first_imgWith chocolate being a hit at Easter time, Bakehouse (Bagshot, Surrey) has developed the Triple Chocolate Danish, with a filling of soft, dark chocolate with white and milk chocolate drops, encased in a traditional plait of flaky Schulstad Danish pastry and topped with real chocolate pieces.Bakehouse has used its new patented ReadyGlazed technology to coat the pastry during manufacture and melt during baking.Available from wholesalers in cases of 48 pieces, the Triple Chocolate Danish bakes from frozen in only 18 minutes.last_img read more

first_imgAnimal law in the classroom March 1, 2005 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Regular News Animal law in the classroom Senior Editor Standing at the blackboard at Florida State University College of Law, Cindy McNeely teaches class holding a toy poodle in the crook of her arm.This isn’t just any dog. This isn’t just any class. And this isn’t just any teacher.The dog’s name is Hemi. Though his back legs are paralyzed from being hit by a car, and he has to wear a diaper, his eyes are alert and bright. If dogs can smile, Hemi is beaming.The class is Animal Law, where nine students are engrossed in a discussion about what rights, if any, animals have, and what their worth is to their human owners beyond market value as property.The teacher is adjunct professor McNeely — 1997-98 editor of the FSU Law Review, former clerk for First DCA Judge Marguerite Davis. Now practicing in a variety of legal areas with her husband Rob McNeely, she’s a mother, vegetarian, and animal lover on a mission to build a no-kill animal sanctuary.Student David Organes offers: “The more you contribute, the more rights you have, the more the law cares about you.”“How do you define contribution?” McNeely asks.“It’s usually defined by economics, and pets supposedly can’t give us anything,” Organes says. But he is quick to add that after reading one of the textbooks, Dog Law, he sees how companion animals really do give their owners a lot.McNeely tosses out: “Are animals like an old pair of slippers, that we can just discard?”That’s why McNeely had tucked Hemi into a ventilated bag and smuggled him into her classroom, where he scrambled around the floor propelled only by front paws, until he was picked up by a few students who cuddled him and fluffed his curly topknot.“I brought Hemi in to give the students a look at one of the animals that would have been killed in a regular shelter, or by most people, because he’s ‘damaged,’” McNeely said. “As I think all of us can see, Hemi is nonetheless a happy, content, not-suffering animal. He deserves a chance to live out his life.”For McNeely, the issue is beyond academic. She is on a spiritual mission to create a no-kill animal sanctuary in the Tallahassee area, because it breaks her heart that too many adoptable animals are routinely killed at the city’s shelter.“To manage animal populations through ‘putting them down’ just because it’s easier on the humans to get rid of them, and more cost efficient—that’s not euthanasia.,” McNeely said. “That’s killing.”Because of a series of fateful events, she is well on her way. It began in 2002, with a heart-wrenching, award-winning expose by the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper on the Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center, complete with graphic photos of piles of animals killed at the shelter. & #x201c;I’m the first person in my family to go to college, let alone law school. I had always been of the mind that if there is something that needs to be done, fix it. Don’t whine about it. Don’t complain. Educate yourself. Don’t leave it to others.”Already, McNeely had known about a no-kill animal sanctuary in Utah called Best Friends, an inspirational prototype.Disturbed over the sad state of affairs at the local animal shelter, late at night, with the kids in bed, McNeely was alone with her thoughts: “I am fortunate enough to be out of law school now, and I have some money coming in. I am going to write a letter to the editor offering to pay to send one shelter employee to the Best Friends conference held in Atlanta.”That letter prompted a like-minded soul, Barb Law, to e-mail McNeely, offering to do the same thing. Eventually, the two women decided not to try to transform the shelter’s philosophy, but to do something themselves.Law holds two full-time jobs as aquatics director of the Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Department, as well as a paramedic in Franklin County.“Barb does lots of rescuing, people and animals. Sometimes, she’ll have someone in the ambulance, and there will be an emaciated dog on the side of the road, and she’ll stop and get the dog,” she says with a grin.This pair of can-do women decided to create Extended Circle Animal Haven.Currently, they have a small three-acre sanctuary for 25 dogs and 20 cats south of Tallahassee. But a group of wealthy entrepreneurs—one whose son is dedicated to animal rescue efforts—heard of the effort and has purchased 2,700 acres west of town.“They are going to build our sanctuary on the property, and they are going to build environmentally sensitive green houses,” McNeely said, sitting in her law office, petting a black cat she calls “the office greeter.”