Dear Mr CameronThe NAMB represents craft bakers’ businesses in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands and, on their behalf, I am completely appalled at the information in today’s news.Was it on Tuesday, Mr Prime Minister, that you stood before the CBI to encourage businesses (large and small) to lead the country out of its economic turmoil? Then yesterday, your colleague, the Pensions Minister, announced a new employer’s pension contribution, staged from 2012 of 1% to 3% from 2017.What a contradiction over a 24-hour period! Surely this has to be a massive disincentive for our members to increase full-time employees. In fact, I see this as an increase of NI contributions of 1%-plus, that you and your colleagues so rightly pilloried the last Labour Government over.All these ideas may seem right in Westminster circles, but are clearly unaffordable for small businesses being squeezed from all angles. Bakers cannot increase prices at the drop of a hat to maintain their margins and the result will be more redundancies.You have time for a rethink please consult associations like mine, where you could find alternative suggestions from the people who voted you into office.
I was never an athlete — I think most sports writers would admit to that — but unlike most others of my kind, I also wasn’t always the biggest sports fan.In reality, when I was very young, I just wanted to be a writer. Probably write some books. You know, try to make a living with words, somehow.There’s no reason I should want to be a writer — no one person in particular inspired me to start doing this and there’s obviously not a whole bunch of money to be made.Actually, let’s back up one second. There wasn’t one person, but probably one thing.Growing up outside of Washington, D.C., The Washington Post was a staple of my morning routine since I was in elementary school. I wasn’t a hoops junkie or anything yet, but I was a reader and I wasn’t going to read the news, style or business sections. Sports made more sense. I learned to love sports just as much because of what I read as what I saw.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOf course rooting for teams was fun — even when I realized that there was no chance the Eagles or Nationals would ever win a title — but the stories were fun.And that’s why this year’s Syracuse season, in all of its beautiful imperfection, was perfect.How many years do you get to say you saw one of the best shots in SU history, Jim Boeheim’s only ejection and a 25-0 start? Every time you looked up, there was some new story seemingly more unbelievable than the last.In the middle of it all, I had a chance to go back to where it all started for myself. The Orange’s trip to Maryland will probably just be remembered as a throwaway road game in a wild, wild season, but that was where I grew up and fell in love with basketball. The 2002 Terrapins were the only championship team I ever rooted for. My family has had tickets since the Comcast Center opened. I know C.J. Fair enjoyed playing in front of his friends and family, and I like to think I felt at least a little bit the same.For the first time, my childhood and my future totally collided. UMD made me love college basketball — the greatest game — and now I was in College Park getting to watch it, and of course write about it, as a job.But suddenly, on March 22, I looked up and it was all over. Dayton stunned Syracuse. My time at The Daily Orange didn’t end on that night, but it felt like it did. I never viewed myself a Syracuse fan, but it was sad to see that team’s run — and, more selfishly, my own run — end in Buffalo. It was like the end of a good book that you never want to stop reading.This summer, I’ll be back at home. I’ll be in Maryland for as long of a stretch of time as I’ve had in years. And every morning, when I sit down at the kitchen table, The Washington Post will be sitting right there. For some reason my parents still subscribe — I like to think it’s because I’m a newspaper guy. Actually, come to think of it, maybe it’s not about the paper where the story was told, but the ones who made sure I was getting to take them all in.David Wilson was a staff writer at The Daily Orange where his column will no longer appear. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @DBWilson2.-30- Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 28, 2014 at 12:56 am
Prosecutors are still pushing every legal means to have access to Senator Varney Sherman’s bank statements. This was demonstrated yesterday when they asked Criminal Court ‘C,’ where the Senator is expected to stand trial on the Global Witness bribery scandal, to do so.Initially, prosecutors had asked another court, Criminal Court ‘A,’ which indicted Sherman and others in the Global Witness bribery scandal, to order several banking institutions, including Ecobank, where Senator Sherman is a customer, to produce his bank statements, which Judge Kontoe accepted and acted upon.Though Criminal Court ‘A’ granted the prosecutors’ request, Sherman’s legal team has a contrary view, making a case against Judge Boimah Kontoe at the Supreme Court, and the matter is still pending. The defense’s argument at the time was that there was no case before that court for Judge Kontoe to issue such a directive to the banking institutions to surrender their client’s bank accounts to prosecutors.Although the matter is pending before the Supreme Court, prosecutors again asked Criminal Court ‘C,’ the court that authorized Sherman’s arrest, to compel the banks to produce his accounts dated from January 2011 to September 2011.At yesterday’s hearing on the merits and demerits of the prosecutors’ request, state lawyers argued that since the court is now handling the matter, based on the issuance of its writ of arrest and subsequent indictment of Sherman and others, it would be appropriate for the court to ask the banks to submit Sherman’s bank accounts to help with their evidence.In counter argument, the defense team said there was no reason for Criminal Court ‘C’ to do so, because the matter was still before the Supreme Court and “as such, Judge Emery Paye should not do so, as doing so would mean you are undermining the matter that is pending before the Supreme Court.”Immediately after listening to the arguments, Judge Paye reserved ruling. “I reserve ruling into the matter, and I would deliver it anytime next week,” the Criminal Court Judge told the parties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)