National Cupcake Week is now in full swing after getting off to a bang when it was featured on television and radio.The week long celebration of all things cupcake features special events and promotions taking place in craft and high street bakeries across the nation, alongside a series of special programmes on Food Network.What is more, the internet is buzzing with talk of the week, seeing the National Cupcake Week Facebook and Twitter page featuring more than 2,000 and 3,000 members respectively.Martyn Leek, editor of British Baker, said: “The interest generated behind National Cupcake Week has been phenomenal, but there is still time to get involved. Please visit the website, register and get involved.If you are doing anything for National Cupcake Week then email us at [email protected] or [email protected] or tweet us @CupcakeWeek.For more information on the week, or a chance to get free bunting, please visit: www.nationalcupcakeweek.co.uk.
Pinterest Facebook By Tommie Lee – April 1, 2021 2 389 WhatsApp Google+ Two bald eagles have been killed in Indiana in 2021 Pinterest Facebook Twitter WhatsApp IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Previous articleMichigan diners have been slow to pull up to the plate so farNext articleMishawaka to experience a gap in after-hours emergency animal care Tommie Lee Google+ Twitter (“eagle12” by George Pankewytch, CC BY-SA 2.0) Two bald eagles have been shot dead in Indiana so far this year.Indiana DNR officers believe the juvenile bird, which was found in Sullivan County, was shot in January. Another young bird was found not far away in Vigo County on March 10.Federal and state officials are offering a joint $2,000 reward to anyone with information leading to a conviction in the case.Bald Eagles aren’t endangered but are protected by federal law. The penalty includes five years and a $250,000 fine for a felony conviction.Anyone with information can contact DNR Law Enforcement Central Dispatch at 812-837-9536 or the tip hotline at 1-800-847-4367.
The Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has announced that the 100,000 Genomes Project has reached its goal of sequencing 100,000 whole genomes from NHS patients.The 100,000 Genomes Project uses whole genome sequencing technology to improve diagnoses and treatments for patients with rare inherited diseases and cancer. It is led by Genomics England and NHS England.Since the project was launched in 2012 it has delivered life-changing results for patients who have had their genomes sequenced, with 1 in 4 patients with a rare disease receiving a diagnosis for the first time.Thirteen NHS Genomic Medicine Centres (GMCs) were created to support the project, along with a state-of-the-art sequencing centre and an automated analytics platform to return genome analyses to the NHS.The UK is the first nation in the world to apply whole genome sequencing at scale in direct healthcare. Genomics can enable doctors to identify those at risk of disease, help prevent it and provide personalised treatments to give patients the best chance of recovery.To build on the project’s success, in October the Secretary of State set out an ambition to sequence 5 million genomes in the UK over the next 5 years. The health secretary also announced the launch of the NHS Genomic Medicine Service. This will see all seriously ill children and adults with certain rare diseases or cancers offered whole genome sequencing as part of their care from 2019.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: At launch the 100,000 Genomes Project was a bold ambition to corral the UK’s renowned skills in genomic science and combine them with the strengths of a truly national health service in order to propel the UK into a global leadership position in population genomics. With this announcement, that ambition has been achieved. The results of this will be felt for many generations to come as the benefits of genomic medicine in the UK unfold. Professor Dame Sue Hill, Chief Scientific Officer for England and Senior Responsible Officer for Genomics at NHS England, said: Sir John Chisholm, Chair of Genomics England, said: Sequencing the 100,000th genome is a major milestone in the route to the healthcare of the future. From Crick and Watson onwards, Britain has led the world in this amazing technology. We do so again today as we map a course to sequencing a million genomes. Understanding the human code on such a scale is part of our mission to provide truly personalised care to help patients live longer, healthier and happier lives. I’m incredibly excited about the potential of this type of technology to unlock the next generation of treatments, diagnose diseases earlier, save lives and enable patients to take greater control of their own health. This achievement has only been possible because of the amazing commitment and contribution of NHS teams across the country and I would like to thank each and every one of them for rising to this challenge and excelling in its delivery. The results, which will continue to be returned to patients, show how genomic medicine can transform lives, bringing quicker and better diagnoses and increasing the number of patients surviving cancer, and the opportunity now is for the NHS to turn this research into reality by introducing sequencing technology as part of our world-leading NHS Genomic Medicine Service.
