Sunshine and smiles for Cupcake-off winner

first_imgBritish Baker is delighted to announce that the winner of our National Cupcake-off is David Bennett of Sunshine Bakery in Chapel Allerton, Leeds.Britain’s newly crowned Cupcake Grand Champion impressed judges with a refreshing Banana & Mango creation, which stood out as being less sweet than its competitors.He used the buerre noisette method of muscovado sugar caramelised in a pan with butter and banana, which is blitzed and used in the topping and cake, along with a fruit juice-flavoured Genoese cake.Bennett opened his one-man bakery six months ago, following 17 years as a pastry chef in Michelin-starred restaurants, including five under Marco Pierre White. “This will save my business as we’re just breaking even,” said Bennett. “It’s like a vindication, as I could have gone down the heavy buttercream route, but I wanted to carve my own way. Why can’t the toppings and sponges be lighter? It only takes one person to turn the corner and that’s how things evolve.”For a full interview with Bennett and recipe insights visit: read more

Kenneth Chenault and Karen Gordon Mills to join Harvard Corporation

first_imgKenneth I. Chenault, J.D.’76, and Karen Gordon Mills, A.B. ’75, M.B.A. ’77, have been elected to become members of the Harvard Corporation, the University announced today.Chenault is the longtime chairman and chief executive officer of American Express Company.Mills served until recently as the administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, and is now a senior fellow at Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.Both will begin their service as Fellows of Harvard College on July 1, 2014, having been elected by the Corporation with the consent of the Board of Overseers, in accordance with the University’s charter. Chenault and Mills will fill the vacancies created by the planned departures of Robert D. Reischauer, A.B. ’63, and Robert E. Rubin, A.B. ’60, who both intend to step down this summer after 12 years of service. As announced in December, William F. Lee, A.B. ’72, will succeed Reischauer as the Corporation’s senior fellow.Announcing the appointments, Reischauer and President Drew G. Faust said: “Ken Chenault is one of the nation’s most respected executives, someone who’s widely engaged in civic and nonprofit pursuits and who will bring remarkable leadership qualities and a global perspective to the Corporation’s work. Karen Mills has ably led a major federal agency through a time of challenge and change, and she has served Harvard and Radcliffe with distinction and devotion in a series of important governance roles. Harvard is again fortunate to be able to turn to two such accomplished and dedicated graduates to help guide the University’s affairs and help all of us envision and embrace the possibilities ahead.”*Kenneth Chenault has served for more than a decade as the highly regarded chairman and chief executive officer of American Express Company. Under his leadership, American Express has advanced its position as one of the world’s most prominent global services companies. Chenault became chairman and CEO in 2001, 20 years after arriving at American Express. During that time, he progressed through a series of leadership roles including director of strategic planning (1981), president of the Consumer Card Group (1989), president of Travel Related Services (1993), vice chairman (1995), and president and chief operating officer (1997).“I’m honored to be returning to Harvard and joining the Corporation,” said Chenault. “The University has been an important part of my life for many years. The Harvard community represents a wide range of perspectives, beliefs, and fields of endeavor, while also remaining grounded in common core values. The faculty, students, and staff are dedicated to academic excellence and to making lasting contributions to the world in which we live. I am proud to be associated with them and look forward to working with President Faust and my colleagues in this new role.”Widely engaged in civic pursuits and broadly experienced in governance matters, Chenault serves on the boards or advisory councils of numerous nonprofit organizations, including the National Academy Foundation, the NYU Langone Medical Center, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center, and the Bloomberg Family Foundation. He also serves on the executive committee of the Business Roundtable, as a member of the Business Council, and on the boards of both IBM and The Procter & Gamble Company.Chenault is a graduate of Bowdoin College, Class of ’73, where he served on the board of trustees from 1986 to 1993, and a graduate of Harvard Law School, Class of ’76, where he served on the visiting committee from 2006 to 2013 and is now a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board. He is a member of Harvard’s Committee on University Resources. In addition, Chenault has been the recipient of several honorary degrees from academic institutions.A native of Long Island, N.Y., Chenault lives in New York City with his wife, Kathryn Cassell Chenault, an attorney and member of numerous nonprofit and educational boards. Their son Kenneth is a graduate of Harvard College, Class of 2012, and their son Kevin is currently a senior at Harvard College.