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first_imgAs one of the 800 members who do not use training from the National Association of Master Bakers, I too am a little fed up with the near hysteria over the Board’s decision to look for better quality and more cost-effective training for our members. As CEO Gill Brooks Lonican’s letter in British Baker (26 January, pg 6) states, there is no intention to stop training by bakers for bakers, so the criticism is somewhat premature.If I had received a letter from the NA, informing me there would no longer be training, I would still pay my subs. Yet if I received a letter telling me I would no longer receive employment, environmental and health and safety advice, I would drop out of membership, as this is the kind of advice members need.Compared with a recent £600 charged from a solicitor for three letters and four phone calls, my membership to the NA for help 52 weeks a year on every subject is the best payment I will ever make.Nigel Howe, Theydon Bois Bakerylast_img read more

first_imgCourtesy of Tajae Thompson Residents of Johnson Hall gather in front of new building during Welcome Week festivities.Building on the relationships they formed last year, the Valkyries are now settling into the new dorm, welcoming first-year students and taking advantage of the gathering spaces outdoors and across the hall’s first floor.Rector Amanda Springstead, who has led the community since February 2019, said the new building lends itself to the sort of residential environment she hopes to foster.“I’d like to see the availability of our whole community to just gather,” Springstead said. “We have so much good open space here for those opportunities.”Junior Indonesia Brown, the hall’s fall semester vice president, said being part of a new dorm makes the sense of community especially strong.“We all got to choose that we want to live here,” she said.Electing to live in a brand-new residence hall comes with unique opportunities, especially for forming new traditions.Sophomore Lucia Carbajal, a resident of Johnson Family Hall who also serves as the dorm’s SUB representative, was initially unsure about moving into a dorm without the established traditions that are a hallmark of Notre Dame’s residential life. Since coming to campus, her perspective has changed.“The dorm life was something that drew me to Notre Dame,” Carbajal said. “I quickly realized that means we can make our own traditions. … We get to decide the mascot, the hall colors, what our signature event is going to be. It’s neat to be able to pick everything out.”The hall’s mascot, the Valkyries, hails from Norse mythology and depicts women warriors.“Powerful, strong soldiers is what we wanted to go for,” Thompson said. “It’s a great mascot — something different, something unique.”The community is also developing its own signature event: laser tag on the quad to raise money for charity. Although the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible to hold the inaugural event last spring, the Valkyries look forward to establishing laser tag as a Johnson Family Hall tradition when conditions allow.As the new dorm forms its identity, the Johnson family — the lead donors for the hall — has maintained a relationship with the Valkyries. Springstead said the family has met the community over Zoom and plans to visit in person when health circumstances permit.“They text and I send them pictures of things that are happening in the hall,” Springstead said. “It’s been a really good relationship.”At the end of the year, the Valkyries hope to be able to send a yearbook to the family.“It’s cool to be able to forge that connection with them and involve them in things that are happening,” Brown said.Constraints caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have challenged the Valkyries to rethink how they will build community this year, but Springstead is confident Johnson Family Hall will rise to the occasion.“We’ve had to be more creative, but that is nothing new for this community,” Springstead said. “We throw around terms like ‘trailblazing’ and ‘pioneering,’ and that’s so much of what our community is.”For now, despite the unusual circumstances, community remains the emphasis for the Valkyries.“My hope for the community is that everyone feels safe, supported, and welcomed here, and that this is a really inclusive and loving home for everyone who lives here,” Springstead said.Tags: Community, Johnson Family Hall, Pangborn Hall, Valkries Anticipated since December 2018, Johnson Family Hall — the University’s newest women’s dorm on East Quad — opened its doors this August to its first cohort of 221 residents.This is the first semester Johnson Family Hall is part of East Quad, but the Valkyries began building their community across campus in Pangborn Hall while the new dorm was under construction.Hall president junior Tajae Thompson said that during their time in Pangborn, the women had a chance to form bonds that only continue to strengthen. (Editor’s Note: Thompson is a former Scene writer for The Observer).“It’s the same community but in a different building,” Thompson said. “It’s the people who matter.”last_img read more

