Time to enter the Baking Industry Awards

first_imgAre you the very best in bakery? If so, time is running out to enter the prestigious Baking Industry Awards.The Baking Industry Awards are recognised as the “one to win” by bakers, machinery manufacturers, retailers and ingredient producers and suppliers.They offer the perfect opportunity for you to gain industry-wide recognition for your business and your employees. Bakery professionals from across the UK enter every year in the hope of winning one of the industry’s most important accolades.Produced by British Baker, and organised by William Reed Business Media, the Baking Industry Awards are the headline annual event in the UK bakery calendar and provides a magnificent stage for acknowledging the skills and achievements of bakers and related trades.But why should you enter?Enhance your company profileShowcase your achievementsPromote your success through the use of the awards logo and generate positive PRBoost MoraleBenefit from coverage in British Baker, on Bakeryinfo.co.uk and on Bakeryawards.co.ukFree tickets: all finalists will receive two complimentary tickets to the prestigious awards ceremony held at the Hilton Park Lane, LondonHow do you enter?For more information on entering, please contact Jane Rollinson: +44 (0)1293 610 439 Email: [email protected]last_img read more

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Natalie Cressman Premieres Emotional New Single, “Where We Started” [Listen]

first_imgOn March 3rd, beloved trombonist Natalie Cressman will release a brand new solo EP. Titled The Traces EP, Cressman’s album is an emotional exploration through a fusion of electronic and traditional instrumentation techniques. Always the thoughtful and intricate composer, Cressman’s expressive solo career comes through in waves on The Traces EP, and provides a sharp contrast for those who might only know her as a member of the Trey Anastasio Band.A perfect example of the album’s sound comes on “Where We Started,” Natalie Cressman’s new single. She tells us more about the song’s origin:“Writing this song was very interesting because the first seed of ‘Where We Started’ came to me in the middle of the night. Sometimes I wake up from a dream with a melody in my head, or come up with lyrics when I’m trying to fall asleep. The pre-chorus in this song was one of those instances where I woke up with the sound in my head from a dream and made a quick groggy voice memo on my iPhone and went back to sleep. It was over a month before I found the memo and wrote the rest of the song around it.The majority of subject matter for the EP is centered around the various musings that come at the end of a relationship – the different emotions that bubble up unexpectedly when attempting to move on. This song is basically about regret, and thus, probably the saddest one on the album. It talks about how the end of the relationship hardly resembles the “open-heartedness” that the couple began with. My producer Ivan Jackson definitely shaped the sound a and changed up the groove to make it a bit heavier and yet ethereal at the same time. I love how he left the bridge so delicate though: it makes for a great and surprising contrast.”We’re honored to premiere this new wonderful track from Natalie Cressman’s new release. Stream “Where We Started” from The Traces EP, below.New York fans can celebrate Cressman’s new album release at American Beauty on Friday, March 24th, as she’ll be hosting an album release party in honor of The Traces EP . Find more information here, and you can catch all of her updates on the official Natalie Cressman website.last_img read more

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Hofer Prize winners announced

first_imgHarvard College freshman Benjamin Lee is the winner of the 2014 Hofer Prize for Collecting Books or Art for his assembly of the history, artwork and copyright registration of the 1933 Goudey baseball card set.Thankfully, he didn’t keep the chewing gum that originally came with it.The Goudey Gum Company started in Boston in 1919. In 1933, it introduced its first set of collectible baseball cards and became the first company to issue the cards with a stick of bubble gum in each pack. The 1933 set is one of the “Big Three” most valuable classic baseball card collections, along with the 1909-1911 tobacco card set known as “T206” and the 1952 Topps set containing what many consider to be Mickey Mantle’s rookie card.Lee has been collecting baseball cards since age four. He has 232 of the 240 cards that make up the 1933 set, some of which will be on display in Lamont Library starting this May.“I love baseball. I’m an Orioles fan. So I liked collecting baseball cards, naturally,” Lee said. He first came across the Goudey cards at a shop in his hometown of Baltimore, which led to his focus on vintage items. “I really liked the artwork on the cards,” he said.Lee and two runners up were acknowledged at a ceremony on March 25 at Houghton Library prior to the delivery of the Philip Hofer Lecture, “The Qianlong Emperor’s Copper-Plate Engravings” by Getty Research Institute Chief Curator Marcia Reed. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Cultivating Southern firs

