Some 200 visitors attended the first Scottish Bakers’ Fair, held in Edinburgh on 24 September.Twenty-seven ingredients and equipment suppliers and trade bodies took stands at the regional event, organised by William Reed Events and the Scottish Association of Master Bakers (SAMB).Many reported that the fair gave them an opportunity to build a closer relationship with Scot-tish customers.British Sugar marketing operations manager Myra Hales commented: “The main purpose of coming to the show is to find out more about what Scottish bakers want and fill in any gaps in our relationship. Scotland is Tate & Lyle’s heartland, and we want to build our presence here.”Newsmith Stainless also took a stand at the show, manned by Oliver Douglas sales director Paul Woodhead. He said the show was an opportunity to reassure Oliver Douglas’ Scottish customers that it was business as usual, following the recent Newsmith acquisition of Oliver Douglas (British Baker, 18 August, pg 3).Meanwhile, craft bakers at the show welcomed the fact that suppliers had travelled to see them. Browning’s the Bakers MD John Gall commented: “It is good to have this event in Scotland; it saves travelling to Birmingham or London, which is what we normally have to do when there is a show on. A show is the best place to find a new piece of equipment, which can take a full week if you invite different suppliers to the bakery to see you.”Meanwhile André Sarafilovic, MD of Wm Stephens in Dunferm-line, commented: “This is very good. It is great to see suppliers make the effort to be here.”SAMB chief executive Kirk Hunter said: “It has been an excellent show; we are pleased to see so many members here.” The SAMB used the event to promote its plans for a Scottish bakery training centre, due to open in January on the site of retail and wholesale baker Mathieson’s new bakery.SAMB past president, John Murray said the site would cater for theoretical and practical training, including bakery and computer skills. “We have always wanted something like this and we are delighted we have done it,” he said.Exhibitors also included Renshaw, Bakels, Fleming Howden, Advanced Food Equipment, Brook Food, Unifine, ADM Milling, Muntons, Puratos and Mono.
By Daniel Stevens, introduced by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall224 pages, Published by Bloomsbury, £14.99It’s rare that a book comes along that combines breadmaking and DIY, but here it is. Not content with offering a pretty thorough description of the breadmaking process and a range of classic bread recipes, Stevens goes one further with a step-by-step guide to building a clay oven.”If I was a lump of dough,” he writes, “proving my final minutes away and contemplating the manner of my passing, I’d choose the old-fashioned way to go – to be slipped, bare-bottomed, straight on to the ash-covered floor of a hell-hot wood-fired oven.”Such flights of lunacy have evidently rubbed off from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, whom he works under as River Cottage’s baker. As you would expect, no book released under the Fearnley-Whittingstall banner would come without a little tub-thumping. His protégé is no exception, not only railing against plant bread, but also lambasting supermarket in-stores and even those local craft bakers that ape industrial breadmaking on a smaller scale.But for a small book, it is densely packed with nuts-and-bolts information, from working out bakers’ percentages to ingredient suppliers. Product-wise, there’s a strong traditionally British bent to his bread, from spelt breads to English muffins, sourdoughs, hot cross buns and lardy cakes, but rounded out with focaccia, roti, doughnuts, bagels and crackers. And in these frugal times, his serving suggestions for waste bread are useful café options including panzanella (a Tuscan bread salad), and more eyebrow-raising, brown bread ice cream.
