Baking Industry Awards: last call

first_imgLast call for entries into the 2007 Baking Industry Awards! The deadline for entry into all 12 categories is Friday 18 May. But there is still time to download a form from [http://www.bakeryawards.co.uk] and send it back to our events department, post-haste.There is a £500 first prize in each of the categories at stake, plus a night out at London’s glitzy Grosvenor House hotel and recognition from industry peers. Remember you have to be in it to win it! See page 13 for all the details, including how to enter and how to book a table for the Awards evening.last_img

Reap the rewards of investment

first_imgIn his article ’Let’s take training to task’ (British Baker, 17 August) Chris North, bakery tutor at Castle College, Sheffield, stated that: “Industry must take charge of its own standards, training and education – not the government. The government… came up with NVQs, none of which are fit for purpose.”Improve is an organisation set up by employers to represent the skills needs of employers. It’s our responsibility to ensure that employers have access to skills provision that is relevant, accessible and, indeed, fit for purpose.To that end, we are working with employers such as Manor Bakeries, Sainsbury’s and Betty’s of Harrogate, with trade associations including the National Association of Master Bakers (NA) and the Scottish Association of Master Bakers (SAMB), and with learning providers including Thomas Danby College and the North Lancs Training Group, in order to give existing food and drink qualifications a radical overhaul that will ensure that skills meet the needs of employers and employees.The culmination of this work will be the launch, next month, of a range of new-style qualifications that will provide employers, employees, and students with more flexible and accessible learning opportunities. These new qualifications will include revamped N/SVQs (National/Scottish Vocational Qualifications), specially designed to up-skill the existing workforce. Learners will be able to tailor-make their qualification by accumulating units of competence, which can be combined within any number of different pathways towards a final N/SVQ. Not only does this ensure that an individual has the specific skills required for their role, it also recognises the time limitations for those in employment, allowing them to obtain their S/NVQ in stages. The qualification will be delivered on-the-job rather than in college, to ensure that the skills can be applied in a real working environment. Examples of N/SVQ pathways include craft bakery, process bakery and production control at Level 2, and specialist craft bakery at Level 3.September will also see the introduction of entirely new vocationally-linked qualifications (VLQs), which have been designed specifically to be taught within a college or training centre. They will help potential recruits develop practical skills and knowledge in preparation for future employment, and will offer existing employees the opportunity to acquire knowledge that adds value to their existing jobs. One of the first VLQs to be launched is offering options including dough production, pastry, flour confectionery and cake decoration.Initially, these N/SVQs will be available from City & Guilds, Food & Drink Qualifications, the Scottish Qualifications Authority and SAMB, and VLQs from City & Guilds and Food & Drink Qualifications. Appropriately equipped and qualified colleges and other learning providers can deliver these new N/SVQs or VLQs, simply by contacting the relevant qualifications awarding body to progress approval arrangements.This major reform of qualifications will provide huge benefits to the sector, and to bakery and bakery product manufacturers. Learning providers will have more opportunities to expand their offering, leading to an increase in the take-up of learning, and a greater number of successfully completed qualifications, which should lead to an increase in performance and profitability throughout the sector. We thank the many employers, learning providers and other partners for their ongoing contribution to these qualifications reforms. We would now urge bakery employers to make use of these new learning opportunities, and reap the rewards of investing in skills.* Jack Matthews is CEO of Improve, the food and drinks skills sector councillast_img read more

Handmade expands its premises

first_imgThe Handmade Cake Company in Maidenhead has moved to new premises in Gardner Road. The company specialises in round cakes and traybakes and is hoping to expand its enterprise at the new site.”We have closed down the old unit, but we’re not all moved into the new unit yet,” said managing director Parry Hughes-Morgan. The new premises will enable the company to create individual portions of cake, flow-wrapped tray bakes and loaf cakes.The move will also enable it to offer more bespoke cakes to its customers – for example, the ability to make carrot cake, traditionally made as a round cake, in different shapes or sizes for people who “love it, but want it bigger”, said Hughes-Morgan.Additional jobs have been created by the move, fulfilling the company’s desire to be more flexible and offer more choice.When the company first came to Maidenhead, 20 years ago, it was based in a small premises of around 1,500sq ft. Over the years it has moved and added on neighbouring units, but even-tually came to realise that it had “run out of space”. It has been supplying coffee shops, cafés and caterers with its products for 25 years.last_img read more

