ABST hosts trial workshop

first_imgThe Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST), with the help of Rich Products, hosted a trial Creative Leadership/Problem Solving workshop at Tameside College on 6 December, with a view to rolling it out to the wider baking industry.Attended by a number of key figures in the bakery trade, it looked at different ways of approaching problems, and how to creatively come up with solutions and implement them, as well as the benefits and negatives of different leadership techniques.The workshop was run by Shari Rife, planning process leader within the international division of Rich Products in Buffalo, New York.l See also David Powell’s In My World column on page 13.last_img

Moe. Announces 2019 Moe.Down Lineup: Drive-By Truckers, Spafford, God Street Wine, More

first_imgToday, moe. has announced the lineup for their beloved festival, moe.down, which is set to return to Snow Ridge in Turin, NY from July 4th through July 6th, 2019. The moe.down 2019 will feature three nights of camping and seven sets of moe., as well as performances from Drive-By Truckers, Spafford, and God Street Wine.The 2019 lineup also features Cory Wong, Everyone Orchestra, Max Creek (two sets), Ha Ha The Moose, Moe.Pods, Floodwood, Kung Fu, Parsonfield, Kat Wright, Hayley Jane & The Primates, and The Comb Down.The return of moe.down in 2019 will mark the 17th edition of the Buffalo-native jam band’s multi-day event. While the event took place annually for years, the band took an indefinite hiatus from their titular festival after its 2014 running. In 2017, moe. revived moe.down at Snow Ridge, moving the dates of the event to encompass July 4th weekend. With bassist Rob Derhak sidelined during his ultimately successful battle with cancer throughout the end of 2017, moe. skipped out on hosting the 17th moe.down in 2018, opting instead for more contained club and theater dates throughout the year.Now, with the band back in good health and playing at the highest of levels, moe. is ready to revive their festival in 2019. To find out more information about 2019’s 17th edition of moe.down as it gets announced, head to the event website here.last_img read more

Men’s basketball suffers setback to Yale, 62-52

first_imgSteve Moundou-Missi posted a double-double, scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, but the Harvard men’s basketball team fell to Yale in front of a sold-out Lavietes Pavilion crowd Friday evening, 62-52.With the loss, the Crimson (20-7, 10-3 Ivy) slips to one-game behind the Bulldogs (22-8, 11-2) in the Ivy League standings with one game to play. Harvard will host Brown on Senior Night Saturday at 6 p.m., while Yale will visit Dartmouth at 7 p.m. The Crimson will face the Bears live on the CBS Sports Network.Harvard shot only 32.7 percent (18-of-55) for the game and was 2-of-17 (.118) from 3-point range. Wesley Saunders had 11 points and seven boards, and Siyani Chambers added 10 points and six assists.Crimson guard Wesley Saunders drives to the basket past two Yale defenders. Saunders scored 11 points, one of only five Harvard players to score. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerHarvard now trails Yale by one game with one game remaining, and needs a win versus Brown on Saturday coupled with a Yale loss at Dartmouth to tie the Bulldogs for the Ivy League crown and force a one-game playoff for the conference’s bid to the NCAA tournament.For complete coverage, visit the Harvard Athletics website.last_img read more

