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Greggs: Osborne has “lost touch” on pie tax

first_imgKen McMeikan, the chief executive of Greggs, has accused the Chancellor of having “lost touch” – after he admitted he could not remember the last time he bought a pasty from the high street BB75 baker.Osborne was left squirming when he was asked about his purchases in Greggs in parliament yesterday.His shock admission comes as the British Baker petition for the government to look again at the decision to slap VAT on freshly baked pasties and pies went live on the Number 10 website.To signal your displeasure, sign the online petition at: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/32044 or can visit our Facebook campaign page at http://www.facebook.com/saynotopietax.McMeikan said ministers did not appreciate the impact changes to VAT rules would have on ordinary people. The high street chain saw millions wiped off its shares after the Budget closed a loophole that has meant some hot takeaway foods, such as sausage rolls and pasties, escaped the duty.Speaking on BBC2’s Newsnight, McMeikan said he feared the changes would seriously damage the industry and cause job losses. “I think to a degree they have lost touch with the issue here – that for ordinary, hard-working families putting 20% on to a product that is freshly baked actually is going to make a severe dent in their pockets when they can ill afford it,” he said. “George Osborne, I think, would benefit from coming and spending time with us and spending time with our customers.”Appearing before the Commons Treasury Committee yesterday, Osborne was forced to confess he was not a regular customer of the chain. Asked by Labour MP John Mann the last time he bought a pasty there, he replied: “I can’t remember the last time I bought a pasty in Greggs.”Mann retorted: “That kind of sums it up.”last_img read more

Tastebuds tingle at 5th annual Mac & Cheese Fest

first_imgProceeds from the festival all go to benefit the Binghamton Philharmonic. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Creamy or gooey, cheesy or spicy, whatever makes your mouth water, Mac & Cheese fest has the mac for you. “We’re doing an elote-style mac and cheese with a cheddar queso cheese sauce, topped with queso fresco, chili powder, and poblano peppers,” said Jeffrey Thacher with Garage Taco Bar. In it’s fifth year, dozens of restaurants gathered at the Holiday Inn in downtown Binghamton with unique and signature recipes, all to dazzle a panel of judges. For those attending, the twists on mac and cheese bring people back year after year. Restaurateurs and attendees can all agree the festival brings foodies together. center_img “It’s a good way to get into the community, talk to other restaurants and cooks, exchange ideas,” said Thacher. “I love the familiar faces, there’s so many people that I’ve seen that I recognize, and it’s great, everyone seems to love it,” said Tabatha Newton, owner of The Relief Pitcher. “We started coming here at the first Mac and Cheese Fest, and we’ve been coming ever since. It’s a tradition for us,” said Christina Taylor. She’s made it a yearly tradition to taste all the macs with her daughter. After taste-testing all the macaroni, attendees have the chance to place their vote for five different judging categories. While it’s nice to claim the coveted title of having the best mac and cheese, restaurants can agree the festival brings a little more than friendly competition. last_img read more

Other Sports KT Irfan becomes first Indian athlete to qualify for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

first_img New Delhi: National record holder KT Irfan Sunday became the first Indian from athletics to qualify for the next year’s Olympics while finishing fourth in the 20 km event of the Asian Race Walking Championships in Nomi, Japan. The 29-year-old Irfan clocked 1 hour 20 minutes and 57 seconds to better the Tokyo Olympics qualification standard of 1 hour 21 minutes. The Olympics qualification period for race walk events and marathon race has begun from January 1 this year and will run till May 31, 2020. The Olympics qualification period for all other athletics events will start from May 1 this year and will run till June 29, 2020. No other Indian from athletics has so far qualified for Tokyo Olympics.     Irfan, who has a personal best as well as national record of 1:20:21 which he did during his 10th place finish in 2012 Olympics, also qualified for this year’s World Championships (September 27-October 6) in Doha, Qatar as he bettered the qualifying mark of 1:22:30.   The Kerala race walker had won the 20 km event in the National Open Race Walk Championships in Chennai last month with a time of 1:26:18.RELATED     He was one of the two Indian athletes who were expelled from the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games for not adhering to the ‘no needle policy’ of the Games. He was disqualified in the 20 km race walk event of the 2018 Asian Games after receiving his third warning for “loss of contact”.     Japan’s Toshikazu Yamanishi won the 20 km race walk event with an impressive time of 1:17:15 while Kazakhstan’s Georgiy Sheiko and Korea’s Byeongkwang Choe were second and third in 1:20:21 and 1:20:40 respectively.       The Asian and World record in men’s 20 km race walk stands in the name of Japanese Yusuke Suzuki who clocked 1:16:36 in the 2015 edition of the same championships in Nomi.      Two other Indians, Devinder Singh and Ganapathi Krishnan also qualified for the World Championships as they clocked 1:21:22 and 1:22:12 respectively. They had finished second and fifth in the Chennai National Race Walk Championships with timings of 1:26:19 and 1:26:43.     In the women’s 20 km race walk event, Soumya Baby finished fourth with a timing of 1:36:08, well outside Olympics qualifying standard of 1:31:00 and World Championships qualifying standard of 1:33:30. The Olympics qualification period for race walk events will run till May 31, 2020.Irfan had won the 20 km event in the National Open Race Walk Championships in Chennai.Irfan had a personal best of 1:20:21 during his 10th place finish in 2012 Olympics. highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more