Pam Africa leads march. WW photo: Joseph PiettePhiladelphia, Oct. 21 — Lots of media were on hand today in Philadelphia to record the moment when Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett put his signature on the “Revictimization Relief Act” — dubbed the “Silence Mumia Law” by civil rights activists. But Corbett had a problem: None of the media could hear him speak. Nearly 50 protesters, standing a short distance away from Corbett’s press conference at 13th and Locust streets, drowned him out with constant chants of “Our brother Mumia is under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!” and “One term Tom!”In what seemed to be a Hail Mary pass to revive his failing reelection bid, Corbett, his political business allies and the Fraternal Order of Police cynically set up shop on a sheltered, portable stage at the location where police officer Daniel Faulkner was shot and killed in December 1981. Political activist and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, who happened upon the scene, was framed by police for the shooting and subsequently served over 30 years on death row before being released into general prison population in 2011. Abu-Jamal maintains his innocence.Free Mumia Now, Oct. 21.WW photo: Joseph PietteThe same movement that has steadfastly fought to free Abu-Jamal responded on less than 24-hours notice to turn out on a weekday to confront the state’s latest effort to silence him. They were joined by prisoner rights groups and civil liberties forces that see the anti-Mumia law as a blanket attack on the constitutional rights of all prisoners and a dangerous precedent at a time when more attention is focused on mass incarceration.Several protesters wore orange prison-style jumpsuits and carried signs depicting activities that will be banned under the legislation intended to muffle Mumia. One read, “I spoke out against abuse in prison, now Corbett & FOP want to silence me.”Demonstrators also linked the efforts to silence Abu-Jamal with the government’s militarized response to those protesting police brutality in Ferguson, Mo., since the police murder of unarmed African-American youth Michael Brown. One chant today was, “From Ferguson to Philly, we say NO! Killer cops have got to go!”A large hand-lettered sign carried a statement by Abu-Jamal for broadcast by Prison Radio in response to the bill. It read, “I welcome Gov. Corbett’s signature on an unconstitutional bill that proves that the Pennsylvania executive and the legislature don’t give one whit about the constitutions of the Commonwealth or the U.S. It proves that they are the outlaws,” signed Mumia Abu-Jamal.Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio commented, “Having failed to kill Mumia in the street in 1981, and having failed to execute him during his over 30 years on death row, the FOP and the government of Pennsylvania continue to try to silence him, this time by extinguishing his speech,”The demonstrators who turned out today made it clear that the state’s efforts are in vain. They stayed in the street for an impromptu rally that continued for some time after the Corbett forces abandoned the area. A day of activities is planned for Oct. 22 to broaden the movement to free Abu-Jamal and to observe the national day against police brutality and mass incarceration.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
WW photo: WW Buffalo staffOn June 7, activists with the Buffalo, N.Y., branch of Workers World Party carried a banner in the Buffalo Pride Parade that was greeted by the huge crowds with roars of approval, applause and high-fives all along the route. It was the only contingent in this year’s parade to raise the urgent need for solidarity with the Black Lives Matter and Trans* Lives Matter movements, along with support for the struggles and uprisings against police brutality from Ferguson to Baltimore.The previous evening, the Dyke March celebrated Buffalo’s lesbian history, including a tribute to those who have died and noting WW Managing Editor Leslie Feinberg’s pioneering role in the struggle.— Ellie Dorritie, Marge Maloney and WW Buffalo StaffFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
WhatsApp Sinovac Receives Conditional Marketing Authorization in China for its COVID-19 Vaccine By Digital AIM Web Support – February 8, 2021 Facebook BEIJING–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 8, 2021– Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (NASDAQ:SVA) (“Sinovac” or the “Company”), a leading provider of biopharmaceutical products in China, today announced that the China National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) has granted a conditional marketing authorization (CMA) to Sinovac for CoronaVac, Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine in individuals aged 18 and above. Sinovac began rolling submission to the NMPA since September 2020 and the NMPA carried out rolling reviews when the submission