*An admired public servant with a strong commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship and extensive experience in Harvard governance, Karen Gordon Mills served in President Obama’s Cabinet from April 2009 through August 2013 as the administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. In that role, she was a member of the president’s National Economic Council, led a federal agency of more than 3,000 employees, and managed a loan guarantee portfolio of nearly $100 billion while also assuring that nearly a quarter of U.S. government prime contracts were awarded to small businesses. She is credited with having guided the SBA through a period of significant renewal and change in the aftermath of the global economic crisis that unfolded in 2008-09, including efforts that supported two record years for SBA-backed lending to small business.“Our Harvard community includes the most remarkable students, staff, and faculty, and together they have potential to contribute to and influence our world in so many meaningful ways. With that in mind, it is an honor to take on this important role,” Mills said. “I look forward to working with the entire leadership team and President Faust to help shape the future of this great University and its continued role as a driving force for critical thinking, innovation, and excellence.”Mills now serves as a senior fellow at both the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, focusing her attention on U.S. competitiveness, entrepreneurship, and innovation. She was a resident fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics in fall 2013.Mills recently resumed her role as president of MMP Group, a private equity firm based in Maine, a position she held before her time at the SBA. Previously, she was a founding partner and managing director of Solera Capital, a New York-based venture capital firm. She has served on the boards of Scotts Miracle-Gro, Arrow Electronics, Guardian Insurance, Latina Media Ventures, and Annie’s Homegrown. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, she is past chair of Maine’s Council on Competitiveness and the Economy, a past director of the Maine Technology Institute, a former member of the Maine Governor’s Council for the Redevelopment of the Brunswick Naval Air Station, and a former trustee of The Nature Conservancy of Maine. Early in her career, she was a consultant for McKinsey & Company and a product manager for General Foods.Mills graduated from Harvard College in 1975 and from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar, in 1977. She has remained an active and dedicated alumna, including prior service in key governance roles. She served on Harvard’s Board of Overseers from 1999 to 2005, was elected by her peers as vice chair of the board’s executive committee for 2004-05, and served for two years as chair of the board’s standing committee on finance, administration, and management. She was a trustee of Radcliffe College from 1985 to 1993.A former member of the governing boards’ Joint Committee on Inspection, she is also past chair of the Committee to Visit Harvard Business School, as well as a past member of the visiting committees for the then-Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences, for the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and for Information Technology. She is a member of the Committee on University Resources, and was honored with Harvard Business School’s Alumni Achievement Award in 2011.Born in Wellesley, Mass., Mills now lives in Brunswick, Maine, with her husband, Barry Mills, president of Bowdoin College since 2001. They have three sons, William, Henry, and George, who is currently a junior at Harvard.The President and Fellows of Harvard College, also known as the Harvard Corporation, is Harvard’s principal fiduciary governing board and the smaller of Harvard’s two boards, the other being the Board of Overseers.In addition to President Faust, the current Corporation members include Lawrence S. Bacow, J.D. ’76, M.P.P. ’76, Ph.D. ’78, president emeritus of Tufts University and Visiting Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; James W. Breyer, M.B.A. ’87, partner in the venture capital firm Accel Partners; Paul J. Finnegan, A.B. ’75, M.B.A. ’82, co-CEO of Madison Dearborn Partners; Susan L. Graham, A.B. ’64, Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor Emerita of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley; Nannerl O. Keohane, LL.D. (hon.) ’93, senior scholar at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and president emerita of Duke University and Wellesley College; William F. Lee, A.B. ’72, partner and former co-managing partner in the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr; Jessica Tuchman Mathews, A.B. ’67, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Joseph J. O’Donnell, A.B. ’67, M.B.A. ’71, chairman of Centerplate Inc.; Robert D. Reischauer (senior fellow), A.B. ’63, president emeritus of the Urban Institute and past director of the Congressional Budget Office; James F. Rothenberg (treasurer), A.B. ’68, M.B.A. ’70, chairman of Capital Research and Management Company; Robert E. Rubin, A.B. ’60, LL.D. (hon.) ’01, co-chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations and former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury; and Theodore V. Wells Jr., J.D. ’76, M.B.A. ’76, partner and co-chair of the litigation department in the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.Nominations and advice regarding future Corporation appointments may be sent in confidence to [email protected]last_img read more

