A bakery in Fleetwood has pleaded guilty to three offences under food safety and hygiene legislation after mouse droppings were found on the premises.The Home Bakery in Blakiston Street, Fleetwood, was fined £10,000 last week and ordered to pay more than £1,500 in costs following a prosecution by Wyre Council.Mary Grimshaw, prosecuting for the council, said the retail premises were inspected twice in three months during 2016.After the first inspection the outlet was given a ‘two’ rating, which advised work needed to be carried out.Owner Michael Reaper asked for the rating to be looked at again, but on the second inspection health officers found conditions to be worse rather than better, Blackpool magistrates heard.Mouse droppings were found on pie trays and in a display cabinet, there was dirty equipment at the shop and one storeroom had holes in the ceiling and mould on the walls. Floor surfaces were also dirty and the prosecutor said: “There was a failure to do effective cleaning and hygiene checks.”Officers carried out checks on food temperatures and meat was found at 13.3°C when it should be stored no higher than 8°C.It was decided there was an imminent risk to public health, magistrates heard, and the premises were temporarily closed on a voluntary basis.Reaper was interviewed under caution, during which he admitted he thought it was difficult to ask his elderly female members of staff to get on their hands and knees and clean under surfaces and equipment.Magistrates fined Home Bakery £10,000, and ordered it to pay £1,558 costs and £170 victims’ surcharge.After the hearing, Councillor Vivien Taylor, cabinet member with responsibility for food hygiene at Wyre Council, said: “Wyre Council takes food hygiene very seriously and if premises don’t comply, we will take action whenever and wherever necessary.”
Daniella Papi, a 2000 Notre Dame graduate and social entrepreneur, presented a lecture on the importance of language, perspective and learning in the context of international service Thursday night. Part of the Dean’s Fellows speaker series, the talk centered on Papi’s experiences in Cambodia and the lessons and perspectives she obtained from her years of service work.Papi, the founder of the educational travel organization PEPY Tours, said an important step in international service is reframing the language and vocabulary currently used to describe service work. She said words such as “villager,” “aid” and “development” often convey power dynamics and connotations that project an unequal relationship between communities and volunteers.“Our vocabulary needs to change,” Papi said. “If I’m a volunteer and you’re a beneficiary, I’m already in a position of power. Instead of it being, ‘Hi, I’m here to help you, in a language I don’t know, place I don’t know,’ it should be, ‘Hi, I’m here to learn from you.’”Papi said some of the problems within development work stem from the ways we learn about service work. Papi said simplistic fundraising tactics, such as televised pleas for donations, provide the public with the impression that development work has simple solutions to complex problems.“Our fundraising channels actually become our education channels,” she said. “It causes huge problems. … Often times, our efforts become solution-led instead of problem-led.”Papi said a fundamental problem in development work involves believing material agents, such as money or infrastructure, rather than human agents are the solution to development problems. Papi said her time working and serving in Cambodia helped her understand how many of the often simplistic solutions stemmed from a well-intentioned but often misplaced desire to provide a solution without focusing on the particular problem or community.“One of the things that I learned was that we shouldn’t be investing in things; we needed to invest in people,” she said.Papi said in order for more effective leaders to change and engage in meaningful service work, there needs to be a fundamental shift in mindset from intending to save a community towards wanting to learn from it.“The question shouldn’t be, ‘How are you innovating; how are you uniquely solving this world problem?’” she said. “It should be, ‘Who’s shoulders are you standing on? Who has tried to solve this problem before you?’”Papi said in order to take action and learn how to become an agent for service, people must engage in frequent personal development by becoming self-aware, understanding their culture and becoming open to learning. Papi emphasized that engaging in meaningful service work requires recognizing how personal and global development are intertwined.“If we are constantly focusing on ‘saving the world’ as an external things to ourselves, that is what is going to cause problems later on,” she said. “Personal development and global development are entirely interlinked. If we’re not willing to look at ourselves, we’re not going to change the world.”Tags: Danielle Pepi, Dean’s Fellows, International Development, international service, PEPY
