One killed, two injured in gun attack on Burundi church

first_img Submit a Press Release Rector Knoxville, TN By Gavin DrakePosted Dec 9, 2015 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET [Anglican Communion News Service] A young boy has been killed and two people injured after an armed gang attacked a church in the Burundian capital Bujumbura. No motive for the attack on St. Mark’s Church, Ngagara, is known; but it is believed to be part of ongoing violence that has left more than 240 people dead since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced in April that he would seek re-election for an unprecedented third term. Nkurunziza won July’s election and survived an attempted coup.“This kind of attack is common in the capital here,” a spokesman for the Anglican Church of Burundi told ACNS, “but it is the first time that a church has been attacked. Ngagara is one of the places that is often attacked. Often there is gunfire and shootings in the place.“It was an attack by a group of people. One person has been killed and two other persons have been injured. One is the wife of the assistance pastor of St Marks and [the other] his child.”Earlier this month, the U.S. special envoy for Africa’s Great Lakes Region, Thomas Perriello, warned that a “regionally mediated dialogue” was needed to prevent the crisis descending into full-blown civil war. It is only 10-years since Burundi emerged from its last civil war – a conflict that lasted 12 years.Perriello was quoted by the Associated Press news agency as saying that there was still “a window, no matter how small, to get a peace process going.” He added: “We’ve learned way too painfully from the past that you don’t want to wait until after a genocide has started to be doing things to prevent it from happening.”The U.S. is backing a peace process being led by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni; but so far the two sides have failed to begin negotiations.The European Commission (EC) said Dec. 8 that its negotiations with Burundi had concluded without satisfactory progress. “The European Union considers that the essential elements [progress on human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law specified in an EU-Burundi agreement] have not been met by the Republic of Burundi,” the EC said in a statement.“Following the consultations held in Brussels on 8 December, the European Union took note of the replies given by the Burundi Government and its commitment to provide clarifications to questions and to accelerate certain judicial procedures. Nevertheless, the European Union considers the positions expressed do not help to improve the breaches of the essential elements of its partnership with the Republic of Burundi.”The commission emphasized the need for “rapid implementation of a genuine and inclusive dialogue” and said that it would be recommending “appropriate measures” to the decision making bodies of the European Union.Anglicans make up around 10 per cent of Burundi’s nine-million population. The Anglican presence began in the 1930s through the work of CMS and grew rapidly as a result of the East African Revival. The Province, which has existed since 1992, contains seven dioceses, and is active in the work of peace and reconciliation, advocacy, education, health, literacy and financial education, and community development.St Mark’s Church in Ngagara was consecrated onA ug. 5, 2012 by the Bujumbura Bishop Pie Ntukamzina and Burundi’s Archbishop and Primate Bernard Ntahoturi. The building, which holds 1,600 people, took nine years to complete. Its construction was funded by local Christians. 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Leading Essex and Suffolk estate agency joins Zoopla

first_imgSeven-branch North Essex and South Suffolk estate agency Boydens has joined Zoopla for the first time which means it now lists its sales and lettings properties with all three portals.Zoopla says its addition is part of a record breaking New Year for it during which 345 agents have signed up.The family-run company is one of the best-known agencies in the region and has six branches in Frinton-on-Sea, Clacton-on-Sea, Braintree, Sudbury, Kelvedon an Colchester.It operates two brands; Boydens and premium property agency Superior Homes, but also has a holiday home and beach hut letting service.Boydens was established in 1966 and was aggressively expanded during the 1970s. The Boyden family, which has Quaker roots, has business connections in the area reaching back to 1852.Other high-profile agencies to join Zoopla recently include Dacre, Son & Hartley, Kinleigh, Folkard & Hayward and Carter Jonas.Paul Buck, who joined Boydens as Head of Sales and Lettings in 2015, said: “We are looking forward to listing our properties with Zoopla and continuing to grow our business with their support to the benefit of our clients.”Andy Marshall, Chief Commercial Officer, Zoopla, says: “Boydens is a leading agent in Essex and offers genuine expertise and insight for its customers.“They are results orientated, and our commitment to driving growth in listings, valuation and applicant leads will support their business for the short and long term.“We look forward to partnering with more new agents in 2020 as we help them realise their ambitions.”Visit the Boydens website.   OnTheMarket Boydens Suffolk Essex Zoopla February 24, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Leading Essex and Suffolk estate agency joins Zoopla previous nextAgencies & PeopleLeading Essex and Suffolk estate agency joins ZooplaBoydens, which has seven branches, has joined the portal for the first time and now lists with all three leading property portals.Nigel Lewis24th February 20200643 Viewslast_img read more

