Simple Simon’s Perfect Pies has announced its pie range for the Christmas season.Festive fillings include: strips of Gressingham duck breast with black cherry & port wine sauce; turkey fillets with sage & white wine sauce with fresh cranberries; honeyed venison collops, and organic Aberdeen Angus beef with wild mushrooms and Speyside malt whisky.Also available is a mincemeat & apple pie, and rich chocolate & morello cherry pie.Simple Simon’s pies are free of artificial additives and use fresh, local ingredients, including organic meat. They are freshly baked, despatched by courier on the same day and have a minimum shelf life of six days.The pies can also be frozen for a recommended maximum of two months.[http://www.simplesimonspies.co.uk]
Bakeries may be left counting the cost of a proposed plastics levy and an increase in national living wage following yesterday’s Autumn Budget 2018 (29 October).High street bakeries are among the businesses that will be taxed for using plastic which is not as least 30% recycled, according to the Treasury.The proposed levy, announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond, aims to reduce the “scourge of plastic” littering the planet and oceans, and would apply to the production and import of plastic packaging from April 2022.The Chancellor said further detail and an implementation timetable would follow consultation before adding that there would be no tax on single-use takeaway cups.A 25p charge on disposable cups was recommended by the Environmental Audit Committee in March after it emerged that the UK throws away 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups every year with almost none recycled and half a million a day littered.However, Hammond concluded that a tax in isolation would “not at this point, deliver a decisive shift from disposable to reusable cups across all beverage types”.“I will monitor carefully the effectiveness of the action the takeaway drinks industry is already taking to reduce single-use plastics and I will return to this issue if sufficient progress is not mad,” he said.Ian WrightCBE, chief executive of the Food and Drink Federation, warned that the plastics proposals could mean increased costs for the industry.“While we are committed to reducing packaging waste and working with government, today’s new tax on plastic packaging will result in significantly increased costs for UK food and drink manufacturers, due to the input costs required to produce food-grade recycled packaging,” he said.“However the shadow of Brexit, and in particular a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, hangs over the food and drink industry and gets darker every day. While that remains the case, it is hard to see how we can long continue with business – or politics – as usual.”The Chancellor also confirmed that the National Living Wage would increase from April 2019 from £7.83 an hour to £8.21, equating to a £690 annual pay rise for a full-time worker.Meanwhile, Wright said food and drink manufacturers – 97% of whom are SMEs – would welcome the Chancellor’s announcements on exports, infrastructure, enterprise and business rates, among other things.In the Budget, Hammond announced that small retail businesses in England with a rateable value of £51,000 or less would see their business rates bills cut by a third for two years from 2019. This would amount to an annual saving of up to £8,000 for up to 90% of all independent shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes, he said. The VAT threshold for small businesses has also been frozen for two years.“Through the Budget, the Chancellor is now using the strength of the Treasury to back small business,” said Mike Cherry, national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses.“We have already seen a significant change of tone in recent months towards helping businesses, right from the top of Government, and today represents the change of policy that backs this up. This is long due recognition that small firms are the UK’s job creators and community leaders. The productivity challenge for this country will only be resolved by backing small business, and today marks an important step to achieve this.”
The iHeartRadio Music Festival is headed back to Las Vegas, NV to take place over two days and nights at the T-Mobile Arena on September 20th-21st. Organizers for the annual pop festival announced their 2019 lineup on Tuesday, as this year’s event will feature performances from Alicia Keys, Cage The Elephant, Camila Cabello, Chance The Rapper, and many more.The two-day event will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest, and will treat attendees to performances from rock veterans including Def Leppard and Heart, in addition to French Montana, Halsey, H.E.R., Miley Cyrus, Mumford & Sons, Tim McGraw, and Zac Brown Band. The event’s Daytime Stage will also feature sets from Juice WRLD, Maren Morris, Billie Eilish, Old Dominion, H.E.R., Zara Larsson, CNCO, Brett Young, FLETCHER, Monsta X, Bryce Vine, and Lauv. More performers are expected to be announced as the late-September event draws closer.Related: Governors Ball Music Festival 2019: The (Shortened) Weekend In Photos [Gallery]Fans who can’t make it to the Nevada desert for this year’s festival will get the chance to tune in when the audio from the performances is broadcasted live via iHeartMedia radio stations in over 150 markets across the country. The CW Network will also provide a video livestream from both nights of the festival via The CW app and CWTV.com. The schedule of performances to be broadcasted was not revealed with Tuesday’s announcement.Additionally, video from the event will also re-broadcast on the CW Network as a two-night television special a few weeks after the event on October 2nd & 3rd beginning at 8 p.m. EST each night.Tickets for the main event and the Daytime Stage go on sale beginning next Friday, June 14th at 1 p.m. EST. Click here for ticketing and general info for this year’s event.
