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Calling all young bakers

first_imgThe search is back on for the UK’s top young talent.Young Baker of the Year is part of a series that celebrates the working heroes of Great Britain. This year BBC3 is on the lookout for a top young baker aged 16-25. This is an opportunity for people other than dancers, singers and entertainers to finally step into the limelight. The television channel wants to showcase the unsung heroes at the heart of Britain.If you are a talented young baker or know someone who fits the bill, then the channel wants to hear from you. They are looking for someone who is a true ambassador for the trade, up for a challenge and wants to showcase their skills!To apply, send an email to [email protected] or call 0161 244 3716.last_img read more

Shumlin names Beth Pearce to fill Treasurer’s post

first_imgGovernor-elect Peter Shumlin announced today that Beth Pearce will be Vermont’s next State Treasurer. Beth is currently Vermont’s Deputy Treasurer and will assume the role of State Treasurer in January when Jeb Spaulding becomes the Secretary of Administration.‘No one in Vermont is more qualified than Beth Pearce to succeed Jeb Spaulding as our state’s Treasurer,’ said Shumlin. “Beth’s many years of experience in the Treasurer’s office, her enthusiasm for the job, and her passion for the state’s fiscal stability will serve Vermonters well.’Beth joined the Office of the Vermont State Treasurer on June 30, 2003, as Deputy Treasurer. In this capacity, she has been responsible for a full range of operations including retirement administration of three state-wide systems (State, Teacher and Municipal), unclaimed property, accounting, budget, debt and capital financing, cash management, investment of short term funds in State custody and risk management.Beth has more than 30 years of experience in government finance at both state and local levels. She served as Deputy Treasurer for Cash Management at the Massachusetts State Treasurer’s Office from 1999-2003. Prior to that, Beth served as Deputy Comptroller for the Town of Greenburgh, New York, and as the Accounting Manager and Financial Operations Manager for the Town of West Hartford, Connecticut. Previously, she served as a fiscal officer with the Massachusetts Department of Social Services and as a project director for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Human Services.Beth has a BA from the University of New Hampshire. She has prepared financial reports that have received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association. She resides in Barre, Vermont.Shumlin also announced today that Michael Clasen will serve as the Deputy Secretary of the Agency of Administration.Clasen is a seventeen- year veteran of Vermont State Government currently working as the Director of Retirement Operations in the State Treasurer’s Office. He has been with the Treasurer’s office for the past six years and previously served as the Deputy State Auditor, a budget analyst with the Department of Finance and Management, and a program supervisor with the Department of Aging and Disabilities.Prior to moving to Vermont, Clasen served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Federated States of Micronesia teaching English as a second language and promoting basic health and sanitation practices. He also lived in Arizona where he managed federally funded grants and contracts that provided home and community based services to senior citizens. Originally from Iowa, Clasen attended the University of Iowa where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Theater Arts. Clasen resides in Montpelier with his wife, Theresa-Murray Clasen, and daughters Madeline and Emma.Source: Shumlin’s office. 12.20.2010last_img read more

Australian utility AGL backs plans for ‘giant’ battery in Queensland

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Major utility [AGL] has announced a big expansion of its big battery plans, with a 15-year deal for a new 100MW/150MWh “giant” battery to be built next to the planned Wandoan solar farm in Queensland which could grow to 1,000MW, the biggest in the country.The new battery – first flagged nearly a year ago – will also be one of the biggest grid-scale batteries in Australia, although it will be overtaken in size by the expanded Tesla big battery at Hornsdale in South Australia, which is growing from 100MW/129MWh to 150MW/194MWh, and possibly by some other battery projects planned for that state at Port Augusta and Solar River.It may yet become the biggest because the project developer, Vena Energy, still harbours plans to build up top 1000MW of solar PV at Wandoan and up to 450MW of storage capacity, to be developed across several stages.AGL will have full operational dispatch rights over the Wandoan battery, but the facility will be built, owned and maintained by Singapore-based Vena Energy, a company that already operates the Tailem Bend solar farm in South Australia and has projects in the pipeline in three different states and operating projects elsewhere in Asia.Vena Energy, formerly known as Equis Energy, has long held plans to build up to 1,000MW of solar PV around Wandoan, with the possible addition of battery storage). It expects to complete the battery within 18 months, and then have the first stage of the $650 million Wandoan South solar project in place by 2021 that could still expand to 1,000MW of solar and 450MW of storage.[Giles Parkinson]More: AGL signs up for “giant” battery in Queensland, paving way for 1000MW solar plant Australian utility AGL backs plans for ‘giant’ battery in Queenslandlast_img read more

