Burglars raid three colleges

first_imgThree colleges have fallen victim to thieves in a spate of burglaries this week, including the loss of a widescreen television from St Anne’s JCR.Students were astonished as they entered the common room to discover that the enormous TV had vanished.JCR President George Kynaston informed the college by email and offered a day of amnesty on Monday to anyone returning the TV.He said, “I’m hoping this was someone in the JCR just being stupid and that we can get the TV back without any trouble.”No information has been forthcoming, but he dismissed the idea that it may have been an outside theft, saying, “it would be pretty tricky to smuggle that TV past theporters lodge.”College authorities are currently studying CCTV footage and police may get involved.An intruder, believed to be from outside of college, also broke into a student’s room in St Peter’s college.The incident took place on the 8th of October between 6.00 pm and 2.30 am, while the student was out. The burglar was caught on CCTV scaling a wall. Investigations are ongoing.St. Peter’s JCR president Sanjay Nanwani maintains that the college has “acted promptly” and that members of the JCR have been kept “regularly informed of developments”.He confirmed that he is certain that “the necessary steps will be taken to ensure the integrity and security of [their] premises.”Jessica Davies, a second year who lived last year on the staircase where the theft took place, said, “I never had any concerns about security at St. Peter’s and I’m confident it was only a one-off.”Theft also hit LHM, with the loss of a laptop at around 8pm on the 7th of October. This follows a series of burglaries in the Jericho area over the previous few days.Five of the incidents resulted from students not locking their doors properly or in some cases leaving them open. Thames Valley Police are currently investigating whether this incident is linked with several other thefts of jewellery, iPods, laptops, digital cameras, cash and even champagne.Deputy Sergeant Marc Tarbit, who leads the Oxford Burglary team, issued the following statement, “we seem to have at least one person targeting properties in the Jericho area and some Jericho residents have made the burglar’s job far easier for them.”The police have urged all students to make sure that their doors and windows are secure before they leave the house.last_img read more

U.S. Supreme Court Asked To Review Abortion Law Signed By Pence

first_imgU.S. Supreme Court Asked To Review Abortion Law Signed By PenceIL for www.theindianalawyer.comIndiana is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments over a law that bars women from having an abortion based on gender, race or disability. The law was signed in 2016 when Vice President Mike Pence was Indiana governor.But federal courts have blocked it, saying it violates a woman’s right to end her pregnancy. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in April struck down Indiana House Enrolled Act 1337 in a 2-1 decision. The case is Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc., et al., v. Commissioner of the Indiana State Department of Health, et al., 17-3163.Attorney General Curtis Hill on Friday asked the Supreme Court to take the case. He acknowledged a right to abortion but says it’s “not a right to decide which child to bear.”Ken Falk of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana said Indiana’s petition is an attempt to infringe on the right to abortion.The law also requires abortion providers to dispose of aborted fetuses in the same way as human remains. That section also was blocked.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgWe hope that today’s “Readers Forum” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way? WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Should City Council have known who are paying the $3 million dollar costs to dismantle the dock at Marina Pointe before approving the move of the LST to the Tropicana area?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy.  Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our siteFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Seasonal seller

