CBA gives cautious welcome to ‘Tesco Tax’

first_imgProposals to tax large supermarkets have been welcomed with caution by the Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA). The response comes after a group of local councils asked the government for new powers to tax large supermarkets to ensure that shoppers’ spending ‘re-circulates’ in local communities.Derby City Council has called for the tax, which is supported by 19 other local councils. The so-called ‘Tesco-Tax’ could raise up to £400m a year.Mike Holling, executive director at the Craft Bakers’ Association, said: “We welcome it with caution. If the funds truly are recouped and put into the high street, then we should welcome that. Anything that will benefit the high street businesses and will make it more vibrant we welcome. But let’s see what the details are first.”A similar tax already operates in Northern Ireland and Scotland.Submitted under the Sustainable Communities Act, the council’s report says supermarkets brought in some benefits, but had an overall detrimental impact on the sustainability of local communities.The report stated: “Research has shown that 95% of all the money spent in any large supermarket leaves the local economy for good, compared to just 50% from local independent retailers; this levy is a modest attempt to ensure more of that money re-circulates within and continues to contribute to local jobs and local trade.”Retailers are expected to strongly oppose the levy, arguing that they are already taxed enough. A similar tax imposed by the Scottish government on larger shops selling alcohol and tobacco is set to end next year. The aim of the scheme was to make them contribute to public health measures.last_img read more

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Paul Merson slams Unai Emery’s Arsenal and says nothing has changed since Arsene Wenger left

first_imgPaul Merson slams Unai Emery’s Arsenal and says nothing has changed since Arsene Wenger left Paul Merson has slammed Unai Emery’s Arsenal following the Sheffield United defeat (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson has slammed Unai Emery’s Arsenal and says nothing has changed since Arsene Wenger left the club.Legendary manager Wenger won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups at Arsenal but was essentially forced out by dissenting fans last year.Much was expected of Emery when he arrived in England but Arsenal failed to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League last term while losing the Europa League final to Chelsea. Comment Emery reacts to Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield UnitedTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:38FullscreenEmery reacts to Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield Unitedhttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-reacts-arsenals-1-0-loss-sheffield-united-2032306/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Those days are gone. It’s accepted through the club, the fans, the manager, everyone. Sheffield United played as much football as Arsenal, they didn’t kick them off the pitch.’The Arsenal legend added: ‘What has improved [at Arsenal]? Really, what has improved? Not a lot, at all.‘There’s nobody in that midfield who can open up a can. No matter how bad Arsenal are, everybody will come and sit 10 behind the ball against Arsenal, bar a couple of the big boys.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Therefore you need special players in midfield to open things up. They haven’t got that pass, that eye-of-the-needle pass.‘Even at the end, with four minutes to go, I’m thinking: “Do they know how long is left? I’m sure there’s an electric clock at Sheffield United, there was when I played there! Is there going to be a bit of urgency?”‘Arsenal, who are currently fifth in the Premier League, face Portuguese side Vitoria de Guimarae in the Europa League on Thursday night.MORE: Ian Wright speaks out on Bukayo Saka penalty incident against Sheffield United Merson says nothing has changed since Arsene Wenger left (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s familiar problems have resurfaced this season and Merson says the 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United on Monday evening came as a shock to nobody.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe told Sky Sports: ‘It was normal, wasn’t it? I don’t know what anybody expected. This is Arsenal now. It’s just lacklustre. There’s no urgency.‘People say they wouldn’t know if this was Arsene Wenger’s team, I don’t know about that because defensively they looked comfortable. David Luiz just played in first gear.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 City‘But going forward, they’ve got no guile. It looked like Chris Wilder knew exactly what he wanted from his side. But with Arsenal and Unai Emery, it was almost like: “See you at half-time and full-time.”‘I kept thinking: “What would this Arsenal side look like if Chris Wilder was in charge?”‘It’s accepted. Nobody is going to work this morning and saying: “Oh my God, did you see Arsenal getting beat by Sheffield United?”center_img Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 22 Oct 2019 11:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.8kShareslast_img read more

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Cornwall relishing senior West Indies team call up

first_imgALL-rounder Rahkeem “Jimbo” Cornwall, is hoping that his recent exploits with the West Indies A team in Sri Lanka is enough to impress senior team selectors.The National and Leeward Islands cricketer returned from Sri Lanka Monday night, where he finished as the leading wicket taker in the three unofficial Tests.The spinner bagged a total of 23 wickets for 456 runs at an economic rate of 3.08. He bowled 148 overs.“Quite comfortable with the bowling performance because as usual, I really came off well with the ball, but I think I need to work a little bit more on the batting and try to balance off the two.I think the performances are there to show, but that is just not my call really. The selectors are seeing the stats and it’s all up to them to do what they have to do,” Cornwall said.The Liberta Blackhawks player was, however, poor with the bat, making only 30 runs in the three Tests. In the five times he batted, the Antiguan was out lbw [leg before wicket] on four occasions.“The pitches in Sri Lanka are a little bit slower than the pitches in the Caribbean, but I think it was just a little technical problem where I probably had my front foot locked up a little bit rather than straight down.I think I have enough time to work out that before the start of the professional season, so I just have to go back and work hard in the nets,” the player said. (Antigua Observer article).last_img read more

