Don’t be a victim of “smart crime”

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 TAGScyber attackscyber crimecyber devices Previous article4 Tips for MAC Users to Improve Your ProductivityNext articleAHA Players announce new production Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your comment! Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your name here 5 tips to protect your devices from cyber thievesYour smartphone, your tablet, your computer – they are some of your most important and most used possessions. They are the daily tools you use for research, to connect with others and make purchases. You take them everywhere and fill them with your important, personal information.And all of that makes them the perfect targets for a cyberattack.The number of cyber crime incidents in the United States grows each year, and as Americans move into an increasingly digital society – thanks to smart phones, smart cars, and smart in-home technologies – cybercrime is expected to grow in frequency again in 2017. Protecting yourself, your family and the vital information on your devices means increasing your focus on your own cyber security. That starts with these five tips.Recognize you’re not immune.Cyberattacks increase in frequency and severity every year, so don’t make the mistake of believing it can’t happen to you. “It’s important to protect yourself by taking personal responsibility for your data; we can’t expect banks or other institutions to do it for us,” said Jim Karagiannes, Ph.D., professor in DeVry University’s College of Engineering & Information Services. “We lock our doors and take other security measures to protect our home and car. We need to also take precautions with our personal security and information.”Don’t store your username, password or credit card information with a website.The convenience makes it tempting, but websites are a popular target for cybercriminals because a successful hack gives them access to hundreds or thousands of files, including yours. Even storing this information on your own computer can expose it to a cyber attack, and if your credit card information is captured, criminals can use it to gather your social security number. That exposes you to identify theft. Keep this information off your devices and, instead, create complex passwords and write down all of your usernames and passwords on a piece of paper that you keep in a safe place, such as a deposit box.Use only a credit card, not a debit card, when making online purchases.Using your credit card instead of your debit card allows you to keep better track of the purchases you have made. It also limits the effects of any possible theft to just the one card instead of several. If you have no choice but to use a debit card for an online purchase, do not use your pin number online.If it feels like a trick, it probably is.Cyber criminals often engage in “social engineering” or other non-electronic methods to try and trick you into surrendering your data. If you get a phone call about a banking or credit card issue or if your computer tells you to call a number because it just caught a virus, be cautious. Do not divulge any personal history or credit card details. Hang up or ignore the computer-generated notices and call the customer service number of the institution’s website with any questions.Replace your existing credit cards with chip cards as soon as possible.Chip cards are becoming the new normal these days, and if your current credit card does not have a silver square chip on its front, consider replacing it quickly. Popularized in Europe, chip cards possess the necessary encrypted information to eliminate delays in the transaction process. Doing so closes the window criminals need to steal your personal information, thus protecting you from identity theft.You have no intention of abandoning your devices, of course, so protect them. Following the tips above will help better secure your technology and personal information from the threats of cybercrime so you can enjoy your devices with greater peace of mind. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Nano House / Punto Arquitectónico + ARCICONSTRU

