Starbucks launches mini bakery treats

first_imgStarbucks has launched a Petites range of bakery products this spring.It includes cake pops – small cake balls, dipped in chocolate, on a lollipop stick – in almond, rocky road and sparkle varieties; red velvet, and chocolate whoopie pies, a salted caramel pecan bar, and a raspberry white chocolate cake. Starbucks is also offering multi-buy offers on the small treats. The eat-in prices are £1.55 for one, £1.45 each for two-five treats, and £1.20 each for six items or more. Takeaway prices are £1.30, £1.20 and £1.00 each respectively.The Starbucks Petites range available in the UK differs slightly the range just launched in the US, which comprises rocky road, tiramisu and birthday (vanilla cake and icing, dipped in pink chocolate) cake pops, whoopie pies, mini cupcakes – in carrot cake and peanut butter varieties; and lemon, and salty caramel ‘sweet squares’.last_img read more

Indiana counties taking plea to reduce jail populations seriously

first_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Indiana counties taking plea to reduce jail populations seriously Previous articleBody of army ranger that saved son’s life returns homeNext articleNo Indiana State Fair this year, but there will be a carnival Network Indiana Pinterest Google+ Google+ IndianaLocalNews (Tommie Lee/95.3 MNC) Indiana counties appear to have taken seriously a plea to limit coronavirus infections by reducing jail populations.An I-U-P-U-I Public Policy Institute review of 11 Indiana jails finds they all had at least eight-percent fewer inmates five weeks after March 11, the day the World Health Organization declared the virus to be a pandemic, than five weeks before. Marion County wasn’t part of the study, but Sheriff Kerry Forestal says the county’s two jails cut their numbers by 28-percent over that span.Forestal says part of the reduction stems from police officers making an effort to issue tickets for misdemeanors instead of arresting people. And he says Marion County’s judges worked with prosecutors and public defenders to hold initial hearings as quickly as possible for people who were arrested, and to either resolve or reschedule already-pending cases so defendants didn’t sit in jail awaiting trial.Governor Holcomb, Chief Justice Loretta Rush and legislative leaders urged judges and sheriffs in early April to assess whether there were nonviolent inmates who could be released without creating a public safety risk.The I-U-P-U-I study looked at more than 500 jails nationwide. Only 33 had more people behind bars after the pandemic than before. On average, jail populations declined 17-percent. Indiana’s decrease was 21-percent, or 24-percent if Marion County is added in. Researcher Kevin Martyn says the reductions are too large to be explained by the natural ebb and flow of arrests.Martyn says the survey could lay a foundation for more studies of how jail policies affected the virus’s spread.Marion County has seven current coronavirus cases in its jails. 236 inmates have tested positive since the pandemic began, two-percent of the county’s overall total. Facebook Twitter Facebook Pinterest Twitter By Network Indiana – July 1, 2020 1 325 last_img read more

Farmers market to offer Harvest Bucks for fruits, vegetables

first_imgThe Saturday Farmington Farmers’ Market in front of the district court building.FARMINGTON – Participants receiving Maine Supplemental Nutrition Assistance will be able to acquire extra food when they shop at the local farmers market, thanks to a program that will also allow customers to use credit and debit cards for all vendors.The Harvest Bucks program, organized by the Maine Federation of Farmers Markets, is offered in 30 markets across the state. According to Erica Emery of Rustic Roots Farm, it will be the first time Harvest Bucks have been offered in Franklin County. The program took two years of work to find a partner and set upThe Saturday Farmington Farmers’ Market will be offering Harvest Bucks next Saturday, July 7, through a partnership with the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area, which will act as the fiscal sponsor for the program. Local-area recipients of SNAP will be able to spend that money at the market and will receive an equal amount of “Harvest Bucks” which can be used to purchase fruit and vegetables. This effectively lets the customer double their SNAP purchases.Erica Emery of Rustic Roots Farms.Customers will likely be given a list of their purchases to be taken to a tent manned by a United Way volunteer where the SNAP funds can be collected. Additionally, Emery noted, all customers can use their credit and debit cards with that same machine. Previously, some vendors accepted credit cards while others did not.“It’s really like building a new shopping experience for everyone,” Emery said. “It will look and feel very different. And awesome.”For farmers at the market, the program provides the economic boost of adding a new population to their customer base. For the customers, Harvest Bucks can provide access to local, healthy food.The Saturday Farmington Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday in the district court parking lot on Main Street from 9 a.m. to noon. It features 10 or so permanent vendors, Emery said, with another couple of guest vendors week-to-week. The market is open at that location until the end of October.In addition to the Harvest Bucks, United Way Community Resource Coordinator Nichole Ernest said, the transaction tent will provide space for United Way to offer information about community resources and a collection of associated applications.Harvest Bucks aren’t the only way the farmers market is helping local-area residents. Vouchers issued through the Women, Infants and Children program, or WIC, offered by Western Maine Community Action, can also be used at the market. WIC provides expecting mothers or the mothers of young children with funds for specific healthy foods like milk, cereals and whole grains.last_img read more

