Coronavirus: St Pierre Groupe donates PCs to school

first_img(L to R) Founders Paul Baker and Jeremy GilboyManchester-based bakery St Pierre Groupe has donated tablet PCs to Didsbury High School to enable pupils to continue studying online during the coronavirus pandemic.The school has been teaching remotely, with the majority of schoolwork and communication taking place online. But not all pupils had access to a PC at home.“Some children had issues with trying to share technology in order to get work done, meaning they were not getting to do their work until late at night, which obviously is not beneficial,” said Dr David Woolley, head of Didsbury High School.The new tablets have “really made a difference” to five pupils and their families, he added.St Pierre Groupe moved its main premises to Didsbury last year, and has been supporting local charities during the Covid-19 outbreak.“Like the majority of businesses, we had to mobilise office teams to work from home at the beginning of lockdown. This has been relatively straightforward for us, thanks to technology,” said St Pierre Groupe commercial director Chris McLaughlin.“We were made aware things weren’t quite so straightforward for all the pupils at Didsbury High School, so we were more than happy to donate tablet PCs to some of the pupils, so they can continue with their vital school work while they are not attending school.”St Pierre has also donated more than 175,000 Brioche Swirls to charity FareShare and 2,700 to Wythenshawe Food Bank.last_img read more

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Euro property bond launched

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Moving to Texas can be difficult, so let the carwash drown your tears

first_imgI may be the only person in the world who nearly drowned in a carwash. This happened a few days after we had moved from Southern California to Houston. It soon became apparent that Texans did things a lot differently than we were accustomed to – their automatic carwashes were no exception. I was already adjusting to chicken fried steak and fried catfish, to men who wore heavy neck chains with gold nuggets, pickup trucks with shotguns, and semis driving 90 mph in the fast lane. Now I was dealing with the aftereffects of five days and nights of a downpour, which had opened up potholes in the roads and fired up drivers’ tempers. Gutters had overflowed, turning the streets into gushing rivers, and men in business suits were wearing cowboy boots to avoid the discomfort of sitting at their desks all day with wet socks and pant legs. When the rain finally stopped, my new little Toyota was a dull, muddy brown instead of shiny green. It clearly needed a bath. So I drove around looking for a carwash. Bad timing. It was rush hour and cars were stuck together in all directions. Finally, though, I found what I was looking for. But it was behind a gas station where cars were lined up to the street waiting to fill up their tanks. The drivers kindly let me wiggle through to get to the back of the station, where I found the carwash building with a sign explaining the proper procedure. “Drive your own car slowly through the soap and rinse cycle. Exit and pay attendant at front of station.” OK, I can do that. Point the tires straight, drive slowly into the carwash, pray that my tires stay inside the 3-inch railing on both sides of the car. Now I’m in an igloo composed of soapsuds and giant scrubbing brushes. So far so good. I was even humming a catchy little tune, something about “getting tears in my eyes from lying on my back crying over you” that I’d heard on my car radio. I was looking forward to the rinse cycle. Soap, more soap, brushes whirling wildly away. Minutes passed. Now I began to worry. Shouldn’t I be in the rinse cycle by now? Pushing on the gas pedal did nothing. Could I have turned the car slightly and driven up onto that railing? I couldn’t get out of the car for help because I would have had all the skin scraped off my body from the giant brushes. The headlights! I could flash them on and off and someone would come to help me – well, that didn’t work. Everyone was around front pumping gas. I began to breathe heavily. How long would the oxygen inside the car hold out? Chappaquiddick flashed through my mind. OK, try the horn! Really blow it! A lot! Aha! The brushes stopped, and as the soapsuds were making their final descent down my windshield, I could see parts of a very angry bearded man in a cowboy hat, standing at the end of the building pulling down a lever which stopped the machinery. He shook his fist at me. “Dammit!” he said. “You stalled your engine, you dumb broad! Ain’t you got the sense to start it up again?” Oh, I see. I wasn’t hung up on the railing, after all, soapy tires spinning aimlessly. I turned the key in the ignition, stepped on the gas pedal, and my staunch little car moved bravely ahead past the angry man who grabbed my money without another word. I made it through the heavy traffic to the safety of my own cozy garage. I hurried into my house and poured myself a glass of wine and drank it in one gulp. Then I poured another and phoned my daughter in California, who had been concerned that this move might be difficult for me. “Hi, honey,” I said. “I’m doing just fine. I’m relaxing with a nice glass of wine after a busy day. I just learned how to use their carwash system here, and tomorrow night we’re going to Gilley’s and dance the Cotton-Eyed Joe. It’s about stepping into cow patties and shaking them off your shoes. Can you imagine this is part of a dance? It’s really fun out here in Houston!” Jean Stephenson is a longtime Palos Verdes Estates resident and an artist. Do you have a story to tell? Submit your column to Lisa Martini, My Turn, Daily Breeze, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077, or e-mail us at [email protected] Please limit to 800 words and include your telephone number. We’ll pay $25 for each column we publish.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Egypt scrap past Zimbabwe to take Group A initiative

