Festive season prompts bakery donations

first_imgA raft of baked goods are to be donated to charities for the homeless, as the festive season puts people in a giving mood. Craft bakery Hobbs House has teamed up with FareShare, a national charity based in Bristol, which tackles the issues of food and waste poverty, so that its unsold loaves go towards the cause.“Until we find an accurate way of knowing how many loaves we will sell every day, we are honoured to play a titchy part in sharing the blessing of real bread with people that need it,” commented Tom Herbert, baker and director at Hobbs House.Snooker star Ding Junhui, who won the Pukka Pies UK Championship, has said he will donate part of his prize of 69 kilos of Pukka Pies – that’s 267 pies – to Sheffield voluntary group, Homeless and Rootless (HARC), which helps homeless people over the festive period.Also donating food to the homeless this Christmas is The Really Welsh Trading Company and ingredients specialist Beacon Foods. They have teamed up to provide 900 ready meals to South Wales charity Llamau.last_img read more

HR Answers: AI for human resources

first_imgHR professionals will see explosive growth in their use of artificial intelligence over the next five years, according to research by HR.com. This growth will not only transform HR technologies but will have a major and perhaps unsettling impact on the workforce.Most respondents still have much to learn about the topic of using AI for the purpose of enhancing HR, with just 8 percent strongly agreeing they are knowledgeable in this area. One reason for this is a lack experience. Only 7 percent use AI for HR purposes to a high or very high degree today.By 2022, however, over five times as many (39 percent) predict their organizations will make heavy use of AI, and the number rises to 57 percent among HR professionals who consider themselves knowledgeable about AI.“Those who understand AI best also predict the highest AI usage levels over the next five years,” says Debbie McGrath, chief instigator and CEO of HR.com. “AI algorithms will be integrated into a wide array of HR-focused technologies. The main problem won’t be a lack of AI apps, however—it will be that HR pros must become savvy enough to separate hype from reality.” continue reading » 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Black U.S. Army Vet Recalls Racism, Cheers Confederate Flag’s Removal

