Star turns at

first_imgAward winners celebrated in style with the cream of the UK’s baking industryA galaxy of nearly 900 guests from all parts of the baking industry came out to London’s glitzy Grosvenor House hotel this week to join in the celebrations which marked the 20th annual Baking Industry Awards. The presence of hostess Joanna Lumley and a James Bond theme, which ran through the event, guaranteed that the evening was one of the most glamorous ever.On the guest list were well-known faces from all the major craft and plant bakeries, millers, leading supermarkets, bakery trade bodies and suppliers – plus the odd celebrity or odd-celebrity lookalike, to be more precise, including Jaws, Oddjob and Sean Connery from the James Bond films.Following a drinks reception, sponsored by Warburtons, diners took their place at tables, where they found disposable cameras, sponsored by supplier Cuisine de France.Along with the meal, the guests could enjoy the breads at the table, supplied by The Cotswold Food Partnership and were given the chance to win high-tech gadgetry, provided by Kluman & Balter. In a new twist, after the awards ceremony, a Dame Shirley Bassey lookalike sang her heart out and entertained guests.Next it was the turn of the nervous finalists in the 12 main categories of the Baking Industry Awards, plus one very taken-aback British Baker special award winner, to enjoy the limelight.Then guests enjoyed more fun, including a Sonneveld-sponsored Scalextric track to win an Aston Martin Experience, a Cereform-sponsored casino and an indulgent dip in a Callebaut chocolate fountain. For photos, click on []last_img read more

Members Of The Motet, TAB, & More Tribute Jamiroquai At Brooklyn Comes Alive [Audio/Videos]

first_imgIn one of the most highly anticipated and well-attended performances of Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017, members of The Motet assembled a handful of funky friends for a fantastic tribute to Jamiroquai on Sunday evening at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. With longtime aficionados Joey Porter (keyboards) and Dave Watts (drums) at the helm, the group led a spirited audience on a journey down the alleys and annals of yesteryear. Brooklyn Comes Alive’s swollen all-star band provided an authentic balance, at once true to Jamiroquai’s ethos yet adding their own personalities and flair to the timeless compositions. Along with Motet bandmates bassist Garrett Sayers, guitarist Ryan Jalbert, and vocalist Lyle Divinsky, Porter and Watts called upon awesome auxiliary players to round out a dynamite ensemble: the inimitable Jen Hartswick on trumpet and backup vocals, her trusty trombone foil Natalie Cressman, and RAQ/Electric Beethoven scientist Todd Stoops on another rack of synths and keyboards. BCA MVPs Maurice Brown (trumpet) and Snarky Puppy’s Nate Werth (percussion) also joined in on the funk during the hour-plus adventure. Jamiroquai is back in the cultural consciousness in 2017 with their tremendous new album Automaton, released in March, yet the band has not performed on U.S. soil in a dozen years. This tribute took an opportunity to focus on the halcyon days of the band from 1992-1999—a span that encompasses their four most celebrated albums: Emergency on Planet Earth (1993), Return of the Space Cowboy (1995), Travelling Without Moving (1997), and Synkronized (1999). The songwriting and instrumental performances found on these records and the resulting tours are the stuff of legend, and provided a