first_imgBakers’ Fair North West will be held in association with the Richemont Club on 14 October. The exhibition’s fourth annual competition will also be judged live at the show.Richemont Club members, which include top craft bakers and confectioners from all over the UK, will run a live demonstration during the day.The show is aimed at independent bakers and exhibitors will include millers, ingredients firms, machinery suppliers, drinks companies and wholesalers.The Bakers’ Fair is to be held at the Bolton Arena from 9.30am to 4pm.For more information or to register see [http://www.bakersfair.co.uk].last_img read more

first_imgNational Craft Bakers’ Week (NCBW) has been launched this week, with a video starring Channel 4’s Fabulous Baker Brothers, Tom and Henry Herbert.The Week, taking place on 8-13 October was officially launched yesterday (7 October) at Bakers’ Fair Autumn 2012, which took place at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate. Mike Holling, chairman of the National Association of Master Bakers, explained that Tom Herbert was the face of the Week this year, which aims to raise awareness of craft bakery and encourage more customers into shops to support local businesses.The Herbert brothers of Hobbs House Bakery in Gloucestershire said they were championing the week because of their roots.Holling said: “We are trying to get across to the customer on the high street how important the craft baker is. We need viable, vibrant high streets to operate. Without that we cannot succeed.”He added that the pair were in the process of filming a Christmas special of their hit TV show, as well as a second series in the new year.Heather Bowen of the Teenage Cancer Trust, NCBW’s partner charity, explained how the money raised from the Week will help to put specialist age-appropriate facilities into hospitals for 13- to 24-year-olds who have been diagnosed with cancer.Holling also announced on stage that the Week had already raised more than £2,000 for the cause and was hopeful more bakers and customers would help to support the charity.YouTube link: http://youtu.be/bkRFebh1w_U>> Find out more about National Craft Bakers’ Weeklast_img read more

first_imgHandsome Fox Sparrow visiting our feeders on Friday, Nov. 27. (Photo by Steve Muise, Farmington)Fox Sparrow in profile. (Photo by Steve Muise, Farmington)Owl spotted while deer hunting in New Sharon. (Photo by Dale Hamlin)Flying Pond reflections. (Photo by Linda Rungi)Seasons Merge: Frost, or oops already snow, on the pumpkin. (Photo by Jane Knox)Four snow-covered pumpkins. (Photo by Jane Knox)Help yourself critter buffet. (Photo by Pat Blanchard)Hairy woodpecker in Wilton. (Photo by Tom Oliver)Red-breasted nuthatch in Wilton. (Photo by Tom Oliver)White-breasted nuthatch in Wilton. (Photo by Tom Oliver)Blue jays in Wilton. (Photo by Tom Oliver)Wednesday and Thursday in the snow, we had this Carolina wren at the suet on a feeder — a first viewing for me. (Photo by Tony Ramsey/New Sharon)Blue jay didn’t mind the early snowfall that gave us a white Thanksgiving. If you noticed an increase of jays at your feeders consuming large amounts of seeds, you’re not alone. Not only are there more jays this fall, but they’re filling the pouch above their esophagus with seeds to be hidden for later consumption. Who knew? (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Blue jay catch. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Little Gray takes a rest. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Little Gray’s decision, can I or can’t I? (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Thanksgiving sliding. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Jump, Gray, jump! (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Sunrise ground fog. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Misty, foggy morning. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)Landscape layers. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)last_img read more

first_imgQUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani dissident and civil rights activist who died in exile in Canada last month has been returned to Pakistan and laid to rest in her home village in southwestern Baluchistan province under tight security. Only immediate family members were allowed to attend the funeral of Karima Baloch on Sunday in the village of Tump. Her supporters claim that troops had sealed off the village and prevented them from attending her burial. Her body was brought to Pakistan from Canada earlier on Sunday. Toronto police have not treated her death as suspicious though there were allegations she was killed. She was a vocal critic of Pakistani spy agencies.last_img read more

