Meads Bakery in Luton has been forced to close after persistently breaching food hygiene laws, with its owners banned from ever managing a food business again.Luton Magistrates Court successfully prosecuted the owners, Sunderam and Sathiabama Premanand, earlier this week (14 January), after requests to improve hygiene standards were ignored.Thick black mould, food debris and evidence of pests were just some of the things discovered during visits by food safety officers between February 2012 and January 2013, according to Luton Borough Council.The site on Bolton Road produced bread, rolls and pastry items, which were supplied to small retailers throughout Luton and neighbouring counties.Magistrates imposed fines totalling £38,000 on the owners of the business, along with a banning order which means they cannot manage a food business again.The defendants were also ordered to pay the council costs of £1,908 and a £15 victim surcharge.Sunderam Premanand had previously operated the business as a sole trader and was fined £10,000 in 2011 for similar hygiene offences.
Good news out of Colorado!After much deliberation, the Chaffee County Board of Commissioners have signed off on permits for Madison House Presents’ proposal to host a four-day, 20,000-capacity music festival in Buena Vista, CO. Situated on a 274-acre ranch near the Arkansas River, the festival will take place this August 4-7, although there have been no details to emerge on the festival’s makeup yet.A representative for the festival said that an initial lineup for the festival could be ready within a week of the accepted proposal. It was reported that bluegrass and classic blues artists would be featured at the all-ages-friendly event, but that remains to be confirmed.The Board of Commissioners asked that the festival would adhere to the curfews of 1:30 AM on Friday and Saturday night and midnight on Thursday and Sunday. Jed Selby, who purchased the ranch in 2014 with hopes of launching a music festival, said, “Their whole thing was they wanted it to be open late enough so people didn’t bail at the last minute for the bar and totally destroy downtown,” which is a fair enough assertion.“We aim for this festival to be a mighty source of Colorado pride,” said Madison House president Jeremy Stein in a release.We’ll be sure to share more details when they’re available.[H/T Hey Reverb]
With the Hepatitis A outbreak in Mexican-grown strawberries barely over, anotherproblem has hit the imported produce industry. This time it’s a parasite in Guatemalanraspberries. “Consumers must be aware that there can be problems with any produce ifmishandled,” Harrison said. “You cannot say one source is safer than another. Youhave to look at each situation.” “Young children are more at risk for food-borne illness because their immune systemsaren’t as fully functioning as an adult’s,” Harrison said. “The elderly are on the otherend of the scale. Their immune systems are declining, putting them at more risk, too.” The demand for fresh produce year-round has brought a flood of imported goods intothe United States. Shoppers, not knowing how the produce was grown and packed,wonder about the safety of these foods. “We can never live in a risk-free environment,” Harrison said. “Even if you grow yourown produce, things can happen to contaminate it, such as animals getting into fields ororchards, or unclean hands harvesting and handling it.” What’s the best way to do that? So far, studies haven’t come up with a clear answer. “To my knowledge, the source of the Cyclospora contamination in the raspberrieshasn’t been determined,” Harrison said. “With parasites, as well as viruses like theHepatitis A in the strawberries, fecal contamination or contaminated water used on theproduce could be a possible route.” “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention received reports of eightcyclosporiasis outbreaks in five states,” said Judy Harrison of the University ofGeorgia. She’s a food, nutrition and health specialist with the UGA Extension Service. The United States has strict standards. But accidents can happen. 