UK 13th in Prosperity Index

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity Timesmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCutethedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comReporter CenterBrenda Lee: What Is She Doing Now At 76 Years of Age?Reporter CenterMartha Stewart CBDShop Martha Stewart’s CBD Products NowMartha Stewart CBD Tuesday 26 October 2010 8:09 pm Share THE UK finished a miserable 13th in the latest Prosperity Index, trailing behind even beleaguered Iceland and Ireland.The Legatum Institute table was dominated by Scandinavian countries, with Norway, Denmark and Finland taking the top three slots. Sweden finished sixth in the poll, which measures wealth and prosperity, taking into account factors including health care, wealth, freedom and social capital.The UK was buoyed by strong results in the entrepreneurship (ranked fifth), governance (ranked ninth) and social capital categories. However, of the 110 countries covered by the survey, it ranks a staggering 101st on public confidence in financial institutions, 98th on optimism about job prospects and 93rd on expectations of future economic performance – the kind of ratings usually found in the world’s poorest countries.The Antipodean nations both ranked highly, with Australia in fourth place and New Zealand fifth. Zimbabwe finished bottom of the poll, with Pakistan in penultimate place after a year dominated by terrorist attacks and natural disasters.The US clung to a top ten placing despite ranking poorly in the economy and safety categories. However, the poll seems to favour small countries, with the US the only superpower to make the top 10.Former Labour business secretary Peter Mandelson defended Labour’s legacy, saying the data was collected at the onset of the financial crisis and was disproportionately gloomy. Show Comments ▼ UK 13th in Prosperity Index center_img whatsapp whatsapp Tags: NULL KCS-content More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comlast_img read more

Ecobank Transnational Incorporated ( 2006 Annual Report

first_imgEcobank Transnational Incorporated ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2006 annual report.For more information about Ecobank Transnational Incorporated ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Ecobank Transnational Incorporated ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (  2006 annual report.Company ProfileEcobank Transnational Incorporated Plc is a financial institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the domestic, corporate, investment banking and treasury sectors. Customers include individuals, governments, financial institutions, local and international organisations, small to medium enterprises and micro businesses. Ecobank offers an extensive array of products and services ranging from transactional accounts, electronic banking and money transfer services to term loans, treasury services and financial advisory and consultancy services for asset and wealth management. The company is a subsidiary of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated. It operates through 640 branches located in major towns and cities in 27 countries in Africa. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Ecobank Transnational Incorporated Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Portuguese television station RTP barred from broadcasting

first_imgNews GuineaAfrica April 9, 2021 Find out more Guinean journalist finally freed after being held for nearly three months Follow the news on Guinea May 19, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts December 3, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Portuguese television station RTP barred from broadcasting News GuineaAfrica Guinea : RSF and AIPS call for release of two imprisoned journalists center_img On 1 December 2002, the Portuguese public broadcaster Radiotelevisao Portuguesa’s (RTP) operations were suspended in Guinea-Bissau for an unspecified period, according to the Information Ministry.”This decision is unfair and unacceptable. RTP does nothing more than fulfill its mission of informing the people of Guinea-Bissau of events that have marked their country’s history,” Reporters Without Borders Secretary-General Robert Ménardstated in a letter to Deputy Information Minister Joao Manuel Gomes. The organisation asked him to lift the ban on RTP and allow the broadcaster’s journalists to exercise their profession without obstruction.According to an official press release, the authorities accuse RTP of broadcasting “information that is likely to tarnish the good image of Guinea-Bissau outside the country and may stir up anger inside the country.” On 30 November, during the evening, the Portuguese public station had broadcast a programme marking the second anniversary of the death of General Ansumane Mané, the former head of a 1998 rebellion who was killed in November 2000, following an attempted coup d’état against the country’s elected president, Kumba Yala. The RTP bureau chief in Guinea-Bissau, Joao Perreira Da Silva, is expected to be questioned by the Information Ministry about the information that was broadcast by his station.Reporters Without Borders recalls that two journalists were arrested and detained in June following the airing of information about the president of Guinea-Bissau. On 5 August, a radio announcer was also fined for criticising the concentration of power in the hands of members of the head of state’s tribe on the air. RSF_en News News Guinean journalist’s continuing detention is “incomprehensible,” RSF says April 15, 2021 Find out more Organisation to go further Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Police raid Russian TV channel as it covers Moscow protest

