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Hunters’ Chairman comes out fighting for Dominic Cummings

first_imgHome » News » COVID-19 news » Hunters’ Chairman comes out fighting for Dominic Cummings previous nextCOVID-19 newsHunters’ Chairman comes out fighting for Dominic CummingsMP for Thirsk and Malton says Cumming’s explanation of his rule breaking was ‘fair’ and urged those on Twitter to ‘move on’.Nigel Lewis26th May 20200834 Views Hunters Chairman and MP Kevin Hollinrake emerged last night as one of the key Tories to support Boris Johnson’s adviser Dominic Cummings following his sensational hour-long Downing Street press conference.Minutes after the event ended, Hollinrake tweeted that Cumming’s explanation of his movements and actions during the severest weeks of the lockdown were: “Detailed and fair explanation of events, in my view, time to move on”.Unfortunately for the Thirsk and Malton MP, many of his 1,997 followers and others on Twitter did not move on, and his missive, as well as being liked 2,500 times and retweeted 937 times, attracted 3,000 mostly critical comments.Away from Twitter, Hollinrake was joined by several high profile government ministers and MPs who strongly supported Cummings, including housing secretary Robert Jenrick – who in April was accused of breaking Coronavirus travel rules himself – plus Chief Whip Mark Spencer and Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove, although at the time of writing housing minister Christopher Pincher had not joined in.Jenrick’s Labour shadow Thangam Debonnaire took a more critical approach, tweeting that: “In the last 48 hours I’ve had 199 emails re: PM’s advisor and his alleged actions, and the PM’s response.“Very distressing reading. People who have experienced heart-breaking struggle with their family responsibilities. All stuck to the rules. All feel betrayed.”Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat housing spokesperson, said: “Look, I had Covid 19 and I have kids too. Thousands of others have been in the same situation. We followed the guidelines that [Cummings] helped write to keep others safe. While he stays, the government’s messages will be disdained and flouted – and people will die as a result.”Dominic cummings Kevin Hollinrake Dexters May 26, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Face to face…

