Truffles Bakery has announced it will be shutting its Burgess Hill store.This comes weeks after the business was featured on Channel 4’s Running The Shop programme, where staff took over the bakery for three weeks.The store, located in Martlets shopping centre, confirmed on Twitter that it would not be renewing the lease on the shop, and would shut on 19 September.It said: “Unfortunately our lease has come to an end and, with future plans for the Martlets, it’s not viable.“We really value our loyal customers and we do have a store a few miles away in Hurstpierpoint.”Heather Craghill said on the Facebook page of Burgess Hill Uncovered (BHU): “No more Truffles’ incomparable spiced buns, cheese straws or Danish pastries! One less reason to visit Burgess Hill.”The Channel 4 show was hosted by Hilary Devey, who persuaded bosses to leave their business for three weeks and let the staff run the shop to inject change.The news comes after the Burgess Hill branch of Forfars bakery also closed this month.Emma Banks, customer services at the bakery, told BHU: “I can confirm the Burgess Hill store will be closing after close of business on Saturday 4 July, meaning your closest store will be in Hurstpierpoint.” British Baker has approached Truffles, but nobody was available to comment.
The world lost a great pioneer with the death of Chuck Berry last month, who passed away at the age of 90. On Sunday morning, the father of rock and roll was honored in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri at the city’s Pageant venue with a four-hour public viewing. Berry, dressed in a white suit, purple sequined shirt, and his Captain’s hat, laid peacefully with his red Gibson ES-335 guitar. The scene felt fitting for a legend, and many came out to honor his legacy.The Rolling Sones sent a guitar-shaped floral arrangement that sat next to the casket with a note, “Thank you for the inspiration. With fondest memories, Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie, the Rolling Stones.” The private “Celebration of Life” service featured words by Kiss’ Gene Simmons, former Late Show bandleader Paul Shaffer, and Marshall Chess, the son of Chess Records co-founder Leonard Chess.Congressman William Lacy Clay opened the 300-person service with words from Bill Clinton, who booked Berry to perform both of his presidential inaugurations. “He is one of America’s greatest rock & roll pioneers,” he wrote. “He captivated audiences around the world. His music spoke to the hopes and dreams we all had in common. Me and Hillary grew up listening to him.”Gene Simmons hadn’t planned on speaking at the service, but took to the podium to thank Berry, saying, “Without Chuck Berry I wouldn’t be here and everything that came, that became this huge thing called rock & roll started with a guy who just wanted to make people feel good and forget about the traffic jams of the world and everything.”“He was breaking down barriers that no one suspected. Chuck, he changed more little white boys’ and white girls’ lives than all the politicians and their talk,” Simmons added. “Maybe Chuck said it best: ‘Roll over Beethoven, tell Tchaikovsky the news.’ Buckle your knees, bow your head, the great Chuck Berry is passing by.”Watch the touching tribute below:Paul Shaffer called Berry the man “who invented rock & roll,” as Joel Peresman, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame president, explained that “from the first brick, everything that was built was based on Chuck Berry.” Chuck Berry was among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s first inductees.The letters of tribute poured in. From Paul McCartney, “As you probably know, Chuck was a huge influence on me and my companions, and I will always remain a great fan of his wonderful music.”Berry’s wife, Themetta “Toddy” Berry also penned a letter: Watch Berry’s grandchildren and members of his backing band perform “Johnny B. Goode” in his honor:[via Rolling Stone]
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 41-year-old motorcyclist from Mastic was killed in a crash in Islip Terrace on Tuesday morning.Suffolk County police said Alexander Rivera was riding a Suzuki motorcycle westbound on Sunrise Highway when he struck the back bumper of an SUV, then hit the back of a tractor-trailer, lost control of his motorcycle and fell off east of Saxon Avenue at 8:10 a.m.The victim was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was pronounced dead. The other two drivers were not injured.Third Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-854-8352.