Dell Technologies helps Schools Across the US Erase E-Waste

first_imgOn Feb. 18, 2012, the inaugural World CSR Day brought together global representatives from both the private and public sector to share experiences, challenges and opportunities to build a better society. Fast-forward to the year 2020, that inaugural event turned out to be a harbinger for things to come. Eight years later, we regularly see people vow to use only metal straws, cities banning plastic bags, and corporations pledging to go carbon neutral.In fact, I’m proud to say that this past fall, Dell Technologies announced our new social impact plan for the next decade, Progress Made Real, in which we made a promise to use our global scale, broad technology portfolio and expertise to yield meaningful and measurable impact on society and the planet. With this plan, we outlined a series of aggressive “moonshot” goals that we hope to accomplish by 2030. Today, I’m asking for your support in helping us achieve one of those goals.The plan stated that by 2030, for every product a customer buys, we will reuse or recycle an equivalent product. To help us do just that, Dell Technologies is hosting the Erase E-Waste Sweepstakes, inviting U.S.-based K-12 schools to recycle used consumer electronics for a chance to win technology for their classrooms.[1]“E-waste,” short for electronic waste, describes discarded electrical or electronic devices, including used computers, televisions, smart phones, and laptops. E-waste is one of the fastest-growing global waste streams. According to an United Nations University report, we are expected to see over 52 million tons of e-waste by 2021 and currently, only 20% of electronics are recycled responsibly. When not recycled, electronics typically end up in landfills, where they can leach toxins like lead, mercury and cadmium into the soil and groundwater.By registering for the Dell Erase E-Waste Sweepstakes, schools will automatically receive a sustainability kit, with information on how to recycle electronics responsibility, tips for setting up a recycling drive, sustainability education resources as well as templates to help participants promote.In addition to advancing sustainability, we are also committed to transforming lives through technology. This sweepstakes was a perfect opportunity to tie the Dell Erase E-Waste initiative to driving transformation in education. As such, those U.S. schools that pledge to recycle and share on social media about their recycling drive are automatically entered to win a collaborative learning space.We know that digital tools help deepen learning and develop future readiness for students. That’s why Dell Technologies supports school districts in designing student-centric learning environments, inspiring students to lead their own path of discovery.If you are a student, teacher, administrator, parent or just a concerned citizen, we’d encourage you to work with your schools to help set up a recycling drive, and post about it using #EraseEwasteSweepstakes.Dell Technologies is committed to driving human progress. Through our reach, technology and people, we strive to create a positive and lasting impact on humankind and the planet.Learn more about our recycling services and register today.[1] Eligibility: The Sweepstakes is open only to K-12 schools located in the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia with the following exceptions. K-12 schools in the state of New York, and K-12 schools with the open Category 2 Form 470s, or RFPs are not eligible to participate. The Sweepstake is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited. Participation constitutes Entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Sweepstakes. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.last_img read more

Cicely Tyson, purposeful and pioneering actor, dead at 96

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Cicely Tyson, the pioneering Black actor who earned an Oscar nomination for her role as the sharecropper’s wife in “Sounder,” won a Tony Award in 2013 at age 88 and touched TV viewers’ hearts in “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,” has died. She was 96. A onetime model, Tyson began her screen career with bit parts but gained fame in the early 1970s when Black women were finally starting to get starring roles. She earned an honorary Oscar in 2018 and won two Emmys for playing the 110-year-old former slave in the 1974 television drama “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.”last_img

28 Local Businesses Receive Part Of County’s $10.5 Million CARES Act Money

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now File Image.JAMESTOWN – More than two dozen local businesses have received part of $10.5 Million in CARES Act money given to Chautauqua County for COVID-19 economic relief.The County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency announced on Tuesday that 28 businesses and non-profit entities from various sectors received part of the funding.In total, around half of the 10 million was split between the businesses, which officials say is likely retain hundreds of jobs and create upwards of 100 new ones.Specifically, $5,736,293 in funding was given to Luscombe Aircraft; Merritt Estate Winery; The Original Crunch Roll; Pucci Carpet; Excelco/Newbrook; Artone; International Ordnance; Kimbert Manufacturing; Heritage Ministries; Uhl Ventures (Servpro); Ark Wholesale; SKB Auto Sales; Brigiottas; Billicki Law Firm; Advanced Production Group; Skate Shop; Corvus Bus & Charter; Webb’s Candies/Motel; Falconer Hotel; La Quinta/Holiday Inn/Hampton Inn; Big Inlet Brewing; Ivory Acres Weddings; Shawbucks; Cockaigne; Pace’s Pizzeria; and Webb’s Harbor Restaurant and Bowling Lanes. Those looking to apply for the remaining credit are asked to contact the CCIDA at (716) 661-8900.As currently established, loans of no less than $25,000, not to exceed $1 Million of a working capital, of up to $250,000 with an interest rate of 2.44%, the lowest allowed, are available.last_img read more

Renewable energy supplied 43% of Spain’s electricity demand through first nine months of 2020

first_imgRenewable energy supplied 43% of Spain’s electricity demand through first nine months of 2020 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:Solar PV has been the driving factor behind the growth of Spain’s green energy sector so far this year, with renewables generation between January and September up 16.3% on the same period of 2019. New figures from grid operator Red Eléctrica de España (REE) reveal that PV’s generation was 67.5% higher year-on-year, followed by hydropower, which was up 41.6%.Thanks to good weather conditions and the deployment of additional capacity, renewables made up 43.1% of total national production as of September, 7.5 percentage points more than in 2019. However, despite more than 650MW of new generation installed so far this year, wind power posted a slight decrease in generation.The figures show solar in Spain has maintained its growth from last year, when the sector posted a record amount of installed capacity – consisting of 4,201MW of ground-mounted arrays and 459MW of distributed projects – meaning for the first time since 2008, the country was the leading PV market in Europe. The Spanish Photovoltaic Union said the build-out positions the PV sector as an engine for economic growth and job creation.According to REE, the increase in renewables generation meant Spain’s energy system was able to reduce its amount of CO2 equivalent emissions by 28.7% in the first nine months of 2020.The scale-up of green energy projects in Spain can be expected to grow after the country’s government earlier this year signed into law a raft of measures designed to remove barriers to the large-scale deployment of renewables.[Jules Scully]More: New heights for renewable energy generation in Spain as solar leads growthlast_img read more