Dell Goes Big During National Small Business Week and Beyond

first_imgEntrepreneurs are the engine that drives the economy around the world. More than half of Americans work for or own a small business, and startups and small business account for nearly 70 percent of all the new jobs created!To celebrate and support these small business owners, Dell is hosting a series of Innovation Meetups and launching Technology Labs at WeWork locations across the country during National Small Business Week, May 1 – 7. As part of Dell’s increased investment in and commitment to small businesses we are also offering 35 percent off select business systems with code SAVE35 during the entire month of May! Visit http://www.dell.com/us/p/deals for exclusive savings. We are also deploying a big marketing campaign across key markets in the US so look for us on TV, poly bags of national newspapers, pedi-cabs, bus wraps and more.The Dell Technology Labs will debut at three WeWork locations—New York Penn Station, Chicago Grant Park and Miami Lincoln Road (above) —and will offer members the opportunity to check out the latest and greatest Dell technology, test their apps on Windows devices, borrow equipment for extended periods of time and purchase systems directly. Our best Small Business sales reps and technology experts will be on-site to help support and educate WeWork members on emerging technologies and trends including Windows 10 for business, Virtual Reality development, Cloud transitioning and more.“WeWork is committed to providing our members with the resources and services to do what they love,” said Michael Gross, Vice Chairman, WeWork. “Our partnership with Dell’s tech labs in Miami, New York and Chicago is a novel way for big businesses to test their products and services with the influential WeWork community. Similarly, for our members, this is an opportunity for them to gain access to Dell’s industry-leading products and services. We’re excited for the project and the expanding partnership with Dell.”The Technology Labs will be unveiled during a series of Northside Innovation Small Business Meetups powered by Windows 10 at each of the WeWork locations. If you are in New York, Chicago or Miami please join us! These meetups are part of a series that covers a wide range of tech topics, spanning VC funding to the psychology of marketing to the next wave of branded content.  You can also follow the conversation on social at #SmallBizInsider or on @DellInnovators and @Windows and on the Innovation Insider Content Hub.Dell has always been invested in providing end-to-end technology solutions for small businesses, and we want to support them where they are. Coworking spaces have boomed over the past few years—in fact, the number of coworking spaces globally has doubled each year, and according to the Dell and Intel Evolving Workforce Study, 52 percent of people believe that employees working from home are just as productive as or more productive than in the office. As part of Dell’s Legacy of Good plan, we’re aiming to have half of our employees working remotely by 2020 to enable our employees to work when and where they are most productive and help decrease both operating costs and environmental impact.Recently, Dell released a ranking of the 50 most “Future Ready” cities—economies that are most prepared for the growth of tomorrow, have embraced technology, and have the necessary infrastructure and programs in place.  Though San Jose and San Francisco snagged the top two spots on the list, New York was 11th, Chicago was 17th, and I’m proud to report that Austin ranked 7th! As the largest employer in the Austin area, Dell is actively engaged in how it can enable people and organizations access to new tools and ideas that deliver better connections, better outcomes—and a better world.Additionally, we are partnering with Microsoft to host “Accelerate Your Business” on May 4th in Denver, which ranks as the 8th “Future Ready” city. The event is designed for business owners, company leaders and decision makers seeking ideas and practical technology solutions to promote greater team communication, collaboration and productivity in today’s highly mobile workplace. I will be joining Jordan J. Chrysafidis, Vice President, US OEM Sales & Marketing at Microsoft, to talk about what tomorrow’s business will look like, and what businesses can do today to position themselves for continued success. If you are in Denver, please join us and register here.During National Small Business Week and throughout the year, we’re proud to continue our tradition of enabling entrepreneurs, and can’t wait to see how our Technology Labs at WeWork help small businesses across the country utilize the latest and greatest technology solutions and help grow and scale their business.last_img read more

Montana legislator introduces bill for state to buy Colstrip coal plant

first_imgMontana legislator introduces bill for state to buy Colstrip coal plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Montana Public Radio:Lawmakers in Helena are starting to debate whether the state could borrow up to $500 million to buy the coal-fired power plant in Colstrip.The future of the plant is up in the air. The West Coast consumers who Colstrip sends most of its power to are pushing away from coal-powered electricity due to climate change concerns. Coal power is also becoming more expensive relative to electricity generated by natural gas and renewables.“There’s many people that work at Colstrip asked me to introduce a bill to save their jobs,” Billings Republican Representative Rodney Garcia said. Garcia introduced the Montana Energy Security Act (HB 203), Monday. It would allow the state to sell bonds to finance the purchase of the coal-fired power plant, and allow plant workers to keep all the benefits they had under their private employer.The Colstrip plant employs roughly 360 people, a workforce that’s the backbone of the town of Colstrip, which has a population of more than 2,000. Two of Colstrip’s four units are already scheduled to close no later than 2020, the result of a federal Clean Air Act lawsuit. The two newer, cleaner burning, units will remain online. But energy policies adopted in Washington and Oregon are trimming those states’ use of coal-fired electricity.Critics of the idea say acquiring Colstrip is a financial risk for the state. They also say the bill has numerous flaws, including creation of a new five-member commission elected by the public, which would ultimately make the purchase decision.As Montana lawmakers consider buying the Colstrip power plant, legislators in Washington state are nearing an initial vote on whether to eliminate all coal-fired power costs from their utilities. This could include Puget Sound Energy, which owns a 50 percent share of Colstrip older units 1 and 2 and a 25 percent in units 3 and 4. The proposal for Washington to cut ties with coal-fired power by the end of 2025 could get an initial vote later this week. With it may come another sign for Colstrip’s future.More: Bill would empower the state to buy Colstrip power plantlast_img read more

