Tiptree pushes new lines

first_imgTiptree Patisserie, part of Wilkin & Sons group, has launched a range of cake bars and flapjacks targeted at the coffee shop, hotels and deli sectors. The products, branded Yours to Enjoy, include five cakes and 10 bars.Wrapped cakes, which have a shelf-life of two weeks, include lemon drizzle, coffee & walnut, Bakewell, chocolate fudge and carrot cake. The individually wrapped bars comprise four varieties of flapjack, shortbread products and brownies with a three-month shelf-life.last_img

Dean Ween Proposes Weed-Friendly Music Venue In Denver

first_imgWeen guitarist Mickey Melchiondo, better known as Dean Ween, has his eyes set on opening a music venue in downtown Denver, where patrons will be allowed and encouraged to use marijuana with no threat of security.According to the Denver Post, the proposed venue would be named Dean Ween’s Honeypot Lounge and would be located near Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies MLB baseball team. Dean Ween’s Honeypot Lounge would host music, comedy, and film-related events, with Dean Ween serving as the venue’s entertainment director. The proposed music venue would be among the first businesses of its kind in the U.S. During the day, the venue would also operate as a marijuana consumption site with educational and wellness programs.Chief operating officer Michael Polansky notes, “I think cannabis and music make total, total sense together. We think that we can offer a unique kind of musical experience for Denver and the world. We hope to open the Honeypot’s doors by April 20, the stoner holiday!”The Denver Post adds, that although the organizers have not yet applied for city licenses that would allow the public consumption of marijuana on the property, they plan to apply within the upcoming weeks for the proper license and permits. A specific location has still not been decided or determined for Dean Ween’s Honeypot Lounge.Next up for Deaner is a three-show run in December, as Ween will play a show at Philadelphia, PA’s The MET on December 14th, followed by a two-night run at Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre on December 15th and 16th. As of now, the only other thing on Dean Wean’s calendar is a collaborative New Year’s Eve celebration with Dumpstaphunk, at Denver’s Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom on December 31st.For more information on ticketing and Dean Ween’s upcoming shows, head to Ween’s website here, or Deaner’s personal website here.[H/T Denver Post]last_img read more

