first_imgBaker Tonia Stimpson lost her battle against breast cancer on 18 May, aged 36. Terry Miller of La Fornaia writes that Tonia was La Fornaia’s development baker and had been with the supplier for over four years. She worked in the industry for over 20 years starting at Abingdon’s Cottage Bakery, moving to Northern Foods and on to to La Fornaia. Tonia was a popular member of staff at La Fornaia with a great love for Brentford FC – she used to travel around the country to watch them. She was an inspiration to us all and will be sadly missed by family, friends and work colleagues.last_img read more

International activity

first_imgFuerst Day Lawson (FDL), supplier of seeds and natural ingredients to the baking industry, can now supply sesame seeds processed in India.This is the result of a partnership with Amira Tanna Industries. “This partnership will blend the operating and origination experience of our Indian partners and the extensive coverage of the European customer base by FDL,” said Frank Horan, divisional director of FDL’s Seeds and Natural Products Division. “It gives FDL full control of the supply of sesame seeds from the origin to the customer.”FDL has agreed to take an equity interest in Amira Tanna’s sesame processing business, giving it exclusive rights to the output of the Ahmedabad plant, which can process 6,000 tonnes of sesame seeds a year using the newest technology. This includes a Buhler Sortex Z3 optical colour sorting machine.Seeds will be supplied direct from Ahmedabad or go through FDL’s processing and packing plant at Little Walden near Cambridge in the UK, depending on the market.”All through the process, the seed is controlled to the most exacting standards,” said Horan. “We see this investment as a further commitment by FDL to sourcing and shipping the raw materials needed by our expanding customer base.”He added: “It follows on from our investment in a state-of-the-art cleaning and blending facility for speciality seeds at our Little Walden plant. FDL can supply sesame seeds with a guarantee of quality.”last_img read more

Doughnut Week targets £40k as bakers rally to the cause

first_imgMore than 700 bakers and businesses took part in the recent National Doughnut Week, sponsored by BakeMark UK. Money is still being collected, but it is hoped to raise up to £40,000 in total.Campbell’s bakery of Crieff, in the Scottish Highlands, was one of the bakeries which joined in the event from 5-12 May.The firm held a doughnut eating competition at its local market, which raised over £200 for Doughnut Week charity the Children’s Trust. This provides specialist care and rehabilitation for children with multiple disabilities.The winner, Craig Copeland, munched an impressive five and a half doughnuts in five minutes.Ian Campbell, manager of the bakery, said: “At first we were going to have a competition to see if people could eat a doughnut without licking their lips. Instead we went for the doughnut eating competition. It’s funny because Craig is also Campbell’s pie eating Champion, after he won an event held in October.”Campbell said that every one who attended the event had a great time. It also received publicity in the local newspaper.last_img read more