was made. As of February 4, 2021, the Company made more than 40 submissions to the NMPA. After obtaining the preliminary efficacy results, Sinovac formally filed for application of a conditional marketing authorization on February 3, 2021. The approval is based on the results of the two-month data of phase III clinical trials. The final results are not yet available, and the efficacy and safety results shall be further confirmed. Mr. Yin Weidong, Chairman, President and CEO of Sinovac, said, “Being granted a conditional marketing authorization for CorornaVac is a significant milestone for Sinovac after commencing development at the beginning of 2020. We show our respect and appreciation to the volunteers for their contribution to this research and thank all experts, scientists and partners who participated in this international collaborative project. The COVID-19 pandemic continues around the world, and the fight is far from over. We look forward to providing safe and effective vaccines to as many individuals as possible to combat this epidemic by increasing the vaccination rate. It is our sincere hope that people’s lives and social and economic activities can return to normal as soon as possible, and that we can wear a smile without masks.” CoronaVac is being used under emergency use approval (EUA) in Indonesia, Brazil, Turkey and Chile. Sinovac is also actively seeking regulatory approval of CoronaVac in other countries and regions around the world in an effort to maximize global accessibility and affordability of the COVID-19 vaccine and to ensure global prevention and mitigate spread. About Sinovac Sinovac Biotech Ltd. is a China-based biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the research, development, manufacturing and commercialization of vaccines that protect against human infectious diseases. Sinovac’s product portfolio includes vaccines against enterovirus71 (EV71), hepatitis A and B, seasonal influenza, 23-Valent Pneumococcal Polysaccharide (“PPV”), H5N1 pandemic influenza (avian flu), H1N1 influenza (swine flu), varicella vaccine and mumps. Healive, the hepatitis A vaccine manufactured by the Company, has passed the assessment under WHO prequalification procedures in 2017. The EV71 vaccine, an innovative vaccine developed by Sinovac against hand foot and mouth disease caused by EV71, was commercialized in China in 2016. In 2009, Sinovac was the first company worldwide to receive approval for its H1N1 influenza vaccine, which it has supplied to the Chinese Government’s vaccination campaign and stockpiling program. The Company is also the only supplier of the H5N1 pandemic influenza vaccine to the government stockpiling program. The Company is developing a number of new products including COVID-19 vaccine, CoronaVac, a Sabin-strain inactivated polio vaccine and combined vaccines. Sinovac primarily sells its vaccines in China, while also exploring growth opportunities in international markets. The Company is seeking market authorization of its products in over 30 countries outside of China. 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Franchised lettings giant Belvoir has completed a significant reorganisation of its senior leadership team and structure that sees Northwood, the franchised agency it bought in 2016, at the centre of the business.The new set-up sees the colourful MD of Northwood Eric Walker promoted to both run Belvoir as its MD and oversee its three other key brands too.His Northwood colleague Phil Gee, who until now was its Operations Director, is to step up and become Northwood MD.Walker’s promotion puts him in charge of the combined 300+ franchised branches of Belvoir, Newton Fallowell and Northwood.Gee, along with Newton Fallowell MD Mark Newton (right), will now report into Walker, as will Michelle Brooke, MD of it financial arm Brook Financial Services. Dorian Gonsalves remains the group’s CEO with founder Mike Goddard staying on as chairman.Four brands“As Group MD, Eric, who has over 30 years of industry experience, will be focusing on key operational and IT growth across all four brands,” says Gonsalves (left).“He will be working to drive forward business growth, as well as bringing added value to all of our franchisees. Eric will also be responsible for driving forward estate agency growth, which at present is growing by 15% year on year and is an area of the business that is rapidly developing.”Following his promotion, Walker claims that franchised groups like Belvoir have been doing better than traditional agents and are more suited to take on the challenges anyone operating in both sales and lettings are likely to face in the coming months.“I have really enjoyed working with Northwood’s franchisees and very much look forward to working with the wider Group,” he says. “Within the individual networks there is a huge spectrum of experience and expertise that can be drawn together in a Group role.” Mike Goddard Mark Newton Newton Fallowell Northwood phil gee Belvoir Dorian Gonsalves eric walker August 21, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Northwood MD Eric Walker promoted to run whole of Belvoir previous nextAgencies & PeopleNorthwood MD Eric Walker promoted to run whole of BelvoirColourful industry figure will now oversee day-to-day running and growth of its agency and mortgage businesses including Northwood, Belvoir and Newton Fallowell.Nigel Lewis21st August 201803,020 Views