first_img 2017 Houses Projects Year:  “COPY” “COPY” Nano House / Punto Arquitectónico + ARCICONSTRU ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Manufacturers: Cemex, Canterland, UnserhausSave this picture!© Tamara UribeRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorText description provided by the architects. Casa Nano, is conceived as a place of refuge and shelter for a family of four. The project is divided into two stages, corresponding to the purchase of the two lots in which it is located. The volume of the house evolves according to the orientation of each space, favoring the capture of ventilation and natural lighting.Save this picture!© Tamara UribeSave this picture!Lower PlanSave this picture!© Tamara UribeIn the first stage, the project of the residence is developed around a central courtyard, in which all spaces converge. The first space secuence contains the social area, a double height space that houses the hall, living room and dining room, acompandying the terrace that also forms part of the central courtyard space. Volumetrically, the social area is conformed by an elevated white box that contains it and it is projected to the second solar, emphasizing the view to the lateral garden. Inside, a sequence of stepped ceilings accentuates the boundaries between each space and generates zenithal light entrances. As protection of direct sun rays, a cantilevered stone wall takes place; It wraps and floats in a small garden adjacent to the living and dining room.Save this picture!© Tamara UribePreceding the social area, is the square of pedestrian and vehicular access along with the garage.Save this picture!SectionsThe program of spaces, is developed on the periphery of the first plot, with a central courtyard scheme, the lateral crib houses the semi-public area: kitchen, TV room with direct access to the terrace, and flows into the back cradle, it contains the children’s rooms in the most protected part and the main room, this one interacts directly with the central courtyard through a large window. The square is closed by the pool which acts as a virtual volume and generates a visual frame for the adjacent batch.Save this picture!© Tamara UribeThe second lot is used to generate additional garden area, at its edge, the bar take place, a clean volumetry pavilion with a great view to the side facade of the house.Save this picture!© Tamara UribeProject gallerySee allShow lessKaleidoscope House / Paul Raff StudioSelected ProjectsWhat’s Stopping Urban Designers From Creating Walkable Neighborhoods From Scratch?Articles Share Architects: ARCICONSTRU, Punto Arquitectónico Area Area of this architecture project Nano House / Punto Arquitectónico + ARCICONSTRUSave this projectSaveNano House / Punto Arquitectónico + ARCICONSTRU Mexico ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ArchDaily CopyAbout this officePunto ArquitectónicoOfficeFollowARCICONSTRUOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMeridaMexicoPublished on August 30, 2017Cite: “Nano House / Punto Arquitectónico + ARCICONSTRU” [Casa Nano / Punto Arquitectónico + ARCICONSTRU] 30 Aug 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialCommunications2NIntercom – 2N® IP BaseSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE Pyramid/HippedConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagWall Cladding – MDF Perforated PanelsStonesMikado QuartzQuartz Slab – ClassiqueFloorsFranken-SchotterFlooring Panels – Dietfurt LimestoneWindowspanoramah!®ah! CornerFittingsSaliceStorage Accessories – Excessories, Pull- outArmchairs / Couches / Futons / PoufsEmuSeating System – TamiMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Save this picture!© Tamara Uribe+ 27 Share CopyHouses•Merida, Mexico Area:  570 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project last_img read more

Home Office announces proposals to regulate charity collections

first_imgHome Office announces proposals to regulate charity collections Home Office Charities Minister, Fiona Mactaggart MP, has unveiled proposals for a new integrated licensing scheme for public charitable collections in England and Wales.The licensing scheme proposals include applying the same rules for house-to-house and street collections. By updating old and fragmented legislation, the Home Office hopes to make the law easier for collecting organisations to understand and for licensing authorities to implement effectively.The proposals aim to provide fair access to collecting opportunities to all eligible organisations while deterring bogus collectors. They also seek to address the current situation where licensing authorities apply the rules differently in different areas. Advertisement Tagged with: Community fundraising Events Giving/Philanthropy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.center_img The proposals cover collections “for charitable, philanthropic and benevolent purposes”. There is no suggestion of charging for licences. They include introducing an exemption for small local collections.Ms Mactaggart said: “We need fair, transparent regulation which facilitates responsible fundraising, but deters bogus collectors and prevents nuisance to the public. This will help protect the good name of the voluntary and community sector. I am confident that we will devise a workable scheme to maintain and even improve the level of trust and confidence which people feel in our charitable sector.”The Home Office is seeking responses from interested parties from from 9 September to 2 December 2003.  27 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 10 September 2003 | Newslast_img read more