2. Wash all produce thoroughly. Running water or water under pressure is best. Use avegetable brush to clean sturdier fruits and vegetables. Sanitize the brushes in achlorine bleach solution or in a dishwasher with a sanitizing cycle. “The jury is still out on that one,” Harrison said. “Raspberries present a specialcleaning problem because they’re delicate and can’t withstand a lot of force. Plus, theyhave a lot of nooks and crannies where the organisms could hide.” The outbreaks were in California, Florida, Nevada, New York and Texas. Earlyreports said raspberries from Guatemala, and possibly Chile, were the likely source,Harrison said. “Our best guess is to wash with a spray of water while stirring the berries to clean asthoroughly as possible, or to wash them under running water,” Harrison said. “We justdon’t have a definitive answer to that yet.” Pathogens in fresh produce can cause intestinal trouble for the healthiest among us. Butthey can cause special problems in the young, the elderly and those with immunesystems weakened by chemotherapy or diseases like leukemia or AIDS. “Thoroughly washing produce should decrease the risk of food-borne illness in mostsituations,” Harrison said. The American food supply is known to be among the safest in the world. But it’s stillimportant to take precautions with any fresh food. She offers these tips when buying fresh fruit: Could proper cleaning clear away parasites? 1. Buy from reputable, clean-looking sources. If your grocery store and the employeeslook unsanitary, they probably are. You could find the same problems at fruit stands orpick-your-own farms. One source may not be better than the other. Good processingand sanitation practices are key in any setting. A May 30 CDC report said washing the berries could lessen the risk. But eventhorough washing may not get rid of all Cyclospora. The report stressed that produceshould always be thoroughly washed. Even if produce is safe when it arrives in the store or in your kitchen, it can becomecontaminated before you eat it if you mishandle it.
After a winter full of El Nino-related problems, Georgians are facing yet another effect: mosquitoes. A University of Georgia entomologist said there will likely be more of the insects biting this spring. “It wasn’t so much the warm winter that will affect mosquito populations,” said Beverly Sparks, an extension entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “The wet spring is providing plenty of places for the insect larvae.” Sparks said mosquitoes lay their eggs in pools of standing water, where they mature into larvae and eventually adults. Mosquitoes can lay eggs anywhere water accumulates, she said. That includes children’s wading pools, potted plant saucers, clogged gutters, bird baths, tree holes, ditches and discarded tires. “If you make sure water doesn’t accumulate in these places, you can keep them from breeding and staying close to your home,” Sparks said. Most mosquito species don’t fly more than a mile from the spot they matured. So keeping them from breeding near your home will keep them from feeding near your home. arks said besides pouring out standing water from containers, you can chemically treat natural water collectors like tree holes and ditches. “There are safe and effective insecticides that kill the mosquito larvae in ponds or drainage ditches,” she said. “Or you can eliminate breeding sites by filling tree holes and improving the drainage in ditches.” In larger ponds, wind can provide enough waves to literally drown mosquito larvae. Some pond owners add gambusia fish that eat mosquito larvae. Short of that, though, you have to realize that mosquitoes are flying insects that, despite your best efforts, can fly into your yard. “Obviously, you can prevent bites by staying indoors when mosquitoes are most active, in early evening,” Sparks said. “And wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and use an insect repellent.” She said repellents containing 20 percent to 30 percent DEET are the most effective against mosquitoes. “Small children can be sensitive to DEET,” she said. “So make sure the repellent you use on young children, toddlers and infants are specially formulated for them.” Some people use ultraviolet light traps to kill mosquitoes and other night insects. But Sparks said those actually attract insects to the area. “If you use an electronic bug trap, hang it away from the house or activity area,” she said. “At least that will attract insects away from your family and friends.” She also cautions that UV lights attract and kill beneficial insects that can help control harmful insects. “No point in killing the good guys if you can help it,” she said. If you’re planning an evening party, Sparks said you can apply insecticides to the area that will control mosquitoes for several hours. However, these break down quickly, and the mosquitoes will return. Many people choose more natural controls, and Sparks said they work quite well. Purple martins — small black birds — eat lots of mosquitoes, she said, as do bats. Providing homes for martins and bats can help control mosquitoes without insecticides. Besides biting and causing itching, mosquitoes can occasionally transmit diseases. “But that’s very rare,” Sparks said. “For the most part, mosquitoes are just a nuisance. And there are likely to be more of them this spring.”