Quick Hits: Virginia Sues Mountain Valley Pipeline + Celebrity Yellowstone Wolf Killed

first_imgVirginia sues Mountain Valley Pipeline for repeated violationsVirginia Attorney General Mark Herring and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality have sued the fracked gas Mountain Valley Pipeline for violations of the state’s environmental laws and regulations at sites in Craig, Franklin, Giles, Montgomery, and Roanoke Counties. The lawsuit alleges that Mountain Valley Pipeline has violated Virginia’s clean water protections. Mountain Valley Pipeline is in the process of building a controversial 303.5-mile long natural gas pipeline from Wetzel County, West Virginia to Pittsylvania County, Virginia. The lawsuit is the latest in a string of bad news for fracked gas pipelines in Virginia. In late November, the Army Corps of Engineers suspended an essential permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, restricting developers from doing work on stream or wetland crossings. An accidentally punctured can of bear spray sends Amazon employees to hospitalTwo-dozen Amazon warehouse employees in Robbinsville, New Jersey were sent to the hospital after an automated machine damaged a 9-ounce can of bear repellent containing a concentrated amount of capsaicin, an active component of chili peppers. About 30 other workers were treated at the warehouse in Robbinsville. Most reported difficulty breathing or burning in their throats or eyes, although one of the workers was in critical condition. All employees are expected to make a full recovery. In 2015, the Haslet, Texas fire department responded to an accident at an Amazon facility caused by a robot running over a can of bear repellent. Bear repellent is an aerosol used to deter aggressive or charging bears. The offspring of celebrity Yellowstone wolf 06 killed by hunterYellowstone wolf watchers are mourning the death of Spitfire, the daughter of Yellowstone’s famous wolf 06. 06 became a celebrity in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley for her hunting prowess and frequent appearances along the road in Yellowstone where visitors gather in the hope of spotting wolves. 06 was killed by a hunter in 2012 and her obituary ran in the New York Times. Like her mother, a hunter legally killed Spitfire when she wandered outside of park boundaries. The killing has renewed calls for a buffer around the park so that wolves that live within the safety zone and have little fear of humans cannot be shot if they wander beyond the park’s invisible boundary. Montana has allowed the hunting of wolves since 2011.last_img read more

U.S. DEA: Óscar Naranjo appointed as a special agent

first_img Brazil, Colombia and Peru agree on military cooperation BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Authorities have confiscated eight kilograms (17.6 pounds) of cocaine they discovered in a bed inside one of the main stores at the international airport in the nation’s capital this past weekend, police officials said. Police said they were making routine checks when an officer noticed that the back of the bed looked abnormal. “After taking the bed to the scanner, the drug was detected,” police said, according to the Colombian website Vanguardia.com. The narcotics, which were handed to authorities, were destined for the U.S., where the drug had a street value in excess of US$240,000. The cocaine’s owner is unknown, police said. Colombia: Eight kilograms of cocaine seized at international airport BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Military commanders from Brazil, Colombia and Peru have agreed to work together to strengthen their border patrols during a meeting in the Colombian city of Leticia in the southern department of Amazonas. The militaries will work to improve the exchanging of intelligence to stop narcotics and weapons trafficking, as well as the illegal exploitation of natural resources along the countries’ borders. The militaries also will focus on fighting terrorism, as Colombian guerrillas have been entering Peru through Putumayo, Peruvian Gen. Francisco Javier Contreras Rivas said, according to the Colombian website Caracol.com.co. Nicaragua: Officials seize 87 kilograms of cocaine SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – One of the owners of the Club Deportivo Vista Hermosa soccer team has been arrested for his alleged participation in a cocaine deal, police said. Cristóbal Benítez Canales was among a group of four suspected of participating in a deal that involved more than two kilograms (4.4 pounds) of cocaine when they were apprehended inside a parked vehicle in the municipality of San Carlos in the northeastern department of Morazán. It is unclear whether Benítez was the buyer or seller, according to a police statement. Police also raided Correcaminos stadium, the team’s home field, as well as four businesses owned by the Benítez family, according to The Associated Press. center_img By Dialogo October 27, 2010 WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A. – Gen. Óscar Naranjo, Colombia’s national police chief, has been appointed as an honorary special agent of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), agency officials said. Naranjo’s appointment was conducted in a closed-door ceremony under tight security measures during the 117th Annual Conference and Exposition of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), held this week in Orlando, Fla. The honorary designation is a demonstration “of our greatest appreciation, gratitude and respect for Gen. Naranjo,” said DEA Acting Administrator Michele Leonhart, according to the Colombian website El Espectador.com. Naranjo has been fighting narcotics trafficking for more than three decades in the Andean nation. “I receive [the recognition] on behalf of my government and on behalf of the policemen who throughout the years have sacrificed their lives,” Naranjo said, according to the Colombian website El Colombiano.com. “I receive it on behalf of my 13 police officers who remain in captivity in the depths of the jungle and on behalf of Colombians who have given us their support and confidence to help us move forward in fulfilling our duty.” Naranjo, who was recognized for his work in the fight against narcotics, is focused on securing the release of 13 policemen who are being held captive by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Police arrested six suspects and seized 87 kilograms (192 pounds) of cocaine following an inspection of a tour bus traveling south on the Pan-American Highway, Commissioner Carlos Martínez, deputy chief of police in the southern city of Rivas, said. The narcotic was stored in 72 packages and concealed inside two caches. The bus driver Santiago Antonio Castellón Portillo and five others were taken into custody. The men had departed from the Peñas Blancas border post and were bound for Costa Rica, Martínez said, according to the Nicaraguan website El Nuevo Diario.com. El Salvador: Soccer team owner arrestedlast_img read more