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Undefeated men’s volleyball returns home

first_imgAfter two road wins — a sweep over UC San Diego and five-set brawl against UC Irvine — the No. 2 undefeated Trojans (5-0, 4-0 MPSF) look to continue their dominance at home against No. 11 Long Beach State (5-2, 2-2 MPSF).Since then, the Trojans have surged up the rankings from No. 5 to No. 2. If the Trojans continue to play at such a high level, they will be in serious contention for the NCAA title when the tournament comes around in May. USC is one of two undefeated ranked teams: Loyola-Chicago, the 2014 defending national champion, holds the No. 1 spot.For tonight’s match, the Trojans come in with all of the momentum. The grueling win over then-No. 3 UC Irvine emphasized the true strength and talent of this Trojans roster.The balanced offensive attack anchored by senior setter Micah Christenson has proved nearly unstoppable for opponents. As a captain, Christenson’s awareness and natural leadership skills have created a dynamic, relentless attack.Led by junior opposite Josh Kirchner, redshirt sophomore outside hitter Christopher Orenic and middle blocker Robert Feathers, the Trojans control the net. Feathers currently leads the MPSF in hitting percentage at .507. When Kirchner, Orenic and Feathers all get into a rhythm, the Trojans dominate play.Kirchner has shined in the last three matches for the Trojans, starting the last two. Kirchner tied the team-high of nine kills against Stanford and recorded a team-high of 12 and 15 kills against UC San Diego and UC Irvine, respectively. His play has transitioned him into a key role in USC’s offense. His seamless transition into the starting six for the Trojans showcases the team’s depth. There is no step down when pulling players from the bench, adding multiple layers.USC continues to dominate from the service line, recording five aces in each of their last two matches.Not only is this team deeply talented, but they are also incredibly close. Their togetherness has translated to cohesive execution on the court. Specifically with regard to their hard-fought win over the Anteaters, Christenson noted that the win really highlighted the team’s “grit.” To put the intensity of the match in perspective, the Trojans came back from a 7-2 deficient in the fifth set.“It shows a lot of the toughness and camaraderie of our team,” Christenson said.For Long Beach, outside hitter Dan Glamack and middle blockers Taylor Gregory and Bryce Yould fuel the offense. Libero Ryan Windisch mans the back line and averages 3.09 digs per set — he is second in the MPSF and third in the country. The 49ers will put up a fight but if the Trojans can both silence Glamack, Gregory and Yould as well as target their shots away from Windisch, USC should come away from the match with a third consecutive home victory.In MPSF play, the 49ers beat Stanford and UC San Diego and lost to Pepperdine and UC Irvine; their most recent match was a loss to No. 5 Pepperdine.The Trojans battle the 49ers tonight at 7 p.m. in the Galen Center.last_img read more

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Schebler’s homer ices victory for Dodgers, Kershaw