first_img News “We firmly condemn this attempt to intimidate Dozhd TV,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “Not content with the deafening silence about the leading political event of the moment on the national TV channels, the authorities are trying to pressure the only channel that has tried to do its duty to report the news. We fully support our Dozhd TV colleagues in the face of these crude ploys.” Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing News Читать на русском / read in RussianReporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a police raid on Dozhd TV, Russia’s only independent national TV broadcaster, as it was providing live coverage of the latest in a series of protests in Moscow on 27 July. The raid was intended to intimidate the TV channel ahead of the next protests, RSF said. The official grounds for the raid was to give Dozhd TV editor-in-chief Alexandra Perepelova a summons to appear before an official enquiry into the protests but it forced the TV channel to interrupt its coverage for several minutes. It was then the target of a cyber-attack. News Follow the news on Russia Organisation Related documents rsf_dojd_30.07.2019PDF – 194.93 KB Credit : tvrain / Twitter Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of Europe RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of Europe Perepelova testified that evening to the enquiry being held into the unauthorized demonstrations that have been taking place since the start of July to demand free City Hall elections in Moscow. She was questioned about her and her staff’s activities as journalists. Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown center_img According to the leading news site OVD-Info, the police arrested 1,373 people, including 24 journalists, during the demonstration, which was called to protest a decision by the authorities to disqualify 27 opposition candidates for the Moscow elections. Many demonstrators, including at least nine journalists, were injured. The opposition has called for another protest on 3 August. Despite the historic scale of the protests, the police violence and record number of arrests in the centre of the capital, Dozhd TV was the only national TV channel to provide live coverage of the latest protest. The other channels ignored the subject all day, choosing instead, for example, to cover President Vladimir Putin’s Baltic Sea dive in a bathyscaphe or the various activities available to Muscovites on what was a fine summer’s day. to go further Russia is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. The police also raided opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s YouTube channel studio on 27 July, interrupting the live coverage of the demonstration that it was providing to more than 1 million viewers. July 31, 2019 – Updated on August 1, 2019 Police raid Russian TV channel as it covers Moscow protest RSF_en Dozhd TV’s creation in 2010 secured a small independent corner in television landscape closely controlled by the authorities. But it has been subjected to repeated harassment with the aim of limiting its influence: it was dropped by most satellite TV services in 2014, it was deprived of advertisers for a while and it was even evicted from its premises. Receive email alerts May 5, 2021 Find out more May 21, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Guest Essay | Building on a Legacy: Architecture Community Commemorates 105th Birthday of Pioneer Jean Roth Driskel