first_imgArsenal scouting former Gunner Glen Kamara with view to transfer Arsenal scouts have watched Kamara in action six times this season (Picture: Getty)Arteta will want a replacement for Xhaka and has also asked for two centre-backs with mounting concerns about the current crop of Arsenal defenders.An apparent serious injury to Calum Chambers has increased Arsenal’s need for defensive reinforcements and the Londoners have been linked with RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano.MORE: Arsenal won’t sanction Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer in JanuaryMORE: Arsene Wenger rates Liverpool’s chances of repeating Arsenal’s Invincibles season Coral BarryTuesday 31 Dec 2019 8:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4kShares Kamara was released by Arsenal in 2017 (Picture: Getty)Rangers paid just £50,000 for Kamara and is considered one of the best defensive midfielders in the Scottish Premiership.AdvertisementAdvertisementMikel Arteta is eager to rejuvenate Arsenal and it appears a return to the club for Kamara is on the cards.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 CityKamara would have impressed Arsenal scouts in his last game, as Rangers secured a vital away win against Celtic in the league.Arsenal are expected to do some business in January, especially if they lose Granit Xhaka to Hertha Berlin.The midfielder is desperate to leave Arsenal and his agent made a public plea to the club to allow his player to join Hertha Berlin in January. Advertisementcenter_img Comment Kamara has rebuilt his career in Scotland (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are weighing up a transfer move for former Gunner and current Rangers star Glen Kamara, according to reports.Arsene Wenger released Kamara in 2017 after he managed just one senior appearances for Arsenal.Kamara joined Scottish side Dundee before earning a move to Rangers in 2019, where he has flourished under Steven Gerrard.And the 24-year-old’s performances for Rangers has caught the attention of his former employers, with the Daily Mail claiming Arsenal scouts have watched Kamara in action in his last six appearances.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgB&H basketball player Boris Savović is the new player for Bayern Munich. The potential B&H representative has found a new club after termination of the contract with Belgrade’s Crvena Zvezda. The power forward had an excellent season in the regional ABA league where he was one of the best players.This player from Trebinje was supposed to play in Eurobasket, but he refused the call even though coach Aleksandar Petrović wanted to see him on the roster.He played earlier for the youth team of Montenegro.(Source: radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more

first_imgSerena gets third bite at equalling Court’s record against Halep in Wimbledon finalLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Serena Williams’s place among the legends of tennis is assured but her mission will not be accomplished unless she at least equals Margaret Court’s record haul of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.The 37-year-old American gets a third chance in a year to go level with the controversial Australian when she plays another former world number one Simona Halep in the Wimbledon final on Saturday.Aside from the one-on-one rivalry on court, both women have a member of the royal family rooting for them — Williams’s friend Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Halep favouring Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.Williams will hope for a happier ending than being out-played both by Angelique Kerber in last year’s Wimbledon final and Naomi Osaka in the US Open final where a spectacular meltdown torpedoed her cause, leading her to eventually consult a therapist.Williams claimed after her semi-final romp over unseeded Czech Barbora Strycova that the Court landmark is not on her mind.“I thought about it this morning,” she said.“I actually didn’t think about it since because it’s really not about 24 or 23 or 25.“It’s really just about going out there and giving my best effort no matter what.“No matter what I do, I will always have a great career. I just kind of let it go this morning. I feel really calm about it.”Her claiming to be calm — she attributes this to digging into her memory and recalling how she felt when she beat sister Venus in 2002 for her first Wimbledon title — will reassure her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.The 49-year-old Frenchman is more forthright over the reason why Williams has returned to the tour after giving birth to her daughter Olympia.It is chasing down 76-year-old Court’s landmark set between 1960 and 1973.– ‘Stronger mentally’ –“That’s why she came back to playing tennis after having a baby and so many medical complications,” he said.“The effort she’s put in, I’ve never seen something like this.“You have no idea how hard she worked to come back to that level, and she came back for that, so it will probably mean a lot if she makes it.”Williams’s campaign has been something of a rollercoaster.Sublime against Strycova — who had ousted four seeds on her way to the semi-finals — she wobbled badly against compatriot Alison Riske in the previous round. Calmness was not the adjective to describe her emotions during the Riske match and even she admits her serenity on Thursday could be replaced by a contrasting demeanour come Saturday.“It’s a day-to-day basis with me,” she said.“We all know that. I’m far from perfect.”Halep, the first Romanian woman to play in the Wimbledon final, has the weaponry to upset Williams.However, she will want her serve to be more reliable than it was in the early stages of her ultimately easy semi-final win over Elina Svitolina.The 27-year-old has won just one of the four Grand Slam finals in which she has appeared — last year’s French Open.But she has shown already she can deal with a partisan crowd having beaten 15-year-old Coco Gauff on Monday.The size of the challenge confronting her is reflected in having won just one of her 10 previous meetings with Williams, although she has regularly taken her to three sets.“I believe that I have my chance to win against her,” said Halep.“Of course, I respect a lot what she has done and what she’s doing. But now I feel stronger mentally facing her.“We will see what is going to happen. It’s just a big challenge for me.”However, for Halep it is not about being the latest player to deny Williams equalling Court’s landmark.“I’m desperate to win Wimbledon more than to stop her.”Martina Navaratilova, who holds the record of nine women’s Wimbledon singles titles, says Halep’s hopes of getting Williams involved in long rallies to tire her out are likely to be dashed.“You can’t get to the big points because Serena is always ahead,” she told the BBC.“It’s the weapon of mass destruction I call it — the Serena serve.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more