Small is beautiful

first_imgAn increasing number of companies are focusing more and more on making and supplying products for the food-to-go and coffee shop markets.Bells of Lazonby’s new brand ’We Love Cake’, launched this summer, has been developed to supply the wholesale and coffee shop sector. It features a range of traybakes that can be eaten on the go. Meanwhile, Delice de France has just launched its ’Café Delice’ concept, designed to house all products suitable for bakery foodservice operations under one roof. Launched in response to the growing café culture in the UK, the new portfolio contains 200 products, deemed most suitable to match the café culture trend, and includes a new ’Wrapped-to-go’ concept. This range features 15 ’on-the-go’ favourites, including a chocolate chip cookie, chocolate brownie, granola bar, pain au chocolat, flapjack bites, blueberry muffin, and Bakewell cake bar. The individually wrapped products have been designed to offer consumers some of their favourite snacks while giving foodservice outlets a convenient ’thaw and sell’ range that will help to drive impulse purchases from the 58% of people in the UK who eat cake or cake bars as a snack, says the firm.Research from Mintel on the cakes and cake bars market, published earlier this year, revealed that unwrapped and fresh cakes were experiencing the highest market penetration. However, wrapped cakes were not far behind, said Mintel, reflecting the rising popularity of convenience formats.The data showed these products were generally eaten on an infrequent basis once a week or less and that children were a key driver of impulse purchases. However, Mintel added that the growing prominence of wrapped cakes and cake bars in the snacking market had given them a slightly stronger base of more frequent users.Berkshire-based The Handmade Cake Company has had a separate cakes-to-go range of products since 2008. It features seven lines, including caramel shortcake, raspberry and coconut slice, and cranberry and sultana flapjack, made to the same recipes as its popular traybakes range. Simon Law, sales director at the firm, says that, until now, the range has been available in an 80-85g size. “We will be relaunching that range in 2012, in a smaller 65-70g format,” says Law.”We’ve seen a lot of interest from both operators and consumers, who appreciate being able to buy a premium product that is wrapped. The other equally important trend is that portion sizes are getting smaller. It’s not only about price, which has a part to play, but it is more about calories and not wanting to feel too guilty about your purchase.”He says women, especially, are more likely to buy something packaged in a smaller format. The new range will be more elegant in shape, explains Law, with a longer, more slender design. It will feature two new flavours a granola bar, as “we think morning snacking is an important part of the food-to-go opportunity”, and Caramel Heaven a flapjack base topped with golden caramel and finished with cranberries, dark chocolate chunks, pumpkin and sunflower seeds. The Maple and Pecan Slice will be dropped, making the relaunched range eight-strong.Other smaller-format cake options that have recently hitthe market are B-tempted’s gluten-free range of mini food-to-go cakes, which will be available in Harrods, Fortnum & Mason and Whole Foods Market. Meanwhile, Swizzels Matlow, manufacturer of the iconic Love Hearts sweets, recently teamed up with a Manchester-based cupcake firm to launch a line of cupcakes decorated with new Mini Love Hearts. The cupcakes are available in Hey Little Cupcake! in Spinningfields in Manchester city centre or online.Gemma Hopcroft, sales and marketing executive from gingerbread manufacturer Image on Food, says food-to-go has been one the main growth areas of its business. “Whereas, traditionally, our products were seen more as a ’gift’ product with a decorative ribbon finish, we realised that our best sales were coming from companies that provided a food-to-go service,” explains Hopcroft. “Now, our business is split equally in terms of producing a gift product and a convenience/food-to-go product and we offer a range that has been designed for that ’quick’ pick-up line that represents value for money, but still has a point of difference.”Hopcroft says customers are demanding a higher-quality product for their food-to-go needs. Just because the product is quick and easy to pick up, it doesn’t mean they want to sacrifice anything in terms of taste, appearance and presentation. She says Image on Food will be introducing a new range that has been designed under its brand name The Gingerbread Gang. It will feature eight new designs, some which would work all year round and others that take advantage of the seasons or calendar events, such as the Queen’s Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics, she explains.Catch your customer’s eyen Size matters and, in this case, small is beautiful. Single-portion cakes sales are on the up, as firstly customers are trying to reduce the wastage that comes with bigger portions, but also because individually packed cakes and biscuits provide the convenience and are a great addition to a packed lunch. The economic climate has had little impact on the spend and love of cakes and biscuits. Place your most popular sweet products next to other categories, such as hot beverages and sandwiches. ’Feed me now’ offers can improve your sales of both products, as research shows that more than half of consumers regularly enjoy meal combinations.Customers are always willing to try new cakes and biscuits especially ones that offer a health benefit. Consider reviewing your offer to include lower- or reduced-fat biscuits. By introducing healthy eating ranges and incorporating messages such as low-calories or high-fibre, your business can reach 37% of consumers who are cutting down on the amount of biscuits and cakes they eat by replacing them with healthier alternatives.Regarding flavours, Mintel reports that customers in particular women are more likely to try new biscuits and cakes. Classics such as red velvet, chocolate and cheesecake will always be in demand. However, flavours such as white chocolate champagne cake, whole nuts and fruit loaves, carrot cake muffins are attractive alternatives (Mintel, June 2011).Things to consider with your food-to-go cakes and biscuitsn Shelf-life: don’t have wastage from out-of-date stock. Unless you’re certain a product will sell in the time, always stick to the safe optionn Visual attractiveness: a customer will always buy with their eyes first, especially if they are in a rushn Variety: it is the spice of life. If you have regular customers then make sure your range doesn’t get too stale for them; seasonal changes are great way to do this.Source: Image on Foodlast_img read more

