Lincat builds on boilers’ performance

first_imgCommercial catering equipment manufacturer Lincat, has improved the performance of its FilterFlow automatic water boilers, by extending the life of its in-built filter cartridges by 33%.This means the new cartridges will only need to be changed every 4,000 litres, instead of every 3,000, or every six months, whichever is reached first. The new filters will also be offered at the same price as the old, therefore reducing operating costs for the user.Nick McDonald, marketing director at Lincat, said: “As more outlets realise that a good hot drinks offer will drive food sales, we’re pleased to have been able to find a way to improve FilterFlow’s performance at no additional cost to our customers.”The firm said the built-in filter cartridge improves water flavour, and also prevents limescale build-up, which can damage performance over time.last_img read more

Press release: Pilot scheme launched to help build sustainable future for listed places of worship

first_imgA new scheme to help build a sustainable future for listed places of worship will be piloted in urban and rural areas in England, Heritage Minister Michael Ellis announced today.Expert advisors will work with listed buildings used by all faiths and denominations in Manchester and Suffolk to increase community engagement and vital heritage management skills.The projects, expected to begin in early autumn, will receive a total of £1.8 million over the next two years.Eligible listed places of worship in the pilot areas will be able to access a £500,000 minor repairs fund.The Taylor Review: Sustainability of English Churches and Cathedrals, which was published in December 2017, called for greater community use of Church of England buildings to help congregations raise income to pay for their upkeep.This new pilot scheme extends this support to all faiths or denominations in order to help worshippers better care for and protect their listed buildings.Fabric support officers will work within the two areas to provide high quality advice and develop maintenance and repair plans. These will ensure that routine repairs can be addressed immediately and prevent the development of more costly problems.Community support advisors will work with the custodians of listed places of worship to identify and strengthen relationships within their local area and develop greater community partnerships.Heritage Minister Michael Ellis said: “Britain has an incredible array of historic buildings important to all faiths which tell the story of our shared history and our communities. However the costs of caring for and protecting many listed places of worship can be prohibitive and lead many to fall into disrepair.“The innovative pilots I am announcing today will help unlock the community potential of these buildings and provide practical guidance so they can be preserved for future generations.”Deborah Lamb, Deputy Chief Executive of Historic England, said:“We are delighted that the Government is funding a new project to support the volunteers who care for historic places of worship. Buildings that are well looked after help to enrich the lives of people across England. They are special spaces to visit and can be enjoyed by anyone, whether for worship or not.“We know that keeping these buildings in good repair can be a challenge for congregations so we are excited by the potential of this pilot scheme, and look forward to playing our part in its success.”Bishop of Worcester, the Rt Revd Dr John Inge said: “Church buildings have always been a crucial part of the community life of this nation and the majority of them provide one or more form of social outreach or community facilities. In working with the government on reviewing their long-term sustainability, it has been gratifying to hear many stories of churches that understand their Christian mission in terms of service to the community.“These pilots will model a new type of partnership between the Church and the Government, investing in people and buildings side-by-side to ensure churches are able to continue to fulfil this function, whilst growing new opportunities to serve the people of England.”Notes to editors: Funding will be available across different faiths and denominations. The support officers will be based with the Church of England diocese of Manchester and St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.last_img read more

The Raconteurs Announce Mission Ballroom Show

first_imgLast week, The Raconteurs announced a North American tour in support of their recently-announced album, Help Us Stranger, due out June 21st via Third Man Records.On Monday, The Raconteurs added a fall date at Denver, CO’s brand new Mission Ballroom, set to go down on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019. AEG Present Rocky Mountains‘ newest venue is scheduled to open on August 7th and has already scheduled an impressive lineup of performances including Trey Anastasio Band, The Lumineers, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Steve Miller Band, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and many more.The Raconteurs consist of Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler, and have been largely inactive since 2012. The new record will mark the Grammy Award-winners’ first album release in more than a decade, serving as a follow-up to 2008’s Consolers of the Lonely.In addition to previously-announced U.S. festival appearances at Woodstock 50 and Railbird, as well as an upcoming international tour, The Raconteurs recently-confirmed North American tour will span from July through October, highlighted by multi-night runs at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA (8/21-22); Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN (8/29-30); and Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, OK (10/13-14).A ticket request period for The Raconteurs performance at the Mission Ballroom is currently underway here until Friday, April 19th, 2019 at 5 p.m. (MST). Winners will be selected at random and notified by Wednesday, April 24th.For tickets and a full list of The Raconteurs’ upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