PREMIERE: Watch Jazz Is PHSH Perform “Meat” With Special Guest Tom Marshall

first_imgInstrumental Phish tribute outfit, Jazz Is PHSH, led by The Chase Brothers—also known as Matt Chase and Adam Chase—recruits the best of the best for their all-instrumental take on the beloved Vermont jam band. Not only does Jazz Is PHSH incorporate unique compositional elements into Phish’s music, but they also have gotten to share their work with members of Phish and their longtime cohorts.Last December, the Chase Brothers recruited Cory Baker (bass), Carl “Gearz” Gerhard (trumpet), Maison Guidry (drums), Jay Rodriquez (tenor sax), and Josh Thomas (keys) for a special incarnation of Jazz Is PHSH at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, PA. Opening with “Tweezer Reprise”, the band worked through Phish heavy-hitters “Carini”, “Ghost”, and “Maze” throughout the first set, before laying down a funky “Cars Trucks Buses” to bring the fiery first set to a close.After opening the second set with a massive “Tweezer” > “Drums”, Jazz Is PHSH had a special treat in store for the intimate crowd at World Cafe Live. Following “46 Days”, Jazz Is PHSH invited longtime Phish songwriter/lyricist Tom Marshall up to assist with vocals on “Meat”, which was written by Anastasio, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, Page McConnell, and Marshall.Today, Live for Live Music is excited to premiere a video of Jazz Is PHSH’s “Meat” featuring Tom Marshall on vocals, which was shot by Philly Philms for We’ve Got It Simple. The funky tune off The Story of the Ghost got the special treatment on December 7th, 2017, with double drums and a tenacious horn section, taking their time with the natural pauses in “Meat”, before crashing back into their jazzy take on the Phish favorite.As Adam Chase explained to Live for Live Music in a statement,Having Tom join us for Meat was actually a spur of the moment idea that came essentially the day of the show.  We had met Tom when he came to See Jazz is Phsh is Asbury Park a couple years ago and then when we did the Under The Scales Interview together we really hit it off and have become friends since.  When he let me know he was coming to the World Cafe show I jokingly suggested having him up for Meat.  It was a joke since we are an instrumental band but after laughing about pulling a “random fan” out of the audience and having them actually sing the lyrics to Meat as we backed the singer- we thought it was too good an idea to pass up.Watch video of Jazz Is PHSH’s “Meat” featuring Tom Marshall on vocals, below. For more information on Jazz Is PHSH and their upcoming tour dates, head to their website.Jazz Is PHSH featuring Tom Marshall–”Meat”Setlist: Jazz Is PHSH | World Cafe Live | Philadelphia, PA | 12/7/2017Set One: Tweezer Reprise, Carini, Brother, Ghost, Maze, Lawn Boy, Cars Trucks BusesSet Two: Tweezer > Drums, NICU, 46 Days, *Meat, Bathtub Gin, Stash, MagillaEncore: Camel Walk* with Tom Marshalllast_img read more

