Bako MD David Armstrong exits

first_imgDavid Armstrong, MD of Bako UK for the last year, left the company at the end of January. Armstrong, who formerly worked for Threshers and Unwins, has been recruited by supermarket Asda to work in a senior position within the retailer’s wine and spirit buying team.Bako chairman Michael Bell, of Bells of Lazonby, said: “We are sad to see David leave Bako. However, we wish him every success in the new role. Before we recruit a replacement, we can review how we do things.” Bako is a co-operative between five different regional buying groups; Northern in Durham, North West in Preston, Wales in Swansea, Western in Cullompton, and London and South East in Merton. Bell added: “This allows us to provide a great local ser-vice through national purchasing strengths. Our aim is always to obtain the best price for the local baker.” Queries can be referred to John Smyth, group purchasing manager.last_img read more

Press release: Boris Johnson: US Human Rights Council withdrawal is regrettable

first_img Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: Further information Media enquiries Email [email protected] The United States’ decision to withdraw from the Human Rights Council is regrettable. We’ve made no secret of the fact that the UK wants to see reform of the Human Rights Council, but we are committed to working to strengthen the Council from within. Britain’s support for the Human Rights Council remains steadfast. It is the best tool the international community has to address impunity in an imperfect world and to advance many of our international goals. That’s why we will continue to support and champion it. Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook For journalists Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @BorisJohnson and Facebooklast_img read more

Official Statistics: PPE deliveries (England): 14 September to 20 September 2020

first_imgThese experimental statistics about PPE items distributed for use by health and social care services in England include a breakdown of deliveries by PPE item.The ‘Weekly PPE data’ attachment gives a more detailed breakdown of daily PPE deliveries from 25 February to 20 September 2020.last_img

Birmingham’s SliceFest Hosts Performances By GRiZ, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, And More [Photos]

first_imgOn Saturday, the sixth annual SliceFest took over Birmingham, Alabama, tapping GRiZ, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and Manic Focus to round out the top of its lineup in addition to a number of local acts that supported the one-day festival. The festival-cum-block party is annually put on by Slice Pizza & Brewhouse, and focuses on Birmingham’s vibrant community, both in terms of the music and food found at the event and in terms of the event’s goal — SliceFest doubles as a fundraiser for local Birmingham-based non-profits. Over the years, SliceFest has grown in scale, with the festival this past Saturday marking the loftiest event to date, selling out and raising over $40,000 for local charities.Phil Lesh, Robert Randolph, Karl Denson, & More Open Weekend At The Cap With The Preservation Hall Jazz Band [Videos]Live For Live Music contributor Craig Baird was on the ground to capture some of the special moments from this year’s SliceFest, along with photographer Michelle Petty. During Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe’s set, the multi-instrumentalist brought out Taylor Hicks — the former winner of American Idol — on harmonica during his ensemble’s encore of “So Real.” You can check out Baird’s photos below, courtesy of the photographer.GRiZ Announces First-Ever Live Band Show During Two-Night Red Rocks RunSliceFest 2017 | Birmingham, AL | 6/3/2017 | Photo: Craig Baird Photo: Craig Baird; Originally taken at SliceFest 2017 Load remaining imageslast_img read more