Sinaloa Cartel Will Dominate Drug Trafficking in Mexico in 2011

By Dialogo January 07, 2011 Pssst. With Felipe Calderon’s administration nothing has been done and the narco-trafficking has increased more than in past years. and the truth is how were they able to locate Kalimba so quickly in Texas and they weren’t able to quickly locate that shorty Guzman and J.J.? What I am getting at is that this government is complicit with all of this and I really made a mistake in voting for Calderon. The unprecedented violence in Mexico in 2010 originated in the war without quarter between Los Zetas and the ‘New Federation,’ an alliance headed by the Sinaloa cartel, which according to the U.S. intelligence consulting firm Stratfor could dominate the world of drug trafficking in 2011. “We will be watching for indications that the Sinaloa Federation and any new friends it may make along the way are becoming the dominant organized-crime entity throughout Mexico,” states a report published by Stratfor (http://www.stratfor.com), considered one of the leading consulting firms on security issues. The firm calculates an increase in homicides of between 60 and 70% in 2010 compared to the previous year. Since December 2006, when Felipe Calderón’s administration launched a military offensive against drug trafficking, more than 30,200 deaths have been recorded, almost half of them in 2010, according to official figures. Stratfor gives an account of the birth of the ‘New Federation’ at the beginning of 2010 as a consequence of the rupture between the Gulf cartel and ‘Los Zetas,’ the cartel’s former subordinates. The Gulf cartel turned to its old enemy, Joaquín “el Chapo” Guzmán, head of the Sinaloa cartel, as well as to ‘La Familia’ [‘The Family’], a criminal organization operating out of the western state of Michoacán. The members of the ‘New Federation’ – an updated version of an alliance among cartels that was in place in Mexico until 2008 – have Los Zetas as their common enemy, but each member continues to operate its own routes. Los Zetas were on the defensive due to the advance of the Gulf cartel in their traditional territories and were a target of the Mexican military, the consulting firm declares. Created in the 1990s by elite military personnel who deserted in order to work with the Gulf cartel, Los Zetas have spread along the entire Mexican east coast, from the state of Tamaulipas, on the border with the United States, to the Guatemalan border. The Sinaloa cartel, based chiefly along the Pacific (in western Mexico), controls a large part of the U.S. border from the city of Tijuana, in the extreme northwest, to Ciudad Juárez (in northern Mexico), a strip of territory bordering on the U.S. states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. The organization led by “El Chapo,” who has been a fugitive since 2001 and for whom the United States and Mexico are offering millions in reward money, struck a deal with the cartel led by the Arellano Félix brothers in Tijuana and recovered “control of key territory in the region, giving the group clear business and tactical advantages over the Juarez cartel,” reduced to two urban areas, the document adds. The security consulting firm believes that President Calderón would need foreign assistance to gain control of security, especially in the northern part of the country, but this option is unlikely due to the political opposition it would generate. The “second scenario involves a dominant entity purging or co-opting its rivals and reducing the violence,” with the capacity to manage the drug business more freely, the report warns. However, the consulting firm believes that this would require “some degree of complicity from elements of the Mexican government.” The authorities “could reach an implicit, unwritten agreement” that would decrease the violence and the high-impact homicides that show up in the form of beheaded, hanged, and burnt corpses, as well as the murders of mayors and police officers, José Luis Piñeiro, a specialist in national security and a researcher at the Metropolitan Autonomous University, told AFP for his part. If Calderón promotes an equilibrium among cartels, he would be gambling on indirect control, but not on decreasing their military and operational or financial and economic capabilities, Piñeiro added. The researcher pointed out that the Stratfor report does not consider the high number of poor people in Mexico, almost 46 million according to official figures. “If 1% of this population turns to organized crime, that’s a reserve army” of slightly less than 500,000 people, he warned. read more