Landlord selling up?

first_imgIf the freehold to your premises is put up for sale, the bad news is that the landlord can sell to whoever they like. You don’t have first refusal.Although a landlord has a free rein when it comes to selling freehold premises, either they or their agents cannot show potential buyers around willy-nilly. They can only do this if such a right is reserved in the lease – and even then only at reasonable times and on reasonable notice.So, to prevent things getting awkward and your business being disrupted, check your paperwork and discuss the situation with the landlord. Agree suitable dates and times for viewings.What is your position?The next point to be clear about is the company’s status in the premises – is it a tenant or a licensee? If a tenant, it is likely to have greater rights and be in a stronger position. If you are unclear about where the company stands, the test adopted by the courts is to establish whether the business has “exclusive possession”. If so, it is highly likely you will have a tenancy. Exclusive possession is all about showing that you can exclude everyone from the premises, including the landlord.Best protectionIf the company is a tenant, chances are it will enjoy even more protection, thanks to the ’Landlord and Tenant Act 1954’. Basically, if you are a tenant and the Act hasn’t been excluded (it is something you must expressly agree to), then you cannot be evicted unless the landlord serves the correct form, a ’Section 25 Notice’, which complies with the correct procedure and can actually rely upon one of the grounds under the Act.There is even better news, because although one of the grounds available to a landlord is that they can obtain possession if they require the premises for their own use, they cannot rely on this if they have purchased the premises less than five years before the end of the lease.If the landlord asks you to leave, firstly check to see that the Landlord and Tenant Act is applicable. Also, look at when the lease ends, because the new landlord may be unaware of the effect of the Act and how it can protect a business tenant.Check your factsIf a new landlord appears on the scene demanding rent, don’t just cough up without asking for proof that they are the new owners.And, above all, remember that the existing lease remains valid, meaning that its terms cannot be altered.—-=== LEGISLATION NATION ===== New publicity requirements ==On 1 October 2008, new rules governing where and how your company displays its name took effect. What do you need to know to play it safe?On the premises: The Companies (Trading Disclosures) Regulations 2008 introduced various new rules governing the display of corporate information on a company’s premises, as well as on its documents. As a bare minimum, a company must display its registered name at its registered office, at any “inspection place” and any other location where it carries on business. An inspection place is defined as any location where a firm keeps any of its records available for inspection under the Companies Act. The exceptions are if the company has always been dormant or the premises are used mainly for living accommodation.The company’s name no longer has to appear on the outside of its premises. However, it must be displayed in a prominent place that can clearly be read and seen by any visitor coming to your premises. It could be in your reception area for instance.On documents: business letters, order forms and websites must contain the company’s full registered name, registration number, registered office and place of registration – for example, England, Wales etc. The company’s full name only needs to appear on any notices and official publications, bills of exchange, cheques, orders for money, goods or services, receipts, invoices and other demands for payment.Full disclosure: a written request can be made by anyone who has had business dealings with your firm. They can ask you to disclose the address of your registered office, any inspection place, and the types of records kept at the registered office and/or inspection place. You must provide a written response within five working days, as failure to do so could result in a fine of up to £1,000.== Pensions ==The Pension Act 2008, which received Royal Assent on 26 November, requires employers to offer a qualifying workplace pension scheme to their workers and to automatically enrol all eligible workers into this scheme as from 2012. Employers may choose to offer the Government’s Personal Accounts scheme or another qualifying occupational or personal pension scheme.A worker’s minimum contributions to his/her pension (4% of pay) will be matched by minimum contributions from the employer (3%) and tax relief (1%).== Welfare Reform Bill – changes to benefits ==The Queen’s Speech confirmed plans to abolish income support and move the long-term unemployed, including single parents and people with disabilities, onto Jobseeker’s Allowance – so they would face benefit cuts if they do not seek work. Incapacity benefit will be reformed, so that many people now receiving benefits would also be required to seek work.The Government has since published a White Paper on welfare reform, which suggests that, in return for benefit payments, those who have been on Jobseeker’s Allowance for two years will be required to participate in full-time activity to develop their work habits and employability skills. An ’escalating sanctions regime’ will be tested, supplementing financial penalties with mandatory full-time activity for people repeatedly not meeting their obligations. By October 2010, single parents with children aged seven-plus will be required to look for work in order to get benefits.—-=== At a glance ===Tip 1: It is not unusual for landlords to use incorrect labels – for example to call something a licence, in the hope that the occupier will fall for it and move out without realising they have certain rights of occupation, if in reality they are a tenant. So be clear about the nature of any document that has been signed and don’t just look at the headline. If necessary, have it checked by a solicitor/chartered surveyor.Tip 2: Even if it is a genuine licence, it is still a form of contract and therefore has to be brought to an end correctly. Check the wording to see that the right amount of notice has been given. If it’s silent on this, then you’re entitled to reasonable notice. This will generally be worked out by looking at the period when you pay the licence fee – for example, if monthly, you are entitled to a month’s notice. News in a nut-shelllast_img read more

