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first_imgI have long since lost count of how many articles I’ve read, or presentations attended, over the past 24 months concerning skills levels within the baking industry. The message has always been fairly clear and consistent: the number of people who have core and practical baking knowledge are becoming few and far between and, overall, there is a serious lack of the basic craft skills that underpin all bakery production. Until this is universally addressed, the industry will be heading for Armageddon.Despite listening and agreeing and, some would say, being told until you are blue in the face sometimes it needs a similar effect to a bolt of lightning to cause you to wake up to reality.So what has changed? What has caught my attention, causing me to raise my head above the parapet?I believed that finding someone to manage a small craft bakery in Melton Mowbray wouldn’t present a problem. There would be lots of people, so I thought, with hands-on ability and great craft skills perhaps people with the skill levels of what used to be known as ’journeyman bakers’. How naïve am I?It was Ian Wheal, Ken Christopher, Fred Kidman et al from the National Bakery School who introduced me to the science and wonderment of baking. Their passionate enthusiasm for passing on their knowledge and skills was legendary especially to those at the receiving end! They certainly instilled into me an almost insatiable desire to learn more and sent me on a career path.It was in Germany that I discovered that Meister Bakers and Konditors were held with the same respect and social esteem as bank managers. Hmm, that was 30 years ago in Germany how does this sit in the Britain of today?Realistically, we are all now working for probably 50 hours for the return once obtained from 40. Challenging and saving costs has become mandatory. Production schedules and staffing levels are as lean as they’ve ever been. It’s so easy to become embroiled in the detail of today and tomorrow. As important as this may well be, let’s not lose sight of the fact that quality products are made by quality people and those people need the appropriate skills and knowledge.So what’s my conclusion? Although we do train our people, the industry as a whole obviously needs to do more. It needs to adopt a way of ensuring craft skills are intrinsically shared and retained, so as to protect the future well-being of the trade. And I keep looking for that golden nugget a bakery manager with the passion and skills to match our heritage.last_img read more

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Call for unity at opening of Summit of the Americas