Breathtakingly beautiful plants, smooth jazz music, delicious wine and delectable hors d’oeuvres are ingredients for a perfect evening. If you agree, add the University of Georgia Trial Gardens’ up-coming “An Evening in the Gardens” event to your calendar.The event is set for Sept. 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Athens, Ga. Guests will join garden founder and internationally acclaimed garden expert Allan Armitage for tours and a book signing. Live jazz will be performed by Dial Indicators. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the garden entrance. For more information, visit the garden website at http://ugatrial.hort.uga.edu/.
The 10 most common mistakes of first year associates Robert M. Jarvis For first year associates in law firms, mistakes are a fact of life. And nothing — not law review, not moot court, not even a prestigious judicial clerkship – can prevent them. But because being forewarned means being forearmed, what follows is a list of the 10 most common mistakes made by first year associates. Mistake 1: Showing Off In an attempt to prove they are worth their paychecks, new lawyers often try to show off. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, it has the potential to blow up in your face.To make matters worse, some partners take pleasure in laying traps for unsuspecting first year associates. I know because I had the misfortune of being assigned to one while working at a large Manhattan firm. In the office, at lunch, while in a meeting, he would suddenly ask a question from out of left field.One such query came while we were on our way to meet a client. It was a beautiful spring day and the partner decided we had enough time to walk rather than take a taxi. Right away, I had a queasy feeling in the pit of my stomach.After about a block or so, the partner pointed to a brightly-colored flag fluttering in the breeze. “Which one is that?,” he innocently asked, as I suddenly realized we were by the United Nations. Needless to say, I had no idea.Looking back on the incident, it is clear to me now that I simply should have pleaded ignorance. But in a moment of sheer panic, I blurted out the name of a particular South American country.Whether my answer was right or wrong I’ll never know. In the next instant, the partner looked at his watch, decided we were running late, and hailed a cab. I like to think he did so because he was afraid of being shown up. Of course, it is possible he wanted to spare me the embarrassment of finding out my answer was woefully off the mark. But clearly I had gone out on a limb for no good reason.There is nothing wrong with admitting what you do not know — indeed, the better part of valor usually lies in it. And by being candid, you also demonstrate humility. Mistake 2: Failing to Ask for Help Most first year associates are insecure. For many, it is their first real job and it is important to know one’s limits.When a mid-level associate suddenly left the firm during my first year in practice, I found myself handling her cases. Although much of the work was straightforward, parts were quite complicated. Yet instead of asking for help when I needed it, I tried to go it alone. There is a thin line between bravery and foolhardiness, and I crossed it several times. In fact, all new associates do. But it’s important to be able to jump back to the other side as soon as you suspect you’re in over your head. No one will ever fault you for asking for help, but they certainly will if your ego (or fear) keeps you from sending out a timely S.O.S. Mistake 3: Telling a ‘Little’ White Lie When I sat for the New York bar, it took six months to get the results. Once the scores were released, candidates had to wait several more months for their applications to be processed. Thus, the time from bar applicant to lawyer normally ended up being close to a year. And like most law firms, mine didn’t issue business cards to new associates until they were sworn in.Initially, not having a business card was not a big deal because, like other new attorneys, most of my time was spent doing research in the library. But one day, a senior associate had me accompany him to a deposition. Shortly before things got underway, the court reporter went around the room asking everyone for their business card. When she finally reached me, I inexplicably heard myself saying I was temporarily out of cards, thereby making it appear that I already was a lawyer.Quickly realizing what I had done but unsure of how to take it back, I became more and more agitated as the deposition wore on. Obviously, the senior associate was going to reprimand me in front of the entire room. But as the minutes ticked by, he did nothing.The subway ride back to the office was even worse — obviously, he was planning to lower the boom in front of a carload of strangers. Again, however, he did nothing.That night, as I lay awake in bed, I realized I was in for an even worse punishment — a memo to the executive committee, with copies to the