phenomenal roadmap for these virtuosos to explore. Beginning with the electro-disco funk of “Cosmic Girl”, Divinsky assumed the position as Jay Kay and offered his take on the Buffalo Man’s stylish delivery, while the band cranked out the four-on-the-floor groove, setting the proverbial tone for the excursion. On the early material like “Hooked Up”, “Emergency on Planet Earth” and Jamiroquai’s 1992 debut single “When You Gonna Learn?”, the group remained faithful to the aesthetics and arrangements of the originals. Jalbert held things down with quiet storm riddims and choice voicings, while Stoops and Porter were four hands gelling swiftly, comping mightily in honor of the late, great Toby Smith. Few artists can command a stage like Hartswick, and though she was not fronting the band, her presence was felt regularly. She and Cressman added divine elements and a feminine touch that brought a diversity to the vibe and the proceedings.On Space Cowboy’s magnificent “Light Years”, bright pianos stepped to the middle of the mix with authority, while horns took center stage with soaring brass leads and salacious swagger. The captivating conglomerate really found their footing on jams from the gazillion-selling Traveling Without Moving. On “Use the Force”, Brown stepped to the forefront and provided a thrilling trumpet solo, while Werth and Watts got busy underneath a freight train. The colossal “Virtual Insanity” saw the masterful Sayers channel Stuart Zender’s luscious lines with aplomb; all evening, the bassist did the legendary introverted virtuoso proud with nimble fretwork and a tastefully sexy attack. As Divinsky worked the crowd into fits of intoxication, he remarked that the band was nearly out of time, much to the chagrin of the teeming masses that were lapping up the performance. The group then rallied their way into 1999’s “Canned Heat”, a song burned into our hearts and minds forever from its classic placement in the film Napoleon Dynamite. With it’s “nothing left for me to do but DANCE” coda ringing out into the rafters, ’twas a fitting refrain and mantra for this set, for our current cultural climate, and for Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017 as it wound to a conclusion. Tribute To Jamiroquai “Cosmic Girl” 9.24.17 Brooklyn Comes AliveTribute To Jamiroquai “High Times” 9.24.17 Brooklyn Comes AliveTribute To Jamiroquai “Light Years” 9.24.17 Brooklyn Comes AliveTribute To Jamiroquai “Use The Force” 9.24.17 Brooklyn Comes AliveTribute To Jamiroquai “Hooked Up” 9.24.17 Brooklyn Comes AliveTribute To Jamiroquai “Alright” 9.24.17 Brooklyn Comes AliveTribute To Jamiroquai “Virtual Insanity” 9.24.17 Brooklyn Comes AliveTribute To Jamiroquai “Canned Heat” 9.24.17 Brooklyn Comes AliveYou can listen to the full set below, as recorded and mixed by Eric McRoberts:Setlist: Jamiroquai Tribute | Brooklyn Comes Alive | New York City | 9.24.17Cosmic Girl, Too Young To Die, High Times, Light Years, Use The Force *, [email protected], Hooked [email protected], Virtual [email protected], Canned [email protected] To Jamiroquai:Dave Watts – Drums (The Motet)Joey Porter – Keys (The Motet)Garrett Sayers – Bass (The Motet)Ryan Jalbert – Guitar (The Motet)Lyle Divinsky – Vox (The Motet)Todd Stoops – Keys (Electric Beethoven, RAQ)Jennifer Hartswick – Trumpet / Vox (Trey Anastasio Band)Natalie Cressman – Trombone – Vox (Trey Anastasio Band)* w/ Maurice “Mobetta” Brown – [email protected] w/ Nate Werth – Percussion (Snarky Puppy)[Photo: Mark Millman]last_img read more

