The popular stage area at the Bakers’ Fair, supported by Rank Hovis, was the place to get advice, see demonstrations and glean innovative ideas

first_imgNow we’re not suggesting making the likes of ’hash cakes’ to sell to your customers, but hemp, which has around 20,000 different uses, can be used as an ingredient in various forms (which have no drug content). Hemp seeds can be cold-pressed into oil, which leaves a ’cake’ that can then be milled into flour. Paul Jenkinson of Yorkshire Hemp said that using 5% hemp flour in bakery gives products added colour, texture and a nutty taste. Products cannot be made using 100% hemp flour and Jenkinson recommends using 5-10% hemp of flour weight. Hemp seeds are rich in protein – around 34% – and are gluten-free, so can be used with potato or rice flour for gluten-free products. Shelled hemp seeds can also be added to bread, cakes or flapjacks to add to the texture, or as a topping. However, it loses some of its nutritional benefits as a topping, due to heat exposure in the oven.As well as its nutritional benefits, Jenkinson explained that it has a number of environmental benefits too. For example, it does not require the use of pesticides for cultivation and can prosper on poor-quality land. It is why the Persians call it ’king of seeds, seed of kings’, said Jenkinson.Businesses already using hemp in bakery are Judges Bakery in Hastings, East Sussex, Duchy Originals and Ryvita.For details visit [http://www.yorkshirehemp.com]British Baker’s legal expert Ray Silverstein briefed visitors on forthcoming changes to employment law, warning of changes to grievance procedures (see news section), a consultaton that may result in staff being granted more flexibility in requesting time off for training and also advised on what to do if you’ve lost trust in your employees.He told visitors to Bakers’ Fair that the government consultation over greater flexibility on the right to request time off for training could result in changes to law emerging in April 2009. “Bakeries should review their training programmes for employees at the moment and think about what sort of training programmes you would allow them to go on,” he said. He also advised bakers, presented with a request for flexible working hours, to ensure that “whenever you do agree for someone’s request for flexible working, state, it’s on a trial basis, so it’s not taken as a permanent decision”.When it comes to what employees tell their bosses, too many issues such as sick leave are taken on trust, he said. “There is nothing wrong with hiring a private investigator to check up on an employee who says they are too sick to work and you don’t believe them.”He also said businesses are well within their rights to put up CCTV around the workplace if they suspect theft, but that it’s advisable to make employees aware of it.last_img read more

Wayne Bennett inspires Ray White agents

first_imgWayne Bennett at Broncos training. Picture: Annette DewWAYNE Bennett’s motivational speaking talents have extended to the real estate world.The Broncos coach dropped by Ray White South Brisbane headquarters this week to fire up some of the company’s top staff ahead of a busy 2017.Ray White Bulimba principal Roger Carr said the one hour session, organised by Ray White chief auctioneer Philip Parker, was inspiring.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoRay White chief auctioneer Philip Parker. Picture: Claudia Baxter“He talked about believing in yourself,” Mr Carr said.“You’ve got to believe in yourself to do well in anything and he talked about being below and above the line you set for yourself.”Mr Carr said Mr Bennett discussed common attributes of successful athletes and how they are transferable across all fields.“He got up and spoke about his beliefs and what makes a great player,” Mr Carr said.“It relates to real estate and anyone in life.”Missing out on securing a listing was likened to losing a game.“You’ve just got to move on, accept it, improve and try again,” Mr Carr said.last_img read more

