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PolitiFrogPolitiFrog News‘Unchartered territory’ as Trump impeachment trial begins in the SenateBy Michael Rogers – January 23, 2020 794 Facebook ACT, SAT scores now optional for students applying to TCU in 2021 Trump talks Democrats, impeachment at Dallas rally Facebook The House of Representatives has launched a formal impeachment inquiry against the President. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Linkedin TCU, SMU students collaborate on app for students, businesses ReddIt Michael Rogershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/michael-rogers/ Twitter Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Linkedin Michael Rogers printThe third impeachment trial in U.S. history began in the Senate chambers this week.House of Representatives impeachment managers began their oral arguments Wednesday, with Chief Justice John Roberts presiding. When they conclude, President Donald Trump’s defense team will begin mounting their case to the 100 senators charged with voting whether to convict the President on charges of abuse of office and obstruction of Congress. This is the first impeachment trial since former President Bill Clinton’s in 1999. TCU political science professor James Riddlesperger said the public “passion” surrounding the proceedings is “several dimensions less dominant” than previous impeachment cases.“I think fewer people are paying attention to it, fewer people are involved in it,” Riddlesperger said. “It’s seen as just another Democratic attempt to get President Trump by Republicans. Democrats kind of see it the same way, ‘well you know he deserves to be impeached’ … but it’s not going to happen.”Riddlesperger said the public’s overall disinterest in the proceedings and the saturation of the coverage in today’s 24-hour news cycle makes these proceedings “very different from what it was 20 years ago.”“I think people are exhausted with this process and want to move onto other things,” he said. “The Nixon impeachment process was a national obsession … the Clinton trial was a big deal and got a huge amount of press coverage. This has not reached that level.”Another difference between Trump and Clinton’s impeachment trials is the timing. Clinton’s occurred after he had been re-elected for a second term, while Trump’s comes just months before he vies for re-election. Riddlesperger said the impeachment trial happening this close to the next presidential election is leading the country into “uncharted territory.”“President Trump does not want it to distract from his re-election campaign, so the sooner this can be disposed of, the better for his campaign,” Riddlesperger said. “The Democrats are in this unique position where several of the front runners in this election process are members of the United States Senate. So here they are sitting as a jury in an impeachment trial, rather than campaigning in Iowa and New Hampshire for their initial contests.”Even with waning public interest, Riddlesperger said the issues at play in Trump’s impeachment are far more like what the Founding Fathers envisioned impeachment proceedings would address. “[The Founders] were worried about international affairs and foreign governments having an influence on decision-making in the United States,” Riddlesperger said. “It is clear that the allegations that the Democrats have made about President Trump’s behavior concern issues that the framers would have been worried about.” What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit Former President Jimmy Carter hospitalized Michael Rogershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/michael-rogers/ + posts Michael Rogershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/michael-rogers/ ReddIt Previous articleThe Skiff: Jan. 23, 2020Next articleBlanket Coverage – Episode 115 (Championship Games Recap, Midseason CBB, NBA) Michael Rogers What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlines Twitter Michael Rogershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/michael-rogers/ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
News RSF_en to go further UkraineEurope – Central Asia February 11, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Response by Vyacheslav Pikhovshek and Yanina Sokolovska Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media In his article, published on 26 January, Pikhovshek claimed to be “concerned” about Leshchenko’s fate, likening his position to Gongadze’s in 2000 and suggesting that he was best-placed to be the next journalist murdered in Ukraine. He went on to say that the opposition could be in favour of murdering Leshchenko so that the blame could be put on the government. “These comments are despicable and dangerous,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Suggesting that Leshchenko could suffer the same fate as Gongadze is a barely disguised death threat, one that is particularly revolting as the people behind Gongadze’s murder have still not been brought to justice although ten years have gone by.”The press freedom organisation added: “The comments are all the disturbing because they come from someone who is close to the government. They are a form of manipulation designed to intimidate and silence Leshchenko. They also implicitly try to blame Gongadze’s murder on the opposition.”It is also significant that Izvestiya v Ukrayine’s editor, Yanina Sokolovska, who was a ruling party election candidate, refused to publish Leshchenko’s response in its entirety. She was ready to publish a version from which all criticism of the government had been removed, but Lechenko declined.