Several readers have commented that they have little or no faith in NVQs. Others say they wouldn’t ask if a candidate for a job had one. In fact, I have not yet found anyone to sing their praises.Colleges, as well as industry, have had the joy of trying to make the bakery NVQ work. No-one from the education system was involved in the setting up of the NVQ for bakery. In fact, as far as I can tell, college representation was removed from the consultation process.NVQs were sold to us as a way of ensuring the trainee got a thorough and complete training and education. Like the Child Support Agency (CSA), NVQs had lots of forms, plenty of spin and didn’t deliver the goods, and like the newly rebadged CSA, you can have more of the same. Now there’s an idea – we could name and shame the bakery companies that don’t deliver training (I don’t think!).The paperwork attached to NVQs was intended to improve the quality of delivery, but diverts many from training and bogs down those who do it. As for the trainees, they become educational bonsai trees; they are pulled up out of the educational loom to check on the length of their roots every week and measure their progress.So what can you in industry do? Well first, you should ask yourselves a few honest questions. Would you halt training if you had a staffing shortage in order to fulfil an urgent production order? Would you use trainees to cover for maternity leave, holidays and so on? Would you, in the case of a major downturn in profits, cut any of the following: directors’ cars, entertainment or NPD?I have worked in industry for over 30 years and I know the answer: training never gets priority when the chips are down.That is why it is best to let a neutral party deal with training to prevent it being hijacked by financial considerations.The craft baking industry has a long and honourable history and, thus far, has managed to avoid total de-skilling. Yet the loss of skilled craftsmen and women from the trade is taking place because, like me, they are coming up to retirement age.my recommendations1. NVQs in industry should only be delivered by qualified persons.2. Trainees should have a guaranteed contract, with penalties served on the trainer if they fail to deliver training and achieve the number of qualifications; 8/10 trainees should gain the qualification (colleges already have this).3. Industry trainers must hold a level higher of the qualification than they are training/assessing.4. There should be a firm, established linked training programme for bakers, confectioners and pastry chefs who train at basic levels locally, intermediate levels at appointed centres, and advanced levels in every region.5. Funding needs to be via a material tax – flour or yeast for the bread and fermented sectors and a tax on fat/oils or sugar for the confectionery and patisserie sectors.6. Funding for training should be returned to companies that meet the training requirements or used to support trainees in colleges.7. Funding should be available to top up trainees’ wages, like the Educational Allowance Maintenance system paid out to young people in schools and colleges to encourage education and training.8. Trainees should be contracted to work for the industry for a minimum of five years and receive a pay increase annually, as well as a review.9. Employers and trainees should pay a bond to guarantee both parties in the training contract.10. In the event of a failed business or training organisation, a ’get you trained’ plan should take place over a trainee’s education.11. Young people should have career path options.Industry must take charge of its own standards, training and education – not the government. The government runs the prisons, CSA, immigration and came up with NVQs, none of which are “fit for purpose”. If you don’t get involved to improve the current state of affairs, you had better brush up your foreign languages. n
IndianaLocalNews Facebook Facebook By Jon Zimney – June 19, 2020 0 513 Pinterest Google+ Twitter Metro Homicide: Child was accidentally shot by four-year-old sibling WhatsApp (Photo supplied/ABC 57) We now know the name of the child who died after a shooting on Leland Avenue in South Bend.The victim is identified as Javion Sexton. He was just one year old.The autopsy results show Sexton died of a gunshot wound. The manner of his death was ruled accidental.Police were called to the 600 block of Leland Avenue late Thursday morning, but prior to their arrival, a relative took Javion to the hospital.The initial investigation shows a four-year-old sibling accidentally fired the gun, striking the one-year-old.Metro Homicide is continuing to investigate factors into the shooting.The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office released the following information on Friday, June 19:An autopsy was conducted today for the deceased victim of yesterday’s shooting on Leland Avenue. The victim has been identified as Javion Sexton, B/M, 1 year old. After the autopsy, the forensic pathologist determined his cause of death to be gunshot wound and his manner of death to be accidental.At approximately 11:54 a.m. yesterday, June 18th, South Bend Police Department officerswere dispatched to the 600 block of Leland Avenue, South Bend, in reference to ashooting. Prior to officers’ arrival, a family member of the child transported the child to the hospital. Shortly after arrival, officers were notified by dispatch that a young gunshot victim was brought to the hospital and admitted with life-threatening injuries.Upon arrival at the hospital, officers were able to confirm that the young child, JavionSexton, was the shooting victim from Leland Avenue. The St. Joseph County MetroHomicide Unit was activated, per protocol, to handle the investigation. Javionsubsequently died yesterday afternoon from his injuries.Initial indications are that Javion Sexton was struck after the accidental discharge of afirearm by a four year old sibling.This remains an active and on-going investigation, with assistance from the St.Joseph County Special Victims Unit. No arrests have been made nor charges filedin connection with this investigation. Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Previous articleMurder charges filed in June 13th shooting death at Beacon HeightsNext articleIndiana may become testing ground for driverless semis Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.