Wild Harvard

first_imgThere are 492 trees in the two Harvard yards bounded by Quincy Street and Massachusetts Avenue, with 70 varieties in all, including 36 American elms, once the University’s signature species.If you look up into those trees, you might see some of the 30 or so species of birds commonly seen at Harvard, including the house sparrow, mockingbird, and cardinal.If you look past the ubiquitous gray squirrels, you might spy a rabbit, skunk, opossum, raccoon, or even a red fox like the one seen last month near Harvard Stadium. (It was sleeping in a roll of blue tarp.)And if you look high enough, you can see the aerial raptors — hawks and falcons — that rest on the weathervanes, rooftops, trees, and balconies around campus. One nesting pair of red-tailed hawks takes up residence every year in a pine tree outside Pierce Hall on Oxford Street.And sometimes you can watch the animal watchers, themselves a determined and thoughtful species on campus.Remnants of the flora and fauna that existed in Cambridge when Harvard was founded in 1636 are still here. Ecologists say that virtually any animal will coexist with humans, if given sufficient cover, water, and a source of food.Campuses are no exception. Harvard nature watcher Rob Gogan said most universities are “sitting on wildlife preserves.” When hawks wheel in the skies over Harvard looking for prey, he said, “it looks like Serengeti on the Charles River flood plain.”Gogan is Harvard’s supervisor of Facilities Maintenance Operations Recycling and Solid Waste Removal. But every other month he publishes a journal of nature sightings in his departmental electronic newsletter. “Campus Nature Watch” has 40 faculty and staff contributors. One of them, Holly Hutchison, takes frequent lunchtime jaunts around Harvard Yard in search of wildlife. “Once you start, you start seeing more,” she said, and “the more you see, the more you look.”Gogan’s nature-watch feature began in 2001, inspired by University of Wisconsin educator David. J. Eagan. He pioneered the idea that campus habitats were untapped, living classrooms, as well as places resonant with responsibility. “Every college and university,” Eagan wrote in 1992, “is the obligate steward of its place on Earth.”Harvard is in line with that idea. Its sustainability principles, adopted in 2004, include one on protecting campus ecosystems.Hutchison, the administrator for the Committee on Degrees in Folklore and Mythology, publishes a blog on the red-tailed hawks at Harvard, photos and video included. After all, she said, the “charismatic” wide-winged raptors inspired her interest in Harvard’s wild footprint. “Before that, I was only passively interested. The hawks tipped me over.”“Nature Watch” contributor Sandy Selesky, a birdwatcher and wildlife photographer for 25 years, has had almost four decades to observe nature at Harvard. Her office looks out on the gardenlike courtyard of the Center for European Studies, where she is building manager. Hawks bathe in the pool there, cardinals nest in its bushes, and mammals scamper through.“I would hope people would pay attention to what’s around them,” she said, sharing a lesson that every Harvard nature watcher embraces: Look and you will see.“Most people don’t look, or they look down, or they look at people only,” said Sonia Ketchian, Ph.D. ’75, an associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies who carries binoculars and packs bird food with her lunch. She saw a bald eagle high above Harvard Yard four years ago, recognizing it by its cry.Nature watching teaches you to listen too, said Hutchison, and it reveals a hidden natural Harvard that most people don’t notice. “It has completely changed my perceptions of walking around here.”It helps if your listening and watching is orderly. Last May, Harvard undergraduates did a two-day “bio blitz” to record all manner of wildlife on the Cambridge campus. They baited mammal traps with balls of oats, sugar, and peanut butter; roamed campus with a bat detector (no luck); seined the Charles for fish; and set out arthropod “pitfall” traps at Weld Boat House, Lowell Hall, and five other sites. That netted a treasury of bees, spiders, flies, weevils, leafhoppers, ants, stink bugs, and beetles. (Adam Clark ’11 posted photos of the specimens online, on a glistening arthropod Facebook not for the queasy.)Students also peered into the trees to look at fledgling hawks, collected mushrooms, pondered Radcliffe Yard’s crab apple trees, noted a patch of lichen with fruiting bodies behind Tozzer Library, and watched a palm warbler gulp down a fat larva in a few bites.In another official foray into nature, students in a Harvard course on the biology of fishes cast nets into the Charles. About a dozen species commonly inhabit the river, said Harvard ichthyologist Karsten E. Hartel, author of “Inland Fishes of Massachusetts” (2002). Included are bluegill, sunfish, perch, smelt, catfish, bass, killifish, alewife, pike, carp, and goldfish.Hartel, a curatorial associate and collection manager at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, oversees 1.4 million specimens, some dating to the 18th century. But he is the first to admit that observing living fish in the Charles, at Harvard’s front door, is a subtle art. “You wouldn’t see anything spectacular,” he said of springtime fish runs, “but you would see a lot of splashing.”Fish, bug, songbird, raptor, and fox — everything seems like a gift to Gogan, who sees the creatures around Harvard as the canaries in our urban coal mine. “If they can thrive here,” he said, “we can probably thrive here.”last_img read more