On the other hand, repudiating President Charlottesville and replacing him with a Biden-Harris administration as well as electing a Democratic Senate majority will mark a fundamental shift in the kind of country we will be going forward. We will have a chance—although not a guarantee by any means—to move closer to realizing the ideals of liberty and true equality for every American laid down in the Declaration of Independence. These are the ideals that American activists from a diverse array of backgrounds have long marshaled on behalf of justice.Doing so goes back to Black abolitionist David Walker, who in 1830 called on America: “Hear your languages, proclaimed to the world, July 4th, 1776.” Frederick Douglass in 1852 proclaimed that he drew “encouragement from The Declaration of Independence, the great principles it contains.”- Advertisement – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. likewise deployed our founding ideals to lay down a marker in front of hundreds of thousands gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963: “We’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the ‘unalienable Rights’ of ‘Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.’” In perhaps the most famous section of that speech, he proclaimed: “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”In fighting for LGBTQ equality, Harvey Milk echoed these earlier pioneers when he said: “All men are created equal. Now matter how hard they try, they can never erase those words. That is what America is about.” So did Rep. Barbara Jordan, the first Black woman from the South elected to Congress, who noted, “what the people want is simple. They want an America as good as its promise.” I’ve cited these heroes before, and I’ll keep doing it because they inspire me to fight for the principles they believed in—the principles America must live up to in order to succeed.The impeached president, however, doesn’t care a lick for these principles. He wants to bring us back to a time when we were even further from making them real. He heightens the fears of white Christian Americans about what it would mean if those who are not like them gained an equal share of power. Trump scares his people by pretending these other Americans want some kind of domination over them, when all they seek is merely the measure of full equality promised to all of us.- Advertisement – It comes down a very simple question: Whose America do you want to live in? The America described by Biden, or in Trump’s America, a place where he believes that neo-Nazis who chant “Jews will not replace us” represent “very fine people.”Additionally, as important as the different visions are, the candidates’ differences on policy are equally stark. For starters, Trump will utilize the tax code to send ever more money to the wealthiest, take away health care from tens of millions, make sure millions more are unable to earn a living wage even working full-time, destroy our environment in ways that will be impossible to undo, and block any changes that might be proposed in order to make our law enforcement and justice system treat Americans of every race on equal terms. Oh, and he’ll continue to reject science and needlessly endanger large numbers of Americans during the ongoing pandemic.With Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Democratic majorities in Congress, America will have an opportunity to make real progress on all these fronts and more. We’ll be able to enact structural reforms on the Supreme Court and the federal judiciary, on statehood for Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands—which will not only give the American citizens living in those areas the political rights they should have, but also redress at least some of the imbalance in the Electoral College and the Senate that has allowed Republicans to keep coming in second and yet gain the power that is only supposed to accompany victory.In the last four years, we’ve seen some of the worst of what America is. But now, if we do what we must, if we work to get out the vote and fight to ensure that all the votes are counted, we can give America the chance to become what I hope—what I know—it can be. Then there’s Joe Biden. He understands our founding principles, and the struggle throughout our history between those who want America to achieve them and those on the side of white supremacy and other forms of oppression. The latter are the people Biden’s opponent—the second Confederate president—roots for and wants to honor.Just look at the contrast between their remarks around July 4, when we celebrate and, hopefully, reflect on our country’s core ideals. Trump pretends our country is already perfect, and that those fighting for justice today are waging “a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children.” Vice President Biden tells a very different story—one that is honest, reflects reality about our past and present, and projects hope for our future.xOur nation was founded on a simple idea: We’re all created equal. We’ve never lived up to it — but we’ve never stopped trying. This Independence Day, let’s not just celebrate those words, let’s commit to finally fulfill them. Happy #FourthOfJuly! pic.twitter.com/1WrATlx8Xl— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 4, 2020- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Advertisement Atletico Madrid to offer Vitolo in player-plus-cash deal for Arsenal star Hector Bellerin Metro Sport ReporterFriday 21 Jun 2019 11:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link601Shares Vitolo joined Atletico shortly after Emery moved to PSG (Picture: Getty)The 24-year-old has attracted interest from Juventus and Barcelona in the past, though Arsenal were adamant it would take an offer in excess of £50million to even come to the negotiating table.