Big job losses at two Leicestershire bakery firms

first_imgBreaking news – Leicestershire bakery Coombs Hampshires has gone under, with the loss of 120 jobs. The firm has reportedly closed all its 18 shops, and its Rushey Mead factory.Meanwhile South Wigston based pie and pizza manufacturer RF Brookes has announced it is to shed 200 jobs, following the loss of contract with Marks & Spencer. The contract is to move to Melton Mowbray-based firm Samworth Brothers.Full story to appear soon.last_img

To protect, serve, mourn

first_imgMore than 40 Harvard police officers stood outside Harvard Stadium Wednesday morning, but no emergency had called them to the scene.Instead they had gathered, off-duty, to honor one of their own, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police officer Sean Collier, the 27-year-old killed in the line of duty last Thursday in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.“Emotions are running pretty high around here,” said Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) Chief Francis “Bud” Riley, as the group prepared to board two shuttle buses headed to Collier’s memorial at MIT’s Briggs Field.Though Harvard and MIT are sometimes cast as rivals in everything from prank wars to academic standing, it is a friendly relationship. And the two universities’ police forces are especially close. HUPD often does in-service training with the Cambridge and MIT police, Riley said. Although most Harvard officers had not known Collier, who had patrolled MIT for only 15 months, his memorial drew nearly the entire Harvard force that wasn’t on duty.HUPD joined thousands of law enforcement officials from around the country — and an equally large crowd of civilians — to pay tribute to Collier at a noon service. The MIT event attracted other college heads, including Harvard President Drew Faust, and politicians both local (Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick) and more national (Vice President Joseph Biden and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who each addressed the audience).“The MIT community is like family to Harvard, and I wanted to honor Officer Collier and his service to the students, faculty and staff of our neighboring institution,” said Faust.MIT President L. Rafael Reif (center, from left), Vice President Joseph Biden, and singer James Taylor gathered onstage at MIT’s Briggs Field to pay tribute to Sean Collier.The day’s program — which included performances by singer/songwriter James Taylor, the MIT Symphony Orchestra, and Massachusetts State Police bagpipers and drummers — highlighted Collier’s contributions to the MIT community, and the unusual role that university police officers can play in campus life.“Officer Collier did not just have a job at MIT. He had a life at MIT,” said MIT President L. Rafael Reif. “He had a deep, broad, beautiful sense of what his duty involved.”Various speakers, including Collier’s brother, Andrew, recalled examples of Collier’s unusually personal commitment to the community he had vowed to protect: stopping into a robotics lab late at night to ask a grad student about his research, volunteering with an organization that served Cambridge’s homeless, even taking ballroom dancing lessons and going on hikes with student groups.For all the law enforcement officers gathered on the field, whether they hailed from Canada, Florida, or just down Massachusetts Avenue, Collier’s service to MIT “left us a lesson,” said John DiFava, MIT’s chief of police. “Every time you put on the uniform, do it right.”last_img read more

Measuring the mass of ‘massless’ electrons

first_imgIndividual electrons in graphene are massless, but when they move together, it’s a different story.Graphene, a one-atom-thick carbon sheet, has taken the world of physics by storm—in part, because its electrons behave as massless particles. Yet these electrons seem to have dual personalities. Phenomena observed in the field of graphene plasmonics suggest that when the electrons move collectively, they must exhibit mass.After two years of effort, researchers led by Donhee Ham, Gordon McKay Professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and his student Hosang Yoon, Ph.D.’14, have successfully measured the collective mass of ‘massless’ electrons in motion in graphene.By shedding light on the fundamental kinetic properties of electrons in graphene, this research may also provide a basis for the creation of miniaturized circuits with tiny, graphene-based components.The results of Ham and Yoon’s complex measurements, performed in collaboration with other experts at Columbia University and the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan, have been published online in Nature Nanotechnology. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Report: Israeli settler population surged during Trump era

first_imgJERUSALEM (AP) — A pro-settler group says Israel’s West Bank settler population has grown at a far higher rate than the country as a whole over the last four years. That period coincides with the Trump administration’s unprecedented acceptance of settlement activity. The report by West Bank Jewish Population Stats shows the settler population growing by around 13% since the start of 2017 to reach 475,481. During the same period, Israel’s population grew by around 8% to nearly 9.3 million. The Palestinians and much of the international community view the settlements as illegal and an obstacle to peace. At least 220,000 settlers live in annexed east Jerusalem, which wasn’t included in the report.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Watch Josh Groban Sing With Lena Hall & More