first_img 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 62 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Opinion & Columnists Guest Essay | Building on a Legacy: Architecture Community Commemorates 105th Birthday of Pioneer Jean Roth Driskel By LANCE BIRD Published on Monday, August 31, 2020 | 1:22 pm Photos of Jean Driskel provided by Lance Bird/American Institute of Architects Pasadena & Foothills chapterPhotos of Jean Driskel provided by Lance Bird/American Institute of Architects Pasadena & Foothills chapterThe Pasadena architectural community is looking back on the groundbreaking contributions of the pioneering architect Jean Roth Driskel, first female president of the American Institute of Architects Pasadena & Foothill Chapter, on the occasion of her 105th birthday on Tuesday.Driskel opened her office in South Pasadena in 1948 and joined the AIAFP in 1956, according to the organization.“After chairing a number of committees, she became president in 1968,” the organization said in a written statement. “She was also: the first woman to be elected as an officer (secretary) of the California Council of the AIA; President of the Association of Women in Architecture; US delegate to the International Union of Women Architects; chair of the South Pasadena Mayor’s Committee on Cultural Heritage; secretary of the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce; and the third woman to be elected to the AIA College of Fellows.”Photos of Jean Driskel provided by Lance Bird/American Institute of Architects Pasadena & Foothills chapterThe AIAFP established a scholarship in memory of Driskel upon her death in 1971. The scholarship in her name stands alongside her many residential and commercial designs as a longstanding tribute.Driskel was a self-made woman, according to her son, Dana Driskel, a retired studio professor from UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Film and Media Studies.“Mom never received a degree and had to earn her license the hard way as a draftsman,” he said. “A scholarship would have meant a lot back then and speeded up her career, particularly poignant since she died young.”“Jean Roth became Jean Roth Driskel when she married my father while attending the University of Washington,” Dana Drisek said. “Having received a scholarship to attend Art Center in Los Angeles, the newlyweds moved south only to discover that the funding had been rescinded once the school discovered that she was married. A married woman didn’t need a scholarship. Right? The 1930s were a different time.”Photos of Jean Driskel provided by Lance Bird/American Institute of Architects Pasadena & Foothills chapterEach year two scholarships are awarded to architectural college students in our region, one to a community college student transferring to a five-year bachelor of architecture program and one in their fourth year of the five-year program.Dana Driskel said he was proud of his mother’s legacy, and the vital help it’s now providing students.“I learned early the value of financial support. Now, as a retired university professor, I can say I’ve known many talented young people who have benefited from scholarships,” he said. “Sometimes the vote of confidence a scholarship implies means as much as the funds. But the funds can mean the difference in how long it takes a person to make it to the top.”Photos of Jean Driskel provided by Lance Bird/American Institute of Architects Pasadena & Foothills chapterMany female students who have received the scholarship cited Driskel’s story as an inspiration.Just 23 years ago, 30 percent of U.S. architectural students were women. Today, they make up nearly half of the student body.Born in the state of Washington, after high school graduation Driskel studied four years at the University of Washington.Photos of Jean Driskel provided by Lance Bird/American Institute of Architects Pasadena & Foothills chapterHer first architectural job was at R. Walker in 1942, followed by nearly three years with A. Quincy Jones, a renowned modernist architect and educator.Driskel received her California licensure on Oct. 15, 1948, beginning her own South Pasadena practice, and continuing until her death in 1971. Known for her dedication to clients, she was reported to be reviewing drawings with her last client on her deathbed in 1971.Photos of Jean Driskel provided by Lance Bird/American Institute of Architects Pasadena & Foothills chapterShe was an active member of 13 community organizations, in many cases as a director, president or chair.Dana Driskel said he and his wife, Patty, recently got a chance to visit the last home his mother designed when they met with the owners in Pauma Valley.Lance Bird is a retired longtime architect and an active member of the American Instutute of Architects Pasadena Foothill Chapter. For questions about this article, contact Lance at (626) 818-7411, or email [email protected] Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Herbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? 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Donation wish list

first_img Donation wish list Pinterest Facebook Facebook WhatsApp TAGS  WhatsApp Local Newscenter_img Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – December 14, 2020 Twitter Twitter Crisis Center logo new The Crisis Center of West Texas serves hundreds of clients annually, many of whom arrive at the center with nothing after fleeing dangerous or abusive situations. The CCWT are in need of donations to help give them all the tools they need to succeed in a life free from violence. Items needed: shampoo, conditioner (full-sized or bulk bottles), new yoga pants, new sports bras, women/men underwear, socks, shorts, sweats and shirts. Household items needed: pillows, 100% cotton white bath mats (without rubber backing), white twin-size sheets, twin-size mattress covers, twin-size blankets, laundry pods, phone chargers, yearly planners. Toiletries needed: brushes, shower gel, deodorant, toothpaste, hair dryers and flat irons. Children’s items: diapers (sizes 4, 5, & 6), wipes, pack & plays and strollers. To donate or for more information, visit or select Crisis Center of West Texas on Amazon Smile at Previous articleTEXAS VIEW: Chuck Yeager proved he had the ‘right stuff’THE POINT: Amid the pandemic it would be good to think of those humble heroes who embraced the dangers and sacrifices to take on the task of getting things done.Next articleEmpty Stocking needs you Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Royal Mail investigates postal worker’s hair loss in helmet prank

