first_imgThe Scotch Pie Club, which runs the annual World Scotch Pie Championships, has raised just under £11,000 in its inaugural National Scotch Pie Week, held last November in aid of The Scottish Society for Autism.Scotch Pie Club members who took part in the fundraising week included past World Champions Aulds of Greenock and MacLean’s of Forres, as well as the current World Champion, Stuart’s of Buckhaven. Scotch Pie Club founder and MD of Stuart’s of Buckhaven Alan Stuart said he was determined to ensure that the 2007 week, which will again be held around St Andrew’s Day, is even bigger than last year’s. He said he had a fundraising target of £25,000 and was hopeful that more of Scotland’s large pie-makers will join in this year.Stuart added that he would like to thank, in particular, ADM Milling and its marketing manager John Hastwell for enthusiastically supporting the Scotch Pie Week. ADM’s funding of all the point-of-sale material allowed every penny of the funds raised to go to the Scottish Society for Autism, Stuart said.Meanwhile, the cheque for £10,750 was handed over last week to John MacDonald of the Society by Rory Stuart and his younger brother Angus.Rory has featured on all the Pie Club’s point-of-sale material since 2000, and the boys’ grandparents are Norrie and Dorothy Stuart of Stuart’s of Buckhaven.Scotch Pie Week will run from 24 November to 1 December, 2007.last_img read more

first_imgA lorry which struck the underside of a low bridge could have caused chaos on the A14, were it not for the swift recovery work of Highways England traffic officers and their partners.The vehicle hit the underside of the Huntingdon Railway Viaduct, which carries the A14 over the rail line and through the town, at 1.15am last Wednesday (22 August). The bridge has a 4.4 metre (14ft 6in) height restriction in place on it, with the HGV too big to pass beneath.A lane was closed on Brampton Road following the crash, which could have seen the bridge beams damaged and made the viaduct unable to support its weight, let alone the 77,000 drivers who cross it daily on the A14, closing both the road and railway beneath it too. Such damage would have seen the bridge need assessments which could lake six months, with the repair and inspection work likely costing around £2 million.Fortunately the damage was only superficial, and Highways England traffic officers, along with contractors Kier, Cambridgeshire Police and Cambridgeshire County Council, were quick to act at the scene, minimising disruption before the morning rush hour hit prevent the town centre road being closed fully. With the lorry trapped beneath the steel beams of the bridge, they released air from the tyres to move it back.Highways England service manager Austin Adkins said: Hopefully this will serve as a reminder to drivers of tall vehicles that they need to take extra care on their journeys, particularly with low bridges, as hitting them can easily be avoided yet have a far reaching impact. I want to thank our operatives and partners who worked together to swiftly resolve what could have been a hugely disruptive incident, even with the damage being minimal. The Huntingdon Railway Viaduct will be demolished after the new £1.5 billion A14 link between Cambridge and Huntingdon opens in December 2021, with new link roads making it easier to travel to, from and around the town.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.last_img read more

first_imgA new genre-bending musical festival will be coming to the Pacific Northwest this Memorial Day weekend. End Of The Rainbow is set to go down on May 24th, 25th, and 26th at George, WA’s picturesque Gorge Amphitheatre.The inaugural three-day music and camping festival has announced their initial 2019 lineup, with Bassnectar (2 sets), Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, GRiZ, Trippie Redd, and Santigold topping the bill. End Of The Rainbow will also see performances from STS9, Gogol Bordello, Flosstradamus, Tom Morello, Vic Mensa, Emancipator, Eprom, London On Da Track, Whipped Cream, Thirftworks, Dorfex Bos, Nessly, Run DMT, and Darci.A fan pre-sale is currently underway here until 10 p.m. (PST) on Thursday. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 15th at 10 a.m. (PST).For more information on ticketing and End Of The Rainbow 2019, head to the festival’s website.last_img read more

first_imgLaura Linney & Cynthia Nixon (Photos: Nino Muñoz & Maarten de Boer) Show Closed This production ended its run on July 2, 2017 View Comments Related Showscenter_img Talk about star power! Three-time Tony and Oscar nominee Laura Linney and Tony winner Cynthia Nixon will star in a new Broadway production of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes. Directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan, the production is set to begin previews on March 29, 2017 and officially open on April 19 at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.Linney and Nixon will alternate in the roles of Regina Hubbard Giddens and Birdie Hubbard, both members of a strong-willed aristocratic Southern family. The actresses will play the roles in repertory, appearing opposite each other at each performance; their schedule will be announced next spring. Set in Alabama in 1900, The Little Foxes follows Regina and her ruthless clan, including her sister-in-law Birdie, as they clash in often brutal ways in an effort to strike the deal of their lives.Sullivan, a frequent MTC collaborator, has directed Linney to Tony nominations in both MTC’s Broadway premiere of Sight Unseen and MTC’s New York premiere of Time Stands Still. The Sullivan-helmed production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Rabbit Hole at MTC earned Nixon a Tony Award.Linney, who also received a Tony nomination for The Crucible, garnered Oscar nods for her work in You Can Count on Me, Kinsey and The Savages; she has won Emmys for Wild Iris, Frasier, John Adams and The Big C. Nixon won Emmys for Sex and the City and Law and Order: SVU and was additionally Tony-nominated for Indiscretions and Wit. Her other numerous Broadway credits include The Real Thing, The Women and Angels in America.Additional casting and creative team will be announced later. The Little Foxeslast_img read more