Here they are – the winning products in the 2017 Christmas Stars competition!These seven category winners and runners-up will be able to use the Winner or Highly Commended logo on all marketing material and on packs.Our panels of industry experts judged and scored all entries ‘blind’, with judges initially unaware of the identity of the manufacturer or retailer. Products were scored on criteria including appearance, taste, aroma and value for money.“Once again, we have had a great range of entries for the competition, and our judges have had to make some very tough decisions to select the winners out of an array of fantastic festive treats,” said British Baker editor Vince Bamford. “I’m particularly delighted to be able to say that this year’s winners range from major manufacturers and retailers to artisan bakers.”Christmas Cakes, Pastries & Tarts Winner – Bachmanns Prune & Cognac Tart Highly Commended – Finsbury Food Group – Asda Extra Special Hand Decorated Luxury Belgian Chocolate CakeChristmas Puddings Winner – Aldi Specially Selected Golden Topped Christmas Pudding Highly Commended – Aldi Specially Selected Exquisite Vintage PuddingFestive Biscuits (Sweet & Savoury) including Gingerbread Winner – The Little Treats Bakery Elf & Seek Festive Countdown Highly Commended – Aldi Specially Selected Exquisite Crackers – Spelt & ChiveFestive Bread including Panettone Winner – Delifrance UK Festive Fruit & Spice Boule Highly Commended – Aldi Specially Selected Exquisite PanettoneFree from Christmas Bakery Winner – Aldi Gluten Free Mince Pies Highly Commended – Flower & White Meringue TrufflesMince Pies Winner – Aldi Specially Selected Exquisite Mince Pies Highly Commended – Aldi Specially Selected Gingerbread Mince PiesStollen Winner – Paul Rhodes Bakery Stollen Cake Highly Commended – Aldi Specially Selected Luxury Topped StollenAnd thank you to our expert judges:Colin Lomax – Bakery consultantSimon Wooster – Wooster’s LtdMark Bennett – Patisserie Mark BennettAnn-Marie Dunne – Bakery lecturer at the Dublin Institute of TechnologyVhari Russell – The Food Marketing ExpertNeil Woods – Retired bakerPeter Sidwell – Founder of Simply Good Food TV
The Grateful Dead‘s spring 1972 tour of Europe has since become the stuff of legend within the band’s 30-year history. Recordings captured throughout the international run of shows that spring ultimately ended up on the band’s double live LP, Europe ’72, an album considered by many Dead fans as a perfect snapshot of the “Primal-Dead” era.One of the tracks featured on the album includes a wonderful rendition of “Sugar Magnolia” with Bob Weir leading the charge on the lively Dead original. It was on this day, 47 years ago, that the band performed that captured version of “Sugar Magnolia” during a show at the Olympia Theater in Paris, France.Related: Grateful Dead Played Their Final Show At The Fillmore East On This Day In 1971 [Listen]The band had just released their official studio version of the Bob Weir and Robert Hunter-penned tune almost two years earlier with its inclusion on 1970’s American Beauty. Fans can relive the band’s excellent-sounding performance from Paris that night in the audio-only video below.Grateful Dead – “Sugar Magnolia” – 5/4/1972[Video: TheAwesomeStation123]
OVERALL CAMP FACTOR 22. Just 22. That’s how many seconds she holds a single note before her big finale. THIS is how you make a song your own. 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! LOOK OUT FOR… 1:35. Here it is, folks, proof that Ms. Moore is the master of the “option up”—that is, chucking what’s actually written in favor of something higher. For those keeping track on your beltress scorecards, she goes a third higher than Kate Shindle at the end of “Legally Blonde Remix.” Melba Moore: pioneer for belters and mixers everywhere. View Comments MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENT WHY WE LOVE IT First things first. If you haven’t heard Melba Moore sing “I Got Love” from her Tony-winning turn in Purlie, that is absolutely required viewing before you proceed. In this clip from the ‘70s variety show Flip, Moore performs a Funny Girl classic with a handful of riffs that only she could get away with. Don’t let that sensible suit and flower fool you. This woman is anything but conservative when it comes to belting, and she makes that clear early on.
