Baseball Reliquary Announces Candidates for 2014 Election of the Shrine of the Eternals

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week 126 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment Neighborhood News Baseball Reliquary Announces Candidates for 2014 Election of the Shrine of the Eternals From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | 12:13 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box.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. Herbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Is What Happens To Your Face After DermaplaningHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News center_img The Baseball Reliquary, Inc. has announced its list of fifty eligible candidates for the 2014 election of the Shrine of the Eternals, the membership organization’s equivalent to the Baseball Hall of Fame. This year marks the sixteenth annual election of the Shrine, a major national component of the Baseball Reliquary, a Southern California-based organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation of American art and culture through the context of baseball history. The forty-five individuals previously elected to the Shrine of the Eternals are, in alphabetical order: Jim Abbott, Dick Allen, Roger Angell, Emmett Ashford, Moe Berg, Yogi Berra, Ila Borders, Jim Bouton, Jim Brosnan, Bill Buckner, Roberto Clemente, Steve Dalkowski, Rod Dedeaux, Jim Eisenreich, Dock Ellis, Eddie Feigner, Mark Fidrych, Curt Flood, Ted Giannoulas, Josh Gibson, Jim “Mudcat” Grant, Pete Gray, William “Dummy” Hoy, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Bill James, Dr. Frank Jobe, Bill “Spaceman” Lee, Roger Maris, Marvin Miller, Minnie Minoso, Manny Mota, Lefty O’Doul, Buck O’Neil, Satchel Paige, Jimmy Piersall, Pam Postema, Jackie Robinson, Lester Rodney, Pete Rose, Casey Stengel, Luis Tiant, Fernando Valenzuela, Bill Veeck, Jr., Maury Wills, and Kenichi Zenimura.The Shrine of the Eternals is similar in concept to the annual elections held at the Baseball Hall of Fame, but differs philosophically in that statistical accomplishment is not a criterion for election. Rather, the Shrine’s annual ballot is comprised of individuals – from the obscure to the well-known – who have altered the baseball world in ways that supersede statistics.On a procedural level, the Shrine of the Eternals differs significantly from the Baseball Hall of Fame in the manner by which electees are chosen. While the Baseball Hall of Fame’s electees are chosen in voting conducted by a select group of sportswriters or committees, the Baseball Reliquary chooses its enshrinees by a vote open to the public. A screening committee appointed by the Reliquary’s Board of Directors prepares a ballot consisting of fifty candidates, on which the membership votes annually. The three candidates receiving the highest percentage of votes gain automatic election.Among the fifty eligible candidates for 2014, thirteen individuals appear on the Shrine of the Eternals ballot for the first time. The newcomers, in alphabetical order, are:Laurie Brady (∞) – Astrologer to the stars and self-styled “tyqueen” (feminine for “tycoon”) temporally based in Chicago, who was hired as a PR ploy by Oakland A’s owner Charlie Finley in the mid-seventies. On the eve of the 1976 season she predicted the A’s would “go all the way.” Unfortunately, she didn’t specify a direction: the team failed to win the pennant and quickly fell into chaos, becoming the laughingstock of the American League for years to follow.George Brunet (1935-1991) – Well-traveled southpaw who pitched for nine MLB teams during a fifteen-year career, compiling a sub-.500 record with mostly bad teams. Brunet gained a measure of pop culture fame when Jim Bouton revealed in Ball Four that the lefty refused to wear undershorts. (“Hell, the only time you need them is when you get into a car wreck. Besides, this way I don’t have to worry about losing them.”) Thus unencumbered and unfazed by mediocrity, “Commando” Brunet became at the age of 38 a standout starter in the Mexican League. Beginning in 1973, he pitched during the regular and winter seasons in Mexico, throwing an estimated 400 innings a year. He retired at last in 1989 at the age of 54, having won 132 games in Mexico, including a record 55 shutouts. Nicknamed “El Viejo” (The Old Man), Brunet was elected to the Mexican League Hall of Fame in 1999.Bob Costas (b. 1952) – Boyish, near-ubiquitous sportscaster, interviewer, and baseball savant who has been a fixture on NBC Sports television since the early 1980s. As the prime-time host of nine Olympic Games and a knowledgeable commentator on most sports, Costas is considered by many a worthy successor to Jim McKay, the late ABC broadcast legend. Baseball is his primary passion, however, one that he continues to indulge as play-by-play announcer and host of an interview show, Studio 42 with Bob Costas, for MLB Network.Margaret Donahue (1892-1978) – Hired by Chicago Cubs president William Veeck, Sr. as a stenographer in 1919, “Midge” Donahue ultimately reached the level of secretary and vice president, thereupon becoming the first female executive in baseball to be promoted through the ranks. At the time of her retirement from the Cubs front office in 1959, she was recognized as one of the most authoritative and crafty executives in the game, particularly on the subject of player trades and waiver deals. In 1929 she inaugurated the marketing and selling of season tickets, a practice soon copied by every other club, and also revived and popularized Ladies Day at the ballpark. Years later, maverick club owner Bill Veeck, Jr. called Donahue “as astute a baseball operator as ever came down the pike.”Harvey Dorfman (1935-2011) – A sports psychologist and mental skills coach who worked as a counselor and consultant for Major League Baseball teams and players. Dorfman’s lessons in mental performance enhancement earned for him World Series rings with the 1989 Oakland A’s and 1997 Florida Marlins, and contributed to the success of such players as Roy Halladay and Jamie Moyer. His books on the mental game of baseball have become required reading in baseball circles.Charles Fairbanks (1925-2007) – An engineer with Bell Telephone who in 1964 invented the “beep” baseball, a ball that emits audible tones, making it possible for blind and visually-impaired people to play baseball by hearing the ball and running to bases that “buzz” directionality. The National Beep Baseball Association (NBBA) formed in 1975 and began sponsoring an annual World Series the following year.Bill Faul (1940-2002) – A gullible twirler with legitimate big-league talent whose career in professional baseball (1962‒1966; 1970) was curtailed by real and perceived eccentricities. Faul’s behavior transcended the usual categories of flake used by baseball hardliners to describe any player different from the norm. Faul hypnotized himself before games and talked to his arm. He swallowed live toads, claiming they put extra “hop” on his pitches. He would rip the heads off parakeets with his bare teeth. He claimed his secret to success (if one can call a 12-16 career W-L record successful) was his hypnosis therapy, his background as a karate instructor (his hands were registered as lethal weapons), and his elevated spiritual consciousness (courtesy of