first_imgQ How did you come into the baking industry?A My father was with Kelly’s Bakery in Kilcock as a salesman. When I was a child, I used to go down to the bakery with him and it was a love affair. I started at O’Rourke’s bakery (Mother’s Pride) in the days when you were signed into an indentured apprenticeship with a master.I still have the list of things we were precluded from doing, such as staying out late at night without permission. My brother, Robert, followed me into bakery and is presently with Johnston Mooney & O’Briens.After my apprenticeship, I attended Dublin Bakery College, where I was the first Irish citizen to be awarded the London City and Guilds Silver Medallion.The MD showed me competi-tors’ products and said that if I could produce them to an acceptable standard, packaged and costed, he would consider me to be a suitable candidate. So I did it and got the job as product development manager.That started my career in management and I later became bread bakery production manager and confectionery production manager; bakery general manager at Mother’s Pride Group (owned by RHM); and bakery general manager at Irish Bakeries.Q How did you get involved in yeast production?A I came into Yeast Products as CEO and later became managing director of the company.For me it was an interesting business, because yeast and its functionality is an issue of breadmaking and fermentation. So while they are two totally diffe-rent businesses, the logic between them has similarities. Because I knew what a baker would look for in yeast, we set out to achieve that as a business.That is the reason we have been very successful.Q Tell me about your links with the UK and becoming one of a handful of Irish members of the Worshipful Company of BakersA When I was with RHM, at its bakery on North Circular Road, Dublin, Derrick Warburton, father of Jonathan, who now heads up Warburton’s Bakery, was on our board and he invited me to work in ’back o’ th’ bank’ in Bolton to see their bakery operation and get a good grounding. Mother’s Pride had bakeries across the UK and I worked in many of them.Some years back, I was invited to go along to the Worshipful Company of Bakers and attended events so I was subsequently invited to join and was delighted to do so. More recently, I have become a liveryman of the company. I’ve been asked by the master to bring my chain of office of Irish Association of Master Bakers. That will be the first time that chain of office will have officiallybeen worn, in its 100 years in existence, at the Election Banquet in the Mansion House in London. It is a big honour.All of these things are forging the links between our two islands.Q What do you hope to do as president of the Irish Association of Master Bakers (IAMB)?A At our conference, members spoke about how the industry has been the subject – not only here but across the world – of bad press, and not all of it based on fact. I hope that, over the next two years, the industry can put together a response to these spurious claims and enhance the image of bread and its part in a healthy diet. The industry at large has to decide how to proceed. IAMB is the umbrella body, with a role in pulling all industry groups together where there is a common issue like this.Q What other issues are facing Irish bakery?A The industry continues to diversify and rationalise. It has been responding to changing market demand and bakers have been introducing new products. The demand for variety is beginning to grow and that trend will continue. So we will have a wide range of products in Irish bakeries, just as there are in European bakeries.It has come full circle. In my youth, every baker produced a full range of bakery and confectionery products, which were all sold fresh every day and they had all the skills that went into that. But with the advent of supermarkets, the sale of fresh products as wholesale was centralised.Now, the industry is embracing new technology – the concept of using frozen product, retarded products and gas flushing, for example – technologies that extend the lifespan of products and open up opportunities for greater variety.Q How has the issue of training been tackled in Ireland?A Skillnets is going very well and gives us the opportunity to train bakers in-situ. It is a structured and focused programme. Pat Garvey is responsible for it and he has done an excellent job. He won an award for creating one of the best Skillnets programmes across all industries. The bakery industry was complimented for the quality of its training programme.Matching training needs with the industry’s needs is vital. As pressure is exerted to comply with different standards or product demand patterns, training is provided. The Bakery School’s interaction with the industry has diminished, but there will always a place for a national bakery college in the bakery industry.Q What are the difficulties and opportunities in the Irish market?A It is not right that bread should be selling at low prices. It is taking away from our industry the ability to reinvest and meet the needs of consumers. As a wholesome foodstuff, bread should command a reasonable price.I hear of the pressure on pricing in supermarkets, where small amounts of money affect decisions to purchase.If bread is sold on price alone, you would sell only cheap products – but that is not the case; bread is beginning to find a place again as an important quality food item in the shopping basket.There is a renaissance in the craft bakery sector. You come across French, Polish, and other bakeries in Ireland now and they are bringing their skills with them. That process is finding favour among consumers. Irish bakers, too, have been diversifying and introducing new products and new bakeries are opening.Q What do you do when you are not at work?A I follow rugby, and am an avid supporter of the Irish squad, and I read quite a bit. My wife, Angela, and I have also travelled a lot – in Italy, Spain and Portugal, of late.I like Italy – in particular its culture, social background, art and history – and I am, inevitably, drawn to bakeries wherever I am.My son, Paul, graduated from University College, Dublin, with a B. Com (Hons) and is running a restaurant in Cabinteely (in Ireland). He is into food big-time. As a child he used to help me to make mince pies at Christmas and, as he got older, graduated to more advanced items. nlast_img read more

Beautifully Restored Footage Of Jerry Garcia & David Grisman’s Reunion Has Emerged

first_imgThe relationship between Jerry Garcia and David Grisman was a long and beautiful one, producing some of the most heartfelt music of either musician’s career. Dating back to the early 1960’s, Garcia and Grisman were part of the same music scene in the San Francisco Bay Area, and again teamed up for the Old And In The Way sessions. However, it wasn’t until 1990 when the two officially joined forces as Garcia & Grisman, recording many sessions together and occasionally playing live.Much to our delight, footage from their very first concert at the original Sweetwater in Mill Valley, CA has re-surfaced. Taken on December 17th, 1990, it appears filmmaker Jesse Block has restored the quality of this video footage significantly, allowing for a breathtaking audio-visual experience. Garcia and Grisman are both in top form, and it’s a treat to see them in action. With bassist Jim Kerwin and percussionist Joe Craven adding some color to the performance, this is one for the ages.Watch the full show footage, streaming below.Setlist: Garcia & Grisman at Sweetwater, Mill Valley, CA – 12/17/90One Set: The Thrill is Gone, When First Unto This Country, Grateful Dawg, Spring In California, Off To Sea Once More, So What?, Two Soldiers, Dawg’s Waltz, Russian Lullabylast_img read more

