read more

Intentional balloon releases condemned by South bend Common Council

first_imgIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Previous articleIU and Purdue suspend in-person classes for two weeks after spring breakNext articleBiden wins Michigan primary, denying Sanders a state repeat Tommie Lee WhatsApp Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Facebook Intentional balloon releases condemned by South bend Common Council By Tommie Lee – March 10, 2020 2 292 Facebook Pinterest Lazio supporters hold plastic balloons prior to the start of an Italian Serie A Soccer match between Lazio and Bologna at Rome’s Olympic stadium, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) The South Bend Common Council has passed a resolution regarding balloon releases within city limits, but it’s less harsh than the first ordinance.WNDU reports that the original wording in February included a $25 fine for intentionally releasing balloons, something critics judged to be too harsh.Instead, the council will condemn intentional balloon releases, and work to educate the public about the environmental hazards of doing so. Google+last_img read more

Four local puppy mills make Humane Society of the United States “Horrible Hundred” list

first_img WhatsApp By Carl Stutsman – May 19, 2020 0 1242 Pinterest Previous articleCity of Goshen lays out plans to begin reopeningNext articleWalorski updates recent coronavirus moves in Washington and Indiana Carl Stutsman Twitter Pinterest Four local puppy mills make Humane Society of the United States “Horrible Hundred” list IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+ Facebook A list from the Humane Society of the United States that highlights problem puppy mills called the “Horrible Hundred” includes four mills here in Michiana. Listed are two in Middlebury, and one each in Nappanee and Shipshewana.  Indiana had a total of 5 mills on the list, ranking it 7th worst in the nation.One of the puppy mills in Middlebury had USDA violations that indicated unsanitary living conditions and a female dog that had a large prolapse that went untreated for up to six weeks. The other puppy mill in Middlebury has a violation for taping dog’s ears up with electrical tape, and the mill in Nappanee had its USDA license revoked when a sick puppy was sold and later died.The full report, including specific information about the local mills (pages 16-18) can be found with the link belowFull “Horrible Hundred” report is available here Google+last_img read more

Economic impact of Big Ten announcement worries Bloomington, West Lafayette

first_img WhatsApp Economic impact of Big Ten announcement worries Bloomington, West Lafayette Facebook (“PURDUE UNIVERSITY” by taki Lau, CC BY-SA 2.0) Tourism officials in Indiana are weighing in on what the loss of fall sports means for the state.The Big 10 announced the cancellation of fall sports, including football, on Tuesday. Inside Indiana Business reports that the announcement was expected by officials in Bloomington and West Lafayette, who count on the millions of dollars that pour into the local economy during the I-U and Purdue football seasons.Hotels, restaurants and bars will miss out on roughly 40 thousand additional customers that would have come to town during home game weekends.They say the impact is felt more deeply in the two communities, because they are smaller than other Big Ten towns. Twitter Google+ Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend MarketSports Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Google+ By Tommie Lee – August 12, 2020 0 406 Twitter Previous articleNotre Dame Football announces results of latest COVID-19 testsNext articleGoshen schools working to ensure all students have internet access Tommie Leelast_img read more

Three contractors dead after becoming stuck in Columia City manhole

first_img Facebook Google+ Google+ IndianaLocalNews Twitter Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) Three contractors who became trapped in a manhole in Columbia City have died.Emergency crews were called to the 400 block of South Main Street just before 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25, according to ABC 21 in Fort Wayne.The men were found twenty feet underground in water that was five feet deep.The three victims were contractors hired by the city for a storm sewer project.It is unclear how they got stuck. Previous articleSuspect at large following two Michigan shootings MondayNext articleHoosier postal workers call on Congress to fund post offices Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Pinterest Three contractors dead after becoming stuck in Columia City manhole WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – August 25, 2020 0 519 Facebooklast_img read more

Woman seriously injured in Michigan City hit and run

first_img Google+ By Carl Stutsman – September 15, 2020 0 604 IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Facebook Woman seriously injured in Michigan City hit and run (Source: https://goo.gl/ES6gwE License: https://goo.gl/VAhsB) Michigan City Police are on the hunt for the person behind of an SUV that hit a pedestrian, and never stopped. The hit and run happened on Saturday just before Midnight in the area of East Michigan Blvd. and Warnke Rd.Witnesses say that the victim, a 46 year old woman, and another man were crossing the street when the SUV hit the woman and continued eastbound on Michigan. When police arrived the victim was unresponsive and had to be airlifted to the hospital for treatment.Police have not identified any suspects but say the dark-colored SUV should have front passenger side damage from the crash. Anyone with information is asked to call police or crime stoppers.Read more here with ABC 57 News Facebook Previous articlePolice: LaGrange County man arrested after shooting at imaginary peopleNext articleElkhart man arrested for confining and beating woman for hours Carl Stutsman Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