first_imgDuring the holiday season in the U.S., more than 20 million freshly cut Christmas trees are sold every year, with fir trees topping the most-desired list. Unfortunately growers cannot meet the needs of consumers, and every year, there is a shortage of trees, primarily due to the incredible losses of susceptible firs — including balsam, Fraser, Canaan and others — to the root fungus Phytophthora.This affects consumers in Georgia and other Southeastern states, as more than 50% of the region’s fresh-cut trees are imported. Georgia growers offer Leyland cypress (x Cupressocyparis lelandii), Arizona cypress (Cypessus arizonica), red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) and Virginia pine (Pinus virginiana), but in recent years the demand for fir trees has continued to rise. With this knowledge, research has progressed to develop a fir tree suitable for growing in the Southeastern U.S.In the early 1990s, attempts were made to introduce the Momi fir (Abies firma), a heat-tolerant fir that can grow in the Southeast. The Momi fir has proven itself over the past 25 years as the only known fir species resistant to Phytophthora root disease, making it a good Christmas tree and ornamental or timber species.Because of the more desirable Christmas tree characteristics of Fraser fir, many growers In North Carolina have been grafting Fraser fir (Abies fraseri) scion — or shoot — wood to Momi fir rootstock. This enables a grower to grow a Fraser fir that is on Momi fir rootstock in Phytophthora-infested soils. Although grafting can be used to provide a solution to this situation, it can also be problematic. Grafting is very labor intensive, with the central-leader scion wood being difficult to attain, and success in the process can be elusive. Many have attempted to grow the Momi fir as a standalone Christmas tree species, but the process requires selecting for desirable Christmas tree characteristics.Unfortunately, it is difficult both to acquire Momi fir seed and germinate it, so growers needed a more reliable source of the species. In 2017, with a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, research began to rescue embryos from Momi firs growing in Georgia. Embryos rescued from these trees could be cultured to produce hundreds of thousands of seedlings in less than six months if this propagation system could be developed. In mid-2019, a research team led by horticulture Associate Professor Mark Czarnota at the University of Georgia Griffin campus was able to create embryonic callus (a growing mass of plant cells) from rescued embryos of Momi firs growing in Georgia. In the near future, thousands of Momi fir seedlings could be made available to growers for rootstock and standalone Momi firs.There are several characteristics of the Momi fir that make it undesirable as a Christmas tree, including picky foliage, an off-green color and the lack of a center leader. However, if the Momi fir could be crossed with other firs such as Fraser (Abies fraseri), balsam (Abies balsamea), Canaan (Abies balsamea var. phanerolepis), Nordman (Abies nordmanniana), Turkish (Abies bornmuelleriana) or the Guatemalan fir (Abies guatemalensis), hybrid embryos could be rescued, cultured into embryos and matured into seedlings. If a hybrid could be developed, it could provide an endless supply of a Phytophthora-resistant hybrid fir trees for the Christmas tree, ornamental and forestry industry in Georgia and the Southeast. This could open up fantastic financial opportunities for all of these industries in the region.In order to create these hybrid firs, Momi fir trees growing in Athens, Griffin and Terrytown, Georgia, will be observed for female cone development. Once immature female cones (seed cones) are observed, they will be covered with pollen bags to prevent them from being pollinated by other Momi firs. When male cones are observed releasing pollen on Momi firs, covered female cones should be receptive and would be pollinated with pollen of Fraser or other desirable fir trees. When mature embryos are observed, hybrid cone embryos will be harvested and cultured to produce embryos and eventually seedlings. With any luck, these hybrids will be resistant to Phytophthora, forever changing our ability to grow firs in the Southeast.For a current list of Georgia Christmas tree growers, visit the Georgia Christmas Tree Association website at gacta.com.last_img read more