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThat stance has not changed despite Bellerin’s latest injury, though Atletico believe they can lower the cash value of the deal by including Vitolo as part of the package.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Spaniard played under Emery for three seasons at Sevilla before the coach moved to Paris Saint-Germain in 2016.He was part of the side that won three successive Europa League titles and played a significant role under Emery in both the domestic and European campaigns, with his manager really appreciating his versatility – able to play as a winger or forward. Comment The Spanish side are hoping to tempt Emery into selling Bellerin this summer (Picture: Getty)Atletico Madrid are hoping to tempt Unai Emery into selling Hector Bellerin by offering the Arsenal manager one of his old players, Vitolo, in an ambitious swap deal.The right-back is currently sidelined after rupturing his ACL in January and is not expected to be fit for the start of the season, though that has not put off Spanish giants Atletico from trying to secure a deal.According to The Telegraph, Diego Simeone has made a new full-back one of his top priorities this summer and wants to bring Bellerin to Madrid. Advertisement Bellerin is not expected to return to fitness in time for the start of the season (Picture: Getty)Emery is in the market for a player of that ilk at Arsenal now, though it remains to be seen if Emery is prepared to sanction a swap – especially with Vitolo only scoring one La Liga goal in his two seasons at Atletico.Arsenal are already believed to be in the market for a new right-back to provide cover and competition for Bellerin and could instead move for a first-choice option if the Spaniard leaves, while Emery also wants a centre-back and box-to-box midfielder.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has allocated $274,300,000 for the Port of Mobile in its Fiscal Year 2020 (FY2020) Work Plan, officially providing the resources to dredge Alabama’s premier port, according to U.S. Senator Richard Shelby.The funding – which accounts for the full federal share of the project cost – will initiate and complete construction of the deepening and widening of the navigation channel.Following the required preliminary steps, construction is expected to begin toward the end of the year.“Today marks a historic moment and victory for Mobile and the entire state of Alabama,” said Senator Shelby. “The completion of deepening and widening of the Port of Mobile is expected to stem immeasurable economic growth and will position Alabama and the Gulf Coast region for success for generations to come.”The construction will include the expansion of the Port of Mobile from its current dimensions – 45 feet deep and 400 feet wide – by deepening the existing Bar, Bay, and River Channels by five feet to a project depth of 50 feet.This will include additional depths for wave allowances, advanced maintenance, and allowable overdepth for dredging. Following construction, the total depths of the Bar, Bay, and River Channels will be 56, 54, and 54 feet respectively. The project also includes widening the Bay Channel by 100 feet for three nautical miles.
Area Girls Basketball Sectional Scores.Friday (2-3)Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ Jac-Cen-Del.Oldenburg 57 Hauser 32Jac-Cen-Del 55 SW Shelby 30Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ Austin.Austin 54 North Decatur 48South Ripley 60 SW Hanover 28Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ Rushville.Rushville 54 Greensburg 48Lawrenceburg 57 Batesville 49Class 4A-Sectional 14 @ Columbus North.Columbus East 55 Bloomington North 28Columbus North 56 East Central 32
Photo: FacebookWest Lafayette, In. — A 120-year-old tradition at Purdue University has been abruptly closed by school officials. The Purdue Rifle and Pistol Club has been evicted from the campus armory following a claim of lead poisoning by administrators.On the group’s Facebook page the post was made:“While they claim it is about lead contamination, we have heard opposing stories from Purdue facilities, REM, and others that points to the Club and teams being an unproven symptom where our expulsion won’t fix the problem,” the post said. Group leaders have made a plea to university president Mitch Daniels that included a legacy of competition and success over more than a century. The letter also expressed concern over the removal of banners and signage around the facility.
Columbus, In. — A Bartholomew County educator is on administrative leave after leaving a shotgun in a truck after a hunting trip.Two students saw the gun and notified school officials at Columbus East High School who called authorities. The staff member was escorted off the property and placed administrative leave pending an investigation.The staff member told police he had been coyote hunting the day before and left the shotgun in his vehicle.
Lawrenceburg, In. — Republican Congressman from the 6th District in Indiana, Luke Messer invites residents to a job fair Thursday, August 9 at Ivy Tech Community College in Lawrenceburg from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Organizers have reserved 30-minutes from 1 to 1:30 p.m. for Veterans only.A variety of local employers will be on hand to talk about employment opportunities.No pre-registration is required.