Training continuesGill Brooks Lonican, chief executive of the National Association of Master Bakers (NA)After reading the letter from Elaine Ead (February 9, pg 6) I feel the need to correct a number of inaccuracies.Her comments on the article ’NA takes tough decision to close training section’ (26 January) are somewhat selective.The main omission being that the NA is meeting with a professional company with a view to continuing training for members. The company has indicated that it would wish to retain some of our assessors.Elaine also said that we are losing “the only area to make money”. However, training has made considerable losses for the last seven years, so the NA can hardly be accused of wishing to make “huge profits from it”. It never has and never will be expected to make profit, just not to continue making huge losses.I was pleased not to have increased subscription costs this year. The decision made by the board was a balanced one for the whole of the membership and had to take into account the 800-plus members who do not use training, as well as the 45 members who do.Yes, Elaine is one of the few who pays for training, as she falls outside the government funding criteria. For everyone else it was and is free.This year it was agreed to charge £150 for the paperwork involved in taking on a trainee and this was taken into account when projecting future losses.I will repeat what I have told all members who have learners – the NA guarantees ALL Learners will obtain their qualification AND is committed to finding a solution to the mismanaged training section.BOARD WAS RIGHT Graham Ryder, Peter’s theThe NA board has made the right decision to close the training section. The training section has lost the NA in excess of £250,000. I believe the majority of the membership who do not use the training facility would be quite happy for it to at least break even. But how can anyone in business justify such huge losses?The board is charged with running our association and that does not mean losing all our subscriptions for the minority who use the training, which I understand is less than 5%.Mrs Ead makes the point (9 February, pg 6) that she provides accommodation for her assessor, but not all businesses who use the training can do this. In the accounts of the training company for previous years one of the biggest costs is the assessors’ expenses.Those who attended the last AGM will be aware that redundancies have taken place at head office in an attempt to cut costs, but what is the point of this if all those savings are squandered? I would be interested to see how the training section can make a profit and look forward to Mrs Ead’s suggestions at the next AGM in Harrogate.We all want what is best for our association but, ultimately, it is the board’s decision. Members can, of course, stand as directors if they feel the board should not be taking these sorts of decisions. I am sure the board would welcome input.losses Had to stopTony Phillips, Janes Pantry and NA board member, GloucestershireElaine Ead’s letter about the closure of the training arm of the NA contains many false assumptions. Training has lost the NA well in excess of £250,000. It has been one of the reasons subscriptions have had to rise each year.Had Anglo Welsh, the previous training arm of the NA not been closed down it would have bankrupted the association. When training was taken in-house, it continued to lose money – some £20,000 this year – and this for a service that is used by less than 5% of members.Does Mrs Ead expect the 95% of members not using it to subsidise the 5% that do? No one has ever talked about making huge profits, only not losing money. From day one, it has consistently lost money. The word ’profits’ is a red herring.As for the comment, “Had the board considered the projected income before reaching a decision?”, does Mrs Ead really think all the members of the board are stupid? It was a unanimous decision, reached after great thought and debate.Gill Brooks Lonican is doing a superb job as chief executive of the NA, putting its finances into good order by reducing costs, bringing in monies owed and ensuring efficient administration.I am sorry if I have written in strong terms, but I am tired of some 40 members, out of the whole of the NA, trying to dictate to the majority.
Grand larceny in the 3rd degree, a felony18 counts of criminal possession of stolen property in the 5th degree18 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the 3rd degree18 counts of offering a false instrument for filing in the 2nd degree According to a news release, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office arrested 21-year-old Sean R. Gillespie of Bovina, N.Y. and charged him with the following: The sheriff’s office says Gillespie is accused of stealing the $4000 as a result of presenting 18 stolen and forged checks to the Pindars Corners and Margaretville branch offices of the Delaware National Bank of Delhi. The checks were made out between mid-August and Sept. 1. BOVINA, N.Y. (WBNG) — Authorities in Delaware arrested one person on a felony charge for stealing nearly $4000. He was arrested on Sept. 15 following a Sept. 4 complaint involving a reported theft and forgery of checks from a Bovina residence.
Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Jaime Elmore · 238 weeks ago Great article – thanks, Tracy! Report Reply 0 replies · active 238 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Carter Burnett brings home an Eagle looking trophy after finishing second at the Tulsa Nationals last weekend. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€”Â Carter Burnett of Wellington just celebrated his ninth birthday this week, and he is already making a name for himself in the youth wrestling world.Â Burnett, the son of Jason Burnett and Jennifer Doerge, recently came home from the 61st annual Tulsa Nationals with a second place trophy in the 8-year-old 75 pound division. The Tulsa Nationals, held Jan. 14-16 at the Expo Square Pavilion, was not your average youth wrestling tournament. It featured some of the best young wrestlers in the country – from Texas to Oklahoma to Iowa to Pennsylvania. Over 2000 young wrestlers from ages 4 to 16 years, representing 40 states participated in the three-day event. Burnett opened the tournament losing his first match of the day to an Oklahoma wrestler named Yocham 4-3. That threw him onto the consolation side of the bracket where he had some work to do. But he kept winning an worked his way up to fight for third place. That pit him in a rematch with Yocham. This time, though, Burnett came out victorious with an overtime victory. This was Burnett pinning his opponent to win second place as captured on a computer screen shot.The tournament has an option where a third-place winner can challenge for second, and Burnett did just that. R. Kucharczk of Virginia had placed second, but Burnett would win this challenge by pinning the 8-year-old in the first 36 seconds of the first period. Thus the transfer of second-place winnings went back to him. Burnett, who started wrestling in preschool, has had quite a year. He is currently 20-1 since November and has won tournaments in Ark City, Valley Center, Derby and Goddard during the early part of this season. He had finished fourth last spring in the Kansas State Youth Wrestling tournament.Â â€œIf you are not good, you donâ€™t go,â€ said Jeff DeJarnett, head youth wrestling coach of the Tulsa Nationals. â€œHe definitely is very determined to be the best and works hard. He is scared of nothing.â€ DeJarnett says he wrestles bigger and older kids at practice. â€œI would say he definitely has the heart of a champion and does not quit and gives you his all,â€ DeJarnett said. â€œHeâ€™s the best kid Iâ€™ve seen come through this program in a lot of years.â€ Burnett was greeted by his cousins upon his return to Wellington with his big eagle trophy.Burnett’s cousins greeted him home after his big moment in Tulsa.Follow us on Twitter.
By Natalie Wong | Bloomberg NewsSteph Curry disrupted basketball by making seemingly impossible three-point shots look routine. Now the Golden State Warriors guard is looking for disrupters in business as he scouts out new investments off the court.His latest bet is Canadian travel startup SnapTravel, which helps users make hotel bookings through messenger platforms like WhatsApp. Curry and Telstra Ventures, the investment arm of Australian telecom giant Telstra Corp., were among a group that …
The Red Location Museum of the People’s Struggle in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth – winner of three international awards – was designed to be both a monument to South Africa’s struggle against apartheid and an integral part of community life in a township that acted as a crucible for the struggle.The museum is located in the Red Location shack settlement, New Brighton’s oldest neighbourhood, scene of one of the first public acts of defiance against apartheid when, in 1952, black railway workers refused to show their “passes” to enter railway property.The striking, industrial warehouse-styled complex uses space, oxidised corrugated iron, wood and steel to echo its shanty town surrounds – the Red Location shacks for resettled blacks, orginally constructed out of material recycled from defunct Anglo-Boer War concentration camps.International awardsThe museum, which opened to the public in November 2006, has won three major international awards.In June 2006 it was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects’ inaugural Lubetkin Prize for the most outstanding work of architecture outside the UK and Europe by a member of the institute – beating stiff competition from the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa and the Terrence Donnelly Centre in Toronto.The museum project also landed the city of Port Elizabeth the 2005 World Leadership Award for architecture and civil engineering, and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality the 2005/06 Dedalo Minosse International Prize for Commissioning a Building.“To build a museum of the apartheid era in the midst of the township that acted as a crucible for the struggle is an extraordinary achievement,” the Lubetkin Prize judges said in a statement. “The Red Location Museum brilliantly rises to the challenge, using architectural skill of the highest order to produce an unforgettable experience that is both viscerally and intellectually moving.”Part of the surrounding communityThe museum complex, designed not only as a tourist attraction but also as an integral part of the surrounding community, includes an art gallery specialising in the work of Eastern Cape artists and will also house a market, a centre for creative arts, a library and adult literacy centre and a conference centre.Hundreds of new state-subsidised low-cost houses have been built in the surrounding area.The museum integrates into the existing neighborhood of former victims of apartheid as a seamless part of their daily life. “In this way, the horror of apartheid becomes more apparent simply by its calm presence in the museum side by side with a functioning community,” says architect Jo Noero of Cape Town-based Noero Wolff Architects, who designed the complex.‘Memory boxes’The museum’s design draws on notions of memory to show both the horrors of institutionalised racism and the heroic efforts of the anti-apartheid movement in sharp relief.