Gluten-free prioritiesGluten-free consumers are more concerned with quality and trust than pricing, according to new research by Dietary Specials (DS-gluten free). It also believes availability and quality of gluten- and wheat-free foods has improved dramatically in recent years. Tesco has the most regular gluten- and wheat-free shoppers, with 45% of its customers claiming to buy fortnightly or more often, closely followed by Sainsbury’s at 43%.Kindred voices viewsAnthony Kindred, of Kindred Bakery, appeared on the Channel 4 news on 18 January to discuss the rising price of ingredients, namely wheat. He said the only long-term answer for his business was to put up its prices to customers, with his loaves set to go up 10p after the price of the flour it is supplied rose last week by £50/tonne.Roberts’ new designIndependent Cheshire baker Frank Roberts & Sons hopes new bread packaging will help raise its profile in more parts of the country. The new design across its 21-strong loaf range reflects the firm’s heritage and aims to build on its brand identity, using a new strapline, ’Baked with a pride you can taste’ and the image of its large windows, where passers-by can watch the bread going round in the towers as it cools.Need a Cake moveCelebration cake maker Need a Cake is opening its doors to more would-be bakers with a move to much larger premises.Almost one-third of the 15-year-old Reading firm’s business is through teaching accredited courses and holding parties and team-building events, which prompted owner Rachel Brown to move her seven-strong team into a building on the Woodley Park estate, where there is a dedicated teaching kitchen.
Jake Gardiner and the Badgers have relied on stellar defense to lead Wisconsin to 17 victories.[/media-credit]The prolonged success of any hockey team always starts between the pipes.Thanks to the play of his senior goaltender, Wisconsin men’s hockey head coach Mike Eaves is spending a lot of time talking about it. Scott Gudmandson put together a pair of tremendous performances this past weekend as UW swept Minnesota State, and along with his impressive string of outings comes plenty of praise and chatter.Gudmandson has established himself as the top goaltender in the WCHA conference and it would be hard to find a netminder playing better anywhere across the country. He’s been the backbone of Eaves’ young squad all season and is now 10-2 in his last 12 starts.Eaves was asked Monday to compare Gudmandson to former Badger great Brian Elliot, who led Wisconsin to the national title in 2006. Elliot had stretches of dominance for the Badgers and was named a Hobey Baker finalist during his junior season.Eaves understands the desire to compare the two UW goaltenders but preferred to praise the present work of Gudmandson and leave the comparisons for others.“It’s always tough to compare and I know its human nature to do that,” Eaves said. “The biggest thing is that Scotty is playing as good as he ever has here. That’s the thing we focus on right now and talk about right now. He is making the first stop, most of the time controlling his rebounds and he is really handling the puck well.”“You could take a look and say, ‘Well, is he as good as Brian?’ because that would be the comparison,” Eaves added. “They are different types of goaltenders. Bottom line, they’re both stopping the pucks and had good numbers.”Bennett bringing out the bestSenior goaltender Brett Bennett may be relegated to watching on game night while Gudmandson continues his hot streak in net for the Badgers, but he’s making his presence known in practice.Gudmandson can never let up because Bennett is constantly driving up the competitiveness during practice sessions.“One of the reasons Scott works so hard in practice is because Brett is pushing him,” Eaves said. “When we play any small area game, they know exactly what the score is and they don’t want to lose that game. Having that internal competition has pushed Scott to stay at a high level.”Bennett came to UW after transferring from Boston University with the hope of starting on a regular basis for the Badgers, but that hasn’t panned out with Gudmandson taking the reins. Bennett has also been underwhelming as of late, evidenced by a lackluster showing in a 6-5 overtime victory three weeks ago over Canisius.Despite that disappointment and lack of playing time, Bennett has made a good impression on Eaves.“He has been a real good teammate,” Eaves said. “He wants to be in that net, but he knows that Scott is playing well.”Riding the horsesIce time isn’t a recorded statistic in college hockey, but observers of the Wisconsin hockey team would be interested to see the results so far this season.UW gets the most out of its top defensive pairing featuring Jake Gardiner and Justin Schultz (29 and 36 points, respectively), and the two D-men hardly get a breather. But Eaves and his staff aren’t all that interested in the exact number of minutes his top players receive.Clearly, Gardiner and Schultz have proven they deserve to be out there.“We don’t need to get into that at this level,” Eaves said. “They are horses and you can go to them pretty often. When they are a little tired, it probably makes them smarter, which makes them more effective because they aren’t running up and down the ice. They have to conserve their energy.”“They are in good shape. Because of that fact, we can ride them pretty often.”