30 Under 30

first_imgBlue Ridge Outdoors spoke with 30 people from across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, 30 years and younger, who are driving the next generation of outdoor leaders. They are athletes, entrepreneurs, activists, and weekend warriors.Alleigh Raymond / Photo by Connor Parton PhotographyAlleigh Raymond, 15Fly fisher, N.C.In the five years since a family friend took her fly fishing for the first time, Alleigh Raymond has been working to increase young women’s participation in the sport through her work on the Trout Unlimited’s Youth Leadership Council and volunteering in the community.“Since I’ve been fly fishing, I have encountered a lot of negativity from the younger demographic of teenage boys and even grown men,” she said. “I really just want the upcoming generation of women in fly fishing to not have to have to experience that.”Raymond is partnering with the Asheville Orvis store on their 50/50 On the Water Campaign to get more girls and women fishing. She plans to host a day on the water for young girls and teens in November.Ashley Manning / Photo By Lindsey BrownAshley Manning, 26Raft guide, S.C.In the growing community of people working to increase diversity in the outdoors, Ashley Manning is adding her name to the list. She started working as a whitewater raft guide in college after falling in love with paddling and kept returning each summer.Inspired by Jenny Bruso’s Unlikely Hiker online community, Manning created Unlikely Paddlers as a way to highlight diversity on the water.“I am trying to create a safer space for people who might not be as likely to paddle,” she said. “I’ve been a plus-sized woman all my life… so definitely showing people what I’m made of.”Although Manning’s campaign is just getting off the ground, she hopes it will inspire other people to get on the water. She also writes about her experiences for The Trek.Favorite whitewater spot: “Colorado River, but the Chattooga has my heart.”Ben King / Photo by Stiehl PhotographyBen King, 29Cyclist, Va.Cycling started out as a family thing for Ben King; his dad, uncle, and brother all raced. Now, the five-time national champion splits his time between Virginia and Italy as he competes internationally as a member of the South African team, Dimension Data.“I still do the bulk of my training in Virginia,” King said. “In my opinion, it’s the best place in the world to train around the Blue Ridge.”At the end of August, King added his first Grand Tour win to his resume when he won stage 4 of the Vuelta a España. He followed that up with a win in stage 9 a few days later, placing 35th overall. Favorite race: Tour of California.Ben SmithBen Smith, 29Founder of GooseFeet, Ga.When Ben Smith was a junior in college, he and a few friends decided to take a backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail in the middle of January. They were greeted with temperatures of five degrees.After that miserable trip, Smith started looking around for ultra light insulation gear so he wouldn’t be in the same situation again. Unable to find anything in his price range, he decided to make his own. Eventually, Smith had enough requests from other people to set up a website and GooseFeet was born.Smith has carved out a niche market with his customizable jackets, working with each customer on their measurements and specifications. All GooseFeet products, including socks, pants, and pillows, are made in the United States.Brittany LeavittBrittany Leavitt, 29Outdoor instructor, Md.Whether she’s teaching preschoolers at the Smithsonian Museum or instructing rock climbers on proper technique, Brittany Leavitt is a mentor and advocate for the next generation of outdoor trailblazers.She leads climbing, backpacking, and hiking classes around the Mid-Atlantic as an REI instructor. Leavitt works with Brown Girls Climb to increase representation in the climbing community. In October, the organization partnered with Brothers of Climbing to put on the second annual Color the Crag Climbing Festival in Steele, Ala.As the West Coast regional leader for Outdoor Afro, she coordinates events to reconnect the black community to the outdoors. In June, Leavitt and ten other Outdoor Afro leaders, ages 25 to 60, became the first all black American group to summit Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.Damon Hill, 25 (featured)Slackliner, S.C.As slacklining grew in popularity, Damon Hill established himself as a master of balance and an advocate for the sport. Hill spent two and a half years traveling the country as a professional slackliner before transitioning into more of a mentor and teacher role.“I slowly learned how to rig highlines, how to be a facilitator of the sport rather than just a participator,” Hill said. “The immediate response from most people is they think it’s so dangerous. Truth be told, it’s much safer than most extreme sports.”In 2017, he co-founded the Southeast Slackline Coalition with a friend to increase access for riggings on public lands and to educate the public on the safety of the sport. When he’s not balancing on a line two inches wide, Hill is also an amateur filmmaker and co-founder of Kayeke, an outdoor apparel company.Damon YehDamon Yeh, 30Climber, Md.Damon Yeh lives out his interest in conservation through his job and his hobbies. During the day, Yeh works as a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in their international division, coordinating exchanges of ideas and delegations with partnering countries in the Asia program.But in his free time, you can find him outdoors climbing and backpacking around the country. His background in natural land management helps in his role on the board for Mid Atlantic Climbers, managing their stewardship program.Yeh coordinates volunteers for trail cleanups and works with other agencies to open up public lands for climbers. In 2016, Mid Atlantic Climbers worked with Access Fund and the National Park Service to increase access to Catoctin Mountain.Emma WrightEmma Wright, 23Founder of Alta Trails, N.C.Emma Wright says she was acutely aware of her gender during the four and a half months she took off from college to thru hike the Appalachian Trail.