A total of 105 new entrants – a record number – have entered the Baking Industry Awards 2008, to be held on Monday 15 September.The awards, which take place at the Grosvenor House hotel in Mayfair, London, have attracted a total of 229 entrants, 67 more than last year. The judging pro-cess is now under way and the awards ceremony looks set to be a fantastic evening for the industry.”The 2008 awards has been faced with its toughest judging yet. We have been overwhelmed with the level of entries received for the awards this year and the standard has been exceptional, with an abundance of new and innovative companies entering for the first time,” said Stephanie Smallwood, events executive for British Baker.Take advantage of our “early bird” offer by booking your tickets before 30 June. Tables of 10 cost £1,600 plus VAT, tables of 12 £1,920 plus VAT and individual tickets £170 plus VAT. To book, contact Elizabeth Ellis on 01293 846593, email: [email protected] or visit [http://www.bakeryawards.co.uk]
by: Spencer TierneyIt’s common wisdom that New Year’s resolutions are much easier said than done. If your resolutions are all about improving finances, NerdWallet can help you find the best credit card offers, balance transfer options, low-fee bank accounts and more.And you should be glad to know that many financial institutions, particularly credit unions, want to help too.“As consumer-owned financial institutions, credit unions are wholly invested in their members’ financial future, making them a great alternative for consumers looking to start the New Year fresh,” says Diana Dykstra, president and chief executive of trade group California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues. “They typically offer lower interest rates on loans, lower fees on services and higher rates on savings.”Credit unions, which are nonprofit organizations, pride themselves on their member focus. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Hong Kong on Tuesday announced plans to ease major social distancing measures, including reopening schools, cinemas, bars and beauty parlors after the Chinese territory largely halted local transmission of the deadly coronavirus.The relaxation, which comes into effect Friday, will be a boost for a city mired in a deep recession following months of virus restrictions as well as anti-government protests that have battered the economy.Authorities also unveiled plans to hand out reusable face masks to all 7.5 million city residents. But a ban on more than four people gathering in public or eating together in restaurants will be stepped up to eight.Many businesses that were ordered to close will be allowed to open once more, albeit with restrictions in place.Bars and restaurants will be permitted to operate but must ensure a distance of 1.5 meters between tables. Live music performances and dancing however will remain banned.Cinemas can start showing films to reduced crowds while gyms, beauty, massage and mahjong parlors will re-open with hygiene protocols in place such as the use of masks, hand sanitizer and temperature checks.Nightclubs and karaoke bars must stay closed.Hong Kong’s economy dropped an 8.9 percent on-year contraction in the first quarter of this year — the worst decline since the government began compiling data in 1974.Retail sales figures released Tuesday showed a 37 percent plunge over the same period, another record dip. Even before the pandemic, tourism and retail had taken a hammering from the US-China trade war and months of political unrest last year.At Tuesday’s briefing Lam and other officials also sported a new type of mask made of fabric that they said would be distributed to all residents in the coming weeks.When the virus first emerged, Hong Kongers started panic-buying masks as anger grew against the government for failing to stockpile enough supplies. Since then local production has been ramped up and masks are plentiful in pharmacies and shops. Topics : Hong Kong recorded some of the earliest confirmed COVID-19 cases outside of mainland China but despite its close proximity and links with the mainland it has managed to keep infections to around 1,000 with four deaths.There have been no new confirmed infections in 10 of the last 16 days and the cases that have been recorded came from people arriving from overseas who are quickly quarantined.”I hope these measures will be a silver lining for citizens,” the city’s leader Carrie Lam told reporters Tuesday as she spelt out the easing of curbs.Older secondary students will start returning to classes from May 27 while younger children will resume school in the first half of June.
By Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – In less than two weeks, Office of Administrative Law Judge Gail M. Cookson will have everything she needs to make a preliminary decision on a powerline project that’s electrified 17 months of opposition from a citizen’s action group.After a 45-day deliberation period, Cookson will make the first major ruling for the Monmouth County Reliability Project (MCRP), a 10-mile, 230-kV transmission line proposed by Jersey Central Power & Light Co. The $111 million project is designed to run along the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line from Aberdeen to Red Bank through Hazlet, Holmdel and Middletown.Cookson recommendation to either approve or deny the MCRP will go to the state Board of Public Utilities for a final determination, expected sometime around the new year and the inauguration of New Jersey’s next governor.The MCRP has met stiff opposition from Residents Against Giant Electric (RAGE), a resident’s group organized in June 2016. RAGE met with reporters and elected officials at a press conference on Oct. 30 at the Middletown Public Library.“If this new line is built, we’d feel the pain of it every single day. And First Energy would get our money for it every single day,” said RAGE president Rachael Kanapka, referring to JCP&L’s parent company.Need for the MCRP stems from a violation at JCP&L’s Red Bank Substation where significant power would be lost if two transmission lines on a single structure failed. Kanapka said RAGE and its experts have come up with a less expensive, less intrusive plan to combat the MCRP.Designed and tested by RAGE expert and electrical engineer P. Jeffrey Palermo, the plan calls for installing two STATCOM devices at the Red Bank substation, and additionally upgrading 11 34.5-kV lines leaving the station. The anticipated cost? $30 million – or $81 million less than JCP&L’s proposal.“Compare that to the invasive and dangerous and expensive transmission line that JCP&L is proposing to fix the same exact problem,” Kanapka said.Ron Morano, a JCP&L spokesman, said the utility company has gone above and beyond in proving the MCRP’s need. JCP&L representatives have said the project will benefit 214,000 Monmouth County customers.“We strongly disagree with RAGE’s proposed alternative to the Monmouth County Reliability Project,” Morano wrote in an email to The Two River Times. “The ‘alternative’ proposed by RAGE would be more expensive to construct, more disruptive to JCP&L’s customers in Monmouth County, and result in a less robust electrical system than the MCRP.”“JCP&L has provided a significant amount of expert testimony in support of the need for this Project,” Morano continued. “The testimony regarding need was from both the Company as well as PJM.” PJM Interconnection is a regional transmission organization overseeing electrical grids in 13 states, including New Jersey, and the District of Columbia.Since RAGE fundraising began last year, the group has raised and spent about $450,000 in efforts to combat the MCRP. RAGE leadership said that number is anticipated to rise, depending on legal outcomes. Middletown, Hazlet, Holmdel, and Aberdeen have also joined together to fund a municipal defense team, represented by Bevan, Mosca & Giuditta, P.C.“That’s a big chunk of change and a big sacrifice from a lot of taxpayers,” said RAGE treasurer Stephen Lunanova.At the press conference, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (NJ-6) and state Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11) took issue with JCP&L’s actions since the MCRP was announced, charging the utility company has used ratepayer dollars to fund a falsified campaign.Pallone, a ranking member of the House of Representative’s Energy and Commerce Committee, questioned JCP&L’s discourse.“Why can they spend ratepayers’ money, our money, to lobby on behalf of this line, when on the other hand you have to spend your own money to take the opposite point of view?” he asked.Beck, who represents only one of the five towns – Red Bank – called for an investigation into JCP&L’s “libelous practices and slanderous information” over the past year and a half.“It’s wrong information, and they’re presenting to the public something that is false. And they should be fined and sued and we should hold them accountable for misrepresenting this project to our residents,” said Beck. “If the Board of Public Utilities is unwilling to take this up, unwilling to conduct an investigation, then I will call on the Attorney General to do so.”Responding to Beck’s comments, Morano said, “Rhetoric such as that is unfortunate.”Depending on which side it favors, the MCRP could reach the state Appellate Division after final decisions later next year. But Kanapka doubled-down on her comments, challenging the utility’s project.“JCP&L’s proposal to build this line is at its best incompetent and weak, and at its worst, deviant, underhanded and greedy,” she said.This article was first published in the Nov. 2-9, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
Those who thought stem cell research was about helping people afflicted with disease may become alarmed over Stanford’s latest experiment, reported by the UK News Telegraph: the creation of a lab rat with all human brain cells. The article quotes Wesley Smith of Centre for Bioethics and Culture warning, “biotechnology is becoming dangerously close to raging out of control,” and writing, “Scientists are engaging in increasingly macabre experiments that threaten to mutate nature and the human condition.” Actor Michael J. Fox uses a mouse puppet to encourage popular support for Stanford stem cell research. Irving Weissman, the leader of the research team, promised that he would “monitor the experiment closely and destroy them at the slightest suggestion of human-like brain patterns.” The stem cells for the experiment are to be taken from aborted human fetuses. The article quotes William Cheshire, a neurology professor at the Mayo Clinic and a Christian activist, preaching, “We must be careful not to violate the integrity of humanity or of animal life. Research projects that create human-animal chimeras risk disturbing fragile ecosystems, endanger health and affront species integrity” But such sermons are likely to fall on deaf ears in the modern biotech lab, which long ago jettisoned the Judeo-Christian foundation for ethics, and now views protestors as a mere nuisance (see 02/11/2005 entry). Since there is no ban on this kind of research, and since the Darwinists view all life as clumps of cells, which are in turn clumps of chemicals, there is no stopping their tinkering with human life in the same manner as they would mix reagents in a test tube. The thought of a human-mouse mixture will undoubtedly be fodder for jokes and cartoons in some quarters, but it is deadly serious. We are well on the way into a Darwinian brave new world, treating human flesh as a commodity, with eager labs racing to outdo each other, well funded from government and taxpayer largesse (see 02/18/2005 entry). Proponents tantalize onlookers with promises of miracle cures, but what horrors this uncontrolled, values-free enterprise will produce can only be imagined.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Watching planes take off and land at Port Elizabeth International Airport inspired a passion for flying in Oyama Matomela. Today she is one of South Africa’s youngest pilots. She was also the first woman to qualify as a pilot through an Eastern Cape bursary scheme.Matomela hopes to earn a command on the jet fleet and become a training captain. She says her family, especially her mother, are proud of her accomplishments in such a male-dominated field. She gives special thanks to her mother, who she says “has been with her every step of the way throughout her training, in good and bad days”.Catch Oyama Matomela and other inspiring South Africans playing their part to build a strong South Africa in the Play Your Part TV series on Sundays at 9pm on SABC2.
Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were to remain in Hangzhou, China, while the rest of the team was due back Saturday night. Ball is the brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball.UCLA didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment by the AP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNo. 21 UCLA won its season-opening game 63-60 over Georgia Tech in Shanghai earlier Saturday.The trio was questioned by police about allegedly stealing from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team’s hotel in Hangzhou last week, where the Bruins visited before leaving for Shanghai. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ FILE – UCLA NCAA college basketball players, Liangelo Ball, left, and Cody Riley are shown in these file photos. The UCLA basketball team is heading back to Los Angeles without three players arrested on shoplifting charges in China, according to a report. Citing sources, ESPN reports freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were to remain in Hangzhou, China. UCLA won its season-opening game 63-60 over Georgia Tech in Shanghai. APLOS ANGELES — The UCLA basketball team is heading back to Los Angeles without three players arrested on shoplifting charges in China, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Hope Solo says Blatter grabbed her; he calls it ‘ridiculous’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Citing a source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation, ESPN reports the players could be Hangzhou for “a week or two” while the situation is resolved. The source told ESPN there is surveillance footage of the players shoplifting from three stores inside a high-end retail center.Bruins coach Steve Alford declined to discuss the matter after the team’s victory. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, athletic director Dan Guerrero and Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott have been traveling with the team, but only Scott has issued any statements.“It has provided a real distraction and unwanted publicity, which distracts from what overall has been a tremendous experience and a tremendous week for the UCLA and Georgia Tech students,” Scott said before the game. “We’ve had a chance to apologize for the unwelcome attention it has brought. There’s nothing new. We’re monitoring the situation and staying in close contact with the students, and we hope the situation resolves itself soon.”The conference said Friday that California and Yale will meet in next year’s Pac-12 China game to open the 2018-19 season.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
TagsTransfersAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Rangers boss Gerrard confirms interest in Everton midfielder Dowellby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRangers boss Steven Gerrard has confirmed interest in Everton midfielder Kieran Dowell.The Everton youngster has only featured in the Carabao Cup this term and could leave on loan in January.Gerrard has watched the youngster closely and may look to tie up a deal.He said, “He’s an Under-21 international.”He’s a player I admire but there’s not really anything else to say on that at the moment as he’s an Everton player.”
Ex-Crystal Palace owner Jordan slates Solskjaer: Man Utd don’t want himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has slammed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his appointment as Manchester United caretaker manager.Jordan insists the on-loan Molde coach doesn’t deserve the job.He told talkSPORT: “Solskjaer can’t lose.“He was always going to walk in the door, he was always going to pick the big players, he’s not going to make any unpopular decisions and he’s not going to have any confrontation, so all of the players who felt wronged or maligned or not as important as they’d like to be are not going to have that on their toes anymore.“This is all about the players, it’s all about someone walking into an environment simply being able to lighten the mood, and if that’s worth £2million or £3million for six months, I don’t know what to say about football.“But it’s no surprise to me they beat Cardiff, it’s no surprise to me they beat Huddersfield, it’s no surprise to me that Pogba has got his boots on – none of it was a surprise to me.“The next culprit to pop over the horizon will be [Alexis] Sanchez, he’ll start to play now because they’re all getting what they want.“I think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is no tactical genius, he isn’t doing anything that anybody with half a brain who understands football couldn’t do, which is deliver good news.“These kids in this dressing room only want good news, they don’t want reality or want their noses put out of joint.“The worst thing that could happen to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United is if he gets the job long-term.“Like what happened to Roberto Di Matteo at Chelsea, if he wins anything of significance and has to be kept there against the real wishes of the club and then gets taken out later, that would be the worst thing for both him and the club.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Klopp insists no BVB formula for Liverpool seasonby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has not implemented a specific plan for Liverpool’s title-run. The German won the Bundesliga twice with Borussia Dortmund, temporarily displacing perennial favourites Bayern Munich.Liverpool are currently perched on top of the Premier League table, but Klopp says there is no formula to successfully win the title.”If it happens, we will see how we deal with it,” he said. “There is nothing we can prepare. It sounds like a luxury problem to be honest.”I didn’t write it down when I was at Dortmund, saying ‘we dealt with it like that’ – we didn’t deal with it like that. We will see. It’s life and in life you always find a solution as long as you are healthy.”Our people have learnt a lot in the last couple of years. They trust the team again and all the things around are not important.”You need luck with players injury-wise and in the games, you need all that, the key moments, and we don’t know if that will happen.”We don’t think about it really – that’s the truth. Who thinks in January about being champions? When I was with Dortmund, we were always in the tunnel because we had no time to think about anything else.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say