first_imgRules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning date. Entries must be received by mail or through the contest sign-up page by 12:00 Midnight EST on June 15, 2018 – date subject to change. One entry per person. One winner per household. Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older. Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled, mis-transcribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and their promotional partners reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash, or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply. Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors office on or before June 15, 2018 – date and time subject to change. Winners will be contacted by the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7 days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received. One entry per person or two entries per person if partnership opt-in box above is checked. Summer is here folks! In celebration, we’ve teamed up with some amazing folks to bring you the Best Summer Ever Giveaway! This adventure weekend and gear package includes:A 2-Night Weekend Stay at Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke, Va.Unlimited Weekend Family Activity Pass to the Adventure Center which features archery, mountain biking, the sky slide, bubble ball, and a treetop adventure course.Ocean Kayak two-person kayakTwo Extrasport Universal Livery PFDsTwo Carlisle Daytripper PaddlesTo enter, fill out the form below! Best of luck and happy summer!This contest is over.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota announced Tuesday that the ongoing investigation into the hazardous debris illegally dumped in Islip has turned up a second site with “very similar” material found originally at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood—and there could be more illegal dumps waiting to be discovered within the township.The contaminated property, which is at the intersection of Rt. 111 and Sage Street in Central Islip, is owned by LC Real Estate Group LLC, a private corporation. At a press conference held at his Hauppauge office, Spota showed photos of the site taken in 2012 and then this month. He pointed out that the piles of construction and demolition rubble found on the site tower between 20 and 30 feet high.“We believe that the same individuals responsible for the dumping at Roberto Clemente Park are also responsible for the dumping at the Rt. 111 site,” Spota said. He would not identify the site’s owners although he did say his department knows who they are but not where they are. He hopes to track them down soon because “we would like to talk to them.”Two shingles found at the Sage Street site tested positive with 16 percent asbestos contamination. Spota added that more than 1 percent is considered a health threat. He emphasized that the findings do not mean that 16 percent of the dumped debris is asbestos. Some of the samples taken at the Roberto Clemente Park tested positive with asbestos levels of more than 44 percent. More testing is being conducted at both the park and the Sage Street site by environmental consultants hired by the district attorney’s office as well as by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The district attorney hopes to have the results available by the end of the month or the beginning of June. The investigation, he stressed, is only in its “infancy stages.”“It appears that some unscrupulous individuals believe that they can just go into the Town of Islip and dump toxic and hazardous materials without any consequences at all,” Spota said. “I can assure you that at a particular point there will be consequences.”Aerial view of Sage and Rte 111 taken in 2012 before the recently discovered illegal dumping. (Photo credit: Suffolk County District Attorney Office)He refused to speculate what charges he may later file, pending the results of the testing. In the meantime the scope of the investigation has been growing, Spota said, thanks to “sources” who have contacted his office recently.The district attorney said homeowners in the contaminated area told his investigators that they had contacted the town in the past to complain about the conditions of the Sage Street site “and they heard nothing in return.” But the town did issue a violation to the owner of the property for “an unmaintained fence,” Spota said. “Nothing other than that.”Asked whether town officials should have been more vigilant, Spota replied, “It’s certainly upsetting to hear that people are claiming that they made particular complaints to the town and heard nothing in return.”The district attorney added that town officials—“I’m not indicating if they’re elected officials,” he said—remain “part of the investigation as well.”Spota said that the New York State Health Department has set up a special phone number—518-402-7800 with bilingual staff on hand—for concerned Islip residents who may have health questions that don’t require immediate medical attention.In the mean time, Roberto Clemente Park is closed, and the Sage Street property is off-limits.“Our environmental consultants tell us there is no immediate danger right now,” Spota said.The town has also issued a statement that the air in the park and the surrounding neighborhood “does not present a risk at this time.”last_img read more

