Devon venue to host busy student event

first_imgStudent and trainee bakers up and down the country are gearing up for the annual Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST) conference, which takes place from 1-3 May 2009.The conference is being held at the TLH Leisure Resort in Torquay, Devon, and features a host of activities, as well as student bakery competitions and the AGM.The Friday night is Silly Hat Night, and there will be a buffet dinner, pub quiz and karaoke. Saturday will see the judging of the bakery competitions, as well as a ten-pin bowling competition, gala dinner and live band.The AGM will take place on Sunday, as well as the prize- giving, the ten-pin bowling final, a disco and a casino.Students can attend for an all-inclusive price of £75, and a maximum of two tutors can go for the price of one student.There are many cash prizes on offer for the various contests, including Calfornia Raisins’ competition, where a top prize of a £500 travel voucher is up for grabs. There are two categories – one for baking and one for confectionery – and students need to create innovative recipes using California Raisins, raisin paste or raisin juice concentrate. For more information contact [email protected] transport pick-ups are available from Leeds, Black- pool, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Sheffield and London.l To book tickets and rooms, please contact [email protected] bakemark.co.uk.last_img read more

Pukka Pies takes on new promotions

first_imgPukka Pies has launched two new initiatives to entice both new and loyal customers.The company, based in Leicestershire, will be giving away 20 million points in a new loyalty scheme, which will require customers to input a unique code found on product packaging into its website. Customers can then redeem points for Pukka Pies merchandise, prize draws, family days out, free cinema tickets and donations to charity.Peter Mayes, Pukka Pies’ marketing and business development controller, said: “We know everyone is feeling the pinch right now, so we teamed up with our friends at Coinks to create the Pukka Points promotion. It’s a great way of saying thank you to our consumers for buying Pukka Pies. It will offer real savings on a whole range of rewards.”The pie firm is also entering into a new television sponsorship deal with ITV1. It will back a new 20-episode series called Ade in Britain, a programme broadcast five nights a week, following Ade Edmondson on a culinary discovery around the British Isles.The company has previously sponsored ITV1 shows, such as Who Wants to be a Millionaire and currently holds a long-term sponsorship with the official England Football Supporters’ Band.last_img read more

Official Statistics: PPE deliveries (England): 29 June to 5 July 2020

first_imgThese experimental statistics about PPE items distributed for use by health and social care services in England include a breakdown of deliveries by PPE item.last_img

Bolivian Security Forces Seize Helicopter with Drugs Near Peruvian Border

first_imgBy Erick Foronda/Diálogo September 06, 2019 Authorities made the seizure in Ixiamas community, La Paz department, near the border with Peru. Authorities first identified a clandestine airstrip and a coca paste purification and recycling lab, which led them to find the aircraft and the drugs.The Brazilian-registered helicopter was carrying eight bags of marijuana and four bags of coca paste. According to the authorities, the operation’s haul, including the helicopter, was valued at $750,000.It’s the first time that counter-drug units led by the Bolivian National Police’s Special Drug Trafficking Combat Force have seized a helicopter used to transport drugs. Between 2017 and 2018, the government said it had captured 38 clandestine small planes used in the narcotrafficking air bridge.“This is a new modus operandi, involving the use of a different aerial technology for drug smuggling, by helicopter in this case,” Bolivian Minister of Government Carlos Romero told the press. The Robinson R44 helicopter can fly above 13,000 feet and cover distances of more than 310 miles.Bolivia and Peru share a 1,047-kilometer long border, and according to the U.S. Department of State 2019 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, Bolivia is one of the main transit regions for Peruvian cocaine and the third largest cocaine producer in the world.“Undoubtedly, there are at least two air bridges that have been established between Brazil, Peru, and Bolivia: one in the northern Amazon, and another one in the southern Amazon,” Romero told the press. “From the samples collected in the lab, we can conclude that the drug was taken from the VRAEM [Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley] in Peru, in the form of cocaine sulphate, and that the lab installed [in northern Bolivia] was for drug processing,” he added.Franklin Alcaraz, a Bolivian specialist in narcotrafficking issues, said that multinational criminal partnerships operate especially in regions where governments do not have the institutional capacity to establish a presence, much less to enforce the law. Northern Bolivia and southern Peru are vast areas with almost no state control, Alcaraz said.“If we add to this the fact that Bolivia has expelled the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration from the country, the capacity to share information between governments is extremely limited, which favors criminals,” said Alcaraz, former director of Bolivia’s Latin American Center for Scientific Investigation, which studies drug consumption in the country.In mid-2018, as part of a test phase, Bolivia started using 13 French-made radars that will enable airspace coverage. “Still, there is no solution for illegal flights that attempt to avoid air radars, but it will definitely be of great help,” Romero said. In the same period, the government announced the implementation of a control policy for Bolivian aircraft, so they can be monitored in real time along with each aircraft’s complete history.Alcaraz believes that coordination with Brazil and Peru is essential to counter narcotrafficking and transnational criminal groups. “But the Bolivian government led by [President] Evo Morales does not show any interest in building these international partnerships,” he concluded.last_img read more

