Coronavirus updates: California now has the most cases in US


first_imgnarvikk/iStockBy JON HAWORTH and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 617,000 people worldwide.Over 14.9 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.The United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 3.9 million diagnosed cases and at least 142,095 deaths.Here is how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Check back for updates.11:30 a.m.: Florida has 4 counties with no ICU bedsIn hard-hit Florida, just 15% of the state’s adult ICU beds were available Wednesday morning, according to the state’s Agency for Healthcare Administration.Four counties — Monroe, Nassau, Okaloosa and Putnam — had no available ICU beds, the agency said.These numbers are expected to fluctuate throughout the day as hospitals and medical centers provide updates.Florida’s positivity rate was 10.55% as of Wednesday morning.The state now has 379,619 total cases and 5,458 fatalities.10:35 a.m.: California is now the state with the most coronavirus casesCalifornia has surpassed New York’s number of coronavirus cases, according to Johns Hopkins data.As of Wednesday morning, California had over 409,000 cases, while New York had over 408,000.California’s positivity rate and hospitalization rates are trending upward in the two-week average, according to the state.Meanwhile, New York’s positivity rate was just 1.29% Tuesday, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.Thirty-one states — including California — are on New York’s travel advisory list. Those traveling from the 31 high-case states must quarantine for two weeks when arriving in New York.9:35 a.m.: Coronavirus cases rising in kidsCoronavirus cases in children is steadily rising and nearing the level of patients 65 or older, according to internal FEMA memos obtained by ABC News. Children ages 12 to 17 appear to become infected at a higher rate than younger kids. The memos also outlined coronavirus problems that specific states are facing. In South Carolina, the test-positivity rate is above 15% and rising, the memos said. Charleston, Horry and Greenville counties reported the highest number of new cases over the last three weeks, representing 38.4% of new cases in the state, the memo said. Charleston County has the most significant rate increase in the state. In the Las Vegas, Nevada, area, fatalities are on the rise, particularly among residents older than 65 with underlying health conditions, the memos said. Out of 38 acute-care hospitals, six reported experiencing critical staffing shortages, while another six hospitals anticipate critical staffing shortages in the next week, the memos said. Louisiana is experiencing “broad community spread” across the state. East Baton Rouge, Calcasieu and Jefferson parishes had the highest number of new cases over the last three weeks and represent 26.5% of new cases, the memos said. Lafayette and Lake Charles are reporting a significant lack of testing supplies, the memos said.8:25 a.m.: Masks could have ‘very significant impact’ on outbreak within months, CDC director saysDr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), called masks the “most powerful tool” against the coronavirus. “This is the greatest public health crisis that our nation has faced in more than a century,” Redfield told ABC News’ Good Morning America on Wednesday. “If all Americans would embrace that [masks] as part of their personal responsibility to confront this outbreak, we could actually have a very significant impact on the outbreak that we’re seeing across the country in the next four, six, eight, 10, 12 weeks.”But when it comes to the idea of a national mask mandate, Redfield said, “the issue is how to motivate all Americans to do that.” “Some governors have done it, obviously with mandates. Other governors have done it through example. I think our key is just to let the American public know how important this is,” he said.As the new school year nears, Redfield said he would “absolutely” be comfortable with his grandchildren heading back to their classrooms. Redfield added he only may have “some reservation” about his grandson with cystic fibrosis, “depending on how he could be accommodated in the school.” “I think it’s really important to get our schools open,” he said. “It’s not public health versus opening the schools or the economy — it’s public health versus public health. I think there really are a number of negative public health consequences that have happened to our K-12 [students] by having schools closed.” “So it’s so important now to work together with school districts to figure out how they can take our guidelines and operationalize them in a practical way and to do it in a way that is safe,” he continued.5:11 a.m.: France says it has 208 active clusters of COVID-19 across the countryFrance has 208 currently active coronavirus outbreaks as of Tuesday, according to the General Directorate of Health, which notes that “the circulation of the virus is increasing.”Since May 9, 547 grouped cases — or clusters — have been detected but 339 have been closed, said the Directorate General of Health.Currently, 6,482 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 and 455 patients with a severe form of COVID-19 are currently hospitalized in intensive care.Just four regions in the country — Ile de France, Grand-Est, Hauts-de-France and Guyana — account for 70% of patients being hospitalized in intensive care.Elsewhere, in overseas territories owned by France, there are a total of 202 hospitalizations, including 34 in intensive care.Since the start of the pandemic, 106,296 people have been hospitalized in the country and 79,734 people have returned home.A total of 30,165 people have died so far in France, including 19,649 people in hospitals and 10,516 in nursing and care homes.4:50 a.m.: Prime minister hopes Russian coronavirus vaccine will be available in fallThe Russian authorities are hoping to receive a reliable domestic coronavirus vaccine in the fall, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said.