International activity

first_imgFood & Hotel Asia 2008 (FHA2008), an international food event, is set to take place from 22-25 April 2008 at Singapore Expo. This year a Bakery & Pastry 2008 show has been incorporated for the first time to reflect demand from Asia’s growing baking industry.Bakery & Pastry 2008 is set to be visited by industry professionals including ingredients suppliers, packaging, storage and refrigeration equipment suppliers, display and shopfitting equipment and representatives from both plant and craft bakeries, claim organisers, Singapore Exhibition Services.The Asian Pastry Cup, which will also take place at Bakery & Pastry 2008, aims to promote pastry art, giving pastry chefs a chance to meet and share their ideas. Each country is represented by three bakers, which will present a chocolate showpiece, a sugar showpiece, a plated dessert and chocolate cake.There will be also be conferences, seminars, workshops and competitions taking place over the three days.FHA attracted 36,658 trade visitors and 2,327 exhibiting companies in April 2006.Among some of the feedback from FHA2006, managing director of Bakewell Supplies, said: “This show provides an excellent opportunity for us to shop around for baking supplies and equipment. I’m pleased to have a number of business deals in the works.”The 2008 show is the 16th FHA and is expected to attract buyers from all over the world.Food & Hotel Asia (FHA2008) features six specialised events, including Bakery & Pastry 2008.last_img read more

Glacier movement for Star

first_imgEquipment manufacturer Starfrost and parent company Star Refrigeration have joined forces to launch a new range of equipment called Glacier.The line combines a spiral freezer and refrigeration plant in one package.The spiral system is suitable for freezing or chilling items, such as pizza, pastry products, desserts and meat and poultry and fish. Each Glacier package is designed, manufactured and installed to meet individual cooling requirements, with a dual-purpose freeze/chill operation available.Glacier features a range of spiral systems and associated refrigeration packages, with cooling capacities from 75kW to 450kW. Available with a range of belt sizes and tier heights, it can be designed to process from 500kg/hr, to over 6,000kg/hr.”Glacier’s cooling system operates with natural refrigerant ammonia,” explained Star Refrigeration sales and marketing director Rob Lamb. “This results in excellent operating efficiency, with zero environmental impact in terms of ozone depletion and global warming. The spiral unit and refrigeration plant are designed to work in complete unison and offer a cost-effective, energy-efficient and flexible solution.”last_img read more