Thousands pay their respect’s to Dolores O’Riordan in Limerick

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Facebook Email Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Thousands pay their respects to Dolores O’ Riordan. Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy thanked the family of Dolores O’Riordan for affording the people of Limerick and beyond the opportunity to pay their respects to her on Sunday at St. Joseph’s Church in the city.Ahead of her funeral on Tuesday, the family of the Ballybricken woman arranged for her remains to lay in repose on Sunday at the same church in Limerick city where she made her First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Bishop Leahy was on hand with administrator of St. Joseph’s Parish Oliver Plunkett as he received Dolores remains at the Church on Sunday and meet with her mother Eileen and other family members who attended.Speaking afterwards he said: “It was a very moving to be here, to see the generosity of Dolores’ mother Eileen and other family members not alone in providing this opportunity ahead of the funeral for the public to pay their respects but for being there also.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Dolores’ had great spirituality and having met her mother today, it’s easy see why. She is taking a lot of strength from her faith at this difficult time and is a remarkable woman.”Thousands of people filed past the Limerick woman’s coffin on Sunday afternoon to pay their respects. Addressing the large congregation at the outset, Bishop Leahy said: “In blessing the remains of Dolores O’Riordan here in St. Joseph’s Church in Limerick today, I am conscious that, while millions across the world have been shocked by the sad news of her death, today is Limerick’s public moment to bid farewell.“We come to offer a heartfelt greeting to a deeply loved and cherished daughter of Limerick, a talented representative of the potential of Limerick people and a convinced advocate of living life in truth, love and peace.Dolores appreciated the value of spirituality in our lives. She made her First Communion in this church and was confirmed here. Her spiritual journey continued in many parts of our world, and yet Dolores remained anchored in Limerick. We can be grateful to Dolores’ family for choosing this beautiful church as a venue for her lying in repose.“Today as the Limerick people she greatly loved come to pay their respects, let us pray for Dolores: ‘May the angels lead you into paradise; and take you to the holy city, the new and eternal Jerusalem, where there will be no more tears, no more death or pain, for the time of heavenly singing has come’.” He concluded.More local news here. center_img Previous articleHigh hopes for regional and national growth for ShannonNext articleLeo Varadkar praises rapid growth of Limerick company Staff Reporter WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” TAGSBishop LeahyDolores O’Riordanlimerickremoval NewsLocal NewsThousands pay their respect’s to Dolores O’Riordan in LimerickBy Staff Reporter – January 22, 2018 3315 Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Linkedinlast_img read more

Are Servicing Reforms on the Horizon?

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Are Servicing Reforms on the Horizon? A report titled Setting the Stage for Servicing Reforms, released by the Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center (HPFC) on Wednesday has made a case for the importance of policy reforms in the mortgage servicing sector. The report reviewed how the mortgage industry has changed over time and explained the importance of the mortgage servicing industry to the overall housing market as well as the significance of servicing to a wide variety of stakeholders.The report is the first in a series by HPFC’s Mortgage Servicing Collaborative—a group consisting of lenders, servicers, consumer groups, civil rights leaders, researchers, and government—that was convened to develop a common understanding of the biggest issues in mortgage servicing, their implications, and possible solutions as well as policy options that can advance policy reforms for mortgage servicing. The series will examine key servicing issues and provide recommendations for resolving them.It touched upon the current mortgage servicing landscape, how it was before the 2008 housing crisis and how it has changed after the Great Recession. The report pointed out to the fact that although new rules put in place after the crisis increased standardization, they are not aligned among investors, leading to inefficient servicing.Making its case for policy reforms to increase efficiency in this sector, the report said that the costs of servicing mortgage loans have increased since the 2008 crisis. Citing an MBA survey of mortgage servicers, the report said that between 2008 and 2016, the per loan cost of servicing a non-performing loan, one that is either delinquent or in default, has almost quadrupled from $482 to $2,113. The cost of servicing a performing loan has also nearly tripled from $59 to $163. These increasing costs have a negative effect on all stakeholders such as consumers, mortgage servicers, federal regulators, insurers, guarantors, and housing counselors the report said.The report indicated that the mortgage servicing industry today was much more complex, tightly regulated, and sophisticated than the pre-crisis servicing industry. With housing reform finance legislation once again in the works in Congress, now was the right time for service reforms. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Are Servicing Reforms on the Horizon? Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Congress Great Recession housing finance reforms Investors Lenders loans mortgage Risks Servicing Urban Institute Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago January 10, 2018 1,417 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Congress Great Recession housing finance reforms Investors Lenders loans mortgage Risks Servicing Urban Institute 2018-01-10 Staff Writer Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe Previous: First-Time Homebuyers Could Face Increased Default Risks in 2018 Next: How Could Housing Reform Affect Rural Mortgage Lending? Share Savelast_img read more