Retired pro cyclist Floyd Landis, a Pennsylvania native, sells CBD products at his recently opened Floyd’s cafe in Lancaster. Photo courtesy of Floyd’s of Leadville “She’s just about ready,” says Landis. The tableau smacks of a Cheech & Chong film, but this is totally legal. Landis is one of many entrepreneurs driving a new and fast-growing hemp industry. He hopes businesses throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic will adapt similar, locally focused seed-to-shop models. If that happens, resulting market stability could easily transform the Blue Ridge into a hemp-growing mecca. Farmers like King say that’s good news indeed. The process has been challenging for a number of reasons. For starters, locally adapted varieties of hemp no longer exist. Precedent research was mostly based out of China and Eastern Europe, and was decades old. Floyd Landis strolls with Amish farmer, Ben King, through a one-acre patch of six- and seven-foot-tall organically grown Cannabis sativa plants in Pennsylvania’s southern Lancaster County. The retired road cyclist and disqualified Tour de France winner palpates a thick, bright-green cola, smells his fingertips and grins at business manager, Jake Sitler, also a former pro bicyclist. “What we don’t want is people literally betting their farm on a bunch of hype,” says Morton. “We need to put them in a position to succeed.” Changing public sentiments around marijuana and increased interest in the health benefits of CBD led to nationwide reforms in the mid-2010s, and federal legislation was passed in 2014 authorizing agricultural research and development for hemp production conducted with university oversight. Morton helped to launch JMU’s research program a year later. Another boost came in 2018, when commodity hemp production was legalized at the federal level. Cover Photo: Hemp plants are being grown on farmlands across Appalachia. photo courtesy of Getty Images “It’s been a lot of educated guessing, a lot of trial and error,” says Morton. For instance, while Ukrainian hemp outcompetes weeds and requires few herbicides, there is a magic window for planting in Virginia. Miss it and weeds will swarm and kill seedlings. “Back then, pretty much all the research was focused on CBD production,” says Morton. And for good reason: Related domestic markets reached about $1.3 billion in 2019 and are projected to grow to upward of $11.3 billion by 2024. That’s good news for farmers, as it takes about 100 pounds of cured female flowers to make just one liter of CBD oil, and an acre of hemp produces roughly 1,305 pounds of flowers. “For me, this was a new beginning,” says Landis. “It’s been very, very positive.” Landis was prescribed opiates for pain following surgery. With his life spiraling into a nightmare, he became addicted. A friend suggested CBD to help him kick the habit. But CBD isn’t the only product fueling a hemp farming renaissance. There’s opportunity around edible seeds and industrial fiber as well. “The funny thing about it is, this is something that’s both new to us and really historical,” says James Madison University (JMU) professor Sam Morton. He helps direct the school’s hemp research program, which focuses on seed and fiber production. Still, Rockingham County was—and remains—Virginia’s largest agricultural producer. If there was a place to start reinventing the wheel, it was here. But there was a catch. There’s also the issue of a shaky market. Recent legalization, regulatory uncertainty around quality controls, and international competition can make it tough to secure buyers. Last year, farmers flocked to the promise of a new cash crop and created a supply glut, which led non-prenegotiated prices to drop by upwards of 75 percent. The crop is one of many: Landis’s company, Floyd’s of Leadville, has contracted with about 85 local farmers to grow more than 255 acres of hemp annually. “These folks know how to work hard