Beauty inside and out

first_img Gardens, collections gaining wider exposure Related WASHINGTON, D.C. — The rich legacy of Dumbarton Oaks exists as much in its spectacular gardens as in the pages of the rare books kept inside the historic home.The distinct beauty of both settings has provided inspiration and substance for the forthcoming book “The Botany of Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century.” Led by Yota Batsaki, executive director, with co-editors Sarah Burke Cahalan, a librarian formerly at Dumbarton Oaks and now at the University of Dayton, and Anatole Tchikine, assistant director of garden and landscape studies, the project began as an interdisciplinary effort to “stretch the fields of study” at the Harvard research institute, nestled in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C.“I came with my own research and teaching in the long 18th century, and I gravitated to the rare book room, which has an 18th-century space and feel,” said Batsaki, who started working at Dumbarton Oaks in 2011. “The library is very rich in garden history and botanical publications, and I thought it deserves to be even better known.”Decades ago, collectors and art patrons Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss transformed Dumbarton Oaks from a home into a research library and collection, making it a showcase and study space for their work in Byzantine, pre-Columbian, and landscape architecture. Gifted to Harvard in 1940, the original Federal-style house was expanded to include a museum (currently undergoing renovation) and rare-book library. Along with other buildings, including a large library, it is set amid 16 acres designed by the famed pioneer of landscape design Beatrix Farrand. The remaining 27 original acres comprise the public Dumbarton Oaks Park.“The Botany of Empire” grew out of a 2013 symposium celebrating the Rare Book Room’s 50th anniversary. Essdras M Suarez/© EMS Photography“The depth of the collection gives you an indication of how intelligent and far-sighted Mrs. Bliss was,” said Linda Lott, Dumbarton’s rare book librarian. “Part of the impetus for the comprehensive collection was that at the end of World War II in Europe, she saw a number of great libraries and their books being broken up for their individual plates. Working with Mrs. Farrand on the design of Dumbarton Oaks garden helped to reinforce and broaden that interest in collecting books, manuscripts, and drawings in the field of garden history, landscape design, botanical illustration, and plant materials.”The rare-book collections reflect the institute’s three major areas of research and teaching: pre-Columbian, Byzantine, and landscape architecture. “The Botany of Empire,” which will be published this fall, grew out of a 2013 symposium celebrating the Rare Book Room’s 50th anniversary, which featured an exhibition of botanical works.‘The depth of the collection gives you an indication of how intelligent and far-sighted Mrs. Bliss was.’ — Linda Lott“One purpose was to bring all three programs together,” said Tchikine. “With ‘The Botany of Empire,’ we could touch on all the various regions — Greece, the Ottoman Empire — that expanded the ideas of imperial botany. It was such a discovery. People knew we had a lot, but no one knew the sheer richness of it.”The magnificence of the botany collection stems from the detailed illustrations that display the deep, varied history of what was one of the world’s most powerful economic, medical, and political industries.“Eighteenth-century botany anticipated what we would now call big science and big business. States and individuals invested heavily in expeditions, and botanical gardens were sites of experimentation. The combination of aesthetics and economics and science — for me, that was the most spellbinding aspect,” said Batsaki. Inside Dumbarton Oaks On a sweltering summer day, Lott pulled out several new acquisitions to show Batsaki and Tchikine in the safety of the climate-controlled library. Among them are an album of Asian fruit watercolors (1798–1810), Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s “Campus Martius antiquae urbis” featuring extraordinary cartography of ancient Rome, and Johann Hieronymus Kniphof’s “Botanica in originali pharmacevtica. Das ist Lebendig,” a rare example of “nature printing.”“This book shows the range of 18th-century methods of visualizing knowledge,” said Batsaki. “Eighteenth-century botanical images are often highly sophisticated renderings based on many acts of observation and transcription, but the 1733 Kniphof is an example of inking and printing directly onto the page from a specific plant. It is one instance of how the rare book library grounded us in the material culture of the period in all its experimentation and variety.”The spectacular gardens of Dumbarton Oaks provided the inspiration for the forthcoming book “The Botany of Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century.” Essdras M Suarez/© EMS PhotographyThe volume expands the understanding of imperial botany beyond Europe and the Atlantic by including empires that did not have overseas colonial possessions, such as the Russian, Ottoman, and Qing, and the Tokugawa shogunate as well as borderline regions like South Africa, Yemen, and New Zealand.“The 18th century is a period that’s fairly well covered, but most others deal with only the British, French, Spanish, and Dutch empires, and they were not the only forces around,” said Tchikine.A chapter on ginseng by Shigehisa Kuriyama, chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and Reischauer Institute Professor of Cultural History at Harvard, showed how a Jesuit account of Chinese ginseng published in Paris and read by a missionary in Quebec led to the unlikely discovery of the plant in North America.“Shigehisa brought a different tenor to the discussion, pushing us to think more theoretically,” said Batsaki. “He started with China and Japan on one hand, and Canada on the other, and brought home the serendipitous power of text and image on scientific discovery. Dumbarton Oaks has great interest in strengthening connections to the history of science. It’s new territory, and something to work on more.”Matching the breadth of research were the enchanting discoveries among the rare books — newly found works and beautifully preserved ones.“Linda would bring out these great prints and maps, and our research interns love getting their hands on these publications,” said Batsaki, who expects the copious illustrations to find interest with even amateur botany fans. “We’ve already had inquiries from garden clubs that have heard about the book, and we’re delighted to have a larger audience. People who enjoy garden history will love finding out more about the global travel of plants that are now familiar but were once rare objects of scientific and economic desire.”last_img read more

Putzin’ in P.A.