Tickets Now Available for Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science

first_img Related Shows Alton Brown Tickets are now on sale to catch culinary guru Alton Brown on Broadway. The TV personality will bring his variety show, Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science to the Barrymore Theatre for eight performance beginning November 22.Brown is the author of the James Beard Award-winning I’m Just Here for the Food and the upcoming cookbook Every Day Cook. He is a regular on Food Network and Cooking Channel, having created, produced and hosted the series Good Eats. He can currently be seen as the host of Cutthroat Kitchen.Eat Your Science is a live culinary variety show, in which Brown incorporates songs, comedy, puppets and interactive food demonstrations to explore the intersection of science and cooking. “You’ll see things I’ve never been allowed to do on TV,” he teases. Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 27, 2016center_img Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science View Commentslast_img read more

National Farm Safety and Health Week

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest One of the most hazardous industries in the United States is agriculture. As a result, many injuries and illnesses occur to farmers and ranchers almost everyday across the nation. The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter salutes the hard-working farmers and ranchers that feed our country.Farmers and ranchers, and the general public are often injured when agricultural machinery is involved in roadway incidents. To increase the awareness of the limitations of agricultural machinery in traveling speed and maneuverability the National Safety Council will observe the National Farm Safety and Health Week focusing on this issue from September 14-23.As you travel the rural roads of Miami County please drive slowly and cautiously. Farmers can’t maneuver or slow as quickly as a passenger vehicle. Farmers also drive their equipment on the road during all hours of the day and night. Please be advised that large farm equipment often takes up more of the road than a car of truck.We live in a health conscious society and many of us exercise as part of our daily routine. Walking and running are common forms of exercise in rural areas. The safest way to walk or run on rural roads is to travel on the side of the road with the traffic coming at you. In this way, you can see the situation ahead. If you’re facing the traffic then you can react to the situation. If not…. well the result could be tragic.Riding a bicycle is a common form of exercise in rural areas. When riding a bicycle, wear your helmet and travel on the road with traffic. Mirrors are available to attach to either the bicycle or the helmet that can help you see what is coming up from behind. Remember that we all share the road, so take safety into your own hands.Farmers will watch out for you, if you watch out for them. Move slowly and keep alert at all times. The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter wishes everyone a safe and productive harvest season. When you see a slow moving vehicle please slow down.last_img read more