Lecture examines legacy of Fr. John Zahm

first_imgIn honor of the 175th anniversary of the University, the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism hosted a lecture titled, “Fr. John Zahm, C.S.C., in the Founding of the University of Notre Dame” in McKenna Hall on Friday. Eddie Griesedieck Fr. Thomas Blantz delivers a lecture about the historical implications of Fr. John Zahm’s legacy on the University. Blantz serves as a Holy Cross priest and is currently assembling a book documenting Notre Dame history.The speaker for the occasion was Fr. Thomas Blantz, Holy Cross priest and professor of history emeritus who is currently writing a book about the history of Notre Dame.“The title of this talk this afternoon will sound strange to many,” Blantz said. “Notre Dame was founded in 1842. Fr. Zahm was not born until 1851, nine years later. But Notre Dame was not truly the University — with full college course and graduate programs and scholarly research and money for all of these — until long after.”At the time of Notre Dame’s founding in 1842, it had a student enrollment of 25 and a faculty of eight, and it accepted nearly everyone who applied, Blantz said. By the early 1890s, enrollment had only reached about 550 students, about 20 percent of whom were college students.“The president at this time [Fr. Andrew Morrissey] seemed comfortable with this distribution,” Blantz said. “Fr. Morrissey’s chief antagonist on campus was Fr. John Zahm.”Throughout his time at Notre Dame, Zahm worked to push the University to its full potential. Born in New Lexington, Ohio in 1851, Zahm began his academic career at Notre Dame in 1867, Blantz said.“Weighing a possible vocation to the priesthood, he enrolled in the classical program [at Notre Dame]” Blantz said. “He played on an interhall baseball team and joined a scientific association, which studied fauna and flora on field trips.”Upon his graduation in 1871, he entered the seminary of the Holy Cross, studying theology and science for four years, Blantz said. Though he was never a University president, Zahm contributed to Notre Dame, serving as a professor, vice president and provincial superior, Blantz said. He was convinced Notre Dame could be on par with the top universities of the time, something he spoke and wrote frequently about. Additionally, he set an academic example through his own scholarship, research and publications, Blantz said.“As [Zahm] declared as provincial superior in 1906, ‘To keep our place in the forefront of Catholic institutions of America, we must give continual indications of progress, energy and initiative,’” Blantz said.To Zahm, progress meant building new buildings, spending money on top-notch scientific laboratory equipment and hiring renowned professors to attract the best students in the country, Blantz said.Zahm’s collection of the works of Dante — which included over 5,000 books in nearly 30 languages — was considered to be the third best in the United States at that time, Blantz said.Zahm published over 20 books and many articles which earned national and international acclaim, Blantz said, including “Sound and Music,” “The Bible of Science and Faith,” several books under the pseudonym H.J. Mozans and the controversial “Evolution and Dogma,” which was removed from circulation by the Vatican, Blantz said.“[“Evolution and Dogma”] explained that belief in the evolution of the human body and all of creation was fully compatible with Catholic dogma, as long as the direct and immediate creation of the soul by God was accepted,” Blantz said. “Expressing his conviction that there could be no conflict between science and revelation, since God was the author of both.”Zahm pushed for the creation of several essential buildings on campus including a science hall, now LaFortune Student Center; a technology building, now the Crowley Hall of Music; and a library, now Bond Hall. Additionally, Zahm was crucial in the building of the University’s first residence hall, Sorin Hall, in 1889, Blantz said.“Father Zahm’s most important contribution toward pushing Notre Dame towards true university status was a decision that most at Notre Dame strongly opposed,” Blantz said. “This is the establishment of a house of theology in Washington, close to the campus of the Catholic University of America, recently founded in 1889.”Blantz said Zahm believed that this would allow seminarians to focus on their studies rather than teach courses to Notre Dame students. They would also have the opportunity to pursue graduate degrees. The program was eventually established in 1895, Blantz said.Many of the priests who earned Ph.D.s returned to Notre Dame to teach. Some notable participants of the program include Fr. Julius Nieuwland, Fr. Matthew Schumaker, Fr. Matthew Walsh, Fr. James Burns and Fr. Thomas Irving, each of whom who went on to make contributions to the world of academia and to the University.“Fr. Sorin and the early brothers were the first founders of Notre Dame, and some have called Fr. Hesburgh the second founder,” Blantz said. “If so, might Fr. Zahm deserve some credit also? Maybe something in between — maybe a 1.5 founder of the University for seeing Notre Dame’s potential that early, for laying some important groundwork for it and for nudging it along to the full university status that it enjoys today.” Tags: 175th anniversary, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, Fr. John Zahmlast_img read more

Kecia Lewis & Rebecca Naomi Jones to Headline Marie and Rosetta

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 16, 2016 View Comments Kecia Lewis (Mother Courage, Once on This Island) and Rebecca Naomi Jones (American Idiot, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) will star in the world premiere of George Brant’s play with music, Marie and Rosetta. Directed by Neil Pepe, the production is scheduled to begin previews on August 24 and play a limited engagement through October 2. Opening night is set for September 12 at off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater.A huge influence on Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles and Jimi Hendrix, Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Lewis) was a legend in her time, bringing fierce guitar-playing and swing to gospel music. Tharpe was the queen of “race records” in the 30’s and 40’s, a woman who played guitar as passionately as Clapton, who performed mornings at churches and evenings at the Cotton Club, who was a big enough star to fill a baseball stadium for her third wedding, but ended up buried in an unmarked grave in Philadelphia. Marie and Rosetta chronicles Sister Rosetta’s first rehearsal with a young protégée, Marie Knight (Jones), as they prepare to embark on a tour that would establish them as one of the great duet teams in musical history.Marie and Rosetta will feature scenic design by Riccardo Hernández, costume design by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Christopher Akerlind, sound design by Steve Canyon Kennedy and music direction by Jason Michael Webb. Related Shows Marie and Rosettalast_img read more

