Young Pastry Chef of the Year 2019 revealed

first_imgCharles Parkins has been named as the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts’ (RACA) Young Pastry Chef of the Year.The commis chef at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton in Oxford lifted the accolade after attaining the highest marks in the 5.5 hour-long christening-themed examination.Parkins (pictured right) – together with Lillian Savage from The Royal Household, Ellie Smith from The Wolseley, and Lydia Uglow from Pretty Sweet – was tasked with creating 15 vegan bonbons, 15 Swiss rochers, 15 marshmallow lollipops, and a 20cm christening cake entremets-style that sat on top of a nougatine stand.All four were named Annual Awards of Excellence (AAE) winners for achieving a score of 70% or more – the standard of excellence set by judges, who includedYolande Stanley from The Pastry Training Company and pastry consultant Sarah Hartnett.“I hope that, through the Annual Awards of Excellence, we can motivate and inspire the industry’s young chefs, pastry chefs and waiters to undertake a career of training first themselves, and then others, and to look outside the workplace to wider industry and opportunities,” said John Williams, executive chef at The Ritz London, chairman of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and chair of the judging panel.The accolade was presented during a gala dinner held at Claridge’s.Winners in kitchen and service categories were also announced.last_img read more

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King Crimson, Frank Zappa Hologram, The Strokes, Smashing Pumpkins To Play Festival In Spain

first_imgDoctor Music Festival will return to Catalonia, Spain as the “Reincarnation Edition” from July 12th through July 14th, 2019. After taking nearly two decades off, the festival has returned with perhaps the most impressive and eclectic festival lineup of the year.The 2019 “Reincarnation Edition” of the Doctor Music Festival will feature performances from The Strokes, The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa (Hologram), King Crimson (three sets!!!), Smashing Pumpkins, The Good The Bad & The Queen, Greta Van Fleet, Jimmy Cliff, Underworld (three sets), The Prodigy, The Voidz, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and more.Check out the poster below, which hilariously features a cow wearing earplugs—apparently an “homage to the number of cows who litter the festival grounds,” according to CoS.Head to the festival website for additional information.last_img read more

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Robert Putnam receives National Humanities Medal

first_imgThis afternoon President Obama honored the careers and contributions of the likes of “Star Wars” director George Lucas, musician Herb Alpert, writer Joan Didion, and Harvard’s own Robert Putnam, the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at the Kennedy School. Putnam was one of the recipients of the 2012 National Humanities Medal, which, along with the National Medal of Arts, was conferred by Obama.The National Humanities Medal honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of, broadened our citizens’ engagement with, or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to important resources in the humanities.“I’m very gratified to be included in such distinguished company, especially as a social scientist,” said Putnam. “Most of the credit is due to my remarkable students and research team over the years, who have worked with me to reaffirm the power of community.”Putnam was honored for “deepening our understanding of community in America. Examining how patterns of engagement divide and unite, Dr. Putnam’s writing and research inspire us to improve institutions that make society worth living in, and his insights challenge us to be better citizens,” according to a statement by the White House Office of the Press Secretary.Putnam teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses at Harvard and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the British Academy, and past president of the American Political Science Association. He has written 14 books, including the best-selling “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community,” and more recently “Better Together: Restoring the American Community,” a study of promising new forms of social connectedness.Former Harvard Overseer Jill Ker Conway also received the Humanities Medal “for her contributions as a historian and trailblazing academic leader. Dr. Conway has inspired generations of scholars, and her studies of exceptional and empowered women have revealed a common drive that unites women across the globe — to create, to lead, and to excel,” the White House said.Laurie Olin, former chair of landscape architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, accepted the 2012 National Medal of Arts for “his contributions as a preeminent landscape architect. Renowned for his acute sense of harmony and balance between nature and design, Mr. Olin has dedicated his energy to shaping many iconic spaces around the world and to educating new leaders in his art.”In 2011, Obama awarded the National Humanities Medal to Harvard economist and philosopher Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, and historian Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University librarian. Then-Overseer Emily Rauh Pulitzer, founder and chair of The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, was also honored as a recipient of the 2011 National Medal of Arts.For a list of all the honorees, visit the White House website.last_img read more