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Julius Pearse peers over his laptop, the faces of the “Emanuel Nine” filling the TV screen across his desk.With the news account glaring off his round, wire-framed glasses, Pearse, of the African American Museum of Nassau County, arches forward and points at the screen, as if he’s touching the victims, consoling them.“Why do we have to die?” he asks, his eyes trained on the dead.The 82-year-old is overcome with mixed feelings. Hours earlier he discovered that South Carolina lawmakers had voted in favor of removing the Confederate flag from the statehouse—a flag first perched atop the building’s dome in the 1960s in protest of the civil rights movement and later moved to a flagpole on the statehouse grounds.“It’s a good thing it’s coming down,” the soft-spoken Pearse acknowledges. “But I look at the price—that’s what bothers me.”The tragedy that spurred South Carolina lawmakers into action came June 17 when a 21-year-old gunman allegedly sat alongside churchgoers inside the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston during Bible study and proceeded to slaughter nine God-loving people who accepted him into their church as they practiced a coveted weekly ritual. The victims ranged in age from 26 to 87. The shooter’s alleged motivation was pure hatred and ignorance, according to reports. Nearly one month after the horrific massacre, lawmakers approved the flag’s transfer from the statehouse to a museum. Thousands gathered 23 days after the shooting to witness its removal.But as the news of the vote began circulating overnight Wednesday and into Thursday morning, Pearse reflected on the victims of institutional racism—not only the “Emanuel Nine,” but thousands of others murdered since the Civil War, and the countless others marginalized and stigmatized for being born black.Pearse remembers when the Confederate flag was first placed atop South Carolina’s statehouse dome. To this day, the sight of the flag invokes a visceral reaction, as well as long-held memories of instances in which he stood face-to-face with unabashed bigots: at restaurants in the South, a train station in Kentucky, an upscale eatery in Washington, D.C. But those heart-wrenching memories are also laced with inspirational stories of white friends staring down his detractors.Pearse is an Army veteran.He was stationed at Fort Myer, Va. in 1956 when he visited a restaurant with a white “fellow from Brooklyn” named Eckstein.Pearse, then 21, and Eckstein sat down, and without hesitation they each ordered a hamburger and a coke—an All-American meal. The waitress, a white woman, reminded the soldiers of the restaurant’s rules.“We don’t serve colored in here,” she said.“Well, give me two hamburgers,” Eckstein replied.The waitress returned with a pair of burgers and cokes and placed the meal in front of Eckstein, who pushed one of each toward Pearse.“He’s with me,” Eckstein defiantly told the woman.“That was one of the first times I really saw racism,” says Pearse, who was born and raised in North Carolina and rarely mingled with whites until he joined the service.It wouldn’t be the last time.Proudly outfitted from head-to-toe in his Class A uniform, Pfc. Julius Pearse disembarked from a military train during a pit stop in Indianapolis en route to Fort Knox, Ky. An army of soldiers, black and white, spilled out and sought to fill their bellies at a local eatery.“All of us, black and white, go into the restaurant and wanted to get hamburgers,” Pearse says. “As soon as we get into this restaurant, the girl didn’t want to serve black soldiers. The white guys were shocked. They said, ‘What?!’”Like Eckstein, the group of white soldiers purchased enough food to share with their black comrades.The men were nearly out of the restaurant when one of the white soldiers lost his cool. He picked up a table and hurled it into the building’s glass windows, shattering them. It was about 10 p.m., Pearse remembers.Around midnight the lights to the train awoke them. A sheriff was apparently inquiring about an incident at the restaurant. The soldiers feigned ignorance.“My men have not left this train,” Pearse’s sergeant told the man, dismissively.There was also the time when Pearse unknowingly walked into a white-only waiting room at a train station down South. A police officer approached and instructed him to move.“Boy,” he said, “you’re in the wrong waiting room. There’s a room for you negros in the back.”After his military career, Pearse joined the Freeport Police Department. He retired from the force a couple of decades ago.He currently works at the African American Museum in Hempstead, which is said to be one of only two such cultural institutions in the entire Northeast. His wife Joysetta Pearse is the executive director.During the course of several hours this reporter was at the museum, Pearse talked about the life of African Americans, slavery, and his own experiences with racism.The news that afternoon was dominated by coverage of the Confederate flag’s removal in Charleston.He’s familiar with arguments made by Southerners who see the flag as part of their heritage.“It has nothing to do with the glorious contribution of Confederate soldiers,” he says. “There’s still some people that want to believe the Civil War was the war of Northern aggression and not human bondage. That’s what it was all about.”Slavery, he said, was a business.“It was about you taking away the basis of my economics,” Pearse explains.He remembers when the flag was placed above the South Carolina statehouse more than a half-century ago.There was “anger and disappointment that people can twist history around,” Pearse recalls.There were moments that he thought about the United State’s Christian values.“Yet,” he says, “in the same breath, history has proven that you can go to church on a Sunday” and later “attend a rally where the principal subject is a black man hanging from a tree. How can you say you are a Christian and participate in something as vicious as that?”The alleged AME church shooter was purportedly driven by hate. He was seen in photos wearing South African apartheid-era patches on his clothes and holding a Confederate flag.The battle flag, Pearse says, “is part of their heritage but it was a heritage that was wrong.“You have to be taught, carefully taught to hate,” he adds. “You’ve got to have a justifiable reason why you hate this way. They were taught this.”To Pearse, some Southerners defend the Confederate flag because it’s part of their identity. “They feel they are betraying their culture, their teachings,” he observes.The flag was removed from the South Carolina statehouse shortly after 10 a.m. Friday.“I think it’s a wonderful thing to happen,” Pearse says.last_img read more