…as consultations begin to improve teaching standards“We cannot expect students who are not properly learned to properly teach, so it is imperative to set a high threshold for those seeking to enter the profession as is the case with law and medicine. If one would not want a C student operating on their body, one should not tolerate a C student operating on the young minds of the nation”.Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture Minister of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) Natalio WheatleyThese were the sentiments shared by the Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture Minister of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Natalio Wheatley, during the opening of consultation sessions at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre on developing standards for the teaching profession in Latin America and the Caribbean.Making his position known on the matter, the Minister went further to list some special skills teachers must be equipped with. According to him, “Teachers must be equipped to teach students who are not only visual learners, but who learn through doing, who are tactile and auditory. Teachers must learn to use technology to enhance the learning experience. Teachers must be trained in identifying students who have learning disabilities and recommend them for support services as necessary”.Representing Guyana on this front was Chief Education Officer (CEO) Marcel Hutson, who underscored the importance of setting these higher standards.“Standards for teachers or teacher educators are paramount. Why? Teacher educators are strategically positioned to serve as catalysts for the required change in the education delivery and outcomes,” he added.As a consequence, the CEO noted that these persons must be able to model teaching that demonstrates content, professional knowledge, skills and the dispositions which reflect research, proficiency with technology and accepted best practices.Meanwhile, the Assistant Secretary General of Caricom, Douglas Slater, outlined the agenda of the Regional Two-day meeting which wraps up today (Thursday).He explained, “At the 34th meeting of the Council of Human and Social Development 2018, the technical working group for teachers’ innovation and education leadership submitted draft standards for teachers, educational leaders and teacher educators. The course had mandated the member States to convene consultations with relevant stakeholders and provide feedback to the Caricom Secretariat. The feedback gained from member States significantly influenced the revision of the draft standards that is being presented here today”.In addition, the Assistant General Secretary outlined that the teaching profession is formed within the context of social practices. With this on the forefront, he said that the draft teaching standards, “is a collection of aspirational statements” and “they refer to the sets of values and dispositions that influence the form of actions that occur in the teaching-learning relations”.The event is being undertaken as part of a series of consultation workshops being done in five regions internationally to acquire input from key education stakeholders including teachers, teacher organisations, education planners, teaching regulatory councils, teacher educators, and researchers.Participants will be asked to review and comment on a guidance framework and suggest ways in which it can be refined as well as recommend approaches for local adaptations.
‒ Nandlall says confession grounds for resignationA stunning admission made by Attorney General Basil Williams that his office played a role in saving several Ministers from private criminal charges has initiated calls from his predecessor, Anil Nandlall, for his resignation.In an article published by Sunday’s edition of the Guyana Chronicle, it was stated that Williams bragged to the newspaper during an interview that ‘representation through his office prevented the private charges from continuing against them (Ministers)’. At the time, Williams was laying out his achievements to make a case for re-election as People’s National Congress (PNC) Chairman.The parliamentary Opposition had filed criminal charges against Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence; Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton; Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, Public Sector Minister, Dr RupertFormer Attorney General Anil NandlallRoopnaraine and Finance Minister Winston Jordan, for various alleged infractions.Interestingly, those charges never made it to court, as the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) threw them out after review. Nandlall drew attention to the fact that the DPP is a constitutional office protected from interference by the laws of Guyana. Considering the role of the Attorney General as the legal representative of the State, this, the former AG noted, constitutes grounds for resignation.“The above constitutes an unassailable admission by the Attorney General of political interference with an independent constitutional agency,” Nandlall wrote in a social media post.“It also corroborates my long-held view that the criminal charges instituted against former Ministers and officials of the [People’s Progressive Party/Civic] PPP/C Administration are politically directed. In most democratic countries, this admission would be the basis of a resignation!” he noted, adding that this amounted to disrespect for the Constitution and the arms of the State.The DPP’s office itself is supposed to be protected from State directives by the Constitution of Guyana. Article 187 (4) of the Constitution states “In the exercise of the powers conferred upon him or her by this article, the Director shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority.”The chargesFollowing the charges brought by the PPP against Norton and Lawrence, the courtAttorney General Basil Williamsheard that Minister Lawrence, while being and performing the duties of Public Health Minister of the Government of Guyana, between January 16, 2017 and February 16, 2017, wilfully misconducted herself in a way which amounted to an abuse of public trust without reasonable excuse or justification.Moreover, Lawrence was accused of authorising the unapproved single- sourcing and purchase of drugs and medical supplies for the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) from ANSA McAL Trading Limited, for the excessive sum of $605,962,200.Norton, on the other hand, was also accused of wilfully misconducting himself in a way which amounted to an abuse of public trust without reasonable excuse or justification, when he authorised or caused the rental of the property known as and situated at 29 Sussex Street, Albouystown, in the city of Georgetown from Linden Holdings Incorporated, a Limited Liability Company, for the sum of $12,500,000, exclusive of VAT, per month, by way of a written Agreement of Tenancy at an excessive rate of rental.”Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan had granted two summonses for the respectiveDirector of Public Prosecutions, Shalimar Ali-HackMinisters, ordering them to appear before the court on April 24. They never did, as the day before their day in court, it was announced that the DPP, Shalimar Ali Hack, nixed the charges.The PPP then filed more charges, this time against Minister Jordan, Minister Patterson and Minister Roopnaraine for alleged breaches of the Procurement Act in relation to the expenditure of $906 million in public funds to a private company, Homestretch Development Inc for the construction of the D’Urban Park Project.Jordan and Patterson were jointly charged with misconduct and abuse of public trust for having allegedly authorised the payment, while Dr Roopnaraine, who was a director of the company, was charged with alleged misconduct and abuse of public trust for having received in his capacity as director the $906 million in public funds while serving as Minister.Summonses were also issued for these three Ministers by Chief Magistrate McLennan, with the matters adjourned to April 30, 2018. But the Ministers never saw the inside of the courtroom, as the DPP again discontinued the charges on April 26.She had affirmed that the matters must first be investigated by the Police. Since then, there has been no word on a Police investigation and Jordan has personally filed a libel lawsuit against PPP/C parliamentarian Juan Edghill for his role in the second charge.