Dr Oetker Professional launches sprinkles range

first_imgDr Oetker Professional has launched a new range of sprinkles.The Sugar Strands and Chocolate Flavour Sugar Strands are available in easy-to-pour 700g jars. The sprinkles are free from preservatives, artificial flavours and are suitable for vegetarians.They tap the trend for brightly-coloured toppings on the likes of freakshakes, ice cream, cupcakes and doughnuts, the manufacturer said.“The vibrant colours and texture they bring have seen top bakeries elevate sugar strands to be a leading trend that now sees them not only on cakes, but croissants, waffles and cookies,” said Emma Haworth, senior brand manager, Dr Oetker Professional.“Our new professional formats means operators will be able to update their offerings with ease, as well as give their business a boost by making the most of this key bakery trend.”Dr Oetker Professional is the foodservice arm of the home baking brand.last_img read more

Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles Announce New Year’s Eve In NYC

first_imgFor the past two years, Snarky Puppy have performed at Irving Plaza in New York City on New Year’s Eve. With the Puppy’s switching up their plans this year, it only makes sense that their place at Irving Plaza would be picked up by former Snarky Puppy and the Chief Apostle himself, Cory Henry. Henry will bring his Funk Apostles with him to New York for what’s sure to be a memorable New Years Eve performance.Henry won two GRAMMY awards for his work with Snarky Puppy, however he also has been an in-demand touring and recording musician for years now. Henry formerly toured as a member of Aretha Franklin‘s band, and his studio work has allowed him to cross paths with a diverse list of artists such as Bruce Springsteen, The Roots, P. Diddy, Kenny Garrett, Yolanda Adams and more. Henry has also seen success as a solo artist, with two solo albums charting in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Jazz charts.As a result of Henry’s many musical endeavors, he has crossed paths with tons of incredible musicians over the years, and from those experiences The Funk Apostles were born. All of the members of the band are talented players with years of experience under their collective belt who Henry met throughout his career. Guitarist Adam Agati has worked with everyone from Booker T. Jones to Ludacris; bassist Sharay Reed has performed with Patti LaBelle, Chakha Khan, and more; drummer TaRon Lockett has performed with some of the biggest names in R&B, such as Erykah Badu, Montell Jordan and Snoop Dogg; keyboardist Nick Semrad ’s credits include Miss Lauryn Hill and Bilal.Henry has put together a true all-star cast from the world of funk, R&B, hip-hop, and soul, and they are coming to New York prepared to ring in the New Year in the funkiest way possible. Tickets will go on sale on Ticketmaster Friday, November 10th at 12:00 PM EST.Show: L4LM & CEG Present – Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles With Special Guests To Be AnnouncedCity: New York, NYVenue: Irving PlazaDate: New Year’s Eve! Sunday December 31st, 2017Doors: 8:00 PM || Show: 9:00 PMTickets On Sale HereEnter To Win A Pair Of VIP Tix:last_img read more

Role of stress in health disparities explored

first_imgTwenty-five experts from around the world gathered in Boston recently to discuss the impact of chronic stress stemming from low socioeconomic status and discrimination on health disparities and premature death. The conference was organized by Michelle Williams, Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Public Health, chair of the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), and director of the Harvard Catalyst’s Health Disparities Research Program, which sponsored the symposium, held October 17-18, 2013 at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.“The study of stress is a legitimate, cross-cutting area for human health and to address health disparities. This symposium is a continuation of a discussion we’ve been having for many years, even decades, and we look forward to advancing this important area in newly-formed working groups,” Williams said in a November 18, 2013 HMS News article.HSPH Dean Julio Frenk, T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development, was among the speakers from HSPH, Harvard Medical School (HMS), and other national and international universities. Keynote speakers were Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn of the University of California, San Francisco, and Charles A. Nelson III of HMS and Boston Children’s Hospital. See program for speakers and topics. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon hosts first-ever virtual marathon