first_imgPotatoes are a very popular vegetable in Europe and were first cultivated by the Incas, in Peru, 6,000 years ago. They were brought to Europe by the Spanish Conquistadors to impress Royalty in around 1570.Although they started out as an expensive and exotic food, they became part of the British staple diet in the 18th century. The effects of the potato blight in 1840s Ireland are well-known, as the population dropped dramatically. It is thought that more than a million people died and another million emigrated.For culinary uses, potatoes are placed into two groups, waxy and floury. The floury potatoes are better for mashing, baking, roasting and frying and the waxy potatoes are better served as boiled potatoes, grated in rosti and sliced in gratins or put in stews. Choose potatoes that have a smooth skin and are firm. They should also not be bruised, green-tinged or sprouting. Mashed potato can be used to make Irish potato cakes, added to pastry for savoury pies, used in a very moist chocolate cake or mixed into bread dough. Uncooked grated potato can be put into cakes such as ginger cake or used instead of carrots or parsnips in a loaf cake.For more information on which type of potatoes to use see [http://www.britishpotatoes.co.uk]In season; main-crop potatoes are harvested September/October, but are available most of the year.Fiona Burrell, co-author of Leiths Baking Bible, from the world-famous Leiths School of Food and Wine—-=== In my world: the craft baker ===So here it is! The shock waves that were first reported earlier in the year have rippled out from the American Sub-Prime epicentre and are, right now, shaking the Cotswolds. Many people have battened down the hatches and are not venturing out. In an instant, we find footfall is the main problem, as are wastage, labour costs and knowing what to do first.So here is what I’ve done. The shop, with a café, has been most affected, so I have seized the reins, made the manager redundant and not replaced the outgoing summer staff, making immediate labour cost savings. This has only been made sustainable by reducing the opening times and changing everyone’s contract, so we now have only one very focused shift. I have also dramatically altered our café offering, so there is nothing made to order, installed a self-service dresser that makes tempting treats more accessible, complete with travelling toaster, which has been popular and encourages customers to try our breads. I have encouraged take-out loyalty, by introducing a little sandwich card, which we stamp each time a sandwich is bought – and the 10th one is on us. This sits alongside our well-used Coffee Loyalty Card. One team member has been tasked with monitoring orders/sales/wastage, so that we can be on top of these things on a daily basis.Across the shops, I have relaunched the humble 800g split tin and standard wholemeal as ’Budget Bread’ and put posters up outside, reading, “Hobbs House Quality for only £1.45”. This has been a great way of challenging the general perception that our offering is only top-end and has had the effect of increasing the sales of our premium loaf.The economic situation demands that we look at our business in a sharper way, find the things that aren’t working well enough and deal with them. If we survive, our businesses will be keener and fitter than before. How cathartic – a forced and early spring clean!I can report that bread sales are still strong, including the organic bread, and there has been growth in premium patisserie – I assume for customers who want to eat well at home instead of a meal out. The leaner team at the bakery/café has made for a better atmosphere, so service is better than ever. Anyone can sell when times are good, but during a downturn, sales staff training needs to be comprehensive. So, to avoid complacency, customer service training is my next focus.If only I knew if any of these actions will be enough to weather the storm. If you have any storm-proof tips or ideas. please let me [email protected]—-=== Culture corner: book review ===== Baking and Bakeries (£4.99) by HG Muller ==Anyone ordering a complete history of Baking and Bakeries off Amazon and expecting a letterbox-challenging brick of a book will be relieved to learn that your postie won’t be risking a hernia by having to lug an undelivered package back to depot. Weighing in at a mere 32 pages (including lots of pictures), this re-issue as part of the Shire Classics series, originally published in 1986, impressively races through 5,000 years of bread baking. This is little surprise, given that not much changed in baking technology between Roman times and the 1800s, when the back-breaking labour of mixing was finally done away with by mechanical mixers and “perpetual ovens”, and industrialised baking and moulders came into use for the first time.Tracing baking’s origins, Muller throws up a few intriguing facts: the typical ancient Egyptian was no carb-dodger, munching through an average 500g of bread per day. Nor were Egyptian bakers too hung up about clean labels, adding moth-repelling chemical camphor to bread, to delay staling. By the Middle Ages, the baker had developed the reputation of being unscrupulous, often accused of selling underweight bread, with grim punishment for those caught, including being burned to death in one’s own oven.The concluding potted history of 20th century industrial advances is particularly accessible to industry newcomers, or for anyone with a short attention span.last_img read more

South Bend announces new Tend the Bend Trailer, second round of Love Your Block…

first_img Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Facebook TAGSActs of Kindness and Digital NeighborhoodgrantsIndianaLove Your BlockSouth BendTend the Bend Trailer By Brooklyne Beatty – November 5, 2020 0 438 Google+ Twittercenter_img South Bend announces new Tend the Bend Trailer, second round of Love Your Block grants (Photo Supplied/City of South Bend) A second round of Acts of Kindness and Digital Neighborhood Grants have been awarded to organizations throughout South Bend.This summer, the Engagement and Economic Empowerment Team awarded 15 grants, ranging in size from $250-$350, to residents and organizations nominated to develop new programs. The grants are an effort to assist neighborhood organizations in improving their digital engagement with residents through training on remote communications software and devices for improving video quality.A Tend the Bend Trailer has also been introduced to the South Bend area in hopes of supporting neighborhoods’ beautification efforts.The trailer is outfitted with tools like lawnmowers, rakes and weed whackers. Any resident led-organization, including churches, nonprofits and neighborhood organizations, can book the trailer.For more information, visit the Love Your Block South Bend website. Twitter Facebook WhatsApp IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Previous articleBidding open for South Bend’s Old Fire Station #9Next articleMan arrested for Roseland bar homicide Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more