the Universal Life Church). Even the woeful Cubs of the mid-1960s couldn’t find a place for a pitcher endowed with such unique qualifications. Chuck Dressen, his manager with the Tigers, stated, “Either he’s the dumbest guy in the world or the smartest one you’ve ever met.”Mamie “Peanut” Johnson (b. 1935) – One of three women, and the first female pitcher, to play baseball in the Negro Leagues. Spurned by the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) because of her race, she signed with the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League in 1953. She pitched for three seasons with the Clowns (1953‒1955), compiling a stellar career won/loss record of 33‒8, one of the best pitching percentages in Negro League history. Her nickname “Peanut” refers to her tiny but tough 5’3” height. Her story is told in the book A Strong Right Arm, published in 2003.Denny McLain (b. 1944) – Few other athletes have lived the high life and groveled in the low life like Denny McLain. This baseball bad boy stunned the nation in 1968 when he became the first – and only – pitcher since Dizzy Dean to win 30 or more games in a season, leading the Detroit Tigers to World Series triumph. His multiple extracurricular activities – playing the organ, flying airplanes, and consorting with shady characters – kept him in the public eye even after his baseball career self-destructed. Brash, outspoken, and always controversial, McLain’s off-field activities led to multiple arrests for drug trafficking, embezzlement, and violation of the RICO statutes. In spite of these transgressions, McLain remains an unforgettable figure to baseball fans in Detroit and elsewhere.Dave Parker (b. 1951) – The first professional athlete to earn an average of one million dollars per year, “The Cobra” is considered by many to have been the best ballplayer active during the years 1975 through 1980 not in the Hall of Fame. Wielding a lethal, lightning-quick bat from the left side and a devastatingly accurate throwing arm from right field, Parker was a central figure of the “We Are Family” Pittsburgh Pirates 1979 World Championship team. After falling out of favor in Pittsburgh, he starred for the Reds and the A’s, winning another pennant with the 1989 “Bash Brothers” Oakland squad. He was a key figure in baseball’s early-1980s investigation into cocaine and amphetamine use in the Major Leagues. In 2012, Parker was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.John “Bonesetter” Reese (1855-1931) – Welsh-born coalminer and mill worker who learned the trade of “bonesetting,” a Welsh term for the treatment of muscle and tendon strains, prior to his arrival in the U.S. in 1887. Settling in Youngstown, Ohio, Reese gained a reputation as a miracle worker among local mill workers, even though he lacked medical credentials. His ability to manipulate and soothe aching muscles brought him to the attention of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1903; news of his successful treatment of star shortstop Honus Wagner during the first World Series later that season quickly spread. Such stars as Cy Young, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, and Rogers Hornsby are among just a few of the ballplayers who crowed their satisfaction with Reese’s treatments. By the 1920s, Reese had become a national phenomenon, providing treatment to people from all walks of life.Rachel Robinson (b. 1922) – Widow of baseball and civil rights pioneer Jackie Robinson, Rachel Robinson was the only person in America privy to the most intense private doubts and struggles of Number 42 as he broke the color barrier in MLB in 1947 while a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers. A native of Los Angeles, she met her future husband while both attended UCLA. She pursued a career in nursing, eventually earning a master’s degree in psychiatric nursing from New York University. After her husband’s death in 1972, Ms. Robinson founded the Jackie Robinson Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to provide college scholarships and leadership training to promising and talented young people. At age 91 she continues to use her ability and Jackie’s legacy to further civil rights and educational causes.Hy Turkin (1915-1955) – A sportswriter for the New York Daily News, he collaborated with baseball researcher S.C. Thompson to produce the first legitimate baseball encyclopedia. Published in 1951, The Official Encyclopedia of Baseball (it was endorsed by Commissioner Albert “Happy” Chandler) included a listing of every man who played Major League Baseball, the years they had played, the teams they played for, and rudimentary statistical lines. Turkin & Thompson’s Encyclopedia appeared in nine revised editions after Turkin’s early death and remained an essential reference volume until superseded by the MacMillan Baseball Encyclopedia (aka Big Mac) in 1969.A complete list of all fifty candidates for the 2014 election of the Shrine of the Eternals follows. Election packets, containing ballots and biographical profiles of all candidates, will be mailed to Baseball Reliquary members on April 1, 2014. To be eligible to vote, all persons must have their minimum $25.00 annual membership dues paid as of March 31, 2014.The three new inductees will be announced in May, with the Induction Day ceremony scheduled for Sunday, July 19, 2014 in Pasadena, California. In addition to the presentation of plaques to the 2014 inductees, this year’s ceremony will honor the recipients of the 2014 Hilda Award (named in memory of Hilda Chester and acknowledging a baseball fan’s exceptional devotion to the game) and the 2014 Tony Salin Memorial Award (presented annually to an individual dedicated to the preservation of baseball history).For additional information on the Shrine of the Eternals, contact Terry Cannon, Executive Director of the Baseball Reliquary, at P.O. Box 1850, Monrovia, CA 91017; by phone at (626) 791-7647; or by e-mail at [email protected] or visit www.baseballreliquary.org.The Shrine of the Eternals Candidates for the 2014 ElectionThe number to the right of candidates’ names indicates the number of years on the Shrine of the Eternals ballot.1. Eliot Asinof (11)2. Sy Berger (4)3. Steve Bilko (3)4. Laurie Brady (New!)5. Chet Brewer (15)6. Charlie Brown (7)7. George Brunet (New!)8. Glenn Burke (7)9. Bert Campaneris (3)10. Jose Canseco (3)11. Octavius V. Catto (2)12. Rocky Colavito (2)13. Charles M. Conlon (13)14. Bob Costas (New!)15. Dizzy Dean (14)16. Margaret Donahue (New!)17. Harvey Dorfman (New!)18. Charles Fairbanks (New!)19. Bill Faul (New!)20. Lisa Fernandez (14)21. Charlie Finley (4)22. Rube Foster (16)23. Ernie Harwell (11)24. Bo Jackson (2)25. Mamie Johnson (New!)26. Annabelle Lee (3)27. Effa Manley (16)28. Dr. Mike Marshall (9)29. Tug McGraw (11)30. Denny McLain (New!)31. Fred Merkle (8)32. David N. Mullany (2)33. Hideo Nomo (3)34. Dave Parker (New!)35. Joe Pepitone (4)36. Phil Pote (12)37. Vic Power (6)38. Dan Quisenberry (8)39. John “Bonesetter” Reese (New!)40. Pete Reiser (2)41. J.R. Richard (15)42. Rachel Robinson (New!)43. Annie Savoy (4)44. Rusty Staub (9)45. Hy Turkin (New!)46. Fay Vincent (13)47. Rube Waddell (16)48. John Montgomery Ward (8)49. John Young (2)50. Don Zimmer (10) faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Forum sings praises of the older worker