“I do hope that we will receive our own Russian reliable vaccine against coronavirus in the fall,” Mishustin said in the State Duma on Wednesday.Meanwhile, the number of reported new infections in the country remained below 6,000 for the third day in a row.Russia confirmed 5,862 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 789,190.Over the past 24 hours 165 people have died, making the total death toll in the country 12,745.A total of 9,669 people recovered over the last 24 hours, which brought the overall number of recoveries to 572,053.2:10 a.m.: RNC attendees in Jacksonville to take ‘in-home’ tests before event, no commitment to requiring masksAlmost a month before Republicans are set to gather in Jacksonville, Florida, for President Donald Trump’s second nomination, in a state seeing a record-breaking surge in coronavirus cases, the Republican National Committee outlined in more detail the safety procedures that will be in place for the nominating event in a memo obtained by ABC News.Convention-goers heading to Jacksonville for the Republicans celebration are expected to take an “in-home COVID-19 test” before the gatherings in either Charlotte or Jacksonville, paid for by the Republican National Committee.The Jacksonville-based event will be spread across indoor and outdoor venues, the memo says, with planners set to use “Daily’s Place Flex Field, TIAA Bank Field, Daily’s Place Amphitheater, and others” in a multi-block radius of Jacksonville. The party is also preparing for a smaller-scale gathering, with organizers cutting back the number of attendees by limiting the attendance of alternate delegates and guests of delegates in Jacksonville.On the night of Trump’s anticipated speech, which is slated for Thursday, guests of alternative delegates won’t be permitted inside the convention venue.Among those who plan to participate in-person for the event, planners indicated that attendees will be tested more than once, writing in the memo “a variety of COVID testing available before and during the convention activities.” Attendees will be asked to provide consent to allow the testing company to share their results with the RNC.On-site in Jacksonville, various health and safety precautions will be in-place and will “include, but are not limited to, on-site temperature checks, available PPE, and aggressive sanitizing protocols, and available COVID-19 testing,” according to the memo.But still, Republicans did not commit to requiring masks at the convention and there was no mention of social distancing throughout the nine-page memo.“We will follow the local and state health guidelines in place at the time of the convention,” the memo reads.12:26 a.m.: 59 NFL players test positive for COVID-19The NFL announced on Tuesday that 59 players have so far tested positive for the novel coronavirus.Meanwhile, the NFL and the NFLPA announced Monday that they had agreed on COVID-19 testing protocols. Players and team personnel will be tested every day for the first two weeks of training camp, then every other day, as long as their team’s positive test rate is and remains under 5%.New symptom-based testing guidelines from the league were updated on July 17.If and when NFL training camps open next week, as currently scheduled, teams’ rosters will include a maximum of 80 players, as opposed to the usual 90, in an effort to help enforce social distancing measures in team facilities. This is according to sources who were on an NFLPA players call Tuesday night discussing details of the league’s latest proposal on coronavirus protocols.Sources also said the NFL and the union officially agreed Tuesday to the league’s plan to drop all preseason games for the 2020 season. The agreement came a day after the league offered to the union to play no preseason games this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic.Thus, with Tuesday’s developments, the league and the players’ union are inching closer to an agreement on rules that will govern training camp and the season under these difficult circumstances. Weeks of negotiations seem to be coming to a head, as sources who were on the players’ call Tuesday night said there has been agreement on several issues but work remains to be done on others.A major issue reportedly concerning players right now is the procedure under which they can opt out of the 2020 season if they are in a high-risk category or they’re simply not comfortable playing amid the pandemic.One source said the league has offered to give stipends — $250,000 for active roster and $100,000 for practice squad — to players who opt out because they’re in high-risk categories but nothing for players who opt out voluntarily.The source said the league’s proposal would be that players who opt out would have their contracts “toll” — meaning just slide back a year and pick up next year where they are now — but that the teams would in the meantime retain whatever rights they had to release or trade those players under their current contracts.The players are seeking better protections due to the unprecedented circumstances. 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Project Specialist