Press release: Prime Minister’s roundtable with senior representatives of Japanese businesses

first_img The Prime Minister set out her vision for an outward looking, global Britain, and the long-term opportunities presented by the modern Industrial Strategy. The strength of the trade, investment and cultural relationship between the UK and Japan was discussed. The Japanese businesses present spoke of their desire to continue trading with, and investing in the UK. The Prime Minister reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to securing a new deep and special partnership with the EU as the UK leaves the EU. She reiterated her commitment to global free trade, and she recalled her discussions with Prime Minister Abe in Japan in August last year, and their agreement that, as the UK exits the EU, the UK and Japan will work quickly to establish a new economic partnership based on the final terms of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement. Business representatives expressed their appreciation for the opportunity for constructive dialogue with the Government, and agreed on the importance of the time-limited implementation period in providing clarity and certainty for people and businesses. There was also agreement on the importance of moving quickly in the negotiations to secure a trading relationship with the EU that is as tariff-free and frictionless as possible following the implementation period. In closing, the Prime Minister committed to maintaining a constructive dialogue between Government and business as EU exit negotiations progress. List of attendees Rt. Hon. Phillip Hammond MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rt. Hon. Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Rt. Hon. Liam Fox MP, Secretary of State for International Trade H.E. Koji Tsuruoka, Japanese Ambassador to the UK Sir Stephen Gomersall, Deputy Chairman Hitachi Europe Ltd Mr Mark Haviland, Managing Director Rakuten Mr Haruki Hayashi, CEO Mitsubishi Corporation Mr Gary Hendler, President EMEA Region, Chairman and CEO Eisai Mr Ian Howells, Senior Vice President Honda Mr Tetsuro Imaeda, CEO of SMBCE and Managing Executive Officer SMBC Mr Masumi Kakinoki, Senior Managing Executive Officer Marubeni Corporation Mr Atsushi Kume, Managing Director Mitsui & Co Europe Mr Masahiro Kuwahara, CEO EMEA MUFG Mr Yasuo Kashiwagi, Executive Chairman, Nomura Europe Holdings plc and Nomura International plc Mr Rajeev Misra, CEO Softbank Investment Advisers UK Mr Yasushi Morimoto, Managing Director Panasonic Manufacturing UK Ltd Mr Kazuo Okamoto, Chief Executive Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Europe Ltd Mr Ken Sakai, Managing Director KDDI Europe Mr Takashi Takenoshita, CEO Shionogi Mr Shinsuke Toda, Managing Director, Head of Europe Department Mizuho Dr Johannes Jacobus van Zyl, President and CEO Toyota Motor Europe Mr Paul Wilcox, EU VP Nissan Mr Takaaki Hanaoka, Secretary General JCCIcenter_img Alongside the Chancellor, Business Secretary and International Trade Secretary, the Prime Minister discussed the role of our modern Industrial Strategy in making the UK an even more attractive destination for Japanese and international investment, as well as the UK-Japan trade and investment relationship.Discussions also covered the opportunities and challenges presented by the UK’s exit from the EU.A Downing Street spokesperson said:last_img read more