entire firm, recounting what I had done and resulting in my immediate dismissal.In the end, a pink slip never landed on my desk. In fact, nothing at all happened. Perhaps the senior associate hadn’t heard what I said to the court reporter; perhaps he had but its import hadn’t registered; or perhaps, having heard my fib, he had decided to simply let me stew in my own juices. Whatever the explanation, the grief I went through was terrible and made me realize even a small white lie has the potential to be a career killer. Mistake 4: Finger-Pointing One of my first major assignments involved overseeing the printing and mailing of multiple copies of a lengthy brief with voluminous exhibits. the time all the photocopying was done, my office had been transformed into a sea of paper.Just as the envelopes were about to be stuffed, the partner on the case walked in and began casually thumbing through one of the sets. As luck would have it, he found a page that was crooked.In retrospect, one askew copy (out of literally thousands of sheets) doesn’t seem so bad. But at the moment of its discovery, the partner went ballistic. Worse, it meant that all of the sets (which by this time had been stapled and bound) would have to be laboriously checked by hand. Suddenly, the light at the end of the tunnel really had turned into an oncoming train.My first reaction, of course, was to blame the photocopier’s inventor, manufacturer, and installer; the person responsible for purchasing the photocopier; and anyone who had ever used the photocopier. But instead, I gritted my teeth, apologized profusely, and assured the partner the mistake would be corrected while still meeting the deadline.Of course, there are times when you shouldn’t take responsibility for a mistake. If the blame really belongs elsewhere, the guilty party should step (or be pushed) forward. But where the mistake is no one’s fault, you should avoid trying to find someone to blame. Not only does finger-pointing rarely accomplish anything, engaging in it will earn you a reputation as a whiner and a complainer. Mistake 5: ‘Dissing’ the Support Staff One mistake that many new associates make is failing to establish a good working relationship with the firm’s secretaries and support staff. Frankly, of all the self-inflicted wounds on my list, it’s the one I find the hardest to fathom.Leaving aside common courtesy and good manners, the simple fact is that secretaries, receptionists, librarians, file room clerks, mail room attendants, couriers, and accounting personnel wield enormous power when it comes to the future direction of an associate’s career. Become friends with these people and they will watch your back, cover up your mistakes, and, at an appropriate moment, slip in a good word on your behalf with the partnership. They also will give you a heads-up when something big is about to happen (because, inevitably, they are among the first to know).On the other hand, if you fail to show the support staff respect, they will make your life downright miserable. Not only will your work automatically be shoved to the bottom of the pile, it will acquire a habit of getting lost, misplaced, or forgotten. Even worse, when it does get done it will be returned to you late, incomplete, and riddled with errors. If you are particularly unlucky, it will be sent directly to the partner, giving you no chance to fix it.It has been my experience that most staffers want to see new attorneys succeed and will go out of their way for those who treat them decently. Even more help awaits the associate who takes the time to learn their names and asks about their families. Mistake 6: Not Following Up Upon turning in an assignment to a partner, should you: (a) breathe a sigh of relief and down a few beers with your buddies after work?; (b) move on to the next assignment, figuring that if the partner needs anything else he or she will contact you?; or, (c) make a note in your daily planner to follow up in a few days? The right answer, of course, is (c), for two reasons.First, you should have and use a daily planner. Not only will a planner help you stay on top of deadlines, meetings, and appointments, it will keep things from slipping through the cracks. Because of cost pressures, lawyers now are expected to hit the ground running and it is not unusual to find even very junior ones carrying huge caseloads. As a result, the right planner is an essential tool for every associate.The second reason has to do with the way promotion decisions are made. More than anything else, firms look for associates who possess strong client skills. taking the initiative and contacting the partner, an associate demonstrates a positive attitude and an understanding that law is a service profession. Mistake 7: Having Loose Lips During World War II, civilians were reminded frequently that “loose lips sink ships.” New attorneys should take this warning to heart.Friends and family naturally will want to hear about your work and will prod you to share details