Four new training providers have joined the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink Manufacturing, taking the number in the network to 32.The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (Cafre) has become the first organisation to be accredited as part of the NSA in Northern Ireland, and will lead the development of a training network dedicated to the needs of the province’s food and drink industry.Bishop Burton College near Beverley, Yorkshire, and Derby College have also joined the NSA’s food and drink processing networks. Newcastle University has become the second member of the leadership and management network. Meanwhile, Sheffield Hallam University has extended its involvement with the NSA network by taking on an additional role to become champion of a network specialising in food innovation.NSA director Justine Fosh said the NSA has now published a directory listing all the training courses available from its members. It can be downloaded from the NSA for Food and Drink Manufacturing website at foodanddrink.nsacademy.co.uk.The NSA steering for bakery – made up of representatives from the baking industry including craft, plant and supermarket businesses as well as trade associations – is currently developing vocational qualifications and ways of delivering skills via a network of training providers, and guided by sector skills council Improve. It is due to announce further details of a pilot foundation bakery training scheme in the coming months.
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg shared lessons from his political career with the College Democrats and articulated his administration’s policy and his future aspirations for the city Tuesday in DeBartolo Hall.Buttigieg, himself a member of the College Democrats during his undergraduate years at Harvard, said while South Bend has struggled economically in the past, he thinks the city is on the right track to full recovery.“You’re in South Bend in an extraordinary moment in the history of the city, because we’re on the rebound,” he said. “We have had the fastest population growth in 25 years. It wasn’t much, but the fact that it’s positive numbers itself is pretty exciting.”Buttigieg said crucial to the recovery of South Bend — and one of the cornerstones of his administration — is the ability of its municipal leaders to listen to the needs of the average citizen. Indeed, he listed his ability to respond effectively to his constituency as one of the reasons for his election to the office of mayor in 2011.“We entered a five-way race where I was not the most credible candidate coming into it,” he said. “We built credibility by talking and listening to voters and having a message that really spoke to where South Bend is at.”He said one of the challenges he faced coming into office and even during the mayoral race itself was that South Bend was regarded by many as a dying city. In fact, Buttigieg said South Bend was listed by Newsweek magazine as one of 10 dying cities of America the very week he declared his candidacy.Buttigieg said part of the reason for South Bend’s past economic troubles was the large amount of vacant and abandoned properties still leftover from the closure of the South Bend Studebaker factory over 50 years ago.“Even though we’re best known for the University of Notre Dame, we actually didn’t grow up around education as a city. We grew up around industry,” he said.In order to combat the city’s vacancy problem, Buttigieg said his administration unveiled the “1,000 homes in 1,000 days” program, which aims to demolish or renovate 1,000 of the city’s abandoned houses over the course of 1,000 days. Already, he said, the city is on its 975th house after only about 900 days of the project being in place.“It’s kind of unsexy, but it makes a huge difference,” he said.Among his administration’s other “unsexy” undertakings, he said, is the creation of a smart sewer system. Buttigieg said South Bend is the first city in the world to put its sewer system on the Cloud.“The rest of the world is getting more productive thanks to technology — why shouldn’t cities?” he said.But even considering its recent growth, Buttigieg said South Bend still faces a number of challenges.“Our industrial past is a great thing in terms of having brought us here, but it also means that we’ve struggled for 50 years to adjust,” he said. “It’s taken my entire first term as mayor just to get people ready to believe in the city.”Still, Buttigieg said he has seen an improvement in the outlook of South Bend since he took office in 2012, in part evidenced by the city’s recent 150-year anniversary celebration.“Honestly, what has made the biggest difference is people believing in the city, and having a celebration of our city … cemented the awareness that our city is back,” he said. “I think it was the perfect hinge point for being in the middle of this decade, which I think will go down in history — if we keep pushing — as the most transformative decade our city has ever had.”Buttigieg said he thinks this decade is particularly historic for a number of reasons, including the city’s recent push towards acceptance of all members of society. Having recently come out publicly as gay in an essay published in the South Bend Tribune, Buttigieg said one of his greatest concerns as a politician is equality.“I really want to be judged in my job based on, ‘Are we filling the potholes, and are we generating jobs, and is the city coming back?’” he said. “I will absolutely be outspoken on LGBT issues and especially when fairness comes into play.”And for now, Buttigieg said, he is exclusively focusing on the mayoral election. He said he does not currently have aspirations to run for state or federal office.“Right now, I’m just thinking about the city,” he said. “I know it’s not a job I can do forever, but I’ll do it as long as it’s the place I can make the most impact. … This may be the last office I ever run for, and it might not.”Looking towards the future, Buttigieg said he thinks the involvement of students and young people is essential to the continued recovery of the city. He said the many joint projects between South Bend and Notre Dame “could put South Bend on the map as one of the great city-university collaborations in America.”“If you could pick one thing to put in the middle of your city, as a mayor — a waterfall, an NFL team — what you would pick would be a world class university, and we have that,” he said. “Which is exactly why South Bend is not going to die. South Bend is going to grow.”Tags: College Democrats, Pete Buttigieg
