Irish baking workshop talks innovation

first_imgInnovation and quality were the focus at a recent Thinking Outside the Bap workshop held at Andrew Ingredients, Lisburn, suppliers of ingredients to the Irish baking and food industry.Part of NI Year of Food and Drink’s bread and baking month, an initiative led by Tourism NI and Food NI, the workshop provided bakers from across Ireland with the opportunity to meet and discuss current topics of interest within the baking industry.Guest speaker was John Foster, from Foster’s Bakery in Barnsley, who was also one of the participants in the recently aired BBC series Victorian Bakers.Speaking exclusively to British Baker after the event, Foster said he had looked at “linear pushing, customer pull and simultaneous coupling” as key elements of his presentation. He said: “For simultaneous coupling, I gave the example of Hovis, where Richard Smith developed Smith’s Patent Wheatgerm Bread, but customers were not attracted by the name, so the brand name Hovis was born and the brand has survived for over a century.”Foster added: “[In that vein] I challenged the guys to think about which innovations of today will become the traditions of tomorrow.”Asked what innovations he had discovered while on his visit, Foster said that he found the sliced plant bread in Ireland had some fermentation in it and, as a result, was much more flavoursome than [similar styles] in England. He also pointed to the wheaten bread sold in Ireland, which he had not tasted before.He added: “One of the questions asked of me today was ‘How do we avoid having ideas that don’t work?’ My answer was: ‘I have ideas all the time and most of my ideas are bad ones’.” He described this as the “ugly baby syndrome” where the parent of the baby thinks it is wonderful, but not everyone agrees.However, he said he strongly believed in having a culture of innovation in a business that allowed mistakes. “You need openness, where people are free to express their views. Innovative time and space is needed.”Referring to host for the session Andrew Ingredients, he noted that the company had “a fabulous demo and test bakery”, where bakers come in to do small courses, but “without them trying to sell you a bag of premix”. “They use raw ingredients and it gives local bakers creative time and space to get out of their business.”Asked what he believed his most innovative ingredient had been, Foster said: “It was an ugly baby – a bread that went mouldy inside as it aged. So it was a bread with a vein of mould in it and it tasted divine. But, as a supermarket buyer said to me, ‘John, what makes you think I can sell mouldy bread?’ You can sell mouldy [blue] cheese, but not mouldy bread – people are not ready for it.”Speaking about his experience on Victorian Bakers, Foster said he got involved thanks to British Baker… “A tweet came out from British Baker, and the production company was looking for a baker with technical ability. I volunteered my wife, but she refused and, initially, I said no too, but then I agreed to do it.”Foster reveals that the series went from “hard work” in Episode 1 of the series to “a horror movie” where all the participants were ill in Episode 2 to “utter delight” in the following episode where they visited Dunns Bakery.Foster has lectured on bread innovation and food innovation at Sheffield Hallam University. A spokesperson for Andrew Ingredients said the bakers attending the event were “buzzing” after his presentation.Other elements of the day included an innovation workshop with Ireks, including sampling and discussion and a networking half hourFoster’s bakery, based in Barnsley has a turnover of £11m and a 200-strong workforce including a team of five in new product development.last_img read more

Jamestown Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Meth Charge

first_imgStock Image.BUFFALO – A Jamestown man plead guilty Monday to a methamphetamine drug trafficking charge in Federal Court. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says that Richard S. Dean, 44, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, 500 grams of methamphetamine.The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life in prison, and a fine of $10,000,000.Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant was a drug trafficking associate of co-defendant Douglas Beardsley. During the conspiracy, Dean would go over to Beardsley’s residences on Linden and Forest Avenues in Jamestown several times a week and pick up ounces of methamphetamine and grams of heroin to sell for Beardsley. At times, Beardsley would allegedly “front” the narcotics to the defendant to sell. Dean and Beardsley would often communicate about their drug trafficking, including through their Facebook accounts. On January 6, 2019, local law enforcement observed a suspicious male, later identified as the defendant. Dean became evasive and ran from officers. Shortly thereafter, the defendant was taken into custody and arrested on an outstanding warrant.Dean was transported to the Jamestown City Jail where a subsequent search revealed that he possessed methamphetamine, heroin, plastic baggies, a digital scale, and Dimethyl Sulfone, a common cutting agent for methamphetamine. On March 21, 2019, the defendant pleaded guilty in Chautauqua County Court to Criminal Possession Controlled Substance-5th: Intent To Sell and Criminal Sale Controlled Substance-5th DegreeCharges remain pending against Beardsley. The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.The federal plea is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito, New York Field Division; the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division; and the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Acting Chief Timothy Jackson.Sentencing is scheduled for November 23, 2020, at 12:30 p.m. before Judge Arcara. Share: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)last_img read more