United Biscuits (UB), the biscuits and cake manufacturer, has reached the one million milestone in its recycling plan.The McVitie’s Biscuit Wrapper Brigade scheme, in partnership with TerraCycle, is designed to save biscuit wrappers from UK landfill and recycle them into new products.The company has now collected one million wrappers amounting to a total weight of 2.5 tonnes – equal to four-and-a-half Fiat 500 cars.Launched in 2012, the partnership was established as UK councils currently do not have the infrastructure to recycle this type of waste packaging.The TerraCycle process means consumers can take their wrappers to the nearest drop off location or send wrappers individually. Two points are given for every wrapper sent in, with each point redeemable as a 1p contribution to the school, charity or non-profit organisation of the sender’s choice. So far more than £35,000 has been raised.The wrappers are then recycled into plastic product, including park benches, watering cans and waste bins.Jon Eggleton, United Biscuits’ managing director UK, said: “We are delighted on the progress to date of the McVitie’s Biscuit Wrapper Brigade. The programme has been embraced by people all over the UK to save used biscuit wrappers from landfill, increasing environmental awareness and raising over £35,000 to help support a variety of schools, charities and non-profit organisations.”
On Friday night, funk-soul master Karl Denson made his way to Terrapin Crossroads for a fun-filled Friday night performance with help from venue owner and Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. Along with a healthy selection of original tunes, the band tore through several crowd pleasing covers like JJ Cale‘s “After Midnight,” Funk Inc.‘s “Chicken Lickin’,” The Rolling Stones‘ “Live With Me,” and a rip-roaring encore cover of “Power of Soul” by Jimi Hendrix‘s Band of Gypsys. As if that wasn’t enough, Lesh joined in on several songs including Grateful Dead live staples “Viola Lee Blues” and “Shakedown Street.”You can watch crowd-shot live footage of Denson and company jamming out on their “Power of Soul” by Jimi Hendrix‘s Band of Gypys at Terrapin Crossroads below, via the band’s Facebook page:Check out the setlist below via setlist.fm: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is back in action tomorrow night for a sold out show at Volcanic Theatre in Bend, OR. For more information on upcoming Tiny Universe shows, head to the band’s website.On February 24th, you can see pedal steel master Roosevelt Collier, Rob Compa (Dopapod), Chuck Jones (Dopapod), and Isaac Teel (TAUK) perform a special tribute to Jimi Hendrix and Band of Gypsys at American Beauty NYC on February 24th (tickets are available here).[Photo via Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Facebook]
Load remaining images Photo: Andrew Rios When it rains, it pours. But for once, it all came before the show at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre for a gorgeous Colorado night with Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, and Keller & The Keels. Two hours of relentless rain kept concertgoers in their cars until well after the venue opened its gates. Nevertheless, Keller & The Keels hit the stage nearly on time and got the crowd moving.In its latest incarnation, Keller’s band with flat-picking champion Larry Keel and wife and bassist, Jenny Keel, could be called a bluegrass band. It’s fast, tight, and twangy with just the right amount of Keller. The band treated fans to a handful of classic songs including the old favorite “Goofballs” and a reggae-tinged cover of the Butthole Surfers’ song, “Pepper.” A massive sandwich of the Grateful Dead’s “They Love Each Other” and “Cumberland Blues,” with a Harry Nilsson “Coconut” tease in the middle rounded out the set. Keller wove lyrics back and forth, beautifully layering “Cumberland Blues” lyrics over the groove of “They Love Each Other,” before gradually giving it up and singing a verse from the latter. Finally, late set sit-ins from Railroad Earth’s Tim Carbone and Leftover Salmon’s Andy Thorn reminded concert attendees of what was to come.Following a short set break to make up for time lost to rain, Colorado’s own Leftover Salmon came on to the pleasure of a raucous crowd. The “slam-grass” pioneers came out with a pair of aged Salmon songs and hardly let up from there. Playing a set heavy with rock and roll songs, keyboardist Erik Deutsch had plenty of time to strut his stuff. While still a relatively recent addition to the band, he brings an incredible new dimension to an already hard-hitting bluegrass band. Bandleader and guitarist Vince Herman was sure to pull out a few old classics, including “One of These Days” and “Hot Corn/Cold Corn,” before closing the set with a monster rendition of “Euphoria,” leaving the stage to Railroad Earth.Guitarist Todd Sheaffer came on stage pumping his