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Denmark, Bastion of Wind, ‘Waves Oil Industry Goodbye’

first_imgDenmark, Bastion of Wind, ‘Waves Oil Industry Goodbye’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg New Energy Finance:In another sign that the petroleum era is drawing to a close, Denmark is selling off its last oil company with barely a peep.Once considered a strategic asset, on a par with national carriers or shipyards, the oil and gas division of A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S is being bought by French giant Total SA. The $7.45 billion deal is expected to be completed by 2018, pending regulatory approval.Coming just three months after the sale of Dong Energy’s North Sea oil and gas production to German-based Ineos AG, Maersk’s move to offload its oil division has been welcomed by the government and trade unions alike. Even the nationalist Danish People’s Party, which supports the government in parliament, didn’t object.The irony is that Denmark will need the income from oil and gas to finance its green transition and meet a pledge to stop using fossil fuels by 2050. That will mean keeping up production from the North Sea fields, which Total has promised to do.“The more money they make on the North Sea, the more money there will be for us to spend on the green transition,’’ Energy Minister Lars Christian Lilleholt said in an interview in Copenhagen.Oil and gas revenue as a percentage of Danish GDP isn’t expected to recover muchThe receipts from North Sea oil used to average about 8 billion kroner ($1.3 billion) per year. That would pay for about 1 gigawatt of new onshore wind capacity, which is sufficient to supply power to some 170,000 homes, based on a recent deal in Norway, according to Bloomberg Intelligence analyst James Evans.Dong, a former state utility whose name is an acronym for Danish Oil and Natural Gas, is using at least some of the money it made from its divestment to build more offshore wind parks, expanding its dominance as the world’s biggest operator of sea-based wind turbines.Denmark, which is also home to Vestas Wind Systems A/S (a company that produces more turbines than any other manufacturer on the planet), now gets more than 40 percent of its electricity needs from renewable sources, according to 2015 data, and aims to reach more than 50 percent by 2020. The country’s green sector already employs about 67,000 people, double the number of workers in its North Sea industry.More: World’s Biggest Wind Turbine Maker Waves Oil Industry Goodbyelast_img read more

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Simple Math & The 50-Mile Footrace