first_img Comments are closed. A major drive to promote age diversity in the workplace by highlighting thebottom-line benefits of employing older people has been launched. The Employers Forum on Age campaign promotes the business benefits of agediversity, and is backed by several large corporations including Barclays,GlaxoSmithKline, HBOS and Nationwide Building Society. Denise Walker, head of personnel for Nationwide, said new policies,including raising the retirement age to 70, have saved it £7m in staff turnovercosts. She said staff churn is much lower among older workers, which was importantconsidering it costs the company between £5,000 and £8,000 to recruit and traina new member of staff. “The turnover for employees at both ends of the age spectrum is 4 percent compared to 10.37 for the building society as a whole,” she said. HBOS said open days aimed at recruiting over-50s performed better whenstaffed by people in the same age groups. Tyrone Jones, diversity manager at HBOS said: “Age diversity has a goodbusiness impact. It motivates staff when they see there are no barriers whetherthey are young or old.” The bank has removed the age box from its application form. It allows staffto work beyond the retirement age of 62, and is now actively recruiting peopleof that age and over. The EFA has launched a document and website to promote the campaign andplans to release three guides. www.efa.org.uk Related posts:No related photos. Forum sings praises of the older workerOn 29 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Oxford scientists express anger at death of Cecil the Lion’s son

