On this day in history: The United States declares its independence

first_imgThe Declaration of Independence was largely the work of Virginian Thomas Jefferson. In justifying American independence, Jefferson drew generously from the political philosophy of John Locke, an advocate of natural rights, and from the work of other English theorists. The first section features the famous lines, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The second part presents a long list of grievances that provided the rationale for rebellion. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Mama Mia July 4, 2018 at 1:04 pm Most colonists continued to quietly accept British rule until Parliament’s enactment of the Tea Act in 1773, a bill designed to save the faltering East India Company by greatly lowering its tea tax and granting it a monopoly on the American tea trade. The low tax allowed the East India Company to undercut even tea smuggled into America by Dutch traders, and many colonists viewed the act as another example of taxation tyranny. In response, militant Patriots in Massachusetts organized the “Boston Tea Party,” which saw British tea valued at some 18,000 pounds dumped into Boston Harbor. Parliament, outraged by the Boston Tea Party and other blatant acts of destruction of British property, enacted the Coercive Acts, also known as the Intolerable Acts, in 1774. The Coercive Acts closed Boston to merchant shipping, established formal British military rule in Massachusetts, made British officials immune to criminal prosecution in America, and required colonists to quarter British troops. The colonists subsequently called the first Continental Congress to consider a united American resistance to the British. Happy 4th of July everyone! God bless America! Hope everyone has a great day today! Initially, both the Americans and the British saw the conflict as a kind of civil war within the British Empire: To King George III it was a colonial rebellion, and to the Americans, it was a struggle for their rights as British citizens. However, Parliament remained unwilling to negotiate with the American rebels and instead purchased German mercenaries to help the British army crush the rebellion. In response to Britain’s continued opposition to reform, the Continental Congress began to pass measures abolishing British authority in the colonies. The first major American opposition to British policy came in 1765 after Parliament passed the Stamp Act, a taxation measure to raise revenues for a standing British army in America. Under the banner of “no taxation without representation,” colonists convened the Stamp Act Congress in October 1765 to vocalize their opposition to the tax. With its enactment in November, most colonists called for a boycott of British goods, and some organized attacks on the customhouses and homes of tax collectors. After months of protest in the colonies, Parliament voted to repeal the Stamp Act in March 1766. Mama Mia Please enter your name here July 4th, 1776From the History Channel 3 COMMENTS July 4, 2018 at 12:51 pm Here is something to consider for the future….out in the west, the wildfires are totally out of control. They are burning up 1000 acres per hour! Many of the western state’s mayors have banned fireworks and firework shows due to the possibility of them causing fires, that could get out of control. There has been 869 fires due to fireworks alone, in the state of California, in just the last year! So in the city of Carefree, Arizona, the mayor of that city, has banned fireworks all together, but he was shown a video of a drone LED light show, and decided to give it a go, so the residents wouldn’t be disappointed, on the 4th of July. It is like a fireworks show, but without the fire, and is safe. The drones are bigger than a large round platter, like you would serve food off of, but are ultra-light, and made with a light black wire, and in the center is a white plastic compartment that holds the batteries for the LED lights. It is all controlled by computer programming, by a commercial company, and they can make the most complex designs, spirals, what looks just like regular fireworks designs, circles inside circles, slinky type designs, American flags, etc. on and on. And they use what looks like thousands of them! This was featured on the CBS Evening News, and the CBS Overnight News too. Check it out! I know in the past, some cities had switched to laser light shows, but this is even cooler. The city of Carefree, Arizona might post a video of tonight’s show, I don’t know. I wonder what the costs are for that kind of a nighttime LED drone show? With the other colonies watching intently, Massachusetts led the resistance to the British, forming a shadow revolutionary government and establishing militias to resist the increasing British military presence across the colony. In April 1775, Thomas Gage, the British governor of Massachusetts, ordered British troops to march to Concord, Massachusetts, where a Patriot arsenal was known to be located. On April 19, 1775, the British regulars encountered a group of American militiamen at Lexington, and the first shots of the American Revolution were fired. I heard someone reporting the news on tv, say that the Lake Eola swans like the fireworks….really? Well then, they must be the ONLY birds on the planet that enjoy them, if that is the case! There are 3 different firework tents that have them for sale, heading west on 441, that I have counted, just in this area of town, and the sales tents are fairly close to each other. One next to the Family Dollar Store, one set up at the old Plymouth Woodshed restaurant that is for sale, and another just up the road heading toward Plymouth or Zellwood, not counting all the others around the rest of Apopka! They got permits to sale the fireworks, under the sale of sparklers….ha ha! Reply center_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Reply In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence, which proclaims the independence of the United States of America from Great Britain and its king. The declaration came 442 days after the first volleys of the American Revolution were fired at Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts and marked an ideological expansion of the conflict that would eventually encourage France’s intervention on behalf of the Patriots. Mama Mia Please enter your comment! On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted to approve a Virginia motion calling for separation from Britain. The dramatic words of this resolution were added to the closing of the Declaration of Independence. Two days later, on July 4, the declaration was formally adopted by 12 colonies after minor revision. New York approved it on July 19. On August 2, the declaration was signed. Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate July 4, 2018 at 1:13 pm You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The American War for Independence would last for five more years. Yet to come were the Patriot triumphs at Saratoga, the bitter winter at Valley Forge, the intervention of the French, and the final victory at Yorktown in 1781. In 1783, with the signing of the Treaty of Paris with Britain, the United States formally became a free and independent nation. In January 1776, Thomas Paine published Common Sense, an influential political pamphlet that convincingly argued for American independence and sold more than 500,000 copies in a few months. In the spring of 1776, support for independence swept the colonies, the Continental Congress called for states to form their own governments, and a five-man committee was assigned to draft a declaration. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear TAGS1776Declaration of IndependenceIndependence DayJuly 4th Previous articleCommissioner Love reaches out to Orange County Mayor and Board of Commissioners on behalf of childrenNext articleAn Apopka 4th of July: Amphitheater, fireworks, music Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