first_imgThe summer heat is making lantana lace bug populations boom and lantana flower blooms decline. If the pests set up residence on the popular landscape plant, they can cause plants to stop producing flowers.Lantana is known for its colorful flowers that generally bloom from April through October. It’s also drought tolerant and cold hardy. These attributes make lantana very popular in Georgia’s residential and commercial landscapes, as well as xeriscapes, landscapes that reduce the need for supplemental watering. Lantana also performs well in full sun and blooms in an assortment of colors.As a University of Georgia Extension agent, I have answered numerous calls within the last couple of weeks regarding brown foliage on lantana plants and a reduction in blooms. If this is happening to your lantana plants, be sure to inspect them for the presence of lace bugs.Lace bugs are probably the most common insect pest found on lantana. Populations of this pest generally do not build up until temperatures climb to 90 degrees F. Common lace bugs are broad, flattened, rectangular and small, about an eighth- to a fourth-of-an-inch long. Their bodies are usually brown to black and their wings are partially transparent and lace-like in appearance. Immature lace bugs are blackish and wingless, with many small spines projecting from their bodies. Adult lace bugs deposit eggs on the underside of a leaf along the midrib and then secrete a brownish substance over the eggs to secure them to the leaf. When the leaves become heavily infested, these dark spots are very noticeable. Lantana lace bugsDamage on the top of the leaf appears as white, brown or yellow specks caused by the insects feeding on the underside. Heavily infested leaves turn yellow and die from the tips toward the base, dropping off prematurely. Lace bugs can also cause spotted discoloration on the upper surface of leaves, and in severe cases, give new growth a scorched appearance.The first noticeable symptom on lantana is the partial or complete absence of flowers on otherwise healthy plants. Lantana lace bugs are more commonly found on the underside of the flower parts (or where the flowers used to be) and on the undersides of newer leaves. Lantana lace bug adults are oval, brown and do not have the characteristic lacy body covering and wings. Nymphs, similar to azalea lace bug nymphs, have spines sticking out from the sides of their bodies and no wings. They appear less elongated than the adult lantana lace bugs.TreatmentLantana plants infested by lace bugs need to be treated with an insecticide or they will stop blooming until the lace bug population naturally declines. Without treatment, infested lantana may go a month or more with few or no blooms. To be effective, insecticide sprays must directly contact the lace bugs. This means plant foliage must be thoroughly sprayed with particular attention to getting the insecticide on the lower surfaces of leaves (as well as flowers and flower buds), where most lace bugs are found. It may take more than one insecticide application to control the pests. Check the plants a week after treatment to make sure you have done a thorough job. Plants can be treated with Orthene (acephate), imidacloprid or other systemic insecticides. Read and follow pesticide label directions carefully.For more information on how to treat landscape plants for pests, contact your local UGA Extension agent by calling 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

first_imgLawyers with disabilities work to identify barriers Lawyers with disabilities work to identify barriers August 15, 2005 Regular Newscenter_img What are the most compelling issues prospective law students and attorneys with disabilities face in attending law school, in their employment and practices, and participating in Bar programs and activities?Those are the questions the Disability-Diversity Initiative, a project of the Coral Gables-based Disability Independence Group — through a grant from The Florida Bar Foundation — is trying to answer. The initiative is designed to enable attorneys with disabilities to identify and discuss disability issues and barriers to participating in professional and Bar activities.“The goal is to identify attitudinal, physical, and communication barriers that prohibit the full participation of Florida attorneys with disabilities and to propose creative recommendations and solutions to those barriers,” said Danielle Strickman, a disability consultant who is coordinating the effort, adding that there is a “very big” emphasis on barriers to Bar involvement.“We hope it will help us select areas over the next 10-year period where the Bar can be actively involved in bringing about change. We hope to have information that will serve as a catalyst that is reasonable and essential for full participation for people with disabilities.”More than 100 people responded when the call went out in February that lawyers with disabilities were needed to form a working group to identify barriers – real or imagined – that prohibit those with disabilities from participating fully in the legal community and the Bar. Of those, 42 submitted applications to participate on the work group. The participants are diverse in type of disability, racial and ethnic background, gender, age, and employment setting. The disabilities of those participating in the working group range from lawyers with vision and hearing disabilities, to those with spinal cord injuries, to those with seizure or bi-polar disorders.Strickman said the volunteers have been assigned to one of four subcommittees, including:• Admission to Law School, Persistence and Admission to the Bar.