Baker of the Year

first_imgRobert DittyDirector Ditty’s Home BakeryCastledawson”I hope the judges enjoyed what they saw, heard and ate,” says Robert Ditty. “And that they saw how much of myself I put into my business and how much I try to pay back the industry and my community for the support I have had from both.”The judges were in total agreement, describing Ditty as a “beacon in the industry” and a real example of a hands-on baker, whose strong personality is indelibly stamped on his business.Ditty’s parents bought the original, smaller, bakery in 1953 and he joined them in the 1970s. Since then, he has monitored the benefits of retail versus wholesale trade and steered the E3m (£2.64m) business to take advantage of both. His wholesale clients include high-end retailers, hamper and gift companies and Cathay Pacific, for which he makes long shelf-life oatcakes. He has two shops, in the market town of Magherafelt and the more rural Castledawson.Ditty’s is well known for its breads, including wheaten or brown soda bread, as well as its hotplate range, which includes soda farls and potato cakes. It does a “roaring trade” in what are known as wee buns; the 40-strong range includes fondant fancies and pineapple creams and sells approximately 7,000 per week. In high season, as many as 70 staff work across the bakery and two shops, and Ditty has set up a training schedule for them through the Belfast Bakery School.David SmartBakery directorGreenhalgh’s Craft BakeryLostock, Bolton, Lancashire”I’d like to think people view me as a baker with very exacting standards,” says Smart. “Yes, we produce in bulk, but everything is top quality and it’s our skilled staff who ensure that. There’s a fine balance between craft bakery and being a food supplier,” he adds. “We buy machinery to make a product, never adapt a product to a machine’s capability. It’s people who dictate what happens during each process.”With 60 shops across Cumbria, Cheshire, Merseyside and Oldham, and around 870 staff, Greenhalgh’s is renowned for its savouries and breads, the bakery also produces creams, desserts and cakes.The son of the founder, he started full-time over 30 years ago. As director his time is now split between the bakery and administration; his day starts at 6.30am on the shop floor. Smart’s greatest love is product development, “turning a traditional product on its side”Christopher FreemanManaging DirectorDunn’s BakeryCrouch End, LondonChristopher Freeman is the fifth generation of his family to work in the industry, joining the family business in 1973. “I always wanted to be a baker,” he says.He describes Dunn’s as a “traditional English takeaway bakery”, producing bread, morning goods, fresh creams, celebration cakes and patisserie. One of his favourite products is a crusty, seedy oven-bottomed bloomer loaf and he loves the innovative low-GI cranberry loaf. The local Budgens is the bakery’s single wholesale customer.Forty staff work in the business; around a dozen in the bakery. Freeman credits them as a major reason for the bakery’s success: “We try to get all our bakery staff through NVQ Level 2 and 3 and some of the shop staff have Bakery Skills Level 2 and even 3. They are experienced and skilled there’s not a make-up line in sight.” Freeman time is spent developing new products.last_img read more

News story: New Metropolitan Police Service Deputy Commissioner appointed

first_imgSir Stephen will take over from Sir Craig Mackey, who is due to retire from policing in December.The Home Secretary made his recommendation to Her Majesty the Queen following an open competition and with regard to the recommendation of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Commissioner.Sir Stephen was interviewed for the post by a panel chaired by the MPS Commissioner. The panel also included the Mayor of London, who is responsible for oversight of policing in the capital.Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: The role of Deputy Commissioner is one of the most challenging in policing, so I am delighted that someone with the experience and expertise of Sir Stephen House is taking up the task. Sir Stephen has demonstrated his leadership qualities, he is the right choice to help steer the country’s biggest force – particularly in its work tackling violent crime in the capital. I would also like to thank Sir Craig Mackey for his dedication and unstinting service to policing. His career has been truly distinguished and I wish him all the best in his retirement. The role of Deputy Commissioner requires the ability to lead this huge and complex organisation through ongoing significant change whilst ensuring we are tackling the challenges of keeping the capital safe. London needs someone with a proven and extensive track record operating at this level and the passion to make a real difference. The Deputy Commissioner is also a highly influential role in nationwide police leadership. Steve combines both immense operational and leadership expertise and experience with a passion for policing and for London. I am confident he will be a superb Deputy Commissioner, and look forward to working with him in his new role. He will be a worthy successor to Craig who has been a brilliant deputy for the past seven years. I believe this appointment will mean we have an exceptionally strong management board team to give the Met the support and clear direction needed, and to give London the service it deserves.center_img Sir Stephen has worked in policing for almost 40 years. He served as the Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police before taking over as the first Chief Constable of Police Scotland in 2012.Sir Stephen is currently an Assistant Commissioner of the MPS.MPS Commissioner Cressida Dick said:last_img read more