“Overall, about a quarter of the thru hikers on the Appalachian Trail are women,” she said. “But the number of solo women is a fraction of that.”Wright, a cultural anthropology major at Duke, wrote her senior thesis about how hikers form bonds and form boundaries on the trail. She interviewed thru-hikers while on the trail and conducted follow up interviews about the reentry process.In conducting this research, Wright was bothered by the lack of racial and gender diversity on the trail.With her own experience in mind, Wright started Alta Trails to offer affordable backpacking trips in North Carolina and Virginia for anyone who identifies as a woman. Through donations, she provides all of the gear and supplies needed for the weekend trips as she works to break down some of the barriers for those who have never been backpacking. As the program grows, Wright hopes to offer trips for a variety of age groups and skill levels.Trail name: WonkaGerry JamesGerry James, 28Founder of The Explore Kentucky Initiative, Ky.The Explore Kentucky Initiative in 2013 started as an Instagram account to promote outdoor recreation and conservation in Kentucky. Gerry James, a senior in college at the time, was one of the only people in the state using social media to promote Kentucky beyond bourbon, bluegrass, and basketball.In 2016, the initiative evolved from a social media campaign to an organization as James began taking on projects, such as helping counties brand their resources. James started the Kentucky Waterman Series in 2017, a collection of paddle races across Kentucky that allow competitors to earn points the more events they compete in.The mayor of Glasgow approached James in February for help developing the Beaver Creek Blueway Trail, Explore Kentucky’s first outdoor infrastructure project. James took the lead on mapping and branding the trail, designing access points, and organizing river clean ups.He received the American Canoe Association’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award for his leadership and dedication to paddlesports.Ian NiblockIan Niblock, 27Head cider maker at Bold Rock (Nellysford), Va.Bold Rock Hard Cider had only been around for a year when Ian Niblock started out as an assistant cider maker right out of college.Fast-forward five years, Niblock is now the Head Cider Maker in Nellysford, Va. and Bold Rock is the number two best-selling cider in the United States. Niblock said they bottle around 15,000 liters of cider a day, six days a week.“One of the first times it really hit home for me was when I saw an empty bottle of Bold Rock, like litter, on the side of the road,” Niblock said. “Obviously I cleaned it up, but it stuck to me as, oh, people actually like this.”Most underrated cider: pear ciderJoshua JulianJoshua Julian, 29Founder of Mammoth Clothing Co., Ala.Mammoth Clothing Company is a physical manifestation of Joshua Julian’s motto: get outside and do good.For the first part of the mission, Julian wanted a way to brand the outdoors in the Southeast beyond the “status quo.”“It’s very heavily saturated with hunting, fishing, stuff like that,” he said. “But there’s some amazing things in the Southeast that are out there as far as hiking, kayaking, some amazing waterfalls. You don’t have to go to Colorado, you don’t have to go to California.”Proceeds from the sale of t-shirts and hats go towards the second mission, doing good in the community. Julian and Mammoth Clothing partner with organizations like Tuscaloosa’s One Place to help adults and juveniles who have recently gotten out of prison, teaching life skills and offering emotional support.Juzl Garcia / Photo By Matthew BurkeJuzl Garcia, 26Hiker, N.C.Juzl Garcia is the epitome of the weekend warrior. It has only been within the last year that she started to explore all that the mountains of Western North Carolina have to offer. Now Garcia spends virtually every weekend hiking a new trail, documenting her experiences with photographs. Through her Instagram, she started meeting other people in the area who were doing similar things on the weekends and going on hikes with them.As Garcia found internal peace on the mountains, she started looking for jobs that would allow her to be closer to those opportunities. As fate would have it, she just landed a job in Asheville.“If I could do what I’m passionate about doing in terms of a career and also be at the same place where I feel extremely alive, then why can’t I have both?” she said.Favorite hike: Hawksbill MountainKai Lightner / Photo By The Circuit Climbing MediaKai Lightner, 18Climber, N.C.Rock climbing is heading to the 2020 Olympics for the first time and Kai Lightner is hoping to be among the first competitors to represent the United States. There will be three rock climbing events: bouldering, sport, and speed, to test the athlete’s agility, power, and endurance.As the story goes, Lightner’s journey to one of the top climbers in the United States started at age six when his mother found him climbing up a flagpole. The next day, she dropped him off at a local gym after school and he was hooked.In the twelve years he has been climbing, Lightner has earned 12 National Championship titles, ten in youth categories and 2 in the adult circuit, and is a 5-time youth world championship medalist, including one gold.In August, he started at Babson College in Boston to be closer to his coach as he trains for the Olympic qualifiers.