Notre Dame clubs honor Fr. Hesburgh

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Lauren McCollick The Notre Dame Club of Chicago held a Mass on March 11 at Old Saint Patrick’s Church in Chicago in celebration of Fr. Theodore Hesburgh’s life. Other alumni clubs have hosted events remembering Hesburgh.Over the past several weeks, Notre Dame clubs throughout the United States hosted memorial services honoring the late University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh.“We are blessed to have the largest base of alumni in the country, and since not all of them could make it back to campus for the funeral and tribute, we thought it important to do something in the city,” Lauren McCallick, club manager of the Notre Dame Club of Chicago and 2011 graduate, said.The Chicago club held a memorial service March 11 at Old Saint Patrick’s Church, where 2002 Master of Arts graduate Fr. Thomas Hurley is a pastor.“Mass really was a celebration of Fr. Ted’s life,” McCallick said. “There were a few tears during the ceremony, particularly when the musicians played ‘An Irish Blessing’ and then the Alma Mater after Communion, but it really was more of a celebration of Fr. Ted.”Over 80 alumni were in attendance, many volunteering to read or present gifts.Fr. Gene Smith gave a homily sharing a letter he received from Hesburgh about being a priest, McCallick said.“I wasn’t close to Fr. Ted, but I did have the honor of getting to meet him my senior year,” she said. “A few of us in the Center for Social Concerns’ Discernment Seminar got to meet him during our Spring Semester. He blessed all of us in his office and took pictures with us in front of his magnificent view of campus.”From 200 t0 250 alumni attended a memorial service at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Notre Dame Club of Washington, D.C. vice president and 2004 graduate Brian Adams said.“(The) mood was sad yet celebratory,” he said.The Notre Dame Club of Long Island did not host an event but cancelled its usual meeting the night of the funeral and wake, allowing members to pay their respects and watch the live stream, club treasurer and 2001 graduate John Pennacchio said.“Here on Long Island, we were saddened by the news, but we feel the e-mail communications by the university were timely, respectful, and poignant,” Pennacchio said.The club still hopes to recognize Hesburgh on a smaller scale at its upcoming Universal Notre Dame Celebration, where it will observe a moment of silence to honor him.Tags: D.C., Hesburgh, Notre Dame Club of Chicago, Notre Dame Club of Long Island, Notre Dame Club of Washingtonlast_img read more