first_imgSchebler was quick to credit Ellis for the help, but the Dodgers have been quick to credit their surprise September contributors like Schebler. He has three home runs and four RBIs in 10 games since being recalled from Triple-A while Jimmy Rollins, Yasiel Puig, Howie Kendrick and Kiké Hernández get well.Shortstop Corey Seager went 2 for 3 and now has a .432 batting average in his first 11 major league games. Chris Hatcher, practically left for dead a couple months ago with his 6.38 earned-run average and strained oblique muscle, has allowed two runs in 13 appearances since returning from the injury.Closer Kenley Jansen, who had pitched the previous two nights in Arizona, was unavailable. So Hatcher was afforded his first save opportunity since May and pitched a scoreless ninth inning. It was his third save of the season and first since coming off the disabled list.“It’s kind of a byproduct of throwing the ball well, having good luck and Kenley being down,” Hatcher said. “That’s as simple as I can make it. … There’s nothing you can do about the past. Worry about what’s in front of you. Once the ball leaves your hand there’s nothing you can do, so focus on the task at hand.”The win reduced the Dodgers’ magic number to 12. The National League West title seemed like a foregone conclusion after the Dodgers swept the second-place San Francisco Giants out of Dodger Stadium to begin the month of September. But the Giants won their fourth straight game Monday, so the Dodgers’ own four-game winning streak is more than just a nice little roll.Monday’s win would not have been possible without the strong start from Clayton Kershaw that the Dodger Stadium crowd of 43,731 expected.Kershaw (14-6) scarcely ran into trouble after giving up a run in the first inning. In seven innings, he allowed three hits, two walks and struck out five. He has a 0.96 earned-run average in his last 12 starts dating to July 8, with nine wins, no losses and three no-decisions during that time.The Rockies did about the best any team could against Kershaw these days, driving up his pitch count and forcing him to turn the ball over to the Dodgers bullpen to begin the eighth inning.“They had a great game plan,” Kershaw said. “I give them a lot of credit. They had a lot of lineouts. They were hitting balls hard right at guys pretty hard all night. I was fortunate to get out of there with a win.”When Adrian Gonzalez caught a foul pop-up in the first row of seats in the fifth territory, and a fan wearing a Boston Red Sox hat wrestled him for the baseball, it figured to be the Dodgers’ biggest fight of the night.Yasmani Grandal went 2 for 3 with a sacrifice fly, ending his streak of at-bats without a hit at 36. Seager also had two hits for the Dodgers, and Justin Turner put the Dodgers ahead for good with an RBI single in the fifth inning.But the game didn’t break open until Schebler’s two-run home run in the eighth inning.“It couldn’t get much worse than the first couple at-bats,” he said. “I was taking strikes right down the middle and swinging at stuff in the dirt.”Luis Avilan and Juan Nicasio split the eighth inning without allowing a run.The Rockies got their only run in the first inning, when D.J. Lemahieu worked a four-pitch walk, went to third on a double by Nolan Arenado, and scored on an RBI groundout by Carlos Gonzalez.That was the only mark against Kershaw, who lowered his ERA to 2.12. Only Zack Greinke (1.61) and the Chicago Cubs’ Jake Arrieta (1.99) have been more stingy allowing runs. Only the first six weeks of this season, when Kershaw went 2-3 with a 4.32 ERA, have separated him from the pitcher who won the Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards in 2014. Scott Schebler had to catch his breath.The Dodgers’ rookie left fielder had looked foolish in his first two at-bats Monday against the Colorado Rockies, striking out twice. He strode to the plate in the eighth inning unprepared to play the hero, or at least the imposing hitter the Dodgers could use with so many imposing hitters already hurting.So Schebler calmed down and counted his breaths, a trick he said he learned from A.J. Ellis. He then swatted a 1-1 fastball from Miguel Castro an estimated 429 feet to right field for a two-run home run, the final touch on a 4-1 Dodgers victory.“Guys here have been amazing as far as bringing me in and just talking me in, really teaching me some ways to calm it down,” Schebler said. “You’ve got a big crowd out there. You can snowball pretty fast.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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30 Days: Stalcup Realtor has 5 houses for you to look at this holiday season

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — This Christmas while you are celebrating the holiday in your house, how about a house as a Christmas present?Stalcup Realtor on 602 N. Washington currently has five houses ready for your purchase in Wellington (see listings below).John Stalcup and Mary Zeka are licensed real estate agents in a family business which started in 1980.John Stalcup, owner of Stalcup Realtor.This might be a good time to purchase a home, Stalcup said. The real estate market has been flat in Wellington, but Stalcup said the housing market appears to be on the rebound after a long five-year recession.“There are a lot of things happening as far as projects in Wichita,” Stalcup said. “For example, the building of the new airport will take a couple of years to complete. I anticipate there will be a lot of people needing homes to live in.”Stalcup said as far as Wellington is concerned he said real estate is currently back to the 2008 level before the housing market crash.But Stalcup warns that in order for real estate prices to improve locally, Wellington must help itself visually.“We need to make sure that we continue to project a positive image of the town to outsiders, especially with our homes on the major streets in town,” Stalcup said. “If we have homes that look rundown on U.S. 81 or 160 or on Washington Street, that can really hurt us in the eyes of the outsider looking at our town for the first time.”Stalcup started in the real estate business under the Byler Real Estate franchise in the late 1970s. He decided to branch out on his own in 1979 and brought his father Forrest Stalcup on board in 1980. In 1981, after renting a cubicle in the Bob Willis office, he bought his own place and is operating one of Wellington’s most stable and venerable businesses today.If you have a house that needs to be sold, or if you are looking for more real estate to purchase, Stalcup is the place to go.Christmas specials: Here are the five properties Stalcup Realtors are currently listing: This house is part of one of Wellington’s newest housing addition at Settlers Creek in east Wellington at 834 Homestead Drive. Conveniently located for the home dweller needing to get to Wichita, the house and lot is listed at $112,500.This beautiful house is at 912 North Washington and is being listed at $107,500.This house is a keeper at 312 North B. It is listed at $82,900.This house can be found at 519 North C. It is being listed at $59,500.This house is located at 1031 North Jefferson and is selling for $15,000. Contact them: Call Mary Zeka at 316-640-1389 or John Stalcup at 620-440-2549. Office hours: Stalcup Realtor is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.center_img Also you can E-mail them at [email protected]last_img read more

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