‘As Iowan as cornfields’: How immigration changed one small town

first_imgSergio Flores for ABC News(NEW YORK) —  When Maria Gonzalez was 3 years old, her mother heard from family who had already immigrated to the U.S. that she could find work in Marshalltown, Iowa. She followed their advice and took her two young children from Villachuato, their small town in central Mexico, to take a job on the line of the town’s meat-processing plant, Swift & Co. That was in the 1990s. Today, though its name has changed, the plant remains the largest employer in the town.For the Gonzalez family, the transition from Mexico wasn’t easy. They were undocumented, and Gonzalez’s mother didn’t speak English. When Maria Gonzalez started kindergarten, the school didn’t have an English as a second language program. But she learned English quickly, and by the time she was 10, she was helping her mother navigate everything from paying bills to registering her younger siblings for school.Nearly 30 years later, Marshalltown is home to Gonzalez’s husband and children, her three younger siblings, and her mother.“At this point,” Gonzalez said, “we have roots over roots.” The Gonzalez family was part of a wave of Latin American immigrants who came to Iowa beginning in the early 1990s. They were not the first Latinos to come to Iowa, but the 1990s marked the beginning of a rapid demographic shift: Iowa’s Latino population would increase by 480% between 1990 and 2018, according to the Iowa Data Center. Currently, the Latino population makes up 6% of Iowa’s population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and by 2050 that number is projected to double to 12%, according to Woods & Poole Economics, a firm that specializes in long-term demographics projection.Like other towns across rural Iowa with meat-packing plants, Marshalltown experienced this shift more intensely than other parts of the state.The town of about 27,000 was virtually all white for most of its history. In 1990, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that only 248 Latinos lived in Marshalltown, but as of 2017, the Census Bureau estimates that approximately 29% of its population is Latino.Local officials say this is likely an underestimate considering how many residents are undocumented. Over time, this demographic shift will become even more pronounced as the superintendent of the Marshalltown Community School District estimates that 70% of the town’s kindergarten students would be counted as an ethnic minority.When asked about the minority enrollment in the town’s six elementary schools, Superintendent Theron Schutte estimated, “I’d say 64% non-white, close to 70% in kindergarten.” Today, Marshalltown’s diversity is itself a draw. Mike Tupper moved to Marshalltown nearly eight years ago to become the town’s chief of police. Remembering why he took the job, he said, “my wife and I were looking for an opportunity to work in a diverse community, in a place that looks like the rest of the world. I think that’s a great opportunity for our children to grow up in.” Now, his son is starting the first grade in a majority-minority classroom.Marshalltown’s transformation wasn’t without tension.In a paper published by the State Historical Society of Iowa about Storm Lake, a similar Iowa town whose economy also relies heavily on meat-packing, Dr. Mark Grey of Northern Iowa University wrote that in the ‘70s and ‘80s, “so-called new breed meatpackers — drove down wages and benefits, increased productivity, neutralized unions, experienced high employee turn-over, and relied increasingly on immigrant and refugee labor.”Meat-packing plants that used to employ experienced butchers hired unskilled workers, and often preferred workers without a union background, according to Dr. Grey’s paper, which outlines that towns like Marshalltown subsequently lost many of their middle-class jobs. Mark Smith, who represents Marshalltown’s district in the Iowa House of Representatives and has lived in Marshalltown for over 30 years, described the transitional years as “a rough go.”There was a fear that further immigration would cost longtime residents their jobs, and some people in Marshalltown argued that the town should shut down the meat-packing plant to curb further immigration.“One of the big issues was making English the official language of Iowa, something that I voted against,” Smith said, “and was something politically that I had to address pretty regularly with people.”Gonzalez emphasized that she always felt more welcome than unwelcome, though.