“European democratic principles provide for the right of reply,” Leshchenko responded. “The newspaper you edit published an article in which I was portrayed as a journalist who should be killed for bringing the government into disrepute. I would like you to give me the opportunity to publish in your newspaper a complete response to this article, without any censorship.”Reporters Without Borders calls on Izvestiya v Ukrayine to have the honesty and decency to publish Leshchenko’s response, and to refrain from carrying such irresponsible and violent articles as Pikhovshek’s in the future. News Help by sharing this information March 26, 2021 Find out more Vyacheslav Pikhovshek and Yanina Sokolovska”——————————————————————————————–Death threats against website journalist echo Georgiy Gongadze murder 11.02.2011 Reporters Without Borders is deeply shocked by the scarcely veiled death threats against independent journalist Serhiy Leshchenko that were expressed by Vyacheslav Pikhovshek, a PR consultant who supports President Viktor Yanukovych, in an opinion piece published in the pro-government newspaper Izvestiya v Ukrayine.Leshchenko is an influential journalist who often writes about corruption for Ukrayinska Pravda, a news website founded by Georgiy Gongadze, an outspoken reporter who was murdered in September 2000. Vyacheslav Pikhovshek and Yanina Sokolovska wanted to exercise their right to respond to our 11 February press release. Their response follows: Receive email alerts Organisation Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV “On February 11, your organization issued a statement that was later reproduced by some online newspapers in Ukraine and elsewhere. The statement contains some errors and factual inaccuracies. The European culture of debate allows for a right to reply, and to put forward one’s own arguments and facts. Reporters Without Borders shares these values.I, Vyacheslav Pikhovshek, have never been a PR consultant for either Victor Yanukovych or any other politician. I am a freelance writer for the website Livy Bereh, and I also contribute to the newspaper Izvestiya v Ukraine. The magazine Glavred, on the Glavred and UNIAN websites, as well as the local English-language newspaper Kyiv Post, have printed some of my op-eds. The statement that I am a PR consultant is factually wrong. I am asking you to retract it.In its statement, Reporters Without Borders also described me as a person close to the government. With all due respect to Reporters Without Borders, I, Vyacheslav Pikhovshek, would like to stress that this statement is false.I, Yanina Sokolovska, the editor in chief of the Izvestiya v Ukraine newspaper, strongly object to the statement that I was the ruling party’s election candidate. I have never been a member of any party. Neither I personally, nor Izvestiya v Ukraine serve any political interests. This newspaper, which has a 93-year history, welcomes all points of view. It has published the views of the historian Kostyantyn Bondarenko, the human rights activist and former political prisoner Semyon Gluzman, and the political scientists Kostyantyn Matvienko and Mykhailo Pogrebynsky. The suggestion that Izvestiya is a pro-government publication is not true. I ask you to retract it.I, Yanina Sokolovska, categorically deny that we refused to publish Serhiy Leshchenko’s response. As editor in chief of the newspaper Izvestiya v Ukraine, I insisted that Leshchenko’s assertions be supported by documentation. This fully complies with European standards for mass media activities. Checking the facts is a basis of journalistic work in Ukraine and in Europe, and all over the world. And Reporters Without Borders knows this. Our independent verification of some of Leshchenko’s statements did not confirm their authenticity. The statement that censorship was applied to Leshchenko’s response is not true. I am asking to you to retract it.By publishing these untrue statements, Reporters Without Borders has exposed itself. It could have been avoided if fact checking had been carried out. Oksana Romaniuk, the Reporters Without Borders representative in Ukraine, assured Vyacheslav Pikhovshek that she did not write that statement.As regards the article, reread it! The article is about a possible scenario for destabilizing the political situation in Ukraine, and how the journalist’s death could be used for this. There was a similar situation in Ukrainian history, involving the death of the journalist Georgyi Gongadze. We do not want the same to happen again. Given that experience and these assumptions, it would be unfair and irresponsible to keep silence.However, we deny categorically that we blame the opposition political forces for the death of Gongadze and potential attacks on other journalists. We do not have the facts to make any such assertion. We deny that the article was published to pressure, threaten, intimidate or make anybody remain silent. We also have also been under threat because of our professional activities, so we know how it is.As regards Reporters Without Borders’ right to its own evaluation, we have our own