First tech biometrics pilot receives a thumbs up

first_imgParticipants overwhelmingly approved of the $8.6 billion, Mountain View, Calif.-based First Tech Federal Credit Union’s biometrics pilot last fall, according to the credit union.During the pilot program, more than 200 First Tech employees tested MasterCard Identity Check’s mobile app using artificial funds, and facial recognition and fingerprint biometrics tools, in a closed environment. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

El Gobernador Wolf emite una declaración sobre el odio dirigido a los residentes de Pennsylvania transgénero

first_imgEl Gobernador Wolf emite una declaración sobre el odio dirigido a los residentes de Pennsylvania transgénero July 22, 2020 Equality,  Español,  Non-discrimination,  Press Release En respuesta a una publicación realizada por Bloomsburg Fair en Facebook que se burla de la Secretaria de Salud la Dra. Rachel Levine, el Gobernador Tom Wolf hizo la siguiente declaración:“La pandemia de COVID-19 ha puesto el odio y la transfobia en la mira a través de difamaciones y comentarios incesantes dirigidos a la Secretaria de Salud la Dra. Rachel Levine, quien es una profesional altamente especializada, valorada y capaz que forma parte de mi administración y Transgénero. El incidente despectivo que involucra a Bloomsburg Fair es el último de estos actos viles, que por extensión afectan a las personas transgénero en todo el estado y la nación.“La Dra. Levine es una servidora pública distinguida y eficiente. Está comprometida a mantener a los residentes de Pennsylvania seguros y saludables, incluso a aquellos que dirigen ataques alimentados por el odio contra ella. Estoy orgulloso del trabajo que ha realizado en sus cinco años al servicio de los ciudadanos de Pennsylvania, y su éxito al dirigir nuestro estado durante la crisis de COVID-19 es un testimonio de su inteligencia y ética laboral.“El odio no tiene cabida en Pennsylvania, incluso en la más pequeña broma, acción o publicación transfóbica en las redes sociales. Hago un llamamiento a todos los residentes de Pennsylvania para que alcen la voz en contra de los comentarios y los actos de odio, incluida la transfobia dirigida a la Dra. Levine y a todas las personas transgénero en nuestro gran estado”.Rafael Álvarez Febo, director ejecutivo de la Comisión de asuntos para la comunidad LGBTQ de Pennsylvania, hizo la siguiente declaración en nombre de la comisión:“Los directivos de Bloomsburg Fair sabían que estaban alimentando los sentimientos transfóbicos cuando decidieron imitar a la Dra. Levine. Las comunidades marginadas sabemos cuándo estamos siendo atacadas y no nos van a manipular para que pensemos que se trata solo del cargo de la Dra. Levine como Secretaria de Salud. En tiempos de crisis y dolor, las personas de la comunidad LGBTQ están unidas para luchar contra cualquier tipo de transfobia. Los comisionados creen que la salud y la seguridad de los residentes de Pennsylvania no deben verse afectadas debido a estos ataques tóxicos y personales.”View this information in English.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Amazing Byron Bay beach house fetches $12m as buyers search for a sea-change amid Corona crisis