first_imgDefinitionUnder general supervision, the Professional Expert providesassistance and support in accordance with assignments anddirections from the supervisor. Professional Experts:Have specialized knowledge or expertise not generally requiredof or found in the classifications established by theDistrict.Must be specially trained, experienced, or competent to performexpert services.Are used on a temporary basis for a specific project orprojects.Terms of employment will be described in the ProfessionalExpert Agreement Conditions of EmploymentThis is a professional expert position. The District reserves theright to extend, modify, or eliminate this position based uponavailable funds. The effective dates of employment will be arrangedwith the supervisor.This is a recruitment for an applicant POOL to filltemporary/short-term assignments on an as-needed basis. Departmentsor Divisions will refer to the POOL of applications on file to filltemporary/short-term assignments as the need arises. Applicationswill remain in the pool for one year. You will be contacted by thehiring manager should the department/division be interested inscheduling an interview. Please do not call the Office of HumanResources regarding the status of your application .Employment is contingent upon verification of employment history,background verification as governed under Education Coderequirements, eligibility to work in the United States, andapproval by the CCCD Board of Trustees. The hours of work andeffective date of employment will be arranged with thesupervisor.Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; theinability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employeefrom retaining employment.The person holding this position is considered a mandatedreporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Actand is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CoastCommunity College District policies, procedures, and Title IX.(Reference: BP/AP 5910)The Coast Community College District celebrates all forms ofdiversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusiveenvironment within which students, staff, administrators, andfaculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the District’sstrategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply.Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicantswith disabilities who self-disclose.Application materials must be electronically submitted on-lineat http://www.cccd.edu/employment . Incomplete applications and applicationmaterials submitted by mail will not be considered.Additional InformationAPPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: To be considered for thisopportunity, you must submit a COMPLETE application packet. Acomplete application packet includes:A complete Coast Community College District OnlineEmployment Application.Answers to ALL Supplemental Questions, if any (pleaseprovide clear and detailed responses, where applicable, as theywill be carefully evaluated to determine the most qualifiedcandidate(s) to be invited for an interview; please do not pasteyour resume, put ‘see resume’ or ‘N/A’, or leave blank).A Current Resume (as a separate attachment – PDFrecommended).Candidates will also be responsible for all travel expenses ifselected for an interview, the Coast Community College Districtdoes not reimburse for candidate travel expenses.Disability AccommodationsIf you require accommodations in the Application or ExaminationProcess, please notify Human Resources by calling (714)438-4714.PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:The physical demands are representative of those that must bemet by an employee to successfully perform the essential functionsof this job.The work environment characteristics are representative ofthose an employee encounters while performing the essentialfunctions of this job.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individualswith disabilities to perform the essential functions.A detailed list of physical demands and work environment is onfile and will be provided upon request.This direct link 2020 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (ASFSR) is the 2020Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for Coast Colleges. Thecrime statistics for calendar years 2017, 2018, and 2019 weresubmitted to the U.S. Department of Education as required under theJeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus CrimeStatistics Act. A hardcopy can be provided from one of the CampusSafety Offices. Please contact any of the Campus Safety Offices forany questions regarding the report.The Coast Community College District is a multi-college districtthat includes Coastline Community College , Golden WestCollege , and Orange Coast College . The three colleges offerprograms in transfer, general education, occupational/technicaleducation, community services and student support services.Coastline, Golden West and Orange Coast Colleges enroll more than60,000 students each year in more than 300 degree and certificateprograms.Since its founding in 1947, the Coast Community College Districthas enjoyed a reputation as one of the leading community collegedistricts in the United States. Governed by a locally elected Boardof Trustees, the Coast Community College District plays animportant role in the community by responding to needs of achanging and increasingly diverse population.Coast Community College District is an Equal OpportunityEmployerThe Coast Community College District is committed to employingqualified administrators/managers, faculty, and staff members whoare dedicated to student learning and success. The Board recognizesthat diversity in the academic environment fosters awareness,promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitablerole models for all students. The Board is committed to hiring andstaff development processes that support the goals of equalopportunity and diversity, and provide equal consideration for allqualified candidates. The District does not discriminate unlawfullyin providing educational or employment opportunities to any personon the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, genderexpression, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sexualorientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mentaldisability, military or veteran status, or geneticinformation. Non-academic, non-classified Professional Experts are notpart of classified service. Non-academic, non-classified short-termemployees are at-will employees and have no entitlement rights toany position in the District. Professional Expert employment shallnot result in the displacement of Classified personnel.* Retired CalPERS Annuitants: may not exceed 960 hours in afiscal year (July 1 through June 30)*REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES:Assists the Supervisor with the planning, development, support andadministration of assigned project. Exercises good judgment with amid to high level of independent judgment; may refer policyinterpretation to the Supervisor when necessary. Assists Supervisorwith ongoing assessment of the project to ensure project is meetingthe goals and objectives set forth by the District and/or college.OR Performs varied and highly skilled activities requiring thoroughunderstanding of a program and related services, projects andactivities. Responsible for a program with more complexity andimpact and highly specialized projects and services.Qualifications and Physical DemandsEducation and Experience:Level I – Work experience and/or training in related jobcategory is required, including valid licenses and/orcertifications, if applicable.Level II – Extensive work experience and/or trainingthat is directly related to job category is required, includingvalid licenses and/or certifications, if applicable.last_img read more