Puerto Rico benefits from Harvard’s living lab

first_imgA plan designed by a team of Harvard University students to create a reliable source of renewable, affordable electricity for a Puerto Rican community hammered in 2017 by Hurricane Maria has moved a step closer to reality.The community group Unidos por Utuado has won $100,000 in seed funding from the Puerto Rico Big Ideas Challenge to implement the plan by students enrolled in Harvard’s “Climate Solutions Living Lab” course.The proposal calls for revitalizing three nearby, long-neglected hydroelectric units to generate inexpensive, reliable electricity that emits virtually no greenhouse gases. The students’ vision is that a community-based electric cooperative would own the power facility and ensure that local residents control new jobs and other benefits created by the project.“The seed funding will allow the community to form the cooperative and hire people to help them move the concept forward,” said Wendy Jacobs, the faculty leader of the course and the Emmett Clinical Professor of Environmental Law and director of the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School (HLS).The project began in January 2018 when Jacobs dispatched one of six students on the team, Alyssa Curran, M.U.P. ’18, to the island. Curran toured Puerto Rico, including the storm-ravaged inland community of Utuado, and observed the destruction of homes and commercial buildings, roads, and electric infrastructure. She also connected with Unidos por Utuado, one of many community groups mobilizing disaster relief on the island. At the time, “Climate Solutions Living Lab” was considering several projects in Puerto Rico, and Curran, in consultation with Jacobs, decided one of those should focus on Utuado because of the barriers it faced to storm recovery.Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico. A Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health study found that the number of deaths related to the September 2017 storm was much larger than the official estimates, and there were 4,645 additional deaths in the three-month period following the storm, which is believed to have caused more than $90 billion in damage. Electric service was only recently restored to the entire island. In Utuado, an isolated mountain community of approximately 30,000, about 30 percent of households were without electricity and safe running water seven months after the storm struck.,Back at Harvard, the students participating in the spring 2018 class who were assigned to the Utuado project proposed that rather than build a new power source for the community, they would recycle an old one.The plan was this: Utuado would create an electric cooperative to acquire and refurbish three legacy hydroelectric units on lakes Dos Bocas and Caonillas and install a pumped solar system. In addition to providing reliable energy, the facility would save money. Puerto Rican’s electric bills are the highest in the U.S. next to Hawaii, the students’ research found, and they believed that adopting their plan could slash electric rates to about 8 cents per kWh, compared with the approximately 20 cents per kWh they now pay.The benefits to the climate were also clear, according to the students. Currently, 98 percent of Puerto Rico’s electricity is generated by fossil fuels. However, the students estimated the hydroelectric plants would generate approximately 26.5 megawatts of clean energy, with a potential offset of about 115,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents in year one and an average of 105,000 tons of offsets per year over a 20-year time period. Reducing that amount of emissions annually is equivalent to taking more than 22,000 vehicles off the road, or the average energy use of more than 11,000 homes.The Puerto Rico project is one of nine projects developed in the course since its 2017 launch, as part of Harvard’s ambitious climate action goals and Living Lab initiative.The innovative course is a partnership between the Office for Sustainability and Harvard Law School and was developed to engage multidisciplinary teams of graduate students in working together to test innovative solutions or renewable energy investments — such as the Puerto Rico project — that achieve actual emissions reductions beyond the Harvard campus while also achieving other social, economic, and health benefits.Under Jacobs’ leadership, the Climate Solutions Living Lab engages with senior faculty experts from across Harvard’s professional Schools as well as outside experts, and operates like a professional project development team. The teams of six students are comprised of master’s and doctoral students from Harvard Business School (HBS), Harvard Chan School, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Law School, Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Graduate School of Design, and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.In addition to Curran, the Puerto Rico team included: Ethan Hughes, Harvard Chan School; Leticia Rojas, HKS; Bridger Ruyle, SEAS; Max Tenney, HLS; and Isabella Wechsler, HKS and HBS.,Because the students are addressing a real problem, Jacobs said, their proposals have to work in the real world.“The real problem we’re addressing is climate change,” Jacobs said. “The task before the students is to develop projects that will accomplish quantifiable greenhouse gas emissions reductions, as well as quantifiable public health benefits.”The proposals also have to be innovative, replicable, scalable and most of all, feasible. They must be “implementable for a large organization or business that has set an aggressive climate goal and is looking to offset its emissions,” Jacobs said.Curran, who now works for a planning and development firm in New York, called the course “a perfect combination of research and implementation” that prepared her for life after Harvard. The Puerto Rico team had to work collaboratively to find the solutions to each legal, engineering, design, and public health problem on the fly, just as they would have in the real world.The multidisciplinary team approach turned out to be key to arriving at the implementation plan. The team required the expertise of all of the students, Curran said, to recognize the potential of the underused hydroelectric assets, lay out the steps to revitalize them, and create the electric cooperative to operate the assets.Even though the semester is over, the project continues. Curran has taken a seat on the board of Unidos por Utuado and Jacobs’ Environmental Law & Policy Clinic is continuing to perform research and provide advice to the community to help move the project forward.Unidos por Utuado will be responsible for raising funds to develop and implement the students’ ideas. Executive Director C.P. Smith praised the Living Lab model and the Puerto Rico team’s work. He said the project team’s research, financial analysis, and business case for the electric cooperative and its power assets laid the critical groundwork.“It’s vital for us getting out of the gate, with a message that is not only compelling but has sufficient research behind it to allow other stakeholders and supporters to go in with confidence,” Smith said.last_img read more