opinion. On 29 December, before this article was published in Izvestiya v Ukraine, similar material appeared on the Ukrainian Internet resource Tema. It asserted that some journalists including Leshchenko were under threat. On 14 January, Yury Lukanov wrote about this in his blog on the Korrespondent website. Why did Reporters Without Borders not respond to these posts? Did you not know about them? If you did, why did you not regard them as “pressure” or “threats”? In our view, after the publication of the articles and the public’s response, including the statement by Reporters Without Borders, the possibility of deliberate attempts on journalists’ lives in Ukraine has declined sharply and is close to zero now. This is our belief.Reporters Without Borders will confirm or deny its adherence to the rules of European journalism by publishing or not publishing our response. Future action or inaction by Reporters Without Borders will help us to elaborate a further strategy for protecting ourselves. News Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority UkraineEurope – Central Asia February 26, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Ukraine September 7, 2020 Find out more News
News RSF_en News News Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa Reporters Without Borders today condemned the detention of magazine editor Olu Richie Awoonor Gordon for three days without charge in Freetown, as well as the failure of the UN mission in Sierra Leone to speak out about the government’s repeated press freedom violations.Police detained Gordon, the editor of Peep! magazine, on 11 February after he wrote an article criticising the government’s failure to dismiss a minister who has been accused of corruption. He was released yesterday.”President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah’s government uses the police and judiciary at whim,” the press freedom organization said. “Journalists are too often the victim of these abuses in Sierra Leone, where For Di People editor Paul Kamara continues to languish in prison for criticising the president.”Referring to the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), Reporters Without Borders said: “It is high time the local UN mission monitored respect for the media. Its silence on the tyrannical behaviour of the authorities towards the press just aggravates the situation, by fostering impunity.”Police went to Peep!’s office in Freetown on the afternoon of 11 February and told Gordon he was “invited” to come to the police station. After being questioned for several hours and signing a statement, he was placed in custody. He was not released until midday yesterday, after the justice minister decided not to bring any charges.Reporters Without Borders contacted Chief superintendent Mr. Lapia while Gordon was still being questioned. Lapia insisted that Gordon had just been “invited” to “answer some questions” and that there was no question of his being “arrested.” Contacted by Reporters Without Borders just after his interrogation, Gordon said the police were polite and that it was the government that gave the order to bring him to the police station.”I still don’t know what is in store for me,” Gordon told Reporters Without Borders after the interrogation. “The police don’t know too much about what I am doing here. If I have to spend the weekend in prison, so be it. I have already been arrested in the past, but this is the most absurd episode I’ve ever experienced in my career as a journalist.”Peep! is known for being one of Sierra Leone’s most incisive publications as regards corruption. An article in the 11 February issue asked why marine minister Ibrahim Okere Adams was not fired after being charged by a commission set up to investigate corruption, pointing out that two other ministers, Harry Will and Momoh Pujeh, had been fired after the commission accused them.The article quoted a presidential office press release saying someone holding public office should only stand down after the courts ruled on their guilt, likening the situation to that of former US President Bill Clinton. The article also pointed out that Adams is one of the most powerful allies of Kabbah and Vice-President Solomon Berewa within the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) in the north of the country. Receive email alerts Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent Follow the news on Sierra Leone February 15, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities hold magazine editor over weekend without good reason April 6, 2020 Find out more Reports The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Sierra LeoneAfrica Sierra LeoneAfrica to go further Organisation November 27, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information March 29, 2020 Find out more