fist and ready to go. It was a triumphant return to the Red Rocks stage for Railroad Earth, following months of health problems for multi-instrumentalist Andy Goessling. As the band dropped into the opening notes of their timeless “Seven Story Mountain,” it was clear they were playing for keeps, even having added keyboardist Matt Slocum for the entire show. The song was a fitting opener, hinting at Andy’s recent battle and more widely, at the adversity and unknown we all face in today’s national climate. They built the song patiently and flawlessly, reaching its blissful climax before slipping into another old favorite, “Long Way to Go.” It truly felt like a Railroad show of yesteryear, and the fans were well-aware. The band was firing on all cylinders, with Goessling playing seemingly more dobro than usual and bassist Andrew Altman more electric bass than usual.Shortly thereafter, the band treated fans to a lively take of their new song “Blazing A Trail.” Solos were passed around in traditional bluegrass fashion, and the crowd happily lapped it up. After their last, exquisitely melancholic release, “Last of the Outlaws,” it’s wildly refreshing to hear the band attack a traditional song with so much ferocity. The band followed with a few more time-tested songs, including “Mighty River,” “Warhead Boogie,” and “Grandfather Mountain.” And, just when fans thought things would slow down, the band jumped into an all-too-familiar staccato intro. It was “Colorado,” and the whole band was grinning from ear to ear, likely thinking, “you thought we wouldn’t play this one?!” Following a good bluegrass workout and some stellar fiddle playing from Tim Carbone, Colorado transitioned into the brand-new song “Captain Nowhere.” Straight off their new, identically-titled EP (which was loving handed out to fans at the gates), the song was a sprawling epic with hints of rock and roll and Native American folk music. The boys took the song for a huge ride before pulling it all back together and taking their final bow just before midnight.You can listen to the audio from Railroad Earth’s set below, as uploaded by Dave McK:Railroad Earth will perform Colorado’s own Yarmony Grass (August 10th-13th) and a New Year’s Run in Colorado, December 29th and 30th at Boulder’s Fox Theatre, and December 31st at the Paramount Theatre in Denver.Setlist: Railroad Earth | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 7/14/17Seven Story Mountain, Long Way To Go, Addin’ My Voice, Walk Beside Me, Blazin’ A Trail, Mighty River, Warhead Boogie>Stillwater Getaway>Raven’s Child>Grandfather Mountain, Colorado, Captain Nowhere^^ FTP, written by Todd SheafferCheck out the full gallery below, courtesy of Andrew Rios.Railroad Earth | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 7/14/17 | Photos by Andrew Rios
Boston, MA-based Americana soul act Hayley Jane and the Primates are getting ready to drop their sophomore album, We’re Here Now, on September 29th. Turkuaz guitarist Craig Brodhead worked with the band in the studio to produce the new album. The group will be heading out on a 21-date Fall tour, headlining their own gigs along with providing support on select dates for Spafford and Pink Talking Fish.Hayley Jane Welcomes Members Of Twiddle, moe., & More At The Adirondack Independence Music FestivalThe hard working band put plenty of sweat into their 2017 dates thus far, with appearances at the Peach Music Festival, FloydFest, and moe.down, with standout lead singer Hayley Jane putting in some special sit-ins with the likes of Michael Franti, Twiddle, moe., and many more throughout the summer months. For their upcoming tour, Hayley Jane and the Primates will play an album release parties at Higher Ground in Burlington (with Pink Talking Fish), The Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge, Stage One at FTC in Fairfield, and Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg—the latter of which being a special event dubbed The Brooklyn Bowl Wedding Spectacle featuring members of Dopapod, Kung Fu, and Pink Talking Fish. On Halloween, at Opus Underground in Salem, MA, the theme of the show will be “Jenny & The Gumps” featuring songs featured on the Forrest Gump movie soundtrack.Hayley Jane Took “Artist-At-Large” To New Levels At Disc Jam Music FestivalYou can also catch Hayley Jane at this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive (Sept. 23rd and 24th), when she performs with Oktopus featuring Todd Stoops and Jason Hann, with tickets for the two-day festival in Brooklyn on sale here. You can also check out the full schedule of Hayley Jane And The Primates’ upcoming fall tour dates below.Hayley Jane and the Primates Fall Tour Dates:09/16: Greenfield MA at Wormtown Music Festival09/17: White Haven PA at Hippie’s 7th Annual09/28: Burlington VT at Higher Ground*09/29: Fairfield CT at Stage One at Fairfield Theatre Company09/30: Cambridge