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Bakery business survey now live

first_imgBritish Baker needs you! We want to build one of the most comprehensive pictures of bakery trade in 2013 and are calling on you – our loyal readers and users.Our Bakery Business Survey will only take a few minutes of your time, but by taking part you will be helping to gain an insight into the health of the high street and other aspects impacting bakery.To give your views on the state of the retail baking industry in 2013 see: www.bakeryinfo.co.uk/survey Thank you in advance for your time.Martyn Leek, editor of British Baker, said: “A lot of the media lately around the high street has been largely negative. But I visit businesses up and down the country that are performing well.“For this reason, British Baker wants to gauge how well the retail side of bakery is doing. We hope the Bakery Business Survey will be a barometer of trade in 2013.”The Craft Bakers’ Association will also shortly be sending out the survey to its members.last_img read more

Has Obamacare found its Bull Connor?

first_img Read Full Story Health care reform in the United States—“Obamacare”—continues to face a bumpy road, according to health policy expert John McDonough of Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Writing in his Boston Globe blog “Health Stew” on September 1, 2013, McDonough, professor of the practice of public health and director of the Center for Public Health Leadership, explored how one Southern official is doing everything he can to fight implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).Georgia insurance commissioner Ralph Hudgens has been bragging openly about trying to obstruct Obamacare, McDonough wrote. He compared the commissioner to Theophilus Eugene “Bull” Connor, the Birmingham, Alabama public safety commissioner who became notorious for ordering the use of fire hoses and police attack dogs against peaceful demonstrators during the civil rights era. The ACA, McDonough added, is a civil rights as well as a human rights issue, since 55% of all nonelderly uninsured Americans are nonwhite and stand to benefit disproportionately from the ACA’s coverage expansions.In his two prior blog posts, McDonough explored other health care reform issues. In his August 28 post, McDonough cited Kaiser Health Tracking Poll results showing that more than 4 out of every 10 Americans are unsure whether the ACA is still law. “Wow,” McDonough wrote. He also noted that while 42% have an unfavorable opinion about the law, 57% oppose cutting off funding for implementation.last_img read more

A picture of health

first_img Read Full Story Alumna’s instructional videos transform frontline health care globallyIn rural South Sudan, the population barely tops four people per square mile. Vehicles are a rarity. And when night falls, a limitless silence descends.Despite this isolation, Deborah Van Dyke, M.P.H. ’93, was rattled awake late one evening by a woman pounding urgently on her door. It was 2008. Van Dyke—a family practice clinician—was working as medical coordinator for Médecins Sans Frontières, the international aid organization, at a makeshift rural clinic. Her visitor, a local nurse, breathlessly explained that a birth in a nearby medical tent had gone wrong. The pair grabbed a flashlight and raced through the dark to intervene.“The baby was blue, floppy. He wasn’t breathing,” Van Dyke recalls. “The doctor and midwife trying to resuscitate him were doing chest compressions and suctioning the infant’s mouth and nose.” What they forgot to try in the heat of the moment was the one simple intervention that could actually save the child. Van Dyke stepped in with a bag and mask—a device used to squeeze air into a patient’s lungs—and positioned it securely on the infant’s face. After a few seconds, he was breathing. “That’s all it took,” she says.As the newborn gained consciousness, Van Dyke had an epiphany: “All over the world, so many lives could be saved if health workers could learn critical skills through the teaching power of video.”last_img read more

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: Stefanie Torres / U.S. Air ForceJAMESTOWN – It’s time to shine a light on the world of education, it’s Teacher Appreciation Week.Of course, 2020 is a different year, with teachers doing most of their classwork with students online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The crisis is causing teachers to take special steps like sending out art kits in the mail and doing drive-by visits to their students.For families who would like to honor their teachers, an artsy card or thank you video will work. Teacher appreciation week lasts from May 4 to May 8.last_img