“All museums concern memory and history; it was therefore all the more impressive to encounter one in which particular histories and memories have evoked an extraordinarily powerful architectural idea,” the Lubetkin judges said.The concept of “memory boxes” – in which migrant workers on South Africa’s mines carried artefacts to remind them of their homes in the countryside – forms the basis for a building which is in itself one huge memory box.Designed in industrial form to incorporate the rusted corrugated iron – the Red Location – theme of the surrounding settlement, the museum houses steel containers tipped on end to make individual memory boxes, giving its curators a blank canvas in which to exhibit memories, responses and ideas.The most powerful of these piles of boxes, according to the judges, contain police files on those who were murdered, judicially or otherwise, during the struggle against apartheid. Above the boxes hang three nooses.“The building works as both metaphor and object: deliberately unglamorous, this is an architectural tour de force.”In contrast to the memory boxes, visitors to the L-shaped museum first pass through a hall of columns, designed by artists to resemble totems, honouring those who gave their lives in the struggle against apartheid.Having seen how the apartheid government used architecture and planning as tools of racism and division, Noero hopes to use architecture to heal. The museum, he says, “seeks to build new memories – ones that will not let us forget apartheid’s atrocities, and those that will allow us to begin to hope for an African renaissance.”SouthAfrica.info reporterArticle last updated: March 2007 Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
The US president said Tutu would be missed for his insight and activism, but that the world would continue to learn from his example. Nobel Peace Prize His work earned him a Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his non-violent struggle against apartheid. After South Africa’s transition to democracy in 1994, he led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which uncovered the horrors of apartheid-era abuses. Obama said Tutu was the voice of the voice of the voiceless. “For decades he has been … a voice of principle, an unrelenting champion of justice.” Extraordinary efforts “We wish the Archbishop and his family happiness in the years ahead,” Obama said. US President Barack Obama praised Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on his official retirement, calling him a moral titan and dedicated peacemaker. He lauded Tutu for playing a pivotal role in overturning apartheid, and for his extraordinary efforts in pursuing reconciliation in the new South Africa. The Nobel laureate formally stepped away from public life on Thursday to spend more time at home with his family. Source: BuaNews Tutu announced in July he would retire on his 79th birthday, which fell on Thursday, after years of fighting for justice and an end to apartheid in South Africa, and of travelling the globe to highlight human rights struggles worldwide. “He has also been an outspoken voice for freedom and justice in countries across the globe; a staunch defender of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons; and an advocate for treatment and prevention programs to stop the spread of HIV/Aids,” Obama said. 8 October 2010
Fenerbahce chasing Watford defender Sebastian Prodlby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford face a battle to keep hold of defender Sebastian Prodl. The Watford Observer says Prodl is a target for Fenerbahce during the January transfer window.The Turkish side are said to be in the market for a new central defender and reports from Turkey claim the Istanbul club are set to offer €1.5million to sign the Austrian defender.Although the 32-year-old has been sidelined with injury, he has struggled for game time under Javi Gracia this season and has played just 13 minutes in the Premier League. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Tom FennarioAPTN NewsOfficials who work with Indigenous people in Montreal are asking why an Inuk woman was released by police at midnight on a Friday in an industrial area of the city.Mina Aculiak was in Montreal getting treatment of an injury she sustained after being run over by a police car in her home community of Umiujaq, Nunavik.Police say she was arrested after causing a disturbance at the hospital.After being released, Aculiak disappeared for five [email protected]@tfennario
Darrell StrangerAPTN NewsThe Metis National Council (MNC) has adopted a resolution to put the Metis Nation of Ontario (MNO) on a one year probation following the organization grandfathering in non Metis citizens and six Metis communities where the Metis National Council only recognizes one.“So we’re at the stage it’s up to the Metis Nation leadership in Ontario to comply if they can meet the conditions then there’s no issue,” said MNC President Clement Chartier.“If they can’t it’s not an issue for us.”Some of the resolutions include, a committee of the MNC board of governors is going to be established to organize a registry review of all MNO members, and the MNO rescind its declaration of the six new historic Metis communities.The MNO has one year to adopt the re-admission resolutions.MNO President Margaret Froh said she doesn’t see a problem with meeting these requirements, but she isn’t happy about it.“I think in particular when making this kind of decision I would prefer our assembly had all the information and had the time to be able to really consider properly,” she said. “That being said the will of the assembly has been essentially the Metis nation of Ontario was being provided with a year to provide some clarity around some of the points they’ve raised.”The MNC said if the MNO doesn’t meet the deadlines and requirements, it will be [email protected]@darrellstranger
LISBON, Portugal — Portugal is embracing China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, which offers loans for the building of large-scale infrastructure projects.Despite wariness in other European Union capitals about Beijing’s strategy, the Portuguese government has wholeheartedly endorsed the scheme during a 24-hour state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping.The two countries signed Wednesday a memorandum of understanding on co-operation within China’s modern Silk Road initiative, with special emphasis on transport connections and energy.Xi described Portugal as “an important hub in the land and maritime silk routes.”The Portuguese government wants China to help develop Portugal’s biggest Atlantic port and expand national energy company Energias de Portugal overseas, among other things.The two countries signed 17 co-operation agreements. They included deals on joint technological research in the energy and communications sectors.The Associated Press