Vermont Secretary of State Deb Markowitz, along with Jason Karlawish, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics, University of Pennsylvania; and Charles Sabatino, Director of the American Bar Association s Commission on Law and Aging, released the results of a study of Vermont s mobile polling pilot project. During the 2008 general election, the Vermont Secretary of State s Office joined with the University of Pennsylvania and the American Bar Association to develop a pilot program where trained election workers brought ballots to residential care facilities prior to the election to permit eligible residents to register and vote. Residents who were unable to vote independently were offered assistance from bipartisan pairs of election workers who had been trained to work with elderly voters, and in particular, voters who have cognitive impairment.Markowitz said, Vermont participated in this study of mobile polling because those of us who administer elections need to be prepared for the challenges of meeting the needs of an aging population. According to the United States Census Bureau, the number of Americans who are 55 and older will nearly double between 2007 and 2030, from 20 percent of the population (60 million) to 31 percent (107.6 million). Markowitz said, This means that as we plan for future elections we must consider the challenges presented by the aging of America and explore new ways to reach voters who are in residential care facilities to ensure that they are provided an opportunity to vote, and to prevent voter intimidation or fraud. Mobile polling is a great way to accomplish this.The American Bar Association adopted a policy in 2007 urging states to improve access to voting by residents of long term care facilities by use of mobile polling. Vermont is in the forefront of states in making this policy a reality and showing that it profoundly enhances the quality of participation in the election process, said Sabatino. About half the states have some policy that provides for limited outreach to nursing homes by election officials, but there has not been a serious study of mobile polling as a best practice.Karlawish said, The results of this study are compelling and convincing because we designed this project to compare mobile polling to usual voting using nursing homes that were well matched in terms of the number of residents and the severity of their cognitive disabilities. Working with Dr. Karlawish and Mr. Sabatino, the Secretary of State s Office trained local election workers and recruited residential care facilities to participate in the project. Twenty-four facilities took part – 15 facilities voted as usual and nine facilities conducted mobile polling. After the election, individual participants were surveyed to assess problems and challenges.The findings of the study discuss both the challenges and benefits of implementing mobile polling. Key general findings include:Absentee balloting is very common in long term care facilities. When mobile polling is not offered, residents who vote will do so using an absentee ballot. This confirms previous research and makes sense because residents of long term care facilities often are disabled so that going to the polling place to vote is difficult.Most residents of long term care facilities need assistance voting. Typically, this means reading the ballot out loud to the voter and helping mark the ballot. This confirms the fact that residents of long term care facilities may be uniquely vulnerable to undue influence and fraud, and confirms the value of having a bi-partisan pair of trained election workers assisting voters in long term care facilities.Voting in long term care facilities without the benefit of mobile polling opens the process up to arbitrary decision about who may vote and fraud and abuse. Although the study was not designed to uncover fraud or abuse, the study found that without mobile polling nursing home residents are more susceptible to a greater opportunity for both staff and family members to unduly influence voting by residents.The overall findings of the study indicate that mobile polling is a beneficial alternative for reaching residents of long term care facilities.Residents of long term care facilities like mobile polling. Nursing home staff and elections workers observed that residents liked the mobile polling experience because it respected their dignity; made them feel like full citizens because their experience is closer to the civic experience of going to a polling place; and it gives them additional contact with the community and fosters feelings of independence, pride, importance and that they are valued by the community.Mobile polling promotes increased accessibility to voting. Residents of the long term care facilities did not have to worry about transportation to the polls or arranging for an absentee ballot.Mobile polling was beneficial to nursing home staff. Nursing home staff reported that mobile polling made the registration and voting process easier. It relieved their discomfort about assisting residents with cognitive impairment and it increased the legitimacy of the process, reducing the threat of fraud, undue influence and coercion. They were also pleased because it reduced their workload by streamlining the voting process.Election officials saw benefits in mobile polling. Election officials found that mobile polling was a good way to assist residents of long term care. They felt that having trained election workers assist voters in bipartisan pairs helps to minimize concerns of voter fraud and manipulation for residents of long term care facilities. Some election workers noted that mobile polling could help reduce the