Will Cambridge ‘Try Something New Today’?


first_imgLaura Brightman, a Natural Science fresher also championed Mr Arain’s cause claiming she would want as Chancellor, “anyone but Lord Sainsbury, we have too many of his stores opening up and one is plenty for the centre, he will just monopolise Cambridge and that is not the ideal intention of our Chancellor.”In another unexpected twist, a third nominee was suggested via a Facebook campaign, advocating the accession of Brian Blessed. The actor, author and adventurer is most famous for his thunderous voice and has starred in everything from Black Adder, to Hamlet, to Tarzan.The initiators of the nomination were Cambridge alumni, Seth Thévoz, James Ross and Stuart Moore, who claimed on the Facebook group, “The man, the myth, the legend that is the actor Brian Blessed would make an AMAZING Chancellor. Picture Brian loudly reciting the Latin at graduation ceremonies and you have some idea of what a legend Brian would be.”The group is positive that Brian Blessed is a viable choice, one member posting, along with a link to a video in which Blessed plays a policeman, “Brian Blessed is an archetypal ‘larger than life’ character who would perfectly fill the role of Chancellor at Cambridge University. With his affinity for the establishment he would serve well as a wonderful Ambassador.”When contacted by his fans about the campaign, Brian Blessed said he was, “absolutely staggered…and of course, I am delighted to accept that nomination. For me, Cambridge has always been the centre of the earth, there is a brightness and light there that rivals that on Mount Everest. The University buildings are architecturally beautiful, the whole setting is wonderful and enchants the soul. I am thrilled to be asked and wish you every success with the campaign.”One alumni on the Facebook group commented, “I am just glad that Lord Sainsbury will not run unopposed, as with his recent massive contribution to the development of the Sainsbury building on the Botanical Gardens site, it would be a shame if an unchallenged successful bid were perceived to be a ‘bought’ position.”On the other hand, Austin Mahler, an undergraduate law student at Cambridge claimed that if financial benefits could reach students he could be swayed, saying, “The prospect of student deals and potentially prices that could compete with Tesco are grounds to back Lord Sainsbury.”Another lawyer, Chris Monk commented, “’I prefer Blessed as I want a figurehead not a professional – we already have a Vice Chancellor after all.”The Senate will hold congregate in October to decide the matter and anyone with a higher degree from the University – including the MA which is an honorary degree “conferred by right” to holders of a Cambridge BA two years after their graduation – can vote.With the Brian Blessed Facebook campaign already advising alumni on whether they will need to bring gowns, and Mr Arain holding interviews with the press accompanied by his campaign managers, it is fair to say that although Baron Sainsbury is the official choice, he is certainly no longer the only one in the running. Nominations for the next Chancellor of the University of Cambridge now range from a billionaire businessman, Baron Sainsbury; to a protesting local shopkeeper, Mr Abdul Arain; to the booming Shakespearean actor, Brian Blessed. The position is currently held by HRH Prince Philip who is stepping down at the end of this month after 34 years in the job. He resigns just weeks after his ninetieth birthday, stating that as a public figure and senior member of the royal family, ‘I reckon I’ve done my bit.’At the end of May it was announced the University Nomination Board had recommended Baron Sainsbury of Turville, businessman, politician, great-grandson of the original Lord Sainsbury and an alumnus of King’s College, Cambridge, to succeed Prince Philip and become the “constitutional head of the University”.He accepted the nomination, saying he was “delighted” to be asked, and it was widely expected that he would run without competition to be named Chancellor at the beginning of July.However a week later, a grocery store owner, Mr Abdul Arain, announced plans to run against the former government minister in protest of a proposed Sainsbury’s opening on the road of his shop, Al-Amin. Comparing himself, as an “outsider”, to Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, he told reporters, ‘The University of Cambridge has shown great leadership on many occasions. Today, once again, the university is called upon to be the vanguard of local communities. To this end I seek nomination for the office of the Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.”Less than two weeks later, he has received the required fifty nominations from Senate members, and has been named as an official candidate.One member of the public commenting on the story proclaimed, “More power to Mr Arain’s project! Al-Amin’s is a wonderful asset to Mill Road and Cambridge. Stop the chain supermarkets from taking over the ‘convenience shop’ market! Curb uniformity and encourage real diversity! Cambridge don’t let this happen in your town!”last_img read more