“I always get comments, and you know, ‘go back to your country’ or ‘you’re not welcome here,’” she said, “but yet, I have all these wonderful people in the community that love me and support me. So that’s more powerful to me than a handful of negativity or hateful words.”It wasn’t just time that helped Marshalltown get through those transitional years and largely accept its demographic changes.In 2000, then-Governor Tom Vilsack allotted the town $50,000 to encourage immigration and accommodate its new arrivals. In 2001, Floyd Harthun, the town’s mayor at the time, went to Villachuato — the Mexican village that the Gonzalez family and many other of the town’s immigrants came from — to learn more about his town’s new residents.A local woman named Joa Laville helped Gonzalez and other young women personally affected by an ICE raid at the Swift plant in 2006 start Immigrant Allies, a nonprofit that is still advocating for immigrants in the community over 10 years later. Gonzalez met Laville while her family was still dealing the aftermath of her mother’s and uncle’s arrests during the raid. “I feel like Joa was our mother duck,” Gonzalez said. “Even though she wasn’t living it, she saw it and saw a need for support, and we all kind of came together. And here we are 10, 11 years later, and we’re still working on it.”Over the years, the local government has put resources in place to accommodate recent immigrants and help the community accept them. There is a diversity committee that hosts events to promote cross-cultural awareness. Schools have ESL tutors and one of its six elementary schools is completely bilingual.In the early 2000s, the school board changed how it organizes its middle schools to help integrate the town.“We had a have and have-not school. So, our kids went to the have school; it’s Miller Middle School. Other kids on the east side of town that has the poorest homes — or homes of the least value — had to go to Lenihan,” said Joel Greer, the current mayor and a longtime resident.Now, every fifth and sixth grader goes to Lenihan, and every seventh and eighth grader goes to Miller.Although the transformation was not without its growing pains, Marshalltown needs immigrants.“In restaurants and manufacturing plants,” said Mayor Greer, “it’s tough to find people that can pass a blood test and show up on day two. And so on immigration, bring it on and fix it, please Congress, because we need more workers.”While other rural Iowa towns’ populations are shrinking, Marshalltown’s is growing — mostly thanks to immigration. In downtown Marshalltown, instead of the empty storefronts that are emblematic of so many rural towns, there is a string of local businesses. They are promoting new menus and renovations just a year after a destructive tornado swept through downtown. Many of them are Latino-owned and targeted at the town’s growing Latino population, such as Zamora Fresh Market where you can buy everything from fresh tortillas to Mexican candy. Greer said his daughters left Marshalltown to live in Austin and San Francisco. This is a common story in Marshalltown and across the Midwest, as people leave to find better opportunities in cities. However, he also said that this pattern doesn’t hold true for the Latino population: even as more and more of the second- and third-generation get college degrees and no longer work in the jobs that brought their parents to Marshalltown, they stay.The story of the Gonzalez family reflects this idea. After being unable to get her residency through DACA, Maria Gonzalez got her permanent residency this past April through her husband. Now, she is getting her associate’s degree as she works as a case manager at MICA, a local non-profit.Her husband has been trying to convince her to move, but she said she always tells him: “No, I’m not leaving. And now my children, our children, have grown here. This is their home. This is our community.”In a community that depends on its diversity as a source of labor and revitalization, community leaders reacted against extreme views on immigration.Greer repeatedly criticized politicians on both sides of the aisle for failing to come to an agreement on immigration. He worries about how the national rhetoric on immigration may affect his town.“With the ramping up of the ICE idea,” he said, “I know it’s having an effect. I’ll bet we’re having more trouble keeping workers now because of that fear hanging over people’s heads.”Marshalltown’s Chief of Police Michael Tupper reiterated the need for politicians in both parties to reform the immigration system and stop using the issue as a political tool.