The Revivalists Announce “The Deepest Dream” Fall Tour

first_imgNew Orleans-based rock band The Revivalists have announced the first leg of The Deepest Dream national tour, which will kick off in November and hit DC, Philadelphia, Boston, Denver, and Atlanta, on top of their previously scheduled summer appearances. Following the major success of their Men Amongst Mountains, the septet recently stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform “Fade Away” and “Wish I Knew You.” Following back-to-back sold-out tours and a whirlwind summer of festival appearances, The Revivalists are currently in the midst of their Fire Into Light tour which included a recent electrifying set at New York City’s Central Park SummerStage. The party will continue through the year with two-night runs at 9:30 Club and The Tabernacle, with festival appearances at LOCKN’, David Shaw’s Big River Get Down, Austin City Limits, and more left to go.The Revivalists are recognized as a stellar live band featuring pedal steel guitar, sax and trumpet, and are praised for their eclectic Southern mix of jazz-funk grooves, blues rock grit, warm melodies and masterful musicianship. Don’t miss them when they head to a city near you!THE REVIVALISTS 2017 TOUR DATES:August 25 Greenville, SC @ Greenville ZooAugust 26 Wilmington, NC @ Greenfield Lake AmphitheaterAugust 27 Arrington, VA @ Lock’n Music FestivalSeptember 1 Del Mar, CA @ Del Mar Concert SeriesSeptember 3 Snowmass Village, CO @ Jazz Aspen SnowmassSeptember 8 Hamilton, OH @ David Shaw’s Big River Get Down*September 9 Hamilton, OH @ David Shaw’s Big River Get DownSeptember 14 Fredericton, NB @ Harvest Jazz and Blues FestivalSeptember 16 Norfolk, VA @ ETC Concert on the PointSeptember 22 Las Vegas, NV @ Life is Beautiful FestivalSeptember 23 St. Louis, MO @ The PageantSeptember 24 Franklin, TN @ Pilgrimage Music and Cultural FestivalOctober 6 Austin, TX @ Austin City LimitsOctober 13 Austin, TX @ Austin City LimitsNovember 15 Washington, DC @ 9:30 ClubNovember 16 Washington, DC @ 9:30 ClubNovember 17 Philadelphia, PA @ The FillmoreNovember 18 Boston, MA @ House Of BluesNovember 28 Lafayette, LA @ Acadiana Center For The ArtsNovember 29 Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s BallroomDecember 1 Denver, CO @ The FillmoreDecember 6 Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room At Old National CentreDecember 8 N. Myrtle Beach @ House Of BluesDecember 9 Raleigh, NC @ The RitzDecember 10 Charlotte, NC @ The FillmoreDecember 12 Knoxville, TN @ The Mill & MineDecember 14 Mobile, AL @ Saenger TheatreDecember 15 Atlanta, GA @ The TabernacleDecember 16 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle* David Shaw Solo Acoustic[photo by Brantley Gutierrez]last_img read more

Cambridge Housing Alliance’s Workforce Program visits Harvard

first_imgNearly two-dozen students from the Cambridge Housing Authority’s (CHA) Workforce Program recently participated in the group’s annual visit to Harvard’s campus to take part in a series of programs designed to bolster career exploration and college awareness. This event is a component of the Project Teach program that has been bringing students to Harvard for more than 25 years.The day began in Harvard’s historic Annenberg Hall, where they ate lunch andwere joined by current Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) students who talked with them about post-secondary plans. They then visited HGSE’s Education Innovation Studio and maker space.While there they built, discovered, and created items such as homemade flashlights, light-up progress charts for patients in recovery, and even name badges for retail employees that lit up to indicate if they were available to assist a customer. They also heard from Marc Raila, the Education Innovation Studio’s administrator.The activities were all in an effort to get students thinking about career trajectories and plans, and what types of options they thought they were most interested in. They were then challenged to go deeper and create a prototype of something — anything — that could be an asset in a particular career or help them solve a potential problem.Students had fun brainstorming ideas from how to create glow-in-the-dark bandages to building mini-flashlights for emergency workers, to even thinking through how they might design a spaceship. They challenged themselves to think through various constraints or hurdles someone in that particular field may face and offer possible solutions to those potential problems.“It was difficult, but having people constantly check up on you to see if you are understanding the content and understanding what you are doing made it easier to finish it [the project],” said CHA student Esther Georges. “It put a new career in my mind that I didn’t know I wanted to do. I thought I would work with children, but I learned about being a sonographer and still work with children. I didn’t know that I could do that.”“I never thought that you could use the cooper tape to make electricity,” said Weshtanya Perdre. “I also enjoyed the way we were creating things based on our future career goals and problem solving.”The students received The Career Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your Future, to encourage them to think more deeply about what’s next, learn about different career options, and help facilitate conversations at home.CHA’s Workforce Program is an after school educational enrichment and work-readiness program for low-income teens who live in Cambridge Public Housing.“We’re always incredibly excited to welcome the CHA Workforce Program to campus,” said Joan Matsalia, associate director of Harvard’s Public School Partnerships team, which runs the initiative. “Through Harvard’s Project Teach program, we’re pleased to be able to help support the CHA program in helping to ensure that students make informed decision about their post-secondary options and success.”last_img read more