“When I first began this sport, the Olympics were not an option,” Lightner said. “I joined this sport because I loved the movement and the Olympics kind of hopped up on my lap.”Favorite place to climb: Red River GorgeKayla Carter / Photo By Robert KingKayla Carter, 29Outdoor Development Manager, Tenn.Kayla Carter gets things done, especially when they involve working outdoors. She grew up in East Tennessee, went to college in the area, and now works to bring more people to the place she loves.In her role as Outdoor Development Manager for the Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership, Carter helps promote outdoor recreation opportunities in the region. She was instrumental in organizing the first Meet the Mountains Festival in Johnson City and launching the Appalachian Trail Tennessee Podcast.The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals and the National Trail Systems recognized Carter for her work with scholarships to attend conferences.Carter successfully completed the Appalachian Trail in 2014 and still maintains a three-mile section of the trail near the state border with the Tennessee Eastman Hiking Club in her spare time.Kyle (left) and Trevor (right) RitlandKyle and Trevor Ritland, 25Founders of Adventure Term, S.C.Twin brothers Kyle and Trevor Ritland were always outside growing up, chasing snakes and butterflies with their biologist parents. Now, the brothers are taking their passion for the environment and storytelling to create Adventure Term.This experience-based educational organization offers students and young professionals the opportunity to explore unique environmental issues while learning the communication skills needed to talk about them to a larger audience.“Our students are the ones writing these articles, they’re holding the camera making a documentary,” Kyle Ritland said. “So the goal is not only to produce a documentary, telling this story, but sharing the knowledge that we’ve learned on the trip with other people.”In the summer of 2019, the Ritlands will run their first student program as a non-profit, “On the Border.” Participants will examine the ecological consequences of the proposed southwestern border wall on the species that make their homes in those ecosystems.Liz CantyLiz Canty, 27Ultramarathoner, Ala.Liz Canty has only been running ultramarathons for two years, but she has already positioned herself as one of the top trail runners in the country.In March, Canty became one of the youngest women to complete a loop at Barkley Marathons. The race is limited to forty runners every year and only fifteen people have completed all five loops since the race was first run in 1986.When Liz Canty isn’t running ultra marathons, she’s volunteering for any runner who needs assistance at local races, playing doctor, babysitter, chef, and running coach. Most recognize her on the trail, and Instagram, by her awesome leg tattoos.Favorite race: Canty took first place in the 2017 Pinhoti 100, her first 100-mile race.Luz LitumaLuz Lituma, 29Co-founder of LatinXhikers, Ga.LatinXhikers started out as two friends getting outside together, going on hikes and sharing their adventures online. Luz Lituma and Adriana Garcia wanted to highlight diversity and inspire more people of color to get outdoors.As the popularity of the account grew, LatinXhikers evolved from a social media account to a larger movement to make the outdoors more accessible.“We thought it would be a community of close friends and stuff,” Lituma said. “Never in our heads did we think that we’d gain so many followers and have REI reach out to us.”Lituma and Garcia received sponsorship from REI to host hikes that are free and easy to reach from whatever city they are in as they encourage more active participation outside.Marcus FittsMarcus Fitts, 29Founder of District Triathlon, Md.When Marcus Fitts was trying to get back in shape after knee surgery, he looked to his friends for support. Within six months, three friends turned into District Triathlon, a triathlon team of 113 athletes.“The goal of the organization is to introduce people of color to multi sports,” Fitts said. “We really thought there needed to be a better balance between mental and physical health in the community.”In addition to providing training and coaches, District Triathlon asks members to complete at least ten hours of community service. As Fitts is transitioning out of his full-time job into full-time coaching, he is looking to secure a title sponsor for the organization and is training for his first Ironman.Palmer (left) and Mason (right) KasprowiczMason, 16, and Palmer, 15, KasprowiczFounders of Flies by Two Brothers, Va.Flies equal money for college times two (F = MC*2). That’s the equation Mason and Palmer Kasprowicz came up with to explain their business, Flies by Two Brothers. They started tying fishing flies and selling them in 2014, saving their profits for college tuition.In the last four years, the brothers have sold almost 4,000 of their homemade flies through trade shows and their online store.Mason Kasprowicz said the business is about more than the money. The boys also learned “How to write good emails, how to talk to people, make eye contact, website building, knowing how to make taxes, all important life skills that come with operating a business.”In their spare time, the brothers are president and vice president of their high school’s fishing club and are youth representatives for the Northern Virginia Chapter of Trout Unlimited.Nadia MercadoNadia Mercado, 26Hiker and skydiver, N.C.Nadia Mercado wanted to try skydiving at a young age.“I saw the Power Rangers do it when I was five years old and I was like, “oh my god, I need to do that some day,” she said.Mercado jumped out of a plane for her 23rd birthday and has completed 157 jumps since then. When she’s not working as a cardiac nurse, she coordinates community service events for Team Blackstar Skydivers and writes about racial justice and gender equality in the outdoors for Melanin Base Camp.Mercado was accepted into the 2018 Emerging Leaders program for the SHIFT (Shaping How we Invest For Tomorrow) Festival in Jackson, Wyoming. This year’s festival will cover the healthcare benefits of spending time outside.Natalie DeRattNatalie DeRatt, 30Outdoor media, Ky.Like many bobsledders, Natalie DeRatt started as a runner. She moved from England to the United States on a track scholarship from UNC Asheville before making the transition to a new sport. She represented Team USA and then