first_imgOxford University scientists have responded angrily to the killing of Xanda, the oldest son of Cecil the Lion, whose death in 2015 prompted international outrage.The scientists had been monitoring the six year old lion, who was shot dead by a professional trophy hunter 7 July.He was killed outside the boundaries of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, close to where his father was killed by American dentist Walter Parmer almost two years ago.Xanda, the pride male of a group of lions, was being tracked using a GPS collar by a team of Oxford researchers, including Prof David Macdonald and Dr Andrew Loveridge.Dr Loveridge, a Senior Research Fellow at Oxford’s Department of Zoology, told the Guardian: “Xanda was one of these gorgeous Kalahari lions, with a big mane, big body, beautiful condition – a very, very lovely animal.“Personally, I think it is sad that anyone wants to shoot a lion, but there are people who will pay money to do that.”Loveridge had initially told the Telegraph that Cooke, Xanda’s hunter, was “one of the good guys”, who had acted ethically. He added that the hunter had returned the lion’s tracking collar to the Oxford Scientists.However, Loveridge has since reversed his initial support of Cooke’s behaviour, and stated that his staff had previously warned Cooke that killing Xanda would harm the lion population.He wrote in a letter to James Rosenfels, the hunters’ associate chairman, that: “Ethics is about not just adhering to the letter of the law, but also making informed ethical choices to limit the detrimental impacts of hunting activities.”“There is no question that Mr Cooke was fully aware that this animal was a pride male,” Dr Loveridge said.The Oxford team are now calling for a wider 5km ‘no-hunting zone’ around the National Park.Xanda’s hunters defended the killing by describing the deceased lion as a lone male with no dependent cubs, who had been rejected from his pride and was therefore unlikely to have children in future.They also stated that Xanda’s killing was legal as he was not in the park, where hunting lions is banned, but in a nearby forest reserve where hunters are permitted to kill one lion per year.However, Oxford University’s Wildlife Research Conservation Unit (WildCRU) disputed these claims, and accused the Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association of misrepresenting information.Professor Macdonald, Director of WildCRU, said: “Xanda’s death was almost two years to the day after Cecil’s, but I hope our sadness at this eerie coincidence can be balanced if this reinforces the global attention on lion conservation.“And the Cecil Movement is, of course, not just about lions – lions are a metaphor for how humanity will live alongside all biodiversity in the 21st century: this is a huge question for our age”.last_img read more

Ocean City’s Night in Venice Tunes in with TV-Themed Boat Parade

first_imgBatman was one of the favorite boats at Night in Venice Saturday. By Maddy VitaleThere was a bit of nostalgia, a lot of laughter, and a great deal of imagination that went into Saturday’s Night in Venice boat parade.Spectators lining the bayfront were amused as they watched the colorfully decorated boats glide along replete with music, dancing and just plain, campy fun.Batman seemed to take front and center as the favorite for fans who filled Bayside Center, 520 Bay Ave. “We love Batman,” said Allison McDonough, of Absecon. “This is the first year I have ever been to Night in Venice. It’s so cool to watch the boats.”The boat decked out in a Happy Days theme was a highlight of the parade.Denise Clunn, of Ocean City, said in the past she stayed away from the event because it brought so many people to town. This time she took a chance and was glad she did. Batman was joined by his trusted sidekick Robin along with the infamous, but lovable villains, the Joker and the Riddler.The boat parade winds its way along the backbay from the Ocean City-Longport Bridge to Tennessee Avenue, passing many cleverly decorated homes. The decorations are a major part of the celebration and prizes are awarded.Some boaters got clever with their LEGO Batman display.It took spectators to a trip back in time to the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s TV classics, without needing an old TV with rabbit ears on top.  The crowd roared its approval for old favorites including Gilligan’s Island, Happy Days, M*A*S*H, and a host of other television shows.One of the grand marshals, Jon Dorenbos, a former Philadelphia Eagles long-snapper pumped up the crowd from his boat with the Eagles chant.Former Philadelphia Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos was one of the grand marshals.Boat parade participants also included the cast of “Beauty and, the Beast,” presented by the Ocean City Pops and Ocean City Theatre Company, the OCTC Show Choir, The Mayor and City Council and other city officials and scholarship pageant winners.This is the 64th Night in Venice beauty queens waved to the crowds lining the bayfront. In all, about 65 boats filled with performers, local dignitaries and pageant queens navigated the bay waving at happy onlookers.   Then there were the regulars, so to speak. Leanne Haverstick, and her boyfriend, Mike Impagliazzo, both of Upper Township never miss the spectacle.Mike Impagliazzo and Leanne Haverstick, of Upper Township, never miss Night in Venice.“Last year we did it by boat,” Impagliazzo said, looking out onto the bay where boaters watched from their vantage points “We wanted to watch from the Bayside Center to see it up close and personal.”Ocean City Recreation Manager Wendy Moyle who oversees the Bayside Center venue for the event, said it is great for a lot of generations. People can have picnics, there is face painting for the kids, food and of course, a great view of the boat parade.Tickets sold out fast for the family-friendly night, which ended with fireworks.The Amorosa family, of Ocean City, were excited about their first Night in Venice event.Jessica and Rich Amorosa, of Ocean City, and their children Aurora, 6, Lilyanna, 8, Sophia, 10, and Alex, 14, were all set to watch their first-ever Night in Venice.“I’m super excited,” said Aurora.Rose Vanlaeys and her daughter Claire were visiting family in Ocean City for the weekend. This was their first Night in Venice.“I always wanted to come to Night and Venice. It is a lot of fun,” she said. Night in Venice is the oldest boat parade and bayfront celebration at the Jersey Shore, according to Ocean City officials.Rose Vanlaeys, of Deptford on vacation in Ocean City, brought her daughter Claire for some fun.Ocean City Council members got into the action.The Ocean City Theatre Company entertained the crowds.Miss Night in Venice winners waved to the spectators.Mayor Jay Gillian and wife Michele waved to the crowd.Martin Z. Mollusk even made an appearance.Ocean City Council members and their families enjoy Night in Venice.About 65 decorated boats entertained the people who lined the Bayfront and Bayside Center.The Eagles chant was led by former Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos.There was even star power.Here are two homes that really took house decorating to the next level.last_img read more