first_img Share Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Call for unity at opening of Summit of the Americas by: – April 16, 2012 José Miguel Insulza, OAS Secretary General, at the inauguration of the Sixth Summit of the Americas. OAS photoCARTEGENA, Colombia — The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, called for the unity of the countries of the hemisphere at the inauguration of the Sixth Summit of the Americas, saying “a united Americas is an achievable reality” to achieve common objectives, overcome obstacles on the road to progress and prosperity, and to reach the solutions that the countries demand to the most urgent problems.” He added that “democracy is advancing in the Americas and the best way to strengthen it is not through external pressure, imposition, or exclusion, but in dialogue, cooperation and tolerance.”The hemispheric meeting in Cartagena de Indias was officially inaugurated by the president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, who called on the leaders present to “build bridges” in key areas of regional policy such as the recovery of Haiti and the inclusion of Cuba. “It would be just as unthinkable to hold another hemispheric meeting with a prostrate Haiti, as it would be with Cuba absent,” he said. In that context, he added “isolation, embargo and indifference have shown their ineffectiveness. It’s an anachronism that keeps us anchored to a Cold War era that’s been overcome for decades now.”In his speech before the heads of state and government of the hemisphere, Insulza declared that “in a framework of tolerance and dialogue we should partner together to achieve the prosperity that is today within our reach.” He later warned that the Americas “are now nearing a billion inhabitants” and said they “expect from their leaders, meeting today in Cartagena, a clear message of unity, to maximize our competitiveness and our interchanges, defeat poverty, discrimination and inequality, protect the human rights of all our citizens, defend their security and make possible the free and democratic society they demand.” The chief representative of the hemispheric organization stressed that “democracy is advancing in the Americas and the best way to strengthen it is not through external pressure, imposition, or exclusion, but in dialogue, cooperation and tolerance.” He pointed to the dilemma that, on one hand, the Charter of the OAS that proclaims the inclusion in the system of all the countries of the Americas, and on the other, the Inter-American Democratic Charter establishes the common commitment to democracy. He then stressed the solution to this dilemma “lies in dialogue, cooperation and tolerance.”Insulza expressed his confidence that “a united Americas is a possible reality, with undeniable institutional strengths to achieve common goals.” But he added that “the Americas are also a hemisphere of regions, and therefore hemispheric action will be more realistic if it takes account of regional realities.” In that context, he reiterated that the OAS and the Inter-American System “are not in competition with the regional organizations or the forums which have emerged to express our growing desire for integration; on the contrary they welcome them.”The leader of the OAS praised “the constructive and positive tone” that Santos had given the Summit’s agenda, and highlighted his invitation “not to give in to division or complacency, but to look with objectivity and a constructive sense at the obstacles that still obstruct our progress,” among which he mentioned deficiencies in infrastructure and technological backwardness; racial and gender discrimination; inequities and iniquities; drug trafficking and organized crime; and the effects of global warming. “The basis for our common action is solid,” emphasized Insulza, who cited the many links that united the countries and societies of the hemisphere, like commercial links, migratory flows and shared values.In his speech, the head of the multilateral agency urged the heads of state and government to reach agreements at Cartagena that would serve as a guide to the regional agencies that make up the joint summit working group. “They have all come to receive guidance from you that will allow us to better carry out our work in the next three years,” he said.Santos, for his part, highlighted that “building bridges, everything is possible,” and cited as an example the “excellent” current state of relations between Colombia and Venezuela, that not long ago showed a great distancing. With that example the Colombian leader called on his peers to “build bridges guided by our principles, respect for our differences, cooperation and solidarity.”Further, he assured that conciliation and the search for consensus will also help to face challenges like the problem of violence in Central America – “Central America is not alone,” he said – and the war against drugs. On that point, he asked for “a pause in the road to understand where we are and where we’re going.” “Many countries in the region believe it is necessary to begin an analysis of this problem that, without prejudices or dogmas, contemplates the possible alternatives to deal with the problem,” he added.In conclusion, Santos called on governments to focus their efforts on resolving the problems that most concern their citizens. “This Summit is not only about governments or political interests, it’s about the people, with needs, emergencies, shortages, that demand our effective and coordinated action,” he said. “Only by working together, by changing the paradigms can we build a better world for all. I invite you to build bridges, to be partners for prosperity, for our people. Being more united we will become a better Americas,” he concluded.Alicia Barcena, executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) also spoke at the ceremony, joining the call for regional cooperation. “The challenges of today and tomorrow go beyond borders. The progress and well-being of the peoples of the Americas are a shared responsibility,” between all its countries, she said. Barcena said that “the value of hemispheric dialogue in the Americas is recognized by all,” but that it could not be “strengthened and projected toward the future” if it does not include all the countries of the hemisphere.In economic terms, she highlighted that “the region has experienced an historic period of economic boom,” with heightened and sustained growth, at the same time that poverty has been reduced, employment increased and the distribution of income improved. Now, she said, “has come the time of equality. There are gaps to be closed and roads to be opened, but inequality conspires against development and security. Our region can grow more and better.” Caribbean News Now Sharecenter_img 6 Views   no discussions Share Tweetlast_img read more