Trey Anastasio Discusses Plans For Ghosts Of The Forest Live Album On SiriusXM

first_imgOn Tuesday, ahead of Ghosts of the Forest‘s performance at Albany, NY’s Palace Theatre, Trey Anastasio took some time out of his afternoon to chat with SiriusXM JamOn host Ari Fink. Along with giving some insights on the recently debuted project, Trey also premiered two new tracks, “Halfway Home” and “A Life Behind The Dream”, off of Ghosts of the Forest’s forthcoming album.Ari firsts asked Trey how fans should be perceiving the new project, in terms of a live show concept. Trey responded,It’s a concert with a narrative arc. There’s an underlying story within the sequence of songs, and within the lyrics of the songs. So, that probably makes it a little bit different from things that I’ve done before. Trey went on to reflect about his late friend Chris Cottrell, the inspiration behind Ghosts of the Forest’s inception, explaining,Chris was my soul brother. He was one of the last people I was really close with that didn’t work with me in some way. So, it kind of felt like more than a loss of an individual friend—it felt like the loss of a tether or two to a different era. I went in and visited Ray Paczkowski in the hospital around the same time that Chris passed away, and it was an intense time. We did Chris’ memorial service and his daughters were there with me, and then a week or two later I went and recorded the (Ghosts of the Forest) album. It’s raw, you know what I mean? It was still too early to—it wasn’t finished yet, the picture still wasn’t finished yet. And then I started writing more songs because I wanted to address the other side of the coin, which is more of an acceptance and bigger picture outlook on where we fit in this grand scheme, or something like that (laughs).  Trey then dove into the end results, explaining,What ended up happening is I wrote 11 more songs, and then it all started to form into the shape of a show that had a narrative arc, and a lot of the narrative arc is like a swinging pendulum bouncing back and forth between grief and hope. It was a bumpy ride in trying to grapple with some of these questions. That’s sort of what the show ends up being.Surprisingly, Trey also elaborated on a special live recording plan for Ghosts of the Forest’s New York City shows. He explains,This has been in place all along, but, the idea was to take the two nights and record the shows as a live album at the United Palace Theatre. It will almost be like a regular recording session, with two passes at the shows. For example, when Aretha Franklin was famously recording a record she would do two passes and that was it. Everyone had to play live. So for us, this is like we get two takes at the United Palace Theatre, but most importantly, the full picture of the Ghosts of the Forest document will have our community members and family in the audience. The recording will end up being a live album.Trey also discussed the longevity of the new Ghosts of the Forest material and compared Ghosts of the Forest to his one-off 8 Foot Fluorescent Tubes show in Vermont in 1998. He explained,This is finite. I’m so hugely grateful for the community of friends, family, and audience coming out and supporting us. This is what it is. I have five more shows of this and then I’ll be on Phish tour. It’ll be in the rearview mirror so fast. The last time I did something like this was when Higher Ground opened in Burlington, and my brother-in-law asked if I would play the opening weekend, to which I responded, ‘only if I can start an entirely new band’. That show, I debuted ‘Sand’ and ‘First Tube’ and all these years later those songs are still being played. Probably one or two or some will make it.Ghosts of the Forest tour continues tonight, Tuesday, April 9th, at Albany, NY’s Palace Theatre. For a list of Ghosts of the Forest’s upcoming tour dates, see below. For more information, head here.Trey Anastasio’s Ghosts of the Forest Tour Dates:APRIL9 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre10 – Boston, MA – Orpheum12 – New York, NY – United Palace Theatre13 – New York, NY – United Palace Theatre19 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre20 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre at UC Berkeleylast_img read more

