ABST cancels conference due to coronavirus

first_imgThe Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST) has cancelled its annual conference, which was due to take place on 19-21 June 2020.However, it has announced a date for next year’s event, which will be hosted at the Alton Towers Hotel in Staffordshire on 11-13 June 2021.“The ABST committee has been monitoring the Covid-19 situation continuously over the past weeks, and we have decided to cancel our 2020 conference. Government guidelines currently stipulate the rulings on gatherings, but more importantly, our students will not be able to attend,” stated ABST.“Colleges are practising accelerated learning, which will end their educational year by Easter, and term will not resume until September. We are extremely disappointed by this, but we have to ensure that the safety and wellness of our members is protected.”It added that it was “first and foremost an organisation dedicated to supporting students” and still intended to do this. As such, it has asked for those in the industry who can offer advice, mentorship or work experience to get in touch.“Your support during this turbulent time will be appreciated more than ever by students who are heading into industry.”Several bakery-related events have been cancelled or postponed as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, including Britain’s Best Loaf and Cake International.last_img read more

100 Miles and the James River Rundown

first_imgby John NestlerI knew nothing about racing 100 miles as I stepped into my kayak, but in hindsight, there was nothing to know except this: simply keep paddling.I practiced using my rudder for the first time as I glided to the starting line. Fellow river enthusiasts surrounded me, and I cringed as I saw a long, sleek boat slicing through the water. Most of the course was flatwater, and a longer boat would have an advantage. I overheard other racers talking of having done the Missouri 340. Who was I, going against veterans of a 340-mile race? I hurriedly put those worries aside as I focused on the announcer, who nonchalantly called out:“Are you ready to paddle 100 miles? Get set, go!”Racers took off at a breakneck pace. My strategy was to take it easy at the start to conserve energy for the end of the race, while always keeping the leaders in my vision. Soon, the seven-mile mark appeared. My breathing came naturally, and my arms remained fresh. I realized I would be able to sustain a much faster pace than I had thought, and I took off, chasing the leaders who appeared as tiny specks on the river ahead, shrouded in early morning mist.My mind was focused as I paddled. The sun peeked out from the treetops, and birds spiraled upward on thermal currents, yet nothing could crack the mental barrier I had set up. Absence of thought meant no pain, and the last thing I needed to contemplate was why I would ever willfully subject myself to this. As time passed, however, a feeling of dull, throbbing pain took hold. My bare hands had obvious hotspots, and I could feel discomfort with each paddle stroke. Gloves. I didn’t have them. I imagined myself begging a fellow racer or pit crew to borrow gloves, but that was not an option. Many miles remained, however, and my hands needed care.Stress set in as I lost sight of the leading racers. My confidence fell as I realized that I wasn’t nearly as fast as the other competitors in the flatwater. Excuses floated through my head: lack of sleep, no training, a slower boat. I knew I came out to paddle as fast as I could, but it was demoralizing to be so far behind. I promised myself to just hang on, and maybe the tables would turn in my favor.Every second spent fiddling inside my boat cost me valuable speed, and after a lengthy internal debate, I began peeing inside my boat. I yearned to protect my hands with strips of duct tape, but couldn’t bring myself to fall even further behind while I fetched the tape.The first horizon line appeared, and the course became more dynamic as rapids came into view. Two racers flipped. I surged ahead through the rocky maze, and used the slight lead to tightly bind my hands with tape, hoping to ward off the inevitable blisters. Hands wrapped, I paddled again with a renewed intensity and set my eyes on catching the 2nd place boat.Many rapids interspersed in the course handed me the competitive edge. The leaders were in fragile composite canoes, no match for the abusive sections of river. Meanwhile, my whitewater instincts took over, and I slid over rocks without a care in the world. Roughly seven hours into the race, a particularly long rock garden appeared. The second-place boat disappeared around a small island rapid. Much to my surprise, bobbing supplies and a swamped canoe came into view. Finally, a chance to pull ahead. I set out down the river, knowing I needed to utilize this lead as 60 miles of flatwater remained.I looked back at every turn, expecting to see a canoe in pursuit. None appeared. A mantra ran back and forth through my head: “Paddle harder; they’re hurting too.” I pushed, and pushed, and pushed, hoping to retain my lead. Thirteen hours into the race, light began to fade, and I had only my ritual snack breaks every 20 minutes to distract me from five more hours of paddling.As the blackness of night enveloped the river, the moon lit up a small corridor, guiding me towards the end. Raindrops plunked the water as a storm raged in the distance. A few short stops, punctuated by silent displays of lightning, allowed me to take in the beauty of the night around me, and to momentarily forget about my aching muscles. Slowly, the outline of the State Route 288 bridge rose in the distance, and I found myself at the finish line 17 hours and 13 minutes after starting. I was happy to have won, but even more fulfilled by pushing past my limits on my home river.–John Nestler grew up in Richmond and won the solo race of the 100-mile James River Rundown, which ran ran from James River State Park to Robious Landing.last_img read more