Sep 21, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – A federal review of state and local pandemic preparedness efforts identified some gaps in medical surge planning and said that, while states are typically prepared to distribute antivirals and vaccines, some cities hadn’t addressed all of the recommended planning components.The findings were released today in two reports from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG).The investigations on medical surge preparedness and antiviral and vaccine distribution were ordered by the HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) in February 2008. Both are based on a representative sample of five states, plus two cities of different sizes in each of the states.Though the studies were ordered and conducted before the pandemic H1N1 virus emerged in April, the findings come as the nation grapples with the start of a second wave of the mostly mild to moderate flu, as well as the annual fall and winter rise in seasonal flu strains.In the medical surge report, federal inspectors looked at five components: coordination among stakeholders, recruiting and managing medical volunteers, acquiring and managing medical equipment, developing alternative care sites, and identifying guidelines for altering triage.Among the key medical surge findings:All cities had established medical surge partners, but the degree of coordination varied among the locations.Fewer than half of the cities had started to recruit medical volunteers, and none of the states had launched electronic systems to manage them, as required by the ASPR by Aug 2009.All cities had obtained medical equipment for a pandemic, but only three of five states had an electronic system to track it.Most towns were in the early stages of planning alternate care sites, and none had yet developed plans to identify the scope of care and how they would manage, staff, and supply the sites.Most cities had not established guidelines for altering triage, admission, and patient care, and many of them said they worried about the legal risks of setting the guidelines and asked for more assistance from state and federal officials.All cities conducted medical surge exercises, but none of them documented the activities consistently.The OIG investigators recommended that the ASPR and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasize the importance of the five medical surge components, as well as the need to consistently document lessons learned from preparedness exercises.Given the states’ concerns about legal protections for medial professionals and volunteers who respond to pandemics and other public health emergencies, the OIG suggested that the ASPR work with states or even federal officials to develop appropriate shield laws in the event that altered standards of care are needed.OIG inspectors also urged federal officials to facilitate the sharing of information and best practices among states and cities and provide them with training and technical assistance on key challenges such as identifying alternate care sites, managing medical equipment, and identifying alternate care standard guidelines.The ASPR agreed with all of the OIG recommendations. Though the CDC did not formally comment, it provided technical comments that investigators used to finalize their report.In a 2008 review, the ASPR found few gaps in state readiness for antiviral drug distribution and noted that states were doing “very well” in developing pandemic flu vaccination plans. However, the OIG said those reviews did not assess local readiness in those two areas.In today’s report, OIG officials found that none of the 10 cities had started planning in all eight of the distribution and dispensing components that are specified in HHS pandemic influenza guidance.A high percentage of cities had addressed receiving and staging, as well as dispensing, components, but fewer had spelled out plans for tracking, vulnerable populations, and priority groups. The weakest areas for cities were security, storage, and transportation.All towns had conducted exercises involving distribution and dispensing, but most did not produce after-action reports or improvement plans.On the other hand, all cities had collaborated with community partners—such as schools, emergency management agencies, and hospitals—to develop and test their distribution and dispensing plans.In its recommendations, the OIG advised the CDC to work with states to:Improve local pandemic flu vaccine and antiviral drug distribution and dispensing preparedness by determining why so many seem to be in the early stages of planningPrioritize planning areas that can be addressed by leftover or future pandemic fundingDevelop practical distribution and dispensing plansThe OIE investigators also urged the CDC to ensure that cities consistently create exercise after-action reports and improvement plans and facilitate the sharing of pandemic flu planning, response, and new promising practices.The CDC said it agreed with the last two recommendations but wasn’t clear if it concurred with all of the items about shoring up distribution and dispensing plans. However, the CDC said it plans to use some of the OIG’s suggestions to address the recommendations and acknowledged that resources in the June 2009 federal supplemental appropriations act would help it act on some of the items.See also:OIG report on pandemic preparedness and medical surgehttps://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-02-08-00210.pdfOIG report on pandemic preparedness and vaccine and antiviral distributionhttps://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-04-08-00260.pdf