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest Previous articleGAA – Tyrone Make Three Changes For Antrim GameNext article“DiverseCity” project to explore cultural history of Derry’s walls News Highland Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Royal Mail officials have launched an investigation in Derry after a postal worker suffered burns and lost clumps of his hair in what is believed to have been a practical joke gone wrong.Details of the incident, which happened on Wednesday afternoon, have only come to light today.The postal worker discovered the hair loss when he took off a motorcycle helmet he had taken from the staff locker room at the delivery office on Great James Street. He had returned from his rounds at 4 o’clock that evening, put on the helmet and returned home. However, when he took it off, the problems began.According to BBC reports today, it’s believed that an acidic substance had been put in the helmet.The matter was initially reported to police,  but it is believe they have dropped their investigation and it is now being dealt with internally by Royal Mail. 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Royal Mail investigates postal worker’s hair loss in helmet prank Google+center_img Twitter Pinterest By News Highland – March 11, 2011 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal News Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry last_img read more

23 boil notices issued to Donegal private water supplies in 2017

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ WhatsApp 23 boil notices issued to Donegal private water supplies in 2017 By News Highland – November 21, 2018 Previous articleAuditor expected to say Broadband tender process can continueNext article14 people awaiting in patient beds at LUH News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty center_img Pinterest Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ There were 23 boil notices issued to private water supplies in Donegal last year by the EPA, with 1,607 people affected.The agency’s Report into Private Supplies in 2017 says there were no directions issued, and no audits carried out in the county last year.Nationally, the report finds E.Coli was found in 51 private water supplies serving commercial buildings like hotels, creches and nursing homes last year.Darragh Page is Programme manager with the EPA, he says a key concern is that many private wells don’t get tested properly because they aren’t registered with local authorities…………..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Emer Cooney is a drinking water inspector with the EPA. She says there can be question marks over the way wells are constructed………..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

Nearly A Dozen Indiana Communities Sue Opioid Industry In New Flurry Of Suits

first_imgJohn Russell Indianapolis Business Journal Staff for www.theindianalawyer.comNearly a dozen Indiana cities and counties have filed lawsuits in recent days against opioid makers and distributors, claiming the companies have flooded their communities with the addictive painkillers and engaged in deceptive marketing campaigns that helped lead to a growing crisis.The lawsuits, filed in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis, represent a growing effort to take on the powerful opioid industry. Many of the lawsuits are nearly identical, claiming the manufacturers aggressively pushed highly addictive, dangerous opioids, and falsely represented to doctors that patients would only rarely succumb to drug addiction.The complaints also say the companies aggressively advertised to and persuaded doctors to prescribe highly addictive painkillers, and “turned patients into drug addicts for their own corporate profit.”Plaintiffs include Fort Wayne, Noblesville, Greenwood, Terre Haute, New Castle, Chandler and Atlanta, as well as Harrison County, Vigo County and Jennings County.More will likely be filed in coming days, said Manuel Herceg, an attorney with Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP in Indianapolis, which is leading a consortium of about a half-dozen law firms engaged in the effort.Plaintiffs in many of the latest suits include opioid makers Purdue Pharma, Teva Pharmaceuticals and Jannsen Pharmaceuticals, as well as distributors Cardinal Health, McKesson and AmerisourceBergen. Stamford, Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma—which produces OxyContin and has no affiliation to Purdue University—is facing dozens of similar lawsuits. The companies have denied any wrongdoing.When asked why the suits were filed at nearly the same time, Herceg said: “We’ve received information from our clients and filed accordingly.”He said the suits eventually would be consolidated in a multi-district litigation effort in U.S. District Court in Cleveland, before Judge Dan Polster.That effort will include lawsuits from other states, including Ohio and Kentucky, he said. He declined to predict how many suits eventually would be filed.Many of the suits claim the industry knowingly fueled a black market in addictive medicines that led to overdoses and put a financial stress on community services.Other law firms outside the consortium have filed similar suits in recent days, include Cohen & Malad LLP, which in November sued opioid makers and distributors on behalf of the city of Indianapolis, blaming them for a “dramatic increase in the use of prescription opioid pain medications” by using deceptive marketing tactics and through their “failure to identify, report, and stop suspicious orders of those medications.”The city of Kokomo, in its lawsuit, stated that between 2011 and 2015, the number of non-fatal emergency department visits due to opioid overdoses in Howard County increased by more than 61 percent. Between 2015 and 2017, calls for service in Kokomo coded “overdose in progress” increased by 134 percent.“This incredible harm to not just the victims of opioid addiction, but the communities in which those individuals live, stems directly from the Defendants’ intentional choice to pump opioids into Plaintiff’s Community in violation of state and federal law,” the suit stated.Pointing a finger at the industry, the lawsuit further stated: “Despite the clear evidence before their eyes—that the number of opioids being sent into communities like City of Kokomo could not be explained or justified by any conceivable medical need, but could only be explained by a flourishing and rapidly expanding black market for opioids — these wholesale distributors continued to push their substances into the community, willingly and knowingly becoming participants in the black market they were fueling.”The suits also claim that Indiana has been especially hard hit by the opioid epidemic. The state ranks ninth in the country for its opioid prescription rate per capita, and opioid overdose rates have more than doubled in the past three years.Nationally, dozens of states, cities and counties — including Ohio, Mississippi, Orange County in California, and the Washington cities of Seattle, Everett and Tacoma — have sued the pharmaceutical companies.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that in 2015, drug overdoses killed more than 52,000 Americans. Most involved prescription opioids such as OxyContin or Vicodin or related illicit drugs such as heroin and fentanyl. People with addictions often switch among the drugs.Healthcare Distribution Alliance, an industry group representing distributors, has said such lawsuits are misguided. The alliance is a national trade association representing distributors, including McKesson, Cardinal and AmerisourceBergen. It said its members are “deeply engaged in the issue and are taking our own steps to be part of the solution — but we aren’t willing to be scapegoats.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Take Pidy

