View post tag: Prime Russian Armed Forces Must be Renewed, Prime Minister Says View post tag: must November 11, 2011 View post tag: Armed Authorities View post tag: Naval Large-scale plans on armed forces renovation must be materialized, declared Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at the meeting with his deputies and representatives of defense industry.“We have thoroughly analyzed the recent problems of defense order placing. That is why we decided to place defense order not only for one year but for a three-year period. Manufacturers could plan and organize rhythmic production then. All our large-scale plans on armed forces renovation must be materialized. This is the top-priority nationwide goal”, the premier said.He wished Sevmash shipbuilders and employees of Russian defense industry success in their hard work.[mappress]Source: rusnavy, November 11, 2011; Image: premier.gov Back to overview,Home naval-today Russian Armed Forces Must be Renewed, Prime Minister Says View post tag: forces View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Renewed View post tag: Minister View post tag: says View post tag: Russian Share this article
Thank the Lord for Scottish opening hours. As the body clock slowly begins to get back to normal and daylight hours once more become familiar, I find myself increasingly nostalgic for my nocturnal existence in Edinburgh; the early morning taxi rides back home, the late-night comedy shows, the late-afternoon breakfast bars, and of course the almost 24 hour-a-day programme of theatre.As a Festival newbie, I arrived with high hopes of glamorous theatrical experiences. The reality of Edinburgh is a lot grittier – a cut-throat battlefield where the weapons are staple guns and sellotape, the ammunition many thousands of posters and flyers, the target the foolish punters who innocently stroll down the Royal Mile every day.The quest for an audience isn’t helped by the fact that there is an awful lot of rubbish put on at the Fringe, not least the endless all-singing, all-dancing adaptations of Shakespeare, which means that audiences flock to big-name shows. The Odd Couple, featuring Bill Bailey and Alan Davies, was perhaps 2005’s equivalent of the hugely successful One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, also directed by Guy Masterson. Tight, funny and professional, it deserved its sell-out audiences, Davies’ dodgy American accent notwithstanding. The stand-up comedy big-hitters were similarly up to scratch. The vitriolic deadpan of Stewart Lee’s tirade against the Christian attitudes that condemned his Jerry Springer – The Opera, Tommy Tiernan’s energetic brand of Irish cheekiness and Jason Byrne’s quite brilliant exploitation of the foibles of his audience were all highlights.While few of these big names disappointed, there is much to be said for trying out the less obvious productions. A Night of a Thousand Jay Astons, a four part drag-act of lip-synching to Bucks Fizz songs, may sound an unlikely hit, but it became a firm favourite with certain Oxford students. The Fringe programme was characterised by a high number of professional burlesque shows, like La Clique, which treated its late-night audience to outrageous turns which included a string of pearls pulled out of a vagina. Similarly, Spank!, a comedy showcase at the Underbelly venue, featured a nightly naked promo, an opportunity for some extreme marketing techniques.Thankfully, none of the Oxford shows needed nude stunts to win over good audiences and a plentiful smattering of four and five star reviews. Though Burlesk perhaps found itself a little out of its depth in such risque company, Starting Here Starting Now, How I Learned to Drive, Boston Marriage and Catch 22 all had successful runs. I Was a Rat! coped admirably with an eleven AM start, offering a vibrant, colourful show enjoyed by children and adults alike, while The Tragedy of Richard Duke of York, despite small audiences, was a clever, imaginative piece of theatre. The Oxford Revue produced strong new comedy sketches, and the Oxford Imps added youthful verve to the thriving improvised comedy scene.Now the hangovers have finally worn off, we can expect a year of high-calibre Oxford performances from these companies, before Fringe madness begins afresh.