first_imgBut that benchmark price was smashed last year when a property down the road at 11 Marine Pde sold for $18.85 million.Following that sale, marketing agent Liam Annesley of LJ Hooker Byron Bay, said the Matticks lowered their price expectations.Mr Annesley declined to reveal the exact sale price, but said it was close to the last asking price of $13 million. Industry sources say it was closer to $12 million.Inside the home at 41 Marine Pde, Byron Bay.The Matticks bought the 800 sqm property in 2004 for $3.9 million and built a two-level home of stone and timber on the site.The house has four bedrooms, five bathrooms and open-plan living areas that open to uninterrupted ocean views.Features include a pool, spa, wine cellar, fire pit, outdoor audio, a European kitchen with butler’s pantry and separate staff amenities; and beach access with security code.The home of Salmat co-founder Peter Mattick has sold.Mr Annesley said the sale represented the highest sale price per square metre in the Byron shire, where Chris Hemsworth and his brother, Liam, famously own property.He said the buyer was from Sydney and planned to relocate for lifestyle reasons.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago“He had followed (the property) keenly from the beginning and was waiting for circumstances to change,” Mr Annesley said.This Watego’s Beach house has sold for about $12m.“You really couldn’t get a much better location than where it is. It’s one of the best houses in Byron.”Mr Annesley said he had noticed an increase in inquiries from Sydney and Melbourne buyers following the outbreak of the coronavirus health crisis. “”We’re finding more and more inquiries from people wanting to get into the area,” he said. Inside the home at 41 Marine Pde, Byron Bay.“These sort of crises help people reflect on what’s important to them. “I think you’ll find on the other side of this, there will be a flip in people’s mindsets of what’s important to them when it comes to lifestyle.” 41 Marine Parade, Byron BayA BEACHFRONT property touted Byron Bay’s most exclusive home has sold for the first time for around $12 million as interstate buyers search for a sea-change in the wake of COVID-19.The most easterly beachfront home in Australia, previously owned by Salmat co-founder Peter Mattick, has a front-row seat to Wategos Beach from its enviable position at 41 Marine Parade. MORE: Australia in top three for virus fightbackCOVID-19 real estate questions answeredWhat the eviction moratorium means tenants and landlords The property was listed two years ago for $18 million to $20 million amid hopes it might break the Byron Bay record at the time of $15.68 million.This property at 41 Marine Pde, Byron Bay, has sold. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:12Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:12 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCOVID-19: What will happen to house prices? 02:13last_img read more

Lounge rooms now go on the roof in sunny Queensland

first_img An artist’s impression of St Bart’s villas which are under construction on Kingscliff Street, Kingscliff.Construction is also underway on Omira Property Group’s Kingscliff development, St Bart’s, with all four freestanding villas sold for $995,000 a piece within five days in late February. “These kinds of boutique high-end offerings are becoming more prevalent now,” Mr Nielsen said.“Most of our buyers are coming out of Sydney and Brisbane and they’re really wanting to land the chopper from Palm Beach down to Currumbin and Tugun.” Plenty of room for storage in your garage too. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Described as ‘contemporary coastal meets Palm Springs’, each town house will be spread over four levels and feature an open plan design with high end finishes, with handover expected by June 2021. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoLocated on sought-after Hooper Drive, the luxury lifestyle villas are a short walk to Currumbin Creek and an easy Uber ride to the Palm Beach restaurant strip. Mr Nielsen said Villa 4 sold off the plan to a Gold Coast couple prior to launch while Villas 1-3 are on the market with an asking price between $975,000 to $995,000. Rendered drawings of The Palms reveal the rooftop lounge room overlooking the treetops of Currumbin and the city skyline beyond.“They all face northeast so they’re going to get a tonne of sun,” said PointRealty agent Matt Nielsen who is marketing The Palms boutique development.“Each rooftop is about 35 sqm so it’s a very usable space. I’ve haven’t seen anything like this around.”A staircase made from laser-cut aluminium will provide stylish, maintenance-free access to the rooftop where provision has been made for both power and water.Rendered drawings show how a projector could be used to create a gold class open air cinema experience and friends shouldn’t be too hard to find for drinks at dusk. A projector and comfy armchairs evoke the ultimate open-air cinema experience. There will also be room for family/lounge areas inside too.George Chambers of Brisbane-based C2 Architecture was engaged to come up with the design for the Omira Property Group project, which launched on the weekend.“When the developer looked at the gun barrel site, he wanted to do something a bit different,” Mr Nielsen said. “When we put the drone up to a height of 12m we realised it was going to have a pretty special outlook.“At that point it was decided to work in with Council to see if we could get in the rooftop terraces, which they were agreeable to and subsequently DA approved.” The luxury villas have an open plan design and high end finishes.center_img Mum with ‘ugliest house on the street’ reveals stunning renovation Contemporary coastal meets Palm Springs at The Palms in Currumbin.While fireplaces are a selling point in most Australian states at this time of year, the climate has inspired a very different offering in Queensland. A pod of luxury villas on the southern Gold Coast has been designed with 300 days of sunshine in mind — each featuring a lounge room on the roof. The open-air rooftop retreats enjoy spectacular views over Currumbin Creek, the city skyline and, of course, a galaxy of stars on any given night. MORE: Why this Gold Coast mansion is going virallast_img read more