Hoboken says five bars have to close next weekend for bar…


first_img× HOBOKEN – The city of Hoboken’s Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Board held their regular bi-weekly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 22 to consider charges against 11 Hoboken liquor licensees. In the end, the board shut down five establishments for next March 3 and 4, during the privately-organized LepreCon bar crawls events.LepreCon is an annual bar crawl in which people from all over the state dress in green and go bar-hopping throughout the day.The crawls usually occur on the first Saturday of March, a day when the city used to hold the St. Patrick’s Day Parade each year. The parade was canceled in 2012 because of accompanying rowdiness in bars and private house parties. Mayor Dawn Zimmer wanted to move it to a weekday, but the St. Patrick’s Parade Committee refused.In its absence, bar owners participated in a privately run bar crawl each year. But new Mayor Ravi Bhalla has pledged to clamp down on holiday bar crawls in the mile-square city.Last year there were 220 officers on patrol and roughly 20,000 people who participated. Hoboken Chief of Police Ken Ferrante estimated at the time the maximum cost to taxpayers to keep the revelry under control at $98,000 in overtime for Hoboken officers and $26,000 for outside law enforcement.According to the city, five local bars will be closed next Saturday, March 3.One is under a 30-day suspension, another under a 20-day suspension, and a third under a 24-day suspension. A bar on First Street is under a two-day suspension from March 3 to March 4. A Washington Street bar will be closed on March 3 and was ordered closed again on May 21 for a 30-day suspension. After the 30-day suspension, it will permanently close pending the transfer or sale of the license to new ownership.The issue was being hotly debated on Twitter on Friday afternoon after the news came out. Some Hoboken residents were grateful for the move, some said they understand the bars’ place in town (and believe the businesses help keep property taxes down), while others were livid at what seemed like a punishment of some bars for the behavior of others. In past articles in the Hoboken Reporter (hudsonreporter.com), bar owners have said that revenues from this weekend help keep them afloat, especially when things slow down close to summer.Officials said it was problem bars that were penalized, pointing to reports of their violations.According to the city, six other establishments agreed to settlements, but received lesser penalties. “This represents a major accomplishment in fulfilling my commitment on Inauguration Day to address this public safety nuisance,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla in a press release from the city. “The vast majority of bar owners are responsible license holders, but a very small number of establishments have failed to adequately control their patrons and the activities within their premises, leading to severe public safety issues. The discipline agreed to by the owners is appropriate and I hope will lead to an understanding that public safety is a top priority and that the ABC board will not hesitate to enforce the liquor license regulations.”Additionally, the State of New Jersey Attorney General’s Division of Alcohol Beverage Control has agreed to send 12 to 14 state ABC detectives to Hoboken on March 3.Along with Hoboken Police ABC detectives, they will be monitoring establishments to ensure compliance with all ABC regulations, including not admitting underage guests, not overserving patrons, not exceeding capacity, and other health and security regulations.“I am extremely thankful to New Jersey Office of the Attorney General and its ABC Division Director David P. Rible for his partnership in protecting the public safety and quality of life of our community,” added Bhalla.last_img read more