• All Aspects of Employment, Including Hiring, Retention, Promotion, Policies and Procedures, and the Benefits of Employment.• Physical and Communication Access to the Legal Community Including Courthouse and Community Access.• Participation and Leadership Roles in Bar Association Activities.Committee members have received background information about each of their colleagues; a document summarizing all issues and recommendations that applicants have submitted via applications or e-mail correspondence — which will be expanded to include the same type of material from the interested attorneys who are not members of the work committees — and reports and summaries of relevant activities in California (where the State Bar of California completed an online survey of its members with disabilities), Arizona, and the ABA.“Each committee has been asked to identify the important issues for their topic,” Strickman said. “They are currently meeting twice a month by teleconference and an exchange of e-mails to develop issues and questions relevant to their select area.”Strickman said a survey will then be developed and disseminated to the Bar.“In this manner, all interested attorneys will be able to provide input on all of the issues identified by our committee members,” she said, adding the survey questions will cover demographic and experiential material as well as explore issues, strategies, and recommendations, and will identify accommodations and technical assistance that would enhance the participation of attorneys with disabilities in the Florida legal community.The final report will reflect the experiences of all participants, and will include committee summaries and recommendations as well as anecdotal information from participants, Strickman said.Four committee members already have participated in a panel discussion at the District Four Court ADA Coordinators’ conference; they received positive feedback, including the talk helped participants better understand the need for certain accommodations. Real life examples helped make situations faced by those with disabilities easier to understand.All interested attorneys also are being invited to participate in Disability Mentoring Day, a statewide initiative, part of a national, broad-based effort to promote career development for students and job seekers with disabilities through hands-on career exploration, job shadowing, and internships.“Disability Mentoring Day enables mentors to spend time with students and job-seekers who have an interest in pursuing future careers,” Strickman said. “Florida will be the first state to have a number of mentors from one professional group — attorneys.”The disability initiative also has generated some national interest, gaining the attention of the U.S. Access Board’s Courthouse Accessibility Committee and “interested attorneys from our project have been referred to the Courthouse Accessibility Committee for participation in its Education Sub-Committee.”For more information, contact Strickman at (305) 267-3488; fax (305) 267-3969; or [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This story was co-published with the Daily Beast.The wealthiest Americans can fly on their own jets, live in gated compounds and watch movies in their own theaters.More of them also are walling off their political contributions from other big and small players.A growing number of political committees known as super PACs have become instruments of single donors, according to a ProPublica analysis of federal records. During the 2014 election cycle, $113 million—16 percent of money raised by all super PACs—went to committees dominated by one donor. That was quadruple their 2012 share.The rise of single-donor groups is a new example of how changes in campaign finance law are giving outsized influence to a handful of funders.The trend may continue into 2016. Last week, National Review reported that Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination would be boosted not by one anointed super PAC but four, each controlled by a single donor or donor family.The Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling helped usher in the era of super PACs. Unlike traditional political action committees, the independent groups can accept donations of any dollar size as long as they don’t coordinate with the campaign of any candidate. Previously, much of the focus in big-money fundraising was on “bundlers”—volunteers who tap friends and associates for maximum individual contributions of $5,400 to a candidate, then