2much Media Travels to Mexico and Guatemala to Document the Coffee Crisis

first_img2much Media of Burlington accompanied their client, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, on a recent trip to Mexico and Guatemala. The goal was to come back with footage that GMCR could use in a variety of ways to raise awareness about the growing Coffee Crisis.If you’re not already familiar with the Coffee Crisis, it won’t be long before you are. After all, coffee, preceded by oil, is the world’s most traded commodity. The issue isn’t about a shortage in quantity, it’s quality that’s at stake. The small, multi-generation arabica coffee farms of Central America and other traditional coffee producing regions are struggling due to the increasing availability of lower quality and less expensive robusta beans from coffee sources such as Vietnam.”There are social, agricultural, political and economic angles to this story,” says Bill Kinzie of 2much Media. “It’s not all that different from what the dairy farmers here in Vermont have been dealing with.”Consumers can easily become activists by purchasing Fair Trade coffee sold by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and other companies. “Buying Fair Trade is a win-win situation,” Kinzie continues. “The consumer gets better coffee and the grower gets a sustainable price.”2much Media is based in Burlington, Vermont and specializes in media services for socially responsible companies.last_img read more

Colombian President Calls for Perseverance to Achieve Peace

first_imgBy Dialogo February 13, 2013 “We must persevere; we will go on until we achieve peace, as I have said so many times. I hope we can accomplish it,” the Colombian head of state said. In an address to his officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers gathered in Tolemaida Military Fort, he said: “You, the Military, know better than anyone that peace means victory,” and he added, “you are the ones that want peace the most, because you are the ones that fight for it.” President Santos said that “if we want peace, we must persevere in military action, in police action. That is clear from the beginning, and it will remain like that until we are done with the conflict.” On January 20, President Santos referred to the end of the FARC truce, and affirmed that, “the number of FARC attacks against Colombian population and against the Public Forces is no greater than those of last year or the previous year.” The head of state considered that “we are accomplishing what we predicted since the beginning: they are at their full capacity; even the number of our killed Soldiers and Police Officers has decreased. What is happening is that the media has put prominence on those events, but it doesn’t mean that they increased or that the insurgent capacity was incremented.” Furthermore, President Santos stated that, so far this year, over 60 percent of guerrilla members were demobilized, compared to the demobilization numbers during 2012.last_img read more

Brazilian and U.S. Navies Work Together in Pre-Olympics Counter-terrorism Training

first_img“The U.S. team collaborated a lot with new techniques, resulting from a study into the best approaches to maximally reduce collateral effects, which is the loss of life,” Cmdr. Rabello stated. “Some techniques were already in place; others have been improved and adapted.” In these spaces, groups played the roles of criminal gangs, hostages, and counter-terrorism forces, which had to free hostages and neutralize terrorists. In one simulation, security forces successfully boarded the Felinto Perry Submarine Rescue Ship, freed the crew, and subdued the terrorists who had commandeered the vessel, Cmdr. Rabello said. “This exercise is part of the context of exchange that the Brazilian Navy has with other countries,” Cmdr. Rabello said. “This time the exchange was with the U.S. Navy and it was extremely valuable.” For its part, the Office of Security Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Brasília told Diálogo that U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) planned and executed Military engagements with Brazil that evolved from simple subject matter expert exchanges and visits to complex, multi-unit operations, which is a testament to the growing defense cooperation and partnership between the United States and Brazil. By Dialogo May 23, 2016 For over a month, members of the Brazilian and U.S. Navies worked together to confront a series of fictitious terrorist attacks that were simulated at locations throughout Rio de Janeiro in preparation for the upcoming Olympic Games. “The compartmental entry training refers to the teaching of a number of procedures that are to be employed so that a team can effectively enter a location and neutralize the element that is conducting harmful activity,” Cmdr. Rabello explained. The Joint Counterterrorism Special Operations Training, led by the Combat Divers Group (GRUMEC) – a unit of the Brazilian Navy’s Special Forces – took place between March 2nd-April 11th. There were a total of 100 participants, including members of the Brazilian Federal Police’s Tactical Operations Command and officials from other Brazilian public security forces, in addition to the crews of the Felinto Perry Submarine Rescue Ship, the Frigate Constituição, and two aircraft. The final stage involved the counter-terrorism exercises. As the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro approach – the Games take place from August 5th-21st – Brazilian intelligence agencies are collecting data on possible threats, GRUMEC Commander Luís Guilherme Rabello explained. Therefore, the training exercises focused on the Olympic Village, where the athletes will be staying: the Olympic Park, which will host most of the competitions; the country’s port areas, to which tourists will arrive; and aboard Navy ships. The most recent training happened in three stages. The first was the preparation stage, which consisted of the reception of the teams and visits to some of the facilities that would be used by the participants. The second was the training stage, which involved marksmanship, first aid, and compartmental entry exercises. A portion of the training was held in the north zone of Police City, which belongs to the Rio de Janeiro Civil Police. The area has model houses where police and Soldiers can train with real weapons, as the walls are lined with a material that can absorb shots. last_img read more