McGavick, Gayheart reflect on first half of administration’s term

first_imgNearing the halfway point of their term, seniors Gates McGavick and Corey Gayheart, student body president and vice president, said they have worked hard this semester to encourage greater conversations between the University administration, campus groups and the Notre Dame community.In their campaign platform, the pair pledged to make student government “approachable, collaborative and transformative.”McGavick said the team has already taken several measures to advance the “approachable” and “collaborative” modules of their platform.“We’ve just made it a point to make student government as interactive as possible and form as many relationships as possible,” he said.McGavick said Student Government has worked closely with campus’ various student union organizations this semester. He also said he and Gayheart hope to improve communication between the groups, which in the future will help streamline event planning.“We’re really looking at how [we can] integrate the multiple moving parts of the student union better,” he said. “How can we get them interacting more on a daily basis and less operating in their different bubbles?”Gayheart said regularly communicating with the organizations will prove essential when discussions about renovating LaFortune Student Center begin.“There’s some updates that need to be made in [LaFortune Student Center] and we think working with that, that would also have an adverse impact on how the student union functions as a whole,” he said.Student government has also worked to improve the Student Activities Office this semester, Gayheart said.“[SAO] has started meeting at the beginning of every week, and they go in to approve or look at the different events that are happening within the next week that they have to get approved and through the process,” he said. “So there’s kind of an active communication pipeline where there wasn’t one before.”McGavick and Gayheart plan to continue these efforts next semester.“Moving forward, there’s actually going to be an external audit of SAO,” Gayheart said. “So they’ll bring in administrators from other schools that work in similar departments, and they’ll observe what SAO does and then provide suggestions for how they can rethink and revamp SAO.”McGavick and Gayheart said student government’s communications department has improved student outreach this semester by increasing their following on social media.“When we started the semester, one of the biggest problems was, a lot of current students don’t follow the student government social media,” Gayheart said.By consequence, Gayheart added, many student government events went overlooked by the student body.McGavick said since the beginning of the semester, however, the team has raised its engagements and impressions on social media eightfold.  “The social media presence for student government has just completely turned around,” he said. “ … People actually have a way to reach out to student government [and] they know what student government’s doing.”Gayheart said he believes another one of student government’s greatest successes this year has been its push for financial transparency within Notre Dame’s administration.In October, student government hosted a seminar with the Office of Development titled “Where Does the Money Go: An Insider’s Look into Finances at Notre Dame.” At the event, an official from the department spoke on student tuition and the University’s endowment, and broke down how the money was used to cover annual expenses. The event drew between 100 and 200 students, Gayheart said.Gayheart said he and McGavick plan to do more to promote financial transparency next semester.“In our platform, we had originally advocated for online University checkbook, which we’re still working on,” he said. “But we felt that [the event] was a step in the right direction because we very clearly communicated that students, one, don’t know how [the University’s] money’s being spent, and when they see the numbers, they’re just appalled.”Gayheart said he not only hopes students find these efforts educational, but that the initiative sets a precedent for fiscal transparency within the administration.“[The message] we tried to get to the administration was, ‘People are OK with you spending the money, they just want to know how,’” Gayheart said.Gayheart said student government has also taken strides to promote campus safety by requiring all of its members to be GreeNDot certified and its executive cabinet to receive multicultural competency training.“Those were — in terms of scalability — minor things, but we felt that they have larger impacts in our work as a whole,” he said.Looking to next semester, McGavick said student government will focus its efforts on improving dorm maintenance.“Our approach to dorm maintenance can be completely founded on the experiences of kids on campus,” he said. “I’m trying to gain pretty much as many anecdotes, as many experiences that kids have had with dorm maintenance and just kind of collectivize these experiences.”McGavick said the initiative will be a massive undertaking requiring the combined efforts of several student government departments and thorough research.“We’re going to have several departments and their entire staffs devoted to [the dorm maintenance initiative], and we’re just going to collect information from across campus until we have so much information on the issue that we can make a really compelling argument for improving the situation,” he said.McGavick and Gayheart said they also plan to write transition books to help better prepare future student government leaders. The books would include recommendations for handling the day-to-day responsibilities of the jobs, lists of contacts and other useful information.“Obviously we’re not going to know everything going in,” he said. “That being said, we think that there could be more done to help ease [people] into the job.”Gayheart said he wants next year’s successors to be as prepared as possible for the challenges of the jobs.“Whoever comes after us, we want to work with them as much as we can,” he said. McGavick and Gayheart have made significant efforts to improve student life at Notre Dame. Their work integrating student organizations and emphasizing communication between groups promises tangible improvements in the future. Initiatives student government have orchestrated this year have been made in the best interest of Notre Dame’s students, and by taking on big issues like campus safety and fiscal transparency, McGavick and Gayheart demonstrate a desire to address parts of the University in need of reform. However, substantial progress remains to be made in several areas before the pair enacts meaningful change.Grade: B+Tags: 2018 Student Government Insider, McGavick-Gayheart, SAO, Student government, Transparencylast_img read more

Chautauqua County District Attorney Says Caseload Growth Continues Despite Pandemic