Longtime presidential adviser and Harvard Kennedy School professor David Gergen spoke at Harvard Divinity School in a wide-ranging conversation with HDS Dean David N. Hempton on religion, politics, and public life. [/gz_video]Longtime presidential adviser and Harvard Kennedy School Professor David Gergen engaged in a wide-ranging conversation Friday with Dean David N. Hempton at Harvard Divinity School on the complex intersections of religion, politics, and public life, particularly in the White House.The talk was a centerpiece of the Dean’s Leadership Forum, an annual event that brings together scholars, students, and leaders from Harvard and beyond for discussions on critical issues in religion.Gergen got his start as a speechwriter in the Nixon White House. He went on to serve in the communications department for Gerald Ford, as director of communications for Ronald Reagan, and as an adviser to Bill Clinton.Gergen said it was important not to overstate the impact of religion on the decisions of the chief executives for whom he had worked, yet he marveled at the influence that the Rev. Billy Graham has had over presidents since Harry Truman. He detailed Graham’s relationships, strong with Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson, and Ronald Reagan, more distant with John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton, though they valued his counsel. Graham’s most complicated relationship was with Richard Nixon, Gergen said.“Graham found Nixon tough on the surface, but underneath … he had a compassionate side,” Gergen said. “He tried to work with him, but he was shocked when the Watergate tapes came out. … They never met during the last year of Nixon’s presidency.”Hempton noted that religion and political partisanship are deeply intertwined in the United States, and asked how these two aspects of American life became so strongly connected.Gergen said that Christian Evangelicals, disenchanted by prohibitions on prayer in schools and the success of the abortion rights movement, came off of the political sidelines in 1976 to vote for Jimmy Carter, who spoke openly about his faith. When Carter disappointed them with his stance on social issues, however, conservative Christians flocked to Reagan. Gergen pointed to current events to demonstrate their continuing place in the base of the Republican Party.“I wasn’t surprised when Ted Cruz went to Liberty University,” Gergen said of the recent launch of the Texas U.S. senator’s presidential bid. “Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson’s influence on the party is still very strong.”At the same time, Gergen said that social issues are less dominant in U.S. politics than they were even 10 years ago. He noted that Americans have made tremendous shifts in their acceptance of gay and lesbian rights.“I think it’s terrific,” he said. “But it’s shrunk the influence of the social conservatives and Evangelicals. Republican candidates for president need to get to the middle now. The politics of religion are changing rapidly.”Gergen, who was deeply involved in an Aspen Institute report on American religious pluralism with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, talked about the project’s findings and recommendations. He said that the group explored whether the United States could ever experience the sectarian strife that rages in some parts of the world.Happily, they concluded that despite occasional tensions like those over the building of a mosque in lower Manhattan, there was little threat of large-scale religious conflict in the short term. Gergen said that it was critical, though, for the United States to act proactively and build a culture that could withstand an event like the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.“Extremism in the Middle East has taken such a virulent form that we have no choice but to be vigilant,” he said. “But we also need to strengthen our commitment to pluralism. We need to do far more with young people, the media, nonprofits, religious organizations, and, at the government level, strengthen understanding and appreciation of one another.”As the talk moved to religion’s influence on foreign affairs. Gergen said he was deeply disturbed by the current of anti-Semitism rolling through Europe in recent months. He also said that he, like most American diplomats, was taken by surprise by the Arab Spring revolutions of 2011.“No one could have foreseen that the self-immolation of a street vendor in Tunisia would set off a revolution,” he said, referring to Mohamed Bouazizi’s act of protest.Gergen expressed concern about the lack of religious literacy among U.S. diplomats and policymakers. Few really understand the differences between, say, Sunni and Shia Muslims, he observed.“We knew so little about Iraq when we went in,” he said. “That decision reflects the fact that diplomats are, by and large, not well-trained.”Gergen said that he was most worried about the degree of disorder unfolding globally. He shared an acronym that West Point faculty members use to describe the world their students are inheriting: VUCA — volatile, uncertain, chaos, ambivalence.He said that the greatest short-term threat to world stability and security was sectarian violence in the Middle East. The greatest long-term threat, however, is how the United States copes with the rise of Asia.Former Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Dean Graham Allison “talks about the Thucydides trap,” he said. “The Athenians watched Sparta’s rise with anxiety. When Sparta started to flex its muscles, it led to war that eventually destroyed both states. Allison looked at 19 instances in history where there was a rising world power. In 11 of 12 cases, they went to war.”With that ground covered, Hempton surrendered to the temptation to ask the longtime presidential adviser the “big question” about the 2016 presidential election: “Who’s going to win?”Gergen laughed. He said it was hard to pick the next president more than 18 months before the election, and shuddered at the campaign ahead. Then the one-time adviser to George H.W. Bush’s 1980 presidential bid shared a joke.