Christmas on Long Island: Four Corners

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Christmas Tree FarmerMichael Koutsoubis is one of the few people who can say his money grows on trees. The owner of Mike’s Christmas Tree Farm in Manorville sows saplings in the Pines Barrens all year, same as he has for the 31 before, for the one month when families annually flock to saw them down, $11 per foot ($16 for Blue Spruce). It’s among the closest chop-your-own-tree farms to New York City. “I love to plant trees,” the 76-year-old Greek immigrant says in his greenhouse. “This kind of business is not to be rich; it’s just to pay the taxes and maybe a couple extra dollars.” It helps when the snow waits until the end of December and deer don’t scratch their horns on the merchandise. Fifteen years ago, he sold half the 10-acre plot to Matthew Marple, who named his cut Matt’s Christmas Tree Farm, halved by a dirt road made by a developer who wanted to build houses. The two work together and patrons tell them which farm they found their tree on. “It’s a really short season, but we do the best we can,” Koutsoubis says. “If you love something and want it to be right, you have to put a lot of work.”The Black Friday ShopperWhen it comes to sniffing out the best deals on Black Friday, Jordan Malik, 43, of Levittown has it down to a science. He’s been braving the herds of holiday shoppers packing retailers nationwide the day after Thanksgiving for the past decade and issuing advice to those looking to get in on the action since 2009 on his website, ResellBlackFriday.com. “When the crowd is going one way, I’m going the other,” he says. “You want to be able to go back to your friends to say ‘I got the latest PlayStation.’ But nobody wants to hear that you got a great deal on a toaster or a crock pot.” But he’s found that the odds are slim for most people scoring those insane deals on a 50-inch flatscreen TV, so he targets the best deals on toys, kitchenware and small electronics, such as a knife set for $9.99 after rebate that sells for at least triple that. His best tip? Check out Slickdeals.net. He’s not one to camp out overnight and cautions against unnecessarily sacrificing sleep over the hype. Recalling the trampling death of a 34-year-old Valley Stream Walmart worker on Black Friday five years ago, he asks: “Is any deal worth your life?”Saint NickIt’s not always posing for pictures under a 30-foot Christmas tree at Roosevelt Field Mall with children asking for puppies or the occasional monkey. Sometimes, such as after Sandy, the requests Santa Claus hears are more serious. “The children were asking not for toys,” says Kris Kringle of the North Pole. “They were asking for homes, heat and light.” He can’t make any promises, just replies: “I’ll see what I can do.” It doesn’t take a superstorm for heavy hearts to land in his lap, either. A terminally ill woman got on her knees and begged him for help. The father of a soldier killed in action handed him a thank you card—addressed to Santa from Dad—that read that “he really didn’t know if [Santa] was real or not and he had just lost a son in a war he didn’t believe in and he wanted to believe.” But, the endless supply of hugs ease the tough days. “Some people around the holidays, they really carry some heavy burdens…so Santa’s job is just to get a smile,” he says. “When they start doubting, I say to the children: If you don’t believe in Santa Claus, think of all the fun that you are missing!”The Bell RingerIf every time a bell rings an angel gets their wings, as is said in the classic movie It’s a Wonderful Life, then Sharon Williams is making countless spirits fly. The 61-year-old Riverhead woman is a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, reminding Long Islanders that the holiday season is not just about receiving, but giving as well. “It just touches my heart to see how generous people are,” Williams says as passersby stuff change and bills into the red kettle beside her outside the King Kullen in Hampton Bays. “We cannot receive if we don’t give back.” There are the regulars who donate daily, kids who stop by to empty their piggy banks to the charity and the occasional giver of a big bill. They all make it worth standing outside in the frigid air for eight hours, she says with a permanent smile, while shoppers stock up on supplies for a coming winter storm. “I embrace the cold,” Williams says. “I don’t let the weather stop me.” It helps that she makes plenty of friends who share their stories all day long. “I think I was chosen to do this because I’m very spiritual,” she says. “At my age to stand here, I’m just so blessed.”last_img read more