Western Union launches MENA education initiative

first_img Western Union and the Western Union Foundation have announced the next phase of their Education for Better programme.Following an initial three-year run of the initiative, which combines services, campaigns, cause marketing, employee engagement and philanthropic investment, the programme will focus on the education sector in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA), as well as elsewhere around the world.This phase of the programme is due to run for five years and will provide education and job skills training to help foster economic opportunities for women and youth, and support families and communities in the MENA area. It will involve several initiatives including sponsorships, partnerships, donations, and advocacy.Explaining the decision to move into the MENA region, Jean Claude Farah, executive vice president, and president of the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe and CIS, said:“The combination of neglect, conflict, poverty, hostility, discrimination and mass migration is seeing alarming drops in the provision, quality and regularity of education. As a result, one in every four children and adolescents in the MENA region is either out of school, or at risk of dropping out.”To date, the Western Union Foundation has provided than $104 million in grants and other giving to more than 2,918 non-governmental organisations in more than 136 countries and territories. It works with a number of global NGOs, and local non-profits and charities worldwide including UNICEF, Save the Children, Mercy Corps, and Pratham. Advertisement  62 total views,  1 views today Western Union launches MENA education initiative AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Fundingcenter_img Melanie May | 31 December 2015 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.  63 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

2117 serious incidents reported to Charity Commission in 2015-16

first_img 2117 serious incidents were reported to the Charity Commission in 2015-16, with 1804 cases opened, according to its Tackling Abuse & Mismanagement 2015-16 report, published on 20th December.This is up from the previous year, when 1569 cases were opened. The report also reveals that the commission used its legal powers in 1248 cases, and directed charities to take action 71 times.According to the commission’s report, in 2015-16 concerns about fundraising featured in 33 serious incidents reported to the commission, 82 opened operational compliance cases, 82 closed operational compliance cases, 63 monitoring cases, and 114 disclosures between the commission and other agencies.The commission has previously identified and prioritised three strategic risks facing charities in its Risk Framework: fraud, financial crime and financial abuse, safeguarding issues, and abuse of charities for terrorist related purposes. A further four key themes emerged in this report, identified as governance issues (conflicts of interest, private benefit, and decision-making), charities facing financial distress, fundraising issues and registration compliance.In fact, core governance issues came up in 68% of its opened operational compliance cases and 65% of its closed cases. Serious governance concerns featured in 42 new inquiries, 20 completed inquiries, 216 reports of serious incidents, 898 new operational compliance cases and 854 completed operational compliance cases, 105 new monitoring cases, and 140 disclosures between the commission and other agencies.In addition, it states that less than half the accounts and annual reports of the small charities that the Charity Commission looked at (with an income of £25,000 or less) were up to standard, while a quarter of those from larger charities had major flaws. These include accounts that don’t balance, or that are not transparent enough; for example a quarter failed to provide the required disclosure on trustee remuneration in their accounts.The full report can be read on the Charity Commission site.Main video: Michelle Russell, commission director of investigations, monitoring and enforcement explains the work of her team and introduces the themes of the last year.  119 total views,  1 views today 2117 serious incidents reported to Charity Commission in 2015-16  120 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Tagged with: Charity Commission Research / statisticscenter_img Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Melanie May | 21 December 2016 | Newslast_img read more