Luna Light Festival Offers Diverse Music And Beautiful Visual Arts [Review/Gallery]

first_imgOctober is usually the end of festival season, however, the beautiful grounds of Camp Ramblewood in Darlington, Maryland held one of the last great festivals of the season. Luna Light Music & Arts Festival was a delight for not only the ears, but the eyes as well. Visual artist displays were set up throughout the grounds, as well as within the buildings where the various stages were set up. Some artists even did their work while the music was blasting in the background.One of the most incredible visual displays enjoyed by attendees all weekend was the art set up down by the Incendia stage that lit up as the sun went down. Appearing like thin strings of yarn overhead, festival goers could wander and sit underneath the beautiful display full of various colors, creating a wonderment to the eyes. Nearby was yet another hypnotizing display that was full of fire. The Incendia dome displayed rolling fire and throws of flame above and along the sides of the dome, as attendees watched mesmerized below. These visuals, combined with the EDM acts that performed all weekend on the stage nearby, made for one hell of a nonstop party by the pond all weekend. The combination of art, featuring works by Amanda Sage, Kurt Redeker, and Chris Dyer, to name a few, and music, was simply a stunning emotion to the senses. Throw in the gorgeous harvest moon that was high in the sky and it made for an absolutely perfect weekend to end festival season.Luna Light was also crammed with activities throughout the weekend, as well as an art gallery that could be walked at leisure. Workshops were held throughout the day, every day. Interesting topics included everything from yoga to discussing vegetarianism to watching midnight movies. Artwork was everywhere on the grounds, not only in canvas form, but as sculpture displays and light visuals that were a delight to the eyes. The intertwining of art and music was symbiotic perfection for this early fall festival. In addition, fire pits were ablaze in the evenings, with the smell of wood smoke drawing warmth as the chill in the air grew while darkness wore on.As for the music, a wide range of acts took to the stage the entire weekend. Friday highlights included Teddy Midnight being joined by the Snarky Puppy horns, and Lespecial performing Ween’s “Voodoo Lady,” as well as “Groundhog’s Day” by Primus. Rocking acts by American Babies, as well as a packed house for Dopapod really got the weekend off to a smashing start.Wobblesauce opened up the Saturday festivities at the main stage. Trippy waves of smooth tones built as they eased into their set with a brand new tune, “Bad Kitty”, drawing the crowd in with their electric vibes. Guitarist, Mike Hallock busted into a tight guitar jam midway through the opener. They were having a blast on stage throughout their set. They broke out tunes from their new EP immediately after, as the light show sparkled and flashed colorful lasers that matched the mood of their extended tunes. The music of their set stretched out and had people dancing and hooping in the audience.It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon on the grounds. The venue had several stages, as well as a pond on the property. Camp fires blazed throughout the night on Friday and people were in the mood to get the party started. Cabins surrounded the venue and attendees hung out on their porches, taking it all in while chilling with friends, and making new ones.Over at the Earth stage, In Flux cranked out an intense set that rolled right along without breathing. They pushed out the notes and meshed one tune into another, captivating the audience. Guitarist, Johnny India, pulled out a spacey shred that went on for days. Early in the set they went into an acidic version of Led Zeppelin’s “Dazed and Confused.”CIA had a mood setting afternoon that woke everyone up. They took fans on a psychedelic ride through the waves of notes they threw out to the crowd. Varying from low tones to quick paced beats, the keys flowed throughout gluing their set together. They threw down with crazy horns blaring throughout.Bells and Robes’ mystical tones ebbed around the Earth stage, and then spread their musical wings across the field, pulling people in to watch. As their name suggests, they wore black flowing robes during their set, adding to the mysterious frequencies. Visually, the backdrop included deep red and purple lights behind, with ever changing displays of artistic images splashed in front, and to the sides, of the stage.Over in the VIP tent, Marco Benevento gave an incredible performance for attendees. While he performed, people played ping pong and fooled around with hula hoops, having a blast to his music. Decked out in an impressive striped suit, complete with his trademark top hat, he cranked out several tunes from his new album, including “Dropkick,” as well as Elton John’s “Bennie and The Jets.” His signature dusty bar piano tone had everyone in high spirits.