Gigi, Starring Vanessa Hudgens & Corey Cott, Will Release Cast Album

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015 You’ll be able to remember it well! The Vanessa Hudgens-led company of Gigi will go into the studio on March 22 to record the classic musical’s cast album. Produced and engineered by six-time Grammy winner Frank Filipetti, the recording will be released on DMI records in June. The Eric Schaeffer-helmed tuner, adapted by Heidi Thomas, is currently in previews on Broadway and also stars Corey Cott, Howard McGillin, Steffanie Leigh, Victoria Clark and Dee Hoty. Opening night is scheduled for April 8 at the Neil Simon Theatre.Set during the turn of the 20th century, Gigi tells the story of a free-spirited teenage girl living in Paris who is groomed (in the custom of her family) to serve as a companion to a bored, wealthy playboy until the pair realize they have fallen in love. The show features the memorable tunes “Thank Heaven For Little Girls,” “I Remember It Well,” “The Night They Invented Champagne,” “It’s a Bore,” “Say a Prayer for Me Tonight” and more.Based on the 1944 novel by Colette, Gigi was first adapted for the Broadway stage in 1951 by Anita Loos, with an unknown Audrey Hepburn in the title role. Subsequently Alan Jay Lerner (screenplay and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music) adapted the material for the 1958 movie musical, winner of nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. In 1973, the tuner played 103 performances on Broadway with Karin Wolfe as Gigi and Daniel Massey as Gaston, earning a Tony Award for Best Original Score.The cast also includes Cameron Adams, Kathryn Boswell, Max Clayton, Madeleine Doherty, Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Hannah Florence, Alison Jantzie, Brian Ogilvie, James Patterson, Justin Prescott, Jeffrey C. Sousa, Manny Stark, Tanairi Sade Vazquez, Richard White, Amos Wolff and Ashley Yeater. View Comments Related Shows Gigilast_img read more

Gail E. Haefner listed in “Best Lawyers in America.”

first_imgPaul, Frank & Collins is pleased to announce Gail E. Haefner’s inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.  Ms. Haefner joins six of her colleagues,John Sartore, Michael Frye, Alan Port, Crocker Bennett, Allan Paul and PeterCollins, in this widely respected publication. The Best Lawyers in America is based on an exhaustive peer-reviewsurvey of other leading attorneys.Ms. Haefner concentrates her practice onCorporate Law, Commercial Law, and Intellectual Property Law.  She received her B.A. from the University ofMichigan in 1978 and her J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1985.last_img

Study: European Coal-Fired Closures Would Save Billions

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享WFPL:European power companies could save billions of dollars by stepping up closure of coal-fired power plants as nearly all of them will be loss-making in Europe by 2030, think-tank Carbon Tracker Initiative says.Coal power should be phased out in the European Union by 2030 to meet the Paris Agreement’s target to limit the rise in global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius.However, the bloc is still reliant on coal-fired power and only 27 per cent of coal-fired power plants in the EU plan to close before 2030, Carbon Tracker said in a report released on Friday, basing its estimate on company reports and countries’ phase-out policies.Fifty four per cent of European coal-fired power plants are currently cashflow negative and this could increase to 97 per cent by 2030 due to rising carbon prices and stricter air quality rules, Carbon Tracker said, based on modelling from commodity price forecasts, asset operating costs, gross profitability and government policies.Germany-based units could save 9 billion euros by phasing out coal, while Poland could save 3 billion euros.The utilities who have the most to gain from phasing-out coal are Germany’s RWE and Uniper, who could save 3 billion euros and 1.7 billion euros, respectively, according to Carbon Tracker.Coal-fired power currently makes up 26 per cent of total EU power generation.Analysis by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis earlier this year said more than 100 separate power plants – representing a third of Europe’s large-scale coal-fired power plant capacity – face costly air quality upgrades or closure as a result of the pollutant limits.More: Nearly all European coal-fired power plants will be loss-making by 2030: research Study: European Coal-Fired Closures Would Save Billionslast_img read more