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNYNewsNow File Image.MAYVILLE – Society is slowly reopening as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and the Chautauqua County Court system, just like everything else here in the United States, is dealing with an unprecedented set of circumstances. “Everything is moving at a snails pace,” Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson said when discussing the status of the court during an interview Tuesday afternoon with WNYNewsNow. “One, we still have the restrictions that surround the ongoing pandemic, which means we have restrictions on numbers and with social distancing and making sure that people and the environment we are asking these people to come to are safe.”Swanson says that crime didn’t “cease to exist” during the pandemic despite seeing crime numbers “slow somewhat.”“People were still allegedly committing offenses, and our caseload piles continue to grow with nowhere to take those cases,” Swanson said. He says local courts will begin to operate in “some form or fashion” next week, with County Court “moving a little bit” and he expects grand jury hearings to begin in July in an effort to do “something” with alleged felony offenses that have occurred since March 15. “The problem is going to be you can’t just send summons out for 100 people to show up at their local court, or village court, right now,” Swanson said. “I don’t see that happening anytime in the near future. We’re only going to be able to handle a certain number of cases. Unfortunately, it’s frustrating, but that’s just going to have to be how we handle our business for the near future.”Swanson says that various deadlines involving the right to a speedy trial have been suspended during the pandemic. However, the prosecutor says he has instructed his staff to prioritize their caseload based on “severity and time needs” for grand jury presentation.Swanson adds that his staff will be limited in the number of cases they can present to the Grand Jury each day because witnesses will need to be screened for symptoms of sickness. He says he’ll be utilizing the Chautauqua County Legislative Chambers so that he can space out all 23 members of a Grand Jury.“Our priority, first, has got to be the safety of our grand jury, our witnesses, our police officers that are coming in,” Swanson said. “It’s gonna slow everything down, but we have what we feel is a protocol in place to properly manage these cases.”Swanson credits the work of his staff, saying that “it’s times like these (COVID-19 pandemic)” that shows him the strength of his team.Swanson says Chautauqua County was one of the first counties in New York State to conduct a virtual preliminary hearing during the pandemic. He says he believes there will be live, in-person hearings in court starting today, but the matters will only involve defendants outside of custody. Those in custody will appear in court virtually.“Some things are starting to move. We are talking about the difference between a drip and a fire hose,” Swanson said. “We are dripping right now and that’s about it. Hopefully the faucets open a little further and we can start to move things.”WNYNewsNow will continue to cover the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, putting facts over fear. last_img read more

Broadway.com Summer Camp, Day 7! Liza Minnelli Hits Da Club

first_img WHY WE LOVE IT Oh, did you happen to miss Liza with a Z’s foray into dance music the first time around? Don’t worry, guys, it’s right here! If you’re searching for a passive-aggressive tune (“I know you carry on behind my back with your secretary” is one of the lyrics) to sweat to, look no further than Minnelli’s 1989 club track “Don’t Drop Bombs.” It’s angsty, it’s campy, it’s fabulous, it’s Liza! View Comments LOOK OUT FOR… 1:38, when Liza inexplicably changes into a rippling, sky-blue bolt of fabric. We’re gonna be honest: Things around the Broadway.com offices have gotten really boring the last few weeks. It’s sweltering, it’s humid, and worst of all, no new Broadway shows open until after Labor Day. But never fear, dear readers, we’ve got a great way to spice up the month of August: Broadway.com Summer Camp! Each day for 31 days, we’re highlighting the campiest, craziest, wildest—and did we mention campiest?—videos we can find. Put on your gaudy bathing suit and dive in!center_img OVERALL CAMP FACTOR 382 out of 382 high kicks. MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENTlast_img read more