deliver big lump sums directly to the campaigns. Former president George W. Bush awarded his most prolific bundlers special titles such as “Ranger” and “Pioneer.”While bundling intensified the impact of wealthy donors on campaigns, the dollar limits and the need to join with others diluted the influence of any one person. With a super PAC, a donor can single-handedly push a narrower agenda. Last year, National Journal profiled one such donor—a California vineyard owner who helped start the trend by launching his own super PAC and becoming a power player in a Senate race across the country.Beyond the single-donor groups, big donations are dominant across all kinds of super PACs, according to the analysis. Six-figure contributions from individuals or organizations accounted for almost 50 percent of all super PAC money raised during the last two cycles.“We are anointing an aristocracy that’s getting a stronger and stronger grip on democracy,” said Miles Rapoport, president of Common Cause, an advocacy group that seeks to reduce the influence of money on politics.ProPublica’s analysis identified 59 super PACs that received at least 80 percent of their funding from one individual during the 2014 cycle. They raised a total of $113 million, compared with the $33 million raised by the 34 such groups that existed in 2012.Donors who launch their own PACs are seeking more control over how their money is spent. And many have complained about the commissions that fundraising consultants take off the top of their donations to outside groups. But the move carries risks if the patron is new to the arena.In one cautionary tale, a reclusive 89-year-old Texas oilman with no political experience launched Vote2ReduceDebt, one of the nation’s highest-spending conservative super PACs. A ProPublica investigation found that much of the donor’s millions went to entities run by the group’s consultants or their close associates. The super PAC imploded as principals traded allegations including self-dealing, faked campaign events and a plot to siphon the PAC’s money to a reality TV show.Bill Burton, a former Obama administration official who helped found Priorities USA, the juggernaut super PAC affiliated with the president’s reelection campaign, said he expects donors to face more problems if they continue to go it alone.“One of two things is going to happen,” he said. “We will either see widespread flaunting of coordination rules or we will see some pretty spectacular failures to the tune of millions of dollars.”The single-donor super PACs identified by ProPublica span the political spectrum. Among the top conservative donors were Richard Uihlein, a packaging supplies businessman, and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg spent heavily on both sides but leaned Democrat. Hedge fund titan Tom Steyer dominated on the left.In 2012 the largest single-donor super PAC was former TD Ameritrade CEO Joe Ricketts’ Ending Spending Action Fund, which raised over $14 million, 89 percent of which came from Ricketts. It was the ninth-largest super PAC by spending. In 2014 Steyer’s Nextgen Climate Action was the largest super PAC, raising almost $78 million, 85 percent from Steyer. (Steyer’s wife, Kat Taylor, is a member of ProPublica’s board of directors, and the couple has donated to ProPublica.)In addition to the super PACs dominated by a single individual, dozens more received the great majority of their funding from one corporation, labor group or advocacy organization. In 2014, those PACs represented 8.6 percent of super-PAC fundraising.PACs dominated by one donor could run afoul of disclosure laws, according to Larry Noble, the former top lawyer for the Federal Election Commission. Under the rules, political ads must include disclosures about who funded them. Noble said election law would require groups funded by one person to list that donor’s name, not just the name of the PAC—though he couldn’t recall the FEC addressing such a case.Naming the super PAC instead of the donor in the ad, Noble said, also allows the groups to delay disclosing where their money comes from until the next FEC filing date— potentially weeks after the ad runs.“It defeats the purpose of the law to allow someone to hide behind a super PAC if they are the only funder,” Noble said.“They want to make it more authoritative, like there’s more support. It looks better to say the ad is from Americans for Good Government than from John Smith2026 That just makes a mockery of the law.”Help us investigate: Have a tip about campaign finance? Email [email protected] stories: For more coverage of campaign finance, read ProPublica’s previous reporting on Super PAC Men, secret donors and gaps in campaign finance rules.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. 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first_imgThe driver was issued traffic tickets for making an unsafe lane change and failure to display a license plate, authorities say. MEREDITH, N.Y. (WBNG) — Authorities say that a utility truck overturned on State Highway 28 in Meredith on Tuesday evening. After further investigation, the Delaware County Sheriff Deputies say they found that while traveling around a bend on the highway, the truck exited the roadway on the right shoulder, re-entered the roadway and began to skid sideways eventually overturning on its right side. The vehicle proceeded to skid for about 100 feet before coming to a stop, the sheriff’s office says. The driver of the truck was uninjured, they say.last_img read more