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“Disgusted” MLB pitcher blames media after COVID-19 rulebreak uproar

first_imgLast Updated: 14th August, 2020 14:15 IST “Disgusted” MLB Pitcher Blames Media After COVID-19 Rulebreak Uproar Cleveland Indians pitcher Zach Plesac feels he and teammate Mike Clevinger have been unfairly portrayed as “bad people” in the aftermath of the pitchers being quarantined by the team for violating COVID-19 protocols last weekend in Chicago. WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV COMMENT Associated Press Television News FOLLOW UScenter_img Written By First Published: 14th August, 2020 14:15 IST Cleveland Indians pitcher Zach Plesac feels he and teammate Mike Clevinger have been unfairly portrayed as “bad people” in the aftermath of the pitchers being quarantined by the team for violating COVID-19 protocols last weekend in Chicago.Plesac, who is still in a team ordered quarantine, said he posted a six-minute video on his Instagram page Thursday to ” get out the truth” to fans about his situation.The 25-year-old acknowledged breaking team curfew last Saturday after he and Clevinger left the team hotel, went out to dinner and socialised with Plesac’s friends.While he didn’t deny breaking the team’s code of conduct implemented to keep players safe, Plesac said reports about him and Clevinger have not been fair.But on Wednesday, Indians manager Terry Francona said Plesac and Clevinger “got some trust to earn back and they’re gonna have to earn that back.” with their teammates. SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

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The power of a story on air

first_imgA good story has the power to mesmerise, and by tapping into this power Nal’ibali hopes to transform school experiences for kids across the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Nal’ibali, with the help of local radio stations, would like the magic of stories to reach children in their homes.With so many South Africans living in areas where accessing reading material is far from easy, Nal’ibali’s partnership with radio stations will take the magic of stories to rural youth. (Image: Nal’ibali)Mathiba MolefeA good story might be the key to unlocking the untapped potential of South Africa’s youth attending school in some of the country’s rural and underprivileged areas.Numerous radio stations in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal have joined forces with Nal’ibali in an effort to bring these stories into the homes of school children in rural communities throughout both provinces.Beginning in March these radio stations will be supporting the new project, Story Powered Schools.  Radio stations will broadcast children’s stories in their respective home languages, as well as English, as part of their regular programming.Launched at the beginning of the school year, Story Powered Schools is a pilot project created with the help of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to bring Nal’ibali’s proven approach to literacy development to select rural schools.Over a three year period, the project will be working closely with more than 700 schools spread throughout the Ugu and uThukela districts in KwaZulu-Natal as well as the Maluti and Bizana districts in the Eastern Cape.“Stories and storytelling lie at the heart of children’s literacy development,” says Michael Cekiso, the manager of the Story Powered Schools Project.“While the Story Powered Schools project is an exciting way for Nal’ibali to expand its work with primary schools – and unlock the potential of the learners who attend them, the support of community radio stations will enable us to reach directly into the homes of the communities we are working with; allowing even more children and families access to mother-tongue stories.”Stories, particularly when read or heard in a familiar language, help children develop their language skills and imagination as well as developing their problem-solving skills, making them better equipped to succeed at school.Stories, particularly when read or heard in a familiar language, help children develop their language skills and imagination as well as developing their problem-solving skills, making them better equipped to succeed at school.Why radioNot many South Africans have access to books written in their mother tongue. According to Nal’ibali, statistics show that 51% of homes in South Africa don’t have access to leisure books and 85% of the population lives beyond the reach of a public library. This makes radio the ideal medium for enriching and engaging stories to reach those in impoverished rural areas.“Radio is a great platform for us to help educate our children. Our aim at Radio Sunny South is to inform, educate and to entertain,” says Radio Sunny South programmes manager, Mbali Mbotho.“To us, it is a privilege to participate. We hope to play a huge role in improving the literacy skills of our children.”If you would like to tune in and catch some of the magic you can have a look at the programming schedule below:Good News Community Radio: Wednesdays at 1:05pmUgu Youth Radio: Thursdays at 7:05pmRadio Sunny South: Wednesday at 9:10amRadio Khwezi: Saturdays at 8:00amInkonjane FM: Tuesday at 5:45pm and Saturdays at 8:00amLink FM: Broadcasting from April onlyGet readingFor those who would like to access the power of reading and stories in other areas around South Africa can visit the Nal’ibali website and mobisite.The Nal’ibali sites offer a wide range of reading materials and stories in a number of South African languages and tips and ideas on how to read and share stories with children at home and in the classroom.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Audi level 3 autonomous vehicle testing coming to New York