After a four-game road swing, the USC baseball team had a home game Tuesday.But with the way the team played in the 7-1 loss to Long Beach State, USC interim coach Frank Cruz is probably happy to get back on the road.The Trojans (18-22, 8-7) will finish a swing in which seven of eight games have been away from Dedeaux Field this weekend when they travel to Frank Sancet Stadium to take on Arizona.The Wildcats (24-16, 6-9) welcome USC on Friday night at 5 p.m. hoping to turn around recent struggles. Arizona lost to rival Arizona State for the fourth time this season Tuesday and has lost five of six games.After being ranked as high as No. 11 following a 17-5 start, Arizona has run into trouble since starting Pac-10 play. The Wildcats are only 6-9 in conference games and have only won one series despite winning the series opener four of five times.They’ve been so successful in game one because of the arm of Orange County’s Kurt Heyer. The sophomore right-hander has a 6-3 record, a minuscule 2.20 ERA and has struck out 95 batters in 86 innings while issuing only 20 base on balls.Heyer, however, started on three-days rest Tuesday as the Wildcats tried to take down their archrivals, so it will be Kyle Simon on the mound Friday night. The 6-foot-5 righty has a 7-3 record with a 2.95 ERA. He is coming off a three-hit complete game against Oregon in his last start.To beat Simon, USC will need junior Andrew Triggs (3-3, 4.52 ERA) to replicate his performance from last week when he threw a complete game five-hitter as the Trojans beat Washington 2-1.Junior Austin Wood (4-5, 4.69 ERA) will start Saturday for USC. He will likely take on Tyler Hale (3-4, 5.26 ERA), who isn’t on firm ground. Hale is 0-4 in Pac-10 play, and his ERA jumped to 9.43 after he allowed four runs in one and two-thirds innings in his last start.The series finale will feature senior Logan Odom (3-5, 3.49 ERA), who has helped the Trojans win their last three conference series. Odom won the rubber match in two of those series.Arizona’s Sunday starter has still yet to be determined. But don’t be surprised to see Heyer return even though it’s unconventional to see collegiate starters pitch a midweek and weekend game. If he doesn’t start, he’s likely to be used as a reliever throughout the series.If the Trojans want to improve on their fourth place standing in the Pac-10, they need to get into Arizona’s bullpen where the Wildcats have a 5.79 ERA this season.USC will also have to contain an offense that averages 6.7 runs per game and is hitting .320 as a team. Joey Rickard (.402) and Cole Frenzel (.387) lead an Arizona offense that features six hitters batting .315 and above.In comparison, the Trojans’ offense has only two batters hitting better than .300 with junior first baseman Ricky Oropesa’s .345 batting average, six home runs and 33 RBI leading the way.The Trojans will try to return to their winning ways after their five-game streak was broken last week.Before losing its last two games, USC had won eight of 10 games.
MORE: SN’s NBA Athlete of the DecadeBoth James and Davis were listed as questionable on Monday for the Christmas showdown with the Clippers, but the All-Star forwards pushed for an impromptu practice on Christmas Eve, per Wojnarowski and McMenamin. Practice time has been hard to find for coach Frank Vogel, as the Lakers have played 12 of their last 16 games on the road. There won’t be any talk of load management in Los Angeles on Christmas Day.Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis are expected to play on Wednesday against the Clippers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin. James missed a game for the first time this season on Sunday with a thoracic muscle strain and discomfort in his groin; Davis hurt his right knee in that game, a 128-104 loss to the Nuggets. “We went a 10-day trip without a single practice, really,” Vogel told reporters on Monday. “One shootaround, I think. Sometimes that benefits your legs, but usually it leads to a little bit of slippage in your execution and togetherness, particularly on the defensive end.”🎥 Frank Vogel gives an injury update for LeBron and AD. pic.twitter.com/DtsKBUgsRZ— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 23, 2019The Lakers stand alone at the top of the Western Conference standings with a 24-6 record, but a three-game losing streak has allowed contenders like the Nuggets (21-8), Rockets (21-9) and Clippers (22-10) to close the gap. The Lakers will need to fire on all cylinders to defeat the Clippers, who won the first battle of LA on Opening Night without Paul George.George will be part of the starting five this time, joining Kawhi Leonard on the Staples Center floor. Leonard sat out Sunday’s game against the Thunder, but the 2019 NBA Finals MVP is available for the Christmas Day contest.
Marco Silva (Everton): “We have confidence in our work and the way we are playing.“Seeing how our team is growing and getting better and getting results in the last two-and-a-half months. I accept they will be favourites but it is a big challenge for us.”Confirmed line-ups Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri can set the longest ever unbeaten run for a new Premier League manager when his side host Everton on Sunday afternoon.The Blues, undefeated in their opening eleven league games, could go top of the table with a win ahead of the all-important Manchester derby later in the day. MONEY 3 3 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Ross Barkley spent eight years at Everton Getty Images – Getty 3 Latest Football News The match takes place just three days after Chelsea’s underwhelming 1-0 victory over BATE Borisov, featuring a gruelling 3200-mile round trip to Belarus.And they will not be able to afford a Europa League hangover against an Everton side who are beginning to find their feet under Marco Silva.The Toffees are in fine goalscoring form, netting 11 goals and taking four wins from their last five league games, but they haven’t won at Stamford Bridge since 1994. ADVICE 🔵 | Here it is, Blues! Your starting XI for today’s #EFCawayday…1️⃣ Change. Full debut for Yerry Mina! pic.twitter.com/ioV6WJekcS— Everton (@Everton) November 11, 2018 REVEALED RANKED Here’s how we line up today! 💪#CHEEVE pic.twitter.com/shT0HmwYmU— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 11, 2018 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Marco Silva is pleased with the way his team is playing huge blow Maurizio Sarri is yet to taste defeat in the Premier League Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BEST OF Former Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, a major success story under the new Chelsea regime, could face his former club for the first time since swapping Goodison Park for Stamford Bridge in January.What the managers are sayingMaurizio Sarri (Chelsea): “The best situation is the result [against BATE]. We didn’t play very well.“It wasn’t very easy to play a good game here. There was all the conditions to play very badly, for the cold, for the opponents, for the pitch, for everything. I think we could have done better.” Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card