KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia April 3, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 News website’s blocking must end, and must be declared illegal October 9, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Kyrgyzstan News Reporters Without Borders calls for an end to Kyrgyzstan’s 13-month-old blocking of the Ferghana news website and urges the Kyrgyz judicial system to overturn last week’s court decision dismissing Ferghana’s attempt to get the blocking declared illegal.The leading source of Russian-language news coverage of Central Asia, Ferghana has been blocked in Kyrgyzstan since February 2012 as a result of a parliamentary resolution and a formal request that the State Communications Agency (GAS) sent to Internet Service Providers without reference to the courts.The legal action that Ferghana brought against the GAS in November, accusing it of blocking the website illegally and extrajudicially, was unexpectedly terminated on 27 March by a judge, who ruled that the legally permitted period for such a lawsuit had expired. The head of the GAS meanwhile said that ISPs could unblock the site but has not issued any formal instruction to that effect.Reporters Without Borders calls on the courts to reopen the case on appeal and to issue a clearly ruling that the blocking was illegal. At the same time, it urges Kyrgyz ISPs to unblock access without waiting for any ruling or instruction.“It looks as though the Kyrgyz judicial system is trying to wriggle out of an embarrassing case, but this is unacceptable,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The illegal blocking of Ferghana is an extremely dangerous precedent for freedom of information and the rule of law, and it must be explicitly condemned so that it does not recur.“Kyrgyzstan’s honour is at stake. Treating Ferghana in the same way that Turkmenistan’s and Uzbekistan’s autocratic rulers do is unworthy of a country that aspires to be a regional model of parliamentary democracy.”The Kyrgyz parliament called for access to Ferghana to be blocked on the grounds that its coverage of violence in southern Kyrgyzstan in June 2010 was “subjective” and “provocative.”Reporters Without Borders thought the news agency’s coverage was “exemplary” and wrote to the parliament asking it to reverse this decision. However, Ferghana was also criticized by some politicians for frequently raising questions about the future of Kyrgyz democracy and the rise of nationalism in the country.Throughout the case brought by Ferghana, the GAS tried to place all the responsibility for the blocking on the parliament and the ISPs. The head of the GAS, Almaz Kadyrkulov, claimed that the letter it sent to the ISPs asking them to block the site was just a “recommendation.”The day after last week’s court decision terminating the hearings, Kadyrkulov told the newspaper Vecherniy Bishkek: “Operators have the right to unblock the website, and I don’t care at all.”But Ferghana managing editor Daniil Kislov told Reporters Without Borders that Kadyrkulov’s comment would not suffice.“According to our sources, some ISPs are going to ask the GAS to confirm in writing whether they can lift the blocking of the site,” he said. “They will not stop the filtering until they have received (explicit) authorisation. The other ISPs, which pay even more attention to the authorities, will maintain the status quo.“As far as we are concerned, the judge’s decision to terminate the hearings on far-fetched grounds and the comments by the head of the GAS do not change anything. We are going to continue our fight to obtain justice and respect for legality in this case, however naïve this ambition may seem.”Kislov added: “Our goal is get the parliamentary resolution on the blocking of our site rescinded and obtain a properly argued court decision on the banning.”Read our previous releases on this case. KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia to go further RSF calls for the immediate release of Uzbek journalist Help by sharing this information RSF asks authorities, opposition to guarantee reporters’ safety during Kyrgyzstan protests Organisation August 26, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts News RSF is concerned about the fate of an Uzbek journalist extradited by Kyrgyzstan News News RSF_en August 14, 2020 Find out more
Community News City Reports 6 New COVID-19 Cases, And, Again, No Additional Deaths No additional deaths reported on Monday STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, June 15, 2020 | 4:25 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy City officials reported six new Coronavirus deaths on Monday and no deaths.The city’s case count stands at 1,048 with no additional deaths.The numbers were reported on the same day Los Angeles County officials reported 19 new deaths and 1,071 new cases of the virus.Last week health officials issued a modified Health Officer Order designed to help move the county of Los Angeles into stage 3 of California’s Pandemic Resilience Roadmap. The modified Health Officer Order allows for the following sectors to reopen once they implement the required protocols for infection control and distancing:Gyms and fitness facilitiesPro-league arenas without live audiencesDay campsMuseums, galleries, zoos and aquariumsCampgrounds, RV parks and outdoor recreationMusic, film and television productionHotels for leisure travelAs with all businesses that are permitted to reopen, the Health Officer Order contains protocols for reopening to ensure it is done as safely as possible for employees, customers and residents. Employees and visitors to these businesses will need to wear a cloth face covering when around other people and practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet at all times. Some employees may also be required to wear face shields. The directives are contained in sector-specific protocols that guide re-opening and are available online. It is important for everyone to follow the directives and to do their part every day to keep everyone as safe as possible. Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 18 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe HerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat To Do When You’re Not Able To Choose Between Two GuysHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News