Helping members adjust to the new contactless way of life

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anna Baskin Anna Baskin is content manager at Service Credit Union, the largest credit union in New Hampshire, with 50 branch locations in NH, Massachusetts, North Dakota and Germany. Before joining the … Web: Details We are now about a month into our new, isolated way of life, and while this will never feel like “normal,” I must admit, it still boggles my mind when anyone still wants to do something in-person, other than getting food or supplies that can’t be ordered online. For me, this includes banking, which is why I’m still surprised that so many people are still going out and trying to conduct their transactions at a physical financial institution. But, that’s me, and I know I need to stop being so focused on myself all the time (which is hard when I haven’t seen anyone except my immediate family in four very long weeks).Banks and credit unions are still considered “essential” for a reason, and members will, from time to time, have needs that they would like to address in person. That being said, there is still room to further promote the use of digital banking to later adopters, both during this time of crisis, and as a set of tools to help simplify their lives in general. I’ll put these methods of promotion into three categories that I have found helpful: over-communicate, educate and demonstrate.Over-communicateTo be sure, we have all been inundated with emails lately from every brand to whom we have ever given our email address, with essentially the same message on repeat. But, email is the first line of defense, and it doesn’t hurt to send a reminder or two about the digital services you offer, and how members can access their digital services at this time. It’s also important to think outside of email. Are you communicating your digital services with signage at your physical location, where you have a more captive audience? The homepage of your website? Your on-hold phone message? Your online banking portal? It may seem counterintuitive to promote digital services to someone who is already logged in to online banking, but they may not realize that a certain service they use the branch for is also available in online banking.EducateI am a big fan of using video to demonstrate how to do something. Think about the most common questions your credit union receives, and put out a few simple explainer videos that show members the steps for digital activities such as loan payment, remote check deposit or transferring funds. If you are unable to do these in-house, there are many vendors at every price point who specialize in explainer videos, as well as services such as Adobe Spark, which help users create DIY videos.If video isn’t an option due to time constraints, budget or both, an infographic, or even step-by-step guide, will do the trick. Think about implementing the latter as signage or a takeaway as well.Instructional blogs can also be a great resource for things that take a little more explaining.DemonstrateTake the “if you teach a man to fish” approach and encourage your branch or contact center employees to show members how to do things themselves whenever possible. If they have someone guide them through the process the first time around, they will become more comfortable doing things on their own.If your credit union offers a great mobile app, contactless payments or voice banking, now is the time to promote these services, as long as the tone is educational and helpful, and not overly salesy.Good luck out there!last_img read more

Wolf Administration’s Insurance Commissioner in Letter to Federal Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price: Consumer Costs Will Increase if Stability Not Achieved Immediately

first_imgWolf Administration’s Insurance Commissioner in Letter to Federal Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price: Consumer Costs Will Increase if Stability Not Achieved Immediately Healthcare,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, Pa. – Wolf Administration Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller today issued a letter to federal Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price detailing the urgent need for stability in the individual health insurance market as health insurers prepare to finalize rates for 2018 individual and small group insurance plans.“Commissioner Miller has been a stalwart steward of Pennsylvanians’ right to affordable health insurance, maintaining close contact with insurers and representing the commonwealth as an expert in testimony before the U.S. House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee,” Governor Wolf said. “Her outreach to Secretary Price further conveys her and the department’s commitment to respectful representation of each of our citizens in Washington D.C. I fully support the messages in this letter that warn of dire consequences of removing any cost-sharing reductions.”“I write you today out of serious concern for the future of Pennsylvania’s individual health insurance market and fear for the 506,000 Pennsylvanians who rely on it to purchase quality, affordable health insurance coverage,” wrote Commissioner Miller. “Without a commitment to make cost-sharing reductions to insurers for the entire 2018 policy year, I will be forced to permit our insurers to build the instability caused by this uncertainty into their rates.”Pennsylvania insurers provided additional information when filing 2018 health insurance rate requests about the estimated impact of potential changes to the Affordable Care Act on rates. Based on their estimates, failing to make payments to insurers for cost-sharing reductions would force insurers to request a statewide average 20.3 percent increase rather than 8.8 percent statewide average that was filed with the department in May.Commissioner Miller noted that if the Trump Administration does not commit now to making payments for the entire 2018 policy year, she will be forced to allow higher rates to prevent insurers ending participation in the market due to uncertainty.“Failing to allow insurers to appropriately rate for this uncertainty would almost assuredly result in insurers choosing not to sell policies in Pennsylvania for 2018, an outcome I believe is unacceptable for the hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians who rely on this market for coverage,” said Commissioner Miller.She stressed that by committing to funding cost-sharing reductions, the Trump Administration has power to help stabilize the individual market and help relieve costs on consumers around the country – something they say they would like to accomplish.“It is imperative that we do not squander this opportunity, and I truly hope the Trump Administration understands the power it holds in this situation. We all say we want to protect the consumers we serve from rising costs, and this is the administration’s opportunity to make good on that promise,” said Commissioner Miller. “If this does not happen, Pennsylvania consumers will know who failed to protect them. Do not let Pennsylvanians bear the cost of your indecision.”Read the full text of the letter here. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img July 31, 2017last_img read more