A common weed could feed the world

first_imgToday, three plants—corn, soybeans, and rice—feed most of the people on the planet. But for most of human history, people ate the seeds and fruit of hundreds of native plants. Our food system today is more productive—but also more vulnerable. It’s a concern that has haunted Stephen Carmody, an archaeologist at The University of the South. He has spent decades exploring ancient caves in the Southeast searching for plants that people had forgotten. To his surprise, most of the ancient seeds and plants he has uncovered are still around today, growing wild in nearly every habitat—along railroad tracks, in abandoned fields, and even in many backyards and gardens.“Indigenous people ate dozens of plants that today we call weeds,” says Carmody. Last year, Carmody uncovered seeds in a Tennessee cave that were at least 8,000 years old. He experimentally planted a few of the seeds, including seeds for the common weed often called lambsquarters or Chenopodium. Because lambsquarters are native to the Southeast, they are equipped with everything they need to grow. While it takes roughly 3,000 gallons of water to produce a bushel of corn, growing lambsquarters requires next to nothing. Lambsquarters utilize long tap roots that stretch deep into the soil, sucking up all the water and minerals they need to thrive.  Lambsquarters’ leaves contain more nutrients than spinach and produce a seed similar to quinoa—a superfood so popular that Whole Foods can barely keep it in stock.Currently, the vast majority of the foods grown on both organic and conventional farms is not native to the region in which they are grown. These crops are less hardy and poorly adapted to regional climate and conditions. Nonnative plants and food crops also tend to require a lot of fertilizers, pesticides, water, and money. Yet growing lambsquarters is as simple as scattering seed, walking away, and returning a few months later to harvest. Growing lambsquarters and other ancient foods could be part of a new agricultural revolution as climate change threatens conventional crops and farming methods.“As a soil scientist, I think the most important thing that we can do is understand the limits of what the land can produce and communicate that to people,” says Troy Milosovich, researcher and farm manager with Carmody’s Native Cultigen Experimental Farm.  “Globally, we have lost half of our soil’s organic matter. Look at the amount of land we are no longer able to farm due to erosion. We can’t continue to do what we’ve done in the past and continue to feed a growing population.”Carmody admits that growing out native plants by itself won’t solve the global food crisis, but it can help farmers regionally and globally adapt to climate change. “The crops we grow today are adapted to a climate that won’t exist in one hundred years,” says Carmody. “We need to be integrating more native species of plants that can withstand climate extremes.”Many agricultural innovations require significant capital. In this case, we can address part of a global problem with a simple, ancient seed—and a change in our perspective on what we consider a weed.“My urge is to get rid of weeds,” says Dr. Sarah Sherwood, a soil scientist at the University of the South. “But what is a weed really but a plant whose use we haven’t discovered. Changing the way we view plants like lambsquarters can lead to changes in our diets, our health, and the health of the food system. Sometimes the most elegant and important solutions can be right beneath our feet.”last_img read more

Board okays rules change proposals

Board okays rules change proposals April 15, 2002 Regular News Board okays rules change proposalsThe Bar Board of Governors has endorsed two emergency rule changes proposed by the Rules of Criminal Procedure Committee.The first change, according to committee member Wendy Berger, matched the rules to a recent state law that prohibits execution of mentally retarded inmates. It includes procedures for when inmates refuse to cooperate with mental health experts evaluating them.The second change extends the time from three to five years that prior offenses can be used under sentencing guidelines for determining punishment for a new offense.The rules now go to the Supreme Court for review. read more