workload on Election Day as it permits them to serve voters in advance.Implementing mobile polling presents challenges. The principal challenge is the time it takes for election workers to conduct the mobile polling. Although, on average the mobile polling itself took only an hour or two, setting up mobile polling, and finding and training election workers can be time consuming at a time when the clerks are already busy preparing for an election and serving early voters.The results of this study will be delivered to the United States Elections Assistance Commission, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, the National Association of Secretaries of State, and the National Association of Election Administrators.Publication of the full report is expected in the coming year. To learn more about facilitating voting as people age and addressing the challenges of cognitive impairment, visit www.pennadc.org(link is external).********************************************************************************************FACT SHEETBringing voting to long term care facilities:Assessing the benefits of mobile pollingJason Karlawish, University of Pennsylvania, Departments of Medicine and Medical EthicsDeborah Markowitz, Vermont Secretary of StateCharlie Sabatino, American Bar Association, Commission on Law and AgingThe research reported herein was supported by the Greenwall Foundation and the Borchard Foundation.BackgroundFailures to ensure proper access to voting and to protect against manipulation of the vote of disabled citizens compromise the integrity of elections.In 2008, Vermont enacted mobile polling. Mobile polling brings election officials into a long term care setting so they can assist residents to vote.ObjectiveTo assess the impact of mobile polling on voter turnout, voter rights, and voter fraud.Methods24 long term care facilities, matched according to size and residents cognitive status, were randomized to conduct mobile polling or voting as usual (absentee or polling booth).Because some sites were unable or unwilling to conduct mobile polling, 15 facilities voted as usual, and 9 facilities conducted mobile polling, resulting in 9 matched pairs and 6 additional control sites.Surveys of activities directors and election officials assessed problems or challenges with each voting method and voting outcomes.ResultsFacility staff and election officials reported that mobile polling made voting more convenient and accessible for residents, increased legitimacy, relieved staff discomfort in assisting cognitively impaired voters, reduced the threat of fraud and coercion, and decreased workload for residents and staff. By staff estimates, the overall proportion of residents who voted at matched sites was 30.1% ± 16.9%.Although there were significant qualitative differences in the voting experience, there were no significant differences between matched control and intervention sites in proportion of residents who voted (t = -1.7, p = .11) or between-site variance in voting rates (variance ratio test f = 0.33, p = .14).These findings were consistent when all sites were included in analysis.Advantages of Mobile PollingBeneficial for the residents feelings of self worth I think it s very good for the residents self-esteem; it makes them continue to feel like a worthy part of the community and in the political system. Less threat of fraud and coercion We felt there was less coercion, it would be the cleanest way of voting. No one would influence them, because we know the justices of the peace wouldn t do that and it also gave a real feeling of participating in democracy. Protects/ensures the residents right to vote They need to vote, they need to make their vote count. Just because they are in a nursing home they shouldn t be cut off from doing things they want to do. We have pretty good people here, people are very vocal and get into discussion groups. They all felt good having to vote. Relieves discomfort of staff assisting the cognitively impaired We really cannot even read the ballot to them but you know in the past residents would say what do you think, who do you think I should vote for, so with these two officials there representing both parties it was, it took the load off us. It took the uncomfortableness out of it for us. As much as we want to help people do the right thing or what we think they would think is the right thing, this was not an area that we could get into. So it took a lot of pressure off us. Made voting more accessible and convenient Mobile Polling was convenient, it assured more people would vote with no influence and they really enjoyed it! Most people here would be too scared to just go out and go to the polling place in the confusion. Reduced workload for election officials It really helps us on the day of elections because ¦it helps us with not having so many people with you know those kinds of problems coming through the day of elections. I think it s a great idea and I think it s the wave of the future.SummaryAlthough mobile polling did not affect turnout, it does provide substantial benefits to maximize voter rights and minimize concerns of voter fraud and manipulation.Facilities where voting occurred as usual had difficulty judging capacity to vote; staff members worried about potential persuasion and fraud; and voting was time consuming for nursing home staff.