University hosts town hall to discuss changes to residential life

first_imgUniversity President Fr. John Jenkins and vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding hosted a town hall–style information session Wednesday regarding the recently-announced changes to residential life at Notre Dame.Jenkins said these changes — to be implemented starting with the class of 2022 — arose as a way to provide “an education of the mind and heart” at the University.“When we talk to graduating students about their Notre Dame experience … one thing that stands out, dramatically stands out, is that at Notre Dame there is just a stronger sense of community,” he said. “That’s what students tell us, that the school has a strong sense of being part of something more than yourself. Not just you and the school, but you and the community. And … we think the residence halls are a critical part of contributing to that and strengthening that and deepening it.” Rosie LoVoi | The Observer Vice president of student affairs Erin Hoffman Harding speaks at a town hall event on Wednesday evening to address community concerns related to the changes in residential life announced yesterday.Hoffmann Harding said the most controversial change requiring all students live on campus for at least six semesters will, in reality, not affect most students.“Actually the predominant norm, the super majority of almost all is the experience for our sophomores and juniors on campus already matches what we’re asking for the new classes going forward in terms of sophomores or juniors living on campus,” she said. “So we are solidifying a trend that already exists and has been quite stable over time.”The timing in applying the changes, Hoffmann Harding said, both allows students who have already made off-campus housing plans to keep those commitments and allows potential students to make informed decisions about attending Notre Dame with the new policy in mind.“What we wanted to make sure is that we held current students harmless knowing the trend that we have heard students about signing leases early,” she said. “And we didn’t want to put any student in a difficult position — who is here — in a position to have to change plans due to a change in policy for the University. So that’s the rationale behind the timing, but we wanted to signal, for new classes and new students, that this is an important value that the University holds as we go forward.”When asked whether or not she believed this new regulation would deter potential students from considering Notre Dame, Hoffmann Harding said the new policy only differs slightly from what the admissions office tells applicants about residential life now.“It’s something we at least partially looked into,” she said. “So what we did is consulted our colleagues in the enrollment management division and actually sat down with the folks who admit students and actually go on the road to high schools and meet with them. … What at least our admissions experts shared with us is that the most typical question they tend to get from prospective students and family is, ‘Is there enough room for me?’”Hoffmann Harding recognized that the six semester requirement may not be the best situation for some members of the community.“You saw, I hope, in some of the materials that we may have good work to do in terms of what and how might exceptions be good for our students and good for our communities in some of these situations,” Hoffmann Harding said. “We’re happy to hear and learn examples of when you think that might not make sense … how we manage and implement that and think through that, in terms of different policies and procedures for a potential waiver process, is still very much to be determined.”Multiple students pointed out that one potential reason to request a waiver to move off campus would be if a survivor of sexual assault wanted to be farther away from his or her attacker, something Hoffmann Harding said she welcomed discussion about.“I think in general, my overall reaction would be, gosh that’s a conversation I would love to know about in terms of before making that decision,’” she said. “‘What didn’t make you feel safe about campus? How can we make that better?’ And if that’s a distinction between one community versus another to be able to share that information with us, and certainly I don’t have a definitive answer of what would qualify, but … our first and foremost care is for all of you as students to try to help you have a wonderful experience. And that’s the objective here.”While some students voiced frustration over paying the same amount for room and board despite varying quality of facilities, Hoffmann Harding said varying the price of housing would create unwelcome divides in the community.“Would that cause an unnatural and unhelpful and ultimately potentially unhealthy segmentation of choices of where students would live that wouldn’t provide the integrated community that we hope to be?” she said. “ … So that’s been part of our rationale for not charging differently, because we didn’t want to create socioeconomic challenges and benefits for the community that would not be helpful to the integrated communities we hope to build.”Upon one student pointing out that certain aspects of residential life — such as dorm Masses and parietals — do not appeal to every student at Notre Dame, Jenkins said Notre Dame is a University that remains true to its identity rather than striving to please everyone.“I think it would be a mistake for Notre Dame to say, ‘We want to be everything to everybody, Notre Dame is for everybody.’ And it’s not,” Jenkins said. “We want to be Notre Dame … we want to be a place that prizes community in every way, and we’re a place of faith. We make no apologies about that, no one should come here with any confusion about that. And that’s why we’re delaying any requirement until the next year’s class comes in. People should take a look, and if that’s what they want they should come here, but if that’s not what they want there are many other places — great places — to go to. So really it seems to me what we want to be is what we are in a clear way, in a way that emphasizes the kind of education we want to give.”Although the changes to residential life were largely prompted by a desire to convince more students to stay on campus for their senior year, Hoffmann Harding said the incentives to attract seniors are still to be determined.“That was necessarily a bit vague in what we shared because it’s still to be worked out,” she said. “And what we wanted to do is open up the conversation to the extent that some of those things cost money. I actually have to ask through the division of student affairs through the University’s regular budget process … to see if some of those would be possible. And so there’s this very funny sense of get it out so that we can have further conversation about it, and I think you’re right, though, that we’d love to have more specifics.”These incentives, Hoffmann Harding said, are vital to the University’s plan. Without the incentives, she said, the new requirement could actually end up driving seniors to move off campus for their final year at Notre Dame instead of achieving the intended goal.“It’s probably our most significant worry about it,” Hoffmann Harding said. “Which is why I think as we’ve thought about it, it has to be dually and creatively and — we hope — actively paired with senior incentives. … But it’s number one on top of my worry list, is that it would have the opposite effect if we can’t get the senior incentives right, which is why we need more help and more work on that.”Tags: Erin Hoffmann Harding, Fr. John Jenkins, Notre Dame Housing, off-campus housing, residential life, six-term requirementlast_img read more