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House members lead campaign to donate salary to COVID-19 victims

first_imgLawmaker Nurul Arifin of the Golkar Party faction, one of the proponents of the pay cut, says House members should be able to take a pay cut of up to 50 percent. National Democratic Party faction chairman Ahmad Ali said the cut could begin with their April salary. He too proposed a 50 percent cut.House Speaker Puan Maharani of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), however, said the matter should be discussed by the factions first before being brought to the House leadership.The 575 members of the House receive Rp 4.2 million (US$263) in basic salary and around Rp 61 million in monthly benefits. House speakers and their deputies receive Rp 20 million in additional benefits.It’s not clear if they are proposing to cut their basic salary only, or their take home pay. Nearly half of the House members are businesspeople and more likely to have other sources of income.The House has been virtually empty and silent in the first three weeks since COVID-19 hit Indonesia at the start of March, primarily because it was during a long recess, which was extended by one week to follow the government’s social distancing instruction.The government has been handling the COVID-19 pandemic with little role played by the House. The House is being brought in now that Jokowi is seeking permission to circumvent the law that bars the government from running a budget deficit of more than 3 percent.The People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) is getting into the act with speaker Bambang Soesatyo telling The Jakarta Post on Tuesday he would donate all his salary for the next three months. He did not say whether he would ask other MPR members to do the same.Member of the House of Representatives (DPR) take a photo after attending the Plenary Meeting Session at the Senayan Parliament Complex, Jakarta, on Monday, March 30, 2020. (JP/ Dhoni Setiawan)In West Java, one of the regions worst hit by the pandemic, Governor Ridwan Kamil announced that he had asked that all staff of the provincial administration including himself, accept a pay cut for the next four months and donate the money to the needy.“This is our service to the country for the next four months,” Ridwan said on Monday, adding that when the idea was proposed, none of his staff objected. He said his office was still calculating the size of the cut, whether they would also cut benefits.Ridwan has also decided to give Rp 500,000 a month to each family that is listed as poor in West Java.He appealed to residents to donate any spare money they have through the various religious alms schemes to help the government cope with the pandemic.Antaranews.com reported that many city mayors had followed suit.The mayor of Sabang in Aceh, Nazaruddin, has pledged to give all his salary starting in March for the cause even though the city has not had any confirmed COVID-19 cases, his spokesman Bahrul Fikri said.Mahyeldi, the mayor of Padang in West Sumatra, said he would donate his salary for the next six months.Padang has 94 people being monitored and five under surveillance for COVID-19.He urged all civil servants to donate at least 7.5 percent of their salary for the next two months,” Mahyeli said.Sulkarnain Kadir, the mayor of Kendari in Southeast Sulawesi, pledged to donate his salary for six months from January to June.“This is a way of showing my attention and concern for the people of Kendari city, especially those with low income and those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak,” he said on Monday (mfp)Topics : Chairman of the House of Representatives (DPR), Puan Maharani (center) smile after attending the Plenary Meeting session at the Parliament Complex Senayan, Jakarta, on, Monday, March 30, 2020. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)In the regions, governors and mayors are also taking similar actions to encourage salaried people to donate part of their income.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has imposed “large scale social restrictions” rather than a complete lockdown, but this still means closing down schools, work places and places of worships. This means more people could lose their jobs and income in the coming months. Most vulnerable are the 55 percent of the 130 million workforce who work in the informal sector. Working from home (WFH) may be effective in slowing down the spread of COVID-19, but for many in the informal sector with no regular income, this means the loss of their source of income. No work simply means no pay.Members of the House of Representatives are now taking the lead in donating part or all of their salary to help those whose livelihood has been most affected by the WFH concept. Returning from the month-long recess on Monday, some House members immediately proposed that their salaries be cut by as much as half and the money given to people who have lost their sources of income.last_img read more

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Lady Cardinals Get Wins Over STM Lady Trojans

first_imgThe St. Louis Cardinals 7th Grade Volleyball team served a solid game to defeat the St. Michael’s Lady Trojans 25-15, 25-13. Kate Weber and Isabelle Wonnell led the team with 11 and 9 points respectively. Izzi Price, Maggie Beiser and Ella Moster served up 4 points each followed by Lilly Schebler and Catherine Streator with 2 points each and Ava Owens with 1 point. The team worked well transferring from offense to defense. Rhea Miller, Ingrid Tuveson and Lucy Abplanalp were great support on the court passing the ball to the setter so the offense could setup.The 8th Grade Lady Cardinal St. Louis Volleyball team received their first win of the season by defeating the St. Michael’s Lady Trojans 18-25, 25-25-16, 15-13.  Kate Weber served her best match with 16 points followed by Megan Raab 9 points, Audrey Beiser 5 points, Isabelle Wonnell 2 points and Mary Hunter & Lilly Schebler 1 point each. Emma Livers passed the ball solidly so Isabelle Wonnell could setup the offense. Beiser has the only kill of the night. The Cardinals worked hard and dug deep within side them to pull the win out against a well rounded team.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jennifer Meer.last_img read more

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