“I like what California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said recently: ‘I just heard [former Florida Gov.] Jeb Bush is serious about running for president. Now we know what the Bush family really meant when they said no child left behind,” he said.Hempton closed the conversation by bringing it back to campus. He noted the common efforts of the Divinity School and HKS to make the world a better and less violent place, and asked how the two institutions could best collaborate to advance these goals.Gergen said that the way forward for the Kennedy School was expanded collaboration with HDS and other Schools at Harvard. He ended with an African proverb that’s a favorite of the staff at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: “If you want to go fast, go alone. 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View Comments Tony winner Patti LuPone accepted Audra McDonald and Will Swenson’s nomination for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in a timely manner, joining the horde of Broadway stars to participate in the movement. And we have to say, her video traverses the line between charitable sportsmanship and performance art. After expressing her relief over the Metropolitan Opera labor union negotiations, she receives a cryptic message from a certain six-time Tony Award winner, swiftly takes the plunge and nominates former small screen costars Alec Baldwin, Jessica Lange and Alex Borstein. Oh, and she’s on a beach. Of course. (Cue “Sand and Water” from Matters of the Heart.) Take it away, Patti! Star Files Patti LuPone
On the Blogs: What Wyoming Can Learn From Europe FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Joshua Zaffos for High Country News:The last Thursday of March was Black Thursday in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, when Arch Coal and Peabody Energy announced 465 layoffs at two of the coal-dusted region’s largest mines. The job cuts came amid Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings, first by Arch and Alpha Natural Resources in January and then by Peabody in April. Given the combination of crashing prices, bankruptcies, and a global push to phase out coal and other fossil fuels, the layoffs are most likely just the first to hit northeastern Wyoming. Here, where coal provides one out of every 10 jobs, much of the state is already reeling.Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead opened temporary community resource centers in the coal towns of Casper, Gillette and Douglas to provide information on unemployment insurance, job opportunities and training, and counseling services. Following Black Thursday, more than 900 people showed up at the centers and workforce offices, including some unemployed workers from the oil and gas industry.But the official response feels underwhelming to laid-off workers. Why, they wonder, have they been abandoned, given that Wyoming produces nearly 40 percent of the nation’s coal? Billions of dollars in mining revenue pays for schools, roads and other public services in the state. What about the workers who helped produce that revenue?To find a different response to the crisis, Wyoming and its miners may need to look in another direction — toward Europe, in fact, where unemployment benefits generally last longer, job-training programs are more extensive, and retirement benefits are better protected. That makes it easier for both industry and mining communities to weather the hard times when they come.Both West and East Germany relied heavily on coal for power and jobs following World War II, for example. But coal mines began declining following reunification in the 1990s. In the western part of the country, the high costs of continued “hard coal” mining from deep geological formations has forced some closures as prices have dropped. Eastern Germany has the most productive lignite mines in the world, but lignite, also known as soft or brown coal, is extremely dirty, emitting much more carbon dioxide than other fossil fuels when consumed. The government is now scaling back those operations as part of Germany’s national effort to address climate change, and to restructure its energy policy to reduce carbon-spewing coal and fossil fuel use and invest in renewables, according to Clean Energy Wire (CLEW), an independent, nonprofit German energy communications group. Germany’s environmental minister is pushing to stop mining and burning coal entirely by 2040.The U.S., in contrast, has no such comprehensive national-level climate action or energy policy. Miners and energy officials in Wyoming and elsewhere continue to blame President Obama and the Clean Power Plan, rather than global economic and environmental pressures, for the downfall of coal, and many refuse to support climate action or even acknowledge climate change. With plenty of congressional support for that viewpoint, the U.S. has come up with only relatively minor coordinated efforts to manage sweeping energy trends. Instead of getting behind deliberate and comprehensive energy policies or climate-change planning, U.S. lawmakers have allowed global energy market forces to buffet the industry and energy workers, with few resources offered to ease the pain. Wyoming Gov. Mead’s latest state Energy Strategy is focused on fossil fuels with scarcely any mention of renewables, and he recently said the state is “doubling down on coal,” including aggressively backing unproven “clean coal” and carbon capture and storage technology, in hopes of somehow bucking the global downturn.Full post: Can we learn from Europe’s approach to laid-off coal miners?