first_imgWhere’s the finish?When I run and have nothing better to do, I often find myself crunching numbers – miles remaining, miles completed as percentage of anticipated total, average pace over last quintile as expressed in meters/second, etc.There’s just a certain allure to it – a sort of puzzle-solving pleasure like that derived from crosswords. Take a nice, round 10-mile run. What is not to enjoy about that magical 0.8 mile that separates the one-quarter mark at 2.5 from the one-third point at 3.3, the latter feeling like a much more significant waypoint in a purely qualitative sort of way? And granted, the true one-third point is actually closer to 0.83 mile beyond the quarter, but by the time you work through the math and figure out that the extra 0.03 mile is, like, not quite 50 meters, you’re already closing in on the 3.5-mile mark. And then it might occur to you that there exists a strange conflation between the English and metric systems in distance running, and just for the hell of it, you might decide to work through that same 0.03 calculation in yards, which is a good bit tougher to work out as you’re trotting down the road, while simultaneously devoting certain baseline mental energies toward monitoring and preparedness functions for oncoming cars, dogs, holes, etc. So when you’ve finally worked it out to 0.03 mile = 52.8 yards, you’re really getting close to mile 4, at which point the halfway mark is just around the bend, and then you’re in the home stretch.Trust me, this is a fantastic way to pass the time while running.And so, as I trained for my first-ever 50-mile race this fall – Virginia’s famous Mountain Masochist Trail Run – I coped with the attending dread and exhilaration in numbers. E.g.: A five-mile jog is a piece of cake, ergo the MMTR is no more than 10 easy little runs strung together. Child’s play. Or, e.g.: Because my 26-mile tune-up on the Wild Oak Trail in October turned into a death march, the MMTR is going to be doubly, unimaginably painful and hateful.Because I’m a glass-half-full type, or maybe just a fool, I zeroed in on scenario #1 during the sleepless night before the race in my Lynchburg hotel. Every little thing will be alright, right?And so here I am, on the Blue Ridge Parkway, surrounded by bobbing headlights in the 6:30 a.m. chill, continually downshifting my pace in the flat and easy early going. Slow, I tell myself. Slower. Long way to go.5k. Cross the James. First hill. Re-cross the river. Orange glow spreads from the east. Aid station #1. My pace is a bit slow, I think, but I have a history of quick starts and spectacular flameouts. Better safe than sorry. And here begins the first extended climb. I run practically the entire thing, keeping count of the people I pass, my confidence high, my pulse even, all systems go.This being the Mountain Masochist, though, there soon comes the next long climb, and yet another, and the next and the next. 10 miles, then 15, then 20, and the simple constraints of endurance and ability make themselves apparent. I can no longer run the entire hills. I transition to Plan B: 100 steps running, 50 steps walking, 100 steps running, 50 steps walking, repeat until hill ends. It is 10:15 by my watch and my thinking feels clouded for the first time. Am I almost four hours in, or five? I rehash the “10 easy runs strung together” mantra. I am somewhere well into Easy Run #4, and it is not feeling so easy. Doubt is now cast on the efficacy of my approach.Heading up Buck Mountain, somewhere past the halfway point, my 100-50 run-walk system goes out the window, replaced by an unstructured and desperate less-running, more-walking technique. And then, few miles later, toiling up (always up, up, up it seems today) to Hog Camp Gap, I adopt my third and final uphill paradigm of the day: walk slowly, while hanging head and cursing.There is a heinous matter of true race distance that begins to factor in now. The MMTR, they say, with wink and nod, is a 50-mile race. Maybe “a bit long,” the race director might admit. Maybe more like 52. Or 54, even, according to someone’s Garmin last year. The true seriousness of this fuzzy math becomes apparent somewhere around mile 30. Do I have 20 miles left, or do I have 24? For someone who parses numbers down to hundredths of a mile, this is a nasty, nasty little problem to deal with, and its nastiness has a strong positive correlation with fatigue.Somewhere on Pompey Mountain, c. mile 38, as I’m starting to get truly pissed about the fact that I have 12, or maybe 16, miles left, I realize that something bad is at work in the gastric tract. It occurs to me that I haven’t peed for hours, though I’ve been drinking plenty. I am feeling very, very thirsty, though my stomach feels and sounds extremely full. Worrisome. I glance at my watch. My pace over the last couple miles is unspeakable, off-the-charts slow. Very worrisome. And thus commences a series of throw-in-the-towel calculations: number of miles left divided by number of hours until 6:30 p.m. cutoff equals minimum pace required to finish, calculated for both best- and worst-case scenarios re: variance in distance potentially remaining. Because 4 miles amounts to about an hour at this pitiful point, my margins of error are both enormous and depressing, and I guess this is what I’ll look back on as a low point.I notice a bunch of runners are passing me. According to my projections, I think I’ll probably stagger in by dusk, but I’m in uncharted waters now. I’ve never run this far before, and I don’t know what will happen. And besides, I’m not sure I really trust my math at this point.And then, relief, in the form of the therapeutic puke, a messy little episode that raises numerical considerations of its own: the astounding apparent volume of my stomach, the rate of flow at which the torrent of sports beverage-colored liquid speeds down the trail, the number of witnesses (this happened in the immediate vicinity of an aid station) looking on with revulsion and worry, and so forth. I wipe my chin. I feel a lot better, though that’s not saying much, and I head on down the trail. I will later learn that this whole full-belly problem probably had something to do with electrolyte imbalance. Rookie mistake.I spend some miles beside an incredibly cheerful runner whose encouragement means more to me than he will probably ever realize, and whom I do not have the energy to properly thank. I fall back, and now am beside another friendly stranger. I am unable to compute figures any longer, I am uninterested in computing. I am running on the last wisps of fumes, hobbling along in his wake, unable to pick my feet up above the leaves that carpet the trail, relying on blind luck to avoid roots, rocks and other mishaps.On and on, and endlessly on. Stomach is still unhappy. Legs and feet in vicious revolt. Volunteers at last aid station crack jokes about piggyback rides that were probably funny but just seem cruel. Mental wherewithal on the verge of abandoning me entirely. Tears seem to be forming in my eyes, and still, curve after curve, more trail ahead.And then, serendipity, the last corner, the finish comes in view, I hear my wife whooping encouragement, I sense clapping in my vicinity, I think someone official-looking might be shaking my hand, and now I am lying in the sweet green grass, twitching like a fish, confronted with the day’s final set of figures – 9:28:05, 34th place, and, most satisfying, the number of 50(?)-mile finishes now under my belt: 1.last_img read more