“The rhetoric at the national level has definitely made our job harder,” Tupper said. “People are afraid to call the police, people are afraid to interact with the police, and that makes it more difficult for us to keep the community safe.”Underrepresentation and the Beginnings of ChangeAlthough Iowa is now 6% Latino, fewer than 25 out of more than 7,000 elected officials are Latino, according to the Latino Political Network, a nonprofit that works to empower aspiring elected officials in Iowa. In Marshalltown, the first and only Latino elected official is Karina Hernandez who serves on the school board.Dave Barajas, a Marshalltown resident who runs a coffeecake business with his father, is the interim president of the Marshalltown council of the League of Latino American Citizens (LULAC), a nonpartisan nonprofit that supports Latino communities nationwide. He has helped lead a range of community organizations, including the local hospital and the YMCA. When he’s not serving on a board, he said, more often than not no one there is Latino. He sees an urgent need for that to change.“When you have 70% of your kindergartners classify as ethnic minorities,” he said, “we can’t wait five years, we can’t wait 10 years, we can’t wait 15 years, because soon enough, these kindergartners are going to be graduated from high school, and then they at some point are going to be the leaders here in our community.”Underrepresentation is not unique to Marshalltown. No Latino ever served on the Des Moines school board before Rob Barron ran successfully in 2013.“Latinx folks started coming up to me and saying ‘Hey, I’m really proud you won, and I’d like to run too, how do I do it?’” Barron said of the time after his election. “And I started real simply — I’d take them out to lunch, talk about the things I did right and the many, many things I did wrong, and people started showing interest in running. I realized that’s great to do that one by one, but that’s too inefficient.”In 2015, he and his friend Omar Padilla started the Latino Political Network. Barron believes that Latinos are underrepresented largely because there is often no one who has served in public office in their personal network.“One of the first things that people do when they run for office is that they call somebody who’s run for that office before,” he said, “and they ask them about what it takes to win, what it’s like to serve — if you don’t have those people in your network, where are you going to start?” By connecting elected officials across the state and running training sessions for aspiring elected officials, he hopes to help break that pattern.Last December, the Latino Political Network hired Jeanina Messerly as a fulltime organizer. She ran a voter registration drive at the local high school and organized a training session with help from the local paper to help people considering running for office prepare for being interviewed by the press.Marshalltown is somewhat unique among towns that have experienced a similar demographic shift, though. Latino populations in other towns Messerly has visited have only more recently begun experiencing a demographic shift or never put resources in place to help the town through its changes.“The [Latino] community in general is not supported through local government,” Messerly said of her visit to Denison, Iowa, a town that has also experienced a dramatic demographic shift. “So just the thought of politics was just not on anybody’s mind as something that would be an improvement to the community.”Messerly and Barron believe there’s momentum behind their group’s work. In 2015, Latino Political Network counted only 10 Latino elected officials across the state. Four years later, there are nearly 25. In Des Moines, two young Latina women, Chelsea Chism-Vargas and Marlu Abarca, are running for city council. In Muscatine, a town of about 23,000 in eastern Iowa, David Salazar is running for city council at just 19 years old. “I definitely think that the younger Latino population is way more engaged,” Messerly said. “We have a median age of 23, so we’re also very young…we have also grown up with families that have had to deal with certain struggles that we can definitely relate to, but also aren’t hindered by, so we feel extra emboldened.”Messerly is the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants who came to work the sugar beet fields in the Red River Valley. She is one of the growing proportion of Latinos in Iowa who are citizens born in the U.S., and not held back by their documentation status as their parents or grandparents may have been.Gonzalez cannot vote, although she plans to apply for citizenship within the next five years. In the meantime, she is teaching her children to be civically engaged. She likes to bring her husband and children to Main Street to help register people to vote. More and more of the Latino population in Marshalltown — including her children and younger siblings — are citizens who were born and raised in the town.“We’re as Iowan as cornfields now,” she said. “We’re here to stay, too.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