Threats and Challenges to Human Security in the 21st Century

first_imgBy Dialogo March 19, 2013 Several opinion polls performed by different public and private agencies measuring current levels of perception of security for Brazilian citizens, show that between 55% and 70% of the Brazilian population do not feel safe, stating that they are conditioned to the change of habits and customs as a way of prevention and protection. In the last chapter, the reader will understand the reasons why Woloszyn uses Baltasar Gracian’s reflection in the beginning of the book. To see the entire criminal network and the actors who are part of it is a true puzzle and it requires an extremely complex task for strategists from the Public Security Forces to put an end to the myopia that blinds the governments all over the world and that exposes them to criminal organizations that emerge each day. “Not all who see have opened their eyes, nor all who look, see. To realize something too late brings no relief, only sorrow. Some start to see when there is nothing left to see.” It is with this reflection from 17th Century Spanish philosopher Baltasar Gracian that André Luís Woloszyn, former analyst for the Strategic Affairs Secretariat of Brazil’s Office of the President, opens the recently published “Threats and Challenges to Human Security in the 21st Century”, to be officially released on April 10, 2013, by “Cultura do Bourbon” Shopping Country bookstore, in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil. About the author – André Luís Woloszyn holds a degree in Strategic Intelligence by the War College for Strategic Intelligence, holds degrees in Criminal Science and Public Security Politics Management, and has published dozens of articles on sites and specialized magazines in Brazil as well as internationally. He is a consultant for international organizations on terrorism and conflicts of low and medium intensity affairs and he is also the author of “Global Terrorism”, a book published by the Brazilian Army’s library, BIBLIEX. He regularly writes for Defesanet, a portal specialized in defense, strategy, intelligence, and security. Based on his nearly 20 years of experience with Public Security, the author states that, “The analysis of issues such as drug, weapons, human trafficking, criminal organizations, money laundering, regional gangs, chemical and biological weapons, cyber-attacks, and other emerging subjects, show the trends and estimates, especially for Brazil, that have reached global visibility in the political and economic world. All these subjects are considered sensitive, some characterized as crimes. Because of their nature, their characteristics, and the extent of support networks, they result in serious implications on the governability of many countries, compromising the progress and the regional development, and challenging the government policies and international organizations.” Woloszyn is emphatic in stating that the current trends are giving rise to these phenomena, which is becoming a serious threat to the security and development of many countries, and justifies a reason for concern to government authorities.” He also believes that Brazil may suffer terrorist attacks during the World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. The final pages discuss human trafficking and the challenges in combating this type of crime, a reality currently seen in Brazilian soap opera “Salve Jorge”, about the drama that women who are invited to Turkey to be models undergo when they become victims of prostitution. Through this viewpoint, Woloszyn’s work shows that public security and its facets seems to be a difficult task for governments from all over the world in the midst of cyberspace advancement, especially for those who are short-sighted, or have already been blinded by the criminal organizations that arose in the years following the Cold War. After the official release, the book will be available for purchase at bookstores throughout Brazil, including “Cultura Livraria” bookstores. Those who wish to do so may also purchase a copy directly from Schoba Press from: The English version will be released in July 2013. The book has 212 pages with some pictures, diagrams, and maps, and it will be released by Schoba Press. It presents a general overview on Brazil’s national public security and criminal organizations involved in cybercspace and clearly and objectively introduces the main characteristics of groups such as the FARC, in Colombia; and the Mara Salvatrucha (or MS-13) gang from Central and North America, , the largest and most violent organization linked to drug trafficking and many other crimes. The book includes chapters on terrorism, drug trafficking, money laundering, and the destruction power of chemical and biological weapons. last_img read more

Tips for working from home with kids

first_img continue reading » In these unprecedented times, many of us are fortunate to be able to work from home. This can mean changes to our work schedules, but for many, it means sharing a space with children and other family members. Our Modern Family Engagement Resource Group put together these tips for navigating a busy and full home during quarantine.ScheduleArrange your schedule so it suits you. Block out times when you will be unavailable and openly communicate that schedule with your team.Be protective of your family time. If being available for an 8:00am meeting doesn’t work for your family, block it as Do Not Schedule. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Blizzard Forecast for Long Island on Valentine’s Day