West Virginia Adventure Giveaway

first_imgEnter win this amazing package from Adventures on the Gorge! $1,2000 Value!Rafting on the lower New RiverTreetops Canopy TourTwo Nights Stay in a Rustic CabinThis contest has finished.Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning date. Entries must be received by mail or through the www.blueridgeoutdoors.com contest sign-up page by 12:00 Midnight EST on July 1st, 2015. One entry per person. One winner per household. Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older. Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled, mistranscribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash, or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply. Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors office on or before July 1st, 6:00 PM EST 2015. Winners will be contacted by the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7 days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received.last_img read more

The Rise and Fall of Anne Morrow Lindbergh

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”Charles Dickens’ 1859 words still ring true. Many people believe they control their lives: With luck or power, they soar and grow in stature. Others navigate the tightrope of survival, fearing a fall from grace.Anne Morrow Lindbergh lived through the best of times, marrying wisely, raising five children, learning to fly, and becoming a best-selling author. Then, the times shifted, destiny intervened, and the sky fell.THE BEST OF TIMESBorn in 1906, Anne Morrow was raised in a New Jersey mansion, the daughter of a successful diplomat and a feminist pioneer. At age 18, she declared her wish: “To marry a hero.”And she did. In 1927, she met Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr. The 25-year-old daredevil barnstorming pilot had made history at Roosevelt Field airfield (now the Source Mall), when his Spirit of St. Louis made the first nonstop solo transAtlantic flight. His  subsequent tour in his plane popularized flight and bolstered the Golden Age of Aviation.The first date for the “Lone Eagle” and the Smith College senior was in an airplane over LI. Their 1929 marriage catapulted Anne into celebrity. She became the first woman to earn a glider pilot’s license, then practiced for her pilot’s license in a “Bird” at the Hicksville Long Island Aviation Country Club, the haven for the society and aviation elite.She went “round and round the field alone…making one hideously bumpy landing after another.”Anne often flew from Uniondale’s Mitchel Field in a Weaver Aircraft Company biplane, as “Willie K” Vanderbilt’s Motor Parkway snaked past potato fields below.She was Charles’ co-pilot, navigator, and radio operator on global route surveys. When Charles set a transcontinental speed record, she was the seven-months-pregnant navigator.Internationally adored, the handsome adventurer and the shy, attractive author/pilot could do no wrong.THE WORST OF TIMESThe Lindberghs moved to a secluded New Jersey mansion in 1932 to avoid the press. Shortly after, their firstborn infant son was kidnapped. Ransom was paid, but after several months his dead body was found nearby. Newspapers dubbed it the “Crime of the Century.”It was later revealed that Charles had locked the 18-month-old baby outside, encouraging independence. He forbade Anne to cry after the kidnapping and murder. He was lonely and stoic, perhaps because his parents had separated when he was 7 years old.After the murder, the Lindberghs rejected the relentless media and fled to England. Anne’s first book was published in 1935, and a German carpenter was convicted of the murder and executed.In 1936, the U.S. government asked Charles to tour German aircraft factories. Impressed by Hitler’s airpower, Charles deemed a war unwinnable. As the leading spokesman for the isolationist anti-Semitic, America First movement, Charles wrote in Reader’s Digest that Western countries should band together to preserve their inheritance of European blood.Supporting Charles, in 1940 Anne published The Wave of the Future, advising America to reject foreign wars. Its defeatist tone was despised; she later labeled her work naive.Furious Americans, having endured the 1929 stock market crash and the Great Depression, rejected their Golden Pair as Nazi apologists. In early 1940, the Lindberghs moved to Lloyds Neck; by late 1940, Charles was labeled a traitor.In her diary, Anne wrote, “I am now the bubonic plague among writers and C. is the anti-Christ!” … “My marriage has stretched me out of my world, changed me so it is no longer possible to change back.”In the early 1950s, Anne sought psychotherapy; Charles, displeased, vacated their bedroom. She later had an affair with her therapist. In 1955, her feminist manifesto Gift of the Sea was published.CONTRADICTIONS AND COMPLIANCECharles died in 1974, Anne in 2001. Family skeletons surfaced: Charles had controlled his family with tedious checklists, lectures, and banned holiday celebrations. Anne kept quiet, valiantly keeping up with her husband’s travels.One diary entry read, “Damn, damn, damn! I am sick of being this ‘handmaiden to the Lord.’”In 2003, the news broke: From 1957 until his death, Charles had fathered seven children with three mistresses in Germany. Anne’s relatives said Anne had suspected something, but didn’t know what. Her stalwart silence preserved the myth till the end — because they had, after all, the best of times.last_img read more