Several cases of COVID-19 reported at Waverly nursing home

first_imgThe health department says it is coordinating the Tioga County Emergency Management to “assess and provide” personal protective equipment for employees. The county health department says staff have fully implemented infection-control protocols and are working hard to ensure the safety of Elderwood residents. The Tioga County Public Health Department says cases involve residents, who are in isolation, and staff. Staff were notified of the first infection at the nursing home on April 9. Tioga County Public Health Director Lisa McCafferty says the department is working with Eldwerwood to assist in “anyway they can.” McCafferty says they have been in communication with the New York State Department of Health about the situation as well. WAVERLY (WBNG) — Multiple cases of COVID-19 have been reported at the Elderwood nursing home in Waverly. 12 News will be live from Elderwood in its noon newscast with more coverage.last_img read more

Dutch schemes PME, PMT cut admin costs by 30% with joint IT system

first_img“As a single large pension fund, we would have a greater political voice, as we would represent a large part of the business community,” he said.He said the merger was necessary as the two other large pension funds in the Netherlands – the €373bn civil service scheme ABP and the €178bn healthcare scheme PFZW – were “strongly associated” with the government.Last year, PME incurred administration costs of €95 per participant, a 1% increase compared with 2013, while ABP and PFZW reported costs of approximately €73 per participant.Citing figures from CEM Benchmarking, which showed that costs at large pension funds were €91 per participant on average, PME put the difference with ABP and PFZW into perspective by noting that these schemes were three times as large on average as PME.“Moreover, with 0.39% of assets under management, PME’s asset management costs are lower than those of ABP and PFZW, which are 0.73% and 0.54%,” it said.PME does not invest in hedge funds and tends to prefer passive investments.However, it made new commitments to private equity last year and made clear that it aimed to increase its allocation gradually.Because buyout funds typically charge relatively high fees, PME has arranged a maximum performance fee.Last year, its private equity holdings accounted for 2% of its investment portfolio, returning 11%. A new IT system will allow PMT and PME, the large pension funds for the Dutch metal industry, to cut administration costs by 30%, according to PME chairman Frans-Willem Briët. Writing in the schemes’ annual report for 2014, Briët said savings resulting from the new system would translate into an increase in pensions rights of at least 2% over the coming years. Since the start of this year, PME and PMT have implemented a single pension plan for the Dutch metal and technical industries.Social partners are still assessing whether PMT, the €63bn scheme for the metalworking and mechanical engineering industry, and PME, the €43bn pension fund for the metal and electro-technical engineering sector, should merge, but Briët said such a union already enjoyed his support.last_img read more