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A blizzard is forecast to dump three to eight inches of snow and up to 60-mph winds on Long Island, potentially causing blackouts on St. Valentine’s Day, forecasters said.The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for Suffolk County from 6 p.m. Saturday to 1 p.m. Sunday and a winter weather advisory for the same time period in Nassau County. The East End is likely to get the most snow. A high-wind advisory and wind chill advisory are also in effect for parts of LI.“The heaviest snow and strongest winds will occur late tonight through Sunday morning,” the agency’s Upton-based meteorologists said in a statement, adding that there may be “white out conditions.”A blizzard is defined as a severe snow storm that includes sustained winds of more than 35 mph that continue for three hours or more. The storm forecast to hit LI is expected to reduce visibility to a quarter mile on LI at times. It will likely down tree limbs and power lines, causing power outages, forecasters have said.The storm follows an arctic blast that brought single-digit temperatures to LI on Friday. The flakes are forecast to start falling after noon Saturday, with the snowfall becoming heavier after sundown. Areas of blowing snow are expected Sunday, when temps are predicted to be as low as 12 with wind chill values as low as -10.Once the storm leaves the area, Presidents’ Day is forecast as sunny and cold with a high of 20. Then, a 50-percent chance of snow is on tap for Tuesday night into Wednesday, forecasters said.In the event of a power outage, PSEG Long Island customers should call the utility’s customer service line at 1-800-490-0075, report online at or report power outages by texting “OUT” to PSEGLI (773454), once registered.Accuweather.comlast_img read more

Participate in a large survey on the digital habits of private renters in Croatia

first_imgThe conference, a hackathon through which innovative business-technological solutions for Croatian private renters will be found, and a multitude of tips for renters themselves, who face the challenges of modern tourism, gather under one roof, the project Digital renters organized by the portal Netocracy. As an introduction to the wider story and to identify the sore points, but the benefits of technological advances in the tourism sector of private rental accommodation in Croatia, a comprehensive survey is being launched for all those involved in rental accommodation.How do renters in Croatia breathe?Today, it is not necessary to emphasize that tourism is one of the most important items of Croatian GDP, with a share of more than 18%, and private accommodation in such a system leads in the total number of tourist nights. However, at the same time, it contains great potential for further development – more efficient business, rising prices and a higher occupancy rate, all with the help of modern technologies.That’s why it’s running Research in which more will be learned about ways in which Croatian renters use digital tools, such as those for managing guest reservations, advertising on social networks or for administration, but also digital platforms, like Airbnb and Booking. With this, we want to check the level of digitalization of Croatian private renters, but also the challenges that plague them in placing accommodation on the (digital) market.The aim of the project is to create a “blood picture” of private accommodation renters in Croatia, identify trends and room for improvement, so that renters can improve their business, but also other stakeholders in the tourism system create better and more customized products for renters.Digital renters: Tips, research, hackathon, conference!The Digital Renters initiative was supported by industry experts, including Emanuel Tutek of Horwath HTL, a global leader in hotel consulting.Platforms and channels such as Airbnb and are followed by a large number of similar ones, and software solutions such as channel i reservation management systems that make it significantly easier for renters to keep up with the times and improve their business. Such solutions are already widely used around the world, and we have an excellent example of Rentli in Croatia, which has shown that our minds oriented towards the right vision can make a top product with top results.”Get involved in the research!To get renters involved in the survey, just go to the following link:  Anyone who completes the survey will receive an email address a free ebook (digital book) containing the best tips and articles published in the section Digital renters.last_img read more

Take a holistic path on immigration plan

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI suggest that the resolution of America’s immigrant problems requires a more holistic approach. Patches have proven totally ineffective. Immediately initiate reform of E-verify. Assure prosecution of all violators. Undocumented workers and those who hire them have been nearly immune to prosecution. That must end.Use the threat of E-verify to induce the desirable heard-working but illegal immigrants to come in out of the shadows. Offer periodically renewable permanent green cards based on a documented work history and good behavior.That would allow U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to identify the remaining undocumented individuals as probable subjects for deportation. Many of the remaining people could find refuge from deportation because of student status or supporting family ties and could be provided alternate identification cards.Use this “carrot and stick” approach as a basis to begin a bipartisan debate to develop comprehensive immigrant legislation. It could spark an interest in all political factions to work on a comprehensive solution to a problem long festering in the United States.The multitude of benefits, both to our immigrants and the prosperity of our country, would be manifold.Wallace J. HughesCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Police: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more