MA at The Middle East Downstairs10/11: State College PA at The State Theatre ^10/12: Columbus OH at A and R Music Bar ^10/13: Bloomington IN at The Bluebird ^10/14: Ann Arbor MI at The Blind Pig ^10/15: Grand Rapids MI at The Pyramid Scheme ^10/18: Brooklyn NY at The Brooklyn Bowl %10/20: Geneva NY at FLX Live10/21: Canton NY at The Java Barn10/25: Wilkes Barre PA at River Street Jazz Café +10/26: Jermyn PA at Mountain Sky10/27: Washington DC at Gypsy Sallys *+10/28: Roanoke VA at Martin’s Halloween Block Party +10/31: Salem MA at Opus Underground +11/11: Portsmouth NH at 3S Artspace11/18: Portland ME at Portland House of Music & Events11/30: Denver CO at Be On Key Psychadelic Ripple12/01: Colorado TBA12/02: Taos NM at Taos Mesa Brewing Company12/29: Providence RI at Fete Music Hall – supporting Dopapod*supporting Pink Talking Fish^supporting Spafford% wsg The Brooklyn Bowl Wedding Allstars featuring members of Dopapod, Kung Fu & Pink Talking Fish+ Jenny & The Gumps Themed Show[cover photo courtesy of Andrew Scott Blackstein]
With powerful, poignant speeches from presenters and honorees alike, this year’s W.E.B. Du Bois Medal awards felt more like a gospel church service-cum-rock concert than an academic award ceremony.Athlete and social activist Colin Kaepernick set the tone before an exhilarated crowd that included some 150 local high school students, declaring that people in positions of privilege and power have a “responsibility” to speak up for the powerless.“People live with this every single day and we expect them to thrive in situations where they’re just trying to survive,” said the NFL free agent who famously took a knee during pregame national anthems to protest racial injustice in America. “If we don’t, we become complicit. It is our duty to fight for them.”,Kaepernick was one of the eight laureates who received medals at Sanders Theatre on Thursday night. Others were comedian Dave Chappelle; writer and social critic Florence C. Ladd; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson; artist Kehinde Wiley; General Catalyst chairman and CEO Kenneth I. Chenault; philanthropist and Avid Partners founder Pamela J. Joyner; and human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson. Eight to be honored as W.E.B. Du Bois medalists Related Noted for contributions to African and African-American history and culture The awards are bestowed by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research for contributions to African and African-American history and culture.Ladd, the former director of the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe, donned her medal, then pumped her fist in the air and told the cheering crowd: “A takeaway must be protest, protest, protest.”,Stevenson, M.P.P. ’85, J.D. ’85, L.L.D. ’15, who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, dedicated his award to “people who did so much more with so much less” and asked the audience to think of hope as “your superpower.” To the students, he made a more pointed request: “You’ve got to be willing to do uncomfortable things. You’ve got to be willing to do inconvenient things. Don’t ever think that your grades are a measure of your capacity.” Stevenson himself won a historic Supreme Court ruling that declared that mandatory sentences of life without parole for children 17 or younger are unconstitutional.Moments of humor punctuated the call to resistance, particularly when presenter and incoming Dean of Social Science Lawrence D. Bobo recited parts of Chappelle’s famous skit “The Racial Draft.“ He called the comedian a “teller of uncomfortable truths.”,Chappelle, for his part, praised his parents, especially his mother, a professor of African-American studies. “She raised me well. I am not an uninformed person,” he said.Chappelle said he was humbled to be on stage with his fellow honorees: “You all make me want to be better,” he said. He promised another comedy special and ended his speech with a quote from favorite writer James Baldwin’s book “The Fire Next Time.”“God gave Noah the rainbow sign. No more water. The fire next time.”Hutchins Center director Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher Jr. University Professor, reflected on the critical nature of the honorees’ work in the fight for racial and social justice.Colin Kaepernick applauds at end of ceremony. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer“When we recall the dramatic progress we’ve made in this country’s struggle for civil rights, it’s tempting to remember only our long arc of progress. But we find ourselves in a new nadir in our country’s race relations,” he said, quoting Du Bois, the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. at Harvard.“Agitation is a necessary evil to tell of the ills of the suffering. Without it, many a nation has been lulled to false security and preened itself with virtues it did not possess.”