More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes John Leano of BRYAN’S Cleaners and Laundry was chosen as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association for 2020-21.Due to the current pandemic, Leano will serve as Chair of the Board from July 1 to December 31, 2021.Leano will be the first Filipino-American to lead the Board of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.“It is an honor and a privilege to be chosen as Chair of the Board for 2020-21.” Leano said. “The Pasadena Chamber is a vital and important institution that focuses its energy on supporting the success of its members and helping create a thriving economy in the greater Pasadena area. I am happy to support that effort.”Leano was elected to the Chamber Board in 2015 and has served the past three years as a member of the Executive Committee and chair of the Member Services Committee.Leano has been associated with BRYAN’S Cleaners for nearly four decades. He has been involved with the Pasadena Chamber for nearly 30 years.BRYAN’S Cleaners has been a member of the Chamber for more than 80 years.Leano was born at St. Luke’s Hospital and raised in Northwest Pasadena. He attended PUSD schools, is an alumnus of Marshall Fundamental School, and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music at JSBC in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.Chair-Elect Raphael Henderson of Wells Fargo will take over as Chair of the Board on January 1, 2022 and serve until June 30, 2023. Henderson is district manager for Wells Fargo in charge of the North Hills Region that includes the communities of Azusa, Claremont, Duarte, Glendora, La Verne, Monrovia and San Dimas.He serves on various non-profit boards including Hillsides, the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center and the Lake Avenue Education Foundation. He also serves a commissioner on the California State Senate Advisory Committee on Cost Control. Henderson is an alumnus of the University of Southern California and an avid supporter of the university. He is a Board Member of the USC Black Alumni Association and was recently appointed to the school’s Board of Governors.Henderson has served on the Chamber Board since 2015 and has been Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee since 2019. He will be the fifth African-American to serve as Chair of the Board of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.“John Leano has always been an active and contributing member of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. He has faithfully attended networking events, fundraising activities and supported the Chamber throughout his tenure at BRYAN’S,” said Chamber President and CEO Paul Little. “As a Board member he has been focused on the prosperity of the members, especially our small business members, and the success of the Chamber. I look forward to working with him for the next 18 months.”The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association is a professional business organization. Since the earliest days of Pasadena, the Chamber has played a major role in the development of this internationally renowned city. Since 1888, when the organization was founded as the Board of Trade, the Chamber’s primary purpose has been the enhancement of both the business climate and the quality of life in Pasadena. The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce serves 1400 members. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Community News Herbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop 9 Predicted Haircut Trends Of 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeauty CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena People John Leano Selected as 2020-21 Chair of Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association Board Raphael Henderson of Wells Fargo Selected as Chair-Elect By DONOVAN MCCRAY Published on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 | 1:53 pm 94 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Subscribe Community News
Home / Daily Dose / Job Report Hits the Mark for July Previous: Counsel’s Corner: Oversight Brings Elevation to the Default Industry Next: Less Homeowner Movement Could Spell Trouble Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save August 5, 2016 1,420 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Department of Labor Jobs Report 2016-08-05 Kendall Baer Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Print This Post Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Economists and analysts widely praised July’s Employment Situation from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Friday, not just for the headline number, but also for the majority of the data contained within.Payrolls added 255,00 jobs added in July, which beat MarketWatch’s forecasted number of 185,000 by 70,000. July’s job gains, combined with June’s upwardly revised total of 292,000, brought the average monthly job gain for May through July up to 190,000 despite May’s dismal showing (24,000 after an upward revision).It was not all about the job gains, however; July’s employment summary also contained strong wage growth (an increase of 8 cents up to $25.69 per hour, and an over-the year increase of 2.6 percent) and the unemployment rate stayed below 5 percent at 4.9. The labor force participation rate, which has been hovering right above a four-decade low, nudged up to 62.9 percent.