Great Britain in several international competitions, working 40 hours a week for Eagles Nest Outfitters and training another 40 hours on top of that.When a leg injury cut her competitive career short, DeRatt took her love for the outdoors with her as she started her own marketing and communications firm, Carmen and Grace. She specializes in helping smaller brands in the outdoor industry, like Crazy Creek, Bellyak, and Recover.Nick GilsonNick Gilson, 29Founder of Gilson Snow, Pa.Nick Gilson was teaching middle school science in Tennessee when he launched Gilson Snow from his classroom. Two years later, he moved to Pennsylvania to build snowboards and skis full time. In the beginning, Gilson assembled every board himself from locally grown trees.But since 2013, the company has doubled in size every year, expanding into markets across the United States, Europe, Australia, and Northeast Asia. The snowboards and skis are still made locally from local lumber, but there is no way for Gilson to touch every board that the company sells.Gilson has received numerous awards in innovative product development and holds several snowboard and ski patents for his designs.“We’ve really focused in on building boards that are simply more fun to ride,” Gilson said. “So they have more play, but then they have the ability to be incredible aggressive carvers.”Nick Massey / Photo By Cathy AndersonNick Massey, 18Trail maintenance, N.C.Since 2016, Nick Massey has logged over 3,000 volunteer hours in the National Forest, repairing trails, cleaning up trash, removing non-native invasive plants, and whatever else is needed. He works with Wild South to coordinate community volunteers, leading trail maintenance crews in Linville Gorge, Lost Cove, and Harper Creek.“I think that if you love a place, you need to get out there and help take care of it,” he said.Because he spends so much time out on the trails, Massey also started volunteering with the Linville Wilderness Rescue Squad to assist in wilderness rescue operations. He just enrolled in a basic EMT course and likes to take photographs of wildlife in his spare time.Paris BrownParis Brown, 28Climber, D.C.Paris Brown was always active growing up, mostly playing traditional sports like basketball and football. She took a parkour class at a local gym in college and from there, her friends introduced her to climbing. She started competing in Spartan races and mini bouldering competitions around the D.C. area.On a whim, she decided to apply for a spot on season 9 of American Ninja Warrior and had a chance to compete on the show last year. Although she didn’t do as well as she thought she could, Brown plans to apply for a second chance.“It’s kind of just putting myself out there a little bit, trying to show that there are other people who climb and they’re not necessarily what you always see,” Brown said.Follow her on Instagram @paris_mvmt.Randi GoodmanRandi Goodman, 26Mountain biker, Va.For Randi Goodman, the outside is the place to be and she wants to get more people involved. While at King University, she helped her team win two National Championships, one in mountain biking and the other in cyclocross. Around the same time, Goodman started working at Mountain Sports Ltd, an outdoor store specializing in equipment and information.Now a full-time employee, Goodman wants to start beginner-friendly rides for people who might not have as much experience on bikes but want to get outdoors. She’s also helping write grants to fund the Mendota Trail, a rails to trail under construction in Washington County, Va.“I just want to encourage more women to get out there and get muddy and sweaty and dirty. I mean, I’ll still paint my nails and grab on to my handlebars,” Goodman said.Rashid Clifton / Photo By Justin KestlerRashid Clifton, 24Whitewater kayaker, N.C.As a teenager, Rashid Clifton would spend hours driving from Charlotte, N.C. to the coast in order to spend whatever time he could surfing. Then a teacher told him about the U.S. National Whitewater Center, right in his backyard.Clifton started working as a raft guide at the center when he turned 18. One day after work, a friend invited him to try out a kayak.“She tried to teach me how to roll and it didn’t go great,” Clifton said. “But after that, I was pretty determined to get it. Once I got it down, you just couldn’t stop me from kayaking.”Most weekends you can catch Clifton at the center or kayaking around the Southeast. He has completed the notorious Green River Race and plans to tackle the Lord of the Fork Race and the Ocoee River Race.Rowan Stuart / Photo By Chad BlotnerRowan Stuart, 22Freestyle kayaker, N.C.Rowan Stuart has been a player on the freestyle kayaking scene since she was fifteen. Whitewater freestyle involves throwing as many tricks as possible in a specific amount of time.Since 2012, she has made Team USA every year. In that time, Stuart has been to three world championships and two world cups, winning the Junior Women’s Freestyle World Championship in 2013. She also took second at the Green River Race in 2016.Now, Stuart is taking a step back from competing to work as an instructor at H2O Dreams Paddling School in Saluda, N.C. She wants to get certified to judge freestyle competitions and is learning how to mountain bike.Favorite trick: the McNastySarah BrownSarah Brown, 26Resort management, Pa.Sarah Brown likes to start each morning outside, usually as first one on the ropes course or the ski lift depending on what season it is. During the summer months, Brown oversees the zipline course and mountain bike program as assistant manager of adventures at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, the same place she learned to snowboard at eight years old. In the winter, she runs the show down the road at Laurel Mountain as operations manager, handling anything that may come up over the course of the season.“I knew I wanted to be outdoors somehow in my life,” Brown said. “And then once I fell into this role, I want to be in it for the rest of my life.”last_img read more