100 new jobs is just the ticket for Limerick confidence

first_imgNews100 new jobs is just the ticket for Limerick confidenceBy John Keogh – January 29, 2015 1715 From left: Ciara Pa;ache; Barry O’Dowd, Emerging Business Division at IDA Ireland; Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton; Jan O’Sullivan, Minister for Education and Skills, Oliver Wheeler, global head of communications for the viagogo Group; Edward Parkinson, Viagogo, and Geraldine Black.Pic: Brian Gavin Press 22From left: Ciara Pa;ache; Barry O’Dowd, Emerging Business Division at IDA Ireland; Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton; Jan O’Sullivan, Minister for Education and Skills, Oliver Wheeler, global head of communications for the viagogo Group; Edward Parkinson, Viagogo, and Geraldine Black.Pic: Brian Gavin Press 22LIMERICK received another welcome jobs boost this week with the announcement of 100 new jobs from international ticket-seller Viagogo who are to double their workforce over the next three years.Initially based in the city centre, the Viagogo Group has transformed part of the former Flextronics building in the Kilmurry Business Centre into a 14,000 square feet purpose-built centre that was officially opened by Jobs Minister Richard Bruton on Monday.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Viagogo head of communications Oliver Wheeler said that when they commenced operations in Limerick last year, they were overwhelmed by the level of local talent and the level of support from organisations such as the IDA.“We already employ a hundred people in Limerick and, now that our new operations centre is ready, we plan to hire at least a hundred more over the next three years,” commented Mr Wheeler.Minister Bruton said: “At the heart of our jobs plan is supporting job creation in every region of the country, to ensure that the recovery is secured and felt by people right across Ireland. The announcement that Viagogo, a fast-growing, born-on-the-internet company, is expanding its operations in Limerick and creating 100 extra jobs is a great boost for the Mid West and a great example of what is possible through our regional jobs strategy.”The Viagogo Group operates www.viagogo.com, the world’s largest ticket marketplace and the new jobs are supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.The roles available in Limerick include international customer services, sales, software development, finance and operations.IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan said that Viagogo had made great strides since establishing in Limerick just last year and confirmation that it was to more than double its workforce was evidence of that great progress.“This news further enhances Limerick’s reputation as an excellent base for technology-based businesses. The available skillbase, a deciding factor in Viagogo’s expansion plans, is a huge plus in Limerick’s favour.“Limerick’s recent success in attracting foreign investment is a great example of the results that can be achieved when the business community from across the region joins together to show what great opportunities there are to invest here in Limerick,” Mr Shanahan added. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Email Previous articlePerkins joins Schumann and ShostakovichNext article#video CHANGING TRAINS – ‘Won’t Let You Down’ John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Print Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” center_img Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement TAGSemploymentIDAlimerickMartin ShanahanMinister Richard BrutonViagogo WhatsApplast_img read more

Gardai investigate supermarket break-in in Crossroads, Killygordon

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Previous article2017 Donegal Harvest Rally launched – Declan Boyle going for 4 in a RowNext article32 people awaiting admission at LUH this morning News Highland WhatsApp Gardai investigate supermarket break-in in Crossroads, Killygordon Twitter Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook There’s been a break-in at Bradley’s Supermarket in Crossroads, Killygordon. We understand the break-in was discovered when the owners arrived to open the premises this morning.Gardai says scenes of crime officers are still at the scene, and it’s too early to make any comment about the nature of the break in or what, if anything, was taken.Cllr Patrick Mc Gowan says there is a sense of anger among the local community, particularly as people arrived this morning to do their shopping, or use the adjacent post office.He says it’s only a few weeks since a Chamber of Commerce meeting expressed grave concern at garda numbers in the Finn Valley and the limited opening times of the Garda Station in Ballybofey……..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/pmcg10.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Google+center_img By News Highland – September 25, 2017 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODAlast_img read more