first_img Tags: AFCON 2019EgyptKhama BilliatMouhmad TrazegetMuhammad Salahtopzimbabwe Egyptian players celebrate Trazeguet’s winner on Friday. (PHOTOS/Agencies)AFCON 2019Egypt 1-0 ZimbabweCairo International Stadium, CairoFriday, 21-06-2019CAIRO – Host Egypt got off to a winning start at the on going 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), on Friday night.Mahmoud Trazeguet struck the only goal of the afternoon as the Pharaohs edged Zimbabwe 1-0 in a well contested affair.Egypt started strongly with Muhammad Salah and Morwan Moshen forcing two saves from Edmore Sibanda inside the opening two minutes.The Pharaohs continued their bright star and on 8 minutes, Abdallah El-Said forced another save from Sibanda after a sweeping move that involved Moshen and Salah.Four minutes later, El-Said found himself in acres of space in the Zimbabwe penalty area but could not hit the target as he blazed his shot over.Despite all the pressure, Zimbabwe were holding on and they were looking dangerous on the counter at the other end.Zimbabwe looked to be slowly growing into the game as the half wore on and started asserting themselves.At the hour mark, Salah received a cross from Moshen, controlled it and danced his way into a promising position before shooting straight at Sibanda.Moments later, the players went into the mandatory water-break as Egyptian defender Ahmed Hegazi was being treated for a bleeding nose.Zimbabwe’s first attempt on goal came on 34 minutes with Khama Billiat sending a speculative free-kick wide and over.They nearly broke the dead-lock two minutes later when Billiat raced onto a quick free-kick, finding himself one on one with Mohamed El-Shenawy but the custodian stood firm to push the resultant shot, out for a fruitless corner.However, the break through would come at the other end instead. Mahmoud Trazeguet picked the ball on the left, played a neat one-two with El-Said, wiggled his way into the box before unleashing a curling effort into the bottom left-hand corner to put Egypt 1-0 up on 41 minutes.One could have easily turned into two but Salah shot wide moments later, after he was played in on goal by Moshen.Salah (left) was lively against Zimbabwe on Friday.By the end of the first half, the Pharaohs had a firm grip on proceedings, attempting 10 shots with 5 of them on target. For Zimbabwe, they were struggling as evident from their single shot on target.Four minutes into the second half, Trazeguet curled another shot, this time out side the box, but Sibanda pushed it out for a corner.The game looked more of a balanced affair in the second half with Zimbabwe searching for an equalizer but they were struggling to create clear-cut chances.At the hour mark, Sibanba was hit by Moshen and he went down for several minutes. As Sibanda was treated, Moshen was replaced by Walid Soliman in the very first substitution of the tournament.On 66 minutes, El-Said released Salah who shot first time but Sibanda dived low to save the goal bound effort.As time started ticking away, Ovidi Karuru tried his luck from distance but this effort was calmly collected by El-Shenawy.Sibanda who had earlier been injured by Moshen, was eventually substituted by Elvis Chibezeze, with 10 minutes to play as Zimbabwe called for their first change.Salah got a chance to seal the points on 87 minutes after he was played in through on goal by substitute Soliman, but could not beat the Chipezeze in a one on one situation.At the end, Zimbabwe who put out a promising show, could not find the equalizer, seeing Egypt win the contest 1-0.Egypt now move top of group A with three points from one game.The other group A game will be played on Saturday as Uganda takes on DR Congo at the same venue, at 5:30pm.How the teams started Egypt16 Mohamed El-Shenawy (GK)20 Mahmoud Alaa Eldin6 Ahmed Hegazy3 Ahmed El-Mohamady19 Abdallah El-Said7 Mahmoud Trezeguet8 Tarek Hamed17 Mohamed Elneny10 Mohamed Salah9 Marwan Mohsen13 Ahmed MansourZimbabwe1 Edmore Sibanda (GK)6 Alec Mudimu2 Tendayi Darikwa15 Teenage Lingani Hadebe5 Divine Lunga8 Marshall Munetsi10 Ovidy Karuru18 Marvelous Nakamba23 Nyasha Mushekwi17 Knowledge Musona11 Khama BilliatComments last_img read more

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