Bakers Oven’s winning ways

first_imgGreggs’ Bakers Oven division has announced the results of its annual in-house bakery competition.First prize overall went to Richard Haydon, relief baker for Bakers Oven Midlands, who was assessed on 10 products that he baked on a day-to-day basis. Second place went to Paul Norman, a bakery manager at the Bedford Bakers Oven, and third place was taken by Andy Page, bakery manager at Bury St Edmunds.The finalists were also eligible to enter innovation awards in bread and sweet categories. Haydon won the bread innovation award for his six-seed cheesy herb tear-and-share bread.last_img read more

Iraqi lawmakers want US troops gone

first_imgBAGHDAD — President Donald Trump’s surprise trip to Iraq may have quieted criticism at home that he had yet to visit troops in a combat zone, but it has infuriated Iraqi politicians who on Thursday demanded the withdrawal of U.S. forces.“Arrogant” and “a violation of national sovereignty” were but a few examples of the disapproval emanating from Baghdad following Trump’s meeting Wednesday with U.S. servicemen and women at the al-Asad Airbase.Trips by U.S. presidents to conflict zones are typically shrouded in secrecy and subject to strict security measures, and Trump’s was no exception. Few in Iraq or elsewhere knew the U.S. president was in the country until minutes before he left.But this trip came as curbing foreign influence in Iraqi affairs has become a hot-button political issue in Baghdad, and Trump’s perceived presidential faux pas was failing to meet with the prime minister in a break with diplomatic custom for any visiting head of state.On the ground for only about three hours, the American president told the men and women with the U.S. military that Islamic State forces have been vanquished, and he defended his decision against all advice to withdraw U.S. troops from neighboring Syria.last_img read more