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For more than a year, 20 Scottish Greggs stores have been offering free cakes to people who host a tea party for lonely OAPs.The scheme, which started in January last year, is run by Contact the Elderly, which invites the public to host a tea party for pensioners in their home on a Sunday afternoon.Twenty stores across Scotland provide yum yums, pineapple tarts and other sweet treats.Contact the Elderly has 123 groups in Scotland that aim to provide “a lifeline of friendship” to old people who live alone, according to the charity.The regular format is a tea party held in a volunteer host’s home for a group of between six and eight people on a Sunday afternoon. A volunteer driver collects one or two older people and accompanies them to the party. A host welcomes a group once or twice a year.Research by the charity showed that 95% of guests say the parties give them something to look forward to and 77% feel happier because of them, while 76% of guests find Sunday a particularly lonely day.A spokeswoman for Greggs told British Baker: “As a business, Greggs believes in supporting the local communities in which it operates and Greggs is proud to work with Contact the Elderly.“A number of Greggs shops in Scotland have committed to providing cakes for the guests to enjoy at the monthly get-togethers.”Greggs currently only provides free cakes, but told British Baker this might be extended to sandwiches in the future.Morna O’May, head of service – Scotland at Contact the Elderly, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Greggs for the ongoing support its bakeries provide for our tea parties.“The value of enjoying a shared afternoon of cakes and company is immeasurable.” read more
Recto said in a statement over the weekend that his proposed Senate measure has its “pros and cons,” but he stressed the “habit” of scrapping barangay polls must be scrapped. “The important thing is that we should now begin looking into a longer term for barangay officials, in the hope that its length would serve as a deterrent to schemes to postpone elections,” he added. “We have postponed the barangay elections six times since 1988. The proposed scrapping of the one scheduled in May 2020 will be the 7th. If it pushes through, it will be the 3rd under the Duterte administration, and the first three-peat of its kind in history,” Recto said. MANILA – To prevent the repeatedpostponement of barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, SenatePresident Pro Temporate Ralph Recto has proposed a longer term for barangayofficials. Recto also pointed out that if not for his proposal, the next presidents after President Rodrigo Duterte could possibly “succumb to the national bad habit of scrapping barangay polls.” Recto made the call as the Senateis set to pass on third and final reading a bill postponing the barangay and SKpolls from May next year to Dec. 5, 2022. “Admittedly, this proposal has its pros and cons; the bottom line is that in governance, whatever the office, a shorter term for a bad official is too long, while a longer term for a good official is too short,” Recto said. “That was the refrain in 1988, 1989, 2002, 2005, 2016, and 2017. Ang never again naging let me try again,” he added. “The result is an elastic term of office for our barangay officials, longer than what they should get.”/PN read more
RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Liverpool forward, Sadio Mane, has won the Premier League PFA Fans’ Player of the Year award for 2019-20.The 28-year-old enjoyed a fine campaign, scoring 18 goals and providing seven assists, making him the team’s second most productive player of the season behind Mohamed Salah. Mane won the award, voted for via a poll from fans across England, ahead of Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne and Liverpool teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold, gaining 41 per cent of the vote.Virgil van Dijk, Raheem Sterling and Jamie Vardy were also nominated for the prestigious individual award, which was won by former Chelsea star Eden Hazard last year.Liverpool have unsurprisingly swept the individual prizes having romped to the title this term, ending a 30-year wait for a top-flight title in dominant fashion.Jurgen Klopp’s team amassed a club-record 99 points and finishing 18 clear of deposed champions Manchester City.Klopp won the Manager of the Year, Alexander-Arnold clinched the Young Player of the Season prize and Jordan Henderson was voted the Football Writers’ Association Men’s Footballer of the Year. Mane joined the Reds in 2016 from Southampton and has gone on to make 170 appearances in all competitions, scoring 81 goals to help them claim Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup before their Premier League success.He was the league’s joint-top scorer in 2018-19 alongside team-mate Mohamed Salah and Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Mane earned special praise from coach Klopp recently, as the German hailed him as “world class”.“He is a complete player, offensively and defensively He works hard, he is really quick,” Klopp said. “For sure a few things we did from a tactical point of view helped the boys as well and Sadio is a good example for the improvement the whole squad.“He has obviously improved a lot in the last few years – and from a very high level already – becoming a very good player to a world-class player, no doubt about that, and he is a winner on top of that.” Tags: English Premier LeagueLiverpoolPremier League Fans’ Player AwardSadio Mane read more
Published on December 15, 2016 at 11:57 am Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ Old Big East rivals get together again on Saturday at noon, as two teams off to a less than ideal start search for a much-needed nonconference win. It’s Pearl Washington Day during Syracuse’s (6-3) matchup with Georgetown (6-4) in the Carrier Dome, where the university will honor the late Orange great who helped shaped the rivalry with the Hoyas.Here’s everything you need to know about John Thompson III’s team before the game.All-time series: Syracuse owns a 49-42 advantageLast time they played: In Mike Hopkins’ first game as interim head coach during Jim Boeheim’s nine-game suspension last year, Georgetown beat Syracuse at the Verizon Center, 79-72. It was the Orange’s second straight loss after starting the season 6-0. Michael Gbinije’s 23 points led four Orange in double figures, as Tyler Roberson, Trevor Cooney and Dajuan Coleman chipped in 15, 11 and 10, respectively. Big man Bradley Hayes, who is on this year’s team as well, led the Hoyas with 21 points and eight rebounds in the win.The Georgetown report: The Hoyas have won their last four after starting the season 2-4, a stretch that did include a 65-61 win against then-No. 13 Oregon in the Maui Invitational. Like the Orange, Georgetown lost to Wisconsin by double digits, 73-57. The Hoyas are led by Rodney Pryor and L.J. Peak, who combine to average 37 points per game. They are the only two players seeing over 22 minutes per game, as Thompson’s rotation can go as many as 10 or 11 deep.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAccording to Kenpom.com, 27.8 percent of Georgetown’s points come from the foul line. That’s the third-highest mark in that category nationally, so expect the Hoyas to attack inside the Syracuse zone more often than not. Georgetown’s 77.5-percent clip from the charity stripe ranks 18th in the country.How Syracuse beats the Hoyas: Even though Pryor may be the best 3-point shooter on the floor Saturday, Syracuse is better off forcing the Hoyas to chuck from deep rather than taking away the 3 and allowing them to get in the lane. With such a knack for getting to the line and hitting from the line, Georgetown – who is no stranger to breaking the zone – could wear down the Orange if whoever is atop the 2-3 lets ball-handlers split or lets a big operate from the foul line a la Nigel Hayes of Wisconsin. It’s unlikely Pryor, or anyone else on Georgetown, hurts Syracuse from long range like Boston University’s Cedric Hankerson (34 points on 10-of-20 from 3), so SU has a better chance of winning a game it already should if it doesn’t let the Hoyas thread the paint.Stat to know: 24.3 – According to Kenpom, sophomore big man Jessie Govan is used on 24.3 percent of possessions while on the court. That’s the highest mark on the team, even though he plays under 20 minutes per game.Player to watch: Rodney Pryor, guard, No. 23The graduate transfer from Robert Morris leads the Hoyas with 20.6 points per game in 31.5 minutes per contest. He shoots a lights out 52.5 percent from deep (on a team-high 61 attempts) and boasts a 57.6 field-goal percentage overall. Pryor was an All-Northeastern Conference first team selection a season ago, and has been a rare bright spot in the Hoyas rough start to the 2016-17 season. Comments read more