Bakers’ jobs safe in current consultation at Asda

first_imgAsda has assured British Baker that the retailer’s in-store bakery workers will not be affected in its recently announced Project Renewal process. Last week the company revealed it had entered into a 45-day consultation with about 5,000 store workers as part of its proposed store changes. It is also looking at closing its ‘create your own pizza’ counters from smaller stores and removing some staff canteens.But a spokesperson from Asda told British Baker: “Our in-store bakeries and the colleagues who work in them are not part of the current consultation process.”In last week’s statement, the supermarket said the number of staff involved in the consultation did not reflect the number of possible redundancies, as many of those under discussion would be redeployed to alternative sectors.Asda said: “The structure of UK grocery retailing has permanently changed to reflect the way that customers shop today.“We have entered into a consultation with our store colleagues on proposals which we believe will enable us to react more quickly by becoming a leaner and more agile business.”last_img read more

Whicker: Dodgers hope they’re not the backdrop for Cubs’ celebration

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> The Dodgers say goodbye to their stadium, either for eight days or five-and-a-half months.They go to Chicago to puncture local dreams or to become Sham to their Secretariat, Bob May to their Tiger Woods. They will either win their way to the World Series behind their two best starting pitchers, or they will be the actors left sitting when somebody opens the envelope.The Cubs have not been to the World Series since 1945 and need one more win to do so. They ground down the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series on Thursday 8-4 and lead 3-2. The last time they led 3-2, they lost Games 6 and 7 to the Florida Marlins, right there in Wrigley Field and, no, not all of it was Steve Bartman.But these are different days, and the Dodgers will not just be fighting ambition, but inevitability. Russell also relaxed by tossing the pregame football with Matt Szczur, who was an FCS All-American quarterback at Villanova and is a useful reserve outfielder here. That happens often. Russell also wore a pair of Szczur’s leggings. That doesn’t happen that often.Then Szczur, who isn’t on the playoff roster, donated his bat to Rizzo before Game 4. Rizzo is 5 for 10 with it.“Good karma,” Szczur said. “Zobrist wanted me to do something for him, but I said he was going too well.”This prompted manager Joe Maddon to recount a story from the Angels, where he was a coach. During a slump, the whole lineup decided to use the same bat. When leadoff man Orlando Palmiero struck out and left the bat at the plate, umpire Tim Tschida thought Palmiero was protesting, and ejected him. When the plan was explained, Tschida reinstated Palmiero.The Dodgers’ helplessness against lefty pitchers is an old story, too. Their only chance against Jon Lester was to exploit his reluctance to hold runners on or throw batted balls to first, an idiosyncracy that led to 72 stolen bases by opponents the past two years.Maddon told Lester in spring training to “throw the ball to the plate, because that’s what you’re best at.” Lester’s WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) is 1.122 or lower in each of the past four years.So when Kiké Hernandez led off the game with a walk and began doing puppet dances off first base to either bother or amuse Lester, it made sense. What didn’t make sense was that Hernandez didn’t actually try to steal. Justin Turner and Adrian Gonzalez did, but Gonzalez and Joc Pederson also tried to bunt, and Lester and second baseman Javier Baez handled those, although Lester bounced his throw.“I’d prefer those two guys to bunt,” Lester said. “They’re 30 home run guys.”What the Dodgers needed to do was pitch. They were only behind 1-0 when Kenta Maeda was lifted as Lester stepped into the box, a decision by Dave Roberts that was as curious as his lineup choices. The bullpen was fine until Joe Blanton came in and gave up his second homer of the series, and that certainly darkens the weekend forecast in Wrigleyville.Clayton Kershaw is the Game 6 pitcher for the Dodgers and Rich Hill would handle Game 7. It’s the best they’ve got at this point, even if they turn out to be witnesses to history. center_img “I don’t know what it’s going to be like,” center fielder Dexter Fowler said. “I know nobody in here is 71 years old. But we all know the history.”After they suffered two shutouts and spread severe doubts among those unfamiliar with their 103-win season, the Cubs have piled up 18 runs in Game 4 and 5 wins. Four times in this series they have scored at least four runs in an inning.“I don’t think it’s an accident,” Fowler said. If this series winds up under the W flag at Wrigley Field, Ben Zobrist’s leadoff bunt in the fourth inning of Game 4 might be the enduring highlight. He was the first Cub to lead off an inning with a hit since the eighth inning of Game 1. From that moment on, Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell warmed up, and Russell’s two-run homer gave the Cubs a 3-1 lead Thursday. Russell, who was donated to the Cubs by Oakland general manager Billy Beane, is 22 and, this year, drove in 95 runs. He has a chance to be an All-Star for many years.“We didn’t mess with him when he was struggling,” Fowler said. “We let him work it out. He proved what he could do during the season.”last_img read more