A simple country bake


first_imgOnce again, I have had a brilliant idea, which will make all our fortunes! It came to me when I bought a new telephone with two handsets. All the parts were loose in the box and you had to put them together. This reminded me of cheap furniture – and some not so cheap – which comes in a box and for which you have to turn your home into a furniture factory or electronic assembly plant before it will work.So why waste time baking bread? All we have to do is put the ingredients in a bag, display a few loaves in our shops and, when a customer orders a loaf, just hand him or her the bag with the ingredients and a 100-page book of instructions he or she will never understand.Think of all the time we’d save, not to mention labour. And we’d only need a small bakery as we’d only need to make a few products. Strange, isn’t it, how we so often miss the obvious? When all these great ideas come to fruition, we will all be rich.Many times I have thought we bakers, who are principally retailers, probably tie up far too much cash and time in our bakeries. Wouldn’t we do better spending more time improving our retail shops?When you look at our businesses, we really fall between two stools – producers and retailers. And the hard fact of life is that it is much easier to make the product than to sell it.We probably spend more time on the production side than we do on the retail side; how many bakers do you know who leave the shops to their wives or, as they get larger, hire a sales manager to deal with the shops? They tend to think they are bakers and spend their time with their head in the trough and their bottoms in the air.Yes, bakery is a wonderful craft and, in my experience, the people in it are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. But that doesn’t mean they couldn’t be just as nice spending more time on their core business of selling bakery products. More and more bakers are now buying in their savouries, frozen doughnuts, Danish and a whole multitude of lines and yet, quite rightly, still consider themselves bakers.When you think of it, most – if not all – of the most successful retailers do not make the goods they sell. They buy them in at the best price and quality they can find. Wal-Mart and Marks & Spencer, to name but two, appear to make a lot of money concentrating on the selling and they leave the hassle of production to others.Yet we, with our limited resources think we can be successful at both. As I have so often said, we must be geniuses to succeed as well as we do. The problem is that we all have a great deal of money tied up in the bakery. There is no such thing as a low-priced decent piece of equipment. And, once you have bought whatever it is, you find you have to spend even more because it makes so much that you need extra deep freeze space and more baskets to store the finished product in.Then there is the delivery problem; vans have to be kept clean and looking good. Yet van drivers appear to think you have given them a dodgem car, which just has to hit other vans or knock down walls, fences or anything standing. Then, with a look of total innocence, the van driver always tell you it happened while he or she was away from the van.last_img read more

In Short


first_imgRise for AlliedA strong performance by Allied Bakeries in the year to 12 September 2009, helped increase sales at Associated British Foods’ grocery division by 13% to £3,188m. Profit declined by 2% to £191m, mainly due to first-half problems with its ACH subsidiary in the US and a highly competitive UK retail sugar market for Silver Spoon, said the company.Improve-d learningSkills organisation Improve has developed new work-based and vocational qualifications for the food and drink industry, to give employers more control over training. The Improve Proficiency Qualifications (IPQs) and Improve Vocational Qualifications (IVQs) will offer complementary learning and assessment for people already employed in the industry and those looking to get into it.Student starsBakery students at Barking College have played a starring role in an educational video commissioned by Morrisons, capturing what it takes to train bakers of the future. It aims to inspire and inform young people about the quality of the training and development opportunities for a career in grocery retailing.Bacterium researchCampden BRI is bringing together bakery manufacturers and retailers to fund research into whether the bacterium Clostridium botulinum can grow in products such as white and wholemeal bread, naans and muffins.Price inflation The price of a loaf of bread could rise to £6.50 by 2030, according to figures published by Friends of the Earth. The charity has claimed the changing climate will put “extra stress” on land and resources, negatively affecting the yield of crops such as wheat.last_img read more