Acclaimed scientist and author Lisa Randall discussed particle physics and her recent book,“Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe” with Notre Dame physicist Ani Aprahamian on Tuesday night.Aprahamian began the conversation by asking Randall why she enjoys the difficult work of particle physics. Randall, a member of the physics faculty at Harvard University, noted how difficult physics is to understand and how she hopes to change that notion with her works.“It’s great that it’s reported on, but it’s hard to get to the meat of it. It’s important to remind people that women are doing this too,” said Randall.Much of Randall’s work focuses on elementary particles, extra dimensions and black matter. She said her thoughts on the field of science as a whole reflect the difficult and precise nature of her studies.“This is the continuous story of science,” said Randall. “We think that we know everything and we forget that there is something more behind it.”Considering Randall’s rigorous research of the topics of dark matter and alternate dimensions, Aprahamian said he was interested to hear Randall’s opinion of the hit 2014 film “Interstellar” which explores the complex topics of wormholes and black holes. Randall said she had organized a group of other physicists to discuss the legitimacy of the science presented in Christopher Nolan’s movie.“The movie directors aimed to make science that could conceivably be true and not be demonstrably false,” said Randall. “The story at times could be contrite, but for the most part, it was real science.”Randall was asked by Aprahamian to give attending students academic and advice for their future careers. Addressing future scientists in the room, Randall said it was important to be confident when attempting to solve a question.“People should know how to think like a scientist and evaluate a fact from an alternative fact,” said Randall.Aprahamian proceeded to ask Randall about her recent book which asserts that dark matter may have contributed to the extinction of dinosaurs. One student in the crowd asked Randall to simplify her hypothesis for those without a background in physics.“I talk about how we know dark matter exists,” said Randall. “It clumps together like matter, it interacts with gravity like matter, but it doesn’t interact with light.”Randall says that although we cannot see this phenomenon, we can use astrophysical measurements to learn more about what dark matter is. She said the lack of an answer is not synonymous with its lack of importance.“We won’t have the answer to everything,” said Randall. “That doesn’t mean it isn’t important, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.” Tags: dark matter, Lisa Randall, Physics
Governor Douglas announced today that he is asking the Legislature to amend the unemployment compensation law to provide additional weeks of benefits to individuals in approved training. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act recently passed by Congress, states must meet a number of benchmarks including the additional weeks of benefits to qualify for all of $13.9 million available to assist Vermont. The training benefit is the option most consistent with the goals of the unemployment compensation program. It allows workers income while gaining the skills necessary to return to work in a new occupation commented Governor Douglas. In addition, we need to be sure we do not add extraordinary costs to a system that is already challenged.Governor Douglas added this does not address the need for legislation to deal with the health of the unemployment insurance trust fund. The need to tackle the short and long term health of the trust fund remains a priority. We need a balanced approach that does not place too heavy a burden on Vermont s employers nor our unemployed. These additional funds will help, but do not solve the problem added the Governor.Vermont will receive $4.6 million of stimulus funding because the state already has what is called an alternative base period for qualifying for unemployment insurance. The alternative base period allows individuals applying for benefits to use the most recent wages to qualify. Most states use the first four of the last five calendar quarters of wages immediately preceding the application to determine if the worker has earned enough to qualify for unemployment compensation. The Governor supports this additional benefit because it is most closely related to the original intent of unemployment insurance which is exclusively an employer paid program. commented Patricia Moulton Powden, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor. This provision will assist laid off Vermonters needing to make a career change due to the decline or demise of their former occupation. She added.The department of labor estimates the training benefit will cost Vermont employers an additional $1million a year. The expansion will offer additional benefits to persons separated from a declining industry or who were involuntarily and indefinitely separated as a result of a permanent loss of jobs at their place of employment. The person must exhaust all other benefits and be enrolled and making satisfactory progress in a pre-approved state training program to qualify.If Vermont s law is amended to meet federal requirements the additional $9.3 million will be transferred into its account in the unemployment trust fund and will be available to pay these expanded benefits to unemployed workers. The legislature must approve these changes and decide on an effective date for this expansion to become law.