Spotted greens

first_imgGrowing and eating collards, turnips and other greens are a Southern tradition. But home gardeners often complain of spots on the leaves of homegrown greens.This is a very common question University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents get this time of year concerning turnips and other greens such as mustard, collards, radish, spinach and kale. There are actually several common leaf spot diseases caused by different fungal pathogens that infect leafy greens. These include Cercospora leaf spot, anthracnose, powdery mildew, and Alternaria leaf spot. These plant diseases do not pose a health concern to gardeners, but can be a major problem for growing greens in the home garden. Work to prevent conditionsAll of these leaf spot diseases are basically managed the exact same way. Prevention is the key to avoiding these disease problems. Moisture and humidity are the main reasons these types of leaf spot diseases form. Fungi thrive wherever moisture is present. Any cultural tactic that reduces leaf moisture will help reduce the severity of these types of plant diseases. Take a look at what time of day you water your garden. Watering in the late afternoon or in the evening can leave plant leaves wet for an extended period throughout the cool, nighttime hours. This creates perfect conditions for diseases to spread. However, watering your garden early in the morning isn’t likely to add moisture to the leaves for an extended period. As the sun rises in the morning, plant leaves will quickly dry out. You can’t control when it rains, unless you have a greenhouse, but you can control when you add water. The analogy to remember is to not add salt to the wound. If rainfall provides irrigation, you don’t need to add more water. The less moisture on plant leaves, the less severe these leaf spot diseases will spread. Look at how you waterAlong these same lines, consider the method of watering you use. Overhead irrigation or sprinkler type watering is more likely to soak the leaves of garden greens as well as splash potential fungal pathogens from the soil onto the leaves. If this is your only option, then watering in the morning can help. Using a soaker hose or drip irrigation system will target water only on the roots rather than the leaves. Hand watering with a water breaker or watering wand can direct water at the soil rather than the leaves. Also consider adding mulch to garden rows to minimize the amount of splashing soil on leaves and keep weeds down. Ultimately, when it comes to leafy greens there aren’t many fungicides you can safely use since you will eventually eat the leaves. Also, the few fungicides which are labeled for leafy greens are better at preventing diseases rather than actually controlling diseases. Options are limited to natural, safe methodsThe only options available to home gardeners for garden greens are copper- and sulfur-based fungicides. These are actually considered natural or organic fungicides and are safe enough that there no time limits or restrictions on harvest after application. These fungicides are readily available at most garden centers and local farm supply stores. They should be applied as soon as the first symptoms of disease are present. Preventive applications are a good practice if you have a history of these leaf spot diseases in your garden. If leaves or entire plants are severely diseased, the best option is to cut out the worst leaves or remove the entire plant to minimize spreading to adjacent plants. As with any fungicide, read and follow all labeled application rates and safety precautions.last_img read more

Biking Blog: Does This Go Through? Exploring the Roads of the Shenandoah Valley

first_imgThere was a time when I hated riding my bike.Strange for a professional cyclist, right? Couldn’t stand it. At that time, I absolutely loved racing, but riding for fun was not something I was interested in. Training was only a means to an end.After a winter of very poor training I gained more than 10 pounds and had trouble finishing races. Shortly after the dismal season came to a close, I moved to Harrisonburg, VA to begin my college education. I quickly discovered that Harrisonburg, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, had deep cycling roots.In my first week in Rocktown (Harrisonburg’s original name) I discovered how to love riding.Without knowing any of the local routes or the safest ways out of town, simply figuring out the roads surrounding Harrisonburg was enough to wet my appetite. I wonder where that goes. Does this go through? How do I get there? More often than not, I never answered those questions. I was still a little afraid of exploring the roads.So I enlisted the help of an acquaintance I had met on the racing circuit who lived in town. Andy McKeegan, already a veteran route builder and mapping extraordinaire, immediately took me not on training rides but adventures. Five or six hours in the mountains, over dirt roads, through creek crossings, and through the valleys. Half of the time he wasn’t sure if the road we were on went through or how to get to the next one, but that was half of the fun!As we would continue to explore and get lost, we also nick named regions; Narnia (there is only one way in and you will exit one hour later completely confused, but three actual hours have passed), Middle Earth (exactly what it sounds like), The Swiss Alps, and more.On these routes I shed the weight I had gained, actually looked forward to riding, and made a great friend. Andy and I would dream about racing professionally, encourage each other in endeavors on and off the bike and keep each other honest with the training. We’d meet at 10 – that’s a lie, ‘Meet at 10’ really meant 10:40 – and find new roads and routes, often coming back nearly frostbitten and in the dark.My wife and I have since moved, just one valley away, and I don’t often get to ride the routes that taught me to love cycling. With Strava, Ride With GPS, and Garmin Connect, it’s a lot easier to share these routes than in the past. Below are a few links to a few of these digital que sheets – my favorite routes. Please enjoy them, stay safe, and never stop exploring!There are many cyclists before and after me who have had the pleasure of riding in the Shenandoah Valley, and who have all discovered and created their own routes, or added twists to already popular loops. And though new riders will come upon roads many times traversed already, they will will still wonder ‘Does this go through?’ And the answer will continue to delight.Connor Bell, U23 US National team rider climbs a dirt road. From my Instagram @curtiswinsorConnor Bell, U23 US National team rider climbs a dirt road. From my Instagram @curtiswinsorRecommended Routes leaving from Rocktown Bicycles in Harrisonburg, VA.Supine Lick Adventure – 90 miles, lots of dirt, plenty of short punchy climbs. http://www.strava.com/routes/106251Cub Run PLUS – Two challenging rides, combined into one 90 mile climbers loop. http://www.strava.com/routes/106211Crooked Run Death March – Long steady stretches to and from Crooked Run, a steep dirt climb to a cell phone tower. http://www.strava.com/routes/106271Guaranteed to Flat – This route features a seldom ridden fire road in West Virginia connecting two of the Reddsih Knob climbs. If you don’t flat, you will certainly damage your rims. Worth it. http://www.strava.com/routes/106266One Way – Every March, the town of Montery hosts a maple festival. What better way to prepare to prepare for glutenous maple-everything eating, than a climbing -heavy bike ride? http://www.strava.com/routes/107804No Quiche Loop – With 116 miles and 12,000 feet of climbing this route is a bear. http://www.strava.com/routes/106276last_img read more