Operator accuses Denmark of trying to delay Nord Stream 2 pipeline project

first_img‘Project delays to increase gas price levels’ Nord Stream 2 AG, a subsidiary of Russia’s Gazprom and operator of the Nord Stream 2 offshore gas pipeline, has submitted a third application for a route through Danish waters while accusing Denmark of making deliberate attempts to delay the project by asking for the third route option.The Pioneering Spirit vessel installing Nord Stream 2 in Swedish waters. Source: Nord Stream 2 AGThis third application for the pipeline route through Danish waters was submitted on Monday, April 15 more than two years after submitting the first application.The pipeline operator said on Monday that the third application, together with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), covers a route in the Danish exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the waters south of Bornholm. This application and the EIA has been submitted in accordance with the decision made by the Danish Energy Agency (DEA) on March 26, 2019.According to the operator, the EEZ border between Poland and Denmark was previously disputed and therefore the area was not available for any project developer. An agreement has been reached between the two countries, which, however, has not yet been ratified by Poland, the pipeline operator explained.Nord Stream 2 already has two pending applications with the DEA.Namely, in January 2018, the amended Danish Continental Shelf Act entered into force with retroactive effect only for the Nord Stream 2 project. The law gives the Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs the right to veto infrastructure projects running through territorial waters on political grounds. Such a judgement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has now been pending for 16 months. Nord Stream 2 AG has not received any response at all.In August 2018, after 8 months without any indication of the timing of the Minister of Foreign Affairs recommendation, Nord Stream 2 was therefore forced to apply for a second, alternative route outside Danish territorial waters, north-west of Bornholm through the Danish EEZ.Nord Stream 2 AG claims that both permitting processes, which included consultations with the public and expert authorities, nationally and internationally (the so-called Espoo procedure), have shown that all technical and environmental prerequisites are fulfilled and a construction permit could be granted for either route. ‘Denmark’s actions hinder freedom’ In the statement on Monday, Nord Stream 2 AG said: “For a project developer like Nord Stream 2 AG, it is incomprehensible why there has still been no decision on the route through territorial waters after 16 months since entry into force of the amended Danish Continental Shelf Act, and why there has been no decision on the route north-west of Bornholm even though there have been and are no relevant environmental or safety objections against this route. Asking for a third route option to be developed, despite two fully processed, ready-to-be-permitted applications on the table, can only be seen as a deliberate attempt to delay the project’s completion.“Irrespective of its own starkly different legal assessment, Nord Stream 2 AG is now forced to submit this third application as a mitigation measure. Any project developer and investor on the whole depend on a predictable, stable and transparent regulatory framework and such actions from Denmark not only undermine fundamental Danish constitutional and European law principles of legitimate expectations and legal certainty but also hinder freedom of laying the submarine pipes in exclusive economic zones as set out in UNCLOS 1982 and as such is not compliant with the good faith principle required by UNCLOS 1982.”Gazprom as the shareholder as well as five major European energy companies as financial investors from Austria, France, Germany and the Netherlands back the project. Committed investments currently equal almost all of the project’s CAPEX. Globally, more than 670 companies from 25 countries are involved in the project.Nord Stream 2 gas project map; Source: Nord Stream 2 AG Nord Stream 2 AG emphasized that studies had shown that in the case of a delay of the project, lack of access to competitive gas supplies would increase price levels throughout Europe. European families and industries will foot the bill of at least 20 million euros – for every day of delay, the operator said.In accordance with the permits in four countries, work on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is ongoing in Russia, Finland, Sweden and Germany. More than 1,000 kilometers, approximately the distance from Copenhagen to Paris, of the two lines have been laid.Nord Stream 2 was designed as two parallel 48 inch lines, roughly 1,200 kilometers long, each starting from south-west of St Petersburg and ending at German coast, Greifswald. Nord Stream 2’s natural gas pipelines will have the capacity to transport 55 billion cubic meters (bcm) of Russian gas a year to the EU, for at least 50 years.Denmark is not the only country where the giant pipeline project has faced obstacles. Namely, the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project has been under fire from the European Parliament as well as a number of U.S. senators last December who called for its cancellation due to security reason.The project has been seen by some as a threat to the EU energy security, making the union vulnerable to reliance on Russian gas, and it also bypasses Ukraine in moving Russian gas to Europe.In addition to opposition from the EP, over 40 U.S. senators have also called for the cancellation of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.In more recent news, the U.S. political journal Politico reported last Thursday that the U.S. Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, had criticized the European Commission for not putting more effort into killing the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.Furthermore, Reuters reported on Thursday that the construction of the pipeline was bound to face more delays, forcing Moscow to come to an agreement with Ukraine on future gas transits.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more

Alexander: Is Dodgers’ Alumni Weekend a celebration or diversion?