Mishawaka HS repairs clock tower, installs digital bells


first_img Mishawaka HS repairs clock tower, installs digital bells Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp (Photo supplied/School City of Mishawaka) Mishawaka High School has repaired their clock tower and added a digital bell.WSBT reports that the clock has been still for more than 50 years, and repairs took less than a day once the pieces were in place.The building is approaching it’s 100th anniversary and the clock tower is highly visible in the community.School officials say the bell system is controlled by an app, and different songs are easy to program…including the school fight song. IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Facebook Twitter By Tommie Lee – June 3, 2020 0 299 Facebook Google+ Previous articleElkhart County passes St. Joseph County in COVID casesNext articleMishawaka Police issue statement about death of George Floyd Tommie Leelast_img read more

Trusted voice among leaders in higher education


first_img Members of Harvard community, from deans to faculty to students, respond to naming of next president Related Explains who he is, how he’s learned, what he values Last summer, Trinity College was engulfed in a firestorm after a faculty member released a tweet that some interpreted as saying that bigots should not be aided by emergency responders who are minorities and instead be left to die.Joanne Berger-Sweeney, president of the Hartford, Conn., college, was blindsided by the controversy, which rapidly escalated, fanned by conservative outrage at liberal campus views on one side and by fears of white supremacist movements on the other. The outcry grew, resulting in death threats against the professor, who left the state with his family, and the closure of campus for a day due to safety concerns.As tensions rose, Berger-Sweeney, president of the school since 2014, needed someone to talk to about a situation that isn’t in any leadership textbook. She called Larry Bacow.“Being a president is hard,” Berger-Sweeney said. “You run into things that you have never seen before. I first heard about it on a Monday. On Tuesday morning I called Larry to say, ‘OK, I don’t know who else I can talk to. Just help walk me through this.’”Lawrence S. Bacow, who was named Harvard’s 29th president on Sunday, has a reputation as someone fellow leaders seek out for advice. Berger-Sweeney, who first met Bacow when he was the president of Tufts University and she was the school’s dean for arts and sciences, said she was delighted when she heard the Harvard news. A storm of emails from former Tufts colleagues showed she was not alone.“Being a president is hard. You run into things that you have never seen before,” said Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney, who turned to Lawrence Bacow when a controversy hit her campus. Photo by Al Ferreira Photography“I got the email yesterday, I was in the car,” she said. “Luckily my husband was driving or I’m sure I would have had an accident. I was thrilled.”When she spoke with Bacow last summer, Berger-Sweeney recalled, he didn’t tell her what to do, but rather asked questions that helped shine a light on the problem and guided her through its most important dimensions.“He just gives such sound, reasonable advice,” Berger-Sweeney said. “He doesn’t tell you what to do, but asks questions that lead you to … understand how you might approach a situation.”In naming Bacow the University’s next president, Harvard leaders cited wide respect for his wisdom and counsel among his qualifications. “He is someone other leaders across higher education look to for advice on leadership and solving hard problems,” Bill Lee, senior fellow of the Harvard Corporation and chair of the presidential search committee, said as he introduced Bacow.Former Princeton president Shirley Tilghman, who as a Corporation member has served alongside Bacow, praised the choice.“Larry Bacow brings an extraordinary combination of broad experience in academia, deep knowledge of Harvard, and that intangible quality, wisdom,” Tilghman said in a statement Sunday. “I have been struck during the years I have served with him on the Corporation by his generosity to many leaders, both inside and outside Harvard, who regularly turn to him for thoughtful counsel.”Danoff Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana, who was paired with Bacow as part of a Corporation initiative linking senior leaders with deans, said that Bacow was helpful as both a coach and a sounding board. That was at least in part because he has such high standards about what an institution of higher education should be, Khurana said. In addition, Khurana said, Bacow was never too busy to talk.,“He always made himself available and was willing to invest time and effort,” Khurana said. “He’s somebody who demonstrates how important good listening is and who knows how powerful empathizing can be for someone. What you could see is what an extraordinary teacher he is. … I always thought about him as one of the real statespeople of higher education.”Bacow’s willingness to act as a sounding board for colleagues extends back to his time on the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, according to Robert Birgeneau, who has served as chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, and president of the University of Toronto, and knew Bacow when they were both MIT professors.During the late 1990s, Birgeneau said, he asked Bacow and a handful of other MIT faculty leaders to gather and discuss academic issues in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. The six scholars hit it off enough to continue to meet every few months. The discussion expanded over the years as their careers evolved to include broader issues important to higher education.When Birgeneau was Berkeley’s chancellor and Bacow was Tufts’ president, each provided the other with insight that was difficult to find elsewhere.“I found meeting with this group — including Larry in particular because he was also a university leader — invaluable, because it was a set of very smart people who cared deeply about academia and who were not part of your institution,” Birgeneau said. “It can be very hard to keep your head above water.” Widely admired higher education leader, who previously served as Tufts president and MIT chancellor, to become next president in July Harvard names Lawrence S. Bacow as 29th president Praise, optimism in reaction to Bacow choice Bacow, named Harvard president, meets the presslast_img read more