first_imgCourtesy of Jessie Snyder Jessie Snyder virtually participates in the Saint Mary’s annual Dance Marathon following the cancellation of the in-person event.The marathon, originally planned for April 4, was canceled as a result of Saint Mary’s move to remote learning through Easter break and eventually the rest of the semester. The decision to move the marathon virtually was made by the executive team who felt there had to be a marathon, no matter the conditions, senior club president Clare Carragher said. According to Carragher, the team utilized social media platforms like Instagram, FaceBook, TikTok and an updated website to provide sources of entertainment and information throughout the day.“We went live on Instagram at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony — similar to the one held during a traditional marathon — explaining how people can participate throughout the day,” she said. Social media posts ran throughout the day on the same schedule as the traditional marathon. The posts consisted of Riley kid — patients at Riley Children’s hospital — miracle stories, video features of alumni nurses, pictures of participants’ 80’s decor to fit the theme of “Back to the ‘80s” and mini fundraising challenges. “The website was designed so people could come and go as they please and just provide some different forms of entertainment while we’re all quarantined in our houses across the country,” Carragher said.  The virtual marathon allowed for dancers, committee members and executives to participate in and experience a marathon from across the U.S. Carragher said the virtual marathon allowed for the message and mission of Dance Marathon to be spread to an even greater audience as it was all over social media all day. “A lot of good things came out of the day and a lot of things that, I hope, can continue moving forward,” Carragher said.  “Who knows where I will be a year or two down the road — so I would love for the option to check into the website and see the Riley family stories or watch the morale dance.”The committees worked in conjunction throughout the day to provide entertainment and keep the energy high, Carragher said. The morale dance, an eight minute line dance, is typically taught in segments throughout the day until it is performed by all participants at the end of the marathon. In lieu of this performance, the morale executives recorded themselves doing the dance all the way through. The morale committee girls then divided the dance into 11 mini tutorial videos that were posted throughout the day to social media. Participants were then invited to film themselves performing the morale dance and email the clips to the technology committee who then formed the final line dance with all the video submissions at the end of the night. Senior alumni relations executive Jessie Snyder was awarded this year’s Exec of the Year title by the president’s board for her success in leading the new committee. “Since it was a brand-new committee it gave me the opportunity to build into my own, I got to build it up from nothing,” Snyder said. The committee was formed in an effort to show thanks to alumni — many of whom have a passion and love for Riley that just doesn’t go away after graduation — and give them a way to still participate in Dance Marathon, she said. Participation in a virtual 12 hour event proved to be the biggest obstacle of planning the marathon, but both Carragher and Snyder commented on the pleasant surprise of seeing the community come together during an unprecedented time. “It wasn’t something we could have planned for but we were able to to turn a traditional marathon into something way bigger that was able to reach so many more people,” Snyder said. “If anything it brought us closer together and really proved the big impact that a small school like Saint Mary’s can have.”Tags: COVID-19, Riley Children’s Hospital, saint marys dance marathon, virtual The 15th annual Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon looked different from years past, as tri-campus community members gathered virtually Saturday rather than in Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex. The 12 hour marathon raises money for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.last_img read more