Ocean City Christmas Parade Delights Thousands of Spectators

first_imgSanta Claus, the star attraction, arrives in grand style by horse and carriage. (Photo courtesy City of Ocean City) By Lesley GrahamIt’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas – and not because of the chilly temperatures. The annual Ocean City Christmas Parade on Friday night delighted thousands of spectators, both young and old, with the sights and sounds of Christmas. Families were bundled up to ward off the frigid temperatures, but hearts were warm with all of the festive lights shining. Carols were sung by children in choirs from Upper Township middle and primary schools to the delight of the crowds. If you listened carefully, you could hear a spectator or two joining in on the Christmas classics. Dance groups, in their best Christmas garb, shimmied down Asbury Avenue, keeping in step with the rhythm and four local high school marching bands that lent their musical talents to the parade as well.Festive floats roll down Asbury Avenue. (Photo courtesy City of Ocean City)Thousands of people lined the sidewalks of downtown Asbury Avenue to watch the colorful procession. Ocean City spokesman Doug Bergen said the parade lineup included more than 55 entries and, of course, the main attraction: Santa Claus himself.Delight could be seen on children’s faces with the wonderment that is the Christmas season. The twinkling lights adorning Asbury Avenue added to the magic of it all.Emma Hale was looking forward to seeing Santa. But the 2-year-old also came for the puppies. Her mother, Jenn Hale, of Northfield, brought Emma last year to start a holiday tradition.“What is better than puppies and Santa?” Hale said.The look of holiday wonder is evident on the face of little Grayson Moss of Somers Point.Grayson Moss, of Somers Point, was enjoying the parade with his parents, Gayle and Robbie Moss. Grayson wanted to make sure he saw Santa so that he knows he wants a helicopter for Christmas.“It’s a great atmosphere for families and a really nice way to kick off the holiday season,” Gayle Moss said.The parade was enjoyed not just by little ones. Wendi Cook and her sister, Jill Storz, have been coming to the parade since 1981.“Even when we don’t have kids around, it’s fun and it’s festive, but most importantly, it’s tradition,” Cook said.Everyone waited anxiously for the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, who anchored the parade in horse and carriage. And as they drove away, out of sight, you could hear them say, “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.”Spectators watch the parade unfold along downtown Asbury Avenue.Carolers sing traditional Christmas songs in front of City Hall as crowds stop to listen. (Photo courtesy City of Ocean City)Miss Ocean City Megan Keenan is carried along the parade route in a beach patrol lifeboat.Parade participants include marchers of the four-legged variety.last_img read more

News story: The IAGCI invites tenders to evaluate the UK Home Office Country Information Products

