Follow the news on Azerbaijan February 26, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists given two-year suspended prison sentences Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Two journalists have been sentenced to two-year suspended prison sentences for defamation over an article claiming that the National Taekwondo Federation helped security forces break up demonstrations in Baku contesting 15 October presidential elections. The Baku court on 25 February also ordered Rovshan Kebirli, editor of the daily Mukhalifat and Yusif Gambar, who wrote the 18 October 2003 article, to hand over 15% of their salary to the state for two years. “Yet again, the authorities in Azerbaijan have shown their contempt for press freedom and for their commitments to the Council of Europe” said Reporters Without Borders, adding, “Journalists should never be put at risk of prison simply for doing their job”.The international press freedom organisation called on the government and on Ali Hasanov, presidential aide responsible for the news media, to do everything possible to see that Articles 147.2 and 148, providing for prison terms for defamation and insult were removed from the criminal code.The vice-president of the Taekwando federation, Fizuli Muzayev, had also called for the newspaper to be closed, but did not get his way. The two journalists said they are convinced the sentence was politically motivated and have announced their intention to appeal. A court in Baku sentenced the editor and a journalist of the daily Mukhalifat to suspended two-year prison sentences for defaming the National Taekwondo Federation. Reporters Without Borders urged the authorities to remove the articles from the criminal code that provided for such penalties. News to go further Organisation Help by sharing this information RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Receive email alerts RSF_en News News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia June 8, 2021 Find out more AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News April 9, 2021 Find out more
2 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the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Education Caltech Dethroned: Now “Only” Second Best University in World From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, September 22, 2016 | 7:16 pm Community News Make a comment Subscribe Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes After five straight years of ranking as the best university in the world by a prestigious education magazine, Pasadena’s Caltech has been usurped by Oxford University — the first non-American school to ever be number one on the World University Rankings list.The rankings, released annually by Times Higher Education since 2004, announced that Oxford — the oldest university in the English-speaking world founded in 1096 — has overtaken the California Institute of Technology as the top-ranked school in the world.According to the Times Higher Education, Oxford’s total income and research income is increasing faster than its staff members, its research has been more prominent and it has been more successful at attracting international talent. However, Caltech didn’t drop further and is still ranked as the second best university in the world.“Any university is only as good as the academics it can attract. The best academics attract other top academics as well as smart early career academics,” said Louise Richardson to Study International. “They attract the best students and the most competitive research funding, so it really is a virtuous circle.”Caltech, a small private school in Pasadena founded in 1891, is known for its world-class research in the STEM fields. The school is funded by prominent government agencies, such as NASA, National Science Foundation, Department of Health, Department of Energy and Human Services and the Department of Defense.The university also manages numerous observatories and science centers along with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.Besides Caltech being dethroned, the list did not change much from last year. Stanford University came in third follow by the University of Cambridge, another famous school in the United Kingdom. Fifth was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology followed by its neighbor Harvard, the only Ivy League school to make the list. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday
RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Finn Valley parents meet to discuss school transport changes Pinterest WhatsApp Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Previous articleHSE review on sex offender working at Donegal school due in MarchNext articlePriest pleads for no retaliation at Andrew Allen’s funeral News Highland A public meeting takes place tonight to discuss the transport crisis effecting schools in the Finn Valley area.The new transport scheme will only offer free transport for new pupils to their closest school – its claimed the move will divide siblings and cause extra expense and inconvenience for parents.The public meeting on the issue will be held in the Castlefin Partnership Initiative office.Local Councillor Cora Harvey hopes a special case can be made for Donegal given its broad geographical spread but says time is of the essence:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/cora1pmbusses.mp3[/podcast] Twitter Facebook Google+ Facebook WhatsApp 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Newsx Adverts Twitter Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Google+ NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Pinterest By News Highland – February 13, 2012 Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published