Don’t be racist

first_img 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Murdoch Michael Murdoch is the Communications Specialist at Wauna Credit Union in Clatskanie, Oregon. He serves on the board of the Young Credit Union Professionals of Oregon and SW Washington as … Web: waunafcu.org Details A statement without action may as well support racism, may as well keep it breathing—when black lives beneath the knees of white police officers cannot—as we recall that most institutions in the United States were built on the systematic abuse of people of color. It is time to recognize that simply talking about racism is not good enough. Scenario: Your shop posts a statement of solidarity – a nice, forthright message regarding the credit union’s commitment to equality and condemnation of racism, hatred, and violence. You feel good because you work for an organization that doesn’t sit back idly while others stand up, nor does it allow the trepidation of offending membership to direct decency and industry allegiance to the credit union philosophy. A week goes by. Then another. Then a month. No change. No additional statements. No advocacy, volunteering, sponsorship, audits of practice, employee engagement … it’s almost as if the statement never happened. You take pause and ask yourself, “Wait a minute, so, is my credit union actually combatting racism, or just talking about it?” Countless businesses and organizations have penned and shared blanket statements, inadvertently denying the taboo conversation of race deemed so uncomfortable by white society. As a financial cooperative, a stand should be made and that position announced and championed, for it shows others what we are for and what we are against. Albeit words, while powerful, hold space for action but do not replace it. What does your organization value? Do you value compassion, social accountability, giving, love, community, and family? Do you embrace the opportunity to help members, staff, your communities, and your fellow human being at every available opportunity? Can you honestly say that the choices and decisions you make in the face of hate and violence, are decisions of merit that you can look back on and know that you were on the side of good?The faulted enterprise of discrimination, privilege, and authority on the basis of race commands the history of humanity. A legacy of unfair banking practice and poor organizational education persists even today. Untold, unaccounted for, and unaudited racist policies continue to lead the enduring cycles of hatred, poverty, and social injustice, compounding the swathe of challenges faced in a less than equitable society.If your credit union is indeed taking a stand against racism, share your progress, not just externally but also internally. Acknowledge the experiences and concerns of your team as some of the greatest stories come from who you are as a credit union. Each of us have been conditioned in some way shape or form to accept, ignore, and even condone racism. And be real. Tell us how you’ve failed or succeeded in your efforts to be more equitable, stewing not on what you haven’t done, but what are going to do. African-American Credit Union Coalition President/CEO Renee Sattiewhite once said to me, “It’s not about worrying over what we haven’t done, it’s about worrying over what we can be doing now.”  Of course, these ideas aren’t spawned nor can they be nurtured by individualistic and selfish minds –they require empathy and a true faith in your fellow human. These ideas require minds that recognize the need for change. These ideas require minds that acknowledge racism as a real, dangerous, and hateful thing. These require minds that want to listen, want to be innovative, and want to make a lasting difference. These ideas require minds that want and need to be part of the answer. Come on, credit unions. WE are better than this. WE are one of the greatest, social financial movements in existence. And the time to defeat the myth of race and the anti-social-study of the white male as the hero of human history is no longer tomorrow, it is now. Let us unite, not just as credit unions, but as humans, and cooperatively end the supporting of myth and start supporting the truth.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Sweep Battle With Lady Knights