I have read that Sara Foss is on maternity leave. Congratulations and best wishes to her and the family. Enjoy this time together as a new unit. As one of many readers of Sara’s column, I look forward to her return. May we read more insights on life, society and parenthood.NANCY MICHAELBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
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March 05, 2019 Report: 1.75 Million Pennsylvania Workers Make $15 or Less Per Hour SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Jobs That Pay, Minimum Wage, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today commented on the release of a new report that shows nearly half of Pennsylvania hourly-wage workers – more than 1.75 million Pennsylvanians – make less than $15 per hour, even as cost of living continues to increase. Governor Wolf said this report confirms the dire need for Pennsylvania to raise the minimum wage. Pennsylvania’s minimum wage has been unchanged in the last decade and remains at $7.25 per hour. All of Pennsylvania’s neighboring states have raised their minimum wage beyond the federal minimum.“Pennsylvania continues to lag behind other states, including all our neighbors, in ensuring fair wages that keep up with the cost of living,” Governor Wolf said. “This report confirms that too many Pennsylvanians are making poverty wages. We must act to ensure our workers stop falling behind. Our communities can no longer afford to have so many workers struggling just to get by and unable to be active members of local economies. The legislature must raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage.”The annual Minimum Wage Report from the Department of Labor and Industry shows that in 2018, over one million Pennsylvania workers earned above $7.25 per hour up to $12 per hour, and another 631,500 earned up to $15 per hour. Governor Wolf has proposed raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025.Key findings from the report:Half of workers making near minimum wage (under $12) were employed in full-time positions; and more than half are 25 and older;In 2018, 29 states had higher minimum wage rates than Pennsylvania ranging from $7.50 to $11.50. Since January 1, 2015, all of Pennsylvania’s neighboring states have minimum wages exceeding Pennsylvania’s rate;Ten states have their minimum wage rates tied to the Consumer Price Index and an additional eight states have approved cost of living adjustments to their minimum wages over the next few years; (Pennsylvania has no such adjustment)Inflation adversely affects the purchasing power of an unchanging minimum wage. Adjusting for projected inflation, the value of the 2018 minimum wage of $7.25 is projected to fall to $7.03 by 2020, as measured in 2018 dollars.
“My favourite part of the house would have to be the alfresco entertaining area,” she said.“When my parents built the house there was no town water so they put in a water tank and that (alfresco area) is on top of that.“It is a great spot to watch the wildlife come in. It is a special place.” Set among manicured gardens, the home has views to the Taylor Range.On the upper level there is an open plan kitchen, family and dining room. In the kitchen is a calacatta marble island bench opposite a stainless steel benchtop and a walk-in pantry. Access to a veranda and the alfresco outdoor area is via the family/dining room.Also on this floor is a lounge, study and nursery plus a spacious bedroom with a walk-in-robe and ensuite. The castle was the seat of the McLeod clan — Mrs Harkin’s maiden name.She said the property felt like a world away from the bustling city, and her fondest memories centred around riding motorbikes on the property or walking around and swimming in the dam at Walkabout Creek, which is directly across the road. Owners Lisa and Shane Harkin bought the property from Lisa’s parents about 20 years ago, and have since raised their own four children at the home. “I had moved away to different parts of the state and when we came back mum and dad were selling the house so buying it seemed like the logical thing to do,” Mrs Harkin said.“Back then we ripped up carpets, and pulled down the seventies wallpaper. “It (the house) is on its third kitchen now. I did a big reno about six years ago, changed the layouts.“But our children have grown up and it is to big for us now.”The four bedroom, two bathroom house, which is named after Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye off the coast of Scotland, sits on a 2462sq m block. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago Named after a castle in Scotland, Duvegan at 43 Mount Nebo Rd, The Gap, is on the marketSURROUNDED by bushland and directly across from an eco-tourism park, it is hard to believe you are just 10 minutes from the Brisbane CBD.Named Dunvegan, this elevated home on Mount Nebo Road at The Gap has been in the same family since it was built in 1971.Four generations have called it home. On the lower floor there is three more bedroom with built-in wardrobes, a rumpus room, a bathroom and a laundry. Outside there is a separate building which contains a granny flat, a workshop, a large storage area and space for two vehicles.Mrs Harkin said it would be tough to say goodbye to the house they often called The Brady Bunch home but they were downsizing to an apartment in New Farm.