HHS issues guide for using call centers in emergencies

first_imgNov 8, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released a guide to help communities retool their health-related call centers into systems for meeting the needs of the public in homes or shelters during emergencies such as a pandemic or bioterrorist attack.Published by the HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the 224-page guide is aimed at boosting the capabilities of poison-control centers, nurse advice lines, drug information centers, and health agency hotlines. It focuses on four main scenarios: anthrax attacks, pandemic influenza, plague, and food contamination.”Community call centers have long been a credible source that people can turn to for health information,” said AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy, MD, in an Oct 26 press release from the agency. “Leveraging these existing resources will allow clinics, outpatient departments, and emergency departments to devote their attention to caring for those in most need of help.”The report was developed for the AHRQ by Denver Health, a member of the agency’s Accelerating Change and Transformation in Organizations and Networks (ACTION) project, the press release said. A national advisory panel of experts in emergency call center services, public health, preparedness planning, and other fields helped draft the guidance.Few resources exist to guide the development of emergency call centers, the report says. However, the authors were able to draw from published reports on the experiences of officials in Toronto and Taiwan during the SARS epidemic.Guidance in the report assumes that the community infrastructure would remain intact so that call centers would be operable. Though the document doesn’t address absenteeism among call-center workers, it covers features, such as interactive response systems, that might reduce the number of employees needed to staff the centers.For communities that have little healthcare call-center capacity, the authors offer suggestions on how to enlist the help of local corporate call-center systems.The report focuses on six response capabilities:Health information to augment risk communications and alleviate the burden on the healthcare system; call centers could direct callers toward medication- or vaccine-dispensing locations and answer frequently asked questionsDisease or injury surveillance to help health officials identify emerging health threatsTriage or decision support to reduce unnecessary hospital visits and reduce costsQuarantine and isolation support to those self-treating or receiving medical care in their homesOutpatient drug information and adverse-event reportingMental health assistance and referralAuthors of the report also developed a tool set to enable public health officials to assess the call-center demand they would face during a public health crisis and what resources they would need to meet it. The set includes checklists and Microsoft Excel worksheets.See also:Oct 26 AHRQ press releasehttp://archive.ahrq.gov/news/press/pr2007/callctrpr.htmAHRQ report on adapting call centers for crisis supporthttp://archive.ahrq.gov/prep/callcenters/last_img read more

Govt expects unemployment to worsen, continue into next year

first_imgThe government expects 4 million additional people to fall below the poverty line this year, making for a total of 28 million people in poverty in the nation, or around 10.6 percent of the population, up from 9.2 percent in September of last year.“With government’s intervention, we could reduce [the number of additional people who fall into poverty] to under 1 million so that it does not reach double digits this year,” said Suharso.The government is targeting a poverty rate of between 9.2 percent to 9.7 percent next year, according to the minister.The government has allocated Rp 695.2 trillion (US$49.2 billion), or 4.2 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Of that figure, Rp 172.1 trillion has been designated for the social safety net, far higher than the previous plan’s allocation of Rp 110 trillion.Indonesia’s economy has been hit hard by the pandemic. It grew 2.97 percent in the first three months this year, the weakest since 2001, as household spending and investment growth slowed.The government expects the economy to shrink by 3.8 percent in the second quarter of this year, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said during the same hearing.Sri Mulyani revised the country’s expected GDP growth down to between negative 0.4 percent and positive 1 percent this year because of feeble economic activity and depressed commodity prices.“The government is currently focusing on the economic recovery in the third and fourth quarters from the contraction in the second quarter,” Sri told lawmakers. “We will use our policy instruments, supported by Bank Indonesia, to maintain recovery momentum.”The government is hoping the economy will grow by 4.5 to 5.5 percent in 2021 on the back of a global economic recovery as the pandemic subsides.The World Bank expects the country’s poverty rate to increase by 2.1 to 3.6 percentage points this year, which would mean between 5.6 million and 9.6 million people could fall into poverty this year.“There is a need for adequate protection for vulnerable communities,” World Bank senior economist for Indonesia Ralph Van Doorn said recently. “We are concerned that the value of the stimulus package may not be enough to offset the economic impact on households.”The World Bank now projects zero percent growth for Indonesia this year as the COVID-19 crisis causes the global economy to experience its deepest downturn since World War II.Topics : “If the [economic] condition persists throughout the year, we are worried that unemployment will reach 10.7 million to 12.7 million in 2021,” Suharso said during a parliamentary hearing on Monday.The coronavirus has forced people to stay at home, disrupting business activity as shops, factories and offices have shut their doors. As economic activity languishes, millions of Indonesians have lost their jobs and are in danger of falling into poverty.As of May 27, more than 1.79 million people had lost their jobs after nonessential businesses shut down to comply with government restrictions, according to data from the Manpower Ministry.“We are hoping that jobs will return to near prepandemic levels,” Suharso said. The nation’s high unemployment rate is expected to worsen and continue into next year as the country braces for further economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis, senior government officials said on Monday.Some 5.5 million people may lose their jobs this year, pushing the unemployment rate to between 8.1 and 9.2 percent, up from 5.28 percent last year, according to National Development Planning Minister Suharso Monoarfa.As a result, up to 12.7 million people are expected to be unemployed by next year, up from 7.05 million people in 2019. The government’s baseline scenario for next year predicts that the unemployment rate will be between 7.7 and 9.1 percent.last_img read more

