Fabulous Baker Brothers pick best bakeries

first_imgTom and Henry Herbert, the brothers fronting the Channel 4 series The Fabulous Baker Brothers, have revealed five of their favourite UK bakery businesses.In an article with The Telegraph, the Herbert brothers said the Phoenix Bakery in Weymouth was one of their favourite establishments, highlighting the work of baker Aidan Chapman, who has baked for celebrity TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage.Cambridge-based Fitzbillies also made the top five list, in addition to Stones Bakery in Falmouth and Mhor Bakery based in Perthshire.Birmingham-based Loaf, which moved into a larger premises last October, was mentioned by the Herberts and described as “a down-to-earth bakery and café”.last_img

Jurors say arrogance and compelling evidence brought down Stanford

first_imgJurors in the recent trial of convicted Texas financier Allen Stanford say his arrogance and greed as well as compelling evidence by his former chief financial officer were primarily responsible for his conviction and the forfeiture of US $330 million in assets.The eight men and four women jury on March 6 found Stanford guilty on 13 of 14 counts. Two days later, the same jury decided that Stanford must forfeit US$330 million in assets in 29 bank accounts seized by the US government.Stanford was convicted of masterminding a “massive” US$7 billion Ponzi scheme by bilking tens of thousands of investors of high-yield certificates of deposit at his Antigua-owned Stanford International Bank (SIB).“The jury returned unanimous verdicts, and we think they speak for themselves,” Jury foreman John Wojciak, an environmental engineer, told reporters.Bruce Forrest, a 47, an alternate juror and optician, said prosecutors presented “overwhelming evidence” that resulted in Stanford’s conviction.He said the testimony of James Davis, Stanford’s ex-finance chief, was the most compelling.Davis, who made a plea deal with the US government, testified against his former boss for five days during the six-week trial.Forrest also recalled testimony from Sohil Merchant, Stanford’s information technology chief, who testified to having to repeatedly fly in laptops to replace ones the tycoon had smashed against walls or dropped into water.“There’s an arrogance that goes with that,” Forrest said, adding “and to find out he used other people’s money in order to accomplish all this. Along with arrogance comes greed”.Je, however, lamented that Stanford did not take the stand on his own behalf.“He might regret that now,” Forrest said. “It’s always nice to hear from him”.But another juror, Carlos Anez, 27, an industrial engineer, said it would not have made any difference if Stanford had personally testified, given the overwhelming evidence against him.“It was a lot,” he said, disclosing that the jury had briefly deadlocked on one count, the allegation that Stanford had bribed Antiguan banking regulator Leroy King with tickets for the National Football League’s final, “The Super Bowl”.King has also been indicted in the scheme and faces extradition from his native Antigua.Anez said jurors were unsure about the rules were in Antigua. Stanford was acquitted on that count.Stanford’s lawyers had unsuccessfully asked Judge David Hitter, who presided over the case, to delay the trial, claiming that their client was suicidal and might never sufficiently recover from a 2009 jail house beating by another inmate, to face a jury.In addition, defence lawyers claimed that Stanford was addicted to prescription anti-anxiety drugs and had spent almost nine months in a US federal prison hospital in North Carolina in a detoxification program.But Hittner ruled that Stanford was legally competent to stand trial.“That will be an issue,” said Ali Fazel, one of Stanford’s lawyers. “It will be a lengthy appeal.”Antigua Observer NewsRegional Jurors say arrogance and compelling evidence brought down Stanford by: – March 13, 2012 Tweet 14 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Player safety major consideration for CWI on England tour: Skerritt

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Cricket West Indies (CWI) president, Ricky Skerritt, has given the assurance that the tour of England will only take place once the regional body is satisfied that the safety of players will not be compromised, and that conditions in the United Kingdom do not put them at a disadvantage.Arguing that speculation over pre-conditions for the tour was premature since both CWI and the England and Wales Cricket Board were still at the discussion phase, Skerritt said his administration would not agree to the series unless the environment was “mutually suitable”.“It is well known the West Indies team was due to travel to England in another 10 or so days,” Skerritt told i95FM Sports here.“Obviously that’s not going to happen and Cricket West Indies and the English Cricket Board have been in discussions for a few weeks now, staying in touch, keeping each other updated on the situation locally – speculating, hoping, imagining, wishing, praying that we could have the tour take place sometime in the summer.“I think it would be premature for us to get too excited by what the terms and conditions would be. There’s been no confirmation of anything – different ideas have come up based on medical advice.“Both organisations have had both medically oriented and cricket technical discussions. We’ve included the key cricket folks – coach, captain, director of cricket, speaking with their counterparts in England.”He added: “But let’s be clear, Cricket West Indies will not be making an decisions that don’t make sense under the circumstances but obviously unless things change dramatically within the next month or two, it won’t be normal circumstances.“So the circumstances that prevail and the conditions that are placed will be determined to be only be suitable if they’re mutually suitable.”In recent days, speculation has swirled about a July start for the three-Test series which was originally carded to begin June 4, but had to be scrapped because of the outbreak of the global coronavirus pandemic.The ECB has postponed the start of its domestic season until May 28 but with the virus already resulting in 219 000 infections and nearly 32 000 deaths, doubt remains over when the season can actually get underway.Media reports in England have indicated that the ECB are considering strict isolation, quarantine and testing protocols for players and officials, along with the use of “bio-secure” playing facilities in order for the series to proceed.While conceding that cricket globally would have to undergo changes to accommodate safety concerns once it restarted, Skerritt stressed if the tour went ahead, players would not be pressured to make themselves available, even though he did not foresee that situation occurring since all stakeholders were being kept abreast of discussions.“This is going to have to be a win-win tour in terms of the arrangement. Nobody will be put at a disadvantage, nobody will be abused,” he pointed out.“We’re trying to put things in place where cricketers can play cricket. That’s what cricketers do, they make a living out of playing cricket and some cricketers may have to make some adjustments as we go along, especially in the first few months of the return to cricket.”He continued: “This is too early to speak about quarantine and length of quarantine but you cannot go to Britain to play sport or do anything else without complying without whatever terms and conditions and protocols operate at the time.“Similarly, Caribbean cricketers are not going to be able to move around the region or get involved in preparation camps and other things that are necessary before a tour like this without it being cleared by the health authorities and so on, so Cricket West Indies is not in anyway trying to force any unreasonable ideas down anybody’s throat.“We believe in inclusivity of planning, we believe in getting the stakeholders involved in understanding what it is they’re getting into so the cricketers are not going to be jumping into a blind hole; in fact, they should not be jumping into a hole at all.“If this English tour is going to take place, we just have to make sure the terms and conditions and the environment for good health and good hygiene and for safety in the context of COVID-19, that they prevail in ways that don’t make cricket impossible to be played.”last_img read more