first_img View Comments Star Files Josh Groban Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Watch Josh Groban Sing ‘All I Ask of You’ With Lena HallJosh Groban is busy promoting his new album of musical theater covers, Stages, and at a recent event he teamed up with Tony winner Lena Hall to sing “All I Ask of You” live. As previously reported, Kelly Clarkson duets with him on the Phantom track on the record. Stages also includes tunes from Chess, Sunday in the Park with George and Les Miserables, and a special Carousel duet with Audra McDonald. Check out Groban and Hall’s performance below. Seriously, Mr. Groban—it’s about time for you to make your Broadway debut! Helen Mirren, Zachary Quinto & More Team UpSix-time Tony-winning theater designer Bob Crowley will be honored at the New York Theatre Workshop’s 2015 Spring Gala on May 11 at the Edison Ballroom. The evening will feature special tributes from The Audience Tony nominee Helen Mirren, Zachary Quinto, It’s Only a Play’s Stockard Channing and more, as well as a dance number performed by An American In Paris Tony nominees Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope. Crowley has been nominated for a total of four creative Tony Awards this year, for his work on Skylight, An American in Paris and The Audience.Tony Nominee Patricia Clarkson’s Busy Summer2015 Tony nominee Patricia Clarkson’s new film Learning to Drive will be released on August 21. She stars opposite Oscar winner Ben Kingsley in the coming of (middle) age comedy and you can check out the trailer here. That’s not all she’s got in the calendar! Clarkson will soon begin performances in the West End transfer of the Bradley Cooper-led The Elephant Man and then there’s a certain ceremony on June 7 she’ll want to attend…last_img read more

Veggie support

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaThose tiny vegetable transplants and seeds you planted early this spring are growing fast. Soon they’ll be burdened with a bounty of fresh produce. Don’t jeopardize the fruits of your garden labor now, says a University of Georgia specialist. Trellis those vegetables before it’s too late.”Trellising is one chore that should be accomplished fairly soon after the plants are established,” said Terry Kelley, a UGA Cooperative Extension vegetable horticulturist.But even if you forgot or didn’t know to do it, you can still give your vegetable plants the support they deserve, he said.”Trellising gets the plant and fruit up off the ground. This makes for better quality fruit and less disease,” he said. “It also helps maintain order in the garden and makes harvesting easier.”Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and eggplants are vegetables commonly trellised, he said. But almost any plant can use a little help supporting itself or its fruit.For tomatoes, some people simply put cages over the plants to support them as they grow, he said. Another method is to drive a 1-inch-square, 4-foot stake into the ground by each plant and tie the plant to the stake.If you have a long row of tomatoes, he said, set a large post at each end of the row and again about every 20 feet within it. Attach a wire across the top of the posts and about 4 inches above the ground. Use twine to tie each plant to the wires for support.Peppers can be staked like tomatoes, he said. Place similar 1-inch-square stakes about every fourth plant with twine running from stake to stake. Start the first twine 4 inches above the ground.As the peppers grow, put another string about every 4 inches above the last one. Start with the first stake and go on one side of the plants. Then go around the next stake and so on. When you get to the last stake, come back down the other side of the plants to box the plants in and keep them from falling over.To support cucumbers, use 4-foot fencing wire and some posts to build a temporary fence beside the cucumber row. Then just train the vines up on the fence as they grow.”You’ll find and pick your cukes easier,” he said.Eggplant can be staked, too. Place either tomato stakes or rebar next to each eggplant. Then secure it to the stake. Be careful not to cut into plants as you tie them with twine. But keep the twine tight enough to support the plants.While you’re at it, “don’t forget to scout for insects and disease problems,” Kelley said. “And keep weeds in check, and water as needed.”last_img read more

Hawaiian Electric proposes big battery storage buildout on Oahu

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:Hawaiian Electric Company Inc. has proposed using giant batteries manufactured by auto maker Tesla Inc. to provide energy to Oahu’s power grid. The proposal estimates costs of $200 million to $300 million and would accommodate more renewable energy production across the island, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday.Banks of liquid-cooled, lithium-ion batteries could become the first and biggest stand-alone, utility-scale energy battery system tied to the grid of Hawaii’s largest utility. The plan involves placing Tesla batteries in 244 lockers, with each one extending 23 feet (7 meters).Hawaiian Electric proposed developing the project in 2021 on land next to its Kahe power plant in Nanakuli on Oahu, along with four smaller energy storage facilities on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii island. The five storage systems are subject to a competitive bidding program in which Hawaiian Electric is the initiator but also a competitor and initial decision maker.Hawaiian Electric solicited bids in August for renewable energy production and storage systems of about 900 megawatts on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii island. The initiative is expected to be the largest push for renewable energy in Hawaii so far. Hawaiian Electric plans to select the winning bids in May. A majority of the new capacity, about 600 megawatts, is planned for Oahu and could be developed with or without attached battery storage.Hawaiian Electric believes the company can produce stand-alone storage at a reasonable cost because of its capacity to build battery facilities on land it owns next to substations that reduce infrastructure connection costs, spokeswoman Sharon Higa said.More: Hawaiian Electric proposes Tesla batteries for Oahu power Hawaiian Electric proposes big battery storage buildout on Oahulast_img read more