and still do pretty much everything by hand the old-fashioned way,” says Landis. “Their emphasis is on premium quality goods and produce, which meets our needs exactly.” But Morton says progress is being made. Virginia’s first cooperative processing plant—which handles seeds, fiber, and CBD extraction—launched in Wythe County in late 2019. Others have followed near Harrisonburg and in Richmond. When Landis co-founded Floyd’s of Leadville in 2016, he was among the vanguard of a new industry. Today the company’s products are sold in more than 3,000 convenience stores and 800 bikes shops and by 2,000-plus bike parts distributors. It grosses more than $25 million annually. He hopes other companies will follow in the footsteps of Floyd’s of Leadville and offer similar opportunities to struggling farmers. Sales from seeds and fiber, though, are even more substantial: The U.S. market reached $3.3 billion in 2019 and is expected to swell to about $15 billion by 2025. “It’s a considerable niche with a lot of room for growth,” says Morton. Hemp farming is gaining a foothold in Appalachia—and could turn the region into a production powerhouse. For instance, when seeds can be sold at farmer’s markets and health-foods stores, or used as high-protein and fatty acid fodder for organic poultry and swine. An array of CBD products offered by Floyd’s of Leadville. Photo courtesy of Floyd’s of Leadville Hemp was vital to colonial and early American life. It arrived in Virginia in the mid-18th century and grew so well it birthed major industries. The plant was used in everything from the first blue jeans, to sails and cordage for U.S. Navy warships, to high-end poultry fodder, to culinary applications. By the early 19th century, the Shenandoah Valley, where JMU is located, had become the U.S. hemp-growing capital. Processing and distribution hubs soon sprang up in Kentucky and Tennessee as well. While CBD plots rarely exceed more than an acre of land, farmers cultivating fiber or seed crops need to grow larger amounts. To understand their unique needs, Morton and his JMU colleagues partnered with experimentally inclined area farmers for plantings ranging from five to 15 acres. “And it worked,” says Landis. He started using it for recovery after rides, to ease anxiety, and alleviate pain. Astounded by the results, he began researching production, which soon led to investment. “On one hand, having a regional growing history like ours was encouraging, because you knew the crop used to thrive here,” says Morton. That said, hemp hadn’t been cultivated at scale in the Shenandoah Valley for at least a century. By 2015, knowledge around best practices had long since been lost. “We’re looking at things like which varieties grow and yield the best in this climate, when are the ideal planting and harvesting times, what sort of pests do we have to look out for, what are the preferred soil conditions, can we adapt machinery for harvesting,” and so on, says Morton. “When I was a kid, tobacco was a big thing for small farms,” says Landis. Planting a few acres annually could bring cash for new equipment and other expenses. Now that tobacco has essentially vanished, “We think hemp can fill that gap, and in a big way.” Known as hemp, the plants are the same species that yields marijuana, but have been bred to produce low THC (the psychoactive compound responsible for the mind-altering effects of marijuana), and large concentrations of cannabidiol, or CBD. They’ll be harvested in about two weeks and taken to a Columbia processing facility, where the chemical will be extracted. The CBD is used to make a range of value-added products, including tinctures, creams, balms, tonics, gummies, and more. They’re sold at a new storefront café in nearby Lancaster and online. “Doing this here is attractive because the hemp grows much better [in this region] than it does out west,” says Landis, who has sourced from U.S. farmers since launching Floyd’s in Colorado in 2016. There, mature plants are about a third smaller. That means farmers like King could gross upward of $20,000 per acre. No small feat, considering corn brings just $570. Affordable processing is a vital piece of the puzzle and a big step toward economic viability, says Morton. Companies that rely on profit-sharing agreements with farmers, instead of charging flat fees, help streamline the production of marketable products. For his part, Landis got interested in hemp after discovering the health benefits of CBD in the late 2000s. By then, a debilitating joint condition had necessitated a hip replacement and effectively ended his pro cycling career. Meanwhile, he was embroiled in legal controversies surrounding former USPS teammate Lance Armstrong and the squad’s systemic use of performance-enhancing drugs. Partnering with local farmers seemed a win-win scenario. To minimize farmers’ risk, Floyd’s paid for seedstock and offered a buyer’s guarantee. The first crops were sown and harvested in 2019. Landis’s Lancaster café opened in January 2020. Like sister shops in Oregon and Colorado, it caters to athletes and physically active adults, coupling a bike showroom, coffee shop, and health-foods bistro with a comprehensive CBD outlet. “I wanted to do something different with my life,” says Landis. Given his history around doping and elite sports, he thought it would be interesting to create a bike-shop-meets-café, with a focus on all-natural CBD supplements and pain relievers. But Landis, who has long lived in Colorado, was inspired to return to Pennsylvania by more than profits. Raised in a Mennonite farming community near Lancaster, he saw the devastation wreaked by a declining dairy industry—120 farms closed statewide in 2018 alone. Like tobacco, growing hemp for CBD can bring big profits, but requires close monitoring and is labor intensive. Additionally, the oil in the plants jams up industrial machinery. It seemed a perfect fit for groups like the Amish. Eventually, improvements to the cotton gin and increased availability of cheap fiber from Asia led to declines in the 1860s. When U.S. government prohibitions on marijuana—which, outside of special permitting, included industrial hemp—went into effect in 1937, the industry faded further. Heightened federal drug legislation passed in 1970 finished it off. “Basically, we’re trying to write the book on how to do this the right way,” says Morton. The goal is to create seed-to-shelf guidelines that will give farmers the information they need to make educated decisions around what is currently a high-risk market.
By USAID / Edited by Diálogo Staff October 28, 2019 On September 24, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green, while standing alongside Venezuelan lawmakers, human-rights activists, and the Venezuelan Ambassador to the United States, Carlos Vecchio, announced $52 million in development assistance to help Venezuela’s Interim President Juan Guaidó, his government, and the Venezuelan people, as they seek to restore citizen-responsive, democratic governance to their country. This money will go to programs that support the Venezuelan National Assembly, independent media, civil society, and restoration of the health sector.This new funding for programs inside Venezuela is in addition to $376 million in humanitarian assistance the U.S. government has already provided in response to the Venezuelan regional crisis, including vital support to vulnerable Venezuelans and the communities that host them in Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, and elsewhere throughout the region. The rampant corruption, brutal repression, and vast political and economic mismanagement of the Maduro regime has created the largest external displacement in the history of the Western Hemisphere.The United States fully supports the interim government of Juan Guaidó, the democratically elected National Assembly, and the Venezuelan people as they work to end the Maduro regime. The people of Venezuela have suffered enough in these long years, and it is time for the country to enjoy peace, freedom, and prosperity under a democratically elected and citizen-responsive government. The announcement on September 24 serves as another example of the U.S. commitment to help Venezuelans recover their country.