Riot aftermath: Still-shaken lawmakers, troops stand guard

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — On Jan. 6, the U.S. Capitol was besieged by supporters of Donald Trump who were angered by the then-president’s election loss. While lawmakers inside the building were voting to affirm Democrat Joe Biden’s win, Trump loyalists were marching to Capitol Hill and breaking in. Five people died in the violent melee, including a police officer. Trump’s impeachment trial begins Tuesday on a charge that he incited the riot. The toll of the siege is still being tallied, from the growing number of people charged with crimes to the continued presence of National Guard troops in the nation’s capital.last_img read more

Timberline Interactive and CommerceV3 announce merger

first_imgFast-growing e-commerce platform provider CommerceV3 and leading online marketing agency Timberline Interactive of Middlebury today announced a merger. The combined company will unite a proven online store platform with a vast array of e-commerce marketing services.”Our team was already working in the CommerceV3 environment to grow orders and sales for many of our clients,” says Bud Reed, founder of Timberline. “In many ways, this merger was driven by our focus on the customers. It gives them even more technology options and streamlines website launch and development processes.”Reed, who launched Timberline Interactive ten years ago, is retiring from day-to-day operational duties but will continue in an advisory role to provide strategic direction for the combined companies.CommerceV3 president Nathan Focht rarely gets excited, but he recognizes a new and unique opportunity for merchants. “The CV3 platform has always had a strong feature set to help customers grow their sales, but this merger puts us way ahead of the curve. Tom Funk and the rest of the team at Timberline are masters at tuning web stores for maximum growth. They have a huge playbook for making money online.”Blake Ellis, who co-founded CommerceV3 with Nathan, will serve as the new president of Timberline. Ellis is a serial entrepreneur who has been involved in several Internet start-ups over the years, including CommerceV3, Rails Machine and “Timberline brings a wealth of experience to the table, especially their work launching sophisticated sites and growing revenue for large merchants with complex needs. CommerceV3 provides a strong, affordable technical foundation. Together we offer a high octane growth solution to merchants large and small — a combination you can’t find anywhere else in our industry.”Tom Funk will serve as VP of Marketing for the new organization. Funk has been with Timberline for three years and before that worked as Web Manager for the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, where he managed sites doing $46 million a year in e-commerce sales. He is a frequent speaker at Internet Retailer, and other industry events and is the author of the book Web 2.0 and Beyond: Understanding the New Online Business Models, Trends, and Technologies.”Today, businesses need to take advantage of every online revenue source: paid search, SEO, email and more. But their success also depends on the features and flexibility of their e-commerce platforms,” says Funk. “This deal brings together two leading e-commerce companies who can now offer both pieces: the online marketing services to drive traffic and the online store technology to convert it to sales.””CommerceV3 meets even complex customer requirements straight out of the box,” says Deb Brisson, Timberline’s VP of Software Development. “And when we need to go further, we utilize TI Commerce.” TI Commerce is an entirely customizable commerce platform built using the Microsoft .NET programming environment. “With CV3 and TI Commerce, we have more technical flexibility than any other provider in the industry, period.””This is big news in multi-channel and direct marketing circles,” says Scott Weaver of Atlanta-based Colinear Systems, a software firm specializing in order management software for large retailers. “Anybody who has searched for products on Google and shopped online has probably encountered the work of these two firms without knowing it. They’re the folks behind the scenes who make finding products and ordering online a smooth and easy process. This is a great opportunity for their existing customers as well as any merchants who want to thrive on the web.”About Timberline InteractiveTimberline Interactive is a leading online marketing and development company specializing in e-commerce solutions for direct marketers and catalogers. They are experts in all aspects of online marketing, including search engine optimization (SEO), paid search campaign management, e-mail campaign management and site usability optimization. Timberline’s clients include Wine of the Month Club, Dinn Trophies, Lake Champlain Chocolates, American Meadows, Terry Precision Bicycles and others.About CommerceV3CommerceV3 (CV3) is a web-based system that allows users to create, populate, customize, maintain and track e-commerce storefronts. It makes selling online as easy as possible, without sacrificing real power. Designed from the ground up for direct-mail merchants, CV3 is PCI-compliant and features integration with order management packages as well as tools to customize pages, drive traffic, manage online inventory availability, process orders, and track revenue. CommerceV3 powers hundreds of storefronts for merchants across the U.S. and Canada.Source: Timberline. Middlebury, VT, USA – September 10, 2009 – ###last_img read more