Lawyers agree to help with literacy campaign

first_imgLawyers agree to help with literacy campaign September 15, 2004 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Lawyers agree to help with literacy campaign Senior Editor Reading is an unnatural act?Well, not exactly unnatural, but it’s not something that the human brain, groomed by thousands of years of evolution and genetic transition comes hard-wired to do.Notwithstanding that, reading is essential in modern society. But given human background, it’s not surprising that many people have trouble with a skill that so many others regard as basic.And because it’s so basic and important, the Jacksonville Bar Association has set out to do something about it. At the invitation of Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson and Board of Governors member Hank Coxe, JBA and legal community representatives last month asked the board and lawyers statewide to help in the battle against illiteracy, particularly dyslexia, by joining a literacy speaker’s bureau.“Not only does literacy help our citizens function in society, but we see overwhelming evidence that illiteracy endangers public health and public safety,” said JBA President Reggie Luster. “A shocking 47 percent of our population is functionally illiterate, meaning those individuals cannot read well enough to fill out a job application. Our goal in this community is to make sure that literacy is a priority.”U.S. Middle District Judge Tim Corrigan said he has a selfish reason for joining the literacy effort. He noted he regularly has to sentence 18- to 21-year-old defendants to lengthy prison sentences and a common factor is their poor reading skills.“Eighty-five percent of juvenile delinquents have reading problems and many high school juvenile delinquents read below the fourth-grade level,” Corrigan said.Several programs around the country have found success in combating delinquency by teaching those kids to read, he noted.“Improving literacy is one effective way to improve the quality of life not only for those directly affected by these problems but for the community as a whole,” Corrigan said. “The Florida Bar, local bar associations, and lawyers individually as leaders in our community have a unique opportunity. . . to take a leadership role on the literacy issue.”Laura Bailet, a Ph.D. who works on reading problems with the Nemours Children’s Clinic in Jacksonville, provided information about the latest research on dyslexia.“What is dyslexia? It is a neuro developmental reading disorder. It is caused by subtle malfunctions in the brain,” Bailet said. “It is not caused by brain damage; it is not caused by low IQ. It is fundamentally a language-based disorder. It is not caused by a vision problem.”New MRI technology, which images the brain as it works, has actually shown differences in brain functions between dyslexic and nondyslexic people, with the dyslexic brains showing similar attributes, she said. What that research has shown is with specialized training, the dyslexic brains begin functioning more like regular brains as reading skills improve.“Reading is an unnatural act,” Bailey explained. “There are certain basic functions that our brains are genetically hard-wired for — learning to talk and walk. Reading is not one of those skills.”Studies have shown that about 17 to 20 percent of all children have serious reading problems, and another 20 percent have significant difficulties, she said, adding that’s about the same percentage of third-graders who had trouble with the state’s FCAT test. Most of those children are not receiving the special training or instruction that would help them. Preschoolers with dyslexia can be identified, and the earlier special training begins, the more effective it is, she said.Fourth Circuit Judge Karen Cole, who is heading up the literacy effort, said lawyers are needed because of their advocacy skills. A speakers’ bureau is being set up as part of the dyslexia campaign.“By combining the talents of lawyers, judges, physicians, and psychologists, we can ensure that all of our children know how to read,” Cole said.She said the literacy advocates hope to present their case to a meeting of voluntary bar leaders and to Florida Bar members at a statewide Bar meeting.Shortly after the meeting, Cole announced that 11th Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman and First Circuit Judge Marci Goodman have volunteered to coordinate speakers’ bureau efforts in their respective circuits.For more information contact Judge Cole at (904) 630-7154, Luster at (904) 354-0104, JBA Executive Director Diane Gill at (904) 399-4486, or Alan Pickert, chair of the JBA’s literacy project, at (904) 632-2424.last_img read more

Not so enchanted mirror

first_imgMirror, Mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? What if your fairness as a leader was the quality being measured instead of beauty? Leadership is always a challenge and our own least desired qualities are the hardest to face.Do you find certain employees more difficult to deal with than others? Perhaps there is one employee or a handful that you find absolutely frustrating! It is a common problem, but what we often fail to see is that the shortcomings of these employees may be reflected in ourselves. What we dislike the most in other people is often the very same thing that we dislike about ourselves. That mirror is not always flattering. This enchanted mirror effect is what creates your frustration. Only 15% of people are truly self-aware. The rest of us are lying to ourselves on a daily basis.What can we learn from this hard-to-face truth? How to be a better leader. Leadership is often best won through example. I pose the challenge to each of you. Take your most frustrating employees. Make a list of what behaviors are causing the frustration. Take a hard look at your own behaviors and see if there are any correlations. You have to be honest during the process to make it work. I promise it will be worth the effort.Now for the hard part my friends, create a set of changes that you can make to effectively demonstrate the behaviors that you would like to see from your staff. Check in with yourself weekly to see if you were able to achieve these goals and course correct for the following week. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more