first_imgThe expert is also asked to consider a selection of approximately 10 Information Request Responses, which will be provided by the Chair of IAGCI, and are an average of 2 pages long.Description of workCountry Policy and Information Notes aim to provide an accurate, balanced and up to date summary of the key available source documents regarding the human rights situation, with respect to the issues selected for coverage, in the country covered. The purpose and scope of the reports are clearly set out in an introductory section of the document. Reviewers should evaluate the reports in this context and seek to identify any areas where they can be improved. Specifically the review should entail: CPINs are generated on an ongoing basis for the top 20 asylum intake countries, and commonly address a specific type of common asylum claims or provide general information for several claim types. They are compiled from material produced by a range of recognised external information sources (news sources, academic literature, independent research reports, fact finding reports from UK government or from other governments, etc.). These documents also contain Home Office policy on the recommended position to be taken with respect to various types of claims, based on the available and accepted country information.Information Request (IR) responses are made directly by case workers or others to the Home Office. These relate to information that is not covered in the CPINs. The IAGCI includes in its reviews a consideration of the COI included in a sample of (not more than ten) IR responses. Each IR response is typically a maximum of 2 pages in length.Tender DetailsThe IAGCI commissions country experts or experienced researchers to evaluate and report upon the country of origin information contained in UK Home Office information products. At its next meeting, the IAGCI requires a country expert to review the use of country information used in the following CPIN:Tender: Ethiopia Country Policy and Information Notes (CPINs) responses to information requests Payment for this work will be set at £2,000. Expressions of interest should be submitted to [email protected] by close of Wednesday 10 April 2019.We are only able to accept expressions of interest from individuals and not from institutions or consultancy groups.Successful bids will be notified within 5 working days of the closing date. Final reviews will be due 1 month after notification. Reviewers should follow these specific guidelines: Previous reviews of COI products can be viewed on the ICIBI website.The selected reviewers will be requested to attend an IAGCI meeting at the Office of the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration in London, when their review will be considered. Alternative arrangements may be made if attendance is not possible.Representatives from the UK Home Office will also attend the meeting to provide responses to comments and recommendations made in the review.Reviews commissioned by the IAGCI may be used as source documents for future CPIN reports or other Home Office information products.How to ApplyResearchers interested in conducting any of the reviews should submit: assessing the extent to which information from source documents has been appropriately and accurately reflected in the CPIN Reports identifying additional sources detailing the current human rights situation in the country with respect to main grounds for asylum claims (which are noted in each CPIN Report) noting and correcting any specific errors or omissions of fact making recommendations for general improvements regarding, for example, the structure of the report, its coverage or its overall approach ensuring no reference is made to an individual source which could expose them to risk BackgroundThe Independent Advisory Group on Country Information (IAGCI) is part of the Office of the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration. Its purpose is to review the content of all Country of Origin Information (COI) produced by the UK Home Office. Country of Origin Information is used in procedures that assess claims of individuals for refugee status or other forms of international and humanitarian protection. It is also used in policy formulation.The IAGCI reviews products to provide assurance to the Independent Chief Inspector that the content is as accurate, balanced, impartial and as up to date as possible. COI is contained in: the review should focus exclusively on the country of origin information contained within the document, and not pass judgment on the policy guidance provided the CPIN should be reviewed in the context of its purpose as set out above. It should consider the situation in the country up to the stated ‘cut off’ date for inclusion of information when suggesting amendments, rather than ‘tracking changes’ on the original CPIN, a list of suggested changes should be provided as part of a stand-alone review paper, and each report should be reviewed separately. A reporting template will be provided to reviewers (for reference please refer to most recent reviews on the IAGCI webpage for examples of the template)*any suggestions for additional information (or corrections to information in the document) must be referenced to a source document for the Home Office to be able to use it (preferably Open Source). The Home Office may use foreign language source documents, but only if the information is considered essential and is not available in English language source a one page letter demonstrating their expertise in human rights and/or asylum issues pertaining to the particular country or countries their c.v. Country policy and information note: Oromos including the ‘Oromo Protests’, Ethiopia, November 2017 (42 Pages) Country policy and information note: opposition to the government, Ethiopia, October 2017 (47 Pages)last_img read more

Morrisons hails ‘unique’ fresh offer

first_imgMorrisons supermarket has praised itself on making “more fresh food than any other supermarket”, giving it a unique selling point. The big-four member also said that 187 colleagues completed a Level 2 Craft Apprenticeship in Butchery and Bakery within the year.It said: “We manufacture much of our fresh food and Morrisons own-brand – in meat, produce, deli, fish and bakery – in factories that we own and operate ourselves in the UK. This is unique and gives Morrisons a flexibility, speed-to-market, and provenance not available to our competitors.“Market Street is also a distinct and vibrant part of the Morrisons offer that helps set us apart. Our people are different too – we have more qualified butchers, fishmongers, bakers and other craftspeople than any of our competitors – they are the heart of the business and are what helps make Morrisons unique.”This comes as it was also revealed that former Morrisons chief executive Dalton Philips received a £1m annual bonus payment last year, despite leading plummeting sales and losses in the period. This was awarded on top of his £850k salary.last_img read more