On Thursday, July 15 the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will conduct ledge removal that at times will cause delays along Interstate 89 northbound just south of Exit 8 in Montpelier.VTrans routinely inspects rock ledge that borders Vermont’s Interstate and state roadways. Geologists recently concluded that ledge about a half mile south of Exit 8 along I-89’s northbound barrel is fragile and must be removed before rocks break loose and fall into the roadway.To remove the loose ledge, VTrans on July 15 will close one lane of I-89’s northbound barrel so workers can safely access the ledge. Also, between the hours on 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. VTrans in conjunction with the Vermont State Police will delay northbound traffic along I-89 between Exit 6 (South Barre) and Exit 7 (Berlin) using a series of rolling road blocks. The rolling roadblocks, which could last up to 10 minutes, will be conducted whenever crews must allow ledge to drop so that no vehicles are impacted.Police during a rolling roadblock will use their vehicles to slow traffic to about 45 mph so that it will take about 8 minutes to travel between Exits 6 and 7. Although police hope to keep traffic moving, there is the potential that at times traffic will need to be stopped completely.Once the ledge falls and all debris is cleared, traffic will be allowed to resume. VTrans expects there will be need for about a half dozen rolling roadblocks between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The roadblocks will occur when needed, so no exact schedule is known. Police will also close the Exit 7 onramp to I-89 northbound whenever rolling roadblocks are in effect.The southbound lanes of I-89 will not be impacted by this ledge work.Source: VTrans. 7.13.2010
The championship was attended by 36 competitors from renowned Croatian restaurants, hotel houses, wine bars and taverns. Sommelier Siniša Lasan, employed in the Dubrovnik restaurant Proto, was named the best sommelier at 23rd Croatian Sommelier Championship which was, organized by the Croatian Sommelier Club, held at the Westin Hotel in Zagreb. Siniša Lasan – first place at the 23rd Croatian Sommelier Championship, in addition to the main prize of a study trip to the French region of Champagne, also had the honor of representing Croatia at the European and African Sommelier Championships – Contest Best Sommelier of Europe & Africa 2020., which will be held in Cyprus from 16 to 20 November 2020. The Croatian Sommelier Club is a non-profit professional association founded in 1993. Today, the association has about 500 members. The main task of HSK is the progress of the sommelier profession, deepening the awareness of the table culture, as well as the constant education of professionals and the general public. Croatian sommelier club, since 1994, is a member of the World Association of Sommeliers (L’Association de la Sommelierie Internationale – ASI). Along with Siniša Lasan, Ivan Jug (second place), sommelier in the restaurant Noel, Zagreb, and Marko Škarica (third place) from the restaurant Draga di Lovrana competed in the finals. The champion collected the most points in the practical disciplines of the finals such as matching wine with the default menu, correcting the wine list, decanting red wine, blind tasting, recognizing and describing domestic and foreign wines, recognizing strong alcoholic beverages, dissolving Magnum bottles and communicating with guests. Photo:
Twitter’s slap on the wrist was enough to drive Trump into a tirade — on Twitter — in which he claimed that the political right in the United States was being censored.Trump would sign an executive order “pertaining to social media” on Thursday, his aides said, without offering any details.But an undated draft version of the order obtained by The Washington Post on Wednesday said “we cannot allow a limited number of online platforms to hand-pick the speech that Americans may access and convey online.”The order would make it easier for federal regulators to argue that the companies are “suppressing free speech when they move to suspend users or delete posts,” The New York Times reported, citing two senior administration officials. US President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order later on Thursday after threatening to shutter social media platforms following Twitter’s move to label two of his tweets misleading. After long resisting calls to censure Trump over his truth-defying posts, Twitter on Tuesday accused the president for the first time of making false claims.Trump had tweeted — without any evidence — that more mail-in voting would lead to what he called a “Rigged Election” this November. Both newspapers also reported that the order, which they said had not yet been finalized, could see tech companies such as Twitter, Facebook and Google held legally responsible for content posted on their platforms.Twitter’s move to tag the president’s tweets comes after years of being accused of ignoring the president’s violation of platform rules with his daily, often hourly barrages of personal insults and inaccurate information sent to more than 80 million followers.Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg waded into the row, telling Fox News that his social network — still the biggest in the world — has a different policy.”I just believe strongly that Facebook should not be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online,” Zuckerberg said in a snippet of the interview posted online Wednesday by Fox.”I think, in general, private companies, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey fired back on Wednesday night, saying that his platform’s effort to point out misinformation did not make it an “arbiter of truth.” Fact check: there is someone ultimately accountable for our actions as a company, and that’s me. Please leave our employees out of this. We’ll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally. And we will admit to and own any mistakes we make.— jack (@jack) May 28, 2020″Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves,” he tweeted. He doubled down on the new policy, writing: “Fact check: there is someone ultimately accountable for our actions as a company, and that’s me… We’ll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally.”‘Blatant lies’ Kate Ruane, at the American Civil Liberties Union, said that Trump has no power to regulate Twitter.The constitution “clearly prohibits the president from taking any action to stop Twitter from pointing out his blatant lies about voting by mail,” she said.For all his protests, Trump is a political giant on social media.By contrast, his Democratic election opponent, Joe Biden, has only 5.5 million Twitter followers.Social media suits Trump’s unorthodox communications style and his penchant for conspiracy theories, rumors and playground-style insults.The claim that Twitter is biased against conservatives fits the White House narrative that the billionaire president is still an outsider politician running against the elite.The row is also a useful smokescreen when Biden is homing in on widespread dissatisfaction with Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has left more than 100,000 Americans dead. Polls consistently show Biden in a strong position, despite barely having left his home during weeks of social distancing measures — and his relatively meager social media presence.Topics :
Selling houses is a lot like kidnapping, both are businesses that require being able to negotiate like a boss.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago“If you understand the challenges they’re faced with, nothing else matters,” he said. “Take the word ‘trust’ out and drop in ‘predictability’ and then things begin to change because as soon as you begin to make things more predictable for people you deal with, you begin to help them.”Voss uses the example of a father whose child has been kidnapped. Once his child is gone, he has no idea how long it will be before he gets them back – or if he will ever see them again. “The families of kidnap victims suffer the same traumatic stress as victims because they don’t know when it’s going to be over,” he said. So what can you do to make it easier?“I tell him ‘I’m going to call you back in an hour’.”“If you’ve got a client who doesn’t know when it’s going to be over, then the unknown is a huge stress. Tell them ‘you’ll hear from me in an hour’ or three times a week.”It might be hard to believe but Voss insists the word ‘yes’ is the last thing you want to hear in a negotiation. “Nobody asks you to say ‘yes’ to something unless it’s going some place,” Voss tells the crowd at AREC 2017 in his husky American accent. “Not one single hostage negotiation technique is designed to get someone to say yes.”Instead, he challenges, “get them to say ‘that’s right’.”According to Voss, this simple change of wording can build a connection that will overcome all negativity. Chris Voss, former FBI agent and an expert at hostage negotiation strategies, says all negotiations should be like a hostage negotiation. Picture: Kate Haley PhotographySELLING houses is a lot like kidnapping. Both are businesses that require being able to negotiate like a boss. Just ask former FBI hostage negotiator Chris Voss, who now teaches people how to talk anyone into anything. Addressing the Australasian Real Estate Agents Conference on the Gold Coast, Voss explained why real estate agents – like hostage negotiators – were in the trust business.They help people in the most stressful moments of their lives, when their hopes and dreams are on the line. And he should know, having worked for the FBI for 24 years and occupying the role of the Bureau’s lead international kidnapping negotiator. Today his company specialises in solving business communication problems with hostage negotiation solutions. He’s the CEO of the Black Swan Group and the author of the national bestseller ‘Never Split The Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It’. Buying or selling a house can feel like a life or death situation and so it should be treated as one by an agent, according to Voss. He believes the key to any successful negotiation is managing a client’s expectations and gaining their trust.