and tidbits with them. You should resist their entreaties and explain that the ethics rules do not permit you to divulge confidential information. In addition to intentional revelations, it is important to guard against unintentional ones. I’m constantly amazed at how many lawyers think nothing of talking in detail about their cases while on an elevator, in a restaurant, or at a ball game, despite not knowing who might be listening. To do so is to invite disaster. Of course, the foregoing advice isn’t limited to in-person conversations. One also should use extreme care when it comes to cell phones, e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging, or any other form of communication. Mistake 8: Going AWOL In the military, “going AWOL” means deserting your post. In firms, going AWOL means being unreachable.There are a lot of ways to be unreachable as an associate, including going on vacation without giving your secretary a detailed itinerary; leaving the office early without letting someone know where you will be; arriving at the office late without phoning ahead; and failing to check in at least once a day while you are out of the office.There’s another, less obvious way that associates go AWOL: having a messy desk.Nothing is more frustrating to a partner than asking for a file and having to wait while an associate rummages around his or her office looking for it. Even worse is where the associate is out of the office and the partner is forced to do his or her own digging.Thus, starting on your very first day of work, you should make it a priority to keep things in their proper place. Mistake No. 9: Mixing Work and Pleasure While it’s important to enjoy your job, it’s a serious mistake to mix work and pleasure.Little needs to be said about office romances. They almost never pan out, they almost always end up with at least one side having bruised feelings, and they often lead to both parties being fired. Add in the possibility of being sued for sexual harassment, and it’s easy to see why having a fling with a co-worker is a bad idea.Keeping your work life and your personal life separate is important in other ways as well. Having a small picture of your spouse (or significant other) on your desk is fine, but turning your credenza into an oversized family photo album is not. Likewise, placing one or two personal mementos in your bookcase can add warmth, but decorating your office so that it resembles your rumpus room (complete with banners of your favorite sports teams) definitely sends the wrong message.Before personalizing your office, be sure to spend some time checking out what others have done. If their offices tend to be on the spare side, you also should adopt a low key look. But even if every office is “bold and brassy,” you probably should move cautiously, at least during your first year at the firm. Of course, the same advice goes for your wardrobe. Mistake 10: Thinking Everyone is Perfect There are lots of other mistakes one can make as a first year associate: missing deadlines, being habitually late to work, failing to turn in time sheets, arguing too vociferously with a partner, conducting personal business on firm time, and getting drunk at the office holiday party are just a few of the more obvious ones. Perhaps the biggest one, however, is thinking you’re the only one making mistakes.Senior associates make mistakes, junior partners make mistakes, and even senior partners make mistakes. Thus, when you make a mistake, it’s important not to dwell on it. Instead, you should apply the “Four Rs”: 1) recognize that a mistake has been made; 2) rectify it as soon as possible; 3) review it to figure out why it happened and how you can prevent it from happening again; and, 4) roll on (after all, the sun is still going to come up tomorrow). If you follow these simple rules, you’ll be a much better – and happier – associate. Robert M. Jarvis is a professor of law at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale. He received his B.A. from Northwestern University, his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and his LL.M. from New York University . The 10 most common mistakes of first year associates February 1, 2006 Regular News
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Have you seen these burglars?Suffolk County police are asking for the public’s help with apprehending two burglars who broke into Brotherhood Tattoos in Coram and stole $1,500 worth of tattoo equipment last month.Sixth Squad detectives said that the two men smashed the front door of the tattoo parlor on Middle Country Road, entered the building and stole the tattoo equipment at 2 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9.Detectives released images of the burglars captured on video surveillance in the hope that someone will recognize them and call police.Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1- 800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential. Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.