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Beer Blog: Getting Stoned in Virginia

first_imgStone Brewing Co. has been eyeballing Virginia for the home of its new East Coast brewery since Spring.The California-based brewery, known for its wild IPAs and inventive collaboration brews, has narrowed the site of their expansion down to Richmond or Norfolk, but Columbus, Ohio, is also in the running. Stone has yet to pull the trigger. One thing Virginia has going in its favor, is no ABV limit. Stone wouldn’t be allowed to brew any of their high gravity beers under Ohio’s 12% abv cap. Also, Ohio is nowhere near the mountains or beach. Who would want to open a business so far from skiing or surfing?Anyway, Stone is sure to announce the “winning” city soon, and construction of the $60 million brewery/restaurant/garden will begin. I think it’s best to stay optimistic and assume Stone will find a new home in Virginia. In that vein, we should all make the effort to get to know our new neighbors.Like I said, Stone is known for its IPAs, and actually has a series of fresh IPAs that are meant to be enjoyed within days of being brewed. They’re tough to find on this side of the country, because of the short shelf life, they’re pulled from stores after the Enjoy By date passes. In fact, that series of beers is called “Enjoy By.” They’re awesome: Juicy, dank, hoppy—exactly what a fresh IPA is supposed to be. The current Enjoy By IPA is set to expire on Sept. 20. Get one if you can.If you can’t find Enjoy By, find an Arrogant Bastard. This is Stone’s flagship beer, a strong ale that lives up to its name. It’s aggressively hoppy, with a zesty bite that lingers after the sip, but you’ll also find a sugary sweetness that keeps it all in balance. Arrogant Bastard has a respectable 7.2% abv, but be careful—it comes in 22-ounce bombers, and that abv adds up by the end of the bottle. I’m working on a big bomber right now, and I see my afternoon productivity slipping away from me with every sip.But it’s too good to put down. Arrogant bastard.last_img read more

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U.S. Coast Guard interdicts cocaine in Caribbean

first_imgBy Dialogo May 02, 2013 The seized contraband was transferred to U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agents. “Working with our interagency and international partners, we detained three suspected smugglers and prevented 2,200 pounds of cocaine with a value of $27 million from reaching our streets,” said Rear Adm. William D. Baumgartner, Seventh Coast Guard District commander. While conducting a law enforcement patrol April 18, the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin located a 68-foot fishing vessel in the western Caribbean Sea. The crew of the Cutter Gallatin boarded the vessel, located 2,200 pounds of cocaine, and detained three suspected smugglers. Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber offloaded 2,200 pounds of cocaine at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Fla., on April 26. The cocaine was seized during Operation Martillo. The contraband, suspected smugglers and fishing vessel were later transferred to crewmembers aboard the cutter Bernard C. Webber. The three suspects and fishing vessel are scheduled to be transferred to FBI agents in Miami. last_img read more