Generic image REALITY TV makes the formula seem straightforward. The more money spent on new kitchens and fancy throw pillows, the bigger the sale price of a property. But according to the ringleader of real estate television himself, Andrew Winter of Foxtel’s Selling Houses Australia, vendors should carefully consider the property, its location and the marketplace before strapping on their tool belts.“My general rule of thumb is the older the property is, and the less modernised it is, then the less likely it is worth doing anything,” Mr Winter said.“A dated home throughout is going to have a lower value than the typical house in that street. Therefore, it could arguably be more saleable. In that case, you might actually get more buyers chasing and end up with more money net than if you’d blown $100,000 on a renovation.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Mr Winter said sellers needed to find out how their property sat among its competition: “It’s all about establishing the existing value ‘as is’ and then the estimated value if the home was upgraded. Then calculate the difference between the two. Is it a viable option for you in the current market?” He said old and ugly furniture, dated airconditioning units and ratty curtains were a huge turn-off for buyers.Mr Winter said it paid to not be too narrow-minded about just one aspect of the home if you went the DIY route.“If you only had $30,000 to spend on your $600,000 home, it’s not worth spending it all on the kitchen,” he said.“No matter how amazing your kitchen is, if the rest of the house doesn’t match up to it … that will just jar with everything else.” When the budget was tight, Mr Winter said, there was one low-cost solution to add perceived value: “Paint! It’s probably the most specific thing, there’s no doubt about it. You could take a really grotty old bedroom and if you took the old airconditioning unit out, ripped up the horrid carpet, took down old blinds and repainted it, even without flooring and window dressings it would still look like a manageable room if there is a fresh coat of paint.”
The Atlantic 18 December 2013Two facts are often obscured in the public conversation devoted to women, work, and family. First, the vast majority of married mothers don’t want to work full-time. Second, married mothers who are able to cut back at work to accommodate their family’s needs tend to be happier. The news cycle is stuck in a lean-in loop, but new data show mothers report more happiness when they can lean homeward.New data from the recent Pew Research Center survey shared with The Atlantic tells the second part of the story. Mothers and fathers were asked by Pew if they had made family-related sacrifices for work—from quitting their job to turning down a promotion. Pew found that 65 percent of mothers had made such a family-related sacrifice, compared to 45 percent of fathers.Women married with children were more likely to be “very happy” with their lives if they made a family-related work sacrifice. By contrast, the happiness of married men was not significantly related to making work sacrifices for their families.What does this data really tell us? Let’s start with explaining what it doesn’t tell us. These results do not prove that spending less time at work makes women happier. It could be, for instance, that happier women are more likely to make work sacrifices, in the first place. Or it could be that more affluent mothers, who are more likely to be happy above a certain level of income, can spend more time with their families than poorer moms.But these results are consistent with a pattern found regularly in research on women’s work and family preferences: Most (married) mothers would prefer not to work full-time, and the most popular option for women, when it comes to juggling work and family, is part-time work. A New York Times/CBS News survey this year found that 49 percent of mothers wished to work part-time, compared to 27 percent who wished to work full-time (and note also the gender differences in work preferences in this poll).http://m.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/12/moms-who-work-part-time-are-happier/282460/
The awards – France’s equivalent of theOscars – have been mired in controversy after Polanski’s An Officer and a Spyreceived 12 nominations. The Polish-French director fled the USafter his rape conviction in the 1970s.He has since faced other accusations of sexual assault. French actress Adèle Haenel was one of several actresses to leave the César awards after Polanski was hailed as best director. GETTY IMAGES PARIS, France – Several actresses havewalked out of the César awards ceremony here after Roman Polanski, who wasconvicted of the statutory rape of a 13 year old in 1977, won best director. Polanski and members of his crew did notattend the event, with the director having said previously that he feared forhis safety.(BBC) An Officer and a Spy, or J’accuse inFrench, is about the Dreyfus affair in 19th Century France and won a total ofthree awards on Friday night.