Brundidge extends budget

first_img Pike County High School is celebrating Homecoming this week. A community pep rally will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday in the school’s gymnasium. The Homecoming parade will be at 2:15 Friday and will follow a Main Street route. Email the author Brundidge extends budget By The Penny Hoarder By Jaine Treadwell Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Published 3:00 am Wednesday, October 7, 2015 Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Book Nook to reopen The Brundidge City Council agreed Tuesday to continue to operate under the FY2015 budget until a new one can be adopted.Mayor Jimmy Ramage said the current budget has been amended several times as situations required. The council agreed to continue operating under the current budget until the FY2016 budget is approved.City Manager Britt Thomas also discussed the possibility that the council might want to participate in health insurance for elected officials. However, he suggested that more information should be obtained before any decisions by the individual council members are made. The council will discussed health insurance for elected officials at its next meeting.center_img Anderson said Verizon was requesting an extension for the modification on the existing facility to provide wireless service essentially within the corporate limits and police jurisdiction of the city.Gov. Robert Bentley will be in Brundidge to tour Southern Classic Foods on Thursday. Following the tour, the governor will make an announcement possibly concerning industrial development within the city. Sponsored Content Latest Stories Print Article Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson You Might Like Community health and wellness fair on tap A Community Health and Wellness Fair will be held from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday at Greater St. Paul… read more Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Thomas said city’s TAP project has been sent to Montgomery for review and should be back within four to six weeks. At that time, the city will be ready to bid its sidewalk project that will construct sidewalks on S.A. Graham Boulevard and Galloway Road.The city park remediation plan has been submitted to the Department of Interior in Atlanta by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA). The plans are to remediate the park on Dickert Circle that was closed several years ago. The remediation plans include a walking trail and picnic tables at the city park on South Main Street.Verizon representative David Andrews said the Brundidge City Council approved a special use permit on Jan. 6, 2015, for Verizon Wireless to modify the equipment on a existing tower at 7377 U.S. Highway 231 South in Brundidge. The special use permit expired on April 6, 2015.last_img read more

Housing starts fall for first time since August

first_img ConstructionHousing MarketResidential Real Estate Message* Full Name* January housing starts were also down 2.3 percent year-over-year; the revised rate of starts at the beginning of 2020 was 1.6 million.ADVERTISEMENTThe declines come as home and lumber prices are rising, potentially indicating waning demand from homebuyers who may be priced out of the market. But homebuilder sentiment ticked up in February after two months of declines, a signal that strong demand remains among prospective buyers.On the bright side, the rate of building permits issued ticked up significantly in January, an indicator of future starts. The seasonally-adjusted rate of permits issued last month was 1.88 million, up more than 10 percent compared to the revised December rate of 1.7 million. January’s issuance is up 22 percent compared to the same time last year.The rate of housing completions last month also slipped to a seasonally adjusted 1.3 million, about 2 percent down from December’s revised rate. The rate of single-family completions, however, jumped to more than 1 million, up 10 percent from the previous month’s revised rate of 942,000.Overall, the housing completion rate was up 2 percent year-over-year last month, compared to January 2020, though the number of homes available to purchase remain at historically low levels.Contact Erin Hudson Tags Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink (iStock/Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)Housing starts fell in January, marking the first time since August that there hasn’t been month-over-month growth in residential construction.Privately owned housing starts dropped to a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.58 million, down 6 percent from December’s revised rate of 1.68 million, according to the Census Bureau’s monthly report. December was the strongest month for residential construction since 2006.Starts for single-family homes fared worse, with an adjusted rate of 1.16 million, down 12 percent from December’s revised rate of 1.3 million.Read moreResidential construction had busiest year since 2006: MBALumber prices at record highs thanks to hot housing marketVicious cycle creates “huge supply crunch,” pushing home prices up Email Address*last_img read more

Applications being accepted to be on the Utah Wildlife Board

first_imgApplications –  Crandall and Dalton’s vacancies can be filled by anyone who lives in Utah. Robert Lovell FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail Applications to fill the three positions will be accepted starting Feb. 1. To apply or for more information, visit www.wildlife.utah.gov/board-rac.html. –  At least one person from northeastern Utah to take Woodward’s place. Staci Coons, board coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says the Utah Wildlife Board consists of seven citizens from different parts of the state. To help manage wildlife in the state, the DWR has divided Utah into five regions. State law requires that every region have at least one representative on the board. Tags: DWR/Utah Wildlife Board Coons says board members attend six to seven wildlife board meetings in Salt Lake City each year. “They’re also encouraged to attend Wildlife Regional Advisory Council meetings in their regions,” she says. “Some overnight travel is also required.” Gov. Gary Herbert appoints members to the board. The governor is looking for the following: To serve on the board, Coons says you need to have a strong interest in wildlife and wildlife management in Utah. You also need to be committed to serving and representing the people of the state.center_img In August, Kirk Woodward, Calvin Crandall and Steve Dalton—three members of the Utah Wildlife Board—will leave the board after six years of service. The Utah Wildlife Board Nominating Committee—an 11-member committee appointed by Gov. Herbert—will review the applications and select candidates to interview. Then, the committee will forward its recommendations to the governor. Gov. Herbert will make the final decision about who fills the vacancies. January 31, 2019 /Sports News – Local Applications being accepted to be on the Utah Wildlife Board Written by The members the governor appoints will serve for one six-year term. “We need at least one person from northeastern Utah,” Coons says. “The other spots can be filled by anyone in the state.” Applications must be received by March 15 to be considered for a position. The group that has the final say about hunting, fishing and how wildlife is managed in Utah has three openings it needs to fill. (Since not more than two people can serve from a single Division of Wildlife Resources region, the two candidates who fill Crandall and Dalton’s vacancies will come from separate regions.)last_img read more

