August 9, 2018 /Sports News – Local Bradshaw Named BYU Baseball Pitching Coach Tags: Baseball/BYU Cougars/Michael Bradshaw FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah — Brigham Young University head baseball coach Mike Littlewood has announced the hiring of Michael Bradshaw as the Cougars’ pitching coach.“Michael brings passion, energy, a great work ethic and invaluable experience from one of the top programs in the country,” Littlewood said. “He’s had the incredible opportunity to work beside legendary pitching coach Dave Lawn at the University of Arizona the past three seasons. I’m confident he’ll be a game changer for our pitching staff.”Bradshaw comes to Provo from the University of Arizona where he was the assistant director of baseball operations from 2015-18 under head coach Jay Johnson.During his time with the Wildcats, Bradshaw was a part of two NCAA Tournament runs, including an NCAA runner-up finish after Arizona advanced to the College World Series final.Before working at Arizona, Bradshaw spent a year at the University of Nevada, Reno, helping the Wolf Pack win the school’s first Mountain West Conference title with a 41-15 record. Bradshaw was a pitcher at Nevada from 2012-14, making 20 appearances with 14 strikeouts over two seasons. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in general studies in 2014.“I would like to thank Coach Littlewood and the rest of the coaching staff for bringing me in and allowing me to be a part of the BYU baseball program and such an amazing community,” Bradshaw said. “I can’t wait to get started and couldn’t be more excited to be a Cougar.” Written by Robert Lovell
Mayors of Terre Haute, Gary address The Economic impact of Gaming ExpansionBy Emily KettererTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS — With only days left for Indiana lawmakers to come to a consensus on the gaming expansion bill, the mayors of Terre Haute and Gary are asking them to not forget about the economic development benefit for their cities.Senate Bill 552, as it stands now, would allow two Gary casinos to merge and move inland from the city’s lakefront, and allow for a new casino in Terre Haute.“552 is obviously a gaming bill, and that’s where all the drama is, that’s where all the conversation is,” Mayor Duke Bennett of Terre Haute Duke Bennett said.Bennett joined Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson at a Statehouse press conference Thursday to argue that SB 552 isn’t just about gaming, but also about the development of two communities.After a number of provisions were changed in the House, including making interested companies bid on the Terre Haute casino and banning mobile sports betting, the bill is still a work in progress.“We know there’s a lot of work still to be done,” Bennett said. “We want to be clear about reminding everyone how important this economic development is.”The city of Gary wants to develop Buffington Harbor, where the two casinos currently sit, into a North American intermodal gateway, Freeman-Wilson said. She said this development is important to expand the city’s economy since it sits 30 miles east of Chicago.“So often, people can focus on the shiny object in the room, and in this case, it’s certainly casinos,” Freeman-Wilson said. “But for us, this has never been primarily about the casino.”The mayors said hundreds of jobs are at stake in the casino expansions. And, Bennett said, the revenue will reap long-term benefits, helping the cities complete more projects to improve the quality of life and boosting state coffers.“It’s about a $75 million impact for the state of new revenue if we can get both of these casinos done,” Bennett said.Bennett said there are pros and cons to the changes in the bill, including the bidding process for his city’s new casino. Three interested gaming companies will be chosen by a county advisory board to compete in a process to bid on the new casino, with the first bid starting at $25 million.“My take on it is, we’re just seeking a casino,” Bennett said. “I’m all about the open market and being able to get the right proposal in place, so if that’s the way it ends up, I’m fine with that.”Near the end of the conference, reporters asked the mayors if they felt casino bosses should have easy access to public officials, in reference to a story published by The Indianapolis Star about Gov. Eric Holcomb’s paid-for plane ride with a casino boss that owns the two Gary casinos in 2018.Bennett said it’s important that proper ethics are followed, but said people who make decisions for the state and members of the private sector are always going to have conversations about how to make Indiana better.“At the end of the day,” he said. “I trust everyone involved in the process to make the right decisions, do the right thing.”FOOTNOTE: Emily Ketterer is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Attorney General Curtis Hill has written an op-ed stating his strong opposition to legalizing marijuana in Indiana.“Marijuana is a harmful drug that poses long-term risks to health, safety, education and employment – especially among those who start young,” Hill writes in the op-ed.The op-ed is available for use by any and all media outlets. It is attached here for your convenience – but if you are planning to publish the op-ed, please let us know by emailing Press Secretary Corey Elliot at [email protected] or calling him at (317) 233-3970. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Twitter Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp By Network Indiana – May 27, 2020 0 471 Google+ Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Twitter Previous articleMore than 250,000 Hoosiers may need help paying rentNext articleMore people from Michigan making trips into Indiana Network Indiana Facebook (“Indiana dunes vs lake michigan” by Valerie Everett, CC BY-SA 2.0) (Network Indiana) Indiana Dunes beaches were packed with people this holiday weekend.On Sunday, thousands lined the Indiana Dunes beaches by noon. In the parking lots, most of the license plates were from Illinois.John Aierre Anderson, a supervisory ranger of the Indiana Dunes National Park, said his team expected the rush but that managing those large crowds during the coronavirus pandemic was overwhelming.Anderson and his team did their best to remind people of the social distancing guidelines while on the beach that stretches 15 miles across the Dunes state and national parks. Indiana Dunes crowds described as “overwhelming” during holiday weekend Google+ WhatsApp
(Photo supplied/Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office) A Middlebury man has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and raping a woman in near Millersburg.The 44-year-old victim was forced into the suspect’s car at gunpoint around 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, according to the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office.The suspect, Jalen Yoder, 19, then drove her to a business north of Millersburg where he sexually assaulted her then ordered her out of the vehicle, the sheriff’s office reported.The victim called police and, on Friday, Elkhart County Sheriff’s Deputies centered in on the Yoder’s home in the 54000 block of County Road 43 in Middlebury.Yoder, refused to come out until negotiators intervened.He was arrested on preliminary charges of rape and kidnapping, the sheriff’s office stated. Facebook Google+ Facebook Twitter Middlebury man, 19, arrested on suspicion of rape, kidnapping Pinterest Previous articleTwo people injured in early Saturday morning shooting in South BendNext articleFood Bank of Northern Indiana mobile food distribution for the week ahead Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. By Jon Zimney – June 6, 2020 0 752 IndianaLocalNews Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Google+
full time workers on the National Living Wage will earn over £600 more a year, a total uplift of over £2,000 since the National Living Wage was introduced in 2016 almost 400,000 young workers are expected to benefit from the fastest increases in the NMW in more than 10 years The average UK domestic electricity bill is £619. Employers who underpay minimum wage rates can face fines of up to 200% of the back pay they owe to workers and can be publicly named by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Since 2013 the naming scheme has identified more than £9 million in back pay for around 67,000 workers, with more than 1,700 employers fined a total of £6.3 million. Since 2015, the government has doubled investment in minimum wage enforcement, spending £25.3 million in 2017 to 2018.The uplift comes after the government published its Good Work plan in February, which announced the right to a payslip for all workers. The new law is likely to benefit around 300,000 people who do not currently get a payslip.For those paid by the hour, payslips will also have to include how many hours the worker is paid for, making pay easier to understand and challenge if it is wrong. The move is part of the government’s Industrial Strategy, the government’s long-term plan to build a Britain fit for the future by helping businesses create better, higher-paying jobs in every part of the UK.For more information on the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage and to report underpayment, visit www.gov.uk/checkyourpay or contact Acas for free and impartial advice.Notes to editors workers aged 25 and over will be £7.83 per hour workers aged 21 to 24 will be £7.38 per hour workers aged 18 to 20 will be £5.90 per hour workers aged under 18 will be £4.20 per hour apprentices under 19 or in the first year of their apprenticeship will be £3.70 per hour From 1 April 2018 the rates for: Over 2 million people will get a pay rise from today (1 April 2018) thanks to an above-inflation rise in national living and minimum wage rates.The National Living Wage will go up by 4.4%, from £7.50 to £7.83, meaning a full-time minimum wage worker will be over £2,000 better off since the introduction of the National Living Wage in April 2016. From today the tax-free personal allowance will also increase from £11,500 to £11,850.Almost 400,000 young workers are expected to benefit from the fastest increases in the National Minimum Wage in more than 10 years.Business minister Andrew Griffiths said: The average weekly food bill was £58 last financial year according to ONS statistics. Over 2 million people on the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage will get a pay rise on 1 April when new rates come into force Over 2 million people across the UK will get a step up in pay thanks to today’s rise in the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage. The uplift means a pay rise of over £600 a year for a full time worker on the National Living Wage – that could be two months food shopping or a year’s electricity bills. So if you should be getting a rise this month, check your pay, talk to your boss and report underpayment to Acas or HMRC. The government takes advice on minimum wage rates from the independent Low Pay Commission, which balances the needs of workers and businesses.
