first_imgA coalition of business leaders is doing everything it can to create jobs in Vermont. A new website, www.vermontcpr.org(link is external), has arrived on the scene to support revision of Vermont’s permitting process in order to pump life into the Vermont economy. The website urges legislative initiatives to make meaningful changes to the Act 250 process this legislative session.Sponsored by the Coalition for Permit Reform (CPR), the goal of the new site is to mobilize individuals to encourage the legislature to enact reform that creates a more consistent, more predictable and more timely permit process, while preserving Vermont’s existing environmental protections.In his inaugural address Governor Douglas stated, “We have two great economic advantages– our natural environment and Vermonters themselves… However, the choice we face today is not between jobs and the environment. It is a choice between both or neither.” The www.vermontcpr.org(link is external) site delves deeper into choices that are ripe now: problems with the current permit process, innovative and sensible solutions, tips for contacting legislators, the text of several reform bills; and a legislative update page and an alert page to follow proposed bills as they move through the House and Senate.Chuck Nichols, Vermont Chamber Senior Vice President and a founding member of the Coalition, noted, “The Coalition developed the site to cut through the rhetoric: as a simple resource for Vermonters, providing accurate information regarding various permit proposals currently in the legislature.”The Vermont Coalition for Permit Reform is a broad-based coalition of statewide and local organizations that are dedicated to enacting common sense reform to Vermont’s environmental permitting process.Nichols observes that the legislature does not operate in a vacuum. “By developing www.vermontcpr.org(link is external), we encourage Vermonters to educate themselves; get involved in the issues. This is a call to action to preserve the environment we all value while ensuring that Vermont remains a viable choice for the quality of life we seek this year, next year, and for our children.”last_img read more


first_imgPlaces where the virus has been felt most severely, such as Wuhan in central China, northern Italy and parts of the United States, share similar climates and temperatures.The 2002-2003 epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) eased over the summer months, although it is not clear if that was related to weather or coincided with tighter public health interventions.The World Health Organization said this month that there was no evidence that temperature would play a role in the coronavirus outbreak but it was an avenue worth exploring.In Southeast Asia, which shares a hot tropical climate, many countries had reported few cases even months after the initial outbreak at the end of last year in China, in spite of the region’s close travel, business and investment ties to China.But health experts said, rather than the hot climate, this was more down to limited testing, under-detection due to a lack of resources and more imported cases as the virus moves to multiple epicenters outside of China.Cases spike “At best, warm weather might influence the spread but it will not see the end of it,” said Dale Fisher, chair of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network coordinated by the World Health Organization.”What is important is how effectively countries are isolating cases, removing people from communities. That’s the biggest factor, not the weather.”The spike of cases in many Southeast Asian countries has been dramatic in recent days, leading governments to take drastic action to stem the tide.In the Philippines, deaths more than doubled to 12 at the weekend, with confirmed cases rising to 140 – compared to three 10 days ago – prompting authorities to place the entire capital Manila under “community quarantine”.Malaysia reported a further 125 coronavirus cases on Monday – bringing its total to 553 – the highest in Southeast Asia. Many were linked to a single event at a mosque.Thailand, which reported 33 new cases on Monday, its biggest daily jump, plans to close schools, bars, movie theatres, cockfighting arenas and other entertainment centers.Indonesia confirmed 17 more cases on Monday, taking its toll to 134, amid concerns that there could be large under-reporting in the world’s fourth most populous country.Indonesia, which only recorded its first cases on March 2, had carried out only 220 tests a week ago but that has now risen to nearly a thousand.Singapore, which has been widely praised for its monitoring and isolation of infected patients, from Monday implemented tighter restrictions on visitors from other Southeast Asian countries after a wave of imported cases from the region.With so much still not known about the coronavirus, health experts say countries should not rely on warmer weather to slow the rapid spread of the virus across the globe.”It is too simplistic to suggest a tropical climate can stop coronavirus because there are many other factors, like human to human contact which can happened very fast,” said Sugiyono Saputra, a microbiology researcher at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences.”Environmental factors may not affect the virus at all.” A dramatic surge in coronavirus infections in Southeast Asia in recent days has increased doubts over a theory that warmer weather could stem the spread of the virus, health experts say.Relatively low cases of infections in many Southeast Asian countries had been cited as possible evidence that hotter weather was suppressing the virus, giving hope to Europe and the United States as they head into spring.But countries from Indonesia to Thailand to Malaysia and the Philippines have recorded their highest rate of infections in recent days as testing has ramped up, in a sign seasonal factors may only play a limited role in coronavirus’ spread. “The temperature theory doesn’t really hold up given what’s happening right now in much of Southeast Asia,” said Tikki Pangestu, a professor at Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.”People in Europe hope warm weather will kill the virus. I doubt this will be the reality.”The coronavirus, which causes a respiratory disease called COVID-19, has infected almost 170,000 and over 6,500 have died.Though a limited amount is known about the new virus, some of the symptoms show similarities with winter influenza, which is more widespread in colder temperatures, although this is partly attributed to people crowding together inside.center_img Topics :last_img read more