Historic Commission Seeks Compromise on Demolition Rules

first_imgMap shows Ocean City’s local Historic District outlined in red, and the State and National Registers of Historic Places outlined in black.The Historic Preservation Commission agreed Tuesday on a recommended compromise on when owners in Ocean City’s Historic District should be allowed to demolish an old home and build new.A current law requires owners who have been denied a demolition permit to list their historic home for sale for six months — part of an effort to make sure they make a good-faith effort to preserve or sell historic structures before demolishing them.The commission had suggested strengthening the ordinance to make the required marketing period 12 months. They agreed Tuesday to a six-month period, as long as two of the months fall in the calendar summer, when the properties would be most visible to potential buyers.Only City Council has the power to change ordinances in Ocean City, and commission representatives will make the recommendation to a City Council subcommittee (which had suggested the compromise).The commission has been working for years on an updated ordinance including many minor “housekeeping” changes, and the demolition provisions are the last sticking points.The proposed new ordinance would require owners to get two appraisals before listing the property. The commission is recommending the listing price be the average of the two appraisals.Commission Chairman John Ball invited public comment only on the proposed changes.But because City Council members had attended the last Historic Preservation Commission meeting and suggested that a smaller Historic District might be more effective, some members of the public came to comment on the district map.District resident Mark Crego (300 block of Ocean Avenue) said the city spent $60,000 to have an expert assess historic properties that were added to the state and federal registers of historic places in 2003. The experts did not add some blocks that are included in the local Historic District.“How about releasing the people who didn’t make the cut?” Crego asked.“We need to find out, ‘Does the city want a Historic District?’ ” said Helen McSweeney, a resident of the 400 block of Central Avenue. “I live there because it’s a beautiful place.”“Whether City Council really wants the district is for them to decide,” Ball said at the outset of the meeting.It remains unclear how serious City Council is about changing the Historic District boundaries. Council members did not share a proposed map with the full Historic Preservation Commission and asked Ball and Vice Chairman Jeff Sutherland not to share it.Councilman Michael Allegretto said the proposed map does not touch the state or federal districts and eliminates some of the areas on the periphery.He said the idea could potentially be part of a discussion at a yet-to-be-scheduled City Council workshop on the topic.Read more:“Historic? Or Just Old? Ocean City Considers Changes to Historic District““How to Demolish History in Ocean City: New Debate on Rules“__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgThese are interesting times for those involved in the baking industry today. British Baker is reporting on some challenging issues and is clearly working for a response from officials, which industry can work with.There are many products using high quantities of fat. People should be encouraged to moderate consumption. Reducing fat levels/quality of fat is a wholly inadequate solution. These products are supposed to be a “treat” not just “ordinary”.Regarding salt: it is difficult for bakers to come to agreement on this issue. Ian Barrett’s letter (BB, 23 October) makes some interesting points. However, his argument is fundamentally flawed. We are talking about salt levels in the finished product. Using Baker’s Percentages, many a recipe is formulated using salt at 2% on flour. Personally, I have been adding salt at 1.8% for over 10 years. I am sympathetic to trying to get this down to 1.5%, but I believe in long fermentation; I like the toughening effect of the sodium ions on the gluten in the dough; it helps to achieve full hydration; control of fermentation is implicit; and finally, yes, flavour is better. But most bread of today needs high salt to overcome lack of flavour. If you consult the work of Professor Raymond Calvel, it is obvious that salt levels in bread dough have increased significantly since the emergence of “no-time” dough.Salt levels and ’bad’ fat are part of a big picture; so too are all the hidden substances that never get as far as the label. My challenge to industry is: declare these! If the Food Standards Agency starts to get tough on this as well, today’s bread industry will really have to change.Andy Smith, bakery lecturer, Newcastle College and bakery consultantlast_img read more