SGA prepares for next academic year

first_imgThe other priority is the SGA retreat, which Chesley said was very important for members. Held before classes start next semester, it will help the officers to get to know one another so that they can work together for the student body as efficiently as possible. Some of the suggestions the Board members had were creating a Facebook fan page, using Twitter and developing a newsletter.  The first step the board took in this process was to state the three goals to be put on the top of SGA’s list of priorities. Those goals are increasing the visibility of SGA and its members on campus, the appeal of life on Saint Mary’s campus and the SGA initiation retreat at the beginning of the year.  “First we had to establish where we were and where we want to get during the coming year,” Chesley said. “Now, we have to figure out the best way to get there.”  The suggestion the board decided will be the most efficient is to develop the SGA Web site. They plan to add resources for students. It was also suggested members spend time doing small things around campus like handing out stickers or candy. center_img Saint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) discussed preparations for the 2010-11 academic year at its meeting on Wednesday night.At the last meeting, the board named specific goals and expectations and on Wednesday began to prioritize and create plans for those goals. SGA president Rachael Chesley said organization would be very important in SGA’s efficiency.   “I think we all feel that being recognizable and seen around campus is very important, so that students know who we are and what we can do for them,” Chesley said. “Now, we have to figure out the best way to go about doing that.” “I think it is very important that SGA commits to doing small fun things around campus regularly,” chief of staff Katrina Mesina said. “We may be working on large projects for the school for a long time, but the students won’t see that. So, we have to do small things around campus to connect with the student body.” last_img read more

High cost in ’06

first_img“But it looks like now, to have a chance at a profit,” he said, “they’ll certainly have to have another year of good yields.”Corn farmers need nitrogen and water, either from rain or irrigation, to produce high yields. The rain is free. The irrigation and fertilizer cost. Farmers irrigate about half of the state’s corn acres.Corn farmers with irrigation spent about $400 per acre to make their ’05 crop. It’ll cost them about $458 per acre this year, said Nathan Smith, a UGA Extension agricultural economist.Georgia corn farmers also had a good 2005. They planted 270,000 acres. The average yield was 127 bushels per acre, which is good for Georgia. If corn prices remain around $2.55 per bushel, farmers will have to make around 145 bushels per acre to make it profitable. Peanut farmers don’t have to use nitrogen. But growing peanuts in ’06 will still cost more. Smith figures they’ll spend about $400 per acre on nonirrigated land and $509 per acre on irrigated land. This will be about 15 percent to 20 percent more than what it took to grow peanuts in 2004.Farmers planted 755,000 acres of peanuts last year. The state’s average yield was 2,870 pounds per acre.With prices around $355 to $365 per ton, farmers will need to grow at least 3,000 pounds per acre to make peanuts profitable this year.All Georgia farmers will need to stretch their farming dollars, but not at the sacrifice of large yields. It will be a tight rope to walk. But their bottom line will depend on it, both economists said. By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia farmers will likely have to spend more per acre to farm major row crops in 2006, say University of Georgia economists. They’ll need to produce high yields to keep them out of the red.Fuel and energy prices will remain high in 2006. The cost of inputs like fertilizer and chemicals will be higher, too, said UGA Cooperative Extension economist Don Shurley.”This year will probably be one of the tightest years we’ve had in a long time,” said Shurley, who has studied farm economics for more than 25 years. His focus is on cotton.A Georgia cotton farmer will spend about $360 to produce an acre of cotton in 2006, he said. That’s about 8 percent more than ’05 and 20 percent more than in ’04. The figure doesn’t cover other costs like taxes, insurance, equipment loans or land payments.Farmers in early ’04 were spending about $1.15 for a gallon of diesel. But the prices started to climb later that year. In ’05, farmers spent between $2.25 and $2.50 per gallon. Diesel is expected to be around $2.25 this year.Fertilizer will cost more, particularly nitrogen, which is manufactured using natural gas. It will cost about $40 per acre, or 30 percent more than last year.Georgia had a good cotton crop last year. Farmers planted 1.22 million acres. The average yield will be about 853 pounds per acre, a new state record.It’s hard to say what cotton farmers will have to yield per acre to turn a profit in ’06, he said. They will likely get about 60 cents per pound for cotton this year.last_img read more