That means getting all the pieces to fit together. But with limited dollars and demands from DCS for an additional $286 million over the next two fiscal years, Bosma said lawmakers must focus on funding the state’s key priorities. Those include K-12 education, which currently accounts for more than half of Indiana’s $32 billion biennial budget.While Bosma said K-12 education will see an increase, lawmakers will still be challenged to work with existing education dollars. Gov. Eric Holcomb, who has joined the call for more money for teachers, has said the issue needs to be studied first before adding more money to the budget. This could mean larger steps might not be taken until 2021.House Republicans have partnered with the Indiana State Teachers Association, Teach Plus and Stand for Children Indiana to craft their proposed policies, including House Bill 1003. Focused on directing more money into the classroom, the bill, authored by Rep. Dale DeVon, R-Granger. encourages schools to shift more existing and future dollars to their classrooms.Schools would be asked to devote at least 85 percent of operational funds to instructional expenses, including teacher pay, textbooks and resources. The remaining 15 percent could be used for administrative costs. Bosma said some schools are already spending more than 90 percent on instructional expenses, and more need to follow their lead.If all the state’s public schools met this goal, Bosma said, the state could see more than $350 million in new classroom resources, including enough for a 5-percent salary increase or more for Indiana’s teachers.As written, the legislation does not offer any consequences to schools who do not meet the suggested 85 percent. Bosma said schools would just be subject to public disclosure, making communities aware of whether their district is able to make the commitment.“Would I like to see more teeth to it? Sure,” said Teresa Meredith, president of the Indiana State Teachers Association. “But I think that may come down the line. We’ll see what happens in the conversation.”House Republicans also outlined proposed plans for a one-year residency program that would pair beginning teachers with mentors, plus a new grant program for veteran teachers. Both are designed to attract and retain teachers in the state.Democrats were fast to speak out against the Republicans’ plan to increase teacher salaries as too little and too slow to hit teachers’ wallets.“House Republicans unveiled an agenda so out of touch, it’s like we’re living in two different states,” said John Zody, Indiana Democratic Party chairman, in a news release. “Statehouse Republicans’ teacher pay scheme is moving a dollar from your left pocket to your right. It might feel good, but it isn’t having a real impact.”Members of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus also prioritized increasing teacher pay when presenting their agenda Monday. Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Merrillville, said a salary increase is not only needed to combat the rising teacher shortage by making the field more enticing, but also to show teachers the General Assembly values its efforts.According to U.S. Labor Department data, Indiana ranks No. 37 on the list ranking states from the highest to lowest median annual salary for public and private school K-12 teachers. Indiana, at $49,759, is the lowest among surrounding states, trailing No. 13 Michigan, No. 16 Illinois, No. 17 Ohio and No. 30 Kentucky. When cost of living is applied, Indiana – which is 9.3 percent lower than the national average — comes in at the 16thlowest median annual salary.“Kentucky’s higher than us?” said Sen. Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis. “We should be embarrassed by that.”FOOTNOTE:m Emily Ketterer contributed to this report. She and Shelby Mullis are reporters for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Teacher Pay Among Top House GOP Priorities, But Democrats Say It’s Not High EnoughJanuary 7, 2019 By Shelby MullisTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS — Indiana House Republicans say there is “no doubt” the next two-year state budget will have new money for K-12 education, but how much remains up in the air.House GOP leaders, piloted by House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, unveiled their 2019 legislative agenda Monday with the Department of Child Services’ needs, school funding and teacher pay high on its list of priorities this session.Bosma said their No. 1 priority, however, is passing a balanced two-year budget – and spending no more than the state takes in is mandatory under a state constitutional amendment approved in November by voters.
Tens of thousands of spectators and partygoers lined the bayfront on Saturday night for Ocean City’s Night in Venice.Clear skies and relatively cool weather helped draw big crowds to the annual boat parade and house decorating contest.Ocean City Public Relations Director Mark Soifer said about 70 boats participated — with 65 registering in advance and another five arriving in time for the pre-event captains’ meeting.Last year’s lineup included 72 entries. The 2012 parade had 50 entries, and the 2011 parade saw 58 boats.This year’s theme was “A Night at the Oscars,” with owners decorating their boats to fit the theme. One highlight was a “Jaws”-themed entry — with Robert Shaw’s shark-hunting Quint narrating and a shark fin in tow.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free Ocean City newsletter“Like” us on Facebook__________The parade set out from the Ocean City-Longport Bridge at 7:30 p.m. and made the trip along Ocean City’s bayfront, in and out of lagoons along the way, to the end of the parade route at Tennessee Avenue.The home-decorating contest and private parties along the entire parade route make Night in Venice one of the highlights of the summer season in Ocean City. Crowds line the railing of the pedestrian/bike lane on the Ninth Street Bridge for the annual Night in Venice Parade in Ocean City, NJ.
It has been a very busy week in the industry: Warburton’s opening a new bakery, and the continuing situation at Harvestime; Greggs’ results; the Competition Commission Review; Sonneveld breaking into the improvers market. I suspect that those of you who bump into colleagues at Food & Bake this week, March 19-22, or at the BSB conference this Monday and Tuesday morning, will have plenty to talk about.I hope, too, that many of you who are craft bakers will note that, this week, we preview The Craft Bakery Award. Sponsored by Rank Hovis, it is a marvellous category in which to become a finalist. The sponsor is on the look-out for new entrants and first-timers as well as those who have not won before, so if you are a good craft baker, please do enter.But what of the other big stories? Warburtons’ new Wakefield bakery, which opened this week, is state-of-the-art and the visitor centre will certainly ensure that schoolchildren, and many more, grow to appreciate both the brand and the employment opportunities locally.Of course you don’t need to be really big to promote yourself locally. Being small also works very well. Schools, WIs, church groups… all are on the look-out for speakers and I cannot think of a better way to inspire others than to show them celebration cakes, fresh breads and to talk to them about your trade as passionately as you do to me.There is a certain irony, though, in Warburtons’ continued expansion on the one hand and over-capacity in the plant sector on the other. But it is a mighty brand and a company with a marvellous track record. Its refusal, over the years, to become involved in making low-cost economy bread and its canny concentration on one core business – plant baking – means it also has the profits to support the brand, so it is unlikely ever to be the loser.Elsewhere, profits at Greggs have continued to rise – but at a much slower pace than previous years. Five factors have been highlighted: a massive rise in energy costs; knock-on effects from the minimum wage; the need for more healthy options in the range; more rivals on the high street; and less buoyant consumer spending. Under those circumstances, any rise must surely be considered an achievement.