first_imgby: Maggie PerkinsMy parents are a couple that anyone can look up to financially — not because they drive fancy cars or have a home in Boca (spoiler: they don’t) but because they are resourceful and forward-looking with the money they earn. I’ve always known that financial responsibility is important to my parents, especially my mom. I wasn’t allowed to even borrow the car keys until I had passed the personal finance class offered at my high school. I thought it was a waste of an elective, better spent on an additional dance class, but I learned some essential truths and opened my own Roth IRA at the ripe age of 18.The following are nine simple tips I learned from my parents, either through the back seat of the car or by being lectured, which I often returned with deeply rolled eyes. Some are specific, others broad — but all valuable.1. It is NOT economical to buy dinner out, even at the dollar menu. To feed a family of four on the way home from soccer practice, it would cost at least $12 to feed everyone even from the dollar menu at a fast-food joint. At a grocery store you can get a rotisserie chicken ($6), green beans and carrots ($2) and potatoes for baking ($2) to bring you in at $10, plus some tax — still the same price, but more food, and better food for you.2. A $50 Costco membership can pay for itself, especially if you need to replace your tires or update your vision prescription and order eyeglasses. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_img Communication is super important, no matter if you’re at work or at home (or working at home). Here are three communication skills you should try to master…The right tone of voice: Try to avoid a tone that shows disinterest. Even if you’re bored with the information you’re being given, don’t express that in your reply. And when someone has ticked you off, don’t let your tone convey your annoyance. It’s important to be cool, no matter the situation. Let your words respond instead of your tone.Stay focused: Face-to-face communication is a lost art, but it’s still important in the workplace, so keep an eye on your target so they know you’re fully committed to the conversation, even if you’re video chatting from miles away. When you’re chatting via FaceTime or Zoom, it would probably be super awkward if you were somehow staring at your coworker (especially since you’d have to stare into the camera on your laptop), but just make sure you don’t get caught focusing your eyes elsewhere. If you’re looking down at your phone, everyone will know it.Body language: It’s important to be mindful of the message your body is sending. Slouching will make you look like you’re not listening, which tells others that you don’t care about what they have to say. And when you’re speaking, make sure your body language matches up with the words that are coming out of your mouth. 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details This guy seems annoyed.last_img read more

first_imgScott Tota, the YMCA’s senior director of Health Living, said the pool’s maximum capacity is currently at ten people to help maintain social distance and slow the spread of the coronavirus. Members and staff are asked to fill out health questionnaires upon arrival. Tota was ecstatic to have members back in the pool. Starting Wednesday, members of the YMCA were allowed to take place in aqua therapy and lap swim by reservation only. Masks are required when anywhere in the building except the pool.center_img JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The YMCA West Family Branch in Johnson City welcomed some swimmers back on Wednesday. “[The staff] kind of looked at each other… it’s almost like starting work for the first time. You’re starting your first day. So there was some excitement from staff, and the members have honestly been, they’ve been fantastic,” Tota said. Tota expressed disappointment as the news gyms will not be a part of Phase 4 of New York State’s Forward Plan, but said the YMCA is committed to keeping people healthy.last_img read more

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Three New Apprenticeship Opportunities in Allegheny and Butler Counties SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Governor Wolf announced the approval of three apprenticeship grants to assist with the cost of necessary classroom training for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) apprentices in Allegheny and Butler counties. The funding, granted to Pelles Heating & Cooling Services, Inc., A-Air Company, Inc., and Techpro Building Services, will support the governor’s commitment to expanding job training opportunities throughout Pennsylvania.“Apprenticeships provide a great opportunity to enter the workforce and get the necessary training that leads to family-sustaining jobs,” said Gov. Wolf. “This funding will enable these companies to build on the success of their training programs and empower workers while boosting Pennsylvania’s economy.”The following grants were recently approved:Allegheny CountyA-Air Company, Inc. was approved for $49,500 over the next four years to support the training of five apprentices in the HVACR industry. Apprentices will learn the solid foundations of fundamentals and safety through a hands-on training experience. After successful completion of the program, apprentices will become journeymen and have a set career path in a good-paying job.Techpro Building Services was approved for $49,500 over the next four years to support the training of five apprentices to help them excel in the HVACR industry. Apprentices will learn how to repair, install, and maintain HVACR equipment. After successful completion of the program, apprentices can graduate with a good-paying job, zero school debt, and become journeymen.Butler CountyPelles Heating & Cooling Services, Inc was approved for $29,700 over the next four years. Apprentices will receive the necessary classroom and on-the-job training to gain skills and knowledge to help them excel in the HVACR industry. After successful completion of the program, apprentices will become journeymen with knowledge of the equipment they will be seeing in the field.Apprenticeship programs provide access to career pathways and enable apprentices to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to compete in today’s economy. Classroom training is a required component of registered apprenticeship programs across Pennsylvania and complements traditional on-the-job training. The technical material taught in a classroom environment enables apprentices to learn fundamental concepts, terminology, procedures, safety requirements, and basic tools and instruments.Apprenticeships are a key component of Governor Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, an innovative way to improve coordination between state agencies, cut red tape, and invest in people and businesses to expand innovative job training in apprenticeships and other programs so workers get the skills they need to compete in the global economy.The Pre-Apprentice and Apprenticeship Grant Program is a statewide program that offers assistance to registered apprenticeship programs. The program’s goal is to increase apprenticeship availability to Pennsylvania employers to assist them with their talent recruitment and development.For more information about apprenticeship programs or DCED, visit November 25, 2019last_img read more