British Baker is encouraging bakers up and down the country to capitalise on the ever-popular cupcake trend by getting involved in National Cupcake Week.The event, to be held from 2-8 March 2009, will be highlighted in bakery and café outlets via special merchandising materials and window stickers, urging customers to come in and treat themselves. The aim of the week is to heighten customers’ awareness of the huge number of recipes and exotic toppings available for cupcakes and to tempt new and existing customers to buy at least one during the week.British Baker will be producing a different recipe for each day of the week and is organising a PR campaign to drive awareness in the national media.There will also be a nationwide window-dressing competition to promote cupcakes during the week, where the winning bakery or café will win a top prize of two seats at the 2009 Baking Industry Awards, to be held at the Park Lane Hilton in London on 8 September. The event is supported by the National Association of Master Bakers and the Scottish Association of Master Bakers.
Matt and Clair Goodall and their daughter Nyah were convinced to move to Brookhaven estate and build their first home, after attending an information session held by Frasers Property Australia.A SAVVY developer has helped first home buyers get into the property market by holding an information session on Queensland’s $20,000 First Home Buyer’s Grant.After attending one of the sessions, first home buyers Clair and Matt Goodall and their daughter Nyah are making the move to Queensland.Frasers Property Australia are holding the sessions as the June 30 deadline for the grant ticks down. As of July 1 the grant will revert back to its original $15,000.The couple have now bought into Frasers Property’s 1,500 lot Brookhaven community in Logan City“Our decision to buy at Brookhaven was influenced by the area, price and, of course, wanting to make the most out of the first home buyers grant before it ended,” said Clair.“The information session was great, it provided us with very helpful information about the local area and what’s to come”.With the construction process of the Goodall’s home set to start in September, they are planning for a move in early next year.Frasers Property Australia general manager residential Queensland Cameron Leggatt said the first homebuyer market accounted for almost 50 per cent of sales within the Brookhaven development.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoBrookhaven in Logan City.“This has led the team at Frasers Property to stage an event to help first-time buyersnavigate the purchase process,” Mr Leggatt said.Attendees heard from industry experts from Urbis, Horizon Financial Solutions, OWNit Conveyancing and Frasers Property Australia.Horizon Financial Solutions managing director Andrew Leak said there was a variety of ways that buyers with differing deposits could qualify for finance and he encouraged buyers to seek out a broker specialising in construction loans.“A broker can assess the first homebuyer’s situation with all lenders and all deposit options to co-ordinate the loan to suit individual needs,” he said.“I recommend first home buyers get pre-qualified for a loan before signing a contract so they can work to an accurate budget.”Brookhaven is set on a 150ha bushland-fringed site at Bahrs Scrub, it will have detached housing lots, a village retail centre, parks and green spaces.Land starts at $180,000 and there will be a display village opening in early 2018.
Another former bus driver, RommelJardeleza, claimed they were being obliged to pay for the damage their busessustained from road mishaps. “Perowala sila sang may ginapakita sa amon ngadeath certificate kon sin-o nga empleyadoang napatay. Nakabutang lang sa amon payslip ‘death contribution,’” hesaid. In his case, said Jardeleza who was adriver at Vallacar for six years before he resigned, he was made to shoulder 50percent of the estimated P188,000 damage that his bus incurred from anaccident. ILOILO City – Labor issues are furthercomplicating the leadership tug-of-war at the Bacolod City-based VallacarTransit, the country’s biggest transport company that operates the popularCeres buses. This Vallacar Transit terminal for its popular Ceres buses in Barangay Camalig, Jaro, Iloilo City is the biggest in Panay Island. Labor issues are further complicating the leadership tug-of-war at Vallacar Transit, the country’s biggest transport company. Disgruntled company workers raised several issues that included payroll deductions, among others. IAN PAUL CORDERO He eventually resigned, saidJardeleza, without receiving benefits. Gil Tabares, president of Vallacar’sdisplaced workers numbering about 60, said another deduction in their salary isthe P100 “death contribution.” Tabares said drivers are also beingunreasonably required to wash their bus units. “Konnaghambal dayun ang management nga bayran man lang ang ginakuha para sameal allowance, kontani nagbalon na langkami para wala na deduction,” said Villegas who resigned last year. This is actually money taken fromtheir daily collection for meals, said Villegas, and this is deducted fromtheir salaries. Onecame forward and articulated his colleagues’ concern. Rolens Villegas,conductor for six years of a Ceres bus plying the Iloilo City-Carles, Iloiloroute, demanded that the company reimburse their “line cash advance.” Disgruntledcompany workers raised several issues yesterday. These included payrolldeductions, “unjust” separation pay, “illegal” dismissal, workers beingpressured to do “voluntary” resignation, and non-disclosure of collectivebargaining agreement. “Ibaliknila ang ginkuha nila sa amon,” said Villegas. Backedby the progressive labor group Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino, these formerworkers called for a press conference yesterday at Gonzaga Hall of CentralPhilippine University and urged the Vallacar management to address theirconcerns. He also wondered why this deduction istermed “line cash advance” in their pay slips and not “meal allowance.” “Ti,mabiyahe kami 2 a.m. Mag 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. kapoy nakami, mabasa pa kami sang tubig,” hesaid. The Vallacar Transit management couldnot be reached for comment as of this writing./PN