“Strong job growth is clearly a positive sign, said the Collingwood Group Managing Director Tom Booker. “It tempers recession fears, a key concern among home owners. “It’s all about raising ‘more boats’ in cities and rural areas where job growth has been lagging and what those jobs pay.”The more comprehensive U-6 unemployment rate, which includes the total unemployed plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, bumped up by 10 basis points from June to July (9.6 percent to 9.7 percent) but is still way down its post-recession peak of higher than 17 percent and is down by a full percentage point (10.7 percent) from July 2015.“It’s rare to have a jobs report with a strong headline, yet so few blemishes in the details, and we got one today,” Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan said. “With upward revisions to prior months’ job gains, annual wage growth tying a seven-year best, an improved participation rate, and a longer workweek, the report gives support to those on the Fed hoping to increase rates this year, especially if the numbers are supported in future releases. The report should help soothe concerns over the health of businesses, which have seen sustained declines in capital expenditures.”On the housing side, the data from July’s employment situation is in line with predictions of recent economists that home prices will continue to increase at their current appreciation rate of higher than 5 percent for the next year.“Strengthening job and wage growth are positives for the demand side of the housing market, but weak residential construction hiring is worrisome from a supply perspective,” Duncan said. “Together, these developments suggest continued strong home price appreciation.”While the numbers from July’s report were mostly positive, some still doubt it will be enough to convince the decision makers at the Federal Reserve to raise the federal funds target rate before December.“This was another strong report that checked most, if not all of the significant boxes. Aside from the strong figure for job growth, labor force participation and year-over-year wage growth each ticked up slightly,” said Curt Long, Chief Economist at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions. “The labor market should remain strong as long as consumers maintain their robust spending pace. While this was a second consecutive strong jobs report, it will not be enough to move the needle for the Fed. For those policy makers in the ‘wait and see’ camp, poor GDP growth and weak inflation provide enough justification for waiting at least until December for the next rate hike.”Click here to see the entire July 2016 Employment Situation from the BLS. 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Changing the SFR Marketplace Previous: The Benefits of Automating Mortgage Documents Next: In Case of Emergency Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Acquisition Investors OwnAmerica portfolio Renters Warehouse SFR 2018-12-04 Radhika Ojha The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago December 4, 2018 1,475 Views Share 1Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Renters Warehouse, a full-service real estate investment company is on its way to becoming the largest company in this space with the acquisition of OwnAmerica, the second-largest single-family rental (SFR) investment marketplace in the U.S.The transaction, which is scheduled to officially close on January 1, 2019, will help Renters Warehouse get the marketplace technology that allows real estate investors to buy and sell SFR properties.Greg Rand, CEO, OwnAmerica will be joining the Renters Warehouse executive team as Chief Strategy Officer and will be guiding the continued development of the marketplace platform, as well as building out and leading a team of local real estate investment agents in all Renters Warehouse markets to assist investors with their buying and selling decisions.“For over a decade, Renters Warehouse has been working to build the nation’s largest and best single-family rental property management company,” said Kevin Ortner, CEO, Renters Warehouse. “As we strive to offer our clients better access to information, data, and resources to make investing easier, OwnAmerica’s portfolio visualizer tools and market research capabilities stood out as industry leading and a great addition to our suite of services. This technology, coupled with our full-service property management solution, will make Renters Warehouse America’s largest full-service real estate investment company.”The new Renters Warehouse marketplace will allow investors to buy, manage, and sell properties in one place. Renters Warehouse has said that it would also give investors access to stock-like analytics and day-to-day property management.“Investors in the housing market are independent, patriotic people who use real estate investing to create long-term financial security for the people they care about,” Rand said. “There has never been a total solution to help them envision, plan, execute and manage a long-term investment strategy. We are incredibly excited to join forces with Renters Warehouse to create a first-of-its-kind solution. We are going to help millions of people own America.”At the time of acquisition, OwnAmerica had over $21 billion in total assets on their platform, with over $200 million assets for sale. Post-acquisition, “Renters Warehouse’s 14,000 clients across the country will have access to these assets and can build and expand their portfolio through this technology,” Renters Warehouse said in a statement. “For sellers, the selling and buying process is discrete. Renters are not disturbed, meaning rental income isn’t either. Selling commissions are also nearly half of what you’d pay with a traditional real estate agent.” Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Tagged with: Acquisition Investors OwnAmerica portfolio Renters Warehouse SFR Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Radhika Ojha Home / Daily Dose / Changing the SFR Marketplace in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, News Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas.