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The master bedroom has high ceilings and traditional featuresMr Gegg said the yard was beautifully landscaped and featured window planter boxes. The Clayfield home is within walking distance to cafes, restaurants and public transport. It is close to three private schools and is in the Ascot State School catchment. The home is on the market for offers over $800,000. The home features leadlight details and classic carpetsThe three-bedroom home has ornate plaster ceilings and cornices, silky oak panelling and plush carpets. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The retro kitchen includes a gas cook top and oven, dishwasher and plenty of cupboard space and shelving. The formal lounge and dining rooms are separated by rich timber and leadlight French doors and feature luxurious carpet. The family room has polished timber floors, built-in shelving and plenty of space for casual living. The art deco home at 476 Sandgate Rd, Clayfield is on the marketSTEP through the front door of this art deco home and step back in time. The 1930s era property at 476 Sandgate Rd has been beautifully maintained through the decades. LJ Hooker Clayfield marketing agent, Jason Gegg said the Clayfield property was immaculate from the gorgeous timber and leadlight windows to the 1960s extension and bathroom and kitchen renovations. “Its flawless presentation is an indication of how well this property has been maintained by the owners,” Mr Gegg said. The kitchen has a retro 1960s feelThe master and second bedrooms have built-in robes and access to a sun room while all three bedrooms are airconditioned. The home has two separate bathrooms on the main level and a laundry and a workshop on the ground floor. There is also a bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette on the bottom floor — perfect for teenagers, visiting relatives or grandparents.
Brazil: GEC Alsthom, CAF and Adtranz are to supply 30 commuter trains for São Paulo under a US$205m contract due to be signed last month; manufacture of six of the four-car EMUs will be carried out locally, with Adtranz responsible for traction equipment.Sécheron has won a contract to supply its SECOS 32 traction control equipment to MPE which is modernising CBTU’s Series 800 EMUs in Rio de Janeiro.CBTU has called tenders for automatic fare collection equipment for its Belo Horizonte suburban network.Bulgaria: British Steel Track Products has won a contract to supply 26000 tonnes (353 km) of rail to BDZ.Canada: GO Transit is to sign a six-year contract this month with Bombardier Inc to maintain 49 GM locos and 331 bilevel cars.C
Share West Florida Volleyball playing West Alabama in the GSC Match of the week. Oct. 5, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – The 19-2 Argonaut Volleyball team travels to Livingston, Alabama today to take on the 18-0 West Alabama Lions. Both teams are 4-0 in the Gulf South Conference, and the Match was declared the “Match of the Week” by the GSC. The Argos are coming off wins over Alabama Hunstville and North Alabama, the defending GSC Champions, while West Alabama is coming off a 3-2 win over West Georgia.These two teams have been on a collision course since the conference slate began. Both have gotten off to tremendous starts, and sit atop the standings in the East Division. This is the first of two meetings between these squads, and will go along way in painting the postseason picture in the GSC. West Florida heads into Livingston, Alabama riding a 10-game winning streak. The Argonauts are no slouch on the road either, posting a 10-0 record away from Pensacola.Head coach Melissa Wolter’s squad is efficient in all areas of the game, ranking in the top five in the GSC in six major categories. Their depth is also a huge factor, with five different West Florida players having won player of the week honors this season. Defensively, Danielle Spitzer anchors the net, placing in the top five in the league in blocks per game with 1.24, while Jerica Carter carries much of the dirty dig workload. That defensive unit will have it hands full, hoping to contain the lethal West Alabama attack.The West Alabama squad is in the midst of rewriting all