Scotland’s first Swedish bakery is to open at a multi-million pound development on the site of Edinburgh’s former Royal Infirmary.Award-winning Swedish baker Jan Hedh will be overseeing the opening of the business called Peter’s Yard, which is a joint venture with Swedish businessman Peter Ljungquift and two Edinburgh-based partners. The company has scoured Europe for a suitable site following the success of its first bakery-café set up in southern Sweden six years ago.Hedh is bringing a four-strong team of bakers to help with the venture who will then train up staff hired locally. Sophie Dow, who is a partner in the business with husband Robin, said the shop will sell bread, open sandwiches, cakes and chocolates.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County Treasurer Angie Carpenter, left, and County Comptroller Joseph Sawicki, right.Critics blasted a proposal to merge the offices of the Suffolk County comptroller and treasurer as a political ploy while supporters contend it will save taxpayer money, should voters decide the issue.Treasurer Angie Carpenter and some lawmakers questioned whether the bill is designed to allow Comptroller Joseph Sawicki, who’s term limited, to run for another 12 years under a new title and oust Carpenter, the former Republican rival to County Executive Steve Bellone, a Democrat.“This is not a merger, this is a hostile takeover,” Carpenter told the legislature Monday at a public hearing. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”The comments came at a special meeting of the panel that is expected to decide July 30 whether voters in a November referendum should weigh consolidating the two elected posts into a new office of the chief financial officer.“Sooner or later, with taxpayers wanting leaner and meaner government, this is going to happen,” said Sawicki, a Republican who acknowledged his prior opposition to the same idea in 2006. “The world has economically changed in the last five years. We have to rethink everything.”If approved, Sawicki would lead the new, consolidated office starting in January and would be eligible to run for the post in the 2014 elections.The majority of speakers—including town-level elected officials, bankers and members of the public—voice opposition to the proposal, although a handful of supporters also spoke.“This timing appears politicized and politics and finance are very poor bed fellows,” said Lisa Scott, president of Suffolk County League of Women Voters, adding that the group supports government consolidation, but has doubts about this proposal.“It’s not about politics and it’s not about personalities,” said Huntington-based attorney Paul Sabatino, a former council to the legislature hired by Sawicki. He noted that the comptroller is paying him out of campaign funds and not public money.Republican lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled legislature also balked that an amended version of the bill was submitted less than an hour before the public hearing, which left little time for anyone to digest the changes.Legis. Rick Montano (D-Central Islip) pointed out that since the district attorney, sheriff and clerk sued to overturn the term limits—a ruling that is pending appeal—only the comptroller, treasurer and legislators remain term limited.So is the county executive. But now the Comptroller Sawicki may have a chance to run for an office equivalent to his current title.“If this bill is past and the referendum passes, then [Sawicki’s] able to maintain his current functions beyond the 12-year period that the public voted for,” Montano said while referring to the referendum a decade ago that created term limits. “We have effectively taken the public’s vote and thrown it in the garbage can.”
Former US President Barack Obama on Wednesday assailed his successor, Donald Trump, as deeply unfit for the office he occupies and argued that voting for his former No. 2, Joe Biden, was necessary to ensure the very survival of American democracy.”He’s shown no interest in putting in the work; no interest in finding common ground; no interest in using the awesome power of his office to help anyone but himself and his friends; no interest in treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves,” Obama said of Trump during the third night of the Democratic National Convention.”Donald Trump hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t. And the consequences of that failure are severe,” he continued, blaming Trump for the 170,000 Americans who have died from the coronavirus, the millions of jobs lost to the ensuing recession and the diminishment of the country’s democratic principles at home and abroad. After avoiding direct criticism for most of Trump’s first term, the scathing broadsides from Obama constituted an unusually harsh assessment of one president by another. His assertion that Trump, a Republican, is incapable of meeting the demands of the presidency echoed the remarks from his wife, Michelle Obama, on Monday, that Trump “simply cannot be who we need him to be.”Biden was formally nominated on Tuesday night to take on Trump in the Nov. 3 presidential election. U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, his choice for vice president, also spoke on Wednesday, while Biden will do so on Thursday.Obama, who remains enormously popular among Democratic voters, also used his speech to offer a personal endorsement of Biden, who served as his vice president for two terms.”For eight years, Joe was the last one in the room whenever I faced a big decision,” he said. “He made me a better president – and he’s got the character and the experience to make us a better country.” Obama’s address was delivered from the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, the city where the US Constitution – and the country’s founding democratic principles – were drafted.”The one constitutional office elected by all of the people is the presidency,” he said. “So at a minimum, we should expect a president to feel a sense of responsibility for the safety and welfare of all 330 million of us. … But we should also expect a president to be the custodian of this democracy.”Trump, he said, had failed those tests.On Twitter, Trump responded to Obama’s appearance with a post in all capital letters: “WHY DID HE REFUSE TO ENDORSE SLOW JOE UNTIL IT WAS ALL OVER, AND EVEN THEN WAS VERY LATE? WHY DID HE TRY TO GET HIM NOT TO RUN?”WHY DID HE REFUSE TO ENDORSE SLOW JOE UNTIL IT WAS ALL OVER, AND EVEN THEN WAS VERY LATE? WHY DID HE TRY TO GET HIM NOT TO RUN?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2020Obama also urged Americans to vote, warning that Trump and his Republican allies can win only by suppressing and undermining votes, rather than on the merit of their policies.”Do not let them take away your power,” he said. “Do not let them take away your democracy. Make a plan right now for how you’re going to get involved and vote.”Topics :
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Jordon Ibe (right) celebrates his goal for Derby against Watford 1 A lack of goals has hampered Liverpool this season as the players struggle to carve open defences the way they did last season.Shortly before the Reds’ loss to Crystal Palace, Jordon Ibe helped Derby beat Watford 2-1 to go clear at the top of the Championship table.Ibe joined the Rams from Liverpool in the summer in a season-long loan, with manager Steve McClaren saying at the time: “He is a direct player with plenty of ability and he will certainly strengthen the attacking options.”The 18-year-old’s goal was great, but it was outdone by Craig Bryson’s winner.