AJP Pies and Pastries agrees £7k compensation over bread basket misuse

first_imgHuddersfield-based bakery AJP Pies and Pastries, which trades as Andrew Jones Pies, has become the latest company to pay a compensation fee to Bakers Basco for using its bread baskets without permission.Last month, AJP entered into a Consent Order at Huddersfield County Court, which resulted in a formal undertaking to not use equipment belonging to Bakers Basco or its members.The bakery also agreed to pay a combined sum of £7,000 to settle the litigation.Steve Millward, general manager of Bakers Basco, said its recovery team tracked a sizeable amount of its equipment being used by Andrew Jones Pies.“Our baskets and trolleys are meant for transporting bread – and only bread – safely, cost-effectively and in an environmentally-friendly way, and should not be used without our consent or for any other purpose.”Companies including Authentic Bite, Buckley Bakehouse and Gilmoor Foods Ltd have all been caught out by Bakers Basco’s GPS trackers over the past year.Bakers Basco manages and licenses a pool of four million bread baskets and associated wheeled trolleys for the use of bakers. Currently, around 25 businesses, including Allied Bakeries, Hovis and Warburtons pay a licence fee to use the equipment.last_img read more

Mindful baking workshop aims to combat stress

first_imgA new workshop is combining bread making with the idea of ‘mindfulness’.Taking place at The School of Artisan Food next month, the Mindful Bread workshop is being run by Ian Waterland, who has worked in mental health for 28 years and now runs Leicestershire micro-bakery Knead Good Bread.The workshop follows a pilot study by The Real Bread Campaign in which participants said baking made them happier and more relaxed, less anxious and had given them a sense of achievement.Mindfulness is the idea of improving mental wellbeing by paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you.”Everyone would benefit from mindfulness in today’s modern fast-paced world,” said Waterland. “Many of us do use it, but not consciously or as well as we could. It’s actually an ancient technique. It’s about being present in the moment.”He added that, when making bread, a baker has to use all their senses and “stay in the moment”.“How does it look, taste, smell, is the texture right and so on? I believe the process of making bread is therapeutic, it is much healthier than buying bread and can be an effective strategy in combating stress and of course, it’s also fun.”The workshop will teach techniques such as mindful breathing and talk about the benefits of the technique during the hands-on bread baking session.“I’ll be using the gaps while the dough is proving or baking to talk about mindfulness, its history and some techniques that we will be putting into practice,” added Waterland.He said his work with young people with learning disabilities had shown him how beneficial bread-making can be.“When we are baking, the level of challenging behaviour from these young adults really drops and they gain skills to take out into the wider world, as well as gaining a huge sense of achievement.”last_img read more

