Manchester-based Robinsons the Master Bakers appeared on BBC One’s 1pm news this week, talking about the upcoming election.The family business spoke to John Kay from the channel about what they thought about politics.Grace Robinson said: “Politicians are talking to each other and I don’t think that’s good enough.“None of them, to my knowledge, have ever worked in a proper industry when they have to do hard work. They sit at a desk and talk to each other. None of them have ever had to do anything that makes them sweat.“They think one visit every five years to a place like Failsworth does the job, but it doesn’t.”The bakery has also made a Muffinometer, with a selection of different flavoured muffins that relate to each party.Sue Robinson, a director at the business, said: “We have sold out on the undecided flavours, and the blueberry and raspberry (Conservative and Labour) are neck and neck.“The fruit and nut flavour is also very popular! That’s the monster raving loony party. It’s all just a bit of fun really.”The video taping at the bakery was part of the BBC’s tour round the UK to gauge election opinions.The business is Manchester’s oldest family-run craft bakery and was established in 1864. As a business it has seen more than 40 election campaigns.
While most students do not have the resources to start their own business until years after graduating from college, senior Amanda Estrada is putting her business savvy to the test early. Using the homey environment and additional space of her single, the Howard Hall resident is starting what she described as a “speakeasy cafe” in the comfort of her dorm room.Estrada, a marketing major, said she has always wanted to own her own business that reflects her creativity and taste in music and art. Cafes, she said, are particularly conducive to her personality and her interests.“After [college] I was going to start my own business, but I was like, ‘Why not start now?’ I have the single, I have the space,” Estrada said. “I’ve always tried to make my room really aesthetic and everyone who comes in always mentions it. … People can come in and chill with the aesthetic and the music.”Estrada plans to sell hot chocolate, coffee and teas from what she has named “Uglé Duckling Cafe.” Customers are welcome to stay and enjoy their drinks in her room, which Estrada has furnished with a table and chairs, or take them to go. Despite the stiff competition from other on-campus locations, Estrada is confident that her cafe will be a success due to its more personal nature.“It’s all about convenience and a warm, friendly environment. I’m trying to make it so that I have a relationship with all the people [who come in],” Estrada said.Rather than a hub of activity, as many of the popular cafes around campus are, Estrada aims to have the “Uglé Duckling Cafe” emulate the relaxed vibe of a traditional cafe. With that familiar atmosphere, Estrada hopes to build a feeling of community. A self-described introverted extrovert, Estrada said dorm life in Howard — one of the smallest dorms on campus — is the perfect environment for a place to get a cup of coffee, chat and de-stress.“I really like how Howard works,” Estrada said. “It’s a nice, kind of cozy feel. I don’t feel like it’s too isolating, and I don’t feel like they’re overbearing with the community, so I think it’s a really casual community.”Though her opening day was a football Saturday, Estrada said she has been pleasantly surprised by the number of customers she has had and believes she has gained some loyal followers. One of her biggest concerns, she said, is the new policy restricting dorm access to residents only. Estrada remains optimistic and sees her cafe as a way to foster community within her own dorm while being open to any newcomers as well.“I’m mostly marketing to Howard, but a lot of people know a lot of people so if people know someone from Howard, then they can just come in,” Estrada said. “I want this to be a really inclusive environment for everyone.”Tags: campus community, coffee, Howard Hall, Uglé Duckling Cafe read more
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New Delhi, Sep 11 (PTI) Several wards of railway employees knocked on the doors of the Delhi High Court on Tuesday, challenging the BCCI’s decision restraining them from playing for the railways in the “under-19” and “under-23″ categories.A plea moved by 10 wards of railway employees said the junior teams were allowed to participate in the tournaments organised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from 1980 and since then, the railway employees’ children had been representing the department and winning accolades.It said the BCCI had decided that only the permanent employees of the railways would be allowed to play for the team.The plea came up for hearing before Justice Vibhu Bakhru, who asked the junior players to give a representation to the BCCI.The petition, filed through advocate Aditya Kumar Choudhary, sought a direction to quash the May 3 letter sent by the BCCI to the Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB), informing it about the recommendation of the board’s technical committee at its April 16 meeting, which was ratified by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA).It said at the April 16 meeting, the BCCI technical committee had recommended that the RSPB team should only consist of players who were on permanent employment with the railways.The plea sought a direction to the board to let the RSPB Under-19, Under-23 and senior teams to include the wards of railway employees and conduct an immediate trial for all the categories.The petition has made the BCCI, the RSPB and the Ministry of Railways parties to it.advertisement”The railway teams have been playing in different BCCI tournaments for more than 30 years and have consistently played well and contributed not only to Indian cricket but to world cricket as well by producing excellent players in the likes of Sanjay Bangar, Murali Kartik, Karn Sharma, JP Yadav and Harvinder Singh,” the petition said.”…. the schedule for the BCCI domestic season has been released and the season is going to start from September 19, there is an urgent need to take action against these steps of the BCCI and the RSPB, otherwise thousands of promising careers will be ruined in the blink of an eye,” it added. PTI SKV HMP PKSRC read more