Where have all the bread and confectionery competitions gone? Down in Kent we still run a county competition each year to find the Champion Kent Baker. The Western Region has been running bread and confectionery competitions for many years. Both competitions are well-supported by bakers from all over their areas.Many of us will remember the ’Hovis’ competitions or the Cardiff or Swansea competitions. These local contests provide the friendly rivalry to encourage bakers in their area to improve their products and strive to reach higher standards in their shops. The judges at such events are always happy to explain to individual competitors how improvements can be made.On competition day, the banter between competing bakers is evident and many lasting friendships are formed. It is important that bakers in a locality mix together, as they often have to rely on these friendships in times of emergency – or just to borrow supplies!l Watch out for the California Raisins competition with the final to be held at this year’s NA conference in Bournemouth in May. The California Raisin Bread Competition offers craft bakers the chance to win a trip to Las Vegas for producing the best-looking and tasting raisin bread. First prize is a trip to IBIE – a comprehensive baking expo in Las Vegas, held in 2010, combined with a study trip to California.For details, call 020 8741 8513 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for entries is 19 March.
Auckland Now 12 Sep 2012Underage Maori and Pacific Island sex workers are caught up in illegal prostitution in Auckland, the head of a prostitute support service says.Debbie Baker, from Streetreach, which encourages women to leave prostitution, told Police News that 14 to 16-year-old girls were being pushed into prostitution by gangs to pay off debts.They were so scared of the gangs they would never admit the connection to police, she said.Baker gave examples of one girl who was forced to have sex at Black Power pads around the country to pay off drug debts, and another who was taken from Tauranga to Auckland to work in a brothel.The girl was locked in a room and Baker said she never saw any of the money for the whole time she worked there.It was very difficult for police to uncover the gang’s influence because girls were too scared to acknowledge it.“This fear is often far stronger than the fear they feel for police or other government agencies, as they are often threatened or stood-over, making it even harder for Police and other authorities to prove what’s going on,” Baker said.Acting area commander for Manurewa Inspector Richard Wilkie said police in South Auckland were doing all they could to address the problem of underage prostitution.There were regular stings of popular hangouts like Northcrest and Hunter’s Corner and as a result he said they were picking up fewer people than in previous months.Wilkie said police intelligence suggested gangs were the main force behind the illegal trade.http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/7654574/Gangs-force-sex-trade-on-underage-girls