Time for Caribbean nations to manage their judicial affairs, says CCJ president

first_imgNewsRegional Time for Caribbean nations to manage their judicial affairs, says CCJ president by: – April 12, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Sir Dennis Byron. Photo credit: nevispages.comBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) — The president of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Sir Dennis Byron, said regional countries should “complete their independence and sovereignty by claiming the rights to completely manage our judicial affairs.” Byron made his comments as he addressed regional journalists at “an engagement meeting” in Port of Spain.The CCJ president said he supported the views of the Trinidad and Tobago calypsonian, “Singing Sandra” who, during the just concluded Carnival celebrations in her homeland, urged Port of Spain to become a full signatory to the court as the oil rich twin island republic celebrates 50 years of political independence.The CCJ, established in 2001, has both an original jurisdiction to interpret the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and appellate jurisdiction aimed at replacing the London-based Privy Council to which many CARICOM member states belong.But while most of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are signatories to the original jurisdiction, only Barbados, Guyana and Belize have signed on to the appellate jurisdiction of the CCJ that also functions as an international tribunal interpreting the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the regional integration movement.According to a report from the Caribbean Media Corporation, CMC, Byron told the forum that he was not supportive of the view that the region is not ready for the CCJ noting that some of the arguments include “excessive delays in the judicial process and that we are yet to meaningfully improve our infrastructure in terms of …our administrative services.”“In my view there is something wrong with this logic. Assuming that there is a need to enhance the quality of justice administration…. the CCJ is currently engaged in change in capacity development in a way that the Privy Council never has been and is not likely to be.“I would think this is a further reason why the CCJ is necessary to improve… and truly develop Caribbean jurisprudence,” he added.Caribbean News Now Tweetcenter_img Share 13 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Eliseo Rio Jr. quits as DICT undersecretary due to ‘internal issues’

first_img Rio, who led the government’s search for a third telecommunications provider, said in a television interview on Monday that he has submitted his resignation letter to the Malacañang on Jan. 31. “I just said as far as I’m concerned, DICT does not need any confidential funds. Wala sa mandate namin to conduct surveillance and intelligence activities… I would rather have it given to the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) and the police,” Rio said. Eliseo Rio Jr. BENJIE CASTRO FOR GMA NEWS He was reassigned as undersecretary in July 2019 when Honasan was appointed as DICT chief. He also served as commissioner of the National Telecommunications Commission from 2001 to 2002 and later on joined Globe subsidiary Bayan Telecommunications as board member. Rio, a retired Army general, served as acting secretary of the DICT and led the bidding process for the third slot as mobile communications provider in 2018. DICT was created by a law signed by then President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III in May 2016 as the main agency that will craft and promote the national development agenda on telecommunications and information technology, taking the function away from the older Department of Transportation and Communications./PN MANILA – Eliseo Rio Jr. has tendered his resignation as undersecretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) due to “internal issues.” Rio also contested the need for a P400-million confidential fund for the agency in 2019 – an amount which Secretary Gringo Honasan put back in the DICT’s budget when he was still a senator. “I filed my resignation and awaiting acceptance of the President,” Rio told CNN Philippines. “‘Yung situation sa DICT, I cannot work with the undersecretaries at assistant secretaries eh.” “They are not involving me. I’m supposed to be Undersecretary of Operations, but they are not involving me in decisions,” he added. “‘Yung operations and intelligence, very close ‘yan so whatever intel, involved talaga ang operations. I might as well get out, sayang ang sweldo para sa akin.” Rio added that he left his post due to some conflicting views with other officials in the agency particularly on millions of pesos in confidential funds lodged with the agency, and apparent friction with new appointees.last_img read more