first_imgWhat rhymes with brunch? How about drunch and slunch? No, you are not reading Stop the Week, these two are for real.Apparently, after inventing brunch breakfast and lunch the Americans have now come up with drunch, to signify dinner and lunch, and slunch for supper and lunch. Robert Whittle, general manager of Pidy tells British Baker: “They are new terms and represent a new era for buffet eating at different times of the day or just special bakery treats.”Pidy certainly believes they offer up new opportunities for its core range of frozen, baked, ready-to-fill pastry products, which now includes three new launches.Chocolate Trendy Shells are pastry shells that come in three small shapes, circular, triangle and square. They can be filled with fruits, mousses and are stable enough even to fill with espresso coffee! Whittle says they are aimed at bakers who may be short of time but want something eye-catching for buffet orders or consumer impulse buys: “They add a darker dimension to desserts and cry out for a luscious filling,” he says.Tulipe Cups fit into the cupcake category. Small and sweet, the waffle baskets are like mini-cakes or desserts. They come in two versions plain or with a chocolate lining. Both are freeze-thaw stable. Fillings such as crèmes, fruit, ice-cream or sorbets can used as fillings to tempt customers for buffet occasions or a daily treat.A new Filo Cup, which contains 5% less fat and comprises six layers, is described as ’light and crunchy’. Available in mini and large versions, they can be filled with savoury or sweet fillings and used hot or cold. For buffets they can be filled two to three hours in advance, with fillings such as moussaka topped off under the grill with grated cheese. Or for cold, used as a carrier for salads and rice or fruit and mousses. They remain crisp for two hours once filled. All are available from wholesalers, including Brakes, as well as cash and carry.Company developmentWhittle says: “Pastry is an indulgence so of course they contain saturated fats but no trans or hydrogenated fats. We have manufacturing sites in Belgium, France and the US. We are building a new factory in the US over three times the size of the current plant, due to our success worldwide.”At the moment, the company produces and exports filo, puff, choux, and shortcrust ready-to-fill products, among others. Most have a long shelf-life and are freeze-thaw stable. Pidy is also known for meringues and Genoese sponge, but “watch this space”, says Whittle, as “different” new launches are planned for the New Year.last_img read more