to go further June 25, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A Blast Times Daily journalist detained and tortured for over a month RSF_en May 17, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Nepal 25.06.2002Bishnu Khanal, Liladhar Gautam and Khadananda Lamichanne, respectively editor, executive editor and journalist with the Surkhet Post daily, were released on 23 June by security forces of Surkhet (west of the country), after a seven months’ detention. Furthermore, Ramhari Paudyal, journalist with Samacharpatra daily, was arrested by security forces on 13 June in Parphing (south of Kathmandu). _______________________________________________________________13.06.2002″The main international organisations for the defence of press freedom have denounced the current repression against Nepalese journalists. But your government does not heed these calls for moderation”, affirmed Robert Ménard, General Secretary of Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières), in a letter sent to the Nepalese Prime Minister, Sher Bahadur Deuba. Reporters Without Borders protested against the prolonged detention of Prem Bastola, a Blast Times Daily reporter. “We cannot but condemn this detention and the poor treatment suffered by this journalist, which confirms Nepal—with 37 information professionals detained—in its sad position as the world’s largest prison for journalists”, added Robert Ménard. “If this journalist was arrested for his articles, it is the duty of your government to free him immediately. The same applies for the other reporters some of whom have been tortured and arrested entirely illegally”, concluded Mr Ménard.According to information gathered by RSF, Prem Bastola, a Blast Times Daily journalist, has been detained since 6 May 2002 in the prison at Biratnagar (more than 400 kilometres to the south-east of Kathmandu). He was arrested by the security forces at his home at Haraicha (a small village in the east of the country). According to the weekly Jana Aastha, which reported this information, Prem Bastola has written many articles on the fighting between the Maoists and the security forces, particularly in a local publication he manages. But, according to his colleagues, he has never supported the Maoist movement considered “terrorist” by the government. Prem Bastola is reported to have been obliged to sign, under the threat of a weapon, a letter in which he acknowledged having taken photographs at Maoist meetings. Beforehand the journalist had been violently beaten by the security forces during interrogation. Important members of the Congress Party, and representatives of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) and of the Blast Times Daily have rallied for his release, but to no avail.Reporters Without Borders published its fact-finding mission’s report on the Consequences of the State of Emergency and of the Fight Against “Maoist Terrorism” Attacks on Freedom of the Press, on 16 April 2002. You can read the report on the RSF web site at www.rsf.org. Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill May 29, 2019 Find out more NepalAsia – Pacific News Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information Organisation NepalAsia – Pacific News June 8, 2020 Find out more News Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story
8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News More Cool Stuff Sports PCC Women’s Swim Take 2nd At Mt. SAC Invitational By ROBERT LEWIS Published on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 | 10:59 am First Heatwave Expected Next Week Lancer Liza Echeverria in action during the Mt. SAC Invitational Feb. 21, image by Richard QuintonBehind seven event victories, the Pasadena City College women’s swim team placed a best-ever second place at the annual Mt. SAC Invitational held February 20-21 in Walnut. Sierra from Northern California finished ahead of PCC out of 14 scoring colleges participating to capture the team title.Sophomore Connie Peng won three of the Lancers events–the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.77), the 200 butterfly (2:23.63), and the 200 backstroke (2:20). PCC also recorded first place finishes in the 200 individual medley (IM) by sophomore Tiffany Wong (2:19.72), the 400 IM by freshman Liza Echeverria (4:58.11), the 200 medley relay (1:56.40) and the 400 medley relay (4:14.66).The Lancers showed their strong depth in such events as the 200 butterfly where they swept the top three places with Echeverria (second, 2:26.69) and Wong (third, 2:26.98) following Peng’s victory time.PCC also took second places in the 200 free relay (1:43.99), the 200 freestyle by freshman Ariahn Givens, a late addition to the team’s roster from the 2014 water polo team (2:05.62), and the 100 backstroke by Peng (1:04.02).“This is the best start of a season ever for us,” PCC head coach Terry Stoddard said. “We can really compete well in the South Coast Conference duals based on what we did against some very good teams here at Mt. SAC. We have strength in our relays again like the past two seasons, but we have more depth in many events.”The following are other high finishes by PCC, event by event at Mt. SAC:200 IM–4. Echeverria, 2:23.49, 10. Victoria Leflang, 2:30.3450 freestyle–4. Wong, 25.98, 6. Peng, 26.35, 14. Phoebe Lee, 27.30100 butterfly–3. Wong, 1:02.91, 5. Echeverria, 1:04.33, 9. Courtney Fukushima, 1:08.81100 breaststroke–7. Echeverria, 1:15.86, 14. Nancy Chen, 1:20.19500 freestyle–6. Fukushima, 5:44.44, 10. Leflang, 5:53.691,650 freestyle–4. Leflang, 20:10.01200 freestyle–6. Peng, 2:11.19400 IM–6. Fukushima, 5:18.59, 7. Leflang, 5:27.73200 backstroke–5. Givens, 2:25.88, 8. Wong, 2:37.32100 backstroke–7. Givens, 1:07.75200 breaststroke–5. Echeverria, 2:41.19100 freestyle–4. Givens, 56.71, 7. Wong, 58.07On Friday, Feb. 27, the Lancers open SCC duals with a double dual meet against Mt. San Antonio and Cerritos Colleges. Meet time is 12:30 p.m. at the PCC Aquatic Center. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Herbeauty11 Yummy Spices For A Flat TummyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Yoga Poses To Overcome Stress And AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Gorgeous Looks That Have Been Classic Go-tos For DecadesHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