Evolution of a Revolution: Visualizing Millions of Iran Tweets

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Algorithms and Social ChangeWill future Presidents express strategic goals in terms of Twitter graph theory? That is almost a certainty.The purpose of these computations is two-fold: first, to contextualize information from across time and space in terms that are accessible to humans; and secondly, to distill abstract ideas into actionable form.Twitter is a platform for achieving both of these purposes in human affairs: detecting networks of information propagation and erecting new networks to reshape emerging social computations. This is the core of Twitter’s social and business value. If we were to play that age-old game of “Guess the business model,” we’d look here first.How to algorithmically discover and deploy novel social structures is perhaps the billion, or trillion, dollar question. With Twitter, the data and API are in place. And if the history of computation is any guide, once programming a system becomes possible, progressing from a hack to an application to a platform is only a matter of time.Guest author: Kovas Boguta is a co-founder of Infoharmoni, a stealth startup building computable knowledge interfaces for real-time data sets. He just returned from last week’s Personal Democracy Forum, where discussion about the Iranian uprising took center-stage. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Remember this as you look at the next plot below. Here, we see the re-tweet network that formed around the top five Iranian tweets. Its structure shows a very different phenomenon, capturing the emergence not of a community but of an elite. Despite massive interest, or perhaps because of it, most people did not discover more than one of the top Iranians. The network simply grew faster than the information could naturally propagate. But a small inner circle did succeed in identifying core sources of information. The first pair of terms compares the bandwidth of “Ahmadinejad” and “Khamenei” mentions, respectively. The evolution of the uprising at the very highest level of social abstraction is shown with remarkable clarity: moving from a dispute over the election process involving Ahmadinejad (shown in pink) to a dispute over authority involving the supreme leader Khamenei (shown in red).Not only do we get the gist of the evolution, we also see its details and relationships to other social sub-structures. For example, looking at the second plot, we see a co-relation between mentions of the Basij militia and the reports of deaths; and that initial uptick in Khamenei mentions corresponds to the uptick in Basij mentions, foreshadowing the later crackdown.This idea of computational history applies to events that Twitter not only reported but shaped and hosted as well. A plot further down below compares the Twitter-centric discussion of #cnnfail to the distribution of Twitter proxy IPs that allowed information to continue to flow out of Iran. Is it a coincidence that these two terms merge smoothly together? And what about the big spike in mentions of proxy distribution coinciding with the first reports of violence?Computing with Social StructuresSimply tracking the volume of various phrases gives us a sense of what is happening on the street, literally and figuratively. But that signal is but a shadow of a far more complex and intricate reality, an interwoven web of individuals and actions.Twitter allows these social structures to become data structures by means of the “RT” convention. And this in turn allows us to perform extremely powerful computations on the social structures that underlie the flow of information.Network layout algorithms are a familiar, powerful, and fascinating example. They self-organize in your computer to reveal self-organization in the real world. And that is exactly the kind of tool we need to test our hypothesis about #cnnfail.The plot below shows the network of people who re-tweeted mentions of IP proxies, with those who had tweeted earlier about #cnnfail highlighted. We see not only significant overlap among the people involved but also a considerable structure in the relationships between them. We have captured a real community at the moment of its birth. At its peak, a search for “Iran” on Twitter generated over 100,000 tweets per day and over 8,000 tweets per hour. The plot just below shows the growth in volume of information in the number of tweets per hour.How does an Internet junkie, news organization, or political operative monitor rapidly evolving real-time events, from the crucial details to the bigger picture? More importantly, how can a data stream be turned into real-time action, reaching the people who need it, when they need it, and in a form they can easily digest? The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos OverviewThe proliferation of real-time search engines and trend monitors (sometimes referred to as “listening platforms”) has thus far done little to address problems of this scale and importance. This is because they fail to provide context — i.e. show how a new piece of information is relevant to what we’ve seen before and where it fits in the space of possibilities and relationships.For instance, if you are a programming director at CNN trying to discriminate between significant news and Internet memes, simply knowing that #iranelection is a trending topic doesn’t tell you its relation to other topics or which communities are driving it — both critical factors.One promising area is data-oriented user interfaces: data and algorithmic analysis in the back-end and direct visualization and navigation in the front-end. This the next stage of social information, slicing and dicing, mixing and matching, interpreting and analyzing, completely on demand. In this new landscape, the data is the interface.It’s not just about sitting back and looking at pretty pictures. It is about setting aside stale UI metaphors and getting as bare-to-the-bone a human interface as possible for computation. The recently launched Wolfram-Alpha applies this principle to structured data. (Disclosure: I was a member of the core Wolfram-Alpha team and may continue to consult with Wolfram Research.)Real-time data streaming offers similar possibilities and opportunities. In this vein, let’s outline some basic ideas and methods for giving context to the streams.The Computational History of #iranelectionAt the most abstract level, history and computation are the same thing: the evolution of systems over time. Twitter has several remarkable properties that allow us to finally leverage this correspondence in tangible ways. The simplicity of its data, the openness of its system, and its extreme time resolution make it possible for us to detect atoms of history, those moments when something is triggered and society is reconfigured ever so slightly.Look at the bandwidth plots below. They represent the relative volume of different Iran-related phrases on Twitter over time. Their most striking characteristic is how discrete and spikey they are: a tell-tale sign of an organic computational system. Tags:#twitter#web guest author 1 Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The final plot below shows yet another community structure, as well as a new algorithmic technique. This plot does not show the emergence of a new community but rather shows the appropriation of a new topic by mature political factions. This re-tweet network has formed around Iranian tweets that mention Obama. Using graph theory, we can computationally extract the sub-communities and then use that information to color the network. The large blue mass on the right is the conservative Twittersphere, while the other structures are a less-organized collection of mainstream or progressive news outlets.last_img read more