World Scotch Pie Championship winner announced

first_imgA butcher has pipped a baker to the World Scotch Pie Championship post, as Murdoch Brothers Butchers was announced the winner of the 11th annual contest. Highest-placed baker in the Scotch Pie category was Airdrie-based Bon Bon Cake Shop, which achieved Gold 2nd Runner-Up.A record entry of 85 butchers and bakers – 84 of them from Scotland – were represented in the secret judging, which was held at Carnegie College earlier this month. Alongside the Scotch Pie competition, there were seven other categories to enter.The winning bakery businesses included Nicoll’s Rosebank Bakery in Dundee, which won the Diamond award in the Bridies category. Nevis Bakery in Corpach won the Savouries Vegetarian category for its vegetarian haggis, neeps (turnips) & tattie pie. Kassy’s Kitchen in Cowdenbeath claimed the Diamond award for the Savouries Hot category with its roast lamb & mint sauce pie. The Diamond award for hand-held steak pies went to Stuarts of Buckhaven; and Charmers Bakery in Bucksburn won the Savouries Cold category with its black pudding & apple pie.Winning butcheries were Fraserburgh-based Bruce of the Broch, which came top in the Savouries Fish category with its Smoked Haddock Pie; and T Johnston in Dunfermline took the title for the top Sausage Roll.“The objective is to raise standards in the industry and we believe we have achieved that,” commented event organiser Alan Stuart of bakery and butchery business Stuarts of Buckhaven. “We are also encouraged to see a number of new entrants, 15 in total.”last_img read more

United Sats of America

first_imgWith all the talk of food prices rising, we need to bulk up while we can to sustain us through the tough times. We thought the deep-fried Eccles cake couldn’t be topped until the US strutted back on court and casually slam-dunked the winner in the sat fat wars. Last year Stop the Week reported on the aptly-named Heart Attack Café The Harlem Globe Trotters of sat-fatuousness which was peddling deep-fried Coke balls. It has upped the ante with the closest food equivalent to cyanide yet to be developed: deep-fried butter balls (see bit.ly/9lbXZU).But why stop there? Make a meal of it! Once you’ve had the cardiologist endoscope this entrée out of your arteries, tuck into the world’s first ever cupcake-poultry crossover (we think, and hope) for the main course: Red Velvet Chicken (bit.ly/cZwiHN). And for dessert in this suicide-by-coronary banquet? Cupcakes, naturally. But since the mains are sweet, why not opt for savoury cupcakes, which are tipped to be the next big bakery export to the UK. Their pizza, cheeseburger and steak-flavoured cupcakes are set to receive a distinctly British twist, with roast beef, Yorkshire pudding with a horseradish butter cream, and fish and chips with tartare sauce buttercream cupcakes apparently on their way. You have been warned (bit.ly/cHNGhJ).To cement the transatlantic obesity entente, bods at Imperial College London published a study urging cholesterol-busting statins to be served as condiments alongside fast foods to cut heart attacks. The stage is set bring it on!last_img read more

