More time for awards entries

first_imgThe deadline for entries to the Baking Industry Awards has been extended to Friday, 16 May.The awards, now in their 21st year, recognise the achievements of companies and employees and reward innovation. Winners will be announced at a glitzy dinner at London’s Grosvenor House hotel on 15 September. An entry form is on page 27 or see [http://www.bakeryawards.co.uk].l The new-look British Baker is to be unveiled at the Baking Industry Exhibition on April 7, at 3pm on Stand G28B. Please join the team as we launch the bigger and brighter British Baker.last_img read more


Press release: Homes England secures eight more strategic partners to deliver thousands of new homes

first_img YHG 87.5m 2,315 I welcome the new strategic partners who share our ambition to build better homes faster. Our new ways of working with the sector means that housing associations can use their funding flexibly across their development programmes and respond quickly to local housing demand and a changing market. Partnerships Grant No. of affordable starts to March 2022 LMH & Torus 66.4m 1,757 Yorkshire 61.8m 1,300 Together Housing Group 53m 1,152 Curo & Swan 51.1m 1,067 Overall a £1.7 billion pound funding package has been agreed by Homes England to support a total of 23 strategic partners, who together will deliver around 40,000 affordable homes starts by March 2022.The new partnerships announced today are: Bromford, Curo & Swan, Liverpool Mutual Homes & Torus, Longhurst & Nottingham Community Housing Association, Together, Walsall Housing Group, Yorkshire and Your Housing Group. They represent a range of housing associations from across England, all with the ambition to deliver more homes at pace.Homes England Chairman, Sir Edward Lister said: Bromford 66.4m 1,400 WHG 38.7m 1,000 Longhurst & Nottingham Community Housing Association 71.7m 1,685 ENDSFor further information please contact Patsy Cusworth, PR and Media Manager, Tel: 020 7393 2201 or 0796772328 Email: [email protected] to Editors: About Homes England:Homes England is the new housing delivery organisation that has been created to adopt a more commercial approach to respond to the long term housing challenges facing this country. The new, expanded agency will play a far bigger role in investing in supply and intervening in the market to help deliver 300,000 homes a year by the middle of the next decade.Homes England will act differently from its predecessor, bringing together money, land, expertise and planning and compulsory purchase powers to accelerate the supply of new homes and address affordability issues in areas of highest demand.last_img read more


FARC Leader Convicted of Archbishop’s Murder in Colombia

first_img A Colombian judge sentenced four leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group in absentia to 25 years in prison, including the group’s top-ranking leader, Timoleón Jiménez (Timochenko), for the murder of the archbishop of Cali, Isaías Duarte, almost a decade ago, that country’s Public Prosecutor’s Office announced. The four leaders of the FARC, Latin America’s oldest guerrilla group, were found guilty of the crime of aggravated homicide, for which they were sentenced to 25 years in prison and to pay around 543,000 dollars to the prelate’s family. In addition to Timochenko, those convicted are Luciano Marín Arango (Iván Márquez), Jorge Torres Victoria (Pablo Catatumbo), and Noel Mata Mata (Efraín Guzmán), who died in 2003 according to the FARC, but whose deaths the Colombian legal system has not been able to confirm. In his verdict, the judge reiterated the arrest warrants pending against those sentenced. Archbishop Duarte, who maintained a critical attitude toward the FARC, was murdered on March 16, 2002, in the Buen Pastor parish church in Cali, where armed men burst in as the prelate was finishing a group marriage ceremony for 105 couples. Timochenko, 52 years old, took supreme command of the FARC following the death of his predecessor, Alfonso Cano, in a military operation in November. By Dialogo January 17, 2012last_img read more


GAO urges more effort to gird US infrastructure for pandemic

first_img “While some discussion has occurred, there are opportunities to further address these issues through the increased federal and private sector use of the sector-specific and cross-sector coordinating councils,” the report states. Potentially confusing and conflicting messages from the many government agencies responsible for providing information on the pandemic issue Uncertainty about federal and state roles in areas such as state border closures and pandemic flu vaccine distribution Maintaining a focus on pandemic planning, given the unpredictable timing of a pandemic and the existence of more immediate problems, such as foodborne disease outbreaks The GAO reviewed preparedness efforts in the five sectors (other than public health and healthcare) that it deems most essential to maintaining society and the economy during a pandemic: transportation, food and agriculture, water, electric power, and telecommunications. A need for more funds for training and infrastructure and dealing with potential legal and regulatory issues Nov 2, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The federal government should step up efforts to prepare the nation’s key infrastructure industries, such as energy and transportation, for an influenza pandemic, Congress’s investigative agency said in a report this week. In some cases the federal and private sectors are using the coordinating councils to cooperate on infrastructure protection, but those efforts so far focus mainly on hazards in general rather than a pandemic in particular, the report says. Yet some specific pandemic preparations are under way. For example, the Communications Sector Coordinating Council has set up a working group to address telecommuting issues. The coordinating councils are advisory groups set up by DHS to foster collaboration within and between government and the private sector to protect the nation’s “critical infrastructure.” A government coordinating council and a sector coordinating council were set up for each of 17 industrial sectors, ranging from information technology and telecommunications to water and electric power. The agency interviewed officials from the federal agencies responsible for infrastructure protection related to the five sectors and also reviewed infrastructure protection plans, regulations, and guidance. A letter from a DHS official, included in the report, says DHS concurs with the GAO recommendation. More than 85% of the nation’s critical infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector, the report notes. It says that public-private partnerships are vital to ensure that essential services will continue during a pandemic or other national emergency.center_img The report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), released Oct 31, recommends that the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) take the lead in encouraging the “coordinating councils” for the infrastructure sectors to prepare for the challenges the sectors will face during a pandemic. Government and private-sector officials who were interviewed by the GAO reported a number of challenges they face in working together on pandemic preparedness: Sep 11 CIDRAP News story “GAO finds gaps in federal pandemic planning” DHS is in a good position to lead this endeavor, because it is responsible for coordinating infrastructure protection and is the lead agency for more than half of the critical industrial sectors, the GAO says. Accordingly, the agency recommends that the DHS secretary, working with other sector-specific agencies, “lead efforts to encourage the government and private sector members of the councils to consider and help address the challenges that will require coordination between the federal and private sectors involved with critical infrastructure and within the various sectors” before and during a pandemic. House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said the GAO report confirmed his view that DHS should make better use of the infrastructure coordinating councils, according to a Nov 1 report by CQ Homeland Security, published by Congressional Quarterly Inc. See also: GAO report: Influenza pandemic: Opportunities exist to address critical infrastructure protection challenges that require federal and private sector coordinationhttp://www.gao.gov/new.items/d0836.pdf The federal government and private sector have already taken some steps to prepare the nation’s infrastructure for a pandemic, such as developing general preparedness guidance and determining the number of workers necessary to maintain operations, the GAO says. Developing strategies to address “the crucial cross-sector interdependencies” in the nation’s infrastructure, “such as the electricity and telecommunications capabilities that are necessary to support all the other sectors”last_img read more