Choice thoughts on the CHOICE Act

first_imgWith the usual caveat that the opinions I’m expressing are those of a middle-aged insomniac typing away in his hotel room and not necessarily those of the Association for whom he works, here is my take on what’s good, bad and ugly about the CHOICE Act (HR 10) that was marked up and passed by the House Financial Services Committee last Thursday.The GoodMaking the CFPB’s director an at-will servant of the President.  Under the current structure, the Director is, at best, a benign dictator who acts as the judge, jury and executioner for every federal consumer protection law.  This is just too much power to give to one person and most likely unconstitutional.Codifying the requirement for a public hearing on the NCUA’s budget and publicly disclosing the Overhead Transfer Rate – the secret sauce formula NCUA uses to divide up the cost of Share Insurance Fund audits between state and federally insured credit unions. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

How to easily shed those Thanksgiving pounds

first_img 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Four days in November. Not the beginning of an epic tale, just the amount of time we spent gorging ourselves on Fried Turkey and Honey Baked Ham. There’s a fair chance that you gained a little weight over Thanksgiving, and you’re probably looking for some easy ways to drop a few pounds over the next couple weeks. If this is you, here are a few things you can try.Drink water: The easiest calories to cut out of your diet are the liquid ones. Maybe you love coffee and soda or sweet tea, but merely committing to drinking only water for a couple weeks can be the easiest and safest way to drop weight quickly.Switch it up: We all have that one not-so-healthy favorite meal that we eat quite often. Now is the time to make the sacrifice to avoid eating it for a couple weeks. Replace those meals with a salad each time and see the difference a few meals can make.Cut back: Take a good look at the food portions you normally eat and find easy ways to cut back. If you’re a chronic over-eater, you may have gotten used to the way you feel when you eat a little too much. Give your body some time to adjust to the change and see how much better (and lighter) you’ll feel. Plus, you can save money by turning one meal into two.Dust off: …that gym membership. You remember at the beginning of the year when you were excited about going to the gym a few times a week? It’s time to regain that excitement and get back on a regular workout routine.last_img read more

Watch Governor Wolf’s Budget Update (VIDEO)

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Budget News,  The Blog,  Videos Watch Governor Wolf’s ‪budget‬ update and find out how the governor is continuing to work with the legislature to achieve his three budget priorities: funding our schools, fighting the opioid crisis, and balancing the budget. Watch Governor Wolf’s Budget Update (VIDEO)   SHARE  TWEET July 05, 2016 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolflast_img read more

Family-friendly Cairns suburbs show why they are among the state’s most popular

first_imgFRESHWATER and Edge Hill are among the most sought-after suburbs in Queensland.New data by CoreLogic shows that during the 12 months to January, the two city fringe Cairns suburbs ranked among the fastest-selling in the state, with homes being snapped up by buyers in just 25 days on average.The data shows that Brinsmead and Westcourt homes spent an average of 30 days on the market, while Caravonica also performed well with 33 days.But apart from Freshwater and Edge Hill, the majority of the fastest-selling suburbs are in the state’s south-east.Cairns real estate agent Vanessa Robinson, of LJ Hooker Edge Hill, said she was not surprised by the data.“Strong growth has been happening in these areas over the past three years,” she said. Close to the city, shops and within the catchment zones of several schools, Freshwater and Edge Hill have long been popular with families.She said Freshwater properties always attracted good crowds to open inspections, adding it was common for several offers to be fielded within the first fortnight of homes going on the market.“A lot of its desirability stems from the fact that it’s safe and has a really relaxed ambience,” Ms Robinson said. The average selling price of homes at Freshwater is $577,500, according to CoreLogic, and $497,500 at Edge Hill.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoMs Robinson expected the gap between the Cairns and South-East Queensland property market would tighten over coming months.“We are set for growth, it’s just a matter of when,” she said. In the meantime, young couple Kacey and Callum Reynolds are settling into their recently-bought home at 94 Petersen St, Freshwater.Mrs Reynolds, a teacher at Trinity Beach State School, said the stylish four-bedroom house would become their long-term home.“We wanted to be at Freshwater, they have a nice school here, which will be good when our little boy is a bit older,” the 26-year-old said.last_img read more