Comcast awards $30,000 grant to Spectrum Youth and Family Services

first_imgMackenzie announced the grant during Spectrum Youth and Family Services recent 4th Annual Empty Bowl Dinner.  In addition to the grant, Comcast served as the Presenting Sponsor of the annual fundraiser, which raises proceeds to support the Free Meals Program at Spectrum Youth and Family Services Drop-In Center.  Employees at Comcast s Burlington office also held a food drive to benefit the organization, collecting over 500 pounds of food to donate. Comcast is committed to making a difference in the communities where our customers and employees live and work, said Pam Mackenzie, Area Vice President for Comcast in Vermont.  We are proud to partner with Spectrum Youth and Family Services to ensure that Burlington s youth receive the job training skills they need to boost their knowledge and confidence, and help them obtain their first job and an opportunity for a successful future. About The Comcast FoundationThe Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 and is the company s chief source of charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs that work to create a positive, sustainable impact within our communities in the areas of volunteerism, literacy and youth leadership development. Since its inception, The Comcast Foundation has donated more than $43 million to organizations in the communities where Comcast serves. More information about The Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com(link is external) click on About, then In the Community. We have seen more young people walk out of doors equipped with the skills to effectively search for employment, interview for appropriate positions, and maintain their job in a professional manner. Thanks to the Comcast Foundation we will be able to serve more youth through this program, said Mark Redmond, Executive Director of Spectrum Youth and Family Services. Since entering Vermont in November 2006, Comcast has aggressively expanded its services across the Green Mountain State, investing in its advanced fiber-optic network to bring broadband services to previously unserved homes and businesses and partnering with local communities.  The company has launched a number of its advanced services in nearly three years, including Digital Cable with On Demand, High-Definition Television Service, Digital Video Recorders, Comcast High-Speed Internet service and Comcast Digital Voice.  In addition, Comcast has offered programming of special interest to Vermonters.  Comcast also assists local non-profit organizations in Vermont with financial, in-kind and employee volunteer support.  Comcast serves more than 100,000 customers in Vermont and employs approximately 300 individuals. Spectrum One Stop (SOS), conveniently located on Pearl Street in Burlington, is an emergency youth shelter, drop-in center, and multi-service center, which offers youth, ages 14-21 a comprehensive continuum of services, including education, employment, substance abuse and mental health counseling, and much more. Spectrum Youth and Family Service s goal is to support homeless youth helping them navigate a successful transition to a productive adulthood. More information about Spectrum and our programs is available at www.spectrumvt.org(link is external) About Spectrum Youth and Family ServicesSpectrum has more than 39 years of experience providing housing and support services to homeless, foster, and at-risk youth in Vermont. Spectrum s mission is to work with Vermont youth and families to improve their lives through advocacy, direct services, and a continuum of support, to create a more just and compassionate community. Comcast Cable,Demonstrating the company s commitment to giving back to the communities it serves, the Comcast Foundation today announced it has awarded $30,000 to Spectrum Youth and Family Services, helping the organization fulfill its mission to provide transitional housing and support services to at-risk youth in Burlington.  The grant $10,000 a year over three years will enable the organization to assist local young people acquire the skills needed to obtain and retain an entry-level job.The Comcast grant will support Spectrum Youth and Family Services Job Skills Training Program, which helps homeless, foster and at-risk youth between the ages of 14 and 21 obtain, practice and reinforce the skills necessary to obtain and retain an entry-level job.  The program, a two-week intensive course that runs 90-minute sessions five days a week, offers job shadowing opportunities, internships and interviews at local businesses for the young people that graduate from it.  The funds will help offer 540 class hours of job skills training and provide training for 225 at-risk youth over the next three years. ###last_img read more

Biking in Frederick County, MD

first_imgFrederick County is home to some seriously gnarly mountain biking. The Frederick Watershed will challenge and delight even the most confident mountain bikers. Considered by many to be the best riding in all of Maryland, the Frederick Watershed is ideal for those who like it techy and airborne. Tough off-camber moves, big drops, and lots of booters make the watershed a destination for truly skilled riders. The Catoctin Blue Trail begins in Gambrill State Park before entering into the watershed. You can ride the length of two trail systems on the Catoctin, but you’ll find the gnarly stuff on its numerous offshoots. Explore the 20 miles of trail within the watershed and discover countless opportunities to test your skill and mettle.Nearby Gambrill State Park also serves up a challenging trail experience. Built with cross-country riding in mind, Gambrill serves up 16 miles of tough, technical riding. Red Maple and Green Ash Trail are intermediate-friendly, but Black Locust and Yellow Poplar quickly become steep, rocky, and technical.Big drops and chunky rocks take a toll on your bike, so visit The Bicycle Escape in Downtown Frederick when you need repairs. It is also a great place to go for gear, rentals, and resources for biking in the area.New to biking? Not to worry because Frederick also abounds in novice trails and towpaths.The Frederick History Bicycle Loop, with stops at the Francis Scott Key Monument and several local Civil War sites, is an ideal ride around town for families. Voted the best bike ride in Maryland by Bicycling.com, the picturesque 50-mile Covered Bridge Route is great for touring and road cyclists, taking you to all three of Frederick’s historic covered bridges.Grab a brochure to pick the right tour with Frederick County Heritage Bicycle Tours, who will help you pick the right route and show you living history, mountain views, and the “Spirits of Burkittsville, ”the town made famous by the movie “The Blair Witch Project.”Frederick’s cultural richness is equally enjoyed on foot. Located less than one hour from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Gettysburg, Downtown Frederick is surrounded by mountains, wineries, breweries, and vibrant Main Street communities.Catoctin Breeze Vineyards offers views of Catoctin Mountain, award-winning wines, live music, and food trucks every weekend. Black Ankle Vineyards has an indoor tasting room with a huge outdoor patio, and live music every Friday. This winery is focused on sustainability and built their tasting room entirely out of materials found on the property.For a frothy brew, try Flying Dog, Maryland’s largest craft brewery. They’ve got 20 beers on tap, some of which are only available in the tasting room.Attaboy Brewery is a popular spot for locals. Located downtown along Carroll Creek Park, you can order food from downtown restaurants and then share a beer with the natives.Frederick Brew Bus is a great way to sample all the local suds. This flat-rate hop-on, hop-off bus, travels between Frederick’s breweries. It’s a great option for groups who don’t want to drive.If you have a penchant for craft spirits, seek out Frederick’s unique distilleries. McClintock occupies a renovated historic building along Carroll Creek Park serving certified organic gin, whiskey, and vodka. Springfield Manor, known for their lavender gin from lavender grown on the property, also makes wine and beer. They host trivia every Friday night, as well as live music and food trucks on weekends.Once you’ve recovered from hours of biking and sampling libations, you can hike the Appalachian Trail, tour a civil war battlefield, or submerge yourself in the beautiful Shenandoah and Potomac rivers near Harpers Ferry and Antietam Creek. The folks at River and Trail Outfitters will set you up on a raft, tube, or kayak.Whether you prefer a walkable downtown with plenty of nightlife, a scenic countryside, or a mix of both, Frederick has a lot to offer.In Frederick, museums meet martini bars, scenic landscapes provide thrill seekers with adventure, and cutting-edge cuisine is served up in Civil War-era buildings alongside unique specialty, galleries, museums, and theaters. visitfrederick.orglast_img read more