first_imgRelated Posts 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Ryan Matthew Pierson This June, Audi will become the first car company to test automated vehicles on the streets of New York, including automated cars that have achieved an automation level of 3. Testing will take place in the city of Albany starting in the middle of June.This makes Audi the first company to legally test automated vehicles on open roads in the state of New York.This isn’t the first time Audi has been at the head of the line among autonomous vehicle manufacturers. Audi is the first company to receive an autonomous vehicle license plate in the state of Nevada, and to be allowed to test its automated vehicles in California. Audi has also set numerous track records for autonomous vehicles at numerous tracks worldwide.What does level 3 automation mean?Automation levels have been established by the Society of Engineers and measure how autonomous a vehicle actually is. Here is a quick breakdown of the different levels of automation:Level 0 vehicles would give the driver warnings when they are drifting over the line or about to collide with something, but won’t actually take over the vehicle.Level 1 vehicles include features like Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and automated parking. In these vehicles, the driver still maintains majority control of the vehicle in almost all cases. This is a common add-on feature set in modern luxury vehicles.Level 2 vehicles are where things get a bit more interesting. The car pretty much drives itself at highway speeds, but the driver still has to maintain the ability to take control at any point. In many cases, cars with Level 2 autonomous functionality still requires drivers to keep their hands on the wheel.Level 3 gives drivers a bit more freedom to take their hands off the wheel and turn their attention elsewhere, momentarily. Drivers are still required to be behind the wheel, and may be called upon to take control immediately, but in the majority of driving scenarios they can trust the vehicle to get them from point A to point B with minimal intervention.Level 4 is what we know commonly as fully autonomous. There is still a steering wheel in the car, but the driver can turn their attention away from the road for extended periods. Cars that meet this requirement are expected to respond as well or better than their human counterparts within its designated parameters. This functionality is generally only available in limited areas, and/or specific scenarios.Level 5 describes the ultimate self-driving vehicle. It maps routes, takes control from the beginning to the end of the journey, and doesn’t require a human driver at all. Automated taxis without steering wheels would fall into this category.This means that the vehicles Audi will be testing in New York will be a step above any level of automation most drivers have ever experienced. These cars will have human drivers behind the wheel, but there is a good chance that they won’t be the ones doing the driving.center_img Tags:#Audi#Autonomous car#driverless cars#Internet of Things#IoT#NYC#Self-Driving Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…last_img read more

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Hamilton fastest in rain-hit practice for Japanese GP

first_imgA win in Suzuka would move Hamilton a step closer to a third F1 title in four years with Mercedes and his fourth overall.Vettel, who had a new engine for the previous race in Malaysia, is a four-time winner in Japan.Rain is also forecast for Saturday’s qualifying but clear skies are expected for Sunday’s GP.ADVERTISEMENT Mavs rookie shows growth in 112-89 loss to Magic Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany waits for the start of the rain delayed second practice session for the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka, Japan, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)SUZUKA, Japan — Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton clocked the fastest lap in a rain-hit second practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix on Friday, when only five drivers set a timed lap.After a lengthy delay, Mercedes driver Hamilton went quickest in the afternoon practice with a lap of 1 minute, 48.719 seconds, .799 seconds ahead of Esteban Ocon for Force India.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Ocon’s teammate Sergio Perez and the Williams duo of Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll were the only other drivers to get in a timed lap in the abbreviated afternoon session.Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel was fastest in the morning practice, which was dry until a light rain started to fall near the end of the session.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith five GP races remaining, Hamilton leads Vettel by 34 points in the driver championship.Hamilton has won twice before in Suzuka, in 2014 and 2015, and was runner-up to former Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in last year’s race. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

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Hyundai Motor 2017 net profit sinks 205