Food in the news

first_imgThe GM debate reared its head in The Telegraph around calls to rebrand GM. “We need a new language. Perhaps vaccination or inoculation is less scary for the public,” said Bill Clark, who runs Broom’s Barn Research Centre, part of agricultural research centre Rothamsted Research. He argued that changing the public perception of GM was essential if the poor wheat yields in Britain and Europe were to be overcome. “Wheat yields have plateaued over the last 15 years,” he said. Peter Melchett, policy director at the Soil Association, branded the comments “desperate rubbish”.Food sales growth slowed in December as snow disrupted sales patterns and trade was lost, according to the British Retail Consortium. However, non-food had a much tougher time, it said.Families are to benefit from £50 voucher books to help them to eat more healthily and be more active, as the next phase of the Government’s Change4Life programme is announced. Families will be encouraged to swap one unhealthy habit for a healthier one, and will have access to vouchers for money-off healthier foods, including a Warburtons Wholemeal loaf and activities.last_img read more

Tetley moves into bakery market

first_imgTetley is to branch out into the world of bakery with the launch of Tetley Tea Folk Scones this week.Made under licence, by scone manufacturer Haywood & Padgett, the packs of four fruit scones launched in Asda yesterday (Monday 12 September).In addition to the scones, Tetley also has plans to launch a range of other edible products, including biscuits, which will be initially aimed at the convenience sector before seeking distribution to the major multiples, said the firm.“This is all about developing Tetley Tea Folk products that are the perfect accompaniment to enjoying, making or thinking about Tetley tea,” said Anand Gandesha, marketing manager for Tetley.“It is the first time we have leveraged the strength of the Tetley Tea Folk in this way and it will be exciting to see how it develops.”>>Scones score sales leadslast_img read more