February 28, 2018 View post tag: HMAS Canberra Australian landing helicopter dock HMAS Canberra tests Nulka upgrades Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian landing helicopter dock HMAS Canberra tests Nulka upgrades View post tag: Nulka Authorities Royal Australian Navy’s amphibious ship HMAS Canberra tested its anti-ship missile defense off the south coast of New South Wales as part of exercise Ocean Explorer.Upgrades to the Nulka anti-ship missile decoy system have been tested with the use of civilian aircraft including an underslung Nulka payload carried by helicopter and a Learjet simulating an incoming anti-ship missile.Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer Lieutenant Commander Mark Williams said the trial was an integral part of ensuring Navy’s ability to fight and win at sea.“The Nulka is a hovering rocket decoy system that prevents anti-ship missiles from becoming a threat to our force,” he said.“It forms a part of our layered defensive capability in the maritime environment.“During the testing of new components, we aimed to increase the tactical effectiveness of the Nulka against anti-ship missiles.”The navy used the major fleet exercise Ocean Explorer 2018 to work with the Defence Science and Technology Group, Air Affairs Australia and Kestrel Australia to conduct the trials.“We used fast jets fitted with missile simulators, and helicopters carrying a Nulka payload to generate a realistic missile engagement scenario,” Lieutenant Commander Williams said.“The more effective Nulka is, the more enhanced will be the defence of our largest ships, the landing helicopter docks.” View post tag: Royal Australian Navy Share this article
Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian Navy receives second air warfare destroyer ‘Brisbane’ The Australian defense procurement office has accepted delivery of the Royal Australian Navy’s second Hobart-class air warfare destroyer NUSHIP Brisbane in a ceremony in Adelaide on Friday.The Department of Defence Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group received the ship after it completed sea trials in May this year.The delivery ceremony, attended by defense industry minister Christopher Pyne and Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, included the presentation of the ship’s bell rope and battle honor board to Brisbane’s commanding officer Commander Josh Wilson. “Brisbane will enter into service later this year and with her sister ships, they will be the most potent warships ever operated by the Royal Australian Navy,” minister Pyne said.“By using a combination of Australian and globally proven technologies, these highly capable warships will contribute directly to our maritime security and allow us to work even closer with our allies.”“This is major step in the construction of the Brisbane, and she will be one of the most capable warships in the world, and it is a reflection of how Navy’s modern warfighting has evolved,” Vice Admiral Noonan said.“She has the world’s first complete combat management system, which integrates powerful computers, radars and weapon systems to provide simultaneous defense against advanced air, surface and subsurface threats, allowing the Royal Australian Navy to think, fight and win.”This is the final milestone for Brisbane, and she will transition from Adelaide to Sydney in September where she will be commissioned into service.Brisbane successfully completed her second phase of sea trials off the coast of South Australia earlier this year. This phase of trials, known as Category 5 (CAT 5) sea acceptance trials, ran over a three week period, and included some 30 platform tests and 38 combat system tests, comprising of over 120 other test activities.Hobart-class destroyers are built under an AU$9 billion program with ASC as primary shipbuilder and Spanish Navantia as the designer.The ships are over 140 metres long, have a top speed of more than 28 knots, a range of about 5000 nautical miles and room for more than 200 crew members. They are equipped with the Aegis weapon system incorporating the AN/ SPY 1D(V) phased array radar in combination with the SM-2 missile.The ships will provide an air defense system capable of engaging enemy aircraft and missiles at ranges in excess of 150 kilometers.HMAS Hobart – the first ship in the class – and the yet to be commissioned Brisbane recently successfully demonstrated the Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC), a system which expands the ships’ battlespace awareness by sharing sensor data among a network of CEC-equipped ships and aircraft.The third ship in the class, NUSHIP Sydney, was launched at ASC’s Adelaide shipyard in May this year. View post tag: Hobart-class Australian Navy receives second air warfare destroyer ‘Brisbane’ Authorities View post tag: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: HMAS Brisbane View post tag: AWD July 27, 2018 Share this article