Hyundai Motor sales in China slumped by a third last year as Beijing imposed measures against South Korean firms following Seoul’s installation of THAAD SK Hynix posts record quarterly net profit Citation: Hyundai Motor 2017 net profit sinks 20.5% (2018, January 25) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-hyundai-motor-net-profit.html South Korea’s biggest automaker Hyundai saw profits slump last year, it said Thursday, as it was battered by tougher competition and Chinese retaliation over the deployment of a US missile system. Explore further Hyundai Motor’s 2017 net profit plunged 20.5 percent year-on-year to 4.55 trillion won ($4.28 billion), even though sales grew 2.9 percent to 96.3 trillion.Full-year operating profit fell 11.9 percent to 4.57 trillion won.”The strong won, tougher competition with rivals in major markets such as China and increased marketing costs hit the bottom line,” the company said in a statement.Beijing imposed measures against several South Korean companies follow Seoul’s installation of the US Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, which China says is against its interests.Hyundai, which together with affiliate Kia is the world’s fifth-largest automaker, was one of the firms boycotted by Chinese consumers.Hyundai Motor sales in China slumped 31 percent on-year to 785,006 vehicles, while Kia Motors Corp.’s sales plunged 44.61 percent to 360,006 units.In October-December operating profit declined 24 percent on-year to 775.2 billion won, although sales were almost unchanged at 24.50 trillion won.But net profit rose 20.5 percent to 1.29 trillion won thanks to reductions in tax and expenses, a company spokeswoman said.Hyundai Motor said it expects global vehicle demand growth will remain at “the lowest level since the 2008 financial crisis”.It set a sales target of 4.68 million units this year, slightly higher than the 4.51 million sold in 2017. © 2018 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

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Facebook suspends 200 apps over data misuse Update

© 2018 AFP Researcher in Facebook data scandal apologizes Facebook said Monday it has suspended “around 200″ apps on its platform as part of an investigation into misuse of private user data. Explore further Facebook has suspended 200 apps as part of an investigation into misuse of personal data on the social network The investigation was launched after revelations that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica hijacked data on some 87 million Facebook users as it worked on Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.”The investigation process is in full swing,” said an online statement from Facebook product partnerships vice president Ime Archibong.”We have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible. To date thousands of apps have been investigated and around 200 have been suspended—pending a thorough investigation into whether they did in fact misuse any data.”Archibong added that “where we find evidence that these or other apps did misuse data, we will ban them and notify people via this website.”The revelations over Cambridge Analytica have prompted investigations on both sides of the Atlantic and led Facebook to tighten its policies on how personal data is shared and accessed.Facebook made a policy change in 2014 limiting access to user data but noted that some applications still had data obtained prior to the revision.”There is a lot more work to be done to find all the apps that may have misused people’s Facebook data—and it will take time,” Archibong said.Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg spent most of the past month on the fallout from revelations about Cambridge Analytica’s data hijacking, seeking to assuage fears that the California-based internet colossus can safeguard privacy while making money by targeting ads based on what people share about themselves.Efforts to rebuild trust in Facebook include a review of all applications that had access to large amounts of user data.The 200 applications Facebook said it suspended included one called myPersonality that collected psychological information shared by millions of members of the social network who voluntarily took “psychometric” tests.”We suspended the myPersonality app almost a month ago because we believe that it may have violated Facebook’s policies,” Archibong said Monday in response to an AFP inquiry.”We are currently investigating the app, and if myPersonality refuses to cooperate or fails our audit, we will ban it.”About 40 percent of the people who took the tests also opted to share Facebook profile data, resulting in a large science research database, the University of Cambridge psychometrics center said of the project on its website.Security and encryption at the website used to share data with registered academic collaborators was meager and easily bypassed, according to a report Monday in British magazine New Scientist. Citation: Facebook suspends 200 apps over data misuse (Update) (2018, May 14) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-facebook-apps-misuse.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

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