Independent business The Tiny Bakery is to cease trading from Saturday 2 September after operating for the last three years.The Leicestershire-based bakery, which specialises in selling artisan breads, cakes and bespoke celebration cakes, announced the closure via its Facebook page, with the owners stating they would be hanging up their oven gloves and putting away the baking trays for the last time on 2 September.“We’re very sad not to be able to keep our little bakery going any longer; we will miss it,” said owners Linzi Abraham and Alwyn Morris. “Parting is such sweet sorrow, as Shakespeare truly said.”The co-owners urged its customers to visit the bakery to say its farewells and promised that any celebration cake orders placed after its closure would be completed.
Photo: PxHere / CC0 1.0JAMESTOWN – New York’s Lieutenant Governor says officials still do not know what phase of reopening hair salons and barbershops will fit into.Speaking during a press conference on Thursday, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said hair salons and barbershops still not been placed in any of the four reopening phases.“It is impossible to get your hair done six feet apart from someone, so we are concerned about the risk of transmission and exposure,” explained Hochul. “This is something that we are working on as we speak to determine if it fits into a phase two or phase three activity.”The lieutenant governor reminded everyone that it’s important to sanitize your hands and wear face masks to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Just shy of a year after an electrical fire gutted the interior of the building, the restoration of the chapel at University of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s Rock Eagle 4-H Center near Eatonton, Georgia, is nearing completion.A generous $200,000 gift from Illinois 4-H alumna and recently appointed U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler and an outpouring of support at the August 2019 Georgia 4-H Foundation Gala catapulted the restoration project’s fundraising effort past its $400,000 goal.Loeffler, who grew up on a cattle farm, says her 4-H experience and 4-H mentors contributed significantly to her growth and development. The former CEO of Bakkt, a regulated, global ecosystem for digital currencies, Loeffler was also a member of the executive team at Intercontinental Exchange. She is also a co-owner of the Atlanta Dream, the first women-owned professional sports team in Atlanta.Georgia 4-H State Leader Arch Smith said the goal was set to restore the chapel to its original state with guidance from the original 1953 blueprints.“We wanted to put it back as close as we could to the original, which actually costs more to do today than new construction,” Smith said.The project cost, he said, is roughly $600 per square foot for the 2,000 square foot chapel. Fortunately, the center had stored the original lighting fixtures, which are now being modified with LED lights.The chapel’s chimes, which have not been heard across the center for the past year, will soon be delivered through a “much smaller system with smaller speakers in the chapel’s steeple,” Smith said.The stone walls of the structure were repaired with stones collected from the center grounds, the same stones used to build the original walls. The stained-glass windows are being replaced with windows designed by a contractor who believes his father constructed the original windows, Smith said.“And, I think everyone will be pleased to know the chapel now has a sprinkler system that will turn on in case of fire,” Smith said. “The chapel is one of the symbolic icons of Rock Eagle 4-H Center. We continue to be thankful for the 4-H agent who first spotted the fire and called 911 and appreciate the quick response from the Putnam County Fire Department and university officials who also assisted us in the clean-up and restoration of the site.”Georgia 4-H plans to officially dedicate the newly restored chapel at a ceremony set for June 28, during Georgia 4-H State Council. Rock Eagle 4-H Center, the largest of the five Georgia 4-H centers, hosts more than 70,000 visitors each year. For more on the Georgia 4-H program, go to www.Georgia4H.org.
40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Every cent counts for budget travelers, and the internet is full of helpful tips for saving money. There are so many, in fact, that it’s easy to get overwhelmed by it all. Here we’ve pulled some of the most helpful suggestions for strategies and tech to use while you are out on your adventure so you can save up every last dollar (or Euro, or peso…)Before You GoFinancial Institutions and Credit Cards1. Open an account with a FI with no ATM fees or with international partners so you can withdraw money for cheap, wherever you are headed.2. Make sure you are using a credit card that gets miles that can be used easily — i.e. there are no blackout dates or restrictions on which airlines you can use. Travel-themed credit cards also often give huge mileage bonuses when you sign up, so be sure to do your research to see which one has the best deal. continue reading »
21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Along with the typical resolutions to eat less and work out more, many of us strive to make better financial choices in the New Year. Unfortunately, even the most well-meaning resolutions aren’t always effective for increasing wealth.According to Sujan Patel, VP of Marketing for Inc., “You have to think like a rich person to become one.” Achieving this goal means putting the proper time and effort into managing financial resources, choosing ventures and projects carefully and rejecting any investment efforts that could be considered frivolous.Before setting your financial goals for the coming year, take time to consider these 11 New Year’s resolutions that the rich would never make.1. Waste Money on a Gym Membership That Won’t Be UsedAccording to Nielsen.com, staying fit and losing weight were the top two New Year’s resolutions for 2015. However, a study by the Statistic Brain Research Institute revealed that only 8 percent of people were successful in achieving these goals. In light of this data, the wealthy would not likely consider a new gym membership to be a wise investment. continue reading »