Open ContinuouslyYes Job Posting TitleFashion Adjunct Assistant Professor Additional Salary InformationNo additional salary information to note Department Location Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for completeinformation on how to apply online with our District. If you needassistance with any phase of the application process, please call(916) 568-3112 during regular business hours Monday through Friday8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.After hours inquiries should be emailed to [email protected] of applications are by 11:59 p.m. of the posting closingdate. Minimum Qualifications The Los Rios Community College District is seeking a pool ofqualified applicants for possible temporary part-time facultyteaching assignments. These positions are filled on an as neededbasis and are on-going recruitment efforts.Adjunct pools are open continuously and applicants arecontacted/hired year round for assignments based on collegeneeds.Teaching assignments may include day, evening, on-line, hybrid,weekend, and/or off campus classes. Applicants applying to this Los Rios Community College DistrictFaculty1. A completed Los Rios Community College District ClassifiedApplication (required).2. Resume (recommended).3. Unofficial transcripts of college/university work (indicatingcompleted or conferred date) (required if using education to meetthe Minimum Qualifications of this position). * (“graduate advisingdocuments and grade reports” will not be accepted as unofficialtranscripts) (Required). NOTE : Los Rios employees are alsorequired to submit unofficial copies of transcripts.4. Two (2) letters of recommendation (recommended).5. Letter of Interest (recommended).6. Certification and/or Licenses ( NOTE : list requirement withpositions with additional accreditation MQ)NOTES :● Applications submitted without all required documents, listedabove, will be disqualified. Applicants indicating “see resume” onthe online application will be disqualified.● Graduate advising documents and grade reports will not beaccepted as official transcripts.● It is the responsibility of Los Rios Community College Districtemployees to also provide official transcripts, if required in theminimum qualification for the position. (Within 60 days of the timeof hire, employees are required to submit official transcripts, ifrequired in the minimum qualification for the position).● Individuals who have completed college or university course workat an institution in a country other than the United States mustobtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees andother relevant documents.● A foreign transcript evaluation is required any time foreigncourse work is used to meet minimum qualifications and/or salaryplacement even if the foreign transcript has been accepted by acollege or university in the United States.● Foreign transcript evaluations are ONLY accepted from AICE(Association of International Credential Evaluations, Inc.) orNACES (The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services)agencies or evaluators. Foreign Degree Transcript Evaluations click hereDo not submit additional materials that are not requested. Total Hrs per Week/Day Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Conditions * Criminal History Verification and Release: I acknowledge andagree that I understand that by answering the question below, Icertify that the information provided by me is true, correct andcomplete to the best of my knowledge and belief. I authorizeinvestigation of all statements contained herein, and on the P-881(if applicable and submitted), and I release from liability allpersons and organizations furnishing such information. I understandthat any misstatements, omissions or misrepresentation of facts onthis form, my application, and, if applicable, the P-881 orattachment(s) may be cause for disqualification or dismissal. Ifyou have ever been convicted of an offense other than a minortraffic violation you are required to complete the form ‘ArrestsWhich Led to Convictions for Crime’, P-881 (you must discloseconvictions that have been dismissed pursuant to Penal Code Section1203.4; Ed. Code 87008). Please copy and paste the provided URL forthe form -https://losrios.edu/docs/lrccd/employees/hr/forms/p-881.pdf – andattach the completed form to your application.Yes, I acknowledge and agreeNo, I do not acknowledge or agree Work YearN/A Assignment Responsibilities Application Instructions Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful clearancefrom a criminal background check, freedom from tuberculosis, andproof of identity and eligibility to work in the United Statesprior to the first day of work. The District may select additionalqualified candidates should unexpected vacancies or needs occurduring this recruitment/selection process. When education is arequirement for the position, official academic transcripts fromthe accredited college/university must be submitted within 60 daysof hire. 1. Have a bachelor’s degree AND two years of occupational and/orprofessional experience directly related to the assignment beingtaught OR have an associate’s degree AND six years of occupationaland/or professional experience directly related to the assignmentbeing taught OR the equivalent* OR hold a California CommunityCollege Instructor’s Credential in the discipline area.* Alldegrees must be from an accredited institution.2. Have an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity toand understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural,disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnicbackgrounds of community college students, including those withphysical or learning disabilities as it relates to differences inlearning styles; and successfully foster and support an inclusiveeducational and employment environment.*NOTES:● Applicants applying under the “equivalent” provision must attachdetails and explain how their academic preparation and/orprofessional experience is the equivalent of the degrees listedabove.● If your degree title differs from the minimum qualificationslisted above, you are requested to submit this equivalencystatement. SalaryPlease See LRCCD Salary Schedules Position Summary * Can you perform the essential functions of this position?YesNo Closing Date General Responsibilities:The adjunct faculty member shall be responsible for the following:teaching assigned classes under the supervision of the area dean;helping students fulfill their maximum potential in masteringcourse content; assessing student learning outcomes; maintaining athorough and up-to-date knowledge in his/her regular teachingfield; continuing professional development; utilizing currenttechnology in the performance of job duties; maintaining standardsof professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professionalposition; assisting with articulation and curriculum developmentand review; serving on college committees and participating infaculty governance including accreditation and studentco-curricular activities; assuming other responsibilities asassigned by the area dean; fulfilling other duties andresponsibilities of an adjunct faculty member as outlined in thecollege faculty handbook. Posting Date12/19/2016 How and where to apply * Please indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications forthis position. Select the appropriate answer.I possess the minimum qualifications for this discipline aslisted on the job announcement. (Attach unofficial transcripts froman accredited college/university and/or evidence of jobexperience.)I possess a valid California Community College Credential forthis discipline. (Attach a copy of appropriate credential withapplication.)I possess qualifications equivalent to those listed and haveattached evidence. (To review Equivalency Process.)I have previously been granted equivalency to teach thisdiscipline by the Los Rios Community College District. (Attach theEquivalency Determination Form P-38 and transcripts.) LocationLos Rios Community College District (District Office) Part-time, Assistant Professor Position. Adjunct pools are opencontinuously and applicants are contacted/hired year round forassignments based on college needs. Posting NumberF00063P Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsUnofficial Transcript 1Optional DocumentsResume/Curriculum VitaeLetter of InterestLetter of Recommendation 1Letter of Recommendation 2Equivalency Determination Letter (P-38 or Equivalency RequestStatement)P-881 Report of Arrests Which Led To Convictions For CrimeDocumentUnofficial Transcript 2Unofficial Transcript 3Unofficial Transcript 4Unofficial Transcript 5Foreign Transcript Evaluation Beginning and/or Ending Dates AboutThe Los Rios Community College District is the second largest,two-year public college district in California, servingapproximately 75,000 students in the greater Sacramento region. Thedistrict’s 2,400 square mile service area includes Sacramento andEl Dorado counties and parts of Yolo, Placer, and Solano countiesand is comprised of four uniquely diverse colleges – AmericanRiver, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City colleges. Inaddition to each college’s main campus, the district offerseducational centers in Placerville, Davis, West Sacramento, ElkGrove, Natomas and Rancho Cordova.The Los Rios district office is centrally located in the heart ofthe Sacramento valley. The growing Capital