Are you sure that person is a member of The Florida Bar?

first_img May 15, 2004 Regular News Are you sure that person is a member of The Florida Bar? Are you sure that person is a member of The Florida Bar? Lori S. Holcomb UPL Counsel I was recently transferred a telephone call from the Bar’s CLE department. Someone who had hired a new associate to work at their law firm was calling The Florida Bar to inquire about the attorney’s CLE hours.The new firm wanted to make sure that the new associate was up to date. You can imagine the surprise when the caller was told that the individual was not a member of The Florida Bar and was not licensed to practice law in Florida. But the attorney had an impressive resume and a Florida Bar number. Was I sure that this person was not licensed? Yes, I was sure. Luckily, the associate had not started work yet and was immediately fired.You might ask how this person could have been hired in the first place without being licensed. Anyone can type a resume and put some numbers after their name. The only way to be sure that someone you are about to hire or work with is a member of The Florida Bar is to check the Bar’s membership records.A call to The Florida Bar’s Membership Records Department — (850) 561-5832 — or a review of members on the Bar’s Web site (www.flabar.org) will tell you whether the person is really a member in good standing of The Florida Bar.Do not rely on their resume or Bar number. A quick check with The Florida Bar can save many headaches, and a possible Bar complaint, down the line.last_img read more

Eight trends that will impact credit unions in 2016

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I like to use my final blog of the year to look ahead to the trends that will most impact the industry next year.  Here is my list of educated guesses.Accounting for the next disaster.  The Federal Accounting Standards Board is poised to finalize accounting standards that will directly impact how credit unions and banks account for potential loses.  The proposal could have a bigger impact on credit unions than the Risk Based Capital rules, so get your accountant on speed dial.Overdraft Overhaul. Are you ready to have your members opt in to all overdraft services?  How about limits on the size and number of overdraft fees?  What about new disclosures?  All of these are possible when the CFPB formally looks to limit the use of overdraft services this year.China Syndrome. World events have had more and more of an impact on the economic environment in which credit unions operate.  My nominee for this year’s Greece is China.  If the slowdown in the Chinese economy ends up being  more sustained and severe than pundits currently suspect we could be looking at a recession in the U.S. and political instability in an increasingly nationalistic China for years to come.  In a worst case scenario think Putin on steroids. continue reading »last_img read more

The value of a dealer relationship officer

first_imgNot everyone is familiar with how valuable the role of dealer relationship officer can be for a financial institution. I sat down with Jennifer Cook and Tiffany Nelson, the dealer relationship officers at Security Service Federal Credit Union, to take a deep dive into what this job is all about.Crystal Bullard:A dealer relationship officer establishes and maintains relationships with automobile dealerships with the goal of promoting indirect loans. Can you describe what this actually looks like on a day-to-day basis?Jennifer Cook:Being a dealer relationship officer involves establishing and maintaining positive relationships with dealerships. This will vary from dealer to dealer as there are different types of relationships with each, but in general it involves a lot of interpersonal relationship building—taking time to get to know them, asking about their lives, their kids, etc. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Help Young Long Islanders Find Places Here They Can Afford