US’s wild bird H5N1 monitoring expands beyond Alaska

first_imgAug 10, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – US agriculture and interior secretaries announced yesterday that their departments are expanding wild bird monitoring for H5N1 avian influenza beyond Alaska in partnerships with the lower 48 states, Hawaii, and other Pacific islands.”Because we cannot control wild birds, our best protection is an early warning system, and this move to test thousands more wild birds throughout the country will help us to quickly identify, respond to, and control the virus if it arrives in the United States,” said US Department of Agriculture (USDA) secretary Mike Johanns in a USDA–Department of Interior (DOI) press release yesterday.Scientists are not certain what role migratory birds play in transmitting the H5N1 virus.DOI secretary Dirk Kempthorne said joint federal and state testing programs will be important this fall when birds now nesting in Alaska and Canada begin migrating south through the continental United States.President Bush allocated $29 million in his 2006 fiscal year avian influenza supplemental package to cover the cost of implementing the wild bird monitoring component of the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza. Of the $17 million the UDSA received, $4 million has gone to states to expand wild bird monitoring. The remainder funds USDA sampling efforts, purchase of sampling kits, and analysis of bird and environmental samples.Of the $12 million that went to the DOI, about $2.4 million has gone to state agencies and other agencies for collecting wild bird samples. The rest of the DOI’s allocation will fund DOI’s sampling and analysis activities and a data management system for state-federal wild bird sampling efforts.Surveillance status in AlaskaA surveillance program between the DOI and the State of Alaska has been under way since the summer of 2005. United States monitoring efforts began in Alaska because it is the first US stopover for birds from Asia and other continents where the H5N1 virus is present.In April, samples from Alaska began arriving for testing at the US Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) in Madison, Wis., center biologist Paul Slota told CIDRAP News. “We’ve screened about 7,000 samples from Alaska. We’re on target with the number of samples we needed, so we’re off to a good start. Next, we’ll be working on samples from the lower 48 states,” he said.Besides screening, the extra resources provided by the federal-state partnership have allowed the NWHC to do more mortality investigations than they could have done otherwise, he said. Screening has identified a fair number of influenza viruses, but none were H5N1, Slota said. Samples positive for H5 influenza are sent to the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, to determine if they are H5N1. “The lab-to-lab relationship is going very well,” he said.Wild bird monitoring goalsA wild bird monitoring plan drawn up by several groups including the USDA, DOI, International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, National Association of Public Health Veterinarians, and the State of Alaska, is part of the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza, according to a March press release from the USDA, DOI, and Department of Health and Human Services.The monitoring plan outlines five strategies for early detection of the H5N1 virus in wild migratory birds:Investigation of disease outbreaks in wild birdsExpanded monitoring of live wild birdsMonitoring of hunter-killed birdsUse of sentinel animals, such as backyard poultry flocksEnvironmental sampling of water and bird fecesThe goal of the USDA-DOI wild bird surveillance plan is to collect 75,000 to 100,000 samples from birds and 50,000 environmental samples. Since 1998 the USDA and the State of Alaska have tested more than 12,000 birds in Alaska, and since 2000 the USDA and the University of Georgia have tested almost 4,000 birds in the Atlantic flyway.Sampling locations in each state will depend on weather and habitat conditions during bird migration periods, the USDA-DOI press release noted. State and interagency groups will pinpoint sampling locations as migration occurs; likely locations include areas where large groups of birds congregate, such as public lands, private lands with property owner approval, and local areas such as ponds and city parks.According to an article on the testing plan from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), 11,000 samples from live birds will be screened by the NWHC. The rest will be tested at labs certified by the USDA. Samples that test positive will be sent to the NVSL to determine if H5N1 is present.Western states launch testingOregon and Washington are two of the states in the Pacific flyway, which is the focus of the next round of wild migratory bird screening.State and federal wildlife biologists will be testing wild birds in Oregon this summer and fall, said a Jun 19 press release from the ODFW. Wildlife authorities will collect samples from several species that are most likely to have been in contact with birds from Asia this summer in the Arctic. Oregon’s detection plan will involve collecting about 4,000 samples from migratory shorebirds and waterfowl including pintails, mallards, green-winged teals, geese, and tundra swans.Live bird sampling began on Sauvie Island, in northwest Oregon near the Columbia River, in late June and will continue through September in six other wildlife management areas. Hunter-harvested birds will be sampled at check stations during hunting season, which runs from September through December. Fecal samples will be collected from June through January from such waterfowl gathering areas as wetlands, urban parks, and golf courses.In Washington, wildlife biologists began testing 2,500 wild birds in July, focusing on those most likely to have interacted with Asian migratory birds this summer, according to a Jun 13 press release from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The first areas tested were northern Puget Sound and coastal estuaries. Waterfowl testing will focus on pintails and mallards and when possible will include wigeons, green-winged teals, shovelers, and sea ducks. Shorebird testing will target Western sandpipers and dunlin, and when possible will include red knots and ruddy turnstones.The WDFW estimates that about 1 million geese, 12 million ducks, and 150,000 swans pass through the Pacific flyway each year, beginning in August, on their return from the Arctic. In addition, hundreds of thousands of autumn-migrating shorebirds arrive in Washington between July and October.See also:Aug 9 USDA-DOI press release expanding wild migratory bird testing beyond AlaskaJun 19 ODFW press release on bird testing efforts for avian fluhttp://www.fws.gov/pacific/news/2006/orai.pdfJun 13 WDFW press release on avian influenza surveillance planhttp://wdfw.wa.gov/news/jun1306b/last_img read more