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Related posts:No related photos. When to steer clear of IT departmentsHaving read Sally O’Reilly’s feature on e-learning (Training, September) I really must take issue with Donald Clark’s views – blaming trainers for the lack of progress in embracing e-learning smacks of naivety.Training innovation, far from being blocked by HR, is frequently blocked by IT departments whose managers haven’t yet grown accustomed to the idea that corporate intranets are a useful tool for training delivery.Often the best way to get technology-led training in the workplace is to avoid involvement with IT, as this is nearly always the department where under-resourcing and “more pressing priorities” are flagged up as reasons for inertia.Because the infrastructure costs of introducing e-learning can be substantial, resistance to e-learning is more likely to come from accountants than from professional trainers, who in many cases, whilst wishing to embrace new technology, are resigned to living with far more humble resources.Incidentally, neurolinguistic programming, whilst certainly not new, hasn’t been around for decades either.Clive BergmannRegional training managerHanson AggregatesAudits deserve closer scrutinyElaine Essery’s piece “Standards come under scrutiny” (Training, October) skated elegantly on some very thin ice! I was also struck by the moderation of the quotes she selected regarding employer attitudes to the bureaucracy involved in government-funded training schemes.Many of the hundreds of training providers and employers I have encountered in the past three years have expressed considerably more robust views. I remember a provider in Wiltshire who said to me, while jabbing his finger repeatedly towards the ceiling, “Overheads! I’ve got two of them literally up there, employed full-time on paperwork to get the funding”.Many others have horror stories of dealing with the regulatory and funding frameworks – usually after they have withdrawn from them.Yet employer-provided training is alive and well. Our accreditation service for short courses continues to grow at over 100 per cent year on year, nearly all non-government funded training provision. This shows that employers are not only providing ever more training for their staff, but are prepared to be externally audited. There is very limited tolerance indeed of additional audit requirements that add no value to employer, provider, or learner.George EdwardsDevelopment directorISM NetworkOn 1 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article
We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way? IS IT TRUE that the Vanderburgh County Democrat Party as most people knew it before the debacles of 2010–2011 would not recognize the wreckage that the once proud party of the people has become?…there was a period of time when the Vanderburgh County Democrat Party dominated the Vanderburgh County leadership positions and elected offices totally?…that all changed with the hubris exhibited in the community meetings leading up to seeing the Ford Center crammed down the taxpayer’s throats without a referendum?…this was of course orchestrated by former Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel who was alleging measuring the windows in the Governor mansion for new curtains based on the prediction of Larry Aitken who was the voice, money and whip of the Vanderburgh County Democrat Party for many years?…it was this level of hubris and arrogance that inspired the late great Rick Davis to make an announcement that he would be a candidate for Mayor of Evansville in the 2011 election?…that was followed by the Homestead Tax Credit fiasco, the ghost employee at Gauge, Floatgate, ChickenGate, and a whole bunch of other buffoonery that culminated in Davis primary election win. …Republican Lloyd Winnecke became the hand-picked successor of the Democratic party machine and Davis was defeated by a slim margin in the General election? …the Vanderburgh County Democratic hasn’t been the same since?IS IT TRUE that yesterday the Vanderburgh County Democrat party took a body blow that may reduce it to rubble when Attorney Scott Danks resigned from the leadership role?…Danks spent 3 years as chairperson after a lifetime of supporting Democrat candidates and goals?…Danks gave it his best shot to resurrect the damage done by the Democrat Machine to itself during the exit of Weinzapfel from politics?…we commend Scott for trying and wish him well as he lives his life in the excellent manner that he is known to?…Danks has been a leader in many ways but resurrecting Weinzapfel and the Machine’s folly was more than he wanted to handle and now the Party is left to its own devices?…we hope that his replacement isn’t a big supporter of all things that result in higher taxes and more free stuff?…we predict this narrative will not play well in Evansville and that the decline of the Vanderburgh Democrat Party will continue if the Democratic party of Vanderburgh County adopted a liberal tax and spend philosophy?IS IT TRUE we are told by people in the know that embracing the fringe elements of the national Democrat platform is not likely to appeal to people in the Midwest or South and will ultimately bring about a downfall across the country in places where people still have traditional values?