Frigid Super Bowl raises questions about northern venues

first_imgView comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC While warmer climates tend to be more popular host cities, a flashy new stadium and amenities often play a bigger role than the weather in determining who will host the big game.“The owners will do as they like. So that’s one of those decisions that’s just not up to the fan base,” said Mark Cobb, who has been to several Super Bowls in his work for the NFL Players Association. “Wherever has the newest, prettiest stadium, that’s who gets the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCobb, of Washington, said everyone in Minnesota was nice, and he’d return to Minneapolis for a Super Bowl. But he said the weather felt “like I was being punished. Minnesota is where they send you when you’re bad. But if you embrace it like the people who live here, instead of fighting it, it’s not so bad.”The NFL has used the Super Bowl as a reward for municipalities that pump public money into new venues. Minnesota was awarded the game in 2014, two years after state lawmakers approved a financing package that had taxpayers paying nearly half the cost of the $1.1 billion stadium. Nadal expects to be fit to play in Acapulco this month Read Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers In this picture made with a specialty lens the Philadelphia Eagles celebrate after the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Eagles won 41-33. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)MINNEAPOLIS — After years of planning and many millions in spending, there was one thing organizers of Super Bowl 52 couldn’t control — a Minnesota winter.The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots played inside. But as fans were heading to U.S. Bank Stadium at noon Sunday, the temperature in Minneapolis was minus-2 degrees, with a wind chill of negative 23 — by far the coldest Super Bowl on record — raising questions about whether the NFL’s marquee event would ever return to Minnesota.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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And she said she felt some pride when she saw celebrities donning winter hats and embracing the cold weather.Paul Vaaler, a professor of management and law at the University of Minnesota law school and the Carlson School of Management, said while warmer tourist destinations are more likely to get Super Bowls, there is some strategy to spreading the game to different franchises: The promise of a Super Bowl can lead cities to build new stadiums and keep teams from leaving certain markets.Because of that, he said, other northern cities are likely to host the Super Bowl before Minnesota gets another chance.“That incentive to build a stadium and attract the Super Bowl is gone (for Minnesota), but it’s not gone in a place like Cincinnati, or a place like Denver” or other northern NFL cities that have stadiums that are more than 20 years old. “For other northern climates, there will be pressure.”Some fans said the weather was tolerable and there were plenty of experiences in Minneapolis to keep them entertained. Others said that even though Minnesotans were hospitable, they’d prefer a warmer location.“The cold was just brutal,” said Philadelphia Eagles fan Terry Laufer of Carrollton, Virginia. His wife, Rhonda, said: “I would never be able to bring children here. It would be too risky.” The pair said they’d return with their grandkids in September, when it’s warmer.“You could have had the Arctic Circle and it would have been a great experience,” said Jody Haggerty of Milford, Pennsylvania. “Minneapolis made it work. … It’s not about the location. It’s about the experience, the atmosphere and the game.” Other northern cities have reaped similar benefits. New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium got a Super Bowl in its fourth season, the only outdoor Super Bowl at a northern site to date (2014). Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis hosted in 2012 and Ford Field in Detroit hosted in 2006, both at the end of their fourth seasons. The only other Super Bowls held in the north were in suburban Detroit at the Pontiac Silverdome in 1982 and in Minneapolis at the Metrodome in 1992.While warmer climates have held more Super Bowls, there is no rotation of pre-selected cities that get picked, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. He said it’s up to club owners to take the initial step of expressing an interest in hosting. The sites of the next four Super Bowls are already chosen: Atlanta in 2019, followed by South Florida, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles.Atlanta has a stadium that opened in 2017. Hard Rock Stadium in South Florida and Raymond James Stadium in Tampa have been renovated in the past three years, and Los Angeles will have a new stadium by the time it hosts the game.McCarthy said the weather in Minneapolis wasn’t a negative. Instead, he said it provided new experiences for fans, some of whom took advantage of the Minneapolis skyway system, a collection of enclosed — and heated — pedestrian bridges.“We knew weather was going to be a factor and we embraced it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more