By Eugenia Sagastume / Voice of America November 20, 2019 Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammattei said that some of the main insecurity problems the Central American nation face are due to narcotrafficking, and Venezuela is a “narco-state” that contributes to drug shipments into Guatemalan territory.Giammattei spoke at a press conference upon arriving in Guatemala from Venezuela, after being expelled from the country on October 12. He added that 80 percent of drugs crossing into Guatemala and a large part of Central American territories come from Venezuela by air and through the country’s seaports.In his statement, he recounted his trip to Venezuela, where he said he was escorted by units of the Bolivarian National Guard from the moment he got off the plane and taken to migratory authorities to board a departing flight.“That’s how dictatorships operate: one, by telling lies, just as they have been doing, and two, trying to justify their actions by saying that we had to request permission from a man [Nicolás Maduro] we do not recognize as the president of Venezuela,” he said.Giammattei’s attempt to use his Italian passport to enter Venezuela also caused controversy. He said that after requesting advice from the Venezuelan Embassy, he decided to submit his Italian ID to avoid procedures that would take at least two months to complete.In a press release, the Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs deplored and condemned the incident, and “called for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to respect the rights of any Guatemalan citizen who is in or attempting to enter Venezuela.”Giammattei urged member nations of the Organization of American States to unite as a humanitarian effort and ask Maduro to release all political prisoners, as well as to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid. He also reaffirmed his support for Interim President Juan Guaidó: “President Guaidó, you are not alone! Guatemala is vigilant and alert.”He concluded with a warning message to Maduro: “We’ll see after January 14 , when I am president with a diplomatic passport, if the Maduro government denies me entry to Venezuela to express my solidarity to the Venezuelan people and to the legitimate government of Venezuela.”
Trial Lawyers Section keeps an eye on malpractice legislation March 1, 2003 Regular News Trial Lawyers Section keeps an eye on malpractice legislation Monitoring legislation, including medical malpractice issues, and promoting professionalism are among the top priorities this year of the Trial Lawyers Section.Reporting to the Board of Governors recently, section Chair Dominic Caparello said the trial lawyers are traditionally involved in legislative matters and this year will be no different.He noted that the section represents all types of trial attorneys, including the personal injury and defense bar. “We are a balanced group, we represent all trial lawyers in the state of Florida,” Caparello said. “Our primary emphasis will be access to the courts and preservation of our jury system.”The section continues to publish a professionalism handbook, which is given to all new Bar members. “Hopefully, it is a guide on how we should act as lawyers and in litigation,” he said.The section is also continuing to distribute its highly regarded discovery handbook, Caparello said, and many judges are now using it as the standard reference to resolve discovery disputes.A new project this year is a program to explore containing expert witness costs. Caparello said he participated in a recent case where the costs exceeded $1 million, with most of that attributable to expert witnesses.The section continues to be active in CLE programs, including offering intermediate and advanced trial training. For the intermediate courses, “We have a number of instructors — seasoned lawyers and judges, federal and state — and during a week we teach aspiring trial lawyers how to try cases,” he said.The advanced course includes barristers from London, and the section reciprocates by sending experienced lawyers to an English CLE program.For the June Annual Meeting, Caparello said, the section is planning a different program for its Chester Bedell Memorial Luncheon. This year will feature a performer from New York, doing “The Clarence Darrow Story.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York British colonists settled Long Island nearly 400 years ago, but the connection remains strong, as shown by local celebrations of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.On Friday, Stew Leonard’s in East Meadow gave a local couple the royal treatment by hosting their wedding at the store with all the trappings, including royal wedding cake.Rudy and Nadine Michaud were married by Hempstead Town Clerk Sylvia A. Cabana in a royal-styled wedding with many store workers dressed in medieval costumes.Following the ceremony, Stew Leonard’s French-trained baker, Beth Leonard Hollis, served her royal wedding cake replicating the actual royal cake using lemon and elderflower flavors.The cake was available for sale to serve at the many royal wedding viewing parties being held across Long Island.Another local retailer, Total Wine Spirits & More in Westbury, got into the royal wedding spirit by hosting a tasting event on Friday for London-based Broker’s Gin.Founded in 1997 by Martin and Andy Dawson, their gin is produced in England and is now distributed in all 50 states.