first_img“Indonesia’s economic outlook will now depend on the ability to stimulate recovery after a drastic deterioration in economic activity,” Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati told lawmakers in a hearing on July 9.She expects the economy to contract 0.4 percent this year under the worst-case scenario or grow 1 percent under the baseline scenario.The government expects the fiscal deficit to reach 6.34 percent this year as it allocates Rp 695.2 trillion (US$48.23 billion) in stimuli to strengthen the country’s healthcare response and bolster the economy amid the pandemic.Officials are now looking to accelerate spending to boost economic recovery and strengthen the country’s virus response after receiving criticism from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as well as from business and health communities for the slow disbursement of stimulus funds.Topics : The government and the House of Representatives have agreed in principle on 2021 state budget assumptions with a deficit of 4.7 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) to bolster the economy from the coronavirus-induced recession.The budget deficit is expected to reach 3.21 percent to 4.17 percent of GDP next year, but the government can widen the fiscal deficit to 4.7 percent if needed to fully support the recovery, said House Budget Committee vice chairman Muhidin Mohamad Said.“The government’s 2021 work plan is being directed to support economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, boost human development, as well as industrial and tourism development,” among other things, he told a plenary meeting on Tuesday. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will announce the detailed 2021 state budget, including exact revenue and expenditure figures, during his annual speech on Aug. 16.The government and the House agreed that the assumption underpinning the 2021 state budget would see state spending reach 13.11 percent to 15.17 percent of GDP, while tax revenue is expected to reach 8.25 percent to 8.63 percent and nontax income 1.6 percent to 2.3 percent of GDP.Indonesia’s economy could enter a recession in the third quarter this year as the government expects GDP to shrink by 3.8 percent to 5.1 percent in the second quarter and to decline by a further 1 percent in the third quarter.If the economy shrinks in the third quarter, it will mark Indonesia’s first recession since the 1998 Asian financial crisis. A recession happens when an economy shrinks in two consecutive quarters.last_img read more

first_imgInside 161 Edenbrooke Drive, Seventeen Mile Rocks.“We liked that it was close to the city, close to shops and things like that.’’The lowset, five-bedroom home is near community facilities including tennis courts, bike tracks and picnic areas.There is a double lockup remote garage and a laundry with external access. Inside 161 Edenbrooke Drive, Seventeen Mile Rocks. The dining, kitchen and media room all have views over the back yard, where the swimming pool and entertainment area are.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The pool has glass fencing. Inside has reverse-cycle ducted airconditioning, tinted windows, and ceiling insulation.The main bedroom has a walk-in robe and ensuite.While they love the outcome of their work Mrs Russell said they were selling and moving for work reasons. The home at 161 Edenbrooke Drive, Seventeen Mile Rocks.Just under two years ago, Crystal and Chris Russell bought their home at Seventeen Mile Rocks and set about completely refurbishing it.They tried to give 161 Edenbrooke Drive a more modern feel and changed the exterior colour.“(It has) a completely new kitchen with stone benches and a very big butlers pantry which was probably one of the best additions that we made,’’ Mrs Russell said.The refurbished kitchen has an induction cooktop, electric oven, integrated dishwasher and an appliance cupboard.center_img The home at 161 Edenbrooke Drive, Seventeen Mile Rocks.“We actually really love the layout and how we have now got it refurbished. And the street is nice and the neighbourhood is nice,’’ she said.They particularly enjoy the outdoor area by the pool and that the whole home is easy maintenance.She said it was a nice “family friendly’’ suburb which was very green and the house was close to the lake and parks with many areas to walk around in the Edenbrooke Estate.last_img read more