Vice squad: East Java Police officers reported for marital infidelity

first_imgA top official at the National Police’s internal affairs division revealed that a large number of East Java Police officers had been reported for marital infidelity.Sr. Comr. Budi P. said that the East Java Police had recorded the highest number of infidelity cases in the country. “At the National Police headquarters [in Jakarta], the East Java Police are famous for the many officers that are unfaithful,” the official said on Tuesday on the sidelines of a visit to the Probolinggo police department headquarters, as quoted by kompas.com. “After we checked the data, it turned out that it was true; East Java has the highest number of police infidelity cases in Indonesia.” Budi did not say exactly how many cases of police infidelity had been reported in the province.He said that police departments in almost every regency and municipality in East Java had reported cases of adultery. “We have passed through Madiun, Kediri, Blitar and Malang, and all them have [cases of police marital infidelity],” he said.He warned that those caught could be dishonorably discharged from the institution, “especially if they are cheating with policewomen, police officers’ wives, or civil servants”.  Sex between a married person and a person who is not his or her legal spouse is outlawed under the current Criminal Code and carries a maximum sentence of eight months of imprisonment. The law, however, also only allows the husband or wife who has been cheated on to report the crime. A revised version of the Code, currently being deliberated by the House of Representatives, would outlaw all forms of sex outside marriage, including consensual sex between two unmarried people. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

Biden unveils $2 trillion climate plan in new contrast with Trump

first_imgWhite House hopeful Joe Biden on Tuesday unveiled an ambitious, $2 trillion climate change plan that would revamp the US energy sector and seek to achieve carbon pollution-free power in just 15 years.The clean energy proposal was fleshed out in a speech in Wilmington as the veteran Democrat drew a sharp contrast with President Donald Trump ahead of November’s election by arguing that fighting climate change would be a massive job creator under a Biden administration.Insisting that “there’s no more consequential challenge” today than climate change, Biden pledged to spend $2 trillion over four years to promote his plan, a dramatic acceleration of the $1.7 trillion he had proposed to spend over 10 years  during the primary race. He reiterated that he would rejoin the Paris climate agreement that Trump quit in 2017, fund the construction of 1.5 million new energy efficient homes, upgrade appliance standards and prioritize renewable energy.”We’re not just going to tinker around the edges,” Biden said.”I know meeting the challenge will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to jolt new life into our economy.”Biden said he would reverse some 100 steps by Trump to roll back environmental regulations. He also recalled parts of his earlier climate proposal that would put the nation on the road to net zero emissions economy-wide no later than 2050. Topics : “Transforming the American electrical sector to produce power without producing carbon pollution… will be the greatest spurring of job creation and economic competitiveness in the 21st century,” Biden said. “That’s why we’re going to achieve a carbon pollution-free electric sector by the year 2035.”The plan also includes more ambitious goals than the proposal he released months ago when he ran as one of the more moderate Democrats in the party’s nomination race.By embracing some ideas of his progressive ex-rivals, including Senator Bernie Sanders and Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Biden appears intent on winning over progressive voters who might be wary of the former vice president’s more centrist positions. ‘Extreme’ Trump delivered a rebuttal hours later, accusing Biden of launching a “hard-left crusade against American energy” and pushing a platform “that would demolish the US economy.””He wants no oil and gas,” Trump said as he criticized Biden’s plan to reduce carbon emissions.One week earlier Biden unveiled a unity platform that incorporated positions from leftist Sanders, but Trump attacked it as “the most extreme platform of any major party nominee, by far, in American history.”Biden, who has refrained from campaigning publicly amid coronavirus outbreaks, berated Trump for failing to contain a pandemic which has killed 136,000 Americans, or set the right example by wearing a mask, something Trump finally did on Saturday.”I’m glad he made the shift,” Biden said of Trump appearing in a mask.”But Mr President, it’s not enough. We won’t be able to turn the corner and get the American people back to work safely without presidential leadership.”Biden leads Trump on most issues, according to polling, but voters still see the president as stronger on steering the US economy.last_img read more