…Bernie, Kamala Harris, Fauxcahontas Elizabeth Warren, and other hard left progressives will be challenged to get any traction in places with common sense?…they may have the heart of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York but the rest of the country sees this pack of 24 for what they are and that is going to be bad news for them?…for one of the few times, Evansville seems to be at the leading edge of a national movement back to common sense, traditional values, and rejection of all things far left?IS IT TRUE when Vanderburgh County GOP Chairman Wayne Parke made negative remarks towards City Councilman Dan McGinn and he left the Republican Party? …that he did similar to Republican County Commission candidate Steve Hammer and the former GOP party secretary Hobart Scales? …he also sent an in your face letter to the Evansville Deputy Mayor Steve Schaefer because he supported a democratic friend who ran for a political office in another city? …he has publicly taken to task the Vanderburgh County Commission Cheryl Musgrave and now is he doing similar to the Republican At-Large City Council candidate Alex Schmitt? …its also been reported that over the years Mr. Parke has also sent less than complimentary e-mails to numerous Republicans office holders and appointed officials alike? …we been told it would be helpful if Mr. Parke read a book entitled “How To Win Friends and Influence People”?IS IT TRUE during the last four years Mayor Winnecke campaign committee has employed the services of an out-of-state (Washington D C) political polling and marketing firm? …his campaign committee has spent between $10,000 to $20,000 dollars each year do a scientific polls concerning how the people of Evansville feel about his overall performance as Mayor? …this doesn’t sound like this a “Keep It Local” business transaction?IS IT TRUE we wonder if you would spend over a million dollars to be elected to a position that pays a little over a $100,000 a year? …if the answer is “yes” then you should run for Mayor of Evansville, Ind?IS IT TRUE that the Next Level Teacher Compensation Commission and Advisory Council, which includes education and business leaders, have been tasked with providing recommendations for how to achieve competitive compensation for teachers? …that this commission will deliver the recommendations to the governor and the General Assembly prior to the 2021 legislative session? …that Dr. David Smith, Superintendent of Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation has been appointed to serve on this committee? …we hope that he will be more objective in recommending future teacher compensation than he has done in the past?IS IT TRUE if the Governor would spend less time in raising money for his re-election and more time trying to find money for the proposed addition to the Vanderburgh County jail we would now be breaking ground on a 700 bed facility?IS IT TRUE that Steve Lacy and Joe Fisher co-owners of BEC BROWN Equipment are doing a phenomenal job in taking their firm to the next level? …these individuals are a prime example of why we started the “Working Outside The Box” speakers series? …that we would be honored if both gentlemen would agree to attend on next “Working Outside The Box” speakers series on July 25, 2019?IS IT TRUE that another CCO staff member went to “AMY’S ON FRANKLIN” last Friday night and was impressed by his incredible steak, service, and atmosphere? …he predicts that “AMY’S ON FRANKLIN” will quickly become one of the area’s favorite places for people to take their family and friends to wine and dine? 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Ocean City Theatre Company Artistic Director Michael Hartman (top center) cuts the ribbon marking the opening of a new home to OCTC.The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company on Wednesday celebrated the opening of its new performing arts facility at 15th Street and West Avenue.Rehearsal room at the new Ocean City Theatre Company facility.OCTC leaders, city officials and Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce representatives gathered at the site for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting.The nonprofit theater company is leasing the city-owned building for $1 a year. Wednesday’s grand opening marked the end of the renovation of a building that was used by the city in recent years only for the storage of records and city equipment.The first floor will be home to rehearsals, classes, offices and a room for props. The second floor will be dedicated to costume storage and construction.Second-floor wigs and costumes at the Ocean City Theatre Company.The facility will be used to run OCTC’s youth theater camps for the city, to stage rehearsals for a full calendar of productions throughout the year, and to create a base for costuming and props. It will not be a location for live performances.OCTC is funded entirely through ticket sales and donations. The company produces musicals with professional talent, and it runs a junior company that features area youth. OCTC performers are a staple of parades and events throughout the year, and OCTC runs educational programs in the local schools.