first_imgThe term “to putz” isn’t really in any dictionary.You know what it means though, putzin’ arahn (around, in yinzer). Dilly-dallying. Dawdling. Lingering. Hem and hawing. Moseying.My last day in Pennsyltucky, I was putzin’ hard. I was not ready to leave.IMG_5890My rig felt in good company all week.My rig felt in good company all week.In the week and a half or so that I had been staying outside of Ohiopyle, I’d managed to keep pretty busy. I knocked off three runs on the Upper Yough, a few solo laps on the Lower Yough loop, a little yoga here, a little hiking there, even a little wake surfing up in the ‘burgh. I’ve never spent much time exploring Pennsylvania, but the few times I’ve visited its southwestern corner in particular, I’ve become more and more enchanted with the Keystone State.So as I sat on the steps in front of Falls Market on my last day in tahn (town), shoving mint chocolate chip ice cream in my face and eyeballing the various trucks and cars that idled by with teetering stacks of kayaks strapped to the roofs, I felt for the first time in a long time very much unhurried. I was in no particular rush to move on to the next destination, and the thought of posting up in a town for longer than a couple weeks actually appealed to me (sorta).DCIM100GOPRODCIM101GOPRODCIM101GOPRONormally, I’m pretty restless. I’m always itching to be on the move.But the pace of life in that corner of Pennsylvania is much slower, though just an hour’s drive from the hustle and bustle of Pittsburgh. After a particularly busy week at work, I found myself really starting to appreciate that quiet. Countryside dominates much of the landscape. Sprawling farms and state park land interwoven with winding backcountry roads connect one-traffic-light-towns. Everything here is charming, down to the last hahs (house), post office, and four-wheelin’-local.IMG_6187 IMG_5928 IMG_6252The more I travel, the more I find that these one-traffic-light-towns are the places I connect with best. Having grown up as part of a small community, being welcomed into these tight-knit towns gives me a sense of ‘home’ despite my transience. It’s the people I’ve met these past few months that have had the biggest impact on me. Strangers, old friends and new, the cashier at the local convenience store. It’s been humbling to see how much the people have really defined this “on the road” experience. Everyday there is someone new who crosses my path and inspires me, or teaches me something new, or redefines my ideas on generosity and selflessness. Everyday, someone somewhere is looking out for me in some way and I feel incredibly fortunate to know so many good people.Sunrise on Laurel Mountain.Sunrise on Laurel Mountain.Ben Crandell cruisin' at dawn.Ben Crandell cruisin’ at dawn.IMG_5618When I think back to some of these great people though, I wonder how many of them I’ll see again. Of the typical challenges I encounter daily with the logistical reality of living out of a vehicle, I’d say none of those compare with the difficulty I have in accepting that sometimes, people aren’t meant to stay a part of your life forever. A stranger at a restaurant can tell you the most profound and sound bit of advice, and you may never even learn his name. One lady’s story may change your life ambitions, but she may never know that.How do you begin to cope with that disconnect? How do you come to terms with these fleeting encounters, with letting people come in and out of your life like a receding tide? How do you begin to ever express the ineffable gratitude that can come from both a simple gesture and a weeklong stay alike? How?I was thinking about all of this as I putzed around that last day in Pennsylvania.“Why don’t you watch a movie?” my friend Jess said. He and his lovely wife Theresa had opened up their cabin to me the week I was in town (thank you thank you) and were on their way out the door that last day. Perhaps sensing my putzin’ mode, they told me I should take a nap, twiddle my thumbs, do nothing, watch a movie.A movie? Of all the things I had done in the past few months, watching a movie was not one of them. But since I was in no rush to leave, I figured, why not? I picked the first DVD (no, those aren’t outdated…yet) my eyes came to, which just so happened to be Eat, Pray, Love, and, after nearly a half hour of trying to work the damn TV (am I really that uncivilized already?), I finally settled in and propped my feet up.Aside from remembering just how much I love Julia Roberts as an actress, one of the things I couldn’t stop thinking about was Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Eat, Pray, Love from which the movie was made. I read the book when it came out in 2006. I was still in high school, but I remember how much her words spoke to me then. I connected with her story, sensing my restlessness may one day lead me down a similar path.I whipped out my laptop and started browsing through some of the quotes from Gilbert’s book, curious as to what I had connected with so well. I scanned her words on God and love, happiness and suffering. Soon I found myself re-reading whole pages.It wasn’t long before I stumbled across a section she wrote on people. Her words, written over a decade ago, seemed, quite literally, to have sprung from my questions on giving thanks and processing kindness, like Gilbert herself was watching me putz and ponder.“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” Some people buy gifts, give money, send cards as tokens of gratitude. Others simply say ‘thanks.’ I fall somewhere in between, always expressing my appreciation in words but somehow feeling as if that alone is not enough yet anything but is insincere.I got to thinking, perhaps Gilbert is right. Perhaps all of this, all of us, are connected. It seems nearly impossible to genuinely thank every single person who has ever had a positive influence on my life. But perhaps one day, I will be the one to contribute to that “miraculous scope of human generosity” by providing a couch to crash on, a kitchen to cook in. Perhaps one day I will be able to return two-fold the kindness I’ve experienced in my journey and become a part of the good people continuum.So to Jess, who pushed me to step up in kayaking, to Theresa, who reminded me how good it feels to let loose and dance, to Crandell who rallyed at 3 a.m. for some Zoolander-sunrise action and taught me more things than I’ll ever remember about our solar system, to Dr. Mitchell, who’s stoke for kayaking was nothing short of entertaining (and contagious), and to Clark, Jay, and all the other super people I met in P.A. – thank you.IMG_4948IMG_4987IMG_5035last_img read more