The charm is in the property, not in the location

first_imgThe home at 204 Stradbroke Ave, Wynnum.A RELOCATED 1930s Queenslander that once stood on Chestnut St has sold before auction in Wynnum.Sash & Gable marketing agent Gail Gobey said the four-bedroom property, now at 204 Stradbroke Ave, sold for an undisclosed amount just before it was due to go under the hammer. “The sellers and the buyers were ecstatic,” she said. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The home at when it was at 85 Chestnut St, Wynnum.Ms Gobey said the beautifully presented home attracted strong interest during the marketing campaign. “We had 41 groups through,” she said. “We did have a couple of offers prior to auction but it was towards the 11th hour that the final offer came in. The home at 85 Chestnut St, Wynnum in 1992.“The (vendors) were really happy with the price and it was timed perfectly as they are moving out of the area.”Ms Gobey said the two-storey home began its life on an 809sq m block at 85 Chestnut St before it was moved to 204 Stradbroke Ave after selling in the 1990s. The upstairs area of the property still has many original features, including tongue and groove walls, fretwork and timber floors. The front veranda was also reopened after the home was moved.last_img read more

Majority support referendum on gay marriage (UK)

first_imgBy contrast only 26 per cent of those questioned opposed a referendum including nine per cent strongly. Support for a referendum straddled party political boundaries, with 53 per cent of both likely Conservative and Liberal Democrats voters and 56 per cent of Labour supporters were in favour. Women were marginally more enthusiastic about a referendum than men (55 per cent against 53 per cent). Support was relatively constant across all age groups except those over 65 who were even more strongly in favour. The Telegraph 24 November 2012 A majority of the population backs holding a referendum on same-sex marriage rather than leaving the decision to MPs, polling suggests. More than twice as many people are in favour of the idea of a national poll on the question as are against, it found. It comes amid claims that David Cameron is drawing up plans to fast-track a bill to change the marriage laws through Parliament in the New Year. Mr Cameron is said to be keen to get a bill through the Commons well before the next election to prevent it becoming a complication. But ComRes poll, commissioned by the Coalition For Marriage, which campaigns against legalising same-sex marriage, suggests widespread public scepticism about trusting politicians to make the final decision. In total 54 per cent agreed with the statement that “given the controversy over legalising same-sex marriage it should be decided by a national referendum and not just a House of Commons vote.” Of those 23 per cent agreed strongly.last_img read more

Kalibo council wants to hasten quarantine facility project

first_imgKALIBO, Aklan – The Sanguniang Bayan of thiscapital town is urging the Department of Health (DOH) to hasten theconstruction of the Provincial Quarantine Facility in the Kalibo InternationalAirport (KIA). Aklan Province’s Kalibo International Airport is considered a major gateway to Boracay Island where thousands of foreign and local tourists go to for holiday vacations. BUSINESSWORLD “Recently, residents of Kalibo have beenalarmed with the ongoing threat of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19),”she said.  “Some tourists from Asian countries who were reported to have contact with confirmed cases in some countries, hence, they were referred to Aklan’s public health facility and were advised to temporarily stay for observation. Their confinement brought worries among the residents,” the vice mayor added. Aside from the COVID-19, the BOQ is currently on heightened alert against the possible entry of the African swine fever in this town./PNcenter_img The KIA is considered a major gateway to the world-famous Boracay Island where thousands of foreign and local tourists go to for holiday vacations. Vice Mayor Cynthia Dela Cruz recently fileda resolution enjoining DOH regional director Marlyn Convocar and the Bureau ofQuarantine (BOQ) to expedite the project. “Relative to this concern, both the DOH and the BOQ are agencies mandated to protect the health of the people against the introduction of spread of diseases particularly infectious diseases, emerging and re-emerging diseases and public health emergencies of international concern from foreign countries into the Philippines hereby requested to hasten the completion of quarantine unit at KIA,” she concluded.last_img read more