No Split for Suffolk with a New Area Code, Regulators Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State regulators calling for a new area code in Suffolk County decided Thursday against geographically splitting eastern Long Island between 631 and a new three-digit number that has yet to be picked.The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) instead opted for what’s known as an overlay—meaning once 631 runs out of phone numbers in about two years, there will simply be a separate area code for new numbers added in Suffolk and all the existing numbers would remain unchanged.“Given the reality of the way we communicate today, a new area code is needed to expand the numbers that are available,” said PSC chair Audrey Zibelman, noting that the proliferation of cell phones has increased demand for new phone numbers.The North American Numbering Plan, which provides the basic numbering scheme for telephone networks in the United States, will assign the new three-digit number area code for Suffolk at a later date. Local telephone companies will be directed to activate the new area code by the end of 2016.The PSC held public hearings on the issue and accepted written testimony, but the agency noted from the start that it preferred the overlay option. If the PSC had gone with a geographic split, the county would have been divided in a line across Smithtown and Islip towns.The catch with the addition of the new overlay is that Suffolk callers will also have to dial 631 before calling numbers that already share their 631 area code.The 631 area code has served Suffolk since it was split in 1999 from the 516 area code that has served Nassau County.last_img read more

It’s on us to make sure bravery of #MeToo victims is not wasted

first_img  SHARE  TWEET First Lady Frances Wolf,  It’s On Us PA,  Public Safety,  The Blog,  Women’s Rights Both Tom and I are heartbroken yet inspired by all the Americans and Pennsylvanians saying #MeToo this week. Sexual harassment and sexual violence are a black-eye of our society that we too often cover-up. This must change.Nearly two years ago Tom and I launched the first-ever state-level #ItsOnUs program to educate more Pennsylvanians about sexual assault and preventing it, especially on college campuses. Building off the momentum of the national It’s On Us movement, It’s On Us PA brings together college and university presidents, superintendents, administrators, teachers, students, families, and community members to help end sexual assault by standing up and speaking out.But our words aren’t enough to end sexual harassment and sexual violence. We must take action.This year, Tom announced a package of six pieces of legislation aimed at combating sexual violence. This bipartisan legislation is the result of students, parents, advocates, education leaders, and people across the commonwealth working together to improve reporting and response standards for sexual assault on K-12 and college campuses.Take the pledge. Call your legislators. We can’t let down all those speaking out who have been affected by sexual harassment and violence. It’s on all of us to make sure their bravery is not wasted. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter It’s on us to make sure bravery of #MeToo victims is not wasted October 18, 2017 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: First Lady Frances Wolflast_img read more

Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania Reduced Prison Population by Record-Setting 3,471 since March 1