“The development will be themed for companion animal people to all live together in harmony. And the sanctuary will be off on one part of the property. We’re so excited about it. I can’t begin to tell you.”Another volunteer the group has attracted is Kurt Moore, director of corporate research and development at FSU. He is helping Extended Circle create what he calls “an integrated fund-raising program,” which includes getting people to leave money in their wills.“One thing I can say about Cindy and Rob, as a professional fund-raiser, is that they are very organized. By being organized and smart and not trying to reinvent the wheel, they have come a long way in a short amount of time.”As McNeely says: “Lawyers can make things happen.”What she hopes to make happen in her Animal Law class is exposing students to an emerging area of substantive law.“There are definitely people who don’t take this that seriously,” McNeely said. “But you know what? When I was in law school, a lot of people pooh-poohed the women in law classes, like it wasn’t a real class.”It was FSU College of Law Associate Professor Phil Southerland who lured McNeely into co-teaching the first Animal Law class the 2004 spring semester. He remembered McNeely as a smart law student, had read about her efforts to establish the no-kill shelter, and thought she would be the ideal person to involve in a course he had long wanted FSU to embrace as part of its curriculum.“I had not done it, because I feel so passionately about animals and the environment and the way we treat those things,” Southerland said. “I thought I was too biased. I guess I read too much Dr. Doolittle when I was growing up. I think animals communicate and deserve the same treatment you would give human beings. I kept putting it off, but I got the bug last spring. Too many good schools have the course — at least 20, including Harvard. It’s definitely respectable.”McNeely believes so much in educating students about animal law that despite a budget crunch, she agreed to teach pro bono.After class ended, Organes, the second-year student who was very engaged in discussions, sat in a lounge. He said he signed up for McNeely’s class because “it was an opportunity to take a course that you aren’t exposed to every day.”Describing himself as “an animal lover, but not a bleeding heart animal lover,” he admits he is “too much of a carnivore” to give up eating meat. When he is a lawyer, he said he hopes to practice civil rights law. As long as there are still people suffering, he said, he will worry more about their human rights than animal rights.But he’s glad to take the class that has him thinking in new ways.And the lawyer who teaches with a dog nestled in the crook of her arm says with conviction: “You can look historically at whatever source you want to site—the Bible or different treatises written by learned scholars—who justify human rights. A lot of that applies to animals, too. It’s just a matter of whether we will be selfless enough to recognize and extend the rights to the animals. That’s the real question.” For more information on McNeely’s no-kill animal shelter project, go to www.extendedcircle.org.last_img read more

first_imgPreviously BCA corporate secretary Raymon Yonarto said the acquisition of Rabobank Indonesia aimed to support Indonesia’s banking architecture.“It is also meant to support our subsidiaries’ existing businesses,” he said in a statement to the IDX last year.The bank would also study the possibility of merging Rabobank with a BCA subsidiary in the future, according to the statement.Rabobank’s acquisition will be the second recent acquisition by BCA. In November 2019, BCA took complete ownership of Bank Royal for Rp 988.05 billion (US$67.24 million).Rabobank Indonesia announced earlier last year that it would stop operations in June 2020. President director Jos Luhukay said the decision was made to align with the global business strategy of the Rabobank Group, which would focus on the supply chain of food and agricultural products.Topics : Publicly listed Bank Central Asia (BCA) expects to complete its acquisition of agriculture-focused Rabobank Indonesia by the end of the third quarter of this year, having received approval from shareholders.BCA shareholders gave their consent to the bank’s plan to acquire Rabobank’s 3.72 million shares during an extraordinary general meeting on July 30.The shares represent full ownership of the company, which is currently owned by Dutch bank Cooperative Rabobank UA, PT Aditirta Suryasentosa, PT Antarindo Optima, PT Antariksabuana Citranagara and PT Mitra Usaha Kencana Sejati. “The total value of this acquisition will refer to a fixed premium of US$20.5 million plus a one-time adjusted book value on closing in September 2020,” BCA said in a statement.After getting the approval of its shareholders, BCA said it would submit applications to the Financial Services Authority (OJK) to get the body’s approval for the acquisition. The process is expected to be complete by the end of the third quarter of this year.BCA stocks, traded on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) under the symbol BBCA, had dropped 1.52 percent as of 11:04 Jakarta time on Monday as the exchange’s main gauge, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), plunged 2.75 percent.Foreign investors dumped, on net, Rp 135.8 billion worth of BCA stocks during Monday morning trading as the local stock market was hit by negative sentiments because of contractions announced by big economies such as the United States, France and Germany, last week. The bourse as a whole recorded a foreign net sell of over Rp 878 billion.last_img read more