artisanal bread product of the year

first_imgWinner: Organic Wild WhiteHobbs House Bakery, Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire”The Wild White is a personal favourite,” says Sam Wells, production director at Hobbs House Bakery. “It tastes like proper bread should.”The 800g sourdough loaf was a huge hit with the judges too, who cited its “total simplicity and perfection” as the reason it was named winner. Containing just organic flour, sea salt and water (and Hobbs’ 45-year-old ’Monster’ levain starter), the loaf has a 72-hour prove and delivers a chewy crust with a hint of sourness.Hobbs House has been running since 1985 and has four retail outlets, around 200 wholesale customers and a £2.8m turnover. It uses a lot of spelt and rye flours, making products suitable for the wheat-intolerant. Wells says its biggest investment is time: “Everything here is hand-moulded, baked on the oven floor. We use very little mechanisation; making bread is a labour of love.”Finalist: Country White SourdoughLa Brea Bakery, Southall, MiddlesexFounded in 1989 by Los Angeles chef Nancy Silverton, La Brea Bakery was bought by IAWS group in 2001. Today, its Irish production facility still uses Nancy’s sourdough starter in its artisanal breads, which are sold to retail multiples and into foodservice.”Our Country White Sourdough loaf is our heart,” explains national account manager Vanessa Young. “It’s a tangy loaf with a crunchy crust and a springy interior, made with flour, water and the starter.”La Brea’s Wholegrain loaf is a combination of six different grains and honey; its Raisin & Pecan dessert bread is packed with the best California raisins and nuts.”Our products stand out because of the love we put into them,” says Young. “We never compromise on quality or time.”Finalist: Montys RevengeMore? The Artisan Bakery, Staveley, CumbriaWith his partly German heritage, director Patrick Moore has “bread in his blood” and believes it should always be a natural, quality product made without improvers or preservatives. Once a chef, he was production manager of a local bakery before setting up in three rooms in his house. Now his bakery/café boasts a £650,000 turnover and 12 staff.Moore’s breads are hand-mixed and moulded and enjoy long fermentation and proof times. For example, his Lakeland Gold Barmy Beer is fermented for three hours then hand-divided and moulded and left to “sleep” overnight.The cheesy garlic bread, Montys Revenge, uses a three flour sourdough base and both liquid sour and levain styles of flavouring and fermentation.last_img read more

Press release: Welsh Secretary sounds battle cry as Wales take on England in winner takes all women’s World Cup qualifier

first_img The Welsh women, who are on the brink of earning their place in history, are an inspiration to girls and boys all over the country. With a record breaking crowd in attendance, and thousands watching on screens all over the country, there is no doubt that the whole of Wales is behind the team/ I wish them every success as their epic campaign continues. The game comes as the Football Association of Wales (FAW) confirmed talks were underway on a potential home nations bid for the 2030 football World Cup. The UK Government has already confirmed that it would support such a bid, after the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales secured Home Office funding for the unsuccessful Euro 2020 bid in 2017.Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: With Wales enjoying a wave of sporting success there is no better time to start thinking about how we as a country can attract more global sporting events to Wales. That is why I am committed to once again supporting the FAW on a potential bid for the 2030 football World Cup. An event of this size and calibre would not only provide a boost to the Welsh economy and inspire people all over Wales to get involved in sport, but would also cement Wales’ reputation as a first-class destination for major sporting events. After just missing out on Euro 2020, I very much hope to see a bid from the home nations and will continue to work with partners in Wales to champion Welsh sport.center_img Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns will join 5,000 fans at Rodney Parade to support the Welsh women in their crucial World Cup qualification match against England.The Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns will join the record-breaking crowd at Rodney Parade on Friday to cheer on the Welsh women’s team who have enjoyed an unprecedented World Cup qualifying campaign which has seen the team maintain an undefeated run and are yet to concede a goal.Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said:last_img read more

Hobbs House Bakery launch new school

first_imgHobbs House Bakery has launched its own cookery school designed to offer expertise in bread and cake-making.Tom and Henry Herbert, owners of the food business, based in Chipping Sodbury, Bristol, have launched the new Hobbs House School which offers a range of one-day masterclasses in bakery and butchery.The brothers, known for their Channel 4 television series, The Fabulous Baker Brothers, will be hosting a range of classes, including a beginners’ class in breadmaking, lead by Tom, in addition to lessons in meringue, chocolate and pastry, which will be headed up by Hobbs House teachers Sasha Jenner and Carla Moulder.Henry Herbert will be hosting a series of butchery masterclasses in lamb, sausage, butchery and BBQ and curing.last_img

Wolff to receive honorary degree

first_imgMiddlebury College will award Professor Christoph Wolff an honorary degree at its commencement on May 27. Wolff is Adams University Professor and curator of the Isham Memorial Library at Harvard, and works in the area of music from the 17th to the early 19th century, especially Bach and Mozart studies.last_img