Fletcher Allen Medical Staff Office Manager Appointed to National Board

first_imgKay Brown, C.M.S.C., C.P.C.S., manager of the Medical Staff Office atFletcher Allen Health Care, has been chosen to serve on the NationalCertification Board of the National Association of Medical Staff Services(NAMSS). In this position, Brown will be the Northeast representative andwill help draft and evaluate certification requirements for medical staffservices personnel throughout the country. She will be working withhospitals of all sizes — from large urban academic medical centers toone-person Medical Staff Offices at small community hospitals. Theappointment is a three-year commitment.”The challenge that has beenplaced before me is an honor but also a formidable one. We will besetting the standards for the future of medical staff professionals acrossthe nation,” Brown said. “I look forward to representing the Northeaststates as well as Fletcher Allen Health Care during my tenure on theNational Certification Board.”Brown was hired as the Medical Staff Office manager at Fletcher Allen in April 2001. At Fletcher Allen, she works with a medical staff of more than 800 physicians, nurse practitioners, allied health professionals and others. The Medical Staff Office is responsible for medical staff appointments, re-appointments and credentialing. The Office also maintains the medical staff bylaws, rules and regulations and provides support for 16 medical staff committees.In addition to her involvement with NAMSS, Kay serves as president of theVermont Association of Medical Staff Services. She has more than 20 yearsexperience in the health care field. Prior to joining Fletcher Allen,Brown served as medical staff coordinator at St. Vincent Hospital inIndianapolis. Before working at St. Vincent Hospital, Brown was aparamedic for 20 years in Indiana. She also worked with that state’semergency management department as a division director, helping tomitigate disasters and establish injury prevention programs, among otherduties. An Indiana native, Brown graduated from Purdue University in WestLafayette, Indiana. She lives in Milton, Vermont with her family.last_img read more

The Gerber Dime

first_imgAs you can see this little guy packs a punch and is quite compact.Take a moment and think about one object you carry with you every day.Most likely you answered with the obvious like keys, wallet, and cell phone. In nowadays society, if you step out the door without all three of these you feel like you forgot to put pants on. You carry them everywhere, which is exactly why you need the Gerber Dime keychain tool.The Dime is Gerber’s newest take on the ever-popular keychain multi-tool, except this time around Gerber is firing on all cylinders. The Dime packs 10 tools into a lightweight 2.2 oz package that only measures 2.75” when closed. No wonder they called it the Dime, it offers the kitchen sink and then some but won’t be dragging your pants down.The 10 choice tools you will find are wire cutters, retail package opener, medium flathead driver, bottle opener, file, pliers, fine edge blade, scissors, crosshead driver, and tweezers. There was a lot of thought put into this little guy on both form and function. While the tool is attractive and sleek, they had the foresight to spring-load the scissors and put the most used and important tool on the outside, the bottle opener.I put the Dime on my set of keys, and have used it on almost a daily basis. From opening boxes to opening brews it’s one of those pieces of gear that you forget just how handy it is. While it is great to have a multi-tool handy in normal conditions, you will be darn happy you’re packing the Dime if put into a survival situation. Have you ever read Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, yea he wasn’t exactly planning on spending a lengthy vacation on that lake.I spend a good bit of time out in the woods either trail running or mountain biking and I always carry my keys with me. Already the Dime saved the day on a recent mountain bike ride. We used the pliers to bend back my buddy’s rear derailleur hanger, something virtually impossible to do without pliers, and he was able to make it back to the car under his own power.For only $22 dollars the Dime is a steal. They offer three colors, black, red, or green, all with a lifetime warranty. My only complaint with the Dime would be where you loop the tool onto your keychain. It looks a little too minimal, but my easy fix for this was looping the tool onto my keys by the bottle opener (this did not effect the ability to use bottle opener). The Dime is a refreshingly well thought out take on the keychain multi-tool, and will pay for itself multiple times over.Bottom Line: Buy the Dime, it will save your ass more times than you could keep track of.Looking for other great gear reviews, then check out our Gear pagelast_img read more