U.S legislators Roger Wicker and Congressman John Garamendi have introduced a bill titled Energizing American Shipbuilding Act, which if passed, would require a portion of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and crude oil exports to be transported on U.S.-built, U.S.-crewed vessels.The bipartisan bill would require the construction of over fifty ships vessels by 2040 thus supporting American shipbuilding, and would create thousands of maritime and mariner jobs, the senator said.“This bill would strengthen our shipbuilding industry and would recognize the importance of having more American-flagged ships to transport our growing exports of oil and natural gas. China, India, and other nations are investing heavily in their shipbuilding capacity. The United States must keep up,” Wicker pointed out.“Congress has neglected our maritime industry for too long, to the point that we’re now several dozen merchant ships and 1,800 mariners short of what’s needed to guarantee sufficient sealift support in times of crisis. This bill seeks to turn the ship around by taking advantage of America’s energy export boom to bring back American shipbuilding, shipyard, and mariner jobs rather than continuing to outsource them to countries like China. I believe this bill is the start of a long-term reinvestment in the idea of America as a maritime, seafaring nation,” Garamendi added.American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association and American Maritime Officers also voiced their support to the bill as it would help boost the country’s shipbuilding industry and expansion of American infrastructure and expertise.Representatives from the iron and steel industry, and labor leaders have backed the move as well as they believe the bill would support the international competitiveness of the domestic steel and iron industry.The move comes a year after a bipartisan bill titled Energizing American Maritime Act was introduced by Garamendi to the U.S. Congress requiring up to 30 percent of U.S, LNG exports to be carried on U.S.-flagged ships. Image Courtesy: CheniereThe bill has since been referred to the Subcommittee on Energy, data from the U.S. Congress shows.The introduction of the said legislation is coordinated with the ramping up of the country’s LNG exports, which quadrupled in 2017 year-on-year.U.S. exports of LNG reached 1.94 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2017, up from 0.5 Bcf/d in 2016, data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows.All of the exported LNG originated from Louisiana’s Sabine Pass liquefaction terminal and reached 25 countries.Aside to Sabine Pass in Louisiana and Cove Point in Maryland, four more projects are scheduled to start operation shortly: Elba Island LNG in Georgia and Cameron LNG in Louisiana in 2018, followed by Freeport LNG and Corpus Christi LNG in Texas in 2019, bringing the U.S. export capacity to 9.6 Bcf/d by the end of 2019.The United States is projected to become the third-largest LNG exporter in the world by 2020, surpassing Malaysia and remaining behind only Australia and Qatar, EIA said.What is more, the U.S. seaborne export of oil products reached the highest annual level ever in 2017, both in terms of volume and tonne miles demand, according to BIMCO.
“Angmagabaligya outside dira dakpon naton,” he added. Ilonggos traditionally mark AllSaints’ Day and All Souls’ Day by going to cemeteries to pay respects to theirdead family members, relatives and friends. They offer flowers and prayers, andlight candles./PN Conlu said the fees are: P100 forbarangay permit, P200 for special business permit, plus a certain amountelectricity connection if the vendors would like to have one. ILOILO City – Selling flowers andcandles along sidewalks leading to cemeteries, public or private, this Nov. 1and 2 (All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day) here is prohibited. The only areas where flower and candlevendors are allowed to do business in this southern city are public markets andpublic plazas, according to city government’s Public Safety and TransportationManagement Office (PSTMO) head Jeck Conlu. There are an estimated 168 flowervendors in the City Proper; in the whole city, there are around 500, saidConlu. Beginning January 2020, Treñas alsoannounced recently, all district plazas would be off-limits to all kinds oftrade fairs and fiesta activities. In the City Proper, these vendorswould be accommodated in the property of businessman Alfonso Tan (along theintersection of Iznart and Arroyo streets) from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, said Conlu. “The entrance of cemeteries, bothpublic and private, must be free from obstructions, too. No vendors will beallowed,” said Conlu. Mayor Jerry Treñas ordered the PSTMOto make sure all roads and sidewalks, especially those leading to cemeteries,are free from obstructions. All PSTMO personnel will be requiredto work from Oct.30 to Nov.2. This policy is in keeping withPresidential Decree 1216 which provides that parks are for public use andtherefore “beyond the commerce of men.” The city government has startedaccepting applications for special permits allowing flower and candle vendorsto do business in public plazas and markets. As ordered by President RodrigoDuterte, the city government has been seeing to it that all public roads andsidewalks are free from obstructions that include sidewalk vendors.