The imposition of silence in St. Mark

first_imgLocalNews The imposition of silence in St. Mark by: – February 11, 2012 22 Views   no discussions Photo credit: measureofdoubt.blogspot.comThe healing of leprosy in the Gospels focuses on two things: a command to inform the authorities and make the appropriate offering for the cure; secondly, a command to keep it otherwise to yourself. In Mark, the first feature seems not nearly as urgent as the second.Apart from fulfilling the ritual requirement, the leper (or the recipient of the miracle generally) is put under a strict obligation to keep the whole thing quiet.Why did Jesus issue such a command as the latter ? He must have known that human nature being what it is, people healed of very disabling sickness would talk about it – which is what they all did, and to all and sundry.There have been a couple of reasons historically given for Jesus’ action. One influential reason is that he knew he had to counteract the prevailing notions of the function of the Messiah, and that miraculous performances would fuel the wrong sort of expectation. There’s something to this view, I think. There was a sharp contrast between prevailing view of the character of the Messiah (which the disciples also shared) and Jesus’ own view. We should remember, for instance, that even after the resurrection, when the disciples (should have and) seemed to have gone beyond their former understanding, Peter still asked Jesus: Are you now going to establish the kingdom? By kingdom he meant the concrete political kingdom of Judah, of course. So the old convictions hadn’t yet died despite everything. For Peter it effectively died only with his own crucifixion.The interpretation I prefer has to do with another choice Jesus made, not so much in keeping with his view of the Messiah, as opposed to his countrymen’s, but his choice for the importance of faith over miracle. The great mystics have always known that one of the greatest challenges to faith is the miraculous. This is why they never paid unusual attention to things like levitation, locutions, and visions. They did not deny that sometimes these manifestations are divine gifts, but they insisted on two things, first that authenticity of any gift is shown by the fruits the gift produces. Does it increase the pride of the recipient, and the feeling that one belongs to God’s chosen; or does it effect an increase in humility and service. Overall they wrote that we should pay attention more to faith, to “dark faith,” as St. John of the Cross described it, than to what provokes the wonder of our senses.Walking by faith, however, not by sight, as St. Paul recommended, is not always simple or easy. The road along which we walk is not always smooth; nor do we always proceed with easy step and lightness of heart. It’s not just a winding road, but one that sometimes loses all its contours in mist and fog.That is why Jesus preferred it, I think. It demands more heroism. It the reason why he would not turn stones into bread. That way he would certainly have won many followers. But that would not have been a free faith but one won at the price of the miracle. That faith Jesus did not want. He preferred our free, uncompelled allegiance, that we should adhere to him drawn by the spell of his character and testimony of his words.The Church has in several ways continued this way indicated by Jesus. It certainly does not belittle the reality of the miraculous. How could it, while it serves the most awesome miracle of all, God in the flesh. But it does not make miracles, e.g., the miracles of Lourdes and Fatima, articles of faith, and it always advises us not to prefer the significance of the former over the reality of the latter. In the Gospel of John, the perspective is different from Mark’s. The Jesus of John’s Gospel is more deliberately not the human but the divine Jesus. Miracles are signs of his identity and his origin. So also are the great “I am” statements. In the world of Mark, on the other hand, we are in the theological world of the deliberately human Jesus. There’s no contradiction, of course, between the two. Mark and John are two disciples, two theologians, giving differently valid takes on how the divine is manifested in our midst.By: Father Henry Charles PhD Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more