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Suffolk Dems Maintain Legislative Majority

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk Democratic Chairman Rich Schaffer addresses supporters in Hauppauge on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013.Suffolk County Democrats lost one key seat in their legislative majority but made up for it by unseating a renegade member who didn’t caucus with the party and recapturing another open seat.The unofficial election results of Tuesday’s election appear to ensure that Steve Bellone, in his sophomore year as Suffolk County executive, can still rely on the chamber led by Democratic allies despite the slight turnover.“We’ve done a lot in two years,” Bellone told a crowd of several hundred cheering supporters at the IBEW Local 25 Hall in Hauppauge. “But you haven’t seen anything yet!”The two biggest legislative upsets came when Republican Kevin McCaffrey, a Lindenhurst village trustee, won the seat held by outgoing temporary Presiding Officer Wayne Horsley (D-Babylon) and when political newcomer Monica Martinez unseated fellow Democrat Legis. Rick Montano (D-Central Islip).“Right now the county executive has a veto-proof majority in there and people don’t like that,” McCaffrey told the Press at the Suffolk GOP gathering in Patchogue. “They want to be able to have some sort of balance in the legislature.”There were a few nail-biters, including when Legis. Sarah Anker (D-Mt. Sinai) narrowly fended off GOP challenger Jennifer Juengst 52 to 48 percent, the same margin that William Lindsay Jr., son of the late presiding officer, beat Republican Anthony Musumeci.But, the political makeup of the 18-member body will mostly remain the same as Republican Robert Trotta won the seat held by term-limited Legis. Lynne Nowick (R-St. James), keeping it away from Democrat Elaine Turley.Democratic incumbents who held off Republicans include freshman Legis. Al Krupski (D-Cutchogue), Legis. Kara Hahn (D-Setauket), Legis. Robert Calarco (D-Patchogue), Legis. Dr. William Spencer (D-Centerport), Legis. Lou D’Amaro (D-Huntington Station) and Majority Leader DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville). Legis. Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills) ran unopposed.Republican lawmakers who resisted Democrats include Legis. Tom Muatore (R-Ronkonkoma) and Minority Leader John M. Kennedy Jr. (R-Nesconset). Legis. Tom Cilmi (R-East Islip) and Legis. Tom Barraga (R-West Islip) were both uncontested.Third-party incumbents Legis. Kate Browning (WF-Shirley) and Legis. Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk) were also re-elected.Suffolk Democratic Chairman Rich Schaffer, who was re-elected Babylon Town Supervisor, credited the wins to Lindsay’s father, who died this summer.“We miss him dearly…he’s left us too soon,” Schaffer said. “But I know today he is with us. He is here and he is smiling down because the one thing he told me…was ‘Rich, don’t screw up Billy’s campaign.’”last_img read more

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HR Answers: Credit unions transition to a new way to work

first_imgLast month, credit unions around the country, along with other businesses of all types and sizes, found themselves suddenly faced with a crisis that would upend “business as usual” and impact staff, members and communities.The coronavoris or, more specifically, COVID-19, had impacted people in all 50 states by the end of March, and had resulted in a myriad of state, county and local stay in place and stay at home orders. While some locations (such as New York and Louisiana) have been impacted more dramatically than others, literally no community has gone unscathed. As the media carried daily reports of new diagnoses, and deaths, and federal and state government agencies scrambled to make critical, and highly sensitive decisions to protect both public health and the economy, credit unions quickly emerged as one of a number of “essential businesses” meaning that they could stay open to serve member needs but also, in some cases, requiring employees to continue to report to work. Others were able to leverage prior experience with remote work and online services. All remained focus on member—and staff—needs.Transitioning to a New Way of WorkingWednesday, March 18 was the final day that $4 billion Corporate America Credit Union, Irondale, Alabama, had staff physically in its offices serving members. “It was a hard decision,” says Pete Pritts, president/CEO. Information had been changing rapidly, he says, but in hindsight, he says, “I believe it turned out to be the right decision.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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