Board begins to see value of HROn 27 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Effectivebenchmarking can reveal the dramatic impact a well-run HR department can haveon a company’s staff turnover and profitability.Onesuccessful chief executive, whose company has benefited from having its HR policiesand performance analysed, said, “I now know that our employee turnover hasfallen from almost 16 per cent overall to 13.5 per cent in the past six months– achieved in an area of low unemployment and against a background of difficultrecruitment conditions. “Thesaving direct to the bottom line for this year alone will be, we reckon,equivalent to at least £250,000.”Thisquote represented the first stage in the main board’s recognition that the HRfunction was adding value. Ithas progressed to explore and develop a range of personnel initiatives thatwent on to reduce both absenteeism and grievances.TheHR manager was able to identify areas of weakness by checking against nationaland industry benchmarking databases.Thiswas achieved by starting to measure, record and compare issues such asturnover, recruitment time and cost, absenteeism, disciplinary cases andgrievances, training time and cost.Moreimportantly, she was able to identify internal comparative data and theunderlying difficulties with individual areas of the company, structural issuesand management style. Suggestingsolutions on a site-by-site and departmental basis, she gained rapid acceptanceof some quite radical and valuable new HR procedures. Thepower of the straightforward comparative data gathered, which could be seen torelate to corporate profitability, was immense. Access was gained todepartments that for years had ploughed their own furrows and which hadvirtually ignored all but the most pressing HR requirements.Obviously,not all managers feel comfortable with the measurement and benchmarkingprocess. By definition, 50 per cent or more will be at or below the mediandata-line, so the study must not be seen as simply a scoring process. Thegreatest likelihood of success will be achieved by the application of subtlechange management skills. ByDerek Burn, partner, MCG Consulting Group [email protected] Related posts:No related photos.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell hit a go-ahead layup with 7 seconds left and finished with 20 points, lifting the Utah Jazz over the Oklahoma City Thunder 110-109.Bojan Bogdanovich scored 23 points and Mike Conley added 20 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the Jazz, who ended a 17-game losing streak in regular season road games against the Thunder, including games in the NBA’s Orlando bubble last season.Utah’s last win in Oklahoma City came on Oct. 31, 2010.Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who hit a game-winning shot in the Thunder’s season-opening win in Charlotte, missed a driving layup in heavy traffic at the buzzer. December 28, 2020 /Sports News – Local Mitchell makes layup with 7 seconds left, Jazz beat Thunder Tags: Donovan Mitchell/NBA/Utah Jazz Written by Associated Press
Not that he’s really considered the arbiter of taste or a bastion of good judgement, but George ’Dubya’ Bush is said to favour the Lainston House Hotel when he’s in the UK. The high quality of the breads and patisserie may have played a passing appeal, but it was more likely to be the draw of the lawn croquet. One can only speculate whether the US president balked at being served French pain de campagne, or insisted on a ’freedom loaf’- aping the ’freedom fries’ that replaced ’French fries’ in parts of America following France’s opposition to the war in Iraq.If he did, then he would have been missing out. While most hotels buy in their bakery products, Lainston’s scratch-made goods were deemed so good, that the hotel started selling them at farmers’ markets. Indeed, they regularly sell out, with over-zealous customers scrabbling in the back of the van for any remaining hot cross buns or Lardy Cake.One of the few UK hotels to employ a dedicated baker, Lainston also boasts the double whammy of having the UK Callebaut Chocolate Champion, Mark Tilling, on its pay-roll. I meet the latter the day after his three-minute appearance on celebrity chef James Martin’s desserts series, Sweet Baby James. “And that was from over four hours of filming!” laughs the head pastry chef.With chocolate masterclasses advertised at £200 a pop, the hotel seems to be doing rather well from his new-found chocolate master status. Tilling won the accolade having made a metre-high King Arthur and Merlin chocolate sculpture, as part of a ’national myths and legends’ theme. “I did it in a modern art, contemporary style,” he says.It has helped raise the profile of the bakery at the hotel, with local papers and radio picking up on the success story. “The hotel has given me time to work on the competition but they’ve done well out of it too. Going to the world finals, everybody gets to know who you are and where you’re from.”HOTEL BAKERS: A RARE