Jamestown City Hall To Reopen On Limited Basis, Park Facilities Still Closed


first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now File Image.JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist announced Friday morning that starting next week city hall will be reopening on a limited basis.The Mayor says additionally parking enforcement will resume next Tuesday.Sundquist says that enforcement tickets will be issued for parking meter violations only. At this time, no violations will be issued by parking enforcement for expired registrations or inspections until the Department of Motor Vehicles reopens. City parking garages will also resume normal operations.All city offices will be open to the public by appointment only and will accept permits, applications and payments. The public is encouraged to continue to use the city payment drop boxes and other methods of payment. City parks continue to remain open, except for park restrooms and playgrounds, which will remain closed until further notice, the Mayor says.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Honeymoon Joins Parade, Tinker Bell’s Secrets & More


first_img Jane Krakowski Tapped for Merton of the Movies Tony winner Jane Krakowski will join the previously reported Jim Parsons in Merton of the Movies. The one-night-only reading of George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly’s comedy will take place on December 1 at Studio 54. Directed by Scott Ellis, the cast of the Roundabout benefit event will also include Brooks Ashmanskas and Tracee Chimo. Happy Thanksgiving from us all here at Broadway.com! Peter Pan Live!’s Tinker Bell Secrets Revealed A reminder: The Making of Peter Pan Live!, a behind the scenes look at next week’s telecast of the classic tuner, is airing tonight, November 26, at 8/7 on NBC. A promo is below. Oh and now we know how they’re going to do Tinker Bell. EW reports that she’ll be computer generated and Variety writes that she can turn red when she’s angry or green when she’s jealous. Apparently the actors won’t be able to see her but we will. Something else we can incorporate into our drinking games on December 4! View Comments Broadway Alum Alfonso Ribeiro Wins DWTS Alfonso Ribeiro, who appeared on the Great White Way, way back when, in The Tap Dance Kid, has won Season 19 of Dancing With the Stars. Worried you’re going to miss your weekly fix of the former Fresh Prince star? The newest Mirrorball champion will be featured in the upcoming Dancing with the Stars: Live! Tour, joining his partner and pro dancer Witney Carson. Hopefully they’ll be reprising “The Carlton,” below, on the road! Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Honeymoon Joins Parade Lineup The Broadway company of Honeymoon in Vegas has joined the lineup of performances on NBC’s Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 27. As previously reported, the Great White Way will also be represented on the Peacock Network by Peter Pan Live!, If/Then’s Idina Menzel and shows including A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Last Ship, On the Town and Finding Neverland. Speaking of Finding Neverland, its co-star Laura Michelle Kelly and composer Gary Barlow will also perform a selection from the musical on ABC’s GMA. Not to be left out, over on CBS you’ll be able to watch performances by the casts of Matilda and Pippin. Your remote control is going to be busy!last_img read more