Hempstead Boy, 15, Fatally Hit by Unlicenced Driver, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 15-year-old boy who was struck by a vehicle in his hometown of Hempstead over the weekend died two days later. The driver involved was issued a summons, Nassau County police said Wednesday.Ka-Juan Polley was riding his bicycle southbound on Cameron Avenue when he was struck by a westbound vehicle at the corner of Front Street at 8:48 p.m. Saturday, police said.The victim was taken to Cohen Children’s Medical Center/North Shore Long Island Jewish in New Hyde Park, where he later died of his injuries on Monday, police said.The driver, whose identity police did not release, was issued a summons for driving without a license.Homicide Squad detectives impounded the vehicle.last_img

Skelos Corruption Trial: D’Amato, Walker Offer Key Testimony

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Ex-U.S. Sen. Al D’Amato (R-NY) and Chief Deputy Nassau County Executive Rob Walker gave bombshell testimony Friday during the corruption trial against New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and Skelos’ son, Adam.Walker testified at Manhattan federal court that Senator Skelos pressed Walker’s boss, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, for the county to pay AbTech Industries—which hired Adam Skelos at Sen. Skelos’ urging—while the senator, Walker and Mangano attended a New York City police officer’s funeral. And D’Amato said lobbyists at his company, Park Strategies, were “forcefully” opposed to working with Adam, who D’Amato warned may need to be a registered lobbyist to perform some of the activities that he did for his clients.“The appearance of impropriety was such that we could not work together,” testified D’Amato, who said he gave Adam advice after D’Amato’s staff became concerned that Adam was employed—and not showing up—at Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers (PRI), which hired Park Strategies to lobby Skelos in Albany.Roslyn-based PRI and Arizona-based AbTech are two of the three companies that the former state Senate Majority Leader allegedly coerced $300,000 in bribes from in the form of no-show jobs that his son was unqualified for in exchange for illegally manipulating legislation. Both men deny the accusations.Walker also testified that he’s under federal investigation for steering contracts to campaign donors. He was given immunity for his testimony at Skelos’ trial but not in the other case. That probe is being conducted by federal investigators on Long Island, not by the Manhattan-based prosecutors who charged Skelos, Walker explained.After Skelos’s son first contacted Walker about AbTech, the two had a meeting about it in 2012. Later, Mangano followed up with Walker to ask the status of a Request for Proposals that the county eventually issued for storm-water-outfall pipe filters such as those AbTech manufactured—even though the county’s recovery from Sandy was the top priority at the time.“I knew it was important to the county executive he had been contacted by the senator,” Walker testified. “If [the senator] is not happy with the actions of the county…it could potentially be a problem.”Once AbTech eventually secured the contract, concerns arose that the company was not getting paid. Walker said he regularly fields requests from outside contractors complaining about the cash-strapped county’s being late paying its bills. While attending an NYPD funeral in January, Sen. Skelos asked Mangano about AbTech’s payments, Walker testified.“He was asking if they were getting paid anytime soon,” Walker recalled overhearing Skelos talking to Mangano. Then Walker himself called the county Department of Public Works to relay the question, and passed along word to Skelos and Mangano that AbTech “would be getting paid very soon.”Judge Kimba Wood gave the jury off Monday, when defense attorneys and prosecutors are expected to conference on jury instructions since the case is nearing the closing arguments. The case is scheduled to resume Tuesday.last_img read more