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Shuprotim BhaumikMore than ever, Long Island residents are struggling to pay for housing. Since 1980, the Island has lagged behind regional competitors like Northern New Jersey and the Hudson Valley in residential construction. With comparatively little new housing stock and variety, home prices and rents in Long Island have soared. That has made those other areas more attractive to workers—especially younger ones—and the companies that seek them. According to the Long Island Index 2015 Survey, 62 percent of Long Islanders find it difficult to pay their monthly housing costs. That’s the highest percentage in 10 years of surveys. Fortunately, there’s a way to address the problem.The solution focuses on building multifamily housing in downtown areas, especially transit-oriented ones. Demographic projections show that more than two-thirds of new renters and buyers will want homes in mixed-use communities that are near shopping and public transit. Recent research that my firm conducted for the Long Island Index—contained in a new report titled “Long Island’s Needs for Multifamily Housing”—highlights strategies specific to the  communities of the Village of Babylon, the Hamlet of Hicksville, and the Village of Valley Stream, that, taken together, can provide a model for the rest of Long Island’s towns and villages.The case studies reveal that modest changes in zoning regulations would allow for higher density and smaller apartments. These zoning changes are just exemplary and do not assume that these three individual communities would necessarily make these changes. But they demonstrate the potential impact that modest changes in individual communities could have if implemented broadly enough. In addition to providing apartments at lower rents, these strategies also have the benefit of producing significantly more multifamily units than currently planned or proposed in Long Island, thereby making a dent in the estimated gap of up to 94,000 multifamily housing units needed on Long Island in the next 15 years.In Valley Stream, for instance, modest zoning changes could create almost 800 new, more affordable, multifamily housing units on just seven sites in the downtown area. The changes include establishing a minimum unit size of 850 square feet that responds to the needs of singles and smaller households, increasing maximum lot coverage to 60 percent, and increasing the maximum building height from three stories to four stories. These changes could potentially result in reductions in rent of nearly 50 percent by giving a young couple the option to rent an 850-square-foot apartment that is more appropriate for their lifestyle and needs instead of a 1500-square-foot unit that’s mandated under current zoning.In Hicksville, rezoning several commercial areas as multifamily residential ones, applying 50 percent lot coverage, and establishing new minimum unit sizes could generate over 1,900 new, more affordable, multifamily units. Similarly in Babylon, minor zoning changes—such as increasing density to 20-24 units per acre, establishing a building height limit of up to three stories, and increasing lot coverage to 50 percent—could provide room for more than 200 new, more affordable, multifamily units. The combined effect of these zoning changes could result in the reduction of rents of up to half, a significant economic boost to families in Long Island that are struggling to cover their housing costs.These are modest changes that are consistent with Long Island’s history of developing multifamily rental units in downtowns before the 1960s. Such developments today would help revitalize those downtowns and make them even more attractive to young people as well as businesses.Each community on Long Island must decide what course it will set. But failing to respond to the region’s high housing costs will mean that jobs and young people will continue to go elsewhere.Shuprotim Bhaumik, a resident of Syosset, is a partner at HR&A Advisors, which conducted research for the Long Island Index’s recent report, “Long Island’s Needs for Multifamily Housing.”last_img read more

CDC: novel flu outbreak expanding

first_imgMay 15, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – An official from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today that novel H1N1 influenza is expanding across the country, with 22 states reporting widespread or regional illnesses.Dan Jernigan, MD, MPH, deputy director of the CDC’s Influenza Division, said at a press briefing that the spike in flu activity is unusual for this time of year, when infections from seasonal strains have typically tapered off. The seasonal influenza strains are responsible for half of the spike, which Jernigan attributed to increased testing throughout the nation for the novel strain.The CDC is seeing some geographic variation in illness patterns, he said, with highest activity levels in the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest.Jernigan said the CDC is investigating more hospitalizations and deaths from the novel flu strain and was aware of illness clusters in New York City and Houston schools. Yesterday officials in New York closed three schools in the Queens neighborhood to slow community transmission of the disease. High numbers of sick students prompted the closures, and a staff member from one of the schools is hospitalized in critical condition with a novel H1N1 infection, the city’s health department said.In Houston, school district officials today closed one of the city’s elementary schools until May 26 after 400 of the school’s 712 students stayed home sick, the Houston Chronicle reported.Though the number of confirmed and probable cases is growing quickly, the total number will become less meaningful, because case confirmations are evolving to mainly reflect just the severe cases that are now the target of testing, Jernigan said. The total likely underestimates the true number of novel H1N1 cases in the United States, which could be as high as 100,000, he said.Jernigan said that although some afebrile novel H1N1 infections have been seen in Mexico, the CDC hasn’t detected the lack of fever as a prominent feature of US infections.CDC experts and their global partners are exploring the possibility of mutations in the new virus. Analyses of genetic sequences haven’t identified any that would make the new strain more virulent so far, though the CDC will continue to monitor the virus, he said.In response to a reporter’s question, Jernigan said the agency is investigating whether another novel H1N1 virus may have been identified in three Mexican states.In other developments, Martin Cetron, MD, director of the CDC’s quarantine division, announced at the press conference that the CDC has downgraded its travel advice for people visiting Mexico from a warning to a precaution, focusing on people who have underlying health conditions such as pregnancy, cardiovascular conditions, and immunodeficiency diseases.The upgraded travel advisory, recommending against nonessential travel to Mexico, had been in effect since Apr 27.See also:May 14 New York City Department of Health press releaseMay 15 CDC travel advisory updatelast_img read more