Colombian Navy Destroys 3 Narco-labs on the Pacific Coast

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo November 04, 2020 In mid-September, the Colombian Navy dealt a new blow to narcotrafficking during an operation conducted in Cauca department, on the Pacific coast of Colombia. Three labs used to process coca base paste, which belonged to dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, were found and destroyed, the Navy said in a press release.Guided by naval intelligence, troops of the 42nd Marine Riverine Battalion, the 2nd Counternarcotics Battalion, and the 7th Air Command deployed in a hard-to-reach jungle area, where they found three illegal facilities capable of accommodating about 20 people, the Navy said.Guided by naval intelligence, Navy troops found three illegal structures that produced coca base paste in a jungle area of the Cauca department. (Photo: Colombian Navy’s Pacific Naval Force)On site, units found two seedbeds with 60,000 coca plants, 5,640 liters of coca base paste in process, 1,125 kilograms of macerated coca leaves, 9,728.5 liters of gasoline, 200 kg of solid chemical precursors, and several weapons. Service members also found three industrial leaf choppers, three presses, four motor pumps, and an industrial stove, among other tools used to produce the drug, and a fiberglass boat, the Navy reported in the statement.Colombian Marine Corps Colonel Wisner Paz Palomeque, 2nd Marine Brigade commander, told Diálogo that the three labs were capable of producing 2,000 to 3,000 kg of coca base paste monthly.“The [criminal] groups Structure 6 and Structure 30 are the owners of that drug; they own those manufacturing sites and labs that we’re destroying,” Col. Paz said.At the same time, near the mouth of the Bubey River, in Cauca department, the Navy made another seizure. “In one of the controls carried out by Battalion 42, upon inspecting one of the vessels that was crossing the river, that substance [cocaine hydrochloride] was seized,” Col. Paz said. “The drug was bound for one of their clandestine manufacturing sites; we are using intelligence to look for the exact place to be able to destroy that lab.”The vessel, with two crew members on board, carried 20 packages of cocaine, the Navy said. “On several occasions, we’ve seized boats carrying several kilograms, 300, 150 of coca base paste,” Col. Paz said.According to the Pacific Naval Force,  in operations carried out along the Pacific coast of Colombia from January 1 to September 29, the Navy destroyed 67 labs; seized 114,759 kg of cocaine, 33,020 kg of marijuana, and 269 long-barreled guns and handguns; and captured 138 people for narcotrafficking.last_img read more