BREEDMeanwhile, attracting less of the glare but equally valued, is head baker Adrian Chant. Specialist bakers in hotels are a rare breed, he says. “Bakery in hotels is coming back, to some extent. But we’re not that common, to be honest.”Hotels tend to buy in a Délice de France-type product. But [executive chef] Andy MacKenzie doesn’t believe in that – he believes people can tell if it’s not homemade.”Lainston’s bakery produces pastries and rolls for breakfast, bread for sandwiches served in the bar and drawing room, four varieties of bread for dinner and lunch, using herbs from the herb garden, teacakes and scones for tea, plus rolls and other breads for functions. “And of course we make bread to feed the staff,” adds Chant.The operation started out small-scale, with just a basic oven, but now houses a Tom Chandley oven, a Mono prover and a Bear mixer. It bakes for three farmers’ markets a month, taking around £1,000 a go.There are plans to build a new bakery, visible from the functions suite, for giving live demonstrations. “At the moment, we share space with everyone else. But the oven, prover and main mixer are only a year old so you can see how much the hotel values fresh bread over part-finished,” says Chant. “It’s sort of mushroomed, really. The hotel used to buy in all the croissants, pains au chocolat and Danish pastries, but now we make all those, as well as tarts, cookies, shortbread and biscuits.”Farmers’ markets, which they started attending in September last year, quickly proved to be a profitable sideline and a nifty means of promoting the bakery at the hotel. The biggest seller is Lardy Cake, which sells for £1.60 – the same price as their 400g loaves. “You’d think it would be the older people going for Lardy Cake – and they do – but it’s the younger people who are really going for it. Some people say they can’t sell it. Rubbish! We were besieged when we started. We couldn’t even get the trays out of the van before people were picking them up! It was a similar story when we did hot cross buns before Easter.”SCRATCH RECIPESThe bread is baked using a 24-hour sponge and dough process. The sourdough starter was supplied by baker Paul Merry, of Panary, and the breads are hand-shaped. “I only use scratch recipes – no premixes, improvers or enzymes. It’s all hand-moulded. I’ve done fancy knots and things, but they’ve got to be able to handle the bread in the restaurant. We’re given the freedom to play about and try things out – as long as it’s not too outrageous.”Flours come from Heygates, while stoneground rye and wholemeal flours are supplied by Stoates Flours at Cann Mills in Dorset. Occasionally, they buy from the nearby Bursledon Windmill.Chant makes a selection of four to five breads daily and seasonality plays a big role in the choice of flavours. A well-cultivated herb garden provides inspiration for a number of breads. Loaves include lavender, rosemary and sultana, basil and tomato, and watercress varieties.The hotel plans to put its 65 acres of grounds to better use, extending the herb garden and, in time, growing all its own vegetables, rhubarb, apples, pears, apricots, redcurrants and blueberries. “It will take three or four years for everything to mature. But the herbs come quickly,” says Tilling.The downside of an ample orchard is when the gardener drops 32 kilos of kiwi fruit from the hotel’s kiwi tree on the doorstep, he adds: “We were like, what are we going to do with all that?”Tilling says he is making use of Callebaut’s Origin chocolates, sourced from individual countries. “Tasting chocolate can be a little bit like tasting wine – they’ve got their different flavours and aromas. We’ll put ’Madagascar chocolate sauce’ or ’Papua New Guinea chocolate mousse’ on the menu. Some are more caramel-flavoured, some are fruity, herby or tobacco-ey – the acidity can change between them.”But asked what he thinks the hotel particularly excels at and, perhaps out of modesty, he proclaims the bread over the chocolates. “It’s amazing that we make all our own bread – and a selection of breads, colours, textures, shapes and sizes as well – because there are so few hotels doing it. A lot of people don’t realise we make our own bread, so you need to make them more knowledgeable about it.”TAKING OVER THE KITCHENThere is a sense that the bakery and patisserie are taking over the kitchen, and it already employs the majority of kitchen staff. “There’s a lot of cross-over,” says Chant of the pastry and bakery roles in the kitchen. “I’ll do some chocolate work and Mark will help out at the farmers’ markets.”Now, there are even hopes to sell the bread from the hotel reception and Chant is also planning on introducing a bread menu.On that day, the hotel’s bakery credentials will surely be complete. n—-=== Adrian Chant CV ===Head bakerTrained at Salisbury College and has worked across a mix of large and small-scale bakery operations, including roles at New Forest Patisserie; McCambridge; Bakers Oven; David Powell Bakeries; Tesco; and Mr Kipling—-=== Mark Tilling CV ===Head Pastry ChefBTEC National Diploma (hotel and catering) at Southampton City College; 1st commis pastry chef at The Lanesborough Hotel, London; head pastry chef at Hotel du Vin, Winchester; Zest, Winchester; chocolatier, Locherley, Hampshirel Won the Callebaut UK Chocolate Champion 2007 and will go on to the World Finals, held in Paris