The National Association of Caterers informed the National Staff about additional safety recommendations that it sent to its members

first_img“Wedding ceremonies and events are safe for the guests as well as for our employees, in compliance with all prescribed epidemiological measures. Every week, more than 300 wedding ceremonies and a large number of events are held in Croatia without any problems. Our members gathered in the catering section organize business in accordance with the recommendations, they are extremely committed to the safety of guests as well as their employees. Given the large number of entities and people employed in the industry segment dedicated to weddings and events, we support any measure that will help preserve these jobs. ”, said Marin Medak, president of the National Association of Caterers. HZJZ: Recommendations for performing food catering activities during the COVID-19 epidemic Photo: The Association says that today they informed the Headquarters about their proposal of additional recommendations that the members of NUU will voluntarily implement with the aim of greater security for guests and employees at wedding ceremonies and events. “Život ne može stati, a uz poštivanje propisanih mjera niti ne mora. Zajedničkim odgovornim ponašanjem – držanjem socijalne distance, dezinfekcijom i higijenom, očuvat ćemo zdravlje i živjeti bez straha”, Medak pointed out. The catering section of the National Association of Caterers takes extremely strong measures for the safety of its guests and employees, promotes responsible business and says that it is ready to implement additional measures if the competent services decide that they are needed. The National Association of Caterers supports all previous decisions of the National Civil Protection Headquarters related to private and public events and calls on all members of the Association and entities involved in the organization of such events to consistently implement measures and adhere to recommendations.last_img read more

UK joins hands with China for next-gen ORE technologies

first_imgUK and Chinese researchers are set to collaborate on five projects to develop the next generation offshore renewable energy (ORE) technologies.The three-year collaborative initiative will tackle key challenges affecting the development of tidal, wave, and offshore wind systems to maximize their environmental and socio-economic benefits.The projects will seek to determine where the best energy resource is available and where would be best to implement ORE technologies, and inform the development of technology so that structures are resilient to extreme events such as typhoons and earthquakes.The work will also focus on the advancement of virtual prototyping in the design and optimization of ORE power take-off (PTO) systems, and on tackling challenges related to the integration of different offshore technologies into multi-purpose platforms.The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) are supporting the projects with almost £4 million of funding, which will be distributed from the Newton Fund.The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) is providing the funding for all of the projects, as part of the Joint UK-China Offshore Renewable Energy program.Duncan Wingham, NERC’s Chief Executive, said: “This research will develop the potential of offshore renewable energy technologies, integrating environmental science to provide a better understanding of the energy resources, the sustainable development of ORE systems and where best to locate and deploy these systems to ensure a stable power supply with minimal environmental impact.”Richard Harrington, Minister for Energy and Industry, added: “This £4 million investment will support collaborative research into the next generation of offshore technologies with one of our largest global trading partners, unlocking further opportunities for projects across the UK and the rest of the world.”last_img read more

Malaysia’s MISC takes delivery of fifth Moss LNG carrier

first_imgSeri Cemara (Image courtesy of MISC)Malaysian LNG shipper MISC, a unit of energy giant Petronas, has taken delivery of a new liquefied natural gas carrier, the Seri Cemara.This is the final carrier in a series of five Moss-type LNG carriers.The naming and delivery of the 150,200-cbm LNG carrier Seri Cemara took place on Monday at the Hyundai Heavy shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea.The delivery of Seri Cemara brings the current number of MISC’s LNG fleet to 29 vessels.Image: MISCSeri Cemara joins her sister Moss-type Seri C Class LNG carriers Seri Camellia, Seri Cenderawasih, Seri Cempaka and Seri Camar on long-term charter to Petronas, MISC said in a statement.According to MISC, the vessels have been designed for worldwide trading capability to enable them to call at all major LNG terminals in the world as well as loading capability at floating LNG (FLNG) units.The vessels have been built with an Integrated Hull Structure (IHS), whereby a continuous cover encloses and shields four separate spherical tanks.Each of the LNG carriers complied with and will carry ECO Notation.The vessels will be powered by an Ultra Steam Turbine (UST) plant. They can operate on extended low-load gas mode, meaning that they can operate entirely on LNG for full compliance with existing and impending Sulphur Emissions Control Area (SECA) regulations, according to MISC.last_img read more