Governor to sign energy bill at commissioning of the 150 kw solar array in South Burlington

first_imgVermont Governor Peter Shumlin will sign into law a bill promoting renewable energy development and clean energy jobs in Vermont on May 25 in South Burlington.  H.56, The Vermont Energy Act of 2011 continues Vermont’s efforts to promote a green economy and energy independence. It expands and improves Vermont’s successful net metering program which allows Vermont ratepayers to generate their own energy with renewable systems and run their meter backwards when producing excess power. Recognizing the peak power savings of net metered solar, the new bill creates a financial incentive to catalyze more net metered solar by requiring utilities to offer a 20¢ credit to solar net metering customers for the energy they produce.Governor, Peter Shumlin is slated to sign the bill on May 25 at the commissioning of a 150kW solar array at the Farm at South Village in South Burlington developed by Burlington-based Encore Redevelopment and installed by Montpelier’s Alteris Renewables. The array will provide carbon-free electricity for 100% of the Farm at South Village and South Village Community’s energy consumption needs. The array will also provide clean energy to the City of South Burlington for the City’s traffic lights. Martha Staskus, Chair of the Board of Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), the organization that supported and promoted this legislation says the bill helps keep Vermont on the map as a leader in renewable energy and energy efficiency. ‘The bill will spur the development of new local renewable energy, produce economic growth, and continue to grow clean jobs.’The bill also prevents a gap in funding for the successful Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF). This fund makes it more affordable for Vermont homeowners and businesses to install small-scale renewable energy systems. The bill includes expansions Vermont’s existing Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) districts, a program that allows towns to offer loans to homeowners looking to make energy efficiency retrofits. Other provisions provide incentives for consumers looking to install high efficiency biomass heating systems. It also establishes low sulfur and biofuel mandates for heating oil sold in Vermont, timed to match implementation by surrounding states.  Date: May 25, 2011 Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pmLocation: South Village Communities, 130 Allen Road East, S. Burlington, VT. About Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), is external)  REV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan trade association representing nearly 300 businesses, individuals, colleges and others committed to reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and expanding the availability of renewable sources of energy in Vermont. REV works as the only advocacy organization dedicated solely to advancing renewable energy and efficiency in the state.last_img read more

Gold Coast property market off to a strong start following multiple million-dollar sales

first_imgMORE NEWS: Raising the bar for luxury living A beach cottage at Mermaid Beach fetched $4.9 million after 18 days on the market.“The central location and benefits of the wide Nerang River frontage saw this young family outbid all other potential buyers.”While it is the highest sale so far this year, there have been a number of other notable sales. A beach cottage on Millionaire’s Row, which was listed for the first time in 60 years, fetched $4.9 million after 18 days on the market. The family that owned the Mermaid Beach house on Hedges Ave paid a few thousand pounds for it in the late 1950s.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMORE NEWS: Family makes millions on the sale of their beach cottage Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:18Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:18 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p400p400p320p320p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenNovember 6: Prestige listings04:19 At Surfers Paradise, a four-level sub-penthouse in the Soul tower was snapped up by a Queensland buyer for $3.6 million.It belonged to the chairman of the Chinese group behind planned Surfers Paradise super-tower Spirit, Xin Wang.Further south, a Tugun property sold under the hammer for $2 million.center_img A Tugun property sold for $2 million under the hammer recently.A crowd of about 30 people gathered to watch the bidding unfold. Ray White Mermaid Beach agent Troy Dowker said there were four registered bidders.“Bidding started at $1.6 million and after 24 strong bids between two eager bidders, (the) beachside Tugun family home sold under the hammer,” he said. The $7.5 million sale of 311 Monaco St has set the bar for 2019.THE new year is off to a shining start for the Glitter Strip with a number of multimillion-dollar sales setting the tone for the year ahead.The $7.5 million sale of a Broadbeach Waters mega-mansion has set the bar for 2019.Ray White Prestige agent Matt Gates, who marketed the luxury Monaco St property with Sherry Smith, said it attracted a lot of interest before a Gold Coast couple snapped it up.“(While) we had substantial interstate inquiry on the property, our local buyers truly appreciated the significance of Monaco St,” he said.last_img read more