Region has strongcommunities and emergent arts and dining scenes, and is nearby someof the most celebrated tourist destinations in the country – LakeTahoe, Napa Valley and San Francisco. The Sacramento area is agreat place to live and work!StrengthsThe district has approximately 6,000 employees throughout our fourcolleges and district office complex. The District office iscentrally located between all four colleges and provides welcoming,inclusive, and equitable environments for Los Rios students,employees and our community partners. Our departments strive forthe highest quality in all programs, services, and activities, andare focused on advancing the learning of our diverse studentpopulation through improved academic and social outcomes.Our VisionOur colleges offer equity-minded, academically rigorous, studentsuccess centered education. Our objective is to help our studentssuccessfully achieve their academic goals, whether they want totransfer to a four-year college or university, earn an associate’sdegree, or obtain one of more than 100 certificates in high demandcareer fields.The Los Rios Community College District’s Human ResourcesDepartment is committed to diversity, equity, and to ensuring aninclusive, thriving environment for all of its employees, students,and surrounding communities. To that end, the Human ResourcesDepartment is intentional in recruiting, hiring, and retainingdiverse employees, to reflect the diversity of our colleges’student populations. 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Burdette Park Advisory Committee President Speaks Out Against Replacing DirectorThe Burdette Park advisory Committee President is speaking out against the replacement of the park’s director. The Vanderburgh County Commissioners have asked Jacob Murphy, the current director of Burdette park, to step down effective April 1st….FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Google+ Twitter Facebook Twitter Police searching for missing South Bend man Google+ By Brooklyne Beatty – July 8, 2020 0 533 TAGSIndianamissingMurray Starlingpersonpolice departmentSouth Bend WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest (Photo Supplied/South Bend Police Department) The South Bend Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing person.Murray Starling Jr., 48 of South Bend, was last seen Thursday, July 2 near Fremont and W. Hamilton streets.He’s described as 6’2″, 240 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He may need medical attention.If you’ve seen him, or have any information on his whereabouts, contact Detective Bruno Martinsky at (574) 235-9204 or (574) 235-9201. Previous articleGoshen Health update on Elkhart County coronavirus fightNext articleApplications open for South Bend’s 2020 Lamppost Lighting Program Brooklyne Beatty
The Cake Store has been inundated with a wealth of new orders and social media followers after producing a bespoke cake for One Direction boy band member Louis Tomlinson.The London-based bakery business, which produces celebration cakes, cupcakes and desserts at its showroom store in Sydenham, created a Disney-themed cake for the singer, who purchased it for his girlfriend Eleanor’s 20th birthday.Tim Slatter, director at The Cake Store, told British Baker: “We’ve had a phenomenal response since Louis’ order with us. He tweeted us twice saying how much he loved the cake and thanked us, and within 24 hours we had 7,000 new followers on Twitter. We normally have 2,000 visitors to our website a day – this increased to 150,000 visits on the day Louis tweeted about the cake.“That’s the impact someone young and famous can have on a bakery business and it was a very interesting scenario to be in.”The cake, which was delivered to Louis and Eleanor on Monday by two drivers, was 3ft tall and 2ft wide and consisted of vanilla sponge with jam and buttercream. It was decorated with a Disney castle-style setting and included two hand-crafted figurines of the couple sat on a bench made of sugar paste.Louis emailed Slatter and said: “Just received the cake and I am so overwhelmed, wow. I can’t thank you enough. She loves it so much. Can’t wait to send a tweet out. Wow!!” The Cake Store has received both a wealth of requests for the same cake, including as far away as Los Angeles and Frankfurt, and has seen an increase in birthday cake orders for teenage girls after the public endorsement from Louis.Slatter added: “With the nature of our business predominantly for the birthday cakes market, it can be difficult to advertise and hard to gauge how well we do when it comes to sales. But we have seen a massive amount of interest recently and sales are strong. In the last year, sales have increased by 10%.”The Cake Store’s sister business, The Brilliant Bakers, produces birthday, celebration and corporate cakes to be delivered UK-wide. The firm’s directors include brothers Tim and Kevin Slatter, as well as creative director, Steven Howard.