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 22, 2020 Criminal Justice Reform,  Press Release,  Prison Reform Governor Tom Wolf announced today that since March 1, the population of those in state correctional facilities has been reduced by 3,471 individuals, the largest multiple-month decrease ever experienced by the Department of Corrections and one that likely helped the department reduce the number of COVID-19 cases in facilities.“When COVID-19 arrived, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections met the challenge of keeping the general public safe while protecting its inmate population from this easily transmissible disease,” Gov. Wolf said. “The department has been successful at keeping COVID-19 from spreading widely in the congregate settings of correctional facilities.”In the three-plus months since COVID-19 was first identified in Pennsylvania, less than 1 percent of the state prison population has tested positive. Ultimately, the inmates inside state correctional institutions have proven so far to be more secure from COVID-19 than the general population, where the mortality rate is 90% higher than it is in the state’s correctional facilities as of today.The population reduction includes furloughing paroled individuals from centers to home plans; working with the parole board to maximize parole releases; reviewing parole detainers for those in county jails and state prisons; expediting the release process for anyone with a pending approved home plan; reviewing and releasing inmates who are beyond their minimum sentences; and implementing the temporary reprieve program that has allowed Gov. Wolf to issue reprieves to 159 inmates during the pandemic.These releases are in addition to preexisting criminal justice reform efforts that have reduced Pennsylvania’s prison population from 48,881 inmates when Gov. Wolf entered office at the beginning of January 2015 to 41,738 inmates today. That 7,143 decrease in population in under five years has allowed the state to reduce taxpayer costs by closing facilities while enabling more Pennsylvanians to resume their lives – all without an increase in the state’s crime rate.“The Department of Corrections takes pride in its ability to keep inmates safe and will continue to prioritize health and wellness during the COVID-19 crisis,” DOC Sec. John Wetzel said. “We will continue to seek improvements in our criminal justice system that minimizes the number of incarcerated individuals while providing the highest degree of safety to every Pennsylvanian.”Pennsylvania has taken a bipartisan approach to criminal justice reform and in recent years has:Passed Justice Reinvestment 2 addressing the high cost of incarceration in the state, strengthening support for county probation programs and fixing inadequate sentencing guidelines, and reforming the post-trial criminal justice system.Created a Fair-Chance hiring policy for state agencies that removes the criminal conviction question, otherwise known as “banning the box,” from non-civil service employment applications for agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction.Signed the “Clean Slate” bill, the first of its kind in the nation, to help those who have committed low-level offenses and have paid their penalty get back on the path to a blemish-free record, removing potential roadblocks to jobs, housing, health care, and education.Signed Act 95 of 2018, eliminating driver’s license suspensions for non-driving infractions.Signed Act 146 of 2018, extending the time a convicted individual has to file a post-conviction relief action to one year, from what was 60 days under current law.Signed Act 147 of 2018, updating Pennsylvania’s DNA testing law to reflect significant advances in technology and the lessons learned by criminal justice professionals since 2002. The legislation removes the supervision requirement that only people serving a sentence can apply for DNA testing.Signed Act 148 of 2018, a victim protection bill regarding housing options and emergency transfers.Find more information on Pennsylvania’s response to COVID-19.Find more information on Gov. Wolf’s Process to Reopen PA.Ver esta página en español.center_img Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania Reduced Prison Population by Record-Setting 3,471 since March 1last_img read more

Pestina calls for permanent halt to Britain’s APD

first_img Share Share LocalNews Pestina calls for permanent halt to Britain’s APD by: – March 24, 2011 Former President of the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA) Judith Pestaina, wants Britain to make permanent, a decision to hold over a planned increase in air passenger duty (APD), a tax which saw travellers flying out of Britain paying much more for flights.Britain said on Wednesday it is holding back the tax until the year 2012, in order to soften the blow on travellers in the midst of rising oil prices.The Caribbean Tourism Organisation and some leaders in the Caribbean have been speaking out strongly against the tax and have been lobbying the British government to change their mind, as they argued it will hurt Caribbean tourism.And Pestaina wants the lobbying to continue, as Dominica and others in the region attract British visitors. Pestaina has also contended that Dominicans residing in the United Kingdom would find it much harder to return home with the APD in effect.“We are quite concerned that this would mean a drastic reduction of visitors coming from the UK, and you know we have quite a number of Dominican nationals who come home regularly so that would mean it would be prohibitive,” she said.The controversial rise in the APD which had become effective in November 2010 saw passengers travelling from the UK to Caribbean destinations on an economy class ticket, paying £75 in APD, up from £50 in 2009 and £40 in 2007. Those travelling on first class, business or premium economy ticket were subject to heavy taxes on APD also.“With oil prices going up that would even become a worst scenario… you have fuel prices going up, the cost of travel…is going to escalate…then you would have people looking at other destinations which would be much less costly where they could travel for much cheaper prices… I know the Caribbean governments put up a strong lobby to ensure that this was not imposed so let’s hope that this is going to continue” Pestaina articulated.Source: DBS News Tweetcenter_img 35 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more