Coronavirus has come to Michiana: Here’s what you need to know

first_img Facebook Coronavirus has come to Michiana: Here’s what you need to know By Tommie Lee – March 11, 2020 1 1038 If you are a healthcare provider or a public health responder caring for a COVID-19 patient, please take care of yourself and follow recommended infection control procedures.If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill are able to isolate at home.If you are a resident in a community where there is ongoing spread of COVID-19 and you develop COVID-19 symptoms, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill are able to isolate at home. Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp (photo/CDC) The first positive test for coronavirus in Michiana was identified in St. Joseph County on Wednesday, March 11th.The virus was found in a male patient in his 50s who has quarantined at home and was said to have been tested away from other patients.County health officials are echoing the advice of CDC officials and suggesting people follow common sense health practices, as well as avoiding public gatherings.The latest information from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.htmlFrom The State of Indiana: https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htmFrom The State of Michigan: https://www.michigan.gov/CoronavirusFrom The South Bend Community School Corporation: http://sb.school/cms/One.aspx?portalId=68976&pageId=23551606From The University of Notre Dame: https://coronavirus.nd.edu/From Indiana University: https://coronavirus.iu.edu/index.htmlFrom Purdue University: https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2020/Q1/need-to-know-info-about-covid-2019.html_______________________________________Coronavirus information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:Background CDC has deployed multidisciplinary teams to support state health departments case identification, contact tracing, clinical management, and public communications.CDC has worked with federal partners to support the safe return of Americans overseas who have been affected by COVID-19. CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concernexternal icon” (PHEIC). On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19. On March 11, 2020 WHO publiclyexternal icon characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic.Source and Spread of the VirusCoronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with this new virus (named SARS-CoV-2).The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a betacoronavirus, like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV.  All three of these viruses have their origins in bats. The sequences from U.S. patients are similar to the one that China initially posted, suggesting a likely single, recent emergence of this virus from an animal reservoir.Early on, many of the patients at the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. Later, a growing number of patients reportedly did not have exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread. Person-to-person spread was subsequently reported outside Hubei and in countries outside China, including in the United States. Some international destinations now have apparent community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19, as do some parts of the United States. Community spread means some people have been infected and it is not known how or where they became exposed. Learn what is known about the spread of this newly emerged coronaviruses. An important part of CDC’s role during a public health emergency is to develop a test for the pathogen and equip state and local public health labs with testing capacity.CDC developed an rRT-PCR test to diagnose COVID-19.As of the evening of March 8, 78 state and local public health labs in 50 states and the District of Columbia have successfully verified and are currently using COVID-19 diagnostic tests.Combined with other reagents that CDC has procured, there are enough testing kits to test more than 75,000 people.In addition, CDC has two laboratories conducting testing for the virus that causes COVID-19. CDC can test approximately 350 specimens per day.Commercial labs are working to develop their own tests that hopefully will be available soon. This will allow a greater number of tests to happen close to where potential cases are. CDC has grown the COVID-19 virus in cell culture, which is necessary for further studies, including for additional genetic characterization. The cell-grown virus was sent to NIH’s BEI Resources Repositoryexternal icon for use by the broad scientific community.CDC also is developing a serology test for COVID-19.CDC RecommendsEveryone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:Individuals and communities should familiarize themselves with recommendations to protect themselves and their communities from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses like COVID-19.Older people and people with severe chronic conditions should take special precautions because they are at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.If you are a healthcare provider, be on the look-out for:People who recently traveled from China or another affected area and who have symptoms associated with COVID-19, andPeople who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 or patients with pneumonia of unknown cause. (Consult the most recent definition for patients under investigation [PUIs].) Pinterest Situation in U.S.In addition to CDC, many public health laboratories are now testing for the virus that causes COVID-19. View CDC’s Public Health Laboratory Testing map.With this increase in testing, more and more states are reporting cases of COVID-19 to CDC. View latest case counts, deaths, and a map of states with reported cases.U.S. COVID-19 cases include:Imported cases in travelersCases among close contacts of a known caseCommunity-acquired cases where the source of the infection is unknown. Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Global Mapcenter_img CDC has issued clinical guidance, including:On January 30, CDC published guidance for healthcare professionals on the clinical care of  COVID-19 patients.On February 3, CDC posted guidance for assessing the potential risk for various exposures to COVID-19 and managing those people appropriately.On February 27, CDC updated its criteria to guide evaluation of persons under investigation for COVID-19.On March 8, CDC issued a Health Alert Network (HAN). COVID-19 cases in the U.S. This is a picture of CDC’s laboratory test kit for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). CDC tests are provided to U.S. state and local public health laboratories, Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories and select international laboratories. Illness SeverityThe complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully known. Reported illnesses have ranged from very mild (including some with no reported symptoms) to severe, including illness resulting in death. While information so far suggests that most COVID-19 illness is mild, a reportexternal icon out of China suggests serious illness occurs in 16% of cases. Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions — like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example — seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.Learn more about the symptoms associated with COVID-19.There are ongoing investigations to learn more. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.Risk AssessmentOutbreaks of novel virus infections among people are always of public health concern. The risk to the general public from these outbreaks depends on characteristics of the virus, including how well it spreads between people; the severity of resulting illness; and the medical or other measures available to control the impact of the virus (for example, vaccines or medications that can treat the illness). That this disease has caused severe illness, including illness resulting in death is concerning, especially since it has also shown sustained person-to-person spread in several places. These factors meet two of the criteria of a pandemic. As community spread is detected in more and more countries, the world moves closer toward meeting the third criteria, worldwide spread of the new virus.It is important to note that current circumstances suggest it is likely that this virus will cause a pandemic. This is a rapidly evolving situation and CDC’s risk assessment will be updated as needed.Current risk assessment:For the majority of people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. There is not widespread circulation in most communities in the United States.People in places where ongoing community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated risk of exposure, with increase in risk dependent on the location.Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure, with increase in risk dependent on location.CDC has developed guidance to help in the risk assessment and management of people with potential exposures to COVID-19.What May HappenMore cases of COVID-19 are likely to be identified in the United States in the coming days, including more instances of community spread. It’s likely that at some point, widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the United States will occur. Widespread transmission of COVID-19 would translate into large numbers of people needing medical care at the same time. Schools, childcare centers, and workplaces, may experience more absenteeism. Mass gatherings may be sparsely attended or postponed. Public health and healthcare systems may become overloaded, with elevated rates of hospitalizations and deaths. Other critical infrastructure, such as law enforcement, emergency medical services, and sectors of the transportation industry may also be affected. Healthcare providers and hospitals may be overwhelmed. At this time, there is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19 and no medications approved to treat it. Nonpharmaceutical interventions would be the most important response strategy.CDC ResponseGlobal efforts at this time are focused concurrently on lessening the spread and impact of this virus. The federal government is working closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, as well as public health partners, to respond to this public health threat.CDC is implementing its pandemic preparedness and response plans, working on multiple fronts, including providing specific guidance on measures to prepare communities to respond to local spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. There is an abundance of pandemic guidance developed in anticipation of an influenza pandemic that is being adapted for a potential COVID-19 pandemic.Highlights of CDC’s ResponseCDC established a COVID-19 Incident Management System on January 7, 2020. On January 21, CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center to better provide ongoing support to the COVID-19 response.The U.S. government has taken unprecedented steps with respect to travel in response to the growing public health threat posed by this new coronavirus:Foreign nationals who have been in China or Iran within the past 14 days cannot enter the United States.U.S. citizens, residents, and their immediate family members who have been in China or Iran within in the past 14 days can enter the United States, but they are subject to health monitoring and possible quarantine for up to 14 days.On March 8, CDC recommended that people at higher risk of serious COVID-19 illness avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.Additionally, CDC has issued the following additional specific travel guidance related to COVID-19. View larger image and see a list of locations Twitter For people who are ill with COVID-19, but are not sick enough to be hospitalized, please follow CDC guidance on how to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others. People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness.If you have been in China or another affected area or have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you will face some limitations on your movement and activity. Please follow instructions during this time. Your cooperation is integral to the ongoing public health response to try to slow spread of this virus.Other Available ResourcesThe following resources are available with information on COVID-19World Health Organization, Coronavirus CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNationalNewsSouth Bend Market Google+ Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Previous articleSt. Joseph County has identified its first positive coronavirus testNext articleCoronavirus has come to Michiana: Here’s what you need to know Tommie Leelast_img read more

New executive order extends Indiana public health emergency to July 4

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNews New executive order extends Indiana public health emergency to July 4 Twitter WhatsApp (Photo supplied/State of Indiana) Governor Eric Holcomb has signed a series of executive orders connected to the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.One of the executive orders extends the public health emergency for an additional 30 days to July 4th.The Governor also signed an executive order which allows older youth to remain in foster care beyond the age of 18 for the duration of the public health emergency. This will allow them to continue to receive education, workforce training and health benefits.Another executive order extends the time period to renew professional licenses, certificates or permits to June 30.Due to the current restrictions on in-person dining in restaurants, the executive order reduces the amount of food sales a restaurant must report to maintain its alcoholic beverage permit.Additionally, deadlines for the calculation of local taxes were also extended by the executive order.Click here to see the executive order: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm By Jon Zimney – June 3, 2020 0 393 WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Facebook Pinterest Google+ Facebook Previous articleMore 2020 Primary Election Day results inNext articleTeen crashes car on U.S. 12 while trying to avoid bee sting Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Google+last_img read more