Arsenal boosted in Luka Jovic race as AC Milan and Napoli interest cools Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 30 Apr 2020 3:17 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link408Shares Luka Jovic has had a forgettable first season at Real Madrid (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal have been boosted in their pursuit of Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic as AC Milan and Napoli have both cooled their interest in the 22-year-old.The Gunners are preparing for the possible departure of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who is being heavily linked with leaving the Emirates this summer.Aubameyang is out of contract next season and looks unlikely to extend his stay in north London so the club may be willing to accept as little as £30m for the prolific forward rather than let him leave for nothing in 2021.If the Gabon international does indeed leave then Arsenal will turn to Jovic, who has had a fairly disastrous first season at Real Madrid, joining the club last summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Serbia international has scored just two goals in 24 appearances for Real this season, a disappointing return after netting 27 times for Eintracht Frankfurt last campaign.Having already fallen out of favour with Zinedine Zidane, the potential suitors are gathering for the striker, but the presence of Arsenal in the market has reportedly scared off other interested parties.Spanish publication Sport report that AC Milan and Napoli have stepped aside with the Gunners leading the way to sign the Serbian.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityReal splashed out £52.4m for Jovic last year and still just 22-years-old they would want to recoup that outlay despite his underwhelming performances this year.Another stumbling block for the Gunners could be the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, which is reportedly giving Real second thoughts about letting Jovic go.It may prove much more difficult than usual for Real to sign a replacement for Jovic this summer, whenever the transfer window opens, and the Spanish side will be less likely to accept bids as a result.However, a deal may still be able to be done, especially if Real do manage to land their number one target, Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund, although the Norwegian will be extremely expensive.MORE: Thomas Partey’s agents apologise over Arsenal and Manchester United transfer hintMORE: Raul Sanllehi tells Arsenal there will be no big-money signings in the next transfer windowFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement
4602/71 Eagle St, Brisbane.Another living area resides in the right wing, adjacent to an office and two bedrooms with built-in wardrobes. Each of these spaces boasts access to a balcony. Completing the zone are a bathroom and also a large boardroom which as a separate entrance to the building.Additional highlights of the residence include a Nuvo home audio system and retractable panelling to separate the expansive living spaces. 4602/71 Eagle St, Brisbane.SET high on level 46 in the highly coverted Riparian Plaza, this apartment features stunning water, Story Bridge and city views.The four bedroom, three bathroom, six car space unit at 4602/71 Eagle St, Brisbane City, is priced at offers over $5.2m.Agent Drew Davies of McGrath New Farm is marketing the sky home as having stunning views from almost every room.Originally two apartments now combined as one with a vast 647sq m floorplan, the residence offers an abundance of open-plan living and entertainment spaces, four bedrooms and three beautifully-presented bathrooms. 4602/71 Eagle St, Brisbane.The entrance leads past a library space with built-in bookshelves to the left wing, encompassing spacious lounge and dining areas with tiled flooring and a neutral colour palette. Floor-to-ceiling glass provides sweeping, panoramic views of the Brisbane surrounds and plenty of natural light, while the glass doors open to one of two balconies with glass balustrades and uninterrupted vistas. 4602/71 Eagle St, Brisbane.Designed by Harry Siedler, the towering Riparian Plaza contains resort-style facilities such as a 25m lap pool, gymnasium, steam room, sauna and spa. It sits a short walk from Eagle Street ferry terminal, Central station and Queen St Mall, as well as the plethora of shopping and dining options of the city and South Bank. Mr Davies described the apartment as a triumph in modern design and style. DETAILS 4602/71 Eagle St, Brisbane City4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 6 car spaces Inspections: By appointmentFor sale: $5.2 million+Agent: Drew Davies, McGrath New FarmTEL: 36381434, 0421078273. 4602/71 Eagle St, Brisbane.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoAlso in the left wing is the main bedroom with carpet flooring and floor-to-ceiling glass doors to the balcony, as well as a sitting area, walk-through and built-in wardrobe, dressing area and a luxury ensuite with a stunning dual vanity, elevated deep bathtub and rainfall shower.The modern kitchen sits in the heart of the floorplan and features a striking light-up Onyx island breakfast bar, American Walnut cabinetry and a suite of stainless steel Liebherr and Gaggenau appliances. There’s also a walk-in pantry and wine cellar.
Milan, In. — The Milan Park Board has scheduled an emergency meeting for Thursday, August 24 at 5 p.m. in the Barlow Building. New playground equipment is the topic of discussion.