first_imgThe 7th Grade Lady Bulldogs continued their winning ways against South Dearborn 35-10 to improve to 4-0 on the season.They Bulldogs jumped out to a 8-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.   Leading the way in scoring was Makayla Granger (9 points) and  Ashlee Cornn (8 points), followed by Timbre Davies (6 points), Emma Weiler (4 points), and Megan Meyer/Jadyn Harrington/Ava Hanson/Tiffany Hawker with 2 points each.The girls will be on the road this Saturday at 10 am @ Columbus Northside.  Good luck and Go Bulldogs!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Weiler.The 8th Grade Lady Bulldogs improved their seasonal record to 4-0 with a 46 to 26 victory over the South Dearborn Lady Squires last night.An aggressive, ball-hawking defense lead to many South Dearborn turnovers that the Lady Bulldogs convert into points. Offensively the Lady Bulldogs were lead in scoring by Ashley Nobbe with 22. Other scorers for the Lady Bulldogs were Carley Pride and Breanna Wells with 8 a piece, Calley Kaiser with 6 and Gabby Elston added 2. Sarah Ripperger did not score, but made a huge contribution by playing excellent defense the entire game.The Lady Squires were lead in scoring by Kristen Roark with 9. Other scorers for the Lady Squires were Kyra Labazzo with 5, Bailey Eaves and Breonna Burton each with 4, and 2 points each apiece from Rylee This and Malyia Schnebelt.The Lady Bulldogs will travel to Columbus to play Northside Middle School on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jack Smith.last_img read more

Abilene Speedway hosts Oct. 14-15 Southern Challenge

first_imgABILENE, Texas – Abilene Speedway rolls out the red carpet for four IMCA divisions at its 22nd annual Ryan Bard Memorial Southern Challenge special Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14-15.Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds race for $2,000 to win, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods both for $1,700 to win and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $650 to win.The Modified feature is a 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier.An open practice runs from 6-10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13. Qualifying begins on Friday and Dirt Defender adds to the payout in all four sanctioned divisions.Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Friday. Gates open at 2 p.m. and the first green flag waves at 6 p.m. on Saturday.Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $10 for military with ID, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $30.More information is available from promoter Rob Poor at 325 725-3849 or 325 692-8800, and at the www.abilenespeedway.com website.last_img read more

Toland, Dominacki, Blum take IMCA wins at Davenport

first_imgBy Mike McGuireDAVENPORT, Iowa (June 29) – The first race night of summer at the Davenport Speedway was an interesting one.  Adding to the excitement was a partial loss of power, two-thirds of the way through the racing program.The Petersen Plumbing & Heating IMCA Late Model feature went green, white, checkered again. Rob Toland collected his second win of the season in the division. Toland got out front early and held the lead the rest of the way to the checkers. A dandy three-way battle for second went to Chuck Hanna, with Matt Ryan taking third.Bob Dominacki took home the trophy in the Eriksen Chevrolet IMCA Modified feature. The win was Dominacki’s first point victory at Davenport since 2014. He took the lead after a lap 15 restart and had to hold off Toland and Mitch Morris down the stretch for the win. Morris ended up second with Toland third.The Hawkeye Auto IMCA Northern SportMod feature saw Keith Blum take win number three of the season. Mike Haines and Doug Burkhead were battling for the lead when Blum passed both on the high side. Burkhead recovered to finish second. Randy Lamar took third.last_img read more