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Problem is, the 30th anniversary of the 1988 World Series championship is also a glaring reminder that they haven’t won one since. How many Dodgers fans are reminded of 1988 and think instead of 2017, of Games 2 and 5 and 7 and the one that got away?And how many of those same fans growl about standing pat and staying under the luxury tax threshold over the winter, and just where that has put the Dodgers in the second week of May?Yeah, we know. Injuries. Many injuries. Justin Turner’s imminent rehab stint at Rancho Cucamonga, which begins Saturday, represents the first bit of really good health news the Dodgers have had since reporting to Camelback Ranch in mid-February.But it’s worth considering that this is more than just the worst kind of World Series hangover (i.e., one where you didn’t even get to consume the champagne). It might also be a consequence of organizational arrogance.The idea that you can just plug any arms into the setup spots in the bullpen isn’t guaranteed to work, as we’ve seen. And assuming the team will heat up at some undetermined point in the future, or that it will be there in October just because it has the last five seasons, is not a sound organizational strategy. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season LOS ANGELES — First of all, let’s get the updated terminology out of the way. The Dodgers are staging “Alumni Weekend” during the current series with the Reds.(Funny, but most of us who are chronologically challenged happen to think the title “Oldtimers Day” works just fine. Maybe the club feels its target audience responds best to a description more suited to cheerleaders and letter jackets and Homecoming.)Bottom line: When you can’t brag about the product on the field, sell nostalgia. Granted, the Dodgers didn’t anticipate when they scheduled Oldti … er, Alumni Weekend that they’d be six games under .500 after Friday night’s 6-2 loss to Cincinnati. Or that they’d be eight games behind division-leading Arizona and in jeopardy of already losing series to three of the National League’s bottom feeders, the Marlins, Padres and Reds.See those bright shiny objects, Dodgers fans? Gibson’s home run. Orel’s scoreless streak. The Stuntmen. Pay no attention to what’s currently behind the blue curtain. Stretches like this, of course, make things seem worse than they might really be. But it’s pretty grisly.In their last 11 games, including Friday night, the Dodgers are hitting .173 with men in scoring position (16 for 92, including 1 for 7 in this game). In losing five of six they’ve ended innings with 35 men stranded in scoring position.The nadir might have been Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks, when they blew prime scoring chances in the 10th and 11th innings and lost on Daniel Descalso’s three-run bomb in the 12th.(Oh, and by the way, the bullpen ERA even after 4-1/3 scoreless innings Friday night is 4.35, which is in the lower third of the league. For perspective, the 2005 Dodgers finished with a bullpen ERA of 4.42, and even in their recent shaky years they haven’t been this bad. As noted, dumpster diving for relief arms carries with it some risk.)Thursday night, after a 4-1 loss to the Reds in which the team seemed to be in some kind of mass malaise, Manager Dave Roberts was frustrated with the effort. After Friday night’s loss, he kept repeating the phrase, “It’s just not happening right now.”Earlier in the day, he said: “When there’s certain expectations, you want to realize them, and right now we’re not.”At some point, will we need to downsize those expectations?Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Friday night’s lineup card represented one attempt to shake things up. Chris Taylor was dropped to the No. 6 spot, only the third time in 38 games he wasn’t leading off. Chase Utley moved into the top spot and Yasiel Puig was dropped to the No. 8 hole for the first time this season.It didn’t help Taylor much. He tripled and scored but also struck out three times, twice looking, to run his strikeout total for the season to 42. Many of those have been called third strikes, and he does not come close to resembling the confident hitter who had a breakout year in 2017.So what’s next? Picking the lineup out of a hat, or via a dartboard? Or does Roberts just go full Tommy Lasorda and replace Chris Woodward as third base coach for a game or two one of these nights?(As those who have returned for Alumni Weekend are well aware, Tommy tended to save that tactic for nationally televised games. Draw your own conclusions.)Related Articlescenter_img But it’s different now. Managers don’t scream at their players, at least that we know of. They definitely don’t scream at reporters the way they used to. And they don’t tip over the food spread in the clubhouse anymore. Lasorda was an outlier among his fellow managers back then, not least because the players had to come into his office to get the food.“Yelling and screaming when guys are preparing and playing hard is certainly, for me, not warranted,” Roberts said, later adding that while he didn’t fault his guys’ effort, “that production component matters.”Sometimes quiet but firm gets the message across. Two weekends ago, Roberts pulled Bellinger from a game in San Francisco for pulling up at second when he had a shot at a triple.With one out in the second inning Friday night, Bellinger hit a high fly ball that Reds right fielder Scott Schebler never located. This time, no way was Bellinger stopping at second.And then the Dodgers stranded Bellinger at third.As Lasorda used to say, in a slightly more colorful way, this job is not that easy. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire last_img read more

England storm to impressive Under 16 victory against Wales

first_img22 Sep 2019 England storm to impressive Under 16 victory against Wales JACK INGHAM led the way with a clean sweep of points as England claimed the scalp of Wales in this weekend’s Under 16 challenge match.Ingham – who is based in the Dutch city of Eindhoven – won a foursomes and his two singles matches as England claimed a resounding 13-7 victory after two days of competition at Newport GC.England won all three sessions – the 5-3 victory in the Sunday singles following up 5.5-2.5 success in the Saturday singles and a 2.5-1.5 win in the foursomes.Although, Ingham blazed a trail with a 100% points tally, every single member of the side contributed at least a point to highlight a real team effort over the weekend.Hertfordshire’s Jack Bigham and Dubai-based Josh Hill also ended the weekend undefeated with 2.5 points apiece.With the team – coached and managed by Rob Watts and Stephen Burnett – needing just two and a half points from the eight singles matches to secure the victory, Reis Suart put the first on the board with a thumping 7&6 win against Coalan Burford.Ingham’s 4&3 win against Dylan Thomas took England to the brink of victory – none of his three games over the weekend going beyond the 15th hole.Bigham guaranteed the win beating Connor Owen by one hole and the icing on the cake was provided when there were further singles successes for Hill and Hugh Adams.England’s next test at this age level will be a combined girls/boys event against Ireland on October 12-13 at Hunstanton GC.last_img read more