first_img$75,000 MIZDIRECTION STAKES GOES TO ZIEBARTH HOME-BRED SO SWEETITIZ ARCADIA, Calif. (May 21, 2016)–With a lively pace to run at, Wild Dude skimmed the rail turning for home under Rafael Bejarano and overtook favored Subtle Indian in the final sixteenth of a mile to win Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes by one length. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Wild Dude, who broke from the rail, covered 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.10.In a bizarre turn of events, Subtle Indian, who was riding a four-race winning streak at Oaklawn Park coming into the Kona Gold, broke sharply under regular rider Ramon Vazquez and when recent Los Angeles Stakes winner San Onofre was abruptly pulled up coming out of the seven furlong chute, Subtle Indian found himself on a lonely lead heading to the half mile pole and into the far turn. However, the field compressed approaching the quarter pole and Wild Dude, who was well back early, took command late.The third choice in the wagering in a field of eight older horses at 9-2, Wild Dude paid $11.20, $4.00 and $2.80.“We gave this horse a little time and he’s been training really well,” said Hollendorfer, who also co-owns the 6-year-old Florida-bred horse by Wildcat Heir with Green Smith, Jr. “I didn’t know if the number one post would hurt him, but he got real lucky and got through, so that was what won the race for him. He’s a real nice horse. He’s a millionaire now and we’re very proud of him.With the winner’s share of $120,000, Wild Dude’s career earnings zoomed to $1,095,232. In getting his fifth career Santa Anita win, Wild Dude improved his overall mark to 22-8-5-4.“I knew that (Subtle Indian) would go to the lead,” said Bejarano. “I thought other horses would go with him but I just took my time. I knew my horse would show me a big kick but I had to make sure by the three eighths pole that I had enough room. I let him go in the stretch, had a clean trip and my horse won.”Hammered to favoritism at 4-5, Subtle Indian fought off all challengers a quarter mile out, but couldn’t withstand the late charge of the winner and had to settle for second, a half length in front of Cautious Giant. Subtle Indian paid $2.80 and $2.40.“I think Subtle Indian ran a good race today,” said Vazquez. “He never quits and he tries really hard. I think he is better at six furlongs. Today, at six and a half, he had to go a little more. In this case, the other horse just ran better than mine.”Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Cautious Giant out-gamed Coastline late and finished third by a neck. Off at 14-1, Cautious Giant paid $4.20 to show.San Onofre, who was ridden by Edwin Maldonado, sustained two broken sesamoid bones in his right front ankle and had to be euthanized.Fractions on the race were 21.58, 44.37 and 1:08.76. Saturday’s co-feature, the $75,000 Mizdirection Stakes, for fillies and mares 3 and up at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, was run immediately following the Kona Gold, as the 10th race on an 11-race card. Taken in gate to wire fashion, it was won by Pamela Ziebarth’s homebred So Sweetitiz, who won by a half length over Miss Double dOro while getting the distance in 1:13.70.Ridden by Mike Smith and trained by Marty Jones, So Sweetitiz, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Grand Slam, was off at 7-1 in a field of eight and paid $17.00, $7.00 and $4.20.“It’s been a process with this filly,” said Jones. “She’s had her ups and downs and she’s been real aggressive. It seems like once we got her on the turf, she started getting confident and doing things the right way. Mike rode a great race. I expected her to be up close, but with Mike you kind of just tell him what she’s like, and he takes care of the rest.”Miss Double d’Oro paid $3.60 and $2.40.Swift Lady, the 9-5 favorite, paid $2.60 to show.First post time for a 10-race card on Sunday at Santa Anita is at 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more