Faithful and nonbelievers think alike, study says

first_imgPeople may have wildly differing beliefs, but when it comes to how the brain processes faith — or lack thereof — it’s all the same.A USC-UCLA study tested brain activity in relation to religious beliefs. The study found that whether a person is religious or nonreligious, he or she use the same parts of the brain to determine what they believe.The study, led by author Sam Harris, who recently completed his doctoral dissertation at the UCLA Staglin Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and USC Research Assistant Professor Jonas Kaplan of the Brain and Creativity Institute, took 15 Christians and 15 people who had no religious convictions and presented a series of statements for them to affirm or deny. The questions varied from commonly understood truths to religious affirmations — for example, “Eagles are real,” versus “Angels are real.”Using a functional MRI, the researchers mapped changes in brain activity, and found that while the answers were different, the same parts of the brain were used to determine belief — whether the statement was religious or not.“It’s interesting because these people were diametrically opposed in their beliefs, but we’re seeing something very similar going on in their brains,” Kaplan said.The results, Kaplan said, proved that belief or nonbelief is controlled by the same parts of the brain, whether or not those beliefs are grounded in religion and whether or not the believer has a background in religion.“Believing in these different statements is similar as far as the brain is concerned,” Kaplan said. “The results make sense — when people believe things, they believe them, religious or not.”Religious believers and nonbelievers alike agreed the results of the study made sense, though they had different reasons thinking as such.Rabbi Dov Wagner of the Chabad Jewish student center said he was not surprised by the results, because rational belief and study is a central tenet of the Jewish faith.“There is subjective belief, blind faith, but there is also a strong emphasis on logic and philosophy, a rationally engaged faith, which isn’t just intangible, but actually attempts to study, understand and comprehend ideas that relate to faith,” Wagner said. “It’s informed belief, that’s based not just on blind acceptance, but an approach to knowledge that is not that different from the way you approach any part of life.”Those on the other side of the religion debate likewise agreed the study’s results were logical.Riley Bell, a sophomore majoring in global health who said she does not subscribe to religious beliefs, said she thought believing in religion was similar to believing in anything else.“[Religion] is like anything else you would think of as true or false, it’s a way of approaching what’s around you,” Bell said. “There’s nothing that makes it any different, it’s just a created mental state.”Kaplan said he sees no reason his study should spark controversy in the religious community. The study’s intent was not to validate either stance, but to clarify how the brain processes religion.“We were totally neutral to the actual answers. We were trying to find out how people process information — what is actually happening. We’re not trying to answer the religious questions themselves,” he said.A.J. Starsiak, a senior majoring in molecular biology who said he has strong Christian beliefs, said he thought science could actually be useful in trying to understand religion.“Science is digging in depth, through thought, in that way it’s philosophy of a sort,” he said. “Anything that makes you think more about your beliefs is beneficial … In that way science is definitely a good approach to Christianity.The subjects of the study were chosen for their strong convictions in either camp, but Kaplan says it would be interesting to explore differences in strengths of believers. The psychology of religion is a growing area, he said.“Religion is something that is important for us to understand. It’s a part of people’s lives, and it makes sense for us to try to understand it,” Kaplan said. “We wanted to see if there was anything special about the way people’s brains process religious belief.”last_img read more

President must dissolve Parliament – fmr National Assembly Clerk

first_img… says it demonstrates sincere intent to hold early electionsPrior to the holding of a General and Regional elections, Parliament has to be dissolved by a proclamation from the President with a set date for elections. Despite the passage of a No-Confidence Motion against his government over seven months ago, however, President David Granger has failed to do anything.Former Clerk of the National Assembly, Frank NarineIn an interview with Guyana Times on Sunday, longstanding former Clerk of the National Assembly, Frank Narine asserted that indeed the President was supposed to dissolve Parliament before an election date could be set – if elections are to be held.“Everyone seems to be interpreting the Constitution in their own way,” he asserted. “The Constitution says what must happen. Article 106 says that when a No-Confidence Motion is passed, the President and Cabinet have to resign. And it goes on to say elections must be held in three months after the passing of the motion, unless the National Assembly extends the time.“The President has to proclaim a date for elections. And it is the President who will have to dissolve Parliament before elections. The President has to formally issue a proclamation dissolving Parliament, so the National Assembly can’t meet. Members cease to be members … I think if it’s dissolved, it means he’s serious: he’s going to have elections. But the President hasn’t done anything.”Narine noted that when the No-Confidence Motion was passed, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) should have been getting its systems ready for the possibility of holding elections and not idling. He likened it to staff knowing what they have to do, but failing to carry out their mandate.“It means they were sleeping. If the President has a member of staff and he says I want this report by the end of the month, and that staff member fails to give it, what must the President do? It means the President has the wrong staff member. Did they get directions not to (get ready to) hold elections?”President David GrangerAlready, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has ruled out his side supporting any extension of the life of the Government through Parliament. According to Article 106 of the Constitution, such an extension requires a two-thirds majority of all members of National Assembly.Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, Article 106 (7) states: “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”Such a No-Confidence Motion was passed on December 21, 2018 and according to Jagdeo, during a previous press conference, Government sought to delay election preparations rather than comply with the Constitution. As a consequence, the Opposition Leader said that the window for his side to agree to extend their time in Government has closed. Meanwhile, GECOM has no Chairman.Since the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruled that former GECOM Chairman, Retired Justice James Patterson was appointed unconstitutionally, he has resigned. As such, Jagdeo and Granger have been trying to find a replacement to carry out the necessary early elections. In keeping with this, Jagdeo submitted a list of 11 nominees gleaned from the lists he submitted in 2017, before Patterson’s unilateral appointment.On the other hand, President Granger’s informal list includes Retired Justices James Patterson, Claudette La Bennett and Stanley Moore as well as economist Aubrey Armstrong, Attorney Kesaundra Alves and former Solicitor General Kim Kyte. The President also proposed known People’s National Congress (PNC) affiliates Stanley Ming (a former PNC parliamentarian) and Kads Khan.last_img read more