Both sides are claiming victory in a battle over the recent removal of over 200 newspaper boxes throughout Jersey City. Some boxes that Mayor Steven Fulop ordered removed earlier this month have been returned to their owners, but not before one of the editors was led out of City Council chambers in handcuffs on June 13.Other boxes are being returned, leading some of those who protested to declare victory. “We the people… fought back and won regarding Jersey City Mayor Fulop’s action against the free press, where he had removed all free newspaper boxes from our sidewalks,” said Erik Anders Nilsson, a local activist. “The swift action from Jersey City Peace Movement members, Indypendent newspaper staff members, publishers of AM New York, publishers of El Especialito, and other free publications and other local activists forced the current mayor to reverse his assault on free speech and return all boxes.”But the city said the victory may be short-lived if owners of these boxes do not comply with new rules that will regulate their location and condition. Click here for more.____________________Just before July 4 last summer, then-Gov. Chris Christie changed New Jersey’s fireworks law to allow “novelty” fireworks like sparklers and “snap caps” to be sold in supermarkets and other stores. While the change was too close to the holiday for most sellers, this year, supermarkets and pharmacy chains like ShopRite, CVS, and Walgreens surprised customers with bountiful displays of small pyrotechnics.As a result, local school superintendents have been discussing the matter, concerned that the items – which can be legally purchased by those 16 and up – may end up in schools, where fireworks are banned. Click here for more.____________________Over 300 first through fifth graders at the Robert Fulton Elementary School got to leave their classrooms early on June 15 and nosh on free ice cream, courtesy of the North Bergen Police Department. Police Chief Robert Dowd sponsored the event, in conjunction with his officers.It was part of a police initiative started last year, to improve community relations and reward the students for their hard work. And the young ones—who got to choose from chocolate or vanilla soft ice cream cones–were elated. Click here for more.
Ocean City’s week of family-oriented contests continues Thursday with paper-clip sculpting.The event is a tradition that happens twice a summer. The first week started Monday with saltwater taffy sculpting and continued Tuesday (French fry sculpting) and Wednesday (cookie art and a superhero and super villain costume contest).The second week (appropriately titled “Weird Week”) takes place in August. All events are held at the Ocean City Music Pier (on the boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace) and each day the events start at 11 a.m.Entry in the contests is free and prizes are awarded. Age divisions include 5-and-under, 6-8, 9-12, teens and adults.The contest schedule is as follows:Thursday: Contestants sculpt paper clips, which have resulted in such past entries as the Brooklyn Bridge.Friday: Events wrap up with BEADAMANIA, a second-year event that asks contestants to make artwork out of beads (beads supplied).For information, call the Public Relations Office (609) 525-9300, after hours and on weekends, (609) 364-4010. Audra Horton, 11, of Meadowview, Va., crafts a work of art from a giant cookie Wednesday on the Ocean City Music Pier.
British Baker is now on Twitter – the real-time social networking and micro-blogging website that allows people or companies to update their ‘followers’ on their latest news.Twitter has taken the internet by storm and is now being used by bakers as a method of communication with their customers.Among those posting their latest updates are Greggs, Cooplands of Doncaster and Hummingbird Bakery in London. Companies can sign up and create a profile on the website, including information about the business, and can post short updates on what they’re up to – of 140 characters or less.Albion cafe and bakery in Shoreditch, London has taken things one step further by installing the latest techno gadget – BakerTweet – which allows the bakery to send a Twitter alert to any of the cafe’s ‘followers’ on the website, whenever new products come out of the oven. BakerTweet is a gadget connected to the internet which sends a message out at the push of a button, whenever a product is ready, and different messages can be set up for the various products.It was produced by Poke, a digital creative agency based across the road from the Albion Cafe, which wanted a way for for its employees to, as they said, ‘perhaps selfishly’, get the freshest products first. The company soon realised its potential and is promoting it to bakers across the country.Follow British Baker on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BritishBaker