Human rights activists urge Komnas HAM to treat Munir’s murder as extraordinary case

first_imgRepresentatives from various human rights groups in the country said on Monday that they would immediately hand a legal opinion to the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) on the assassination of prominent human rights defender Munir Said Thalib on Sept. 7, 2004, which has yet to be resolved completely.Jakarta Legal Aid Institute director Arif Maulana said on Monday that the legal opinion would encourage Komnas HAM to treat Munir’s case as an extraordinary one to allow law enforcers to pursue the case without time limitations.”It’s a problem if the state continuously regards the murder as an ordinary crime because a statute of limitations applies to it. Two years from now, the case could be closed for reaching the time limit of 18 years,” Arif said. “And if we fail to find out who the masterminds behind the case are, they will walk free without punishment,” he added.The law expert further said Munir’s case apparently checked all the boxes required by prevailing regulations to be an extraordinary crime, which includes gross human rights violations, comprising crimes against humanity. The 2000 law on human rights courts, meanwhile, defines crimes against humanity as a systemic attack on civilians. Read also: In light of Munir’s murder, Sept. 7 proposed as ‘national human rights defenders day'”Munir was a civilian who was intentionally murdered,” Arief said, adding that evidence gathered previously by a fact-finding team investigating the killing showed that there was a murder plot involving state institutions, namely the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) and national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia.On Sept. 7, 16 years ago, Munir was murdered with arsenic aboard a Garuda Indonesia plane on his way to the Netherlands to pursue a master’s degree in international law and human rights. Garuda Indonesia pilot Pollycarpus Budihari Prijanto was found guilty of carrying out the poisoning, but later the Supreme Court only convicted him of document forgery. The fact-finding team found that Pollycarpus had several times contacted a BIN telephone number belonging to then-BIN deputy head Muchdi Purwopranjono on the day of the murder. Muchdi was taken to the court but was later acquitted in a trial in 2008 as witnesses retracted their sworn statements or failed to appear. A member of the fact-finding team, Usman Hamid, who is director of Amnesty International Indonesia, said the fact-finding process was not properly working due to the lack of cooperation from BIN and the national police to pursue the case.”The state must take effective steps to ensure that human rights violations committed against all human rights defenders are promptly, effectively and impartially investigated and that those responsible are brought to justice in fair trials,” said Usman, urging President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to resolve the case as he had pledged before.Topics :last_img read more

Bulldogs Soccer Season Comes To An End

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs Boys Soccer team’s season has wrapped up with a 1-0 loss to The South Dearborn Knights in the Opening Round of the Class 2A Sectionals at The Dog Pound.The Knights will take on The Jennings County Panthers in Game 2 on Wednesday Night after the conclusion of The East Central vs. Greensburg game.Courtesy of the IHSAA.last_img

Pulev set for Ruiz Jr, Joshua fight

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight The winner of Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr could be mandated to fight Kubrat Pulev next, instead of Oleksandr Usyk.Pulev (IBF) and Usyk (WBO) are the mandatory challengers for the titles that are stake between Joshua and Ruiz Jr on December 7 and are racing to be the next opponent for whoever emerges with the belts.“Kubrat Pulev’s next fight will be for the IBF world heavyweight title,” his promoters Top Rank told Sky Sports. “If the Joshua-Ruiz winner decides not to fight Pulev, his next fight will be for the vacant IBF title.”Bulgaria’s Pulev, whose only defeat in 29 fights came against Wladimir Klitschko, beat Hughie Fury to earn his position as IBF mandatory challenger and, last weekend, he outpointed Rydell Booker.The IBF told Sky Sports earlier this year about the race between Pulev and WBO mandatory challenger Usyk: “Ours has to come first. The organisations have agreed that the IBF mandatory would be next.”Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn first explained in August that the winner of the rematch against Ruiz Jr would have two mandatory challengers to immediately contend with.“We’re going to have a problem where [Usyk and Pulev] both say: ‘you’ve got to fight me next’,” Hearn told Sky Sports.That could lead to the possibility of a belt being vacated by the winner of Ruiz Jr vs Joshua.“Some belt could become vacant,” Hearn said. “Because the IBF and the WBO are both going to order their mandatories after Joshua-Ruiz Jr. Unless a deal can be done with someone, you’ve either got to do that, or vacate.“But the Joshua-Ruiz fight is so big, it’s almost bigger than the belts.”Should Usyk face Chisora next it would leave Pulev free to challenge the winner of Ruiz Jr vs Joshua. Tags: Andy Ruiz JrKubrat Pulevlast_img read more