Inventor of the cronut Dominique Ansel is to open a made-to-order desserts café in New York amid international plans. Made famous in 2013 for his invention of the croissant-doughnut – the first of a wave of bakery hybrids – the French-born pastry chef behind it will now open his second site, according to the Financial Times Weekend Magazine.Set to open this spring in New York’s West Village, the café will sell made-to-order desserts and offer a $65 tasting menu paired with cocktails in the evenings, though cronuts will not be available. The bakery’s first international site is set to be Tokyo, according to the FT.Ansel became an overnight success with his cronut, and it still sees people arriving at 6am to queue, despite his eponymous bakery not opening until 8am. The cronuts are made of laminated croissantesque dough and filled with cream.Though Ansel would not spill how many he sells, they cost $5 each and he caps them at 450 to 500 a day, to “preserve the quality of the product”.Queuing guests are taken care of with freshly baked madeleines, hot chocolate and hand-warmers doled out to those waiting. Ansel has even sought trademark protection for the cronut to prevent big companies from trademarking the word.Fellow hybrid-maker Mr Holmes Bakehouse in San Francisco was the victim of crime this week, reporting 200-300 recipes stolen. Famous for its ‘cruffin’ – muffin-croissant hybrid, the bakery told The San Francisco Chronicle that there were back-ups of all recipes.
Each month we profile a family firm to see how the business has passed down through the generations. Here, Northern Irish firm Irwin’s reveals how it has grown during more than a centuryThe exact date of Irwin’s inception is unknown, but paper trails date it to around 1912. Back then it was a simple grocers in Portadown, Northern Ireland, owned by William David (WD) Irwin and selling, among other things, bread baked by his wife, Ruth, and her sister Florence.“Getting food back then wasn’t a daily trip to the shop like it is now,” notes Brian Irwin, chairman of Irwin’s bakery, and WD’s grandson. “Bread was something you typically made at home, so being able to buy bread was something new.”The grocer’s continued well into the 1980s, but its bakery arm gained prominence as Irwin’s reach expanded outside Portadown over the border into Ireland and hitting the GB mainland in the ’80s.Irish Batch bread has played an important role in Irwin’s history. With its distinctive crust and resilient, open texture, it has gone on to be one of the leading skus in Northern Ireland. “It developed a reputation for quality, flavour, taste and texture,” says Brian, a reputation it still holds today. “While the variety and scope of the bread market has grown enormously, we have found that keeping traditional quality is really important in our home market.”Brian joined the business in 1976, following in the footsteps of his father Kenny, who joined in the 1930s, and his brother Niall in 1969. Niall, having studied at bakery college, joined as a master baker and is now the company’s technical director, while Brian joined on the commercial side.“We have complementary strengths,” says Brian, also highlighting the “excellent and professional management team” at Irwin’s. This team, notes Brian, is integral when servicing the multiples.While gaining new contracts was a highlight in Irwin’s history, “the big standout event was moving the bakery from our premises in which we’d been since 1912 to a modern purpose-built bakery in 1994.”Eight years later, Irwin’s teamed up with Northern Irish chef Paul Rankin to develop a range suitable for the wider UK market. Described as “extremely successful”, the Rankin Selection includes Irish Fruit Soda Bread and Irish Potato Slims. “That changed us from just being an Irish brand for Irish people,” Brian says. “These products were relevant to everyone.”Since then, Niall’s son Ross has joined as the fourth generation and is general manager of Howell’s, Irwin’s cake division. Summing up the company’s journey, Brian concludes: “It’s a really good story of enterprise and energy.” 1912: The earliest date recorded by paper trails of the origins of Irwin’s, as a grocery shop in Portadown, Northern Ireland, owned by William David Irwin1930s: William’s son Kenny joins the company1969: Niall Irwin (above right), William’s grandson, joins the firm1976: Niall’s brother Brian Irwin (above left) joins the business1980s: Irwin’s bakery arm expands into the Republic of Ireland and reaches GB mainland1994: The firm moves to a modern, purpose-built bakery2002: Irwin’s teams up with chef Paul Rankin to launch the Rankin Selection line