Deadline For Absentee Ballot Approaching

first_imgStaff ReportThe StatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS —The deadlines to vote in-person or through an absentee ballot are quickly approaching.Primary Election Day is May 8 and polls will be open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. For those who cannot vote in-person that day, they can still vote early in-person or with an absentee ballot, but the last day to request one is April 30.Secretary of State Connie Lawson said voting is a right many have fought for and asked voters not to take their right for granted.“Waiting until the last moment increases the chance that your request will not be received in time. An absentee application only takes a few minutes to complete, so set aside that time today,” Lawson said in a statement.To send an absentee ballot by mail, voters must request an application from the county clerk’s office by 11:59 p.m. on April 30. Applications can be submitted in person, by fax, email or mail.Early voting in-person is on-going, and can be cast by going to the county clerk’s office. Some counties, however, have additional early voting sites. The last day to vote early in-person at a clerk’s office is noon on May 7.FOOTNOTE: TheStatehousefile.com is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

How coronavirus took its toll on Finsbury Food Group sales

first_imgFinsbury Food Group’s latest financial year has seen a marked difference in performance between the first six months and the second.In the first half of its financial year, ended 27 June 2020, revenues rose 4.7% year on year to £159.4m.And despite a strong start to the second half, the UK coronavirus outbreak brought a huge shift in the market and saw sales fall 9.8% over the period compared to the previous year.As a result, revenue was down 24% year-on-year in April, 19% in May and 15% in June.Finsbury explained that lockdown meant demand in the foodservice and food-to-go sectors, which together accounted for about 20% of the group’s revenue, fell to almost nothing overnight.Although celebration cake sales declined, demand for some everyday product ranges, particularly round cakes, buns and rolls rose.It has since recovered, trading at 39% of the previous year’s levels in the fourth quarter.In March, the company temporarily closed foodservice buns and rolls business Kara because of reduced demand. The site reopened last month and shift numbers have continued to increase since.Finsbury saw major changes in shopping behaviour in retail. Although celebration cake sales declined, demand for some everyday product ranges, particularly round cakes, buns and rolls rose.Initially, some complex products could not be manufactured until social distancing measures were introduced at the company’s bakeries, and some products were delisted as stores prioritised store-cupboard essentials. Since then, Finsbury has gradually reinstated full product ranges.The business said it had brought back many of its previously furloughed staff and would continue to do so.At the start of the crisis, Finsbury froze all discretionary expenditure and capital investment and suspended its interim dividend, while the senior staff agreed to a three-month salary reduction.While the pandemic meant that sales were down in Q4, we are encouraged by the steady monthly improvements we have seen since MarchFinsbury Food Group CEO John DuffyLooking ahead, the company said it expected changing consumer behaviours that had accelerated during lockdown – such as online grocery shopping, home-delivered eat-in, and home working – to continue“While the pandemic meant that sales were down in Q4, we are encouraged by the steady monthly improvements we have seen since March as demand begins to move in the right direction again,” said Finsbury CEO John Duffy.He added that the business continued to operate in an uncertain situation, but was well-positioned by working collaboratively with large customers and brand partners. This would enable it to anticipate and respond to future demand patterns and develop products and ranges that fulfilled shifting consumer needs, he said.“The benefits of the group’s geographical, channel, customer and product diversification have been evident throughout the crisis, and we have illustrated that we are robust, but agile – we have adapted quickly so far and will continue to do so.”Finsbury factory goes nut-free  Finsbury is launching a new range of nut-free products after making its Hamilton Celebration Cake factory in Scotland 100% nut free.The company explained it had renovated the site in response to the growing number of consumers who were looking for nut-free guarantees from the products they buy.Finsbury will be launching nut-free products in a range of sizes, featuring new flavours and ingredients. These will include Hogwarts, Frozen 2 and Spider-Man cakes.All will feature clear ‘nut-free’ labels“As the UK’s number one licensed branded celebration cake manufacturer, we felt it was important for us to take a lead on a growing issue,” said Hamilton technical head Catherine Swinburne.“We’ve worked hard, including establishing completely new processes, systems and training, to make this change possible and bring consumers and our retail customers the reassurance that they can now purchase a huge range of cakes from a nut-free environment.”last_img read more

Seven Ways to Blog to the Max

first_imgWriting for a blog is unlike any other kind of writing. It requires a unique set of skills to be effective. In the blogosphere, knowing how to shape and present your writing is as important as the content itself. If you haven’t been paying attention to this or unaware of the guidelines for blog writing, here are a few tips to improve your tactics:Keep it brief: Many times, you will only have a small window to attract the attention of a passing reader. Capitalize on this by getting right the point.Utilize subheadings: You should be able to fit the main point of your entry in a subheading. If you can’t, make do. This is a good technique to encapsulate your work.Tease the reader: If you can get them wanting more, they will likely seek out additional information. This is a good way to build hype.Be original: Whether or not everything has been done before, you should always try to differentiate yourself from the hoards of copycat blogs.Using these tips will get you far. Just don’t forget that the actual writing is important, too.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more