first_imgDjibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority (DFPZA) stood up against DP World’s claims that the opening of the Chinese-built Djibouti International Free Trade Zone (DIFTZ) was against the port operator’s exclusive contractual rights.The duo has embroiled in a dispute over concession agreement for the Doraleh Container Terminal (DTC) since February this year after Djibouti terminated DP World’s concession contract for the operation of the terminal.The first phase of the 240-hectare trade zone was opened earlier this month and once fully operational it will become Africa’s biggest free trade zone hosting dozens of companies.DP World insists that with the opening the Djibouti Government is “violating its contractual obligations and the rights of foreign investors.” On the other hand, DFPZA insists that the free trade zone is fully in line with international laws and standards and that it does not violate DP World’s contractual rights in any way. “DPFZA deeply regrets the repeated, misleading comments from DP World. DP World seems to be engaged in a sustained but futile campaign to misrepresent the facts. DP World’s stubborn behaviour and attitude towards Djibouti, including its attempt at rent-seeking in regard to the operation of DCT, has had no place on the African continent since the end of colonization,” Aboubaker Omar Hadi, Chairman of DPFZA, said.“It should be recalled that DP World did not exist outside of Dubai before its agreement with Djibouti in 2000, which was its first deal outside of its home territory. Dubai Ports International was only created at that time, whereas Djibouti has been managing ports for many years due to its highly strategic location and long history as a maritime nation.”“Djibouti remains committed to undertaking fair business partnerships with companies from around the world. The recent opening of the DIFTZ shows Djibouti is becoming a leading investment destination in Africa and for Africa,” DPFZA statement reads.last_img read more

first_imgWindies attempting to avoid second straight series whitewashBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Back-to-back defeats to England last weekend have left West Indies facing a second straight series whitewash – a fate they will earnestly attempt to avoid – when they contest the final One-Day International at Kensington Oval here today.The Caribbean side slumped to a 45-run loss in the opening game at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium last Thursday and two days later lost by four wickets in the second encounter at the same venue.But even though the three-match series has already been decided, captain Jason Holder urged his side to stay focused on securing a victory especially with West Indies urgently needing to bolster their ranking in order to earn automatic qualification for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.“A win here obviously would be very valuable. Pakistan is ahead of us (in the one-day rankings) as well so we just need to pick up points there,” Holder told reporters here yesterday.“We haven’t worked it out mathematically but we know the importance of every game especially playing a side that is higher-ranked than we. We’ve got England now, Pakistan afterward, then we have India later down in the year and then we also have one-dayers in England.“Those are all teams that are ranked higher than we. The magnitude of the situation is for us to win these games against higher-ranked sides and I think once we do that, we’ll definitely qualify for the World Cup.”In both previous games, West Indies found themselves with chances to turn the results their way, but lacked the killer instinct.Chasing 297 in the opener, they were 190 for four in the 39th over but threw away their last six wickets for 61 runs, to surrender meekly.Then, in last Sunday’s encounter, England plunged to 124 for six at the half-way stage in pursuit of 226 but West Indies proved sloppy in the field, and Joe Root (90 not out) and Chris Woakes (68 not out) capitalised, engineering an unbroken stand of 102 for the seventh wicket to frustrate the hosts.Holder said despite the two disappointing performances, the Windies had remained upbeat and were optimistic about turning their fortunes around.“The guys are in good spirits. Everybody wants to make their mark here. Obviously we’ve had two games and we’ve had some individual brilliance from players like Jason Mohammed and Jonathan Carter, Shannon’s (Gabriel) been pretty good – (Devendra) Bishoo and Ashley (Nurse) as well,” Holder pointed out.