Press release: February 2018 Price Paid Data

first_img The Price Paid Data report builder allows users to build bespoke reports using the data. Reports can be based on location, estate type, price paid or property type over a defined period of time. Mobile (5:30pm to 8:30am weekdays, all weekend and public holidays) 07864 689 344 In the dataset you can find the date of sale for each property, its full address and sale price, its category (residential or commercial) and type (detached, semi-detached, terraced, flat or maisonette and other), whether it is new build or not and whether it is freehold or leasehold.The number of sales received for registration by property type and month HM Land Registry’s mission is to guarantee and protect property rights in England and Wales. Flat/maisonette 17,842 22,887 14,523 Terraced 21,462 30,741 19,809 Phone (Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm) 0300 006 3365 Other 6,046 7,953 5,384 Total 85,249 116,795 76,327 HM Land Registry has been collecting information on Category A sales from January 1995 and on Category B sales from October 2013. Price Paid Data is published at 11am on the 20th working day of each month. The next dataset will be published on Monday 30 April 2018. Trafalgar House1 Bedford ParkCroydonCR0 2AQ Detached 19,174 25,932 17,395 Price Paid Data categories are either Category A (Standard entries) which includes single residential properties sold for full market value or Category B (Additional entries) for example sales to a company, buy-to-lets where they can be identified by a mortgage and repossessions. The most expensive residential sale taking place in February 2018 was of a terraced property in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London for £10,750,000. The cheapest residential sale in February 2018 was of a terraced property in Chester le Street, County Durham for £19,000.The most expensive commercial sale taking place in February 2018 was in the City of London, for £75,972,945. The cheapest commercial sale in February 2018 was in Macclesfield, Cheshire for £250.Access the full datasetNotes to editors 2 were of residential properties in Cardiff for £1 million and over This month’s Price Paid Data includes details of more than 85,200 sales of land and property in England and Wales that HM Land Registry received for registration in February 2018. HM Land Registry is a government department created in 1862. It operates as an executive agency and a trading fund and its running costs are covered by the fees paid by the users of its services. Its ambition is to become the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data. Semi-detached 20,725 29,282 19,216center_img Of the 85,249 sales received for registration in February 2018: Price Paid Data is property price data for all residential and commercial property sales in England and Wales that are lodged with HM Land Registry for registration in that month, subject to exclusions. 378 were of residential properties in England and Wales for £1 million and over 216 were of residential properties in Greater London for £1 million and over Follow us: on [email protected], our blog, LinkedIn and Facebook. Press Office 1 was of a residential property in Greater Manchester for £1 million and over The amount of time between the sale of a property and the registration of this information with HM Land Registry varies. It typically ranges between two weeks and two months. Data for the two most recent months is therefore incomplete and does not give an indication of final monthly volumes. Occasionally the interval between sale and registration is longer than two months. The small number of sales affected cannot be updated for publication until the sales are lodged for registration. HM Land Registry safeguards land and property ownership worth in excess of £4 trillion, including around £1 trillion of mortgages. The Land Register contains more than 25 million titles showing evidence of ownership for some 85% of the land mass of England and Wales. Price Paid Data can be downloaded in text, CSV format and in a machine-readable format as linked data and is released under the Open Government Licence (OGL). Under the OGL, HM Land Registry permits the use of Price Paid Data for commercial or non-commercial purposes. However, the OGL does not cover the use of third party rights, which HM Land Registry is not authorised to license. For further information about HM Land Registry visit www.gov.uk/land-registry. Property type February 2018 January 2018 December 2017 61,237 were freehold, a 3.7% increase on February 2017 Contact 16,133 were newly built, a 11.8% increase on February 2017 There is a time difference between the sale of a property and its registration at HM Land Registry.Of the 85,249 sales received for registration, 23,559 took place in February 2018 of which: Email [email protected]last_img read more

News story: New welcome pack for charity trustees

first_imgA new welcome pack is available for charity trustees which focuses on the main duties of the role.It provides essential information to help you understand governance basics, financial filing requirements and how the Charity Commission can offer support. It also suggests practical steps that can be taken to carry out trustee duties effectively.From today (30 April) the pack will be emailed to all new trustees who register their email address with us. You can sign into our change charity details service and add email addresses for trustees.We tested the content of the welcome pack with many stakeholders from across the charity sector. The feedback told us the content would be useful for existing trustees, so we have made it publically available on our website to use as refresher training.Thank you to everyone who contributed to the testing of this pack. We aim to continually improve our content based on your feedback .last_img read more

News story: New system launched to help measure and prevent medication errors

first_imgCare Minister Caroline Dinenage said: prescribing dispensing administering monitoring A groundbreaking system to help the NHS monitor, learn from and prevent costly medication errors has been launched today.As part of the Health and Social Care Secretary’s plan to make the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world, the NHS will introduce a series of indicators to show whether a prescription may have contributed to a patient being admitted to hospital.The indicators will work by linking prescribing data in primary care to hospital admissions. This will allow the NHS to monitor and better understand medication errors, with the aim of preventing them from happening.The first indicators will focus on how different medicines may be contributing to people being admitted to hospital with gastro-intestinal bleeding. The programme will cover more medicines and associated conditions later in the year.The launch of the new system follows research which highlighted the impact of medication errors, with an estimated 237 million taking place every year.Medication errors can range from delivering a prescription late to a patient being given the wrong medication. Errors can happen at any point at which a patient comes into contact with a drug, including: Today marks a vital step on our journey towards making the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world. While our own research has shown us the shocking toll medication errors take on our health service and its patients, the NHS itself needs a consistent way to measure medication errors. This groundbreaking initiative will help give us the data we need to stamp out these costly errors. The indicators will work alongside other measures designed to reduce medication errors and encourage openness and transparency, such as new defences for pharmacists if they make accidental dispensing errors. Plans also include accelerating the introduction of electronic prescribing systems across more NHS hospitals this year.Through this innovative programme of work, the NHS is leading the way in responding to a global issue which the World Health Organisation has described as “a leading cause of injury and avoidable harm in healthcare systems across the world”.last_img read more