If James Campbell had gone straight to college from school, there’s no doubt he would have been a high-flying accountant by now. As it happened, he missed his place on the accountancy course by a month and was told he would have to wait a year to start again. His parents insisted he filled the time by getting a job – a move that would change the course of his professional life.Now, 14 years after admitting he couldn’t even boil an egg, he is the head pastry chef at one of London’s finest hotels, the five-star Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, Knightsbridge. Heads of state, business leaders, celebrities and even royalty have all stayed in the hotel, with its Michelin-starred restaurant, Foliage..”It’s fabulous,” says Campbell taking in the opulent surroundings. “I guess I wasn’t meant to be an accountant.” But even he is surprised at how his unexpected career has taken off: “It has all escalated at such a rapid speed, but I want to carry on to see where it takes me.”His journey started at the five-star Cameron House hotel on the shores of Loch Lomond, close to where he grew up in Glasgow. That first day, he remembers, was a bit of a shock to the system. “I finished at 2pm, thinking that was it for the day, when I was told my shift started again at 5pm. I was stunned.”But he quickly adapted to the long hours. After working his way around the different food areas in the kitchen as a trainee, Campbell moved into the pastry section and soon discovered where his culinary heart lay. “I just fell in love with it,” he says. “I enjoy the scientific and creative aspect of pastry-making. You have artistic licence to be creative, but you also have to work within certain boundaries and be meticulous about how you use ingredients.”He continued to fine-tune his skills at other hotels in Scotland, before moving south and later taking over as group head pastry chef for Gary Rhodes; the celebrity chef owns two Michelin-star restaurants in London and has brasseries in Edinburgh and Manchester. He worked for the top chef for five years before moving to the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park nearly three years ago as a senior sous chef, taking over as head pastry chef in March.learning on the jobTo get to this level, Campbell has had to work extremely hard – perhaps even harder than most, because he did not go to catering college and had no previous baking experience. So everything he learnt was on the job and he proved a good pupil.One of his role models was another Michelin-star chef, Marco Pierre White. “I am a great fan of his. I like his style of cooking and his attention to detail,” says Campbell. And it is Campbell’s own meticulous attention to detail, hard work and consistency that has also set him apart – plus an understanding of what people want and value for money. As he says: “In order to compete at this level, you have got to be at the top of your game.”Campbell, who is a pastry judge for the Academy of Culinary Arts’ annual excellence awards, has a team of 12 pastry chefs. The kitchen has two bakers in its employment at the moment who get involved in the pastry production, though new recruits tend to come from chef backgrounds.”I’ve worked with pastry almost all through my career but I’ve evolved into a pastry chef since I came here,” he says. “It’s an area that takes a while to get used to – it’s very challenging at first. I don’t think there’s necessarily a divide between pastry chefs and bakers. But I think you certainly become a more successful pastry chef if you have an understanding of baking.”For that reason he believes there’s no great divide between pastry chefery and bakery. “There’s certainly a difference in the way we approach the job and our way of thinking, but as a baker, you have all the fundamental characteristics to become a very successful pastry chef in terms of timing and understanding of product. In both, you have to be very precise and have an artistic flair. Both have very similar components to the make up of the job and there’s no reason why you can’t be as good as one as you are at the other. If you’re a born and bread baker, a bit of pastry work could broaden your horizons and give you more options in the future.”Being part of an international group, Campbell has visited Prague and Kuala Lumpur in 2006 and will be visiting the patisseries of Paris next week to gain inspiration for new pastry products, which are developed as business dictates. “We created a couple of new desserts for Christmas,” he reveals.Everything is baked as late as possible for ultimate freshness, which Campbell says is unusual for a hotel. Lemon tarts for a big function, for instance, would be baked a few hours before serving, rather than kept for two or three days. “We are meticulous about the products,” he says. “Everything is made fresh on the day. If it is not used, it is not kept; nothing is carried over. It does take a lot of advanced planning,” he admits, “but it means the quality of the products is so much better.”For breakfast, the hotel handles up to 200 à la carte covers in the Park restaurant as well as 100 room-service orders. These include homemade brioches and croissants. A further 120 plated desserts are served at both lunch and dinner and there are 120 covers a day in the Michelin-starred Foliage restaurant. Campbell also has to factor in last-minute orders and special dietary requests. For Jewish halal functions, the whole kitchen is stripped back the night before and re-built.Campbell admits: “It can be demanding; people are paying a lot and expect a lot in return. But if you have the right equipment, the right tools and the right people, I wouldn’t