An update of changes on campus as pandemic spreads

first_imgAs national and state guidelines about how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic change almost daily, Harvard has responded in kind, implementing a series of adjustments across the University and issuing recommendations aimed at stemming the spread of the virus and keeping members of the Harvard community safe through social distancing.Libraries closedMost Harvard library spaces are now closed and all borrowing and circulation of print materials has been suspended until further notice, officials announced Monday.“We pride ourselves on putting users first and always working to best serve our community. In this case, we are best able to serve our community by reducing in-person interactions as much as possible,” wrote Martha Whitehead, vice president for the Harvard Library and University librarian. “At the same time, we know how important our spaces and print materials are to research, teaching, and learning at Harvard, and we look forward to resuming access as soon as possible.”The message stated that all Harvard Library locations are closed to non-Harvard affiliates and that all Faculty of Arts and Sciences library locations, as well as the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Law School, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Countway libraries are closed to Harvard affiliates. Users of the Harvard Business School’s library should check the School’s website for updated information. Virtual services, including online reference and consultations, access to digital collections, and information on remote teaching and learning, are still available, and updates will be posted to the library’s website.Harvard Library is also working to ensure the growing body of research on coronavirus is free and accessible to as many people as possible. The Library’s Office for Scholarly Communication is fast-tracking the deposit of COVID-19 research into DASH, the open-access repository of research by members of the Harvard community.Meals become carry-out; fewer Smith Center hoursWhile most students have left campus and will transition to online learning, those who have been approved to remain will receive carry-out meals from the dining halls; students will no longer be allowed to congregate in the dining halls at any time. In an effort to stop people from gathering in big numbers, campus services workers have also removed tables and chairs from public spaces around the University, and operating hours at the Smith Campus Center have been reduced.The campus changes are in keeping with recommendations from Massachusetts Gov. Charles D. Baker and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). On Sunday, Baker ordered all public and private schools in the state to close for three weeks, restricted restaurants to takeout and delivery only, and went the CDC 50 percent better by reducing Massachusetts’ recommended limit on public gatherings from 50 to 25. On Monday, President Trump urged people to limit gatherings to a maximum of 10.Recreation centers shutStarting March 17, all of Harvard’s recreation facilities closed until further notice, including the Malkin Athletic Center, Hemenway Gymnasium, Murr Center (fitness room, squash and tennis courts), Blodgett Pool, QRAC, Weld Boathouse, Sailing Center, and Beren Tennis Center.For those wishing to stay in shape or relieve a little stress in the meantime, the Harvard Recreation Team is offering free access to its fitness partner Wellbeats’ online platform through April 30. To sign up, visit the Wellbeats online portal or download the app, click on register with a code, and enter b27fdf55.Updated financial aid requirementsHarvard administrators have updated financial aid requirements for students engaged in term-time work that contributes to their College costs. Spring term-time work expectations will be reduced by half and removed from a student’s financial aid package, the College announced. For example, a spring semester term-time work expectation of $1,750 will be reduced to $875 and the corresponding amount replaced with additional financial aid, with the increase in scholarship aid appearing on the term bill. The spring term-time work adjustments will be made as soon as possible, and students will be updated with more information in the near future. For more information, students can email the Griffin Financial Aid Office at [email protected] housing guidance amendedRecommendations and guidance for those living in Harvard University Housing (HUH) has also been updated and amended. Harvard University Housing will end liability for each resident choosing to vacate prior to June 30, 2020, on his or her chosen vacate date. Residents are asked to login by March 31 to choose whether to end or renew their leases. In keeping with state and national guidelines, Graduate Commons programming — a series of events and activities that connects Harvard graduate students, faculty, postdocs, staff, and their families living in Harvard University Housing properties — will transition to a virtual platform. Harvard Housing has also closed a number of building common rooms. A complete list of changes and updates can be found on the HUH FAQ page.Warning sent to study-abroad studentsAs borders continue to close, Harvard Global Support Services (GSS) recently sent a letter to all students studying overseas urging them to decide soon whether to remain abroad or return home. “Governments are swiftly enacting border and travel restrictions without prior notice in the hopes of slowing the pandemic’s progression,” the letter read. “If you’re in a location where you can leave, now is the time to decide whether you stay or return home.” Those looking for more information can review the updated GSS travel advice.Radcliffe program ends earlyDean Tomiko Brown-Nagin announced that the Fellowship Program at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, which typically runs through the academic year, is being brought to an early close. Byerly Hall, home to the fellows’ offices, will be closed until further notice beginning on March 26, and all fellowship talks will be canceled. Those living at 83 Brattle can stay through the end of their lease or terminate it early without penalty. All will continue to receive stipends through May 31, and those remaining in the Boston-Cambridge area will also be eligible for child-care expenses and health insurance through that period.Changes to HUHS appointmentsTo reduce the number of patients in its waiting rooms, Executive Director of Harvard University Health Services Giang T. Nguyen said Tuesday that HUHS would temporarily increase the number of patient appointments conducted by telephone, including Counseling and Mental Health Services and Behavioral Health appointments. Urgent Care and Internal Medicine will be open for urgent or essential visits that require in-person exams, as will Mount Auburn’s obstetrics/gynecology practice at Smith Campus Center, which will continue to see obstetrics patients and gynecology emergencies as needed. Patients with upcoming appointments will be contacted by their clinical department, and Nguyen urged patients to continue to monitor the HUHS website for updates.Update on affiliates tested for virusA Monday message from Nguyen contained updates on members of the Harvard community being tested for the novel coronavirus. On March 13, Harvard President Larry Bacow sent out an email stating that two people had been tested for COVID-19, with one test presumptive positive and the other result still pending. Bacow’s message also stated that a third person who had been in close contact with the first was also being tested. By Monday, Nguyen reported that the second person Bacow mentioned had tested negative, while the third person had a presumptive positive test and was being treated off campus.Nguyen’s note also included links to HUHS guidance on whether to self-isolate/quarantine, and information about future cases in the Harvard community. “Efforts are underway to expand access to tests, making it less feasible to notify the community of all tests collected,” wrote Nguyen. “Going forward, we will provide updates on the number of positive cases in our community via the Harvard Coronavirus webpage, rather than through community-wide email. You can also find other guidance and information about COVID-19 on this website.”Changes at museums, A.R.T.On March 12, officials announced the University’s network of museums would close until further notice. The announcement was issued in a joint statement with Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, Institute of Contemporary Art, and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, local art institutions that all have temporarily closed their doors in keeping with the CDC’s social-distancing recommendations. The day before, Harvard’s American Repertory Theater announced it was canceling or postponing a series of upcoming events and updating its ticket exchange and return policies in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.Central administration staff working remotelyHarvard Vice President Katie Lapp sent an email late last week informing the University community that all central administration staff who could do so would work remotely until further notice. On Friday, she approved a weeklong pilot program to test the practice.“The situation we face with this public health emergency is changing rapidly,” Lapp wrote in her email, “requiring that decisions and policies be assessed and adapted each day.” Many Schools and units across Harvard have issued similar guidance regarding remote work. Those looking for further information about working from home or their School’s policy or recommendations regarding remote work can visit the University’s work remotely page.Outings & InningsWhile Harvard’s Outings & Innings box office has also closed, its Twitter page will continue to post material for members of the Harvard community, including information on online museum resources and other content, including virtual sessions with Silkroad artists, live feedings with Myrtle the sea turtle and other animals at the New England Aquarium, and videos of educators sharing fun facts about sharks and other marine life. 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