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong rocked right into their set in the early evening. The venue was packed wall to wall with fans. Crammed with tasty jams full of funk and grooving vibes, they steamed along through their set. Wide open spaces left plenty of room to play with the notes during their songs, taking the jams on a wild ride. Blasting into Pearl Jam’s “Alive,” and throwing down with Phish’s “Run Like An Antelope,” clearly primed the crowd for a down and dirty dance party at the main stage.The New Deal eased into their set with chill vibes and grew into their sound as they built it up to capacity with exploding tones. The music varied from super trippy vibes to all out ball busting jams for the crowd. Anticipating notes grew throughout their set. Low, barely there sounds would explode into full on dancing mode, with arms in the air.Tipper packed the house like nobody’s business. Fans were spilling out of the building to catch his set. Musically infectious vibes were capturing the hearts and souls of everyone in the vicinity of his music. Horns were incorporated into the jams throughout his set, adding another dimension to the already glowingly electric tones.Super late night brought members of Lespecial and Formula 5, joining in with Indobox at the VIP tent for a special set crammed with number 1 songs from 1985. Attendees who were still partying past 4 am were able to catch Random Rab at the pond side Incendia stage well until 6 am.Sunday started out with good old Grateful Dead vibes as Bearly Dead got everyone into a good mood. Lee Neckritz, who wandered the festival all weekend long, and unofficial artist at large, joined in on sax during “Big Boy Pete.” Deep into their set, Holly Bowling took to the stage with the group and performed “Bertha,” followed by “The Other One” and “Golden Road,” to close out the set. Guitarist, Nick Swift, played a Nesto guitar that was finished being built while at the festival. Ernesto Hernandez, owner of Nesto Guitars, literally built a guitar while at the festival. He had a tent set up outside of the main stage entrance and worked day and night to complete the build. In addition, he also took care of repairs and string changes for all musicians throughout the weekend.Over at the Incendia stage, OTT had trippy electronic tones flowing under blue skies. This stage was set in a beautiful area of the property, right next to a small pond with a walking bridge that lead to a field where attendees could chill on the grass, if they didn’t want to be up close to the dance crowd.Back over at the barn, Humandala poured out smooth tight notes, mixed in with harder rocking tones. These guys are good and were a surprise set of the festival, drawing attendees in as they walked by. The group went into a jazzed up rocking melody that simply turned heads. Their combination of jazz tones mixed with harder beats really captivated the audience, creating layered guitar work and dialing in on the vibe that transfixed the ears, begging for more.Late afternoon got into blast off mode as Pink Talking Fish flew right into a jam sandwich of “You Enjoy Myself” stuffed in the middle with The Talking Heads “Thank You For Sending Me an Angel.” Phish’s ever favorite, “Tweezer,” also made it midway through the set and the reprise to close out their super hot performance.Fast forward to the main event that everyone was waiting for on Sunday, Medeski, Martin, Benevento & Russo on the main stage. Light percussion, combined with deep vibrant bass tones, eased into a jazzy melody crammed with psychedelic artistry. Their set was nothing but a trip around musical tones, playful jabs at experimental sounds, and grooves that kept the audience dancing the night away. After their set, music kept the party going well until 6 am.Overall, if you haven’t been to Luna Light Music and Arts Festival, put them on your list. They are still a young festival, growing and ever-changing to the needs and suggestions of the attendees. The grounds are beautiful, the visuals are stunning, and the mix of music is second to none. There is something for everyone at Luna Light. For more information, please visit their official website.Words by Sarah BourquePhotography by Scott Harris Load remaining imageslast_img read more