say it was easy, but it is surprisingly straightforward.”One of the highlights of the day is afternoon tea. Diners can savour a selection of savoury, sweet and baked items. These include sandwiches – from cucumber to smoked salmon – to cakes and pastries, such as Sachertorte, strawberry tarts, petits fours and éclairs. There are also traditional scones with clotted cream, served with wild strawberry compote and rose petal jam. The chocolate and sugarwork is created in-house, as are celebration cakes.Developing new recipesCampbell and his staff are encouraged to come up with new recipes. “Every couple of days I go to one side and play about with ingredients,” he says. “But I also try and get the guys involved. It is useful having so many different nationalities working in the kitchen, because you get an authentic feel for the product.”Any technical challenges in producing such large volumes of products are met with state-of-the-art equipment in the marble-topped kitchen. Some were installed as part of the hotel’s £57 million refurbishment in 2000. These include a three-deck oven and the Koma computer-run fridge system.As the baking area in the grand Victorian building is small, a few products have to be bought in. Items such as breads for the restaurants are made by specialist companies to specific recipes and delivered daily.For such a high-pressured environment, the kitchen seems surprisingly relaxed, unlike the aggressive antics favoured by some celebrity chefs. “There is none of that nonsense,” says Campbell. “Inevitably mistakes will happen, but if you give your absolute best and are big enough to put your hands up if something doesn’t go right, you make it better the next time.”Maintaining such exacting standards means having a good relationship with your staff, and Campbell says he has the best. “I am blessed to have such a good team. Chef Nichols is also supportive and understanding of what we need to run a pastry operation of this quality. It is very fulfilling to know that, when you come to work, you are with people who are on the same wavelength, who want to do better all the time, and never want to stand still. It makes it challenging but also very rewarding.”
Festive bonanzaSainsbury’s has announced that, for the four weeks to 25 November, sales of its mince pies were up by 120% compared to the same time last year, and sales of its iced Christmas Cake were up 75%.Online food to soarThe value of online grocery shopping is predicted to almost double to £9.5bn in the next five years, according to new research published by IGD. It looks set to represent 5.2% of the overall UK grocery market by 2015, compared to 3.2% at the moment.Kerry’s Oz dealGeneral Mills is to sell its Croissant King and van den Bergh’s frozen bakery business in Australia to Ireland-based food and ingredients firm Kerry Group. The sale includes frozen dough and pastry products sold to professional bakers under those brands, as well as two plants located in Mansfield, Queensland, and Camellia, New South Wales.Bakery rise in IndiaThe middle classes are driving bakery growth in India, according to a new study on the future of the baking industry, reported national paper The Hindu. The paper revealed there was a market for relatively new products, such as crackers and pizza, and noted the opening of a number of new outlets of foreign bakery chains across the country.
Andrew BurnettAndrew retired after 11 years as Deputy Director of the British Museum in 2013, having previously been Head of its Coins and Medals Department from 1992-2002. He has a particular interest in the coinage and history of the Roman Republic and Empire. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Professor at University College London, as well as a past President of the Roman Society and the current President of the Royal Numismatic Society. He is Chair of the Trustees of the Royal Mint Museum. That is an unremunerated role, but not a ministerial appointment.Anne CurryProfessor of Medieval History at the University of Southampton. She was President of the Historical Association (2008-11) and has also been a Vice President of the Royal Historical Society (2006-9). Chair of the Agincourt 600 Trustees and heavily involved in the commemorations of 2015, Anne is also Deputy Chair of the Battlefields Trust and a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Fletchers. She has published extensively on medieval armies and battles, and co-runs a medieval soldier database, as well as an online project on English-held Aquitaine www.gasconrolls.org.Chris MayerFrom 2004-08 Chris was NW Regional Director for HM Courts Service, and then Chief Executive for HMCS until 2010. In 2011/12 she also worked for the Slynn Foundation as an adviser to the Serbian Government and Senior Judiciary, and in 2012/13 she worked for G4s as a consultant. Since 2012 she has additionally been involved in leadership development with Fiona MacNeill Associates. She is the Non Executive Director of Pennine Acute Hospital Trust and in 2017 was appointed Non- Executive Director of Salford Royal Foundation Trust.These roles are not remunerated. These reappointments have been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The appointments process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Under the Code, any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years must be declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation, or candidature for election. Anne and Andrew have declared no such political activity. Chris has declared that she is a member of the labour Party. She has not donated (other than membership fees) or carried out political canvassing.