first_img Tweet 30 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Directions:To prepare cake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray. Line the bottom with parchment or wax paper.Combine dates, cocoa and instant coffee in a small bowl. Add boiling water and stir until the cocoa has dissolved. Cover and let stand until the dates have softened and the mixture has cooled to room temperature, about 20 minutes.Meanwhile, spread hazelnuts in a shallow baking dish and bake until fragrant and lightly toasted, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate and let cool.Grind bread into fine crumbs in a food processor. Measure to make sure you have 1/2 cup. Transfer to a large bowl. (No need to wash the workbowl between steps.)Place 1/2 cup of the hazelnuts in the food processor. Add flour and salt; process until the nuts are finely ground. Transfer to the bowl with the breadcrumbs.Scrape the cooled date mixture into the food processor. Add 1/3 cup sugar, oil, vanilla and whole egg; process until smooth, stopping several times to scrape down the sides of the workbowl. Scrape the mixture into the bowl with the breadcrumbs and nuts. Mix gently with a rubber spatula.Beat egg whites with an electric mixer in a clean large mixing bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 1/3 cup sugar, beating until stiff, glossy peaks form. Add one-fourth of the beaten whites to the batter and whisk until blended. Fold in the remaining whites with a rubber spatula just until blended. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, spreading evenly.Bake the cake until the top springs back when touched lightly, 25 to 35 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Coat the rack with cooking spray and invert the cake onto it to cool completely.Meanwhile, to prepare glaze: Combine cocoa, chocolate, corn syrup and instant coffee in a medium bowl. Add boiling water and stir with a wooden spoon until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Stir in vanilla. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar (to the chocolate mixture), beating with an electric mixer, slowly at first, then gradually increasing speed, until the glaze is smooth and thickened. (The mixture may seem lumpy at first, but it will smooth out.) Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature until the mixture is set, about 30 minutes.To finish the cake, place it bottom-side up on a serving plate. Place several strips of wax paper under the bottom edge to protect the plate from drips. Spoon on glaze and spread it evenly over the top and sides of the cake with an icing spatula or knife. Arrange the remaining 2 tablespoons hazelnuts around the top outside edge. Discard the wax paper before serving.Recipe source: eatingwell Share Food & DiningLifestyle Chocolate-Hazelnut Cake. by: – May 7, 2011 Share Share Chocolate Hazelnut CakeTurn this moist, dense and truly chocolaty cake into an elegant dessert by garnishing each serving with a dollop of whipped cream, some fresh raspberries and a light dusting of cocoa.Note that this cake does not contain any leavening: beaten egg whites alone are used to lighten it.Recipe Nutrition:Per serving: 230 calories; 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat, 5 g mono unsaturated fat); 18 mg cholesterol; 38 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 4 g fiber; 85 mg sodium; 204 mg potassium Nutrition Bonus: 15% dv fiber.Ingredients:Cake:1/2 cup chopped pitted dates1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, “natural” or Dutch-process1 teaspoon instant coffee granules1/2 cup boiling water1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts, plus 2 tablespoons for garnish2 slices firm white sandwich bread, crusts trimmed1/3 cup all-purpose flour1/4 teaspoon salt2/3 cup sugar, divided2 tablespoons canola oil1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 large egg3 large egg whites or 2 tablespoons dried egg whites, reconstituted according to package directionsGlaze1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder2 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) chocolate, finely chopped (1/3 cup)1 tablespoon corn syrup1/4 cup boiling water1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract1 cup confectioners’ sugarlast_img read more


first_imgBY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGABACOLOD City – A Belgian national was killed by at least four unidentified armed robbers in a home invasion at Villa Angela Subdivision, Barangay Villamonte early yesterday morning.Police identified the fatality as 76-year-old Carl Nolens, a resident of the village. BCPO spokesperson Police Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Pico said previously a house located in Eroreco Subdivision in Barangay Mandalagan was also forcibly entered by armed robbers.Pico said it is also possible that the robbers are the same individuals who struck several homes in the city during the enhanced community quarantine period.He added they are also probing if the suspects are members of an organized crime group operating in the city and nearby areas in Negros Occidental.City police director Colonel Henry Biñas has also received orders from Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia to investigate the incident and pursue the suspects.Biñas said he has already tapped the assistance of the Regional Intelligence Unit, Regional Drug Enforcement Unit and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group for the speedy resolution of the case.He further added he received orders from Leonardia to intensify the deployment of police officers in the city to prevent similar cases from happening./PN Nolens’ wife, meanwhile, was injured after jumping from the second floor of their home in an attempt to escape the robbers.Five other people, including the victims’ in-law, escaped unharmed.Police Station 4 commander, Police Major Charles Gever, said the four suspects gained entry into the foreigner’s home by destroying the grills of the perimeter wall, citing initial investigation.The suspects then climbed up into the balcony and destroyed the sliding door.Once inside the suspects, Gever said the burglars forcibly took the bag owned by the victim’s wife containing an undetermined amount of cash and jewelry.However, Nolens resisted against the suspects and he was shot in the stomach using an M16 assault rifle, while Nolens’ wife managed to jump off the balcony. The suspects then proceeded to the victim’s in-law and servants, hogtied them and fled.Nolens and his wife were rushed to the Metro Bacolod Hospital and Medical Center, where the hospital staff declared the victim “dead on arrival.”A further probe of the incident also revealed that prior to the attack, the suspects also attempted to burglarize another house near the victim’s home, although they were thwarted because of the presence of guard dogs roaming around the compound.The suspects reportedly threw a head of a chicken containing poison, killing three of the guard dogs in the process.Gever said they already have several persons of interest in the crime and are presently conducting hot-pursuit operations against them.Meanwhile, Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) reports that the incident may be connected to the other string of robbery incidents which took place recently.last_img read more