Amaroo is a masterpiece inspired by the home of Jennifer Hawkins

first_imgAmaroo at Bardon will hit the market on February 15.The home of celebrity couple Jennifer Hawkins and Jake Wall was the inspiration behind a new-build at Bardon. Amaroo at Bardon is a masterpiece.The three-level home will hit the market today and features a six-car basement, pool, plenty of storage and a mudroom. It has five bedrooms, two bathrooms, a library, media room and study decks.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoMrs Attwood said the home was a pleasure to live in. “The quiet colour pallet and use of materials (mostly timber, concrete and tile) have come together better than we could have hoped. We love it,” she said. “There is a seamless integration between indoors and outdoors. The home is resort-like, calm, with an abundance of natural light.” She said the home would be ideal for a family with young or teenage children. Jim Attwood from Divine Renovations The couple purchased the property in July 2018 where there was a brick duplex on the site. “We were looking for a site we could demolish for a new build,” Mrs Attwood said.“We already lived close by and loved the area. The location appealed because it’s moments from some for the best inner city schools and only 10 minutes from the city. “Rainworth State School and Stuartholme are walking distance. Paddington and Bardon cafes as well as the beautiful Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens and Slaughter Falls are also close by. “The site has an elevated aspect. The street is family friendly and quiet so our kids enjoy riding their scooters freely.” The stone staircase and pool area in the model pair’s $20 million Sydney mansion are major features and were designed by architect Koichi Takada. center_img Amaroo at Bardon is on the market.Brisbane couple Amanda and Jim Attwood, from Divine Renovations, have worked hard to create their own masterpiece, known as Amaroo, which they share with their three primary school aged daughters Eve, Bonnie and Frankie, and cavoodle Alfie.Mrs Attwood said using the stone in the stairs and pool was the starting point and first design decision for their Bardon home. The stone is from Eco Outdoor and called Crackenback. Amaroo (means ‘beautiful place’ in some indigenous dialects) Developer: Divine Renovations Address: 38 Eastment St, Bardon Price: EOI via Matt Lancashire, Ray White New Farm. Phone 0416 476 480 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:05Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to pick an up and coming suburb02:06last_img read more

Government Slammed For Manipulating Voters in Voting Packs

first_imgMedia Release SayNopeToDope NZ 13 July 2020The Say Nope To Dope campaign is slamming the government for its voting pack on the cannabis referendum, and is seeking legal advice.“We’ve been contacted by a number of families who believe that the government pamphlet is putting their own spin on the proposed change to our cannabis laws through propaganda,” says Aaron Ironside, spokesperson for the Say Nope To Dope campaign.“The government tries to argue in the pamphlet that “The bill’s purpose is to reduce harm to people and communities” – but that is a highly subjective statement. That is purely the view of those proposing change. Those against the legislation are arguing that legalisation will lead to more harm to people and communities. Why has that opinion not been included?”“The government should be remaining completely independent on this referendum and the information they’re providing to voters, but they are showing their true colours. They have already hinted at this by not asking the simple question in the referendum “Do you want cannabis legalised for recreational use?” which is what the referendum should really be about. Instead they have loaded the question with putting the wording of a proposed bill which includes words like ‘control’ – also a highly dubious claim.”“The government should be impartial, but this pamphlet has confirmed their pro-cannabis legalisation stance.” The Say Nope To Dope campaign is now seeking legal advice, and will be also making an official complaint to the Electoral Commission.ENDSlast_img read more