Piping Hot: North Carolina hikers begin 180-mile trek along pipeline route

first_imgConcerned citizens in North Carolina are currently hiking 180 miles along the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline route from Whitakers, North Carolina, on the Virginia border, to Pembroke, North Carolina.The anti-pipeline hike is attracting everyone from senior citizens to college students on spring break. The hikers hope the protest will inspire others to take a stand against the building of the pipeline, which will cross the Appalachian Trail and other cherished public lands, threaten drinking water, and pollute the surrounding environments.They are also concerned about the use of eminent domain to seize rights-of-way through private lands and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) lax approval process. Activists say that the environmental assessment issued in late December is missing crucial information, such as an inaccurate description of the pipeline’s environmental impact and violates federal law.Several groups have filed a legal motion requesting for the environmental impact assessment to be updated or replaced. Read more here and follow the progress of the march here.last_img read more

COVID-19: Govt reminds businesses that Idul Fitri bonuses are ‘mandatory’

first_imgRead also: COVID-19: Jokowi considers adjusting Idul Fitri break, orders regions to be obedientHe added that the government would expand fiscal stimulus eligibility beyond the manufacturing sector. “We will support more business sectors, not just manufacturing, but others that have been affected, such as tourism and transportation,” he said.The government has said the country’s economy may grow 2.3 percent this year, significantly slower than the 5.3 predicted by the 2020 state budget. In the government’s worst-case scenario, the economy could contract by 0.4 percent. The World Bank has also slashed its projection of Indonesia’s economic growth to a baseline of 2.1 percent if the situation starts to normalize by June. (aly)Topics : Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto has reminded businesses that they are obligated pay out Idul Fitri holiday bonuses (THR) to employees despite the economic pressures brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.“President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo has discussed the business sector’s readiness to pay THR [Idul Fitri bonuses], and [we remind] the private sector that paying out THR is mandatory,” Airlangga said during a virtual press briefing following a Cabinet meeting at the Bogor Presidential Palace in West Java on Thursday, as quoted by Antara News Agency.Airlangga said that the government had allocated Rp 405.1 trillion (US$ 25.1 billion) to fight COVID-19, as stipulated by Government Regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) No.1/2020 on state financial policy and financial system stability for handling COVID-19.last_img read more

On “Jobs that Pay” Tour Stops, Governor Wolf Calls on Harrisburg Lawmakers to Pass Minimum Wage Legislation