A lifelong love of African art

first_imgAfrican art has been a lifelong passion for Monni Adams, an anthropologist and researcher at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology who most recently has been working on African masks and their meaning in local culture.Adams publishes regularly and is the curator of an exhibit on masks at the Tozzer Library Gallery that runs through March 31. Those around her are amazed not just at her pace, but that she’s been able to maintain it at such a high level.Adams turned 90 in October, with a party and much fanfare at the Peabody, and says she doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon.Though Adams’ longevity has brought her attention, Peabody Director of Exhibitions Samuel Tager said it’s a mistake to define her by her age. As much as anyone he’s ever met, Tager said, Adams lives the life of the mind and is “occupied by ideas every single day.”“Age is an absolutely irrelevant thing for Monni,” Tager said. “She publishes the way someone trying to get tenure might.”Adams received a master’s degree in 1963 from Columbia University and a doctorate in 1967 on Indonesian art, which became the subject of her first book, “System and Meaning in East Sumba Textile Design.”She first saw Harvard in 1970 when she attended a conference at the University and has held a variety of faculty and research positions over the years. She taught art history at Columbia and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1972 to 1974, and then in the mid-1970s was selected for a five-year position as an associate professor of art and anthropology at Harvard and a curator at the Peabody.She also taught at Wellesley College and the Harvard Extension School from 1980 to 1998. Adams curated a major exhibition in 1982 at the Carpenter Center, “Designs for Living: Symbolic Communication in African Art,” which presented an array of objects that typified art in Africa. From 1999 to 2001, she had an exhibit at the Peabody, “Heads and Tales: Adornments from Africa,” when she was the Hrdy Guest Curator at the Peabody. She was also a senior research fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School from 2002 to 2003.The Tozzer exhibit, “Masked Festivals of Canton Bo (Ivory Coast), West Africa,” grew out of a year Adams spent living among the people of the dense forests in Liberia and the Ivory Coast from 1989 to 1990. The Canton Bo people conduct masked festivals to invite spirits to protect their villages, bless their crops, and improve fertility among their women. Adams published an article on the Canton Bo in 1993, examining women’s art — largely restricted to the faces of girls, the walls of houses, and the surfaces of pots — as a way of expressing their control of those areas in their otherwise male-dominated communities.Her most recent article, in the summer 2010 issue of African Arts, reviewed the mask work of the Mano people of Liberia and explores reasons why the creations of the neighboring Dan people tend to be displayed and written about more prominently.She recounts the career of medical missionary George Harley, who worked in the area and collected masks under threat of death. He amassed 247 Mano and Dan masks to the Peabody.Adams says an active lifestyle has paid off. She wakes each morning without aches and pains that plague some of her peers, and she takes no pills. She exercises regularly and lives less than a mile from campus, walking back and forth when the weather permits.“I’m so glad I found such an interesting subject to pursue that I can still think of articles to write,” Adams said. “It’s an unending source of ideas and insights as to how people live together.”last_img read more