Each month we profile a family firm, charting its course through the generations. Here, we look at the Burns family, who have been at the helm of Burns the Bread for more than 30 years.Founded by Bob Burns – current owner of the Burns bakery empire – three generations of the family are now pulling the reins at Burns the Bread, which has expanded into seven sites and a baking school over its 35-year history.Bob’s daughter Terri works as managing director, while grandsons Casey and Max run the retail side and production management, respectively.Bob started the business in 1983, having already worked in a bakery with his ex-wife Sandra and his parents in-law in Devon. He had his heart set on a traditional family bakery in a “prime” location, which “could become part of the local community”.Then, in 1983, Bob and Sandra purchased what would become the first Burns the Bread site from its former owners, who were retiring. The Glastonbury shop had been operating as a bakery since 1800.“Their most popular line was pasties, and we slightly changed those” said Bob. They named the bakes the Glastonbury Pasty, and they remain a best-seller to this day. The seven Burns sites now sell between 15,000 to 20,000 savouries a week in total.Initially the business produced white, brown and granary bread. Things have changed since then, with some of the bakery’s most popular items including: multi-seeded bread and cornbread, plus sunflower seed, cranberry & walnut, gluten-free, French grain and spelt loaves. “We started doing spelt bread, before it was really fashionable, over 25 years ago,” said Bob. “We use spelt for pies, hot cross buns, Easter biscuits and cakes.”He attributes his keen eye for trends partly to working with Bako over the past 25 years, where he has held the roles of director and chairman. And, in 2012, Bob was named Baker of the Year at British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards.In 1995, Burns the Bread opened its second site on Street High Street, and five more sites have opened up over the past 13 years. Locations include an old café premises in Wells, Cary Castle, the abbey car park in Glastonbury, and Somerton. In 2016, the business opened a ‘School of Baking’.The expansion has been fuelled by a need to accommodate staff aspirations: “ you have to give people opportunities to advance, especially when you’ve trained them yourself”.The business has also raised thousands of pounds for the local hospice and, two years ago, Bob was awarded an MBE for his services to charity and the community.L-R: Terri, Bob and Casey1983 – Bob and Sandra Burns set up their first bakery, Burns the Bread, in Glastonbury1995 – The business expands with a second site 2010 – Third site taken over from existing bakers at Castle Cary2012 – Bob is named Baker of the Year at British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards2013 – Sixth site launched in car park at Glastonbury Abbey2016 – Burns the Bread ‘School of Baking’ opens2016 – Bob Burns awarded an MBE for services to the community of Somerset2017 – Burns the Bread store opens at Somerton
Members of the Rangeley Fire Department competing in last year’s First Responders Challenge Cup.OQUOSSOC – The Village of Oquossoc will safely celebrate summer this weekend, with the annual Oquossoc Day happening Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.An arts, crafts and antique show will take place throughout the day at the Outdoor Heritage Museum, on the corner of Routes 4 and 17. State mandated protocols will be observed including social distancing and required face masks. There will be three sanitizing stations set up at entry areas to the grounds offering free disposable gloves and hand sanitizer. Attendees are being asked to sanitize upon arrival and departure as well as wear gloves between each booth visit. For safe spacing purpose, approximately 15 vendors (half the usual number) will be set up. There will also be live music provided during the day at the Park across from Oquossoc Grocery sponsored by the Oquossoc Day Committee.The Second Annual First Responders Challenge Cup will get underway at 11 a.m. The entertaining and competitive spectacle will take place on Oquossoc Cove and is sponsored by the Outdoor Heritage Museum.Teams of three competitors, each from a local First Responder agencies, will battle it out for points towards the Oquossoc Day Challenge Cup. The Rangeley Fire Department took home the title last year and will be looking to defend it against teams from The Rangeley Police Department, Maine Warden Service and U.S. Border Patrol. The Franklin Sheriff’s Department and Maine State Police have also been invited to join the contest for 2020. Visitors are encouraged to cheer the departments on in what is said to be a guaranteed good time.
On September 29, the Robert A. Skiff Alumni Award went to Sarah Soule, the director of admissions and college counseling at Vermont Commons School; the C. Bader Brouilette Alumni Award to Marie Ambusk, financial reporting accountant/principal at GE Healthcare Integrated Information Technology Solutions; the Vermont Alumni Award to Tim Kavanagh of WCAX-TV and Late Night Saturday; the Roger A. Perry Alumni Award to Courtney McAuliffe of New England Kurn Hattin Homes; and the Presidents Alumni Award to Peter Bruhn and Peter Jewett, operators of GoTradingPost.com.Champlain College President David Finney and many Champlain alumni and friends participated in the celebration aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen.
By Share America October 29, 2019 In early 2019, Chinese authorities have broken up Christian funerals and weddings in Henan province, says Bitter Winter, an online magazine that documents human rights abuses in China. Worshipers are threatened with jail and investigation. Some are arrested.The U.S. Department of State has designated China as a “Country of Particular Concern” since 1999 for severe violations of religious freedom.According to the 2018 International Religious Freedom Report from the U.S. Department of State, the Chinese government requires Christian churches to install surveillance cameras, so that the police can monitor activities daily, and compels Christians to sign documents renouncing their Christian faith. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described China’s actions as “heinous.”Restrictions on religion growing worseChina also wants informers. The South China Morning Post reported in March 2019 that Guangzhou city officials have began offering $1,500 cash rewards for information on religious gatherings.China is among the top 10 countries with the most restrictive laws and policies toward religious freedom, a 2019 Pew Research Center report finds. In the Communist Party of China’s ongoing campaign to Sinicize religion (make it more Han Chinese), Christians, Uighur and Hui Muslims, Tibetan Buddhists, and Falun Gong are particular targets of harassment.“Religious persecution is a defining challenge of the 21st century, and the United States will proudly lead the charge to protect religious freedom wherever it is under attack,” U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback said in written testimony in June.