“I don’t think the spirits are daunted in the dressing room; I think everybody’s heads are held high. I just try to keep everyone in good spirits and everybody is in good spirits. We have a good vibe on and off the field. It’s just a situation for us to execute.“We’ve also let ourselves down in the field in terms of dropping catches and being a bit sloppy in the field so that’s obviously an area we have paid some attention to, and I think once we hold those half chances, games can be a lot different for us.”Last October, West Indies were swept by Pakistan in a similar three-match series in United Arab Emirates. The following month, they struggled in Zimbabwe during the Tri-Nations Series involving the hosts and Sri Lanka, missing out on the final after winning just one of four games.Holder said across both the batting and bowling departments, there was obviously a need for more consistency from his players.“I’ve preached in the dressing room we need consistency. The only way you can be consistent is if you get an opportunity to play …,” he explained.“I just think it is important that we do a lot better at the top of our innings when we bat. We haven’t really gotten a good start in this tournament as yet.“I thought the bowling in the last game was a lot better than the first game. We got down to the last 10 overs and did a lot better and that’s all due down to the context of the game but I thought we fought really hard and had attacking options in the last game. We set attacking fields and we got wickets; so for me we may just need to string that collective game together and take it all the way.”West Indies have brought fast bowler Miguel Cummins into the 13-man squad as a replacement for injured speedster Shannon Gabriel.last_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, MI — The state of Michigan, specifically rural communities, have been heavily affected by the opioid epidemic in recent years. Alpena, and other communities on the sunrise side are now getting some help to combat the problem.Jason Allen, State Director of the Department of Agriculture, Rural Division, says anyone in northeast Michigan is welcome to the resources.“The objective of this grant was received in our telemedicine area is to assist with the opioid crisis that is occurring in much of rural America. These grant dollars will connect multiple counties in northeast Michigan to help them to be able to have staff trained to help them to be able to provide access to additional services in areas that are struggling to get appropriate treatment.”President of Alpena Community College, Don MacMaster, says equipment is expected to be installed in the next three to six months.The resource will be open to all northeast Michigan residents, including non–students.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: ACC, alpena community college, Grant, money, opioidContinue ReadingPrevious Former Alpena resident elected to Swedish ParliamentNext Mio restaurant rallies for clean riverslast_img read more

first_imgAirbnb says it has launched its “Open Homes Program,” which provides free housing to displaced residents and disaster relief workers, to those affected by Hurricane Dorian.More than 800 Airbnb hosts will be available in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. Check available listings here.As of Monday morning, more than 30 Airbnb locations were available around our state in St. Petersburg, Tampa, Tallahassee and Miami-Dade.Kellie Bentz, Airbnb’s head of global response and relief, says, “Airbnb’s Open Homes Program continues to be activated for those affected by Hurricane Dorian across the southeast U.S. region. We encourage hosts to open up their homes, and those who need housing to take advantage of the program.”last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement al5k4NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs74jWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eb1vg( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) tstWould you ever consider trying this?😱1r5hCan your students do this? 🌚tbyrjRoller skating! Powered by Firework The star German midfielder Toni Kroos scored an absolute stunner from long range in the match against Celta Vigo in the opening match of the season in La Liga. The match was going out of control of the Los Blancos after the red card shown to Luka Modric. The Los Blancos needed the much needed confidence booster in the match and they got it from the stunner of Toni Kroos.Advertisement Karim Benzema scored the first goal of the match at the 12th minute of the match. Real Madrid was dominating in the first half with their possessional display. At the injury time of the first half, the goal of Brais Mendez was disallowed by using VAR. At the 56th minute of the match, Luka Modric was shown a straight red following a bad foul on him. Then the moment came at the 61st minute of the match for Toni Kroos to produce his brilliance in the field. He took the shot from outside the box and the shot struck the upper part of the net.Advertisement Real Madrid ultimately won the match with a margin of 3-1. The importance of the goal of Toni Kroos at that moment of the match is unbelievable. Advertisementlast_img read more