Donmar Warehouse’s City of Angels Eyes West End Run

first_imgAll we have to do is wait! Preliminary discussions are in place to bring the Donmar Warehouse production of City of Angels to the West End, The Daily Mail has reported. The production, helmed by Donmar Artistic Director Josie Rourke, stars Tam Mutu (who will make his Broadway debut this spring in Doctor Zhivago), Les Miserables of stage and screen’s Samantha Barks and West End fave Hadley Fraser. No dates, venue or cast for a West End bow have been set. Check out Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek chatting about City of Angels with Mutu below! View Comments In addition to Mutu, Barks and Fraser, the Donmar Warehouse cast includes Katherine Kelly, Rosalie Craig, Rebecca Trehearn and Peter Polycarpou. The production began performances on December 5 and run through February 7, 2015. Featuring music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by David Zippel and a book by Larry Gelbart, City of Angels alternates between the story of a mystery writer who hopes to break into the movies and the suave 1940s detective he created. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1989, winning six Tony Awards including Best Musical. The tuner then made its West End debut in 1993.last_img read more

Vermont Public Television’s John King Appointed to Two Boards

first_imgJohn King, president and CEO of Vermont Public Television, the statewidepublic television network, has been appointed to two boards. He waselected treasurer and executive committee member of NETA, the NationalEducational Telecommunications Association. NETA is a professionalassociation based in Columbia, S.C., that serves public televisionstations and educational entities. Its mission is to provide qualityprogramming, educational resources, professional development, managementsupport and national representation for its members.King has also been appointed to the Assembly of Overseers ofDartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, N.H. The overseers act asadvisers to the board of trustees on hospital affairs and customer andcommunity relations.He holds a master’s degree in public administration from HarvardUniversity, a bachelor’s degree from Johnson State College and anassociate’s degree from Champlain College. He and his family live inColchester.last_img read more

Entergy: No intent to mislead found, but some communication incomplete or inaccurate

first_imgEntergy Corporation today announced it has provided to Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell the results of its independent internal investigation into alleged contradictory or misleading information provided to the state government by company officials about underground piping at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.The report, prepared by the law firm of Morgan Lewis and Bockius LLP, did not find that any Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee employees intentionally misled the Vermont Public Service Board, the Department of Public Service, a Public Oversight Panel assessing the plant’s reliability as part of its application for renewal of its operating license, or a contracting firm working for the panel, Nuclear Safety Associates.The report noted that the communications in question were made by Entergy employees in the context of the scope defined by the state’s contractor, Nuclear Safety Associates, in performing the reliability assessment. The Entergy responses were limited to only pipes that touch soil (not those encased in concrete), that carry liquid (not gaseous matter) and that are part of whole systems as defined by law.  However, the Entergy employees’ failure to specify the context of their communication led to misunderstandings and, taken out of that context, the responses were incomplete and misleading, the report maintained.As a result of that failure, Entergy has removed five senior Vermont Yankee employees from their positions at Vermont Yankee and placed them on administrative leave. They are the vice president for operations, director of nuclear safety assurance, manager of licensing, technical specialist and senior project manager.The company also reprimanded an additional six managerial employees.  All the discipline taken had financial consequences for the employees involved.  Michael Colomb, Entergy Vermont Yankee site vice president, was reprimanded for failure to maintain an organization that adhered to the highest standards of conduct in all actions and communications.In a statement, Colomb said he was disappointed in how the contradictory or misleading information was given to the state and he, as the lead Entergy official at Vermont Yankee, took responsibility for what happened.”While there was no intentional wrongdoing, it is not consistent with our expectations at Vermont Yankee or in the nuclear industry, nor is it consistent with our values at Entergy,” Colomb said.Entergy Corporation’s online address is www.entergy.com(link is external)SOURCE Entergy Corporation. MONTPELIER, Vt., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —last_img read more