2020 Diamond Awards entry open

first_img continue reading » CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council is now accepting submissions for the 2020 Diamond Awards, which recognize credit union marketing and business development professionals for their original marketing campaigns that demonstrate creativity, strategy and proven results.Applicants can earn recognition in 1 of 35 categories, including:Brand AwarenessEmail – Single or SeriesOngoing EventSocial MediaVideo – Commercial or Non-Commercial2020 Diamond Award winners will receive recognition at the 27th annual CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council Conference, March 15-18, 2020 in Orlando. This event is where credit union professionals converge to see how their peers are creatively addressing common pain points, exchange ideas and spark change in credit union marketing. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

States must take lead on climate change

first_imgSecond, the revenue can be used to reduce other taxes.(The legislation in Washington was not revenue-neutral, which may explain why it failed to draw Republican support.)Right now, Congress is paralyzed and the White House is testing the limits of dysfunction.Climate policy cannot wait, so the task falls to the states.Governors and legislatures that recognize the problem shouldn’t have to bear this burden, but they do. They need, so far as possible, to depoliticize the issue, and lead.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared on Bloomberg View:As the North Pole warms to above-freezing temperatures in mid-winter, ice sheets melt and sea levels surge, the Washington state legislature has abandoned, for now, its plan to tax carbon dioxide emissions. California has recently extended its cap-and-trade program — which puts a price on carbon emissions, if indirectly — and the Oregon legislature is considering doing the same.Perhaps the accumulating concrete signs of climate change are helping people recognize the need to act.But stronger leadership is also needed to get state carbon taxes across the finish line.What’s needed most is to get this issue out of partisan politics, where it never belonged.There’s nothing left or right about seeing that lower emissions are essential to insure against the possibility of extreme warming, sea-level rise and severe weather patterns.Carbon taxes, moreover, should appeal to Republicans as much as Democrats, for two reasons.First, they make it possible to reduce emissions with a minimum of government intervention. Put a price on carbon pollution that accounts for the damage it inflicts, and the market can be left to work out the most efficient ways to dial it back.center_img The news is especially discouraging because Washington is the only state that’s come close to passing such a tax — the strongest weapon against climate change.Gov. Jay Inslee, D, had been determined to get the measure through, and had a lot of support in the state senate.But such is the political toxicity of an energy tax, he couldn’t get enough votes.Not yet, anyway.Washington state is not giving up: There’s talk of putting the issue to voters again.And there are signs of movement elsewhere too.Seven other states plus the District of Columbia are debating carbon-tax legislation.last_img read more

BREAKING: President Jokowi’s mother passes away

first_imgPresidential spokesman Fadjroel Rachman confirmed the death. “I have received the news from State Secretary Pratikno,” Fadjroel said.President Jokowi departed from Jakarta and arrived in Surakarta at 5:52 p.m. on Wednesday, the Presidential Palace press bureau said in a statement.At the time of the writing, Jokowi had yet to issue a statement on the matter, including on the cause of death. (afr) Editor’s note: This article has been updated with Sujiatmi’s age and a statement from the Presidential Palace.Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s mother, Sujiatmi Notomiharjo, has passed away in Surakarta, Central Java. She was 77.Deputy Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Minister Budi Arie Setiadi confirmed the news through a text received by The Jakarta Post.”The President’s mother passed away in Surakarta at 4:45 p.m. [on Wednesday],” Budi said on Wednesday.last_img read more