Tesla will refund owners who paid to fix main computers out of pocket

first_img– Advertisement – Tesla on Monday notified owners of older Model S and Model X electric vehicles that the company will refund them for repairs if they previously had to pay out-of-pocket to fix a problem in their main computers.The problem manifested as a blank touchscreen or other glitches in the system and was related to memory device failures in the computer that stores data from the vehicle.In customer emails obtained by CNBC, Tesla said it will repair the Model S and Model X cars for owners who are currently experiencing those issues, under an expanded warranty with some conditions.- Advertisement – The warranty expansion and offer to refund some owners may help Tesla avoid a mandatory recall, and a settlement or drawn out court battles.Tesla did not reply to a request for more information.How a Tesla ‘MCU’ worksIn a Tesla electric car, the main computer, also known as an “MCU,” powers the touchscreen where drivers can view and control their entertainment, navigation, air conditioning and other vehicle features. The main computer contains a number of processors, memory devices, GPS and other technical components.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img A view of the dashboard in a Tesla Model S car.Getty Images The memory devices in some Tesla MCUs have a limited “write cycle,” which means they won’t work well, or at all, after they hit a certain number of program or erase cycles.For years, Tesla owners occasionally complained in online forums of blackouts befalling their main computers, sometimes in the midst of a drive, which rendered their cars basically useless. It is not safe, for example, to operate a Tesla if the driver is unable to defrost and run the heat in icy weather. Spontaneous main computer failures could also disable safety features like the backup cam, which is meant to help drivers spot pedestrians or obstacles before backing out of a spot.Tesla will perform the repair on affected cars’ computers under the expanded warranty only if the owner has not yet exceeded 100,000 miles or 8 years of ownership. Tesla will not replace the computer’s memory device for owners who are approaching the end of a warranty period and who want to make a fix proactively.Proposed class actionIn expanding its warranty and agreeing to refund some of the customers who paid for a new MCU or to repair their MCU’s memory device out of pocket, Tesla may prevent a proposed class action lawsuit from advancing. The complaint on behalf of Tesla customers was filed on May 13, 2020 in California. It alleged that Tesla had violated state and federal laws concerning fair marketing and sales practices, consumer safety and vehicle warranties.In June this year, as Reuters previously reported, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a probe into problems with the MCU in some of Tesla’s older Model S and Model X vehicles. That probe covered vehicles made by Tesla from 2012 to 2015. The investigation was prompted by around a dozen consumer complaints submitted to the vehicle safety regulators.Tesla has reportedly used at least some of the same technical components in 159,000 vehicles including Model S sedans built from 2012 to 2018, and Model X SUV’s built from 2016 to March 2018.In 2018, Tesla shifted away from its MCU-1 system, which used Nvidia Tegra 2 and Tegra 3 processors with 4GB or 8GB eMMC NAND flash memory devices made by SK Hynix. This system is known to have memory device problems.It later began to install a newer MCU-2 system in Model S and Model X vehicles, which included an Intel Atom processor with Micron 64Gb storage chips.Tesla notified people who own or previously owned potentially effected vehicles by e-mail. Multiple customers shared the company’s communication with CNBC.Here’s what Tesla wrote:“Our records show that you own or previously owned a Tesla Model S/X that was built before March 2018. It may be eligible for Tesla’s Warranty Adjustment Program covering malfunction of a memory chip (embedded MultiMediaCard). This malfunction may result in a blank or intermittently blank touchscreen but will not impact the ability to drive your car.Tesla is providing eligible owners who experience a malfunction no-cost repairs to this part at any Tesla Service Center for 8 years/100k miles from initial delivery date. If you do not experience a malfunction, there’s no need to take action.If you have already paid for repairs that meet the conditions of the program, you may be eligible for reimbursement. Tesla will send reimbursement details and eligibility by February 2021.To learn more about the program and its terms and conditions, please click the link below.”last_img read more

Balotelli to resume Brescia training

first_imgMario Balotelli had medical tests today and should resume training, as the legal battle with Brescia continues the day after he was turned away. Loading… Promoted ContentSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist9 Talented Actors Who Are Only Associated With One Role7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Why Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Highest Paid Football Players In The World Advertisement The striker had a note from his personal doctor stating he had gastroenteritis and would not be available for training until June 10.It’s reported the club has its doubts about this illness, seen as another reason for him not to take part in training, amid rumours he returned after the lockdown overweight.Balotelli turned up to the training ground yesterday and was turned away at the gate, officially because his medical note was still valid.He then went to a Black Lives Matter march in Brescia city centre instead, posting images of the event on Instagram.The rejection was another step in the legal battle brewing between them, along with a letter informing Balo he had been sacked.Read Also: How Balotelli was denied access into Brescia’s training groundAs the Players’ Union is involved with contract disputes, there are several steps the club wants to take in order to strengthen their position.Sport Mediaset report that today Balotelli had medical tests, after which he can do personalised training separate from the group.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Club Action – Results

first_imgPhoto © Tipperary GAA West Minor B FootballGroup One -Annacarty/Donohill 4-1 Clonoulty/Rossmore 0-7“Tipperary Water” County Hurling Lg, Div 1,Group 1Toomevara 3-25 Eire Og Annacarty/Donohill 0-18Group 2Clonoulty/Rossmore 1-10 Upperchurch-Drombane 2-19Then in Div 2, Group 1Lorrha, Lorrha-Dorrha 1-18 Newport 0-12In Div 4, Group 1Gortnahoe-Glengoole 1-20 Shannon Rovers 1-17“Tipperary Water” County Football Lg Div 1Group 1Arravale Rovers 0-13 Ardfinnan 1-12Div 2, Group 1Loughmore-Castleiney 0-7 Rockwell Rovers 0-5Div 3, Group 1Roscrea, Inane Rovers – Rosegreen W/OKillenaule, Killenaule 0-10 Clerihan 1-5Group 2Emly, Emly 0-6 St Patrick’s 2-7 In Club action todayIn the Mid Tipp Junior Hurling LeagueDiv 1Thurles Sarsfields 0-10 Moycarkey-Borris 4-12Div 2Thurles Gaels 1-11 Boherlahan-Dualla 1-22last_img read more