of the records books of past Tiger teams, starting off the year a perfect 18-0. They are also ranked #25 in the nation, another first for the West Alabama program. Every week has seen a record fall for the Tigers, as they look to continue on their magical run. Head coach Ron Arenz and company are primed by their ferocious offense, pounding teams into submission from all over the court.At the center of that barrage is junior Allison Nail, who is quickly becoming one of the league’s most feared attackers. She ranks second in the conference in hitting percentage, putting down points at a .397 clip. Nail, who has been selected as a player of the week this season, also is top five in the GSC in kills per game with 4.81. She leads a Tiger attack that is tops in the conference and third in the country in overall hitting percentage. They can manufacture points from the service line as well, ranking in the top 10 nationally with 2.92 service aces per game.The Argos also have two attackers in the top 7 of the conference in hitting percentage, as Isabela Gualberto and Luciana Rapach are both hitting above .330 for the season. However, the Argo offense can come from Kimberly Clark, Chelsea Wilhoite, and Spitzer at almost an equal clip. With two outstanding offensive teams, the match may come down to which defense can slow the opponent down the most.This monumental match up will take place at Pruitt Hall on the campus of the University of West Alabama. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. CDT, and you can listen live to the stretch internet radio broadcast during the game. Find the Stretch internet link on the right side of the UWF Athletics home page. Print Friendly Version
West Ham host Carroll’s former club Newcastle United in league action at Upton Park on Saturday, with Collision backing the 25-year-old to build on his immediate impact. “The big man has been working so hard to get fit, so it’s great for him to be back out on the pitch and well done to him,” Collison told West Ham’s official website. “Now he can build on what he did at Cardiff. “There were a couple of dodgy touches from him, but it was a fantastic ball for the last goal and we’ll all happy to get him back.” Carlton Cole, whose future remains uncertain with a short-term contract nearing its end, opened the scoring in the victory at Cardiff, with the Hammers grinding home despite a red card for defender James Tomkins. Now Collison expects the duo to bolster West Ham’s attacking threats as they seek to move away from the Premier League drop zone. “Carlton Cole did really well for us again on Saturday, he got another goal and that’s four for us now,” Collison said. “It’s great to have him in good form as well. England striker Carroll made his long-awaited return from foot trouble as West Ham claimed a 2-0 league victory at Cardiff City on Saturday. Carroll came off the bench to tee up Mark Noble for the second and decisive goal, easing pressure on manager Sam Allardyce and lifting West Ham out of the relegation zone. “It was a tough second half for us because they had a lot of the ball, especially when James Tomkins got sent off, so it was great to look over at the sidelines and see Andy Carroll coming on.” Cup thrashings at Nottingham Forest and Manchester City saw West Ham leak 11 goals in four days, before Saturday’s trip to Cardiff. Collison hailed Allardyce for staying cool, especially in the wake of that 6-0 humbling at the Etihad Stadium in the Capital One Cup. “The manager spoke a lot in the last week about showing character and working hard for each other,” said Collison. “I think that showed in what the lads did at Cardiff, there were lots of blocks, Adrian was fantastic for us again and it was a massive three points, which came at the right time. “The manager was fantastic all week: he hasn’t been too down in the dumps. “Obviously we were all disappointed about Forest and Man City, but he’s been there and done it all before, and he really picked us up before Cardiff. “That rubbed off on the boys and we went and performed on Saturday to get the three points.” Andy Carroll can lift West Ham out of Barclays Premier League relegation danger, according to Jack Collison. Press Association