Western Carolina University Wins Top Adventure College Contest for Third Year in a Row

first_imgWant to see them win again? Vote for 2019 HERE.Solidifying its growing reputation as one of best outdoor schools in the Blue Ridge, Western Carolina University has once again come away with top honors in our annual Top Adventure College Contest, edging out a solid effort from Emory and Henry College of Emory, Virginia.Once again colleges and universities in the contest were selected for their outdoor clubs and curricula, their commitment to outdoor and environmental initiatives, the quality of their outdoor athletes and programs, and their opportunities for adventure, and once again WCU’s strengths shown through above the rest.BRO hammock with campus in background“WCU truly embraces its rural mountain environment and ability to access natural resources by emphasizing outdoor recreation as a part of our university culture,” said Shauna Sleight, director of Campus Recreation and Wellness. “The university has facilities, programs, services and academic programs focused in the outdoor environment. When an opportunity presents itself to vote for WCU as the best outdoor adventure school, our university community is proud to do so for the place we call home.”One reason that WCU is revered as a top outdoor college is its proximity to renowned outdoors adventure havens like Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests.Amidst this backdrop of Appalachian peaks, crystal clear trout streams and rivers, and seemingly endless singletrack, WCU has cultivated an outdoor culture that only gets richer with each passing school year.BRO canoe 2Mitch Bearden just graduated from WCU this year. During his tenure he worked with WCU’s renowned outdoor program, Basecamp Cullowhee, and spent his free time backpacking, honing his adventure photography skills, and paddling the area’s endless supply of local whitewater.We caught up with Mitch to find out what an ideal day actually looks like for an outdoor-loving student like himself. 6 a.m. — My ideal day would definitely start with a fly fishing trip on the Tuckaseegee River in the morning, specifically the section along North and South River Roads or any of the small tributaries where native trout are plentiful (i.e. Caney Fork, Rough Butt Creek, Moses Creek). 12484785_10208435879399245_4933072590361719724_o11 a.m.—After a morning of fishing I would typically put in on the West Fork of the Tuckaseegee for some high quality class 4+ paddling. That section has some incredible mini gorges and some of the most unique scenery of any creek or river in the area.11947913_1471447739824509_4321214207771152345_o 2 p.m.— If I could squeeze it in after paddling I’d probably head back to campus to take advantage of our WCU multi purpose trails, which feature 6.7 miles of narrow, singletrack trails phenomenal for mountain biking. BRO my favorite4 p.m.—To finish off the day I’d watch the sunset from Whiteside Mountain near Cashiers. It’s a pretty short and easy hike and not that far from campus.  Related Articles:center_img Want to see them win again? Vote for 2019 HERE. 11134066_1425166981119252_7748844068545127045_oCongratulations to WCU and thanks to ENO for sponsoring the 2016 Top Adventure College Contest. Be sure to check out the August issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine where we’ll be featuring more outdoor college content. Other great hikes to watch a sunset or sunrise near WCU include Pinnacle Peak in Sylva accessible from Pinnacle Park, Black Rock summit in Sylva also accessible by Pinnacle Park or from the Blue Ridge Parkway at Waterrock Knob, which only requires a .5 mile hike.last_img read more

Selden Crash Leaves Pedestrian Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 28-year-old Centereach man was fatally struck by a car in Selden over the weekend.Suffolk County police said the pedestrian was walking when he was hit by a westbound Kia Soul at the corner of College Road shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday.The victim, Ronaldy Benjamin, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, 51-year-old Mary McCabe of Coram, was not injured.Sixth Squad detectives ask anyone with information on the crash to call them at 631-854-8652 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img

Why credit unions are a favorite funding option for small businesses

first_imgSmall business loans from credit unions earned the second highest satisfaction rate from borrowers who received funding, according to the 2015 Small Business Credit Survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. These loans may soon become even more attractive, thanks to a key change: personal guarantees (PGs) will no longer be required on all credit union small business loans.This change was adopted when the Member Business Lending (MBL) regulation was revised recently by the National Credit Union Administration Board; it goes into effect mid-May 2016.Personal guarantees require borrowers to agree to be personally liable for debts the business fails to repay. However, they can slow down the lending process, says Ryan Donovan, chief advocacy officer at the Credit Union National Association. “It’s a requirement that other lenders don’t have.” continue reading » 65SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more