first_img Government That Works,  Jobs That Pay,  Minimum Wage,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Yesterday, as part of his “Jobs That Pay” initiative, Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order that ensures employees under the governor’s jurisdiction will be paid no less than $10.15 an hour. Governor Tom Wolf is now calling upon Pennsylvania legislators to pass a minimum wage increase for all Pennsylvania workers. The increase would benefit more than 1.2 million Pennsylvania workers, many of whom are adults with families.“I am calling on the Pennsylvania House and Senate to pass legislation that increases the minimum wage in Pennsylvania,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “A minimum wage increase to $10.15 per hour supports local businesses, creates new jobs, and would boost state revenue by roughly $60 million annually.”In Delaware County, Governor Wolf visited MOM’s Organic Market, a locally owned and operated company founded in 1987. They sell 100% organic produce and pride themselves on carrying the area’s highest quality produce every day.In April 2014 MOM’s Organic Market raised their minimum wage, from $10.00 to $11.00 per hour.  Gordon Scoff, the general manager of the Bryn Mawr MOM’s, said that they viewed raising the minimum wage as an investment into their most valuable assets, their people.  Since they raised the minimum wage, they have seen increased productivity, increased employee retention, and an improved culture. Finally, Mom’s Organic Market is also as profitable as ever.Following his tour stop at MOM’s, Governor Wolf stopped at Trolley Car Diner on Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia. This deli and ice cream shoppe has been operating since 2000.“If the minimum wage is increased across the board, all restaurants in our area will be on the same level playing field,” said Ken Weinstein, the owner of Trolley Car Diner. “By doing so, no one will have an unfair competitive advantage. It will be a win-win because all employees will have more spending power. Small businesses will be able to compete, grow, and keep both employees and customers.”# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitter March 08, 2016center_img On “Jobs that Pay” Tour Stops, Governor Wolf Calls on Harrisburg Lawmakers to Pass Minimum Wage Legislationlast_img read more

GMS clinches 15 years worth of charters in MENA

first_imgGulf Marine Services has been awarded 15 years worth of contracts for three self-propelled self-elevating support vessels in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with an undisclosed national oil company.GMS on Tuesday said the new charters were for for one Small Class and two Mid-Size Class SESVs.The charters, subject to the completion of legal documentation and finalization of the vessel delivery schedule, are expected to start in Q4 2018/Q1 2019.The charter period for each of the three vessels is five years (including options) during which time they will be supporting well intervention and maintenance activities in the region.Tender activity picks upDuncan Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of GMS, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded new charters totaling 15 years (including options) by a national oil company in the MENA region.“These contracts more than comfortably double the Group’s secured backlog and are a testament to our strong track record and excellent client relationships. We continue to be encouraged by levels of enquiries and tender activity as our clients focus on increasing their operations in a recovering market.”last_img read more

Schoolgirls the biggest binge drinkers

first_imgAuckland Now 13 Nov 2012Senior secondary school girls are now bigger binge drinkers than their male counterparts, according to a health report into the country’s drinking habits. With the bigger boozing culture, females are also doing themselves more harm and risking their health. The hard-hitting report into the female drinking culture was released at an alcohol harm conference in Auckland today. The percentage of females aged 16 and 17 binge-drinking on a typical night out tripled from nine to 28 per cent between 1995 and 2011. For males of the same age, the percentage increased from 19 to 25 per cent. Binge-drinking has dropped among 18 and 19-year-old males from 30 to 29 per cent. However, for the same age group of females, the proportion of binge-drinkers increased from four to 16 per cent. Alcohol Healthwatch director Rebecca Williams said teenage girls who were binge-drinking risked establishing bad drinking habits for life. read more

Hammock leads to Ark-La-Tex checkers in return visit to Vivian

first_imgVIVIAN, La. (April 26) – Jerry Hammock didn’t recall much about the results of his first visit to Ark-La-Tex Speedway four or five years ago.His second visit proved to be much more memorable. Hammock won Saturday’s 20-lap Sprint Series of Texas main event at Vivian from the ninth starting spot.“I got a good start and made it to the front in about five laps,” he said. “We got there using the top side and after that went away, the middle is where we ended up running.”Multiple cautions kept eliminated lapped traffic. Hammock, in his second night in a new J & J Chassis, pulled away from the pack to win in front of Mike Herring and defending IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Car series champion Rodney Henderson.Kenny Venable and Jason Howell completed the top five. Opening night tour winner Chip Graham was sixth. Round three of the Sprint Series of Texas is Saturday, May 10 at Abilene Speedway.Feature results – 1. Jerry Hammock; 2. Mike Herring; 3. Rodney Henderson; 4. Kenny venable; 5. Jason Howell; 6. Chip Graham; 7. Dustin Woods; 8. Ronnie Henderson; 9. Kenny Elwood; 10. Kerry Rush; 11. Corey Minor; 12. Mark Klis; 13. Gary Kelley; 14. Pete Cobb; 15. Drew Wright; 16. Reagan Reed; 17. Johnny Suggs; 18. Danny Merrell; 19. Bud Hanna; 20. Josh McCord.last_img read more